“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Barack Hussein Obama is a Liar and a Fraud.

The American Left is so full of shit, so full of hypocrisy, stands for nothing except their own aggrandizement of power. There is silence from them on this assault of Libya and the US Constitution. Remarkably, the so called conservative bloggers have not much to say, perhaps looking to see which way the wind blows.

Since when does the UN determine when the US goes to war without Congressional assent?

This video from is stunning when you listen to Obama's own words. You have to see it a couple of times to appreciate the depths of deception of this shallow fraud.

So How is Obama and the family doing this weekend why Obam takes us to war? Have they been setting up little American flags, shedding tears for fallen troops while parroting the thank you for your service meme? We know Obama never rests and his thoughts and prayers are always with us:

Here we have the first war weekend for the Obama's Celebrated in Rio. They even brought along granny for the festive road trip.


  1. Libya has not attacked the US. This is not a war of national defense: the primary duty of government and the reason we have armed forces. This is yet another foolish adventure by another foolish leader on an unnecessary, superfluous war with an uncertain outcome.

    What's next? Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi? Or are those despots "our" kind of despots? Not long ago Gaddafi was an acceptable despot. This has nothing to with supporting freedom or democracy.

    Like it or not, this IS about power, control, money and oil, as you'd expect when the country is run by a bunch of prima donna, corporatist oligarchs. It is at times such as this that I wish we were a real constitutional republic with government powers limited in law and not the hollowed out corporate state .

    We don't learn anything. Stop declaring war on countries that are not a direct threat to us.

    Enforcing a no-fly zone is an act of war. It involves an unprovoked attack on the Libyan Nation. As odious a despot as Gaddafi is, there can be no justification for it. To say it is for humanitarian reasons is a blatant lie: we didn't get involved in other civil wars in the past - China, Cambodia, Rwanda, Congo to name but a few. Why Libya now? Can we not accept that this is blatant hypocrisy instead of the "right" thing to do?

    And as for the US pretending it is not leading this, by allowing France and Britain to fire the first missiles: give me a break! The US Constitution requires Congress, not the Executive to decide to wage war against a nation not posing a direct threat to America. So this attack is unconstitutional. The UN is a body of unelected bureaucrats. I want elected congressmen to make the decision - not the UN.

    Does anyone seriously believe that once Gaddafi is deposed by aggressive force that his replacement will be any better? And if they are equally bad will we launch another war to depose them?

  2. I quote from Ron Paul's (Ron Paul currently leads GOP polls to run as next President) own website on the constitutional position regarding the No Fly Zone in Libya:

    " 1. The action is an act of War.
    2. The no-fly zone is unconstitutional because Congress has not authorized it, a point Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Richard Lugar agrees with.
    3. President Obama has illegally seceded U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations.
    4. The United States cannot afford the financial burden of more military action in the Middle East."

  3. The "War Powrs Act" allows the S President 90 days of "Free military maneuvers, before he needs Congressional approval. If my memory of its particulars serves me,now.

    In which cases the President is within his legal authority to make these moves against Libya.

    That the past alumni, and the current resident, of the White Hose chose to promote the use of the US founded and funded United Nations as a propaganda tool ... just so much spin doctoring.

    That our Europeoan proxies are "In the Lead" on this adventure, a step forward, diplomatically.

    That the French are with US, a diplomatic achievement of the highest order, consider where that relationship has been for the past ten years, or more.

    Libya, under the control of Colonel Qaddafi, did attack the US, in Germany and in the skies over Scotland. Killing US citizens in the process.

    Lockerbie, reason enough to topple the Colonel.
    Better late than never. That cancer treatment centers are not being targeted, a shame.

  4. Bay of Pigs II

    No Blood For Oil!

    Obama lied, people died!

  5. I have no problem killing Qaddafi. He should have been killed by the US years ago. The UN resloution and US participation is stated to be something not about punishing Qaddafi for past crimes and offenses.

    The current involvement is about us taking sides in a civil war in another Muslim a country, that is a construct of Colonial Europe.

    It is taking the US into another war when we cannot extract ourselves from two others. The stated reason does not have anything to do with furthering the wealth and security of the US. There are 7 billion people on the planet, most in places as bad as Libya or worse. We have our own problems which we seem incapable of solving. Who needs this?

  6. .

    That our Europeoan proxies are "In the Lead" on this adventure, a step forward, diplomatically...


    If the reports can be believed, Obama only became aggressive on the Libyan situation when Hillary pushed him. Yet now she seems unwilling to accept responsibility.

    We did not lead this,” she told reporters.


    Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, director of the Joint Staff, described the U.S. role to reporters at the Pentagon: “We are on the leading edge of a coalition military operation.”

    We have 11 warships there and this morning used stealth fighters to attack.


  7. .

    As far as Obama,

    "The administration’s mixed message reflects the challenge President Obama faces at home and abroad as he opens a third military front in a Muslim nation...

    On Saturday, Clinton emphasized the role that Middle Eastern countries are playing in the operation, saying that the recent Arab League endorsement of no-fly zone over a member country “changed the diplomatic landscape.” At least three Arab countries have promised to contribute to the military operation, U.S. officials said..."

    Yet, to date we hve seen no Arab allies sending in troops. Will they supply money? No way the US will come out even in this. Will they add moral support? For how long?


  8. Are we to be paid for this service? Will we get cheaper oil? No. China will continue her business expansions without the burden of military adventures. India will make money as well as Brazil as wil Germany.

    Will this create one more job in the US or stop one foreclosure or make social security more solvent? Will it help reduce Pentagon spending to help with the defict? Will it protect the savings and wealth of US citizens?

    Will this bring democracy to Libya? If it does, who cares? We have our own problems in Wisconsin where the Democrats cannot accept the change brought about by the democratic political process of changing a party. We are going to show the Libyans how it is done?

  9. .

    "The muted diplomacy and message is a way to play down the conflict to the American public as well. A Pew Research Center survey released last week found that more than six in 10 Americans do not believe the United States has a responsibility to do something to stop the conflict in Libya."

    But for now,

    "...the U.S. military is in charge of the intervention in Libya.

    International military forces are operating under the command of Gen. Carter F. Ham, head of the U.S. African Command. The Pentagon says command will be turned over to the coalition in coming days, although which country will lead it remains unclear."

    The manipultive obfusction and outright lying are obvious and palpable. As is the blatant hypocrisy.


  10. .

    That the French are with US, a diplomatic achievement of the highest order,...


    That and $5 will get you a croissant and a cup of cafe au lait. What are the French going to do for us? Drop the price of brie?


  11. The joys of regime change

    How much of a hit will US 401(k)s take because of this? What is the likely outcome? Let's see what did the neocons predict about our last foray into an Arab country, the one where the big issue was weapons of mass destruction and the second big issue was about Saddam being horrible to his own people. Roll the tape:


  12. Libya will be a cakewalk, that's what the usual suspects always say.

  13. .


    No more videos of the neocons.

    Makes me want to puke.


  14. .

    Haven't seen it in writing but the Security correspondent on "Meet the Press" just said that the Arab League has indicated that the current situation is not what they signed up for when they called for a 'no fly zone' in Libya.

    Let's see, how long did that take? 24 hours?


  15. I disagree with most of the thread and take issue with Obama being called a liar and a fraud.

    Two thoughts.

    Firstly, I was opposed to the war in Iraq, but this action is the right one to take. I have little truck for those peaceniks that apparently support the rebellion, but then criticize the West for supporting the rebellion - face facts, without western airpower, the rebellion is going to struggle.

    It was only US intervention that secured the UN resolution, and strengthened it to include action short of invasion. If anything, it is Obama's success. His subtley is bringing dividends.

  16. .

    And what about Congress?

    They sit around arguing about budget cuts to control the deficit yet ignore the fact that this latest venture into picking winners and losers is likely to cost us billions.


  17. Meet the Press.

    John Kerry says this mission is to save lives and not to kill Gaddafi. Levin has no concern about mission creep, predicts it will taken over by Brits, French and Arabs. Sessions likes it as well but thinks it is too little too late.

    Kerry likes the rebel's cause because it probably reminds him of the Viet Cong. Kerry and Levin are a little touchy. Both are doing a verbal high-wire act. Kerry is claiming the irresistible call of the Arab League made us do it.

  18. .

    I have little truck for those peaceniks that apparently support the rebellion, but then criticize the West for supporting the rebellion - face facts, without western airpower, the rebellion is going to struggle.

    I have little truck for those who support rebellion when they have no idea who the rebels are.

    Frankly, I doubt you have more info than the US intelligence community (although you wouldn't need much). They have no idea who the 'rebels' are. It was only a week or so ago that Clinton met any of them or even talked to them.

    We know Ghaddafi is a bad actor. How do we know the leaders of the "rebels" aren't just as bad or worse.


    You're little rant tells me you, like Obama, want to be seen as doing something. Anything. The fact that it will cost plenty in lives and treasure? Unimportant.

    Let's just do something. Lordy.


  19. Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League says that Arabs did not want military strikes by Western powers that hit civilians when the League called for a no-fly zone over Libya, saying:

    What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians.

  20. deuce wrote:

    "It is taking the US into another war when we cannot extract ourselves from two others."

    What happened to your meme about the Muslims and US? No, it isn't another war, but rather just another front in the current war in Arabia - no?

  21. Civilians have been hit in the bombardment of sites in Libya, says Russia - which called for an immediate end to the strikes. A foreign ministry spokesman said:

    In that respect we call on countries involved to stop the non-selective use of force.

    We believe a mandate given by the UN Security Council resolution-- a controversial move in itself - should not be used to achieve goals outside its provisions, which only see measures necessary to protect the civilian population.

    He said that 48 civilians had been killed in the overnight shelling, with strikes hitting a medical facility, roads and bridges.

    Libyan state TV had also given the same casualty count earlier in the day.

  22. yikes, the irony of all the righties wringing their hands and wailing the SAME ARGUMENTS the lefties posed writ Dubya's Iraq adventure. It doesn't make the arguments any less true, but still...

    at least rat is consistent.

  23. .

    John Kerry says this mission is to save lives and not to kill Gaddafi.

    Is the US just stupid or just hypocritical?

    The other day I posted an "Opinionator" column that listed blurps, pro and con, from a diverse group of columnists ranging from Andrew Sullivan to Max Boot.

    One of them (can't remember who) made a salient point regarding our humanitarian purpose.

    Over the past few months in the various Arab countries there have been what hundreds maybe a few thousands of protesters, "rebels" if you like killed in the rioting.

    Every year more than a million people, mostly children, die of malaria. They die because of the lack of mosquito nets and drugs.

    For the money we are spending on the sorties into Libya, we could save most of those people. For an even cheaper price, where we to get off our PC objections to DDT, we could pretty much wipe out malaria in Africa just as we did in our own South.

    Please don't talk to me about our humanitarian obligations.


  24. Ash, in case you missed it. I support immediate disproportionate brutal retaliation against all who assault or support an assault on the US. I want the retaliation and vengeance to be memorable.

    Short that, I want us to leave the Muslims alone in their own countries and lands and do not want them in my land and to leave us alone.

    I want Israel to mind its own business. Do whatever it has to do to protect itself including preemptory action but expect nothing from the US. I despise special relationships. In general I join DR and favor a US policy that favors the Americas in all ways. I would like to never hear about any and all the ME countries. None of them.

  25. Bring back DDT. Blame it on that Silent Spring lady.

    East Libya and
    West Libya
    maybe even South Libya

    Sounds good to me.

    Obama's got a winner here, he bumbled into a winner.

    Qadafi killed hundreds of Americans.

    It's time.

    Obama's got a winner here
    , he bumbled into a winner. After a protracted civil war, hopefully.

  26. Ash, consider the possibility that the Right at least has the sense to learn its lessons. This is a US war no different from the US war against the Serbs, helping the gangster nation of Albania in their proxy annexation of Kosovo. This is as much or more the Clinton's war as the dunce Obama's.

  27. Obama is a genius for sure. Check back in two weeks Bob and let us know how it is working out.

  28. .

    His subtley is bringing dividends.

    Depends on whether you define subtlety with regard to diplomacy (finesse, skill) or as his craft (artifice and disingenuity).

    I have an opinion as to which is more applicible.


  29. By all indications the US is now the de facto air force for the Libyan rebels, whoever they are, like we were for the Kosavars and the Northern Alliance.

  30. It's a cold day for a horseback ride.

    Have a buckin' good day.

  31. .

    Ash, in case you missed it. I support immediate disproportionate brutal retaliation against all who assault or support an assault on the US. I want the retaliation and vengeance to be memorable.


    Fuck the 'pottery barn' scenarios. In, devastate, out. We would be farther ahead being respected rather than being liked.

    And it would be cheaper in lives and treasure (and not only our own).


  32. The question is will we be one for three or two for three on our choice?

    A day or two ago, we had a poster who seemed to understand the tribal complexities of Libya. He had an understanding of the politics in Libya that seemed to even surpass Obama's knowledge of college basketball. I doubt Obama can name one Libyan tribe and certainly could not bracket them, but the asshole has no problem sending US forces to pick sides and protecting those who are what?

    I will defer to Hu Dat to report on Obama's weekend in Rio with the fashion queen, queen mother, and princesses.

  33. deuce wrote:

    "In general I join DR and favor a US policy that favors the Americas in all ways."

    But, see, that is the justification for this war in Arabia, unlike Bosnia - oil. I take it that you support these wars, as Rufus has stated many times, because it IS IN THE US INTEREST to get that oil because our economy will collapse if we can't get it, cheap.

    how the heck did our oil get stuck under the sand of those heathen?

  34. .

    I could be way off on this one but it is still my opinion.

    Prior to Iraq and Afghanistan, the US was considered the sole hyper-power in the world.

    After 9/11, had we gone into Afghan and devastated and decimated the Taliban and left, it would have sent a message whether we got bin Laden or not.

    I was completely against going into Iraq; however, had we done it, defeated and captured Saddam, and then left it would have sent the same message.

    In my opinion, we would still be considered the world's hyper-power and we would not have to worry about Al Queda. After the experiance of Aghan and Iraq, no other country would be willing to grant them safe haven.

    Perhaps the idea is too simplistic; however, I believe it.

    At a minimum, I think we would have been much better off than we are now.


  35. .

    how the heck did our oil get stuck under the sand of those heathen?

    I say the same thing about Canadian shale.


  36. I would like to comment on this, but I can't seem to find a coherent thought. Every time my hands go to the keyboard a haze settles in front of my eyes, and my mind fogs over.

    All I can think of is "buy a flexfuel."

  37. "how the heck did our oil get stuck under the sand of those heathen?"

    ash - i thought you were all for redistribution of wealth and resources?

  38. .

    Let's see, Russia, China, Germany, Turkey, India, Brazil, our main economic competitors, oppose what we are doing in Libya.

    The Arab League (per Hillary, the reason we are involved) now opposes what we are doing there.

    Africa is trying to stop what we are doing.

    60% of the American people oppose what we are doing.

    However, we have the French and the English behind us.


    (Whoops, forgot the Canadians and Mr. Moon.)

    Sounds like a sweet deal.


  39. God Ash you tire me out. I favor US interests in the Americas from Tierra del Fuego through the Aleutian range across the North Pole through Elsmere Island through Baffin Island, Labrador, Newfoundland down the East Coast of the US, Brazil and back through Argentina - The Americas.

    I don't care about the Strait of Hormuz, sharm el sheikh, East Bank, West Bank or Citi Bank, Jerusalem , Tobruk, Istanbul, Kabul, Cairo or Islamabad. They are all a massive drain on the US and a royal pain in the ass with their mythology and claims of historic victimization and entitlements. They all talk to and hear god but refuse to talk and listen to each other. They would not recognize Reason is he walked into the room with the relic of a cross and hit them over the head with it. The world would be better off if every Church, Mosque and Synagogue were turned into bowling alleys , veils cut into thongs and everone wore a baseball hat backwards with mirrored fucking Raybans.

  40. ...or is he out there strolling with the red-headed cleaning lady?

  41. …Or riding a Harley with Melody on their way to Key Largo and a bathtub size margarita.

  42. Pull-Out Solar Power in a Handy Carrying Case.

    Neat little deal; has its own battery, plug-ins, etc. I guess they could use a few thousand of these in Japan right about now.

  43. West Bank, or Citi Bank


    You're on a roll, today, Deuce. Very Good.

    As for "Hu Dat:" Thank you, whoever you are. Your posts are delightful.

  44. Better yet, we all go to Walmart, pickup a set of jumper cables. Hookit to whatever is your preference and put on one of these.

  45. Like it or not Deuce, Americas interest lies in the oil and its price/availability. All that other stuff (cultural) matters only in its relation to oil (and the odd dead American resulting from the clash of cultures.

  46. I might add, the need for that oil doesn't justify our military adventures in my mind unlike some others (rufus for example).

  47. When community organizers ride white guilt into the Oval Office, people forget he gets the keys to the military too.

  48. but, if you accept the premise that it is in America's interest to have that oil and that the military should act in America's interest then it follows that it is in America's interest for the military to secure the oil.

  49. Food, water now radioactive in Japan; sales halted. I suppose this means they'll be wanting American food. Prices will rise, and more dictatorships will topple.

  50. Ash, sometimes I get the feeling that we speak two entirely different languages.

    BTW, they flew a B-2 Bomber, yesterday, on 50% biodiesel - made from Camelina.

    On the same day that a B-2 flew from Whiteman AF Base in Missouri to Libya in support of our War for Oil.

    Think about it.

  51. Ghaddafi got his Mercenaries to wage his war on the rebels, so now the rebels got their Mercenaries (US, France) to wage war on Ghaddafi.

  52. BENGHAZI-AJDABIYAH ROAD, Libya (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's wrecked tanks and other army vehicles smoldered on a strategic road in east Libya on Sunday after Western powers launched air strikes that galvanized embattled rebels.

  53. Meantime, without a huge push in renewables, we're screwed - with, or without, Libyan oil.

    The world produced less crude in 2010 than it did in 2005. The world will produce less crude in 2011 than it did in 2010, and will produce less oil in 2012 than it did in 2011.

    China, and India are increasing their oil Imports by about 20%/yr.

    Libya is but a minor foreshadowing of what's coming.

  54. Here's the GOP's top priority:

    The US House of Representatives will have a chance to vote on a resolution to affirm the phrase "In God We Trust" as the nation’s official motto after it was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

  55. "Food, water now radioactive in Japan; sales halted."

    Linear Thinker and Doug left the Sushi bar and got back to work on the reactors.

  56. Where are the Constitution loving Reoublicans?

    Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.

    Read more:

  57. EU Climate Chief Offshore Wind Cheaper than Nuclear

    Cheaper than fuckyewshima nuclear, anyway.

  58. By now, everyone knows the initiatives associated with the popular catchphrase "going green."

    But in order to make these projects come to fruition, manpower is needed to design, create and install state-of-the-art equipment.


    In order to build and maintain renewable energy equipment, some education would likely be required.

    At Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown, plans are in the works to offer solar technician classes. The class will aim to train people to install, operate and maintain solar systems.


    Clean Energy has recently installed solar panels on the Rehoboth Beach municipal building and at The Guide in Seaford.

    Delmarva, MD

  59. " The world would be better off if every Church, Mosque and Synagogue were turned into bowling alleys , veils cut into thongs and everone wore a baseball hat backwards with mirrored fucking Raybans."

    Maybe, maybe they'd just argue about something else.

    'Green Hills of Africa

    Much of narrative describes Hemingway's adventures hunting in East Africa, interspersed with ruminations about literature and authors. Generally the East
    African landscape Hemingway describes is in the region of Lake Manyara in Tanzania.

    The book starts with Part 1 ("Pursuit and Conversation"), with Hemingway and a European expat in conversation about American writers. Relations between the white hunters and native trackers are described, as well as Hemingway's jealousy of the other hunters. Part 2 ("Pursuit Remembered") presents a flashback of hunting in northern Tanzania with a description of the Rift Valley and descriptions of how to field dress prey. Hemingway kills a rhino, but Karl kills a bigger one. The literary discussion moves to European writers such as Tolstoy, Flaubert, Stendhal, and Dostoevsky. In Part 3 ("Pursuit and Failure") the action returns to the present with Hemingway unlucky in hunting, unable to find a kudu he tracks. He moves to an untouched piece of country with the native trackers. In Part 4 ("Pursuit and Happiness") Hemingway and some of his trackers arrive at seemingly virgin country. There he kills a kudu bull with huge horns (52 inches). Back in the camp, he discovers that Karl killed a kudu with bigger horns. He complains that Karl is a terrible hunter with infinite luck. On the last day he learns that many of the guides consider him a brother.' wiki

    Heh, Karl stewed and stewed and stewed and sat by himself and finally killed the bigger four legged.

    I read a book recently "The World Without Islam" - the argument being that the mid-east might well be pretty much the same anyway, the resources are there to fight over.

  60. Is the tea party the way for you Deuce? Watching FoxNews tonight it would seem that way as the GOP talking heads all seemed to criticize Obama for not acting fast enough - for being a follower and not a leader in the attack on Libya. Seems you are out on a limb with a few tea party candidates Deuce...

    ...well, out on that limb with those damn pacifist liberals and a few tea partiers.

  61. "It's horrifying and frustrating to see Qaddafi get away with attacks on Benghazi after new policy is in place. Let's roll." -- Nicholas Kristof

  62. Wall Street and getting rich should not be the end-goal of the Harvard student.

    At least, that's the belief of the university's president, Drew Faust.


    And her advocacy is working. In 2007, when she became president, 6.1% of seniors applied to the teacher training program.

    Last year, About 18% of the class applied to Teach for America, and 14% of graduates with jobs were going into the education sector.

    Not Working For Wall Street

  63. Any man that has any sense and has seen combat is a pacifist Ash. Sometimes that means they hate the next war that they fight in even more.

    I confess to more than a fair share of anarchy in my heart Ash. I instinctively distrust authority.

  64. An agreement has been worked out allowing Idaho and Montana to manage their own wolves. In Idaho County the folk were doing so already. I got the biggest laugh out of the county sheriff auctioning off a wolf rifle and shovel. That is the real Idaho County spirit coming to life again. F the Federal judge. :) Everyone in the entire county including the grandmothers bought a raffle ticket. The Federal judges sometimes take note of the mood of the people. Whether that happened here I don't know but if you distrust authority and have a little anarchy in your soul Idaho County might be just the place for you.

  65. Saving the Libyan Islamists

    American troops are today providing support to some of the very same forces that were recently fighting against them in Iraq. (Related: "Libyan rebels: 'Now is the time of Jihad!'')

  66. ---
    Meanwhile back at the reactors:
    Radiation is not the only thing leaking out:
    So is the truth:
    Tokyo Electric could have avoided much of this by pumping seawater early on, but they didn't want to have to decommission them as a result.
    The proper equipment is finally in place for watering the fuel transfer ponds:
    A boom/hose setup which could have been provided here by thousands of concrete pumping contractors.

  67. What do we do for Pelicans and seabirds in general, Rufus, after the windmills have made mincemeat out of them?

  68. The Liverpool FC manager flies to Kabul to watch a
    Young Afghani play football, is suitably impressed
    And arranges for him to come over.

    Two weeks later Liverpool are 4-0 down to Chelsea
    With only 20 minutes left, the manager gives the young
    Afghani striker the nod and on he goes.

    The lad is a sensation, scores 5 goals in 20 minutes and
    Wins the game for Liverpool . The fans are delighted, the players and coaches are delighted and the media love the new star.

    When the player comes off the pitch he phones his mum to tell her about his first day in English football.

    'Hello mum, guess what?' he says 'I played for 20 minutes
    Today, we were 4-0 down but I scored 5 and we won. Everybody loves me, the fans, the media, they all love me.'

    'Wonderful,' says his mum, 'Let me tell you about my day. Your father got shot in the street and robbed, your sister and I were ambushed, gang raped and beaten and your brother
    Has joined a gang of looters, and all while you were having such a great time.'

    The young lad is very upset. 'What can I say mum, but I'm really sorry.'

    'Sorry?!!!Sorry?!!!' says his mum, 'It's your bloody fault we came to Liverpool in the first place!'


    Interactive Battle Map of Libya

  70. The rebels will lose in the end anyway, even if Gaddafi goes.

    The rebels are primarily the Senoussi tribe from Benghazi; even many of those protesting in the west were originally from Benghazi. The flag they fly is not just the 'old' Libyan flag, rather it is the flag of King Idris, the last ruler of Libya who was from the same tribe!

    It all becomes clear that this is mostly about reclaiming power for a particular tribe rather than any desire for democracy, though of course many of the protesters do believe in this.

    With this in mind one can see that even though many dislike Gaddafi, many also do not want these rebels to take power either. It's also clear with this bombing offensive that many Libyans are becoming increasingly enraged at the rebels for causing this, even if they are against Gaddafi, they cannot forgive a group of Libyans having encouraged a foreign armed force to attack them.

    Finally, any subsequent 'victory' will not go to the rebels but to the western nations, further de-legitimizing the rebels.

  71. The Republicans are with Mr Cheney, who told US all that a strong Executive Branch is needed, to secure the future.

    As foretold by the Lincoln comparison, our Peace President has taken US to another level of conflict. First in Afghanistan and now in Libya. Spending on the US military and "Operations" has increased during the Obama administrations' time in office.

    The "Course" has been stayed.

    Although the destination is no longer mentioned. It does seem that those State Sponsor of Terrorism are getting theirs.

    The US reaction to protests is Bahrain does differ, in degree, to the reaction garnered in either Libya or Egypt.

    I think it is commendable that the President is on tour, in America, rather than locked down in Washington DC, with the "Situation", in the basement of the White House.

    Trump seems to be an ever more viable option, for the GOP.

  72. Screw the birds, doug.

    Build the windmills.

  73. 0 contribution to the base load capacity.

    Not a single conventional powerplant can be replaced by windmills.
    ...although fuel savings can be realized.

    Screw the birds seems a bit extreme when there are other alternatives.

  74. "Finally, any subsequent 'victory' will not go to the rebels but to the western nations, further de-legitimizing the rebels."

    I'll not be holding my breath.

  75. Another liberal president shreds another clause of the constitution, and the right is all about cheering him on because it upsets the left?

    I am very disappointed (yet again) by the number of so-called constitutional conservatives who think that this is somehow constitutional.

    The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation, especially in that they are calling this a Humanitarian effort.

    We are not under attack. Libya’s civil war posed no imminent danger to America.

    Where are the constitutionalists in the Republican party?

  76. I was going to ask that on a new thred, but will leave this run instead. Let me peak and look at Hugh Hewitts blog:

    Sunday, March 20, 2011
    GOP Appropriators and Tea Party Payback
    Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 11:58 PM

    My new Washington Examiner column asks if the appropriators among the House Republicans will face Tea Party payback in 2012.

    Sunday, March 20, 2011
    Krauthammer on the President and Libya and Speaker Boehner and the CR
    Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 4:41 PM

    In Friday's interview on my show, Charles Krauthammer reviewed the president's rhetoric on Libya and the Speaker's problem with his freshmen class.

    The transcript is here.

    Print This

    Saturday, March 19, 2011
    The Saturday Assessment: 2012
    Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 10:25 AM

    Haley Barbour landed a key New Hampshire operative which sends about the clearest of signals that can be sent, and brings to five the number of "top tier" candidates --Barbour, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. The kerfuffle between Barbour's son and Bill Kristol also underscores that all the candidates are now in the zone where even small things can become two day stories.


    Hugh Hewitt is concerned about Obama's rhetoric?

  77. Powerline is coming about with a rivetting post about Israel…What else is new?

  78. I back. Big excitement on my friend Barack's airplane. Air force has big new Apps for ipad. You can watch live attacks on Libya, much more fun than video games. The girls and Michelle love them, much excitement. Michelle cheers at listening to pilots bombing talk. Number one!

    Barack and Michelle have big lobster dinner with candles and enjoy with Argentine champagne. Michelle has big Obama Change logo on bib, but still shows lovely bare shoulder. Very much romance between them but work for president all time. Never end.

    They leave for presidential private bedroom and must have taken ipad. Michelle must be watching more fighter attacks. Much excitement. I hear her cheering, "hit that ass…hit that ass."

    Barack, he excited too, I hear "Oh yeaa. ooooh yea."

    I have to go now.

  79. Glad you sent me to Powerline, Deuce!!!! --

    Sarah Palin In Jerusalem
    12Responses Share40 Share Post PrintMarch 20, 2011 Posted by John at 4:17 PM
    Liberals love to insult Sarah Palin's intelligence. It's not a subject on which I have any particular opinion, except to note that, apparently by a remarkable coincidence, her judgment is correct on just about every subject. For instance, Israel. Today she and her husband Todd were in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Post reports:

    Palin and her husband Todd arrived for a two-day visit on Sunday afternoon and toured the Western Wall and its adjacent tunnels. They will visit the Old City again on Monday, tour Gesthsemane and the Mount of Olives, and have dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at their official residence in Jerusalem. ...

    World Likud chairman Danny Danon and Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz served as Palin's tour guides on Sunday night. Palin was told that Jews were not allowed to pray openly on the Temple Mount and about the Arab riots that accompanied Netanyahu's decision to authorize the creation of an exit from the Western Wall tunnels in 1996.

    "Why are you apologizing all the time?" Palin asked her guides.

    Good question. Palin expressed the view that Jews should be able to pray openly on Temple Mount. Why should that be controversial?

    "It's overwhelming to be able to see and touch the cornerstone of our faith," Palin told reporters upon exiting the tunnels. ... "She said that she absolutely supports Israel and that America is the biggest friend that Israel has," Rabinowitz said. ...

    Danon said that Palin's visit to the Western Wall Tunnels was very exciting. He called upon Obama to make his first visit to Israel as president as soon as possible.

    "She really connected to the story of the Jewish nation," Danon said. "She knows the material but there's nothing like standing in front of those big stones and hearing about the connection. I know that she loves Israel, and after a visit like this, she has a personal connection to the Western Wall."

    Palin, who was wearing a large Star of David, told Danon that she had flags of Israel "on my desk, in my home, all over the place" and that she would carry around a flag she bought in Israel.

    "She didn't go into diplomatic issues, but I can clearly say from the questions she asked in relation to our conflict here with the Muslims in these holy sites that she knows that we are right and that the Muslims are just claiming things for provocation and they're not right," Danon said.


    Who is going to be the world's policeman?

  81. Egypt passes amendments to constitution.
    Gonna vote!

    It's a disaster.

  82. It is a disaster, so save your cheers and rein in your Middle Eastern ardor:

    CAIRO — Egypt's first exercise in democracy in decades was hailed as a success on Monday, but the result of a key referendum has raised fears in some quarters that Islamists will hijack looming elections.

    Egyptians on Saturday voted 77% in favour of proposed constitutional amendments intended to guide the Arab world's most populous nation through new presidential and parliamentary elections within six months.

    The Muslim Brotherhood threw its huge influence and grassroots organisation behind a "yes" vote, although youth groups that spearheaded the protests that forced Hosni Mubarak to resign last month had called for a "no" vote.

    They argued the timetable set by the military was too tight for them to organise at grassroots level, that the Muslim Brotherhood would benefit and that the changes to the Mubarak-era constitution were too limited.

  83. I care about Jerusalem and Israel.

    Unlike some of the people here...

    However that being said.

    The rest of the middle east is a bunch of jackholes. No cries from the Jew hating, Israel hating critics about human rights violations and war crimes in Libya?

    No cries about 20 killed in syria, hundreds wounded?

    No cries about the rising death toll in yemen?

    No cries about the rising death toll in Egypt? The Coptic churches being set up with sledge hammers and pick axes?

    No, the Bar is silent, because there is ONE standard for israel and no standards for anyone else in the world....

    Israel is on the scene in Japan with the 1st field hospital set up treating and saving lives.

    America, with 2 military bases and 2 carrier groups have done almost nothing...

    Is this the America we remember?

    Naw, this is the new Amerika, whose leader, seeks to take a great America and change it to an "unexceptional" Amerika.

    A justice department that seeks to lower standards for police and firemen so to exact a level of "equality" of results...


    The middle east is exploding. One side is a bunch of Jew hating, Israel hating goat fuckers, the other side? A bunch of Jew hating, Israel hating goat fuckers.

    Tell us Comrade President, just why are we helping either side in this conflict?

    And tell me Comrade President, why are you still sitting on 200 billion in unspent stimulus money in a time of economic bankruptcy?

    Another war, 3x the troops if afghanistan and terrible roe, just getting our kids killed...

    Where is Code Pink?

    Where is a manhattan project the get us off opec oil?

    This country better get it's collective act together or guess what?

    America aint America anymore..

    It will be Somolia with nice roads...

  84. .

    ...nice roads...

    Nice roads?

    Where do you live?


  85. hmmmm, seem to be tiptoeing through boobie droppings again this monday morning.

    and doug is digging his hole ever deeper - if only they'd just started squirting sea water earlier all would be well - oops, workers had to be evacuaeted again today. Silly workers afraid of a bit o radioactivity - right dougo?

    deuce wrote:

    "I confess to more than a fair share of anarchy in my heart Ash. I instinctively distrust authority."


  86. March 21 (Bloomberg) -
    - The Federal Reserve must disclose details of emergency loans it made to banks in 2008, after the US Supreme Court rejected an industry appeal that aimed to shield the records from public view.

  87. "A justice department that seeks to lower standards for police and firemen so to exact a level of "equality" of results..."

    And in Seattle ---

    City considers giving anti-discrimination protection to ex-convicts

    Seatlle PI

    Posted by Letters editor

    Seattle government commended

    Does Danny Westneat know how privileged and thoughtless he sounds in “Ex-cons need to earn equality” [NWSunday, March 6]? And how paternalistic his poster boy, a landlord named Jimmy Tharpe, sounds when he says, “The sex offenders and the murderers, they’re actually my easy ones.” In reality, the sex offenders and murderers Tharpe rents to aren’t his at all. He does not own them. He and Westneat are most definitely wrong to lump together sex offenders, murderers, drug dealers and thieves as all equally “dangerous” and therefore undeserving of a second chance in our society.

    Drug dealers include people who have sold small amounts of marijuana. And thieves include people so addicted to illegal substances that they will steal to get the money to feed their habit — once you’re addicted to something, where’s the “choice” Westneat glibly touts? Is Westneat saying that former drug dealers and thieves, having served their time and become clean, don’t deserve to compete for jobs, to find decent housing for themselves and their families or to vote?

    The laws in this country are skewed and a lot of people end up as felons for committing nonviolent crimes. Praise to the city of Seattle for trying to give these nonviolent ex-cons a second chance. And shame on Westneat for his arrogance in playing up the fear factor.

    — Mary Paterson, Seattle

    Idea will ruin rental-housing industry

    Seattle city government’s idea of requiring owners of rental housing to accept a newly created class of protected people (ex-convicts) without discrimination will lead to economic disaster for the rental-housing industry of Seattle.

    Prospective civilized families will ask about other tenants that may become neighbors. Landlords will soon find that there will be lots of empty rental housing. A reference to this is the idea of NIMBY-ism when addressing the issue of building prisons close to existing residential areas.

    What about the issue of recidivism among released prisoners? The sanest and safest way of addressing the issue of acclimation into normal society for former prisoners is to retain the existing readjustment program without creating another protected class for generally unstable people.

    Nanny-ism is something that many members of the government of Seattle seem to enjoy, but the general civilized population won’t want anything to do with this idea.

    — John Marthens, Normandy Park

  88. Bob

    you should get those fine people at PETA to help you.

  89. They'd demand free rent subsidies for pets, Gag.

  90. "Qaddafi Forces Hold Strategic Town as Allied Attacks Continue

    TRIPOLI, Libya — After a second night of American and European strikes by air and sea against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces, European nations on Monday rejected Libyan claims that civilians had been killed while struggling to present a united diplomatic front. On the ground in Libya, pro-Qaddafi forces were reported to be holding out against the allied campaign to break their grip. "

    my, my, the best laid plans of mice and men...

  91. PETA's founder and president is Ingrid Newkirk. Her motto is:


    Does that sound like a rational person to you? Just asking.

  92. Doug and Linear have been pretty adamant that the reactor problem in Japan isn't such a big deal.

    Here is a video cartoon made by the Japanese to explain the issues to kids. Maybe it isn't too bad after all, just a bit of 'farting'

    Nuclear Boy

  93. Doug and Linear have retreated again back to the Sushi bar on a mean in street in Tokyo. Only now they aren't eating Sushi but drinking two year old Saki and eating MREs because of the radiation in the food supplies.

    PETA has the best strip teaser in the world. I joined because of her and their opposition to intorducing predators into elk habitat.

    "PETA's founder and president is Ingrid Newkirk. Her motto is:


    Does that sound like a rational person to you? Just asking."

    Quite insane.

    Sounds like something the rat here might say, like the ancient Romans had Jewish interests at heart, or Islam is our ally.

  94. Most valuable brands:

    1. Google
    2. Microsoft
    3. Walmart


  95. You know this thing will turn into one big steaming pot of shit. Perhaps we should do brackets.

  96. That Islam is considered an ally of the US, proven in Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Or we'd have not founded Islamic republics in the latter and allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to get ahead of the curve, politically, on the ground in the former.

    Those are the facts, facts that put US firmly on the side of Islamic radicals, across the Arc.
    Both now and during the Bush administration's tenure.

    All the way back to FDR and the understanding he came to, with the Saudi King, while boating in Egypt.

    All the way forward to Def Sec Gates being in Bahrain when the Saudi Army cracked down on those "foreign elements".

  97. oh Deuce, what could possibly go wrong?

    "Allies Attack Targets in Tripoli as Europeans Feud Over LeadershipÈ

  98. Sweet Sixteen, Baby!

    The Tucson team, anyway.

  99. ...and doug is digging his hole ever deeper - if only they'd just started squirting sea water earlier all would be well - oops, workers had to be evacuaeted again today. Silly workers afraid of a bit o radioactivity - right dougo?

    If they had cooled with seawater BEFORE they let them melt and BLOW UP, they never would have melted and blown up.

    Never did I say seawater is magic and can now repair all the damage that their criminal behavior caused.

  100. desert rat said...
    That Islam is considered an ally of the US, proven in Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Or we'd have not founded Islamic republics in the latter and allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to get ahead of the curve, politically, on the ground in the former.


    You left out the USA, where the most radical groups are embraced by the Government as "moderates."

  101. Speeding Engineer engineers fatal train wreck for the kiddies.
    Agency: SC train ride inspector faked report

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — A safety inspector admitted he never tested a children's train ride that derailed over the weekend, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring dozens of others, state officials said Monday, and witnesses described the small engine increasing its speed just before it went off the tracks near a bridge. Read More

  102. U.S. Biofuels Policy Only Fueling Global Hunger --

  103. I'll take Iran and Israel in the finals.

  104. And it isn't funny.

  105. COLUMBIA, S.C. — A safety inspector admitted he never tested a children's train ride that derailed over the weekend, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring dozens of others, state officials said Monday...

    He'll probably get a letter of reprimand in his service jacket. No one gets fired anymore.

  106. The Arab League called for a No Fly Zone, and when that involved dropping 45 2000 lb bombs on an airstrip with some B-2s, why, the Great Satan is attacking a Muslim nation!

  107. Joe Biden Railroad

    It's amazing how modern politics resembles scenes of Ayn Rand's best-seller Atlas Shrugged.

    Like the one in which a high-ranking government official pumps millions of dollars into a failing railroad company. The grateful railroad CEO rewards the government official by renovating his hometown train station and naming it after the government official. The renovation costs $5,700,000 more than expected.

    Then comes the ribbon cutting ceremony. The CEO gets on one of his trains to go to the ceremony, but it breaks down. No surprise there: One out of every four trains his company runs is late. The CEO, chuckling at the irony, abandons the train and takes a car to the ceremony.

    Unfortunately, that wasn't a scene in Atlas Shrugged. It happened this weekend.

    The government official is Joe Biden.

    By the way, the first of three Atlas Shrugged movies opens next month, appropriately on April 15th.

  108. By far the most important lesson of Fuckoshima for us is that we should get all the spent fuel out of individual reactor sites and into Yucca Mountain

    Obama’s nuclear negligence

    Toying with waste storage exposes America to Japan-type disaster

  109. The UN-mandated intervention to protect civilians caught up in a one-month-old revolt against Gadhafi drew criticism from Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who questioned the need for a heavy bombardment, which he said had killed many civilians.


    A Libyan government health official said 64 people had been killed by Western bombardment on Saturday and Sunday morning, but it was impossible to independently verify the report.


    The U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said the no-fly zone was now in place.

    2nd Night

  110. Doug: By far the most important lesson of Fuckoshima for us is that we should get all the spent fuel out of individual reactor sites and into Yucca Mountain

    Harry Reid will table that move indefinitely.

  111. Yes, but Harry supports the Elko Annual Cowboy Poetry Festival, there are priorities.

    I thought they reprocessed those spent fuel rods?

    I read that France sends its spent fuel rods to Japan for reprocessing?

    And why build all the reactors bunched up like that?

  112. Richard Meserve, who was chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1999 to 2003 and oversaw its response to the Sept. 11 attacks, said it is too soon to judge what has happened at Fukushima until more reviews take place. If anything, he said, he was surprised the reactors’ spent fuel pools were not fuller, given the ages of the plants.


    Junichi Nunomura, a Tokyo-based executive with NAC, a U.S. firm that provides dry storage for nuclear fuel, said Japanese utilities had been slow to move away from storing spent fuel in pools at reactors despite the shift in international opinion away from that option in recent years.

    “They’ve been very cautious, very slow to move,” Mr. Nunomura said. “That could change.”

    Spotty Record

  113. Sarah in Jerusalem - 'she is right on every issue' - Pamela Geller