"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."
Saturday, August 29, 2009
REMEMBER: You heard it here first.
DEADLINE: Hamas given days to respond to new Shalit offer
A German mediator in negotiations to secure the release of captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit has presented Hamas with a new Israeli offer for a prisoner exchange, the Germany weekly Der Spiegel reported Saturday.
According to Der Spiegel, Hamas has until the first of September to respond to the offer.
WITH MESHAAL IN SYRIA REPORTEDLY THINKING IT OVER, HAMAS IN GAZA RESPONDS: Hamas Resumes Kassam Rocket Attacks
Arab terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza resumed rocket fire on Israel the morning of the Sabbath, firing one rocket at the Sdot Negev region near northern Gaza crossings. The missile exploded in an open area, and no injuries or damage were reported.HAMAS, SYRIA, HIZBALLAH AND IRAN DON'T NEED DEADLINES OR DEALS; THEY NEED TO BE ERASED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
At least 234 rockets and mortars have hit Israel since the end of Operation Cast Lead last January. Terrorists have escalated attacks over the past week, breaking a silence that had prevailed for several weeks.
YOU CAN'T MAKE GOOD DEALS WITH EVIL SCUM.
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- THE BADDIES ARE BEING RELEASED - UIGHURS, AFGHANI TERRORISTS, THE LOCKERBIE BOMBER. EVEN THE SHOE CHUCKER.
- AND OBAMA WANTS TO GO AFTER CIA AGENTS AND CHENEY - WHO KEPT US SAFE.
- ALSO: OBAMA WANTS TO GO ADTER THE EVIL FOLKS AT BIG PHARMA - WHO INVENT THE DRUGS WHICH MAKE US HEALTHIER.
- AND HE WANTS TO GO AFTER THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS.
- AND HE WANTS TO GO AFTER TALK RADIO TALKERS WHO OBJECT TO HIS POLICIES.
- AND HE WANTS TO GO AFTER THE ENERGY FIRMS WHO SUPPLY US WITH CHEAP ENERGY.
- OBAMA IS TRULY THE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT TO MODERN LIFE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD - MORE DANGEROUS THAN OSAMA.
According to Glenn Beck, the following poster was on the walls of one public-school classroom (with thanks to Brooke):
Early indoctrination in global warming and the concept of the world community.
The second-grade classroom also displayed the newest book about BHO's dog.
By the way, as a taxpayer in any school district, you have the right to review the textbooks being used. Caution: Many materials used in the classroom are not on the official list of curricula. Many of those materials never make their way to the students' bookbags because of school regulations.
The CIA is offering to reimburse the legal expenses of agency officers who might be investigated for their roles in the controversial interrogation program, according to a U.S. intelligence official.PANETTA SHOULD DO MORE: HE SHOULD RESIGN. IF HE HAD A SHRED OF INTEGRITY HE WOULD HAVE ALREADY, AND NOT JUST THREATENED TO.
Director Leon Panetta decided that employees who do not have professional liability insurance should receive assistance if they need to hire outside counsel.
“Panetta will do everything he can to ensure that anyone who needs legal representation has it..."
Unions have good reasons to conduct an Astroturf campaign on behalf of ObamaCare — in fact, ten billion good reasons.OBAMACARE = CRONYISM + SOCIALISM.
The Detroit Free Press reported that HR3200 gives a $10,000,000,000 subsidy to union pension and benefit plans, a key component that had gone largely unremarked.
Later in the week, the Detroit News’ editorial board blasted the payoff and demanded its removal:
One reason the public so distrusts the health care plan being considered by Congress is that so many troublesome details keep bubbling out of the massive legislation.That’s one important point to remember.
The latest example is the $10 billion taxpayers will be asked to shell out to prop up the United Auto Workers’ retiree health insurance program. …
In effect, it would ask every taxpayer, regardless of whether they’ll have health insurance coverage themselves after they retire — and most won’t — to chip in to maintain the UAW’s coverage, which even after the union’s givebacks is still better than what the average American worker receives.
Union health plans will be exempt from the limitations of ObamaCare, allowing unions to operate as insurers while forcing everyone else into government-approved plans in “exchanges”. Instead of having the union pay for their own plans, taxpayers will subsidize them, while getting less themselves.
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.
The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.
"I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness," said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board. "It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill." ....
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AND REDISTRIBUTING EVERYTHING ELSE, TOO - AND AGAINST FREE SPEECH - AT JIM MORAN'S TOWNHALL:
BTW: WHO CARES HOW MUCH WE SPEND ON HEALTH CARE IN THE COUNTRY!? DO POLITICIANS NOW HAVE THE RIGHT TO SET BUDGETS FOR EACH OF US!?
ER, UM... LEFTIST POLITICIANS EVIDENTLY THINK SO.
BTW: MORAN IS AN ANTI-SEMITE.
Friday, August 28, 2009
OBAMA SET TO APPEASE RUSSIA AND DUMP EASTERN EUROPE: PROBABLY WILL NOT DEPLOY MISSILE SHIELD, PROBABLY WILL ANNOUNCE AT UNGA
The Obama administration has developed possible alternative plans for a missile defense shield that could drop hotly disputed sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, a move that would please Russia and Germany but sour relations with American allies in Eastern Europe.
Administration officials said they hoped to complete their months-long review of the planned antimissile system as early as next month, possibly in time for President Obama to present ideas to President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia at a meeting in New York during the annual opening at the General Assembly of the United Nations.
People following the review, including anxious officials in Eastern Europe, said they thought that the administration was preparing to abandon the Polish and Czech sites.
The Bush administration strongly advocated a missile shield. Mr. Obama has been more skeptical, saying he will proceed only if it is financially and technically feasible. He has also told the Russians that the system would not be needed if they used their leverage to persuade Iran to drop its suspected nuclear weapons programs.
OBAMA WANTS TO APPEASE RUSSIA AT THE UNGA: HOW FITTING.
THIS EVEN AS RUSSIA DEPLOYS ITS OWN MISSILE SHIELD ALONG ITS BORDER WITH NORTH KOREA.
OBAMA ISN'T FOR PEACE; HE'S ON THE OTHER SIDE.
IF OBAMA REALLY WAS AN AMERICA-HATING, SOCIALISTIC CRYPTO-MUSLIM, THEN WHAT WOULD HE BE DOING DIFFERENTLY?
I SEE THE HEART AND SOUL OF DAYS YORE...
THOSE WHO ATTEMPT TO FOIST SOCIALISM UPON US WILL BE TARRED AND FEATHERED AND RUN OUT OF TOWN ON A POLE.
AS IN THE DAYS OF YORE.
DOES THAT MAKE US TEABAGGERS!? NO. A MOB? NO.
WE ARE JUST THE GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDEN OF THE SONS OF LIBERTY.
WE INHERITED LIBERTY THEY DIED FOR AND WE WON'T SURRENDER IT TO ANYONE.
WHY THE LEFT IS WRONG ON GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE: There is no human right to health care and the ONLY way to determine value of a good or service is a free market
THIS IS WRONG.
A person doesn't have the right to steal someone else's goods or services. This is basically why Lincoln was against slavery: Lincoln argued that all humans were entitled - simply by virtue of being alive - to the fruits of their labor.
Nobody has the "right" to make anyone give them goods or services involuntarily.
Nobody has the right to tell a doctor or nurse or druggist or pharmaceutical company to give them a good or service without paying them what they want.
If they can't agree on the price for a good or service, then there's simply no deal, no transaction.
When our government has the right to take a good or a service at any price it says, then we are serfs, not citizens.
What is a FAIR proice for health care goods and services?
LIKE FOR EVERYTHING ELSE: The highest price the market can bear.
Government has distorted prices on health care and has the free market in health care less efficient than it could be.
In areas of health care where there is no government interference - like cosmetic surgery and corrective eye surgery by laser - prices have continuously come down. The free market works.
To achieve a healthier America, we need LESS government involvement in health care not more.
We need phase out Medicare, not put the whole nation in it from cradle to grave!
Medicare is a huge rip off of workingclass America: Let's say you work 40 years and make $50K a year. At retirement, you've put in $120,000 into Medicare and $120,000 into Social Security - without interest. When you retire, you get a little doled out to each month. And when you die - THE GOVERNMENT KEEPS THE BALANCE; YOUR KIDS GET BUPKUS!
YUP: Odds are you're not gonna get back all you put in - not in monthly checks and not in healthcare.
So why are both SS and Medicare going broke!? Corruption, "3rd Party Pay" apathy about prices, and demographics. SS and Medicare are both literally PONZI SCHEMES: payouts to current recipients depends on an ever-INCREASING pool of donors. Well, the recipient class is burgeoning and the donor pool isn't. This equals bankruptcy unless they raise tax rates.
If instead of the current system each of us had out the same amounts onto T-Bill and bonds and sticks, then we'd all have enough money for our health needs and retirement. And when we die it all stays in the family!
By keeping us in charge if our own health-care dollars we become better consumers of health care and also powerfully motivated to stay healthy: the healthier we are the wealthier we become because we get to keep all that money that might have been used for health care needs.
Privatization of government pensions and government healthcare would make the healthcare industry more efficient and their goods and services a better value.
It would also make politicians and bureaucrats less powerful.
And this is the major hurdle. Along with the trial lawyers and government unions who profit off of the current system. This triumvirate, this unholy trinity is the only reason we have a inefficient healthcare industry.
Andf this unholy tirnity is the heart and sould of the Democrat Pary.
Every vote for any Democrat is a vote against efficiency in the healthcare industry.
Beck's got a recap of each day over on his website, but I would implore everyone to watch the whole thing.
Thanks again to Glennbeckclips.com for making these so readily available and east to reference. They do us all a great service.
At some point we will come to see that the developed world’s massive expansion of personal sexual liberty has provided a useful cover for the shrivelling of almost every other kind.RTWT. (Via Glenn.)
Free speech, property rights, economic liberty and the right to self-defence are under continuous assault by Big Government.
But who cares when Big Government lets you shag anything that moves and every city in North America hosts a grand parade to celebrate your right to do so?
It’s an oddly reductive notion of individual liberty.
Liberty without Natural Law isn't libertarianism; it's libertinage.
The postmodern left has rejected Natural Law and embraced moral and cultural relativism. That essentially means that doing what is right in one's own eyes is the whole of the law. That is the very definition of evil.
Postmodern leftists want a paternal state in which the parent supplies food, shelter, clothing and an allowance, but also let's them stay out all night, use drugs, sleep with anybody and anything, and not be required to contribute a penny to household expenses or to work doing any household chores.
IOW: Postmodern lefists are the functional equivalents of teenagers. Bad spolied teens.
THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY TRIAL LAWYERS: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS SCOOPS HOT AIR AND KRAUTHAMMER
Video: Krauthammer says Dean “speaks the truth”
Aug 28, 2009 11:36 AM by Ed Morrissey
“Trial lawyers own the Democratic Party.”
WE BLOGGED THIS POINT OFTEN AND RECENTLY IN RELATION TO TORT REFORM AND OBAMACARE HERE EARLIER THIS WEEK ...
TORTS ... DRIVE UP THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING.AND HERE, 2 WEEKS AGO:
AND THAT HURTS THE LITTLE GUY THE MOST.
THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE TRIAL LAWYERS WHO REAP BILLIONS FROM CASES LIKE THIS - LAWYERS LIKE THAT LYING CHEATING CAD JOHN EDWARDS.
IT'S JUST ANOTHER REASON TO VOTE GOP IN 2010.
HEALTHCARE INFLATION IS BS - A BOGEYMAN MEANT TO DEFLECT BLAME FROM THE REAL CULPRITS:REGULAR READERS KNOW WE DON'T JUST FOLLOW THE PACK; WE LEAD.
- THE LAWYERS AND THEIR TORTS
- AND THE LIBERAL POLITICIANS AND THEIR RESTRICTIONS ON INTERSTATE TRADE AND THEIR REFUSAL TO GIVE FAMILIES THE SAME TAX BREAK THEY GIVE BUSINESSES .
YES - COINCIDENTALLY, GLENN IS A LAWYER.
ONE WHO TRAINS PEOPLE TO BECOME LAWYERS.
WHO MAKE MANY MANY THINGS MORE EXPENSIVE WITH THEIR UNBRIDLED TORTS.
LAWYERS LIKE JOHN EDWARDS.
AND THESE LAWYERS OWN AND OPERATE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IN THEIR OWN INTEREST AND IN THE INTEREST OF THEIR COMRADES THE UNIONS WHO WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT: THE SEIU; THE NEA; AND ASFSCME.
AND THE BRILLIANT KRAUTHAMMER OFTEN OPINES ON MATTERS THE SAME AS US - AFTER WE HAVE.
WE DID IT YESTERDAY.
- WE SCOOPED HOT AIR ALL THE TIME - AND THEIR CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST ON SELECTING TOP NEWS ITEMS, BUT WE'RE FASTER.
- REGULAR READERS KNOW WE SCOOP THE BIGGIES ALL THE TIME - WITH BOTH LINKS AND THE HARDEST-HITTING BLUNTEST COMMENTARY. AND PREDICTIONS.
SPREAD THE WORLD. BOOKMARK US. BLOGROLL US.
AND TELL HOT AIR OF THEY READ US EVERYDAY A FEW TIMES A DAY THEY'D GET THE HOT LINKS FASTER!
A hospital which flew in Scandinavian surgeons to reduce waiting times is being sued after it was alleged that one third of the operations carried out were botched.
Surgeons from Sweden, Denmark and Finland were flown into Britain between 2003 and 2006 as part of a £3million scheme to speed up hip and knee replacements.
But concerns were raised about the quality of the work carried out and many patients fear the surgeons were insufficiently trained or skilled.
More than one third of people operated on at Weston-super-Mare General Hospital (WGH), Somerset, had an unsatisfactory result and six legal cases are now being considered.
All single-payer schemes suck.
They suck because only competition continuously improves goods and services.
Andrei Vyshinsky: is mostly known as a state prosecutor of Stalin's show trials.
Those are trials against your political opponents.
MORE HERE; excerpt:
BY DROPPING CHARGES AGAINST THE NEW BLACK PANTHERS AND GUV RISHARDSON AND BY SEEKING CHARGES AGAINST THE CIA HOLDER IS RPOVING HIMSELF TO BE OBAMA'S VYSHINSKY.
The Moscow “trials” were public spectacles reported on by journalists and broadcasters from the West, and observed by representatives of foreign governments and various organizations. With the outcomes preordained, one of Vyshinsky’s tasks was to ensure that it appeared to the foreigners in the courtroom’s gallery that the people on trial were guilty and deserved their sentence, which was often death. Vyshinsky was at ease doing that because he was a master at using innuendo and false characterizations to make an innocent person appear to be guilty merely on the basis of their “confession” - without presenting any evidence substantiating their guilt. Vyshinsky’s deviousness is underscored by the pressuring of some defendants to confess with a promise of leniency - which was forgotten as soon as the hapless person was beyond the protective gaze of the foreigners in the courtroom.
A grisly fate awaited those who attempted to intercede on behalf of a friend or relative. One party official’s experience is a representative example. In a letter to a court official he explained why his niece had been unjustly convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison and confiscation of her belongings. After explaining that his niece’s conviction was based on “slander,” he was unusually bold by writing, “I suggest that the slanderers’ guilt is not so great if the court takes heed of slander so willingly and pronounces judgement by it. It is the unjust judges and [prosecutors] who passed such judgements who ought to be held much more responsible.” 14 The concerned relative/official was subsequently “identified” as a spy and executed. 15
News reports and comments of international observers about the trials indicate the success of Vyshinsky’s charade. A delegation of lawyers with the International Association of Lawyers issued a statement that read in part:
“We consider the claim that the proceedings were summary and unlawful to be totally unfounded. The accused were given the opportunity of taking counsels .... We hereby categorically declare that the accused were sentenced quite lawfully.” 16
British lawyer Denis Pritt issued a separate statement:
“What first struck me as a British lawyer was the defendants’ completely free and unconstrained conduct. They all looked well; they all stood up and spoke when they wanted to.... I personally am convinced that there is not the slightest reason to suppose the presence of any unlawfulness in the trial’s form or contents. 17
British historian Sir Bernard Pares said the guilt of the defendants was “proven beyond doubt.” 18
The International Human Rights League also declared the trials lawful. Their Moscow representative wrote, “We all look for a mistake only when the accused denies his guilt, when he shouts out his innocence to all and sundry. If Captain Dreyfus had pleaded guilty, there would have been no Dreyfus Case.” 19
The world’s intellectuals were as a whole deafeningly silent in their criticism of the trials and Stalin’s use of ““judicial” terror, mass arrests, and reprisals against the innocent.” 20 As a whole the foreigners attending the trials formed an apologist corps for the farcical judicial proceedings they witnessed.
One of Vyshinsky’s inside jokes on the world community he duped, was that during the trial of high party official Leonid Serebryakov, he instituted proceedings to have Serebryakov’s dacha (country house) and the money he paid for it transferred to Vyshinsky. 21 After all, Serebryakov wouldn’t need it since he was slated for execution after his day in court. Vyshinsky expanded on Serebryakov’s dacha and lived there comfortably for many years. It is reputed that Stalin visited him there on at least one occasion.
The trials were one of many domestic terror programs intended to cow Russians into subservience to Stalinist dictates. Observer Andre’ Gide noted the effectiveness of those tactics, “In my opinion, in no country today, not even in Hitler’s Germany, is the spirit more suppressed, more timid, more servile than in the Soviet Union.” 22
Vyshinsky’s performance during the “show trials” cemented him as one of Stalin’s favorites. It was also a special personal triumph because more than a decade earlier Vyshinsky laid the groundwork for the success of the trials. In 1922 Vyshinsky was elected Chairman at Moscow’s Collegium of Lawyers. 23 In that position he was instrumental in devising a legal system for Soviet Russia that “gave an illusion of democracy and a sham guarantee of defendants’ rights.
"One of two people suspected of shattering 11 windows Tuesday morning at the state Democratic Party headquarters has an arrest record and a history of helping a Democratic political candidate, public records show.
Police said that about 2:20 a.m., 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler, now in custody, and an at-large accomplice took a hammer to the picture windows displaying posters touting President Barack Obama and his health care reform efforts.
Early Tuesday, Democratic Party chairwoman Pat Waak said the damage to her building in Denver's art district was a consequence of "an effort on the other side to stir up hate." She tempered her statement after Schwenkler's political history was revealed.
Balmer said he suspects the vandalism might have been aimed at making the GOP look bad. "This sounds like the type of Democratic tactic from the left fringe trying to make Republicans look mean-spirited," Balmer said. "In this case, it blew up in their face. He was caught red-handed." Schwenkler allegedly tried to conceal his identity while committing the crime by wearing a shirt over his face, a hooded sweat shirt and latex gloves, according to police descriptions.
When a Denver police officer on patrol spotted two people smashing windows, the suspects fled on bicycles. Schwenkler was arrested after a short foot pursuit, but the other suspect sped away, police Detective Vicki Ferrari said.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
The number of Israelis who see US President Barack Obama's policies as pro-Israel has fallen to 4 percent, according to a Smith Research poll taken this week on behalf of The Jerusalem Post.
Fifty-one percent of Jewish Israelis consider Obama's administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israel, according to the survey, while 35% consider it neutral and 10% declined to express an opinion. The poll of 500 people representing a statistical model of the Jewish Israeli population had a margin of error of 4.5%.
... Obama's popularity among Israelis has been plummeting since a May 17 Post poll on the eve of a meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Obama at the White House. In that poll, 31% labeled Obama pro-Israel, 14% considered him pro-Palestinian, 40% said he was neutral, and 15% declined to give an opinion.
WHEN WILL THE MAJORITY OF AMERICAN JEWS SEE THE LIGHT!?
WHEN THEY OPEN THEIR EYES!
THE HAND-WRITING IS ON THE WALL: OBAMA IS A ONE-TERM FAILURE.
... the IG report also refutes the claim made by Nancy Pelosi in her infamous May press conference that she was never told about waterboarding by the CIA in fall 2002. (Pelosi went on to say that the CIA lies to Congress "all the time"). According to the IG report, the agency briefed the Congressional Intelligence Oversight Committees — that includes Speaker Pelosi — in the fall of 2002, as well as in February and March of 2003, and continued to do so thereafter.
The IG report states that none of the congressional participants — that includes Speaker Pelosi — expressed any concerns about the EITs or the program itself.Unless we're resigned to the premise that it's routine for the Speaker of the House to lie to the American people about matters of national security, this is pretty serious stuff. CIA interrogators are facing the prospect of financially ruinous legal fees while a special prosecutor investigates their actions. Eric Holder may prosecute these individuals for taking actions that members of congress — that includes Speaker Pelosi — not only knew about, but that didn't concern them.
PELOSI SHOULD RESIGN.
AND HOLDER IF HOLDER INDICTS ANYONE, THEN HE MUST ALSO INDICT HER.
HUMAN EVENTS: Remembering Teddy’s KGB Connection
Documents found in Soviet archives after the fall of the Iron Curtain revealed a great deal about the character of Ted Kennedy.
As HUMAN EVENTS first reported on December 8, 2003:One of the documents, a KGB report to bosses in the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee, revealed that “In 1978, American Sen. Edward Kennedy requested the assistance of the KGB to establish a relationship” between the Soviet apparatus and a firm owned by former Sen. John Tunney (D-Ca.). KGB recommended that they be permitted to do this because Tunney's firm was already connected with a KGB agent in France named David Karr. This document was found by the knowledgeable Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats and published in Moscow's Izvestia in June 1992.Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, found contemporaneous KGB documentation and published a story in February of 1992 of an additional communiqué by Ted Kennedy to the Soviet intelligence agency through Tunney. Full text of the letter from the appendix of Paul Kengor’s book The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism can be found here.
Another KGB report to their bosses revealed that on March 5, 1980, John Tunney met with the KGB in Moscow on behalf of Sen. Kennedy. Tunney expressed Kennedy’s opinion that “nonsense about ‘the Soviet military threat’ and Soviet ambitions for military expansion in the Persian Gulf… was being fueled by [President Jimmy] Carter, [National Security Advisor Zbigniew] Brzezinski, the Pentagon and the military industrial complex.”
Kennedy offered to speak out against President Carter on Afghanistan. Shortly thereafter he made public speeches opposing President Carter on this issue. This document was found in KGB archives by Vasiliy Mitrokhin, a courageous KGB officer, who copied documents from the files and then defected to the West. He wrote about this document in a February 2002 paper on Afghanistan that he released through the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center.
This time it was President Reagan in Kennedy’s crosshairs as he attempted to arrange a meeting between Kennedy and General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Yuri Andropov.
In this May 14, 1983, letter written by underling Viktor Chebrikov to Andropov, he relayed Kennedy’s offer to meet, Chebrikov explaining that Kennedy blamed poor American-Soviet relations not on the Communist country, but on President Reagan. According to Chebrikov’s letter, Kennedy said he wanted to stop Reagan’s re-election effort in 1984.
Chebrikov’s letter also claimed that Kennedy was “very impressed” with Andropov and that Kennedy was reaching out to the Soviets to thwart Reagan’s forceful defense policies. Kennedy suggested the Soviets reach out specifically to Barbara Walters and Walter Cronkite to counter in the American media what he said Kennedy considered Reagan “propaganda.”
Chebrikov's letter to Andropov also stated that Kennedy himself had offered to travel to Moscow to meet with Andropov if he would extend an invitation.
MORE ON TEDDY'S DANGEROUS LIAISONS WITH THE KGB HERE AND HERE AND HERE.
THE BEST THING TEDDY EVER DID WAS CHALLENGE JIMMY CARTER IN THE PRIMARIES IN 1980 AND SOFTEN HIM UP FOR REAGAN.
OTHER THAN THAT HE WAS A BAD FELLOW.
The current state of Britain came most clearly into focus, however, not when we visited the mosques, but when we tried to have dinner. I had an illuminating dinner with a group including the notable British author and freedom fighter Douglas Murray that turned out to offer a bracing introduction to British dhimmitude: the dinner had to be moved at the last minute since the proprietors of the George Restaurant in the aptly-named Isle of Dogs district of London didn’t like us discussing jihad and Islamization on the premises. This was despite the fact that the dinner had been planned to be on-camera and had been cleared with the George in advance.On a related note, some may accuse Scotland's local government body of freeing the horrific terrorist Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, of the masterminds in the Lockerbie bombing, but if they're under control of the government in England, then one has to wonder if the decision to release the vile creature came from the main government, though I fully agree that Scotland's own local government must still shoulder considerable blame for their willingness to release a monster who was also responsible for the murders of many Scots back in 1988. Read this topic at Hot Air, which focuses on the questions of whether al-Megrahi was released as part of a trade for oil contracts. And read also Debbie Schlussel's topics on the Dearbornistan connection to the tragedy at the time.
In fact, when I returned to the George the next night with the producers of the film, we were not allowed entry because the previous night we had been discussing jihad and Islamic supremacism.
Were the proprietors of the George Restaurant hard-line Leftists who viewed jihadists as their allies in the struggle against American imperialism? Or were they frightened by the prospect of the local Muslims, who live in that area in considerable numbers, exacting revenge against the place for daring to host a meeting of the Resistance?
Most likely they were afraid of their own government, which frowns upon those who question the wisdom or viability of the multicultural paradise they are intent upon creating. For when we finally tried to assemble in another place a roundtable of concerned British citizens to discuss the problem of the Islamization of Britain, one by one the British participants dropped out. If they appeared on camera, we were told, the government could and probably would threaten their livelihood.
Edward Kennedy's son, 42, is the only remaining Kennedy to hold elected office, having served as a member of the House of Representatives for Rhode Island since 1988.
The 51-year-old author, lawyer and philanthropist is the only surviving child of former president John F Kennedy.
Caroline Kennedy trained at Sotheby's in art and graduated from Colombia Law School.
Following the election, she put her name forward to take the US Senate seat for New York left empty by Hillary Clinton, who took up the post of Secretary of State.
But Ms Kennedy withdrew in January, after failing to impress in media interviews.
The 53-year-old former television journalist is Edward Kennedy's niece and is the First Lady of California.
Joseph Kennedy is the eldest son of Robert Kennedy, who served six terms as a congressman from Massachusetts, until 1999.
Now 56, he runs the non-profit Citizens Energy Corporation, which provides affordable heating oil to low-income families.
He considered running for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, but decided against it citing family reasons.
KATHLEEN KENNEDY TOWNSEND
The 58-year-old ex-lieutenant governor of Maryland is the eldest of Robert Kennedy's 11 children. Her political career is considered to have foundered when she made a failed bid to become governor in 2002.
MARK KENNEDY SHRIVER
One of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's four sons, 45, he was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1995 to 2003. In 2002, he was defeated in a Democratic primary in Maryland for a seat in the US House of Representatives.He subsequently moved away from the state and is now a director for Save the Children.
MAY I SUGGEST THAT THE FOLLOWING TWO ARE MORE IN KEEPING WITH FAMILY TRADITIONS:
AND MIKE SKAKEL.
But failure is success!
From "If Obama Fails, It's Not His Fault" at Right Klik:
It looks like the Demokrat MSM are preparing for what might be the inevitable failure of their Messiah's health care plan. Some amazing damage control memes are beginning to emerge:To support those four points, Right Klik cites various sources....Read the rest at Always On Watch.
1. Failure is good!
2. Obama's failure is really a failure of the national press corps, the left wing and the Demokratic party.
3. Obama is bogged down because he has been working so hard to accommodate Republicans.
4. Obama is failing because he's too nice.
In the heyday of the Cold War, both knowingly and unknowingly, such radical intellectuals served as a reliable conduit for anti-U.S. propaganda generated in the think tanks of Moscow. The technical details were described by a number of defectors from the Eastern Bloc intelligence agencies, the highest-ranking of whom was Ion Mihai Pacepa, acting chief of Romania’s espionage service.
“The whole foreign policy of the Soviet-bloc states, indeed its whole economic and military might, revolved around the larger Soviet objective of destroying America from within through the use of lies,” Pacepa writes. “The Soviets saw disinformation as a vital tool in the dialectical advance of world Communism. … Many ‘Ban-the-Bomb’ and anti-nuclear movements were KGB-funded operations, too. I can no longer look at a petition for world peace or other supposedly noble cause, particularly of the anti-American variety, without thinking to myself, ‘KGB.’
“As far as I’m concerned, the KGB gave birth to the antiwar movement in America,” Pacepa continues. “KGB chairman Yuri Andropov managed our anti-Vietnam War operation. He often bragged about having damaged the U.S. foreign-policy consensus, poisoned domestic debate in the U.S., and built a credibility gap between America and European public opinion through our disinformation operations. Vietnam was, he once told me, ‘our most significant success.’”
The fraudulent image of America as the “violent imperialist aggressor” was picked up by the Western media, disseminated through activist groups, and found its way into policy making, exemplified by John Kerry’s 1971 “Genghis Khan” testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where Kerry almost verbatim repeated the KGB fabrications, later recognized by Pacepa as his own subversive product.
“KGB priority number one at that time was to damage American power, judgment, and credibility,” Pacepa recalls. “One of its favorite tools was the fabrication of such evidence as photographs and ‘news reports’ about invented American war atrocities. These tales were purveyed in KGB-operated magazines that would then flack them to reputable news organizations. … All in all, it was amazingly easy for Soviet-bloc spy organizations to fake many such reports and spread them around the free world.”
Our sensory organs may perceive the same reality, but our knowledge of the world depends on how our minds interpret our perceptions and connect the dots. A successful propaganda campaign modifies that process by inserting, in a manner of speaking, a prefabricated optical lens that redirects incoming information and rearranges the existing dots. It may remain unnoticed for a while because the distortion affects limited designated areas — in this case, political ideology. One still is the same person, except that when he thinks of political, economic, or social issues, lies suddenly become perceived as the truth, right as wrong, good as evil, enemies as friends, and so on.
Ultimately, the most successful, moral, and just country in the history of humanity becomes perceived as a violent monster feeding on the bodies of innocent victims.
Caught off guard by such a procedure and lacking intellectual tools to detect it, any decent red-blooded man will naturally be enraged by America’s “injustice,” wish for its defeat, and sometimes even join its enemies. Assuming that in 1971 John Kerry was a decent man and his testimony to the Senate Committee was delivered in good faith, he must have had that lens implanted in his brain for a long time. The Vietnam War was won by Moscow, not on the battlefield, but in the information warfare. And that was only the beginning.
This is how Pacepa remembers it:
During my last meeting with Andropov, he said, wisely, “now all we have to do is to keep the Vietnam-era anti-Americanism alive.” Andropov was a shrewd judge of human nature. He understood that in the end our original involvement would be forgotten, and our insinuations would take on a life of their own. He knew well that it was just the way human nature worked.
Andropov’s strategy must still be working if even today Barack Obama believes in these insinuations strongly enough to apologize before the world for the perceived history of “American arrogance.” During his recent visit to Moscow, President Obama stated:
America supports … the restoration of the democratically-elected president of Honduras, even though he has strongly opposed American policies.
But didn’t Obama himself oppose American policies just as strongly and from the same ideological perspectives? His own history suggests that saying “because he has strongly opposed American policies” would have been a more honest use of conjunctions.
From his communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis to the unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, Barack Obama has always gravitated towards people holding radical leftist views akin to those of Zelaya. He eagerly promoted leftist ideology as an ACORN activist and later when he taught and developed theories that opposed the American system of individual liberties in favor of unsustainable group entitlements at the expense of producers — theories that advocated placing the people under the controlling “care” of the state.
And since such views are part of the ideological template that vilifies America and lionizes its enemies, Obama’s instinctive reaction was to back Zelaya and throw a lifeline to Ahmadinejad.
Like John Kerry at the Senate hearings, President Obama may be acting in good faith, but his processing of reality is just as impaired by the same “metaphorical deformation.” As a result, the leader of the free world strays across the frontlines and joins the Marxist leaders Hugo Chavez, Raul Castro, Evo Morales, and Daniel Ortega, at least two of whom — Castro and Ortega — were committed Soviet clients.
The Soviet Union may have self-destructed in 1991, but the seeds of intellectual deception it had planted gave such a bountiful crop that seventeen years later America has elected a leader who is guided by received notions designed to subdue and destroy this country. Apparently, the rumors about America’s victory in the Cold War appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
TEDDY WAS NO SAINT.
WHAT A FREAKIN' CREW: WILLIAM KENNEDY SMITH; MICHAEL SKAKEL, AND UNCLE TEDDY!
THE KENNEDY SCUM WEREN'T EVER ANYTHING LIKE CAMELOT; THEY WERE REALLY ALWAYS MORE LIKE HENRY THE 8TH!
Glenn Beck is the man! By the way, his ratings broke records on Monday. Guess Van Jones' boycott didn't pan out so well, huh? I will also make a playlist of all five parts of Beck's New Republic series and post it on Friday. The man is a force of nature. For our foreign friends and those who do not have cable, you can watch Glenn Beck's shows in their entirety every day at GlennBeckClips.com.
THE LEFT HAS POLITICIZED TEDDY'S DEATH: DEMOCRATS RE-CHRISTEN OBAMACARE, CALLING IT KENNEDYCARE. OKAY, THEN. I SAY WHY NOT CALL IT KOPECHNECARE!
OKAY: IF THEY WANT TO POLITICIZE TEDDY'S DEATH, THEN WE CAN TOO: WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER:
I SAY WHY NOT CALL IT KOPECHNECARE!
I was reading an eloquent eulogy by Ted Sorensen in Time to the late Ted Kennedy. At one point, he writes: “Both a plane crash in Massachusetts in 1964 and the ugly automobile accident on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969 almost cost him his life, and the Chappaquiddick incident ultimately ended his bright prospects for still higher office.”
Something rings wrongly in this. I don’t think it was Sorensen’s intent to be callous, but Chappaquiddick for many is not remembered just as ending Teddy’s “bright prospects for still higher office,” or even as an “ugly automobile accident [that] almost cost [Kennedy] his life,” but rather as an incident that unnecessarily resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne (never mentioned by name in the essay) owing to (according to a later inquest) the negligence of the driver, Ted Kennedy.
We should not speak ill of the dead, nor at a time of mourning gratuitously inject politics, but there is something surreal in remembering Chappaquiddick chiefly as either an ugly accident that almost killed Ted, or an unfortunate accident that cost him “higher office.” That July 1969 evening remains a terrible tragedy only because a young, bright woman at 28 lost a chance to enjoy a full life due to an entirely preventable occurrence.
I'm staying mostly silent about Ted Kennedy for reasons that should be obvious. There was obviously a good side to him. He cared greatly about his causes. He was personally charming. He worked tirelessly and nurtured many careers. I could go on, but others more passionate about the man can say it better.
But here's one tip for liberals outraged that anyone would speak ill of the dead in regard to Kennedy. Such protests are fair for the moment. But they lose all legitimacy the moment liberals try to use his memory to steam roll a health-care bill through Congress. If they want to invoke his memory or legacy as a reason to pass their partisan version of health-care reform, that is their right. But they should not then say that nobody should dare criticize Kennedy. That's not making an argument for health-care reform, that is simple bullying and I see no reason why opponents of the Democratic push should cave in to it.
IF DEMOCRATS RE-CHRISTEN OBAMACARE, KENNEDYCARE.
I WILL CALL IT KOPECHNECARE!
TEDDY WAS WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING - EVEN IRAQ, AND HE WAS A BLOWHARD:
AND A FOAMING AT THE MOUTH LYING LEFTIST SCARE-MONGERING PIECE OF CRAP - HERE BORKING BORK:
And it's rife with corruption. (Because people perceive it as Third Party Pay and don't watch what gets spent!)
The KUCINICH KRUGMAN KROWD think that we could just shift the premiums into taxes an everything would be hunky-dory.
REALLY!? Why not just takeover FEDEX, then?! You know why it has to fail: without the PROFIT motive and COMPETITION thee is now incentive for increasing value for the consumer.
None. As FEDEX would devolve into the USPS, so would ALL our healthcare devolve into an inefficient MEDICARE program.
Also demographics mean it will fail: Social Security and Medicare are PONZI SCHEMES --- if you don't have MORE people joining EVERY YEAR then you must keep raising the amounts that everyone has to input.
The only real answer - the only REAL WAY to improve health coverage in the USA is to end the PONZI SCHEMES and privatize SS and Medicare.
YES, THAT'S RIGHT: UNDO BOTH OF THESE VESTIGES OF THE NEW DEAL AND THE GREAT SOCIETY!
This would be a sound solution - financially, economically and morally.
yes morally: it is more moral for people to take care of themselves.
It is inherently a huge immoral danger for the government to be in the position of deciding health issues for those it pays pensions to: by denying service the government would reap a double savings - it would save on the medical expenses and the pensions!
As government run healthcare systems INEVITABLE come under financial stress due to demographics, the pressure to deny service and ave medical expenses and save pension payouts becomes bigger and bigger. In Britain they've announced a $45K cap on end of life care; (if care costing $45K can't extend life for one year, then they won't spend it. After this threshold comes the "QUALITY OF END OF LIFE" threshold, and so on).
And MEDICARE is GROSSLY UNFAIR TO WORKING PEOPLE: let's you pay in your whole working life - let's say from 25-65 - at a rate of $5000 per year. That $200,000 without interest. Then, when your 65 you start to need it. And then the government puts caps on it. CRAP: Most people don't spend anywhere near $200,000 on their end of life - so they're getting screwed --- screwed by those who do need MORE and by the corruption and waste and over-testing for defensive medicine.
And when they die all the money they didn't spend via Medicare or collect via SS goes - NOT TO THEIR KIDS - but to the GOVERNMENT! Thus perpetuating poverty among the working class!
Social Security and Medicare are truly the OPIATES of the masses!
THE REAL SOLUTION IS SIMPLE, AND IT WOULDN'T TAKE 1000 PAGES TO WRITE IT UP EITHER!
Pass tort reform: (1) allow interstate competition for healthcare insurance, (2) allow more plans to be offered without mandates - like catastrophic health insurance with big deductibles, (3) allow and encourage medical savings accounts, and (4) give poor families VOUCHERS for healthcare.
SINGLE-PAYER OS THE ROAD TO ILL-HEALTH: FINANCIALLY AND MEDICALLY!
CASE IN POINT:
HUFFPO: Joe Cirincione
Senator Ted Kennedy worked tirelessly to protect America from the threats of nuclear terrorism and proliferation and to reduce and eliminate all nuclear arsenals.
AND THEN FURTHER ON CIRICIONE QUOTES TEDDY - AGAIN UNINTENTIONALLY EXPOSING TEDDY AND THE LEFT AS FOOLS:
We have a duty to do all we can to work with other nations to limit, reduce, and eliminate the existing nuclear arsenals, and the sooner the better. Now, with the specter of nuclear terrorism very real, and high on the minds of every American since 9/11, this effort is a matter of the highest practical importance for our own national security.
ER UM... WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT !?!?!?!?!?!? AS ROGUE STATES AND TERRORISTS RUSH TO GET NUKES WE SHOULD DISARM!?!?
TEDDY INVOKED THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS AS PROOF THAT NUKES WERE BAD, BUT HE GOT IT BASS ACKWARDS: THE FACT THAT WE COULD THREATEN ANNIHILATION OF THE USSR IS WHAT KEPT THE PEACE.
NUKES KEEP THE PEACE.
AND THE NUKES DROPPED ON JAPAN SAVED MILLIONS OF JAPANESE LIVES.
THE ANTI-NUKE CROWD - WHICH I USED TO BE A PART IF ARE WACKOS, DUPES, FOOLS AND NUTS.
WAKE UP BEFORE YOU END UP LIKE TEDDY!
I THINK PATRICK - WHO'S CRASHING AT THE POLLS AS GOVERNOR - WILL SEE THIS AS A CHANCE TO ESCAPE AND APPOINT HIMSELF.
- OR WILL WE GET SENATOR BARNEY FRANK? OR SENATOR DELAHUNT? OR SENATOR MARKEY? OR SENATOR NIKI TSONGAS?
- OR DOES GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK HAVE TO NOMINATE A KENNEDY? AND WILL CAROLINE MOVE TO BOSTON???
THE NON-STOP HAGIOGRAPHY NEEDS TO BE TEMPERED:
ONE SAVED THE FREE WORLD.
THE OTHER ... ??? WELL... ER, INADVERTENTLY MAYBE TEDDY DID TOO:
TEDDY'S GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT WAS HELPING TO ELECT REAGAN - BY CHALLENGING CARTER IN 1980.
STILL: YOU WERE NO LION IN MY BOOK.
But i think it will be McCain or SPECTER! Heh.
Seriously: Schumer will TRY to become the "liberal lion". So will Kerry.
And Dodd and Boxer - who will probably prominently featured photos of themselves with Teddy during the up-coming campaign.
Some of the photos that Dodd has are probably unpublishable!
It might have been HILLARY. I bet she's regretting her move!
AS OBAMA, AXELROD AND RAHM TRY TO TRANSFORM AMERICA INTO A SOCIALIST NATION SUBSERVIENT TO THE EUROPEANS, CHINA AND THE UN, LOS ANGELES IS ACTUALLY GOING IN THE OTHER DIRECTION - THE RIGHT DIRECTRION:
VIA HOT AIR:
One of the nation’s largest and most troubled school districts finally got desperate enough to try something new to rescue its schools: private-sector competition. The Los Angeles Unified School District approved a plan to turn 250 of its schools to the private sector for management as charter schools, after winning a battle with the teachers union. Union officials threatened to take the school district to court, while Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa practically dared them to try:
In a startling acknowledgment that the Los Angeles school system cannot improve enough schools on its own, the city Board of Education approved a plan Tuesday that could turn over 250 campuses — including 50 new multimillion-dollar facilities — to charter groups and other outside operators.
The plan, approved on a 6-1 vote, gives Supt. Ramon C. Cortines the power to recommend the best option to run some of the worst-performing schools in the city as well as the newest campuses. Board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte dissented. …The action signals a historic turning point for the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has struggled for decades to boost student achievement.
THE TIDE IS TURNING...
Two cops indicted: An Anti Terrorism Court indicted two policemen for kidnapping, raping and murdering a three-year-old girl in Korangi area.
Bashir Ahmed and Noor Mohammad are charged with killing minor girl Sana after kidnapping her from Korangi area on July 5 this year.
According to the prosecution, the defendants killed the girl after kidnapping and raping her and later they threw her body in a graveyard in Korangi area and due to their act sense of fear prevailed in society. The defendants, however, denied the charges. The ATC directed Special Public Prosecutor Mohammad Khan Buriro to produce prosecution witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused.
Bail rejected: Additional District and Session Judge Ahmed Saba rejected the bail-before-arrest of a woman who strangled her daughter-in-law to death. The next date of hearing has been fixed for August 29.
She probably didn't eat her vegetables or something.
THE ECO-HYSTERICS (BBC):
Launch for amphibian 'life raft"
Conservationists have launched a new initiative aimed at safeguarding the world's amphibians from extinction.
The Amphibian Survival Alliance will bring together existing projects and organisations, improving co-ordination, scientific research and fund-raising.
About a third of amphibian species are threatened with extinctions.
A two-day summit held last week in London identified the two main threats as destruction of habitat and the fungal disease chytridiomycosis.
"The world's amphibians are facing an uphill battle for survival," said James Collins, co-chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) co-ordinated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
"If we want to stop the amphibian extinction crisis, we have to protect the areas where amphibians are threatened by habitat destruction"
Hundreds of new frog species found in Madagascar
Around 200 new species of frogs have been found in Madagascar, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots.
A study identified between 129 and 221 new species of frogs on the island. The Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC), who carried out the study, believe the find could practically double the number of amphibians known in the world if the results are extrapolated at a global scale.
The study, published in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA," suggests that the number of amphibian species in Madagascar has been significantly underestimated.
NOTE TO ECO-NUTSIES:
- WE DO NOT LIVE IN A PERFECT, STATIC OR PRISTINE WORLD; EXTINCTION - LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE - HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF LIFE ON EARTH AND IT ALWAYS WILL BE.
THE ECO-NUTSIES AREN'T FOR THE EARTH; THEY'RE AGAINST A FREE AND PROSPEROUS AND INDUSTRIOUS HUMANITY.