Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:57:45 PM by bronkburnett
The Rolling Stone article about General McChrystal is attached to this article. If you accept the media spin about it without reading it yourself, then you are making a big mistake and you are letting the liberal media cartel influence your opinions way too much. Read the article, make your own opinions about it, and then listen to how the pundits and news anchors present it. Then you will understand how this liberal media cartel in the USA is harming America by how it presents information, what it presents, and what is omitted.
“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.”
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Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 8:39:51 PM by Kaslin
In 1932, during a lunch in Albany with Rexford Tugwell, an adviser, Gov. Franklin Roosevelt paused to take a telephone call from Louisiana Gov. Huey Long. When the call ended, FDR referred to Long as the second-most dangerous man in America. Who, Tugwell asked, is the most dangerous? FDR answered: Douglas MacArthur.
As Army chief of staff, MacArthur had just flamboyantly conducted the violent dispersal of the bedraggled “bonus army” in Washington. Nearly 19 years later, he was to become most dangerous to himself, as another commanding general has now done. But Stanley McChrystal is no MacArthur.
MacArthur had some of the genius and much of the egomania of a former artillery captain, Napoleon. This made MacArthur insubordinate and got him cashiered by a former artillery captain, Harry Truman.
Jacques Vallee: Of Crop Circles, meme wars and web-based flypaper
Boing Boing ^ | June 21, 2010 | Jacques Vallee
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 8:50:16 PM by shibumi
Based on the three earlier posts I have made on this subject, an objective reader might be justified to conclude either that crop circles are the product of hoaxes or the result of experimental military developments. In both cases he or she would also have to admit that they represent a masterful project in social engineering. If they are hoaxes, the authors have succeeded in capturing the attention of the world in a way that few works of art even achieve. Their productions are surrounded with mystery and the breathless suggestion of Alien contact or ancient druidic magic. The designs even hint at a cosmic signal about the future of our species.
If they are military experiments hidden in plain sight, then the social manipulation of information that serves as camouflage is a remarkable achievement. It shows that the most open form of public communication in the world, namely the web, can be used as a device to hide the reality of a massive technological effort and to distort the debate about the tools it uses and the goals it pursues. Those of us interested in the evolution and future of the Internet should take notice.
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 6:09:08 PM by all the best
By his eponymous father and by his Indonesian rearing – where both his school records and the predominant culture was Islamic – Barack Obama has an Islamic heritage.
“You don’t want to let a good disaster go to waste.”
www.daveweinbaum.com ^ | June 23, 2010 | Dave Weinbaum
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:20:17 PM by AnotherDayInParadise
Commentary from conservative talk show host Dave Weinbaum’s weekly radio program.
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A ‘Southern Partisan’ Interview
How did you get on to Lincoln?
I was real interested in the War, and I started thinking about how I could combine my profession with this hobby of mine: the history of the War.
More and more, as I read about Lincoln, I realized he was a tyrant. He was all about money and power. He was the political water-carrier of the Northern big business interests. Of course, he was a centralizer. I’m sort of a libertarian, although Clyde Wilson would say “Jeffersonian.” Jeffersonian is pretty much the same thing to me. Most people hear the word “libertarian” and think of people who advocate taking drugs, and that sort of thing. Jeffersonian is more like it.
It really struck me that the War destroyed the Jeffersonian ideal of government. I started writing a few articles about this, and turned it into this book.
What do you think will happen?
It seems to me that the American public has been dumbed down so much by the government schools that they’re just going to go along with this until it either bankrupts us all or we make enough enemies out there that September 11 will seem like child’s play. You can’t do this without making a lot of enemies in the world. That’s my biggest fear – that we won’t get rid of these Sons of Lincoln who run the Republican Party.
Atlanta Journal Columnist Tucker Says USA is ‘The Enemy’
Publius Forum ^ | 06/23/10 | Warner Todd Huston
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:06:35 PM by Mobile Vulgus
Columnist Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner, has found the enemy and he is us. During a recent episode of the Chris Matthews show, Tucker decided that because we are “addicted to petroleum” we are our own enemy just as much as communism was our enemy during the Cold War.
Tucker characterizes our “addiction” to oil as an “external threat” — just like communism was — and presents oil as an enemy that we should defeat. Tucker also makes excuses for Obama saying that it’s “harder” for him to call on Americans to sacrifice because of this addiction.
We Finally Learn What Causes Obama To Have A Sense Of Urgency
Flopping Aces ^ | 06-23-10 | DrJohn
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:04:23 PM by Starman417
A bruised ego.
Nothing else moves him to urgency. Nothing seems to compel him to act.
Freezing in the south last year? Nope.
Do anything about the oil spill? Nope
Meet with head of BP? Uh-uh
Even mention the oil spill? No.
Visit the Gulf coast? Nope. Meet with the Governor of Arizona? Nah.
Secure the borders? Not a chance.
But if you insult Obama? Instant reaction.
You really have to hand it to Gen. Stanley McChrystal. He can do something the worst ecological disaster in recent history could not do.
Get a prompt reaction out of Obama.
“Masters and Commanders” Gives Insight on Obama and McChrystal
Lexington Institute ^ | Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | Daniel Goure, Ph.D.
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:55:05 AM by Yo-Yo
Andrew Roberts’ magnificent study of command relationships in World War II, Masters and Commanders, should be required reading for anyone responsible for the care and feeding of great minds and enormous egos. It is the story of two great political leaders, President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the two military commanders, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall and the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, General Sir Alan Brooke. These four men mobilized half a world, devised the strategy, developed the campaign plans and directed the operations that won World War II. While there was plenty of friction between the two sets of masters and commanders as well as across the Atlantic what is remarkable is how well these four titans managed to work together. Each was exceptionally tough-willed and strong minded. Each believed that he knew best how to win the war. Yet each knew that he had to work with the others in order to win the war. Each also knew that while they might disagree as to the means needed to accomplish the ends, they were united as to the validity of the ends themselves. Between them, these four directed the actions of equally strong willed, opinionated and sometimes even narcissistic subordinates of the likes of MacArthur, King, Stillwell, Eisenhower, Chennault, Patton, Clark, Halsey, Montgomery, Alexander, Wingate and Harris.
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:15:16 AM by MaestroLC
WASHINGTON – At a precarious moment in the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama prepared to hear his top war commander explain biting published complaints about the commander in chief and his aides. Even before their showdown, the White House’s rebuke of Gen. Stanley McChrystal suggested it would be hard for him to save his job.
Ahead of his meeting with the president, McChrystal arrived at the Pentagon for meetings, including once scheduled with Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
On his arrival, he denied to NBC News that he’s offered his resignation. “Come on, you know better than that. No!”
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:27:30 AM by shortstop
I heard a guy on the radio yesterday say that public education should be abolished.
What a freak.
In the oneupsmanship of marketing to the conservative audience, some people get a little nuts. Not having a true sense of what people feel – lacking an accurate internal compass – they reach for ever more outlandish positions.
That doesn’t serve truth, it exploits and embarrasses it.
So here’s the truth.
No, conservatives don’t want to abolish public education. We want to improve it and make it more accountable to local taxpayers, parents and values.
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Supreme Court Nominee Could Coronate Obama
Posted By admin On June 23, 2010 @ 3:02 am In Commentary | 1 Comment
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June 23, 2010
Depend upon it! If confirmed by the United States Senate, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will crown President Obama with “imperial” constitutional powers. Congress and Federal Courts will wither as checks against his presidential usurpations or abuses whenever war or other national security claims are bugled over Iran, North Korea, Yemen, international terrorism, economic adversity, or otherwise. In these matters, Kagan will prove the flip side of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, whose vote and voice have, for decades, arrested executive branch lawlessness or encroachments on the co-equal branches of government. Stevens’ vote was decisive in a pair of recent cases invalidating both military commissions for the trial of alleged war crimes and the suspension of the Great Writ of habeas corpus for Guantanamo Bay detainees.
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Frederick W. Kagan’s “Let the Generals Speak” (May 8) wrongly claims that retired military officers are not subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. All those receiving retired pay are subject to the UCMJ.
Lt. Gen. Bob Springer, USAF (ret.), Pinehurst, N.C.
Frederick W. Kagan responds: I readily acknowledge that I erred in stating that retired officers are not subject to the UCMJ. The question of the applicability of Article 88–which bans contemptuous speech directed at superiors and civilian leaders–is, however, more complicated. Apart from the fact that there are no cases of attempted prosecutions for violating this article, the standard for preferring such charges is different from the one required to accuse active duty officers. To prosecute a retired officer, the military would have to show that the words used “create a clear and present danger” leading to evils “that Congress has a right to prevent.” This hurdle is much higher than the requirement to show for active duty officers that “the speech interferes with . . . the orderly accomplishment of the mission or presents a clear danger to loyalty, discipline, mission, or morale of the troops.” Even discussing an Article 88 charge in the context of the retired generals’ statements is absurd.
April 27, 2006, 7:10 a.m.
A Dereliction of Duty
Military officers shouldn’t try to be policymakers.
Criticism of Donald Rumsfeld by the uniformed military is nothing new. As I noted a year ago, most of Rumsfeld’s critics are uniformed officers unhappy with the changes he has wrought during his tenure as secretary of defense.
But the rhetoric has notched up recently. Several retired generals have denounced Rumsfeld and called for his resignation over Iraq. Much of the language they have used is intemperate, and some is downright contemptuous. For instance, Marine general Anthony Zinni, Tommy Franks’s predecessor as commander of Central Command â€” the organization responsible for implementing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq â€” has described the actions of the Bush administration as ranging from “true dereliction, negligence, and irresponsibility” to “lying, incompetence, and corruption.” He has called Rumsfeld “incompetent strategically, operationally, and tactically.” One has to go back to 1862 to find a senior military officer condemning a civilian superior so harshly.
Fire the ?Perfumed Princes? Now
By David H. Hackworth
U.S. Army conventional brass, in their infinite wisdom, are about to throw the book at a good soldier for doing what savvy combat leaders have done since before the invention of gunpowder: deep-six the regs to protect the troops and win fights.
According to a 4th Infantry Division staff weenie, battalion skipper Lt. Col. Allen B. West violated the Rules of Interrogation ? designed by a platoon of legal beagles far removed from the Iraqi killing fields of the Sunni Triangle, where West and his soldiers have been slugging it out since Saddam Hussein disappeared.
West?s sin was firing two pistol shots into the air and ground while questioning an Iraqi police officer who was aiding local terrorists and putting West?s soldiers in their cross-hairs on a regular basis.
In my outfit, West would have gotten a pat on the back and been told to press on. But even though the double-crossing turncoat spilled his guts ? enabling West?s unit to ambush the ambushers ? West is looking at serious slammer-time if found guilty by court-martial.
From what I?ve discovered, this street-smart leader used the right tactics and techniques, while his commander, Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno, played Political Correctness ? a popular sport with our star-wearers and a major reason why the guerrillas are scoring so successfully in Iraq.
After six months of light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel propaganda from the Bush administration reinforced by sycophants like Odierno, I?m convinced few generals on the ground in Iraq understand either the nature of insurgency warfare in general or their specific terrorist enemy.
Which isn?t exactly breaking news. We’ve lost campaign after campaign because most of our brass, from George Custer of Little Bighorn to Thomas Montgomery of ?Black Hawk Down? in Somalia, never bothered to understand the nature of guerrilla warfare.
Col David H. Hackworth USA (Ret.)
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- Hackworth — “PREPARED OR UNPREPARED FOR WAR: THERE’S NO IN BETWEEN”. Dick GDick G Dick G on Oct 30, 2002, 8:24 PM
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Obama Expands His Pro-Homosexual Agenda by Regulation, ‘Interpretation’
CNS News ^ | 6/23/2010 | Fred Lucas
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 8:02:48 AM by IbJensen
Washington (CNSNews.com) – Without action by Congress, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced that his administration will issue regulations applying the Family and Medical Leave Act to homosexual couples and requiring most hospitals to allow homosexuals to visit their partners.
One conservative group criticized the White House for handing out “political favors” to the homosexual lobby – and vastly expanding presidential power in the process.
“Piece by anti-democratic piece, the White House is executing its plan for a vast expansion of presidential power,” the Family Research Council said. “What this administration has accomplished is nothing less than suspending the power of Congress.”
Speaking at an LGBT [Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender] Pride Month reception in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday evening, Obama told homosexual activists that his Labor Department has made it clear that under the Family and Medical Leave Act, “same-sex couples — as well as others raising children — are to be treated like the caretakers that they are.”
Hillary Clinton Urges State Department Employees to Let Teens Know It’s Okay to Be Homosexual
CNS News ^ | 6/23/2010 | Penny Star
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:57:53 AM by IbJensen
(CNSNews.com) – At an event celebrating Gay Pride Month on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged State Department employees to let teenagers know homosexuality is okay.
“We’ve come such a far distance in our own country, but there are still so many who need the outreach, need the mentoring, need the support to stand up and be who they are and then think about people in so many countries where it just seems impossible,” Clinton said.
“So I think that each and everyone of you, not only professionally, particularly from State and USAID and every bureau and every embassy and every part of our government have to do what you can to create that safe space, but also personally, to really look for those who might need a helping hand; particularly young people; particularly teenagers who still today have such a difficult time,” she added.
“And who, still in numbers far beyond what should ever happen, take their own life rather than live that life,” Clinton said at the event, billed as a human rights and U.S. foreign policy speech.
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:12:36 AM by EBH
I heard an interesting question last night.
Would the Founding Father’s have considered military experience a prerequisite for the Office of the President?
While our Constitution gives us a few requirements for this elected position, it seems to distinctly lack a military requirement for what is the highest position one can hold, Commander In Chief.
While I can understand why we might not want the military as our functioning government, what of a President that has no military experience?
If we look to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, in particular the Second Amendment what do we learn of the foresight regarding a “well armed militia?” I believe we learn our Founders did not have the knowledge to see a military such as ours. They also appear to have assumed that everyman would have had some level of military training. They also had the knowledge of how to tactically defend our young nation against other countries twice our size at the time. They had too and so did every citizen. We were a young nation and extremely vulnerable.
They took the idea of ‘protect and defend’ very seriously. I submit they assumed a President would do the same as part of the responsibility to be Commander In Chief.
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:39:11 AM by Kartographer
Defiance is the DNA of America. Every fiber of my being is overdosed on high-octane defiance. I often rise in the morning convinced that I am Rosa Parks with a loud guitar. It is beautiful.
From our forefathers tossing tea into the Boston Harbor over abusive taxes; to the brave defenders of the Alamo, who were outnumbered 25-to-1; to Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe, who answered the Nazi punks with “Nuts!” when he was asked to surrender at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, the DNA of America is rife with proud defiance.
We celebrate our freedom on Independence Day, but when you read Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, it could have easily been called the Declaration of Defiance.
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:29:44 AM by Michael van der Galien
The Islamist movement that threatens Judeo-Christian western culture can be viewed in one of two ways: as a fundamentalist, misguidedly pious religious phenomenon that appeals to a wide swath of the Muslim masses, or as a calculated, cynical attempt to grab both the power and wealth that the West holds — orchestrated by an Islamic elite who don’t actually care about the finer points of the Quran or Sharia law, except when either might serve to further their overall purpose. The important difference between the way that George W. Bush approached the problem of radical Islam and the manner in which Barack Obama deals with the issue – or claims to be trying to deal it – involves these two different points of view.
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General faces unease from ‘handcuffed’ troops (McChrystal frustrated at Obama’s spitball war)
MSNBC ^ | 6/22/2010 | C.J. Chivers/NY Times
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 6:18:37 AM by tobyhill
Riding shotgun in an armored vehicle as it passed through the heat and confusion of southern Afghanistan this month, an Army sergeant spoke into his headset, summarizing a sentiment often heard in the field this year.
“I wish we had generals who remembered what it was like when they were down in a platoon,” he said to a reporter in the back. “Either they never have been in real fighting, or they forgot what it’s like.”
The sergeant was speaking of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and the circle of counterinsurgents who since last year have been running the Afghan war, and who have, as a matter of both policy and practice, made it much more difficult for troops to use airstrikes and artillery in the fight against the Taliban.
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 6:21:44 AM by Scanian
It’s funny how trivial events somehow get seared into your brain. This one is from years ago, when I was enjoying a yogurt on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley.
Suddenly, a large exotic bug appeared and started dancing around. Its iridescent colors caught the sun and glistened like a rainbow. A crowd formed to watch its antics in shared delight.
Out of nowhere, a lunatic pushed through the crowd. I’d seen this guy before — paranoid, menacing. His rage toward the bug slit me like a knife. The insect was getting attention, people were happy, and he was out for revenge.
The man bolted through the crowd, possessed. He jumped on the bug, over and over and again. People gasped. A child cried. And then, as quickly as it began, it was all over.
Silently, numbly, the crowd dispersed. The man, now triumphant, smiled hideously. I threw away the yogurt, which was now rendered tasteless.
I’ll never forget the look of blind hatred on that man’s face. It communicated this: “I want what you have.”
And: “If I can’t have it, I’ll destroy it.”
This random experience flashed in my mind recently when I was in a Berkeley bookstore. With my newfound interest in religion, I wanted to peruse that section.
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 6:33:09 AM by Michael van der Galien
The law can be used in a number of ways if there is the political will to…There is a history of abusing the legal process.
- Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks
There’s a history of abusing the media and public opinion, too. Assange happens to be a pro at it. But you won’t learn that in Philip Shenon’s interview with him for The Daily Beast. The two discuss the new Afghanistan “carnage” video Assange claims he’ll release, and how the US government’s displeasure over the news has compelled Assange to take hiding overseas, just to be on the safe side:
Rush: “See, the point is that Obama uses his office to demand respect and to demand compliance, but on his own he’s not earned any of it.”
“See, the point is
- that Obama uses his office to demand respect and to demand compliance,
but on his own he’s not earned any of it.”
RUSH: Respect? Compliance? OBAMA HASN’T EARNED ANY OF IT! (my title)
www.rushlimbaugh.com ^ | June 22, 2010 | Rush Limbaugh
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 6:50:27 AM by Yosemitest
- Well, certainly nobody in the State-Controlled Media.
- our president is not respected by the commander in Afghanistan.
It’s patently obvious.
- They mock him as weak.
They laugh at him, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez.
Fidel Castro is telling jokes about him now.
- who respect him because they think he can speak well
and he’s one of them in the intellectual sense.
except with his toadies on the left
He does not have that kind of personality,
- his statements and their consequences have been disasters.
- than Obama shows respect for Bush.
McChrystal shows Obama more respect
- then act respectfully to others.
that if you want to be treated with respect
- this man, our president, ran down the US military for years during the Iraq war.
He’s trash-talking all the time, whose ass can he kick next.
He targets individuals.
My point is Let’s not forget,
- He targets businesses.
He targets politicians.
He targets Israel.
He smears; he attacks; he creates straw dogs.
- Let’s skip sound bite seven;
let’s go to audio sound bites eight and nine.
- Rush Limbaugh slamming GOP leaders for forcing a congressman to retract his apology to BP.
Rush Limbaugh wading into the Joe Barton controversy as well.
BLITZER: Rush Limbaugh railing against Republican leaders
who pressured Texas congressman Joe Barton to take back his apology to BP.
We welcome our viewers in the United States and around the world.
I’m Wolf Blitzer. You’re in The Situation Room. Get this: That story coming. Wait until you hear Rush Limbaugh railing against Republican leaders.
What did they do to get him angry?
Rush Limbaugh with some angry words for Republicans
over their response to a GOP lawmaker’s apology to BP.
We’re going to tell you his take on the so-called shakedown comment.
- spending almost his entire show promoting a segment on me,
and Wolf’s on for two hours.
- I lament the fact that McChrystal did this,
- I’m sorry, it’s an absolute tragedy this is happening in our country.
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