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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Quote of the Day

Ellis Washington-Republican Conservative Commentator

In November 2008, when 96 percent of my people were beguiled by Obama's black skin, slick slogans and welfare rhetoric to vote for a man who utterly despises them, whose Marxist, socialist, Keynesian economic policies traps them at 51 percent unemployment in some big cities (it was 25 percent during the Great Depression) and favors Margaret Sanger's Black Holocaust policies that aborts them at greater percentages than any other racial group, it reminded me of several columns written byDr. Thomas Sowell as well as Dr. Shelby Steele's excellent book, "White Guilt: How Whites and Blacks Together Destroyed the Promises of the Civil Rights Era" (2006). It was white guilt and black victimhood that propelled the white vote for Obama.

H/T Booker Rising

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Massive Keystone XL Pipeline Protest Comes to a Climactic Conclusion

The last two weeks has seen environmental activists converging on Washington D.C. and the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline that is proposed to bring oil from Alberta Canada to the United States. To hear the activists speak it sounds as if the world is sealing its collective doom as carbon will be unleashed within the atmosphere and irrevocably alter human existence as we know it. The claim is that unearthing this oil will be the proverbial straw that broke the camels back and although I don't agree with the supposition it does beg the question, why are they protesting in Washington when the extraction is taking place in Canada? The truth, I think is that carbon is irrelevant.

If you tune in to some part of the “debate”, and the participants are going on about Eevill CO2 and Saving the Planet, turn it off and go elsewhere. It simply means all of those people are liars and/or too ignorant to pound sand.

If the pipeline is not built, another will be, from the tar sands deposits to the Canadian West Coast, completely outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. Government (much to the frustration of the IRS and the other TLAs). It will be cheaper than Keystone-XL; not only will it be shorter, it will be cheaper per linear measure because it will be built under Canadian regulations, which focus on (gasp! choke!)pipeline safety, rather than maximizing saliva generation when kissing environmentalist ass. The oil will be pumped to Vancouver, where it will be loaded on tankers and taken (mostly) to China, where it will be burned to provide power to industry.

The oil will be produced, whether Keystone-XL is built or not.

The oil will be burned, whether Keystone-XL is built or not.

The carbon will enter the atmosphere, whether Keystone-XL is built or not.

So in this particular case, both “anthropogenic global warming” and environmental degradation at the production zone are irrelevant. The carbon dioxide is gonna get into the atmosphere, and the tar sands deposits are gonna get mined, whether Keystone-XL is built or blocked. There are some (minor) issues regarding environmental impact of the pipeline, and those might be worth debate, but Saving the Earth is not an issue in this context, and anybody who starts bloviating, passionately or otherwise, about Global Warming and CO2 emissions is too stupidly self-centered to realize what’s going on and/or deliberately trying to confuse the issue. Shut ‘em out.

It's not about carbon, it's not about global warming or climate change. For the uninformed, it is about making yourself feel good. Getting yourself arrested, paying a fine and going about you day thinking your action has made an actual difference. For the true believers though it is something else entirely and the green agenda is a means to an end and the President was supposed to be the spearhead.

But, finally it is over.

What has been described as a "massive" environmental protest against the Keystone XL pipeline comes to a conclusion today. Organized by Bill McKibben and Josh Fox environmental activists have been waging a sit in at the White House gates since August 20. Today marks day 14 and the blessed end.

So how did the "largest environmental civil disobedience in decades" end? With a self reported 1,252 arrests. I say self reported because this number is provided by the Tar Sands Action website and cannot be confirmed, but regardless this is a far cry from massive and many fewer than the 2,000 protesters promised. This breaks down to 89 people per day. No wonder the President never knew about it!

On the whole this has to be a disappointing week for the environmental movement and lobby. By anyone's terms the described action above has to be described as a failure.

1,200 people over 14 days? Face it, Daryl Hannah just isn't what she used to be. James Hansen, NASA's chief (former) scientist is a poseur of the highest degree, much more interested in advocacy than science! Tantoo Cardinal and Margot Kidder? You must be kidding yourself to think this is news! Even Al Gore couldn't be bothered to show up. He issued a statement instead.

Couple this with the announcement that President Obama plans to shelve EPA plans to implement new smog standards and you have Big Green blowing smoke.

“Many MoveOn members are wondering today how they can ever work for President Obama's reelection, or make the case for him to their neighbors, when he does something like this, after extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and giving in to tea party demands on the debt deal,” MoveOn’s executive director, Justin Ruben said in a statement. “This is a decision we'd expect from George W. Bush.”

The National Resources Defense Council statement:

The White House is siding with corporate polluters over the American people. The Clean Air Act clearly requires the Environmental Protection Agency to set protective standards against smog--based on science and the law. The White House now has polluted that process with politics.

Our public officials, including in the White House, serve to protect us from harm. They need to get on with doing their jobs. Inaction cannot be an option when it comes to ensuring a healthy and prosperous America.

According to MoveOn Executive Director, Justin Ruben, the group may choose not the campaign for the president in 2012. Right?

"According to the EPA, the clean air standards the President blocked would have saved up to 12,000 children, elderly folks, and others each year. That means thousands are likely to die because the President caved to big polluters. Many MoveOn members are wondering today how they can ever work for President Obama's re-election, or make the case for him to their neighbors, when he does something like this, after extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and giving in to Tea Party demands on the debt deal. This is a decision we'd expect from George W. Bush, not from a Democratic President elected to protect the environment and the health of our children."

Finally we have the Solyndra boondoggle that has seen $500 billion dollars flushed down the imaginary green energy sink hole. Like most green energy start ups, they had a minor problem, they were not profitable. But it wasn't a total loss...

The big winner in all of this is Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser. The billionaire oil man just happens to be a democratic campaign bundler, and in that capacity he directed huge campaign donations into the ‘O8 election campaign of President Obama. Kaiser was the largest private shareholder in Solyndra, and grew his stake in the company after the loan guarantees were put in place. “Billionaire oil man and large campaign contributor stands to profit from failing company at tax payers expense.” That reads like every headline that never materialized under the previous administration. This story would be front page news for months if President Bush was still in the White House; but since a being of superior morality now occupies the position you are forced to read this story here. This is what hope and change looks like; all of the corruption that the far left pined for in times past, with none of the reporting. That’s life under the most ethical and transparent administration in history. Southern Oil barons enriching themselves from other people’s money ,strictly because they were willing to play the game in a way that pleased this administration.

This story is not unique, save it is one of the first that are beginning to be revealed. There will be many other cases like Solyndra in the coming months. We should keep this in mind when Obama gives his jobs speech in a few days. He is going to propose large spending as the only way to deliver jobs in this struggling economy. In the case of Solyndra he infused half a billion dollars to create jobs at a company with 1200 employees. Those people are now out of work, the company no more, while we get to return the investment of George Kaiser. This is what hope and change looks like when it passes from the lush hillsides of rhetoric into the cold realities of life.

Thank you Mr. President. No wonder you are hiding from your base!

Just for fun, some must see videos....

Josh Fox explains why he is so important. Did he say Gasland 2?

James Hansen has a dream. Wake up Jim!

Where is the diversity? Green racist!

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Pictures of Hurricane Irene Destruction in Schoharie County

The flood waters have largely receded from our fair county, but destruction remains.  I live in Middleburgh and I drove through Schoharie; the best way to describe the devastation is that it looks like a bomb went off.  Here are some pictures:

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The Football Gamble: Obama Fumbles, Boehner Scores

Not a bad article:
What if the president gave a major speech and no one heard it?

Not a likely scenario, yet this was the question in play for several days as President Obama requested and was kinda-sorta denied an audience before a joint session of Congress. He wasn’t flatly denied, though House Speaker John Boehner strongly suggested that the Republican-controlled House would prefer that he speak the following night, Sept. 8. Logistics, security and various technicalities were cited.

As Kevin Smith, Boehner’s communications director, explained to me:

“No one in the speaker’s office — not the speaker, not any staff — signed off on the date the White House announced abruptly. It’s unfortunate the White House ignored standard protocol of working out a mutually agreeable date and time before making any public announcement. We want to find common ground to help create jobs and lasting economic growth that our country so desperately needs, and we look forward to hearing the president’s speech Thursday night.”

Of course, that night, which Obama ultimately accepted, was also problematic because the prime-time slot coincided with something far more important than a presidential speech on jobs and the economy — football!

The Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints kick off at 8:30. Would the president mind too terribly much speaking before the game so as not to interfere? Once again, Obama obliged.
Football!
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Another Victory in Afghanistan

Another one bites the dust!

NATO and Afghanistan forces took down Sabar Lal Melma, who was a key Al-Qaida affiliate, and former Gitmo resident, last night at his Jalalabad home. They surrounded his compound and shot him dead when he emerged holding an AK-47.

Melma had been one of Al-Qaida's crucial operatives in Eastern Afghanistan, and his death expands our recent string of tactical success deeper into the heart of the terrorist organization.

Afghanistan, NATO and U.S. forces deserve credit for pushing the terror network closer to defeat than ever.

What say you?

P.S. - This man was in Gitmo for nearly five years - why was he released in 2007?
 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ride to the Sound of the Guns

He graduated with the highest number of demerits and at the bottom of his class. He was the poster child for graduating by the skin of your teeth. Yet he also became the youngest Major General in American History and the man General Sheridan believed did more than any other to win the Civil War. He was a fighting commander whose standing order in combat was, “Ride to the sound of the guns!” Perhaps it flowed from the fact that while at West Point George Armstrong Custer didn’t study very much, that he had only one strategy, and only one tactic. The strategy was victory, and the tactic was charge.

Although our current crop of military leaders are made up of politicians who have learned how to pull the levers and work the system in a way they resemble the always ready for action Custer. They appear to be a one trick pony. Unfortunately that trick is kowtowing to the political leadership telling them exactly what they want to hear when what they need to hear might be the exact opposite.

For a decade between 1979 and 1989 the United States military and Intelligence establishments were intimately involved in supporting the Mujahedeen insurgents of Afghanistan battle against the invading Soviets. We supplied weapons, training, Intel, and logistical support. We had many field operatives, soldiers, and analysts who were deeply conversant with all the nuances of the military and political realities in Afghanistan.
Yet when our leaders decided to invade the country to flush out Al Qaeda and punish the Taliban for sheltering them, military leaders who should have known better presented and approved plans that even a layman could see would lead to a new insurgency against America as the next invaders. These leaders bowed to the dictates of modern America post-Vietnam strategy delivering a campaign with minimum casualties and victory in name not in fact. Instead of using the expert professional American forces needed to produce a real victory they relied on mercenary indigenous warriors who with the help of our firepower pushed the Taliban to the wall and then let them walk out the back door.

What is the result? Ten years later we are still fighting and taking casualties in a war scheduled to end like a bad movie in 2011 or 2014 or…? Having never sealed the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan we are fighting an enemy that can not only melt into the civilian population it can rest and regroup in safe havens attacking our isolated and exposed garrisons almost at will.

Even at this point, after President Obama’s surge, an army of less than two hundred thousand trying to pacify a nation the size of Texas with the most forbidding terrain on the planet isn’t going to work. After the investment of half a trillion dollars and more lives, limbs, and blood this mission teeters on the brink of failure. Our only allies in the country are hopelessly compromised and corrupt characters who have little relevance outside their palaces and little interest beyond funneling our money out of the country for their post-war retirement.

Where are the military leaders with the courage of Custer? Where are the ones who will hazard their career to speak truth to power? If an untutored armchair general with no more information than is commercially available can see that if we don’t seal the border and provide enough troops to hold the territory we capture we will never win why can’t military experts? Where are the generals who demand what they really need to win and ready to resign if they don’t get it? If General Petraeus had done this he would have had a lock on the Republican nomination and the White House in 2012.

What about our fearless media? Where are the nightly counts of the fallen that graced the network newscast when Bush the Younger was in office? Where are the anti-war demonstrators who stood guard outside his Texas ranch and dogged his speeches? Where are the American people? Why is no one asking how can it take more than a decade to train an Afghan army to protect their own country from their own people? In WWII we trained and deployed more than ten million soldiers, sailors and marines. We equipped armies, air forces, and navies and defeated all comers. Now we cannot secure one country in ten years?

I am not saying that after the sneak attack of 9-11 we shouldn’t have responded. We should have immediately devastated our enemies and their allies telling the Taliban if it happened again it would happen again. Al Qaeda had been attacking us for a decade, and we knew exactly where they were. With B-2s and cruise missiles we had the capability to decapitate them without the necessity of boots on the ground. We needed to strike hard and fast. We should have had the political and military leadership to take them out within twenty-four hours. Instead we dithered around until Al Qaeda and their Taliban hosts were dispersed and disappeared. We didn’t do what we should have done and instead did do what we shouldn’t have done producing a decade long occupation in a land that has defeated or outlasted every invader.

How should we have dealt with the on-going threat of Al Qaeda: a non-state enemy? Instead of fighting undeclared wars we should have followed the Constitution and granted Letters of Marque and Reprisal which would have granted compensation and legal authority to private firms or individuals to exact retribution upon the perpetrators of the attack. Such action is not only authorized by the Constitution it is recognized by International Law. Send in the military equivalent of Dog the Bounty Hunter.  Let Blackwater do the job, and see what free enterprise can accomplish.

What we need are military officers with the bravado of Custer. We need military leaders willing to hazard all, even their careers. Officers who are willing to walk into the Oval Office and say we’re fighting the wrong war, the wrong way, in the wrong place, and at the wrong time. We need officers who remember that they have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States not an administration, not a career, and not a pension.
What we need is another Custer. Without one what we may get is another Little Bighorn.
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 drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens.


Job Numbers Bad; Go Figure

I'm gonna go ahead and assume this was supposedly "unexpected:"
The nation’s employers failed to add new jobs in August, a strong signal that the economy has stalled and that policy makers can no longer afford inaction.

The dismal showing, the first time in 11 months that total payrolls did not rise, was the latest indication that the jobs recovery that began in 2010 lacked momentum. The unemployment rate for August did not budge, remaining at 9.1 percent.

As President Obama prepared to deliver a major proposal to bolster job creation next week, the report added to the pressure on the administration, on Republicans who have resisted any new stimulus spending, and on the Federal Reserve, which has been divided over the wisdom of using its limited arsenal of tools to get the economy moving again.

The White House immediately seized on the report as evidence that bold action was needed, calling the unemployment rate “unacceptably high.” Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said in an interview that she hoped the president’s proposals would be embraced by Congress. “If they’re not supported, then he’s going to take it out to the public,” she said.

Republicans, in turn, argued that the numbers were further proof that the policies of Mr. Obama, whom they quickly dubbed “President Zero,” were not working. The lack of growth in nonfarm payrolls was well below the consensus forecast by economists of a 60,000 increase, which itself was none too optimistic. It was a sharp decline from July, which the Labor Department on Friday revised to show a gain of 85,000 jobs...

Though unexpectedly low, the jobs report may not change the mainstream view among economists that the economy will stay in growth mode, albeit at a level that is barely perceptible, much less comforting, to Americans without jobs.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Video- People Against Tar Sands are Idiots


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The Cheney Endorsement

Vice-President Dick Cheney is the ultimate national defense endorsement in the Republican Party, but as of now the neo-conservative stalwart has yet to back one particular candidate over the other, despite calls from several courting candidates. 

So who will the former Vice-President endorse?

Definitely not Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, or other isolationists running. Rick Perry is also unlikely to receive his support - just ask Kay Bailey Hutchison about that. He could avoid endorsing anyone, like President Bush is doing, but I have a good feeling he will follow in the footsteps of President George H.W. Bush and eventually pull the endorse trigger for someone. 

One thing is for sure: Cheney will not campaign for whomever the nominee is, due to personal health reasons. But that will not prohibit him from remaining involved in the Republican Party, and to some degree, keeping our platform and direction strong on all things national defense considered.

What say you?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

LIFE IN THE ASYLUM


OBAMA JOBS PLAN (UNOFFICIAL)


The Magnificent One (too easily confused at times with Carnac the Magnificent) apparently sacrificed a portion of his frugal, but well-earned, Martha’s Vineyard vacation to brainstorm with his assembled jobs experts on his new “Jobs Plan”. Then he nobly sacrificed the last several hours of his vacation to fly to the National Response Coordination Center, where he personally took charge of the national response coordination effort and enlightened the assembled government storm experts that getting through the storm was going to be a "tough slog."

Next, pivoting back to “Jobs!”, the Magnificent One flew to Minnesota, where he delivered an important speech informing the nation that next week he would reveal his “Jobs Plan” in another speech. Modest to a fault, he did not reveal that certain key provisions of his “Jobs Plan” have already gone into effect:

1. His Justice Department, Fish and Wildlife Service, and other key agencies have opened up several thousand job opportunities for potential start-up guitar manufacturers in Memphis and Nashville by shutting down the notoriously lawless Gibson Guitar Corporation.

2. His Homeland Security Department, and several of its subsidiaries, have enacted, by administrative fiat, a program to issue work permits to, by their own estimate, “up to 300,000” illegal aliens (Oops! Illegal immigrants) already apprehended and facing deportation. Presumably this plan would also apply to “immigrants” apprehended in the future, thus making the actual number open-ended. This brilliant provision of the “Jobs Plan”, reminiscent of plans utilized by several failing European socialist countries, will permit potentially millions of poorly educated “immigrants” to legally compete for scarce to nonexistent jobs with the millions of Americans already unemployed, thereby helping the . . . ?!

3. Even more modestly, Carnac (Oops! Obama) did not seek credit for his earlier refusal to allow Americans to drill oil offshore, costing the U.S. Gulf region thousands of jobs, while at the same time guaranteeing billions of dollars in loans to Brazil to create Brazilian offshore drilling jobs. While visiting officials in Brazil he gushed that “…when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers."

4. The really good news is that Americans, unemployed, underemployed, or otherwise, have only to wait an additional seven (7) days to hear the Magnificent One’s soaring rhetoric urging “Washington” to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country.” By all means, everyone mark your calendars.

MO Atty


* Obama Photo Credit Jeff Dobbs at THE VOICE IN MY HEAD.

Wednesday Bush-a-thon

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

We're Sorry for the Difficulties

For all of our regular readers, we are very sorry for not writing more articles. Thomas and I are very busy, feeding people who have no food and handing out masks because everything is so dusty. We don't really have time for the blog at the moment (we'll try to write several articles a day). The air, at times, bothers your eyes and rumors are constantly scaring the hell out of people who have lost some or all of their possessions.

Take this picture, for example:
This is before we got hit hard.  It is about two hours before the water rose an extra six feet.  You see those businesses in the background and foreground? They are all ruined.  The road is ripped off of the asphalt in places.  Most of the buildings on Main Street (background) look something like this:
The stores closer to the creek (about ten) are even worse.

Worst of all is the constant fear that a dam, seventeen miles away, will break and kill 10,000 people.  We had to evacuate twice, and twice I thought that my family and I were dead.  It was horrible on Sunday (but it held steady) and the dam is certainly okay now.  But, even though we know everything is fine, there is still an over-arching fear that once we go to sleep or are away from a car, it will break and we are dead meat.

Related:

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/were-sorry-for-difficulties.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-hurricane-irene-devastation-in.html

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Picture of the Destroyed Blenheim Bridge

This is the Blenheim Bridge before Hurricane Irene:
This is after:
Horrifyingly, it is gone.

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/were-sorry-for-difficulties.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-hurricane-irene-devastation-in.html

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Video of Hurricane Irene Devastation in Upstate New York; Schoharie, Middleburgh, Breakabeen, and Preston Hollow

Here are several videos of the flooding and destruction that hit Upstate New York in the last two days:















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http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Technical Difficulties

Since three of our main writers are from Schoharie County and two others are from nearby ones-- the storm has hit us hard. Writing from Middleburgh NY, parts of the Town and Village look like a warzone. Irene has been terrible for us.

So we might be out for a while. We are actually dealing with the response right now. So if you're reading this from Schoharie County, especially Middleburgh, Schoharie, the Valley, or Central Bridge... stay safe and pray.

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/were-sorry-for-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-hurricane-irene-devastation-in.html

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Video of Devastation in Middleburgh, NY

Terrible. I was there for much of this:







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http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

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Hurricane Irene Schoharie County Photos

Hurricane Irene may have been a breeze for residents along the eastern coast, but inland areas, particularly Schoharie County in Upstate, New York, have been severely battered and are under state of emergencies.

UPDATE:

The Village of Middleburgh is accepting donations for the Village flood relief fund. You can donate with a credit card or PayPal below:






Here are some pictures from Schoharie County, New York:
Part of what was fertile farm land in Middleburgh
Downtown Cobleskill flooded; Burger King closed

Farmland and barns flooded in West Fulton
Please keep all of Schoharie County, New York, Vermont and other areas hit by Irene in your prayers. We have been hit hard, but we will not stay down for long.

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/were-sorry-for-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene Hell in Upstate New York

I have several friends (and co-writers of this blog) evacuated and stuck in Middleburgh, New York tonight. Hurricane Irene has completely flooded Schoharie County - every road is closed; the Gilboa dam is in peril; thousands have fled and our farming communities have likely been destroyed.

This storm has completely overrun my friends and neighbors.

So, to everyone who is calling this storm a dud: please read about the plight of everyone in Upstate, New York, who is afraid of losing their homes and lives tonight - not to mention the very fabric of our daily living.

Please pray for everyone in Upstate, New York - especially my friends in Schoharie County - the co-writers of this very blog.

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/were-sorry-for-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-hurricane-irene-devastation-in.html

Obama’s Enablers: The Main Stream Media

An excellent piece:
As a rule, the press is the scourge of presidents. They’re expected to endure unending scrutiny, mistrust, and badgering—plus hostility if they’re Republicans—by a hectoring herd of reporters and commentators in the mainstream media. But there’s an exception to the rule: President Obama.

It’s counterintuitive, but Obama has been hurt by the media’s leniency. Both his presidency and reelection prospects have suffered. He’s grown lazy and complacent. The media have encouraged him to believe his speeches are irresistible political catnip, though they aren’t. His overreliance on words hasn’t helped.

The kind of media pressure that can cause a president to sharpen his game, act with urgency, or take bolder steps—that has never been applied to Obama. If it had, I suspect he’d be a more effective, disciplined, energetic, and popular president today. Ronald Reagan is a good role model in this regard. When the media attacked him over gaffes in the 1980 campaign, “Reagan responded like all competitive men by working to improve himself,” says Reagan historian Craig Shirley. “Experience taught him to be better and try harder.” He took this lesson into the White House.

I don’t want to exaggerate the media’s baneful influence on Obama. It’s hardly the main reason for his decline. It’s a secondary reason, and it continues to have an impact.

Absent pushing and prodding by the press, the Obama presidency has atrophied. His speeches are defensive and repetitive and filled with excuses. He passes the buck. With persistently high unemployment and a weak economy, Obama recently declared, in effect, “I have a plan. See you after my vacation.” The press doesn’t goad him to lead.
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Hurricane Irene Pictures

Some images from the hurricane ravaging the East Coast.

A boat:
Darkness sets in:
A house losing shingles:
Mickey Mouse gets wet:
Crashing waves:
The storm comes ashore:
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Radar Image of Irene Coming up East Coast

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Live Chris Christie News Conference on Hurricane Irene, August 28, 2011

The speech is supposed to start momentarily:


Streaming live video by Ustream
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Sweet Merciful Internet

As the founders of Pundit Press (Aurelius, Joe C., Mr. K, and Thomas) all live in central New York state, we've all been hit pretty hard by the rains of Hurricane Irene.  Where I live, at the moment, has had about 5" of rain so far today.  Our main street is mostly flooded, a small stream near our house is utterly flooded, and the large river a block away from my house is a few feet from flooding.  That would be really, really bad.

But here's the good news: we lost the internet early this morning and then power for several hours.  But now we have both!  I don't know how long we'll have it, though.

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Rebuilding Tripoli Begins

The Libyan rebels are taking control of more towns and villages than can be named, while Qaddafi's few remaining forces are dwindling every hour. But that doesn't mean the rebuilding/structuring of Tripoli isn't already underway.

Rebel forces have opened vital supply routes between Tripoli, and western cities to relieve the capital of water and food shortages, and the National Transitional Council has called on all police officers to return back to work next week.

Apparently, the law and order aspect of Libya's rebel leadership is very strong in all their considerations, which NATO should take great pleasure in hearing after fighting for the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi these past five months.

The hardest part is just beginning for Libyan rebels - rebuilding and governing, but if Tripoli is any example, western fears of Libya's demise might be greatly exaggerated.

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