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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Random Musings

White Wolf Mine (update)

I reminded the general contractor yesterday that "winter is coming" even though it's mid-summer. You always have to keep in mind that summer won't last forever and I'm waiting to move into the hovel. 

The drywall is complete, and the framers are finishing up last bits before the finish carpentry begins, kitchen cabinets are installed, etc. So things are moving forward toward a September 15 finish date. 

Things have been very hectic with deaths in the family and so forth and business has also been insane for me. Combine the two and I don't get up to the mine as often as I'd like to. I can bolt into the desert for day trips in 122 degree heat, but my "winter is coming" philosophy does not effect the weather gods one bit. Ask LSP in Texas. They don't regard his fishing schedule at all.

While it's hot as the surface of the sun in the Phoenix valley, it's a balmy 85 at the mine. Sometimes it gets warmer in the high country but not often and not for long.

Feeding Detained Illegal Aliens

Illegal aliens facing deportation are unhappy with the meals that they are served. Ok, it's prison food, the same sort of meals that Fredd's Aunt Sally feeds the people she loves most in the world. It's sort of like basic Army chow. I was in the Navy and we ate better (not the t-bones and lobster that the Air Force eats, but better than the Army).

Aliens can self-deport and ask to be returned to their points of origin at any point in time. All they need to is ask. USGOV will ship them home (maybe with a box lunch to eat on the airplane?). If they don't like the prison food in the US, they can go back to beans, tortillas and rice. Nobody is keeping the people who entered the US illegally one day longer than they have to.

Elections in Pakistan

General elections are in progress in Pakistan. Voting began early on 25 July. Imran Khan’s Pakistani Movement for Justice (PTI) party is still considered the front runner.

There are reports of violent clashes between party workers. One person was killed and two were injured in one location. Several people were injured by gunfire at another location. In Quetta, an explosion killed 25 people and injured several dozen. The number of violent incidents continued to increase.

A summary of the election follows, from Pakistani newspapers.
-The Pakistani National Assembly contains 342 seats. From the total seats in the National Assembly, elections are held for 272 seats; 10 seats are reserved for religious minorities and 60 are reserved for women to be filled by proportional representation among parties with more than 5% of the vote. 
- A single party needs to obtain at least 137 of the directly elected seats to form the government on its own. Otherwise the winner in a plurality must form a coalition government. 
- A total of 3,459 candidates are contesting the 272 general seats in the National Assembly; 8,396 are running for 577 general seats in the four provincial assemblies – Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provinces. 
- Eligible voters can cast their ballots for two seats in each constituency: one for the National Assembly (the lower house of Parliament) and one for their Provincial Assembly (which runs their provincial government).
The election campaign has featured violence and animosity among candidates. This is an important election because the stakes are high.

One Pakistani commentator observed that the PTI’s electoral success would be significant. It would mean that a third party succeeded in breaking the hold on civilian government by the Sharif family and the Bhutto family. 

The Sharif family is synonymous with the Punjabis, read Lahore. The Sindhis -read Karachi- are the base of the Bhuttos. Imran Khan represents the peoples west of the Indus River- read Peshawar and Quetta- plus Islamist parties. The traditional civilian power structure appears to be fracturing with the help of the Pakistan Army leadership.

There are several additional implications. If the PTI forms a government, it would mean that the Pakistan Army leadership had found a way to control the civilian government through elections, without resorting to a coup or an overtly military -backed administration. It also would mean that Islamic fundamentalist parties in the PTI will have gained more political clout than ever.


20 comments:

  1. You're right. The Weather Gods don't seembto care one bit if it's as hot as Hell's Narthex.

    It's played havoc with fishing, shooting and riding.

    But 85 at the Mine?!?

    Keep paying the weather tax...

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    1. The whole idea behind the mine is that during the winter, I'm a short drive from pleasant weather in the Phoenix Valley and elsewhere. Trout in the highlands, Bass in the winter in the lowlands.

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  2. Yes, squids ate better than grunts. And the table carved chateau briand and Steak Diane that the zoomies got, don't get me started...

    THAT SAID: I spent three years at a secure facility outside Augsburg, West Germany called Gablingen Kaserne, where a Flair 9 antenna array was used to keep track of the commies back during the cold war.

    That mess hall had OUTSTANDING chow. No, I wouldn't even call it chow; it was FARE! Nothing ever like it in the rest of my Army days, it rivaled zoomie eats. And that's saying something.

    And just for the record, Aunt Sally would have thought she'd died and gone to heaven if she could cook like army cooks.

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    1. We need Aunt Sally to volunteer to go down to the border to cool for the illegal aliens.

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    2. Jody Call: GI beans and GI gravy, gee, I wish I'd joined the Navy.

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    3. They say that in the Army, the biscuits are mighty fine
      but one rolled off the table, and killed a pal of mine

      There should be a warning label on Aunt Sally's biscuits, besides risking chipping a tooth, God forbid one should roll off the table...

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  3. About the Mine's completion, you sound like we did the year we had our pool built. Some days construction would crawl and we'd lose our minds watching summer fritter by and still no pool. Patience is a virtue.

    If those illegal aliens don't like the food here, they should GO HOME! Easy peasy.

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    1. Liberal heads are exploding because President Trump struck a trade deal with Europe and the stock market is soaring. Illegal aliens don't like the chow and want to crawl back in their fetid sewers. AND Americans aren't tired of winning yet.

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  4. In the AF it depended on what command you worked for, relationship to tail numbers, and how geographically separated your unit is from your command. When I was at MacDill AFB, home of CENTCOM, the chow hall was off the chart. When I was reassigned to another squadron within CENTCOM that was a few hundred miles away the food was so-so. That squadron didn't have the budget to afford the higher priced food. We had good cooks but you can do only so much with cheap cuts of meat.

    Flying units usually had good food but when us Combat Comm guys would show up TDY we would be told within the first few days which chow halls were off limits to us. I was part of a 3 month mission where we set up a Comm sight on a Navy base that had 2 chow halls. The Marines were restricted from using one of them and AF Commo were not allowed in either so we ate in the BX food court or drove off base for meals.

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    1. I was TAC Combat Comms. We always TDY'd per diem except for that time at LeJeune....

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    2. When you're in CONUS in many (but not all) bases, you can eat off the economy if you're forced to it. In combat situations and near kinetic combat the quality of the food is different than it is back home.

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  5. "not the t-bones and lobster that the Air Force eats,"
    Scurrilous, sir!
    We only had those in field kitchens.

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    1. But you still made do, didn't you...bless your zoomie heart.

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  6. Sorry to hear of the family loss, but it's good to hear the WWM is progressing.

    Let the illegals eat MRE's. Good enough for our troops, plenty good for illegals.

    The whole Pakistan thing makes my head hurt....

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    1. Serve the illegals beans and tortillas. Save the army food for the army.

      Pakistan - just an open sewer.

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  7. Whoever wins in Pakistan still won't hurry the East.

    Army chow. Consolidated Mess Halls sucked. Our Engineer unit was what the Army called a separate company. We could be attached to any size organization. What does this have to do with chow? We had our own cooks, they shared the barracks rooms and field tents with the men eating the food they prepared. Incentive was good food or your ass kicked.

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    1. SEAL Teams were usually attached to other units and there's be a careful study of whose food was best. Army, Navy, USAF, USMC, Coasties? That's where we ate. There were also some guys in the teams who were excellent chefs and cooked as a hobby who put out some world beating meals.

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    2. Being in the Sub service we had great chow on the boat and just as good on base. Maybe you got to experience that first hand,you guys have been known to travel that way. When stationed at Pearl, guys from over at Naval Station were always trying to sneak into Sub base's galley to eat.

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    3. Subs are known for serving the very best food. I was hauled from here to there on the USS Tucson (SSN 770) as supercargo (along for the ride) at the very end of my career and can attest to the quality of the eats.

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  8. Great to hear about the mine. Great intel, if worrisome about Pakistan.
    Condolences on the family passings.

    Be safe and God bless.

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