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.”