Garcia Zarate is the reason there needs to be a wall

The murder trial of illegal Mexican immigrant Garcia Zarate, accused of murdering Kate Steinle, ended yesterday in a not guilty verdict. Garcia Zarate will now face deportation to Mexico, something that’s already taken place five separate times. In fact, when he murdered Kate Steinle, Garcia Zarate was awaiting his sixth deportation back to Mexico.

There’s no denying Garcia Zarate found a handgun, aimed it into a crowd, and pulled the trigger. What was in dispute was the intent. Garcia Zarate told authorities he was trying to shoot a seal. He claimed he missed the seal and accidentally shot and killed Kate Steinle.

Immigration laws do not matter

Once again, we cannot count on our government to do the right thing. We have laws. If these laws were enforced, Kate Steinle would be alive right now. Would be seal killer Garcia Zarate would be in Mexico where he belongs.

It doesn’t matter what laws get passed if they’re not enforced. This is especially true with immigration laws. If they’re not enforced, they do not matter.

This is why there needs to be a dumb giant wall built between the United States and Mexico. Only a giant wall will keep people like Garcia Zarate out of our country. If he wants to shoot seals, let him do it in Mexico.

Once a wall was built to keep people out, we wouldn’t have to hope law enforcement does their duty. We wouldn’t have to hope their budget allows them to do their duty. A wall, unlike a law, is a physical thing. Gravity would enforce the intent and purpose of the wall. Congress doesn’t control gravity. It wouldn’t matter if Congress completely gut the budget of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the giant wall will keep people like Garcia Zarate out of our country.

Can a giant wall separating the United States and Mexico even be built? Sure. The Chinese built a giant wall that stretches over 13,000 miles. If the ancient Chinese could build a wall that large, surely we could build something smaller, yet similar if we really wanted to.

Charles Manson 1934 – 2017

Charles Manson is finally dead. He was 83.

I’m old enough to remember the fear he and his “family” caused the public. Charles Manson was clearly insane, yet he was condemned to rot in prison, not a mental institution for the rest of his natural life. He also wasn’t sent to the gas chamber, something you would think would be a no-brainer considering the death and terror he left in his wake. He was originally condemned to death, but when California invalidated the death penalty in 1972, his punishment was automatically commuted to life in prison. Then in 1978, California reinstituted the death penalty, but since Manson’s sentence was commuted to life, there was no backsies.

And yes, that was the legal term for it.

I’m glad Manson is dead. It’s one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

My favorite part about waking up this morning and finding out Charles Manson was dead was how CNN framed the story. On their website, they have a photo of Manson, followed by that awful and obnoxious Ball basketball family from California, followed by a photo of Sean Hannity looking incredibly constipated.

Of everyone shown, Hannity looks the most miserable.

The New York Post published an interesting cover.

Make room Satan, Charles Manson is finally going to Hell? Manson never personally killed anyone. His followers were the ones who did the actual killing. Manson wasn’t even present for the murder of actress Sharon Tate, undoubtedly the most infamous of the Manson Family victims.

I’d wager there were far worse people in Hell than Charles Manson if Hell actually existed.

CNN lies about Netflix ‘cutting ties’ with Kevin Spacey

CNN is reporting that Netflix cut ties with Kevin Spacey, Oscar award-winning actor and sexual predator of teenage boys. Just because CNN says something, doesn’t mean it’s true.

For example, I went to my Netflix account and did a search for Kevin Spacey. Lots of results appeared. Here are the top three results:

A quick search of Netflix shows they still have lots of his movies and TV shows available for streaming.

If Netflix truly cut ties with Kevin Spacey, it would mean they were not making money from his work or paying him for his work. Having his movies and TV shows in their library provides content for Netflix subscribers. People pay to subscribe to Netflix.

Netflix still has economic ties with Kevin Spacey

If I decide to watch House of Cards on Netflix, Kevin Spacey makes money. Netflix pays him a residual for viewership of his work. Not only as an actor but as a producer as well.

If you’re still writing checks to someone, you can’t claim you’ve “cut ties” with them.

Why is CNN claiming Netflix cut ties with Kevin Spacey when a 10-second search on Netflix proves it’s not true? Because they’re lazy and they don’t seem to have a problem with reporting things that are not true. CNN probably received a press release from Netflix that said they cut ties with Kevin Spacey and the reporter assigned to the story, Sandra Gonzalez, treated it as gospel.

At best it’s lazy reporting on the part of Sandra Gonzalez and a lack of editorial overwatch. At worst, it’s fake news, a willful misreporting of the facts. Knowing CNN, it’s probably a little bit of both.

The North Korea nuclear threat

From the Huffington Post:

Though analysts said Sunday that they doubt North Korea has truly developed a hydrogen bomb, experts said the country’s nuclear capabilities were evidently improving.

Kim Dong-yub, a defense analyst in Seoul, told The New York Times he believed the test on Sunday involved a “boosted” atomic bomb. Nuclear weapons expert David Albright told the paper the power of the device suggested it contained “thermonuclear material.”

Vipin Narang, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who specializes in nuclear strategy, described the weapon tested as a “city buster.”

“Now, with even relatively inaccurate intercontinental ballistic missile technology, [North Korea] can destroy the better part of a city with this yield,” Narang told The Washington Post.

So North Korea now has a weapon that can destroy the better part of a city. What are we going to do about it?

North Korea has made it very clear they plan on using a nuclear weapon against the United States. So far, our policy towards this threat is to whine to China a about it. That plan of action doesn’t seem to be working. China doesn’t seem to be doing anything about North Korea as evidenced by this latest test.

When it comes to defending American cities against nuclear attack, we shouldn’t rely on the kindness of others to save us.

The North Korea nuclear threat - Bent Corner
North Korean propaganda poster.

The United States will eventually have to take North Korea off the board. By that I mean destroy North Korea. The only question remaining is if we first wait for North Korea to destroy an American city, or if we neutralize the threat before it’s allowed to take full fruition.

I don’t want to wait for North Korea to kill an American city before taking action.

The North Korean nuclear attack will not come from space

Anyone who thinks North Korea doesn’t pose a real threat until they fully master their missile technology is delusional. North Korea does not need to attack from space to kill an American city. Somali pirates easily hijack oil tankers traveling the Indian Ocean. How hard do you think it would be for a North Korean commando unit to hijack a container ship traveling from South Korea to the United States?

Not very hard at all. They could jam communications, board the ship, kill the entire crew, transfer the nuclear weapon, and then proceed to the United States. They could do all this without anyone knowing anything even happened.

Show me a nuclear device small enough to fit in the nose cone of a North Korean missile and I’ll show you a nuclear device small enough to be transported by a North Korean commando team to a container ship.

Watch out Los Angeles

Los Angeles is by far the most likely target for a North Korean nuclear attack. The two most active container cargo ports in the United States are both in Los Angeles: the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach.

Los Angeles sits in a basin. It has mountains behind it and the ocean to its front. It’s one of the things that make smog such a problem in LA. It would also make a nuclear blast and its radioactive fallout a very serious problem.

If we continue to react to North Korea’s aggression with a wait and see attitude, it’s not a matter of if North Korea will attack us, it’s a matter of when.

North Korea, Guam, and nuclear war

North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un has threatened to send four mid-range ballistic missiles over Japan and drop them within 18 to 24 miles of Guam. This development takes me back to the days of my youth.

After joining the Air Force at 19 and attending electronic warfare systems tech school, I was assigned to the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. I spend three long years there. Our mission was North Korea. Everything we did was aimed at going to war against North Korea.

Our forward operating base was Osan Air Base in South Korea. If war kicked off with North Korea, we would deploy to Osan. We were required to have a mobility bag packed at all times containing four sets of uniforms. They would hold drills were we had to report to work with our mobility bag. They were supposed to inspect it to make sure it was actually packed, but I don’t think they always did.

We would also deploy to South Korea on a regular basis, usually once a year in February for Team Spirit. We would stay up to six weeks at a time living in tents. One year I remember going in October for ten or so days.

I got into scuba diving while stationed in the Philippines. There were some really fantastic dive spots in the Philippines, but they were far from Clark Air Base. It meant I could only dive on three-day weekends. I wished I could dive more often. Ideally, I wanted to be able to dive every day. It was then that I began thinking about Guam. If I were stationed on Guam, I could theoretically go diving every day.  Being that I was stationed overseas, if I volunteered to go to another overseas assignment, I would get rewarded with 30 days paid leave to use between assignments. Plus, if I volunteered for Guam after the Philippines, I would supposedly get higher priority with my assignment after Guam.

I changed my dream sheet, the Air Force document on file that listed our preferences on assignments, for duty on Guam.

I got my wish. My “dream” was fulfilled. I finally left the Philippines in 1988. I was assigned to the 43rd Bomb Wing at Andersen Air Force Base. I was stationed there for over two years and I loved every minute of it. I got to work on the B-52, something I loved. When I was stationed at Clark Air Base, I worked on the F-4E and the F-4G Wild Weasel. The F-4 was a pain in the ass to work on. If anyone ever tells you they loved working on the F-4, they are lying. I hated the Philippines and I hated working on the F-4.

I loved Guam and I loved working on the B-52.

Guam was fantastic. Not only was the scuba diving better than the Philippines, it was a lot more accessible. I didn’t have to wait for 3-day weekends to go diving. I could go every day. Sometimes I did. I worked the flightline until midnight and would often go diving after work with some of the guys I worked with. Once you get into night diving, it’s hard to get back into daytime diving. In the pitch black with a high-intensity dive light, the colors really pop.

The Philippines was a third-world cesspool. Guam is the United States.

It makes me angry to hear Kim Jong Un threaten Guam. I’m tired of North Korea being a thing. It should have ceased to exist when the Soviet Union fell. It’s 2017. We shouldn’t still be burning calories dealing with North Korea. If North Korea launches missiles towards Guam, we should just nuke it from orbit and be done with it. Should we first wait for North Korea to use one of its nukes on us? To destroy an American city?

No thanks.

Chris Cornell 1964 – 2017

I woke up this morning to discover that Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died last night. He was 52.

Soundgarden was one of the creators of grunge music that came out of Seattle in the early 1990’s. Nirvana and Pearl Jam were more well known, but Soundgarden was by far my favorite.

It still is. There was something about the music Soundgarden produced. It had a unique raw energy created by lead guitarist Kim Thayil, coupled with Cornell’s dynamic voice.

When I first got my hands on Badmotorfinger, is was the only album I listened to. If it was possible to wear out a CD, I would have worn out my copy of Badmotorfinger.

Concert poster for Soundgarden at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC January 18th, 2013.

I haven’t been to many concerts, but I was lucky enough to see Soundgarden in 2013. They played at the DAR Constitution Hall in nearby Washington DC. They sounded as great as they had when I first heard them in 1991 on CD.

I was overcome with emotion when they began playing Rusty Cage. There I was listening to my favorite band play one of my favorite songs live and in person. Standing next to me was my wife Sheri, the love of my life and my best friend. Sheri is my only true friend. Sheri is the only friend I will ever want or need.

It was as though I was standing in a convergence of pure, unadulterated contentment.

It was a powerful feeling.