Saturday, March 26, 2011
Here is the video:
Here is a partial transcript (emphasis mine):
Power- What we need is a willingness to actually put something on the line in, sort of, helping the situation. And putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import. It may, more crucially, mean sacrificing, or investing more than sacrificing literally billions of dollars not in servicing Israeli military but actually investing in the new state of Palestine; in investing billions of dollars it would probably take also to support, I think, what will have to be a mammoth protection force...a meaningful military presence because, it seems to me at this stage, and this is true of actual genocides as well and not just major human rights abuses which we're seeing there, but is that you, you have to go in as if you're serious.
You have to put something on the line and unfortunately, imposition of a solution on unwilling parties is dreadful... but sadly, you know, we don't just have a democracy here either. We have a liberal democracy... [Israel] requires external intervention.
Update, Urgent- Looks like the Obama Administration may make this nut-job the next Secretary of State
Today is an anniversary of sorts. Another Black Conservative turns two years today! It is with great respect and admiration that I offer my congratulations. I have mentioned before how much I appreciate the intestinal fortitude that is required to be a minority coming out of the proverbial conservative closet.
Southeast Regional Final:
Florida, 65, Butler 56
West Regional Final:
Connecticut 74, Arizona 66
In a speech today, the President tried to explain why he ordered the US to bomb Libya. It said, in part:
But I firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized; when someone like Qaddafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region; and when the international community is prepared to come together to save many thousands of lives—then it’s in our national interest to act. And it’s our responsibility. This is one of those times.Let's see... Innocents brutalized and a bloodbath? Oh, he must be talking about Saddam Hussein gassing his own people in Halabja in 1988! Destabilizing the region? Oh, he must be talking about Iraq invading both Iran and Kuwait! The international community is coming together? Oh, he must be talking about the 40 nation coalition that invaded Iraq in 2003!
Wait, what? He's talking about Libya? Wow, what a hypocrite.
Well, here's the video if you want to watch it:
Sarah Palin, the second female Vice-Presidential nominee, has tweeted "So very sad, the passing of Geraldine Ferraro."
Geraldine Ferraro, the first female Vice-Presidential nominee, has died. She fought blood cancer for over a decade before succumbing to the disease this morning. She was a Representative for six years before becoming Mondale's running mate in 1984, and later served as Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
She was 75.
Libyan rebels regained control of the eastern gateway city of Ajdabiya on Saturday after international airstrikes on Muammar Qaddafi's forces, in the first major turnaround for an uprising that once appeared on the verge of defeat.The War on Libya by coalition forces probably took too long to launch, but the results of our campaign are evident with every missile strike and rebel victory.
While this was happening, President Obama simply watched the situation from thousands of miles away. Waiting first for the Arab League to take the lead, then the United Nations, the President spent a month dithering, according to critics. Eventually, however, he decided that Gaddafi's brutal ways must stop, but not his rule. In accordance, he ordered the bombing of Libya with Tomahawk missiles.
But the big question is whether you support our bombing of Libya. Though late, did the President do the right thing? Are there major flaws in the plan? ;Is it unconstitutional and, therefore, you cannot support it in any way?
Friday, March 25, 2011
The results would be interesting.
The visit, made at the invitation of the Cuban government, raised the possibility that Carter would get involved in the case of U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross, recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for providing illegal Internet access to Cuban groups.
The case has strained U.S.-Cuba relations after a brief warming under President Barack Obama.
Carter, 86, was to arrive in Havana on Monday for a three-day trip "to learn about new economic policies and the upcoming (Communist) Party congress and to discuss ways to improve U.S.-Cuba relations," said a statement from Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo.
He was to meet with President Castro and "other Cuban officials and citizens," the statement said.
It said the trip was a follow-up to the Carters' May 2002 visit to the island 90 miles from Florida and was a "private, non-governmental mission under the auspices of the not-for-profit Carter Center."
Carter is set to go to North Korea soon, where last year he went to secure the release of a jailed American.
Fast-forward to 2011. After years of saying, "the President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation," President Barack Obama did just that. The President used the United States navy to launch over a hundred missiles into Libya in order to cripple Dictator Maummar Gaddafi's air capabilities. Congress was not consulted in any way.
So the big question is: was President Obama's quote right? Is it unconstitutional, as President, to unilaterally authorize an attack? Or are his actions right? Is it constitutional, at least in the short term, to attack a country without permission from Congress?
1 Ohio State 78, 4 Kentucky 69
2 North Carolina 83, 11 Marquette 79
1 Kansas 82, Richmond 58
11 VCU 80, Florida State 69
Fouad Ajami , a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a winner 30 years ago of a MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called Genius award) , has published a thoughtful article in the Wall Street Journal, in which he refers to “Obama's Holbrooke Moment”. Richard Holbrooke was the diplomat who convinced President Clinton that America should intervene in Bosnia.
However, the 25 year old's lackluster marksmanship would be put to the test in a violent late night encounter with a home invader ealier this month.
[42 year old ex-convict Albert Hill] barged into the home at around 3 a.m. after Brown responded to a knock at the front door, according to a police report. He allegedly grabbed the 110-pound Brown around her nose and mouth and dragged her to an upstairs bedroom.Hill had been in and out of prison on burglary, grand theft and battery charges since 1986. His most recent run-in with the law was a drunk and disorderly charge back in September 2010.
The woman’s fiance, Robert Planthaber, said in an interview that he was quickly awakened by the altercation and ran to Brown’s side.
"I attacked him and took a severe beating to the head," Planthaber told FoxNews.com. "But I got him off of her long enough for her to scramble to the room where she keeps her pink .38 special.”
Brown snatched her gun from a nearby bedroom and shot the suspect several times – hitting him in the chest, groin, thigh and back, her fiance said. Hill was pronounced dead at the scene.
Not actual pink gun usedThe gun in Ms. Brown used to shoot the intruder was a pink .38 Special she recieved as a Christmas present from her fiance.
The whole revolving-door-for-repeat-offenders prison system thing notwithstanding, it's probably for the best that Mr. Hill was pronounced dead at the scene. I mean, aside from taking one to the groinal reigon- if you're some badass convict, could you imagine anything more awkward than explaining upon your return to the big house that you got capped by a chick with a pink gun?
[Cross posted at Not Another New England Sports Blog!]
Asking such a question about the District of Columbia is usually a significant indicator that someone has absolutely lost their mind in the political realm.
However, new data from the Census could result in Republican gains within the next decade, or two, in one of the Democrat's strongest conclaves of support.
- Washington's black population decreased by 39,000 to 50% overall.
- Washington's white population increased by 50,000 to 35% overall.
- Washington's overall population has increased by 5.2% to 601,000.
These new numbers bode well for the Republican Party, because white voters are more likely to support Conservative views on economics and social issues than blacks, who usually support Democrats by a nine to one margin. But this potential means absolutely nothing if the local GOP does not transform these citizens to voters.
Only 121,000 voters turned out to vote in last year's Delegate election, and only 7,400 (or 6.01%) of them bothered to support the Republican nominee. In fact, we have faced such a decline in the District that replenishing our ranks will most likely take years to accomplish.What say you?
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Ultimately, for any candidate running under the Tea Party brand, expressing reverence for the "Founding Fathers" and a cartoonish version of the U.S. Constitution is mandatory -- and, in this, Herman Cain, speaking in New Hampshire, did not disappoint. In a manner typical of "original intent" constitutional fetishists, Cain dodged any criticism which points out the obvious fact that the Founding Fathers were slave-holding hypocrites, and the Constitution itself was a pro-slavery document. But, then again, in Herman Cain's world, race-segregated drinking fountains did no harm; it's all about the water. In the very white world of the Tea Party, that reassurance is, no doubt, most welcome.
2. Florida vs. 3 BYU-since I had Florida going to the Final Four, I am going to pick Florida for this one. In addition, I don't know how BYU will do against elite competition after the loss of center Brandon Davies.
Florida 70, BYU 61
4. Wisconsin vs. 8. Butler-I think these teams are evenly matched, as both teams are physical teams who like to play in the half-court. I would be very suprised if this winner of this game would reach 60 points. I like Wisconsin in a squeaker.
Wisconsin 55, Butler 53
1 Duke vs 5 Arizona-The return of Kyrie Irving means that Duke is a more terrifying and complete team. I would be suprised if Arizona pulled this one out.
Duke 74, Arizona 62
2. San Diego State vs. 3 Connecticut-While I think San Diego State has the inside game to match UConn's, I do not think that it can stop Kemba Walker
Connecticut 72, San Diego State 66
Later, I will make picks for Friday's games.
In February, in the midst of a revolution in Egypt and an uprising in Tunisia, the President actually asked the United States Congress to provide Dictator Maummar Gaddafi with an additional $1.7 million in funds for his military.
Ironically, the President now specifically supports a "no-fly zone" in Libya to prevent Gaddafi's air force from bombing protesters. Last month, he lobbied to give money directly to the dictator to improve his air capabilities.
More ironically, with the foreign aid gotten from the United States and President Obama, Gaddafi has been killing civilians on the ground. The very same civilians that the US and UN militaries are trying to protect.
In response, Republican Congressman Ted Poe of Texas stated, "It's certainly not wise or smart to give American aid to countries like Libya where the ruling class use it against their own people." Apparently the leader of the free world disagrees.
The report continues:
While President Obama calls Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi a threat to his own people, just one month before attacking Libya the president asked Congress to increase U.S. aid for Qaddafi's military to $1.7 million.Please bookmark!
According to State Department figures, the money was earmarked to train Libyan military officers, improve its air force, secure its borders and to counter terrorism.
This is not a confirmation that she will be running. Other potential candidates have opened such committees and then decided not to run. It's unclear if she will take the next step beyond this:
"She's been telling everyone early summer," the source told CNN regarding Bachmann's planned June filing and announcement. But the source said that nothing is static.
"If you [debate sponsors] come to us and say, 'To be in our debates, you have to have an exploratory committee,' then we'll say, 'Okay, fine...I'll go file the forms.'"
Guess we'll find out.
The quake hit in an area where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) from Chiang Rai. The northern Thai city sustained minor damage, according to Thai television.
A woman in an area north of Chiang Rai, just two miles (four kilometers) from the border, died when a brick wall collapsed on her, according to police Capt. Weerapon Samranjai.
"It was like somebody was running on the roof. Everybody was in a panic. They came out of their houses and wondered what happened," said Maj. Gen. Mongkol Sampawapon, a police chief from another district near Chiang Rai.
Now Obama faces some criticism of the people of Ohio in the latest polling. Despite the difficulties in the national economy and the overwhelming wave helping the Democrats, Obama never had a broad base of support in the state. Now it appears that his numbers have shrunk.
When asked a variety of questions, voters were almost evenly split on Obama and his Administration.
Does Obama deserve re-election?
Obama Approval Rating
Despite these numbers that do not fully support Obama, when placed against an unnamed Republican challenger, he still has some support.
Unnamed Republican: 34%
Despite the early lead, Obama does not touch 50%, which is an important marker for an incumbent. Having the trust of less than half of the population-- especially when you received over 50% just two years ago is unsettling. Notice the massive amount of people undecided-- that Obama faces 6% less people wanting to vote for him than approve of his policies. Usually incumbent Presidents can count on more support than their initial approval ratings.
While the future of our War on Libya is basically unknown - phase one has been absolutely successful in destroying Qaddafi's air force.
Moammar Gadhafi has violated the no-fly zone imposed over Libya, ABC News has learned.
A Libyan warplane -- a G-2 Galeb -- was reported flying over Misurata. The aircraft was promptly taken down after French fighter jets shot at it
Also, Misurata has become the main theater of battle between Qaddafi loyalists and Libyan rebels. We should watch this City with great attention.
What say you?
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
“The president said, ‘If you have better ideas that can accomplish the same thing, go for it,’” said Weiner. “I’m in the process now of trying to see if we can take [President Barack Obama] up on it in the city of New York, … and I’m taking a look at all of the money we spend in Medicaid and Medicare and maybe New York City can come up with a better plan.”
The congressman was trying to debunk the Republican "myths" about the health care law during a speech at the Center for American Progress. He used the waivers as a way to describe how flexible the law actually is and how "this notion that the government is shoving the bill down people's throat" is not true.The administration needs to make this argument more forcefully," he said. "A lot of people who got waivers were...people who are our friends."
Today, Mr. Obama likely made his most disgusting comment yet. Earlier in the day, a Palestinian terrorist blew up a bomb in Jerusalem that killed one and injured thirty. In response, Obama said that violence wasn't the answer... and that he sends his "deepest condolences for the deaths of Palestinian civilians in Gaza yesterday."
Say what? An Israeli woman was killed by a Palestinian and the President of the free world is sorry for the Palestinians? Here's the full quote (emphasis mine):
I condemn in the strongest possible terms the bombing in Jerusalem today, as well as the rockets and mortars fired from Gaza in recent days. Together with the American people, I offer my deepest condolences for those injured or killed. There is never any possible justification for terrorism. The United States calls on the groups responsible to end these attacks at once and we underscore that Israel, like all nations, has a right to self-defense. We also express our deepest condolences for the deaths of Palestinian civilians in Gaza yesterday. We stress the importance of calm and urge all parties to do everything in their power to prevent further violence and civilian casualties.How can he say that Israel has a right to "self-defense," then slam them for killing those attacking them?
If you are going to condemn the attacks, then condemn the attacks. Send a clear message. Do not condemn the attacks, then say that they 'kinda, sorta deserved it anyway.' Isn't Mr. Obama supposedly a great, concise speaker?
How did he get elected again?
For your enjoyment:
Ever showing his naïvité, the President seems to think that a blood-thirsty dictator will drop everything and change his ways. When asked about what would happen if Gaddafi stayed in power, Obama stated yesterday:
[A]s long as Qadhafi remains in power, and unless he changes his approach and there are significant reforms in the Libyan government that allow the Libyan people to express themselves, there are still going be potential threats against Libyan people—unless he is going to step down.So...what? So if Gaddafi stays in power, all there will be are "potential threats against the Libyan people?" Potential? Isn't this the same man who has used his air force to kill hundreds of civilians? Are all those people only potentially dead now?
Almost as importantly, why does the President allow the possibility of Gaddafi to stay in power at all? Mr. Obama stated for weeks that the Libyan dictator had to leave power. Period. And now he's flipped. Again.
|"Drat, what did I say yesterday? Ah, I'll make it up as I go."|
Maybe talks without preconditions will solve all of this?
And that's just crazy for three reasons:
- Rand Paul has been in the Senate for almost three months*, which means Barack Obama would have more experience than the potential candidate at this point in his campaign in 2007. A situation we really don't need.
- Ron Paul's base is 10% of the Republican Party, and his main priorities of shutting down the federal reserve and cutting off foreign aid to Israel isn't that popular with the American electorate at-large.
- Neither Rand, nor Ron Paul believes that America should lead the world, which is in direct opposition to almost 70-80% of American citizens who believe our superpower status is a blessing and not a curse.
Politics is everything to everyone, but could we please make an exception when it comes to discussing a potential Paul 2012 campaign?
What say you?
* - Obama had 27 months of U.S. Senate experience at this point.
As always, trying to score political points, Mr. Biden went on and on about how the President should never attack another country without approval. Talking specifically about Iran, he stated that it is, in fact, an impeachable offence. See the video below:
Here is a short transcript:
Matthews- You said that if the President of the United States had launched an attack on Iran without Congressional approval that would be an impeachable offence.
Matthews- You want to review that comment you made? Well, how do you stand on that now?
Biden- I want to stand by that comment I made. The reason I made the comment was as a warning. The reason I made... I don't say those things lightly, Chris, you've known me for a long time. I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee for seventeen years, or its ranking member. I teach separation of powers and Constitutional law, this is something I know.
So, if this is something he knows...should we take him up on it?
Beck's rating have dropped precipitously over the last year, after he surprised many by becoming the second-most popular host on the channel.
Now it appears that Beck may be trying to go his own way:
Notably, Mr. Beck’s company has been staffing up — making Web shows, some of which have little or nothing to do with Mr. Beck, and charging a monthly subscription for access to the shows.
Were Mr. Beck to set off on his own, it would be a landmark moment for the media industry, reflecting a shift in the balance of power between media institutions and the personal brands of people they employ.
Do you think he'd do it?