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Friday, December 11, 2009

Free The Navy Seals

This is for those who man the walls:
By Human Events

Hon. Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense
The Pentagon
Washington, DC

Dear Secretary Gates:

We, the editors and staff of HUMAN EVENTS, and the many Americans who have attached their signatures to this petition, hereby request your personal intervention to dismiss the charges against Navy SEAL operators SO2 Jonathan Keefe, SO1 Julio Huertas and SO2 Matthew McCabe.

These three men are charged with abusing a terrorist they captured in a daring nighttime raid on or about 1 September 2009. On that night, they -- as part of a platoon from SEAL Team 10 -- captured and detained Ahmed Hashim Abed, one of the most barbaric and dangerous terrorists in Iraq. The terrorist -- in a move that is literally right out of the al-Queda training manual -- complained of abuse, apparently alleging he was struck in the stomach.

We had hoped that the SEALs’ commanders would dispose of this matter at the lowest level -- with a scolding and perhaps a few hundred pushups -- for anyone actually guilty of inflicting an inconvenience on this bloody-handed barbarian. But on 29 September 2009, Gen. David H. Petraeus signed a letter authorizing MGen. Charles T. Cleveland to dispose of the allegations of misconduct. In that letter, Gen. Petraeus said that MGen. Cleveland could, "...dispose of these matters in any manner you deem appropriate. This includes the authority to convene courts-martial at any level up to and including General Courts-Martial and to refer charges concerning these individuals to any court-martial."

The three now face special courts-martial next month. We believe their commanders -- including General Petraeus -- have failed you, the SEALs and the American people by not preventing the matter from going this far.

You are the person next in line above General Petraeus in the chain of command. You can, legally under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, intervene to dismiss the charges against the three SEALs and direct that they be restored to duty.

We respectfully request that you do so forthwith. For this matter to continue -- and to place the honor and fighting future of these three men at stake -- is manifestly a gross injustice.

Respectfully submitted,
They came to your defense.  They never asked for anything in return.  They now need your support.

Sign the petition HERE.

At Least They're Being Honest

The Plan then:
"Health care costs are skyrocketing. Health insurance premiums have doubled in the last 8 years, rising 3.7 times faster than wages in the past 8 years, and increasing co-pays and deductibles threaten access to care.  Many insurance plans cover only a limited number of doctors’ visits or hospital days, exposing families to unlimited financial liability. Over half of all personal bankruptcies today are caused by medical bills.  Lack of affordable health care is compounded by serious flaws in our health care delivery system. About 100,000 Americans die from medical errors in hospitals every year.  One-quarter of all medical spending goes to administrative and overhead costs, and reliance on antiquated paper-based record and information systems needlessly increases these costs.

"Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s plan strengthens employer–based coverage, makes insurance companies accountable and ensures patient choice of doctor and care without government interference. Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year. If you don’t have health insurance, you will have a choice of new, affordable health insurance options."
The plan now, as explained by the Roanoke Times:
The tentative health reform deal Senate negotiators struck this week doesn't include a government-run insurance plan, which we count as a disappointment.

It does, though, propose to achieve the purpose of a public option -- offering affordable coverage to America's uninsurables -- by different means ...
"Health care costs are skyrocketing"?  Nothing.

"Health insurance premiums have doubled in the last 8 years, rising 3.7 times faster than wages in the past 8 years"?  Nothing.

"Increasing co-pays and deductibles threaten access to care"?  Nothing.

"Many insurance plans cover only a limited number of doctors’ visits or hospital days, exposing families to unlimited financial liability"?  Nothing.

"About 100,000 Americans die from medical errors in hospitals every year"?  Nothing.

"One-quarter of all medical spending goes to administrative and overhead costs, and reliance on antiquated paper-based record and information systems needlessly increases these costs"?  Nothing.

"Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s plan strengthens employer–based coverage"?  Nothing.

"Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year"?  Gone.

Government welfare?  Alpha and omega.  Beginning and ending.  First and last and only.

Another welfare program.

For the love of God.

Quote of the Day

Charles Krauthammer on the real motives behind the environmentalist movement:
Since we operate an overwhelmingly carbon-based economy, the EPA will be regulating practically everything. No institution that emits more than 250 tons of CO2 a year will fall outside EPA control. This means more than a million building complexes, hospitals, plants, schools, businesses and similar enterprises. (The EPA proposes regulating emissions only above 25,000 tons, but it has no such authority.) Not since the creation of the Internal Revenue Service has a federal agency been given more intrusive power over every aspect of economic life.

This naked assertion of vast executive power in the name of the environment is the perfect fulfillment of the prediction of Czech President (and economist) Vaclav Klaus that environmentalism is becoming the new socialism, i.e., the totemic ideal in the name of which government seizes the commanding heights of the economy and society.

Socialism having failed so spectacularly, the left was adrift until it struck upon a brilliant gambit: metamorphosis from red to green. The cultural elites went straight from the memorial service for socialism to the altar of the environment. The objective is the same: highly centralized power given to the best and the brightest, the new class of experts, managers and technocrats. This time, however, the alleged justification is not abolishing oppression and inequality but saving the planet. [link]
Interestingly, attendees at the ongoing climate conference make no bones about it.  Poorer countries are demanding massive wealth transfers to their (corrupted) coffers and government-addicted activists are pushing to have 700 new global bureaucracies established

For the purpose of controlling everything you do.

And confiscating everything you earn.

Socialism isn't dead.  It's simply transmogrified transnationally.  And Obama - either dupe or instigator - is up to his eyeballs in it.

Broken Record

Maybe this threat will have the desired effect the 98th time it's cast:

I'm sure the ayatollahs are shaking in their boots.

Maybe. Maybe Not.

I think there is something else going on here besides that which Ben Smith illuminates:

"Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama's declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they'd rather have his predecessor."

Three million unemployed, a $1.8 trillion annual deficit, and open laughter coming from foreign leaders will have that effect.

But I think you could substitute the name Lindsay Lohan where that of George W. Bush was listed and 44% would be in favor.  Or rephrased: Anybody But Obama will be an improvement.

It's that bad.

They See What They Want To See

Randall Hoven on the religious zealots of the environmental movement:
 "Stop hyperventilating, all you climate-change deniers. The purloined e-mail correspondence published by skeptics last week -- portraying some leading climate researchers as petty, vindictive and tremendously eager to make their data fit accepted theories -- does not prove that global warming is a fraud. If I'm wrong, somebody ought to tell the polar ice caps that they're free to stop melting." Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post.

"I am thoroughly unimpressed with the belief that global warming scientists have been engaging in some kind of massive conspiracy to conceal the truth.  First, because we seem to be able to observe things like polar ice sheets melting, which point to warming."  Megan McArdle in the Atlantic.

"A pictures is worth a thousand emails and pictures of the polar ice caps show a 20% decrease since 1979." Katie Couric in her Notebook

One thing I might remind Eugene, Megan, Katie and the rest of the "follow the ice caps" folks, is that there are two poles on the planet and two polar ice caps: a north one and a south one.  And only one has been shrinking.

What these people are doing is taking only one of the two ice caps, the north one, and the difference in its extent over the most recent 30 years.  That proves nothing about "global" anything.  It is one tiny part of the planet over one relatively short time span.

Funny, I don't see a 20% decline in [the southern hemisphere] ice cap.  In fact, it looks like a slight increase to me.  In fact, since 2003, it's about half a million square kilometers above average, or about 5% above average.

So looking at the polar ice caps tells us nothing, especially when the two caps are doing opposite things. [link]
It's odd how this inconvenient truth will continue to be ignored by the true believers.  They'll continue to whine about the polar ice caps melting even though one of the two isn't.

Odd indeed how they cling to their faith despite all the evidence that it's based upon a false god.

Well, The Lawyers Will Benefit

It ain't over yet.  The EPA can do its best to destroy this country in its relentless attempt to save us from ourselves, but the opposition is starting to organize.  And it has money:
The EPA's Carbon Bomb Fizzles
By Kimberley A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal

[T]he EPA "command and control" threat may yet prove hollow. Now that the endangerment finding has become reality, the litigation is also about to become real. Green groups pioneered the art of environmental lawsuits. It turns out the business community took careful notes.

Industry groups are gearing up for a legal onslaught; and don't underestimate their prospects. The leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit in England alone are a gold mine for those who want to challenge the science underlying the theory of manmade global warming.

But the EPA's legal vulnerabilities go beyond that. The agency derives its authority to regulate pollutants from the Clean Air Act. To use that law to regulate greenhouse gases, the EPA has to prove those gases are harmful to human health (thus, the endangerment finding). Put another way, it must provide "science" showing that a slightly warmer earth will cause Americans injury or death. Given that most climate scientists admit that a warmer earth could provide "net benefits" to the West, this is a tall order.

Then there are the rules stemming from the finding. Not wanting to take on the political nightmare of regulating every American lawn mower, the EPA has produced a "tailoring rule" that it says allows it to focus solely on large greenhouse gas emitters. Yet the Clean Air Act—authored by Congress—clearly directs the EPA to also regulate small emitters.

This is where green groups come in. The tailoring rule "invites suits," says Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.), who has emerged as a top Senate watchdog of EPA actions. Talk of business litigation aside, Mr. Barrasso sees "most of the lawsuits coming from the environmental groups" who want to force the EPA to regulate everything. [link]
What a mess.  There will be a forest of trees cut down just to manufacture the paper necessary to record all the lawsuit minutia.  And the environmentalists will be just fine with it (they never were rational creatures).

More importantly, the efforts of the Obama EPA to drive us into total ruin will be thwarted in the courts.  A delaying tactic.  Until the science catches up with the fact(s) that (a) CO2 has nothing to do with the rise or fall of atmospheric temperatures, (b) the planet isn't warming, and (c) the EPA is powerless to stop it if it was. 

And a delaying tactic implemented until a different president can be elected and sanity can be brought back to the executive branch of our government.

Three years.  Three short years ...