Obama’s Sins Come Full Circle 2

Oh, how he crowed and bragged that he would bring all the US military home from Iraq. Our military was spread thin, tired, and people had developed a lot of resistance against foreign military action. We were all tired, but I was never in favor of getting all our military out of Iraq.

The consequences of leaving Iraq without any US military safeguard was obvious to everyone. We all knew that when we left Iraq to the forces of terrorism and foreign incursion from belligerent countries, all the wonderful things that Iraq was becoming were at stake.

Heck, even I wrote about this three months before the last American military unit left Iraq on December 31, 2011. It must be noted that on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 (September 11, 2012), the Benghazi terrorist attack took place which was planned, supported, and executed by the very groups Barack Obama said were out of business.

Now, the smartest guy in the room has created a situation where the Al Qaeda type terrorists have conquered a significant portion of the entire country of Iraq. Tikrit, Mosul, Fallujah, and smaller cities have fallen to the ISIS (Islamic State In Iraq And Syria). Baghdad may be next.

Their stated goal is to form a Caliphate, an Islamic state ruled by Islamic law. Islamic law means Sharia, which is a barbarous collection of brutal, outmoded, and tribal rules which punishes people rather than empowering people. All the empowering is done for the religious elite.

Barack Obama is now responsible for Iraq’s future because the United States of America has deserted those people. You can talk all day long about how they didn’t deserve the Billions of dollars and the thousands of lives we dedicated to the Iraqi people. Obama will have given an entire country to the terrorists with which to do as they wish with no opposition.

Once you let the terrorists take over a country, you have done the stupidest thing possible. You are giving the terrorists an entire country in which to plan, sponsor, and execute terrorist attacks all over the globe.

Obama’s decision to desert Iraq has come around to bite him in his popularity. That’s the only thing that concern’s this guy.

 

 

Little Things Mean A Lot 6

This essay was inspired by a man named Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of a very famous book, “The Black Swan”.  This is not about the Natalie Portman movie, it is a very interesting book on where our financial experts went wrong leading up to the economic disasters in the last few decades. It is a bit mathematical, and certainly covers some philosophical points. It may be boring for some people, but for those who want to know how some things work, it is well worth the effort.

The term Black Swan  comes from the fact that for centuries, nobody knew there was such a thing as a black swan. All swans in the known world were white. One day, people went to Australia and lo-and-behold, what did they find but black swans. No longer were all swans assumed to be white.  The discovery of black swans was a totally unexpected event.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb took that idea, and describes the 9/11 terrorist attacks, hurricane Katrina, the US financial system disasters in the 1980’s, 1990’s, and the 2000’s as black swans. They were all big, life changing events, not predicted, and most people believe they should have been predictable if only we had connected the dots. That’s a black swan.

How do you make yourself ready for an unpredicted, really big, life-changing event? Think like a boxer. These guys work out extensively every day by doing calisthenics, getting punched on the body and the face, and by keeping to a training diet. When the big fight comes, their body is in condition, and they are ready for the big punches their opponent is certain to deal them.

Being able to handle all the little punches, adversities, and problems in everyday life is one way to be ready for the “Big One”. There are obviously many dimensions to this idea, and many are sound. Allergy shots are given everyday to inoculate the body from the really big shock of a heavy, Atlanta Georgia allergy season. Infants and toddlers should be allowed to crawl on floors, go to those pre-schools which are germ incubators, and to generally let their little bodies learn to cope with the little attacks of daily life so they can grow up prepared to handle the tough, and germ infested world.

Is there any connection with the economic world, i.e., government and other institutions?

Socialism, communism, and fascism try to insulate people from the economic travails of life, i.e., joblessness, bankruptcies, natural calamities, fraud, and greed. Instead of letting people learn to deal with joblessness and their own economic problems, the state tries to protect them. Inevitably, the government is going to screw up big time (lowering credit standards for home buyers), and a VERY BIG catastrophe will ensue. It is the big government-caused disaster that hurts people, not the little ones they have accustomed themselves to handle.

It is endemic to big government and big corporations that are “too big to fail” that really bad things will happen, on huge scales. If the government is limiting depositor risk in the banking system by bailing out big banks, all they are doing is transferring the bank’s risk of doing business to taxpayers. This should be considered criminal, it is certainly illogical, and in many cases, stupid.

We have heard all our lives, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I have extended it to, “Don’t let the little people get you down”. Now, the watchword is changing to, “Watch out for Big Brother”. He is here, he is malicious, and he is unrelenting. Look for more big problems, bank failures. crony-capitalism, and downright corruption in our government.

Corruption goes hand-in-hand with big government.

Whence Cometh The Figs 4

From my earliest memories, my mother always had homemade fig preserves in the pantry. She would serve them at breakfast, along with her delicious, fresh, hot, homemade biscuits. Mmmmmmm…..

Fig Newtons were my favorite commercially available cookie, and were undoubtedly responsible for much of my adolescent obesity.

I also remember standing watch at our fig tree in the side yard, shooing the birds away from my future breakfasts. We all did our part. Mom would pick the figs everyday when in season. She would prepare them by trimming the stems and bad spots.

Then, she would put them into a big boiler and pour several cups of sugar over them. They would sit overnight as the natural juices were drawn out of the fruit combining with the sugar, creating a most heavenly elixir. The next day mom would cook the figs in their magic sugar bath until they were submerged in a light syrup.

My mother always had a fig tree in her yard. I took it for granted that everybody had figs, but learned the hard truth when I grew up. Not everybody likes figs, and very few people look forward to the tasks of growing, protecting and harvesting this Biblical, fruit.

When asked about her fig trees, mom said she would take a cutting from a fig tree, stick it into the ground and it would grow. She was like that. My mother could coax life out of a dead leaf if she tried.

Later, I learned that my mother would take a cutting off her old tree when moving to a new location, and “stick” the cutting into the ground. It took a while but I finally realized that she had been doing this for fifty or more years, and it is probable her original cutting came from my paternal grandfather’s fig tree in Mississippi.

This is the way families grow, and this is the way traditions are born. This is the way nations are made.

You start with something good, and perpetuate it throughout following generations. I can follow the lineage of those fig trees back for more than a hundred years, and it is possible that early cuttings were carried in the migration of my ancestors from North Carolina to Mississippi in the 1840’s in their quest for cheap, fertile land for themselves and their children.

As we have just observed an anniversary of 9/11, contemplating something that was done to us, we can take comfort in knowing who we are, where we are from, and what we are about.

God bless figs, and God Bless the United States of America.

Heros On 9/11 3

I have tried to not write of my experiences on the subject of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US. Instead, I have read other peoples’ stories, trying to understand the effect 9/11 had on them.

Oh the blog, Geeez! the proprietor, a lady called, “Z”, tells us that she and her husband were living in Paris, France when the event took place. She relates how she and her husband felt in a foreign land, having no idea of how the French would react. She tells of the Sunday at church when she was in such fear of a terrorist bomber that she left a church service because a middle eastern man entered with something under his overcoat. These were real feelings, and she tells the story well.

Then there’s the story that Angel has to tell. She runs a blog called, Woman Honor Thyself. Angel tells us her story about how she had her husband drive her to ground zero, and how she worked to bring comfort to the Firefighters and others who were struggling to find their comrades, or family in the rubble.

William M Briggs, who lives in Manhattan, tells us how his son was in a high school almost next to the World Trade Center. He lets the reader know how he felt when he realized his son was in danger, and tells about his frantic search that led him into the dust cloud caused by the first building’s collapse. His relief and anger are yours, too, as he closes out his story.

A friend of mine sent an email out to friends telling about his experience, and the things his company did during the disaster. His name is Cliff, and he is a ham radio operator friend, and also a former employee of the company that ran the Blackberry two-way paging network. At that time, I believe they were owned by BellSouth

The BellSouth Network Operations Center at Woodbridge, N.J. was the center of their universe, and I have seen the WTC from BellSouth’s office windows. To play it safe, they transferred their operations to their backup facility in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, the network engineers tracked as many Blackberry pagers in the WTC area as they could, and sent text messages asking if the bearers needed any help. The network techs also calculated the locations of any Blackberrys where the user did not respond, turning the list over to rescuers. The local cell phone companies did the same thing.

The only thing I did on 9/11 was to calm my family, and fume at the Islamic terrorists who perpetrated the attacks, wondering if they had any blows left. It turns out they didn’t, because the last intended blow was thwarted by a bunch of guys like me, traveling business men.

The brave souls who died at Shanksville are mocked by a memorial that incorporates the crescent of Islam as some sort of mollifying statement to the terrorists. How vacuous can these politically correct people be?

We are all insulted by those who blame America for 9/11. The greater sadness is that these politically correct people don’t understand, nor do they want to understand. Ignorance can be corrected, but ignoring the truth is unforgivable.

9/11 Thoughts 3

As we approach the tenth year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Towers, it is a time to think about what happened, who did it, who excuses it, and who would do it all over again. Credit goes to George W Bush who implemented the laws and missions of federal security agencies to stop any possible terrorist attacks on the mainland US.

One of the really big reasons this didn’t happen is that the US has been putting enormous pressure on Al Queda and associated terrorist organizations through offensive actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bush was right. By taking the fight to the terrorists, you keep them on the defensive. It has worked to a large degree, with the only attacks done by home grown terrorists in the US.

Obama can take credit for pursuing Osama Bin Laden, and having the SEALS kill him.

We are faced with other problems, not the least of which is an attitude that somehow those who want to kill us can be reasonable people. Just this thought is preposterous. We know from reading the Koran that Islam thinks it is just fine to lie, torture, and kill non-believers. You cannot reason with these people.

Strangely enough, I like the Muslim people I know. Maybe they are different, or not confrontational. I don’t feel like challenging them, and they are probably hesitant about telling a 6′ 2″, 250 pound guy that they don’t like him or his religion.

Now that Bin Laden is dead, and Al Queda is marginalized in part, what should we be doing?

We are in danger of losing Iraq, and Afghanistan. The current Administration does not want to be there, and doesn’t seem to understand why we are there in the first place, It is a problem that, hopefully, the 2012 elections will settle.

Life is tough. Those who want to kill you make it tougher.