Archive for June, 2011

Libya.. umm Present

June 24, 2011

Congress rebukes the President’s Libya campaign yet continues to fund it. Gotta love the conviction.

Jon Huntsman…. I don’t think so…

June 21, 2011

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Huntsman worked as a White House staff assistant for Ronald Reagan, and he was appointed by George H.W. Bush as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and later as United States Ambassador to Singapore from 1992-1993. Huntsman served as Deputy United States Trade Representative under George W. Bush, launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in 2001 and guiding the accession of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization.

Huntsman was elected Governor of Utah in 2004 and won re-election in 2008 with nearly 78% of the vote. During his tenure, Huntsman cut taxes by more than $400 million—the largest tax cut in the state’s history—and Utah was named the "Best Managed State in America" by Pew Research Center. While governor, he also served as chairman of the Western Governors Association and as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association. On August 11, 2009, he resigned as governor to accept appointment by Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to China.

What makes Huntsman unique then is that there are two radically different storylines about him that will fight for dominance over the next two or three months.

One narrative is Huntsman as a new sort of leader, a man who has served abroad under Democratic and Republican presidents and, in so doing, has gained the sort of perspective to guide the country through these tough times.

The other narrative?

Huntsman as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a man who spent the last two years of his life not just serving President Obama publicly but also praising him privately as a “remarkable leader”.

That Huntsman supported policies like civil unions and cap and trade that mark him as a moderate. That Huntsman has no political base beyond the media. That Huntsman is running to set himself up for a more serious bid in 2016.

He’s been described as the only GOP potential presidential nominee that worries the Democrats.  Umm Nah……

A sad but touching story

June 20, 2011

Jeffrey Goldberg tells a sad story about a father.  I’ve tried writing something about this over and over and nothing really hits the right tone so just go read it if you haven’t seen it already.

A Father’s Day Lesson About Children, and Life: Jeffrey Goldberg

Interesting report.

June 18, 2011

A Crises of Trust and Cultural Incompatibility study

A report by Jeffery Bordin Ph.D.

You’ll have to visit Michael Site for the link.

Courtesy of Michael Yon.

The Wall Street Journal has more on this report.

 

Update:  It appears the links don’t link to the study anymore.  Hummm.

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The Real Enemy again shows it’s face

June 15, 2011

Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants in Bin Laden Raid

WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials.

Pakistan’s detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid, is the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan. It comes at a time when the Obama administration is seeking Pakistan’s support in brokering an endgame in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

They aren’t even trying to hide their colors now. 

Umm WTF. Domestic Terrorist or nutjob Sheriff

June 12, 2011

BANDERA, Texas — The Bandera County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning Thursday to citizens about an anti-government movement known for acts of domestic terrorism.

The law enforcement agency said followers of The Sovereign Citizens Movement have been known to carry out violent acts, including killing law enforcement officers and other public servants.

The sheriff’s office told KSAT-12 News the warning was prompted by the recent shooting death of Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Kenneth Vann.

"We have domestic terrorism right at our doorstep," said Capt. Charlie Hicks of the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office.

Hicks said while there’s no evidence Vann’s death had any links to the Sovereign Citizens, it’s the same type of crime followers are known for….

…"They’ve very serious in their beliefs, and very serious when they do go to violence," Hicks said. "They’ll kill you in a New York minute."

Hicks said while a training camp for similar anti-government groups was discovered in Kerr County in the past, there is no evidence any members are currently operating in Bandera County. But Hicks said residents should still be cautious…

That’s the standard, “same type of crime”?  Humm

I don’t know anything about the Sheriff or the Sovereign Citizens but the story sure makes the Sheriff look like and idiot.

Holy cow she wrote what?….

June 12, 2011

American Way: Sarah Palin email frenzy backfires on her media antagonists

Once again they went after Palin and once again they look like fools.  You see the left can’t believe that a political person doesn’t have loads of dirt on them.  I mean they have only their own examples to go by….

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Christopher Hitchens on Pakistan

June 7, 2011

From Abbottabad to Worse

Let me try to summarize and update the situation like this: Here is a society where rape is not a crime. It is a punishment. Women can be sentenced to be raped, by tribal and religious kangaroo courts, if even a rumor of their immodesty brings shame on their menfolk. In such an obscenely distorted context, the counterpart term to shame—which is the noble word “honor”—becomes most commonly associated with the word “killing.” Moral courage consists of the willingness to butcher your own daughter.

If the most elemental of human instincts becomes warped in this bizarre manner, other morbid symptoms will disclose themselves as well. Thus, President Asif Ali Zardari cringes daily in front of the forces who openly murdered his wife, Benazir Bhutto, and who then contemptuously ordered the crime scene cleansed with fire hoses, as if to spit even on the pretense of an investigation. A man so lacking in pride—indeed lacking in manliness—will seek desperately to compensate in other ways. Swelling his puny chest even more, he promises to resist the mighty United States, and to defend Pakistan’s holy “sovereignty.” This puffery and posing might perhaps possess a rag of credibility if he and his fellow middlemen were not avidly ingesting $3 billion worth of American subsidies every year.

Hitchens states of course the obvious.  Yet it’s still something our officials won’t openly admit. 

Does Obama even want to win Re-election?

June 4, 2011

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President Obama is like the movie star that really doesn’t like making movies but loves being a star. I’m not convinced Obama really wants to be President. Oh he likes the title and he likes the parties but he really doesn’t seem to be much into the work part.

The US economy is in serious trouble. We our spending more than is responsible as a government. I’m wondering if the problems we have are a result of a President too enamored with himself that he’s delegated the presidency to lackeys. Marxist lackeys at that. In the tradition of social Marxism they can’t count very well or don’t apparently understand what debt is? I suppose the plan is to have the government support everyone on the backs of the rich. But how long do you suppose that would last?

Then of course there is our flailing foreign policy or should that be lack of foreign policy. It seems to be a policy of appeasement to our enemies and backstabbing our allies. This is a policy with lots of teleprompter moments yet not really committing to any particular course of action. I wonder how many allies we will have by the end of this Presidency. He often seems frozen in the headlights of the world.

This reminds me, what about that War Powers Act? I sure don’t want to hear the Democrats ever complain about that law again. I suppose that should be another post on our absentee Congress.

However on the good side, the President is a hell of a golfer. Well I don’t know his scores but his persistence is admirable.

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Just some thoughts this week

June 3, 2011

Rod Blagojevich tells jurors he discussed the possibility of appointing himself to the U.S. Senate in 2008 so he could hunt down then-al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

The ousted governor is on the stand for a fifth day Thursday, addressing the most explosive allegation against him – that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat. He denies that.

Defense attorney Aaron Goldstein asked if he’d ever talked to a deputy governor about appointing himself to the Senate, then traveling to Afghanistan to get bin Laden.

Blagojevich said, "Yes."

Umm.. Blahhaaaaaaaa.  This guy is freaking hilarious. 


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gave $1.29 Million to China.

The Environmental Protection Agency has given at least $1,285,535 in grants to China to promote environmental research in the country.

In all, the EPA issued six grants that went to China, most of which pertained to researching methane in Chinese coal mines and reducing carbon emissions in China, a communist dictatorship long criticized by human rights groups. Two of those grants were awarded during the Bush administration; four were awarded during the Obama administration.\

Because we have money to give. 


Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.

The authors, including Major General Michael T. Flynn, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Afghanistan, argue that the United States’ intelligence apparatus still finds itself unable to answer fundamental questions about the environment in which U.S. and allied forces operate in and the people they are trying to protect and persuade.

I read this about a year ago and found it pretty accurate.  I believe many of the issues while identified are still present. 


U.S. Working to Raise Literacy of Afghan Forces to 3rd Grade Level Before 2014 Turnover

A senior official for the U.S.-led NATO Training Mission and Combined Security Transition in Afghanistan said that national forces there are projected to have attained a third-grade literacy level by the time they take the lead for their country’s security — in place of U.S.-NATO forces — at the end of 2014.

This shows just one of the many obstacles faced in the Afghanistan war.