TSA workers were submitted to the new “non-invasive” nude body scanners during a training session in Miami. Things turned ugly when a supervisor started making fun of one of the trainee’s small genitalia:
Sources say Negrin stepped into the machine during the training session and became embarrassed and angry when a supervisor started cracking jokes about his manhood, made visible by the new machine.
A fight broke out, and Negrin went after one of the other TSA workers.
The article goes on to say:
The attack may be the first piece of proof that the new scanners may be leaving too little to the imagination.
Really? The first piece of proof? And you call yourselves journalists?
From the NY Post, Battle for freedom: Vietnam’s lessons for War on Terror:
In April 30, 1975, a last Marine helicopter left the US embassy com pound in Saigon. Hours later, communist tanks rolled triumphantly through the streets of what would soon be renamed Ho Chi Minh City.
The Vietnam War was over. Never mind that America had just completed the most successful airlift in history, carrying more than 50,000 Vietnamese refugees and US personnel to safety — or that the US military had never lost a battle in its eight-year fight against the communist North and its Viet Cong allies. It wasn’t America’s military that failed in Vietnam, but its political leadership and a public weary of war and weekly casualty lists — a public that never realized that Vietnam was part of an existential struggle for humanity and freedom until it was too late.
At the time, America’s liberal intelligentsia hailed the American withdrawal and the fall of Saigon as good news. The New York Times’ Sydney Schanberg wrote: “Indochina without Americans. For Most, A Better Life?” Another Times columnist, Anthony Lewis, asked: “What future could possibly be more terrible than the reality” of a war that had cost so much in lives and treasure?
It took less than a year to learn the answer — and the body count. It included 65,000 Vietnamese murdered or shot after “liberation,” the equivalent in terms of Vietnam’s population of 750,000 people in today’s America; the 250,000 who died of disease or starvation or were worked to death in brutal “reeducation camps”; the thousands of “boat people” who tried to flee the totalitarian nightmare of communist Vietnam and perished at sea, and the 1.5 million innocent Cambodians butchered or starved to death by the Khmer Rouge. Their ghosts stand as mute testimony to what happens when America decides to be merely a spectator in a struggle with tyranny, instead of freedom’s protagonist.
Read it all.
Obama has finally released the details of his new nuclear weapons policy. In short:
- No further development of any new nuclear weapons — even while tyrants and terrorist organizations around the world aggressively pursue nuclear options. (Note: the average age of America’s existing warheads is 26 years. It does not take long to fall behind in modern times.)
- No nuclear retaliation against non-nuclear nations, even if we have been viciously attacked through biological or chemical means. (Note: exceptions are made for N. Korea and Iran.)
Meanwhile, Russia announces that it has the option of backing out of the recent nuclear disarmament agreement with the U.S. any time it “feels threatened” by US missile defence plans. For instance, deploying new missile interceptors in Europe.
China continues to upgrade its growing nuclear arsenal in a veil of secrecy. Iran continues to develop nuclear capabilities in the face of a feckless Obama and an ineffectual U.N. North Korea will continue to ignore everyone in its quest to develop nuclear weapons.
In the end, nothing has changed except that America will not be developing bunker busting tactical nukes or even modernizing the capabilities of our existing aged nuclear arsenal. And that we promise to play nice if attacked.
Change, yes. Hope, no.
Obama made a promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in one year. Though he failed to keep that promise, Americans don’t seem to mind. Once almost evenly divided on this issue, most now want the facility to stay open:
- When Obama took office, 51% of Americans favored closing Gitmo.
- Today, that number is down to 39%, with 60% saying we should continue to operate Guantanamo.
Once again, it is the crucial Independents that make the difference:
“Just Democrats still think that Guantanamo should be closed, but Independents have completely changed – from an even split in January 2009 to three-quarters who want to keep the facility open today,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
More than three out of four Republicans questioned in the poll think that the facility should stay open.
This Independent was always in favor of Gitmo. Then again, I didn’t vote to put a socialist in the White House.
The headline reads, Obama snubbed Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls, Israelis claim:
Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family, it emerged on Thursday.
The snub marked a fresh low in US-Israeli relations and appeared designed to show Mr Netanyahu how low his stock had fallen in Washington after he refused to back down in a row over Jewish construction in east Jerusalem. …
A fresh low? After the Clinton hugging welcome of lifetime terrorist Yasser Arafat?
Over 80% of American Jews voted for Obama because American Jews just don’t seem to care about Israel. A nanny government near at hand is deemed more important than protecting their hard-won homeland, the jewel of democracy sitting in a cesspool of tyranny and corruption. Why else would they continue to put up with things like this?
[Obama] immediately presented Mr Netanyahu with a list of 13 demands designed both to the end the feud with his administration and to build Palestinian confidence ahead of the resumption of peace talks. Key among those demands was a previously-made call to halt all new settlement construction in east Jerusalem. When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: “I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls.”
As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. “I’m still around,” Mr Obama is quoted by Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. “Let me know if there is anything new.”
Nile Gardiner hits the nail on the head when he wrote that Obama treats both Great Britain and Israel with “sneering contempt“:
In the space of just over a year, Barack Obama has managed to significantly damage relations with America’s two closest friends, while currying favour with practically every monstrous dictatorship on the face of the earth. The doctrine of “smart power” has evolved into the shameless appeasement of America’s enemies at the expense of existing alliances. There is nothing clever about this approach – it will ultimately weaken US global power and strengthen the hand of America’s enemies, who have become significantly emboldened and empowered by Barack Obama’s naïve approach since he took office.
This is hardly surprising as Democrats have a long record of welcoming terrorists and their families, while forcing Israel to make ridiculous concessions even in the face of daily suicide bombers and rocket attacks.
Tzedakah (righteousness, fairness or justice) is an important component of the centuries Jewish tradition which obligates even the poorest to give anonymously to charity. Using tax dollars to help others is as anonymous as it gets.
But it is time for the American Jew to decide what is more important, bankrupting America for health care or protecting the hard-won homeland. Obama has made not one, but two trips to the Middle East and has yet to visit Israel. Obama is not a friend to the Jews and does not deserve their blind support.
Only 9 percent of Israeli Jews believe that Obama is pro-Israel, and that poll was taken days before the Netanyahu snub. When considering these images from Israel, one cannot help but think that this is no longer the case:
Yet more news that Iran is beating the war drums.
Iran has opened two production lines to manufacture ‘advanced’ attack drones capable of carrying out attacks with ‘high precision’.
In the past week Iran has announced a spate of technological advances and military achievements in the run up to the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution on Feb 11.
It’s no secret that Iran has been trying to get their hands on Russia’s S-300 anti-aircraft system (worried about Israeli air strikes, no doubt). They have tired of waiting and will “soon” unveil their own system:
"In the near future, a new locally-made air defence system will be unveiled by the country’s experts and scientists which is as powerful as the S-300 missile defence system, or even stronger," [commander Heshmatollah Kassiri] said. . . .
The truck-mounted S-300PMU1, known in the West as the SA-20, can shoot down cruise missiles and aircraft. It has a range of 150 km (90 miles) and travels at more than two km per second.
Much of this is posturing (ala Comical Ali). On the other hand, there is no doubt that Iran is gearing up to be a major power in the region. This endangers all nearby states, Jewish and Islamic alike.
A bit of wisdom from Fred Thompson’s Facebook page:
The White House will propose eliminating the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. But where would we put nuclear waste? How about we send it to Gitmo? We wouldn’t even have to move the terrorists first.
Now that’s funny, I don’t care who y’are. OK, maybe not — if you’re a terrorist lovin’, tree huggin’, granola chomping, hippy throwback surrender monkey. Or a terrorist.
From the Another One Bites the Dust file:
Saddam Hussein’s notorious cousin “Chemical Ali” was executed Monday, Iraq’s government spokesman said.
Hassan al-Majid was convicted Sunday, Jan. 17, of crimes against humanity, receiving a death sentence for his involvement in a poison gas attack on Halabja — one of several hanging over him. . . .
He had received three previous death sentences for atrocities committed during Saddam’s rule, particularly in the government’s campaigns against the Shiites and Kurds in the 1980s and 1990s.
I usually oppose the death penalty, but I make exceptions. Time to send this one to hell.