Sunday, July 15, 2018

Behold - the e-bike





"This new age we are entering could almost be called the age of the battery. Just about every household will have some kind of transportation dependent upon batteries. And the new batteries will just keep getting better and more stout all the time." 


You knew this was coming. This is the new toy, available to the well healed Yuppies who work and live in a metro location. Especially those who have worried about their carbon footprint. Now they can take that nice bike ride to work, and put some "umph" behind it. How do you do that? Strap an electric motor on the bike. One that can be recharged about 500 times before the battery needs to be replaced.

Sounds good! Maybe I should sign up! Not so fast buck-o. Seems there are some minor details to work out first. Like where to ride this thing in downtown rush hour. Well, that is an easy question. The City of Minneapolis (for example) has recently spend scads of money getting the streets all hosed up by putting in confusing bike lanes. These new bikes can ride in the bike lanes. 

Really? Along with the electric scooters we have been hearing about? So, in these very narrow bike lanes, you will have regular bikes, recumbent bikes, electric bikes, and electric scooters. Sounds like a traffic jam within a traffic jam to me. Besides all of which, who gets the right of way? Anyone? Everyone? No one? 

A little bit more about these electric bikes. They can be pricey. Up to a few thousand dollars. They can travel up to 28 miles per hour. However, if you are peddling, the sky is the limit on how fast you can do. They can travel up to 70 miles on a single charge. And once the charge is totally depleted, the recharge takes about 6 hours. 

Starting to get the picture how a typical downtown is going to look in five to ten years? Driver-less people movers, streetcars, LRTs, driver-less cars, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Sound like progress? Or does it sound like mayhem. I know what my vote would be.

A couple more questions. Does a pedestrian have any rights anymore crossing one of these very busy streets? Also, if you should go to the pub and have a few too many, can you legally still ride your e-bike home? How about if you only pedal and do not use the electric motor?

Also, once you arrive at a place on your e-bike, where do you put it? Will there be enough secure bike racks? With the price of some of these e-bikes going into the thousands, it seems to me they would be a tempting target for a thief.

This new age we are entering could almost be called the age of the battery. Just about every household will have some kind of transportation dependent upon batteries. And the new batteries will just keep getting better and more stout all the time. 

Will I get an e-bike? Nah. I live out in the toolies with littered with roads with no shoulders. But I will enjoy seeing how this all pans out in the metro areas. Stay tuned. This show could get very interesting.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Oh, how the globalists miss BHO...






"One of the things many patriots like about this President is he does not back down. And he hits back. Every issue he is working on right now needs a better solution, and he is on track to find it."



Okay. The shock is over. The Euro Zone had become very accustomed to having our "Apologist-in-Chief" fly across the pond and sing Kumbaya with the other elite progressives. Now they have to deal with Mr. "Get-R-Done". No more Mr. "Lead from Behind". And guess what? The globalist hate it. They hate him - Donald Trump. The do however, love open borders, surrendering sovereignty, and just plain giving in, and then giving up.

President Trump on the other hand, goes to the Euro Zone to call a spade a spade. He told the NATO members to pay their dues, and quit being deadbeats. He told Germany they were damn fools to be hooked up to the Russian pipeline. Then he told Prime Minister May the way she was handling Brexit was wrong, and it would not work.

In response to the President's truth telling, thousands of pensionaires, unemployed socialists, immigrants, and other misfits crowded the streets of London to protest our President. Then they flew a 20 foot, sophomoric balloon in the skies over London. One which is supposed to be disrespectful to our President. Guess what? I didn't work. He does not care. Sticks and stones. Unlike Obama, he has thicker skin. So, he is now up in Scotland golfing. 

Here is a news flash. Even before Trump was President, he had his eye on the ball. He knew what was happening in the Euro Zone, the Middle East, Russia, and China, He knew what needed to be done. Now instead of imagining it - he has the power to do something about it. And is he? Big time!

One of the things many patriots like about this President is he does not back down. And he hits back. Every issue he is working on right now needs a better solution, and he is on track to find it. Trade, dues, North Korea, Iran, China, and on and on. He has said many times he inherited a mess - and he has. He is committed not have his successor say the same thing.

Meanwhile, the globalists, the socialists, the anarchists, the do nothing crowd, despise this man. "A bull in a china shop" or "Unhinged" they chant or cry out. But what he is doing, is tipping over the tables of the ones who don't play fairly. Replacing unfair with fair. Especially where it concerns America. Why? Because using Donald Trump's own words - "I put America first. Just like I expect everybody else to put their country first". Amen sir. That is how fair deals get done. 



Russian meddling in the age of cyber






"The irony is, we can't even pay the Russians back by screwing with their elections. They are already rigged." 


The breaking news yesterday, was we now have enough forensic proof to show it was the Russians (the military version) who tried to hack into the DNC server, as well as Hillary's. And this is news why? Like everyday some evil force hiding in the dark web is trying to hack into someone's account. As more and more of our lives become digitally connected in the age of IOT (Internet of all things), the opportunities for bad guys to meddle just goes up and up and up.

Glenn Beck often talks about World War III not being fought with bombs and missiles. Rather ones and zeroes. In today's environment, a nation without proper cyber security can be brought to its knees by a trained cyber force. Electric grids can fail, nuclear plants can go critical, water problems, sewer problems, and so on. 

Back to the meddling. Before I get all holier than thou about the Russians being all up in the Democrats business, I would need to know that we have never done this to them. However, something happened when Hillary was SOS and Putin was up for re-election. Something which caused him to turn on her. And, this former KGB officer does not forget suspected treachery. So even though there was no Trump-Putin cabal, it would not surprise me in the least to see Putin try and rain on Hillary's parade.

Rosenstein did make it crystal clear yesterday that 1) no American was involved in the twelve people indicted and 2) the meddling did NOT influence the outcome of the election. So where does that leave us? First off, my vote is no harm, no foul. The election did not hang on this tampering. So learn from it and move on. Second (and this is the biggie), it does not matter who in the Russian military is indicted, this mischief will continue. If sites are vulnerable to intrusion, it is time to up the cyber security. And Hillary - if you should run again in 2020, don't use illegal and unauthorized servers. They will be low fruit on the tree for meddling Russians. 

What is going to happen on Monday when Trump meets Putin? Trump will ask him about it, and Putin will deny it. Putin has probably been watching the nightly news about the alleged Russia ties with Trump and having a good laugh. He managed to get our political system all tied up in knots without hardly doing anything. Again, we can ask Putin not to do this anymore, and he will deny ever doing it in the first place. But it will continue, and get worse.

Maybe under Trump we can get a real reset button going with the Russians. I know under Obama with Clinton and Kerry as his SOS representatives, things got pretty bad. The irony is, we can't even pay the Russians back by screwing with their elections. They are already rigged. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Has London fallen?





"What the UK should be saying right after declaring 'God save the Queen', is 'God save the Yanks'. Lord knows we have saved the Brits more than once." 


The first foreign trip that President Trump took after assuming office was to Saudi Arabia. While in the Kingdom, he met with different Arabian heads of state. Donald Trump was treated like royalty - maybe even better. Memories are long over there. They know what America has done for them in the past, and might need to do in the future. In fact, most places that the President has visited, he has received a warm welcome. Everywhere but Europe.

I know, I know. The globalists in the Euro Zone miss their globalist buddy Barack. But he is gone, and we have a non-globalist in charge right now. A business man. One who is looking for a fair deal for America. Does he want to screw over other countries? Nope. He is a huge believer in the "win-win" solution. Unlike others, he eschews the zero sum solution. 

Watching some of the news feed, I was wondering what in the world has happened to London? I know they are overrun with immigrants now, and have elected a Muslim Mayor, but the amount of disrespect shown to our President is absolutely jaw dropping. I thought the UK was suppose to be our closest ally in Europe. Really? My opinion is between the foolish decision that Germany made to invest in, and then buy Russian natural gas, and then the British backsliding on Brexit, is nothing less than disappointing.

If I were Donald Trump and saw the huge crowds of progressives in the streets of London with the sole purpose of protesting his visit, I would have a frank chat with PM May. I would tell her this will be my last trip to London as President. To allow protesters to be floating a highly disrespectful image of the President is beyond the pale. As far as I am concerned, London can just "stick it".

No, I have become very, very tired of countries who take this country for granted. If they want some "space" - good. So do we. Winston Churchill and Lady Thatcher are no longer with us. Now we have some goofball running London and some weak-kneed PM running the country.

What the UK should be saying right after declaring "God save the Queen", is "God save the Yanks". Lord knows we have saved the Brits more than once. 




Thursday, July 12, 2018

Strzok Out!





"My hope today was that every independent in America could see these hearings. They could then picture what life would be like with a bunch of unhinged nut balls like we saw today on the Blue Team running the show."



If you ever wanted to waste a few hours of your precious life, all you would need do is turn in to the Peter Strzok hearings. How bad were they at times? Put your fingers in your ears and close your eyes bad. If you ever needed to see once again just how divided this country is, and how important this next election is going to be, all you would need do is tune in and watch. As the Democrats tried to lionize this shameful FBI agent, the Republicans were trying to (finally) get to the truth. Half the time, Strzok just sat back and watched, as the Hatfield's and the McCoy's went after each other instead of him.

As I am watching this with both fascination and disbelief today, a single thought crossed my mind. This guy with the odd name, made his way to the upper echelons of the FBI. This agent who could show no fidelity to his wife, no fidelity to the Commander in Chief, should have been as contrite as a choir boy when he was being questioned under oath. But he was not. He was combative and feisty.

When Trey Gowdy was questioning him, Strzok had to answer through almost clenched teeth. Oh, how he wanted to lay one of his famous "F Bombs" on Mr. Gowdy! But as crooked as he is, he is still smart enough to know that would have sealed his fate. So he sat there and gave Gowdy a series of non-answers. Over and over and over again. 

The best question of the day which was asked numerous times was, "Mr. Strzok - since you have such animus towards President Trump, and such favor towards Mrs. Clinton, why did you not recuse yourself at the start of the process?" Strzok's answer? "I see a bright line between my personal feelings and my professional job." I could not have yelled B.S. louder at my TV or radio!

I bet Lisa was at home just about wetting her pants, thinking about sitting in the chair getting grilled by Trey and the rest of his team. She is suppose to be up tomorrow. That might be must see T.V. - that is, if she does not chicken out again. I want to see her, Lynch, Holder Uma, Hillary, Bill, and yes, even Obama also take the stand. This corruption in the Obama Administration reminds me of an outhouse - the deeper you dig in the pit under the toilet seat, the worst the smell.

My hope today was that every independent in America could see these hearings. They could then picture what life would be like with a bunch of unhinged nut balls like we saw today on the Blue Team running the show. With the Democrats running the oversight committees, the bad guys in this country would be on a "bus man's" holiday.

I have said enough, seen enough, and heard enough on this topic for the day. I think it is time for a drink. Maybe a strong one.  


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Our nagging NATO issue






"In any event, good luck to President Trump in dealing with this group. Will he come away from this meeting with a better deal on dues? Knowing how the President operates. my guess would be - yes."




More and more, folks are starting to wonder why in the world, in this year of 2018, do we still have an organization called NATO. Talk about a relic from the past! From post World War II, and the Cold War. In fact it was formed in 1949 to (publicly) offset the emerging Soviet threat. In reality, some historians believe it was also there to give hope to Europe, that a rogue thug could no longer plunder other countries unchecked. Most took great comfort and solace in the infamous Article 5 of the NATO treaty - "An armed attack against one, is an armed attack against all." 

But that was then and this is now. Does NATO still have a viable purpose? Is it worth all this squabbling about dues? Speaking of which, did you know that of the 29 members of NATO, only 4 pay the required 2% of their GDP towards the defense of NATO? Those nations would be (of course) the United States, the UK, Estonia and Greece. Greece? I thought they were teetering in the edge? Interesting. Greece is paying 2% and Germany who is doing much better economically, is not.

But who cares, right? Well, President Trump cares. Luxembourg, Belgium and Spain all pay less than 1% if their GDP. All are expected to reach the 2% goal by 2024. Germany has already informed the others, they will not be ready by 2024. They will make 1.5%, but that is all they are committing to. 

Why is this so important to the President? For the same reason the trade deficits are. We are getting hosed. Looked upon (as the President says) as the world's piggy bank. Do we carry our load in NATO? Oh yes - that and more so. We kick in about 70% of NATO's current budget. 

It is expected that this NATO meeting is going to be a bit testy. President Trump is looked upon by some of the Euro Zone globalists as a "bully" for pushing this dues issue. So, here is an idea. If most of the countries cannot or will not make the 2% goal, maybe the goal should then be reduced to 1%. Just asking. Would it make a difference in how NATO is run? To its charter? Or maybe a new clause in the charter which states in time of peace (like now) dues are 1%, but in times of conflict, dues automatically raises to 2%.

My belief however, is we have bigger fish to fry with NATO than just the dues issue. Turkey. In particular, Turkey under Erdogan. Erdogan is a Muslim who is tilting his country away from a democracy to almost a dictatorship. With some of Erdogan extremist views, I could almost see the day where Turkey and Israel get involved in some kind of dust up. Then what? If Israel is forced to launch a limited air attack on Turkey, what about "an attack on one, is an attack on all"? That would put the United States in a very tough position indeed. 

In any event, good luck to President Trump in dealing with this group. Will he come away from this meeting with a better deal on dues? Knowing how the President operates, my guess would be - yes. After the meeting is over, NATO will continue to limp along, a group of nations, looking for a new mission. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Minnesota Pick-up






"This year, as much as any other, VOTE in November! The Left is back on their heels right now. Here is our chance. Turning MN red means having at least five of the eight Congressional seats and at least one Senate seat. Let's go folks - this could be the Minnesota pick-up!"


As important as our statewide races are, we need to put them aside for a minute. We might have much bigger fish to fry. Like what? Like not only retaining the three congressional seats we have, but then also picking up one to three more. I mean, I am sorry. I would like to say one to five more. I know Jennifer and Greg who are running for CD 5 and CD 4 respectfully. Great people with great hearts - but the deep blue veins of their districts might be hard to overcome. In other words - both CD 4 and CD 5 are replete with "Yellow Dog" Democrats. Too many of them, and not enough of us.

This year, for the first time in forever, Minnesota might be the state which is swimming against the tide - going the right way for a change! In other words, instead of getting ready to suffer under the dreaded "Blue Wave", Minnesota could be having a bit of a Red surge. 

As close as we were in picking up CD 8 two years ago, we are even in much better shape this time around. First off, the oldest Hippie in Congress (Rick Nolan) is not running for re-election. Pete Stauber is one of the strongest new candidates in the nation (according to pundits). Pete is on the right side of every issue in CD 8, especially mining. The President made a special trip to Duluth to show support for Pete. If we don't pick this seat up in November, it will be a mystery to many.

We also have EXCELLENT people running in CD 1 and CD 7. Jim Hagedorn and Dave Hughes have hit the ground running, and not stopped since. With Walz gone (thank you!) and  Colin Peterson getting VERY long in the tooth, Jim and Dave could fill these spots in a heartbeat, and will be a NOTICEABLE improvement! 

But now for the big "kahuna". Our Senate seats. I don't know Karin Housley very well, but I know of her. I know of her record, and where she stands on important issues. She would be a VAST improvement to the woman from Planned Parenthood who was chosen to "nest egg" the Al "hands" Franken seat. Even the Left leaning paper this morning said that Tina Smith was vulnerable. I agree. This seat FOR SURE, should be a pick up for us in November.

The other seat is a real "wish for" seat for me. I have known Jim Newberger for four or five years. He is not only a friend, and a quality man, when I have had Minnesota energy questions (especially about SHERCO), I go right to Jim. He is hard working, dedicated, and damn smart. Amy on the other hand, has a famous Dad and makes a mean casserole. I would like for Jim to upset Amy - I really would. But people in this state are hung up on name recognition. Sad...

This year would be the year for MN to turn the tables on what happened in 1984. For us old people, that was an embarrassing year. We were the only state not to vote for Reagan. This year however, we could do our President a favor and increase our Red Congressional seat and make at least one of our Senate seats red.

This year, as much as any other, VOTE in November! The Left is back on their heels right now. Here is our chance. Turning MN red means having at least five of the eight Congressional seats and at least one Senate seat. Let's go folks - this could be the Minnesota pick-up!