sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, January 14, 2019

Life in the Arizona Mountains


There I was, minding my business, and three big horn sheep walked across the road in front of me about two miles from the White Wolf Mine.

I was over at a neighbor's house tonight and he said, "Yeah, they helicoptered them in last week." Then I checked out the Internet and the story was here.

They choppered about sixty in and dropped them in groups of ten or so in different spots. The neighbor saw them bring the sheep in.  So there are bighorns in the neighborhood. Will wolves eat them? Maybe. I haven't seen any wolves yet.

We're expecting more snow tomorrow. The sheep had heavy winter coats, and this is their historical range. So add sheep to the long list of wildlife you see every so often up here.


Another View

Norwegian Perspective

I received an e-mail from a colleague of mine who lives in Norway and posts here as "Valuism". I'm going to share it and I don't think that he will mind. It deals with what he sees as the Trump Doctrine of engaging in 'war by other means' against those who would do us (and the West in general) harm.
I watched a German TV program some days ago. It was about Iran and they interviewed the average citizens about economy and daily life. It seems that Iran is heading the same way as Venezuela. Inflation is up and reaching new levels creating more unhappy people. The economy gives the Mullahs and Revolutionary Guard big trouble. People expressed frustration and anger. Some people mentioned bigger problems and conflict if nothing positive happens. I looks like the Iranian people want change and will be willing to do something if necessary.  
Turkey experienced big trouble some month ago when their economy went down the drain after a conflict with the US. Now I read trump tells Erdogan will face financial trouble if he harass the Kurds to much. I think that language is universal and works better than spending US soldiers on a battle field. It is cheaper too, than spending taxpayers money on the big army.  
I find an economical strategy being a better way for change. Let the economy do the work. No dictator or political system like socialism can beat the market in the long run. Afghanistan with their tribes living in the stone age do not care but why bother? If they want to harbor terrorists causing problems outside the country I guess other measures must be added, but when the Talban was kicked out the first time it was planned and executed in a smart way. The Afghans did it themselves with a little intelligent support and some dollars.  
It looks like Trump also made the Arab countries “willing” to spend their own financial reserves to rebuild Syria. That should give him a lot of credits but the Dems to not care. 
There are a lot of Military Industrial Complex people who are threatened by the new way of doing business and the deep state is deeply concerned about it as well, but President Trump is changing things in a way that is healthier for the United States. The media is focused on stupidity and stopping this new doctrine from being implemented because their focus is not on what is good for the country.

An energy independent America (and Canada) creates a totally new dynamic in the world. The focus on Middle Eastern politics should diminish. If Europe cares about energy coming from that part of the world, maybe they should step in but it's far less our problem going forward. The Turks, Arabs and Persians have been enemies for 5,000 years (at least). Allow them to be who they are. 

The US/Canada should pursue a sub-Atlantic gas pipeline, underwritten by Europe, to take energy to market there. The Russians would do all in their power to stop it, but that's capitalism. Let the Russians reduce the price of the natural gas that they sell to the Europeans.

A lot of good will come from the Trump Doctrine. It may not be good for some deep state actors and we know that the FBI will oppose it, but it's good for America and ultimately for the world.