Obama propaganda (about Israel, yet again): For crying out loud, stop falling for it

Ears to hear.

Meme central. (Image via Radio Patriot)
Meme central. (Image via Radio Patriot)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Magic wand: U.S. intel egregiously whitewashes Iran in latest threat assessment

The Kilz Memorandum.

Painting fences.  (Image: Reuters, Kevin Lamarque via Salon)
Painting fences. (Image: Reuters, Kevin Lamarque via Salon)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Missiles for Hezbollah; a dilemma for U.S., Saudis, Israel?

Competition rising in the Middle East.

An interesting juncture is shaping up for three national policies: a juncture that will see its interactions played out on the territory of Lebanon.

Two weeks ago, UPI reported on a study by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, which assessed that Israel is preparing for a campaign in Lebanon to eliminate Hezbollah’s growing arsenal there.  The IDF’s plan is for a “short, sharp war,” according to the report:

The Israelis’ primary objective will be to eradicate Hezbollah’s reputedly massive arsenal of missiles and rockets “for years to come…”

The Wall Street Journal today provided insight into the evolving nature of the Hezbollah missile threat. Continue reading “Missiles for Hezbollah; a dilemma for U.S., Saudis, Israel?”

Stuff and nonsense: The NSA data mining

Trading liberty for “security.”

It wouldn’t be an American political scandal if there weren’t an element of farce in it.  There is a whole periodic table of farce in this one, so it’s hard to choose, but I guess I pick, as Farce Number One, the inability of U.S. national intelligence to find Edward Snowden after he fled overseas and checked into a Hong Kong hotel.  I’ll let you know if that changes.

I imagine readers have a clear picture of what’s going on with this NSA collection scandal, but let’s clarify one aspect of it.  The phone data collection involves metadata only, at least as far as we have been told; it’s not about collecting the content of phone calls.  The collection of data on emails and other web-brokered information is about content, as well as about metadata.  NSA is collecting content from our online correspondence.

So it is inaccurate to say that NSA isn’t collecting content created by presumed-innocent citizens with First and Fourth Amendment rights.  NSA is doing exactly that.  This form of collection doesn’t Continue reading “Stuff and nonsense: The NSA data mining”