North Korea continues to ratchet up the rhetoric. They’ve now told foreign diplomats to leave the country by April 10th because they can not “guarantee their safety”. Is Jong Un giving us a date that the rhetoric will turn into a military confrontation? At the same time, the United States isn’t saying much more. Some folks are saying we’re adding fuel to the fire by responding to Jong Un’s threats publically.
Bottom line? We need to be prepared and our military might needs to have a visible presence in Korea. We need to be prepared for whatever North Korea is planning.
It doesn’t look like they have the capability of launching an attack on America, but some of our other interests could be vulnerable. Diligence by our leaders is not only required, it’s expected. I doubt they’re listening, but I wanted to get that off my chest.
On the home front
At a time when law enforcement and prosecutors are being targeted for assassination, our wonderful Homeland Security organization continues to trample on our rights. A report surfaced that stated DHS was spying on citizens during the, mostly peaceful, Occupation movement. What a waste of federal tax dollars.
You don’t believe me? The 2013 budget for the Department of Homeland Security is $35.5 billion. That’s 52% of the $68.9 total homeland security budget. To put this into perspective, the Department of Defense only gets $17.9 billion. (source: congressional budget office.)
Emergency preparedness and response is hardly funded and officials are complaining that that’s costing too much. Really? Of course, at $5.8 billion, the Department of Homeland Security gets almost 50% of that budget. The department of Health and Human Services should be happy though. They get a whopping $1.8 billion for emergencies. No wonder during a natural disaster, we depend on non-profit agencies like the American Red Cross to help Americans affected by a disaster. Our government isn’t doing it. I have a major problem with this.
If I recall, the biggest complaint after 9/11 was lack of cohesive intelligence that if all the pieces had been known, could have prevented the attack. So, to fix that problem, let’s spend about 1% of the budget for intelligence and warning. That’s right. $800 million dollars isn’t much of a 70 billion dollar budget. Hell, you’ll lose it in the rounding!
Texas is saying that it’s possible a white supremacy group was responsible for the assassination of the DA, his wife and the assistant. It’s also quite possible that the Colorado department of corrections director’s assassination was carried out by a member of a prison white supremacy gang. Maybe DHS needs to spend more time taking down these groups and less time busting guys who grow a little pot, frisking old ladies and babies, and trying to deport someone for a barking dog violation. I’ve not seen any indication that DHS is even investigating these home-grown terrorist groups. Maybe they are and we just don’t know it. But, it seems to me that if you wanted to get the public behind what you’re doing, you’d show us that you’re doing something important.
Oh, wait. That’s not their job either. My bad. What is their job? Here’s the org info for DHS: http://www.dhs.gov/department-components. After reviewing the charts, I don’t see why they need 2B rounds of ammo and 7,000 automatic rifles for their employees. Of course, I don’t see the National Police Force listed anywhere. Is that department supposed to be covert? Again, my bad.
Okay, you might say I’m being a little critical of DHS. I am. I’ll admit it. I think we’ve gone too far.
Preps taking place
It’s almost time for severe weather here in Oklahoma and I’m finally getting around to preparing chase gear and getting my preps at home in order. I have to admit, I’m taking more time getting my home ready than I have in the past. Mostly because of what’s been going on in this country. If we have gangs trying to take control of our justice system, then we need to be prepared for anything. Both natural and man made. Storms, riots, attacks, the return of Twinkies. We already know that there’s not much in the coffer to assist us during one of these emergencies, so we have no choice but to plan on taking care of ourselves.
I don’t normally tell people what I do to prepare, other than I just do it. I will tell you that I have enough toilet paper for a couple weeks and 2 full bottles of whiskey. You know, the important stuff.