On 14 May, North Korea conduced a successful ballistic missile launch.
“A test-fire of a new ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket, Hwasong-12, was successfully carried out on Sunday, 14 May, by scientists and technicians in the field of rocket research, who are bravely advancing toward a new goal to be proud of in the world, true to the far-sighted idea of Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, for building a nuclear power.”
“Kim Jong Un guided the test-fire on the spot.”
“Looking at the Hwasong-12, he expressed his satisfaction over the possession of another ‘Juche weapon’, a perfect weapon system congruous with the military strategic and tactical idea of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the demand of the present times.”
“The test-fire was conducted at the highest angle in consideration of the security of neighboring countries.”
“The test-fire aimed at verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly-developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead.”“The rocket accurately hit the targeted open waters 787km away after flying to the maximum altitude of 2 111.5km along its planned flight orbit.”
“The test-fire proved to the full all the technical specifications of the rocket, which was newly designed in a Korean-style by defense scientists and technicians, like guidance and stabilization systems, structural system and pressurization, inspection and launching systems and reconfirmed the reliability of new rocket engine under the practical flight circumstances.”
“It also verified the homing feature of the warhead under the worst re-entry situation and the accurate performance of the detonation system.”
|Hwasong 10 missile – which looks a lot like the variant
fired in the general direction of Russia on Mother’s Day.
The Clouds Part, the Sun Shines
(from the Spectator) The fog of the Trump wars is lifting, the road from COVID-19 rising before us, the outlines of the 21st-century American system emerging. Like the bankruptcy in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, the change has happened ‘Gradually, then suddenly.’ The age of the democratic republic is over, the age of the American oligarchy beginning.
Oligarchy is the ‘rule of the oligos’, the few: the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a self-sustaining elite. It sounds quaint, classical even, as though it couldn’t happen here because it already happened there. But it has, in fact, already happened here. Augustus Caesar, who made himself Rome’s first emperor in 27 BC, would recognize the symptoms of our American novelties. The cult of the founding fathers and the cult of entertainment. The elites divided by violent factionalism and united by naked venality. The decay of republican virtues. The widening of the wealth gap and the rise of the populares, the members of the ruling class who rebel in the name of values already overthrown. And then, when all seems lost, the rise of the imperial oligarchy that offers to restore law and order, but installs a different law and a new order. (keep reading – link above)
And who best to lead the sham republic? They’re calling Uncle Joe, “America’s Brezhnev”. Brezhnev may have had more on the ball than Uncle Joe. Both are said to shat in the swimming pool, but I wasn’t at the pool and can’t affirm any of those rumors as true. And frankly, who’d want to visit the pool? The oligarchs have a front man that will sign whatever they put in front of him and that’s the point.
Some cynics opine that Slow Joe may not make it until June and Camel-A will rise as the new representative of the Oligarchs – Indian-American, woman of color, etc. But she’ll just sign what they put in front of her. Just the same as Barack.
The Obama legacy was one of a man who entered the presidency with a net worth of a couple hundred thousand, read from a teleprompter, signed what the oligarchs wanted and left office worth a billion. Nice work if you can get it.
The Arizona Weather Gods spoke:
They park at the ridge line when snow is forecast. If they need to crawl up the driveway, they leave ruts that I then have to repair.
The wind tends to blow snow off the ridge and it drifts up lower, so it’s not as deep up where the rigs are parked.
At the moment, I’m working on getting a head-count for those who will be here at the casita watching the big game with me because I need to get my rear to Costco before all of the Superbowl munchies are sold out. Women are welcome only if they cheer and wear suitable game day attire. They are more welcome if they bring delicious snacks. Women with small children are welcome if they entertain the small children in another room while the game is on in the man cave. Small children are welcome if they are willing to watch the game without interrupting.
The commercials are not “break time”. They are equally important to viewing pleasure. Fist fights over referee’s decisions are allowed so long as they don’t interrupt my viewing pleasure. (take the fight outside)
Students at UC Santa Barbara passed a resolution in support of mandatory trigger warnings for classes that could contain potentially upsetting material. Professors would be required to alert students of such material and allow them to skip classes that could make them feel uncomfortable.
(CNN) A couple from Minnesota has re-imagined the classic Christmas song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” for a 21st-century audience, changing the song’s lyrics to emphasize the importance of consent.Singer-songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski, both from Minneapolis, said they were inspired to rework the song after bonding over a mutual dislike of the original’s lyrics, which were penned in 1944 by Frank Loesser. The duet features a man trying to dissuade a woman from leaving a party despite her repeated protestations that she has to go home. “What’s in this drink?” is one of the female lines. “What’s the sense in hurtin’ my pride?” implores the male voice.
Progressive icons used President Trump’s marriage to his wife, Melania, as an example of this sort of reprehensible behavior. Clearly there was some sinister misogyny at work when a billionaire male courted and married an attractive female, who was younger than he was.
Misogyny (/mɪˈsɒdʒɪni/) is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls. Misogynycan be manifested in numerous ways, including social exclusion, sex discrimination, hostility, androcentrism, patriarchy, male privilege, belittling of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification.
I don’t know whether or not Lady Gaga is a tramp, but her progressive credentials were tarnished. But the performance was masterful. Enjoy.
In times of war or crisis or as directed, Chinese fishing boats come under the control of the navy. They have mounts for machineguns and places for depth charge racks. They receive orders, weapons and ammunition from the Chinese navy.
|Former SECSTATE Hillary R. Clinton|
JOHANNESBURG – The bogus sign language interpreter at last week’s Nelson Mandela memorial service was among a group of people who accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death by setting fire to tires placed around their necks, one of the interpreter’s cousins and three of his friends told The Associated Press Monday.
But Thamsanqa Jantjie never went to trial for the 2003 killings when other suspects did in 2006 because authorities determined he was not mentally fit to stand trial…
(for more on this: Fox News)
HAMPTON, VIRGINIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
BRIEFING… or, Santa on Patrol
The Yellowstone Volcano erupts about every 600,000 years and we’re living on borrowed time.
HELENA, MONT – The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is 2 1/2 times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park’s supervolcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens, according to a new study.
By measuring seismic waves from earthquakes, scientists were able to map the magma chamber underneath the Yellowstone caldera as 55 miles long, lead author Jamie Farrell of the University of Utah said Monday.
The chamber is 18 miles wide and runs at depths from 3 to 9 miles below the earth, he added.
(Web MD) WASHINGTON DC – Vice President Joe Biden, lately a presidential hopeful for 2016, has been diagnosed as undergoing the heartbreak of Male Menopause. Hillary Clinton has been silent on the matter since she has long since gone through the female equivalent. VP Biden’s advice to fire a shotgun into the air at night if you hear a prowler is said by prominent psychiatrists to be “acting out an orgasm fantasy”. Dr. Herman Schiller explained to Web MD that VP Biden is in need of hormone replacement therapy if he intends to ‘butch-up’.
As noted in the first article in Fishwrap (above), VP Biden is a heartbeat away from the presidency BUT the only way he’s likely to beat Hillary to the job is if he ‘inherits’ the slot.
If you look closely, there’s a coyote tail under the largest rock.
Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any weirder North Carolina Judge Fred Morrison ruled against the North Carolina tradition of the bringing in the new year by “dropping a possum”. The judge said, “Citizens are prohibited from capturing and using wild animals for pets or amusement,”
I guess that rules out pet possums too?
(Fox News) White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders took to Twitter to call out Amazon after her young son inadvertently ordered an $80 toy using the the company’s Echo device.“Alexa, we have a problem if my 2 year old can order a Batman toy by yelling “Batman!” over and over again into the Echo,” Sanders tweeted on Sunday.
Amazon has not commented on her tweet.
Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey reportedly received US$ 6 million for security consulting work from Lockheed Martin after he was removed from office.
Comey is said to have been made wealthy during his time at the FBI. I don’t have any details on this and can’t say whether the rumors circulating are true. Make of it what you will.
Did disgraced former Director Comey know that Clinton Foundation money was funneled (laundered) through the law firm of Perkins Cole to retain Fusion GPS before they created the phony Trump dossier?
Did Director Comey sign off on it? We don’t know those answers yet, but the ball of yarn is beginning to unravel. Did former President Barack Obama know about it/sign off on it? Whose finger prints are on the dossier and when did they know? This is significantly worse than Watergate, yet much of the press is suspiciously uninterested in it.
First off, thank you to Jeff and others for making some really cool suggestions for keeping the compound connected to the world. By way of update, I’m edging toward setting up a relay that would simply act as a tower clone to boost the signal with a directional beam rather than an omni directional boost so that I can get the gain I need (in line of sight) from the repeater. Will it require two repeater/relay towers? I don’t think so… Other solutions may present themselves going forward but I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible.
The masonry is within a few days of completion and we’ll be pouring concrete slabs within a week. The first snow of the year will hit the area this week but I don’t think that it will stick. That may delay the pour for a few days. But warm weather is predicted after the snow.
I’m very close to finalizing cabinet design. And there will surely be other things that will need attention moving forward. The windows were ordered to avoid a 10% price increase. Lumber is more expensive as well with the demand for reconstruction in Texas and Puerto driving the price higher (thanks Houston). The steel came in on budget and the steel roof should be in on budget as well. Things like the bandwidth issue mean that I’m sweating some other aspects of the build past the basic hovel. With luck, new work will come in and I’ll remain on target.
Two -It would have sent a clear message if we would have dropped the atomic bomb on the Son-of-Heaven (The Emperor) himself. You can see the photo of Emperor Hirohito to the right, wearing a lot of medals that he never earned…but when you’re a living God, I guess you can do whatever you want to. You also have the right to be turned into radioactive dust…Clearly it was a good idea to keep the emperor alive long enough to have him authorize articles of surrender to the United States and its allies, so while option two was appealing, it was not practical.
Three -The US had the capacity to engage in germ warfare on top of the incendiary bombs that were dropped on the wooden cities. If we’d used weaponized smallpox or Variola major on them, there would have been a lot fewer left. I realize that the Japanese aren’t sufficiently appreciative, but that’s the nature of people in general. Did the Japanese have it coming? I leave it to you to decide. But I think that we acted in the best interest of the Japanese people — and I feel that a little gratitude is in order. Maybe instead of blaggarding us for dropping two atomic bombs on them (remember Pearl Harbor), they should thank us for not wiping them out to the last person and turning the island into a resort for Americans, Australians, New Zealanders, Brits, the Frogs and our other allies (excepting the Russians – sorry Vlad).
Contemporary Japanese Narrative
My father fought the Japanese (he called them “japs”) during the Second World War. I’m glad that he is not alive to see an Obama presidency and what our ObamaNation has degraded to. He wouldn’t have kind words for Barack.
“The campaign seeks to eliminate the use of these targets, forever,” the initiative’s website says. The petition calls on the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors to start “getting rid of black targets at shooting ranges and replacing them with variations of more diverse target designs.”
|Discriminatory toward terrorists?|
The Pope opposes the Dakota Access Pipeline because it runs across Indian land…except that it doesn’t. Never did and the Indians are upset because they didn’t get to dip their beaks into the pot of real estate money paid for other land access.
The Missouri and Mississippi rivers have over 400 pipelines of different sorts crossing under them at present and there are no problems with THOSE.
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis insisted Wednesday that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a $3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians.
President Trump doesn’t care.
The Grand Mufti was Punked
France’s populist candidate for President, Marine Le Pen (the French Donald Trump) was in Lebanon this week to meet Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who is a Christian. She also had a session scheduled with the country’s top Sunni Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, the Grand Mufti.
|The Grand Mufti of Lebanon|
|Marine Le Pen|
Le Pen is leading in the polls and is ardently opposed to more Muslim immigration into France – where they have caused a great deal of trouble and bloodshed. She’s a hard liner who wants to make France great again.
If you can spare three days or more, the Trump Campaign and the RNC are in need of poll watchers to observe the ballot recounts in several battleground states such as PA, GA, WI, MI, NV and AZ.
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Include your full contact information: name, address, e-mail, phone number as well as your earliest available start date and the amount of time you are willing to serve.
These recounts will take time, but they will not be done fairly without sufficient scrutiny. This blog has readers, some of whom have time on their hands. Think about volunteering a few days of your life for a good cause.