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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Are We On Our Way To Gettysburg?

The nightly newsreel rolls and we watch in fascination as our friend and ally Japan struggles to regain its bearings after nature’s devastating one-two-punch seems to have set them up for a potential nuclear knock-out.  Boosting the ratings of the wall-to-wall news channels we sit for hours glued to the scenes of devastation waiting to be amazed by the most recently discovered views of water overtaking land in a world where every phone is a video camera.  The destruction of this latest mega-tragedy is reminiscent of World War II after America paid back Pearl Harbor in spades and today’s situation even has an atomic twist at the end.  One major difference is that this time we are all praying that our partners in the land of the rising sun won’t have to surrender.
Today America faces an economic earthquake and a social tsunami.  Our leaders have spent us into the poor house.  Our melting pot has become a smelting pot.  Our social glue consists of eating at the same fast food restaurants and watching the same game shows. Reality shows are more popular than reality.  Our President fiddles while Rome burns more concerned about b-ball brackets then about a 14 trillion dollar debt, two wars, and a world aimed at meltdown.  The only event able to hold the administration’s interest is the 2012 election and their obsession to maintain their grasp on power.
The lack of a Historical perspective may well prove to be the undoing of our nation.  Once a people are divorced from their past they live in the Eternal Now and those who set the agenda can always change now.  The study of History not only provides context it also provides an endless number of lessons, illustrations, and warnings.
The magnitude of the calamities currently assaulting Japan cannot help but bring to mind the terrors of total war.  In all our wars only one ever visited such destruction on our homeland.  In the Civil War the North adopted a policy of total war to destroy the South’s will and ability to fight.   After the South under a string of brilliant generals culminating in Robert E. Lee handed the Union defeat after defeat Grant and Sherman were able to convince Lincoln of the necessity of wonton destruction of civilian as well as military targets.
Flush with victory Lee launched his first invasion of the North in 1862.  He marched into Maryland, a slave state which stayed loyal to the Union more because of an occupying army then because of popular sentiment.  Lee’s goal was to defeat the Union Army and lead Maryland into the Confederacy thus surrounding Washington DC, probably winning foreign recognition, and possibly winning the war. 
The previously invincible Army of Northern Virginia led by arguably the greatest tactician America has ever produced met General George McClellan and the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Antietam for the bloodiest day in American combat history.   More than twice as many Americans were killed or mortally wounded at Antietam on that one day than in the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Spanish-American War combined.
After twelve hours of savage combat more than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing.  The fighting ended in a stalemate with combat stopping due to the sheer exhaustion of the armies not because one side had triumphed over the other.   However, Lee and his men were at the end of a precarious line of supply through enemy territory with no hope for reinforcement and more Union forces were arriving all the time.  Therefore, even though the Union sustained more casualties than the South, Lee was forced to withdraw.  This was a tactical victory for the South but a strategic victory for the North opening the door for Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation thus seizing the moral high ground in the war and precluding any recognition of the South by the European powers.  
One year later after fresh victories at Spotsylvania Courthouse, in the Wilderness, and Chancellorsville Lee once again sought to end the war with a second invasion of the North.  This time he crossed the Potomac at Harper’s Ferry and marched into the heart of Pennsylvania hoping to destroy the North’s will to fight by bringing the war to them. 
This time he met the Union Army under General George Meade a career officer and civil engineer.  In this pivotal battle of the war the great bold tactician met the plodding bureaucrat.  On the first day of the battle General Lee moved uncharacteristically slow and Meade moved uncharacteristically fast allowing the North to gain the high ground.  This set the stage for the battle as the South wasted itself attacking strong positions culminating in the fruitless slaughter of Pickett’s charge.  Bled white and facing a Union army that was constantly growing Lee turned around and carried the Confederacy’s last hope of victory from the field of honor.
But it didn’t have to end that way.  Instead of attacking against fortified positions either uphill or over open ground Lee could have turned to the east to march towards Washington.  Meade and the Union army would have had to follow him doing their best to move around him to shield the capitol.  Lee could then have chosen his ground and allowed the North to waste itself against a fixed position as they had so many times before.  A victory here would have left Lee with an unopposed road to Washington and possible victory.
Hindsight is 20/20 and at this distance without the hazard of battle and the gamble of combat it’s easy for an armchair general to improve upon the real life experience of one of the greatest generals in history. 
What we need now is not hindsight but foresight.  Domestically, America is facing the perfect storm of crushing debt, dwindling industrial capacity, high unemployment, and creeping inflation.  Internationally we’re engaged in two hot wars, a desultory campaign against international terrorists, pirates on the high seas, and collapsing prestige. 
Are we boldly marching towards our Gettysburg?  Are we blindly relying on our past glories expecting them to propel us to future triumphs?  Will we waste ourselves assailing massive debt with paltry cuts?  Are we marching over open ground against the fixed positions of free trade agreements that are free in only one direction?  Are we hamstringing ourselves with an energy policy designed to keep the earth green by devastating our pockets for the benefit of our enemies?
Before it’s too late we should turn and march towards victory!  Stop the over spending.  Renegotiate all our trade deals, and make them equitable for all sides.  Put the welfare genie back in its lamp before Ali Baba and his 535 thieves pass another budget, loot the treasury, and we end up sitting in the dirt eating leaves.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owens’ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8 © 2011 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

You're Not Allowed to do This in Science!

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Waterspout in San Francisco~Evidence of Global Warming


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Amazing Video: Liquefaction From the Sendai Earthquake

Never seen liquefaction (to become, or cause to become liquid) before but amazing video posted on youtube shows it in real time during the Sendai earthquake. Watch past the 1 minute mark for the most impressive sights. Cracks open and close, water bubbles up from the earth. It is amazing the videographer was as calm as he was!

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Union Rhetoric Pushes Wisconsin Teacher To Suicide?

We infer from an article published at The Progressive that a Wisconsin teachers suicide was induced by bill recently passed by the Wisconsin state congress. This, of course, is nonsense, however, I wonder if any have considered the culpability of the union protestors and the media, whose argument that the world will end if the bill is passed may adversely affect those who suffer from major depressive disorder. If one wishes to cast blame I would recommend they start there
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Guess Who Obama Said this About

Take a wild guess who President Obama said this about:
Now let me be clear: I suffer no illusions about [this person]. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power.... The world, and the... people, would be better off without him. 
But I also know that [he] poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors...and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
Don't know?  Why, he was talking about none other than Saddam Hussein in a speech in 2002.  He was screaming that the United States should not become militarily involved in another nation.
Hypocrite
Now, I support freeing people in Libya and I believe that bombing Gaddafi to save innocents is the right move.  I'm using this quote to illustrate how incredibly hypocritical this President is and how, with all of this words and sheen, all he is is a lying politician.

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Libya News Live 3/19/2011

Some of the news coming out of the North African country today:

Earlier today French fighter jets appeared over the skies of Libya, enforcing the no-fly zone. They would later destroy several Libyan military vehicles. The United States and Great Britain would later launch over 100 cruise missiles at Libyan military targets. According to the Pentagon the Libyan government, including Qaddafi and his family are not the targets of the bombing.

In other news, Libyan military forces attacked targets in Misrata and Benghazi today. Rebels reportedly shot down a Libyan jet. There is word that the rebels began celebrating after hearing of the UN intervention.

Muommar Qaddafi is reported to have given a short speech on the situation. He called for weapons to be given out to Libyans to fight off the rebels and the international forces.

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Libya Bombing Attack Video Live

The United States, France, and Britain started military strikes on Libya today. France attacked some Libyan vehicles with fighter jets and are patrolling the skies over the country. The US and UK launched over 100 cruise missiles at Libyan targets.

There are some videos that have come out so far:






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Qaddafi Speech Live 3/19 Video

Libyan dictator Muommar Qaddafi is set to make a speech about the international community's decision to use force against his military. Earlier today French, British, and American forces launched attacks. This included attacks on Libyan vehicles and other targets.



Qaddafi's speech can be found here:

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US, France Launch Missiles at Libyan Forces

United Nations intervention in the Libyan Revolution is officially underway. Earlier today French forces attacked some Libyan ground vehicles with their fighter jets. Other French fighters are patrolling the skies over the North African country.

Meanwhile, the United States and the United Kingdom has launched over 100 missiles at Libyan targets.

A Libyan army spokesman said on state TV that "the crusader army has bombed fuel tanks."
The international show of force is much welcomed by besieged rebel forces who have called for backup to help them stave off a government offensive against their positions in Benghazi and other rebel-held enclaves.

It's on.

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Hordes of Liberals Revolt Against Obama's Libya Stance

For over one month, President Barack Obama offered little to no leadership when it came to the rebellions in Libya.  Now, though possibly too late and possibly too little, the President has declared that the United States and some of her allies will be imposing a "no-fly zone" over Libya.

Before this decision, liberals were glad to support the President's decision to watch and do nothing:
And:
And:
But now that the President has declared that a dictator should not use his air force to bomb civilians, many liberals cannot stand it.  Now, instead of being a wise leader, he is equal or worse that President Bush in their eyes.

For example, this comment before it was scrubbed by moderators at Democratic Underground:
And:
And:
And:
I'm surprised...some of them can think on their own, even if it is wrong.

Speaking of which, look here in the future, as we have an upcoming article about liberals who support what President Obama is doing... after saying that they are glad he did nothing.

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War on Libya: American and British Ships Launch Missiles.

America and Great Britain have finally entered the War on Libya with over one hundred missile strikes against Libya's air defenses:

US and British ships and submarines on Saturday fired more than 110 Tomahawk missiles at 20 air defense system sites in Libya, the Pentagon's Vice Adm. William E. Gortney said.

The United States has eleven vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, three of which are submarines. Operation Odyssey Dawn is off to a terrific start, but there is much that will have to be accomplished in the next few days and weeks.

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Qaddafi Speech on Bombing 3/19/11

Libyan dictator Muommar Qaddafi is set to make a speech about the international community's decision to use force against his military. Earlier today French, British, and American forces launched attacks. This included attacks on Libyan vehicles and other targets.


UPDATE:


Al Jazeera is reporting that the dictator has made his speech. Reportedly it was only about three minutes long. He called upon the Libyan people to fight back against the rebels and the UN forces. He called for weapons to be handed out to ordinary Libyans to fight on his behalf.

Qaddafi's speech can be found here:

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War on Libya: First Shots Destroy Libyan Vehicle.

French jets have fired the first shots in the U.N.'s mandated war against Libyan madman Muammar Gaddafi:
The first shot in a U.N. mandated intervention in Libya was fired by a French aircraft and destroyed a military vehicle at around 1645 GMT (12:45 p.m. EDT), French defense ministry and army officials said on Saturday.
The United States is preparing to launch missile strikes on Libyan air defenses.

Is Giuliani Running?

Rudy Giuliani hasn't declared his candidacy, nor has he raised any money for such a candidacy, but he is sounding more and more like a potential candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination in a field that doesn't have a front runner just ten months before the first primary vote is actually cast.
Thursday evening he appeared on Neil Cavuto's show on Fox News to discuss President Obama's weak foreign policy and earlier told the Union-Leader that Mitt Romney should apologize for Massachusetts's disastrous health care plan that he helped to pass in 2006. And yesterday evening he further mocked, and slammed Obama's foreign policy, especially in regards to Libya.

So what does this mean?

Either the former New York City Mayor is keeping his name relevant, or he is testing the 2012 waters for a potential run. Both scenarios are quite plausible, but neither can be confirmed nor debunked at this time. Which is probably of Giuliani's making, in order to keep the blogs and media interested.

I don't know if Rudy Giuliani will run for President, but the possibility of such a campaign is definitely interesting enough to discuss at length.

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Can Someone Explain to Me Why Air Force One isn't a Hybrid?

That might sound like a liberal loon's question, but I have to ask it.  Can somebody tell me why President Obama, who has extolled the virtues of "green energy" and alternative fuels, hasn't made Air Force One a hybrid?

I mean, I'm sure there's some way to implement a battery pack to be renewed or a fuel tank that could take corn.  The President has an entire nation's resources and he can't set an example?  What's that saying about do as I say, not as I do...

And fine, let's say that an airplane cannot possibly be more energy efficient, a term the Left loves to use.  Why can't the President get hybrid or electric limos?

You may remember in late 2008 and early 2009, the liberal press was all abuzz about Obama getting a green limousine.  The NY Daily News, based on a report from CNN, declared, "Obama's new presidential limo will be a Cadillac hybrid."

And then it didn't happen.  And time passed.  And passed some more.  And once no one was paying attention anymore, in April of 2010, the New York Times quietly stated, "No Hybrid Limo for President Obama."
President Obama
The article quoted the President as having said:
“I asked can we make these cars hybrids.  Secret Service said no. Now, the reason is not because Secret Service are bad guys. It’s because the cars that I’m in are like tanks.”
But what about all that talk of sacrifice, that the little guy will simply have to deal with what the President commands in order to get a green nation?  Why doesn't the President set an example?

And what about his home, the White House?  You would expect the Commander in Chief of green would have instantly replaced all the bulbs in his house to energy efficient ones, right?  Wrong again.

While it is unknown how many bulbs are incandescent or otherwise, one thing can be certain: Michelle Obama admitted begrudgingly that she had to install new "energy-efficient bulbs" as late as April of 2010:
Sasha brought home some energy-efficient bulbs that we have to put in the house. So we’re going to do some bulb replacement. All right?
Maybe President Obama will wait for the Arab League to set an example...

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Is George Pataki running for President? Ask New Hampshire.

Social Conservatives go to Iowa........

Fiscal Conservatives go to New Hampshire........

Desperate Conservatives go to South Carolina........

According to a post on the State of Politics Blog this morning, George Pataki appears to be either quite fond of New Hampshire Republicans, or he's sowing Presidential seeds in the first Primary of the 2012 Republican battle. Pataki, the former Governor of New York, has denied that his anti-ObamaCare organization is nothing more than a catalyst for a Presidential run.

I don't know whether the former Governor will run for President or not, but I do know that spending buckets of cash in New Hampshire, fourteen months before the mavericky voters of the State decide on the Republican candidate they want to support, is usually a good indicator of Presidential intentions.

What do you think?

The Daily Caller: Liberal Bias in Media is Real, but 'Conservatives' Fault'

Many in the liberal media deny that the MSM is just that:  liberal.  But lo and behold the Daily Caller has declared that, yes, the Main Stream Media is indeed slanted to the left.  Now, one would think that a liberal bias in the media would be because of the leftists reporting the news.  If you are a reporter and refuse to be objective, you are at fault for reporting the news subjectively.  According to the Daily Caller, this is not the case.  In fact, reporters who report the news with a liberal slant only do so because of conservatives.

This may seem like a contradiction (and it is), but let's try to follow the logic of the Daily Caller.  There is a liberal bias in the media, they readily admit that.  The Daily Caller cites the incredibly good press that then Senator Obama got when he was running for President, as opposed to his Republican challengers.

But if there is a clear bias against conservatives and Republicans, how then could it be conservatives' fault?  Well, because they decided to report the news honestly.  As the DC writes,
When conservatives bring their politics and grievances into the newsrooms of various media, they reinforce the perception of many on the left: those on the right are short sighted, easily angered, and apt to confuse the difference between glib punditry and hard-nosed journalism.
So, even though the Daily Caller readily admits that there is a liberal bias in the news, if conservatives report anything, then it is "short sighted?"  I, as well as most people who pay attention to the news, would say that it is the liberal media that is "short sighted, easily angered, and" confused.  You need look no further than any reporting about Sarah Palin.

And what does the Daily Caller have to say about Fox News?  Obviously Fox couldn't be at fault for a liberal media, right?  Wrong again.  According to the DC, politicians who speak through Fox News are "foolish."

So, let me get this straight.  The liberal slant of an individual is the fault of conservatives?  Conservative reporting leads to liberalism?  Politicians speaking to Fox News are "foolish?"  Do I even need to say that the Daily Caller is full of it?  I think not.

The Daily Caller: part of the problem.

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Pete King: American Hero.

The forces of liberalism and political correctness are forming an alliance to battle Congressman Pete King over his scheduled hearings on Homegrown Radical Islam, and we must join the fray on Congressman King's behalf, because the sanity of our nation is at stake.



America has been victim to numerous successful and unsuccessful homegrown Jihadist attacks in the past two years - Little Rock, Ft. Hood and Times Square - while the FBI has halted two, perhaps three dozen plots before they could take place, including a recent high profile arrest of one man who wanted to assassinate former President George W. Bush.



The United States has acted on the defensive for too long, and Pete King is attempting to force us into the offensive against the Jihadists that are rising from within to attack our country and our citizens.



And the first step to defeating our enemies is to name them without fear.



That's where Congressman Pete King needs our help, and he needs it now.

Live NCAA Coverage/Updates

Round 2:

4:45EST- Duke (1) is blowing out Hampton (16) 55-25 with 14:09 left.

4:41EST-  Memphis (12) is leading Arizona (5) 63-58 with 8:48 to go.

George Mason (8) has defeated Villanova (9) 61-57.

Texas (4) has defeated Oakland (13) 85-81.

Notre Dame (2) has defeated Arkansas (15) 69-56.

Michigan (8) has defeated Tennessee (9) 75-45.

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Obama on Libya: Terms are Not Negotiable, Will be Met with Military Action

The President is speaking right now about the situation in Libya. During the speech he said that the United States will not send soldiers into Libya. He was more stringent about the UN Security Council resolution:

"Let me be clear, these terms are not open for negotiation." he said about the resolution aimed at protecting civilians. If Qaddafi resumes attacks, the international community will step in and remove him.

Obama seemed to contradict himself, seemingly allowing Qaddafi to stay in power as long as he does not continue to use force. Furthermore, he stated that the United States would not 'effect change' in the Middle East.

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Obama in 2006: 'There's going to be a day when we look back at that $3.05 or $3.15 gasoline as the good old days'

In May of 2006, Barack Obama was a little-known freshman Senator from the state of Illinois.  He had made little to talk about other than speaking at the Democratic National Convention, and had no important bills bearing his name.

During his short time in office, then-Senator Obama had made plenty of speeches about ending partisanism and stating unequivocally that the majority party in power should never use the "nuclear option" in the Senate to end debate.

Another topic he spoke on: energy and gas prices.  The freshman spoke on a podcast of his plans to make the United States energy independent in the near future.  Possibly the most illuminating quote is this:
If we don't take these steps now there's going to be a day when we look back at that $3.05 or $3.15 gasoline as the good old days. At some point there's not going to be a tax rebate that's big enough or a tax holiday that's long enough to solve these problems. The American people shouldn't have to wait for this day to come...Now we just need a little bit of political will and I hope that you guys will help me provide it.
You know, Mr. Obama was kind of right five years ago.  There would be a time in the near future where $3.05 and $3.15 are considered low prices.  I bet he didn't expect it to be during his Presidency.
President Obama
Can I point out that this is the man that has stopped off-shore drilling so that the United States became more reliant on foreign oil?  That this is the man who has wavered on nuclear energy so that our energy (at least in part) comes from foreign nations?

I may be saying something outrageous, but I think President Obama was not actually saying what he believed in or could do.  Imagine!

But I guess all that anyone can hope for is change...

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Oil Price Drops on Libya Cease Fire News

The price of a barrel of crude oil has dropped after word of a cease-fire in Libya came out. According to the Libyan government, it will immediately stop fighting rebel forces. This comes after the UN Security Council okayed a plan to implement a no-fly zone in the country, and perhaps airstrikes.

Oil today had reached over $103 but has now dropped again:

Benchmark crude swiftly dropped afterward on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with the price plunging about $3 in 15 minutes, or nearly 3 percent. West Texas Intermediate oil for April delivery fell 57 cents to $101.85 in morning trading on the Nymex.
In London, Brent crude lost 55 cents at $114.10 per barrel on the ICE Futures Exchange.

It looks like it should stay around $95 as Libya remains unstable for now.

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Libya Cease Fire Announced

This is breaking news.

The Foreign Minister of Libya-- and lackey of Qaddafi, has announced an immediate cease-fire in the country. This follow's last night's decision by the UN Security Council to implement a no-fly zone over the country.

Speaking to reporters in Tripoli, he says Libya will "try to deal positively" to the resolution, which calls for a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" to protect civilians in the conflict.
"Libya takes great interest in protecting civilians," he says.
And the propaganda is already starting:

He says the U.N.-imposed no-fly zone will affect civilian flights as well as military and will thus "increase the suffering of Libyan people and will have negative impact on the general life of the Libyan people."

It's a start-- but it could preserve Qaddafi in power.

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Live NCAA March Madness Basketball Coverage/Updates

Syracuse (3) has defeated Indiana State (14) 77-60.

Washington (7) has defeated UGA (10) 68-65.

Illinois (9) has defeated UNLV (8) 73-62.

Marquette (11) has defeated Xavier (6) 66-55.


5:17EST-  Arizona (5) has defeated Memphis (12) 77-75.

4:57EST-  Arizona (5) is leading Memphis (12) 68-65 with 3:32 to go.

Round 2:

4:45EST- Duke (1) is blowing out Hampton (16) 55-25 with 14:09 left.

4:41EST-  Memphis (12) is leading Arizona (5) 63-58 with 8:48 to go.

George Mason (8) has defeated Villanova (9) 61-57.

Texas (4) has defeated Oakland (13) 85-81.

Notre Dame (2) has defeated Arkansas (15) 69-56.

Michigan (8) has defeated Tennessee (9) 75-45.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

UN Approves No Fly Zone Over Libya; Bombing Could Begin Tonight

For a month, Dictator Maummar Gaddafi has murdered innocent civilians and sent rebel fighters fleeing using superior air force.  That could end tonight.
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The United Nations Security Council has voted 10-0 to approve a no-fly zone over Libya, effectively meaning that member nations of the United Nations will be firing on Gaddafi's war planes.  Russia and China abstained, but more importantly, did not veto the vote, which would have resulted in its failure.

The bill stated that member nations can use "all necessary measures" to protect civilians.  French President Nicholas Sarkozy said that French jets could be taking down Gaddafi fighters as soon as tonight.
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Rebels have been pleading for a no-fly zone for weeks, as hundreds have died at the hands of Gaddafi's air force.  With this vote and the impending action it allows, the tide could once again turn in anti-Gaddafi forces.

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Obama Admin Asks UN for Libya Airstrikes

The Obama Administration has made a step forward in confronting Libya. According to sources, the United States is seeking UN authorization for airstrikes in Libya. Still, it cannot be ascertained if this action has taken place simply because the Administration knows that it will go nowhere. The Administration in some ways has already tied its hands:
The Obama administration said it would not act without Security Council authorization, did not want to put U.S. ground troops into Libya, and insists on broad international participation, especially by Arab states, the diplomat said.
It's not clear what the next step is. A report came out today that Secretary Clinton is very frustrated with the White House's dithering.
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DC Republican Office Shot At

 Remember the 'culture of violence' that the Republican Party was supposedly spinning against the Democrats in the last three years? Remember how the Tea Party was pushing for civil war and racism? Well, apparently, some left-winger didn't get the message.

Someone shot out the windows of a Republican city councilman in Washington DC. The suspect hasn't been caught, but it doesn't sound like a Tea Partier to me.

Police are searching for suspects after someone shot-out windows at a Republican office in the District.
Police say the vandalism occurred Tuesday night. All of the windows of the officer were damaged.
The executive director of the Republican Committee says an air gun was probably used.

Police also say they found a ‘BB’ on the ground outside the office.

Workers believe the shooting was politically related.

Civility!!

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Obama Approval Declines in Connecticut.

Connecticut might not support a Republican for President in 2012 (even though they likely will support a Republican for Governor in 2014), but that does not mean they approve of President Obama's performance thus far.


According to a Quinnipiac University poll that was released last week: only 49% of registered voters approve of President Obama's performance as President nearly 26 months into the job, which is his worst performance in Connecticut since Quinnipiac started asking voters in 2009.


Absolutely phenomenal.


82% of Republicans, 51% of Independents and 18% of Democrats - 47% of voters altogether - disapprove.

On Today's Continuing Resolution Vote.

UPDATE:

The continuing resolution has passed the Senate 87-13.

--Original Article--

I do not have much time to blog this morning, but I do have a few comments about the continuing resolution that Senators will vote on this afternoon.

All Senators who label themselves "fiscally conservative" should vote for this resolution, because it keeps the federal government running and cuts $6 billion in spending. This is not the time to be full of greed for more cuts - we should be pleased that America has reached a position where cutting is actually occurring in Congress.

Passing this resolution would mean $10 billion has been cut in the past month, which is something Conservatives should be very proud of. Our movement has succeeded in winning the debate over government spending, and we're already seeing the positive results of our victory.

Rome wasn't built in one day and neither will our debt be eliminated in one day.

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Liberal media pushes Obama's white ancestry links all of a sudden

Luck of the Irish?

From Eric Dondero:

Why now? Perhaps questions about Obama's true birth place and missing birth certificate, are starting to sink in.

The liberal media seems to be running cover for Obama, claiming that he's part Irish-man.

From the AP (via Breitbart):

A family history website says President Barack Obama has 28 living relatives who descended from an Irishman who fled the potato famine—including a displeased Arizona Republican.

The Democratic president's newly identified relatives are revealed in a study released to The Associated Press by Ancestry.com, whose genealogists traced descendants of the Irish passengers on the ship that brought Falmouth Kearney to the United States in 1850.

Kearney was destined for Ohio. He later settled in Indiana.

Obama's mother was a descendant of one of Kearney's daughters.

Eighty-three-year-old Tucson, Ariz., resident Dorma Lee Reese says she's not a Democrat and can't say she clapped when she found out she's related to Obama.
Curiously, not a word about his Kenyan roots or ties to Indonesia. And no mention at all of his Muslim past.

Sure, it's St. Patty's Day. But we're also nearing a presidential election season.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Blue Moon of Kentucky

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General Petraeus Reveals That Only Son Served in Afghanistan.

I thank God that the Drudge Report never got hold of this news, because his track record on high profile soldiers on the battleground is abhorrent.

While he was testifying in front of the House* this afternoon, General David Petraeus revealed that his only son, Lieutenant Stephen Petraeus, served in Afghanistan as an infantry platoon leader until November of last year.

He revealed the information, which the media obviously didn't know about, after Walter Jones (R-NC) asked the General to "be honest" on how long the United States would remain fighting against the barbaric Taliban. I hope the honesty Petraeus dumped upon the anti-war Representative was blunting.

All Americans should be proud of this military family, and thankful that the enemy never discovered this information.

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* Which might be worse than fighting in Afghanistan.

Autonomy versus Bureaucracy


I came across this at Secondhand Smoke and believe it is a must read for anyone interested in bioethics, managed care, hospice/palliative care or "death panels. It is a brief review of a paper that is to be published in The Journal of Law and Medicine that proposes a futile care hospital policy that requires that decision making responsibility is ultimately in the hand of the hospitals ethics committee and not the patient or their surrogate.


To provide for substantive reform, any proposed public policy or internal health

care entity effort should address how best to:


1. Facilitate meaningful communication between patients/surrogates and the

patient’s medical team;


2. Facilitate patient education about advance directives, what they mean, when

they come into play and how they would apply;


3. Ensure the patient or his/her surrogate understands the patient’s rights either to

consent to treatment or consent to withhold or withdraw treatment;


4. Ensure that the patient or their surrogate understands the physician and health

care facility have decision-making options regarding continuation of treatment;


5. Facilitate understanding, either through ethics committees, or special

communication teams, between the patient/surrogate and the physician/health care

facility regarding how the patient’s treatment decisions are made and how the health care

facility manages patients in end-of-life-care situations.


Numbers 4 and 5 really spell it all out. When push comes to shove the hospital and it's Ethics Committee has the ultimate decision making ability to terminate life sustaining treatment deemed to be futile. Quoting from the review, "The risk manager explained that when end-of-life conflicts arise, hospital staff and physicians are forced to continue treatments, e.g. dialysis, that they believe have no benefit for the patient." Sure treatment of end stage renal disease is a futile endeavor and patients will ultimately die from it, but to argue that this treatment is of no benefit to the patient is absurd, unless of course it is your contention that life is futile.


Regardless, nearly everything we do in medicine is futile. Tell me the last time you have heard a doctor say that they have cured anything? Other than a few infectious diseases all we do is treat chronic illness that will eventually cause the death of the patient. We talk about cancer in terms of treatment and remission, not cure. If hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia or congestive heart failure is curable why do you have to take medications to treat these ailments for ever? The truth is, nearly everything that I do in the hospital is futile care. The argument in the referenced policy proposal is not about whether a particular treatment option is futile, they all are, it's not even about costs or availability (at least in the short term), it is about patient autonomy. The right of the patient to make decisions about medical care without undue influence by the caregiver. When that is lost the game is over. You will suddenly become a disease and cease to be human.


"Care isn't deemed futile because it doesn't work, but because it does. Hence, it is the patient being declared futile."


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Dean Heller Running for Ensign's Seat

 Now that disgraced Senator John Ensign has announced that he is not running for another term, the field is opening up. Potential candidates include both Congressman Joe Heck and failed Senate candidate Sharron Angle. One that has already gotten into the fray is Congressman Dean Heller.

Heller, a four-term Republican, will attempt to win election in a state that put Harry Reid back in the Senate last year, despite the Republican wave.

The Democrats are looking at a weak field to try and take the open seat:

No Democrat has yet jumped in the Senate race, although Rep. Shelley Berkley is said to be considering a bid. Former Rep. Dina Titus, who lost her swing district to Republican Joe Heck in November, and Reid’s son, Rory, who faltered in his campaign for governor last year, could also be interested.
 It looks like it will be interesting. The Republicans (unless they nominate Angle) have a good shot.

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Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey Should Resign

 California Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey embarrassed herself and the country today. The Representative has apparently lost her mind. She decided to hark back to MoveOn.org's "General Betray us" ad in 2007 and smear the most decorated active-duty member of the military today.
 General David Petraeus successfully turned around the situation in Iraq-- and that government is a relatively stable democracy today. While there have been violent uprisings in other parts of the Mideast, Iraq has been largely immune.

Now Woolsey, possibly looking for her five minutes of fame, has decided to take a cheap shot at the General:

Woolsey said the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force held a briefing on Tuesday with Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone and other panelists, where Hastings said:
"General Petraeus is giving us the Charlie Sheen counter-insurgency strategy, which is to give exclusive interviews to every major network, and to keep saying 'we're winning' and hope the public actually agrees with you."

She also said that one of his statements was made up of "weasel words."

Time to step down, Mrs. Woolsey. You've made a fool of yourself concerning the most respectable person in the country. He's fighting (literally) for our freedom and all you can do is kneecap him.


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Obama Seeks to Restrict 2nd Amendment Without Congressional Approval

The Second Amendment is one of the cornerstones of American Democracy and Independence.  It guarantees the "right to bear arms," allowing average citizens to own firearms.  The Founding Fathers included this provision, amongst other reasons, because the British tried to restrict who could own weapons and how many in order to force colonists into submission.

It protects against a tyrannical government with a strangle hold on power and guns.

Administration officials now say that President Obama is looking fervently into ways to restrict the Second Amendment.  Even worse, the President is looking at ways around the legislature completely, hoping that laws can be "secured strictly through executive action."

The Department of Justice held a meeting Tuesday, the first of what is expected to be many, discussing gun laws.  The main focus?  The White House's attempts to form a gun policy and change laws.

One official stated, “The purpose of these discussions is to be a productive exchange of good ideas from folks across the spectrum.  We think that’s a good place to start.”

I'm sure President Obama, widely regarded as one of the most partisan Presidents in history, will really take others' opinions into account.
Mr. Obama
At the same time as this meeting, Democrats introduced new legislation to increase gun control.  The bill mirrors new laws supported by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).  On limiting gun ownership, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who supports the bill, stated:
"Too often, any serious discussion about guns devolves into ideological arguments that have nothing to do with the real problem. Our coalition strongly believes in the Second Amendment. We also know from experience that we can keep guns away from dangerous people without imposing burdens on law-abiding gun owners."
Afraid of too much government?  They may be coming for your guns.  Seriously.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's Not Planned Parenthood, It's Planned Genocide!

Herman Cain is the yin to Obama's yang! And yes he really said it!

“Here’s why I support de-funding Planned Parenthood, because you don’t hear a lot of people talking about this, when Margaret Sanger – check my history – started Planned Parenthood, the objective was to put these centers in primarily black communities so they could help kill black babies before they came into the world,” Cain told CNSNews.com on Tuesday when speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Cain’s comment was in response to a question from CNSNews.com about whether the Republican-controlled Congress should vote against any federal tax dollars for Planned Parenthood.

“You don’t see that talked that much about,” said Cain. “It’s not Planned Parenthood. No, it’s planned genocide. You can quote me on that.”

I hear RS McCain is a fan. He is in good company!

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Wisconsin Teachers Who Handed in Bogus Excuses To Be Suspended!

WKOW reported yesterday that an investigation is ongoing to determine the veracity of more than 1000 doctor excuses that have been handed in by Madison teachers in an attempt to justify their absence from teaching duties that ultimately resulted in the closing of school for four consecutive days. The results of this inquiry will result in teacher suspension.

"A new contract with Madison teachers says fraudulent excuses will result in a letter of suspension but won't require suspended teachers to be off from work." How is that for punishment! I mean really, if this is the ultimate result of any investigation, what is the point? Why even proceed with the charade? It gets better though:

A district spokesman says it is looking at how many excuses were written by the same physician and checking to make sure the listed physician is in fact the employee's doctor.

The new teacher contract says fraudulent excuses will result in "suspension with time served." That means teachers won't miss any more days of school, but they will be on probation and could face greater consequences for any future incidents. (Emphasis added)


The fact that this verdict comes as a result of contract negotiation reveals the exact reason collective bargaining should be eliminated as part of public sector union negotiations.
This of course does not bode well for those of us hoping to see the proverbial hammer come down on the physicians who were actually writing the notes, but there is yet hope. Their fate will not be determined on the basis of contract negotiations. There are folks actually doing some investigation into these actions who have a direct interest in maintaining professionalism and integrity.
The MacIver Institute of Madison continues to closely follow the case. They have obtained copies of the letter that has been sent to 11 physicians who have been identified as having handed out work notes on February 19th and requires them to respond by March 21, 2011.
This particular investigation into doctor's culpability is given added significance due to Sen Pam Galloway MD, Chairman of The Public Health Committee, who has taken a keen interest.
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WH Releases 'Readout' of Obama Meeting with Security Team on Libya: Two Whole Paragraphs

The world can rest easy now, President Obama has met with his National Security Team.  They met about what to do with Libya and, golly, they got so far ahead and did so much that the "readout" they released was three whole sentences, made into two paragraphs.

And, man, just here the concrete steps that they decided upon.  Here is the entire release, unedited:
At today’s meeting, the President and his national security team reviewed the situation in Libya and options to increase pressure on Gaddafi. In particular, the conversation focused on efforts at the United Nations and potential UN Security Council actions, as well as ongoing consultations with Arab and European partners. 
The President instructed his team to continue to fully engage in the discussions at the United Nations, NATO and with partners and organizations in the region.
Holy moly, "fully engage in...discussions!"  Why, that will certainly stop a blood-thirsty dictator who promised to make his country's streets flow with blood.  Hopefully he gets the memo!
President Obama
All joking aside, how can the White House possibly be serious with such things.  Hundreds are dead, a region teeters on civil war, and oil prices are skyrocketing.  And they're going to talk about it?  Again?  After over a month of talking?  And doing nothing?

I mean, if this administration is going to do nothing, just come out and say that you are going to do nothing.  At least be honest.  Stop all the pointless talking that never seems to get anything done.

Lead or follow.  Don't just walk in circles.

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Mayor Mr. K? It Could Happen.....

My write-in campaign for Mayor officially concluded its operations earlier this morning.

I now await the official results that will be announced sometime tonight, or tomorrow after the local citizenry makes their decision between me and the incumbent Mayor, who was unopposed and heading towards his eighth term until last week.

After announcing my candidacy last week in the local newspaper, I planned an onslaught for this morning before the polls opened: hit 100 Village homes with campaign fliers (which will probably reach over 200 voters), place a campaign sign near the polling place entrance, and contact a few friends to help me to not make a complete fool of myself.

I don't expect to win tonight, because my main goal was to have a competitive election between myself and the Mayor, but you never know what will happen when the voters head to the polls.

Wish me luck.

McCaskill Hit with Ethics Complaint

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill's re-election bid was already shaky. The Democrat barely won in the 2006 Democratic wave-- largely in part by claiming that her opponent opposed Parkinson's research. The Senator is now facing another barrage-- this one due to her own actions.

The Missouri Republican Party of Missouri has lodged a complaint against her, arguing that she improperly used public money. This took place after she spent $90,000 in public funds for personal travel on a private jet.

“The rule is pretty clear. There is a way you can use a private aircraft,” Smith told reporters during a Tuesday conference call. “It’s obvious there’s been thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars going to a private entity. How much does she benefit from that vis-a-vis making money on the aircraft is not something that we know.”
Smith added: “[McCaskill] only sent the money back to the government once the curtain was pulled aside and you can see she used taxpayer dollars for political purposes.”

This happened despite the McCaskills being worth more than $15 million. Well, at least she'll still have the money after being booted from the Senate in 2012.

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Scott Brown Leading in Early Polling

 Republican Scott Brown shocked the political world early last year with his victory over Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley. Brown is still well-regarded in the heavily blue state but his re-election prospects appeared to be in some doubt. Brown is still one of the only major Republican officials in the state.


Now it appears that Brown's chances of a full term are increasing. The Democratic Party appears to have no first-line candidates to challenge him, and he carries the power of incumbency. Not only that, but most voters appear to have accepted a Republican Senator from Massachusetts.

A poll was recently conducted by Western New England College to see Brown's potential electability for next year. The early results look good.

The first question pits him against current Representative Mike Capuano:

Brown (R): 51%
Capuano (D): 38%
Other/und:  11%

Second places him opposing Elizabeth Warren, an advisor to President Obama:

Brown (R): 51%
Warren (D): 34%
Other/und:   15%

Looks like Brown has the early advantage. Of course, a Presidential race tends to bring out many less-serious voters. These voters tend to overwhelmingly vote Democrat, and could skew the results. Still, so far it's good news for Scott Brown.

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Kaine Likely Running in VA Senate

 With the surprise announcement of Virginia Senator Jim Webb's retirement, the race there has been up in the air. Former Governor and Senator George Allen has announced that he is running for his old seat, although he will likely be challenged for the Republican nomination.


One possible candidate for the office is former Governor Tim Kaine. Kaine is currently the head of the Democratic National Committee-- and oversaw the Democrats' horrible Congressional losses last year. Kaine is still popular in Virginia and could create a lively race in 2012.

Kaine has made rumblings that he may run for the seat. Kaine would likely be the most electable Democrat to run so far for it.

"Governor Kaine told his law school class today what is already widely known which is that he is increasingly likely to run," DNC's statement said initially.
Kaine had told a Democratic gathering in Roanoke that he was considering a possible run, and pundits had been speculating that it appeared increasingly likely Kaine would enter the race. But Kaine had not publicly characterized the likelihood of a candidacy until Monday.

The races are heating up-- over a year out.


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Stock Market Plunges on Japan Fears

 The stock market opened just less than twenty minutes ago but it appears that ramifications from Japan are weighing it down. With the nuclear crisis in that country continuing, Japan saw its major indexes lose over 10% today and almost as much the day before. Now, even after losses today, the American markets are falling as well.

The Dow Industrial average is down over 200 points, or about 2%. The outlook is worse for Japanese stocks:
KYODO/Reuters
 Toyota Motor Corp. said it would suspend manufacturing at its domestic plants through Wednesday — a production loss of 40,000 cars. Other manufacturers like Sony Corp. and Honda Motor Co. were also forced to halt production. Damage to roads and distribution systems made it all but impossible to move products.
Toyota, the world's largest automaker, fell 7.4 percent. Honda lost 3.9 percent and Nissan Motor Corp. dropped 3.3 percent. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. lost 9.3 percent and truck-maker Isuzu Motors Ltd. plunged 9.2 percent.

Hopefully this doesn't snowball.


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Radiation Leaks into Atmosphere

 A fourth reactor fire is causing more devastation in Japan today. Yesterday a fire at a reactor at the Fukushima nuclear facility caused an explosion. This was originally triggered by Friday's 9.0 earthquake. It now appears that the fire and explosion caused some radiation to enter the atmosphere-- the most serious complication yet.


Japanese officials told the International Atomic Energy Agency that the reactor fire was in a storage pond and that "radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere." Long after the fire was extinguished, a Japanese official said the pool, where used nuclear fuel is kept cool, might be boiling.
"We cannot deny the possibility of water boiling" in the pool, said Hidehiko Nishiyama, an official with the economy ministry, which oversees nuclear safety.

Horrible.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Blinded By Ideology: The Gay Left's Suicidal Ideation?

Two interesting stories out today about the gay left actively attempting to appease radical islam.

First from Christopher Barron, Chairman of GOProud, on his new blog Red Barron. He cites an article posted at National Center for Lesbian Rights that lists numerous gay left groups who are vocalizing their dismay at Congressman Peter King's hearings on radical islam.


Nevermind that radical Islam teaches that the penalty for being gay is DEATH. Honestly, the Onion couldn’t have written this release.

Signing on to this attack on the King hearings, a de facto defense of radical Islam, included the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality California (who might as well just become the Communist Party of CA) and Lambda Legal.

I guess all the work of fighting FOR gay people is done so these lefties can now spend time defending the barbarism of radicalized Islam.

It’s unbelievable that gay conservatives get called “traitors” for failing to support the left’s big government agenda, while these left wing gay groups publicly stand up for an ideology that brutalizes gay people for simply being gay. Where is the outrage?

Instead of attacking Rep. King for holding these hearings, gay groups of all political stripes should applaud him for taking a serious look at the potential domestic proliferation of this radically anti-gay ideology.

At Gay Patriot, Daniel Blatt, conservative gay blogger extraordinaire, finds groups actively calling for the cancellation of gay pride parades in London's East End, not by the likes of Gary Bauer or the religious right, but by gay rights groups who think that these pride displays will cause undue tension between gay people and Muslims.

An open letter signed by Out East chair Thierry Schaffauser and Terry Stewart of the Hackney Community Engagement Board claims that the Pride march may “divide our communities” or be used “to oppress other marginalised groups”.

Out East organises Hackney Pride and the letter has also been signed by Denis Fernando of Unite Against Fascism and the Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils.

It says: “We believe that the most appropriate response to the stickers is to liaise with Muslim communities and others to create bridges and communicate with each other.

“We want both homophobia and Islamophobia addressed as a collective problem and not feed one against the other, we do not recognise these as distinct categories.

“We will refuse any attempt to divide our communities or take the risk that an LGBTQ event is used to oppress other marginalised groups, in particular LGBTQ Muslims who will be the most affected by this rising antagonism.”

Blatt adds his thoughts~

That’s rich. These folks have the view that all victims are alike; if you’re an approved victim of Western straight white male hegemony, then we need address animosity (or perceived animosity”) as a “collective problem.” Wow, just wow. These guys are more concerned with offending Muslims than they are with speaking out against anti-gay bigotry.

If Muslim groups have a problem with a gay pride march, wouldn’t that indicate that they harbor, um, well, politically incorrect sentiments about gay people? It seems that some gay activists are so desperate to be part of this coalition of the oppressed that the ignore how many Islamist regimes oppress gays — while other Islamist organizations, even in Western countries, favor our marginalization if not persecution.

Remarkably, with head planted firmly in the sand Jack Gilbert, co-chair of LGBT forum Rainbow Hamlets suggests that the incendiary stickers are the work of the English Defence League suggesting , "We have evidence that they were very likely to have been produced by far-right sources in order to foment community tension." Now that is evidence I would like to see, but am sure none will be forthcoming.

This much I know to be true, there is nothing more sacred than fealty to leftist ideology. That is a fact! Just ask feminists, environmentalists, unionists, teachers, doctors, and gay right's advocates.

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