Former Pennsylvania attorney general is due to be sentenced

Kane, 50, argues that the loss of her career, law license and reputation is punishment enough. She has asked a judge in suburban Philadelphia to sentence her to probation or house arrest so she can be home to raise her two teenage sons.

However, prosecutors call her crimes “egregious” and will push for jail time. They say a paranoid Kane ruined morale in the 800-person office and the wider law enforcement community through a calculated scheme to embarrass rival prosecutors who had left the office.

Let’s hope Trump can also claim the loss of career, licenses, and reputation as punishment enough for ruining morale by his implied threats not to concede power if Hillary is elected. He definitely doesn’t deserve to do hard time, because, if for no other reason, during this election he has helped make the U.S.A. more transparent to more Americans, which is an American tradition.

There is not much that anybody can say about punishment if Trump is elected and the USA becomes Russia, 1995. Russia’s structure was completely broken by the collapse of its economy, and something similar could happen in the U.S.A. unless succession is quick or he concedes power quickly.

War (which is what succession is) tends to destroy markets as much as it builds new ones given time. By not conceding power, Trump is giving more time to those who want to destroy the structure of our country.

You might also say that not conceding tears out a huge piece of fabric from some of the greatest structure that the U.S.A. has known. And in the context of fabric, sometimes one can observe structure, because of its transparent covering, and observe it for its strengths and weaknesses. At other times one can’t observe how fragile a structure is, because of a non transparent fabric that covers it, and that nontransparent blanket is called security.

The U.S A.’s structure is, in part, covered in its citizen’s right to vote, and that right to vote gives us transparency.

By not conceding, Trump is saying that we have lost the right to vote, if he loses his campaign. It is a close call, but I don’t think we are there yet, not really even close if you think about it.

Voting still matters. You can tell that it still matters, because both competitors are pretty evenly matched, and what they try to get away with means something matters, at least to someone.

It is that “3rd party” that everyone is talking about that is having a hard time breaking out. One problem in these elections is that both parties are treating each other like the third party, and neither one is.

Getting back to my fabric metaphor (that our country is wrapped in), sometimes tearing off a non transparent fabric reveals great strength inside. I think  the latest estimates I read on the subject says that this election found 30% of Americans are Trump supporters. If that is true that is over 100 million people. Under the blanket of security, I don’t think most Americans knew there were that many.

So yeah, Trump’s non-conceding the election results could give our country great transparency, but does anyone really want Trump to take us there, considering his outlook on life?

I mean, with his values he may be a great one to lead the U.S.A through a 1995 Russia, but does anyone, including Russia, want us to go there?

Maybe so. The vote is still out.

Source: Former Pennsylvania attorney general is due to be sentenced

Mike Pence Says His Role Model Vice President is Dick Cheney

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence discusses his VP role model and his debate prep on “This Week.”

Let’s stop pretending what he ( Pence) is talking about. Cheney was the “grownup” in the relationship and Bush was the “spoiled kid”.

We can see from where Mike Pence is coming from. He will have to run the country and become the commander-in-chief, because, like Bush, Trump isn’t up to it. He is not completely ignorant, but stupid.

Bush, in a stupor, had to have his Chief of Staff run the war in Iraq, because he, Bush, thought it was about another Crusades.

My guess is that Pence will continue the war against Islam, while ignoring Nixon’s connection to Globalization, while Trump moves America towards authoritarianism. #fail

Source: Mike Pence Says His Role Model Vice President is Dick Cheney

Kurds protest against Turkey as IS advances on Kobane

Turkish troops and tanks have lined the border but have not crossed into Syria.

I have a hard time thinking that Turkey is against the ideal of a Caliphate. More likely to me, Turkey is against the idea that the Caliphate shaping up will not be a part of the once great Ottoman Empire.

The USA is not now fighting a war against a Caliphate in the Middle East. The USA is fighting a war against the opposition to its homeland.

A Caliphate in the Middle East is not against the interest of the USA, if we convert to natural gas and defend the homeland (the F35 and missile defense). There is a huge anti-war movement shaping-up in the USA that is threatening to move the US’s line of defense towards the Pacific (Obama’s Pivot) and South America, and away for the MENA.

I think my saying that the fight in the Middle East is now against ISIS, but not one against a Caliphate, is also true of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). I am sure both Turkey and KSA are more than willing to battle ISIS, if it means that the Caliphate forming will be more to their image, than that of the Levant.

Perhaps getting into the fight will mean more to Turkey when the Kurds get their own nation-state, which, because of the oil the Kurds hold and the Kurdish population in Turkey, will not be in Turkey’s interest.

In the mean time, Turkey will take advantage of the situation, as that advantage becomes available.

Look out Kurds, get your shit together, because the big-boys are a-coming. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the fire!

via BBC News – Kurds protest against Turkey as IS advances on Kobane.

Marco Rubio gives Hillary an ‘F’ rating

“I’m sure she’s going to go out bragging about her time in the State Department. She’s also going to have to be held accountable for its failures, whether it’s the failed reset with Russia or the failure in Benghazi that actually cost lives,” he said. “If you look at the diplomacy that was pursued in her time in the State Department, it has failed everywhere in the world,” Rubio said. “If she is going to run on her record as secretary of state, she’s also going to have to answer for its massive failures.”

Ok, smart work Rubio. Come out on Mother’s Day and soon to be Grandmother’s day against Hillary. It must be the strategy to never pass up an opportunity to get a dig in, especially on the day many people will be thinking about them.

Second, a very good narrative can develop that tells a very different tale of Benghazi. A story whose end leaves the U.S. still losing soldiers in Libya, at a time when we are trying to isolate ourselves from the rest of the world.

As for Russia, let’s wait and see. No U.S. soldiers have died yet in a new “Iraq” type front. I mean the Native Americans know how to handle the Northern Bear. You give them plenty of room, and, if they come into your camp and start messing around, you wait for winter and hunt them down while they sleep.

via Marco Rubio gives Hillary an ‘F’ rating | Early & Often.

Zen at War on the Rocks on China and Avoiding War

A dangerous gap between American assumptions of Soviet intentions and the reality of these intentions came to light when in 1983 the Reagan administration discovered to their alarm that Soviet leaders had interpreted the NATO exercise Abel Archer 83 as preparations for a real, imminent nuclear first strike on the USSR and ordered Soviet nuclear forces on high alert.

Ha! Of course it was an equally shock to the Reagan administration when they found out Reagan didn’t, like the Russians, believe in MAD.

Of course, Russia actually did believe in MAD. It was in their interest to do so.

However, it wasn’t until they met Reagan that they realized the US didn’t.

Talk about fear trumping honor and interest 🙂

via » Blog Archive » Zen at War on the Rocks on China and Avoiding War.

What are the concequences of military intervention in Syria? | A Wonderful World

the US has positioned itself very well.

Interesting. As a country (the U.S.A) whose economy is based on the consumer, the US has “positioned itself very well”.

But then, as we don’t get our oil from the Middle East, exactly what do we “consume” that comes from Iraq that would be the advantage in this positioning?

The answer is cheap manufactured produces from China.

Yeah, that’s right, Iraq was mainly about supplying China what it needs (oil) to keep our economy going.

In that context, I suppose Iraq has gone well, indeed!

The truth is, like Thomas PM Barnett said, the oil in Iraq (and now Syria) doesn’t belong to the US, but to the BRAC nations, Brazil, Russia, Africa, and China. They are the ones producing products that the U.S.A needs and wants.

Except for a little Civil War (that never hurt anyone) the US “has positioned itself well”.

As with the First Gulf War, we have the best military that China and the Petro-States could ever want to hire.

Is it any wonder why Obama wants to hit Syria now? I mean our suppliers not only need oil, but a stable area of the world to act in.

via What are the concequences of military intervention in Syria? | A Wonderful World.

SYRIA When Military Intervention Makes Sense

Great powers intervene when they can.  It’s as simple as that.  Good and bad don’t play into it.

via Thomas P.M. Barnett’s Globlogization – Blog – Time’s Battleland: SYRIA When Military Intervention Makes Sense.

Exactly! The Dr. is in the house on this one. In this instance “can” is in the center of  the nexus of three domains, location, connections, and security. There is no oil at the location, the connections are too complicated, and the security is in jeopardy from too many directions.

Throw a rock in any direction, not towards the government nor the Syrian rebels, and you will hit someone who would like to go to war, but they can’t.