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Monday, September 16, 2019

Checking In

The Assault of Justice Kavanaugh

The New York Times ran a piece wherein a classmate of Kavanaugh's reportedly saw him with his trousers around his knees about thirty five years ago when he was in college and had a few too many beers. Classmates encouraged a female to grab his junk. After being called out for leaving out key information from the story, the Times was forced to issue a correction on Sunday acknowledging that the alleged female victim, Tracy Harmon, and her friends "say that she does not recall the incident.

If the same standard was applied to the Democrat males in Congress, I don't know how many would avoid impeachment. Maybe two?

On Writing

John C wrote - Glad you have another novel coming out. I'm still looking for the family pirate novel.

I usually have more than one thing in the works. In fact, I usually have several. The Pirate book that John refers to is indeed about my ancestors, and because it is based in part on solid history, I need to take a trip to Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks of North Carolina before I finish the story. To do that I have to be healthy, have some time on my hands and have the area forecast to be hurricane free for the few weeks lead time I need to book hotels, flight and so forth. So far if it's not one thing, it's another. The manuscript languishes for lack of attention, but that's simply how it goes. Because I'm an unknown writer, the book may take in $100. The trip to the Outer Banks (admittedly I plan to have fun, not just write) is a couple thousand minimum. If I start chartering boats to take me here and there, add another grand or so. But the work is still there and I'm mindful of it.

Broken Toys, the current work being churned out doesn't require that I travel extensively because it's a work of fiction and imagination. I can sit in the den when I'm not sleeping, and crank out ten or fifteen pages a day. That will likely be interrupted by upcoming work trips to Santiago, Chile and Rio. But I can write on the airplane because there's not much else to do.

The Obsession with Stalin

He was born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, and Bernie Sanders nearly worships the ground that he walked on when alive. The Progressives revere his memory. He wrote, "One death is a tragedy. A million deaths are a statistic." And he lived by that.

Since history is one of those subjects that has been tossed in the trash by the modern education system in the US, young people have no frame of reference.

Raven wroteIt has been at least 40 years since I read the "Gulag Archipelago". This essay on Solzhenitsyn was a brief and potent reminder of the stakes.

No kidding. Joseph Stalin was one killing machine and his specialty was killing Russians. You have to seriously look at any progressive who wants to be king and promises to be more like Uncle Joe Stalin. I don't think that anyone knows the body count...but 'he loved the little children'.

Question: What is the difference between a 'drone' and a cruise missile?

The answer is that it's a matter of semantics, and possibly scale.
Yemen’s Houthi “Ansar Allah” forces have claimed responsibility for two coordinated unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities near the cities of Abqaiq and Khurais in Saudi Arabia, according to reports published on Saturday, September 14, 2019 by the Houthi-run Al-Masirahnews agency and other international outlets.
The Houthi movement is a proxy for Iran. It is funded, advised, and operated from the Supreme Leader's mansion in Qom, Iran.
(WSJ) “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for coordinated strikes on the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, saying they marked an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. The strikes shut down half of the kingdom’s crude production on Saturday, potentially roiling petroleum prices and demonstrating the power of Iran’s proxies. Iran-allied Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen claimed credit for the attack, saying they sent 10 drones to strike at important facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. But Mr. Pompeo said there was no evidence the strikes had come from Yemen.”
A report that surfaced on the ISW News Analysis Group only hours after Saturday’s attacks claimed that a new “Quds-1” jet-powered cruise missile was used in the two strikes on Saudi refineries.

Reports surfaced hours after the strikes in Saudi Arabia on Saturday that the new TJ100 jet-powered “Quds” cruise missile was used in the two refinery attacks (Photo: via ISWNews)

The question of what is to be done and how it is to be done falls to the Saudis and possibly to the nations that receive oil from Saudi Arabia. Naturally the US has a hand in it just because. But it's more of a problem for Saudi customers. What do they want to do about it?


Fireworks - Inbound

US-Saudi Axis

It is likely that the drone attack made against the Saudis by Iranian proxies (the Houthi militia) will be reciprocated this coming week. Maybe Kharg Island? Could the island capsize? Ask Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA). I'm sure that the Saudi drones will be effective in eliminating the entire Iranian capacity to deliver oil to waiting ships. It's what Iran has been asking for. And if you ask long and hard enough for something, maybe you'll get it?

US hardware, US advice, and Saudi money. Additionally, the US has released the war reserves of oil into the market to stabilize the price of crude worldwide.  And the promise of higher prices will increase the drilling and the construction of refineries in the US.  Poke-a-haunt-us will be unhappy, but there will be a lot of global warming at specific points along the Iranian coastal region.

Broken Toys

The new novel is coming along. No teasers. I'll advise when it's available. The President tasks the National Security Council to do something; the loyalty of key staff in place is in question; people come out of retirement based on recommendations; And what worked once to save the world may (or may not) work again.

The Mail - Sunday Notes and the Irish Bob Initiative:

Jim - Really liked that van. Leading from the front is something they just won't do, after all there are no Theodore Roosevelts in that group. Of course they have armed guards. Their lives are far more important than ours.
Finally, you wrote something that your betters can get behind. Their lives are CLEARLY, MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOURS. Armed citizens to them are much like the sound overhead of native feet on the deck of the slave ship. 
The joke is that "buying" firearms in an environment where there is at least one firearm for every three people in private's hands has absolutely no impact on public safety. It has and always will be about confiscation. Once it is a crime to be armed, they will let the police go to work. I don't think that's how it will end up, but they play their games and we play ours.
WSF - The (P)regressives are now out in the open. They want to disarm us. Not that it makes any difference to closed minds, I try to use facts (comments on FB, local newspaper) that in a country of 316,000,000 we average >80,000 firearm deaths a year.

There is a program that works well, at very low cost, and has for years; Hunter Safety Courses. Should you be required to pass a safety course before owning a firearm? Makes sense, but the (P)regressives would jump on that and pervert it. Remember, Chuckie Schumer has made it his mission, starting as a Congressman, to insure the portion of the ATF budget for citizen appeals has never been funded.

We live in interesting times, damnit.
The agenda of the deep state is just a bit clearer than it has been before. And the Red Flag laws are nothing more than an excuse to target certain people who are a stone in their shoe. If the people target don't have firearms, one can always be planted - likely stolen. If the FBI targeted the President of the United States with fraudulent charges, how hard will it be for them to do the same thing to YOU?
Beans - Remove suicides and accidents and the number of 'gun deaths' drops dramatically, and are caused more by one social/economic group than any other, and the victims are also usually of the same social/economic group.

Actual 'normal' people being slabbed by 'gun violence' is like... around 2-3K at the most.

We, in the US of A, really don't have a 'gun violence' problem. We have a social/economic group violence problem, and a lot of people who choose to shoot themselves instead of jumping out of windows, or slitting their wrists, or taking an overdose of Tylenol (a really nasty way to die, taking over 8 Tylenol at a time...) or any other way of self-slabbing.

Try telling people that, that outside of suicide, we have an issue with a particular social/economic group, and their heads explode.

Wonder why?

Personally, I think marksmanship ought to be taught especially in the schools of that particular social/economic group, as the higher body count from actually hitting the intended targets would rapidly decrease that social/economic group faster than Planned Parenthood does (under the tender program instituted by that liberal fathead Margaret Sanger, of whom's ideas the NAZIS and Hitler employed, after Woodrow Wilson and FDR used similar programs...)(Don'tcha just love history?)
If you take the inner city and suicides out of firearms related deaths, the results are statically insignificant. Of course, to do so is racist. It's much easier to demonize a particular rifle or set of rifles than it is to deal with the problem. 
LSP - Beto only said what we already knew. The only question is going to be how bad it will get if they do win. Praying they won't.

Are the Dems trying to lose 2020? Sure seems that way, but they live in a bicoastal leftist bubble, so they're blind.

"They have eyes but they cannot see," well said, Bible.
The Donkeys have an absurd platform, and it's interesting to see the pundits deny what their leaders are saying on national tv. Surrender firearms, backyard BBQ's, meat and your car because if you don't, we're all dead in 10 years...and think about eating our dead. Which is roughly the same thing that they said 20 years ago at Y2K, but the millennials weren't around to listen to them then.
Old NFO - If you wanted to 'motivate' the silent majority, you just did, Dems. But NOT in the way I think you wanted to...
I wonder if Beto is paid by firearms and ammo manufacturers. Obama was the greatest firearms salesman in history. Beto is reaching for the crown.
DRJIM - As Claire Wolfe once said: "If you think it's time to bury your guns, it's probably time to start digging them up"...or words to that effect.....

Just remember, Patriots, to buy your large PVC tubing using only cash, and in a Home Depot NOT near you.....
You should store them well oiled as well. 
And with open borders, I'm sure that there will be an opportunity to buy an inexhaustible supply of military grade hardware as drug cartels shift their focus to weapons cartels.
Ed said - As I commented at Rec Paul's:
The NFA pretty much took our rights away because nobody could afford Tommyguns and Monitors, etc.Short barreled rifles, etc. seemed small change.
But  today?
Too many Ar's and Aks to get away with it again.
When they come around, will we be advised not to answer the door by the same politicians telling illegals not to answer the door?
I took that oath in 1972.
I just ordered 1000 .223, 1000 7.62 and 250 .357.
Let the festivities begin.
I don't want to 'hear the shot heard round the world' fired again, but if it comes to that people will act out of necessity. Support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic and bear true faith.