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The Incredible Shrinking Man

May 5th, 2014 - 4:32 pm

It’s the day after the White House Correspondent’s extravaganza and Washington wakes up to its dismally shrunken state. The New York Times describes president Obama’s unsuccessful attempt to kiss and make up with Angela Merkel.

President Obama tried to mend fences with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on Friday, calling her “one of my closest friends on the world stage.” But Ms. Merkel replied tartly that Germany still had significant differences with the United States over surveillance practices and that it was too soon to return to “business as usual.”

The crisis in the Ukraine is reported as a silver lining because of the power of shared danger to bring Germany and the US closer together again. “Some experts on Germany said the Ukraine crisis could give Mr. Obama and Ms. Merkel the foundation to rebuild their relationship, reminding them that despite the suspicion generated by the surveillance disclosures, their countries still have much in common.”

It’s just like the movies where Angela forgives Barack because he must save her from the menacing Putin, who has just entered the cave with a Tokarev in his hand. But if shared danger is the secret to romance then president Obama isn’t taking advantage of it. Instead, he’s hiding it.

The Daily Beast says “the Obama administration is seeking to hide the fact that North Korea possesses nuclear missile warheads, according to a report by Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon strategic analyst and director for forces policy at the office of the secretary of defense.”

According to the report, the Obama administration has sought to hide the alarming intelligence because it undermines efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Administration spokesmen sought to “walk back” the unwelcome intelligence of nuclear missile warheads with officials asserting that the nuclear strike capability is limited or untested.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a proponent of the leftist “global zero” anti-nuclear initiative, said the same day that the intelligence was made public that neither Iran nor North Korea is capable of attacking the United States with nuclear weapons.

Israel should be flinging itself into Obama’s arms since it is being told that the coming agreement with Iran will have certain imperfections. “Some former U.S. officials and issue experts say Israel appears to have accepted Iran being allowed some degree of nuclear capability, Al-Monitor reports.”

Al-Monitor cites one former U.S. official who participated in consultations with Israel last month as saying officials there seem to “understand that there is a need for a domestic, indigenous civil nuclear program” if the Iranians are to satisfy their domestic opposition. Jerusalem officials instead have turned their attention to potential problems involved in policing any nuclear deal between Tehran and the the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, the so-called “P-5+1″ group. …

In addition, the U.S. insiders report Israel is concerned that any Iranian violations of a nuclear deal would be so gradual and slow that Washington would find it hard to identify a point in time when action is warranted.

“Some degree of nuclear capability” may result in Israel being somewhat nuked. Elliot Abrams at the Weekly Standard says Israel is getting ready for a bad Iran deal. Perhaps the deal will be similar to the one which disarmed Syria. Some Western analysts believe that despite the deal, it has a secret chemical arsenal, having surrendered one while keeping another.

Concerns are growing among Western intelligence services that Syria still has a significant and undeclared arsenal of chemical weapons, including crude chlorine-filled bombs, secret stockpiles of sophisticated nerve gasses or their components—and the scientific know-how to rebuild a larger-scale, higher-grade chemical weapons effort once the Bashar al-Assad regime has escaped the international spotlight. …

To be sure, the deadly and publicly-declared chemical arsenal that Assad had a year ago, that allegedly was used to kill hundreds of people in August, and that he agreed to destroy in September under threat of an American attack is “no longer in existence” … but the inspectors are only commenting on the chemical arsenal Assad admitted he had. There’s mounting concern that the Syrian regime may have a second unconventional weapons program—one Assad never told the international community about.

If danger is the spice of life there’s plenty to come out of Southwest Asia.  The Daily Beast says “the CIA is dismantling its frontline Afghan counterterrorist forces in south and east Afghanistan, leaving a security vacuum that U.S. commanders fear the Taliban and al Qaeda will fill—and leaving the Pakistan border open to a possible deluge of fighters and weapons.”

These CIA teams are the actual “sword” against al-Qaeda; the men who come in the night to take them out. For security they relied on the “shield” us US conventional forces: “it relies on the U.S. military for protection and logistical support—especially at its far-flung bases in south and east Afghanistan. Just months ago, the talk in administration circles was that these paramilitaries would be significantly expanded in the near future. Now, it appears, the opposite is taking place.”

Now that the shield is being lowered then must the sword be sheathed. No sword and no shield means gone.

The CIA started recruiting and training these Afghan paramilitary groups only months after the intelligence agency first entered the country in 2001 ahead of invading U.S. troops, according to current and former U.S. and Afghan officials. They described the top-secret force in detail on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. …

The Khost and Kunar-based units “are instrumental in blocking the Haqqani/al Qaeda mix that are responsible for spectacular attacks,” said one senior U.S. military official. “It’s not clear what will happen to either unit; there is no plan so far to absorb them.”

Soon after the CIA shuts down its al-Qaeda hunting teams the terrorist group Obama declared dead will probably make a zombie-like recovery from its historical grave.

Rather than being driven into Obama’s arms by danger, Japan appears to have concluded it is better to rely on itself. The Military Times reports that Japan is in a political debate over whether to amend its constitution to remove restrictions on its military.

Abe advocates a “breakaway from the postwar regime” as a way to overcome the humiliation as well as the education system, social values and historical views set by the occupation.

A 2012 draft revision proposed by the Liberal Democrats promotes a conformist Japan with traditional patriarchal values, which place family units above individuals and elevate the emperor to a head of state. Civil liberties such as freedom of speech and expression can be restricted if considered harmful to public interest, according to the draft.

“Our goal is to write a new constitution of our own that envisions a new era and serves a new role,” Yasuhiro Nakasone, a 96-year-old former prime minister who heads a group of lawmakers campaigning for a revision, said last week at a Tokyo gathering attended by hundreds of lawmakers, supporters and business lobbies.

Tokyo will go it alone. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but soon and for keeps. And so perhaps will Berlin. Angela Merkel’s insistence on curbing the NSA as a condition for cooperating with Obama may be aimed at freeing Germany from the fear of betrayal by the White House.  Merkel doesn’t fear a powerful American intelligence apparatus per se;  she just fears one in Obama’s romantic hands.

The president has shrunk himself. Too bad he shrank America along with it.


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Tribute to Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods - Navy SEALs, American Heros

THE BATTLING BOYS OF BENGHAZI.
We're the battling boys of Benghazi
No fame, no glory, no paparazzi
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell
Defending our country we loved so well.

It wasn't our job, but we answered the call,
Fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall.
We pulled twenty Countrymen from the jaws of fate
Led them to safety, and stood at the gate.

Just the two of us, and foes by the score,
But we stood fast to bar the door.
Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,
So we fought, and we fought, and we fought 'til we died.

We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
But Barack Obama didn't give a damn.
Just two dead SEALS who carried the load
No thanks to us.........
We were just "Bumps In The Road."
By an Anonymous Marine Corps Officer

A little bit of circulation couldn’t hurt, to counter the progressive’s meme: “What difference does it make?” – Hillary Clinton
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To a large extent the problem consists of the erosion of separation of powers and federalism. Without these two elements -- which leaves the US with a unitary, centralized form of government its designers sought to avoid -- it would be better off with a parliamentary system. At least with a parliamentary system a centralized government can change its leaders.

The US can't change it's president, but then it never envisioned the imperial presidency it now has. The design was for congress and the states, through the Senate, to control policy, of which the president would be executor. Once this was perverted and policy originated from the president and closed circle of lobbyists and insiders then the system ceased to be responsive to crisis. It degenerated into a kind of unaccountable autocracy of fools.

Therefore the coming crisis, if it becomes bad enough, must eventually break the imperial presidency and end the excessive dominance of Washington. In practical terms this will probably be accomplished by a huge turnover in both houses and the shrinkage of presidential authority. A severe enough challenge will create an upheaval that will draft rebels and nonconformists from all sides of the spectrum, including the left, into government, and their immediate mandate will be to pick Washington apart.

What we may be seeing is the opening act of that upheaval. The American Republic will try to recover itself; and even though no one knows the leaders who will emerge in the process, they are doubtless there. Events will unfold more or less within the context of the constitution and the law because it requires far less energy to stay within its bounds to leave it, which will evoke an immediate reaction from the others, whose safety depends on it.

The US has successfully gone through not one, but several upheavals in its history. So there is no undue reason to despair and every reason to hope.
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I assume that the Japanese government had access to the report of North Korean missile warheads before it became public knowledge here.
http://tinyurl.com/q4wl285

Which explains their move towards changing their constitution. And the public release is going to push that farther and faster. Japan, like Israel, is likely to be "a little bit nuked" by the North Koreans.

>>>Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a proponent of the leftist “global zero” anti-nuclear initiative, said the same day that the intelligence was made public that neither Iran nor North Korea is capable of attacking the United States with nuclear weapons.<<<

That is a blatant lie.

Look up the phrase: "Scud in a bucket"; noting that the North Korean missile arsenal is made up largely of modified and upgraded Scud's.

Just in passing, I saw today a report that for 5 months in 2015, there will be no US aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific. Since the deployments are announced in advance, and we are cutting our fleet precipitously; it is likely true. Good thing that the Chinese and North Koreans can't read US periodicals and websites, isn't it. /s

Israel will do whatever it has to do to ensure its survival. The pending evacuation of the last 30,000 Jews from the Crimea may focus their minds. There are 3 Conjectures in play.

And I believe that Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines have the same options.

It is going to be an interesting year or so.

Subotai Bahadur
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I'll share it with my friends.
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Tribute to Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods - Navy SEALs, American Heros

THE BATTLING BOYS OF BENGHAZI.
We're the battling boys of Benghazi
No fame, no glory, no paparazzi
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell
Defending our country we loved so well.

It wasn't our job, but we answered the call,
Fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall.
We pulled twenty Countrymen from the jaws of fate
Led them to safety, and stood at the gate.

Just the two of us, and foes by the score,
But we stood fast to bar the door.
Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,
So we fought, and we fought, and we fought 'til we died.

We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
But Barack Obama didn't give a damn.
Just two dead SEALS who carried the load
No thanks to us.........
We were just "Bumps In The Road."
By an Anonymous Marine Corps Officer

A little bit of circulation couldn’t hurt, to counter the progressive’s meme: “What difference does it make?” – Hillary Clinton
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAJF6qbnbns

The poem has a helluva provenance. Above is a slide show with the poem set to music in its Bataan rather than Benghazi fatigues. Note the photo of the newspaper headline early in the piece. See what it reminds you of.



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I've told this story before - it's way too long, but a few years after I joined the Navy, I returned home on leave a proud new LTJG, and went fishing with my Dad and his buddies. He'd met these guys through a neighbor, just some mostly Japanese American anglers who liked to fish local Californian seas and inland waters. The short of it was, one of his buddies took me aside and told me that while they were all good friends, there was something special about them. He explained that while my Dad had been a Navy Corpsman during the war, what I didn't fully understand was where he had been and what he had been doing between ages 17 and 19. He'd served in a bunch of Islands in the Pacific campaign attached to the Marines - I'll let history fill in the details. My dad looked like he was 14 yrs old when he went in, and maybe 35 when he came home - war had aged him. Incidentally, he never went hunting again, to my knowledge, after the war.

That was just the start. I also learned that the "neighbor" was a former Marine Corps Warrant Officer who survived the Bataan March, and eventually retired as a Colonel. That man was hard as nails. Then I learned that two of the Japanese brothers in the group had been in the Army's 442 Infantry Regiment, highly decorated, as were most in that unit. All of the group had served.

I realized I was walking with a piece of history, this group of men, and was embarrassed and humbled after the fact that they politely honored ME with their congratulations and salutations, congratulating me on my Naval "accomplishments".

They were all some kind of fishermen, though!
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Before we write-off our allies and cast ourselves into the pit of irrelevancy as a nation, we should consider the decision making time frames of other nations.

Certainly, tactical moves must deal with Obama and his determined weaknesses. But he has little more than 2 years remaining in office. His military procurement policies will have lingering effects as will his domestic and financial misguidance.

Yet I suspect most of our chess-playing friends and adversaries understand that just as Reagan followed Carter, who comes after Obama could make 180 degree changes in policies and fortunes for the country.

Unless Merkel, Putin, Abe, et al, think that Obama will establish a dictatorship, they will be hesitant to make any irreversible moves.

On the brighter side, the re-arming of Japan, Poland, Czechs, and maybe Germany might have positive effects from our point of view, making them stronger and more useful allies, contributing to and reinforcing Pax Americana rather than freeloading off it.

But nuclear non-proliferation regime has gone, as they were fated to do.
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"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a proponent of the leftist “global zero” anti-nuclear initiative, said the same day that the intelligence was made public that neither Iran nor North Korea is capable of attacking the United States with nuclear weapons."

"That is a blatant lie. " Subotai Bahadur

July 29, 2008
"Iran has carried out missile tests for what could be a plan for a nuclear strike on the United States, the head of a national security panel has warned.

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee and in remarks to a private conference on missile defense over the weekend hosted by the Claremont Institute, Dr. William Graham warned that the U.S. intelligence community “doesn’t have a story” to explain the recent Iranian tests.

One group of tests that troubled Graham, the former White House science adviser under President Ronald Reagan, were successful efforts to launch a Scud missile from a platform in the Caspian Sea.

“They’ve got [test] ranges in Iran which are more than long enough to handle Scud launches and even Shahab-3 launches,” Dr. Graham said. “Why would they be launching from the surface of the Caspian Sea? They obviously have not explained that to us.”

Another troubling group of tests involved Shahab-3 launches where the Iranians "detonated the warhead near apogee, not over the target area where the thing would eventually land, but at altitude,” Graham said. “Why would they do that?”

Graham chairs the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, a blue-ribbon panel established by Congress in 2001."

For those few unaware, "EMP stands for electromagnetic pulse, and according to a Congressionally appointed threat assessment commission, it presents that rarest of all security risks: an attack that can deliver a devastating blow to our military and kill tens of millions of U.S. civilians in the bargain."

"In testimony before the House International Terrorism and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee, chaired by Ed Royce, R-Calif., Woolsey, director of the CIA from 1993 through 1995, referred to the nuclear EMP threat, characterized in intelligence circles, he said, as “a SCUD in a bucket.”

“That is a simple ballistic missile from a stockpile somewhere in the world outfitted on something like a tramp steamer and fired from some distance offshore into an American city or to a high altitude, thereby creating an electromagnetic pulse effect, which could well be one of the most damaging ways of using a nuclear weapon,”

"According to experts James Carafano and Richard Weitz, “A nuclear device detonated high in the atmosphere above the American mainland can easily disable the country’s electrical grid.” Currently, the United States does not have missile defenses that would protect it against this “Scud in a bucket” scenario. By limiting U.S. ballistic missile defense options, New START would contribute to leaving the United States vulnerable to an EMP attack."

Newt Gingrich may be the only major political figure who has spoken out about the EMP threat. Nothing has been done to protect the electrical grid.

Of course, fanatical North Korea and Iran would never decide to launch a high altitude EMP attack against an essentially defenseless America...

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--may be time to lay in that generator and 500 gal fuel tank.
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To paraphrase the incomparable Thomas Sowell, If you are not prepared for potential but predictable disasters , then you may be forced to accept the consequence.
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Another useful dictum - if it's possible, then someone is attempting to do it.
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Obama: Man of the World

The conventional wisdom about Barack Obama is that he’s smart and charismatic but so inexperienced that we should feel jittery about him in the Oval Office.

But that view is myopic. In some respects, Mr. Obama is far more experienced than other presidential candidates.

His experience as an antipoverty organizer in Chicago, for example, gives him a deep grasp of a crucial 21st-century challenge — poverty in America — that almost all politicians lack. He says that grass-roots experience helps explain why he favors not only government spending programs, like early childhood education, but also cultural initiatives, like efforts to promote responsible fatherhood.

In foreign policy as well, Mr. Obama would bring to the White House an important experience that most other candidates lack: he has actually lived abroad. He spent four years as a child in Indonesia and attended schools in the Indonesian language, which he still speaks.

“I was a little Jakarta street kid,” he said in a wide-ranging interview in his office (excerpts are on my blog, www.nytimes.com/ontheground). He once got in trouble for making faces during Koran study classes in his elementary school, but a president is less likely to stereotype Muslims as fanatics — and more likely to be aware of their nationalism — if he once studied the Koran with them.

Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/06/opinion/06kristof.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHD5nd3QLTg
''Back in the US, back in the US, back in the USSR''

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Same time frame, worth a scan --David Horowitz' ace research from early 2000s (Dems've been executing Kremlin policy for a loooong time):

http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=21736

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Sunday's Nyquist is short and points obliquely at 'why the new POTUS climate initiative' --and it's not to happy the POTUS base, as we're tolled --i mean told.

http://www.jrnyquist.com/

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The brilliance of Sun Tzu lies in the fact that his dialectical approach to deception can be applied to any set of opposites. Thus we may rewrite Sun Tzu's words: “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when you are a Communist, you must appear to practice capitalism (e.g. in Beijing); when you are a cynical atheist, you must appear as a Christian (e.g., Putin); when you are attacking an opponent through Islamic surrogates, you must appear to be attacked by these same surrogates (e.g., in Chechnya); when you possess strategic nuclear supremacy (as Russia does), you must appear as a mere regional power (because Obama says so). Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.”

The transposing of opposites from the dimension of time-space, to the ideological dimension of left-right, is only one of many permutations. If it was possible for Putin to have a Chechen alibi prior to the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11, it was also possible for him to have a Christian alibi (by jailing Pussy Riot) in the midst of the cultural breakdown of the United States. As Global Warming is used as a pretext to sabotage the economies of the West, it is pro-forma for Putin to declare that he believes in “global cooling.” Again, one might use the analogy of an alibi. Given these examples, we cannot take Moscow's stated intentions at face value. Does Moscow really want to annex Ukraine, or push Ukraine into Europe's open arms? Is Ukraine itself a poison vat, ready to spill into Europe? Again, Putin is making for himself an alibi: so that when Western culture turns gay, Putin will not be blamed; when global warming is found to be a hoax, Putin will not be blamed; when Ukraine is bailed out by the EU and proves the final straw that bankrupts Europe, Putin will not be blamed. (In fact, he will present himself as Europe's savior.)

===(end excerpt, read the rest @ link --it's short but fraught)
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PS, the JRN piece leads with two quotes worth reading (Dugin is the charismatic philosopher of the rising Eurasia Party):

''NATO membership for Ukraine means death for Russia''

--Alexander Prokhanov

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''In the first stages of Zyuganov’s creation of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (not without some participation on my part, as well as Prokhanov…), efforts were made to interpret and conceptually appraise the presence of the national component in the Soviet worldview (National Bolshevism), but this initiative was abandoned by the leadership of the [Communist Party], which had occupied itself with some other matters…. However, on the level of rhetoric and first reactions, Russian Communists in all senses present themselves as confirmed national conservatives – sometimes even as ‘Orthodox Monarchists.’”

--Alexander Dugin, The Fourth Political Theory

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PS again, is it tommorrow that Netanyahu visits Abe in Japan?

That's going to be quite a meeting --two nationalist patriots whose homeland existence is being toyed with with by the kool kids over at Obama's playhouse, the wizards behind Arab Spring and Soros' dicking around in the old SSRs brandishing the NATO vibe.
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BTW, incidentally, the Dollar took a huge whipping against the Euro today --biggest move in over 8 months 'tween the two. They say it's cuz Spain is looking up. I don't think that sort of weak early signal would move the two currencies that much --i think it's Merkel's trip sinking in.

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Didn't want to put this above Old Salt's Battling Boys:

Shrinkage:
Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me

“If you’re reading this, it means I’m already dead. Just kidding.”

In 2009, at thirty years old, Bryan Bishop’s life was right on track. Known to millions as “Bald Bryan,” the sidekick and soundman on the record-setting podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, his radio career was taking off. He was newly engaged. Then, he and his fiancée Christie were delivered a crushing blow when he was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma—an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan’s promising future was transformed into a grueling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy while facing his mortality.

("Avastin" was released about a year before he was given less than six months to live.
Some folks respond well, others, not well at all.)

http://www.amazon.com/Shrinkage-Manhood-Marriage-Tumor-Tried/dp/1250039843
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Hey Dude................. What difference, at this point, does it make???????
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--depends --what is the next point after this point?
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I think Merkel wants to take control of the process of confrontation with Russia because she does not want to leave it in Obama's hands, fearing he will screw it up.

I dunno. Germany with a foreign policy still strikes me, in the blessed year of 2014, like Japan with nuclear weapons. Our good ex-Axis friends have gotten by without these things for seventy years, just playing their nice little mercantile games under US military, political, and economic umbrellas.

Obambus wants to take the umbrellas away. Maybe this is modesty, or maybe this is a black man who doesn't want to be seen holding an umbrella. Maybe along with the umbrella goes the Pax Americana, with the emphasis on the Pax where Obambus was only focused on the Americana.
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"Pursue Your Bliss"

- A Hitler

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The DNC Wants You To Sign Michelle Obama's Mother's Day Card

Democrats will use any excuse to collect names and email addresses for fund-raising purposes, but this DNC tweet requesting followers to sign a Mother's Day Card for Michelle Obama, struck many people as not only odd - but downright creepy.

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/05/05/The-DNC-Wants-You-To-Sign-Michelle-Obama-s-Mother-s-Day-Card
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I'll wait until the Fourth of July and sign Malia's Sweet Sixteen Birthday Card.

That girl's got game!

'Did You Plug the Hole Yet, Daddy?'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoQhH9srELA

It should be quite a party for our Yankee Doodle Girl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKeYS1P9j1c
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Okay, it's time to shrink Obama some more. From todays' Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303417104579544301704247142?mg=reno64-wsj

Obama Intensifies Focus on Climate With New Assessment Report

"President Barack Obama will argue this week that the effects of climate change must be confronted now, intensifying his focus on the issue a month before new and contentious rules are due out that will regulate emissions from existing power plants.

Tuesday's release of a report called the national climate assessment will kick-start the administration's push on an issue the president views as a key component of his legacy. The document, mandated by Congress and written by a federal advisory panel, will assess the impact global warming will have on specific regions of the country and sectors of the economy."

Let's talk a little thermodynamics. According to the new IPCC there are two kinds of greenhouse gases. The most important one is water vapor. The others are Well Mixed Green House Gases (WMGHG). Among the later are those old bête noirs, carbon dioxide and methane.

The IPCC report artificially differentiates between water and the WMGHG due to water's ability to exist in all three phases, vapor, liquid and solid, at the temperatures and pressures found at the Earth's surface. Because water has the ability to evaporate under the heating of the Sun and then precipitate out as either rain or snow later, it has a comparatively short average residence time in the atmosphere. IPCC puts that time at ten days. As a consequence, the concentration of water vapor in the atmosphere varies significantly from place to place and time to time. It can be hot and humid mid-day in Florida, then the thunderstorms come along and the humidity falls as rain. Water vapor is not "Well Mixed". Without continuous ongoing evaporation, the atmosphere would very quickly dry out.

The equivalent process for WMGHGs is measured in decades. The IPCC is confused as to how long the average residence time for carbon dioxide really is, they estimate it at between 30 and 90 years!!!! How's that for scientific "precision", Al Gore??????

The climate "scientists" then discount the real measured effect of water vapor by admitting that mankind has, as Lincoln might have put it, "a poor power to add or detract". So they describe water as a "feedback" whereas they describe the WMGHGS as "forcings", and then suggest that since only "forcing" gases can produce AGW, water is not a "real" greenhouse gas. That is a circular argument. AGW is caused by mankind.

DUH!

The question for us all is not whether AGW is caused by mankind, but rather if it counts for squat compared to the natural greenhouse effect caused by water vapor. Those of us old enough to have worked fro Grumman Aerospace during the Project Apollo era, remember the sense of awe when Apollo 8 first took the picture "Earthrise".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NASA-Apollo8-Dec24-Earthrise.jpg

That is when mankind first saw the Earth as a "Blue Planet". Subsequent missions measured the temperature of the surface of the Moon and discovered it to be much colder than the earth (and that the moon was not made of green cheese). This was the genesis of the concept of a "greenhouse effect", and the obvious cause was all the blue so visible from space, the water in the oceans.

Molecule to molecule, water is a much better absorber of the infrared radiation in the Sun's rays then either carbon dioxide or methane. Has any climate "scientist" ever explained to you how methane can be a much worse greenhouse gas then carbon dioxide? If methane is so bad, why have they spent decades worrying about carbon dioxide? The trick is in the average residence time and what they term Global Warming Potential.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global-warming_potential

Note how easily they dismiss water vapor.

"Although water vapour has a significant influence with regard to absorbing infrared radiation (which is the green house effect; see greenhouse gas), its GWP is not calculated. Its concentration in the atmosphere mainly depends on air temperature. There is no possibility to directly influence atmospheric water vapour concentration."

If mankind (as exemplified by Obama) cannot influence the atmospheric concentration, it must not matter.

ALL HAIL OBAMA! /sarcasm

There is a Pulitzer Prize awaiting the first White House correspondent who asks Obama, "if the atmospheric concentration of Well Mixed Green House Gases does not change in hourly or daily or weekly time frames, why is the Amazon rain forest so hot and moist while the Atacama Desert has such extreme daily temperature variations?"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atacama_Desert

The true difference is that they are separated by the Andes mountains, which prevents the advection of moisture. the moisture precipitates out as rain in the Amazon tropical rain forest.

"This desert is so arid that many mount
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I'll open by saying that I am a global warming/change/disruption skeptic. The science is very murky. The main people behind the global warming agenda have in the past used environmentalism as a Trojan horse to advance socialism, single world government, etc. Having said all of this, the rapid carbon dioxide increase is disturbing, refer to:

http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/history.html

That information needs to be seen in the context of the following chart:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/Vostok_Petit_data.svg

Apparently the atmosphere naturally does a CO2 step function about every 100,000 years. What's happening now is right on schedule. Also, over the age of the Earth, current CO2 levels are relatively low, refer to:

http://earthguide.ucsd.edu/virtualmuseum/images/CO2History.html

What does it all mean?

I don't know.

Will socialists lie to me in any way they can in order to advance their political agenda?

Without a doubt!

Do I trust the MSM ?

Of course not, I'm not stupid.

I pretty much assume that everything that Obama says is a lie.

I wish we had President who was not a scumbag. If a non-scumbag President said that the carbon dioxide levels were a problem then I would take notice.
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Follow the money. Any scientist who proposes a study to "prove" AGW will get a government grant.

Ask yourself, which came first, snow covering large tracts of the USA, or the "polar vortex"? Clearly, if the atmosphere precipitated out its moisture content as snow, its ability to support the greenhouse effect would decline. Add to that the increased albedo which would reflect incident sunlight in the visible light spectrum back into space without heating the earth, the temperature would steeply decline. Having dried out, the density of the dry air would be higher than that of moist air (water has a molecular weight of 18, air is 29). The dry, heavy air would undercut any incoming moist, warmer air and spill outward to undercut the warm air (a de facto cold front). That cold pool of air would persist long enough to be dubbed a "polar vortex".

If a Well Mixed Green House Gas predominated, you would not get these large diurnal temperature variations. Anyone who survived this winter knows the coldest nights were those that were so clear that the stars twinkled. That was because the air was very, very dry.

Water vapor is the "primary species of greenhouse gas". Justice John Paul Stevens is scientifically illiterate. Even the new IPCC admits as much.
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My deep worry is the world's carbon dioxide levels are going up NOT due to the burning of fossil fuels but rather due to ecological damage to the oceans. The ocean's plankton play a major role in converting carbon dioxide back into oxygen. The socialists don't really care if the oceans are being ruined. Their AGW agenda is world domination through take over of the global energy supply and economy. We could find ourselves in a lose-lose situation where the socialists have taken over and wrecked the world's economy by restricting fossil fuel usage but carbon dioxide levels go up anyway because the oceans are not adequately converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.
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The news from the commercial fisheries is interesting.

Louisiana commercial fisheries tops Gulf of Mexico in total catch and revenue

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/04/louisiana_commercial_fishery_t.html#incart_river

See! All that worrying that the GoM was dead due to the Deepwater Horizon was just totally overwrought. The beaches have been cleaned up. Labor Day weekend 2010 was a big success. What was needed was plugging the damn hole! Mission accomplished via the static kill. And all that nonsense about the well wouldn't be killed until the relief well was completed after Labor Day was just Democrat hype used to avoid wasting a crisis.

And changing weather has helped provide nutrients to Alaskan wild salmon.

http://www.pfeg.noaa.gov/research/climatemarine/cmffish/cmffishery6.html

"Salmon stocks from Alaska have been highly productive since the 1976 regime change in the North Pacific, an estimated 3 times more productive than in the 1946-75 period. The periods of increased salmon production correspond to an eastward shift of the Aleutian Low pressure system which produces more frequent and severe winter storms, and a warming of the surface waters in the Gulf of Alaska. This shift between warm and cold periods is now called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation or PDO. The warmer conditions and increased nutrient levels from upwelling in the central Alaska gyre carried northward toward the coast may have contributed to the observed increase in plankton, a source of food for young salmon in the ocean, and thereby to increased Alaskan salmon production.'
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...and what if AGW were true and it's the only thing holding off the next ice age? The last ice age put 97% of Canada under ice. Animals and plants survived only in so-called Refugias, where the aridity kept the ice away. Here's a great little overview, short & sweet, and you can see how to relate "Pleistocene" and "Quaternary", the taxons of the times.

http://nature.ca/notebooks/english/iceage.htm

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But if AGW and the alarmist predictions about it were true it would provide the justification for central planning and control of the economy by the "best and brightest" as well as all the social engineering projects needed to conscript and regiment the peasants into the smiling army of Gaia.

Therefore it must be true. Verdict first, and any evidence in the ensuing trial which conflicts with the verdict is irrelevant and must be excluded.

Oh well, if it wasn't AGW it would be something else, perhaps a potential invasion by space aliens. For the totalitarians among us the answer is always the same. The question it is the answer to varies over time.
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Saw this morning on the Today Show that Al "the shill" Roker is going to do an "interview" with dear liar. Just what we need, a "weatherman" doing an "interview" with a "fraud" about a non-existent "emergency". Anything to fool the rubes!
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I saw a great bumper sticker the other day;

"Stop Plate Tectonics"

'bout summed it up.



















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I just thought of another one

ENGINEERS MAKE THE WORLD SAFE FOR SCIENTISTS

(You do realize much of what we do is known as "idiotproofing", don't you? ;-) )
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America has no politicians of the deep thinking caliber required to play the International game of Chess that has commenced even before the fall of “Pax Americana”!
I wonder just how many even play Chess beyond the Novice Level?
Do any of them even know the Chinese equivalent (GO)?
The future we are sailing into we will certainly needed Grandmasters, the Chinese have been playing far deeper stratagems then our leaders even comprehended.
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My last comment.

"America has no politicians of the deep thinking caliber required to play the International game of Chess."

Nor will it ever. America wasn't designed to play the "Great Man" game. The problem with the current elite is that they are just Tommy Vietors trying to be aristocrats. Obama -- and for that matter George Bush -- would only ever make a mediocre "strongman".

America's strength is America. It wins by creativity and freedom. That is it's comparative advantage. When Obama set out to play the "European game" -- the elite always wants to play the 'European game' -- it was a racket he could never win.

His task was to be the president of a free and productive country. Not to become some wannabee Messiah. Ronald Reagan was great not because he was an administrative genius or mathematical prodigy. He was no Napoleon. Reagan's great strength was in believing in America.

Of course Obama will never see things that way. He thinks "he" does things. No matter. He is perceived in his diminutive proportion by all the real chess players that matter.

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