Thursday, September 12, 2013

US Troops In Ft Hood Receive Orders To Deploy To Syria

The Daily Rant ^ | 9/11/13 | Dan Bubalo

I have been able to verify something extremely troubling in the past 12 hours. A close and verifiable source contacted me to lament the deployment of a friend from Ft. Hood to Egypt, where this particular soldier will be for the next nine months. We have no military base in Egypt, so we’re all trying to understand the assignment and wonder if he and the other 400 soldiers are living in a tent in the desert, and if they are, how do they receive supplies, from everything to food, water, ammunition, and fuel to conduct whatever mission they are to fulfill, for I cannot imagine a C-140 being allowed to land at Cairo International.
The following information has been sourced thoroughly. This particular soldier said that while he was not really thrilled about the assignment to Egypt, it was better than the soldiers that remained at the military base BECAUSE THEY HAD JUST RECEIVED THEIR DEPLOYMENT ORDERS TO GO TO SYRIA. That certainly contradicts the posturing and false reassurances and table-pounding of Obama and Kerry, does it not?
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Breitbart is reporting that James Woods continues to pound President Barack Obama on Twitter regardless what his Hollywood peers might think.
This time the veteran actor blasts the president for sharing data on Americans with another country. The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without removing information about Americans, The Guardian reported, citing a top-secret document it said was provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
That fired up Woods, an actor known for his intense work in films like The Onion Field, Casino and Nixon. He sent out the following tweet to alert his followers to the latest NSA news.
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Oh how I long...

After the election

President of LIUNA Union: If Obamacare Cannot Be Fixed, It Needs to Be Repealed! ^ | September 12, 2013

President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America Terry O’Sullivan emphatically stated if Obamacare cannot be fixed it needs to be repealed Wednesday at an AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles.

O’Sullivan warned health insurance plans for organized labor are “under siege” and it will be a “big fricken deal if our members lose our health insurance.”

Despite White House opposition, the AFL-CIO passed the resolution calling Obamacare “highly disruptive” to union health plans.

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A government shutdown just became a bit more likely. That might be a good thing!

Washington Post WonkBlog ^ | Sept 12, 2013 | By Ezra Klein

We’re a bit closer to a government shutdown today. And that may not be such a bad thing. Here’s the deal:

1) House Republicans pulled their bill to fund the government. The House was expected to vote Wednesday on a bill to continue funding the federal government. The initial whip count showed the bill 18 votes short of passage, so the vote didn’t happen. Why is the bill 18 votes short of passage? Obamacare, of course.
2) The GOP’s small Obamacare problem. The vote was delayed because the House GOP can’t decide on what to do about Obamacare. Hardcore conservatives want to refuse to fund the government as long as any of that funding goes to Obamacare — which is to say, they want to shut down the government over Obamacare. This is a fight that House leadership believes they will lose, and lose very badly. So Team Boehner tried to finesse it. The funding bill required a vote on defunding Obamacare. But House conservatives quickly realized that they would lose the vote in the Senate and the result would be the federal government would get funded, and Obamacare would be funded along with it. So they turned on the bill, and, fearing for its passage, House leadership delayed the vote.
3) The GOP’s big Obamacare problem. Behind all this is a simple fact: The GOP has lost on Obamacare. They didn’t have the votes to stop it from passing in 2010. They didn’t have the votes to repeal it in 2011. They didn’t have the votes to win the presidency and the Senate by campaigning against it in 2012. And they really have no way to stop it in 2013.
Now it’s going into effect, and once it goes into effect and begins delivering health insurance to tens of...
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Olympus Has Fallen (Good Read)

Belmont Club/PJ Media ^ | 9/12/2013 | Richard Fernandez

....No, the man known as President Obama left the building after his Syria speech. What’s left in the White House is Barry Soetoro or whatever he goes by now: a shrunken, confused husk surrounded by court jesters, second-rate ideologues, and sycophants. And while it may be tempting to gloat at his reversal of fortune, the truth is that the collapse of the presidency represents the most dangerous moment in America since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Olympus has fallen. America’s leadership is functionally impaired in the face of a thrusting, fast-moving, and possibly brilliant opponent. Of course, the fact that Putin was up against a broken reed made it easier for him. Yet however one may admire Putin’s skills, it must be an admiration tempered by fear, of the kind felt by the British 8th Army in the face of Rommel, of the sort with which Gamelin regarded Guderian. Nothing can disguise the fact that Putin is the enemy and America is less-than-competently led in its contest against him. Something must be done to stem the tide. But what?
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Unions’ Misgivings on Health Law Burst Into View [hypocrites helped to pass Obamacare]

New York Times ^ | September 11, 2013 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE

Labor’s renewed anger over Mr. Obama’s health care law and decisions surrounding it, especially the postponement of an employer mandate to ensure coverage for workers and the potential effects of the coming health insurance exchanges on existing plans.
“If the Affordable Care Act is not fixed and it destroys the health and welfare funds that we have fought for and stand for, then I believe it needs to be repealed,” said Terence M. O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. “We don’t want it to be repealed. We want it to be fixed, fixed, fixed.
“We’ve had our asses kicked on retirement security and we know our health funds are under siege,” he added. “We ask the president and Congress to do the right thing for the men and women we represent.”
D. Taylor, president of Unite Here... cast doubt on the president’s assurances that those Americans who liked their health plans could keep them.
“Under the way the A.C.A. has been rolled out by the Treasury and I.R.S. regulations, it will make it completely impossible to live up to that,” he said.
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It's sad...


Military Consults


Didja think?




Charlie Daniels quote


Where was your humanity then?




Liberal Logic


Bro's before Ho's


The March


Stay Shifty


McCain's View


Tribute to Obama




No Reason?


Fight for your rights!


The Islam Contribution




Pie Face!


Being careful


'2 Million Bikers' Rally Converges on DC for 9/11 Parade

News Max ^ | 9/11/13 | Alexandra Ward and Melanie Batley

Thousands of bikers descended on Washington, D.C., Wednesday to protest a Muslim march provocatively timed for the 12th anniversary of 9/11.

While the "Million Muslim March" looked likely to be a flop, the "2 Million Bikers" event brought participants from throughout the eastern seaboard. One estimate put the number of bikers there at 880,000.

So many turned out that plans to have them ride through the streets of the Capital had to be changed. "There are so many motorcycles that trying to go through Washington, D.C., would not have worked," ride organizer Eric Zern told WTOP-Radio.

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Obama on Syria: Following from Behind ^ | September 12, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Out of the corner of my eye, as I was passing a television, I saw a plane fly into a building. The sound was not on, and I thought, it must be a small plane and a small building. An errant pilot or a plane with failing equipment that crashed when it intended to land.
I was wrong.
It was Sept. 11, 2001, and what I had seen out of the corner of my eye were the first moments of a coordinated terrorist attack on our country. The devastation and details would hit me later. Almost 3,000 Americans died that day. We were attacked by 19 young terrorist men who were determined to die for their beliefs.
The nation was unprepared for the attack.
We had failed to imagine what we ourselves could not imagine doing. It's easy to imagine what we would do; it's much harder to imagine what people with different backgrounds, belief systems, goals and objectives might do.
Since then, the world has become more fragmented and complex.
Last year, on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, terrorists attacked the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and four Americans were killed.
The details of who knew what, when, about the Benghazi attacks are still unclear. Why was it not identified initially as a terrorist attack? Why was an Internet video initially faulted? Who in the administration knew about the attack as it was happening? What was their response? Why was the date alone not enough to lead officials to consider that it was a terrorist attack?
On Sept. 16, the then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said during an interview, "We do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned" and "Soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that in that effort."
Rice is now President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser. In this position, she is the senior official in the administration who serves as the senior adviser to the president of the United States on national security issues.
These past few weeks, as events involving Syria have unfolded, the light-bench strength of Obama's national security team has become apparent as the administration has bumbled and stumbled.
"We will be able to hold Bashar al-Assad accountable without engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort in a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria's civil war," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said at a press conference in London with British Foreign Secretary William Hague this past Monday. "That is exactly what we're talking about doing -- unbelievably small, limited kind of effort."
An unbelievably small, limited kind of effort -- seriously?
At this same press conference, Kerry noted as an aside, in what appeared to be an off-the-cuff remark, that if Assad were to hand over his chemical weapons stock, he might avoid an attack.
Russian President Vladimir Putin seized on this remark and turned it into an opportunity to project Russia onto the world stage. Russia proposed a deal wherein Syria would turn over its chemical weapons to the international community. While Kerry had floated the idea, Putin jumped on the opening and took it a step further by getting a Syrian and U.N. buy-in. Opportunistic and smart for Russia.
Obama reacted to Putin's move by asking Congress to delay a vote to authorize U.S. military action against Syria so that he could focus on the Russian plan. How convenient: The vote more than likely would have been defeated in the House of Representatives. While Obama attempts to grab partial credit, noting that this idea had been floated between he and Putin before, the fact that Obama cancelled bilateral talks in Moscow a few weeks ago makes one wonder.
While some critics have labeled this confluence of events as leading from behind, it might be more accurately labeled as following from behind.