Posts Tagged ‘China’

I actually spoke about this rape kit situation during a radio interview back in November. Here’s an article that was just published updating this extremely poor situation:

100 Serial Rapists Identified After Rape Kits From Detroit Crime Lab Are Finally Processed: http://www.wxyz.com/news/100-serial-rapists-identified-after-rape-kits-from-detroit-crime-lab-are-finally-processed

China Warns West That Sanctions on Russia Could Spiral Into Chaos: http://scgnews.com/china-warns-west-that-sanctions-on-russia-could-spiral-into-chaos-us-eu-indicate-sanctions-to-begin

Maryland House Bill 33, Lynette’s Law, has passed out of the Judiciary Committee and will get a vote in the house. “One Voice” suicide prevention music video montage:

 

There has been a bit of a silence on American Live Wire the past few days, but it is not without reason. First of all, we wanted to leave up the research on the Bloom-Obama-GE-Russia-Iran-Syria connections for the public to take in, especially with the UN General Assembly this week and foreign policy rife. Secondly, I’ve been reading the been One Second After by William R. Forstchen. It is a book I think every American should read, but I will follow up with a book review at a later time. Today is an analysis of President Obama’s speech to the UN yesterday.

Diving right in… (Obama speech in italics)

I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust. Part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies, and a belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others.

First and foremost, we should be looking out for the interests of America. Secondly, America has been the policeman of the world for years, absolutely looking out for the interest of others, freeing nations from oppression, sending billions in aid to third world countries, and promoting democracy. This sounds too apologetic and weak although a couple sentences later Obama claims it’s not.

In this hall, we come from many places, but we share a common future. No longer do we have the luxury of indulging our differences to the exclusion of the work that we must do together. I have carried this message from London to Ankara; from Port of Spain to Moscow; from Accra to Cairo; and it is what I will speak about today — because the time has come for the world to move in a new direction. We must embrace a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and our work must begin now.

Globalization. The words sound rather eloquent, but when you put it all together, it’s one of the focuses of the progressive movement: a one world government.

On my first day in office, I prohibited — without exception or equivocation — the use of torture by the United States of America. (Applause.) I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, and we are doing the hard work of forging a framework to combat extremism within the rule of law. Every nation must know: America will live its values, and we will lead by example.

You can’t lead with an example of weakness. The more civilized nations of the UN are nodded their head in approval of these things and applauded, while those more ruthless are salivating. If one of their own get detained under suspicions of terror then it’s no more than being tossed in a cell and being asked some questions. There will be no fear of compromised information because hardened terrorists don’t talk under such minor circumstances. They are thanking Obama for securing a breach of their intelligence network.

In Moscow, the United States and Russia announced that we would pursue substantial reductions in our strategic warheads and launchers. At the Conference on Disarmament, we agreed on a work plan to negotiate an end to the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons.

I would love a world completely devoid of nuclear weapons, but with countries like Iran and North Korea trying to develop their own this is simply a fantasy. We don’t need enough to destroy the world 10 times over, but Barack Obama is a man that told us in speeches prior to his election that he would disarm America. Nuclear weapons are just the first step.

To overcome an economic crisis that touches every corner of the world, we worked with the G20 nations to forge a coordinated international response of over $2 trillion in stimulus to bring the global economy back from the brink. We mobilized resources that helped prevent the crisis from spreading further to developing countries. And we joined with others to launch a $20 billion global food security initiative that will lend a hand to those who need it most, and help them build their own capacity.

Awesome… he neglects to mention that unemployment in the U.S. actually went up after his stimulus plan and our budget estimates were adjusted higher by $2 trillion. That $20 billion global food security sounds nice, but it would be even better if he would turn the water back on in California so we can grow crops again and put farm hands back to work.

We’ve also re-engaged the United Nations. We have paid our bills.

Really? And how much are we borrowing from other countries like China? Thought so.

This cannot solely be America’s endeavor. Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world’s problems alone. We have sought — in word and deed — a new era of engagement with the world. And now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.

I actually agree with this part of this point. Too many times America is called upon to bail out other countries from their problems only to be chastised for it later. But if we sit around and wait for other countries to step up to the plate we’ll almost never get anything done because other countries don’t have the cajones.

Consider the course that we’re on if we fail to confront the status quo: Extremists sowing terror in pockets of the world; protracted conflicts that grind on and on; genocide; mass atrocities; more nations with nuclear weapons; melting ice caps and ravaged populations; persistent poverty and pandemic disease. I say this not to sow fear, but to state a fact: The magnitude of our challenges has yet to be met by the measure of our actions.

Well, thanks for the double-speak because that line was absolutely meant to strike fear. And the “melting ice caps” remark is pure bunk since the ice caps have not been shrinking but growing the past couple years.

Franklin Roosevelt, who died before he could see his vision for this institution become a reality, put it this way — and I quote: “The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation…. It cannot be a peace of large nations — or of small nations. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.”

Idealism brought to you by the progressives. Can you hear John Lennon singing in the background? Remember, Roosevelt’s idealism kept us in a depression for years and it took a world war to bring us out of it.

In an era when our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero-sum game. No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold. The traditional divisions between nations of the South and the North make no sense in an interconnected world; nor do alignments of nations rooted in the cleavages of a long-gone Cold War.

So we’re to be equals with France, Canada, and Libya now? Yeah, that’s the American dream. Again, this is part of the one world all equal rhetoric of the progressives. The United States been a leader in promoting freedom for years, which did rise us above the others as a “super-power.” If that offends other countries then maybe they need to do something to raise their nation up to our level. We’ve been saying for a long time now that we can teach people how to do that. But we shouldn’t devolve ourselves to their level, yet that’s what the agenda of our current administration is.

Today, let me put forward four pillars that I believe are fundamental to the future that we want for our children: non-proliferation and disarmament; the promotion of peace and security; the preservation of our planet; and a global economy that advances opportunity for all people.

Hearing the John Lennon again?

A fragile consensus stands in the way of this frightening outcome, and that is the basic bargain that shapes the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It says that all nations have the right to peaceful nuclear energy; that nations with nuclear weapons have a responsibility to move toward disarmament; and those without them have the responsibility to forsake them. The next 12 months could be pivotal in determining whether this compact will be strengthened or will slowly dissolve.

Well, obviously there are going to be nations that will continue to develop regardless. That’s just the way it is. That’s reality, no matter how much you wish for the opposite.

America intends to keep our end of the bargain. We will pursue a new agreement with Russia to substantially reduce our strategic warheads and launchers. We will move forward with ratification of the Test Ban Treaty, and work with others to bring the treaty into force so that nuclear testing is permanently prohibited. We will complete a Nuclear Posture Review that opens the door to deeper cuts and reduces the role of nuclear weapons. And we will call upon countries to begin negotiations in January on a treaty to end the production of fissile material for weapons.

Oh good… weaken ourselves while hoping beyond hope others comply to the ideal.

Those nations that refuse to live up to their obligations must face consequences.

Like what? And he never does say what. Oh, sure Obama is working with Russia on some sanctions against Iran, but those really aren’t in Russia’s interest. So… invade Iran to go after WMDs? I wonder if Obama would then like the parallels to George W. Bush.

The time has come — the time has come to re-launch negotiations without preconditions that address the permanent status issues: security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees, and Jerusalem. And the goal is clear: Two states living side by side in peace and security — a Jewish state of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people.

Wow… so… Barack Obama just threw Israel under the bus. Contiguous territory for Palestine means splitting Israel. There’s continuous fighting there for a reason and that’s the dispute and to who actually owns that piece of land. Obama pretty much just said that it belongs to the Palestinians… which will fuel the fire in the Israelis, and hurting our alliance with them.

The danger posed by climate change cannot be denied. Our responsibility to meet it must not be deferred. If we continue down our current course, every member of this Assembly will see irreversible changes within their borders. Our efforts to end conflicts will be eclipsed by wars over refugees and resources. Development will be devastated by drought and famine. Land that human beings have lived on for millennia will disappear. Future generations will look back and wonder why we refused to act; why we failed to pass on — why we failed to pass on an environment that was worthy of our inheritance.

Actually, it can be denied, because “climate change” and “global warming” can be refuted. The fear tactics presented in the rest of the paragraph just try to hammer home his (and the progressives) agenda tied to the carbon credit cap-and-trade scheme.

We will move forward with investments to transform our energy economy, while providing incentives to make clean energy the profitable kind of energy. We will press ahead with deep cuts in emissions to reach the goals that we set for 2020, and eventually 2050.

Again, this is reference to the carbon credit scheme that will make a number of companies (ahem, GE) and investors billions of dollars.

The world is still recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Nice how he ties the AMERICAN Great Depression to the rest of the world. Germany was rolling right along during the 1930s.

And that means setting new rules of the road and strengthening regulation for all financial centers, so that we put an end to the greed and the excess and the abuse that led us into this disaster, and prevent a crisis like this from ever happening again.

Anti-capitalism. He’s right on one count – greed and abuse is what hurt us. But implementing more rules and regulations (especially his tax schemes that promotes socialism) will hurt capitalism and the free market system. I also wonder how he can make a statement about greed and excess considering his ties to GE.

Growth will not be sustained or shared unless all nations embrace their responsibilities. And that means that wealthy nations must open their markets to more goods and extend a hand to those with less, while reforming international institutions to give more nations a greater voice.

He doesn’t straight out say it, but this sounds like it’s bordering on a suggestion of global redistribution of wealth.

And that is why we must champion those principles which ensure that governments reflect the will of the people. These principles cannot be afterthoughts — democracy and human rights are essential to achieving each of the goals that I’ve discussed today, because governments of the people and by the people are more likely to act in the broader interests of their own people, rather than narrow interests of those in power.

If he truly believes that then he needs to stop campaigning for his idea of health care reform and start listening to what the people of this nation are telling him, because many more people that oppose the current bill. But since he’s still trumpeting the same rhetoric I can’t believe that he truly believes in the principles he proclaimed. He used it as fluff.

Democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect. Each country will pursue a path rooted in the culture of its people and in its past traditions. And I admit that America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy. But that does not weaken our commitment; it only reinforces it. There are basic principles that are universal; there are certain truths which are self-evident — and the United States of America will never waver in our efforts to stand up for the right of people everywhere to determine their own destiny.

Still trying to get my head around this one. First he says that America is no longer going to be a champion of democracy. Whatever any other country wants to do that’s fine by us and we should embrace that because it’s based on the culture and past traditions of that country. Sounds peachy for those countries that have had a history of totalitarianism. Then he turns around and says we’ve been too selective in our promotion of democracy, our commitment is reinforced, and then he starts paraphrasing Jefferson. So… what’s the real story?

And then he ended it with another quote from the progressive Roosevelt and additional fluff. It was a speech littered with “give peace a chance” mantra, some anti-Israeli speak, and some double-talk that just didn’t jive. But he delivered it, as usual, very nicely.

President Obama spoke on Wall Street today about today’s economy a year after the Lehman Brothers collapse, crediting his $787 billion stimulus package for saving America from a second Great Depression. While natural market behavior has stabilized the economy, unemployment has continued to increase (in fact, only $90 billion of the $787 billion was supposed to potentially go toward job creation), the president’s 10-year budget deficit estimate has increased from $7 trillion to $9 trillion, and the housing market remains depressed. Obama’s only defense seems to be a claim that the economy would be worse without the stimulus, because it’s certainly not better.

Still, Obama is urging “the most ambitious overhaul of the financial regulatory system since the Great Depression.” Part of his proposed plan is to create a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency and the put regulations in place that would discourage companies from getting too big. Oh, good… let’s spend money on yet another government organization and then put rules in place to discourage capitalism. Obama also repeated in his speech that he believes in the free market system, yet he keeps encouraging the increased intrusion of the government into the market.

The president also decided to tick off China today by raising tariffs on imported tires by 35%. While he did this in the name of saving American jobs (namely, United Steelworkers jobs which will please new manufacturing czar Ron Bloom who came from USW), many experts predict this will cost America 20,000 tire-related jobs and, as expected, will create a tense relationship with China from whom we’re borrowing money. China subsequently filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against the U.S.

Back to the Obama health care plan, for those that seem to have bought into the president’s rhetoric that abortion isn’t included, think again. You can argue about whether or not “preventative care” refers to abortion or not since the same statutes in Medicare about prenatal care that have already been interpreted by the courts as “abortion services” is also included in this health care bill (Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice), but this slick little move seems clear enough. The package calls for medical clinics to be placed in or very near schools, which sounds nice, but guess who’s going to run those clinics? Planned Parenthood — which will also be funded by this bill. In a 2007 speech to Planned Parenthood, Obama stated that “reproductive care” is at the center of his health care plan.

Oh… and $10 billion is going to the AFL-CIO in his plan… the same AFL-CIO that helped him get elected and where he’s speaking at tomorrow on his current campaign tour.

Quick tort reform comment… Texas and California have alrady been doing it for years. Insurance premiums in Texas have dropped 30% and in California 40%.

ACORN Update: Mike Johann’s amendment to cut off current ACORN housing funds has passed 83-7.