Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Why the light posting?

Been renovating a property in mountains where cell phone service is spotty, and until this week, I didn't have hard Internet connectivity.

Should be wrapping up the lion's share of the renovation by the weekend.

More regular posting should resume when my present 12 to 14 hour work days lighten up a bit.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

More range, more firepower

If reports are accurate, it appears the U.S. military is no longer satisfied with its rifles shooting 5.56 ammo. Apparently Afghans toting old school rifles like the Mosin Nagant have revived the notion that size does matter:
According to multiple sources, what started out as a directed requirement for a 7.62 NATO Designated Marksmanship Rifle for issue to Infantry Rifle Squads has grown in scope to increase the Basis of Issue to all personnel in Brigade Combat Teams and perhaps beyond. The genesis of this requirement is overmatch. The troops feel like they’re in a street fight with a guy with longer arms. The 7.62x54R cartridge gives the enemy those longer arms.
Coincidently (or maybe not), I'm seeing more gun retailers increasingly pitching similar rifles in .308 or 7.62x51 to the U.S. civilian market. Just yesterday, I got an email ad flyer suggesting "Now is the time to build that .308 AR Rifle you have always wanted."

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Democratic Socialists

When Bernie Sanders was running for president, Democratic Socialists said they're not really socialists, just an off-shoot within the Democratic Party.

Some insisted they're not Communists, for sure.

But how to they talk among themselves?

How to they brand for internal consumption?

The Atlanta Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America recently had a little get-together.

They called it "Eat, drink, and be Marxist." 


Fundamental transformation by design

Some say America's schools are failing.

But others see them as reshaping Americans with chilling efficiency.

Educator Patrick Deneen writes:
Our students’ ignorance is not a failing of the educational system – it is its crowning achievement. Efforts by several generations of philosophers and reformers and public policy experts — whom our students (and most of us) know nothing about — have combined to produce a generation of know-nothings. The pervasive ignorance of our students is not a mere accident or unfortunate but correctible outcome, if only we hire better teachers or tweak the reading lists in high school. It is the consequence of a civilizational commitment to civilizational suicide. The end of history for our students signals the End of History for the West. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Woolsey's beating the drum again

Opinion piece at TheHill.com:
According to the Congressional EMP Commission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year—killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse. 
Two North Korean satellites, the KMS-3 and KMS-4, presently orbit over the U.S. on trajectories consistent with surprise EMP attack.
Every time I read about our EMP vulnerability, I can help but think how many "smart people" in the late 1930s into 1941 dismissed the idea of a major carrier based assault on naval forces, more specifically, a Japanese air assault on America's Pacific naval hub at Pearl Harbor.



Monday, March 27, 2017

Market jitters

Rough start on Wall Street this morning.

Via CNBC:
Dow falls triple digits as optimism on Trump agenda diminishes; financials lag

Before anti-Trumpers get giddy over this, consider the impact on public and private pension funds, 401Ks and IRAs as the stock market takes a dive.

Is this just a blip? Or a signal that anti-Trump politics may turn our long (and tired) bull market into a bearish one.

Less democratic Democrats

"After losing Congress, the left consolidated its authority in the White House. After losing the White House, the left shifted its center of authority to Federal judges and unelected government officials. Each defeat led the radicalized Democrats to relocate from more democratic to less democratic institutions." - Daniel Greenfield, writing at Front Page Mag

"Gun-Totin' Left-wingers"

Out in Arizona.

Yes, there's pictures to go along with the story. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Paging Speaker Ryan...

Sent by a friend regarding last week's ugly health care bill debacle in the House of Representatives:
"Mr. Ryan, you continue with your mantra, that the GOP is now a governing party not an opposition party. These are words that apply to you. You failed to develop a plan that embraced market capitalism and you did not involve the GOP conservatives in the early phases of drafting your plan. You tried to force this plan through, adopted a few changes, but mostly continued with big-government ideas and much of Obamacare's essential elements. The failure to govern is on the GOP leadership. And the failure to uphold the repeal promise with an actual repeal of most of Obamacare is also on the GOP leadership. These troubling circumstances could have been avoided."
~ Mark Levin, 3/24/17 
I personally suspect many in the GOP establishment, perhaps Speaker Ryan himself, is pleased to have thrown a stumbling block in front of President Trump and his agenda.

GOP momentum has been crushed by internal division, by Ryan's exclusionary games within House Republicans.  Stalemate, both within the Republican Party, and with the Democrats, becomes order of the day.

Status quo is here to stay unless President Trump finds the means and will to blast things wide open like he did on the campaign trail last year.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cash strapped consumers

People today have been so propagandized with consumerism, many are no longer able to determine the difference between needs and wants.

Spending on frivolity is likely a key reason why so many consumers would have trouble raising cash to deal with a real emergency.
About a third of consumers say they would have trouble coming up with an emergency $2,000, according to a new study released Monday.