9/9/14: BOMBS AWAY

9/9/14: BOMBS AWAY

An unnoticed oddity of the U.S. Open tennis finals were the scores in both matches: 6-3, 6-3 (women) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 (men). Sensing a pattern?  Never seen anything like it.  Pure coincidence of course, but striking.  

I’ve said for years Caroline Wozniacki needs to get back to the drawing board, and her final against Serena only underscored that.  The lovely Dane had one winner from the ground the entire match.  Her backhand is decent, but her forehand is structurally unsound.  She’ll never get to the top unless she overhauls it and leads with the racket head and a wrist snap instead of stiffarming the ball.  You’ve got to hit the ball.  I’d also recommend a few pushups to enhance her serve.  She’s 5’10″ and 130 lbs.  No reason she can’t serve like Serena.

Actually, not many men can serve like Serena.  Marin Cilic is certainly one.  He simply overpowered a game and likeable Kei Nishikori in the finals, just as he had Roger Federer in the semis.  Neither was any contest at all.  I was reminded of Juan Martin del Potro, who did the same to Federer and Rafael Nadal at the same tournament in 2009.  It just goes to show that all the guile and grit in the world won’t beat a big hitter when he’s on his game.  and Cilic was on his game. 

Does the Croat have staying power?  Sure, but I thought the same thing about Delpo until he was done in by injuries.  It has never quite happened for him.  Cilic appears to be on his way barring injury.  That would be something to see, Cilic v. Delpo, if both were on their games.  In any event, it was good for the men’s game that none of Big Four were around at the end.  

I never like to say happy loser, but little Kei can look back on three sterling victories over Raonic, Wawrinka and Djokovic consecutively.  I’d say his victory over Stan the Man was my favorite match of the tournament.  Stan’s backhand is the most beautiful shot in the game today.  

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

Current National Debt: $17.730 Trillion

Projected 2014 Interest on Debt: $234.210 Billion

Projected 2014 Budget Deficit: $557.332 Billion (add to Debt)

Projected Entitlements (SS/MC/MC) Shortfall: $116.090 Trillion (add to Debt)

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.

9/4/14: BOMBS AWAY

9/4/14: BOMBS AWAY

I’ve just finished the second of two great books by Richard Rhodes, “The Making of the Atom Bomb” and his subsequent, “The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb.”  These are a little technical at times, but well worth the read.  The author seems opposed to the bombs, though that is not crystal clear; it’s a generally even-handed treatment of the subject.  I learned a lot.

First, splitting the atom, the key to the fission bombs dropped on Japan, was discovered only in 1939.  It is a remarkable testament to our ingenuity that only 6 years later, we were able to test and deploy atomic weapons against Japan, which would not have surrendered otherwise.  

Two, the scientic know-how was such that, in 1943, during the develolpment of the fission bomb, the fusion bomb was first conceived.  The scientists called it the Super Bomb.  We know it today as the hydrogen bomb.  Fission bombs serve merely as the fuses for fusion bombs.  That’s how much more powerful the latter are.

Three, the hydrogen bomb was so awesome that interim tests could not be conducted, so much of the development work was done by projective mathematical calculations.  These calculations were so complex they drove the early development of computers.  Once again, a public works project had tremendous spin-off into the private sector.  That is the appropriate business of government.  

Fourth, the Soviets absolutely stole both bombs from us.  They had two spies, Klaus Fuchs and David Greenglass, on staff at Los Alamos during the War.  For Christ’s sake, Fuchs even held some of the patents on the fission bomb.  We lost a tremendous post-War advantage because of these traitors, along with Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who deserved worse than the electric chair.

Fifth, the author concludes his second book noting that nuclear weapons were simply too powerful to ever use, and that it is a credit to both the US and the USSR that they refrained.  I agree, but Mr. Rhodes concludes his little study observing that the arms race destroyed the Soviet Union and left us saddled with $4 trillion in debt as of 1995.  What would he say now to $17.5 trillion and climbing?

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.704 Trillion

Projected 2014 Interest on Debt: $234.018 Billion

Projected 2014 Budget Deficit: $559.116 Billion

Projected Future Entitlements (SS/MC/MC) Shortfall: $118.033 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.

9/2/14: IS ANYBODY LISTENING?

9/2/14: IS ANYBODY LISTENING?

Vladimir Putin dropped the “N” word last week and President Obama said Russia was just doing the same old thing in Ukraine.  Not.  What Putin reminded the world was that Russia was a “nuclear power.”  What do you think that means?  That means unmistakably that Putin is contemplating the use of nuclear weapons if things don’t go his way in Ukraine.  No major power has dropped that word since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.  This is a BIG DEAL. 

The situation in Ukraine has become a flat-out invasion.  Let’s not mince words.  Putin is telling us that there are Western responses that might cause him to go nuke.  Almost certainly if we made Ukraine part of NATO so that member boots would go on the ground there.  Possibly if we armed the Ukrainian army.  Maybe even if we just stiffened the sanctions to the point of intolerability on Russia.  Should this cause us to back down?  Hell, no, but listen to what the man is saying.  He really is determined, if not just plain crazy.

Just remember that World War II started by an invasion – by the USSR and Nazi Germany — of a European nation — Poland.  History is repeating itself.  This is a very serious matter, and Putin should be diplomatically bitchslapped for dropping the “N” word.  NOW. 

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.702 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $233.940 Billion

2014 Projected Budget Deficit: $559.838 Billion

Projected Entitlements (SS/MC/MC) Shortfall: $118.010 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.

8/28/14: NO MORE MISTER NICE GUY

8/28/14: NO MORE MISTER NICE GUY

In battling ISIS, we may find ourselves in the odd position of coming to the aid of Syria and Iran.  The Sentinel predicted this conundrum in a recent blog.  Of course ISIS will target Alawite Syria and Shiite Iran; that’s what Sunni militants do.  Then they’ll come after Israel, then Europe, then us.  They want to establish a worldwide Islamic caliphate and await the coming of the 12th Imam to signal the end of days.  Period.  If you haven’t the slightest idea what I’m talking about, that’s on you.

My point today is, if we do assst Syria and Iran, we should exact a price.  Require Assad to hold supervised elections, and force the Grand Ayatollah to give up his  nuclear weapons program.  Or they, too, can be crucified and beheaded.  It is not unseemly to demand concessions from “allies.”  It is just good business.  

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.684 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $233.747 Billion

2014 Projected Budget Deficit: $561.631 Billion (add to Debt)

Projected Entitlements (SS/MC/MC) Shortfall: $117.953 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND WILL SOON BE INSOLVENT.  

8/26/14: WAIT JUST A MINUTE

8/26/14: WAIT JUST A MINUTE

Curiously, one of the apparent “lessons” emerging from the Ferguson shooting is the need to take away military armor from local police.  Apparently this frightened protesters and looters.  I have other questions: 1) Why is the boy’s name Brown but his mother’s is McSpadden?  Who is his father?  Why is he reported to have “attended” high school?  Did he graduate?  What were his grades? Did he have a job?  Why weren’t looters shot in the head by police snipers?  

But nobody seems to care about these questions, or even the facts of the case.  Excessive force may have been used, or not.  Time will tell.  But taking away armor from police is a bad idea, and not just because of the Ferguson fiasco.  As the figures below indicate, we are on the verge of financial collapse.  Sooner or later, possibly as early as this October, the Fed is going to stop printing money to buy our own bonds and keep interest rates low.  Private investors will demand a greater return and interest rates will climb.  Our annual debt service will explode to a TRILLION DOLLARS, and social programs, along with everything else, will have to be cut.  If they looted over the shooting of one boy, how do you think minorities, or any entitlement recipients for that matter, will react when their federal benefits are cut or eliminated?  I’m not just talking sporadic looting.  We’re facing WIDESPREAD CIVIL UNREST.  Our cops, state troopers, National Guard, and the American Army will need all the armor they can get.  

It’s coming people, like the sunrise tomorrow.  The best advice I can give is to stock up on water, canned food, guns and ammunition. 

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.    

National Debt: $17.683 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $233.673 Billion

2014 Projected Budget Deficit: $562.325 Billion

Projected Entitlements (SS/MC) Shortfall: $117.931 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND WILL SOON BE INSOLVENT.

 

8/21/14: THE BIG STICK

8/21/14: THE BIG STICK

Sure, I wish the President had spoken more passionately two days ago about the decapitation of the reporter by ISIS, but I like his military response.  We hit 14 more targets from the air yesterday just to show those murdering bastards we won’t be intimidated and they’ve fucked with the wrong cowboy.  I hope next time it’s 28, and then 56, etc., until they’re all dead.  That’s a language they understand, maybe the only one. 

Teddy Roosevelt said, “Speak softly but carry a big stick.”  Amen, brother.  Keep up the good work, Mr. President.  Never hought I’d utter those words.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.659 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $226.349 Billion

Projected 2014 Budget Deficit: $564.099 Billion

Projected Entitlements (SS/MC) Shortfall: $117.874 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.  GOD SAVE OUR PRINTING PRESSES.

8/19/14: YA THINK?

8/19/14: YA THINK?

Ferguson again.  Now that the autopsy results are in for Mike Brown, the question is, do you think:

a) an officer with no disciplinary record opened fire on an unarmed black youth with his hands in the air, on a busy street in broad daylight, and shot him six times? or

b) a black thug who just robbed a market pushed a policeman into his cruiser, tried to go for the officer’s weapon, was repelled but then charged the vehicle and was gunned down by a cop in fear for his life?  

Well, what do you think?  You know what I think.  Police are trained to use deadly force to repel any effort to seize their weapon, as well they should be.  I’d be interested in the toxicology report on this kid, which might take another month.  I’ll bet he was hopped up on something.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.  

National Debt: $17.657 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $226.316 Billion

Projected 2014 Budget Deficit: $564.825 Billion

Projected Entitlements (SS/MC) Shortfall: $117.851 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS ALREADY BANKRUPT, AND WOULD BE INSOLVENT BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES.

 

 

 

8/18/14: LET ME COUNT THE WAYS

8/18/14: LET ME COUNT THE WAYS

I’m talking today about this ridiculous debacle in Ferguson, Missouri, near my hometown of St. Louis.  It’s too early to reach a final verdict, so I offer some random thoughts at this juncture:

First, Ron Johnson, the state trooper who is calling the shots in lieu of local police, or possibly was until the National Guard was called in last night, is a little too touchy-feely for me.  What is he, a cop or a community organizer, whatever that is?  Last night he said, “My son is like Mike Brown.  Baggy pants.  Hat cocked sideways.  Tattoos on his arm.  But he’s my son and I love him.”  Great, Ron, but two questions: 1) What are his math scores? 2) What does he want to do when he grows up, fuck bitches or bust a cap in whitey?  Your boy, just like Mike Brown, is just another shiftless black bully.  That video of Brown committing the robbery is offensive, the way he disdainfully pushes the intervening storeowner aside.      

Second, the cops have something to hide, not releasing Patrolman Wilson’s statement on the shooting as of yet.  The autopsy shows Brown was shot six times, including twice in the head, and not at close range.  What the hell happened? 

Third, what kind of boobery is involved in releasing the video showing Brown robbing that market minutes before he was killed, but then just hours later admitting Officer Wilson was unaware of the robbery when he accosted Brown?  You can’t make this stuff up.

Fourth, the release of the video put a looting target on the market Brown robbed, and sure enough the looters struck that very night.  Peaceful protests are constitutionally protected, but looting is a crime, not a protest.  Looters must be stopped, if necessary by lethal force.  It’s a disgrace the local police refused to intervene, presumably because state troopers had jurisdiction.  

Fifth, what the hell is going to happen next?  The lack of command structure and the shifting sands are just, well, frightening.  I have no idea how bad this is going to get before it calms down.         

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.656 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $226.299 Billion

2014 Projected Budget Deficit: $565.187 Billion

Projected Entitlements (SS/MC) Shortfall: $117.889 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS ALREADY BANKRUPT, AND WOULD BE INSOLVENT BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES.