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The Riderless Black Horse is an expression I borrowed from Stephen King to describe migraines.  The hoofbeats thudding through your head are ominous and threatening.

I was off work today, bedridden for the most part in a dark room – probably should have used an injector but I have a certain limit below which I won’t use them.

But then at 5pm I had an appointment.  At the eye doctor.

I sat for millennia as the light from a thousand suns poured into first one eye and then the other and they boiled in their sockets.  Molten lava sloshed in the channels of my brain, following a tidal pattern that had no apparent source.   Entire memories and experiences cried out and shriveled up, turning black and blowing away as fine sparkling dust motes.

Then he charged me several hundred bucks and sent me on my way, sweaty and shaken.

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The Malaysian airliner issue is still out there.  I’ve heard lots of impassioned arguments for it being just an accident, a malfunction, or something less than sinister.

But you just cannot explain away the things that make zero sense.

KT McFarland had an article about what we have learned and what have potential terrorists learned, which is interesting from a “flow of information” standpoint.  The argument being that we have told a lot about how we respond and how lax security is, and how we have learned nothing.

What kind of talk is that?  Seriously?  McFarland has supposedly worked in national security posts and she doesn’t recognize that we’re watching the terrorists very closely right now?  You better believe that they are watching the spider web for telltale vibrations.  Information flow never flows only one way unless one is an idiot.  Our security forces are many things, but idiots?  No.

As a former NSA director told me, we’re still looking at China, Russia and North Korea. We’re not as focused further south, or in the Southern Hemisphere.

We’re looking at China, Russia, and North Korea???  Really?  They are the LAST places I’d look.  Those are stupid ideas.  And those are perfect examples of poor misdirection.

She says also:

… not everyone in the world is sharing information. Our satellites may not be looking south, but maybe Chinese satellites are, especially since Malaysia borders the Strait of Malacca, one of China’s most important trade routes. The Chinese official press has criticized the U.S. for not sharing our satellite data. Are they sharing theirs?

My guess?  China has worked very hard to scrub their data of any information that tells about their sensors and technology first.  Subtle variations in the images tell what kind of apertures exist in their systems, aberrations present, and detector capabilities (noise, readout noise, sensitivity, etc.).  That takes time, so I am not surprised it took so long to distribute what they do have.  Just handing out photos willy-nilly is just giving away information about your capabilities.

… even if we have the technology it isn’t always used, or used correctly. There were three separate instances where the missing plane wasn’t doing what it was supposed to do.  Yet Malaysian air traffic controllers missed them. India has radar but, according to some reports, turns it off at night to save money.

India has radar but turns it off at night.  And that couldn’t possibly have been exploited?  Surely not.

There have been so many stupid things uttered by people who are supposed to be smart that I strongly suspect that there is an energized campaign of misinformation on all sides.  That’s easier to swallow than everyone involved is an idiot.

And another article has the following quote:

“The reason I don’t lean toward it being hijacked and then landed in a foreign country to be used later is that you’ve already advertised that there’s a missing aircraft out there now,” Cane said. “Why would you allow your potential targets to raise their defenses? That’s not the way terrorists operate.”

Have IQ’s dropped precipitously recently?  Did the 1993 Trade Center bombing just totally get forgotten?

Terrorists observe.  What they learn from observing determines how they will act.

Has no one read Sun Tzu’s The Art of War?  The terrorists have.

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Could someone remind me again what NASA stands for?

Social, economic, and political studies?  Was that what NASA was created to do?

Study of the downfall of civilization?  There is irony there if you dig for it.

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Proof of life?  No, proof of lie.

NOAA showing its bias for all to see.

 

 

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Update:  May I just point out again that this is your next Supreme Court Justice?  She thinks your freedom of speech rights are flexible.  So, if your blog represents a “cost to society” that someone deems to be too high…

Just sayin’.

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In keeping with the theme for today “Sticking up for what you believe”, here’s a lady who asked that her obit read:

Her obituary, printed in Tuesday’s Review-Journal, reads in part, “We believe that Mom would say she was mortified to have taken a large role in the election of Harry Reid to U.S. Congress. Let the record show Charlotte was displeased with his work. Please, in lieu of flowers, vote for another more worthy candidate.”

Charlotte McCourt – I never knew ya, but I sure like ya.  Everyone makes mistakes, good on ya for making that one public.

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Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.  The copycats implode. too, somehow having been under the impression that bad guys aren’t really bad and that ideals can be thrown under a bus.

“I just want to be quiet now,” she continued. “I wish I didn’t do this.”

As part of “Inspire,” a 67-page English-language Al Qaeda magazine, Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki — who has been linked to the botched Times Square bombing and cited as inspiration for the Fort Hood massacre and the plot of two New Jersey men to kill U.S. soldiers — targeted the Seattle cartoonist for “assassination,” along with others who have participated in her campaign.

“The large number of participants makes it easier for us because there are more targets to choose from in addition to the difficulty of the government offering all of them special protection,” wrote al-Awlaki, who is an American citizen. “But even then our campaign should not be limited to only those who are active participants.”

Geez, lady.  Get angry.  Get pissed off!  Say “Ok, well screw you, you fanatics!  Peaceful religion, my ass.”

But no, people gotta cave to these assholes.  It’s as if they believed that life was guaranteed to be safe and everyone got three lives and health paks and 1up mushrooms and pet unicorns and… sorry.

It is only because the world lets killers of innocents go on that they get away with all that they do.  This is why I say that the “peaceful” ones are equally guilty because as a culture they are not rising up and stamping this crap out.  Self-determination works if you have the cumulative spine to do it.

Hey, Awlaki… take a flying f*ck at a rolling donut.

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Aaaaaand in the “Defies All Belief But Still Sayin’ It” department… zero point energy harvesting.  Problem people can’t seem to get into their head is that energy flows from high to low (entropy)… it randomizes, it diffuses, it settles down and has kids with a wife and mortgage and dog.

Along the way, while it goes from high to low, we tap into it and make it do things for us – work.  Absorption of photons, hydroelectric power, steam engines, nuclear power plants… it’s all about taking something energetic, letting it dissipate into something less energetic, and while it goes from A to B we steal some for our own selfish and nefarious purposes.

So anyway, this writer seems to think like a lot of other folks that somehow you’re going to supercool something and get some of that universal stimulus energy.

Go ahead, read it.  It might even sound logical here and there and actually does have some factual information but the contortions required to stitch it together look like a bad patch job after the tearing of Oprah’s sweatpants when she was bending over to pick up a hoagie.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t dispute vacuum state energy, and I think it perfectly plausible but it’s not like a wall of water, it’s more like white noise on the tv – it all cancels out over time.

I tend to think that superstrings or the more-or-less-standing-waves on a holographic wavefront models of viewing the universe are closer to the right track.  I’ll tell you this, though… any concept we come up with is just a model.  And they’re never quite exactly right.

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Actually, we need not fear much more than ourselves, specifically idiots like Napolitano.

She confirmed that there was no air marshal on the plane with Abdulmutallab. They are not on every flight.

Wow.  Couple that with the TSA operations giveaway bonanza, the terrorists can worry a lot less while trying to kill our folks.

She’s a true idiot.  She says that the system failed miserably.  She says that the system worked perfectly.  Unverified reports also quote her as saying that potpourri-crapping flying unicorns will be posted at every boarding gate.

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I don’t mean “fear” fear, I mean if we’re going to be vigilant, lets stop this cute little charade.  Anyone who wants to say “Oh you can’t do profiling!” should be shouted down and quickly sent home.

If a rapist is loose and 17 young women have been attacked I don’t go looking for suspects in the “soccer mom” category, the “83 year old” category, or the “1st-6th grade” category.

No, I go straight to the 16-60, male, more than 140lbs, and generally, with a prior record category first.

So why the hell are we pussyfooting around with ridiculous rules like “No being out of your seat 1 hour before landing”?

Travelers on incoming international flights said that during the final hour, attendants removed blankets, banned opening overhead bins, and told passengers to stay in their seats with their hands in plain sight. – Fox News

It ain’t swedes, WASP mothers-of-two, japanese businessmen, or Boy Scout troop leaders doing this stuff folks.  In the wake of 9/11 there have been massive increases in security – each time in response to a muslim extremist bent on killing innocent people.

Feel free to call me racist but I’m only stating fact.  If some reader wants to be an ass about this, read this first:

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab told FBI agents there are more just like him in Yemen.

And in a tape released four days before the attempted destruction of the Detroit-bound Northwest plane, the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen boasted of what was planned for Americans, saying, “We are carrying a bomb to hit the enemies of God.”

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253, told FBI agents there were more just like him in Yemen who would strike soon. – abcnews

How abcnews can print this yet have had such an anti-Bush slant, I’ll never know.  I guess they don’t have to be consistent.

Even Timothy McVeigh (may he rot forever) at least targeted a federal building and not a planeload of innocent people.  If all McVeigh had been interested in had been killing lots of totally innocent people he could have done that in any crowded downtown area.  The fact that he still ended up killing lots of innocent people is why I say “may be rot forever”.

But these extremists are purposely targeting innocent people.

Let’s stop inconveniencing the majority for the actions of radical extremists all of whom are affiliated with one subset. Focus on the culture at fault.

Otherwise, start arresting grandmothers for suspicion of rape, too.

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To help Iranian dissidents or not to help…?

I understand the desire to help those dissidents with which we sympathise.  Unfortunately these cultures, much like our country when it started, must do what needs to be done on their own.  If they have to do it the hard way, on their own, committed to their cause and convinced it is right, then they will be that much stronger for it.  This would be my stance if that was the only issue.

The other issue, that of nuclear power, is one that affects security of everyone in the region and wherever they manage to ship one of these devices.  This cannot be allowed by any stretch of the imagination.

Much as I dislike Obama, he’s got a tight line to walk here.  Iran is a very hard target and the whole area is tinder-dry.  Covert support is probably about the only option available right now.  Covert as in “not blabbed to the media or the public”.

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One more example of the arrogance that Obama brought into the administration.

Energy Secretary Chu had this to say:

Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)   [More here…]

The WSJ did a disservice by posting an update from Chu’s public relations lackey, when they should let the man’s speech speak for itself.

Whatever people may say, most of the time what you say in an opinionated way IS how you feel and what you think.  Here is what they said:

An update: Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow added: “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.”

I see very little leeway to go from one to the next.

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Profiling is just wrong.  Wrong, I tell you.

Active Terror Cell Planned NY Attack

Feds Unsure if Arrests have Foiled Terror Plot

I suspect the Swedes are behind it but it could be any one of those countries – the Scandanavians are just some of the most screwed up societally.

Case in point:  Lutefisk.

I mean, the prep reads like a demon’s checklist:

The first treatment is to soak the stockfish in cold water for five to six days (with the water changed daily). The saturated stockfish is then soaked in an unchanged solution of cold water and lye for an additional two days. The fish swells during this soaking and its protein content decreases by more than 50 percent, producing its famous jelly-like consistency. When this treatment is finished, the fish (saturated with lye) has a pH value of 11–12, and is therefore caustic. To make the fish edible, a final treatment of yet another four to six days of soaking in cold water (also changed daily) is needed. Eventually, the lutefisk is ready to be cooked.

Gulp.  The lutefisk song, verse #1 goes something like this:

O Lutefisk, O Lutefisk, how fragrant your aroma,
O Lutefisk, O Lutefisk, you put me in a coma.
You smell so strong, you look like glue,
You taste just like an overshoe,
But lutefisk, come Saturday,
I tink I eat you anyway

Hey, why am I talking about Lutefisk?

Oh yes, because not only is profiling wrong at it’s core, but it is just not effective.

NYC Terror

I attached this pic (Schneider, Denver Post/AP) to make a point…  profiling just doesn’t work.  I mean, how can we engage in profiling all those little old ladies, children, invalids, and Swedes when they just don’t net us terrorists like we’d hoped?  You would think they had used some kind of profile to catch this guy but you’d be wrong.  In between searching the Swedes and grannies, someone reported an overdue movie and because one thing led to another, they caught this guy jaywalking on their way to arrest the overdue movie guy.  He was a Dane.

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Heard on the radio that a bunch of Hollyw’d stars are getting together to raise awareness of Global Warming.

I suggest that those most concerned about it limit themselves to only hybrid-electric vehicles, hybrid-electric aircraft, no explosions or flames, and only work on-site.  They must show me that they are carbon-neutral before I care what they say.   I may not even then.

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Over at Not Quite Wrong, this seemed to explain my existence.  notquitewrongdotcom-2009-02-11Except I usually would put in the second panel:  Coffee, Red Bull™, tea, chocolate covered espresso beans, etc.

Too bad this happens a lot, too.

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What do the next two stories have in common?

Warning:  Death of Somali pirates could escalate violence.

Ginsburg Shares Views on Influence of Foreign Law on Her Court

Leave it to the NYT to write a piece supportive of those who wish to undermine the Constitution and law in the US:

“I frankly don’t understand all the brouhaha lately from Congress and even from some of my colleagues about referring to foreign law,” Justice Ginsburg said in her comments on Friday.

“Why shouldn’t we look to the wisdom of a judge from abroad with at least as much ease as we would read a law review article written by a professor?” she asked.

Here’s the good part:

In her remarks, Justice Ginsburg discussed a decision by the Israeli Supreme Court concerning the use of torture to obtain information from people suspected of terrorism.

“The police think that a suspect they have apprehended knows where and when a bomb is going to go off,” she said, describing the question presented in the case. “Can the police use torture to extract that information? And in an eloquent decision by Aharon Barak, then the chief justice of Israel, the court said: ‘Torture? Never.’ ”

The message of the decision, Justice Ginsburg said, was “that we could hand our enemies no greater victory than to come to look like that enemy in our disregard for human dignity.” Then she asked, “Now why should I not read that opinion and be affected by its tremendous persuasive value?”

Whoa – whoa – whoa!  Easy there old girl!

See the pattern?  In both cases, what we have is that instead of showing backbone, knowing what is right, and doing the tough things that need doing… we choose to be soft and take the easy way out – if we listen to Ginsberg and this commander.

Do we refuse to wipe out terrorists because “they could escalate violence”?  Do we suddenly put American citizens in harms way because somebody cited a synthetic moral that says it is worse to disregard a terrorist’s human dignity than preserve the lives of those we are sworn to protect?  Who makes this shite up?

The fact that the admiral felt he needed to open his mouth and discuss hypotheticals is ridiculous.

In [Vice Admiral] Gortney’s words, “This could escalate violence in this part of the world, no question about it.”

Report on the facts of the rescue, sir, and leave the navel-contemplation to the pundits and politicians who apparently have much more time to waste.

To answer Ginsburg’s question… turn that around:  Why should you read someone else’s opinion and seize it for yourself?

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Yes, let’s do bring charges against the Somali pirates.  I think that the benefits of doing so are quite clear to everyone.

Holder may bring charges against the Somali pirates.

Really really obvious.  Really.

NOW WE’RE TALKING…

U.S. Military Considers Attacks on Somali Pirates’ Land Bases

Let’s hope that we allow for a successful outcome as in “Surge = good” vs. “Mogadishu = bad”.

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As a non-muslim and non-jew AND as a dog owner I kind of have to (1) agree with them that dogs are filthy animals and (2) that it’s not a lot to get worked up about.  Don’t french-kiss the dog and wash your hands – you’ll be ok.

But if they want a Seeing Eye Horse, who am I to argue?  Kinda cool, actually.

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Not a good day. Perhaps tomorrow will be better. Come back tomorrow and we’ll chat.

Meantime, check out Jimmy Carter’s surprise experience… being snubbed by Israel for dealing with the terrorists that want to kill them. Imagine that.

Surprise, surprise, surprise. Bonehead. Go get ‘im Zombie Reagan – you might starve if you’re looking for brains, however.

– LK

UPDATE:

Carter also laid a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat, whom the Bush administration and many Israelis blame for the breakdown of peace talks seven years ago and the violence that followed.

At a reception in the West Bank town of Ramallah organized by Carter’s office, the former president hugged Nasser Shaer, a senior Hamas politician, meeting participants said. Embraces between men are a common custom in Arab culture.

“He gave me a hug. We hugged each other, and it was a warm reception,” Shaer told The Associated Press. “Carter asked what he can do to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel … and I told him the possibility for peace is high.”

Ok, nice, whatever. But by what authority does he have to be brokering peace deals? None. None that are not sanctioned by both the US President and Congress. But then:

Shunned by his Israeli hosts and criticized by the White House for his willingness to meet with Hamas, Carter has urged that both stop isolating the militant group.

Seems to me that the only people that really want Carter there is Hamas. Why would that be? Oh, but it isn’t because Hamas actually desires peace. It’s because Useful Ober-Idiots like Carter legitimize them. The man’s so stupid he doesn’t even realize how stupid he is.

One man’s opinion…

Full Story Here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D902C69O0&show_article=1

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Mike Baker over at Fox News had a great editorial on whether treating terrorists harshly should be avoided because it will make us like them.

https://lemurking.wordpress.com/mike-baker-terrorists-and-morality/

Worth a read. More tonight. I think the answer is a really strong NO.

Oh, wait, I have another link. Bummer Dude The conversation probably went something like this (one sided as the cops just stare at the idiot in front of them):

Like, dude.. hold on I gotta pay for this pizza… … … ok, it’s like, dude, we thought those were tomato plants, y’know?
What a shock, man. I’m so totally bummed. I’m as surprised as anybody, really.
(sprinkles “oregano” on his pizza)

– LK

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