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April 22nd, 2014 - 2:13 pm

How much do world leaders respect president Obama?

“Over the past few years, NATO countries have helped Russia revolutionize its armed forces,” writes the Daily Beast.  ”Now questions are arising about a German defense contractor that trained the Russian military” .

“This wasn’t just about implementing lessons learned from [the 2008 invasion of] Georgia, it was about giving them a basis for a different kind of operations,” said Fiona Hill, a former top intelligence official on Russia, now with the Brookings Institution. “We should have been paying more attention to this. There have been these signals for a long time, but we have been misreading them.”

But it’s hard to misread this: “the State Department said Monday that it is investigating allegations that the Syrian government used a toxic chemical in an attack on a rebel-controlled area, raising questions about whether President Bashar al-Assad is violating an international agreement to destroy his most lethal chemical stockpiles,” writes the Washington Post.

That would be a violation of the landmark deal between president Obama and Assad announcing the destruction of his chemical weapons arsenal. If true, not only has Assad not forsworn chemical weapons, he using them again. Kinda like promising not to hit Obama and then hitting him again.

The Washington Post has this again to add to the tale of injury: “pro-Russian separatists block monitors from buildings in east Ukraine, diplomats say.” They were promised access under the Geneva agreement forged only last week.

Free passage of the monitors and the disarming of separatists were key elements of the agreement reached in Geneva on Thursday among the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union, and the very terms that U.S. officials said would be the primary test of whether Russia intended to comply with the accord.

The successes of the Obama administration, even in PR terms, are now measured in days. Not that the LIVs would notice. It has a record of delivering public policy vaporware that evaporates even as you watch. Slate Magazine asked: “Did the Obama Administration Ever Actually Pivot to Asia?”

The short answer is “no”.

The military component of the pivot was always a bit less that met the eye. The plan to have 60 percent of the Navy’s fleet based in the Pacific by 2020 isn’t all that impressive considering it was already 55 percent before the policy was announced, and given that plans to boost the forces in the Pacific come at a time of overall Pentagon cutbacks, it’s unlikely that U.S. forces in the Pacific will actually grow to any significant extent in terms of raw numbers. …

Since taking over, Kerry’s made an average of 1.14 visits to Asian countries per month, though he also spends a lot more time on the road in general. Out of 10 foreign trips made this year, only one included a stop in Asia. Last year, four out of 20 did.

So it is with some optimism that German journalist Clements Wergin advocates in the New York Times for a pivot to Europe.  Even he remembers the Asian Pivot. “Remember America’s pivot to Asia? Just over three years ago, President Obama announced that Washington would rebalance its resources to a part of the world where, it was believed, the decisive battles of the 21st century would be fought.”

Today, though, the pivot to Asia appears to have been largely called off. The Middle East, with its revolutions and power vacuums, is sucking America back in. Meanwhile, the European Union’s failure to stop the Russian invasion of Crimea means that the United States has again been drawn into continental politics, with the looming possibility of another Cold War. And both Europe and the United States are now making a quietly revolutionary attempt to rewrite the rules of trans-Atlantic trade.

As pointed out in an earlier post, Obama has pivoted to the Pacific, the Middle East and Europe depending on the month. Wergin wants Obama to re-write the transatlantic trade. Good call. Obama rewriting words on paper is about all you can hope for. They can rewrite the Pivot to Asia, the Budapest Agreement, the Geneva Agreement, the Syrian Agreement. Why they can even rewrite the Iran agreement, now while there’s time, before it’s passed, repudiated and mocked. Then they can rewrite it again.

Caroline Glick observed that “American will” seems to have vanished. But maybe that’s not true. It’s been replaced by a flickering image. As Obama said when in his book, “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”

But if president Obama is only an illusion the very speed of the images is its own defense. Benghazi, Arms control violations, IRS, Snowden, NSA — even the Ukraine — will all be forgotten. They’re forgotten already, buried by other debacles that arrive at a breathtaking pace. Nothing can be addressed because disasters replace each other in such a quick succession that not even the resentment can last.  Obama is the 48 frame per second .0004K video resolution president.  Now you thought you saw him, now you don’t.


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I am shocked that there are no republicans that can craft a coherent argument that counter's the crap we are told daily by the MSM; to call out Obama's failures and stand up to the left's continual cry of racism. Its as though they are still afraid of this charge. - Shivermetimbers


There really aren't enough rank and file conservatives left in America. Sure, we make up a nifty minority, but even if we represent 50% of the GOP, we don't march in lockstep, and the GOP itself only represents what 20-25% of voters, with over half of Americans not even bothering to register to vote, let alone vote.

I'm supporting the leader, of whatever party who intends to go to Washington and strip mine that town. Shutdown half of the cabinet positions and defund their departments, and reinvent them with something smaller. As Reagan did with the PATCO strike, replace every worker at the IRS - leave no stone unturned. Start over, with both the tax system AND the agency that collects them.

A blind man could toss a rock and hit an abuse of power, or waste of resources in every government building in America.

STRIP MINE THIS ***CKER, and change America, or don't bother wasting my time. Rebuild America's military based on military strategy, NOT political expediency.

Shutdown the government unions forever. They don't like it, let them UNITE, and walk off the job together. It'll be the last time that they grace the entrance of a government building other than as a convict or taxpayer.

Man, I'm so frigging fed up with this nation's political leaders. It's time to put up or shut up. If Palin, Cruz, Ryan, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush - I don't care what their agenda is, but if they don't get off the pot and pledge REAL CHANGE, they can play their insider games without this American voter.

A new GOP would be a good idea for starters. How about, fire the current staff and hire all Teaparty supporters. Change party leadership, Speaker, Whip, committee chairmen in the House from stem to stern. Start the change with the party, then the platform, then go to war. If the GOP isn't capable of internal reform, then lead American conservatives to another party.

I won't for one damn second, ever consider voting for a Romney, McCain, or a Dole or any other "reasonable GOP candidate" again. I would not even vote for G.W. Bush again, and he's light-years better than the lightworker. It's just not going to happen; these guys will never have conservative votes again.

If they don't change the fundamental institutions, if the can't level out the budget and START PAYING DOWN the debt, if that can't AT A FRIGGIN MINIMUM keep Navy ships with capable offensive cruse missiles (until at least 10 years AFTER any new replacement technology is online -it'll take that long before it's reliable), they what's the point.

We all KNOW that the progressive American left as led by the Democrats could give a damn about America, doesn't believe in America nor the Constitution, and could care less about America's defense. The real question is, why do the GOP conservatives play along? It's worth busting the party wide open to get some consistent, conservative policy consensus before the American people.

America needs strategic leadership, and the GOP has little to offer.
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When Buraq Hussein Obama makes a promise, on the word of the United States, involving foreign countries, he never keeps it.
When Buraq Hussein Obama makes a threat, on the word of the United States, involving foreign countries, he never carries through.
When foreign countries micturate all over his Wheaties, his short stack, and his Eggs Benedict, he gulps and pretend nothing has happened.

The only time he does anything, is when he is attacking what is supposed to be [further this deponent saith not for now] his country and its people.

Neither foreign governments, with friendly or hostile intent, or Americans can assume that he is on their side. Although, those foreign states with hostile intent have a better track record.

Subotai Bahadur
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Yeah, but the vast amount of Americans don't know and don't care. They are kept asleep or are distracted by noise thanks to the MSM who are in the same tank as Obama. Their goal is to keep the lid on all things negative to allow Obama to push forth their agenda.

I am shocked that there are no republicans that can craft a coherent argument that counter's the crap we are told daily by the MSM; to call out Obama's failures and stand up to the left's continual cry of racism. Its as though they are still afraid of this charge.

The only way we are ever going to win this country back is to recognize that the left plays for keeps, they are enemies, they will burn the house down with them out of spite and the MSM works alongside them. When Sharyl Attkisson left CBS News she said they would get angry calls from those in this administration threatening them about publishing 'lies' so they would back off any investigation deemed to damage Obama. Do the republicans think they can do the same once they are back in office? Or that they can make gentlemen's agreements with those on the left who are now no longer in the majority, that finally, the dems will come around and play fair because they see the sports the republicans are? Hell no.

They will have to play a different game to defeat this enemy.
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"'I'm Barack Hussein Obama, and I was for Vladimir before I was against him.'

'I'm Hillary Clinton, and I was against Barack Hussein Obama before I was for him.'

'I'm John Kerry and...'zzzzzz."
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"...I'm reporting four doody!"
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Well howdy, there, doody!
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THE GENIUS OF JOHN KERRY

The short video below captures our alleged secretary of state John Kerry in full. He speaks about the “bipolar” world of the Cold War, but it really isn’t a very good idea for a person of his limited mental capacities to use the word “bipolar.”
More to the point:
it takes a lot of moxie to talk about how foreign relations during the Cold War were “easier” or “simpler” than today.

Back in the day, it was left-liberals like Kerry who complained endlessly that the Cold War was “complicated,” and disdained Ronald Reagan for his supposed simplicity in pointing out the simple fact that we were dealing with an evil empire that needed to be put in the course of ultimate extinction. You need to see this, not to believe it:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/04/the-genius-of-john-kerry.php

- Steven Hayward, who else?

No longer Tax Exempt.
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I want the Vietnamese as allies. They are tough mofos, and they do not like China or the Chinese. I would be proud to share a foxhole with a Viet and I know that if I did so I could count on him to defend 180 degrees of perimeter.

The vast majority of Vietnamese (I think the figure may be as high as 70 percent) were born after the unpleasantness with America. In demographic terms, it's a young nation, and to most Viets the conflict with the United States is ancient history and does not stir any passions. If anything they are rather fascinated with the U.S. and inclined to like Americans. The Vietnam War (with the U.S.) was to their way of thinking a passing storm but their enmity toward China is constant and possibly eternal. Many Westerners forget or don't realize that in 1979 Vietnam and China fought a brief but nasty war, the so-called Third Indochina War, that claimed more than 60,000 KIA and many more wounded. There were no winners or losers in the decisive or strategic sense but it did reveal to outsiders something of the hostility that the two peoples have long held for each other.
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That Russian Spetsnaz have been trained, over the last few years, by the descendants of the Panzer Grenadiers has to be evidence that History really is taking the piss out of us humans.
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"Ellen DeGeneres celebrated Earth Day by sending her audience home with SodaStream machines, gadgets that allow fizzy-drink fans make their own bubbly beverages."
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You and The Asphalt Potato would make for an interesting UrineNation.
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"...with over half of Americans not even bothering to register to vote, let alone vote."
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"I won't for one damn second, ever consider voting for a Romney, McCain, or a Dole or any other "reasonable GOP candidate" again"

- Old Salt

Seems a bit of a contradiction.

To this simple mind, the lesser of two evils is less evil.

And, we wouldn't have Obamacare and 17 Trillion Dollars of Debt.
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It depends on the remaining degree of difference. What values of "lesser evil" are in play. Despite the Institutional Republicans trying to say that Romney lost because of us "evil, true-believer Conservatives and TEA Party-types" not showing up at the polls; looking at turnout numbers, and especially noting that here in Colorado it was the TEA Party that actually showed up and did the work of the campaign gives the lie to that. Our county's Republican chair came to our meeting after the election and told us flat out that the ones that did the work, walked the precincts, made the calls, and turned out for rallies were the TEA Party.

The problem was that Romney did not want to win. He refused to take on Obama with anything even vaguely approaching the venom he used against other Republicans. That and a level of vote fraud that puts the legitimacy of the election and government in question. And that level of fraud is going to be cranked up to "11" if we have another election.

But, not to put words in Old Salt's mouth, but to comment in parallel; the "reasonable GOP candidate" is no longer sufficiently different to make it worth the effort. If the Institutional Republican wins, we are in a different circle of Hell, but we are still in Hell. And somehow the Leftists are not really all that upset at the results, because they still get what they want.

Right now, Speaker of the House Boehner has been caught for the third time since the beginning of the year, on tape, promising corporate donors that he is "hellbent on passing Amnesty before the end of the year". For the third time, his paid liars tried to walk it back, but even the political news sites are laying out the procedure. After the Republican primaries are over, the intent is for the Republicans to add an amendment to the must-pass Defense bill in the House to allow illegals to enlist in the military.

The Senate will do the exact same thing that they did with Obamacare, gut the Republican provision, and insert full Amnesty and Permanent Open Borders. Since the bill has to be passed, especially since the President's deliberate incompetence is setting us up to lose one or more wars, it will be another Potemkin resistance, and the Republicans will cave.

And they will claim to expect us to turn out to elect more Institutionals in any putative election in 2014.

Simultaneously, it is being made very plain that the Institutional Republicans have already selected their presidential candidate for any election in 2016; Jeb Bush.

1) Dynastic
2) Hard Core pro-Open Borders.
3) pro-Common Core
4) loves big, intrusive government
5) has avoided saying anything against Obamacare.

It is blatant that Conservatives have no influence on policy with the Institutional Republicans. We have very little time before the Long Night falls. Certainly not enough time to take over the Republicans, if such is possible. After all, like with the Democrat friends, the rules are only applicable if they benefit the Institutionals. So does it not make sense to start NOW to build an alternative political power center, not a Third Party, but a real SECOND Party. And no, it probably will not win electorally. New parties take longer than we have to win elections. But it may keep alive the Constitutional dream, and lay the ideological basis for a restored Constitutional Republic.

We may not be free again in our lifetimes. But we can hope to make it possible for our children and grandchildren.

Subotai Bahadur
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".....little time before the Long Night falls."

Night will fall on "The Night of the Long Knives".

As the deity wills it.
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I don't think the Pubs will be able to shove Jeb down our throats, but I have just learned something interesting re:
Your "2) Hard Core pro-Open Borders."

...but I don't have time right now.
Stay tuned.
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I still maintain that not having Obamacare and 17 Trillion Dollars of Debt would be better than our present situation.
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Granting it would be. Now, how do you get around the fact that we do have Obamacare, we do have 17 Trillion Dollars of Debt; or what path is there to deal with this given the reality of the political class and population currently existing?

The Institutional Republican Party does not want to repeal Obamacare. They do not want to rein in the size, scope, or cost of government. If they devoted half of the effort they have spent trying to destroy their own base, to fighting the Democrats, Obama would be impeached already.

Supporting the same people who have betrayed us repeatedly in the past is not going to have a different result. They are not going to suddenly see the light and work with us to save the country, when from their point of view what they are doing is winning.

Subotai Bahadur
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It will be titled "Global Politics: More to it than people think"
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Deep in the text:

"Poll finds people fear IRS more than the Red Menace.
40 Percent think Obama is the Red Menace.
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One gets the impression the President now realises he took on a rather big job. Some of the his subtly complaining statements about the obdurate difficulties of plurality in the management of domestic and global political affairs seem to show that.

Mr. Obama does have the intelligence to learn and I would say he has the experience to write a good solid essay on these matters for People magazine by around 2016.
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"There are some words that Obama has ruined: 'folks,' 'fairness,' the phrase 'let me be clear', ending a sentence with 'period.'

These are all ruined now."

- Buck Sexton

Washington Times: IRS Revokes Conservative Group’s Tax-Exempt Status Over Anti-Clinton Statements
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/21/irs-revokes-conservative-groups-tax-exempt-status-/

WP: IRS Gave Bonuses to Employees Who Owed Back Taxes. And That’s Not All.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/23/irs-gave-bonuses-to-employees-who-owed-back-taxes-and-thats-not-all/?tid=hpModule_308f7142-9199-11e2-bdea-e32ad90da239

CNSNews: IRS Awards Bonuses to 1,100 Employees Who Owe Back Taxes
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/irs-awards-bonuses-1100-employees-who-owe-back-taxes
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AIG, the largest bailout at 150 bbl, gave out huge bonuses (based on rainmaking during the blow-off year of fantastical sales) after the bailout, as if it had never happened.

Also during the bailout, a pay czar Obama appointed to prevent perps profiting beyond the politically imaginable from the bailout money, forced Citibank to sell oil-trading unit Phibro because the head trader had made a hundred million bucks two years running.

The sale was made very quickly (no other bids), at about half Phibro's 5 year annual sales average, or around thirty cents on the normal deal-value dollar (Citi shareholders paid 70 cents for every 30 cents they made in the deal, and most to this day don't even know it).

Why the story? Because the buyer was Occidental --the Kremlin beachhead in the US oilpatch, ever since Armand Hammer and Vlad Lenin used to yuk it up over how quickly a whiff of grape could free up land for their joint ventures.
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"For thousands of years, the Kitanemuk Indians made their home in the Elk Hills of central California. Come February 2001, the last of the 100 burial grounds, holy places and other archaeological sites of the Kitanemuks will be obliterated by the oil drilling of Occidental Petroleum Company. Oxy's plans will "destroy forever the evidence that we once existed on this land," according to Dee Dominguez, a Kitanemuk whose great grandfather was a signatory to the 1851 treaty that surrendered the Elk Hills.

Occidental's planned drilling of the Elk Hills doesn't only threaten the memory of the Kitanemuk. Environmentalists say a rare species of fox, lizard and the kangaroo rat would also be threatened by Oxy's plans. A lawsuit has been filed under the Endangered Species Act. But none of that has given pause to Occidental or the politician who helped engineer the sale of the drilling rights to the federally-owned Elk Hills. That politician is Al Gore.

Gore recommended that the Elk Hills be sold as part of his 1995 "Reinventing Government" National Performance Review program. Gore-confidant (and former campaign manager) Tony Coelho served on the board of directors of the private company hired to assess the sale's environmental consequences. The sale was a windfall for Oxy. Within weeks of the announced purchase Occidental stock rose ten percent."
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"Nowhere is Al Gore's environmental hypocrisy more glaring than when it comes to his relationship with Occidental. While on the one hand talking tough about his "big oil" opponents and waxing poetic about indigenous peoples in his 1992 book "Earth in the Balance," the Elk Hills sale and other deals show that money has always been more important to Al Gore than ideals."

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=468
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"Meanwhile, as it became clear that Oxy was looking to undertake massive drilling operations in the Elk Hills, the 500 remaining Kitanemuk sought assurances from Oxy that their native sites and burial grounds would not be destroyed. Company officials said they would protect their heritage. But it soon it became apparent that the last of the 100 archaeological sites identified by the tribe would be destroyed by February 2001. Occidental agreed to first allow the State Native American Heritage Commission to retrieve what it feels is most valuable for a future display at a Museum at the California State University in Bakersfield.

"They are going to take the last memories of our people, the last evidence that we once inhabited this land and put it in a box and ship it off to a museum," laments tribal member Dee Dominguez. "All the material culture of the Kitanemuk would be destroyed forever. (But) the oil they are extracting will be completely drained in twenty years."

Dominguez calls Occidental executives "cold" and "insensitive," unwilling even to consider slant drilling that would save pieces of the tribe's history for future generations. "We've never denied them taking oil," she says. "We are not asking for land. We are not asking for royalties. We are just asking them to leave something to show that we were here."
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"As for Al Gore's role in the whole affair, Dominguez says she has thought about writing him. But she doesn't think it will help. "[Clinton and Gore] sold us down the river," she says. "It turns my stomach every time I hear them talk about family.""
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Clinton declared he was tired of hearing about Family Values.

Then he was elected, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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Although my ancestry is other than Kitanemuk, as you have commented upon in this thread, I was raised in Elk Hills territory, and I am here to say that the fox, lizard and the kangaroo rat were not endangered by oil interests in my time.
I am Doug of the Elk Hills and Sunflower Valley, and I am pledged to tell it like it is.
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The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, based in Manassas, Va., “has shown a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns” and made “repeated statements supporting or opposing various candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidate’s character and qualifications,”

according to a written determination released Friday by the IRS.

Media Matters, otoh, retains their Tax Exempt Status.

The Tree of Liberty has become a Babbling Bush.
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...the Stump of Stupidity
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Or...The Sump of Perfidy.
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Now the breaking news is that Barry has removed previous diplomatic uncertainty and unequivocally backed the Japanese in their dispute with China over the uninhabited Senkaku islands -- which lie nearly 600 miles from the main Japanese islands and only 200 miles off the coast of China.

A realist would say that Barry's words should be translated in Japanese as "Sayonara"; he has proven himself to be a liar, and unreliable to boot. But what if Soetero is not planning to abandon Japan and squeeze it under his bus? Does Barry really want to start a two-front war against Russia & China simultaneously? Over Crimea & the Senkakus?

It is a good thing that Everyone (in the world) Loves Barry. Otherwise, we might be getting into real trouble here.
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well, we need to hurry up and get the disarmament done, so we don't have too much stuff to hand over after the surrender.
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Vichy Amerika:

"“A freedom-destroying cocktail.”

That’s how Justice Antonin Scalia characterized Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling that law enforcement officers may pull over and search drivers based solely on an anonymous tip."
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AnonoDoug tips off the BLM that "Buddy Larsen" is harboring a stash of Indian Artifacts taken from "BLM Land"

Fully armed BLM agents search Buddys (ys, ys' or y's ?) home, demanding proof from Buddy that he did indeed acquire them as a gift from his grandfather.
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(further Police State Denouncement Follies)

...and while in prison awaiting execution for that contraband arrowhead, the real buddy larsen tips off the two sumo-sized Ke ea Hawai‘i cannibals with the wall to wall posters of Queen Liliʻuokalani in their maximum minimum security cell in the Race-Based Spree Killers Wing, that Doug Opple Anger of Maui is a PR Specialist for Mitsui Sumitomo, the Yakuza bank swindling the Queen's Bishop Estates Educational Trust Lands legacy, leaving native-born children without education and forced off of professional career paths to wait tables in tourist hotels for barely enough to bong Maui Wowie on.
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Your reportage is factual, comprehensive, and without fault.
It is what it is.
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The Enemy Within:

"Preet Grewal said he has suffered from bullies his entire life. Growing up as the only Sikh in his class with uncut hair kept in a turban, Preet Grewal faced constant ridicule even from other Sikhs.

“In my grade there were only three Sikhs, we all knew each other and were family friends,” Grewal said.
“I was only the only one who had my hair kept the other two had their hair cut. As the Caucasian kids would bully me and physically harm me they chose to join in essentially to protect themselves.

What really hurt me was during school they’d be my worst enemy, but at family events they’d be my best friends.”"

http://www.hanfordsentinel.com/kingsburg_recorder/news/student-tells-bullying-stories-at-sikh-meeting/article_0e3de226-ca65-11e3-a586-001a4bcf887a.html
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yeh --it's really nothing to joke about, is it. It's actually where the Obama saga begins --a pioneering female banker, communist, mortgage specialist working the Bishop Estates spin-offs --Obama's grandma, raising him while at it.
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Don't leave out granddad...
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I wonder how many Americans are aware that we are sworn to defend Albania. I suspect not most, and I'd guess they'd wonder why if they were told.

Or Singapore. I recall that one of the founders of facebook decamped to live there, giving up his US citizenship to avoid US taxes. No matter. We've promised to defend Singapore, too. Supposedly there is going to be a US Navy ship- although only an LCS, so not really a warship- which will deter China. Somehow.

Or Vietnam. Hillary promised Vietnam support against China as well. I find this especially loathsome, as this is the same regime that murdered millions because they had been involved with the US-friendly Republic of Vietnam.

For a while I worked with a guy who had come to the US as a penniless refugee. He told me about the communist murder of most of his family. He had children and by now they are old enough to be in the US military. Conceivably, they could die protecting the regime that murdered their grandparents.

No matter. We'll be there to defend Hanoi, and the Vietnamese political elite and their dictatorship, just because. The American people have been tasked to defend essentially the entire world, without the sort of public debate that led to the creation of NATO.

I bet I know why so little gets said about the obligations our political class has imposed upon us- because they know damn well if there was a debate the public would oppose all of this.

And that would hurt their business interests. So they keep quiet.

Merchants have no country, to quote Thomas Jefferson. We're ruled over by merchants with no regard for the actual United States.

For now, at least.


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"...and that would hurt their business interests. So they keep quiet."

Sounds like Republican "Leadership" on Immigration.
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You're right about the murders but they were also tough, disciplined, determined fighters and they don't like Chinese. We could do worse than have allies like that if their interests align with ours.

Same vis-a-vis the Japanese, who are just now coming around.
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I take your point, and I aim no disparagement at the people of Vietnam- only their murderous government, which they did not choose.

But if our interests align with theirs against China then our policies make no sense.

We have provided China with essentially all the technology the US has ever developed, either via trade, legal and otherwise, or Chinese espionage. We are a huge customer of theirs, employing millions of Chinese workers, while millions of Americans are unemployed. I've read that they have significant tariffs against our products, while we have none against theirs.

So if China is our enemy we have exactly the wrong policies in place to deal with them. An alliance with a murderous regime that killed millions, including tens of thousands of American troops, to protect them from an ancient enemy of theirs but not ours- well why not?

That seems to be par for the course for the imbecile American political class.

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The 19th century saw a multipolar world - Britain, France, Russia, Austria, Germany, Persia etc. The second half of the 20th century became a unipolar world - the U.S hegemon. I believe that Putin has publicly stated that he wants to see a return to a multipolar world and Obama has publicly expressed the same desire.

So multipolar here we come! The excuse, and maybe even the reason, put forward for conflict in the second half of the 20th century - AKA the cold war - was ideology. Whether that was true or not we are about to return to "realpolitik", where power and territory are plainly stated as the main political objectives.

I believe that Putin has no time for ideology but plenty of time for power and territory. Expect to see constantly shifting alliances in the search for power and territory by a competing group of major powers.

The EU is in a quandry here because the sole reason for the EU is fear of each other. Based on their past history, European nations created the EU so that they wouldn't mug each other in back alleys. Yes I know that an economic union is the excuse put forward for the EU but I don't believe it.

NATO is probably a chocolate teapot in a multipolar world (useless). The Great Game returns. Opportunities in spades for some Kiplings to write about it.
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The EU was a US creation:

"CLASSIFIED American government documents show that the US intelligence community ran a campaign in the Fifties and Sixties to build momentum for a united Europe. It funded and directed the European federalist movement.
The documents confirm suspicions voiced at the time that America was working aggressively behind the scenes to push Britain into a European state. One memorandum, dated July 26, 1950, gives instructions for a campaign to promote a fully fledged European parliament. It is signed by Gen William J Donovan, head of the American wartime Office of Strategic Services, precursor of the CIA...."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/1356047/Euro-federalists-financed-by-US-spy-chiefs.html
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