GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Terps get screwed!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/09/militarys-forgotten-terps-get-some-love/

Military’s Forgotten ‘Terps’ Get Some Love
    * By Nathan Hodge Email Author
    * September 22, 2009

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Foust and Hsia aren’t the first ones to take up the cause of the interpreters. Many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have tried to help their interpreters — many of whom face death threats — get special immigrant visas. Writing last year in the New York Post, Marine Corps vet Owen West expressed his frustration with the maddening bureaucratic process. “As a Marine, I was taught never to leave a comrade-in-arms behind on the battlefield,” he wrote. “But that’s exactly what the State Department is doing to men and women who’ve sacrificed everything to help our troops – our Iraqi interpreters.”

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As usual, the gooferment figures out a way for is to screw some of our few friends.

I bet these “Terps” would be as good a citizen as any U of Maryland grad.

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LIBERTY: We should be ashamed

Sunday, September 27, 2009

http://floatingcubans.com/

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The original attempt at reaching the United States was done with a converted 1951 Chevy pickup truck on July 16, 2003. The truck’s drive shaft was attached directly to a propeller and the craft could reportedly reach a leisurely 7 knots (8 mph). 55-gallon oil drums were used for flotation. The dozen or so Cubans in the truck were caught just south of Key West after being sighted by a U.S. Customs aircraft.

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We should put a giant garbage bag over the Statue of Liberty.

It mocks us.

If we eliminated welfare, then we could throw open the “Golden Doors”.

We’d be a better place.

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POLITICS: The attempt to have welfare and warfare destroys us; just like LBJ did

Saturday, September 19, 2009

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/obama-missile-defense-2572467-nuclear-iran

Friday, September 18, 2009
Mark Steyn: Obama helping Putin restitch Iron Curtain
Scrapping of U.S. missile defense plans hands big victory to Russia’s new czar.
Mark Steyn
Syndicated columnist

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In a sense, the health care debate and the foreign policy debacle are two sides of the same coin: For Britain and other great powers, the decision to build a hugely expensive welfare state at home entailed inevitably a long retreat from responsibilities abroad, with a thousand small betrayals of peripheral allies along the way. A few years ago, the great scholar Bernard Lewis warned, during the debate on withdrawal from Iraq, that America risked being seen as “harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend.” In Moscow and Tehran, on the one hand, and Warsaw and Prague, on the other, they’re drawing their own conclusions.

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Don’t you wonder how this one action is going to hurt our ability to be safe in the future?

If I was a foreign country, I wouldn’t trust us.

Would you?

We are clearly untrustworthy. And, we, the dollar, and the world will suffer from our failure.

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POLITICS: An unreliable friend

Thursday, September 17, 2009

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100010237/barack-obama-surrenders-to-russia-on-missile-defence/

Barack Obama surrenders to Russia on Missile Defence
By Nile Gardiner World Last updated: September 17th, 2009

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What signal does this send to Ukraine, Georgia and a host of other former Soviet satellites who look to America and NATO for protection from their powerful neighbour? The impending cancellation of Third Site is a shameful abandonment of America’s friends in eastern and central Europe, and a slap in the face for those who actually believed a key agreement with Washington was worth the paper it was written on.

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The USA has ALWAYS been an unreliable friend. I remember, as should any little insurrection, the ’57 Hungarian Revolution. Our Hungarian neighbor cried at the table with my father and uncles about how the State Department sold them out. At your own peril, trust ANY politician’s promise.

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TECHNOLOGY: We’re at war against foreign powers and criminals

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=0020002HDYSG&page=1

World War 3.0: 10 Critical Trends for Cybersecurity
September 2, 2009 7:22AM

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The Internet, private networks, VPNs, and a host of other technologies are quickly weaving the planet into a single, massively complex “infosphere.” These connections cannot be severed without overwhelming damage to companies and even economies. Yet, they represent unprecedented vulnerabilities to espionage and covert attack.

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Bottom line: We care complacent. We’d better deploy IPv6 for its improved security now. Next, we better start encrypting everything in sight.

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RANT: GM Government Motors to make cars in China?

Monday, August 31, 2009

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE57T0IV20090830

GM to form China venture, invest $293 million
Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:33am EDT
By Fang Yan and Edmund Klamann

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – General Motors said on Sunday it has agreed to set up a light commercial vehicle production venture with major Chinese automaker FAW Group, with total investment of 2 billion yuan ($293 million).

The 50-50 joint venture, based in the northeast China city of Changchun in Jilin province, will make light-duty trucks and vans, GM said in a statement.

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Bet they will have the UAW representing the workers? Not!

Hey, it’s only 293M$ of our tax money.

Glad the gooferment is branching out. From it’s Constitutionally mandated functions.

Now you see the meaning of Fascism. Oh, I mean gooferment – business cooperation.

How’s that “change” working out for you?

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POLITICAL: Dealing with NK

Monday, August 10, 2009

http://channel-surfing.blogspot.com/2009/08/wrong-thinking-on-right.html

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Wrong thinking on the right

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You knew this was going to happen — the right-wing can’t abide a Democratic success, especially when Bill Clinton is involved.

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Glad the young women are home. But what did it cost us? No one is saying that. If it was just sending Bill for a photo op, then maybe. If we have “caved”, maybe not. What were these women doing sneaking into North Korea? I’m glad they are home, but I’d like to understand the full cost. And, I’m neither “right”, “left”, or wrong. We may have endangered other Americans by being “weak”?

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