For the past several weeks, the residents of Gaza, the autonomous Arab region of Israel that is entirely under the control of the terrorist group Hamas, have been ruthlessly assaulting the environment, heedless of the damage they are causing to generations yet unborn.
One of their tactics is to light old tires on fire near the border to screen their activities from Israeli guards. News agencies around the globe are showing multiple pictures with the dense black smoke in the background and not one of them mentions the damage this is doing to the environment. Not one mentions the added air pollution and toxins intentionally flooded into the air. Not one mentions the added health risk to vulnerable Arab children with respiratory diseases like asthma. It’s as if all of those news media companies don’t really care about global warming at all.
He isn’t dead yet, that I know of, but it is pretty certain that he is heading that way sooner than most of us.
He has had a contentious life known for backstabbing every conservative issue his voters wanted him to defend and enjoying the power of the incumbency to stay in power way too long. But the point of this post is to wish him peace, and that his family will find grace and dignity.
Imminent death is not the time to remember past grievances or petty slights. Such things are no longer important. Each man leaves this world as he came into it, penniless, powerless and alone. For the Christian, there is hope that at the threshold of the transition, we are no longer alone and are indeed the beneficiaries of a great treasure that has been stored up for us.
May Senator McCain go into that reward that has been reserved for him and may the chattering class for once pretend to shroud themselves with dignity, or, lacking that, be distracted by a squirrel for the time being.
Their goal was political. Force a confrontation at the US Border. If violence happens, the USA is shown as a despotic human rights violator. If violence doesn’t happen, then the USA is shown to be impotent to guard its own borders and it is open season. Either way, the hard core Left wins.
The picture above shows a whole bunch of people who know that they are perfectly safe in their assaulting of our border. They know with certainty that they will not be harmed. Worse case, they get a week or two full paid vacation in the USA followed by free trip home. I wouldn’t doubt if some leftist organization even gave them pocket money for participating.
As I have said before, there is a way to fix this problem: There needs to be real, rational penalties for violating our borders. Penalties that potential violators would want to avoid.
- For first offense: Caning. Beating with a cane. Inflicting pain. No permanent damage. Then let them go. Permanently ban them from ever entering the USA legally. This last part is how you get them to voluntarily deport themselves. They will get out of the country as fast as they can to avoid this penalty.
- For second offense: Another caning. Tattoo on their face to help Identify them to authorities next time.
- For third offense: Death. They aren’t listening. And they are a threat to the USA. Anyone who willfully will not live under the law despite being caught multiple times is a threat.
Note that no where in there is any sort of Asylum hearing. No prison. No incarceration of any sort. It isn’t needed. Under my system, you don’t hold them. You beat them and return them to their home countries. No more asylum for anyone. Asylum, as we know it, was a tool for fighting the Cold War. The Cold War is over. There is no rational reason for letting people from Africa or Guatemala cross the Atlantic or Mexico to get asylum here. They should get asylum in the first place they enter outside their home country. The cost of doing this is much lower than the current system. No lawyers needed. Participation is totally voluntary. If you don’t want a beating, don’t come to the USA without permission.
Common military strategy accepts that surprise is a good thing. Trump blew that in his twitter war, essentially telling the Russians we were coming.
It should have been a turkey shoot with the ground littered with burning pieces of US, UK and French jets. The Russians, with the most sophisticated air defense systems on the planet failed to shoot down even a single antique western jet.
Those jets, in turn, failed to cause any damage on the ground because the Syrians and Russians had 48 hours notice it was comming.
What likely happened: Trump and Put in both win. They both get to do what they need to show strength, but no one dies so war is averted.
There can be no doubt that Trump intentionally warned Russia through twitter so that this would be a bloodless exercise for everyone. He never had any intention of going to war with Russia. Nor did they intend to go to war with us. Both sides played their roles and both sides walked away stronger.
It’s not 4d chess. It is a simpler strategy that refutes the old international paradigm that state department geeks have depended on for over a century: for us to win, the other side has to lose. Trump is unpoisoned by traditional military paradigms or international real-politic diplomatic games. His point of view is to find ways of mutual benefit so that we get what we want. For me, witnessing the decades of American foreign policy guided by generals and ambassadors, this new approach is deliriously refreshing.
There is a bit of wisdom at the US Army National Training Center in the desert of California. Go against doctrine and lose and you are a moron. Go against doctrine and win and you are a genius.
A lot is going on. A few days a go the news media, reporting from a place where there are zero western journalists, reported that the Syrian government bombed a rebel neighborhood with chemical agents, killing about 40. The media has used the same two pictures since then. One of a sad little boy wearing an oxygen mask. The second was a video of children getting hosed off and forced to inhale from asthma inhalers.
Then the twitter war between America and Russia.
It was my first inclination that there was no attack. This area has a long history of faking atrocities for attention. This event has all the markers of such an event. But it looks like there is evidence that chemicals were used.
The next question is who did it. There is no reason to believe the Syrian regime did it. He is capable of it, it’s just not in his interest to do it at this point.
The most likely corse of action is that the USA will launch $50 million bucks worth of cruise missiles at abandoned air fields (Syria already moved everything).
This for a country that 3 days ago, Trump was on the verge of abandoning. Instead of wasting expensive cruise missiles, or killing brown people we don’t know and don’t care about, why not spend that $50 million buying new missiles (cruise, hellfires, GMLRS, etc) to replace some of the ones we already used freeing those people from ISIS.
We don’t need another war. We do need to recover from the last several. Oh, and remember that Syrians are not like us and don’t let them immigrate or visit the USA.
I’m returning home from that place I go and will need a place to live. So I have been shopping on line. Then I click on the “for more info contact this person” and wait for a response. The response is predictable. They want to talk to me on the phone and cease contact when I explain email is best for me.
I know why they do it. They want to hit me with the sales pitch for exclusive representation so I don’t shop around. They know I eventually will buy a place, no thanks to them. But they expect full commission for providing basic property info, when their name is on the ad to do just that. This is a problem.
Other than professional realtors working hard to maintain their monopoly on 6% listing and sales commissions, there is no reason for anyone to use them. They aren’t providing any information that is not already in the listing. The entire listing is already on line. The on line listings already steer business to a few selected agents. Those agents do nothing to add value to the transaction. They don’t bring in customers or supply houses for customers. They are leaches on the process of buying and selling homes. They are another service industry that has been completely made obsolete by the Internet. They are just doing a better job fighting it off. And there is an abundance of them in every community just waiting for the next customer to walk in the door. Not one is markedly superior to the rest because their career field doesn’t require superiority. All it requires is coming to work and answering the phone so when a customer walks in (buyer or seller) you can be there to put your hands in their pockets.
If I were there I could find sellers and skip the leach parade entirely.
I’m at Iceland’s National art museum. There is an exhibit called “treasure of a nation”. If this is their treasure, I feel sorry for Iceland. They have no artists of any merit. Nor any art. Nor anyone who works at their museums who would recognize art if it came with an attached Amazon review written by Michealangelo.
They had a whole room devoted to pictures and video of a woman and her lesbian friend, naked. They only had 5 rooms. It was no more artistic than a typical Facebook page.
There was more artistic merit in the wood floor than in anything above the floor.