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North Korea Follows Through: Now What?

Posted in Political Discussion on April 5th, 2009 by halthouse1 – Be the first to comment

From The Political and Financial Markets Commentator

The Obama Administration Has Faced Its First Test And Failed

I have been talking about this announced North Korean missile test ad infinitum, and it has now taken place. The North Koreans, in the face of international demands not to fire this missile test/satellite, have done it anyway. The Obama administration has come out over the past few weeks saying that the test should not be done as it is in direct violation of specific U.N. resolutions. I suppose that North Korea was not impressed by that argument.

In the same way that countries like Iran will not abide by any resolutions from this anemic body, neither will North Korea. If the U.N. is to be the basis for our foreign policy actions and decisions, we are in trouble. Face to face talks and signed treaties are all great as well if it comes to that, but the overriding problem is that despite any public relations benefits these talks may have, you still need both parties to any agreements to follow them. And we all know that is not the case.

In any event, here are some excerpts from the President and the State Department concerning this missile firing:

President Barack Obama said North Korea should refrain from further provocative actions after that nation’s government made good on their promise to launch a long-range rocket.

“I urge North Korea to abide fully by the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council,” the president said as the council approved an emergency session Sunday to deal with North Korea’s rocket launch.

North Korea will not find acceptance in the international community “unless it abandons its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction,” Obama said.

Obama called North Korea’s latest act a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, which prohibits North Korea from conducting ballistic missile-related activities of any kind. The Security Council adopted the 2006 resolution five days after North Korea conducted a test of a nuclear weapon.

“North Korea has ignored its international obligations, rejected unequivocal calls for restraint and further isolated itself from the community of nations,” Obama said.

The president’s statement came from Prague, the Czech Republic, where the president was to make a speech Sunday on nuclear proliferation.

The United States will take “appropriate steps to let North Korea know that it cannot threaten the safety and security of other countries with impunity,” said State Department spokesman Fred Lash.

Rep. Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the launch would raise tensions unnecessarily.

“It is alarming that North Korea carried out this missile launch in direct defiance of the international community,” said the California Democrat. “The test is an unnecessary provocation that raises tensions in the region, and I urge the North Koreans to stop using their missile and WMD programs to threaten their neighbors and the rest of the world.”(Daily News)

We hopefully have some more tricks up our sleeves than just rhetoric.

Where we are headed

Posted in Political Discussion on March 29th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Rush Limbaugh: Titular Head Of The Republican Party?

Posted in Political Discussion on March 18th, 2009 by halthouse1 – Be the first to comment

All Hail The King

Now for full disclosure I listen to Rush, enjoy the show, agree with some but not all of the things that he says, and certainly do not consider him to be the leader of the Republican Party, titular or otherwise. The masses that don’t listen to him dislike or even hate him out of hand, primarily because they are led to that conclusion by the main stream media, not to mention the many politicians leaning left.

Obama, Begala, and Carville vs. Rush (National review Online)

How curious: Free-thinking commentators Paul Begala and James Carville have each set their sights on Rush Limbaugh in recent days. Begala shamefully called Rush a “corpulent drug addict” during a Situation Room segment on Friday, and today Carville appeared on American Morning to tout his new column attacking Rush and mocking the GOP for being beholden to a radio talk show host.
Coincidentally, these media analysts just happened to pick up on the exact same meme President Obama conspicuously initiated late last month, when he scolded Republicans for Rush’s undue influence over the party.
Boy, these on-message talking points are so well-coordinated, it’s almost as if Begala, Carville, and oh, I don’t know, the President’s Chief of Staff hold daily conference calls, or something.”

Thanks to commentators like James Carville and Paul Begala, Rush has become a marketing tool of the left that have somehow anointed him as the spiritual and philosophical leader of the Republican Party, picking perhaps the most radioactive public figure that they possibly could to try and turn into the face of the Republican Party. They have made him the basis of Democrat talking points, with the typical American Democrat and particularly liberal Democrat buying in hook, line and sinker.

Rush Limbaugh by Ian Marsden

Now anyone that listens to talk radio with anything close to something resembling an open mind, would certainly not agree with all of what anyone has to say. They would also not disagree with everything. You take from it what you will, and that will form the basis for constructive debate. Not the case with what appears to be a laser guided marketing campaign that must have started at the upper echelon of the Democrat Party. It is designed to tear the Republican product down.

Using my humble blog as a small sample of the anecdotal evidence of the Rush obsession, the comments that I get both here and primarily in the discussion groups that I copy it to are all Rush, all the time. Let’s look at some examples:

- i guess that’s why this blog keeps getting shorter…(your saying the same s..t)are you becoming the next rush limbaugh? it seems so…you are all about hype and sensationalism…

- i assume you are miriam limbaugh..correct?..

- i find my comments similar to the minority leader of the gop..rush limbaugh

- …The only people putting politics ahead of country nowadays, ARE right-wing Republicans and their Leader, Rush Limbaugh…

- …I understand. I listen to your leader, Boss Rush. The GOP wants Obama to fail. After all, if his policies end up showing some progress over the long haul, what will happen to the party that got us here?…

- …heavens to Michael Milkin, say it aint so! Really, there was never a need to form the SEC, pass ‘33, ‘34 & ‘40 Acts or Sarbanes-Oxley because, you know, we can trust Corporate America to be honest, ethical and hire all those people who are out of work right now. Just ask Rush! …

- …It seems the only people who believe the Obama is God thing are those ranting that he should have the God-like powers to change in 45 days, what has been screwed in 8 years. OK sure. I guess that’s what those who wear the Rush is God goggles call anyone who hopes he succeeds. nice. …

- …well said Douglas. What ARE the poor neo-cons and Rush Disciples going to do if things stabilize and even show modest improvement under Obama? Who will they blame for all their failed policies and archaic ideologies then?…

Long Live The King: The Democrats Say So

You Looking For Answers? Keep Walking!

Posted in Bailout on March 12th, 2009 by halthouse1 – 1 Comment

From The Political and Financial Markets Commentator

Secretary Geithner Speaks To The Democrats

I hate to have to keep bringing up the inadequacies of Tim Geithner, but because he is in charge of a little thing like saving the economy and banking system of the free world, I feel like I have to. In a dinner Monday night with House Democrats, it appears that he was able to tell them everything that he has been able to tell us about the plan to fix the banking system and the financial system: Not much. Some of the comments that were allegedly made by the guests are equally instructive as to the mentality of our legislators.

To their credit however, in their never ending goal of self-sacrifice for the benefit of the taxpayer and in an effort to save money for our cash strapped society, dinner was held at a restaurant providing good food at a good price.

White Mana Diner

“Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner tells House Democrats that White House efforts to fix the nation’s economy are working — but he’s also urging them to be patient.

Geithner met with Democrats in a closed session Monday night, where one lawmaker urged the administration to “Hurry, whatever you’re doing, please hurry.”

Members interviewed after the meeting say it reflected the political challenge they faced — explaining the policies of a president of their party to a public angry over bank bailouts and an unending recession.

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland compared the current economic situation to a crippled ship, noting that “The boat is not taking on more water, but you haven’t yet pumped it out.”(KVEWTV.com)

As you can see from the 3rd paragraph the focus is still on the political ramifications of the medicine, rather than the critical nature of the medicine itself. Wrong focus because they will be answering far tougher questions if this crisis is not resolved.

Nice stock market rally on Tuesday led by comments out of Citigroups Pandit. There were also comments made by Barney Frank regarding the re-institution of the uptick rule for shorting stocks.

Great Quote On Government Intervention

Posted in Bailout, Political Discussion on February 24th, 2009 by halthouse1 – Be the first to comment

I would like to thank the people of Constitutional Freedom for giving me the opportunity to share some of my thoughts.  I am the writer of The Political and Financial Markets Commentator which discusses politics and finance around the world and how it affects all of us.

GREAT QUOTE! ~ by Dr. Adrian Rogers~ very timely

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.  The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.  When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.  You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”