AVA MARIA - by Helene Fischer - video ~ link
Fourth Amendment Ruling By Indiana Supreme Court: Mitch Daniels Presidential Bid Is Toast, He Just Doesn't Know It Yet by Lord Stirling ~ link
Libya: NATO airstrikes hit eight Libyan warships in ports ~ link ~ This reminds me of a book I read years ago, 'To War In A Stringbag'. It was the story of how the Royal Navy destroyed most of the Italian Navy in port using old biplane RN carrier aircraft during World War II. Stirling
But this serves to highlight a lesson from history that takes us way back beyond the 1980s Mexican case. And the great irony is that the debtor country in question was not Portugal, Greece or Ireland, but – Germany. When the victorious allies enforced an impossible burden of war reparation payments upon Germany at Versailles in 1919, the outcome was disastrous, as the young Keynes warned at the time in his famous pamphlet The Economic Consequences of the Peace. To very many historians, it was the imposition of endless austerity upon the Germans that provided the economic and social conditions underlying the rise of Hitler. What is more, it was through absorbing the lessons of that disastrous policy that the USA was persuaded, after 1945, to take a completely opposite course of action in the Marshall Aid programme, which enabled the economic reconstruction of Germany and of Western Europe as a whole. Surely the political and financial élite of Germany today know enough of their own country's history to appreciate that austerity is not the answer?
Strauss-Kahn, "Presumption of Innocence", The Establishment Eliminates A Threat by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts ~ link ~ This is a great article, please take the time to read it all at the link. Stirling
But what really happened, assuming one can learn anything from press reports, is that Strauss-Kahn, upon arriving at JFK airport for his scheduled flight, discovered that he did not have his cell phone and telephoned the hotel, the scene of the alleged crime. It boggles the mind that anyone could possibly think that a person fleeing from his crime would call the scene of the crime, ask about his left behind cell phone, and tell them where he was.
Here's what noted Republican Abraham Lincoln once wrote on the subject: "Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose -- and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after you have given him so much as you propose. If, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, "I see no probability of the British invading us" but he will say to you "be silent; I see it, if you don't." The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress, was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us."
But what if you can create laws that violate the Constitution, and then obey those laws, the Constitution be damned? And what if being a Republican today means striving to expand presidential power as far as possible -- in fact beyond the power ever held by any king? And what if being a Democrat today means the very same thing?
Then you get something like H.R.1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, and in particular Section 1034:
'It Don't Mean A Thing' - Jazz video ~ link
Middle East: Obama and Netanyahu hold Washington talks ~ link ~ What really is going on and what the public is being told are generally as different as day and night. Stirling
Syrian troops kill protesters after Friday prayers ~ link ~ Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 17 people as mass protests have again swept across the country after Friday prayers, activists say.