Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ron Paul Does Not Go Where Cowards Tread

This article makes my blood boil. See it here: http://comments.americanthinker.com/read/1/722758.html

Ron Paul is a Republican and truth be told, a Libertarian. I defend him rigorously- not for partisan political reasons. I defend Ron Paul because he is courageous, he has integrity, and I believe he is a great American patriot. Ron Paul is what America used to be.

Ron Paul like many of us, knows the Federal Reserve System is the greatest fraud ever foisted on the American public. Many of the people I debate with have no idea of the history of the central bank. They don't know that the U.S. survived for 140 years without central bankers. People don't know that President Jackson eliminated that scam. People don't know that Lincoln refused their offers and issued the greenback which was a very popular fiat currency. People don't know that Woodrow Wilson said that signing the Federal Reserve into law was the greatest mistake that he had ever made. Kennedy didn't like the FED either.

On June 4, 1963, a little known attempt was made to strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the government at interest. On that day President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order No. 11110 that returned to the U.S. government the power to issue currency, without going through the Federal Reserve. Mr. Kennedy's order gave the Treasury the power "to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury." This meant that for every ounce of silver in the U.S. Treasury's vault, the government could introduce new money into circulation. In all, Kennedy brought nearly $4.3 billion in U.S. notes into circulation. The ramifications of this bill are enormous.
With the stroke of a pen, Mr. Kennedy was on his way to putting the Federal Reserve Bank of New York out of business. If enough of these silver certificates were to come into circulation they would have eliminated the demand for Federal Reserve notes. This is because the silver certificates are backed by silver and the Federal Reserve notes are not backed by anything. Executive Order 11110 could have prevented the national debt from reaching its current level, because it would have given the government the ability to repay its debt without going to the Federal Reserve and being charged interest in order to create the new money. Executive Order 11110 gave the U.S. the ability to create its own money backed by silver.

Perhaps the worst part of all of this, is that people don't care. Thank God, Ron Paul does not number among them. 

This is what I know about Ron Paul. He is a doctor and physician. He does not have a felony record, he has not been involved in scandals. The banking elite do not own him like the rest of our sold out Congress. He is not a lawyer. He gets my vote anytime just for that. More Ron Paul "lunacy."

He is the founder of the advocacy group Campaign for Liberty and his ideas have been expressed in numerous published articles and books, including End The Fed (2009), and The Revolution: A Manifesto (2008).

He received a B.S. degree in biology at Gettysburg College in 1957. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.[5] After earning an M.D. degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, he was a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon during the 1960s.

In 1984, Paul chose to run for the U.S. Senate instead of re-election to the House, but lost the Republican primary to Phil Gramm.[22] He returned to full-time medical practice[20] and was succeeded by former state representative Tom DeLay.[23] In his House farewell address, Paul said, "Special interests have replaced the concern that the Founders had for general welfare. Vote trading is seen as good politics. The errand-boy mentality is ordinary, the defender of liberty is seen as bizarre. It's difficult for one who loves true liberty and utterly detests the power of the state to come to Washington for a period of time and not leave a true cynic."[17]

Paul has been described as conservative, Constitutionalist, and libertarian.[7] His nickname "Dr. No"[9] reflects both his medical degree and his insistence that he will "never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution."[20] One scoring method published in the American Journal of Political Science[158] found Paul the most conservative of all 3,320 members of Congress from 1937 to 2002.[159] Paul's foreign policy of nonintervention[160] made him the only 2008 Republican presidential candidate to have voted against the Iraq War Resolution in 2002. He advocates withdrawal from the United Nations, and from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, for reasons of maintaining strong national sovereignty.[161] He supports free trade, rejecting membership in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization as "managed trade". He supports tighter border security and opposes welfare for illegal aliens, birthright citizenship and amnesty;[162] he voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006. He voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks, but suggested war alternatives such as authorizing the president to grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal targeting specific terrorists.

A courageous and stand up guy without a criminal record who believes in crazy stuff like this. Paul sponsored the Audit the Fed bill that died- thanks to the co-opted cowards in Congress that supported the bill publicly then jumped ship when the banking elite threatened their re-election war chests.

I will always remember men like Ron Paul. Cowardly authors and legislators, not so much.

Friday, December 3, 2010

It's Official: Schizophrenic Stock Market Completely Off Rails, Delusional, Bat Shit Crazy

It was difficult trying to find the most accurate words to describe our crony capitalist and bank owned stock market. In fact, words very often fail. I just drool. I have traded for nearly 30 years. Wild horses could not drag me into this market. I am in awe at what the Bernank has accomplished.

On a day when non farm payrolls missed expectations by a WHOPPING 111,000 (which of course was underestimated but will be revised upward when nobody is looking) I expected to see the Dow crater at least a few hundred points. It was the worst miss in 2.5 years. Thirty straight weeks of mutual fund outflows. Forty three million people using food stamps. Every corporate insider selling stock. And a completely schizophrenic market that knows only one direction. Forget the predictive value of the stock market. There is no housing led recovery, there is certainly no employee led recovery, and there is certainly no export based recovery.

So what is causing this 20 month rally?

One man. The Bernank. The Bernank and his Quantitative Easing program. Six hundred billion and maybe more. This dude is shoveling money at Primary Dealers and they are buying everything in sight. They are monetizing the debt instruments issued months and weeks before in the greatest check kiting Ponzi scheme I have ever seen. All that excess liquidity has nowhere else to go and when this mother blows, I expect quadruple digit losses.

You simply cannot short this market. Because Bernank will make blood come out of your ears. He has single handedly hijacked this market. Put options are downside risk insurance only. Short sellers are future buyers and since they are rarer than a white buffalo, there will be nothing to impede a market implosion.

There is simply nothing to do but watch. And drool.

USA Yields Any Remaining High Ground, Now Stooping to All Time Lows

The United States Kleptocracy/Thugocracy having ignored any rule of law since at least the fall of 2008, has now embarked on a new mission. Get Julian.

While the country lays smoldering in economic ruin, without one criminal charge leveled on the fraudulent acts of the nation's banking elite, Frankenstein now has Wikileaks in it's sights. Joe Lieberman, Congressman and self anointed Free Speech Czar and censor, has applied the brute force necessary to get Amazon to quit hosting Wikileaks and charting company Tableau to remove charts compiled with Wikileaks' data. ZeroHedge published this story and now I fear the free speech Czar may turn his sights homeward. http://www.zerohedge.com/article/joe-liebermans-campaign-trample-first-amendment-proceeding-right-schedule

Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame, the horrible mastermind of truth telling and disclosure, has now become the target of ridicule and scorn. The governments of the world are bringing the whoop ass. Interpol has issued the "sex crimes" warrant for Mr. Assange. What is the basis for the charge?

Assange had sex with two different women and apparently did not wear a condom. The Swedes- lacking anything resembling a rape case, dropped it, and are now going to claim that because Julian didn't wear a condom, the sex was not consensual. The case was suddenly re-opened. http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/12/02/when-it-comes-to-assange-r-pe-case-the-swedes-are-making-it-up-as-they-go-along/

They might as well string a razor wire fence around the perimeter of Sweden and call it a prison if having sex without a condom is illegal. Or the USA. Or anywhere for that matter. The women involved were innocent little school girls held in some Vulcan mind meld that they could not extract themselves from and unable to resist the call of nature- they had sex with Julian. They tweeted about the experience, one even grabbed some breakfast the next morning and brought it back.

I want to get angry at Sweden for caving in to this political pressure. But I can't. Because that is how our Frankenstein government works. Can you imagine all of those nasty and pissed off politicians like Hillary bringin' the pain? Woman just scares the shit out of me. Makes you wonder just what pressure they applied to Sweden doesn't it? Maybe Hillary threatened to move there.

I'd like you to read this link. Near the bottom, you'll see some of the things our government did and then concealed. As you read those things, ask yourself what is worse... killing 15,000 people and/or failing to disclose that, kidnapping innocent people, torturing people and shooting journalists? Or is it having sex without a condom? http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/12/01/lieberman/index.html

Here is the problem. Assange has humiliated and embarrassed the criminals that call themselves our government. Eric Holder can't find one fraudulent banker to prosecute and thus it seems unlikely that he would be able to find anything prosecutable with respect to Assange before the statute of limitations ran out. In the meantime, the world would continue digesting the Wikileaks' info. You can bet our thugocracy and it's aides were busy reading and digesting that info as well. Czar Liebermann came in to lean on a couple of companies, chop-chop. To get them to cooperate, maybe have us a little IRS audit or two, know what I mean?

Wikileaks exists because it has to. People, insiders with some moral and ethical fiber, cannot take information of criminal conduct to any of our existing media outlets. The media hierarchy would crush and suppress that kind of information. Today, most if not all, mainstream media outlets live in fear. They are owned by the elite who own our politicians. Piss off this thugocracy and those media outlets would squirm. Maybe Liebermann shows up with men in suits. Guys with pencils.

Perhaps we are finally getting some of that transparency Obama promised- let's take a look at the government plan thus far.

Let's forget about all of those nasty things we have done. We will pretend they don't exist. We don't have to take responsibility for our actions- those are fruits of the poisonous tree. Instead we need a national distraction. Let's play smear Julian. We will focus on him. We can say he is a threat to our national security and a rapist. We will discredit him. All of that attention will focus on Julian the boogeyman and not on us. Then all of our citizens can wave flags and get behind our efforts. Because we had to do those things. We were justified and the acts were necessary. It will be seen as patriotic, in fact, people will feel isolated if they don't get on board this new wave of nationalism sans a felony here or there.

All of this for a guy who doesn't wear condoms. Not our finest moment.

One last one for the road. Ouch. That's got to sting a little bit.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/dec/02/wikileaks-cables-afghan-british-military

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Divine Wind (A Silver Kamikaze)

I am going to go buy a 10 oz. bar of silver. Today. I don't give a shit if I pay 300 bucks and give the bar away. Truth is, maybe I will buy some stocking stuffers. Kind of like that movie "Trading Places." Fuck you Mortimer.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Will Work For Doof, May Dog Bless

Geezus that shit is funny.

I have a friend, a former San Diego cop, that claims they used to have the San Diego bum olympics. He showed me a picture once of a bum pushing a shopping cart with more shit in it than you could put in an F-250 pickup truck with an eight foot bed. They gave this dude some sort of a medal.

But my favorite SD bum story was that of a dyslexic vet holding a sign that said "will work for doof, may dog bless." My friend, a Marine Corps vet, has the appropriate standing to poke a little fun here. If he stumbles in well... I'd sure like that photo.

At any rate, I just edited some older blogs with phrases and grammar that even I couldn't understand.  That's what happens when you have an idiot for an editor.

Check your work. Never write faster than you can see. My apologies to Mrs. Easter's third grade English class.

Zombie George Carlin

Worth a look back. Carlin probably nailed it, always thought he could have sprinkled it with a little profanity. *sinister laugh

The Great American Strategic Health Insurance Default

When I retired in the fall of 2007, I managed to keep a few months worth of Cobra health coverage through my old employer. The cost of that insurance was around 450 dollars a month. Although I've had a few health issues over the years, they tend to be sporadic rather than chronic. With proper diet, exercise, and the elimination of other bad habits- I've been able to live a fairly undiminished lifestyle.

With very minimal prescription costs of about ten bucks a month, and two trips to a "Doc in the Box", my costs have been small. Thus at the end of 2007,  I jettisoned Cobra coverage. My net savings of 16,200 over three years was probably closer to 20k factoring in the yearly premium increases.

It used to require gross earnings of 30k to clear 20k. This is an incredible amount of money- up in smoke. I am not here to argue whether you think I may become a burden to you. Quite honestly that's not the point. We are all forced to the health care watering hole where the predators wait. 

Because my health is relatively good, I was able to opt out of health care insurance. During the collapse of 2008, I suspected that our country would face a health care crisis. Very simply, the young and the healthy would be forced out of health plans. The newly unemployed. The young and the healthy could strategically default, just as I had done. Thus the only remaining people in health plans would be those who absolutely had to have them, could not switch because of prior conditions, or people so afraid of going uncovered that opting out of health insurance coverage was simply not an option for them. Those that would pay any amount of money.

I suspected, and rightly so, that the mass exodus of the healthy would leave the unhealthy and the insurers holding the bag. Costs would go supernova. This has happened. That health care in this country is socialized already- is without question. Those who don't need health care pay for those that must have it. That the atrocious costs we have been burdened with are the result of people who cannot pay or who use far more than their share of pooled premiums. Coupled with an entire strata of health care buzzards that simply cannot or will not even attempt cost containment.

Thus Obamacare was a simple acknowledgment and an extension of a socialized system that already existed. Yawn.

Under Obamacare, the system cannot work without robbing young and healthy people of their premium dollars- therefore the government had to make it illegal not to participate. What Obamacare is really all about- is recapturing and forcing those of us who have had the good fortune and health to exit health plans. People who were opting out en masse. Thus, under government threat, they forced us back in. Without question, Obamacare is a tax. It is wealth confiscation and redistribution from the healthy and wealthier segment of our population to the not so healthy and wealthy segment. Simple as that. Demographics. 

And as crazy as all of that sounds, nobody represented the healthy. In other words, there was nothing in this plan for people living healthy lifestyles. Nobody forced health insurers or providers to reduce costs. There were no profit margin regulations, no drug maker concessions, no reduced profit margins for drugs under patent protection or medical devices. No reduced awards for malpractice attorneys. No abandonment of the bullshit "non profit" moniker and legal tax evasion technique of many hospitals. No forced reduction of administrative costs. No caps on salaries. No reform whatsoever. Business was allowed to remain status quo. Government literally robbed the young and healthy and failed to represent their interests in any significant way, shape, or form.


Obamacare is a tax complete with penalties for non compliance. Remember that phrase, "No taxation without representation? The phrase captures a sentiment central to the cause of the English Civil War, as articulated by John Hampden who said “what an English King has no right to demand, an English subject has a right to refuse” in the Ship money case.

Who represented the young and healthy? The people who could strategically default if they absolutely had to? Nobody.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In the Blink of An Eye

In Hamilton, Montana near my hometown of Butte. Things go downhill quickly. Amazing video of a young cop who got very lucky, while the bad guy, not so much. A thank you to my old comrade, BS Pidgeon- retired. Link in case video doesn't load. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tBFXLNR2kI

Kleptocracy of U.S. Declares Wikileaks Criminal, Perhaps Even Terrorist Organization, May Send Mean Spirited Memo

Who is the greatest criminal master mind in the world? Osama Bin Laden? Thousands, perhaps even millions of crooked bankers committing mortgage fraud? How about Hank Paulson or those citizen racists in the state of Arizona?

Nope. It's Julian Assange. The wikileaks guy.  

President Obama has directed Attorney General Eric Holder to launch a criminal probe and get that Australian rogue Julian Assange. Holder, noticeably absent from virtually anything closely resembling a crime, has been asked to launch a probe into the activities of Australian, Julian Assange. Initially Holder balked- stating he was far too busy suing Arizona and cherry picking a couple of hedge funds engaged in insider trading. http://lincolntribune.com/?p=1625

Politicians, such as cracker jack negotiator Hillary Clinton, are pissed. The leaked memos have exposed and confirmed what many of us already know. Hillary is just an insensitive and nasty human being. Noticeably absent from the memos as I read them, were any insider trading tips. Hillary Clinton as you may well remember, was a very adept cattle futures trader. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Rodham_cattle_futures_controversy

Hillary was quick to label the leaks as a "theft." She was also able to de-personalize the incident and call it an "attack" on America rather than an attack on her shitty diplomatic skills or nasty disposition in general- as she was busy apologizing not for her actions but blaming the criminal bastards who conspired to nab those memos. It's their fault. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101129/pl_afp/usdiplomacymilitaryinternetwikileaks

Hillary ordered diplomats to spy. Grab credit card info and DNA. If you do that shit, they call it identity theft. If the kleptocracy does that shit, they call it "business." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1333920/WikiLeaks-Hillary-Clinton-ordered-U-S-diplomats-spy-UN-leaders.html

If I were Australian Julian Assange, I wouldn't sweat this too much. Nobody really knows where he is anyway. We have these legal hurdles called free speech and whistle blower statutes which apparently do not apply here or have been ignored as the government kleptocracy mounts their furious smear campaign in the media. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whistleblower  Our government has been famously indifferent when it comes to applying and enforcing laws such as immigration, fraud, tax evasion, or identity theft when they are the suspects or directly involved. Not sure they can even win some contrived case. http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2010/11/30/why-wikileaks-assange-might-elude-us-prosecution/

How long has it been now,  nearly 10 years, and the kleptocracy still can't find a rich, 6'5" tall Saudi turned terrorist? Given our track record of success, I wouldn't expect much more than some nasty letter or memo, Julian. Not even sure you'll get that. Perhaps it will be mailed via the United States Postal Service, another model of efficiency. Lots to like.

Buy Rots of Stuff This Horroday Season

Loosely translated Chinese.

The other day, I picked up 5 things in a Walmart store. Every item was made in China. Except some plastic hangars. I bought those. I think it's a sign that America is on the comeback trail.

Someday, Walmart will become the next Woolworth's. That is the life cycle of things. Until then, I love Walmart for a couple of reasons. Four dollar prescriptions and deer whistles. I like the four dollar prescriptions because I no longer have to bribe my friends to pick up prescription drugs in Mexico and smuggle them back for me. My friends seem more approachable now. It is a fascinating thing indeed that drug makers have found a way to sell their drugs ten times cheaper in Mexico and still make a profit. Of course, in America we must protect those profit margins by tacking on that additional 1000% cost over the blood curdling screams of research and development costs. With patent protection for 20 years. Call it a Mexican subsidy.

Ever see a a drug company go out of business? Even when they manage to maim or kill a segment of the population with something like Fen-phen? Wyeth took the hit for the Fen-phen debacle even offering monstrous settlements of 5000-200,000 dollars. They promised to pay even more if you became a vegetable or died. Wyeth set aside 21.1 billion for that little detour and gave great thanks for those protected research and death development costs.

A deer whistle is a small plastic device that is chrome colored and mounts somewhere on the front of a motorcycle via a big sticky pad on the bottom. They cost about 6.99, maybe 8.99 now. As air rushes through some constricted space, they emit some inaudible noise. That is the theory. They are not part of the CPI- because the price is often volatile and depends largely on the plastic supply in China.

My biggest knock on these things, is that for some reason they cannot withstand high pressure hoses at car washes. I have blasted more than a few of them out near the vacuum cleaners and down those grill covered drains. So it is, the Chinese and Walmart have had their way with me.

Nothing will make your asshole pucker more than a big muley buck bent on suicide, perhaps homicide, stepping onto the roadway in front of your motorcycle as you blast along at 70 MPH or so. When this happens, your life is now in the hands of a piece of plastic that may not even be clinging to your motorcycle. The deer whistle I am assured, is guaranteed to make deer piss themselves and flee en masse. I buy them religiously and encourage everybody I know to hunt.

Thankfully, the interstate system was constructed along corridors where WalMart has most of their stores. One day, having purchased one of these things in a Missouri store, I was outside sticking it on my radiator shroud. A kid with a Dale Earnhardt shirt walked by and asked me what I was doing. Kids like motorcycles and often grow up to be men who like motorcycles. When I told him what I was doing, he then asked me what a deer whistle was. I explained the theory to him and that deer apparently can hear these things, piss themselves, and flee. The kid asked me if deer whistles worked. I wasn't prepared for that. I looked at him and said, "well, I don't know kid. I can't hear the thing and I guess the only way to find out whether they work or not happens at the precise moment when I become involved in a motorcycle-highway-deer explosion. At that point, I guess I'll know." Kid says, "they make all that stuff in China, do they have deer there?" I told the kid, "I don't know."

I think I blasted that deer whistle off in a car wash in Rock Springs, Wy. I keep thinking I need to buy another one but for some reason I just haven't gotten around to it. That's how it is for me this year. Maybe if I wait long enough, someone in America will start making one and sell it to me for 20 bucks. Show those Chinese.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Wow! Now Even Democrats Figuring Out We Have A Kleptocracy...

This video is OUTSTANDING! It encapsulates the outright fraud that just occurred. I am further encouraged because this gal is a Democrat. This culture of corruption and the conspiracy to obstruct, deflect, and hide this is now being discovered. It is not a political matter.

It is a criminal matter. Please cut and paste this video or link and send it to everyone you can.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Has the U.S.A. Become a Kleptocracy?

First a definition from wikipedia.

Kleptocracy, alternatively cleptocracy or kleptarchy, from Greek: κλέπτης (thieve) and κράτος (rule), is a term applied to a government subject to control fraud that takes advantage of governmental corruption to extend the personal wealth and political power of government officials and the ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats), via the embezzlement of state funds at the expense of the wider population, sometimes without even the pretense of honest service. The term means "rule by thieves". Not an "official" form of government (such as democracy, republic, monarchy, theocracy) the term is a pejorative for governments perceived to have a particularly severe and systemic problem with the selfish misappropriation of public funds by those in power.

There are many of us that think our government now fits this definition quite succinctly. We are about to reap a coward's reward. We have a government that allowed control fraud to occur. A government that lifted all lending standards, removed controls, created free money out of thin air with the FED and plunged the U.S. into the greatest collapse- perhaps of all time. This could not happen without the help of Congress. Once it did happen, our Congressman- most of which were bribed with campaign contributions from bankers and corporate America and had cozy mortgage deals of their own- turned a blind eye. Our government then stole tax payer money and converted it. Giving it away. Though it's been two years, the dust has hardly settled. The proof of this grand conspiracy is that not one fraudulent banker has been criminally charged. Not one. The problem is so enormous that the world is collapsing. Our government response so far beyond complete indifference, is to print more money and further dilute our wealth with the inflation tax. It may be Ireland today, but our day is coming.

We are a country ruled by thieves and ethically corrupt politicians. Clearly, we are. So what do we do when we ultimately realize that our Federal government is systemically corrupt? That they cannot police themselves? What is it going to take to change this culture of corruption?

When government is systemically corrupt, such that it is, no amount of voter anger can change that. Substituting new politicians and inserting them cannot and will not alter the course of events. You can't take a few seemingly honest people, insert them into this giant and powerful kleptocracy as freshman legislators, and think they are going to miraculously effect any significant change. The system will spit them out. Look at Ron Paul. They label him and demonize him- look what happened to the Audit the Fed bill. http://www.infowars.com/ron-paul-audit-the-fed-bill-fails-after-former-co-sponsors-flip-flop/ They have marginalized Paul to the extent that he is ineffective. So if the senior guys, the non corrupt ones can't effect any change...just what the hell are you going to do with a bunch of rookies? So what is the solution?

A good spot to squeeze this in. Wonderfully written, well worth the read at Washington Rebel. http://www.washingtonreb.com/2010/11/28/the-cosmic-hammer/

I'm not sure, quite honestly. There is talk of a Constitutional Convention. My guess is that the Federal Government will do anything they can to prevent that. We have a President that could facilitate such an effort but at this point in time, I have seen no evidence that he is even remotely interested in pulling his head out of his ass and acting like a leader. In fact, Obama has significantly added to the kleptocracy rather than admitting it exists or heaven forbid- taking action to arrest it. He is a beneficiary of it.

I think quite easily, by definition, we have devolved into a kleptocracy. Never in the history of this country have we seen such an event as that of 2008. Completely uncharted and without legal precedence. Many believe the bailouts were illegal. Great leaders such as Lincoln, Jackson, Kennedy have faced such critical events and conquered them. This time around, we didn't face the problem. We turned and ran from it like cowards. And now we will reap a coward's reward.

China Ain't Exactly Henry Kissinger, But They Will Have To Do

I keep getting up every day wondering what shit Kim Jong il is going to do next to provoke another war.

He fires a few missiles randomly, sinks a ship or two, fires on an island. You get this feeling that he is training his apprentice son, Kim Jong un. Anyone that refers to themselves as "supreme leader" has to be a little loco in the cocoa. Word has it that he is sick and that his days are numbered. Having selected his son as heir apparent, one wonders what fatherly test Kim Jong un will have to pass in order to become worthy. Perhaps his father has designated him as "assistant supreme leader" or "supreme leader trainee" while he awaits the final exam which will then prove his worthiness.

One of the tools us old coppers employ is a thing called modus operandi. That is a latin term that roughly means- criminal types like to do shit the same way over and over again. So when some mystery missile gets launched off the coast of LA at rush hour, crazy old cops like me go hmmm...who has been firing missiles around lately? We think about N. Korea firing those missiles toward Japan last year. Then we say things like gosh, how can you fire missiles and go undetected? Maybe from a submarine. Then we look up a place like North Korea and find out that yes in fact, they have submarines. About 60 of them.

The next thing we see is the George Washington battle group headed for the coast of South Korea. They are conducting a "training exercise." It has been planned for months we are told and therefore has nothing to do with mystery missiles, sinking ships, or attacking South Korean islands. China is friends with North Korea and they issue the obligatory (BS) warnings to the U.S. to save face. Truth be told, China is probably even more worried about their bi-polar neighbor than we are.

Now I'm not suggesting that the N. Koreans fired that mystery missile off the LA coast. Not at all. I'm just saying that perhaps, we can't rule them out. This- despite our experts claiming that the mystery missile must have been an optical illusion or an airplane. Using terms like "contrail" and other such expert sounding lingo designed to make us think twice about trusting our lying eyes.

That North Korea has nuclear weapons is bothersome yet I am hoping that Kim Jong un is not quite as crazy as his father. Then I think, who raised him?

Here's the good news. Hillary Clinton will soon get involved and impose her mighty negotiation skills on the saga. That pending success will undoubtedly motivate China to step in and ratchet up it's efforts using a blend of bullshit backed up by brute force. China is the best negotiator we have.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-lawmakers-korea-20101129,0,1146438.story