sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Thursday Follies

The Week Ends

Thursdays and Fridays are slow blogging days. People have better things to do than to listen to drivel. Aren't you tired of freshperson Rep. AOC (D-NY) (failed bartender) ascending to control the Donkey Party? Aren't you tired of Congressional Muslims lecturing you? Aren't you tired of Shifty Schiff buggering 19 year old boys and you, the taxpayers, having to pay for his legal defense? I know what you're thinking. I always thought that Schiff was a necrophile too... but apparently he also likes young boys.

Christmas Music

I like it, but don't play it until AFTER Halloween. Yes, that also applies to the Grinch song. You may play the Nightmare Before Christmas

Outside of Civilization

Preparing for winter.
Antelope race my Ford Raptor through a field of yellow flowers. They are
a larger relative of the small and cruel jackalope.** Fortunately the jackalopes
have been hunted to near extinction.

One hand on the wheel, the other on the camera.
She had a lot to say, but since I don't speak bird, I made due with a

**Jackalope hunting is dangerous, but is best done at night in the company of a beautiful woman. She needs to stay close in the event of an attack. If your flashlight (UK: torch) should fail, she needs to get even closer.

Protests and Civil War

Hong Kong Protests

If it was taking place in an American Inner City, the object to the protest would be to loot businesses and steal goods belonging to others. That's not the way that it happens in Hong Kong. Not yet anyway.
Jim - I figured it was just a matter of time before something like this happened. The folks in Beijing don't strike as the types to just give in.
And...neither do the protesters/rioters. That's part of the problem in Hong Kong. If the police didn't show up, there would be no theater with media coverage to make the protesters vandalize, and the thing would flop. (It reminds me of the title of a protest film in the sixties, "What if they Gave a War and Nobody Came?")
LindaG - Sadly, not unexpected.
History and human nature are very sadly predictable. Cause and effect is not difficult to watch and for anyone who reads history, these things are common. The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5, 1770. The British, who didn't like to characterize it as a 'massacre', referred to it as The Incident on King Street.

British soldiers shot and killed several people while being harassed by a mob in Boston.

Amid tense relations between the civilians and the soldiers, a mob formed around a British sentry and verbally abused him. He was eventually supported by eight additional soldiers, who were hit by clubs, stones, and snowballs. They fired into the crowd without orders, instantly killing three people and wounding others, two of whom later died of their wounds.

That's what happened in Hong Kong. Yes, the facts are a little different than that, but not so different that anyone could draw a vast distinction. It's part of an escalation of mob behavior and police behavior. 
Paul L. Quandt - Please keep up the good work; I know I'm not going to get the truth from anyone on the idiot box.
The hysterical reaction of Democrats who read the writing on the wall that says, "Four more years of Trump with majorities in both legislatures" has driven them to find a message. They think that impeachment, the Green New Deal and turning the US into a communist state is a winning message. Their minions in the corrupt, lying, smug, sly, wicked mainstream media carry the message of division and hate. They can't report the news rationally. However, the situation in Hong Kong is a powder keg for the world, clearly for China, but also for the US because of non-government organization meddling on the part of Americans.
WSF - Our future if the (P)regressives win in 2020?
Some in the media and elsewhere reject the possibility, but should that happen, I don't see a war between the States. I see military style surgical strikes by trained citizens to attempt to restore the Constitution. There are a lot of highly trained civilians in this nation. However, these things have a history of unintended consequences. People need to be careful of what they wish for.
Jules - I have to say that the birthday bash in Beijing was a sight to behold. So over the top- such precision goose stepping from the soldiers- such a military showstopper. Creepily fascinating.
Everyone loves a parade. China has a big, modern, expensive military that they have never fully used. One day they will try it out. The last time was an invasion of Vietnam and it didn't work well at all for the Chinese. (70K Vietnamese to 600K Chinese) The Chinese declared victory and fled.

Despite the desire to play with the new toy, wars are grievous things. Hong Kong is descending from a couple million people marching to a few hundred thousand fighting, and that never ends on a happy note.

More Trouble in Little China

Hong Kong

The escalation of violence in Hong Kong is predictable and will follow predictable patterns. The Communist Chinese don't know quite what to do about it, except to escalate it.
CNN - The shooting — the first time police officers in the semiautonomous Chinese territory used a live round against a demonstrator in nearly four months of protests — represented a new escalation in the violence that has roiled the city. 
Tsang Chi-kin, 18, showed no interest in politics until this year. After being shot by the police, he could become a potent symbol of the protests.
Tsang was shot in the chest. The hollow-point bullet narrowly missed his heart and spine, but pierced a lung. As of Wednesday, he was in intensive care but in stable condition, according to the Hospital Authority.

Supporters of the pro-democracy protests say the episode epitomizes all that is wrong with a Hong Kong government that has prioritized brute force over genuine political dialogue.

On the flip side, the police officer's actions constituted justifiable self defense. However, it will become a far more common story moving forward as this mess expands.

 - Hong Kong Mail

JulesSee this is what happens when you stop being a British colony - it all goes tits up! And you become the forbidden planet. ;) Is this still classed as clowning around?
I still spend about four hours a day on the phone with China. HK would have been much better off it had remained a Crown Colony, but that's not how it rolled and the people of HK don't want to be subjects of a tyrannical regime. People in China still refer to the foolish members of the US Congress and I have to grin and bear it. It's embarrassing having somebody like Maxine Waters or AOC or Jerry Nadler in positions of authority. It does make democracy look as if somebody needs to pour bleach in the gene pool.
WSF - Tough to be a consultant who tells the client what they need to hear, not what they want to hear, no?
In a word, yes. The Chinese are still mulling things over. The police shooting a student shook them because I predicted it completely including the circumstances under which the officer would fire. I suggested that if they were to issue ammo, that they use simunition, beanbag rounds or some other less lethal option. It gets people's attention without killing them. (sure, an eye shot could be lethal, but it's generally less lethal than a .38 hollow-point fired at point blank range.