Thursday, July 2, 2015

CLOCKODILES

I aim to turn to you tube. It is clearly the safest bet
He was released after six hours of questioning during which police watched videos of him on the Internet showing that he is a theater and television actor, and checked his profile on Wikipedia, which states that he is a Buddhist.
i am of extraspecial interest when i fly. it egets old. i'm tired of it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOOKS ARE WHERE YOU FIND THEM

The Hillbrook is a place that features books. It's a very nice place to stay. The room we usually stay in features all of the books by Rudyard Kipling.


FROM HERE TO THERE AND BACK AGAIN

Other than the burn, it was a trellig good vacation. The map below pretty much conveys the journey there and back.  We, as usual, took a cruise across the lake of Champlain because, after all, doesn't every true vacation involve a voyage? We could cruise to Bulgaria you know. But what's the point? Maine is pretty much Bulgaria without the ruins. Nice coastline though.

NEXT TIME

We missed it last time but next time, we are going to walk all the way around. If you go to Vegas, do spend an hour to walk through Desert Passages. In the high desert, you can find a place that doesn't exist anymore. If you've been to the souk, it is so much the better.



Here at home we have both the lightening and the thunder. Very close.

ENDLESS FUN

Do you also find it amusing that our legislators in a city that bans all weapons, is all the time deploying or talking about deploying nuclear weapons, missiles and guns everywhere in the world?

Tra la la Boom da Day, tra la la Boom da Day
I don't think they know what irony is. They probably think it is used to press clothing.




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A LITTLE YOUNG

My parents weren't big on counseling children. They preferred to set an example. I can't fault them. They did a good job. I'm looking 55 in the face with an 11 year old daughter. She's almost 12. I didn't see that coming when I was in my 20's or 30's. Not at all.

My parents never sat me down for any kind of talks that I recall. I think they expected what they were to rub off on me and my siblings. I think it did. For the first 6 years she was raised independent and happily showed off her own accomplishments. She remained true to that for as long as I've known her.

When one thinks about it, a child is a missile sent into the future and one has just the formative years before they leave home at 16 to shape them as we would want them to grow.

FLEA BITES IN MAINE

The human cost of vacation.


SOME MODERN HATE FLAGS

England

United States Navy

Army of Northern Virginia

Perspective seems to be nothing but a term for drawing stupid conclusions from revisionist history.

Monday, June 29, 2015

MELISSA TURLEY IS PURE EVIL SCUM

Melissa Turley as State Department scum is having its slow effect.


Good.
I've noticed more and more sites are asking me to open my door and wallet to advertisement schemes.


I looked at an ad once and didn't buy so I figure why look at all the rest of them?

MELISSA TURLEY STATE DEPARTMENT FASCIST

It looks pretty bad when our State Department acts like the KGB or the People's Republic of China. Srsly, if our State Department wants to play the hardline commie thug they need to man up.*

The real press should simply take to writing or announcing that, "today, like every previous day, the State Department lied, prevaricated and spun mistruth and fobbed the press off with complete packages of utter bullsh@t shortly before executing 400 Christians in the Arena." That could be their signature sign-off along with, "State Department announces signing of Treaty of Eternal Peace and Fiendship with Muslim dictators, terrorists and the PLO."

*There, that will have pushed every button I can think of. I just wanted to go on record that Elizabeth Turley of the U.S. State Department is a solid representative of the Obama administration and is advancing the banners of pluralism, communism, fascism and infantilism like nobody since Carter.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

PITY THE POOR SPARTANS

As I drove home from our Maine vacation I had the chance to listen to the radio as various voices discussed the Greek issue. Listening to the lengths to which Athens has gone to debate what is essentially an easy binary decision has given me renewed pity for Leonides and the men who waited in vain at Thermopolye for Athens to end debate and come to their aid in defending Greece.

What I don't understand is, who would loan Greece any money at all? Why?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

THE LONG HAND OF IRRENDTISM

Once used by Hitler to claim sovereignty over the Sudetenland it is currently used by Putin to claim justification for launching separatist movements in Crimea and Ukraine and Ossetia, Chechnya, and countless other places where Russians replaced the native born populations. This includes the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

We are provoking an easily predictable response by stationing an armored brigade in the Baltic. Let's hope that the White House planning has encompassed all the possible contingencies and Russian countermoves.

Who ya gonna call if the Russians back an ethnic Russian separatist group in any or all of the 3 Baltic States? What if the Russians shut off their oil and gas supplies? What if the Russians interdict traffic/blockade the Baltic States as we blockaded Cuba in 1962?


I will be away for awhile as I check out the sea rise level on the coast of Maine.

If you call up the map from last week you'll see us driving from Nigeria to Bulgaria through Switzerland, Spain and Syria.

TOP SECRET SCI

Sold down the river by the clowns at OPM. Thanks guys.

Could they be any more amateur?


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

THE POWER OF DRAWING

The art of drawing cities of the imagination by Francois Schuiten


It conveys up


The conviction that if you just get it right, you can fly. It conveys down.


Al Gore raging at the tide at his palace atop a peak in Darien.

Monday, June 15, 2015

ALL YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS R BELONG TO US

You know, as dire and destructive as the total complete compromise of the background investigations of every federal employee with a security clearance (roughly 14 million living Americans) is, there is also the little tiny problem that Obamacare mandated that all health records be maintained electronically and be available on-line.

And so they are. Available to any disgruntled health care employee or any Chinese or Russian hacker or your wife or husband's divorce attorney.

Thank you Pelosi. Don't you think you've done enough to us already?

FECKLESS AND FAITHLESS

The latest move of sheer madness to come out of the White House is a plan to deploy an armored brigade to the Baltic. The White House has obviously given a lot of thought to this move because there could hardly be a more provocative and fatal international move other than blockading China's continued construction and development of the various rocks and islets it has seized in the China Sea; each of which gives China another 200 mile radius economic exclusion zone and full control of the sea bed, water space and fish within the EEZ.

What action will this provoke from Putin? We've already seen how he responds to enforce Russian interests in the most spirited and martial manner possible as he clearly demonstrated in Crimea and then in western Ukraine where Russian forces still engage in daily war with the elected government of Ukraine. We can see it in the Russian treatment of the Balkans and in their ongoing destabilizing efforts in the middle east and their continued support and bolstering of Iranian nuclear ambitions and weapon systems and technology.

I wouldn't ask them to tell anyone but it would be of some comfort to know what our deployed tripwire will do in the event of a Russian incursion (partisans, revolutionaries, Irredentist Popular Front for the Liberation of ethnic Russian Baltic SSRs), etc. It's only crazy if there is no plan that encompasses and deals with any and every response it calls forth from Russia. 

What are the odds this White House has a plan? Well, they've been studying the safety of another oil pipeline from Canada now for almost 7 years without a plan to move forward. They announced that Guantanamo would be shut down within a year of them taking office over 6 years ago and yet it is still stuffed with muslim terrorists and fanatics. They were going to come up with a plan to deal with pushing a surge into Afghanistan but it took them over 18 months to go with the plan George Bush left them. They don't have a very good track record for being fast on their diplomatic feet. (Both left of course)

The President announced last week that he still has no plan to deal with ISIS/ISIL. We've been aware of the threat they pose for years and that moron still has no plan for dealing with them. The situation in Ukraine has been a shooting war for over a year and the only answer the President and the National Security Staff have come up with for that is to send Samantha Power to Ukraine to taunt Putin and deliver a nyaah nyaah speech of defiance that she and the United States are in no way prepared to back up.

One can actually hear our former friends spinning in their foreign graves or prison cells as they listen to the most faithless and feckless ally of the 20th and 21st Centuries deliver blood curdling threats like nyaah nyaah to the enemies of western civilization. Poor Reza Pahlavi, Qadafi, Mubarek and of course, Nyugen Van Thieu must be up to 85,000rpm at this point.

It's kind of illuminating how long the New York Times has been eclipsed as a serious source of news and information. If you do go to the Thieu link you can see this at the bottom of the page:
Correction: October 2, 2001, Tuesday A front-page headline yesterday on the obituary of Nguyen Van Thieu, former president of South Vietnam, misstated his place in the sequence before that country fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975. He served almost until the end, but the last president was Gen. Duong Van Minh. The obituary also referred incorrectly at one point to the year of the coup he helped organize against President Ngo Dinh Diem. It was 1963, not 1965.
No doubt the newspaper of record used source material from earlier reporting at the paper of record in misremembering who the last President of South Vietnam was and when he killed Diem.

It's interesting to wonder when the United States and Europe conducted the last realistic Return of Forces to Germany (REFORGER) Exercise. How many U.S. Army M1 tanks are left on the Continent? How many fighter wings are left? How many artillery battalions remain on Europe's plain?

Do you ever wonder if the inheritors of that nasty bit of tactics known as blitzkrieg still follow the model and have well organized and equipped Shock Armies standing by for a Channel Dash? Will they signal their intentions when they turn off western Europe's gas supply in December or would that just be seen as a‎ Démarche? I suppose any actual invasion will be countered with a Protest Note lodged at the UN by our Ambassador to the UN. It won't be Power since I'm sure she'll have seen the handwriting on the wall and resigned to spend more time with her family the day before the Soviet Armies take Antwerp and months before the light worker comes up with a response plan.

I ask you to look at the link to monster namer Samantha Power and ask yourself just one question. When did she ever spend any effort at all in advancing the interests of the United States of America?
She was a senior adviser to Senator Barack Obama until March 2008, when she resigned from his presidential campaign after apologizing for referring to then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as "a monster".
Power joined the Obama State Department transition team in late November 2008, and was named Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Council—responsible for running the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights—positions that she held from January 2009 to March 2013. In April 2012, Obama chose her to chair a newly formed Atrocities Prevention Board. During her time in office, Power's office focused on such issues as the reform of the UN; the promotion of women's rights and LGBT rights; the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities; the protection of refugees; the campaign against human trafficking; and the promotion of human rights and democracy, including in the Middle East and North Africa, Sudan, and Burma. She is considered to be a key figure within the Obama administration in persuading the president to intervene militarily in Libya. 
With an ally like that, what could go wrong? Does the Montreux Convention ring any bells?


Sunday, June 14, 2015

DISCOUNT FLYERS


A rare form of passenger travel not seen since the days when barnstormers flew around the country. Most of the passengers* agreed that it was better than taking a cruise.


*Look at the passengers at the tip of the wing. Aren't they supposed to, in the event of an evacuation, leave their damned luggage behind?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

WHAT CHINESE HACKERS KNOW ABOUT ALL OF US

It looks like the major media are lightly stepping over the recent revelation that Chinese hackers have been rooting around in the Office of Personnel Management's files for over a year. For those that don't know what the Office of Personnel Management is, here is a brief summary:

OPM controls thousands of agents who go forth and investigate the background information provided by all employees of the United States who require a National Security Clearance in order to work for the U.S. Government. That includes all military officers and most enlisted personnel. It includes most State Department employees and Foreign Service Officers and it includes almost all of the bureaucrats working in every other job. For instance, CIA, NSA, DIA, Secret Service personnel require security clearances and background investigations as do all FBI agents and all the other agents one can think of.

OPM's databases are online and include completed copies of this form.  Go ahead and look. You know you want to see how bad it is knowing that these are not only compromised but almost certainly include the OPM agent's report of investigation and notes which are used to limit or deny clearances and deny access.

I won't be surprised to learn that all of those who completed the paperwork for Special Background Investigations are clearly denoted and their access described in fuller detail. You know, the people who require Q clearances or access to Restricted or Formerly Restricted Data. It probably even has clues for who was investigated or reinvestigated as access requirements ballooned and moved beyond Top Secret.

The terrible thing about OPM is that they were quick off the ball a decade ago and required all submissions of form SF 86 to be made electronically. ie, all of us squirted our personal information directly into OPM's computers because they refused to accept paper submission of SF 86's after 2005.

I think every single person involved in this fiasco at OPM must be fired and horsewhipped and then deported to Iran. Where was their Information Vulnerability Assessment? Where was their cyber security? Why wasn't the data encrypted given how insanely valuable it could be to an up and coming superpower? This catastrophe ranks up there with Hanssen, Ames and Walker for the damage it has caused and will cause going downstream.

This won't be solved by firing the #1 bureaucrat. This requires the wholesale demotion and firing of every person involved in safeguarding the information they acquired and retained in the leaky sieve laughingly known as the security database.

A SMUG CARTOON

I didn't know they had it in them.


Friday, June 12, 2015

FUN WITH GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCTS

From the post at AEI comes an updated map of the United States with each state renamed with the name of the country with the nearest match of GDP compared to the state. It puts a little perspective on things international.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

A NAZGUL NAMED RYAN

The unblinking arrogance of Nazgul Pelosi has been joined by a rethuglican Nazgul named Paul Ryan who has now taken to insisting that the only way you are going to find out what is in the current bills before Congress is if you vote to approve them without reading them. That simple partisan statement of Pelosi swept the democrats from control of Congress. Her sheer blind vicious imperial and arbitrary order to vote yes for Obamacare after refusing to even meet with the opposition led to a pure partisan vote on strict party lines that foisted the abortion known as Obamacare onto the American people. A bill so lame and so predictably awful and nothing but a pack of lies from one end to the other is now the law of the land and governs all health insurance in America.

What is it with all these spineless politicians who insist that they know better than us what is good for the country and so hide all of their acts of legislative disdain behind fortress walls of secrecy until it is damned near too late to keep them from becoming law? Hey! Ryan! Way to turn the entire republican base against incumbent rethuglicans and the whole rethuglican party. What are you going to do for an encore and so seal the ignoble fate of the republican party at the next election?

The liars who promoted the bill knowingly lied when they claimed that "if you like your doctor, you can keep him." They lied again when they said it was affordable and would cut family healthcare spending by up to 25%. They lied again when they said if you like your current health insurance plan you can keep it. In short, they lied about every single aspect of the bill they kept secret until after the democrats voted for it lock stock and barrel.

What kind of arrogance makes thugs like Paul Ryan and John Boehner think that they can expect to repeat Pelosi's ploy and emerge unscathed when Americans learn the real truth of what Obama has bargained away in return for nothing?
A cold voice answered: ‘Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shrivelled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye.
                            ---The Return of the King

NATIONAL REVIEW SLINKS INTO DISGRACE

I took a look at the current state of Michael Mann's lawsuit against Mark Steyn, National Review, et al and left with great contempt for National Review. Steyn puts it best.
There are times when I wish I had the same kind of co-defendants I had in my free-speech wars in Canada: Maclean's, unlike National Review, is a dentist's waiting-room mag not an ideological mission, but they and I were as one in our fight not just against the Canadian Islamic Congress but against the now repealed Section 13. By contrast, National Review, for whom I wrote for a decade and a half, are offering the curious and fainthearted defense that they were never my publisher but merely an "interactive computer service provider" to which I had the access code (see page 49 of their most recent brief). They're a court filing or two from claiming they're Lufthansa and I'm Andreas Lubitz - just some crazy guy who locked himself in the NR cockpit. 
Oh, well. For all that, I've never felt more optimistic about how this case is going. If there is a "97 per cent consensus" on the science, all 97 per cent decided to steer well clear of Michael E Mann: Last fall, not a single amicus brief was filed on his behalf, not one. He claims he's "taking a stand for science", but evidently science is disinclined to take a stand for him.
On the other hand, and somewhat to my surprise, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Reporters Committee for Press Freedom, the American Society of News Editors, the Association of American Publishers, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (The Village Voice et al), NBC Universal, Bloomberg News, the publishers of USA Today, Time, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Detroit Free Press, The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic and The Bergen County Record have all filed amici briefs against his attempted shredding of the First Amendment. They're in no way fans of mine, but they recognize that this is the most consequential free-speech case before the US courts since New York Times vs Sullivan, and if Mann wins it would be a catastrophic defeat for the First Amendment. That said, on global warming and "climate change", they largely agree with him. But I've also been heartened to learn how many scientists across the spectrum want nothing to do with Mann (scroll down here), and regard a defeat for him in court as a victory for genuine science.
It's funny how the science of man made global warming is collapsing all around except in the dim-witted minds of alarmists and governments hell bent on screwing the tax payer out of more money in order to fix a global climate scare that all rational beings admit simply cannot be fixed. All they talk about is slowing the rate of increase by forcing the first world to join the third world in grinding poverty and starvation but there is never any talk about reversing the global effects of solar infall variation that has, over the eons, caused the world to warm and cool. Their insane shrieks of doom fall on ears increasingly deaf to people who so obviously manipulate the data and then lie about it.

They make laughing stocks of real scientists and researchers and have thoroughly trashed the time honored process of peer review. They have also, with the help of its own lawyers, destroyed the reputation of National Review.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GOOD GRIEF

The President without a strategy for coping with or dealing with ISIS has decided to send 450 American troops to Anbar Province, Iraq and have them train Iraqi Army personnel. We had over a 100,000 American troops over there for over a decade and a lot of them were training Iraqi troops who cannot run away fast enough when ISIS attacks and overwhelms them so quickly that they capture all our military vehicles, weapons and ammunition stocks intact and then use them in their follow-on assaults. I'm not sure what Obama thinks will happen now.

We know though, don't we? Green on Blue attacks on our soldiers once again and this time there won't be any Mattis there to explain to one and all that they had best have a plan to kill every man in the room before they enter. Frankly, I'm pretty sure some loony is trying to explain to the guys that they won't be allowed to carry weapons because they're not their to fight and they're not to shoot any Iraqis because there is no Status of Forces Agreement to protect them from being thrown into an Iraqi dungeon forever because they are subject to Iraqi law and not solely the UCMJ.

You might say a prayer for all our men over there and most especially for the 450 who are off to the Hot Gate.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

SEE THE POWER OF STUPID

I just came across this article in Popular Mechanics. I am forced to admit that the stupid is terribly strong in this one.
Back in early April, the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff mentioned that the service will always need good pilots "who want to come in and fly the F-22, the F-35, the X-Wing fighter." Now, Gen. Mark Welsh may not have been meant that the Air Force is building a real life X-wing. But the service and its contractors are very seriously working on another part of Luke Skywalker's fighter: laser cannons. 
According to Breaking Defense, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) officials say the service wants to arm fighter jets with laser cannons by 2022. This comes from remarks made to reporters at "DoD Lab Day" recently held at the Pentagon.
Wouldn't you think the ground based version of AAA laser weapon systems would sweep the skies of any possible laser armed aircraft?