CAIR decries the message of hate and violence of Al-Alwaki yet they have the audacity to question his death on the battlefield of terror that he fights on. Nice tap dance, CAIR. Your true colors have shined through. Not that there was ever any doubt about your true allegiance, in my opinion. Burn in hell Al-alwaki, burn in hell.
Didn’t Guns N Roses just put out Appetite for Destruction? Damn I’m
officially old now. Joan Jett and Guns N Rose are first time nomonees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have to have put out their first single or album (remember those) over 25 years ago.
Richard at The Belmont Club has a very good piece up today. Here is a bit. Go to his site and read the whole thing.
It is not hard to surmise that Pakistan secretly supported the Taliban long enough to keep Obama from outright winning his centerpiece military action. That also had the desired effect of requiring the US to keep enough forces on the ground to effectively keep them logistical hostages. Rarely has an act of such treachery been performed with such effectiveness and aplomb. No greater service for the Jihad can have been performed with such great effect than by the ISI.
What happens now depends on whether the Pakistanis have correctly judged their man. If they have misjudged him then even now President Obama will be preparing to pivot from Afghanistan to Pakistan. It may be politically expensive for Obama to admit he had been suckered into a strategic trap. Nor is it clear that hostile Republicans or liberal Democrats will support an even potentially larger conflict in Southwest Asia, at least not until after 2012. But he may try it. It will require determination and decisiveness. To fake a withdrawal from Afghanistan simply would not work; it would mean the abandonment of local allies, hard won bases and dismantling infrastructure that would be traumatic and irrevocable. Another man might say, “I shall return”. But that was in another century, in another world.
Aha what to do, what to do….
The Haqqani network has been named responsible for the recent Kabul attacks. If you are serious about the fight in Afghanistan you must remove the Haqqani network and the Pakistani backers. If we don’t we are wasting our time. The Haqqani network has been at the center of everything in Afghanistan for over 30 years. We know this. While they have kept a lower profile than Al Qaida without their support the insurgency would not survive. But to remove them is a task that will lead back to Pakistan. So are we serious?
SAN FRANCISCO, Sep. 15, 2011 (Reuters) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Pakistan on Wednesday the United States would "do everything we can" to defend U.S. forces from Pakistan-based militants staging attacks in Afghanistan.
U.S. officials, including Panetta, suspect militants from the Haqqani network were behind Tuesday’s rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul, as well as a truck bomb last Saturday that wounded 77 American forces.
"Time and again we’ve urged the Pakistanis to exercise their influence over these kinds of attacks from the Haqqanis. And we have made very little progress in that area," Panetta told reporters flying with him to San Francisco…
Can’t tell me our DHS doesn’t know how to stop people from coming into this country. I’m glad they have their priorities right. I’d laugh if the situation wasn’t so sad.
So far, the RCMP hasn’t provided the office with clear answers about how or why police records of non-violent mental health incidents are passed across the border.
Brad Benson from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says medical records aren’t shared between countries. However, "if you have an arrest record, Canada would share that with us," he says.
If a police encounter includes information about mental health, Benson says front-line officers can use it.
"Mental illness is actually under our law as a reason that you may not get admitted," he says. "The issue is always going to be: could someone be a danger to someone [else]?"
There is lots of talk lately about the irrelevancy of President Obama. If that is true the only one to blame is the President himself. President Obama was neither qualified nor prepared to take the office and its shows. Just as a senator, for those very few months, he has voted present. Now comes one more in a series of speeches that asks for the same old same old. There was nothing new. In fact as many have pointed out there is nothing at all but words. Where is this Jobs bill he speaks of?
You want jobs? Cut the red tape of government regulations, simplify the tax code and seriously reduce the EPA. No tax payer money needed. Cut government spending and get America off the dependent victim mentality that is destroying our way of life. Until those things take place I don’t see much hope for jobs or this country in general.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is traveling to his California home quite often. This seems to bother some people. If I worked in DC and lived someplace else I’d sure like to go home every weekend. I mean we all want to see our families and our homes. Jobs in DC tend to be temporary. So how can we really fault the guy.
Panetta has made the cross-continental flight from D.C. to Monterey five weekends since being sworn in at the Pentagon on July 1.
Panetta’s predecessor, Robert Gates, has a home in the Pacific Northwest, which he rarely visited during his five-year tenure spanning three wars. Unlike most defense secretaries, Gates lived on a military installation in Washington, D.C., where he paid rent.
Some in Washington are questioning whether Panetta is taking a less "hands-on" approach to his new job. Panetta’s flights to California were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Come on, a guy doesn’t have to be on the job itself to be working. Not with modern technology as it is.
Just the same as with any member of Congress, Panetta is made to reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of an equivalent coach fare for every personal flight he takes. But Panetta doesn’t fly coach. When he’s not flying for business in the Defense Department’s customized Boeing E-4B, Panetta travels the country in a government Lear jet at a cost of $3,200 per flight hour
See he’s paying his way. Whoooh, wait a minute let me read that again.
…Panetta is made to reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of an equivalent coach fare…
But Panetta doesn’t fly coach. When he’s not flying for business in the Defense Department’s customized Boeing E-4B, Panetta travels the country in a government Lear jet at a cost of $3,200 per flight hour
Holy flying F*^*& batman. Is this how you set the example? Just one more worthless abuser on the Government payroll.
Screw this lets pay his full fare. That is his full couch fare and he can fly like I do. We’d still save a fortune.
KABUL—American officers deployed as mentors in Afghanistan’s main military hospital discovered a shocking secret last year: Injured soldiers were routinely dying of simple infections and even starving to death as some corrupt doctors and nurses demanded bribes for food and the most basic of care.
U.S. Gen. William Caldwell IV pinned a medal on a soldier last year at an Afghan military hospital where patient neglect was found to be common.
The discovery, which hasn’t previously been reported, added new details to longstanding evidence of gross mismanagement at Dawood National Military Hospital, where most salaries and supplies are paid for by American taxpayers.
Yet the patient neglect continued for months after U.S. officials discovered it, as Afghan officials rebuffed American pressure to take action, multiple documents and testimonies viewed by The Wall Street Journal show.
The way senior Afghan officials tolerated such deadly graft shows just how deeply rooted corruption has become in President Hamid Karzai’s administration, as well as the limits of Washington’s ability to rein it in. American advisers have since forced an improvement in conditions at the hospital…
I really don’t have a lot to say but go to the link and finish the article.
Well, the 60’s generation is firmly in charge now. The 60’s was an anti estabilishment counterculture. How is it they want the government who they shunned 50 years ago to take care of their every need? I have many, many friends from this generation and there is a chasm about a mile wide between our ideologies. I believe the government is there to take care of the common defense, police, fire, roads, clean air and water. They don’t belong in the womb, uterus, business regulations at the federal level, education at the federal level. They should be very involved in who is and isn’t here legally. They shouldn’t be telling me if I can smoke it bars or if I must wear a motorcycle helmet. If I want to carry a firearm, a criminal background check is a concession I can live with, but nothing more. The government doesn’t need to know anything about my medical records or who I talk on the phone to. If I can’t afford a house the government shouldn’t force banks to make loans to people that can’t afford them. There ARE lifelong renters and there’s nothing wrong with that. Unions used to protect workers from workplace abuses. Now they fund the campaigns of polititions that will keep them in power. You can keep this whole group of congressman. Wipe the slate clean and let’s start over. I’m sickened by all of them. Chili out!
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of
Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some
2,000 years prior:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a
permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until
the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts
from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for
the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with
the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal
policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of
history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations
always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”
The Obituary follows:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Born 1776, Died 2012
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul ,
Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last
Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was
mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income
tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
“complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy,
with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached
the “governmental dependency” phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal
invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to the
USA in fewer than five years.
If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.
If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much
is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.