Monday, December 06, 2010

Hey Doc, My Wiki Leaks......

Several things are immediately clear. This is not a case of urethritis, hemorrhagic cystitis, prostatitis, or syphillitis (new word). There is no evidence to support the diagnosis of appendicitis, renal cell carcinoma, transitional cell carcinoma, or bladder canceritis (another new word). This is a clear case of pissantitis (on a roll). Luckily, there is a cure. You need only consult Dr. Soros and Nurse Practitioner Obama for treatment.....

"Julian Assange is expected to voluntarily attend a police station within the next 24 hours, and will then appear in a magistrates’ court. He is wanted over allegations of sexual assault in Sweden."

For everyone else, the next time you are in Sweden, use a condom......

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Reid: Dems Want Tax Cuts, Republicans Like Lucy in Charlie Brown

There are times where I sit and think just who Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fools with his ridiculous statements about Republicans.  Just last month Reid openly demanded that Republicans work with him, stating that he "welcomes every opportunity to work with...Republican colleagues."  Of course, as the Majority Leader, Reid had never before asked for Republican support before the 2010 Mid-term elections in which Democrats were trounced.  Smartly, most analysts saw Reid's statement as a political ploy.

Now there's this: according to the newly re-elected Majority Leader, Republicans do not want to give tax cuts to the middle class.  According to Reid, Democrats are the ones who wanted tax cuts and it is the Republicans that never really did.  Don't believe he could say something so stupid?  It's all in his article Reid: Republicans Playing Cynical Games Instead Of Cutting Taxes For The Middle Class on his government website:
“Mr. President, There’s a recurring gag in the comic strip Peanuts that we’re all familiar with.  Charlie Brown is getting ready to kick a field goal.  Lucy is holding the ball while Charlie runs up to it.  But at the last second, Lucy pulls the ball away and Charlie Brown flies up into the air, comes crashing back down and lands flat on his back.

“What made this gag funny is what made it famous.  It wasn’t so much that Lucy was tricking Charlie Brown.  It was that it kept happening over and over again.

“It’s obvious by now that our Republican friends have drawn their political strategy from this cartoon.

“We’ve all heard Republicans weep for the deficit they say they fear.  Democrats agree that we need to do something about it.

“So we have said: OK, how about cutting the deficit by admitting we can’t afford a tax break for millionaires and billionaires?  A tax break that would add $4 trillion to the deficit.  It’s a tax cut many admit they don’t need – a tax cut billionaires like Warren Buffett say they don’t even want.  M. President, when was the last time you heard an investor ask for less money?

“But what did Republicans do?  They pulled away the football and said: Rather than reduce the deficit, we’d really rather give an unnecessary, unwanted and unaffordable handout to the richest of the rich."
Who honestly believes this crap?  I can't even believe that Reid believes this because no one can be this stupid and get re-elected, right?  Right?  But obviously thousands of people in Nevada believe what he is shoveling.

Speaking of shoveling, here's something Reid recently wrote on Twitter:
I need to stop writing this article.  All of these lies and BS is making my eyes start to bleed.

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More Ethics Charges Against Rangel

 Disgraced New York Congressman Charles Rangel looked like he had escaped serious punishment. The censure by the House of Representatives was comparatively a slap on the wrist and it appeared that this would be the end. However, the New York Post is reporting that new ethics charges may be filed against the Democrat.

The FEC is acting on a complaint by the National Legal and Policy Center filed after The Post reported last month that Rangel paid nearly $400,000 from his PAC.
Lawmakers are only allowed to use money in their individual campaign funds for legal fees, or they can set up legal defense funds for such costs.
Rangel appeared before the House Ethics Committee last month saying he could no longer afford legal counsel after already burning through $2 million. 

This is becoming interesting....

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Deal Near on Tax Cuts?

 The spirited debate over whether or not to extend the Bush tax cuts is kicking into overdrive. According to the New York Times the Democrats and the Republicans may be close to a deal. This deal is apparently to extend all of the tax reductions while also passing unemployment benefits beyond the now-maximum of 99 weeks.

White House officials, meanwhile, expressed hope of sealing a deal swiftly, perhaps by midweek, and clearing the Congressional calendar for a long list of other priorities that they aim to accomplish by the end of the year, including ratification of the New Start arms treaty with Russia and the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay service members as part of a wider Pentagon policy bill.
Administration officials said the negotiations were focused on the question of extending the tax rates for one or two years, with a three-year extension highly unlikely, even though that time frame would probably eliminate the tax fight as an urgent issue in the 2012 elections.

Of course, the deal is not final, but it would appear that this is the beginning of the end. But that's been said about a lot of things in politics.

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The Top 2012 Republican Fundraiser is?

Money will not win the 2012 Republican Nomination battle for any potential candidate, but it will help them make their case for the general election later that year. It's true new media has a growing influence in the electorate, and in Conservative ranks, but when running against the human fundraiser, Barack Obama, the amount of dollars a candidate can counter-fundraise is absolutely crucial to victory.

So who leads on the fundraising front in the 2012 GOP Presidential field? Jim DeMint.
Senator Jim DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund raised $9.1 million during the 2009-10 cycle, beating out former Governor's Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee, all of whom are expected to run in 2012. DeMint also has $1.3 million cash on hand, which is second in the GOP Presidential field to only Paul Ryan.

The worst fundraiser of all was Governor Haley Barbour with only $1.1 million raised, but his main job in last month's election was to raise money for the very vital Republican Governors Association, which left the aspiring candidate with little time to focus on his own Political Action Committee: Haley's PAC.

In other GOP 2012 candidate fundraising news.....

Huckabee raised $1.8 million, Pawlently raised $3.3 million, Paul Ryan raised $3.9 million, Palin raised $5.4 million, and Romney* raised $8.8 million. Paul Ryan currently has more cash on hand than any other potential GOP candidate with $3.1 million, Mike Huckabee has the smallest amount of cash on hand with $194,578.

Any thoughts?
* - Fundraising means little to Romney; he already has stacks of cash at home.

Menendez Compares GOP with 'Terrorists'

 Corrupt New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez has really outdone himself this time. One of the most divisive and partisan figures on Capitol Hill, Menendez (not one of the brothers) seems to jump overboard on the debate about taxes.

“Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse in its ultimate results?” Menendez said, when asked whether he and other Democrats would compromise with Republicans. “It’s almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists.”
Wow. Hopefully but unlikely will the people of New Jersey throw this bum out.

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Where's Huckabee in 2012?

 One of our writers, Mr. K, supports former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination in 2012. He's been making the right moves to run so far, so Politico takes a look at his options:

“I just don’t understand how it is that a person can read these polls day after day and the narrative is constantly everybody but me,” he told POLITICO. “Whether I do it or not, the fact is that if one looks at the overall body of information that’s available, nobody would be in a better position to take it all the way to November.”

He's setting himself up as the outsider trying to represent that GOP as a whole. Not a bad strategy but he has to win over other cores of the GOP other than the religious folks.

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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Quick Link of the Day

Over at Slate, there is a interactive map that chronicles the rise of diabetes in the United States.

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Video: Interview with Christopher Hitchens

From Radio Free Europe. This is an excerpt about the Middle East:

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The House Condemns North Korea; One Republican Doesn't

The United States House of Representatives voted near-unanimously to condemn North Korea on Thursday afternoon for last week's attack on a South Korean held island.  Yet two Congressmen prevented it from passing without opposition; they did not condemn North Korea's hostile actions that led to four deaths.

On the House of Representatives floor, two Congressmen stood against South Korea, one of America's greatest friends, and with North Korea, one of our greatest foes. Besides the fact they have absolutely no shame, who are these elected Representatives, and what can we do to defeat them in 23 months?

The good news: Representative Steve Kagen (D-Wisconsin's 8th district), the only Democrat to side against South Korea, was defeated by Republican Reid Ribble in last month's historic sweep by the National and Wisconsin GOP. Reid Ribble is a pro-National Defense conservative, who in his younger years almost became a Baptist Minister.

The bad news: Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas's 14th district), the lone Republican to side in Congress against South Korea, was reelected to his twelfth term on election day. Paul defeated 3 Republican opponents in the GOP Primary with over 80% of the vote earlier in the year, and his eventual Democrat opponent also lost heavily to him.
Ron Paul
My fellow Republicans, enough is enough. Ron Paul must go in the next election, whether it be in the Primary, or the General election. We cannot stand for Representatives who stand with North Korea's aggression against one of our allies, because he believes we shouldn't have allies. This has to be the straw that breaks the camels back.

Representative Ron Paul must be kicked out of Congress. As Republicans, as Conservatives, and most importantly, as Americans we cannot tolerate individuals within our Congress who support North Korea through public support of their goals, or through quiet opposition to condemnations by our United States Congress for one reason or another. This Isolationist Libertarian theology must be eradicated from our Party.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Learning the Truth About Education

You can’t know what you don’t know, but you can know that you don’t know.  Knowing the difference is wisdom.  Realizing that knowledge is the cure for ignorance should be the inspiration for education.

If you want to change the future change the children.  It seems like every tin-pot dictator and every megalomaniac destroyer of worlds knows this.  The Progressives figured this out and they’ve been concentrating on it for generations.  The educational guru of the Left, John Dewey may not have coined the term Progressive Education but he has come to be recognized as its earliest and foremost exponent.
In 1889, in his book School and Society he said, “Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.”  Dewey, a member of the first teacher's union in New York City, and a founder of the American Association of University Professors was an early leader and advocate for these unions which have served America well as academic elevator operators in the descent into our 21st Century Blackboard Jungle.  
The importance of education and the power it has to shape the future was a lesson Conservative Academics overlooked in their effort to allow all voices to be heard.  Remember, it was the Conservative educational leaders assailed in the 60s and 70s for being too rigid who hired the Liberals who now so often forbid the hiring of Conservatives.  The idea that in the marketplace of ideas all voices should be heard providing the opportunity for everyone to make informed decisions was one of the founding ideas of America, enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. 
Conservatives didn’t realize the Left made a conscious effort to capture American education as a way of shaping America’s future.  The Frankfurt School, a group of Marxists educators who escaped Hitler’s Germany and worshipped Stalin’s Russia came to America intent on transforming this great nation from the bastion of freedom into the pyre of Western Civilization.  From their original lair at Columbia University they’ve inserted themselves throughout the colleges and universities of America spreading their cult of Political Correctness along the way.
Spreading like a cancer through the body politic, metastasizing from one area to another, Political Correctness strangles the life from our society.  Freedom of speech is slipping from our hands as words are eliminated and meanings are changed.  In our current culture war one position seen as a litmus test by both sides of the aisle is the elimination of the Department of Education.
This bureaucratic puzzle factory was birthed during Jimmy Carter’s failed presidency and it has grown larger and more pervasive ever since.  Today its tentacles reach from inside the beltway to inside the minds of millions.  Our government’s No Bureaucrat Left Behind strategy enforces a politically-correct homogenous drivel wherein teaching to the test has fostered a generation that can forget as quickly as they memorize and critical thinking is one component no one thought to include.
This systematic seizure of education by the central government has turned the premier educational establishment in the world into a system where an emphasis on self-esteem produces graduates who feel great about themselves but can’t read their diplomas.  Not surprisingly there are few jobs for people from schools where everyone gets a trophy and everyone passes.
Here’s the Progressive’s answer to this dilemma: let’s add mandatory service to mandatory education and maybe that will give us mandatory mediocrity. Perhaps an army of paid volunteers all marching in lock-step to the drumbeat from Washington will lead us to utopia.  Current member of President Obama’s economic team, former head of the Service Employee Union (SEIU) and former leader of Students for a Democratic Society Andy Stern has proposed that the Federal Government combat the effects of the centrally planned Great Recession by creating a youth work program. 
This man who drove the SEIU pension plan into insolvency figures that, “Assuming an average annual cost of $15,000 per person, for just $46.5 billion we could offer every 16 to 24 year old who wanted a job a national service opportunity.”   After twelve years of memorizing the inconvenient absurdities of Al Gore, Michael Moore, and the rest of the politically-correct wisdom from Mount Olympus this stint in a renamed Civilian National Security Force should help round out just the kind of citizens the regime needs. 
The take-over of higher education through the direct loan program and its top down restructuring will eventually decide who gets loans and who has to repay them.  Surprisingly, the who gets and the who pays may not end up being the same who. 
In addition, the “let’s get everyone in college so they aren’t counted as unemployed” program is turning the halls of Academe into a post-secondary version of the dysfunctional high schools the Progressive teachers’ unions and political correctness have birthed from inner city to the heartland.  Criminal Justice programs filled with criminals, political science classes filled with people who don’t vote, discipline problems, and gangs make one hope the home-schooling college of online education will turn out some scholars for the future.
So what’s the answer to America’s educational problems?  First of all close down the Department of Education and get the Federal government out of the people programming business.  Reassert local control.  Adopt school voucher programs that actually transfer the money so the schools doing the best job get the most resources.  End tenure, seniority, and anything else that protects ineffective teachers.
What we don’t need is more central planning, more federal control, or one more brick in the wall.
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NBC Journalist Defends Rangel: 'He's Not a Crook'

In the last month, Representative Charles Rangel was found guilty of eleven ethics violations for lying, failing to pay taxes, and improper solicitation.  Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to censure him, 333-79.  And yet there are still those who will put all of that aside and shun truth.

One of these people is Gabe Pressman.  In an article entitled "In Defense of Charles Rangel," Pressman does all he can to paint the corrupt Congressman as someone who's only "sin" was "sloppiness."  Taking Rangel's side and taking Rangel's statements as facts, Pressman writes:
"So what exactly did this man do? He failed to report income from a condominium he owned in the Dominican Republic. But he thought it didn’t have to be reported because it was being rolled into the money he owed on the mortgage he took out there.
In view of the fact that the very people who prosecuted him admit he wasn’t a crook and that his major sin was sloppiness -- not a willful violation of the law -- it seems unfair that he has received the most severe punishment handed out by the House in 27 years."
Sloppiness?  The only thing he did was not report income?  Who is buying this crap?  I can only think of two reasons how Pressman could be this completely blind: he is actually stupid enough to believe Rangel's lies or he is a liberal hack that desperately was to paint Rangel as a saint with flaws.  Either way, this man clearly should not be a journalist.
"Sloppiness" according to NBC

The lies continue later in the article:
"Asked if he had anything to say, Rangel said: “I am sorry for any embarrassment I might have caused. There’s no excuse for my behavior but there was no attempt to go beyond what was given to me as a salary. I had no intention to enrich myself.”  
There has been a kind of lynch mob out there demanding Rangel’s conviction and punishment. Editorial writers, columnists, broadcast pundits have joined in the outcry.
Davis says that no one says “Rangel was personally enriched” by any of the rules violations. “Indeed,” says Davis, “the fact that Rangel is so indigent that he cannot afford to pay for a lawyer to defend him before the ethics committee says it all."
Did Pressman or NBC do any research at all before running this story.  Rangel could not pay for a lawyer?  His lawyers quit because they were so convinced Rangel was going down.

But hey, when you have the journalistic integrity of NBC, you don't care that you're spewing lies I guess.

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Charles Rangel Finally Censured

New York Congressman Charlie Rangel was finally disciplined by the House of Representatives yesterday. In the face of tax fraud and siphoning funds for personal projects the Democrat was officially censured by the House. The vote was overwhelming: 333-79. Even a majority of Democrats would vote in favor.

Of course, Rangel earlier stated that there was 'no evidence' of corruption:

Some of the charges against him:

  • Misusing office to create center in his honor.
  • Used free postage to ask for donations.
  • Received over $1 million consulting with a firm while he was Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. This happened while meeting with a lobbyist from the firm about tax laws.
  • Failure to report income.
  • Using rent-stabilized property as a campaign headquarters.

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Unemployment Rate Jumps to 9.8%

The economy added some jobs in November but not nearly enough to make up for either earlier losses or for the rising population. Last month came 39,000 new jobs. Furthermore the unemployment rate itself jumped to 9.8%, the highest amount since May.

“The economic situation is uncertain at best and steadily evaporating at worst, yet through all of this, there seems to be an alarming lack of urgency by the Democrats as they have refused to take meaningful and definitive action to address the uncertainty created by the expiring tax cuts,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) “You would think that after the November elections, Democrats would have realized how out-of-touch and misdirected their policies have been.”

Furthermore wages are also stagnant. 'Recovery Summer' has officially ended.

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Ron Santo has died.

Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo has died at age 70.

Santo played 14 seasons with the Chicago Cubs in the 1960's-70's. He hit 342 home runs, drove in 1,331 runners, and successfully placed a hit 2,254 times. Santo also reached base more times than any other National League player in 1964, 1966, and 1967. The closest he ever came to reaching the Hall-of-Fame from the BBWAA was back in 1998 when he received 43.1% of their vote.

May this legend Rest In Peace.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

LeBron James to Cleveland: I got game.

LeBron James and the Miami Heat dispatched a "professional basketball team" this evening with relative ease, even though the preview to this game was done-to-death by ESPN, the Associated Press, and everybody else with a sports blog. The opposing team in question? The soon-to-be defunct Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron scored 38 points, attributed 8 assists, and picked up 5 rebounds in the win; this is the first time he has played in Cleveland since he signed with Miami earlier in the year, which we now realize caused the single largest jersey-fueled bonfire in American sports history.

Miami Heat: 118.
Cleveland Cavs: 90.

Any thoughts?

Also, I personally believe LeBron was smart to leave Cleveland for Miami.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Football Player Penalized for Pointing to Heaven after Touchdown

There are penalties and there are penalties.  In football, they've been trying to cut down on excessive celebrations for years.  It makes sense: it is unsportsmanlike for over-the-top celebrations, such as running around for minutes or making crude gestures to your opponents.  But I must emphasize "excessive" and "over-the-top."

A simple kneel down or a simple thumbs-up should not warrant a penalty flag.  Something else that certainly does not deserve the yellow flag: pointing to God after a touchdown.

In every sport this is done.  A player hits a game winning three-pointer, he points to God.  Someone smacks a tie-breaking home run, a nod to the heavens is almost expected.  Such celebration is standard, including football.

However, apparently they are cracking down on such things in Tumwater (Washington), as a High Schooler was penalized for thanking God for a score:

This is awful.  The ref said that it was "unsportsmanlike conduct."  I say that's bull.

Apparently, mocking players who thank a higher power is in style now, however:

This politically correct crap has to stop.  You may disagree with athletes thanking a higher power, but you should not openly mock or penalize it.

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Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

As America appears to swirl down the drain under the current maladministration, and as the new normal of 9-10% unemployment, crushing debt, and diplomacy by the wiki-wonks compromises our credibility it’s time to recall that there must be limits if there’s to be freedom.  President Obama believes the Constitution is flawed, because it only speaks of “negative” liberties and it merely restrains government instead of empowering it.  This reveals a lack of understanding of the American Experiment that is breath-taking to behold in the man elected to defend the Constitution.
A constitutional novice, let alone a supposed constitutional scholar, should know the reason for a written constitution is to set limits for government so that individual liberty and freedom can bloom.  This has been true since King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta.  It was true when the Miracle at Philadelphia produced the Constitution, and it’s true today.  If government is not limited it is limitless.
What should be taught has not been taught.  What should be known is not known.  And what should be self-evident remains hidden in plain sight: “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  These words ring down the halls of History reverberating in the heart of every Patriot.  Flowing from this same well-spring of wisdom is the reason for the institution of government, the source of the social contract which holds us together as a people: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Two hundred and thirty-four years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  Now we are engaged in a great culture war, and testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. These Dispatches from the History of the Future are brought forth on a great battle-field of that war: the media.
The world will little note, nor long remember what is said here, but it will never forget what patriotic authors have done and are doing. It is fitting for we who labor in the field of communications to dedicate our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to the task remaining before us that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Therefore, no matter if a certain Dispatch elicits praise or condemnation, whether it agrees or disagrees with every nuance of each individual it is hoped that positions will be taken in context.  That people will react to articles and not headlines.  To disagree on matters of foreign relations does not distract from our unity of vision that limited government, personal freedom, and individual liberty are the source and the summit of the American Experiment.  Another pearl of wisdom from our forefathers may also be relevant to the necessity of not allowing divisions to divide us, “We must all hang together, or we shall all hang separately.”
A free press and people willing to share their thoughts whether popular or unpopular have long been the bane of tyrants.  Those who seek to order the lives of others and to micromanage the fate of nations cannot abide the literature of liberty or the discourse of free people boldly proclaiming that the government that governs least governs best.  Thus, these Dispatches from the History of the Future have been banned by the editors of the elite from China to Denver.
A quick review of recent history (Germany & Japan) teaches that nations which were once enemies can become friends, and those who were friends (Iran) can become enemies.  This alone should direct us to the wisdom of George Washington, “The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.”  To base our future foreign relations upon our past chains us to backward thinking and tunnel vision, two things our current enemies are exploiting on a daily basis.  Please take your shoes off and prepare for the porno scan or grope.
Let us not lose sight of the sacred cause for which we labor: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Let us stand together against the assault upon freedom that is the growth of Progressive government.  The time is fast approaching when no matter how dedicated some may be to America remaining on the beat as the world’s policeman, building nations in our own image and chasing the mirage of security through empire, the burden of garrisons in ninety nations, and wars in several more will compel us to retire to the security of our borders. 
This does not mean isolationism for we cannot retreat from commerce.  It does however mean the time has come to once again heed the wisdom of our first President, “Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.  Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground?”
The time is also fast approaching when the words of our founders may once again ring clear in a land losing sight of our focus: limited government, liberty, and personal freedom.  A time when the words of Jefferson will once again make tyrants quake, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Let all patriots stand together for truth, justice and the American way.
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Carter: "Good Faith Negotiations" Can Change North Korea's Mind

North Korea, which has kidnapped American journalists, developed nuclear weapons and developed nuclear reactors, and has bombarded South Korea with artillery, deserves another chance according to former President Jimmy Carter.

In a statement to AP, Carter, known for constant and serious foreign relations gaffes during his Presidency, said that he had faith in North Korea's ability to stop being belligerent.  "I hope that we'll soon have an agreement with North Korea to denuclearize the whole peninsula, and to have...a peace treaty," Carter said.

He went on to say, "I believe having met with the North Koreans that they're willing to do that on their own terms...but if we can modify their terms with good faith negotiations, maybe we'll have peace and no nuclear weapons on their peninsula."

Remember, this comes from the man who got a "promise" from North Korea to not produce nuclear weapons.  We all know how that ended.  Now he wants us to believe that he has some keen insight into North Korea's psyche.
I say this to Jimmy Carter: no thank you.  Thanks to your gaffes as a President, the Soviet Union grew stronger and the United States suffered from stag-flation.  After you left office, you have made foreign policy gaffe after foreign policy gaffe that has injured our nation.  You even put a stamp of approval on corrupt elections throughout the world, including Iran last year.

Speaking of which, Iran fell into the hand of Islamic fundamentalist during the Presidency of Jimmy Carter and rebels took Americans as hostages.  Carter floundered under pressure and these Americans were hostages for 444 days.  20 minutes after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, the Americans were on their way home.

I'm sorry, but we must go into this intelligently.  We certainly cannot listen to a failed President.

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War? What War?

I have a question for all of those who will read this column: Is it just me, or is the media (old and new, liberal and conservative) seem absolutely content on NOT reporting on the ongoing War in Afghanistan? I don't think it's just me on this.

Every morning, I search for news on the latest developments from the Afghan Theater of our nine-year War on Islamic Terror in the Middle East. As of late, the news has been quite good, especially when you read into the weapons we're now using against the Taliban. However, this shouldn't be - 90,000+ American soldiers are fighting for our country right now, someone should give enough of at least one damn to report on their progress.

We shouldn't have to search for news on the War; it should be reported.

Did you know that we're bringing in the M1A1 Abrams Tank to the Helmand Province?

Whether it be indifference because we now have a weak Democratic war-time President, or negligence due to the never ending domestic political fight over domestic issues that pale in significance to War in Afghanistan, I don't care. All forms of media (print, radio, television) have an obligation to inform the public on our men, and women at war.

Enough reporting on the food safety bill. Enough reporting on Bristol Palin's dance moves causing liberal heartache in San Francisco. Enough reporting on the treasonous bastards at WikiLeaks. It is time to report on those who report every day for duty in Kabul, Helmand, and Kandahar in defense of our Nation.

This ends today. America is at War, it's time to start acting like it. I'll be, what about you?

Monthly Jobs Report: 93k New Jobs, 49k New Cuts

A new report is howing moderate job growth in the month of November. This is not the monthly government job count, but that report is also expected to show job expansion in two days. It also appears that job creation in October was stronger than previously anticipated.

However, the good news was also taken with significant bad news. Public employers are planning to slash their workforce even further and it appears that the private sector is also on that track:

A separate report Wednesday showed planned jobs cuts for November rose to their highest level since March, with the government and non-profit sector leading the rise.

Employers announced 48,711 planned job cuts last month, up 28 percent from 37,986 in October, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. It was the highest job-cut total since March, when employers announced plans to cut 67,611 jobs, the report said.
This appears to be a mixed bag. Even without the cuts it would appear that the jobs created are fewer than those needed to keep the unemployment rate from going up over the next year. The CBO sees 9% unemployment in 2012.

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Daily LOL Cat

We are a political blog, but we also know that life has some laughs too.  Please enjoy the picture below and if you're into politics, please check out the rest of the site.

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Video: Jeb Bush on Palin

Newsmax has an interview with the former Florida Governor and the brother of George W. Bush:

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Michael Steele: Retire Now.

Michael Steele, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, should take a few vacation days before deciding on whether or not to run for a second term as head of the Grand Old Party in the upcoming RNC election - I am quite confident that if he weighs his options he'll retire for the good of the party, and party members.

However, if he does decide to seek a second term - he will be running against two very impressive individuals, who have previous experience in running a statewide Republican organization, and nearly half of the GOP rank-and-file, according to Public Policy Polling's latest survey on the issue.

In case you have forgotten, Michael Steele was elected RNC Chairman two months after Barack Obama defeated John McCain in the 2008 election, and has since become a gaffe prone, scandal ridden individual who just can't keep his mouth shut. He has constantly sided against Republicans on crucial issue after crucial issue, especially when he called Afghanistan "Obama's War", as if George W. Bush didn't invade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 American civilians.

We need a leader for the 2012 Presidential campaign, not a man leading the NY Times best sellers list.

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Report: US Tax Dollars Went to Exhibit Featuring Jesus Being Eaten By Ants, Homoerotic Art

Your tax dollars at work.  Republican leaders are outraged that the Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery, funded by U.S. taxpayers, feature controversial exhibits.  These include homoerotic artwork, picture of Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a video in which Jesus Christ is being eaten by ants.

After hearing of the exhibit, outraged Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, stated:
“Absolutely we should look at their funds.  If they’ve got money to squander like this – of a crucifix being eaten by ants, of Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, men in chains, naked brothers kissing – then I think we should look at their budget.”
However, co-curator David C. Ward defended the depiction of Jesus being eaten by ants, entitled A Fire in My Belly, stating: 
“Fire in My Belly is an example of political engagement in artistic form with the AIDS epidemic by an artist deeply concerned with the exploration of our response to that medical and societal calamity.”
He went on to say about the work:
“That it is violent, disturbing, and hallucinatory precisely replicates the impact of the disease itself on people and a society that could barely comprehend its magnitude."
Representative Kingston did not agree, calling it, “In your face perversion paid for by tax dollars."
The "artwork"
Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. went further in denouncing the project.  Through a spokesperson, he said the piece was an
"outrageous use of taxpayer money and an obvious attempt to offend Christians during the Christmas season.  When a museum receives taxpayer money, the taxpayers have a right to expect that the museum will uphold common standards of decency. The museum should pull the exhibit and be prepared for serious questions come budget time.”

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Obama Administration Looking into Criminal Charges Against WikiLeaks

For the past several months the controversial site WikiLeaks has been releasing sensitive data to the world.  The documents the organization has leaked, according to analysts and the Obama Administration, puts the lives of Americans overseas and at home at risk.  This data pertains to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, internal and conflicts abroad, as well as candid statements from the U.S. government about foreign leaders and situations.

This has been going on for months now and on Sunday, new documents began to be released.  Now, all of a sudden, the Obama Administration has decided that it could be illegal.  I suppose the Obama Administration is trying to tell the American people that they are "on top" of the situation:
"Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the Justice Department and Pentagon are conducting "an active, ongoing criminal investigation.'' Others familiar with the probe said the FBI is examining everyone who came into possession of the documents, including those who gave the materials to WikiLeaks and also the organization itself. No charges are imminent, the sources said, and it is unclear whether any will be brought."
How is this batch of leaks different than previous ones?  No one is quite certain, but it is very possible that the Obama Administration is aware of documents that can hurt them either politically or criminally.  Therefore, they are trying to stop and/or prosecute WikiLeaks before these documents are released.

Yet the questions of 'why,' 'how,' and 'if' still abound:
"Former prosecutors cautioned that prosecutions involving leaked classified information are difficult because the Espionage Act is a 1917 statute that preceded Supreme Court cases that expanded First Amendment protections. The government also would have to persuade another country to turn over Assange, who is outside the United States.

But the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is rapidly unfolding, said charges could be filed under the act. The U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria - which in 2005 brought Espionage Act charges, now dropped, against two former pro-Israel lobbyists - is involved in the effort, the sources said.

The Pentagon is leading the investigation and it remains unclear whether any additional charges would be brought in the military or civilian justice systems. Pfc. Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst suspected of being the source of the WikiLeaks documents, was arrested by the military this year."
Why now?  If not now, when?  And what exactly is the Obama Administration thinking?  These questions will be answered in time.
President Obama
Another possibility:  the Obama Administration is this incompetent.  They are so incompetent that they allowed an organization to hurt our national security and put people's lives in danger and is only now trying trying to stop them.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Liberal Hypocrisy: Valerie Plame 'Outed', Wikileaks 'Heroes'

 Today marks just another round of profound hypocrisy from those on the left. From 2003 on the national media was transfixed on the case of an undercover CIA agent being 'outed' by a vengeful Bush Administration when it was supposedly caught in a lie. Columns railed against the 'abuse of power' by the White House and some foamed that it was comparable to Watergate. Calls came for Vice President Cheney's resignation and for the imprisonment of members of the Bush Administration.

Instead, it was learned that Valerie Plame was open about her CIA status and willfully sent her husband to Niger to explore claims of Iraq seeking African uranium in violation of federal nepotism laws. Her husband, Charles Wilson, did not actually do what he was tasked to do and British intelligence still pointed to Saddam Hussein's government attempting to buy yellowcake uranium from West Africa.

However, if you have gone to the theater lately you may have noticed a dramatization called Fair Game that lionizes Plame and Wilson into heroes. And Sean Penn is playing Wilson to boot.

Of course, if you go anywhere in the internet you can find recriminations about the Bush Administration to see how it 'lied us into war.' One example in an interview with Mrs. Plame:

 Furthermore, the Left was all too happy to claim that those who opposed the Bush Administration efforts in Iraq were 'traitors' and that Plame's life was put in danger through the 'outing.'

Now if this is accurate, Plame was in danger from a senseless and unprovoked leak in order to further suspect political motives.

Furthermore, an editorial for the Denver Post effectively equates Plame's identity being put in the open with treason-- aiding and abetting America's enemies by giving them sensitive information.

 Fast-forward to 2010. The Wikileaks 'outings' of classified information covers all different fields. Not only does it out information from the military including about undercover or in danger personnel, it is now divulging state secrets on a massive level.

Of course, you would expect the people on the Left to be intellectually honest and immediately denounce Wikileaks' nihilist maneuvers.

But, of course, the Huffington Post believes differently:

Of course, this has to be different on the Daily Kos:

 It couldn't possibly be immoral to release classified information, after all, it's civil disobedience!

Or in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Rob Rogers
Hypocrisy can be shown in many ways. However, the examples put forth here and thousands of others presenting themselves on website front pages and newspaper editorial sheets all express the same smug outrage. Plame is a hero for being a liar, and Wikileaks is great for undermining American fights against dictators and religious fundamentalists. Say hello to Leftism in the 21st century.

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Liberal Plans to 'Reduce' Deficit a Joke

 As if you are not content with all of the 'deficit cutting' that President Obama has been doing over the last two years, leave it to prominent Democrats to bring up a new series of proposed ways to 'reduce' the deficit. The New York Times is reporting on these schemes and you can see instantly why they will not work.

¶Stimulus spending. Most of the plans call for immediate additional stimulus measures, arguing that they will help create tax-paying jobs and reduce spending for relief to the jobless. But the liberals seek more spending in the short and long term: for now, financing for unemployment assistance, public works projects and aid to state and local governments to prevent continued layoffs of teachers and other employees, and for years beyond, “pro-growth investments” in areas like education, infrastructure, child care, rural broadband and scientific research. 

Of course there's plenty on new taxes, but it appears that these plans are inherently to spend more in the short term (except for the military while we're at war) and hope that everything will balance out. This is almost exactly what President Obama and the Democrats have done since January 2009. And the deficit didn't increase at all during that time, did it?

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wikileaks: 'We are Under Attack'

The controversial website Wikileaks has Tweeted that they are "under a mass distributed denial of service attack."  This comes as the site promised that today it would release thousands of formerly classified government documents.

Here is the Tweet:
The United States government has asked, and at times demanded, that Wikileaks halt the distribution of documents, claiming that it puts people's lives in danger as well as could cause international problems.  Wikileaks has not yielded.

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North Korea Deploys Missiles on Southern Border

North Korea is taking its belligerency to a new height today, as it has deployed surface-to-air missiles on its southern border with South Korea.  This raises concern that the North could attack or otherwise become more belligerent in the very near future.

The Russian-made missiles have been deployed since the North's artillery shelling of the South this past Tuesday:
"The source said SA-2 missiles seem to be targeting South Korea's fighter jets flying near the disputed western maritime border, known as the Northern Limit Line."
As the hostilities between the South and North seem to mount, the United States is carrying out war games with the South while China is calling for emergency talks.  Yet the North seems to refuse to listen to reason.

The reason why North Korea is acting so belligerently is uncertain.  Some analysts believe it is to attract attention, others believe it is to test the United States, while more believe it is simply to start a war with the South.
North and South Korea
Yet people in South Korea seem unfazed:
"In Seoul, life carried on normally for the city's more than 10 million residents, with downtown shopping districts jammed with people despite the freezing temperatures, and cafes decked with Christmas decorations doing brisk business.
“I am worried, but not that worried that I need to stay at home,” said Eunhye Kim, an usher showing people from a packed theater in the capital. “They don't really want to make war ... there's no gain for either side.”"
In the last few years the North has acted more and more hostile to the world, but especially its southern neighbor.  This new artillery strike and missile deployment could be the culmination of the North's aggressiveness.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ed Rendell vetoes Castle Doctrine.

Pennsylvania's House Bill 1926, better known as the Castle Doctrine, passed the State Senate by an impressive 45-4 margin on October 14th with overwhelming bi-partisan support (All but three Democrats, and one Republican State Senator supported the legislation), and the House passed it again on November 15th, by an equally impressive 164-32 margin.

It appeared as if Pennsylvania's Castle Doctrine would absolutely become law. However, even though legislative Democrats supported the legislation without question, term-limited Governor Ed Rendell, in what might be his last major act as chief executive, vetoed the pro-self defense legislation earlier this afternoon.

What is Governor Ed Rendell thinking?

Governor-elect Tom Corbett will only sign the legislation (which both legislative houses are once again bound to pass) when he takes the oath of office next year, and why wouldn't someone (especially a politician) want to leave office with the distinct pride of knowing they helped to expand crucial self defense rights to the citizenry at-large. Obviously, Ed Rendell is without political or common sense.

Hopefully, the new Pennsylvania Legislature and Governor will move quickly to pass and enact the Castle Doctrine legislation when they convene in six weeks.

Should the Atlanta Braves bring back Andruw Jones?

Andruw Jones blasted 92 home runs in the 2005, and 2006 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, but that trend ended rather quickly. Since those two faithful seasons ended, Jones has managed only 65 homers with four different teams (Atlanta, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, and Chicago White Sox), and just barely made it past the 100 games marker this year.
His glory years are definitely behind him, but could his final years have him back in an Atlanta uniform?

Kevin Markum of Bleacher Report is hoping so. In an article published three days ago, Markum argues that Atlanta's General Manager should bring Jones back into the club, considering he had his best post-Atlanta seasons this year, and that he would be a cheap purchase at about one-to-three million dollars.

However, I'm not too sure bringing back Andruw would be worth the risk. Sure, he would bring the fans to the stands as he approaches 2,000 career hits, and if he is with the team long enough, he could reach 500 career home runs. But, and this is a big but, he cannot play solid defense anymore, and at the most he would hit maybe 20 home runs next year.

I have cheered for the Braves almost every single year of my life, and there was nothing better in pro baseball than the Andruw and Chipper Jones tag team, but spending upwards to three million dollars on a player that just can't perform like he use to - seems like an unnecessary risk to me.

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Liberal Hack Sandra Bernhard: Bristol Palin is a "hooker"

Why do so many liberals have no sense of decency?  Bristol Palin, who came in thrid-place on this week's Dancing with the Stars, is the daughter of former VP candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin.  Apparently, liberals believe that this fact gives them the right to put her down.

On the Joy Behar Show, liberal hacks Joy Behar and Sandra Bernhard discussed Palin's loss on DWTS, while The Daily Beast’s Rebecca Dana occasionally chimed in.  For whatever reason, instead of critiquing her dancing, they launched into attack mode and insulted Bristol Palin personally for several minutes.  Here is a short transcript:

Joy Behar:  After weeks of speculation that the low-scoring Bristol Palin could actually take the Dancing with the Stars win, the nation breathed a sigh of relief last night as Jennifer Grey was crowned the [garbled] champion... So, Sandra, were you ready to shoot the TV last night?

Sandra Bernhard:  I twittered for the entire two hours.  My eyeballs were falling out of my head...

Behar: I know. What about Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers? They’re dead, you know. They died last night.

Bernhard: Yes. They died and came back and died for the third time.

Behar: What’s her name, Bristol on today`s “View” said something like –

Berhard: How did she do it? How did she get to New York to do the “View”?

Behar: I don’t know.

Rebecca Dana, Senior Correspondent, The Daily Beast: They have their own plane, these people.

Bernhard: She’s such a hooker. She got on a flight after losing last night...

Behar:  She said that her mother likes her being in the cage.

Dana:  Well, maybe that will prevent her from having another baby!

Here is the video:

These people are disgusting.

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Kyle Brotzman Kills Boise State

Just wow.  After a 40+ yard pass with 2 seconds left in the game, Boise State had set up an easy field goal for their kicker Kyle Brotzman .  The score was 31-31 and #4 Boise was playing #19 Nevada.  A win would catapult Boise into BCS championship contention and most likely would had pushed them to #3 in the country.  On the nine yard line, a straight on kick was ready for Brotzman.  No angle, no real distance, a field goal that goes through 99% of the time.

Obviously the long paragraph should tell you something: Brotzman missed it wide right.  But hey, no big deal right?  Now there was overtime for Boise's kicker to make amends and redeem himself.  Indeed Boise got the ball back and indeed Botzman was called upon again to kick an easy field goal from 28 out, a field goal that goes through 98% of the time.  He missed it wide left.
Lost in all of this was Nevada's kicker Anthony Martinez who, unlike Brotzman, kicked the game winning field goal, from a greater distance than Brotzman's misses (34 yards), and drilled it right through the uprights.  Boise State has no chance to win the BCS and is likely out of Bowl contention.

The only thing that Brotzman drilled was Boise.  And now, despite his accomplishments as a kicker, his career is and always will be defined by two epic failures.

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A Look at Obama's Approval Ratings

This is your roundup of the major polling of the President's approval ratings. In this edition we can see that Obama's numbers appear to be rising after the elections and his trip to Asia. We're not exactly sure why, but it appears that anger over his deficits and ObamaCare are falling slightly due to belief the GOP House may change some policies.

So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:

Approve: 44%
Disapprove: 48%


Approve: 48%
Disapprove: 51%

It appears that overall, Obama's approval ratings are becoming a bit more negative with his disapproval hiking by eight tenths of a percent. We also see his falling in Gallup and disapproval gaining.

Approve: 45.4%
Disapprove: 48.8%

Keep a sharp eye out for this week's polling. He may slip even further.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Time to START Supporting Obama

A broken clock is right twice a day, and even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.  It’s not surprising therefore that even as President Obama and the Soros Administration work feverishly to transform America into the USSA they would eventually stumble upon something that’s deserving of support by patriotic citizens.
The Cold War is over.  Or at least it was.  The fall of the Soviet Union, the greatest totalitarian horror of the twentieth Century came with a raised eyebrow instead of a bang.  Unlike the clean-up after those other failed totalitarian monsters, Mussolini, Hitler and Tojo there were no trials and no crimes against humanity.  Instead the masters of the gulags, the tormentors of innocents, and the destroyers of liberty received pensions and luxury dachas on the Black Sea disappearing into the woodwork along with much of the nation’s gold.  Instead of hanging by his heels from a lamppost Gorbachev started a think tank and began earning astronomical speaking fees from all his friends in the West.
The Cold War was a fifty year-long nightmare.  Yet today some History teachers in America characterize this multi-generational conflict as more extreme competition than a war, thus discounting the tens of thousands who died in Korea and Vietnam and the tens of millions who died in the gulags as if they were players fouled in a rough game.  Having forgotten the lessons of the past, our bellicose neo-cons are now blustering and bullying the best Congress money can buy into refusing to ratify the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
Yes, the treaty needs to be looked at closely.  Yes, we need rock solid assurances the treaty provides for our ability to maintain and modernize our deterrent force.  However, we need to realize that this treaty is more than just the next round in the nuclear stand-down initiated by President Reagan. This treaty is the next logical step in linking Russia to the West.
Russia has always been conflicted.  Is it a Western nation or an Eastern Empire?  Is it part of the legacy of the West, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the democratic revolutions and evolutions, or are they the true child of the Golden Horde the political descendent of the autocratic Czars?  Is it an honorable member of the human community or is it a ruthless gang of authoritarian Stalin wanabes out to dominate the world?
Today Russia is engaged in massive trade with the West, primarily Europe.  The capitalist cat has been let out of the bag and they would have a hard time putting that toothpaste back in the tube.  Our war in Afghanistan, without the assistance of Russia in allowing us to cross their territory with supplies, would resemble more of a siege than an assault, with us behind the barricades.  The long and winding road from Karachi through the Hindu Kush is a perilously thin life-line the enemy can disrupt or bock anytime it suits their fancy.  Without the alternate Russian access our heroes would be on the Little Big Horn looking for General Crook and Colonel Gibbon. 
I have long asked what our military establishment in Europe was accomplishing besides providing a bail-out for the socialist economies and the opportunity for them to have no meaningful military budgets interfering with their cradle-to-grave nanny states.  Who are we protecting them from: their own people?  If Russia permanently joins the West couldn’t we finally bring our troops home?  Perhaps we could even deploy them to our borders where they could protect us from invasion?
True, Russia may not be the quintessential example of a liberty loving representative republic, but then again neither any longer are we.  True, they may not be Adam Smith’s definition of a capitalist society, but then again neither any longer are we. They are however no longer the Evil Empire.  They are no longer a slave state run by megalomaniacs who have dozens of captive nations enthralled to their fever dream of world domination. 
If we send the new START Treaty the way of the Versailles Treaty we will undercut every Russian who supports democracy and engagement in Moscow.  We will empower every Russian who beats the drums of their age-old national obsession with encirclement.  Just as our indifference cut the legs out from the protestors in Iran after their last bogus elections, our failure to accept the Russian’s hand extended in friendship will ensure a Russian fist raised in defiance.
The last thing we need now is a new Cold War.  The last thing we need is Russia once again fueling every tin pot regime dedicated to American decline.  Imagine if instead of standing with the West in the War on Terror they were: supporting Iran instead of cancelling the delivery of previously purchased weapons systems, supplying arms to the Taliban as we supplied arms to Mujahedeen, and demanding an end to the dollars supremacy. 
On the positive side, the new START Treaty, which limits each side to less than 2,000 nuclear weapons leaves more than enough to get the job done if we ever need to vaporize anyone.  Though it isn’t perfect it also leaves in place the verification side of Reagan’s “Trust and Verify” wisdom.  If we lose this how are we going to retain any trust?  The loss of which will lead us back to the distrust, which was at the base of the fifty year long nuclear arms race.  Looking at this another way, ratification of the treaty is supported by an overwhelming and bipartisan collection of present and former intelligence, military and diplomatic leaders.  They all say the treaty is good for America.
The Neo-cons led us in turning our retribution/revenge raid against Al Qaeda and their Taliban hosts into a decade long experiment in nation-building.  They led us into a pre-emptive war in Iraq that has turned into a nation-building mission for an eternal garrison.  They are beating the war drums for a pre-emptive strike on Iran.  We cannot allow them to bait the Russian Bear and reignite the Cold War.  No matter what they or their fellow talking-heads call them these are all globalist distractions keeping our eyes overseas while the Progressives extinguish liberty at home. 
Though I have and I will continue to oppose President Obama when he acts against the interests of the Republic, I’m not afraid to speak out when he does something that will benefit the American people.  This may not be the beginning of unqualified support, but at least it’s a START.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College and History for the American Public University System. © 2010 Robert R. Owens Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.