by baldilocks

After this happened yesterday, a few of my online friends messaged me to make sure that all was well with me. (Bless you.)

As a third night of protests over Donald Trump’s election swept through major cities, nearly 200 people were arrested by Los Angeles police in the downtown L.A.

About 150 people — a mix of adults and juveniles — were arrested near Cesar E. Chavez and Grand avenues by 3 a.m., Montgomery said.

Just after midnight, in a separate set of arrests, about 35 were taken into custody after failing to disperse in the area of Olive Street and Olympic Boulevard, Montgomery said.

“F— Trump” graffiti could be seen in various locations in the downtown area.

I messaged back to let them know that I was okay and, while the above locations are not far–in LA distance–from my apartment, it was very quiet. (Nothing good happens on the street between 12 and 3AM, but that’s a side point.)

There’s a reason for the peace; I live in Koreatown. You all remember the Korean-Americans of LA, right?

1992 LA Riots

Actually, my neighborhood is very mixed racially, but many of the business signs are in Korean. Welcome to LA. Koreans make great neighbors.

I had thought about heading downtown to see what was going on today, but I should have gotten an earlier start.

Meanwhile, I’ve gained a bit of notoriety as a YouTube ranter. The topic? Leftists.

And I will probably write about this story since the human dynamics of it and that of the anti-Trump riots are related. (Careful. The story will inflame your emotions.)

Tomorrow, I must travel through downtown to get to church, so I’ll keep my camera at the ready for any rioters in the wild. And please don’t worry about my safety. I don’t.

OH YEAH AND: I got Instalanched for this post today.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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We’re getting a new President, and given Secretary Mabus’ long tour, I’m guessing we’ll get a new Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV).  The next SECNAV will have to tackle a lot of issues.  If you want to score popularity points with the military, there are five issues that would be quite popular with our Sailors:


navyratingIt’s funny because we can’t say “Corpsman” anymore, because we got rid of rating titles AND the word “man”

Rollback the rating disestablishment.  I don’t think you could find a more despised and needless action then the disestablishment of Navy Enlisted Ratings.  If President Trump wants to score easy points with Sailors, simply restore Sailor’s ratings.  It would be cheaper in the long run (no more studies and training on whatever the new system would be) and certainly less confusing than whatever we would come up with.

nwufireWe wear a flammable uniform…apparently we never have fires in the Navy.

Put a 5 year limit on uniform changes.  It seems every other year we are getting a mandated uniform change.  All changes require enlisted Sailors to get extra uniform money to spend on uniforms, which seems like a good deal for uniform suppliers, but a terrible deal for the Navy’s budget.  Limit us to only one new uniform every 5 years, so we can stop wasting money designing flammable, non-camouflage pajamas.

Ely, past Barracks #1 at #2.It’s not my building…we at least maintain the lawn

Fix the Military Construction (MILCON) process.  We spent so much money on LCS and the F-35 that we had to rob someone’s piggy bank, so we chose building funds.  If you think that is my opinion, try reading the 2016 budget (emphasis is mine):

The  Department  has  been  challenged  to  meet  Combatant  Commander  demand  for forces,  and  associated  higher-
than-planned  operational  tempo,  while  dealing  with the  reality  of  reduced  resources  in  the Budget  Control  Act.    Surgeable  forces  have decreased  due  to  increased  maintenance  on  aging  platforms,  a reduction  in  aircraft and  weapons  procurement,  and  risks  taken  against  support  infrastructure.    This budget  continues  to  put  a  priority  on  readiness  while  maintaining  the  minimum investment  necessary  to maintain  an  advantage  in  advanced  technologies  and weapons  systems.    While  we  have  accepted  some  risk  in  weapons  capacity  and delayed  certain  modernization  programs,  this  budget  provides  us  with  a  plan  to keep the Navy and Marine Corps as a ready, balanced force.

Our Navy facilities are in poor shape in many places.  Unless you have a 3 or 4 star admiral, you are likely in a dilapidated building that should have been torn down 5 years ago.  My building, for example, was built in 1942, has scaffolding holding up the foundation in the basement, has flooding and cockroach problems (no matter how many times we poison them), struggles to maintain temperature…and it’s one of the nicer buildings on our waterfront.  It, along with many others, needs some new construction fast, something that our incoming President should be familiar with.

radm_eugene_b_fluckey_colorReview more combat awards, and cut down on other awards.  The guy in the above picture is Eugene Fluckey.  He was a WW2 badass submariner.  He got 4 Navy Crosses and the Medal of Honor for doing daring stuff, including putting his own Sailors ashore on Japan to blow up a train.  He has 4 rows of medals.  Nowadays, I see people who have done nothing close to that walking around with 6 rows of medals.  The sad part is that we hand out more medals for simply showing up to work, but we’re so stingy with combat awards, despite being at war for over a decade.

f_35_bobThis was the nicest F35 meme I could find…

Fix our broken acquisition process.  If you want a new weapons system, the best way to guarantee success is to ensure the parts are made in as many states as possible.  That will make killing the program in Congress nearly impossible.  Never mind if the weapon isn’t doing the job, or over budget, or eclipsed by technology.  Making our procurement processes buy gear and not be a source of Congressional graft would go a long way.

vaapptAt least you got some weight loss!

Actually fire someone in the VA.  Seriously.  Nobody has lost a job, except for the guy on top (and really, he resigned).  A President Trump that goes hospital by hospital firing poor performing employees would get cheered by all sides.  What a perfect image: “You’re fired” from a President who made that his punch line for quite some time.

This post represents the views of the author alone and does not represent views of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy or any other government agency. And no, I wasn’t making the cockroach part up.

If you liked this story, you’d probably like others on my blog.


Spock: I fail to comprehend your indignation, sir. I have simply made the logical deduction that you are a liar.

Star Trek: The Alternative Factor 1967

One of the things that we are hearing constantly from our friends on the left, even as we see images of leftists rioting and destroying over the election of Trump, is that muslims, blacks and latinos are being victimized by hate crimes by Trump supporters since the election. We’ve heard both Van Jones and Mr. Kahn on CNN (who has become the new Cindy Sheehan absolute moral authority voice of the left) about such things going on and I’ve heard said reports on CBS radio as well.

But you know what I haven’t heard or seen? Any audio or video of such events.

We live in an internet age, where smartphones are had by practically everyone, college students, factory workers, etc etc etc. The ability to record, either on audio or video a person threatening you is the push of a button away as is the ability upload such audio or video.

Yet for all of the talk of this going on we don’t see any of the actual evidence, nor a line of people going to police and filing charges. Actually that’s not true we did see one young lady making that claim to police in Louisiana but…

A Louisiana college student has acknowledged she fabricated a report that she was assaulted and robbed of her wallet and Muslim headscarf by two men, one of whom she described as wearing a white “Trump” hat, police said Thursday.

The Lafayette Police Department said in a statement that it is no longer investigating the 18-year-old woman’s claims, which were made within hours of Donald Trump’s presidential victory.

Police said the student told investigators she was walking near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s campus Wednesday morning when she was accosted by two white men who drove up in a gray sedan. Police added the student had claimed the men shouted racial obscenities as they knocked her down and stole her wallet and the headscarf, known as a hijab.

Charlie Bier, a spokesman for the university, said a federal privacy law prohibits him from saying whether the student could be disciplined.

On the other had we have no shortage of video of Trump supporters being beaten to wit:

So to all of those claiming a hate crime wave, I challenge you to show me some video and audio, and I further challenge you to file a police report and file charges and let’s find out if there is some there there. After all is it credible that there is absolutely no video of this if it is so common?

If this is actually happening such people doing these things, like those attacking trump supporters should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

If this is NOT happening and people are perpetuating hoaxes for the sake of political advantage then they too should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

But until I see the video, or the police reports, signed under pains of perjury you’ll forgive me for assuming that you are lying through your teeth.

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