North Korea

My normal region of focus is the Middle East…..I never studied other regions much at all….but since North Korea and the world are having a good shouting match I have decided my horizons.

The news these days is fascinating…..one day it is Russia….the next DACA…..the next North Korea….all this while two or three major conflicts are being fought daily with little notice.

As it is today we have two macho bullies showing who has the biggest penis.

North Korea in the last couple of years has exploded several large nuke weapons and fired off many missiles to show their resolve…..and of course as a retort the US has shown its cajones by threatening all sorts of retaliation.

Their latest missile firing has indicated that they are progressing well and has struck the fear of the spirits in Japan…..

President Trump on Wednesday followed up on his “all options are on the table” warning to North Korea by suggesting that negotiations are not one of those options. “The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years,” he tweeted. “Talking is not the answer!” It’s not clear what Trump means by “extortion money,” notes the New York Times. The new warning follows the North’s decision to fire a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time, and an analysis at 38 North sees a potentially “ominous” clue in the test results: The missile flew a relatively short distance of about 1,700 miles. It’s possible engineers deliberately shut down the engine early, but the distance (and reports of the missile breaking into three pieces) suggests a more troubling possibility: Pyongyang is testing something called a “post-boost vehicle” on the missile.

PBVs are standard on US and Russian ICBMs, explains Michael Elleman, because they not only provide an added boost for the payload (some kind of warhead), they also provide for more accuracy. If the North had tested the missile with a PBV, and the test failed, the distance traveled would make sense. If that’s the case, “it is another sign that Pyongyang is deadly serious about developing and fielding nuclear-tipped missiles capable of striking the US mainland, and critical US military bases in the Pacific Ocean,” writes Elleman, who thinks North Korea is a year or two away from posing a credible threat to the US. Meanwhile, the Navy shot down a medium-range ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii, reports NBC News. “We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves,” says a Pentagon official.

Of course the word coming out of the US is that any attempt to strike an ally would be shear suicide for NK.

But would it be suicide?  What would the US be willing to sacrifice?  LA?  Maybe Chicago?

“Are we really willing to risk Los Angeles or Chicago in retaliation for an attack on a US military base in the region? Probably not,” nuclear strategy specialist Vipin Narang tells the AP. And that’s exactly the calculation that gives North Korea a small shot at “winning” in a nuclear conflict, challenging the assumption that launching a nuclear weapon would be automatic suicide for the country. If North Korea feels threatened to the point of using a nuclear weapon, a first target would likely be a US military base in Japan; North Korea would then use its long-range nukes to threaten the US mainland and avoid a retaliatory strike. Experts say this is Kim Jong Un’s “theory of victory”—one that President Trump may be attempting to combat with an unsuccessful version of the “madman strategy.”

Trump said “all options are on the table.” This was, all things considered, a “measured” response from the president, according to the Atlantic. It was an official statement instead of a tweet, didn’t threaten “fire and fury,” and avoided calling Kim Jong Un a “wack job.”

While this situation is being mulled over by the “experts”……and then NK set off what is being called an “H-Bomb”……..(new twist)……

North Korea detonated a thermonuclear device Sunday in its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date, which it called a “perfect success” as its neighbors condemned it. Though the strength of the blast is undetermined, the artificial earthquake it caused was several times stronger than tremors generated by previous tests. It reportedly shook buildings in China and Russia. The test was carried out at 12:29pm local time at the Punggye-ri site where North Korea has conducted nearly all of its nuclear tests. Seoul put the magnitude at 5.7, while the USGS said it was 6.3. North Korea’s state-run television reported Sunday that Kim Jong Un attended a meeting of the ruling party’s presidium and signed the go-ahead order. Earlier in the day, the party’s newspaper printed photos of Kim examining what it said was a nuclear warhead being fitted onto the nose of an ICBM.

North Korea in July test-launched two ICBMs believed to be capable of reaching the mainland US, reports the AP; this is the North’s first nuclear test since President Trump assumed office. The North claimed the device was a thermonuclear weapon—commonly called an H-bomb. That could be hard to independently confirm. It said the underground test site did not leak radioactive materials, which would make such a determination even harder. The North claims the device was made domestically and has explosive power that can range from tens to hundreds of kilotons. Outside experts suggested the yield might be in that ballpark, though closer to the lower range. The bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a 15-kiloton yield. Kim, according to the state-run KCNA, claimed all components of the device were domestically produced, which he said means the North can make “as many as it wants.”

What does that mean?

In military planning “all options” are always on the table….matters not the region…all angles must be covered.

Trump’s world becomes a bit more dangerous with each passing Tweet.

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The Rogue Republic–Info Ink Book Review

I reside in the area that was once called Republic of West Florida….a fascinated study of the area and the time….a good read….pick it up!

In Saner Thought

The Rogue Republic by William C. Davis

Once again I must come clean with some bad habits…..a messy desk…..I bought this book several months ago and lost it in the clutter that is my life…..I have been doing massive amounts of research for a couple of posts that are in the works…I decided to clean my mess and found the book I forgot I had gotten several months ago……

I live in the area that this book is written about and a period of time that I find very interesting…..the period just after the Constitution battle and just before the War of 1812……

The year is 1810 and for a short shining moment in history my area was a free and independent republic….the Republic of West Florida……Mr. Davis made the players seem personal as if you knew them intimately…..the Kempers, Callers, the Spanish authorities, the Territorial authorities and even the…

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Buy And Shop Locally

We have all seen the ads on the tube where local business leaders stand around and tell you that it is your duty to help the local economy during this time of crisis by shopping and buying locally.

But where is the incentive for the consumer to do so?  They will go where they save a buck, not because some overpaid spokesperson is saying to to so.

Recently I read an article about the use of BerkShares, a currency printed by some local people in the Massachusetts area.

BerkShares are a local currency for the Berkshire region. Dubbed a “great economic experiment” by the New York Times, BerkShares are a tool for community empowerment, enabling merchants and consumers to plant the seeds for an alternative economic future for their communities. Launched in the fall of 2006, BerkShares had a robust initiation, with over one million BerkShares having been circulated in the first nine months and over two million to date. Currently, more than three hundred and fifty businesses have signed up to accept the currency. Five different banks have partnered with BerkShares, with a total of twelve branch offices now serving as exchange stations. For BerkShares, this is only the beginning. Future plans could involve BerkShare checking accounts, electronic transfer of funds, ATM machines, and even a loan program to facilitate the creation of new, local businesses manufacturing more of the goods that are used locally.
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This is a better idea that needs exploring  if these people are serious about shoppinmg and spending locally.  This concept fulfills all the criteria of shopping locally and helping the establishments.

The problem is that Mississippi is never serious about the local thing….local business do not pay the political bills and buy few friends, real friends.  Coastians need to give with their local reps and force these people to do something for the Coast and its  people and businesses.

I am afraid that my writing is falling on blind eyes….but that is not unusual.

Teacher/Student Sex Scandal–The UpDate

North Gulfport 7th and 8th Grade teacher Catryna L. Martin has been arrested on charges accusing her of sex crimes against a former student she’d apparently been tutoring at her home.  Martin is accused of having a sexual relationship with the girl while she was at her teacher’s home for tutoring. Harrison County Justice Court Judge set Martin’s bond at $1 million.

There seems to be an epidemic of such situations in the US lately…these teachers, people in positions of trust, are violating much more than a simple case of trust…they are sexual predators.  What can the state do to try and curb such behavior from our educators?

The state has a bill, HB 1196, which would strengthen the case against such violations.

HB 1196 states:

AN ACT TO REQUIRE SUPERINTENDENTS OF ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL DISTRICT OR THEIR DESIGNEE TO REPORT ALL INSTANCES OF EDUCATOR MISCONDUCT AND UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY TO THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; TO PROVIDE THE GROUNDS REQUIRED FOR REPORTING THE MISCONDUCT; TO IMPOSE THE TIME REQUIRED FOR SUBMITTING THOSE REPORTS TO THE DEPARTMENT; TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LIABILITY TO SUPERINTENDENTS OR THEIR DESIGNEE FILING A REPORT WITH THE DEPARTMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 97-5-24, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THE PRINCIPAL AND SUPERINTENDENT TO REPORT EMPLOYEES HAVING A POSITION OF AUTHORITY OR SPECIAL TRUST ACCUSED OF HAVING SEXUAL INVOLVEMENT WITH A MINOR CHILD ENROLLED IN THE DISTRICT TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY WITH JURISDICTION AND TO THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; TO AMEND SECTION 97-29-3, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ENGAGING IN SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ONE WITH THE OTHER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

This would help the state track any and all violations from ANY teacher that had committed any such offense.  It would have kept the entire state and its different school systems safer from sexual predators.

But if you have noticed….I have been using the past ense…and I would bet you like to knoe why…..that one is really simple…..HB 1196 died in committee on 12 Feb 09 and Martin was arrested a day or so later.  Will there be a motion to reconsider?

This is where there is a break down in the legislative system…they have plenty of time patting people on the back and naming bridges and highways…but real import issues somehow just cannot make it through the system.

Think about their track records, not their bill introductions, but rather what did they actually accomplish; when they ask for your vote the next election…….personally I would vote for my dog before any of the ones that hold office at this time…at least she could do no worse than them.

She Would Have My Support

Fans of porn star Stormy Daniels are drafting her to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana now held by Republican Sen. David Vitter. And it’s no racy gimmick, they say.

The Draft Stormy Web site says that “2010 presents the Pelican State with the opportunity to start with a clean slate — to elect a representative that we can be proud of, who will work tirelessly, and who will challenge the status quo. We at the Draft Stormy campaign feel that Baton Rouge native Stormy Daniels is best suited to fulfill these duties.”

Vitter is famous — or infamous — for his link to the “D.C. Madam,” the woman who ran a prostitution ring. Elected to the Senate in 2004, he admitted to “a very serious sin in my past” in July 2007 after his phone number turned up in records of an escort service run by the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the D.C. Madam.

Running for re-election, Vitter said his wife has forgiven him and is banking on the same sentiment from his constituents. Will the Draft Stormy move mean stormy weather for Vitter?

She said she’s planning a “listening tour” around Louisiana to talk about a range of matters, including the economy — which along with women in business and protection of children are the three issues listed on her Web site. When told Vitter can be a tough opponent, she said she’s “always up for a good fight.”

We never have this in Mississippi,  too tight ass.  We have guys who are Dems that vote Repub, we have those we are not sure of what the stand for and we have had racist, etc.  I would support her simply because she could not do any worse than the guys in there now.  Her negotiating skills would be legendary.

Abortion

Have you ever noticed, that the women that are against abortion, you would not want to have sex with them anyway? And why is it that when the child is in the womb it is of paramount concern, but not so much once it is born? Explain that!