March 9th, 2014
March 9th, 2014
“He promised to heal the planet & stop the rise of the oceans....the only thing rising in Obama's la-la-land is the Russian empire"~Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin on Saturday took her requisite swipes at President Obama and the rest of his Democratic Party but saved some of her sharpest criticism for the old guard of the Republican Party -- telling potential voters to get rid of the “GOP beltway boys.”
The former GOP Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate delivered her remarks as the keynote speaker of the Conservative Political Action Conference -- a friendly audience that hooted and clapped at her sometimes comical and irreverent speech.
“ObamaCare suckers,” Palin began. “You are the ones paying the bill in this brave new world.”
Palin told the hundreds in the audience that America is on the edge of an awakening -- sparked last year by Tea Party champion and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to defund ObamaCare.
“The filibuster worked by waking up America to the folly,” she said to applause.
She argued that Congress already has “some good guys” including conservative scrappers such as GOP Reps. Louie Gohmert, Texas, and Trey Gowdy, South Carolina.
But it’s time to send them re-enforcements,” she said. “They need their re-enforcements because people are hurting today. … I feel good today because people aren’t putting up with it. There are stirrings of a great awakening. I do feel the eyes of America are being opened.”
Beyond Obama and other Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Palin argued, the Republican establishment is to blame for many of the country’s problems.
“And they are a different breed of cat,” said Palin, suggesting the GOP establishment has become too complacent in their election strategy by focusing only on criticizing ObamaCare and watching the economy tank.
“Why reward them with your vote,” she said. “The age of Obama is almost over.”
Palin closed the event and her speech by arguing that Democrats, not Republicans, have waged a war against women.
“We know better than to fall for that victimization line,” she said. “But if you have a sister or a friend, you have to set them straight. They entice girls to think they need guys to grow government. That’s not liberation; that’s subjugation
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March 8th, 2014
The Rush Limbaugh Show
By Rush Limbaugh
There's a headline here at the Huffing and Puffington Post.
It's by a woman named Carolyn Gregoire, and I don't know she pronounces it that way.
G-r-e-g-o-i-r-e, Gregoire, Gregoire. It's probably Gregory, if I had to guess. But anyway, headline: "Cadillac Made a Commercial About the American Dream, and it is a Nightmare." This commercial has hit a nerve in the left that is such a teachable moment!
This commercial itself and the reaction to it by the left is all anyone needs know about what really has become of the Democrat Party and the American left. The actor is Neal McDonough. You've seen him in Justified.
He was in some other TV series that ran for four years. I can't think of the name of it right off the top of my head. You'd recognize him if you saw him. He's playing the part here of a successful American male, who happens to own one of these new Cadillac electric cars.
MCDONOUGH: Why do we work so hard? For what? For this? For stuff?
Other countries, they work, they stroll home, they stop by the cafe, they take August off. Off.
Why aren't you like that? Why aren't we like that? Because we're crazy, driven, hardworking believers.
Those other countries think we're nuts. Whatever. Were the Wright Brothers insane? Bill Gates? Les Paul? Ali? Were we nuts when we pointed to the moon?
That's right. We went up there, and you know what we got? Bored. So we left. It's pretty simple.
You work hard, you create your own luck, and you gotta believe anything is possible. As for all the stuff, that's the upside of only taking two weeks off in August.
RUSH: As for all the stuff, that's the two weeks off in August. He also says in the ad about the moon, and we're gonna be the first to go back. Now, the left is simply outraged because they perceived this to be an attack on Western European socialism. This is Cadillac. Remember what I've always told you about advertising? Advertising that works is advertising that properly, correctly takes the pulse of the people it is targeted to.
It takes the pulse of the American culture at that moment, that snapshot. So here you have Cadillac and their ad agency, and what are they using to sell this thing? The American dream, the old adages: Hard work, success, climbing the ladder. You just work hard and work hard, and you don't think about vacations first. You think about your work. You find something you love, you go out and you do it.
And, yeah, you acquire stuff. There's nothing wrong with acquiring stuff, and there's nothing wrong with improving your lifestyle. The left is just livid. A pull quote from this Huffing and Puffington Post story: "a completely shameless celebration of our work-hard-buy-more culture, with a blanket dismissal of 'other countries' and their laziness tossed in for good measure."
One of the things that liberals love to hate about America is wrapped up in that one sentence. Let me read it to you again. The pull quote from Carolyn Gregoire, the Huffington Post says, this Cadillac ad is "a completely shameless celebration of our work-hard-buy-more culture, with a blanket dismissal of 'other countries' and their laziness tossed in for good measure."
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March 8th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
One of the US Navy's most lethal Destroyers steamed through the Bosphorus Straits and into the Black Sea, where the Ukraine-Russian crisis continues to unfold, on Friday.
The USS Truxton, an Arleigh Burke class Destroyer, moved into the area in order to conduct "previously scheduled operations" with other regional navies, according to a US Department of Defense spokesperson.
Fox News, conversely, is reporting that the USS Truxton's presence in the Black Sea is an effort by the Obama Regime to fly the US flag in a region clearly subject to Russian aggression. The Truxton is a member of Carrier Strike Group-2, which operates under the flagship USS George H.W. Bush, one of the most powerful ultra-modern carriers in existence, stationed out of Greece.
- Carrier Strike Group-2 2014 deployment force composition
|Group Warships||Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) squadrons embarked aboard flagship USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)|
|USS Philippine Sea (CG-58)||Strike Fighter Squadron 213 (VFA-213): 12 F/A-18F||Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 (VAW-124): 4 E-2C|
|USS Truxtun (DDG-103)||Strike Fighter Squadron 87 (VFA-87): 10 F/A-18A+||Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Squadron 9 (HSC-9): 7 MH-60S|
|USS Roosevelt (DDG-80)||Strike Fighter Squadron 31 (VFA-31): 12 F/A-18E||Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 (HMS-70): 11 MH-60R|
|USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)||Strike Fighter Squadron 15 (VFA-15): 10 F/A-18C||Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40), Det.5: 2 C-2A|
|——||Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron 134 (VAQ-134): 4–6 EA-6B||——|
Speculation has swirled concerning whether or not the US might up the ante, as the ostensible leader of the Free World, by moving one of its most powerful carrier strike groups into the region, due to Russia's having already broken the 20-year old "Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances." The agreement, between Russia, the US, Ukraine, and the UK , stipulated that none of the treaty's signers would violate Ukrainian territorial integrity, which now places Russia in clear violation of the agreement.
The agreement was signed back in 1994 under then President Clinton, in order to assure the Ukraine of its territorial integrity while signatory nations sought to liberate Ukraine of its rather large nuclear weapon strike capability. The signing of the agreement guaranteed Ukraine's borders from invasion by all parties involved, and eventually resulted in the Ukraine's becoming completely devoid of nuclear armament.
Ironically, in 2005, then Senators Barack Obama and Dick Lugar, secured $48 million in US funding in order to finalize the eradication of Ukraine's remaining stockpile of weapons. In a statement from 2005, while touring Ukraine, Obama indicated: 'We need to eliminate these stockpiles for the safety of the Ukrainian people and people around world, by keeping them out of conflicts around the world.'
While Russia has now broken the security agreement, a second but far older treaty from 1936, known as the Montreaux Convention, supposedly limits the US and other nations on what types of warships that can be sent into the Black Sea, thereby restricting US ability to protect other NATO member states. The pre-WW2 convention allows the increasingly militant nation of Turkey to control warship movements of all non-Black Sea nations.
However, the US never signed the Montreux Convention, while duly noting that the principle signing nation, the Soviet Union, no longer exists. The transition of a US carrier strike group into the Black Sea, would send a powerful message to Putin's Russia, that the United States as Leader of the Free World, is still most assuredly engaged.
March 7th, 2014
By Paul Armstrong, CNN
(CNN) -- As mystery surrounds the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early Saturday, CNN's aviation expert Richard Quest said the airliner would have been at the safest point in the flight.
"It was two hours into the flight -- this would have been classed as the 'cruise portion of the flight,'" he said. "You break down the flight into taxi, take-off, climb out and then cruise.
"So in that particular point of the flight, this is the safest part, nothing is supposed to go wrong. The aircraft is at altitude on auto-pilot, the pilots are making minor corrections and changes for height as the plane burns off fuel -- the plane will be going higher and higher -- so this is extremely serious that something happened at this point in the flight."
Quest, who coincidentally had been working on a story with the carrier recently, said the aircraft -- a Boeing 777-200 -- would have been around 11 years old, powered by two British-made Rolls-Royce Trent engines."So it's not a particularly old aircraft. Malaysia has 15 777-200s in its fleet, it's an extremely experienced operator of this type of aircraft. It's a very reputable airline with a very good safety record."
Greg Feith, a former investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the United States, suggested the pilots should have been able to report in, even if power on the aircraft had failed.
"The airplane by certification has to have battery back-up power -- they still have to be able to utilize certain flight instruments and communication tools to complete the flight safely.
"So you could lose all the generators, you could have both engines out, but the battery back-up -- which will only work for a certain time -- is intended for emergency situations."
Feith also pointed to the possibility of an issue with the pressurization of the aircraft.
"If you have a high-altitude pressurization problem, catastrophic decompression, the time of useful consciousness (the time a pilot can operate with an insufficient oxygen supply) in the 30,000-40,000-feet range is a matter of seconds."
Asked whether it was likely the airliner could have made an emergency landing, Quest said it was possible but unlikely.
"You're not talking about a Cessna here. You're talking about a long-haul, wide-bodied aircraft and that puts it into a completely different league."
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