Category: politics

Weak Country, Weaker Leadership

I really hate writing about this stuff. It is painful to even think about how our once great country has been weakened, and how we have forfeited our world-wide leadership role to a tin-horn dictator like Vladimir Putin.

It took Barack Obama only five years to achieve this seeming monumental task of taking the greatest nation in the history of the world and making it an also ran nation of sponges and nere-do-wells. Strong language?

Who can forget Barack Obama’s maiden apology tour in the beginning of his administration? In that period he sucked up to the French because we do not speak that language. He threw the Israeli’s under the bus because he thinks that he can suck up to terrorist run Islamic organizations to bring about middle-east peace.

How can anyone forget Obama’s attempt at “restarting” US/Russian relations when there was nothing wrong with our positions, anyway? Then, our fearless leader killed plans for a missile shield in Eastern Europe, a move that threw our best allies under the bus, and for what? The whole thing was theater to try to make Obama look good.

Did I mention the Arab Spring debacles? Remember Obama’s apology speech to the world of Islam that we have been wrong in out approach to Muslims? Do you remember when Barack Obama did not support the Egyptian military, but instead let the leadership of that country go to the Egyptian Brotherhood? Why did Obama praise this process.

Don’t forget about Libya where Barack Obama coined an expression that will forever haunt him and his administration. Leading from behind, indeed!

Our Maximum Leader, Barack Obama, has drawn another line in the sand in Syria. He has called for an end to the Assad regime. Where has he been while Assad has been cementing his control, and murdering thousands? That’s real leadership of the Obama kind.

I haven’t talked about Obama-care, a bad idea executed very badly. Nor have I written about the foolish idea of surrendering the management of Internet domain names to the United Nations, the first step in increased fees and content control of the most important technological and sociological developments in the last thousand years.

Weak leaders do not make just weak leaders. Weak leaders most often give no leadership. This is the story of Barack Obama, no leadership.

Flight 370; Ukraine and Russia; Obama & The Internet

1. Where is Flight 370? Right now, we don’t know any better than we knew yesterday. The only thing new in the news is that Malaysian government officials are now saying that the flight was hijacked, but they don’t know who did it, or what the motives were. It is clear that the sequence of radio and satellite communications from the Boeing 777 indicate that everything did not happen at once, with the transponders being turned off separately instead at the same time as would be caused by a catastrophic event.

Plus, we now have information verifying that the airplane flew for an additional seven hours after the transponders were lost. All this indicates malicious actions, but we still are no smarter about the who, what, or why.

2. Russia has invaded the Crimea. That’s just a fact, and no amount of bad-mouthing from our Secretary of State, John Kerry, will change that. It appears that Obama is really pushing on this issue by generating warnings of sanctions against Russia. European nations, Germany included, are powerless to do anything militarily or economically at the moment. The best thing we can do is insist on elections in the Crimea monitored by representatives of several western nations, i.e., the USA, UK, Germany, France, etc. I haven’t heard Kerry or Obama talk about this, yet. In my opinion if the citizens of the Crimea want to be in the Russian orbit, they should be allowed to make that decision without outside interference. For this to happen, though, Russia must withdraw their troops.

3. Obama is trying to screw-the-pooch, again. This time he wants to hand over the business of issuing internet addresses to the United Nations. Where did our genius President get this moronic idea? The problem is not the efficient issuing of addresses or domain names, but freedom of action and cost to the internet customer. Why should we give the United Nations the keys to our bank accounts by giving them control over internet addresses? It just doesn’t make sense. That’s why I am suggesting that there is another agenda in play. Agenda 21, anybody? Control of internet addresses can eventually lead to control of internet content. Now, this is a conceivable action for Obama. Control to the United Nations, an anti-USA body if there ever was one.

Ukraine Weekend

There is nothing new to report. Obama is stymied as to what to do. The Russians have pretty much consolidated their hold on the Crimea. The Ukrainian government is still without any options other than suicide, or holding their breath to make the Soviets Russians leave their country alone.

The West has threatened monetary and trade sanctions against the Russians, and the Russians reply forcefully, “Don’t do that!”

We all know that Russia depends financially on energy exports in natural gas and oil. It would seem that we could interrupt that flow of exports, thereby interrupting the flow of funds to their treasury. Whatever sounds good is not always good.

First of all, if we cut the natural gas pipelines from Russia to Eastern Europe, we not only mess with the Russians, but we also mess with the natural gas supplies of the European nations. Secondly, the Russians might decide to do that themselves in an exercise of hegemonic muscle.

So, what should we do? I don’t know. I do know the reason we elect leaders is to handle difficult situations to the advantage of the United States and its allies. The best long-term solution is to get new leadership. The best short-term solution is to play whatever cards we have, but that requires some courage of which our current leadership has none.

What do you think?

The Crimea Is Gone

The Russian incursion into the Crimea is the most alarming event of the twenty-first century. The Crimea is an area of land that juts out into the Black Sea, and used to be Russia’s main southern sea port. The Crimea has been fought over, and conquered dozens of times in the last two thousand years, including the Ottoman Turks, the Russians and later the Soviet Union.

The Crimea is also the subject of a famous poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Charge of The Light Brigade“, a cavalry action in the Battle of  Balaclava in the Crimean War.  The poem immortalizes the disastrous British cavalry charge that was a frontal assault against a Russian artillery battery, a mistake caused by severe miscommunication on the battle field. At that time, the Crimea was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, and the Russians lost that particular war to the  British after having ruled over that area since 1783. The Russians got it back, later, and ruled the Crimea until 1917 at which time Russia morphed into the Soviet Union.

With the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1984, the Crimea became an autonomous district of Ukraine. As of last week, the Russians are back. It looks like they are there to stay.

The Ukraine is willing to fight for the Crimea, but doesn’t have the military muscle to oust the Russians. Europe has no military power to challenge the Russians. The United States does not have the leadership to challenge any threat, much less risk a military encounter with Russia. Our military weakness started with Barack Obama unilaterally withdrawing our defensive missile systems.

To this point, our leadership has made threatening noises to Russia that there will be costs. So, what are these costs, and would the threat of economic costs force the removal of the Russian troops?

Putin knew that our feckless leader, Barack Obama, has no options to force Russia to do anything. The Europeans have no power to face the Russians.

The Crimea is gone from the influence of the West.

Zombie Science

It is amazing how the political radicals of this world have come to control the narrative of science. For example, the personal adviser to the President of The United States, Dr. John Holdren, claims loudly that increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing more severe droughts, hurricanes, and other forms of extreme weather. This is in spite of most of the world’s scientists believing otherwise, and there being no empirical data to support this fiction.

According to Dr Roger Pielke, Jr of the University of Colorado, Holdren is pushing ZOMBIE SCIENCE! In his blog post, Dr Pielke used passages from the IPCC AR5 report on the state of the climate to support the claim of  Holdren’s lack of knowledge.

Pielke goes on to say, “There is really not much more to be said here — the data says what it says, and what it says is so unavoidably obvious that the IPCC has recognized it in its consensus. “.

The following charts are a sampling of NOAA information illustrating the real data (evidence) of extreme weather. There are no trends to even suggest that more tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires, drought, or floods are linked to carbon dioxide fueled global warming. Any other interpretation of the data is brain dead, and is not part of the climate change consensus.

 

Tornado Activity - No Trend
Tornado Activity – No Trend

 

 

Hurricanes - One Hundred Years
Hurricanes – One Hundred Years

 

 

 

Wild Fires - No Trend
Wild Fires – No Trend

 

Read This NSA!

President Obama Should Be Arrested And Jailed!

There. I said it.

Now, the NSA can come knocking at my door because I said something bad about our President.  We have all heard stories about how cars have been pulled over because they sported a bumper sticker that was less than praise oriented towards our Chief Executive. That may be nothing compared to what I just said.

Plus, now we know that the NSA is reading our emails, and documenting our home telephone and cellular telephone calls. Add that all together and you have an out-of-control government. In view of that kind of snooping, can reading all our blogs and comments be far behind? Freedom of speech has seen better days. We voted for change and we got it.

Why should the President of The United States be arrested? For the simple reason that he is breaking the law by changing laws that were passed by the US Congress, and signed by the Chief Executive. It makes no difference whether the Chief Executive who did the initial signing was the same one changing the law. The law is still being circumvented.

So, how do you enforce the laws with a rogue President? Do you publish a court opinion telling him to cease and desist? What if he were to thumb his nose at the Supreme Court. There is no way for the Supreme Court to enforce its rulings. There is precedent for this when Andrew Jackson ignored a Supreme Court ruling about the Cherokee Indians being defrauded of their land by the State of Georgia. This situation is called nonacquiescence.  Jackson moved the Cherokees out of Georgia to Oklahoma in an event that is called the Trail of Tears, today. Andrew Jackson was never punished for this crime.

In our national history there has been no solution for the rogue Executive, or other branch of government. We are truly screwed.

There are only two solutions that have played out in world history to reign in rogue governments. One is by military coup, and the other is by a civil revolution. I support neither.

If you think this kind of thing is rare, just read the history of the last two-hundred years. Or, you can just watch the TV news tonight to see what is happening to the poor souls in the Ukraine. Take heed of the protests, fires burning in the streets, and the police shooting citizens. Their government has gone rogue.

What Did Phil Robertson Do Wrong?

First of all, he opened his mouth in an interview run by someone who would try to trap him into saying things that would be easy to misinterpret.

Secondly, Mr Robertson talked about happy black people when he was growing up. That’s what called Jesse Jackson into the act. My problem is that I understand the man, having grown up in the same time, and similar cultures. My difference is that I had an advantage in that I grew up in a city. Everybody, including blacks, had shoes in the city, but not in the country.

As a matter of fact, my father bought my shoes and clothes at a Jewish owned department store called, “The Black And White Store”. The marketing strategy was obvious, to sell to the poorer white community, and to the black community. This was something the large department stores in downtown Memphis did not do.

Phil Robertson grew in a rural community, where the swamps were a major feature, and furnished part of the living for poor families in Louisiana, both black and white.

It was part of the old South where economies during he Civil War had been devastated, homes and farms were burned, and legislative barriers to trade between the southern states and the northern states were the norm. The entire US southern states were in abject poverty from the time of the end of the Civil War until the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Of course, these economic deprivations were not only visited on white southerners, but black citizens were acutely affected. Reconstruction greed of the northern states knew few boundaries, punishing all living the south. A crying shame after the Civil War is that the anti-slavery advocates in the northern states paid little to no attention to the condition of black America after their freedom from slavery.

So it was that in Phil Robertson’s childhood in the 1950’s and 1960’s, he was probably just as barefooted as the black kids with whom he saw and communicated every day. How can I say this? Even though I was born in the City of Memphis, I still visited kin in the Mississippi Delta where poverty was still the normal in living for millions in the deep South. I was witness to these conditions.

So, before you get off criticizing Phil Robertson, you might want to take a look at what almost everybody in the Old South had to do, black and white, to get along. White people were way better off, but if you were an elementary kid, or even high school kid, you really didn’t know all the facts and history of that society. Opportunities were stolen from black and white, alike.

It is a rewarding thing today to look up and down my street in the Atlanta Georgia area and count the number of black families with whom we are friends. My best neighbor, ever, is a black family. Our kids grew up together, and they are welcome in our house, or our daughter’s  wedding.

We have discussed some things about our racially motivated society, and I have no fear that our mutual love and people and our Christianity will overcome any problems that might arise. I believe we have come a long way.

This Phil Robertson thing will blow over, soon. Nobody will learn anything from it.