Archive for June 11th, 2009
The jury may still be out but there is evidence that the two countries – two members of the Axis of Evil are working together.
Iran and North Korea are working together to develop ballistic missiles and have made significant progress, the head of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency said on Thursday.
“It really is an international effort going on out there to develop ballistic missile capability between these countries,” Army Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly told a forum on Capitol Hill.
Iran and North Korea each is at odds with much of the international community over their nuclear programs, and North Korea has tested an atomic bomb. Each has demonstrated a capability to launch missiles with more than one stage, critical to more advanced systems.
They are sharing know-how on avionics, propulsion and materials, among other things, O’Reilly said.
“We’ve seen it for years and it continues,” he said of such cooperation between North Korea and Iran, whose Shahab missiles are widely reported to be based on North Korean designs.
Their ability to fire missiles with a stable ignition and launch a second stage represents “a significant step forward” for both of them, O’Reilly said.
Asked which country was further ahead in missile development, he said it could be described as a “horse race” with no clear leader.
Other experts said Iran had demonstrated greater expertise with test-firing of a solid-fuel rocket with a stated range of some 1,200 miles — enough to reach Israel, U.S. bases in the Gulf or southeastern Europe.
Solid-propellant missiles offer many advantages over those with liquid fuel. They are easier to store, harder to detect and may be launched without a fueling process readily observable by spy satellites.
Iran’s use of solid-fuel missiles demonstrated “a quantum leap in capabilities” over those shown by North Korea, Uzi Rubin, the former head of Israel’s Missile Defense Organization, told Reuters in an interview.
“Basically, this is big-power league,” he said, adding that the jury was still out, as far he was concerned, on whether the two had integrated their ballistic missile programs.
And, President Obama continues to want to cut the missle defense program?
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, North Korea
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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his wife Cindy (R) greets Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (3rd R) and her family after arriving at the airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota September 3, 2008
Tags: David Letterman
, Sarah Palin
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Here comes the Obama socialism.
The Obama administration says executive compensation must be better managed to prevent the sort of risk-taking that jeopardizes the economy.
Gene Sperling, who advises Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, said Thursday the administration does not want to impose caps on executive pay. But he also laid out for the House Financial Services Committee a list of guidelines calling on publicly-held companies to link compensation to long-term performance, not short-term gains.
Sperling said in prepared testimony that the administration believes compensation practices “must be better aligned with long-term value and prudent risk management at all firms, and not just for the financial services industry.”
Remember what socialism is?
Socialism is not a concrete philosophy of fixed doctrine and program; its branches advocate a degree of social interventionism and economic rationalization, sometimes opposing each other. Another dividing feature of the socialist movement is the split between reformists and the revolutionaries on how a socialist economy should be established. Some socialists advocate complete nationalization of the means of production, distribution, and exchange; others advocate state control of capital within the framework of a market economy. Socialists inspired by the Soviet model of economic development have advocated the creation of centrally planned economies directed by a state that owns all the means of production. Others, including Yugoslavian, Hungarian, German and Chinese Communists in the 1970s and 1980s, instituted various forms of market socialism, combining co-operative and state ownership models with the free market exchange and free price system (but not free prices for the means of production).
Social democrats propose selective nationalization of key national industries in mixed economies, with private ownership of property and of profit-making business. Social democrats also promote tax-funded welfare programs and regulation of markets. Many social democrats, particularly in European welfare states, refer to themselves as “socialists”, introducing a degree of ambiguity to the understanding of what the term means.
No matter how Obama spins his program, he wants to nationalize American business and control the means of production while expanding the welfare state.
Is this the hope and change Americans voted for? Or is it a radical program of changing American business by a left-wing extremist?
Technorati Tags: Socialism
, Barack Obama
Tags: Barack Obama
David Letterman defends his jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughters in a seven minute segment above, June 10, 2009
As I predicted David Letterman issued a weak and trite non-apology for his inappropriate attacks on Sarah Palin’s 14 year old daughter Willow which he confused with Bristol who is 19.
â€œWe were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter [Bristol]… and now theyâ€™re upset with meâ€¦â€ Letterman says on tonight’s show. “These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl…. Am I guilty of poor taste? Yes. Did I suggest that it was okay for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No.” Saying he hopes he’s “cleared part of this up,” Letterman extended an invitation to Palin to come on the show as a guest.
An invitation to appear on his show is the lamest of reparations and his cover hius ass moments above will continue to spur a call or a boycott of his show sponsors.
A few commenters have asked for a list of The David Letterman Show sponsors and contact information on where to complain.
Here you go:
CBS Contact Form
CBS Telephone: 212 975-4321
Some CBS Executives E-mail addresses:
And, the sponsors.
- CBS Interactive, Inc.
- 235 Second Street
- San Francisco, CA 94105
- Main: 415-344-2000
- On The Border Restaurants
6820 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75240
- Best Western
Best Western International, Inc.
Customer Relations Department
Regular Mail: PO Box 10203
Phoenix, AZ 85064
Attn: Customer Service
- Intel â€“ Website contact page: http://www.intel.com/feedback.htm?iid=ftr+contact
Corporate Mailing Address
2200 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1549
- CBSports.com â€“ Contact page: http://www.cbssports.com/help/contactus/usersspeak
2200 West Cypress Creek Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: (954) 351-2120
- JohnFreida.com â€“ Contact page: http://www.johnfrieda.com/event.asp?action=entry&EventCode=jfcontact
Consumer Relations Dept
Kao Brands Company
2535 Spring Grove Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45214
Phone â€“ 1-800-521-3189
- DiTech â€“ Not sure if this is Ditech financial , or Ditech networks and donâ€™t know if they are one and the same.
- Lexus â€“ Contact info page This has their corporate address, their phone number and a link to email them â€“ http://www.lexus.com/contact/
- Earn My Degree
157 Yesler Way Suite 200
United States 98121
60 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281
Contact page has names and email addresses of executives.
- Bowflex â€“
16400 SE Nautilus Drive
Vancouver, WA 98683
1 360 859 2900
Contact page- http://www.bowflexrevolution.com/nautilus_incorporated/contactus.jsp?lid=Contact+Us+-+ContactUs
- Mars Candy
Mars North America
100 International Drive
Mount Olive, NJ 07828
1 973 691 3536 [Media],
1 800 627 7852 [Consumers]
Fax:1 973 691 3829
email â€“ form â€“ http://www.mars.com/global/Contact+us/Media+contacts+North+America.htm
- Capitol One
Capital One Financial Corporation 1
680 Capital One Drive McLean, VA 22102
7840 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236
Contact page- http://www.lasikplus.com/ir/contacts.html
- Embassy Suites
Dawn Ray/Nancy Gearin
Embassy Suites Hotels
Contact page â€“ http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/en_US/es/customersupport/index.do
2145 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
Media relations â€“ (408) 376-7458
Contact page â€“ http://news.ebay.com/about.cfm
The Generations Network, Inc.
Attn: Customer Solutions,
360 W 4800 N Provo, UT 84604
Contact page â€“ http://www.myfamilyinc.com/default.aspx?html=contact
- True Credit
100 Cross Street, Suite 202
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
866-212-2170 (only contact number I could find)
Have at them, readers.
Hit Letterman where it hurts – in the pocketbook.
And, insist that he be suspended until he offers a heartfelt apology to the Palin family, including an “on-air” appearance by the Alaska Governor and her husband, Todd.
Sarah and Todd Palin Respond to David Lettermanâ€™s Crude Joke About Their Daughter
Audio: Rudy Giuliani on Sarah Palin
NBCâ€™s Early Today Bags on Sarah Palin for Calling David Letterman Pathetic As Letterman Calls Palinâ€™s Daughter a Prostitute
Video: Letterman Stays Classy â€“ Mocks Sarah Palinâ€™s Daughter as â€œKnocked Upâ€
Sarah Palinâ€™s Trip to New York â€“ Updating That â€œSLUTTYâ€ Flight Attendant Look
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, Sarah Palin
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, Sarah Palin
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Day By Day by Chris Muir
Watching Fox News Sunday, I caught a panel on which Obama economic advisor Austin Goolsbee conceded that the administration had previously predicted unemployment would top out at around 8%, that it was now up to 9.4%, and that double-digit unemployment was a distinct possibility in the near future. Goolsbee didn’t resort to the administrations’s blather about “saving or creating jobs,” but he did repeat its fustian about how last month’s loss of 345,000 jobs (resulting in a half percentage point jump in the jobless rate) is somehow good news because it beat predictions (I don’t recall him saying whose) of even more dire loss numbers. It made me wonder why, if those predictions either existed or were serious, the Obama administration would have previously predicted that unemployment would top out at 8%?
The economy remains sluggish and needs a stimulus to boost employment. Some economists forecast that the American economy will see little impact from Obama’s stimulus program until next year.
The President should consider an immediate payroll tax suspension for a number of months to provide needed cash immediately for Americans and American business to spend.
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, Barack Obama
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, Day By Day
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