Remember the Alamo Walls

February 8, 2019

As a Vietnam Vet I know that physical barriers  can limit the number of uninvited “guests”   Even a barrier as relatively flimsy as concertina wire can discourage unwelcome  visitors.

The Texas Revolution demonstrates the potential benefits of walls.    The Battle of the Alamo was an epic defensive battle with Texas army co-commanders James Bowie and William B. Travis.
attempting to hold the walled Alamo mission they were using as a fort against  a vastly superior Mexican army under the command of  President General Antonio López de Santa Anna

Marty Robbins celebrated the defender’s efforts in “the Ballad of the Alamo”.

“One hundred and eighty five
Holdin’ back five thousand
Five days, six days, eight days, ten
Travis held and held again.”

The Alamo’s   walls helped Travis hold the fort until Gen. Santa Anna  decided to accept the high casualties needed to take the fort.  :Later at the Battle of San Jacinto Texas Gen. Sam Houston easily defeated Santa Anna because Santa Anna didn’t have walls to protect his men.

The post office I was assigned to in Vietnam was initially located at a small compound south of Phu Cat AFB called Camp Fidel.  Even though the enemy wasn’t likely to attack us instead of the Air /Force’s jets, our commanders knew we had to guard our perimeter all night because the enemy wouldn’t pass up an easy target.

Do the Brainless Wonders in Congress Know What Happened on 9/11/01?

February 5, 2019

Do they know that a mere 19 men who had infiltrated our country hijacked four airliners and used them to destroy the World Trade Towers and damage the Pentagon? Current Congressional leaders are even more brainless than leaders in November, 1941, who thought the country could avoid World War II by being neutral. They hadn’t yet experienced an attack by an enemy. Today’s leaders have..

The government didn’t know of a potential terror threat when the 9/11 hijackers entered the country. Today the government is more careful about who it allows in. Suspected terrorists cannot come in at monitored points of entry. They have to find entry points that aren’t closely monitored such as along our southern border. Coming in that way allows them to bring weapons and high explosives.
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Those who claim there isn’t a crisis need to explain when the terror crisis that began on 9/11 ended. Americans didn’t realize there was a terror crisis until a plane hit the second tower.

Our enemies haven’t announced an end to their war. Maybe they haven’t attacked our homeland because they prefer to concentrate on defending their homeland. Maybe our law enforcement agencies have been preventing their attacks. Or maybe they are secretly preparing a surprise attack like the Germans did before the Battle of the Bulge or the Viet Cong did before the 1968 Tet Offensive. If they think they can mount a surprise attack, we may not know until it begins.

Women Who Get Abortions Have a Negative Self Image

January 24, 2019

When a woman gets an abortion she is essentially saying “the world would be better off if no one like me was born into it because I am not worth duplicating.”

A woman who has a baby is saying the world will benefit from having another person like her.

President Trump Cares About Us – Wealthy Democrats Don’t

January 17, 2019

President Donald Trump recognizes a primary function of the federal government involves protecting us from external threats.   Our state governments protect us from internal threats, but only the federal government can deal with threats coming from other countries.

He recognizes that Mexico and other Latin American countries like Guatemala have significant crime problems.  Dingbat Democrats are oblivious to the difficulty the Mexican government is having with the drug cartels  that operate from there.   The government has had to use the Mexican army in its war with the cartels.

Many of those coming to the United States want to get away from their homeland’s criminals.  They expect our government to at least try to prevent those criminals from following them here.

President Trump’s  proposed wall might not be perfectly effective [few anti-crime measures are], but it is an appropriate attempt to deal  with a dangerous situation.   There is no good reason not to try it.

A government that spends over $10 billion a day can find a way to come up with the $5 billion needed to build a wall.   Wealthy Democrats like multi-millionaire Rep. Nancy Pelosi don’t want to fund the wall because they don’t care what happens to the rest  of  us.  They just want to play partisan political games. They don’t care who might be hurt by the government shutdown if they can get their media  sheep to blame Trump for everything.

When I was in high school the Democrats had a great leader who told us America could build a rocket that would put men on the moon.  Today’s Democrats claim the federal government can’t even build a wall to prevent killers from entering the country illegally.   President Donald Trump comes closer to having the “can do” attitude of President John Kennedy than any current Democratic Party leader.

Trump needs to change his  strategy   The Democrat mules in Congress don’t seem likely to give in because they don’t care what happens. Their favorite program kills babies before they can be born.   They don’t care if illegal immigrants kill  “other people” or “other people” die from drug use.   I wonder it they believe such deaths reduce ” the surplus population”.

President Trump could build a wall as a military training activity.   In a combat area concrete walls  may be needed as  part of a bunker to protect personnel or supplies. A wall can protect  buildings from a truck bomb on a nearby road.  Thus military personnel need to know how to construct concrete walls  The southwestern states provide a good location to train personnel to construct concrete walls in the Middle East because it has  a relatively close  match in terrain, climate and  soil. Training benefits  would include practice in moving personnel, equipment and supplies  into an area and learning how to operate in that type physical environment.

Using military personnel would lower the extra government cost of building a wall because military personnel are paid the same regardless of whether they are building walls, marching around or watching training films.   National Guard and Reserve units might work on the wall during  their summer camps.

 

 

 

Can President Trump Prosecute Those Perpetuating Crooked Enron’s Global Warming Scam?

January 8, 2019

[Most of this was previously posted.  Some of the links may no longer work.].

Lawrence Solomon, executive director of  Energy Probe and Urban Renaissance Institute, has reported that Enron played a major role in pushing  the global warming scam, including establishing the Kyoto Protocals.

Enron had already profited from trading sulfur dioxide credits and saw the  potential for even greater profits from trading what would become known as “carbon credits“.

The article is the first in a series of articles about those who seek to profit from what Weather  Channel founder John Coleman calls “the greatest scam in history.”  It’s too late to prosecute Enron executives, but what about executives in the companies that continue to profit from the scam.   The media’s continued failure to report the truth could allow executives to claim they don’t know claims about “global warming” or “climate change” are fraudulent.

Solomon states,  ” The climate-change industry — the scientists, lawyers, consultants, lobbyists and, most importantly, the multinationals that work behind the scenes to cash in on the riches at stake — has emerged as the world’s largest industry. Virtually every resident in the developed world feels the bite of this industry…”  which increases the costs of various goods and services.

Enron was an early player  beginning early in the  administration of Bill Clinton to push for a carbon dioxide trading system.   Enron also sought support from environmental groups.
“Between 1994 and 1996, the Enron Foundation donated $1-million to the Nature Conservancy and its Climate Change Project, a leading force for global warming reform, while [Chairman Kenneth] Lay and other individuals associated with Enron donated $1.5-million to environmental groups seeking international controls on carbon dioxide.”

According to Solomon, “Political contributions and Enron-funded analyses flowed freely, all geared to demonstrating a looming global catastrophe if carbon dioxide emissions weren’t curbed. An Enron-funded study that dismissed the notion that calamity could come of global warming, meanwhile, was quietly buried.”

Enron advised  the Clinton administration what to do at the Kyoto Japan Conference in 1997.

To improve its chances for success Enron hired former Environmental Protection Agency regulator John Palmisano to become the company’s lead lobbyist as senior director for Environmental Policy and Compliance.  Palismano wrote a memo describing the historic corporate achievement that was Kyoto.

“If implemented this agreement will do more to promote Enron’s business than will almost any other regulatory initiative outside of restructuring of the energy and natural-gas industries in Europe and the United States,” Polisano began. “The potential to add incremental gas sales, and additional demand for renewable technology is enormous.”

The memo, entitled “Implications of the Climate Change Agreement in Kyoto & What Transpired,” summarized the achievements that Enron had accomplished. “I do not think it is possible to overestimate the importance of this year in shaping every aspect of this agreement,” he wrote.  He cited  three issues of specific importance to Enron in the climate-change debate:  the rules governing emissions trading, the rules governing transfers of emission reduction rights between countries, and the rules governing a gargantuan clean energy fund.

Polisano’s memo expressed satisfaction bordering on amazement at Enron’s successes. The rules governing transfers of emission rights “is exactly what I have been lobbying for and it seems like we won. The clean development fund will be a mechanism for funding renewable projects. Again we won …. The endorsement of emissions trading was another victory for us.”

“Enron now has excellent credentials with many ‘green’ interests including Greenpeace, WWF [World Wildlife Fund], NRDC [Natural Resources Defense Council], German Watch, the U.S. Climate Action Network, the European Climate Action Network, Ozone Action, WRI [World Resources Institute] and Worldwatch. This position should be increasingly cultivated and capitalized on (monetized),” Polisano explained.

Those who believe in Global Warming like to claim that they are opposed by corporate interests in the form of the energy companies.  They neglect to mention that the battle isn’t against corporations, it is between different groups of corporations.  The energy companies are attempting to continue providing energy to consumers.  Companies on the other side are merely attempting to create a financial opportunity for themselves as financial parasites who provide nothing to anyone and get rich in return.

Democrats often criticize Republicans for being too close to business.  Democrats are just as close to business. They simply favor different businesses.

As  William O’Keefe, chief executive officer of the Marshall Institute, puts it:  “The American people have had enough of convoluted, indecipherable financial schemes and the opportunists who exploit them. The public is understandably angry about Wall Street’s exploitation of Main Street, and yet our political leaders are setting the stage for another complex trading market, ripe for corruption. The future Enrons and Bernie Madoffs of the world would like nothing better than to see the U.S. impose a new market for carbon emission trading.”

Abortion Supporters Are on the Wrong Side of Alice’s Looking Glass

January 5, 2019

Alice’s looking glass had an odd  property.  It not only reversed the appearance of objects, it reversed logic..

When Alice entered the world behind the  mirror ‘she discovered that if she tried to run she remained in place.   If she wanted to go toward something she had to try to move away from it.

The claim that abortion “empowers” women uses such reverse logic.  The most powerful action a woman can take is to make a new human being.   Abortion shuts down that powerful activity.

Making babies allows women to have a huge impact on the world. .   Two of the most important people of the last 70 years didn’t hold high government office themselves. Rose Kennedy and Barbara Bush impacted the world by producing sons who held various high offices.

The Kennedy and Bush sons received a boost because the mothers were in politically prominent families.   However,  a woman can produce a powerful child without being part of  such  a family.

We would never have heard of Virginia  Clinton Kelley or Stanley Ann Dunham if they had not been powerful enough to produce sons Bill Clinton and Barack Obama who achieved the office of President of the United States.

Powerful women make babies.   Powerless  women get abortions.

Wrong People Protest Illegal Immigration

January 2, 2019

Protests of illegal immigration into the United States are peculiar because the wrong groups are protesting.

Most of those protesting immigration are white folks who don’t want the entry level jobs the illegal immigrants usually take, particularly those involving manual labor or domestic service.   These jobs are the type of jobs young blacks need to enter the labor force.  Members of ethnic groups trying to enter the American labor force often begin with the least desirable jobs so that their children can have an opportunity for better jobs later.    The loss of entry level  jobs to illegal immigrants is keeping black unemployment higher than it should be.   Hispanic ancestry citizens and those who are in the country legally also can lose jobs to those who are in the country illegally.

President Barack Obama is undoubtedly encouraging illegal immigration because the corporate interests that bought the White House for him want a labor surplus so they can keep wages down and find people who are willing to work for less than the minimum wage.

The immigrants that take jobs from whites  often are legal immigrants.   Some tech companies use the H1B immigration program to replace American employees with immigrants who will work for less.

Many of those who complain about “illegals” have the misconception that they are all from Mexico and come into the country by illegally crossing the border from Mexico.   Many of those who enter the country by illegally crossing the border are from Central America rather of Mexico.   Some of those who enter the country illegally arrive by sea from Asia, the Middle East or Africa.    Many of those who are in the country illegally entered the country legally on student or tourist visas and simply “forgot” to leave.

President Trump should put his money where his mouth is

January 2, 2019

President Donald Trump should put his money where his mouth is on the Wall. It’s easy for politicians to spend other people’s money on projects. If Trump really believes the wall is necessary he should be willing to donate some of his money, possibly his presidential salary, to the wall like many of our fellow Americans are doing. Maybe he could suggest that those running his businesses donate part of the profits to the wall. Trump might try to persuade Congress to match private donations of money or labor.

Selling advertising could be practical near urban areas. Perhaps some companies would be satisfied with using pictures of ads on rural sections of the wall they have paid to construct.

Trump needs to educate those who want gun control to the fact that gun control cannot be effective without border control. A person who can cross the border unchecked can cross carrying 6 M16 rifles while wearing a backpack full of ammo.

African-American Is a Racist Label

December 31, 2018

Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symoné   have  rejected the extremely racist term “African-American”.

“You know what uh uh! This is my country,” Goldberg said. “My mother, my grandmother, my great-grand folks, we busted ass to be here. I’m sorry. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American, I’m not a chick American, I’m an American!”

In October, 2014, Raven told Oprah Winfrey’ “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African American; I’m an American.”

The time has come to eliminate this term “African-American” which perpetuates the old Southern racist concept that dark complexioned Americans are a separate race from light complexioned Americans.     Those using the term essentially rely on the racist concept of “part black all black” [the one drop rule] rather than looking at all of a person’s ancestors.

For example, journalists routinely label Asian ancestry golfer Tiger Woods “African-American” even though  he has an Asian mother and a father with Asian and North American ancestry as well as some ancestors from sub-Sahara Africa.     Raven-Symoné obviously has more skin complexion genes from ancestors outside of Africa than from sub-Saharan Africa ancestors.  A century ago someone with her complexion might  have decided to leave her family and pass for white.

Those who use the term “African-American” don’t seem to understand that Africa refers to a continent, not a group of people.  The Sahara Desert divides the continent into two genetically and culturally different populations.   North American slaves came from the area south of the Sahara.  In this post I will use “African” to designate persons from south of the Sahara.

Southern racism treated dark complexioned individuals as if their only ancestors came from Africa.    The term “Africa-American” perpetuates this false claim.   The fact is that African DNA began mixing with British DNA at Jamestown in the early 17th Century.  The first Africans arrived at Jamestown in1619 and were treated like the white indentured servants.   Indentured servants were temporary slaves who used their labor to pay off a debt.  In the North American colonies the  debt was likely the cost of travel to the colony.  Many of the Irish indentured servants, like the Africans, were  forced to move to North America.     For the Africans, the debt was the purchase price from the slave traders.   Many of those with African ancestry who were brought to North America came from the West Indies rather than directly from Africa.   Some of these may have had some European or western hemisphere ancestry.

Marriages across the color line began occurring even before African indentured servant  John Punch married a white woman, who was probably also an indentured servant,  in 1636.  Four years later Punch was sentenced by a judge to be the first permanent slave in the British North American colonies after he and two other indentured servants ran away.  Punch’s marriage deserves special attention because it is the earliest marriage to produce traceable descendants.  Nobel Prize winner Ralph Bunch is one of his black descendants.   One of his white descendants is Stanley Ann Dunham the mother of President Barack Obama.

In the early years of the Virginia colony people sometimes had to marry across the black, white and red color lines because the small population reduced the number of potential mates.    A similar situation existed in Spanish and French North American settlements.  The earliest connection between an African and North Americans occurred in Spanish Florida in 1526 when a slave escaped and was accepted by a North American village.    The practice of accepting escaped slaves would continue in the British colonies and later in the United States.

The process of British and African genetic integration accelerated briefly after the British government authorized permanent slavery.   The law said that a child’s status [slave or free] would be determined by the status of the mother.  A white child of a slave mother would become an indentured servant. A black child would become a permanent slave.  Slave owners knew that a child with a black parent and a white parent would be black so they forced their white female indentured servants to mate with their African male slaves.   White male indentured servants  had little choice but to mate with African female slaves.

Only about 500,000 Africans were imported to North America during the  nearly 200 years the slave trade was legal with most of them arriving before America won its independence.  The first U.S. census showed a population in 1790 of  3,172,000 whites and 757,000 blacks.    Thus it is likely that most descendants of slaves had multiple  ancestors living in North America before the Revolution.    The descendants of slaves could have a hundred  different ancestors who were living in North America before the American Revolution.  At seven generations back a person can have 128 different ancestors.

In slave societies it is common for males in the owner class to have sex with female members of the slave class especially unmarried females.  Unmarried female slaves may even encourage such attention to gain better treatment.   White male – black female relationships were common in New Orleans during the Spanish and French because men from these countries often arrived without wives.  The introduction of European DNA into the black population continued during the Jim Crow era when southern white men were able to rape black women without fear of punishment.

The introduction of African DNA into the white population was more indirect because those babies who received dark complexion genes would be born with dark complexions.  African DNA involving other than skin color genes entered the white  population when persons with African ancestry were born without  the dark complexion genes and passed for white.  Some descendants of the early unions between Africans and Europeans had “lost” enough dark complexion genes to pass for white by the American Revolution.   This process would continue.  By 1800 some slaves qualified as white such as Thomas Jefferson’s concubine Sally Hemings. No paintings of her are available, but she was described as white with long straight hair.

It seems likely that many who passed for white didn’t tell their children.   .President Warren G. Harding was aware he had recent  black ancestry but Ann Dunham apparently did not know she had African ancestry. If she had known she likely would have told her son Barack.  Some people believe as many as five other presidents could have African ancestors.

The dark skinned descendants of slaves should be allowed to claim all their ancestors, not just the ones who came from Africa.  Their ancestors came here and became a new people who are a blend of peoples from three, and in some cases four, continents.  They only have some genes in common with the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa.  The Americans who have some African ancestors made their own culture after they got here.    They helped make this country what it is and deserve to be recognized as full fledged Americans — not quasi Americans.

It’s time we Americans recognize that America is not the home of a black race and a white race, but instead is the home of a single race  whose ancestors were red and yellow, black and white.

The Impressions lamented in their song “This is My Country”  —
“Some people think we don’t have the right
To say its my country
Before they give in, they’d rather fuss and fight
Than say its my country”

It’s time we started encouraged the descendants of slaves to call America, rather than Africa their country.  If light skinned Americans whose ancestors all arrived after the Civil War can call themselves 100% Americans, why must dark skinned Americans whose ancestors may have arrived before the American Revolution be treated as part American and part something else.   Many slaves earned their freedom by helping to defeat the British during the Revolution.

Are Women Today Weaker than Women Fifty Years Ago?

November 1, 2018

Abortion supporters claim that making a baby is too much for many women today.   The poor little things purportedly need abortions  because they cannot handle such a difficult and demanding task.  Abortion supporters tell working class women they can only be empowered by working for someone else.

I don’t know what percentage of modern women really lack the strength to make babies, but I know that some modern women are as strong or even stronger than women 50 years ago.   A woman I worked with before I retired was mopping floors and emptying trash a couple of weeks before giving birth to a baby who was over ten pounds.  One of the local judges successfully ran against an incumbent judge while pregnant.  My niece, the  aeronautical engineer, has had two children.  Tarter farm equipment executive vice president Ann Tarter recently had a daughter.   A young woman in Wichita who became pregnant after being raped at 14, decided to go ahead and have her baby  After completing high school she got a bachelor’s degree and is now teaching special education while working on a master’s degree in special education while raising her daughter.

The facts are today’s women are just as capable of handling the rigors of making a baby as their mothers and grandmothers.   The ability to make new human beings makes women the superior sex.  Nothing empowers a woman more than having a baby.  Mothers have the power to influence what their children become. Those who have a strong influence may also impact additional generations.

Women who work for the man from 9 to 5 have no power.  They are just cogs in some corporation.  The relative handful of women who have creative jobs like teachers, engineers  and journalists may have some power but those who work on assembly lines or wait on tables have no power.

The rich women who are pushing abortion want to exploit women- not empower them.   They want women to help corporations make money instead of building their own families.  Women who build families have a lasting impact on society.  Women who are corporate cogs do not.

Powerful women make babies.  Powerless women get abortions.