Thursday, February 14, 2013

Haggard Hagel Haunted by His Hubris!

No one in their right mind should oppose Liberals simply because they want to improve the social conditions of the world.

The rub, however, becomes many fold when the practicalities of their thinking are examined.

First, there is a cost factor which Liberals tend to ignore.

Second, far too many Liberal proposals have proven, empirically speaking, unsound and even counterproductive.

Third, most Liberal ideas create dependency and actually end by restricting freedom and stifling initiative.

Finally, and perhaps most important of all, Liberal ideas are based on growth in government which, in the final analysis, proves costly, inefficient and dangerous.

Yes, it would be wonderful if we could perfect mankind. Even if we could, would the cost  be
prohibitive and even worth it because of the negative by-product consequences? (See 1 below.)
Reality or hysteria?

My own view of the threat posed by N Korea is they could/would sell  WMD to rogues and radical Islamists to gain funding to further other  nefarious projects.  Their leadership appears both insane and amoral.

You decide.  (See 2 below.)
One more reason to fear the naivety of Obama's foreign policy and its implementation by the inadequate and wholly inexperienced team his recent nominations connote.  (See 3 below.)
Think like government and talk like Obama and you might begin to get it!  (See 4 below.)
Any Republican who drinks water and is a threat to Democrats has to be all wet, according to the liberal media and print mavens. (See 5 below.)

And then there is our monarch who is totally flushed! "Perfect for the sociopathic narcissist in the White House!" and then""
Too long to publish but it should grab you because it is, to some degree, not only true but very disturbing: " Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?

To drag the G.O.P. into the 21st century, young, tech-savvy dissidents may have to overthrow their party?s disconnected old guard."
Haggard Hagel Haunted by His Hubris! (See 6 below.)


Heritage’s DeMint: Nation Can’t Afford Obama’s ‘Wish List

By Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter

In his first Newsmax TV interview since leaving Congress to lead the Heritage Foundation, former Sen. Jim DeMint said that Americans are smart enough to know that President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech was nothing more “than a wish list that we can’t afford and that the president can’t get done.”

“He talked about a lot of wonderful things that we’d love to do as a country — improve education and clean up the blighted areas, create opportunity — but they can’t do that from Washington,” the former South Carolina Republican tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “There’s no evidence we ever could, and we can’t afford it.

“The president continues to think a central-planning concept is what makes America work — and we know it doesn’t,” DeMint adds. “You can’t do this from Washington. It’s really a ground-up phenomenon.”
DeMint, 61, who takes over as the Heritage Foundation’s president in April, was interviewed by Newsmax with Edwin Feulner, a founding trustee and the outgoing president of the influential conservative think tank.

A tea party favorite, DeMint had been on Capitol Hill since 1999, serving six years in the House and seven in the Senate. Last year, called him “perhaps the most conservative member of the Senate.”

He was seen as a “kingmaker” with Republican congressional candidates because of his fund-raising prowess — and DeMint had said he would not seek a third term in the Senate when his term ended in 2016.

DeMint stepped down on Dec. 31. He was replaced by Rep. Tim Scott.

At the Heritage Foundation, DeMint will oversee a budget of $80 million.

In the Newsmax interview, Feulner says Americans also should not believe President Obama when he said that his initiatives would not add to the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt.

“That isn’t the way it works. There is no free money out there. Every time he talks about interments, basically, he’s talking about more government spending,” he says. “I don’t know where he thinks it’s coming from. There is no big tooth fairy in the sky that’s going to give it to him.”

Looking toward the upcoming battle over sequestration, DeMint hopes Congress and the president reach a deal before $1.2 trillion in broad-based cuts over 10 years begin to take effect.

“Unfortunately, with my 14 years in the House and the Senate, the only compromises I’ve ever seen were to spend more money and to grow the government. We can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing. We have to stop spending more than we’re bringing in.

“I hope the Republicans will do what they promised and put the country on path to a balanced budget over the next 10 years,” DeMint adds. “They can give the president a little more to borrow in the interim — and we can transition so that it doesn’t disrupt programs.

“It just slows the growth and spending. We can do that. We can balance our budget. That’s what we need to shoot for.”

Both Heritage Foundation executives say they are most troubled at how Obama has subverted the U.S. Constitution with his steady use of executive orders.

“The president’s clearly challenging constitutional boundaries — and he’s doing it to rile the Republicans up and to get them going after him,” DeMint says. “But it’s a tough thing, and we need to do it through the courts.

“It’s worrisome that he believes so much in central power and executive power. That’s not what makes America great. We’re a bottom-up nation, with millions of people making their own decisions about what they want to do and what they value.

“He’s trying to turn that upside down — and that’s got a lot of people concerned,” DeMint adds.

The retired senator says he plans to keep the nation focused on such issues as Heritage’s president. 

“I wanted to step outside the political arena — not to be partisan, but to work on those ideas that we know make America better and makes lives better for every American. We see them working all over the country.”

He pointed to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which allows Washington schoolchildren to leave underperforming public schools for those of their parents’ choice. The program has a 91 percent high school graduation rate.

“All over the country, our ideas are working,” DeMint says. “Heritage is about ideas — and I want to be a part of taking those ideas to the American people.”

“We’ve been trying a number of different ways to figure out how to reach every American with the eternal principles that we really believe undergird our ideas,” Feulner adds. “We want everybody to know that these truths work for everybody.

“We want to bring everybody together and give everybody the chance of climbing up that opportunity ladder and not have the government cut the bottom two rungs off of that ladder.”

In other comments in their wide-ranging Newsmax interview, DeMint and Feulner say that:
  • Heritage plans to “take control of the ideas and our message; work with hundreds of coalitions around the country to make sure Americans know which ideas work for them,” DeMint says.
  • Working on the state level is critical to this success. “After all, they are the 50 laboratories of our federal system — and what works in Tallahassee probably is not going to work in Massachusetts,” Feulner says.
  • Social media is crucial, too. “We have to use everything that’s available, in terms of electronic contacts with young people,” Feulner says. “We’ve got to retrain ourselves that these truths still work and we’ve got to be able to communicate them more successfully.”


EMP threat level from hermit kingdom rises with new test

Read more at 

The bomb test that North Korea conducted over the weekend was a “miniaturized” nuclear device – suggesting to U.S. sources that the day of a North Korean “Red Dawn” EMP attack that could decimate the American power grid might be closer.
The latest test was described by United Nations observers as twice the size of North Korea’s 2009 nuclear test but that the device was “small and light.”

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)In the 1980s movie “Red Dawn,” American teens fight back against invading Soviet forces. In a recent remake, it’s North Koreans who are invading, and they launch an EMP strike to cripple the U.S. electrical grid.
North Korea news media announced that the detonation was a miniature nuclear device, which suggests that North Korean scientists are working on a bomb capable of fitting on their three-stage Taepodong-3 missile, which already is capable of reaching the U.S.
The North Koreans successfully had tested this three-stage missile within the past month.
What is of concern are a number of factors involving first the testing of the missile and now the nuclear device.
The three-stage missile is assessed by the U.S. intelligence community of being able to reach the West Coast of the U.S. During the test, the North Koreans also orbited a package which they claim was a satellite.
However, it could have been a test for an upcoming nuclear weapon that could be programmed to de-orbit and detonate at a high altitude anywhere from the West to the East coast of the U.S., potentially producing an electromagnetic pulse that could seriously damage or destroy the U.S. electric grid system.
Following its latest nuclear test, North Korea then issued a statement condemning U.S.-inspired United Nations sanctions meant to discourage North Korea’s missile and nuclear program.
With just a one megaton nuclear bomb, it could be exploded at an altitude of some 150 miles above the middle of the U.S., creating an electromagnetic pulse that could reach almost coast to coast and affect parts of Canada and possibly Mexico.
This scenario, which isn’t far-fetched given the latest technical demonstration, recently was depicted in the popular movie “Red Dawn,” in which the North Koreans use an EMP to knock out the U.S. electrical grid system in the Northwest.
In the movie, the North Koreans knock out all electricity as well as all command, control and communications and the ability to detect such a threat.
With the help of the Russians, as shown in the movie, the North Koreans are able to stage a land invasion on the U.S.
The latest nuclear test, which was conducted underground, had a low kiloton yield but sources say that scientists can scale it up potentially to achieve a megaton device.
In addition, U.S. intelligence is aware that North Korea and Iran years ago had obtained blueprints on how to miniaturize a nuclear weapon from the Pakistani A.Q. Khan, father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb.
It is possible that the nuclear test over the weekend was based on those blueprints which Khan had provided to both countries almost a decade ago.
Informed sources say that North Korea and Iran are collaborating not only on missile delivery systems but also exchanging technical data and North Korean scientists are to assist Iran with its possible development of a nuclear weapon.
Iran, which has defied U.S. and international sanctions to halt its nuclear enrichment program, denies that it is working on a nuclear weapon and further states that it has a “right” to develop nuclear energy as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog.
North Korea is neither a signatory to the NPT nor a member of the IAEA, although actions over its nuclear work to date by the U.S. have been far less robust than those against Iran, prompting members of Congress to recommend increasing international sanctions and possibly institute an economic embargo in response to the latest nuclear test.
Testing of the missile and nuclear warhead comes just as North Korea put out a video showing a nuclear attack on New York City, against a backdrop of Michael Jackson’s song, “We are the World.”

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With a high-altitude nuclear explosion that produces an electromagnetic pulse, however, it would not destroy physical structures as depicted in the video but would have a major impact on the national grid system.
For years, U.S. experts have expressed concern over the catastrophic impact of an EMP event either from a nuclear attack or a massive solar storm.
This concern was especially highlighted in the comprehensive 2008 congressional report by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack. The EMP commission pointed out:
“The electromagnetic pulse generated by a high altitude nuclear explosion is one of a small number of threats that can hold our society at risk of catastrophic consequences.
“The increasingly pervasive use of electronics of all forms represents the greatest source of vulnerability to attack by EMP. Electronics are used to control, communicate, compute, store, manage, and implement nearly every aspect of United States (U.S.) civilian systems. When a nuclear explosion occurs at high altitude, the EMP signal it produces will cover the wide geographic region within the line of sight of the detonation.

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“This broad band, high amplitude EMP, when coupled into sensitive electronics, has the capability to produce widespread and long lasting disruption and damage to the critical infrastructures that underpin the fabric of U.S. society.
“Because of the ubiquitous dependence of U.S. society on the electrical power system its vulnerability to an EMP attack, coupled with the EMP’s particular damage mechanisms, creates the possibility of long-term, catastrophic consequences.
“The implicit invitation to take advantage of this vulnerability, when coupled with increasing proliferation of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, is a serious concern.
“A single EMP attack may seriously degrade or shut down a large part of the electric power grid in the geographic area of EMP exposure effectively instantaneously. There is also a possibility of functional collapse of grids beyond the exposed area, as electrical effects propagate from one region to another.”
Another potential problem arising from North Korea’s recent missile and nuclear bomb tests is the increasing lack of influence that Russia and especially China have over the North Korean leadership, who look upon having both as a matter of prestige.
China especially complained to the North Korean leadership first about its missile test and now over its most recent nuclear test.
There are indications that the Chinese would back a United Nations Security Council condemnation of the Hermit State’s recent nuclear test, and even agree to some mild sanctions, but do not intend to intervene more forcibly with the North Koreans.
That most likely would include U.S. congressional calls for a renewed economic embargo on North Korea.
The North Koreans also may be conducting the tests despite opposition from their closest friends in an effort to leverage the West for added concessions.
At the same time, the North Koreans are gaining invaluable knowledge on producing a nuclear weapon and its delivery system. With such knowledge, there is no indication that the North Koreans would scrap its nuclear or missile programs even if they won more Western concessions to halt those programs.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama showed a stunning lack of reality on terrorism and the Arab Spring. The Presidentb s statement saluting b the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal riskb B unfortunately rings hollow when one considers the Administrationb s treatment of the BenghaziB terrorist attack. While the Administration has insisted that al-Qaeda is losing steam, the terrorist network and its affiliates are growing in places like Libya and Mali.

Perspective is badly needed. Two years after Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire on the streets of his hometown in Tunisia, the political makeup of North Africa and the Middle East are unrecognizable. The fight against injustice has morphed into a scramble for power. The fight for democracy has deteriorated back to the status quo. And Islamist militants have exploited the gaping power vacuum. Looking at the countries affected by the Arab Spring, a pattern of instability remains.


Following the ouster of the Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali regime, Tunisia experienced an easier government transition than others. With a secular tradition, well-educated population, and sizeable middle class, Tunisia was better equipped to overcome the challenge. Yet, the election of the Islamist Al-Nahda party, previously banned under Ben Ali, exceeded expectations in the legislative electionsb a harbinger of what was to come in Egypt and Libya.

The future of Tunisiab s stability is questionable. Last week, protestors took to the streets following the assassination of the opposition figure, Chokri Belaid. Many in Tunisia are dissatisfied with the Islamist-led government and demand that the Tunisian people are better represented.


Since Egyptb s dictator Hosni Mubarak was toppled, the Egyptian people have lacked a stable government. The Muslim Brotherhood, banned under Mubarak, took advantage of its broad support and was the clear winner in the countryb s first democratic elections. Yet Egyptb s new president, Mohammed Morsi, is little more than an autocrat under a different guise. In November, he granted himself sweeping powers over the judiciary and other branches of government and the Egyptian security forcesb who once cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhoodb are now its enforcers. Additionally, Morsi has set a troubling new foreign policy agenda. His government has distanced itself from Washington while cozying up to China andHamas (a U.S.-designated terrorist organization), improving relations with Iran, and violating its peace treaty with Israel.


Since the fall of Muammar Qadhafi in September 2011, Libyab s transitional government has been unable to implement rule of law throughout much of the country. The September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. special mission in Benghazi, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, was a direct result of the countryb s rampant instability. While the Libyan government moved quickly to denounce the attack and has offered its cooperation in finding the terrorists, little has been achieved in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The instability in North Africa has also trickled to the Sahel andindirectly affected Mali specifically. Last Spring, Islamist militants occupied the northern part of the country, prompting French military intervention last month. Militant violence has also spilled over into Algeria where a terrorist attack, spearheaded by a former leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), killed three Americans.


After a two-year civil war, Syriab s Bashar al-Assad has yet to cave. The Syrian opposition movement has levied significant blows to the regime, yet support from Iran and Russia has helped to keep Assad in power. Despite more than 60,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of people displaced, the international community has done little to speed the regimeb s collapse.

In the midst of the carnage, terrorist groups such as the Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate, have infiltrated the country and exploited the instability. The United States is currently assisting Turkey, a NATO ally, in protecting its border against potential ballistic missile attacks, yet there is no strategy for resolving the crisis.


Yemenb s revolution resulted in little more than a return to thestatus quo. Last February, President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down from power. Saleh was succeeded by Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi, who served as his vice president. Hadi, who represents continuity much more than genuine change, now faces enormous challenges in stabilizing Yemen, one of the poorest and most turbulent Arab countries.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), headquartered in Yemen, remains a threat to U.S. and international security. During the revolution, AQAP attempted to consolidate its power in the south, occupying several major towns. While Yemenb s government has cooperated in the Obama Administrationb s frequent use of drone strikes, it has failed to curb AQAPb s activity.

From Arab Spring to Islamist Winter

The Arab Spring has ushered in an unprecedented political transformation that has deteriorated into an b Islamist Winter.b The elections that have been held have resulted in victories for anti-Western Islamist political parties that are ideologically predisposed to oppose U.S. foreign policy goals.

Although al-Qaeda and its affiliates played a small role in the initial phases of the Arab uprisings, they have exploited the power vacuum and are now well placed to expand their influence. It is in the U.S. national interest, as well as in the interests of U.S. allies, to prevent Islamist extremists from hijacking the unfinished revolutions and imposing totalitarian dictatorships in the affected countries. That will not happen without focused leadership from Washington.

Morgan Lorraine Roach is a research associate in Heritage's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.
4) Subject: Unemployment Explained

So how can over 873,000 people come off the unemployment line when there were only a little over 114,000 jobs created?

Luckily I found a transcript of a conversation between two eminent economists discussing this very question!

Here we go, the recent unemployment report explained --

COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It's 7.8%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that's 14.7%.

COSTELLO: You just said 7.8%.

ABBOTT: 7.8% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 7.8% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that's 14.7%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it's 14.7% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that's 7.8%.

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 7.8% or 14.7%?

ABBOTT: 7.8% are unemployed. 14.7% are out of work.

COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, Obama said you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.


ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT: Someone who doesn't look for work can't be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn't be fair.

COSTELLO: To whom?

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COS TELLO: So if you're off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?

ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That's how the current administration gets it to 7.8%. Otherwise it would be 14.7%. Our govt. doesn't want you to read about 14.7% unemployment.

COSTELLO: That would be tough on those running for reelection.

ABBOTT: Absolutely.
COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT: Bingo.

COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have administration supporters stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like the Economy Czar.

COSTELLO: I don't even know what the hell I just said!

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like Obama.
5)OMG! Marco Rubio drinks water!
By Chicago Tribune

A parched Marco Rubio's awkward reach for a drink of Poland Spring water during his Republican rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night became an instant online sensation. Predictably, the video clips, jokes and Twitter hashtags that have become so familiar in such situations took the social Internet by storm.
But what might it all mean for the up-and-coming senator from Florida seen by some as a GOP hopeful for the White House in 2016?
The Internet is now saturated with references to the sip. For instance, a Google search Wednesday morning for "Marco Rubio water" brought back 14.3 million results. Surely not all the hits are about this particular incident, but many are.
Using sentiment analysis, a process by which data experts attempt to mine the Internet to determine how users feel about someone or something, we can infer that the sip is proving to be both a positive and a negative for Rubio -- positive in that far more people are talking about him than were before, negative in that much of that conversation is finding fault.
Lisa Joy Rosner is chief marketing officer at NetBase, a Silicon Valley-based social media analytics software company. She said the sentiment analysis of online conversations about Rubio late Tuesday and Wednesday is quite telling.
"He got more air time because of it. It heightens people's awareness of him and led people to talk about him," Rosner said. "A greater percentage of people were making fun of him, and that caused his sentiment to go down. But, because he can engage in the conversation, here's an opportunity for him to engage in the chatter and change the sentiment.
"To some extent, this is people being petty. They're not saying anything super-insightful about his policies, or his acumen or his intelligence, they're just making fun of something that he did."

For his part, Rubio was a good sport about it all, even posting a picture of the infamous water bottle -- or one much like it -- to Twitter after realizing the sip had taken on meme status.
"I needed water, what am I going to do?" Rubio said this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America." "God has a funny way of reminding us we're human."
Innocent embarrassments on the national political stage are hardly irrecoverable. For instance, Bill Clinton's nomination speech of Michael Dukakis at the 1988 Democratic National Convention was seen by many as too long and even boring. Of course, Clinton survived that and much, much more in the decade after.
"He droned on and on, and droned on," then-NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw later said. "When he finally said 'In conclusion,' people began to cheer."
Clinton quickly went on to appear on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and gave other media interviews about the incident.
"That should have told you something about Bill Clinton at that point," Brokaw said. "He would make the big mistake, but then he would crawl out of it in his own endearing fashion."
As for Rubio, Rosner said, the sip could ultimately end up being a positive.
"This is a guy who was not trending at all very much anywhere, and now he's trending," she said. "What this means is, probably a whole new group of people are aware and engaging with him.


Hagel Reportedly Said US State Department Under the Control of Israel

RJC: Hagel must respond – before the Senate votes

The Washington Free Beacon reports that former Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, allegedly said in a 2007 speech at Rutgers University that, “the [U.S] State Department is an adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office.”
“This new information shows why Senate Republicans are right to insist that final action on this nomination not be rushed. We need to fully investigate this allegation, and that means Senator Hagel needs to be heard from directly. Did Chuck Hagel really tell this audience – or any audience – that ‘the State Department is an adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office’? That is what a pro-Hagel blogger, who says he was ‘taking notes as [Hagel] was speaking,’ reported at the time. It should go without saying that claiming Israel controls our State Department is absurd and outrageous.
“Unfortunately, if true, this is part of a very troubling pattern with Chuck Hagel. Hagel told Aaron David Miller that, ‘The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here [in Congress].’ In elaborating on that offensive remark, he cast doubt on other government officials’ integrity in a way that fits all too well with this newly-reported remark about the State Department, saying, ‘I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator.’ Hagel’s weak and ambiguous responses when confronted about these egregious remarks at his nomination hearing were among the low points of an appearance Senator McCain called, ‘the worst he had ever seen by a nominee at any level.’
“We continue to believe that America can do better than Chuck Hagel and that the Senate should reject this nomination, but at the very least, Senator Hagel needs to address this report before the Senate can responsibly vote whether to confirm him.”

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