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sunset from behind the wire

Monday, March 31, 2014

Europe?

Will Putin, radical militant Islam and Obama work together to save Europe?

It's an interesting question because it lays bare the European "peace" myth, an aggressive Russia and blends it with a weak, indecisive, untruthful and disturbingly Marxist American President, who reflects the will of the Americans to allow the European Union to fall from within and without.
As James Lewis, writing for American Thinker put it: The deadly flaw in the Eurosocialist scheme is its inability and unwillingness to defend itself. Europe has cannibalized its military to feed the welfare state. On top of that, socialist Europe has deliberately imported millions of Muslims to provide cheap welfare votes for the ruling class. 
Every year the bureaucracy in Brussels sends out thousands of edicts to its member nations, draining away their sovereignty step by step. The national parliaments, including the Brits, let this happen because they have lifetime jobs in the EU power structure. 
The EU has carved away its own electoral legitimacy; you can vote for your Member of the European Parliament, but s/he doesn’t have any power. They can talk, and that’s all. It is nothing but that famous old Potemkin village. 
This is clearly suicidal. Millions of Muslims are now infiltrating the West, and the West shows no sign of defending itself. Our “leaders” are not even allowed to name the enemy.

And while the EU is in a death spiral, Russia, emboldened and more enlightened with what does and does not work in government, is dealing with its domestic Islamic problems as only Russians seem to be able to do, and it's expanding to claim its old empire. The key to empire is a navy. Sevastopol is now back firmly in the hands of the Russians, who had a lease from Ukraine to operate the military base before they just took back Crimea. Russia also operates naval bases in Cuba and Venezuela and has an "intelligence school" in Nicaragua that is drawing students throughout Latin America.

The US is abandoning its role as Europe's protector. Obama's red lines are a joke and his administration is not taken seriously anywhere, least of all in Europe. What's more, the Europeans get it. They see the threat and it's not a comfortable, happy place for them. As the US abandons the Persian Gulf, its naval presence in the Mediterranean and Asia and breeches its agreements on security worldwide including throwing Poland to the wolves on missile defense, the Europeans see where this is heading. They need somebody to protect them...and the only real potential would seem to be Russia. Europe has the money to buy protection and Russia has the will to use force. Unarmed and fearful Europe can either give itself over to an armed and Militant expansionist Islamic godfather or to the Russian bear. 

Or the Europeans can grow up and build their own credible defense. It's expensive. Maybe they'll have to cut back on healthcare and universal welfare? Maybe Obama and Putin combined with militant Islam can help Europe to survive on its own?


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Noah (Movie Review)

This will have to pass for your Sunday Sermonette.

The Muslims and Evangelical Christians are saying, "Don't go to see the movie, Noah." So I went to the theater armed. I'm usually armed, but I slid two spare magazines of Hornady .45 ACP +P in my pocket just in case some whack job decided to take out the viewers. I survived without having to suppress one or more of the faithful.

I like Russell Crowe as an actor and think that the movie was interesting as an eco-revisionist, post modernistic, sci-fi piece -- blended with USC film school writing and beat plotting. I can't say that it's based on anything in the Bible. It's more of a Gligamesh of Uruk** story than it is what you'd consider a traditional Biblical theme. There is no actual communication between God and Noah, which is in keeping with a Hollywood production that can't be religious. I liked the giant rock people/angels who pitched in to help Noah build the ark, and slaughtered the standard wicked humans who decide they want a ride on the boat. While not mentioned in the Bible, it does lend a sense of drama to the whole epoch. The stow-away on the ark (spoiler) is interesting and lends more drama to the story, which holds its own drama even if one follows the Biblical account faithfully.  

SUMMARY: There was global warming (pre-internal combustion engine, which is confusing), an homage to homosexuality, science fiction style rock angel aliens, no mention of God per se -- wait for the Academy Award.

Bill Cosby's take on it is more Biblical than the Noah movie now in theaters:


**Gilgamesh, King of Uruk (modern Iraq), was the last king of Sumeria and at one point, he journeyed to visit Utnapishtim (Noah), who survived a great flood. Noah, the sage, was reputed to be Gilgamesh's great-great-great grandfather, who told him the story of the flood, the ark, etc.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Advertising Genius

It doesn't take much these days to pander to the consuming public. The days of the drummers and the medicine show have been replaced by the 3 minute video and the sixty second commercial television message. I'd like to say that all the sideshow barkers are gone but we have one in the White House and he reads on from his teleprompter rather than memorizing his pitch to buy elixir, or ObamaCare, or his red line threat to some third world potentate.

Advertising is all about presenting a multi-ethnic, nature friendly, female empowering, line of bullshit as showcased in this video:




All you need to do now is to insert your company's logo and it can be shown on any media presentation as an example of what a cool widget you're making - - or if you're in the green energy business (subsidiary of the Democratic Party and funded by the American public's largess), explaining how you're really nice people (because you love ethnic diversity and the environment) even if you bilked the tax payer out of a a few hundred million dollars and went bankrupt.

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)
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)


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gun Control and Leland Yee


Those opposed to gun control make the argument that by government controlling the actions of legitimate firearms owners exercising their Second Amendment rights, it puts them at a disadvantage when they are confronted by criminal organizations - and in San Francisco, that would be Asian gangs and Triads.

Are you shocked that one of the California's foremost champions of Gun Control, State Senator Leland Yee runs with and is paid by Chinese Organized Crime?


California State Senator Leland Yee - Champion of Gun Control
Isn't it ironic? Karma is not an easy mistress as California State Senator Leland Yee is learning.

Senator Lee has never met a gun control measure in California that he did not favor, however, apparently he is not so opposed to triads and criminal organizations arming themselves to prey on the general (disarmed) law abiding public.
(Fox News) State Sen. Leland Yee, an outspoken Democrat who is a gun control and open government advocate, was arrested Wednesday on charges he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento for bribes. He was allegedly taking bribes from men who turned out to be FBI agents. 
Yee, who is running for secretary of state and currently represents half of San Francisco, was being held on $500,000 bail after appearing handcuffed and shackled in federal court. 
He was charged with six counts of depriving the public of honest services and one count of conspiracy to traffic in guns without a license. He’s also accused of trying to help an undercover agent obtain weapons from a Muslim rebel group. 
Kwok Cheung (周國祥)  alias Shrimp Boy Chow
Senator Lee is apparently the 'legal arm' of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's triad, operating between Hong Kong and San Francisco. How sweet for Lee - or at least it was. Not so much anymore. 
According to the FBI’s 137-page complaint, Chow and five other defendants laundered $2.3 million for undercover agents between March 2011 and December 2013. According to the FBI, the defendants were told the money came from crimes like illegal gambling, drug dealing and marijuana growing. 
Chow, who was previously convicted on gun charges, was recently celebrated by the Chinese community in the area as an example of successful rehabilitation. 

Will Alaska Return to Russian Territory?

Maybe Alaskans are tired of "One-Man rule by Obama" and think that they'll get a better shake from Vladimir Putin...
(Fox News) DATELINE: JUNO, AK - Thousands sign WhiteHouse.gov petition for Alaska to secede -- to Russia
“Vote for secession of Alaska from the United States and joining Russia,” the petition says.

The petition, though strangely worded and difficult to understand, describes how Alaska was originally settled and populated by native Russians.

Secretary of State William Seward purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, in a decision decried at the time as “Seward’s Folly.” The territory officially became the 49th state on Jan. 3, 1959.
Meanwhile back at the White House, Barack is still, Barack. And the only thing that all Americans can agree on and rally behind is the certainty that Joe Biden is just one tick dumber. Vlad is revered by his subjects as the return of Ivan the Terrible. Barack is revered for being half African and for his ability to read the words on a teleprompter written by whoever is really running the Republic (but we know for sure that it's not Congress).

Sure, the Alaskan's are having fun at Barack's expense but he can take a joke, right? Or will the IRS be auditing everyone who signed that petition?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Not Quite a Pocket Pistol

Concealed carry in .45 ACP

Glock-30S - Designed for law enforcement concealed carry, available to the public.

The recently released Glock G30S Gen3 45ACP pistol offers a slimmer slide (the "S" in G30S stands for Slim) than the Glock 30/30SF and is designed for more comfortable concealed carry situations. 10 rounds of .45 ACP +P are not enough for some and more than enough for others. In a concealed carry setting, it's an arsenal. In the end it comes down to the shooter and personal preference.

The G30S, G30 and G30SF all use an identical recoil spring assembly. Traveling at a higher velocity, the remaining momentum of the G30S slide is greater as the slide strikes the frame in recoil. The difference can be felt compared to a G30/30SF. Compared to the slimline G36, the wider grip of the G30S distributes recoil energy over a larger surface area of the hand making the G30S more comfortable to shoot.

Even though I'm not a Deputy Sheriff and never was one, the Orange County Sheriff's Department ordered six G-30S handguns nearly a year ago. They just came in and my name was on one of them.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Putin's Playbook


The entire planet jeers at US President Barack Hussein Obama, and nobody laughs harder than the Russian people. 
(IBD) British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain called the assault on Czechoslovakia "a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing." 
He signed the Munich agreement, which let Hitler's aggression stand, saying it guaranteed "peace in our time." In fact, it guaranteed the subjugation of Europe. 
Unfortunately, we hear echoes of Chamberlain from Obama today: "The Ukraine government has said it is prepared to negotiate with Russia," Obama said. "And the international community has been supportive of a diplomatic process that would allow a de-escalation of tensions, a moving back of Russian troops from Ukraine's borders, and rapidly organized elections."
Barack is the master of the red line, a lampooned pacifist who even in liberal European circles is held up as an international joke.  It's not just this situation in Ukraine and the Crimean state, which is no longer a state of Ukraine. Obama has few options. Why are his options so limited? Part of it comes with Obama's selection for a winning team. Will Europe and NATO really want to raise the ante with chronically weak Obama, Kerry, Power, Hagel, Clapper, and Brennan in control?  How can an administration, which cannot manage a website in the digital age prosecute a successful economic or shooting war, one with atomic potential.

Any US general who might be a tad independent or think for himself has been put out to pasture. The present litmus test for admirals and generals is 'political suitability' in the Obama mold, not guts and war fighting ability. It plays well at White House rose garden ceremonies, but speaks very badly for results in combat.
America has to wait on the sidelines until another general national election takes place in 2016.

Fishwrap

CALIFORNICATION

California has never met a liberal idea that it didn't embrace. Therefore it shouldn't be any wonder that mismanagement, the need to protect the Delta Smelt, and redistributionist policies has led to the San Juaquin Valley (running almost the entire length of the state) being turned into a dust pan. Furthermore, California residents who flow like metastasized cancer cells into surrounding states take their "success story" with them and try and make the nation into California.

V FOR VENDETTA

V masks are being mass produced for the coming revolution. Order yours while there is still time because you don't want to be caught in a less than fashionable moment.


HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT


"Look deeply into the picture and vote for Hillary" - I'm Hillary Clinton and I approved this message.




Monday, March 24, 2014

Elections have Consequences

I understand that a close study of history isn't considered valuable today. It's been left off the Common Core curriculum that American students are required to study. Today Cicero is a name that does not echo. Still, maybe he did have something useful to leave to the ages.


HISTORICAL INTERLUDE


Cicero: "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not traitor, he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared."

At least that's how Cicero saw it. I'm sure that in our glorious modern era, the notion and nature of treason has changed...

Another Monday


Sometimes you're the windshield -- Sometimes you're the bug.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Law and Legacy

President Barack Obama is not happy with the way the American Government works. He's very comfortable telling his constituents that and expressing his intent to go around the system to rule by personal fiat rather than by working through Congress.  I think that's going to become far more difficult for him if the Senate goes Republican. We'll see what happens at the end of this year.

The Constitution was designed to lay out a system of divided government that would limit the power of a central government, because the Founding Fathers clearly understood that strong centralized power was almost universally bad in the long run.

Then, because it they had not gone far enough, they amended the Constitution with the Bill of Rights to limit government further, allowing more personal sovereignty to exist in the domain of the people. The Bill of Rights protects the people from the government. 
  • Free Speech in a Constitutional sense means that the GOVERNMENT can't curtail your right to speak. It doesn't mean that if one private person uses "codewords" in his speech toward another that they are violating Constitutional legal protections. The Constitution does not address "politically correct language" between private citizens.
  • The Right to Keep and Bare Arms has nothing to do with hunting. It has to do with the citizen's right to protect themselves from government overreach. 
  • The Constitution does not give the government authority to take any segment of the private economy captive to distribute wealth under the guise of "affordable healthcare'.  They do have the right to tax, though. ObamaCare is a tax - but the provisions of the tax are toxic and destructive politically. That President Obama lent his name to the disaster that ObamaCare has become - is forcing him to change the law on a weekly basis without consulting Congress, confusing the healthcare and insurance providers and the public. And the Republicans are sitting back (eating popcorn) and watching the circus.
Barack Obama will have a legacy - and it will read much the same way as Jimmy Carter's has. Not at all flattering. Tags like, "greatest firearms salesman in American history", "Red Lines", "Putin's Bitch" and "ObamaCare" will wrap him like anchor chain.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Crimean Fallout

On 20 March, Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, overwhelmingly approved the treaty of Crimean reunification. After Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had presented the treaty and urged lawmakers to accept the region as a part of the Russian Federation, the document was approved on a vote of 443 to 1.

Speaking "on behalf" of President Putin, Lavrov told the State Duma that folding Crimea into Russia was needed to protect ethnic Russians there. 

Winning of Hearts and Minds in the Ukranian Military: Voice of Russia reported on March 20 that President Putin signed an order recognizing the military rank of Ukrainian officers transferring to serve in Russia's armed forces.

Actions and inaction both have consequences. America, traditional leader of the free world and champion of self-determination has all but abdicated its role under President Obama's leadership, and there are ripples in the pond. Some such as Ukraine, you've heard about - but there are others.
FINLAND - On March 20, Finland's air force intensified its surveillance of domestic airspace as a result of the crisis in Crimea. The Karelian Air Command in Rissala, in south central Finland, is on higher alert than usual. The US F-18 Hornet serves as the primary air combat weapon of the Finnish Air Force. Russia might harass the Finns for having lost to them in hockey at the Olympics, but little else. Nevertheless, the Finns are taking no chances at this time. Under normal circumstances, the US would be there as the prime guarantor of NATO, but the US is absent. The Fins don't view Hope and Change coming from Russia to be appealing.
ESTONIA - On 19 March at the U.N. Human Rights Council a Russian diplomat said Russia is concerned about Estonia's treatment of its ethnic Russian minority. He said, "Language should not be used to segregate and isolate groups." comparing language policy in Estonia to language policy in Ukraine after the ouster of Yanukovych. Estonia requires all citizens to learn Estonian. In February the new Ukrainian regime rescinded the law that allows local regions to use Russian as a second language to Ukrainian. Under the Tsars and the Soviets language was politics. The leaders of all the former Warsaw Pact states know that as well. Many activist groups in the former Soviet republics made freedom to use local languages their first demand. In fact it always signified opposition to Russian/Soviet authority. 
The Putin government is using the age old language issue in reverse to assert a protective umbrella over ethnic Russians anywhere in reach. Estonia has more than 321,000 ethnic Russians, who constitute 24 percent of the population.
LATVIA - The Latvian press published remarks by Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis today in which he stressed that Latvia must strengthen the National Guard, "Increase the number of home guards with patriotic citizens; well-equipped and trained National Guard; National Guard combat units of enforced readiness (sic) who are ready to defend Latvia's independence -- these are the most important and urgent tasks for Latvia's self-defense. The government in the nearest time has to decide on allocating money for efficient equipment and training of the National Guard," said Vejonis. 
Vejonis said that the ministry has to arrange the database of reserve troops and revise mobilization plans that have been ignored by former defense ministers. He also said Latvia should continue intense cooperation with the US and other NATO members and partners in the region, including Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland, to strengthen Latvia's defense. 
Crimea's reunification with Russia is a wake-up alarm for the Baltic states, all of whom are NATO members. All presumed Ukraine would have stood up up to Russia much better than it did. Ukraine has a competent defense industry and, on paper, had one of the largest armed forces in Europe. 
Vejonis' comments indicate Latvia has allowed its defense preparedness to lapse as much as Ukraine did. Latvia contains more than 556,400 ethnic Russians, who constitute 26.9 percent of the population.
As a reminder, when Medvedev was President, he indicated that Russia did not consider Baltic state membership in NATO to be permanent.
LITHUANIA - POLAND - UKRAINE  Defense ministers of Lithuania and Poland agreed on Thursday, 20 March, to start new projects and acquisitions in air defense and to develop the three-country brigade with Ukraine. "The ministers agreed to proceed with the bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and Poland, continue the existing projects and acquisitions and start new ones, especially in the field of air defense," the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said in a press release. 
In May, Poland will take its turn in the NATO Baltic air-policing mission in Lithuania. After the Crimean referendum on union with Russia, the UK offered to send six Typhoon fighters to join the Polish F-16s. 
Lithuania has 176,900 ethnic Russians, who constitute 5.8 percent of the population.
MOLDOVA - Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitriy Rogozin said in a TV interview on 20 March that Russia and Moldova's breakaway Dniester region will be "tied by the closest links." 
On 19 March, pro-Russian politicians and activists in the Dniester region asked the Russian parliament to allow their territory to join Russia. 
Rogozin said, "There are 200,000 Russian citizens there, of 500,000 people. The rest are not Russian citizens because the Moldovans don't allow a Russian consulate to open in Tiraspol (the capital of Dniester region). But in their hearts, they are all citizens. They are all our compatriots, our people; they are part of our Russian world. There is no doubt about this."
WHO's NEXT
TRANS DNIESTR is a strip of land that borders southwestern Ukraine. It declared its independence from Moldova in 1990 and fought a brief inconclusive war of independence with Moldova in 1992. A Soviet Army based in Moldova ended the fighting before the Soviet Union ended. Russia brokered a federation agreement between Moldova and Transnistria under which Transnistria still hosts Russian military forces. Transnistria and another region known as Gagauzia - also part of Moldova -- would be the next regions to request union with the Russian Federation, using Crimea as a precedent. 
Rogozin is a former Russian ambassador to NATO and known for his bombastic statements. Nevertheless, the Russian government's handling of Transnistria might provide the next best indicator of Russian intentions to extend their protective umbrella wider than Crimea. As to the Baltics, the language issue has them all rattled, which is Moscow's intent at this time.



Friday, March 21, 2014

Little Moments

There are times in my life --- little moments --- when I can't help but wonder whether or not President Barack Obama terrifies Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Fox News) President Obama banned eleven top Russians from entering the US in retaliation for the Russian annexation of Crimea, hoping that would slap the Russian strong man down like an unwanted stepchild.
When you're a little pansy metrosexual drug user and community organizer, you think that passes for a "sanction". I can't help but feel that Obama is concerned that the Russians don't think well of him, after all he's done for them. His mother, estranged father and grandparents always spoke so glowingly to him of the Soviet Union as did "Uncle Frank".  Now they only mock him.

President Obama went on the Ellen show to explain how tough he was. Did it keep President Putin up at night wondering if Obama's next move would be to go on Letterman? I don't know. If Putin was up past midnight, it was more likely because he was having a high level "discussion" with a Russian super model at his dacha...

The only people who seem to swallow the whole Obama Game whole is the US Press. The foreign press laughs at us - and the Russians laugh hardest, as America has become a running joke.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Human Condition

RELOCATION

As some of you may be aware, but likely none of you care, I am in the process of relocating about half time to Reno, NV where a company that I co-founded is opening a UAV assembly and flight test facility. I asked a local what's fun to do in Reno. He said, "nothing", which was as I feared.

So do I decorate the Reno Commando HQ as if it was the Imperial War Museum, or do I simply put subtle things out, like a horse head pillow (think Godfather) which can be purchased HERE?

All the fun of a real horse's head with none of the mess.

Something interesting in bed - for those of us who
are not very interesting on our own.

No, the frat house decorating genre doesn't usually appeal to me, but just this once? In Reno?

LUNCH

I had lunch today with a friend who works at the Orange County District Attorney's Office. (He used to work there with me) We walked past a bum in downtown Santa Ana, CA and the bum said, "I haven't eaten in three days." (you know that's a lie because soup kitchens feed them)

I replied, "I wish I had your willpower." In the restaurant the waitress said, "Sorry about the wait." I replied, "don't worry, you'll find a way to loose it eventually. Talk to the guy out front, he's got it dialed in."

BROTHER-IN-LAW

My brother-in-law owns a Super Decathlon airplane that is used for acrobatics. He competes at events around the country and though he's new at the game, he's quite good. He's a very nice guy, and if it was anyone else that owned the airplane, I'd be jealous. 

The companies that originally built the Super Decathlon (Champion and Bellanca) both went broke. American Champion Aircraft Co. acquired the designs and is building them again.

He says that flying upside down clears his mind. I suggested that it might also clear his stomach.

AN AMERICAN LIBERAL


LET THEM EAT SMELT

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled and upheld federal guidelines limiting water deliveries from the northern part of California to the southern part of the state -- to protect an endangered fish called the Delta smelt. The ruling went against a lower-court ruling that overturned the 2008 guidelines from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.





Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's in Obama's Head


How true:
(Fox News) Charles Krauthammer said Monday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that since President Obama is frequently changing the rules of ObamaCare on a whim, the law "exists in his head." 
"You look at the stack of the papers and all the bills and all the legislation and the regulation, but in fact nobody has any idea what the law is," Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor, said. "It changes at the whim of the president every Wednesday morning. So there really is no bill. It exists in his head."
I stopped keeping track of the changes to ObamaCare because I don't think that it matters. The law is so toxic that Barack Obama has to keep changing it by edict every time it begins to effect some group of people. The roll-back dates - two years at a time, to avoid the consequences that implementation will have on elections - means that nobody thinks that they have to enroll in the mandatory insurance program.

I think that Charles Krauthammer is correct. The only place that ObamaCare exists is within the president's head. And it will remain in his head until he's out of office. Then it will be repealed.

Meanwhile...
(Fox News) The busted ObamaCare websites cost a lot of people a lot of time. But for one Nevada man, problems with the state insurance exchange reportedly cost him $407,000.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Larry Basich, a 62-year-old Vegas resident, has been stuck with the massive medical bill despite signing up for an insurance plan via the state exchange last fall.

Basich, according to the article, selected a UnitedHealthcare plan in November, and even paid his first premium. But he never received confirmation that he was enrolled, despite being assured that he was by Nevada Health Link.
Victim/Basich's Senator is Harry Reid (D-NV). I'm sure that Harry believes that his constituent is lying.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fishwrap

SHOULD WE ELIMINATE CONGRESS?



President Obama suggests that it would make governing a lot easier.


MEDIA BIAS? -- NAAH.

Sharyl Attkisson, one of the truly great investigative reporters in the business has been a CBS regular.  She's broken big stories on Benghazi, Fast and Furious and other major administration scandals...which is precisely why CBS didn't want to use any of it.

T-SHIRTS

Race, your family could be producing these in the basement and funding college for the Bannon hoard.




MH370






Monday, March 17, 2014

A Few War Tunes

In honor of St. Patrick's Day






I realize that there isn't a war going on in Northern Ireland, but there was back when I lived there. And both St. Patrick's Day and the anniversary of King Billy crossing the Boyne brought out a different sort of emotion.

Do they still have Orange marches down Shankill Road displaying the Red Hand of Ulster?

Is Hillary Presidential Material?

If the Senate falls to the Republican Party in 2014, will there be an impeachment?

It's difficult to predict because the mainstream media wouldn't support it, possibly because the president is of mixed race - and the mantle of governing would fall to Vice President Joe (Slow Joe) Biden, who would run for the presidency as an incumbent in 2016. To be fair, the mainstream media has been kind to Joe Biden, but they don't love him. And they would likely turn on him in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Note: NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN behave as if they are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Democratic Party.
What is Hillary Clinton to do?
h/t daletoons

She's joined at the hip with the Obama Administration and they are not popular. I realize that she plans to declare that the Republican Party is systematically engaging in a war on women and that's her appeal. It doesn't matter whether it's bullshit or not, if somebody believes it, she'll say it.

ObamaCare is something that the Democrats bought unanimously and she was in the cabinet when it passed, so it's very difficult for her to distance herself from it. Single payer (state controlled healthcare) may be the dream but voters, soured on ObamaCare are unlikely to agree with even more state control over their healthcare. The blue-gummed would be dictator may laugh while he lies to the American people, but "If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare" was such a blatant lie that Hillary can't use it in her march to glory and the US Presidency.

The economy is in a shambles and Hillary will blame the US House of Representatives for all of it - and George W. Bush who will have left office eight years previously. Progressives will believe her because she could feed them skunk stool and they'd eat it. However, even the more Democratic Party centric areas are not drinking the Kool Aid as deeply as they have in the past. 

Hillary can't run on Hope and Change. Her only pitch is that she's a chubby, geriatric woman who has   no achievements worth mentioning. The Arab Spring didn't work out for her as something she could run on. She has name recognition and she was scorned by her husband when she was First Lady.

Her one ace is that the media will love her and will hate whoever runs against her, just as they loved and still love Barack Obama no matter how outrageous his conduct.

She could always resort to this strategy. It has the benefit of being a proven winner:


Sunday, March 16, 2014

MH370 not a mystery



What should we make of this?
(Fox News) There are people (mainly in the US) who are calling for a US investigation into the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.
Let me paint a brief picture, no snark included:

1. If MH370 had gone down on land, loaded with fuel it would have left a debris field and a huge fiery pyre where tens of thousands of aviation fuel burned. There is no debris field, and there is no smoke plume.

2. If MH370 had gone down in the ocean, USGOV would have known within minutes because the acoustic locators would have triggered from multiple Air Flight Recorders (black boxes). The US would not have acknowledged that they knew, but they would have known. The US has invested a lot of money in advanced acoustics. They didn't need to send the USS Kidd, which is one of the oldest US destroyers in commission.

Therefore: The airplane was hijacked. I realize that the dog has been chasing its tail for some time now, but anybody with a lick of sense would have put these pieces together within a very short period of time.

Where did the airplane go?

Not China - because despite what many people think, the Chinese are not lawless like that.

Islamic Republics that are "laws unto themselves": Take your pick, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, etc. The aircraft is worth $350 million. The pilots suffocate the passengers in transit, land in whatever Islamic paradise country they've arranged to land and somebody forks over $50 or $100 million and gets the aircraft for a song. That aircraft can be repainted and fly between Islamic paradise destinations without any international flap. What could be more simple?

That the aircraft was stolen from the most populous Islamic nation in the world is simply a detail. Maybe the Islamic brothers will work it out between themselves. I'm sure the Qur-an has a sura that discusses theft and so forth. The infidel passengers on the flight go to hell and the male Muslims get 72 black-eye'd virgins. 


The End of Chicken Street?

Just about one month ago, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, President of the People's Republic of China and Chairman of the PRC's Central Military Commission. Issued what amounted to an executive order that closed public brothels in China. 

Just about every city in the PRC had a red light district, also known locally in each city as "Chicken Street" where country girls would flock to work as prostitutes.

Westerners visiting many cities in China are frequently nearly mobbed outside of their hotels by aggressive women who ply their trade. Once in Shenzhen, I counted - yes actually counted - 400 prostitutes outside of my nice, American style hotel on the street and grounds. Based on reliable information from friends on the ground, that is no more. To everyone's surprise, the ban on whorehouses in the Chicken Streets remain closed. 

Almost every year in September, prior to the National Day holiday celebration that begins October 1, the police round up a token number of street walkers and they begin to vanish until National Day (which takes place over about a one week period) Celebration has come to a conclusion. This isn't the same thing. 

A friend of mine who owns a factory in China reported that the rumors are true.

  • Saturday, March 15, 2014

    Molon Labe

    I have a MOLON LABE t-shirt that I wear from time to time. It's quite amazing how many people come up to me and say, "right on" or pat me on the back. Strangers strike up conversations revolving around the need to keep the Bill of Rights that so many progressives are working to destroy.

    Connecticut banned "scary looking" firearms and so far, it appears that the vast majority of gun owners affected by the legislation did not register their guns prior to the December 31 deadline, making between 50,000 and 350,000 gun owners felons. This is frightening, considering the law doesn't just make the violation a misdemeanor, it makes it a felony, which could result in a prison sentence. Fewer than 50,000 gun owners registered their firearms by the deadline to comply with the law.

    Failing to register makes sense because if you did register them, you should expect a visit from the local SWAT Team, who will want to confiscate them. Now, that hasn't happened yet - and if things keep going the way that they are, it won't happen because the Connecticut State Government doesn't seem to have very many people who are willing to go out and take firearms from the honest and faithful in the community.
    (CP) Gun owners who sent in their applications for registration after the deadline have reported already receiving letters by the government instructing them to get rid of their guns. The Hartford Courant notes that the government has records of gun owners who went through background checks in order to purchase AR-15s. The government could potentially go after any of those gun owners who failed to register their guns.

    Yes, the Connecticut State Legislature passed an ex post facto law, forbidden by the US Constitution, but when has that sort of conduct been questioned in the ObamaNation? President Obama openly flaunted the law and Congress and promised to rule by executive fiat. The problem with all that is that people are ignoring the Connecticut State Legislature.

    This week, the majority of Connecticut State Troopers have signed a petition expressing their refusal to enforce the new law.

    Connecticut Carry, a leading gun rights organization in the state, is daring the government to come after gun owners. The stage is being set for massive civil disobedience unless the law is changed. Many prosecutors and law enforcement officers are not going to uphold a law this heavy-handed; nevertheless, this ill-conceived legislation, pushed through by gun-control activists, is going to pit many law-abiding law enforcement officers against thousands of patriotic, American freedom-loving gun owners. It is terrifying that here in America, innocent gun owners would be put in the same category as sex offenders, turning them into felons. Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy (D), who signed SB 1160, seems to have become another King Xerxes. This time around, will the Spartans in Connecticut prevail? Molon Labe





    Friday, March 14, 2014

    Styles of Music

    Music to Relax By

    I play music to fit my moods. If I'm breaking the speed limit, I play Sammy Hagar singing "I can't drive 55!" If I feel unloved, I listen to Bonny Rait singing "I can't make you love me." If I'm remembering my youth, I play Credence Clearwater Revival or Bob Seger. Songs evoke memories: Don Henley singing "The Boys of Summer" reminds me of lost love, Lady Gaga singing "Poker Face" reminds me of dealing with the Russian mafia in Detroit (don't ask me why). And so forth. Then there is a class of music that doesn't make me think. It helps me not to think.

    CAT POWER


    Charlyn Marie Marshall (born January 21, 1972), also known as Chan Marshall or by her stage name Cat Power, is an American singer-songwriter. Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall's first band, but has come to refer to her musical projects with various backing bands. I think that Metal Heart is one of my Cat Power favorites.



    HYBRID



    Hybrid is a Welsh electronic music group based in Swansea comprising Mike Truman, Chris Healings and Charlotte James.

    PINK FLOYD

    Though they need no introduction, Pink Floyd naturally heads the list with The Division Bell and Momentary Lapse of Reason albums - ahead of The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. It's slightly embarrassing to speculate how many times I've listened to each album. Suffice to say it's a large number.

    The Division Bell http://youtu.be/z5Ain15tsxk

    METALICA

    I do like all of Metalica's music. Some is for listening up. Some is for listening down.


    HALESTORM

    Lizzy Hale is just about my favorite female vocalist - at least in my top 5.  For those of you who have read my blog for a while, there have been a few Halestorm blogs. Most of Halestorm's music is a long way from easy listening. However, it's part of that playlist, so I'm simply including it - partly to plug the band if you haven't heard of them.

    A Familiar Taste of Poison.  http://youtu.be/lHZKPYQnsmc They won't let me link it because of the advertisement. YouTube wants you to watch it on YouTube

    All I want do is Make Love to You



    This song was originally recorded by Heart, but I prefer the Halestorm rendition.



    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Kicking the Can

    President Obama kicked the ObamaCare can down the road for two years with decree last week wherein those who had plans they liked before ObamaCare could keep them for two more years. As I understand the situation, insurance companies were not happy about the decision because they want some degree of predictability and the Obama 'rule by decree' doctrine doesn't take any but political concerns into consideration - and ignores Congress. So long as the Democratic Party controls the US Senate, Congress is a puppet of the Executive Branch of government.

    The problems with ObamaCare are much deeper than just that, though. The  uninsured are not signing up and based on a McKinsey & Co. survey, those who did sign up are not paying their premiums for their "free" healthcare. (Source IBD)
    A McKinsey & Co. survey finds just one in 10 previously uninsured people have signed up for ObamaCare. 
    Amazingly, the administration can't even determine how many ObamaCare enrollees were previously uninsured because they forgot to include this question in the online sign-up form (it's in the paper version). 
    The McKinsey survey found nearly a quarter of those enrolled haven't paid for their coverage. Among those who were uninsured, the number climbs to 47%. 
    This fits with data from the seven states that are reporting nonpayment rates. Overall, 24% of those enrolled haven't paid their ObamaCare premiums. In some states, such as Maryland and Washington, the nonpayment rate tops 40%.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    The Leading Edge

    We're flight testing our aircraft at Reno Stead Airport, site of the famed Reno Air Show. I can't wait for the next show, coming up this September.

    Air Show 2014 Preview Video

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    Voodoo, modified P-51 speed trials, 2013

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    It's the last remaining air race of its kind in the world. Nowhere else can you find Fokke Wulf 190s, P-51 Mustangs, Corsairs and Spitfires racing down on the deck at 500+ mph.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    The Mosque Next Door

    It's Monday and I'm a bit bored, working out of the house, waiting for the telephone to ring. No, I'm not doing out-call prostitution - primarily because women never pay (I'm cheap but I'm not free) --sigh-- I'm just not pretty enough, even though movie stars routinely steal 'my look'.

    Blogging will have to do in the absence of something interesting on the Military Channel.

    Some time ago, I blogged about an interaction that I had with the Muslim Next Door. This is sort of a to-be-continued.

    Time to document the Mosque Next Door - actually about 250 meters west of my 'mansion'.


    First, one must select an appropriate surveillance vehicle. 
    I select the Zombie Apocalypse vehicle. (above, in zombie 
    hunting mode - below, in my neighborhood, near the 
    Mosque Next Door)


    Armed? Yes, with Jhawg ammo (bullet tips infused with pork).

    Note that the Mosque Next Door was sited in the middle of a residential neighborhood. I understand the concept of a neighborhood church and while it started out that way, it's turned into a much larger project.


    (above) Photo of the Mosque Next Door from curbside. You can't tell from this photo but there are at most thirty parking spaces to service the new, expanded mosque. Essentially the new cathedral-style mosque has been constructed atop what were previously designated parking spaces for the faithful. There is a city ordnance requiring churches to have adequate parking for their flocks. I researched the matter and found that it was waived for the Muslims because to deny them their larger building would have been "Islamophobic"...


    This picture shows the old mosque, beige in color with brown trim (right) and the new Mosque, covered with black tar paper, under construction (left). One is a modest neighborhood structure, the other is not. I leave it to the reader to draw conclusions. 


    Photo taken from a city park across the street from the Mosque Next Door. Since Saturday is both the Islamic holy day and the day when kids play organized sports at the park, the Mosque people battle the soccer moms for parking.


    Homes behind the Mosque Next Door are for sale. The construction of the larger, more obnoxious mosque have caused property values to decrease and non-Muslims end up peddling their homes willing Muslims. There goes the neighborhood. (yes, it's winter in Southern California - almost everything is green)


    This home, immediately adjacent to the Mosque Next Door recently sold to the local Imam once property values plummeted. 

    I'm not Islamophobic because I don't fear Islam or Muslim people. However, this is just a bit annoying. Or do  you think that I'm being intolerant?