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Will Bill O’Reilly’s Ride Off Into the Sunset?

O'REilly - MackrisI was not a big fan of O’Reilly. If I said I watched him for a few minutes once every month or so I would be exaggerating. Whenever I did it seemed he would have Bernie Goldberg echoing whatever he said; then he had a comedian Dennis Miller who like Bernie would agree with Bill. Other than those two all I recall about the show is attractive women were the main people with whom he engaged in discussions.

I figured out the people were going to be on his show they had to agree with him. If they were women in addition they had to be good-looking. Most seemed to be blondes although not like the ones who were sitting on Dorchester Heights and wondering about distances while looking at the moon.

I looked upon O’Reilly as one of those old guys who enjoys having young attractive women around him. It makes them feel like a lady’s man. I assumed the women knew they were in that position because of their looks. It helped that most seemed to have  some smarts but that wasn’t required; rather, it might have been a detriment to some because Bill did not like to be contradicted.

Believing Liars: How Can You Tell When A Liar is Not Lying

(`) Joe BltzI had a conversation recently with my old friend Jake who told me that Stevie Flemmi had said something about someone. I asked him what was said. Jake replied, “Flemmi said that Louis the Lip told him that he paid off Judge Neil Gorsuch  to take care of a case for one of his friends.” 

Jake asked me if I thought Judge Gorsuch was on the take. I asked him what he thought. He said that he didn’t know. Why would Flemmi have said it if it was untrue?

I said to Jake what if I told him his uncle Detective Luke Warm was on the take. Would believe it? He said he’d ask me more to see why I was saying it. I said I’d tell him Detective Roy Roman told me. He said he’d want to know more about what Roy was talking about. I replied Roy had passed away and that is all he told me.

Jake said he knows his uncle is on the up-and-up so he wouldn’t believe it. I said what if you didn’t know  anything about your uncle  what would you then conclude.

The Allure of the Drink to Drinkers. A Boston Mystery

CharlatanHow do guys around Boston who have too much to drink end up in the drink?

I have a friend who has been wondering this for a while. My friend suggested there is a serial murderer (or murderers) around who are preying on young guys who are alone late at night and tossing them into the harbor or the rivers. I have to admit I did not give it much consideration. Surely the DAs didn’t think much of the deaths. No evidence of trauma seems to shut any investigations down. So we are left to believe that somehow some guys who get drunk end up fall in the water and drown.

I got to thinking about this.  I’ve been with many guys in my teenage years drinking down at the edge of the waters of Boston Harbor at Savin Hill or Malibu beach or down the Cape. Many of us had had far more to drink than was good for us. Sadly some of my friends became alcoholics who became so badly blitzed some nights we left them at the beach to “sleep it off.”  Yet none of them to my knowledge ended up in the briny deep.

R.I.P Aaron Hernandez: You Found the Answer.

Houston Texans v New England PatriotsI have not read what others have said about Aaron Hernandez.  We can only guess as to what was going on in his head in the early morning hours on April 19, 2017. We do know however what was happening in the early morning hours 242 years before that.  If you don’t remember let me have Henry Wadsworth Longfellow give you a hint:

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

Yes, it was the day the American Revolution began.  The day when the local farmers we refer to a patriots, considered by the English to be traitors or rebels, took up arms to fight against the redcoats. Listen to  Longfellow:

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

Trump Increases His Bluff. Is He Risking The LIves of Our Sailors

DSC_0813Every once in a while I check the status of the Navy to see where the aircraft carriers are sitting. We have 10 of those ships with two under construction but only 5 or 6 seem to be able to operate at any one time.  I believe right now we only have five deployed. I read an article that said the Trump has sent two more aircraft carriers to float around off of North Korea. Having  had his initial bluff on Kim Jung-un (KJ-un) fall flat he is upping the ante.

I’ve written that there is no military solution to the North Korean situation because of the devastation it can wreak on South Korea. That is why as far back as Nixon’s time every American president treads cautiously in dealing with it. We now have the Trump whose ignorance of history tells him he can bluff the North Koreans into doing – what? We don’t know what is in his mind. Does he want to bring them to the negotiation table? What is it that he will require of them? Is he seeking to have them stop their missile and nuke programs? Is that realistic to think he can make them do it short of a war?

The Most Dangerous President: Ego Trumps Sanity

seoulNorth Korea (NK) is an intractable problem. It is not a country to be messed with. I suggest that one can take judicial notice of that. For were we able to do anything about it we would have done so by now.

A little history.

This report tells us that when LB Johnson was president: The USS Pueblo was in international waters when it was attacked by North Korean warships. “In order to prevent further attacks, Commander Bucher complied with the attacker’s signal to follow them back towards the shore.The DPRK vessels fired upon the Pueblo again when she stopped just outside of the Korean territorial waters. Seaman Duane Hodges was mortally wounded in the attack, and several others were injured as they stood on the deck and flung materials into the sea. Without assistance, and unable to respond to the aggression with due violence, Commander Bucher had no choice but to order that they continue. Shortly after leaving international waters, the Pueblo was boarded. High-ranking North Korean officials were among those who seized the ship, overseeing the capture as the Pueblo’s crew were bound, blindfolded, and beaten. When the ship arrived at the dock in Wonsan, the eighty-three American prisoners were paraded off the ship to the cheers of a gathered crowd. The promised support fighters never arrived.”

Mystery Solved: Why Money Guys Were in Trump’s War Room

IMGP1919It was late Thursday night April 6, 2017 when news flashed out that The Trump had ordered a cruise missile strike on Syria. Raytheon makes cruise missiles and they cost about a million a pop. So that was 59 million in U.S. dollars that would have to go to Raytheon to reimburse it for giving us another 59 missiles.

I suppose what made me think of Raytheon and the money involved was that in making plans for the strike Trump has as part of his war planning team the Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasurer, Wilbur Ross, the Commerce Secretary, and Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council.

Gary is a former investment banker formerly the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs; Wilbur is a banker known for his skill in dealing with companies in distress; and Steve is also a former (difficult to say former since they always return) member of Goldman Sachs who also is involved in dealing with failed banks. Now the only reason these men were there during some of the planning of the attack could not have been because of their expertise in foreign relations or military matters. They are money men who know how to make lots of money.