Monday, April 14, 2014

- So, the Second Amendment is Outdated...

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

-"Say it ain't so, Hank!"

I was huge Hank Aaron fan growing up. What little-leaguer in the 1970's wasn't rooting for Hammerin' Hank to break the Babe's career record?
Before the steroid era, if your team was in the National League you shuddered every time you had to play Atlanta... because of Hank Aaron. Even when he did jack one off your favorite team (I was a Mets Fan) you were in awe of the man when he beat you. You collected his baseball cards and you bought his posters. Sure he was past his prime when he made home-run history, but that was "The Record" and it wasn't tainted by dope or gambling. I always hated The Cincinnati Reds but I feel that Pete Rose deserves some kind of recognition for his achievements as a player rather than his folly as a manager.
When 'roids became part of baseball, you weren't impressed with Mac, Sosa or Barry Bonds. You were disgusted at the freak-show baseball had become. I didn't want to see Bonds break Hank's records because of the fact that Hank did it by the book, fair n' square.
I always rooted for Hank to be a manager, but you couldn't blame racisim on that since several non-whites became managers and even GM's without having  much of a player career.
The little-leaguer in me was disappointed today. Hank decided to play the race-card for the Nixon of our time. Say it ain't so, Hank... Say it ain't so...
Where was this guy when Condi Rice was being called a Gap-Tooth Picaninny or  Powell an Uncle Tom, or even the great Clarence Thomas being set-up and lynched by the liberal media?

I guess my dad was right. Athletes aren't always the best role models and will most likely disappoint you once you begin to earn for yourself.
I hope I never have to write an article on Bob Gibson because he'll take my head off!
This is for Chess:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Your Getting Dated

Well here is the latest in operation humiliation. President Obama has paid a personal visit to King Abdullah with the news full of descriptions like "Offers Assurance" to strengthen the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence of Saudi Arabia probably summed it up best, when, as the Brits report, he stated, “Several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white.”

The appearance here is the President is looking back, while repairing old relationships that were really important in about the 70's.  So Barak, your getting dated.

Probably as King Abdullah and Barak were secretly puffing after diner cigars, guess who calls? Well, it's Vladimir, who wants to talk about "the external blockade of Trans-Dniestria" and "the continuing rampage by extremists in Ukraine, who are committing acts of intimidation against civilians, bodies of power, and law enforcers in different parts of Ukraine and in Kiev and do so with impunity."

What is the Obama response? You should pull out of Ukraine and send me a memo.  I'll have John Kerry talk to Sergey Lavrov later this week. After the click of the phone hanging up, they probably could hear the laughs in the Kremlin all the way in China. I wonder if they asked the King if he  had Prince Albert in a can.

Is this story carried by MSNBC? What do you think? At least Politico is carrying the story, while putting the "continued rampage of extremists" down at the bottom of the piece, where the low information voter's attention spans will keep it hidden.

Meanwhile, new relationships are brewing in Europe.  Speaking from France earlier this week, referring to Napoleon Bonaparte's warning that China was a "sleeping lion," the Secretary General of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping said, "Today, the lion is awake, and it's peaceful, nice and civilized." In Germany today, Xinhuanet trumpeted increasing bilateral trade relations with Germany, while reporting "The two countries also stressed that they respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other, while Germany reiterated its adherence to the one-China policy and support for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations."

The next reset?  Well, when it comes to our President, its Girls Talk.

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This morning, after meeting with Charman Xi, Germany is talking about renegotiation of the EU treaty to include economic policy tools, Sergei Larov is pleased people are talking about a Ukrainian federation that will dis-empower the Right Sector extremists that surrounded the Parliament in Kiev last night and Barak Obama talked about giving King Abdullahl some of his MANPADS - but whether that actually happens, it depends ...  

That Side's Yours and This Side's Mine

I see today that the Pentagon believes its possible that the Russian forces could push through Ukraine to the other end very quickly, to annex Moldova's separatist territory Transdniestria.

The Russians just can't help but come running to rescue a damsel in distress. The day following this Mail Online western western notice of Nina Shtanski, the Russians followed on.

On the other side of the Ukraine, we see we see Victoria Nuland mugging for the cameras alongside Oleh Tyahnybok of Svboda, a political party that has roots Andriy Parubiy’s Ukrainian Nazi party organized during the occupation of Ukraine. Not the best optics. I still want to kmow whether Victoria expensed the yummy strudel. The Russians chose the face of the U.S. meddling in Ukraine well indeed.

The Russians again earn a high score for defining the debate with images that auger in favor of a Danubain Pincer.  Slide it on over.  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What You Say?

The Bush steamed through the Suez Canal on Wednesday, according to a Navy release. I guess she just had enough of those Greek dignitaries. I suppose its time to flaunt a little bit in front of those Iranians, who seem to have a bit of Bush envy. Perhaps the Bush is really racing to India or China to accept their dignitaries, as part of a quintuple containment strategy.

Meanwhile back in the Ukraine, NATO is beginning to think about Moldova. But not to worry, they might get to it next month or so.  At the same time, The Border Service of Ukraine has unilaterally blocked the exit from the Republic of Crimea to Ukraine. This needs investigationlittle doubt.

Yes, its true, the best way to counter Russian aggression is with love. So maybe the New Normal is that Russia and China annex other countries' territories with impunity. Quite a turn around for our foreign policy.

How the Bush is being deployed seems to be clearest indicator of our foreign policy. It hit the Agean, sailed for the Dardanelles and then ... a new dance .. The Jibe Turkey.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Salty Soup that Stays Hot for Years


Via the South China Morning post:

The deadline to develop a new design of nuclear power plant has been brought forward by 15 years as the central government tries to reduce the nation's reliance on smog-producing coal-fired power stations.

The technology under development in Shanghai involves burning the radioactive element thorium in a salty "soup" to, in theory, release heat many times greater than today's reactors.

I have posted this John Kutsch video before, but it is worth listening to when news like this bubbles up.  You should also check in with Kirk Sorensen.

The Chinese began with a start-up budget of $350m and the recruitment of 140 PhD scientists at the Shanghai Institute of Nuclear and Applied Physics. It then had plans to reach 750 staff by 2015, but this already looks far too conservative.