Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Atlanta Activist Friend Recaps Handel Victory. Trump - Time To Act and Respond To N Korea, Putin, Iran etc.Planned Parenthood Spends on Aborted Campaign.

A very dear Atlanta friend, one who is politically active and informed, and a fellow memo reader sent me this e mail: "Local GOP got energized the last few weeks. I saw more grassroots work here than any recent election. I think partly due to a reaction to all the dough sent in for Ossoff ( $30 mil?) from out of state libs. People objected to that and it got them off their asses; lots of calls and door knocking.  And R money flowed in for Handel in the last few weeks….from Paul Ryan and other PACs.

Also….I think many in District 6, may have liked what Ossoff said…the platitudes in his ads………but since he had no experience or track record here, they weren’t sure what he really believed nor what he’d do if elected. No local business nor community experience…….and although Jewish, before the election he had little or no real ties to the Jewish Community nor pro Jewish/Israel organizations ( AIPAC, JNF, Israel Bonds, Friends of IDF, etc)…..Without a track record, it was easier to question his beliefs and to tie him to Pelosi and all her negative baggage.

We were at Handel’s Victory party last night…….I thought Karen said the right things…… was a solid speech.

Watched TV when we got home…….TV coverage was pretty typical……..most on CNN and MSNBC were shocked…you could see/hear the disappointment in their faces/voices. One exception: I was surprised by Brian Williams on MSNBC who was fair in his reporting as were some of his “experts” who reported from GA."

Democrats lost Tuesday but because they lost by less than in the previous election they considered this loss was a victory. I like their logic and hope they continue to think this way. Getting used to losing by less soothes the psyche.

Tomorrow the Republican Senate Committee will reveal their health care legislation and everyone is complaining that it was done in secret.  

That is the traditional way various committees work, then they debate what is presented on the floor.  So all of the dissatisfaction is more nonsense than anything else.

There will be plenty of time to debate the bill, to offer changes but have no doubt, the carping and obstruction will continue because politics is the art of duplicitous behaviour.

When I attended Tuesday's luncheon for Buddy Carter, he emphasized Congress has been doing its job by passing a lot of legislation. Domestically speaking, that is in keeping with our Democratic norms.

However, when it comes to foreign affairs, Putin and autocratic regimes are not deterred/impressed by legislation. They comprehend action.  It is high time for Trump to enforce legislation and sanctions and, if necessary, take military action against N Korea. Nothing we do legislatively will mean a damn thing to :Fat Boy." There comes a time when action speaks the loudest and that period passed during Obama's tenure. It is time for Trump to clean up the "mess" he inherited by taking action.
I am a devoted reader of "The Naval War College review." In the Summer 2017 edition, I found two articles of keen interest.

The first, written by Jeffrey Kline, entitled "Impacts of The Robotics Age On Naval Force Design, Effectiveness, and Acquisition." discusses the risk our current navy faces in continuing its historical control of the seas.

Our severely diminished fleet is structurally vulnerable to potentially successful challenges because we are too concentrated, according to the author, on costly platforms that cannot deliver the amount of fire power that might be needed. Kline argues, we need platforms that are less costly, where the missiles can be more rapidly altered to suit the circumstances.

The second article, by Greg Smith, entitled "Organization and Innovation" discusses the fact that the F-35 is likely the last manned fighter aircraft the Navy will buy and launch from carriers.  Subsequent  aircraft are likely to be technologically autonomous systems (UAS's.)  The time is now to prepare for this unfolding evolutionary circumstance.

(In today's Wall Street Journal, there is an entire section devoted to the future of driver-less automobiles and the fact that ownership will be a thing of the past.  This is something I have been discussing for months. Technology and driver-less cars are driving this prediction to become a reality.)  Much the same will drive future wars which are, more likely, to be fought by robots, unmanned tanks, planes etc. thus increasing the risks to the civilian population.)

In his latest book: "Flash Points: The Emerging Crisis in Europe," George Friedman, in discussing change, wrote:  " ...Europe will never change.  It will just act as if nothing happened."
Planned Parenthood supported an aborted campaign. (See 1 below.)
A little humor. (See 2 below.)
1) Planned Parenthood spent $734,000 in failed Georgia race

By Bradford Richardson - The Washington Times 

Jon Ossoff lost the House race in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District despite receiving nearly three-quarters of $1 million from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
With $734,000 in campaign contributions, the abortion giant was the second-biggest spender on the Democratic side of the ledger — only trailing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which poured $4.9 million into the race.
Mr. Ossoff raised a historic $23 million to try to pick off the seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Price, who was appointed to head the Department of Health and Human Services by President Trump.
But he lost to pro-life Republican Karen Handel by nearly 4 points.
Mr. Trump won Georgia’s 6th District by just 1.5 points in the general election, and Democrats saw the race as a referendum on the early months of the Trump presidency.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said it turned out to be a referendum on Planned Parenthood.
2)The Cynical Philosopher...
Just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year -- not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?

Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive.

 Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone? That's your common sense leaving your body.

Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.

You're not fat, you're just... easier to see.

 Denny’s has a slogan, “If it’s your birthday, the meal is on us” If you’re in Denny’s and it’s your birthday, your life sucks!

The pharmacist asked me my birth date again today. I’m pretty sure she’s going to get me something.

 The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.

I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.

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