Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Don't Cry For Me


US District Court

Judge Thomas Griesa declared Argentina in contempt of court Monday in the ongoing saga of Argentina's 100 billion dollar default.  Judge Griesa found that Argentina has been routinely ignoring his court orders for the past year.

Argentina was booked and is being held at Riker's Island.

Photo: Sfoskett

 

Seriously though...

Can a sovereign nation be held in contempt of another nation's courts? Argentina claimed no, calling the action absurd and unlawful interference in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.  Although the Judge issued the contempt declaration he did not impose any penalties at this time.  Lawyers for the plaintiff asked for $50,000/day in fines. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sanctuary



Sanctuary

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy prohibits arrests at religious buildings.  Well that's stupid.

A network of two dozen churches has promised to offer “physical sanctuary” to illegal immigrants facing deportation, saying they want to create a safe haven that federal officials won’t invade as a way of preventing the migrants from being kicked out of the country. WT


Any church aiding and abetting the violation of US law ought to have their tax exempt status immediately revoked. Whether you're Christian, Muslim, or Rastafarian... your religious beliefs don't trump US Law.  The concept of the church as a place of legal or political sanctuary went out in the 17th century.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Takeaway...

I'm bombing the Khorasan Group in Syria because frankly, I'd look like an idiot bombing al-Qaeda.  It wouldn't fit the narrative.

Which if you recall from previous speeches was:

"al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead." 

"We have gone after the terrorists who actually attacked us 9/11 and decimated al Qaeda."

“al Qaeda has been weakened"

“al Qaeda’s core leadership has been decimated.”

"today, al Qaeda is on its heels"

Yes, apparently al Qaeda is on its heels in Syria planning to blow up American and European subways.

The Khorasan Group IS al-Qaeda

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Sessions: Aerosmith

Adults Only: Language
Dream On

Sweet Emotion



Big Ten Inch Record 

Walk this way

Livin' on the Edge

Look Ma, No Garths

Viburnum: You know I had to, there are so many good Aerosmith tunes ;) 

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Zombie Apocalypse is Upon Us!!!

Photo: Teujune


Two Ebola patients, who died of the virus in separate communities in Nimba County have reportedly resurrected in the county. The victims, both females, believed to be in their 60s and 40s respectively, died of the Ebola virus recently in Hope Village Community and the Catholic Community in Ganta, Nimba.

News of the resurrection of the two victims has reportedly created panic in residents of Hope Village Community and Ganta at large, with some citizens describing Dorris Quoi as a ghost, who shouldn't live among them. Since the Ebola outbreak in Nimba County, this is the first incident of dead victims resurrecting.

AllAfrica

At first I thought this was satire, like The Onion... but no folks, this is real news.

AllAfrica.com is a website that aggregates news produced primarily on the African continent about all areas of African life, politics, issues and culture. It is available in both English and French and produced by AllAfrica Global Media, which has offices in Cape Town, Dakar, Lagos, Monrovia, Nairobi, and Washington, D.C.. AllAfrica is the successor to the African News Service. The President of AllAfrica Global Media, M. Amadou Mahtar BA, is member of the International Advisory Board of the African Press Organization. Wiki

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eat your peas OR ELSE


Seattle 

Seattle city council votes to start fining residents and businesses for wasting food.  $1 per can for residents, $50 per month for businesses.

BBC
Seattle Times
Seattle Clerk

Ostensibly this is to encourage composting... can you imagine what Seattle, a city of 650,000 people will look and smell like in five years with a 100% compliance rate.  Now I know that composting doesn't smell if done right, but this is Seattle we're talking about here, not to mention the abundance of wildlife this is likely to attract.  Trash will be inspected, and if it contains more than 10% food waste the fines will be imposed.

This also begs the question of how Seattle's finest sanitation engineers are going to be able to tell 9% from 10% or even 11% from a cursory examination of one's garbage, last time I checked sanitation engineers weren't the finest mathematicians in the world.

Me, I'd just start peeing in my trash, I might still have to pay the fine but I'd be able to do so with a deep rooted sense of satisfaction.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fight the Power

Wake up, progressive apologists. You have become the stodgy, regressive establishment.  There is no labor shortage. Unemployment is the problem. Remember?


Senator Jeff Sessions:  Don't Give Masters of the Universe Their Amnesty


Our political, cultural and financial elites don’t give two shits about ordinary people. The Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe, modern day robber barons, are labor exploiters and bigots whose workforce is overwhelmingly white male, but they throw some nickels and dimes to progressive causes and America's leftists bow down and worship them.

America's political, corporate and cultural elites hide behind walled communities and send their children to private schools, so they and their loved ones are shielded from the societal dysfunction and cultural decay their anti-American policies foster.
Source:  UPI - Santanist Statue "Erected"

Given how our feral government views it subjects, the statue pictured to the right should be the new national symbol of the Government of the United States.

That’s right. Out feral government is a red devil with horns and an erect penis, penetrating every orifice of the populace, and even creating new ones where none previously existed.

As long as the elites rest easy, assured of their comfort and safety, nothing will change in this country.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vergeltungswaffen

Meet the New War
Photo: Pazuzu
 Same as the Old War
Photo: Hautala
NY Times: The United States and allies launched airstrikes against Sunni militants in Syria early Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs from the air and sea on the militants’ de facto capital of Raqqa and along the porous Iraq border.
"I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles," said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary. 

The first picture is of an AGM-86 C Air Launched Cruise Missile, the second is of the Fieseler Fi-103, known to the West as the V-1.  While referred to as the Buzz Bomb in England, the Germans called it Vergeltungswaffen; translation: retaliatory or reprisal weapon.

The AGM-86 C carries either a Block 0 2000lb conventional warhead or a Block 1 3000lb conventional warhead, the AGM-86 D carries a 1290lb unitary penetrator or bunker buster.

I just blundered across the striking similarity in design and purpose, again... the AGM-86C and the Fieseler Fi-103:




 The more things change
the more they remain the same


Air attacks in support of ground troops can be decisive in battle, air attacks alone are likely to be no more effective than the 9,521 V-1's launched at London by the Germans in WWII, that is unless you're willing to launch the B-variant which contains the "Physics package".

And in the world of believe it or not, the AGM-86C costs roughly 1.2 million, the AGM-86D costs 1.8 million... 

The AGM-86B only costs a clean 1 million, and if you hadn't figured out what the "physics package" is, it contains a W80 variable yield 5-150 kiloton fusion device. 

Strategic Bombing

If you lived in London or Berlin in WWII or today, if not killed outright in the attack, conventional bombing could ruin your whole day and many days to follow.  The problem is we're bombing people, if not killed in the actual attack, whose lives aren't really going to change at all - post bombing.  Strategic bombing is an element of psychological warfare designed to break the enemies will to fight, without the psychological impact of altered lifestyle there is no impact.  

The people of London and Berlin in the bombings of WWII suffered major impact from the loss of utilities: electrical, water, sewer... you cant deny electricity to people not reliant upon it, you can't deny water to people who draw it from a river, and you can't deny sewer service to someone that poops in a hole.  I would venture that this costly escapade is no more, if not less effective than our previous strategic bombing campaigns against other pre-industrial militaries such as the Viet Cong.


Despite its precision, this is nothing more than weak albeit expensive strategic bombing... strategic because without boots on the ground to exploit the effects it cannot be considered 'tactical'.  Frankly, it's pointless, except for the very minor psychological feel-good effect it generates because we're doing something.

If you bomb cavemen back into the
stone age, how will they know?