Against All Odds: Why Putin Is Winning

Russia is using a not-so-secret weapon that has flipped Western notions of strength and weakness on their head. If trends continue, the U.S. could be faced with the terrible choice of losing its credibility as a conventional ally and a strategic nuclear power or overreacting in order to prevent such a loss.

Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin’s orchestration of the Ukraine crisis, and the U.S. and Europe’s response to it, have set the stage for further actions that could threaten the expanded NATO alliance itself.

Paul A. Goble, considered the dean of American experts on the different nationalities of what Russia regards as its rightful space, warns that a small, newer NATO ally could be next.

With a near-fully modernized strategic nuclear arsenal to give teeth to his iron will, Putin is using a low-cost, high-impact weapon against which the West has built no effective defense: political and economic subversion.

The KGB excelled at political and economic subversion, and Putin built his career practicing both. He ran hard-currency operations for the KGB in St. Petersburg before moving to the Kremlin to run then-president Boris Yeltsin’s Presidential Property Administration, from which he maneuvered to take control of the secret police section of the old KGB and, ultimately, taking power from Yeltsin himself. He then ensured that he would face no credible political rival.

Externally, Putin has intervened in the internal politics of former Soviet-occupied countries, rewarding pliant dictators in Belarus and Central Asia, protecting isolated Armenia from its unfriendly neighbors, dismembering independent-minded small countries like the republic of Georgia, and apparently attempting to assassinate pro-western leaders like former Ukrainian prime minister and future president Viktor Yushchenko.

Left permanently disfigured by the 2004 dioxin poisoning, Yushchenko was an arch-rival of Putin ally Viktor Yanukovych, whose ouster in a popular revolution earlier this year prompted Moscow’s seizure of the Crimea and subversion across eastern Ukraine.

Dangerous to be a Putin critic

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http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/04/21/Against-All-Odds-Why-Putin-is-Winning

Doug Ross @ Journal: As Prez Urges Lemmings in Congress to Defend Obamacare, Dem Rep. Warns Worst is “About to Hit the Fan”

Gee, I didn’t see this on the front page of The New York Times (although, to be fair, I never read the Times, but there you go).

With everyone from Democratic officeholders to a cohort of political bloggers urging, imploring, virtually begging Democratic candidates and incumbents to embrace the Affordable Care Act ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, it seems that only the pollsters are warning that they do so at their own political peril. 

“In terms of Obamacare, don’t defend it,” the respected Democratic pollster Celinda Lake urged in March following the release of her own extensive polling on the issue for George Washington University’s respected Battleground Poll. “Say it was flawed from the beginning, and we’re going to fix it.”

Of course, one powerful figure not running for office is urging the Democrat lemmings in Congress to run right off the cliff.  After all, it’s all about him and his legacy, don’tcha know?

There’s just one problem with that strategy: it serves as an implicit rebuke of the 111th Congress, the Democratic Party’s leadership in the legislature, and President Barack Obama.
Perhaps this is why Democrats are busy convincing their colleagues to ignore Lake’s warnings. “I think Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud of [the ACA],” Obama… strongly advised the members of his party seeking office at a Thursday press conference…
…But those Democrats who are not defending controversial votes they may have taken regarding the ACA, or who are not beholden to the president who is desperate to avoid one last rebuke from the electorate, are warning of a far bleaker future for Democrats with the Obamacare millstone around their necks.

Millstone. I like that.

Speaking to Boston Herald Radio last week, the only member of Massachusetts’ all-Democrat congressional delegation to vote against the 2010 health care reform law, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), warned that the Obamacare — well, you know — is about to “hit the fan.”
“There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, that were postponed because they are unpalatable,” Lynch observed. “As these provisions come into effect, the administration thus far is saying, ‘Gee, we really can’t handle this right now so we’re going to delay it.’”
“These obligations keep piling up,” he continued. “Any individual with an individual healthcare plan that exceeds $10,200 is in a Cadillac plan situation. They’re going to have to pay — that employer, if they provide that, and many do today let alone in 2018 — will have to pay a 40 percent tax on the amount over the … the maximum established under the Affordable Care Act.”
That is a huge tax. It’s the first time in this country’s history that we have actually taxed health care,” Lynch said. “We used to treat it like food, that people would die without it. Well, we’re in a new day now.”
…“We will lose seats in the House,” the Bay State congressman confessed when pressed on the likely political impact of the ACA. “I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from the more experienced pollsters down there. And I think we may lose the Senate.”

Lynch warns that the really diabolical and damaging aspects of Obamacare have yet to kick in.  And, when they do, he says, the fit is going to hit the shan.

…Many analysts believe that the flood of cancelled individual insurance plans that characterized the law’s early implementation period was merely a prelude to when (or, as former White House Press Sec. Robert Gibbs said, if) the ACA’s employer mandate is enacted.
…The stakes surrounding the Affordable Care Act are high. So high, in fact, that it serves some of the president’s allies more to insist that the debate over the success of the ACA is “over.” It would seem that no matter how many supportive blog posts are published, candid statements like those made by Lynch and others indicate that Obamacare will persist as a political problem for Democratic political aspirants and incumbents.

I also have the distinct feeling that the closer to the midterms we get, the more pain will be felt by the American people.  Millions will have lost their plans, their doctors, and even their jobs, thanks to this disastrous and unconstitutional SCOAMF.

And does Obama care?  Of course not.  He wants the lemmings to run right off the cliff.  Because it’s all about him and his “legacy”. Not the American people. Not about his Congressional allies. No. Him and him alone.

SOURCE

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2014/04/as-prez-urges-lemmings-in-congress-to.html

A Russian combat helicopter performs an impressive, quite dangerous, low pass.

Few days ago, we published an article about the fully armed Ukrainian Air Force Mig-29 performing an impressive and unusual show of force in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russia separatists blocked the rails.

The Kamov Ka-52 Alligator is an all-weather attack helicopter featuring the distinctive coaxial rotor system of the Kamov design bureau.

Although the combat helicopter, usually employed as an armed scout chopper, equips the Russian army since 1995, you don’t happen to see them around every day.

By the way a few were seen supporting the initial helicopter armada during the Russian invasion of Crimea last month

For this reason any video showing this weird aircraft is quite interesting. Even more if the Alligator performs an impressive, dangerous pass at ultra-low altitude.

H/T to Marsattaque blog for the heads-up

The Aviationist » [Photo] 24 U.S. Apache attack helicopters perform mass landing in South Korea

A horde of AH-64 Apache: that’s a show of force!

The image in this post shows 24 AH-64D Longbow Apache attack helicopters with the 4th Aerial Reconnaissance Battalion (Attack), 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade conduct a mass landing at Camp Humphreys, South Korea on Apr. 18.

The photo is quite rare as the U.S. Army unit does not usually fly all of its 24 choppers in one mission.

Based on their own description on FB, the battalion, also known as the “Death Dealers,” conduct scenario based training at a moment’s notice keeping the battalion ready to “Fight Tonight.”

Image credit: U.S. Army/2nd Combat Aviation Brigade

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Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis: Japan Trade Deficit Largest in History; Imports Soar, Exports Barely Up In Spite of Collapsed Yen

Those who think a collapsing currency is a sure-fire way to increase exports need to rethink their beliefs.

Despite a falling Yen, Japan Posts Largest-Ever Trade Deficit.

The gap between the value of Japan’s exports and that of its imports grew by more than two-thirds in the 12 months through March, to Y13.7tn ($134bn), according to government data released on Monday. It was the third consecutive fiscal year of deficits, the longest streak since comparable records began in the 1970s.

Toyota, Hitachi and other large Japanese companies have enjoyed soaring profits as a result of the weaker yen, which has fallen by a fifth against other major currencies since November 2012.

But the improvement has come less from increased exports than from flattered exchange rates on overseas sales. Japanese export volumes have barely risen and the yen value of goods shipped to foreign markets has increased much more slowly than the value of imports.

Exports actually declined slightly by volume in January-March compared with the previous quarter, by 0.2 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to calculations by Credit Suisse, even as imports grew by 4.5 per cent.

A steady outflow of Japanese manufacturing jobs to lower-cost countries and declining competitiveness in some sectors, such as consumer electronics, has limited the power of a cheap yen to lift exports.

Overall Japanese exports increased 0.6 per cent by volume last fiscal year, Monday’s data showed, leading to a 10.8 per cent rise by value in light of the weaker yen. Imports rose 2.4 per cent by volume and 17.3 per cent by value.
Energy Imports

Japan has 50 nuclear reactors. Every one of them is offline. Abe wants to bring them back online, but the Financial Times reports “analysts think that at most 12-15 of the reactors will ultimately be restarted.”

Abenomics

A falling Yen and rising energy imports, coupled with a slowdown in China and tax hikes in Japan suggest Abenomics is going to be a dismal failure unless the goal is to goose stock prices rather than goose the economy.

Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/04/japan-trade-deficit-largest-in-history.html#aE7qW2CaUUu29X5q.99

A little off the top… ya, that’s it, thanks!!

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Speech Jammer Gun Review (Original)

*The app used in this video is “Speech Zapper” for the iPhone.
I have tried many speech jamming programs and this one gave me the best result given that you can adjust the frequency. YOU HAVE TO FIND THE FREQUENCY THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU! Make sure you are in a quiet room and use good earphones. Turn up the volume! Ambient noise will have a negative effect on your results, so noise canceling headphones are ideal. Lastly, while what you see in this video is not acting, trust me I’m not that good, it does affect different people in different ways. I’ve heard the PC version woks best. Have fun, thanks for watching, sub and comment!

Tabletop gun reviews can be pretty boring, but I think I might have found a way to make them a bit more entertainin…and yes these results are 100% genuine.

***I got through 2 mins..

Just GO!!

DPI’s ruling: Porn-watching teacher keeps his license to teach « Watchdog.org

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction believes the actions of a teacher who viewed and shared scores of pornographic and other sexually explicit content in a public school classroom were “highly inappropriate,” but not cause for the educator to lose his license.

After nearly four years of investigating the case of Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District teacher Andrew Harris, DPI last week came to this conclusion:

“While Andrew Harris’s conduct was highly inappropriate for an educator, it does not meet the legal definition of immoral conduct contained in the 2008-09 law,” the agency stated in an explanation of its decision.

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LICENSED TO TEACH: After a nearly four-year investigation, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has ruled it cannot revoke the license of teacher Andrew Harris, who was found to have viewed and shared scores of sexually explicit images at school.

“..(T)here is no probable cause that Andrew Harris violated the 2008-09 law, and the Department cannot pursue a revocation of Andrew Harris’s license at this time.”

In other words, DPI believes that it cannot take away Harris’ license because his “highly inappropriate” activity in his seventh-grade classroom occurred before the Legislature amended the definition of “immoral conduct” to include “the intentional use of an educational agency’s equipment to download, view, solicit, seek, display, or distribute pornographic material.”

“However, the Department is legally prohibited from retroactively applying this new definition to Andrew Harris because his conduct occurred before the Legislature passed 2011 Act 84,” DPI said in its defense.

The Legislature, indeed passed the law in part due to the Harris case.

Gov. Scott Walker, who in February asked DPI to revoke Harris’ teaching license, expressed disappointment with DPI’s decision. It seems Walker sees DPI’s legal explanation as a cop out.

“We believe the Department of Public Instruction does indeed have the legal authority to revoke (Harris’) license under prior law and Governor Walker thinks they should do so,” said Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick in an email to Wisconsin Reporter.

Middleton-Cross Plains Superintendent Don Johnson sounded more than disappointed by a ruling that followed a long and expensive court battle by the district to keep Harris out of the classroom. That effort, estimated at nearly $1 million, failed, and Harris, by court-order, was reinstated to teach seventh-grade science in the district earlier this year.

FULL STORY

http://watchdog.org/139876/teacher-pornography-dpi/

Ted Nugent starts out on fire, but the end of this video is mind-blowing…

Brooks: Obama Has a Manhood Problem | The Blog on Obama: White House Dossier

New York Times columnist David Brooks declared Sunday that President Mompants has “a manhood problem in the Middle East.”

From an appearance on Meet the Press:

And let’s face it. Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a — I’ll say it crudely – but, a manhood problem in the Middle East. Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad, somebody like Putin?

I think a lot of the rap is unfair. But certainly in the Middle East, there’s an assumption he’s not tough enough.

Uhh, just in the the Middle East?

Brooks’ comment strikes directly at an Obama problem that concerns not only the president’s toughness, but his worldview. Obama harbors the typical assumption of liberals that when it comes down to it, we’re all just people and we all want the same things.

Obama mompants

Actually, people in the rest of the world often want very different things than we want. Moreover, they’re willing to get in the ring and fight for them, and they’re not particularly interested in boxiing according to Marquess of Queensberry Rules.

Funny how Obama assumes the worst about his opponents – and will bring a gun to a knife fight – when his adversaries are Republicans, but not when they’re overseas political thugs. Politics – now that’s war for Obama. This administration is more likely to negotiate with Bashar Assad than John Boehner.

NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd, you’ll note, goes on in the video to reveal that internally, within the White House, questions about Obama’s manhood are feared. Feared, I assume, as a political matter, not because of concern about his effectiveness as commander-in-chief.

SOURCE:

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/04/21/brooks-obama-manhood-problem/

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

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This undated combo photo, provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shows corn residue after grain harvest, left, adjacent to a field section where corn residue was baled and removed after grain harvest in Jefferson County, Neb. Biofuels made from corn leftovers after harvest are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a cleaner oil alternative from the start and will help climate change. (AP Photo/The University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.

While biofuels are better in the long run, the study says they won’t meet a standard set in a 2007 energy law to qualify as renewable fuel.

The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law. About half of the initial market in cellulosics is expected to be derived from corn residue.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BIOFUELS_GLOBAL_WARMING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-04-21-04-02-59

aNy 1?? Plez, she be despr it..

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Turn broken speakers into a snappy media cabinet

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Broken speakers are pretty but useless, media cabinets are ugly but useful, a synergistic melding of the two objects was all but inevitable.

All you’ll need to do this project is:

1. One (or two) old free standing speakers, the bigger the better. Preferably in good aesthetic condition, preferably broken, and preferably free (I gave myself a $20 spending limit for mine).

2. A hand saw

3. Some hinges

4. A claw hammer or crowbar

5. Some paint

6. Planks of wood (to make shelves)

7. Screwdriver or a power drill

8. Roughly 2.5 liters of pure, unadulterated gumption. Feel free to replace with true grit.

I also used a rotary tool, but I’m sure you could pull this project off without one.

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Get out your hinges and carefully affix those things to your speaker box and speaker’s front panel, so that it can swing in a door-like fashion. This door-like swinging object will henceforth function as your door. It might also be a good idea to attach some sort of handle to the front of your cabinet, so that opening it won’t require 4 inch long fingernails.

FULL STORY

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-turn-broken-speakers-into-the-ultimate-medi/?ALLSTEPS

Who Does The Government Intend To Shoot?

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) confirms that it is purchasing 174 thousand rounds of hollow point bullets to be delivered to 41 locations in major cities across the U.S.  No one has yet said what the purpose of these purchases is, though we are led to believe that they will be used only in an emergency to counteract and control civil unrest. Those against whom the hollow point bullets are to be used — those causing the civil unrest — must be American citizens; since the SSA has never been used overseas to help foreign countries maintain control of their citizens.

What would be the target of these 174, 000 rounds of hollow point bullets? It can’t simply be to control demonstrators or rioters. Hollow point bullets are so lethal that the Geneva Convention does not allow their use on the battle field in time of war. Hollow point bullets don’t just stop or hurt people, they penetrate the body, spread out, fragment and cause maximum damage to the body’s organs. Death often follows.

Potentially each hollow nose bullet represents a dead American. If so, why would the U.S. government want the SSA to kill 174,000 of our citizens, even during a time of civil unrest? Or is the purpose to kill 174,000 of the nation’s military and replace them with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) special security forces, forces loyal to the Administration, not to the Constitution?

All my life I’ve handled firearms. When a young boy growing up on my father’s farm in Pennsylvania Dad’s first rule of firearms training was, “Never point a gun at someone, in fun or otherwise, unless you intend to shoot them. If you shoot someone, shoot to kill.” I’ve never forgotten his admonition. It stayed with me through my Boy Scout training, when I enlisted in the army as a Private to fight in the Korea
War, during my days as a Ranger and Paratrooper and throughout my thirty-four year military career.

If this were only a one time order of ammunition, it could easily be dismissed. But there is a pattern here. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has ordered 46,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition. Notice that all of these purchases are for the lethal hollow nose bullets.  These bullets are not being purchased and stored for squirrel or coyote hunting. This is serious ammunition manufactured to be used for serious purposes.

In the war in Iraq, our military forces expended approximately 70 million rounds per year. In March DHS ordered 750 million rounds of hollow point ammunition. It then turned around and ordered an additional 750 million rounds of miscellaneous bullets including some that are capable of penetrating walls. This is enough ammunition to empty five rounds into the body of every living American citizen. Is this something we and the Congress should be concerned about? What’s the plan that requires so many dead Americans, even during times of civil unrest? Has Congress and the Administration vetted the plan in public.

I fear that Congress won’t take these ammunition purchases seriously until they are all led from Capitol Hill in handcuffs. Why buy all this ammunition unless you plan to use it. Unknown to Congress, Does DHS plan to declare war on some country? Shouldn’t Congress hold hearings on why the Administration is stockpiling this ammunition all across the nation? How will it be used; what are the Administration’s plans?

Obama is a deadly serious, persistent man. Once he focuses on an object, he pursues it to the end. What is his focus here? All of these rounds of ammunition can only be used to kill American citizens, though there is enough ammunition being ordered to kill, in addition to every American citizen, also every Iranian, Syrian or Mexican. There is simply too much of it. And this much ammunition can’t be just for training, there aren’t that many weapons and “shooters” in the U.S. to fire it. Perhaps it is to be used to arm illegal immigrants?

We have enough military forces to maintain law and order in the U.S. even during times of civil unrest.

We have local police, backed up by each state’s National Guard, backed up by the Department of Defense. So in addition to all these forces why does DHS need its own private army? Why do the SSA, NOAA and other government agencies need to create their own civilian security forces armed with hollow nose bullets?

Were I the JCS, and if I wasn’t already fully briefed on this matter, I’d stop the purchase of hollow point bullets, ask the secretary of Defense why all this ammunition is being purchased and spread around the country? If I got answers like the ones Congress got during the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious – I’d start tracking all ammunition deliveries nationwide to find out what organizations and units are using them, for what purpose and, if it is not constitutional, prepare to counteract whatever it is that they are doing.

This is a deadly serious business. I hope I’m wrong, but something smells rotten. And If the Congress isn’t going to do its duty and investigate this matter fully, the military will have to protect the Constitution, the nation, and our citizens.

Jerry Curry is a decorated combat veteran, Army Aviator, Paratrooper, and Ranger, who for nearly forty years has served his country both in the military and as a Presidential political appointee.

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2920247/posts