Beyond the Cusp

January 27, 2016

The Election is Not About Beating Obama

 

 

I am not sure the Republican Candidates are fully aware that they are running for the office of President after President Obama leaves the White House as he has had his two terms. They will be running against likely Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. That is the other point, Hillary may not be the Democrat Candidate, Bernie Sanders is looking stronger every day. Further, Hillary may not be eligible to be President after the prosecution of her for the e-mail imbroglio results in more than an inconvenience and more of a felony indictment and convictions on numerous counts followed by her being disbarred and incarcerated, even if it is a luxury prison with full spas, golf course and other facilities making it more like a Club Med Resort; perhaps called Club Fed. What, you thought important and privileged people such as the Clintons or other politically connected criminals served their time in lock-down did you? Even if pardoned for her improprieties before the trial or simply having these criminal acts which may have threatened United States operatives, secrets or other damaging intelligence has been tried thus saving the American public from such a dreary and lengthy series of even more Hillary Clinton without make-up and self-sleep-deprived concerned about a future less predictable than a Presidential election could ever be.

 

 

Club Fed or Club Med?

Club Fed or Club Med?

 

 

From the little we have watched of the debates, it appeared that the so-called second tier candidates, better described as the hidden gems and chipped glass candidates as there are a couple of those who belong and are ready for prime time but are being kept in the basement more likely because they are ready and the Republicans want a puppet they can control and not a President who is in control. This is why they are so concerned about a Trump win and less concerned with actually winning the Presidency. Do not get us wrong, we also fear a Trump Presidential run but because we fear a Trump as President, though there could be worse, don’t ask us how. The questions which they all need to answer are simple and obvious to all except the moderators and the people writing their questions, or is there a higher conspiracy of silence on these topics. First off, how would you defeat the Democrat candidate if it is Hillary, if it is Bernie? Second, will you repeal all of Obamacare? Will you include the records gathering and other privacy invasions included in the original thousand plus page legislation and the other initial provisions hidden in other legislation some of which entitled the Federal Government through the IRS to gather medical data from every hospital and doctor’s office by the IRS and also allow them to share the data with corporations and other agencies? Would you, and if so, how would you go about making efforts to rebuild the relations with the more traditional allies, which ones, and exactly how? Asking them questions different than those placed at the feet of the Democrats in their debates is unfair and will remain that way but as long as there are going to be hardball questions, how about a little substance with the spiteful venom. As is said, inquiring minds want to know, and that holds for the Democrats as well as we want to know what their plans are and no more simpleton slogans like ‘Yes we can’ and healing the Earth as the Earth can take care of herself.

 

Another idea which would work for weeding out the candidates would be for the primaries not to be stacked-up and front-loaded as they are. It is a bit ridiculous that the candidacy be all but over after ‘Super Tuesday’ which this election year falls on March first. Even if none of the candidates have the required number of delegates, by the end of April it is all over but the shouting and streamers, confetti and balloons, please don’t forget the balloons as their refusing to dislodge as electrostatic cling is holding them against the ceiling and delegates screaming for them to be dislodged is often the only surprise and entertainment of these conventions. There used to be some drama in the nominations until people started complaining about the candidates being chosen in some dark backroom filled with cigar smoke to the point of being unhealthy as was that system. Then came the race to be the primary which ‘put the candidate over’ which meant that states were jockeying to place their primary date in the vital spot so as to be the one remembered for placing the name of the future President on their party’s ballot. This led to the leap-frogging until they all hid an agreed upon wall, nobody was to go earlier than March first, which happens to be the first Tuesday this year. When one considers the candidates and Presidents we have had since popular vote won the nomination, perhaps those smoke-filled rooms was not such a bad method as at least we got some of the best Presidents from cigar smoke-filled rooms. While we are at retrofitting political election processes, could we return the elections for Senate to the individual states and allow them to at least have the control even if by now not using the primary selection process would be a difficult sell, though as long as selecting Presidential candidates is on the ballot, the rest is just gravy which is proven by the far smaller number of people who vote in primaries in off year elections.

 

That brings us to our conclusions which the election processes makes so evidentially obvious. Not all change and placing things before the people is necessarily the greatest of ideas and the wisest of all approaches. Where we might trust a room with one hundred randomly chosen farmers more than we would trust the United States Senate in making decisions for our personal lives, we have our doubts about their deciding trade matters or approving cabinet positions and other appointments as they would not have sufficient knowledge in such areas, though they would prove to have greater common sense. It might not be a bad thing to add in one more requirement for the office of President as it would give every President a greater understanding concerning matters of military preparedness, the military requirements in budgetary matters and in the use of troops. Here are some observations from one of our staff who happens to be a veteran of the United States Army. It is understandable that there should be reductions in the military’s funding in times of need but their funding cannot be made the money pot which other programs are given increases while the military is cut. The military is an essential service even if it is not the preferred way to settle differences. A strong and well-armed military makes those other avenues more likely, not less likely. There should be a baseline minimum for military spending of something around ten percent of the budget. This would work in two ways. First and foremost it would guarantee sufficient if not ample funding of the military and allow for future planning with an assurance of the funding being provided. Secondly, this would put a damper on excessive spending knowing that for an additional nine billions dollars allocated elsewhere the military would necessarily add another ten million in defense spending.

 

 

Military in Action of Breaking Things

Military in Action of Breaking Things

 

 

The guaranteed spending level would allow for a steadily predictable level of force in personnel with quality salaries could be maintained. Any military project given the approval of the Congress and signed by a President must be carried forth reaching a minimal number set in the initial legislation and must not be cut or diminished at the whim of another Congress or President. The example which has been most evident was the cancellation of the full production of the F-22 Raptor which was the fighter jet which would provide the United States Air Force with fighter superiority even over that of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter which is being sold to other NATO and allied nations. Some areas require a superior vehicle such that any superior training would be maximized with a worthy and superior weapons and delivery systems. Lastly for the sake of brevity, the United States military is not a food delivery force or a nation building force, it is a nation destruction force which is trained to be the point of the spear should national security or treaty require there to be something subdued or destroyed. Protecting civilians sent to nation build would necessarily be placed under military control for use of force, not civilian. When the military is to be used for any conflict resolution, the mission must be spelled out with objective requirements and definition of victory where the military hands over the rest to a civilian force and the military mission is ended allowing for a residual security force which also is not a food delivery or nation building force but a security force. The American military is the most efficient use of force to break and destroy things and only the engineering battalions build things; build things like bridges so the rest of the military can continue destroying and breaking things. Yes, there will be casualties, that is why it is called war.

 

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January 17, 2016

Problems, Problems, Problems

 

The world is in a state of flux, well, let’s be honest, the world is in a state of convulsions. The European Union has decided that perhaps the produce grown by the labors of the Jews who planted and tended their groves for well over twenty years just to receive their first fruits worth mention, grape vines tended carefully and the wines made by wineries which have won blue ribbons in France, the land of wine, recognizing their careful blending of grapes or choices of the very best of a single grape both of which rely on care from the very start of setting up your vines with great care and then pray that the weather is kind and provide the exact amounts of rain when needed and sunshine between the rains and lots of sun with the right temperatures for the grapes. Then the harvest must be timed for when the grapes are their plumpest and full of sugars and the exact chemistry to produce the perfect wines. From there the grapes must be pressed, filtered, blended and married with the perfect yeast and then aged to the perfect point for bouquet, color, clarity, texture, taste and complexity which will spark the imagination of the entire panel in France and beyond. But the years it took these agricultural based businesses are of no consequence and that International Law actually backs the Israeli claim to the lands, all the lands, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The actions by the European Union also ignores their own better interests but are actually attempting to eat their cake and still have it. The European commissioner for research, innovation and science, Carlos Moedas, while visiting Israel earlier this month commented to Israeli President Rivlin, “I love this country. I hope the cooperation between Israel and Europe will increase. For us, and for our scientists, it is extremely important. During my tenure I hope to be here for you, because you have been here for us in terms of everything in science and innovation. I want to be a little bit of your voice in terms of the great people I have met here and the many innovators and entrepreneurs. The drive and energy that you have in this country to create businesses is unique and is an example to Europe. I am here to tell you that I hope this cooperation will increase. For us, and our scientists, it is extremely important.” It is good to know that there is at least some sanity remaining in Europe though the re-release of “Mein Kampf,” even with the certain explanatory commentary presumably intended to mitigate the ravings of a madman who captured Europe in an transfixed rage which destroyed their souls and their humanity only eighty odd years ago. One must wonder whether the rising anti-Semitism in Europe might not find solace and supportive arguments for their savage hatreds.

 

If Europe were the sole insanity, but alas, the world is not that kind as Iran with the favorable nuclear treaty granting them a path to nuclear weapons has started flexing their muscles. This became ever so obvious when Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forced two United States Naval Vessels to surrender and allow the capture of both crews when one was on a rescue to assist a disabled ship when the two were swarmed (see video below). They timed this assault on a disabled craft but waited for the rescue ship to slow and stop before making their assault and with one ship disabled and the other engaged in preparation to tow thus maximizing the vulnerability of both vessels timing the capture for the same time to hold and display the captured and cowed sailors concurrent to President Obama’s final State of the Union Address. The Iranians released a picture which showed the female American Navy personnel wearing an Islamic style head covering sitting on the floor with the other captives (pictured below) all appearing the picture of helpless. It would not be surprising to find out that the American Naval Personnel were under orders not to open fire so as to avoid a “situation” which would spoil the President’s special day. The real question is if this was a drill, it would be interesting to know who ordered the training mission and gave the coordinates for the first vessel to stop and kill their engines and wait for rescue vulnerable to the waves and currents in which they were drifting. The Iranians have also increased their military involvement in Syria and are arming Hezballah with far more heavy weapons to use when fighting the rebels and the Islamic State. These forces have been incorporated and used to augment Russian efforts to harden and secure the areas around the Russian port in Latakia, Syria. These same weapons will continue to be used by Hezballah should, or more likely when, they open another assault against Israel with the one critical difference being that with Hezballah now can open a front against the Golan Heights as well as along the Lebanon border. Hezballah holding the Golan Heights even for one day would be ruinous to Israel and all Israelis residing in the northeastern and central northern Galilee as they would once again be vulnerable to sniper fire. But if these are not enough, what else can there be?

 

 

 

 

 

American Naval Personnel with Female Forced to Wear Islamic Style Head Cover

American Naval Personnel with Female
Forced to Wear Islamic Style Head Cover

 

 

The world spins naturally on its axis while it revolves around the Sun which slowly makes its way around the Super Massive Black Hole at the center of the Milky Way which is going to collide with the Andromeda Galaxy potentially coinciding with the death of Sol, our sun, proving even in galactic events there can be multiple disasters befalling any planet as this did not mention what effect all of this will have on the various clouds of debris such as the, starting with the outermost cloud, the Ort Cloud moving towards the Sun we find the Kuiper Belt and finally the inside the orbit of Jupiter we find the Asteroid Belt and all of these are capable of shooting something towards the Sun and numerous objects of appreciable size cross the earth’s orbit both on their way in and again on their way out. The further out the object starts its trip, the faster it will be flying as it crosses the Earth’s orbit in either direction. The Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 made its fantastic set of collisions with Jupiter leaving battle-scars in Jupiter’s outer gas cloud of which many were many times larger than the Earth (see below). This event amassed such attention that the United States Congress rode the wave and authorized a number of teams of cosmologists to search the heavens and map the paths of those objects which posed a potential threat of colliding with the Earth. Another group of scientists were commissioned to prepare emergency plans for dealing with such a menacing threat which could end all significant life on the surface of the planet. Of course the lawmakers sobered up and realizing that there was no manner of making the tedium of searching for any space threats to Earth mostly by asteroids but also comets which would need to be a constant vigilance as they come from well beyond our ability to monitor until they are close enough to plot their trajectory to be sexy and attention getting so they cut funding to the bone and used the money on projects which buy those all-important votes. How the human race will ever venture out into space is a mystery but whichever nation gets to put a base on the moon, populate it with construction personnel and engineers and mining equipment such that they could bore passages and other bases such that somebody could transverse from the main base station to any other in order to carry out research or just visit and play the greatest volleyball game ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Solar System Exploded Picture Top to Bottom Asteroid Belt Ominously Orbiting Between Jupiter and Mars Kuiper Belt Around Pluto and Beyond Full of Lovable Dwarf Planet Leading to the Ort Cloud which Surrounds Solar System in an Orb-like Shell

Solar System Exploded Picture Top to Bottom
Asteroid Belt Ominously Orbiting Between Jupiter and Mars
Kuiper Belt Around Pluto and Beyond Full of Lovable Dwarf Planet
Leading to the Ort Cloud which Surrounds Solar System in an Orb-like Shell

 

 

The truth is that all of the planet Earth needs to come together and find some way of settling all the differences such that everybody has their space and can accept what they have and let go of the demands, schemes, dreams, designs or any other spark or even fading ember that too many nations, religions and even individuals hold that drive them to conquer others and invade, infiltrate or otherwise conquer, subsume, infiltrate or other way force others to change to suit your ideas and ways. The desire of all needs to be peace and if one really has to have designs on greater grandeur then instead of conquest here on our little space rock and take that desire to venture into the unknown and find your own world where you and those who agree with the need for dominion over the entirety of a planet, they have at your own planet and everybody else will leave you to your planet because they too will be seeking a world of their own or be amongst others and have a pluralist attitude and establishing multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-populated with some of all who can reside with others without conquest, instead using such drives to seek and settle more worlds and discoveries. Once humankind has begun the settlement out in the stars, then humankind will necessarily both acquiesce and accept others as you would prefer they accept you. We can, as human-kind, work together or continue to war until there are no more and in the end we become an unrecorded memory that evaporates as the sands of time, the winds of fate and the tides of eternity which wash the world clean of all of human existence and our futility. It is our choice to make and I fear we, not all but enough will seal our fate and space will never become ours to populate and discover as we will never actually leave our rock.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

January 30, 2013

Secretary of State Clinton Claims Israeli Elections not Death of Peace Process

During Secretary of State Clinton’s “global townhall” meeting today where she answered questions from Internet-users and broadcasters around the world she commented on the recent Israeli elections and their possible effects on the Peace Process between Israel and the Palestinians. She stated that, “I actually think this election opens doors, not nails them shut.” The truth is the Israeli elections actually had absolutely no effect on the moribund peace process as the obstructing force is not with the Israeli government. She added a comment recognizing the apparent shift in the Israeli electorate adding that the election results displayed that they wish to pursue a “different path” towards peace. Speaking of the future and setting the mood for incoming Secretary of State John Kerry, who was approved by the United States Senate by a vote of 94 to 3, stating that Kerry, will forcefully seek a solution and added, “So I know President Obama and my successor soon-to-be secretary of state John Kerry will pursue this, will look for every possible opening.” Secretary Clinton also had some comments about Hamas stating, “Hamas is not interested in democracy, it is still largely a military resistance group.” She added that should Hamas turn from violence and adopt a political approach similar to the transition made by the PLO when becoming the Palestinian Authority then “there’s a place for them at the table.” Secretary Clinton the expressed, “It would be my great hope that they would do that.”

All of her statements are exactly what one would expect considering that the Administration of President Obama has taken the position that Israel must make all the sacrifices for peace and the Palestinians simply get to decide when Israel has given enough. Such an approach is a guarantee that there will never be a peace settlement as Israel is not the side refusing all negotiations. Perhaps this is what Senator Kerry was speaking about during his confirmation hearing in the Senate committee holding his hearing when he suggested that he may have new proposals to restart direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Secretary of State designate Kerry went further stating, “We need to try to find a way forward, and I happen to believe that there is a way forward.” He additionally predicted, “But I also believe that if we can’t be successful that the door, or window, or whatever you want to call it, to the possibility of a two-state solution could shut on everybody and that would be disastrous in my judgment.” Perhaps he is planning on actually addressing the actual roadblock that prevents going forward which is Mahmoud Abbas and his near endless list of preconditions which would require Israel to surrender on every single of the final status negotiation points and then even more. Mahmoud Abbas holds no illusions that there is any chance that the Israelis will ever accept his preconditions as preventing any negotiations are the sole purpose of his extravagant demands.

That is the problem that the United States, the United Nations, the European Union along with most of its individual countries, the Russians, and the entire Arab Muslim world in that they all place the entire expectations for peace squarely on the shoulders of the Israelis. While the Israelis are pressured by these forces, the Palestinians are given piles of cash every time they even emit the slightest squeal that they are short of funds. Despite an ever changing list of preconditions trotted out in random order and length by Abbas and other Palestinian leaders whenever a mention of negotiations are brought up, nobody ever thinks of insisting that he drop his ridiculous obstructions and just negotiate. There are a few of his demands which even if they were the sole demand, they would preclude any Israeli agreement. Examples of some are, the Palestinians must be allowed to retain their right to armed struggle against the Israelis until all of Palestine from the river to the sea has been liberated, contrary to the promises of United Nations Resolution 181 where Israel was not required to return to the 1949 Armistice Lines also called the Green Line or the pre 67 war lines but that Israel was to withdraw to strategically secure and defensible borders, Abbas demands Israel withdraw completely to the 1949 Armistice Lines, and there is the oldest demand for the Palestinian ‘Right of Return’ which would bring more than five-million Palestinian Arabs into Israel inside of the 1949 Armistice Lines and grant them immediate citizenship thus allowing them to vote Israel into yet another Arab state and deny it any Jewish recognitions or properties. Any sane and rational individual looking at these and the rest of the preconditions, or as Abbas sometimes refers to them whenever anybody, especially Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu calls for negotiations free of preconditions from either side and settling the differences through the peace process, the preconditions become obligations which Israel is required to meet under all understanding of the international community before the Palestinians can even be approached to meet with the Israelis. With such a barrage of negativity at the ready for every approach, no wonder everybody demands Israel bend and leave Abbas alone, he is too much of a pain in the neck.

All the statements by Secretary Clinton that the Israeli elections did not preclude the continuation of the peace process was accurate as the Israelis are willing and ready to hold peace talks immediately as Prime Minister Netanyahu has expressed repeatedly. What is unfortunate is that virtually nobody is willing to speak the truth that it is the Palestinians who are refusing to meet or address or even consider any offer to bring them to the table to talk. Even despite President Obama’s initial taking of the Palestinian side and demanding that the Israelis impose a building freeze in all of Judea and Samaria and Prime Minister Netanyahu imposing exactly that for ten months, that did not bring Abbas to the table and instead he listed numerous other preconditions as excuses not to talk. Well, Abbas did eventually come to the table and talk when his insistence that the meeting be with President Obama and a horde of photographers and press and it be held at the White House. They had the handshaking, the photo shoot, and then they spoke with the press there to witness the great promise this auspicious occasion proffered, their promise to hold talks as a follow up never materialized as Mahmoud Abbas had scheduling difficulties and then trotted out his preconditions and the rest is, as they say, history.

Until the world is willing to remove their blindfolds and actually seek the truth, there will be no progress or opportunity of restarting the moribund peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Pressuring Israel to make sacrifices for the sake of peace is a dead issue. Israel made sacrifices simply agreeing to the Oslo Accords. Israel made sacrifices simply agreeing to the building freeze. Israel made sacrifices simply agreeing to the starting point for borders to be the 1949 Armistice Lines as long as land swaps were also made possible. Israel made sacrifices simply agreeing to the disengage unilaterally from the entirety of the Gaza Strip for which they have been under years of rocket assaults launched by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees, al-Qaeda in Gaza and any other terror entities from within highly dense civilian areas in order to avoid Israeli retaliations. Israel has committed to so much in the name of peace over the years including sacrifices made to the Palestinian Arabs before the State of Israel had even been founded by forgiving their claim to all of the British Mandate Lands in order for the British establishing a State for the Palestinian Arabs which is today’s country of Jordan. What most of the world has forgotten is that they all agreed when this reallocation of the Mandate lands east of the Jordan River were taken to form Transjordan that they would guarantee that all the remaining lands west of the Jordan River would be sacred and remain indivisible in perpetuity as the Jewish State. I still wait for any politician to admit and speak up reminding the world of their obligations which stem from the League of Nations and were reconfirmed by the United Nations Charter Article 80 and actually commit to the promises they made. I hope I can live long enough that my patience is some day rewarded.

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