May 042010
 

(May. 4) - A retired U.S. Minuteman 3 ICBM is removed from display in 2008. The United States yesterday asserted it possesses more than 5,000 nuclear weapons that remain in service (U.S. Defense Department photo).

The United States possesses 5,113 weapons in its commissioned nuclear arsenal, less than one-sixth the quantity it possessed at the height of the Cold War strategic buildup, the Defense Department asserted in a fact sheet issued yesterday (see GSN, May 3).

During months of discussion within President Barack Obama’s administration over whether to release the figures, some intelligence insiders warned the information could help potential proliferators determine the amount of plutonium needed for a weapon, the Washington Post reported. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though, noted that experts had already released accurate assessments of the nation’s nuclear inventory.

The official bomb count corresponded with earlier determinations reached by arms control think tanks, according to the Post.

The number did not include thousands of decommissioned warheads slated for disposal, the Defense Department noted (see GSN, Feb. 22). The United States possesses around 4,500 such weapons, according to specialists (Sheridan/Lynch, Washington Post, May 4). Retired nuclear weapons could hypothetically be reassembled or their fissile material used in other fashions, according to the Associated Press (Anne Gearan, Associated Press/Google News, May 3).

The inventory released yesterday was current as of Sept. 30, 2009, the Pentagon said. The U.S. nuclear arsenal has been slashed by 75 percent since 1989 and by 84 percent since 1967, when the stockpile peaked at 31,255 warheads, the Wall Street Journal quoted a high-level defense official as saying.

The country disassembled 8,748 nuclear warheads between the 1994 and 2009 fiscal years, the Pentagon added.

The quantity of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons also dropped by 90 percent from Sept. 30, 1991, to the end of September 2009, according to the Pentagon (Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal, May 4).

The disclosures were part of Obama’s effort to restrict the role of nuclear weapons as a means of deterrence, Clinton said before the figures were released.

“We think it is in our national security interest to be as transparent as we can about the nuclear program of the United States,” she told delegates to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference (see related GSN story, today). “We think that builds confidence” (Sheridan/Lynch, Washington Post).

The release of the numbers was intended to coincide with the NPT meeting, Agence France-Presse reported. In addition, it occurred less than one month after Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a new arms control agreement that would mandate deeper cuts to their nations’ deployed strategic arsenals (see GSN, May 3; Agence France-Presse I/Spacedaily.com, May 3).

The international community has reached a “crossroads” and is threatened by a “new wave of proliferation,” said Clinton, who called for new measures aimed at shoring up the world’s nonproliferation framework.

“President Obama and I know … that there are doubts among some about whether nuclear weapons states, including my country, are prepared to help lead this effort. I am here to tell you as clearly as I can: The United States will do its part,” she said.

The United States would gather $100 million within five years to benefit civilian nuclear energy development in nations in good standing with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Clinton added. The federal government would provide $50 million of the promised amount, she said (Sheridan/Lynch, Washington Post).

“We hope that others will follow” in increasing their nuclear transparency, AFP quoted a U.S. defense official as saying.

“In particular we’d like to see more transparency from China. We have really quite little visibility into their programs and plans,” the official said (see related GSN story, today; AFP I).

One expert, though, warned the disclosure could alarm governments that wanted deeper U.S. nuclear rollbacks to follow the end of the Cold War, Reuters reported.

“The states that are most concerned about nuclear disarmament will be more focused on the number that remain rather than the number (reduced),” said George Perkovich, head of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Mohammed/Stewart, Reuters, May 3).

Iran today demanded an outside audit to verify the size of the U.S. arsenal, AFP reported.

“An independent probe is needed to verify the number of U.S. nuclear warheads. A team of independent countries must be allowed to check whether (the number) is right or not,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said (Hiedeh Farmani, Agence France-Presse II/Google News, May 4).

“We think it is in our national security interests to be as transparent as we can be about the nuclear program of the United States,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at a news conference at the United Nations. “We think that builds confidence.”…
posted by : Nancy Kennon on May 4, 2010

US and Iran trade accusations over nuclear weapons

lJazeeraEnglish — May 03, 2010 — For the first time, the US has revealed the size of its nuclear stockpile – a figure it has kept a secret for half a century.

The US and Iran have traded barbs at a nuclear non-proliferation conference at the United Nations in New York City.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, criticised the US for being hypocritical on its nuclear stance.

Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, said Iran was diverting “attention away from its record in an attempt to evade accountability” over its nuclear programme.

She also warned that “potential violators [of the Non-Proliferation Treaty] must know that they will pay a high price if they break the rules”.
Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from the United Nations (04 May 2010).

U.S. discloses size of nuclear arsenal ~ The Obama administration releases a set of figures that has remained an official government secret since the Manhattan project during World War II.

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May 042010
 

News Real

On April 29, 2010, Barry Obama ignored his Teleprompter and Joe Biden-ed himself. He told a Quincy, Illinois crowd that Americans are too wealthy and should discontinue free-market actions:

“We’re [my administration and democrats] not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve [Americans] made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is…you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy.”

Obama’s comments must not be forgotten or he will push collective regulations into law before November’s elections.

Obama’s remarks lacked intellect. Desperately trying to cover his Joe faux, he claimed does not begrudge success, just stop making money once a certain financial level is achieved. Which level? That of Bill Gates, Charlie Munger, and Warren Buffett, who all praised the finance reform bill and VAT tax ideas of Obama, with Buffett telling Fox Business News “we [America] are not taxing enough.” Obama never condemns wealthy leftist supporters; he just doesn’t want Americans achieving his moneyed advocate’s status.

Obama contradicted himself by saying “…if you’re providing a good product or providing a good service.” If products fail, Obama wants rights to “the Pursuit of Happiness” Gates, Buffett, and Munger have, removed: start over, try something new, innovative, and successful.

JUST be a Robin Hood wontchya?

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May 042010
 

Big Government

The debate over Arizona’s immigration law is a topic du jour in the United States, but immigration and other demographic phenomena may have already sealed a terrible fate for Europe.

Mark Steyn discusses everything from Lady Gaga to the astonishing rate of immigrant dependency on the European welfare money.

A central point of Steyn’s analysis is the issue of “cultural exhaustion” — the most recent example being the spineless South Park debacle.

The really shocking revelation is the explanation of how United States taxpayers contribute to Germany’s socialized medicine.

The End of the World as We Know It, with Mark Steyn ~ HooverInstitution — April 29, 2010 — Mark Steyn, a writer, political commentator, and cultural critic, breaks down the numbers and explains why they spell doom for the Western world with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson on Uncommon Knowledge.

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May 042010
 

VOICE: Let’s listen to President Obama.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: People can be assured that the FBI and their partners in this process have all the tools and experience they need to learn everything we can and that includes what, if any, connection this individual has to terrorist groups and that includes collecting critical intelligence as we work to disrupt any future attacks. Justice will be done and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect the American people. Attorney General Eric Holder and other members of my national security team are going to be providing more details but let me say this: This incident is another sobering reminder of the times in which we live. Around the world and here at home there are those who would attack our citizens and who would slaughter innocent men, women and children in pursuit of their murderous agenda. They will stop at nothing to kill and disrupt our way of life. But once again an attempted attack has been failed. It has failed because ordinary citizens were vigilant and reported suspicious activity to the authorities. It failed because these authorities, global, state and federal, acted quickly and did what they are trained to do. I’ve had the opportunity to personally thank some citizens and law enforcement officers whose quick thinking may have saved hundreds of lives, and this suspect has been apprehended because of close and effective coordination on every level including our joint terrorism task force and U.S. customs and border protection.

Finally New Yorkers have reminded us once again of how to live with their heads held high. We know the game of those who try to carry out these attacks to force us to live in fear and thereby amplifying the effects of their attacks, even those that fail. But as Americans and as a nation, we will not be terrorized. We will not cower in fear, we will not be intimidated. We will be vigilant, we will work together and we will protect and defend the country we love to ensure a safe and prosperous future for our people. That’s what I intend to do as president and that’s what we will do as a nation. Of course, expanding prosperity is what you work for at the business council. So I’m pleased to have this opportunity

GLENN: Okay, let me tell you something. I find that really offensive the part about New Yorkers teaching us how to not live in fear, really offensive. I feel like I’m a New Yorker now, and I’m grumpy enough today to be a New Yorker that everybody thinks New Yorkers are like. First of all, New Yorkers are no different than anybody else. New Yorkers are some of the friendliest people that you’ll find anywhere around the country. While they are not going to invite you over for some nice sweet tea like we make it here in New York, they are some of the nicest people that you would meet. They are. Stu’s giving me a funny look.

JUST check out the entire transcript on this segment

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May 042010
 

Nobel Laureate Al Gore purchased a $9 million mansion in the luxurious hills of Montecito, California, recently, and with the exception of the Los Angeles Times and Fox News, America’s media couldn’t care less.

You think it might be because the Gore-loving press wouldn’t want people to consider the possibility that all of his global warming hysteria was really about lining his wallet and not saving the planet?

Formulate a response to that question as you look at what all that money the former Vice President is making off of spreading this myth can buy

Sweet, wouldn’t you say? (Readers are encouraged to view more pictures of this fabulous estate here.)

Certainly not bad for a guy who supposedly was worth between one and two million dollars in 2000.

Were the “Always Fascinated by the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” press interested?

Heck no.

According to LexisNexis, apart from the Los Angeles Times that broke this story last Wednesday, and Fox News’s Sean Hannity who spoke about this on consecutive nights last week, America’s media were totally mum.

Why might that be?

You think Gore’s adoring press don’t want folks to know how much money he’s making off this scam?

Before you answer THAT question, consider what the Nobel Laureate told Congress last year as the House was deliberating cap-and-trade legislation:

JUST encouraging you to scope this entire article

Al Gore and Marsha Blackburn ~ April 24, 2009 — Al Gore testifies before Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

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May 042010
 

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Sen. Dan Coats, the Washington establishment’s favored Republican, opened up a comfortable early lead in the GOP primary in Indiana on Tuesday and voters in North Carolina and Ohio made their choices in House and Senate primaries.

With scattered votes from a third of Indiana’s counties, Coats inched ahead of state Sen. Marlin Stutzman, a tea party favorite, and former Rep. John Hostettler. Democrat Brad Ellsworth’s nomination is assured. The candidates are seeking retiring Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh’s seat.

Turnout was exceptionally light in Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, a possible indication that the anger fueling voters across the country over economic woes and persistently high unemployment wasn’t translating into votes — and, perhaps, the limited influence of the conservatives and libertarians who make up the fledgling tea party coalition.

“We rebuilt the pyramids and recarved the Grand Canyon in our spare time,” joked poll worker Dina Roberts, who saw only 147 voters in nearly 12 hours at her downtown Indianapolis polling site. Elsewhere, Vanderburgh County clerk Susan Kirk said: “We’ve just pretty well sat here and read books most of the day.”

In all three states, candidates backed by Democratic and Republican leaders in Washington are squaring off against challengers drawing their support from elsewhere. While it’s difficult to draw concrete conclusions about the state of the country from just a few races, the results will give some idea of whether the national parties still can influence rank-and-file supporters.

At the very least, the outcome of Tuesday’s primaries — the first set of contests in the two months since Texas held its February primary — will set the stage for November’s congressional matchups and provide early insights about voter attitudes ahead of this fall’s elections.

JUST read…

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May 042010
 

By James Rosen
As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the Kent State antiwar protests Tuesday, previously undisclosed FBI documents have emerged, showing that one or more gunshots may have been fired at embattled Ohio National Guardsmen that day in May 1970 before the Guard killed four students and wounded at least nine others.

Kent State Marks 40th Anniversary of Shootings

As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the Kent State antiwar protests Tuesday, previously undisclosed FBI documents have emerged, showing that one or more gunshots may have been fired at embattled Ohio National Guardsmen that day in May 1970 before they killed four students and wounded at least nine others.

Fox News’ James Rosen reported for the Washington Times that a review of hundreds of previously unpublished investigative reports show that the demonstrations that enveloped the northeastern Ohio campus actually began three days earlier in downtown Kent.

Reacting to President Nixon’s expansion of U.S. military operations in Cambodia, a roving mob of antiwar activists, radicals and curious students and others smashed 50 banks and store windows, looted a jewelry store and hurled bricks and bottles at police.

The FBI’s investigation uncovered reliable evidence that appeared to contradict a review that concluded the unrest on the streets — the worst in Kent’s history — was “not an organized riot or planned protest.”

Among the strongest pieces of evidence was a pre-dawn conversation — never before reported — between two unnamed men overheard inside a campus lounge later that night. Their discussion was witnessed by the girlfriend of a Kent State student and conveyed up the FBI chain of command 15 days later.

“We did it,” one man exulted, according to the inquiry. “We got the riot started.”

JUST read the full story at Washington Times

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1970 Kent State shootings are an enduring history lesson

May 04, 2007 — Kent State University shootings in May of 1970 during the Vietnam War.

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May 042010
 

Hat Tip * Green Eyes*

Friends of ALIPAC,

We have been working through the night trying to determine if the picture we received several copies of is real or a forged parody.

This picture is already going viral on the Internet and we cannot track it back to a source yet. The picture does not obviously appear to be altered and rumors online claim the picture was taken by police in Phoenix, Arizona during the pro Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty marches on May 1, 2010.

However, if this picture is a hoax then we want to get that information out there as soon as possible to clear things up for those circulating the picture already.

We are putting this e-mail alert and picture out there and sending copies to Snopes in the hopes that we can determine who took this picture or who made this picture.

We are also sending this picture to our media list with requests for assistance determining if this picture is authentic or a hoax.

The sign reads “Health care jobs no-taxes house food you owe us America! We will shoot more police in Arizona till we get free!

We will update everyone if we can make a determination.

If you have any opinions or information about this picture, or if you can help us track the source, please post at this link…


The ALIPAC Team

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May 042010
 

Thanks to : Green Eyes : for being the best researcher I know…an angle only she can put together & report

WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are investigating whether Emirates airline made a mistake in letting Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomb suspect, on one of its aircraft, the White House said on Tuesday.

“That’s part of the investigation that we’re looking at,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told a news briefing.

Shahzad, 30, was arrested on Monday night after he was taken off an Emirates plane that was about to take off for Dubai.

Kentuckyhorse1 — May 04, 2010 — Emirates 202 carrying Times Square Bomb Suspect is recalled to gate at JFK moments before takeoff. Audio from liveatc.net.

CBS

U.S. authorities were tracking the Faisal Shahzad, 30, as he boarded Emirates Airline flight at Kennedy Airport bound for Dubai. The suspect made a cash payment for a one-way flight reservation, which triggered an alert by the airline to U.S authorities.

CBS News’ Bob Orr said that Emirates Airline “notified the Department of Homeland Security and the rest of the federal government that they got a last minute request for a purchase- a one way purchase in cash – from an individual who wanted to go to Dubai. Those are all red flags. The airline said to the FBI and others this is suspicious and in fact, a short time later, the man was found on the plane and apprehended.”

Administration officials said that Shahzad was placed on the federal no-fly list after authorities identified him, but the addition was too recent for the systems to automatically trigger an alert. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) instead resorted a more conventional “be on the lookout” type of alert to prevent Shahzad from fleeing.

Following is the exchange between the control tower and Emirates flight as it was on the runway and preparing for takeoff with Shahzad, and called back to the gate

CONTROLLER

151058 Emirates 202 heavy, Kennedy tower, Runway 22 right position. 151101 Actually, I have a message for you to go back to the gate immediately 151105 so make the left turn when able. 151106

PILOT

151107 So…22 -202, turning left here. 151112

CONTROLLER

151113 Alright, Emirates 202, make the left turn onto echo left alpha back to the ramp. I don’t exactly why but you can call your company for the reason. 151121

PILOT

151122 Will do that. Left onto echo, then onto alpha and back to the gate – via golf?

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May 042010
 

Lately I have been playing with the question, is the United States of America too big to fail?

Greece’s bonds are now rated as “junk.” It will have to be bailed out with billions from the nations of the European Union, but Portugal is not far behind and so are Italy and Spain. Iceland went belly-up months ago. Meanwhile, the sovereign debt of the United Kingdom, plus the assets of its five largest banks, exceeds 500 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP)!

According to Forbes, in the United States the total federal debt, including debt held by government agencies like the Social Security fund has ballooned by 50 percent since 2006 to $12.3 trillion. The U.S. government debt-to-GDP radio is 84 percent. A tipping point into default is generally believed to be 90 percent.

Can the whole financial system be gamed? Well, yes. On September 15, 2008 there was a suspicious, coordinated withdrawal of $550 billion from American banks just before the end of the 2008 election campaigns. It forced the Federal Reserve to shut down the drain of funds leaving the nation.

JUST decide…

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