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Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Kerry (& Open Thread)

John Kerry Goes to War.

Late comment from the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the US ought consider a no-fly zone and consider bombing Libyan airfields and airports.

Earlier in the day, the White House Chief of Staff, Bill Daley, remarked that those who called for a NFZ “don’t know what they’re talking about.”

The war of posturing in the Obama administration will likely include POTUS as the GOP turns to calling for action in Libya. The price of oil, and the corresponding gasoline spike in the US, drives the political ops to distraction — and complaining about a NFZ is a way to appear to be acting in a forthright fashion.

The options for POTUS are to use the Strategic Oil Reserve (a taboo); to cut Federal taxes on gasoline; to jaw jaw about off-shore drilling; to jaw jaw about green. Guess? POTUS may duck all questions. POTUS does not like the media since he got burned in 2010. Does John Kerry speak for POTUS? Who can tell, but my guess is yes.

SecDef Gates pushed NFZ off the table last Wednesday 2; POTUS returned on Thursday 3 to say it was back on — and David Sanger pushed me to say that it was back on the table.

How to explain Daley saying, “no,” and then Kerry saying, “yes”?

The Obama team is undisciplined, fickle, competitive, inert; and Kerry’s remarks were designed to balance out the GOP hawk voices with a Democratic hawk.

The sitrep in Libya is one-sided. The so-called rebels cannot last; the so-called rebels are a scattering of overheated goofs (below) and their fair-weather friends; and the Qaddafi forces are inevitable.

Look to the video below and consider these amateurs are as effective as paint-ballers. Libya is a mess of tribal conflicts; it always was a mess; and it is not soon welcome to become an American mess.

– From John’s blog for the nightly, syndicated John Batchelor Show.

  • Breeze

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    Activist (James O’Keefe) says he targeted NPR because of Juan Williams firing 

    cnn ^

    | 3/8/2011
    | Kevin Liptak

    The conservative activist responsible for producing an undercover video showing a National Public Radio senior executive slamming the Tea Party as “racist” and “scary” is speaking out about why he went after the organization.   And late Tuesday, NPR announced it has placed the executive, Senior Vice President for Fundraising Ron Schiller, on administrative leave. Filmmaker James O’Keefe said the idea for the sting stemmed from an incident in October when NPR fired analyst Juan Williams after he said he got scared when people wore Muslim garb on airplanes.

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    Activist (James O’Keefe) says he targeted NPR because of Juan Williams firing cnn ^ | 3/8/2011 | Kevin LiptakThe conservative activist responsible for producing an undercover video showing a National Public Radio senior executive slamming the Tea Party as “racist” and “scary” is speaking out about why he went after the organization. And late Tuesday, NPR announced it has placed the executive, Senior Vice President for Fundraising Ron Schiller, on administrative leave. Filmmaker James O’Keefe said the idea for the sting stemmed from an incident in October when NPR fired analyst Juan Williams after he said he got scared when people wore Muslim garb on airplanes.

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    Poll: Majority of Maine Republicans want conservative alternative to Snowe 

    The Hill ^

    | 3-8-11
    | Shane D’Aprile

    Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) may have the support of Maine’s Tea Party-backed governor in her reelection bid, but she could still be in for a tough primary battle next year.   New numbers from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) show 58 percent of Maine Republicans prefer a generic “more conservative” alternative to Snowe in 2012.   And just 33 percent of Maine Republicans said they will support her.   According to the poll, 58 percent of Republicans in the state think Snowe is too liberal, while another 33 percent don’t even think she belongs in the GOP, saying she should be a Democrat.

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    Poll: Majority of Maine Republicans want conservative alternative to Snowe The Hill ^ | 3-8-11 | Shane D’Aprile Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) may have the support of Maine’s Tea Party-backed governor in her reelection bid, but she could still be in for a tough primary battle next year.   New numbers from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) show 58 percent of Maine Republicans prefer a generic “more conservative” alternative to Snowe in 2012.   And just 33 percent of Maine Republicans said they will support her.   According to the poll, 58 percent of Republicans in the state think Snowe is too liberal, while another 33 percent don’t even think she belongs in the GOP, saying she should be a Democrat.

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    New Hampshire to candidates: Prove where you were born 

    Politico ^

    | 3-8-11
    | Juana Summers

    Presidential hopefuls looking to compete in New Hampshire might soon have to provide their birth certificate to get on the ballot.  The Granite State’s legislature is the latest to pile on to the flurry of birther-related bills since the opening of 2011 state legislative sessions in January.  Republican State Rep. David Bates, who chairs the New Hampshire House’s election law committee, told the Associated Press his panel will hear a bill Wednesday that would require candidates to provide a birth certificate and affidavit swearing they are at least 35 years old and have lived in the United States for 14…

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    New Hampshire to candidates: Prove where you were born Politico ^ | 3-8-11 | Juana SummersPresidential hopefuls looking to compete in New Hampshire might soon have to provide their birth certificate to get on the ballot.  The Granite State’s legislature is the latest to pile on to the flurry of birther-related bills since the opening of 2011 state legislative sessions in January.  Republican State Rep. David Bates, who chairs the New Hampshire House’s election law committee, told the Associated Press his panel will hear a bill Wednesday that would require candidates to provide a birth certificate and affidavit swearing they are at least 35 years old and have lived in the United States for 14…

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    Republicans introduce bill to give
    workers a choice on joining unions

    The Hill
    [Washington, DC],
    by Vicki Needham   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011

    Eight Republican Senators introduced a bill Tuesday giving workers a choice as to whether to join labor unions, which they argue will boost the nation’s economy and provide an increase in wages.  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), introduced the National Right to Work Act to “reduce workplace discrimination by protecting the free choice of individuals to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities,” according to a statement.  Seven other Republicans signed onto the effort: Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.)…..

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    Our Man-Made Energy Crisis

    Wall Street Journal,
    by Nansen G. Saleri   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011

    The unfolding turmoil in Libya has amplified concerns about the reliability of global energy supplies in an era of political uncertainty. Is oil at $200 per barrel inescapable?  Is this the beginning of the end so vigorously underscored by peak oil enthusiasts for the last several decades?  The short answer is clearly “No.”  Yet the question remains: What will happen to the price of crude?  This, in turn, necessitates an appreciation of the “anxiety” component in current and future prices.  The anxiety premium may range from $10 to $30 given current events in Libya and their spillover effects.

  • oowawa

    Hey, I’m a pink bunny, what do you expect?  I know it’s a jungle out there,  nature bloody in tooth and claw–but I’d just as soon not watch it happening . . .

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    European left is fragmenting
    as the right is unifying

    Guardian (UK),
    by David Miliband   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011 

    Social democratic parties across Europe are losing elections on an “unprecedented scale”, according to former foreign secretary David Miliband.  He said the parties were “fragmenting as the right is unifying”. He named six countries – Britain, Sweden, Germany, France, Holland and Italy – that he said had a “good claim to represent the historic heartland of European social democracy”, but that are no longer run by the centre-left.  In a speech to the London School of Economicson Tuesday, Miliband called for social democratic parties in those countries to try to regain ground by focusing on wealth creation…..

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    Obama a ‘Radical’? Get Real

    Wall Street Journal,
    by Michael Medved   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011

    The president had finally let the mask drop and revealed himself, once and for all, as a radical ideologue far outside the American mainstream.  For years, his critics had identified him as a would-be socialist dictator with a pathological hatred of the free market. In launching his campaign for re-election, he seemed to embrace that role and to announce a war to the death against the business establishment he described as “the resolute enemy within our gates.” “These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America,” the president proclaimed.

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    Wisconsin Governor Proposes
    Union Compromise in E-Mails

    Fox News & Associated Press,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011

    Appearing to blink first in a nearly three-week standoff with absent Senate Democrats, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offered to keep certain collective bargaining rights in place for state workers in a proposed compromise, according to e-mails released Tuesday by his office. But the e-mails weren’t enough to end a stalemate that has drawn national attention and ignited a storm of protest from union workers and their supporters.

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    Reid: Save federal funding
    for the cowboy poets!

     
    Politico,
    by Shira Toeplitz   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011 

    File this under: Did Harry Reid just say that? In the middle of his tirade against House Republicans’ “mean-spirited” budget bill on the Senate floor Tuesday, the Senate Majority Leader lamented that the GOP’s proposed budget cuts would eliminate the annual “cowboy poetry festival” in his home state of Nevada.  (See also: Reid’s prostitution lecture bombs.)  Reid clearly has a soft spot for the Baxter Blacks of the poetry world and thinks Republicans don’t.
    “The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1 … eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts,” said Reid.

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    Rules Committee sets up votes
    to terminate mortgage programs

    The Hill
    [Washington, DC],
    by Pete Kasperowicz   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011

    The House Rules Committee on Tuesday night approved two rules for bills that would terminate two federal mortgage assistance programs, setting up consideration of the rules and the bills this week. The committee approved rules for H.R. 830, which would terminate the Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage refinance program, and H.R. 836, which would terminate an emergency mortgage relief program approved last year. The White House on Tuesday said it would veto both bills if they were presented for President Obama’s signature.

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    Obama spending hits new records

    Washington Times,
    by Editorial   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011  

    Big government doesn’t come cheaply.  According to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) figures released Monday, the budget deficit for February hit a staggering $223 billion – meaning the Obama administration added more in debt last month than was borrowed in all of 2007.  It’s no secret that these mounting bills must eventually come due in the form of higher taxes or a deflated currency.  Either alternative would hit consumers hard.  Since Barack Obama was sworn in as president, each American taxpayer’s share of the federal government’s IOU has grown to $50 per day –

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    ObamaCare’s Numbers Game

    Investor’s Business Daily,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011

    Gov’t Accountability: A Cabinet member has admitted that the administration used misleading numbers when it was peddling ObamaCare.  Fraudulent accounting, though, is nothing new in Washington.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted last Thursday that in taking $500 billion from Medicare and moving it to ObamaCare, the White House counted twice the same pile of money and claimed that it would reduce the deficit and sustain Medicare.  “Both,” replied Sebelius when Rep. John Shimkus asked her during a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing if the $500 billion was for “preserving Medicare or funding the health care law?”

  • getfitnow

    Not including Palin/Bachmann

  • getfitnow

    Seems to be working.

  • Breeze

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    THANK YOU, HILLBUZZERS!

  • getfitnow

    I read Nelly Furtado donated her $1 million to charity.

  • sowsear

    what she brings back to the nest????????fraidy pants.

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    Deep cover Says:
    Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a typical Leftist race-baiting hypocrite.  He was ripped in a scathing expose in Harpers Magazine in 2000, and apparently is managing to squeak by on a compensation package worth $350,000.

    http://www.harpers.org/archive/2010/04/hbc-90006860

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    Buttered Says: 

    100% PROPAGANDA!

    “Southern Poverty Law Center officially declared “left-wing hate group”

    http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mbarber/100325

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    FROM HILLBUZZ:

    Bev Says:
    http://sheeplearebaaaad.blogspot.com/2011/03/despite-propagandaamericans-know-right.html

    We are starting the new election cycle and it is going to get ugly folks.

    The liberal media is poised and ready to attack the right and we need to prepare for it. They started with Glenn Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh and it’s going to get worse. We can beat them back, tho.  We just have to hold firm and fight back.

  • getfitnow
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    Last Straw For NPR?

    Investor’s Business Daily,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011

    Taxes Misspent: It’s bad enough that taxpayers are forced to support a left-wing media outlet long since rendered obsolete by the Internet. Now we learn NPR is seeking booty from terrorist sources.  Where to begin in describing the damning revelations produced by filmmaker James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas in its videotaped undercover sting of National Public Radio officials?  NPR claims innocence, but why was Ron Schiller, until recently the president of the NPR Foundation, so eager to do lunch at Georgetown’s schmancy Cafe Milano with two men posing as high-ranking members of a Muslim Brotherhood front?

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    JUST IN CASE SOME READER IS NOT AWARE OF THIS:

    NPR exec blasts tea party
    in hidden-camera video

    Associated Press,
    by Ben Nuckols  

    Original Article

    3/8/2011
    Washington

    - An NPR executive was captured on hidden camera calling the tea party movement racist and xenophobic and says NPR would be better off without federal funding.  The video was posted Tuesday on the website for James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas.  O’Keefe is the conservative activist whose previous hidden-camera videos embarrassed the community-organizing group ACORN.  The network said Tuesday it was appalled by the comments of Ron Schiller, who announced last week he was stepping…..

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    NPR Cans Ronald Schiller

    Slate,
    by David Weigel   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011 

    That, from the new statement from NPR’s Dana Rehm, is the shoe that took all day to drop. The entire statement, which also clarifies that Schiller decided to leave before the sting occurred: The comments contained in the video released today are contrary to everything we stand for, and we completely disavow the views expressed. NPR is fair and open minded about the people we cover. Our reporting reflects those values every single day – in the civility of our programming, the range of opinions we reflect and the diversity of stories we tell.

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    Obama’s “Personal Popularity” is a
    Media-Created Myth Designed to
    Scare Republicans into Submission

     
    rushlimbaugh.com,
    by Rush Limbaugh   

    Original Article

    3/8/2011 

    RUSH: We’ve had a number of people say, “You know, Rush, we gotta be very careful.  We gotta stick to opposing Obama on the grounds of policy.  He’s a popular guy.  I mean, everybody likes him.  He’s a warm guy.”  He is not!

    (Snip) Obama is personally popular precisely because he’s personally off-limits. There’s not a person in the world that’s got the guts to tell the truth about Obama, from the media to our side, for whatever reason, either the first black president or we think we’re gonna get creamed by being critical.

  • getfitnow

    Right!

  • Breeze

    Hoyer Says We Need More
    Domestic Energy, Doesn’t Cite Drilling

    Investor’s Business Daily,
    by Sean Higgins   

     Original Article

    3/8/2011

    In today’s edition of IBD we reported that soaring gasoline prices have only sharpened Americans’ preference that we further exploit our nation’s oil resources. Unfortunately that isn’t likely to happen anytime soon. Substantial bipartisan support would be needed for such a policy and as far as the Democratic leadership is concerned, drilling isn’t even worth talking about. In his weekly press conference, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., was asked about the recent hike in gas prices.