No one said to stay at Motel 6, but they don't need the Ritz Carlton either
Friday, December 31, 2010
No one said to stay at Motel 6, but they don't need the Ritz Carlton either
It's navy ship was sunk and 46 sailors died. Then it's island was shelled with four people dying. As a result, South Korea has only now upgraded the status of North Korea to enemy. What were they before?
Mainstream media has no problem with Obama in the surf and on the golf course in Hawaii
Thursday, December 30, 2010
How much do you know about current events?
Society today is definitely different from society in the 1960's, yet often people are still sadly the same as evidenced by a murder in East Harlem
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
China, which produces about 97 percent of the global supply of rare earth minerals, cut its export quotas by 35 percent for the first half of 2011 versus a year ago, saying it wanted to preserve ample reserves, but warned against basing its total 2011 export quota on the first half figures.
The U.S. Trade Representative's office was "very concerned" about China's export restraints on rare earths and had raised its concerns with China, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
U.S. makers of high-tech products such as Apple Inc's iPads, along withJapanese companies have been scrambling to secure reliable supplies of the minerals outside of China as Beijing steadily reduces export allocations...
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Not only is Hillary Clinton the world's most admired woman, but she may be leaving the State Department in anticipation of a presidential run in 2012
Monday, December 27, 2010
To read, "Refusing to Identify or Name Our Enemy," please click on this link.
As promised I am providing access to the article, "Refusing to Identify or Name Our Enemy," written by S. Eugene Poteat in the AFIO journal "The Intelligencer, the Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies".
The AFIO "focuses on understanding the critical need for effective counterintelligence and security against foreign, political, technological or economic espionage, as well as covert, clandestine and overt counter-terrorist or criminal operations threatening US security, the national infrastructure or corporate and individual safety."
In "Who exactly is our enemy?" I had written that in his article S. Eugene Poteat discusses the fact that "... the United States, in dealing with and identifying those who wish to destroy us, regularly and quite deliberately omits the word Muslim in the description.
He cites many examples, but begins in the beginning with Jimmy Carter and the U.S. Embassy attack in 1976 when it was said that the event was an uprising of Iranian terrorists. In similar fashion he recalls the Pan Am 103 bombing, the attacks on our embassies in Africa, the USS Cole bombing, the attacks on September 11, 2001, the London subway bombing and the train bombings in Spain and the fact that these terrorist acts were never identified specifically as the work of Muslim extremists..."
To read, "Refusing to Identify or Name Our Enemy," please click on this link.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Heads up from Debbie Schlussel
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Update to "Attacking Christians on Christmas, where is the outrage?"
A twist on the old standard, is that a gun in your pocket...
Passengers may observe additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers. TSA is carefully monitoring information related to terrorist tactics and working with our international partners to share information and security best practices.
The possible tactics terrorists might use include the concealment of explosives inside insulated beverage containers, so in the coming days, passengers flying within and to the U.S. may notice additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers. While such items are not being banned from travel, TSA Officers have been trained to detect a variety of threats including the concealment of explosives in common items.
TSA will continue to deploy risk-based security measures and work with our international, federal, state, local and private sector partners to protect the traveling public.
As always, the safety and security of the American people is our highest priority and we ask the public to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to their local authorities.
Christians around the world who live in countries dominated by the Muslim faith live in fear of attack and even death everyday, but particularly on Christmas
Friday, December 24, 2010
"If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. But, if you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat." Sun Tzu, Chinese General and author of The Art of War
How underfunded are the public pension plans in your state? The numbers are staggering! (Interactive chart)
The crisis of grossly underfunded public pension plans
Thursday, December 23, 2010
He is a football coach, not running for president after all
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
National Intelligence Director James Clapper found clueless on UK terror arrests in an interview with Diane Sawyer - It is an embarrassment and extremely disturbing that this is the team protecting our well being.
By a large margin Americans do feel that we have a unique character that makes us the greatest nation in the world (Gallup results below)
Gallup then asked which which presidents past and present they felt possessed a belief that America has a unique quality that makes us the greatest country in the world
The results will most likely not come as much of a shock, but current President Obama, with his propensity to apologize on behalf of the United States for our actions both past and present, was a distant last at 58%. His competition in the poll, Presidents Reagan, W. Bush and Clinton were all at 70% and above.
What does it mean when the citizenry of the greatest nation on earth feels that its leader does not believe in that fact? It means that we need to remember and help others to remember in 2012. We need to fight to insure that we effect real Change in the White House that we can believe in!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Offshore drilling bans, Cash for Clunkers, spiking college tuition expenses, inflation and the unintended consequences when the government gets involved
This from the National Inflation Association. The statements have some definite correlation to the idea discussed yesterday that the United States may at some point lose its AAA rating, and the effect that would have on our financial system.
"...With a $13.6 trillion national debt, $6.3 trillion in Fannie/Freddie debt and $61.3 trillion in unfunded obligations for programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the U.S. government has total obligations of over $81.2 trillion or 5.57 times our GDP of $14.59 trillion. It is our belief that the United States for all intents and purposes is bankrupt and Americans need to take steps immediately to protect themselves from the potential loss of the purchasing power of their U.S. Dollars.
NIA believes the largest financial crisis in history is ahead of us as a direct result of the U.S. government unwilling to accept a much needed recession. We are now at a point where our national debt is impossible to pay off. Due to rising interest payments on our national debt, it is unlikely the U.S. will be able to balance its budget ever again. Foreigners will eventually stop lending the U.S. money and the Federal Reserve will most likely have to print the money to fund our deficit spending out of thin air..."
Monday, December 20, 2010
An open letter regarding one man's state of the union
"I'm 63 and I’m Tired," written by Robert A. Hall
I'm 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired.. Very tired.
I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I'm tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to "keep people in their homes." Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I'm willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money.
I'm tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood Entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Christian people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela..
I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to.
I'm tired of being told that "race doesn't matter" in the post-racial world of Obama, when it's all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S. Senators from Illinois.
I think it's very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.
I'm tired of a news media that thinks Bush's fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama's, at triple the cost, were wonderful; that thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress; that picked over every line of Bush's military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his; that slammed Palin, with two years as governor, for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever. Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn't vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.
I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.
I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore's, and if you're greener than Gore, you're green enough.
I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don't think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I'm tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.
I'm tired of illegal aliens being called "undocumented workers," especially the ones who aren't working, but are living on welfare or crime. What's next? Calling drug dealers, "Undocumented Pharmacists"? And, no, I'm not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and it's been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I'm willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn't have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military.... Those are the citizens we need.
I'm tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years and still are? Not even close. So here's the deal. I'll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims, who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we'll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.
I'm tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers; bums are bipartisan. And I'm tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship. I live in Illinois, where the "Illinois Combine" of Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama's cabinet.
I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
Speaking of poor, I'm tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn't have that in 1970, but we didn't know we were "poor." The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.
I'm real tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.