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30 March 2013

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William R. Cumming

We have completed the first month of the sequester and wondering if any significant impacts as predicted in the runup?

Norbert M. Salamon

If it interests anyone:
Thomas Fingar has his Sam Adams Awards address on youtube - discusses the Iran and Iraq judgements of the intelligence community and also describes the way operation was changed after the politization of the Iraq nuclear effort

Anonymous

This is the background music composed by Patrick Doyle for Kenneth Branagh's Henry V Agincourt speech.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doCf0WYEKho

Tyler

I'm eating a 40% pay cut in spite of Congress passing a CR to make sure we keep our pay at the same because higher management has other priorities for that money.

Fred

I'm reading James Robertson's biography of Stonewall Jackson and while not yet finished I am already struck by a couple of facets of character. One is the development of his faith, which included early on included multiple audiences with the Archbishop of Mexico while serving in the army during the occupation of Mexico City and later the support and direct teaching of Sunday school to blacks, including slaves, in Lexington, Virginia for a number of years before the civil war. The second is that he advocated a campaign against the North after 1st Manassas that was prescient of Sherman's march to the sea in 1964. Truly a remarkable man.

YT

From the American Conservative...

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/why-its-in-the-american-interest-to-understand-other-nations-views/

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/dont-break-the-china/

Startin' to love this magazine, even though I'm an Outsider.

Imagine

Col. Lang,

Could you kindly read Pat Buchanan's recent article "Goading Gullible America Into War", and then proposed Senate Resolution 65, and then please comment on the results? SR-65 apparently cedes to Israel the right to determine when America will go to war against Iran. 76 Senators sponsored the resolution; it has not been voted on yet, and seems to be flying under most radars. It also lists "nuclear capability" as a cause of war against Iran, something it already has. As such, it has been called the "Back Door To War" proposal. It is eerily reminiscent of actions leading up to the Iraq war.

At the same time, in the last paragraph, it says that even though it calls for war, it in no way is an authorization for force or a declaration of war.

I do not know whether to be profoundly concerned or not. Is the last a cynical fig leaf for the sheep, or is Congress merely blowing off steam/expressing an opinion, this is the way it normally talks/operates, and this is no cause for panic?

A friend points out the President is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, and even if Congress orders a war, it is really up to him whether he sends the troops or not. Currently we see the President dragging his feet in a Japanese "ox-walk" to war, a subtle filibuster buying time, while Congress attempts to cut off other directions and corral him into war as the only viable action. This arm-wrestling has been going on for years now, but is becoming less and less subtle. The President was for peace and reduced spending before he was elected; it is hard to imagine him allowing another multi-trillion-dollar war to be started--he's got to be smarter than that.

Speaking of which, 76% of the Senate and 96% of the House voting for blank-check resolutions is a statistical impossibility that simply doesn't add up. These people are supposed to be highly intelligent patriots--do they know something that we don't know? Are we paying protection money, due to explicit or implicit, um, circumstances?

Thank you for your informed opinion on these matters.

Alba Etie

And in a related story - if I remember correctly the first name the neocon 'clean break ' brain trust came up for regarding the illegal occupation of Irak was:
O peration
I raqi
L iberation .
The Intel Science award for high schoolers went to one Sara Volz a 17 year old teenager that is growing blue algae under her bed apparently with enough oil content to make a bio fuels commercially viable . She goes to MIT next year .
Wonder if we could find fifty or so of Sara's peer group ( I really want to believe they are out there ) and fund them with just one week's budget of the misbegotten Mesopaetamia mess - called Operation Iraqi Liberation - what other innovations we might come up with - so as to make the Libyan & other oil fields less attractive to our interventions .
Perhaps we could prevail upon former Vice President Gore to donate some of his largesse from selling Current TV to al Jezerra English - to further fund the Sara Volz of these United States . It could be like a new fangled Bells Lab for high schoolers - all connected to each other by the 'internet tubes " . Wouldn't this be a lot easier then trying to steal the Levant Natural Gas Fields ? That right there -- stealing resources from overseas as a foreign policy really is an "Inconvinent Truth "

jonst

It seems to me that things are really heating up out West re the killing of govt officials. And now a family member. Cartel? Brotherhood? Whomever...seems like someone has declared war. Sorta.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/us/second-prosecutor-shot-to-death-in-texas-county.html?hp

turcopolier

imagine

thanks for the compliment but I am sorry to tell you that I do not have the time. i would welcome someone else's comment on this. pl

Tyler

Have you checked out Taki's Mag yet?

Charles I

She is doing science under her bed, not witchcraft. Anyway, the witches want what they want no matter what the algae do.

Charles I

Not in the stock market - yet!

YT

Ah, Patrick Buchanan...

Thanks, Tyler.

Happy Easter Sunday to you & your SWMBO.

steve g

Tyler:

Read Taki everyday. Monday
with Jim Goad is always a
hoot. Part sarcasm and part
reality observation. Daniel
Larison at American Conservative
a voice of reason.

optimax

The article on microagression is interesting. The victimization crowd is down to seed and stems again.

Alba Etie

Aryan Brotherhood ?

Alba Etie

Wonder if the Koch Brothers are also funding the witches through their 501(c) 3 ?

Tyler

I linked to Taki's a few times here, I'm glad its found a more receptive audience. The first time was after the Trayvon Martin affair kicked off, and John Derbyshire posted a very 'hate facts' related story that got him booted from that neocon organ, NRO. The second time the article got ignored and instead whoever I was arguing against dismissed anything Taki was part of because of a cocaine court case. I rather enjoy the old rogue's observations, myself.

YT: She's well, and thank you for your well wishes. I'm a fan of old Mr. Buchanan myself - I wish we had listened to him earlier instead of deciding to stare the gorgon in the face, just cause.

Steve G: Me as well. Always something to read. I like Kathy Shaidle myself, even if she does come off a little too rah rah Israel from time to time.

Optimax: Yes. Of course, this is what they REALLY BELIEVE and what their world revolves around. Read some of the pieces on 'white privilege' and you start to see why I get as mad as I do, which I believe you've commented on in the past.

Steve Sailer is another good blogger to read, and most of his observations, especially about race and immigration are spot on. Unfortunately since he's on the wrong side of the 'Who? Whom?' equation he gets routinely ignored by the ivory tower crowd.

optimax

Tyler
I've been reading Taki for w while. Also like Lew Rockwell.

Imagine

Sorry, should have made this more transparent.

SECTION 1. SENSE OF CONGRESS.
...(3) deplores and condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the reprehensible statements and policies of the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran threatening the security and existence of Israel;
(4) recognizes the tremendous threat posed to the United States, the West, and Israel by the Government of Iran's continuing pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability;
***(5) reiterates that the policy of the United States is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon capability [sic] and to take such action as may be necessary to implement this policy;
...(7) declares that the United States has a vital national interest in, and unbreakable commitment to, ensuring the existence, survival, and security of the State of Israel, and reaffirms United States support for Israel's right to self-defense; and
*** (8) urges that, if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.

SEC. 2. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.

Nothing in this resolution shall be construed as an authorization for the use of force or a declaration of war.

...thanks for what's possible.

jonst

Yes. Or an splinter group from them.

turcopolier

imagine

I don't see what you are asking me to comment on. the Congress of the US is completely in thrall to Israel. what else can you say? pl

Tyler

Today's Jim Goad was pretty good.

Jose

Off-topic and late, but several months ago I posted about Australia and China's mutual needs and interest only to be attacked by several other posters.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-31/thanks-world-reserve-currency-no-thanks-australia-and-china-enable-direct-currency-c

Fred

The culture that is New York:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/nyregion/state-senator-and-city-councilman-accused-of-trying-to-rig-mayors-race.html

Charles I

So here is the cited reporting of how plans for US/UK "Cypriot Haircuts" for the hoi polloi in lieu of failure, prosecution or nationalization of too big to fail RICO,s, er banks.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/28/the-confiscation-scheme-planned-for-us-and-uk-depositors/

The plans may involve more than just a haircut and extend to a form of involuntary equity servitude. The hair cut will be swept up by these fiends as recapitalization of these losers, now allegedly part owned by you. Those securities will likely be pledged in whole or in part as security for the "newly [re]capitalized banks according to strict capital and reserve regulation" justified by your ownership of the stocks you were given for your savings. Not a word about FDIC insured exemptions or the like.

Its quite elegant. They take your cash as an unsecured creditor, lend it out 10X, go bust and convert their debt into your er, equity in the new and much improved, though much impoverished, Ponzi scheme, whose only real assets are what's left of your savings as stock. Which you may or may not be able to sell.


Fred

A return to the Gilded Age when bank failures meant depositors were SOL. Thats why most banks were local. Everyone in town knew where the bank president lived.

Alba Etie

Always been more concerned over the right wing and the next Timothy McVeigh then I ever was of al Qaida.

Alba Etie

A good long while back ( summer of 2008 ) when all the banksters were getting their ill gotten bonuses - my one true love , took a day's vacation and transferred everything from Wells Fargo & Bank of America to the local A+ Federal Credit Union . My wife will still to this day cuss anyone in earshot should TARP be mentioned . And right after that she will smile sweetly flash the credit union debit card and say "Think globally - act locally .. "

Alba Etie

And now the current Kaufman County Texas Prosecutor has withdrawn from the case citing 'security concerns ' ( remember there have already been two prosecutors killed that were on this case - plus a civilan ) . Usually Texas Prosecutors are very hard bitten its quite rare to have one back down in an ongoing trial .

Imagine

Yes, but WHY is this happening?

It does not make sense that a Congress that votes 51/49 on almost all issues should vote 96/4 on an issue that is detrimental to the long-term interests and integrity of America. Even if you factor in the benefits of washing U.S. arms jobs subsidies through a second country; Zionist favoritism; and putative graft. The known forces do not add up.

Col. Farr pointed out Israel went on full n alert to convince Nixon to send money for protection Oct 7 1973. Are we still sending n protection money to Israel? ["Things break, you know" Monty Python sketch--but for real.]

If not, why does it seem like most folk, including our President, are forbidden to discuss Israel's capabilities?

And what happens if a civilian does?

Are there any benefits to America to the current relationship, and to Israel maintaining its opacity?

If Israel declared, wouldn't that make the region MORE stable?

As Congress has effectively stated it wants to wipe Iran off the face of the Earth, no matter how many trillions it might cost the economy, and as there has been no popular awareness/pushback, should people who choose not to spend more trillions on a pointless, immoral, expensive war be profoundly concerned? Or is this just Washington pro wrestling posturing--business as usual--and there's no need to be concerned?

Thank you for your perspective on these important questions.

William R. Cumming

By the way not only is the US dollar almost worthless [other currencies often worth less which should scare some] but the FED's efforts at so-called QE [Quantitative Easing] 1-4 have largely involved dollar printing and insider loans to the banksters [I say insider loans because actually the FED is owned by the banksters-literally and not just figuratively]! This is why Ron Paul wanted a FED audit so the largely undemocratic institution of the FED could at least be subject to disclosure.

OLD HICKORY when President is reputed to have stated repeatedly that the purpose of government was NOT to make men rich. WOW! Elected three times President by the popular vote but only twice by the Electoral College.

Alba Etie

"Old Hickory said we could take by surprise - if we did not fire musket ball til we looked 'em in the eyes " Wish we did have a President that could face down the banksters . And yes we all can agree that the Fed needs to be audited . Its rather telling that the Rand Paul audit the feed bill was co sponsored by Bernie Sanders - the Socialist Senator from Maine that caucuses with the Democrats.

William R. Cumming

Okay rank the problems for USA!

Corruption?

N. Korea?

Iran?

Israel?

Syria?

Economy

Bobo

Economy, corruption, Israel, Iran, Syria and North Korea.

Alba Etie

Corruption ( google Dick Cheney KBR blind trust )
Economy
Israel ( google ,neocon AIPAC , Pollard )
North Korea
Syria
Iran

William R. Cumming

Thanks to all and my listing was my prioties!

Personally don't believe the one man show that is the Obama Administration can keep up with all of this simultaneously.

Delegate or Die?

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