Posted: 10 Apr 2009 10:22 AM PDT
We heard the other day that Somalia pirates hijacked a U.S. flagged cargo ship, which has 20 American crew members on board.
Evidently, the captain of that ship attempted to escape and was in the water, with a U.S. naval warship nearby, the U.S.S. Bainbridge, when the priates went in after the captain and re-captured him.
The hostage, Capt. Richard Phillips, entered the water overnight, and was in the water for a short period before being brought back into the lifeboat by the pirates, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the matter.
Were we not expecting someone to even attempt an escape? Why weren't our people ready to help the captain? While not there and not knowing the specifics, it seems to me in any hostage situation, the "good guys" are usually prepared to help any of the hostages that manage to break free of their captors.
Phillips was believed to be trying to swim to the USS Bainbridge, a naval warship that is in communication with the gunmen holding Phillips off Somalia's coast, the official said.
Posted: 10 Apr 2009 08:14 AM PDT
A time table was established before George Bush left office, one that Obama had to be happy with considering he then held no responsibility for setting it and he had a definite date to tell his supporters.
News today shows that due to two of Iraq's most troubled cities, the June deadline to remove combat troops, might not be able to be met.
US troop numbers in Mosul and Baqubah, in the north of the country, could rise rather than fall over the next year if necessary, General Ray Odierno told The Times in his first interview with a British newspaper since taking over from General David Petraeus in September.
This puts Obama between a rock and a hard place. After the surge, which many doubted would work, did work, violence went down, people started returning home, businesses reopened, building started and Iraqi troops were being trained.
Obama took office with the war in Iraq on it's last legs and if Odierno is right and Obama has to choose between finishing it up and claiming complete victory, or satisfying his far left base, will he choose politics over the country or will he extend the deadline to assure that leaving won't throw Iraq into turmoil?
He was handed a win with Iraq and he will now have the opportunity to claim that win or snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Which will he do?
Posted: 10 Apr 2009 07:55 AM PDT
Some other key quotes from former Bush adviser, Karl Rove, includes calling VP Joe Biden a blowhard, says he makes stories up out of whole cloth.
As Fox News points out, Biden has been caught, red handed, so to speak, many times embellishing, exaggerating and outright lying, so Rove's comments are not out of the realm of possibility.
Throughout his career, Biden has often been accused of boasting about his accomplishments, embellishing his credentials and even stealing the words of others. He dropped out of the 1988 presidential race after being accused of plagiarizing British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock.
More from The Politico:
"He's a serial exaggerator. If I was being unkind I would say he's a liar, but it's a habit he ought to drop," Rove said on FOX News. "You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the vice president of the United States."
For those of us that have written about Biden's former lies, this comes as no surprise at all.
Posted: 09 Apr 2009 02:49 PM PDT
I apologize to the world for the lies of Obama and the Democrat Party and a vast majority of the members of the Republican Party.
I am sorry that Obama promised to repair our nation's reputation and improve our standing in the world's eyes and yet have him turn around and offend France and profane the names of the fallen at Normandy and thereby embarrassing Germany.
I am sorry that the nearly five decades of failed Democrat Party economic policies led to the abuse of non monitored federal statute loopholes that allowed foreign born spies, for lack of a better phrase, to use American bank laws that allowed the potential nuclear proliferation of materials to enable Iran to receive products to further Iran's nuclear program. I apologize that "someone" lied in the NIE report that said Iran had stopped in 2003 and then later on when the damage was done stated that they had made an error.
I am sorry that America, at the dawn of saber rattling of despot nations, will be cutting defense spending as the opposite should be taking place. I am sorry that missile defense systems that have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt they work will go by the wayside in order to appease nation-states lusting for war and territory acquisitions.
I am sorry that the unconstitutional actions of the current federal government is using extortion techniques in direct violation of their own installed and enacted RICO Laws and refusing to accept TARP money pay backs in order to become lords and gods of all economies of the world.
I am sorry that the communist black caucus with a member from Sanford and Son tagging along think that Fidel is just like an old friend and our Troops that ensure their every day safety are considered to be merely stupid people with guns and fight like mad orangutans to not count their votes.
I am sorry that Mr Hopenchange has developed into the singularly most divisive individual to ever disgrace this nation as a whole and has the citizens of this nation on the verge of armed conflict to reinstate our Constitutional Republic.
I am sorry that the slum lord of South Chicago has revealed himself to be the exact model the American Leftinistra claimed President George W Bush was.
I am sorry for the Leftinistra that have blown their chance in less than 90 days to reign in a Marxist State of the former United States.
I am sorry for the international embarrassment Barack Hussein Obama has become on a scale never seen before in any nation at any point in time in the recorded world's history.
I am sorry for Obama's fantasy and his affliction with "coke brain" and his inability to communicate on an intellectual level without the sole support of electronic gadgets and a computer programmer at his beckon call.
I am sorry that Obama and his staff of liars and promoters of false proclamations of the myth of global warming to such a degree that they find it necessary to heal the earth by cooling off the atmosphere and planting fake trees to absorb carbon dioxide that real trees need to produce the oxygen we need to survive and to inject once bad for the planet pollution into the atmosphere to reflect solar energy.
I am sorry that Obama and his cabal of idiots, moosetwits and intellectually void staffers, including his wife, don't know or are incapable of understanding cultures of other nations which causes them to bow to kings, hug queens and violate the customs and protocols of other nations every time they venture out of their asylums.
I am sorry that the wanna-be man called Obama hates the Troops and when 1500 were invited to visit with Obama in Iraq only 600 showed up. I am sorry that he pretends to care and those he pretends to care about send him a message to drop dead. I am sorry for the obvious fraud perpetrated upon our Troops by The One.
I am sorry that Obama said on his campaign that "we will never apologize for our way of life" and then turn around and apologize for this nation we are proud of, causing an avalanche of fellow despot tyrants to demand that he apologize to our enemies. I am sorry that Obama's character defects are more than he can tolerate.
I am sorry that those promised tax cuts won't be coming any time soon.
I am sorry that the people of Turkey have been so insulted by Obama that they now hate America more now than they ever had in the past.
I am sorry for America that the nation must suffer its fools for extended periods of time to the extent that our Founding Fathers must be looking down upon their children with utter contempt and dismay.
But, first and foremost, I apologize for our own home-grown Liberals that couldn't tell you which chapter and verse of the United States Constitution supports even one of their beloved policies, wishes, dreams and desires. I am sorry for the injuries induced into this world by the American Liberal, no matter their political party affiliation, primarily the democrats in drag registered as republicans.
The following applies to them all.
I Am Loyal Democrat
Posted: 09 Apr 2009 02:08 PM PDT
A note from Radarsite: I could spend the remainder of my life (which, as some of my friends know, is somewhat circumscribed) responding to Obama's recent stupid and unforgivable anti-American speeches overseas. This misguided, totally uninformed anti-Americanism is the reason I started Radarsite. A year-and-a-half ago I wrote a small article titled "A Brief Message to America", wherein I attempted to envision what General "Old Blood and Guts" Patton might have to say to this current weak-kneed leftist/pacifist generation, were he around to say it. Surprisingly, I received more hate mail for this piece than for anything I have written either before or since. Of course, this reaction triggered a new article which I am reproducing here in the hope that it reinvigorates the patriots and shames the lily-livered PC libs who are hell-bent on destroying this great nation of ours. -rg
As some of you may know, I have written many articles critical of many things. Most often, of course, I've been critical of that dangerous Religion of Peace, called Islam. However, I have also found time to criticize feminists, liberals, Mexican-Americans, and even the Queen of England. But, no other article I have ever written has generated more angry hate mail, nor more malicious personal attacks than a short piece I wrote earlier this week.
No, it wasn't that one about those deadly Mohammad cartoons; and it wasn't that piece about the Jews and anti-semitism -- which I was certain would receive all kinds of objectionable comments, but actually received none.
The article that generated the most vicious and hateful responses -- even more than any of my anti-Islam pieces -- was that short essay I wrote in praise of America, A Brief Message to America. Even some of those people who had previously been generally acceptive of my point of view got upset enough to let me know about it. In sum, the common theme of these protests was that the article in question was "disgusting" and made them "sick". A lot of jokes about running to get the bucket. One angry commenter accused me of "never having written anything of value since I first started posting". I had, till then, never experienced real unmittigated visceral hatred for something I had written.
Evidently, the subject of patriotism is even more inflammatory and controversial than the subject of anti-semitism. What, I wonder, does this say about us here, today, in America? What does this tell us about ourselves that we don't already know? Do you find this as revealing as I do?
In general, I am being accused of two major personal faults: either being a "phony" or a "fool". To me, a phony is someone who says things that they don't really mean; therefore I am not a phony. As to being a fool, I suppose that's for others to decide. Some ninety per cent of the hate mail came from right here in the U.S. -- although, surprisingly, some of the most disturbing came from -- of all places -- New Zealand.
However, I am also happy to report that this little article unapologetically extolling the virtually-ignored virtues of America and Americans also garnered some of the warmest and most genuinely supportive comments I have ever gotten for any other piece (including, to my surprise, Fox News). The most fulsome praise for that article's praise of America came -- not surprisingly -- from our loyal allies in Australia. [See "KG's comments below]
The article is just an article -- but the reactions are significant. Significant and disturbing. This is the nature of our current and growing 'civil war'. These are the enemies we face.
For me, being patriotic is as natural and uncomplicated as loving your parents.
Are our parents without fault? Do they sometimes make mistakes? (although, I must admit, the older I get the less mistakes they seem to have made) The answer to both is of course, Yes. But they are our parents and we love them, don't we? We love them and we honor them, because they are good and they are decent and they have raised us up and nurtured us and protected us from harm to the best of their ability. And, again, the older I get, the more I appreciate how much they sacrificed for me so that I could have a chance at leading a free and productive life.
When I was an adolescent, I thought as an adolescent, and I was more than eager to find fault with them and with all of their 'phony values' and with the way they looked at this world. And I rebelled against them, as I rebelled against all authority figures and all of those loathsome symbols of The Establishment. In this way I was, of course, being a perfect conformist; conforming to the expectations of rebellious adolescence.
Thankfully, and finally, I've grown up now. After September 11, 2001, I've grown up even more -- as I'm sure a lot of us here have.
Over these past years, something has become increasingly apparent to me, a little theory of mine, which I can of course in no way corroborate with facts. It is simply this: the people I have known in my life who seem to be the most productive, the happiest, the most at ease with themselves and this world, are those people who speak of their parents with simple, unreserved affection, loyalty and love. Whether these were attributes which had always been present, or whether they were learned later on through life's experience -- as mine were -- they were almost invariably present and obvious.
I pity our enemies, for I think that they are unhappy and empty, I pity them as I pity all of those current rebellious adolescents who, for the sake of conforming to some perceived convention, have turned on their parents and their country and learned how to despise them and everything they stand for.
Maybe, if they live long enough...
Published in the Chicago Sun Times 3/4/08
A Brief Message to America
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