Our local paper has discovered the Sri Chimney Guru School Board candidacy kerfuffle “that first surfaced on line” (that’s what they say) and assures its remaining readers that all is okay because the Greenwich Democrats say it is.
“She’s a progressive thinker,” said Bob McKnight, an RTM colleague and District 4’s chairman,
The paper then editorializes: “Tamm is also an active volunteer, who has worked with a number of Greenwich organizations such as the Nathaniel Witherell short-term rehab and skilled nursing center, the Byram Shubert Library and the Den for Grieving Kids. She also tutors at New Lebanon School, her neighborhood’s elementary school.”
And continues, “Key Democrats brush off concerns about Tamm’s erstwhile association with Chinmoy, arguing that she is a highly qualified candidate who has shown a sustained commitment to public service in Greenwich and has a strong command of public policy.
Frank Farricker, the DTC’s chairman, is another strong backer.
“All in all, I don’t think you could ask for more in a candidate for the Board of Education,” he said.
Sadly for the town, because the Democrats are guaranteed the right to place any whack job they please on the school board, Farricker’s probably right: we can’t and they won’t ask for more than what they have in Miss Ramadamadingbat. Lucky us.
New Black Panther arrested on gun possession charge in NYC. He sports a “Kill Whitey” tatooed in block letters on his forehead, but his attorney says he’s being picked on because he’s black.
Heath, a/k/a “King Salim Shabazz,” was arrested on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard as he left a meeting of New Black Panther Party members. The group had gathered to plan a 15th-anniversary Million Man March commemoration, scheduled for Harlem on Sept. 7.
Heath was unjustly “jumped” by cops as he left the meeting and walked near Seventh Avenue, said his lawyer, Brad Foster, in arguing unsuccessfully for low bail.
“It is no crime to belong to the Black Panther Party,” the lawyer argued. The group does, “charity work within the local community, outreach to the homeless, and works with at-risk youth who are at risk of becoming criminals.”
“I don’t believe there’s any justification for the stop,” he added. “It’s very dark, 10:30 at night,” he said of cops’ decision to stop Heath for allegedly wearing a bulletproof vest. “They grabbed him by the shoulders and cuffed him and he was in custody.”
But the prosecutor argued that the diminutive Heath was wearing a whopping size-52 ballistic vest — obvious in almost any light.
“A 52, sized as regular men’s clothing, is clearly obvious,” the prosecutor argued. “He was stopped, and a loaded handgun was taken from his pocket.”
Sources told The Post that Heath’s first call while in custody was to Malik Zulu Shabazz, who is the national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, considered by the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to be a Black supremacist hate group.
A hate group? What do the racists at the Southern Poverty Law Center know? Our own president, in one of his first acts upon taking office in 2009, ordered his Justice Department to stop its criminal investigation of voter intimidation carried out (yes there are videos) in Philadelphia by this very group. “King Salim Shabazz and Malik Zulu Shabazz are known to the president personally,” White House spokesman Jay Carney explains, “and he knows they would never do anything hurtful to white people. Hell, the Very Reverend Jeremy Wright vouches for them too.”
Global warming is real because I say it is
Stymied by Congress, on Tuesday Obama will move to shut down existing coal – powered energy plants through executive fiat. And anything else that stirs his royal brain.
The White House released a video Saturday of the president discussing the speech, in which he will lay out environmental actions that he will take on his executive authority, without relying on approval from a divided Congress.
U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D., Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in an interview Saturday, “It’s important for the president to act because the Congress is still denying the science and is not about to pass any legislation. The president has broad authority to accomplish many reductions through regulation on his own, without Congress.”
One person briefed on the speech said the president would discuss a number of options for dealing with climate change, including approving more renewable-energy projects on public land and issuing energy-efficiency regulations. The Department of the Interior has a number of renewable-energy projects under review, while the Department of Energy is working on regulation of household appliances.
Our Syrian friends
Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee join Connecticut’s Chris Murphy and Tom Udall in seeking to block aid to Syrian islamists. Good luck with that, but credit to Murphy. Our other Democrat senator, Dick Blumenthal, is probably still in hiding, to avoid having to defend his legal opinion that Connecticut must forcibly assign students to school by race.
The Washington Examiner reports that Senators Paul and Lee have joined with two counterparts, Democrats Chris Murphy (of Connecticut) and Tom Udall (of New Mexico), in offering legislation that would block direct or indirect aid for military or paramilitary operations in Syria.
Not to be a broken record (see, e.g., here, here and here), the Syrian civil war pits implacable enemies of the United States against each other. And as night follows day, they are using their barbaric jihadist tactics against each other. The situation is reminiscent of the central flaw in our Libyan misadventure – which led directly to the massacre of Americans in the “rebel” stronghold of Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
As John Rosenthal acutely observes in his short but essential book,The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion, while there are many problems with using the label “war on terror” to describe our ongoing hostilities, “at least the term had the advantage of making clear that the US and its allies abhorred the tactic in question.” Yet, in Libya, and now in Syria, we have turned a blind eye to the fact that terrorism is used by the jihadists our government has chosen to side with. We try to obscure this fact by referring to the opposition forces as “rebels,” the better to avoid noticing that they consider themselves mujahideen (jihad warriors), and by pretending we favor only the “secular” “moderates,” though it is laughable to suggest there are enough of them to topple the regimes in question without allying with the more numerous and formidable Islamic-supremacists factions.
At least I think this video, sent in by “Anonymous”, was supplied by Greenwich Democrat Dollar Bill as an act of contrition and remorse.
Weather satellites aging, failing.
The main U.S. weather satellite watching the eastern seaboard malfunctioned last month for the second time in a year, underscoring the hazards of aging satellites that monitor the planet as a threatening hurricane season gets under way.
Engineers got it running again. But the difficulties with the seven-year-old weather satellite, called GOES-13, are a symptom of a broader problem, federal, congressional and university analysts say. Scientists are losing one by one their orbital eyes on Earth, at a time when space-based sensors have become indispensable for monitoring weather, natural disasters and the atmosphere.
All told, 14 of the 23 active satellites monitored by NASA’s Earth Observing System Project Science Office at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., have exceeded their engineering design life, with few replacements in view. The number of Earth-monitoring sensors in orbit aboard such spacecraft is expected to drop to fewer than 30 by the end of the decade from 110 last year, as aging satellites fail, costs soar and space missions go awry, according to the National Research Council.
NOAA, NASA and the Defense Department have tried since 1994 to develop new polar-orbiting weather satellites, but their joint effort was racked by mismanagement, billions in cost overruns and technical challenges, said information-technology expert David Powner at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
NOAA’s current $12.9 billion effort to replace the polar spacecraft is so far behind schedule that the next satellite won’t be launched until 2017 at the earliest, which is past the design lifetime of the youngest polar-orbiting satellite currently in orbit, according to GAO auditors and the Commerce Department’s Inspector General.
As a result, experts expect to start losing some weather-satellite data as soon as next year, with a gap in satellite coverage lasting from 17 to 53 months.
“We were essentially riding on our spare tire,” said atmospheric scientist Marshall Shepherd at the University of Georgia, who is president of the American Meteorological Society. “And that spare is in the twilight of its career.”
He’s peddling his ass to the Chinese in exchange for asylum.
And, while he hangs out in a “safe place,” Snowden is now sharing more U.S. intelligence secrets with the Chinese (and world) through the South China Morning Post.
According to the SCMP, Snowden has documents showing how the U.S. has systematically targeted and hacked computers in Hong Kong and mainland China.
These attacks included:
- “Extensive hacking of major telecommunication companies in China to access text messages”
- “Sustained attacks on network backbones at Tsinghua University, China’s premier seat of learning.”
- “Hacking of computers at the Hong Kong headquarters of Pacnet, which owns one of the most extensive fibre optic submarine cable networks in the region”
Although it’s probably healthy for Americans to be reminded that their government does many of the same things that people accuse China of doing, it’s hard to argue that these new leaks help America.
When he first revealed himself as the National Security Agency leaker two weeks ago, Snowden cast himself as an American patriot. Americans needed to know what their government was up to, Snowden suggested, because, in Snowden’s view, the privacy rights of Americans were being violated.
In the weeks since revealing himself, however, Snowden’s moves have suggested that his actions aren’t motivated by loyalty to his country, but, instead, by a personal view of how the world should work. By explaining to the Chinese how the U.S. is hacking their computers
, and revealing that the U.S. spied on world leaders at a G20 summit
, Snowden is making clear that he he is basically against spying of any kind.
By giving U.S. secrets to the Chinese, Snowden is also, presumably, looking out for himself. If he can prove his value to the Chinese government, presumably, Snowden will increase the chance that the Chinese government will refuse to extradite him.
3,500 troops on the Jordan/Syria border
Obama to Congress: “This detachment that participated in the exercise and remained in Jordan includes Patriot missile systems, fighter aircraft, and related support, command, control, and communications personnel and systems. The detachment will remain in Jordan, in full coordination with the Government of Jordan, until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.”
US training Syrian rebels
US troops receive riot training for deployment to Egypt.
Where is the press on this? Some of us remember the media’s response to the Bush administration’s preparations for war but these days, mum’s the word. The NYT even edited out an admission that the CIA supplying arms and heavy weapon training to Syrian rebels because the official leftist line is that our Noble Peace Prize winner is not Bush, God forbid.
And speaking of God, he’s having a hard time over there with the people we’re arming. One group just killed a 14-yar-old boy for making a joke about the Prophet, blessed be his name. Another band beheaded a Christian infidel; taking a page from the New York Times, so to speak, Facebook removed all evidence of that happening.
Time now for Dollar Bill to chime in, but I’ll save him the trouble: “Bush did it too! No blood for oil! Cheney Cheney Chaney! Racism! Homophobia! Tea Baggers!” That sum it up, Bill?
Yesterday I mentioned the Greenwich Time’s editorial supporting distribution of Greenwich public school students according to their race, and I italicized its editor John Breunig’s demand that we not even question the state dictate requiring such forced classification, but it’s probably worth repeating, to show what has happened to the “free” press in our country. Can you imagine a newspaper, sworn to all that fearless reporting they like to claim is their job and passion, advising subjects of a regime to shut up and bow down in meek obsequence to authority? Well yes, of course we can: The New York Times set the standard in the 30s, when it gave front page prominence to Walter Duranty’s false reporting from Ukraine while Stalin was starving 20 million peasants. The difference is that, until recently, most journalists thought that the Times was wrong to do so.
Greenwich Time boasts that it received a second-place award in 2012 from “The New England Newspaper and Press Association” for being a “Distinguished Paper” – Breunig won a plaque: first prize was a roll of Charmin.