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September 29, 2016

Fayettevile, NC

We've spent the week house hunting with our daughter in Cumberland and Moore Counties. It's a great way to get lost in a hurry, thank God for GPS. We see some really beautiful homes here as well as some not so nice, but lots and lots of brick which I love.She has about three favorites thus far in her price range. She starts her new job in a few weeks and we're waiting to hear when she starts her  assignment in the Kentucky National Guard.

In our travels we've learned a lot about the area, especially the wear and tear that artillery imposes on a house. Cracks in the walls are very common in homes within a two mile radius of the artillery range at Bragg. It's the sound of freedom ringing throughout the structure.

Our hosts, a retired Army Lt. Colonel and his lovely wife, are simply the most gracious people on the planet. This is the third time we have stayed with them over the past seven years, ever since our daughter was first stationed at Bragg. We met them when the Army sent him to comptroller's school at Syracuse University, they attended our church and my wife taught their young boys in Sunday school. That has to be at least fifteen years ago.

Their twins are now juniors in college, their oldest son just graduated and left a few weeks ago for Ft. Leonard Wood as a brand new 2nd Lt.

The weather has held up nicely, but this morning (it's about 0830) we still have a downpour which has lasted all night so we may have to dampen our efforts to locate a suitable dwelling for our girl. Maybe we'll spend some time in Bragg's excellent PX today. 

I see that all this rain caused an enormous sinkhole to open up on an access road to Fort Bragg.


Yikes!

September 23, 2016

On Vacay

I am blogging from beautiful southern Maryland, St. Mary's county near Leonardtown, staying with my sister and her husband.  We will celebrate his 70th birthday this week. Then on Monday the wife and I are will continue on our victory tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where we will join our daughter in celebrating her terminal leave from the  Army. Yes, our Soldier Girl has had enough of the Big Army and has taken a civilian job with a DoD contractor serving the Little Army, a  JSOC unit at Fort Bragg. She has also joined the Kentucky National Guard, 20th Special Forces Group. She still wants to serve.

We then journey east to Cape Carteret  to stay with some friends near Emerald Island. From there it's homeward bound where I will yet ponder on compete retirement. After 42 years in the business, it's getting old.




September 20, 2016

Spooky Hillary


Is she going after the chameleon vote?
If she can fling her tongue out and catch flies I just may vote for her.

September 19, 2016

Hillary Deflects Blame

Even as Muslim terrorists are attacking Americans on American soil, this witch is throwing blame on anyone other than the Muslims.
From Breitbart:
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is accusing Donald Trump of treasonous behavior, because he’s specified that radial Islam is responsible for the surge of terrorist acts around the world.

“The language that Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries,” Clinton said, citing an article by former head of the counter terrorist center Mike Olsen citing Trump’s tough rhetoric as fueling Islamic state recruitment. She described Trump as a “recruiting sergeant” for ISIS.

Clinton made her remarks on the airport tarmac prior to leaving for an event directed at millennials in Philadelphia, speaking out about the terrorist attacks in New York City before President Barack Obama addressed the nation
She runs and hides from revelations that she helped create ISIS by supplying them with Libyan weapons in a scheme that got Amb. Stevens killed.

September 17, 2016

In Mother Russia, Priests Cast The First Stone

From the Moscow Times:
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin of the Russian Orthodox Church is no stranger to controversy.



The staunchly conservative Orthodox priest has stuck his nose in everything from Kremlin involvement in eastern Ukraine to women's rights. He's claimed that women wearing short skirts “should not be surprised if they are raped,” and has railed against mixed-denomination Christian congregations.

But he outdid himself on Aug. 15, when he turned a question on a new statue dedicated to Ivan the Terrible into an ode to Stalin – dodging the question to declare both his support for the Soviet leader and the brutal purges in which millions of Russians were killed.

“He [Stalin] did a lot. At the end of it all, what's so bad about destroying some of [Russia's] internal enemies?,” said Chaplin on the Echo Moskvy radio station.
However, some Russians do remember Stalin's legacy of slaughter, exile and terror. Just this week a memorial to Stalin was vandalized the very night after it was dedicated.

Home Cooking


September 16, 2016

Is Comey Channeling His Inner Putin?

The FBI has a problem, it has lost it's lustre as the premier law enforcement agency in the US and has become nothing more than a political organ of the DNC. Is it just another KGB wannabe?

The KGB had it's origins in czarist Russia and was known as the Okhrana (Department of State Police). Alexander II created it in 1880 to monitor anti-government radicals. After the 1917 Revolution, Lenin took over the Okhrana; in late 1918 Lenin assumed control of the Russian government and the Okhrana became the NKVD (People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs). A subset of the NKVD was the Cheka. It's purpose remained unchanged, the only thing different was the targets of its agents; it was still an organization created to control anti-government, now counter-revolutionary, influences.

In 1922 the Cheka was renamed the GPU (State Political Administration) but by that time had already murdered a half million Russians. In 1923 it was again renamed, it became the OGPU (Unified State Political Administration).

After Stalin's death (1953), in 1954 Nikita Khrushchev reorganized the NKVD into the KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, or the Committee for State Security - remember this name). This was done to "soften" the fear and dread inspired under the old NKVD by Stalin. The KGB was actually an umbrella agency that controlled at least nine other state security agencies (Directorates) throughout Russian and its fourteen republics.

After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the KGB was broken up into three different agencies: the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Federal Agency for Government Communications and Information, and the Federal Counter-Intelligence Service (FSK). In 1995 the FSK was renamed the Federal Security Service. In 1998 the Federal Security Service (FSB) was headed by Vladimir Putin, the current Russian Prime Minister.

Under Bush II the US transitioned 120 federal law enforcement agencies into a single parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security.

Department of Homeland Security v. Committee for State Security, sound similar?

Congress willingly passed legislation greatly increasing the ability of the government to collect information and more important, enlarged the scope of these intelligence gathering activities. Mission creep also played a role in the types on data collected. This is very similar to the old communist model under which US citizens are now subject to the same scrutiny as enemies of the state. Unless, of course, you are a member of the political elite.

If you look at the Soviet KGB organization and the functions that it encompassed, you get a very uneasy feeling that it has been reborn and renamed the Department of Homeland Security. Doddering old women barely able to walk through airport security apparatus are scrutinized just as thoroughly, or even more so, than a mid-Eastern male of military age. Through the revelations uncovered by Snowden, we are now aware of the of the unbelievably intrusive intelligence gathering activities of the NSA.

History teaches us that under a unified police function subject to a single state authority it doesn't take very long before citizens who do not agree with state driven agendas become enemies of the state. And citizens who are non party members are automatically categorized as possible enemies.

Apparently FBI Director James Comey is very responsive to this and is perhaps channeling his inner Putin, party loyalty and all that. He has demonstrated this by granting a common criminal and her accomplices special protections that are not available to "non-party" members, re: the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

From Townhall:
Earlier this week, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress took the FBI to task for its failure to be transparent. In the House, it was apparently necessary to serve a subpoena on an FBI agent to obtain what members of Congress want to see; and in the Senate, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee accused the FBI itself of lawbreaking.
Comey knew that Clinton and her operatives had destroyed subpenaed materials, lied to investigators and obstructed justice but excused all her actions as it lacked the mens rea of intent.I have never heard of such an excuse applied to acts such as those perpetrated by Clinton.It boggles the mind.
[...]There were numerous aberrations in the investigation. There was no grand jury; no subpoenas were issued; no search warrants were served. Two people claimed to have received immunity, yet the statutory prerequisite for immunity -- giving testimony before a grand or trial jury -- was never present.
And this is another glaring example of investigative mismanagement/corruption. Since when is immunity from prosecution granted in the absence of testimony? And these people are still taking the Fifth before Congressional hearings!
[...]On the Senate side, matters are even more out of hand. There, in response to a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the FBI sent both classified and unclassified materials to the Senate safe room. The Senate safe room is a secure location that is available only to senators and their senior staff, all of whom must surrender their mobile devices and writing materials and swear in writing not to reveal whatever they see while in the room before they are permitted to enter.
If Hillary Clinton is somehow elected, this is only going to get worse. This vicious, vindictive woman will go after everyone who has slighted her - if she lives that long. Her medical complications may remove her.

September 15, 2016

It's Getting Lonely

The people leaving New York are the ones that New York can't afford to lose and the people moving into New York are the ones that New York can't afford to keep. The math is terrifying.

From the NY Post:
Taxpaying New Yorkers are leaving in droves for other states.

In 2014, 126,000 tax filers fled to other places in the US — more people than in any other state, according to a study posted on newgeography.com.

The Empire State also lost the most “high earners,” who reported making more than $200,000 a year.

“New York has been leading the nation in domestic migration for decades,” Wendell Cox, who co-authored the study, told the Albany Times Union.

While New York’s population is still growing, in part because of immigration, many residents are leaving for other states because of high property taxes, a lack of business opportunities and unaffordable homes.

“The property taxes are bad, but they are on top of an even worse situation in terms of affordability,” Cox said.
Take a look at this graphic. It shows taxpayer migration from 2000 to 2010.
Green is good, purple is bad.
New York is deep, dark purple ... the worst.
Florida is deep green ... the best.


Conversely, New York's population during this same period (2000-2010) grew by 401,000 (2.12%), from just under 19 million to just under 19.4 million.

Guess who moved here?

Police Shoot Man With Cleaver


My daughter called home today all excited about an incident she ran into on her way home from work. A NYPD cop got hit in the head with a cleaver or something by some idiot. The cops shot him a buncha times. Cop and perp both in the hospital.
A Midtown cop was whacked in the head with a butcher knife during a harrowing rush hour scene just steps from Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Cops were called to W. 32nd St. between Seventh Ave. and Broadway just before 5 p.m. when several people saw the suspect running with a butcher’s knife in his hand, according to witnesses and initial reports.

“He was running down the street waving it,” said an MTA worker, who wished not to be named. “The cops were chasing him.”

The phalanx of officers finally surrounded the man near Penn Station and told him to drop the weapon, but he refused.

“Drop it! Drop it!” the cops screamed repeatedly, according to witnesses.

When one of the cops tried to knock the blade from his hand, he struck the officer with it, leaving him with a deep gash.

Then all hell broke loose, the witness said.

“They shot him up,” the witness said. “He was hit five or six times. He was laid up on the sidewalk. It looked like he was dead.”
Story here.

September 13, 2016

Hillary's Health And The Media Cover Up Are Both Falling Apart

Breitbart has a delicious array, nay, a politically salacious smorgasbord of medical opinions regarding Hillary's recent collapse. Please, sample one or three...
Dr. Orient referred to reports that Clinton has a blood clot near her brain, noting that anti-coagulant medication prevents clots from spreading, rather than dissolving those which already exist.

“Does she have a residual problem getting blood out of her head, which causes high pressure on your brain?” Dr. Orient asked.
Hmmm, tasty. This means that any swelling in her brain caused by previous blockage has not been addressed by anti-coagulants. Are there any other meds that could accomplish this?
Andrew recommended additional testing, including an EEG brain wave test and more neuro-cognitive testing, “to be sure she’s not having intermittent seizures.”

“We’ve seen her have these episodes of staring, and with the history of potential brain injury, there’s potential scarring, which can then cause these seizures to occur,” he said.
That was yummy. Another? Oh please, go on. There's one hors d'oeuvre I left out about atrial fibrillation (which I take medication for).
“What are her carotid Doppler results? Does she have atrial fibrillation? Why is she on Coumadin? Does she maintain the Coumadin regularly?” he asked, referring to a blood-thinning medication.
More and more the media is being forced to report on her deteriorating medical condition and the "pneumonia lies" that are falling apart.
"What you saw was not even remotely close to pneumonia,” Eric said firmly, citing his own experience at dealing with upper-respiratory infections. “That was an immediate event that caused, obviously, a complete, almost like paralysis of her lower extremities. It’s insulting to not only physicians in the people that saw that, but also to everyday folks.”
I consider the entire Democratic party organization to be an insult as well as these so-called professional  people they have conscripted to deceive the American people.

But never you mind. Have some dessert.
James said it was “shocking” that Clinton’s doctor would allow her to repair to her daughter’s apartment for a mere 90-minute rest period after the event she suffered, saying she should have been checked into the hospital for tests including a CAT scan of her brain, given the danger of her blood-thinner medication inadvertently producing a condition where her blood has been thinned out too much.

This Is Just Getting Better And Better ... Or Deeper And Deeper

The Drudge Report just gave the Daily Caller about a zillion hits with a link to a story about John Kerry helping his daughter gets millions in taxpayer dollars.
More than $9 million of Department of State money has been funneled through the Peace Corps to a nonprofit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.

The Department of State funded a Peace Corps program created by Dr. Vanessa Kerry and officials from both agencies, records show. The Peace Corps then awarded the money without competition to a nonprofit Kerry created for the program.

Initially, the Peace Corps awarded Kerry’s group — now called Seed Global Health — with a three-year contract worth $2 million of State Department money on Sept. 10, 2012, documents show. Her father was then the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which oversees both the Department of State and the Peace Corps.

Seed secured a four-year extension in September 2015, again without competition. This time, the Peace Corps gave the nonprofit $6.4 million provided by the Department of State while John Kerry was secretary of state.
H/T Drudge

September 12, 2016

Pizza Pizza


In The Navy

In the Navy!
You can sail the seven seas!
In the Navy!
You can use your ovaries!
In the Navy!
In the Navy!

USS Eisenhower
The Navy says a sailor who never reported being pregnant has given birth to a baby girl aboard an aircraft carrier sailing the Persian Gulf.

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban told the Virginian-Pilot the 7-pound infant was recently born on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf.

Both mother and daughter are doing well and were airlifted to a shore-based hospital in Bahrain.
They called the kid Ensign Houdini because no one can figure out how she got there.
I'll leave the seamen jokes to you guys.

Story here.:

Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh.
We've got plenty of college joys, even if your jam is gay-ay-ay-ay.
Through my last week on shore, I spread my chromosomes,
And if we meet once more, I'm hoping you never find where I call home.

Now I Know How Idiots Survive

Researchers show that an iron bar is capable of decision-making


(Phys.org)—Decision-making—the ability to choose one path out of several options—is generally considered a cognitive ability possessed by biological systems, but not by physical objects. Now in a new study, researchers have shown that any rigid physical (i.e., non-living) object, such as an iron bar, is capable of decision-making by gaining information from its surroundings accompanied by physical fluctuations

September 11, 2016

Germany Awakening

After allowing almost unfettered entry of a million uninvited guests into their country, it now looks like the Germans are preparing for trouble within their own borders.
There have been several alarming developments in Germany over the past few weeks. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government has told its citizens to begin stockpiling food and water. And not long after announcing that, the government suggested that they may bring back the draft, which was abolished in 2011 after it was deemed to be archaic and unnecessary.

Initially the government was reluctant to bluntly spell out exactly why they wanted to bring back conscription or why their citizens should start stockpiling necessities. But based on some of the reports that have come from the German government since then, it’s obvious that they’re preparing for terrorist attacks...

[...] MAINZ, Germany — Germany is preparing to train troops to be deployed within its borders for the first time since World War II amid fears of terrorist attacks.

The country’s armed forces will hold joint drills with police early next year, officials confirmed.

Authorities stress that counterterrorism measures will primarily remain the responsibility of police.

However, the potential for large-scale attacks have made the use of German military assets “conceivable, even probable,” according to Lt. Gen. Martin Schelleis, the Bundeswehr’s chief of joint support services.
Story here.