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.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

14-year-old Kory Shore is “Crying for America”

14-year-old Kory Shore is “Crying for America”

Boy Suspended for Bringing Bible To School Files Suit

A San Diego-area teen suspended for bringing his Bible to school and talking about his faith has filed a lawsuit against the school district, the superintendent, an assistant principal, and a teacher.

‘Water Walking Balls’






Nanny State Update – ‘Water Walking Balls’ Deemed Deadly (Despite Nobody Dying)

Obama vs. Obama on War


Obama in 2002: Toppling Brutal Dictator a ‘Dumb War’

Herman Cain- "A Real Black Man May Run Against Barack Obama"

Wal-Mart CEO Bill Simon expects inflation

Alert Issued After Security Incident On Camp Pendleton

3 Middle Eastern Men Tried To Enter Base Without Proper Authorization, Base Alert Says

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rep. Bachmann: Our Military Doesn't Belong in Libya

Obama’s draft registration from 1980

According to the Social Security Administration, the Social Security number was never issued; however, that’s the Social Security number that appears on the Selective Service documents

Retired Air Force Col. Gregory Hollister said the Social Security number on what he says is Obama’s draft registration begins with the numbers 042, which would be issued to someone born in Connecticut, not Hawaii.

Holocaust Denier, Deputy of Yasser Arafat Crafts Obama Doctrine

Another stunner behind Obama's Libya doctrine

Abbas and Palestinian Authority leaders attend Fatah performance presenting Israel as Palestine

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian Authority leaders attend a song performance that presents Israeli cities and places as "Palestinian." This is an example of how the PA routinely denies Israel's existence and right to exist by referring to all of Israel as "Palestine," and referring to all Israeli locations as "Palestinian."

Palestinian Authority officials sitting in the audience:
- Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority
- Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Fatah Central Committee
- Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee
- Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee
- Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, President's office Sec. Gen.
- Yasser Abd Rabbo, PLO Sec. Gen.
- Ahmed Tibi, Israeli Arab Member of Knesset

Transcription:
"We commit and promise to stand behind you, oh Mahmoud Abbas, until Judgment Day. I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free. No matter how long the nights of exile, I am returning to you, oh land. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra (northern Israel) our coast, and Beit Shean (Israeli city). Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra our coast, and Beit Shean. Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra, north and south, are the picture's borders. From Haifa (Israeli city) and Tantura to the [Jordan] valley (i.e., all of Israel). I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free."
[PA TV (Fatah), Feb. 27, 2011]

Clinton Contradicts Obama

Clinton says "no decision" on arming Libyan rebels.

Obama Arming Muslim Brotherhood? Al Queda?

Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret support for Libya rebels

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Money and March Madness


March Madness makes nearly $700 million a year for the NCAA, but the players will never see a dime. Lowell Bergman talks to Hari Sreenivasan about his recent piece for Frontline that examines the money behind the NCAA.

Hoop Screams: Delaware’s Strange Anti-Basketball Jones


March Sadness: Couple Fights for Basketball Hoop

John McCafferty, 46, said the pole has been on the property since the 1950s, long before the Clear Zone law was enacted, and that he believes it is exempted from the law.

In any event, McCafferty said, the basketball hoop sits in a quiet cul-de-sac with little traffic and has never been a source of contention until now.

“It’s been there for 61 years, and it’s created no problem until this year,” he said.

The McCaffertys said they and other residents believe the controversy stems from an anonymous complaint from an elderly neighbor upset about having to slow down for kids playing in the neighborhood.

“This is obnoxious,” he said.

Ten Ideas for Educating Innovatively with Phone Casting

(aka Podcasting made easy) by Lisa Nielsen

New Study on Hate Crimes Debunks Muslim Victimization

In fact, the study shows that religious bias crimes - also known as hate crimes - against Muslim Americans, measured by the categories of incidents, offenses or victims, have remained relatively low with a downward trend since 2001, and are significantly less than the numbers of bias crimes against Jewish victims.

Flight From Philadelphia Struck By Stray Bullet

More Than Two-thirds of oil and gas leases in Gulf inactive

We have it but we can't use it.

Marines prepare to deploy off Libyan coast


"Some are trained for aviation combat, others for ground combat. They can handle evacuations and humanitarian missions too."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Meet “the Most Dangerous Islamist on Planet Earth”

He lives in Pennsylvania

Melanie Phillips - British Media Incites Mass Murder and Hatred


Melanie Phillips:

"The British media is failing to report the attacks upon Israel, and only reporting Israeli responses, thus creating the entirely false impression that Israel is the aggressor. Thus in turn creating the kind of hatred of Israel in the world which is leading to mass murder"

מלאני פיליפס- התקשרות הישראלית מסיתה לרצח ושינאה נגד ישראל.
ממשלת ישראל שותקת.

Losing Our Sons Trailer


Announcing the upcoming release of "Losing our Sons," a documentary film investigation into the first successful homegrown Islamist terrorist attack on American soil. This is the story of a young African-American man from Memphis who converted to radical Islam, went to Yemen for terrorism training, and came back to murder a young Marine in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Cost of Libya Intervention $600 Million

Cost of Libya Intervention $600 Million for First Week, Pentagon Says.

SWITL robotic hand device

SWITL robotic hand device scoops up handily.

"Responsibility to Protect": "We can no longer hide behind state sovereignty."

"Responsibility to Protect" - The End of National Sovereignty As We Know It?

iPhone/iPad app wonder that is Angry Birds

Communications frequencies being sent out from Western allies urge [Gadhafi's] commanders to simply give up.

Young Black Activist Blasts Bill Ayers for Opposition to Charter Schools

New Jersey’s Vanessa Jean-Louis questioned Ayers about his opposition to charter schools in this exchange.

Maine Department of Labor Removes ‘Anti-Business’ Mural From Walls

Japan Quake Moment #14: Tsunami Swarms Kesennuma

Explosive Device in Newspaper Injures California Man

You Should Have Listened to Farrakhan When You Were at His Table: New Black Panthers Turn on Obama in an N-Word, Uncle Tom Tirade

Scary? Even Communists Surprised at ‘Radicalization’ of Wis. Dems

Communists and Democrats Join Hands on the Extreme Left.


The heated rhetoric and aggressive attitude of some Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin has surprised many, even revolutionaries, says a leader of the Communist Party USA.

Herman Cain Vows He Won’t Appoint Muslims if He Becomes President


What To Do About High Oil Prices

Policy analysts for the Heritage Foundation offer a few tips.

Obama says too much testing makes education boring

Fewer tests, only administer every few years, judge by attendance rate, make it interesting; of course, it was a bi-partisan Congress that made a national standardized test a requirement in the first place. Now, they are finally discovering that it does not work. This is not a surprise.

Iranian Video Says Mahdi is 'Near'

New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi--or Islamic messiah--is about to appear.

It describes current events in the Middle East as a prelude to the arrival of the mythical tweflth Imam or Mahdi -- the messiah figure who Islamic scriptures say will lead the armies of Islam to victory over all non-Muslims in the last days.


The video claims that Iran is destined to rise as a great power in the last days to help defeat America and Israel and usher in the return of the Mahdi. And it makes clear the Iranians believe that time is fast approaching.

Cf. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/March/Iranian-Regime-Video-Says-Mahdi-is-Near-/

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yemen Martyr

Energized Muslim Brotherhood in Libya eyes a prize

As in Egypt and Tunisia, the Brotherhood in Libya has been energized by the sudden upheaval sweeping the Arab world.

Largely drawn from the devout educated middle classes and university campuses in Tripoli and Benghazi, the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood was founded in the mid-1950s.

In February, as protests in Libya began, Yusuf al Qaradawi -- an Egyptian preacher in Qatar widely viewed as the Muslim Brotherhood's chief spiritual guide -- issued a fatwa or religious ruling obliging any Libyan soldier who had the opportunity to do so to assassinate the leader.

Obama says he didn’t inform Mexico of U.S. gun smuggling operation because

A series of videos are included.

he didn’t know about it

Obama Spending Mixdown

‘Get Out of Darby!’: Video Captures Physical ‘Cop-on-Cop Confrontation’ in Philly Suburb


Bad blood spills over between cops in neighboring Delaware County towns, who are caught on camera in a cop-on-cop confrontation.

Fox 29 has new video tonight of a confrontation between police officers in Darby and Colwyn boroughs.

The county District Attorney is looking into the case, after a Colwyn officer accused Darby’s police chief of assaulting him.

Israel‘s ’Iron Dome’ Rocket Defense System Deploys Today

Video, article, and additional background are available.


How the Iron Dome Works

Israel deploys 'Iron Dome' anti-rocket system.

Why Gaddafi? -- the U.S. and the March of Folly

By David Bukay

Criminal Billy Ayers Mockingly Claims Authorship of Obama Book

Weather Underground terrorist speaks to new generation of SDS

Now its Not Days, Not Weeks but Libya Op To Last Months

But asked on ABC's "This Week" if that would mean a U.S. military commitment until year's end, Gates said, "I don't think anybody knows the answer to that."

The lack of clarity on that question reflects a worry for lawmakers clamoring to hear fuller explanations from the administration on why the U.S. was embroiling itself in another Muslim conflict and what the ultimate goals of the intervention are.

"When it comes to Libya, we started hearing from the U.K., France, Italy, other of our NATO allies," she added. "This was in their vital national interest."

Clinton declined to say if the U.S. might be willing to enter other conflicts where governments attack their own people. She told CBS'"Face The Nation" that it was too early to talk of intervention in Syria, where security forces have opened fire on protesters amid nationwide unrest. Unlike Gadhafi, Syrian President Bashar Assad is a "different leader" and many members of Congress who have visited the country "believe he's a reformer," Clinton said.

Asked about Yemen, where the embattled U.S. ally Ali Abdullah Saleh was just barely holding on to his 33-year-old grip on power, Gates cited grave concerns.

Not in Syria but Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is a “real concern” for the U.S, Gates said on ABC.

International cooperation took place in “record time,” Hillary said, adding that the 1990s bloodshed in places like Rwanda, the Balkans and Kosovo taught the world the dangers of delay. “I’ve never seen anything like it, where the world spoke so unequivocally,” she said on ABC.

The gist of Libya seems to be the preoccupation with the Islamic Middle East as a top priority for Obama and issues of genocide are now considered the top foreign policy focus.

Defense Secretary: Libya Did Not Pose Threat to U.S., Was Not 'Vital National Interest' to Intervene

During his campaign for the Presidency, in December, 2007, Barack Obama told The Boston Globe that “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

Earlier in 2007, then-Senator Hillary Clinton said in a speech on the Senate floor that, “If the administration believes that any -- any -- use of force against Iran is necessary, the President must come to Congress to seek that authority.”

Tapper asked Clinton, “Why not got to Congress?”

“Well, we would welcome congressional support,” the Secretary said, “but I don't think that this kind of internationally authorized intervention where we are one of a number of countries participating to enforce a humanitarian mission is the kind of unilateral action that either I or President Obama was speaking of several years ago.”

“I think that this had a limited timeframe, a very clearly defined mission which we are in the process of fulfilling,” Clinton said.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Remy: Why They Fought

Remy: Why They Fought, 2:19

Studies shows the wealthy in America pay more of the nation's tax burden than in any other industrialized country

Giving the U.S. "the most progressive income tax system" in the world.

A 1981 MTV promo features Ian Hunter

12 Warning Signs of U.S. Hyperinflation

Spread the word.

ATF gunwalking:


Who knew, and how high up?

Obama disavows knowledge.

500,000-strong London march against government cuts

Anarchy in the U.K.

Consumer sentiment in March fell to its lowest level in more than a year

gasoline and food prices rose, a survey released on Friday showed.

'Syrian security forces fire on protesters: 23 dead'

Syria: next stop for Obama's invasion?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Time-lapse video captures rare views of Northern Lights

The Aurora from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd spent one week around Kirkenes and the Norway-Russia border, in -25 Celsius temperature, to make this magnificent time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis.

“empower a revolution”, Robert Gates, US secretary of defence

Syria needs to “empower a revolution”, Robert Gates, US secretary of defense; also, the White House signaled that it was preparing for a change in power in Yemen.

Anti-War Ron Paul

WAR POWERS RESOLUTION and NATO

Cf. Cornell University School of Law

The War Powers Resolution (WPR) states that the President’s powers as Commander in Chief to introduce U.S. forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities can only be exercised pursuant to (1) a declaration of war; (2) specific statutory authority; or (3) a national emergency created by an attack on the United States or its forces.
It requires the President in every possible instance to consult with Congress before introducing American Armed Forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities unless there has been a declaration of war or other specific congressional authorization.
It also requires the President to report to Congress any introduction of forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities; into foreign territory while equipped for combat; or in numbers which substantially enlarge U.S. forces equipped for combat already in a foreign nation.
Once a report is submitted, or ‘required to be submitted’, Congress must authorize the use of force within 60-90 days or the forces must be withdrawn.

The North Atlantic Treaty provides guidance on the operations of its members. Article II of the Treaty states that its

…provisions are to be carried out by the parties “in accordance with their respective constitutional processes”, implying that NATO treaty commitments do not override U.S. constitutional provisions regarding the role of Congress in determining the extent of U.S. participation in NATO missions.

Section 8(a) of the WPR states specifically that authority to introduce U.S. forces into hostilities is not to be inferred from any treaty, ratified before or after 1973, unless implementing legislation specifically authorizes such introduction and says it is intended to constitute an authorization within the meaning of the War Powers Resolution.

Obama advisor calls for the invasion of Israel: Power and Soros

Power expresses support for a "mammoth protection force" against Israel and for the Palestinians. Seven months after 9/11 Power is seen here discussing foreign affairs in this April 2002 interview at Berkeley with Harry Kreisler:


Power was as an Obama adviser from 2005 until the “monster” comment about Hillary Clinton in March of 2008; she is back now on Obama's National Security Council.

Syria needs to “empower a revolution”, Robert Gates, US secretary of defense; also, the White House signaled that it was preparing for a change in power in Yemen.

Soros fingerprints on Libya bombing.

Arizona State Senator Lori Klein reads a letter from a local substitute teacher.

ForceTLS And Strict-Transport-Security

ForceTLS is an adaptation of the ForceHTTPS protocol by Collin Jackson and Adam Barth, which supports a simple HTTP header in forcing automatic connections to HTTPS connections in the future.

US Finances Rank Near Worst in the World:

Study

Surprised that Obama Would Show Up for Work

Bachmann to form exploratory committee

Tea Party support is sure to be forthcoming.

Dem: Obama Told Me We Would Be "In And Out" Of Libya

Dem: Obama Told Me We Would Be "In And Out" Of Libya

"Everything that the President has indicated to me is that we expect to be 'in and out' very quickly. The reason why we started is because we have the technology that the other countries don't have but after the first week or so we're expecting the British, the French and the other NATO countries to really take over for us," Rep. Engel Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) told ABC News' "Top Line" program.

Engel said that Obama needs to address the nation on Libya. Engel says Obama also needs to talk to Congress if the operation in Libya "lasted a few weeks."

Obama Libya 'kinetic military action," Bush Phrase

From Bob Woodward's book, Bush at War: "For many days the war cabinet had been dancing around the basic question: how long could they wait after September 11 before the U.S. started going "kinetic," as they often termed it, against al Qaeda in a visible way?"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

He won, but for what?

He won, but for what?

Maybe the fundamentalists were right all along: "I looked up and saw a white horse standing there. Its rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head. He rode out to win many battles and gain the victory" (Revelation 6:2). The bible seems to prophesy a man of peace who will be hailed by the world. He did escalate the war in Afghanistan by increasing American presence there by 21,000 troops; and, more Americans have died there this year, by October, than have died there in 2001, '02, '03, and '04 combined. Maybe the committee in Norway (the Swedes award the other prizes) forgot about the dead.

Libya, Serbia, Iraq... Libya: Become US President, Declare War!

How much does it cost to invade a country?

Camp Lejeune Marines To Libya

On the ground or not?

About 2,200 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will take part in support operations based aboard USS Kearsarge at sea. Those support operations have thus far included air strikes and one rescue operation. The overall mission is to help end the violence directed at the Libyan people.

Stephen Lerner White House

Economic Terrorist and Obama

Calif. Councilwoman Receives Threats for ‘Anti-Muslim’ Comments

 

DOJ: 9 Months Teaching, 3 Weeks Off For Pilgrimage to Mecca

Justice Department sues on behalf of Muslim teacher.

Could Obama be Impeached over Libya? Let's ask Biden

Obama and Al Qaida Unite Against Gaddafi

Al Qaida commander backs Libyan rebels in message.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pete Seeger - American War Songs Medley

Tom Lehrer - Send the Marines


Recording date: September 11th 1967
Format: Ampex Quadruplex PAL 4:3
Status: A very rare recording
Storage: Sony Digital Betacam
Production and preservation: The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation - the NRK, Norway.

Japan Nuclear Emergency: Experts from Univ. of Michigan Discuss Critical Issues


While exposed spent fuel rods at the failing nuclear reactors in Japan pose new threats, the worst-case scenario would still be unlikely to expose the public to catastrophic amounts of radiation, says a University of Michigan nuclear engineering professor who is an expert on this particular kind of reactor.

"For the public, I don't believe it would be much higher than two additional chest x-rays," said John Lee, a professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, citing the results of the Three Mile Island accident.

While the event appears to have progressed beyond Three Mile Island, Lee said that during that 1979 incident in Harrisburg, Penn., two chest X-rays were the worst radiation exposure experienced by plant workers. The public was exposed to much less.

Lee worked at General Electric during the time the company was making the type of boiling water reactor at the Fukushima plant. His book, "Risk and Safety Analysis of Nuclear Systems," will be published in May.

Spent fuel, which is fuel that has already been used but still retains a level of radioactivity, is a new concern, says Thomas Downar, a professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences.

"The worst thing that could happen now is the fuel rods could be exposed to the air and that could be, then, down to our last barrier," Downar said. "We could not have a recriticality, or a nuclear explosion. It's physically impossible in this kind of system."

Lee and Downar are among the professors in the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences who are studying the technical issues involved in the emergency situation in Japan.

While the researchers understand that the situation is serious, they stress that a "meltdown" does not necessarily mean a major release of harmful radiation, and that the situation, while dire, is still more a kin to Three Mile Island than Chernobyl. A Chernobyl type of explosion is impossible in these plants, Lee said.

The new generation of nuclear reactors in the United States, the researchers say, are equipped with "passive" technologies that allow them to be cooled even during power blackouts. Water does not need to be pumped in, which has been a challenge in Japan.

Experts from the department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at Michigan Engineering discuss some of the critical issues surrounding the nuclear emergency in Japan.

19,000 Jobs Worth $1.1 Billion in Wages Lost Nationally Since Offshore Drilling Moratorium Imposed


Joseph Mason, author of “The Economic Cost of a Moratorium on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration to the Gulf Region.”

Joseph Mason, author of “The Economic Cost of a Moratorium on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration to the Gulf Region,” estimated that the new regional job losses due to the moratorium on offshore oil production in the Gulf region is now 13,000 – up from his original estimate of 8,000.

Mason also estimated the national job losses to have increased from 12,000 to 19,000; regional wage losses to be $800 million, up from $500 million; national wage losses to be $1.1 billion, up from $700 million; lost tax revenues on the state and local level to be $155 million, up from $100 million; and lost tax revenues on the national level to be $350 million, up from $200 million.

QB Trick-Shot Video And He’s 12-Years-Old

9/11 Military Case Has Stalled as White House Pushes for Civilian Trials

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/21/11-military-case-stalled-white-house-pushes-civilian-trials/

Libya: Who is providing what in the war effort

US: B-2 stealth bombers; EA-18G Growler and AV-8B Harrier aircraft; destroyers USS Barry and USS Stout firing Tomahawk cruise missiles; amphibious assault ship USS Kearsage; command and control vessel USS Mount Whitney; submarines

The Left’s Economic Terrorism Playbook: The Chase Campaign by a Coalition of Unions, Community Groups, Lawmakers and Students to Take Down US Capitalism and Redistribute Wealth & Power

Business Insider: transcript


Full version


The former SEIU official, Stephen Lerner, spoke in a closed session at a Pace University forum last weekend.

[...]

Lerner said that unions and community organizations are, for all intents and purposes, dead. The only way to achieve their goals, therefore--the redistribution of wealth and the return of "$17 trillion" stolen from the middle class by Wall Street--is to "destabilize the country."

Lerner's plan is to organize a mass, coordinated "strike" on mortgage, student loan, and local government debt payments--thus bringing the banks to the edge of insolvency and forcing them to renegotiate the terms of the loans. This destabilization and turmoil, Lerner hopes, will also crash the stock market, isolating the banking class and allowing for a transfer of power.

Lerner's plan starts by attacking JP Morgan Chase in early May, with demonstrations on Wall Street, protests at the annual shareholder meeting, and then calls for a coordinated mortgage strike.

Lerner also says explicitly that, although the attack will benefit labor unions, it cannot be seen as being organized by them. It must therefore be run by community organizations.

Lerner was ousted from SEIU last November, reportedly for spending millions of the union's dollars trying to pursue a plan like the one he details here. It is not clear what, if any, power and influence he currently wields. His main message--that Wall Street won the financial crisis, that inequality in this country is hitting record levels, and that there appears to be no other way to stop the trend--will almost certainly resonate.

Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Challenging NSA Surveillance of Americans

Ehe surveillance of Americans’ international phone calls and internet use — complete with secret rooms in AT&T data centers around the country — is likely still ongoing.

Update: Florida Goes Sharia Law

The mosque is incorporated under the laws of Florida and so is ruled by state law, or so you would think. Instead, the judge ruled that Islamic law applies.

Libya: "installing a democratic system"

White House: Helping install 'a democratic system' is goal in Libya.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Islam in France: Resist

Brazil Petrobras gets permit for U.S. deep waters in Gulf of Mexico


U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX) serves as a Member on the House Budget and Natural Resources Committees. Before retiring to pursue public service, Flores served as CFO for a number of successful energy companies and ultimately became the CEO and president of Phoenix Exploration Company. He has 30 years of experience in the energy industry, including oil field services, as well as exploration and production.

The approval marks the first time a Brazilian company will use deep water technology in U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) systems have become regular features of oil drilling.

Cf. http://www.stabroeknews.com/2010/features/09/24/special-report-dilma-rousseff-brazil%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98automatic-pilot%E2%80%99/

Dilma Rousseff, a former guerrilla leader, and current Brazilian president, spent nearly three years in jail in the early 1970s.

Senator David Vitter (R-La.) Questions $2-Billion Loan to Brazil for Offshore Drilling as Domestic Production Languishes

Supreme Court Lets Fed Bailout Records Release Stand

The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that the U.S. Federal Reserve must disclose details about its emergency lending programs to banks during the financial crisis in 2008.

Kucinich: Obama Ignored Constitution, Own Advice With Libyan Strikes

Kucinich: Obama Ignored Constitution, Own Advice With Libyan Strikes

"If this was so grave, Congress is still in session. The President could have said 'don't go home, I've got to talk to you about what's happening here. I may need your approval.' This is about the Constitution and if we don't abide by our Constitution, everything falls apart here. This is about the Constitution, not about whether you like President Obama or not. I like President Obama, but I love the Constitution," Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said on FOX News this morning.

Kucinich quoted President Obama from 2007, where he said the President "does not have the power," according to the Constitution, to attack without Congressional approval:

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation," Obama said in 2007.

Dem Congressman: "We're In Libya Because Of Oil"

RealClearPolitics - Video - Dem Congressman: "We're In Libya Because Of Oil"

"Well, we're in Libya because of oil. And I think both Japan and the nuclear technology and Libya and this dependence that we have upon imported oil have both once again highlighted the need for the United States to have a renewable energy agenda going forward," Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) said on MSNBC.

US Army 'kill team' in Afghanistan

Der SPIEGEL veröffentlicht nun drei Fotos aus dem Besitz der Beschuldigten, die aus purer Mordlust unschuldige Afghanen umgebracht haben sollen.

posed for photos of murdered civilians

Commanders brace for backlash of anti-US sentiment that could be more damaging than after the Abu Ghraib scandal.

'Repugnant': U.S. army apologises for graphic photos of soldiers with civilian corpses as violence is feared in Afghanistan.

US Army apology for photos of soldiers with Afghan body

US Army Apologizes for Horrific Photos from Afghanistan

Only a story and no video here.

Nothing really at:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

KT McFarland and John Bolton on Libya

John Bolton believes the only acceptable outcome in Libya is Qaddafi's removal from power.


“It’s a slippery slope that does set a precedent.”

So says Fox News contributor and foreign policy expert KT McFarland about Obama’s decision to intervene in Libya and not other countries experiencing unrest.

According to McFarland, the action could mark the start of “a new kind of war,” in which the U.S. inserts itself into a “civil war” aimed at changing not a government in general but rather its policies.

BushObama on War

MARCH 19, 2003
BUSH: 'American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.'

MARCH 19, 2011
OBAMA: 'Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world.'

Ralph Nader calls for impeachment


Democratics Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions;” Kucinich asked why the U.S. missile strikes aren’t impeachable offenses.

Once and future Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein shake hands December 20, 1983 in Baghdad, Iraq. Rumsfeld met with Hussein during the war between Iran and Iraq as an envoy for former US President Ronald Reagan. (Photo by Getty Images)

Obama and Muammar Gaddafi in 2009.

“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

— Senator Barack Hussein Obama, December 20, 2007, Boston.com

James Madison was very clear on why the founders vested the Legislature and not the Executive with the power to declare war:

"The Constitution expressly and exclusively vests in the Legislature the power of declaring a state of war [and] the power of raising armies. A delegation of such powers [to the president] would have struck, not only at the fabric of our Constitution, but at the foundation of all well organized and well checked governments. The separation of the power of declaring war from that of conducting it, is wisely contrived to exclude the danger of its being declared for the sake of its being conducted.”

Author, Samantha Power, and her husband, Cass Sunstein, wrote a book which may provide insight into Obama's war escalation. Power currently sits on the National Security Council, and she was counseling Obama this week when he decided to take action in Libya. But nine years ago she wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “A Problem From Hell: American and the Age of Genocide.”

Power describes America’s (and then President Bill Clinton’s) early approach to the mid-90s conflict in Bosnia:

But American resolve soon wilted. Saving Bosnian lives was not deemed worth risking U.S. soldiers or challenging America’s European allies who wanted to remain neutral. Clinton and his team shifted from the language of genocide to that of “tragedy” and “civil war,” downplaying public expectations that there was anything the United States could do. Secretary of State Warren Christopher had never been enthusiastic about U.S. involvement in the Balkans.

As hinted in that passage, and as is made clear later in the book, Power scoffs at the idea that committing U.S. forces, and risking U.S. soldiers, may not be in the best interest of the United States.

In her conclusion, she writes:

The United States should stop genocide for two reasons. The first and most compelling reason is moral. When innocent life is being taken on such a scale and the United States has the power to stop the killing at reasonable risk, it has a duty to act. It is this belief that motivates most of those who seek intervention. But history has shown that the suffering of victims has rarely been sufficient to get the United States to intervene.

The second reason, Power continues, is a round-about form of “self interest.” Channeling the advice of others before her she says, “They warned that allowing genocide undermined regional and international stability, created militarized refugees, and signaled dictators that hate and murder were permissible tools of statecraft.”

From the sound of Obama’s speech on Friday, it is evident Power has his ear. His reasoning for Libyan intervention was a paraphrase of Power’s conclusion:

Now, here’s why this matters to us. Left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Qaddafi would commit atrocities against his people [Power's first point]. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners [Power's second point]. The calls of the Libyan people for help would go unanswered. The democratic values that we stand for would be overrun. Moreover, the words of the international community would be rendered hollow. [Emphasis added]

There are those who disagree with Power and her interventionist doctrine. There is a balance between protecting U.S interests and going “in search of monsters to destroy,” as John Quincy Adams once put it.

Daniel Ellsberg's anti-war speech


Anti-war activist Daniel Ellsberg, author of the Pentagon Papers, arrested.


Navy Releases First Video of Tomahawk Missiles Launched at Libya


Libya and the Left's Sickening Hypocrisy on the Use of Military Force By Michael Filozof

Democrat Woodrow Wilson sent American forces to Europe in 1917 not for concrete American interests but for the hazy notion of making the world "safe for democracy." 100,000 were killed.

Democrat Franklin Roosevelt wanted involvement, but public opinion would not allow him to send troops when the British were being bombarded by the Luftwaffe in 1940. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Congress rightly declared war on them; but commander-in-chief Roosevelt committed American forces first to North Africa, then to Italy, then to Germany. Japan, the only Axis power to actually attack the U.S., was defeated last. 400,000 Americans were killed.

Democrat Harry Truman sent American forces to defend South Korea after communist North Korea invaded in 1950. The communists believed they had a green light to attack when Truman's Secretary of State Dean Acheson failed to include South Korea in America's defense "perimeter." Truman refused to use nuclear weapons to save American lives. End result: 50,000 American dead for a stalemate. Sixty years later, communist North Korea is still there, and now it has nuclear weapons.

Democrat John Kennedy began American involvement in Vietnam, and Democrat Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, sending 500,000 American troops. End result: 58,000 American dead, and a humiliating withdrawal.

Democrat Bill Clinton sent American warplanes to bomb Serbia, which never attacked us; and on Dec. 16, 1998 (which just happened to be the night before he was to be impeached) Clinton ordered four days of bombing missions against Iraq.

Bush continued Clinton's policy against Iraq and Congress approved the Iraq War. The Iraq Resolution or the Iraq War Resolution (formally the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, Pub.L. 107-243, 116 Stat. 1498, enacted October 16, 2002, H.J.Res. 114) is a joint resolution passed by the United States Congress in October 2002 as Public Law No: 107-243, authorizing the Iraq War.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has called upon the body’s member countries to back the National Transition Council in Libya: the transition for the Caliphate?

Cf. http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2011032096335

Arab League condemns broad bombing campaign in Libya.

Cf. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/25/world/middleeast/map-of-how-the-protests-unfolded-in-libya.html

Creedence Clearwater Revivial, Bad Moon Rising, 2:16

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Red Baron

Final Offensive, 5:09


Red Baron Until The Day I Die (Story Of The Year), 4:03


The Russian Revolution - Part 1


This is a pro-communist version of the revolution.

Update Libya

More than 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles struck over 20 targets inside Libya.

The BGM-109 Tomahawk is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile. Introduced by General Dynamics in the 1970s, it was designed as a medium- to long-range, low-altitude missile that could be launched from a submerged submarine. It has been improved several times and, by way of corporate divestitures and acquisitions, is now made by Raytheon. Some Tomahawks were also manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing Defense, Space & Security).

Florida Goes Sharia Law

Ulama (Arabic علماء, ‘Ulamā, singular: عالِم, ‘Ālim, "scholar"), also spelt ulema, refers to the educated class of Muslim legal scholars engaged in the several fields of Islamic studies. They are best known as the arbiters of shari‘a law. While the ulama are well versed in legal fiqh (jurisprudence) being Islamic lawyers, some of them also go on to specialize in other fields, such as hadeeth or tafseer.

Update Brazil Racist and Communist Protests Against Obama


Bullets Fly at Anti-Obama Protest In Rio.

A manifestação contra a vinda do presidente norte-americano foi duramente reprimida pela Polícia Militar no Rio de Janeiro, no final da tarde e início da noite desse 18 de março.

Libyan Theater

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, in short, American F-18s are deployed at the U.S. air base at Sigonella, Sicily for the Libyan No-Fly zone.

Sigonella's size and close proximity to Libya makes it an obvious staging point for any military action, but other bases were being readied as well, including the U.S. air base at Aviano in northern Italy.

Witnesses reported Saturday that five American F-18s, two C-17s and a C-130 cargo plane landed Saturday at Aviano, which is home to the 31st Fighter Wing.

Two U.S. officials said U.S. forces are not involved in the military operation at this point. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is a supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole fighter jet, designed to dogfight and attack ground targets (F/A for Fighter/Attack). The F/A-18 was derived from the YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations. It has been the aerial demonstration aircraft for the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, since 1986.

The fighter's primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense, suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), air interdiction, close air support and aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have proven it to be a valuable carrier asset, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its earlier contemporaries, such as the F-14 Tomcat in the fighter and strike fighter role, and the A-6 Intruder and A-7 Corsair II in the attack role.


Footage of two F-18s flying over Kirkland, WA during Seafair 2010.

Warplane Goes Down in Flames

Friday, March 18, 2011

Islam in the Classroom:

What the Textbooks Tell Us

How To Evaluate Your Child's Textbooks

Obama Understates Deficit by $2.3 Trillion

A new assessment of President Barack Obama’s budget says it underestimates future deficits by more than $2 trillion over the upcoming decade.

The Congressional Budget Office estimate says that if Obama’s February budget submission were enacted into law it would produce deficits totaling $9.5 trillion – an average of almost $1 trillion a year.

Obama’s budget foresaw deficits totaling $7.2 trillion over the same period.

The difference is chiefly because CBO has a less optimistic estimate of how much the government will take in from tax revenues, partly because the administration has rosier economic projections.

The Senate is also worried about the president’s budget numbers.

This exchange between Jeff Sessions, the Republican Senator from Alabama, and Heather Higginbottom, the new nominee for Deputy Director of OMB, is from Higginbottom’s confirmation hearing, which took place yesterday.

Israeli PM Slams European ‘Fusion’ of Radical Islam, Far Left

The best part of the interview, the text is below, does not appear here. And, can there be an more annoying interviewer than Piers Morgan? He can not keep his mouth shut and let the interviewee speak. I would have told him off.


In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan Thursday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took aim at what he called Europe’s “strange fusion” of radical Islam and the far left.

“There is a new boiling anti-semitism of radical Islam that sweeps Europe as a whole, and there’s a strange fusion – it’s the only word I can use to describe it — a fusion with the anti-semitism of the radical far, far left,” Netanyahu said.

“This is the strangest union you could possibly contemplate,” he added, “because radical Muslims — they stone women, they execute gays, they are against any human rights, against feminism, against… what have you. And the far left is supposed to be for these things.”

“There’s a difference in the way that Europeans views Israel and Americans view Israel,” the prime minister said. While the United States maintains historically favorable views toward Israel, the Jewish state has become increasingly unpopular in Europe, the Washington Times adds. Most surveys across the continent show far greater support for Palestinians compared to Israelis.

IRANIUM Bonus Footage - Manda Zand Ervin - Women's Rights

Guns N' Roses – Civil War (7:42), Saving Private Ryan

Racist Brazilians Greet Obama

A banner depicting Obama covetous of Brazil's pre-salt oil is seen during a protest against his visit to Brazil, at Candelaria square in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 18, 2011. Obama has cancelled a public speech he was scheduled to deliver Sunday in a square of Rio during his upcoming visit to Brazil, the US embassy in Brasilia said.

Demonstrators protest against Obama at Candelaria square in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 18, 2011. Obama has cancelled a public speech he was scheduled to deliver Sunday in a Rio square during his upcoming visit to Brazil, the US embassy in Brasilia said.

Getty Images, The Times of India

Amphibious assault ship USS Bataan sent to Libya

The Wasp class amphibious assault ship is a group of United States Navy ships designed to land forces on hostile shores and transport troops by helicopter for the United States Marine Corps.

An amphibious assault ship (also referred to as a commando carrier or an amphibious assault carrier) is a type of amphibious warfare ship employed to land and support ground forces on enemy territory by an amphibious assault. The design evolved from the helicopter carrier, but includes support for amphibious landing craft, with most designs including a well deck.

The role of the amphibious assault ship is fundamentally different from a standard aircraft carrier: its aviation facilities have the primary role of hosting helicopters to support forces ashore rather than to support strike aircraft. However, they are capable of serving in the sea-control role, embarking aircraft like Harrier fighters and ASW helicopters. Most of these ships can also carry or support landing craft, such as air-cushioned landing craft (hovercraft) or LCUs.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cost of Living in US Hits Record High

US Cost of Living Hits Record, Passing Pre-Crisis High

Japan Update

Forecast for Plume's Path Is a Function of Wind and Weather

Cf. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/16/science/plume-graphic.html?ref=science

Status of the Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant
None of the six reactors at the plant have operated since the earthquake. But explosions have damaged four of the buildings, and fuel in the reactors and spent fuel stored in the buildings is in danger of melting and releasing radioactive materials.

Cf. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/16/world/asia/reactors-status.html?ref=science

How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown

Cf. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/12/world/asia/the-explosion-at-the-japanese-reactor.html?ref=science

U.N. Scientists Project Path of Radiation Plume

"The projection, by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, an arm of the United Nations in Vienna, gives no information about actual radiation levels but only shows how a radioactive plume would probably move and disperse."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This is what a wi-fi network looks like

Immaterials: Light painting WiFi from Timo on Vimeo.

This creative video traces the wifi strength of a city, in long exposure photographs, using a 4m rod with various points of light. It’s a beautiful look into the invisible Wifi patterns that can be found in most urban spaces.

‘Glee’ Takes More Shots at Conservatives, Bashing Palin, Tea Partiers


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Heated Fox Debate Breaks Out as Scientist ‘Redoubles’ Claim of ‘Overblown’ Nuke Concerns


Heartland Institute science director Jay Lehr is not backing down from his claim that the media has “overblown” concerns of nuclear catastrophe in Japan. That didn’t make fellow guest Dr. Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental research, too happy. He argued that even low-level amounts of radiation are cause for concern.

More radiation monitors are being deployed in the western United States, as Federal officials seek to mollify public concern over exposure from damaged nuclear plants in Japan; officials with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said they do not expect harmful radiation levels to reach the U.S. from Japan.

U.S. in Afghanistan past deadline

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the Obama administration is planning to maintain “joint” U.S.-Afghan military bases in Afghanistan after 2014 and it plans to conduct what Flournoy described as “joint counter-terrorism operations” with the Afghan military after that date.


FOOD PRICES JUMP MOST SINCE 1974

Wholesale prices rise 1.6 pct. due to biggest jump in food costs in more than 36 years

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kids Manipulated for Union in Wisconsin

‘This Panic Has Been Horribly Overblown’: Scientist Decries Nuke ‘Fear Mongering’


Jay Lehr, science director at the Heartland Institute, has some advice for those wondering if radiation from the crippled Japanese nuke plants could mean massive local deaths and even cross the Pacific and reach America.

In an interview on Fox News, Lehr told host Bill Hemmer that not only is the U.S. not at risk of experiencing nuclear fallout, but he also drew stark differences between atomic bombs and nuclear reactors.

“We only have to look at the worst nuclear disaster in history, that was Chernobyl, where there was no containment structure,” he said. “10 years later when all the facts were in there were less than 10 fatalities from that explosion — only people right near the plant were affected by the radiation, 1,000 people got leukemia, 998 were cured … . It was predicted that tens of thousands of people would get cancer … [but] this never happened. This is not an atomic bomb and people don’t understand a nuclear reactor is something very different than an atomic bomb.”

“There are horrible, horrible problems in Japan and the stress that this is creating is unwarranted, unnecessary,” he added, even going as far as to call stories about a possible meltdown — which he says won’t produce massive destruction — “fear mongering”:

Lehr’s comments come as the AP reports dangerous levels of radiation in Japan. A U.S. nuclear industry official says there is evidence that the primary containment structure at one of the stricken Japanese reactors has been breached, raising the risk of further release of radioactive material.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ides of March: 15 March


In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.

Income Tax Cut, JFK Hopes To Spur Economy 1962/8/13

Nukes: China Syndrome

The China Syndrome (1979) HD trailer, 2:04


Michigan Unions Use Astro-Turf Protests to Intimidate Businesses

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, has brought to light the attempted strong-arm tactics of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters in a story by Ken Braun.

The Carpenters Union is using astro-turf tactics, hiring non-union day laborers, paying these workers less than union wages and not offering benefits.


Niall Ferguson- By 2021 There Could Be A Restored Middle Eastern Caliphate


In a 2011 interview Niall Ferguson spoke with The Telegraph about what he believes the world may look like in ten years.

Key points:
China will be the largest economy in the world by 2021
No guarantees the euro will still exist
The U.S. could europeanize itself, or it could revitalize itself
Tiny possibility we get western-style democracies in the Middle East
More alarming to think about a "restored caliphate"
Germany's love of European integration under threat

This is not an Islamic revolution Olivier Roy

End of the old Arab strongman Olivier Roy

Andrew Klavan: Behold! Your Public Sector Unions at Work


Everywhere you turn these days, your public sector unions are hard at work, protesting cutbacks to public sector unions. Andrew Klavan exposes the charming charm of your unionized civil servants.

Japan Update

N.Y. Times: Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami





Since 2008, "Previous studies have documented that dust from Asia — especially from deserts and industrial regions of China — routinely crosses the Pacific Ocean on prevailing winds to sully the air over the western U.S."




WHAT HAPPENS IN A NUCLEAR MELTDOWN?

The Japanese reactors work by harnessing the energy of thousands of nuclear fuel rods, that are normally kept submerged in water to keep them cool.

But if the cooling system fails, the heat generated by the nuclear reaction increases uncontrollably.

If that continues for long enough, the nuclear fuel can melt, forming molten pools on the floor of the reactor at thousands of degrees celcius.

This is a meltdown.

These pools of molten fuel can melt through the reactor safety barriers - there is an inner and outer shield.

The worst case scenario is that the protective shield around the reactors is melted away, resulting in a serious leak of radioactive material.







U.S. NAVY FLEES RADIOACTIVE PLUME FROM REACTOR BLAST

The United States Navy has moved its Seventh Fleet away from an earthquake-stricken Japanese nuclear power plant after detecting raised radiation levels.

The fleet said today that the radiation was from a plume of smoke and steam released from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which has been hit by two explosions since Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, pictured, was about 100miles (160km) offshore when its instruments detected the radiation.

But the fleet said the dose of radiation was about the same as one month's normal exposure to natural background radiation in the environment.



Japan's nightmare gets even WORSE: All THREE damaged nuclear reactors now in 'meltdown' at tsunami-hit power station


Petrie Says Japan Nuclear Damage Emphasizes Need for LNG (Liquefied natural gas)

Cf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRTtmz_tcYI

March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Thomas Petrie, vice chairman of Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, talks about the potential impact of the earthquake and nuclear reactor damage in Japan on the oil and alternative energy markets. Petrie, speaking with Margaret Brennan on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness," also discusses political unrest in Bahrain and its effect on oil prices. (Source: Bloomberg)

Brown Says Japan Investors' `Home Bias' on Debt May Fade

Cf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQvZ8bgZPW0

March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Brendan Brown, chief economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International Plc, discusses Japan's fiscal situation in the aftermath of the nation's strongest earthquake on record. He speaks with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack." (Source: Bloomberg)

How Will the Disaster in Japan Impact the World Economy?

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