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The authoritative Jane’s is reporting:

“A NATO team mostly comprising US personnel has been deployed to eastern Libya to determine whether a no-fly zone could be imposed in response to the crackdown by Colonel Moammar Ghadaffi against reform-minded protestors, Jane’s understands from international sources.

Experts in airlift and command-and-control operations based at NATO headquarters in Brussels were dispatched on 27 February, to search for possible radar sites to aid the enforcement of any possible no-fly zone over Libyan airspace and to liaise with officers from Libyan military units that have abandoned the 41-year-old regime, the source told Jane’s on 28 February.”

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An old member of Obama’s wider circle seems finally to be going under the bus. But the has-been terrorist is standing his ground:

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Compliments of Jim Lavery, who is in line for a contract with the Creators Syndicate if he gets enough votes on his countermoonbat cartoons at The Cartoonist Studio. To find his current cartoon, put Jim Lavery in the search box. As they say in Chicago, vote early and often.

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UNION THUGS CRASH TEA PARTY RALLY – ASSAULT CONSERVATIVE PROTESTERS-
Far left thugs get out and get a little bloody

Former Massachusetts Republican Congressional candidate Marty Lamb was assaulted and knocked to the ground by a union thug yesterday at a tea party rally.
VA Right reported:

DaTech Guy has more on this rally and latest assault by a leftist thug. He says the union members were signing in (so they could get paid?).

So what are the odds that our corrupt far left media will ignore this latest violent assault on a tea party protester?


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… it has a few serious issues.


Yesterday, while discussing the results of Rasmussen’s national poll on the controversy in Wisconsin, I wondered why we had yet to see any statewide polling on it, and predicted that at least one pollster was already in the field with a survey by now.  Today, Politico publishes what appears to be the first poll of […]

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Well over 200 people shoehorned into the St. Luke’s Theatre on West 46th Street in Manhattan Sunday night to see the New York premiere of our AFDI/SIOA documentary, The Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks. Some came from as far away as California, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The huge crowd gave the film a standing ovation.

Also on hand were 9/11 family members Nelly Braginskaya, Rosaleen Tallon, Sally Regenhard, Rosemary Cain, and Rosa Leonetti, who joined Pamela Geller and me for a highly revealing question-and-answer session after the screening. Here is video of the opening remarks by Pamela Geller and me, statements by the 9/11 family members, and the q-and-a — also, Pamela Geller has much more here:

GZMfilmNYPremiere1.jpg9/11 family member Rosaleen Tallon addresses the crowd

GZMfilmNYPremiere2.jpgA former Muslim sounds a warning about Islamic supremacism

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GZMfilmNYPremiere5.jpgSIOA-NY’s Pamela Hall and human rights activist Ted Hayes, who came from LA for the film

GZMfilmNYPremiere6.jpgThe director

Photos courtesy Pamela Geller, who has many more here.

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A week’s worth of protests in Madison, Wisconsin has drawn both sides into a stalemate.  Gary Farber at Obsidian Wings has an impressive recap of what’s going on right now in the state.  “Moderate” Republicans are backing a plan to reinstate collective bargaining rights in two years, but:

One hardly need point out that a proposal to wipe out union rights, and then “reinstate” them:

a) makes no sense: either it’s a good idea, or it’s a bad idea (and it’s a horrific idea), and that it would:

b) work exactly like the Bush tax cuts.  Once in place, these rights will never be restored, as the same interests will press against them, and the status quo is always easier to maintain in politics.  Which is precisely why this maneuver is both being attempted, and is so crucial both to those interested in the rights of workers, ordinary middle-class people, against the increase of income inequality, and who oppose what communist Teddy Roosevelt called the malefactors for great wealth:

Too much cannot be said against the men of wealth who sacrifice everything to getting wealth. There is not in the world a more ignoble character than the mere money-getting American, insensible to every duty, regardless of every principle, bent only on amassing a fortune, and putting his fortune only to the basest uses —whether these uses be to speculate in stocks and wreck railroads himself, or to allow his son to lead a life of foolish and expensive idleness and gross debauchery, or to purchase some scoundrel of high social position, foreign or native, for his daughter. Such a man is only the more dangerous if he occasionally does some deed like founding a college or endowing a church, which makes those good people who are also foolish forget his real iniquity. These men are equally careless of the working men, whom they oppress, and of the State, whose existence they imperil. There are not very many of them, but there is a very great number of men who approach more or less closely to the type, and, just in so far as they do so approach, they are curses to the country.

Teddy knew what he was talking about.  Gov. Scott Walker may have fatally weakened his case in his television appearances yesterday, as Josh Marshall suspects Walker is in trouble and his own party is bolting from the bad press.

Walker’s position was best captured by the litany he used in his appearance this afternoon. He threatened that over a thousand state employees would need to be laid off if the budget bill isn’t passed. He accused the Democrats of shutting down the government. And on and on. He’s not acting like someone who thinks he has the strong hand.

Political opinion is often more driven by power and impotence than we believe. On the merits, I think Walker’s probably on the wrong side of public opinion in his state on the collective bargaining issue. But quite apart from that, he’s out giving press conferences daring his opponents to come back to the state and give him what he wants. But they’re not. And his top legislative ally seems to be signaling that he doesn’t have another card to play. Whatever you think on the merits of the question, that makes him look weak. And weakness is demoralizing. He’s lost the initiative.

George Will says Walker is a Reaganesque figure who holds all the cards in his hands. He sees him heading toward a Reagan with Patco type moment. And the audacity of such a step might perhaps help him. Unfortunately for him though the dynamics of this situation don’t give him the opportunity for such decisive action. He’s lost the initiative. I confess without more polling information, I really have no more to go on than my gut. But I think Walker’s political hand is a good deal weaker than Will thinks.

I’d have to agree.  Wisconsin Senate Dems say they want to come back to negotiate.  Wisconsin Senate Republicans say they want to negotiate.  But Gov. Walker says there will be no negotiations, period, calling them a “non-starter”.  Early last weekend I would have said Walker had the upper hand.  Now, he has a major problem.  In a month where democracy is spreading across the dictatorships of North Africa and the Middle East, Walker is showing that his idea of democracy is dictatorship.

He’s losing this battle, and deservedly so.


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On Saturday, standing on the state capitol steps in Madison, Wisconsin I saw history. I saw the first public, physical manifestation of the great struggle between the tea party movement and the public sector unions. At stake: the future freedom and prosperity of this country.

On one side of the debate, you have freedom loving Americans who are the taxpayers, the ones who fund our government and are the heart and soul of this great nation. On the other, those who would seek to ride on the backs of the taxpayers as they take this country down a path of statism.

This is the great fight right now: freedom vs. statism, and the ones of the front lines for freedom are the tea partiers. They have been, and are continuing to, answer the bell time and time again in this crucial time in American history. They’ve been mocked and reviled, questioned, but they are America’s best hope to turn this magnificent nation back to a path of freedom and prosperity and away from destructive statism.

What I saw in Madison on Saturday was amazing. Thursday morning, the American Majority staff in Wisconsin and some local tea party leaders, Meg Ellefson and Tim Dake, along with Dave Westlake, decided there should be a rally in support of Scott Walker and his Budget Repair Bill. In roughly 48 hours, it went from idea to reality, from a few people talking to 10,000 rallying on the steps of the capitol.

Within hours of announcing there would be a rally, I got a call that Andrew Breitbart was in.

An hour later, Herman Cain said he would be there. Then Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit was roped in. The next morning, I got ahold of Joe the Plumber and asked if he would record some robo calls to promote the event. He not only said yes, but he hopped in the car to drive from Ohio to speak at the rally. Then Andrew mentioned that Brad Thor, the New York Times bestselling author, would be willing to speak. I said sign him up. Then Tim Phillips of AFP offered to fund some of the buses to bring people in. I said great, and then he too came and spoke at the rally.

I diverted my flight home from Southern California, landed in Chicago at 1am Saturday morning, and got up at the crack of dawn to drive up with Jim Hoft, Andrew, Brad, Andrew Marcus of Founding Bloggers, and the rest of the posse. Our four car caravan rolled into Madison around 11am, and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, even in the minutes before the rally. Fox News asked how many we were expecting, and I said we expected thousands.

Of course there were just a few more than a couple of thousand, with reports of at least 10,000; there were even reports of 15,000 this morning, though that number strikes me as being high. But I keep on thinking, even today, “All of that in less than 48 hours.” All the credit goes to the American Majority staff in Wisconsin, the magnificent local tea party leaders and others who worked behind the scenes to make the event happen.

The battle between the tea partiers and public sector unions was joined Saturday in Madison. It will play out over the coming days, weeks, months, even years, in Ohio, Florida, Indiana and other states. There is no doubt that the public sector unions are better organized and have more funding. But I’m putting my money on the tea partiers because I believe that in reality they represent the significant majority of the American people, and the American people are saying it’s time to get back to what has made us great: limited government, free enterprise and individual freedom.


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On Saturday, standing on the state capitol steps in Madison, Wisconsin I saw history. I saw the first public, physical manifestation of the great struggle between the tea party movement and the public sector unions. At stake: the future freedom and prosperity of this country.

On one side of the debate, you have freedom loving Americans who are the taxpayers, the ones who fund our government and are the heart and soul of this great nation. On the other, those who would seek to ride on the backs of the taxpayers as they take this country down a path of statism.

This is the great fight right now: freedom vs. statism, and the ones of the front lines for freedom are the tea partiers. They have been, and are continuing to, answer the bell time and time again in this crucial time in American history. They’ve been mocked and reviled, questioned, but they are America’s best hope to turn this magnificent nation back to a path of freedom and prosperity and away from destructive statism.

What I saw in Madison on Saturday was amazing. Thursday morning, the American Majority staff in Wisconsin and some local tea party leaders, Meg Ellefson and Tim Dake, along with Dave Westlake, decided there should be a rally in support of Scott Walker and his Budget Repair Bill. In roughly 48 hours, it went from idea to reality, from a few people talking to 10,000 rallying on the steps of the capitol.

Within hours of announcing there would be a rally, I got a call that Andrew Breitbart was in.

An hour later, Herman Cain said he would be there. Then Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit was roped in. The next morning, I got ahold of Joe the Plumber and asked if he would record some robo calls to promote the event. He not only said yes, but he hopped in the car to drive from Ohio to speak at the rally. Then Andrew mentioned that Brad Thor, the New York Times bestselling author, would be willing to speak. I said sign him up. Then Tim Phillips of AFP offered to fund some of the buses to bring people in. I said great, and then he too came and spoke at the rally.

I diverted my flight home from Southern California, landed in Chicago at 1am Saturday morning, and got up at the crack of dawn to drive up with Jim Hoft, Andrew, Brad, Andrew Marcus of Founding Bloggers, and the rest of the posse. Our four car caravan rolled into Madison around 11am, and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, even in the minutes before the rally. Fox News asked how many we were expecting, and I said we expected thousands.

Of course there were just a few more than a couple of thousand, with reports of at least 10,000; there were even reports of 15,000 this morning, though that number strikes me as being high. But I keep on thinking, even today, “All of that in less than 48 hours.” All the credit goes to the American Majority staff in Wisconsin, the magnificent local tea party leaders and others who worked behind the scenes to make the event happen.

The battle between the tea partiers and public sector unions was joined Saturday in Madison. It will play out over the coming days, weeks, months, even years, in Ohio, Florida, Indiana and other states. There is no doubt that the public sector unions are better organized and have more funding. But I’m putting my money on the tea partiers because I believe that in reality they represent the significant majority of the American people, and the American people are saying it’s time to get back to what has made us great: limited government, free enterprise and individual freedom.


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On Saturday, standing on the state capitol steps in Madison, Wisconsin I saw history. I saw the first public, physical manifestation of the great struggle between the tea party movement and the public sector unions. At stake: the future freedom and prosperity of this country.

On one side of the debate, you have freedom loving Americans who are the taxpayers, the ones who fund our government and are the heart and soul of this great nation. On the other, those who would seek to ride on the backs of the taxpayers as they take this country down a path of statism.

This is the great fight right now: freedom vs. statism, and the ones of the front lines for freedom are the tea partiers. They have been, and are continuing to, answer the bell time and time again in this crucial time in American history. They’ve been mocked and reviled, questioned, but they are America’s best hope to turn this magnificent nation back to a path of freedom and prosperity and away from destructive statism.

What I saw in Madison on Saturday was amazing. Thursday morning, the American Majority staff in Wisconsin and some local tea party leaders, Meg Ellefson and Tim Dake, along with Dave Westlake, decided there should be a rally in support of Scott Walker and his Budget Repair Bill. In roughly 48 hours, it went from idea to reality, from a few people talking to 10,000 rallying on the steps of the capitol.

Within hours of announcing there would be a rally, I got a call that Andrew Breitbart was in.

An hour later, Herman Cain said he would be there. Then Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit was roped in. The next morning, I got ahold of Joe the Plumber and asked if he would record some robo calls to promote the event. He not only said yes, but he hopped in the car to drive from Ohio to speak at the rally. Then Andrew mentioned that Brad Thor, the New York Times bestselling author, would be willing to speak. I said sign him up. Then Tim Phillips of AFP offered to fund some of the buses to bring people in. I said great, and then he too came and spoke at the rally.

I diverted my flight home from Southern California, landed in Chicago at 1am Saturday morning, and got up at the crack of dawn to drive up with Jim Hoft, Andrew, Brad, Andrew Marcus of Founding Bloggers, and the rest of the posse. Our four car caravan rolled into Madison around 11am, and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, even in the minutes before the rally. Fox News asked how many we were expecting, and I said we expected thousands.

Of course there were just a few more than a couple of thousand, with reports of at least 10,000; there were even reports of 15,000 this morning, though that number strikes me as being high. But I keep on thinking, even today, “All of that in less than 48 hours.” All the credit goes to the American Majority staff in Wisconsin, the magnificent local tea party leaders and others who worked behind the scenes to make the event happen.

The battle between the tea partiers and public sector unions was joined Saturday in Madison. It will play out over the coming days, weeks, months, even years, in Ohio, Florida, Indiana and other states. There is no doubt that the public sector unions are better organized and have more funding. But I’m putting my money on the tea partiers because I believe that in reality they represent the significant majority of the American people, and the American people are saying it’s time to get back to what has made us great: limited government, free enterprise and individual freedom.


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Obama’s house think tank, the Center for New American Security continues its valuable work providing rationalizations for the planned exit from Afghanistan. As a reminder let me recap the Obama team’s plan for the Stan.

1. Announce demi-surge of troops

2. Announce start of withdrawal during same speech

3. Find some Taliban to sign a peace treaty or deal with Karzai

4. Be leaving by the time re-election in 2012 comes around

Here is the view of the two guys who run CNAS and shockingly it doevetails completely with the Obama team’s plans.

1. The shift is most obvious on the ground. The additional 30,000 troops promised by President Obama in his speech at West Point 14 months ago are finally in place and changing the trajectory of the fight.

2. Slowly but surely, even in Sangin, the Taliban are being driven from their sanctuaries as the coalition focuses on protecting the Afghan people in key population centers and hubs of economic activity, and along the roads that connect them. Once these areas are cleared, it will be possible to hold them with Afghan troops and a few American advisers — allowing the United States to thin its deployments over time.

3. The United States certainly can’t kill its way to victory, as it learned in Vietnam and Iraq, but it can put enough pressure on many Taliban fighters to encourage them to switch their allegiance, depriving the enemy of support and giving the coalition more sources of useful intelligence.

4. We should hold fast and work for the day when Afghanistan, and our vital interests there, can be safeguarded primarily by Afghans. That day is coming, faster than many Americans think.

Oh I think I know when it is and it will be when Obama gets back to the only thing he is any good at, campaigning. I hope things are going well enough in Afghanistan for us to get out of there, and if that is the case in the next 12 months, then bravo. But our military leaders have already begun pushing back on the idea that we will just be packing up this Summer and heading home. 2014 has already been mentioned as the date we are hoping to turn operational control over to the Afghans. This piece here is just a bone thrown to Obama so he can claim that his cunning plan is working and he can now begin to “end the war”. This is more politics than strategy, but I did mention this is O’s house think tank, they could just ship a press release to the house paper, oh wait that’s what they did.



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Ground Zero Mosque Film and Documentary – The Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks will officially premier tonight in New York City – on Muhammed’s birthday! There was a viewing at CPAC 2011 (see photo below) as Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs and Robert Spencer at JihadWatch also presented a panel of the voices of the families of 911 victims.  The video below comes from Donald Douglas at American Power Blog. Donald attended CPAC and said simply, “folks were weeping,” as Rosaleen Tallon spoke of her brother, a NYC fireman on September 11th 2001. She tells of her family’s horrifying reading of what was left of her brother.

Ground Zero Mosque Documentary

This is just one of the stories of the almost 3,000 families forced to face the reality of the day that changed Americans forever. See all of the 9/11 familiy videos at Atlas Shrugs.

The world premier of the documentary will be on “Muhammed’s birthday,” February 20th in New York City, St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th, NYC 7:30 pm. Make your reservation by RSPV-ing to [email protected]

The organizations behind stopping the Ground Zero Mosque needs our financial help. This from JihadWatch director, Robert Spencer:

We are producing the film at our expense — and we are also bringing a number of 9/11 family members to CPAC to speak the day before the premiere. The cost of all this is considerable, and contrary to numerous false media reports, we have few resources. Please help us do this. Help us tell the truth about the Ground Zero Mosque that the mainstream media, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the clueless and/or complicit CPAC leadership don’t want you to know.

Unlike other organizations, every dime you contribute to AFDI is used for our activities. We work twenty hours a day, and we get no salaries from AFDI. You see the results of your contributions. You see where your money goes. There is no big machine, there are no big egos, no big organization, nothing but the work. You’ve seen your contributions go to bus ads, taxi ads, rallies, protests, press releases, signs, and now you will see what we do with your help at CPAC. We need you. Please send contributions, no matter how small. (But big is very good, too!) Contribute via Paypal to [email protected] (tax-deductible) or to [email protected].

I have just made my donation.

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The Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks (video)

Read about the documentary film here, and more here – both addressing why they chose CPAC for the premier.

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Pamela Geller has much more here and here.

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Pamela Geller and I will be holding a question-and-answer session with many 9/11 family members after the New York premiere of the film. Join us! And bring your friends, families and freedom lovers.

The New York City premiere of the Ground Zero mosque film is on Muhammad’s birthday (according to the Shi’ites), February 20, at the St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W 46th Street, New York City, 7:30 pm. You must RSVP [email protected].

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Written by Lee Yoo Eun

South Korea had lost a quarter of the herd from its worst foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. Fears among Koreans grow as experts anticipated the blood from culled animals may contaminate nearby underground water and soil. Twitterer @Hyeyounga posted a gruesome photo of blood exuding from the burial ground and running over frozen land.

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