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Monday, March 03, 2014

The U.S. Cavalry's Role in Modern Horsemanship




The U.S. Cavalry provided the foundation for the equestrian industry of the U.S. It wasn’t until 1912 in Stockholm that equestrian pursuits were routinely included in the Olympics. Led by Capt. Guy Vernor Henry Jr. the first U.S. team was fielded from the U.S. Cavalry.


In fact, until the cavalry was disbanded in 1948, every single U.S. equestrian Olympic team was made up of members of the cavalry or U.S. Army equestrian team; civilians were not invited to take part until the Helsinki games in 1952, the same year women were first allowed to compete in Olympic equestrian events.
Harry Dwight Chamberlin was born in Elgin Illinois in 1887. Following graduation from West Point in 1910 Chamberlin was commissioned a lieutenant of Cavalry and posted to Custer’s famed 7th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Lieutenant  Chamberlin’s early  Army career were spent fulfilling the duties of a cavalry officer and he came to command of a troop of cavalry in the Garry Owen Regiment. Then in 1916 hr was a promoted to Captain and assigned to West Point as an instructor of Cavalry tactics.
 



Captain Chamberlin met one of the most influential cavalry officers and horsemen of the twentieth century, Lieutenant Colonel Guy V. Henry
Returning to Fort Riley after WWI Chamberlin was assigned to the department of horsemanship. He earned a position on the 1920 US Equestrian Team which was preparing for the 1920 Olympics. The 1920 Olympics Harry Chamberlin competed in both the "Military" as the Three Day Event was then called, and in the Prix de Nations (Prize of Nations) show jumping.
From 1925-1927 Harry Chamberlin was stationed at Fort Bliss,Texas where he taught horsemanship and played polo. With his leadership, the 8th Cavalry Polo team won championships in 1925 and 1926. In addition toplaying polo his regular duties and responsibilities.




Commanding a cavalry squadron of more than 300 troopers and 500 horses. His squadron patrolled the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
Chamberlin returned to Fort Riley in 1927 to serve in the department of horsemanship. Here Harry formally instituted the more forward riding, the balanced seat accompanied by a shorter stirrup became the basis for all of the horsemanship instruction at Fort Riley. Many Riley graduates knew this forward for cross-country riding and jumping, as the "Chamberlin Seat."
He became a member of the Army Equestrian Team which competed at Madison Square Garden in New York, and across Europe. He was selected to the 1928 Army Equestrian team and competed in the Olympics in Amsterdam.



Harry Chamberlin was captain of the record making Army Olympic team in 1932 . Once again he competed in 3 Day Event, winning team gold, and also in Show Jumping where he won the individual silver medal.
Harry Chamberlin’s five qualities needed to become a good horseman.
  1. a normally alert mind
  2. a mind with an analytical turn asking “how” and “why”
  3. average physique
  4. regular practice
  5. theoretical knowledge

 Harry Chamberlin was responsible for the riding instruction of thousands of men during his career and he he oversaw the training of more men than horses. His training and teaching produced the generation of American Cavalrymen, who trained the civilian riders in the decades after the Cavalry was dismounted in 1946-47.
Because of his ability to lead men, understand horses, and comprehend the various theories of horsemanship and relate those concepts in ways that could be understood by the average cavalryman, Harry Chamberlin was probably the finest horseman ever produced by the U.S. Cavalry. He was a soldier and a horseman, laying foundation for modern riding in the U.S.
Chamberlin’s method not only became models for the balanced seat/eventing riders and the forward seat/hunter riders, he effected stock seat/western riders through men like Monte Forman and John Richard Young (The Schooling of the Western Horse 1961).


"Every rider is a horse trainer." - Monte Foreman

The most important principle that transfers from the Fort Riley/Balanced Seat to any kind of riding is the rider’s base of support, which is the lower body. It is there that the rider must balance and keep the upper body quiet. This is called muscle group separation.




 One of the western riders from Fort Riley who went on to become well known was Monte Forman. Forman who delveloped the ‘Basic Handle’ system, was amongst the last of the instructors at the U.S. Calvary School at Fort Riley, Kansas. It was at the Cavalry School where he discovered the value of using film in the training program of  the soldiers learning to ride. Foreman used the training methods he learned in the Cavalry to develop a program that  could train both horse and rider, to move together as one, as quickly as possible. The rider being made to understand the mechanics of the horse. After leaving the military at the end of WWII, Foreman went to work at the legendary King Ranch in Texas. At the King Ranch  he ran the horse training and horsemanship programs, and further developed the principles used in the ‘Basic Handle’

In writings published from 1951 to 1954 in the Western Horseman magazine Monte Foreman made reference to Chamberlin’s writings, as published in Riding and Training Horses, and Training Hunters, Jumpers and Hacks


Figure 1: “Excellent jumping: rider's weight in heels; balance perfect; hands light; horse contented and free”
 

Figure 2: "Correct form during descent. Note rider's weight in heels and on knees; seat out of saddle; hands feathery light" (In many outfits cavalrymen were taught to jump at least three feet without stirrups, maintaining the same form. It can also be done bareback, riding the same place, same form.)



Figure 3 "Correct form in landing. Weight received principally in heels; seat kept out of saddle by stiffening knee joints and setting muscles of back;  hands low and soft; loins free of rider's weight which allows painless engagement of hind legs under the belly as they come to ground." (This is the best way invented so far to ride in balance and is timed with the horses actions. Any time the rider's timing or balance is lost, he must hang onto something with his hands, usually ending up with something like English riders over the Liverpool Ditch.)





The U.S. Remount Service, from 1908 to 1948, met its goals of supplyed hundreds of thousands of outstanding horses for military use, meeting their procurmen goals  Established as part of the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Remount Service went so fars as to create a breeding proram that made government stallions available to private mare owners, developing a breeding pool of horses that formed a ‘Ready Reserve’ of animals that could be brought into service quickly.


This program successfully served the needs of the US military, it also created a ripple effect in the U.S. economy and created the basis for today’s  horse industry in the US. From 1914 to 1918 it is reported tht the Army purchased more than a half million horses at a cost of about $150 each, pumping an estimated $82.5 million into the agricultural economy of rural America.


The military's rigid purchasing standards were the motivating factor for obtaining the quality bloodlines seen in many of today's horses, across multiple breed lines.


"This has probably been the best-kept secret in the horse industry," said Phil Livingston, one of the oauthors of “War Horse: Mounting the Cavalry with America's Finest Horses. He went on to say, "These Remount studs were among the finest in the country. And with the extensive breeding that was going on, they helped establish a foundation of great horses. There are very few Paints, Palominos, Quarter Horses and Appaloosas that cannot trace their lineage back to these great studs. Not only that, but the Remount program vastly increased the horse population-of not just horses, but great horses-and we've been seeing the results from that for years."



His co-author, Ed Roberts agreed. Who at one time ran one of the fastest growing breed asociation in the US -- the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) -- he has seen the connection to the Remount Program, first-hand.
"Today's horse industry, without a doubt, owes a lot to the war horse," Roberts said. "The large breeding pool that was established by the U.S. Remount Service became the core of the superior stock that helped shape some of our most popular breeds today."



The Remount Service maintain excellent records, which allowed for some extensive pedigree research for their book, "War Horse." The depth of this research into individual horses is illustrated by the heritage of Roy Rogers' mount, "Trigger," whose forebears are to be found in the U.S. Remount Service breeding program.



73 comments:

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    1. Better a one trick pony than a dog with no tricks that is to old to learn.

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  2. Jack HawkinsMon Mar 03, 07:18:00 AM EST
    Again Farmer Bob is off topic and refuses to start a new thread for the new topic.
    Again he references a map and refuses to post it.
    He just must not be smart enough to put up a thread of his own.

    Yep, the lines on the map, in Africa, drawn by Europeons, they are just not workin' out.

    Probably would have made more sense to let the Africans define the countries, in Africa, but colonial domination of that continent would not allow self determination.

    The English created an 'artificial country, and Farmer Bob is shocked that it is falling apart, along the natural fault lines of geography and ethnicity. So he blames the easiest example of that divide, which is religion, and casts the blame there. Ignoring the root cause of the conflict, Colonialism by Europeons, which set up the artificial country, in the first place.

    Look at what Churchill had to do, to secure Kenya, for domination by white supremacists from England.
    Detentions without trial, murder, torture, concentration camps. All in the name of King and Country.

    Same story in South Africa, but there the English use the techniques against white folk.

    ****

    I put up a post on my Focus Nigeria series reporting that the Muslims in Nigeria were burning entire defenseless villages down and killing the women and children and our Islamic apologist blames it on: Churchill and the English !

    Seriously, I believe Jack Hawkins is a borderline schizophrenic. All the signs are there: the irrationality, the obsessions and compulsions, the repetitions ad nausea, the tunnel vision, the lack of a human response.

    I am beginning to almost feel my normal disgust at the man being replaced by something akin to pity, even compassion.

    I am quite surprised by this.

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  3. Nice thread by the way. Horses are marvelous creatures - 'that necessary creature' a forgotten writer once said, explaining the relative backwardness of the Native Americans when the Europeans arrived - though they have a tendency to over populate their territory in the absence of a capable predator, as all animals, humans too, normally do.

    Here is where Jack will jump in and say that I seriously, and not tongue in cheek, advocated the shooting of Arizonans. Which will be another example of his borderline schizophrenia.

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  4. By the way, Jack don't blame me for being off topic. You have done yourself thousands of times. Besides, it's not forbidden by the rules, and as you know we must all play by the rules here.


    Thought For The Day:

    The Only World Leader Who Fears American Power Is Obama

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    1. Pooties got his number.

      Had it before his inauguration.

      As did we all, with half a brain.

      Sorry you were left out, Rufus.

      Maybe the left will give you a trophy.

      1st in class, loser.

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  5. Back on topic:

    I never got, or missed, a response to my query:

    Do they allow those "Wild Horses" we are paying for to breed and Multiply, or are they sterilized?

    Curious minds, and all that.

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  6. .

    Why you may be double-billed for a doctor visit.

    Another anomaly that will likely be significantly expanded under the ACA.

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140303/LIFESTYLE03/303030010/Why-doctor-bills-twice-1-visit

    It's hard to design a massive health delivery system without unexpected consequences.

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    1. "Plastics" were key when Dustin Hoffmin was a young man.

      Central control is the ticket in the Age of Obama.

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  7. "The most important principle that transfers from the Fort Riley/Balanced Seat to any kind of riding is the rider’s base of support, which is the lower body.

    It is there that the rider must balance and keep the upper body quiet."

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    i.e. A fat ass couldn't hurt.

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  8. .

    Since the AIPAC sanctions bill put forth by Sen. Menendez was defeated I have seen a number of stories like the following one put forth by publications like the JP, the Tablet, and Commentary.

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/164126/is-aipac-done?all=1

    They all talk about the sanctions, the changing demographics of US Jews, the rise of groups like J-Street, and the declining influence of AIPAC; however, what all of them fail to mention and in fact completely ignore was the other proposal in the defeated legislation that said if Israel were forced to attack Iran out of 'self-defense' that the US would provide military, diplomatic, and economic support to Israel.

    There is little wonder this clause is never mentioned as it would effectively cede US foreign policy decisions to the whims of the Israeli government.

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    1. Aipac's conference today is numbered at 17,000. Double the number in just 3 years

      Many now,groups of Americans have joined Aipac

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    2. Drunk conventioneers, looking for whores and a spanking good time.
      Without having to go to Tel Aviv to get 'em.

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    3. Bible respecting Christians, observant Jews and patrotic Americans, maybe you should attend and learn something

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    4. .

      Aipac's conference today is numbered at 17,000. Double the number in just 3 years

      Times are tough. I suspect a lot of them are there for the free brisket and to pick up their checks.

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  10. .

    Russia has told Ukrainian forces to surrender its control of the strategic Crimean region by 3am on Tuesday or face military assault, amid the worst diplomatic crisis since the Cold War.

    The forces in the region are also demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships in Sevastopol harbour surrender within the hour, or face being stormed and seized by Russian forces.

    Relations between East and West continued to plummet as the Russian Government continued to ignore calls from Western leaders to leave the Ukrainian area.

    This morning, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, justified the military incursion claiming it was necessary in order to protect his country's citizens living there. "This is a question of defending our citizens and compatriots, ensuring human rights, especially the right to life," he said...

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-latest-g7-condemns-russias-movement-into-the-crimea-9164961.html

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      There should have been quote marks or italicize font on the above post as it was taken from the link shown from the Independent.

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  11. Regarding nukes Ukraine and lessons for Iran see Budapest Memorandum 1994

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    1. Words on paper are not nearly the same as nukes at the ready, to deter aggression against a country.

      That is the lesson of the Budapest Memorandum 1994.

      The Iranians know it.
      The Ukrainians were played for fools, and they probably were.

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  12. Thanks for the horses, Rat. I never get tired of looking at them.

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  13. Quirk, Doug, Ash - all off topic, tweet, tweet, tweet, foul, foul, foul

    Never buy a horse. They're expensive. to keep.

    Big pain in the ass really.

    They are lots of fun though, and observed closely, have their own personalities.

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    1. Quite quirky, some of them.

      Those are the ones you want to shoot.

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    2. And, never, ever give Vodka to a stallion.

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    3. Arabians resemble their human analogs, in my experience.

      Try to run the corral Via Sharia, and not just cuz it rhymes.

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  14. By the way, Sarah Palin was quite correct about Russia, was she not?!

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    1. She said the Roossians were going to move and the likely target would be..........the Ukraine !!

      This is better than the Rufus Natural Gas prediction, which was on target too.

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    2. As was Romney:

      They both are deserving of our scorn.

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  15. Iron Horse takes out Darwin's young Mistress in Waiting:

    Girl killed trying to save phone

    Martinez school mourns 'vibrant' eighth-grader who apparently tried to retrieve dropped cell from tracks.

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    1. The least she coulda done was the old scoop save, sweeping it away in the nick of time.

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  16. Girl Next Door:

    A baby boy was killed after a school girl found him alone in a lift and then allegedly thew him off a balcony.

    Yuanyuan, who is thought to be just under two years old, was in a lift with his mother in Chongqing, southwest China.

    CCTV footage in the lift shows as his mother was wheeling out his small green bike from the lift the doors abruptly shut.

    Seconds before the 10-year-old girl entered the lift and picked up Yuanyuan as the door started to close as his frantic mother sets the bike down.

    The grainy black and white footage shows the schoolgirl, who is wearing a backpack, holding the child for a few seconds before slamming him into the ground.

    As he struggles to get back up she repeatedly kicks him, hits him and stamps on him.

    When the lift doors open on the 25th floor she is seen grabbing Yuanyuan off the metal floor and pushing him out.

    Shanghaiist, an English language Chinese news website, reports that is when the girl threw the child off the building from either a window or a balcony.

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  17. Ex-Christie campaign manager invokes Fifth Amendment in challenging subpoena -

    In an effort to fight a subpoena issued by the joint investigative committee looking into the George Washington Bridge scandal, Governor Christie’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien said that being forced to comply would be a violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution and his right to privacy, his lawyer said in a brief released Monday.

    Stepien and Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, have both objected to legislative subpoenas requiring them to hand over a wide selection of documents connected with the bridge scandal. Others given similar subpoenas have begun delivering documents to the committee.

    The investigative committee said Stepien and Kelly had no choice. On March 11, Judge Mary Jacobson will hear arguments about the validity of the subpoenas in Mercer County Civil Court.

    The brief also detailed parts of the federal investigation into Stepien’s actions around the lane closures — Stepien was called on his cell by an FBI agent. Stepien’s lawyer, Kevin Marino, also said that federal agents asked Stepien’s landlord, “Did he pay his rent on time?”

    “While the committee’s work is no doubt important, it seems safe to assume that the Union will not crumble if Chairman Wisniewski is denied the ability to compel Mr. Stepien to testify against himself,” the brief said, referring to Assemblyman John Wisniewski, D-Middlesex.

    Lawyers for the investigative committee have said the subpoena was lawful and that providing documents was not the same as requiring someone to testify against himself.


    - See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Lawyer_for_former_Christie_campaign_manager_files_brief_in_effort_to_fight_subpoena.html#sthash.OX8RWXnE.dpuf

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  18. Day 14 - Radioactive Gambling Eperiment

    Loss

    Score Now

    Wins - 11
    Losses - 3

    May have lost some of my residual radioactivity over the weekend. Tomorrow will be an interesting day.

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  19. Obama chose good timing in his continuing effort to disarm USA.

    Ukrainian saying:

    "I can see Russians outside my window."

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  20. If Pootie goes west, I wonder how long the western Ukrainians could keep up a low level guerrilla war? If the EU and USA wanted to help they could supply weapons through the western borders of Ukraine.

    The Russians would really begin to look bad after a short while, what with the instant communications now days.

    Breaking: Maria has left Q in a big fit. Q writes despondently that he is considering going to Kiev. If nothing else, the Vodka is good, he writes. Says he dreams of liberating the Ukrainians......

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    1. Says he understands I must stay here for awhile due to my gambling experiment and its importance to him. Adds, "O, Bobbo, by the way, good luck with the prostate." Mentions something about his 'instant will service'.......

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  21. Looks like there may be some immunity bargaining going on with Ms. Lerner. She is requesting a week's delay of the House hearing.....

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    1. A Mass intimidation campaign by the IRS ain't nuthin compared with a bridge closure in 'Jersey.

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  22. Good time for China to make some moves......take some islands.......maybe even Taiwan..........some morning when Obama is not attending a National Security Meeting.........some morning when he is attending to his disarming of USA........or concerning himself with NASA's muslim outreach program......or when he is golfing, or partying.........or meeting with CAIR folk at The White House........

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    1. Was a nice touch by Pootie to send in troops without insignia, and faces masked.........violations of every Geneva Convention there ever was.......nice touching way to say Fuck You Obama You Loser.......Fuck You EU........Fuck You World......GREAT BIG DIRTY MIDDLE FINGER TO EVERYONE........this 'dude' who fishes with his shirt off and has taken to wearing a Cross around his murderous neck.......

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    2. One more provocation by Pootie the Bastard and I'm joining Quirk-O in Kiev........

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  23. Here's that dumb bimbo Palin calling the Ukraine shot -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1At-RkFBh8s

    'Obama........encouraging Putin to invade Ukraine next'

    She just said on Fox she has been right on energy too......

    drill, baby, drill

    frack, baby, frack

    It's a geopolitical auto loading shotgun.....one needs energy independence for.......independence......

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    1. Alaska pipeline running at 25 percent.

      Obama won't OK a two lane road, much less offshore oil.

      We don't need no stinking oil.

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    3. Only Pol possibly stupider than Palin: Romney

      That Moron said Russia was our biggest threat.

      Guess Mitt never got schooled on Global Warming, Climate Change, or whatever.

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    4. Let's see......I recall Quirk, among others, saying Palin was a dumb bimbo......and now he's headed to Kiev to help exhale the Rooossians and inhale the Vodka.......

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    5. Idiot Romney probably never read Marx, only the Book of Mormon.

      Though Russia isn't 'Marxist' any longer, but back to being big bad bear, the kind Palin likes to shoot, mama Grizzlies exempted if they behave themselves.

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  24. You think we could get Pootie to dial back a bit if we offered him a chin?

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    1. With some hair on the chest thrown in?

      Maybe even a little more on the head?

      And a couple of Moldavian broads?

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    2. Wait, or do you mean offering him our chin?

      We already done that though.

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    3. Let's try baring our throats, go all in, to hell with the chin.

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  25. Alaska Oil Production Peaked in Mar, 1988, and has been declining ever since.

    EIA

    At 4 Times Today's Level of Production.

    At least, according to the EIA.

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    1. We've only drilled in that one little stamp sized parcel, haven't we? It's a big state.

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    2. How about we finally drill off Kerry's coast line? The hell with his view !

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    3. No way, that's in view of his favorite Bike Path.

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  26. "In the wake of Russia’s invasion of the Ukranian region of Crimea, it’s worth remembering that in 2008, Obama ridiculed John McCain for warning about Russia after its invasion of independent Georgia.

    In 2012, he mocked Romney for identifying Russia as our top geopolitical foe, sneering,

    “The Cold War has been over for 20 years.”"

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  27. Alaska Peaked under Reagan, and stayed peaked during 12 years of Bush.

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    1. Declined every year since 88, far as I can tell.

      Sheer lunacy by all parties.

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  28. Who’d a-thunk it- All very low-wage jobs added in 2013 fell below 30-hour threshold that ObamaCare defines as full-time.

    All of the very low-wage jobs added in 2013 fell below the 30-hour threshold that ObamaCare defines as full-time, an analysis of government wage and hours-worked data suggests.

    The finding highlights concerns about the impact of the health law’s employer insurance mandate, the proposed minimum wage hike and — especially — the combination of both.

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    1. Lookin out for the little guys, Rufus.

      Maybe we can sic the IRS on those damned greedy employers.

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  29. Now to those of you who wish to somehow defend the Roossians, the way you proceed should be to try and built a moral equivalency between Roossian behavior and ours.

    It won't work, but that is your best shot.

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    1. One might term this the "we're all dicks" perspective.

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    2. You hump your shins and make out like you're special and go vote for the Amida Buddha or somebody.

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    3. Or, you man up like Quirk after being dumped by Maria and head for Free Kiev and cheap Vodka.

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  31. "Putin has Obama's number. Obama's number is zero."

    Colonel Ralph Peters on Fox

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    1. I am expectantly looking forward to Colonel Allen West's comments on this matter.

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  32. Sarah Palin in 2008 - Mitt Romney on Russia - Obama - Reset Button -

    "In the wake of Russia’s invasion of the Ukranian region of Crimea, it’s worth remembering that in 2008, Obama ridiculed John McCain for warning about Russia after its invasion of independent Georgia.

    In 2012, he mocked Romney for identifying Russia as our top geopolitical foe, sneering,

    “The Cold War has been over for 20 years.”"

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  33. At Minute 4, Bibi almost pulls Mr. Mom Jeans out of his chair!

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    1. President Mom Jeans.......good ol' Sarah !

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  34. Kasparov: No, Putin doesn’t believe anything Obama says because of the Syria blink
    POSTED AT 10:31 PM ON MARCH 3, 2014 BY MARY KATHARINE HAM


    When you accept a repressive Russian ruler’s offer as a political escape hatch because your own ill-considered rhetoric put you in the awkward position of being a Nobel Peace Prize winner elected president as an anti-Bush who would “nation build at home” now half-heartedly lobbying the nation to go to war in Syria, that repressive Russian ruler might not take you seriously the next time around.

    A coherent foreign policy— at its best telegraphing that the United States is willing to use many tools to back good actors and punish bad, reward allies and punish enemies— is about being perceived as tough and reliable enough to prevent something like the invasion of Ukraine from happening before it happens. I don’t have such an issue with what President Obama is doing on Ukraine right this moment. Kasparov suggests that economic sanctions might not change Putin’s mind, but could scare off his cronies. What I do have an issue with is up until Friday, Obama and his staff were still deluding themselves into thinking Russia would do no such thing as entering Ukraine. Perhaps a little less mockery of Mitt Romney, who was showing the evaluation and knowledgeable prediction that is the art of foreign policymaking, and a little more policymaking was in order for the president. Putin weighed the U.S. response in Georgia, when Bush was the lamest of ducks, and found us wanting. He’s tested Obama again and again, and found absolutely no evidence that he’ll react robustly or reliably, even when he promises robustness.

    The Washington Post posited today that Obama’s foreign policy is based on a fantasy. I think they’re right, but there’s another fantasy at play, here, too. Obama’s campaign pitch and much of his foreign and domestic policy were always based on the fantasy that his mere presence and his mere words would change the way the world worked. When confronted with the fact that they did not, the president does not know what to do. Some of the things the administration is considering might well be effective, but they would require Obama leading the rest of Europe and the international community to take some bold steps it might be squeamish about taking. Is anyone confident he can or will do that? I am deeply skeptical, though I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/03/kasparov-no-putin-doesnt-believe-anything-obama-says-because-of-the-syria-blink/

    video of Kasparov which I couldn't make work

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