Beyond the Cusp

October 5, 2016

Too Many Leaves Have Fallen

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In these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement, Jews spend much of their free time, and some of the not so free time, reflecting on their actions and shortcomings of the last year and also their entire lives where less than golden practices became habit. In this time I have too often strayed beyond my shortcomings and looked beyond to the shortcomings of my people and the entirety of the human race. Slavery has to be a practice which was carried on far too long nearly into modern times and even now exists in some measure. We were slaves and know its hardships which we recount every year at our Seders. Passover is one of the singular observances where traditions are pretty much set in stone. The odd thing is there are different stones for Jews of different backgrounds. I should know as my father was as Ashkenazi as one can be and my mother was equally Sephardim. Perhaps this was why we only got a half serving of rice at Passover and never enough for a meal. The Seder service which is said in the home in privacy closes with an important and universal hope of all Jews, “Next year in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). The Seder is far from the only set of prayers which end with this overriding and continual desire amongst all Jews no matter their individual customs, Jerusalem, as the Song of Babylon states, “If I forget thee may my right hand lose its cunning (strength) and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.” That is the seriousness a Jew or any Israelite feels for their eternal Capital City and why the Arabs so demand they control the Old City, the part of which that pleading relates for they know that is the Jewish heart.

 

Remembering our past no matter where your ancestry originates there were pogroms, purifications, jihad, and just simple hatreds which drove our ancestors from their homes with what they could carry. All too often the older children had to carry the younger while father and mother carried what meager belongings they could, the Shabbat table cloth, candle holders, challah plate and cover were mother’s load in addition to what kitchen utensils she could manage while father carried his Tallits, Tefillin, Prayerbooks, Siddurim, Haggadah, necessities for his trade (which may include leading a cow or two or sewing machine, threads, cloth, butchery knives, or whatever and the Rabbi and sons carried the Torah, as many as possible and a few more as leaving even one behind was unthinkable), and whatever other items mother or children could not continue without (his was the burden of family). These fleeing Jews were often the fortunate ones as behind them were those Jews who joined the too lengthy list of fallen leaves. Every Pogrom, Purification, Jihad, forced conversions, Crusades, conquest for Allah, blame for every calamity, blame for disease in the community, and all too often just because we were Jews the leaves fell. People ask how humans could treat their neighbor so cruelly. Well, look to Europe or the past hundred years in the Arab and Muslim worlds or to Russia and remember Nazi Germany and the reasons abound.

 

One need understand the enormity of the history of the Israelite people. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob came from the time when agriculture and herding were just coming into their own and the city states were forming. At this point the first Jews were but a family and believe it or not we are largely still that very same family plus those we have married and the few converts over the ages, often these converts also married into the family and converted in order to do so. There are the claims that the Exodus from Egypt we brought numerous non-Jews with us and if one reads Torah they will see we know of this and these people were kept in a separate camp and were partially responsible for the sin of the golden calf. These others were sent on their separate way with many sailing to Greece with even some Jews who found our ways too difficult and desired a more earthy and pleasure seeking existence which was all the rage in those primitive times. Egypt saw us build a city to a Pharaoh who fashioned himself to be a god. The story of our exit from Egypt is chronicled in the best-selling book in history and one of, if not the, first books ever printed by the printing press. Our travels and travails of forty years in the desert are well chronicled and many youth learn of it early in their educations. The reason why is not so well noted. Put simply, we lacked faith in the promise from Hashem that the land would be granted us by His hand. Instead ten of twelve spies told of giants living in cities behind great and unbreakable walls. The illogic of giants needing walled cities never occurred to the Israelites who reacted to these recounting with great timidity and fear. The two who told of peoples in fear of the coming of the chosen of Hashem and a land flowing with goodness went unheeded as the Jewish people who had lived a life under slavery had not the bravery or independent spirit to conquer a land even with Hashem. For forty years we gave birth to a new people free of the yoke of slavery and filled with the miracles of Hashem such as the manna which fed them in the parched desert of the wastelands they traveled through.

 

Israelite Sin Worshiping of the Golden Calf

Israelite Sin Worshiping of the Golden Calf

 

Jericho put to rest the fears of the former generation as its great walls were no match for the formulae given by Hashem which brought them down. The following victory of Ai and then of the combined armies of the Kings of Canaan proved Hashem truly would grant us the land. What is often passed over is that the Torah gives the Jews the exact method we are to pursue when coming into our promised land with any tribes of people who reside within and it is a very simple method for selecting how one treats those tribes. We are to make them a simple offer. They have three choices of varying ease for their people. The most easy is to remain within the lands on the lands they hold and simply obey the Seven Laws of Noah, the Noahic Code and we will both live and prosper in peace. They can leave the lands and we will not pursue them and wish them well. The least favorable choice is they can choose to war with us at which time we will endeavor to kill every last inhabitant and member of their tribe and burn their crops, slaughter and leave for the buzzards their cattle and remove any and all record that they ever existed from the story of mankind. That was then and we no longer live in those times. What is not well known is that some of the Canaanites chose the first two options and were granted what was promised.

 

History passed and we had an expository period under King David and King Solomon who conquered lands until they reached the Euphrates River, the farthest we have ever reached and we desire far less today, only what was promised which is well documented and for the sake of my regular readers we will not go over this again. You’re welcome. The life went well until we had strayed from Torah and had practiced even idolatry and thus lost the guardianship of Hashem so we fell before the Babylonian sword. This was not our best of times but this exile ended when the Persians conquered Babylon and knowing of Hashem from their recounting of history beseeched that we return and rebuild our Temple and worship Hashem as we desired and simply pay our tribute to the Persians and we would be left in peace. Rather nice of them had that continued forward but there came an overachiever named Haman the Agagite and descendant of Agag, the king of the Amalekites and our saving grace in the form of the Persian Queen Esther. We built the Second Temple and in human history soon thereafter came such luminaries as Confucius, Buddha, Tao, and others who all founded various ancient religions of which a few continue into the modern era. The namedropping was more as making note in history when much of what we call a more modern age came into being and where much of Eastern philosophy had its roots. Eventually we once again gained our freedom, but wait, there’s more.

 

Eventually there was the inevitable family squabble and the Tribes of Israel chose sides with the ten northern tribes taking the name Israel and the southern two tribes being called after the far larger tribe, Judah and the Priestly tribe remained spread amongst the people and largely in Jerusalem under Judah. After the ten northern tribes were carried away as slaves by the Assyrians there were just the priests in Jerusalem and the tribes of Benyamin (a smaller tribe) and Judah the lion, the defenders of the southern borders, remained where most belonged to the tribe of Judah so we became Judeans and eventually simply Jews. The Assyrian Greeks eventually defeated Judah as well and then the Polemic Greeks and one more the Assyrian Greeks followed by the Romans. The Romans got a little put out after the Jews, the name had cemented by them, did which no other people managed, threw off the Roman yoke twice. They dispersed the Jews to the far reaches of their kingdoms and everywhere inbetween such that we would never again challenge Roman rule. That worked rather well and as the Roman Empire slowly crumbled the Jews spread even further but we had a secret weapon through which we remained attached to Jerusalem and our lands always hoping for the Messiah to return us to Eretz Yisroel, and that weapon is Torah. Torah is our history, our rules for life, our traditions, and our defining center which keeps us in touch with Hashem and our covenant and the promises Hashem gave to us. The Torah has kept us a family despite great distances and the stories abound of Jews traveling to a strange place often not by their choosing and upon arrival finding family there, finding Jews who greeted them as only family greets one they have never even known existed. This too was one of the many strands of string that when twined together make the rope which will eventually be spun in Israel, in Jerusalem.

 

Now, as we gather slowly from the far corners of the globe from America to Europe to Japan and the Philippines and India or Ethiopia as well as South Africa, Australia, even the outback and places even stranger and more remote, the time has come to stop believing we are Jews as we no longer are. Jew was the name we were given in captivity by the Greeks and Romans who shortened Judean to Judian to Juw which became spelled Jew. The actual spellings and pronunciations are not important but what Jew came to mean to the gentiles is important. The Jew was the reason for famine, for plague, for war they were always siding with the enemy on both sides as both sides saw Jews fighting for their enemy but were blind to the Jews fighting with them in their armies. The Jew was accused of every ill and even potential harm and the fact that the Jews lived in their own small area, ghetto, and practiced a different religion, often the parent religion to the one the others practiced, they had to be the reason as they were the other wherever they found themselves. When the time came to clean the lands of the disbeliever, the Jew too was cast out or burned at the stake, hung, crucified or whatever punishment was dealt the disbeliever. Often they were simply driven from the land and forced to travel through place after place before finding one which allowed them to settle and reside for the time being. The Jew always kept a number of suitcases packed and one special suitcase in which all their religious items were kept. They would be removed when required to observe the Sabbat or to do morning prayers or observe a holiday and then carefully and respectfully repacked in case they had to leave with little notice. This suitcase was the first one grabbed by the mobs of the pogrom, Crusade or whatever reason was for killing the Jews as this suitcase must have precious jewels to be so carefully guarded. Imagine the look when all they found were some candlesticks, candles, a special tablecloth and few other religious items and books but no jewels or gold or silver other than the few religious items, often only the Shabbat candlesticks. The main thing is the Jew was a temporary guest to be bullied and thrown away when hatreds overwhelmed the people and a frenzied mob sought a target.

 

We are now coming home and we are not going to be bullied or thrown from our lands. We may not be granted easy access to all our lands, even our most precious Biblical Lands in Judea and Samaria. Jerusalem will hopefully not allow to be divided and we again forbidden from visiting our Temple Mount which we built during the times of the Second Temple before Christianity and long before Islam came into this world. Allowing the Synagogues we so meticulously restored or even rebuilt to once again be defiled and destroyed would be a sin of great magnitude. Where we need to try and be accommodating and live with our neighbors on this little sphere orbiting an insignificant star in a moderately large galaxy soon to be merged with an even larger galaxy, we also must remain true to ourselves, our history and, most of all, to Hashem which means that Jerusalem’s old city must remain with the Temple Mount as an intricate and vital part of Israel. The Islamics know the importance of these areas which is the sole reason they demand them to be separated from the Jews. This is the same story which was the reason there were so many wars between Christian and Muslim over Jerusalem and only Jerusalem as that was the reason behind the Crusades and the Islamic conquests, they both wanted to hold the City of the Jewish holiest of places as that is the home of Hashem which both claim to worship (the validity of such claims cannot be covered in brief even in this article). But Jerusalem must remain a part of what is Israel and that should not ever be placed in doubt and slowly the Israelis are realizing this fact.

 

As for the name Jew, that needs change. Those of us residing here in the Holy Lands of Israel are no longer merely Jews even if we are of the seed of Judah, we are Israelites once again. With the airlift of Ethiopians and the Bnei Menashe community from India home to Israel we are once again to be known as the tribes of Israel. There is a group in southwestern India who call themselves the Tribe of Ephraim who were found when a Chabad couple shared a Passover Seder with them. With these tribes of the ten lost tribes of Israel reappearing, the people of Israel are not all but universally of the tribe of Judah, we are once again in transition and should recognize such and refer to ourselves as what we are, Israelites, the Tribes of Israel reuniting in our ancient and holy homelands.

 

Some may ask what should become of the Arab Palestinians. Well, we can offer them three choices. They can live in their own area under their own leadership in a semiautonomous area within Israel where we promise them security and to live in peace and in return they obey the Noahic Code, or they can leave and settle elsewhere in the world and we will wish them safe travels and the best of luck and promise not to pursue them or do them harm as they leave, or they may choose to treat us with violence and hate and do injury to us as a form of war for which we will do as we can to destroy their existence and to erase the fact that they ever resided amongst us. That is what any other people would do and for those who doubt such we would like to point to items such as Northern Ireland and the British.

 

Continuing on, other examples abound such as the Spanish and the Tribes of the Basque and Spain and even France, the many different tribes which made up Yugoslavia until they each went their separate ways, the Czech Republic and Slovakia which separated from Czechoslovakia and the numerous nations which were formed by the victorious powers after World War I that make up much of the Arab Islamic world today and which are now breaking even further into tribal regions, and the conquered lands which now live under the fist of their conquerors such as Tibet or those threatened by nations claiming their right to regain control of these areas such as Taiwan and Mainland China (Red China if your old enough to remember that term) and also Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus and the currently challenged Ukraine all of which are currently under direct or indirect challenge from Putin the Invader’s Russian bear. The changing tides of war and the formation and dissolution of nations has not ended as many wished to believe and world wars are no longer unimaginable. The claim that after the fall of the Soviet Union that history had ended and everything was now at peace and in equilibrium leading Francis Fukuyama to write a piece titled, “The End of History?” which has proven as much folly as the claim once made by the Commissioner of the United States Patent Office in 1899 who it is (attributed) claimed to have said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

 

With all the turmoil in the world today, it is beyond reasonable but is yet true that the world considers what the Israelis do within the lands granted under international laws and treaties to them for their homeland dating from the early 1920’s and the numerous conferences, treaties and conventions which were signed by all the parties involved including the Arab League and King Farouk granting the lands west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea to be the area for the land of Israel to be formed. We, the Israeli people ask for no more than that which all powers, even to include the Arabs and Japan, British, French, German, Ottoman, Russian, and eventually the United States, League of Nations and United Nations all recognized and gave their blessings and agreement and yet to this day this is contested. The facts are not contested, just the realization, and there appears to be an undercurrent which is driven by the concept that by ridding the world of Israel, and with it the Jewish people once and for all, will end their ever considering having a real home anywhere on Earth. This is considered a desirable and possible eventuality by the leaders of the Western World to appease and pacify the Arab World. There is one answer for such people, and it is what we promised, “Never Again!”

 

Beyond the Cusp 

 

September 21, 2016

China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station Falling Down

 

China has finally confirmed suspicions that their Tiangong-1 Space Station will fall from orbit at some point in 2017. The lack of any specific date, location or other normative information about how, where and why the space station will return to Earth or whether any parts are expected to reach the ground or even where any reentry might occur further reinforces the rumors that there is a problem with the station and the Chinese no longer are controlling its movements. The rumors started when the station was recently decommissioned and the Chinese astronauts were returned home early without any replacements being sent to the station. This had initiated the belief that the Chinese space station was damaged in some way but the fact that they are unsure as to where, when and not controlling how the rather large satellite space station would be reentering the atmosphere and whether the entire station will burn up in the atmosphere does present at least a small threat of landing on land and potential for it striking a populated area. Perhaps it is going to pay, well, at least give some a chance at immortality should they find themselves underneath the falling remnants of the Tiangong-1 Space Station.

 

China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station

China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station

 

The Chinese have been utilizing the Tiangong-1 Space Station for approximately the last five years. The similarities between the United States Skylab and the Chinese Tiangong-1 Space Station are startling. Skylab remained in orbit for six years and the Chinese Tiangong-1 Space Station is predicted to make it approximately five years. Both stations were deserted and left lifeless at the mercy of nature simply waiting for gravity to work its unavoidable result. It remains to be seen if the crash of the Chinese Tiangong-1 Space Station will strike an inhabited area, the center of one of the Earth’s oceans or what we usually describe as the middle of nowhere. Skylab caused minimal damage falling in one of those middle of nowheres, namely the Australian Outback and the oceans around Australia and northward into the Pacific Ocean. For now we can only guess as to where Tiangong-1 Space Station will come to Earth. One thing which we need to remember is that Skylab was an early space station made from a part of a Saturn-V rocket booster modified with floor platforms built inside (see montage below). Skylab was never planned on being a permanent station and in consideration of costs there were no thrust boosters which had the power to allow for making a planned reentry. There were orientation thrusters which could have reduced the station speed bringing it to earth faster, but that would have probably led to larger pieces reaching the ground. Modern satellites are required to have a reentry system and a plan for bringing it down over water and choosing an angle of entry which will allow for the maximum amount of the orbiter to burn up in the atmosphere. Yes, ending a satellites life is rocket science. What one wonders is why they do not use the Hollywood method for satellite removal and fire the rockets sending the satellite either into the sun or out towards Jupiter or simply out of the solar system. Perhaps the out of the solar system would need to understand the gravity of such a solution while aiming for the sun or Jupiter is using the gravity of the situation.

 

Skylab pictured as astronauts orbiting laboratory on the third and final mission, known as Skylab 4, in November 1973 and the building of Skylab from a Saturn-V booster section

Skylab pictured as astronauts orbiting laboratory
on the third and final mission, known as
Skylab 4, in November 1973 and the
building of Skylab from a Saturn-V booster section

 

There should not be any great fears as over two thirds of the planet is covered with water and large areas of the land are sparsely populated. For those who live in large cities and have been convinced by the eco-fanatics that there are no open areas left on the Earth may we suggest you search for pictures of the steppes in Russia, anywhere in northern Africa and the Sahara Desert or the great plains of the United States, particularly in Nebraska or any of the numerous rain forests anywhere from Washington state to the Amazon. When the United States lost control of their primitive space station Skylab on July 11, 1979, and the seventy-seven ton orbiter rained down on the Thornton farm and house in the Australian Outback, another place of sparse population; that, it turns out, was very fortunate as there was one large section which did reach the ground largely intact, the station’s oxygen tank as well as there were numerous smaller pieces including a smaller oxygen tank, a set of nitrogen tanks which powered the attitude thrusters, a refrigeration unit, and a structural ring from the outer hatch piece which is labeled “Airlock/Danger.”

 

Skylab Oxygen Tank Largest Piece Striking Earth in Australian Outback

Skylab Oxygen Tank Largest Piece Striking Earth in Australian Outback

 

Skylab is one of the few NASA satellites which had pieces strike the Earth which they made little effort to claim and collect the debris. There was a $400.00 littering fine assessed by the town of Esperance, Australia submitted to NASA which was never paid; but there was also a $10,000.00 reward to be awarded to the first person to turn in a piece of the satellite at the offices of the San Francisco Examiner provided it was done within seventy-two hours (three days) from the reentry of Skylab which was awarded to seventeen year old Stan Thorton from Esperance. Hopefully the paper made a large deal as they probably doubted anybody in Australia would have heard of the offer, let alone fly to San Francisco to claim the prize. Hopefully Stan had a nice vacation in San Francisco paid for in mid trip by the San Francisco Examiner. Must have been nice and well-played Mr. Thorton.

 

The Russians also has their own space station named Mir. Mir was launched in two stages on February 20, 1986 and April 23, 1996. It finally crashed to the Earth on March 23, 2001. Mir was brought back under a controlled system of three steps using a booster attached to the station. The explanation can be read here. Today we have the International Space Station (ISS) which was a collaborative effort of the European Space Agency, Russia’s Roscosmos, Canadian Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (see symbols below). The ISS is presumed to be a long term station expected to serve on into the future and has been slowly added to over the years. How long it remains of use will depend upon planning with a mix of luck as a disastrous collision with any of the following: space debris, meteor, asteroid, comet or other natural space projectile; would be a disaster. The ISS has been an extravagantly expensive project and the cost was the likely reason we did not start building the double wheel luxurious space station like the one seen at the beginning of the movie “2001.” Perhaps some day such a station will be built and it will likely say Sheraton Space Hotel at the docking station. We may as well face it that private monies will be what conquers space and initially only the wealthy will be able to afford space vacations and the rest of us will have to find employment to get into space, and the work will be as dangerous as it will be strenuous. Much of this future will not be happening in most of our lifetimes unless the miracles expected in biology in the coming near term are true and readily accessible to the average person. Otherwise we can only dream of our exciting vacation on one of the moons of Saturn.

 

Space Agencies of the International Space Station Top Row Main Agencies Second Row Member European Agencies

Space Agencies of the International Space Station
Top Row Main Agencies
Second Row Member European Agencies

 

International Space Station

International Space Station

 

The ISS has delivered some exciting discoveries, most intentional and some simple accidents happened upon through the actions of everyday life aboard the station. One example of an inadvertent discovery has been told of when astronaut Donald R. Pettit mixed salt, sugar, and coffee grounds in an inflated plastic bag and the different small pieces clumped rather than simply floating independently proving the theory of accretion as a vital and necessary stage for planetary formation. The discovery resulted from Pettit playing around on a Saturday morning only to have Stanley G. Love, whose training in planetary science involved asteroids and collisions, working spacecraft communications in Mission Control in Houston, Texas, who immediately realized the implications of this simplistic, gee-whiz demonstration. “Don!” Love exclaimed, “Do you realize you’ve just solved the middle stage of planetary accretion?”

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

December 30, 2015

America Election 2016 and Beyond

 

The question for the United States is not whether who they elect President in the November elections will be capable of making the United States strong and a force in the world again but whether or not what remains of the country will permit such a turn-around or will it take far longer or possibly never. Part of the answer will be staged around President Reagan after President Carter but that is a false narrative. First thing is that things happen at a much faster pace, almost light speed, compared to the late 1970s and early 1980s. We are talking modern dual and quad Pentium complete processing boards in a single chip all compared to a few years away from the 8080A processor and looking forward to clock speeds 100K system clock speeds. Today almost nothing outside a museum or high school science project runs so slowly and even the average calculator has greater computing power than the processor boards used on the Space Shuttle. The first thing one needs to remember is that President Jimmy Carter had under three months from when he knew with undeniable certainty he was leaving office while President Barack Obama has had four years more than that since he knew with certainty that he would be expected to leave office and two years more than that when he knew that he would have no effect on deferral elections and a full year since he could no longer effect any state elections. The big question is with little possibility of ever facing impeachment no matter what he does over the next year and nothing to prevent his going against Congress and ignoring the Supreme Court if necessary, what will he manage to accomplish and what has he already accomplished beyond things that President Carter would have died before serving such dishonors. So, exactly what will the next President of the United States be facing and other effects this could impose on the world.

 

 

Physician Obama Will Cure All Your Ills at a Price of Your Freedom, Choice and of Course you Cannot Keep Your Doctor, Insurance Plan or Insurer and any Change Even if it is Forced by Law Places You in a Government Plan and Government Doctors and Government Approved Coverage as Dictated by the Surgeon Pictured Above

Physician Obama Will Cure All Your Ills
at a Price of Your Freedom, Choice and
of Course you Cannot Keep Your Doctor,
Insurance Plan or Insurer and any Change
Even if it is Forced by Law Places You in a
Government Plan and Government Doctors
and Government Approved Coverage as
Dictated by the Surgeon Pictured Above

 

 

The biggest vacuum had been the complete evacuation of the United States military from the world’s stage. The wholesale retreat with little planning and no coordination or considerations of what the effects would be of leaving Iraq basically high and dry along with the planned retreat from Afghanistan given an out-by date will only have the enemies of a democratic and modern Afghanistan just lining the borders waiting for the last plane of American troops wheels to leave the runway before tearing that country apart and the countryside a week earlier when the American troops are too busy bugging out to be able to turn aside and prevent the complete dismantling of all their hard won gains. The complete disregard for the hard fighting and American and allied losses and the scores more injured, many with permanent disabilities and scars which will haunt them for a lifetime and to have their and their friends sacrifices simply tossed into the White House trash basket making many furious is completely understandable. The dishonors of the total disregard for their efforts and sacrifices in Iraq and Afghanistan, the breaking of the promises made by those same servicemen and women and of the American people added to the approval for women to be placed in combat units even if altering the requirements to be in such units and the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell replacing it with open enrollment for all forms and varieties of sexual orientations and proclivities; is it any surprise that when the service men and women also saw ranking officers being forced from service for putting the military ahead of political correctness and is it any surprise with many of the officers and higher enlisted men they served with and respected seen being forced or voluntarily leaving the service that many promising young officers and enlisted men and women leaving the service right behind them. This did not bother the people in the White House and the Pentagon went along as they are required to obey their civilian commanders and if these civilian commanders are demanding they make decisions they are unable to meet, then their only recourse is to leave the military altogether. As the number decreased the military was instructed to allow certain types who were underrepresented in the service to be given preferential treatment over traditional inductees. This only served to chase even more traditional service personnel to get out instead of reenlisting and making the service their life’s work and their goal in life.

 

 

The United States Under Direction from President Obama in the White House to End Production of the F-22 Raptor at the Completion of the Run Then in Progress and After that the United States Air Force to be Relying Predominantly on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as What is Good for the Rest of the World Should be Just Fine for the United States

The United States Under Direction from President Obama
in the White House to End Production of the F-22 Raptor
at the Completion of the Run Then in Progress and After that
the United States Air Force to be Relying Predominantly on the
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as What is Good for the Rest of the
World Should be Just Fine for the United States

 

 

The reduced numbers fit with the plans in Washington as the funds saved by allowing for a smaller and less capable military with less equipment and the saved funds for all the cancelled weapons systems such as the F-22 Raptor as why should the United States have a fifth generation fighter vastly superior to that of other nations as shouldn’t the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter suffice, the exact same aircraft the United States is promising to any number of other nations such as Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Britain, Turkey, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Japan and Singapore possibly or already having made orders for delivery of this advanced fighter giving them the same aircraft as the United States, so what could possibly go wrong here as none of these nations would ever become an adversary, could they? But then again, the current White House has a model for the United States which is based on the European national body but this misses a crucial reason that the Europeans could safely function in this still dangerous world because after World War II the United States gave them all assurances that they could rely on the United States to have the great military upon which the rest of the free and Western World could depend. Well, that does create a problem because as the United States moves at an ever increasing speed to become just another European nation with a similarly weak border and shore control only military then who will protect the Western World and the free nations from the threats which are still legion in the world? Why worry about that, there are people we need to have become dependent upon government for their health care and we need those funds for supporting Social Security payments and Medicare. There are no longer the threats such as the Soviet Union and we are allied with China and so what if they are slowly building islands to claim the entirety of the South China Sea, they’ll allow trade ships to pass and Russia is our new friend as well as Turkish President Erdogan and the Iranian Ayatollah and Supreme Leader but not Egyptian President Sisi, he desires causing a reformation of Islam to purge it of the violent passages and instead form a religion which is not bent on world conquest and can coexist with all other religions and is against President Obama’s friends in the Muslim Brotherhood. Sounds like such a great plan whose ramifications are going to be so great.

 

Then there is the, as we have heard and been assured about repeatedly, wonderful healthcare offered by Obamacare. There has been uncountable people purchasing new health insurance coverage beyond even the most optimistic predictions. Never mind that there have been untold numbers of people who had their coverage cancelled for not meeting the extremely specific demands of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act which appears to explain a sizeable percentage of the purchases. The healthcare system enacted with a straight party line votes without a single Republican vote in either the House or the Senate and only making it to the President’s desk was the fact that there was a solid majority if Democrats in both houses to usher the legislation through Congress. There is an underreported side effect of Obamacare has been the ever-growing number of health insurance companies including one of the largest which have reported they are losing their shirts and the biggest losses come from the Obamacare government Exchanges themselves and their losses are significant enough that first off the rate of government reimbursement is insignificant as the amounts of their losses are too great and the 80% reimbursement still leaves them losing tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars and secondly the government payment schedules are shoddy and slow making their losses even more painful and damaging. Talking about losses, the economy which we are told has been recovering since early in 2009 but has apparently not reached the job market as corporate profits steadily climb. Isn’t corporate profits soaring while jobs are stagnant supposed to be a republican thing and the media goes completely bonkers, oh, wait, that’s it, the media thing would never point this out with a Democrat in the White House and if challenged it will become the do nothing Congress because the republicans are preventing the President from accomplishing the necessary changes necessary.

 

About a do nothing congress, let’s discuss this for a moment or so. There are a number of good things which can be the result of a truly do nothing Congress. Unfortunately a do nothing Congress usually means that the Congress is not passing leftist, socialist, communist and burdensome legislation which strangles companies in business, prevents new start-up companies from forming and make coordinating your company into subservience to the government and collecting corporate welfare payments. General Electric has realized mind-blowing profits by simply playing the government game of green energy projects backed by government funding for the past decades, very impressive and unlike the following list of green energy companies which went belly-up and the funding they received from the government: Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*, SpectraWatt ($500,000)*, Solyndra ($535 million)*, Beacon Power ($43 million)*, Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million), SunPower ($1.2 billion), First Solar ($1.46 billion), Babcock and Brown ($178 million), EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*, Amonix ($5.9 million), Fisker Automotive ($529 million), Abound Solar ($400 million)*, A123 Systems ($279 million)*, Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*, Johnson Controls ($299 million), Brightsource ($1.6 billion), ECOtality ($126.2 million), Raser Technologies ($33 million)*, Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*, Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*, Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*, Range Fuels ($80 million)*, Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*, Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*, Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*, GreenVolts ($500,000), Vestas ($50 million), LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million), Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*, Navistar ($39 million), Satcon ($3 million)*, Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*, and Mascoma Corp. ($100million) (*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy). There’s some big bucks to be stolen, we mean made in green business. These government “investments” cost the American taxpayers almost seven and a half billion dollars, sounds like a smart investment of their money, better bet it has been because there are trillions more to be thrown into the environmental vortex in the years to come. Isn’t government wonderful? Trust that the environmental area is just an easy target as there are even greater boondoggles out there just waiting for your tax monies now and in the future. Still, the scariest of all items would be if the race in the November 2016 elections are between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump (or worse, Hilary Clinton against Jeb Bush) as the choices for President which makes any third party with a sane candidate and some cash could become viable except the media will only play up a third party candidate they can bring down somewhere near the date of the elections a la Ross Perot.

 

 

Pick Your Presidential Poison Pill Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush

Pick Your Presidential Poison Pill
Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton
or Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush

 

 

The great achievements, negative as they may be, of President Barack Obama will turn out to be the pull out of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and the arming of Iran with potentially nuclear weapons, the disruption of Syria and Libya, the almost turning of Egypt over to the root of all Sunni terrorist organizations, the doting support of Putin, the Ayatollahs, China, and all things collective at home. Only the final one might be reversible while the gains of Russia, China and Iran will be far more difficult to push back, especially Iran as that became a mandatory agreement when it was pushed through the United Nations Security Council and as such the law of the land as dictated by the Constitution. His health care system could be completely erased, redacted, eviscerated, declawed but not modified into Republican Obamacare Lite as that would only lead to a manufactured, or would that be manufractured, set of additional rules dictated by bureaucrats which would only produce a more massive boondoggle than we already have. The solitary cure would be the complete redaction of the entire healthcare act and the weeding out of the additional protocols which were hidden deep inside defense spending bills, omnibus spending bills, and virtually every other needed legislation such that it would be like weeding a football field (pitch) which had been allowed to go to seed for a couple of decades manually. The weeds are everywhere and easy to find but with time they pop up every so often anywhere demanding constant dedications and diligence. Thus it would be gutting all the hidden agendas. Another item which needs to be addressed but will never see the light of day is an amendment to the Constitution which forbids anybody other than a vote of Congress to manufacture or initiate any rule, law, regulation or other enforceable item, idea, report, licensing, administrative move of any applicable implication or consideration no matter how much easier it would make the government’s job especially if it lays the onus on private enterprise or private citizens and only the enforcements writ into the legislation by Congress shall be permitted with every Federal court responsible for eradicating all such items found resulting from present legislation and only applying the exact dictates of the legislation and regarding bureaucratic additions and stipulated legalese as voided from the record and Congress charged to define those items they thought they had allocated to the agencies as that is unconstitutional in the strictest and most liberal interpretations of the constitution which relegates the making of laws to the Congress and not to any Administrative agency which is a part of the Presidency and not an arm of Congress. That would remove probably two thirds of all regulations and required bookkeeping for small businesses and large and especially the small business who can ill-afford a lawyer, accountant and expert in governmental forms just to run his arcade or soda bar.

 

In the end, President Obama was not any worse than many former Presidents when it comes to increasing the size and scope of government domestically as President Lyndon Baines Johnson very likely holds the record until President Barack Obama with President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and a whole host of other giveaways at taxpayer expense which easily contested him for the top spot depending on the end results of Obamacare which looks very much like, once three quarters of health insurers go under two years after Obama leaves Washington and the Federal Government is called upon to straighten out the mess which means takes total control over health coverage negating all need for health insurance and instead opening a market for above the Federal Medical coverage health providers which will be largely like HMOs or other type of system except they along with one or two others will own a medium sized hospital with every diagnostic and surgical tools and systems with some of the finest physicians in the United States working with them where your basic healthcare would be provided at the costs dictated by the government and all other care would either be included in your subsequent membership level or at a pay as you go level which people would need to pay should they require such procedures. This would be the platinum standard of health club care where members of this club have purchased in their level of membership. There is always a way around any requirement if your pocketbook is deep enough.

 

The real harm done by President Obama is that he has set by his foreign fecklessness which has destroyed the entirety of the Middle East and North Africa and allowed terrorism to spread into Central Africa and complete its hold on the horn of Africa. It has provided Iran with control over the southern exit of the Red Sea by basically occupying Yemen through arming, training and supplementing a nativist clan’s Civil War against the rest of their nation of Yemen thus holding sway over two vital chokepoint waterways, Straits Of Hormuz which controls the flow of oil from the Middle East including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Emirates along the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea and Suez Canal with the Bal el-Mandeb at the extreme southern end of the Red Sea which also closes access to Asia for the Israeli port of Eilat which is considered an act of war as a casus belli under international treaties and law. President Obama has also empowered a reinvigorated Russia, at least militarily invigorated, and furthered China’s growing claims to the western Pacific Ocean and South China Sea and all the trade routes therein. On the nuclear front he has modeled his treaty with Iran basically around the treaty made by President Clinton with North Korea even going so far as to establish the leaders of the negotiating team including the same members as the former disaster which led to a nuclear powered North Korea. This treaty has yet to be signed by either side and the Iranians have already declared the treaty a dead deal as they claim the United States negotiated in bad faith as proven by suspected actions and basically so that Iran can proceed with their nuclear weapons program ignoring all the obligations presumably in place as an unsigned treaty has been expounded with great fanfare by the Administration as their signature accomplishment as the world disintegrates and burns all around them. All in all, President Obama had done more to destabilize the entire globe than done by any single leader or groups of leaders including Peace in Our Time famed Neville Chamberlin and his faithful if less than enamored Édouard Daladier did when they ushered in World War II because as every war up until World War II from out of antiquity when the first clan took heavy branches as clubs and rocks as projectiles and set upon the neighboring clan killing the adult men and older people of both genders and taking the young children and women as their newest members of the clan, the casualties have steadily risen in almost every war and then dropped after world War II until now. The current war, the War to conquer the world should Islam prove victorious with a great deal of thanks to President Obama who made it possible or the War to Defend the Free World from the Onslaught of Islam and the Forcing of the Reformation of Islam where the Mecca Quran is Declared to Supercede all of the Medina Quran inverting the current later verse superseding the earlier verses from Mecca. (For a quick synopsis and a number of useful links in the comments visit our article Which Quran, Mecca or Medina? for a quick summary and reasons for the differences between the two writings of the Quran and why it is being interpreted as it is today across both Sunni and Shia Islam. Thank you.

 

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