Oil Tanker seized by pirates

A US bound oil tanker has been taken by pirates off the Somalia coast.  It seems these pirates didn’t learn their lesson.  Piracy has increased this year.  It’s become an international menace.  Currently there are over a dozen ships held by pirates off the Somali coast.  So will anyone do anything about these acts of war?  Doesn’t appear so.  While patrols have increased no based (yes they have some) have been hit. 

So who are these pirates?  Well it seems they are linked to Al-Qaida controlled areas of Somali, you remember the country we cut an ran from, the precursor to 911 when terrorist believed that the United States and western nations had no will to fight.  Folks what we do and how we react to terror has a direct effect on the future.

How we react to terror nation states is the same. Just saying…. 


Climategate and why are we going to Copenhagen?

Climate gate continues to be a hot topic online if not in the media in general. With the revelations that scientist manipulated data and changed their models to match their desired output , why are we continuing with the Copenhagen meetings on climate change with so much evidence of fraud in the climate debate on the side of global warming?

The white house continues maintain there is no real dispute on climate change

Despite the incident, which rocked international headlines last week, climate science is sound, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stressed this afternoon, and the White House nonetheless believes “climate change is happening.”
“I don’t think that’s anything that is, quite frankly, among most people, in dispute anymore,” he said during Monday’s press briefing.


Is the white house in denial or are they too heavily invested in this to let it go now. How much will this cost America do you think if we continue down a road that is propped up by junk science.

Al Gore met with the Science and Technology advisor quiet often. Do you think his financial interest in global warming has anything to do with this? I do.

Reportedly now that the scientist, you know guys that are usually really good about keeping records and data, have lost much of the raw data they based their models on. Humm, that’s rather convenient isn’t it?

Until all data is public, this sham of global warming / Climate change (no shit climate has always changed) any and all legislation should come to a halt (including treaties). When climatologists can accurately predict next year’s weather I’ll consider changing the way I live.

Laws in plain english? Is it possible?

Bradley Blakeman writes:

Our Founding Fathers wrote the documents creating the greatest nation the world has ever known using plain English. Although drafted by highly educated and talented people, they knew that in order to get the public to support their efforts the common folk, as well as the cultured, had to understand it.

There is not a doubt in my mind that the average American high school student today can fully understand and appreciate the words and the meaning of the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Amendments thereto including the Bill of Rights. The same cannot be said of the health care bill passed by the House. You need a Ph.D., a degree in economics and a law degree to fully appreciate the gist of the convoluted and highly technical legislation that will affect every single American.

There is no way even the average legislator can fully understand a 1, 900+ page highly technical bill –even with the help of the ample staff members who work for them. 

Highly specialized staffers, government lawyers, lobbyists, industry executives and their lawyers write these bills. They are purposely written to obscure the true intent, meaning and effect of the bills they author.

Here are two questions for our lawmakers: 

– If you, as a legislator, cannot understand a bill, how can you vote on it?

– If the American people cannot understand a bill, how can they support it?

For starters, I say that no single bill should exceed 50 pages.

All bills should be required to meet a “plain language” standard. This would force the drafters to make legislation understandable and succinct.

Many states have enacted “plain language” statutes that require consumer contracts to be, “written in a clear and coherent manner using words with common and everyday meanings…” NY General Obligations Law Section: 5-702.

I think it’s about time we fixed this.   It’s a nightmare just trying to decipher what’s in any bill these days and we know it’s for a  purpose. 

Global Warming huh?

So as the Global Warming myth begins to unravel will they take Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize back?

See folks it’a about money and power.  It’s always about money and power when a crises comes up. 

Just wondering.








Afghanistan, possible surrender?

Whispers of Surrender in Afghanistan?

An Afghan source in Kabul reports that U.S. Ambassador in Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry is holding secret talks with Taliban elements headed by the movement’s foreign minister, Ahmad Mutawakil, at a secret location in Kabul. According to the source, the U.S. has offered the Taliban control of the Kandahar, Helmand, Oruzgan, Kunar and Nuristan provinces in return for a halt to the Taliban missile attacks on U.S. bases.

This, if true, is a disturbing development. I have tried to come up with scenarios of why someone would lie about it in a leak. What would be to gain? Who would gain, and what would they gain? Without sleeping on it, the options for such appear narrow at best. What does seem logical is that an Afghan privy to the negotiations could have become (rightly) spooked that they might just pull it off, and leaked word in hopes that it might so anger American public opinion that the entire endeavor might be scrapped. That’s the most logical explanation for motivation I see at the moment. It would also fit in consistently with Ambassador Eikenberry’s leaked cables recently railing against a ‘surge’ in forces in Afghanistan. He wouldn’t voice such without thinking he has his hands on something else. Could this be it? The surrender of 25% of Afghan territory in exchange for some form of ceasefire?

My two cents. Having been in Afghanistan while Eikenberry was there (Lieutenant General Eikenberry-WPOS) this wouldn’t surprise me at all. This is however taken from MEMRI which is often hit and miss.

Russell has to go. Raiders

Bruce Gradkowski is the new quarterback.  It needed to happend.  Lets hope he can turn things around. 

No signs of improvement from JaMarcus Russell

Posted by Michael David Smith on November 20, 2009 9:04 AM ET

In his third NFL season, Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell is worse than ever.

Russell, who has been benched for Bruce Gradkowski, has completed just 46.8 percent of his passes, worse than in either of his first two seasons. His average gain per pass, touchdown-to-interception ratio and quarterback rating are also the worst they’ve ever been.

Former Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski says this season’s digression is a sign that Russell is never going to be the Raiders’ franchise quarterback.

I can’t argue with any of this.  Russell has been horrible.

Afghanistan isn’t really that complicated

The key to Afghanistan isn’t a complex strategy.  The government and the people must demand and want victory.  Without that single focus all military endeavors become managed messes where good people die for no particular outcome.    Where unit just outlast their deployments. 

Strategies will change and develop as realities on the ground change but leadership focus cannot change.    

If an administration cannot say the word victory then we are not going to win.