Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Nobel Peace Prize, A Legacy Of Dictators, Frauds and Liars

I was perusing today and was checking out the headlines, and saw this little piece from a British leftist at The Guardian, who thinks Bradley Manning should get the Nobel Peace Prize.  At first my eyes rolled, then on second thought, why not.  He'll be in good company.  The Nobel Peace Prize has been a bad joke for years, awarded to dictators, terrorists, frauds, and pretty much anyone who represents anything that opposes America and American power.  I'm not sure how Albert Nobel would like some of the people who have been given this award in his name.

So let have a look at a few prize winners over the past few decades, shall we?

2012 - The European Union

Wow, oh wow, they have done so much to promote world piece.  Let me count how many things they have done to reduce tensions and make the world a safer place?  Hmmmm....well they supported getting rid of Khadafy in Libya, and you know how that worked out.  It's a thriving democratic society now...oops, not so much.  It's a failed state that Al Qaeda has pretty much overrun, and taken their jihad to neighboring Mali and Niger and threatens Senegal.  Way to go EU!  And President Obama is on the hook for this particular act of peace.

2009 - Barack Obama

Received the prize for doing nothing other than not being George W. Bush.  How did this work out for you Nobel Committee?  Your guy went on an unauthorized war against a country that had been working with us to contain Al Qaeda terrorism during the Bush administration, and unleashed hell on Libya and neighboring Mali and Niger.  Launches countless drone attacks on out supposed ally Pakistan as well as Afghanistan, and killed many people who were not terrorists, just collateral damage, and threatens more of the same in Syria.  Obama forced out the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, who were allies of the US and maintained stability in the region, and they were quickly replaced with revolutionary Islamic regimes who are hostile to the west and promote worldwide jihad against non Muslims.  Arab Spring came compliments of a Nobel Peace Prize winner.  Well done.

2007 - Al Gore and the IPPC

Yet another poke in the eye to George W. Bush, and an award to total fraud and hypocrite.  The climate change models that Gore and his buddies at the IPPC have been largely discredited.  There has been no rise in global temperature for over 15 years, the seas are not rising, and there is no impending doom from carbon dioxide.  Still the "progressives" and statists around the world want to impose penalties on countries who have successful states, produce useful products and agriculture and give us all a global carbon tax, to "save the world".  Gore is a billionaire, both from the family fortune, decades in government, and his carbon offset business, where he sells indulgences to people who are guilty about their carbon footprint.  He's a fraud, and so is the IPPC, but they fit right in with the Euroweenies who think they are just wonderful.

2005 - Mohamed ElBaradie

I can sum this fraud up in one quick sentence.  Iran Nuclear Program.  Well done dude.  We are a lot safer because you stopped the mullahs from pursuing nuclear weapons.  Oh wait, that did not happen.  But he meant well, so I guess that is important to Norwegians.

2002 - Jimmy Carter

Wins the prize for not being George W. Bush.  Yet another slap in the face to the American people by giving this prize to an anti-semite and washed up loser.

2001 - Kofi Annan and the United Nations

Really?  An organization that is full of dictatorships, thug dictators, and has 2 basic goals, condemning Israel and diminishing American power wins this esteemed award.  Well done Euroweenies.

1994 - Yasser Arafat

Nothing screams peace more than this now deceased terrorist who walked away from a peace agreement with Israel that would have given him and his people a state,  because he and his people do not want peace, until all the Jews in the world are dead.  Another worthy award winner.

1990 - Mikhail Gorbachev

Yay!!!!  A communist who ruled the Soviet Union and it's satellite states with an iron fist suddenly became a democrat and liberated all the people of the former USSR and Eastern Europe, just out of the goodness of his heart.  Of Course, Ronald Reagan standing up to the Evil Empire and bankrupting them with large defense spending and the SDI had absolutely nothing to do with the demise of communism in Europe.  Well, I speak too soon, it seems the Europeans really do like socialism and big government, so maybe Gorby was right.  Still this was yet another slap in the face to the USA.

I could go on but you get the picture.  There are many other frauds, communists, and sell-outs in this bunch.  As a parting shot I'll give you this

1973 - Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho

They brought peace to Vietnam, didn't they?  Ummm not quite.  They negotiated a deal where the US would leave, and the communist North Vietnam would invade in a year and take over the entire country, killing hundreds of thousands and sending more to "reeducation camps".  But the Euroweenies loved it and gave these guys the European version of an Oscar.

This award is a parody unto itself, and should never be taken seriously, but the mainstream media treats this like it is defining annual moment of peace makers of the year. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TSA's Double Standards

This past week I flew out of Memphis International Airport and had to strip down to my pants and shirt for the full body x-ray scan, and then a groping because my right ankle has pins in it that go back to an athletic injury when I was 17 years old.  I've never been happy with this, but grudgingly have come to live with it, as a frequent traveler.  I'm not sure it has stopped or ever will stop a terrorist attack on an airplane, as I've always been a fan of the Israeli model of (the horrors) profiling of potential terrorists.  But in our current politically correct environment, it is not going to happen until there is a nuclear or chemical attack on the US.

But I digress......

Today I was also going through TSA screening at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP), whose name is bigger than the airport.  TSA at AVP lost their full body scanner to a larger airport that needed it, supposedly because of sequester, and I was "forced" to walk through just a plain old metal detector that I've been dealing with all my flying life.  My checked bag was searched by hand and the poor bastard got to see my dirty undies.  I did not get patted down, and it seemed like the good old days before some TSA person got his/her jollies comparing penis and breast sizes from the x-ray photos.

Ok, I'm making fun of those hard working unionized government "workers" who spent hours standing around waiting for a flight to depart or arrive, but there is a bigger issue here.

If these full body scanners are supposed to be the end all, be all of airport security, why has a small town airport like AVP lost theirs.  All terrorists need to know if they have something that can get through the metal detector in podunk USA, they can board a major airline flight and reek havoc at their next stop.

The real problem is that the full body scanners have not done a damn thing to make our country more secure, and just hassles legitimate travelers.  So business travelers, if you want to avoid long lines in the northeast airports with the intrusive searches, try some places that don't have them anymore like Scranton, Binghamton, and Ithaca.

And don't worry about ethnic profiling in those places, the Dagos, Micks, and Pollacks ain't gonna put up with a raghead showing up in their airport without a cavity search.  No scanner needed.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Being a conservative in the twitter world

Most people who know me, understand that I'm a Christian conservative.  I don't tend to bad mouth people or bring up their family heritage when we have disagreements.  Apparently a twitter link set off a some trip cord that just brought all the leftist west coast "friends" out to have their say.

You're an idiot. The sequestration happened because of GOP obstructionism in congress. It was a self-inflicted wound.

Was kind enough to reinforce what I know.  Yes I'm an idiot.  I'm an aerospace engineer who has worked in the flight simulation industry for over 3o years.  But yes, Obama's original proposal for sequestation got acted on by the Republicans, passed the Democrat controlled Senate and Signed by Obama is a GP problem.  Thanks foe helping with that.

You are a terrible person.

Yes, I am a terrible person.  Thanks for point that out.  How many old ladies did you push in front of a car today?  I never had an interaction with Phil before, but he seems to be a good judge of character.  Phil, have you ever worked in the public sector or been in the military, or just because you are a union thug, you can judge people?

I could go on with this.  but it is pointless.  The ever so tolerant left is nothing more than 2013 brown shirts who just want to shut down anyone who disagrees with them.  

Marx, Lenin and Mao are not dead, they just hide in our political system as people who want to purseu their agenda, "For the Children (tm)".

 Bring it on twitter fans, I'm happy to hear from all of you.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Who is Edward Snowden?

Who is Edward Snowden?  I have no idea, and the media and bloggers don't seem all that interested.  All I know is he was a data analyst contracting at the NSA.  He was only in his current job for 3 months, and dumped the data he had access to and promptly fled to Hong Kong.  Hong Kong is  "Special Administrative Region" of China, meaning a place where Beijing pulls all the puppet strings.  He has since disappeared, not likely without the secret police knowing his whereabouts.  So where is he, and who has him now?  I have no idea, and neither do you, and nobody seems to care too much.

Today I'm seeing people calling Snowden a hero or a traitor, but they are missing the bigger question.  Who the hell is this guy?  How did he get a crypto clearance as a contractor, and where did he get this clearance before working at his last job at the NSA?  This sort of clearance takes upwards of a year to receive, if you get one at all from the DoD.  They don't just hand these out.  I have a clearance that is somewhat lower than the one to deal with NSA data and it took 9 months, so he must have been employed by the DoD or CIA in some way prior to his last assignment.  Why are no journalists looking in to this guys background?   This is a big deal, and nobody seems to care.

Next question, is why did Snowden chose Hong Kong for refuge?  This is not exactly the bastion of free speech and democracy.   I don't know and apparently the media doesn't seem to care enough to pursue that question too much.  There are many other countries closer to home that do not have extradition treaties with the United Stated and are far less hostile to us where he could have taken flight.  Is he a Chinese agent?  Is he hoping to get the big bucks for turning over information to the Chinese?  Still nobody knows.

So now Snowden has turned up missing in Hong Kong.  A high level visitor, and he could not make a move there without the secret police knowing his whereabouts.  So, where is he and who has him?  These are things the media ought to be pursuing rather than trying to pass judgement on the guy before all the facts are known.

This is indeed a strange story, but the real questions are not being asked.

Update: After reading his interview at the South China Daily Post I'm thinking that Snowden is a bullshitter.  He wasn't at the NSA to get the data he claims he has, unless he is a hacking genius, and he is talking too much to the press without revealing anything.   Ok he is in hiding supposedly.  Are the ChiComs protecting him or laughing at him?  A contractor just does not get access to data that Snowden claims he has after just 3 months, or at least is did not used to be that way.

It will be interesting to see when the US sues in Hong Kong for his extradition, and the Chinese response.

If he ends up in China he will be a useful idiot for awhile and then sent to the rice fields of Harbin province to feed the rural peasants or more likely managing an Apple manufacturing facility.