Sunday, November 28, 2010

Political Digest for November 28, 2010

I post articles because I believe they will be of interest, not because I agree with every—or even any—opinion in them.

Merry Christmas
For readers who like me celebrate the bringing of Hope and Change into the world. Enjoy. ~Bob.

Good thing a Tea Party protester didn’t say something like this. Would have been front page in the NYT, etc. condemning violent radicals. ~Bob. Excerpt: One of America’s most extreme communist organizations, the Workers World Party held a national convention in New York, November 13 and 14 2010. One member, Florida based Cuban-American Mike Martinez fired up the crowd with an original poem. Martinez openly condoned violence against Tea Party activists and called for armed revolution, “people’s war” and firing squads for “greedy” bosses. Martinez also “rapped” that Lakota activists, armed with AK47s were preparing for war in the Dakotas and that New Black Panther Party “comrades” were ready to start “uprisings” in ghettos across America.
As the European economy grapples with yet another bailout of a bankrupt sovereign state, a storyline is emerging that seeks to frame this latest instance of government interventionism along deliberately disingenuous lines. According to this misleading narrative, Ireland’s abysmal fiscal condition did not come as a result of chronic state overspending, but is instead due to the island nation’s comparatively-low corporate income tax rate. Sound like a familiar song? On both sides of the ocean there appear to be plenty of Keynesian apologists who believe that economic downturns are always caused by greedy capitalists – never by greedy politicians and government bureaucrats.

Smugglers' Paradise: Perhaps Janet Napolitano should visit the Peck Canyon Corridor outside of Nogales—with an armed escort
No to the Armed Escort. It would send the wrong message to these Undocumented Democrats she wants to welcome. Going unarmed would show how safe she and BO have made the country. Soon, please. ~Bob. Excerpt: From the idyllic shelter of Peck Canyon outside of Nogales, Edith Lowell reflects on what it's like to share her beloved ranch with violent drug-smugglers, illegal aliens and automatic-weapon-toting bandits.

What to do if a Tea Party member moves in next door!
Excerpt: First, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!  But if that doesn’t work, then follow this wonderful primer given to us by the Coffee Party in Northern California (h/t CM Sackett): First, don’t panic. This is important as these people have guns. Lots of guns. You are probably worried about property values, neighborhood safety, and a general deterioration of area living conditions. While adjustments to your daily life are certainly important for your general state of quiet and peace, there are things that you can do to lessen the impact. Step one is to begin keeping a detailed journal. I prefer to write in the morning while my mind is fresh and having had time to quietly mull over the previous day. Writing in the evening will most always lead to a level of frustration and anger from what you have recently seen that will cloud your reflections. In addition to relating your personal feelings, use the journal to take note of more mundane happenings. Times of vehicle coming and goings, license plate numbers, descriptions of visitors. Frequency of deliveries such as UPS are also collectable information as most deliveries to such homes will be weapon related. Ammunition, guns, militia equipment…etc. This information will be invaluable to local law enforcement agencies when something happens in your general community. It is only a matter of time. (Better, yet, move to the South Side of Chicago. Tea Party people tend to avoid neighborhoods where the beauty of multiculturism has flourished and there are almost daily murders by gang bangers. [303 shot, 33 dead in July, five cops gunned to death this year.] Since most of the victims are black, as a white liberal this won’t bother you at all. And you won’t have to worry about the dangerous Tea Party folks, as the media told you they were all racists, so they’ll stay out of your neighborhood. ~Bob)

Allen West: Define the Enemy: What it takes to win in Afghanistan

FBI foils Oregon terror bomb plot
Every notice how many guys named “Mohamud”: didn’t get the “Islam is a religion of peace” memo? ~Bob. Excerpt:  The FBI said it began investigating 19-year-old Somali immigrant Mohamed Mohamud in August 2009 and learned he planned to bomb the popular tree lighting ceremony at Portland's
Pioneer Courthouse Square
minutes before it took place at 6 p.m. Friday.  Working with state and local police departments, the FBI allowed the plan to park a bomb-laden van near the square to proceed, but with a harmless dummy bomb, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Saturday.  Mohamud was arrested as he tried to detonate the device with a cell phone, Oregon U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton said.

Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran's Nuclear Weapons Ambitions
Wish this stuff wasn’t reported at all. ~Bob. Excerpt: In the 20th century, this would have been a job for James Bond. The mission: Infiltrate the highly advanced, securely guarded enemy headquarters where scientists in the clutches of an evil master are secretly building a weapon that can destroy the world. Then render that weapon harmless and escape undetected. But in the 21st century, Bond doesn't get the call. Instead, the job is handled by a suave and very sophisticated secret computer worm, a jumble of code called Stuxnet, which in the last year has not only crippled Iran's nuclear program but has caused a major rethinking of computer security around the globe. Intelligence agencies, computer security companies and the nuclear industry have been trying to analyze the worm since it was discovered in June by a Belarus-based company that was doing business in Iran. And what they've all found, says Sean McGurk, the Homeland Security Department's acting director of national cyber security and communications integration, is a “game changer.” The construction of the worm was so advanced, it was “like the arrival of an F-35 into a World War I battlefield,” says Ralph Langner, the computer expert who was the first to sound the alarm about Stuxnet. Others have called it the first “weaponized” computer virus. Simply put, Stuxnet is an incredibly advanced, undetectable computer worm that took years to construct and was designed to jump from computer to computer until it found the specific, protected control system that it aimed to destroy: Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

GM's union recovering after stock sale: Taxpayers and investors not as fortunate as UAW
If you have an IRA, 401k, are in a pension fund, or mutual funds, this probably came out of your pocket twice, as an investor and taxpayer, as Obama bought votes with your money.  ~Bob. Excerpt: Thanks to a generous share of GM stock obtained in the company's 2009 bankruptcy settlement, the United Auto Workers is well on its way to recouping the billions of dollars GM owed it — putting it far ahead of taxpayers who have recouped only about 30 percent of their investment and further still ahead of investors in the old GM who have received nothing. The boon for the union fits the pattern established when the White House pushed GM into bankruptcy and steered it through the courts in a way that consistently put the interests of the union ahead of many suppliers, dealers and investors — stakeholders that ordinarily would have fared as well or better under the bankruptcy laws.

Shiite deal gives militants new Afghan access
The hate each other, but not as much as they hate the infidel. ~Bob. Excerpt: Shiite militias in Pakistan's tribal regions are helping some of NATOs fiercest enemies evade missile attacks from U.S. drones to cross safely into Afghanistan, a tribal activist told The Associated Press. Shiites, who control a key piece of tribal real estate, cut a deal with the deadly Haqqani network to give insurgents a safe, alternative route to Afghanistan through Pakistan's Kurram tribal region, said Munir Bangash, who is familiar with the deal. A second tribesman from Kurram confirmed the deal but spoke only on condition of anonymity fearing retribution from the Taliban and from fellow tribesmen.

A MUSLIM artist sparked outrage last night after his £3,500 picture of the bombed 7/7 bus went on display just a mile from the atrocity that killed 13 people.
Art showing Islam as a Religion of Peace. This smears Islam more than any cartoon, but draws no Muslim protests. ~Bob. Excerpt: It shows four angels above the wreckage - the number of al-Qaeda suicide bombers who left 52 dead across London's transport network on July 7, 2005. What appear to be souls of the victims are shown streaming out of the bus. On the side of the vehicle is an advert which was actually on the bombed bus reading "Outright terror... bold and brilliant".

UK: Muslim cab driver refuses blind couple with guide dog
The Muslim revulsion for dogs comes from Muhammad: "Ibn Mughaffal reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) ordered killing of the dogs, and then said: What about them, i. e. about other dogs? and then granted concession (to keep) the dog for hunting and the dog for (the security) of the herd, and said: When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time." -- Sahih Muslim 551 Here again, even in the West, non-Muslims must accommodate Muslim mores -- never the other way around.

State’s error, not muckraker’s
Just because you pay the taxes for food stamps doesn’t give you the right to know how they are spent. Shut up and back to work. ~Bob. Excerpt: MICHAEL MORISY, cofounder of MuckRock, a pro-open-government website, followed all the rules when he posted information about how much in food stamps has been spent at Massachusetts businesses over the last five years under the Agriculture Department’s federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He submitted a Freedom of Information Act request, and the Department of Transitional Assistance fulfilled it a month later, providing him with data that he then published, along with analysis of what it meant, on his website.

Rio gangs flee as police raid slum
This will come here, as our cities descend in to a gang and drug fueled hell. ~Bob. Excerpt: Hundreds of gang members have been filmed fleeing from a Rio de Janeiro slum after police launched a crackdown following five days of violence which have seen at least 26 people killed.

America's Standard
Health Care: Those who wish to nationalize medicine point to America's low position in world health rankings. But when a rich Saudi who could go anywhere for treatment chose, where did he go? America, of course. When King Abdullah flew out of Saudi Arabia Monday to be treated after a blood clot had complicated a slipped disc, he didn't choose France, Italy, Britain, Canada, Morocco, Oman or Cyprus, all nations that stand higher than the U.S. in the World Health Organization's ranking of health care systems. Neither did he stay in Saudi Arabia, travel to relatively nearby Malta or Greece. He avoided Andorra, Spain, Monaco and the United Arab Emirates, again, all judged by WHO to have better health care than the U.S. So why did the man who has the resources to go anywhere in the world choose America? The answer isn't one Michael Moore, who thinks Cuba has better medicine than the U.S. and once said "we have the worst health care in the Western world," wants to hear. Neither will the Democrats, who have been agitating for decades for a socialist health care system, be happy with the answer. But they will have to live with the facts — the 86-year-old Saudi King flew to the U.S. because that's where the best care is found.

Video: American Exceptionalism
Excerpt Bill Whittle concludes his excellent “What We Believe” video series for Declaration Entertainment with a look at American exceptionalism, and why it remains a powerful force not just in American politics but in real, practical terms for the world. Bill walks through the ways in which America leads the world and has for much of the last century not for the sake of brag (or at least not much for the sake of brag), but to make a more basic point.  For a nation with only 5% of the world’s population, these results cannot have come by accident.   We have achieved leadership in military, economic, scientific, and cultural arenas because of the environment fostered by the American state — a state that allows its citizens the widest latitude for creativity and innovation, where success gets rewarded without government approvals and bureaucratic interference. That environment is in danger of disappearing, which is why the Tea Party has arisen: to stop the trend towards nanny-state stagnation and the inexorable erosion of the very freedoms that have put the US into the position of global leadership.  The conclusion pulls this all together into one final argument:

The Taliban Call a Time-Out
Why not? Every time we had North Vietnam on the ropes, we stopped bombing or fighting and gave them time to rebuild their forces. ~Bob. Excerpt: Even so, Taliban forces—the real ones—are definitely feeling the impact of stepped-up U.S. action in southern Afghanistan. A group of 17 ground commanders recently traveled to the Pakistani frontier city of Quetta to meet with one of their top military chiefs, Abdul Qayum Zakir, say four Taliban officials who didn’t want to be named for safety reasons. The commanders informed Zakir that they and their men were temporarily suspending combat operations and asked that he either transfer them to less hotly contested areas or let them recover in Pakistan until the spring thaw. “We have lost many friends and commanders,” one member of the delegation told Zakir, says Mullah Salam Khan, a midlevel commander in Helmand province who was briefed on the meeting by a participant. “We are tired and want to take a rest.” Zakir, says Khan, acknowledged their complaint—but said he needed the commanders to help him keep up at least a harassing presence in their areas so villagers could see that the insurgents are not on the run. They promised to do what they could. Senior NATO officers have said that Coalition forces have killed or captured more than 350 Taliban commanders and killed at least 1,000 fighters in the past three months. One of the Taliban officials admits that the insurgency is losing skilled commanders at an alarming rate.

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