Well, this is close to home. This is the bit that concerns me:
In a September interview with the Pentagon’s news agency last fall, Iris Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Arctic and Global Resiliences said Chinese leaders have “been trying to insert themselves into the Arctic.”
“So, we’re being very mindful about their activity and in wanting to ensure that our interests are protected in the region,” Ferguson said.
China seems to be very interested in what goes on here in the Great Land, although they have nowhere near the sea-lift capacity to land troops here, and so won’t find out one thing that aren’t betting on, that being a few hundred thousand heavily armed Alaskan civilians – but they sure as hell seem to want to know what assets we have up here. That’s disconcerting as hell.
On To the Links!
Trump steps on his dick again. It’s like he’s trying to lose.
Why is Biden so unpopular, even among Democrats? Well, probably because he’s stupid, senile and incompetent.
The FBI is running cover for the Bidens.
I take it you’re planning to lose the next war you’re in.
This is known as belaboring the obvious.
Well, that’s a horrifying thought.
I’m not even sure at this point if the US is seeking primacy within its own borders.
Companies must do no such thing. Mind your own damn business.
Mike Pence files to run for President. Well, the world’s got no shortage of windmills to tilt at.
Not sure why an American news network is covering these inbred mutants.
This Week’s Idiots:
The Bulwark’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.
The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.
The Hill’s Niall Stanage is an idiot. The only place Chris Christie could be a wild card is at a buffet table.
Alexandria Occasional Cortex persists in idiocy.
The Guardian’s Mark Weisbrot is an idiot. (Also, his name literally means ‘white bread.’ Too funny.)
MSNBC’s James Downie is an idiot.
The Guardian’s Will Hutton is an idiot. I’m starting to see another pattern.
Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.
James Comey is a corrupt asshole, and an idiot.
MSNBC’s Charlie Dent is an idiot.
This Week’s Cultural Edification:
I was never big on the Carpenters, but they sure sold a lot of records back in the day. Karen Carpenter’s sad 1983 death from anorexia nervosa received a lot of publicity, and for a few years instances of anorexia, especially among teenage girls, spiked. Some call this a ‘social contagion,’ when a few highly-publicized events, usually among celebrities, lead to a spike in instances of an emotional/mental disorder.
Back to the music, though. Karen and Richard Carpenter did have a light, easy style that was relaxing and thoughtful. While I was more of a head-banger – back in these days I was much more into Led Zeppelin, Foghat, Van Halen and the like – I’ve developed more of an appreciation of gentler music as I’ve gotten older. I do kind of like their song Rainy Days and Mondays, from their 1971 album, Carpenters. Here’s the official video, which presents kind of a touching photographic tribute to Karen to go along with her rich, butter-smooth voice. Enjoy.