December 16th, 2010
December 16, 2010
Jerusalem (CNN) -- The Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified flying object over the Dimona nuclear plant in the Negev Desert Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said.
The object appeared in a designated no-fly zone, the air force was scrambled and the object was shot down, the IDF said.
The object could have been a party balloon, the IDF said, but forces have not yet found the debris to determine what it was.
There have been unconfirmed media reports that it was a motor-driven object. The air force reacted according to procedure when the object was spotted, the IDF said.
The Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported that last October "IDF warplanes intercepted an Israeli ultralight aircraft that accidentally flew into the area and forced it to land at an airstrip in southern Israel."
It also reported that "an Israeli surface-to-air missile downed a crippled Israeli fighter-bomber that strayed into the restricted zone" during the Six Day War in 1967. The craft's pilot was killed.
December 16th, 2010
The John Locke Foundation
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 3:46 PM
A "$1.1 trillion, earmark-filled, omnibus spending bill" is running into opposition from the minority Republicans in the outgoing U.S. Senate. Emily Miller posts details at Human Events:
In response, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has directed the Republican leadership to wage war against Reid’s omnibus and replace it with his short-term spending bill.
“I am actively working to defeat it,” McConnell said on Tuesday after seeing the omnibus for the first time. “This bill should not go forward. We didn't pass a single appropriation bill... It is completely and totally inappropriate to wrap all of this up into a 2,000-page bill and try to pass it the week before Christmas.”
On Thursday morning, McConnell offered a one-page, short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), that would fund the government at current levels until February 18.
“Once the new Congress is sworn in, we’ll have a chance to pass a less expensive bill free of wasteful spending. Until then, we should take a step back and respect the clear will of the voters,” said McConnell in a statement on Thursday.
At least someone seems to realize that overspending is the problem.
December 16th, 2010
The anniversary of the Boston Tea Party - Thursday - is one that ought to be celebrated widely but won’t be because the 1773 incident has fallen into disrepute among media elites due to its association with the current Tea Party movement.
“Why the Tea Party is a Fraud” blares one headline on the Huffington Post. The Atlantic Monthly wondered whether the movement was a creation of Fox News. New York Times [NYT] columnist Paul Krugman dismissed the Tea Party in a 2009 column in which he also said the GOP was “very much a minority party.”
Even Nobel Prize winners get their comeuppance when they engage in punditry.
The parallels between the two Tea Parties are striking, however, and not just because of Rick Santelli’s February 2009 rant on CNBC suggesting that citizens throw things in Lake Michigan to protest the Obama administration’s interference in the marketplace.
The Townshend Act of 1767, the tax that caused the first Tea Party, imposed a duty on all tea imported into the colonies. At the same time, Parliament removed a duty payable in England to enable British merchants to compete against smugglers. The net effect was to lower the cost of tea, so colonists had no real economic reason to complain.
It was the principle of the thing, however. The new tax was earmarked to pay the salaries of British officials, thus making them independent of colonial legislatures. It was payable in America, and thus closer to home. And it benefitted the East India Company, which had been given the exclusive right to sell tea in the colonies, where formerly local businessmen, including John Hancock, had a piece of the action.
A grassroots protest grew over the tax on a commodity central to everyday life. By 1770 hundreds of households in Boston swore not to drink the caffeinated beverage, tea, with the ladies of the North and South ends competing to see who could drink the least.
Consumption dropped from 2 million pounds a year to less than half that, blowing a hole in the projected revenues from the tax. When taxes change, people change their behavior.
The East India Company was the Fannie Mae of its day, a government-supported enterprise that paid handsome dividends to insiders when times were good, then needed a bailout to survive. Parliament was convened in November 1773 to look into its affairs as its debts to the government grew to 1 million pounds. An emergency cash infusion was passed on terms that meant in the future it would be controlled by the crown.
The tea that was thrown into Boston Harbor 237 years ago was thus a symbol of what happens when government and big business get too cozy.
The first Tea Party embodied much of what is loveable about Boston - sly humor, street theater and a mistrust of high-handed authority. On the rest of the country, it looks as good as a Boston hat at a Red Sox [team stats] road game.
December 16th, 2010
By Barry Secrest
My how things change...
The fallout from Wikileaks continues to wow the world at how clueless the US Government has "suddenly" become, the Liberals have taken up the chant formerly of the Tea Party, now directed at the President, that chant rather miraculously being-- "just say no"-- and a mightily chagrined Conservative Charles Krauthammer is now being called "brilliant" by the likes of lefty Bill Clinton himself. (Um...say it ain't so, Chuck. You were our hero!) Even while that same Bill Clinton has stepped into the fray and even taken center-podium to actually endeavor to deflect criticism away from a besieged Obama. Potus Fellatious actually on stage with Potus Narcissistus himself and the Ex-Potus takes center stage! Say what? All True. You just can't make this stuff up...
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