What the National Pamphleteers don’t Report:

Hellfire, Morality and Strategy

by George Friedman,


February 19, 2013

Airstrikes by unmanned aerial vehicles have become a matter of serious  dispute lately. The  controversy focuses on the United States, which has the biggest fleet of  these weapons and which employs them more frequently than any other country. On  one side of this dispute are those who regard them simply as another weapon of  war whose virtue is the precision with which they strike targets. On the other  side are those who argue that in general, unmanned aerial vehicles are used to  kill specific individuals, frequently civilians, thus denying the targeted  individuals their basic right to some form of legal due process.

Let’s begin with the weapons  systems, the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper. The media call them drones,  but they are actually remotely piloted aircraft. Rather than being in the  cockpit, the pilot is at a ground station, receiving flight data and visual  images from the aircraft and sending command signals back to it via a satellite  data link. Numerous advanced systems and technologies work together to make this  possible, but it is important to remember that most of these technologies have  been around in some form for decades, and the U.S. government first integrated  them in the 1990s. The Predator carries two Hellfire missiles —  precision-guided munitions that, once locked onto the target by the pilot, guide  themselves to the target with a high likelihood of striking it. The larger  Reaper carries an even larger payload of ordnance — up to 14 Hellfire missiles  or four Hellfire missiles and two 500-pound bombs. Most airstrikes from these  aircraft use Hellfire missiles, which cause less [….]

Hellfire, Morality and Strategy | Stratfor


The Past, Present and Future of Russian Energy Strategy

by Lauren Goodrich; Mark Lanthemann,


February 12, 2013

The future of Russia’s ability to remain a global energy supplier and the  strength the Russian energy sector gives the Kremlin are increasingly in  question. After a decade of robust energy exports and revenues, Russia is  cutting natural gas prices to Europe while revenue projections for its energy  behemoth, Gazprom, are declining starting this year.

Russia holds the world’s largest proven reserves of natural gas and  continually alternates with Saudi Arabia as the top oil producer. The country  supplies a third of Europe’s oil and natural gas and is starting to export more  to the energy-hungry  East Asian markets. The energy sector is far more than a commercial asset  for Moscow; it has been one  of the pillars of Russia’s stabilization and increasing strength for more  than a century. The Kremlin has designated energy security as the primary issue  for Russia’s national security, especially since recent changes in global and  domestic trends have cast doubts on the energy sector’s continuing strength.

Throughout Russian history, the country’s energy sector periodically has [….]

The Past, Present and Future of Russian Energy Strategy | Stratfor


Ten Reasons I Wish George Washington Were Still Alive (Part 1)

by Chuck Norris,


February 19, 2013

Many conservatives point to great modern men and leaders, such as Ronald Reagan, as models we can follow, and I concur with their sentiments. But I think the best leaders lived long ago, during the founding of our republic, away from the limelight and luster of today’s politics and Washington drama.

With Feb. 18’s being Presidents Day and Feb. 22’s being the actual day George Washington was born, I thought there would no better time to honor the man I consider to be one of the greatest leaders ever born. And I’m going to take a few weeks (columns) to do it.

Let me begin by highlighting a few background notes for some who might not be so familiar with this pillar of American life beyond the basics, as documented by the University of Virginia and the History channel.

On Feb. 22, 1732, George Washington was born to a family of middling wealth in Westmoreland County, Va., the second son from the second marriage of a Colonial plantation owner.

In 1752, Washington joined the British army and served as a lieutenant in the French and Indian War.

In 1759, he married Martha Dandridge Custis, a wealthy widow, and adopted her two children.

In 1775, at age 43, Washington became the commander in chief of the Continental Army, and in 1783, he led America to victory over the British after eight years of war.

As far as his political career [….]



Forget Reagan, Let’s Bring Back Coolidge

by Daniel J. Mitchell,


February 20, 2013

As you can see here and here, I’m a huge fan of Ronald Reagan.

But it’s not just that the Gipper had good rhetoric. He also did a decent job of restraining spending and he significantly lowered marginal tax rates.

Combined with other pro-market reforms and his stalwart willingness to rein in inflation, as well as the fact that his policies led to the collapse of the evil Soviet Empire, I don’t think it’s an exaggeration that Reagan saved America.

That being said, he may not be the greatest president of the 20th century.

I’ve already shared a famous Calvin Coolidge video to show he said the right things. But, even more important, he did the right things.

Here’s some of what Amity Shlaes wrote about Coolidge for today’s Wall Street Journal.

…while Reagan inspired and cut taxes, he did not reduce the deficit. He did not even cut the budget. But if you look back, past Dwight Eisenhower and around the curve of history, you can find a Republican who did all those things: Calvin Coolidge. …The 30th president cut the [….]




Black Students 3-Times More Likely To Be Expelled In CCSD

by Paul Takahashi,


February 15, 2013

If you’re a black student in the Clark County School District, you are three  times more likely to be expelled from school than your nonblack peers.

Furthermore, your odds of getting suspended are more than double those of  your nonblack peers.

These are the startling facts that have surfaced in a Vanderbilt University  report on student discipline in Las Vegas. The study, which was commissioned by  the School District, prompted Superintendent Dwight Jones to begin rethinking  school conduct policies that disproportionately impact black students.

Schools across the nation are suspending and expelling black students at a  higher rate than any other ethnic student group, resulting in hundreds of days  of lost instructional time.

That has been particularly true in Clark County. Although black students  constitute just 12 percent of the student population, they accounted for 43  percent of [….]



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Bill Cosby (I Spy!) Speaks:

Dr William H. Cosby Jr., addresses the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Brown v Topeka Board of Education.  This is commonly known as Mr Cosby‘s “Pound Cake” speech:


    Ladies and gentlemen, I really have to ask you to seriously  consider what you’ve heard, and now this is the end of the evening so to speak.  I heard a prize fight manager say to his fellow who was losing badly, “David,  listen to me. It’s not what’s he’s doing to you. It’s what you’re not doing.  (laughter).

    Ladies and gentlemen, these people set, they opened the doors,  they gave us the right, and today, ladies and gentlemen, in our cities and  public schools we have fifty percent drop out. In our own neighborhood, we have  men in prison. No longer is a person embarrassed because they’re pregnant  without a husband. (clapping) No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if  he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child (clapping)

     Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic and lower middle economic  people are [not*] holding their end in this deal. In the neighborhood that most  of us grew up in, parenting is not going on. (clapping) In the old days, you  couldn’t hooky school because every drawn shade was an eye (laughing). And  before your mother got off the bus and to the house, she knew exactly where you  had gone, who had gone into the house, and where you got on whatever you had one  and where you got it from. Parents don’t know that today.

    I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing  there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two? (clapping) Where were  you when he was twelve? (clapping) Where were you when he was eighteen, and how  come you don’t know he had a pistol? (clapping) And where is his father, and why  don’t you know where he is? And why doesn’t the father show up to talk to this  boy?

    The church is only open on Sunday. And you can’t keep asking Jesus  to ask doing things for you (clapping). You can’t keep asking that God will find  a way. God is tired of you (clapping and laughing). God was there when they won  all those cases. 50 in a row. That’s where God was because these people were  doing something. And God said, “I’m going to find a way.” I wasn’t there when  God said it… I’m making this up (laughter). But it sounds like what God would  do (laughter).

    We cannot blame white people. White people (clapping) .. white  people don’t live over there. They close up [….]



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Cosby Won’t Let Up; Neither Should We

by Laura Washington,

Chicago Sun-Times

July 5, 2004

I  had never seen the Rev. Jesse  Louis Jackson cry in public.  And he’s seldom upstaged.  Until Bill Cosby came  to town. 

Last week Jackson invited Cosby to  the annual Rainbow/PUSH conference for a conversation about controversial  remarks the entertainer offered May 17 at an NAACP dinner in Washington, D.C. 

That’s when America’s Jell-O Man  shook things up by arguing that African Americans were betraying the legacy of  civil rights victories. “The lower economic people,” he said, “are not holding  up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. They are buying  things for their kids — $500 sneakers for what? And won’t spend $200 for Hooked  on Phonics!”

Thursday morning, Cosby showed no  signs of repenting as he strode across the stage at the Sheraton Hotel ballroom  before a standing-room-only crowd. Sporting a natty gold sports coat and dark  glasses, he proceeded to unload a laundry list of black America’s self-imposed  ills. 

The iconic actor and comedian kidded  that he couldn’t compete with the oratory of the Rev. But he preached circles  around Jackson in their nearly hourlong conversation, delivering brutally frank  one-liners and the toughest of love. 

The enemy, he argues, is us: “There  is a time, ladies and gentlemen, when we have to turn the mirror around.”

Cosby acknowledged he wasn’t  critiquing all blacks — just “the 50 percent of African Americans in the lower  economic neighborhood who drop out of school,” and the alarming proportions of  black men in prison and black teenage mothers. The mostly black crowd seconded  him with choruses of “Amens.”

To critics who posit it’s  unproductive to air our dirty laundry in public, he responds, “Your dirty  laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day. It’s cursing” on the way home, on  the bus, train, in the candy store. “They are cursing and grabbing each other  and [….]


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