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Army Col. Lawrence Sellin, a Green Beret, fired after griping online about PowerPoint – New York Daily News

November 14, 2012 61 comments

WASHINGTON – All Army Col. Lawrence Sellin wanted to do was be a real warrior killing Taliban, not a PowerPoint Ranger killing time in Afghanistan‘s rear echelon.

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After the Green Beret with a Ph.D. piped up about it in an online column, he got sacked from Afghan war boss Gen. David Petraeus‘ staff – and catapulted into cult status as a military folk hero.

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U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of Multi-National Force – Iraq, briefs reporters at the Pentagon April 26, 2007, on his view of the current military situation in Iraq. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Army Col. Lawrence Sellin, a Green Beret, fired after griping online about PowerPoint – New York Daily News

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WASHINGTON – All Army Col. Lawrence Sellin wanted to do was be a real warrior killing Taliban, not a PowerPoint Ranger killing time in Afghanistan’s rear echelon.

After the Green Beret with a Ph.D. piped up about it in an online column, he got sacked from Afghan war boss Gen. David Petraeus’ staff – and catapulted into cult status as a military folk hero.

“I had added no value to the war effort,” the Special Forces officer and native of Saddle Brook, N.J., lamented after getting booted out of Afghanistan.

Sellin’s critique of a top-heavy military bureaucracy in Afghanistan adds another chapter to the never-ending debate on how to fight America’s longest war, just as Bob Woodward’s new book, “Obama’s Wars,” chronicles the policy struggles in Washington.

Sellin, who did combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, was sent packing three months into his job as chief of current operations for NATO’s International Joint Command in Kabul’s airport.

He was ordered home after penning a snarky poke at PowerPoint briefings for “cognitively-challenged generals” running NATO’s “bloated” command, where “you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a colonel.”

While that might have been career suicide for the Army Reservist, he unexpectedly became a hero in the ranks for standing up to bureaucratic inertia – which he fears will cost G.I.s’ lives.

Sellin told the Daily News the upper echelons are overly concerned with font sizes and bullet points in a bureaucratic stalemate that will “likely prolong the war effort and create more casualties.”

“Failures at that command level can have serious consequences for the ordinary soldier,” Sellin said.

via Army Col. Lawrence Sellin, a Green Beret, fired after griping online about PowerPoint – New York Daily News.

(Rush) There Is A Circle-The-Wagon Op Around Barack Obama That Nobody Is Going To Penetrate

November 14, 2012 1 comment

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 8:58:56 PM by NachumOn his Wednesday radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh warned his listeners not to have high expectations for embattled former CIA Director David Petreaus’ testimony on the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi.

 

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The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, but, according to Limbaugh, if Petreaus says anything differently than what he had said right after the attack, he could be branded a liar.

 

“If Petraeus goes in there and says anything different than what he said on Sept. 13, do you know the world of hurt that he’s in?” Limbaugh said. “What did he say on Sept. 13 — or whenever the testimony was — he said it was the video. He said it was an out-of-control mob, spontaneous-combustion protest, because of the video. OK, now let’s say that he goes into tomorrow and he, if he doesn’t say exactly what he said to Congress back in September, then he’s going to get the question: ‘Were you lying then, or are you lying now?’”

 

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GoogleAlerts: Ann Barnhardt: The economy Is Going To Implode Pts 1-8…

November 14, 2012 3 comments
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If you don’t know who Ann Barnhardt is, you really need to google her name to see the wide spectrum of attitudes of the those who consider her a champion and those who assert she is deranged.

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Larry Grathwohl on Ayers’ Plan for American Re-Education Camps and the Need to Kill Millions

November 14, 2012 25 comments
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In 1969, Weather Underground founders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn (who were to become Pres. Obama‘s personal friends and associates for many years) put Charles Manson on the cover of their occasional newspaper, “Fire”.

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Throughout their career as terrorist bombers, Ayers and Dohrn were constantly trying to break the Left free of its “bourgeois” commitment to any standard of justice or decency.

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Ron Paul’s Congressional Farewell Speech – C-SPAN 11/14/2012…

November 14, 2012 1 comment

Ron Paul‘s Congressional Farewell Speech – C-SPAN 11/14/2012

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Congressman Ron Paul at an event hosted in his honor at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Ron Paul | Delivered on the House Floor, November 14, 2012

Farewell to Congress

This may well be the last time I speak on the House Floor. At the end of the year I’ll leave Congress after 23 years in office over a 36 year period. My goals in 1976 were the same as they are today: promote peace and prosperity by a strict adherence to the principles of individual liberty.

It was my opinion, that the course the U.S. embarked on in the latter part of the 20th Century would bring us a major financial crisis and engulf us in a foreign policy that would overextend us and undermine our national security.

To achieve the goals I sought, government would have had to shrink in size and scope, reduce spending, change the monetary system, and reject the unsustainable costs of policing the world and expanding the American Empire.

The problems seemed to be overwhelming and impossible to solve, yet from my view point, just following the constraints placed on the federal government by the Constitution would have been a good place to start.

 

How Much Did I Accomplish?

In many ways, according to conventional wisdom, my off-and-on career in Congress, from 1976 to 2012, accomplished very little. No named legislation, no named federal buildings or highways—thank goodness. In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and the prolific increase of incomprehensible regulations continues. Wars are constant and pursued without Congressional declaration, deficits rise to the sky, poverty is rampant and dependency on the federal government is now worse than any time in our history.

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Libertarianism in Ancient China by Murray N. Rothbard

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This article is excerpted from “It All Began, As Usual, with the Greeks” in Economic Thought Before Adam Smith. An MP3 audio file of this article, read by Jeff Riggenbach, is available for download.

 

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English: Murray Rothbard in the 90’s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The three main schools of political thought: the Legalists, the Taoists, and the Confucians, were established from the sixth to the fourth centuries BC. Roughly, the Legalists, the latest of the three broad schools, simply believed in maximal power to the state, and advised rulers how to increase that power. The Taoists were the world’s first libertarians, who believed in virtually no interference by the state in economy or society, and the Confucians were middle-of-the-roaders on this critical issue. The towering figure of Confucius (551–479 BC), whose name was actually Ch’iu Chung-ni, was an erudite man from an impoverished but aristocratic family of the fallen Yin dynasty, who became Grand Marshal of the state of Sung. In practice, though far more idealistic, Confucian thought differed little from the Legalists, since Confucianism was largely dedicated to installing an educated philosophically minded bureaucracy to rule in China.

 

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