26. mart 2010. Depresivno stanje stvari - istorija

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Dnevna analiza
Autor Marc Schulman

26. marta 2010 Depresivno stanje stvari

U redu, bit ću unaprijed. Dok ovo pišem, depresivan sam zbog situacije. Ideologiji je dopušteno da najbolje iskoristi pragmatizam, a sada je Izrael na vidiku predsjednika koji misli da može postići bilo što. To je bio osjećaj koji je predsjednik Obama projektirao kada je preuzeo dužnost. Iako se činilo da su neko vrijeme poteškoće na koje je nailazio u raspravi o zdravstvu umanjivale Obaminu svemoć, njegova pobjeda u zdravstvu i njegov današnji dogovor s Rusijom o kontroli naoružanja zasigurno mu vraćaju osjećaj. Naravno, u ovom slučaju predsjednik jako griješi, ali to nije ono što je trenutno relevantno.

Trenutno je relevantna činjenica da dok ne sazna drugačije, vidi Izrael, a posebno premijera Netanjahua, kao prepreku za postizanje mirovnog sporazuma. Nije jasno da li je to pitanje zaista "izgradnja u Jeruzalemu" ili još problematičnija pozicija za Netanyahua, pitanje suštinskih razgovora. Postoji izvjestan osjećaj da Obamina administracija zaista želi da Izrael unaprijed pristane na neku verziju mirovnog prijedloga koji je Olmert ponudio Palestincima prije napuštanja dužnosti, prijedlog koji Palestinci nisu prihvatili - što je po svemu sudeći najvelikodušniju ponudu koju je izraelski premijer ikada ponudio Palestincima.

Netanyahuu, kako iz njegovih uvjerenja, tako i iz uvjerenja njegovih kolega iz stranke Likud i koalicionih partnera, bit će gotovo nemoguće pristati na zahtjev američke administracije. Međutim, svima je jasno da bez povratka na tu poziciju nema šanse za dogovor. Zapamtite, ne vjerujem da možemo postići dogovor čak i ako promijenimo Olmertove uslove, ali nažalost svijet (a u ovom slučaju američka administracija), mora svakih nekoliko godina naučiti da na kraju nije Izrael taj prepreka konačnom mirovnom sporazumu.

Da, to nije fer, itd., Ali to je realnost situacije. Ako Netanyahuova vlada ne dopusti takvu situaciju, nisam siguran gdje ćemo završiti --- Vjerovatno, izolirani Izrael s Iranom koji ima nuklearno oružje. Ponavljam ono što sam rekao prošle sedmice. "Diplomatija je rat na drugi način". Ako izraelska vlada to ne shvati (naravno da vlada koja može imati Liebermana za ministra vanjskih poslova nema pojma), stvari će biti vrlo grube. Iz komentara Netanyahua i ormara danas ne izgleda dobro.

Kao dodatak osjećaju depresije, Izrael je danas izgubio dva vojnika unutar Gaze, u području koje se nalazi uz granicu. Vojska je izvodila, čini se, redovan upad unutar granice, i završili su u bliskoj borbi sa palestinskim naoružanim borcima. U borbi s vatrom poginuo je zamjenik komandanta jedinice Golani u tom području (major), kao i drugi vojnik. Kako bi se naglasila tragična priroda događaja, major je, takođe u Golanima, ubijen prije deset godina u Libanu.

Konačno, kako bi zaokružio svoju depresiju, Yuval Elituzur je upravo napisao knjigu, labavo nazvanu "Unutarnja prijetnja". U knjizi Elituzur objašnjava sve jasnije demografske trendove, gdje 60% Charedima živi ispod siromaštva, a samo 20% Charedi muškaraca radi. Sa njihovom stopom rasta od 6,5% godišnje i ostatkom stanovništva od samo 1,5% Elituzur jasno stavlja do znanja da je po ovoj stopi, čak i bez svih gore navedenih problema, budućnost Izraela ugrožena. On barem predlaže neka parcijalna rješenja. Glavni prijedlog Elituzura je prisiliti njihovu djecu da steknu osnovno obrazovanje. Čini se da je novi Zakon o obrazovanju donesen prošle godine, koji je dao određene dodatne beneficije obrazovnom sistemu Charedi, također uključivao zahtjev da sva djeca do 14 godina dobiju osnovno obrazovanje (sa matematičkim i jezičkim standardima). Jedini problem je što je zajednica Chardi, kao i obično, iskoristila beneficije bez primjene bilo kojeg od zahtjeva. Način provedbe ovog plana, čak i ako je Charedi zajednica voljna, čini se vrlo problematičnim - budući da u zajednici nema učitelja koji bi podučavali ove predmete, a s obzirom na kontinuirano brzo povećanje veličine njihove zajednice, čini se da je vrlo teško pogledajte kako biste postigli ovaj cilj.


AMERIČKA POLITIKA: Tužno stanje stvari!

"Rekao sam ljudima iz svog okruga da ću im vjerno služiti kao što sam i učinio, ali ako ne ... svi ćete otići u pakao, a ja ću u Teksas ..." Pukovnik Davy Crockett, kongresmen iz Tennesseeja (oko 1834, nakon poraza za reizbor, prije bitke za Alamo)

Da, Davy Crockett- moj heroj tada i moj heroj, sada. Kad sam bio klinac, odrastao sam tamo, u Kentuckyju, u sljedećoj holari (planinski govor, znači niz cestu čarolija), preko granice s Tennesseejem, gdje mi je rođena majka, sve vrste ljudi bijela, crna i između– tkao je svakakve priče o našem zajedničkom narodnom heroju, Davyju Crockettu- poznatijem kao "Kralj divlje granice". Gluposti, još se sjećam mini-serije Walta Disneya s Fess Parker (kao Davy Crockett) i stari Buddy Ebsen (kao George Russel) udružujući se kako bismo uložili dobar moralni moral i graničnu pravdu u naše dnevne sobe kroz te umorne stare crno-bijele televizore. Znate ih, one toliko stare da ste morali koristiti kliješta za okretanje kanala i vješalica za zamjenu antena „zečjih ušiju“. Ali, donedavno nisam razmišljao mnogo o Davy Crockettu, kao kongresmenu, dolje u okrugu Lawrence, Tennessee. To je bila samo ona upečatljiva melodija pjesme ("Balada o Davyju Crockettu"), njegova kapa od hladne kože i uvijek prisutna puška iz Kentuckyja s dugom cijevi koja mi je privukla najveću pažnju!

Iskreno, ne mogu se ni prisjetiti mnogo toga "Davy Crockett ide na kongres" serija. Tada sam imao samo 10 godina. No, povijesna istraživanja otkrivaju da je imao dosta toga za reći u ime ljudi u svom okrugu. I nije se grickao u jeziku suprotstavljajući se prevladavajućim političkim smicalicama, neefikasnosti i pohlepi. To je bilo tada. Ali, možda bismo mu danas mogli koristiti, s obzirom na jadno stanje politike u ovoj zemlji. Evo što je tada imao reći svojim kongresnim kohortama o tužnom stanju stvari:

"Slomljena ograđena država nacije, slomljene banke, slomljena srca i slomljena obećanja mog brata kongresmena ovdje oko mene, podigla je kotao o ’ mog ogorčenja do vrha visokog pritiska, &## 8217 stoga moram riješiti da ispustim paru svog patriotskog patriotizma trupa, bez kruženja i bez ukrasa. Istina ne želi nikakve ukrase jer u svom jasnom golom stanju o ’ natur ona ’s graciozna poput ždrijebe koja siše na ’ suncu. Gospodine predsedavajući! Čemu, u ime o ’ raskalašnosti ubijanja ovaca, ova zemlja dolazi? Čemu svaka čast? no whar! i to će se držati#8217! Koji su državni prihodi? Svaki pristanak, ali ne bi trebao biti! …

“Zašto, gospodine predsjedavajući, nemojte žmirnuti od užasa, kad vam kažem da je prošle subote ujutro ’ ujak Sam nije imao prvu mrvicu koju je dao barbeti! Banke obustavljaju plaćanje, a izgladnjeli ljudi se suspenduju! Stara valuta mu je ravna na leđima, bankari su popili sva sredstva u sigurnom skladištu o ’ spekulacija, a neki o ’ ovi momci koji se cerekaju#8217 oko mene su duboko u blatu kao junice u jezeru!

Koja je politička iskrenost mojih kongresmena? zašto, u bankovnim računima i govorima na pet hektara! Šta je sve od patriotizma? u kosim psovkama, izazovima i pištoljima za okidanje kose! Koja su sva obećanja? svaki pristanak! Koje su sve performanse na ’em? nema pribora, a jadnici koji svuda nose arter ’em svuda poput istjeranih bivola i njihovih lijenih čuvara, koji, poput ovdje oficira, ne brinu ni o čijem stomaku, već o vlastitim etarnalnim intarnalima!

“Šta ste u zemlji uradili ove godine? zašto, bacite papir dovoljno da izračunate sve svoje političke grijehe, a to bi vam uzelo list za svakog od vas sve dok ste u Mississippiju. i tako širok kao i cijeli Kentucky. Vi ste#8217 napredovali u nečinjenju ’ ništa ’ unazad, sve dok trupe nacije ’ nisu završile. Izlili ste benzin sa planine Etny o ’, žvakali trup Allegheny o ’, ispljunuli sok iz Niagaryja o ’, rekli oluju s tučom o ’ laži, popili piće iz jezera Superior o ’ i sve , kako kažete, za dobro o ’ nacije, ali ja kažem, kunem se, za njezino vječno bankrotiranje!

“Zato, pomjeram se da je jedini način da spasite državu gnijezdo trupa ’ vaših političkih lasica da momentalno odrežete štap kući i ostavite me da radim na farmi ujaka Sama, dok ga ne vratim u prirodno stanje o ’ uzgoja i otresti ove gusjenice korupcije ’. Neka crni Dan Webster sjedi na drugom kraju stola i okrene se za stolom Metodistički propovjednik neka Jack Calhoun sjedne ispred njega sa kosom unatrag počešljanom poput grma žute grmlje u žurbi, nakon što se Old Hickory i gornji čvor okrenu konj-džokej. Neka Harry Clay sjedi ’ do ugla sa rukama sklopljenim oko sredine poput vinove loze oko crnog hrasta, vratimo se u naš stari Kentuck i ’ poboljšamo advokate ’ druge crne ovce. Neka stari tata Quincy Adams sjedi iza njega, idi kući iza njega, idi kući u Massachusetts, ’ napiši političke početnike za sisače i#8217 političare, pusti Jim Buchanana kući u Pensilvaniju i puši devet, s Nizozemcima. Neka Tom Benton, savijen poput hikorijeve sapline s ull rollin ’, odnese smotuljak kući i ’ napravi slatkiše “mint kapljice ” za bebe: –za njih ’ve su radili na ujaku Samu ’s farmi sa svim ogrebotina ’ drljača o ’ raskalašnosti, ’dotle ’s siva kao kamena ograda, neplodna kao ogrnuta glina i siromašna kao ćurka nahranjena šljunkovitim kamenjem!

“Na kraju, gospodine predsjedavajući, nacija ne može više ići dalje u ovakvom stanju, nego pržena jegulja može plivati ​​na pari kotla za čaj, ako može, onda uzmite ove noge za stubove hodnika yar. ”

Osim debelog planinskog naglaska ili kolokvijalizatora u Kentuckyju/ Tennesseeju i nekoliko odabranih, verbalnih šamara u lice, njegova zapažanja možda bi bila primjenjiva i danas- možda i šamari u lice. Često se pitam kako naš današnji oblik vlasti uopće uspijeva donositi bilo kakve odluke u ime "Mi, narod…". Čini se da se obje velike političke stranke poništavaju. Čini se da je debata izgubljena umjetnost, ali su javne rasprave brojne- ovisno o dostupnosti kamera. Govori i razgovori proizlaze iz komunikacijskih strategija zvuka. Osobni napadi i kleveta dominiraju emocionalno nabijenim mamcima "Opozicija"– sve bez objektivnih dokaza. Neznački rasni nagovještaj zamjenjuje razum. Pregršt zamjenjuje statističku analizu. Dnevne političke ankete određuju krajnje pravce djelovanja. Nemilosrdni skandali- seksualni i finansijski- ne pokazuju sažaljenje prema političkoj popularnosti ili dugovječnosti. Problemi ili problemi sada su takođe obojeni, "Republikanac" ili "Demokratski"– nije nacionalni. Takvi su i njihovi „odgovori“. A kad objektivno izvještavanje smrdi na političku kontaminaciju- u čitavom novinarskom spektru!

Ali, možda, jednostavno gledam kroz pogrešne objektive-iste objektive koje koriste većina vrijednih, porezno umornih, ali ponosnih na plaćanje Amerikanaca, civilnih ili vojnih djelatnika ili veterana. Isti objektivi koje koriste mnogi, možda, politički naivni, da još vjeruju i vjeruju u sistem zasnovan na suštini predstavljanja. Možda bismo se trebali samo zadovoljiti nedavnim izvještajem Centra za odgovornu politiku da su ukupni troškovi predsjedničke kampanje 2008. iznosili oko 2,5 milijardi dolara-da bismo dobili posao od 400.000 dolara godišnje! Predsjednik je ograničen na samo dva četverogodišnja mandata! Osim toga, to je osim tekućih napora da se izaberu ili ponovo izaberu senatori ili predstavnici, iz svakog kutka, kao i svakog holara, na neograničene mandate od 6 i 2 godine.

Gluposti, s takvom vrstom pristupa javnim i, često upitnim ili prikrivenim, financijama, nije ni čudo što mnogi postaju "Profesionalni političari", služenje, 30 do 35 godina i duže. Svakako mora doći do neke reforme!

ŠTA TI MISLIŠ? Kakve bi reforme mogle biti na redu danas? Ili, šta bi danas rekao Davy Crockett?


Tužno stanje američke flote za probijanje leda i implikacije za buduće američke arktičke operacije

Dana 1. septembra 2015. godine, prilikom posjete Aljasci, predsjednik Obama je najavio da će ubrzati nabavku ledolomaca kako bi pomogao američkoj obalnoj straži (USCG) da djeluje na Arktiku. Izvještaj Kongresne istraživačke službe pod naslovom, Modernizacija polarnih ledolomaca obalne straže: pozadina i pitanja za Kongres, izdato 2. septembra 2015. Ovaj izvještaj možete preuzeti na sljedećoj poveznici:

Ovaj izvještaj tvrdi da će novi teški polarni ledolomac koštati u rasponu od 900 do 1,1 milijarde dolara. Izvještaj takođe pruža zanimljivu istoriju prethodnih procjena USCG -a njihovih potreba za ledolomcem i budžetskih radnji preduzetih u posljednjih nekoliko godina koje su značajno smanjile raspoloživi budžet za kupovinu novih ledolomaca.

Uloga Nacionalne naučne fondacije

Godine 2006. G.W. Bushova administracija premjestila je budžet i upravljačka ovlaštenja američke flote polarnih ledolomaca sa USCG -a u Nacionalnu naučnu zakladu (NSF). USCG je zadržao starateljstvo nad polarnim ledolomcima, kojima i dalje upravljaju posade USCG -a. Ovaj aranžman je zabilježen u sljedećem dokumentu iz 2006. godine: Memorandum o sporazumu između Obalne straže Sjedinjenih Država i Nacionalne naučne fondacije u vezi s podrškom i nadoknadom za probijanje polarnog leda. Detalje ovog zamršenog sporazuma možete pročitati na sljedećoj poveznici:

Trenutna američka flota polarnih ledolomaca

Trenutno se čitava američka nacionalna sposobnost za operacije probijanja leda na Arktiku i Antarktiku nalazi u vrlo maloj ledolomnoj floti koja se sastoji od:

  • Jedan teški polarni ledolomac, rezač obalne straže Polar Star
    • Pušten u rad 1976
    • Zapremina: 13.194 tona
    • Konjske snage: 75.000 KS (plinske turbine) + 18.000 KS (dizeli)
    • Pušten u rad 1999
    • Zapremina: 16.000 tona
    • Konjske snage: 30.000 (dizelaši)

    Osim ove aktivne "flote", SAD imaju i neaktivan teški polarni ledolomac Polar Sea (sestrinski brod iz Polar Star), koja je puštena u rad 1978. i stavljena u neaktivnu komisiju u Seattleu, WA 2010. nakon velike nesreće u pogonskoj opremi pogona. Analiza USCG -a iz 2013., koju je Kongres zatražio da spriječi planirano ukidanje Polar Sea, to je pokazao Polar Sea mogao biti rehabilitiran i reaktiviran za djelić troškova izgradnje novog ledolomca. Polar Sea ostaje u neaktivnoj komisiji.

    Polarna zvijezda i Polarno more zajedno u sretnijim danima.

    2006. NSF je stavio Polar Star u statusu čuvara zbog problema sa starenjem / dotrajalošću opreme. Brod je prvobitno bio dizajniran za radni vijek od 30 godina. Nakon skromnog renoviranja, brod se vratio u službu Antarktika krajem 2013. Polar Star očekuje se da će nastaviti s radom otprilike do 2020.

    Nakon što je Polarno more pretrpjelo veliku žrtvu pogonskog sistema 2010. godine, pa sve do Polar Star vraćen u upotrebu krajem 2013., srednji ledolomac Healy bio je jedini aktivni američki polarni ledolomac.

    U februaru 2015. godine, USCG je izvijestila da su joj potrebna tri teška i tri srednja ledolomca kako bi pokrili “predviđene potrebe” SAD -a na Arktiku i Antarktiku. Šest različitih američkih agencija ima misije u polarnim regijama.

    Pregled obalne straže SAD -a za 2013. godinu o najvećim svjetskim ledolomcima je grafikon koji pruža dobar vizualni prikaz svjetskih flota ledolomaca. Ova tablica je reproducirana u nastavku, ali možda ćete morati otići na sljedeću vezu da vidite čitljiviju verziju ove karte koja se može preuzeti:

    Ikone na ovoj karti za američku flotu ledolomaca uključuju Polar Star, Polar Sea (neaktivan) i Healy, kao što je očekivano. Druga dva plovila su:

    • Nathaniel B. Palmer, istraživački brod u privatnom vlasništvu, sposoban za led, kojeg je NSF iznajmila za podršku naučnim misijama na Antarktiku.
    • Aiviq, privatno vlasničko plovilo za opskrbu tegljača za sidrenje, koje se nalazi u privatnom vlasništvu, a iznajmljeno je od kompanije Royal Dutch Shell za podršku njihovim istraživačkim aktivnostima u Chukchi moru kod Aljaske.

    Dakle, zaista, SAD trenutno ima samo dva polarna ledolomca. Jedan obično služi Antarktiku, a drugi Arktiku. U 2013. godini, USCG je dobila odobrenje za istraživanje novog teškog ledolomca. Sredinom 2015. godine web stranica USCG izvještava:

    “Obalska straža je u preliminarnoj fazi novog, teškog programa nabavke polarnih ledolomaca. Ova faza procesa uključuje razvoj službene izjave o potrebi misije, koncepta operacija i dokumenta o operativnim zahtjevima - sve potrebno prije razvoja i implementacije detaljnog plana nabavke. ”

    Ruska flota polarnih ledolomaca#8217s

    Za usporedbu, grafikon USCG -a za 2013. godinu pokazuje da Rusija postavlja skoro 40 ledolomaca sa još desetak planiranih ili u izgradnji. Rusija ima nacionalne planove za iskorištavanje svojih arktičkih resursa duž Sjevernog morskog puta, koji prolazi kroz Sjeverni ledeni okean duž sjeverne obale Rusije. Ledolomci na nuklearni pogon igraju važnu ulogu u tim planovima.

    Prvi od novih teških polarnih ledolomaca na nuklearni pogon LK-60, Arktika, je u izgradnji u baltičkom brodogradilištu u Sankt Peterburgu, a očekuje se da će u službu ući 2017. godine. Njegov ledolomni pramac postavljen je u kolovozu 2015. godine.

    Ugovori za dva dodatna ledolomca klase LK-60 sklopljeni su u maju 2014. Planirano je da budu isporučeni 2019. i 2020. godine.

    Arktička karta američke mornarice 2014 – 2030

    Nedavno objavljeno Arktička karta američke mornarice 2014 - 2030 uključuje sljedeća zapažanja:

    • Američka mornarica očekuje da će Arktik "ostati sigurnosno okruženje male prijetnje u kojem nacije mirno rješavaju razlike".
    • Svoju ulogu vidi uglavnom kao pristalica operacija američke obalne straže (USCG) i kao odgovor na situacije traganja i spašavanja i katastrofa.
    • Međutim, prisutnost ogromnih resursa i teritorijalna neslaganja "doprinose mogućnosti lokaliziranih epizoda trvenja u arktičkoj regiji, unatoč miroljubivim namjerama arktičkih nacija".
    • "Mornaričke funkcije u arktičkoj regiji ne razlikuju se od onih u drugim pomorskim regijama, međutim, okruženje arktičke regije čini izvršavanje mnogih od ovih funkcija mnogo izazovnijim."

    S obzirom na gornju prvu i treću točku, ruske aktivnosti na Arktiku u posljednjih godinu dana ukazuju na to da je američka mornarica podcjenjivala, barem javno, vjerojatnost nemiroljubivih akcija na Arktiku i potencijalnu potrebu za vojnim odgovorom u region. Nedavne ruske aktivnosti na Arktiku ističu ovaj rizik.

    S obzirom na loše stanje američke flote polarnih ledolomaca, rekao bih da je to posljednja točka, gore, je veliko potcenjivanje. USCG i mornarica nisu dobro pozicionirane za površinske operacije u Sjevernom ledenom okeanu. Površinske pomorske operacije u arktičkim regijama prekrivenim ledom bit će gotovo nemoguće izvesti bez sposobne američke flote ledolomaca.

    Možete preuzeti kopiju mornarice Arktička mapa puta na sledećem linku:

    Primjeri zabrinjavajućih nedavnih ruskih aktivnosti na Arktiku su:

    • Od početka 2014. godine Rusija izvodi bombarderske i borbene misije u blizini zračnog prostora svojih arktičkih susjeda. Ovakvo vojno ponašanje nije viđeno od završetka Hladnog rata početkom 1990 -ih.
    • 1. decembra 2014: Nova ruska zajednička strateška komanda Arktika#8217 postala je operativna. Time se osigurava centralno upravljanje svim ruskim vojnim resursima na Arktiku, a ima ih mnogo. Nova komanda, sa sjedištem u Sjevernoj floti sa sjedištem u Severomorsku, nabavit će vojne, pomorske površinske i strateške nuklearne podzemne jedinice, jedinice zračnih snaga i zračno -kosmičke obrane, sredstva i baze prebačene iz drugih ruskih vojnih okruga
    • 15.-20. mart 2015: Rusija je izvela masovnu, petodnevnu vojnu vježbu na Arktiku u kojoj je učestvovalo oko 80.000 vojnika, 220 aviona, 41 brod i 15 podmornica. Ova vježba je izvedena na godišnjicu ruske aneksije Krima.
    • 4. kolovoza 2015 .: Ministarstvo vanjskih poslova Rusije potvrdilo je da je Rusija ponovno podnijela Ujedinjenim narodima zahtjev za proširenje arktičkog kontinentalnog pojasa. Rusija traži priznanje zbog svoje formalne ekonomske kontrole nad 1,2 miliona kvadratnih kilometara (463 320 kvadratnih milja) artičkog morskog pojasa koji se proteže više od 350 nautičkih milja od obale.

    Novi Izvršni upravni odbor američkog Arktika

    Za razliku od nove Arktičke združene strateške komande Rusije, predsjednik Obama je 15. januara 2015. izdao Izvršnu naredbu o osnivanju Izvršnog upravnog odbora Arktika, koji će biti odgovoran za jačanje koordinacije nacionalnih napora na Arktiku. Kako će ovaj novi Upravni odbor utjecati na napredak u revitalizaciji američke flote polarnih ledolomaca, ostaje za vidjeti. Cijeli tekst ovog Izvršnog naloga možete pročitati na sljedećoj poveznici:

    Zaključak

    SAD su znatno iza krive moći za izvođenje operacija na Arktiku koje zahtijevaju podršku ledolomca. Čak i uz dobro financiran novi američki program izgradnje ledolomaca, proći će desetljeće prije nego što prvi novi brod bude spreman za upotrebu, a do tada će novi brod ući u flotu Polar Star odlazi u penziju ili ulazi u sveobuhvatni program obnove vijeka trajanja.

    Ako se nađete na ledu na Arktiku bilo kada u sljedećoj deceniji, mislim da je najbolje da pozovete Kanađane ili Ruse u pomoć.

    Ažuriranje od 5. februara 2016 .:

    Sredinom januara 2016., bivši zapovjednik obalske straže, admiral Bob Papp iznio je sljedeće na godišnjem sastanku Udruženja površinske mornarice u blizini Washington DC-a:

    • SAD -u će trebati osam ledolomaca ako odluči imati jedno patroliranje u svakom polarnom području cijelo vrijeme. Obalska straža nikada nije bila u stanju podržati tako visok operativni tempo.
    • Američka arktička politika pitanje je nacionalne sigurnosti, a ne samo odbrane. Vizija Stejt departmenta također se fokusira na suverena prava i odgovornosti arktičkih nacija, pomorsku sigurnost, energiju, ekonomske interese, upravljanje okolišem, naučna istraživanja i podršku autohtonim narodima.
    • Više ledolomaca je bitno, jer SAD ne mogu podržati svoju politiku, a da se fizički ne mogu kretati po polarnim regijama.

    Više detalja pročitajte na sljedećem linku:

    Trenutni zapovjednik obalske straže, admiral Paul Zukunft, izjavio je da raspored za novi program nabavke ledolomaca zahtijeva dodjelu ugovora za jedan ledolomac do jeseni 2019., s proizvodnjom koja počinje 2020. Početne operativne sposobnosti za ovaj prvi ledolomac neće biti do sredine 2020-ih. Obavještenje Federalne poslovne mogućnosti (FBO) za Program zamjene polarnih ledolomaca USCG -a objavljeno je na mreži 13. januara 2016. Možete pročitati obavijest FBO -a i preuzeti paket podataka o industriji na sljedećoj poveznici:


    Tužno stanje stvari i#8212 Bad Company naizgled propuštaju spomenuti kako je bivši pjevač Brian Howe preminuo

    Prošla su tri dana od tada Metalni mulj prvi je čuo tužnu vijest da je bivši Loša kompanija vodeći vokal Brian Howe preminuo. Howe imao ogroman zadatak zamijeniti Paul Rodgers u bendu 1986. nakon gitariste Mick Ralphs i bubnjar Simon Kirke odlučio je oživjeti grupu nakon četverogodišnje stanke.

    Howe završio na sljedećem Loša kompanija rekordi — Slava i bogatstvo (1986), Opasno doba (1988), Sveta voda (1990), Evo dolazi do problema (1992.) i Ono što čujete je ono što dobijate: Najbolje od loše kompanije (1993).

    Dan kasnije HoweSmrt#8216, Rodgers objavio je video na Facebooku u kojem se navodi da je živ i zdrav bez spominjanja Howe prolazeći. Facebook video iz Rodgers je od tada uklonjen.

    Naizgled se ne spominje HoweGodine smrt#8216 Loša kompanija‘s web stranicu ili Facebook račun.

    Posljednji post na Facebook računu benda je od 6. maja 2020 u 15:24 sa Rodgers, Kirke i Ralphs odgovarajući na neka pitanja navijača.

    Čak Loša kompanija‘s “Bio ” na njihovoj web stranici ne spominju Howe iako su se albumi na kojima je svirao kratko spominjali (uz male izmjene):

    “ 1986. godine, Ralphs i Kirke vaskrsao Loša kompanija ime. Rodgers ko se formirao Firma sa Led zeppelin’S Jimmy Page zatraženo je njegovo dopuštenje za korištenje imena. “Osećao sam pritisak da im dozvolim da nastave da koriste ime. Osetio sam da bi trebalo da oforme novi bend, sa novim imenom i napišu svoj katalog pesama.” Tačno šta Rodgers uradio sa Firma. "Ali na kraju sam se složio misleći da će krenuti naprijed s integritetom, pogriješio sam."

    U šestogodišnjem rasponu od 1986. do 1992., ova verzija benda objavila je četiri albuma, uključujući Slava i bogatstvo, Opasno doba, prodaja platine Sveta voda i Evo dolazi do problema. Bend je izdao još dva albuma, 1995 -ih Kompanija stranaca i Priče i & Nepričano 1996. Iako se muzika prilično dobro svirala na turnejama, ništa nije moglo zamijeniti pisanje, scensko prisustvo i, naravno, one jedinstvene vokale koji Rodgers doveli do jednačine. Obožavatelji i kritičari podjednako su počeli tražiti ponovno okupljanje originalnog benda i to se konačno dogodilo Rodgers zajedno sa Ralphs i Burrell u Engleskoj raspravljati o objavljivanju Antologije muzike. Rodgers predložio je dodavanje 4 nove pjesme i bacio se na pisanje dva “Hammer of Love” i “Tracking Down a Runaway”, dok je Ralphs napisao “Hey Hey” i “Ain't It Good”.

    Dugo očekivano okupljanje okupilo se 1999. godine i bend je ne samo dovršio uzbudljivu američku turneju od 30 dana koja je privukla rasprodane mase i pohvale kritičara, već je nadgledao i objavljivanje hvaljenih Originalni loši zbornik preduzeća te godine objavljen je dinamičan pregled karijere benda sa dva CD-a i 33 pjesme Elektra Records.”

    Čini se da Kirke je jedini od tri preostala originala Loša kompanija članovi koje su javno spomenuli Howe‘s u prolazu. Sledeća sažeta poruka je objavljena na Kirke‘s Facebook stranica 7. maja 2020 .:

    “Želim poslati saučešće Brian HowePorodicu. ”

    Ima još vremena za Loša kompanija odati pristojan danak Howe koji je bio važan član benda od 1986. do 1994. godine.


    Sa naslovne strane današnjeg LNP štampanog izdanja#8217 (kliknite ovdje da biste pročitali priču na mreži).

    Kakav gubitak sata! Sve je to bila budalaština i besmislica.
    Kliknite ovdje kako biste pogledali video snimak sinoćnjeg obraćanja gradonačelnika Soracea. Provjerite kasnije danas. Oh, a ko je dopisnik LNP -a Chris Courogen i šta se dogodilo reporteru Timu Stuhldreheru?

    18 Odgovori na * TUŽNO STANJE!

    Ray je pas u krilu za Josha Parsonsa i upravo je Josh sinoć tako jako opekao Raya. Ray je napravio potpunu guzicu od sebe samo ponavljajući ono što je Josh Parsons rekao Rayu da kaže o izbornim promjenama. Ta dva idiota su krivili demokrate za promjene koje su republikanci željeli! Ray je sinoć totalno sjebao stvari na dva glavna načina –

    1. Ponavljajući sve što je Josh rekao Rayu da kaže o promjenama izbornog zakona sa glasanjem.
    2. Podnošenje prijedloga da pas za krilo i patološki lažov Bryant Glick budu nominirani za delegata.

    Bryant Glick je sramota čak i po Trumpovim standardima, a Ray je učinio Joshovu ponudu nominirajući Bryanta. Kad sve iskrsne o Bryantu, ljudi će kriviti Raya, a ne Josha i upravo je to Josh planirao.

    Zdravo! Bryantov kućni odbor glasao je pozitivno protiv njega, a glupi Ray nije pitao zašto!

    Ray čini ono što mu Josh kaže i Ray preuzima svu krivicu.

    Baš kao Dan mrmota s ovim svinjama!

    O MOJ BOŽE. Mislio sam da sam jedini koji ovo dovodi u pitanje!
    Bryant Glick smrdi da je totalni pozer i ljudi iz njegovog doma ga preziru.
    Priča se da je Glick dobar momak za Josheya, pa su previdjeli Bryantovu brdo laži, baš kao što su previdjeli Raya koji ima PFA za gušenje svog nećaka, a Parsonsova patrola koja doslovno napada svačiji život u kući ostala je tiha s Rayovim nedostacima. Joshu je potrebna lutka poput Raya da učini upravo ono što je lutkica poput Raya sinoć učinila, ponavljanje gluposti koje su naljutile mnoge. Bryan Cutler je legalno morao spasiti Raya iz delegacije koja ga je ozbiljno namjeravala izvesti van i obuzdati glupane. Da su reporteri LNP -a imali pola traga, Rayov čarobni trenutak bio bi vijest na naslovnici jer je Ray sinoć doslovno i nesvjesno rastjerao cijelu republikansku delegaciju.
    Sinoć je bila tako sramotna emisija sranja da sam skoro zatražio majicu Scott Martina jer ta strana odbora ovih dana izgleda kao normalnija opcija.
    Bože, sve je postalo toliko smiješno kada pozer Glick postane delegat nad Terryjem Christopherom koji je apsolutni dinamit!

    Dopisnik znači honorarno?

    Otprilike. AKA stringeri, a danas saradnici i ugovorni radnici. Ponekad označeno “Specijalno na (ovdje unesite naziv paba).

    Mislim da je prilično jasno da se cijela gradonačelnikova gradonačelnica priprema za napredovanje u izabranom službenom lancu hrane. To je razlog za sve ovo veličanstvo, razlog za njen novi Ured za samopromociju, greška, mislim na angažman u susjedstvu, to je razlog što su svi Lancasterovi problemi državni/federalni i ona će ih riješiti kada mijenja Martin/Smucker/Toomey/Casey.

    Ona vjeruje da je gradonačelnica Pete 2.o. Sve što trenutno radi je samopromocija i osiguravanje bodova u sistemu Demokratske stranke Lancaster/PA za buduće nominacije/odobrenja.

    Jedva se suzdržavam od ove ukusne vijesti. Moj vrlo blizak prijatelj sinoć je bio povremeni posmatrač republikanskih postupaka u Centru za farme i dom. Rekla je da je reporterka LNP -a poslana da prati šindžu imala oko 12 godina i izgledala je prestravljeno. LNP je u osnovi poslao miša do zmijske jame. Moj prijatelj je rekao da se izvjestiteljica svim silama trudila postavljati pitanja predstavniku Zimmermanu i buldožerima nadzirati nju i LNP i rekla da oni teško da su novinska organizacija. Je li Zimmerman u krivu? Mislim da ne. Možda je bio nestašan dječak, ali očito se ne klanja LNP -u i njihovom 12 -godišnjem novinaru. Zna li neko zašto je Carter Walker izostavljen i nije pozvan u republikansku super zdjelu?

    Becky, evo ostatka bilješki koje mi je o sinoć poslala moja vrlo dobra djevojka. Rekla je da mogu podijeliti !!

    Izvan velikog neuspjeha LNP -a sa Zimmermanom, bilo je prilično uobičajeno. Svi lepi ljudi su bili tamo. I jadni i propalice! Zanimljiva stvar je promatrati kako se plima okreće s odborom i spektakl koji je bio more pristalica Scott Martina. From what intel I have, the committee has turned and Scott Martin is back to being King in a very big way. Maybe even bigger than before. I know you love that because of your little crush on him tee hee! but it was a bit interesting to watch it all unfold. A few committee people shared with me that things were taken 2 far with Amber Martin and her miscarrying their twins due to extreme stress caused by some in the party that gave her x husband money? is what made this tide rapidly turn. I do not know this all to be fact but it was the talk last evening. Amber appears to be doing very well and she looked really good. I don’t have frequent interactions with her but she appears to always be kind to people. Regardless of whatever I may think of her, miscarriage is no laughing matter and I was told she was pretty far along with her twins. That is sad no matter who you are.
    Lloyd was Lloyd and he had his peppy moments. His wife looked fabulous and I am thinking her boobs may be new. Lucky Lloyd! Guess that Congressional salary has benefited the misses in a double way.
    All the state reps were virtually non existent as no one cared that they were there. The new commissioner, the one with the PFA from his son or nephew (can’t remember) made an ass out of himself for basically making fun of election law updates that all the state representatives voted on and it appears Ray Ray didn’t get that memo so as Ray D’Agostino was mocking the election changes, the state reps were all looking at each other like they wanted to rip Ray’s head off. Ray was blaming “those democrats” for the changes but it was actually the republicans that pushed it. It was so bad that Brian Cutler had to intervene and explain the reasons behind the changes. Ray is either a rebel or a total idiot but since Lloyd Smucker fired Ray back in the day, he must be an idiot. The village idiot is now our Commissioner, right next to the village midget that LNP has a love affair with because the little midget gave all the advertising money back to LNP. Do not even get me started with the intel I have from the sheriffs office. OMG I could write a book!
    Speaking of Commish Parsons, what a mad face he had all night. It has to be hard for someone that worked so hard to be a hit man for certain republicans to try and oust Scott Martin just to watch all the same people either wear Martin’s shirt last night or hang all over him. Politics is such a frigid bitch! What Parsons’ did to Louie still makes me angry to my core and I love watching him burn. He is a racist little liar!
    There was some young gal from York who was very funny. I forget her name but she’s running for Delegate and she was a great breath of fresh air compared to Lloyd and Josh’s speeches. They were awful and mini-Lloyd basically just repeated everything Lloyd said. Their twinning is no longer winning for them as they did much worse with the Delegate race against some virtual nobody. Color me shocked but a black man beat Dennis Stuckey for the auditor race and I was told that many didn’t appreciate Dennis going after Craig Stedman so a sea of white people actually voted for a qualified black man as a result. Amazing! You need to fly back for these occasions as they are truly wonderful little circuses to watch. That’s my report!

    As a committee woman myself, this was a colorful yet accurate description of what happened last night. Although, I am unable to comment on Mrs. Smucker’s breasts, because I did not look. Many interesting things shaped last night and what struck me the most personally was how ill informed Ray was when he gave election updates. I almost feel like someone lied to Ray or mislead him because what Ray said and reported seemed out of character for Ray. Yet, I do agree, all of the state representatives appeared clearly angry with Ray and it may be difficult for Ray to overcome. Personally, I like Ray very much and supported his run but what happened last night does not paint Ray favorably moving forward. Ray came off as clearly uniformed at best or clearly rude and condescending towards our Lancaster delegation and neither paints Ray favorably with the committee moving forward.

    Just a curiosity sort of question: is she related to “those” Slaymakers and how if she is? Asking because I’ve known Slaymakers in the area who were not related at all to “that” family. Shouldn’t make any difference, of course, but we all know how that goes!!


    Depressing State of Pakistani Height [THE WORST —STAN COUNTRY]

    Today, I was looking at the state of Pakistani mens' average height, and I was shocked & became severely dishearten. We did not grow our heights in the past 100 years. In 1896, we were TALLEST country compared to all seven -stans. But, today almost all -stan countries have passed us. We are now second SHORTEST country of all -stans. Why cannot do better and become tallest country again?

    What are your guy's thoughts? What should be plan to increase health & fitess of our country's men? For example, I am 165 cm or 5 foot 5 inches, is there any way to increase height in adult-hood, several years past growth-time?

    El Sidd

    ELITE MEMBER

    Grandfather born in Himalayan foothills was 6ft 1 inch at the time of his burial. Full set of red hair and blue shining eyes.

    His grandson born in Sindh gets bullied for being too short.

    Perks of religious migration I believe

    Shehr Abbasi

    FULL MEMBER

    Grandfather born in Himalayan foothills was 6ft 1 inch at the time of his burial. Full set of red hair and blue shining eyes.

    His grandson born in Sindh gets bullied for being too short.

    Perks of religious migration I believe

    Hussain0216

    BANNED

    It's probably more related to an influx of people from India after Partition

    Pre Partition you had mostly natural locals

    Also that the increase in Pakistani population has mostly been in places like Sindh as opposed to let's say KP or Kashmir where people tend to be taller

    We also have 220 million population


    PAKISTAN only declared independence in 1947

    It's not clear cut and the stats are a bit iffy

    Shehr Abbasi

    FULL MEMBER

    It's probably more related to an influx of people from India after Partition

    Pre Partition you had mostly natural locals

    Also that the increase in Pakistani population has mostly been in places like Sindh as opposed to let's say KP or Kashmir where people tend to be taller

    We also have 220 million population


    PAKISTAN only declared independence in 1947

    It's not clear cut and the stats are a bit iffy

    FitpOsitive

    ELITE MEMBER

    Grandfather born in Himalayan foothills was 6ft 1 inch at the time of his burial. Full set of red hair and blue shining eyes.

    His grandson born in Sindh gets bullied for being too short.

    Perks of religious migration I believe

    Hareeb

    SENIOR MEMBER

    Arjunk

    FULL MEMBER

    Robbie

    FULL MEMBER

    No other country in the world is facing Afghanistan on one side and India on the other

    whole of the world tried Afghanistan invasion and failed but created some of the loyalty and using those people against Pakistan and creating problems for Pakistan. PTM is the prime example, when Pakistan started pak Afghan border wiring, even USA who always bla Pakistan for people attacking its positions from Pakistan didn’t help and agreed to it , this is the state in which Pakistan keep on fighting for its existence

    India is on other side is enemy of Pakistan and it cannot be a good country at all, killing innocent people in Kashmir and holding Kashmiri land which belongs to Pakistan unjustified

    now another side is iran with its own problems and sometimes helping india but now it’s in league with Pakistan and China

    China is the only friendly country as a neighbor of Pakistan

    Show me any other country in the world in constant war like situations like this. Most of these so called powerful countries will become history in such constant events
    It’s our Pakistan and it’s people who are fighting and will keep on fighting

    313ghazi

    ELITE MEMBER

    It's probably more related to an influx of people from India after Partition

    Pre Partition you had mostly natural locals

    Also that the increase in Pakistani population has mostly been in places like Sindh as opposed to let's say KP or Kashmir where people tend to be taller

    We also have 220 million population


    PAKISTAN only declared independence in 1947

    It's not clear cut and the stats are a bit iffy

    The answer is down to stunted growth due to malnutrition. Large parts of our society don't have enough to eat, thier growth is limited.

    Also idiots who treat thier woman like a baby factory. Anyone who has a child will know the physical impact it takes on your wife's health. Then women start breast feeding which also takes extra energy. Meanwhile the idiot gets her pregnant again after a few months. Now she is pregnant and breastfeeding. Neither child gets enough nutrients, especially as the woman is ill and tired through lack of sleep. Then baby 2 is born, 1 is no longer breastfed, number 2 is, she is pregnant again and doesn't have time to chase after number 1 to try and feed it and play with it.

    No physical exercise of urban women. Weak women (and men) produce weak off spring. I can guarantee that where rural people of the same ethnicity and the same economic status compare height with urban people, the rural people will be taller.

    Cousin marriage killing off natural selection. In the past the stronger men (as typically they were likely to come from a stronger economic background too) would get thier pick of the women. Today people are obsessed with cousin marriage - meaning anyone can get a man/woman significantly better than them. This brings down genetic standards and also reduces the gene pool, increasing the risks of genetic disease.


    March 26, 2010 A Depressing State of Affairs - History

    As questions abound, surrounding the absence of any pronouncements or information as promised/required, following word that the MDC Task Force Review has been completed and report delivered, Mr. John E. Ryan, chairman of the MDC board until the entire Board was dismissed in December submitted to the media the following letters. See in boxes

    His email cover to the letters reads: “As you may be aware a GoM/DFID Task Force has just submitted a report on the options available for the operation of MDC going forward. As the immediate Past Chairman of the Corporation I was requested to meet with the Task Force to discuss the matter. As my board and I were booted from office for alleged financial irregularities on the back of a DFID Internal Audit that has subsequently been discovered to contain no evidence or mention of the so-called financial irregularities,

    “I responded to the Task Force’s request to meet with them with a letter that set out the conditions under which I would attend such a meeting. Recently, the Governor in one of his frequent Press Conferences, in a response to a question from a member of the Press Corps said ” that there was nothing sinister going on at MDC”.— whatever that means.

    “The Task Force chose not to respond to my letter therefore I did not meet with them. I have however decided to make my letter to the Task Force available to the public as there is clearly a need for the public to have knowledge of what is transpiring in this beloved land of ours.”

    During the review (February 26, 2015) the new MDC Chairman Mr. Julian Daniel wrote to Mr. Ryan:


    A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS

    Her son Joseph would bring forth records from prior civilizations that occupied this great land. This land is a Land of Promise that has been given to those who inhabit it by covenant.

    Hypocrisy is an understatement. All I'm hearing from the left now is to come together and heal and embrace the new regime. Even pray for their success. All good sentiments which would be the best thing that could ever happen. But 4 years ago the same people began a daily attack on our president and his supporters that never let up, culminating in a vindictive and flawed attempt to discredit all that was accomplished to maintain our liberty and shift power from an an ever growing, self-serving government back to the people. They could never separate the man from the mission.

    I'm not disillusioned enough to think Trump and his family don't get high on the power and authority they hold. Almost no human doesn't. But at the end of the day, the guy just wanted to preserve and maintain the American way of life that our founders envisioned. He worked hard at it and did a ton of good toward those ends. Now vilified, abandoned by his friends and written off as a failed president, he'll join a host of others who went before that are forgotten as history gets conveniently rewritten. I'm so tired of the media claiming that the election was fair and honest. They have distorted the truth so much that it is now impossible for the public to know where to find it. The cardinal directions are literally upside down and backward. It's a gross display of cognitive dissonance and ignorance. Thousands of people volunteered across the country to help the swing states verify the votes by painstakingly going vote by vote to verify its origin and owner. They discovered widespread voter fraud in a dozen different ways that affected virtually every state. These corruptions didn't begin with this election. It's likely been going on for two decades. This election was the first in which the winner was so far out of the normal flow of election day data, that it warranted a hard look and the loser, not being part of the establishment, was willing to go the distance to exhaust every effort to expose the fraud and reveal it to the public. That effort to bring light to the darkness was not about reelecting a disrespectful rich guy with a potty mouth so he could enjoy the power for another 4 years. it was about ensuring the integrity of future elections. Had he been re-elected, you can bet that he would have enacted laws to reform the way we vote to make sure it never happens again. But now that those who benefitted from the fraud are in power, the result is exactly the opposite. They will ensure the vote only goes one direction. I do not forsee another conservative, constitutional Republican ever being elected to the Presidency. We had a shot to fix this and it's now passed. It's not time to heal, nor time to come together as a country. It's time to flee. Neither party has the right to claim God's favor and certainly nobody anywhere in local, state and federal governments are using this opportunity in the way God intended, which is to warn people to repent and return. I have no idea how the Lord intends to help us escape all this, I just know that he does and has prepared the means. Unlike some, I'm not counting calendar days, thinking about times, time, and half-times, making comparisons to Nauvoo and the time it took them to build a temple, and otherwise mapping out how I think the Lord will handle the next 5-10 years. I hold the opinion that if you think you have it all figured out, you can be sure you are wrong. I ask the Lord every day to just show me the next step and hope like hell I don't turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to it. One step at an time is all I've ever been able to accurately perceive of God's hand in my life and that's likely never to change for me. Although my heart is sad in all this. I know that on the other side of it is something glorious and beautiful. I hope I live to see it.

    I have always struggled to read about God's wrath or anger and how he might "punish" those who do not abide to His laws. When we read those scriptures in Ether about the fulness of his wrath coming upon us when we are ripened in iniquity, I don't necessary imagine a God who has lost his temper. The following quote from the book, Nephi's Isaiah helps clarify what God's anger really is.

    We will finally see the events of history are culminating in a great, final effort to reach us. The “anger” (caused by our rejection of what was offered) is now “turned away.” Actually, it wasn’t really anger. It was our refusal to accept what was offered. We regard it as anger when we can’t get from God what He offers on condition of obedience. We disobey, lose the blessing, and think God is angry with us. It is our perception, based upon our selfish view of everything, that He is angry. We want our God to bless us, and we want to be able to offend Him, too. But since He “cannot look upon sin with the least degree of
    allowance,” we are asking the impossible when we want Him to accompany us as we trample through and among the filth He asks us to avoid.

    As we finally repent and decide to do as He asks, His Spirit returns. We then rejoice and say His anger is turned away, and now He is there to comfort us. All along He was willing to do so, but we are difficult companions. As we reform and the Spirit returns to us, we take great comfort in finally receiving what He offered all along.


    Today is Saturday, February 27, 2016

    Politics as usual? Not anymore. The Republican Party is in serious trouble and the CNN non-debate the other night illustrated all too uncomfortably just how serious their problems are. The GOP leadership has lost control of their ideals and message to the extent that their Speaker, John Boehner, gave up and resigned, and their more traditional and more electable Republican, Jeb Bush, has left the presidential race, leaving two freshman Senators and a non-politician and former Democrat-turned-obnoxious-foul-mouthed-demagogue in the lead. It is a very sad state of affairs for the Party and it does not bode well for them in the future.

    But this is something of their own making and we have seen it coming for at least six or seven years since the Tea Party formed back in February and March of 2009 and the mid-term elections of 2010. At that time, in reaction to the economic collapse and the failures of the G.W. Bush administration that led to the collapse and its policies to try to stop it, fiercely ideological, anti-politics, and anti-Federalism elements within the party attacked the mainstream Republicans and the party leadership, and in coalition with the radical Christian right hijacked the party’s processes and put a stop to ‘politics as usual.’ They allowed no more consensus, no more compromise, no more politics and no more discussion. They dug their heals in and obstructed all political process in the Congress. They blamed ‘government’ and ‘politics as usual’ for the country’s problems, echoing the radical ‘John Bircher’ mentality of the mid-20th century. But then, that mentality has existed in the GOP since the mid-1960s, albeit kept fairly marginalized by party leadership who believed in the political process.

    This anti-political element in the GOP started in 1965 in reaction to their 1964 loss to President Johnson and his liberal social and economic agenda. The Vietnam War destroyed Johnson’s presidency, and in 1968, Richard Nixon courted those radical voices in the GOP and in a strategy known as ‘The Southern Strategy’ successfully courted former conservative Southern Democrats who hated Federalism and the new era of civil rights, integration and social equality. Reagan followed the strategy in 1980, but he expanded his base by allowing a radical Christian right-wing a place at the GOP table. Reagan, however, with Party leadership, was able to keep that radical element from exercising too much influence. In anger, the radical Christian right wing devised a strategy of their own to infiltrate local and state political offices, essentially creating a socially conservative Christian political movement throughout the Midwest and the South. Gradually, over the next twenty-plus years they exercised their political muscle well enough to make serious gains in Congress in 2010. Those freshman congressional Christians found an opportunity to attach themselves to the coattails of the new Tea Party who came in at the same time. Their collective status as ‘outsiders’ and their incredible lack of political experience or understanding of politics as the art of consensus and compromise created havoc in Congress and seriously undermined the effectiveness of government. The more ineffective it became, the louder the people screamed for outsiders to come in and fix it.

    In addition to this political history, conservative media expressed the same quasi-Christian, anti-politics and anti-Federalism attitudes through Beck, Huckabee, Hannity, Limbaugh, et al, and Fox News with their intense propaganda efforts to attack the political process and denounce ‘consensus and compromise’ as inadequate and a failure in fixing the country’s problems. This added to the din and desire for outsiders to come in and do something.

    Much of this is also in reaction to Obama’s election and re-election as the first partly African-American president and an avowed liberal whose policies to address the Bush Administration’s global economic mess were anathema to the new breed of anti-politics and anti-Federalism Republicans. Obama’s election unveiled the barely disguisable neo-Confederate nature of the Tea Party and the new wave of Republicans in Congress and those who supported them. Their insistence on a strict interpretation of the Constitution ‘as it was written and literally meant by the Founders’, their resistance to federal Court rulings regarding American society and social equality, insisting social policy is a Tenth Amendment States’ Rights issue, their rejection of the principle of Judicial Review of existing laws, their view of the Second Amendment as a right to defend themselves against ‘government’, and their view that the Fourteenth Amendment only applies to African-Americans and no one else, are all clear echoes of the Confederacy’s complaints against the federal government in the late 1850s and early 1860s. The old slogans, ‘The South Shall Rise Again’, and ‘Forget, Hell!’ are no longer historical relics of a previous century, but they have become, ironically, yet, in fact, revived sentiments within the GOP since 2008 when Obama was elected.

    These anti-politics, anti-Federalism, anti-judicial, quasi-Christian, socially conservative ideals are now dominant among those in Congress, the Party, and among the rank and file. Their confederate, un-American mentality and insistence that outsiders, especially ‘business leaders’ come in and run the country like a corporation instead of a political system, has led to the current state of affairs. And it is, therefore, no surprise that they support someone like Donald Trump. Trump is, perhaps, more apolitical than anti-political, but his refusal to accept consensus and compromise his direct, often vulgar, retrogressive and bombastic style and rhetoric regarding Hispanics, Muslims, and women appeal to these confederates in the Party. His disdain for politicians and the political process, preferring instead to bully, punch and insult his way through it appeals to the confederate mentality in its frustrated inability to feel heard in a Federal system that doesn’t take a fundamentalist stance on the Constitution and States’ Rights.


    A Sad State of Affairs

    By Ruth Gadebusch

    What is happening to our democracy, this experiment of hope and promise? There have been other times of fright and fear when we were divided, but the chasm hardly seemed this wide and deep. Even as we fought one of the bloodiest wars ever, splitting families, we managed to reunite.

    We have had presidents murdered. Two have been impeached, although not found guilty and one resigned to avoid such a fate. Several have been disabled with questionable ability to govern while in office. Some who hardly seemed adequate for the job have risen to the occasion once in office. Surely, we have learned some lessons from this history of more than two centuries.

    At this point, it appears painfully obvious that we have not learned sufficiently to concentrate on our good rather than cater to the lowest common denominator of the human being. Greed and intolerance all too often seem to triumph.

    In the beginning of this nation, a governing document was created to play to our better nature and bit by bit we did seem to largely appreciate such genius. Unfortunately, we seem to have slowly reverted to the type of behavior from which those early people had escaped.

    So many seem to think that only they are worthy of living the kind of life envisioned in the founding of the United States of America. Everyone else must bow to their version. Despite all the troubles of day-to-day living, we mostly honored leadership designed to bring us together. Too many today are all too willing to stretch the boundaries to the breaking point.

    In the beginning, a political system was designed to give voice to all. Granted that sve was not as inclusive as we have come to expect, but it was strong enough to allow for embracing a more expanded population. Still, there are all too many who resist the togetherness, the respect that is so necessary for peaceful sharing of this great land.

    For some unknown reason, there are those who believe they actually deserve more regardless of how that more is achieved. Somehow just such a man was put into office by an outdated provision in our Constitution, not by the vaunted majority vote. He has not risen to the occasion as would have been expected. All right, hoped by those of us who did not believe such could happen.

    The system was designed to balance just such an outcome, but currently power appears to be prevailing over country, over respect for this document that has served us so long.

    Of course, I refer to our current president but just as concerning is the political party that seems determined to deify him. A demigod, we do not need! The man is his own worst enemy. That is, if we do not count those who swallow hook, line and sinker what he has to offer. I do not refer to the political opposition but to his party members holding the offices that are supposed to be part of our tripartite checks-and-balance system.

    It is one thing for those who have seen so little of the world, who have such limited views, who are downtrodden to buy his foul-mouthed denigrating utterances against any and every one who dares to disagree with him in any form. It is another when men and women elected to our Congress and other positions of honor who are sworn to support the idea that not even the President is immune from the law fail to rein him in. Unfortunately, this area sent one of his most loyal sycophants to Congress.

    Presumably the best that this nation, the hope of the world, has to offer holds the office of President, the office that inarguably has more influence on the condition of the planet than any other single person. That is truly frightening, made all the more so by those who are supposed to know better failing to take responsibility.

    This assessment is not just someone of the opposition disagreeing with decisions. The man himself proves it in voice and action time after time. He doesn’t even wait until the ink is dry on signing documents or the sound of his voice has died in the air before contradicting himself. He has often used foul language in public pronouncements recorded leaving no doubt that anyone just misunderstood.

    Even while running for office, it was no secret that his moral life was less than what most of us would tolerate in our circles. His braggadocio made it clear that the stories were not some enemy’s creativity.

    Once in office, matters did not improve. In no way has he risen to what citizens have a right to expect in this the highest office in the world. He has made it increasingly difficult for those of us who believe in good citizenship to remember that we salute the office, not the officer.

    Day by day, it almost gets more sorrowful and discouraging. He has put the word of a foreign leader over the intelligence of the nation’s own trained loyal men and women. He has scuttled a nuclear limiting agreement with Iran.

    He has dismissed a loyal ally with a wave of his hand and virtually given the Turkish government a free hand to ignore the rights of others. Our locals of Armenian heritage could tell us how the Turks react to a free hand.

    He has proclaimed he is removing troops from the Middle East while simply moving them elsewhere. He ignores Saudia Arabia’s treatment of the Yemeni. A little oil here and there never hurt, huh?

    We are no longer the hope of our abused southern neighbors seeking relief on our border as well as those not of the correct religion. The defense budget is raided to build a fence.

    He can’t even decide if there is a quid pro quo involved in aid to Ukraine. His Congressional supporters simply join him in belittling the Speaker of the House of Representatives—politics at its worst instead of what it was meant to do. Help for the less fortunate hangs by a thread.

    Expressly prohibited in the Constitution he profits personally by sending business to his resorts. The list is long and growing, but still the members of his party in Congress refuse to step up.

    What a sad state of affairs! It isn’t just our lifestyles at stake but democracy itself. No one can afford to think it does not affect me because it affects every single one of us mostly by squeezing and choking our freedom, to say nothing of our economy.

    We must not let it happen. Political action is demanded sooner than later. Act before it is too late.

    Ruth Gadebusch, a former naval officer, was recently recognized by the League of Women Voters with its Lipton Award for volunteer work in various community endeavors. She was elected four times to the Fresno Unified School District Board, appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and is an emeritus member of the Board of the Center for Civic Education.


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