Archive for March 20, 2011
I just spent a few minutes watching Fox — including an ad for ShirleyTemple.com:
Shirley Temple — there’s no doubt she was cute as could be in 1931 (above)– bless her heart — but she’s 83 years old now.
Again, bless her heart, but how old does one have to be to know who she is?
Really old, as in Fox’s demographic.
Yesterday the Obama administration — Susan Rice at the UN, Hillary Clinton, folks at the State Department and President Obama himself — reassured us that the bottom line as to what U.S. is doing in Libya is enforcing a no-fly zone so Muammar Gaddafi can’t bomb his own people.
Hey, we’re all in favor of protecting citizens who are exercising their right to demonstrate for God’s sake so yeah. That’s good.
But sadly, as is so typical of wars, the truth slowly, inevitably leaks out: NATO Approves Plan to Enforce Libya Arms Embargo:
NATO’s top decision-making body approved late Sunday a military plan to implement the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, but failed to agree on a plan for the alliance to enforce the no-fly zone over this north African country.
What? They “failed to agree on a plan for the alliance to enforce the no-fly zone?”
Yesterday we were told the “action” against Libya didn’t start until there was complete agreement amongst the “coalition” as to what would happen and who would do what.
24-hours on we’re hearing something completely different.
Seems to me this is a perfect example of why a president should be required to appear before congress and to let it declare war. Questions need to be asked and answered in public and presidents and those they employ should be made to prove they have a plan, that they’ve thought things through, and that they have some idea as to what the goal is.
After all. They’re spending our money, our lives, and they’re putting us all at risk, not to mention the people in Libya.
We the People should be the ones — via our D.C. reps — to ask a few questions before we go there and to decide if we do.
Oy. I have a bad feeling about this.
Check out this animation, produced by the French Weather Bureau, of how radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant will likely spread, literally, around the world.
The animation obviously shows varying degrees of density but generally it makes sense that a layer of new radioactive material will spread around the globe, carried, obviously by air currents.
I mean, it’s inescapable. The Earth is a closed system.
Below is a screenshot.
Go to the animation here.
Yesterday the Obama administration made a lot of noise about how the action being taken against Qaddafi in Libya is a “coalition” comprised of the U.S., France, Britain and several Arab nations.
24-hours on, we learn that might not be the case:
An emphatic part of the White House messaging about the bombing in Libya is that the operation is truly international in character.
But it’s quickly becoming clear that the bombing campaign — at least so far — is almost entirely an American operation, albeit one that has been packaged to give it an international look. It’s a dissonance that brings back memories of George W. Bush’s much-mocked “coalition of the willing.”
But NBC Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski today knocked down the talk that what is going on militarily is a “huge coalition effort.” Here’s what he said in a remarkable segment this morning:
“Despite the White House attempts to make this look like it’s a huge coalition effort — obviously it required coalition political support — but for now the U.S. military is not only in the lead but conducting almost all military operations, with only minor participation from the French, as you mentioned, even British fighters over night. There’s a U.S. commander. And even this morning I talked to senior military officials, when I asked them how soon will the U.S. turn over the command to the coalition — and the indication is the U.S. military is in no hurry to do that.”
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, this morning delivered a very different message than Miklaszewski’s reporting suggests. Mullen insisted in a Sunday show interview that while the U.S. is “leading it now, we’re looking to hand off that leadership in the next few days.” It will be interesting to see if that happens.
Yes. It. Will.
I can’t decide if the idea of polling Sarah Palin versus Charlie Sheen is the silliest ever, or brilliant, but Publc Policy Polling decided to do it, and Sheen won, hands down, with the ever-critical independent voters.
Guess that’s a fairly good indication of just how bad a president people think Sarah Palin would be:
We’ve found a lot of brutal poll numbers for Sarah Palin so far in 2011: down in South Dakota, down in South Carolina, down in Arizona, only up by 1 point in Texas, only up by 1 point in Nebraska to name a few. But this has to be the worst- independent voters say they would support Charlie Sheen over Palin for President by a 41/36 margin. Seriously.