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Carol A. Taber, president of the Family Security Foundation, Inc., and publisher of familysecuritymatters.org, was awarded both the U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team’s (USCTAT) Winston Spencer Churchill Award (for tenacity and resourcefulness) and the Combatant’s Cross (the highest recognition by the USCTAT) during ceremonies at the S.C. State House, Friday.
Approved and signed by Clare M. Lopez – retired CIA operations officer and today deputy national director of the USCTAT– Taber’s awards were presented for her personal sacrifice and tireless work since Sept. 11, 2001 in promoting and supporting both public awareness of national security and the importance of public participation of the same.
Taber’s awards were presented by former White House advisor DeWitt Zemp to Lt. Col. Bill Connor, U.S. Army (Res.) who accepted the awards on her behalf. Both Zemp and Connor are USCTAT advisors.
The latest EU agreement uses the fiscal crisis as an excuse to erode national sovereignty and impose more centralization, more harmonization, and more bureaucratization.
There’s always been a simple and desirable solution to Europe’s fiscal crisis, but nobody in Europe wants to do the right thing because it means admitting the failure of big government and it would result in less power for the political elite.
So we get the spectacle of never-ending emergency summits as the political class blindly searches for some magical solution. Not surprisingly, the “solution” concocted by the latest gathering is not getting good reviews.
Here’s what Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
What remarkable petulance and stupidity. The leaders of France and Germany have more or less bulldozed Britain out of the European Union for the sake of a treaty that offers absolutely no solution to the crisis at hand, or indeed any future crisis. It is EU institutional chair shuffling at its worst, with venom for good measure. …There is no shared debt issuance, no fiscal transfers, no move to an EU Treasury, no banking licence for the ESM rescue fund, and no change in the mandate of the European Central Bank.
David Cameron Bats Another Century Posted By Roger Kimball
David Cameron just batted another century. I think I’ve got that right: On this side of the pond we say “hit a home run.” In Blighty, I believe one says “bat a century.” (English and other members and former members of the Empire will feel free to correct me.) [UPDATE: As many have. The correct equivalent is “hit a six.” And, I am reliably informed, one “scores a century.”] Just a week or so back, Mr. Cameron demonstrated that he was not, as many of us believed, a sort of blancmange with legs. In vetoing the proposed revisions to the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, he showed that he actually possessed a back bone and that he was willing and able to stand up for Britain. “It has to be in Britain’s interests” was his constant, and correct, refrain. When he went to Brussels for the Merkozy all-nighter, he had reportedly intended to go along to get along. But when he absorbed what the Treaty revisions would mean for the city of London (billions of pounds in new fees), he told Angela and Nicolas that they would be sailing to Eutopia without Britannia.
Mr. Cameron must enjoy standing tall. For just yesterday in a speech about religion in the public square, he told Rowan Williams, the self-described “hairy lefty” and “Druid,” who also happens to be Archbishop of Canterbury, where he could get off. He has made a pastime of criticizing the Cameron government’s spending cuts, the legitimacy of its coalition, and has recently demanded increased taxes on banks.
An Islamist group in Belgium is intensifying a propaganda and intimidation campaign aimed at turning the country into an Islamic state.
Over the past several months, Sharia4Belgium, a Muslim organization that wants to implement Islamic Sharia law throughout Belgium, has become increasing belligerent in its appeals to fellow Muslims to overthrow the democratic order in the country.
The latest installment of Islamist agitprop comes in the form of a video in which the Belgian Islamist Sheik Abu Imran declares that the black flag of Islamic Jihad will “soon be flying on top of all the palaces in Europe.”
The December 11 video, which has been translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), shows Imran dressed in military camouflage calling for the destruction of the Atomium, a monument in Brussels that is the national symbol of Belgium.
MR. CODEVILLA HAS GRACIOUSLY GIVEN ME PERMISSION TO POST AND CIRCULATE A PERSONAL LETTER HE RECENTLY WROTE ….RSK
Is there a Republican Establishment that differs from and is antagonistic to people who vote Republican?
Whether such a thing existed before, say, 1950, is problematic. But since about that time it has manifested itself undeniably. Consider:
Beginning circa 1940, Robert Taft of Ohio rebuilt the Republican Party’s credit with the American people. He spoke of smaller government at home and the pursuit of the national interest abroad- including opposition equally to Communists and Nazis. Wars were for winning. But the Party’s machinery and money were in New York. J. D. Rockefeller, Wendell Wilkie, John Foster Dulles, and Thomas Dewey, supported heavily by old money, were Progressives in the mold of Herbert Hoover and Woodrow Wilson. They believed that they could bring the world together onto the path of progress and improve America by tweaking FDR’s New Deal. Wilkie and Dewey lost. By 1952 the party was almost unanimously for Taft. But the Republican Progressives bought and stole delegates to the ’52 convention, especially in the South where delegates had no voters who could hold them accountable. When that did not work, they used the Credentials committee to exclude the elected Texas delegation and replaced it with one formed by them. Dwight Eisenhower was a great man. But he was foisted on the party – not picked by it.
WE HAVE HAD A LOVELY FAMILY HOME IN CONNECTICUT…IT DATES FROM 1762 WITH MANY ORIGINAL FEATURES…BUILT AS A SCHOOLHOUSE BY A MR. GEORGE LAKE IT HAS BEEN OCCUPIED BY ONLY FOUR FAMILIES…THE LAKES, THE FULHAMS AND THE GREENS WHO SOLD IT TO THE KINGS. WHEN WE OCCUPIED IT IN 1969 WE FOUND A DIARY OF LETTERS TO ONE OF THE FORMER OWNERS. IT WAS DATED MARCH 25, 1936 IN WHICH THE CORRESPONDENT STATED THAT HE COULD NOT WAIT TO LEAVE “JEW YORK”….I GUESS THE MAN NEVER HAD A PASTRAMI ON RYE…..RSK
With a heritage that stretches back 400 years and vital contemporary community that’s reinterpreting old traditions for 21st century, Jewish New York features museums and historic sites, world’s largest menorah and trendy new Tribeca restaurant
Museums and historic sites, the world’s largest menorah, and a trendy new Tribeca restaurant inspired by an old-school Catskills resort. They’re all part of Jewish New York, with a heritage that stretches back 400 years and a vital contemporary community that’s reinterpreting old traditions for the 21st century.
New York City has the largest concentration of Jews in the world outside of Israel, according to the Jewish Databank, which put the city’s Jewish population at 1.4 million in 2002.
The stories of European Jews who arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are relatively well-known and easy to find in places like the Lower East Side. But visitors with an interest in Jewish New York will also want to explore many other parts of the city, from the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn to a 17th century graveyard on a Chinatown sidestreet.
Visit to a Small Planet
HITCHENS WROTE THIS EXCELLENT COLUMN IN JANUARY 2001. BOTH AUTHOR AND SUBJECT DIED THIS WEEK…AND I CAN ONLY REGRET THAT HITCHENS’ TRANSFORMATION NEVER INCLUDED RESPECT FOR ISRAEL WHOSE ENEMIES ARE WORSE THAN KIM IL SUNG….RSK
North Koreans worship their dead dictator, Kim Il Sung, and his son the reigning Kim Jong Il, despite the surreal nightmare of famine, isolation, repression, and nuclear peril the dynasty has spawned. In Pyongyang, the author wonders whether mass delusion is the only thing that keeps a people sane.
by Christopher Hitchens
The North Korean capital, Pyongyang, is a city consecrated to the worship of a father-son dynasty. (I came to think of them, with their nuclear-family implications, as “Fat Man and Little Boy.”) And a river runs through it. And on this river, the Taedong River, is moored the only American naval vessel in captivity. It was in January 1968 that the U.S.S. Pueblo strayed into North Korean waters, and was boarded and captured. One sailor was killed; the rest were held for nearly a year before being released. I looked over the spy ship, its radio antennae and surveillance equipment still intact, and found photographs of the captain and crew with their hands on their heads in gestures of abject surrender. Copies of their groveling “confessions,” written in tremulous script, were also on show. So was a humiliating document from the United States government, admitting wrongdoing in the penetration of North Korean waters and petitioning the “D.P.R.K.” (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) for “lenience.” Kim Il Sung (“Fat Man”) was eventually lenient about the men, but not about the ship. Madeleine Albright didn’t ask to see the vessel on her visit last October, during which she described the gruesome, depopulated vistas of Pyongyang as “beautiful.” As I got back onto the wharf, I noticed a refreshment cart, staffed by two women under a frayed umbrella. It didn’t look like much—one of its three wheels was missing and a piece of brick was propping it up—but it was the only such cart I’d see. What toothsome local snacks might the ladies be offering? The choices turned out to be slices of dry bread and cups of warm water.
www.carolineglick.com Why I won’t miss Christopher Hitchens PLEASE READ A HITCHENS COLUMN ON NORTH KOREA’S HOOLIGAN LEADER WHO ALSO DIED THIS WEEK..RSK I have read several appreciations of Hitchens written by conservatives and neo-conservatives who knew him and appreciated his transformation from a man of the left into a man of the right since the […]
Ron Paul’s Newsletter Problem – Yahoo! News
RON PAUL IS NOT JUST A CRANKY CURMUDGEON AND GADFLY…HE IS A NASTY AND DANGEROUS BIGOT AND THE IDIOTS WHO MONITOR THE DEBATES JUST GIVE HIM A PASS WHILE THEY HOUND GINGRICH….RSK
Rep. Ron Paul, a leading candidate for president, published a series of monthly newsletters in the 1980s and 1990s, according to a Weekly Standard piece by James Kirchick. He repeats some of information he revealed in a 2008 New Republic piece.
What were the newsletters sent out by Ron Paul?
They went under a variety of names since first published in 1978, two years after Paul was elected to Congress, including “Ron Paul’s Freedom Report,” “Ron Paul Political Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report.” Most of the newsletters were published by a company Paul founded called “Ron Paul and Associates” in 1985 during a hiatus of his congressional career. According to an article in Reason, a tax document from 1993 indicates that the organization had an income of $940 thousand, mainly from sale of the newsletter.
What was published in the various newsletters?
The newsletters did not have a byline but invoked Paul’s name a considerable amount and were written in the first person. The newsletters contained commentary on issues of the day that are presumed to be from Paul’s perspective.
Kirchick has found some of the material in the Paul newsletters to have racially charged contents. In a commentary on the 1992 Los Angeles riots, for example, a “Special Issue on Racial Terrorism” claimed that order was only restored when “blacks lined up for their welfare checks.” Another issue accused Martin Luther King Jr. of seducing underage boys and girls and of beating up his paramours. Yet another issue recounted a story, not backed up by evidence, that suggested that gangs of teenage black girls were roaming the streets of New York and deliberately injecting white women with HIV infected syringes.