Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Obama wins historic nomination

Obama wins historic nomination

Barack Hussein Obama, a freshman senator who defeated the first family of Democratic Party politics with a call for a fundamentally new course in politics, was nominated by his party today to be the 44th president of the United States.

NATO ships cause alarm in Moscow

Russian commanders said they were growing alarmed at the number of NATO warships sailing into the Black Sea, conceding that NATO vessels now outnumbered the ships in their fleet anchored off the western coast of Georgia.

Russian Missle Ship

Russian official: "Vessels will be visiting Syria and other friendly ports more frequently."

The New Cold War?
Western media have slipped into Cold War rhetoric, portraying Russia as an aggressor vs. Georgia. But that's too facile a view

Georgia: Fallen Star for Investors
War with Russia has hurt Georgia's reputation as a stable investment climate, the best among former Soviet states in the Caucasus

Russia's Achilles Heel
Russia understands that power can be exerted from control of oil and natural gas pipelines, and one of them passes through countries where the U.S. has influence

London Games 2012: Lessons from Beijing
The British capital can't match China for spending or flash. It aims instead to emphasize fun at the 2012 Summer Olympics

The city's mayor, Boris Johnson, summed up the mood: "We've been dazzled, impressed, and blown away by these Beijing Games," he says, adding, "but we've not been intimidated."

Brave words, but the London mayor knows he's got his work cut out to match what International Olympic Committee Chairman Jacques Rogge rightfully called an "extraordinary Games." The British capital has a budget of just over $17 billion to deliver London 2012, compared with the $44 billion that Chinese authorities spent on the Beijing Games. China bulldozed neighborhoods to make way for the Games and throttled factories and driving in a scramble to clean up Beijing's polluted air, but British officials enjoy no such impunity. Indeed, they're already coming up against taxpayer outcry over plans for the Olympic site in East London.

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

Annenberg documents show extensive contacts between Obama and Ayers

Rick Moran, in a post on the American Thinker, accuses Sen. Obama of being a liar of the first magnitude.

As we wait for the press and others to go through the thousands of documents related to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge where Barack Obama served as President of the Board, and terrorist William Ayers headed up the operations arm, here's what's apparent so far: Barack Obama made it appear in public statements that he barely knew Ayers. Here is what he said at the Philadelphia debate in April about his relationship with the terrorist:

This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who's a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He's not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis. And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn't make much sense, George.

But here's what the Annenberg docs show so far:

The UIC records show that Obama and Ayers attended board meetings, retreats and at least one news conference together as the education program got under way. The two continued to attend meetings together during the 1995-2001 operation of the program, records show.

"Not someone I exchange ideas with on a regular basis?" Assuming he had private meetings with Ayers in addition to the public ones, one could easily conclude that Obama did indeed "exchange ideas with Ayers on a regular basis."

Top U.S. Marine sees shift from Iraq to Afghanistan

The top U.S. Marine officer said on Wednesday he could reduce his 25,000-strong force in the former al Qaeda stronghold of Iraq's Anbar province to reinforce military operations against a growing Taliban threat in Afghanistan.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway told reporters the once-restive province west of Baghdad could be turned over to Iraqi security control within days, thanks to the sharp decline in violence that occurred when Sunni tribal leaders switched allegiance from al Qaeda to the U.S. military.

The Marine Corps Times said on its Web site that Anbar security would revert to Iraq next week. Marine officials declined to confirm a specific date due to security concerns.

UK urges tough response to Russia

The UK foreign secretary calls for "hard-headed engagement" with Russia in response to its actions in Georgia.

No Real New News – Global Warming Source Found Centered in Denver

There's not a lot new going on in the world today. The Russians are still occupying Georgia, and news of their atrocities are beginning to leak out; the EU is wagging a finger at the Russians; and the US is preoccupied with the play-by-play reportage of the Democrat Party Convention in Denver. The Chinese were able to close all their factories in Beijing to improve the air quality for the Olympics……..given the vapid and vacuous CO2 laden hot air now emanating from Denver, can we get the Democrats to shut down the podium and do the same for the rest of us?

Nothing new here citizen…..move along now.

Russian-backed paramilitaries are ethnically cleansing villages inside a buffer zone within Georgia. The South Ossetian militiamen have torched houses, beaten elderly people and even murdered civilians in the lawless zone just north of Gori, set up by the Russian army, close to the border with the breakaway republic whose independence Russia recognized this week, locals said.

Is the Ukraine the new Cold War front?

A day after Russia threw down a fresh challenge to the West by recognizing Georgia's breakaway territories as independent states, the (UK's) foreign secretary, David Miliband, was the first Western official in Kiev to show support for the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko. The US vice president, Dick Cheney, is travelling to both Georgia and Ukraine next week.

Mr. Yushchenko, who fell victim to a mysterious poisoning that almost cost him his life after he led the Orange Revolution in 2004, fears that his country could be next on Vladimir Putin's hit list. (Can't understand why he thinks that….)No real

(Who knew the Brits were so hot-blooded?)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko called Russia's decision to recognize two Georgian rebel regions unacceptable today and threatened to raise the issue of a rent increase at a base for the Black Sea Fleet. (Yeah, that'll really get those KGB guys quaking in their hob-nailed boots)

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, spoke to President Dmitri Medvedev today, the first western leader to talk to the Kremlin since Medvedev announced the recognition of the two secessionist regions of Georgia. She made it plain she had voiced her strong disapproval to the Russian leader.

"I made clear above all that I would have expected that we would talk about these questions in [international] organisations before unilateral recognition happened," she said. "There are several UN Security Council resolutions in which the territorial integrity of Georgia was stressed, which Russia also worked on."

The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said Russia had broken international law and, along with other senior European officials, worried that Russia's decision to redraw Georgia's borders would encourage Moscow to act similarly with other former parts of the Soviet Union
such as Ukraine. (What would cause him to suspect that?)

The Wall Street Journal comments today that Big Labor is making a strong comeback in driving the agenda of the Democrats………States with more union households tend to be more Democratic. And groups like the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO will pour hundreds of millions of dollars, and endless man hours, into getting Democrats elected this year. Those resources have simply overwhelmed the 1990s New Democrat movement that tried to tug the party toward freer trade and public-sector reform.
They want to pass "card check" legislation, which would eliminate the requirement for secret ballots in union elections, since they can't get members any other way. Passage of this would arguably be the biggest change to federal labor law since the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947. The Democratic House passed card check last year, and Mr. Obama has pledged his support. With a few more Senators, it might pass. That should really help the US manufacturing industries, and cities like Detroit end their painful suffering – like a coup de grace.

The only sector of the U.S. auto industry that is prospering is the part not organized by the United Auto Workers. Likewise, Europe, with its high jobless rates and slow growth, argues against
unionization as a way to lift middle-class incomes. To the extent a country like Germany has modestly reversed some of this, it has been the result of recent labor-law reforms and labor concessions.

As for the U.S., the states with right to work laws have performed better economically for workers of all types. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has shown that right to work states over the past 30 years have lower unemployment, higher rates of job creation, and faster growth in GDP and per-capita personal income than states with compulsory union membership.

What Americans need to know this November is that the Democratic Party wants to make it that much more difficult for them not to join a union.

It looks like T. Boone Pickens is going to have to put his plans on hold, and you're not going to be able to plug that car in for some time. Seems like the real problem is that you can't get it from there, to here. Wind driven electricity, that is. MORE

Now would be a good time to read Jon Stossel's perspective on Energy Independence:

Energy Independence

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