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A ‘little’ cooler than normal ?

January 19, 2017

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Next time we in the lower 48 think it is cold

we should remember

that some of the cities in the United States

get a whole lot colder.

Trump’s inauguration…. respect for our nations new President or a senseless, inane protest.

January 12, 2017

Strap on your seat belts this posting is taking off in a wildly different direction. With shades of Art Bell’s ‘Coast to Coast’ and a tinfoilhat3touch of Alex Jones’s ‘Info wars’ we are about to tip toe though what may happen during the upcoming inauguration.

Everyone is aware that the dust has still not settled with regard to Mr Trumps win over Mrs Clinton. With millions of people, especially the snowflake generation, apparently thinking it will be the end of civilization as they know it because their candidate lost, they still have not accepted her loss as a done deal. The frustration and anger is evident everywhere from articles on blogs and Twitter comments to Face Book postings and social media which is awash in these sorry souls looking for a way…. any way to change the elections outcome.

However what I find it odd is that after President Obama’s second election victory when there were millions who opposed his reelection that the same pervasive feeling of despair and anger did not lend to the same intense social outrage. Those many millions who disliked his economic and world policies and saw that he would lead us further away from the rule of law and a constitutional based way of governing, regrettably accepted him as our President. As evident in the 2009 inauguration of Mr. Obama there were few if any protesters and there was not a single arrest according to the director of homeland security.

I am going to go out on a limb here and forecast that Mr Trumps inauguration will be marred by many of those millions who just can not accept reality, and will do anything to interfere and disrupt the inauguration. Clinton’s supporters have shown over the last year they are not above even physical violence when attempting to disrupt a number of Trump rallies, and with world wide news coverage of the inauguration it will be a stage that they may not be able to ignore.

Now to the conspiracy theory… The flash mobs that broke out across the nation in December have led investigators to believe it was coordinated through social media. But why would someone want to coordinate a nation wide outbreak of violence? Some believe it was a test to see how well it would work so it could be used at the inauguration. We know you can count on some of Clinton supporters acting like spoiled children and trying to disrupt the inauguration, but by using social media and coordinating numerous riots the inauguration itself could be shut down.

Is it just me
wearing a tinfoil hat
or the reality of spoiled crybabies.
We will know on
January 20th

Russian hacking…. Redux

January 8, 2017

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I made an error, (by omission), when writing my last post about Russian hacking. My focus was so intent on the media making it appear that Trump didn’t know what he was talking about that I failed to remember another world altering misinterpretation of information by our nations intelligence agencies.

President Bush previously used a then-classified National Security Directive 54, authorizing the use of force to expel Iraq from Kuwait, it identified Iraqis use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against allied forces as an action that would lead the U.S. to seek the removal of Saddam Hussein from power.

This was coupled with the CIA’s report that stated…. “Iraq has continued its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs in defiance of UN resolutions and restrictions. Baghdad has chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles with ranges in excess of UN restrictions… and Baghdad has begun renewed production of chemical warfare agents, probably including mustard, sarin, cyclosarin, and VX,” …enabled the President to garner the support of many nations to invade Iraq.

In an NSA archive I found the comments made by Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post who said, “the fact that so much of the intelligence upon which Bush and everyone else relied turned out to be tragically, catastrophically wrong.” Then in another NSA listing we find that National Security Archive senior fellow John Prados that “The U.S. intelligence community buckled sooner in 2002 than previously reported to the Bush administration for data justifying an invasion of Iraq.”

When taken in reference to the current situation where it is basically the entire intelligence community and congress saying that President-elect Trump is wrong, I think hindsight with respect to the fact that our intelligence community was not only wrong but slanted information to suit outside influences, maybe we should at least for the moment take their words with a grain of salt.

President-elect Trump
could be totally wrong in his thinking
then again
our intelligence agencies lead
the US to war with Iraq
based on incorrect and influenced information.

Russian hacking dominating the news…. or is the media once again beating a dead horse?

January 6, 2017

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Calm down I am not saying any attempts at attacking our nations computer infrastructure is not of the highest import, but haven’t we seen the media acting like a wild dog tearing at a bone before? You can not turn on any network television, cable or internet newscast without seeing some grim faced talking head telling us it is akin to a declaration of war, because the Russians hacked computers in the United States.

However this old curmudgeon is wondering why someone chose this moment in time to make the Russians actions 24/7 front page news. After all it is not like we do not have entire departments within the intelligence agency doing exactly the same thing against Russia and other world governments. For years we have not only spied and hacked China, Iran and Russia but also our allies around the world. Yet other than a few days of the new media explaining why it is important that we did that spying those stories were buried.

Have we all forgotten the 2015 news headlines when the obama administration was spying on Germany and other nato nations? At that time we had documented proof of the spying courtesy of Edward Snowden’s stolen NSA files. The proof was undeniable and public, whereas with the current Russian hack for some reason is confidential and can not be shown to the public.

Sen. John McCain said, on December 30, 2016, that Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election amounted to an “act of war.” Yet the United States, China, Russia and Iran and other nations have been spying and hacking each other for decades, so does that mean a global state of war exists between all of these nations?

“When you attack a country, it’s an act of war,” McCain said, “And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay so that we can perhaps persuade Russians to stop this kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy.” Does this mean McCain expects the nations we are spying on to do the same to us?

I just find it odd that this point in time has been chosen to make a major issue of the spying by Russia, when they are merely doing what we have done for decades. Could this be an attempt by some to force the focus of the incoming Trump administration away from obliterating obama-care and his executive actions? I believe the current administration which still has some control over the media wants them to have the nation focus on an illusionary crisis thus making it harder from Trump to fulfill the promises he made during his campaign.

I guess I am still wearing that tin foil hat
because in this instance
I see the hand of a puppeteer
calling for
an act of war
when we ourselves are
equally guilty.

Is Donald Trump reading ‘Pete’s Alaska’ blog?

January 2, 2017
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From the look of this Tweet today

maybe the President elect

or one of his staffers read the December 31st post.

 

Jumping the ‘gun’….

December 31, 2016

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I apologize for the gallows humor in the title when writing about a subject a serious as firearms violence but considering the absurdity of the solutions put forward by community leaders and politicians my ‘jumping the gun’ title is tame.

With the dawn of a new year just ahead and before we have our first mass shooting in 2017 I thought I would reiterate the common sense fact that crazy people and criminals ‘do not obey any laws’. It is obvious that politicians do not understand this simple fact or else why would they continuously call for more and stricter gun laws immediately after any incidents involving assaults with firearms.

A prime example of this idiocy is the city of Chicago, where we have the strictest gun control laws in the nation, yet the cities murder rate is now more than NYC and LA combined, and just over the Christmas weekend eleven men were killed and 37 were wounded. With a total of 4,252 shooting victims so far in 2016 Chicago does not need more gun laws it needs stricter gun law enforcement.

 

Yet you can mark my words
there will soon be headlines after the next shootings
where some politician
is calling for new gun laws to protect his citizens.

Maybe with a new Attorney general
it will be time to cut the political correctness crap
and institute more stop and frisk searches..

God sometimes smiles… even on an old curmudgeon

December 29, 2016

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With their airplane’s disappearing in the high clouds over the DFW’s airport, and a sinking feeling in this old mans gut, my daughter and her daughter leave after what seems like much too short of a visit. It had been nine months since I left Alaska and said goodbye but it seems like years. Now its not like we saw each other every day when I lived up there but I knew when I needed it I could always drive to town and be bolstered by her company.

My daughters visit here was invigorating because I got to spend time with her every day, but not so much time I smothered her vacation from her 60hr a week job. I know I wanted her to be around for me but she also could use the break from the grind and headaches of managing a ‘frontier’ town nightclub and bar. Through the months when I spoke with her I don’t know where she drew the strength to keep working, but she had made me a proud father because of her accomplishments. Oh yeah and also a bit jealous because she is still living in a land touched by the hand of God.

It also marked the first time in four years that my granddaughter, her daughter, was also with us and a lot happened to her in those four years. From her graduation from collage to her first teaching job to her now working to attain her masters degree all accomplishments she can be proud of. Spending time with her and learning of her life and struggles to walk on her road of life was inspiring to me.

Then you add to the mix being with my son and his family at the same time and you have for this old man a very rewarding Christmas week. Well ok maybe getting up early every day was a bit much, but with my son and his wife taking on the job of hosting these wonderful girls the lions share of the work was done by them, and I greatly appreciate their efforts.

For now I will say a prayer of thanks

then sleep in so I will

once again awake refreshed

to hopefully compose

postings

worthy of your time.