Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Russia can conquer Latvia and Estonia in 3 days

Freedom Monument,
Riga, Latvia
A weaker American military means a weaker NATO.

And it means a more dangerous world, thanks to President Obama.

From The Week:
NATO has no way of stopping a Russian conventional invasion of Estonia and Latvia short of nuclear war, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

That's not surprising in itself. Russia has one of the world's most powerful militaries, and can field vast armies compared to the Baltic states with their small populations. Not only are the Baltic armies small, but NATO reinforcements would be slow coming in the early hours of a conflict, allowing Moscow to quickly bypass or destroy the alliance's defenses.

What is surprising, or at least not discussed enough, is how quickly Russia would steamroll the Baltic states — and that has the study's authors David Shlapak and Michael Johnson worried.

The study relies on a series of tabletop war simulations of a surprise Russian ground invasion directed at the capitals of Estonia and Latvia. U.S. military officers and RAND analysts played the role of the combatants. They found Russian forces will have "eliminated" NATO resistance and be "at the gates of or actually entering Riga, Tallinn, or both between 36 and 60 hours after the start of hostilities."
Four years ago Barack Obama mocked Mitt Romney for calling Russia a geo-political threat.

Bacteria fears were behind leaving anti-corrosives out of Flint water supply

There is other news tonight besides the New Hampshire primary and this story about the Flint water debacle is significant.

And it may--although I won't bet a dime on it--tone down the conspiratorial histrionics of blabbermouths like Davison, Michigan native Michael Moore.

From the Detroit Free Press:
Flint's former public works director said officials decided to hold off on adding corrosion-control chemicals when treating water from the Flint River because they were worried that doing so would increase the amount of bacteria in the city's drinking water.

The disastrous decision not to add corrosion-control chemicals is cited by experts as the major reason corrosive water from the Flint River was able to eat into pipes, joints and fixtures, sending lead into the drinking water and poisoning an unknown number of Flint children and other residents.

Why corrosion controls were not added has been one of the great mysteries of the crisis that has resulted in state and federal emergency declarations and the use of the Michigan National Guard to help distribute bottled water and filters to take the lead out of tap water.

Howard Croft, who at the time was Flint's public works director, said in a Sept. 3, 2015, e-mail that when officials were upgrading the Flint water plant to treat Flint River water starting in April 2014, "optimization for lead was addressed and discussed with the engineering firm and with the (Michigan) DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality)."
Related post:

Michael Moore says Flint water crisis is intentional

Trump, socialist Democrat win NH Primary

New Hampshire's electorate is schizophrenic. In today's primary real estate mogul Donald Trump won the Republican contest whereas on the Democratic side, an openly socialist candidate, Bernie Sanders, prevailed over Hillary Clinton.

Notice I said openly socialist

After eight years of Obama malaise Americans will not vote for even more government. 

On the flipside, Hillary Clinton is in a lot of trouble. It's not just regional ties that drove voters to Vermonter Sanders. In 1980 New Hampshire passed on Ted Kennedy on Massachusetts and went with Jimmy Carter in that year's primary. 

Ten-point buck in Des Plaines, Illinois

Take a look--you can's see all of the points, but pictured here is a ten-point buck that I photographed in Des Plaines, Illinois' Campground Road Woods.

(Video) Clinton's fired '08 campaign mgr: Staff shake up story demoralizing, "not good," bad timing

Patty Solis Doyle, the campaign manager Hillary Rodham Clinton fired in 2008, spoke on CNN this morning where she responded to reports that HRC is planning staff changes, which of course means pink slips. She told CNN that these reports are "not good" and the timing is bad.

The real problem, as it was in 2008, is the person those staffers are working for. I mean, how many excuses from Clinton do they expect us to believe?

ILL-inois crony capitalism failure: Sears to speed up store closings

Hoffman Estates, home
of Sears
After Illinois' inept governor, Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn, signed in a massive income tax hike in 2011, Sears asked for a tax break and got one.

How is that working out?

From USA Today:
Sears will accelerate planned store closures and continue to purge other assets to keep its business turnaround afloat after reporting Tuesday that the holiday season will fall short of expectations.

Sears expects sales to come to $7.3 billion for the quarter ended Jan. 30, compared with $8.0 billion in the year-ago quarter and below analyst estimates for $7.4 billion, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Sears reports fourth-quarter and full-year results on Feb. 25.

Sears estimates sales at stores open at least a year, a key measure for retailers, fell 7.1% in the quarter at Sears and Kmart U.S. stores as the company's apparel business dragged down store performance. The company attributed its weak showing to unseasonably warm weather and "intense competition."
Warm weather? Puh-leaze! So Sears bought too many sweaters. I'm sure Walmart did too. Sheesh.

Related post:

ILL-inois: Sears suffers 20th consecutive losing quarter

Monday, February 08, 2016

Recall petition approved for Michigan's GOP governor

Michigan flag on the left
Amazingly, the petition approved has nothing to do with the Flint Water crisis.

From MLive:
A petition to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was approved by the Board of State Canvassers Monday after more than 100 citizens attended the meeting in anger over the Flint water crisis.

The petition approved aims to recall Snyder for creating the State School Reform/Redesign Office. Another nine petitions more directly related to the Flint water crisis were rejected.
The board has considered around a dozen such attempts to recall Gov. Rick Snyder since November of 2015, but has rejected each attempt before today's meeting. On Monday the board rejected nine of ten petitions for reasons ranging from misspellings to the misstatement of a law's title.

Rev. David Alexander Bullock of Detroit submitted two of the petitions with misspellings. He argued the meaning was still discernible.
The misspellings to me are an exclamation point proving the failings of Michigan's unionized schools.

The petitioners now have 60 days within a six-month window to gather nearly 800,000 valid signatures in order to put a Snyder recall vote on the ballot.

My guess is that leftists will equate this strange recall effort over some arcane interpretation of the law to Al Capone's conviction for income tax invasion instead of racketeering.

Democrats have a socialism problem

Will millions of Democrats stay home in November if their candidate isn't the nominee?

From the Oklahoman:
For months, political prognosticators have warned that Republican voters who support Donald Trump may sit out the general election if he isn't the GOP nominee because they view the other
candidates as sell-outs.

Now it seems Democrats could face the same problem. This became apparent during the Iowa caucuses, which Hillary Clinton won by the narrowest of margins. When her victory speech was played on live TV at the watch party of her opponent, avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, his supporters' disdain was undeniable.

As Clinton declared, "I am a progressive," the Sanders crowd erupted in booing and began to chant, “She's a liar.”

The problem for Democrats is that many members of the party's activist base now view anyone who isn't a socialist as a corporate sell-out.

Chiraq: 2 dead at at least 23 wounded over weekend

Abandoned Englewood home
Last night's Super Bowl did little to cool the anger in Chicago. Two people were murdered and at least 23 others were wounded in shootings all over the city. In Englewood one man and three teens were wounded in one shooting--although none fatally.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Marco Rubio: "Carthago delenda est!"

Last night, as I reported earlier, was a rough one for Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. In an exchange with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Rubio kept repeating one of this previously used talking points that Obama has succeeded in what he set out to do--in my words, push the American government to the left.

The Florida senator looked like an old push-string doll repeating the same phrase. If you're a Rubio supporter, it was painful to watch.

The pathetic spectacle reminded me--a bit--of Roman historian and politician Cato the Elder, who always ended a Senate speech with, "Carthago delenda est," meaning "Carthage must be destroyed," even if his address had nothing to do with Rome's longtime enemy on the other side of the Mediterranean.

But don't get too excited, Rubio fans--Cato the Elder would only repeat his stock phrase once a speech.