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In 2011, Gulf of Mexico oil production will under-perform the government’s pre-Macondo forecasts by 355,000 barrels per day — almost 130 million barrels for the year. In 2012, the shortfall rises to 550,000 barrels per day — 200 million barrels. That’s fully one-third of the Gulf’s oil producing capability, and over 10% of total domestic oil production.These are staggering numbers.Please click here for the rest of the post.
To hear it from a wide variety of unlikely allies, the rather blatant effort engineered by the Obama Administration to oust the perpetual colonel, Muammar Qaddafi, from power in Tripoli will result in a dangerous tyrant being removed from power. This doesn’t seem to be playing out on the ground where the famous aphorism by Mather Byles, “Which is better – to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away or by three thousand tyrants one mile away?” can be witnessed in all its glory.Apparently mobs of US supported rebels are happily slaughtering Africans living in cities under their control.These atrocities were not being carried out by an evil dictator, rather they were the work product of the people with whom the world’s greatest democracy has aligned itself.Not only was there no reason for our intervention from any reason of national strategy we knew nothing about the people who we had decided to help. But none of that is important when you’re involved in a shooting war to prove that your predecessor was wrong.Well, now we do know something about the people we are helping. They are brutal. They practice systematic rape and oppression as a means of expelling blacks from Libya – one of the many charming things about the Arab world. They are supported by al Qaeda. In fact, they are demonstrably worse than the man we’re struggling to depose.Please click here for the rest of the post.
So … where is this whole budget process headed?Let’s review the bidding:
- Many conservative groups have pushed for -– at the very least -– Republican opposition to any short-orlong-term spending bill that does not defund ObamaCare.
- The Republican leadership balks because they do not want to get the blame for shutting down the government -– which would be shut down for the sole reason that Barack Obama refuses to sign a bill to keep it open, if the price for him is defunding the ObamaCare program which independent voters hate.
- The Republican leadership also fears ads about cute children who starved to death because of a government shutdown –- but, of course, that can be averted by legislation to keep attractive programs open in lieu of a funding or debt limit bill.
- Finally, the Republican leadership fears the damage to the economy –- again, a slowdown of the recovery during Barack Obama’s watch for the sole reason that Obama would rather crash the economy than defund ObamaCare. (From a Republican perspective, that’s called having all 52 cards in your hand.)
Instead, says the Republican leadership, this is only the first of a series of battles.Please click here for the rest of the post.
“The murder and rape of Black African migrants in Benghazi (East Libya) reduces the value of anti-Qaddafi rebels’ claim to justice.”- Baruti M. Kamau (The Barutiwa Daily Times)We should all responsibly cede that US President Barack Obama would not deliberately seek out and ally America with an army that used rape as a weapon for vengeance and psychological intimidation during non-conventional warfare. Yet, according to many newspapers throughout the world, this is true of the rebels our airstrikes over Libya currently support.This pathetic farce has come to pass because The Obama White House rushed into war. They did so in a unilateralist, shoot-‘em-up, cowboy fashion. They made no effort to understand the indigenous culture or the situation on the ground. Please click here for the rest of the post.
As events unfold along the Mediterranean rim the governing strategy behind US foreign policy, the Obama Doctrine, becomes increasingly clear.On the heels of supporting an insurrection managed by the Muslim Brotherhood against Hosni Mubarak, we have undertaken an ill-conceived military assault in favor of a racist and islamist insurrection against a ridiculous nonentity… a military assault our “allies” seem to be abandoning faster than lice do a dead dog.Now we observe that Syria is cracking down on its own democracy movement. The security forces there have killed as many as 25 unarmed people in a series of raids.Please click here for the rest of the post.
Some people are beyond parody. Back in 2007, Frank Lautenberg voted to expand the right of habeas corpus to foreign citizens detained overseas in the war on terror. In other words, if you are a terrorist, Frank Lautenberg thinks you are not getting all the Constitutional rights you deserve and he is going to do everything he can to make sure you get them. However, if you are a United States citizen who has not committed any crime whatsoever, apart from opposing taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, Frank Lautenberg believes you deserve no Constitutional rights at all. At a Planned Parenthood rally in Englewood, NJ, Lautenberg, addressing the counterprotestors who were protesting continued government funding of Planned Parenthood, said, “These people don’t deserve the freedoms in the Constitution.” In this context, “These people” apparently means the vast majority of Americans who don’t support taxpayer funding of abortion, or at the very least all TEA Party people who feel that way. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Often in the political activism business, we struggle to balance principle with strategy. At RedState, we have taken the oft-criticized stance that we will not endorse any pro-choice candidate, regardless of their stance on other issues. That said, we have not always agreed, even amongst ourselves, how we should treat pro-choice Republicans who would nonetheless doubtless be better than the Democrat alternative. In some cases, many of us (myself often included) have felt comfortable keeping quiet about pro-choice Republicans, saying things about them that are generally positive, and/or attacking their Democrat opponents. In the last couple of years, we have had lively discussions about how to react to primary challenges to Mike Castle and Olympia Snowe, to name but a couple. Personally, I counseled leaving both Castle and Snowe alone at least in the absence of a primary challenger who could win statewide.That having been said, it is one thing to be pro-choice – i.e., to believe that mothers ought to legally have the right to kill their children in utero. This, perhaps, is something towards which conservatives might turn a blind eye in the service of pragmatism and politics. It is something else to be in favor of taxpayer funding of abortion, a position which is outside the mainstream of American politics and which seeks to make each and every one of us complicit in abortions. This is exactly the position Scott Brown has taken.Please click here for the rest of the post.