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One more day for the theme. I wasn’t planning on doing a blog for May 25th, but the time-wasting obsession remains in my head. I’m on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim for the Memorial Day Holiday, and thanks to the hoards of campers wheeling into the area driving their 45′ motor homes, trailing side-by-sides, yearning to suck down bandwidth, the internet moves glacially. They leave the blistering Phoenix Valley for temps in the 70s and at one level, I don’t blame them, but they have a very dim concept of roughing it.

 

 

Politicization

On May 16, Foreign Policy magazine published an article by three experienced intelligence officers, including one who has chronically politicized U.S. intelligence, who argued that the U.S. intelligence community (IC) is getting a bad rap at a critical point in history for unfortunate, unjustified reasons. Only the first part of the assertion is correct. Far more accurate would have been a judgment that the declining respect for the IC reflected in polls is a direct result of the recent partisan political activism and dishonesty of ostensibly respectable senior former intelligence officers and many inaccurate “leaks” by current intelligence officers, mainly against candidate and then President Donald Trump.

This activism is new. For many decades, the organizational culture at the CIA, most importantly given its role of supporting presidents, was that intelligence officers inform all presidents as best they can in apolitical ways, whatever the receptivity of presidents to intelligence or the accuracy of their complaints about intelligence. People believed politicization of any sort — from the political Right or Left — damages the usefulness of intelligence and agency interests. Insightful intelligence officers such as the CIA’s Martin Petersen knew that intelligence had to perform well constantly to maintain presidential confidence and that errors in judgment and lapses in integrity had severely negative, long-term consequences. There was no need for an intelligence norm equivalent to the military’s normative prohibition on political activism by former generals and admirals because intelligence officers rarely were politically active. There had never been a General Douglas MacArthur-like challenge to presidential authority.

However, President Obama sought to change the demographics and political complexion of the federal workforce, and intelligence leaders such as CIA director John Brennan (2013-2017) made clear that they intended to change the organizational cultures of agencies in politically significant ways. They succeeded brilliantly, with overt activism in defense of Obama/Brennan changes beginning in 2016, when Trump emerged as a potential threat to the “progress” that Obama’s policies allegedly had achieved.

This radical change became glaringly obvious when former CIA deputy director Michael Morell invoked his CIA credentials in a New York Times op-ed to rationalize endorsing Hillary Clinton for president while harshly criticizing Trump. Morell then became one of the “talking heads,” along with Brennan, former director of national intelligence James Clapper, former CIA director Michael Hayden, and several dozen less-senior people whom the mainstream liberal press promoted as legitimate observers of everything relevant to their anti-Trump campaign. (more)

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The Socialist Security System in America ticks me off. I paid into it faithfully (at the point of a bayonet), and now I’m old enough to collect; they send me $200.00 a month rather than a full payout because I have another retirement system that I paid into. Thanks for the income redistribution to others that I did not agree to.  It’s theft, but it’s the government, and we’ve all come to expect that from them.

To ensure each future generation has access to the social insurance program, we must orient the program to be:

  • Fully funded by the individual, not the following generation.
  • Funding achievable by an individual in their earnings lifetime.
  • Sustainable, such that the program will incur no government debt and weather future changes in population growth.

What if the American people invested $100,000 in every newborn, purchasing a 65-year government bond on their behalf that guaranteed a 3.5% annual return?

Then, throughout each individual’s lifetime, the individual and their employer would contribute to Social Security taxes, repaying this investment. This structure would mirror the existing Social Security tax system. It becomes a personal account, not one to be looted by a greedy government intent on using your money to buy votes.

 

 

Bullet Points:

** (Daily Mail) UPenn student Eliana Atienza, 19, who claimed she was ‘homeless’ after being kicked off campus over anti-Israel camps, is the daughter of a wealthy Filipino TV star whose family flaunts an extravagant lifestyle on Instagram.

** Toronto Carjacking – The inner-city person seems desperate to steal a car. It’s racist to deny him what he feels that he needs to complete himself. The Canadian government should provide a new car (insured) to every illegal alien who arrives – at taxpayer expense. What a woke idea!

** Right – Norma Jean 2024 – Some clever AI work.

** Did Hollywood destroy itself? While The Fall Guy debuted to a positive reception, its box office troubles confirm a harsh reality following a $2.4 billion phenomenon. Emily Blunt and Ryan Gosling’s action comedy has been a critical success, but the movie has struggled financially despite the strong reviews. The Fall Guy flopped at the box office during its opening weekend, earning just $28.5 million domestically. So far, the movie has earned back around half its budget, suggesting The Fall Guy isn’t on course to profit, and it will need a huge turnaround to have any chance of finding financial success.

Covid, strikes, and wokeness translate to box office apathy. People have stopped going to the movies. What once was almost a habit isn’t anymore.

** There are various types of open carry and concealed carry. Where I live, many people belt-carry handguns of various types, visible to the public. They have every legal and moral right to do that. I avoid that not at all costs, but I rarely display a handgun (or rifle/firearm). You are unlikely to know it’s there until it’s pointing at you, and you’re moments away from Valhalla/Hellheim. If it’s belt carried, it’s covered or inside the belt carried. There’s a guy I help who ALWAYS belt carries openly. I give him rides to the store, etc. I tell him that it’s good he’s along. If somebody is going to do anything, they’ll shoot the guy with the firearm first, which gives me time to be the clean-up shooter/tail gunner. It’s a matter of philosophy.

** Dave Chapelle on Baltimore. Ok, here is one more from Chapelle – KFC and KKK.

 

Identify the Aircraft

1 (really 4)

2

3

 

Identify the Armor

4

5

 

 

 

Parting Shot

 

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49 thoughts on “Fair Food

  1. Identify the Aircraft:
    1 F-15 Eagle, Typhoon, F-15 Eagle, Tornado (top to bottom)
    2. Junkers W 34
    3. Hawker Tempest V with ducted spinner
    Identify the Armor:
    4. Leopard 1
    5. Panzer III, with loudspeakers?

    1. #5 Yes, loudspeakers. Likely a command variant with a dummy gun. It’s difficult to tell from the photo but it looks like six road wheels a side, so maybe Ausf. K?

        1. If it’s not a dummy. They put simulated guns on command Pzkw MK 3 command tanks to give them more room inside.

  2. On roughing it, the best trips to the beach are a bike ride from the motel and sitting in the sand. No chairs, no towel, no water bottle. Just wind, waves and sun.

  3. The clowns in the (IC) are getting a bad rap because they’ve worked so hard to do so. Instead of remembering the oaths they took they’ve sold their souls to the highest bidders on the lecture circuit that will entertain their vanity.

    1. As has been mentioned here and elsewhere. It started a long time ago, maybe during the late stages of the Vietnam War, when everyone was lying to themselves. Later, employees would quit and be hired on as subcontractors, sitting in the same place and doing the same thing, being paid significantly more. A former Senior Intelligence Service Mandarin who landed the contract for subcontracting would add 20% overhead on top of that which he/she (sometimes it) would pocket. Then another Mandarin would retire and co-workers who saw their future paths paved with gold would get that person a contract. The Swamp worked for them. It’s still that way. Since we just print money as a nation, there’s always more.

      1. The design is flawed. The CIA was designed as a central repository for all intelligence information and that works. The underlying creation was focused on a bipolar world and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was the target. Nothing else mattered. The Soviet Union was slow and ponderous. The CIA was slow and ponderous. US Military Intelligence and the Soviet GRU had their military priorities but they were as slow and ponderous. Much of what the US did worked against the Russians The USSR dissolved and a Russian Empire (Orthodox Christian nation) emerged from the ashes, stripped of its former satellites.

        The intelligence community was not and is still not designed to go after rogue states or drug cartels. They don’t do that well. Most of the CIA presence outside of the USA (and there is a massively large presence in the US) focuses on officers with diplomatic cover. Various non-official programs were started over the years and the bureaucracy killed those programs. “The Human Factor” by Ishmael Jones is a well written account of a non-official cover officer’s struggles. It’s worth reading.

  4. Social Security has always been theft on several levels, starting at day one. First, they’re taking money at gunpoint to give to somebody else. Second, they’re robbing the “participants” of the return they’d have received from any reasonably conservative outside investments. Third, politicians have been robbing from the system to buy votes for decades. Fourth, they’ve mucked about with the retirement age over time thereby robbing people out of what they were promised when they signed up. And if you make too much money in retirement, they rob you of some of your benefits by taxing the bejabbers out of those benefits. Plus, what they’re doing to LL. That’s just the obvious stuff, but those are enough to piss me off royally.
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    We lost control of the country decades ago when we (or whoever was around back then) accepted the Federal Reserve, Social Security, and withholding of taxes and all that jazz from paychecks (don’t get me started on the two-party uni-party system). Show of hands: who really thinks we’ll ever get that control back. You there, with your hand up. Do they know you’re absent from the asylum? Never mind. We’re all in the same boat anyway, and it leaks.

    1. Yeah.
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      I like LL’s concept of a retirement pension plan, but it relies upon good intentions and integrity
      from the FedGov and Banks, and Insurance Men.
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      Might better ask for miracles, I think they are more likely.
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      – Kle.

      1. Since Congress can and does legislate you out of what you’ve earned, even if we set an honest system up, and I doubt it would happen, they’d dump the fund into the General Fund to pay for a war or to help out illegal aliens whose votes they’d like to buy.

          1. He folded it into the general fund, “backed by the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”

          2. It can still be rescued. Just stop paying Ukraine for one month and fold that in to the SS fund, disassociate it from the General Fund, and kick out all illegal aliens.

            Bing, bang, boom. Done. Solvent.

            But, no, that would be too easy.

  5. If the US universities and the Hollywood-Propaganda Complex were full of
    people like Dave Chappelle, America would still exist.
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    -Kle.

  6. We viewed The Fall Guy Trailer…didn’t finish watching it. Okay I guess for skinny jean wearing “gender confused” Yute’s but stupid otherwise. If one views such movie fare, especially remakes of a former good tv show with Lee Majors, as the Hollywood idiocy/propaganda it is…. because; a) they have no idea what to do next after losing all creativity, or b) they are trying to morph public perceptions, then you look at all this so-called woke BS with a jaundice eye. The aftermath is better because it’s not stuck in your brain messing with your psyche, let alone the time lost best doing something else. Had a neighbor over while MrsPaulM was away taking a break getting a tan (heh), watched The Terminal List over nachos or a pizza washed down with some decent beer. That’s where my mind is, giving these feckless reprobates their just do, not watching some actor make a fool of himself. Excuse me while I digitally burn a copy of Barbie in effigy.
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    Campers- The Hoards are on the road in droves…thing is we (as you LL) live where people go to camp…so we stay home on such weekend holidays. Had a new W/D tower unit delivered yesterday to replace the not very old crappy LG front loaders that actually didn’t wash clothes because the Gubmint did to washers and dryers what they did to gas cans, and Whirlpool et al folded instead of telling them to go pound sand. Delivery/install guys were already at a long day all over the map, and still had two more deliveries to do in Fort Collins. It was 2:30 on an already busy weekend Friday. To save them time I did the “old unit” removal (neighbor will take them with fill valve mods that I didn’t do, so no haul away) and said get it into the mudroom and I’ll install it, saving them an hour. They were grateful, coming from Aurora… a long haul. Driver said the roads were already loaded up with huge camper trailers, couldn’t figure out why people spend all this money on something only to store it all year long for a few outings a year…then looked over and saw our ‘56 Shasta and said, now that’s more like it. I said, “Yeah, and the Dodge Cummins doesn’t even know it’s back there.” He laughed, said once home the brat’s and beer were waiting. (PS. Costco and Menard’s have launched themselves to the top of my preferred list, ordered the new W/D unit Tuesday, $300 off with the Costco Mem Day special – delivery, install and parts, and haul away included. Showed up 3 days later.)
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    This new genre of AI pictures/photos is amazing. More please.

    1. In large deliveries with installs involved, I always tip generously and, depending on when, have the grill fired up and send them on the road with a warm burger and a soda. I live a long way from anywhere as do you, PaulM. The guys who arrive have dodged elk, and near holidays have been sitting in traffic snarls. I don’t begrudge the weekend warriors and the church youth groups who set up in the national forest. They’re almost all responsible, and they just want to spend a few days somewhere nice, away from the urban crush. It’s dry today, with low humidity. I haven’t been out, but the Forest Service usually has signs out about the danger of open fires. It’s windy today. I hope they don’t burn the place down.

      1. Same here, and they are always grateful and surprised. It’s recognizing where live is much different, then showing appreciation for their effort. These guys were super relieved when I got them on their way in half an hour with a few bucks tip that might get them a Happy Meal or two anymore.
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        When the weekenders come up I am on general yellow alert, both during their stay, and as usually happens, after for a few days to keep watch from someone’s potential carelessness, forgetting they aren’t in their home backyard in town. (Yeah, I sound like a possessive nudge…experience tells me I’m okay with that. Also recognize that precaution is necessary when the GP are involved.)

      2. That’s what used to be called ‘courtesy’ and ‘neighborly.’ What I grew up with on military bases. You always tipped and fed workers, especially locals, because that’s courteous and neighborly. You always talk to and thank the maintenance workers and service personnel.

        Shocked the shit out of me when I got weird looks for thanking delivery workers and tradesmen when I moved away from the military life (where my parents retired after dad got out of the Air Force was, in my consideration, still ‘military’ as we were surrounded by active and retired military and government contractors who dealt with said militaries. Going to Gainesville, FL was a serious paradigm shift and I wish I had moved once I found out how hellishly socialistic this crapville is.

  7. The only issue I see with your replacement for social security is that as long as we have fiat currency that isn’t backed by something real, they can inflate the monetary supply enough to wipe out any investment growth or interest and make savings irrelevant.
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    It was clear the Bidenistas were going to destroy the dollar when they started naming the Modern Monetary Theory people as main advisors.
    .
    If the Fed.gov can create as much money as they want and “just pay for” everything – to quote economic genius AOC – why bother to collect taxes? Why bother to sell bonds? MMT is self-contradictory.

    1. The currency should be on the gold standard. We shouldn’t mint a coin or print a banknote without indexing it to gold in the depository. You can’t steal at will when you do that. So it won’t happen.

      1. Well, that would be nice but between FDR and Nixon that particular ship has sailed.

        I love it when ‘preppers’ go on and on about investing in gold and silver and other precious metals. And then get confused looking when I point out that all those metal sales are tracked and the government probably knows what you have down to the ounce. And that the federal government has outlawed private ownership of gold before.

        Sure, lots of people hoarded gold and got away with it. But what’s the use if you can’t use it as money or trade barter? And if you use it as trade or barter on the non-government market, do you trust whom you are dealing with?

        Yeah.

        Want to prep for the future? Coffee, tea, sugar, spices. All pretty much, if stored correctly, are damn near eternal. I’m still using 40-60 year old spices, some older that I inherited. Tea bags from when I moved away from home, stored in glass jars, are still good.

  8. Roughing it is not really the goal in a 40′ RV…
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    Until Trump came along the intelligence community was supporting who was ever in office because whoever they were, they were the Uniparty. Trump changed that.
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    Social security.. “not one to be looted by a greedy government intent on using your money to buy votes.” I think that being able to loot the SS money and leave an IOU behind is part of the reason it still exists.
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    FWIW Social Security has worked out well for me, I’m not a person who wants to spend the day “managing money”, it’s just not me (and I suspect it’s not what most of the people “want” to do).

  9. part of the demise in movies is hollyweird, but part of it is the lack of civility among the people these days. they don’t know how to act in public any more. and the theaters are nasty, lacking labor or motivation to clean them coupled with the disrespect toward the owner’s property shown by the customers, making a mess on purpose and laughing about it. the last movie i saw in person was Saving Pvt. Ryan. fortunately it was only us and six ww2 vets at the matinee that day.

    1. In defense of CERTAIN movie theaters, the one in Flagstaff, AZ is nice, clean, spacious, etc. The people who work there are polite. It is expensive and there’s nothing to see if you go there. I’m surprised it’s still open. I anticipate the snacks to be significantly overpriced.

  10. One of the 3 authors of the Foreign Policy magazine article is former NSA Director Michael V. Hayden. His credentials are garbage. He’s one of the 50 experts who signed the letter claiming Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian collusion.

    1. General Hayden, former CIA Director, and former NSA Director, is a turd floating in the DC Swamp. Is he as big of a buffoon as General James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, who I’ve met on a couple of occasions and spoken with? No.

      1. Our Honeywagon guy uses a Stihl weed trimmer fitted with a stir prop to mix up the effluent and solid floaters, makes it easier to pump clean, starting from a tidy bowl (as it were). Trump is the Stihl Weedwacker Pot Stirrer, only then can The DC Cesspool get pumped clean of turds and stink.

  11. Thank you. The American Thinker piece had a link to https://www.cia.gov/resources/csi/static/What-I-Learned-40.pdf – which is not only a very interesting read in its own right, but really helpful with a bit of worldbuilding I needed.

    The Socialist Security system is just another scam to my generation, like the idea of working a full career somewhere and getting a pension – it’s a nice dream that someone else got, but it’s just another line of BS being fed to me by people who want to pick my pocket and give me nothing but a worse quality of life while telling me it’s good for me. Enjoy my money; they spent yours a long time ago.

    Hope your weekend is only as exciting as you want it to be. I’ve hunkered down under my new Class 4 shingled roof, opened a bottle of red wine, and used some of it to make a rabbit stew. We’ll be resting and healing over here, and keeping what we can control on an even keel.

    1. It’s important to keep the circle of influence and the circle of concern at the same circumference if you want to remain sane in an insane world. And it is a fallen world.

      1. The last few weeks I’ve deliberately shrunk my circle of concern inside my circle of influence. Not quite all the way to my circle of control, but when dealing with my love recovering from round after round of surgery… I’d be a fool if I thought I could control him, but most of the rest of the world can go hang while I make sure he’s all right.

        I like to hold out hope for humanity, as it’s always been interesting times, and the last 2000 years since the introduction of the principle of G-d valuing us independently of our worth to any tribe, clan, or empire has generally been an uphill climb. It’s only been 800 years since we started forcing our kings to obey the rule of law with patchy success and plenty of willful backsliding, but the advancement of property rights has really kicked off a far better world for a lot of folks where it’s stuck. That said, I know the prince of this world is, and we were never promised this life would be the easy, sane, or safe one.

        1. You certainly nailed it in terms of property rights being KEY in the advancement of civilization, but that can only happen under the rule of law. Sadly, that’s being stressed to the limit at the moment.

  12. the dear ole congress critters started robing SSA back at the beginning of the Viet Nam conflict. They haven’t stopped. But for that the system would still be solvent for a long, long time.

    1. It’s solvency is the promise of full faith and credit of the United States of America as part of the general fund. The problem is that those who pay into the system are rogered three ways from Sunday in many cases. They change the parameters without the recipients having a voice because it’s “not their money” – it’s the government’s money.

  13. The IC is hosed, it’s not just the CIA, but NSA and the other TLAs. Obummer ran off the most competent by promoting ‘quota’ people rather than actual merit promotions, and cut ‘sources’ depending on whom/what was interesting. I knew a number of true experts that walked between 2008 and 2012. Re roughing it, Diego Garcia, 70s, hooches no A/C, walked everywhere, plenty of water (ran out of beer), sand, and lack of humans…LOL

  14. Our current dilemma ultimately ends only one way, the entire sum of human history clearly demonstrates this.
    The entrenched powers, despite all the means at their disposal, are only prolonging the fall.
    But gravity always wins.

  15. Like… what… 200 a month?!?

    That’s outrageous, what a socialist com/marx scam.

    You’ll note income tax was foisted on us at the same time as the Fed Reserve.

    Some people advocate a tax strike or “tea party.”

  16. This activism is new. For many decades, the organizational culture at the CIA, most importantly given its role of supporting presidents, was that intelligence officers inform all presidents as best they can in apolitical ways, whatever the receptivity of presidents to intelligence or the accuracy of their complaints about intelligence.

    Remember the Maine! Fred Reed points out the US intelligence community failed to predict the collapse of its primary object of study, the Soviet Union. I think the truth-orientation of military intelligence is a fictional sales pitch, just like the truth-orientation of mainstream media.

    This structure would mirror the existing Social Security tax system.

    A baby boom retiring would expect larger transfer payments from a declining percentage of working taxpayers? Gary North reported that in 1955 his high school teacher showed the math for how SS couldn’t work. Observed growth rate of the economy is 2%. How could it guarantee 3.5% for all retirees?

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