Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bomb plot and the enemy of our enemy? Does this make the Yemeni government our friend?

So many questions surround the terrorist plot to bring down jetliners, with so few answers and an extremely unreliable group of helpers in the search for those answers. Here are just a few crossing my mind today:

1) Was the UPS flight that crashed in Dubai September 2 the result of a bomb similar to the two found last week? UPS and Dubai say no, but how can they be so sure when the players seem so similar?

2) Was Saudi Arabian help in stopping the current plot due in any part to the fact that the suspected bombers had tried to assassinate a Saudi Prince last year? Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri reportedly planted a bomb inside his own brother in an attempt to assassinate the Saudi chief of counter-terrorism, making the stopping of this terror group a priority for the Saudis.

2) Had this been a run of the mill plot against only American interests with participants that were of no concern to Saudi security, would that government have been so forthcoming with critical information?

3) The Yemeni government released the one suspect it had in custody. It said that another woman had used her name and I.D. How can the United States and the rest of the world comfortably rely on the government of Yemen for help in finding the suspects in this case and more importantly for stopping these groups going forward?

4) Was U.S. intelligence on it's game or merely the lucky beneficiary of help coming from elsewhere? And can this help be counted on in the future? It is up to the United States to be the captain of its own destiny!

5) This plot utilizing cargo, has exposed huge holes in the process for shipping non-humans and non-luggage cargo into the United States. Given the sophistication of the devices, the difficulty in differentiating between real cargo and devices such as these, the reliance on the packages nation of origin to do the security screening and finally the sheer volume of packages that are shipped, what process can be developed that will, to some level of acceptability, insure the detection of explosives, chemical or radiological weapons being sent?

Questions With Few Answers

While these are only some of the questions that surround this vast problem, what is the plan of the U.S. government to protect not only air travel, but the already gaping hole in U.S. security revolving around the massive transfer of mostly unchecked goods through our ports on ships and over our borders on trucks?

Currently a very small percentage is checked, and even then the check will typically be cursory at best, and non-existent at worst. We need to be a step ahead of the bad guys, not a step behind reacting to new techniques that are tried, using the hope and pray method that they will initially be unsuccessful.

Halloween Hollywood Horror story of higher taxes coming to a theater near you?


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Mid-term Elections In T-Two Days

Prevent this movie from EVER coming to a theater near you. We have seen the previews, and this is one horror show we need to keep from being released to the American people!

Thanks to Moonbattery.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday surprise: Obama Administration happy birthday wishes for the Iranian President


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Assistant Secretary of State Crowley "Tweets" Our Foreign Policy To Ahmadinejad

The following was "tweeted" to the Iranian President by Philip J. Crowley, constituting the level of foreign policy acumen achieved by the Obama administration. Not very reassuring in light of the attempted terrorist attacks yesterday:

Philip J. Crowley
Your 54th year was full of lost opportunities. Hope in your 55th year you will open to a different relationship with the world.

Philip J. Crowley
Happy birthday President. Celebrate by sending Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer home. What a gift that would be.

I am no foreign policy expert, but there has got to be a better way.

Thanks to Doug Ross for the heads up.

Where's Waldo? I'll tell where he's not; he's not in Chicago campaigning!


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Where's Waldo? Where is President Obama?

Let's consider for just a moment what went on today. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, sent at least two bombs that were heading to synagogues in Chicago. UPS and FedEx planes all over the world were forced to land and and have the contents searched searched if any cargo originated in Yemen. One passenger plane en route to the United States from Dubai was given an F-15 escort into Kennedy Airport in New York because it was thought it had cargo on board from Yemen.

President Obama in a news conference late in the afternoon called this a credible terrorist plot against the country. For a country still terrorized nine years after 9/11, this came as a vivid reminder that we are still fighting the global war on terror, and will be for some time to come. It is uncertain whether today was the end of this episode, or merely the beginning of near-term attempts by AQAP.

Why then, during a national security crisis for the United States, is the President leaving Washington in order to participate in campaign stops around the country. While the mid-term elections may be important to the Democrat party, the President's place is in the nation's capital, dealing with what he in his own words termed a credible terrorist plot against the country.

Think for a minute about the mainstream media's reaction had President Bush picked up and left to deal with election issues when the country was under attack.

The point is moot however, because President Bush never would have put politics over security. The bottom line is that we know where Waldo is, and we know where President Obama is. Waldo is hiding somewhere in the picture above, while President Obama is politicking when he should be in Washington securing the nation.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sanctions be damned, the tail (Iran) is continuing to wag the dog (the World)


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Coordinated Terrorist Plot? Dry Run?

The title to this post was written this morning well before the scope of the terrorist activities emanating from Yemen and al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula was known and the article will be expounded upon later.

The premise of the article was going to be the fact that this administration is playing a fools game with Iran, and the Iranian nuclear program. The world is playing directly into Iran's hands, giving that country the unfettered ability to move along the road to a nuclear capability by utilizing useless sanctions and the worthless promises of Iran to come to some supposed negotiating table.

As the test by AQAP today shows, we do not have the leeway to allow Iran to obtain nukes, assuming they have not done so already. It is time for the Obama administration to wake up and smell reality, particularly given the events of today.

Halloween humor, The View style (Cartoon)


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If you were going to dress up like in a costume to look like Joy Behar, what would that costume look like?

Probably something like this:

Cartoon courtesy of Bob Lang of

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Has the Obama presidency helped to rebuild the American dream?


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From an unknown source comes an interesting take on the way that the Obama presidency has helped to refocus Americans, thankfully in time for the mid-term elections on November 2.

One 82-year-old lady loves Obama and she may have a very good point. She says that Obama is amazing, and is rebuilding the American dream! She gives us an entirely new slant on the "amazing" job Obama is doing, and she says that she will thank God for the President. Keep reading for her additional comments and an explanation.

When discussing Obama, she says:

1. Obama destroyed the Clinton Political Machine, driving a stake through the heart of Hillary's presidential aspirations - something no Republican was ever able to do.

2. Obama killed off the Kennedy Dynasty - no more Kennedys trolling Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home.

3. Obama is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes! Dennis Moore had never lost a race. Evan Bayh had never lost a race. Byron Dorgan had never lost a race. Harry Reid - soon to be GONE! These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed. By the end of 2010, dozens more will be gone. Just think, in December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In the last two election cycles, they had picked up 14 Senate seats and 52 House seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party. However, in just one year, Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the House - if not the Senate - back to the Republicans.

4. Obama has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are. Sadly, every generation seems to need to re-learn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. Obama is bringing home the lesson very well:

Liberals tax, borrow and spend.

Liberals won't bring themselves to protect America.

Liberals want to take over the economy.

Liberals think they know what is best for everyone.

Liberals are not happy until they are running YOUR life.

5. Obama has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan. In one year, he has rejuvenated the Conservative Movement and brought out to the streets millions of freedom loving Americans. Name one other time when you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America!

6. Obama, with his "amazing leadership," has sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a "stimulus" to the sporting goods field while other industries have failed, faded, or moved off-shore.

7. In all honesty, one year ago I was more afraid than I have been in my life. Not afraid of the economy, but afraid of the direction our country was going. I thought, Americans have forgotten what this country is all about. My neighbors and friends, even strangers, have proved to me that my lack of confidence in the greatness and wisdom of the American people has been flat wrong.

8. When the American people wake up, no smooth talking teleprompter reader can fool them! Barack Obama has served to wake up these great Americans!

Again, I want to say: "Thank you, Barack Obama!" After all, this is exactly the kind of hope and change we desperately needed!! 

November 2nd is coming. Get out and vote!

(Tip from Heidi)

Thursday question: Is this video proof that time travel is a reality? (Video)


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Charlie Chaplin's Movie "The Circus": Is this a time traveler?

The clip below (over 1,000,000 hits) shows behind the scene footage from a 1920's film "The Circus" by Charlie Chaplin. In the background is a woman that could be a man, speaking into a cellphone that could be a piece of wood who appears to be talking to someone somewhere, or who may be insane and is talking to his or her self.

Is this video proof that time travel exists or that we were invaded from outer space? Or is it a hoax or perhaps a '20s style version of mental illness? Hard to say, but you can either watch it from the beginning which is fairly interesting, or pick it up at around 2 minutes in, and decide for yourself.

Let us know what you think.

Why November 3 may be more critical to future economic well-being than November 2


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Quantitative Easing plans by the Fed, or QE2 as it is referred in the media, will be announced on November 3, potentially becoming more important to the future economic well-being of the country than who wins or loses in the mid-term elections on the 2nd.

For those who have heard, or maybe have not heard of the phrase QE2 or quantitative easing, the questions may be asked; what is it? or why does it matter to me?

Simply quantitative easing is when the Federal Reserve does what it can to increase the availability of money after interest rates have reached the lowest point that they can reasonably get to which is zero, in an attempt to provide the banks with the money required to lend to the consumer which they hope will in turn get the economy going in the right direction.

But what if the banks aren't lending and/or the consumers aren't interested in borrowing or spending, regardless of what the Fed does?

William Gross At PIMCO

Bill Gross is one of the smartest financial minds out there, and one of the go-to guys at least for me when it comes to the bond market first, but also the economic outlook of the country. The importance of the direction that the Fed will take is discussed by him in the PIMCO Investment Outlook dated November 2010. It is well worth the read, and an excerpt from it is below!

(PIMCO Investment Outlook, November, 2010) "...the American people should recognize that Wednesday, even more than Tuesday, represents a critical inflection point in determining our future prosperity. Of course we’ve tried it before, most recently in the aftermath of the Lehman crisis, during which the Fed wrote $1.5 trillion or so in “checks” to purchase Agency mortgages and a smattering of Treasuries. It might seem a tad dramatic then, to label QEII as “critical,” sort of like those airport hucksters, I suppose, that sold whale blubber for a living. But two years ago, there was the implicit assumption that the U.S. and its associated G-7 economies needed just an espresso or perhaps an Adderall or two to get back to normal. Normal just hasn’t happened yet, and economic historians such as Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart have since alerted us that countries in the throes of delevering can take many, not several, years to return to a steady state.

The Fed’s second round of QE, therefore, more closely resembles an attempted hypodermic straight to the economy’s heart than its mood elevator counterpart of 2009. If QEII cannot reflate capital markets, if it can’t produce 2% inflation and an assumed reduction of unemployment rates back towards historical levels, then it will be a long, painful slog back to prosperity. Perhaps, as a vocal contingent suggests, our paper-based foundation of wealth deserves to be buried, making a fresh start from admittedly lower levels. The Fed, on Wednesday, however, will decide that it is better to keep the patient on life support with an adrenaline injection and a following morphine drip than to risk its demise and ultimate rebirth in another form.

We at PIMCO join with Ben Bernanke in this diagnosis, but we will tell you, as perhaps he cannot, that the outcome is by no means certain. We are, as even some Fed Governors now publically admit, in a “liquidity trap,” where interest rates or trillions in QEII asset purchases may not stimulate borrowing or lending because consumer demand is just not there. Escaping from a liquidity trap may be impossible, much like light trapped in a black hole. Just ask Japan. Ben Bernanke, however, will try – it is, to be honest, all he can do. He can’t raise or lower taxes, he can’t direct a fiscal thrust of infrastructure spending, he can’t change our educational system, he can’t force the Chinese to revalue their currency – it is all he can do, and as he proceeds, the dual questions of “will it work” and “will it create a bond market bubble” will be answered. We at PIMCO are not sure.

Still, while next Wednesday’s announcement will carry our qualified endorsement, I must admit it may be similar to a Turkey looking forward to a Thanksgiving Day celebration. Bondholders, while immediate beneficiaries, will likely eventually be delivered on a platter to more fortunate celebrants, be they financial asset classes more adaptable to inflation such as stocks or commodities, or perhaps the average American on Main Street who might benefit from a hoped-for rise in job growth or simply a boost in nominal wages, however deceptive the illusion. Check writing in the trillions is not a bondholder’s friend; it is in fact inflationary, and, if truth be told, somewhat of a Ponzi scheme. Public debt, actually, has always had a Ponzi-like characteristic. Granted, the U.S. has, at times, paid down its national debt, but there was always the assumption that as long as creditors could be found to roll over existing loans – and buy new ones – the game could keep going forever. Sovereign countries have always implicitly acknowledged that the existing debt would never be paid off because they would “grow” their way out of the apparent predicament, allowing future’s prosperity to continually pay for today’s finance.

Now, however, with growth in doubt, it seems that the Fed has taken Charles Ponzi one step further. Instead of simply paying for maturing debt with receipts from financial sector creditors – banks, insurance companies, surplus reserve nations and investment managers, to name the most significant – the Fed has joined the party itself. Rather than orchestrating the game from on high, it has jumped into the pond with the other swimmers. One and one-half trillion in checks were written in 2009, and trillions more lie ahead. The Fed, in effect, is telling the markets not to worry about our fiscal deficits, it will be the buyer of first and perhaps last resort. There is no need – as with Charles Ponzi – to find an increasing amount of future gullibles, they will just write the check themselves. I ask you: Has there ever been a Ponzi scheme so brazen? There has not. This one is so unique that it requires a new name. I call it a Sammy scheme, in honor of Uncle Sam and the politicians (as well as its citizens) who have brought us to this critical moment in time. It is not a Bernanke scheme, because this is his only alternative and he shares no responsibility for its origin. It is a Sammy scheme – you and I, and the politicians that we elect every two years – deserve all the blame..."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jews, Obama and the question, why?


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American Thinker via Vocal Minority Brings Me To The Article, "Why do Jews vote for their enemies?" 

A very interesting question this one. I had asked this same question back around the time of the presidential election, when it was clear given the nature of some of the Obama associations the mainstream media chose to predominantly ignore, soon to be President Obama was no great friend of the Jews or of Israel. 

At the time, given the anti-Bush sentiment that was present in some quarters coupled with the liberal bias of the MSM, this pass was not unexpected.

The Jewish people in general typically vote Democrat and the majority are somewhat liberal leaning (not meant as a generalization). It therefore did not come as any great surprise that theJewish votes in the presidential election were overwhelmingly thrown Obama's way.

But what is it exactly that keeps the Jews supporting him now? Could it be that once a Democrat always a Democrat? Could it be in their minds, that realistically speaking there is no way they could have been so wrong en masse about Obama? Could it be possible that instead of being the anti-Bush change agent that he purported to be, he is actually as bad a President as he has turned out to be? Could people have been so wrong? Could that even remotely be possible?

Back in March when Netanyahu was dismissed at the the White House as if the consul general of some Third World country with no particular strategic interest to the U.S. I wrote, "Jews supporting Obama need to ask themselves a question: Why?"

At the time I said that, "...While American Jews, typically liberal, fell in love with the concept ofObama, it is time for them to wake up and realize what they should have realized all along. The President is no friend of Israel, and by extension the Jews in the United States, at a time when a strong ally in the United States is desperately needed..."

Well today at American Thinker, comes the article "Why do Jews vote for their enemies?" The article starts out as follows, but I strongly suggest reading it in full. In fact, I am going to send the link to my Rabbi.

"American blacks vote Obama for the color of his skin. American Leftists vote O because they hope he will shaft this country more royally than anybody else has so far.

So what excuse do the Jews have? The black and the radical leftist vote O for reasons I can understand. Obama is black, even if his life experience has no relationship to the average American black person -- none at all. And Obama is a radical, so even the radicals have a reason. However, why does Obama keep his favorable standing with American Jews? It makes no sense..."

Charlie Sheen, C'mon man!


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The State of The State Exemplified By Charlie Sheen: Deja Vu' All Over Again (a look back to 2008 below)

Whether it is "C'mon man" on ESPN or "What's up with that?" from SNL, the "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen was found in a trashed Plaza Hotel room, drunk, high on cocaine with a hooker supposedly cowering in a closet, his ex-wife and two kids in the room next door. Sounds like the makings of a Christmas card. At least a Hollywood Christmas card.

Sheen was not arrested and was taken to the hospital instead, most likely not the place that you or I would be right now had we committed the crimes that he did. He will go back to California, go into rehab for the umpteenth time, come out and resume shooting "Two and a Half Men". And make $100 million over the next two years.

What's more our kids will most likely continue to watch this show that is incredibly inappropriate, touching on themes many adults are uncomfortable with. These kids will be undeterred by their parents because their parents will be sitting right along side them.

All will know the history of the man but it will not matter, because the show is funny. The same way kids listen to inappropriate music, watch inappropriate movies and go to inappropriate websites. It is the parental path of least resistance of which I cannot say that I have not taken at times.

But when will it end? When will a "role model" be made an example of. Just to impress upon the youth of the country that there are consequences for actions, before they come to realize that, at least for now, a huge double standard exists.

Is Morality A Four Letter Word?

Back in November, 2008, I wrote an article called "Is Morality A Four Letter Word?" that looked at Two and a Half Men, providing a sampling of unbelievably named episodes and story lines from Season 5.

Things haven't changed since then, other than the fact that the star has had a series of criminal indiscretions and has faced no real consequences for his actions. At the time I examined the show, and the lessons it appeared it was teaching. Here is a look back, but it most likely could be a look forward as well:

"...I could not believe some of the things that are allowed on television. Not innuendos, but straight out references to sexual acts, body parts, incest, infidelity etc. I just had to comment on the fact that it appears that the breakdown in morality is complete, and standards in this country when dollars are involved has reached epic proportions. Worse, it appears to be getting done with the outright approval of the people whose job it is to make sure that what is shown, at least during times when children are watching, is appropriate..."

Two and a Half Men (Episode List Season 5)

City of Great Racks
The Leather Gear is in the Guest Room
Kinda Like Necrophilia
Rough Night in Hump Junction (aka His Ugly Bundle)
If My Hole Could Talk
Waiting for the Right Snapper

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Comedy (Central) Break (Video)


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Full Team Coverage Of The Juan Williams Firing
(pointed out by Yid with Lid)

If you haven't had enough of the absurdity of the Juan Williams firing from NPR yet, this full team coverage report on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is very funny. Comedy Central doesn't always get on the right side of things, but they sure know how to spin a story.

Vice President Biden hits 100


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I Always Knew A Vice President Had Nothing To Do, But This Is Ridiculous

This may not be a fair assertion as Biden's boss, President Obama, is spending just as much time as the V.P. on the campaign trail stumping for Democrat candidates running in close mid-term election races. The Democrat leadership is desperate to do what it can to maintain majority control of the House and Senate.

Perhaps though, both President and Vice President needs to look towards doing all of the peoples business rather than only the Democrats business.

I may be wrong, but it seems to me that the country is embroiled in battles on so many fronts that desperately need to be won, such as jobs creation, the economy, terrorism, the border with Mexico, Iranian nukes, national security etc.

Biden Hits 100

So what milestone did Biden hit last night in Nashua, New Hampshire? One hundred campaign stops and fundraisers for Democrat candidates across the country. Who foots the bill? The American public as advance teams need to address security, hotel rooms and meals for the team need to be paid for and Air Force Two needs to gas up and go.

In many cases Biden will have hit a city just prior to Obama in order to warm the crowd up. I am sure there is some pretext of governmental purpose that helps to justify these trips, as well as being sure that this is not the first administration to stump for candidates. But in previous cases I am not so sure that unfinished business in Washington as critical as the unfinished business being faced by the country today existed.

On the other hand, with the President an Vice President out of town, it could keep them from doing any more damage than they already have done. Classic catch-22!

Travel tips: Being tortured or mistreated during detention? That's a +2


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So You Want To Be A Foreign Correspondent?

An annual list of the countries around the globe ranked by the level of safety afforded to journalists has just been released. If you have to ask for the answers to these question, you might not want to go that country. The worst of the worst, Eritrea, with North Korea a close second.

Hats off to those willing to assume the risks in some of these countries while attempting to get the stories out.

The higher the score for a country, the less desirable that destination may be for your itinerary. Some examples of questions and the values placed on yes answers:

Were journalists being kidnapped or disappearing: Yes = +3
Were journalists killed in connection with their work: Yes; Sliding scale up to +10
Foreign journalists deported or prevented from entering the country: Yes = +2
Journalists fleeing the country as a result of threats: Yes = +2
Do journalists need bodyguards or have to wear bullet-proof vests: Yes = +2
Were journalists still in prison with sentences of more than a year for press offenses: Yes; Sliding scale up to +20

The Most Dangerous Countries For Journalists Are?

118Côte d’Ivoire36,00
132Israel (extra-territorial)47,00
148Democratic Republic of Congo51,83
150Palestinian Territories56,13
157Saudi Arabia61,50
158Sri Lanka62,50
167Equatorial Guinea79,00
177North Korea104,75