As of the moment I write this, my Southern California home region is awaiting a week-long dousing by Mother Nature. To put it into some kind of a perspective for those of you who have never experienced the Pineapple Express, a one-hit-wonder named Albert Hammond wrote a song entitled "It Never Rains in Southern California," later covered by Barry Manilow if you're into his music.
Contained in the chorus are the following lines:
It never rains in California
But girl, don't they warn ya
It pours, man it pours.
He isn't kidding. It can and does happen. It's about to happen.
We are told by the Weather Service that we can expect up to eight inches of rain in Downtown Los Angeles and a foot or more in the mountains over the next seven days. What this will produce is a lot of entertainment for the disaster ghouls who are getting a little bored with the Haitian earthquake. This storm is likely to affect Hollywood lib'ruls, who will lose their multimillion-dollar Malibu mansions as the ground beneath them collapses from the water. You will get to see just as many conservative Orange County Republicans who live out the same foolish residential fantasies as their much-maligned political rivals up the coast suffer similar consequences from their ill-considered vanity. You might even get to see some serious flooding inland, which tends not to happen very often. It will affect the non-rich, and just might remind you of Haiti – and of New Orleans. So stock up the beer supply, pop a mound of corn, and settle in for real reality television! Eat your heart out, Jeff Zucker!
I don't provide this entertainment report about the coming weather on a political page unless there is a connection. The connection is: this nation is facing away from the approach of metaphorical storms which will cause as much havoc (allowing for variances equaling orders of magnitude) as either the Haitian Earthquake or The Great Southern California Flush.
The United States is so deep in debt that there is a realistic expectation that it can never be fully repaid. But the biggest single expenditure of the government -the military budget- isn't about to be touched, for it is needed to conquer the rest of the world and put it all under our national control for the benefit of the overt owners of the government – the private commercial sector (see: "health care reform" if you have doubts). Everything else is subject to curtailment or elimination in order to facilitate this insane goal. You ARE expendable in this effort.
But while the American armor appears to be strong and shiny on the outside, the inner portion suffers from malevolent neglect. Our industrial base -vital to any nation at war- has been shipped across indefensible oceans, something that isn't a good idea as our military planners should have learned from our successful submarine warfare against Japan in WWII. Despite the much-vaunted abilities of the US Navy, they were seriously surprised by an undetected Chinese sub surfacing about one mile away from a US carrier -a guaranteed kill, according to experts- during the conduct of an anti-submarine exercise which should have detected it. This incident tells us two things: We cannot protect our lines of supply. We cannot protect our means to wage war, much less ourselves. Imagine if real terrorists started flying into Detroit! No one will be able to save you from that.
Another vital item necessary to conduct global war is money. This nation is broke. The entire economic output of the US — estimated as of the end of the third quarter of 2009 at $14,242.1 billion — wouldn't completely cover the amount of money that has been promised to back up the Wall Street banks which put the world's economy on the skids. The Federal Reserve admits to some $2 trillion being supplied to the banks by the taxpayers, but we don't really know because they won't reveal the true numbers. MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan claimed on his 1/15/10 episode that the amount promised to the banks is closer to $24 trillion. That would put the GDP at only about 60% of the amount promised to the banks. Or, every dollar generated by the US economy for almost two years is now seen by the Wall Street banks as promised to them. Who cares if you eat! There are executive bonuses to be paid lest we lose their talents to competitors! You are expendable in this effort!