Disgusting Behavior

Not that I had any extra, but what little hope I have had for humanity has dissolved while reading online comments from detractors of John MCCain, and those detractors collectively could not carry McCain’s Jock Strap.

This 26 year Combat Vet salutes MCCain and bows his head in his honor.

This miserable bunch of Keyboard Warriors (KWs) would cower at the first sound of a bullet fired in anger, but they happily disrespect a Hero…no, make that all caps HERO, who EARNED multiple Silver Stars, Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts and lived in a jungle cage for more than five years!

These KWs never cite anything, or anyone, but say MCCain caused the fire on the Forrestal. The KWs have an Uncle, whose Barber said he knew a guy…

All the while the actual JAG and NCIS Navy Investigation is online at:

The OFFICIAL investigation of the Carrier incident is at http://www.jag.navy.mil/library/investigations/USS%20FORRESTAL%20FIRE%2012%20AUG%2069%20PT%201.pdf

The KWs claim it was Nixon pardoned MCCain, but the list of Nixon’s pardons, all 923 of them, are online, and MCCain is not on the list!


The KWs cite his 5+ years in the Hanoi Hilton as having “Sung” to the North Vietnamese, as if they, or ANYONE will not succumb to torture. No one can hold out and live! Still, McCain’s Cellmate (and winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor), Navy Captain Bud Day calls McCain a Hero, and that is good enough for this old Sailor!

I found a YouTube interview with McCain’s cell mate at the Hanoi Hilton, Captain George “Bud” Day, who calls McCain a “hero.” (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwiu3cHT5ojbAhWmwFkKHRBfBjIQwqsBCA8wAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DIfyGdG9llSE&usg=AOvVaw39lddiyFxTeYNR0IgUbUCd)

Where do these detractors come from? How do they make those comments without checking? If they vote and sit on juries, making decisions without evidence, this nation cannot survive!

A Trump Failure, Sadly

The State Department statement on North Korea…”This will take some time.”

Yep. Several hundred years.

Trump was conned! Snookered! Played! And he joins the ranks of presidents who have been conned, snookered, and played.

North Korea has not tested a nuke, or a missile because they simply don’t need to. Their nukes and missiles work. They might improve some things, but they are happy with what they have.

I have had too much experience with NK to trust them to take out the trash, much less to disarm. Until we evacuate Seoul, NK will not take our threats seriously, and indeed we are not serious. South Korea is sanguine just not to have the NK send a million troops into their territory. We will eventually admit that we accept NK as a nuclear power.

It is reality and we must submit to reality. Sadly. Yes, Trump can point to the failure of other presidents, but early in this administration when faced with news that NK was planning to develop an ICBM, Trump said on TV, “It won’t happen!” It did!

Microsoft Discovers, Shuts Down Russian Hackers

Microsoft has discovered and shut down five (the AP says six) websites designed by the Russian government to spread dissension during the 2018 political season. While the sites had not been activated, the Microsoft Crimes Division has previously received Court permission to take down spear-phishing accounts put into the Internet to cause political dissection by the APT28 Russian unit, often called “Fancy Bear.”

Just as an aside, several years ago NSA discovered the Chinese hacking unit’s building but didn’t know exactly who was there or what they were doing. Enter a private hacker who remarked that he had taken control of the cameras in the Chinese building, and he showed the NSA live videos of the hackers at work at their computers!

The Dutch took control of the cameras in the Russian Fancy Bear’s building, shared that with the EU and then on to the US. The Dutch had run the videos through face recognition software and identified all the hackers.

With a little help from our friends….and great to know that Microsoft is working on our behalf. Since they found fake domains in 2016, they have taken down 84 websites. Quietly.

Monday, Monday…

Question: On what page of the book “1984” can the quote, “Truth isn’t truth” be found?


Last week, John Bolton admitted that North Korea had taken no steps toward denuclearization to no one on the right’s surprise.


The trial of Paul Manafort is about over, and while it may well be true the Special Counselor tried to get a massive sentence to get Manafort to flip on the president, it is unlikely to happen. Apparently the usual sentence for tax evasion is about a year and a half, not the hundreds of years Mueller wants for pressure. There are several obvious hurdles for Mueller: The Jury May well be hung, or they may reach a finding of Guilty but the Judge knows the reason for the charges and give a short sentence. The Judge remarked before the trial began that he knew the reason for the charges.


John Brennan left the field of Intelligence and blundered into the field of politics with his comments, and in doing so he cannot complain when politics bites him. Other retired intelligence officers condemn Brennan’s political remarks even while supporting his retention of his Top Secret clearance. Claims of denials of Free Speech are nonsense, and political because Brennan can talk all he wants, although only a small cadre on the left may listen.


John Bolton, the National.Security Advisor, warned that four nations could try to interfere with the 2018 elections, Iran, North Korea, China, Iran and Russia. Of course each of them will try to interfere at some level, some just as an exercise, some to actually interfere and some something in between. Russia honed their skills in the Ukraine and then found the Democratic National Committee in Washington to be virtually undefended, but they did not try to change vote counts. China does not want to be caught, for purely economic reasons. North Korea and Iran don’t care if their activity is disclose because they have no economics to speak of and are angry. All those countries, and ourselves have serious capabilities but each of us are better at offense than we are in defense. It’s Spy vs Spy, and warfare at a low level. In an apparent announcement designed as a warning against interference in the elections, the Washington Post announced the military had been granted permission to release immediate active cyber weapons upon discovering interference.


A Free Press Warns You When the Elephant Stirs

Newspapers are not venal,, they simply are liberal. It is an institutional evil caused by those of liberal instincts being drawn to certain professions, and it is a natural proclivity to want to work where you are comfortable among friends who share your values.

Yes, there is a military/police mindset, and the stereotype that homosexuals are drawn to hairdressing is true. Some liberals are those who want to change the world, and they are drawn to professions where they think they can do that through influence.

So media is liberal, and they believe, collectively, that their role is to be a check and balance to power, specifically, government.they are right, of course, they should be a counterforce to governmental power. Eexcept they failed to do their role in the Obama Administration and.remembered that it was their role in the Trump administration.

A liberal media has shown itself to be subtle when a Black, liberal president wields power, but strident when a brash New Yorker is president and reminds them that their role is to expose power. The difference is obvious to a thin skinned man who is unaccustomed to being reviewed for every breath he takes, but that is the role of media, even if it is wielded selectively when “One of their own” is in power.

Of course, Trump gets his share of blame because he pokes the lion, and then seems surprised when the lion reacts. The role of the media is to reveal the excesses of power and those excesses are many in every administration.

Governmental power should be revealed, because it grinds on citizens even when the citizen’s best interest is invoked. Government is an elephant. It can hurt you even when it wants to be friendly.

A free press is designed to warn you even when the elephant stirs.


Brennan deserves his Top Secret clearance only because he is a member of The Nomenclature, the elite who rule. It is a sign of “I know things you don’t.”

Now I understand letting him keep the T-S for six months in case the new administrator wants some information but these ex-officio people, scads of them, keep their security. There is staff to provide information for continuity.

No this is simple “Tradition” and it is a useless part of that. It says, I am a member of the Washington Elite, and you are not.

As attacks like 9/11 ably demonstrate, “Intelligence Services” is a misnomer. Yes, they have successes about which they can’t speak, but they miss some whoppers. I would be willing to bet that those retired Intelligence heads never assisted in a damn thing. Their retaining of a bade is simply an “Honor” and one they don’t deserve, particularly those who monetize it by being on TV.

On Being Evil

Interesting…GOOGLE pulled out of an agreement to help the US Government by providing assistance in precision targeting. (Which would reduce civilian casualties,) but has agreed to help the Chinese government in censorship (Dragonfly Project).

Apparently the GOOGLE motto, “Don’t be evil,” is selective!

Who Knows? The Shadow Knows!

Today, news stories are revealing hacks by a Chinese university, called “China’s MIT” into Alaskan trade and government computers. Several different state government offices including the Governor, and a telecom provider were hacked.

Of course the trade and corporate entities will not admit that any success was apparent, but it is not just trying to minimize the impact, they honestly don’t know. Chinese hackers at the sophistication of a major Chinese university have likely covered their tracks, put “bombs” into the hacked computers to permit easy future access, and left no trace short of NSA.

Since the hacks were from “a university,” and not a Chinese government entity, how do we retaliate? Is it actually the Chinese government using “deniably?.” The hacks were done to the Alaskan State Government and the Alaskan Natural Resources, and again raises the question of “Should NSA help states, and private firms.”

North Korea released many Sony embarrassing e-mails and films to try to get a film depicting the Leader trashed, Iran scrambled the accounts of B of A and J. P. Morgan and B. of A. and then melted the accounting in the Sands Casino to teach Sheldon Adelson a lesson for his support of Israel….but those were in the ultra cautious Obama administration.

No one knows the current Trump policy. Trump does not have a good relationship with the intelligence agencies, and has not publicly shown an interest in cyber warfare, so what he knows, and what his policy may be is unknown. We may soon find out…or not.

He may not even understand the subject.

Religion in the News

An article in the Journal of Forensic Science again uses a new science, Blood Pattern Analysis to cast new doubt on the Shroud of Turin.

The new analysis joins an analysis of the cloth, which places the Shroud in the Middle Ages. It is apparently a well-designed forgery.

As hoaxes go, this one ranks at the very top and has legs because Religion is built upon faith.


On the subject of religion, a grand jury in Pennsylvania has released a massive report on Priest abuse of juveniles, and naming 300 priests just in that part of Pennsylvania.

And the beat goes on…

The Cyber War

Technology moves so fast that I am feeling old!

Once a computer programmer, Systems Analyst, the Project Manager of a super Secret computer system and a professor of Computer Science at a local university, today I could not write a line of code in the new cyber war in the ether.

And make no mistake it is war, and war that daily threatens to go kinetic. Nation states daily probe potential enemies most vulnerable secrets, plant “bombs” in vital military and infrastructure awaiting future detonation, and silently view other ultra secret Communications.

There are no rules, and Nation states do not know exactly when a potential enemy will consider some action to be s blatant as to cause a state of war. North Korea took down Sony as a warning shot, the US and Israel set back Iran’s nuclear march by a year or so, Russia was caught deep inside the Pentagon and messing with our election, China stole the secrets for our most advanced fighter aircraft, and the US shut down North Korea’s electricity grid for a day and Russia shut down the Ukraine’s power grid for many days…but each of these has been below the threshold of kinetic war.

But what is that threshold? What would be the limit, and is that limit for each country item specific or cumulative? Could a nation say, “Enough is enough”

Obviously the question is nation specific and asymmetrical…big nations, particularly nuclear nations can get away with more than weaker nations. There is a new book out which I am anxious to read, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age” about this subject. I have followed the subject closely since the US and Israel launched STUXNET on Iran, but there are subtleties about which I wish to learn. The Author, David Sanger, is The NY Times writer on the subject, and understands it deeply. I am just three chapters into his book, and I am really impressed!