Blanche just returned from a short jaunt to New York, most likely of no interest to anyone reading this. We are reporting on what we heard and saw firsthand. New Yorkers are nervous. Soft targets have become the newest buzz words. The truth is, as we saw for ourselves, New York is a soft target. While there are police in some strategic locations, as things stand now, they are not equipped with enough manpower to cover the subway system, bridges and other places where masses of people congregate on a daily basis. Never mind the restaurants, theaters and concert halls.
Everyday since Friday night something about terrorism is in the news. Today’s report was that two soccer games were cancelled in Germany due to a very credible bomb threat.
Unless it is happening behind the scenes, we wonder if any country has contacted Israel to pick their brain. They have lived with these kinds of threats for years and have learned how to avoid most mass attacks by deploying armed guards at cafes, theaters, shops, every train station and mall entrance. As distasteful as it may sound and appear, there is no other solution to what awaits North America.
A former Mossad chief reiterated as well how important intelligence gathering is, something France failed at miserably. We wonder what it will take to make the world recognize that little Israel holds the key to trying to living a normal life in these times instead of walking around waiting for the other shoe to drop.
And then there is Obama. The best word to describe him right now is pathetically delusional, cut off from reality. In case anyone hasn’t been paying attention, he’s still having an issue calling those who massacre people at concerts terrorists. He’s also insistent on bringing in syrian ‘refugees’ while about 25 states have said they will not take anyone in.
Officials of the FBI, speaking only on condition of anonymity, said Director James Comey has put a brave public face on the bureau’s fight against ISIS that masks significant tensions behind the scenes with the Obama administration.
Bureau officials are deeply worried they don’t have enough resources to track a growing number of radicalized Americans inspired by the Islamic State, with more possibly entering as President Obama opens the borders to thousands of Syrian refugees. It gets worse.
The bureau is frustrated that the White House and Justice Department have not pressured Congress to act more quickly to force technology companies to help break the encrypted communications of suspects, fearing political appointees have been too deferential to a politically connected, well-monied industry.
“We have suspects we’ve been tracking that have gone dark, because we can no longer follow their encrypted activities.” If this doesn’t sound like a recipe for disaster, we’re not sure what does. We hope and pray we are wrong.
In case you haven’t heard yet, the raw sewage business in Montreal ended Sunday night. Phew. It took 89 hours to fix the rotted metal. Something smells here, pardon the pun. Was Blanche the only one to see how corroded those metal thingys were? Did anyone see how big that interceptor was? Are we to believe that it was fixed in just over 3 days? Why do we think that it wasn’t done quite right or perhaps inferior materials were used? Remember these words in a year or two when oops, something broke down there again.
Ben Carson, the retired neuro-surgeon running for president better have made provisions to get his old job back or risk being bored out of his mind next November. He’s way, way over his head. Last week he wrongly asserted that China had intervened militarily in Syria and then failed, on national television, to name the countries he would call on to form a coalition to fight the Islamic State. Another genius running for office.
And speaking of the presidential race, Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisana is outta da race. As he put it, it’s not my time. Good thinking dude. Some of your friends might consider the same path.
We would be remiss if we did not go back for a moment to Europe. First we must yet again make mention of how right Margaret Thatcher was to keep Great Britain out of the EU. It turned out, as she predicted, to be a disaster. Blanche, why do you keep bringing up the same things over and over again? It’s enough already. Because at the time she was vilified by her party and they – almost all men – were dead wrong.
It has just been learned that a dragnet across Europe widened on Tuesday to include a second fugitive suspected to have taken part in the Paris terrorist attacks, as officials tried to make sense of a torrent of emerging intelligence about the planning and execution of the attacks. If there were borders where people needed passports, perhaps, just perhaps, the terrorists would not be able to move so freely from country to country. Ya think?