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A Few Notes…

From the colored pencils of AF Branco:

North Korea tries to impress America and the west with a missile test, but results in a big league failure.

Now it is true that there is some humor in a missile test that was supposed to place North Korea onto the global power stage blowing up, the failure has to be viewed on two fronts – not one.

Yes, there is the public relations failure. By that we mean the failure of a missile launch to prove something and that launch failing. There certainly is egg on the face of the North Koreans and their dictator Kim Jong Un. It is easy to laugh at the failure and most people will.

However, the second front is no laughing matter. That is the engineering front. Anytime you test something, you get data. Whether the test is successful or a complete and total failure, you get data. As engineer will tell you, failures teach you as much as successes. The North Koreans can, and will, learn from this failure and move on.

That is no laughing matter to us.


The UN Security Council showed its true colors last week, and those colors aren’t pretty:

A vote by the U.N. Security council on a draft resolution to condemn the chemical weapon attack in Syria failed Wednesday with a veto by Russia, but fellow member China abstained, a sign that talks with President Trump last week may have had an effect on the superpower.

The draft resolution by Britain, France and the United States called for those responsible for the attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 to be identified and brought to justice.

The resolution garnered 10 votes in favor, Russia and Bolivia against, and China, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstaining.

“With its veto, Russia said no to accountability,” said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

“Russia once again has chosen to side with Assad, even as the rest of the world, overwhelmingly comes together to condemn this murderous regime,” she added.

Russia put their friendship with Asaad over the welfare and safety of citizens. That’s all there is to it. That’s all you need to know. The UN was supposed to be a body where nations could come together and resolve differences.

If the UN can’t agree that an illegal chemical gas attack against civilians should be condemned, then it is time to end the grand experiment of the UN.


Finally, there is this:

Tomorrow is the release of the book “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.”

From the publisher’s description:

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary’s campaign–the candidate herself.

Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors’ deep knowledge of Hillary

from their previous book, the acclaimed biographyHRC, Shattered will offer an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders.

Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign’s difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.

The Hill has an excerpt from the book which should be read and includes this:

The underlying truth — the one that many didn’t want to admit to themselves — was the person ultimately responsible for these decisions, the one whose name was on the ticket, hadn’t corrected these problems, all of which had been brought to her attention before primary day. She’d stuck with the plan, and it had cost her.

While the campaign projected a ­drama-free tenor, it was reminiscent of other moments of frustration.

Months earlier, Hillary Clinton turned her fury on her consultants and campaign aides, blaming them for a failure to focus the media on her platform.

In her ear the whole time, spurring her on to cast blame on others and never admit to anything, was her husband. Neither Clinton could accept the simple fact that Hillary had hamstrung her own campaign and dealt the most serious blow to her own presidential aspirations.

To be fair, we don’t know if this is a hit piece / book or whether the authors have simply tried to report the facts with as little spin or bias as possible. From what we have read in the excerpt, there seems to be validation to the idea that Clinton was a flawed candidate.

In some ways, Trump did not win the election, Clinton lost it.

We’ll probably get the book and do a more complete review of it later.



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