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Friday, October 19, 2012

Peace in Our Time; Obama and Chamberlain

“When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.“  George Santayana

In the most classic case of appeasement in history,  Hitler demanded in 1938 that Czechoslovakia cede part of its territory to Germany, (the Sudetenland which contained a majority of Germans). When Czechoslovakia refused, Germany prepared for for war. Fearing a major war, Neville Chamberlain, then prime Minister of Britain, forced Czechoslovakia to agree to give up this part of its territory. He then travelled to Munich for a meeting of Germany, Italy, Britain and France, (Czechoslovakia was excluded from the meeting) where an agreement was signed on Sept 30, 1938, leading Chamberlain to boast that he had averted war.

Fear of war was very high in Britain.  The tremendous toll of World War 1 was still a recent memory. The lethal terror of German bombers had been demonstrated at Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. And so when Chamberlain announced the agreement, and said that he had brought about “peace for our time” his actions were very popular.

While the British people were cheering, the lesson for Hitler  was that he had a free hand and did not have to fear retaliation from Britain or France. This led him to subsequently be far more aggressive, and the  combination of Hitler’s aggression and Britain’s appeasement set the stage for World War 2

After Chamberlain's return to Britain he told parliament that “The real triumph is that it has shown that representatives of four great Powers can find it possible to agree on a way of carrying out a difficult and delicate operation by discussion instead of by force of arms, and thereby they have averted a catastrophe which would have ended civilization as we have known it”.

There were dissenting voices. Winston Churchill, not yet Prime Minister, warned against the agreement, referring to it as “ a total unmitigated defeat“ Not surprisingly, Churchill was labeled a war monger. In a prescient statement, Churchill  said that  "You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor
and you will have war."

In less that one year, World War 2 was underway, a war that killed . 60 million persons (2.5% of the population). This was a war that was preventable, had Britain and France recognized the risks of appeasement when up against aggressive tyranny.

And now, 70 years later, we are again faced with a tyranny that has announced its intent to annihilate another nation, that is the chief sponsor of terrorists in the world today, and  that is racing to develop nuclear weapons that will be used not only against Israel but against Europe ant the US.

And once again, using the threat of military means to force Iran to give up its nuclear program is unpopular, as many citizens believe that negotiations with fanatics who welcome death is a reasonable way to proceed, long after it has become clear that this is not  working. This has been the promise of President Obama, even while it  has become crystal clear that Iran is continuing its race to have and to use the ultimate weapon.

Recently, FresnoZionism.comhttp://fresnozionism.org/2012/10/will-obama-soon-announce-peace-in-our-time/ has written a peace outlining the possibility of an October surprise by our President that would mirror and replicate the Munich mistake.

In the article it is suggested that a former CIA operative, "Reza Khalili", claims that the Obama administration has made a deal with Iran in which Iran will temporarliy reduce its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions. 

This would give Obama an enormous boost, validating his foreign policy approach, claiming that war has been avoided, and winning the election before anyone can find the whole thing is a sham. 

Further, it would preclude US  military action, and make an attack by Israel almost impossible. 

Further, the article claims that  

"In the event that Iran doesn’t live up to the terms of the agreement, it will be that much further along, sanctions will be gone, Iran will have recouped much of its economic losses, and it may be too late for Israel, or even the US, to end the program by force.

 [US] guarantees would ensure the regime’s right to peaceful enrichment, quickly remove many of the sanctions, accept that Iran’s nuclear program does not have a military dimension and relieve international pressure on the regime while it continues its nuclear program". 

Such a deal would be a disaster for both Israel and the US, but would help Iran and Obama's campaign. And it would guarantee that Iran will be a nuclear power. 

Can this happen between now and the election? Stay tuned. 

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Video of Mitt Romney at the Al Smith Dinner

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Fidel Castro Stroke 10/18/2012


“He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one,” said José Marquina, a respected doctor who in the past has claimed to have direct information about the illness affecting President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.
“The people with a condition of this nature have difficulty eating and, of course, they end up with total deficit in their neurologic capacities.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/18/3056621/fidel-castro-suffered-a-stroke.html#storylink=cpy

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Bombshell- CNN Memo: Obama INTENTIONALLY Given Extra Time in Debate

Just amazing. Journalism is dead. From TMZ:
Here's the full email:

"Let's start with a big round of applause for Candy Crowley for a superb job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. She and her team had to select and sequence questions in a matter of hours, and then she had to deal with the tricky format, the nervous questioners, the aggressive debaters, all while shutting out the pre-debate attempts to spin and intimidate her. She pulled it off masterfully.

The reviews on Candy's performance have been overwhelmingly positive but Romney supporters are going after her on two points, no doubt because their man did not have as good a night as he had in Denver. On the legitimacy of Candy fact-checking Romney on Obama's Rose Garden statement, it should be stressed that she was just stating a point of fact: Obama did talk about an act (or acts) of terror, no matter what you think he meant by that at the time. On why Obama got more time to speak, it should be noted that Candy and her commission producers tried to keep it even but that Obama went on longer largely because he speaks more slowly. We're going to do a word count to see whether, as in Denver, Romney actually got more words in even if he talked for a shorter period of time."
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Why Does Affirmative Action End at the Gridiron?

Have you ever pondered the fact that everyone being endowed with equal rights by our creator works out so naturally while the equality of outcome that our Progressive would-b-masters seek to impose is impossible to achieve without treating people differently?  Have you ever noticed that whenever the government wishes to give anyone anything they have to first take it from someone else?

Since everyone obviously has different skills, talents, and ambitions people inevitably perform and produce at different levels.  Therefore to make everyone end up in the same place it is necessary to hold some back and artificially advance others. 

For example if we wanted to treat everyone equally with regard to taxes we would have a flat tax with no deductions as in everyone pays 10%.  If you make one million dollars or one thousand dollars you pay 10%.  That would be equal treatment before the law and in my opinion that would be fair.  However in the Progressives version of a fair tax system designed to promote equality, people who earn different amounts are taxed at different rates.  If you earn more you pay more.  That may sound good to some, but how is it fair?

In education if equality was really the desired result everyone would be judged by the same standards for admission regardless of race, creed, color or any other mitigating factor.  Everyone would take the same tests and everyone would be graded exactly the same with admission based upon the score.  In the world of American Academia as administrated by the Progressives categories of people are judged by different standards and they call this fairness.

Look at the bewildering array of social programs that have been implemented to ensure equality and fairness in the Progressive utopia.  From food stamps and free cell phones to state subsidized education in criminal justice for convicted felons, these ill-conceived and often abused programs turn the safety net into a hammock  that beg the question Ayn Rand was known to ask, “At whose expense?”  If someone gets free food, free education; free anything the question we should ask is, at whose expense?   The next question should be, do those who are paying the freight for this pleasure cruise do so voluntarily or are they being coerced?  If they are being coerced into paying for someone else’s benefits what makes this any different than theft?

It’s as if the Progressives have tried to change our original national motto from” E Pluribus Unum” to “Stand and Deliver” or have they changed our present national motto “In God We Trust” to “You Can’t Fight City Hall.”  Or as if the new national anthem should be, “Happy Days Are Here Again – Unless You Work For a Living.”

One of the most often quoted and misquoted statements concerning History tells us, those who do not learn from History are doomed to repeat it and today we are seeing the fruits of this truism.  The two great revolutions of the eighteenth century, the American and the French, were mirror images of each other in several important ways.  The American Revolution made a declaration to the entire world that the rights they sought were endowed upon all men by their creator.  The French in the Declaration of the Rights of Man placed government as the source of these rights.  The American Revolution sought to rid themselves of an all-powerful government with a limited government so that individuals could be free to prosper on their own.  The French sought to replace an all-powerful government based upon birth with an all-powerful government based on merit believing that where the former one wanted to maintain the status quo with elites on top while the latter one would promote equality with elites on top.  

The American experiment created the freest, richest, most powerful country in the History of the world.  In France after the Terror, after the Triumvirate, and after the Empire the people saw that they had merely replaced one elite group with another.  Then the Kings came back.

In America today our federally controlled education has led to generations of people who have never learned History or Civics.  Now the progressive Pied Pipers are leading the uninformed to exchange the equality of opportunity our Founders established for the equality of outcome Europe has chased after since the French Revolution.  With a public not knowing enough to know the difference these bait and switch tactics seem to be working, and after one hundred years of a living constitution the Constitution is nearly dead. 

We have one more election to stem the tide as we look for a chance to reverse the flow and return America to limited government, individual freedom, and economic opportunity.  If we miss this opportunity we may soon experience the equality of mediocrity as we descend into the collectivist pit of self-immolation.  This pit is typified by big government programs meant to redress some perceived inequality.  Redressing inequality sounds good.  The problem lies in the fact that to do so you need a big enough government to enforce the desired result, and governments are made up of fallible people who all have their own prejudices and desires.

James Madison, in Federalist 51 reflected that, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”  Men aren’t angels.  Which is why he continued, “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

One program which serves as a fitting example of the impossibility of living a consistent life when trained, framed and constrained by the attempts to impose an artificial man-made, government enforced equality is Affirmative Action.  Which some may argue has now reached the White House.

Why Does Affirmative Action End at the Gridiron?

Even the Colleges that are the most rapid in their interpretation and enforcement of Affirmative Action seem to forget these artificial standards when it comes to their sports teams.  Have you ever wondered why that is so?  Because they want the best players on the field no matter what the ratios of black, white, yellow, red, straight, gay or other.

Don’t fall for the siren song of something for nothing, for affirmative this, and equality that.  Don’t let the perpetually re-elected hucksters fool you with their promise of a fair shot, a square deal, or of making someone else pay their fair share.  When everything is put in one pot and it is supposed to be divided equally it always seems that those who do the dividing get the fairest share of all.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens




Video: Dennis Miller Campaigning for Romney

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis Arrested After Attempt to Blow Up Federal Reserve Bank

From the NY Post:
A Bangladeshi terrorist tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan this morning using a 1,000-pound bomb, according to a criminal complaint.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, of Jamaica, Queens, parked a van filled with the fake explosives — which were provided by an undercover FBI agent — outside of the Liberty Street building, authorities said, then tried to set them off using a cell phone detonator.

During a recorded meeting in Central Park with the agent, Nafis said his goal was Muslim global domination.

“I don’t want something that’s like small. I just want something big,” he said. “Something very big. Very very very very big, that will shake the whole country, that will make America, not one step ahead, change of policy, and make one step ahead, for the Muslims ... that will make us one step closer to run the whole world.”

Nafis, who is here on a student visa, came to the US to carry out a terror attack, authorities said, and claimed to have connections to al-Qaeda overseas.
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Candy Crowley: The Worst Presidential Moderator in History

Aside from repeatedly interrupting Mitt Romney, aside from giving the President 9% more time than Mr. Romney, and beside the softball questions she decided on for this debate, what else could Candy Crowley do to make her performance the worst in history?

How about saying that Mr. Romney was wrong, when it turns out that he was right, then trying to go on national television and say, 'He was mainly right, but he was wrong anyway:'

Oh, and she was wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Vote in Our Poll: Who Won the Debate 10/16/2012

So who won the Thrilla on the Island?

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Nostradumbass climbs onto his soapbox and makes a prediction

Nostradumbass here, ready to make his prediction on tonight's Presidential debate.

As I write this, it is still a couple of hours until the debate.  I'm sitting here in Florida on vacation with my parents.  I have a magnificent view overlooking the beach and the ocean.  Last night, I watched a couple get married right down there on the beach in front of our condo.  If I had been smart enough to charge my videocamera and/or brought my charger with me, I would have some pictures for you.  As it is, I only have the pictures that I took from about 14 floors away, which is kind of far away from the action.  I was also distracted by a couple of girls in bikinis on the side of the pool. 

But that's neither here nor there.  Let's talk about the debate tonight.

Let me preface this with the caveat that I have no special knowledge as to how each candidate has made his preparation for the debate.  I can only give you the lessons that I have learned from my own experience.

As I see it, Romney holds the psychological edge going into this debate.  The first reason I think that is, obviously, the trouncing that he gave in the first debate.  That is a huge psychological boost whenever you are in these kinds of situations.  It took a lot of confidence to walk into that situation in the first place.  Imagine how much more confident Romney must have become walking out of a debate in which he, to use the current vernacular, made Obama his bitch.

On the flip side, what would such a performance have done to Obama?  By one account that I have read, Obama walked out of that debate thinking that he had won, and handily.  It was only the day later that his staff let him know that he had not.  Now what does that do to one's confidence?

Completely deflates it, that's what it does.  Even for someone of Obama's self-confidence stature, that is quite a blow to the image of self-worth. 

So now Obama must play catch-up.  He's got to realize that people see him as, if not behind, then at least not as far ahead in the race as he once was.  Another performance like that, and he will definitely be seen as being behind. 

The problem with that thinking is that that puts a lot of pressure on Obama to perform well.  I don't know about you, but I don't perform well when there's pressure on me to perform well.  Nobody performs well when they are aware of the pressure put on them to perform well.  The only way that that pressure dissipates is when the performer puts that awareness aside, and focuses solely on performing to the best of their ability.  It is only when they are loose and not pressured that they perform best.   

So the pressure is now on Obama to have a great debate.  Nothing less than great will be acceptable.

If anybody can rise to the occasion, I think it would be Obama.  Not because I think he performs well while under pressure.  I think that the default position of Obama is that he truly does think that he is the best there is at what he does, and nobody else can come close to him.  I think he has been told how special he is all of his life, and nobody has ever had the temerity to tell him otherwise.  This leads to a huge amount in his self-worth bank.   

So the prediction from Nostradumbass is this: 
1)  Romney will turn in another strong debate performance. 
2)  Obama will be stronger than he was, but there will still be some people who will be disappointed in his performance. 
3)  The liberal media will tell us that Obama was the stronger of the two, but Romney lied about some things, distorted his record on others, and flip-flopped on his previously held positions. 
4)  The undecideds will remain undecided, because they are too stupid and/or lazy and/or incurious to chase down the lies told by Obama. 
5)  The people who barely pay attention to politics until this time of the year will take notice of how strong Romney is, and compare it to the image that has been painted by Democratic mouthpieces and the media (but I repeat myself), and discover who has been lying to them. 
6)  Republicans will discover that there are more Republicans and conservatives in America than there were before.

As a side note: I was listening to a few liberal stations on SiriusXM stations during the conventions (you are welcome for that sacrifice, by the way), and they truly believe that Obama -and themselves, by extension- are really better than us conservatives.  As such, Obama should have walked into that debate hall and mopped the floor with Romney, all without breaking a sweat.  But now, reality has slapped them in the face, and they realize that this is a struggle.  Obama MUST defeat those dumb conservatives, otherwise their world makes no sense. 

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Monday, October 15, 2012

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Interview with Karen Handel, Author of Planned Bullyhood

 Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 57 in our ongoing interview series. She's been the first elected Republican Secretary of State, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue. She joined the fight as Senior VP of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She has recently written Planned Bullyhood about how she was bullied after the famous spat between the organizations. We thank her for her time.

1. When and why did you decide to write Planned Bullyhood?

 I decided to write this book some months after leaving Komen and after a book agent reached out to me on behalf of the publisher. Writing a book on this -- or any topoc for that matter -- wasn't something I had ever considered. I wrote Planned Bullyhood because an organization I care about (Komen) and a cause that so many of us care about (ending breast cancer) was taken hostage by Planned Parenthood and its allies on the left. They literally tried to destroy Komen and all to make a political point - - to further the "war on women" campaign theme and to send a message that no one can walk away peacefully from PP. this was never about the money or mammograms -- it was just $700k in PP's $1 billion budget and PP does not do mammograms. in fact, according to cecile richards, 95% of PP's clients are under 40. guidelines call for mammograms starting at age 40. PP put its political agenda ahead of women and the fight against breast cancer.

2. What is one surprising fact that most people don't know about Planned Parenthood?

Three important facts: 1). PP does NOT do mammograms. 2) 95% of PP's clients are under the age of 40 -- guidelines call for mammograms beginning at age 40. 3) PP receives $1.5 million a day in OUR tax dollars. our tax dollars are effectively subsidizing PP's political activities which include nearky $5 million in tv ads already purchased in support of Obama's re-election.

3. How has your public service shaped your opinion of the Planned Parenthood vs. Susan Komen Foundation fight?

 When I joined Komen, i stepped back from politics. While i had personal concerns re PP and even Komen's relationship, I always kept Komen's mission -- the fight against breast cancer as the top priority. I did not view the fight against breas cancer has left or right -- it is simply about ending this devastating disease that affects 1 in 8 women. WHat has shaped my opinion about PP's attack on Komen is this: PP and the left nothing about the fight against breast cancer or even women -- PP and the left cared about making an example of Komen and they bought a good organization to its knees for their own political agenda.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Arlen Specter Dead at 82

From the Washington Post:
Former senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s most durable political figures, who during three decades in the Senate became known for his command of constitutional law, died of cancer Oct. 14 at his home in Philadelphia. He was 82.

The death was confirmed by Scott Hoeflich, Sen. Specter’s former chief of staff.

Sen. Specter was long a voice of Republican moderation, but he handed Democrats a supermajority in the Senate by switching parties in 2009. He lost the Democratic primary the next year in an anti-incumbency movement that swept many veteran politicians from office. He had also exposed himself to charges of political opportunism by changing his party allegiance.
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YouTube Broken by Space Jump

Update: It seems that YouTube is getting back on its feet.

YouTube.com has gone down thanks to Felix Baumgartner's historic jump from space.

YouTube hosted Mr. Baumgartner's jump live and was sponsored by Red Bull. At its height, there were more than 7.5 Million people watching the same video at once.

When Mr. Baumgartner was about to touch down after a successful jump, the site began to experience problems. A few minutes after, the entire website was having a server error, leading people to receive this message when they try to go to YouTube:
Members of Twitter quickly took to the site to comment on YouTube's crash.

"Messed up:"

We'll have more on this as it develops.

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Watch Live: Felix Baumgartner Skydiving from Space

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