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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Trump invents a new word and accuses China of theft

As previously blogged, the Chinese Navy has literally stolen one of our underwater drones in the international waters of the South China Sea. President-elect Donald Trump weighed in on the situation Saturday.

He spoke of the seizure of the drone with a tweet that accused the Chinese of stealing it and ripping "it out of water." In the tweet, he creatively made up a new word in the English language: 'unpresidented.' No, he did not mean 'unprecedented,' he meant exactly what he created, 'unpresidented,' suggesting that never before had any president, nor president-elect have to deal with such blatant theft from another country.

Mr. Trump is asking that all Americans, everywhere, refuse to eat at Chinese restaurants until the drone is returned, and a heart-felt apology delivered by the Chinese government with a promise not to do it again.

China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2016

The tweet was sent at around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Due to pressure from his staff, he was forced to correct 'unpresidented' to 'unprecedented' in spite of his intention to create a new word in the English language.

Some see this latest outrage by the Chinese as one of the most significant disputes between our two countries. Others see it as yet another example of the impotence of a lame duck who the Chinese see as a Peking duck ready to hang in the window of a Mulberry Street restaurant window.