sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, October 30, 2017

Johnson's Sheet (etc)

JFK Assassination Files

I was not surprised by the revelation of the recently released files that showed President Lyndon B. Johnson to have been a member of the Klu Klux Klan. He's a southern politician from that era. If you wanted to get elected as a Democrat, you needed to have a sheet with eye holes.

Naturally, it's a bit embarrassing to Johnson's legacy and I can't help but wonder whether or not his Presidential Library will now have a Klan exhibition. 

I was never an LBJ fan. His enthusiasm for the Viet Nam War didn't speak to character, and neither did his "Great Society". The Great Society was/is a plan to keep negroes poor and dependent on the Democrats for continued benefits (free cheese) and voting for the party that doles it out. It's in great part responsible for the bleak, soul sucking, inner city ghettos, the failed projects, the horrible narcotics addiction and the multi-generational welfare queens which have continued and have been supported by the rest of the nation.

It's unlikely that we'll hear much of this on the corrupt, elite, smug, lying mainstream media. I'm sure that they'll focus on the fact that President Trump ate his breakfast on a linen table cloth.

I wonder what the world would be like if the mainstream media was not a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party? Imagine a fair and impartial press...wow, what a concept. 

Imagine waking up to news broadcasts that weren't completely faked!

The media perpetually whine about President Trump threatening their freedom to tell the truth and then lie about his "bullying," "racism," and everything else he says in public. Will they reflect on the Johnson years - the Klansman President?
It’s endlessly fascinating to watch the national media accuse President Trump of lying, usually over minor and debatable details, after they’ve slandered the White House in shocking ways. 
The media perpetually whine about Trump threatening their freedom to tell the truth and then lie about his “bullying,” “racism,” and everything else he says in public.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday Sermonette

It's Saturday Night, the World Series is on the TV 
and it's time for a snack. 


h/t Jeff Henry  http://itaintholywater.blogspot.com

Admit nothing, deny, everything, demand proof, make counter allegations and find a scapegoat. That's the best advice that I can offer, and it's your Sunday Sermonette.





Our fellow blogger, Old NFO, J. L. Curtis, will have the CALEXIT anthology up for sale on amazon.com tomorrow - Monday, October 30 (both soft cover print and Kindle versions). I've heard that they will be blowing off the shelves as readers snatch them up to see what is in store for California as it leaves the Union. Buy your copy before the politically correct amazon.com figures out what they're selling!

The list of authors who contributed to this work is long and distinguished. Having had the opportunity to preview the work, I can't help but be impressed. The crystal balls that these seasoned published authors have in their writing offices are not cloudy.

The books will make great Christmas gifts for your liberal/progressive friends who can't wait for California to secede from the United States and transform itself into a totalitarian socialist paradise.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

An Observation

Made In China

I don't know what your experience is, but whenever I buy something that is made in China and it is in a box with "some assembly required", there are bolts, and small parts that are required for successful completion missing. WHICH is why I now require that the item be assembled by Home Depot or Lowes on site by their own expert craftsmen -- or if it's an item for delivery, I pay for assembly at my house. I can't tell you how much grief it's lifted from my narrow shoulders. 

Based on my personal experience, they open two or three boxes (of crap) to make one complete item. Sometimes more. Sometimes no matter how many boxes they open, key parts are missing. I leave the store, telling them to call me when they get enough items to assemble something complete.

It's not just Chinese stuff (though that's the worst). I ordered a gizmo from Ducati and it arrived (parts in a box, fresh off the boat from Italy) without instructions. After pouring over it for several hours, I took it to Ducati to have it assembled and they announced that key components were missing. Given that I just received a box of stuff, how was I to know?

Most of the junk that is actually made in America comes with a few extra washers, bolts and doodads and I put those spare items into the bolt and screw jars. 

What do the Chinese do with the hardware that doesn't go into the box? It's one of those mysteries like - where did my pocket comb go, or why is there only one sock in the laundry when I put two in - and why do I have ten pairs of socks (after washing) and none of them match?


Thursday, October 26, 2017

North Asia Update

A diplomat in North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the threat of a nuclear test over the Pacific Ocean should be taken literally, CNN reported on 25 October. He said that it's not a 'threat', it's a 'promise'. 

Last month, September, North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho said Pyongyang will conduct the most powerful detonation of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

Those who read the tea leaves for a living are predicting an above-ground test this winter. The mountain where they used to test nuclear weapons has collapsed because of the voids caused by testing. So the Norks have moved on.

The North Korean nuclear and missile programs still have some milestones to reach. North Korea has not performed a full range intercontinental ballistic missile flight and has only tested its nuclear warheads underground. The warhead and delivery system have not been mated in a combat simulation test. Today, they're getting ready to test the weapon.

When the US deploys three aircraft carrier task groups in a single theater, that is an unambiguous indicator that the US is prepared for combat. 
Three carrier task groups are in the waters of Northeast Asia. The timing of the deployments indicates the force is on station to back up the US President’s coming 12-day trip to Asia.
It would not be out of character for the North Koreans to do an above-ground test of a missile mated to a hydrogen bomb just to show President Trump who's boss... If there are US assets in the area where the detonation takes place, it will mean war.

North Korea and China

Kim Jong Un sent a congratulatory message to Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping on Wednesday, 25 October, after the Chinese leader was elected as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The full text follows.
General Secretary Comrade Xi Jinping:
I send you sincere congratulations on the fact that the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) Congress proceeded smoothly and that you were elected as the party Central Committee (CC) general secretary and party Central Military Commission [CMC] chairman.
Today, the Chinese people have entered a path of building socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, under the leadership of the CPC CC with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core.
I wish you great success in your responsible work to implement the tasks presented at the 19th CPC Congress.”
I am convinced the relations between the two parties and two countries of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and China will develop in accordance with the interests of the people of the two countries.
(Signed) Kim Jong Un, chairman of the WPK (Workers’ Party of Korea)
It marked the first time since February that North Korea's state media mentioned Xi in its reports, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news service.

The Yonhap report noted that the North Korean message did not contain a description of the North Korean-Chinese relationship. Kim is at least observing the minimal requirements of cordiality between communists and neighbors.

As a dedicated communist, General Secretary Xi disdains the dynastic quality of North Korea’s leadership and seems to dislike Kim Jong Un personally. Xi has not invited Kim Jong Un to visit China in any capacity since Kim came to power in late 2011.

In Xi’s news conference on 25 October, he said that the Central Committee received 855 congratulatory messages. He did not single out any of them for special treatment.

The North Koreans are screwing Chairman Xi Jinping's chi, and his plan for peace and prosperity in the Asian sphere of influence. In normal circumstances, Chinese bullying is sufficient to cause other nations to come to heel, but the North Koreans aren't listening. An above ground hydrogen bomb test over the mid-Pacific is clearly NOT in China's interest.


Pass the Popcorn

It's all about Hillary


You know that the Democrats and the Clintons in particular went to great lengths to hide their blood-smudged finger prints where the Trump Dossier was concerned. 

There's a historical problem with most conspiracies and that is that they don't remain hidden for nearly as long as the conspirators would like. There was a lot of mishmash about the Kennedy Assassination and who shot. I think that Oswald was the only shooter - and we'll see what the classified information shows soon when it's all made public.

Hillary Clinton did a good job dumping Vince Foster in the park, but the fact that no bullet was found from the 'suicide' was bush league. Likewise with the Seth Rich murder. Nobody believes "the story" except the corrupt, lying, smug, evil, elite mainstream media. And in the case of the Washington Post, they're breaking the story about the Clinton collusion with the Russians and the uranium-for-cash deal along with pay-offs to the Clintons.

I'd like to have been a fly on the wall when WAPO stabbed Hillary/Slick Willie in the back with that story.

American politics have NEVER been clean. However, the rampant corruption, covered up during the years of Obamanation (often by the shady FBI) seems to have eclipsed Watergate as a petty amateur hour.

Let me get this straight, the Clintons and DNC pay $6 million to fabricate a "Trump Dossier" and then the Obama White House and the DOJ/FBI use the faked document to justify wiretaps of the Trump Presidential campaign. Is that about it?

ANALYSIS - Whoever the Clintons hired as a fixer was a minor league actor. Likely a former CIA senior manager/bureaucrat. I could suggest a few names of incompetent desk-riders who orbited with the Clintons who would have done it. They needed a world series quality operation and in the world of toppling governments and fixing things, $6 million is CHICKEN FEED. I'm aware of a flight that former President Clinton made to a Latin American country and an intervention that ended up in a drug lord being released and the Clinton end was $20 million. You never read about that one in the papers. My analysis is that the Clintons were cheap...and they got what they paid for.

Will the Bitch of Benghazi finally get what's coming to her? Will Slick Willie spend the rest of his life in prison. Keep eating that popcorn, stay tuned, but don't hold your breath.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mid-Week Thoughts

Drivers (a rant)

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is the grist of everyday life. Getting cut off in traffic by whoever is almost inevitable and so is my less than charitable reaction. Having driven in Asia, some of my most florid invective is thrown out, accusing a driver as being from Asia -- or a blue-hair from Florida (retired, likely from NY, NY). The driving patterns are similar. I screamed at this guy, "Are you from Shanghai?" Then I saw his license plate. "Of course you are."

Quite possibly.

In Tijuana, BC, Mexico, the driving patterns are more aggressive than they are in Asia. In Mexico, firearms are prohibited, which is why I've been shot at more there in Mexico than almost anywhere outside of a declared (sorta) and official war zone. Sometimes just a potshot at the car I'm in because of traffic, or because they can. It's Mexico. If you're driving in Mexico, best drive a total beater. They won't think less of you and when you're scraped in traffic you won't care - remember the old 'destruction derbies'? You take my point.

Asians don't shoot in traffic in Asia. They just drive like Thais or Koreans or Chinese (except for Hong Kong where they drive very politely). I was always weirded out by driving from Laos (right side of the road) to Thailand (left side of the road) - yes like crossing from Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. When you do that all of the time, it must cause something to snap.

Retired blue haired ladies from New York City who can't see over the steering wheel don't shoot at you either, and they only know if they've hit something when their neighbor points out the dents, hair and blood in the grill, etc. after they get home.

Driving in the mountains, you need to watch out for deer and elk. Yes, I have a "Roo Bar" on the front of my Toyota FJ and it will work defensively against deer, but I don't want to try it out on a 1,500 lbs elk.

The Vegas Shooting

I have a friend of long standing (a nurse) who was at the concert at the Mandalay Bay with her husband when the shooting started. A guy took a round right through his melon (head) in front of her, and she's still distraught. While regrettable, she works in an ER and sees messed up people come in all of the time. She has accused me of being 'dead inside' because I suggested that she move on. Bad things happen. It's no worse than the traffic accident (and shooting) victims that she sees in the normal course of business.

The difference, of course, is that this happened in an uncontrolled environment and not in the relative security of an ER. Will she get past it in time? Maybe not.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Brief Update


The FBI

I doubt that the FBI will recover much of it's dignity to my generation. They sold us out in the worst possible way to the worst possible politicians. Had Hillary won, we would have never known for sure, but (thank God), she did not win.

In time the current scandal involving Director Comey will fade as the Ruby Ridge cover up did. Ever defensive of its reputation, the FBI is saying, "nothing to see here, move on." The FBI said that right after Deputy Director Robert Hanssen (who spied for the Russians for 22 years) was convicted...nothing to see here, move along. I recall that. You may or may not.

The FBI corruption during the Obama years has been legendary.

The Uranium One scandal and the failure of the FBI to properly investigate the corruption surrounding the sale of uranium to the Russians is epic. Can they ever be trusted as an agency? That's a good question, isn't it?

We expect this conduct in the Third World. It's the rule rather than the exception there, but it's always been one of those things we hoped would not happen here in the USA. The years of Obamanation were difficult years. But the bees are in the buttermilk now. The only thing that can save the FBI now is the corrupt, elite, smug, nasty, lying mainstream media? Maybe we should swear everyone at NBC and CNN in as FBI Special Agents?

Yesterday, 23 October, the Philippines announced the end of five months of military operations in Marawi City. Offensive combat operations were terminated after troops overcame the last stand by the remaining Islamic State-affiliated gunmen who had captured Marawi City.

Artillery and automatic gunfire were still heard on the 23d. The bodies of 40 Muslim fighters and two of their wives were found near a mosque and in two buildings close by.

Defense Secretary Lorenzana said six battalions of troops would remain to deal with stragglers. He thanked the United States, Australia, Singapore and China for providing weaponry and technical support, including surveillance aircraft. 

Philippine authorities said 920 militants, 165 troops and police and at least 45 civilians were killed in the conflict, which displaced more than 300,000 people.

President Duterte declared Marawi City liberated six days ago, but, at that time, Philippine military sources said about 40 Muslim fighters remained holed up in some buildings. 

The Philippine forces took their time in liberating Marawi City. Their tactics helped ensure that no survivors remained to spread Islamic terror. We continue to judge that the Philippine government also wanted to make the fight for Marawi City an object lesson about the fate of terrorists and their supporters.

South Korea

Over the weekend, South Korean leaders announced that they had the means to take out North Korea’s leadership and its nuclear weapons. South Korea outlined its three tiered-plan to neutralize all North Korean long-range artillery and its short range ballistic missile installations.

South Korea seldom threatens North Korea with provocative statements. North Korean propaganda has focused primarily on the US to try to neutralize the US threat by holding American cities and territory hostage to long range ballistic missiles. 

The international press seldom pays attention to the military capabilities of the Republic of Korea. The ROK armed forces are close at hand, well-trained and well-equipped. They would be the forces that defeat North Korean forces north of the Demilitarized Zone and move against Pyongyang.

North Korean propaganda deliberately refuses to cover the threat from South Korea or, at most, minimizes it as an adjunct of the US threat. However, the North Korean vice marshals and generals are keenly aware of it. Since the mid-1990s, North Korean winter training has concentrated on defeating a South Korean attack northward, before North Korea could mount an offensive against the South.

Syria

Turkey and the US. The Syrian Information Minister Mohammad Ramez Tourjman said in an interview with Ria Novosti that Syria considers the US and Turkish military presence in Syria to constitute aggression. The Turks would like the US to leave so that they can begin the Turkish national pastime of killing Kurds.

The Syrian position on the presence of foreign forces in Syria has not changed. Russia permitted Turkey to take responsibility for the Idlib de-escalation zone, no Syrian official public statement endorsed the Russian decision.

The point of Syrian repetition of its position is to ensure that Turkish and US forces depart Syria and do not create a permanent presence. 

As for the US, al-Tanf is the location where US soldiers and US-backed Syrian proxies set up a blocking position on the land route that links Lebanon with Iran, via Iraq. Minister Tourjman said nothing about the US military presence at Raqqa or in the north.

An important question is what will the US forces in Syria do now that Islamic State is defeated. Many commentators agree with the President of France that the Islamic State is not defeated, it has adapted to a new set of conditions. Thus, the fighting will continue.

     The French Weigh In

President Macron’s argument provides a justification for never leaving Syria. He suggested that the struggle to oust President Assad could resume, now that Raqqa had been liberated. He cited the need for a transitional government to be formed.

The Syrian and French statements are reminders of the many divisive issues that remain unresolved. For some key actors, the Syrian civil war has not ended. It has entered a new phase. Macron’s comments might hearten the Syrian opposition, but Russia will reason with the French because it is looking for an opportunity to draw down its forces and hand-off the financial burdens of Syrian reconstruction.


On the Mogollon Rim


Is it made from real wolves? Are girl scout cookies made from real girl scouts? You may have your answer.

I have never eaten wolf chili, but I'm sure that it's good since our fellow blogger, Juliette, recommended it.

After having kicked some rocks, tossed the runes and flicked some beads on the abacus, I think that I have a better grip on Phase 2 development at the White Wolf Mine. It will include a barn, solar panels, a green house and a well/pump room, and it will be on the Southern Property rather than there with the hovel. Once complete, I'll begin contemplating Phase 3.

No, excavation has not begun yet (wince), but you can see the stakes in the ground for the footings and for some digging that needs to take place (in the photos below).

Things have been going slower than anticipated because, as was pointed out to me, elk season is still underway. I saw two white tail deer on the property. A buck and a doe made an appearance. Arizona white tail deer are a subspecies, the Coues deer. I've seen mule deer up on the property, but the Coues deer are about half the size of a respectable mule deer. Larger than a German Shepherd, but not that much larger.

Elk season has driven some big horn sheep into the area. A neighbor complained that there were two dozen on his property last week. Big horn sheep are just one more wild species that is common to the Mogollon Rim area in the Arizona highlands.

The weather was spectacular with highs in the 70's. The night was chilly, but not cold.



Looking east toward the far ridge line. Winter has come to the White Wolf Mine and the only thing that is green are the ponderosas, pinions and junipers. The leaves are off the oaks and the elk are scarfing up the acorns.


You will note that we have stakes in the ground to guide the excavation but also that it hasn't begun yet. I really want to get that complete and have the foundation formed for concrete (which means electrical, water and plumbing lines in place) before the snow hits.



Patience is called for on my part, but not eternal patience. I'd like to move into the house in mid-2018 and time will tell (and the weather will tell) whether that's going to happen.




Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday Sermonette

Will Hillary go to Jail?

If she doesn't land in custody over having classified e-mail on her hacked server at home, I don't think that selling 20% of the US stockpile of uranium to the Russians will do it either.

The corrupt, elite, smug, nasty, lying mainstream media is behind her all the way and they're trying to change the conversation to a telephone call from President Trump to the widow of a Green Beret.

It's what we've come to as a nation and it's why I am looking forward to hanging up my spurs and living at the White Wolf Mine. I'll sit on the porch with a .45/70 lever action rifle and rock in the chair... I've really had enough of the B.S. 

In time my vision will fade. The clear beverage from the mason jar may make things worse.  If you approach, you'd best announce yourself from a distance or suffer the fate of the other skeletons on the road.

The road to the White Wolf Mine
In Chinatown

I speak a little Chinese (Mandarin with a Shanghai Accent). I used to teach at the People's Public Security University in Beijing - don't ask me how I picked up the Shanghai vowel set because I don't know. Ok, I used to hang in Shanghai, but didn't mimic their accent.

And, to the point, I went to a Chinese restaurant last week. It's one of those joints with 15 Fujinese slaves in the back throwing the food together. Good food, waitress from Fujin too, speaking broken Mandarin - fresh off the boat. The waitress spoke no English, and pointed to the menu items (in written Chinese).
It is important to point out that there are a number of restaurants in Chinese districts in the San Gabriel Valley portion of Los Angeles have staffs that do not speak English. Maybe the manager does, but they service Chinese customers almost exclusively. 
I spoke Chinese to her and berated her for her inability to speak the celestial tongue. There are eight major languages in China that are not intelligible to each other. The written language is the same across all spoken language.

I explained that I'm "overseas Chinese" (the term is an insult on the mainland) and I've been here in the US for quite a while now. I told her that if you were here long enough, you began to look like the locals. Did she believe me? 

Maybe. 

Some of these Fujinese are very 'rural' people without a lot of contact with even city Chinese. 

She reached out and touched my nose. I touched hers and assured her that it would grow. She grew concerned.

Now for the Sermonette 

I'm fond of the work that's been done by Lehigh Defense and refer them to you. They don't sell gimmicks, they sell technology to the discerning shooter.

I don't own stock in their company, but I appreciate quality and attention to detail.  Innovation backed by solid research and testing is something that always attracts my interest.

It's a smaller company, but it's one of those whose products I recommend. Thus the promotion in the sermonette portion of this blog.

Because at the point of kinetic impact, you don't want to be using inferior ammunition.

Lastly, a Pause for the Cause





Friday, October 20, 2017

Checking In-Checking Out

AZ Mountains

I'm out at the White Wolf Mine for a few days, inspecting the work and doing some other 'stuff' that needs to be done in preparation for Phase 2 (which will follow the completion of the hovel some time in late Spring 2018).

I was also told of a bit over 50 acres of patent (deeded) land that may be going up for sale there in the Coconino National Forrest. There is not much of that sort of land. The White Wolf Mine property is that sort of land. Usually it is the result of a mining claim or other claim such as a homestead, that pre-dated the establishment of the National Forrest reserve in 1908. I may drive out and take a look. It's accessed by a fire road, but I will be driving a short wheel base 4x4. If purchased, the new spread would not replace the WWM property. However it might offer additional opportunities, not specified here or on-line.

Inner City Names

There are a lot of names being splashed about in the inner city. Some like Mohammed and Barack Hussein my be familiar. A friend of mine has a brother who lives in the Detroit suburbs and works as a department store Santa. In 2015  he was assigned an inner-city Detroit area mall and found himself chatting with two ladies about unusual names. One of them told him that her sister had named her baby boy "Shuh-Teed." It was spelled S-H-I-T-H-E-A-D. 

I've run into others. A clerk in a courtroom in Santa Ana, CA, named her baby Chlamydia. Her judge and a few others among us took her aside, but she liked the name and as far as I know, the name remained on the books. You can only wonder what the teachers thought when young Chlamydia showed up for her first day of school.

Aquanetta is another one, wife of a barber on a Navy base; LaTrina's name was on her waitress outfit in Memphis. Hydrate fixed the air conditioner on my last house. You can't make this stuff up.

Water Boarding

they even sell t-shirts
I've mentioned it before, but those of us who have attended SERE (Search Evasion Resistance and Escape) in the military have all been 'water boarded'. It's part of training. Many tens of thousands of service men and women have gone through it. I'm sure that some of you who read this blog went through it. Some poor unfortunates go through SERE more than once depending on assignments. It's an education process to keep from being captured by the enemy. If/when captured, you are placed in a prison camp. Water boarding is uncomfortable and nobody likes it, but the outrage that it engenders when we used it under medical supervision on terrorists made no sense to me.
P.S. the food you get at SERE is vastly worse than the food served to terrorists at GITMO.
So there may be a solution to the problem that the precious little Islamophiles have with the need to extract information quickly from mass murderers.



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Events in the Third World

California

I often report on events in the Third World. I now am including California as a third world country.

Is it as wacky as North Korea?

Yes it is

The state is $1.3 trillion in debt and they keep raising taxes, but not as fast as they fund weird stuff - like the "third gender" which they call "queer". I have given up hope that the federal government would send in troops to secure the state capital and President Trump would dissolve the state legislature and replace the governor. 

It's one of those things like "LOCK HER UP" that has great promise, but won't happen.

America used to do that to third world countries - primarily in Latin America, banana republics, who weren't with the program. Why not California? The Union invaded the Southern States with an army because the Southerners weren't doing what they wanted. What's changed?

Kurdistan

I've commented on the situation that the Kurds find themselves in many times on this blog and hope to be able to continue. As with any place on the planet that is populated, there are factions. And I'm not going to discuss those factions here in any detail. Suffice that Kurdistan has divisions that disagree on policy the same way as the USA does.

Diaspora (outside Greater Kurdistan)‎: ‎2 million
Turkey‎: ‎estimates from 14.3 to 20 million;
Iraq‎: ‎estimates from 5.6 to 8.5 million;
Syria‎: ‎estimates from 2 to 3.6 million,

Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi on Wednesday, 18 October, ordered the withdrawal of all armed groups in Kirkuk, including the Popular Mobilization Militias, and the handover of security to local police and counter-terrorism units only.

Keep in mind that the Shiite Muslims rule in Baghdad (with Iran calling the shots as often as not). There is a sub rosa movement that's more than a dream but has not been realized yet to move more Shiites into Northern Iraq (Kurdistan) to allow them more 'weight'. 

Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani advised the withdrawal all armed groups to “impose security” on Kirkuk, and inducing the Kurds to withdraw. 

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) launched a land operation in northern Iraq targeting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Hurriyet Daily News reported on the 18th.

The aims are to prevent PKK militants from conducting cross-border attacks, maintain border security and secure routes of passage for Turkish soldiers to military bases in Iraq. 

The last time the TSK launched a land campaign in Iraq was in 2008, also to target PKK camps. A ceasefire between Turkey and the PKK collapsed in 2015, leading to an increase in violence ever since., the newspaper commented.



The Turks have been attacking PKK targets in southeastern Turkey almost continuously since the aborted coup in July 2016. Most attacks have been air strikes. Turkey claims an airstrike killed 16 PKK fighters on the 17th.

This ground force operation appears intended to kill PKK fighters who had been in Kirkuk with the Kurdish peshmerga militias, but withdrew or fled with the other Kurdish fighters. Some sources reported that hundreds of PKK fighters stiffened the Kurdish forces in Kirkuk and other cities that Kurds helped liberate from the Islamic State.

In the past, the Turkish general staff has treated parts of north Iraq as an extension of southeastern Turkey. Even regular army units were stationed in northern Iraq, with only tacit consent from Bagdad authorities. The press report indicates Turkey still has bases in Iraq.

No sources reported that Iraq approved the Turkish operation. Collective Turkish, Iraqi and Iranian hostility to Kurdish independence is probably a sufficient warrant for Turkey to send a force into northern Iraq to fight Kurds.

        Opium

Yes, there is oil in greater Kurdistan and that's a big issue for the countries in the area which have significant populations of independence minded Kurds. However, historically, the Kurdish cash crop was opium. The white powder business in Kurdistan was no less pervasive than it has been in Afghanistan and in Burma/Laos. The Kurds continue to supply Russia, the Middle East and Europe with high grade (China White) #4 Opium.

People's Republic of China

President Xi gave a report to the 19th Party Congress. His report lasted for more than three hours. He began as follows, “Comrades, I will now make a report to the congress on behalf of the 18th Central Committee.”
“The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is a very important congress, convened at a decisive phase of the comprehensive completion of the building of a well-off society and a key period as socialism with Chinese characteristics enters a new era.”

“The theme of the congress is: never forget our original aspiration, keep our mission firmly in mind, hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, win a decisive victory in the comprehensive completion of the building of a well-off society, seize a great victory in the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and struggle unremittingly to realize the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”
In his model for Chinese development, President Xi divided the time between 2012 to 2050 into three periods.

- 2012-2020 is the period of building a modern socialist country;
- 2020-2035 is the period of achieving or realizing a modern socialist country
- 2035 to 2050 is the period of modernizing a modern socialist country

China is entering the second half of the building period in which the party has ensured food security and clothing for more than a billion people, Xi said. 

The end state in 2050 is that China will be the leader of the world. 

Xi used much less blunt language to describe this condition, but cumulatively, his ambition is to recreate China as the center of the international community of states and the world economy. He described China as the model for other states to follow.

Xi knows the significance of what has been accomplished. For the first time in 5,000 years, the Chinese people are moderately well-off. The achievement of food security and clothing for 1.3 billion people in a single country has no match in the history of humanity. Xi rightfully asserted that the communist party is responsible for this achievement, but also said that the tasks are not finished. 

Make of all that what you will.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

White Privilege and Micro-Aggression


My grandson, nearly two years old, is flexing his candy hauling muscles for the upcoming harvest from the neighbors.

There is the eternal push and pull to determine which grandkids I go trick-or-treating with. Or do I stay home and hand out treats?

And before you strike, yes, he is culturally appropriating the people who lived on the now blown up planet, Krypton. Get over it. It is just another micro aggression, emblematic of white privilege and birth into a heterosexual nuclear family, and a member of the bourgeoisie. Even though age nearly two, he is exhibiting characteristics of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values and conventional attitudes. 

He will take candy as if it is due him but he will say 'thank you'. 

He got rid of his onesies when he turned one, last year. Progressives never get that far. But you all know that. 

Trained vs Untrained, etc.

In the Czech Republic

St. Charles Bridge, Prague, CZ
There are parts of Europe that are waking up to the reality that only slaves are unarmed. Free people should be free to own firearms. It's not a new concept in Switzerland - not new at all. Switzerland ONLY remained free from the Nazis and others because every house in Switzerland has it's rifle/machine gun that can be used by a trained person.

The element of training is an important one. As drivers need training to operate motor vehicles, so do firearms operators need to be trained. Starting with universal training in public and private schools is a great way to get things going. It's a move that the USA needs to consider as well. Better trained than untrained.
The move challenges EU gun control rules which restrict civilians from owning certain weapons. Czech move to legalise firearm ownership: "We don't want to disarm our citizens at a time when the security situation in Europe is getting worse," "Show me a single terrorist attack in Europe perpetrated using a legally-owned weapon."
The 'progressive doctrine' of disarmament does not make people safer, as government would have you believe. It only makes them weaker and more vulnerable to predators.

And since we're talking Train

The South Korean government still hopes to build a high-speed rail line with North Korea that will link to the high-speed Chinese rail link across from Sinuiju.

The South Korean city Gwangmyeong will enter into a memorandum of understanding with the French national railway company, SNCF, for a railway project planned to connect North and South Korea to Europe, according to Yonhap News Agency. The proposed project would connect Gwangmyeong Station — a high-speed railway station just south of Seoul — with the North Korean border city Kaesong. Gwangmyeong has been strengthening ties with gateway cities in China, Russia and Mongolia that are on the Eurasian railway.

Railway projects linking North and South Korea were agreed at the 2000 summit between North Korean leader Kim Chong-il and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, but never materialized. The highpoint of cooperation was under Kim Chong-il. China and Russia supported the various rail projects. Tracks were laid into the Demilitarized Zone, but leaders in the North invariably found reasons to not permit the rail systems to be linked. 

An upgrade of the North Korean west coast line to handle high speed traffic would significantly reduce the time and expense of moving goods from Japan to Europe. Even the lure of high transit fees has not been enough to overcome North Korea’s security concerns about a direct rail link with South Korea.

The threat of 'cultural pollution' in which the North Korean people become aware that the rest of the world doesn't live under the misery that they do is disconcerting to the dictator and his elites.

Then there's the Train Wreck

A new report indicated that things aren’t getting any better for NBC’s newest morning host, Megyn Kelly.
Page Six reports that last week, “viewership slipped from 0.77 ratings points on Monday to 0.54 ratings points on Tuesday of last week.” 
A source told Page Six, “It’s a possible all-time low for ‘Today.’ It may even be lower than her [Fox] cable show.”
Kelly’s new NBC morning show has suffered from awkward moments from the jump. Her first week, she told a gay fan of the show Will & Grace that his “‘gay thing’ is gonna work out great!”

I give Megyn a pass for her comment. But her homosexual viewers seem to be vindictive and venal.


I think that she's headed for the unemployment lines. It's amazing that she lasted this long at NBC.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Men and Women


Long before Salome petitioned Herod* to behead John the Baptist after dancing particularly well for him, there has been this push and pull between men and women.
* The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus relates in his Antiquities of the Jews that Herod killed John.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal is only the latest, and while many felt that the story would die naturally, and quickly, it has not. It's not unlike the late pop singer Michael Jackson paying parents of the children who he molested...the hits kept coming.

(Washington Times) She didn’t name names, but when Monica Lewinsky joined the viral online campaign against sexual harassment Sunday by retweeting #MeToo, the first person who came to mind was President Bill Clinton. 
Therein lies the problem for the Clintons with the Harvey Weinstein sexual-harassment scandal: It hits perilously close to home. 
Not only was Mr. Weinstein a political ally and a major donor to the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation, but his alleged sexual misconduct has refocused attention on Mr. Clinton’s own checkered past as the tide turns against powerful men who take advantage of women.
Ashley Judd proclaims that she's a
"nasty woman" and who can argue
the point?
To me, it was not the trade of money for sex** that Ashley Judd, Madonna and other women engaged in with Harvey that will get him. It will be the stories of the no-name women who were lured to Harvey by famous and powerful women (many who wore their pink cat hats with pride more recently in hatred of the President). If those come out and I think that they will, it will be a far darker saga both for Harvey and for the Clintons, who one would think could not sink lower than they already have.
** Prostitution is the act of illegally exchanging sexual services for money, or anything of monetary value, often times drugs. California Penal Code 647(b) states that it is illegal to engage in prostitution, to solicit prostitution, and to agree to engage in prostitution. Prostitution, a misdemeanor is punishable by a sentence of up to six months in a county jail, up to $1,000 in fines, or both. 
In order for a defendant to be prosecuted of engaging in an act of prostitution the prosecutor must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did in fact engage in sexual intercourse or sexual services in the exchange of money. Engaging in prostitution can either mean the act of sexual intercourse or lewd acts; lewd acts include anything that is intended to deliberately arouse another.
The women who did not prostitute themselves, but were lured by Weinstein and raped are a different class of victim and the sentences which may be paned down are far more severe and could put Harvey in prison for the remainder of his life. That also applies to the famous women who engaged in a conspiracy to commit rape by luring young women to Weinstein.

Monday, October 16, 2017

FBI Corruption

SHOCKER - The FBI is Corrupt

No, I'm not shocked at all. Then again, while I have worked in concert with the FBI at times, the record will show that by in large, our relationship was acrimonious. A lot of that had to do with unethical conduct on the part of agents that was covered up by management.
On Monday, the FBI confirmed former Bureau Head James Comey personally drafted a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton months before interviewing her.
The FBI cares about its public image. This is the face of the current FBI. Like it, don't like it, doesn't matter. That's what it is. 


Thoughts on Distant Lands and Friends

It's difficult for me to care about Somalia. I'm sure that God cares. Though some say that it's the land that God forgot.

Suicide truck bomb kills at least 276 people

The worst suicide bombing attack in the history of the fight against Al Shaba’ab occurred in Mogadishu on 14 October. News services reported at least 300 people were injured. 

Back to the truck bombing in a moment, but there is a back story as to how and why I feel about Somalia as I do.

John S. is a good, close, personal friend of mine. We worked together in Greece and Italy. His story appeared in the Washington Post. He was shot three times with an AK-47 during the whole Blackhawk Down debacle. The CIA refused his claim for medical retirement, largely because they didn't want to acknowledge that they had case officers in Mogadishu...typical. They'd rather that he rot without a pension than confess that they had a CIA Station (such as it was - read the article) in Somalia.
"...There to meet him was his deputy, Spinelli, 46, a former New York City police detective. He was a solid man with dark hair and a long, thin nose, a native Roman who had immigrated to Brooklyn with his family when he was 12. Only a week before, Spinelli had been torn from a plum assignment in the CIA's Rome station and sent to Somalia. He knew nothing about Africa, but he spoke Italian, and the Italians in the U.N. peacekeeping force weren't getting along with their American counterparts. 
"When Spinelli took Jones to the CIA station, the new chief's jaw dropped: It consisted of two windblown rooms in the vandalized former residence of the U.S. ambassador. Only one room had a door. Spinelli told him they had no business being in the middle of this war zone, trying to meet secretly with agents in a city where they couldn't drive down the street without getting shot at."
Back to the truck bomb...

The truck driver passed through at least five check points without getting stopped and searched at the sixth check point near a hotel down the street from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the truck was stopped, but sped away and detonated before it could be searched. The truck exploded near a fuel tanker that also exploded.

This bombing occurred in the most densely populated area of Mogadishu. This blast attests to major security failings and to the existence of significant support for al-Shaba’ab. 

The last suicide car/truck bomb in Mogadishu killed 10 people in July. After a lull, terrorist groups regularly stage a sensational attack to demonstrate their continued vitality. 

Some 20,000 soldiers from the African Union serve as peacekeepers in Somalia. Security has improved, but this attack shows that Al Shaba’ab retains significant support in the countryside among some Somali clans.

And in North Korea

South Korean and US intelligence agencies have published warnings that North Korea is preparing more long-range ballistic missile launches. 

According to an official source on Friday, 13 October, a US satellite detected North Korean ballistic missiles mounted on transporter-launchers as they moved to areas near Pyongyang and in North Pyongan Province. 

North Korea can track US imaging satellites and is aware of their window of access to North Korea. North Koreans also are experts at concealment.

If imaging satellites detect missiles during movement, it is because the North Korean leadership wants them to be seen to send a message to its enemies. The message is that North Korean opposition to Allied exercises (which will soon begin) is serious and that North Korea can launch missiles with little warning.


Mish-Mash

Cruising Newport (CA) harbor in 90+ degree heat
in October...global warming or just the weather?
Hats

My daughter, Emilie, is not obsessed, but she does wear quite a few hats as part of her ensembles, or get-ups or whatever you want to call them. 

I'm clearly not the most stylish guy on the planet, preferring to wear ripstop cotton or blue denim to other more chique options.

She doesn't need a hat...I've tried to tell her that. 

Of all my daughters, she's the most prone to making fashion statements. Maybe it's because she's the youngest, and still single.

Holding an HK Offensive handgun, which is
too much pistol for her.
Being in paramedic school, I thought that she'd calm down a bit with the whole passion for fashion/thing for bling motif. No, not hardly.

She told me that I destroyed her capacity to be politically correct, anti-gun and all of the progressive proclivities. At least I might have done something right.

But I don't get the hat thing.

Nuclear Iran

The problem with Iran producing nuclear weapons of its own revolves around their promise to use them to wipe out Israel. It's like a person with turrets syndrome.  They can't help but announce the they wish to wipe out (first) Israel and then (second) the United States.  And they are building the launch capacity to accomplish those goals.

Dominoes
They seem mystified when the US (under President Trump) and Israel refuse to come lowing to the knacker for destruction. That may be because President Obama had a different agenda. Then again, he closest and longest serving senior political advisor (Valerie Jarrett) was born in Iran and maintained a close affinity to the world of the not quite right.

Jarrett worked hard to convince her boss that steers can sign meaningful treaties with meat packers.

Naturally, the light-bringer bought it hook, line and sinker.

The worm has turned in terms of the US approach to the world and it's for the better. Ask ISIS - but you can't. Their homeland has been wiped out. No, you won't hear that on the corrupt, smug, lying, elite mainstream media.

Is your Halloween Costume P/C?

I'm guessing that it's not because a Halloween costume, by definition, reflects cultural appropriation. My granddaughters are going as: zombie (age 8), cheerleader (she's 5, she's never been an actual cheerleader) and a bee (age 1). It's the same story with the five grandsons. I can't find the white wolf mask that a friend sent me last year. It's packed somewhere, thus I will go as a grandpa, which reflects no cultural appropriation at all. I'm feeling very superior in that hard fought decision. 

h/t LSP
However if I was a younger version of myself, I might go as a negro in 'black face', Indian, wearing a Vietnamese coolie hat, and I'd drive to some Hollywood neighborhood to beg for candy. I'd have a girlfriend in tow (heterosexuality is not cultural appropriation when you are one) dressed as a witch to show the witches and satanists in Sin City that my heart is really in the right place...


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Geopolitical Observations

Cholera in Yemen

"War is Hell" - W. T. Sherman

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the cholera epidemic in Yemen has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern history.

The WHO has reported more than 815,000 suspected cases of the disease in Yemen and 2,156 deaths. It expects a million cases by the end of the year and at least 600,000 children likely to be affected.  About 4,000 suspected cases are being reported daily, more than half of which are among children under 18. Children under five account for a quarter of all cases. 

WHO commented that the spread of the outbreak, which has quickly surpassed Haiti as the biggest since modern records began in 1949, has been exacerbated by hunger and malnutrition. There were 815,000 cases of cholera in Haiti between 2010 and 2017. Yemen has exceeded that number in just six months.

This is arguably the worst effect of a stalemated and increasingly pointless conflict in one of the poorest countries in the world. 

Iraqi Kurdistan

On 12 October, Kurdish forces in Iraq installed barriers to block the two main roads that connect Irbil and Dohuk with Mosul. They reopened the roads after a few hours later. According to a Kurdish military official, the closure "was prompted by fears of a possible attack by Iraqi forces" on disputed areas held by Kurdish forces outside the Kurdistan Region. 

Two days ago Kurdish officials began to react to reports that Iraq was sending Iraq army units and Shiite militia to seize areas that the Kurds liberated from the Islamic State. In those reports, Kirkuk was the supposed government target.

Prime Minister Abadi denied any intention to attack Kurdish forces, but tension has remained high and distrust runs deep.

The action taken by the Kurds near Mosul looks deliberate because it sends the message that the Kurds are aware of the leverage they have gained by liberating territory from the Islamic State. It enables them to bargain over territory, if the situation deteriorates and Iraqi forces threaten Kirkuk. 

Turkey in Syria

Turkey's mission in Syria is to kill Kurds. Let there be no mistake about their intentions or their goals. Make of that what you will. The first Turkish Army convoy crossed into Syria on 12 October. The convoy included about 30 military vehicles, according to a commander in a Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group based in the area. The Turks entered via the Bab al-Hawa border crossing.
A Free Syrian Army officer told the press, “The Turkish army convoy is entering under the protection of Tahrir al-Sham to take positions on the front line with the YPG (Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units).” (Note: Tahrir al-Sham is the name of the coalition led by the former al-Qaida associate, the al-Nusra Front.)
Turkey’s Anadolu press service published images of Turkish Army vehicles near the border crossing, but still in Turkey at the time.

The Turks have made deals with the al-Nusra Front to permit Turkish soldiers to enter Syria without resistance. Several open source reporters confirmed that the Turks entered without a fight. Apparently, the Turkish proxy forces, the Free Syrian Army, did not have permission to pass and had to fight their way in earlier this week.

Open sources have not reported about the arrangements the Turks have made have with the still-undefeated rebel coalition based in Idlib. However, the public collusion between the Turkish Army and the al-Nusra Front has negative implications for the Syrian government and the Syrian Kurds and portends a possible prolongation of the civil war.

For one thing, Idlib remains the strongest base for rebel forces determined to overthrow the Assad government. It contains thousands of rebel fighters relocated from other areas of Syria and their families. They have not been defeated and have not surrendered.

The al Nusra Front consistently has refused to join the Russian de-escalation zone arrangement and refused to agree to a ceasefire. Its refusals raise questions about the arrangements the Turks have made because Turkish President Erdogan also remains determined to overthrow the Assad government if another opportunity arises.

The effect of Turkish actions is to create and protect an entire Syrian province as an armed preserve for anti-government forces. 

The Turkish action also ensures that the Syrian Kurds will remain under threat from Turkish Army forces in Turkey and in Syria. One local witness said that Turkish forces have occupied a hill that overlooks the Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin. President Erdogan has not abandoned plans for a “Euphrates Sword” operation against the Syrian Kurds in Afrin. Turkish Army units have now outflanked the Kurds in that town.

Erdogan finally has a position in Syria from which he can pursue his goals of overthrowing the Assad government and containing the Syrian Kurds, under the umbrella of the Russian de-escalation arrangement. 

The Russians and the Iranians have not yet commented on Turkish movements, but both consider the al-Nusra Front and its coalition partners to be targets. With al Nusra Front cooperating with the Turks, it is impossible to determine who the enemy is.  Even if you have a spread sheet with pictures, you simply can't tell. 

Palestinian Authority

Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on 12 October. Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza to the Palestinian national unity government.
“We in Hamas are determined and are serious this time and just like all other times...We have dissolved the administrative committee (shadow government) ...We have opened the door to reaching this reconciliation,” Saleh Arouri, the head of Hamas negotiators in Cairo, said after the signing ceremony. 
Hamas also agreed to surrender to the presidential guards of the Palestinian Authority control of the Rafah border crossing. 

Multiple commentators observed that this agreement is the most promising made between Fatah and Hamas, but it is still fragile. Placing control of the Rafah border crossing under the Palestinian Authority might be its most important provision because that might persuade Egypt and Israel to allow goods and services to enter the Gaza Strip in order to alleviate the poor economic conditions.

The agreement does not address Hamas’ positions on refusing to recognize Israel, possessing weapons and armed resistance. The negotiators said the agreement will be implemented in stages. More talks are certain to take place.

The reaction of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) which is notorious for firing rockets into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip during ceasefires, has not been reported.

Nothing in this agreement creates conditions or improves prospects for a broader peace settlement. 

Israel opposes the reconciliation deal. Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “Israel is opposed to any form of reconciliation in which the terrorist organization of Hamas does not disarm and does not stop fighting for the destruction of Israel.” 

He said Israel will never accept Hamas’ determination to destroy Israel and will not deal with an organization that “advocates genocide” and launches “thousands” of rockets and tunnel incursions into Israel.

The end of the Syrian civil war with an enhanced position for Iran, the return of Lebanese Hizballah forces to Lebanon and a durable Palestinian reconciliation add to a negative shift in Israel’s strategic environment and increases the likelihood of more instability.

A positive dimension to the agreement is Egypt’s role. Egypt, and, thus, the Saudis, have replaced Iran as backers of Hamas. Hamas is back in the Arab fold. The Egyptian role is an indicator that multiple powerful interests have helped Egypt create incentives and conditions for the Palestinians to make progress.