sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, December 31, 2010

A Sober Rant (to end 2010)

(1) Though the blush was off the rose out of the gate, I'm really tired by the Obama Administration and all of the parasites that swept into office in his wake. It's been a long two years and the historic defeat of the Democratic Party in November, while gratifying, doesn't end the ObamaNation. Obama may be a citizen or maybe he isn't. He may be the love child of his momma and Frank Marshall Davis and he may not be. One thing is for certain. He's bad for the nation. I can't think of one positive thing he's done in office.

(2) The 111th Congress spent (borrowed) more money than the previous 110 Congresses. It's not an accomplishment to crow about. We'll be paying it off for a long time. And the economy has yet to find a bottom such that we can say we're recovering. Maybe we'll bottom out in 2011. Maybe not. 

(3) The situation in Mexico, being ignored for the most part by the Obama Administration, will turn out to be a lot more difficult to fix as the cancer that is the narcotics cartels continues to grow in strength and spread. They've instituted the Merida Initiative but the Mexican Government is so corrupt that if any of those guys make it to heaven, they'll steal every last harp. (a line from my upcoming novel: Bloody Mexico: A Novel of Cartel Wars) I may sound ungrateful because the unbridled violence and corruption has given me something to write about.

(4) I've had children move back home in 2010...

I hope that you are all able to tick items off your bucket list in the coming year.

And I'm welcoming 2011 in the hope of a better year with a block on the Democratic Party juggernaut.

Here is wishing you all love, fortune and health in the coming year!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hope and Change - in the USMC

The issue of homosexual personnel in the US Armed Forces now that openly gay people are "embraced" is an issue. We haven't had a US President who served in the regular armed forces for quite some time so the issue is viewed with a jaundiced eye from the White House. The video portrays what the politicians and ultimately what the public seems to want.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Retrospective - and Perspective

Sometimes I watch old movies and it's amazing how they differ from the work Hollywood puts out today. I don't intend to go on a rant on Christmas, but the old Hollywood stars seem to shine so much more brightly. And many of those old stars such as Ronald Reagan had a view of politics that differed sharply from the lemmings who presently dominate the silver screen.

Lana Turner and Ronald Reagan
(Lana looks a bit like our own Opus #6, doesn't she?)

President Reagan addresses the problem with Socialized Medicine/ObamaCare that we now face in America. As you listen (below), you'll find that Reagan was prophetic.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The BIGGEST Travel Day of the Season?

I will be staying home this year and celebrating with family and a few friends - Christmas cheer and good will to all men will be confined to my present locality. I wonder if that will be more of a trend with the politically correct Transportation Safety Administration administering security screenings at airports including the ever unpleasant cavity searches.

There really isn't a season for 'peace on Earth and good will toward all men' in Islamic regions. Every day is the same old grind - working to convert or kill, trying to build a better bomb. 

With the strictly politically correct standards of the Department of Homeland Security, you can feel confident that the uniformed TSA Islamic employees (above and below) want only the best for you and that they'll be working hard to keep you safe from other Muslims during this special season.
There used to be "friendly skies" but I don't think that slug line holds true anymore. To be perfectly politically correct, I want to blame everyone (but Muslims) for that. There are the Hindus, the ever unpleasant Greek Orthodox priests, the practitioners of Catholicism, those pesky Mormons, the American Indians and Eskimos, All Italians, the Chinese and last (but not least), the Germans who made the skies unsafe for everyone.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Food

There are two ways to do it. One is to make it yourself. The other is to buy the main dish from a reputable source and handle the sides in-house.

We will have 14 people over for Christmas Dinner and to satisfy the palates of all concerned, I drove through the rain to stand in line to buy a Honeybaked Ham and Honeycured Oven Roasted Turkey Breast today. Keep in mind it's raining as in the days of Noah -- and animals are lining up two-by-two in SoCal in anticipation of the arc floating in to pick them up.

In normal times, there are at least 100 people in line at the Honeybaked Ham store in my area by 8 am. They open at 9 am. The rain slanted in and flooded streets between me and the store -- but I have a capable 4x4 and am ok until the water gets to about 38-40 inches high. I have a snorkel intake so the engine won't suck water but it will eventually flood out the engine and bust up the fan blade.

I ended up arriving at about 9:15 and had foul weather gear to stand in the deluge -- BUT -- With the rain there wasn't anyone in the store. I parked right out in front and walked in. The staff was standing-by for the annual inundation of hungry holiday buyers but there was just me.

I like ham well enough, but the spiral cut honeycured turkey makes a real taste treat for the holidays. And the best part of it was that I didn't have to stand in line to buy it.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bloody Mexico - Coming

cover art by Vince Peterson
Published by Niederhauser Anwendungen (Asia) Ltd. - Hong Kong
A Division of Niederhauser International AG, Bern, Switzerland

The story will be coming to you and available at and early in 2011.

Worldwide, we spend more money on narcotics than we do on food. The Mexican cartels do manufacture some drugs such as methamphetamine and they grow marijuana and opiates. They’ve made the billions of dollars by moving cocaine that was grown in Peru and Brazil and refined in Colombia through Mexico and into the world’s largest consumer of everything, the United States of America. 

The recent death toll as a result of the cartel wars easily tops 100,000 based on competently vetted, knowledgeable sources. The Mexican government doesn’t really know how many people have been killed, but it continually understates the facts because it has to. Full disclosure would be to admit that there are vast tracts of that nation that are under the absolute control of drug cartels. 

The unstable situation in Mexico, caused in great part by the narcotics cartels, is quickly becoming an issue of American national security. This novel explores a scenario in which it would clearly rise to that level—but it’s only a story. It’s just a flight of imagination. Keep telling yourself that. It will help you sleep at night.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Digital Christmas?

Facebook, bloggers, twitter and social digital media would change Christmas - I mean the original one.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Will Rule 5 Destroy Fox News?

Can Fox News sustain itself in light of this new competitor? I really don't know. While Fox News does a good job, they don't seem to be able to compete in this market.

Are the anchors conservative? Who cares. Is the world coming to an end? Not while people are glued to the news. It's tough to fight a war, confiscate firearms, or do much of anything else when you're watching the news.  Some people will call it porn. Others will simply invoke Rule 5. One thing is clear: It must be endorsed by former President Bill Clinton.

Would you rather watch Greta, Sean or Bill -- or Glenn Beck? If you're a guy and your answer is "yes", don't post because we understand 'don't ask/don't tell'.

Membership means that you receive a personalized and autographed photo of your favorite anchor. Does Fox news take you there? No.

h/t Black Widow for putting me on to this new hard news company out of Canada

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Detroit Model

Detroit is a city of the future, or so it's said. It's a model welfare city where the parasites took over. And it's depopulating. Plans have been put into motion to essentially remake entire neighborhoods into farmland by bulldozing them. There are so many deserted homes in Detroit, that the City Fathers decided that it makes sense to collapse the size of the city.

Not a great option, but what do you do with a dying city?  It's already Thunderdome. (LINK) Now they feel as if they can make it an up-scale Thunderdome by collapsing the size. Will it work? I don't know. Detroit's new plan of cutting police, power, and garbage collection in a full 20% of the city is just a cost-saving move, but it seems to me like like it's part of the plan to cull the city into something smaller.

The Welfare parasites captured the town and now that the host is dying, they're dropping off the carcass and moving on to a new host. It's clearly true that it happens in nature and now we're seeing it in a major American city.

I'm sure that it's not the last.

Do yourself a favor and follow the link (above) and read for yourself. The Motor City isn't much of a city in the classic sense anymore. And it will be even less of a city in the future. It all begs the question of WHY. For many of us, the answer is clear since it's the poster child of the welfare state.

I worked for a major international company two years ago and one of my jobs was dealing with the Russian Mafia in Detroit. The Russians were stealing them blind. How I dealt with it (successfully) is a subject for another day, but running around a city that seemed to be managed by competing mafias did feel as if I was working in a sci-fi movie.

**Factoid - Detroit, MI has the single largest concentration of Iraqi people in the nation.

Monday, December 13, 2010

'Tis the season to give.


It's too late to put this fine gift next to the Hanukkah Minorah because the seasonal holiday has passed, but, it's not to late to order an Obama Chia Pet for your children to open. Package it, slide it next to the Kwanzaa Kinara (African version of the minorah) as your gift to the kids on the first day of your Kwanzaa festivities.

Maulana Karenga** created Kwanzaa in 1966 as an alternative to Christmas. He said that Jesus was psychotic, and that Christianity was a white religion that black people should shun. (Source: Karenga, Maulana (1967). "Religion". In Clyde Halisi, James Mtume. The quotable Karenga. Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press. pp. 25.) 

**Maulana Ron Karenga (born Ronald McKinley Everett) was a professor of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He is prominently featured in the 2008 Kwanzaa documentary, The Black Candle, directed by M.K. Asante, Jr. and narrated by Maya Angelou

Friday, December 10, 2010

ObamaCare - A Bitter Harvest

A new report out indicates that about 70% of physicians feel as if they're not going to be able to give patients equivalent care under ObamaCare (Fox News). Additionally, doctors will be retiring early or leaving the business under ObamaCare (LINK).
"A larger portion (74%) said they plan to make "one or more significant changes in their practices in the next one to three years, a time when many provisions of health reform will be phased in." (Source: IBD)
Michelle Malkin weighed in with information from SEIU:
"Late last month, the Service Employees International Union informed dues-paying members of its behemoth 1199 affiliate in New York that it was dropping its health-care coverage for children. That’s right. A radical, leftist union — not an evil, Republican corporation — is abandoning the young ’uns to cut costs. Over 30,000 low-wage families will be affected, according to the Wall Street Journal. Who’s to blame? SEIU 1199 benefits manager Mitra Behroozi singled out oppressive new state and federal regulations, including the much-ballyhooed Obamacare rule forcing insurers to cover dependents well into their 20s." (emphasis added)
New federal health-care-reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26.

To sell Obamacare and manufacture support, desperate Democrats pandered to the college set and their parents. Insurance plans and employers can't pick up the bill, and it's passed onto workers. In the case of SEIU, they're simply dumping all children and parents will have to find child-only insurance in the private market. Many insurance companies don't sell child-only insurance because it's too expensive.

There is no free lunch, to spite the assertions of Democrats - and "The only problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." (Thatcher)

How far we’ve come from the halcyon moment when President Obama rallied young college students at George Mason University in Virginia in March. To wild applause, he pledged: “If you buy a new plan, there won’t be lifetime or restrictive annual limits on the amount of care you receive from your insurance companies. (Applause.) And by the way, to all the young people here today, starting this year if you don’t have insurance, all new plans will allow you to stay on your parents’ plan until you are 26 years old. (Applause.)” (Malkin)

For the kiddie human shields who helped the Democrats dig their own ditch, reality bites. Live and learn.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

If California goes Bankrupt

California taxpayers receive less federal funding per dollar of federal taxes paid than the average state. In 2005, California taxpayers received only 78 cents in federal expenditures for every dollar in federal taxes sent to Washington DC. (source - LINK) Mississippi, for example, takes $2.02 for every dollar they pay pay in federal taxes. New Mexico takes $2.03 for every dollar they pay in federal taxes. Therefore, California is referred to as a donor state because they give more than they get.  (The highest donor state is New Jersey). The District of Columbia isn't a state, but it takes $5.55 for every dollar it contributes.

As contemptible as some California politicians seem to be (Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. Barbara Boxer being some of the most notorious), the state's bankruptcy would increase the federal deficit because California would no longer be a donor state. Taken as a world economy, if California was a nation on its own, it would be the eighth largest. Is is the largest of any US State, even though it is clearly a state in decline. (source - LINK) California's GDP is roughly equal to France.

State Bankruptcy would mean that all California's revenue would be kept inside the state and used to bring it's financial house into order. Those outside California who gleefully hope for its demise might want to think twice because it would benefit that state at the expense of the other states.

I am not suggesting that California is too big to fail. I am suggesting that if it fails, and reorganizes, it will become stronger at the expense of the rest of the country.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Will it COUNT for Anything?

During my military service and during other service I rendered to my country, I have been placed in dangerous circumstances and though I might have lost my life, I (obviously) didn't. At least I haven't yet. I have never been bothered with trading blood for genuine freedom or the welfare of the American People. The value of the one is subsumed by the benefit to the many. However, if I was to fall, I always wanted my death to have some meaning.

I am very bothered by wasted lives. We wasted tens of thousands of American and allied lives in Viet Nam, for example. They didn't die to make the world safe. They died for no real reason. Do the Americans who continue to die in Afghanistan die to rid the world of terror or do they spill their last blood - giving their last full measure of devotion for a meaningless effort? When the dust settles, how will history judge the war and the value of their sacrifice?

Was the blood we shed in Iraq worth what we have now as a result of the mountains of dead and the tons of treasure we spent?

You'll notice that I don't care about enemy dead. Not one whit. I only care about American and allied dead. However since Japan is presently an ally of the United States, I want to reflect for a moment on their fateful decision. 

On December 7, we contemplate a horrible war and I'm sure many surviving Japanese must ask themselves why they did it. What hubris and ego must have been present when the decision was made to attack America at Pearl Harbor?

Mankind's march of folly rolls forward and those who don't read and work to understand history, are bound to repeat it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Political Correctness - Making us Happy?

Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.

Political correctness is the enemy of freedom of speech. What began as a crusade for civility has ended in a situation where one is never quite sure of the politically correct buzzword of the moment. I've found in my brief life that politically correctness seems to hover most closely around pressure groups and political organizing. There are demands and counter-demands by the politically sensitive that have devolved into a situation where almost everyone (irrespective of what their orientation is in the politically correct world) is a racist, a bigot, experiences some degree of Islamophobia, is a sexist, uninformed (stupid) and so forth.

The US Military exists to kill people and break things when Congress or the President (sometimes both) decide that it's time to do that. It's not a tool for social engineering. Don't ask, don't tell (DADT) is poised to make sexual preference an entitlement and "protected class" of people, the same as race, religion, physical disability, etc. Arguments over politically correct language in this regard devolved and soured into arguments over what is “offensive” and, even worse, censorship. 

I discussed World War 2 with my daughters recently and mentioned America's enemy, the Empire of Japan. In discussing a tactical move made by that enemy, I called them, "the Japs". My daughters collectively sucked in their breath and informed me that calling Japanese people "Japs" reached a new low in political insensitivity. I never knew that. Nobody ever told me. I'm glad they never told my father, who was wounded in combat at Okinawa when a kamikazi aircraft, piloted by a "Japanese pilot" (my dad would have said, "a Jap") crashed into the USS Hazelwood and all but sank it.

At times I use insensitive language toward America's enemies - in that I don't take their feelings into account when I discuss them. If they were present, they'd likely try to kill me not because I called them names they didn't like - they'd try to kill me because of my nationality. And this is my point. Political correctness always seems to go in ONE direction and never in both directions. It doesn't create a situation that changes anything - and usually mocks tolerance.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Embracing Diversity

Dale (LINK) came up with an interesting solution to the problem and controversy caused by expanded searches at the airport. He suggests that each passenger should be accompanied by a pig. Muslims who wish to blow themselves and everyone else up on the aircraft would be splattered by pig blood and would go to hell. (no apologies to Cat Stevens) By adopting Dale's plan we could satisfy the requirements of "diversity" which calls for Muslims to "pat themselves down for weapons" and declare whether or not they're carrying one to TSA officials.

The larger question is one of "diversity" which creates protected classes of people who don't have to go through --whatever-- the same as everyone else does. Today Muslims seem to enjoy that protected class status under the rubric of diversity. Muslims are exempt from the odious requirements of ObamaCare that the rest of the nation was saddled with. The obvious question is "WHY?" and the answer is that we all need to learn to respect their protected status. Protected from what? Perhaps from infidels who are naturally less worthy, less clean, etc.? How does that interface with healthcare? I don't know -- but it does because the law sets them apart.

Many people in our society demand that sexual orientation be placed alongside race, color, religion, sex, and national origin, as a class eligible for various diversity programs, tracking initiatives, and complaint resolution processes. They wish to produce a sense, rightly or wrongly, that gay men and lesbians are being elevated to a special status as a “protected class” and will receive special treatment. The push for the military to repeal the practice of Don't Ask Don't Tell is at the heart of this issue.

The Diversity Industry in America has their own lobby in Washington DC and it's a money making concern. There is a lot of lobbying money being thrown at the the Diversity band wagon. Everyone wants to be "protected and special". Ok, I can agree with that. The problem with this is that we are ALL different - so why decide to protect one group over another. Mennonites may never fly, but if they did, would THEY be accorded the same modesty standards as Muslims? No, they don't have a lobby in Washington DC and the homeland isn't a crust of earth resting on a vast sea of crude oil. 

The true standard of Diversity would be for everyone to be treated equally. But that is not the goal of "Diversity".

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

US Military Exercises will continue through December in Korean Waters

The joint military exercise between the US and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) is drawing to a close today. But wait -- an even larger military exercise is about to take between the US and the Japanese Self Defense Force in the Sea of Japan (or Sea of Korea if you're a Korean). LINK to Wall Street Journal This is the 50th Anniversary of the US-Japanese alliance and it's an opportunity for the Japanese to honor that alliance by making this a more intensive showing of commitment to defense...Kim Jung Il are you watching?
(The Yellow Sea where the exercise with the ROK took place is on the western side of the Korean Peninsula 
and the new exercise will take place on the eastern side in the Sea of Japan [or Sea of Korea])

Japan’s Self-Defense Forces will conduct large-scale joint military exercises with the U.S. between Dec. 3 and 10, sending numerous ships and aircrafts out into the waters and airspace surrounding Japan. According to the SDF, some 34,100 troops from Japan will participate in the drills, along with 10,400 from the U.S.

Fox News (LINK) reported today that the US may be planning another military exercise on the heels of the exercise scheduled to end on December 10th. This time - back to Korea again, likely to continue through/over the Christmas/Holiday Season.

China has likely decided what it will do and based on current thinking, it will be announced on Saturday.  The US and the ROK can exercise, coordinate and prepare for war, but the solution to the ongoing problem of their rogue neighbor rests with them.