Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SERIOUS STUFF




Tuesday, March 31, 2005 is the deadline for Iran and the USA to reach a preliminary agreement leading to Iran’s shelving its nuclear bomb ambitions.

It is questionable if there will be any treaty signed by Iran without Obama permitting the fox to guard in the hen house. AS of Monday the Iranians were backing off two key items in the preliminary treaty-yes it is not a treaty but the framework for one that includes a lessening of the economic sanctions against Iran.

The Iranians are supposedly rejecting the moving of their nu clear stockpile to the nuclear powers’ supervision outside their country. They are also objecting to the ten year cooling off period.

The negotiators have already conceded much of the effectiveness of this treaty by exponentially increasing the number of centrifuges Iran is permitted to a level which would make their resumption of finishing a bomb an immediate threat.

Iran already has the long range missile capability of destroying not only Israel; which its real leader the Ayatollah has repeatedly stated was his objective, but to reach well into Europe and into the Indian subcontinent.

The sad fact is that America’s foreign policy relating to Iran is so confusing that our traditional allies among the Muslim States; Saudi Arabia and Egypt have felt we have deserted them. In fact they have united to militarily intervene in Yemen where the Iranian supported Shi'ite Houthi has been pushing out our long time supported government, a circumstance we have not resisted.

At the same time we are supposed to be acting against Iran in Yemen, in Syria our actions of nonmilitary support for the rebels which has allowed ISIS emergence seem to be supportive of the Tehran backed Bashar al-Assad's government. That is despite the fact that our policy dictates the overthrow of his government.

In Iraq we are letting Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias are play a major role in the effort of that government trying to regain control of that country’s north from ISIS.

I am not mentioning the erosion of our relationship with Israel due to personalities. Israel does not want a bad treaty to threaten its existence. Obama/Kerry could be this generations Chamberlain.

These are dangerous times for all the world and we must act resolutely out of strength and not fear. The war you think you may have avoided will be the war that you are forced into by enemies you have permitted to become stronger.

For the next three days Dawg will have the company of Slapshot while my Roanoke daughter, son-in-law and Ohio great-grandson are visiting. Don’t look for any blogs before the weekend and that will be about the Council meeting. I am hoping for a Wisconsin/Duke game to tape next Monday night.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

POST 8 POTPOURIE




Just two more NCAA basketball days left, if this weekend games which were great had been about 30 seconds shorter the ACC would have filled three quarters of the final four. As it is the Big Ten is half the field. Kentucky can be beaten.

After being a subscriber to the Courier for the past 70 years I am not going to renew it again at the end of this week. This is an action that I have long contemplated but it is no longer a “newspaper” and the few special features such as the Bridge Column are no longer readable due to the ungodly small typeface being used.  Once upon the time the Telephone 'book" listings were the criteria used to determine the need for reading glasses. The Courier's news type is about that size; however the type face used that column and in "Doonsbury" which is still a good political satire makes the old criteria seem like giant print.

The news quota is extracted from USA TODAY or Associate Press and there is no longer any real Plainfield interest expressed. Indeed much of the so called local news articles in the Central Jersey Counties are often just a plug for some local enterprise that could be an advertisement. And it has just raised it price!

It is a shame that this generation’s fascination with the cyber electronic world has caused a loss of newspaper readership with a resulting extreme reduction in advertising the life blood of the industry. This may be a case of which came first; the chicken or the egg.

The Star Ledger has also deteriorated in the past two years to a point in which what was once the best sports section in the Metropolitan area is a skeleton, and also depending on AP. However its obituary pages are still going strong although the number of my peers still living and in New Jersey is minute.

Perhaps next Monday at the Council meeting if and when we get some believable explanation of the process that resulted in the selection of Yates for an “emergency demolition” which Public Works had been aware of the need for almost three months, and two administrations had allowed a hazard condition to remain for years; we will get some information on the remedial plans for our streets.

WE have had the equipment to preserve them but have not used it. Woodland Ave which was repaved about 10 years ago is a disaster. Watchung Ave, not only still has those improper repaired street openings, but is also developing linear lengthwise linear cracks, after 4 years? Leland Ave south of Seventh is a pothole obstacle course. Why are there two sets of transverse cuts on the recently paved section of Leland near North Ave.? And as to regards of North Ave that street which was another misadventure in the McWilliams administration has already become in need of resurfacing.

If New Jersey is the heaviest taxed state it is not that we don’t have the money but our politicians have managed to misuse it.





NO BLOG

The newest ACC member almost did it, but  Kentucky beat the Irish with 2 foul shots with 6 seconds left.
No blog today, two games and spring cleaning.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SATURDAY'S POTPOURRI



Tomorrow night the round of 8 will be over earlier; not him after the midnight of Friday and nearly 11 tonight*. Although my sentimental favorite was knocked out by Michigan State, the ACC still has 3 teams in the round of eight which is 37.5% of the field. Can any other Conference match that?

If my chest is puffed out it is not due to COPD, but the fact that on Friday my 10 year old great-granddaughter for the second straight year became the Ohio State Championship Gymnast in her age and skill level class. Last year she won on her first try at level 5; this year she jump to level 7. She really ACED the meet, not only being 1st out of 68 competitors in her group; taking 2 first and 2 seconds in the individual events  but had the highest score overall of all 136 competitors in all the groups that participated Friday . Tokyo here we come in 2020.

Mayor Mapp’s weekly letter is out today. He is to be congratulated for  being a participant in a group of 40 Mayors in a signing an Amicus Brief in the Texas vs United States Lawsuit supporting  Obamas executive order on the undocumented  immigrants. I do not believe that it costs to city any money to take that humanitarian position.
More important it behooves all of us to push our Congress to revise and amend the present laws to grant citizenship to the illegals who have been good citizens for years and to revise the quotas and processes that discriminate against the Latinos.

* no I did not write that contorted sentence, the "automatic" I think I know best word processor must have done it when I transferred from word to the blog. I do proof read  and can not explain why I missed it.