sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, December 11, 2017

In the News

Infitada (uprising)


My sense is that readers of Virtual Mirage are confused at the day of rage/week of rage/month of rage that is going on in Palestine. How is it different than the month before? Or the year before? Or the decade before? 

Dirty, sweaty, military age males in Palestine run around and throw rocks for the television cameras and journalists take pictures. Liberals send money to allow them to buy more rocks. And when they launch missiles at Israel, the Israelis bomb them.

The infitada is the same, the liberal outrage is the same and the Israeli reaction is the same. The coverage and analysis on MSNBC is the same. They liked Obama (a closet Muslim) better than they liked President Trump. I get it. Who really cares?

What's in the Cake?

Why can't a baker with the right to free speech, free religious choice and expression be forced to say or paint, or pipe with frosting ,something that he/she doesn't agree with? Why would the government chose to ruin him for failing to provide a cake for sodomites?

The government is limited in its ability to coerce by the Bill of Rights. We'll see what the Supreme Court says on the matter. 

For the record, I have no problem with homosexuals objecting to provide a cake to a straight white couple's wedding. I have no problem with negroes only baking cakes for other negroes. These are business decisions and unless they interfere with interstate commerce, I really don't see where the Federal Govt. has the jurisdiction to say or do anything. If they ship cakes illegally across state lines, it's a job for the FBI...and maybe we've finally found something that the FBI can do without screwing it up?

Corrupt News Network (CNN)

(h/t Commentarama) "On Friday, CNN ran with a story which said that Wikileaks had offered Team Trump access to certain information on September 4th, ten days before Wikileaks went public with it. If true, CNN would see this as proof that Wikileaks and Trump were working together and therefore Trump and Russia were working together. Here are the problems:
1. It wasn't offered to Trump and there is no evidence Trump people accepted it... it was an unsolicited email.
2. The email didn't come from a person CNN could actually identify as being connected to Wikileaks.
3. There is no proof that Wikileaks is actually connected to Russia. US intelligence only thinks this when they want to blame the Russians for something. Otherwise, they treat them as separate people.
"So basically, some unknown dude sent an email to Trump Jr., with no evidence Trump Jr. responded... and CNN saw this as the smoking gun of some deal between Trump and Russia. Many other media outlets then ran with this because they want to believe that Trump is guilty of something or other.

"Then the big problem came out. CNN misread the date. Instead of being September 4th, the email was sent September 14th, after Wikileaks released the information. Hence, CNN's take is impossible, and CNN should have known it."

Andrew Price laid it out beautifully so I quoted him entirely. I realize that there is nothing new or novel about CNN lying because they are a corrupt, sly, nasty news source that does not trade in facts. They are a propaganda machine that serves their masters in Democrat Party.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Sermonette

Your sermonette today deals with one of the more corrupt portions of the Deep State Swamp, the FBI.  It needs to be addressed quickly and dealt with the one would of dying cancer patient - more below in the sermonette.

It takes a set to flip off Congress, which appropriates money for your corrupt organization.

FBI Director Christopher Wray refused to answer Rep DeSantis when asked if dossier was used to spy on Trump’s Camp, more here (LINK).  REFUSED TO ANSWER?
(Gateway Pundit) FBI Director Christopher Wray testified at a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Thursday morning. He defended the FBI against Trump’s scorched earth tweets attacking the institution’s corrupt leadership and refused to answer many key questions.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) asked the FBI Director if the Hillary-funded garbage dossier was used to spy on Trump’s camp and Wray refused to answer.
Which means, of course, that the fake dossier ginned up by the Clinton Campaign was used in FISA Warrants to spy on the Trump Campaign during the course of the election. That was egged on by the Obama Presidency and eclipses Watergate in all respects. 

In response to the question, did the FBI spy on President Trump, the answer is yes. 

The only solution to this problem with the FBI that has been dogging the sly, puffed up, mendacious, smug agency is to put them under the direct scrutiny of an inspectorate general that reports directly to the president. The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility doesn't have the stroke to discipline a corrupt or obstuctionist director. We need something more. The FBI needs to be reformed NOW. Leadership found wanting needs to be removed the way a surgeon wielding a scalpel would remove a tumor. Unfortunately that means a lot of cutting. Will that remove Russian spies in the FBI ranks (I'm thinking Robert Hanssen here)? Quite possibly. Sorry Putin...

Now for the sermonette part, "Ye shall know the truth and the truth will set you free."

The corrupt, nasty, lying mainstream media went wild with derision when President Trump announced that he'd been spied on by the Obama FBI. We now know that was true and that the FBI was used as a tool to give Hillary Clinton (lock her up) a pass on gross criminal misconduct and to try and damage President Trump. That situation can not stand.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Personal Observations

BUILD THAT WALL

My company, Consulting Services, has recently been retained by USGOV as to the matter of the US Mexico Border.  There are some things that I can say at this juncture and some things that I can't. However, despite what nay sayers will tell you, construction of "the Big Beautiful Wall" is critical to national security. The current situation is so degraded and there are so many tunnels that the high value aliens take who pay $20K per head to cross through a tunnel, that it must be stopped for everyone's wellbeing. Who are those high-value aliens? Middle Easterners with ISIS, Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda affiliations and Chinese. They go through the tunnels by the hundreds, but each one of them is 'trouble'. The regular Mexicans just packing drugs or crossing to find work, go where there is no fence. The Big Beautiful Wall is designed with below ground sensors that will detect tunnels.

I was asked a question in Mexico City last week regarding NAFTA. I replied that the big question is whether we should be dealing with the President of Mexico or Ruben Osevegera Cervantes (El Mencho), the most powerful drug lord in Mexico. 

Mexico is a failed state where the Narcos and the major industrialists who back them call the shots. And people in Mexico know that the place is circling the drain. There is a presidential election coming up this summer and it's not going to be pretty. The people are fed up with the government and if the election was held today the anti-US communists would win power. The value of the peso is in the tank now. If the election goes to the communists it will plummet like the Venezuelan Bolivar (currency). 

A wall makes perfect sense to all but the most self-absorbed who have motives that are not American motives.

Illegal immigration is down by 70% but it's still an issue and will remain an issue. An unstable Mexico makes the construction of a wall even more important.

The Trump Presidency

All I can say after the first year is that President Trump is good to his word in trying to make America great again. The stock market has never been higher, consumer confidence is up, job creation is many times higher than it was during the dismal years of Obamanaiton, government is shrinking in size and slowly but surely, the swamp is being drained. It's true that Hollywood liberals, Republican RINOs and the corrupt, smug, sly, filthy lying mainstream media and their progressive masters are very sad. They predicted gloom and doom and America is pulling itself out of the pit that they prepared for us. 

Sad, bitter has-beens like the Bush Dynasty, the abortive Clinton Dynasty, George Soros and his cabal, and Barack Obama whose legacy was trashed by the electorate in their election of President Trump, still grind their teeth and hope for some modicum of success. But it's illusive. The Mueller probe isn't going anywhere and the corrupt FBI has been called out for what it is - an 'organ of the power elite', not a mechanism of a justice system.

US relations in the Middle East and in the Far East have never been better with the exception of North Korea (soon to be just Korea). The Germans are angry with the President, but they're an Islamic Republic now, aren't they?


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Geopolitical Thoughts

War Drums in North Korea

On 6 December, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published anti-US remarks by a Foreign Ministry spokesman. I'm only going to quote a few.
“These confrontational warmongering remarks cannot be interpreted in any other way but as a warning to us to be prepared for a war on the Korean peninsula.” 
“Worse still, the CIA director has made a provocation against us by impudently criticizing our supreme leadership which is the heart of our people.” (calling him "Little Rocket Man" or the "Fat, Dumb Kid with the Bad Haircut" is demeaning? What about 'accurate'?) 
“This is the revelation of the U.S. cunning and heinous intention which is to instigate our strong countermeasures and use them to ignite the fuse for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.” 
“If the U.S. does not want to be burnt to death by the fire it ignites, it would better behave with prudence and caution.’
This comment carries the approval of the Foreign Ministry. Most recent comments have been by various North Korean Ambassadors, who restated established propaganda themes.

This statement implies that North Korean intelligence can no longer distinguish demonstrations from real war preparations. Its conclusion apparently is that the US has made a decision to go to war on an undetermined date. Its advice is that North Korea must be prepared.

One significant remark is the statement “we do not wish a war…” This is the first time in months that the North has made that point. The success of an extortion operation is to get something significant at little or no cost. 

The North Korean regime is serious about not wanting a war. It would represent a negative return on the expense and energy North Korea has invested in the strategy to neutralize the US in a reunification bid. It would call their bluff, but the North Korean leaders would order national suicide rather than lose face by backing down.

Chinese Reaction

Chinese forces recently conducted an unusual exercise near Korea. Air force spokesman Shen Jinke made the announcement at an airport in northern China on 4 December. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) article made the correlation that the Chinese exercise was announced the same day the US and South Korea began their biggest joint air force exercise.

Shen said Chinese combat aircraft flew in airspace they had never flown before. He also said that this kind of training would become a regular feature as the air force worked to strengthen its capabilities so that it was ready to safeguard China’s strategic interests.

The SCMP article quoted “Chinese military expert” Li Jie who said the drills were intended to show that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force was making strides in joint operations, which are an important part of modern warfare.

Li also said that Monday’s announcement also was aimed at sending a message to the United States and South Korea.
“The timing of this high-profile announcement by the PLA also is a warning to Washington and Seoul not to provoke Pyongyang any further,” Li said.
Senior Captain Li Jie is a naval strategist and military expert with the Chinese Naval Research Institute. Our searches found that his comments are infrequent, but authoritative. He has been making them at key moments since at least 2010. 

The Chinese use military exercises to send political messages, especially to Taiwan. Li makes comments when the Chinese leaders need to be sure that a behavioral message is clear and understood by a target audience. In this case, the targets are the US and South Korea

The message is stark and highly unusual, something that would be inappropriate to state officially in public. However, it almost certainly has been conveyed in verbal communications between Chinese and US officials. The exercise and its public announcement reinforce the gravity of the Chinese message.

Last spring the quasi-official newspaper Global Times published the conditions under which China would intervene in a Korean conflict or would refrain from intervening. It restated long-standing Chinese policies.

China would prevent the collapse of North Korea under almost all circumstances. If the US and the US allies fired the first shot, China would aid and defend North Korea and ensure that it did not collapse.

If North Korea started the war, China would not intervene to prevent a US counter-attack. However, it would intervene to prevent the US from devastating North Korea. China also would intervene to keep North Koreans in North Korea during a war.

The exercise details and Li’s remarks in the SCMP article suggest two scenarios worry the Chinese leadership. The first is that the North Korean leadership is likely to misread US actions as precursors to an imminent attack, rather than as demonstrations. 

The second scenario is that the US actually has decided to conduct an attack on a target or set of targets in North Korea. 

The article also suggests that the Chinese judge that demonstrations of US power have reached the point of diminishing returns and the US knows it because the Chinese have told the US. Thus, the Chinese analysts are interpreting the scheduling and conduct of more and larger US and allied exercises can only be interpreted as war preparations under cover of exercises. 

Thoughts: It's clear that the Trump Administration knows that the Norks are concerned and would prefer to see them fire the first shot, which would provoke the sort of decapitation and degradation of Nork forces that are planned. And the Chinese know what the US knows. The question becomes one of what will make the Norks act rather than just talk? Or maybe they launch a missile and it inadvertently lands in Japan the way that the last one almost did?

Pakistan

China is hedging on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported on 6 December that China temporarily stopped funding three major projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The three are road construction projects that are essential to completion of the Corridor.

The Chinese announced the temporary suspension at a 20 November Joint Working Group meeting, which was supposed to finalize the projects. The Chinese delegation said that the funds would be suspended pending ‘new guidelines’ to be issued from Beijing.

The Dawn article reported that Pakistani officials from the National Highway Authority were stunned by the surprise announcement. The reason for the suspension is Pakistani corruption in distributing about $1 billion in Chinese investment funds for land acquisition and road construction. 

Pakistani businessmen have expected the CPEC project to provide a bonanza of wealth for Pakistanis. That is not how China manages these projects, for which it has long experience in Africa. The projects are set up so that Chinese companies profit and local companies get the spill-over.

I anticipated that terrorist attacks and other security challenges would undermine and compromise the CPEC. Pakistani corruption has proven to be the greater, more immediate and less easily managed threat. 

Syria-US

The US military stay in Syria is open-ended. A US Defense Department spokesman said that the US is committed until there is an “enduring defeat of ISIL.” A Defense Department spokesman also said that the US has roughly 2,000 troops in Syria and 5,200 in Iraq.
"While the nature of US support to partner forces will adjust as the coalition shifts from major urban combat operations to stabilization tasks, US support will not end until the enduring defeat of ISIL and will be determined by conditions on the ground," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said on 5 December. 
The US said it would continue to support its local allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as they move to stabilize eastern Syria. "We are going to maintain our commitment on the ground as long as we need to, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups," Pahon said.

The Turks use almost the same language to justify keeping their forces in Syria in order to fight the Syrian Kurds. As a terrorist organization, ISIL’s permanent defeat can only be assured by permanent operations against them because the organization is self-regenerating. The Syrian Kurdish militias also are self-generating. The language of enduring defeat means open-ended.

The rough number of US soldiers in Syria is four times more than the number released in late November. The statement of continuing support for the SDF is likely to infuriate the Turkish leadership, who says they have assurances to the contrary from the US President.

Russia in Syria

Six Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

The TU-22M3 bombers took off from a base in Russia, flew to Syria and bombed IS targets as well as weapons and ammunitions depots, they said.

The last TU-22 bomber attacks occurred in late November. The Russians are taking advantage of air attack missions in Syria to maximize the flight and combat experience of their bomber crews. On the other hand, the continuing bomber attacks are strong indicators that the defeat of IS fighters is still not final.

The bomber attacks tend to contradict Russian President Putin’s statement that complete victory has been achieved over the Islamic State.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Checking In


I'm still out and about, but the blog must go on.

Ok, there's nothing requiring a blog and there's nothing that says it must go on. I just wrote that out of a sense of the dramatic.

I'm on a salad binge at the moment, but it's not what you think. I'm not on a vegetarian bender because I love animals (who are competition for my food). I'm a vegetarian because I hate plants.

Tomorrow, back to the ribeye.

Kindle allows me to download books to occupy down-time and that's what I do. I just downloaded, "Children of Time" a science fiction book by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I don't know whether the book will be any good or not. You sort of throw the spaghetti against the wall with books, don't you? Unless it's something by Jim Curtis or one of the greats, you take your chances.

There are things moving at the White Wolf Mine. The clouds (above left) herald the labor and the improvements on the property. This is a photo from earlier in the week (below). The masons are hard at work laying block retaining walls to fortify the place. Yes, I understand that a .50 BMG will punch through that as if it doesn't exist. But we all have to live within budgets. The steel roof and the structural steel won't make the place EMP proof, but it will help - for those of you who are concerned for my welfare. I would have turned my office into a Faraday Cage with Tempest approved gear (a SCIF) but there's not much secret that needs to be hidden from snoopers.


The photo (left) shows the steel machine chewing up a path for the second driveway (drive-through garage). Do I need 2 driveways? No, but I thought that it would be cool.

The weather shows clear, no precipitation for the next 14 days with highs in the 50's. At this rate, the team will go to town on construction. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Digging Deeper (Roots, cont'd)


In another installment of "Roots", I found that the Quidley family, to whom I am directly related and who settled on Hatteras Island in North Carolina's outer banks first came to the New World in the 1680's, on the Brigantine, Gull, out of Portsmouth, England. The ship's master, Patrick Quidley, established a base for himself by transplanting family members as colonists. Though the mists of time hang heavy over precisely what the 'colonists' intended to do, their subsequent actions speak for themselves.

Patrick Quidley's brush with the law is recorded in the book, "The Admiralty Sessions, 1536-1834: Maritime Crime and the Silver Oar".
"Dr. Fisher Littleton presided over the Admiralty court and took the view that those who adhered to James II were “not enemies, but rogues”. The prosecution proceeded at the Admiralty Sessions held at the Marshalsea in February 1694, even though the nine accused men asserted that they fought under a lawful commission issued by James II. At these hearings, Captain John Golden and Thomas Jones were convicted for treason and Patrick Quidley and Darby Collins for piracy. On March 5,  1694, they were hanged."
As the book points out, there was some dispute as to whether they (pirates) sailed under a letter of marque or as pirates. The distinction between the two was a fine one...

The body of Captain William Kidd hanging in a gibbet over the Thames, the result of confusion over
whether Captain Kidd took prizes legally under a letter of marque, or illegally as a pirate. (Wikipedia)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Roots


There has been some family controversy surrounding my maternal grandfather and great grandfather. There have been legends that sprang up to support 'the story'. Exercising some genealogical muscle, I set out to do what I do. Prove or disprove using facts. The "Q" family records stopped with my great grandfather...and that is always interesting. Now I know that circa 1900, he changed his name (possibly a brush with the law).

That part of the family settled in Hatteras Island, North Carolina. They lived on the outer banks since some time in the early 1700's and were alternately pirates, smugglers, fishermen and salvage operators who claimed ships driven ashore and shipwrecked. They owned slaves - not black ones - hapless seafarers who washed up on the Outer Banks. Great grandpa Q left all that for Washington DC, where he lived most of his life, dying in 1971. My mother described him as a mountebank, which may have been what drew him there. He was alternately a brick layer, a boxing promoter and an opportunistic crook.

His son, my grandfather was a scammer (not unlike his daddy) and for most of his life, he was a revival tent preacher, known as "Reverend Jack". I only saw Reverend Jack a couple of times that I can recall. He was a handsome Elmer Gantry style guy without the scruples of the movie character. He had two children with my grandmother before she dumped him. I have no idea how many other likely lads are out there. He founded a church in Tennessee eventually and died there.

I didn't spend much more time with my mother (an accomplished ballerina from the American Ballet Theater) who, at 84, still walks and moves like a ballerina. The harsh discipline that made her a great dancer also made her very difficult to love. The last thing that my brother asked me before he died (the next day) in auto accident was to be nice to her, so I put myself out to do that very thing. 

My mother bought the story of the history of the Q family hook, line and sinker. She wasn't all that happy to know that rather than descending from a group of farmers who were kind to the Indians, and my great grandfather married an Indian princess, they were a species of pirate who preyed on the unfortunate. The antebellum South took race very seriously (the records are clear) and the Q family didn't have any known affiliation with the Hatteras Indians, all of whom had been killed off between 1520 when it was first settled and the early 1700's. Mother had other stories from her maternal side as well. I don't think that she made them up. She's not like that. But she took things at face value and created a legend that she has shared with my daughters. Shining a light on family history (the roaches scuttle for the floorboards) is interesting. 

I have a trip to the outer banks planned, to dig a little deeper. There is a lot of provable information on-line these days including family bibles that have been photographed and made available on the Internet. But walking old cemeteries in Frisco, Buxton and Hatteras might turn something up. 

There are some dangling bits of history that may have wound around my DNA. For example, Blackbeard-the-Pirate (Edward Thatch - or Teach) operated in those waters. Did my ancestors sail with him on the Queen Anne's Revenge or the Witch of Endor? They were in the right place at the right time, in the right line of work. Blackbeard accepted a royal pardon and settled in Bath, North Carolina, right across the Pamlico Sound from Hatteras, where the Q family was living at the time. Did they rub shoulders? I can't say for sure (yet).

Mother (who is very proper) is disturbed by this history, which is much more fun to me...no wonder I always like the Pirate ride and eating at the Blue Bayou restaurant at Disneyland. Mother is not amused.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Breaking it Down (Sunday Sermonette)

China, North Korea and the Allied Nations

Summary: South Korea, Japan and the United States are still pushing China to "do something" about the North Korean creature that it helped to create. China is preparing for the aftermath of a war between the allies and North Korea.

The fat kid with the bad haircut doesn't feel that the US has the guts to take
him out. The Chinese know differently.
The Chinese have responded to the allied push for them to do more by saying the they will not impose more sanctions on the Norks without additional United Nations approval. When one wants to know what the Chinese are thinking unofficially, turning to the quasi-official Chinese daily Global Times is always a good move. Yesterday, they published an op-ed article on additional sanctions on North Korea. After a review of the Korean situation in light of the latest missile launch, the author wrote, 
“We sincerely hope North Korea will stop provoking the US and not overestimate its ability to deter Washington. Now is the most dangerous moment for Pyongyang. The country's leader should be clear-headed.”
The editorial goes on, but I'll summarize it for you. It is a statement that China now will look to its own interests. These are:
  • China will not impose or support others in imposing unilateral sanctions on North Korea;
  • China will not support measures that create a humanitarian crisis in North Korea;
  • China will not permit itself to be manipulated by the US, South Korea and Japan;
  • China will not permit the US, South Korea and Japan to undermine relations with North Korea;
  • China has tried its best to prevent a war and now should prepare for the worst.
Unless the UN Security Council comes up with some new ideas, China is not likely to approve tighter sanctions that are inconsistent with list (above). China continues to insist that it is not a primary party to the Korean nuclear confrontation. Naturally, the Chinese blame the United States for allowing things to come to this. The Chinese are certain that Kim Jong Un will launch an intercontinental ballistic missile with a hydrogen warhead on it for a "mid-Pacific test and demonstration" - maybe at Christmas. The Chinese are equally certain that it will provoke a military response from the US and its allies against North Korea, and expect that it could turn into a nuclear weapons exchange that will leave much of Korea (North and South) devastated. They also believe that it will leave China with a humanitarian crisis of Biblical proportions, that they will be forced to contend with.

I don't disagree with the Chinese assessment. As President Trump has pointed out. America will look to their interests and other nations must look to theirs. The Chinese will do their best do cope with a nuclear war on their doorstep.

This won't look like Armageddon (because this is a sermonette) unless you're in North Korea. The North Koreans are atheists so they won't need to make their peace. Will the American motto reflect an earlier military campaign?
"Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius." was allegedly spoken by Papal legate and Cistercian abbot Arnaud Amalric prior to the massacre at Béziers, the first major military action of the Albigensian Crusade. A direct translation of the Latin phrase would be "Kill them. For the Lord knows those that are His own." Let God sift the souls of the elite Norks as He will, separating what small amount wheat there is from a great deal of chaff. I feel sorry for the maggot and worm infested common North Koreans who have been beaten, starved and often worked to death to please Dear Leader's vanity. A country without light at night - and during the daytime, in a metaphorical sense, it's still midnight in Norkland.
The latest North Korean missile (Kwasong-15) was a technical failure because it broke up on re-entry into the atmosphere. That means they're going to test more of them. The warhead portion of the missile (a sensor package) splashed down in Japanese waters. I believe that the Japanese Self Defense  Force recovered it. Whether that is significant beyond its recovery remains to be seen.

South Korea's Defense Ministry said Friday that the two-stage liquid-fuel missile potentially capable of striking targets as far away as 8,100 miles, which would put Washington within reach...if it can hold together. It is more likely that the Norks would barf out a hydrogen bomb that would fall -- wherever.

The stock market is at an all-time high. I don't see that a North Korean War will have much impact if it goes quickly (even if it goes nuclear). Call me an optimist.

Syria

The US military has withdrawn to a position east of the Euphrates River. ISIS has been defeated and the Caliphate no longer exists as a tourist organization that holds territory in the Levant. You'd think that the progressive left in America would be happy but you won't hear anything on CNN or NBC because it would mean heaping praise on President Trump.

My sense is that the US will retain a military presence east of the Euphrates River for the foreseeable future to thwart any resurgence of ISIS. I don't think it will be a 'winning hearts and minds' operation so much as it is a deterrent.

     Kurdistan

There are things that the US military presence will and won't do. It's not there to support the establishment of Kurdistan...but it will keep the Turks from invading to wipe the Kurds out. At least in the short term. In the long term the Kurds must unify (and there are a lot of factions in Kurdistan). You will recall that killing Kurds is a Turkish national pastime and has been for some decades.

     Rumor and Innuendo

I've heard various reports for over a year of Chinese troops replacing Russian soldiers as the Russians begin to withdraw from Syria. I have yet to see anything that indicates it to be true. So far, there has been a lot of chatter and rumor mill speculation. I personally doubt that China is that stupid. As the graphic above illustrates, the place is a complete mess. The Russians and the US under President Trump have ended ISIS as a territorial entity. Hat's off to them. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Few Thoughts


It's a slow news day for me. I'm saving up for the Sunday Sermonette tomorrow with a special on North Korea and China. 

While I'm off in and out of the USA, trying to make the world safe for democracy, the work goes on at the White Wolf Mine. I'll offer a few opinions before I give you an update on the mine.

In the matter of the Kate Steinle murder, The prosecutors in San Francisco could have explained to the jury about IMPLIED MALICE to the ignorant people who managed to get driver's licenses (the jury pool) and weren't clever enough to get out of jury duty and had plenty of time on their hands to sit through the trial...But, I'm told that they didn't. I'm sure of liberal skulduggery since it's San Francisco. It's one of those wicked cities in a generally corrupt and wicked state of the Union (up there with Chicago and Detroit). The California progressives are heralding and trumpeting the acquittal of the murderer and are blagarding President Trump/bad-mouthing the nation. It's what they do. 

Frankly, it's just another reason why I'm leaving the liberal scumbags behind. They can keep their progressive taxes and criminal illegal aliens.

Is it a tax cut? The Senate passed their version. The House of Representatives are likely to just vote the Senate Bill rather than to take it to a conference committee to pound out a compromise with the Bill that they passed. But is it a cut? It depends on who you talk to. I'm not sure.


On the photo above, you are looking from the edge of the upper level and there is a drop off that is indicated by darker vs lighter soil. Retaining walls will be built in addition to the footings above. Farther down hill, about 1/3 down from the top of the photo, you'll note an old logging road. There is a connector road going in to the rear of the photographer that will allow you to get from the upper property to the mining road that leads to the lower property.

The photo below represents a concrete pour on the lower level (the guest wing). Since these photos were taken, the crew has been laying block. I'm trying to get my ducks in a row for a trip up to the White Wolf Mine before Christmas. Hopefully they've poured the slabs by then, but there's quite a bit of block that has to be laid down (then another county inspection) before they do the slab. Plumbing and electrical has to be down before the slab as well. But it's coming steadily and that's the key. The weather forecast for the next two weeks calls for 0% chance of precipitation and highs in the mid-40's and low 50's. This is not unusual weather. As I've pointed out a number of times on this blog, the bulk of the moisture that falls on the Mogollon Rim comes in mid to late summer in the form of a monsoon.



Friday, December 1, 2017

Welcome to December

I've been busy, but I share this humble offering as another calendar page is ripped off:

First an homage to Matt Lauer, disgraced NBC Today Show host:


Speaking the universal language of love to a female NBC employee

Second, a homage to Rep. John Conyers

L'Amour, L'Amour Toujours  

Third, a homage to former President Bill Clinton

Mon cheri, would you put on your blue dress?


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ARA San Juan Disaster

The Argentine Navy played their cards close to the chest when it came to playing to the public. The original information releases were that the ARA San Juan, an Argentine submarine of German manufacture simply went missing 'somewhere in the South Atlantic'. 

Since the boat is equipped with an emergency rescue buoy and in as much as it had not been deployed, the outcome was not good from the outset.

Today we've learned that the Argentine submarine that vanished 12 days ago sent a final, desperate message reporting a short-circuiting battery and fire onboard.
The vessel’s captain said water had entered through the snorkel when the sub was charging batteries. He said the water entered through the ventilation system to a battery connection tray in the prow and “caused a short circuit and the beginning of a fire, or smoke without flame.”
The seas were rough and they headed for port while submerged using another battery system. There was an explosion that had been detected (likely detected by a US SOSUS array, but detection attributed to a NASA P-3 conducting arctic-related studies in the area).

Families of the 44 member crew, based at Mar del Plata, have told the media that their sailors complained that the boat was essentially a death trap and a piece of junk. That squares with my own personal opinion, (so I report it here). The Argentine Navy is proud of the vessel, commissioned in 1985, and refit (in part) in 2014. The refit was a 'short refit' because of funding deficits, so much of what should have been done was not. 

The lesson for readers to take away is that there are no acceptable half measures where naval maintenance or training are involved. If the boat and crew are not 100%, the submarine should not leave the dock. Surface ships can be more forgiving because there are usually means available to abandon ship. Submarines have escape trunks. I've locked out of an escape trunk both in training and operationally and it works if you're in relatively shallow water. Unfortunately the ocean is mostly deep. (trying to keep it simple here)

The years of Obamanation saw a situation where roughly 70% of the Marine Corps' F-18's were grounded for lack of spare parts to keep them flying. We've seen situations develop with the F-35 that make it's debut worrisome (both because it's ruinously expensive and because some of what is being built doesn't work). Ship maintenance was delayed and deferred because the nation needed them at see to serve the nation's urgent defense needs. Crew training and rotation was neglected. America is not Argentina. The US Navy is not the Argentine Navy. President Trump is not Barack Hussein Obama.  HOWEVER there is a lesson with the loss of the ARA San Juan that needs to be internalized by the American public.

My condolences go to the families of the 44 brave men who set out on a ship that was likely unfit to sail.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Important Things

Amanda
It's nice to have children. It's especially nice to have grandchildren. When you have both in one package, it's a world beater. My daughter, Amanda, gave up her police career to be a mother which turned into being a mother of three boys. These days she's also a professional photographer, which she can pull off while being a mom since she's able to wrap the photography gig around the needs of boys 8 to 2. 

She's the oldest of my four girls and has always set a good example for the rest of them. Being siblings there are the odd conflicts over matters trivial. 

We had a discussion the other day about my somewhat twisted career path, non-traditional by anyone's reckoning. Looking back on life, I could have pursued many things more completely but no success in life can compensate for failure in the home.  You have to decide what is important and what is transient. I am happy that I treasured my family above all else, and the default always fell in favor of them, and their wellbeing.

Because there are no dress rehearsals, being a parent is one of those moment-to-moment things where we hope that we did our best. I look back at this or that and wonder if I should have handled it differently. No matter, I did what I did and the chips fell were they may. Looking back is an exercise in frustration. I shared this with Amanda the other day. She knows how I feel now that she's the mom.

When I first discussed the White Wolf Mine project in Arizona, both Amanda and her husband, my son-in-law, thought I was crazy. Amanda explained to him that I'm known for thinking up stuff and doing it. As the project moves forward, their attitude has changed and they see a modicum of wisdom in the old man's 'method to my madness'. At Thanksgiving dinner, they spoke of how they plan to spend a week at the mine for Thanksgiving next year, and asked if I thought it would snow. (who can tell?)

The only real treasure that I have is my family, and in the end, almost all that do has them in mind in the calculus, because they are truly important.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Unleashing the T-Rex (Sunday Sermonette)

Thanksgiving wasn't enough for LSP. He's doing another feast day today...but today's sermonette is not about that.

ASK NOT what your T-Rex can do for you but what you can do for your T-Rex!

I'm working out of a US Embassy at the moment and there is a lot of teeth gnashing over the work that Rex (T-Rex) Tillerson is doing to reduce the size and wastefulness of government and to drain the swamp. 

He could only do what he's doing with the full and complete support of President Trump.

The  Foreign Service and condescending DC elites cannot fathom why they are unable to stop Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from streamlining the mission of State. They keep reporting that President Trump is going to fire the T-Rex and the Washington Post duly relates their predictions to the (gullible) American public. It's trumpeted by the corrupt, lying, sly, smug, filthy mainstream media on every channel. But it still doesn't happen...what can be done?

The minions of the T-Rex start with two questions that are put to State Department drones:  “What is your specific and quantifiable value to the core mission of the United States Department of State; and how do we measure your effectiveness therein? Go ahead and write down your answer. Here's a piece of paper and a cheap pen. I'll wait."

"HOW DARE YOU ASK (you cretin)!!!????" The question is offered in reply with a quivering lower lip. 

The truth is that we spend billions/trillions on absolutely nothing, but it's been a place for protected pets for a very long time, many with degrees from Harvard and the Ivy League. Some are Skull-and-Bones Yale people who had an implicit guarantee that they'd be set for life, would be paid a princely fee and wouldn't have to do anything but sit on a committee that deals with interruptions in bird migration patterns or some such. T-Rex doesn't care any more than a Jurassic tyrannosaurus rex would.
(The Conservative Tree House) No-one, repeat NO-ONE, could have pulled off what T-Rex is accomplishing except T-Rex himself; with the full support of President Trump, of course. The former leader of the worlds largest private business, Exxon-Mobil, is now systematically bringing efficiency and effectiveness to the worlds largest public institution, the State Dept.
The lack of reasonable answers within the bureaucratic ranks is leading to massive downsizing.
Making America Great Again means Making Interventionism Irrelevant AgainThe New York Times outlines why the diplomatic retention of irrelevant snobbery is vital to those within the State Department’s cocktail circuit influence network. At the rate Tillerson is going he might even eliminate the entire staff for the Assistant Cultural Ambassador to the U.N. Center for Biodiversity and Southern Hemispheric Aquatic Species Rights. That’s the threshold where things are really going to get ugly: 
New York Times […] For those who have not been dismissed, retirement has become a preferred alternative when, like Mr. Miller, they find no demand for their expertise. A retirement class that concludes this month has 26 senior employees, including two acting assistant secretaries in their early 50s who would normally wait years before leaving. 
The number of those with the department’s top two ranks of career ambassador and career minister — equivalent to four- and three-star generals — will have been cut in half by Dec. 1, from 39 to 19. And of the 431 minister-counselors, who have two-star-equivalent ranks, 369 remain and another 14 have indicated that they will leave soon — an 18 percent drop — according to an accounting provided by the American Foreign Service Association. 
The political appointees who normally join the department after a change in administration have not made up for those departures. So far, just 10 of the top 44 political positions in the department have been filled, and for most of the vacancies, Mr. Tillerson has not nominated anyone.
"But--but--but," the global elite sputter at the club, sloshing down their third Singapore Sling and chomping down a sweet-and-sour shrimp, "what about the new One World Government that we've been working to forge?" 

"Sorry. If it doesn't make America great again, there is no job. Maybe you can find work bad mouthing the President at Cal Berkeley?"

Ted Kennedy's boy, Patrick Kennedy
Illuminati shill or just lazy?
Are the Kennedy Family 
Appointees Safe?

Please, don't tell me that even the Kennedy family is on the chopping block! This is a sermonette, not a horror show.
Even before Mr. Tillerson was confirmed, his staff fired six of the State Department’s top career diplomats, including Patrick Kennedy, who had been appointed to his position by President George W. Bush. Kristie Kenney, the department’s counselor and one of just five career ambassadors, was summarily fired a few weeks later.
The liberal panic at the deconstruction and realignment of their most cherished institution (run by Hillary herself) has been the topic of discussions in elite clubs from New York to DC (which is where everyone whose anyone is - unless they're vacationing in the Hamptons or at Martha's Vineyard) -- or meeting with George Soros at La Costa (San Diego, California) as happened this past week.
“There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new order of things. … Whenever his enemies have occasion to attack the innovator they do so with the passion of partisans, while the others defend him sluggishly so that the innovator and his party alike are vulnerable.”- Nicolo Machiavelli
SECSTATE Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump want to make America great again. Greater than ever before. Gutting Hillary's State Department is a good first step. It's a cool place to put the enema pipe.


Friday, November 24, 2017

Passing Time on Black Friday

Apology Center

If you are a celebrity or a politician (the same thing in many cases) and you're a pervert, you may need to come up with an apology quick. This link my help.
This is one of many possible apologies: As a male feminist, I feel tremendously guilty now that the things I did have been made public. I imagined that any woman would have been thrilled to see a tiny penis peeking out from below my pasty, middle-aged paunch like the head of a geriatric albino turtle moments from death, and of course now I realize my behavior was wrong. In conclusion, I will wait 2-3 years before reappearing in film and TV and just sort of hope you all forget about this.
I found Bill Clinton's denial (lie) to Congress to be more to the point and more fun, truth be told, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." --- She didn't clean the (crusty) blue dress, Bill --- "Oh $%&#!"

Capitalism Works

(LINK) On or around this day in 1621, the Pilgrims enjoy a three-day feast! They are grateful for their harvest after a long, hard first year in the New World.

You already know that the Pilgrims fled England because they feared religious persecution. Their voyage on the Mayflower began in September 1620—and it was a rough one!

“In many of these storms the winds were so fierce, and the seas so high, as they could not bear a knot of sail, but were forced to heave to for many days together,” the future Governor of the colony later wrote. “And in one [mighty storm] . . . a strapping young man (called John Howland) was, with a lurch of the ship thrown into the sea; but it pleased God that he caught hold of the ropes which hung overboard.” 

Howland was pulled back into the boat and survived! 

Can you imagine how grateful the Pilgrims must have been when they finally arrived in America? Almost all of them had made it—including a baby born during the journey! Unfortunately, the Pilgrims would not be as fortunate in the year that followed.

They had arrived in the midst of winter: For months, they would face problems on several fronts. How to build shelters? How to get food? How to nurse the many people who were falling ill during the harsh winter months? How to make peace with local Indian tribes? Some of these tasks they accomplished on their own, but they also owed much to an Indian named Squanto. Fortunately for the Pilgrims, Squanto spoke English. (The skill had not come easily for Squanto, who learned the language because he’d spent time in captivity in England.)

By September 1621, only half of the original 102 Pilgrims had survived, but they’d also learned much about how to live in the New World. They owed a debt of gratitude to Squanto, who taught them how to raise crops in the New England soil and climate. They’d also worked out treaties and were living in peace with many of the local Indian tribes.

As the first harvest came in, the Pilgrims were surely happy to enjoy a feast with their new Indian friends. They shared deer, ducks, and turkey. A recently harvested barley crop meant that it would have been possible to (finally) brew beer at about this time! 

For many reasons, the feast was welcome after the long, difficult year. But, despite the good meal and happy times, the overall harvest was not as plentiful as you might imagine. Nor was it plentiful the next year. In fact, the Pilgrims were still really struggling until 1623 when their governor, William Bradford, made an interesting decision. 

He changed from a communal system of growing crops to a more private one. Each household was given its own private plot of land. In essence, he changed from a socialist-type system to a more capitalist one. 
“[T]hey began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could,” Bradford later explained, “and obtain a better crop than they had done. . . . And so assigned to every family a parcel of land . . . . This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been . . . . The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability . . . .” 


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Wishes

Happy Thanksgiving from Virtual Mirage

A word to the wise: You will not be allowed entry into Valhalla for eating too much Turkey and fixin's on Thanksgiving. Therefore I offer this hint. Wear a firearm or a knife and with your last gasp, draw the weapon and hold it in your hand to let the Valkyries know that even though you didn't go out in a desperate battle against impossible odds, your heart was in the right place. Will that get you into the corpse hall? I don't know/can't say, but it's worth a shot. It will also freak out the paramedics when they arrive.




Useful hint: Never eat more than you can lift.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Just a Crust of Bread?

I'm sure that you all recall Kathy Griffin holding the severed head of a mannequin that looked like President Trump. Well it's now November 2017, roughly a year later and she is...


Nobody will hire her to do her hate rant, disguised as comedy, and she's running out of money to pay for her mansion, her staff, her limo, etc.

She has a YouTube appeal to remove her from the black list so that she can begin to make millions of dollars a year. 

Griffin wearing one of her signature red wigs.
Will America listen at this time of thanksgiving and holiday bon ami? Will Hollywood reach out a wretched claw to her and will Harvey Weinstein grant her a place on his casting couch? 

Weinstein's ship has sailed as has the career of the 57 year old former comedian.

There's a future for Kathy Griffin in the fast food industry, she could get a job in the yard maintenance industry as well (but she'd have to leave California because the illegal aliens have that market sewed up tighter than Kathy, herself).

Assembling a burrito, turning a burger or supersizing an order should help her stop the financial bleed that she's experiencing. Anything you could send would be appreciated. Her $20 million net worth is shrinking but she could afford a small home in the suburbs and live on the interest. However, if any of you have food or old clothes that you'd like to donate to her, you can send it to her home. It's for sale and it's listed. She's just dropped the price to $4.75 million.

Poor little rich woman.

A Thanksgiving Letter


I haven't received any e-mail from you guys, but guess who sent me a personalized form e-mail Thanksgiving letter of thanks (even though I only hinted that I may contribute to his campaign one day) -- That's right, Good old Slow Joe Biden, former US Vice President and aspirant for president in 2020. Joe would pork a pile of rocks if somebody hinted that there was a snake in there. It's how he rolls.
Larry -- (see, it's personalized)
I'm writing you today simply to say thank you.
(blah-blah-blah) I cut some of the letter out to spare you.
(back in 1890), My dad used to say to me, "Joey, we get knocked down, and then we get right back up."
Folks, in 2017, we got right back up. We helped each other up. (I don't know how Joe figured that but he's always been a bit delusional) 
And here's what you showed me:
Those with the courage to oppose hate still far outnumber those who promote it. (which is why President Trump won a landslide victory) It's by the power of our example, not the example of our power, that America leads the world. And this country will always belong to those who love it enough to change it for the better.
I wish you all a relaxing Thanksgiving with those you love. Hold them close. (Joe does a lot of that close holding)
Then, let's get back out there. Because we're going to take back the House in 2018.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
-Joe


It doesn't matter how many women you've groped, because if the corrupt, smug, lying, hypocritical, filthy, perverted, mainstream media doesn't report it, you're golden. RUN JOE, RUN.

Biden 2020!

Barack kept Uncle Joe on ice for the last two years of his presidency. He showed up to cut ribbons to open a bridge and he attended every tranny conference in America (because they like to be groped). No, I'm not kidding. Check it out yourself. Biden 2020 would "allow Joe to be Joe". I can't wait. I predict a head-to-head match up between Old Uncle Joe and Nancy Pelosi for the prize of Democrat for President - and the right to take on The Donald.

It will be a big day for America.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

'Progression'

Anchor Babies - A Twist

Do US Government funded abortion 'rights' apply to illegal alien children? 
(Washington Times) At least 420 pregnant Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) have been caught and put into government care over the last year, and 43 pregnant illegal immigrant girls were still in custody of the Health and Human Services Department as of Oct. 17, Jonathan White, the department’s director for children’s programs, said in court documents. 
Of the 420 girls seen in fiscal year 2017, 18 requested abortions and 11 had them. Another five rescinded their request for an abortion, and two were turned over to sponsors in the U.S. before a final decision was made, aid, meaning they were outside of government custody. 
The numbers come as the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit demanding the government provide illegal immigrant girls the same rights to access abortion that Americans have. 
The ACLU already won the first skirmish last month over a 17-year-old girl identified only as “J.D.” or “Jane Doe,” whose case went all the way to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where a deeply divided panel of judges ruled the government had to facilitate her abortion, even if it meant spending taxpayer money.
The March of Progressiveness

After only six months in the position, Apple's vice president of diversity and inclusion is stepping down from her post. Denise Young Smith's decision comes on the heels of her apology for innocuously questioning progressive dogma on the concept honored in her job title, which she was the first in the company to hold. 

“There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation,” she said during a panel in October. The comment reportedly came after Smith explained, 
"I focus on everyone," when asked about where she dedicated her efforts. "Diversity is the human experience," Smith contended. "I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT." 
Days later, the tech executive apologized, saying the remarks "were not representative of how I think about diversity or how Apple sees it." More than a month after that, news of her departure broke.
At year's end, Smith, a black woman, is reportedly being replaced by Christie Smith, who is white.

Make of all this what you will. It would seem that to Apple, diversity of ideas and backgrounds is not as important as racial balance with the odd queer, cripple and tranny thrown in to insure a complete balance. Don't expect Eskimos or ethnicities without a power base to be included in their racial balance.