05/28/21

Honor and Observe v Celebrate Memorial Day

Monday is Memorial Day, the day upon which we honor and observe, not celebrate, those who lost their lives in service to the Nation in the military during wartime.

Lance Corporal Eric Ward, a fourth-generation U.S. Marine, was killed in Afghanistan on February 21, 2010. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The United States is commemorating Memorial Day this Monday.

As a Nation, we ponder with solemnity the sacrifice these men and women made in service to the Nation.

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05/26/21

Space Race — Blue Origin v SpaceX

Do you want to take a ride into outer space? Well, do you?

If you do and you have a bit of ready cash you can hitch a ride on either Blue Origin’s (Jeff Bezos) or SpaceX’s (Elon Musk) rocket and escape the surly bonds of gravity for a few minutes. Today, we talk Blue Origin’s book.

You can put yourself into outer space in less than two months. Hello, America! Here’s how, amigos.

Blue Origin is auctioning off a passenger ticket. [No, Expedia and Priceline are not involved.]

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05/11/21

Military Diversity and Inclusion Is NOT a National Security Issue

Recently the Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III (a former General and West Point gradate) made comments indicating the current status of diversity and inclusion in the American military at the general officer strata rises to the level of a “national security risk.”

In the military when they want to scare the civilians or they want to suggest that something rises to a level such that America might not win a war, they call it a “readiness risk.”

This picture is for all you West Pointers, you ring knockers. Note Sec Def Austin and his WP ring. It is an Army thing.

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05/7/21

Thoughts From 3:00 AM Whilst Laying In Bed

I often wake up in the 3-4:00 AM time frame and lay in bed pondering the condition of the world. It is dark, quiet, and my mind is rested.

Today, I share some of my ponderizations (OK, it’s not really a word, but why not invent one we both understand?)

 1. Is anybody in the United States looking at the freakin’ credit card?

Sometimes I look at the National Debt and other data at one of my favorite websites:

United States National Debt

It is interesting and scary to watch the US debt and other financial indicators climbing. We have $28,258,270,000,000 in national debt. That’s 84,000 per citizen and $225,000 per taxpayer.

BTW, US Gross Domestic Product is less than $23,000,000,000,000 (estimated 2021 GDP after 2020 GDP dipped to $19,500,000,000,000).

This chicken is coming home to roost, y’all.

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