This Prediction Didn’t Take a Crystal Ball

China has been acting like they have ambitions for a long time. Retired Japanese general predicts China will invade Taiwan by 2025, Okinawa by 2045.

A former Japanese military officer recently made waves after saying he believes China plans to invade and annex Taiwan by 2025 and Okinawa by 2045.

The comments by retired Lt. Gen. Kunio Orita, a 35-year veteran of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and a former commander of the 301st Tactical Fighter Squadron and 6th Air Wing, appeared last month in the English-language Taiwan News.

I guess we will see if there is anyone in the world who can (and is willing to) stand up to them, because I doubt we will.

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Anti-Trump-supporter Hate Crime?

Don’t expect the mainstream press to cover this. Man accused of pulling gun on victim wearing MAGA hat.

According to the alleged victim Terry Pierce, a man pulled a gun on him because he was wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat.

Witnesses and security cameras back up this story. The guy with the Trump-derangement syndrome is in custody, charged with “wanton endangerment first degree.” That doesn’t seem right to me. I’m no lawyer, but that seems more like assault, though I suppose the DA is free to change that in the future. There is much more at the link above.

One Last (?) Look at “Learn to Code”

This one from Black Pigeon Speaks. Click the image for a better, enlarged view. (This image was tweeted by James Woods; His Twitter account has since been suspended.)

When the coal industry was decimated, many publications were full of stories about teaching coal-miners to code. Now that the click-bait mills are done, they don’t like it when those same words come back at them. (More after the video, on the loss of trust in media.)

One of the sources referenced is 10 Reasons Why Americans Trust In The Media Is At An All-time Low. And this has a link to the Gallop poll on the question, but you will have to click thru if you want the source material.

1. Americans think the media is key to democracy — but many can’t name an objective news source.

Eighty-four percent of Americans believe the news media have a critical or very important role to play in democracy, particularly in terms of informing the public — yet they don’t see that role being fulfilled and less than half (44 percent) can name an objective news source.

That is a pretty damning statement, and it is only the first of 10.

Sweden Is NOT a Socialist Country

There is a myth that Sweden is a socialist country. But the Truth is, having the government manage everything didn’t work well, so they cut government spending, implemented school vouchers, sold state-owned businesses, etc.

This is “Sweden: Lessons for America?” by Johan Norberg, who was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden.

Why Do We Refuse to Learn the Lessons of School Shooters?

It is unpleasant to contemplate. Welcome to The Real World™.How LE and school administrators can train together for active shooter response.

Nobody has been killed in a school fire in the last 50 years, yet we continue to practice fire drills in schools across our nation. It is long overdue that we apply the same preventative measures to a threat that has proven to be more prevalent in recent years. In reality, the greatest lethalness of an active shooter incident ends as soon as, or shortly after, the sound of sirens. So why aren’t we as a society focusing more on efficient training for those who would be involved in the incident prior to the arrival of responders? We absolutely should be.

School fires were once a problem. Hence the drills. And better construction. And sprinklers. And we stopped having kids die in school fires. School fires are an unpleasant topic. But we didn’t say “Wait for the Fire Department, they’re the professionals after all.” Teachers were there. There was a need to take immediate action. And so that duty fell on teachers.

And so we have substitute teachers who don’t know how to lock the doors to their class rooms (Sandy Hook), because that will never happen to us. (Bad things only happen to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.”) And people who think dialogue is the answer, several people have died trying that approach.

Memphis: How To Destroy a Police Department

It’s almost as if politicians don’t understand that people can (and do) move. More cops. Is it the answer to fighting crime?.

Hurting tax revenues caused salary and benefit cuts. Attrition meant more overtime. A lot more. Not exactly the way to build morale and keep the peace.

And so what is the current “State of Memphis?”

Memphis has a murder rate worse than Chicago’s and a police force that has shrunk by nearly a fifth since 2011, to a head count of 2,020. The city is on its fourth round of outside police staffing consultants in eight years.

Say it again… 20% attrition in 8 years.

Armstrong says police recruiters from as far away as Texas and Florida were coming to Memphis to lure away his demoralized cops. “Until someone takes a look at the benefit packages, this is going to be a continual problem,” [former Memphis Police Director Toney] Armstrong said.

First, politicians don’t do enough to staff 911 centers – pay benefits and hours – and then they are surprised that 911 calls don’t get answered. Then they undercut the cops and are shocked when crime goes up. What the hell are they spending money on?

What comes in the city hierarchy before fire and police?

Cry Me A River – 16 Years At the IRS With NO Emergency Fund

Oh no, she couldn’t weather 35 days without a paycheck. Devastated by one shutdown, IRS worker is dreading a next.

FRESNO, Calif. — The federal government had finally called her back to work after 35 days, but now Vicki Ibarra wondered how she could afford to get there. Her used sedan had been repossessed by the bank a few days earlier. The family minivan had a faulty engine and barely any gas. Her internet connection had been cut off a month into the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, so she used a friend’s to get access her bank account. There was $0.38 in checking and $7.80 in savings, all the 16-year IRS employee had left.

Look I get that she wasn’t making a lot by Fresno standards, but whatever you are making, if you don’t have an emergency fund, if your credit cards are maxed out, if you can’t look at several months without income, you are doing things wrong. Or you have the wrong job.

Ibarra had been told once during an IRS training that about 60 percent of American taxpayers live paycheck to paycheck and that 40 percent are unable to afford a $400 emergency. Her first emergency had been the missed car payment, which forced her lease into default because she was already behind. Next went her cable.

And there it is. Cable. Which I’m sure verges on 100 bucks a month. To watch TV. Now I have had cable and satellite TV in the past, but if you are destitute, living paycheck to paycheck, you should cancel your cable (and your internet connection). You should quit smoking and going out to eat, and you should cut up all but one of your credit cards and pay all of them off. Or at least start to. Then we can talk about your inability to make ends meet. Oh, and there is $190 back charges on her cellphone. (Want to take bets on it being a smart phone?)

This is all a smoke screen. “Orange Man Bad” is the unstated NPC vibe running through the whole thing. I am supposed to feel sorry for a TAX COLLECTOR? Right.