Well now, where do we start. Racism, the American Flag, our Veterans, Donald Trump, the left, liberal insanity, outright lying, dis-information, distracting the public from America's real problems (like hurricane recovery), or are we just re-visiting the same old simple but succinct logic of Forest Gump..."STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!" I feel it is the latter. Stupidity seems to be the name of the game. And, unfortunately, stupidity sells. Just witness all the mental masturbation over the past weekend as millionaire athletes try to sell to the American public that our veteran's lives do not matter. Massive collective consciousness overwhelming common sense in order to perpetuate lies. Unbelievable. In fact, I would't never of thought that these ultra rich players, who make more money than I will see in my entire lifetime, would stoop so low as to jeopardize their own incomes. Come on now, let's play this game out. Half of the American public boycotts the NFL. Monies cease to flow into the bank accounts of the owners, then, the owners cut or fire the players...the NFL takes a fast dive into poverty, as it probably should. Not only have the players damaged the NFL brand, this time, unlike their shenanigans before, the brand may be irreparable. I'm only one person, but there are millions of people who agree with me, trash our vets and we trash you, period. Across the internet people ARE burning their NFL tickets, throwing their souvenirs into the trash, and most importantly, turning off the T.V.s. Advertisers are already cancelling their ads. Millions of dollars of revenues will vanish before the end of next week. Too, bad. What bother's me the most about this situation is this. How can a literate, well educated society go so far down the path of stupidity. Of course, drawing a parallel, how did Hitler convince the Christian nation of Germany to commit the most egregious crimes of humanity. I'll tell you, stupidity. Stupidity is the other side of the coin which is evil. Evil reigns. Evil will rear its ugly head every time a person, or a society, gives into the mass hysteria of stupidity. Do not, I repeat, do not underestimate the power of ignorance. It now will take a long time for this current situation to heal, if ever. The Left's cry of white privileged and supremacy, which is false, is now overtaking the mainstream media as fake news and fake history. If I remember correctly, most of the Union's soldiers who died in the Civil War were white, not black. FYI. I personally look up to people such as Clarence Thomas, Martin Luther King, Collin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Denzel Washington, Frederick Douglas, Ben Carson, Herman Cain, and the list goes on. America is made up of all kinds of people, but if you watch the news, you will be sold a bill of lies that just overwhelms even your wildest imaginations. This latest campaign of dis-information is designed to further destroy and separate the masses, so the fear-mongers can control our society. To quote MSNBC, "We ARE in the business of telling people what to think." So, there you have it. That's the way I see it, today, September 27th, 2017.
Yesterday, yet another North Korean missile was launched over Japan, this one flying just over 2300 miles, far enough to reach Guam. Another threat by the NK regime made good. Not only does this country now posses tactical nuclear weapons, but they also have the delivery capability. This is our gift from China. Thanks, China. Whether China or the United States has the will to stop this mad man, Kim Jong Un, remains to be seen. What is clear, abundantly so, somebody wants a war, and a big one at that. It is highly unlikely now that Japan and South Korea will stand by an let their countries be put in mortal peril without doing something. Japan is already talking about rewriting the Constitution of Japan an re-militarizing. Something they have not done since the end of World War II. Over the past several decades Japan's main source of power has been nuclear. They have on hand, by all accounts, the largest stockpile of plutonium than anybody in Asia. With their technological background it would take virtually no time at all to turn Japan into a nuclear power overnight. I doubt that anyone who knows Japanese history would be surprised to see the people of Japan sit idle while another country lobs rockets with nukes overhead. Something, anything, will eventually give. The game is on and war is not far off. This war, if it takes place, will be very nasty indeed. North Korea and the Kim Jong Un clan will perish, but, as we all know, many people in South Korea, Japan, and most likely China will die. It will not be a pretty war. The United States will suffer also, as expected. In the end, unlike the Korean War decades ago, this war will not end with an armistice. North Korea will be defeated and the players will redraw the the map of the peninsula. The reunification of the Korean states, north and south, will take place, but at a very high cost. China's fear of mass migration of North Koreans may or may not happen. Either way, it is something that they can handle. I find it hard to believe the China wants to see a major conflict on their border, it is not in their best interest. Maybe, just maybe, they will reign in their "dogs of war" before it is too late...maybe. Or, maybe it is just too late, ... way too late, and the war has already started. That's the way I see it, today, September 15th, 2017.
9/11, "A day that will live in infamy." The 16th year anniversary of this horror committed against the American society came and went. Very few people noticed. The so called press, ignored it. Intentional or not, everyone was preoccupied with the looming and continual disaster of Hurricane Irma. And, so it is. Having said all this, lets not remiss ourselves of who committed this crime. Yes, crime. For those of you who do not care to remember or have forgotten our "friends" in Saudi Arabia, they are the ones responsible. How and why they have not been brought to justice is a topic for another article. Even today, as I write this column, more evidence has become known linking the Saudi Arabian government directly to the 9/11 attack. Yes, is was not only the country, but, of course, Islam itself which attacked America. 16 years later, Islam unbridled, still continues its onslaught against the non-believers in the form of Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Fatah, the theocracy of Iran, Al Shabaab, Hamas, and the list goes on and on. But, lest one not forget, Islam is a religion of "peace." By now the entire world is familiar with the phrase Allah Akbar, which loosely translated means "F___ You!." Please don't mislead yourself by saying it really means something different such as, "God is Great." It does not. I for one am under no illusion that the people who follow this archaic barbarous religion have my personal welfare at heart. They do not like me and I do not like them. Until the day, and I have called for this before, that the government of Saudi Arabia, the leader of Islam, stands in Jerusalem and declares PEACE I will consider them my enemies. They have by their own actions certainly earned it. They have declared war, they continue to fight, and I acknowledge it. Only now, as they reel in their loses throughout Syria, are they starting to notice that the other side is willing to fight back. If the followers of Islam truly want peace, prove it. I dare you. Instead of strapping suicide belts on their children, why not a concerted effort to change the nature of the beast. And a beast it is, a very vicious one at that. One day the oil will run out in the Middle East, or Iran will threatened the world with nukes, or God forbid, another 9/11 occurs. I tremor at the response from the other side. Europe is still licking it wounds, people in the U.S. are fed up, (FYI, they elected Trump,) and the game is starting to change. For all those so-called moderate Muslims it is now time for you to stand up. Stand up against what is being done to your religion. Redefine it. If not, the path that Islam is currently on will define it for you. And, whether you believe it or not, it will not be in your best interest and you will suffer the consequences of the actions of your brethren. If Islam is to survive, now is the time to start changing it, before it is too late. Change will come, sooner or later, but it will come. Again, that's the way I see it, today, September 13th, 2017. May the memories of all who died on 9/11, those who defended the United States and sacrificed their lives in battle, and those who continue the fight, be a blessing, today, tomorrow, and forever.
Yesterday, our friends in North Korea decided to detonate another nuclear device, a hydrogen bomb. In their underground facility they set off a warhead which hit 6.3 on the Richter Scale. The Richter Scale is used to measure earthquakes. Last week, the North Koreans sent a ballistic missile over the mainland of Japan. So, what does all this mean? Well, for starters, it has been about seventy years since a major global conflict. Maybe, just maybe, we are over due. Pessimistic? Yes. Realistic, most likely. The governments of China and Russia have completely overplayed their hands. Their support of this rouge regime has now left the entire Pacific-Asian region in jeopardy. Containing the ambitions of North Korea has failed. No amount of negotiations, meetings, and "confabs" will produce a result short of war. There is, however, an option. If, and this is a very big if, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea and the United States tell North Korea to stop, they will. But it is a very, very, big if. A domestic policy shift inside China and Russia must occur. China and Russia have used North Korea to damage the West for decades. Now this policy has left an unstable and war-mongering monstrosity which believes it can threaten the world to achieve its goals. I personally feel that a war is "the only option left on the table." The only question remains is how this war will play out. If I were President I would inform China and Russia that the game is over. Either fix the problem or suffer the consequences. China is easy to fix. Just tell them that every store, all Ebay accounts, and all shipping of products to the U.S. are terminated. Done. Russia, however, is a much more serious problem. The Russians always believe that they are in control, always. After all, they do own one-third of the planet. Handling Russia can be easy though, just promise them real estate in North Korea and all will work out fine, no kidding. Sounds silly, maybe. But who in their right mind would of thought that the Soviet Union and the United States would be allies until World War II. As I mentioned before, I believe a war is inevitable. Allowing North Korea to continue building more warheads and missiles only means that the future war will be more messy, very messy. So, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States, together, and I mean, TOGETHER, need to solve this problem, NOW. If not, the future on the planet looks bleak, very bleak. I can only hope that the "fallout" does not reach southern Patagonia, a beautiful place where I plan to "sit out the war" and continue, hopefully, my blogging! That is, if the internet survives... That's the way I see it, today, September 3, 2017.
"The purpose of my writing is twofold. First, to get things out of my head. Second, to show it to you."
Daniel D Scroggin
A freelance writer, flight instructor, and world traveler. Sharing his ideas, opinions, and adventures for your consumption.