Category Archives: Putin
SEGMENT – BUT… BUT… RUSSIA!!!!!! (00:00)
For pretty much most of my life, certainly the first thirty years of it, the Soviets, er, Russians, were the Evil Empire. In Kindergarten I did Duck and Cover drills at Ashley Elementary School in Denver. As a boy I listened to my Dad explain to me that Barry Goldwater would have defeated the Russians. As a teenager I watched the Soviets invade Afghanistan. In Junior High I was appalled when Ford announced that the Poles did not consider themselves dominated by the Soviets. In High School I listened as Reagan declared the Soviets “The Evil Empire.” And then I went to sea, putting my own right index finger on “the button” of nuclear deterrence.
Get what I’m saying? I’m the hawk here. I hated the Soviets from the day was was born. I’m the guy who would – all over again – go back to sea to wait for the law to be signed outlawing Russia, followed by the command to bomb them back to the Stone Age in five minutes.
I don’t trust Putin or the neo-Stalinists. I don’t believe them when they say they want peace and prosperity. I’ve never trusted them. And I never will.
And for all of that, I still cannot believe the way this country is going into full 400Hz flop and twitch over $150,000 worth of idiotic Facebook ads.
Facebook ads people… Quick – don’t think about it… name five people you personally know who actually click on Facebook ads…
EEEEEERRRRNNNNTTTT. Times up!
SEGMENT – BOWE GOES FREE? (28:28)
The news that ex-Sgt Bowe Bergdahl will serve no prison time for his desertion has the nation and social media abuzz. I’m not in any way, shape or form surprised that he got no prison time. Why? Because the 6th Amendment still applies to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. And the Commander in Chief still doesn’t understand that.
Now matter how many people scream and yell that “Since when does deserting your post in war time not require the firing squad?” it doesn’t change the facts. First, we don’t shoot – or at least very rarely – shoot people for desertion in the face of the enemy. Second, you can’t have the Commander in Chief out screeching about how justice for an accused but not convicted (or at that point even charged) soldier should be treated. It taints the presumption of innocence, and it makes it impossible to get a fair trial or sentence.
So you can be mad if you want. But be mad at those who ignore the Constitution, which still applies to a deserter.
SEGMENT – WHY I AM NOT A LIBERTARIAN (49:18)
For years I’ve been asked over and again why I am not a member of the Libertarian Party. For most of those years, my answer was milquetoast, mainly dealing with the LP’s position on drugs and in the Ron Paul era it’s position on isolationism. But in truth, I am not a hard-line anti-marijuana guy, although I would never use it myself. And while I am not an isolationist, I think that there is need for a national discussion and much more congressional debate about our military involvement overseas.
So imagine my surprise when I was doing my Torah Study this week, and I found the answer as to why I am not a Libertarian. Mostly, it’s because the Libertarians themselves are not able to truly define what it is that they believe, and when they do, it is not compatible with my faith…
I said the other day that countries throughout history, and most certainly the United States, have gone to strange and distant lengths to “interfere” in the elections – whether free and fair or not – of other countries. How odd is it that today – with absolutely NO PROOF of their accusations whatsoever – the Democrats stand accusing the Russians of doing so to us. Well… what did they think was going to happen (if it even did) after the Democrats interfered in the Russian elections?
For me, there is no doubt that Russia, along with China, North Korea, Greece, The Philippines, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, Israel, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Denmark and even Andorra are trying to hack us. No doubt whatsoever. Given that we know that and have known about the danger for many, many years, does it make sense for a Secretary of State to set up her own private server in her basement? And for a President who knows that she’s done that to allow it? Read the rest of this entry
Back in 2014 when I was able to go on the Central Valley Honor Flight, there was one of these men from our region right behind me on the bus. We had wonderful conversations about the boats and how we both found our way into them. The truth is that it was men like him who inspired me to go into the depths aboard my generations boats. They are tough men who did amazing things, as that entire generation of Veterans did. They are fading far too fast and soon all that will be left is the memories and records they left behind. And those whom they inspired.
Outgoing President Obama has promised “retaliation” against Russian hacking. Putting aside the fact that nobody can show any definitive way that the supposed hacking impacted the election, what exactly does he plan to do? He says that sanctions are an option, but aren’t we already doing that over Crimea and Ukraine? Are we really going to start a war over what it basically a fake news story? To be clear, I have no doubt that the Russians were hacking us. Show me precisely HOW it effected the outcome of the election. You know, like the way that CIA hacking of certain American Citizens effected the 2012 election…
Sheriff Joe has finally given up his “investigation” of Obama’s Birth Certificate. After five years of turning up exactly nothing (because there isn’t anything there), he complained that his investigation “wasn’t being taken seriously by the rest of the country.” He is, of course, correct about that. But much like a Candidate for President who looks for any excuse to cling to to explain why the results didn’t go his way, he blames the media, the culture, the mysterious “them” and anything and everything except his own irrational behavior. Much like a President accused of misbehavior takes to bombing aspirin factories in the Sudan, perhaps Sherriff Joe could have had more success at his wild goose chase if it had not been widely seen as an attempt to deflect his own legal issues? In any case, we can now draw the curtain closed on one of the more colorful and odd characters of the past decade as he rides off into the sunset. Read the rest of this entry