sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Hump-Day Expositor

If you're reading this, you survived the first half of the week. Take a bow and collect your trophy for participation.

For Sale:

Everyone wonders where the unicorns went as soon as the Democrat's Convention concluded. This is a possible answer to the question. I'm told that it tastes like Spam.

Diagnosis:

Innovation:

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Shittens are disposable, mitten-shaped moist wipes. While old fashioned, square wet wipes put your hands at risk for all kinds of accidental fecal contamination, the genius mitten shape of a Shitten provides not only safety from poop, but on a larger scale, emotional peace of mind.

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There is No Media Bias!


Bias suggests that there is some hidden agenda. The agenda is right out there in the open, and it's not at all subtle.

Last year, The Intercept reported MSNBC failed to disclose that multiple pundits who spoke favorably about Clinton were actually employees of a consulting firm hired by her campaign. Media scandal? Not on your life. They are all complicit.

Vladimir Putin - Arrested in a Florida Supermarket: - Read about it here. No, you can't make this stuff up.

How Progressive Are You?


The Obama Administration Pivots on Strategy:



Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Heroes

We all have heroes in our lives -- people who we look up to. Some of those people are friends or acquaintances and still others are legends.

Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940) is a hero of mine. Against the wishes of his father, he left high school 38 days before his seventeenth birthday to enlist in the Marine Corps during the Spanish–American War. He received a direct commission in the Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Major General. At the time, it was the highest rank in the Marine Corps. He won two Medals of Honor and the Brevet Medal (the Medal of Honor awarded to officers). At the time of his death, with three Medals of Honor, he was the most highly decorated service member in the history of the United States.

In 1935, Butler wrote a book titled War Is a Racket, where he described and criticized the workings of the United States in its foreign actions and wars, such as those he took part in. There is much more to his story and I encourage you to read about it.

A gold star shaped military medal hanging from a blue ribbon with white five-pointed starsA gold star shaped military medal hanging from a blue ribbon with white five-pointed starsA gold star shaped military medal hanging from a blue ribbon with white five-pointed stars


Internet Memes

Statue of Harambe and the black child he tried to kill.
Harambe-the-Gorilla

The Harambe story continues to excite, three months after he was killed, as he prepared to eat a small black child who visited him at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The memes keep coming and Zoo officials don't know what to do. Clearly the "Harambe Family" at the zoo continues to heal after they put a 170 grain bullet through his head at close range.

Some of the memes are completely tasteless. In this one (left), the alligator who ate the child at Disney in Orlando recently, offers an excuse. 

The family of the boy who survived continues to receive death threats from guerrilla lovers in South America who can't tell the difference between a gorilla and a guerrilla. I have seen the memes mixed up and Harambe shirts with CHE LIVES blazed across the front. 

The more serious memes suggest that if Harambe had been a white gorilla, he wouldn't have been shot. The Cincinnati Zoo, taking this to heart, is planning to paint the gorillas white to keep them safe in the future. Zoo officials contend that Harambe's carcass was not fed to minority welfare recipients at a downtown Cincinnati soup kitchen. They explain that his pelt and bones went to a taxidermist and his stuffed effigy will be on display at the entrance to the new Gorilla exhibit featuring rare white gorillas. (the zoo did not account for his tender, succulent flesh)

Weiner vs Wiener

Whether his true name is Carlos Danger or Anthony Weiner, the story keeps rolling as the husband of Hillary Clinton's personal aide, Huma Weiner texts photos of his penis to women other than Huma or Hillary. (More Here

Huma Weiner plans to divorce her husband, Anthony. It opens the door for Hillary Clinton and Huma to marry after former president Bill Clinton dies tragically after Hillary wins the national election to become president. Will Hillary make an "honest woman" of her long time lover, Huma? Will Huma Clinton become First Lady? Only time will tell. 

One thing is sure. Huma has had enough weiner and is moving on to something else. If you thought that the memes about Harambe were good, you haven't seen anything yet!




Monday, August 29, 2016

Olivia Rose


My daughter, Kelly, her husband, Devin and her two daughters live with me these days. I have no idea whether or not they'll end up living in Arizona in the hovel at the White Wolf Mine. However that works out, Olivia Rose will be rolled out of the hangar to fill out the roster sometime in October. 

I heard Barack crowing about how the economy (inside the Washington beltway where people have been the recipients of vast treasure borrowed on the backs of those in fly-over country) is booming. It may be in the mansions of Hollywood moguls where he begs for coin or in caverns of the likes of George Soros. But the rest of the proletariat have had a rough eight years of hope and change. 

The good news is that mortgage interest rates are in the 3% range. The bad news is that it's held there artificially to try and stave off a depression that has been looming since the progs took power, and shifted money to social programs in the hopes of remaining in power. I admit, using our money to buy votes for them is genius.

My daughter, Emilie, will be moving back home in October from Florida. It's a 6 bedroom/4 bathroom home so there is room. But that's not the point. I can add more water to the soup. The point is that the economy is very fragile and outside of the Washington Beltway, there are a lot of grown men and women who end up moving back home out of necessity.

The upcoming presidential election with the down-ticket contests will decide whether the malaise will continue or we will have bottomed out and are on the way back out of the hole.

FBI-Clinton Interview

Friends from the FBI always tell me that they are the premier law enforcement agency in the world. There is no ego shortage in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They sure investigated Hillary Clinton well didn't they?  Sort of like the way the FSR (Federal'naya sluzhba bezopasnosti Rossiyskoy Federatsii) would handle the investigation of something that Vladimir Putin did wrong. If the FBI caught Hillary in a car with a dead prostitute - no, she doesn't know how to drive - we know this, but it's a hypothetical - it would have been handled much the same way as the e-mail scandal was managed.

The House Oversight Committee recently received classified documents and notes from the FBI’s unrecorded interview with Hillary Clinton in order to understand why Director James Comey didn’t recommend charges against her. The FBI said it wants to remain as transparent as possible (which explains why they didn't record what they asked and Hillary, right?....), but Chairman Jason Chaffetz said he has a few problems with the documents, especially since many portions are heavily redacted. There's also a Morning Joe interview on YouTube, where Chaffetz lays out his argument.

The FBI could have recorded the interview with candidate Clinton with DOJ approval, but chose not to. I find that STRANGE. The report of interview (302) consists of notes taken by the FBI of what they thought that Hillary Clinton said, transferred to an official report. Thus the factual report of interview slants from the beginning in true FBI tradition
Sorry FBI fans, that's how I've always seen their practices. Interviews should be recorded for the sake of accuracy. Having the special agent "clean up" an interview by writing a "report of interview" rather than letting the recording speak for itself along with a transcript, is sloppy. We're not talking about somebody stealing a cooling apple pie from the neighbor's window frame. The nation's future (free/slave) is at issue.
Chaffetz: “Hillary Clinton is out there saying there’s not very much sensitive information in there, that she didn’t trade in sensitive classified information. It’s so sensitive and so classified that even I as the chairman of the Oversight Committee don’t have the high level of clearance to see what’s in those materials,” Chaffetz said. “I think the documents are overly classified. We’re going to call on the FBI this week to give us a version where there’s non-classified, the unclassified material and the classified material redacted so that that could be out there in the public. I think that’s the right thing to do.”

I'm going to scoop Chaffetz and release the secretly recorded 
interview that the FBI did here on Virtual 
Mirage, without redactions.


Interviewing FBI Agent: Did you enjoy the luncheon that the executive chef prepared for you?

CLINTON: It was delicious. Do  you mind if I have my chef at Planned Parenthood call your chef and perhaps they can exchange recipes?

Director COMEY: It would be our pleasure.

Interviewing FBI Agent: Let's get to the interview. What is your favorite color?

CLINTON: You know, I have so many favorites. If you look at my pantsuits, you'll see that I wear all colors.

(grunt)
FBI Agent must be visualizing fabric that is indistinguishable from an oven mitt or a vacuum bag.
Interviewing FBI Agent: But if pushed to it, what is your favorite? (the FBI gets tough here)

CLINTON: Ok, ok, take it easy. (to medical assistant) Get the diazepam ready in case I seize up. (to the FBI Special Agent) I'm in frail health ever since the organic brain injury - where am I, this isn't the coven is it?

Interviewing FBI Agent: (Backs off) Take your time Madame Secretary Clinton, there's no pressure here. You're among friends.

CLINTON: I've always favored the color black. It's the "Master's" favorite color. My flying monkeys prefer black as well.

Interviewing FBI Agent: Did you ever send classified information via e-mail.

CLINTON: No

Director COMEY: Whew, that's a relief. That ends the interview. (to the Interviewing FBI Agent) Type it up with more Q and A. We're done here. I need to call a press conference.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Sermonette

There's an issue that I need to address. Both the prog community and the weird Republican community have a mantra and it has to do with qualifications to be president. Welcome to your Sunday Sermonette.

IS DONALD TRUMP QUALIFIED 
TO BE PRESIDENT?

I'm going to take this in several components. Follow with me if you will. Let's discuss qualifications.

(1) Barack Hussein Obama has been president for the past eight years. Is he your litmus test for "qualification"? Maybe he's a Muslim or a Black Liberation Theologist (racist), but nobody knows for sure. His core values were  instilled by communists (mom, Uncle Frank and his white grandparents) and an Indonesian transexual nanny that raised him while his mother was doing something else. We don't know what Stanley (his mother) was up to. His college records are sealed (where is the mainstream media outrage?) but near as anyone can tell, he represented himself to be an Indonesian to get financial aid. 

Background aside Barack's singular achievement (according to him) is Obamacare, and based on everyone's best guess, it has one more year of life in it at best before it fails completely.

Our foreign relations are at the lowest ebb since Jimmy Carter, who turned out to be a better president than Barack. The Department of Labor Statistics lies, but unemployment is still very problematic, and the economy is still teetering on recession eight years into his term. The only reason we're doing as well as we are is because Barack borrowed $11,000,000,000,000.00+. The Defense Department can't account for $6.5 trillion, but it's not a scandal because the mainstream media won't make it one. Our balance of trade is embarrassing, heroin is quickly becoming an epidemic, and so forth.

The Obama White House engineered a situation early in his first term in office where the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms would arrange for a vast quantity of US civilian weapons to be sold to Mexican drug cartels. The goal was to have drug cartels use those firearms to kill Americans and create a crisis that would lead to emergency gun control legislation. Operation: Fast and Furious blew up in Barack's face.


Barack would cite advancement of the homosexual and transexual mainstreaming as a crowning achievement. The military now embraces gender diversity (all 31 genders) but the military is also the weakest that it's been since the beginning of the Second World War. Is that an achievement? Yes, if that's what you feel will "fundamentally transform America". The only other thing he's done with the military is redirect them to combat "global warming" - and by design or accident, it's a wet summer in Texas. A success story for the Barack DOD? You be the judge.

(2) I'm still waiting for ANYONE to cite Hillary Clinton's achievements beyond being a woman or a lesbian. Her record of epic corruption far exceeds Tamany Hall. Everything that she did as Secretary of State ended up in a fiasco. She hasn't exceeded Barack's standard for messing up everything that he touches. A stopped clock is right twice a day and she isn't close to being that good.

(3) The (Republican majority) Congress currently enjoys an 8% approval rating. If you're going to cite the gang-that-couldn't-shoot-straight as your standard for excellence, it's a bridge too far. 

(4) The Republicans had 17 candidates in the field running for the nomination. The traditional favorite was Jeb!. He traded $100 million cash for 4 pathetic delegate votes. The Beltway still laments that Jeb! wasn't the candidate of choice but almost nobody wanted him, though people liked his brother George W. and his mother...but they weren't running. Donald Trump got more primary votes than ANY Republican in history. 
Based on the analysis above, in what world was Barack qualified to do anything more than run a lemonade stand at a loss? 
What about Hillary - open a lemonade stand and forget the lemons or sugar? And then lie about it, assuring you that she spent the money that you gave her to by all the ingredients. Taste the warm tap water (scooped from the toilet bowl, not the tap) once more and see if you can't detect lemons. What's wrong with YOUR tastebuds? 
Congress - debate opening the lemonade stand and spend $550,000 on a study but never get the matter out of committee.
Now let's move on to Trump, who has been remorselessly attacked by the media and by his own party.

Trump is not a great public speaker.  He's a billionaire with a big ego and he's light on policy. However, he's made billions of dollars, met a payroll all of his life, and surrounds himself with bright people.  Reagan was a great communicator but his real genius was surrounding himself with the right people. 
(Yes, Adrienne, Paul Manafort likes Trump. I need to arrange a dinner {and maybe breakfast} with you and Paul to satisfy my losing bet). 
So you're going to tell me that TRUMP would be worse than Barack (8 years in office), his creature, Hillary, who promises to keep the failures coming or Congress, who is liked by the 8% of people whose love they buy with your tax money?

Even if it comes down to that, Donald Trump is the only choice. I think that he'll be a good president and will fix some of the problems that we face. He won't fix them all, but he'll try - which is more than you can say for Barack or Hillary.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Progress Report


I've been up on the Rim for the past couple of days. I called a friend and said, "I'm scaring myself and may look disturbed. I can't wipe the smile off my face."

The only significant wildlife that I saw were elk and a coyote, not a wolf. I've been told that there are no wolves remaining on the Mogollon Rim. That may be the case. Or maybe not. I can't say one way or the other.

The meets and bounds survey is complete and it's time to order the full survey, including too, trees greater than 8 inches, and significant rock outcroppings, preparatory for the architectural work.  It seems like a lot of work just to build a shack. At least that's how it seems to me. But one must do one's best to keep the hovel standing, right? Despite a zombie apocalypse, nuclear winter and global warming.

Fate whispers to the warrior, "You cannot withstand the storm," and the warrior responds, "I am the storm." Preparation is part of the discipline.

One disturbing development came when I was down in the canyon, and my cell phone had three bars...It's not supposed to have any. Civilization encroaches and it's disturbing. I swapped out the Iridium for a Globalstar and they return a signal, naturally. But common cell phones? Who is doing this stuff? What evil post-modern plot is afoot? Of course, I can just turn off the phone.

I retained an architect today. It's not easy to find somebody who can share the vision of a shack in the pines, on the side of a canyon.


Brig, who reads this blog occasionally, suggested this concept:


And let nobody doubt that Brig knows horses, cows, guns and cabins.


A few comments from readers (Q and A)

Q: Aren't you worried about alien abduction, living out in the woods?

A: The Mexicans have to find me first.


Q: Do you plan to wear a cowboy hat.

A: At times, but I'm more likely to wear a baseball style cap if it's allowed.


Q: What do you plan to eat?

A: I'm not leaving planet Earth. I will eat dead chickens, cows and pigs for the most part. I eat salads primarily because I hate plants and wolfing down a salad is my way of getting even with them. I will probably eat tacos and burritos (unless their presence draws illegal aliens - you have to balance that out for yourself)


Q: What minerals were mined at the White Wolf Mine?

A: Manganese.


Q: Who is buried in Grant's Tomb?

A: Ulysses Grant


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Ghost Busters predicted a sea of slime oozing up from the cracks to essentially 'eat' New York City. It's Hollywood, folks, they got the city wrong but the plot line is apparently right on the money. You can read more HERE
'Treatment of biofilm (gritty slime) is difficult, as there is no known permanent method for removing it, and we have to ensure that any treatment must not do further damage to the soft marble of the memorial nor encourage further growth,' Catherine Dewey, chief of resource management for National Mall and Memorial Parks, told NPS.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Would it help if somebody bought an old hearse or ambulance at auction and mounted a nuclear particle accelerator on it and turned it loose on Washington DC? The mainstream media might ignore it if they think that this sort of thing is progressive. It's difficult for me to predict the actions of progs in this particular situation. 

Democrats all blame George W. Bush for the slime, but it first appeared before his presidency when Hillary was in the White House...the same White House that she's trying to get back to. Could she turn loose an army of flying monkeys to eat the black scum? Is Hillary the original source of the black slime/scum? I have no answers. I only make entreaties and posit questions.

If you see the "gate keeper" running around, let me know where she is...unless she looks like Hillary. Then never mind.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Not in Arizona


California is progressive. Ask anyone. Due to Obamacare, and there's nothing more progressive than Obamacare, health insurance is going up 15% across the board in the state, that is expected to support Hillary.  But can Obamacare survive the next four years?

Part of the promises that are ingrained in Obamacare (besides "you can keep your doctor" ha-ha-ha) is that you can find medical care in your area. But Arizona leads the nation once again because you won't be able to find a single Obamacare provider there in Pinal County in 2017.
(Business Insider) Pinal County, Arizona, right next to Phoenix, was founded in 1875 and is home to roughly 400,000 people. 
It's also the county that Obamacare forgot
After Aetna's announcement that it will roll back 70% of its offerings in public exchanges, Pinal County appears to be the only county in the US with a public exchange but zero insurers offering Affordable Care Act plans in 2017.
The large insurers who lobbied for Obamacare have lost their shirts. The "risk management pools" meant to keep them from losing money failed and they've been losing more than a billion dollars a year between them. As a result the largest insurers are backing out of the markets either entirely or in all but a couple states. Cooperatives that were supposed to shame the insurers into offering lower prices have all but failed. Only a couple still run and they are apparently doomed.

Conservatives can say, "we told you so", but if the progs remain in office, they will need to find a way out of the pit that Barack dug, and single-payer is their way out. The "if you're in a hole, dig deeper" philosophy is a hallmark of progressiveness. Many will say that single payer, where all healthcare, is government healthcare is the answer.

Will the healthcare insurance industry go for a situation where they're all put out of business? They are doubling down for Hillary but it's a risky bet for 20% of the American economy. 

Naturally the socialists wanted the government to take over healthcare and Obamacare was the metaphorical 'frog in the water, being heated'. They can point to its failure as that need to dig the pit deeper and it will be interesting to see how the Republicans can respond. My faith in the Republicans is at a very low ebb. Witness their support for their own presidential candidate. The Trump plan to address the health insurance problem is the only viable option at present.

I pay for my health insurance (and that of part of my family) out-of-pocket, which means that I have not and do not intend to enter the Obamacare exchanges. I simply buy the outrageously expensive insurance and take it on the chin.

But for those who have been forced into Obamacare, particularly those in Pinal County, AZ, they're out of luck. Maybe they can take the bus into Phoenix to see some down-on-his-luck croaker who accepts Obamacare insurance.  If they're veterans, there is always the V. A., where triage consists of deciding how long you have to live and scheduling your procedure for that date plus one month - just to be safe.


The Reliable Candidate

I've heard a number of this blog's readership ask how corporations could support Hillary Clinton. This is why:
(Associated Press) reports more than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president. 
At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.
In a word, RELIABILITY.

If you need government to act in your personal interests, (or national interests if you're a foreign potentate) the Clintons deliver the goods reliably. Sure, she suffered a brain injury, has the odd seizure and lies to cover up her skulduggery. What is that compared with somebody who completely lacks ethics? It is the very lack of ethics that makes candidate Hillary so appealing.

There are the "I'm ready for Hillary progs", but that's a different subset of her reporters than the corporate donors. Corporate donors give BIG money because they want big favors. It currently costs about $100K to sit down with Barack. These days he's interested in his legacy, so he invites  you to contribute to his foundation. I think that you can get a sit-down with the lame duck for much less than $100K right now because there's not as much as he can do. Sure, he can pardon criminals, and do things like that. He does that as a matter of course with the prisons being emptied of Afro-American crack dealers, but there are still the white collar criminals and kingpins who can benefit from presidential clemency. 

Back when I was in the game, Hillary/Bill charged $10 million for problem solving. Expenses such as a jet ride for Bill, etc. were on top of that number. As president, expect that number to be much higher. There are also the conduits and factotums who provide access who need to be greased, but the numbers are in the five-digit range, depending on who we're talking about.

Naturally, all of her phone and e-mail will be CLASSIFIED as president, precluding its release. Hillary likes classified when it works to her advantage.

Are you ready for Hillary?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Black Belly


Photo (left): Black Belly, a Cheyenne woman. There is some confusion as to the date of the photo, alternately listed as 1905 and 1921. My sense is that it was taken at the earlier date, when photographers rushed to record what was left of the Indians before they were gone. (today they exist as "native Americans",  and they are 'wards of the government', which is something altogether different)

That was also the case with "Arrow Walking" (below), an Indian who had been shot with arrows so many times that the tribe changed his name.

Indian names could change over a lifetime. There was the name you were given at birth, usually a name given when you came of age, and then a name that sometimes came with a great event in your life. I couldn't find any reference to Black Belly's story, but it's all there in her face, isn't it?







Geronimo (Apache), Quanah Parker (Comanche/Scots-Irish) are pictured below in a 1905 photograph. As I understand it, the photo was taken at Ft. Sill, OK, at Parker's house where Geronimo was a house guest.




The days of "The Old West" passed very quickly as the modern age overtook the people who were swept up, and swept aside by it.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

shirt

I'd announce a t-shirt design contest, except that would mean that the Grunt of Monte Cristo would go insane with his design skills.

In the absence of a contest, this one may have to do:


Hell or High Water (movie review)


This may or may not count as a Sunday Sermonette.

Overview: Texas brothers--Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his half-Comanche partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham).

As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the Old and New West murderously collide. It has a strong TEXAS theme.

It's dangerous to attend movies that aren't the fifteenth remake of the original film, but I soldiered forward to view/screen the first version of Hell or High Water, without any preconceived notions except that "Rotten Tomatoes" gave it a 98% positive rating. That's almost unheard of.






No spoilers but high marks. 9 out of 10. Go see the film.









The sub rosa message of the film is an interesting one that people who live in rural Texas may understand --- and some of the rest of us as well.





Saturday, August 20, 2016

Winter is Coming

There shouldn't be winter anymore with the promise of global warming.  But, even in August, we know that winter is coming. What started as a war against the weather in general is now a war against the winter - or a war for longer and colder winters - I can't seem to get that straight.

Lately people have cautioned me that winter at the White Wolf Mine will be daunting and long. I explained that I'm an hour and a half from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. You remember that place, where Bill Clinton sealed the deal with the Department of Justice to fix Hillary's multiple felonies so that she wouldn't be indicted before she could ascend to the Oval Office? Remember that former President Slick Willy Clinton with his bad heart and all was there to golf in 116 degree heat??? But I digress.

If we win the war against the summer, will snow plows be needed in Phoenix? And if that's the case, shouldn't I do something like invest in snow plows for desert communities across the Southwest? Soros might do that because he's progressive enough to see that coming. Me, not so much. It's a weakness that keeps conservatives like me, poor.


Is white hair natural camouflage during the winter months? I think that it is and if I reference the Game of Thrones, the White Walkers (ice zombies) are white, while the regular humans wear black. I don't know why I mention this other than to state rather weak credentials to survive in the forbidding snow and cold...white hair...White Walker hair. Especially if I walk instead of driving the Raptor.

I've been warning LSP that his winter kit in Hillsboro, TX should include snowmobiles, or snow cats in anticipation of national success, but I don't think that he takes me seriously. I have more confidence in our military's capacity to win the war against the weather and to initiate global cooling than he does - I guess. Will Old NFO flee the ice storms of Texas only to find that the Port of Galveston (his exit route to the equator) is iced over? And what of Adrienne in North Idaho, buried under forty feet of snow, waiting for spring? Will she eat her dog to survive? Or will her dog eat her? Brig can cross the ice bridge between Northern California and Hawaii to hit the beach, so I'm not as worried about her making it.

In other news:

Progressive Rorschach Test
I was just signing some Arizona escrow related documents and they offer the signer two gender choices, MALE or FEMALE. There was no space for other options. In California there are 6 options. New York has 31 options (just as many as ice cream flavors). Arizona -  only two. I telephoned the escrow lady and asked her what I should put down if I'm a cotton-pickin', finger-lickin', chicken plucker. She laughed and said "male"... I think that in New York, that's a category all it's own.

Arizona didn't ask my race either. I guess that they didn't want to pigeon-hole me. Everything in California requires a declaration of racial identity.

Living here in the SoCal progressive heartland, I'm continually bombarded by social justice warriors who are looking to make a name for themselves.
Today’s so-called Social Justice Warrior is not a warrior at all. Merely a zealot. There is no onus on the zealot to hold himself or herself to a higher principle. The only thing a zealot understands, is that (s)he/it is emotionally invested in his/her/it's beliefs above all else, and will use whatever means necessary to harangue, badger, intimidate, coerce, and control other people — so that the zealot gets his/her/it's way. The world is artificially bent to conform to the zealot’s will.
I'm sure that social justice bullies exist in Arizona in the same way as they do in California (likely they moved FROM California to Arizona - sorry Euripides). It's just that they haven't forced their will on state government yet in the same way that they have in California.

Imagine - two genders - male and female. How novel! 



Friday, August 19, 2016

The Nordic Model - and the ABC's

It's worth reading this
article in Foreign Affairs.

Hillary, Barack and the progs always point to the Nordic countries as their model...but are they being too quick to judge?

Businesses are closed on Sunday in Norway including the capitol city, Oslo. The trains run and there are small convenience stores open for food emergencies, but the country shuts down. It used to be that way in most of the US but we became more "progressive".  Temples of Greed (shopping malls) never close...not ever. The worship of consumption - the more conspicuous, the better, is our national mantra and must not be impeded.

Much of the success enjoyed by the Nordic countries has to do with a strong Lutheran work ethic, and a heterogeneous society where most of the people in the land are not of the same sort as the Muslim invaders or the denizens of inner cities of the US or Britain (for example).

The break down in those Nordic countries such as it is, can be laid at the feet of welfare dependence and the immigration of undesirables, which are the very hallmark of Prog 'success' stories like Detroit.
You will note that Norway deported much of it's troublesome Muslim population and both Denmark and Sweden are putting the brakes on allowing Muslim refugees in from the hellish lands from which they sprang.

There is an inherent dishonesty that exists among the Muslim refugee populations - and the egalitarian and generally honest Nordic culture is not set up for that. They still welcome the "right kind of people". In America that is considered 'racist' and 'Islamophobic'. In the Nordic lands, it's called common sense.

It's not about skin color, it's about character. So extrapolating that experience to the US and the ABC. The mainstream media says that we're not supposed to discuss it because 'ignorance is strength'.  Whether we discuss the morally and socially odious Muslims who slaughter the defenseless so that they can get to paradise and the 70 virgins waiting for them or the ABC's - it's all about culture.

A Nordic Model wouldn't work in the the slums in Los Angeles, in Baltimore, Chicago or Detroit. "What is missing?"  Good character, hard work and a culture that embraces a moral ethic including education and self sufficiency and that supports a nuclear family.

The ABC's

The American Black Culture (ABC) is a morally bankrupt community.

In the 150 years since President Lincoln (the first Republican) transferred the ownership of the slaves from the plantations to the government, any sense of responsibility among ABC has been crushed by ever-growing entitlements. In the ABC sections of our major cities, responsible people of color have fled what have become war zones. Only the lowest common denominator remains, and they have formed into gangs to establish control over individual blocks of turf. 

Seventy percent (70%) of black children have no father figure in their home. If you subtract the blacks who fled the war zone, the percentage within is much higher. While only 13% of the US population, ABC is over 50% of the indigent and 39% of the incarcerated. Responsible people of color know that if they don’t get their teenaged males out of the environment, ABC will kill them. 

ABC teaches their children that none of this is their fault. It is all the fault of the white man and his racist views. ABC needs to recognize that it is their own racist views that keeps them blaming others for their own failures. ABC also teaches their children that the police are the enemy. ABC is broken.

All blacks in America are not a part of the ABC. Many, through good family values and hard work, have escaped. Others never were part of ABC. They have black skin, but not the ABC mentality.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Few Thoughts


Everything that the progs stand for is incongruent: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. You've heard it before and it's the cant of the progressive movement. For example: Clinton lies about EVERYTHING, which means -- oh, look -- a squirrel! Trump is bad.

I keep hearing that "Trump is unfit" to be president. Does that mean that Barack, and the lying cur, Hillary ARE FIT to be president?

Everything that I have seen points to the fact that Donald Trump would make a good president. Sure, his foreign policy credentials are a bit weak, but that's why you have a Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and a national security advisory staff that is strong on the subject. Trump is strong where we need him to be strong, but that statement is odious to the progs. But who cares?

In order to keep his legacy intact, Barack has instructed the intelligence community to 'cook the books' on the intelligence information that he's been receiving. Which is a bit odd, because many sources cite that he NEVER READS IT.

That notwithstanding, because Barack is both half black and a Democrat, he can take a pass on it -- and go golf, which is where his passion lies. Michelle can take Air Force One (and 200 people to protect her) anywhere in the world on yet another vacation (and good-will tour). After all, we know that she hates the White House, the flag and all of those things that have mystically oppressed her. Poor little rich girl.

And you guys wonder why I need to get out and go fishing or something. The parade of sewage coming out of the mainstream media and the government is non-stop outrage. 

I'm still waiting for some support for the Milwaukee Police Department and condemnation of the looters who burned their neighborhood because a black police officer shot a black criminal who was trying to kill him.

The rants from Virtual Mirage continue, looking but not finding much sanity.

Then there is the issue of voting. Yes, I understand that Democrats are urged to vote both early and often. For some reason, the Republicans don't take a strong stand against that. Could it be that the Republicans lack spine? Or is it that they're too busy trying to get rich while they are in office and can't be bothered objecting to the outrages put forward by their opposition?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I Need One

There is a difference between a need and a want. I understand that.


So long as there are ammo bearers behind me to carry my reloads, I'll be fine. LSP - please have the supply officer order some for the Dallas Light Cavalry (Irregular) Volunteers to use in dismounted drill. I think that the two cadets there at the compound need training in this weapons system as well. 

In Texas there is a tradition: One riot, one Ranger. This weapon system gives teeth to the boast. 

It's time to host another Draw Mohammed Contest in the Lone Star State.


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Strategic Moves

While the American Mainstream Media is obsessed with how bad Donald Trump is and how glorious Hillary Clinton is, things are happening well outside of the famous Clinton "Reset with Russia". Since I'm sure that you haven't heard about this on the news, I thought to report for you.

On 16 August, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Tu-22 strategic bombers and Su-34 fighter bombers flew from Hamadan air base in Iran to attack Syrian targets in Aleppo, Deir al-Zour and Idlib provinces.

The Russian statement said the attacks destroyed five major ammunition depots, training camps and three command posts.

Russia’s state-run news channel Rossiya 24 reported, "It became known earlier that the Russian military had asked Iraq and Iran for permission to use their airspace for the overflight of cruise missiles…. Experts say the deployment will give Russia's Aerospace Forces a number of advantages. For instance, the time it takes to reach the targets will be cut by 60 per cent. In turn, this will enable the bombers to carry a larger payload."

Iran’s Fars News Agency reported that the Tu-22 requires longer runways and previously flew from bases in southern Russia. Using an Iranian airfield cut the bombers’ travel distance from 1,250 miles to around 400 miles. Russia also has requested the use of Iranian airspace to fire cruise missiles at rebel targets in Syria.

The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said that Iran's cooperation with Russia "in attacks on terrorists is strategic," the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

Shamkhani said in an interview, "Constructive and massive cooperation between Iran, Russia, Syria and the Resistance Front has made conditions extremely difficult for the terrorists and this procedure will continue after the launch of a new operation until they are completely destroyed."

According to IRNA, he also said that in various meetings with officials of Western states Iran has reiterated that "they will have to pay for supporting armed forces in Syria, and when these trained forces return to their own countries they will create insecurity."


The Russian-Iranian air arrangement is unprecedented and represents a strategic shift, but few facts are known beyond the items quoted above. The details and the terms of the arrangement and the numbers of aircraft deployed to Hamadan have not been disclosed. 

The Russian TU-22 bombers have been flying in formations of six aircraft. Presumably at least six are at Hamadan. The bombing raids on the 16th are the fourth mission by Tu-22s in the past two weeks.

Hamadan is the location of Shahrokhi air base, which hosts F-4 Phantoms and Chinese F-7 fighter trainers. The Iranian air force has a variety of Soviet-built aircraft, including MiG-29s and Su-24s at other bases, as well as US-made F-14s.

This announcement is the second official statement that indicates Russian leaders have concluded that the Syrian security situation requires significant additional air power, beyond the air group at Hmeimim, Syria. That conclusion was first indicated by the announcement last week that Hmeimim will be expanded and become a Russian air base.

By way of explanation, the Russian and the Iranian press statements stressed the reduced distance to the targets, the lower operating costs and the heavier payloads that the aircraft can take. They might also have commented on the shorter turnaround time and the increased numbers of missions that can be flown from Hamadan.

It is significant that the Iraqi government also was informed about and concurred in the new arrangement. Overflight of Iraq and access to its facilities in an emergency are essential. Open source information suggests the Iraqis did not consult with the US about the Russian arrangements. The Russians have been busy in making these arrangements.
The deployment to Hamadan is significant, but it looks like a temporary expedient until the expansion of Hmeimim (in Syria) is completed. 
The most important missing information is the terms. This arrangement appears connected to the completion of Russian arms sales to Iran, but what the Iranians received for agreeing to the Russian bomber deployment is not known.

The Russian objectives in this arrangement are also not clear. For example, it is unknown whether the Russians have concluded that increased air support is needed by the Syrian army and its allies because they are faltering. Alternatively, the increased air support could be needed because the Russians intend to break the stalemate in the security situation and judge that a heavier air campaign can accomplish that. I think that its clear that the Russians intend to break the stalemate.

Russian and Iranian strategic interests in general are not congruent. This arrangement appears to be a matter of convenience, but it is extraordinary nonetheless. Russia and Iran have made a statement that they will work together to maintain the Asad government in power; that the Syrian rebels and terrorists will not be allowed to win a military victory and that Western and Saudi policy goals are not achievable in Syria. 

The deployment cements a coalition arrangement for the duration of this crisis. If the Russians and Iranians can apply sufficient military power to break the back of the Syrian opposition and end the civil war, they could dictate the terms of peace in Syria and strongly influence security conditions in the Middle East. 

Iran has significantly raised the stakes in any future confrontation with the Saudis and the other Arab states. They need protection from somebody until they get their own nuclear striking force, and then the Iranians have vowed to strike Israel and leave it a giant hole in the desert. The Russians are now their big brother.

Barack is on vacation at Martha's Vineyard, golfing.

And the mainstream media is feeding you total bull-shit.

It's the hope and change that we have come to expect. It's all very progressive.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Contractors


Do you like the AK 47 Mini Draco Shorty with the 75 round drum magazine (right)? Way too heavy for practical use, BUT as a spray and pray weapon in close quarters or in a jungle environment where you want to cut brush, the Mini Draco is an interesting option.

In my comings and goings, I recently ran into some Russian mercenaries carrying Mini Dracos, which they called pistols, and I guess that they are.

Whether or not the next president is a nasty, old crone with a handler close at hand with the diazepam in the likely event that she goes into one of those famous seizures --- or the nation selects Donald Trump, one thing is certain and that is another land war in the Middle East. The other certainty is the use of mercenaries to fight that war, at least in part. In the United States, we don't call them by that name. We use the term, "contractor". 

I do not suggest that the words "contractor" or "mercenary" are bad or that the use of civilians to replace soldiers is always a bad idea. Civilians can do things outside of the bounds of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It screws up your military service record, but it's not all that uncommon that small groups of special forces types are 'separated from service', perform a task and then are 'sheep-dipped' back into their particular branch -- say, the US Navy, for example. What they did as civilians is unspoken. I could give examples, but I'd end up like one of Hillary's advisors - shooting myself in the back seven times in an act of suicide. So it's all hypothetical here on the blog.

Private military contractors perform tasks once thought to be inherently governmental, such as raising foreign armies, conducting intelligence analysis and trigger-pulling. During the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the trigger-pullers constituted about 15 percent of all contractors. Special Forces types are lured to that sort of job because you leave the service and do the same job the next day, pulling the same trigger, for three times the pay or more. 
Contractors also encourage mission creep, because contractors don't count as "boots on the ground." Congress does not consider them to be troops, and therefore contractors do not count again troop-level caps in places like Iraq. The U.S. government does not track contractor numbers in war zones. As a result, the government can put more people on the ground than it reports to the American people, encouraging mission creep and rendering contractors virtually invisible.
For decades now, the centrality of contracting in American warfare—both on the battlefield and in support of those on the battlefield—has been growing. During World War II, about 10 percent of America’s armed forces were contracted. During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that proportion leapt to 50 percent.  Today, America can no longer go to war without the private sector. Today, 75 percent of U.S. forces in Afghanistan are contracted. Only about 10 percent of these contractors are armed, but that isn't the point. America is waging a war largely via contractors, and U.S. combat forces would be impotent without them. If this trend continues, we might see 80 or 90 percent of the force contracted in future wars.

The Russians are not dependent on contractors because of the nature of the social structure in that nation. Most independent Russians find employment on the national stage, outside of Russia. The exception to that is in places like Ukraine, where the presence of Russian soldiers fighting along side the pro-Russian rebels and operating sophisticated weapons systems could be embarrassing. So the Russians are no different from ourselves to that extent.

The French instituted the French Foreign Legion to serve its interest where the loss of French soldiers would be a problem back home and it's been a noteworthy success since 1831. It started out as a way to get foreigners sponging off the system on the streets of French cities both gainful employment, a pathway to French citizenship and out of France to fight. Legionnaires swear an oath to the Legion, not to France. They are led by French officers. Is that where the US is headed? Maybe. I've heard it bandied about.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Apache Lore

Now that the White Wolf Mine is in escrow and the White Wolf Lumber and Mining Company is in the process of being restored to its former glory, it's time to think about some of the people (White Mountain Apache) who lived up on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona.

Before I go further, though, it's important to note each of the different Apache tribes listed below (I listed those tribes recognized by the USGOV - Within each tribe there were bands, which operated semi-autonomously from their particular affiliated Apache tribe. For example, Geronimo was a member of the Bedonkohe band of the Chiricahua Apache). Some such as the White Mountain Apache lived in ponderosa pine forests. Others lived in deserts or on the plains.


In our present day, long after the fact, you see photos of Apaches wearing elaborate face paint to 'recreate' the past, but the truth is that most Apache wore more symbolic spiritual markings such as the warrior (left) and Geronimo, dressed as a medicine man rather than as a raider. (above right).

WAR FACE

Not all Apache tribes painted their faces elaborately but many warriors wore caps when they went on the war path of the sort illustrated (below).

When a young man felt ready, he would begin the novice warrior complex of his first four raids, which were permeated with religious beliefs and rituals. Having been accepted as a member of his first raid, the young man was instructed by a war shaman. The shaman would give the young man a drinking tube, a scratcher, and a special war cap, which unlike those of the mature warrior did not bestow spiritual power. The apprentice warrior was sacred and was identified with their cultural hero called Child of the Water.

The young Apache used the ceremonial warpath language, which replaced words for common objects during the raid. The scratcher was used to scratch him and the drinking tube to ensure water did not touch the lips. When eating, the young Apache would eat only when the food was cold in order to bring the raiders good luck. He was also subservient to the other warriors and would fetch their water and wood. If he did well on the first raid, he would be invited back for another raid. Upon completing four successful raids without deviations in his conduct, the young Apache received the coveted reward of recognition as an Apache warrior. Often, the shaman would show him the pattern of paint that he should wear and presented him with a medicine cap. 

Warriors wore a shirt, breechclout, and moccasins normally reaching above the knee; he carried a rope, blanket, water jar, fire drill, rations of mescal, pemican or jerky, and his weapons. The Apache might employ a shield, bow, arrows, lance, club, tomahawk, knife, and during the Apache Wars, a rifle and cartridge belt. They frequently blackened their weapons to camouflage them.
For any of you who served in the military or hunted, you will know that a flash from glasses, a bright face or reflective object will mark your position many miles from the observer.
The Apaches did not adapt a horse culture, as their terrain and lifestyle did not lend itself to the adoption of the horse in the same way as did that of the Plains Indians. Horses were used in large raids, but an Apache warrior was equally likely to travel on foot, allowing him to use the terrain to conceal his movement. Horses could be heard for miles and were easily tracked. An Apache warrior could run as many as 70 miles a day, and Apache women thought nothing of trotting 60 miles to present treats to their children when they had been placed in boarding schools in later years.

Concealment was a hallmark of the Apaches. In one historical instance, Quick Killer told a soldier to turn his back and in an instant had disappeared. In a spot just a few feet away, he emerged after completely burying himself under thick grass.