Monthly Archives: March 2013

Iraqi oil: Once seen as U.S. boon, now it’s mostly China’s | McClatchy

This fascinating. The entry of China into Iraq oil is a actually a sign of our strength… and will redound to our benefit when the oil hits the world market… Very interesting…

“The fact that PetroChina is expanding in Iraq is not to me a sign of their strength, it’s a sign of their relative weakness,” Houser said.

Birol, the chief economist at the International Energy Agency, said that nearly a third of the future oil production in Iraq was expected to come from fields that either were directly owned or co-led by Chinese companies.

Oil companies from the U.S. and other Western nations have been more interested in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, a largely autonomous area that doesn’t take orders from Baghdad. Kurdistan offers more stability and better contract terms to the international oil companies, to the fury of the Baghdad government, which is charged with handling international affairs and calls the contracts illegal.

Western oil companies generally have more attractive global investment opportunities than Iraq, said Luft, who’s an adviser to the U.S. Energy Security Council, a nonprofit group that works to lessen dependence on fossil fuels.

They also need to answer to their shareholders, and they see the world differently from the way state-owned Chinese companies do, he said.“The Chinese oil companies are more in tune with the geopolitical agenda of their government and respond less to shareholders,” Luft said. “If Exxon operates somewhere and has to close down operations for a month, that would have an impact on investors. When the Chinese go into one of those places and something bad happens, there is not the consequence in terms of stock.”

Luft said he didn’t see Chinese development of Iraq’s oil as a case of China enjoying the spoils of a war for which the U.S. had paid dearly both in lives and taxpayer dollars.

It’s a myth that U.S. energy security relies on Middle Eastern imports, he said. Oil from the region makes up just a small percentage of what America uses. The U.S. will benefit if China or anyone else can get Iraqi’s huge reserves developed and onto the market, he said. Since oil is a global commodity, he said, more oil on the market brings down prices.

“Energy security is about not only the availability of the resource but also about the cost,” Luft said. “Anything that brings down global oil prices is positive for U.S. energy security.”

via Iraqi oil: Once seen as U.S. boon, now it’s mostly China’s | McClatchy.

Monster Moms of Islam :: Clash Daily

The Religion of Peace…

The “Mother of Martyrs’” (MOM) died this week. No, not the kind of mom who encourages her children to be kind, humble and gracious to strangers, but a bizarre, hateful, twisted woman seething with visceral hate for Jews. A hatred SO great that she was willing to steal and sacrifice the lives of her sons to kill another Jew for her ghoul of a god, Allah.

The deceased was Mariam Farhat, a Palestinian lawmaker known as the “mother of martyrs” after three of her sons died in attacks against Israel, one of which was a suicide mission that she encouraged in a homemade video. She died on Sunday in Gaza City at the age of 64. She died from liver and bowel diseases, which is NO surprise considering the loathing she revisited like a dog to his vomit.

Farhat made a video in which she appeared with Mohammad (one of her sons) to show support for what he was about to do. She was quoted as saying, “I wish I had 100 boys like Mohammad … I’d sacrifice them for the sake of God.”  In an interview with National Geographic a few years ago, she said concerning her sons, “I brought them up to be martyrs … to become martyrs for the name of Allah.” (Two more of Ms. Farhat’s sons, Nidal and Rawad, later died in attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.)

Thanks, Mom…

I wish it were possible to say this is an isolated incident, but alas and alack … it’s not.

via Monster Moms of Islam :: Clash Daily.

Chaos and Carnage Outside a Mexican Pepsi Bottling Plant :: Clash Daily

So how do you combat this when law enforcement is routinely killed when they try…

The “place of eternal formation and fertility of flower buds,” also known as Uruapan, is located in the Mexican state of Michoacán and is home to avocado farms, a monarch butterfly sanctuary, and a Pepsi bottling plant. That is why having to pass seven corpses propped up on plastic picnic chairs in the middle of a traffic circle would definitely put a damper on anyone’s day.

That’s right. Dropped in the center of the city, seven men aged 15 to 40 who had been tortured and shot in the head were neatly positioned in lawn chairs with notes anchored to their chests – not with a safety pin, but with ice picks! The Post-Its did not say “Note to self: bring home a quart of milk.” Quite the contrary – all seven messages read: “Warning! This will happen to thieves”, except for the one that said “Warning! This will happen to thieves, kidnappers, sex offenders and extortionists.”

via Chaos and Carnage Outside a Mexican Pepsi Bottling Plant :: Clash Daily.

Man faces 3 years in jail for pulling ‘unlicensed’ gun on burglar inside his home

New York insanity: Burglar enters your hours. You grab your bodyguards gun and scare the burglar off. Police arrest you.

Clearly, the guy should have instead posted a sign reading: “burglar free zone”

A Manhattan millionaire faces three years in jail for drawing an unlicensed gun on a burglar inside his home.

George Bardwil, who owns linen company Bardwil Home, was in his E Street apartment when an intruder came into his home in January, The Daily Mail reports.

Mr. Bardwil, 60, threatened the intruder with a loaded .40 cal Sig Sauer. The man fled and Mr. Bardwil called the police.

After showing the cops footage from his home surveillance cameras, they arrested him under suspicions of owning an illegal firearm.

The businessman’s lawyer, Michael Bachner, told the New York Post that the gun is legally registered to the defendant’s bodyguard.

“There’s no dispute that George was being burglarized,” Mr. Bachner said. “George had been the victim of multiple burglaries, and the DA’s office concedes that it was used in self defense.”

via Man faces 3 years in jail for pulling ‘unlicensed’ gun on burglar inside his home – Washington Times.

Denied: Gun Store Owner Refuses to Hand AR-15 over to Mark Kelly

Ha! The leftist shill gets a taste of his own medicine…

Diamondback Police Supply owner Douglas MacKinlay has halted Mark Kelly’s attempted purchase of an AR-15 over concerns that Kelly was not in fact buying the gun for himself, and therefore could not have passed question 11a of the NICS background check form 4473.

You’ll recall Kelly’s AR-15 had been on hold for 20 days because it was a trade-in firearm, and during those 20 days Kelly has not been shy about the fact that his plan was to buy the gun and give it to someone else all along.

Gun store owner Doug MacKinlay has now released this statement:

While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible way, his recent statements to the media make it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer 5.56mm rifle was for reasons other than his own personal use.

A refund of the purchase price was sent to Mark Kelly “via express mail” on Thursday of last week.

via Denied: Gun Store Owner Refuses to Hand AR-15 over to Mark Kelly.

» DHS Contractor Apologizes For Selling Shooting Targets of Children Alex Jones Infowars: Theres a war on for your mind!

It seems every day we are learning of more things which indicate the Obama bots are planning on killing a lot of Americans…

Read this article and look at the targets the DHS ordered to desensitize officers from killing Americans in their homes:

A company which received $2 million dollars from the DHS has apologized and taken offline “no more hesitation” shooting targets which depicted pregnant women, children, and elderly gun owners in residential settings as “non-traditional threats,” following an online uproar.As we first reported on Tuesday, Law Enforcement Targets Inc. LET, a Minneapolis based company that has received almost $2 million dollars in contracts from the Department of Homeland Security over the last three years, recently began selling cardboard cut-out targets designed to desensitize police to “non-traditional threats,” including pregnant women, mothers in school playgrounds, and little boys, as well as elderly gun owners in their homes.

via » DHS Contractor Apologizes For Selling Shooting Targets of Children Alex Jones Infowars: Theres a war on for your mind!.

Congressmen Demand Answers From DHS On 1.6 Billion Bullet Purchase – Investors.com

When Investor’s Business Daily is asking questions, you know there is an issue…

“The extraordinary level of ammunition purchases made by Homeland Security seems to have, in states such as my own, created an extreme shortage of ammunition to the point where many gun owners are unable to purchase any,” LaMalfa wrote in the letter.

While lower-level officials talk to the press, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano apparently doesnt want to tell Congress herself the reasons for these purchases.

“They have no answer for that question. They refuse answer that,” Congressman Timothy Huelskamp R-Kan. told reporters recently, adding, “They refuse to let us know what is going on, so I dont really have an answer for that. Multiple members of Congress are asking those questions.

“Homeland Security has acquired a number of Mine Resistant Armored Protection MRAP vehicles which have been retrofitted for possible service on the streets of the U.S. They were formerly used for counterinsurgency in Iraq. These vehicles are specifically designed to resist mines and ambush attacks.

As we noted in a recent editorial, DHS is also seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56-by-45-millimeter NATO “personal defense weapons” — also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians.

If there are plausible explanations for all this, some congressmen would like to hear them.

Maybe DHS can answer Congress questions in a series of bullet points.

via Congressmen Demand Answers From DHS On 1.6 Billion Bullet Purchase – Investors.com.

Schumer’s background-check bill will require full gun registration

For anyone thinking that expanding background checks is innocuous… All to capture a tiny percentage of gun transfers…

Schumer argues expanded background checks are unenforceable unless sellers or gun dealers who perform the checks are required to keep records.

via Schumer moves ahead with background-check bill as discussions stall – The Hill.

Senator Barbara Boxer’s School Safety Legislation

From Boxer’s website. Does she really think that $40 million dollars, nationally, even if matched locally, will pay for:

  1. structural improvements in schools
  2. conduct security assessments
  3. conduct training for students, teachers, and administrators

Come on…

The bipartisan bill – the School and Campus Safety Enhancements Act – would provide communities and schools with resources to install classroom locks, lighting, fencing, reinforced doors and other deterrent measures. The measure would also help schools conduct security assessments and training for students, teachers and administrators, and allow schools to better coordinate with local law enforcement. The measure would authorize $40 million annually for these safety improvements. Local communities and schools would apply for the Secure Our Schools grants through the Justice Department, with federal resources matched 50-50 by local governments. The Boxer-Collins bill would also create a Department of Justice and Department of Education joint task force to develop advisory guidelines to help K-12 schools keep children safe. The bill also includes a provision authored by Senators Mark Warner D-VA and Mark Kirk R-IL to establish a National Center for Campus Public Safety to help colleges and universities protect students.

via Official Website of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer: Press Releases – Boxer, Collins Praise Judiciary Committee Approval of Their School Safety Legislation.

$500 Reward for Ratting Out Gun Owners in People’s Republic of New York | Right Wing News

Wow… Check this out:

Known as the “Gun Tip Line”, New Yorkers can call a toll free hotline to alert police if they believe someone they know has an illegal gun. The call would be picked up by state police and local law enforcement would be notified if the tip seemed reliable.

If there was an arrest the tipster would receive as much as $500.

“This initiative seeks to turn neighbor against neighbor and use their own tax dollars to pay for the $500 rewar

via $500 Reward for Ratting Out Gun Owners in People’s Republic of New York | Right Wing News.

Police raid man’s home over Facebook photo of son with rifle

From today’s American Thinker. An example of my novel’s Bureau of Socially Correct Activities at work:

What kind of parent allows an 11-year old kid to pose with a rifle?

A certified firearms instructor for the NRA:

New Jersey police and Dept. of Children and Families officials raided the home of a firearms instructor and demanded to see his guns after he posted a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle.

“Someone called family services about the photo,” said Evan Nappen, an attorney representing Shawn Moore. “It led to an incredible, heavy-handed raid on his house. They wanted to see his gun safe, his guns and search his house. They even threatened to take his kids.”

Moore was not arrested or charged.

A Dept. of Children and Families spokesperson told Fox News they could not confirm or deny an investigation or raid had taken place due to government regulations.

“The department has a child abuse hotline for the state of New Jersey and anybody can make a call to that hotline,” spokesperson Kristen Brown said. “We are required to follow up on every single allegation that comes into the central registry.”

Moore, of Carneys Point, is a certified firearms instructor for the National Rifle Association, an NRA range safety officer and a New Jersey hunter education instructor.

He recently posted a photograph of his son wearing camouflage and holding his new .22 rifle. The child has a New Jersey hunting license and recently passed the state’s hunter safety course.

“If you look at the picture, his finger isn’t even on the trigger – which is proper,” Nappen told Fox News. “If half of Hollywood could follow that rule we’d be thankful.”

Brown said their role is not to go out and search Facebook for photos of children holding weapons.

“In general our role is to investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect,” she said.

The family’s trouble started Saturday night when Moore received an urgent text message from his wife. The Carneys Point Police Dept. and the New Jersey Dept. of Children and Families had raided their home.

Moore immediately called Nappen and rushed home to find officers demanding to check his guns and his gun safe.

Instead, he handed the cell phone to one of the officers – so they could speak with Nappen.

“If you have a warrant, you’re coming in,” Nappen told the officers. “If you don’t, then you’re not. That’s what privacy is all about.”

With his attorney on speaker phone, Moore instructed the officers to leave his home.

How is it that taking a picture of your son holding a rifle is now “child abuse and neglect” and warrants a visit from DCF? How is it that a young boy (note his stance with the barrel pointed up and away and his finger nowhere near the trigger), obviously trained in firearms safety, is considered “abused” because there are guns in the house?

The anti-gun hysteria unleashed by the Obama administration and the Democrats isn’t working. Senator Feinstein’s assault weapons ban is now officially dead, according to Harry Reid. And the expanded background checks are on life support.

But the exaggerated rhetoric will continue to entrap citizens like Mr. Moore whose only crime was his obvious pride in his son.

via Blog: Police raid man’s home over Facebook photo of son with rifle.

Falsely elevating the low achievers and demonizing the high achievers in school, business, and war…

We see this in our schools, where the lowest achievers are heaped with effort to “close the gap” while the top achievers are accused of  being too “white” and are thus left to toil on their own.

So, here, in the military, the leftists are doing the same:

The socialist levelers currently in power cannot understand or abide the inescapable truth that some deeds — and some people — are more worthy than others. Thus, the levelers desperately seek ways of deconstructing the institutions and traditions that cherish and celebrate such deeds and such men. At its heart, liberalism, progressivism, socialism, fascism or Marxism — call it what you will — is simply an ideological system built upon envy and resentment.

via BOLGIANO AND TAYLOR: In the drone wars, everyone gets a medal – Washington Times.

When is a cyber attack an act of war on the USA?

We are currently debating when a drone can be used to kill Americans in the process of promoting or committing terrorist acts. The President takes the position that it can be done, worldwide, when the threat is imminent and capture can not be accomplished. Eric Holder has indicated that, so long as the individual is not a “combatant” he cannot be killed on US soil.

The issue is, how do we translate the Constitution to the battlefield when the battle field is inside the USA?

So, here, we have another emerging threat the contours of which are amorphous…

Cyber attacks.

And the question is, what constitutes an attack for which an “offensive” response is warranted? And of course the follow up question: what ought to be that offensive response?

Here is a pull quote from an interesting article.

Offensive cyber weapons are growing and evolving, Alexander said, and it is only a matter of time before tools developed by other nations wind up in the hands of extremist groups or even individuals who could do significant harm.

Alexander said 13 cyber teams are being formed for the mission of guarding the nation in cyberspace. He described them as “defend-the-nation” teams but stressed their role would be offensive. In comments to reporters after the hearing, Alexander likened the teams duties to knocking an incoming missile out of the sky before it hits a target. He also said the teams would work outside the United States, but he did not say where.

Another issue that still needs to be settled is what constitutes an act of war in cyberspace, Alexander said. He does not consider cyberespionage and the theft of a corporations intellectual property to be acts of war. But Alexander said, “I think youve crossed the line” if the intent is to disrupt or destroy U.S. infrastructure.

via Pentagon Forming Cyber Teams to Prevent Attacks | Military.com.

Air Force Drones Trail Civilian Auto Traffic in New Mexico

This author gets it all wrong. He’s upset the the Air Force practices drone warfare by targeting with civilian traffic. Big deal. The USAF practices all the time on civilian targets. I was in a home once when three A-10 Warthogs flew so low overhead that the house shook. When I ran outside, the three were all pulling off in order in what was clearly a “run” against the house I was in. At the time I thought it was pretty cool. I was glad they were practicing… I still think so.

The only difference, now, is that our leftist government has specifically identified conservatives as “threats” in combination with Obama making it clear that he has the authority to drone kill Americans on US soil.

They are most likely not “armed drones,” but news has surfaced that the US Air Force is training drone pilots to trail civilian auto traffic on New Mexicos highways.

In a lifestyles-of-video-game-war piece by Mark Mazzetti that appears in The New York Times Magazine this Sunday, Mazzetti writes:

When I visited the base [Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.] earlier this year with a small group of reporters, we were taken into a command post where a large flat-screen television was broadcasting a video feed from a drone flying overhead. It took a few seconds to figure out exactly what we were looking at. A white S.U.V. traveling along a highway adjacent to the base came into the cross hairs in the center of the screen and was tracked as it headed south along the desert road. When the S.U.V. drove out of the picture, the drone began following another car.

“Wait, you guys practice tracking enemies by using civilian cars?” a reporter asked. One Air Force officer responded that this was only a training mission, and then the group was quickly hustled out of the room.

Some may shrug and say that the undisclosed high-altitude tracking of US vehicles for training purposes is harmless, but the line between civilian privacy and an increasingly Orwellian capacity of the U.S. federal government to track its own citizens is blurred just a bit more by this practice.

via Air Force Drones Trail Civilian Auto Traffic in New Mexico – Steve Clemons – The Atlantic.