Jimmy Carter “I know what it’s like to grow up as a poor black boy”

This clip is hilarious

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Dems big money was hosted by Nancy Pelosi

 

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P Diddy “It costs too FN much for me to fly my jets for my acting career”

Cry me a rap song

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IDF prepares for possible targeting of its air bases by Hamas and Hezbollah

                                       

JERUSALEM POST

IAF buys new fix for bombed runways

 

The Israel Air Force has purchased a unique material that can be laid on bombed-out runways within minutes to enable fighter jets to take off with barely any delay, defense officials revealed Tuesday.

Until now, the IAF had been dependent on asphalt companies to repave damaged runways. The new solution can allow a base to resume operations within minutes.

The air force recently conducted a number of tests with the new material, including the takeoff of fully-loaded fighter jets.

A top IAF officer told The Jerusalem Post the decision to buy the material was made in line with the lessons learned from the Second Lebanon War, when more than 4,000 Hizbullah rockets pounded Israel.

The IAF was concerned that Syria and Hizbullah would target air bases in an effort to neutralize Israel’s fighter-jet capability, the officer said.

“Our assumption is that we will be under a heavy barrage of missiles in a future conflict,” the officer said. “This applies to all of the air force bases – in the South and the North.”

For this reason, the IAF is also considering purchasing several Joint Strike Fighters, which have vertical-takeoff capability. The IDF has announced plans to purchase at least 25 F-35 jets with the option to purchase dozens more.

The decision to consider the vertical-takeoff airplane, the F-35B, was made due to an understanding that in time of war Israeli bases and runways would be heavily targeted by enemy missiles.

Also Tuesday, the Israel Air Force’s official magazine reported on a new avionics system installed in F-15I fighter jets that enables pilots to drop several smart bombs simultaneously. Smart bombs, or precision-guided munitions, are guided weapons intended to maximize damage to the target while minimizing civilian damage.

The F-15I is Israel’s most advanced bomber and has a range of over 4,000 kilometers with the ability to reach speeds of up to Mach 2.5. The plane can carry an assortment of missiles.

Black Sea confrontation building

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Ukraine tells Russia it must give 72 hour warning before any ship leaves its harbors
Russia’s Black Sea Flagship arrives in Georgian waters
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Star Wars vs Tsar Wars

 Russian Video thrown in for Context

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Tsar Wars Versus Star Wars


by Austin Bay
August 26, 2008

As the Russo-Georgian War’s August gunfire slips into a murky September ceasefire, the Pentagon reports that the Russians “are still not living up to the terms of the ceasefire agreement.”

So, what does Russia want?

The question intentionally echoes, “So what did Stalin want?” — which historian John Lewis Gaddis asked then answered in his award-winning book “The Cold War: A New History.” Gaddis argued Joseph Stalin wanted “security for himself, his regime, his country and his ideology, in precisely that order.”

These goals would also resonate in an “Old History” of Russia — call it Tsar Wars, with Ivan the Terrible as the featured personality.

Personalizing Russia 2008 as Vladimir Putin strikes me as a stretch. Putin runs an oligarchy, not a totalitarian dictatorship, but Putin is clearly at the nucleus of the oligarchy, with ex-KGB pals, friendly billionaires and useful mafiya in close orbits. But dub the pals and billionaires “new royalty,” and Putin might be an emerging “pop Tsar” — a savvy 21st century autocrat leveraging Russian nationalist demands. Orchestrating a domestically popular military ventures fits this frame.

Gaddis titled the first chapter of his new history “The Return of Fear.” Ivan the Terrible and Stalin subscribed to Machiavelli’s advice in “The Prince”: It “is much safer to be feared than loved.” The Russo-Georgia War does not revive the Cold War. However, reviving fear is most certainly a Russian aim.

NATO and the European Union didn’t quail when Russia insisted that Kosovo’s unilateral independence was a “redline issue” for the Kremlin. Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili certainly didn’t fear Russian power when troubles began in early August — violent troubles in South Ossetia that may have been a Russian trap.

The Kremlin says toppling Saakashvili is a goal. For now, Saakashvili remains in power, and he has secured a global reputation for pugnacity. Russian troops, however, remain in Georgian ports — thus pugnacity remains in peril.

Over time, fear can erode. In August 1968, 40 years ago, Russian tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia to crush Alexander Dubcek’s “Prague Spring” democratic movement. The Soviet empire chained Eastern Europeans for another 21 years — a generation. A generation of frightened Georgians may serve Russia’s interests.

Fear, however, can stiffen opposition. Ukraine, for example, has harshly criticized Russia’s invasion and publicly supported Georgia. Poland’s decision to deploy American ground-based interceptor (GBI) anti-ballistic missiles has been in the works for years. The GBIs are designed to thwart a “shot from the ayatollah direction” (e.g., Iran), not Russia. But after the Russian offensive, Poland also received Patriot PAC-3 missiles, which can counter shorter-range Russian missile systems. Tsar Wars met Star Wars, and at least in Poland and in the near term, Star Wars won, despite a Russian threat to attack Poland with nuclear weapons.

As for politically discrediting the European Union and NATO, Moscow may have had some success. “Fractured” describes the EU’s political response to the Russian offensive. Core EU countries — meaning those in Western Europe who rely on Russian oil and gas — are once again reluctant defenders of democracy.

Kremlin recognition on Aug. 26 of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states certainly damns nine years of EU and NATO diplomacy regarding Kosovo. In a column two weeks ago, I suggested Moscow would “invoke its interpretation of The Kosovo Precedent,” and Moscow has done it.

Russians argue that Kosovo’s spring 2008 unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia gives separatism resulting from invasion to protect an ethnic minority a political imprimatur. If protecting Kosovar Albanians elicits a NATO attack, in South Ossetia and other regions on Russia’s border, Russia’s “version of Kosovo” holds sway.

That may not be everything Russia wants — but at the moment it is a diplomatic point Russia has made with bullets.

Imagine this a Hollywood movie where the villian is a American Muslim

CAIR will march on this

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Movie Review: Traitor – 4 stars out of 5

Traitor is a solid, gripping, only occasionally preachy thriller built around the War on Terror. Ripped-from-the-headlines realism, top-drawer performances by Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, a dandy “ticking clock” story structure and a vast catalog of terrorist modus operandi make this as harrowing as it is timely.

Samir (Cheadle) was born in Sudan but grew up in America. He served his new country in the military, but when we meet him, he’s selling plastic explosives to Islamic terrorists in Yemen. He’s a devout Muslim. He’s tough. The Arab terror cell Al Nathir wants him.

And after he’s been slapped around by F.B.I. agents in a Yemeni prison, he’s open to the offer of cell leader Omar (Saïd Taghmaoui).

Pearce and Neal McDonough are F.B.I. counter-terrorism agents. Roy Clayton (Pearce) has studied Arabic and uses every interrogation to make a speech about how torture doesn’t work, what a waste of money Homeland Security is and how “every religion has more than one face.” He is, his partner labels him, “an egghead dragged into a street fight.”

Update on Obama Ayers Connection

CBS 2 news

Papers May Explain Obama’s Links To ’60s Radical

Education Prof. Bill Ayers Was A Member Of Weather Underground

CHICAGO (CBS) ― The University of Illinois at Chicago has released hundreds of documents Tuesday that could shed light on Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s links to onetime 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

Supporters of John McCain are eager to find anti-Obama material, and eager to eyeball the documents.

“There appear to be more than 50,000 documents, 128 boxes and 946 files,” said Mark Rosati, Associate Chancellor for Public Affairs at UIC. “It comes out to 70 linear feet.”

The logs of meetings and internal memos have sat in special collections at UIC for six years.

“Since January of 2002 approximately and during that time there was virtually no interest,” Rosati said of the documents.

On the third floor of the UIC Library, 801 S. Morgan St., news organizations and other interested parties gathered Tuesday morning to start examining the files. The papers are records of Obama’s work with the Chicago Annenberg Challange, a non-profit group founded to help reform Chicago schools back in the 1990s, for which Obama was chairman of the board.

Among those who founded the group was William Ayers, now 63, who helped start the radical 1960s group the Weather Underground, also known as the Weathermen.

Ayers has been a professor of education at UIC for several years. He and Obama also served together on the board of another non-profit educational organization, the Woods Fund of Chicago.

But 40 years ago, Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn were members of the Weathermen, a radical leftist group which advocated revolution and was involved in the violent Days of Rage protest in Chicago in 1969.

The group was also linked to a number of bombings of a number of government buildings during the Vietnam War. The acts only claimed the life of one of the group’s own members when a bomb detonated in a townhouse in New York’s Greenwich Village. But authorities called the group domestic terrorists.

Ayers and Dohrn spent several years underground before surrendering to authorities in 1980. Charges against them were dropped due to improper surveillance. Dohrn is now a professor at Northwestern University Law School.

The controversy has played itself out in TV ads. In a McCain ad implicating Ayers, an unseen announcer asks, “Why would Barack Obama be friends with someone who bombed the Capitol and is proud of it?” as a graphic claims that Obama and Ayers served on a “left-wing board” together. 

Conservatives have launched attack ads at Obama criticizing the relationship, and for months it has been a consistent theme on talk radio.

“It matters because we are known by who we spend out time with aren’t we,” said Jerry Agar of WLS-AM.

In response to the controversy, Obama has denounced Ayers’ activities with the Weather Underground. But he has also pointed out that Ayers was a respected education professor at UIC by the time they became acquainted.

“The notion that somehow, as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was 8 years old somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense,” Obama said.

An Obama campaign ad reiterates the point: “McCain knows Obama denounced Ayers’ crimes, committed when Obama was just 8 years old.”

“I don’t think that’s nearly sufficient because Obama was aware as an adult of what Ayers had done,” said Stanley Kurtz of the National Review.

Kurtz has been public in his quest to review the documents, which he says could reflect an Obama who is not as centrist as he claims to be.

“Rather than being post partisan pragmatist Obama, he is at home working with people who are far on the left end of the spectrum,” Kurtz said.

The conservative group that has raised the controversy, the American Issues Project, is headed by a former political consultant for John McCain.

RNC announces lineup for Republican Convention

Added recient interveiw with Mitt Romney

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Some Interesting things here

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Monday, Sept. 1
Service
“Love of country, my friends, is another way of saying love of your fellow countryman.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain’s commitment to his fellow Americans, a commitment forged in service to his country, is one of the defining hallmarks of his life. Monday’s events will highlight John McCain’s record of service and sacrifice and reflect his commitment to serving a cause greater than one’s own self-interest.

Speakers will include:

President George W. Bush
Vice President Richard B. Cheney
First Lady Laura Bush
Gov. Tim Pawlenty ( Minn. )*
Gov. Rick Perry ( Texas )*
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ( Calif. )
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell ( Ky. )*
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.)*
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman ( Minn. )*
U.S. Sen. John Ensign ( Nev. )*
U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch ( Utah )*
U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman ( Conn. )
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann ( Minn. )*
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole ( Okla. )*
U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart ( Fla. )*
U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake ( Va. )*
U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk ( Ill. )*
U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy ( Calif )*
Maria Cino, President and CEO of the 2008 Republican National Convention*
Jo Ann Davidson, Chairman of the 2008 Republican National Convention Committee on Arrangements*
Tommy Espinoza*
Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)*
Bill Gross*
Ashley Gunn*
Chris Hackett*
Doug Leatherdale*
Jay Love*
Cynthia Lummis*
Erik Paulsen*
Capt. Leslie Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.)*
Program participants will include:

Victoria Blackstone, Stars and Stripes Winner, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
Boy Scout Troop 738 of St Louis Park, Minn. will serve as the Color Guard

Tuesday, Sept. 2
Reform
“If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you are disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and correct them.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain’s life is a testament to the fundamental truth that every American can be a force for change. A restless reformer who has dedicated his career to taking on special interests and the status quo, John McCain will deliver the right kind of change and reform to meet the great challenges of our time. On Tuesday, the convention program will underscore his vision of a government that is transparent, principled and worthy of the American people it serves.

Speakers will include:

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani
Gov. Jon Huntsman ( Utah )
Gov. Linda Lingle ( Hawaii )
Gov. Sarah Palin ( Alaska )
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee ( Ark. )
Former Gov. Tom Ridge ( Pa. )
Former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele ( Md. )
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn ( Okla. )*
Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson ( Tenn. )
House Republican Leader John Boehner ( Ohio )*
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn ( Tenn. )*
U.S. Rep. Luis Fortuño ( Puerto Rico )*
U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam ( Fla. )*
State Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth ( Calif. )*
Rosario Marin, California Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency and former Treasurer of the United States
Chris Collins*
Carolyn Dunn*
Phil Hayes*
Lisa Keegan*
Ruth Novodor*
Dr. Elena Rios *
Shirley Sadler*
Joe Watkins*
Program participants will include:

Mary Leavitt will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
The VFW of Red Lake, Minn. will serve as the Color Guard
Rabbi Ira Flax will lead the convention in prayer
Dr. Robert Certain will lead the convention in prayer

Wednesday, Sept. 3
Prosperity
” America ’s best days are still to come.”
–Sen. John McCain

The American story is one of perseverance. Even in the face of tough times, the ingenuity and spirit of the American people has ushered in a new era of prosperity. Wednesday’s program will focus on John McCain’s plans to get our economy back on track and continue our long tradition of meeting the challenges we face and using our prosperity to help others. The day will conclude with an address by the vice presidential nominee.

Speakers will include:

Mrs. Cindy McCain
Republican Party’s Vice Presidential Nominee
Gov. Bobby Jindal ( La. )
Former Gov. Mitt Romney ( Mass. )
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman ( Minn. )
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison ( Texas )*
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence ( Ind. )*
Mayor Mick Cornett ( Okla. )*
State Sen. Abel Maldonado ( Calif. )*
Carly Fiorina, Victory ‘08 Chairman for the Republican National Committee and former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co.
Meg Whitman, National Co-Chair for McCain 2008 and former President and CEO of eBay
Renee Amoore*
Anne Beiler*
Jessica Colon*
Christy Swanson*
Raul “Danny” Vargas*
Program participants will include:

Sharon Clahchischillage will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
The Law Enforcement Memorial Association of Minnesota will serve as the Color Guard
Father Edward Reese will lead the convention in prayer
Rev. Eva Rodriguez will lead the convention in prayer

Thursday, Sept. 4
Peace
“Our next president will have a mandate to build an enduring global peace on the foundations of freedom, security, opportunity, prosperity, and hope.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain understands the challenges that America faces in the world and the sacrifice necessary to defend our freedom in a way that few others can fathom. Thursday’s events will reflect his vision of an America in pursuit of peace and seen as a beacon of goodwill and hope throughout the world. The evening will close with John McCain accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for the Presidency of the United States .

John McCain
Gov. Charlie Crist ( Fla. )
Gov. Tim Pawlenty ( Minn. )
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback ( Kan. )
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)*
U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez ( Fla. )
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist ( Tenn. )*
U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin ( Okla. )*
Michael Williams, Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission*
David Flaum*
Christopher Fussner*
Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter , U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)*
Charlie Smith*
Program participants will include:

The 934th Airlift Wing Air Force Reserves Joint Color Guard of Minn.
Pastor Dan Yeary will lead the convention in prayer
Archbishop Demetrios will lead the convention in prayer