Blog Smith

Blog Smith is inspired by the myth of Hephaestus in the creation of blacksmith-like, forged materials: ideas. This blog analyzes topics that interest me: IT, politics, technology, history, education, music, and the history of religions.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Peer-reviewed paper says terrorists could fool clothes-penetrating tools

TSA's nude scans would miss taped-on bombs

A budget-balancing proposal from the CATO Institute achieves fiscal equilibrium in only ten years

Libertarian Plan Balances the Federal Budget by 2020 Without Raising Taxes

The lunatic who thinks he's Barack Obama

By Spengler

RealClearPolitics - Video - Dem Sen. Bennett On Lame Duck Session: "It's All Rigged"


The Senate is rigged?

A hot microphone caught a conversation between a male and female Senator.

"Because -- because, it's all rigged. I mean, the whole conversation is rigged. The fact that we don't get to discussion before the break about what we're going to do in the lame duck is just rigged. This stuff's rigged," the Senator said.

Cf. http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2010/11/bennet-angry-over-senate-process-caught-hot-mic-stuff-rigged

Cf. http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/30/c-span-hot-mic-picks-up-discussion-on-senate-floor-its-all-rigged/

Monday, November 29, 2010

Train Kept A'Rollin'

Aerosmith - Train Kept A Rollin,' 1974, 5:11



Yardbirds - Train Kept A Rollin' (1966 with Jeff Beck), 2:22



TINY BRADSHAW ~ THE TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN ~ 1951, 2:41


Hezbollah in Mexico

Obama Identity

What is the PNC Christmas Price Index® ?

The Interactive 2010 PNC Christmas Price Index

The Price of Christmas from 1984 to 2010

Game (one for the over 13 age crowd: Economics Trivia Game

Big Polluters Freed from Environmental Oversight by Stimulus

BP, Westar, and DuPont Among Companies Exempted from Environmental Law

Wikileaks: the Arab leaders use their friends in Washington to expand their own positions of power

A Superpower's View of the World

Brennan said President Obama looked forward to seeing the King at the G-20 summit in London. “Thank God for bringing Obama to the presidency,” the King answered, which has created “great hope” in the Muslim world. “May God grant him strength and patience, Abdullah continued, “May God protect him. I’m concerned about his personal safety. America and the world need such a president.”

Assange is teasing Obama over drip, drip Wikileaks releases

The State Department cables are revealing about the Obama regime:

They go up to 28 February 2010, offering a potential window on Obama’s foreign policy which may well not show it in the sainted light he would prefer. It seems to me that Assange is teasing Obama, letting him know what WikiLeaks has and making him sweat.

Local TSA Agent Speaks Out On Pat-Downs

At least one staffer has gone on the record as objecting to the new procedures.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nov.13 2010 Unsuspecting Shoppers were Victims of a Christmas Flash Mob

Wikileaks: Obama Wrong on Iran Nuke Program

Back in 2007 it was common knowledge that Iran was working on a nuclear weapons program.

That’s why it was such a shock in December 2007 that National Intelligence Estimate assessment released a controversial report that claimed Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.

Far left Senator Barack Obama attacked then President Bush after the report was released:

“It is absolutely clear that this administration and President Bush continues to not let facts get in the way of his ideology.. They need, now, to aggressively move on the diplomatic front… They should have stopped the saber rattling — should never have started it.”

Now, thanks to the Wikileaks document dump, we find out that this report by leftists in the NIE was horribly inaccurate. In fact less than four months after the NIE report was released the Saudi regime was begging the US to “cut off the head of the snake” and put an end Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The far left Guardian posted the document:

Here’s the transcript:

10. (S) The King, Foreign Minister, Prince Muqrin, and Prince Nayif all agreed that the Kingdom needs to cooperate with the US on resisting and rolling back Iranian influence and subversion in Iraq. The King was particularly adamant on this point, and it was echoed by the senior princes as well. Al-Jubeir recalled the King’s frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program. “He told you to cut off the head of the snake,” he recalled to the Charge’, adding that working with the US to roll back Iranian influence in Iraq is a strategic priority for the King and his government.

Obviously, this shows that Obama and the far left were on the wrong side of history once again.

…And, Bush was right.

COICA Bill S. 3804 Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act

COICA Bill S. 3804 Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act


The Electronic Frontier Foundation: The COICA Internet Censorship and Copyright Bill

Tech Dirt: Why Voting For COICA Is A Vote For Censorship

Demand Progress: COICA Fact Sheet

US, SKorea launch war games in tense Yellow Sea

War games

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Leftists Advocate Violence Against TEA Party

Workers World Party Activist - "I Got My Scope on You Tea Party Fascists"

Bill Whittle What We Believe, Part 7: American Exceptionalism

Fly With Dignity

Fly With Dignity
features an illustrative photo depicting the TSA assault on Americans.

Yelling "Allahu Akbar!" Muslim teen plotted Xmas car-bombing in Oregon

Muslim tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The case began in August 2009 when Mohamud was in e-mail contact with an unindicted associate overseas who was believed to be involved in terrorist activities. In December 2009, while the unindicted associate was in a frontier province of Pakistan, Mohamud and the associate discussed the possibility of Mohamud traveling to Pakistan to participate in jihad.

Mohamud allegedly told the FBI operative that he had written articles that were published in Jihad Recollections, an online magazine that advocated holy war.

Mohamud allegedly responded he was looking for a "huge mass that will ... be attacked in their own element with their families celebrating the holidays."

U.S. Government Seizes BitTorrent Search Engine Domain and More

When a site has no tracker, carries no torrents, lists no copyright works unless someone searches for them and responds just like Google, accusing it of infringement becomes somewhat of a stretch.

Groceries, Prices, Inflation

11/07/10

Yellow bananas 2.05 lb. @ .49/lb.

Packaged salad 3.69

Non-fat Milk 1 Gal. 3.40

Low Milk 1 Gal. 3.24

OJ 3.59

11/14/10

Packaged salad 3.69

Low Milk 1 Gal. 3.24

11/27/10

Non-fat Milk 3.70

Low-fat Milk 3.40

11/28/10

O.J. Gal. 3.59

12/12/10

Yellow bananas 1 batch, .49 lb.

Packaged Salad 3.69

Skim milk 3.54

Low fat 3.40

More Info on the Flu

Peter Doshi, while at Harvard in the mid-2000s, published a study in the British Medical Journal, and an article for a popular magazine, that systematically unveils the flawed predictive science used to publicize our health agencies’ influenza statistics and mortality rates. Now at MIT, Doshi continues his analysis of a century’s worth of influenza mortality data and government manipulation of influenza data, such as the annual figure of 36,000 influenza deaths we hear and read repeatedly.[1] Doshi's claim is that commercial interests are dictating government policy.[2]

Not surprisingly, the latest Consumers Union poll released on September 30 shows almost two-thirds of parents will withhold vaccinating their children; fifty percent of respondents’ rationale is that the vaccine has not been tested thoroughly for safety.[3] The NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center) provides updated and accurate information regarding the swine flu and vaccinations.

Cf. 1. Doshi, Peter. “Viral Marketing: The Selling of the Flu Vaccine.” Harpers Magazine. March. 2006.

2. “MIT grad student’s study challenges notions of pandemic flu” MIT Tech Talk. April 16, 2008.

3. “Majority of US parents wary of H1N1 vaccine: poll” Reuters Health. October 1, 2009.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Kinect hacks let you control a web browser and Windows 7 using only The Force


DepthJS from Fluid Interfaces on Vimeo.

Wimpy Gets 12 Stiches, Sulks in House

http://news.yahoo.com/video/politics-15749652/game-over-for-obama-23215841


Obama, with an ice pack over his mouth, looks out the second floor window of the White House during the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010 in Washington.… Read more »
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

IRS to Jewish group:

'Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?'

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

India Arms School Girls To Fight Islamists

Indian school girls aim AK-47s as they learn how to wield weapons and combat militants.

TSA Bumperstickers

The Pilgrims and Property Rights

Ian Hunter 16 June 07 San Juan Capistrano CA The Coach House

Twisted Steel



Wash Us Away


When The World Was Round



Just Another Night

Ian Hunter 30 November 01 Village Underground, New York NY Willie Nile

American Spy


Wash Us Away


Michael Picasso

15 Ian Hunter (including 1 Mott The Hoople) Gigs

13 Nov 2010 Mt Tabor NJ At The Tabernacle
12 Nov 2010 New Hope PA Havana
17 Sep 2010 Danbury CT Palace Theater
25 Apr 2010 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater
24 Apr 2010 New York NY The City Winery
23 Apr 2010 New York NY The City Winery
17 Oct 09 New York NY New Yorker Festival
24 Jun 09 New York, NY River To River Festival, Rockefeller Park
15 Dec 07 Philadelphia PA The Trocadero
17 June 07 Los Angeles CA The Key Club
16 June 07 San Juan Capistrano CA The Coach House
15 June 07 Agoura Hills CA The Canyon Club
30 November 01 Village Underground, New York NY Willie Nile
28 October 01 Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia PA John Eddie
14 September 73 MTH, Palladium, Hollywood CA Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Walsh and Barnstorm, Orphan

Ian Hunter, 17 Sep 2010, Danbury CT, Palace Theater

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
















Excerpts: Ian Hunter 9/17 Danbury CT and 12/10 Pawling NY

Obama Oppression

Political Statement for Big Sis

China and Russia Dump Dollar

China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Father Knows Best at Thanksgiving


Father Knows Best, 1954-1963.

35 resources to help students create

Students, Ownership and Creativity: 35 Resources

Prezi could be useful as a presentation tool. The examples on Greece and Rome might be adaptable for many K-12 applications.

Cf. http://clifmims.wetpaint.com/page/Using+Prezi+as+a+Presentation+Tool

Yodio might be handy since you can record anywhere by using a phone.

Military Presence: Kentucky/Ohio



An organization, WeAreChange Ohio, traveled to Newport, Kentucky to investigate the military checkpoints that appeared around the downtown area on 6 September 2009. Officially, this was done for traffic control purposes during the annual Riverfest celebration that is held on both sides of the Ohio River.

Military Police from the U.S. Army National Guard performed a series of tasks throughout the day, which included aiding the local police to close bridges across the river, and to reverse traffic along Monmouth Street in Newport.

Two Military Police officers were located at each corner of Monmouth from the Ohio River to 11th Street, while two Humvees were strategically placed to block traffic onto the Taylor-Southgate Bridge. One of the National Guard members indicated that there were also Marines in the area.

WeAreChange Ohio spoke with a thirty-year veteran of the Newport Police Department, who wished to remain anonymous. He stated that the local municipalities were desperately strapped for funds and that the city had been cutting back his division at the department.

While he welcomed the help from the National Guard, he recognized that funding was being systematically shifted away from local governments in favor of Washington.

The officers interviewed at the festival stated that they were on duty to help the local police. They did make it clear that they would follow orders. They are simply soldiers doing their duty.

Military Personnel Seize Protester, Use LRAD War Device, at G-20





The LRAD war device was deployed in combat situations as crowd control; it is now used by U.S. police forces.

French Defence League Warns Muslims - Stop Praying on our Streets!


Transcript for the Video

Warning to Muslims who believe that the public space can be invaded without consequences.

For a number of years, certain of you muslim gentlemen dare to regularly occupy the public space for your prayers.

This occupation, as you well know, is illegal, and is, as we well know, a provocation and a demonstration of force designed to show your domination in certain parts of France and your contempt for our laws and the secular nature of our country.

These politico-cultural demonstrations are in defiance of our institutions and our culture, they put our territorial integrity under pressure with the aim of forcing the construction of mosques, which are often financed by the money of non-muslims who then find themselves victims of gigantic rackets in which our elected officials are complicit.

Muslim militias and certain muslims totally illegally block the streets to non-muslims, preventing the citizens and residents from circulating, returning home or leaving their houses and the mayors say nothing, the police say nothing, the State says nothing.

Thus it remains for the French Nation, to the citizens themselves to take over because all their representatives have spinelessly bent over in the face of intimidation.

The message sent out by the French nation to the “praying” is clear:

Stop praying immediately on the public highway, it is illegal. Pray elsewhere, or don’t pray, we couldn’t care less about that. Nothing gives you the right to occupy our streets, you must respect our laws.

You are extremely lucky that the French (of all confessions and origins) are so patient and indulgent with you but in the face of your arrogant provocations, one day the limit will be reached.

Then there will no longer be time to whine about discrimination. You will have been the sole cause of your inevitable future troubles if you continue to defy our laws.

Who sows the wind reaps the storm. Stop sowing discord in France, stop occupying our streets and our towns with your inopportune prayers.

Change You Better Believe In

If Republicans Impeach Obama, Should Democrats Go Along for the Ride?

The far-Left blog Firedoglake.com openly questions whether “progressives” would be better off if impeachment hearings begin.

Don't Touch My Junk: TSA Nazis


U.S. Department of Defense War Gaming for Actions Against U.S. Citizens






“UNIFIED QUEST 2011″

* Army Studying implications of “large scale economic breakdown”
* Would force the Army to keep “domestic order amid civil unrest.”
* Army to deal with fragmented global power and drastically lower budgets

New FBI hate crime stats show Jews still much more likely than Muslims to be victim of hate crime assault

Muslims still not attacked more than Jews in the U.S.

North Korea Bombs South Korea



Yeonpyeong island


* Lies 3km (2 miles) from disputed Yellow Sea border and 12km from North Korean coast
* Houses military installations, a permanent Marine detachment and a small civilian population
* Rich fishing grounds in surrounding waters
* Scene of inter-Korean naval clashes in 1999 and 2002
* In the 2002 exchange of fire, 13 Northern sailors and five Southern sailors were killed
North Korea: Timeline 2010

26 March: South Korean warship, Cheonan, sinks, killing 46 sailors

20 May: Panel says a North Korean torpedo sank the ship; Pyongyang denies involvement

July-September: South Korea and US hold military exercises; US places more sanctions on Pyongyang

29 September: North holds rare party congress seen as part of father-to-son succession move

29 October: Troops from North and South Korea exchange fire across the land border

12 November: North Korea shows US scientist new - undeclared - uranium enrichment facility








About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the three-year-long war.


North Korean artillery hits South Korean island.

Monday, November 22, 2010

An Inquiry Reveals 17 Instances in 11 States Using Sharia Law, Not U.S. Law

Sharia Law Over U.S. Law.

No Pat Down for Hillary

Updated Mysterious Missile

A Graphic Representation of the Path of That “Missile”

Chinese sub pops up in middle of U.S. Navy exercise.

The U.S. military might have been caught napping for a second time. Three years to the date exactly the Chinese popped up in a naval exercise.

The Chinese do have a stealth submarine. The stealth submarine is a modified version of the Type 041 Yuan-class submarine. According to military experts, the Yuan-class’s technology borrows heavily from Russian designs. The Yuan-class is reported to use a new air-independent propulsion (AIP) system based on the concept of the Swedish Stirling engine. Chinese naval research institutes are known to have been investigating fuel cell and exhaust recycling AIP designs similar to the French MESMA (Module d’Energie Sous-Marine Autonome) (Jane’s Defense Weekly, October 7; Wen Wei Po [Hong Kong], October 12).

Victory Mosque Applied for Taxpayer Funds to Build

The Victory mosque builders recently applied for a $5 million federal grant from a fund designed to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9/11.

Obama's Flight Buddy/TSA Pat-Down Protest Song/Stripper Arrested/Follow the Money


Grammy-winning musician Steve Vaus has used an Oceanside man's experience with airline security as inspiration for a new parody he released Friday, "Help You Make It to Your Flight."

Like the classic country song "Help Me Make It Through the Night," the song starts off romantic.

Take the ribbon from your hair
Shake it loose and let it fall

Then, it gets right into the sarcasm.

Leave your shoes right over there
Now, get up against the wall

I’ll run my hands inside your thighs
Up your legs and out of sight
But you can trust the TSA
To help you make it to your flight.


Source: Grammy Winner Pens TSA Pat-Down Protest Song | NBC San Diego

A San Diego man was arrested for refusing to complete the security process and for recording the incident on his iPhone, according to his attorney.

The companies with multimillion-dollar contracts to supply American airports with body-scanning machines more than doubled their spending on lobbying in the last five years and hired several high-profile former government officials to advance their causes in Washington.

Body Scanner Manufacturer Accompanies Obama on Trip to India.
7-year old girl: 'Grandmama, they touched you on your special girl spots'...; Woman on TSA patdowns: 'I feel molested.'

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Flight attendant and cancer survivor Cathy Bossi forced to show her prosthetic breast during pat-down

GERALD CELENTE on Fox News Talks About the Airport Scanners

Video: Do Islamic Prophecies Point to Obama?

Part 3

Ron Paul: Cut out this Soviet-style nonsense


Paul's legislation, H.R. 6416, is just two sentences long, stating:

No law of the United States shall be construed to confer any immunity for a federal employee or agency or any individual or entity that receives federal funds, who subjects an individual to any physical contact (including contact with any clothing the individual is wearing), X-rays, or millimeter waves, or aids in the creation of or views a representation of any part of a individual's body covered by clothing as a condition for such individual to be in an airport or to fly in an aircraft. The preceding sentence shall apply even if the individual or the individual's parent, guardian, or any other individual gives consent.


Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., took to the House floor to say, "A nationwide revolt is developing over the body scanners at the airports, and it should."

Top 25 Sites of 2010

by David Kapuler

Experts: Mystery contrail was from Chinese missile


'Muted response' was decision 'made by the president himself'

The TSA Out of Control

Young Boy strip searched, 3 Year Old Girl Searched, Travelors Humiliated by TSA

A man undergoes a pat-down during TSA security screening, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)




Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn't set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn't complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn't end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn't hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, that is when this video begins.

SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON NOVEMBER 19TH AT AROUND THE TIME OF 12:00 PM

3 Year old searched at checkpoint


TSA pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine.

Flight attendant and cancer survivor forced to show her prosthetic breast during pat-down


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The Fourth Amendment

Soda pop, sales tax targeted to cut deficit

A group of experts on the U.S. federal budget deficit called for a 2011 Social Security tax holiday, a soft drink tax and government spending freezes.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Let's Slim Down the 1st Amendment

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/11/17/sen_rockefeller_fcc_should_take_fox_news_msnbc_off_airwaves.html

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): "There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future."

John Mackey, The Future of Capitalism, CEO, Whole Foods Market

Taiwanese animators take on TSA...


The former secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, represents Rapiscan, the company which is selling these scanners to his former department.


Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., former Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee and the current top Republican on the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, blasts TSA's invasive "pat downs" during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on November 17, 2010. Duncan also questions the role of lucrative government contracts in TSA's new naked body scanning machines. The text of the speech is copied below:

"Mr. Speaker:

A nationwide revolt is developing over the body scanners at the airports, and it should.

Hundreds of thousands of frequent fliers who fly each week are upset about getting these frequent doses of radiation.

Parents are upset about being forced to have their children radiated or being touched inappropriately by an unrelated adult.

There is already plenty of security at the airport, but now we are going to spend up to $300 million to install 1,000 scanners.

This is much more about money than it is about security.

The former secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, represents Rapiscan, the company which is selling these scanners to his former department.

Far too many federal contracts are sweetheart, insider deals.

Companies hire former high ranking federal officials, and then magically, those companies get hugely profitable federal contracts.

The American people should not have to choose between having full-body radiation or a very embarrassing, intrusive pat-down every time they fly, as if they were criminals.

We need a little more balance and common sense on this."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Quotes Lenin, Jefferson, Washington

"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation."
“The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.”
“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.”
---Vladimir Lenin---

"If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny."
---Thomas Jefferson---

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
---George Washington---

Bis Sis Will Likely Not Require Full Pat Down on Muslims

The Safest Airline

There's no question. It's El Al, Israel’s national airline.

Nearly 15% o many U.S. government and military sites, was briefly redirected through computer servers in China in April

The capability could enable severe malicious activities including the diversion of data and the interception of supposedly secure encrypted Internet traffic.

26% of the public believes Obama will be reelected

D.C. elites think Obama will be reelected.

Monday, November 15, 2010

One and Done: Schoen, Caddell Say Obama Should Sit Out 2012

Schoen and Caddell team up to gang up on Obama.

Krugman Says Death Panels are Coming

New York Times Columnist Says Death Panels Needed to Fix Economy

Mum on Obama, Bush hails Clinton as friend...


Bush is back.

Update: Bikers Rally To Support Boy's Flag Display

http://www.kcra.com/r/25795718/detail.html

And, an interesting sidelight is the background of Cinco de Mayo as a beer promotion.

Councilman calls cops on boys' cupcake sale


New Castle councilman calls cops on boys' cupcake sale.

The Terrorists Have Won

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Obama's G-20 Performance an "Embarrassing Disappointment"

Obama hasn't got a clue; he does not dispute the Communist from asking a question representing all of Asia. He never challenges the premise and if I were in the Korean delegation I would be alarmed. This is the country we expect to protect us? No wonder no Korean reporter stepped in. China is running and representing Asia and the Koreans know it. Obama does the politically correct dance and emphasizes "fairness." He even compliments the Communist by validating the Chinese position. "You make a valid point."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToiZ7N9GEvg

Obama arrived at the G-20 economic summit confident that his free trade agreement with South Korea was in the bag. But as Chip Reid reports, the president walked away empty-handed after South Korea refused to open its market to U.S. automobiles.

芮成钢G20峰会提问奥巴马CCTV版

芮成钢是CCTV2"财经频道"的记者和主持人,所以那些恨党的愤青们不要在这丢自己­的脸了,要骂上优酷土豆骂去,家丑也不能这么赤裸裸的外扬呀~如果知道一点全球经济新­闻的人就不会这么愚昧的骂自己人了。自称"中华民国"的人也少在那边落井下石,你认为­你不是中国人可你们的祖先总是中国人吧?



(composite video) "I hate to disappoint you, President Obama, I am actually Chinese. But I think I get to represent entire Asia, part of the family on this side of the world..."

During President's Obama's press conference CCTV anchor Rui Chenggang seized the chance to ask the last question given to the Korean press..... there was almost no chance for reporters outside of Unite States to ask questions..... and these questions were all from Barack Obama named members of the White House press..... he decided to add one more question, but stressed that a question from the Korean press..... however there was not one Korean reporter raising their hands..... this was a rare scene for president Obama and also quite embarrassing.....

China's CCTV anchor Rui Chenggang:-
Rui: "How about if Korean press allow me to ask a question on your behalf? Yes?"

Obama: "Depends if a Korean reporter will rather have the question..." Pause..... "No? No takers? This is getting more complicated than I expected..."

Rui: "Take one quick question from Asia, President Obama."

Obama: "...go ahead ask your question, I want to make sure the Korean press gets a question as well..." (maybe pretending that Rui was actually Korean...???)

Rui: My question is very simple, you mentioned interpretation, I know part of the difficulties of being the American President is some of the decisions that you take, actions that you make will be Interpreted in a way that are not what you thought it would be or what you meant it would be. For instance some of the actions you have taken were interpreted as anti-business domestically in the United Sates. And as someone just mentioned some of the action taken by the US government that you represent as well were interpreted as sacrificing other country's interest for America's own benefit. You find yourself constantly being interpreted thousands of ways, how do you address these interpretations? http://www.chinahush.com/2010/11/14/c... (see VIDEO + PIC)

American Police State, Operation Defuse 1, Fusion Centers & Information Sharing


Join John Bush the Executive Director of Texans for Accountable Government and Catherine Bush the Executive Director of The Liberty Restoration Project talk about the use of fusion centers and information sharing. Originally set up to keep information on terrorists these information centers are now being used to track criminals as well private citizen who might be considered a risk.

A Fusion Center is a terrorism prevention and response center that was started as a joint project between the Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justices Office of Justice Programs between 2003 and 2007.

The fusion centers gather information not only from government sources, but also from their partners in the private sector.

Visit the Operation Defuse Website at;
http://www.operationdefuse.com/

Visit the Texans For Accountable Government Website at;
http://www.tagtexas.org

Visit the Liberty Restoration Project Website at;
http://www.libertyrestorationproject....

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Ian Hunter, At The Tabernacle, Mt. Tabor, NJ,, 13 November 2010

Words (Big Mouth) & Arms and Legs


I Wish I Was Your Mother


Ian Hunter and the Rant Band play for 375 fans. This was the encore number. Ian played all mellow songs & ballads at this show. Video copyright Ian Hunter/Tamara Guo/Redlands Video

Ships


Angel of 8th Avenue


Sweet Jane



Ian Hunter in New York and New Jersey: It’s a bloody long way

David Johansen - Well, I've Been To Memphis - (live) At The Tabernacle - 11.13.10


David Johansen and Brian Koonin open the show for Ian Hunter At The Tabernacle in Mt. Tabor, NJ. This was a very small gig for only 375 people. This song was from the Harry Smith's album.

Teachscape video

Video for the best elementary schools.

Conspiracy Theory

Foreign nations allowed to challenge the laws of a sovereign US state

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization


http://www.ted.com David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate. Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/top10

Obama White House Hands Out 111 Obamacare Waivers- Hides It on Website


The Obama Administration has handed out 111 Obamacare waivers to US companies... And, they're hiding this from the American public. It takes 6 clicks to find out this information on the Health Care website. Unfortunately, if you're a small business or don't have connections you can't get a waiver for your company. That's the new reality under the Obama-Pelosi regime.

TSA ejects man from airport for refusing security check

John Tyner the folk hero has posted his encounter with the TSA. Some of the audio and video of the encounter is available.

Part 1


Part 2

Secret Walmart Survey Shows Inflation Already Here

Bernanke keeping interest rates artificially low is sparking outrage among central bank chiefs around the world, who feel the U.S. is essentially exporting inflation.

Passengers Are Opting Out


Airport body-scan radiation under scrutiny.


Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says.

Passengers are opting out with a we-won't-fly campaign. In the meantime, the lobbyists have done their best for clients and highly connected companies have made significant income from the deal.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ian Hunter, Highline Ballroom 11th November 2010

Irene Wilde



Roll Away the Stone


Girl From the Office



Life After Death


All The Way From Memphis


All The Young Dudes



A snippet of:

All the way from Memphis


A bit 'o:


A snippet of:

ATYD

Ian Hunter, Havana, New Hope, 12 November 2010

A bit of dinner on the balcony before the show.














Ian Hunter, Havana, New Hope

Opening act Joe Hurley & the Gents ~ Irish Breakfast in a Greek Diner

Democrats Ask Barry Obama to Drop Out

Dem Strategist Doug Schoen: Obama Shouldn't Seek Second Term

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/11/13/dem_strategist_doug_schoen_obama_shouldnt_seek_second_term.html

Top Dems Say Obummer Should Get Out

TSA Manhandles 3-Year Old (Probably Not a Terrorist)

Mainstream ABC News: Obama Strikes Out in Asia

ABC News: Obama Strikes Out in Asia

School Forces Boy To Take Flag Off Bike: Safety, Racial Tension

School Forces Boy To Take Flag Off Bike - Central Coast News Story - KSBW The Central Coast

Quantitative Easing Explained

Quantitative Easing Explained, 6:48 (2:06, 3:19-language omitted to play in class)

Arafat museum in works

Yasser Arafat had a knack for turning ordinary objects into symbols, including the black-and-white checkered headdress that came to represent the Palestinian quest for a homeland.

Another Major Challenge to U.S. Power in Latin America

Iran, Venezuela plan to build rival to Panama Canal

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bizarre Statements "Proving" Missile is Airplane

Pentagon, NASA Experts Say Mystery Plume Came From Plane. When you read the actual statements they seem more likely to be advancing evidence for a missile.

Veteran's Day Tribute Video[November 11th 2010]

How Liberals Argue

Runaway Slave asks One Nation Rally - "Free At Last?"

Muslim Protesters Create Havoc: 'British soldiers burn in hell'

The fight is global.

Chopper Films Red-Hot Streak Moving Behind Emp. State Bldg

The recent targeting of Christians in attacks in Baghdad

Pope condemns violence 'in the name of God'

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

'62 letter from father ignores Obama, mom

'My wife is in Nairobi and I would really appreciate any help you may give her.'

Former CIA Director Defends Oklahoma Ban on Shariah Law

James Woolsey Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force

Liberal Group Joins Conservative Group in Calling for $600 Billion in Federal Spending Cuts

$600 bllion in budget cuts proposed by National Taxpayer's Union and U.S. Public Interest Research Group: liberal and conservative group agree.

Obama's Indonesian Muslim Speech

Remarks by Obama at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia

University of Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia
9:30 A.M. WIT
THE PRESIDENT:  Terima kasihTerima kasih, thank you so much, thank you, everybody.  Selamat pagi.  (Applause.)  It is wonderful to be here at the University of Indonesia.  To the faculty and the staff and the students, and to Dr. Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri, thank you so much for your hospitality.  (Applause.)
Assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera.  Thank you for this wonderful welcome.  Thank you to the people of Jakarta and thank you to the people of Indonesia.
Pulang kampung nih.  (Applause.)  I am so glad that I made it back to Indonesia and that Michelle was able to join me.  We had a couple of false starts this year, but I was determined to visit a country that’s meant so much to me.  And unfortunately, this visit is too short, but I look forward to coming back a year from now when Indonesia hosts the East Asia Summit.  (Applause.)
Before I go any further, I want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with all of those Indonesians who are affected by the recent tsunami and the volcanic eruptions -- particularly those who’ve lost loved ones, and those who’ve been displaced.  And I want you all to know that as always, the United States stands with Indonesia in responding to natural disasters, and we are pleased to be able to help as needed.  As neighbors help neighbors and families take in the displaced, I know that the strength and the resilience of the Indonesian people will pull you through once more.
Let me begin with a simple statement:  Indonesia bagian dari didi saya.  (Applause.)  I first came to this country when my mother married an Indonesian named Lolo Soetoro.  And as a young boy I was -- as a young boy I was coming to a different world.  But the people of Indonesia quickly made me feel at home.

Jakarta -- now, Jakarta looked very different in those days.  The city was filled with buildings that were no more than a few stories tall.  This was back in 1967, ‘68 -- most of you weren’t born yet.  (Laughter.)  The Hotel Indonesia was one of the few high rises, and there was just one big department store called Sarinah.  That was it.  (Applause.)  Betchaks and bemos, that’s how you got around.  They outnumbered automobiles in those days.  And you didn’t have all the big highways that you have today.  Most of them gave way to unpaved roads and the kampongs.

So we moved to Menteng Dalam, where -- (applause) -- hey, some folks from Menteng Dalam right here.  (Applause.)  And we lived in a small house.  We had a mango tree out front.  And I learned to love Indonesia while flying kites and running along the paddy fields and catching dragonflies, buying satay and baso from the street vendors.  (Applause.)  I still remember the call of the vendors.  Satay!  (Laughter.)  I remember that.  Baso!  (Laughter.)  But most of all, I remember the people -- the old men and women who welcomed us with smiles; the children who made a foreign child feel like a neighbor and a friend; and the teachers who helped me learn about this country.

Because Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands, and hundreds of languages, and people from scores of regions and ethnic groups, my time here helped me appreciate the common humanity of all people.  And while my stepfather, like most Indonesians, was raised a Muslim, he firmly believed that all religions were worthy of respect.  And in this way -- (applause) -- in this way he reflected the spirit of religious tolerance that is enshrined in Indonesia’s Constitution, and that remains one of this country’s defining and inspiring characteristics.  (Applause.)

Now, I stayed here for four years -- a time that helped shape my childhood; a time that saw the birth of my wonderful sister, Maya; a time that made such an impression on my mother that she kept returning to Indonesia over the next 20 years to live and to work and to travel -- and to pursue her passion of promoting opportunity in Indonesia’s villages, especially opportunity for women and for girls.  And I was so honored -- (applause) -- I was so honored when President Yudhoyono last night at the state dinner presented an award on behalf of my mother, recognizing the work that she did.  And she would have been so proud, because my mother held Indonesia and its people very close to her heart for her entire life.  (Applause.)
So much has changed in the four decades since I boarded a plane to move back to Hawaii.  If you asked me -- or any of my schoolmates who knew me back then -- I don’t think any of us could have anticipated that one day I would come back to Jakarta as the President of the United States.  (Applause.)  And few could have anticipated the remarkable story of Indonesia over these last four decades.

The Jakarta that I once knew has grown into a teeming city of nearly 10 million, with skyscrapers that dwarf the Hotel Indonesia, and thriving centers of culture and of commerce.  While my Indonesian friends and I used to run in fields with water buffalo and goats -- (laughter) -- a new generation of Indonesians is among the most wired in the world -- connected through cell phones and social networks. And while Indonesia as a young nation focused inward, a growing Indonesia now plays a key role in the Asia Pacific and in the global economy.  (Applause.)

Now, this change also extends to politics.  When my stepfather was a boy, he watched his own father and older brother leave home to fight and die in the struggle for Indonesian independence.  And I’m happy to be here on Heroes Day to honor the memory of so many Indonesians who have sacrificed on behalf of this great country.  (Applause.)

When I moved to Jakarta, it was 1967, and it was a time that had followed great suffering and conflict in parts of this country.  And even though my stepfather had served in the Army, the violence and killing during that time of political upheaval was largely unknown to me because it was unspoken by my Indonesian family and friends.  In my household, like so many others across Indonesia, the memories of that time were an invisible presence.  Indonesians had their independence, but oftentimes they were afraid to speak their minds about issues.

In the years since then, Indonesia has charted its own course through an extraordinary democratic transformation -- from the rule of an iron fist to the rule of the people.  In recent years, the world has watched with hope and admiration as Indonesians embraced the peaceful transfer of power and the direct election of leaders.  And just as your democracy is symbolized by your elected President and legislature, your democracy is sustained and fortified by its checks and balances:  a dynamic civil society; political parties and unions; a vibrant media and engaged citizens who have ensured that -- in Indonesia -- there will be no turning back from democracy.

But even as this land of my youth has changed in so many ways, those things that I learned to love about Indonesia -- that spirit of tolerance that is written into your Constitution; symbolized in mosques and churches and temples standing alongside each other; that spirit that’s embodied in your people -- that still lives on.  (Applause.)  Bhinneka Tunggal Ika -- unity in diversity.  (Applause.)  This is the foundation of Indonesia’s example to the world, and this is why Indonesia will play such an important part in the 21st century.

So today, I return to Indonesia as a friend, but also as a President who seeks a deep and enduring partnership between our two countries.  (Applause.)  Because as vast and diverse countries; as neighbors on either side of the Pacific; and above all as democracies -- the United States and Indonesia are bound together by shared interests and shared values.

Yesterday, President Yudhoyono and I announced a new Comprehensive Partnership between the United States and Indonesia.  We are increasing ties between our governments in many different areas, and -- just as importantly -- we are increasing ties among our people.  This is a partnership of equals, grounded in mutual interests and mutual respect.

So with the rest of my time today, I’d like to talk about why the story I just told -- the story of Indonesia since the days when I lived here -- is so important to the United States and to the world.  I will focus on three areas that are closely related, and fundamental to human progress -- development, democracy and religious faith.

First, the friendship between the United States and Indonesia can advance our mutual interest in development.

When I moved to Indonesia, it would have been hard to imagine a future in which the prosperity of families in Chicago and Jakarta would be connected.  But our economies are now global, and Indonesians have experienced both the promise and the perils of globalization:  from the shock of the Asian financial crisis in the ‘90s, to the millions lifted out of poverty because of increased trade and commerce.  What that means -- and what we learned in the recent economic crisis -- is that we have a stake in each other’s success.

America has a stake in Indonesia growing and developing, with prosperity that is broadly shared among the Indonesian people -- because a rising middle class here in Indonesia means new markets for our goods, just as America is a market for goods coming from Indonesia.  So we are investing more in Indonesia, and our exports have grown by nearly 50 percent, and we are opening doors for Americans and Indonesians to do business with one another.
America has a stake in an Indonesia that plays its rightful role in shaping the global economy.  Gone are the days when seven or eight countries would come together to determine the direction of global markets.  That’s why the G20 is now the center of international economic cooperation, so that emerging economies like Indonesia have a greater voice and also bear greater responsibility for guiding the global economy.  And through its leadership of the G20’s anti-corruption group, Indonesia should lead on the world stage and by example in embracing transparency and accountability.  (Applause.)

America has a stake in an Indonesia that pursues sustainable development, because the way we grow will determine the quality of our lives and the health of our planet.  And that’s why we’re developing clean energy technologies that can power industry and preserve Indonesia’s precious natural resources -- and America welcomes your country’s strong leadership in the global effort to combat climate change.

Above all, America has a stake in the success of the Indonesian people.  Underneath the headlines of the day, we must build bridges between our people, because our future security and prosperity is shared.  And that is exactly what we’re doing -- by increasing collaboration among our scientists and researchers, and by working together to foster entrepreneurship.  And I’m especially pleased that we have committed to double the number of American and Indonesian students studying in our respective countries.  (Applause.)  We want more Indonesian students in American schools, and we want more American students to come study in this country.  (Applause.)  We want to forge new ties and greater understanding between young people in this young century.

These are the issues that really matter in our daily lives.  Development, after all, is not simply about growth rates and numbers on a balance sheet.  It’s about whether a child can learn the skills they need to make it in a changing world.  It’s about whether a good idea is allowed to grow into a business, and not suffocated by corruption.  It’s about whether those forces that have transformed the Jakarta I once knew -- technology and trade and the flow of people and goods -- can translate into a better life for all Indonesians, for all human beings, a life marked by dignity and opportunity.

Now, this kind of development is inseparable from the role of democracy.
   
Today, we sometimes hear that democracy stands in the way of economic progress.  This is not a new argument.  Particularly in times of change and economic uncertainty, some will say that it is easier to take a shortcut to development by trading away the right of human beings for the power of the state.  But that’s not what I saw on my trip to India, and that is not what I see here in Indonesia.  Your achievements demonstrate that democracy and development reinforce one another.

Like any democracy, you have known setbacks along the way.  America is no different.  Our own Constitution spoke of the effort to forge a “more perfect union,” and that is a journey that we’ve traveled ever since.  We’ve endured civil war and we struggled to extend equal rights to all of our citizens.  But it is precisely this effort that has allowed us to become stronger and more prosperous, while also becoming a more just and a more free society.

Like other countries that emerged from colonial rule in the last century, Indonesia struggled and sacrificed for the right to determine your destiny.  That is what Heroes Day is all about -- an Indonesia that belongs to Indonesians.  But you also ultimately decided that freedom cannot mean replacing the strong hand of a colonizer with a strongman of your own.

Of course, democracy is messy.  Not everyone likes the results of every election.  You go through your ups and downs.  But the journey is worthwhile, and it goes beyond casting a ballot.  It takes strong institutions to check the power -- the concentration of power.  It takes open markets to allow individuals to thrive.  It takes a free press and an independent justice system to root out abuses and excess, and to insist on accountability.  It takes open society and active citizens to reject inequality and injustice.

These are the forces that will propel Indonesia forward.  And it will require a refusal to tolerate the corruption that stands in the way of opportunity; a commitment to transparency that gives every Indonesian a stake in their government; and a belief that the freedom of Indonesians -- that Indonesians have fought for is what holds this great nation together.

That is the message of the Indonesians who have advanced this democratic story -- from those who fought in the Battle of Surabaya 55 years ago today; to the students who marched peacefully for democracy in the 1990s; to leaders who have embraced the peaceful transition of power in this young century.  Because ultimately, it will be the rights of citizens that will stitch together this remarkable Nusantara that stretches from Sabang to Merauke, an insistence -- (applause) -- an insistence that every child born in this country should be treated equally, whether they come from Java or Aceh; from Bali or Papua.  (Applause.)  That all Indonesians have equal rights.

That effort extends to the example that Indonesia is now setting abroad.  Indonesia took the initiative to establish the Bali Democracy Forum, an open forum for countries to share their experiences and best practices in fostering democracy.  Indonesia has also been at the forefront of pushing for more attention to human rights within ASEAN.  The nations of Southeast Asia must have the right to determine their own destiny, and the United States will strongly support that right.  But the people of Southeast Asia must have the right to determine their own destiny as well.  And that’s why we condemned elections in Burma recently that were neither free nor fair.  That is why we are supporting your vibrant civil society in working with counterparts across this region.  Because there’s no reason why respect for human rights should stop at the border of any country.

Hand in hand, that is what development and democracy are about -- the notion that certain values are universal.  Prosperity without freedom is just another form of poverty.  Because there are aspirations that human beings share -- the liberty of knowing that your leader is accountable to you, and that you won’t be locked up for disagreeing with them; the opportunity to get an education and to be able to work with dignity; the freedom to practice your faith without fear or restriction.  Those are universal values that must be observed everywhere.
Now, religion is the final topic that I want to address today, and -- like democracy and development -- it is fundamental to the Indonesian story.

Like the other Asian nations that I’m visiting on this trip, Indonesia is steeped in spirituality -- a place where people worship God in many different ways.  Along with this rich diversity, it is also home to the world’s largest Muslim population -- a truth I came to know as a boy when I heard the call to prayer across Jakarta.

Just as individuals are not defined solely by their faith, Indonesia is defined by more than its Muslim population.  But we also know that relations between the United States and Muslim communities have frayed over many years.  As President, I have made it a priority to begin to repair these relations.  (Applause.)  As part of that effort, I went to Cairo last June, and I called for a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world -- one that creates a path for us to move beyond our differences.

I said then, and I will repeat now, that no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust.  But I believed then, and I believe today, that we do have a choice.  We can choose to be defined by our differences, and give in to a future of suspicion and mistrust.  Or we can choose to do the hard work of forging common ground, and commit ourselves to the steady pursuit of progress.  And I can promise you -- no matter what setbacks may come, the United States is committed to human progress.  That is who we are.  That is what we’ve done.  And that is what we will do.  (Applause.)

Now, we know well the issues that have caused tensions for many years -- and these are issues that I addressed in Cairo.  In the 17 months that have passed since that speech, we have made some progress, but we have much more work to do.

Innocent civilians in America, in Indonesia and across the world are still targeted by violent extremism.  I made clear that America is not, and never will be, at war with Islam.  Instead, all of us must work together to defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates, who have no claim to be leaders of any religion –-- certainly not a great, world religion like Islam.  But those who want to build must not cede ground to terrorists who seek to destroy.  And this is not a task for America alone.  Indeed, here in Indonesia, you’ve made progress in rooting out extremists and combating such violence.

In Afghanistan, we continue to work with a coalition of nations to build the capacity of the Afghan government to secure its future.  Our shared interest is in building peace in a war-torn land -- a peace that provides no safe haven for violent extremists, and that provide hope for the Afghan people.

Meanwhile, we’ve made progress on one of our core commitments -- our effort to end the war in Iraq.  Nearly 100,000 American troops have now left Iraq under my presidency.  (Applause.)  Iraqis have taken full responsibility for their security.  And we will continue to support Iraq as it forms an inclusive government, and we will bring all of our troops home.

In the Middle East, we have faced false starts and setbacks, but we’ve been persistent in our pursuit of peace.  Israelis and Palestinians restarted direct talks, but enormous obstacles remain.  There should be no illusion that peace and security will come easy.  But let there be no doubt:  America will spare no effort in working for the outcome that is just, and that is in the interests of all the parties involved -- two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.  That is our goal.  (Applause.)

The stakes are high in resolving all of these issues.  For our world has grown smaller, and while those forces that connect us have unleashed opportunity and great wealth, they also empower those who seek to derail progress.  One bomb in a marketplace can obliterate the bustle of daily commerce.  One whispered rumor can obscure the truth and set off violence between communities that once lived together in peace.  In an age of rapid change and colliding cultures, what we share as human beings can sometimes be lost.

But I believe that the history of both America and Indonesia should give us hope.  It is a story written into our national mottos.  In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum -- out of many, one.  Bhinneka Tunggal Ika -- unity in diversity.  (Applause.)  We are two nations, which have traveled different paths.  Yet our nations show that hundreds of millions who hold different beliefs can be united in freedom under one flag.  And we are now building on that shared humanity -- through young people who will study in each other’s schools; through the entrepreneurs forging ties that can lead to greater prosperity; and through our embrace of fundamental democratic values and human aspirations.
  
Before I came here, I visited Istiqlal mosque -- a place of worship that was still under construction when I lived in Jakarta.  And I admired its soaring minaret and its imposing dome and welcoming space.  But its name and history also speak to what makes Indonesia great.  Istiqlal means independence, and its construction was in part a testament to the nation’s struggle for freedom.  Moreover, this house of worship for many thousands of Muslims was designed by a Christian architect.  (Applause.)

Such is Indonesia’s spirit.  Such is the message of Indonesia’s inclusive philosophy, Pancasila.  (Applause.)  Across an archipelago that contains some of God’s most beautiful creations, islands rising above an ocean named for peace, people choose to worship God as they please.  Islam flourishes, but so do other faiths.  Development is strengthened by an emerging democracy.  Ancient traditions endure, even as a rising power is on the move.

That is not to say that Indonesia is without imperfections.  No country is.  But here we can find the ability to bridge divides of race and region and religion -- by the ability to see yourself in other people.  As a child of a different race who came here from a distant country, I found this spirit in the greeting that I received upon moving here:  Selamat Datang.  As a Christian visiting a mosque on this visit, I found it in the words of a leader who was asked about my visit and said, “Muslims are also allowed in churches.  We are all God’s followers.”

That spark of the divine lives within each of us.  We cannot give in to doubt or cynicism or despair.  The stories of Indonesia and America should make us optimistic, because it tells us that history is on the side of human progress; that unity is more powerful than division; and that the people of this world can live together in peace.  May our two nations, working together, with faith and determination, share these truths with all mankind.
Sebagai penutup, saya mengucapkan kepada seluruh rakyat Indonesiaterima kasih atasTerima kasihAssalamualaikum.  Thank you.
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10:31 A.M. WIT

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Reading since summer 2006 (some of the classics are re-reads): including magazine subscriptions

  • Abbot, Edwin A., Flatland;
  • Accelerate: Technology Driving Business Performance;
  • ACM Queue: Architecting Tomorrow's Computing;
  • Adkins, Lesley and Roy A. Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome;
  • Ali, Ayaan Hirsi, Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations;
  • Ali, Tariq, The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads, and Modernity;
  • Allawi, Ali A., The Crisis of Islamic Civilization;
  • Alperovitz, Gar, The Decision To Use the Atomic Bomb;
  • American School & University: Shaping Facilities & Business Decisions;
  • Angelich, Jane, What's a Mother (in-Law) to Do?: 5 Essential Steps to Building a Loving Relationship with Your Son's New Wife;
  • Arad, Yitzchak, In the Shadow of the Red Banner: Soviet Jews in the War Against Nazi Germany;
  • Aristotle, Athenian Constitution. Eudemian Ethics. Virtues and Vices. (Loeb Classical Library No. 285);
  • Aristotle, Metaphysics: Books X-XIV, Oeconomica, Magna Moralia (The Loeb classical library);
  • Armstrong, Karen, A History of God;
  • Arrian: Anabasis of Alexander, Books I-IV (Loeb Classical Library No. 236);
  • Atkinson, Rick, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (Liberation Trilogy);
  • Auletta, Ken, Googled: The End of the World As We Know It;
  • Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice;
  • Bacevich, Andrew, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism;
  • Baker, James A. III, and Lee H. Hamilton, The Iraq Study Group Report: The Way Forward - A New Approach;
  • Barber, Benjamin R., Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy;
  • Barnett, Thomas P.M., Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating;
  • Barnett, Thomas P.M., The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century;
  • Barron, Robert, Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith;
  • Baseline: Where Leadership Meets Technology;
  • Baur, Michael, Bauer, Stephen, eds., The Beatles and Philosophy;
  • Beard, Charles Austin, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (Sony Reader);
  • Benjamin, Daniel & Steven Simon, The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War Against America;
  • Bergen, Peter, The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader;
  • Berman, Paul, Terror and Liberalism;
  • Berman, Paul, The Flight of the Intellectuals: The Controversy Over Islamism and the Press;
  • Better Software: The Print Companion to StickyMinds.com;
  • Bleyer, Kevin, Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America;
  • Boardman, Griffin, and Murray, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World;
  • Bracken, Paul, The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics;
  • Bradley, James, with Ron Powers, Flags of Our Fathers;
  • Bronte, Charlotte, Jane Eyre;
  • Bronte, Emily, Wuthering Heights;
  • Brown, Ashley, War in Peace Volume 10 1974-1984: The Marshall Cavendish Encyclopedia of Postwar Conflict;
  • Brown, Ashley, War in Peace Volume 8 The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of Postwar Conflict;
  • Brown, Nathan J., When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics;
  • Bryce, Robert, Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence";
  • Bush, George W., Decision Points;
  • Bzdek, Vincent, The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled;
  • Cahill, Thomas, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter;
  • Campus Facility Maintenance: Promoting a Healthy & Productive Learning Environment;
  • Campus Technology: Empowering the World of Higher Education;
  • Certification: Tools and Techniques for the IT Professional;
  • Channel Advisor: Business Insights for Solution Providers;
  • Chariton, Callirhoe (Loeb Classical Library);
  • Chief Learning Officer: Solutions for Enterprise Productivity;
  • Christ, Karl, The Romans: An Introduction to Their History and Civilization;
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A tax on toilet paper; I kid you not. According to the sponsor, "the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act will be financed broadly by small fees on such things as . . . products disposed of in waste water." Congress wants to tax what you do in the privacy of your bathroom.

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