On New Year’s Day 2009, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) policeman Johannes Mehserle shot an unarmed black man as he lay face down on an Oakland, California BART station platform. Oscar Grant died the next morning. Like the Rodney King beating, the event was video-recorded by bystanders. As a result, there is absolutely no doubt Oscar Grant was face down, policemen kneeling on him, when Mehserle drew his pistol and shot Grant in the back at point blank range.
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Naval Academy graduate and Cold War carrier pilot, Chet Nagle flew in the Cuban Missile Crisis. After a stint as a navy research officer, he joined International Security Affairs as a Pentagon civilian -- then came defense and intelligence work, life abroad for 12 years as an agent for the CIA, and extensive time in Iran, Oman, and many other countries. Along the way, he graduated from the Georgetown University Law School and was the founding publisher of a geo-political magazine, The Journal of Defense & Diplomacy, read in over 20 countries and with a circulation of 26,000. At the end of his work in the Middle East, he was awarded the Order of Oman in that allied nation’s victory over communist Yemen; now, he writes and consults. He and his wife Dorothy live in Virginia.
A great many people believe that the Bible, or Nostradamus, or the Mayan calendar, or all three, predict that the world will end in 2012. Now we have a prediction from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Of all the doomsayers out there, NASA is the one to take seriously.
California is so broke it is being compared to Greece. But the Orange County Board of Supervisors gave away 4.3 million dollars to an illegal Mexican alien who is also a child molester. Why did the supervisors do it? Answer: “The lawyer made me do it!”
A few years ago, politicians, economists and military analysts calculated that Communist China might be able to deny access to the western Pacific by 2025. Their calculations were wrong. China threw down the gauntlet this summer and claimed sovereignty over the seas from Vietnam to the Philippines, and from the Leizhou Peninsula to oil rich Borneo. While the Pentagon makes plans to further weaken our navy, Pacific trade routes are slipping under Chinese control, our Asian allies are drifting toward Beijing, and freedom of the seas is fading.
Last week the White House reversed another Bush administration policy and sent a report to the UN Human Rights Council outlining America’s supposed human rights violations. President Obama’s litany of abuses by the United States includes discrimination against and oppression of minorities, women, gays and the handicapped, and even takes Arizona’s new immigration law to task. Our president also modestly adds the grand work he is doing to save us from ourselves, like his healthcare program.
Russia will begin loading fuel rods into Iran’s new nuclear reactor on Friday. Ultimately, the Bushehr complex will produce Plutonium (Pu239) much faster than centrifuges can deliver Uranium (U235), and Pu239 is better material for atomic weapons. But unlike attacks on similar reactors in Iraq (1981) and Syria (2007), the Israelis will not attempt to destroy Bushehr in the next two days or, indeed, two months. Why not?
A rumor has gone viral. From journalists to bankers, brokers, and bloggers, the buzz is that the White House is about to spring an August surprise: The Obama administration will order the two government-controlled mortgage lenders, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, to forgive mortgage debt owed by millions of American homeowners.
In the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s the United States deported trainloads, busloads, and shiploads of illegal aliens. “Operation Wetback,” ordered by President Eisenhower in 1954, charged the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) with deporting a million illegal aliens: men and women and their American-born minor children. Government agents did it then, and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution does not prevent them from doing it today.
It is difficult to define the conflict in Afghanistan as “war,” since nations wage war determined to win. Because the Obama administration has never clearly explained its view of victory in Afghanistan, military activity there is best described as a “situation.” And the bad situation there is as good as we are going to get.
Money madness in Washington has infected the individual states and unions. They all want more money – your money – and the Obama administration wants to give it to them.
In the fight over defense spending, the first round has been fought between Congress and the Pentagon. Congress won by a knockout.
“If you know your enemy and yourself, you will win a hundred battles; if you know neither your enemies nor yourself, you will lose every battle.” Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Joe Sestak is not someone worth fighting over. Nor was Monica Lewinski. But the mistake of dealing with ignoble and immoral people can humble the mighty, and President Obama is no exception. He may find himself signing a resignation letter one day soon.
"From now until the end of the world, we and it shall be remembered.
We few, we Band of Brothers. For he who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."
—William Shakespeare (King Henry V)
The European Union (mainly German taxpayers) and the International Monetary Fund (mainly American taxpayers) cobbled together a trillion dollars of loans and loan guarantees for Greece. That bummer bailout was supposed to save the Euro, the EU’s common currency. But the Euro is still in a nosedive and global stock markets are falling too. Why? In a word, the answer is debt.
The United States is broke and in debt. The only people who refuse to understand that reality, and who refuse to care, are the big spenders in congress and the White House. Disaster approaches, and what informed citizens want to know is exactly when the hammer will fall on our currency and economy. Now Moody’s Investor Service has given us a clue. First, some background.
Persistent odors of hypocrisy and cynicism waft through the Oval Office. Campaign promises to abandon warmongering policies of President Bush have been conveniently forgotten. Worse, those dreadful and embarrassing strategies have been adopted by President Obama. Why is mainstream media silent? Where is the outrage?
Things are happening in Europe, and those things will not help our sick economy. Government bonds of Greece were downgraded to junk status and interest spiked at 23 percent. That is the interest on a loan a Greek with excellent credit would pay. If he could get a loan.
The PIIGS of the European Union are broke. Today’s clever acronym for the EU nations of Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain—PIIGS—is quite apt. They have been living high on the hog for years, propping up socialist programs with borrowed money. Now their debts are mountainous, their economies are slowing, and their lenders are leery. Moreover, if we examine the European crisis carefully, we find it has already arrived in America.
The Trojan Horse inside the world’s financial fortress is the European Union. Lurking in it are Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. When they finally spring into the daylight and are seen by multinational banks and lenders, a second financial meltdown will begin.