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1 - Medron - Trump Biden 2020 - I’ve been going over the debate since it ended, and especially studying the beginning to see how it went so bad. And I’ve come up with an interesting conclusion. Trump did not start the slugfest. Biden did.
Don’t get me wrong. Trump was ready and eager to fight. He had one of the guys who had sabotaged his campaign and his presidency right here on the ropes for one and a half hours. He wanted to beat the guy. And he did. He even called Biden out on what Biden and his former boss did four years ago.
But what turned the debate so quickly? Well. Biden did.
The first two segments went really smooth. Trump said his thing. Biden said his thing. And then Biden decided it was time to start interrupting Trump. Yeah. Watch the debate again. Just the first twenty minutes if you don’t want to go all the way down. You’ll see.
Biden started it. Trump was talking and doing his thing and Biden jumped in and started interrupting him. Several times in fact. And when Trump started returning the favor? That was when Wallace started jumping in to stop him and make sure Biden could talk.
Biden also started the insult train by calling Trump a liar. Multiple times. He called Trump a clown, and told him to “keep yapping.” All in the first twenty minutes. This was long before Biden called him a racist and Putin’s puppy in the last half of the debate. Way before Trump insulted his intelligence.
It makes me wonder if Biden planned to do that all along. To make the debate go so low with insults and attacks that everybody would be disgusted. If so, he succeeded.
Though I think he and liberals in general don’t realize just how angry they make everybody Americans when they brandish insults like that. Americans have seen those insults for decades now, and they no longer carry the weight they use to. In fact, far more often, they are bouncing back on those who use them.
Don’t get me wrong. Trump did not do himself many favors in this debate. And he failed in more than one place to seal the deal. But I think Biden did himself a LOT of damage when he started the insult and interrupt campaign.
2 - Medron - Biden Ryan 2012 - Eight years ago, Vice President Biden and Vice President candidate Ryan met in a debate. I went back to watch the first twenty minutes of that debate, just as I did the Trump-Biden debate of this week. For one, it was rather amazing to watch Biden walk around with a spring in his step. But it was also amazing to see how much was the same between then and now. His mannerisms. His reactions. And the way he debated.
Biden treated Ryan in 2012 much the same way he treated Trump in 2020. In the first twenty minutes, he interrupted Ryan multiple times. He accused Ryan of saying untrue things multiple times. Didn’t actually use the term “liar” as he did with Trump, and didn’t call Ryan a clown. But he did use the term “malarkey” multiple times, which means insincere, foolish, and deceiving. He also said that what Ryan said was just untrue. He mockingly laughed at Ryan throughout Ryan’s answers, and talked over him multiple times when the moderator was very obviously asking Ryan a question.
Now Ryan was a gentleman and did not respond in kind. And from my memories of that time, he was loudly declared to have lost the debate. That was eight years ago. Trump today is no gentleman to those who mock him. He is known to fire back when people attack him. He hits everybody, so it is truly no surprise to me how Trump reacted when Biden pulled the same tricks on him, only ramped up, as he did on Ryan eight years ago.
After watching the Biden-Ryan debate, I no longer wonder if Biden planned to start the insult and interrupt campaign during the debate with Trump this week. I now realize that it is his standard operational strategy. It is what he wanted. Though I would be willing to bet that he was surprised by just how down in the dirt and muck it got. All of us were, but perhaps more of us should have watched that old debate again. Then we would have recognized the signs earlier to know exactly what was going on.
3 - Medron - The Martian Affair -
4 - Medron - The Audacious Affair -
5 - Medron - Trump 2020 - Okay. Fess up. Who had “Trump contracts the Wuhan Virus” on your 2020 bingo card?
I know the media is saying he asked for it, and continues to lie about him calling it a hoax. So of course he deserves it in their eyes.
But here’s the thing. He’s had the best social distancing team in the world for months. They’ve kept him in a bubble, and tested everybody who enters that bubble for months. He’s had the best doctors and the best testing, and this bug still got through everything they did to try to keep it away from him.
In the end, this is proof of just how easy it is to get this bug. It’s a mobile little bugger, and if it can make it to the leader of the free world, it can basically make it to anybody.
My goal right now is to hold it at bay long enough by cleaning my work space and keeping people at a distance so that when I do finally get it, there will be an approved and inexpensive cocktail of drugs designed and ready to fight it. All while I’m taking the vitamins that seem to be good at fighting it to begin with based on all the studies we’ve seen.
It’s a dual approach, I grant you. And I’m really hoping it works, because I have an elderly mother at home and I really don’t want to expose her to this thing before we really know what we are doing with it.
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7 - Medron - The Audacious Affair -
8 - Medron - Pence Harris 2020 - Another debate is in the can, and after last week I decided to watch it very carefully. The first thing I was looking for was who would interrupt the other first. I figured it would happen fairly soon, probably after the first round of question and answer. I was not disappointed when Harris interrupted Pence fairly early in the debate. Though it did not delve into the total crash and burn of last week’s debate.
Harris spent most of the debate attacking Trump, rather than the man she was debating. And Pence spent most of his time talking about the policies the Trump/Pence administration had, were, and would be conducting. Harris made a lot of funny faces and called Trump dishonest. Pence stayed calm and went a bit long on most of his answers, to the point that I was getting tired of the moderator trying to shut him up in the middle of sentences filled with information I actually wanted to hear.
There was one big confrontation between them when Pence tried to get Harris to answer the question about whether they would pack the supreme court, and then took the stage back when she didn’t have a quick answer and told everybody that of course they would do it if elected. There were numerous other confrontations and disagreements between them as well, but the moderator did fairly well at making certain each had the time to answer the questions the way they wanted to. Including giving extra time to Harris after she and Pence argued about some point of fact.
The thing I liked most about the debate is that we heard from both candidates and they had the time to say what they thought in response to the questions. That is the role of a good debate in my opinion. With some room for them to disagree in real time and call each other on those opinions and the facts that back them up or disprove them. We got that in the Pence Harris debate, and so I consider it a mostly successful debate.
I personally think that Pence’s calm demeanor and presentation helped him win the night, though I do admit to being biased on the point. I have always liked those aspects of his personality, and wish more politicians acted like him.
9 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Republic of Texas Space Force charted their path into space and the stars as time went on. They were made of small ships, often commanded by lone astronauts who came home between missions to press the flesh and encourage wealthy donors to provide more money in support of further explorations. If the Texas Space Force had any weakness, it was that their culture and experience enshrined the idea of going places and then coming back. What was in between was of little notice to them, and staying there held no interest to them. So they surveyed the Xi Bootis system, and secured the Dallas colony that took it over in 2145. They escorted numerous claim jumpers out of the system in those days, and proved singularly successful in that mission. But they did not explore the space between Dallas and Alpha Centauri. The glorified Space Force fighter jocks were not interested in sitting in the vast void watching nothing happen.
10 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Republic of Texas Navy sat on Earth, defending Texas shores and shipping throughout the early 2100s. Time and again, they attempted to secure funding to expand their operations into space, like most of the other national navies already had, but Texas had a perfectly good Space Force and did not wish to spend more resources on a glorified military passenger service. Colonization of the Dallas system, and the need to defend shipping going back and forth from there, changed everything for the Navy. They had experience in large ships and long patrols, and they were willing to take any excuse to get into space. The Space Force didn’t want that job, so agreed to support the new initiate. On one condition. All Navy ships must carry fighters. The Navy accepted that stipulation, and quickly began assembling the beginnings of a genuine long-endurance space fleet to patrol the New Earth-Dallas Hyperspace Run.
11 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Republic of Texas Space Force thought it had outsmarted the Navy when it demanded that all new Navy ships carry fighters. The Navy did not operate its own fighters, and had always relied on Air Force or Marine fighters to protect them. So the Space Force knew that demanding the Navy carried fighters would allow them to operate off Navy ships without all the boring drudgework of maintaining them. And it would cement their position as the superior space military arm. That is what happened in most cases, but the Texas Marines had their own say in the matter as well. They did not have as much expertise operating in space as the Space Force did, but they had far more experience operating fighters off ships. And they did operate some aerospace fighters retired by the Space Force many years before. The Marines put their foot in the door and managed to get some of those squadrons assigned to spacegoing Navy ships after passing tests no one else thought they could.
12 - Medron - Happy Columbus Day - In fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
I learned that rhyme as a child, and it has always stuck with me.
He was part of the Age of Exploration, when Europe started looking outward again. They had rebuilt from the Fall of Rome and Muslim Invasions that shattered much of Southern Europe. The Spanish crown was actually in the process of liberating the last of the Muslim conquests in Spain as Columbus sailed. The Black Death that had wiped out a third of Europe was over a century in the past.
It was a new age of looking beyond immediate survival and wondering what was out there, beyond the borders of the tiny kingdoms that still survived. Discovering new places and revisting ones long lost to legends. Columbus sought to find a new route to India, not realizing that what we would call the Americas completely blocked his path there. But he did find his way here, and he ushered in a whole new age for America.
And in our modern age, we still admire his courage and determination to explorer. We’ve taken that as the ethos of America. We look for new ways of doing things, and for new places to see. Just as we imagine Columbus did.
So Happy Columbus Day. May you see something new to you today.
13 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Republic of Texas Navy’s primary spacegoing mission for decades was securing the New Earth-Dallas Hyperspace Run. They escorted supply and personnel convoys to the new colony, and patrolled for State-sponsored raiders looking for easy prey. Their deep space cruisers the size of modern-day frigates carried minimal onboard weaponry compared to modern starships. Beyond a few onboard lasers and missile launchers, their primary combat power consisted of the strike fighters they carried into firing range. The fighters were extremely short-legged compared to modern starfighters, and so they usually stayed close after launching and linked their systems with their starship for coordinated attack and missile defense. This tactical doctrine still dominates modern combat, and has been adopted by all major powers.
14 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Republic of Texas Navy was willing to accept escort and patrol duty as a way to get into space, but they wanted to do so much more than that. The Space Force could keep its short-duration flag-planting missions. The Navy wanted to do long-term space exploration. They managed to get some assignments to do that, but their deep space cruisers turned out to not be deep space enough for truly extended missions to the stars beyond Dallas. The built a number of improvements into them over the years, and designed entire new classes of ships devoted to the mission of exploration. The Galveston-class long-range exploration cruiser was the pinnacle of that effort. Brought into service in 2183, the Galvestons sported the fastest hyperdrive of the time, the largest fuel bunkers compared to their size, the best crew quarters for long-term deployments, and the most advanced scientific equipment for a ship of exploration. They also had docking mounts for six fighters, or the small exploration and landing craft the Navy was building for exactly this kind of scouting mission. The Galvestons quickly became the Texas Navy’s flagship class of exploration cruisers, and they had spread throughout the frontier of explored space when the Peloran made Contact.
15 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Republic of Texas Navy’s Abilene-class long-range exploration cruisers were spread out all over explored space, dedicated to expanding that area in the last two decades, when the Peloran made Contact. They brought with them hyperdrive and gravitic technologies that made the Abilene obsolete overnight. But the Abilene fleet was a significant investment in time and materials, so they were ordered home to Earth or Dallas for refitting. Once operational with the new technologies, they went back out to explore space again for decades more to come. The newer Houston and Laredo designs replaced them eventually, leaving them to molder away in the reserves. Then one day a Texas Ranger needed a fast ship and no questions asked. He requisitioned an Abilene for a trip that would change the Abilene’s fate forever. He liked the ship, he wanted to keep the ship, and he convinced Texas Ranger leadership to purchase the remaining Abilenes for Ranger use. The Rangers have used them ever since.
16 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Republic of Texas Navy continued their mission of carrying Space Force or Marine starfighters to battle after Contact. The vast majority of their ships were Houstons or Laredos, though they also kept limited numbers of light carriers like the Republics or the Rangers. The new gravtech gave both ships and fighters far longer ranges than before, and offered entirely new doctrines in every phase of warfare. Texas was quick to test the fighter combat doctrines, and the lessons they learned were quickly incorporated into the United States Navy as well. While never the heaviest navy by tonnage in the United States, the Texas Navy’s starfighter doctrine became second-to-none in the decades leading up to The War.
17 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - There is an old saying about the Republic of Texas. “Everything is bigger in Texas.” That was not generally true of the Texas Navy due to their reliance on smaller ships that carried fighters. Yes, they did buy some cruisers, battlecruisers, and even battleships, but those ships were generally shorter-legged than their homegrown designs and were relegated primarily to system defense roles. The Dallas-class heavy cruiser would change that. She was the largest Pre-War cruiser of the era, the first cruiser to carry twelve starfighters into combat, and boasted the largest capital missile array of any cruiser for a time. But her true claim to fame was as the first mass-production warship to carry a paired-array of spinal gravitic cannons. The Texans wanted a long-legged flagship for their far off detachments. What they got was loudly praised as the biggest, baddest cruiser of the era.
18 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Republic of Texas Navy entered a new era of power projection when they began deploying the Dallas-class heavy cruiser. It was larger than the competition, carried more fighters than the competition, sported more missiles than the competition, and was built around twin spinal gravitic cannons. What it lacked in total was the heavy laser array that most warships of the time used. Powerful deflection grids that could withstand even major missile bombardments had become more common since the halfway point of the century, and Texas wanted a warship that could break them wide open with a single, concentrated salvo. The twin gravitic generators left them without sufficient mass and energy to support a heavy laser array, but Texas considered that a price they were willing to pay for the capabilities it gave them. The Dallas proved less capable of independent deployment due to this lack, though, and therefore always acted as a fleet flagship when in Texas service. Those in United States Navy deployment often acted as flagship escorts as well, a job they fulfilled well throughout The War and beyond.
19 - Medron - Presidential Debate - So we all know that the President got sick with COVID after the first Presidential debate. So we know that then the debate commission decided they wanted to change the rules for the next debate to make it virtual. And we know that the President said no to that idea. And he questioned whether the moderator could even be trusted to be neutral. Which was when the moderator reached out to a Trump detractor, asking if he should even respond to that. Then the commission canceled the debate entirely. Claimed their moderator’s account had been hacked. But he admitted to lying about that later, and was suspended.
So thanks to all of that, we got to see an entirely different debate this week than we had thought we were going to get. Biden was off getting a nice soft interview on another network. And instead Trump got to debate a reporter. Yes, it was billed as a Town Hall meeting, where normal people could ask questions of the candidate. But it was really the reporter who did most of the asking, and she did an excellent job of channeling a Democrat contender so she could interrupt Trump, talk over Trump, and tell him what he was really trying to do every time he answered one of her questions about what he was trying to do. He actually had to fight to get his answers out over her interruptions, and when he said things to the handful of people they allowed to ask questions that got applause, the reporter jumped in over it to say what the real truth was as she saw it.
One of my favorite lines in the debate was when she was haranguing him over something he was supposed to know because she’d just told him what it was, so he couldn't say he didn't know what it was anymore. And he just responded, “You told me, but what you tell me, doesn’t necessarily make it fact.” And that was glorious. The main stream media doesn’t get told enough that we just don’t believe their every word simply because they say it. They need to prove it. They need to show their work, as my teachers used to tell me, because we’ve learned long ago that they are simply not to be trusted. And it was good to hear a candidate say that straight to their face.
So overall, I think it was a good debate. Though next time I’m hoping Biden shows up for the debate instead of some random reporter. He really needs at least one good round of questions before we go out to protest on November 3rd. I mean vote.
20 - Medron - The Martian Affair -
21 - Medron - The Audacious Affair -
22 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Republic of Texas Space Force is the primary space combat arm of the Texas military. If you have any doubt of that, simply ask them and they will remove that doubt with great haste and vigor. Their fighters and bases defended Texas installations on Earth and beyond for decades as we entered space and then went on to the stars. All other space faring craft were built to support the Space Force in that mission. The Navy was their taxi service. The Army and Air Force fought under their protection. The Marines did… whatever the Marines did. The Space Force is the best and brightest, and anyone who wishes to fight in space wishes to wear the Texas cowboy hat and spurs. That has always been the focus and the cult of personality that is the Texas Space Force. And to the annoyance of most starfaring nations, and their own countrymen for that matter, they actually managed to live up to it most of the time.
23 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Republic of Texas Space Force’s primary mission before Contact was the defense of the permanent Texas colonies and bases in the Sol and Dallas star systems. They also defended Texas interests in other systems, but those smaller deployments only counted for a fraction of their total combat power. They racked up the majority of combat time Texas saw in those days, though. Space superiority fighters made up the majority of their deployed force, with a smaller number of attack craft filling out most of the remaining fleets. The rarest, but most powerful, elements were the bombers, even if a purely terrestrial force never would have recognized them. Rather than carry dumb bombs around in space, the bombers sported reinforced hard points that carried rockets powerful enough to crack even warship armor. With enough fighters and attack craft to clear the space around enemy warships, the bomber squadrons could sweep in and break them. The Texas Space Force proved that again and again in the various little turf wars that most nations did not admit happened out in the colonial regions in those days.
24 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The F-101 Fury-class heavy fighter was the preeminent Pre-Contact space fighter according to most military history enthusiasts, and the Republic of Texas Space Force certainly swore by it. It was the first of a new generation of space fighters that would have forever revolutionized fighter combat, and nearly every heavy fighter squadron in Texas service had adopted the fighter in the years before Contact. It also filled out several high-profile United States squadrons, including the famous Thunderbirds. It had better armor and a more powerful spinal laser than the competition, and the trio of missile packs could savage any enemy fighters. Then the Peloran made Contact and gave us gravitic propulsion technologies that made the Fury obsolete overnight. The United States chose to build an entirely new class of starfighter for the modern age. The Texas Space Force did not follow their example.
25 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Contact with the Peloran made the Republic of Texas Space Force’s primary heavy fighter obsolete overnight. But Texas had been building it for over a decade, and the tools to maintain them were expensive and omnipresent on Space Force installation. So they chose to upgrade the Fury with gravtech rather than build an entirely new design. The upgrade process was quicker and cheaper than designing from scratch, and it re-entered service a full year before the F-1 Starfighter completed building trials. But the F-1 had already received its designation as the first of the new generation of starfighters, and the United States Department of Defense was not interested in allowing a jumped-up refit to steal their well-earned thunder. That is why the first gravtech fighter deployed by an American State was the F-2 Star Fury. And Texas never let their counterparts forget it.
26 - Medron - Biden 2020 -
“We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”
I mean, he’s not lying. Yeah, I know they are going to say he meant something different, but why do you think he’s not campaigning again? He’s back in his house, resting, and waiting for the news media or his other surrogates to get him the win. While they try to keep him from saying something else stupid.
I’m not unbiased. Any of you who know me, know my politics rather well. But I watched the Democrat debates. There were one or two that could have courted the moderates amazingly well and pulled in an easy win. Ones that I actually liked. Instead, your party leaders pulled strings and got Biden in for another run.
The same Biden with family members who get million dollar jobs in specialties they’ve never had in countries that Biden is the big man to deal with from our country. And now we have e-mails that Biden doesn’t contest are real that lay that out clearly. That just like the Clinton Foundation, the Biden Family was a pay-to-play scheme where countries gave them money to get access. Why is this practice accepted? In business, people go to jail for this. In politics, they get pulled up to run for the next position.
Of all the choices the Democrats had, why did they pick the one who looks like he’s struggling to read the grocery list?
27 - Medron - The Martian Affair -
28 - Medron - The Audacious Affair -
29 - Medron - The Family Affair -
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