Caption: Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland in May 2021

It’s been a busy year for volcanoes worldwide – what more can I say? Red Mist!  The first sales numbers should land tomorrow. Will there be a trend that convinces the publisher to produce an audio version?

 

Riddle me THIS:

The Biden regime had 25,000 troops sitting in parking garages in DC for weeks to maximize the politics of January 6, but decided not to keep a fraction of that force size in Afghanistan to help with the evacuation of our friends, allies, or to secure the $100 billion in US taxpayer-funded military equipment that is now in Taliban hands.

Acts of absolute feckless incompetence, or the result of a plan executed against American interests by American leadership (treason)?

Ok, maybe we could take a ride on the way-back machine to a point in America’s history, 100 or so years ago.

When Princess Fatima of the Afghan royal family arrived in Washington, she was anxious to be received at the White House by President Harding. His Britannic Majesty’s ambassador, Lord Hardinge, was most disturbed by this and protested to the State Department that Afghanistan was within the British sphere of influence and it was not appropriate for the White House to go around throwing official receptions for emissaries of that country as if it had the right to conduct foreign relations. The State Department agreed, pointing out that America was so uninterested in Afghanistan they didn’t even have a file on the country.

Lord Hardinge thought everything was hunky-dory, and then he woke up to find the newspapers full of photographs of President Harding receiving Princess Fatima, erroneously described as the Sultana of Afghanistan.

The press accounts are full of puzzling details: Her Royal Highness was accompanied by someone styled the ‘State Department Naval Liaison Officer’, a position that does not appear to exist, and by a second man representing himself as the Crown Prince of Egypt, even though he was no such thing. Princess Fatima herself, although perfectly fluent in English, having been educated in India and Britain, told President Harding she did not speak his language and insisted on talking to him through an interpreter, apparently to make herself seem more important. The State Department has now been forced to open a file on Afghanistan.

America’s Afghan policy, from 1921 to 2021 – and, in defiance of the usual trajectory, first farce, then tragedy.

Bernard Lewis said that the danger here (we’re back to a point about six years ago pre-President Trump when he said it) is that America risks being seen as harmless as an enemy, and treacherous as a friend… It’s a very dangerous lesson to teach the planet.

Harmless as an enemy, and treacherous as a friend”: a devastating indictment, and entirely correct. But it neglects the ultimate reality: the bungling superpower can inflict defeat only on itself.

 

Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA)

Bikers Against Child Abuse was founded in 1995 by a Native American child psychologist whose ride name is Chief when he came across a young boy who had been subjected to extreme abuse and was too afraid to leave his house. He called the boy to reach out to him, but the only thing that seemed to interest the child was Chief’s bike. Soon, some 20 bikers went to the boy’s neighborhood and were able to draw him out of his house for the first time in weeks.

Baca was founded in 1995 in Provo, Utah by B John Paul “Chief” Lilly.

Chief’s thesis was that a child who has been abused by an adult can benefit psychologically from the presence of even more intimidating adults that they know are on their side. “When we tell a child they don’t have to be afraid, they believe us,” Arizona biker Pipes told azcentral.com. “When we tell them we will be there for them, they believe us.”

They go on runs to protect the child if they feel even the slightest threatened no matter where. If the child needs them to go on vacation with them, they do. Bikers come from across the nation to watch over and take shifts for these kids. And the best part is once you’re adopted into this family as a BACA kid, you’re always one. Even when you’re 40 and the perp gets released from jail, they’ll come meet with you and find your best options for avoiding the person and maintaining the life you’ve built for yourself. Once a BACA child, always a BACA child. In Florida, there’s 100% rate for identifying the perp based on the child’s testimony. Why? Because BACA stands with the child and supports the child so they feel comfortable enough to point out their attacker.

These men and women are available in 36 states, 24 hours a day to stand guard at home, in court, at school, even if the child has a nightmare. Many of them are survivors of childhood abuse as well and know what it’s like to feel scared and alone. (They are also in Canada)

In court, the judge asked the boy, “Are you afraid?” No, the boy said.

Pipes says the judge seemed surprised, and asked, “Why not?”

The boy glanced at Pipes and the other bikers sitting in the front row, two more standing on each side of the courtroom door, and told the judge, “Because my friends are scarier than he is.”

I’m mentioning this group on the blog because if you have money that you want to give to a charitable organization that works to make the world a little better and children a little safer, this is one of those.

 

Take a Walk on the Far Side

 

Fowl play was later suspected when the lead investigator questioned why the wife possibly would have accidentally smothered herself with a down pillow…

 

The Men That Don’t Fit In

-Robert W. Service

There’s a race of men that don’t fit in,

A race that can’t stay still;

So they break the hearts of kith and kin,

And they roam the world at will.

They range the field and they rove the flood,

And they climb the mountain’s crest;

Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,

And they don’t know how to rest.

 

If they just went straight they might go far;

They are strong and brave and true;

But they’re always tired of the things that are,

And they want the strange and new.

They say: “Could I find my proper groove,

What a deep mark I would make!”

So they chop and change, and each fresh move

Is only a fresh mistake.

 

And each forgets, as he strips and runs

With a brilliant, fitful pace,

It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones

Who win in the lifelong race.

And each forgets that his youth has fled,

Forgets that his prime is past,

Till he stands one day, with a hope that’s dead,

In the glare of the truth at last.

44 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the post about BACA. I never understood why there was such a group because it is such an obvious claim; as ridiculous as Mothers Against Murder (if there were such a group). I had no idea they got that involved with the actual child victims of abuse.

    • They get involved in protecting the child as a group and they stay in contact with the victims for years to make sure that they know that somebody is a phone call away. They do go to court to support the victim and ensure that there is an affirming presence.

        • Unlike many charitable groups, the money goes to protecting abused children. Gas for bikes, meals while engaged in protection, liability insurance, and the overhead costs associated with any organization like this one.

          • We now have placed BACA on our list…thank you for the lead. Project Child Save was another we have given to in the past but they have gone quiet lately.

  2. It is refreshing to hear of a bright spot of good in the midst of this massive dumpster fire we still call America, albeit a shell of its former self having been hollowed out inside of 8 months.

    You were correct, Matthew 24…while written for that 70AD period, it is repeating. The theater will continue unabated with the decent citizenry being the casualty of the senseless and moronic. What happens when those in control purposely collapse the economy? Best be prepared.

    • If one thing is certain, it’s that history repeats, and that not learning its lessons points the way to doom.

      There are a lot of dim bulbs in this world, and there are a lot of manipulative lawyers in this world — and they’ve combined in Congress and decided that they’re not our representatives, but are our rulers.

      • We refuse to be subjugated by morons and sociopaths.

        61 years LL…my life thus far, working hard to be a productive member of society…only for this crap deployed inside of 8 months. Never thought I’d rue the day of life in America, and usually there is no going back. We are proactively planning accordingly.

        • Welcome to the club. I gave the bulk of my life to government service. How do you think that I feel – to be lumped in with the dimwits who are now in charge.

          • Had a nearly one hour phone conversation with my daughter-in-law yesterday. As much as she misses her husband, she is in agreement with me, he would be going nuts about the Xiben clusterf**k.

          • My son-in-law is going nuts. I have a neighbor here, Army Lieutenant Colonel who did 5 tours there who is apoplectic, and I could spit nails. Everyone involved is outraged and ashamed of our country. We ask how it could happen – elect a walking corpse, a whore, and then throw massive corruption and filthy generals.

          • You are [clearly] the exception to the rule, i cannot fathom how ill you are over seeing this crap come to fruition.

            Listened to the corporate “doctor” spew every single lie surrounding Covid in order to dissuade employees from objecting to this spleen depth overreach vaccine mandate. IGG (IM shot) is not the proper delivery for an effective respiratory response, IGA is (intranasal), but she said the opposite. Obviously well paid to lie. Who knows if she is even a doctor, more like a witch needing…well, I’ll leave that unsaid.

          • Ed, since LL included a volcano, and since many in the administration are so altruistic (according to them), maybe we could toss a few DC folks in to appease the gods…figuring they would readily volunteer.

  3. I’m about a quarter of the way into Red Mist and it does have my interest. No rain here, at least at the moment.
    From what I’ve seen, you’ll have no trouble with bikers unless you do something stupid. I believe I’ll look into BACA.
    I haven’t read any Service in a while. I do have a copy of his poetry around here and perhaps I should take a look at it again.
    “The only society I like is rough and tough, and the tougher the better. There’s where you get down to bedrock and meet human people.”

    • I’m glad that it’s not raining endlessly where you are, when you look out the window when you go for a walk or to the range…even if you’re not wet… But you’d need to have visited a volcano recently to make that happen. I’m glad you’re enjoying the book and that it’s holding your interest.

      My agent is meeting with the Hollywood people this afternoon to pitch Red Mist movie rights and he is meeting with some heavyweights, so there is a shot. The Agent is also a producer in his own right, and the big Hollywood folks are looking for something new to make a movie about. These particular people have made $100M films in the past so it’s not their first rodeo. I will share on the blog if we start down that road.

      • I would be interested in seeing that film. It would nice to see a movie for adults, as opposed to adult movies, come out of the place rather than another super hero film. If it happens, it would be nice if you had some input as to casting and direction.

        • The Hollywood greenlight process (getting a film from inception to distribution) is byzantine no matter how they say otherwise. Having written and sold two screenplays (one to Madonna’s Mustang films) that were never made, I only dabbled – years ago.

          I would like to take a shot at writing or co-writing a screenplay of my own work, but that is not as straightforward as writing a book. You write considering the production budget, sometimes the vision of the director ends up in a lot of re-writes, some other (asshole) will determine the beat score and will compare that to other successful Hollywood films, and on and on. No, it’s not fun. It’s work and you work with Hollywood people. I’m like kryptonite to them based on past experience.

          However, if you can pull it off, have the budget, retain the right talent, it can be art.

          • Never did too much with the movie biz, but the music and broadcast biz is equally byzantine.

            WKRP was a damn good documentary……

  4. “Treason”?

    Yes, treason. This debacle is absolute proof of the unfathomable depth of corruption in this country. The example I’ve read (disclosure: I never wore a uniform after Cub Scouts) is that a soldier can be discharged for losing his rifle but here we have billions in weapons left there with no effort whatsoever to bring them back. Never, ever let anyone tell you that government handles money properly.

  5. What’s that saying along the lines of, “the only thing new under the sun is the history you don’t know?” I never heard the Princess Fatima story. I had to look it up to get the rest of the story.

    The bonus line, “Harmless as an enemy, and treacherous as a friend”: a devastating indictment, and entirely correct. But it neglects the ultimate reality: the bungling superpower can inflict defeat only on itself. rings even more true since there are reports this morning that Iran now has enough enriched uranium to build a nuclear bomb. Just one plane ride from Europe into Mexico City and then it’s here.

    Considering their actual usefulness, I’m in favor of shutting down the entire state department, along with the entire Foreign Service structure and the entirety of the Department of Defense.

    The US has been reduced from superpower to global laughing stock. We’ve committed self-destruction.

    • Robert W. Service is a go-to poet for me, as is Kipling. He was widely read by military elements I rubbed shoulders with in my early life.

  6. It would be best to not send this and great if you delete it on review.

    (Editorial note: Not deleted but substantially redacted at your request. Thank you for contributing to this blog and to this discussion. – LL)

    • I wouldn’t worry about your note giving any enemies ideas. It’s generic/broad-scope (not like “HVT Abdullah So-and-so lives at X, goes about using the name Saleem al Waziri, has a mole the shape of Bangladesh on his right shoulder, and has detailed information on such-and-such”) and [unless our host already redacted content] not specific.

      It’s not credible that any public figure in the Biden admin planned anything. But behind the scenes there are doubtless clever people. Unfortunately those clever people are grasping, petty, vain egotists with loyalty to nothing but their own egos and advancement. Many of them hate America no doubt, and would enjoy further tearing it down, but ultimately these narcissistic personality types can no more truly hate something than they can love anything. It’s all about themselves. They are (each) their own false god. And you can bet that more than half of them have also been inculcated since birth to believe that they are The Real Victims in anything and everything (this justifies EVERYTHING they do. “Pre-emptive revenge” is a very real – and morally just – thing in their minds).

      As to the list of nation-states.
      Russia is hardly our enemy at this point. The main reason it seems to be is because: 1) tradition/inertia, 2) the Russians can never be forgiven for finally throwing off the yoke of the Bolsheviks, then breaking the power of the first wave of “oligarchs” in the Yeltsin era (BTW these people – or their kin – have now colonized the “conservatives” in the US under the guise of “neocons”).
      China is definitely not our friend, but why would they rush in when the disaster is not yet complete? Let it all play out before sticking their noses in. “Never interrupt your enemy …” and all that.
      Iran is run by assholes, but they serve a very very important role. There MUST be a credible regional threat to Our Greatest Ally. How else to justify the billions of tribute sent from the US to Israel yearly? Also, it’s highly likely that certain persons from the Obama/Biden years have great fondness for Iran. Obama sent them pallets of cash. That didn’t go over well. Maybe it’d work now. Who knows? Or maybe the Iranians don’t even want the devalued AmeriDebtBuck these days (/sarcasm). Iran, or rather the mullahs in charge, need to be propped up BAMN (“by any means necessary” as the campus negro activists in the US like to say). The people running Iran are bad people, but not completely stupid; they understand their role (which is necessary to them keeping personal power, and quite possibly their lives) as well. They aren’t going to risk tipping the pot while the US is both scalding and boiling itself on the world stage.

  7. A day ago was a discussion of bear loads for hand guns.
    I was going camping on the snake river in 2014 .
    I went into a gun shop before we went into the back country . I told the young lady behind the counter I needed some bear loads. She got a box of 50 and dropped them on the counter.
    I asked “what ,, no smaller box” she said “no , seems odd doesn’t it, if six rounds don’t do it, ain’t gonna be no time to reload”. A wise young woman.

  8. I read someplace a.long time ago about TheGoofballsInCharge aka TheRulingElites are so rich, they see a presidential term as a hobby.
    Buy/sell a news-dispensing conglomerate on a whim.
    Build a company, destroy a company… it is all the same to them.
    .
    Can you imagine fleets of the largest airliners, converted to the equivalent of private rail-cars, gourmet kitchens and hottubs, private bedrooms with a staff of dozens.
    Can you imagine keeping the round-the-clock crews ready to jet anyplace at your whim?
    Can you imagine investing a hundred thousand daily to maintain a crew plus aircraft in readiness just in case you hear of a party on the other side of this planet?
    Fleets of such.
    Utterly devoid of loyalty to any geographic area or population.
    Buy some politicians one week, hang them the next.
    And we will never know their names.

  9. But Edd , I may need to stop a big black suv coming up the driveway.
    I did slip one in a buddies pistola one day . He squeezed off three light loads, and then hit
    “the big one” ‘,,,,,,,,oh shit ,man what the hell was that ??? Like holding a stick of dynamite

  10. On a lighter note;
    I am pleased to see Robt. W. Service here. His personal story is vivid to say the least. I highly encourage all to become familiar with his literary works. Service is no less a champion than is Kipling.
    I have long enjoyed his keen insight into the hearts of men (and a few women). Of all his wonderful works, that which I most enjoy is that which is printed here. It describes me to a T. It is the explanation I offer to others when they ask about me.

    Naw, I cannot resist entirely. I must add that I too am deeply grieved although not surprised. How much more disheartening for them who dedicated years of their lives in true service to our country. But remember, it is The People who are America. Those blankety blank so and so’s who have sought to ravage us are not, and never are nor will be, part and parcel of what is the finest nation founded under God.

    They do not speak for me. They had long ago forfeit their representation. By their own hand, they had become ever less relevant. Live your life as you shall. Be of strong courage. Stand tall to claim your American heritage.

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