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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Russia to Move More Missiles to Ukraine - Send in the Drones

Reports like the one below say that it is imminent that Russia will send more deadly anti-aircraft missiles into eastern Ukraine, openly enlarging the pro-Russian war that has had bodies falling through peoples' roofs. 

They will be given to same pro-Russians who claimed NOT to have BUK missile launchers to shoot down Malaysia MH 17 and kill nearly 300 people. The same people who then shot down two Ukraine fighters a week later -- using the same type of system! They are bad liars and really don't care that you know it.

These sour men with extreme weapons are doing Mr. Putin's bidding in the Ukraine, a sovereign nation. Ukraine has already lost the Crimea to Mr Putin's hungry Russian bear. Have you forgotten that already?

If I were Obama's adviser I would recommend that we give Ukraine DRONES with hellfire missiles to knock out these weapons as they come over the border into Ukraine from Russia. They DO pose a threat to civilian airliners etc.   THAT would finally send Putin a message he can understand. You can talk all you want and do only so much with sanctions. Putin needs to lose some hardware to understand -- this is something that needs to STOP. Putin is even authorizing artillery fire into Ukraine from Russia!

We do NOT need U.S. troops there. There is no need to repeat the mistake of going into countries with U.S. troops and doing the fighting for them instead of training the local Afghans and Iraqis to do the fighting for their own country.

Putin continues to fuel this war by Russia against Ukraine. On top of that elements in our Congress are helping Putin by not backing the President in an effort to support democracy against men who would steal a nation or two, or three.

Did you know that Putin will not even eat a meal in any country he travels to? It's all brought in from Mother Russia. Uses only land lines from the Soviet days. In short, Putin is "Paranoid KGB" to the max. He continues to miscalculate and then doubles down when his efforts fail.

He needs a united message from Europe that it is time to stop his gangs in the Ukraine and become a constructive partner in the global economy instead of an isolated pariah. If not, then Europe needs to know its neck is on the line and they need to do back up Obama and reign in the Russian bear before more countries become dinner - or more civilian airliners are shot down.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/25/ukraine-crisis-rockets-usa-idINL2N0Q01FA20140725

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Trillion Dollar Waste - Time to Scrap the F 35 - It's a One Legged 300 pounder in a Marathon

It's one of the biggest blunders in Pentagon history - a new fighter that is on track to cost over $1 Trillion dollars, has killed pilots and failed a war game test with China as the adversary.  I quote:

"The F-35 “is a dog … overweight and underpowered,” according to Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Project on Government Oversight in Washington.
In 2008, two analysts at the RAND Corporation, a California think-tank that works closely with the military, programmed a computer simulation to test out the F-35′s fighting ability in a hypothetical air war with China. The results were startling.

'“The F-35 is double-inferior,” John Stillion and Harold Scott Perdue concluded in their written summary of the war game, later leaked to the press. The new plane “can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run,” they warned.
Handout photo of workers on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 JSF at Lockheed Martin Corp's factory located in Fort Worth, Texas
Yet the F-35 is on track to become by far the military’s most numerous warplane. It was designed to replace almost all current fighters..."

So WHY has Congress allowed this White Elephant to become our next generation of fighters? The fatal flaw, according to engineers, was when they decided to use one engine instead of two.  It's 35 tons of aircraft and the single engine can't manage it.

The F-35 is like a 300 pound person running one leg in a Marathon.  Congress needs to cancel the program. We are building a trillion dollar failure doomed to be shot out of the sky. What we had was better than the F-35.  They made a fatal error in design that can't be fixed.

What we need are innovation companies like SpaceX building fighters instead of the Pentagon.Or maybe get them from the European Joint Fighter program until our guys can get their act together.

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International Investigators are Being Harassed at Crash Site by Pro-Russian Separatists

The pro-Russian scum won't even let the international investigators do their business at the crash site - and are probably trying to hide evidence.

The families can't even get the bodies recovered by these amateur criminals who murdered these people and have every reason to keep the world from getting the truth.

Putin needs to pull the plug on these jerks since he is their puppet master...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/credible-probe-sought-in-downing-of-malaysian-jet/2014/07/18/17030dcc-0ef9-11e4-b0dd-edc009ac1f9d_story.html

Friday, July 18, 2014

Proof it was Russian Missiles - Fired by Putin's separatists in Ukraine

"We have just shot down a plane," says a man the SBU identified as Igor Bezler, a Russian military intelligence officer and leading commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. 

The Russians did not do the shoot down of Malaysia Flight 17 over eastern Ukrane yesterday -- it was the pro-Russian separatists who did the shooting.

Russians provided the missiles.

The radio transcripts prove it - a bunch of trigger happy Russian Bubbas who could not tell an airliner from a fighter.

Major: "These are Chernukhin folks who shot down the plane. From the Chernukhin check point. Those cossacks who are based in Chernukhino."
Grek: "Yes, Major."
Major: "The plane fell apart in the air. In the area of Petropavlovskaya mine. The first '200' [code word for dead person]. We have found the first '200.' A Civilian."
Greek: "Well, what do you have there?"
Major: "In short, it was 100 percent a passenger [civilian] aircraft."
Greek: "Are many people there?"
Major: "Holy [expletive]! The debris fell right into the yards [of homes]."

Who did the Ukrainian pro-Russian separatists call after the debris fell? A RUSSIAN military intelligence officer. It struck me as a cold conversation, especially if you were one who had family on that flight.

I say that as someone who has been providing Terrorism Analysis on TV and otherwise since 9 11 and before, as documented at the link.

If it had been a Ukraine transport full of troops --as it was earlier this week--no one in the world would have given a second thought.

Putin has been allowing this to happen by allowing the weapons to cross into Ukraine. He didn't expect his allies to be so STUPID --they thought they were shooting down a Ukraine military plane with troops.

Now the world is rightly awake about Putin's snake-like game to destabilize Ukraine, and  Ukraine will get the attention it deserves.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Americas' Growing Militia Problem - More Dangerous than Iraqs

We have a growing Militia problem in the U.S. that could make us like IRAQ - or worse.

Instead of relying on our US Border Patrol --and countless county constables, sheriffs, etc.-- these gun crazed vigilantes are driving to the border to point guns at women and little kids with a message: "Get back across the border!"

Never mind the kid is 5 and has nothing to survive a thousand mile trek back to Central America...

That's what we have National Guard and border forces for. Do citizens in cities get to play police? No, for good reason. 
We need Congress to STOP these vigilantes from patrolling the border! They have no business there any more than they had the right to threaten federal officers trying to get Cliven Bundy to honor his unpaid grazing fees. In the above case the vigilante was pointing a gun at the border agents.
 
"Cowboy justice" fueled by crazy wing-nut talk on radio, TV and blogs has fed a new monster that theatens us more than ISIS in Iraq -- American Vigilantes wanting to be "the law"  -- or ignoring it completely. Members of the "Sovereign Citizen" movement don't believe police have any authority, so they shoot at the cops when they are stopped. That is crazy, un-American and criminal.


If we need more border security forces, Congress could FUND it--instead of giving profitable billion dollar corporations like oil companies $21 billion dollar tax free holidays. Over $2 TRILLION in untaxed corporate profits sit in countries around the world. We have money available to address these issues if Congress quit letting corporations have a free ride. Having unlicensed, unhinged civilians walking around confronting people at the border with assault weapons is a BAD idea that no one in their right mind can condone.

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 I have been to the border. I have been to Honduras where many of these kids are coming from. Go to San Pedro Sula, Honduras for yourself and see the conditions for yourself -- if you dare.  These kids are refugees from certain death. Unless we help address the drug gangs creating this nightmare, it won't end.

Congress could help solve that problem too. But in the meantime, our own militias pose a greater danger than any halfway around the world in the Middle East - because they are HERE.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

To Stop the Refugees Stop the Root Cause of the Problem - Which isn't the Border


I have been to Honduras, now the murder capital of the world. It is one of just three countries in Central America where extraordinary levels of violence from gangs ruling the streets stalks these desperate women and children. Unlike the economic illegals coming from countries like Mexico, these refugees are running for their lives instead of coming here for work.

That is a huge difference.  They seek only safety from the murderous gangs walking past their homes in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador--the only three countries in the Americas with this problem. That should be your first clue for a solution. Why have these three countries run off the rails, and not the rest?

Has it occurred to people that the issues we are dealing with everyday are GLOBAL issues --from Iraq to Honduras refugees? The problems originate outside of our borders. That means solving it requires global knowledge and a solution beyond our border. To stop the refugees we have to stop the ROOT cause of the problem - which isn't the Border!

Look at this map - and how far the women and children have to go, most of it through Mexico.

How many in Congress have actually been in Central America and have a clue what is happening there?

I was sent on my first overseas trip to Nicaragua --right before its leader (Somoza) was deposed and President Reagan fired up the Contra war. I saw it unfolding and the attempts to suck us in (that journey is one of many strange travels that unfold in "Better Times Ahead April Fool" my Ebook.) I have been to Belize, which is also getting refugees from Honduras.

Have you seen any Congress member Propose a REAL SOLUTION? Denying entry into the U.S. or sending these refugees back to their home country guarantees death. That is not a "real" solution; it is certainly not a human one.

We aren't hearing any real solutions from Congress because they don't live in the real world and don't have any.  I have worked in over 50 countries to date in a world of 200. International travel gives you insights, insights I would not have if I had stayed on a farm in Iowa.

"Closing the border" to little kids isn't humanitarian and won't fix the real problem until the violence in Honduras is addressed and stopped. That violence is sending these waves of women and children our way.  Government failure in those three countries is allowing this. Why can't they operate like surrounding countries?

Until that issue is addressed by the government of Honduras and El Salvador and our State Department we will continue to face the inhuman prospect of sending these terrified vulnerable people back to certain death -- or keeping all of them in the U.S.

To "fix" it we must get these countries to address the reason the women and children are coming here in the first place - fear for their safety back home.

As an entrepreneur in America and across the planet if I didn't have a solution to whatever problems came up (and they always do) I was screwed. I had to invent a solution, while keeping my wits, remaining calm and focused. Our Congress needs to learn how to do that.  It does require creative thinking, and action, which may be the problem.

Many in Congress focus totally on sending these women and children back to cities of death and despair.  None have addressed "fixing" the source problem - the violent gangs controlling and killing their kids in Honduras. The same gangs are running amok in Guatemala and El Salvador where the other refugees are coming from.

If you want to see what I saw in Honduras, and the Middle East, its in "Better Times Ahead April Fool"

Its true stories (think international Tom Sawyer, Indiana Jones) include:
  • What it was like working inside the bizarre Dick Cheney's Halliburton sister company, Brown & Root (first job I had)
  • Taking Texas entrepreneurs to Nigeria for an oil deal that involve witchcraft
and "juju" sticks
  • Being the legal negotiator in Syria for a Texas mom whose 12 year old daughter was taken to the Mideast without her consent
  • Dodging international fraudsters in Amsterdam and Brussels in Europe via "Some Like it Hot"
  • Being kidnapped in East Texas after an emergency landing an aircraft I was flying due to an electrical failure. It saved my life
  • Running as the underdog against the most powerful Congressman of his day, Tom DeLay, and Living to Tell. Now I know what needs to be done to fix the system.
  • Running a Blockage of French Roads to Get a Texas Entrepreneur to EuroDisney in Paris when all the roads were blocked by farmers...
And much more...

 "Better Times Ahead April Fool"
(title comes from a sign I once saw in India at 2 a.m. in a wild taxi ride to the airport that still fits to this day).

Friday, July 4, 2014

What Makes America Special - Agenda for American Greatness 2014 update



“Agenda for American Greatness” - 2014 Update
The Short Version

Women’s Rights.  An old Chinese Proverb says’ “Women Hold Up Half the Sky.” Frankly, they hold up half of the World. Without them, none of us would be here. They deserve EQUALITY and RESPECT as a Basic Human Right. ALL humans deserve the same treatment of equality and respect. It is the lack of respect that leads to rage, murder, injustice, war and a troubled world.

Gay Rights, Marriage Equality – The American Constitution declares “All Men are created equal.”  That is as CLEAR as it gets. It’s what has made America special – that each American is equal, whether rich or poor, man or woman, black or white. 

Being gay is not a choice any more than being Hispanic or a woman is a choice. Gays deserve to be RESPECTED and have the same equal rights as others, such as the right to marry and transfer property to a spouse.  Why should just straight people have the joys of marriage and the sorrow of divorce and property settlements?  It would even boost the economy! Think of the potential from wedding cakes to divorce lawyers!

America MUST continue to Set a Global Standard of Tolerance, Equality and Mutual Respect.

Corporations as “People” with “Religious” views that Violate America’s “Equality for All” principle and the 1st Amendment (against the establishment of a state religion).  America is in big trouble when multi-billion dollar corporations can suddenly be a “person” who can donate billions to elect our Congress – while they insure that same Congress lets them move jobs overseas with tax credits and not pay taxes at all. Now, the Supreme Court has given corporations the power to discriminate on the basis of religion.  

What religion doesn’t discriminate against women? Women are not allowed to be priests.  The orthodox Jews force women to segregate themselves and walk on only a certain side of the street. Now American corporation can deny women contraceptives while the corporation like Hobby Lobby itself invests in contraception companies!

Why Obamacare is No Big Deal in a World of Single Payers. How the GOP has been wrong on Social Security, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act – and anything else that makes sense for ordinary Americans.  Case closed.

Since when is denying people health insurance “pro life?” Every other country in the world provides healthcare – even Mexico!  Until Obamacare, insurance companies acted as “death panels” by denying coverage if you had a pre-existing condition or had a big claim. Who wants to go back to that dark age?

U.S. – 1 of 3 (of 200 countries in the world) with zero PAID maternity leave. Yep, the United States of America, the greatest of all nations, is about the only country in the world that does NOT provide PAID maternity leave for mothers.  Qatar is with us. Doesn’t that sound impressive? Congress fails again.

Guns in America – How Idiots with Guns at the Coffee shop are making us look like the Third World countries I’ve traveled in –unsafe.  Will the Return to Dodge City with Assault Weapons really be a Step UP for America?

No. It makes us look insecure and unsafe. One of the nice things about traveling –after seeing people with sub-machine guns on the side of the road—was getting back to good old America, where no one walks around slinging a gun to go to Kmart or Target.  I enjoyed the safe environment we have--until these morons carrying assault weapons started massing in public areas. Guys with large weapons into our stores makes me feel like I am back in Bolivia or Nigeria. No thanks. Open carry didn't work in old Dodge City, and they only had six shooters.

The Supreme Court Has Gone Rogue! How old white, Catholic, Republican men on the court are SHREDDING our Constitution and the bedrock American Principle of Equality and Equal Justice Under the Law.

Until this Supreme Court, corporations used to win about 50% of the cases. That seems fair. Corporations now win 80% of the cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and WOMEN are losing 100% under this radical court of old men. In Texas, corporations win almost 100% of the time!

A Congress of Saboteurs – Politics over people and jobs.  How Congress Reps Can Wreck the Economy Under Bush, Then Blockade Reforms under the New President to hurt the economy – Why?

So they can convince average Americans that Obama is causing the problem, so the people then vote for the same people who got us into this mess!  It's all about the GOP “wining” the Senate/House, NOT about making America No. 1 in the world.  In other words, it pays for them to SABOTAGE our economy because Joe America --who doesn’t follow the news-- blames the economy on the black President instead of the Grumpy Old (White) People who put politics over America’s future and ordinary people.

Education – Common core was done by GOVERNORS, not the feds. It's purpose was to find a way we could upgrade American education and measure results, which is critical when other countries are passing us by in education. We need a national educational standard when our kids are Below Average in the World. duh! Proof:  Most of today’s engineers and scientists are CHINESE or INDIAN, not American. Need I say more? Get your kid off Candy Crush and into the books. Or else we are DONE as a country that leads the world.
Space Race: Why China Will Kick Out Butt in Space While Congress Sleeps and Screws our Future as a Global Leader in Technology. The Chinese will have a Brand NEW Space Station in 2020 when our ISS space station is due to be dumped into the ocean. We have no replacement. Way to go Congress. China 1. U.S. 0 in space in 2020.

The Texas (population) model of diversity is coming sooner than you think. Within 20 years EVERYONE in the U.S. will be a minority. In Houston we are already there. It WORKS. It means that equality for all will mean even more to ordinary people in the future, so you better practice it NOW. People remember when you try to rig the results because you can. Since I have been in over 50 countries, it is normal for me to deal with many different people. It's documented in "Better Times Ahead April Fool."

Iraq and American religious extremism are both parts of the same problem – The rise of Religious Extremism and Intolerance all ALL sides.

Jewish, Muslim, Christian—even Buddhist-- extremism is on the RISE GLOBALLY. In short, more people have become more intolerant and shill -- they need to get out of everyone else’s face! Stop pushing your ideology on everyone else.

If your beliefs are that good, people will come without a sales pitch or a gun in their face.  I frankly find it ironic that people label themselves Sunni or Shiite or Protestant or Catholic for this reason. Can you tell the difference by looking at them? I can't. Even the ISIS fanatics have to question people to see if they are Sunni or not. They come in all colors too.

Don’t forget, when Christianity was the same age as Islam is now (about 1400 years old) Christians were burning people at the stake and going off on “Crusades” to kill Muslims at great loss of live over religion versus religion. That was Christians being the terrorists against the Muslims. In other words, no one is without a plank in their eye when it comes to being “holier than thou.”

If you want to see the original chapter “Agenda for American Greatness” – how we got into this mess and how we get out, check it out at the website:
www.BetterTimesAheadApril.com

It is a true story that will time wrap you over decades around the world, to see the startling changes and challenges we face - and how to win this century.