|Jonathan Harris Painting|
Took the Cherokee in this morning for a maintenance check . Needed the fan belt rollers tightened and after the epic journey to the mother in laws on the other side of the mountains, I wanted the brakes checked.
We bought this vehicle in 2000. It as a 1999 someone bought, then croaked and the family traded it in.
It's got over 200,000 on it now. I had a Grand Wagoner that I drove for 16 years. Of course, I put a new engine and transmission in it, but what a stalwart that vehicle was.
I always buy Jeeps. Getting time to think about getting another one here soon.
While we are embroiled in internal politics, things are getting very dicey in the South China Sea. If there's a big blow up internationally, it will be there. Not the Ukraine, or Venezuela. We are involved in it because Japan is our ally, and they are up to their necks in the problem. While the Chinese try to grab large swaths of sea space illegally, nobody has done anything to stop them.
Did you notice Obama went to Vietnam and agreed to sell them weapons? That's to counter balance Chinese expansionist plans. But he is playing a dangerous game. Just how dangerous (and how repetitious ) this is, you can easily see if you can get a copy of this book. I think it's out of print now but probably available through inter library loan.
Another fun fact is that Carter had to choose between the U.S. recognizing a Vietnamese backed provisional government for Cambodia, or he had to recognize Pol Pot's regime, although he knew for a fact that genocide was going on there. To avoid offending China, the State Department wanted to recognize the Pol Pot crew. Carter went along with the program, and the U.S. facilitated the establishment of the Pol Pot government in the U.N. and let them set up an embassy in the U.S.
Remember when the Chinese fighter rammed a U.S. P3 aircraft over the disputed area? We were all told that the Chinese were so kind and helpful to the crew of the aircraft when it made a forced landing in Chinese territory. Now, 16 years later, it's a forgotten incident. But if you read the memoirs of the pilot in command, what we were told was clearly not what happened.
Each chapter is delineated with a time identifier so it's easy to skip over what you aren't interested in.
I had been out of the service about 14 years when all that happened, and I remember thinking that either the press was blowing smoke up everyone's rear, or the Chinese had done a miraculous makeover in a very short time.
If we keep sending reconnaissance aircraft over those man made islands, something similar is going to happen. Especially since the Chinese will be miffed about the arms deal with Viet Nam, and they know Obama is a coward and an idiot. It's a bad idea to tweak the dragons tail when he thinks you are a paper tiger.
Upon reflection, I realized that if we make the Chinese mad enough, they don't have to use their nuclear arsenal or their huge military. They can just cash in the U.S. Government paper they are holding. Overnight we'd be in the next Great Depression.
As for events here, Black Jesus is calling for the reinstatement of the Clinton gun ban. I lived under that for ten years. If there is another one, it will last longer than I will. Meanwhile, the government will employ it's legions of security drones to stamp out Americans who don't comply, while the Islamo fascists work their way down through the different levels of society, whacking citizens left and right. I know there are some really stupid people in the country, but the latest polls indicate they comprise more than half of the population. Where is Pol Pot when you really need him?
Have you noticed that the dialog about the terrorist attack in Orlando is now about "guns" and not about the spectacular failure of the U.S. intelligence community. MSN is now telling people that he shooter was "gay" and that this was not a terrorist event, but related to sexual identity problems. It's called " deflecting criticism of the bumbling government."
Interesting that the "pressure cooker bombers" in Baltimore had been under surveillance
but the FBI decided they were harmless. Russian intelligence warned us that the two brothers had been trained in terrorist camps in Chechnya, but our savvy intelligence community ignored that. When the older brother was a suspect in the knife killings of a Jewish woman and her three kids, he walked "for lack of evidence."
The Chattanooga shooter was on the skyline with the FBI, but professionals that they are, they decided he was all talk. The San Bernadino terrorists had been reported as suspicious (not by their neighbors, who were afraid of being branded racists), but the FBI gave them a cursory glance and said "nyaee". Nidal Hassan was investigated a number of times, identified as a threat, and no action was taken because he was Moslem. Too many careers might be threatened by taking any action against a Moslem. Better to wait til he actually kills a bunch of people and do something then. So they left him alone and he killed a bunch of people at Fort Hood. But nobody lost their jobs over that.
And yet, there are still people out there who believe their personal protection is not their worry. The government and the alphabet agencies will take care of them. Good luck with that. But then again, it's a way to purge the gene pool, if you are a Darwinian.
|There are some people we just don't need in the gene pool.|