sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Thousand Pounds of Flesh

I was thinking about the SNAP challenge, as reported at Adrienne's Corner. SNAP=Food Stamps. I don't know if they can still use those EBT cards to buy lap dances instead of food, but for a few years, it worked. No, I don't have first hand knowledge. 

About a year ago, maybe 10 months, I received a telephone call from a woman I've known literally since she was born. She wanted me to invest in a 'counseling service' that used cosmic energy to heal people. I passed on the opportunity. 
Back Story: Said woman grew up in considerable poverty and lived near me when she was small. The white privilege never reached her. Her father worked in the coal mines and I used to go deer hunting with him. Deer season (a tag for him and one for his wife) and elk season fed the family. He was a competent hunter but I filled a tag for him from time to time. I've always had a knack for finding and killing deer/elk. (I parlayed that into a job for myself) 
He looked through stuff at the county dump to find clothes that he brought back for his seven children. The woman in question, when a girl, wore clothes that other girls from school threw out. She grew up poor and ridiculed with endemic low self esteem. I was gone by the time she married, but from all accounts, she married badly - the guy was part of a cult of sorts and seven years and eight children later, he left her. I don't know that he had skills beyond effective insemination. He's incapable of paying child support and the cult put daylight between them and him.
stock photo of a welfare queen - not a picture of the lady.
Bad lifestyle choices are not society's problem. But children become one. Her children (mostly heifer weight female) moved back in with mom with their own children once their sperm donors woke up and looked at the situation. I'm not judging, just reporting.

Now she's still trying to get $50K a head from investors (so far, no takers) to start the cosmic energy counseling, and meantime is living by the leave of the taxpayer as are the daughters who receive SNAP, AFDC, and a lot of other alphabet benefits. There's at least 1000 lbs of female flesh living in a small rented (tax payer subsidized HUD) house, bad-mouthing the male of the species, hoping that mom can find somebody stupid enough to fork over money for her dream business.

This abomination replays across this great country in all ethnic groups. Politicians court people like this to obtain votes (by giving them YOUR hard earned money).

It's a mess.

Norks - Rolling the Dice Again

North Korea will launch another ICBM this weekend. I'm not sure whether or not they'll shoot it over Japan. The last time they did that, nothing happened to them, so why not? They'll keep pushing the envelope, confident that the US is fearful of doing anything to them. They hold the South Korean population hostage to their actions.

Chinese leaders still have not acknowledged the legitimacy of the North Korean missile threat to South Korea and its need for anti-missile defenses. While most international attention has focused on the North’s long-range missiles, the threat to South Korea is from the vastly larger arsenal of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. 

Chinese Foreign Ministry press spokespersons never seem to get or, perhaps, accept questions concerning Kim Jong Un’s statements about forcefully reuniting the Korean peninsula.

Geng Shuang answered several questions about China’s position on imposing additional sanctions on North Korea.
He said, “Foreign Minister Wang Yi already stated that the Chinese side agreed with the Security Council's making further responses and taking necessary measures.”

“We have said many times earlier that the response and measures the Security Council will make and adopt following North Korea's sixth nuclear test depend on the outcome of the discussions of Security Council members. China has not the final say, nor does a certain Security Council member have the final say.”

“As for some concrete measures that you mentioned, we have also said multiple times that the Chinese side hopes that the response and measures that the Security Council will make and take should help realize the non-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintain the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and promote the peaceful resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation.”

“The Chinese side will take part in the relevant discussions at the Security Council based on this position in a responsible and constructive attitude.”
The US has proposed a total embargo of oil shipments to North Korea; a ban on textile exports from North Korea; a freeze on financial accounts that serve the government and termination of contracts for North Korean workers. The US also seeks UN backing for stopping North Korean-flagged ships at sea.

China is unlikely to support the US draft Security Council Resolution without significant modifications. Russia is even less likely to accept it. Nevertheless, Chinese leaders know and have admitted that the Security Council must take additional measures. China’s concurrence has the effect of channeling international outrage through the Security Council, heading off new sanctions by individual countries.

North Korea’s chief delegate to the Eastern Economic Forum said North Korea would counter US sanctions with powerful countermeasures of its own. Maybe the long awaited missile strike at Guam?