sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, June 30, 2013

"Progressive" means a disrespect for life

If you are 'progressive', you believe that firearms are instruments of death and destruction and that people everywhere must be disarmed, even though it would only serve to disarm the honest, leaving them surrounded by armed criminals. However, your justification for your actions would inevitably be that disarming people of offer no offense with their firearms is "respect for life".

If you are 'progressive' you likewise feel that a woman's right to choose should be extended to late-term abortions where babies are murdered -- because a mother's right to choose exceeds a baby's right to live. While that makes no sense at all to conservatives, those all-knowing progressive people feel that there is no conflict in logic or common sense. 

You see 'progressives' pushing the prosecution of people for double-homicide when a pregnant woman is murdered. But should that pregnant woman kill her own child with or without the assistance of medical professionals, it's referred to as a 'procedure'.



Obama Green Jobs Triumph

I really thought that the White House's green jobs scam would end with the dismissal of Green Jobs Czar and Black Panther Van Jones from President Obama's staff.  EVERYONE knows that it's a scam. Everyone knows that it's a complete waste of taxpayer dollars to promote "green jobs" when the companies that the administration has funded are almost ALL in financial trouble, doing the death spiral or are in bankruptcy.

Then came the EPA Scandal where the US Environmental Protection Agency attacked conservative-owned businesses while allowing their liberal competition to operate unhindered (Gibson Guitar Case)


Yet despite the scandals, the government persecution, the failed stimulus-funded companies, etc.  Barack is still on the green jobs stump.

The President doesn't speak about: Benghazi, the IRS Scandal, the EPA Scandal, the NSA domestic spying scandal or any of a number of scandals -- he is pushing "green jobs". In ObamaSpeak, green jobs means "jobs for Democratic Party supporters".

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The DHS Privacy Office/Ministry of Truth

Does the National Security Agency need a warrant from the FISA (secret court) to listen to a domestic telephone call or read an e-mail? (c/net) Apparently not. Based on what I'm reading and hearing there are several thousand analysts who can select any telephone call they want to made to and from anyone in the US since 2006 and simply play it and listen to it.

Does the Fourth Amendment apply? Is there a right to privacy? Government executives and Congressional leaders have told us that there is no right to privacy and (wink) Janet Napolitano says, "Just because they can doesn't mean that they do." It seems that the Obama Administration has taken the posture that we need to trust them. The Founding Fathers had a different view of government, but as progressives point out all the time, they were simply old white men.

DHS Secretary reassures a jittery America:
"[T]here are lots of protections built into the system,” Ms. Napolitano said, pointing to a privacy office embedded in her own department that is “constantly reviewing our policies and procedures.” She further stressed the court review system. 
“No one should believe that we are simply going willy-nilly and using any kind of data that we can gather,” she said...So it's not simply going willy-nilly and using any kind of data and it's far from Orwellian."

The DHS Privacy Office is likely the group of bureaucrats who advise Secretary Napolitano on what she can get away with. I'm sure at least 50% of the professional staff is made up of attorneys.


Since Secretary Napolitano invoked Orwell, what did the Ministry of Truth in his novel, 1984 do? 
(Wikipedia) The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history to change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect. For example, if Big Brother makes a prediction that turns out to be wrong, the employees of the Ministry of Truth go back and rewrite the prediction so that any prediction Big Brother previously made is accurate. 
Orwell elaborates that the deeper reason for its existence is to maintain the illusion that the Party is absolute. It cannot ever seem to change its mind (if, for instance, they perform one of their constant changes regarding enemies during war) or make a mistake (firing an official or making a grossly misjudged supply prediction), for that would imply weakness and to maintain power the Party must seem eternally right and strong.
Ministry of Truth?


Friday, June 28, 2013

Hope and Change (another brief review)

ObamaCare for Dummies:

Gallup Polling surveyed 603 small business owners and asked a series of questions to determine the impact of ObamaCare on their business.
41% said they have frozen hiring to avoid ObamaCare.
●19% said they have laid off employees to avoid ObamaCare.
●48% think ObamaCare will hurt their bottom lines. Only 9% think ObamaCare will be good for their business.
●55% think ObamaCare will lead to higher costs. Only 5% think it will lead to lower costs.
●52% think ObamaCare will lead to a reduction in the quality of healthcare. Only 13% expect an improvement.
Small businesses account for two-thirds of all new jobs during the George W. Bush and Obama presidencies. As usual, the little people take it in the neck despite their naive votes for Obama as the savior of the poor. 

When President Obama first announced his plans to 'change and rearrange' America's medical system, there were 43 million uninsured. Now there are 49 million. 

Elections have consequences.

The Federal Reserve Quantitative Easing Program:

The Quantitative Easing program allows the US Government to borrow endlessly to fund it's expanding deficits. The Federal Reserve simply expands credit without printing money and without backing, relying on "trust" and America's preeminence in the world to keep the currency floating.

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said at a Wednesday press conference that the US central bank would consider reducing its $85 billion-per-month asset purchasing program later this year, based on an improved outlook for the US economy. Federal Reserve instituted its program of lending to large banks without interest and that practice continues. The Bank for International Settlements (Basil, Switzerland) predicted in its annual report that a rise in bond yields across the maturity spectrum would inflict losses on US Bond investors (usually living outside of the US) of more than $1 trillion in losses.

Lowering interest rates and injecting more and more credit into the system simply makes each unit of it worth less. But since you cannot print "money", that is, economic surplus -- you can only print credit -- you have no capacity to actually generate economic growth by expanding credit directly.

Your only hope is that by making borrowing cheaper you will entice people to take those loans and produce with them. They must produce more than the loan costs, principal and interest. If those loans are instead consumed or used to pay entitlement handouts then you are further distorting both credit and cash markets by sending false signals as to actual demand that does not in fact exist.

Obama's Administration and the Federal Reserve have painted themselves into a corner. They have no choice but to go on funding deficit spending by government, because if it doesn't the panic that will result will cripple that same government's ability to cope. On the other hand, if it does that, the resultant inevitable rise in bond interest rates will eventually cripple the US economy too.

Elections have consequences.

Obama's Foreign Policy:

I don't think that the people in the White House have a firm grasp on 'the way forward'. 

In East Asia, China is recoiling from public humiliation and loss of face at the fact that the US has had free reign to spy on every single telephone call and e-mail. America routinely accuses China of electronic espionage, and while true, it is the US which can claim the spying crown. How does the US (and particularly Obama) mend fences?

In the Middle East, the Syrian red line made Obama look like a paper tiger. Now emboldened, Iran understands that they can complete their nuclear weapons without fear of reprisal from the Obama Administration. It's not a good place to be.

In Latin America, US Mexico relations are the worst they've been in twenty years, and the US is in decline in terms of prestige throughout South America. The Russians and Chinese are both establishing themselves in Brazil as the US flounders.

Europe, which wallowed in Obama's aura four years ago now view him as something of a dangerous goofball. Obama pulled the rug out from under Eastern Europe's missile defense and they don't feel a tingle in their leg.

Africa is a mess and al Qaeda is expanding across the Maghreb. The Benghazi Scandal, the Muslim Brotherhood in control of Egypt and increasing instability are only symptomatic of situations that are well beyond the control of Barack Obama.

The situation in Pakistan and the Asian Subcontinent is tense, the US is withdrawing from Afghanistan and in the former Soviet Republics (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, etc.) Russia is moving to replace the US presence established under the Bush Administration.

Obama has so offended Great Britain that they now consider the US Administration something of a hostile force. 

Foreign policy is in a shambles.

Elections have consequences.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Three Hitler NSA videos

The Hitler videos are all classic. Now with the Obama NSA Scandal in full swing, we have three new Hitler videos. 

I realize that there seem to be a lot of Hitler You Tube videos out there, but the more the scandals in the Obama White House, the more Hitler videos surface. This IRS Credit Card Scandal is sure to evoke another Hitler video.
(Fox News) Another government watchdog report has flagged inappropriate behavior at the IRS, this time claiming government credit cards were used to make questionable purchases on items ranging from wine to online pornography.

The report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that between fiscal 2010 and 2011, the more than 5,000 IRS card accounts racked up $103 million in purchases.
For now, content yourself with the NSA scandal. 

1. Hitler is upset that he does not have the NSA on staff!


Nazis are revealed as NOT being the master race. But if he can get facebook and Google to cooperate things might be better.

2. How would Hitler feel if the NSA didn't listen in to anything that he said?


3. Hitler learns that the NSA is monitoring his use of internet porn!





460V

The Smith and Wesson 460V is five-round revolver with a 5" barrel on a stainless steel extra large frame. It chambers the .460 S&W  Magnum cartridge, the .454 Casull and the .45 Colt cartridges. Because it is not a .50 caliber handgun and it only holds five rounds in the cylinder/magazine, it's likely not to be on California's must ban list anytime soon. 

Under normal conditions, this is an expensive handgun, but it does have value over other extra large frame handguns in its class because it will fire the .45 Colt (Long Colt) cartridge for general training situations. Yes, I also favor training with the cartridge that you carry (in this case the .460), but they're too darned expensive to cycle on a weekly basis.

The .460 is roughly as long as 2, 9mm parabellum
cartridges. That should not suggest that .460 shooters
are trying in any way to "compensate".
I have been seeking one of these handguns for the past year and a half - resorting to trying to strong arm people in the OC Sheriff's Dept. and friends in the Intelligence Community to try and locate a 460V. All to no avail.


Obama may be the greatest firearms salesman in the history of the planet but he's not doing anything for me. I'm traditionally a Colt shooter when it comes to revolvers, but Colt doesn't make a .460.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Libya and Mali

The Obama Administration is quietly expanding its involvement through peace keeping troop placement in Mali, Egypt and Jordan. No, you haven't heard about it on MSNBC or in any of the mainstream media. They don't cover that sort of thing anymore. That's why there are blogs.

Despite fmr SECSTATE Hillary R. Clinton's hopes of an Arab Spring -- the folly of which resulted in the Benghazi Massacre and subsequent cover-up, Libya has become a haven for terrorists and the principal transit point for al Qaeda (and it's clones) in Africa.
While attending a regional security meeting in Oran, Algeria last week, the African Union's special representative in charge of counter-terrorism, Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, said, "I have many reports which say Libya has become a major transit hub for the main terrorist groups travelling from one country to another."

"We have information according to which some terrorists active in Mali consider Libya as a refuge and a place to reorganize." Madeira described the situation as something "extremely dangerous."
Benghazi has become the center of spreading violent jihad from Mali to Syria. Hillary Clintons secret arms deal-gone-bad with al Qaeda that spawned the Benghazi Massacre is creeping across Africa (and to a lesser extent in Syria). Libyan borders don't exist in a functional sense and it's become a transit point and a logistics hub for jihadists. Despite direct threats from USGOV to al Qaeda in regard man portable air defense systems (MANPADS) that Secretary Clinton facilitated delivery of to the Libyan al Qaeda affiliate, the Obama Administration is sitting on the potential hostile use of US military hardware against US citizens or interests. (Never trust a terrorist, Hillary)


Jump to the Jihad in Mali
The UN Security Council approved the deployment of a new peacekeeping force in Mali starting 1 July. After closed consultations Tuesday the council unanimously agreed that the 12,600-man force should go ahead on schedule, despite serious logistics problems and the extreme heat in Mali.
The UN force officially will replace the 6,000 African soldiers in Mali. In fact, the Africans will merge into the UN force. France will maintain 1,000 soldiers in Mali under a separate command. This means that the peace keeping force will be UN funded. Funding seems to be a key ingredient to neutered peacekeeping. 

Blackhawk Down Redux?

This deployment had a shocking resemblance to the UN mission in Somalia which was approved by the Security Council despite shortfalls in troop commitments and chronic, critical logistics shortages. US military airlift forces appear to be the main logistics and transportation resource for forces in Mali, providing critical assistance to the French and the Africans. The French want to transfer and distribute security responsibilities and costs as quickly as possible.

France has a strategic interest in Mali. 80% of all electric power in France is supplied by nuclear power. Mali provides the French with uranium. But France understands that skin in the game in Mali is not popular at home, inexpensive uranium notwithstanding. Thus they want to back out (generally) and allow the UN to pay for 12,600 troops to protect their vital interests. (which means US taxpayer dollars) And the US will slowly continue to expand its operations in Mali. First with air lift support and special forces acting as force multipliers, training the locals. Sound familiar? Don't worry, the liberal press will consider this to be a 'good war' because it's one of Mr. Obama's wars. Do you remember Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize?
Army Times news service reported that the U.S. is expected to deploy more than 3,000  additional soldiers to Africa in 2013. They will be assigned to every part of the continent. Major General David R. Hogg mused: “As far as our mission goes, it’s uncharted territory.” 
Let's tick off what happened last year (in addition to secret operations such as the one surrounding the Benghazi Scandal):

Atlas Accord 12  provided training to Mali’s military in aerial delivery.

Cutlass Express was a U.S. naval exercise that focused on piracy in the Somali Basin region.

Africa Endeavor 2012 was based in Cameroon and involved coordination and training in military communications.

Obangame Express 2012 was a naval exercise designed to ensure a presence in the Gulf of Guinea, an area that is in the heart of West Africa’s oil operations.

Southern Accord 12 was based in Botswana and its objective was to establish a military working relationship between southern African military forces and the U.S.

Western Accord 2012 was an exercise in Senegal that involved every type of military operation from live fire exercises to intelligence gathering to combat marksmanship.

There were a number of other comparable exercises with names like: “African Lion,” “Flintlock,” and “Phoenix Express.” In addition, U.S. National Guard units from around the country have been rotating in and out of countries that include, among others: South Africa, Morocco, Ghana, Tunisia, Nigeria and Liberia.







The Scorpion

FJ Cruiser Build-Out

Some of you on this blog expressed an interest in what I have done to my FJ Cruiser in terms of adding/bolting on/modifying to suit.

Near Baker, CA in the dry lakebed 

FROM THE DEALER
2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Model 4704C
Titanium
Upgrade Package 1
CQ and C7 Convenience Packages
Curtain Shield Airbags
Roof Rack

Build Date: November 2006

Significant Mechanical Problems: None so far. Original Windshield.

Vehicle Build out: Scorpion
  • ARMOR
  • ARB Bull Bar - Front Bumper
  • DeMello Offroad rear bumper w/swing arm
  • Bud Built Front Skidplate
  • Bud Built Middle Skidplate
  • Bud Built Transmission & Transfer Case Skidplate
  • Bud Built Rear Crossmember
  • Bud Built Fuel Tank (Beefy) Skidplate
  • Bud Built ARB Spacer Armor Plate
  • Inchworm E-Locker Motor Skid (sustained trail damage, cut down in size to repair)
  • Rear Lower Shock Skid
  • Rear Trailing Link Skid
  • Rear Differential Plate (welded)
  • DeMello Hybrid Sliders
  • Manic Tail Light Guards (Real Wheels guards took 5 trail hits -saves- then gave up the ghost)

    SUSPENSION AND TIRES
  • Walker Evans Beadlock Rims
  • Nitto Terra Grapplers - 305/70R17
  • Demello Frame Chop
  • Icon Racing Shocks and Front Coil-Overs
  • Old Man Emu Heavy Duty Rear Coil-Overs (OME-886)
  • Icon Racing Upper Control Arms
  • Light Racing Jounce Shocks (Chubbies) replacing bump-stops
  • Icon Signature Lower Control Arms
  • Gorilla Lugs
Florence, AZ
  • EQUIPMENT ADDITIONS
  • Lowrance Baja 540C GPS & Freedom Maps Chip F103EX-S and F104EX-W & Shadow GPS R/V Mirror Adaptor Mount
  • Man-A-Fre Auxillery (22 gal.) fuel tank
    --Providing a total capacity of 40 gallons
  • Wet Okole Seat Covers
  • Scanguage 2
  • K & N Air Filter - Replaced by OEM Air Filter
  • Aux. Optima Yellow-Top Battery
  • Dirty Parts Auxiliary Battery Kit
  • Circuit Boss 7 Circuit Fuse Block
  • 6 x REL40 40 Amp custom amber switches
  • Stebel Nautilus Compact Air Horn
  • Passenger-side arm rest
  • Fuel Can Options: 2 x Wedco Jerry Cans (gas/water)
  • Relocated Rear Differential & E-Locker Breather - Scuba Driver Mod.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • ARB Safari Snorkel
  • I-Pod
  • Death-Stalker Scorpion transfer case shift knob

    COMMUNICATIONS
  • SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
  • Midland 75-822 Handheld CB Radio with Vehicle Adapter
  • Antenna – 5' and 3’ Firestick/CB
  • Yaesu FT-1802 M/E 2 meter transceiver (50 watts output)/HAM
  • Comet 3D5M mobile mounting hardware/HAM
  • Antenna - Diamond NR-770HA 2M/70CM 3/5.5dB Mobile Antenna/HAM
Overlooking Death Valley, CA
  • LIGHTING
  • Airflow Headlight Covers
  • Hella Black Magic 6” Driving Lights (mounted to ARB Bumper)
  • N-Fab Front Light Bar/Bracket w/3 x Acro X1870M Driving Lights & 2 x 40 B/U PIAA Flood Lights
  • N-Fab Rear Light Bar/Bracket w/2 x 40 B/U PIAA Flood Lights & 1 x LEDQUAD LED Strobe Light Bar
  • 2 x Oznium Flexible Super Thin (red) LED Dome Lights
  • 2 x Puck (white) LED Dome Lights
  • LED Red dash lights replacing white instrument gauge lights

    TOOLS & TRAIL EQPT.
  • Fiskars Axe
  • Short Handle Shovel
  • Crowbar/Pry Bar
  • Eagle Talon (RJM Forge)
  • Husqvarna 350 18" Chain Saw
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tool Kit
  • JB Weld
  • Spool (1000 ft) OD Green Parachute (550) Cord
  • Roll(s) of 100 MPH Tape (milspec rigger's tape)
  • FJC Spare Parts Kit (on extended load-out): including 2xCV Boots, 2xCV Sway Bar Links, Serpentine Belt, rear lower control arm, front axel, spare fuses, tire valves, etc.

Scorpion Mount Rack
View from the rear
Scorpion Mount Rack
View from the front
  • GEAR STORAGE
  • SCORPION MOUNT - An endoskeleton in the back to provide hard points and additional M-PAC storage.
  • Pelican Cases - Allow modular load out depending on the nature of the trip.
  • Fourtreks Shovel/Axe mount
  • Fourtreks HiLift Jack Mount
  • Fourtreks Dual Mount
  • Fourtreks Fuel Can Rack Mount
  • Fourtreks Modular Roll Bar Handle
  • Springtail M-PAC rack and MOLLE gear
  • Springtail M-PAC Side Rack
  • 2 x Expeditionware Jerry Can Holders (currently one mounted)
  • Power Tank Roof Rack Mount - (Custom Fab using Four Treks parts)

    PNEUMATICS
  • 20 lbs. CO2 Auxillery Tank (Internal Mount)
  • 10 lbs. CO2 Power Tank
  • Ingersol Rand #2135 Ti (composite titanium) pneumatic impact gun
  • Power Tank Super Coupler
  • Power Tank HD Tire Inflator Handle
  • Oasis Trailhead Deflator / Stebel Trailhead Deflator (both onboard)
  • ARB Tire Repair Kit
  • Spare valves and valve cores
Rose Garden Hill, Moab, UT
  • RECOVERY
  • Warn XD9000 Winch
  • Viking Kevlar Winch Line (100')
  • Winch Safety Thimble
  • Viking Delrin Fairlead Rollers
  • Warn Hitch Shackle
  • 30’ Rescue Strap
  • 100’ of braided steel cable
  • ARB Snatchblock
  • Pull Pal
  • 4 x 3/4 ton D-Rings
  • ARB Bushranger X-Jack
  • Hi-Lift Jack
  • WabFab Slider Attachment
  • Hi-Lift Jack Base
  • Hi-Lift Jack handle keeper

    EMERGENCY EQPT.
  • Basic Survival Kit (on standard load-out)
  • Very Large First Responder First-Aid Kit including an adult bag/valve mask
  • Smoke Grenades (pyro-red and green)
  • Chemlights (red and green)
  • Polish Model 78 Flare Gun (26.5 MM) with star flares
  • Lensatic Compass
  • Pulse light markers - Blue, Red, IR
Beatty, NV



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Candle Wyldfire

Some of you bloggers out there may recall Candle Wyldfire (also known as Candle), a free spirited, vegan blogger, who worked hard to fight against injustice to womyn everywhere. (link to blog)

I hadn't spoken to Candle for a long time, but I'm one of the few bloggers who met Candle face-to-face in her holistic temple to Gaea in the Virginia hardwood forests. I received an e-mail that Candle is still very much alive and is now writing again -- but not on a blog this time.

Candle's Hardcore Anti-Racism Guide is now live on the Internet at Amazon.com in Kindle format. It's 14 pages of Candle's philosophy. If you missed the blog, you may not want to miss the cyber book. Candle assured me that no electrons were harmed in the creation of this masterpiece.

I am not endorsing this .99 cyber pamphlet, but if you remember Candle, you have the opportunity to read one copy free as an Amazon Prime member (in the 'borrow the book' mode).



Obama's China Scandal

Last year, during his visit to the United States, Chinese president Xi Jinping introduced the idea of a “new type of great-power relationship.” In March of this year, in apparent response, President Obama’s national-security adviser, Tom Donilon, suggested an interest in building “a new model of relations between an existing power and an emerging one.” This June, the two presidents met in California to explore whether their strategic outlooks can be reconciled. That's all gone now and Edward Snowden is at the heart of it. 
Obama's bungling has sunk US-China relations to a new low.
Snowden's public disclosures about US electronic spying on China convey to the world that China cannot defend itself from US electronic surveillance. Moreover, the issue of cyber intrusions was a top US agenda item in the meeting between the two Presidents in the first week of June. China has lost face. Relations with the US administration are in a crisis.
Today, the People's Daily wrote (June Edition), "In a sense, the United States has gone from a 'model of human rights' to 'an eavesdropper on personal privacy', the 'manipulator' of the centralized power over the international Internet, and the mad 'invader' of other countries' networks."
It's a scandal of epic proportions in China, though that's not how the American mainstream media is playing it in the US for domestic consumption. Snowden's disclosures and the Obama Administration's handling of them constitute a pivot point in relations with the US because they reinforce Chinese suspicions and prejudices about the US. 

China has problems of its own. Their costs of doing business exceed those in Mexico (for example) and
China appears to have slipped into recession. The Chinese government relies on growth to maintain social stability. Essentially, the people's expectations have been raised, and the government is responsible for making them happy. Learning that the United States has been reading their e-mail and eves dropping on every telephone call made has not inspired confidence in the populace's view of their government (the loss of face mentioned above).


Additional Comments: This is a scandal not necessarily due to the content of what Snowden disclosed as it is because of the high handed way that the US is dealing with China to try and fetch Snowden back. The Obama Administration is doing everything wrong, and it vindicates Chinese face-saving measures, which do not seem to have been anticipated by Team Obama. In fact, we have not seen the end of this.



Monday, June 24, 2013

Immigration Bill - Too Big to Fail?

Obama’s speech on nuclear weapons and global warming in Berlin last week has become a metaphor for his second term: trapped in a box and sweating through his shirt.

We're reading the headlines: “Russia defiant as US raises pressure over Snowden,” “IRS supervisor admits scrutinizing applications from Tea Party groups,” “Pressure mounts for Holder resignation,” “Obamacare causing nearly half of small businesses to freeze hiring,” and “Obama hits a wall in Berlin.” Meanwhile, the 1200 page Immigration Bill is lumbering through Congress, expected to pass the Senate and to be stalled or defeated in the House. On the good side, it's only half as long as the Obama Care disaster, but framing it in terms that make sense, it's 33 times longer than the bill that created the Social Security program.

"Comprehensive legislation", or solving all of America's woes with one super massive stroke of the pen died when Rep. Nancy Pelosi boldly declared that Congress needed to pass Obama Care so that they'd know what was in it.

(Fox News) “Too big to fail” used to work for Congress in the days of earmarks and flush highway funds. If you get to an impasse, just expand the scope of the legislation. If Senator Sputtersworth has a complaint, just toss in some goodies for his state – maybe a research center bearing his name at the university.
Those bastions within the nation that trusted the Obama Administration before:

  • Benghazi Scandal
  • IRS Scandal
  • ACORN Scandal
  • Green Energy Scandals
  • EPA Scandal
  • Black Panther Voting Scandal
  • DOJ Spying on Reporter Scandals
  • NSA Spying on everyone else Scandal
  • Fiscal Cliff Boondoggle
  • Farm Subsidy and Food Stamp Boondoggle

Even those within the Democratic Party, don't want another 'tar baby' dropped in their laps. Immigration needs to be fixed. Everyone agrees with that. The question of how, should be taken up in a series of steps that are phased, but Congress doesn't want to do that. The Democrats want instant gratification and the border fence won't be built in a day - or even a year. So the legislation appears to be bound for the garbage heap of compacted paper, recycled to await more government attention.

It's a problem of TRUST. And nobody out here in fly-over country has a level of confidence in the Obama Administration to do the right thing -- or Congress to execute an honest deal for the American people. So Obama is in the sidelines, trying to get people to pay attention to HIM. And nobody seems to be doing that. If he receives immigration legislation, he will sign it into law. That's about the stroke that the president has these days.

Republicans rightly believe that the issue is a toxic one for them and needs to be addressed before the 2016 cycle is fully underway. But the behemoth style legislation won't get them (or anyone else) what they want, and frankly, what the country needs.  The only logical place to start is with legislation that hardens the border, and then move forward, one bill at a time to get a comprehensive program built on details rather than on one sweeping fix.

It's only by debating the details fully that we'll end up with something that we can all live with. And President Obama? I like it better when he goes on lavish vacations and we can ignore him.

A couple photos





On walk-about/drive-about: After Action Report

Toyota FJ Cruiser on Broken Arrow Trail near Sedona, AZ
The Vortexes of Sedona didn't get me.



No damage to the rig, no trail too tough, and perfect weather!

Caveat: Tie rod ends do need to be replaced but they needed that before I left.


How Safe?

How safe is your gun safe?

Consider this:


I'm not touting any particular brand, nor am I trying to suggest anything beyond what the video presents. Food for thought only.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

End of the Afghan War

You can't always trust what you read in the newspapers. And you can't always trust what you read on the Internet and on blogs. However, this blog does attempt to cut through the fog to the extent possible and provide clarity.

The US has engaged the Taliban in a species of peace talks that are sponsored by the Emirate of Qatar. Pursuant to that, The Afghan Taliban have received quasi-diplomatic recognition again, for the first time in a dozen years. Today they opened a political office in Doha, Qatar.
(Taliban in Doha) "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan simultaneously follows military and political actions and aims which are limited to Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate never wants to pose harms to other countries from its soil, nor will it allow anyone to cause a threat to the security of countries from the soil of Afghanistan."
News outlets reported that representatives of the Taliban will meet Afghan and US officials in Doha, Qatar, to discuss an agenda for what US officials called "peace and reconciliation" before further talks take place with Afghan government representatives soon after.

Afghanistan is returning to its roots.
The Taliban office in Qatar has the approval of Mullah Omar, as does the initiation of talks. They made a longer statement than I reported above and in that statement, betray no sense of compromise in the long term agenda. They appear to have dropped their longstanding condition that all foreign troops must withdraw from Afghanistan first before talks could begin. The talks are simply a delaying tactic as US forces leave Afghanistan.

News reports described the lengthy arrangements involving Pakistan, the US, Egypt and others that nurtured the prospective talks with the Taliban, not just Qatar. If talks actually start, the process might provide a window of reduced attacks for an orderly withdrawal of Western forces, instead of a withdrawal under fire. That is probably as substantive as the talks will get and even that is wishful thinking. Omar and the other anti-government leaders can't control their fighters sufficiently to keep any promises of restraint.

I was generally opposed to the US occupation of Afghanistan beyond the initial phase post 9/11 and the expansion of the war under Obama to become a war of national pacification. Anyone who reads history and understands the nature of the place could not help but come to the same conclusion as I have. Mr. Obama wanted to have a war, he picked Afghanistan and now he's withdrawing. For those of you who recall the scene in 2009, it was "Iraq bad, Afghanistan good." Both cost a lot of blood and treasure. And in 2013, what do we have to show for them? Iraq is now the home of a bloody civil war. Over 200 people were murdered in Baghdad last week. It reminds me of Chicago...because the mainstream media doesn't cover either one. Afghanistan will return to a repressive Islamist state that harbors like-minded people.
Hamid Karzai, Crook

The Karzai Government is a puppet government and exists only so long as he has US bayonets to back him up. The moment that the US is gone, he'll be aboard his Gulfstream, loaded with cash and gold, headed for retirement in Switzerland.

Such are the wars that we fight these days. It's not difficult to predict how things will turn out.


North Korea is Mystified

This week, a pro-North Korean news outlet in Japan published a lengthy signed article urging the US to accept the North's talks proposal. The article contained a tutorial on North Korean understanding of terms, implying the US might not have appreciated their significance. The article purported to tutor the US about how North Korea was at the center of all recent high level discussions. That is the North Korean world view.
North Korean Generals -- not nearly enough medals
The article concluded with this threat: "The crisis that occurred in March would repeat itself, should the Obama administration avoid dialogue and miss out on the opportunity for negotiations to remove the structure of confrontation from the Korean peninsula. The days are gone when the United States was giving lectures to tell the DPRK to do this or that, while unilaterally committing military coercion."

Although the article is not an official North Korean government statement, it almost certainly was published with approval by the North Korean central committee secretariat for propaganda. Kim Jong Un's advisers seem uneasy that the US has not jumped at their leader's offer of talks. Their statements indicate they consider North Korea the geo-strategic equal of China and the United States because all signed the Armistice Agreement.

Dear Leader - and friends - offended by the
lack of respect they're shown.
South Korean President Park makes her state visit to China next week and the North Koreans want to see themselves as a player internationally to a greater degree than they are. There is nothing new in their posture. They fail to appreciate that rest of the world knows that they threatened a nuclear war and then were forced to back down because they could not maintain a nation-wide combat alert. The populace has little capacity for more deprivation in another phony crisis. They offer nothing new in talks. And nobody really cares whether or not they starve, so long as they don't launch nuclear attacks against their neighbors.

In my opinion, Kim Jung Un would like to drift his country toward some sort of rapprochement with the West and with South Korea (which is being conciliatory) in an effort to pull his country out of the hole that his grandfather and father have put it in. However, for North Korea to join the rest of the planet, the people will need to be included in the fact that they've been screwed -- hard -- by their leadership for decade after decade. It would mean a loss of power for the North Korean elite - and if they remained in the country, they'd likely be murdered by a mob. That won't happen anytime soon. Neither will talks that result in bribes being paid to North Korea not to attack their neighbors.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

ACORN and Green Energy Scandals

Before the:
  • IRS Scandal
  • The Black Panther Voter Intimidation Scandal
  • EPA Scandal
  • DOJ Scandal targeting reporters
  • NSA demolition of the Fourth Amendment Right to Privacy
There was the ACORN Scandal, that broke wide open thanks to Andrew Breitbart, James O'Keefe and Hanna Giles:


And ACORN supported Voter Fraud:


But is it any fun to be President if you can't fill the trough with money for your 'community activist buddies' on the far left?

My sense is that the President would say, "No." 

It's possibly cathartic for President Obama to support IRS and EPA actions that strangle conservative organizations in the cradle while pushing his pet partisan projects through the system. The Obama hobby has become underwriting the same failed dependency-inducing community organizing fronts while persecuting others based on ideology.

GREEN ENERGY SCANDAL

(Fox News) Here's a list of Obama-sponsored green energy projects that have failed completely during his first four years in office. No, don't weep for him. He didn't pay for them. You did, if you're part of the 50% of Americans who pay Federal Income Tax:

    Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
    SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
    Solyndra ($535 million)*
    Beacon Power ($43 million)*
    Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
    SunPower ($1.2 billion)
    First Solar ($1.46 billion)
    Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
    EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
    Amonix ($5.9 million)
    Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
    Abound Solar ($400 million)*
    A123 Systems ($279 million)*
    Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
    Johnson Controls ($299 million)
    Schneider Electric ($86 million)
    Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
    ECOtality ($126.2 million)
    Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
    Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
    Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
    Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
    Range Fuels ($80 million)*
    Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
    Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
    Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
    GreenVolts ($500,000)
    Vestas ($50 million)
    LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
    Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
    Navistar ($39 million)
    Satcon ($3 million)*
    Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
    Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.
The problem begins with the issue of government picking winners and losers in the first place. Venture capitalist firms exist for this very reason, and they choose what to invest in by looking at companies’ business models and deciding if they are worthy. When the government plays venture capitalist, it tends to reward companies that are connected to the policymakers themselves or because it sounds nice to “invest” in green energy. 
The 2009 stimulus set aside $80 billion to subsidize politically preferred energy projects. Since that time, 1,900 investigations have been opened to look into stimulus waste, fraud, and abuse (although not all are linked to the green-energy funds), and nearly 600 convictions have been made. Of that $80 billion in clean energy loans, grants, and tax credits, at least 10 percent has gone to companies that have since either gone bankrupt or are circling the drain.

Why does America stand for it? 

The Democratic Party wants to buy your vote with "somebody else's money".

Friday, June 21, 2013

Jenny and Me


Some people expressed concern that I would go on walk-about in Arizona all alone. Fear not, I'm not going to be alone. I'll be with Jenny. (and possibly a Lone Wolf customized Glock 21)



The Jenny Wren is designer Ryan Johnson's (RMJ) latest tomahawk. The head is S-7, the core handle is G-10 that dovetails into the steel. The overlay handles are textured G-10 and all of it is held in place with hardened ground dowel pins and screw sets. The eyelets in the handle are 3/8" micarta tube. This is a small thin (1/2" thick handle) hawk that handles very quickly. 

The armor plate (above-right) is constructed of Dyneema to 3A thickness. It will stop a .44 magnum or any other pistol round, but it doesn't hold up well against a tomahawk.

When on walk-about in Arizona, it's nice to have a tomahawk (or better still, a selection of hawks to pick from). The concept of a Jenny Wren is simply its size. When leverage is important, I carry the old tried and true Eagle Talon. When I want something that will be available and unobtrusive, the Jenny Wren works better.

For people who live in an urban environment (Southern California) where many knives and most firearms are illegal to carry, the humble axe remains a viable alternative.

I took delivery of Jenny this month. This particular excursion will be her first outing.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Walk-About/Drive-About: Arizona

The blogs will continue over the next few days as I drift east to Arizona to attend a family function with in-laws who aren't outlaws (well, not all of them). I'll respond as the opportunity presents itself.

In addition to the obligatory functions of any family gathering, I'm going to do a bit of walk-about/drive-about in Northern Arizona in my rock truck, The Scorpion (below-right), a Toyota FJ Cruiser that I've modified to suit my needs.

The 2007 FJ has had a lot of adventures since it came into my hands, new off the lot. It's also been a source of adventure for my children, who have followed me down the road less traveled. (below, when the rig was new and stock) Don't fault my daughter for her grip on the rifle, I told her to keep her finger away from the trigger and that's what she did. Rather than a correcting and training moment, I just snapped the picture. How time flies. Emile was 15 when the photo was taken.

North of Flagstaff, AZ
And because I plan to eventually retire (to spend my dotage) in Arizona, I'm going to be looking at various sites from the Prescott Valley and over the hill into Cottonwood and Verde River as I drive-about while the in-laws in Phoenix chatter about whatever.

Before modifications were completed.
Some of you may ask, "why Arizona"? It's a fair question. It's a far more liberal state than many give it credit for and that's a down side. At the same time, despite having spawned creatures such as former governor, now DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, it still is an open-carry state and there seems to be the will to keep it that way.

It's usually dirty. I didn't want you to get the impression that I kept my
rig showroom new looking. (Location: somewhere between California and Arizona
in the middle of nowhere)
Rescuing a stranded rock buggy in Martinez Canyon near Florence, AZ.
Tuweep, North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Arizona Strip. That' how
I set up camp...toss the pelican cases out and throw down the sleeping bag.
It's not elegant but it works.
So Arizona -- somewhere well north of the desert depression and the urban Phoenix gridlock. But I don't know where, yet. And I'll take some photos on the drive about and post them here later.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Russia-Syria Matrix

We all know that President Obama grew up in a home where the former Soviet Union was held in very high regard. With that understanding this open microphone gaff held no surprises:

Yesterday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said that Russia would not allow establishment of a no-fly zone over Syria. "All these maneuvers about no-fly zones and humanitarian corridors are a direct consequence of a lack of respect for international law," Lukashevich said.
The Russian leadership has been very clear in communicating that its support for Syria is in part payback for NATO's intervention in Libya. That's why they're sending their navy into the Mediterranean (to outnumber US ships in the region). They want a say in what's being said and done in the area, and have backed Bashir al Assad, Syrian dictator with jets, and possibly surface-to-air missiles.

The Russians are unlikely to back down in Syria.

I personally oppose any US involvement in the Libyan civil war despite the involvement of Iran. The Russians bought Syria fair and square as a port for their fleet and as air bases so that they can project power into the Middle East and have a hand in future dealings there.  Russia is obviously not content to sit on the sidelines anymore.


But the game is heating up, and for President Obama, it's his chance to "wag the dog" and draw the spotlight away from the long list of scandals that has been plaguing his administration by plunging ahead.

Obama's Spy in his Spy Agency

Why did Barack Obama chose Avril Haines, a woman with no CIA experience for the No. 2 position at CIA?

He needs a personal spy inside of CIA to keep an eye on things and let him know what 's going on. Is it paranoia or a healthy dose of survival security for the President, whose administration has been racked with scandal from ACORN in his first term - through the NSA domestic spying scandal (last week).

Avril Haines faces considerable skepticism among the ranks as an overly legalistic, risk averse, political puppet of the seated president. The US Intelligence Community is awash in a sea of attorneys these days. Some will say that's a very good thing. Others may differ. The FBI hires a lot of attorneys. The Culture at CIA used to be different. I realize that Wild Bill Donovan (first director of the Office of Strategic Services and later, CIA) was an attorney and that the early Agency did have attorneys involved, but they were clearly lawyers of a different nature. These lawyers are not operators the way their predecessors were.

Haines will replace Michael Morell, booted by the Obama Administration as being politically incorrect, though he announced his retirement after more than three decades in the CIA to spend time with family.  You will call that the Obama administration called on Mr. Morell to 'doctor the Benghazi talking points'. 
Morell was an Obama ally. His ouster suggests that the President's allies are allies of convenience only. Before his 2010 nomination as Deputy Director, Morell served as Director for Intelligence, a position he had held since 2008. Before that, he served as the CIA's first Associate Deputy Director from 2006 to 2008.
In May 2010, Morell was sworn in as DDCI. He served his first stint as Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, following the appointment of Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. On November 9, 2012, Morell once again became Acting Director after David Petraeus following sex scandal, conveniently falling on the heels of the Benghazi Scandal. (always a bridesmaid, never a bride) Obama chose John Brennan, as director, passing over Morell yet again.
Back to Haines.
Forget about the women angle, or the lawyer piece, or, for that matter, Haines’s lack of agency experience, says Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center. With Mr. Brennan and Haines in the top two jobs, the CIA has a direct pipeline to the White House. 
“I think this underscores the relevance of the CIA in the post-9/11 era,” Mudd says. “You want people with firepower there – and that’s political firepower. Because the White House needs that agency in ways they’ve never needed it before.”
At the White House, Haines served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy counsel to the president for national security affairs. Haines is not subject to Senate confirmation in the new post. She joins the ranks of Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Jay Carney and other puppets in her new position of power.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Does it Cut Both Ways?

In George Orwell's (fictional?) dystopian future, the slogans ran this way: FREEDOM is SLAVERY and IGNORANCE is STRENGTH. And this week we have heard President Obama assure us that his domestic surveillance practices are "modest encroachments on privacy." 

BUT DOES IT CUT BOTH WAYS?

President Obama has disclosed that  the US Government has essentially downloaded and stored every computer transaction, e-mail and telephone call since 2006. And this may be the NSA's worst nightmare come true because I see what might be coming down the tracks.

Terrance Brown, 40, is one of five men on trial in federal court, charged with an armored car heist. He knows that the US Government can give him those records that will prove his innocence! Nothing makes the National Security Agency roll its eyes back into its skull and go FULL zombie like a request from a criminal court. Trust me when I tell you that the NSA is unlikely to give up ANY records whether or not there is a subpoena involved. But does that mean that DOJ must dismiss the case? FBI and DOJ are on the horns of a dilemma. Every defendant from now to the end of time will allege that there is exculpating information in phone records if only they were produced (By NSA). AND that DOJ must comply or dismiss.
(Florida South Florida Sun-Sentinal) One South Florida man accused in a series of bank robbery attempts is hoping the recent revelation that the federal government is secretly keeping millions of U.S. phone records could help his defense. 
The FBI and federal prosecutors are using cellphone records in court to try to prove that the five accused men were all nearby when the robbery attempts and planning occurred, as Moss, who is cooperating with the U.S. Attorney's Office, testified. 
The prosecution had told defense attorneys that they were unable to obtain Brown's cellphone records from the period before September 2010 because his carrier, MetroPCS, had not held on to them. 
Not so fast, Brown's attorney Marshall Dore Louis argued in court documents filed in Fort Lauderdale days after the NSA surveillance program was revealed last week. Louis argued in court Wednesday that the government should be forced to turn over phone location records for two cellphones Brown may have used because it could prove he was not present for one of the attempted bank robberies, on July 26 on Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point. 
"The president of the United States has recognized this program has been ongoing since 2006 … to gather the phone numbers [and related information] of everybody including my client in 2010," Louis said. 
U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum agreed to give prosecutors an extra week or two to respond fully after they said they needed more time. 
"There are security procedures that must be followed," Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Walleisa said of the special protocols the Department of Justice follows when dealing with information, usually used to identify possible terrorist activity, that may have been secretly obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 
Prosecutor Michael Gilfarb told the judge that even if the information is available, it may be irrelevant depending on whether Brown carried a phone. 
Brown's wife, Vesta Murat Brown, who testified for the prosecution Wednesday morning, told jurors that her husband didn't have a cellphone at the time but sometimes borrowed phones from her, other family members or friends. 
Local lawyers said they anticipate there will be many more requests for this kind of information now that defense attorneys know the information may have been preserved.
"If the government is spying on our phone calls, it can't then claim in the same breath that it won't provide those calls when it helps the defense. What's good for the goose, is good for the gander," said David Oscar Markus, a defense lawyer.