Monday, May 28, 2012

We thank those who gave all; Russian/American military exercises in Colorado; Russia prevents UN sanctions on Syria; How to get noticed by DHS; MSNBC uncomfortable to call fallen military "heroes"; Another Muslim at Fort Hood guilty; Barack Obama's two sons; 49% of households on government benefits; Schools tracking your children; The UN and your Internet; Bain Capital and Kohlber Kravis Roberts; Three possibilities;

May we remember with pride those who have given of their lives in their 
mission of keeping America and the world free.

A Business Insider excerpt reads:
Russian paratroopers will meet up with American forces next month for an unprecedented military exercise in Colorado, according to RT News.
It's the first time Russian service members will be invited into the United States for a joint drill.
A Russian airborne task force will "exercise with U.S. special service weapons," an announcement by Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Col. Aleksandr Kucherenko revealed.
The official purpose of the joint training is to practice airborne tactics and anti-terror operations, such as dropping into a hostile area and conducting a "terrorist camp raid."
"Soldiers of the two countries will hold a tactical airborne operation, including reconnaissance of an imaginary terrorists' camp and a raid," said Kucherenko.
Syria is one of Russia's top weapons customers. The United States and European Union have suggested the U.N. Security Council should impose an arms embargo and other U.N. sanctions on Syria for its 14-month assault on a pro-democracy opposition determined to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
But Russia, with the support of fellow veto power China, has prevented the council from imposing any U.N. sanctions on Syria and has refused to halt arms sales to Damascus.
The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.
The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'.
But if ever you wanted to see the human embodiment of the adjective in action, have a look at the video from his MSNBC show this morning of the too-refined-by-half Hayes explaining why he is "uncomfortable" in calling America's fallen military members "heroes."  

Hayes is worried that doing so is "rhetorically proximate" to justifications for more war.  Oh, the rhetorical proximity!  View the video after the jump.
In fairness, Hayes and the other panel members distinguished between their respect for the valor of the individual military members who had given their lives with the worthiness of the various causes in which they fought. 
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The US MUSLIM soldier traitor charged with plotting a 2011 attack on Fort Hood troops was found guilty on all counts. Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, a MUSLIM soldier who was AWOL from Fort Campbell, KY, at the time of his 2011 arrest, faces up to life in prison for his conviction of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

NY POST  A civilian jury at a US District Court in Waco, Texas, also found Abdo guilty of attempted murder of US military personnel and four weapons-related charges

He stood accused of planning to bomb a Killeen, Texas, Chinese buffet frequented by soldiers at nearby Fort Hood. Prosecutors said he was planning to launch his attack around lunchtime to allow for the maximum number of casualties.


In two campaign speeches over the last two days, President Barack Obama has twice mistakenly mentioned “my sons” when defending his administration’s regulation requiring virtually all health-care plans in the United States to provide women, without any fees or co-pay, with sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.--[Perhaps he thinks his base will love him all the more if they think he is unhinged.]
49.1%: Percent of the population that lives in a household where at least one member received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2011.
[BIG BROTHER ALERT!] Northside Independent School District plans to track students next year on two of its campuses using technology implanted in their student identification cards in a trial that could eventually include all 112 of its schools and all of its nearly 100,000 students.
District officials said the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) tags would improve safety by allowing them to locate students — and count them more accurately at the beginning of the school day to help offset cuts in state funding, which is partly based on attendance.
House lawmakers will consider an international proposal next week to give the United Nations more control over the Internet.
The proposal is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, and would give the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet.
[Hypocrisy alert!]One of President Barack Obama’s 35 campaign “co-chairs” partnered with a private equity firm frequently decried by progressives — Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) — to lay off workers at Del Monte Food Company.
In private equity business, “investors walk off with big returns, and working folks get stuck holding the bag. … That’s fine,” Obama told cheering donors at a May 24 De Moines, Iowa fundraiser.
“But that’s not the job of a president. That’s not the president’s job. There may be value for that kind of experience, but it’s not in the White House,” he declared.  [If Presidents and their administrations should not be in the business of private equity, I guess for Obama that a President SHOULD be in the paid-for-by-taxpayers equity business, such as Solyndra and other companies which took the money and almost immediately went bankrupt, taking our money with them.] Read more:
Three possibilities follow the bombshell discovery that Barack Obama was promoted in 1991 through 2007 by his professional agency as an author "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."  (1) Obama untruthfully presented himself as Kenya-born.  (2) Obama untruthfully presents himself as Hawaii-born.  (3) Obama had no knowledge that his bio contained the 16-year-old "error" which was corrected in April of 2007, when Obama was gearing up his campaign for the U.S. presidency.

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