First, the Iranians have successfully tested a ballistic missile. Now, Obama and the U.N. both thought they had an agreement with Iran not to build ballistic missiles. But the Iranians say "not so!" and they also say the missile is for delivering a conventional warhead. Note that this is not a tactical, or battlefield weapon. A ballistic missile has only one purpose, it's a strategic weapon for destroying strategic targets. Like cities.
The Owner of Amazon and the Washington Post, a bizarre little gnome named Jeff Bezos, has announced he will use his money to support the Attorney General of Washington State in a suit to prevent the new vetting procedures of the government from continuing to be implemented. Mr. Bezos does not believe in countries or borders, and is willing to use his billions to bring his world vision to fruition. He is also investing in interstellar travel and a few other interesting things. His grasp of the real world seems to be somewhat limited, but then, he doesn't have to live in it like we do.
Not to be outdone, the CEO of Starbucks has announced he will create 10,000 new jobs, but they will only be available to "refugees" from the 7 countries effected by the new border control procedures. I guess all the Americans on the welfare roles are not particularly important to him. They aren't Moslems, so who cares?
The new Supreme Court Nominee will be announced tonight. The Democrats don't know who it is yet but have pronounced him unsuitable and vowed to prevent him from being confirmed anyway. Can they do that? Well, yes, if they get enough Republican Quislings like McCain and Graham to join them, or if they filibuster and McConnell lacks the manhood to use the nuclear option and stop the filibuster.
Of course, it could be a lot worse. Better to be going through the grind of putting up with the Democrats and their temper tantrums than living through an alternative history where Shrillery won.
I got a letter from my mom today. She's a little old lady who lives in a college town in Oregon. Lots of old people write letters to the editor of the local newspaper, and my mother is one of them. She's got a sharp mind, even if she is 88 now, and it makes her feel like she is still participating in the life of the country. My sister is 59, a retired teacher and she lives in the same town. She's been a member of their local Republican organization for some years now.
Here's what the letter said:
"The climate against Republicans is so strong here, I don't dare write a letter to the editor because they make you give your address and I don't want to be vandalized or worse. Bev (my sister) probably won't go to the county fair or state fair with our group to set up a table with brochures, etc . She doesn't want a lot of , what is the word, vitriol flung at her and I don't blame her."
Unfortunately, this is a college town she lives in, and if you write a letter to the paper that offends the college "activists" you can get your tires cut, rocks through your front window, etc. As the old Hank Williams Jr. song says "Welcome to the USA today."
On a more uplifting note, I ran across some good post apocalyptic fiction books you might enjoy. you can buy them as digital books, or as paperbacks.
The author is A.R. Shaw. I knew a woman wrote the books as soon as I started reading them, because women invariably concentrate more on the story line and less on details, while men tend to go into great detail about equipment, weapons, etc and let the story line slip for awhile.
The first post apocalyptic fiction authors were almost all men. Think Rawles and his series of books, or T.C. Sherry and his "Deep Winter" series. David Crawford wrote the classic "Lights Out." All these books were entertaining but could also be used as survivalist manuals.
Now there are a good many women writing post apocalyptic fiction and a lot of it, like these four books, is excellent reading. For one thing, Shaw doesn't follow the standard formula where you have a strong leader figure, and the story orbits around him. This series of books tells a wider story, and it's a plausible one. It's something that could really take place.
These books are out in paperback, they got an average rating of 4.5 on a scale of one to five (five being great, one being awful.) They also had over 300 reviews, which is hefty.
I don't want to give anything away and be a spoiler, but I'll say that I enjoyed these very much. If you have some time on your hands (like me) you may want to read them.
Thought for the Day:
And in conclusion: