Saturday, 31 December 2016

So Much Swirl - My Head is Spinning.... The Russians Are Coming !!!!

     All this matter about the Russians meddling in the American political processes, as if (a) were true, and then if true, (b) it had a ruinous effect upon the outcome of the elections immediately past are truly a very minor tempest in a faux and tiny tea-pot.  The Russians meddle in everything.  Very few Russians are born with souls, and those so delivered by the stork seldom use their souls.
     Any group of people who, in their majority, could clamour for a return to Stalin's time need to be disregarded except for the need to always be prepared for some senseless aggression.  Actually, it seems as though the Russians are caught in a downward spiral that doesn't even work very well.  With a declining population and a sometimes sober Army and Air Force, the population of 200 million can eke out a 1.325 trillion dollar annual economy.

     Those figures might impress Democrats in America, but when it is considered that Mexico has essentially the same Gross National Product, but with a total population of 120 can easily surmise that Russia does little or nothing for the seven months of the year that the country is generally frozen.  Novisibursk, Siberia....the administrative capital....declares that they have to do the census in August because it is the only time they can determine if the drunks normally covered up with snow and mud in the streets (there are no gutters) are alive or dead is in the Summertime.

     Even without the assistance of being a communist government dedicated to in the 1,000,000 military personnel they lost during the siege of Berlin in 1945....the Romanoffs managed to lose their entire fleet of warships (40 cruiser and destroyer class ships) and 70% of their officers and 65% of their enlisted (including conscripts) personnel in the Army.   The Japanese simply destroyed the Russians in about one year.   It is worth noting that the unspoken Roosevelt Understanding was taken seriously by the Crown in Tokyo when the Peace Accord was signed and sealed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
     Japan, although victorious, had also been exhausted of its military and industrial capacity.   But, they had gained the impression from the Americans that it would be understandable should the superior group in the region, the Japanese would be better prepared to take care of the lands and peoples of the Western Pacific, Southeast Asia, and China. Those populations also needed to be disciplined, shepherded, and protected from themselves.     To the enlightened Progressives such as Theodore Roosevelt and later Woodrow Wilson and later Franklin Roosevelt it seemed reasonable to deign that distant part of the Earth to rule by those best qualified to rule it.   Of course, as in all the acts and plans of the Progressives, their notions were folly.

     And while all of this was going on, Russia was succumbing to a half-century of horror that would make the Romanoffs appear to be sympathetic characters in the theatre of history.   And, by comparison, they truly were.

     All of this is neither here nor there in the matter (or non-matter) of Russian "meddling" in the election that caused the Coronation of America's First Woman President to be put on hold for another two or three hundred years.

The greater questions should be:

     (1)     Why did Debbie Wasserman Shultz manipulate and repeatedly lie about procedures blocking candidates other than the final Democrat nominee from reasonable equity of treatment according to the rules of the Democrat National Committee?

       (2)       Why did Donna Brazile feel compelled to pass the final nominee debate questions both during the Democrat debates and during the final three debates between the Republican and the Democrat candidates.   She had gained access to those questions from willing accomplices within the Obsolete Press and dutifully passed them along as do all corrupt, marxist political operatives.   To them, as always, truth is defined as 'information that aids in the establishment of socialism'.  Any information that contradicts that "truth" or which in any way retards the advance of socialism is to regarded as a "lie".

      (3)       Why did some lower level, very young Democrat National Committee member wind up murdered, while walking away from work, then being found dead, still in possession of his personal documents, an expensive watch, a wallet with considerable cash, and with credit cards.  Rumours began and then were quashed by the Obsolete Press that had indicated that this young man had become disenchanted with the DNC, the Democrat official candidate, and the crudeness and squabbling that seemed ever-present at the DNC offices.
     Mr. Assange, the world's favourite divulger suggested that the passing of documents up to his level is sometimes very dangerous, even lethal in certain cases.   He also declared that the Russians had nothing to do with his leaks of easily obtained electronic mail from the very leaky Secretary of State's off-campus communications systems and from her campaign as well as from the very feebly defended Democrat National Committee's systems of communication and communication storage.

     (4)      What is clear is that the same people who sent operatives from the State Department and White House with private and State Department money and in-kind funding to orchestrate a campaign against Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel....directly and without apology....are somehow now claiming that "foreign elements" were meddling in the 2016 Presidential campaign.   The hypocrisy has the roar of Niagara and the usual stench of corruption always present with "community organiser" shakedown specialists and off-shore money vacuuming machines involved in the old pay-for-play fund-raising games.
     It all ends up the same way.   Some Conservative, Dinesh D'Souza, who might have offended Barry Soetoro goes to prison for several general criminal population....for committing an error in the making of a openly acknowledged campaign contribution to a friend.   The amount was 20,000 USD.  But the famous Solyndra purposefully lost over 500,000,000 dollars, money that feigned to be invested for "green energy" projects, but which in large part was essentially gifted to Democrat operatives posing as green energy entrepreneurs.   Further, much of that money, intentionally and indirectly, flowed back into the Democrat Party at various and sundry levels, including local, States, and national Democrat entities.   None of the principals paid any financial or criminal price.   It was like "Fast and Furious" all over again....and again.....and again.   IRS scandal, anyone?

    This Russian Gambit, supported still by the Lackey Zomboes of the Obsolete Press will be used once again to explain how all of this supposition that Barry the Foreign Exchange Student had even an ounce of corruption or mendacity.   But, after all is said and done, and they say in New York and Washington, "at the end of the day", what possible difference at this point could any of this make?

More later about gasoline prices in Mexico and other interesting stuff.
El Gringo Viejo

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

OLD TRAINS & BAD WRECKS (rare photos)

We include a few scenes of the Democrat campaign just past.

     (1)     With all of the explanations for the failure of the Democrat Party's election failures having been made.....then being allowed to morph into increasingly improbable, even laughable constructs about how their certain victory was stolen by evil agencies...we began to have a sense of being absolutely certain that the Democrat Party is the world's greatest Train Wreck. 
     The FBI Director, either fearing for his or his family being physical person being harmed, or having some embarrassing peccadillo in his past revealed by the Clinton forces, failed to recommend the  prosecution of Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Attorney General.....a dolt by the name of Loretta Lynch.   Mayor Giuliani assured us some time back, in each case, that the above named luminaries were and are straight shooters and respected officers.
     Mayor Giuliani's "New York Values" seems to have allowed him to have also been significantly self-uninformed.  It was clear that the Attorney General met with Billy Jeff Clinton, surreptitiously  in order to inform him that she had been assured that the cake was baked and that Mrs. Clinton would not have to suffer the ignominy of being measured by any rule of law.  All the correct political class agreed that such a move to indict or convict or any variation of such icky stuff, is after all, correctly reserved for "the little people".
     BUT!  all of this in neither here nor there.   The actual point is that Barack Hussein Obama is posturing against the Russian president, or whatever title the Banty thug has now, demanding that Putin desist from meddling in American elections.  He has also ordered Putin to stop conducting electronic espionage and data collection.  Or else....there will be a line drawn in the sand and referrals made to the FBI....And the United Nations!!!!
    AND....BUT again!!   It was the White House with Michelle and Valerie in charge who lined up Democrat operatives en masse and shipped them to Israel to back up the opposition to Bibi Netanyahu's candidacy for re-election as Prime Minister of Israel during the last Israeli Knesset elections.  As usual, leftists are caught doing that which they blame upon others,  Those whom they wish to falsely accuse can almost always be sure that the things being described as a stain against the character of the conservative and/or Republican is almost certainly active measures being practiced by the marxist and "progressive" Democrats.

      (2)   During the past by-elections in Mexico, the State of Tamaulipas elected various local and State-wide officials.  The Partido de Accion Nacional made huge headway in a State that normally has voted for the "Party of the Institutional Revolution" (leftist contradictive gibberish) and its forerunners for the past century.  During the past by-elections in Mexico, the State of Tamaulipas elected various local and State-wide officials.  The Partido de Accion Nacional made huge headway in a State that normally has voted for the "Party of the Institutional Revolution", or the old one-party "official" Central government party,

       Happily, we can report the following:    The Governor (our guy), Garcia Cabeza de Vaca hit the ground running.  Audits were completed, projects of greatest need in transportation and school repairs were defined. Offensives to find trade missions in the private sector, both to buy and to sell, were identified.  Private sector industry, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, etc. were plugged into activities....almost all private-to-private interchange.....and the rural, mainly State highways (known as Farm-to-Market and Ranch-to- Market highways in Texas) were assessed and found wanting for repair.
     The rural highways have seen remarkable redressing and repairs, as well as out-and-out improvements from the ground up in places where repeated pot-holing had been occurring over the years.  State Police patrols, co-ordinating with the Army and Naval Infantry have actually been out and about serving warrants, arresting known trouble-makers, and generally doing police stuff.  There has been little of that during the past many months.
     We are hopeful, and somewhat certain, that our new governor will prove to be that "magic potion'' pulling Tamaulipas ahead, to the benefit of rich and poor and everyone in between.

More later,
El Gringo Viejo

Monday, 26 December 2016

Back from the Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre


     We returned to Texas yesterday, after having received clients at our little place.  Our clients were quite pleasant, knowledgable about much, and seemed to enjoy the 4 day and 3 night respite.

     They had motorcycled from Florida's east coast area to our place in five days, in horribly cold and blustery weather.   By the time they arrived at our place a little to the northwest of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas....they were ready to catch their breathe, so to speak.

       Leading up to their arrival, we had had a spate of high winds (30 mph with frequent gusts up to 80 mph), and steadily declining temperatures, finally falling into the low to mid 40s.  We had several large limbs fall and bushels of various types of  chaff.

     Luckily our clients arrived a day after the bad weather.   While the evening was still cold enough to have a fire in the fireplace during supper and afterward, weather improved and warmed up for a pleasant stay, until the last afternoon and night.

     After standing in during the high winds and cold, our electricity stopped.  Such events have become increasingly rare throughout Mexico during the past several years so we were obviously distressed for our clients, especially.  Our overall service was maintained with our gas stove and with the adobe construction keeping the slight chill at bay.

     The clients, couple who were well studied and highly literate...(the sen~or is a neurologist and his lady an editor or something of the like)...never missed a beat or complained or moaned.  Actually none of our clients have ever been so disposed, thankfully, for so long as we have ever received guests.

     It is worth commenting that when they left, as they had arrived, they were mounted on their antique, 4 cylinder, glittering chrome and black lacquer BMW cycle.   They had helmet cams, maps, and all manner of provision and supply.  We were sad to see them go.   Very intelligent and elegant people.

More tomorrow.
El Gringo Viejo