You do not need a parachute to skydive. You do need a parachute to skydive twice.
And, another name to my list of actors and actresses I won’t go see again. Too bad. Hunger Games was a good book, and a good movie — hardly a promo for big, powerful government. She should have stuck to parroting solid lines written by other people.
I think we conservatives have to be “the resistance” against the Republicans. So, today, I get an email from Governor Scott Walker asking for donations to get more Republican governors elected. Okay, I might donate. But, why? I’m not seeing tremendous difference between the way Republicans and Democrats actually govern.
At the same time, I read that the Republican Senate may use a massive defense funding bill to stall President Trump’s reversal of Obama’s reversal of the longstanding policy of keeping the military free of people so messed up that they pretend to be someone of the opposite sex. The usual Republican suspects are involved, but why would the Republicans essentially now align themselves with the defunct President Obama, against the President we conservative Republicans elected?
In the meantime, take a look at the various factions we permitted to move ISIS fighters around in the sandbox, finally dumping them at the Iraq border. Yeah, that works, doesn’t it? They literally drove ISIS to the border and let them go.
Were we more powerful, more committed, less constrained by our own Rules of Engagement, these factions would not have dared strike such a deal leaving ISIS alive, without our permission and we would not have given it.
This weakness prolongs turmoil in the Middle East. The people there, and our people who deploy, suffer the most.
US forces (not identified in article) in the extreme north of Syria, just south of the Turkish border, have been shot at by a Turkey-backed Syrian force. We discover in the article, that this has been going on for some time, with our people out on patrols getting shot at by “indirect fire” (artillery or mortar rounds); the article is vague about whether our people are now targets of rifle fire. The military spokesman admits this is the firs time we have shot back.
We back the Kurd units fighting ISIS. The Turks loathe the Kurds and will not permit them to withdraw from the former Ottoman Empire, to form their own country.
We are in the middle. I say “we” but, really, it’s a few volunteers who are soon forgotten by a people more interested in prancing around buck naked at Burning Man, or pursuing a degree in LGBTQ-whatever studies.
If it’s not so vital to our defense that our populace would accept the draft, then it’s not that important to us. I applaud the volunteers who try to give oppressed people a chance at something better. But, what an uphill battle.
Picking up on the post below, we get too fixated on Afghanistan. We have problems other than the quagmire Afghanistan has turned into.
Red China remains dangerous. The Democrat weakness shown by Clinton and Obama aggravated the risk posed by North Korea, formerly mostly a threat to South Korea. Their Chucky puppet is now long-range nuclear-armed, thanks to the Democrat Party. Our Navy is stretched thin. Pacific power is re-shuffling. That would be good, if we were to structure the new Pacific the way we want it, through our beyond-dispute power. However, our enemies smell our weakness, and exaggerate our internal strife — also caused by the Democrat Party.
Russia should be a has-been world power. Instead of a threat to the rest of Europe, and the opponent of America in the Middle East, Russia should be a willing, pacified, sort-of-European and American partner. The weakness of the Democrat-chosen President Obama, complete with a corrupt and Marxist influenced entourage, and our internal cultural absurdities — like fixation on global warming and cross-dressing perverts — are open opportunities for Russia’s former KGB strongman. The Democrat Party Trump-Russia farce is a poorly orchestrated theater of the absurd which casts us as a prime target for mockery in the world.
NATO: I point out as usual, that NATO is a treaty agreement that obligates us to go to war on behalf of any member-state. A quick glance at the re-drawn map of modern Europe shows the historical hot-spots along the fracture line that we call Eastern Europe, from the Baltic Sea to the Balkans — again. Why are Americans committed to go to war in Europe, for Europe? What is the justification in this new era? President Trump is supposed to extract us from this dangerous obligation of mutual defense, and re-negotiate our relations with the European states; I’m waiting for that.
Mexico, our next-door neighbor, remains fragile, even hostile at times. Unreliable for sure.
Much of the rest of Latin America remains fragile, and unfriendly to America.
Cuba: a problem now mostly for the Cubans only, but a potential source of Islamic terrorist infiltration. Same for Venezuela. Any Latin American dictator caught aiding our enemies should be taken out. Killed. Without apology or regret. We probably should have liberated the Cubans long ago to secure our southeastern coast. In contrast to NATO, there are good geographic reasons for The Monroe Doctrine.
Africa. My God, what a mess. Africa tears at your heart. But, when compassion translates to “send other people’s sons to die forgotten in hot, dusty, faraway places that we don’t care enough about to go there ourselves,” it’s not compassion at all; it simply adds to the chaos that characterizes today’s America.
Besides all of the above, and despite challenges worldwide, our military is under-strength, undermined and over-deployed. Insistence on gay this and LGBT-whatever discourages strong young men from joining and making it a career. Young officers experience betrayal by higher-ups and prosecutions for combat actions, causing otherwise-committed soldiers to think again about a career. The Rules of Engagement and general atmosphere seem orchestrated to advance the Left’s anti-American agenda. The military does not seem to have the backs of the men and women we send to hot, dusty, dangerous, faraway places to do battle on our behalf. Neither do we, the people.
The Democrat Party now uses a cynical anti-American strategy of divide and conquer, missing no opportunity to fracture our people into small fighting factions. It’s working.
All of the above serve the Left’s agenda of using anarchy and chaos to undermine America. The Republican Establishment have gone along with it for decades. They are too stupid to get that, after America is “burned down,” they will not get a seat around the new table.
I’m counting on President Trump to do what he said he was going to do: take on Washington, D.C.’s corrupt oligarchy and either get the Republicans to follow or get them out of the way. If he loses, The Government Party consisting of both major political parties will be emboldened into growing their power for decades to come.
- We had to go kill as many evil people behind 9-11 as we could hunt down.
- There was no way we were ever going to make Afghanistan into a nice, friendly, Americanized (whatever that means anymore) state. As the article’s writer put it, “We’ve enabled our military’s dreams of turning Afghanistan into Arizona long enough.” I do not think this was the military’s dream; they were told to go over there and win hearts and minds, and in the military way, they saluted, said “Yes sir!” and went for it — even at the expense of our own troops. If some senior leaders have spent so much time in-country and in-mission, that they have bought into the mission of making Afghanistan our friend, then I point out again that we are 17 years into their endeavor, and “failure” looks like an accurate assessment.
- Our support for ongoing warfare is equivocal, causing our troops to suffer the consequences in supply, replacements, and rules of engagement.
- How can we now train Afghan men to succeed, if we have not succeeded at that for all of the time, blood, and money it has cost us?
- What we have been doing has not worked — surely, even the most entrenched can see that after 17 years.
- What is our mission now, anyway?
I’m willing to see President Trump try something new. But, more troops and good tweaks to the ROE don’t look much like a strategy change, to me. Find that mission that we can and should accomplish, do it, or just bring the troops home now.
You go out to eat on a Friday night. You’re having a great time. The server brings by the check, and you casually put your credit card in the folder.
The server has your card company, your card number, your expiration date, your name, and that security code on the back. The server may have a scanner which lifts all of this, and your address; or, the server may jot it all down and look your address up online.
Now, the server has all needed either to make online orders, or to sell your data to bigger thieves who will manufacture a duplicate card.
I had this happen to me. In fact, I’ve had my card data stolen 4 times, all in different ways. In my opinion, the proper punishment would be to contact all other people whose data was lifted and offer them the opportunity to serve on the firing squad.
You can go to the website mentioned in the article, and key in your report. There it goes. I’ve sent it off into the hinterlands before. Apparently, nothing ever happens unless you are an employee of the U.S. Attorney’s office as was the victim in the news article.
You can try calling local law enforcement: “This is now a federal matter, report it online.” You report it online and never hear from anyone again. However, upon my credit card fraud unit alerting me to one stolen data transaction, I demanded to know the delivery address given by the thief. Then, I looked up the address to figure out which governmental entity had jurisdiction, and called the local police department there. Unlike my last efforts to do this, a super-sharp police sergeant from a small town in Pennsylvania literally ran down the guy using my data to make orders which he had mailed to his own address. Turns out, the guy had been duped by a “Make money at home!” scheme, running what he thought was a package forwarding service for people absent from home a long time. Instead, the guy served as the patsy to make orders using stolen credit card data, and forward them from his own address to another. But, the sergeant was all over the case. But, since the next address in the line of delivery was in another state, there was nothing else he could do locally. That report I made at the federal website…. Did someone compile my report with others, and use it in a prosecution? Possibly, but I’ve never heard back from any of my online fraud reports. Off they go….
Nonetheless, congratulations to law enforcement officers for catching David Masoner. These thieves are a blight on society.
By the way liberals who just love big government: our government facilitates some of this theft. My personal background data was lifted by hackers who broke into the government employee database. That included my social security number, my mother’s maiden name, and lots of other stuff that you might use to answer those security questions. I will never know for sure that this data breach opens me up to credit card fraud, but using some of this information that no one else ought to know, one thief then tricked my credit card company into changing my online banking information so that I would never receive any statement to review for fraudulent charges.
Here’s another example. You parents know that, even if your income will disqualify your new high school graduate for financial aid to go to college, you have to fill out that huge, intrusive FAFSA form anyway. They want to know all about you. Guess what? The IRS has access to it. And, their access tool got breached. Thanks, Big Brother. And, the Left in this country want the government to have all information about you and control every aspect of your life. Right. Make America Great Again. Make the swamp smaller while we are draining it. There are reasons for limited self-government.
Now, I pay cash in restaurants — and I watch my statement online very closely. And,
A small core of Marxists seizes every opportunity to divide America through anarchy and chaos. Wounds largely healed must be picked at, re-opened, with salt rubbed in.
That is what the so-called “counter-protesters” are about. That is what is behind the current small movement to remove Confederate monuments. That is what is behind BLM. Attend a conservative politician’s rally, and you will find loud rabble-rousers trying to interrupt. This has been going on for years. The only difference today is that they see that government is either unprepared to keep the peace, or infested with Democrats who are complicit with street violence. So, they get away with more now. Instead of just trying to block TV cameras with big signs, they block streets and attack any who try to run the blockade. Their tactics are getting worse. Of course.
There are dupes who join in thinking they are taking the moral high ground. But, the moral question raised is not the impetus for these clashes: anarchy and chaos are.
The entire movement seeks to tear down America, break America into fighting factions, and destroy the unity we have shared over values such as those expressed in the Declaration of Independence and in the Bill of Rights. The news reports carefully screen the available images, but a few hammer-and-sickle and communist party signs are visible among the “counter-protesters” in the background of images selected to emphasize the role of the organized demonstration that obtained the permit.
Americans could once again unite over the dream of limited self-government with maximum personal liberty. Those aspirations inspire Americans of all races — but not of all creeds. There are creeds jealous of liberty and tolerant of no one’s freedom of action but their own.