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Weakness is not a virtue

By Patrick Van Roy On January 16th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

President Obama has called off the joint exercises in the Red Sea, and Israel. Americans asked to postpone mass exercise meant to test air-defense capabilities to avoid escalation of tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program. Israeli officials said the Americans asked to delay the drill so as not to heighten tensions with Iran over its nuclear program and avoid drawing any additional attention from the Arab countries during such a turbulent period.

Obama has taken a stance of weakness. Weakness does not deter ones enemies, strength does. Instead of showing strength Obama displays weakness and stupidity. The Iranians have held exercises in the Red Sea twice in the last few months. They have moved their uranium enrichment that is in it’s final stages to it’s underground facilities at Natanz. They have tested two types of missiles a long range missile that could easily not just strike Israel, but anywhere in Europe, including the British Isles. The second missile they have tested is a low atmospheric blast missile designed for an EMP nuclear blast. Iran is on a war footing, and not just in the Middle East. Imamadjihad just finished visiting the heads of everyone of Americas enemies in South America and Cuba.

The U.S. already has two Carrier Groups in the area, plus we have increased our air assets at our land based facilities in the region. Now is not the time to show timidity.

Olli Heinonen (IAEA) wrote in an article published earlier this week that Iran made major advancements after switching production of its higher-grade enriched uranium to a new, underground site.

According to Ambassador Bolton: “They’ve got, by publicly available information from the International Atomic Energy Agency, enough low-enriched uranium that if enriched up to weapons grade would be enough for four weapons.”

“So they’ve got more work to do, but they are already well on their way,” he said.

“Even Secretary of Defense Panetta said last month that Iran could have a nuclear device within a year,” Bolton argued. “So they are very close, and obviously if they stepped up their efforts and worked harder, they may well be able to do it before then.

“So this is a clear and present danger,” he continued, “and I think it’s one of the reasons why you see the tension now in the region and why 2012 is going to be such an important year.”

In his article last week, Heinonen, who was the IAEA’s director-general until 2010, said that building a stock of 250 kg of 20-percent enriched uranium did not mean Iran could deploy a bomb without further engineering work.

Still, he allowed that 20-percent enriched uranium could within weeks be further purified to the 90-percent necessary for weapons grade.

“I worry the publicly available information is giving only a very small picture and that Iran is actually even much further along,” Bolton said

The U.S. Senate voted Unanimously to shut down the ability of the Iranian Central Bank to do business. That vote also included a blockade of Iranian oil exports and gasoline imports. The President signed the measures, but has refused to implement them. While Obama has been talking tougher about Iran’s nuclear work and made threats to block oil export routes out of the Gulf and hit Iran with harsher sanctions, new U.S. measures adopted on December 31 gave President Barak Obama leeway on the scope of penalties on the Iranian central bank and oil exports. to impose these sanctions, and the President has hesitated for fear of oil prices rising this year, and upsetting his base out of election-year considerations.

It is time to move to prevent war not back down. Showing weakness encourages the Mad Mullahs and the suicidal little Persian. It is time for a show of force as a deterrent, not a show of weakness.

Huntsman ends his hunt.

By Mahons On January 16th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination.  Like the huntsman in Snow White, he didn’t seem to have evil in his heart (which hurt his chances in that party).  He is expected to endorse Mitt Romney later today.

His campaign never took off.  He did manage to get the endorsement of South Carolina’s largest newspaper, but wisely decided that whatever ground he gained was never going to be enough.  He offered Republican primary voters the option of sensible conservatism, but it really isn’t the year for that.  So they will slouch towards Washington, D.C. without him.  Most Huntsman voters will likely go to Romney in the primaries, not that there were large numbers to begin with.  But it will mean the realistic and sane and pragmatic will be rallying around Mitt now, the other options ranging from laughable to deplorable.

I’ll credit Huntsman with entering the race with the knowledge that he had a difficult road, and I’ll credit him further for getting out when it was clear that he wouldn’t be doing himself or the party any good.  I don’t think we’ve heard the last of him and I wish him well.

MLK Day

By Patrick Van Roy On January 16th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Here is a montage that includes him and others, the message is important. Learn it…..

The man, and the most famous speech

BACK FROM THE FRONT…WITH AN INVITATION

By David Vance On January 15th, 2012 at 10:57 am

Well, another year has passed an I am that much older, if not wiser. I am 52 today in theory, although I like to think I am younger at heart!

Just back from interview with the always amiable and polite William Crawley at the BBC on his soaraway programme Sunday Sequence. As mentioned, the topic of issue was the ATW post by yours truly supporting the US Marines for killing Taliban whilst criticising their inappropriate behaviour post-kill. We’ve talked plenty about this and I have no desire to keep repeating my views.

But what somewhat surprised me was the suggestion by my debate opponent Fionnola Meredith on-air that ATW is a racist site. I put her right on that on-air but it was mildly irritating!

Now what this had to do with a debate on the Taliban and Marines, only God and Fionnola knows but I do take grave exception to that suggestion. She quoted a few posts on ATW from a few years back – neither of which were written by me. But here’s my bottom-line. I am a libertarian on these matters and as regular writers and readers know, I very rarely censor as I believe in free speech! That does not mean I agree with what is written here all the time but I take the line that liberty, if it means anything, is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear! It’s funny how some liberals wrap their intolerance of other people’s opinions in the swaddling clothes of pious humbug and then think that one must let them get away with it. Well, not here.

I invite Fionnola to comment here as she wishes, I will certainly not censor her. If she thinks we are racists let her state why and let those who differ challenge her. Unlike some, I practise what I preach – all views welcome so long as they are expressed politely and with respect.

” Lost Cowboy Song “, by davieboy

By Phantom On January 14th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

This song, by our own davieboy deserves a post of it’s own.

The roots of Country and western music extend worldwide, and it surely includes London.

Good job davieboy.

” El Paso ” , Marty Robbins

By Phantom On January 14th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgI5DMVegIk

Western music used to be a huge part of what was once known as ” Country and western “. It had a rich body of work all it’s own.

Marty Robbins was born in Glendale, Arizona in 1925. He was one of the great Western singers.

This song, which I have always loved, was released in 1960, and rose to Number One on the charts.

It was covered by the Grateful Dead who played it for years and years.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES….

By David Vance On January 14th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I’ll be appearing on Sunday Sequence tomorrow to discuss the story I posted the other day concerning US Marines, dead Taliban and the problem I have with media priorities. Do tune in – think I will be on after 8.30am. I shall hold my argument until then.

Instituting Fascism

By Patrick Van Roy On January 13th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

The CFPB, consumer financial protection bureau, the head of which Richard Cordray, was UN-Constitutionally appointed by President Barry the other day is the installation of Mussolini style pure fascism. The CSFB answers to no one.

The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.

The consumer bureau is working to:

Educate

An informed consumer is the first line of defense against abusive practices.

Enforce

Like a neighborhood cop on the beat, the CFPB supervises banks, credit unions, and other financial companies, and we will enforce Federal consumer financial laws.

Study

The consumer bureau gathers and analyzes available information to better understand consumers, financial services providers, and consumer financial markets.

The consumer bureau is working to give consumers the information they need to understand the terms of their agreements with financial companies. We are working to make regulations and guidance as clear and streamlined as possible so providers of consumer financial products and services can follow the rules on their own.

  • Conduct rule-making, supervision, and enforcement for Federal consumer financial protection laws
  • Restrict unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices
  • Take consumer complaints
  • Promote financial education
  • Research consumer behavior
  • Monitor financial markets for new risks to consumers
  • Enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance

Sounds great, don’t it? Except it is truly pure fascism that answers to no one. All government agencies either created by the Administrative branch, or the Congressional branch has a method of oversight. Not so with the CFPB, it has no oversight not even through it’s purse strings.

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It’s Friday and the World just ain’t right

By Patrick Van Roy On January 13th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Lets raise some hell today, call a politician and break his balls just for the sake of doin it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXZItoI-jWY

and when we get the world right we’ll all meet where this song says to relax

 

Old Chinese Proverb

By Mike Cunningham On January 11th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

 

“You know that you are doing something right when they start attacking you and lying about everything you hold dear!”

So lets all hoist a glass to the man who really is both the nicest and bravest of them all!