Thank you for your service.
For my brother in law and our many friends who served; a portion of whom paid the highest price.
Me? Never did a hitch. U.S. Navy turned me down (*asthma and eczema). So at age 19 I was instead a microwave tech rep on remote sites in Alaska. Posh gig: O-4 equivalent and making $832 a week in 1968. Never lost my interest in radio gear. The main site I was at was bulldozed some 20-years ago. Such is peace and progress.
Even now, a Veteran’s Day toast to Cols. Hillis and King. One on “cool-down time” from SE Asia missions. The other the ran the base.
Did a lot of growing up there. Learned to put a check-mark on the bar tab. Back then in the “O club,” you’d put a checkmark my your name (*”Wave” short for the RCA Microwave tech). Two-bits a shot for Johnny Walker Black. No on broke the honor system, either. A decent hi-fi, played non-stop. Richard Harris’ McArthur Park must have played a million times. No, make that two million.
But, then a coms channel would go down. Red phones would ring. I’d be on the run to the microwave shack and a rising sense of panic. What was today’s door code? Shit…
We were on a 5-minute shot clock. After that grace period $1,000 per minute, per channel of down-time. 200-channels and a snot-nosed kid – me – as the area controller for six sites, 1,200 channels. “Bravo battery – channels on my mark…in three, two….”
A Warrior Comment
From our .mil contributor Warhammer:
I was doing some rough calculating regarding my time spent in the belly of the venerable B-52 stratofortress (G & H models). Flying a total of 3,200 hrs at altitude at an average of 520mph (approx 450kts/hr), I’ve flown the equivalent of 3.5 round trips to the moon in the BUFF (1.664 million miles). Having been a ‘Cold Warrior,’ by my best estimate I pulled 104 weeks (2 years total over six calendar years) of nuke alert before the Wall came down. Still, I had it much, much easier than my fellow brothers and sisters in arms, many of whom served our nation pounding the ground in ‘Nam or Desert Storm, patrolling the DMZ in Korea or sailing the 7 seas for months on end on surface ships or subs. Other specialists tended to the sick and wounded or provided humanitarian care to countless refugees of war and natural disaster, while many others supplied endless hours of logistical support to the nation’s and our allies front liners.
I salute all who have served. May God bless ‘em all. And unlike the City of Austin Texas, may the rest of the nation never marginalize the service of our citizen soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. RE: Austin, it’s ironic how no other nation on earth can stop the U.S. military, but a nest of liberal whacks in city hall can put a stop to a simple Veteran’s Day parade. “
Even now, Elaine and I haven’t been to Austin. We prefer more genuine American soil.
Irreverent Stocks & Wokees
It’s offensive to me that the stock market is open today. America owes a huge debt of gratitude to each and everyone who has served to Defend and Protect. Including first responders, their own stripe of modern Home Guard. If government can close in a show of respect, why not the greedy money pricks?
I’d ask “Have they no honor?” But, the heart grows heavy knowing the answer to that one.
While things have improved some for Vets, the way modern society has handled PTSD is horrific. Story in the LA Times on point: Op-Ed: On Veterans Day, there are still thousands of homeless vets in L.A. We followed 26 to find out why.
Short answer? The ongoing American Insurgency – the low-level Marxist coup still running on many fronts: Open Mexico border, feminization of sports, marketing the questioning of gender. do-0vers for most likely repeat offenders, encouraging riots which then burn out cities causing food deserts; you know the list.
Easy for China to replace us – partnering with Russia. If we honored soldiers and didn’t all get marketed eye make-up regardless of gender… yeah…if….maybe…. Mr. Ure verges on “insensitive, inappropriate.”
Here’s to the Savage Brethren! Who – no matter how politically incorrect it may seem decades later in the namby-pamby Days of Peace and Short Memories – answer to the cause of killing America’s enemies and breaking their shit when nonviolent efforts fail.
Hoo-rah. A toast to all who Sharpen the Spear.
Instead Markets Will Bounce
Let’s talk Wars to Come.
This (and maybe it will carry into Friday, we’ll see…) is likely Dead Cat Bounce territory. We made a little lunch money Wednesday. Duck Soup. Surely, you saw it as well: The news of inflation surging to a 30-year high can’t help but cut the legs out from under an American market still grappling with losing our Super Power franchise. And printing to pretend the values rape of Liberty and Enterprise isn’t going to happen…
Here’s the problem in a nutshell:
I have always disliked the “formal” Elliott Wave counting system. So, instead, over on the Peoplenomics side of things here, I simply use colored boxes. Much easier to sort out.
We have either finished (or will shortly) the largest-scale view (Yellow) boxes. There will be two of them (an Elliott 1-2-3 or A-B-C). From here, the modest decline (and bounce today) could be either:
- A decline but then a new – Yellow Box begins. This is the case for the market higher into Labor Day weekend next year, at which time China takes Taiwan, the US is bloodied, and China’s new military systems coming on line turn to Australia and India to become captive resource states.
- However, if we simply collapse from here? Then markets could be telling us Taiwan will fall sooner – perhaps over Thanksgiving or Christmas/New Years, although weather for an attack on Taiwan will be less favorable. In this scenario, Slow does a talk-around, saying Taiwan really is an un-reunified part of China so let them have it.
The NeoCons *(emphasis on the “con” part) are already angling for War. At least two if they can manage it.
NeoCons – warmongers – are an especially difficult problem – because they wrap everything up in a flag and demand salutes. They whore out to whichever party has the Oval. Floating like ambergris from one administration to the next.
Which causes confusion for the rational centrists. And leads to headlines like Tucker Carlson railed against a GOP lawmaker, asking why the US should defend Ukraine and not side with Russia.
NeoCons love to promote conflict. Russia, despite taking the Crimea, is simply getting back to the Russian borders of Catherine the Great. Score one for Carlson.
People forget that border disputes do happen between countries. Like up in the Pacific Northwest were there was a “war” over the San Juan Islands of Washington State. See Pig War (1859) – Wikipedia.
The technique of NeoCons is very similar to the “You’re either with us, or against us” for a certain former President whose psychology they nailed and used.
In addition to Biden, we also see how the NeoCons have their hooks into SecState Antony Blinken, trying to light-up Taiwan, as well: Antony Blinken Says China Attacking Taiwan Would Be a ‘Very Unfortunate Action’.
Between now – and the actual outbreak of fighting – expect to see much bluster and bullshit from the Brandon administration. A finer collection of geezers and grabbers will never be found. As they go Brinksman and Warmonger on borders 4,000 miles distant, and can’t secure the lands around McAllen, Texas. I’m sure Carlson’s said this, or nearly, many times over, as well.
This U.S. puppet government is not likely to last past 2022, let alone 2024. Yet we seem to attach little importance to China’s Xi Jinping cements his status with historic resolution. Sort of like Hitler became Chancellor, when? Wokees telling themselves the dance floor is not tilting after the iceberg’s encounter.
Crazy people. I kid you not.
In the Shorts
Sure, let’s talk about how well Covid shots work, ‘K? Europe’s Covid Deaths Rose 10 Percent in a Week, the W.H.O. Says. So if vax rates are going up and so are cases…er…help a brother along, here. We await UK Data on week 45 later today. Huge Truth leaks there.
The War on Energy Independence is getting popular in the press again. As noticed in The Women of Standing Rock: Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline | Indigenous Rights. Give Energy Sellout Brandon cover…nice move, Karl & Mao followers.
Too Hard on Biden? Sure, I’ve as much said he’s an “idiot-in-chief” for trying to bully Russia and China at the same time. But once you read Winter is Coming: Global Energy Markets and the Impact on National Security, my whining might make more sense. Or, maybe reality isn’t Ure cuppa tea.
Keep an eye on CNN and other outlets which are further neutering American energy independence under the guise of climate. In stories lik Climate crisis: Young people call for fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty as delegates spar over coal, oil and gas – CNN. If this isn’t clear – how energy and shortages are the new “sharp tools of war” read Amos Hochstein: Russia ‘took advantage’ of Europe’s energy crisis and try not to be overly surprised. And here – Belarusian leader’s warning causes new concern in Europe about gas flows – is a Reuters report on how Belarus – which the EU is trying to play hardball with – can turn off Russia gas flowing West. See the puppet strings leading to the Kremlin?
Covid as a Gun Grab?
Since this is a pseudo-holiday, and since I like writing fictional plots for novels that might be real, here’s one rolling around in my head this morning.
Next, in, oh, a month or so, have some Fauci-like whiz-doc pronounce that deer-hunting must be stopped on some flimsy Covid variant from a deer related pretext. Something like eating deer meat increases the evolution of variants.
Which must, national health bureaucrats decide, mean an immediate end to all deer hunting. And, to back up their efforts, they ban the sale of ammunition and begin trying to get people to turn in guns…. All people with guns would have to take a wildlife Covid safety course.
ALL FICTIONAL of course, but remember in politics “Never let a good crisis go to waste” isn’t just theory. It’s how we arrange the future.
I better go hunt breakfast, instead.
Likely the gunfire at dawn Wednesday took out the 10-point buck who wandered through the front yard during cocktails Tuesday.
We thought about nicknaming him “Lucky.” But decided to do so before the end of deer season would be presumptuous. Sounds like that was a pretty-good call. Probably had a ‘rona virus, anyway.
Write when you get rich,