Tuesday, September 18, 2018


The new power play

Useful Tool

I've had to change my mind about Trump's ability to control the press and the narrative.

On the Kavanaugh conflict, the Democrats believed the Kavanaugh accusation would play out differently, that Republicans would resist and obstruct, but Trump saw how they were playing and chose not "to play into their hands."

the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, might not appear at the scheduled hearing — "Kavanaugh’s Accuser Has Yet to Confirm Appearance at Monday Hearings" (NYT):
The mysterious silence from Dr. Blasey and her lawyers was another turn in a drama that has gripped the Capitol since Thursday....

Dr. Blasey, thrust suddenly into a spotlight that she never sought, has been inundated with vulgar email and social media messages, and even death threats.... Dr. Blasey, who has two teenagers, has moved out of her house, is arranging for private security for herself and her family, and is effectively in hiding, [an unnamed person close to her told the NYT]....
Note: another "unnamed person" as a source for the Times.

Now we learn that even Jeff Flake says if the accuser doesn't testify, he'll support moving forward to a vote.  When you've lost even Jeff Flake, you've lost.

Amazingly, once again, Trump has outplayed and out gamed the Democrats and their allies in the press.

The Polish President proposes establishing a new military base in Poland, and calling it Fort Trump.

So silly, but he's right.  A strong American military presence helps guarantee peace.  Sic vis Pacem, para bellum, you know.  Plus, It'll give us bargaining power with the Germans and our bases there.

In a joint press conference Tuesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced he wanted the United States to have a permanent base in Poland, which would be named Fort Trump.

This gave President Donald Trump a smile.

"I would like to invite you, Mr. President, to post more American troops in Poland," President Duda said through a translator. "The presence of the United States is a guarantor of security in our part of Europe."

"I am convinced this cooperation between Poland and the United States will go on smoothly," Duda told the crowd gathered. "I was smiling when talking to Mr. President, I said that I'd very much like for us to set up a permanent American base in Poland, which we would call Fort Trump, and I firmly believe that this is possi

Shave of the Day

Pull a well charred log out of the fireplace.  Wet it with the garden hose.  Then, sprinkle it liberally with cinnamon.   That's what this Nocturne smells like to me.

The lather and slickness were great.  But, I couldn't bring myself to use the matching aftershave, so instead I reached for the tried and proven Summer Break Teacher's Pet.  Now that's an apple scent one can enjoy!

The Rockwell R1 performed flawlessly, as usual.

Chamonix. Make that walk during a full on blizzard. Naked.


No, the float plane is out for service.  We can't go flying.

Angry freckles.

But the cigarette boat is running fine.  Grab your sunblock and let's go.

Happy freckles.

The Odd Couple

Cute. In a year, when it's grown up, it'll find him and maul him. Because it's a bear.

Well. Looks like the Russians shot down their own plane

Of course, it isn't their fault!  It's the Israelis, and the Syrian air defense.  Sounds like they've activated the Bart Simpson defense to avert blame for this mistake.

Now, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense is saying that Russia believes the attack was a set-up, with Israeli hoping to use the Russian plane as badly needed cover from Syrian air defenses. Since the Russian plane had much higher profile than the Israeli plane, the Syrian defense systems would naturally latch on to the Il-20. 
"The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile," the statement said.


1.  It's a war zone, with multiple actors.  Given that fact, would it not be prudent to provide your lumbering airplane with countermeasures?  Or alert your own ground defenses to its presence, so they don't target it?

2.  Even if the Israelis did use the plane as cover, wouldn't that also be an anticipated act during a war?  Again, countermeasures?

3.  As with the devastation of the Russian mercenary invasion of the "American" sector, and the earlier shoot down of their fighter plane by the Turks, is this not a mark of sloppy Russian war fighting?  Isn't it foreseeable that the Syrians, in a panic, will shoot everything in to the sky as soon as they can.  I mean, think of the way they act at weddings!  Now imagine that with missiles!