First, the Iranians have successfully tested a ballistic missile. Now, Obama and the U.N. both thought they had an agreement with Iran not to build ballistic missiles. But the Iranians say "not so!" and they also say the missile is for delivering a conventional warhead. Note that this is not a tactical, or battlefield weapon. A ballistic missile has only one purpose, it's a strategic weapon for destroying strategic targets. Like cities.
I got a letter from my mom today. She's a little old lady who lives in a college town in Oregon. Lots of old people write letters to the editor of the local newspaper, and my mother is one of them. She's got a sharp mind, even if she is 88 now, and it makes her feel like she is still participating in the life of the country. My sister is 59, a retired teacher and she lives in the same town. She's been a member of their local Republican organization for some years now.
Here's what the letter said:
"The climate against Republicans is so strong here, I don't dare write a letter to the editor because they make you give your address and I don't want to be vandalized or worse. Bev (my sister) probably won't go to the county fair or state fair with our group to set up a table with brochures, etc . She doesn't want a lot of , what is the word, vitriol flung at her and I don't blame her."
Unfortunately, this is a college town she lives in, and if you write a letter to the paper that offends the college "activists" you can get your tires cut, rocks through your front window, etc. As the old Hank Williams Jr. song says "Welcome to the USA today."
On a more uplifting note, I ran across some good post apocalyptic fiction books you might enjoy. you can buy them as digital books, or as paperbacks.
These books are out in paperback, they got an average rating of 4.5 on a scale of one to five (five being great, one being awful.) They also had over 300 reviews, which is hefty.
I don't want to give anything away and be a spoiler, but I'll say that I enjoyed these very much. If you have some time on your hands (like me) you may want to read them.
Thought for the Day:
And in conclusion: