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  • Fox News anchor declares Obama is eligible (Jerome Corsi schools Bret Baier on NBC)

    05/01/2012 11:22:15 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 71 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | May 1, 2012 | Unattributed
    Prominent Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier has posted an explanation on the network’s website of why he believes Barack Obama is eligible to be president. However, Harvard-educated Jerome Corsi, author of Where’s the Birth Certificate? says Baier isn’t quite on track yet. “Baier incorrectly interprets that 8 USC Section 1401 was written to define ‘natural born citizen,’ as specified in Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution,” he said. “The purpose of 8 USC Section 1401 is to define ‘nationals’ and ‘citizens’ of the United States ‘at birth.’” Corsi explained that citizens at birth are not “natural born citizens”...
  • Large blasts heard in Kabul after Obama visit

    05/01/2012 10:06:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 2, 2012
    At least six people have been killed in several large explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul, shortly after US President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to the country. Sediq Sediqi, a spokesperson for Afghanistan's interior ministry, said one of the first blasts, a suicide car bomb, occurred on Wednesday morning near the Jalalabad road, a main thoroughfare of the city. Sediqi said the blast killed four people inside a civilian car, as well as a passerby and a security guard of a nearby building. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack which police said targeted a...
  • Obama Flies to Bagram Air Base to Give War Speech – US Soldiers Not Invited

    05/01/2012 6:56:56 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 96 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5-1-2012 | Jim Hoft
    May 1, 2012 Obama Flies to Bagram Air Base to Give War Speech – US Soldiers Not Invited Jim Hoft Earlier today Barack Obama posed for photos before he gave his speech tonight. U.S. President Barack Obama salutes troops at Bagram Air Base in Kabul, May 2, 2012. Earlier, Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement at the Presidential Palace. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) Two months ago during a speech by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. US Marines were told to leave their weapons outside the tent.Tonight Barack Obama gave a speech at Bagram Air Force Base in...
  • Romney: C’mon, even Jimmy Carter would have given the order to take out Bin Laden

    05/01/2012 6:17:23 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | ALLAHPUNDIT
    A hard jab at O that has the added benefit of being true. Jimmeh gave the order for Operation Eagle Claw; why wouldn’t he give the order to liquidate OBL? The politics of counterterrorism being what they are, it’s easier for a president to err on the side of aggression than passivity. If Obama had sent in the SEALs and things had gone wrong, it would have been embarrassing and politically damaging but O could always plead that his motives were pure and that he’d been duly diligent. He was after Public Enemy Number One, he had decent intel, and...
  • Salafists Attack German Police at Far-Right Rally

    05/01/2012 6:07:55 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Radical Islamists attacked police in the western German city of Solingen on Tuesday in protest of a far-right demonstration where anti-Islamic cartoons had been put on display. Some 30 Salafists were arrested after injuring three police officers and a passerby by throwing stones and wielding poles from protest banners, police said. Pro NRW, categorized as an extremist right-wing group by Germany's domestic intelligence agency, had staged a demonstration near a Salafist mosque in Solingen. The violence erupted when Pro NRW demonstrators showed controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad drawn by Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. One of his drawings was among...
  • The Light on the Horizon

    05/01/2012 5:57:24 PM PDT · by Vendome · 12 replies
    Journal of Urban History ^ | 5/01/2012 | Vendome
    American cities have never experienced modern total war, leaving Americans to imagine the impacts of catastrophic warfare on their urban centers. This article examines post-1945depictions of the death of U.S. cities in films, short stories, and novels from the “thriller,” “future war,” and science fiction genres since 1945. Cities are conspicuous by their absence from fictions of future war and its impacts, often disappearing offstage to allow the plot to follow survivors in small-town and rural settings. This pattern spans depictions of the immediate days after atomic bombing (or a surrogate disaster such as a stray meteor or plague) and...
  • Why does President Obama take so much credit for killing Bin Laden?

    05/01/2012 5:41:45 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 44 replies
    Veterans for a Strong America ^ | MAY 1, 2012 | Veterans for a Strong America
    America knows who deserves the credit for killing Osama Bin Laden - United States Navy SEALs and the American intelligence community. Join with Veterans for a Strong America and let President Obama know who really deserves the credit.
  • Argentina looking to absorb the million tons of bio-diesel Spain no longer will import

    05/01/2012 5:08:52 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Merco Press ^ | May 1, 2012 | Merco Press
    Spain was Argentina’s main bio-diesel client having imported 995.599 tons in 2011 equivalent to 1.2 billion dollars, which is almost half the total revenue for the item, 2.3 billion. “Loosing overnight your main client is a problem, but hopefully there will be alternatives that could make the issue less painful”, said an industry source. Agriculture consultant Gustavo Lopez said that the immediate options are domestic consumption or exporting to other countries. “Since Spain will have to buy bio-diesel in other markets, probably France or Germany, Argentine exports could then be addressed to those markets” speculates Lopez. However the president of...
  • Obama Abuses Bravery Of Others For Political Gain

    05/01/2012 4:49:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 1, 2012
    Leadership: If President Obama isn't careful, he might get injured slapping himself on the back for killing Osama bin Laden. Spiking the football in such an obviously political way is conduct unbecoming of a commander in chief. gjaclThe recent unseemly comments by Obama and his attempt to turn a successful military operation into a campaign stunt show a sad political desperation by our nation's leader. It's bad enough Obama takes credit for the Navy SEALs' achievement. But this time an Obama campaign video, "One Chance," suggests Mitt Romney wouldn't be man enough to do what Obama did. Or as the...
  • White House says Afghanistan trip not political

    05/01/2012 4:42:54 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    White House says Afghanistan trip not political politicalmugshot Posted by CNN Political Unit Washington (CNN) – The White House strongly denied Tuesday that President Barack Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan was executed for political motives, saying the visit was more than a year in the making. On a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official speaking from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan was asked if the trip – made on the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden – was opening the president to charges of "craven politics." "I think what could not be clearer is...
  • Why do illegal immigrants have the right to an attorney? [vanity]

    05/01/2012 4:23:48 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 19 replies
    Just watched an episode of The First 48 (great show, btw), and the two suspects were Mexican nationals, aka illegal immigrants. The show did acknowledge both men are/were in the country illegally. The police got a surviving victim to identify the suspects in a photo line up. Then the police found them hiding out in rural west Texas and brought them in. Right off the bat they both asked for attorneys. Why do they have that right? And of course it's absurd that they get taxpayer-funded public defenders, but that's not really the issue. If they're not citizens, why do...
  • On surprise Afghanistan visit, Obama says nation emerging from 'dark cloud of war' LIVE THREAD

    05/01/2012 4:08:36 PM PDT · by Jean S · 65 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 5/1/12
    President Obama zipped through Afghanistan Tuesday on a previously unannounced visit, signing a key partnership document with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as he prepared to deliver an address to the nation on the anniversary of Usama bin Laden's death.  In excerpts released in advance of the address, the president made sweeping statements about the course and eventual conclusion of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.  "We have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon," he plans...
  • Rodriguez: Pelosi is Confused or Lying; Enhanced Interrogations Led to Bin Laden

    05/01/2012 4:02:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 1, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: April 23rd, 2009, Washington, Capitol Hill, press conference, Pelosi. A reporter says, "It's been said that in the fall of 2002, key members of the Intelligence Committee, including you, Ms. Pelosi, were briefed on interrogation methods, including waterboarding. At the time you were briefed, did you raise any objections?" PELOSI: At that or any other briefing, and that was the only briefing that I was briefed on in that regard, we were not -- I repeat -- not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used. RUSH: Last night on Hannity, Jose...
  • Kim Jong Un Provides Field Guidance to Work for Developing Rungra Pleasure Ground for People

    05/01/2012 3:56:19 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    (North) Korean Central News ^ | 4-30-12 | unattributed
    Pyongyang, April 30 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, provided field guidance to the work for developing the Rungra Pleasure Ground for People. He was accompanied by Jang Song Thaek, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission. The Rungra Pleasure Ground for People covering an area of nearly 100 hectares consists of the Rungra Dolphin Aquarium, Rungra Wading Pool, Rungra Funfair, etc. The first leg...
  • Electoral silence on France's slow economic decline

    05/01/2012 3:54:33 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/1/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in Paris
    France's economy has weathered the global crisis of the last five years deceptively well, shielded by a Leviathan state and the postponement of hard choices. Yet the underlying decline that began 30 years ago has gathered speed. France's share of eurozone exports has dropped from 17pc to 13pc since 2000. Spain, Benelux and Germany have done much better. "France is coddled with illusions," said Jean Peyrelevade, ex-head of Credit Lyonnais. "Economic decline is the brutal, hard, undeniable reality. We are consuming the leftovers of a past prosperity." The trade account - an iconic indicator for Colbertistes - has switched from...
  • Obama to US troops: Bin Laden got his justice

    05/01/2012 3:41:53 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | 5/1/12 | BEN FELLER
    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- President Barack Obama is telling troops in Afghanistan that Osama bin Laden got his justice one year ago, as the president stirs up memories of his signature foreign policy victory in a secret trip to this war zone. Obama told the troops: "The reason America is safe is because of you."
  • Romney's Gay Foreign Policy Spokesman Resigns (After only two weeks on the job)

    05/01/2012 2:58:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/01/2012 | By Napp Nazworth
    Richard Grenell, an openly gay foreign policy expert hired by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned after only two weeks on the job. In a statement obtained Tuesday by Jennifer Rubin, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, Grenell said, "While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama's foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign." Grenell also thanked Romney for not making his sexual orientation an issue when...
  • OBAMA'S ONE-HIT WONDER: I SHOT BIN LADEN

    05/01/2012 2:34:59 PM PDT · by lward99 · 18 replies
    Times247 ^ | 5/1/12 | Times247
    In 2008 Barack Obama criticized Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for using Osama bin Laden in an ad to score "political points." Four years later the Obama campaign has created an ad of its own, insinuating that Mitt Romney would not have given the order to capture and kill bin Laden. The blowback has been swift and severe, with Navy SEALs, Sen. John McCain and even Democrat allies like Arianna Huffington denouncing the ad. Read more: http://times247.com/pset/obama-s-one-hit-wonder/page/0#ixzz1tekLApQf
  • Presidents Of A Feather: Can Clinton Save Obama?

    05/01/2012 2:15:54 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Politics: The president who wagged the dog and let bin Laden get away raises millions for the president who jokes about eating one while taking credit for Osama's death. A deal for Hillary as veep, perhaps? Politics makes strange bedfellows, the cliche goes. In 2008, Hillary Clinton waged a protracted and sometimes bitter battle for the Democratic presidential nomination against a former community organizer and absentee state senator from Illinois only to wind up as President Obama's secretary of state. Husband and former President Bill Clinton even made racially tinged remarks about Obama's primary victory over Hillary in the South...
  • Canadians make a racket about mysterious 'hum' coming from US side of border

    05/01/2012 1:58:30 PM PDT · by rawhide · 71 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5-1-12 | The Wall Street Journal
    WINDSOR, Ontario – Last month, Bob Dechert, a senior aide to Canada's foreign minister, was dispatched to Detroit with an important diplomatic mission: to stop a highly-annoying noise. The so-called Windsor hum, described as a low-frequency rumbling sound, has rattled windows and knocked objects off shelves in this border community just across the Detroit River from the Motor City. Locals have said it sounds like a large diesel truck idling, a loud boom box or the bass vocals of Barry White. Residents in Windsor, Ontario, have blamed the hum for causing illness, whipping dogs into frenzies, keeping cats housebound and...
  • Putin joins mass Soviet-style May Day march

    05/01/2012 1:50:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    AFP ^ | May 1, 2012
    Russia's president-elect Vladimir Putin on Tuesday joined over 150,000 people in a Soviet-style march through Moscow to celebrate labour day and show off public support ahead of his inauguration. Accompanied by kitsch brass music and surrounded by multi-coloured balloons, Putin and outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev led the most extensive May Day march in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union. Police said around 150,000 people took part in the "Holiday of Labour and Spring" march in Moscow, by coincidence similar to the numbers said by the opposition to have shown up at anti-Putin demonstrations over the last months. The...
  • Obama Visits Afghanistan, Will Make Televised Address Tuesday Evening [Free Campaign Commercial]

    05/01/2012 1:26:29 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/1/12 | George E. Condon Jr.
    President Obama has arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, on a surprise trip to sign a strategic agreement with Afghanistan. He will address the nation at 7:30 p.m. EDT from Bagram Air Base on Tuesday evening. In going to Afghanistan on the ninth anniversary of the most notorious example of premature presidential gloating, Obama risks turning the high point of his presidency into a political weapon for his enemies. But it will be how the president conducts himself while in the war zone that will determine if this trip is lumped in with George W. Bush's donning of a flight suit and...
  • Clinton Couldn't Pull Trigger on Osama

    05/01/2012 1:16:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 1, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is Walter in Modesto, California. Hey, Walter, I'm glad you called. Hi. CALLER: Yes, I want to say I agree with the Democrats that not everyone would have pulled the trigger on Bin Laden. How many chances did Bill Clinton have to do it? RUSH: That's true. That's true. Clinton was handed Bin Laden on a silver platter two or three times and rejected it. CALLER: We still have him. RUSH: That's right. See, what Walter's point here is while Obama is out there trying to say Romney wouldn't have pulled the trigger (laughing), it's Bill...
  • Documents reveal al Qaeda's plans for seizing cruise ships, carnage in Europe

    05/01/2012 1:00:04 PM PDT · by jda · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 01 May 2012 | Nic Robertson, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister,
    On May 16 last year, a 22-year-old Austrian named Maqsood Lodin was being questioned by police in Berlin. He had recently returned from Pakistan via Budapest, Hungary, and then traveled overland to Germany. His interrogators were surprised to find that hidden in his underpants were a digital storage device and memory cards. Buried inside them was a pornographic video called "Kick Ass" -- and a file marked "Sexy Tanja." Several weeks later, after laborious efforts to crack a password and software to make the file almost invisible, German investigators discovered encoded inside the actual video a treasure trove of intelligence...
  • Get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan (Big Ol' Barf Bucket Needed)

    05/01/2012 12:48:22 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 5 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 1May2012 | Keith Ellison
    One year ago, the enemy that had haunted America for nearly a decade met his end in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Osama bin Laden is no longer a threat to the United States because of President Obama's leadership and strong national security policies. Good intelligence practices and surgical counterterrorism operations enabled us to kill 20 of al Qaeda's top 30 leaders, including bin Laden. This is an accomplishment by any measure. We have diminished al Qaeda's strength, so for the sake of our economic and national security, we should decrease our military presence and bring our troops home from Afghanistan as soon
  • The path to bin Laden’s death didn’t start with Obama

    05/01/2012 11:38:52 AM PDT · by Lmo56 · 9 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 5/1/12 | Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr.
    As we mark the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama deserves credit for making the right choice on taking out Public Enemy No. 1. But his administration never would have had the opportunity to do the right thing had it not been for some extraordinary work during the George W. Bush administration. Much of that work has been denigrated by Obama as unproductive and contrary to American principles. He is wrong on both counts. Shortly after bin Laden met his maker last spring, courtesy of U.S. Special Forces and intelligence, the administration proudly announced that when Obama took...
  • Poll: Many Muslims in Mideast, Pakistan have poor view of al Qaeda

    05/01/2012 11:08:34 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | May 1, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    Most Muslims in several key Middle Eastern and Asian countries hold negative views of the terrorist network al Qaeda a year after U.S. forces killed its leader, Osama bin Laden, according to a recent survey. The poll by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project, released Monday, found that a high proportion -- between 71% and 98% -- of Muslims questioned in Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon viewed al Qaeda in an unfavorable way.
  • Obama signs order tightening sanctions on Iran and Syria

    05/01/2012 10:31:49 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 5/1/12 | Politico
    The president signed an executive order on Tuesday granting the Treasury Department authority to tighten sanctions on Iran and Syria. From the Treasury Department statement: "This E.O. targets foreign individuals and entities that have violated, attempted to violate, conspired to violate, or caused a violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran or Syria, or that have facilitated deceptive transactions for persons subject to U.S. sanctions concerning Syria or Iran. With this new authority, Treasury now has the capability to publicly identify foreign individuals and entities that have engaged in these evasive and deceptive activities, and generally bar access to the U.S....
  • President of the Austrian Islamic Council Calls...to Capture "Hundreds of Gilad Shalits"

    05/01/2012 10:03:58 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 2 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 4-20-12 | Press TV (Iran)
    Following are excerpts from an address by Hassan Musa, president of the Austrian Islamic Council at a Gaza rally to mark Prisoners' Day, aired on Press TV on April 20, 2012. Reporter : The president of the Austrian Islamic Council, who is on a visit to Gaza, called on the Palestinian factions to capture more Israeli soldiers. Hassan Musa : Hundreds of [Gilad] Shalits must be captured to secure the release of all Palestinian prisoners. The Palestinian factions must use all means of force to regain Palestinian rights, because the enemy only understands force. As a lawyer, I know that...
  • More than 34 children killed in Syria since truce: U.N.

    05/01/2012 9:43:18 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    More than 34 children allegedly have been killed in Syria since a shaky truce between President Bashar al-Assad's security forces and opposition groups began on April 12, a U.N. envoy said on Tuesday. "I urge all parties in Syria to refrain from indiscriminate tactics resulting in the killing and wounding of children," said Radhika Coomaraswamy, special envoy for children and armed conflict.
  • OBL's Death a Victory for the Adults (1 year later, still on the money)

    05/01/2012 9:28:01 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5-3-2011 | C. Edmund Wright
    The children are celebrating and taking credit for the death of Osama bin Laden, but make no mistake about it, this is a win for the adults. This will give Obama a short-term boost in the polls, but I submit after a few days or weeks of liberal celebration, reality will start to sink in for more and more Americans. Now by adults, I mean folks mature enough to understand that the world is a mean place ruled by the aggressive use of power and that the only way to stop evil from ruling is for the good guys to...
  • Why is the US considering F-16 sales to Taiwan?

    05/01/2012 8:12:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 1, 2012 | Ralph Jennings
    Why is the US considering F-16 sales to Taiwan? Political shifts in China, Taiwan, and the US have revived the prospect of a US F-16 deal with Taiwan. Taipei, Taiwan In September, the United States politely told Taiwan it would not sell its late-model F-16 fighter jets to help Taiwan keep up with the military might of China. Taiwan was disappointed. China's response was low key. his month, however, the White House said the sale deserved “serious consideration.” This announcement comes despite the fact that China sees any sale of the F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan as a red line...
  • Life on Royal Navy's Falklands-bound HMS Dauntless

    05/01/2012 7:54:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 May 2012 | Jonathan Beale
    Life on Royal Navy's Falklands-bound HMS Dauntless It is one of the Royal Navy's most advanced and powerful warships, now on its way to the other side of the world; destination - the Falkland Islands. HMS Dauntless is the largest destroyer ever built for the Royal Navy, made from nearly 3,000 tonnes of steel. Its wide hull helps to support its two massive radar. This Type 45 destroyer is radically different in design from earlier warships. The sleek, angled lines means it appears no larger than a fishing boat on another ship's radar. It is the navy's first stealth warship....
  • Norwegian socialist links massacre with Mossad

    05/01/2012 6:35:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/01/2012 | Rick Moran
    Most european leftists just can't help themselves when it comes to Jew hate. Therefore, it's not surprising that Norwegian socialist Johan Galtung tried to link the tragic massacre of children last summer with the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.He also recommended reading the debunked book "Protocols of the Elders of Zion."Haaretz: Professor Galtung, 82-years-old, is one of the founders of the discipline called "Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution," as well as a founder of the international Peace Research Institute in Oslo. He is considered well-respected sociological researcher, has been awarded many prizes, and is the author of over a thousand articles...
  • Rupert Murdoch 'not fit' to lead major international company, MPs conclude

    05/01/2012 6:25:06 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 26 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Tuesday 1 May 2012 06.31 EDT | Dan Sabbagh and Josh Halliday
    Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to exercise stewardship of a major international company, a committee of MPs has concluded, in a report highly critical of the mogul and his son James's role in the News of the World phone-hacking affair. The Commons culture, media and sport select committee also concluded that James Murdoch showed "wilful ignorance" of the extent of phone hacking during 2009 and 2010 – in a highly charged document that saw MPs split on party lines as regards the two Murdochs. Labour MPs and the sole Liberal Democrat on the committee, Adrian Sanders, voted together...
  • Bill Keller: End may be near for monstrous North Korean regime(the day after?)

    05/01/2012 6:22:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Jakarta Globe ^ | 04/30/12 | BILL KELLER
    Bill Keller: End may be near for monstrous North Korean regime By BILL KELLER The New York Times Published: April 30th, 2012 04:49 PM Last Modified: April 30th, 2012 04:49 PM The one thing everyone knows about North Korea is that we know very little about North Korea, except that it is miserable, totalitarian, nuclear and erratic. It is the hermit kingdom, the dark side of the moon. But thanks to many thousands of refugees who have reached freedom by way of a long underground railroad through China, we know a lot more now about the grim reality. We understand...
  • RAHN: Geithner’s willful negligence

    05/01/2012 6:01:39 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4-30-12 | Richard Rahn
    What would you think of a secretary of the Treasury who failed to do serious cost-benefit analysis about regulations that could cost millions of Americans their jobs and cause innocent people to be subject to political abuse or worse and yet have almost no benefit to the United States? Over the past several years, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner was warned by many private economists and members of Congress of the adverse consequences of a proposed rule that would force U.S. banks to be uncompensated tax collectors for foreign governments. On April 17, Mr. Geithner issued the rule anyway. Rep....
  • Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights

    05/01/2012 5:28:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Apr 30, 2012 | Michael Mukasey
    OPINION Updated April 30, 2012, 7:43 p.m. ET Michael Mukasey: Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights It's hard to imagine Lincoln or Eisenhower claiming such credit for the heroic actions of others. By MICHAEL B. MUKASEY The first anniversary of the SEAL Team 6 operation that killed Osama bin Laden brings the news that President Obama plans during the coming campaign to exploit the bragging rights to the achievement. That plan invites scrutiny that is unlikely to benefit him. Consider the events surrounding the operation. A recently disclosed memorandum from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta shows that the president's celebrated...
  • 30 years ago today, one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time: a long range surprise attack

    05/01/2012 5:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | April 30, 2012 | Richard Clements
    30 years ago today, one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time: a long range surprise attack to the Falklands April 30, 2012 At 22.30, on Apr. 30, 1982, the first engine of some 13 Hadley Page Victor K2 Tanker aircraft spooled into life and announced the start of one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time. It all started a few weeks previously, when some Argentinean scrap metal merchants had claimed some remote British Islands called South Georgia in the name of Argentina. It culminated in General Leopold Galtiere invading the British dependency of the Falkland Islands...
  • Martial Red Zone In America: Heavily Armed Security Teams To Patrol Chicago

    05/01/2012 5:22:55 AM PDT · by Fennie · 17 replies
    SHTF ^ | April 30, 2012 | Mac Slavo
    If Transportation Security pat downs at public venues, thousands of drones over the skies of America, and the National Security Agency's new Echelon-like listening center in Utah weren't enough to convince you that we're living in a police state, then perhaps the latest news out of Chicago will change your mind. As world leaders prepare to meet in the windy city for their annual NATO summit, U.S. federal officials are working feverishly to implement a security net so broad that it encompasses the entirety of Cook County, Illinois. While international summits are traditionally met with a larger police presence and...
  • Taiwan’s Navy Gets Stealthy

    05/01/2012 4:41:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 30, 2012 | James R. Holmes
    Taiwan’s Navy Gets Stealthy News that Taiwan is set to get some stealthy fast patrol boats is welcome. But without some daring personnel, it might come to nothing. Huzzah! The Taipei Times’ J. Michael Cole broke the story this weekend that Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan has levied funds to field a squadron of between seven and eleven stealthy Hsun Hai (Swift Sea) fast patrol boats by 2014. Computer generated images depict a sleek catamaran that resembles a smaller sibling of USS Independence, a variant of the U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship. Each new craft will reportedly displace around 500 tons...
  • Air Force leader says some pilots want to avoid F-22 because of oxygen-deficit problems

    05/01/2012 4:14:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 30, 2012
    Air Force leader says some pilots want to avoid F-22 because of oxygen-deficit problems HAMPTON, Virginia – Some of America's 200 F-22 Raptor pilots want to be moved into other jobs because of oxygen-deficit problems with the stealth fighter, an Air Force leader said Monday. Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, told reporters that a "very small" number of pilots have asked not to fly the fifth-generation fighter jets or to be reassigned. "Obviously it's a very sensitive thing because we are trying ensure that the community fully understands all that...
  • Wounded Warrior - PFC Justin Lansford [Update at #13, 84, #129 #148 & #160]

    05/01/2012 3:52:13 AM PDT · by nevergore · 190 replies
    Self ^ | 5/1/2012 | NeverGore
    <p>Earlier this past week you may have heard on Glenn Beck’s radio show Michelle Bachman recanted a story that last Sunday (April 22nd) she was in Afghanistan and stood over a young man who had just lost his left leg in an IED attack.</p>
  • Former Obama Official Calls for U.S.-Financed Keynesian Spending Binge in Europe

    05/01/2012 2:50:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    There’s an old saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. This certainly is a good description of Keynesians, who relentlessly push more government spending as some sort of magic potion for the economy – notwithstanding a record of failure. The latest example if Larry Summers, the former economist for the Obama White House, who says Europeans need to make government bigger.Here is some of what he writes for today’s Washington Post.European efforts to contain crisis have fallen short. …Much of what is being urged on and in Europe is likely to be...
  • Is Europe Sailing on the Titanic?

    05/01/2012 2:34:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    U.S. growth in the first quarter fell to 2.2 percent, a disappointment. But in Europe, that news would have caused general rejoicing. For consider the gathering crisis on the old continent. With negative growth now for six months, Britain has fallen back into recession. "I don't think we're anywhere near halfway through the eurozone crisis," said Prime Minister David Cameron this weekend. Romania's government fell last week. The Czech government barely survived a vote of no confidence. In the capital cities of both countries, tens of thousands have angrily protested the new austerity. The Dutch government also fell last week,...
  • Isolated Merkel embraces Monti and growth

    05/01/2012 2:00:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    PressEurop ^ | 26 April 2012
    Angela Merkel doesn’t want to be left alone in the turmoil of the crisis. With her long time partner Nicolas Sarkozy on the way out after the first round of French elections, the chancellor is already looking for another ally, and Mario Monti seems to be her choice. German government’s spokesman Steffen Seibert has revealed that Merkel and Monti’s staff have already met to plan a series of joint German-Italian initiatives to promote economic stimulus measures to be discussed at the European council in June, La Stampa reports. In addition to the possible loss of traditional stalwarts France and Netherlands...
  • POTENTIAL ASIAN MISSILE SHIELD IRKS CHINA...

    05/01/2012 12:43:45 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    AFPC Missile Defense Briefing Report ^ | 4/30/2012 | Ilan Berman and Richard Harrison , eds.
    POTENTIAL ASIAN MISSILE SHIELD IRKS CHINA... North Korea's expanding missile program has prompted the Obama administration to consider plans for an Asian missile shield – and raised concerns in Beijing in the process. In recent talks with U.S. allies in the Asia pacific, U.S. Assistant Defense Secretary Madelyn Creedon put forth the idea of modeling the potential system after the European Phased Adaptive Approach now being erected in cooperation with NATO - a system that combines land- and sea- based missile defense capabilities to defend against the missile threat from Iran. PRC officials have bridled at the idea, however. The...
  • Medvedev Makes His Farewell and Putin Settles into the Old Course

    05/01/2012 12:27:51 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Traditional May holidays have arrived to Russia, and while the Victory Day parade will be the usual rumbling of heavy weapons over Red Square, it is Vladimir Putin’s third presidential inauguration that is supposed to make them special. The outgoing President Dmitri Medvedev used the final week of his deeply disappointing term for making a self-congratulatory speech at the special meeting of the State Council and granting an interview to a group of TV journalists. The key message of the speech was to assert that, despite stepping down from the position of supreme authority (which in fact he never possessed),...
  • Ron Paul wins Louisiana

    05/01/2012 12:16:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    KVUE, ABC Channel 24, Austin TX ^ | April 29, 2012 at 7:19 PM
    Texas Congressman Ron Paul continues to work to win the Republican nomination. He's campaigning in Houston. Saturday night, he claimed another caucus victory. Louisiana announced that approximately 74 percent of its delegates will go to GOP Convention as Paul supporters. …
  • The Legacy of Soviet Nuclear Industry in Tajikistan: Opportunities and Challenges

    04/30/2012 11:31:02 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    In April, Rustam Latifov, the head of the Tajik ParliamentÂ’s Ecological Commission, announced TajikistanÂ’s intention to seek international donors to help secure more than 50,000 tons of radioactive waste in Taboshar and distribute humanitarian funds for 2,000 people in the immediate vicinity who are particularly exposed in the villages of Old Taboshar and Somoni (ozodi.org, April 12). Taboshar, situated in the Ferghana Valley of Sugd Oblast just north of Khujand (TajikistanÂ’s second largest city), is one of ten Soviet-era nuclear sites in the country. While a part of the Soviet Union, Sugd Oblast was a center for both the extraction...