"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up."

Arthur Koestler 


I Apologize: John McCain calls for 10,000 US Ground Troops

I wish to publicly apologize for voting for McCain in 2008.

I have several comments after watching the video.

If the US attacks ISIS in Syria with ground troops then this is an act of war. This would require the approval of the US Congress, and because of the various treaties the US has signed, the approval of the UN. It seems unlikely that either will happen.

McCain's talk of dismembering countries as a criticism of Russia in Crimea was either extreme hypocrisy, blindness to the facts caused by ideology, or senility. The policies McCain advocates have resulted in the dismemberment of Libya, Iraq, and Syria.

Sure Russia, with the overwhelming consent of Crimean people, added Crimea to the Russian Federation. Even 50% of the Ukrainian military stationed there defected. No leader of the Russian Federation is going to allow its only warm water port to become a part of NATO. The rightness or the wrongness of this is not important. Only the naval bases matter. I am speaking geopolitically. Morally, if a region wishes independence or to switch countries it seems that it should be allowed--even if it is Scotland, Catalonia, or Texas.

We can see in the current downing of the Russian plane the idiocy of McCain's suggested no-fly zone. The brutal murder of one of the pilots from that plane by CIA-supplied "freedom fighters" shows that in that part of the world the differences between the various sides is small. The use of the U.S.-made SAMS by these same "moderates" to down the Russian helicopter involved in the rescue of the second pilot shows the dangers of being involved in the region.

Since this may sound like a rant, the next thing you might expect me to suggest is a solution. I have none, and actually think that the bad policy of the U.S. over the last 20 50 years has made these issues into an insolvable quagmire.

The current version of Babylon the Great that rules over us is showing its age.


"had to be pre planned"

Was the Turkish downing of the Russian SU-24 planned in  advance?

The video below discusses the downing of the Russian bomber. While the host cutting the General McInerney short was probably due to hard commercial breaks, I did find it of interest that the most damning part of the interview was cut short. McInerney was basically saying that the incident had to have been pre planned. Since we know that the Russians had provided the US with its flight plans, the Turkish F-16 may have been laying-in-wait for just such an opportunity. I have been considering this for several days and have been reluctant to conclude this was the case. 

I suggest that the words of an expert might be of interest. 


Here is how the Washington Blog described McInerney. 

McInerney served as:

  • Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) – the military agency responsible for protecting the United States and Canada from foreign jet attacks – for the Alaska region
  • Commander of the Alaskan Air Command
  • Commander of 11th Air Force in Alaska
  • Commander of the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Clark Air Base, Philippines
  • Commander of the 313th Air Division, Kadena Air Base, Japan
  • Commander of 3rd Air Force, Royal Air Force Station Mildenhall, England
  • Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force
  • A command pilot with more than 4,100 flying hours, including 407 combat missions

The Turkish government must think this will help them domestically, but it seems really dumb to me.



Week 7: Balloon Ball

A famous comic actor, W.C. Fields, once commented that when the urge to exercise hit him he would lie down until the feeling went away. I sympathize, and well, I tend to agree. Exercise is of the devil. But the apostle Paul commented on exercise in I Tim 4:8

Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.

While the focus of the passage is on exercising your spiritual muscles, note that Paul thinks that exercise is useful. I guess W.C. was wrong.

But I will not be suggesting a lot of exercise. Instead I will be suggesting that you move instead. While the difference between the two is subtle, I think the difference is significant.

Look at a typical American day. Up in the morning and watching TV while drinking coffee. Walk to the garage and then drive to work. You take the elevator to your floor. You sit in front of a computer screen most of the day. There is an occasional meeting. You sit for that. You drive home, going through the drive-through for dinner, you don't even get out of the car for that! You unwrap the burger and sip your cola in front of the TV. Later you lie down for sleep. This can't be healthy.

No, exercise is not of the devil, but sitting is, especially in front of the devil's eye.

Here is this week's homework, the benefits of exercise. 

See What Balloon Ball Can Do! So this brings me to the subject for this week's action, play balloon ball.

The equipment needed is a balloon and a lot of hot air. I have plenty of both. The goal is to keep the balloon off the floor as much as possible. We tend to be somewhat competitive, so my daughter and I often keep score. Hey, I do not like losing, even if it is Candyland. If you have a helium balloon that is losing its rise, so much the better.

There are various moves like the Jay Leno: you hit the balloon with your ... chin. Do not confuse this with the Jimmy Durante--no nose is involved. The Pelè involves hitting the balloon with your head. But you must jump up into the balloon for it to be a full Pelè.  The slam dunk involves hitting the balloon hard toward your "opponent." A knee move is a lot more difficult than you might think. You have to hit the balloon hard to get any altitude. Of course you can also use your foot. Tomorrow my daughter and I will play balloon soccer as the helium will be mostly gone. You get extra points if you dance while your opponent does their moves. Thus my daughter does the "shuffle off to Buffalo" as she is a tap dancer. Above all have fun. 

You can play alone, nor do you even need to be human. 

As fun as Balloon Ball is, my point is not solely that you should play balloon ball. It is that you need to move your body. Park your car farthest away from the door. Walk up the stairs. Bring your lunch to work and walk during your lunch time. When you take Fido out to do his business, do not do the bare minimum, instead be outside longer. Fido will appreciate it.

Action plan for this week. Play balloon ball. Have fun. Move your body.

Continue with the last few weeks' actions. Write down everything you eat, do not drink diet drinks. Avoid caloric beverages. And as I said last week, limit your calories!

Music to listen to while playing Balloon Ball.


Fake and Facebook Go Together

It really does not matter whether a conservative or liberal shares one of these posters on Facebook. The percentage of them that are fake is quite high. Here is the Facebook Putin, not the real one.

"To forgive the terrorists is up to God, to send them to him is up to me.” 

Such a nice quote, it sounds so Putin, or as I put it, it sounds like the Facebook Putin. This Putin must live with the Facebook Obama, the Obama born in Kenya. No doubt the Rothchilds own the home they live in. 

This is actually Denzel Washington in the movie Man on Fire

I would be thankful, as is proper today and does go along with another Facebook meme, if everyone just researched these posters, or not share them at all because Facebook is often a fact-free zone. Since Facebook is crowd-sourced, it is only as good as we make it. At least cat pictures are cute.  


How Are You Controlled? Century of the Self Part I

The video I share today is part one of an interesting BBC documentary that tells of the process by which we are controlled-The Century of the Self.  I first posted this over three years ago. Since I listened to it again, I thought that reposting this was important. This may be the most important documentary ever filmed. 


The first step in leaving Babylon the Great is learning about how we are being controlled. Only then can you avoid manipulation. I know that asking you to watch a 4 hour documentary is a lot to ask. But it is important. I will post one part each Tuesday until all have been posted. 

Here is part I: