It’s Friday. Time for my last Friday of the month Trivia Contest:
they were both rich white children of privilege raised in the suburbs of Chicago they were both on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted” list they both went by the nickname “Boom Boom” as young men. A. # 3, They both went by the nickname “Boom Boom” as young men!
perhaps they were all cut a deal they just couldn’t refuse…
Obama may preempt PM’s Congress speech with his own plan (0′s New “Outreach” Effort to Muslims)
Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/11/2011 | Unattributed
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:11:32 PM by mojito
US President Barack Obama could deliver a major policy speech as early as next week laying out his new Middle East strategy following the US killing of Osama bin Laden and amid ongoing upheaval in the Arab world, US officials said on Wednesday.
A key sticking point is whether Obama, who gained a boost in global stature with the death of the al Qaida chief last week, will use also his coming address to present new proposals for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, a source familiar with the administration’s internal debate said.
Obama, who will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on May 20, is considering giving the speech before he leaves on a trip to Europe early in the week of May 22, a senior administration official said.
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Barbarians within: Why Brit-style riots could spread to US ~ “Think it can’t happen here? Think again.”
They were cleaning up the mess in London yesterday — replacing the windows at the Ritz, fixing the wooden façade at Fortnum & Mason and attending to a vandalized Trafalgar Square in the wake of Saturday’s protests — and riots — by trade unionists and anarchists.
Think it can’t happen here? Think again.
The British press reports that up to half a million people took part in the demonstrations, 200 were arrested and more than 160 injured — including 84 police officers, 11 of whom had to be hospitalized.
The weekend demonstration was led by Britain’s powerful Trades Union Congress, whose leader, Brendan Barber, has been warning for more than a year that “industrial unrest” would greet any Tory government that dared attack Britain’s sky-high social spending.
Addressing the gathering in historic Hyde Park was Ed Miliband, the Labor Party’s new hard-left leader (his father was a prominent Marxist), who likened the protesters to the suffragettes, the US civil-rights movement and the fight against apartheid in South Africa. Which ought to tell Britons all they need to know about their prime-minister-in-waiting.
In the aftermath of the all-too-predictable violence — in Trafalgar Square, the words “fight back” and “Tory scum” were scrawled on the bronze lions and red paint was splashed on the 2012 Olympics countdown clock — there was the usual tut-tuting
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Will Barack Obama feel the temptation to enhance his claim to presidential greatness by transforming himself into an aggressive war leader? Could this desire lead to an “October Surprise”- like a military strike on Iran- that could radically alter the dynamics of the upcoming Congressional elections?These questions connect to the recent publication of Tony Blair’s fascinating memoir, A Journey, which places special emphasis on his controversial role as Britain’s leader in the Iraq War.
This ferociously formidable politician served as Prime Minister for ten full years only the last four of which overlapped with military operations in Iraq, permanently transformed his Labour Party, won three landslide victories and made fateful decisions that impacted every aspect of British life. Nevertheless, the world sees Blair and the former PM clearly sees himself above all as the charismatic, energetic commander who teamed with George W. Bush to rid the world of Saddam Hussein.The only other Prime Minister since World War II with a reasonable claim on greatness was also associated with decisive military leadership.
Margaret Thatcher, “The Iron Lady,” sent a major task force halfway around the world in 1982 for an amphibious assault on the Argentine invaders who had seized remote British settlements on the Falklands Islands. In the one-sided 74 day conflict, British forces killed 649 Argentines and took 11,300 prisoners; for the rest of her career, “The Falklands Factor” added to Thatcher’s stature and popularity.
Excerpt ~ Continues…