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Saturday, October 22, 2011

What the... Steve Jobs 'Received a Late Night Phone Call from Bill Clinton Asking how to Handle Monica Lewinsky'

Okay then:
The no-holds barred biography of Steve Jobs has revealed that former president Bill Clinton consulted the Apple boss on what to do about his affair with Monica Lewinsky during a late night tete-a-tete.
Jobs reportedly replied: 'I don't know if you did it, but if so, you've got to tell the country.'

According to his biographer Walter Isaacson, after Jobs delivered his advice: 'There was silence on the other end of the line.'

Shortly after Jobs' death, Clinton spoke about his friendship with the Apple co-founder during an interview with Time's Managing Editor Richard Stengel.

Clinton said: 'When my daughter was at Stanford he got in touch with me, and said, ''It's hard to travel to see your child when you're President. I've got a place out in the country.

''You and Hillary can stay there and bring Chelsea and her friends there anytime you want to.'''
'He gave me a priceless gift: the opportunity to see my child while I was still a very public figure, so I'm highly biased in his favor. Plus, even I can work an iPad.'

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In case you didn't get the "Memo"...

In case you missed it: Count yourself "blessed".
Yesterday was October the 21st, 2011. A date, which the now thoroughly discredited Mr. Harold Camping had once again set as being the "End of the World" in an apocalyptic nightmare.

Yeah, we know... He said all this before; several times in fact; so who on earth could be taking him seriously?

Well, as the great showman P.T. Barnum used to say, "There's a sucker born every minute", and so there's never a short supply of those Johnny-come-lately "suckers" who Mr. Camping can spell-bind into his following. 

You must remember - His so-called "Family Radio" is still a very powerful medium, which he continues to use rather effectively. He's rather reminiscent of Adolph Hitler actually... continuing to issue orders to phantom armies, and lying propaganda messages to the German people from his Reich-stag bunker... even after all hope for his evil empire was crumbling around him. Like Hitler, Mr. Camping refuses to repent, let alone acknowledge his wrongs. No, he will not go until literally rooted out of his bunker. Needless to say: Such a man is most DANGEROUS.

Signs of Mr. Camping's megalomania and apostasy began to emerge long ago. Did you know he was once a "Teaching Elder" with a mainline Christian denomination? Yep, it's true! And I can tell you this: It's not easy to become a "Teaching Elder" with any mainline reformed Church. They're sticklers about such things as, oh... "sound doctrine", avoiding "vain speculations", and "prophetic prognostications". Yes, the Christian (Dutch) Reformed Churches... (at least used to be) very careful about such things.


So what happened? Well, Mr. Camping never attended a Seminary, neither was he trained in theology. No, he was/is an "engineer". And, well you know how "engineers" love to play with numbers! So it seems Mr. Camping could not stand what he perceived to be such disorder and lack of predictability in Biblical prophesy. Remember, engineers simply hate not being able to crunch-out all of the numbers and make it all fit to their satisfaction! 

What is it with these "engineers" now-a-days, anyway?! Harold Camping is certainly not the first to try their slide-rules at "rapture-ratios"; you have guys like Chuck Missler, and "88 Reasons Why the End will come in 1988" - Edgar Whisenant, just to name the more prominent ones. They ALL have brought discredit upon Christ, Christianity, and real Biblical teaching with their repeatedly failed prognostications!

Don't they understand that God is also talking to them when He states....
"...my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."  (Isa 55:8-9)

You just can't figure God out with a slide rule and/or super-computer folks!

I think the seriousness of what these men & women have done, and continue to do cannot be better underscored than by the fact that under Old Testament law, they were to be immediately taken out and stoned to death for even ONE failed "prophecy"; and yet these folks have continued to perpetrate many...and that, for a sizable profit! (cha-ching)!
Thankfully, we live in the age of grace, where instead of stoning, we excommunicate such persons from the life of the Church, and so declare to the world they are in fact "false prophets".

Howbeit, the world hardly listens anymore... and few Churches have the ecclesiastical "manhood" to kick-out such "Pop Culture Prophets".

Men like Mr. Camping are not satisfied with being told - "The SECRET things belong to the Lord..." (Deut. 29:29) And where it concerns the time & date of Christ's return; that is definitely "secret". Jesus himself made that abundantly clear when he said: "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." (Mat 24:36 ESV)

It is to the eternal credit of the Alameda Christian Reformed Church that they carried out Matthew 18:15-20 with Mr. Camping. And though he refused to heed scriptural Church discipline as laid down by Christ himself; no-one can say that they did not earnestly try to correct this man of his errors and restore him to fellowship.

Mr. Camping of course had been allowed to go on for far too long, and only balked at their attempts to reconcile him to the truth. And it was at this point that he was "defrocked", and removed from his teaching position with them. 

He of course left, in a huff, and by no "coincidence" first began announcing the "End of the Church age" that very day...May 21st, 1988.

Sound familiar? Oh yeah, the Church of Christ is "apostate" now because HE, and his aberrant doctrines are no longer welcome there! Ah yes...shades of Joseph Smith (Mormonism), and Charles Taze Russell (Jehovah's Witnesses), rise up again... False prophets just HATE "accountability", don't ya know. ;)

There's really much more to tell in this story... for those of you "engineers" out there who simply must have all of the dirty details... look here... The Gordian Knot

For me to say more on the particulars than what Pastor Gordon (who knows the intimate details better than I) has to say, would be redundant at this point.


Suffice it to say, yet another false prophet and his false prognostications has come & gone; and the world will hopefully be a better, wiser place for it.

And for those of you who may have gotten "caught-up"... Oh garsk! There I go with those painful puns! I'm sorry, forgive me.. it's not the "end of the world" for me to pun is it? Ooops! I did it again! :-o

Well anyway, for those of you who did indeed get suckered-in by Mr. Camping's scripture twisting prognostications; I do feel sorry for you. But I really must ask the painful question: "Didn't you get the 'memo' on this guy?"

No? Well let me see... Ah yes, here its is!

"Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will NOT come, unless the rebellion (apostasy) comes first, and The Man of Lawlessness (sin) is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God." (2Th 2:1-4)

As this quote from the Apostle Paul reveals, wanna-be "prophets" and prognosticators of the return of Christ and the End times have been with us since early Church times. They are nothing new, though admittedly expected to become more prevalent as the true time of Christ's return nears. All the more reason we should take earnest heed to warnings such as Paul issued us above. That Day CANNOT come until AFTER the great apostasy occurs, and The Man of Sin aka "Anti-Christ" is revealed fully for all to see! And when THAT happens, that's when you can begin to look-up with expectancy for His return will be happening at any time.

The happy conclusion of this is: Christ will assuredly come, but NOT until after the "Man of Sin" is fully revealed, at which point Christ will return, and utterly destroy him, and his followers.
It's a promise Christ made, through his true Apostles and not the Harold Campings of the world...

"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming..." (2Th 2:8)

Until that blessed day comes, I pray you will hold fast to that form of sound doctrine Christ and his Apostles taught (in the New testament), and not be soon shaken in your understanding and faith by false prophets such as Mr. Harold Camping. (Rom. 6:17; Rev. 3:3)

And if you should need help with understanding any of this, please feel free to contact me. Any and all genuine inquiries will be welcomed.

God bless you one & all.

The Paladin

Analyst: New US Debt Downgrade Is Coming In Just A Few Weeks

We expect a moderate slowdown in the beginning of next year, as two small policy shocks—another debt downgrade and fiscal tightening—hit the economy. The “not-so-super” Deficit Commission is very unlikely to come up with a credible deficit-reduction plan. The committee is more divided than the overall Congress. Since the fall-back plan is sharp cuts in discretionary spending, the whole point of the Committee is to put taxes and entitlements on the table. However, all the Republican members have signed the Norquist “no taxes” pledge and with taxes off the table it is hard to imagine the liberal Democrats on the Committee agreeing to significant entitlement cuts. The credit rating agencies have strongly suggested that further rating cuts are likely if Congress does not come up with a credible long-run plan. Hence, we expect at least one credit downgrade in late November or early December when the super Committee crashes.
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Video of Gaddafi's Very Last Moments of Life

Warning, graphic:

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Rubio Birther Conspiracy Debunked

After their hysterical claims against Barack Obama were debunked earlier this year, birthers have started to focus their guns on Senator Marco Rubio (R), who they claim is ineligible to serve as President, because of the "natural born citizen" clause of the Constitution.

Apparently, according to the birthers, centuries of legal understanding have cemented the legal doctrine that "natural born" means you were born to two citizens on U.S. soil, and that anything else falls short of muster.

I'm not exactly sure where to begin, but they are absolutely incorrect, again, in their convoluted birth theory.

We need look no further then the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1 to the Constitution: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States". The 14th amendment was passed after the Civil War to guarantee citizenship for former slaves, but it also defines who qualifies as natural born.

Considering Senator Marco Rubio was born in the United States in 1971 to two legal immigrants, who had lived in the United States for more than fifteen years and were undergoing the process of naturalization, thus revoking any and all Cuban jurisdiction, I think it's safe to say the latest target of birther aggression is off the hook.

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Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Dead

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died, according to a United States official. The Crown Prince was thought to be in his 80s.
CNN continues:
Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died, a State Department official told CNN on Friday.

There were no more immediate details about his death.

Crown Prince Sultan, thought to be in his 80s, was the minister of defense, and was one of the top figures in the Saudi kingdom. He's had various medical issues in recent years.

In 2009, he was in New York for surgery for an undisclosed illness. At the time, there was speculation that he had been suffering from a serious illness.

He has also flown to Morocco for more medical treatments.
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Russia: Gaddafi Death Illegal

From the Independent:
As politicians in Western capitals were taking quiet pleasure in the capture and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi yesterday, opinions elsewhere were divided.

In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Geneva Conventions had been breached with the killing of Colonel Gaddafi.

"We have to lean on facts and international laws," Mr Lavrov said. "They say that a captured participant of an armed conflict should be treated in a certain way. And in any case, a prisoner of war should not be killed."

Russia has been critical of Nato military action in Libya, saying that it has gone well beyond the stated mission of saving civilian life. The main concern for Moscow now is whether the new Libyan authorities will honour contracts signed by the Gaddafi regime. As well as the oil and arms trade, Russian Railways had secured a £2bn contract to construct a railway line between Sirte and Benghazi. Moscow recognised the National Transitional Council as the official government of Libya last month and said it expected all existing contracts to be honoured.

China, which like Russia abstained in the Security Council vote on whether to use force against Colonel Gaddafi's troops, was quicker yesterday to change its tune. Beijing initially refused to support the rebels and had been highly critical of the bombing campaign. But as realities on the ground altered, in recent weeks the Chinese government had started to engage with the rebel movement.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Perry Releases Solid Attack Ad on Mitt Romney

Mr. K, if you didn't have dial up, you should see this:

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Irony: Occupy Wall Street Destroying Obama ‘Recovery’ Narrative

Crazed liberals hurting their liberal leader:
Until now, much of the analysis of the political impact of the Occupy Wall Street protests has focused on whether they can get Americans to blame Wall Street instead of the administration for the state of the economy, or whether the Democrats will marginalize themselves by wholeheartedly embracing a bunch of loons who poop on police cars and sneak into others’ tents to sniff their feet.

But maybe we’ve been missing another ripple effect from the protests, and more broadly, the “We Are the 99 Percent” argument showcasing tales of economic woe: In this environment, it makes it all but impossible for Obama or any other Democrat to argue that the economy is in recovery and that better times are just over the horizon. Obama’s election was heavily driven by the sudden onset of economic hard times; now he cannot really argue that we have recovered (at least not in a way most Americans can feel) and he can’t argue that a real recovery is just around the corner.

President Obama already knows he’s almost certainly going to be in a tough spot on the “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” question. But even worse for him, he now can’t argue that his policies just need a bit more time, and that 2013 will see the significant recovery Americans have been waiting for. The one indisputable message of the OWS/We Are the 99 Percent crowd is that economic opportunities are few and far between and that the basic goals of modern American life — getting a good education, finding a job, providing for one’s family, buying a house, being able to afford insurance and take care of one’s health — seem increasingly difficult or even impossible. Even Americans who have education, jobs, houses, and health insurance see the daily coverage of the protests and are reminded of their own economic anxieties.

That’s about as far from a “stay the course” message as you can imagine, and toxic for any cry of “four more years.”
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The Case Against Herman Cain

I remember listening to Herman Cain speak about 18 months ago.  After his speech, he walked off the stage only to return a few seconds later and mentioned that a "dark horse" just may be running for president.  I told everyone and anyone who would listen; Herman Cain was the man to be POTUS. 

When he officially announced his candidacy, I drove all night to get to Atlanta to watch it live.  Again, I told everyone and anyone; Herman is the man.  Well, time has passed and I realize just how wrong I was. 

The majority of his appearances on Fox News Sunday have been a disaster.  At the time I was willing to give him a pass on not knowing or understanding the Palestinian desire for the right of return to agree to a two state solution.  I was thinking, I didn't understand how he didn't know what it was, but OK, it was one gaffe.  You fix it, then you move on. 

We then can move onto another gaffe of his saying he wouldn't allow a Muslim in his cabinet.  I do understand what he meant, but he certainly didn't make it clear that he was specifically referring to people who believed that bringing forms of Sharia to the United States was a good thing.  His actual statement made him sound like a bigot.  Again, you fix it and you move on. 

Then he starts talking about the mosque in Tennessee that some are opposed to building.  He stated that communities can decide for themselves if they want to allow a mosque to be built.  He even went as far as to use a liberal talking point to make his case.  During this interview with Fox News Sunday he went to say this is how he would solve problems as president.  The problem is that he never spoke to those in the community that were not opposed to building of the center.  We already have a president who surrounds himself with people who agree with him and tell him what he already believes.  Do we really want another one? 

We now can move onto this latest statements on abortion.  I personally don't vote based on the abortion issue.  But, many in the conservative base do.  For some, it is a deal breaker.  Rick Santorum made his view on Herman's statement very clear.  He either believes that life begins at conception or he doesn't.  You don't get to say it is not life if it is conceived during rape or incest but life all the rest of the time.  Life is life.  There is no other way around it. 

We also have heard that he would entertain trading Gitmo prisoners for a captured soldier like Israel sometimes does.  Really?  How many soldier's lives would be put into danger if the U.S. started to dealing with terrorists in this fashion?  Is KSM one he would trade?  This statement is so incredibly stupid, I can't even come up with the words to describe my disappointment. 

I have met Mr. Cain on several occasions.  I think he is a good man who truly has the best interests of this country at heart.  He wants to see his children and grandchildren to have the same opportunities at the American dream that he was able to have.  He is a very smart man who possess very good business skills.  But, that does not make him capable of being President of the United States.  He isn't even really capable of getting the VP nod.  There are plenty of cabinet positions that he would be very well suited for. 

The conservatives can not and should not entertain the idea of putting a man on the ticket who doesn't have the proper qualifications to do the job, especially when one of the main arguments against Obama is that he isn't up to the job.  The American people deserve  better.  We deserve a president that is capable.  Herman Cain is not that man. 
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Death by Secret Order or Euthanasia by the Backdoor

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders have been around for a while. Everyone admitted to my service is questioned regarding their wishes pertaining to DNR. That is would they want cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed on them in the event their heart were to stop or they were to stop breathing. Many are unsure having never considered such a scenario and this line of discussion opens up an area of consideration for patients to think about even after discharge. Some however, are clear that they would want no extraordinary life sustaining procedures regardless of potential outcome. It all gets down to the ethical principal of a patients autonomy. That is, informed consent. Patients have the right to make decisions regarding their medical care even if I don't like them.

With this in mind, it comes as quite a shock to learn that physicians in England were routinely writing DNR orders on patients without any discussion, whatsoever, with either the patient or their families.

This is beyond obscene!

The orders – which record an advance decision that a patient's life should not be saved if their heart stops – are routinely being applied without the knowledge of the patient or their relatives.

On one ward, one-third of DNR orders were issued without consultation with the patient or their family, according to the NHS's own records. At another hospital, junior doctors freely admitted that the forms were filled out by medical teams without the involvement of patients or relatives.

Under medical guidelines, the orders should only be issued after senior staff have discussed the matter with the patient's family. A form, signed by two doctors, is then placed in the patient's notes to record what decision was taken.

The findings emerged in spot checks of 100 hospitals undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), an official watchdog, earlier this year.

A charity for the elderly said the disclosures were evidence of "euthanasia by the backdoor," with potentially-lethal notices being placed on the files of patients simply because they were old and frail.
In one case DNR paperwork had been twice placed in a patients chart by physicians in spite of her explicit wishes to remain a "full code". It is irrelevant that there was a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer or that she was only 63.

Patients with acute myocardial infarctions aren't protected either,

In 2009, heart attack victim Peter Clarke was left to die at Derby Hospitals Trust after clerical staff inserted a DNR form into his notes.

Although the document was blank, nursing staff making handover notes misinterpreted it, and said the widower, who had been admitted suffering heart disease and flu-like symptoms, should not be resuscitated if his condition worsened.

When he suffered a heart attack, nurses did not call doctors to revive him. An hour too late they realised the DNR order was blank.

Last year an inquest into his death found staff had been "routinely" placing the forms in medical records before they had been signed and witnessed. The trust stopped the policy, and said it was not aware other patients had been affected.

The dossier of cases was gathered by Action on Elder Abuse because it believes that the NHS inspectorate is uncovering widespread failings, yet doing little to protect elderly patients in immediate danger – and nothing to highlight the misuse of DNR notices.

Gary Fitzgerald, the charity's chief executive said: "We believe that there is a real danger here that we are seeing euthanasia by default and by the back door.

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Watch Obama Iraq Speech Live Video

President Obama will be speaking soon:

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Bachmann Campaign Implodes in New Hampshire

Michele Bachmann's faltering 2012 campaign imploded earlier today in New Hampshire when her entire paid staff "quit en masse," according to the Politico. Apparently, her former staffers were frustrated with the way things have been going, because they were going to leave earlier, but decided against it.

I really don't have any comments on the story, because her campaign never had a chance in the centrist state and her presidential bid is becoming so far fetched that it's almost not worth it to even discuss her anymore. I might sound cruel, but so do the polls out of every firm showcasing her drop from the top tier to the island of misfits.

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Senate Rejects Ayotte Amendment Prohibiting Civilian Trials for Terrorists

The United States Senate voted late last night on whether to prohibit civilian trials of enemy combatants (the Ayotte Amendment) and the results followed typically along party lines, with few exceptions: it was rejected 52-47 with Democrats Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson siding with Ayotte and with Republicans Mark Kirk and Rand Paul siding against her.

The vote is disappointing, considering we have seen numerous civilian trials of terrorists quickly deteriorate, but what is more saddening from a political standpoint is the opposition of Rand Paul, who was supposed to be saner than his father on foreign affairs, oppose this commonsense amendment in a time of authorized war.

But don't worry - the Obama Administration cannot use this to hold civilian trials for Gitmo detainees, due to Congress prohibiting any funds being spent to house them on U.S. soil last year. It just means if there's a plot by al-Qaida terrorists on education visa's to bring down the Sears Tower and we stop them in time, we can't stop Eric Holder from treating them like common thieves.

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P.S. - What do you say to the Republicans trading Rand Paul for Joe Lieberman? I'm game.

OWS Support Crumbling from Inside; "Look Up Hypocrite in the Dictionary, F***wit!"

With "Occupy Wall Street" now over one month old with no coherent plan or demands, it is not surprising that the movement is now faltering.  However, the collapse is coming from a slightly unexpected source: inside the movement itself.

Already there are reports of rampant thievery and rape.  More telling, however, is the in-fighting all over the Occupy Wall Street forum and another, separate website called "The Multitude."

Most stark is the fact that Occupy Wall Street says that it stands for Democracy, yet those with dissenting opinions are castigated and ridiculed, while being told that they "don't count."  Take this comment, for example, on a thread entitled, Maybe OWS is not for me?:
Considering that these people supposed support the "99%," it is exceedingly hypocritical for them to only think a small gathering at the "head" of the group are the most important.

In a post entitled Profiting From Protesting, one person decried making money off of the protests, arguing that they should not both argue against capitalism yet make money off of it.  One enraged OWS member angrily responded (obscenities blurred):
In another section, one user complains that they helped OWS protest for an entire day, yet came away disillusioned at the incredible self-centeredness of the movement.  In agreement, many commenters added opinions like this:
And in yet another, moderators are deleting comments from OWS supporters that do not preceisely toe the line of their movement.  The person writes:
I just pointed out an uncomfortable truth about Occupy Wall Street's finances, and the message was immediately deleted. I would actually consider it censorship.
The movement has become so fragmented that there are actually people calling for an alliance with... the Tea Party and Conservatives:
It looks like the problems are multiplying for Occupy Wall Street, and they're the ones doing it.

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Video- Pulled Attack Ad Against Perry

Somebody recorded CNN when they ran the ad, so despite the fact that the Romney campaign took this video down, it has been re-uploaded to YouTube:

There are a couple of seconds missing from the ad, but it's almost all there.

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Over Ten Democrats Break Rank With Leaders, Vote for Republican Jobs Bill; Bill Still Fails

Oh, wait, I thought it was Republicans being obstructionist:
Similarly, senators blocked a Republican-backed proposal to repeal a 3% withholding requirement for all government contractors. Businesses have decried it as burdensome.

The measure was part of Obama's broad jobs package and has Democratic supporters. However, Democrats and Republicans disagreed over how to offset the costs of eliminating the withholding. Senate blocked the bill by a 57-43 vote.
After the bill nearly passed, with strong bi-partisan support, Obama whined:
"Every American deserves an explanation as to why Republicans refuse to step up to the plate and do what's necessary to create jobs and grow the economy right now."
Obviously no one bothered to tell him that Democrats blocked the bill and Mr. Obama wasn't bright enough to do the research himself.

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Imperial Republics Fall

Historians spend their life looking backwards.  Futurists spend their life looking forward.  My goal has been to blend the two disciplines into one seamless endeavor.   
When I was studying to become a Historian I came to a point where I had to declare a field of special study. This is where my obsession with current events intersected with my love for History.  This is when I realized that current events are the forever unfolding always receding conveyor belt of reality.  This is when I first verbalized the perception that as the future slides into the present and the present slides into the past our lives are the history of the future.   Therefore in my writings I seek to frame the flow of today with knowledge of yesterday to create a window into tomorrow. 
History tells us that Imperial Republics fall.  We have the examples of AthensRomeVenice and the various republics of Renaissance Italy and of course the First Republic of France which was birthed in blood and died in fire.  The siren song of empire has seduced republics down through history to trade in their freedom for power which eventually cost them both their freedom and the power. the example always deferred to of a republic that allowed empire to stifle freedom.  The list however does not end there, we can look at and all the other grasping Greek republics that followed her.  We have  
Is it time to re-think America’s international military commitments?  Though settled by European kingdoms seeking empires the United States wasn’t founded to become an empire.  Individuals fought against the empire building tyrants until their determination and resolve won independence against all odds.  Then, although the world was filled with despotic kings, our Framers gave us a Republic.  However, it is worth remembering the exchange that took place between Ben Franklin, the elder statesman of the Constitutional Convention and an unknown woman.  As he left Independence Hall he was asked, “Well Doctor what we have got a republic or a monarchy?”   Appealing to his legendary wit Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”   We and our ancestors have been blessed by the Republic for hundreds of years.  We’ve benefited from the liberty to live our lives and pursue our happiness.  Now we’ve arrived at the “if you can keep it” phase of our journey. 
At the cost of hundreds of billions and thousands of lives we doubled-down in Afghanistan.  At the cost of over a trillion and thousands of lives we conquered Iraq and deposed Saddam.  We spearheaded the bombing campaign in Libya.  Our drones strike suspected enemies far and near.  Troops have been dispatched to central Africa.  And the perennial war drums still beat at the very mention of Iran. 
We have sent our fellow citizens to fight long hard slogs in countries whose names are the very synonym for Quagmire.  As our economy was being outsourced, our debt monetized, and our infrastructure crumbled we meekly followed our leaders deeper into thankless nation-building campaigns in nation after nation including one that’s resisted and foiled every empire from Alexander to Moscow.   
Instead of using our cruise missiles and stealth capabilities we fell into the trap announced and laid by Bin Laden.  Whose strategy was as Lawrence Wright told us in his seminal book Looming Towers to, “lure America into the same trap the Soviets had fallen into: Afghanistan.”  How did he plan to do it?  “To continually attack until the U.S. forces invaded; then the mujahedeen would swarm upon them and bleed them until the entire American empire fell from its wounds. It had happened to Great Britain and to the Soviet Union. He was certain it would happen to America.” 
There were twists and turns on our journey from republic to empire. 
George Washington warned us to avoid foreign entanglements.  Thomas Jefferson outlined the essential principles of our government which included this advice concerning foreign affairs, “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations entangling alliances with none.”   
For more than one hundred years we concentrated on using our liberty to build a mighty nation.  Then the temptation of empire captured the American imagination in the 1890s, a time when Europe was rushing to gobble up the last places open for colonization or carving up those areas unsuited for colonies into spheres of influence.  Under President McKinley the United States entered the scramble for colonies in the Spanish-American War winning Puerto Pico and the Philippines 
Teddy Roosevelt followed McKinley walking softly while carrying a big stick in the form of the Great White Fleet and multiple intrusions into the sovereignty of Latin American countries.  After being re-elected on the promise to keep America neutral President Wilson proclaimed America must fight World War I to “Make the World Safe for Democracy.”  An adventure which cost over 300, 000 casualties and which actually expanded the empires of England, France, and Japan.  After the war, the Congress of the United States re-asserted control by rejecting the international entanglements of the League of Nations Treaty returning to the traditional American foreign policy of freedom of trade and freedom of action.   
Under FDR America fought an undeclared naval war against Germany in 1940 and 41 and imposed draconian embargoes against Japan prior to Pearl Harbor.  Once we were attacked we had to defend ourselves.  However, when World War II ended not with the defeat of totalitarianism but instead with the expansion of it in Eastern Europe the guiding light of American foreign policy seems to have been permanently extinguished.  As the British Empire sailed into the sunset we filled the void taking up the role of leader of the West in the Cold War.   For forty-six years we faced the Soviets until they collapsed.  Then instead of coming home we spread our wings even further embracing Eastern Europe promising to send young Americans to fight for Estonia and Slovakia among others, and so the sun never set upon the American Empire. 
Not only is it against the founding principles of America to establish and maintain an empire of far-flung outposts, we cannot afford to be the Policeman of the world.  We cannot afford to build nations for people who don’t want them. How did a peaceful nation of free citizens become the advocate of pre-emptive attack and endless occupation?  How much blood and treasure will we invest in Iraq, and what will be the result?  A Shi’a ally for Iran.  The war in Afghanistan was obviously defensive and retaliatory in nature given the Taliban’s support for Al Qaeda.  But ten years later what’s it all about?  Are we really dedicated to building a modern nation for tribal people who have no sense of nationhood?  Or have we walked into the same trap that brought the Soviets to their knees? 
Currently the United States has armed forces in over 130 countries.  We’re committed to defend most of these countries against aggression.  Where were all these allies on 9-11?  Where are they in Afghanistan?   Why do we have treaties binding us to go to war to defend those who refuse to support us when we’re attacked?  If these policies are counter-productive are there any alternatives? 
Close the foreign bases and bring our troops home.  Station them on the border to protect us from the on-going invasion of illegal immigrants who’re overloading our systems.  We can seal and secure the mountainous border between the Koreas and we can secure our own borders if we have the wisdom and the will.  If we need to project American power use the carrier battle-groups designed for that purpose.  Protect America and rebuild our infrastructure instead of everyone else’s.  When asked what to do with the American Military after World War I Will Rogers said, “Get 'em all home, add to their number, add to their training, then just sit tight with a great feeling of security and just read about foreign wars. That's the best thing in the world to do with them.”   
If we want to save the Republic we need to lose the empire or we can cling to the empire and lose both. 
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 © 2011 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Flashback: The Left on Saddam's Capture

Many on the Left are celebrating the capture and death of Muammar Qaddafi. Even the liberal Daily Kos is beside itself.

But how did the Left respond to the capture of a far more dangerous dictator with far more blood on his hands in 2003? Well, it wasn't the same way.

Let's take Kos, circa 2003:
Isn't EVERY SINGLE ONE of these complaints what happened since under the Obama Administration?

Or Howard Dean, then running for President, lambasting the Bush Administration for taking months to capture Hussein... and saying that the United States was not safer:
The Susan Rice referenced in the article? Became one of Obama's top foreign policy advisers and was his choice as the US Ambassador to the UN.

Meanwhile, Oliver North's book War Stories helps chronicle the press reaction. Of course, almost every press outlet has been claiming another smashing success for Obama, but played a different tune in December 2003:
Or Washington Congressman Jim McDermott, who visited Saddam's Iraq to argue against toppling him. Well, of course the whole thing was staged:
Pressed by Mr. Ross about whether he meant that the timing of the capture was driven by politics, Mr. McDermott said: “I don’t know that it was definitely planned on this weekend, but I know they’ve been in contact with people all along who knew basically where he was. It was just a matter of time till they’d find him.

“It’s funny, when they’re having all this trouble, suddenly they have to roll out something.”

The congressman made the remarks on the day the president fired back at Howard Dean, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential primaries, for suggesting that he had advance knowledge of the September 11 attacks.

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RFK Jr.'s War on Natural Gas

Robert F. Kennedy Jr should be removed from Governor Coumo's High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel immediately.

I and the other panelists are charged with developing recommendations to the Commissioner regarding rules that will hopefully safeguard New Yorkers from the kind of calamities caused by the natural gas industry to communities just across our border with Pennsylvania. We spend much of our time sorting truth from the web of myths spun about fracking by fast talking landsmen, smarmy CEOs, and federal regulators.

It is clear that he is incapable of putting politics aside and performing the task with any sort of professional integrity.

Today the Huffington Post published an opinion article by Mr. Kennedy whose first sentence should be enough to disqualify him as any sort of serious thinker. "Superb investigative journalism by the New York Times has brought the paper under attack by the natural gas industry." What a crock. This supposed journalism "has been slammed by everyone from the super-environmentalist/founder of the biggest enviro organization in PA/Former DEP secretary John Hanger, to the New York Times own ombudsman."(see comment section) This is agenda driven journalism being conducted at the NYT and the failure of Mr. Kennedy to grasp this fact or even concern himself enough to do a little research of his own should be cause for serious concern on the part of Governor Cuomo that his Advisory Panel has ulterior motives and are not the least bit interested in seeing that hydraulic fracturing is done safely, only that it isn't done at all.

Citing the NYT Drilling Down series as the first and final word on hydraulic fracturing is nearsighted enough, but he further attempts to insult our intelligence by citing an Cornell study whose results have been refuted by two subsequent studies, implying a link to increased incidents of breast cancer when no link has been made. He compares apples to oranges when stating an 80% reduction in Marcellus shale has reserves, treats allegations by the anti-gas community as fact and makes claims that he appears to have created out of thin air.

As I have said previously, Robert F Kennedy Jr was right in 2009.

Natural gas comes with its own set of environmental caveats. It is a carbon-based fuel and is extraction from shale, the most significant new source, if not managed carefully, can cause serious water, land use, and wildlife impacts, especially in the hands of irresponsible producers and lax regulators. But those impacts are dwarfed by the disastrous holocaust of coal and can be mitigated by careful regulation.

The giant advantage of a quick conversion from coal to gas is the quickest route for jumpstarting our economy and saving our planet.

New Yorkers deserve a fair and honest accounting on the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing from those in positions of authority. It would seem that Mr. Kennedy has a difficult time with both of these virtues. Might I suggest that he recuse his position on the High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel and head back to Cape Cod where I am confident someone right now is working on a plan erect a wind farm in the middle of Nantucket Sound!

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Occupy Portland Protester Dances On Soldiers' Monument

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WTF: Obscure 80s Sitcom Predicted Gaddafi Would Die in 2011

This is a clip from the pilot of "Second Chance." This scene happens in "2011." The Gaddafi part of the clip begins at 2:19. In the end, no surprise, Gaddafi goes to Hell and is sentenced to be "wired as a human bomb" and will explode every two minutes for all eternity.

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Dem Congressman Bashes Obama After Announcing Retirement

Biggest hit: Obama's ego-
Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., announced his retirement from Congress this afternoon -- and he issued a scathing parting shot at President Obama's track record on his way out.

In a statement explaining his decision, Cardoza, a leader of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, said he was "dismayed" by the administration's "failure to understand and effectively address the current housing foreclosure crisis."

"Home foreclosures are destroying communities and crushing our economy, and the Administration's inaction is infuriating," Cardoza said.

A former chairman of the moderate Blue Dog Caucus, Cardoza also bemoaned the increasing partisanship in Washington, and blamed the media for fueling the ideological divide in the country, not giving enough attention to moderates.

Cardoza is the sixth member -- all Democrats -- to announce plans to retire outright so far. He's also the third member of the Blue Dog Caucus to head for the exits -- joining fellow moderate Reps. Dan Boren, D-Okla., and Mike Ross, D-Ark.

The five-term congressman had become an increasingly-vocal critic of his own party's leadership in recent months, fueled by the skyrocketing unemployment in his Central Valley district. He's previously criticized the administration on its handling of the foreclosure crisis - but it's rare to see a departing congressman blast the president in an official statement.
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Gaddafi's Last Words: "What did I ever do to you?"

Killed today, Muammar Gaddafi's reported last words, spoken to a rebel fighter, were, "What did I ever do to you?"
Gaddafi (Left) Right Before Being Killed
That from an authoritarian leader who also helped to kill hundreds in the Lockerbie bombing. On the bright side, he's roasting in hell as we speak.

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Yours truly has gotten a little behind on his next article, but for the moment everyone who passes by this spot MUST take just one minute thirty-one seconds and watch this video (courtesy of POWERLINE):  “OH, THIS IS GOOD”. Enjoy.

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Watch Live: President Obama's Speech on Gaddafi Death, October 20, 2011

Mr. Obama is scheduled to speak at 2:00pm:

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"I Hope He's in Hell With Hitler": Terror Victims Mark Qaddafi's Demise

The death of Muammar Qaddafi came as a comfort for many people around the world. But for those that were direct victims of his terror, it was a day to remember. The Jerusalem Post has an article showing the feeling of "justice served":

"I hope he's in hell with Hitler," said Kathy Tedeschi, whose first husband, Bill Daniels, was among the 270 people killed in the 1988 bombing of PanAm Flight 103.

"I saw it on the TV when I was ... [at the gym], I just can't stop crying, I am so thrilled," said Tedeschi, 62, who had three children with Daniels. "I am sure [Gaddafi] was the one who pushed to have this done, the bombing."

Good riddance!

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Watch Obama Speech on Qaddafi Death Video Live

Right here at 2pm:

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Look Out, Assad. You're Next!

The death of former dictator Muammar Qaddafi certainly is good news. It's also been a long time coming. Qaddafi had killed hundreds of Americans and Britons, and plotted terrorist plots on different continents. His demise was one that he would have been ashamed of, and his corpse being dragged by the former oppressed is a fitting tribute.

But the job's not done. In Libya, there are serious doubts whether or not the major factions that overthrew the Colonel can build a pluralistic democracy. It's up in the air right now and may not be settled for a decade.

And then there's Syria. Bashar al-Assad, Ba'athist coutnerpart to Saddam Hussein, is still clinging to power. Assad is responsible for mass killings of civilians on a much higher number than Qaddafi's response to the Libyan revolution. Qaddafi killed hundreds and threatened to kills thousands. Assad killed thousands and will likely kill tens of thousands if not checked.

Assad is a monster. He has killed American troops and Israeli civilians. He has played host to Hezbollah and aided Hamas and other groups. He is the key ally of Iran and even built its own plutonium reactor (for peaceful purposes, I'm sure). His intelligence services prolonged the Iraq War and aided terror groups in the murder of not only American and international troops, but thousands of Iraqi civilians.

Now is Assad's time to go. He won't go willingly, although it may be better in a way if he did. But it's time to throw down the gauntlet. Assad and his family must leave Syria or face NATO's firepower. The Sunnis and Kurds of Syria are calling for his head. Protests are giving way to armed struggle.

We rightfully punished Qaddafi for his crimes against humanity. It's time to finish the job, this time in Damascus.

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Qaddafi Corpse Photo

A new picture of his corpse has been released:

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Video of Qaddafi's Last Moments


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Muammar Qaddafi Is Dead

After seven long months of hard fighting by Rebels on the ground and NATO in the air, with the liberation of Libya from the dictatorship of a "mad dog", the ultimate victory has been accomplished in Libya this morning: Muammar Qaddafi was killed during the fall of his hometown Sirte.

As someone who has closely followed this military uprising since March, I am left without words to describe the emotions of victory welling up inside of me. To think that the Rebels were at the point of massacre before NATO intervened in Benghazi and destroyed Qaddafi's air force, and now they have won their country back is amazing.

Obviously, the Rebels have lots of work to do when it comes to instituting a new government - one I hope is reflective of liberal, pluralistic values and not dogmatic, islamic morals - but they have aided the world in one way that we should always be thankful for: ending the four decade reign of Qaddafi, who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and Britons.

Qaddafi Death Photo

Former Libyan Dictator Muammar Qaddafi is dead:

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Qaddafi Death Video

The death of a douche:

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Gaddafi Killed Video

The death of a douche:

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Muammar Gaddafi wounded, captured in Sirte

Early reports coming out of Libya indicate that Muammar Gaddafi has been severely wounded and captured in his home town of Sirte.

Field commander Mohemmed Buras Ali Al-Maknee told Xinhua that a group of fighters from the western Libyan city of Misrata captured Gaddafi, who was severely injured, in Sirte.

Sirte is Gaddafi's birthplace.

Gaddafi has been taken away by a military helicopter to an unknown place, Al-Maknee said.

Gaddafi, who came to power in Libya in 1969, was overthrown in an uprising that began in February.

The Libyan television also reported that Gaddafi has been captured, but the report has not yet been officially confirmed by the NTC.

Mahmoud Shamman, information minister of the interim government, did not confirm the news, but told CNN that "a big fish" had been captured.

"It's a big victory for the Libyan people... it's a big fish," Shamman said in the capital city of Tripoli.

Other reports said the fallen leader was injured in both legs.
This is yet to be confirmed but is now being reported by multiple sites. Stay tuned
The Huffington Post is reporting that Gaddafi may in fact have been killed in the fighting, while Fox News reports that "He has been captured. He is badly wounded, but is still breathing."
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What the... Nearly Half of OWS Believe Bank Bailouts were Necessary

What do these people believe in?! You know, other than stupidity:
What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas.

Sixty-five percent say that government has a moral responsibility to guarantee all citizens access to affordable health care, a college education, and a secure retirement—no matter the cost. By a large margin (77%-22%), they support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, but 58% oppose raising taxes for everybody, with only 36% in favor. And by a close margin, protesters are divided on whether the bank bailouts were necessary (49%) or unnecessary (51%).
These people are calling on people to "Eat the Rich."  And yet half of them support giving money to bankers?
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What the... Nearly Half of OWS Believe Bank Bailouts were Necessary

What do these people believe in?! You know, other than stupidity:
What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas.

Sixty-five percent say that government has a moral responsibility to guarantee all citizens access to affordable health care, a college education, and a secure retirement—no matter the cost. By a large margin (77%-22%), they support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, but 58% oppose raising taxes for everybody, with only 36% in favor. And by a close margin, protesters are divided on whether the bank bailouts were necessary (49%) or unnecessary (51%).
These people are calling on people to "Eat the Rich."  And yet half of them support giving money to bankers?
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