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Monday, July 31, 2017

Manic Monday


Six Months in Office

Yes, I too cringe at a lot that comes out of the White House. You know that Scaramucci was told to blaggard the other staff. Whether or not Trump approves of the filthy language that he used to describe HIS staff is something that I can't speak to. Likely it was because Mooch still has his job. The President likes that New York in-your-face sort of approach that rubs a lot of people including me, the wrong way.

I think that General Kelly is an excellent choice for Chief of Staff because the whole operation seemed to need tightening up. 

And when I get a little critical of style, I have to back off and say that I agree with what the President is doing. Yes, style notwithstanding. I agree with his approach to allowing the military to run the wars, and repealing 18 old federal regulations for every new one. I agree to the hiring freeze and the attempt to shrink the size of the government. I agree with his efforts in the Middle East (a perennial can of worms).

We didn't have a choice. It had to be Trump. Those of you who have followed this blog understand my thoughts on the matter. The corrupt, elite, smug, nasty, lying mainstream media anointed JEB! to be the Republican nominee. What a train wreck that would have been. None of the other Republican candidates were (more) ready for prime time than Donald Trump. They memorized talking points and Trump openly mocked them because they were unable to deviate while he extemporized. Their handlers went insane and Trump ran his campaign on a shoestring, with promises to LOCK HER UP,  REPEAL and REPLACE, and BUILD THAT WALL.  Will he be able to do those things? He has 3 1/2 more years with a Republican majority legislature - many of whom don't like him.

Hillary Clinton would have been a disaster of Biblical proportions on the heels of 8 disastrous years of ObamaNation.

The corrupt, elite, nasty, smug, lying mainstream media continues its war against the President and that may boomerang on them. The public knows all parties for who they are, and the media has no interest in making America great again.

So it's President Trump, flaws and all. MAGA, I hope. 

The Evolving Situation in North Korea

On 29 July, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that “the second test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-14 was successfully carried out on the night of 28 July, Juche 106 (2017), under the supervision of Kim Jong Un Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army.”

“He (Dear Leader), who is always bringing about ceaseless miracles and victories, baffling imagination of the world people with his rare military wisdom, great guts and stratagem, set forth the militant task for the rocket research field to conduct another test-fire simulating the maximum range of Hwasong-14 at an early date to prove once again the reliability of the whole rocket-system.”

The US Defense Department said the latest missile was launched at 23:41 (15:41 GMT) from an arms plant in Chagang/Jagang Province. The US accepted the North Korean assertion that the ICBM flew for just over 47 minutes and reached an altitude of 3,724km (2,300 miles). It splashed down in the Sea of Japan about 1,000 kms down range. As usual, North Korea did not announce a closure area or take any other precautions.

Various missile experts reported that this was a second ICBM launch. They estimated mathematically that in a standard ICBM trajectory the missile could reach Chicago or Denver. One analyst said it could reach New York. 

The Norks are demonstrating the missile’s mobility. The road infrastructure in Chagang/Jagang is not well developed, but Chagang is a key part of North Korea’s wartime industrial rear area. It, and the three other provinces that border China, features multiple underground and above ground military, heavy industrial plants. 

North Korea’s rear area military and industrial logistic system is railroad-based. The spur that runs from the coastal mainline northeast to Kanggye and then west to the China border serves the many military industrial cities along the right-of-way in Chagang/Jagang. 

As with the 4 July launch, the launch site was at a military industrial plant, which has concrete pads capable of supporting a missile launch. The North Korean railway system serves the military plants at both locations. It is likely that the system is rail and road mobile. It also is likely that North Korea has more than one assembly site from which it can deploy and launch the missile. 

One implication of the second launch site is that North Korea built the warfighting support infrastructure as it matured the missile. That raises the hypothesis that it could build many more missiles quickly. It does not appear to be launching prototypes.

South Korean Reaction

President Moon made two changes to South Korea’s missile policy after the North Korean missile launch. First, he consulted with the US about lifting the 500 kgs (1,100lbs) warhead limit on South Korean missiles. Moon wants South Korea’s missiles to carry a one ton warhead. South Korean missiles already have the range to reach any location in North Korea.

The second change is that he ordered four more Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) air defense systems.

The 28 July missile launch is being interpreted as North Korea’s response to South Korea’s offers of talks

Sanctions have not worked and are not likely to be applied so that they would collapse North Korea’s economy or cause an internal overthrow. China has not condemned the 28 July launch. The Foreign Ministry spokesman called for restraint and to refrain from destabilizing the situation. Expect no help from China.

Short of a general war that will go nuclear, one military option is to allow the North Koreans to have a system that they sacrificed greatly to build, but can never use because it won’t work. Assuming missile defense systems work as well as advertised, the deployment of layers of reliable missile defense systems against North Korea appear to be one solution for de-fanging North Korea’s missile threat.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Post Cards from Mexico (Sunday Sermonette)

Another Drug War

Most of you don't realize that there is (yet another) major cartel war situation in Mexico.

For those of us who sit on the sidelines, eat popcorn, cast runes, read tea leaves and take notes, the Guadalajara Cartel (CJNG) and allied cartels including the Beltran Leyva Cartel, and what's left of the Arellano-Felix (Tijuana) Cartel and the Juarez Cartel have vowed to wipe the Sinaloa Cartel (once led by the famous Chapo Guzman) from the face of the Earth. Naturally, when that happens,  the death toll soars. To be fair, those sorts of wars are common. You shouldn't beat yourself up for having an out-of-date score card.

I've explained how drug cartels actually work here on this blog a few times, and there's no need to do it again. They are not the same as the street gangs (some territorial, some not) that people are more familiar with. They have moved from positions of just being hoodlums to setting national policy for countries, and owning leaders. In a real sense, they are more than underground empires. They are nations. Aren't they President Pena Nieto?

The US has an insatiable appetite for narcotics and the Mexican drug cartels are dedicated to supplying those addictions at stable prices. (The Cartel exists to control street pricing by the hundreds of owner-operators who confederated to form 'the cartel' in the first place). 

I don't care what you may have been told by members of the corrupt, smug, elite, lying mainstream media, the WALL on the US Mexican Border will help reduce cross-border narcotrafficking. It will also all but eliminate illegal aliens (from all over - but primarily from Central and South America with a smattering of Mexicans) from entering the US.

Since the progressive movement and their proxies in the smug, elite, lying, corrupt mainstream media hate the idea of a WALL, that must mean that it's a very good idea.

The cartel wars are certainly thinning the ranks of the narcos -- but there seem to be an endless supply of them, "thinning" notwithstanding.

Social Dysfunction always seems to foster the development of cults. (See: The Cult at the End of the World, by my good friend Dave Kaplan) The Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult in the mid-1990's was a spin off from social dysfunction. Dave, an expert on the subject, and I disagree to the extent to which that is the case, so, Dave, if you're reading this, grant me a mulligan because it's my blog.

The whole Latin American day-of-the-dead obsession seems to lay at the general foundation of Santa Muerte. Blend that with narcoterrorism and it becomes a genuine cult. Santa Muerte is mentioned in my books, Bloody Mexico and The Old Whore. This isn't a plug for my writing, just a footnote.

Santa Muerte

Traditional Mexico is a Catholic country, but that's changing very quickly as the "Saint of Death" and the Santa Muerte cult has supplanted traditional faith. It's that same cant of evil that propels MS-13 (a Salvadorian gang, not a Mexican gang -- but the same saint) to hack babies to death with machetes as sacrifices to their beloved Satanic majesty.

American Santa Muerte sculpture, on display
in Austin, TX
I asked a narco, heavy into the Santa Muerte cult, why he practiced as he did. The answer was predictable, "the Virgin of Guadalupe" didn't offer me money and power. Santa Muerte does. In fact, that's all it does. He said that he didn't practice human sacrifice to Santa Muerte, but it's commonly known that when you do that, it enhances your power.

Some people marvel at the change in the violence level in Mexico. Whether Santa Muerte is the cause or the effect is unclear to me.

There is a movement that is gaining momentum in Mexico to have Santa Muerte (not a real person, just a symbol of evil) accepted by the Catholic Church. There's been a lot of push-back from SOME Catholic leaders. Others, like the Archbishop of Morelia (Michoacan) are not so sure. Bishop Alberto Suarez and his successor, Carlos Garfias have a lot to answer for when it comes to supporting and defending narcotraffickers.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Settled Science?

A rigorous and comprehensive meta-analysis of data collected between 1973 and 2011 finds that among men from Western countries, sperm concentration declined by more than 50 percent, with no evidence of a 'leveling off' in recent years. These findings strongly suggest a significant decline in male reproductive health that has serious implications beyond fertility and reproduction, given recent evidence linking poor semen quality with higher risk of hospitalization and death.
Hagai Levine, Niels Jørgensen, Anderson Martino-Andrade, Jaime Mendiola, Dan Weksler-Derri, Irina Mindlis, Rachel Pinotti, Shanna H. Swan. Temporal trends in sperm count: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis. Human Reproduction Update, 2017; 1 DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmx022
It's striking how the dates cited above reflect the dramatic rise of the "metrosexual male", or "lady boy" as they are often tagged. They are men who do not (openly) identify as homosexual, but could turn tranny and do a Jenner at the drop of a hat. They're as comfortable in their female partner's panties (with the junk rolled under and back) as they are in boxers. They drop the toilet seat and urinate from a seated position.

These are the men who buy make-up at the mall and call it "color correcting their skin", often wear man-buns, and at the same time vigorously assert that they are heterosexual.
In the first systematic review and meta-analysis of trends in sperm count, researchers from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai report a significant decline in sperm concentration and total sperm count among men from Western countries. The study is published today in Human Reproduction Update, a leading journal in the fields of Reproductive Biology and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

By screening 7,500 studies and conducting a meta-regression analysis on 185 studies between 1973 and 2011, the researchers found a 52.4 percent decline in sperm concentration, and a 59.3 percent decline in total sperm count, among men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand who were not selected based on their fertility status. In contrast, no significant decline was seen in South America, Asia and Africa, where far fewer studies have been conducted. 
The study also indicates the rate of decline among Western men is not decreasing: the slope was steep and significant even when analysis was restricted to studies with sample collection between 1996 and 2011.
I think that it may be useful to test the American Congressional males to see where they are on the curve. No need to test Sen. McCain. He is using the brain tumor defense...and to be fair, it's not a bad defense. Maybe test Congress for brain tumors (both male and female this time - test Maxine Waters twice) while you're at it.

Friday, July 28, 2017

117 Years

Audi's self-driving car.
1900 began a century of profound change.

My grandfather was born in 1902.

There were automobiles then. With the help of Harold Willis, Henry Ford designed, built, and successfully raced a 26-horsepower automobile in October 1901. With this success, Murphy (a lumber baron) and other stockholders in the Detroit Automobile Company formed the Henry Ford Company on November 30, 1901, with Ford as chief engineer. In 1902, Murphy pushed Ford out of the company bearing his name. With Ford gone, Murphy renamed the company the Cadillac Automobile Company. 

Well within my lifetime (unless a bus rolls over me), there will be self-driving automobiles as part of the common scene on American streets. Today they're experimental but they won't be for long. Driving a car will then become a choice rather than a matter of necessity. Will drunk driving become a thing of the past? Likely. 

Many auto makers want to manufacture these new cars without steering wheels or pedals. HERISY!

I'm not sure how I feel about self-driving cars. My grandfather may have mulled the merits of the Model T (horseless carriage) over the horse-drawn wagons and buggies. I wasn't there at the time.

I doubt that self-driving cars will ever reach the White Wolf Mine (near Arizona's Mogollon Rim). And I believe that my grandfather would have liked my current rig as it's set up for moving. It's a 2014 Raptor, so it's technically an old truck, but he would have liked it all the same. I know that he would have approved of the Gadsen Flag license plate.

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The first powered flight took place at Kittyhawk, NC on December 13, 1903.  My grandfather was one year old. He lived to work on the Apollo Capsule as an engineer for North American Aviation, later North American Rockwell. He saw men land on the Moon on July 20, 1969. He was gravely ill at the time but we watched the Giant Leap for Mankind together on our black and white television. Kittyhawk to the moon in 66 years. Nobody would have made that prediction and the most insane bookie wouldn't have taken that bet.

The first Boeing 1 Seaplane was named Bluebill, and the second was named Mallard. They first flew on 15 June 1916. William Böing emigrated to the US in 1868 and initially worked as a laborer; his move to America was not popular with his father and he received no financial support. He later made a fortune from North Woods timber and mineral. The fortune funded his passion for engineering and flight.

Whenever I fly now, I try to snag a ride on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner because it has an incredibly comfortable and spacious first class cabin and offers a superior ride. It was 100 years from Bluebill to my first ride on a Dreamliner, where the flight attendant schedules my massage when my menu order for the in-flight meal is taken.
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Cell phones, i-pads, notebook computers and the Internet were things that were beyond concept when my grandfather was born. Buck Rogers the comic book series was published when my father was a boy, but even Buck couldn't envision what we have today that makes our connectivity instant and worldwide. I often get a clearer signal on a phone call from China than I do from a neighboring city. But they are an integral part of who we are and how all commerce and communication works. To say that my grandfather would have been stunned is an understatement.

When I was in school, we used slide rules. Man went to the Moon on engineers with slide rules. My wife, six years my junior had never heard of a slide rule. The first time I knew that was when we were having dinner with a friend who worked for Rand, and had been the team leader on the Lunar Ascent Module's motor. She asked, "What's a slide rule?" and the table went quiet. Such was the light-speed march of progress in the last century - that continues today.
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Stretched out, the DNA from all the cells in one human body would reach Pluto. So how does each tiny cell pack a two-meter length of DNA into its nucleus, which is just one-thousandth of a millimeter across? And still, we mapped it.
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But socially, we have been far less successful. And no success in life compensates for failure in your home. American culture, often driven by Hollywood values, and the venal, corruption inside our institutions of higher learning with moral relativity is nothing to be proud of.

What happened?

I was raised by my grandparents, so the values they imparted of chivalry, honor, charity, hard work, and honesty are the values of people born at the beginning of the prior century. My family never put down women or people of other cultures. My grandfather lived in Mexico for a part of his life and spoke fluent Spanish. You could make an argument that discrimination was a chink in our armor, and I won't disagree, but all people didn't make those sorts of judgments.

In that setting, pederasts were convicted, castrated, or executed. Freaks were shunned. Today the big question is whether trannies should remain in the military in positions of honor, trust and profit. I'm not suggesting that the 1900 approach was always the correct one, but perhaps we've over-corrected.

Then there are people like White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci (who apparently can do the fandango) blaggarding all of his co-workers in the press. Did President Trump sanction that sort of behavior? I can only hope not. Politics has been dirty since Cain slew Abel, and prostitution is the oldest profession.  I know all that. But the 24 hour news cycle means that everything is must-see-TV.

There are sectors (such as the Navy) when things were never that gentle. Churchill reportedly said that "rum, sodomy and the lash" were what kept the British Navy going. So I'll grant you that.

But it's gone too far. 75% of black children in America come into life without a father in the home.  The Pope is pro-homosexuality and transgenderism.

For all of our technological prowess and for all of our achievement, we have not built a kinder society, we have not built a compassionate (true compassion, not the compassion of political advantage that the progressives spew) society, and we have not built a good society.
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And then there's the murderous, nasty, crone, Hillary Clinton, darling of the corrupt, smug, elite filthy mainstream media. She's signaling for a run in 2020 to unseat her nemesis, Donald J. Trump. At least politics is still interesting. (LOCK HER UP) MAGA


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

No Camo for Trannies

Queen Berets

Some are calling it a blow to the tranny movement. 

Barack H. Obama, never a fan of the US Military, turned it into one vast social experiment. Ask anyone in uniform. The bulk of training involved 'tranny training' and other social justice-related training that had nothing to do with war fighting. 

Military readiness and training activities all suffered in the previous administration because of mandatory efforts to make military members accept the "gender confused" (that's as kind as I can make it).

Nobody is telling trannies that they can't live out their kinks. Nobody is telling them that they can't indulge themselves in switching (often back and forth). The USGOV is simply saying that they can't do it in the US Military.

Maybe they need to become Catholic priests instead of warriors? Word is that the Pope is looking for a few good transexuals to take up the cross and spread the practice. 



I realize that the radical left will recoil with anxiety because of this decision, but it makes perfect sense. MAGA.

The Influence of Seapower on History (China)

THIS is CNN


The shameless, elite, smug, corrupt, nasty, myopic US mainstream media either ignores what's happening around the world, or they've been coopted. In one scenario they are useful fools - and in the other they are useful tools. The cynic in me is unable to decide.

Choke Points - And President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

     Context and Precedence

(Reynolds Peele Parameters (US Army War College), Summer 1997, pp. 61-74.)  Sir Walter Raleigh once observed, "Whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself." Unimpeded sea lines of communication are as important to us today as they were to Raleigh, his peers, and their successors who created a mercantile empire that was sustained by the Royal Navy's control of the sea lines of communication linking England, its colonies, and its trading partners.

More than 80 percent of global trade still moves by sea, and the United States depends on the free and unimpeded movement of its share of that commerce. Further, with its power-projection land forces and seemingly unending international commitments, the United States and its allies depend on access to the seas to ensure their security. 

The concept of unimpeded sea lines of communication underpins the very meaning of a national security strategy based on the twin premises of global enlargement and engagement. Yet one must ask whether US strategy adequately addresses the security of the various sea lines of communication and the associated chokepoints so essential to its own economic well-being and that of its principal allies. 

     Mahan and Seapower
Alfred Thayer Mahan was born in 1840 at West Point, New York, where his father was a professor at the US Military Academy. The future admiral graduated from Annapolis in 1859, served in combat during the Civil War, and in 1885 was assigned to the Naval War College as a lecturer on naval history and strategy. He later was its president (1892-93) and retired from the Navy in 1896. Recalled to active duty in 1898, Mahan served as a member of the Naval War Board and as a delegate to the Hague Peace Conference, retiring a second time in 1906 as a rear admiral. He continued to develop his concepts of naval strategy until his death in 1914. 
Mahan's analysis of history convinced him that lines of communication determined the outcome of many battles and campaigns: Napoleon severing enemy supplies at Marengo (1800) and Ulm (1805), and Farragut holding the lines of communication of the forts on the Mississippi, which eventually contributed to their conquest during the Civil War, stood out in his mind. Equally significant was the US Navy's decisive blow to Confederate commerce by seeking out its ships on the high seas shipping lanes and by blockading and closing ports. The essence of Mahan's theory was that a nation could be strong only if it had the means to control the seas against any threat; seapower was the only way to attain that strategic objective. 

Mahan identified three attributes relevant to much of the history and policy of nations bordering the sea: "production, with the necessity of exchanging products; shipping, whereby the exchange is carried on; and colonies, which facilitate and enlarge the operations of shipping and tend to protect it by multiplying points of safety." Relationships among the three were underscored by Mahan's conviction that the United States had to develop a strategy that would allow it to compete with the European powers in the first two categories, if not in the third. While his words are those of 19th-century imperialism and colonialism, there is not a great difference between his conclusions and those that motivate practitioners of enlargement and engagement today. 

Mahan concluded that there are "two classes of powers: those whose communication is by land, and those who depend upon the sea. The sea lines are the most numerous and easy, and they will probably be determinative of the course of trade," one can examine his criteria for sea-going powers when contemplating war. 

Mahan's views on seapower were followed closely in Great Britain, Germany, and Japan; they directly affected the Allied victory in World War II, and they sustained those whose concept of seapower contributed to victory in the Cold War. Mahan recognized the geopolitical significance of sea lines of communication and of the chokepoints defined at various places along them. His insights about maintaining sea lines of communication for one's own benefit and preparing to deny them to adversaries are as relevant to strategists today as they were a century ago. One of the objectives of this article, then, is to reflect on how others might apply Mahan's theories against the United States to impede our ability to intervene in regional conflicts.

     Sri Lanka

The Chinese study history in the same way that everyone else should.

Reuters reported on 25 July that Sri Lanka's Cabinet approved a deal to grant China 80 percent control over commercial operations at the southern port of Hambantota, but it withheld giving Beijing majority control over port security, 

Sri Lankans, India, the US and Japan protested an earlier version of the deal because of concern that it could have allowed the port to be used for military purposes. The new version of the deal addresses that concern. One remaining point that is to be negotiated is whether Sri Lanka will grant more than 6,000 hectares near the port to China for development purposes.

The Sri Lankans and the Chinese have been working on the development of this port since 2010. When the development is complete, it will be the largest port complex in the Indian Ocean. 

China is the major developer, as part of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Every mayor development project associated with the BRI includes sales, grants or beneficial use of vast tracts of land for development and use by Chinese companies. This is one of the very sensitive and less well-publicized features of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

China is surrounding India with massive Chinese infrastructure projects and workers. To India’s east, the Chinese are building a major port on the Indian Ocean coast of Burma. To India’s west, they have already built the port of Gwadar in western Pakistan, as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Hambantota is the Chinese-built port south of India. The new Chinese military logistic facility is at Djibouti, which marks the western terminus of the BRI in the Indian Ocean.

China has promised not to use the commercial ports for military purposes, but military ships can use commercial ports for refueling and resupply. Hambantota is a critical link in the BRI initiative because it is mid-way across the Indian Ocean, bypassing India to the south. With Hambantota complete, Chinese ships will have friendly ports all the way to the Mediterranean Sea via Djibouti and the Suez Canal.

These ports are also strategically located on or near the choke points that US Admiral Mahan addressed in his 1890 book, The Influence of Sea Power upon History: 1660–1783


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Veteran's Administration (VA) and ObamaCare Revisited

This from CNN:
"The Arizona senator makes a poignant return to the Senate on Tuesday, less than a week after learning he has an aggressive form of brain cancer, just in time to boost tricky GOP vote math on the wobbling bid to replace Obamacare."
This from Virtual Mirage:
Can anyone explain why Senator McCain didn't go to a VA hospital for treatment?  Obviously CNN is missing THE STORY again, aren't they? That's a frigging shock.
It would have been emblematic of the changes that we've been hearing about (mostly in the "planning stages") at the VA if the famous veteran and US Senator had chosen the treatment options available to his fellow service members. 

Since ObamaCare's trumpeting the virtues of government run "free" healthcare, I haven't heard of one veteran serving in Congress checking into the VA hospitals to have their life-threatening illnesses managed. NOT ONE. I wonder why?

It's true that you could point to me (your illustrious blogger) and ask why I don't receive medical treatment at the VA. I haven't had the need for extensive medical treatment, but when I do need some care, I choose other options (that I personally pay for since I don't have government medical insurance). There will come a time in the near future when I will qualify for Medicare and I'm sure that I'll be enrolled in that entitlement. That sort of machine is rolling. Along with Social Security it accounts for over half of the federal budget. And in my humble opinion, it's part of why healthcare is so impossibly expensive.

"Standard of Care" is the buzz isn't it?

Senator McCain must not have been all that impressed with the Phoenix VA, where thousands of veterans were standing in line for care when they died. I'm sure that Sen. McCain would have been shoved in front of other veterans because he's more famous. Even at that, he didn't take the option.

It's telling.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Memes

He's Back

This is a subtle and sensitive look at the important issues in the news. You may have other favorites and while that's nice, this is my blog...so it begins with 'the Juice', so loved by the inner city that they gave him a walk. Yes, it was a jury of his peers.


If it had been a jury of my peers, it would have turned out differently for the rich and famous celebrity murderer who may end up marrying one of the Kardashian daughters. It would make me watch their show in hopes of seeing nature take its course. No, just kidding, I wouldn't waste my time.

When you take a moment to reflect, OJ is responsible for the rise of the Kardashians. Is he also responsible for tranny daddy? I don't know about that but I'm sure that he learned some neat tricks in prison.


The Funeral

Why does funeral food always taste as if they'd picked it up at the homeless kitchen down the street? 

I attended a funeral last week (briefly - showed my face during the snack portion and then left) to make sure that a person who I didn't like when alive was genuinely dead

Because I missed the viewing some aunt or old mistress showed me a photo of the deceased laying in his box and asked me, "Didn't they make him look lifelike?" 

I told the old bat that he never looked that good when he was alive. He had all of the virtues that I found annoying and none of the vices that I admire.

Should I spray Round-Up on the grass over his coffin? I'm just thinking about it at this point. Remember that this is the kinder and gentler LL now.

Maybe piss would be more appropriate - if less effective - unless it's a LOT of piss. Or perhaps a blend of urine and Round-Up, finding the best of both worlds and combining them in a spray bottle. When people remark on how the grass won't grow over his grave, I'm sure that I'll have some pithy comment about it - along the order of the Devil snatching his toxic soul and leaving the waste container behind.

Selling the House

I don't know why it's like that, but it is. 

Sand People are completely predictable, and they're moving into the neighborhood (in numbers). Everyone who has had to deal with the rug drivers has similar stories to tell. Mine is not the only Sand People drama.

Hillary wanted to import a lot more of them. Trump put the brakes on in a move to Make America Great Again. God bless President Trump.


The New Press Secretary

I keep wanting to ask Anthony Scaramucci if he can do the fandango.  I'll bet he gets that a lot.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Everybody Wants to Rule the World


I know, it's a song. It's also true. 


The Russians have been scrupulous in their control over nuclear weapons, even when the Soviet Union fell.

Iran, like North Korea, promises to use them to wipe out their neighbors and everyone else who pisses them off. While I can appreciate that general sentiment, it's problematic. The US can turn Iran, the Norks and pretty much everywhere else into a sea of radioactive glass with the push of a button. We don't have to get close. We can do it with submarine launched ballistic missiles or land based weapons. So can the Russians. Which is why I'm so confused .

The threats to peace and stability come from Iran and North Korea. But the corrupt, wicked, elite, smug, lying, nasty, foolish mainstream media only have one story. Only one. (well, two if you count "IMPEACH TRUMP") They have only one concern for the US and the rest of the world and that's Russia. Dear readers, we have a lot more in common with the Russians than we do with Iran or North Korea. 

I haven't been watching TV at all. During the move I didn't have TV or Internet, which was a good thing. I didn't miss it. But eventually I relented and when the cable guy was plugging things in. He flipped it to Channel 2 and the first thing I saw was CBS News ranting about the Trump-Russia connection. I thought they would have moved on in the intervening week or so. Yeah, right.

So I turned the TV off.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

An Occasional Curmudgeon (Sunday Sermonette)


Yes, it's Sunday in some part of the world.

I've been very busy with several things in the life-changing department. Ok, not that life changing, but change and moving means that I couldn't find the toothpaste. And the work schedule tilted this way and that irritating me as I tried to stuff 30 hours into 24.
"LL, I need to move the meeting on Friday to Monday (Friday morning), that won't be a problem will it?"
"Not a problem at all, let me kidnap your children and hold them for ransom so the thing works out on Monday."
I sat down to write a blog and it turned out to be mean and possibly a little unfair to a Fox News contributor who made his way into my crosshairs. Mind you, I have no problem sniping from the hills when it's needed, but I always try and reflect on the fact that nobody (including me) likes a 'keyboard commando'. 

There are some truly contemptible people out there. Hillary Clinton comes to mind as do a number of spineless politicians in both parties. They are always fair game. They deserve far more than my puny words of derision.

The swamp is exceptionally deep and America knows that, which is why the nation thrust President Trump into office - to try and bring about needed reform. The government's gross and enduring dysfunction frustrates me and when that happens, I pull myself back from the edge and say "circle of influence, circle of concern". That cuts some of the curmudgeonliness because I focus on things that I can do something about rather than the myriad of things that I can't.

I'm trying to be nicer. Really, I am. Yes, it's true that I made a telephone call and it resulted in a person being put on the NO-FLY-LIST. Shit still happens. I can't go from jerk to saint in a single day.

(Saint) Augustine of Hippo is quoted as saying, "bring me purity, but not yet." AND -- That's as close to a polemic as this sermonette is going to get. And I'm sorry all this can't be more profound. At the same time, I'm trying to be more circumspect, more compassionate, and less critical. Is it working? 

Time will tell.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Local Flooding

A flash flood about 1,500 ft lower in elevation than the White Wolf Mine (WWM), but within about forty-five miles of the property hit national news because it wiped out a family who was swimming in one stretch of the upper Verde River.


National news picked up on it, and I've waited to share the footage until we knew the total body count. Ten people were killed, and a few more (including a dog named "Lucky", escaped with bruises.


The Central Arizona highlands are very wet during the late summer because of the annual monsoon. It's not uncommon for flat-landers to flee the summer heat and swim in some of the ponds and pools that exist in the slot canyon rivers that I and others like to fish in. There are number of waterfalls that you can ride over slick rock down into pools below that can be as deep as forty or fifty feet.

City people often walk up Fossil Creek and then drown in non-flash flood water because they can't swim. Don't ask me to explain it. Self-given Darwin Awards. The Gila County Sheriff's Department has go up and remove the bodies and 'rescue' the distraught relatives.

But no matter who you are, you need to watch the weather. Up stream cloud bursts can complicate your day.

A couple of days ago, this particular flash flood hit about 3 pm, which is typical in terms of time-of-day for cloud bursts. The rain pattern is very normal. The WWM gets between 8 and 12 inches of rain on an annual basis in July-August. This year it may be closer to 16 inches of rain as global warming has led us to cooler and wetter weather. Last year's snowfall set records.

The photo (above right) shows a cloudburst yesterday, about six miles south of Payson, AZ and illustrates how the volume of water can generate flooding. The photo (left) illustrates a rush of water down the WWM canyon that is about as large by volume as it's likely to get.

The WWM is on bedrock, in the pines, just down from a ridge line. Because we're just about as high as you can go in elevation in the area, the momentum of flooding is not as significant on the property (which extends from the ridge about a quarter mile into a canyon and up the other side), as it is in other areas. Fishing is from dawn to noon and after that, best head home for lunch and a nap while the rain falls on the hovel's metal roof. At night, the air, now cleared, shows the stars in all their glory in a region (Southern Colorado Plateau) that is not polluted by light from cities. 

However in an area that has been mined in the past, there are piles of tailings. Those will be planted upon next spring to mitigate everything. Then I have to post "Warning MINES" signs around to keep the hikers from trespassing. I realize that in the flat land people might think that signs like that are a joke, but in the remote high country, they don't. I don't define what sort of mines they are, but people tend to think in terms of worst case.

After the sand people built a mosque down the street from my house in my nice neighborhood - essentially forcing a move at some point because many people don't like their culture and have been moving out, I really don't want more sand people up in the area of the WWM.


Higher Education

“White heteromasculinism,” a new tag, is being defined by progressive freaks in academia as a “system of oppression” that benefits only those who are “white, male, able-bodied, economically privileged, heterosexual, and cisgendered*.” 
* "Cisgendered" describes people whose gender identity matches their birth sex.
I think that it's humorous that the progs send their offspring (who by the very circumstances of birth are the joining of a male and female) to university to learn this sort of thing. They pay upwards of $60K per head per year, to have their young filled with this sort of vile race-baiting hatred and then express surprise when those (now freaks) offspring move back into the basement with their four year degree in social justice studies (major) with a minor in art appreciation. 

Is it any wonder that visionary leaders are concerned about robots taking the jobs of future college grads

Monday, July 17, 2017

'Tis Passing Strange

Tomatoes

I don't read most of the studies on this or that curative for cancer. A balanced diet is usually a common sense approach to life. This time it's different because I really like tomatoes (hot/cold/fresh/cooked/in salsa/in just about everything) and it plays to my bias.

The new study of how nutritional interventions can alter the risk for skin cancers appeared online in the journal Scientific Reports.
Jessica L. Cooperstone, Kathleen L. Tober, Ken M. Riedl, Matthew D. Teegarden, Morgan J. Cichon, David M. Francis, Steven J. Schwartz, Tatiana M. Oberyszyn. Tomatoes protect against development of UV-induced keratinocyte carcinoma via metabolomic alterations. Scientific Reports, 2017; 7 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-05568-7
It found that male mice fed a diet of 10 percent tomato powder daily for 35 weeks, then exposed to ultraviolet light, experienced, on average, a 50 percent decrease in skin cancer tumors compared to mice that ate no dehydrated tomato.

The theory behind the relationship between tomatoes and cancer is that dietary carotenoids, the pigmenting compounds that give tomatoes their color, may protect skin against UV light damage, said Jessica Cooperstone, co-author of the study and a research scientist in the Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.

There were no significant differences in tumor number for the female mice in the study. Previous research has shown that male mice develop tumors earlier after UV exposure and that their tumors are more numerous, larger and more aggressive.
"What works in men may not always work equally well in women and vice versa." It's sexist, misogynistic, and may also be homophobic to suggest this. But it doesn't mean that it's less true.
I'd write about the curative properties of bacon, combined with tomatoes (with lettuce) in a sandwich, but that would be Islamophobic and would send people scurrying for a safe space while howling that I need to check my white privilege. (Last time that I looked, it was fine in case you wanted to know. There's no reason to check it.)

The Russia Connection


The proud, elite, wealthy, lying, smug, evil, corrupt, wicked, nasty mainstream media thinks that Hillary's skulduggery with Russia is meaningless but Donald Trump's team's mild and innocent contact with the Russians constitutes a high crime. Such is the insanity that has gripped Manhattan Island and the Washington DC Beltway (while the rest of the country ignores them).

I now turn off Fox News when they want to talk about this or that stupidity. It may mean something to CNN or the progs, but it's bullshit in any normal part of the country. And nobody wants to step in that sort of thing, even though the people at CNN seem to bathe in it and love its perfume.

Instead of asking themselves why they lost people’s trust, the media instead asks why the people had lost trust in them. Those are two separate questions and we should not be surprised that the mendacious, filthy, smug, lying, corrupt, elite mainstream media asked the wrong one.

White Wolf Mine Project (an update)

A few of you are following this ordeal and process and have e-mailed. Coconino County has reviewed the plans twice, has found fault, has returned them and we are in the third review process. Maybe the third time's a charm. We can't begin excavation until that is complete, but my sense is that it's not that far off.

As expected, the day after Ramadan ended, I received a full offer on the house. There are a lot of sand people who want to live in the shadow of the mosque.

Three (of a total of 5) grandsons. All
want to play at the White Wolf Mine.
 My daughter, Emilie, is in school, which means that I had to stay in SoCal or I had to move to Phoenix. Because of the CALEXIT situation, it was more convenient for me to move locally and she was happy for that as well. The move to a really nice rental (more in the country) is in progress and I'll be out well before escrow closes. 

I tumbled from a ladder the day before yesterday, reminding me that I'm no longer 25 years old. I lay there, testing parts to see if something was broken or seriously out of alignment. Everything was where it needed to be, except that it hurt more. I still made it to my grandson's championship pony league (baseball) game.

The sort of unique, boutique consulting work that I do has been brisker this year than it has ever been before. Thank you President Trump. It's made the price tag creep of the project easier to swallow. Price tag creep was something that I anticipated, and I expect it to slow its momentum, but you (dear readers) and I know that it won't stop completely. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

China, Russia and North Korea

North Korean Soldier argues with girlfriends. The frustration shows...
There are elements to the ongoing conflict between North Korea and  US/South Korea. It's difficult to tell what the players are doing without a program. It's almost as difficult with a program, but I'll throw my cracker in the soup once again.

Russia  enjoys seeing the US trying to unwind the North Korean Gordian Knot, while China takes a more clinical approach to the issue. Both plan to remain in the bleachers and criticize the US.  One 'F-You' that the US could do to both China and Russia would be to sell nuclear weapons to Japan. They'd be very unhappy about that, as some of you readers have suggested.

Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ship, Izumo
It might look like an aircraft carrier but it's s destroyer.
I'm still not sure that the Japanese public would applaud that turn of events. It's difficult enough for the Japanese leadership to build aircraft carriers and call them "destroyers".

China's hegemony is not confined to the mainland. It wants Japan to toe the line as well and at least at present, the Japs are disinclined to be absorbed into the NEW Chinese "Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere".

Japan has taken its self defense obligations seriously and while there are those in the US who have been critical of their efforts, I have not been.

China

At the 11 July daily press session, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang replied to a question about China’s role in controlling North Korea.
“It's time to stop the ‘China responsibility theory’ on the Peninsula nuclear issue.”
Geng said that China’s role is indispensable in solving the problem, but insisted that China has done its part, implying that other parties have not. Geng engaged in a short rant. 
“At the same time, to ease the situation and resolve issues, other parties should also go in the same direction. ‘Hands off policy’ won't work; ‘bridge burning’ won't do;’ much less ‘stabbing in the back.’”

“If the Chinese side is working hard to put out the fire while others are pouring oil; if the Chinese side is implementing the resolutions of the UN Security Council to the letter while others are infringing on China's just and legitimate rights and interests; if the Chinese side is working positively in the Peninsula non-nuclearization process while others are looking for pretexts and undermining China's security interests, how can the Chinese side's efforts reach expected effects, how can the situation be eased, and how can the Peninsula nuclear issue can be resolved?”
The salient inference from the past six months of Chinese interaction with the US and North Korea is that most of what North Korea has done does not threaten Chinese interests. 

The Chinese leaders see risk in instability, not necessarily a threat. Their diplomacy, negotiating tactics and preoccupation with stability suggest they are continuously engaged in risk management, a lot like financial managers...which is very "Chinese" in its approach.

The People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) actions, however, are about threats. During the period when tension peaked between 18 and 20 April, we received two reports of significant PLA movements, and activity just before the Chinese delivered their ultimatum to North Korea to not detonate a sixth nuclear device. 

The week of April 18th was the only time we are confident that the Chinese took unilateral action to modify North Korea behavior.

Geng made another point that the Chinese leaders consider important. The instability on the Korean Peninsula is not directed against China. It is the result of unfinished business from the Korean War and the Chinese leaders do not consider it their business. Their actions, especially since the 4 July missile flight, indicate Chinese leaders have concluded that they can live with the present situation indefinitely, provided it does not lead to war. They would blame a war on the contradiction between North Korea and the US, meaning they expect the US to start it.

North Korean missile launches, whose targets would be US forces and territory, do not cross China’s red lines for greater intervention. The communist mandarins in Beijing are more concerned about US reactions, than North Korean provocations. In any event, North Korea is not China’s responsibility, according to Geng Shuang.

Don't expect China to do anything meaningful until one of the Nork missiles goes out of control and hits something in China.

Russia

The first question to ask is whether or not Russia is cheating with the Norks. In a way they are in the oldest profession sense, because they supply high-end Russian hookers to the Nork elite, and have been doing that for decades. Sometimes the Russians sell the prostitutes as being 'Swedes'. The obvious question is whether or not the hookers are access agents (spies) that use their art to squeeze secrets from horny Nork generals. I'll let you, the readers, work that one out.

Trying to teach Dear Leader to use a machine gun.
South Korean news services reported that Russia shipped $2.3 million worth of oil products to North Korea between January and April 2017. They reported this amount represented a 200 percent increase. This report implies Russia is profiteering from the sanctions against North Korea. That charge does not seem supported. 

First, oil sales are not banned by UN sanctions. 

Secondly, some of the numbers don’t add up to exploitation. At the per barrel price of Brent crude on 10 July, $2.3 million could purchase a bit under 50,000 barrels of crude for the four months. At a conversion rate of 7.1 bbls to the ton, North Korea imported a little over 7,000 tons in that third of a year. 

The report does not mention crude, but specialty oil products would be more expensive per ton or barrel, so the volume would be less.

It is not clear from those numbers that North Korea increased its dependence on imports from Russia. Oil product imports from Russia in the range of 10,000 barrels per month are consistent with North Korea’s historic practice of importing specialty oil products from Russia, primarily aviation fuels. North Korea also has a practice of importing Russian crude for refining at its east coast refinery and returning the refined products to the Russians, retaining a portion as payment. 

The Singapore Game

North Korea can use cutouts, such as companies in Singapore, to bypass sanctions restrictions. Singapore is an important oil refining center, but its use as a cutout for North Korea is not confirmed in open sources. 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bleeding Edge

President Trump spoke to the Polish people about the need to save Western Culture from the clash of civilizations that we in the West are now experiencing. Actually it's the leading (bleeding) edge. CDR Salamander did a good job identifying the problem on his blog and I encourage you to read it here. I couldn't do a better job than he did explaining the situation in a few words.

I've posted the gum ball video before but a revisit is never a bad idea.


As you'd expect, progressive heads exploded when President Trump spoke of a threat to Western Culture. CNN called his comments racist, homophobic, islamaphobic, and xenophobic. Then again, CNN is the apex of the corrupt, smug, elite, lying, filthy mainstream media and finding the truth is best defined by taking what they say and turning it 180 degrees.

The solution to the vast throngs of unwashed from the Third World, breeding like flies, is to educate them and to change them into people who are capable to cope with the reality of the 21st Century. Liberals don't think of it that way. They think of hand-outs to the ignorant who will be dependent and will vote for them.

Congressional Support for a Wall (LINK)

Building a wall is a good first step, but fixing the problem requires that societies based on ignorance (many of which are Islamic) need to be re-made. Culture is the most enduring thing in the human lexicon. It is the piece of us that defines us, and the wretched of the Earth are defined by a culture that is not compatible with Western Civilization. 

Missionary work to those blighted parts of the planet, bringing the capacity to be self-sufficient and to pull themselves out of poverty will never be well received. And if we can't do it with the velvet glove, we will have to do it with the mailed fist. Because their welfare and our survival is at stake.

While we're thinking about exploding liberal heads, this is my parting shot to CNN:


Monday, July 10, 2017

A Few Thoughts

Mr. TRUMP, BUILD -THAT-WALL

At the G-20 Summit, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto sat near President Trump as President Trump announced to the world that the wall would (still) be built and Mexico would (still) pay for it. The smug, elite, nasty, lying mainstream media that only discusses why the American President should be either assassinated or impeached, countered with facts that cross-border illegal immigration if off by 70% under the Trump Administration. They contend that a wall along the Mexican Border is no longer necessary, if indeed it ever was.
Yes, the liberal tears flow freely at the thought of all of those illegal aliens who won't be able to vote Democrat for them (illegally).
But there's another point that you should consider. The bulk of illegal narcotics (which liberals feel should be legal) that cross the US/Mexican border have suffered no significant price increases* due to increased border enforcement.  In a world of supply and demand, we should see that, but we haven't. Thus, the wall still needs to be built for oh, so many reasons that the left calls "racist".  Yes, there will always be drugs and addicts, but opiate addiction (from pills and heroin) has reached the crisis stage in many American cities. Will the WALL change the dynamics when it comes to narcotics smuggling? Most experts say that it will. But impacting the massive demand in the US is the only way to fix the problem.
There are no hard and fast rules for cocaine, heroin or methamphetemine prices. As with anything that is bought and sold, these prices can fluctuate and vary depending on various variables such as supply, demand, times, conditions, significant seizures and arrests that disrupt networks, etc; Typically, the price will increase the further it is from the original source. This price increase is largely due to the costs involved in transportation costs. Thus, this is why a kilogram of cocaine in Colombia can be purchased for around $1,800 (the price for kilo of cocaine paste from the cultivation farm is about $900) but in New York City can be purchased for around $30,000. Prices will typically be cheaper that are near cities that have major distribution network centers.
Having said all that, the wall is a good idea, and Mexico will pay for it by hook or by crook.

Bonaparte Before the Sphinx
Hidden Messages

The famous painting of Bonaparte astride a horse, seeing the Sphinx for the first time represents the literal, i.e. a head rising up from the desert, and the metaphor. There is usually more to be seen that we apprehend at first glance.

Hunters understand that there are clues left by prey. If you plan to cut for sign (successfully), you must understand what those clues are.

The Founding Fathers understood that the Second Amendment was not about hunting and it was not about protecting people in their homes (per se). It was about the right of the people to defend themselves from tyranny in the larger sense. Slaves NEVER have the right to own and carry firearms.  In a real sense, the historic repudiation of the repugnant Hillary Clinton and Jeb!, the creature of big government --- and the election of President Trump, was all about the future of the Supreme Court, shrinking the size of government and empowering people. No matter how the corrupt, smug, elite mainstream media spins it WE THE PEOPLE won for the first time in a long time. The message has been garbled by apologists, and the message that is obscured needs to be named. We are free because we are armed and capable of defending ourselves from the government.