National Security: With his boss on vacation, Vice President Joe Biden has a very important job to do. He’s in China, begging communist officials to please keep buying our bonds. If they do, what’s he giving them in return?
Sending Biden to China, pardon the phrase, raises red flags about what we might commit to while he’s there. What is Biden, the gaffemeister in chief, authorized to give the Chinese?
But with S&P downgrading us from AAA to AA+ just a week ago, Biden wouldn’t seem to have much standing to argue that it’s a good deal. Fiscally, we’ve never been in worse shape. So how can Biden persuade the Chinese — who already hold $2 trillion or so in dollar-based assets — that more debt is a good deal for them?
Will he tell China’s apparatchiks that a half-trillion, maybe more, of the cuts in the debt deal come out of defense? Or that the cuts were so severe that even new Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned of going too far — and possibly hollowing out the military? If so, China may agree it’s a good deal.
The administration has signaled as much. On the eve of Biden’s trip, the White House suddenly announced it wouldn’t sell F-16 jets to Taiwan — a huge strategic favor to the Chinese. Was there a quid pro quo?
(Excerpt) Read more at investors.com …
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Two new videos recently released by the Department of Homeland Security add to the mountain of evidence that proves Big Sis has now dispensed with all pretense of the war on terror being focused on Al-Qaeda Muslims, as tools that were designed to catch foreign terrorists are now being targeted against Americans who are opposed to big government.
The two recent PSAs (watch them below), part of Homeland Security’s “See Something Say Something snitch campaign, portray white middle class Americans as terrorists in almost all of the scenarios shown in the clips.
Far from representing some superficial nod to political correctness, this is in fact a deliberate effort by the feds to characterize predominantly white, middle class, politically engaged Americans as domestic extremists. It’s all part of the agenda to frame dissent against big government as dangerous radicalism……………………..
Back in the 1990s, when it seemed like electric vehicles were gaining traction with consumers, Costco did something unusual: the big-box retailer installed charging stations at many of its California locations. Now, however, those stations are being removed, and electric car fans aren’t happy.
According to Plug In America, Costco has offered no official explanation for removing the charging stations other than the Xeroxed signs taped to each that read, “Please be advised that this electric charger will be removed on August 15th, 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
Costco’s move seems curious for a couple of reasons. For starters, the California Energy Commission has launched a special grant program to fund the upgrade of older, AVCON charging stations to newer J1772 models that can accommodate modern electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. Costco would seem to be tailor-made for that initiative, so why not apply?
But apart from the fact that upgrading should be of minimal cost to Costco is the fact that sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids are booming these days. At a time when other companies (even McDonald’s!) are rolling out the red carpet for electric vehicle owners, why would Costco yank the rug out from under them?
(Excerpt) Read more at greencarreports.com …
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 6:42:59 PM by LUV W
The Obama Administration today announced a virtual amnesty-by-decree for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, whose deportations will be “indefinitely delayed”. In addition, Obama finally announced a jobs program – but for ILLEGAL ALIENS, not citizens – as those 300,000 illegals will also become eligible for “work permits“.
This action represents an administrative end-run around Congress, which twice rejected the ‘DREAM Act’ in 2010. As disgraceful as is this usurpation of Congressional authority, this announcement is even worse than is being reported.
(Excerpt) Read more at standwitharizona.com …
“Have you ever had sex with Rick Perry?” asks the ad, which runs in this week’s Austin Chronicle. The ad was placed by Robert Morrow, who describes himself as a “self-employed investor and political activist” and a three-time delegate to the Texas state Republican convention.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com …
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