News/Politics 1-31-13

What’s interesting in the news today?

Let’s do an Open Thread.

Here’s a couple to start things off.



CATS— Cute and fuzzy companions?

Or hairy balls of death responsible for the destruction of numerous other species?


From BBCNews

“Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions of animals each year, a study suggests.

The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually.”

“Felines accompanying their human companions have gone on to prey on the local wildlife, and they have been blamed for the global extinction of 33 species.”

Next time you see your cat staring at you just be careful, it’s probably plotting your death.


And next we have a letter for your consideration, signed by 1100 Green Berets, in defense of the 2nd Amendment.


Protecting the Second Amendment – Why all Americans Should Be Concerned

We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.…” The Constitution of the United States is without a doubt the single greatest document in the history of mankind, codifying the fundamental principle of governmental power and authority being derived from and granted through the consent of the governed. Our Constitution established a system of governance that preserves, protects, and holds sacrosanct the individual rights and primacy of the governed as well as providing for the explicit protection of the governed from governmental tyranny and/or oppression. We have witnessed the insidious and iniquitous effects of tyranny and oppression on people all over the world. We and our forebears have embodied and personified our organizational motto, De Oppresso Liber [To Free the Oppressed], for more than a half century as we have fought, shed blood, and died in the pursuit of freedom for the oppressed.

Like you, we are also loving and caring fathers and grandfathers. Like you, we have been stunned, horrified, and angered by the tragedies of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Fort Hood, and Sandy Hook; and like you, we are searching for solutions to the problem of gun-related crimes in our society. Many of us are educators in our second careers and have a special interest to find a solution to this problem. However, unlike much of the current vox populi reactions to this tragedy, we offer a different perspective.”

“So, what do we believe will be effective? First, it is important that we recognize that this is not a gun control problem; it is a complex sociological problem. No single course of action will solve the problem. Therefore, it is our recommendation that a series of diverse steps be undertaken, the implementation of which will require patience and diligence to realize an effect. These are as follows:”

They then present an 8 point plan that seems pretty reasonable, and ensures our rights. Numbers 5, 6, and 7 I find of particular interest, and are some issues that are sadly missing in much of the current discussion.


12 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-31-13

  1. Chicago had 42 murders this month, they have one of the most strictest Gun Control Laws in the Nation and it is not helping them. Why should anyone believe Mr. Obama Gun Control Laws will work? Only narrow minded people believe that Gun Control Laws will stop people from murdering other


  2. Zechariah 12:6 says that God will make the leaders of Judah like a blowtorch in a woodpile. That seems to be happening today. There is no way that Israel is going to withdraw from Judea and Samaria.

    From Israeli National News:

    The United Nations says Israel must withdraw all of its citizens from the regions of Judea and Samaria.
    The recommendation came in a report issued Thursday by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which has a history of passing numerous biased resolutions condemning Israel for various alleged ‘crimes’ each year.
    “Israel must, in compliance with Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions,” the report said in part. “It must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the occupied Palestinian territories.”


  3. I still believe Israel should declare to the world that the Palestinian State is only going to be Gaza and the West Bank. That Israel has surrender these areas to Palestine and that as for March 1st, no one from that area can travel to Jerusalem and Israel without an Israeli passport. Those seeking a passport must prove that they do not support any terrorist groups, and any Palestinian wishing to leave East Jerusalem is free to do so, but will not be permitted to return.
    That any attacks on the Nation Israel from Gaza or the West Bank will be an act of War and the Israel will respond in full military force and that since the UN has decide to support a terrorist group like Hamas, Israel will no longer be part of such a body


  4. Cats get a bum rap.

    Remember, too, Obama is now a lame duck. He can’t run again. I was thinking about that yesterday and somehow it gave me at least a teeny-tiny bit of consolation. After this 4 years, he’s gone (though, granted, with no doubt plenty of widespread damage left in his wake — possibly the worst being in any future Supreme Court nominations that will affect the nation for many decades and generations to come). Sigh.

    I read a column the other day saying how the GOP should ignore the president for the most part, they shouldn’t give him any more of their focus since term is now definitively limited; rather than waste time arguing about someone who is, in effect, an outgoing president, focus on Congress and fight the battle there.

    It’s a very discouraging time.


  5. All of you who are anxiously waiting for the end of the Obama presidency in 4 years may be disappointed. There are those who don’t see any need for Barack Obama to vacate the White House in 2016—and he wouldn’t have to if Michelle were president. But would she make a better president than hubby? Hard to tell. But she probably wouldn’t do worse. (That’s not an endorsement, by the way.) ;–)


  6. Good points, Chas. You could be right.

    I heard a snippet of Rush today (haven’t really listened to him in awhile). He surprised me a little (that’s unusual) when he made the comment that he thought we haven’t ‘lost the country yet’ and there was still hope for the country to have some kind of ‘rebirth or awakening’. The surprising part was that for a few seconds there he actually sounded more thoughtful than bombastic—of course, that could have been because he was sniffing with a cold. :–) I guess I find myself pleasantly surprised these days any time a conservative calmly expresses real hope about our country’s future, as opposed to a lock-and-load readiness for civil war, or the desire to trade in a US passport for supposed greener pastures on the other side of the fence.


  7. I think it was Kbells who recently pointed out that the fear of presidents taking a 3rd term goes back at least to Reagan. I don’t see Michelle running for the office (and I don’t think people would be easy with that kind of direct “dynasty” — at least have another president or two in between!).

    Someone like Hillary Clinton could very well win, of course. But let’s hope people will have grown weary of the Ds by 2016. 🙂 Usually 8 years of one president is more than enough, even for people who voted for them.


  8. I printed the Professional Soldiers article for assigned reading tomorrow. Should make for some interesting conversation.


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