Defending the Empire
Jun 28, 2016 - Brexit May Mean Nothing
The Brexit vote was a non-binding referendum. It got a majority, but just 52%. Parliament must vote in favor of Brexit, and business ties may stop a vote. They can drag out action for years, and then claim things have changed, and do nothing. Remember what happened when American states tried to cede from the Union.
Jun 26, 2016 - Libertarian Party Subverted
The Libertarian Party is a million idealists who support an alternative to the two corporate dominated American political parties. While I like their ideas about freedom, most are naive about the needs of modern society. Most funding for this party is from millionaires who inherited great wealth and oppose taxation of their unearned income.
I was surprised to learn that two moderate former Republican Governors had been selected to run for President and Vice President on their ticket. Then I was shocked to see them openly support Hillary Clinton for President live on CNN. They looked like someone was holding a gun on them, or just gave them a suitcase full of cash. Long-time party members were also stunned. This must be a planned corporate sabotage to destroy this party. I suspect it will backfire because most of their members will now vote for Trump.
Jun 24, 2016 - Thunderbird Smash
I visit obscure websites like militarycorruption.com to read interesting stories that our corporate media chose to ignore. On June 2nd, an Air Force F-16 crashed in Colorado just after a flyby after President Obama addressed Air Force Academy cadets at their graduation ceremony. The elite "Thunderbirds" demonstration team was circling nearby to perform the flyby after President Obama finished a speech. Obama arrived late, the speech was long, and the aircraft ran low on fuel.
Aircraft are rarely fully fueled since it wastes fuel to carry unneeded weight. Careful calculations are made to determine exactly how much fuel is needed. Since variables like weather exist, an extra 10% emergency reserve is added. This is rarely needed, but no one wants to lose an expensive aircraft and lives simply because an aircraft ran out of fuel. When this emergency fuel is needed, pilots are required to land as soon as possible, and may declare an emergency to gain preference to land ahead of other aircraft. This procedure is used in all aviation, civilian and military.
On June 2, 2016, a senior officer in the "elite" Thunderbird chain-of-command suspended this sacred safety policy. The POTUS was there for a flyby! Rules were waived, and it worked (actual photo above), except a few minutes later when a $25 million F-16 ran out of fuel as it was preparing to land. It is unclear who is to blame, but someone's head should roll, and maybe several heads. Even if a General officer intervened to waive a sacred safety rule, the aircraft commander (pilot) is responsible for his aircraft. It will be interesting to see Air Force politics decide who to blame, and if they will acknowledge this failure publicly, or invent a mechanical excuse. But the flyby mission was accomplished! Welcome to the real Air Force cadets!
Jun 20, 2016 - Warrant Officers
Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants to open the door for more “lateral entry” into the military's upper ranks, clearing the way for civilians with vital skills and strong résumés to enter the officer corps as high as the O-6 paygrade (i.e. full Colonel or Navy Captain).
The idea is controversial and will face strong resistance for good reasons. I proposed a far better solution a few years ago: Redo Warrant Officers. This would allow our military to sign up any civilian for temporary military service and pay them up to O-10 pay, which was the original purpose of warrant officers.
Jun 19, 2016 - Objective Journalism
I remember when newsmen would never attack or endorse politicians. It was considered unprofessional, unethical, and they'd get fired. Today I read:
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday pilloried Republicans who have continued to dodge the question of whether they can back their party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, arguing that it’s past time to speak out against him...a 70-year-old megalomaniac, whose entire life has been devoted to ceaselessly promoting himself, and using any means to tear down others, would suddenly develop deep empathy for the party, though so far, he has used it solely as a vehicle for his own personal advancement,” Zakaria continued.
No matter what one thinks of Trump, this discredits CNN as a "news" organization. They never mention that Zakaria is a Muslim immigrant. There are hosts who offer political opinions like Bill O'Reilly, but he makes it clear that he's a commentator and not a newsman.
Jun 17, 2016 - Trump for Peace
Clinton's multi-billion dollar campaign to smear Donald Trump is underway. They have reviewed everything Trump has said the past 50 years and clipped negative tidbits to play endlessly in our media. There will be no mention of issues that matter. One of the strangest spins is that Trump may start a nuclear war. Here is an excellent overview of The Donald's Foreign Policy, which includes this:
Regarding Russia and China, Trump said “We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations and must regard them with open eyes. But we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests…I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia…is possible.”
Regarding the threat from Russia, Hillary has inevitably likened President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. She and her neocon acolyte Victoria Nuland were the driving forces behind cranking up the unrest in Ukraine, which eventually exploded into yet another pastel revolution that quickly became mired in corruption before dissolving into something approaching anarchy, which prevails to this day. She nevertheless wants to provide lethal arms to Kiev and also wants to expedite both Ukraine and Georgia joining NATO, even though it is a given that such action would provoke a major crisis with a nuclear armed and militarily quite capable Russia. Hillary sees the conflict in Syria as an additional opportunity to confront Moscow, just like in the heady days of the Cold War, so she advocates a no-fly zone as a way for American and Russian flyboys to go head to head and is firm in her demand to replace Bashar al-Assad no matter what.
Jun 12, 2016 - The Refugee Hoax
Billionaires are promoting a bogus legal excuse to override democracy in the USA. The vast majority of Americans oppose open borders. Opposition is so strong they can't even bribe our corrupted Congress to pass legislation. The billionaires directed President Obama to issue an edict to bypass Congress, but a courageous federal judge squashed that illegal attempt to open our borders to all. Since then, Obama has ordered that any asylum claim by a border jumper be taken seriously. Word quickly spread worldwide so millions more are marching north.
As a result, immigration detention facilities quickly filled so the Border Patrol must release anyone they catch who says "Asylum!" Small border towns are swamped with released migrants, so a a private firm was hired to bus illegals northward and release them in big cities. This was ordered by political leaders in the Obama administration, and federal employees at the Department of Homeland Security are furious. They also released 20,000 convicted criminal aliens last year, and no one seems to care, even though thousands will re-offend. One ridiculous excuse is that nations like Haiti refuse to accept them. They will if our government threatens them with sanctions, or just fly them over by helicopter and dump them off!
I wrote about a solution to this mess 14 years ago: Homeland Insecurity. In short, anyone can apply for asylum at US embassies and consulates. Anyone arrested crossing the border cannot make that claim. Some may argue that international law requires this, however, a determination can be made in a few minutes, then that person sent home. And that law states asylum seekers must apply at the first nation they arrive. As a result, all Central American asylum seekers must apply in Mexico, which is a friendly Spanish speaking nation much closer than the USA. Or what about Costa Rica, Belize, or Panama? Lots of retired Americans move to these nice nations, so why don't poor Latinos seek "refuge" there? The answer is they are not refugees and those nations will sent them home pronto. They are just poor people seeking "El Dorado", i.e. cities of gold, and our billionaires are happy to exploit them for minimal wages.
Jun 11, 2016 - Transgenders and Women's Sports
Transgenders have begun winning women's sporting events. Obama says you can't discriminate against them, so unemployed NBA failures might soon join the WNBA. My son can now earn a college athletic scholarship. He can self-declare himself transgender, join high school sports teams, and outperform the girls.
Now the VA wants to perform free sex change operations for vets. This organization repeatedly says it lacks resources to provide basic medical care, so why shift scarce resources for this elective surgery? This Washington Post story attempts to explain, and begins with a deceiving title that refers to a sex change operation as "gender confirming" surgery. Read the negative comments and wonder why this was announced.
The vast majority of citizens are not bothered by transgenders, but they don't like special government funding for unneeded "cosmetic" surgeries and exceptions to rules conceived to protect women. Why is our democratic government focused on pleasing a tiny group that is less than 1% of the population with policies opposed by the vast majority of citizens? This is an election year, yet our elected officials don't seem to care.
Jun 9, 2016 - Hillary Dislikes Illegal Immigration and Wants a Barrier
Someone found this 2006 speech by Ms. H. Clinton where she wants to stop illegal immigration the same way Mr. Trump proposed this year.
Jun 7, 2016 - The $5 Billion Coup
I thought the claim that the USA spent $5 billion to organize a coup to take control of Ukraine was a wild estimate. I recently found this 2013 video where the semi-covert coup manager from Hillary’s State Department, rabid neocon Victoria Nuland, spouts nonsense and states that $5 billion was spent! I love the Chevron sponsorship symbol in the background.
Jun 6, 2016 - Appeasing Poland
We all know the evil Nazi’s invaded Czechoslovakia, but no one mentions that Poland grabbed a chunk first. After a threatening ultimatum from Warsaw on September 27, 1938, Czechoslovakia ceded to Poland the district of Tesin (Teschen) an area of some 625 square miles with a population of 230,000 people.
And when Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland a year later, why didn’t the British and French declare war on the Soviet Union too? History is far more complex and interesting than the boring comic books we read in American educational institutions.
Jun 5, 2016 - Ali's Greatest Feat
Muhammad Ali's greatest feat was when he refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. The U.S. Army had promised Ali that he would remain in the USA with non-combat duties for just two years of service and be allowed ample time to train for boxing.
He refused that offer, refused to enroll in college, refused to flee overseas, and refused to pull strings to join the National Guard or to seek a bogus medical excuse. He was arrested, found guilty on draft evasion charges, sentenced to five years in prison, and stripped of his boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance in an athlete's career.
Whatever one thinks of national service and the Vietnam war, Ali showed great courage to stand his ground and suffer the consequences. He was released after three years and his conviction was eventually overturned on an appeal that found it unclear why he wasn't granted a conscientious objector status.
Jun 4, 2016 - History Matters
A favorite technique used by billionaires to keep Americans distracted from reality is to flood the media with faux issues that generate conflict among the working class. The "Black Lives Matters" group is funded by billionaires such as Hungarian born billionaire and open borders advocate George Soros. This group makes news calling innocent white people racists and disrupting political rallies in the same way Nazi Brownshirts were used by Hitler. They even attack the candidate who promises the most for black Americans - Bernie Sanders, because he threatens the billionaire's favorite puppet - Hillary Clinton. Another candidate who would help poor blacks by stopping mass illegal immigration and the offshoring of jobs is Donald Trump, but most blacks have been duped to think Trump is an evil racist.
Another distraction is the intense effort to purge the nation of the Confederate battle flag. Efforts continue to ban it from any government or public display and to even remove it from Civil War battlegrounds and cemeteries. This is part of a massive effort to rewrite American history. The Civil War was the biggest disaster in American history, the result if illegal bumbling by new President Abraham Lincoln, who declared nationwide martial law to wage war.
It was not caused by evil racists to preserve slavery. If you are unfamiliar with these facts, they are addressed in past G2mil blog posts. Slavery was a major source of friction at that time, but certainly not the cause of the Civil War. Yet another example is that several large tribes of American Indians joined Confederate forces to fight invading Yankees. Pictured above are members of a Cherokee Confederate unit at a 1903 reunion in New Orleans. Read about the first deadly fighting of the Civil War during a huge 1861 riot in Baltimore that occurred as federal troops and militias from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts arrived in this anti-war city. The state of Maryland would have also seceded, but this was prevented when federal troops arrested one-third of the state legislature that had convened to vote on the matter.
Anyone who reads about what was called "The War Between the States" until 1900, realizes the current controversy over flying the Confederate battle flag is contrived. However, that flag was adopted by a few small racist groups in the South over the past century. It wasn't a symbol for racism, but became one in the minds of some Americans. The good news is that the Confederate battle flag was not the official flag of the Confederacy. It was adopted because the official flag (pictured) looked too much like the Union flag at a distance and caused confusion during early battles, especially when there was no wind and it hung limp.
This fact is the obvious compromise -- replace the Confederate battle flag with the official flag of the Confederacy at battle sites, monuments, and cemeteries. Unfortunately, many will oppose this common sense because this controversy is not really about a flag, but the continuous effort by Yankee dynasties to erase all memories of the time American States seceded from the control of the East coast power elite. Their biggest accomplishment was to make the bumbling fool responsible for the Civil War disaster a national hero - Abe Lincoln. He meant well, but proved horribly incompetent and a million of Americans were killed, to include tens of thousands black Americans.
May 31, 2016 - A Brilliant Plan for the USAF
I was pleased to see a practical plan to save our F-35 crazed Air Force authored by USAF Colonel Mike Pietrucha: It's not about the Airplane. He argues that retiring the A-10 to save money is wrong because it fills a valuable role and is far less costly to operate and maintain than other fighter/attack aircraft. They were recently upgraded and rewinged so they will last another 20 years. They need an eventual replacement, but he writes there is no need for an expensive development program since modern turboprops can fill most of their role and cost half as much to procure and operate. Either the A-29 or AT-6C would be great, but I'd prefer they be called OA for Observation/Attack to emphasize their value for a variety of overlooked missions that I explain here.
His best proposals are found in the last link in the article that leads to the author's 2014 article with a comprehensive proposal for a future Air Force. The Colonel explains how Air Force Generals unwisely chose to drop key capabilities in hopes that a single super fighter (the F-35) could cover all roles. It is now obvious this aircraft cannot perform many missions as well as far less costly platforms. He advocates scaling back the F-35A buy to afford larger numbers of cheaper upgraded legacy aircraft and specialty aircraft for electronic warfare and counterinsurgency.
May 30, 2016 - CIA Terrorism in the Philippines
You may have read bland stories that the Philippines' new President Rodrigo Duterte is not pro-American, with no explanation except that he's wild like Donald Trump. The real story is very interesting, and involves hard proof that agents of the U.S. Government killed dozens of innocent civilians in the Philippines with random bombings to generate support for a greater American military presence in that nation. This doesn't bother the traditional, corrupt, wealthy Philippine political elite in Manila. Duterte is not a member of that club and finds these cases alarming, as do the vast majority of Filipinos. Americans would also be alarmed, which is why this interesting information is censored from American media.
May 29, 2016 - JFK and 9-11
The assassination of JFK is very similar to the 9-11 attacks. Both cases involved a dozen of people in our secret government who executed a deed so hideous that most Americans cannot believe the truth, despite all the evidence. Those involved employ their own floggers to counter information, and not just on the Internet. Corporate control of our media is absolute. They hire editors and news readers (called anchormen or reporters) who make huge salaries if they follow the strict rules about what is allowed.
Yet anyone who spends some time reading about either of these two events learns there is much evidence the official story is false. Here is a another little known video from a CIA insider showing yet another part of puzzle: A senior CIA official was photographed at Dealey Plaza in Dallas right after Kennedy was killed.
May 28, 2016 - Floggers
Do you wonder why your favorite websites comment sections are infested with aggressive fanatics who refuse to discuss issues and only promote their cause and demean others? It's often because the internet is full of paid "floggers." Political campaigns now devote millions of dollars to pay floggers to influence voters.
Corporations and especially our military industry also employ floggers to counter on-line critics. This is banned in the EU, and is technically illegal in the USA since not revealing your employer violates "truth in advertising" statues. However, this is nearly impossible to enforce and thus never prosecuted. Big corporations evade legal problems by sub-contracting such work to small "guerilla" marketing companies who hire dozens of full-time work-at-home floggers to prowl the net and ruin everyone's fun.
May 22, 2016 - Vietnam Wallers
Our media prints odd stories of groups of family members campaigning to have their lost loved ones added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC. From example, 74 sailors perished when their destroyer was cut in half by an Australian aircraft carrier while on sea maneuvers in 1969. Another group wants the 93 soldiers killed in 1962 when their plane crash over the Pacific on their way to Vietnam added to the wall. These people didn't die in Vietnam, so why the effort?
The news stories never provide the answer -- VA survivors benefits! Our nation provides generous lifetime payments to wives and children of GIs killed in a combat zone, or those who later die of wounds received in combat. These families would collect a huge sum of money from back payments. One campaign succeeded in 1983 when President Reagan waived the rules and added 54 Marines who were killed while returning from leave when their C-130 crashed on take-off from Hong Kong in 1965.
When rules are waived others demand an exception too. There must be thousands of cases of GIs who died during the Vietnam war whose families can argue they died en route or preparing for or supporting the Vietnam War. For example, the USS Enterprise caught fire near Hawaii on its way to Vietnam in 1969. Do the families of the 28 sailors killed deserve lifetime monthly payments because their Dad was "killed in a combat zone"? If so, we'll need a longer wall and a bigger VA budget.
May 21, 2016 - Another 9-11 Truther
In my April 16th blog post, I mentioned that former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman and 9-11 Commission co-chair Bob Graham had become a "Truther", i.e. one who openly doubts the official 9-11 story. It seems the powers that be tried to shut him up. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) openly criticized the Obama administration for trying to strong-arm Graham, who is pushing to declassify 28 pages of the 9/11 report dealing with Saudi Arabia. He recounted how Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Fla.) and her father, former Senator Bob Graham (D-Fla.), were detained by the FBI at Dulles International Airport outside Washington. He said the FBI "took a former senator, a former governor, grabbed him in an airport, hustled him into a room with armed force to try to intimidate him into taking different positions on issues of public policy and important national policy."
Last week, another Republican member of the 9-11 Commission, former Navy Secretary John F Lehman, said there was clear evidence that Saudi government employees were part of a support network for the 9/11 hijackers – an allegation, congressional officials have confirmed, that is addressed in detail in the 28 pages. Lehman said: “there was an awful lot of participation by Saudi individuals in supporting the hijackers, and some of those people worked in the Saudi government.”
Events this past year in Syria highlighted close ties between Saudi Arabia, Israel, and our CIA. The 9-11 attacks generated the "Pearl Harbor" type of anger they needed to rally the American people to support their semi-secret plan to conquer all the Arab world. Here is a summary of events for those confused by American corporate media. Al Qaeda is not an organization. It is a CIA computer database of armed Arab nationalists who violently oppose western domination of the Arab world. (Al Qaeda is Arabic for database.) This database was established by the CIA in the 1980s when our CIA trained and armed Arabs to fight the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden (OBL) was never an official leader since it has never been a real organization, although he did lead a large group of Arab nationalists who lived in Afghanistan.
OBL had nothing to do with 9-11, he didn't even know about it until it was reported in the media. He was never formally accused of the attacks because there is zero evidence. OBL was a wealthy Saudi who is said to have inspired the attacks. Our government blamed a Kuwaiti, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad (pictured), and a dozen Saudis who died in the airplanes. These persons had never been to Afghanistan and are said to have planned and trained for the attacks in the Philippines, Germany, and the USA. Then why was Afghanistan invaded, and later Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen? But we did not invade Saudi Arabia! Instead, recall that days after 9-11 several jets from our federal Justice Department rounded up Saudi suspects in the USA and flew them home before FBI agents could ask them questions.
All this explains why the accused mastermind of the attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, has yet to go to trial almost 16 years since 9-11! He has not been allowed to speak to anyone outside the CIA. Even the 9-11 Commission was not allowed to interview him. The U.S. military set up a kangaroo court at Gitmo to hold a trial many years ago, but brave military defense lawyers keep causing delays by insisting on a fair trial. It seems evidence is so "sensitive" that our CIA does not want it revealed. even in a secret military court. Whenever documents are requested by the defense, some are destroyed instead! This included all the CIA interrogations of the accused!
Our media propaganda is so prevalent that nearly all Americans think OBL was the 9-11 mastermind, and since he is dead the case is closed. However, there is zero evidence of his involvement, something our government has long acknowledged. Americans watched thousands of hours of television coverage of the 9-11 attacks. Ask one if they think the accused mastermind of the attacks should be put on trial, and they'll have no idea what you are talking about. More Americans are becoming aware and demanding action, who are demeaned as crazy "truthers", which now include two former members of our government's official 9-11 Commission once tasked with investigating these crimes.
The failed invasion of Syria has revealed that the Saudis, our CIA (with its defense contractor and media allies), and Israel have been working to conquer all the Arab world and control it with corruption and puppet dictators. Over the past couple years the Saudi government has changed hands and this CIA-Saudi-Israeli alliance has frayed, mostly because of failures in Syria and Yemen. Will the Saudis now be blamed for 9-11 to satisfy public demands for the truth, and to protect other conspirators? Will this lead to a CIA-Israeli coup to take over Saudi Arabia? Or will other high-level truthers surface and expose our nation's darkest secret?
May 14, 2016 - Obama Helps Trump
The crazy Obama Administration has ensured a Trump victory with recent actions. For no sane reason, Obama issued an edict that makes school restrooms unisex. Now teenage boys are free to sneak a peek at girls by walking into the girls restroom or locker room and claiming they are transgender. This has almost zero support in Congress or the public, so why? This is an immediate nationwide mandate that will infuriate a hundred million people and hurt Democratic candidates.
A second recent insanity is a dictatorial action by Obama's former open borders head of Homeland Security:
University of California President Janet Napolitano today (May 11) announced a three-year commitment to support the university’s efforts for undocumented UC students. “We are committed to continuing a path forward for undocumented students at the University of California,” Napolitano said. “This funding will further strengthen the university’s undocumented student initiative, and help ensure that these students receive the support and resources they need to succeed.” The university will earmark $8.4 million a year through the 2018-19 academic year for undocumented student support across its 10 campuses.
She somehow has the power to not only admit thousands of illegal foreigners into the state university system, but to provide them with millions of taxpayer dollars in extra aid. And these foreigners pay in-state tuition while thousands of Americans from outside California must pay much more. This has very little support among Californians who are furious, especially those who children were denied a college education because of enrollment limits.
Luckily for the Democrats, this was mostly ignored by our corporate media, as well as Obama's recent deployment of American combat troops to Syria, Yemen, Libya, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and even the nation of Georgia. This extreme imperial overreach will cost billions of dollars annually and may cause a major war. Obama is making a mockery of his Nobel Peace prize, and Trump will criticize this expensive and senseless warmongering. It seems like our Generals want to spark a war before Trump arrives and orders them home. Here is a great, short video clip of an American Admiral baffled by common sense offered by a reporter who explains that NATO's expansion is provocative, not Russia's reaction.
May 9, 2016 - Military Dropouts Rewarded
When I was in the Marines, those who could not hack it were looked down upon. Most tried harder and improved. Those that failed were assigned a lowly job until they finished their enlistment. In rare cases, they were discharged early as unsuitable, often with a general discharge. Unfortunately, unsuitable has morphed into a mental illness, and those who can't hack it are rewarded with an honorable discharge and lifetime tax-free VA compensation for dropping out. Of course this makes no sense. If serving in the Marines was the source of problems, then getting released solved them.
Here is a typical story of this absurd system, in which readers are expected to pity a drop out. Then they get preference for federal employment as a "disabled vet", and are hired and later promoted ahead of better qualified vets who finished their enlistment, because of disability preference points. Meanwhile, they still collect another monthly check for the trauma of having served in our military, even though they failed to finish their enlistment!
Once women join infantry units, I suspect large numbers will follow this profitable exit strategy, especially when lifetime military sexual trauma disability pay can be awarded for a sexual harassment event, to include verbal comments or groping. Why serve 20-years to collect a monthly retirement check when you can collect even more after just a few weeks of service by claiming a traumatic incident occurred?
May 7, 2016 - One Night in Kunduz - Part II
On Oct 3, 2015, a USAF AC-130U attacked a well known civilian hospital in Afghanistan for 30 minutes, killing 30 innocents and wounding at least 37 others. My Nov 29, 2015 blog post addressed this crime, and stated the truth can only be known if all camera footage of the attack is released. The guilty command just completed an investigation of itself, and produced a detailed report that can be read here (large PDF File). As expected, the report claims it was caused by a series of errors that resulted in a tragic accident. Here are the major flaws in their cover-up tale.
1. As predicted, they refuse to release the AC-130 target video. I'm surprise they didn't seal the cover-up by claiming the video was accidentally erased.
2. They claim the aircraft circled the target for almost an hour, but never explain why crewmen didn't see the hospital's name clearly posted on the roof and sides of the large well lit target building, or why they never referred to maps or the off-limit target list to determine its identity.
3. They claim the ground controller couldn't see the target, but that is why he is there! He was calling air strikes based on hearsay from Afghans? He wasn't under fire nor was the aircraft, so why didn't he move closer to see the target as required, especially when he reported there was no gunfire in the area. The report says he just wanted to "soften" the target.
4. The controller provided a target grid over 300 meters away from the hospital, which the aircraft reported was a vacant field. Their GPS locators are accurate to within 10 meters, and the report never claimed they malfunctioned. With a discrepancy that large, with friendly forces not under attack, and operating in a large city, no one should have fired a shot. The aircraft crew didn't even see any weapons or armed people near the hospital, just a few people walking about.
5. In fire support missions, a test is conducted before firing away. A smoke round or rocket or something is fired at the "target" so it can be confirmed by the ground controller. The report never mentions why this was not done. In addition, once the first rounds began to impact, the ground controller would have known something was wrong. Even if he couldn't see the target, he could certainly hear and even feel the explosions to know they were far off target. Yet this attack went on for 30 minutes and the controller never told them to cease fire.
I don't know what happened or why, but it claiming America's elite forces are a bunch of incompetent and undisciplined fools is difficult to accept. Let us see the video! Something serious went wrong and our civilian leaders must know. We might have rogue Generals running loose.
May 3, 2016 - Minimum Wage Hysteria
Corporate America is outraged by a rebellion among some states and cities boosting minimum wages. Federal minimum wage has fallen a couple dollars an hour behind inflation since the 1970s. With unions mostly disbanded, it remains the only barrier to Third World level wages since Obama has mostly declared America's borders open to anyone, once they slip past. There are even thousands of Africans now crossing illegally to Central America and coming north to the USA. Meanwhile, billionaires try to convince Americans that flooding the nation with unskilled foreign "refugees" is great for all.
Despite talk, Obama never made a serious political effort to raise the minimum wage, even when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. The corporate media spin tales of disaster should wages rise. They claim that millions will lose their jobs, as though businesses have millions of minimum wage workers loitering around who are unneeded. They claim workers will be replaced by automation. That may happen in a few minor cases, but businessmen already automate whatever they can.. They are trying to dump cashiers, but end up having someone watch the self-check out process to prevent theft and help with problems. One cannot further automate minimum wage jobs, although more waiters may be replaced by table menu tablets.
Here is a good article from California about a city that raised the minimum wage to $14 an hour. Most businesses affected simply raised prices by 8%, so wealthier people who enjoy such personal service pay more. This has been the story elsewhere, if one ignores the disaster stories peddled by most of the media. They write about restaurants that closed and blamed higher wages, but restaurants close all the time and they still exist in these cities. Some businesses threaten to move elsewhere, but this is only a problem because the higher minimum wage is not nationwide. There will be a bit more illegal cash payments, but that is rare because disgruntled and fired employees are quick to turn in their employer to tough agencies like the Labor Department and IRS.
Higher wages put corporate spin masters in a difficult position. They claim raising the minimum wage will result in millions more unemployed. They also claim there is a labor shortage that requires millions of immigrant workers each year. Assuming this is true, the millions unemployed by higher wages are free to fill jobs opened by ending the inflow of immigrant labor. Workers would make more money while governments collect more taxes and pay fewer welfare benefits. As a result, everyone should embrace higher wages and less immigration. Unfortunately, corporate greed may push the US Congress to ban state and local laws that require a higher minimum wage.
May 2, 2016 - Now I can use any restroom
I don't understand the media furor over laws that prevent men from using women's restrooms, all because a few transgender who don't look like women get hassled at times. Why is this a national issue? As a result of this effort, every pervert and prankster is now allowed to go into a women's restroom to sneak a peek.
But this works for me. Small restaurants often have a two single restrooms, one for each sex. If the mens is locked and the womens empty, I'll slip into the womens and lock the door. No one seems to care and no one has ever said something as I left. But now if someone makes a snide remark, I'll just say "I'm transgender" as a walk away.
May 1, 2016 - Economics 101
If you want a short, brilliant overview of American economics, read this summary by Paul Craig Roberts.
Apr 30, 2016 - Mission Accomplished?
Thousands stormed the huge Green Zone in Baghdad as the American puppet government fled, while the Iraqi security forces stood aside. Our corporate media mostly ignored this hugely embarrassing event. Will we have to evacuate our new billion dollar embassy? It's over, we failed, bring our troops home, for good!
Apr 29, 2016 - Sanders Lost Rhode Island
Our news media reports that Bernie Sanders won Rhode Island with 55% of the vote. Few mention that as a result of this process, Clinton got 20 delegates and Sanders got 13.
Apr 25, 2016 - Democrats for Trump
Our media is finally reporting the obvious:
Trump will beat Clinton, unless the billionaires derail his nomination.
Apr 24, 2016 - UK Immigration to the USA
Having recently researched my family origins, I found this graphic accurate. Few Americans realize the English are descendants of German immigrants, who absorbed or killed native peoples who had their own languages, like Cornish. Most of those who immigrated to the Americas did so to escape persecution by the English King and his army. As the Americas became more profitable, the King began to exert more authority, and the emigrants disapproved.
The House of Windsor is the royal house of the United Kingdom. It was founded by King George V by royal proclamation on 17 July 1917, when he changed the name of the British Royal Family from the German Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (a branch of the House of Wettin) to the English Windsor, due primarily to the awkward anti-German propaganda effort during World War I. The King of England was a first cousin of the German Kaiser, and the war was mostly a childish squabble among royals.
Apr 18, 2016 - American Suckers
Congratulations to the "Boston Globe" for allowing an opinion article in which Donald Trump's foreign policy ideas are explained, and even praised! One topic Trump mentions that America provides much of Japan’s national defense. This evolved after World War II and Japan spends just 1% of its GDP on national defense while the USA spends 4-8%, depending on if you count just the Pentagon budget or total national security spending. For example, the Dept of Energy pays for nuclear weapons, the VA pays for military disability costs, and the Dept. of Treasury pays some $30 billion a year in military retirement costs.
Trump has suggested that instead of borrowing billions of dollars from Japan each year to keep 50,000 troops there, Japan pay us many billions of dollars for national defense costs. Don’t fall for the spin that they already pay us billions of dollars. They pay some costs related to base utilities and civilian base salaries directly to Japanese citizens, but the USA doesn’t get a cent. They tally up how much they “lose” for not taxing our troops' income, import taxes, and sales taxes on bases, and count that as contributions!
Korea is another example, where our crazed Generals keep spending ever more to defend South Korea, while it spends less of its GDP on defense and is cutting back the size of its army while our Generals secretly expand our troop numbers there to justify a large active force. They constant scream about the North Korean threat, even though South Korea’s military is roughly five times more powerful! We could maintain a “trip wire” presence there with just 2000 soldiers, not 40,000 soldiers and 30,000 American civilians, which include thousands of military children who our Generals think are completely safe near the DMZ.
Apr 17, 2016 - Army Ranger, Green Beret, FBI Agent, Murderer
Our media mentioned the recent murder-suicide at Lackland AFB, but there was little follow up, except for this interesting article in the "LA Times."
Apr 16, 2016 - The Newest 9-11 Truther
Since the 9-11 attacks, anyone who questions the official government story is ridiculed and called a "truther" by our CIA-Corporate controlled media. If you read details, you find the official story has many improbable and even impossible events. The official 9-11 Commission was appointed by President Bush and included only long-time loyal government officials. Nevertheless, even they complained that evidence was withheld. They were not even allowed to interview the supposed mastermind of the operation who is detained without trial or media access at Gitmo.
Even parts of the final 9-11 Commission Report remain classified. That massive report skips many key areas. For example, there is no mention of the collapse of the third tower, the 47-story 7-WTC, located a football field away from the twin towers. It was not hit by an aircraft yet collapsed after it was evacuated, but no decent explanation was ever produced.
Donald Trump said he doubts the 9-11 story, and now former Republican Senator Bob Graham is a crazy truther. In a recent "60 Minutes" interview, he said:
"I think it is implausible to believe that 19 people, most of whom didn't speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many of whom didn't have a high school education-- could've carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States."
Apr 15, 2016 - LAPD Most Wanted
Apr 14, 2016 - No Comment
Two photos from the great "Unz Review."
Apr 13, 2016 - The King Speaks
As a follow up to my April 3rd blog post, President Obama once again publicly issued a royal proclamation to federal investigators that Hillary Clinton's blatant felonies shall not be prosecuted. After acknowledging that he should not comment on an ongoing investigation, Obama went ahead and announced that she is innocent. He explained: “What I also know, because I handle a lot of classified information, is that there are -- there’s classified, and then there’s classified,”
He spun the logic that just because something is classified, doesn't make it secret. Meanwhile, the State Department refuses to release hundreds of e-mails that Clinton sent over her private unsecured server - because they are classified! I hope to see the "Obama Precedent" used in a future trial, where someone says they knew the documents were marked secret, but they really weren't secret, so it was okay to give them to a reporter.
Apr 12, 2016 - Racism in the FBI?
I was browsing the net and came upon the FBI's wanted list for murder, which includes descriptions of 73 people. I noticed that most have Spanish surnames and counted 49 Latinos!
1. Latinos are 16.3% of the American population, but it's actually much higher when illegal immigrants are included. Of the 73 on the FBI wanted for murder list, 49 have Spanish surnames - 67%!
2. The FBI wanted list for murder in the USA includes 22 Mexican citizens, more than wanted White and Black Americans combined!
3. More than half the people on the wanted list are not American citizens - 52%! Almost all of these are from Mexico and Central America.
When Donald Trump complained that illegal immigrants from Mexico are their unwanted citizens and include murderers and rapists, he was attacked as a misinformed person confused by his racism. Do these stats prove that Donald Trump is right? Or do they prove the FBI is full of racists who purposely leave whites off their wanted list?
I wish Mr. Trump would learn of these stats and mention them in speeches. This would outrage his critics who would instantly conclude the FBI is wrong. Their methodology must be flawed and racism must be the cause. The Obama administration would quickly take action to eliminate this racism as dozens of people of wanted for murder with Spanish surnames are dropped from the list. They'll probably drop the "Nationality" category too, since it upsets Americans to see so many foreigners have killed Americans in the USA.
Pencil whipping stats is nothing new for the American government. I also noted that only six blacks appear on the FBI list. The most recent FBI crime stats show that blacks commit 49.4% of murders in the USA, so why do blacks only represent 8% of those on the FBI wanted list? One could speculate that blacks are easier to catch, but that sounds racist, and still doesn't explain the massive gap between 8% wanted for 49% of murders; from an ethic group that is just 12.2% of the population. I suspect that at some point blacks were nearly half those on the list, until someone concluded that looked bad and a limit was set. While this inflates the percentage with Spanish surnames, the FBI list shows many Americans are killed each year by foreigners, most of whom are here illegally. More Americans have been killed by illegal immigrants than terrorists in the USA, but no one running for President cares except Donald Trump.
Apr 10, 2016 - Mind Control in American Politics
Here is a great, short mind clearing video for those confused by bird wing politics.
Apr 8, 2016 - Republican Party Traitors
Billionaires hijacked the Republican party decades ago and turned it into a profitable war machine for international domination. Donald Trump is the biggest threat they have faced. He will not sell his soul to become a multi-millionaire, because he's already a billionaire. They fear Trump will beat Clinton since he has support from millions of independents who haven't voted in over a decade. Trump is more anti-war than Clinton, so will also get votes from millions of unhappy Democrats.
The plan to stop Trump is simple -- back Cruz. The billionaires don't like him, but he's got enough delegates to combine with other losers to deny Trump the nomination, even if Trump has twice as many delegates as Cruz! This will infuriate Trump, but he can't win as a third party since "loyal" Republicans will vote for the official candidate selected by the neo-con billionaires. This will split the Republican vote and allow Clinton to win. If Trump drops out, so will his millions of supporters and Cruz will lose to Clinton. If something disrupts Clinton's campaign, they can play the "not a natural citizen" card to disqualify Cruz, then place one of their boot lickers on the ballot, who will lose to Clinton.
The entire political establishment has aligned against Trump, and many Americans cannot see past this relentless anti-Trump media campaign. A President Trump couldn't pass laws, but would appoint thousands of like minded judges, bureaucrats, generals, admirals and ambassadors. He can close overseas bases and put troops back on the Mexican border. The language of mindless imperial hubris would end, along with the neocon death grip on the USA. As a result, the real Republican party strategy is to sabotage Trump and take a loss. There is another election in four years, Trump will be too old then, and Clinton is on their payroll anyway. The Republican establishment does not oppose Trump because he would lose, but because he would win.
Apr 3, 2016 - Hillary's Felonies
I'm tired of the endless stories about Hillary Clinton's e-mails. These facts are undisputed:
1. All federal employees and appointees must complete hours of training on handling sensitive and classified information.
2. Clinton conspired to violate federal law by setting up a private computer server at home to handle most of her State Department e-mails, probably so they the could be unofficial e-mails that would not be turned over to future investigators and researchers.
3. Clinton sent hundreds of classified e-mails, to include dozens of "above top secret" e-mails that were unencrypted and intercepted by foreign agents.
4. Many government employees have been fired and even prosecuted these past few years for leaking classified information, even unintentionally.
5. President Obama publicly stated that he did not think Clinton did anything wrong, which was very improper when an investigation is ongoing since that may influence investigators.
6. It has been clear since then that State Department or FBI investigations are bogus since they will conclude what President Obama directed. As a result, Hillary Clinton has been unofficially pardoned because she is running for President and is the candidate favored by the world's billionaires and the federal bureaucracy.
7. Selective enforcement of federal laws is common. Federal law enforcement agencies cannot prosecute anyone. This is decided by appointed federal prosecutors, who can be fired by the President at will. This is a key method that the Washington establishment uses to maintain control; the quiet threat of blackmail.
8. Many federal laws are so vague that most professional Americans commit "Three Felonies a Day" as explained in an excellent book by that name. While that book focused on cases of extreme interpretations by prosecutors enjoying their power to abuse citizens. Clinton's case in the opposite, she has been exempted. I'd be happier if Obama formally issued a pardon, so this corruption is better understood by all.
9. Hillary Clinton is not stupid and knew she was violating the law. This proves she is arrogant and thinks she is untouchable -- and she is right!
Apr 2, 2016 - A Stolen Europe
If you want a short history of Europe the past three decades, read this brilliant essay/rant by the Saker. Western Europe was destroyed by mass immigration promoted by greedy corporations wanting greater profits by pushing down wages, and assisted by anarchist leftists who wanted to overthrow the status quo. You'll read none of this in corporate approved books or magazines, and never see it reported on TV. The website Information Liberation provides good coverage of this ongoing disaster.
Given that the majority of Europeans agree it's a disaster, it is amazing to watch the policy remain unchanged, except in smaller nations like Hungary where popular and sensible actions are denounced by European "leaders." Meanwhile, the NATO racket lusts for conflict with non-threatening Russia and devotes resources to station forces along Russia's quiet borders, yet sends nothing to fend off the millions of foreign invaders from Africa and the Middle East.
Mar 28, 2016 - Ted Cruz is Out
In case you haven't, read about the Ted Cruz sex scandal. The major media will slowly follow up. A single case can be dismissed, but there is evidence of improper relationships with several women. It's funny because his biggest supporters are religious fanatics. I read several weeks ago that his Goldman Sachs executive wife suffered from depression. This is probably why. Ted must now worry about his Senate seat.
Mar 27, 2016 - Iraqis Retreated, This Marine Died
The "Daily Beast" posted an interesting story about a current event that the rest of our media chose to ignore. Here is the opening:
The local Iraqi troops had fled the base, retreating into the mountains. That’s why the U.S. military dispatched 200 Marines to a remote outpost in northern Iraq—leading to the death of a Marine just hours later.
The Iraqis had decided the location was too dangerous to stay in, three defense officials told The Daily Beast. The arrival of the Marines, U.S. officials hoped, would give the Iraqis the backbone to fight.
I saw photos. These Marines wear boots, they are on the ground in Iraq, fire guns, and suffer casualties.
Mar 26, 2016 - Obamacare
All Americans need health insurance, even if they don't want it. Otherwise they end up getting free care (and bad credit) paid indirectly by others. Persons with health insurance are far more likely to get annual check ups and visit a doctor as soon as a problem arises. This allows problems (like cancer) to be detected and treated early, at far less cost.
The Obamacare goal was to insure all Americans. Millions more are now insured, but millions more are not because they refuse to cooperate and enroll to pay a few hundred a month in co-pays. They plan to follow Mitt Romey's universal health care idea, go to the ER! This is why hospital costs are outrageous, because a large percentage of patients have no insurance and never pay a cent. Hospitals and other providers must charge a large premium to paying patients to offset these losses.
The worst aspect of Obamacare is that taxpayers pay billions of dollars to insurance companies, who are middlemen and provide no health care. A far less expensive idea is to simply expand Medicaid, the government's single payer program for poor Americans. Obamacare did this to some extent, but care for middle class Americans was routed to insurance companies with some success, but is subsidized with billions of tax dollars paid to insurance middlemen.
I'd eliminate Obamacare, but keep the Medicaid expansion, and expand it further by automatically insuring everyone under age 18 who has a valid ID and Social Security Number. No child would have to enroll, saving billions of dollars in enrollment/eligibility verification costs and eliminating the odd CHIPs program. If Medicaid gets a bill for a child under age 18 with a valid SSN, it pays. Ideally, every child should be covered by private insurance, but if not, it's not their fault. If funding is an issue, eliminate the odd $1000 per child annual bonus paid via the IRS Child Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit (Payment). Healthcare for children is more important than pocket money for parents. With hospitals reimbursed for providing care to every child, it will lower costs for everyone.
Mar 24, 2016 - Trump Threatens Change
This stunning article in the "Stars and Stripes" was mostly ignored by our corporate media, who hates Trump and tells us he is crazy, dangerous, and lacks experience and knowledge. Read part and judge for yourself:
"In spite of unrest abroad, especially in the Middle East, Trump insisted that the United States must look inward and steer its resources toward rebuilding domestic infrastructure.
"I do think it's a different world today, and I don't think we should be nation-building anymore," Trump said. "I think it's proven not to work, and we have a different country than we did then. We have $19 trillion in debt. We're sitting, probably, on a bubble. And it's a bubble that if it breaks, it's going to be very nasty. I just think we have to rebuild our country."
He added: "I watched as we built schools in Iraq and they're blown up. We build another one, we get blown up. We rebuild it three times and yet we can't build a school in Brooklyn. We have no money for education because we can't build in our own country. At what point do you say, 'Hey, we have to take care of ourselves?' So, I know the outer world exists and I'll be very cognizant of that. But at the same time, our country is disintegrating, large sections of it, especially the inner cities."
Trump cast China as a leading economic and geopolitical rival and said the United States should toughen its trade alliances to better compete.
"China has got unbelievable ambitions," Trump said. "China feels very invincible. We have rebuilt China. They have drained so much money out of our country that they've rebuilt China. Without us, you wouldn't see the airports and the roadways and the bridges. The George Washington Bridge [in New York], that's like a trinket compared to the bridges that they build in China. We don't build anymore. We had our day."
Trump praised George Shultz, who served as President Ronald Reagan's secretary of state, as a model and was harshly critical of the current secretary of state, John Kerry. He questioned the United States' continued involvement in NATO and, on the subject of Russia's aggression in Ukraine, charged that America's allies are "not doing anything."
"Ukraine is a country that affects us far less than it affects other countries in NATO, and yet we're doing all of the lifting," Trump said. "They're not doing anything. And I say: 'Why is it that Germany's not dealing with NATO on Ukraine? Why is it that other countries that are in the vicinity of Ukraine, why aren't they dealing? Why are we always the one that's leading, potentially the third world war with Russia.' "
Trump declared U.S. involvement in NATO may need to be significantly diminished in the coming years, breaking with nearly seven decades of consensus in Washington. "We certainly can't afford to do this anymore," Trump said, adding later, "NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we're protecting Europe with NATO, but we're spending a lot of money."
Trump sounded a similar note in discussing the U.S. presence in the Pacific. He questioned the value of massive military investments in Asia and wondered aloud whether the United States still was capable of being an effective peacekeeping force there.
"South Korea is very rich, great industrial country, and yet we're not reimbursed fairly for what we do," Trump said. "We're constantly sending our ships, sending our planes, doing our war games — we're reimbursed a fraction of what this is all costing."
Asked whether the United States benefits from its involvement in the region, Trump replied, "Personally, I don't think so." He added, "I think we were a very powerful, very wealthy country, and we are a poor country now. We're a debtor nation."
Mar 19, 2016 - Submersible Torpedo Boat
This is a future weapon in service today. A submersible torpedo boat, designed by North Korea and improved by Iran. It is pictured with a small coastal patrol boat. A modern destroyer is several times larger. More pictures and info found here:
I'd prefer it to also have a pod of four supersonic Hellfire missiles or a 20mm gating gun. These could operate in "packs" with different weaponry like German U-boats in World War II. If they are discovered by a helicopter, they can quickly surface and shoot it down. These may lurk beneath a small fishing boat for cover, or venture out in rough weather beneath the surface to surprise a big ship. Keep in mind that a modern destroyer costs twenty times more than one of these boats. With modern self-guided torpedoes, these can sink billon dollar destroyers in coastal areas.
Mar 13, 2016 - Dirty Tricks
As millions of dollars are spent to stop Trump, some of that goes to law firms and public relations firms who hire dirty tricks contractors. They disrupt Trump events and rallies, and also pose as Trump supporters who do appalling things. The corporate media must know this, but plays along. A common tactic is to have a black person show up at a Trump speech, who heckles, acts rude and disrupts speeches. She is removed, and the next day "news" story is about a black lady expelled from a Trump event who suffered bruises.
A humorous moment can be seen in this MSNBC attack on Trump to prove him a racist in which they cut to clip to prove their point, but it backfires as it shows a black guy saying that everyone needs to stop the race baiting. I don't know if that was incompetence or sabotage by a bold employee, but it's funny.
Mar 12, 2016 - Civil War Trivia
"John C. Frémont was promoted to Union Army Major General on May 15, 1861 and then made Commander of the Department of the West on July 1, 1861. On August 30, 1861, Frémont, without notifying President Lincoln, issued a controversial proclamation putting Missouri under martial law. Frémont made this emancipation proclamation in response to the Confederate tactic of guerrilla warfare and to reduce Confederate sympathies in the stronger slave-holding counties. The edict stipulated that civilians in arms would be subject to court martial and execution, the property of those who aided secessionists would be confiscated, and the slaves of rebels would be emancipated. President Abraham Lincoln, fearing that Frémont's emancipation order would tip Missouri (and other slave states in Union control) to the southern cause, asked Frémont to revise the order. Frémont refused to do so, and sent his wife to plead the case. President Lincoln reprimanded her husband and told Jessie that Frémont "should never have dragged the Negro into the war." Lincoln responded by publicly revoking the proclamation (freeing slaves) and relieving Frémont of command on November 2, 1861, simultaneous to a War Department report detailing Frémont's iniquities as a major general."
Mar 6, 2016 - The Hydropower Conspiracy
This is something I wrote years ago for Sanders Research. One of the biggest conspiracies in the USA is to kill any development of our nation's biggest potential source of clean energy– hydropower.
Install Micro Turbines
The U.S. Department of Energy produced a series of verydetailed reports about small-scale hydropower potential in the USA. This was the result of a two-decade effort that identified and analyzed 5677 sites in the USA with hydropower potential between 1-30 megawatts. This resource had never been studied since a typical fuel burning power plant produces 500 megawatts. Experts knew that non-renewable energy resources were depleting and that alternatives are needed. Now that energy prices have skyrocketed, it is time to develop this renewable energy resource.
The hidden jewels in the report are the almost 1000 sites in the USA where hydropower can be generated from existing dams that never had turbines installed, or by improving the design of older dams. Most are small dams that were built for flood control, or to form a reservoir for recreation, fishing, and drinking water. Excess water flows through spillways because no one bothered to bore a “penstock” into the dam to funnel water into a turbine to generate electricity.
In some cases, turbines were removed decades ago as local utilities thought it too costly to replace them, compared to burning cheap coal or plentiful natural gas. In the ensuring decades, population has grown near these dams and turbine efficiency has greatly improved. Moreover, coal and natural gas are no longer cheap. If turbines are installed at these dams and improved at others, the USA could generate power equivalent to dozens of large fossil fuel power plants.
While the construction of new dams is costly and controversial, no one should object to a federal program to modify existing dams to produce hydropower. The Department of Energy has not highlighted this option, probably because small groups of crazed environmentalists scream that all hydropower is evil, even though it is a domestic source and fully renewable. Congress doesn’t even have to fund a multi-year study, that work has already been done. It only needs to devise a plan to tap this free energy. Hydropower also reduces the need to burn polluting coal or imported natural gas, thus keeps prices in check.
Mar 2, 2016 - Academy Award BS
I was forced to hear and read countless "news" stories about how Hollywood discriminates against blacks. The Economist dug up facts that prove it's the Asians and Latinos who should complain, yet even the Economist writers feared mentioning this in the accompanying article.
Feb 29, 2016 - Trump is Hitler!
As the establishment becomes increasingly alarmed by a possible President Trump, the ultimate American insult has appeared: Trump will be a Hitler! But Hitler liked to play General and invade other nations to establish an empire called the Third Reich. Trump says our invasions of other nations was a huge mistake, by a previous President with Hitler characteristics (pictured). Trump and Sanders are said to lack foreign policy experience, yet all those who have run our foreign policy for years (like Clinton) have done a disastrous job. For example, a former soldier recently read that his old battalion was returning for yet another "security" mission to Afghanistan, and wonders: "What is the point?"
Trump is winning because he talks about issues that matter. I don't agree with everything Trump says, but neither does he. He utters wild comments to get attention, but this is also part of negotiating deals. He doesn't expect Mexico to pay for a border wall, but with trade threats he will force them to slow the flow of illegal immigrants, especially from Central and South America. Mexican soldiers and police see thousands of migrants atop trains and aboard buses moving north everyday, and do nothing.
There are examples elsewhere. Panama had 8000 stranded Cuban migrants who were blocked from entering Costa Rica when that nation imposed border controls because of the flood of illegals. Panama paid to fly these Cubans to Juarez, Mexico on the U.S. border so they could enter the USA! Where was the outrage?
More than 99% of Americans are furious about the visa scams where thousands of foreign workers are imported to replace skilled American workers each year. Last year, Disney and Southern California Edison fired hundreds of IT workers and replaced them by importing lower cost foreigners. This received little attention in our corporate press, although the LA Times had a good article about the mythical shortage of STEM workers and blatant abuse of the visa system to replace American workers. It noted that few Congressmen express concern and nothing is done as the Obama administration refuses to enforce existing laws to protect American jobs. There is talk about "reforming" H1B visas, but why not abruptly end the program? Just two weeks ago, Yahoo announced that it was cutting 1700 American jobs. Can these American citizens get H1-B visas to ensure rapid reemployment?
Feb 28, 2016 - The 21st B-2
The USAF recently revealed that its "new" bomber will be an upgraded B-2. They did not say that, but the picture says all, and the name. The USAF has 20 B-2s in service, so the next one will be a B-21! Given their recent inability to develop new aircraft, it's good the USAF stayed with a proven design.
However, Generals insist on a manned penetrating bomber, despite advances in radar that make stealth questionable. A far better option is a commercial airliner, which could carry far more payload at far lower cost and three times the range, like a Cruise Missile Carrier Aircraft. This would allow the USAF buy and maintain four times more bombers because commercial aircraft production lines already exist. In addition, the B-2 skin requires constant repair and spare parts cost 20 times more than COTS airline parts, which are available at every big airport worldwide. Another advantage is the missile racks can be removed and the aircraft used to move cargo whenever desired, and a 747 is far more difficult to identify as a bomber as it moves around the world.
Feb 21, 2016 - America Needs a Vatican Wall
The funniest event in the Presidential race occurred when the Pope criticized Donald Trump for advocating a border wall. The Trump team responded by noting the Vatican in Rome is surrounded by a massive wall that was built at great expense to keep people out. If you want to visit, you can enter some parts at guarded entry points, but you can't stay overnight and can't stay forever should you give birth or declare yourself a refugee.
Despite all the news about the flood of "refugees" no one addresses a solution. A refugee should be granted refuge, temporarily. There are lots of remote Turkish and Greek islands with few or no people. The EU should build massive camps to hold these refugees until it is safe for them to return home, or they want to return home once they realize the borders are not open to immigration. I'm sure the Vatican would support this idea if the press notes that while the Vatican is small, it could easily house some 10,000 African refugees.
Meanwhile, the EU and NATO should evaluate diplomatic and even military options to restore order so refugees can return home. The same with places like Honduras. If that nation is truly dangerous as refugees claim, send in our Marines to restore order. While Americans do not like military intervention, most prefer that than having millions of impoverished refugees flooding into the USA. Then the millions of "refugees" already here can be sent back home.
Feb 16, 2016 - The Democratic New Hampshire Primary was a Tie!
You may have assumed that Bernie Sanders won, since he won voting by 22 percentage points and the TV reported he won. But the contest is for delegates, and both Hillary and Bernie were awarded 15 each. This system was developed to prevent "unelectable" candidates from winning the nomination process.
Feb 15, 2016 - War Alert
While the Syrians/Russians clear Syria of Islamists and restore order, others are upset. When the Saudis threatened to send ground troops to Syria, everyone laughed since it has few ground forces and most are bogged down in Yemen. But now the big Egyptian Army is deploying heavy armor to Saudi Arabia, something that has never happened before. Dozens of other Muslim nations are sending troops for this "exercise." And the British are sending 1600 soldiers to Jordan to "practice" support for a 30,000 man force. Somehow this is not news in the USA, but there are several reports from overseas.
Feb 14, 2016 - Hillary Fails
Bernie Sanders is crushing Hillary Clinton because it is so easy. She took millions of dollars in legal advance bribes for “speaking” from Wall Street and others before she began her run for President. This makes her look like an arrogant, greedy, corrupt insider, because she is. It seems foolish now, but a couple of years ago she assumed her nomination was guaranteed and no one could challenge her.
Recently she said that she seeks advice from Henry Kissinger, who is a godlike figure to the neocon empire builders. But older Americans remember that he is a loyal Republican who was involved in many questionable and illegal actions overseas. Since Hillary only moves among the ultra-wealthy, she didn’t know that millions of older Americans hate him and many consider him a war criminal. Bernie knows this and publicly announced that Kissinger was a disastrous Secretary of State and is no friend of his and he would never seek his advice. This stunned the establishment because Kissinger is an icon they worship. As a result, Hillary just lost the vote of a million older Democrats. Hillary is running on just one theme: vote for me because it’s time for a woman President.
A covert video recently emerged showing someone announcing to workers that their factory in Indianapolis was moving to Mexico, so 1400 Americans will be fired. He noted that workers are doing excellent work, but moving to Mexico is a "business decision", meaning a plan to boost profits for an already profitable multi-billion dollar company. This scene has occurred each week somewhere in the USA for two decades, and our corporate media ignores this deindustrialization of the USA. However, most American workers know this happens since tens of millions have been fired as a result.
This is why both Trump and Sanders are winning since only they denounce this outrage. People assume that neither Trump nor Sanders can do much as President without pleasing Congress. But they can highlight issues and use popular support to pressure Congress, something Obama never bothered with except for Obamacare, which was devised by the health insurance industry. I can't imagine President Obama denouncing this factory closing or doing anything to thwart it.
Feb 8, 2016 - Whitelisting
A few weeks ago I joined the trend and got advertising pop up blocking software. I never understood why the browser block up blockers always fail. I read this is now used by most Internet users, and Adblock Plus is free and the most popular. It was simple to download and works great.
Some websites do not allow access if they detect Adblock, but there is a button to push to disable it for the website if you choose. I noticed that some unwanted ads still appeared, so I assumed they just beat the software, until I read about "Whitelisting". Adblock will not block a website that pays their whitelist fee! I'm not sure if that's devious or unfair. There was court case in which the judge ruled they are doing nothing illegal. It's not a big deal, but I wonder if browser software (Chrome, Firefox, Explorer) companies will join this profitable trend and demand a fee for websites to appear in their browser.
Feb 4, 2016 - A Great Example of Vote Fraud
As I've blogged before, vote fraud is the biggest fraud in the USA, so big that our corporate media is not allowed to mention it. Let's look at a recent example, the Iowa Republican Caucuses. Donald Trump clearly led in the 13 major polls, and is the guy the Republican party lords hate. They just couldn't allow him to win. They don't like the second place guy either, Cruz, but all their sponsored water boys are too far behind for a plausible victory. Rubio is doing best, so the obvious step would be a huge gain for him, while Trump loses.
Google for any of the polls, this site has them all. All the expert pollsters showed Trump winning with an average 28.6% of likely voters, but the computer results produced by the Republican party showed he won just 24%, losing to Cruz who jumped to 28%. But their boy Rubio who polled at just 16.4 % soared upwards to an amazing 23% of "votes", almost matching Trump! What a surprise, no one predicted that!
The next day corporate media was filled with stories of why the pollsters were wrong, and why everyone is pleased, as shown by this Reuters story: Marco Rubio becomes early hope for mainstream U.S. Republicans. I love the irony, the two leading contenders are Trump and Cruz with support of more than half of Republicans, but are not "mainstream". The stage is now set for a Rubio victory in New Hampshire, but polls show him with only 10% while Trump is leading with 38%. Let's see them spin that tough challenge.
The Democratic Party machine ensured that Clinton won. A recount was demanded, but that is not possible. If citizens scour the Internet for details, they'd learn that no ballots are actually cast in Iowa. Local precinct captains ask for a vote and count hands and report those results. Clinton won because, long-time corporate sponsored party leaders announced it. Brilliant!
Feb 2, 2016 - The 9-11 Hoax
As yet more proof, the massive skyscraper fire in Dubai. This recent fire was far larger and burned far longer than that in WTC-7 on 9-11. For those unaware, this was the third World Trade Center to collapse on 9-11. It was not hit by an airplane, but fire erupted on one floor, supposedly caused by debris from the twin towers that collapsed over 100 yards away. The Dubai tower is 63 stories with a much narrower base than the 47-story WTC-7. Yet it did not collapse, not one floor! Soon after the fire, the building was partially reopened and people who lived in condos there were allowed to return home.
Moreover, no one announced that its structure was weakened so the entire building must be torn down, and repairs began just a few days later. There was no lengthy safety inspection with x-rays of all steel structural beams to see if any were weakened by the fire. I'd love to see a press conference with engineers explaining the refurbishment plan. A snide reporter could ask why they are certain that the burning furniture and wall coverings did not weaken the building's steel structure. It would be great to hear these high rise engineer experts explain that it is impossible for the low temperatures produced by the fire to weaken the steel beams.
I wondered if others had noticed, and yes, one even made a nice short video. If you wish to read about yet another odd 9-11 mystery, read about WTC-6. This was an eight story building next to the twin towers. It blew up in a massive explosion before the twin towers fell, all caught on video! I don't know how or why, but anyone can see that it was blown up.
Jan 31, 2016 - Why Must Assad Go?
For the past several years, the Obama administration repeatedly proclaimed that the internationally recognized leader of Syria must step down. Why? There has been no US Congressional declaration. There have been no UN resolutions. The only one in Congress who openly asked why "Assad must go" is the bold and brilliant Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii.
Assad is who we want in charge (pictured with his wife). He is a progressive Arab and protects minorities, including two million Christians. He was studying in London to become an eye doctor when his brother was killed in an accident, so he went home to prepare to assume control when his ailing father died. His dad had joined President Bush's coalition and sent troops to fight with the allies in the 1991 Gulf War. The Assads maintained an orderly and peaceful nation and threatened no one.
For unknown reasons, our CIA began working with the Saudis, Turks, and Israel to overthrow Assad by sending billions of dollars in weapons and assorted terrorists to Syria, just like they had done in Libya and Kosovo. They promoted a strange story that Assad was evil because he once used chemical weapons against their terrorist/rebels. A UN investigation determined that dangerous industrial chlorine gas was used in the incident, but that is not an official chemical weapon. Moreover, it came from Turkey and was used by the rebels shortly after Obama announced that the use of chemical weapons by Assad would cross a line and prompt American intervention.
Assad assumed that if he cooperated with the Americans they would leave him alone, so he agreed to turn over all his chemical weapon stockpiles, which Syria safely maintained for decades as a deterrent to an Israeli attack. The USA sent a special team and ship that disposed of all Syrian chemical weapons. But the hostile rhetoric along with weapons and foreign fighters continued to flow to Syria, and the Obama team resumed chanting: "Assad Must Go! Meanwhile, thousands of Syrians died and millions were displaced while Assad was blamed for using his Army to protect Syria from these foreign funded Islamic fighters.
Why did Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama cause massive death and destruction trying to oust Assad, and think that a loose collection of Islamic "moderates" could rule Syria? Every group of armed moderates our CIA sent into Syria immediately joined a larger Islamic terror group. The effort was a disastrous failure, yet continues. Why not help Assad restore order so that millions of Syrian refugees can return home? Luckily, Russia intervened to save Assad, but the USA was angry! Why? If NATO was truly interested in defending Europe, it would send troops to help Assad restore peace so Europe could ship their million unwanted Syrian refugees back home. Trump is the only presidential candidate who says Assad must stay. Bill O'Reilly asked why, and Trump responded: "Because I don't' want to run Syria, do you?"
Jan 30, 2016 - Vote Fraud
A forbidden topic in our corporate media is vote fraud, or even suggesting that something is amiss. Will major vote fraud down Trump and Sanders? I congratulate Truthout for the sin of publishing that possibility with details of previous electronic election fraud cases.
As the election season kicks off in Iowa, you might recall that Mitt Romney won the Republican party caucus in Iowa in 2012, unless you noticed a small article a few days later that the Iowa race was “unresolved” with details further down that Santorum probably won. It is possible that “unelectable” Ron Paul won, but we’ll never know, because votes from eight precincts were missing! Missing? Iowa vote counters had to “hunt down” the results from dozens of precincts, and found the results for 134 precincts had errors which “they” corrected. Is the Republican party in Iowa run by fools or mobsters? After the hundreds of hours of corporate media coverage of the Iowa campaign, you might think our media would find that an interesting story to pursue.
For another example of blatant voter manipulation by our corporate media, Mitt Romney did not narrowly win the 2012 Maine Republican primary as widely reported. When the vote tallies were announced, votes from several counties were missing. After complaints, they were counted, but the Republican guy in charge said that he would not release the results until March 10th, because people were upset. This showed Ron Paul won, but he was not permitted to win any state, at least not until March 6 (super Tuesday) when Mitt Romney secured the nomination.
Jan 29, 2016 - Remembering the Space Shuttle Murders
Many news stories ran today remembering this disaster 30 years ago, but none told the true story. The rubber-like O-rings that kept the fuel sealed tight contracted in cooler temperatures. As a result, an atmospheric limit of 40F was set for a safe launch. Meanwhile, the Space Shuttle program was under criticism due to high costs and low launch rates. The Challenger launch was cancelled due to abnormally cold weather in Florida. It was ready for launch a few days later but it was still too cold that morning, 29F, and the lowest temperature ever at launch was 53F.
The NASA launch engineer section kept a firm NO GO for launch, infuriating the political NASA administrator. He contacted the rocket designers at Morton-Thiokol and asked them to change the safety limit. They refused since they could see ice on the launch pad! (pictured) Everything was ready for a long overdue launch but it was too damn cold and the engineers refused to play ball and ignore the established safety limit by a few degrees. The head of NASA gave up berating the engineers and ordered the launch. The seals leaked and BOOM! This is the story that we should remember.
Jan 28, 2016 - New G2mil E-mail Address
I've had complaints about returned e-mails, and now this:Dear Customer,
This email is to notify you that in the near future Cavecreek will no longer offer our email services. We are slowly phasing out our email services due to performance issues related to abusive customer practices.
We understand that this may be unsettling and we want to assure you that we can assist you with the transition to a new mail provider.
Our goal is to cease mail operations by the end of February 2016. We value your loyalty and want you to know that this will not affect any of your existing hosting services.
It was nice having e-mail with my domain name, but not really important. My new e-mail address:
Carlton Meyer editorG2mil@Gmail.com
Jan 24, 2016 - Training Day
The great movie "Training Day" with Denzel Washington is now on Netflix. It's about a corrupt LAPD narcotics cop. He's a good guy and good leader, but arrogant and corrupt!
Jan 23, 2016 - Airman
If you know anyone who served in the U.S. Air Force, send them this short video clip. It is from a great old movie about Air Force draftees in the new U.S. Air Force. One wants a transfer to the Army because he fears being called an "airman".
Jan 19, 2016 - Spy Swap?
During the Cold War, deals were often made to free spies. There has been much news about "kidnapped" Americans held in Iran for years. These were citizens who took lengthy "vacations" to Iran. Does our CIA spy on Iran? Do we have spies in Iran? Might some get arrested? No one speaks of this, but the recent Iran deal freed four "detainees." There was an odd admission about one American who was not released. Former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared from an Iranian resort in 2007 while on "an unauthorized CIA mission."
Jan 17, 2016 - Speaking of Bribes
A favorite method to bribe American political figures is by paying them for short speeches. Hillary Clinton is falling in the polls because more Democrats are reading details in obscure publications like this one, which noted:
""The truth is, you can't change a corrupt system by taking its money," says a Sanders's television commercial. And Clinton has left herself open to that charge by profiting off her government experience, racking up $11.8 million in 51 speaking fees in the 14-month period from January 2014 to May 2015 before she became an official candidate for President, according to disclosure records.
For speeches usually lasting between 30 minutes and one hour, Clinton was paid from $100,000 to $335,000, an average around $230,000. Many of her paid speeches were delivered to Wall Street, Big Pharma, Tech and other industries with interests in influencing government policies.
Payments crossing the $300,000 mark came from Qualcomm Inc. ($335,000), the Biotechnology Industry Organization ($335,000), the National Automobile Dealers Association ($325,500), Cisco ($325,000), eBay ($315,000) and Nexenta Systems, Inc. ($300,000). Those amounts are each roughly equivalent to six times the typical American middle-class earnings in an entire year.
It's true that the paid speaking circuit is a common stomping ground for former public officials. For instance, after leaving the Florida governorship and before running for President, Jeb Bush was compensated handsomely for his public speeches. During the same 14-month period between January 2014 and March 2015, Jeb made $1.8 million delivering 43 paid speeches in the US and abroad (London, Prague, Toronto, and Punta del Este, Uruguay). His average compensation per speech was $42,500, less than 20 percent of Clinton's average haul.
And former President Bill Clinton has amassed a fortune speaking to groups all over the world, as listed in Hillary Clinton's disclosure forms for 2014-2015. According to those financial disclosures, Bill Clinton delivered 53 paid speeches from January 2014 to May 2015, totaling $13.3 million. His highest single payouts from speeches during that period came on March 6 and 7, 2014, when he received $500,000 each for speeches to Bank of America in London and Kessler Topaz Meltzer and Check LLP in Amsterdam."
Jan 13, 2016 - A Primer on Middle East Politics
I've read lots of short articles about the odd current events in the Middle East, but things didn't make sense until I read this brilliant article at Unz. In short, the Saudi royals have become increasing arrogant. They send troops to support neighboring states and openly try to overthrow Yemen and Syria. They are opposed by the Russians and Iranians, so the Saudis are punishing them by flooding the world with oil to drive down prices. But that's hurting their economy too, so they implemented a dangerous plan to execute more critics, raise taxes, and cut benefits. But Saudis are lovers and not fighters, so things may unravel.
Jan 11, 2016 - 10 Percent of U.S. Army Majors are Illiterate!
One problem in our military and government is that poorly educated people are promoted to important positions. Some advance because of good looks and a pleasing personality, while others benefit from nepotism, political connections, or racial advancement quotas. I saw many during my time in military and government service. These people never send out e-mails knowing they can't write proper sentences and misspell common words. The spell checker helps, but they confuse their/there, whose/who's, role/roll ect. We all make such mistakes, but patterns become evident, like spelling truck as "truk" several times in one message. In meetings it becomes apparent that they cannot grasp certain things. I found this recent article of interest, which includes:
"Unlike the other armed services, who only send 25 percent or fewer members of each year group to resident staff college, the Army sends almost 50 percent of each year group. This results in functionally illiterate Army majors coming to [Command and General Staff College] CGSC.
Think I’m exaggerating? Then you need to see the test scores from the Nelson-Denny Reading Exam. The Nelson-Denny, which has been around since 1929, measures the reading and comprehension ability of students. Approximately five percent of incoming U.S. Army students at CGSC each year score so low on the Nelson-Denny that they could fairly be classified as functionally illiterate."
Keep in mind that our Army sends its best majors to CGSC as a prerequisite of promotion. So the overall number of illiterate Majors is probably around 10%. I offered a solution many years ago: Officer Intelligence Test - make them take the GMAT
Jan 10, 2016 - Squaw-Humper CreekFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jan 9, 2016 - Racing to the Red LightWhen I see a stoplight turning red up ahead, I take my foot off the accelerator and coast to a stop. Most people do this, yet every day I see lots of drivers continue at top speed, with some even accelerating, until they are 100 feet from the red light and then slamming on their brakes. This wastes fuel, wears down brakes, and costs money over time. I’m not sure if these people have a mental issue or lack basic automotive knowledge. If our government ran an advertising campaign to help these impaired people, it would save our nation millions of gallons of fuel annually, reduce emissions, and save millions of citizens money.
The TV show “Mythbusters” did some long urban expressway drives to determine if constantly changing lanes in heavy traffic saves time. They determined that it saves around four minutes in a hour drive, but concluded it was far more stressful than relaxing and staying in one lane.
Jan 4, 2016 - I Enjoy the Presidential Race
For the first time in my life, I enjoy this. On one side we have the two party political machines backed by their corporate media promoting "free" trade, open borders, lower wages, fewer benefits, perpetual war, and world domination. On the other side we have Donald Trump and the majority of American people who realize that Trump is not perfect, but promises change for the better. Will democracy finally win one? Bernie Sanders is a threat too, but so far they've managed to stupefy enough Democrats to ensure that Clinton wins the nomination.
You watch this fight with the endless smears against Trump on TV and in the major newspapers, but they avoid the real story. The Republican party is suffering a rebellion, and their billionaire owners are unsure what to do as Trump shrugs off blatant attacks to discredit him. This conspiracy to destroy Trump is obvious, but is never discussed on corporate television. A great article at Unz explains this drama, and I have a comment there. Most Americans see this battle, so the billionaires may have to get rid of Trump using other methods. A plane crash has always been a favorite way of disposing of threats. This is why obvious losers like Jeb Bush refuse to quit; he is waiting for Trump to "leave" the race.
Jan 2, 2016 - ISIS Does Not Exist!
ISIS is a constant news story so people assume that it's an organized entity. ISIS is a creation of the CIA/Pentagon propaganda machine. It is a term used to describe any Muslim who objects to American control of their homeland. Some are organized into tribes or gangs, but they are not part of an organization called ISIS, or ISIL, or Daesh. This is similar to the term "Al Qaeda" used to describe an Arab nationalist. Osama Bin Laden was called the leader of "Al Qaeda", which never existed either, but a new threat was needed after he was declared dead.
This ISIS term does not apply to any tribe or group that works with our empire, who are called "moderates." Few Americans recognize the daily dose of propaganda they receive. Recall the constant story of beheadings in Syria. This was used to help justify the start of a mindless American bombing campaign that has continued for over a year. Once Obama green lighted this new war, all the beheading stories ended. This means they were staged events, and there is some proof of that, or our CIA paid its "moderates" to chop off heads of foreigners to bolster excuses to intervene.
This is why ISIS is an ideal foe for our military-industrial complex. Since it does not exist, it can never be destroyed. It's "leaders" are chosen by the Pentagon, and then assassinated, and new "leaders" are chosen. The CIA runs ISIS and Al Qaeda websites through which they announce threats to the USA. The endless American aerial bombing ensures there are thousands of desperate refugees willing to fight back against the foreign onslaught, thus providing more targets for daily bombings. They join local groups for food and protection, and become evil "ISIS." This racket will continue for years. Non-existent Al-Qaeda has been a foe for three decades! Both evil threats are everywhere!
Carlton Meyer editorG2mil@Gmail.com
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