Her Name Is Mojave–The Atomic Dog

Baby It’s Cold Outside……the 1949 song……enjoy….

I usually have something set aside for the weekends…..sometimes it is an FYI…..and then maybe entertaining……or just a good shot of humor. But this weekend this Sunday I have very little set aside….so I would like to introduce everyone to my friend and companion, Mojave….we just call her MoMo.

She is an ATOMIC DOG!

She spends these wintry days looking out the window……mostly looking for intruders into her front yard that she can bitch at…..her domain is sacred and protected.

She also has the vanquish those monsters from the back 40……the short videos are a hit on Twitter  (by hit meaning I like them)……

After the monsters at hand have been driven from the realm…she hides and waits for new ones…..ever vigilant….

Then after all the adventures she must relax and a her reward is a short nap…… sleep…….is just a moments lull.

MoMo…..She is our Atomic Dog!

Now hear from George Clinton……

My Sunday is a cold light rain….perfect for hot cocoa and maybe a hot toddy a little later….enjoy your day and……….MoMo has decided that her routine can wait for warmer days…..
 
MoMo and I bid you farewell for now…..be well, be safe.
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Life Will Have No Meaning!

It is another dismal Saturday….rain and cold…so time to kick back and have a cup of coffee and enjoy writing…..

Life on this planet is limited…the dinosaurs had their meteor…the Cold War had its constant threat of a nuke attack wiping life off this planet…..then there are those naysayers (I am one) that fears technology and what it could do to society if it goes wild.

But I read an article the other day that points to all human life is doomed and soon….

Savor that cup of coffee while you can. New research shows 60% of coffee species found in the wild could soon go extinct.Researchers at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in the UK warn that climate change, deforestation, droughts and plant diseases are putting the future of coffee at risk.

“The important thing to remember is that coffee requires a forest habitat for its survival,” senior researcher Aaron P. Davis told CNN. “With so much deforestation going on around the world, wild coffee species are being impacted at an alarming rate.”

Life has NO meaning without coffee!
 
Makes me a bit happy that I am an old fart…..I probably will not see the planet get worse because of the stupid of some…..and besides without coffee why go on?

Shivering now! 

Even MoMo has gone inside and found a warm comfy spot…usually my side of the bed….I will return tomorrow with more stuff.

Be Well, Be Safe

Closing Thought–18Jan19

This post may be of little interest to most readers….however it is something that many of us think about or live with daily.

Okay, I would like to wax nostalgic…..my memories of basic training at Fort Jackson was not something that I look back with fondness.  9 weeks of total Hell.  Oh that run up Drag Ass Hill was something NO one could forget.

All these memories flooding back after I read a piece that talked about the Army’s new “basic training”……

Army basic training got a major face lift in 2018.

Early in the year, Fort Jackson, South Carolina’s basic training program of instruction was updated to encourage more fitness and discipline in new soldiers, while infantry one-station unit training at Fort Benning, Georgia, was extended from 14 to 22 weeks.

Senior leaders have said that extension will be made permanent in 2019, along with extensions for OSUT for the other combat arms, such as armor and engineer. Also under consideration: changes to the length of basic combat training.

“We have packed a lot into basic training — we have — and we need to extend it,” Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey told reporters in June. “We know we can make a better product.”

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2019/01/02/new-in-2019-the-armys-basic-infantry-training-is-about-to-get-longer-and-it-could-be-a-sign-of-broader-changes-to-come/

I am sure that there are readers that remember their experiences with some sort of Basic Training…that does not include our president for he had “bone spurs” in his small feet.

Share if you like.

Another thing about military recruitment…..

As the babies born on and after 9/11 start turning into military aged citizens….the military needs to think over its recruitment strategies…..

While actual enlistment in the armed services saw only a modest and temporary bump, the years following 9/11 saw an increase in average scores on the Armed Forces Qualification Test and the number of high school graduates recruited for the Army, according to a 2006 Congressional Budget Office study.

A 2005 Heritage Foundation report found an increase in military recruits from higher-income neighborhoods following the attacks and an increase in overall education levels.

Crofoot said he noticed another trend in his own recruitment work.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/01/02/teens-born-after-9-11-reach-military-age-recruiters-face-new-challenges.html

Sad that I can write a post like this……Just saying.

Let’s Go To The Poll

If you talk to any given candidate then they will say that they have the support of the military and that they listen and do what concerns our veterans…..like I said a claim….but do any of these people actually approve of our current military policies?

Let’s go to the polls!

To answer that question the Smithsonian asked active duty troops as well as veterans about our current military policies……

It’s no secret that many Americans are fatigued by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it’s clear for the first time that the troops are, too, according to a new poll conducted by Smithsonian with two partners, the Defense Department publication Stars and Stripes and the Schar School at George Mason University.

Seventeen years after the U.S.-led military invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 80 percent of 1,031 service members and veterans surveyed agreed with the statement that the occupations have “been going on too long.” As far as we know, this survey was the first one to pose that question to current and former service members. Their frustration is significant because they also voiced strong support for the war on terror generally, with 83 percent saying it should continue.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-poll-us-troops-veterans-reveals-thoughts-current-military-policies-180971134/

I agree with almost everything……I have a problem with the border thingy…I understand the fear but are troops really the answer?  If so then why do we have a border patrol/ ICE let the military handle it…..of if the border is so important why did it take 2 years to become an issue?  Is this admin so mentally deficient that it can only handle one issue at a time….then they need to move over and make room for the “big boys”……
A poll that was somehow missed by the MSM…..so much for them having the pulse of the nation.
As long as I am writing about polls……a recent one shows that a majority of Americans agree with a 70% tax on the uber rich……
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) sparked a flood of hysterical and error-filled responses from the right when she suggested in a recent “60 Minutes” interview that America’s top marginal tax rate should be hiked to 70 percent to help pay for bold progressive programs, but a survey published on Tuesday found that the majority of Americans are on the freshman congresswoman’s side.
That was surprising, huh?
Any thoughts?

The Coming Balkanization?

As the new Congress sets about doing the country’s work (that would be happening but right now we have a game of partisan BS)……and as usual the Dems seem to be at each other’s throats….a condition that makes conservs smile broadly.

The Dems are said to be in the process of balkanization of the party….about here a normal person would ask….HUH?

Okay the word “balkanization” what does it mean….well, it is pretty simple…..

 

  • to divide (a country, territory, etc.) into small, quarrelsome, ineffectual states.
  • ( often lowercase ) to divide (groups, areas, etc.) into contending and usually ineffectual factions

In this case it would be the second definition….

Now that it is defined….I move on to an article I read in the American Conservative….it seems that Pat Buchanan, an old fart, sees the energy by the freshmen Congresspeople as the problem that could doom the party in the coming elections(I do not agree)….

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House has more women, persons of color and LGBT members than any House in history—and fewer white males.

And Thursday, the day Rashida Tlaib was sworn in, her hand on a Quran, our first Palestinian-American congresswoman showed us what we may expect. As a rally of leftists lustily cheered her on, Tlaib roared, “We’re gonna impeach the (expletive deleted)!”

Not only was no apology forthcoming, the host of the New American Leaders event where Tlaib spoke warmly endorsed her gutter language.

Her remarks, said Sayu Bhojwani, “were raw and honest, and came straight from the heart. … a refreshing break from the canned comments our elected leaders usually make. Tlaib spoke…with the fire that so many at our event wanted to hear.”

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/the-coming-balkanization-of-the-democratic-party/

This is a tactic the Conservs will use…..the polls show that the public is behind many of the policies that the Dems are spouting and they, conservs, need to start a smear campaign with the hopes of making the Des appear as ineffectual….they have done it before and it has been successful.

Several programs worry conservs….the Green New Deal….a deal to push Dems into doing something about climate change…..

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/12/21/18144138/green-new-deal-alexandria-ocasio-cortez

Another program that is getting more trsction with the American public….Medicare For All……

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/08/democrats-dont-just-support-medicare-all-84-new-poll-want-party-leaders-make-it

I can hope that the American public will help and get behind the progressives….the country needs a change in direction….the one we are on now leads to a cliff.

The mash-up between Pelosi and Trump is just juvenile…..I think Pelsoi sent her letter just to see how much of a titty baby the president is….and she has her answer.

She will be punished by not letting her visit the troops in Afghanistan….

President Trump, it appears, is working on a new travel ban—and this one is aimed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On Thursday, the President sent Pelosi a letter saying that he was cancelling a congressional delegation’s trip abroad so Pelosi can stay in Washington DC and continue to talk border security with him, ABC reports, noting that Trump’s letter seems to be payback for Pelosi’s letter to him earlier this week in which she floated the idea of postponing the State of the Union address until after the shutdown ends. “Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed,” Trump writes in the letter, which was tweeted by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

He calls the trip a “public relations event” and says, “I also feel that … it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the shutdown.” It appears, per the Hill, that Trump is declining to provide military transportation for the congressional delegation. But Trump does leave another option open: “If you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.” Sanders tells the Hill that the cancellation is aimed at reaching an agreement and ending the shutdown so government workers don’t miss another paycheck. Many Democrats, predictably, have blasted the president’s move. But Republicans are lobbing criticism, too.

If you would like to know more…..https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/trump-blocks-pelosis-trip-to-afghanistan/news-story/ec59e2a535cb407ce8ca3e19c6f7abb7

If her trip was a PR stunt…what was his trip to visit the troops awhile back?

The “Balkanization” continues…..

Go North Young Man

Closing Thought: 17Jan19

The GOP’s hit man has been Rand Paul, a bit of a Libertarian, in our Congress…he usually runs to a camera and spouts his opposition to this policy or that and then when the time comes he supports it. To me that makes him a “media whore” (those that will do or say anything to get on camera and in the news)…..

But the best thing is he is a rabid opponent of “socialized medicine”…very local in his opposition…so when the news came out that he had to have surgery I found his choice of locations an interesting one……

The fallout from Rand Paul’s 2017 fight with a neighbor continues: The Kentucky senator is going to Canada for surgery he says is related to an injury he got when Rene Boucher attacked him while he was mowing his lawn. Paul ended up with six broken ribs and a bruised lung, and is scheduled to have outpatient hernia surgery next week at Shouldice Hernia Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, the Courier-Journal reports. Of course, much is being made about the fact that Paul is an opponent of socialized medicine and has compared universal health care, which Canada uses, to “slavery.” But his spokesperson had a response for the criticism, noting the hospital Paul is utilizing is privately administered.

“This is more fake news on a story that has been terribly reported from day one—this is a private, world renowned hospital separate from any system and people come from around the world to pay cash for their services,” the rep says. The Hill notes that the hospital bills itself as “the only licensed hospital in the world dedicated to repairing hernias.” According to documents filed as part of Paul’s civil lawsuit against Boucher, which is seeking money for medical costs related to the attack, the procedure is estimated to cost between $5,000 and $8,000. A jury trial for the civil case is scheduled for Jan. 28. Boucher pleaded guilty to the attack in March.

But I thought that the Canadian system was inferior……That should tell you everything you need to know about the American health care……a Libertarian will not support it in deed.

Time for that Medicare For All thing!

The Confirmation Wars

When Judge Ginsberg missed a day of court and the media and the president was preparing for her to leave the court I thought about the confirmation wars and had to open up about the situation.

Just before the midterms we had a knock down and dragged out confirmation process for a new judge for SCOTUS….surely you remember the name Kavanaugh, right?

It was Dem vs Repub and that is where this silliness is at now….the judgeship is a political appointment with all the trappings of a campaign with ads and all……and then Ginsburg, RBG, missed a day from the court and the media and right wing pundits have her about to retire and even die…..they so badly want our president old what-his-name to put another radical conserv on the court meaning the country will be f*cked for a generation maybe longer……

A judge should not be picked based on their politics….their record of decisions means less than their stands on certain social issues….we can thank the dullards in the Federalist Society et al for this bastardization of the judicial process.

This needs to end and end now…..our process is turning into a joke and that is not what the Founders had in mind…….we need to end the confirmation wars for good.

With the courts, perception is just as important as reality. The judiciary relies on the public’s faith in its role as a fair arbiter of disputes — without that legitimacy, why would citizens or officials feel obliged to follow court orders?

If one is concerned about the Supreme Court as an institution that can safeguard against constitutional overreach by the other two branches, the bare-knuckles politicking over recent Supreme Court nominees is incredibly shortsighted.

As this most recent (and awful) confirmation saga finally comes to its end, one unsettling consequence surfaces: The legitimacy of the Supreme Court is undermined by the U.S. Senate and its current confirmation process.

Before we try to claw our way out, let’s take a moment to see how we got here. Spoiler alert: No one has clean hands.

https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/410897-how-do-we-end-the-cycle-of-confirmation-wars

Of course there will be people that agree but then the process will NOT change any time soon…….agreement in principle is what we Americans do but actual change is not something we are capable of doing at any time.

The media is still pushing the story that RBG is getting closer to retirement…..it is pathetic how blatant the MSM is being about RBG…..