A Note About Logistics

Otherwise Best Described as a Somewhat Strange but Beautiful and Heartfelt Message to the Staff of this Esteemed Company from the People in Logistics on Christmas Eve

ON TIME AND UNDER BUDGET – THE TRUMP WAY

First of all, Merry Christmas! (And belated Happy Hanukkah if I missed you back then!)

Which is actually what I wanted to talk about.

LOGISTICS. The LOGISTICS of the season.

I am finally running into the SAME problems that Sundance did.

I realize that it is essential for me to actually BE on the board, talking to people, helping to keep it happy, civil, tolerant, and SHARP. Yes indeed. Saying outrageous things for you to disagree with keeps you people SHARP – and you’d better not disagree! 😉

But even more importantly, I need to be on the board so I can do simple things, like saying hi, and wishing people well on the Holidays.

You know, like….

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

HAPPY HANUKKAH!

maybe even….

HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DIWALI!

Heck – I may even wish you a

MERRY MOLE DAY (October 23)

or a

MAXIMALLY MAGNIFICENT MAX PLANCK’S BIRTHDAY (April 23)

For you truest believers in chemistry and quantum mechanics among us!

“Gentlemen – let us resolve to make science great again with this Drumpf guy!”

But then there are those problems of….

LOGISTICS

I “have to” (yeah, I know – LOL – complain, complain, complain) write posts for you all to comment on, EVEN if it’s just the daily thread. And as the site grows, I am finding that I simply cannot keep up with all the great comments. I’m missing a LOT of them – including well-wishes and very touching and sincere messages. Sometimes I run into them DAYS later.

SO – I just want you to know – if I don’t return a message, I probably didn’t see it. BUT THAT IS OK, because OTHERS DID.

That is how special this group is. That is how GOD works. That is how PRAYER works. It all goes to the same place in a very beautiful way.

So I want you to trust that if you leave a nice message to me, and I don’t respond, I will get it anyway, in some way, at the time of God’s choosing, and in the manner He prescribes. Because YOU KNOW WHO will take care of it. One way or another, it will get to me.

And THAT is the Spirit of Christmas. ❤

W

64 thoughts on “A Note About Logistics

    1. Wolfie, merry Christmas again. We know you have a life l outside of this wonderful place you have made for us. You have been wonderful about answering messages and giving help to us non-techies–just know how much it is all appreciated, and thank you for saying about not always seeing messages we write to you. We must realize you can’t possibly keep up with it all, and your writing is much prized by us. Blessings and thanks and prayers for your comfort and safety.

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  1. SD has only one thread today. The others are Christmas-related.

    SD writes about Trump, Erdogan, the MB and the Israeli pipeline.

    On Thursday, December 20, the Israeli pipeline became a reality.

    Who wrote a paper in favour of said pipeline? One George Papadopoulos.

    George Papadopoulos tweeted:

    SD notes:

    ‘Yes, for those following the granules as they expose, that energy extraction strategy alone would have put Papadopoulos in opposition to the interests of President Obama, candidate Clinton, Turkey, Qatar and ultimately Iran and Russia.

    ‘Huh… Funny that.’

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  2. Who ever knew a wolf pack could get this big and live in a tree? You are being very considerate and I do believe it is essential for you to participate as time permits so you can have fun and enjoy the fruits of your labor(plus keep your feet on the ground).
    May you have a relaxing Christmas!

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  3. Next media theme coming up. Shanahan, new acting Sec. of Defense, will be aiding Turkey, which is guilty of war crimes.

    I’m not saying they are or they aren’t (although, personally, I’m suspicious), but wait for this Shanahan theme to run and run and run in 2019:

    https://theregion.org/article/13313-incoming-us-secretary-of-defense-shanahan-has-ties-to-us-turkey-arms-trade

    ‘ … Shanahan’s oversight of Boeing’s international supply chains has more indirect links to Turkish war crimes. A key supplier and partner of Boeing in Turkey is Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI)— Turkey’s state-run military and commercial aerospace company. TAI produces parts of several Boeing aircraft, as well as components of other Western-made aircraft that Turkey purchases— like the F-16s used to bomb Afrin, Shingal, and Makhmour this year alone. Boeing finds TAI valuable as a part of their supply chain, stating that “in April 2018, TAI was recognized as “Supplier of the Year” for its contributions to Boeing’s success by sharing risk and supporting longterm relationships that promote and advance the company’s strategic objectives.” The award was given less than a year after Shanahan left the supply chains and operations role at the company to assume his role as Deputy Secretary of Defense.

    ‘Trump claimed that he had discussed “expanded trade” during a bilateral phone call with Erdogan in a Tweet posted just thirteen minutes after the announcement of Shanahan’s appointment, and the U.S. announced a $3.5 billion sale of Patriot missiles to Turkey earlier this week. The choice of a Secretary of Defense with Shanahan’s background at this juncture suggests that the Trump administration plans to escalate American military support for Turkey— even as Turkish officials threaten to commit massacres in Northern Syria …’

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  4. My guess is that the media and Fake MAGA people will be pushing the meme that the President is alone, ioslated, disappointed by his staff, unable to get anything done. That few in Congress want to work with him. That he is constantly geting outmanuevered by more experienced senior government officials.

    That is what I am expecting starting in the new year……it will come from our side just as much as the oppostion media.

    Unless, of course, he does something very dramatic.

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    1. You forgot to include he is a doddering old fool, never had more than a subpar intelligence and that was before he lost his marbles, he’s having a temper tantrum, oh, and he has thrown the country into chaos.

      Sigh. Whatever. They need new material.

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            1. You and Maria are awesome. I am battling a upper respiratory infection so doc has me on low activity. I am planning a visit on the other side of the new year if that works for you two. God bless you both!

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            2. Well, it would appear to be true (your first sentence) in another scenario – vast numbers aren’t seeing the stupidity because they learned to ignore it.

              Their silence might appear to be approval when in reality it could be indifference. At least I hope so, on this most hopeful of days.

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  5. Hadn’t seen this before – perhaps I missed it?

    “The Supreme Court appears to have intervened in the operations of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations for the first time. But we know precious little about what really is going on, beyond the mechanics of an order issued Sunday afternoon by the chief justice of the United States.

    That order was reproduced in a tweet yesterday showing the relevant text:

    BREAKING: Chief Justice John Roberts halts contempt order against company owned by foreign country and penalties in mystery grand jury subpoena matter, pending response due by Dec. 31 and further order of Roberts or the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/IRPeQFe3HF
    — Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) December 23, 2018”

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/12/chief_justice_roberts_stays_court_order_in_mystery_grand_jury_probe.html

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  6. A good article follows (yes, amazingly, it’s from the New York Times) about les gilets jaunes — the yellow vests/jackets — and their transport problems.

    When I lived in France decades ago, the de Gaullian notion of travelling anywhere by some form of public transport (mostly train, but also, in or around town, by bus) was a given. I noticed upon returning for holiday 20 years ago — thinking it was my imagination — that a number of public transport links no longer existed.

    I was not wrong.

    This article actually mentions Charles de Gaulle’s transport vision and how it took shape. Now significant parts of that are all in the past, gradually eroded since the mid-1990s — especially over the past ten years.

    ‘ … Many of these protesters, predominantly white working poor and middle-class people who scrape by on their paychecks and pensions, live in what the author Christophe Guilluy has called “peripheral France.” The term is meant to imply both a state of being and the thousands of small, struggling cities, towns and rural districts beyond the inner-ring suburbs of places like Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon or Lille.

    ‘“As small businesses have been dying in these smaller cities and towns, people find themselves forced to seek jobs elsewhere and to shop even for basic goods in malls,” said Alexis Spire, a French sociologist. “They need cars to survive, because regional trains and buses have declined or no longer serve them. Once you begin to unpack the Yellow Vest phenomenon, the uprising is a lot about mobility.”

    ‘ … In 1947, the book “Paris and the French Desert,” by a young geographer named Jean-François Gravier, helped inspire Charles de Gaulle to reorganize the country — decentralizing resources, redistributing industry, promoting regional cities and creating new towns linked by a nationwide web of publicly funded rail lines.

    ‘Modern, decentralized France spread a promise of prosperity and mobility. For decades, the promise was kept. Until it wasn’t.

    ‘As a handful of big cities thrived with globalization, France’s regional governments, saddled with more financial burdens, became caught in a vicious cycle. Capital disappeared along with factories and jobs. Revenues shrank, debts mounted and infrastructure declined.

    ‘Among the hardest hit services were the regional railways, run by the French rail company, SNCF, which overwhelmingly invested in high-speed trains that served the big, prospering cities and is now $56 billion in debt. With service atrophying, people need their cars …’

    —————————————-

    Here in England, more rail lines have improved this year with more frequent services. The expansion — within the last six months — has not been without its headaches, but even my local route now extends beyond three counties for some ‘local’ trains. A blessing, to be sure! One I never expected to see (the 1965 Beeching report recommending station closures seemed to have been carved in stone), but, thanks to a Conservative government (i.e. Theresa May’s), I have.

    Amazingly, the French access by public transport has shrunk considerably. And, everything French commentators said a few years ago has come to pass about high-speed rail links there: smaller towns and stations have been forgotten. One can understand why people are protesting — especially about privatised toll roads!!

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    1. C, I’m tired and skimmed through what you wrote too fast, so excuse me if I repeat or something, but the globalist plan is to herd everybody into stack-and-pack cities, leaving large swaths of countryside.

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      1. I don’t think most French people will be herded into cities. Unlike Americans — and maybe the British to a lesser extent — many love the countryside if they were brought up there. And many city folk in their 30s leave the urban rat race to live in villages and hamlets.

        If Macron is quietly promoting a ‘let’s-herd-everyone-into-Paris-Lille-Marseille-Nice’ plan, he’s really out of touch.

        In fact, a number of professionals from Paris have left high-paying, prestigious jobs to make a fresh start on €0 in rural areas as artisans, particularly bakers.

        Yes, of course, they have savings to enable them to start their own fledgling businesses, but they could hardly wait to leave the metropolis.

        The French television channel M6 has an annual series ‘The Best Bakery in France’ (La Meilleure Boulangerie de France). I am continually amazed at how many lawyers and highly-paid finance guys chuck it all in to move to a tiny village to live a quiet, modest — yet, satisfying — life. They, too, will get hacked off if their customers have a hard time driving in to buy loaves of bread and cakes for the weekend.

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        1. Your comments are interesting, Churchmouse, and I do not like living in a city, but through various forms of social engineering like use of wars or famines or the way road systems are constructed–all kinds of things can be used to modify people’s behaviour.

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          1. Oh, I certainly understand your point, and see that it is being widely pushed in the US by the Left.

            Europe is a different matter, though.

            Here in the UK, pushing people into cities isn’t really being done. In fact, for the middle classes, it’s quite the opposite. They are being pushed out of the cities. Thankfully, public transport — whilst ££ — is improved and working in people’s favour. Granted, that might change.

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        2. Just to add a twist to the notion that Americans actually like living in cities (some do), the true bulk of the people live in the ‘burbs. And the suburbs are extending as far as an hour outside of city centers. Around here, we joke about the people who escape and keep moving farther and farther out destroying river bottom and very fertile farm land as they go. Truth be told, the reality is that a lot of Americans are sold on the idea of new construction and building a house rather than learning to live in an existing one. And good school districts. That and just about all new development is as close to the highways as can be done just to be able to get to a store.

          The high rise experiment was tried in these parts and failed spectacularly. The people really want to be in attractive houses, even if they are town houses. Personally, I LOVE living in the city for a number of reasons, mostly cultural that conservative Americans tend to eschew, and convenience. But, it is not for everyone.

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          1. Agreed.

            There is a divide between singletons (city) and people with families or older ones looking to escape high local taxes (suburbs, exurbs).

            It’s scary in a way to see how some suburbs — originally rural towns founded in the 19th century — have grown beyond all imagination. Yes, much farmland has been swallowed up in the process.

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  7. The story behind the GoFundMe for the ladders over southern border barriers:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-21/forget-12-million-gofundme-trumps-wall-opponents-raising-money-wall-defeating

    ‘While the GoFundMe for the wall has reached over $12 million as of this writing, a campaign set up by the group Ladders for Migrant Siblings has raised more than $82,000 of its $100 million goal …’

    ‘The organizers say that if they are unable to reach their goal, or the wall campaign is unable to reach theirs, all funds raised will go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants.

    “they’ll never reach their goal, but no matter how much we raise, we’re going to reach ours,” the ladder campaign page reads. “Supporting an organization working to help immigrants seeking legal asylum. This GoFundMe isn’t really about ladders at all. It’s about lifting people up.”

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  8. Not saying I agree, but some animals are better than others.

    There will always be an elite, according to this German sociologist from 100+ years ago:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_law_of_oligarchy

    ‘The iron law of oligarchy is a political theory, first developed by the German sociologist Robert Michels in his 1911 book, Political Parties.[1] It asserts that rule by an elite, or oligarchy, is inevitable as an “iron law” within any democratic organization as part of the “tactical and technical necessities” of organization.[1]

    ‘Michels’s theory states that all complex organizations, regardless of how democratic they are when started, eventually develop into oligarchies. Michels observed that since no sufficiently large and complex organization can function purely as a direct democracy, power within an organization will always get delegated to individuals within that group, elected or otherwise … ‘

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  9. I have spent the past few hours — after church — reading James Howard Kunstler’s December 21 entry ‘A Fretful Holiday’.

    http://kunstler.com/

    I won’t cite the blog bit (four-letter word), but click on it. I hadn’t checked into his site until Lucille from CTH recommended it a few months ago. (I’d last read it at least 10 years ago.)

    Kunstler is a disillusioned Dem but still a never-Trumper. That said (i.e. forget his piece), more of his readers are coming round to the fact that Trump is the man who can bring about the changes they have wanted for decades. Well worth a read, as there are nearly 500 comments through which to sift. Good holiday reading, especially when one is alone in the house at the point where everyone else has rushed to post-Christmas sales.

    Some of the people are ex-Bernie Bros. One guy hasn’t voted since he cast a ballot for Ralph Nader but said he is willing to go to bat for PDJT in 2020. Many applaud Trump’s stance on Syria and on Mattis. Nearly everyone is an anti-elitist, anti-globalist, etc.

    Well worth reading, since THESE are the Americans who must vote Trump in 2020.

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      1. Here is an interesting perspective from someone who might be, IIRC, a Russian ex-pat (same Kunstler thread, excerpted, apols for the URL).

        I have no opinion. The Ukraine and Russia thing is beyond my ken (understanding). However, it’s worth noting as a perspective.

        Emphases mine:

        http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/a-fretful-holiday/#comment-387756

        FincaInTheMountains
        December 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm

        For example, in Russia and in the United States, a wide variety of theories about envelopes are distributed, which were handed to the heads of the Deep State at the funeral of George Bush Sr.
        youtube.com/watch?v=pmHwJbS_ku8

        But all these theories are one thing in common – they suggest that Bushes are Trump are enemies, and this reminds me that the main topics on the G-20 were Poroshenko’s provocation and whether Trump would be invited to Bush’s funeral, and this topics were highlighted by over-horizon radar “Container” that closed the last holes in the Russian Federation early warning system of a nuclear attack and made senseless all kinds of stealth flying from Europe, including the notorious F-35.

        The fact of the matter is that the coincidence in time of the G-20, Poroshenko’s provocations in the Kerch Strait and the worst attack of the New York prosecutors on Trump was not accidental, and Putin decided to highlight this coincidence with the Container because for Russia it plays a crucial role.

        Judge for yourself: if I am right and Bush conclude a Big Bargain with Trump, this means that Trump will now pursue a foreign policy that was agreed with the Bush at the time of the deal, but now he will not have to look back at the Clintons and the withdrawal of American troops from Syria confirms this hypothesis, especially in combination with the resignation of Mattis and the reaction to this resignation by the American media.

        And this is good, because Bush Jr. proved his attitude towards Putin by seeing the soul in his eyes in 2001 and meeting him in Beijing in 2008, when it became known that the Georgians attacked Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia. In any case, Trump’s Russophilia, in combination with his inability to stop Hillary’s provocations, is worse than Bush’s “Russophobia” coupled with Bastinda bound hand and foot.

        True, even during the Bush presidency, she managed to spoil things in the Middle East and in New Orleans, but she still didn’t have such an impact as in Libya and Syria.

        In view of the above, it becomes obvious that the coincidence of the Autocephaly of the Ukrainian church and the provocation in the Kerch Strait was planned in the same center as the attack of the New York prosecutors on Trump. Only those could deny it who do not know that according to a similar scenario, one of the first attacks on Trump by Special Prosecutor Mueller was organized, who received from Poroshenko Yanukovich’s so-called granary book, which contained statements of payments to Manafort, which allowed Muller to put Trump’s campaign manager to jail.

        And if you recognize this rather obvious fact, it immediately becomes clear that the provocation in the Kerch Strait was much more ambitious than that described by the media, and in combination with the attack on Trump, should have resulted in Putin’s isolation on the G-20.

        But it was a minimum goal, and if we recall that Trump was successfully isolated on the G-20, then the maximum goal was the next coup d’état in the USA, only a successful one.

        Moreover, I do not rule out a plan to seize power on a global scale after isolating both Putin and Trump, and only the bloodless character of the seizure of Ukrainian sailors spoiled this holiday for the flying monkeys.

        These are all assumptions, of course, but significantly more realistic than the assumption that after the sentence to Manafort, which was announced an hour before Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen officially confessed to crimes allowing Mueller indirectly connect Trump with the mandate to investigate him, Trump will cancel the meeting with Putin because of outrage at Russia’s actions in response to Poroshenko’s provocations.

        I am sure that if Trump discussed Poroshenko with Putin when they nevertheless met in secret in Buenos Aires, it was only where and on which rope to hang him.

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    1. His words:

      To me, these disturbances and machinations suggest the unravelling of the arrangements we’ve called “globalism.”

      I’d say he’s a bit late to the party on that one. 😉

      Seriously, IMO we aren’t going to need to court too hard. The next two years are going to be the most amazing red-pilling in the history of red-pilling. Bernie bros and Bernistas are going to be FLEEING to Trump.

      Trust the plan. I am not kidding!

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      1. It’s only lately that Kunstler has devoted himself to politics, much to the annoyance of some of his faithful readers.

        His main thing — for at least 15 years — is what he calls ‘the long emergency’: dystopia.

        He’s still in that space, which has made it hard for him to look at the bigger Trumpian picture. Many of his readers, on the other hand, are beginning to see the MAGA message.

        Re Bernie Bros ‘FLEEING to Trump’, there’s no better testament to that than The_Donald, since 2016. This year, of course, we have been tracking #WalkAway.

        May the scales continue to fall from Dem voters’ eyes.

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