sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Shit Sandwich Defined

Jessie Jackson looks on as Reverend Sharpton gives Attorney General Holder a hand job.

Gentle Musing

Progressive Wisdom


Race Traitor

What it takes to be a Democrat

Friday, January 30, 2015

Who Should it be?

I've had a lot of people ask me who the next president should be lately. There is a big field of contenders on the Republican side and only Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side as the Clinton Machine sweeps the field of obstacles.

These my thoughts:

(1) Whoever would be president needs to have experience running a business outside government. Rant against me if you will (to somebody else). The President needs to understand what it is to make a payroll and have the government as your ADVERSARY. You can't do that as a US Attorney (Christie) or as a political drone (Clinton). We need an executive branch that is not used as a hammer against political opponents (Obama) and has the goal of enabling the nation to be successful.

(2) America is not evil. We need a leader who loves America and Americans (most of the people with an R after their names) and is optimistic about what can be. Oil is being produced in America DESPITE the government's refusal to allow leases on federal land. America is much tougher to kill than her enemies (including the Manchurian Candidate now in office) thought that it would be. The next president must have the philosophy, "drill baby, drill." The US and Canada together has a substantially larger proven supply of oil than any other group on the planet.

(3) Yes, we need to thank Barack Obama for overseeing the largest firearms and ammunition sales into private hands in the history of the republic. A tepid thanks to him.

The next President needs to grasp the inconvenient truth that those places in America which ban firearms from honest, law-abiding people only enable violence on the part of the lawless, who will be armed irrespective of the law. Open carry laws tend to make criminals nervous and they look for the low hanging fruit and the easy mark elsewhere. I know that the liberal establishment quakes at the thought even while they surround themselves with armed men for protection.

(4) Supply side economics works. Reduce taxes, broaden the base, and get people employed. It's not that tough. America's enemies don't want to see that, so that's what the next President should do.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Being Barack

Being a populist president...

Of course we know that any real interview must include a teleprompter.

The President elevates deserters in the face of the enemy to heroic status, honors dead thugs as civil rights martyrs, and revels in the attention he's getting from a woman made popular by taking a bath in breakfast cereal.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday Tune

I'm not posting this for any reason other than I like the music. Having a pretty girl play the violin makes it all the better.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cuba Libre

There are a few problems with the US normalizing relationships with Cuba. They fall under the same rubric as normalizing relationships with North Korea. 

President Obama who leads the executive branch of government has sympathies for communist dictatorships because of his roots. His parents, grandparents and those who he admired growing up were all communists. And America must love that because they put him in office and returned him to office. It can all be boxed together with his promise to "radically transform America" (and create an Orwellian paradise where we all love Big Brother).

President Obama currently enjoys a 50% approval rating and most of those people who support him couldn't find either Cuba or North Korea on a map,  but they love their ObamaPhones and free air time. So much for the American voter. If they like Barack, they'll love Hillary.

However the love affair between Barack and the Brothers Castro is blooming, team Castro is has no plans to reimburse the $6 billion seized from US businesses when Fidel came to power
According to the Helms-Burton Act, which enforces the sanctions, the embargo cannot be lifted until there is "demonstrable progress underway" in compensating Americans for their seized and annexed property. 
Add to that layer of the onion, the inconvenient truth that Americans voted against Barack by handing control of the US Senate to the Republican Party and advancing the majority that the Republicans hold in the House of Representatives. Congress would need to vote to end the embargo and I don't see that happening in the next two years.

Elections have consequences, Barack.

Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Monday

Movietone News reports that nobody knows why HMS Barham's after magazine blew up though the proximate cause must have something to do with the German torpedoes. I attribute it to "Monday", whether or not it happened on a Monday.

HMS Barham - before Monday karma kicked in.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Hellenic Republic

I take pick-up work from time to time if the money is right. I met with a friend and took a bit of work that will take me to Greece again. I included the YouTube video below because it's somewhat representative of the Plaka (old town Athens). When in the greater Athens area I prefer to stay in private residences in  the Piraeus Harbor area or in the old city. The food is better in the Plaka and you walk where you need to go until you need to go outside the old city. 

Or sometimes you don't. When I was there in 2003, I tried to catch a taxi but they were on strike. I asked a guy why and he explained that the prostitute's union went out on strike and the taxi drivers union went on strike in support of them. It makes sense in Greece. Much of the time that I was in Greece, I was hauled around in an armored Mercedes Benz with an armed escort. It's never a bad idea. There is a riot almost every day in front of the US Embassy and getting in and out (even through the back way) can be a hassle because the streets are very congested. Taxis just drop you off in the middle of the riot because they don't want to get involved.

If you ask the people who are rioting and demonstrating why they are doing it, they never have much of an answer. Usually it's simply because it's the thing to do. It's Greece. There are a lot of Albanians in Greece. The Greeks don't like them. I got along well with the Albanians. I don't know what that says about me. The Albanian Mafia is far more reasonable than the Athens Mafia and if you need to get things done downtown, you go to the Macedonian Mafia for results. Just saying. You run the turf, you have to know who you can rely on.

Greece in the winter is COLD. Unless you've been there, you really can't relate. Tourists don't visit in the winter and they don't understand that Athens can get 6" of snow and Thessaloniki can get even more. The photo (right) was taken on a clear day overlooking Athens - and as best I recall, it was taken in February. 

It's almost impossible to get proper Greek food outside of Greece unless you have a Greek person from the old country actually doing the cooking. Greek from Brooklyn doesn't cut it. Even then they have to get the ingredients from Greece or it won't taste right. 

When in Greece, I run with Greeks (or Albanians) or Macedonians if there's a problem and I need armed back-up) It means that I'm not cheated on the bar tab (most bars are run buy one of the several mafia groups - to include Bulgarians) or anywhere else. It's also a lot more fun because these folks LIVE TO PARTY. I have never been to a country where the party has an absolute priority over work EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK. Naturally, that is reflected in the tepid Greek gross national product.

I have a few things to do before I go to Greece and may be able to stretch the trip for a month until the weather improves. Athens today, high of 55 and a low of 46. That's about 20 degrees colder than Southern California, and far too cold to go for a swim in the Aegean. Then again, there is ozou, and while it warms the blood, it has the side effect of immobilizing you.

One of my favorite places to visit when in Greece is Mt. Athos (LINK). Women can't visit the Holy Mountain because it's made up of ancient monasteries, but it's an incredibly cool place to go, particularly if you are invited.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Magic Kingdom

In Saudi Arabia, King Abdallah died. His half-brother Crown Prince Salman is King and his brother Muqrin is the new Crown Prince, Neither man is young, but the succession is clear for now.

the king is dead, long live the king

The instinctive reaction of living systems is to contract during times of internal stress, and even more so during a leadership crisis. The protective and defensive instinct also applies to policies. That instinct ensures the continuation of the bedrock principles of a state, but not necessarily more discretionary initiatives. In Saudi Arabia, the monarchy, Wahhabism, the tribal heritage and oil are four of the bedrock principles. Experiments in modernity are expendable.
Under King Abdallah, Shiism expanded more than at any recent prior time. This was not necessarily because of any failure of Saudi policy, but the King could not stop the spread of "heresy" that others facilitated. Iraq came under more open and direct Iranian influence. The Baathist/Alawite government in Syria survived. Lebanese Hizballah emerged as into a regional influence beyond the borders of Lebanon. Hamas lost a war with Israel, but did not return to the Arab fold. Egypt's Mubarak, a strong and steady ally, was overthrown in a phenomenon called the Arab Spring.
A new Saudi King might conclude that the US-backed attempt to overthrow Asad in Syria backfired by expanding Iran's regional importance. Worst of all, the distraction of the Arab Spring diverted the Kingdom's attention from the metamorphosis of al-Qaida in Iraq into the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and its declaration of itself as a caliphate and the leader of Muslims.

Abdallah's foreign policy legacy can be understood as producing a succession of setbacks for Sunni Arab causes and a succession of qualified victories for the Persian ayatollahs. A new King, concerned about stability, might question the value of the US relationship as it existed when Abdallah was King because American policy decisions contributed to the expansion of the power and influence of heretics and takfiris, in a Sunni Arab perspective.

Domestically, Wahhabi imams might argue that King Abdallah was far out in front of his people, meaning he was out of touch. His attempts to promote modernity - promoting co-education, giving women limited voting rights, and hosting inter-faith councils, for example - undermined the moral authority of a devout Islamic monarch.

The legacy of King Abdallah is beyond praiseworthy in a Western tribute. He did more to modernize Saudi Arabian culture than most of his predecessors. He was a dependable ally to the US in fighting Islamic terror. He was a good man.

Saudis might draw other conclusions. Saudi influence contracted under Abdallah and the enemies advanced. The US withdrew prematurely from Iraq. The US failed to back a program of overthrowing the Alawite abomination, in a Sunni view, in Damascus. Abdallah could not prevent or mitigate the effects of these actions by the Kingdom's closest Western ally.

Any logical analysis of the special relationship that the Saudis enjoyed with the US must include the  Saudi perception of the reliability of the United States. Under President Obama, that relationship has been unreliable and fraught with contradictions. A more fundamentalist Saudi Arabia would naturally view Hillary Clinton, who took credit for the disastrous Arab Spring - as very unreliable. As a female whose credentials are all based around her gender, Clinton's ascendency would only serve to convince the Saudis to go it alone and buy their own atomic bombs to counter the Iranian threat. (they can buy them from Pakistan or China)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Blackhat (Movie Review)

I went to see a matinee performance of the feature film, Blackhat, staring Chris Hemsworth and Wei Tang. Hemsworth is clearly the headliner in this movie. The acting was above average, the plot above average and the cinematography was very good. I was afraid that it would turn into a karate movie but it didn't go there. The plot, which is quite engaging, comes to a conclusion that lets one down.
Tag Line: Set within the world of global cybercrime, Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
My expectations of a Michael Mann film exceed what he delivered in this film. While I don't feel that my $4.00 (matinee price) was stolen from me, the best that I can give the film is 6 out of a possible 10. You can wait for it to come out on cable or on the "movie of the week" in the mainstream media in nine months...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Iranian Nuclear Dreams (of Barack's Father)

There are always different opinions and they need to be listened to and considered. We do that in our lives and the government needs to do the same when guiding the ship of state. However, when I listen to President Obama speak, I often wonder whose side he and his minions are on. President Obama wants to fight Congress over the course that the nation should take to counter Iranian nuclear ambitions.
House Speaker John Boehner is inviting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress next month on Iran, countering President Obama's threats that he will veto any legislation that imposes more sanctions against Iran if talks on its nuclear program fail.
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday that the Obama administration sounds like it's getting its talking points on the Iran nuclear negotiations straight from the Iranians themselves.

This from a ranking Democratic Party Senator.

Menendez made the comment during a hearing on the Iran nuclear talks following Tuesday's State of the Union address, in which President Barack Obama warned that he would veto any new sanctions bill Congress may put forward.

"The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran," Menendez said. "And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization, when they are the ones with original sin -- an illicit nuclear weapons program going back over the course of 20 years that they are unwilling to come clean on."

(IBD) Tehran on Tuesday, for instance, with Russia's defense minister visiting, signed a pact with Moscow to expand military ties, including mutual use of naval ports. Russia of course, going back to the days of the Soviet Union, has been behind the building of Iran's nuclear program, seeking to counter American power in the Middle East. 
In a statement, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan made no bones about this move being all about opposing "the expansionist intervention and greed of the United States." Moscow was already set to build two additional nuclear reactors within Iran. 
The German magazine Der Spiegel recently reported presumed Iranian involvement in the construction, ongoing since 2009, of an underground nuclear facility in Syria near the Lebanon border. The presumption is based on intercepted phone calls and satellite images. 
Approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored at the site, which features a deep well connecting it to a lake two and a half miles away — a necessity only for a nuclear facility.

Is Barack Obama the Iranian entry for the Manchurian Candidate? I wouldn't bet against that one.

Dispatches from The Sandbox

A dispatch from AIR FORCE ONE. Mystified aircrew have had sub rosa conversations with non-air crew asking why the President of the United States, Leader of the Free World and Commander-in-Chief would drop to the deck of the aircraft five times daily and shout aloud the words, "Aloha snackbar!" For a long time, these US Air Force crew members ascribed it to the President's longing to be back in his adopted State of Hawaii. 

From MOHAMMED himself, in his own words, his name be praised, his camel not be named because she is a LIAR. Don't listen to a word the camel says.

(h/t Charlie Hebdo)

The Speech

No, I didn't listen to his speech. WoFat e-mailed me and asked me what Barack said.

I did not care what he had to say. I retreated to my garage, put on some tunes and cleaned the firearms that I discharged last weekend in the desert. When all is said and done, I accomplished a lot more than I would have listening to a utopian socialist crow. We're stuck with him for two more years. I'm sure that it will cost us $2 trillion more in debt to keep him there as he and his band of Chicago thugs keep raping and pillaging.

If Barack shows up on the TV, even on the news, I change the channel. Nothing worth hearing.

It's all quite depressing.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Workplace Violence in China

Chinese Cartoon depicts a police officer shooting  violent bearded Muslims

China has a problem with Islamic Jihadists. There are those in the US (and Islamic countries) who label it "workplace violence". The focus of these militants' activities revolves around beheading those who insult the prophet and blowing up government buildings. If that sounds like a familiar pattern of workplace violence, it should.

Uighurs (Islamic Chinese) live in Northwestern China and have been illegally crossing the southern border into Vietnam as they smuggle themselves into and out of China to engage in "job training" in Islamist centers.
The Chinese Ministry of Public Security said that since May a task force on human smuggling across the country's southwestern borders had uncovered 262 cases. The authorities said they worry that Uighurs go abroad to contact Islamist militants. The smuggling is "mainly organized abroad and controlled behind the scenes by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in efforts to spread religious extremism, and bewitch and incite people to flee abroad to take part in jihadist activities." 
Uighur militants attacked public transportation stations in several major cities in southern China over the past year. When they come back from the "job training", they are enthusiastic and immediately engage in "workplace violence" in Southern China before they can get back home in Northern China and blow something up or behead somebody there.

Chinese state media reported that yesterday (Jan 19) Chinese police shot and killed two ethnic Uighurs who were trying to cross the border into Vietnam. A "conflict" occurred when the Uighurs "violently resisted arrest" near a highway tollbooth on Sunday night in Pingxiang city in the southern region of Guangxi Province. It's just another case of workplace violence being handled by the police in China.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ram Runner or Raptor?

I had a cell phone with me but I was busy driving in the desert Saturday, having fun. I ran into a guy in a Ram Runner. The Ram Runner is a Mopar (factory) aftermarket upgrade to the quarter ton Ram. The cost of the Ram and upgrade is about $17K more than the stock Ford Raptor, it has 1/3 less horsepower, and the guy thought that he could take me in my Raptor. Not so much.

We talked after a brief run and he had the opinion that the $35K he paid extra over stock would make a significant difference against an off-the-showroom Raptor. He said that he would have bet pink slips that he could have beat me in a run through Johnson Valley Off-Road Vehicle Area (Southern California between Victorville and Barstow). The best he managed was a very very distant second, and thrilled that he didn't throw down his pink slip.

The difference isn't that there's anything inherently wrong with the Ram Runner. It has to do with trying to after-market engineer a solution (even a factory solution) without the integrated solution that Ford took.

Here's a video evaluation of the two rigs.

Ram Runner (1500)

Ford Raptor (150)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Religion of Peace - In Nigeria

It's amazing how the Religion of Peace attracts so many murders, perverts and totally psychotic adherents to an environment of "workplace violence". Nowhere is that more evident than in Nigeria with Boko Haram and Ansaru (two branches of the same Islamic faith). 

Where else would kidnapping young girls for fun and profit be considered part of a religious effort to do whatever Muslims do? And why does the Nigerian Army find it so difficult to hunt them down and kill them?

Maybe the only way to find clarity on the issue is from Duffle Blog...

(Duffle Blog) BORNO, Nigeria — According to insider reports obtained by Duffel Blog, leaders for the terrorist group Boko Haram have called an emergency meeting to determine how many more murders, rapes and kidnappings it will take before anyone in the international community will start giving a shit. 
“It’s frustrating,” complained Boko Haram Commander Abubakar Shekau. “We work extremely hard, and all we get from the rest of the world is phlegmatic indifference. I mean, what’s a warlord supposed to do?” 
During a month in which the group has attacked hard targets in Cameroon, as well as orchestrated the slaughter of up to 2,000 civilians, international media outlets have largely focused on recent terror attacks in Paris. The carnage wrought by Boko Haram in the Belgium-sized swath of territory it now controls in the northeastern states of oil-rich Nigeria was designed to get attention. 
Much to Shekau’s dismay, however, it hasn’t been enough. 
“I’m turning this country into a fucking Lars Von Trier film,” Shekau told Duffel Blog via Facebook chat. “I’ve literally stolen hundreds of kids from their parents and sold them into slavery, and all I got was a Twitter hashtag from Michelle Obama.” 
Delegates to the strategy meeting struggled to come up with ideas evil enough to generate media attention. Numerous suggestions were scrawled across a white board, to include a moon laser, Ebola zombies, canceling American football, Scientology, a Hitler robot, and Furry convention, only to be crossed out, one after the other, in fits of despondency. Throughout the meeting, many in attendance appeared distracted by the television across the room showing live footage of leaders from countries like Russia, Jordan and Saudi Arabia marching in defense of a free press. 
“Nigeria has elephants,” said Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, when asked for comment. “But I don’t think Broker Ham or whatever it is wants to hurt elephants.” 
By the close of their strategy session, Boko Haram leaders reported a general feeling of pessimism at the prospect of getting people’s attention any time soon. 
“Between France, ISIS and those crazy-low gas prices, I don’t think your average media consumer has any room left on his plate,” Shekau admitted. “Je suis Boko Haram, and I am pretty bummed.” Shekau then donned his fedora made of flayed baby skin, filled his pipe with virgin hymens and asked his driver to bring around the Rolls Royce with the old lady crucified on the hood. 
“If things keep going this way, he might do something crazy,” Commander Tobala Nukaway confided to Duffel Blog. “We might start killing white people.”

Pep Talk

It's half-time and some of you who read this blog (you know who you are) need to go into the locker room for a refresher.

I had an interesting meeting with a person about a two weeks ago. The medical DNA testing company that I'm involved in forming in Norway (yes, one of several ventures that I'm involved in) is doing business with a US company. An executive of that company was surprised that I (who have no background in genomics) was doing this. I told him that a long time ago, I realized that if I was going to learn anything, I had to embrace the fact that I'm constantly going to be in uncharted waters, and I was always going to be doing something I've never done before.

Embarking into the unknown means that you will likely fail at times, but you won't fail always and not quitting counts. That's what makes all of the difference. The world is unjust, people can be impossibly cruel. Find friends that have your back. My test of friendship is that if (Friend) is behind me and I'm hit in the back, that means that (Friend) is dead. There aren't a lot of people like that in the world, but what few there are, are the only ones who really count. The rest of the people on the planet will have opinions, but those people aren't Friends, and I weight their opinions accordingly.

You have to pick battles that are large enough to matter and small enough to win. In times of rapid changes, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

"All men dream: but not equally.
 Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds
 wake in the day to find that it was vanity:
 but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
 for they may act their dream with open eyes,
 to make it possible."   -T. E. Lawrence

Now go out and win one for the Gipper!*
*Knute Rockne gave his "Win One for the Gipper" speech to the Notre Dame players at halftime of the 1928 Army game. To inspire the players he told them the story of the tragic death of George Gipp, a great football player at Notre Dame. Notre Dame won their game against Army. 
-- But that was back when Army had a football team. Army has lost to Navy for the past thirteen consecutive years. This shows the natural order of things as Navy men are naturally superior.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

American Sniper (Movie Review)

I saw the film and it moved me. 10 out of a possible 10 - and a must see. If for no other reason, see the movie to support a Hollywood effort that has a solid patriotic undertone. It's a real story about real people and if you've moved in those circles, the film will reactivate your PTSD just a bit.

And as tough as war is, it's difficult to come home to a "new normal". That was shown in the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" as well.

No spoilers, no psychobabble. At the end of the movie in a packed theater, nobody moved or spoke. Nobody got up. The house lights came up and only then, and reluctantly, people reverently left the theater. That says it all.

Bradley Cooper did an outstanding job playing Chris Kyle and Sienna Miller did just as good of a job playing his wife, Taya.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Viral Letter

This letter from retired FBI Special Agent K. Dee McCown to Attorney General Eric Holder has gone viral in the last three weeks. Some of you may have already read it. I am posting it here in the event that you have not.

Attorney General Holder has expressed surprise publicly that any of this nations former FBI agents felt this way. We all know that those in service currently denounce Mr. McCown...

College Station, Texas
December 28, 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Holder,

It is unlikely that we met while I served in the FBI. That being said, we served at the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the same years and on the same “team” conceptually speaking. During my service in the FBI I worked with a number of U.S. Attorney Offices in the United States to include a tour at FBIHQ where I worked with the Department of Justice (Main) on a daily basis.

I begin my letter with this comment to highlight that I am not a bystander on the topic of law enforcement in the United States. I worked and managed a variety of federal investigations during my 12 years of service in the FBI, to include the management of several Civil Rights cases in the State of Texas. In fact, during my last tour in the Bureau, I was an FBI Supervisor responsible for managing federal investigations in nine (9) Texas counties, many of which were rural; in places where one would suspect racism to flourish given the narrative often pushed by Hollywood and urban progressive elites like yourself. I performed this mission diligently and under the close supervision of two FBI managers; an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and Special Agent in Charge (SAC,) both of which happened to be African American and outstanding law enforcement professionals. I also performed this mission serving side by side with a variety of law enforcement agencies at the Federal, State and local level.

I have observed you closely during your tenure as Attorney General and notably during these last tumultuous years; watching you negotiate a number of controversial public matters to include the ATF Fast and Furious scandal, Black Panther Party intimidation at voting booths, IRS targeting of American citizens (citizen groups opposed to the Obama Administration,) the ignoring of US Immigration laws, DOJ criminal indictments of select news reporters and your management of several high profile criminal investigations involving subjects of race, notably African Americans.

Until today, I chose to hold my tongue. However, with the assassination of two NYPD Lieutenants last weekend in New York City, at the hands of a African American man with a lengthy criminal record, fresh from his participation in anti-police activities; coupled with numerous “don’t shoot, hands up,” and “black lives matter” anti-police protests (some of which are violent) occurring daily around the nation, I am compelled to write you this letter.

To be blunt Mr. Holder, I am appalled at your lack of leadership as the Attorney General of the United States and your blatant politicizing of the Department of Justice. Your actions, both publicly and privately, have done nothing to quell the complex racial issues we face in our country and have done everything to inflame them. As the “top cop” of the United States, you share in the blame for much of the violence and protests we are now witnessing against law enforcement officers honorably serving throughout our nation.

During one of your first public speeches as Attorney General you made it a point to call America “a nation of cowards” concerning race relations. That speech, followed by other public announcements where you emphatically opined that the odds were stacked against African Americans in regard to the enforcement of law, your intention to change the law and permit convicted felons to vote after incarceration, and your changes to federal law ending “racial profiling,” are poignant examples of how detached you remain from the challenges faced by law enforcement officers serving in crime ridden neighborhoods throughout the nation. These opinions are also indicative of a man that lives and works in the elitist “bubble” of Washington D.C. Your performance, as the nation’s Attorney General, during the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida and the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri clearly highlights your myopic view on this topic. Contrary to your embarrassing prejudgment in the Brown case and evasive post trial remarks on the Martin case, neither Brown nor Martin were targeted and/or killed because of their African American race.

Rather, as non-emotive investigations determined, both teens died as a consequence of their own tragic and egregious behavior; behavior that involved a violent assault on a law abiding citizen in the Trayvon Martin case, and a violent assault on a young police officer in the Michael Brown case. Yet you, as the number one spokesman for law enforcement in the country, blame the deaths of these men on years of institutional racism and the alleged epidemic targeting of African American men by police departments around the country; nothing could be further from the truth. Following the Michael Brown case Grand Jury decision all you could muster was the following comment: “The Department of Justice is currently investigating not only the shooting but also the Ferguson police department in what is called a “patterns and practices” inquiry to determine if the police department has engaged in systematic racism.”

So, let’s get this straight. At a decisive moment in history when our nation required a strong and unbiased voice from its’ senior law enforcement official, you Mr. Holder, made it your personal mission to join with other racial antagonist and politicize a tragic event, accusing a young white police officer of a racially motivated killing in what we now know was a justified self-defense shooting of a predatory felon. Your behavior is unbelievable. You sir, have sacrificed your integrity on the altar of political expediency. You, Mr. Holder, are the “coward” and hypocrite you so loudly denounce when speaking of broken race relations in America.

Further to this point Mr. Holder, law enforcement officers around the country remain dismayed and shocked at the counsel you keep; that being your close relationship with none other than Al Sharpton, a racist “shake down artist” who spreads hate, divisiveness and the promotion of anti-law enforcement sentiment throughout the country; a tax evading fraudster who has unbelievably visited the White House over 80 times in recent years. It is simply beyond my comprehension as a former federal law enforcement professional, that you, the Attorney General of the United States, joined arms in common cause with a charlatan like “the Reverend” Al Sharpton; and it speaks volumes to your personal character and lack of professional judgment.

Violent crime, out of wedlock births, drug abuse, rampant unemployment and poverty found in many low-income minority neighborhoods are not a result of racist community policing and racial profiling as you so quickly assert, and frankly most law abiding Americans are exhausted of hearing this false narrative repeated time and again by you and others in the racial grievance industry. While no one, me included, would ever suggest that African Americans have not suffered from institutional racism in the past, I would strongly argue that we no longer live in the Mississippi of 1965, nor do we live in a country that even closely resembles the “Jim Crow” South of yesteryear. Those days, thankfully, are in the past as are the generations of Americans that supported such egregious behavior and endured such suffering.

Rather, Mr. Holder, we live in a day and time where the root cause of many problems faced in our African American communities can be attributed to the breakdown of civil order due to the rejection of institutional and family authority and the practice of counter-culture values; and most notably, from the absence of strong male leadership in fatherless black families. The reason that our local police officers are so often entwined in tragic events in black communities is because it is the police that have filled the void in these communities that should be occupied by moral and strong black men leading family units with Godly values. You, Mr. Holder, especially, should be thanking the police rather than persecuting them for the gap they fill in these communities because if it were not for the intervention of local police many African American neighborhoods would be in a state of total anarchy.

Yet tragically, you and your race-baiting colleague Al Sharpton (a paid media personality under contract with MSNBC news) choose to remain silent because to publicly speak this self-evident truth threatens to not only alienate and offend the most loyal voting constituency of the Democratic Party but diminish your and Al Sharpton’s self-serving power base in these suffering communities. God forbid that you would suggest individual citizens accept responsibility for their own behavior and the collective failure of their communities; it is so much easier for you and others like you to make excuses, play the victim card, and pander rather than address the real root causes that plague many low income neighborhoods.

Mr. Holder, the public is aware of FBI statistics that tell a different story than the one you and Sharpton preach. We know that young African American males, representing a tiny fraction of the U.S. population, are by far the greatest perpetrators of violent crime in America when compared to their peers in other ethnic groups, and, we know that citizens of African American descent overwhelmingly make up the majority of their victims. We also know that incidents where white police officers shoot and kill black perpetrators are rare and on the decline. We know further that although there are legitimate and bona fide Federal Civil Rights investigations in the United States worthy of pursuing, they are miniscule when compared to the false narrative portrayed by you, President Obama and Sharpton declaring rampant discrimination against African American men by police officers throughout the country. You are just plain wrong.

In closing Mr. Holder I will leave you with this thought; you were given a rare opportunity to lead with integrity during a variety of divisive and controversial issues during your tenure as the 82d Attorney General of the United States and rather than be a man of moral courage you chose instead to cower, further inflame racial tensions, advance false narratives and play progressive political activist.

Time and again you chose to “politicize” the mission of the Department of Justice rather than pursue justice and now, tragically, we are witnessing the fruits of your irresponsible behavior in the murder of two innocent police officers in New York City, assassinated by a man motivated by the flames of racial hatred that you personally fanned. How many more police officers will be injured or die in the coming days because of the perilous conditions you helped create in this nation. You, President Obama and Al Sharpton own this problem lock, stock and barrel and now it is your legacy.

As thousands of NYPD officers turn their collective back on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, another dishonest politician and Sharpton disciple, so too do countless Federal law enforcement officers turn our backs on you.

K. Dee McCown
FBI (1997 – 2008)

Thursday, January 15, 2015


We need an official declaration of war against Jihadi Islam. People above my pay grade need to define what that is, but it's time to deal with this. Europeans who might not have agreed in 2014 might join in the effort now, following the Paris attacks and the thwarted Belgian attack. It's not Islamophobic to want to defend yourself from radical Islam irrespective of what the current US President says.

It will take another President, possibly one who is not Islamic, like Barack Hussein Obama, to take this step and get serious about dealing with Islamic elements who wish us all harm. Literally dozens of these semi-state actors and non-state actors have declared war against "The West". What will it take for us to listen to them? Yeah, another president. We have two more years of living in denial ahead of us.
(Fox News) Belgian news site L'Avenir, as well as Le Soir and France24, reported that the government prosecutor's office said a dozen operations have been launched against suspects across Belgium, in Verviers, Brussels and Hal-Vilvoorde. Some of those targeted in the raids are known to have returned recently from Syria. 
The Belgian news site reported that, based on phone intercepts in the homes and cars of the three individuals involved in a shootout in Verviers, authorities believed the three were in the process of carrying out imminent attacks inside Belgium. A shootout between the three and police has left two of the suspected terrorists dead and another wounded.
How should the nation deal with cyber attacks? I realize that all cyber attacks are not equal, but the nation needs a doctrine that meets out reciprocity and sets forth a clear cost to terrorist states and groups for their actions.  

Our weakness and indecisiveness only emboldens those who would do us harm. 

When the US won't even send a senior official to attend a European/Middle Eastern demonstration against terrorism, it may be said that our actions speak so loudly that nobody can hear what we're saying.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

No-Go Zones

In 1996, the French government designated 751 separate areas as urbaines sensibles (sensitive urban zones), or ZUS, for short.

Most of the zones/ZUS are blocks of neighborhoods, with the average ZUS containing about 6,000 residents. An estimated 5 million people live the zones, and most of the residents are part of France's 10 percent Muslim population. In those zones, Islamic law actually supersedes the French legal system on civil matters such as property disputes, adultery and divorce. 

Crimes are handled locally by ZUS residents rather than by the police, who fear to enter unless they do so in very large numbers, backed by armored vehicles.

The French people surrendered the rule of French law to Muslim gang and Sharia Law rule. And the French people are mystified that having surrendered these areas to Muslims and gangs, that they are breeding grounds for violent jihadi plots.

Dear readers, you will be shocked to learn that well over fifty percent of people living in ZUS receive welfare benefits from the French government.
Because of rampant corruption, the true number receiving French government benefits are alleged by many to be over one hundred percent, since death rarely stops the flow of government benefit checks in the no-go zones.
Is it Islamophobic to suggest that France audit the benefits to those living in no-go zones? The Islamic welfare recipients say, "YES! It's Islamophobic."  And there you have it.

Meanwhile, in America:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2017 Ford Raptor - (Gen2)

I am the proud owner of a 2014 Ford Raptor SVT Crew most of you know. I bought the rig in July 2014 and like it even better now than when I drove it off the lot. Which is to say, I love it.  I've put about 1,000 miles per month on it, and plan to keep the current Raptor for a very long time.

Ford, flushed with success with five years of Raptor sales in an environment where people seemed willing to pay over sticker for an already admittedly over-priced truck, is discontinuing the Raptor because the US Government is forcing them to. In order to meet mileage guidelines set by USGOV, a new Raptor must be lighter, which means eliminating the steel I-beam body framework and replacing it with aluminum.

Never fear, Ford is planning to roll out an all new and improved Raptor in 2017.

2017 Ford Raptor

At the time of this post, this is what we know:
  • The Raptor will be 500 pounds lighter than the current model.
Aluminum unibody will replace steel I-beam 
  • The new Raptor’s engine will be a 3.5L Ecoboost V6 with a new aluminum block and upgraded internals, revised heads, and tweaked fuel-delivery equipment for a rumored 450-500HP.
Same horsepower with a 3.5 liter V-6 as currently delivered from a 6.2 liter V-8...doable, but there are trade-offs that Ford is not discussing. Will the new engine be as reliable as the present power plant? I'll eat popcorn and watch.
  • The new Raptor will be ~6" wider than the standard new model 2015 F-150.
No change there. The current Raptor is ~6" wider than the F-150 -- almost as wide as a Hummer.
  • Rumored 10-speed transmission.
Trying to squeeze every drop of gasoline.
  • Paddle shifters!
Nice, but not necessary in my opinion. You can manually shift at present but I don't because the power is quite sufficient to throw you back into the seat. The Raptor is functionally the truck equivalent of a Corvette.
  • 6 Upfitter (AUX) switches.
Two more than presently offered.
  • Push button start!
I prefer a push button start, but absent one, the key is good enough.
2017 Ford Raptor:

Monday, January 12, 2015

ISIS - Accused of Bad Manners

First North Korea and now, ISIS:

Do the tin pot dictatorships' adherents have nothing better to do than to taunt the USA through cyber-system related attacks? Aren't there dissidents to torture, send to a work camp or behead? Do they have to taunt first Sony and now the US Department of Defense? (Fox News)

What about all of the synagogues they could be looting and all of the virgins they could be collecting for this life and the next? 

Let's face it, the caliphate doesn't have to worry about the US Government using JHAWG ammunition against them (pork infused paint on bullet points)...they're going to get the land of milk and honey and the virgins as soon as the last breath rattles out. 

And if you were "following" the US Central Command on Twitter, are you now following ISIS? And does that automatically put you on a no-fly list? I went to the US Central Command @CENTCOM and found that Twitter had suspended the account. Does that mean that Twitter will be added to the list for jihadi direct action? Will we all have to carry signs around saying "We are Twitter" in the near future?

I think that a little less talk and a little more Arc Light would be appropriate - and might serve to stem workplace violence in France and elsewhere. But that's clearly not in line with the US Administration's game plan.