sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mid Week Observations

Ruby Ridge

It's an interesting moment in American history. More here.

The FBI lied about their role in the incident and the US Postal Inspection Service had to do the final investigation so that there would be integrity associated with the findings. Most reports including the one from (above) neglect to mention that. I only know how it goes because I know J. A., the Postal Inspector who did the internal investigation at the request of the US Senate. The FBI has a long history of coverups and lying to defend their reputation in the face of reprehensible conduct. The matter of the FISA abuse and the Russian Hoax is coming to a head. It will make interesting reading in coming days. 

The Mail:

Jim - Now that's one fine looking boy and I'm sure you're looking forward to spoiling him. One of the downsides of getting old, I reach my three score and ten next year, is the increasing number of funerals one has to attend. None lately for me, but I imagine another will happen soon. +1 on the civilization comment. 
I would like to avoid weddings and funerals, but I still attend.  Too many friends have died, too many weddings start with good intentions and end up as train wrecks.
Fredd - Political humor: pretty funny, in a hostile kind of way.

Some not-so-hostile political humor: Recently elected Democrat governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, is the largest serving governor in the U.S., currently, at roughly 360 pounds, depending on what he had for breakfast.

J.B. was cruising around in his limo, checking out on his constituents in and around Chicago, when his chauffeur got confused as to where they were, and he needed to get back onto Interstate 290.

J.B. asked the driver to pull over by the next constituent they saw, and the driver pulled up to a man walking his dog. J.B. leaned out the window and asked, 'how do I get to 290?' And the constituent, ever helpful, replied 'drop about 70 pounds and you're in the ball park.'
Keep it up, Fredd. It's open season on politicians. I saw a video of Beto, the Fake Mexican, trying to change a tire. I'm sure that will pull in a couple of votes.
WSF - China has other problems that have nothing to do with the USA or the Hong Kong situation, I've been reading. Seems their pig population is in peril to the point of losing 80% to Asian Swine Flu. In addition, plant diseases are hurting their crops. Any thoughts/insights?
China has a lot going for it, but there are huge endemic problems like having a population comprised of 75% men, the swine flu and grand blunders in agriculture. They're tough people and they have a hope that they can muddle through. I'm sure that they will. But it's far short of what they want. Bungling Hong Kong is an epic political miscalculation that is still playing out. I think that they're going to end up killing almost all of the pigs. Hopefully they don't treat the citizens of HK the same way.

I got a kick out of the US bid to purchase Greenland. The Danish PM got frosty with the president in the media and he simply postponed (maybe forever) the visit to Denmark.
“Denmark essentially owns it,” he said. “We’re very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, ‘Certainly I’d be.’ Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not No1 on the burner, I can tell you that.”
With global warming, Greenland may be green once again...or maybe not. Anyway, the deal is off the table for now. 

They certainly need some decent hotels in Greenland, and tourism, I guess. If that's the case, the Greenlanders would find a champion in President Trump.