UPDATE TO PREVIOUS STORY: HARRY REID BEHIND BLM ATTACK ON BUNDY RANCH

April 13th, 2014

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ALLEGATIONS SURFACE THAT SENATOR HARRY REID (D-NV) IS BEHIND THE BLM LAND GRAB OF BUNDY RANCH TO HELP CHINESE COMPANY
04-12-2014 5:31 am – Kit Daniels – Infowars.com
Dirty Harry ReidThe Bureau of Land Management, whose director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.

Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” directly states that Bundy’s cattle “impacts” solar development, more specifically the construction of “utility-scale solar power generation facilities” on “public lands.”

“Non-Governmental Organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle,” the document states.

Another BLM report entitled Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (BLM Technical Note 444) reveals that Bundy’s land in question is within the “Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone and surrounding area” which is part of a broad U.S. Department of Energy program for “Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States” on land “managed” by BLM.

“In 2012, the BLM and the U.S. Department of Energy published the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States,” the report reads. “The Final Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement assessed the impact of utility-scale solar energy development on public lands in the six southwestern states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.”

“The Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments/Record of Decision (ROD) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States implemented a comprehensive solar energy program for public lands in those states and incorporated land use allocations and programmatic and SEZ-specific design features into land use plans in the six-state study area.”

Back in 2012, the New American reported that Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid, was the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm planning to build a $5-billion solar plant on public land in Laughlin, Nevada.

And journalist Marcus Stern with Reuters also reported that Sen. Reid was heavily involved in the deal as well.

“[Reid] and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert,” he wrote. “Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada.”

“His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission.”

Although these reports are in plain view, the mainstream media has so far ignored this link.

The BLM’s official reason for encircling the Bundy family with sniper teams and helicopters was to protect the endangered desert tortoise, which the agency has previously been killing in mass due to “budget constraints.”

“A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher; they want his land,” journalist Dana Loesch wrote. “The tortoise wasn’t of concern when [U.S. Senator] Harry Reid worked with BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore.”

“Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests,” she added. “BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area.”

“If only Cliven Bundy were a big Reid donor.”

Update: The Drudge Report, the #1 news aggregate site in the world, has now picked up this story. Unfortunately for the BLM, the documents they wanted to delete are now exposed for the world to see.

Update #2: ENN Energy Group describes itself as a “privately-owned clean energy distributor in China.” However, as the People’s Republic of China is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party, all large companies in China, one way or the other, are either controlled or are heavily influenced by the Chinese governmenT.

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SOURCE: http://www.infowars.com/breaking-sen-harry-reid-behind-blm-land-grab-of-bundy-ranch/

KEEP ON WALKIN’

April 13th, 2014

A VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY


The confrontation in Nevada between cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and the Federal Bureau of Land Management ended yesterday with the release by the BLM agents of all 400 of the cattle they had captured, and returned them to Bundy. They did so because after they surrounded the Bundy ranch with armed Federal agents, hundreds of armed free militiamen from all over the United States swarmed onto the Bundy ranch, with the backup of Nevada sheriffs and police officers, to confront the Federal agents.

Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval had earlier criticized the agency for creating “an atmosphere of intimidation” and trying to confine protesters to a fenced-in “First Amendment area” well away from the sprawling roundup area. That “First Amendment area” didn’t sit very well with anyone, considering that the First Amendment guarantees us the right to free speech anywhere, not just in some little fenced-off area in the middle of Nevada range land.

What this is about, is that Mr. Bundy’s family has been grazing cattle on what is now land claimed by the Federal Government, since the 1870′s and he insists that the land belongs to the state, and that this is exclusively about his ancestral rights and state rights. He had been paying grazing fees to the Feds up until 1993, when the Feds terminated his grazing permit because they said the cattle were endangering the desert tortoise, which is a protected species. At that point Bundy stopped paying fees but continued to graze his cattle there. The storyline linked above has it that first he stopped paying the fees and then his grazing rights were revoked, but that makes no sense and I think they have it backwards. If they had concern for the tortoises, that would have been why his grazing rights would have been revoked. Then, of course, there would no longer be a levy on him for grazing fees.

So I think the BLM claim that he owes over a $million is specious, and that this is about his refusal to remove his cattle. He has been twice ordered to do so by federal courts and this is all about the BLM asserting authority. Now the BLM says they’ll go back to pressing their case in the courts, which is what they should have always been doing instead of sending a small army of armed government thugs out to harass, intimidate and intentionally impoverish this man. Their goal was to round up all of the Bundy cattle and take them away, leaving Bundy with no means of an income.

This is why we must continue to protect our Second Amendment rights to carry arms and form militias. We will always need to protect ourselves against our own government and this is one more case where armed patriots have pushed back and won. If they’d only been there at Waco and Ruby Ridge, the senseless murders carried out by Federal agents against American citizens might have been averted, but at least this time, they backed down. There was too much media attention, too many armed citizens, and too much Nevada state resistance to let them feel comfortable in attacking the way they’ve done in the past.

It should be noted that “Las Vegas Police Lt. Dan Zehnder said the showdown was resolved with no injuries and no violence. Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie was able to negotiate a resolution after talking with Bundy, he said”. “On Saturday, Clark County Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie announced that the Bureau of Land Management would cease their persecution of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy. He also stated that Bundy’s cattle would be allowed to graze on the disputed land. The sheriffs were quick to back Bundy and the militiamen up after the BLM agents said they would start shooting protesters if they tried to release any of the cattle!

In an emotional response, Bundy doubled down and issued the Sheriff an ultimatum, giving him one hour to disarm the federal agency, to bring the arms to the protest site to be destroyed, and to remove their barricades and checkpoints.

When Bundy’s expectations were not met, (by the BLM agents) protesters drove down to the site where his cattle were being held to demand their release: The cattle were then released. The Feds weren’t about to go up against them and the sheriffs deputies too. They were out-gunned.

Bundy Ranch confrontation with BLM thugs
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So the Feds have finally been sent packing and good damn riddance. This has set a new precedent, we can make our government back off from their thuggish intimidation if we stand together.

THE TOXIC MONSTER IS GETTING CLOSER

April 12th, 2014

A mass of floating junk of all types and descriptions, weighing roughly a million tons (that’s 2,000,000,000 pounds) and about the size of Texas is slowly but surely closing in on the U.S. west coast. It’s now over halfway between the Hawaiian Islands and our coast. Because of the vagaries of wind and ocean currents, it’s not certain just where it will finally make landfall, just somewhere between California and Alaska.

My money is on central California, but time will tell.

NO MORE ON THIS UNTIL THE EXPLOSION

April 12th, 2014

The supposed pings from what searchers have said are “unmistakably like black box pings” have faded out entirely and the last ping detected was NOT from a black box at all. In fact, there are so many things that can cause pinging sounds in the ocean that most of the noises they’ve detected were discounted.

The part I don’t get is that modern Sonar equipment can hear the noise of a ships propeller from 3000 miles away and triangulation will pinpoint it’s location within a few yards, or less. Considering all the U.S. Navy vessels out there looking for this airplane, and the very high quality of the Sonar equipment aboard those ships, and the fact that they did register the pings, why weren’t they able to triangulate the position? That makes no sense at all. They had an entire month to do so and didn’t. Moreover, a vast area of the ocean has been searched by hundreds of ships along with thousands of people scanning satellite images, all looking for aircraft debris, and not one single piece of anything from that airplane has been found. Not one.

It is remotely possible that the airplane managed to strike the water in such a way that it went straight in and down, but that’s just so hard to believe of something traveling between 350 and 500 miles an hour. Hitting the water at about 120 or more miles an hour is like slamming into concrete. It busts things up. That’s why people who jump off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco are always pulled out of the water dead. Jumping from that height and hitting the water causes damage and knocks people unconscious and they drown, if it doesn’t kill them outright. Now imagine an aircraft, a huge, thin-skinned structure like that, coming down way faster and harder. Of course it will get smashed to pieces, they always do. I think the “It could have sliced straight in and down” story is bogus crap. Back when I was in Navy boot camp, we had to jump off a high platform into a swimming pool. The height was around 16 feet or so, and we were told to assume a “cannonball” position when we jumped. But one guy thought he’d show off and dive, only he fell horizontally instead and smacked the water with his body flat to the pool surface. He came out covered in blood blisters from just that small height. Now picture a jet airplane hitting the water from thousands of feet up.

If it had crashed into the ocean, surely something from it would have been found by now, by someone.

What I think is that one of these days that airplane is going to be used in some attack on some other country, but I expect we’ll hear no more about this bird until it happens.

GLOBAL WARMING MAY BE A LOST POLITICAL CAUSE

April 10th, 2014

Our government and others really beat the bandwagon drums over their claims of global warming and a need to generate lots of new tax revenue through “Carbon Taxes” and the sale of “Carbon Credits”.

Now a new report is out which states that “Wednesday’s release of “Climate Change Reconsidered II,” a study by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, which draws its conclusions from thousands of peer-reviewed papers, and which finds global warming to be an entirely manageable, if not beneficial, change in the climate”, re: Fox News.

“The dirty little secret is , we are now at 17 years and 8 months of no global warming,” says Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Cato Institute. “Their models have failed year in and year out, ” he says of the scientists who comprise the 97 percent consensus the administration frequently cites.”

“The NIPCC report finds:

– That warming from greenhouse gases will be so small as to be indiscernible from natural variability.

– The impact of modestly rising CO2 levels on plants, animals and humans has been mostly positive.

– The costs of trying to limit emissions vastly exceed the benefits.”

So it looks like Hollywood is going to have to find new scenarios of global destruction to make movies about, that are intended to scare the crap out of us and make us believe the government propaganda. No more rising seas flooding New York and washing over the whole state of California, no more tornado storms. Well, at least there’s still tornadoes and earthquakes.

I wonder what Obama is going to try now, to wreck our energy industry, now that he doesn’t have global warming for a reason anymore?

OPPRESSION OR SOMETHING ELSE?

April 9th, 2014

This is just an interesting fact I came across during a Google search for something else entirely, and it stuck with me as being a really odd thing.

Right before World War II broke out, the global population of Jews was 16.7 million, according to Wikipedia and other sites. Then came Hitlers attempt to wipe them out, leaving less than half of them still alive.
Today, after 79 years to recover their numbers, if they had kept up with the population increase of the rest of us, there should now be over 52 million Jews. Yet there isn’t. Today the number of Jews worldwide is, wait for it, 13 million, less than there were before the mass genocide of Jews.

So is 13 million some magic number for Jews, that they constrain themselves to? Or are other things at work that have prevented them from increasing their population? They’re still persecuted all over the Middle East but are pretty safe in Europe and certainly very safe in the United States where here alone they could have easily increased to 50 million.

The reason most often given for this is that Jews don’t proselytize, they don’t seek converts as most other religions do, so the dropout rate combined with a low birthrate results in a really slow population increase. Maybe so. Israel has 6 million Jews, the U.S. has 5.4 million, and almost all the remaining 1.6 million or so are in Europe. At the same time, though, Jews are almost considered a race or at least a nationality like being Irish, and while Ireland has 4.6 million, there’s about 32 million Irish-Americans, and the Irish don’t go around seeking converts either. They just prosper a whole lot more here in the United States, as do the Jews, only even more so. A lot more so.

This is why this doesn’t make sense to me. I have a feeling that there’s way more Jews in the U.S. than they’re letting on. I think the real reason for the apparently low population is that after the Holocaust, they learned to keep their Jewishness to themselves and claim to be Baptists or some other, or simply Protestants when asked.

Not that this is important, just that the news has been dragging lately and I felt like posting something to keep you thousands of readers from getting too bored.

IN PRAISE OF PUTIN

March 31st, 2014

Actor Steven Seagal has joined the list of actors and others who are calling Vladimir Putin a great world leader. This has infuriated many in this country who see it as being a traitor to America, primarily because praising Putin puts our own President in a very bad light.

Well, then why doesn’t Obama do more to assert American strength? He’s not. He’s making us look weak and ineffectual, so far. He calls Ukraine an ally but he’s doing nothing to assist them, and he’s so far ignored their repeated pleas for weapons to defend themselves with.

It’s not just Ukraine, Obama has shown a limp hand in all his foreign policy decisions as well as lying to the American public about his actions here at home. He calls the IRS assault on our civil liberties a “phony scandal” even though we all know it’s a very real one and that he’s responsible for what the IRS does. He lied repeatedly about the Benghazi atrocities that he appears to have orchestrated, he lied about the Seals team killing Osama when Osama was already long dead and then had that Seals team killed to the last man in a set up ambush in Afghanistan. He told us all that “if we liked our health plans we could keep them” and then everyone lost their health plans.

When you put Obama and Putin next to each other, Obama shrinks to the size of a mouse turd. Steven Seagal is right that Vlad Putin is a great world leader. That doesn’t mean you have to like the direction he leads the world, or the way he leads, but you can’t deny, he truly is a great leader. Right now, he’s the single greatest leader in the world. I wish my country had a leader with his qualities of sense of purpose and moral strength. I don’t see Putin hiding and sneaking and lying like ours does. He says what he’s going to do and then he does exactly that. Not Obama, he says what he’s going to do and then either doesn’t do it at all or does the exact opposite.

I would happily trade Barack Hussein Obama for Vladimir Putin.

ONE MORE LOOK AT THE MISSING JETLINER

March 31st, 2014

So far, the only non-proven “proof” of where that missing Malaysian jetliner has gone has come from the government of Malaysia itself, and they claim that “pings” put it down in the Indian Ocean. The area they claimed it had to be in has been proven wrong. A search 600 miles further away, chosen because of a lot of floating debris, has turned out to be negative as the debris is just floating junk off of cargo and fishing vessels.

Malaysia itself has been uncooperative in the search for this plane. Why? Since it belongs to the government, and Boeing jetliners are very expensive, wouldn’t you think they would want all the help they could get?

An airplane of that size and with that many passengers doesn’t disappear without a trace into the ocean. It leaves a big debris field. Yet even with the global satellite surveillance we have now, and the thousands of people who’ve scanned every inch of the ocean’s surface, and all the ships and airplanes that have joined the search, not one single trace of that aircraft has been found.

Clearly, this aircraft did not ditch into the ocean. It landed somewhere. Everything points to this. The sudden climb to nearly 45,000 feet, the aircraft’s maximum altitude, would have been done to ensure that when the cabin was depressurized, all the passengers would die from lack of oxygen and not be a problem later on during the flight. What other possible reason could there be?

The flight was at night, when satellites would be unable to see it. The course changes were designed to confuse and misdirect. That plane is either in Pakistan or Afghanistan and we will be seeing it again, one way or another.

THE FADING JETLINER – I’M STAYING WITH THIS STORY

March 25th, 2014

LATEST UPDATE: Exactly as I’ve suspected, and said so, all that junk that’s been spotted floating around on the ocean is just that, debris from ships and other floating trash and not one single piece came from the missing jetliner, which is now undoubtedly well hidden somewhere in the Middle East and getting refitted for a nuclear weapon.

UPDATE: Days later, still waiting. All this time and not one piece of debris plucked from the ocean. The stuff the Chinese spotted via their satellites has been passed by with no comment, so that was just floating junk. Now they’re searching some 600 – 700 miles farther on, the seas are calm, but still no news. Why not? No doubt because that stuff is just more junk. My money is still on that jet landing in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

Each day I check the news for something, anything new, about that missing Malaysian jetliner, and the news is just fading away. When the Malaysians announced that they were certain it had crashed in the Indian Ocean, that seemed to satisfy the media and they’ve moved on to other stories. The Chinese, however, are as dissatisfied as I am over Malaysia’s claim and are demanding to see all the evidence that Malaysia has.

Large pieces of some sort of debris were spotted in the Indian Ocean by surveillance satellites. When we look at anything on this planet via satellite we can determine within a few feet exactly where it is. We can get instant GPS coordinates. So I would like to know why, of all that junk they spotted in the water, that not one single piece has been reported on as having been found even though dozens of ships went to the spots where they were? That makes no sense at all unless none of it was debris from the airplane and they know more than they want to tell. Because if any of that stuff HAD been from the airplane it would have been announced immediately.

In other words, I don’t believe that none of the searchers found any of those pieces spotted by satellite. They had to have found at least a few.

An airplane that size with so many people on board carries a huge amount of luggage and a lot of that luggage floats. Wing sections float. All the seat cushions float. Bodies float. There’s an oil slick and a fuel slick. When jets crash into the ocean, there’s a huge debris field, stuff is everywhere. Yet there’s no debris field.

Where’s the airplane?

MALAYSIA SAYS?

March 24th, 2014

The Malaysian Prime Minister is now saying that “experts” believe beyond a “responsible doubt” that the missing airliner went down in the Indian Ocean.

Really! Didn’t we read just a few days ago that there was a lot of distrust of Malaysia over this missing plane episode, that they were being uncooperative, were delaying the investigation and so forth? Yes we did. Malaysia is Islamic, why should we trust anything they say? Now they’re insisting that a bunch of floating junk out in the ocean is debris from the missing jetliner, so, End of story, forget about it, nothing happening here. Jedi mind trick.

It’s going to take undeniable proof for me that the airplane went down in the ocean. It seems pretty odd that the Malaysian Prime Minister himself would declare that the plane ditched in the ocean without offering a bit of proof. Unless he wants people to stop looking for it, because that airplane is needed for a major act of terrorism.

I hope it actually did go down in the ocean, as that will end the possibility of it being used for some terrible act of destruction, but until we know for certain I’m not taking the word of a Muslim that it did.

UKRAINE, PROVINCE BY PROVINCE?

March 21st, 2014

Now that Crimea is joining Russia, the majority Russian-speaking population of adjacent Kherson Province is pushing to secede next. Considering the gathering horde of Russian soldiers, pro-Moscow protesters and lots of media propaganda, I’m betting that Kherson will soon also be torn away from Ukraine.

This time it won’t happen without some bloodshed, even if it’s just on the level of Ukrainian citizens throwing Molotov cocktails in defiance of the Russian troops. At the first violent defensive act by Ukraine, Putin will claim that some sort of law or treaty or whatever has been violated and will respond with far more violent reprisals. The Ukraine Army is a pitiful little force incapable of defending the country and Putin could just march in and take over the whole place without any trouble. He’s doing it this way, piece by piece, to maintain a semblance of legality and not cause any major retaliation from the EU.

The feeble sanctions being batted back and forth between Obama and Putin are just for show. We have no real stake in Ukraine but want to look like we care a lot more than we really do. The EU, on the other hand, has a huge stake in the Ukraine because those nations get most of their LPG gas and oil through Ukraine and Ukrainian pipelines, as well as a lot of their farm products. So how the United States reacts can be ignored. What matters is what the EU does in regard to these moves by Russia, and my guess is, not much, either.

The fact is, any EU nation that rallies against Russia’s takeover of Ukraine will find itself cut off from their energy supplies next winter, and will watch heating oil and gas become rationed as prices for them soars. I expect little more than lip service from the EU unless they can come up with a way to scare Russia into backing off. The EU needs leverage against Russia’s energy bullying and this couldn’t be a better test of purpose for them. If the European nations have a reason to be united, now’s the time to show it.

IS NUCLEAR WAR ABOUT TO BEGIN?

March 19th, 2014

That missing Malaysian jetliner now looks to be in Western Pakistan, in Al Qaeda-held territory. That’s because of several reasons. Our Navy has called off it’s search for the plane, indicating that they have reason to believe that it never went into the ocean. The jetliner carried more fuel than normal and was known to be still flying 7 hours after the disappearance because a ping from it was detected, and the Malaysian government, which is Islamic, is being uncooperative in the search for it.

At the same time that our Navy quit searching for the plane, Israel boosted it’s air security and says that they see Iran’s fingerprints all over this episode. They fear that Iran now has an atomic bomb and are preparing to use it on Israel, or that one of the a-bombs from Pakistan’s inventory will be used.

Retired Air Force General Thomas McInerney, in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, stated his belief that the jetliner is in Western Pakistan, and indicated that he had intelligence from “other sources” that bear this out. Right or wrong, it’s becoming clear that the plane didn’t crash anywhere but landed safely, and for it to do that without being noticed would be nearly impossible. That means that if it did land anywhere in Pakistan, the Pakistani government knows it and knows where it is, so they are complicit with Malaysia in this.

Wherever that plane is, it’s an easy conclusion that it’s going to be used as a terrorist weapon against some other nation, and the most likely nation is Israel. According to General McInerney, we will know a lot more within the next 24 to 48 hours about the whereabouts of this aircraft.

VON’S GROCERY RIPOFF ?

March 12th, 2014

Just got back from a second round trip to Von’s Grocery and back home after checking my sales slip for accuracy. I really need to get into the habit of doing that before I leave the store premises, because all too often I find that one or more on-sale items has been charged to me at full price instead. Today was more of the same. I bought 5 bottles of a sauce that was on sale for $1.99 instead of the regular price of $3.20. I was overcharged $6.00

Last week I bought a few things there and after I arrived home and checked my receipt, I discovered I’d been overcharged $1. Since it was just a dollar I wasn’t about to spend twice that in fuel to go back for a refund.

When I went back for my refund today, I accused the store manager in a loud voice of deliberately marking sale prices on items but not entering those price changes into their computer, and demanded some compensation for my time, trouble and gasoline. He said it was company policy to issue a $5 gift card on any refund over $5, which mine was, and gave me one. Funny thing, last time I got a refund even larger than that but no one offered any gift card. Obviously, you have to demand compensation to get it there.

No doubt my noisy accusations embarrassed the hell out of him, at least I hope so. I do think that this is done deliberately in spite of his protests, as most people don’t bother to even check their receipts for accuracy, and the few who do and return for a refund apparently aren’t being given any $5 cards as compensation unless they demand compensation. So one has to ask, how much more profit is Von’s making by this practice? You can bet that the number of $5 card handouts doesn’t come anywhere near to the total amount of overcharges. When I said that I thought this was deliberate, the manager and two clerks within earshot all looked down and away instead of offering any denial. What does that tell you?

If this pricing sloppiness really is due to oversight instead of being deliberate, which I personally doubt, then maybe this sort of embarrassment will get them to pay more attention to business. I’m damn tired of having to keep going back for refunds on overcharges. It just shouldn’t happen and it sure looks like fraud to me.

INTERNATIONAL LAW? WHO CARES?

March 10th, 2014

Obama and Kerry have been ranting away lately about how Putin is violating International Law over in Ukraine and the Crimea, and yeah, he probably is. Just like the Chinese have been doing since the end of WWII and we’ve been doing since ever. Our government has violated International Law so many times in it’s use of force on small nations that it’s ridiculous. The British Empire, the French, the Italians, pretty much every European nation has forced colonial rule onto those peoples who were unable to successfully fight back and the Russians are no different from all the rest in doing so, as well.

For Russia to be dominant over the small nations surrounding it is actually a good thing. The Russians can control and contain the spread of Islam and the terrorism and miserable living conditions that come with it far more effectively than those little nations can do by themselves. Individually they’re pushovers for Islamic conversion by force, but not when the Russians are there to prevent it.

It is a united and powerful Russia that keeps the Chinese from moving in. China and Russia are equally expansionist. As far as Communism goes, most of Europe is somewhat Socialist now, while China is becoming less Socialistic and more capitalistic, and capitalism requires a certain level of democratic freedom to work well. So I see Putin’s efforts to rebuild part of the old Soviet Union as a positive thing, a way to keep things balanced. He will have to be kept in check, of course, just like the Chinese, or Russian troops will be marching back into Poland once again. A line does have to be drawn and hopefully will be by the E.U. and us.

As for Obama, the only reason I can see for all his posturing and rhetoric over this is the issue of Islamic expansionism. Every time he interferes in some other nation’s business, it has to do with Islam. The way he backed the Muslim Brotherhood, for instance, and the incredible Arab Spring disaster that he poured our money into implementing and that enabled Islamist hard-liners to take over national governments. As I pointed out, Russia’s expansions will put an end to Islamist expansion, and Obama surely doesn’t like seeing that.

DOING EVIL IS STUPID

March 9th, 2014

Just returned from another field trip, this time to a little canyon near the little hill town of Agua Dulce for some Howlite, and took an old friend along.

We did pretty well on the rock hunting and came back with some very nice material, but that’s not what this is about.

On returning to my car, which was parked off the side of a fairly busy paved road, I found all the tires to have been punctured with a broad-bladed knife three times each. I’d heard a car stop by mine while we were back in the canyon and wondered why they did, but I was too far back in to do anything and the canyon turns this way and that considerably so the car was totally out of view. The little criminal drove off shortly after I heard him arrive.

I have AAA and called them, and in about 45 minutes a tow truck showed up and took us and the car to a tire shop in a large town about 10 miles off. The tow was free, it was covered by my insurance, and the tires were very nominally priced, so that part wasn’t too bad and the service we received all around was excellent. Neither of us was particularly upset by all this, since it wasn’t exactly a life-threatening situation, just an inconvenience more than anything. But……

I’d considered taking my .22 rifle along like I did on the last field trip, for protection. If I had been returning to the car when that miscreant started puncturing my tires. I would have shot and killed him on the spot. After all, he had a knife. Then I would have called the Sheriff and there would have been no charges on me because it would have been self defense. Damn right I would have said he came at me with the knife. Of course.

So what if that had been the case? When someone makes a point of slashing the tires of unattended vehicles whenever the opportunity presents itself, that person will sooner or later do this to someone who is armed and catches him at it. Let’s extrapolate a bit here… What if I’d been in my car and unarmed and he decided to puncture me along with my tires? And how long can this person keep getting away with stabbing tires before he decides to start stabbing people? How long before this person dies violently?

I’m a firm believer in Karma. What we do really does come back to us. We can’t go randomly violating the property and lives of others for some gratuitous thrill and not expect to end up getting hammered ourselves. People who do these things tend to progress, to worsen, because after awhile the same old tricks lose their excitement, and they take bigger and bigger chances to keep getting a rush.

My life was only momentarily interrupted but I wonder how long before that moron’s life is interrupted permanently.

huge howlite nodule
My best find that day, a 43 pound howlite nodule, shown cut in half, 10 inches across the faces.

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

March 5th, 2014

Spring comes early to the California desert, it’s as if everything can’t wait to start turning green again and flowering after all those really short days and long, cold nights. When the nightly low temperature starts hovering around 50 degrees instead of 40 or less, and the days become suddenly balmy in the 70′s, it’s Spring.

One of the ways to tell is the sight of homeless tramps, tired and dirty looking, walking along the road with backpacks on. No, those people aren’t hikers or sightseers traveling cheap, they’re here to follow the sun. There’s a lot of abandoned homes in the hills and that’s where they land, and then go into town and either scrounge for recyclables or panhandle at our one and only shopping center. Since this is California, most of them are signed up on some sort of state program that gives them food stamps, so even though they’re always on foot, they never go hungry, and the few dollars they get begging buys all the clothes they need at the thrift stores.

For me, Spring lets me pursue the part of my hobby once again that takes me out into the field. I’m freshly back from a camping trip way out into the desert in search of a rock called Lavic Jasper. The best quality is laced with bright reds and yellows and is pretty spectacular. It makes great jewelry, so I understand, though I’m not much into that part of the hobby, just the cutting and finishing of cabochon gems.

The location for this rock has been picked over for at least 60 years and all of it is on the surface. You can’t dig for it because the desert floor there is literally paved with rock. Even though the soil is sandy, getting a shovel into it is pretty difficult and nowhere will you find even a single hole where someone has attempted it. Considering the efforts rockhounds will go to, to get at a nice specimen, that says a lot about the digging problem.

So erosion is the key. I went right after the last of a series of rainstorms subsided, while the last clouds were still sprinkling a fine mist, and it paid off. There wasn’t a single other person out there the entire time I camped, and the rains had washed all the dust off everything and exposed some fresh material. After several days of bending over, picking up and examining rocks, I’d accumulated well over a hundred pounds of them and my back was telling me that I’d collected enough. I had two 5-gallon buckets filled to the brim plus another pile in a large cloth bag.

Not all of it is great quality, in fact just a small part of it, really. About half is fairly good and the rest, well, I saved someone else from having to bend over. A few pieces are really spectacular, though, and the whole trip was great fun. There will be no problem selling off slices of the stuff on ebay and getting the cost of the trip back, either.

More trips are planned soon to other desert rock collecting areas. The window of opportunity is from the beginning of March to -maybe- the middle of May. By then, days on the desert floor can be hitting over 100 degrees, there’s no shade, and you don’t want to be out there alone.

UNDERSTANDING FINALLY BEGINS TO DAWN

February 26th, 2014

I just saw on the news where a black woman gave birth in downtown New York City while crossing a street.

How could any pregnant woman be so uncaring about an imminent childbirth as to be anywhere except in a safe place when her baby is due?

Thinking about this, memories of some facts about Negroes come up, like, back when they were tending cotton fields in the South, pregnant black women would often stop, squat down, have a baby, and go back to what they were doing. Pretty incredible. Life was never very sacred with them back in the African bush either, and it still isn’t today. They kill each other off just as often in Africa, actually a lot more so, than they do here. I don’t know if that’s because of thousands of years of high fertility combined with high infant mortality rates, and maybe it is that along with the frequent deaths from wild animal attacks and battles with neighboring tribes. But life just isn’t very important to them.

When someone dies in a black family the women scream and carry on, flailing their arms around and acting totally out of control. But you watch these TV shows like 48 Hours where the cops go out and actually interview these same relatives and no one is crying. They’re over it already, pretty much. They’re okay with blacks killing blacks. The only time they seem to get in a rage about it is when a white person kills a black, and that’s just for show around the neighborhood to prove they still hate whites.

I’ve wondered for a long time why it is that blacks kill each other a lot, and I think the reason is because they just don’t think it’s important. The lives of black people, or any people, just don’t matter to them very much. When they kill each other, they usually won’t talk to the police about it, and no one in the neighborhood tells on them, so they get to keep on living there. But if they kill a white person, they know the police will be all over the place, which is why they don’t kill more white people than they do. It’s as simple as that.

I admit this is a difficult concept for me, which is why it took me so long to reach this conclusion. The life and liberty of the individual has always been sacred in American society, it’s what we were all taught as children. I think that must be the American Exceptionalism that Negro Obama says we don’t have. From a racial standpoint I can see why he would feel that way.

BITCOINS, LIKE THE MORNING DEW

February 25th, 2014

Bitcoins, the non-existent money that’s been getting a lot of publicity lately, may be headed for extinction. It seems that 740,000 or so non-physical bitcoins have disappeared from a large bitcoin exchange, supposedly worth about $370 million. Since bitcoins exist only as 1′s and 0′s on computer hard drives, and a few keystrokes and clicks of a mouse can erase the entire hard drive, why would anyone invest real money in electronic money?

When I first read of bitcoins I figured the idea was headed for disaster simply because you can add or subtract anything you want on the Internet, which is the only place bitcoins existed. It’s like expecting Etch-A-Sketch pictures to be permanent. When I hear the word “bitcoin”, the words Gossamer, Cobwebs, Morning Dew come to mind.

The price in real dollars of a single bitcoin soared to over $1200 before dropping down to around $500, and now with the news of this disaster, the price is at $470 and still falling. The Dollar is always undergoing inflation and losing a little value over time but good lord! Not even precious metals are that volatile.

This reminds me of the Great Tulip Disaster, that happened way back in 1637. Rich people were investing in new breeds of tulip bulbs as fast as they came on the market, and at the peak of the bubble, one tulip bulb was priced at ten times the yearly wage of a skilled craftsman. Then people woke up to the fact that the prices were insane, and the market crashed, wiping out a lot of fortunes. Or so the story goes, anyway. At least you could hold a tulip bulb in your hand. That’s more than you can do with a bitcoin, and now that the wake-up call has come, Internet coinage that people hand over cash for is about to get hammered.

Russia has already banned Internet coinage and other countries are likely to follow suit, if they don’t slap heavy regulations on it instead. Imagine what would happen to any nation where all their money was traded in on bitcoins, and then those bitcoins disappeared off the Internet. The entire country would be plunged into poverty.

This is a stupid idea. We already have electronic money in the form of credit cards. We can have our paychecks automatically deposited in our bank, pay all our bills on the Internet, and never have so much as a single dollar in our pockets. The majority of our transactions are done this way now, and the process is loaded with risks and losses as it is. Why make it worse?

Bitcoins and all the other start-up Internet coinages are nothing but speculation, attempts to get rich off other people’s losses. The Stock Market has more credibility.

BYE BYE, PIERS MORGAN

February 24th, 2014

Piers Morgan, the fat-faced, red cheeked jerk who’s been CNN’s very own Asshole Of The Universe, is losing his show after a run of 3 years. He took over when Larry King retired after a run of 25 years. Larry was a respected news reporter, but Piers has done nothing but insult every decent person of note and attack with contempt our Constitutional values ever since he was hired in by CNN.

Piers is from England, and he’s so well practiced at the sort of arrogant snobbery that normally is the exclusive province of British royalty that he must think he’s one of them. He’s not. Piers Morgan is a gutter rat who’s cultured a fancy accent. He was fired from his job in England at the Daily Mirror after publishing fake pictures of alleged British troop misconduct in Iraq, and he’s currently under investigation by British authorities for hacking people’s voice mail, a charge he denies. Hmm.

When we go over to England we don’t start in insulting the people and the country. That’s a fast way to lose your welcome and both CNN and Morgan should have known better, because the show’s ratings dropped further with every snotty, snide remark this asshole made about our country.

Good riddance, scumbag.

THE POT AND THE KETTLE

February 24th, 2014

Hypocrisy, such as criticizing others for doing things you do yourself, is like the pot calling the kettle black. It’s an old expression that most if not all of us know. That doesn’t seem to stop people from doing it, though, and even getting their accusations published in prominent news media as if they really had valid points.

For instance, Bob Costas, the newsman who was banned from the Sochi Olympic games for his criticisms of Russia, is quoted in a Fox News article by Howard Kurtz: “While in many significant ways, Russians have better lives than Soviet citizens of a generation ago, their’s is still a government which imprisons dissidents, is hostile to gay rights, sponsors and supports a vicious regime in Syria, and that’s just a partial list.”

Kurtz clearly agreed with this in a following remark, and since Fox News published it, I’ll assume that their editors do, as well.

Why do I take exception to his statement? Because it’s hypocritical. We imprison dissidents too, we just call them by different names and hide the fact while the Russians do it openly. Our government was hostile to homosexuals until very recently, and I have yet to be convinced that turning all of our social values upside down to accommodate 1% or 2% of our population is a good idea. We have sponsored and supported vicious regimes all over Central and South America and elsewhere for nearly two centuries, and every time the people revolt and end up with an even worse regime that kicks our asses out, we get all indignant and self-righteous. Batista in Cuba, the Shah of Iran, dictators we backed, and look what happened. For a nation that supposedly supports democracy on our own turf, we’ve destroyed it almost everywhere else we’ve gone.

Who the hell are we, and by that I mean the likes of Bob Costas, Howard Kurtz, Fox News and anyone else, to tell the Russians that they should be following our example? We should be PRAISING Russia. That country has been a dictatorship for almost forever, and only now are the Russian people finally getting some real freedom under Putin’s leadership.

Our soldiers are fighting and dying in Afghanistan where no one wants us. Our wars in the Middle East have seriously destabilized the region. The Russians are not fighting in Syria, they instead are supplying the government with arms to battle an Islamic insurgency that would further tear down the stability of the Middle East. I can’t find a thing that makes them wrong and us right. We propped up and supported the Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt and the people had to have a revolution to get rid of them and return to democracy again. No thanks to us. Iraq was a stable country, holding it’s own in the region until we swarmed in and committed mass butchery, and then left. Now look at the mess.

The media Right complains about the lies and hypocrisy of the media Left and rightly so. There’s plenty of it, but that’s no excuse for the Right and it never will be.