There is one aspect of the North Korea talks that needs to be brought up.

While the US congress is asking for consultation on any deal President Trump makes the real question is going to be on the North Korean side.

One of the problems with running a death camp the size of a small state is the even as a dictator or a family of dictators you can’t do it alone.  There is a large infrastructure involved of people from the guards who actually beat, murder and rape those you wish to oppress, to their commanding officers to order and supervise this being done to THEIR commanding officers who make sure these orders are carried out all the way up to Kim.

Even more important is the need for an infrastructure to eliminate anyone who doesn’t carry out said order, or who would rebel.  You might think for example that Kim had a bunch of bodyguards because of external threats but I suspect it was the job of a lot of those guards to keep an eye on each other.

And that the real danger here.

All the way down the line from the very top general to the guard at the gulags are people who make their living or get their kicks and power from the Kim regime.  The moment that North Korea beings to open up and do things differently a potential threat arises to that power.

If they can be convinced that the gravy train will continue unabated then there will be very little to worry about

But If enough of those people decide that any nuclear concessions are a threat to that continued power they might decide they would be better off with a different member of the Kim clan in charge and if they find a member of said clan who agrees and is willing to go along with a purge to make sure that their stranglehold on the country continues then all bets are off.

Of course this scenario also depends on them avoiding raising the suspicion of all those people watching them whose job it is to purge any person thinking of launching a purge but don’t think for one minute that this dynamic isn’t going on and don’t think for one second that the Chinese would not use this method to exercise their veto if they find they don’t like where Kim and Trump are going long term.

The Trump Kim summit is over and the reactions from the media have been varied, & the spin has already begun but even Joe Scarborough is admitting that this is a big deal:

It very fair to say that we aren’t going to know the long term results of all of this for years but Trump is already winning the PR war per this conversation with George Stephanopoulos

G: You’ve set the bar for nuclear agreements by criticizing the Iran nuclear deal, said it’s the worst deal ever made.

T: Terrible deal.

G: Does that mean that any deal with North Korea has to be tougher than the Iran deal?

T: I don’t think a deal could be softer. First of all, we’re not paying $150 billion, OK, we’re paying nothing from that standpoint other than, you will see what happens.


On a completely unrelated side note I had to open up a browser that I wasn’t signed into to get that Morning Joe tweet as I had forgotten they had blocked me a long time ago. Perhaps the judge in the Trump-Twitter was ignorant of the fact that all a blocked person has to do in order to see a tweet is to open a new browser that they’re not logged in to. But I’m flattered that the show blocked me as it indicated they have no confidence in their ability to counter my points among their most loyal fans.

That’s why I never block folks unless they are putting porn images into my timeline, let the left’s own arguments show them for what they are.


The Trump/Kim summit also demonstrates something that it took me a long time to figure out about Trump. Complements and Insults are throw away lines to be used whenever they suit him. One should not take an insult, even the worst possible insult as anything of substance and by the same token one should not take a complement from Trump as more than a bit of expediency. Both complements and insults are tools to be used to achieve ends. What Trump really thinks about a person is kept close to the vest and can not be determined by any complement or insult. His foes inability to figure this out is one of their great weaknesses.

Oh one exception. Trump’s complements to and about me were of course completely sincere.


Speaking of summits while the results of the Trump/Kim summit will take months and years to evaluate the results of the Trump/Kardisian summit are already worrying some on the left:

Donald Trump is succeeding at something few people thought possible. He is getting some black people to compare him to Barack Obama. Obama didn’t get Alice Johnson out of jail. Obama didn’t pardon Jack, even though Ken Burns asked him to and produced an entire documentary explaining why.

Donald Trump isn’t killing the Republican Party.

He is killing the Democratic Party.

He is singlehandedly making people forget the strength and resilience and heart of the party that once tried to define itself as the place for the little guy, for the left-outs, for the have-nots.

The key words in that are “once tried to define itself” because with black unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent and the gap between the black and white unemployment rate is down to 2.4% the difference between “defining itself” and doing is the difference between Trump and the Democrat Party.

Don’t’ get me wrong as Powerline notes Alice Johnson was a big time Drug dealer and deserved what she got but after 21 years she’s not likely a danger to anyone, but gestures like this showing that America is the country of 2nd chances is good for the country in the long run.


A little more Trump? The president has managed to Sack the NFL with his move on the Eagles (ironically a team that didn’t kneel during the 2017 season. By dis-inviting them and then following up asking for a list of possible pardon targets he has invited them to put their money where their mouths are and provide names of folks who have been mistreated by police who deserve pardon. There has been no response from the NFL crowd but it will be interesting to see if they thread the needle of recommending cop killers and traitors on one end or snubbing the offer on the other.

Given what we’ve seen from the players I expect them to charge directly into the jaws of this trap rather than doing something useful with it.


Speaking of sportsmen who don’t care for Trump there is a lot of talk about where Lebron James is going to end up next year. I’ve heard speculation from Philly, Houston, LA and even Boston but in all that talk there was one thing I was hearing on sports radio that I found very appealing.

The question was how long Lebron would stay in the league, from what the hosts were saying his goal is to stay long enough so that when his oldest son is drafted by a team, he can play beside him.

There are a lot of reason why people don’t care for Lebron, but I’ve got to tell you that as far as I’m concerned a man with such a goal in mind has his priorities in life straight and it certainly won’t hurt the black community to have a role model who is clearly concerned about being a father who is there for his son.


Robert Stacy McCain tell us another story of how the honored cultural elites turn out to be less than meets the eye:

Stunning revelations of an Australian paedophile ring involving celebrity arts figures have been laid bare by the daughters of a prominent playwright.
Rozanna and Kate Lilley, the daughters of playwright and poet Dorothy Hewett, say they were forced into sex aged 15 by men including the late Bob Ellis and Martin Sharp, The Australian reports.
Sharp, Australia’s foremost pop artist, designed record covers and posters for Bob Dylan, Donovan and Eric Clapton and wrote songs for Clapton’s band, Cream.
Ellis was a political commentator, writer and film maker who penned 22 television and screenplays.
The Lilley sisters, who each have written new books, say their mother encouraged underage sex between her daughters and famous men she entertained at her Sydney house.
The sisters say the men enjoyed having young girls around and their mother, considered a left wing radical and admired feminist, encouraged their joining in the libertine sex scene of the times.

If you have the stomach for it I suggest reading the whole piece but in fairness I have to say that given what we’ve seen from Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey and so many others of the left I have to take exception to the use of the word “shocking” in this context.


Entertainment? The movie Solo is aptly named as it seems to be alone in the Star Wars universe in it’s inability to make it into the black. Apparently the idea of treating the customer base as a group of people to be lectured to on social issues rather than a customer base to be served just doesn’t work in terms of the bottom line.

And apparently the plan for Disney is to extend this to the Marvel movies as ace reports:

Anyway, Disney may be facing tougher times ahead, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

When all this is over, I’d like Disney to stand as a cautionary tale about injecting SJW politics into movies, TV shows, childrens’ cartoons, and sports coverage.

When you position yourself as a de facto political organization, you should be treated as such.

PS: Captain Marvel seems like it just might be a Social Justice Warrior bonanza. I have high hopes that it will be the first Solo-like dud of the MCU.


Some house keeping.  After 9 years on the radio and podcasting we ended the podcast last month.  The time just isn’t there and the weekly format meant that I was behind on some news while missing other news.  As an alternative I’ve been doing a series of pieces called “Interviews with Immigrants” where I do audio interviews with folks who were born elsewhere about the hows and whys and wherefores of coming here.  So far I have talked to people from Haiti, Iraq and El Salvador with more on the way.  The plan is to start putting them up by the of the month.


Finally some blog/stat/dough updates

You may have noticed a few changes here.  Fausta has been ill and has been unable to post, Zilla also has had some health issues in the family and has been absent as well as had JD Rucker.  We wish all of them speedy recoveries and hope they choose to return when they are feeling better.   Sadly we have also said goodbye to Michigan Mick who choose depart for personal reasons and wish him the best with the knowledge that there is always a place for him to opine if he feels the need to opine.

On the plus side the good we have decided to give a platform to the good folks at the Worcester Tea Party who have helped us with events in the past.   We have an occasional Gun piece from Sam Bocetta and Tech Knight and Ellen Kolb are posting twice a month rather than once.

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Donald Trump is about to enter into completely unknown and unexpected waters this week.

Unknown because we really haven’t seen this kind of an initiative by a US president on the Korean Peninsula since, well ever.

Unexpected because even if you were one of the few people who three years ago concluded that the figure going down that escalator in NY would be President at this time, I very much doubt that you, in your wildest dreams saw him meeting the leader of North Korea at a summit.

The fact that the president has arranged this is an amazing thing but the really amazing thing is he is in a completely no lose situation.

If worst comes to worse then we are faced with confronting a dictatorial mass murdering madman with nuclear capability that hate us….which is exactly what we’ve been doing for the last 20 years anyways.

If 2nd worst comes to worse, then any deal made is reneged by the Norks which is to be expected anyways as mass murdering communist dictators don’t have a real good record in the honesty department.

I am a supporter of Donald Trump but I’m not so much of a supporter that I’m blind to the fact that both the worst and 2nd worst are real legit possible results but even if they come Trump will be able to say:  “We gave it a shot and it didn’t work out so now we know where we stand”

However it is also possible that progress is made on peace, on trade, on disarmament etc.  Even a small amount of progress would be an astounding thing and an epic change from the status quo.

It’s even possible that a major breakthrough could take place, but again we are in completely uncharted waters here so such a result shouldn’t be expected.

I admit I have no idea what is going to happen and no matter what anyone tell you it’s likely nobody else does either, but there is one prediction that I can make that I’m felling pretty secure of.

No matter what the result the Never Trump Di Niro left will dub it a failure and fault the President for trusting the communist dictator, if so it will be the only time anyone on the left has decided that trusting communists is a bad thing in my lifetime.

The big news story of yesterday was President Trump surprising everyone by reacting to Kim’s threats to cancel the Singapore summit between the North Koreans and the US by beating him to the punch.

“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim, which was released Thursday morning.

While there has been a lot of shock in the press and online this underlines two basic facts that apparently both the press and the North Koreans have.

  1. Trump already has what he wants from North Korea.

If there are two things that the US would want from North Korea it would be to dismantle or delay their nuclear program and the release of any Americans being held by them.

Both of these things have been done although the 2nd is likely out of either necessity or out of sabotage, not out of kindness or a desire for peace.

If you told anybody in January 2017 that by the end of May 2018 North Korea would have given up their hostages AND dismantled their nuke site they would have told you that is a pipe dream, but Trump has these things in his pocket.

2.  It is Kim NOT Trump that needs the summit

The one thing that the North Koreans want more than anything else is international recognition and the openings that come from it.

It is these openings that can give them the chance to feed their people and gain prestige and the evidence of this was their amazingly quick response to Trump’s cancellation.

“If and when Kim Jong-un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting.” It turns out Trump didn’t have to wait long. From Bloomberg:

In a statement Friday by state-run KCNA that cited Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea vowed to continue to pursue peace and signaled it would give Washington more time to reconsider talks.

“Our goal and will to do everything for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and mankind remains unchanged, and we are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind,” according to the statement. “We express our intent that there is a willingness to sit at any time, in any way to resolve issues.”

One of the reasons why the Media can’t destroy Trump is because they didn’t make him, and his power and reputation aren’t dependent on him.  Nor does he care if he wins a Nobel Prize or not because he understands that will not make his more or less of what he is.

So now we have the spectacle of the Norks wanting to get the summit back on track or at least rescheduled, the ball is now in Trump’s court and he can either agree without conditions, or agree for a price.

My price would be the USS Pueblo.

On January 23, 1968 the North Koreans seized the USS Pueblo and it crew.  While the crew was released in December of that year the ship is still held by the Norks while it remains a commissioned warship in the US Navy.  Only the USS Constitution has been commissioned longer that the Pueblo.

If I was Donald Trump I’d make the return of the USS Pueblo a condition of the rescheduling of the summit and if he needs, at some time in the future to give the Norks a bloody nose in the future without provoking war, I’d sink the Pueblo with a cruise missile.  It’s our ship and ours to sink if we please.