sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mail Call (and gripes)


The Mail

A fellow blogger e-mailed and asked whether or not I was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I am not. I am a member of the American Legion, China Post 1 (Soldiers of Fortune), operating in exile. 

Today, China Post 1 falls under the American Legion's Department of France and a member of FODPAL (Foreign Departments and Posts of The American Legion), but it has no permanent home since the Communist Chinese won't let it exist in Shanghai. Technically wherever two members are gathered (usually at a seedy bar run by an ex-pat who brings out the good stuff when China Post 1 types show up...then starts serving from the bottom shelf when they're well lubed...), they can have an official meeting.

China Post 1 has some interesting members, including many of the Ravens and the Air America types from the Vietnam War. As best I can recall, I joined in Laos as well, but it may have been when I was running with the Southern Air Transport types. The haze of age obscures those details.

Today there are actual approved hang outs for China Post 1 at various locations around the country. I don't know of any in Arizona, but I'm sure some exist. There is one in Las Vegas. I don't hang out there (obviously).

Now for the Gripes

The Second Amendment is still in place (and Constitutional Carry is alive and well in Arizona) and I expect that there will be a large body count if it is ever repealed and somebody is brave enough to come and take.

Have you ever noticed how this one works?


Whenever a Muslim kills people, the media works diligently to downplay it. When a deranged lunatic (irrespective of the grudge or grievance) does the same thing, they immediately brand them as "Christian", irrespective of anything.

Sunday Sermonette Sleep Over



My daughter, Heather, and her family (2 boys) left to return to SoCal, and my Arizona granddaughters (live in Prescott) arrived for a sleep-over. They wanted to sleep on the deck, but it's too cold, so I inflated an air mattress in the living room for them. The giant windows look out onto the deck and the forrest beyond.

So it's bacon and eggs and toast with milk for breakfast to fortify them for the day (church then play). Their mother, my third daughter, Kelly (below) is coming up today to hang out with us and to fetch her darling daughters home. Monday is a school day and Spring Break has ended.

It's been a busy week at the White Wolf Mine but I've had a lot of help - all the help that 8 young grandchildren can give. Grandchild #9, a boy, is still in the hanger waiting for an early September roll-out. 

The sermonette is that no success in life can compensate for failure as a parent. That also applies to grandparents, doesn't it? Well, however you want to slice it, family comes first. Working hard is important, but children and grandchildren need time.


My daughters are all pretty. Naturally, they favor their dad.... we'll run with that. Anyway, the older kids are talking about building cabins here at the White Wolf Mine. There is room for that, but there is also the downstairs at the hovel in the meantime, for family and guests.


Next week, I'll be in SoCal, working, staying with the kids, and trying to stretch the time that I can spend with all of them. 

Meanwhile, all of the children and grandchildren are anxiously awaiting the arrival of fishing season and wetting some bait as we float on mountain lakes in the canoe!

Friday, March 29, 2019

'48 Willys


The mine utility vehicle arrived.  No, it's not pretty, but it has to make it down to the mine and back, and along various trails.


My second oldest daughter, Heather, delivered it to the mine in person along with her husband and my two grandsons.

The 1948 Willys is nowhere near stock. It's not a faithful restoration. It has a 283 small block V-8 with the low gearing you would expect from the rig.

The carburetor is set for sea level, so there has to be some tinkering to get it ready to go to work at the high altitude mine.

There is loose talk about pulling the 283 (from a Chevelle) and replacing it with a tuned 350 for more optimal performance.



The Old Man of the Mine

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Finally, PROOF!


Ancient Alien theorists ask - 


Ancient Alien theorists ask whether this skull, found in a remote location on Arizona's Mogollon Rim, could be the remains of a visitor from outer space. Could it be the first reliable evidence of intelligent life from beyond the Solar System?


Resting atop a pile of rocks at the White Wolf Mine, the decapitated remains serve as a trophy to the intrepid hunter who found the possible landing site of the spacecraft, and the grizzly skull.

It's not a blurred photo of Bigfoot. It's not a smeared photo of a flying saucer taken by a drunk hippie on a rural road. It's a skull with other than human DNA.

Was this individual offered as a form of ritual sacrifice to the White Wolf? If so, yes, it is accepted in the spirit in which it was given?

Commentary Sniglets

Juicy Smolett

It's not white privilege, it's privilege. The poor have been being pushed around by the rich since there was that distinction between poor and rich. Rich nations with vast resources and an intelligent population have prospered and have exploited the poorer neighbors. To expect that it is not so is to deny reality and history. Ambitious, talented people who are born into circumstances of poverty can rise above that in America. Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Ben Carson are examples of that. It doesn't mean that you need to like Oprah or Dr. Carson. They did it. That's what is great about America.

Lindsay Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is promoting his anti-firearms legislation. He was the late Sen. McCain's bestest buddy, so who can be surprised that this would be his hue and cry? He's now conducting hearings on Senate Bill 7, the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act of 2019—otherwise known as a national “red flag” gun confiscation bill. 

Why do we need federal legislation to confiscate firearms? If there is a local problem with a local person who creates a situation involving firearms, allow that local problem to be dealt with appropriately at that local level. What Graham, RINO's and donkeys suggest is that a rumor mill that this or that person is 'unsound' should be sufficient probable cause to have their firearms seized by the federal government. 

Statues of Trump

I assert that for every statue of a Confederate General that is pulled down that we erect a statue of Donald J. Trump, in recognition of making America great again. And of course, those statues should be gold.

The Green New Deal

Isn't it funny that none of the donkeys want to own the Green New Deal now? They must have looked at the polling and found that if they pounce on that one, even the donkey faithful would savage them. Apparently none of them think that we're really all gonna die in twelve years if we don't spend 100 trillion dollars (more money than there is on the planet) to go full socialist/communist and eliminate cars and cows.

Nobody wants to follow AOC down that rabbit hole. (hahaha)

Slow Joe for President

Joe Biden, who is not yet a candidate, though he picked a person who identifies as black-female as a VP running mate, hit the campaign tour regimen by apologizing for being white and male and Catholic. Obama made a big tour after election worldwide by apologizing for being American. Since Biden was Obama's VP, I guess it makes sense that he'd begin by apologizing as he courts people who have a grievance. 

Slow Joe doesn't say what he'd replace western culture with. Africa, where slavery and oppression of women is still practiced, is not a good model and neither is Islam. Joe hasn't become a Muslim yet, but I'm sure that he would in exchange for a vote. He hasn't exactly said, "make America into Africa or Saudi Arabia" yet...but for a vote, why not? The reality is that the grievance culture is a culture of MANY grievances, many confused people who don't know what they want and are flummoxed by the concept of cause and effect. They want socialism but they don't really want Venezuela. They want total control, but they really don't want North Korea. 

Besides being white, male, rich and elite, Biden has a lot of skeletons in his political closet. This tour may be his chance to air the filthy laundry. Is he going to run on the Obama legacy (completely wiped out by Donald Trump)? Run Joe, run.

The Corrupt Lying Media

There has been a large sucking sound emanating from the glittering headquarters offices of the corrupt, lying, sly, smug, foolish elite media. What will they report on now that the Russia hoax has been exposed...and the corrupt FISA warrants will be made public... and everyone knows that the totality of their broadcast content over the past two and a half years has been BS?

Their ratings continue in a death spiral and I can't help but wonder what the stockholders are thinking.

Sure, there is the global warming hoax, now called "climate change" - an ill defined 'cause' for grievance people to cling to. There is black anger stoked by the Smolett matter, also turned out to be a hoax. Or maybe there's another hoax out there that they can find and play 24/7 like the anti-Trump (hoax) broadcasting that they've done?  I'd suggest actual reporting of facts rather than trying to make the news, but that doesn't seem to appeal to them, does it?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Bronze Frog (A Book Review)

First, a somewhat lengthy preamble:

As a veteran of large and small wars as well as joint special operations activities with allied nations, I find it difficult to choke down many of the books written about SEALs. They are not super men, they are not bullet proof and not all survive the Byzantine world of intelligence agencies and national agendas that they are fitted into in order to try and arrive at some semblance of an 'acceptable' solution that may be justified in one presidential administration only to be later excoriated. The game is hard, the bureaucracy unforgiving and the environment is almost always hostile. (human jungle far worse than the actual one)

Thus I entered the world of The Brass Frog with some trepidation. A. Denis Clift, a former naval officer and intelligence official/bureaucrat had two books under his belt A Death in Geneva and With Presidents to the Summit before he embarked on The Brass Frog. This was not his first rodeo and he was a naval officer and Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings magazine. Knowing how to write doesn't mean that you can be a successful novelist, though. Mr. Clift clearly knew how the system worked, but the question in my mind was whether or not he knew how SEALs thought and how operators worked.


Sometimes it's important to understand what rules you're able to bend and which rules you're able to break. Bureaucrats don't always grasp that fully, but from my reading, Mr. Clift seems to.

Intelligence officers manage recruited human assets who commit espionage in varying degrees. Some are witting, others are not. The tradecraft involved in these efforts can be tricky and let's face it, lives of these agents, these assets, are sometimes forfeit for any one of a number of reasons. 

SEALs are not like green berets. They are not force multipliers. They are not like intelligence officers. They are by their very nature, instruments of direct action. Though it doesn't happen every day, they kill people for a living. Kinetic war is what they train for in a generally maritime setting, though operation in littoral regions is clearly not an absolute.

When you blend the two (and sometimes they just don't blend), you have an operator whose capacity includes sensitive intelligence collection and tradecraft, foreign espionage and sabotage, counter-terrorism, infiltration, information exploitation, management of asset identification, recruitment, and development in operational settings.

Welcome to The Bronze Frog.

About the Book: It's fiction but there is an underlying concern of the reader that it may not be entirely so.

Commander Linc Walker, a sharp, combat-seasoned SEAL is on a clandestine mission against the People’s Republic of China when he is betrayed by leaders in The White House. Forced to retire, Walker learns that the President’s National Security Adviser, a fellow Stanford graduate, together with the National Security Council’s China expert, gave the orders blocking a submarine’s scheduled recovery of he and Chief Gunner's Mate John Hall (who succumbs to injuries and dies). They alone are responsible for Hall’s death—traitors in Linc’s eyes. 

The Bronze Frog plot is Linc Walker's plan for revenge. It's a dish best served cold, and the meal is  highly recommended to anyone who is interested in seeing how the story will play out.
"You're getting the feeling now, aren't you, president's man? Unable to move, everything ebbing away, and still somewhere in that brain the hope that help is on the way." (p. 261)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Crew

Family Values


There aren't any liberals in my family. I have a daughter who is more liberal than I am, but even she is a raging conservative. Thus, the political arguments are largely a matter degree. Should the border wall be 35 feet high or 100 feet high? Should we lay landmines along the border or just use the Border Patrol? Are we facing a new ice age or is it 'just a wet year'? Things like that cross the table from time to time. Should there be mandatory military service or is a volunteer military ok? Should those who burn the American flag have their arms ripped off and used to beat them to death, or is a major ass whipping good enough?

Road Tripping


We stuffed them all into a Toyota FJ Cruiser
(above) My daughter, Amanda, and I set out for Jack's Canyon (near Blue Ridge, AZ). It's a popular spot for climbers. There were some very large mountain lion tracks and I took this photo of her. We returned with family about twenty minutes later and there was lion scat where she is standing in the photo and more fresh lion tracks. As has been reported on this blog. Sometimes you stalk the lion and sometimes the lion stalks you.

There were a number of interesting moments when I took the rig to demonstrate what it can do in some challenging situations. I've had this FJ for eleven years now, and know what it can do so it wasn't puckering for me, but the kids had a different take.


We happened on elk skeletons and the boys had to play with the bones. Boys will be boys.

Then I spotted a swing hanging from a tall pine. Somebody made it sometime in the past and the boys took turns swinging. I think that they could have spent a large portion of the afternoon doing nothing but swinging.
There were a few other treasures (elk skull, rock that looked like an Indian arrowhead, but wasn't and so forth) discovered along the way. It's all just down the road for me but the grandsons had a splendid time. I have another crew of grandsons on the way to the house. I'll have to introduce those boys to the swing.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Monday Madness

On a Personal Note

The week began this weekend with a baseball tournament in the Phoenix Valley that my grandson (from CA) participated in. So I have a bit of a sunburn, all in a good cause. Then that family came up to the White Wolf Mine (their first visit) and they will be here with me for a few days. We're going to Montezuma's castle at Camp Verde, Grand Canyon, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and will also be hanging locally. It's still winter in the high country, no leaves on the deciduous trees yet. When they leave, another daughter with boys will arrive (with the '48 Willys) and will stay for a few days as well. 

I know what you're asking yourself, "aren't you working, LL?" That's a great question because I have others doing work that I should be present for. And we shall see how they do without the old man wandering around, being a Lion in Winter...

Meanwhile, there are some things going around outside of the bounds of the USA (because my work is there, not in the US) that you might find interesting. Let's bring everyone up to speed since the weekend when I was eating hot dogs and cheering on my favorite little league team.
  • (Raven, I've baited traps with almonds as you suggested and put a smear of peanut butter on top. The rodents loved them. GREAT ADVICE!)
  • The Mueller Report news was welcome. They had 70 people working the matter for almost 700 days and came up with nothing to use against President Trump, and it was not for lack of effort. The results after tens of millions in treasure were spent is no different than was anticipated. It was a witch hunt. The disgraced elite media is even more disgraced than usual, if that's even possible these days. Now the donkeys promise to savage Mueller for failing to indict President Trump. 
In Venezuela

I maintain an active interest in events as they unfold in Venezuela. My company is clearly interested in events in Venezuela, and thus it's something that is watched closely. Right now the place is such a mess that cutting the Gordian Knot isn't going to work outside of military intervention. And the powers that matter are watching and waiting.

Two Russian air force planes landed at Caracas on Saturday, 23 March, carrying a Russian defense official and 100 troops, according to media reports. Assuming this report is confirmed and that the Russians remain, a token Russian force embodies Russian President Putin’s commitment to the Maduro regime. It is designed to act as a surety against a coup d’état or outside military intervention and stiffens the loyalty of Maduro’s generals. Nobody really believes that it is a Russian tripwire. However the Russians do have investments in Venezuela and 110 Russian soldiers is a low-cost/high impact tactic. The Russians are not there to manage Maduro's safe conduct from Venezuela at the moment.

Those Lovable Norks

On Thursday, 21 March, the US Treasury Department announced punitive measures against two Chinese shipping companies that helped North Korea evade sanctions. A typical tactic was to conduct cargo transfers at sea. No additional sanctions were applied to North Korea. However, the Department also said that additional large-scale sanctions against North Korea would be coming.

On Friday, 22 March, North Korea withdrew its staff from the joint liaison office that opened last September. The regime made no official announcement. The leader of the North Korean staff said that higher authorities ordered them to depart. They did not ask the South Koreans to depart.
On 22 March, the US President announced that the additional large-scale sanctions would not be imposed on North Korea.
On Saturday, 23 March, DPRK Today, a North Korean government-run website, accused the government of South Korean President Moon of reneging on its promise to improve inter-Korean ties and of giving priority to “cooperation with a foreign force” over “cooperation among the Korean nation.”
“The South Korean authorities’ behavior is deeply deplorable,” it said. “The only things the South will get from cooperating with the U.S. will be a deepening subordination, humiliation and shame.” 
On 25 March, a convoy of 17 vehicles carrying 39 South Korean officials reported to the joint liaison office as normal, joining the 25 officials who remained over the weekend. So they're still hanging out, hoping for an improvement in the situation. There doesn't seem to be any sort of linkage between the departing Norks and the sanctions imposed on the Chinese shipping companies.

North Korea policy has worked to maintain two tracks in managing contacts with the US and South Korea. It has kept them essentially separate. Some of the inter-Korean issues have no relevance to the US talks, such as separated families and reopening joint facilities.

Kim’s frustration with South Korea’s refusal to break with the US Alliance is well-established. As for the state of play, North Korea has admitted to two failures – in relations with the US and in North-South relations. Kim has delivered only tentative and preliminary results. He does not have unlimited time in which to achieve a breakthrough with the US or with South Korea.

In Kim’s world, the word of the great leader is law, until he changes his mind, or until he dies. He needs to make an irrevocable move if he wants to succeed in bringing peace to NorkLand. Denuclearization would be as close to an irrevocable step, on many levels, as North Korea could make. They have said it's not on the table.

Thus the kabuki theater continues and we watch to see which way this is going. FOR ONCE, the US is not in a hurry for a political deal that will play well back home. President Trump wrote, "The Art of the Deal".

Syria

In the same way as the US has, the Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory over the caliphate. 

The Islamic State has been fully defeated, including its last positions in the Euphrates Valley. The Islamic State is defeated in the sense that it has lost all the territory it conquered. On the other hand, the Islamic State is very different from the time when al Baghdadi ruled his so-called caliphate. 

Some commentators seem determined to minimize the significance of the victory because fighting continues. This was no ordinary low-intensity conflict. Nothing like the Islamic State erupted in the Middle East since Osman I founded the Ottoman empire around 1299. 

Al-Baghdadi’s caliphate was based primarily on a brutish version of Islam that was far less tolerant than were the Ottomans. Few observers judged that in the 21st century an atavistic entity like the Islamic State could emerge, conquer and impose its rule on up to 12 million people. The worldwide caliphate lasted more than four years against the world’s most powerful armed forces.

ver the weekend, Islamic State suicide bombers attacked the pro-al-Qaida affiliate the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib. The impulses that gave rise to the Islamic State have not spent themselves. The Islamic State metastasized into the southern Philippines, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Mali and revived itself in Iraq. IN Syria, it will go to ground and engage in terrorist attacks. 

The casualties are mind-numbing. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated 365,679 people were killed. Other sources say that 500,000 people have been killed. The UN estimated more than 5 million Syrians are refugees – nearly one-third of the population.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday Sermonette - A Better Mousetrap?

Happy Happy Happy!

Ancient Persians considered the vernal equinox and a new growing season to be the start of the new year. Historically, it is a secular celebration, but various sub-denominations of Shia Islam consider it a day of religious observance. The ethnic Hazaras of Afghanistan, most of whom are Shia, honor it, as do the Alawites of Syria. Nowruz is the Iranian New Year.

I don't have a lot of Iranian friends. Most Iranians I grew close to over my lifetime were agents of influence, penetration agents, and so forth. Recruited assets, who were generally expendable. I realize that seems a bit cold and calculating but it's a wicked game. For those Iranians who may drift past this blog, Happy Nowruz. Go and enjoy a BLT in celebration and appreciate what you've been missing. (Add chicken and avocado if it makes you feel better about the bacon)

Arizona's Embarrassment

When are the McCain's going to go away? Daddy (Songbird) McCain, who earned a living out of having been a prisoner of war, was a mean spirited RINO, who, despite his service in the gentleman's club (US Senate), always put himself ahead of his nation...even in Vietnam, in prison. And he has whining children who are trying to defend their nasty father, who as it went, left this life as a species of deep state actor and traitor, motivated by ego and his nasty disposition.

As a resident of Arizona for a few past months, I have yet to hear anyone from here say anything nice about the late senator McCain, or former Sen. Jeff Flake, also a treacherous senator, now run from office, living on his $200K per year pension in a mansion in his rural hometown. I wonder how he amassed enough money to buy a mansion? I'm sure that he was a frugal saver.

Flake, who couldn't get enough votes to be elected dog catcher in Snowflake, AZ, must be thinking of moving on to some other location where people don't recognize him. Plastic surgery is an option but not in a place like Snowflake, where they'd still know him.

Country Living

I wear Muck brand boots. (Men's Arctic Ice Tall) They're exceptional for working in mud, snow and water when it's a bit cold. They don't slip on the ice. They go to the top of your calf and they seal against moisture weeping in from outside. Five stars to Muck. Mine are insulated, though that has nothing to do with what happened yesterday. I had work to do outside and I keep the Muck boots in the garage because they get covered in...mud, and so forth, 'muck'. And the garage is often open while I'm down in the canyon, working at the mine.

So I shoved my right foot into the boot - went right in. And the left foot into the left boot and - something warm, living and squirming. It was a mouse. A dead mouse by the time it left my boot. No, it didn't bite me through my heavy wool socks, and I rinsed the boot with Clorox, and then Betadine. Same with my foot and socks.

All I can add is that the bobcats in the neighborhood are not doing their job very well. And Muck boots make a fine mouse trap under the right conditions.
No, there are no house cats to manage rodents. They'd likely live a day or two out and about, what with the eagles, coyotes, wolves, mountain lions and bobcats that roam wild in the national forest neighborhood where I live. Running up a tree won't save them from bobcats or lions.
Old Slow Joe

The big donors have told seventy-six year old establishment Democrat Slow Joe Biden that he isn't ready for prime time and they're not going to throw money at him. Imagine how that must sting the former vice president - that he's somewhere south of Bob (Beta Male) O'Rorque in the political pecking order. Sitting in the #2 chair next to Barack didn't seem to earn him much respect, even though the first half-black president did send him around cutting ribbons on bridges and attending irrelevant meetings on the rubber chicken circuit because he was a lightning rod of gaffs and misstatements.

It may be kinder for Joe if he just sits at the home eating checkers and thinking that they're Oreos. If he runs, he'll be forced to accept the end of cars, airplanes, and cows (milk, butter, cheese, steaks and burgers). I do know people who are close to Joe Biden. He was at their home for dinner earlier in the week. The Green New Deal doesn't appeal to him, and he cringes at killing living babies (and selling their bodies for fun and profit to various companies).

Maybe Slow Joe's era has passed and he'll never get to take Donald Trump out behind the wood shed to see who's the better boxer. I'd put my money on The Donald... at two-to-one if anybody wants to lay down a wager. Between President Trump's comb over and Biden's plugs, you know their hair will get messed up if nothing else.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday - Methodology Examined


Venezuela

Venezuelan President (remember that there are now two) Juan Guaido said on 21 March that government intelligence agents arrested his chief of staff following a pre-dawn raid.

This assault is the first serious test of Guaido’s challenge to the Maduro regime. After waiting a few weeks, the Maduro regime has decided that Guaido and the US are bluffing about outside intervention to overthrow the government.  In the absence of a firm reaction to the arrest on the 21st, Maduro and his cronies will escalate their attacks on the opposition. Which in turn could lead to a military invasion from Brazil, supported by USGOV.

France (and the US Deep State) 

Today, Saturday, 23 March, French security forces will engage in confrontations with the Yellow Vests. The protestors will test the new French security measures, especially on the Champs Elysee. The French Govt.

When nations experience internal instability, this is how the blame game is played:

After studying dozens of internal instability situations that occurred over the past 40 years, I've observed that an underlying repertoire of blame exists. 
  • Admit nothing
  • Deny everything
  • Demand proof
  • Make counter allegations
  • Find a scapegoat

This is how the blame sequences as the situation escalates:

1. The People. In the US, they are those mouth breathing neanderthals who voted for President Trump and live in fly-over country. Elites hate them because they cling to God and Guns and mistrust the "Great White Father" (or Deep State or Big Brother - terms interchangeable) in Washington DC (who loves them and only wants the best for his children so long as they hand in firearms and pay the weather tax). Many of them deny the settled science of global warming. 

2. The Practices of Local Officials. Finding a scapegoat who is low enough on the food chain not to be part of the Deep State cadre is an early target for any blame game.

3. The Implementation of the Program. The bureaucracy is also an early target because 'there's nothing that we can do about it'. We'll try and fix it with a lot more legislation is the response to that blame target.

4. The Personnel Managing the Program. We're starting to eat into the bottom of the food chain as the problem becomes more serious and to demand resignations of meaningless functionaries who lack the Deep State backing. The mob is supposed to be satiated by such sacrifices, burned on the pyre of righteous indignation.

5. The Devisers of the Program. Usually these people have some insulation. By the time that instability requires the heads of these mid-level bureaucrats (who aspire to higher office in the Deep State), it's starting to get serious. France is here at the moment, and Big Brother is starting to flex its muscles. Calling out the army for the protests today is indicative that some careerists well below the level of 'Puppetmaster' are metaphorically shot publicly to satisfy the mob. These are the FBI's Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. 

6. Usually the Policy Underpinning the Program is blamed at the same time as the policy front people are sacrificed.

7. The Responsible Government Officials. This is the James Comey, Jim Clapper, John Brennan, and John McCain level coup conspirator level of sacrifice. These are the Deep State's prime movers, with the power to do things, to remove presidents (they thought), etc. France is not yet at the level of relieving their key functionaries. They want to see if the Army will to quell discontent before they do that. Sacrificing these people (rooks and bishops) means that they hold secrets that you don't want released. Sneaking them fifty million and helping promote their book tours helps soften the blow.

8. The Elites Themselves. Barack Obama was behind the coup attempt on President Trump. The rest were complicit actors. But he won't ever take the hit and the Deep State will support him as will the lying, sly, smug, elite media. The same seems to be true of French President Macron (the Illuminati's favorite son).

Friday, March 22, 2019

Peterson, Go Home!

DR. Jordan Peterson is one the planet's great thinkers. He defends his positions like a martial arts  grand master deflecting punches and kicks. Thus he presents a clear and present danger to students who are in the process of being indoctrinated in the Owellian vision that is modern institutions of higher learning.
(This from Spectator USA) In a report in Varsity, the Cambridge student newspaper, which is so craven in its forelock-tugging obeisance to the protesting students it makes Pravda look like the work of John Milton, we learn that Peterson isn’t welcome at Cambridge because it’s – wait for it – an ‘inclusive environment’. (In case you’re not au fait with the current jargon, that means an environment in which everyone looks different but thinks exactly the same.) There then follows a laundry list of Peterson’s unforgivable sins: he believes ‘white privilege’ is a ‘Marxist lie’, that ‘the patriarchy’ is ‘predicated on competence’, that ‘the West has lost faith in masculinity’, that ‘global warming posturing is a masquerade for anti-capitalists to have a go at the Western patriarchy’ and that ‘men are victims of gender oppression’. 
In other words, he’s not welcome at Europe’s number one university because he has the temerity to challenge the status quo. 
As we know, today’s students cannot cope with being challenged – hence the need for ‘trigger warnings’, ‘safe spaces’ and ‘bias reporting hotlines’. In case you’re in any doubt that this is, in fact, the reason the undergraduates threw up their arms in horror and reached for the smelling salts as soon as Dr Peterson’s name was mentioned, a spokesman from Cambridge University’s Student Union spelt it out in Pravda – I mean, Varsity: ‘His work and views are not representative of the student body and as such we do not see his visit as a valuable contribution to the University, but one that works in opposition to the principles of the University.’
Dr. Peterson
We certainly wouldn't want young illuminati, elitist, progressive minds contaminated by somebody like Dr. Peterson, who reasonably and articulately presents his position. That sort of person is the exact opposite of the sort of 'diversity' that a bastion of modern learning would want on the campus, or in Great Britain for that matter.

What if young minds were infected with Dr. Peterson's well argued positions? It would be catastrophic. The left can endure no dogma other than its own. The rise of President Trump and the yellow vests across the channel in France signaling nationalism and an end to the globalist elites is enough of a warning.

Tweet - Tweet

Are President Trump's tweets a bad thing? Are they unpresidential? Or is it a way for him to communicate directly to the world without a hostile press spinning and distorting EVERYTHING that he says or writes?

I must admit that while I thought that the tweets were a bad idea at first, I've changed my mind. The change of heart has a lot to do with the ANGER expressed by the corrupt, elite, lying, filthy, smug, sly mainstream media. If they hate something, it must, by its very nature, be good. These are the same elites (your betters) who applaud and cheer the death of viable babies, some born and then murdered. They are people with the hearts of beasts. But even beasts don't murder their young, do they?
The following is an excerpt from “Journalists now hate Twitter — because it exposes their excesses?” by Howard Kurtz of Fox News.

The love-hate relationship that journalists have with Twitter is turning mostly to hate, with an ample serving of self-loathing.

Even some of the most prominent posters are now blaming Twitter — or, more precisely, their addiction to the site — for many of the ills that plague the profession.

But there’s an interesting twist here that’s gotten less attention: Is Twitter corrupting journalism or exposing its utter unfairness?

Try a thought experiment: If every media type in America quit Twitter tomorrow, would journalism be that much better? Or would its deep-seated problems — many of which existed before Jack Dorsey’s network started gaining traction in 2008 — continue unabated?

Given Twitter’s strengths — as a forum for insta-coverage and debate, self-promotion and link-sharing that opens the national dialogue to many millions — the sudden disdain of its media users is remarkable.

Gregg Gutfeld likened Twitter to a modern day bathroom wall. Its graffiti and its 'filth' are evident to anyone who spends any time there. But does the President have any other choice? A shouted question from an elite reporter to the President, walking to Marine One, "Do you beat Melania?", unanswered by the walking President, turns out to be something along the line of, "President doesn't deny beating the First Lady". That's the state of the media today.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Red Star Over the Pacific - Second Edition (Book Review)

Context and Precedence: While post-Soviet Russia's navy declines in capacity (retaining key lethality in nuclear deterrence), China's navy has been transformed from a coastal defense force into a blue water naval presence capable of projecting its influence over all of Asia, the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean. Red Star Over the Pacific - Second Edition, provides readers an up to date view of the expanded capacity of the People's Republic of China's Army's Navy, its capacity, its philosophy, and its view as hegemon of Asian waters - extending to Africa.


About the Book:  This book is a follow-on to the first edition and as Chinese naval doctrine and its fleet changes and grows there will likely be a third edition. Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes have become go-to experts on the subject and are able to provide unclassified information in a readable format that makes the book worth reading.

The book relates how the Chinese continue to be close students of Alfred Thayer Mahan. Mahan (September 27, 1840 – December 1, 1914) was a United States naval officer and historian, whom John Keegan called "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century." Expanding on Keegan's assessment, the Chinese are making him the most important naval strategist in the modern era. The Imperial Japanese Navy, it is said, read Mahan closely, and used his philosophy to underpin their attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 (more here). If you want to know how the Chinese are approaching their naval expansion from a philosophical perspective, you'd best read up on Alfred Thayer Mahan's key dissertations. Red Star Over the Pacific returns to Mahan's philosophy again and again, first in chapter three, Strategic Geography of Chinese Seapower (chapter heading), with a discussion of choke points and containment.

The First Island Chain:

From a geographical perspective, the Chinese view their construction to defeat island chain and establish sovereign control over the South China Sea to also be a metaphorical barrier to the West. 
"We contend that the archipelagic concept casts a long shadow over Chinese strategic thought. It shapes how Chinese leadership perceive threats and in turn informs how they think about strategic operational requirements for maritime defense. To them the island chain constitutes not just a physical barrier but a metaphor..." (pp 70-71)  
Example: The guided missile destroyer, USS Decatur, sailed near two Chinese man-made islets lands in the South China Sea. On 30 September 2018, sailing within twelve nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson South reefs in the Spratly Islands (more here)

This was the first US Navy transit within 12 nm of these two islets since the Chinese expanded national borders to include them, hundreds of miles from Chinese shores (about 800 miles in the case of Johnson South Reef).

The image (below) of Johnson South Reef is a year old. I included it in this item because it is one of clearest that shows the extent of Chinese investment in the seven man-made islets it has reclaimed and occupied.

These man-made islands are now asserted as Chinese sovereign territory and because of their existence, China felt comfortable in defying UN law of the sea to declare the entire South China Sea as its sovereign territory as well.



The Second Island Chain that China sees constraining their expansion to be anchored by Guam. Reading the book will help you appreciate and understand the Chinese view of naval expansion in the Pacific.

The book brings Mahan's strategic thought back full circle in chapter eight with a discussion of US maritime strategy for Asia, citing the "Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower" (2015) and how it differed from its previous editions. 

I recommend reading the book, Red Star Over the Pacific to obtain a better and more balanced view of where China is, and where they plan to be as they expand sea lane control (to the extent that it is needed) to insure their supply of raw materials and to support their Belt Road Initiative through Asia and Africa.

One April Morning

About a month from now, we will be celebrating the 244th anniversary of the day that the British government in North America decided to seize arms at Concord, Massachusetts. Along the way, they met citizens who stood on Lexington Green. (LINK) The British had an open road to Concord, but it was a little different on their way back. For the colonists, 49 were killed, 39 were wounded, and five were missing. For the British, 73 were killed, 174 were wounded, and 26 were missing. While that may sound indecisive, farmers were fighting elite British formations including British Marines - the finest army in the world.

And the British lost most of the continent. (The Canadians hung in there)

It's tough to stuff the genie back into the bottle once you start to seize the firearms of a free people. The principle difference between free people and slaves is their capacity to bare arms to protect themselves, their property and as a hedge against tyranny.

On April 19, 1775, the tipping point was reached. It should have been an easy victory. All of the cards were stacked in favor of the British, who had a large, professional, army and an unbeatable navy.

But things didn't work out the way that the government planned, did they?

It's a historical lesson that is lost on the progs today who feel that it should be easy to deprive honest citizens of their rights - while criminals do what criminals do. The British made criminals of patriots, but it didn't last. Those same persecuted patriots ended up running the nation.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

American Universities

Overview

Almost all (with a few noteworthy exceptions) of the Universities in the United States are bastions of leftist if not Marxist political thought. They have a mission to indoctrinate students who are prompted to spit out the "correct" answer, which is always a leftist answer.

I recall my daughter, in university, taking some sort of social studies class, was given an assignment along with the rest of the class on the death penalty. Assisting her with research and so forth, she presented a well-defended paper and it received a "C". You'd need to know my daughter, but she was furious and saw the professor about it. He conceded that the paper was well research and her concepts were well-defended, but that they were "wrong", because the death penalty was wrong. So the C stood. 

A Matter of Merit

There is a large body of exceptional young people (above 4.0 GPA) who will tell you that merit does not guarantee your admission to one of the liberal bastions of higher eduction. Race, gender and pleasing liberal admissions staff is far more important than good grades and good character. And sometimes even being a dogmatic liberal puke is insufficient. The system is rigged and you need to have a really large dishonest streak running down your back (possibly yellow in color) to take a different view. Which is why the Hollywood liberal elite paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to get their moronic-yet-liberal offspring into those hallowed halls of higher learning.

The connected liberal kids might have had the gray matter to assemble hot dogs at Pinks (a popular hot dog joint where the great and near great in Hollywood send their assistants to pick up lunch), or possibly read lines to be in a low grade (straight to video) movie or two, but they'd need more - maybe an MBA, to land something more significant. Whether or not they would keep the job that required an MBA would likely have something to do with more stroke applied by influential parents.

So to keep their idiot children in Stanford, USC, or Harvard, and off the bread line, they paid.

Then there is the matter of poor, inner city youth that make it into the University system, many of whom can barely spell or add/subtrac(t) make it in simply because they are there to play sports. 

And then there are the body of students, who make it because they did earn it and they outnumber the liberal elite Hollywood youth who made it through the sifting process. Maybe they did a tour with the Peace Corps (if there still is one) in Africa, or built schools in Bolivia for the poor. There are a number of generally good things that people can do that is looked with favor by liberals.

And Student Loans

One of the biggest scams foisted on the American public has been the availability of limitless student loans which in many cases, will never be repaid. I have a niece attending a very respected university. I had lunch with her a few weeks ago. He major is "conflict resolution studies". I asked her what sort of job she might expect to land with such a degree. She looked at me like a deer in the headlights and cited a bunch of 'potential jobs', which are going to turn out to be vapor. I know, I live in the real world. Nobody would hire her based on her credentials to do anything but possibly teach dance classes - her minor.

Never-the-less, she has racked up an impressive debt.

There is fellow blogger who has a brother (we'll call him Bob, because that's his name). Bob was a bright and promising student in high school who had a motorcycle accident and suffered organic brain damage. Bob currently has $500,000.00+ in student loans. He works as a salesman, earning about $50K per year. He can't keep ahead of the interest, and never will.

Some liberals, courting people like Bob and my niece, are suggesting that the nation pony up and pay off their loans. It's not a bad strategy to court desperate people to vote for the donkeys.

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In America with a couple of exceptions, the largest employers are either healthcare, Walmart, or university systems. Universities are in the top three because of the availability of unlimited student loans.

Is there a Solution?

Have universities co-sign loans for students. Then we'll see how many loans are handed out to grievance studies majors. Have congress enact legislation to fix the run-away problem.

But it will never happen. The universities and the loans they feed from (largely a scam) have battalions of lobbyists in the DC Beltway to crush any move like that which would slow the gravy train.

It's much easier for liberals to convince the indebted masses to have their indenture paid by other people's money.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A Few Opinions

2020 Follies

Washington State passed a bill through their lower legislative house that would require any candidate running for president in that state to release five years of tax returns prior to appearing on the ballot. It's clearly aimed at keeping President Trump off the ballot. If it passes the Washington State Senate, and becomes law, everyone expects that the matter will end up in the US Supreme Court. There is Article 2 language that is ambiguous and the Supremes will have to sort it out.

To me, the real question is not whether a career businessman who became a billionaire should release tax returns, but whether a career politician who became a billionaire while in office should release tax returns.

Yellow Vests

The French Administration wants a confrontation on the matters of taxation (for the sake of the "Global Community") for the benefit of people outside of France. On 18 March, French Prime Minister Philippe said Paris’ police chief had been sacked and that the government would shut down “yellow vest” protests if violent groups were identified among the ranks of “yellow vest” protesters.
“From next Saturday, we will ban ‘yellow vest’ protests in neighborhoods that have been the worst hit as soon as we see signs of the presence of radical groups and their intent to cause damage,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced in an interview.
Yes, THAT always works to bring the population into line. The French problem includes the inclination of the police to side with the protestors in many situations...

This announcement is guaranteed to be understood by the yellow vests as a challenge and an invitation to test the government. Next Saturday, there will be clashes specially prepared for the Champs Elysee. The Ministry of Interior reported that some 32,300 protesters demonstrated in French cities on the 18th weekend of Yellow Vest protests. Up to 10,000 were in Paris. That makes the 18th protest about 4,000 larger than the 17th. Predictions that the protests were winding down proved premature.

Many French people are tired of socialism and would like their excessive taxes used in France for the benefit of the nation - what an un-progressive thought.

Pakistan vs India vs China

The Indians and Pakistanis view nuclear weapons as a type of heavy artillery, available and on-call. It's that sort of outdated strategic thought that creates the sort of problem that we are seeing in the Subcontinent.

The Pakistanis and Indians are sparring over military escalation (sort of a dick-measuring contest). India has a superior nuclear arsenal in terms of weapons and launch platforms, but Pakistan has China, and China vowed not to allow Pakistan to lose a war. Now how you define 'winning and losing' in a nuclear exchange is a more of a challenge.  India is larger and would likely come out on top in the end (even with China intervening) but in no sense could you call that a 'win'.

For at least the fifth time since the 1971 war, US and UK mediation persuaded the potential belligerents to de-escalate. In 1999, international mediation failed to prevent the Kargil War, but it was instrumental in stopping it.

Detals

Both Indian and Pakistani leaderships remain stuck in outdated thinking about the practical use of missiles and nuclear warheads in minor crises. 

Each leadership boasts that its side would win a general war that included launches of nuclear missiles. Retired General Musharraf, however, told the press during the height of the latest conflict that Pakistan should be careful because 16 Indian missiles would destroy the country. 

If a war began conventional, Pakistani forces could not prevent the Indian Army from occupying large swaths of Pakistani territory. That scenario was played out twice in the two near-war crises of 2001-2002. In both episodes, Pakistan had to activate its nuclear missiles to deter a conventional Indian attack. 

The implication is that the next crisis that threatens a conventional war between India and Pakistan also threatens the world’s first nuclear war. There is no conventional war option that leaders on either side could risk because they do not trust each other.

There was an Indian threat to launch a couple of weeks ago. It didn't happen, but once Pakistan detected in-bound Indian missiles, Pakistani leaders would have no choice but to assume the worst about what warheads they were carrying and order a counter attack. 

Owing to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the closeness of the strategic partnership, we doubt China would watch Pakistan be destroyed by Indian missiles and do nothing to deter India or to aid Pakistan. 

China’s steadfast commitment to aid Pakistan in wartime was illustrated in the 1971 India-Pakistan War. Chinese ammunition and supply truck convoys stretched from Xinjiang through the Kunjerab Pass to Rawalpindi in deep winter to prevent Pakistan from running out of ammunition. That route is the upper end of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor today.

India’s willingness to escalate to general war over a terrorist attack and to use ballistic missiles as the instrument of escalation is inflexible strategic thinking. Pakistan’s willingness to allow a proxy terrorist attack to drag it onto an escalatory staircase including the use ballistic missiles as the instrument of retaliation also is rigid strategic thinking. In both cases, the tail wags the dog.

One open source study by three US universities in 2007 estimated that in an exchange of 100 15-kiloton weapons (50 Hiroshima bombs each), India and Pakistan would kill 21 million people in a week from the blast, burns and radiation. Half the world’s ozone lay would be destroyed, resulting in a nuclear winter that would lead to the starvation of 2 billion people… all potentially triggered by a teenager who conducted a terrorist attack in Kashmir. (Think of the Serbian who assassinated Arch Duke Ferdinand and started the First World War - that sort of thing can still happen, because the world is made of dominoes)

The next general war in South Asia will be nuclear and will involve China. The difference with past wars and border crises is that now a lone suicide bomber in Kashmir can be the trigger for a nuclear exchange that damages the world., not just South Asia.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday Sermonette

Articulation Matters

Timely and timeless...see right

Which reminds me, we're getting ready for the arrival of the '48 Willys in two weeks here in the Arizona highlands.

You don't have to go fast in the Willy's, and you don't have to carry a lot of people because it's a ranch rig.

The Pinz-or-Mog-or-Power Wagon is on hold until I get the Willy's worked out and can decide whether or not I need one more vehicle.

And I think that the Willy's will be painted green eventually, which is my segue to St. Patrick's Day.

St. Paddy's Day

No Irishman needs an excuse to drink. Not ever.


Neither do pirates (we don't wait until the sun is over the yard arm as is Naval tradition). The day allows cultural appropriators to PRETEND to be Irish. Do the Irish care that everyone wants to be them? No. They could give a rat's ass. Beer (green and otherwise) is served to everyone regardless to race, gender, national origin, or political affiliation. The Irish are inclusive in their pubs - more inclusive if you buy a few rounds for the house and just leave your credit card running.

Have a happy day and celebrate with whom you please, be as crazy as you please, and may you get to  heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead. (There's Whiskey in the Jar)

St. Patrick was a saint...thus the sermonette.

He drove the snakes out of Ireland. I wonder if he could return to the living and preform the same miracle in Washington DC?

Saturday, March 16, 2019

An American Experiment in Socialism

If you want to see how socialism works under the American Government, the best place to begin is an Indian reservation. Start with one that doesn't have a massive casino or oil wells. The medical care is on par with what you could expect in almost any clinic in Africa and the lifestyle as people wait for their 'free' government allotment is legendary.

Bob O'Rorque, AOC and the rest of the fringe players who are demanding socialism should go there, live among the people, and see for themselves how things really work in an American Socialist system.

Yes, I know that Indians can leave the rez. But it's not an easy thing when you're a product of Indian schools and a culture that doesn't want to release you. 

Here at my new home in the Arizona Highlands, I live on the curtilage of reservation land. I'm not part Indian, like the illustrious presidential candidate Elizabeth (Poke) Warren, who brags about her 1/100,000th heritage. But I've seen graphically how things work under the government-sponsored socialism of Indian affairs. On reservations there are a few elite Indians who manage to siphon off as much as they are able as they lap at the government trough. They live quite well on a blend of low level graft and influence peddling. Cinderblock house, enough heat, 2 4x4's in the driveway. And then there are the politically forgotten folk. 

(LINK)
Living conditions on many Indian reservations are so poor that they are comparable to conditions in Third World countries. Many families don’t have adequate food, clothing, or access to modern health care. Many homes lack indoor plumbing, heating systems, and electricity.

For the best part of the last two decades Shannon County, South Dakota, which lies entirely inside the Pine Ridge reservation, was the poorest county in the United States. When it finally moved down on the poverty list, it was only because conditions worsened on another Indian reservation.

The new poorest county in the United States is Buffalo County, northeast of Pine Ridge in central South Dakota and home to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.
Sure, we can point to the VA as being the penultimate in government healthcare (good in some places, horrid in others), but the real experiment in socialism is found on the rez. Only there is the real face of socialism and government failure evident.

Saturday Compendium

Finding Priorities


California experienced unprecedented snow and rain as a result of global cooling. What happened to all of that water ...in a state where they are CONTINUALLY howling about a lack of water? Why almost all of it washed into the Pacific ocean, because they are not building reservoirs? (The bullet train to nowhere had a lot more kick backs associated with it than a dam.) Because there is always a snail, or a chub fish, or a rodent, or an insect in the construction zone that might not be able to get out of the way of the bulldozers. It's fine if you are ok with being thirsty, but please don't whine, California. Nobody takes the state seriously anyway.

Coping with Global Cooling

Sure, there's a good possibility that we're entering an ice age. When it ends, and the ice melts and all those wind turbines are revealed, what will people in 2219 think? (h/t Woodsterman)



Then there is the inevitable problem of getting your 4x4 trapped in the ice during the ice age. We will be looking back fondly to the years of global warming... those years when you didn't have to dig down 12' to find your ride after the snow storm. 

20,000 years ago, what is now Boston was under 1,250 meters of ice. Could it happen again? Sure, why not?

Stay warm, my friends.

Should you be burning wood to help offset the onset of the ice age? It would seem to be a prudent move. In fact cutting down ALL trees would reduce CO2 according to key Democrats because trees give off CO2 at night. They only make O2 during the daytime. Trees are treacherous and put out more CO2 than cows. Save the cows/steaks/milk/butter, eliminate trees.


Thoughts on President Trump's First Veto

The Republicans (RINOs) who voted against President Trump did so because they thought that Congress should decide how money is spent, and not the president, by taking executive action. Oh, how sweet the anti-Trump Republicans are. Congress hasn't dealt with immigration, or the border wall or much of anything lately. President Trump felt forced to act to secure the border even if it took an emergency declaration, which freed up money. 
The Senate passed a resolution Thursday to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, with 12 Republicans joining all the Democrats to deliver a rare bipartisan rebuke of the president. 
The disapproval resolution passed the House last month, so the 59-to-41 Senate vote will send the measure to the president’s desk. Trump intends to use the first veto of his presidency to strike it down, and Congress does not have the votes to override the veto.
Bless their little black hearts. Congress can't seem to figure out how to pour pee out of a boot, and they rebuke the President? 

What is Kale good for?