Monday, May 9, 2011

Obama OKed Seals to "Fight Way out of Pakistan" if Confronted by Pakistani Army

In another revelation about the raid that killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, it was revealed today that President Obama gave the okay for Navy Seals to fight their way out of Pakistan if the need arose.

According to Administration and military officials, the President "insisted" that the team that took down bin Laden had to be big enough "to fight its way out of Pakistan if confronted by hostile local police officers and troops."

In other words, if the Pakistani army or local police found out about Operation Geronimo, the United States would have ground troops in Pakistan firing against their army.  Considering that not even the Pakistani government knew about the raid, much less the army or local police force, the chances of this occurring were relatively high.

If this had indeed happened, it would have lead to a debacle of huge proportions.  If the United States had killed bin Laden and then had to kill dozens of Pakistanis, much of the nation of Pakistan would likely be calling for war.  This easily could have gotten every single US Seal killed and could have killed dozens, if not hundreds, of civilians in the densely populated city of Abbottabad.

In a worse scenario, which was also very likely to take place, the Pakistani army might have noticed the helicopters and Navy Seals long before they reached bin Laden's lair.  If that happened, not only would Osama bin Laden still likely be alive, but the United States would have likely been engaged in a firefight with Pakistan, likely killing dozens and completely missing out target.

Consider, for a moment, that our relations with Pakistan are strained as it is.  And the mission was a success, with no civilians and no Seals killed.  Imagine dozens dead, a firefight on the ground in Pakistan, miles from the Afghanistan border, and Osama bin Laden getting away alive.

The NY Times continues:
Mr. Obama’s decision to increase the size of the force sent into Pakistan shows that he was willing to risk a military confrontation with a close ally in order to capture or kill the leader of Al Qaeda.

Such a fight would have set off an even larger breach with the Pakistanis than has taken place since officials in Islamabad learned that helicopters filled with members of a Navy Seals team had flown undetected into one of their cities, and burst into a compound where Bin Laden was hiding.

One senior Obama administration official, pressed on the rules of engagement for one of the riskiest clandestine operations attempted by the C.I.A. and the military’s Joint Special Operations Command in many years, said: “Their instructions were to avoid any confrontation if at all possible. But if they had to return fire to get out, they were authorized to do it.”

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Dude-- Star Wars Propaganda Posters

Dude.

I'm joining today!



More at:
http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/awesome_of_the_day/2011/05/celebrate-star-wars-day-with-these-sweet-propaganda-posters.html

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Divorce Details

Less than a year after heading out of the California Governor's Mansion, movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver, have announced a separation. This comes after 25 years of marriage.

Shriver is a relative of the Kennedy political family and Schwarzenegger was a two-term Governor of the Golden State.

 Part of the reason could be professional.

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Since Schwarzenegger left office, it had seemed as though the two were living separate lives. Shriver has worked on her women's empowerment website, guest edited an issue of Oprah Winfrey's magazine and promoted causes near to her heart, such as Alzheimer's research. She struggled with the death of her father, Sargent Shriver, in January, and took her son Patrick and some of his friends on an East Coast college tour in April.

Shriver, 55, spoke openly about the uncertainty she felt about moving on to the next phase of her life.

"It is so stressful to not know what you're doing next," Shriver said in a March 28 YouTube video to supporters. Though there was no intimation of a split, Shriver appeared without her wedding ring. "I'd like to hear from other people in transition," Shriver said. "How did you get through it? What were three things that enabled you to get through your transition?"

The former governor, 63, told a Times reporter in April that he yearned for a show business comeback. It was later announced that Schwarzenegger had signed on to star in three films, including another installment in the "Terminator" series.

There hasn't been any word of an affair by either party-- it is still unclear for the immediate reasons for the divorce.

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School Principal Bans Smarties, Cites Rumor they lead to Drugs

A school in Forest Hills, Michigan has a new policy:  no Smarties and no Pixy Stix under any conditions.

According to Principal Nancy Susterka, she was walking around the middle school and noticed Smarties wrappers on the ground.  She then heard a rumor that kids are "smoking" them.  Putting her facts together, she quickly banned Smarties and then Pixy Stix for good measure.

As she put it: “In short, we have seen huge numbers of Smartie wrappers throughout the building and heard some rumblings about kids smoking it.”
Banned
Ms. Susterka further explained in an email possible health hazards of smoking Smarties: "The candy is crushed and then re-rolled into a cigarette looking type object, they are inhaled which can cause infections, chronic coughing, choking and even maggots feeding off the sugar coated area in your nose...

"The bottom line is this isn't good and there certainly aren't any nutritious benefits from the consumption of this candy."

In the end, she concluded: “While this isn't a drug, practicing the behavior of inhaling can be attributed to the use of other inappropriate substances and I want to keep our kids healthy and safe.”

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Allen, Kaine Tied in VA Senate Poll

Former Virgnia Governor and Senator George Allen has decided to run for his old seat. Allen famously lost his Senate seat in 2006 during the Democratic wave year to former Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb. Webb was mainly a single-issue, anti-Iraq War voice, and decided not to run again next year.

Along with this decision came scrambling in both parties to assess the new situation. In Webb's place, the Democrats decided to run former Governor Tim Kaine. Kaine was also the chair of the DNC. Allen has also tossed his hat into the ring-- although he may also have to fight off Tea Party challengers.

Now a new poll shows the two head-to-head in the race. The poll comes to us from the Washington Post, which does extensive coverage of Virginia politics.

Allen (R): 46%
Kaine (D): 46%
Other/und: 8

Notice that neither cracks 50%. The Democrats won big in the state in both 2006 and 2008 but lost their momentum in 2009 when more serious voters came to the polls. Governor Bob McDonnell was elected with nearly 60% of the vote.

So we'll have to wait and see what happens next. With the race this close, it's way too early to make predictions.

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Gingrich to Announce Candidacy Wednesday

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is expected to launch his long-expected Presidential campaign later this week. The former Representative declined to run in 1996, 2000, and 2008. Now that time has passed since his tenure in Congress, he has decided to make the move official.

Gingrich's strategy is not immediately clear. He will have difficulty prying southerners from Mike Huckabee and northerners from any of the current candidates. His support in many GOP polls is just under 10%-- putting him at the middle of the pack.



Gingrich is expected to make an announcement through social media-- through both Facebook and Twitter. MSNBC is confirming what FoxNews Radio had on earlier-- that he is running.

Then, Wednesday night, the former Speaker will be Sean Hannity's guest. Gingrich did not take part in a Republican debate last week.

For now, he's in the race:
The former House speaker will make the official announcement via social networks Facebook and Twitter. His first television interview will be later that night on Hannity on FOX. There, he will lay out his rationale for running, according to spokesman Rick Tyler.

Gingrich will make his first speech as a presidential candidate Friday at the Georgia GOP convention. And then heads to Eureka, Ill., Ronald Reagan's hometown, where he delivers the commencement speech at Eureka College. And next week, Gingrich will be traveling in Iowa.

Gingrich has a large mountain to climb. Many doubt that he can. Do you?

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An amateur analyzes a photo

Politically speaking, what an interesting couple of weeks. First, Obama released his long-form birth certificate after denouncing the time consumed by this "sideshow", followed by his leaving to make an appearance on "The View" and to get a round of golf in. Following another (different) round of golf, Obama then announced that Osama Bin Laden had completely filled out his death certificate, and then left to (presumably) get in a relaxing round of golf.

Let's look at the best news.

Let's give credit where credit is due. This President may have ruined the economy, raised taxes, increased deficit spending, torpedoed employment rates, inflamed tensions between the races of America, prevented a state from protecting it's own interests by following federal law, withdrawn support of the Mideast's only democracy, been slow in giving aid to a vital industry in the Gulf of Mexico, prevented the exploration and drilling for oil in the same Gulf, saddled us with a health care reform bill that even Democrats are starting to shy away from, bowed to nearly every world leader and a few mayors as well, allowed Iranian President Ahmadinejad to kill countless Iranian citizens, lowered America's status in the eyes of the world, bungled the chance to change a brutal regime in Libya, allowed the brutal thugs of Syria to further oppress their people, and weakened our southern border in a brazen attempt to pander to Hispanics.

But he has eliminated from the face of this Earth the shit-stain in the underwear of life.

Don't even bother running a candidate in 2012, Republicans. His re-election is virtually locked in!

But I wonder if anybody else has noticed this. Back when I was in college, my major was in communication. Now, communication takes a lot of different forms. As a matter of fact, one of the 'proverbs', if you will, of communication is that "you cannot not communicate". Basically, what that means is that you can find meaning in everything and everybody communicates in one way or another. A part of my study was in body language, which is why I find the following picture so very fascinating.



Now, as you can see here, the... Oops, wrong picture!



Now, as you can see here, we have Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other members of the administration watching what (by implication) is the real-time video of Seal Team 6 storming the compound where Osama has been hiding for the past 5 or 6 years. Turns out that that is false. What they are watching at this point is unknown. Via Flickr, you can find out who is who in this picture. Now what is your eye drawn to first?

For me, the first thing that I see is Hillary. (How I wish that wasn't so!) Her attention is completely devoted to whatever it is she is watching, isn't it? The outside world does not exist to her in this photograph.

Aside: this is the problem with photographs. A photo is a static picture, taken at a particular moment in time that is completely stripped of context. Since we all have different reaction times, what is obvious to a participant who has been completely focused on an action by another party may not ever capture the attention of a third party. And vice versa. Thus, a picture can lie to us by leading us to believe that something may have happened when we are only seeing the tiniest slice of the whole action.

Her hand is over her mouth. Why? She could be completely immersed in the world that she is seeing and is reacting to what is happening. Then again, she could just have gas or is about to yawn and is covering her mouth out of reflex. It could just be a habit that indicates intense interest, and she unconsciously does it under certain conditions but not others. I don't think we'll ever know for sure. What is most likely, however, is that she is watching the action (presumably) going on all the way across the world and is completely engrossed in it.

The next thing that my eye is drawn to is the military man at the head of the table, with three other men standing directly behind him. He is obviously fully engaged in the operation going on, and is leading the entire meeting.

And off to the left of the picture, after your eye has wandered nearly all over the picture (did you notice the woman peeking over the shoulder of one of the men?) and noting good ol' Joe Biden sitting there in the corner? There is Barack, passively watching what is going on, withdrawn into himself, clad in a golf shirt and windbreaker and not really taking up a lot of physical space.

Sort of a Presidential "Where's Waldo?"

Take a good look at him, especially at his facial expression and his posture. Does his body language tell you that he is in charge of this whole operation? Does he seem like anyone is in need of his opinion? Does it even seem like anybody is even aware of his presence in the room?

Doesn't seem like it to me.

Again, this is the problem with static photographs. If we were to watch a video of everything that happened before this picture was taken and everything that happened afterwards, a different story would likely emerge.

It's just ironic that an administration that ran on iconic imagery may just have this image burned into the hearts and minds (and subconsciounesses) of Americans everywhere.

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Wait Time in MA for Doctors Up to 48 Days

 A h/t to HotAir for the link.

Apparently RomneyCare has not provided the great medical utopia that it was envisioned as. Instead, it has caused an artificial shortage of health care and the citizens of the Bay State are paying for it-- both through taxes and time.

The average wait ranged from 24 days for an appointment with a pediatrician to 48 days to see an internist. The wait for an internist was actually down slightly, from 53 days in a similar 2010 survey, but the waits for family doctors, gastroenterologists, orthopedists, and ob/gyns increased.
 Considering the promises made, this is a disappointment, even for Mitt Romney.

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The Trump Doctrine: More Stupidity

Donald Trump, who will likely enter the Presidential race, outlined more of his foreign policy doctrinaire earlier this morning on Fox News, and the results are quite predictable for the showman - idiotic, ignorant and downright stupid.

On the question of Pakistan, Mr. Trump said the real problem is that Pakistan has nuclear weapons to begin with, and that we should not give them anymore foreign aid until they get rid of their entire nuclear weapon stockpile. I really wonder if Trump has ever heard the words "counter-balance" and/or "India."

Wow.

Obviously, the centerpiece of any Trump Presidency would revolve around us telling our allies what to do, or else we wont be friends with them anymore, even though they have helped us greatly in fighting our enemies in the War on Terror.

This will go right along with stealing Iraq's oil fields, raiding Libya's oil supplies, making South Korea pay for our friendship and creating trade wars with China.

We can do better than this.

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Democrats Rush to Show Obama as the 'Anti-Carter' after bin Laden Death

Barack Obama's strange similarities to the Presidency of our 39th President, James Earl Carter, are well-known to those both on the Left and the Right. While many on the Right see the policies and effects thereof as hurting American interests, many on the Left don't see Obama as such.

But they still recognize that Carter's sense of indecisiveness and poor leadership on foreign policy, at the very least, cost him the 1980 election. On some deeper level they would argue that many of Carter and Obama's policies were right-- just not "marketed" correctly.

And that's where the Jimmy Carter analogies come in. Both Presidents were elected after many believed the GOP had ruined its reputation. Both promised to be a 'different' kind of leader. Both faced revolutions in the Islamic world and showed strange diffidence. Both faced high oil prices, a contentious Israel-Palestinian peace process, a Republican resurgence, a goofy Vice President-- the comparisons are nearly endless.

But now the Democrats, who still fear a foreign policy or leadership backlash, are attempting to paint President Obama as the most decisive foreign policy wonk in the history of the Presidency after the successful killing of Osama bin Laden.

First, we have the Chicago Tribune attempting to show that Obama trumped Carter in foreign special forces missions-- that the operation to kill bin Laden was the opposite of the failed attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran.

The article argues that Obama's 'gutsy call' showed his great leadership-- but later in the article said that the operation was basically out of his hands:

"Carter's opponents used the failed rescue mission to make the point that he was an incompetent president," said retired Mississippi State University historian Stanly Godbold, who is now finishing up a two-volume biography of Carter. Godbold said he differs with those who say the election of 1980 turned on the "debacle in the desert," and added the view that Carter shouldn't be blamed for how things turned out.

True. But we have a long tradition of blaming those in charge — from coaches to presidents — for misfortunes that are largely out of their control. Carter and Obama were half a world away during the fateful missions others had planned but they had ordered.

Next we have an alum of the Carter Administration, former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, explaining that now President Obama will avoid the fate of his former boss-- largely thanks to the death of Osama bin Laden.

"In Obama's case had it failed (it) would have been similar" to the debacle that befell Carter, who lost re-election by a landslide in 1980, months after the doomed effort to rescue 52 American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Brzezinski said.

"But Obama is getting the credit because nothing succeeds like success. Nothing fails like a failure.

Politico was perhaps the most apparent-- they even placed an article as their lead showing that the new, 'manly and decisive' version of Obama was the opposite of the fop Jimmy Carter.

Perhaps the money shot goes to Bill Richardson, once a semi-respected former Governor of New Mexico. Today he barely escaped ethics charges, called Russia the 'Soviet Union' in 2008, and ran a poor Presidential campaign the same year.

But he has to be an expert, right?

“The president has cornered the ‘strong on terrorism’ banner. The Republicans will now have to shift to attacking on the economy since the national security argument has now vaporized,” said former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who ran for president in 2008. “President Obama heads towards the election nearly unbeatable.” (emphasis mine)

Great....

One must remember that President Carter had a fairly significant foreign policy victory in his term-- far bigger than the killing of OBL. That was the Camp David Accords, thought to be the first step towards Mideast Peace. There were also treaties and negotiations with the USSR-- and for part of Carter's term he would have argued that foreign policy was his strong suit.

Obama should heed Carter's lesson.

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Top Republican "Moneymen" Travel to New Jersey to Beg Gov. Christie to Enter 2012 Race

If you come to our site regularly, you know that we are big fans of Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.

He's turned a fiscally backwards and debt-riddled state and has begun to turn it around, something that was widely considered impossible.  He's also taken the largely corrupt teachers' union of New Jersey head-on.

In the grand scheme of things, Christie seems like an almost-perfect candidate for Republicans.  He has a great track record, has turned around a floundering state, and has an in-your-face attitude, but one that gets things done.  Funny thing is, Republicans have no front-runner at the moment.

Enter top Iowan "moneymen" willing and ready to donate money to a strong candidate.  Though Christie has repeatedly stated that he will not run for President in 2012 "under any circumstances," these men will not take "no" for an answer.
Gov. Christie
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A group of major GOP contributors from Iowa, who are disenchanted with the party's presidential field, have scheduled a May 31 meeting with Christie to woo him into challenging President Obama. 
It is a dramatic change of tactics for the GOP honchos, who are usually on the receiving end of the election-year courting ritual, as candidates seek their support for the country's first nominating contest. 
"There isn't anyone like Chris Christie on the national scene for Republicans," said Iowa energy-company exec Bruce Rastetter, one of a half-dozen GOP donors meeting with the governor. 
"We believe that he, or someone like him, running for president is very important at this critical time in our country," Rastetter said.

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Why is Arnold Schwarzenegger Getting a Divorce?

Less than a year after heading out of the California Governor's Mansion, movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver, have announced a separation. This comes after 25 years of marriage.

Shriver is a relative of the Kennedy political family and Schwarzenegger was a two-term Governor of the Golden State.

 Part of the reason could be professional:
Since Schwarzenegger left office, it had seemed as though the two were living separate lives. Shriver has worked on her women's empowerment website, guest edited an issue of Oprah Winfrey's magazine and promoted causes near to her heart, such as Alzheimer's research. She struggled with the death of her father, Sargent Shriver, in January, and took her son Patrick and some of his friends on an East Coast college tour in April.

Shriver, 55, spoke openly about the uncertainty she felt about moving on to the next phase of her life.

"It is so stressful to not know what you're doing next," Shriver said in a March 28 YouTube video to supporters. Though there was no intimation of a split, Shriver appeared without her wedding ring. "I'd like to hear from other people in transition," Shriver said. "How did you get through it? What were three things that enabled you to get through your transition?"

The former governor, 63, told a Times reporter in April that he yearned for a show business comeback. It was later announced that Schwarzenegger had signed on to star in three films, including another installment in the "Terminator" series.

There hasn't been any word of an affair by either party-- it is still unclear for the immediate reasons for the divorce.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Watch President Obama CBS Interview Video

The President was interviewed by CBS today-- here's part of the video.




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Pakistan Outs CIA Chief in Country

Pakistan, reeling from the revelation that Osama bin Laden was not far from the capital Islamabad, has reasserted its friendship with the United States.

On the other hand, it is outing the name of a CIA station chief in the country:
In a sign of how bad ties are between the two countries, Pakistani media on Saturday once again publicly named the CIA station chief in Islamabad, a breach of both protocol and trust, that is bound to enrage Washington.

A Pakistani TV channel and a newspaper considered mouthpieces of the country's military said the ISI chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha had met CIA station chief Mark Carlton to protest US incursion into Abbottabad to kill al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. CIA station chiefs remain anonymous and unnamed in public although the host government is told.

This would, and should, piss off the United States. Pakistan is playing a stupid double game.

H/T Ace.

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A Call for Contributors

 Pundit Press is slowly growing, in case you didn't hear. That's why we're asking for those that read the site and think that they should be heard if they would like to write for our blog. Your level of participation is up to you-- an article a day, an hour, or per week. It's a no-pay but rewarding experience.

We're looking forward to your response.

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Donnelly Enters Indiana Senate Race

Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly, who barely survived last November's shellacking, has announced his early candidacy for the 2012 Senate election in Indiana. Political experts expect this move to clear the Democratic field for Mr. Donnelly, while the Republican primary will likely be very contentious between incumbent Senator Lugar and the base.

However, it does not matter who the Republican Party selects because Indiana has moved dramatically to the right and it's improbable that Barack Obama will come close to winning the state again next year. Plus - Mr. Donnelly likes to call himself a "blue dog Democrat," but his vital House vote for socialist Obamacare says otherwise.

The three term Democrat's House seat is likely to be won back by Republicans next year.

Besides from the unofficial start to Indiana's Senate race this news doesn't mean all that much, although this will allow Democrats to gain a financial headstart on Indiana's bickering Republican Party, which should pick a nominee real quickly.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Herman Cain Debates.....

This one goes out to Mr. K who is begrudgingly jumping on the bandwagon?


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Herman Cain to Announce Candidacy

The Politico 2012 reported yesterday evening that Herman Cain, who came out of Thursday's first 2012 debate with high praise from Conservatives, will likely announce his official Presidential campaign on May 21st in downtown Atlanta.

Mr. Cain dropped the announcement bomb on RedState editor Erick Erickson's talk show yesterday night, just twenty-four hours after his oratory skills wowed South Carolina Republicans in the Fox News debate that Governor Haley gladly attended.

What does this mean?

Folks like me need to take the successful businessman seriously now, and I feel he needs to take those of us who care about foreign policy seriously likewise.

Also, the Conservative punditry class will have their first real candidate for the Presidency since Patrick Buchanan in 1996, which could result in another upset like we haven't witnessed since New Hampshire's amazing victory by the former Nixon official.

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State Pension Fund Makes Millions on Natural Gas Investments, While State Seeks to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing

Shale Gas on Fire in New York


Hypocrisy, the name is New York state.

Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas has been banned in New York since December 2010 when then Governor David Patterson signed an executive order eliminating hydraulic fracturing until the Department of Environmental Protection completes a comprehensive review. The process has come under increasing scrutiny because of alleged harmful effects on underground aquifers, the environment and public health.

With that having been said, it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that the New York State Comptrollers Office has invested hundreds of millions of dollars from the state pension fund in natural gas and hydraulic fracturing companies.

In all over $1 billion has been invested in more than a dozen energy companies as of March 31, 2010. Included in this is $72 million in Chesapeake Energy Corporation and $145 million in Schlumberger Ltd, a company specializing in hydrofracturing and oilfield services.

It turns out to have been a pretty good investment as the fund has made over $152 million in recent years.

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Watch New Osama bin Laden Videos

 These tapes were released by the US government earlier today:



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Huntsman's "Patriotism over Politics" Wont Work

Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr., who appears more and more likely to run for the Republican Nomination in next year's Presidential election, attempted to portray his recent service as America's appointed representative to China as ideal patriotism of putting one's own country over party politics.

Somehow, I don't think this is 1964.

The last time Republicans realistically considered a candidate who served in the administration of an Democrat was Henry Cabot Lodge, who was beloved for his heroism and patriotism through numerous diplomatic, and legislative positions; not to mention his honorable military service during World War Two.

Does anyone think Huntsman can be compared to Lodge, or Lodge's time?

Not a chance in hell.

While the former Governor of Utah, and Ambassador deserves recognition for once again serving his country overseas in Asia, there's no way he will be able to convince Conservative rank-and-file that serving Obama is patriotic in anyway.

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New bin Laden Photos

Below are photos seized from the bin Laden compound:




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New Osama bin Laden Video

The video below was released by the US government:



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Bin Laden 'Home Movies', bin Laden Watching TV Video

Below is a video seized by US forces of bin Laden watching TV at home:



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Young Osama bin Laden Picture

I found this linked from HotAir, and it's interesting enough to share:


Whoa.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

U.S. Predator Drone Attacks but Fails in Strike on Anwar Awlaki

HT: Wall Street Journal

The United States, working close with Yemeni officials, nearly killed al-Qaida terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki yesterday afternoon during several Predator drone strikes in Jahwa:
The U.S. launched a drone strike in Yemen on Thursday aimed at killing Anwar al-Awlaki, but he evaded the missile[s], Yemeni and U.S. officials said.
Taking out the world's most dangerous terrorist four days after eliminating al-Qaida leader/founder Osama bin Laden would have severely riled the Jihadist organization and given the United States another victory in the War on Terror just this week.

Awlaki, who is responsible for numerous terrorist attacks on the United States since early 2009, can run, but he can't hide from us.

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New bin Laden Video

Below is Osama bin Laden watching TV in Pakistan:



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It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

The Civil War didn’t end at the First Battle of Bull Run or at the Second for that matter. World War I didn’t end at the First Battle of the Marne or at the Second.  World War II didn’t end at Midway.
After what we now knowingly call Gulf War I we celebrated with ticker-tape parades and fireworks as if we had defeated Hitler, Tojo, and Stalin all wrapped up in one.  Yet a little more than ten years later we had to go back into Iraq to finish the job, and we’re still trying to finish it today.  What should have been an incursion into Afghanistan has lingered on for more than a decade. The sad result of our nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan will end with Iraq as Iran’s most powerful ally and the Taliban back in power in Kabul. 
One persistent question after politically directed wars is, “How do you win every battle and lose a war?”  After sending the brave into Harm’s Way the generalissimos of the home front drag the fighting out by hamstringing the warriors than when war is no longer a vote getter they throw the victory away through peace-at-any-price diplomacy.
I deeply appreciate the heroic scarifies of our troops, and I’m thankful they’ve provided a life of peace and safety for myself and my family.  I celebrate the victories just as I mourn the losses in this long war.  The death of an enemy leader can have momentous impact upon a war.  The death of Attila ended his empire; the death of Hitler would have ended World War II earlier and did end it when it came.  But the death of FDR did not end the war or change the strategy, and the death of Osama Bin Laden will not bring the end to this undeclared war.
The history of irregular warfare didn’t begin with Al-Qaeda.  It didn’t begin with the Viet Cong.  Irregular warfare has existed as long as there has been ill-equipped resistance to far-flung empires.  The United States has battled irregular forces at home and in the far corners of the world since the Indian Wars. We fought irregular forces the first time we faced Islamic terrorists on the shores of Tripoli.  After we conquered the Philippines from Spain we fought irregulars for years finally winning a war the Spanish never could.  We’ve faced irregular forces in Lebanon, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  In some places we’ve prevailed in others we’ve withdrawn.  At times we’ve even used irregular tactics ourselves such as the 3000 volunteers of Merrill's Marauders who fought behind Japanese lines in Burma during World War II.
A traditional military organization fighting irregular forces is more like trying to herd snakes than nail Jell-o to the wall, it may be hard but it isn’t impossible.  However, the initiative is on the side of the irregulars because they can strike here, there, and everywhere while the regular forces must protect important components of the infrastructure.  Revolutionaries and other disaffected groups using irregular tactics have instinctively followed the advice  of Sun Tzu, “The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue.”  As the regular forces move into an area the irregulars melt into the population.  The disruptions in the lives of civilians create recruits for the irregulars.  This is the force multiplier of the irregulars.  Every action at suppression brings fresh resources to circumvent future actions.
This will be the inevitable result of the death of Osama Bin Laden.  The immediate aftermath was wild jubilation on the part of a segment of our population, electioneering on the part of the administration, and a gross overestimation of the military significance.  One man does not make a movement and one leader does not encompass the enemy in an irregular war.
This is especially true in the case of Bin Laden and his brain child Al-Qaeda.   This organization is post-modern or perhaps pre-modern in style.  It doesn’t have a pyramid shaped flow-chart.  It doesn’t have a top-down command structure.  In many ways it’s more like a pyramid scheme where every franchise spins off new franchises and they spread out subdividing like amoebas into multiple places and shapes. These autonomous groups and rogue individuals are tied together by beliefs and ideology, united by tactics and strategy but each independent, separated and, anonymous.  No leader knows all the followers and few followers are connected directly to any leader.  These international conspirators are not united by personal contacts or unified by strategic planning; instead they’re forged into an inter-active whole by solidarity of purpose and continuity of world-view.  In such a structure the death of any one person no matter how highly placed or inspirational will not have more than a marginal impact.
As omnipresent and as faceless as the internet and as private and personal as family relations the tenuous filaments of the interlocking terror networks will prove more resilient than expected and more tenuous than imagined.  One man’s life can make a difference in the world, one man’s death rarely does.  Grave yards are filled with indispensable people.
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.

Why We Fight The War in Afghanistan

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Congressional Democrats are now demanding the United States Military leave Afghanistan immediately, because our mission is supposedly accomplished with Sunday's killing of Osama bin Laden. Obviously, they do not know why we fight the War in Afghanistan.

The Afghan theater has three main goals:

1. Eliminate all al-Qaida presence.
2. Defeat the Taliban insurgency.
3. Stabilized and free Afghanistan.

We have succeeded on the first front and achieved significant progress on the ladder two fronts. However, killing bin Laden doesn't mean we can claim victory in the War on Terror, because we have never been fighting just one man, but an entire ideology dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization.

Our mission is not over in Afghanistan, and anyone who says otherwise doesn't understand why we launched this War almost ten years ago.

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Judge Files Complaint Against German PM Over Comment that She was 'Glad' bin Laden Dead

As HotAir's headline says-- 'It's come to this'. Truly it also shows the moral idiocy of many in Europe and the direction that many on the Left in this country want the United States to take.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, of the center-right Christian Democratic Party, said after the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday that she was happy that he was dead.

Now some are taking exception, including a judge, who is filing a legal complaint against her.
"I am a law-abiding citizen and as a judge, sworn to justice and law," the 54-year-old told the paper, adding that Merkel's words were "tacky and undignified."

In his two-page document, Uthmann, a judge for 21 years, cites section 140 of the German Criminal Code, which forbids the "rewarding and approving" of crimes. In this case, Merkel endorsed a "homicide," Uthmann claimed. The violation is punishable by up to three years' imprisonment or a fine.

"For the daughter of a Christian pastor, the comment is astonishing and at odds with the values of human dignity, charity and the rule of law," Uthmann told the newspaper.

Now the Germans are holding up human rights? For bin Laden?

Fucking idiots.

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Romney Comes Out Against Releasing bin Laden Photos

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has come out in support of President Obama's decision regarding the Osama bin Laden pictures. This took place after all GOP candidates taking part in a debate yesterday with the exception of Herman Cain said that they would (even Ron Paul).

What is he thinking?
 Romney is towing a different line:

"It's best not to release the photo because it has the potential to incite retaliatory violence against Americans," Romney, the nominal front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, said in a statement to POLITICO.

That's really too bad, Mitt. You had a chance to support releasing the pictures and disagree with President Obama on foreign policy. So even if you were President, you would not want the world to see what happens when you cross the United States?

Heck, even Carl Levin wants to release the photos. Even famed fool Jon Stewart has called for the release. If Romney wants to claim that he is strong on defense, he has to do more than simply parrot talking points. He has to show how he will do so.

The former Massachusetts Governor already has RomneyCare around his neck. Does he really want to hurt his credibility further within the Republican Party?

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Liberal Professor: "It's a Pity" bin Laden was Killed

I think I may have just entered the twilight zone.  Only terrorist sympathizers in the Middle East and Pakistan lament the death of Osama bin Laden, right?  Apparently not.

Professor Richard Jackson, who is in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales, thinks it just stinks that the world's most wanted terrorist was killed.  In an editorial released to The Hindu, Jackson goes on and on about how evil the United States is, why what we've done is bad, so on and so forth.

Some examples:
But it's a pity that the U.S. chose to pursue a massive ‘war on terrorism' as a response to bin Laden's violent campaign... 
And it's a pity that so many are celebrating using violent means to fight a violent group, and that it will most likely lead to a continuing, maybe even intensifying, cycle of violence... 
And it's a pity that some think we should just celebrate his death without thinking... 
And it's a pity that the U.S. and other Western states view ‘justice' as killing a man extra-judicially and then disappearing his body in the ocean... 
And it's a pity that bin Laden came to be seen as the personalisation of evil...
I need to stop there before I vomit.

I know that a lot of Professors are stupid.  But this stupid?  Really?  Is it really a bad thing that a man who killed 3,000 people was taken out?  The answer is no, despite what Mr. Jackson thinks.

Osama bin Laden was the head of a terrorist organization that carried out multiple terrorist attacks.  He has the death of thousands upon thousands on his hands.  It is not a pity that he is dead, it is great.

And any rational human being is glad that he is dead.

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Osama bin Laden Audio Tape to be Released "Any Minute Now"

An audio tape created by Osama bin Laden, which was reportedly recorded just days before his death, will be released "any minute now," according to Fox News.  It is unclear what the tape will say.

Bin Laden was killed May 1 by U.S. Navy Seals in a large compound in Pakistan.

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Vote in Our Poll: Is bin Laden's Death a Fatal Blow to al Qaeda?

Osama bin Laden has been the leader of al Qaeda since its founding in the early 1990s. Despite all of the terrible things that the organization has done, he has remained in charge, at least on paper.

What is less clear is his involvement in every-day, operational functions of the group. Apparently he had many computers and hard drives with him, suggesting at least
knowledge of the groups plans, but it is unclear if he actually directed or took part in them.

We've already uncovered evidence of a potential train plot in the US later this year and bin Laden is most certainly dead. So the question to you is-- what type of blow is this to the Islamist group?




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Herman Cain's Biggest Problem

Last night's first official 2012 Republican debate exposed one major flaw in Herman Cain's appeal, one I've blogged about before, his complete lack of understanding of our War on Terror and what his foreign policy would be if elected, or even nominated to take on President Obama next November.

On the War in Afghanistan he didn't answer the question straight forward, but deferred to unknown "experts" who would know more about the fight. He did not support releasing the picture of Osama bin Laden and he didn't answer the question on what his position on Libya, or Syria is.

I don't know about most of America, but I will vote every four years to elect the President of the United States, who has an idea of what he stands for on foreign policy, not unknown experts who are unaccountable to the electorate. Isn't that just another phrase for czars? We don't need another President with no plan.

Herman Cain is likable, but he's not electable or knowledgeable.

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Al Qaeda: Osama bin Laden is, Indeed, Dead as a Doornail

Well, I never expected to get good news from al Qaeda, but them confirming the news of Osama's demise warms my little heart. Of course, there was no doubt for me or for most (sane) Americans, but the Middle East appeared unwilling or unable to accept the death of bin Laden.

Now it appears that the organization that bin Laden used to head (before he lost it) has released a statement lamenting his demise.

"We stress that the blood of the holy warrior sheik, Osama bin Laden, God bless him, is precious to us and to all Muslims and will no go in vain," the statement said. "We will remain, God willing, a curse chasing the Americans and their agents, following them outside and inside their countries."

"Soon, God willing, their happiness will turn to sadness," it said, "their blood will be mingled with their tears."

Poor, poor al Qaeda. Maybe the other leaders know they're next.

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Oil Drops for Second Day

The price of commodities appear to be slipping even further. Oil saw a precipitous drop below $100 a barrel, falling $8 on the markets. Today it appears that both oil and silver are taking a beating on the floor.

Hopefully oil can keep falling. Now it's below $97.

In the past week, oil prices have tumbled more than 10% on worries that recent disappointing economic reports may mean we are in for an economic slowdown.

Investors are already on edge ahead of Friday's jobs report (due at 8:30 a.m. ET), with stocks taking a big hit Thursday.

With the jobs report conflicting, its effect on oil prices aren't clear.

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Unemployment Rate Up, Economy Gains 244,000 Jobs

Two 'unexpected' things have happened. First, the economy added over 200,000 jobs-- higher than predicted. Secondly, the unemployment rate increased-- again unexpected. The rate jumped from 8.8% to 9.0%.

Both pieces of news are conflicting, leading to volatility in the market.

The economy added 244,000 jobs in the month, the Labor Department reported Friday. That's up from the 235,000 jobs gained in March. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney were expecting a slight slowdown to a gain of just 185,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate jump is apparently from more people re-entering the workforce. Formerly unemployed workers that had given up hope of finding a job came back to look for a position.


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On The GOP Debate

The first debate of the 2012 Republican Primary season was held yesterday evening in Greenville, South Carolina, and the performances are interesting. Here is my opinion of the five Republican candidates who showed up:

Herman Cain: Wowed the crowd with his intellectual standing and speaking skills, but his plan on Afghanistan is nonexistent, and his call for replacing the federal income tax is absolutely impossible.

Gary Johnson: Seemed to be high on marijuana. He doesn't understand the reasons we went into Iraq. However, he's loyal to the Republican Party.

Ron Paul: Someone was not sane at the debate, and it definitely was the Texas Congressman. His views on Afghanistan are ignorant, Israel are nonsensical and legalizing drugs are downright stupid.

Tim Pawlenty: Handled the question of his past support for cap & trade legislation well. Stood strongly with taking action in Libya, and general Neo-Conservative principles.

Rick Santorum: Played the best with a large crowd of Socially Conservative Southerners. Touted his history of defeating incumbent Democrats as a reason to support him, and shut up Ron Paul on Afghanistan.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

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See that bar on the right there?  The one that says "Pundit Picks?"  Well, that's not just for show.  We here at Pundit Press receive tips and have linked to people and will link to you (you know, so long as your articles aren't crazy).  So send us your tips and check out Pundit Picks for other breaking news stories.

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On Tonight's GOP Debaters

Five potential candidates for the 2012 Republican nomination will be debating on Fox News this evening for the hearts and minds of South Carolinians. And I would like to share my opinion of all five.

Herman Cain: The Conservative talk show host from Georgia doesn't have a real chance of changing many minds, but his exceptional intellect will wow voters.

Gary Johnson: The former Governor of New Mexico will be able to tout his record of vetoing almost all of the legislation that reached his desk, but admittedly smoking pot in violation of federal law will not gain votes.

Ron Paul: The Texas Congressman represents about 10% of the Party whenever he runs or is polled in any Presidential election. Like Sarah Palin, everyone already has an settled opinion of the man, so his stance isn't going to change.

Tim Pawlenty: The former Governor of Minnesota is the only "front-runner" debating tonight, and thus he is most likely to either make, or break his 2012 candidacy tonight than any other Presidential candidate tonight.

Rick Santorum: The former United States Senator has the strongest foreign policy credentials of any person debating tonight, but his name recognition is so nonexistent that I highly doubt anyone will remember anything he says.

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Angry Drug-User Calls 911 to Complain About Crack He Received

Oh, the world we live in.

According to police in South Carolina, Dexter White made an unusual 911 call yesterday.  White said to the responder that he had spent $60 on crack, but only received $20 worth of drugs.  He demanded to "speak to a K-9 unit" and then gave the address of where he was... and was promptly arrested.

And here is the actual report that the 911 responder filled out (click on picture for better quality):

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Sources Involved in Taking Down Osama: Bin Laden "Scared," "Completely Confused" in Final Moments

As time goes on, the official story from the White House changes.  Here's a new twist to the story.

According to sources that were involved in the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, the terrorist leader acted "scared" and was "completely confused" in the final moments of his life.  Right before being shot, bin Laden shoved his wife at the NAVY Seal that ultimately killed him.

A US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tried to further straighten out aspects of the White House's story and what really happened.  Referring to Seals being shot at by a man when they entered, he stated:
"He was the one guy shot who had a gun in his hand and was firing when he was shot -- other weapons were at the scene.  When the SEALs reached the third floor, after resistance and physical barricades, Osama bin Laden did not immediately surrender. When someone like OBL who has said he wants to kill as many Americans as possible, doesn't 150 percent surrender, you have to assess as a threat."
The official also emphasized that "at least a half-dozen weapons" were found at the bin Laden complex and that the first person the Seals encountered "immediately opened fire."
Bin Laden:  Acted "Scared," and "Confused"
A report on Fox News continues:
The information helps clarify the conflicting details about what exactly happened toward the end of the 40-minute raid on bin Laden's northern Pakistan compound. Sources who were part of the mission said bin Laden acted in a "cowardly manner" when confronted. Fox News has also learned that while bin Laden was unarmed, he was standing near the door within reach of two weapons -- an AK-47 and a Makarov handgun that are now in U.S. custody. The handgun is a 9mm semi-automatic Russian pistol, standard issue in the Russian military until 1991.

A senior U.S. official also told Fox News that only one of the five people killed in the raid was carrying a weapon and firing. The detail seemed at first to diverge from White House accounts claiming the Navy SEALs encountered resistance throughout the raid and were engaged in a firefight during much of the 40-minute operation. However, the scene was described as chaotic, with U.S. forces encountering barricades and women in the compound screaming and attacking the men.
Whatever happened, bin Laden went down.

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Oil Drops Below $100

The price of a barrel of oil is significantly lower today than it was just a day earlier. On news that the unemployment rate may increase, as well as other troubling economic figures, oil declined precipitously.

After gaining to over $110 earlier last month, it has now dropped below $100 a barrel.

"The longer-term bull cycle is still in place, but this correction may have a life span of several months, as weaker economic data is fueling this correction to a large part," said Sterling Smith, senior analyst for Country Hedging Inc in Minnesota.
  It is currently trading at $99.07. How long it will stay below $100 is unclear.

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Picture of "Water Gun" Behind Dead Man in Osama bin Laden Compound (Graphic)

Reuters bought and released pictures yesterday that it believes were taken just minutes after the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  The pictures show a downed helicopter, the compound itself, and several dead men, including one of bin Laden's sons.

Something else it shows:  an apparent water gun behind a man who was lying in a pool of his own blood.  Here's the original picture, with a arrow pointing to the gun:

And on closer inspection:
That's quite weird.

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Open Question: What's Happening to Osama's Soul Right Now?

Osama bin Laden bit the dust on Sunday. Most Americans are pleased with this result and have shown this exuberance in the street and at home. With the world's most wanted terrorist dead-- Americans finally feel a sense of relief and justice. He's sleeping with the fishes-- quite literally.

In Europe they are wringing their hands about the 'illegal' killing of bin Laden. This is to be expected.



But what about Osama himself? His corpse was dumped into the sea Monday Pakistan time after an 'Islamic burial.' His body was ritually cleansed and wrapped in a sheet. Despite this, the culturally-sensitive actions elicited disdain from some Muslim clerics.

So Pundit Press' question to you, our audience-- what is happening to Osama bin Laden's soul right now? Did he have one? Is it in Hell-- or someplace worse? What will happen to his soul for the rest of eternity?

Leave a comment if you have an opinion. Please, let us know.


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Vote in Our Poll: Do You Believe that Obama is Wrong in not Releasing the bin Laden Death Photos?

Osama bin Laden is dead. After nine and a half exhaustive years of searching, the terrorist mastermind was killed by US Navy Seals in Pakistan. After claiming his body, the US took, amongst other things, several pictures of the al Qaeda leader. Afterwords, the US gave bin Laden a "proper Muslim burial" at sea, making any future examination of the body impossible. The question now is: should those pictures, either all or some, be released?

President Obama said no. About his reasons, he stated:
"The risks of release outweigh the benefits. Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East. Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet. Osama bin Laden is not a trophy - he is dead and let's now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaida has been eliminated."
Yet the debate is not over. Advocates of releasing the pictures believe that it will show the world that bin Laden is indeed dead, and will help squelch those who say he somehow survived

But the question is: what do you think? Should the United States government release the photos? Can the American public "take it?" Will such a release fan the flames of hatred for the United States in the Middle East? Vote below:



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Poll Shows Palin Surge in GOP Primaries

 In the last several months there has not been a solid frontrunner in Republican polls for the 2012 nomination. While Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney have been near the top, neither has been dominant.

Donald Trump was able to surge last month, although where his polls go now is unclear. With much of the attention reverting away from him, he may see a dip in his vote share.



And it appears that may have already happened-- and Sarah Palin has picked up the slack. Palin has reduced her profile over the last several months, cutting back on public speaking events. Many supporters appeared to move towards Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann.

Now, in the newest Quinnipiac poll, it appears that the former Alaska Governor has received a new boost in support.

National Republicans:

Romney: 18%
Palin: 15%
Huckabee: 15%
Trump: 12%


The list continues from there, but it shows a fairly significant bump in support for the former VP candidate. In a Rasmussen poll taken late last month, Palin received only 9% support:

Trump: 19%
Romney: 17%
Huckabee: 15%
Palin: 9%


Part of Palin's surge may be attributed to voters leaving Trump's campaign. Is there another factor involved?

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Assassination Attempt on Turkish PM Erdogan

 This is something that was not expected. Apparently there has been an assassination attempt on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. Erdogan was on his way to a political rally when a bomb exploded, killing a police officer.

Photo credit: AP
While the attackers appear to be Kurdish militants, the quote released appears to point the finger in that direction:

"These dark minds who do not believe in democracy's struggle, these terrorists, these separatist forces believe they can only achieve results this way instead of through the ballot box," the prime minister said.


Interesting. Erdogan did lead an attack on PKK terrorists in Iraq several years ago.
Cross-posted at WorldThreats.

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Europe Op-Ed: US Celebrations Over bin Laden Demise 'Leave a Bitter Taste'

This from an Irish paper, the Independent. It follows an overall trajectory in which the moral relativists in Europe are hand-wringing over the death of bin Laden. Even more so, there appears to be a sense of disgust against American celebrations over bin Laden's brain plastering.

So to the editorial:

Fireworks in Los Angeles and street celebrations in other US cities over an assassination? Not just primitive, but foolishly incendiary. The same applies to the 'New York Daily Post' with its front page composed of just three words: "Rot in hell!"

Jingoistic Americans are posting dangerous comments online. Readers of the 'Los Angeles Times' have contributed the following nuggets of diplomacy on its website: "We should have smeared his body with pig fat before feeding it to cockroaches"; "I just wish we had a body to urinate on"; and "I would love to drag his stinking corpse through the streets of New York".

Dangerous comments? Does this mean that those commenters should be more 'sensitive'? Or are these comments as dangerous as a man that carried through on the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians?

Of course, we have this piece of enlightened thought:

Bin Laden came to represent the bogeyman incarnate to Americans. But he still deserved to be brought to trial.
Or to show that 'real' Americans-- those on the Left are also also revolted by the joyous celebrations:

Street celebrations in Washington and New York have been described as a spontaneous torrent of patriotism, but they could be interpreted as something rather more hysterical. I'm sure many more reflective Americans cringed at those images but a damaging message has gone across the world.
Europe, show some appreciation for the US military that protects you virtually for free while you bitch.

To show their common sense since the Second World War. This is from 1986:



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Jobless Claims Rise 'Unexpectedly'

Some bad economic news is coming from the Labor Department. The rate of job growth has appeared to significantly slow, with jobless claims jumping much higher than expected.

This week's number of new applicants for jobless aid is nearing 500,000.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the 43,000 spike in applications to a seasonally adjusted 474,000 last week was largely the result of unusual factors, including spring break layoffs and the introduction of an emergency benefits program.

Still, it marked the third increase in four weeks. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fourth straight week to 431,250. Applications have jumped 89,000, or 23 percent, in the past four weeks.

Any more than 400,000 is seen as a danger sign.

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Bounty Hunter on bin Laden Death: "I absolutely flushed him out"

Crazy or not, you'll probably get a nice laugh out of this.

Last June, Gary Faulkner was picked up in the middle of the Pakistani border.  He was armed simply with a dagger, a sword, a gun, night-vision goggles, and Bible literature.  His mission:  to catch Osama bin Laden.

Fast-forward to this past Sunday.  President Obama announced the death of the most wanted man in the world.  And even though the military took bin Laden out, and the small fact that the terrorist mastermind was 300 miles away from where he was looking, Faulkner wants a share of the $25,000,000 reward.
Mr. Faulkner
"I scared the squirrel out of his hole, he popped his head up and he got capped. [U.S. officials] were handed this opportunity on a platter from myself," he stated.

"He hadn't been living there for no damn six years. I absolutely flushed him out," he added.

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Last WWI Combat Vet, Claude Stanley Choules, Dies

Sad news from Australia today:
SYDNEY — The last known combat veteran of World War I was defiant of the tolls of time, a centenarian who swam in the sea, twirled across dance floors, and published his first book at 108. He also refused to submit to his place in history, becoming a pacifist who wouldn't march in parades commemorating wars like the one that made him famous.

Claude Stanley Choules, a man of contradictions, humble spirit and wry humor, died in a Western Australia nursing home on Thursday at the age of 110. And though his accomplishments were many — including a a 41-year military career that spanned two world wars — the man known as "Chuckles" to his comrades in the Australian Navy was happiest being known as a dedicated family man.

"We all loved him," his 84-year-old daughter Daphne Edinger told The Associated Press. "It's going to be sad to think of him not being here any longer, but that's the way things go."
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"We are grateful.... but,..."

So, you think you've seen it all, eh? Not hardly!

The U.S. military's use of the code name "Geronimo" in the assault on Osama bin Laden's compound has generated a backlash among some Native American tribes and organizations.


The rest of the article here

It's just a treasure trove of moonbattiness.

Some have even asked for an apology.


And no, this isn't satire from the Onion. These people are serious.


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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Keynes, Hayek revisited...

I meant to post this earlier, but....


In case you forgot or never saw round one...


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Death Photo of Osama bin Laden's Son Hamza (GRAPHIC)

This picture, obtained by Reuters, shows the dead body of Hamza bin Laden terrorist Osama bin Laden's sons:
Notice the similarities to the elder bin Laden. Yet, it is unknown which son it specifically is. Most believe this man to be bin Laden's youngest son, Hamza. Here he is as a young boy:

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The Shale Gas Shock

"The Best is the enemy of the good." Voltaire

South of 5 and 20 alerted me to an editorial written by James Delingpole who writes for The Telegraph, in it he makes the argument that shale gas, (ie natural gas) is the savior environmentalists have for years been seeking, but for reasons that can only be speculated on, are now its strongest antagonists. This is an interesting phenomenon, in and of itself, as none other than Al Gore an John F Kennedy, Jr. have stated that cleaner burning natural gas is a bridge from the harms of coal to mid-century, when the cost and scale of renewables will be adequate to meet demand. That natural gas is a pivot point around which the energy debate revolves today: Cheap gas means renewables struggle, but no gas means more coal.

It begs the question, Why are environmentalist so vehemently opposed to natural gas drilling?

In upstate New York these folks are a vocal, well organized, and a well financed minority who seek to force their will on the populace. They make 5 distinct arguments some of are worth discussing, most specious:
The shale gas industry uses dangerous chemicals in the fracking process that might contaminate groundwater;

Poorly cased wells allow gas to escape into underground aquifers;

Wast water returning to the surface during production, contaminated with salt and radon may pollute streams;

The industry's use of water for fracking depletes a scare resource;

The exploitation of shale gas damages amenity and landscape value.
The Dellingpole editorial seeks to make some sense of the obvious hypocrisy. He doesn't fair well in his endeavor, but makes a remarkable assertion:
The ideology of these Watermelons has virtually nothing to do with saving the environment (if it were, they’d be embracing shale gas wholesale) and almost everything to do with an instinctive loathing for economic growth combined with a bullying, puritanical urge to impose energy policy by diktat rather than by allowing the market to decide the most effective method.
It would be impossible for me to say it any better or clearer!

So what is it that brings James Dellingpole to such an understanding of progressive ideology? It turns out it is a report release today titled "The Shale Gas Shock" released by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. It is a must read for every lefty spouting spoon fed talking points bemoaning the shale gas revolution.

Freeman Dyson offers the forward, comparing shale gas to wax candles, he postulates that shale gas is "not a perfect solution to our economic and environmental problems, but it is here when it is needed, and it makes an enormous difference to the human condition." For the specifics of why natural gas is like wax candles do yourself a favor and read the forward, but consider that wax candles replaced tallow candles and allowed the poor to read at night for the first time and in so doing did more than any government school could to produce a literate working class.

I will speak more on the specifics of "The Shale Gas Shock" as I have time to delve into it a little deeper, but will leave you with a thought from George Monbiot, who is beginning to realize the intellectual vacuousness of the liberal progressive position on shale gas:

You think you're discussing technologies, and you quickly discover that you'r discussing belief systems. The battle among environmentalist over how or whether our future energy is supplied is a cipher for something much bigger: who we are, who we want to be, how we want society to evolve. Beside these concerns, technical matters - parts per million, costs per megawatt hour, cancers per sievert - carry little weight. We choose our technology - or absence of technology - according to a set of deep beliefs: beliefs than in some cases remain unexamined.

Cross posted at The Lonely Conservative

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Report: US Wants Tail Rotor Back from Crashed Helicopter in bin Laden Raid

We have word coming in from FoxNews that the United States is scrambling to get back the tail rotor of the helicopter that crashed during the Osama bin Laden raid. According to Fox, the Administration is afraid that the sensitive technology therein may be used by China.

There haven't been many reports to corroborate the US desire to take back the chopper remains. However, the Pakistani military apparently hauled away the remains.

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Death Photos of Unidentified Men in Osama bin Laden Compound Leaked (WARNING, GRAPHIC)

Reuters bought and published leaked photographs this afternoon.

Who these men specifically are is unknown, but Reuters believes that they are authentic.

The pictures are below.  I will have all of the pictures below, including the non-graphic ones.  I do this so that, should you decide that you do not want to see them, you can decide not to:
Bin Laden Compound
A downed helicopter:
An unidentified man:
Another unidentified man:
Another unidentified man:

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