Monday, August 25, 2014

Remember When Pronouncements Out of Moscow Bore No Resemblance to Reality?

That baton has clearly been passed to Washington.

Excerpt, Op-Ed Piece by Russian President Putin, New York Times, Sept. 11, 2013:

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¶ The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.

¶ Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country. There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government. The United States State Department has designated Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fighting with the opposition, as terrorist organizations. This internal conflict, fueled by foreign weapons supplied to the opposition, is one of the bloodiest in the world.

¶ Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Black Flag - White Minority

Black Flag. No, not the insecticide... not the jihadi flag either. The punk rock band.

I look at this not as music so much as an anthropological artifact... buried in the sedimentary layers. Thirty-four years ago - a different geological era, almost.

This is (some of) what Jourdan and I were listening to in high school. The rest of you maybe not so much... ;)

I anticipate lots of eye rolling and head scratching; if nothing else the comforting takeaway is that if we are in decline, it's been happening for a long time now. The title of the album which the first song is from is "The Decline of Western Civilization". Gotta say this about their stuff, it does what it says on the tin...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Misuri Llama a la Reserva Militar Para Restablecer el Orden

Again and again and again, we Americans have to endure these events, these awful, predictable, shameful and profoundly depressing events.  As I watch from overseas, connected as I am, I am yet again grateful that fate has allowed me to pursue a career away from my beloved home. I can't take watching this pitiful spectacle that American civic and political life has become. It has become actually, physically painful to me, in addition to mentally painful; and, so, I absent myself from it and continue to do what I can.

I remember all too well watching my home town burn and people die while the LAPD retreated to a safe perimeter. I remember as well watching from my apartment window in Berkeley as a rabid gang of Black looters beat two European-American young men, with Berkeley PD standing in a line 50 yards away and doing nothing.  I remember working in the Pacific Northwest, watching on TV when a gang of Black men began sexually molesting a young European-American girl at the Mardi Gras celebration in Seattle and beat to death a 15-year old European-American boy, stomping his head repeatedly against the pavement, in full view of two Seattle PD officers standing right there.  Their police chief at that time went on to work for the White House. In each case, the pattern is the same: a dysfunctional and broken community comes into daily contact with police, eventually, a member of that community is shot and killed, there is a riot, and the authorities tell the police to back off, to not create more problems, to let the riot anger burn itself out.

And, every time, every time, the same "speak truth to power" journalists and commentators act as if this is something new, something unexpected.  Why, they just pulled out of Ferguson!  The whole business community is up in arms, their property and stores looted!  Why, this is unheard of, this is news!

No, it's not.  It is America.  It is what we have become under this monstrous Liberal Revolution that took and people and a country and turned it into souless, pitiless, lock-step nightmare.

I look at "Misuri" and I see three things.

I see a broken Black community yet again holding up a small-time thug as a symbol of their oppression, taking no responsibility, taking no actions to correct the horror that their lives have become since their contribution to the victory of the Liberal Revolution. The plaintiff's attorney is already there. Eventually, when the prospect of easy money comes to the fore, a father will be found. Pathetic, disturbing, beyond hope.

I see a ridiculously over-militarized police force, using military weapons, using military jargons, an occupation force and not the police of a free people.  Because, we are no longer a people, we are no longer unified, crime and insecurity is no longer a rare event.  In the spare armoured cars and M-4s, donated to increase local police forces anti-terrorism capabilities, I see the endless militariziation of the liberal state. Self-satisfied, with their Oakley shades and the strut of men who have come to learn that whatever steps out of line must simply be beaten.  Pathetic, disturbing, and, worse, my own people, degenerated.

I see a town that has been stripped of its soul, its bleak main street littered with horrible fast-food joints, the usual big-box stores, completely devoid of personality, soul, and an actual affront to the ideal of beauty and community.

America as broken record, skipping and repeating the same track, over and over.  Time to blow a hole in the radio.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Primus - Tommy the Cat

Pretty sure that the bass and guitar riffs will be appreciated by some folks here.

Pretty sure the song as a whole will fall in the well, that's int-er-esting category.

But worth a listen. Released 23 years ago, a golden oldie.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ben Shapiro "I have never been more ashamed to be an alumnus of this university"

"Ben Shapiro, reporter and talk show host, makes the trip to his Alma Mater, UCLA, to make a statement against the BDS, a pro-Palestinian movement who supports boycotting Israeli products made in Judea and Samaria. “I have never been more ashamed to be an alumnus of this university,” Shapiro tells the audience. Shapiro’s audacity and courage made it possible for more Israel supporters to speak up at the BDS hearing, and, ultimately, the proposal was voted down. Thank goodness for Ben Shapiro and some healthy Jewish chutzpa!"

via Israel Video Network

Hat Tip:  Devon aka RWC from many moons ago in a strange green universe....

Turns out this is an old video but the truth is still the truth.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sense from Down Under

In Asia, the Game of Thrones is On

Excerpt, formal communique following the annual Australian-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), held 12 August between Australian FM Bishop and MoD Johnston and U.S. SecState Kerry and SecDef Hagel:
Australia and the United States reaffirmed the strong state of bilateral defence and security cooperation under the Alliance, as demonstrated through a decade of operations together in Afghanistan and Iraq.
With the signature today of the legally-binding Force Posture Agreement between Australia and the United States, we reaffirmed our commitment to work towards full implementation of the Force Posture Initiatives in Australia. The agreement provides a robust policy and legal framework and financial principles for implementation of the force posture initiatives announced in 2011. It demonstrates the United States’ strong commitment to the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions and Australia’s firm support for the US rebalance. The agreement also reaffirms our mutual intent to deepen our relationship and regional security through expanded cooperation together and with other countries in the region.
Australia and the United States welcomed the larger US Marine Corps presence under the third rotational deployment currently in Darwin and discussed the way forward for enhanced aircraft cooperation. They discussed the potential for additional bilateral naval cooperation and welcomed the significant, wide-ranging series of port visits planned for 2015. They also asked their respective officials to develop practical options to enhance naval training and exercises in Australia and the region.
Acknowledging the high-level of interoperability between Australian and US Special Forces, both sides supported fostering these links to address shared threats and enhance capacity within the region.
The two countries committed to continue to work together to counter the growing threat of ballistic missiles in the Asia Pacific region, including by establishing a bilateral working group to examine options for potential Australian contributions to ballistic missile defence in the region.

Excerpt, news story regarding the Government of the Philippines and former USN base Subic Bay:

“They can come here provided they have prior coordination from the government,” Filipino Under Secretary for Defense Affairs Honorio Azcueta announced shortly after his meeting with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on Monday. 
“That’s what [the Philippines] want ... increase in exercises and interoperability” with U.S. forces, Azcueta said, according to reports by the Philippine Star. 
Azcueta's announcement opens the door for the first American military deployments to Clark Air Force Base and the naval base in Subic Bay since DOD officially shuttered the facilities in 1991 and 1992, respectively. 
The deal to reopen Subic Bay and Clark Air Force Base was struck during Dempsey's visit to the Asia-Pacific region to attend the Shangri-La defense talks held in Singapore last Saturday. 

Excerpt, The Navy Times:
SINGAPORE — The Singapore military has agreed in-principle to allow the U.S. Navy to deploy up to four littoral combat ships to the city-state on a rotational basis.
Excerpt, The Diplomat:
Both dialogues [between ministers of Vietnam and USG officials] were held within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on Advancing Bilateral Defense Cooperation signed on September 19, 2011 and the U.S.-Vietnam Joint Statement of July 25, 2013.
The 2011 MOU set out five priority areas for bilateral defense cooperation: regular high-level dialogues between the Department of Defense and the Ministry of National Defense, maritime security, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and peacekeeping. The MOU, in fact, was a codification of activities that were already being carried out. The MOU was also a transparency measure designed to mitigate – to the extent possible – Beijing’s fears of U.S.-Vietnam military collusion against China.
As badly as we have managed affairs of late, it's sobering to watch how suddenly popular the U.S. is in China's neighborhood.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Do You Feel Safe?

An interesting little video from James O'Keefe at Project Veritas, showing his crossing the "mighty" Rio Grande, almost up to his knees, repeatedly.

Do You Feel Safe?

The 'Faulty Intelligence" Is Inside Obama's Head

Claims coming from the Oval Office about the US not responding to ISIS due to faulty intelligence, are at the same level of reality as the earlier claim from 0bama that, with the death of Bin Laden, terrorists were down to "JV"s and wannabes.

Perhaps he should have listened to this man more closely, rather than forcing him out for not toeing the party line about the world's crises.

Breaking Defense, the departure of Jerry Flynn

The money quote, for me, was this:

"We saw all this connective tissue developing between these [proliferating] terrorist groups.  So when asked if the terrorists were on the run, we couldn’t respond with any answer but ‘no.’ When asked if the terrorists were defeated, we had to say ‘no.’ Anyone who answers ‘yes’ to either of those questions either doesn’t know what they are talking about, they are misinformed, or they are flat out  lying."

At this point, I think it is both, with this administration.