Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Real Housewives of Tampa

...The Kelleys were known for their lavish parties, with extravagant buffets, flowing Champagne, valet parking and cigars for guests from nearby MacDill Air Force Base, including David H. Petraeus and Gen. John R. Allen, who now commands troops in Afghanistan. “Tampa is the kind of community where, if you’re new to the community, you can carve out your own niche,” said Pam Iorio, the city’s former mayor, who recalls mingling with Mr. Petraeus and his wife, Holly, at the Kelleys’ home. “They decided to carve out a niche with the military.”...

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa has lost its East Ice Field.

November 1990

December 1, 2000

October 20, 2012

The only ice on Kilimanjaro is in the north and south.

Look. Texas was once part of Mexico, maybe we should just give it back.

Mexican Texas (click here) is the name given by Texas history scholars to Texas during the period between 1821 and 1836, when Texas was an integral part of Mexico. The period began with Mexico's victory over Spain in its war of independence in 1821. For the first several years of its existence, Mexican Texas operated very similarly to Spanish Texas. The 1824 Constitution of Mexico joined Texas with Coahuila to form the state of Coahuila y Tejas. The same year, Mexico enacted the General Colonization Law, which enabled all heads of household, regardless of race or immigrant status, to claim land in Mexico....

They should stop complaning and be happy. NASA is going private, so no one  needs the Johnson Space Center anyway? Mexico can have the Saddam statute, too. Come to think of it they can have "W", too. Is he still dealing in the Cayman Islands? Throw in Oklahoma and I betcha we'll have a deal. They can change "Big Tex" name to "Big Tex Mex."

Posted:  Updated: 11/13/2012 6:54 pm EST
A petition for Texas secession (click here) has qualified to receive a White House response.
As of Tuesday evening, the petition -- which asks for the peaceful withdrawal of the state of Texas from the union -- had racked up more than 81,000 signatures. (Only 25,000 are needed to elicit an official response from the Obama administration.)
According to Politico, the leader of the Texas secession movement said the president's reelection last week was a “catalyzing moment for his organization’s efforts to quit the United States."
“I am completely aware that Election Day was a catalyzing moment, but I do not believe that the underpinnings of this are solely about Barack Obama,” Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement told the political news website. “This cake has been baking for a long time -- it’s the Obama administration that put the candles on the cake and lit it for us.”...

Will the USA CIA please see what is possible to assist an ally achieve relief from a heinous terrorist?

Europe is composed of many governments with small geographical footprints. Much like the Middle East. Battles to protect the people happen in 'meters' not 'kilometers.' It would be good if allies worked diligently to achieve goals that remove terrorists from circulation.

If Jordan has a reason to try his man then he needs to be returned to Jordan. The USA intelligence and State Department should do what is reasonably legal and possible to achieve the goals of countries simply trying to keep their citizens safe.

Thank you.

...The British government (click here) has been trying to deport Abu Qatada for the past seven years. Theresa May, home secretary, has suffered several setbacks as she tried to deport the cleric in the face of concerns that evidence obtained by torture could be used against him if he was sent back to Jordan to face terror charges.

“We are absolutely determined to see this man get on a plane and go back to Jordan. He does not belong here,” Mr Clegg told ITV’s Daybreak on Tuesday.
“He should not be in this country; he is a dangerous person. He wanted to inflict harm on our country and this coalition government is going to do everything we can to challenge this every step of the way to make sure that he is deported to Jordan,” he said.

Keith Vaz, the Labour chair of the Home Affairs select committee, also condemned the ruling and said ministers should work with Jordan to overturn the decision....

The USA has problems we need to address and war is only one of them.

The FBI receives a request to look into the activities of the CIA director and they aren't suppose to do it? Whom then? If a lady was worried about her safety involving a general and an FBI agent sending shirtless pictures and she isn't suppose to ask for help? 

Get over it. It was appropriate and necessary. 

Afghan killings case testing military system (click here)
Associated Press /  November 13, 2012
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. military has been criticized for its spotty record on convicting troops of killing civilians, but a hearing against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales involving a massacre in Afghanistan has shown that it isn’t like most cases.
Government prosecutors have built a strong eyewitness case against the veteran soldier, with troops recounting how they saw Bales return to the base covered in blood. And in unusual testimony in a military court, Afghan civilians questioned via a video link described the horror of seeing 16 people killed, mostly children, in their villages.
Law experts say the case could test whether the military, aided by technology, is able to embark on a new era of accountability....

6,604 U.S. service members have died (click here) in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

Where is the "National Enquirer" on this? They may want to follow the baby trail on this one.

“The number of affairs (click here) has gotten way out of hand,” a production source told The ENQUIRER. “There’s been so much casual sex behind the scenes you’d think it’s a swingers club, not a dance show.”

I demand an investigation of Bristol Palin on this!

U.S. General John Allen, (click here) commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, is under investigation over allegations of “inappropriate” emails between him and the woman who sparked the probe into CIA Director David Petraeus, officials said early Tuesday....

Can we please define inappropriate as 'threat to national security' otherwise nothing in the country will get done.

By David Lauter
November 8, 20122:01 p.m.
Mitt Romney’s top campaign official (click here) in Florida conceded Thursday that President Obama will win the state, acknowledging a vote count that was moving inexorably against the Republicans....

Willard Mitt Romney finally admits defeat. That is a good starting place.

I have a title for the "National Enquirer" in their coverage once they find the story is actually real; "US Military Brass give new recruits reason for living."

Ah, yes, sex, the gift that keeps on giving.

With all the emails being investigated one can say the USA brass has mastered their digital competency.

Is the nation safer today?