Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ron Paul=Pick Pocket

I have read complaints in which presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul hasn't been getting his fair share of attention from the mainstream press.

That may be so and it is ashame as I want the popular media take a close look at him.

Seems him and his son Rand both share similar politics. Promise the most conservative, libertarian line, then pick taxpayer pockets for their political benefit.


It is no secret that most representatives go to Washington D.C. and come home much wealthier than when they left. It is all legal, but I am not going there with the Paul clan.


One thing that drives me nuts, crazy-ass angry is a thing known as "earmarks."


That is where spending bills for one thing gets hundreds of millions of dollars attached by our representatives to benefit their constituency and cronies who then support them for reelection.


In effect, stealing money from the rest of the nation for their reelection efforts.

Restraining federal spending by enforcing the Constitution’s strict limits on the federal government’s power would help result in a 0% income tax rate for Americans.
The answer to spending and debt is to return to a constitutionally limited government that protects liberty – not one that keeps robbing Peter to pay Paul.

RON PAUL ON TAXES

Sounds good to me.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was one of only four House Republicans to break rank from the party and request earmarks despite a Republican Conference earmark moratorium. Paul sent 41 earmark requests totaling $157,093,544 for the 2011 Fiscal Year. His largest single request was $19,500,000 for a naval training ship at the Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston, followed by a $18,126,000 to provide maintenance on the Matagorda Ship Channel.


For Fiscal Year 2010, Paul requested 54 total earmarks, adding up to $398,460,640 in pork that the former presidential candidate sought to bring home to his district. These requests were made prior to the House Republican Conference’s voluntary ban on filing earmarks.


Paul’s largest request in 2010 was $51.5 million in federal money to be spent on “Reconstruction of Bluewater Highway Hurricane Evacuation Route Between Brazoria and Galveston Counties in Texas.” He requested another $50 million to be directed to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and $46 million for deepening the Texas City channel. The majority of Paul’s requests were for projects related to various ports and channels, though other sectors of his district also received attention, such as $20 million for a hospital in Chambers County. Even smaller projects received attention from the libertarian representative, such as $2.5 million requested “to redevelop historic downtown area and to purchase trash cans, bike racks and decorative street lighting” in Baytown.


RON'S EARMARKS

Sunday, December 4, 2011

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Launders Drug Money

OK, here is the drill.
The DEA wants to know exactly where all the profits of drug money goes, they launder millions of dollars a year.


If it works, good. Considering the recent adventure of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the Fast and Furious, are we wasting our time?


U.S. Agents Launder Mexican Profits of Drug Cartels

A crime scene in Monterrey, Mexico, last week.

WASHINGTON — Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials.

The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.



The officials said that while the D.E.A. conducted such operations in other countries, it began doing so in Mexico only in the past few years. The high-risk activities raise delicate questions about the agency’s effectiveness in bringing down drug kingpins, underscore diplomatic concerns about Mexican sovereignty, and blur the line between surveillance and facilitating crime. As it launders drug money, the agency often allows cartels to continue their operations over months or even years before making seizures or arrests.



FULL STORY:NY TIMES



INTERACTIVE: AREAS OF CARTEL INFLUENCE AND DISPUTE

INTERACTIVE: MOVING INTO THE U.S.

Syria & the Arab League

Syrian Army in revolt, 4000 citizens killed and Iran's little buddy, President Bashar Assad seems to be on the way out.

That guy is so disgusting even the Arab League has had enough.

Syria says it’s still open to Arab League observer plan, as sanctions tighten

Syria said Sunday it is still negotiating with the Arab League over the bloc’s request to send observers into the country, as tightening sanctions by Arab and other nations fail to halt the eight-month crackdown on anti-government protesters.



New violence killed at least nine people on Sunday, including a female university professor and a father and his three children in central Syria


Syria’s failure to meet a Nov. 25 deadline to allow in observers drew Arab League sanctions, including a ban on dealings with the country’s central bank. Together with sanctions from the United States, the European Union and Turkey, the Arab League’s penalties are expected to deal significant damage to Syria’s economy and may undercut the regime’s authority.
Who would think?
Syria, which has already been suspended from the 22-member League, may be playing for time while its crackdown continues.

FULL STORY

IRAN, KILL ALL JEWS

Israel has long been a target of Iran.

That country, Iran, blames Israel for a myriad of problems in the Middle East.

Why not? Scapegoating is easy. What a shock, coming from a Muslim nation they add world Jewry in their blame game.

Iran moves on from "Destroy Israel!" to "Destroy all the Jews!"



Amid international and Israeli controversy over whether or not to attack Iran's nuclear program, the rulers of the Islamic Republic have just "upgraded" their strategic objective of wiping Israel off the map and extended it for the first time to the more ambitious one of annihilating the Jews worldwide. A virulently anti-Semitic book and film were released for nationwide distribution on orders from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. They draw heavily on the infamous Elders of Zion fiction of a Jewish world conspiracy.


Two weeks ago, as their nuclear bomb moved menacingly up the pipeline, the ayatollahs in Tehran and Qom unleashed a virulent campaign of anti-Semitic propaganda in their sermons. A new book and a film were released for wide distribution on orders from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. They draw heavily on the infamous Elders of Zion fiction to accuse the Jews and their rabbis of conspiring to corrupt and rule the world.

FULL STORY HERE-DEBKAfile

Friday, November 11, 2011

Roland ‘Bud’ Wolfe

This is an interesting story I just learned of today
VETERANS DAY.

This American who joined the Royal Air Force had quite a unique experience.


What brings his story to us is after 70 years his Spitfire had trouble and crashed in Ireland and has been recently uncovered.


It was machine guns, buried so long are still operable.

The 23-year old, a member of No. 133 Squadron RAF, originally from Nebraska, was on convoy patrol when his engine overheated, eight miles from his RAF base at Eglinton -- now City of Derry Airport. Realizing he would certainly crash, he radioed back to base with a last message: "I'm going over the side."[2] He then pushed back the Spitfire's canopy, released his safety harnesses and jumped out of the plane.


The plane penetrated deep into the peat when it crashed.
WIKIPEDIA

Ronald "Bud" Wolfe survived to fight another day.


But not so quick.

. .  instead of fighting again the serviceman was interned in a camp - where captured UK and U.S. troops mixed freely with the German enemy.


Despite managing to escape from Ireland, neutral during the war, and making his way back to Britain, the 23-year-old was sent back to the camp.


Fearing a diplomatic row, the British Government the British Government returned Wolfe to the most relaxed of 'prison' camps in Ireland where he was kept for a further two years.

WHO KNEW?


The pilot from Nebraska had been stripped of his U.S. citizenship after agreeing to fight for the British because the Americans had not yet joined the war.

DAILY MAIL

A most crazy story.

Spitfire down: The WWII camp where Allies and Germans mixed


Wolfe found himself heading not back to his airbase, RAF Eglinton, now City of Derry Airport, in Northern Ireland just 13 miles away, but to Curragh Camp, County Kildare, 175 miles to the south.


Here, a huddle of corrugated iron huts housed 40 other RAF pilots and crewmen who had accidentally come down in neutral territory. They were effectively prisoners of war.

It was an odd existence. The guards had blank rounds in their rifles, visitors were permitted (one officer shipped his wife over), and the internees were allowed to come and go. Fishing excursions, fox hunting, golf and trips to the pub in the town of Naas helped pass the time.


But what was really odd was the proximity of the Germans.


It was not just the British and their allies who got lost above and around Ireland. German sailors from destroyed U-boats and Luftwaffe aircrew also found themselves interned. The juxtaposition of the two sides made for surreal drama.

From war movies, we all know it is the duty of a POW to escape.

On 13 December 1941 he walked straight out of camp and after a meal in a hotel, which he did not pay for, he headed into nearby Dublin and caught the train the next day to Belfast. Within hours he was back at RAF Eglinton where he had taken off two weeks earlier in his defective Spitfire.


He could not have expected what was to happen next. The British government decided that, in this dark hour, it would be unwise to upset a neutral nation.

BBC

He was sent back to not such a bad place to spend the war.


Story of this guy does not end there.

This guy " later served in Korea and Vietnam, and died in Florida in 1994. He retired as a lieutenant colonel."

WIKIPEDIA

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Herman Cain-Inept Liar?

When someone runs for President of the United States, they should at least have the smarts to realize every rock will be overturned to find out just what kind of person you are. Be ready to fact your past, and anything which may prove an embarrassment, have a plan on how to deal with it.

Herman Cain has proven incompetent in dealing with accusations of sexual improprieties. Mr. Cain thought   when the National Restaurant Association apparently paid a hefty sum of money to cover up improper conduct, he was free and clear.

Totally unprepared he proceeds to be an embarrassment. 

Seems to me one. having enough time to dwell on it should already have a plan. Repeatedly changing his story hardly displays an aura of confidence.

Now the guy is losing it. Hardly a show of proper temperament by someone who wants a job with constant pressure. Every action ripe for review and questioned.

Herman Cain's temper flares

Herman Cain, who has been under intense pressure for the past week to explain 12-year-old charges of sexual harassment, lost his cool with reporters Saturday night after a tamped-down policy discussion with Newt Gingrich.



Members of the media had been warned ahead of time not to ask Cain about the sex harassment story, , ,


Reporters, however, are not known for taking orders from campaigns trying to avoid unpleasant topics.

To me it seems rather arrogant to try to lay ground rules like that.

“Mr. Cain, the attorney for one of the women who filed a sexual harassment complaint …”



He didn’t even get the full question out before Cain snapped: “Don’t even go there!”


 FULL L.A. Times STORY


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Palestine now member of UNESCO

I am unclear as to when there became a state called Palestine. If they are not a state how could they become a member of UNESCO?

General Conference admits Palestine as UNESCO Member State

Palestine’s entry will bring the number of UNESCO’s Member States to 195.

The vote was carried by 107 votes in favour of admission and 14 votes against, with 52 abstentions.


Admission to UNESCO for states that are not members of the United Nations requires a recommendation by the Organization’s Executive Board and a two thirds majority vote in favour by the General Conference of Member States present and voting (abstentions are not considered as votes).
FULL TEXT

That answers my question.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Israel to Nuke Iran?

This isn't going anywhere, but to me is interesting to whatch.

A military war of nerves against Iran: The US leads, Israel and UK go along
The sudden rush of military news Wednesday, Nov. 2, was part of an orchestrated Western performance to persuade Tehran that the US, Britain and Israel are on the verge of a military operation against its nuclear installations. The show, directed from Washington, was meant to warn Iran that military punishment was in store unless it gives up its drive for a nuclear weapon. If Tehran continues to hold out, President Barack Obama may decide to strike Revolutionary Guards Corps, the bulwark of the Islamic regime, as well as its strategic infrastructure, thereby removing key props holding up the regime of the ayatollahs.


This is from

Contributing to the menacing climate hanging over Iran were four headline events involving Israel – all on the same Wednesday: Israel conducted a successful test launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, Jericho 3, which foreign sources report is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead 7,000 kilometers.

Really good reading.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

President Obama Supports "Occupy Wall Street"

Just how clueless is President Obama?

Obama on Occupy Wall Street: 'We Are on Their Side'

In an interview that will be aired tonight on ABC News, President Obama continues to express his commitment to the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

“The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side,

the weekly Standard

Sunday, October 16, 2011

BUYING A GUN IN WASHINGTON D.C.

2008, in District of Columbia v. Heller, the  Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
ruled it is just what it says. A Right of the People.
Seems crazy that it took so long to clear that up. Still, it was very niggardly in just how far those rights extend and allowed for repressive laws to frustrate citizens from exercising our rights.

In a series of articles by Emily Miller of the Washington Times, we follow her as she navigates the bizarre trail to legally own a gun in one of the most crime ridden cities in America, Washington D.C.

MILLER: Emily gets her gun
I want a gun. I don't feel safe living in Washington, D.C. and want to protect myself. I'm starting today by going down to City Hall to find the gun permit office to tell them, "I want a gun." This series will follow me as I navigate the city bureaucracy and outdated rules in order to legally buy a firearm.

That is how it began. I was mostly intrigued in her latest writing.
 Steps to gun ownership in D.C.

My quest to get a legal handgun in Washington, D.C. feels daunting.
I went to the D.C. Firearms Registration office two weeks ago to start the process of getting a legal gun by picking up a 22-page packet of forms and instructions.

Since then, I've been overwhelmed by all that is required before I can take legal possession of a purchased gun.


I needed to get organized, so I made a checklist of the required steps, bringing order to the complicated mess of instructions given by the city.
I’m going to work my way down this LIST


I didn't copy all 17 steps here, you can find them here: LIST.

This part of her quest is just creepy.
D.C.’s only gun source

Room 1140 on the DMV hallway is marked with a small sign “CS Exchange” and a taped-up paper that warns away anyone who might be looking to fight parking ticket. Behind the nondescript brown door is the private office of Washington D.C.’s only legal gun broker: Charles Sykes.

You can’t just go out and legally buy a gun in the nation’s capital. If you purchase a pistol from another state, whether in person or over the Internet, you can’t ship it to your residence in the District, nor can you drive it back over the Potomac river.

In the 21-page packet of papers given to potential gun owners from the Firearm Registration Section, there is not a single word to explain how one would go about bringing a purchased gun into the city after registering it.

You can find all about her quest here:  GUNS

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

PARTY TIME,OCCUPY WALL STREET!

This just confirms to me a long held belief that public demonstration over all are feel good events.

It is not lost to me that this is a valuable way to bring concerns to the general public.
One would think that when in public some decorum, presenting your best face would go a long way for your cause.
Unfortunately for the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters they come off looking like a bunch of hippy scum I would never care to meet.

Sex and drugs on tap, who says it's not a political partaaay? Occupy Wall Street protesters make love as well as class war



It started as a gathering of furious youngsters, protesting about the supposed lack of opportunities for the average American. But then the freeloaders came along.


As the Occupy Wall Street protest continued in full strength in Manhattan today, the atmosphere in New York's financial district has become increasingly debauched.


Conspicuously living among the politically active in the makeshift village in Zuccotti Park are opportunistic junkies and homeless people - making the most of the free food on offer.


Also present and infuriating the hard core of activists are a number of teens looking to turn the gathering into an urban rave.


Among the banners and flags are now discarded packets of condoms, cigarettes and bottles of spirits, while naked youngsters happily get together with just sleeping bags covering their modesty.


A box of free condoms is kept in the main area where protesters are camping. In one shocking picture, a man can be seen defecating on a police car.


‘I got warrants. I’m running from the law,’ a 24-year-old man from Stamford, Connecticut, told the New York Post. ‘I’m not even supposed to be here, but it’s as good a spot as any to hide.’


 





LINK

It's a shame, really.


Tax payers must pay police to play the parent role, then the cries, typical of such idiots claim brutality.


Nothing new here.
Taxpayers pay to clean up the child's play-pen

Sunday, October 9, 2011

FAST AND FURIOUS

As much as I hate the Los Angeles Times, and always suspect their news coverage, but they seem to be on top of this ATFE Gun-walker debacle.

It just galls me, a newspaper, Editorially anti-basic American freedoms can get its jollies off with this story.

They haven't done it yet, far as I know, but they will eventually get around to using it against citizens Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

So now we read about the ATFE's cozy relationship with Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a feared cartel leader.

Fast and Furious weapons were found in Mexico cartel enforcer's home
Guns illegally purchased under the ATF operation were found in April hidden in violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, court records show.



This arsenal uncovered by police in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in April turned out to include weapons from the ATF's ill-fated Fast and Furious operation.
 
High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF's Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars.

In all, 100 assault weapons acquired under Fast and Furious were transported 350 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, making that West Texas city a central hub for gun traffickers. Forty of the weapons made it across the border and into the arsenal of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a feared cartel leader in Ciudad Juarez, according to federal court records and trace documents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


The smugglers' tactics — quickly moving the weapons far from ATF agents in southern Arizona, where it had been assumed they would circulate — vividly demonstrate that what had been viewed as a local problem was much larger. Six other Fast and Furious guns destined for El Paso were recovered in Columbus, N.M.

FULL STORY

AND

Full coverage: ATF's Fast and Furious scandal

Good Reading

Muslims and Coptic Christians Clash

It was bound to happen.

Nobody should be surprised that after President Honsi Mubarak left office, there would be a struggle, sometimes ugly,  to fill the resulting power vacuum. 

Extremism is not the sole province of Muslims. Scapegoating is a  tradition shared all over the world throughout history.

12 dead in Egypt as Christians and Muslims clash

CAIRO — Clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians in a Cairo suburb left 12 people dead, dozens wounded and a church charred in one of the most serious outbreaks of violence Egypt’s interim rulers have faced since taking power in February.


The unrest began Saturday night in the Imbaba district northwest of Cairo, as a mob of hard-line Muslims attacked the Virgin Mary church. A separate group of youths also attacked an apartment building several blocks away, residents said.

The assaults were the latest agitation triggered by allegations that Copts have held women against their will because they intended to convert to Islam.

FULL STORY-Washington Post


An accusation which the Christians deny.







Saturday, October 8, 2011

Muslim Iran to Execute Christian Pastor

What hell is it to live in a Theocracy?

Much of the Western World experienced that, centuries ago. Somehow we overcame that. It was called it an ENLIGHTENMENT.


My experience has shown me that to categorize all Muslims as a single practice, as defined by many is unfair to say the least. The horrors of Christianity past brought should make my point clear.


So how long is it going to take for Muslim Theocracies to get it?

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s potential execution rallies U.S. Christians

WAHSINGTON — Religious freedom advocates rallied Wednesday (Sept. 28) around an Iranian pastor

 who is facing execution because he has refused to recant his Christian faith in the overwhelmingly Muslim country.



The pastor was found guilty of apostasy last year, and the conviction has been upheld by the Iranian Supreme Court. If carried out, the execution would mark the first time since 1990 that an Iranian pastor was killed for his Christian faith.

THE WASHINGTON POST

Friday, October 7, 2011

Occupy Wall Street, Union Backing

Talk about a recipe for disaster.

In a sign that it is shifting from a loose-knit fringe group to a bloc that could draw in mainstream America, the movement called Occupy Wall Street brought thousands of people to the streets of New York on Wednesday after major labor unions gave their backing to its anti-greed message.

Occupy Wall Street wins over union backing, more protesters



Anti-greed?



Give me a break. Anyone noticed what Unions did to Detroit and the automobile industry there?


Thank the Lord for Japanese who opened factories in Right to Work States.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Project Gunruner

Project Gunrunner has been in the news for quite some time, and finally the stink has hit the fan.


(CBS News)  WASHINGTON - Keeping American weapons from getting into the hands of Mexican gangs is the goal of a program called "Project Gunrunner." But critics say it's doing exactly the opposite. CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports on what she found.

TEXT accompanies VIDEO.


House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled Congress during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.



The question is whether Holder knowingly made false statements of fact under oath during a Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3. At the time, Holder indicated he was not familiar with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program known as Fast and Furious until about April 2011.


"I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks," Holder testified.


However, newly discovered memos suggest otherwise. For instance, one memo dated July 2010 shows Michael Walther, director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in the Fast and Furious operation "are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels."

FULL STORY


There are other sources which claim it is really much more serious for the Obama administration.



Like any political soap opera, just sit back and enjoy the story.








Sunday, October 2, 2011

OPEC, TAKE A HIKE

Fascinating article from the Wall Street Journal

The insanity of liberal leadership under the thumb of green activists is most mind boggling.

How North Dakota Became Saudi Arabia

Harold Hamm, the Oklahoma-based founder and CEO of Continental Resources,

 the 14th-largest oil company in America, is a man who thinks big. He came to Washington last month to spread a needed message of economic optimism: With the right set of national energy policies, the United States could be "completely energy independent by the end of the decade. We can be the Saudi Arabia of oil and natural gas in the 21st century."

Sounds interesting, no?

You'd expect an oilman to make the "drill, baby, drill" pitch. But since 2005 America truly has been in the midst of a revolution in oil and natural gas, which is the nation's fastest-growing manufacturing sector. No one is more responsible for that resurgence than Mr. Hamm. He was the original discoverer of the gigantic and prolific Bakken oil fields of Montana and North Dakota that have already helped move the U.S. into third place among world oil producers.


How much oil does Bakken have? The official estimate of the U.S. Geological Survey a few years ago was between four and five billion barrels. Mr. Hamm disagrees: "No way. We estimate that the entire field, fully developed, in Bakken is 24 billion barrels."


According to Department of Energy data, North Dakota is on pace to surpass California in oil production in the next few years. Mr. Hamm explains over lunch in Washington, D.C., that the more his company drills, the more oil it finds. Continental Resources has seen its "proved reserves" of oil and natural gas (mostly in North Dakota) skyrocket to 421 million barrels this summer from 118 million barrels in 2006


Today OPEC's market share is falling and no longer dictates the world price. This is huge, Mr. Hamm says. "Finally we have an opportunity to go out and explore for oil and drill without fear of price collapse." When OPEC was at its peak in the 1990s, the U.S. imported about two-thirds of its oil. Now we import less than half of it, and about 40% of what we do import comes from Mexico and Canada. That's why Mr. Hamm thinks North America can achieve oil independence.


LINK


There is much more to read, like the resistance our government has to domestic oil production.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Justice Should Not be Denied

It is no secret here that I am total fan of capital punishment for the crime of murder. More so as in this situation.

I wish there were we could do to a murderer like this POS who was  convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl.


I firmly believe that there is more to this than international relations. Libtards will stop at nothing to allow just punishment of such a piece of scum crap.

Obama and U.N. seek delay in execution of Mexican national

The Obama administration appealed Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court to delay next week's scheduled execution in Texas of a Mexican national convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl.

The execution of Humberto Leal Garcia, who was sentenced to death for the 1994 crimes, "would place the United States in irreparable breach of its international-law obligation to afford (Leal) review and reconsideration of his claim that his conviction and sentence were prejudiced by Texas authorities' failure to provide consular notification and assistance under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations," wrote Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., in a friend-of-the-court brief.

Plot thickens

The two requests were based on the failure of Texas authorities to grant the 38-year-old Leal -- who has lived in the United States since he was 2 years old -- access to a Mexican consular official at the time of his arrest.


Basically homegrown scum.


"If the scheduled execution of Mr. Leal Garcia goes ahead, the United States government will have implemented a death penalty after a trial that did not comply with due process rights," said Christof Heyns, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. "This will be tantamount to an arbitrary deprivation of life."

Please dear Lord, spare us of such insanity.

Evidence introduced at his trial included two statements he made to the police on the day of the murder "during noncustodial interviews" that incriminated him.

LINK

Sunday, June 19, 2011

the Potemkin alliance

This guy, George Will is one of the clearest commentators I have ever read.

Don't always agree, but once gain a joy to read. This is part of a most recent commentary taking aim at the sorry relationship America has with her allies, particularly NATO.

How many are old enough to remember that anachronistic acronym?

Libya and the Potemkin alliance

America’s intervention in Libya’s civil war, the most protracted and least surreptitious assassination attempt in history, was supposed to last “days, not weeks,” but is in its fourth month and has revealed NATO to be an increasingly fictitious military organization. Although this war has no discernible connection with U.S. national security, it serves the national interest, in three ways. It is awakening some legislators to their responsibilities. It is refuting the pretense that the United Nations sets meaningful parameters to wars it authorizes — or endorses, which is quite different. And it is igniting a reassessment of NATO, a Potemkin alliance whose primary use these days is perverse: It provides a patina of multilateralism to U.S. military interventions on which Europe is essentially a free rider.

Obama, a novel kind of commander in chief, explained in passive syntax that “it is our military that is being volunteered by others to carry out missions.” These “others” would rather finance their welfare states than their militaries, so they cannot wage war for 10 weeks without U.S. munitions and other assets.

Last month, this column noted that NATO was created in 1949 to protect Western Europe from the Soviet army; it could long ago have unfurled the “Mission Accomplished” banner; it has now become an instrument of mischief, and when the Libyan misadventure is finished, America should debate whether NATO also should be finished. Defense Secretary Robert Gates had another purpose — NATO’s revival — but he recently fueled that debate when, in Brussels, he predicted “a dim, if not dismal future” for the military alliance unless its members reinvest in their militaries.

America for expending “increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense.” Already, U.S. officers in Afghanistan sometimes refer to the NATO command there — officially, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) — as “I Saw Americans Fighting.”

In March, Obama said that U.S. intervention would be confined to implementing a no-fly zone: “Broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.” By May, Obama’s Bushian mission was to make Libyans “finally free of 40 years of tyranny.” After more than 10,000 sorties, now including those by attack helicopters, NATO’s increasingly desperate strategy boils down to: Kill Gaddafi.

Then what? More incompetent improvisation, for many more months.

Disgust with this debacle has been darkly described as a recrudescence of “isolationism,” as though people opposing this absurdly disproportionate and patently illegal war are akin to those who, after 1938, opposed resisting Germany and Japan. Such slovenly thinking is a byproduct of shabby behavior.


FULL COMMENTARY


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

b-17 Liberty Bell Crash


This is really sad as these planes are irreplaceable. There are only THIRTEEN B-17s left flying.






7 aboard WWII-era B-17 bomber escape as plane burns in Illinois cornfield

OSWEGO, Ill. — A B-17 bomber dating to World War II apparently made an emergency landing yesterday in a cornfield outside Chicago before it was consumed by fire while the seven people aboard escaped uninjured, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.



“The plane departed the airport, noted an emergency, and the pilot made what appears to be an emergency landing, after which the plane was consumed by fire,’’ FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said in an e-mail.
BOSTON.COM

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Iran Like a Train

"The train of the Iranian nation is without brakes and a rear gear," the radio quoted Ahmadinejad as telling a gathering of Islamic clerics. "We dismantled the rear gear and brakes of the train and threw them away sometime ago."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Marshall Mat Dillon

An American Icon.


Mr. Arness  is best known as Marshall Dillon of Dodge City, Kansas in the television show Gunsmoke.
Something rare today, but the actor was as good as the character he played.


Just to share is the first episode of the 20 year show.
Season One, episode One

Part 2

Sunday, May 22, 2011

European Weather Weapon Used against Iran

I always knew Europe is evil and would stop at nothing and to pursue its own selfish ambitions and use any devious weapon to affect nations which stand in its way.
If you can't believe Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who could you trust?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Europe 'stealing Iran's rain'

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused Western countries of plotting to "cause drought" in Iran by using high tech equipment to drain the clouds of raindrops.
Moments after the Iranian president made the startling claim at the inauguration of a dam in a central province, it started to rain.

"Western countries have designed plans to cause drought in certain areas of the world, including Iran," Mr Ahmadinejad said in the city of Arak in Markazi province.

The Daily Telegraph

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY M1911

Following its success in trials, the Colt pistol was formally adopted by the Army on March 29, 1911, thus gaining its designation, M1911.




Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Egypt-Not Looking Good

There seems to be a leader emerging from the chaos, Mohammed ElBaradei.

Just who is this guy Mohammed ElBaradei ?

Egypt Protests: Will the Real Mohammed ElBaradei Please Stand Up?
In the name of democratic reform, Mohammed ElBaradei is doing his best to appear as the annointed one to succeed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek, should the government fall. In reality, ElBaradei has more in common with Iranian demagogue Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than anything remotely resembling democracy. He is the former Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where his primary legacy was running interference for Iran and ensuring that Iran is now on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons.


http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/02/01/egypt-protests-real-mohammed-elbaradei-stand/

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Advice from Iran to Egypt

This is hilarious, Iran knows all about the will of the people.


Iran tells Egypt to listen to the people’s voice

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has advised Egyptian officials to avoid resorting to violence in dealing with the popular demonstrations in the country.


“The demonstrations of the Muslim Egyptian nation are a movement seeking the realization of justice and Egyptians’ national and ideological demands. Egyptian officials are expected to avoid the use of violence in dealing with the people,” Mehmanparast said in a statement.


He also advised the Egyptian government to listen to “this Muslim nation’s voice,” to accept the “Islamic awakening” and to submit to the people’s demands.

TEHRAN TIMES


IN THE NEWS


Report: Iran hangs 2 men who made videos of post-election turmoil

By the CNN Wire Staff
January 24, 2011

Iran hanged two men Monday for their actions during post-election unrest in 2009, state media reported, months after the United States' secretary of state called for Iran to drop the "imminent" executions. Iran's Press TV described the men as terrorists and members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO). Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aqaei were hanged on Monday "for distributing placards and photos of the terrorist group, making videos and images during the post-election unrest in Iran in 2009 and chanting slogans in favor of the MKO," the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

STORY:IRAN HANGS men who made videos

Egyptian soldiers show Solidarity with Protesters

Everybody remembers the lone protester facing down a tank during the Tiananmen Square massacre.

In Egypt the Army has sent tanks to the streets of Cairo where thousands are demanding the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.

Presently as the local police beat the protesters and open prisons to create chaos in the streets, the Army at least is a stabling force.

Egyptian soldiers show solidarity with protesters, activist ElBaradei joins demonstrations


CAIRO - Under the protective gaze of Egyptian soldiers, thousands of demonstrators converged on this capital city's central plaza Sunday and vowed to occupy the site until President Hosni Mubarak steps down.

But even as the gathering gained strength, fears rose across Cairo of mass looting after sundown by armed thugs who were widely believed by Egyptians, as well as by soldiers, to be operating at the behest of the nation's much-maligned Interior Ministry.

In Tahrir Square, the central plaza that has been the focus of anti-Mubarak sentiment, protesters and soldiers worked together to beat back two Interior Ministry vehicles that attempted to enter the site. A tank commander then scaled his vehicle and announced to the crowd that the Interior Ministry, which operates the nation's police force, had deployed thousands of armed men who were bent on sowing chaos in Egypt.

The army, he said, "would stand with the people."

The commander, dressed in battle fatigues, was cheered by the crowd and kissed on the
cheek by demonstrators who chanted, "the army and the people are one."

Egyptian anti-government protesters pray in front of an Egyptian army tankduring a protest in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Hundreds of anti-government protesters have returned to Cairo's central Tahrir Square, chanting slogans against Hosni Mubarak just hours after the Egyptian president fired his Cabinet but refused to step down.




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