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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

David Stockman: "The Jig Is Up: America’s Voters Just Fired Their Ruling Elites" | Zero Hedge

From the article: 
America's voters fired their ruling elites last night. After 30 years of arrogant misrule and wantonly planting the seeds of economic and financial ruin throughout Flyover America, the Wall Street/Washington establishment and its mainstream media tools have been repudiated like never before in modern history.

This is the good news.  Then comes somes seriously bad news.

For months and years to come, the Imperial City will be ungovernable and the nation will be racked with fiscal, financial, political and even constitutional crisis. By kicking the can in a ruinous direction for decades, America implicitly opted eventually for the bleeding cure.
To wit, the giant stock market bubble will now crash. The stock-price obsessed C-suites of corporate America will now panic and begin pitching inventory and workers overboard. We will be in an official recession within 6 months. The Federal budget will plunge back into trillion dollar annual deficits very soon.
Accordingly, Washington will descend into permanent warfare over the debt ceiling and an exploding $20 trillion+ public debt. Any notion of a Trump economic revival program—-even if it could now be confected—will be stillborn in the financial and fiscal chaos ahead.
And most important of all, the almighty Fed will be stranded high and dry—-out of dry powder and under political attack like never before from angry politicians and citizens alike.
The jig is up.


Some have tried, for years, to point out we can't exist indefinitely in a deficit state.  Eventually it will not be able to be sustained.  Stockman says we are there.  Facing the truth is the good news.  The truth is difficult is the bad news.

Artificial Intelligence MogIA Predicts Fourth Election in Row with Trump Win - Breitbart

From the article: 
MogIA, an artificial intelligence system and election predictor, has successfully predicted its fourth election in a row.
The system, which learns in real-time by examining data on the internet, placed its bets on Donald Trump to win the 2016 US Presidential Election in October after also successfully predicting both the Democratic and Republican party primaries.


Don't need "no stinkin polls".  Maybe we don't even need to vote if this AI can already measure our behavior.  That's all that voting is, formally recording our choice as exhibited by our behavior.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Losers go to jail - Marginal REVOLUTION

From the article: 
The results show that US politicians manipulate the justice system to maintain power.


What do you think?  Is the justice system compromised?

Sunday, November 6, 2016

America's Ruling Elite Has Failed and Deserves to Be Fired

From the article: 
The sole output of America's Establishment/Ruling Elite is self-serving hubris.
America's Ruling Elite is freaking out because a significant percentage of the American public is trying to fire them. The Ruling Elite has failed and deserves to be fired, and deep down, they know it--and this awareness of their self-serving failure fuels their panic and their loathing of the non-elite Americans who are trying to fire them.

Putin: “A society that can’t defend its children has no tomorrow” | The Geller Report

From the article: 
Whatever you may think of Putin, he is right about this. "In a European country, a child is raped by a migrant, and the court releases him. It doesn't fit into my head what on earth they're thinking over there. I can't even explain the rationale – is it a sense of guilt before the migrants? What's going on? It's not clear….A society that cannot defend its children has no future."
He is absolutely right, and what is appalling is that he is one of the only world leaders saying it, if not the only one. That's a stunning indictment of the leadership we have today.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Bigger than Hillary Clinton: The Establishment Cesspool of Dishonesty and Corruption | Gingrich Productions

From the article: 
If you are as surprised as I am at the depth of dishonesty and corruption that has been revealed in this campaign, then you will understand why I am writing this particular column the weekend before the election.
Americans are faced with a crisis of dishonesty and corruption vastly bigger and deeper than Secretary Hillary Clinton. Defeating her is necessary if we hope to clean up our dishonest and corrupt capitol city, but in many ways Hillary is merely the most prominent face in an entire network of dishonest people.
I have been actively involved in politics and government since August of 1958.
In all those years, nothing prepared me for the avalanche of blatant corruption and dishonesty that has been exposed and detailed during this campaign.
The dishonesty infects the news media, the Justice Department, the IRS, the Veterans Administration, the State Department, and the White House, among others.

What a mess we have become.  

Chicago Boyz » Blog Archive » The Inner Ring

From the article. 
But you will be a scoundrel.

Reminds me a bit of the honor code and the need to be rigorously honest.  Sadly, it seems some are moving away from those ideas.  This is what happens when we lose sight of "help me choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong".  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Statesmanship: Obama versus Bibi | Power Line

From an article by Walter Russell Mead" 
The reason that Bibi has been more successful than Obama is that Bibi understands how the world works better than Obama does. Bibi believes that in the harsh world of international politics, power wisely used matters more than good intentions eloquently phrased.

This is Scott Johnson of Powerline Blog, commenting on Walter Russell Mead's article.  It is Mead's comments that are key here.  Johnson describes Mead - "Mead is an acute student of American foreign policy and international affairs."  Mead notes that Obama fails to deal with reality.  He calls him an "aspiring realist".  Mead also points out that intentions alone are of little importance.  

This article is about a comparison of Netanyahu and Obama but I'd like to add this bit.  Why would I want to vote for Hillary, who will only continue, or perhaps worsen, Obama's failed foreign policies?  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Benjamin Netanyahu invites Abbas to speak at Knesset in UN speech - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

From the article: 
"The road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not New York," Netanyahu said.
In reiterating his persistent call for direct negotiations with the Palestinians, Netanyahu rejected any possible United Nations plan to unilaterally impose a solution to the conflict.
"We will not accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms to Israel," Netanyahu said.
"I call on President Abbas: you have a choice to make. You can continue to stoke hatred as you did today or you can finally confront hatred and work with me to establish peace between our two peoples."
Netanyahu began his UN address by slamming the international body for consistently condemning Israel, calling it "a disgrace" and "a moral farce." He also called the UN Human Rights Council a "joke" and UNESCO a "circus."
"The sooner the UN's obsession with Israel ends, the better.
The better for Israel, the better for your countries, the better for the UN itself," he said.

Bibi Netanyahu, one of the great world leaders of modern times, preaches the word to the UN.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Post-Heroic Age | PJ Media

From the article: 
In terms of the movie, "A Few Good Men" it is as if Obama in the role of lawyer Daniel Kaffee convicts Colonel Nathan Jessup but lets him out him at night to continue to guard the wall, paroled on condition that he never remind the world again of his existence. Maybe we can't handle the truth. The administration's great achievement was to add: "and we don't want to"

Post heroic?  Unable to defend?  Feminized?  Can't handle the truth?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

ARRA News Service: $6.5 Trillion Missing From Defense Department


What do you think?  Is this some kind of accounting snafu or have we really pissed away that much money?  The article goes on to talk about government in general and uses the Obamacare debacle as an example, but what about Defense.  Is is really that effed up?

How do I even know the IG is competent and should I beleive this article?

Good gracious, where does one start?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hillary, Trump, and War with Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea I Have Ever Heard, and I Have Lived in Washington | Fred On Everything

From the article" 
Letting dilettantes, grifters, con men, pasty Neocons, bottle-blonde ruins, and corporations decide on war is insane. We have pseudo-masculine dwarves playing with things they do not understand. So far as I am aware, none of these fern-bar Clausewitzes has worn boots, been in a war, seen a war, or faces any chance of being in a war started by themselves. They brought us Iraq, Afghanistan, and Isis, and can't win wars against goatherds with AKs. They are going to fight…Russia?


Fred Reed is at it again.  Fascinating stuff here.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Bizarre behavior by Hillary Clinton


Anyone know much about this?  Is this random behavior or is something really going on?  Any doctors here know about this?  Anyone have experience with brain injuries or side effects?

Atlas, The Next Generation - YouTube


Passed on from John Bantasolas.

Future soldiers?  They don't get cold or tired.  Don't need food. I suppose they do need new batteries.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Your Life is Yours, by Robert Gore | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

History's greatest heist, swindle, and travesty has been the never-ending effort to convince those who produce that they owe something to those who don't. Slavery can be imposed by force, but it's not especially productive. Convince producers that their lives are yours, and you get the production without the whips and chains. That has been the philosopher's stone for every half-baked collectivist, redistributionist, populist, authoritarian, totalitarian pipe dreamer who ever became or wanted to become a "leader," and their motley cohorts.

This is a very good article.  Pretty much sums up the argument for the free market.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

This Map Shows the Average Income of the Top 1% by Location


Interesting map.  Anyone know much about this?  I was surprised a bit by the strength of the midwest.  From Texas all the way to North Dakota.  Texas has oil but what supports the rest of the midwest?  The left and right seaboard concentrations are not surprising.  Most of them are the major urban, metropolises.  Fairfax County,Va, right outside Washington DC, was not in the top ten.  I thought it would be.  Lots of money in South Fla.  Retirement money?  But, that's not income.  What do you think?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Ruling class redefinitions no more equal protection

From the article: 
The ruling class's component groups jointly dismiss America's traditional liberties because they aim to replace them with their own primacy. Having seized the power to redefine liberty, our rulers tighten their definitions around their opponents' necks like nooses. Since their desire for primacy has no limit, they can't stop tightening. The norms that they demand that we honor help sustain each constituency by letting its members feel good about themselves while looking down on others. Their "dignitary interests" (to use Justice Kennedy's term for who must be honored vs. those who must submit to being vilified) simply trump those of others. This is why the ruling class demonizes any questioning of its demands' substance by imposing modern equivalents of the slave-era "gag rule." They wage identity politics as war.

This is a bit long but really good stuff.  Codevilla nails it.  Notice, he does not talk about Left and Right, or Democrat and Republican.  He talks about the "ruling class".  

Friday, July 8, 2016

Obama should stop smearing cops by calling them racist | New York Post

From the article: 
Hours before the murders of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, President Obama was again spouting false claims about racism by the police. He sees racism whenever there is any disparity in outcomes, no matter what the cause.
Obama and others inflame passions, but take no responsibility, and instead use events to push for more gun control. Yet, shouting racism can endanger the lives of police officers. The Dallas police chief tells us one of the shooters "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers."

Inflammatory, false claims about police racism not only endanger the lives of police officers, they can also lead to higher crime rates — especially in heavily black areas. If Obama really cares about poor blacks, he should be more careful getting his facts right.

The thought that keeps rolling through my head today - Are we starting to unravel?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

ARRA News Service: Bill Gates And Other Billionaires Backing A Nuclear Renaissance

From the article: 
"While it may be theoretically possible to stabilize the climate without nuclear power, in the real world there is no credible path to climate stabilization that does not include a substantial role for nuclear power."

Why is it, this reality can't seem to gain traction.  We continue to denigrate nuclear power because we are old to be afraid of it yet "the fact that the statistical probability of serious accidents is pretty low. They focus on the "What if?" and neglect the other side of the coin. But let's try to see both sides of the issue."  The Navy has been successfully using nuclear power for many years.  

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87 - The New York Times

But by the sheer force of his personality and his gift for the haunting phrase, Mr. Wiesel, who had been liberated from Buchenwald as a 16-year-old with the indelible tattoo A-7713 on his arm, gradually exhumed the Holocaust from the burial ground of the history books.
It was this speaking out against forgetfulness and violence that the Nobel committee recognized when it awarded him the peace prize in 1986.
"Wiesel is a messenger to mankind," the Nobel citation said. "His message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity. His belief that the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief."


An extraordinary man has died.  Where do we get men like this?  To survive such horror and then to teach and live such good lives.  I am also reminded of Viktor Frankl.  Another Jew who survived the camps.  RIP Elie Wiesel.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

About Press Neutrality

This comment is from Walid Phares in Facebook.  You may not be able to see it if you don't have a Facebook account. 
Yahoo "endorses" Clinton...
It has become clear that the supposed to be impartial search engine Yahoo has gone out of its way to back a Clinton in the online battle against Trump. Many users of Yahoo, of all ages, have mathematically established that the cyber giant has shifted to Clinton in its selection of articles and their ranking. Teenagers have realized this reality. A while ago it was detected that Yahoo has been a backer of the Iran deal. Yahoo denies any endorsement but its New York Times like gaming is too clear to see it otherwise. Neutrality has collapsed.

I think this comment about press neutrality is key.  

This article describes my understanding: 
For a society to be responsible and powerful, it must be informed. Our free press, protected by the first constitutional amendment, plays a critical role in ensuring that every American has constant access to important and trustworthy news.
Thomas Jefferson said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them."
As he emphasized, this free flow of information to the public is essential to preserving our American democracy. In addition to educating and reporting, the press serves as the public's independent watchdog, charged with keeping governments, businesses and other organizations in check.

Has neutrality collapsed?  Does the public have access to trustworthy news?  

Does today's media serve as an independent watchdog to keep government in check?  I don't think so.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Happy Magna Carta Day | Competitive Enterprise Institute

From the article: 
801 years ago today in a peaceful meadow in England occurred the first act of the American Revolution. There was no America at the time, but in the issuing of Magna Carta we can trace the beginnings of the great experiment that became America. The monarch of England became bound by the rule of law, and as the Texan Congressman and jurist Hatton Sumners put it, "There is a straight road which runs from Runnymede to Philadelphia."

When I visited DC this summer I was looking at our itinerary and it listed the National Archives.  I didn't grasp why we would go there.  To my great surprise and pleasure, it contained these extraordinary documents.

The original Constitution.
The original Bill of Rights.
The original Declaration of Independence.

And this last one that surprised me, since it is not an American document, but really is the basis of it all.
One of several approved, original copies of the Magna Carta.

A very memorable visit.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

In Montesquieu, a Historian Blended With a Political Philosopher - WSJ

From the article: 
The gradual but sure debilitation of Roman character ended in the reduction and ultimate defeat of Roman power. Difficult to read Montesquieu on Rome without thinking of the U.S. in our time, as when, for one example among many, he writes that "more states have perished by the violation of their moral customs than by the violation of their laws."


This article is recommended by our classmate Bill Mann.  I wonder if it tells us anything about how we are behaving today?  Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Euro 2016 and terror attack threats: What you need to know about the security plans


What is happening here - really?  This is the real asymmetrical war.  They have altered our way of life.  They cause us to live in fear.  They cause us to expend limited resources.  They run our lives and change the world we live in and we delude ourselves by saying we are "winning the war on terror".  Not hardly.  This specific event is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amount of money our economies pour into "managing terror".  

Bin Laden said this from the very beginning:  
You see, a key weapon of bin Laden's was economic warfare…and al Qaeda still uses the tactic against America.
Osama named it the "bleed until bankruptcy plan," where the goal is to draw the United States into endless – and costly – Middle Eastern wars. Wars that will eventually bankrupt the US economy.
In other words, Osama didn't seek to win with body counts.   
Take a look at this article: 


Thursday, June 9, 2016

One Ohio Mosque Has Been at the Center of SIX Terror Cases |

From the article: 
As mosque officials struggle to distance themselves from yet another resident terror cell, the recent news raises questions about the extensive history of this Ohio mosque as a turnstile for terrorism.


At what point does a pattern begin to become evidence of reality?  When does a rational society get to say "cease and desist"?  Our tolerance is used up.  You seem to be at odds with our way of life.  We are going to shut you down.  What does it mean to be tolerant?  How tolerant is appropriate?  When do we get to say stop?

The U.S. Should Withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


I'm thinking we should get out of the UN entirely, but this would be a start.

From the article: 
The UNFCCC Is an Unworkable, Ineffective Approach—Even if Global Warming Is as Problematic as the IPCC Projects
U.N. climate conferences have become increasingly irrelevant, in large part because the approach taken is unworkable. International negotiations have centered on placing the economic burden of addressing climate change on a few dozen developed countries while asking little or nothing from more the 150 developing countries. But the primary source of GHG emissions is increasingly the developing world, most notably from large developing economies such as China and India.

This is an interesting explanation in economic terms, but what this really says is the third world seeks to harm Western democracies.  This is what the UN has evolved to and is no longer an organization for solving world problems appropriately.

Whither the Shards of America?: It’s Us, or Them | Fred On Everything

From the article: 
The conflict is between freedom and social totalitarianism. Remote bureaucracies with whom localities have nothing in common write their children's textbooks and decide what morality they should be taught.  People who want a say in the schooling of their children, who want to choose where and with whom they live, find themselves pitted against a political ruling class with power to decide almost every aspect of their lives.
Something has to give.


"Fundamentally Changed" as Obama would put it.  Not for the good either.  Fred lays it out in brutally clear language.  "Enough. This can't last."  And yet the so-called "elite", the "self-serving politicians and extractive corporations of the extremely rich who have no attachment to the US.", do understand that something has to give.  They are clueless to the response of the growing number of people who are saying "Enough. This can't last.".

This likely will not end nicely.  Fred suggests "It is probably too late."

This is the most brutally true understanding of current affairs in the US I have seen.  It's time we stopped lying to ourselves.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Graphic: How Obamacare Hides $104 Billion in Federal Spending - by Jeffrey H. Anderson

Obamacare has invented a dangerous new way to hide federal spending (detailed in "Hidden Spending"). Contrary to the Government Accountability Office's own definitions of terms, Obamacare labels its direct payments to insurance companies "tax credits"—even though they don't lower anyone's taxes. Not only is the government hiding billions of dollars in spending in this way, it is counting these hidden expenditures as tax cuts. In this manner, Obamacare is masking some $104 billion in federal spending over a decade (the portion of Obamacare's direct payments to insurers that the Congressional Budget Office is counting as tax cuts.

The government today is endlessly crippled by manipulation, lying and corruption.  Almost nothing you see or hear today, as reported by the government or the complicit media, is true because this kind of stuff goes on in the background.  That is why the current administration points to the employment rate and other economic indicators as proof of their success, but it's all lies and manipulation.  

It Only Took Eight Years for Big Government to Do This! | www.independentsentinel.com

From the article: 
We can't improve the VA – the government claims they need more money so veterans in dire need of care will continue to wait  – but the Feds did have $300 million to spend over the last eight years to develop a software program the Inspector General (IG) for the Social Security Administration says is useless.
It's not their money, no one's accountable, no one can be fired and all's good from their perspective. 


This is why we can't have nice things and why I always support limited government.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bionic Leaf Is 10 Times Better At Photosynthesis Than Real Plants | Popular Science

From the srticle: 
Plants take in carbon dioxide, water, and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Now researchers have done the same, but even better.
A recent study in Science describes the system, named Bionic Leaf 2.0. In the "leaf," solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol. The fuel could possibly be used to power a car's engine or motor in the future.


Pretty amazing stuff.  AI?  Now man-made photosynthesis?  We are getting into places even sci-fi writers have thought of yet.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum - Our Documents

From the article: 
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.


I had not seen this before.  It's really quite good.  Reminds me of a comment attributed to Colin Powell when Secy of State, although he may have borrowed it from someone else.  His remarks to a Frenchman who was suggesting the US and its Military were abusing its power.  He responded that the only land we ever asked for was to bury our dead.

US Army selects Israel Military Industries for APC active protection system - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

From the article: 
He hailed its "ability to defend against rockets, RPGs, anti-tank missiles from the entire spectrum, and even against recoilless gun munitions.


Does this mean we can begin to reduce the amount of heavy armor required on vehicles?  That could change vehicle design pretty significantly.  Can tanks use this kind of defense?  Does it work against tank rounds?  

Friday, June 3, 2016

John Stossel: Private business is better at just about everything | New Hampshire

From the article: 
There's nothing stopping people everywhere from enjoying improvements like the ones in Jersey City, in San Francisco's airport and at SpaceX, nothing except government bureaucracy and our outdated belief that many jobs just belong in government's clumsy hands.


John Stossel is an old hand at this criticizing government game.

Forget oil. This summer, a two-mile pipeline that carries beer will open in a Belgian city. - The Washington Post


I would say that ingenuity drove this solution but perhaps there is a more fundamental, primal force. The need for beer?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Wife Finds Combat Disabled Husband In Tears At What Stranger Left… | Weasel Zippers


I know Memorial Day is for those who have gone before us, but this is a wonderful story about someone honoring a soldier.  

Remember those who gave all .........

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Family of Kate Steinle files lawsuit against San Francisco for ‘Sanctuary City’ policies » The Right Scoop -

Family of Kate Steinle files lawsuit against San Francisco for ‘Sanctuary City’ policies » The Right Scoop -: "I really hope they win and San Francisco feels the heat for harboring illegal aliens."
I wonder if this kind of push-back will start to shift the behavior back toward common sense?

Friday, May 27, 2016

How Tenderness Leads to the Gas Chamber

From the article: 
The problem with this is that without the Christian faith there is soon no Christian morals. Why should a person be good if there is no God? As Dostoevsky said, "If there is no God everything is possible."


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

‘Tribe’ Diagnoses America’s PTSD Problem — War Is Boring


Very interesting article.  What he is talking about here is a connectedness we experience while in military service that we don't find in civilian society.  Band of Brothers stuff.  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The High Price of Security Theater - Reason.com

From the article: 
The Price of Fear
Since 2002, people in the United States have been 100 times more likely to be gunned down by local, state, and federal law enforcement agents than to be killed by Muslim terrorists.
Ohio State's Mueller has been wielding the weapon of cost-benefit analyses for more than a decade in his own personal war on the war on terror. He points out that the feds spend roughly $150 billion annually on terrorism, compared to just $2 billion on the most frequent cause of death in the U.S., heart disease, and $300 million on strokes, the third most common killer. "We spend $500 million for every death from terrorism and only $2,000 for every death resulting from strokes," Mueller laments. "That means we spend 250,000 times more per death on terrorism." Though federal authorities have poured more than $4 trillion into fighting terrorism since 9/11, "these extraordinary expenditures have utterly failed to make people feel safer," he says. The percentage of Americans who expected another major attack was as high or higher in 2014 as it was in 2002, immediately following the worst terrorism incident in American history.
What does the U.S. have to show for its astonishing levels of anti-terror spending? "I firmly believe that those huge budget increases have not significantly contributed to our post-9/11 security," says Michael Sheehan, a former New York City deputy commissioner for counterterrorism. What these activities have been is an unmitigated victory for America's politicians, who take advantage of pervasive fear to engorge their own powers.
Americans are being asked to pay for the privilege of having their rights and liberties shredded by Washington. And with just a few months until the 2016 presidential election, there's little sign they've even noticed.

Pretty interesting article.  I pretty much agree that we have over-reacted out of fear and spent a lot of money on things that were of little use.  I don't agree with everything in this article.  I'm not sure the cost of the wars can be counted as theater but Reason authors take a much more dim view of our use of power in the world than I do.  I do think much of the TSA and DHS is pretty useless.  I do think we need to consider the costs of war when we spend the kind of money we do to fight a war where we don't get dirty.  Like some kind of video game.  It's all hi-tec and very expensive.  Johnny Brooks pointed out to me one time that we use $100k missiles to take out their $20k Toyota trucks.  Eventually, that won't work.  Bin Laden said something to the effect that "we will bleed you to death".  I don't think that's the exact quote, but the meaning is correct.  Seems like that is happening.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Army Adds 84mm Recoil-less Rifle to Platoon Arsenal – Kit Up!

From the article: 
U.S. Army infantry platoons will soon have the 84mm Carl Gustaf recoil-less rifle, a devastating anti-armor system, as a permanently assigned weapon.

This sounds like good news.  Some of you may know more about this.  I have been reading complaints about the Javelin for years.  Why so slow to incorporate this seemingly very good solution?  It's lighter and cheaper and the ammunition cost less?  It's been in use in Afghanistan for several years and gets good reports and takes how many years for the Army to bring it into the inventory?  Egad!!!!

Squids and the Inner Light of Being | Fred On Everything

From the article - sarcasm warning: 
A woman commanded the SEALs, who had been disarmed to prevent violence. The new main battle tanks had changing tables, and urinals had been outlawed throughout the services or converted to flower pots to preclude uncomfortable spaces. The warriors of social justice needed a Cause.

A really fine bit of sarcasm.  Fred assails this modern notion that we can be whoever or whatever we "feel" we are.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

In patience to abide : Essays in Idleness

In time America, too, will be buried with the other empires. But the funeral has not yet come, and while she lives and breathes, she retains her duties. She must, for the world's sake, stop licking her wounds, and whining; must keep up our quarrel with the foe.
The world, in all its imperfection, will have empires of one kind or another. Not one will always be a force for good. But there is better and worse, and if we are sane, we will allow that in our time the American power has been a blessing.

This is one of the better discussions I have seen in a long time about the US's burden to be the global policeman.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

WATCH: This Syrian Tank Gets LIT UP Like A CHRISTMAS Tree ⋆ Doug Giles ⋆ #ClashDaily

From the article: 
This is one of the reasons Arabs are scared to death of the Israelis. What you are about to watch is an actual event. The Israeli Armed Forces filmed this in real time. What you'll see is a fully armored Syrian tank being hit by an Israeli laser-guided, steel-penetrating, phosphorous-filled "hand held" rocket. The rocket is small, very portable and is a tightly controlled weapon.

Damn this is good.  Go watch the video.  The IDF kicks some butt.  "Steel penetrating and phosphorus filled".  I'd like to know more about that.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Vox Popoli: A terrible peace

Is it possible that too many generations of peace and pleasure have proven to be little more than an enervating cancer on our culture? Is it possible that peace is more terrible than war?

If these are the fruits of peace, then peace is a dreadful thing. If this is truly the best that peace has to offer, then for the sake of Man and Western civilization, let there be war.

I find this discussion quite interesting.  I have had a sense for a long time that when life gets too easy we tend to not learn to make tough decisions.  We choose the easier, softer way.  Or we choose the easier wrong instead of the harder right.  There are reasons why those old sayings endure - they tend to be true.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

When Excess Is A Virtue - Forbes

THE MENTAL INFECTION known as "political correctness" is one of the most dangerous intellectual afflictions ever to attack mankind. The fact that we began by laughing at it–and to some extent, still do–doesn't diminish its venom one bit.

"one of the most dangerous intellectual afflictions ever to attack mankind".  Some of us have been saying this for years but it continues to flourish.  

Paul Johnson is an interesting guy.  While associated with the left in his early career, he is now a conservative popular historian.  I am reminded of an old saying - 'If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart.  If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain.'

The article then talks about Trump as a force against PC.  Johnson suggests Trump is the antidote for the poison in spite of his side effects.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Middle Eastern Leaders Talking to Putin, Not Obama - POLITICO Magazine

From the article: 
Why is this happening, and why on my trips to the region am I hearing that Arabs and Israelis have pretty much given up on President Barack Obama? Because perceptions matter more than mere power: The Russians are seen as willing to use power to affect the balance of power in the region, and we are not.


Another old truth about human behavior we fail to understand.  "Follow the strong horse".

The Basic Rules of Spending

This seems pretty consistent with my understanding.  It has been true for human behavior for a long, long time.  Why to we then insist on forming institutions and organizations that behave in quadrant 4?

The article is also very good.
Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.
(borrowed from Jerry Pournelle)

Safwch yn gadarn. "Stand firm."  From the Welsh New Testament

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Next Big Future: General atomics railgun has successful tests will lead to army truck based railgun system

From the article: 
GA-EMS' Blitzer railgun is a test asset designed and manufactured by GA-EMS to advance technology development toward multi-mission railgun weapon systems. Railguns launch projectiles using electromagnetic forces instead of chemical propellants and can deliver muzzle velocities greater than twice those of conventional guns. Blitzer railgun technology, when integrated into a weapon system that includes the launcher, high density capacitor driven pulsed power and weapon fire control system, can launch multi-mission projectiles with shorter time-to-target and greater effectiveness at longer range.


Pretty interesting weapons of the future.  This claims to reduce the ammunitition logistical train and increase the ability to respond to new enemy weapons threats.  However, it still needs quite a host of Fire Control and electrical generation and radar systems to make this work.  I suspect the size of the hardware will shrink over time.  Some kind of fuel has to power the generators.  Stll fascinating though.

Of Taco Bowls and Presidents | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

From the article: 
My point, I promise, and I'll be done: is it possible that we have lost our way? When those who are said to know better entertain the possibility that a "girls" sign hung on a door is somehow discriminatory – a hate crime; maybe that's the moment for a reality check. And isn't that where the people are leading us, this of all weeks? And is that such a bad thing? We have always been a country that must listen and learn from those who have built her. And those who build are, well – hungry for a taco bowl with a side of reality.


He wanders a bit but finally gets to his point in the last paragraph which I have quoted above.  Have we lost our way?  Is populism a good thing or a bad thing?  Double edged sword I suspect.  Like many things in life, intentions matter.  Is this a selfish populism we are seeing today or a populism leading us back to reality and our founding?

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Men Who Would Be King | PJ Media

From the article: 
Weston was at the bottom of a big hole. Modern Western civilization is inside of a big transgender bathroom. The fundamental mistake of the policy establishment (which Ben Rhodes derisively calls "the blob") was to take the Obama administration seriously, to think that terms like "grand bargain" and regional realignments were serious concepts and to spend hours pondering their meaning. Instead we now know they were just phrases that Obama and his inner circle made up as they went along.  Thus a White House that should have been instantly destroyed by contempt was instead preserved by the wariness of those who thought they were facing a Professor Moriarty rather Bluto from Animal House.
Perhaps the only person who guessed the truth -- besides Clint Eastwood -- was Vladimir Putin.  Some instinct told the Russian that inside the suit there was nothing. He's treated Obama accordingly and that's been the secret to his success ever since.  Malice or incompetence? Moriarty or Bonhoeffer's empty stupid? The reason the Washington policy establishment likes to believe Obama is some cunning schemer is that otherwise they'll never live it down.


This is a stunning article.  Some of us others also guessed the truth about Obama.

And then, try this article by Thomas Sowell.  http://spectator.org/articles/66174/military-coup-our-future  He suggests the military may need to step in to bring the country back to Constitutional authority.  

Have we really degenerated to this point?  

Glenn Reynolds: How to make the U.S. collapse-proof

From the article: 
Decentralizing institutions and limiting special-interest influence could soften a societal fall.

Pretty straightforward look at how complexity and government control leads to decline and a reminder that the founders wrote the Constitution with this in mind and attempted to prevent it.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It's Time to Return to the Principles of War | The National Interest

New thinking, however, has not made war any easier.
It is time to reverse course. Let's stop clinging to the notion that the new generation of thinkers is, axiomatically, smarter than those who preceded them.
At its heart, armed conflict remains a dynamic competition between adversaries; each conflict is tinged by the unique circumstances under which it is fought. Why waste time trying to develop complex intellectual tools that, in the end, deliver no better insights than simple, timeless constructs?
There is a case to be made for going simple. For that, the principles might serve well enough.


Sometimes we really do fool ourselves into thinking we are so much smarter today.  Usually, this is not true.  What did Patton say? 
"No dumb bastard ever won a war by going out and dying for his country. He won it by making some other dumb bastard die for his country." 
― George S. Patton Jr.

Pretty simple, actually. 

Medical Errors Cause a Third of Deaths

From the article: 
Medical error is the third largest cause of death in the United States, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ.
In 2013, at least 250,000 people died not from the illnesses or injuries that prompted them to seek hospital care but from preventable mistakes, according to the study.
That number exceeds deaths from strokes and Alzheimer's combined, and is topped only by heart disease and cancer, which each claim about 600,000 lives per year.
The death toll from medical mishaps would be even higher if nursing homes and out-patient care were included, the researchers found.


Is this for real?  I have known for a few years that the error rates in hospitals are higher than we want to own up to, but "third largest cause of death"?  At some point, you begin to wonder if you really want to go to the hospital or take your chances at home.