Archive for September, 2009

Putin enjoys a major victory

I cannot say this better than the Times:

Who is devising our foreign affairs strategy?  Maybe I c0uld get invited to the poker game …

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Friday, September 18th, 2009 Foreign Affairs 6 Comments

Subway plot foiled, why no coverage?

If you think that we are not under attack in the United States, check out this link which you will not find easily within the main stream media.  I do not know if they are trying to prevent a massive wave of fear from the public or if they are being political.

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Friday, September 18th, 2009 Terrorist attacks No Comments

The other shoe is dropped from Eastern Europe Defense System

Just so the Poles would not feel left out, Obama included them in his recent re-evaluation of American commitment to the defense of Eastern Europe.

Quoting from :   “Vice President Joe Biden earlier refused to confirm to CNN that the George W. Bush-era plan was being shelved.

But he did explain the logic of doing so, saying Iran — a key concern for the United States — was not a threat.”

I must have misunderstood some of the news in the last several weeks.  Did not Russia entertain Iran recently and promise to provide nuclear power plants, weapons and other goods and materials which the Iranians desperately need?  Did not Chavez of Venezuela promise the Iranians refined gasoline to make up their current shortfalls?  Did not Iran recently refuse discussion of their nuclear plans?  Did not Iran recently suggest that they will participate in discussions of USA nuclear disarmament?  Did Iran not repeatedly for years demand that promise the removal of Israel from the planet?

What part of this is not a threat to the USA and their allies?  Perhaps we must interpret that Eastern Europe and Israel are not our allies, but Iran, Venezuela and Russia are?

But I am distracted.  The Poles will receive their reassurances from the USA as we cut the legs out from under them and the NATO defense plan from an administration official.  Alexander Vershbow is characterized by some as a rusophile.  He certainly has some strong interest in Russia as a friend and equal as opposed to an enemy.  Put yourself in Polish shoes.  On the anniversary of the last Russian invasion of Poland you receive news that the USA is withdrawing strategic defense support from a pro Russia official of the current American administration.

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Friday, September 18th, 2009 Foreign Affairs No Comments

Obama drops the proactive defense of Eastern Europe

If you think Obama tinkering with foreign affairs does not affect our relationship with our ‘allies’, then as Bill Cosby’s mother would say – You have another think coming.

Here is a highlight and a link to the immediate response to the recent shelving of radar and missile systems for Eastern Europe:

The Czech government had stood behind the planned radar system despite fierce opposition from the public. Some critics feared the country would be targeted by terrorists if it agreed to host the radar system, which was planned for the Brdy military installation 90 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of Prague, the capital.

The decision to scrap the plan is sure to have future consequences for U.S. relations with eastern Europe.

“If the administration approaches us in the future with any request, I would be strongly against it,” said Jan Vidim, a lawmaker with Czech Republic‘s conservative Civic Democratic Party, which supported the missile defense plan.

Many have cried  “…don’t shoot the messenger…’ and no one would blame Ellen Tauscher from claiming this overused cliche…

Quoting a USA Today article:  “Prorok said Ellen Tauscher, a U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, would brief Czech officials in Prague and Polish officials in Warsaw later Thursday about Obama’s decision.”

Although Ms. Tauscher is an undersecretary in the Obama administration, one might question her choice as a delivery agent for ‘bad news’ to the Czech government which has recently supported the USA especially when compared to many other European countries.  Her formal education in Early Childhood Education and recent appointment to her current position in the administration could undermine her efforts to placate the Czechs.

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Friday, September 18th, 2009 Foreign Affairs No Comments

Welcome to eastern Europe Mr. Putin

Barry hits a home run in eastern Europe.  By canceling our previous defense program for eastern Europe, our President has once again become the idol of the masses of Europe.  He is so popular over there it is truly amazing.

“It is a big victory for the Czech Republic. We are happy that we will be able to continue to live in our beautiful country without the presence of foreign soldiers,” said Jan Tamas, an activist who had organized numerous protests.  What the heck is this guy talking about.  If he is representative of how Europe perceives our previous defense program, then let’s get everyone out of Europe right now.  While we are at it, let’s use some stimulus money to lay out the red carpet for Putin.

I guess there is a lot of heavy metal contamination in the water supplies in Europe which has effected the memories of the citizenry.  Were these people not the same ones who were protesting the oppression by the USSR just a couple of decades ago?

I guess I must be misremembering it.

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 Foreign Affairs No Comments

New Black Panthers got out the vote, or?

What seems like trillions of dollars ago, we had a national election.  During that election, a Philadelphia voting station was selected for some interesting Democratic activities.  Capitalization meant.  2 members of the New Black Panthers party dressed fully black and waving night sticks encouraged people to vote the straight Democratic ticket.  This activity was recorded by someone and was posted to Youtube. Video is very tame but just what were these people thinking… The police were called and charges were filed.

The court date arrived and 2 of the individuals chose not to appear.  There was a summary judgment of guilty entered by the judge and the legal mill ground onward.  Then along comes the DOJ. The summary judgment is reversed without cause and the charges are dismissed without cause.  No trial.  No I’m sorry.  No I will never do that again.  This is a null issue but the idea of intimidation must be dealt with very seriously.

Can you imagine the uproar if the KKK acting similarly at a voting station in Mississippi?  Do you think the main stream media would ignore that story if the DOJ just tossed the summary judgment conviction aside without explanation.

How about a John Birch society …

Can no one see that this prejudice in the media is going to force polarization of ideologies.  How much will the right tolerate before they take their issues to the next level.  How do we convince the everyday people of the conservative right to remain calm and to not resort to lies and violence when they see the left lying and using intimidation without correction or penalty?

In all fairness, there were reports of conservative interference at some voting stations in the Carolinas and Minnesota.

Most of this issue starts to revolve around a voter ID card.  I do not understand why there is resistance to the federal voter ID card.  Please tell me that the following is not the main reason for the resistance – the Democrats believe that their supporters are more likely to have outstanding warrants and believe that voter registration with ID’s will become a police action to pick individuals who have outstanding warrants.

Please that is not the reason.

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 New Black Panthers 1 Comment