Anchors away

There has been much talk in the last couple of years of building a 300 ship navy.  Truly a Navy that size would be a great asset to the nation and to the world.  Not only would it help project American influence all over the globe but would insure freedom of navigation for the world’s maritime commerce.  After all, 70% of the globe is covered by water, 80% of the world’s commerce is moved on water and 90% of the world’s population lives within 200 miles of the sea.  A strong Navy makes sense.

The sad fact is that a truly capable fleet is at the very least ten years out if we as a nation decide to take the steps necessary to make the vision a reality.  That is a mighty big IF.  I don’t see a whole lot of realistic discussion of the issues, much less a growing public awareness of what the challenges are and demand for resolution.  Without that commitment to rebuilding the foundations of a strong Navy any shipbuilding program will be too little too late and billions of dollars – and hundreds if not thousands of lives – wasted.

What are the challenges?  I list these in order of importance as I see it.

At the height of the Cold War we had fourteen naval shipyards, today we have four.  Some of those are over 90 years old and desperately need upgrading to manage the needs of our modern fleet.  Ships are beasts for maintenance and must spend a considerable amount of time in shipyards just to keep them running.  As things stand our ships and aircraft are poorly maintained and are a danger to the sailors who man them.  It is a national crime to ask them to go in harms way with gravely deteriorated hulls, propulsion, sensors, navigation, weapons and airframes.  Our naval shipyards simply can’t cope with the fleet we have, we need more shipyards.  Civilian shipyards cannot be realistically tasked to maintain naval vessels, the nature of the equipment is just too different.  We need to at least double our naval maintenance capabilities, and that will take time and lots, and I do mean LOTS, of money.

USS McCain DDG 56

The collisions of the USS McCain and the USS Fitzgerald last year may have been a wake up call to the Navy’s leadership.  This report of the situation on the Fitzgerald is just utterly damning.  Read it, read it all.

USS Fitzgerald DDG 62

Poor leadership, inadequate training, crews run to exhaustion by operational tempo, faulty equipment, it is simply dreadful.  Some that results from lack of maintenance, but the worst is the scandalous dereliction of senior and mid level leadership.  The officer corps needs serious attention, as does crew training and discipline.  These two ships are front line units and it can be safely inferred that the rot pervades the entire organization.  This needs to be cleaned up before we can hope to man more ships with competent crews.

Two kinds of LCS

Zumwalt class destroyer

We need a new frigate class somewhere between the Littoral Combat Ship and the Arsenal Ship.  Ship designs have tended to be expanded so that too much is packed in to make it more capable

Arleigh Burke class destroyer

until it becomes a sort of bloated floating Swiss Army

Ticonderoga class cruiser

knife that ultimately can’t perform any of its intended missions adequately.  The above two ship types are prime examples of exactly that.  The Arleigh Burke class destroyers and Ticonderoga class cruisers are getting long in the tooth and we don’t have an adequate replacement yet and won’t for years.

Meanwhile China has been busy.  Their very efficient espionage service has long since penetrated our attempts at counter intelligence so that it can be reasonably expected that they know the details of every ship, aircraft, propulsion machinery, sensor platform and weapon system we’ve built or intended to build for the last 25 years.  They have been building an increasingly effective navy with a good mix of new designs.  They have been taking steps to secure their claim to everything from the Korean Peninsula to the Straits of Malacca as their national territorial waters including Taiwan.  It is clear as they have watched our capabilities decline they have felt their star in the ascendant.  And they are preparing for war.

Today we are not ready.

Big Brother is watching

It has been almost 25 years (how is this POSSIBLE???  Seems like yesterday!) since a colleague at a company I was working at remarked on the topic of surveillance in the internet age, “Its not the government you have to worry about, though they are bad enough, its corporations.”  He was a high level tech guy who’d switched careers and worked his way up from the bottom, and very knowledgeable about a lot of things.  Back then I thought in terms of secretly ferreting out consumer buying patterns to manipulate us through targeted marketing, which has indeed happened.

But its worse than that.  As Republicans in a Republican Club we tend to think in political terms, of political campaigns, voting and elections.  Many conservatives, not just Republicans, have argued that we ought to stay away from social issues.  I have argued for some time that the problems we face are broader than Republican against Democrat fights.  That, as Andrew Breitbart famously said, “Politics is downstream from culture,” and we’ve lost the culture.  To win electoral battles we must fight – and win – cultural battles.  The Culture Wars matter; on battlefield we have strong – winning – arguments to make that can and should be vehicles for electoral victories.

Trump proved that.

It should be of interest that the Dark Temple of Infernal Progressivism is not working just to silence political discussion and debate, they are working to silence anything that contradicts politically correct dogma, no matter how small, silly, counter factual or freshly defined.  The bleeding edge of PC dogma, let it be noted, is about redefining culture, not about political parties and their platforms.It is about fundamentally transforming America. I’m not a fan of fundamentally transforming America, just so you know.

That, incidentally, is why Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R) is such a disappointment when he does things like censure Congressman Steve King (R) for remarking on what is the plain truth, when did, in a nutshell, our history and our civilization become offensive?  Evidently they are offensive to Rep. McCarthy as well as to the bat squid crazy left.  You might drop him a line (nobody’s answering the phone for some reason) either at his DC office (202) 225-2915 or his Bakersfield office(661) 327-3611 and mention that you are a fan of America and Western Civilization.  I did.

Mark Twain famously said that a newspaper was an instrument for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.  Things haven’t changed much since then, and in fact, seem to have gotten worse since the news moved to the airwaves.  I know y’all are right here with me, and this is certainly an exception to the rule, but the internet hasn’t helped.  No, really!  Fake news is nothing new.  Propaganda has been around since the serpent first showed up in the Garden.

What hasn’t helped most of all is that virtually all of the major social sites have been co-opted by Dark Temple Acolytes (AKA TRANZIES: transnational progressives).  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google etc. are all dedicated to proselytizing the Dogma of Degeneracy, Death and Destruction among the unwary.  And, by the bye, silencing any voices not singing along with their Chaos Choir.

[Cue Rod Serling opening a Twilight Zone episode:] “In the world of the blind is the one eyed man king?  Consider the case of one James Demore, a mild mannered computer programmer working for Google.  Mr. Demore suggested that perhaps if Google recognized the innate differences of women in an overwhelmingly male environment, and capitalized on them, the company might be improved thereby, and that would help drive profits.  What happens when a simple truth is simply told in a Tranzie infiltrated world is tonight’s tale from the Twilight Zone.”

Send more clowns

h/t American Digest

The Donks have a plan to send more clowns to Congress, and while they are at it, hijack the Electoral College.  Now their whole open borders push makes more sense.

I received this from a person who is active in politics and is a reputable source of info.

The MAJORITY of Americans don’t realize just how much POWER & MONEY the Democrats make off Illegal Aliens being in our country even without voter fraud.

This is why they created ‘Sanctuary’ cities and states. Simply by including their numbers as part of the population in the US Census, they get MOUNTAINS of money from the federal government and for every 770,000 illegal aliens in their Democrat-controlled area, they get a seat in the US House of Representatives apportioned to their area following the census.

h/t American Digest

YES! READ IT AGAIN!

After the US Census (performed once every 10 years), the 435 seats in the US House of Representatives are divided up by state populations and the last one resulted in one seat for roughly every 770,000 people.

So, let’s say California has about 4 MILLION non-citizens living there right now. That means that FIVE of their seats in the US Congress are due to people who are not Americans being counted in the Census!

NOW, imagine if by 2020, when they do the next census, they had 10 MILLION non-citizens living in California. That would mean California would get an additional 10 SEATS in the US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES due to non-citizens.

NOW, do you see why Democrats want Open Borders? Next time you hear the Democratic Party Leadership claiming how they ‘care’ about these poor illegal aliens here, call it B.S.!

The Democrats found a way to get money and seats in Congress without even having to rig elections!

IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY & POWER! You won’t hear about this on the news, but it is the truth.

I guess replacing the electorate and diluting American culture just wan’t enough for these evil control freaks.

No wonder

Now I see why the Despicables want to shut down Tucker Carlson.  He tells us things we don’t want to hear.  I say “us” because he’s not only addressing the Left’s pathology, he’s addressing ours as well.

“I ain’t got no pathology,” I hear you cry.  To which I reply, ‘couse you do, Honeychild, you’re just comfortable with it, as I am with mine, as the Leftards are with theirs.  Nobody’ perfect, not even me, and I set a pretty high bar; in my own mind, at least.

So here’s Tucker, laying out the bloody, dark secret in all it’s ugliness.  What to do about it?  Ah!  That’s for later.

You heard the man.

President Trump gave a brief speech regarding the crisis at the border tonight.  You can watch it here.  He stopped short of declaring a national emergency and invoking the legitimate Constitutional powers that such a move would grant him.  Instead he has asked us to call Congress and put a bug in our representatives’ ears.

I will not belabor what he said, the speech is short and you can watch it at the link above.  I will say that in calling on us, We the People, he has done absolutely the right thing.  This is our national problem, and it we, the citizens of this nation, blessed as we are with a republican form of government, to exercise our civic authority and tell our representatives what it is we expect them to do on our behalf at our direction.

Call your Congressman.  Call your Senator.

Yes, I am aware that they are radical left wing Democrats whose interests don’t align with ours.  Yes, I am aware that they regard us as their personal tax farms.  Yes I realize that regard us as mindless children who must be shown the more enlightened way and made to eat our vegetables whether we want to or not.  I know all this, and so do you.

Nevertheless, Call your Congressman.  Call your Senator.

Exercise your civic authority as free men and women, or confess your fitness to live only in chains.

Call now.  Operators are standing by.

Don’t know their numbers?  Don’t be so damned lazy, Google is, for once, your friend.

Now call!

The circus has come to town

The circus has indeed come to town, and promises that over the course of the next two years it will entertain us wonderfully with even more dare-that-devil-Trump trapeze acts, progressive clown routines and depraved social justice animal tricks.  The ultimate Donk and RINO show!  New, bigger, better, louder, flashier, more and never ending insanity!  The reviews will be predictably spectacular and their accomplishments will be nil because they will be up against a double wall: a Republican controlled Senate and Donald J. Trump.  Ho-hum.

I have more hope for the Senate ever since Lindsay Graham woke up and decided to actually walk his Republican talk.  It seems that the beneficial effects of participation in the Kavanagh hearings haven’t worn off yet.  Why, just the other day he interrupted some Fake News Babe to tell her that what she was saying was not only not true, but a lie.  Way to go, Lindsay!  Maybe it won’t be so much “my friends” as “those fiends” across the aisle.  Welcome to the team, Lindsay, nice of you to finally join us.

Then there’s the ultimate back stop, POTUS.  Now we get to see how well Trump plays defense.  Which is not to say that he hasn’t been, given that Paul Lyin’ Ryan was undermining the charge he should have been leading to get the President’s agenda enacted in the House.  But now with the House in Commicrat hands I expect the gloves to come off, if indeed they were ever on.  Put on your asbestos overcoats, boys and girls, and keep your extinguishers handy, sparks are going to fly.

Meanwhile back at the ranch Antsy Nancy Pelosi has taken the gavel in hand and is ready to hammer out some Social Justice.  She and her pirate crew are promising a never ending Progressive Pride Parade and Impeachment Pie Fight.  They’ll let it all hang out where America will see it.  And America WILL see it, Pravda on the Potomac, the New York Novosti and all the Evening Izvestia shows will lovingly lay it before our eyes, and tell us how cute and good and right it all is.  I don’t think America will be as filled with admiration as these lunatics expect.

Meanwhile, the forces of sanity (among which I count myself and my loyal reader – Hi, Mom!) will continue to make headway despite the Tranzi Traitors’ (Transnational Progressives) efforts to censor them.  They can stifle free speech, suppress the dissemination of ideas and mask their own failures only so far, but it won’t be contained.  It can’t be contained, as the USSR found out, and the Chinese Emperor will soon discover.

One approach to unmasking the Lunatic Left is presented in the video below.  Would to God it had been done a year ago, it might have made a difference to Johnny Nalbandian’s campaign as opposition research.  These guys are not the most scintillating presenters in the world, they are geeks, after all, but their information is sound, relevant and uncomfortable to Mr. Schiff.