IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, BLAME THE RUSSIANS

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, BLAME THE RUSSIANS

During the final presidential debate on October 19th, President-elect Donald Trump created a stir when he stated that he wouldn’t necessarily accept the election results.  Democratic politicians and political pundits pounced on Trump’s comments as proof that he was not fit to lead the United States.  His opponent, Hillary Clinton stated that Trump’s refusal to “respect the results of [this] election” was a “direct threat to our democracy.”  Fast forward to today, six weeks after the election, and it is the Clinton camp attempting to delegitimize the President Elect. The Green Party Recount Hillary Clinton’s team announced that her lawyers would be involved in overseeing the recount effort spearheaded by Jill Stein and the Green Party.  Stein claimed this recount was important for election integrity, but admitted that there was no concrete evidence to suggest there was any tampering with the election.  Despite only gaining 1% of the vote, Stein raised $7.3 million through an online campaign to recount the votes in three states where Trump was the Victor.  This baseless endeavor failed miserably, and Donald Trump actually gained more votes through the process in Wisconsin.  With an unsuccessful recount effort behind them, the Democrats are now blaming the Russian government for the Democratic Party’s defeat. The Russians Did It There is zero evidence, other than a “secret” CIA report, that that the Russians manipulated or “hacked” the United States presidential election.  The most the CIA is alleging is that the Russians possibly hacked into the Democratic National Committee emails and possibly the emails of Clinton Campaign head, John Podesta. There is no indication that the Russians meddled with voting machines...
Moving F-16 and F-18 Assembly to India – What Could Go Wrong?

Moving F-16 and F-18 Assembly to India – What Could Go Wrong?

An initiative to move production of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F/A-18 Super Hornet to India has been underway since last Spring, but the story behind it has been more or less hidden in plain sight. Now that a new focus on protecting American jobs has risen to the fore, this potential arrangement is gaining more attention outside of Washington. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the iconic F-16 and Boeing, who builds the F-18, have, in coordination with the Pentagon and the Secretary of Defense, been engaged in negotiations with New Delhi, to move production of the fighter jets to India. India is presently in the gradual mode of a broad military modernization program. Most of its existing inventory of jets are Russian MiG-21’s – a fifty-year-old jet that at this point is a focus of safety concerns and been involved in dozens of accidents and a handful of fatalities not accountable to pilot error. Both Boeing and Lockheed-Martin would be setting up production in India – L-M moving the entire assembly of the F-16 out of Fort Worth, Texas. The situation proposed, is not as unusual or novel as it might sound. The F-16 has not been exclusively built in the U.S. for years. At present, F-16 production exists in Europe and Asia – Fokker in The Netherlands, Sabca in Belgium, Samsung in Korea, and Turkish Aircraft Industries in Turkey. At some future point, the F-16 production in Texas will be phased out as the U.S. military transitions fully to the F-35. The Chicago Tribune reported that about 300 mechanics on the Fort Worth assembly line would...
This Day in History – December 16

This Day in History – December 16

December 16 705 – Chinese empress Wu Zetian dies 755 – The An Shi Rebellion begins during the Chinese Tang Dynasty as an Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang 1431 – Henry VI of England is crowned King of France 1485 – First wife of Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, is born 1515 – Portuguese admiral Afonso de Albuquerque dies 1598 – During the Seven Years War, the final battle, Battle of Noryang Point, occurs and the Korean navy defeats the Japanese 1653 – Oliver Cromwell receives the title of “Lord Protector” of England, Scotland and Ireland and the dictatorial powers that go along with it 1707 – A seventeen-day eruption begins on Mount Fuji, the highest volcano in Japan. It is also the last time the volcano erupted and is known as the Hoei Eruption 1770 – German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven is born 1773 – To protest the tax on tea from England, a group of young Americans, disguised as Indians, throw chests of tea from British ships in Boston Harbor 1775 – Novelist Jane Austen is born 1811 – The greatest series of earthquakes in US history begin when an estimated 8.6 magnitude earthquake shakes the Mississippi River Valley near New Madrid, Missouri. The quake altered the topography of the region, but as it was sparsely inhabited at the time, there were no known human fatalities. The Mississippi River reversed direction momentarily creating Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee. Additional quakes and aftershocks continued from winter into spring, five of which were estimated at an 8.0 magnitude or greater 1826 – Benjamin Edwards proclaims himself...