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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Unease - Profound Unease

Welcome to your Sunday Sermonette.

These days, the GOP and Democrats alike within the Washington Beltway feel like slavers on a slave ship hearing the pitter patter of bare feet on the wooden deck overhead at night. Clearly BREXIT and the parallel rise of Donald Trump has caused disquiet among the ruling elites who feel that he won't play ball with the scam they've been running.

Because sovereignty and borders an issue that's in the news, let's take a step back and see how violations are handled around the world.
1. If you cross the border illegally in Canada, you get a $5,000 fine.
2. If you cross the border illegally in Iran, it is 8 years in prison.
3. If you cross the border in North Korea, you get shot.
4. If you cross the border illegally in the USA, you get a drivers license, medical insurance, subsided housing, the privilege to vote, career training, a job off the books,  a tax "return" (earned income credit) even if you earned nothing and contributed nothing and an opportunity to run for president.
Trump is not a great campaigner in a general election, at least not so far, however, if he does better than polls now indicate, it won’t be so much due to Trump as to the latent political strength of the forces he represents. It is that latent political strength that keeps the Beltway elite in our society up at night these days. 

Robert Kagan
Politics makes for strange bedfellows as Republicans and Democrats team up to demonize Trump. Robert Kagan and Fareed Zakaria (on either side of the spectrum) claim that Donald Trump, would be a “fascist president.” In a reasonable world, it would seem curious to label someone a fascist who seems uninterested in putting together even a competent national campaign organization, much less a disciplined mass party. Probably Kagan is using “fascist” in the manner Orwell described, as a word having “no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable.’”
Insofar as Kagan’s own policy preferences are concerned, Trump is surely not desirable: a President Trump would risk not global war over Ukraine, nor attempt to establish American “benevolent global hegemony.” What is telling is to see Fareed Zakaria join with him—the two symbols of a kind of united globalist intellectual establishment that can tolerate no legitimate dissent—in the Trump demonization project.
Fellow blogger, Fredd, discusses the compass needle here on his blog. His thesis is that knowing the right thing to do simply consists of watching what Barack wants to see happen and doing the opposite. That has clearly become a reliable litmus test over the past 7.5 years. Since Barack and his coterie oppose a Trump presidency so violently, it must be a very good thing to work toward. As a result of this calculus, the #neverTrump crowd need to consider their positions far more closely.

It's either Trump and Constitutionalism or Hillary/Barack and globalism. The choice is just that simple.


H/T Daily Timewaster

Saturday, June 25, 2016

An Alternative View of BREXIT

Fish-fighting with the UK?

There is only one possible outcome.



Fun with Science

Do you have too much time on your hands? Do you want to do a simple experiment that will amaze your children/grandchildren?

Try this at home.


Yes, it actually works.

Friday, June 24, 2016

BREXIT and Immigration

Despite opinion polls before the referendum that showed either side in a position to win, the outcome  stunned much of Britain, Europe and the trans-Atlantic alliance, highlighting the power of anti-elite, populist and nationalist sentiment at a time of economic and cultural dislocation. 

The message delivered by the British people is very similar to the campaign being waged by Donald Trump.  The political elites dictated one thing and the public took a different direction.

The vote means that Britain will become the first country to leave the 28-member bloc, which has been weighed down by its failures to deal with the huge influx of migrants last year. Protecting borders against the million(s) of military age Muslim males who flooded in across Europe was the straw that broke the camel's back in my opinion. That immigration issue also weighed heavily on jobs for British people in Britain being at risk from others in the EU if they remained and the shots were called from Brussels. With net migration to Britain of 330,000 people in 2015, more than half of them from the European Union, Mr. Cameron had no effective response to how he could limit the influx. And there was no question that while the immigrants contributed more to the economy and to tax receipts than they cost, parts of Britain felt that its national identity was under assault and that the influx was putting substantial pressure on schools, health care and housing.

Barack campaigned heavily for the UK to remain in the European Union. Apparently his credibility in Great Britain is roughly equivalent to his credibility on this blog.

There are a lot of threats that without the EU, Britain will go broke. Really? I doubt that will be the case. We will see renegotiations and there may be some minor changes, but the EU has bigger problems than the UK at the moment, with other nations proposing their own referendums.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

On the eve of the BREXIT Referendum

The date is propitious for the British vote regarding staying in the European Union or breaking from them and going it alone. It's time to look back 700 years before we know the result of the voting, particularly since Scotland is known to generally support remaining in the EU.

As requested by blogger, Juliette, a subject of the Crown...my pre-results commentary, with a twist.

Today is the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. 

Scotland had been dominated by England since conquered by Edward I ("Longshanks") in 1296; despite winning a victory at Stirling Bridge by William Wallace. However, Falkirk the following year (1298) had restored English authority; and Wallace had been captured and executed in 1305. 

In 1306, Robert the Bruce claimed the throne of Scotland, and a guerrilla war was begun. This went on for many years, the Bruce's forces besieging isolated English garrisons and harassing the lands of their supporters. In 1314 Edward Bruce (his brother) laid siege to Stirling Castle, which warded the key eastern route into the Highlands. 

The English king, Edward II (son of Longshanks) responded by raising a large army and marching to the castles relief. The English forces numbered some 2,000 cavalry; many of which were armored men-at-arms, the elite troops of the age; and 15,000 infantry, of which many were English or Welsh longbowmen; the battle-winner at Falkirk. Edward was little respected by his lords, and many of the greatest refused his summons. Those that followed his standard were members of the lesser nobility. Throughout the coming battle Edward exercised only a loose control of his forces. 

Bruce drew-up his army of some 5-7,000 men south of Sterling, behind the marshy creek known as Bannockburn; a tributary of the River Forth. The Scots were mostly infantry (only about 500 being cavalry, and few of those as heavily armored as the English Chivalry); armed with pikes, axes, and swords. They deployed in their traditional schiltrons, circular hedge-hog formations pikes supported by axes. 

The first day of battle the English made two attempts to charge the Scots with little preparation; the English lords showing little discipline or patience. In the first of these assaults, a celebrated single combat took place between when Henry de Bohun, nephew of the Earl of Hereford called-out and charged Robert the Bruce. No match for the English knight lance-to-lance, the Bruce came armed with only a battle axe. Robert waited, and when the charging de Bohan’s lance point glanced off the Bruce’s shield, Robert hacked at the back of the Englishman’s head as he careened past; caving in his helmet and splitting his skull. 

The second day, a deserter from the English forces informed the Bruce that the English were demoralized and that their king exercised scant authority. The English were allowed to cross the Bannockburn and deploy with their backs against the creek. The ground was too narrow for their numbers, and the English found themselves crowded into the narrow space. They were also drawn-up too close to the waiting Scots. 

As the English and Welsh longbowmen advanced to prepare to fire upon the tight-packed schiltrons (devastating at Falkirk), they were immediately charged by the small force of Scottish cavalry and driven off. The cavalry was followed by a general attack by the Scots all along the line, into the crowded English. The pikemen were able to drive in both the English cavalry and infantry; and at close-quarters the Scottish axes and swords reaped a bloody harvest. Edward fled the field, and his army collapsed in rout. 

Though Edward escaped, most of his army perished in the resulting pursuit; and those who attempted to cross the Lowlands back to the English border were harried by the local populace; few surviving. 

Scotland was free of English occupation, and would carry the war into northern England and even invade Ireland to help their fellow Celts throw-off the shackles of English rule.

Review of the News

Same-Same


Democrats staged a sit-in yesterday, which means that they hung out until the pictures were taken and then their staffers fetched chairs and lunch for them.

Congress currently enjoys an 8% approval rating in America. I personally feel that rating is way too high.

What happened to term limits? Didn't we do away with careers in the legislature? Or was the will of the people thwarted yet again?

I have grandchildren (all under the age of 7) who behave far better than the distinguished members of Congress. My granddaughter, Savannah (age 3) would never behave so disgracefully. Then again, she has been taught manners.

They really want to take firearms out of the hands of the people and leave them in the hands of the honest, trustworthy, faithful, law-abiding government (that transferred firearms to drug cartels in Mexico, for example). Thank you, no.


Any time, anywhere? 

Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, the USMC deputy commandant for aviation, told Senate lawmakers that just 32 percent of the Corps’ Hornet fighters were operational. The branch needs at least 58 percent of the F/A-18s to be flight ready so that there are enough planes for combat, flight instruction and day-to-day training.

In their most recent annual report on aviation capabilities, Davis said, “I am concerned with our current readiness rates, both in equipment and personnel.”

The solution is that they're at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, AZ, pulling aircraft out of the boneyard for service.  The Corps blames the delay of the F-35 (ten years after promised delivery in 2006), but the cuts to the military have gutted the services, which are at or lower levels of readiness than the US was before World War Two. Thanks Barack.

Launch-Boom

North Korea: On Wednesday, 22 June, North Korea launched two more Musudan/BM-25 intermediate range ballistic missiles from the launch site near Wonsan on the east coast.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a statement that the first missile flew 150 kms and burst apart in flight. The second launch occurred two hours later. The Joint Chiefs said it flew 400 kms.

North Korea has launched six Musudan/BM-25 missiles since early April, five of which have failed in flight. It is not clear just what the failures and persistent testing signify. 

Dear Leader is not happy
They could mean that the missile threat is not as dangerous as previously thought. North Korea fielded the BM-25 to firing units without testing it about ten years ago. Military capabilities analysts presumed prudently that every missile with a launch unit would fire. Five failures could mean that an entire production batch is faulty. The North might be trying to make that determination. This is the missile system that can reach Guam, if the missiles work as designed.

Some experts believe that the Norks are testing a new modification of the missile and is having difficulty making it fly. This explanation would mean the threat from fielded missiles is unchanged, except that the North remains determined to increase the missile and nuclear threat to the South.

Another possible explanation is that North Korea is testing missiles for Iran, which bought a firing unit and 18 or 19 Musudan/BM-25 missiles from North Korea in 2005. Iran also has never displayed or tested the missiles, which are now at least 11 years old. The missile launches at Wonsan could be part of a North Korean program to test, replace or upgrade the missiles Iran possesses.

The Mainstream Media Asserts "No Bias"

Some of you will be shocked, but according to MSNBC, they present fair and honest reporting of the news and the people who make the news.

If you don't agree with MSNBC, you've been brainwashed by 'white privilege' to the extent that you feel no 'white guilt' (shame for having not been born a negro), you are a bigot, a racist, sexist, and are also likely Islamophobic and homophobic. You may also be Achondroplasiaphobic (the fear of midgets) and coulrophobic (fear of clowns). The fear of clowns takes us down to the next news item of vital importance, and may explain why people fear the Three Stooges more than Barack and friends.

Which do you prefer?

Some people think that the originals are always the best. Hollywood would differ since every single successful movie is re-made (rather than coming up with a new idea). Some suggest that politics stole from Hollywood in this latest Washington re-make.

I can't stand watching the cheap knock-offs on television or when they make "news" - because it's always bad news.  $150 billion to Iran to stop developing missiles and nukes - and the Iranians laugh and keep developing missiles and nukes and use the $150 billion to fund terrorism directed at us. Or the botched Arab Spring and the Benghazi Massacre. Or Fast and Furious, where they transferred many thousands of firearms to the Mexican drug cartels...and on...and on.

Background Checks

Do background checks work in the firearms acquisition process? No. They're a joke. You only need to have a background check if you're an honest, hard working, American. Criminals buy firearms from other criminals. The same is true of banning any class of weapon. Most categories of weapons are illegal to own in Mexico. When did that stop the cartels from buying anything that they want? It's one of those straw-man arguments that progs make that don't hold water.

If you want people to feel safe, do as the Swiss do. Train EVERYONE in the use of firearms and allow them all to carry. Punish crimes where firearms are used severely. That fixes it. The problem that Barack has is that it would end in locking up more inner city people...

And while we're at it, we need to do what Trump suggests and that is take a very long and hard look at any Muslims who want to settle in the US...because background checks don't work very well for them either. Background checks only work on honest, hard working, Americans.

Mexico

Several Mexican states have declared martial law (mostly in the far South of the country) and the situation there remains unresolved. Many small villages still don't have tap water (in the village), and the government doesn't do much to build infrastructure. Unemployment is rampant and wages are laughingly low. There are different standards in what MEXGOV is willing to spend in those states, generally populated by "Indians".

Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Guerrero are the hardest hit and the insurrection has been going on for years. And no, the mainstream media doesn't cover it because it's Mexico. That's just how it is.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Random Thoughts

Should History be a Part of Common Core?

The future is simple to predict (in a macro sense) because a study of history (cause and effect) allows the reader to draw parallels in the most amazing way.  The nature of man has not changed since men were able to communicate and write. It's difficult to assess before that, but we have roughly 5,000 years to work with. When you consider the volume of data available, even a computer of modest power can compare and contrast. From that point of view, history should be an essential part of study from the very earliest instruction.

The history that is taught in schools is progressive philosophy mixed with a few facts - and vast omissions. Thus a study of revisionist history is a complete waste of time. The time taken teaching "wikipedia" history where students cut and paste to generate "reports" could better be put to hard science and math. Is that racist or progresso-phobic? Most liberals prefer "liberal arts" to science.

Empowering Despotism

There are a number of excellent examples of gun control in action across the world. Despots who desire control over a population must disarm them first or they face situations that may be dangerous to their own survival or that of their regime.

The Jews in the USA are clearly not representative of the Jews in Israel. They routinely support policies that would march themselves back into ovens. Israeli Jews have a far more circumspect view of the situation since they are surrounded by people who want to see them wiped out to the last man/woman/child.

American Indians at Wounded Knee refused to give up their arms (primarily because they needed to hunt during the winter) and the US Army killed about 300 of them. (link). It makes the recent slaughter in Orlando look anemic. 

Armed people will kill unarmed people with alarming regularity. Take Paris, San Bernardino or Orlando for example. The only answer to the problem is to empower the honest, hard working people to protect themselves from savages. Progs and elites have never advocated disarming their security details. You can't blame them.

The Solstice

Today the 2016 Solstice is coming to a close and Wiccans are drawing their three-day orgy to an end. Naturally if you've been attending a pagan orgy, you haven't been reading this blog. You've had other things on your mind as you exchange social diseases with your friends.

There are a number of "Litha"/wicker man festivals going on in California. I consider them a type of warm-up for Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert (NV), which is a "pagan festival" of a completely different nature. Though witches do show up at Burning Man, there are a lot of unaffiliated hippies, "artists", freaks and hangers-on who also bark at the moon while naked. Sometimes it's difficult to tell the difference between a genuine California witch and a new age Illuminati stooge with a wicked crystal meth habit.

The typical lesbian witch crew in California considers Burning Man an event done in poor taste, primarily because it was not started as a witch-centric event. They also object to the presence of men and to the "rape culture" that exists there in the Nevada desert. Women, loaded on chemicals, pass out and wake up, having been violated and filled (with new social diseases) by one or more males (NY Times did a piece on the whole rape at Burning Man thing). Then again, it happens to guys who pass out too, so it's an equal opportunity violation orgy in the filth of the desert.

From what witches say, Burning Man not as fun to attend as the the witch lesbian- love fests in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Both are akin to "worshiping a golden calf" but that's just me offering up my two cents worth.

Barack Update

I heard that Barack and a massive entourage have taken over Yosemite National Park as part of one of several presidential summer vacations. As a taxpayer, I feel privileged to cover all of his majesty's junkets to different parts of the world and the "good will missions" that his ugly wife takes to get her out of the White House (which reminds her of slavery).

One question on everyone's lips is whether Barack will team up post-presidential term, with Rev. Al Sharpton to begin a clown show that would tour the us, and perhaps the world. Two evil clowns under the same big top? It could happen and while it's not the sort of circus that you'd want to take your kids to, I'm sure that the lemmings/progs would line up in droves and fork over big money to see the act. It would be fun to see Barack get a pie in the face and Al fall prey to the fake flower in the lapel that shoots water. But I might wait for the MSNBC Special.

Indonesia-China-South China Sea Clash


On 17 June, an Indonesian naval patrol ship fired warning shots towards several Chinese fishing boats that were operating near the Natuna Islands, which are part of Indonesia.

You'll recall that China claims the entire South China Sea (among other vast tracts of the Pacific) are its own domain.

The Indonesian navy said the Chinese fishing boats were fishing illegally and that no one was injured by the warning shots.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the firing incident on the 17th and said that the Indonesians wounded one fisherman and detained the seven-man crew of one of the fishing boats.

This was the third confrontation near the Natuna Islands this year. Chinese authorities acknowledge Indonesian sovereignty over the Natuna Islands, but the map the Chinese use to delineate their claims to sovereignty includes some sea areas over which Indonesia has sovereignty, according to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Apparently that overlap encourages poaching by some Chinese fishing crews.

The three incidents this year indicate the China’s assertion of sovereignty over most of the South China Sea does not represent the limit of Chinese fishing boat operations. There is no promise that the Chinese will respect fishing rights outside the limits of the Chinese claim. Rather, the limit of the Chinese claim constitutes the safe baseline, behind which Chinese fishing boats can expect armed protection from the maritime police, the coast guard and the Chinese navy.

A confrontation between Chinese maritime police and the Indonesian Navy is unlikely. However, recurring incidents involving Chinese fishing boats are highly likely.