Katia’s Afternoon Update


Good day to everyone…

Here are some stories I’m watching today.

Over on the Iran front…

Hot Air has an article on the latest brutal thuggery by the Iranian military and police.  Definitely, the ability to peaceably assemble and protest is in very short supply.

What will be interesting to watch…

1. How Obama continues to try and reconcile his inconsistencies among the statements he has made during the last week. Instead of a full-throated condemnation of the Iranian government last week, he only offered tepid language.  The actual condemnation didn’t happen until yesterday’s press conference, where several members of the press did hold him to account for his lack of being in the lead among the countries speaking out on the election and brutal tactics of the government.

2. Whether his condemnation yesterday will actually change events on the ground or not.  So far, no major change that I can see. But, time will tell whether the mullahs change their tactics.

3. It also will be interesting to see whether there is an about-face on whether the Iranian diplomats can attend Fourth of July celebrations at US Embassies.  So far, no change, but that could become a different story given public outrage.

Mullahs also appear to be joining the protests, according to Hot Air.  Not sure whether these are legit mullahs, but the symbolism is definitely interesting, because if they are mullahs, it indicates that not all the religious/clerical class in Iran is with the government.

Mark Sanford, once a presumed front-runner for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012, has found his career in pieces which can’t be picked up easily.  He was out of the country, in Argentina, seeing a mistress.  Hot Air has the article here.

I have also been watching the stories around the firing of the Inspector General for Americorps, Gerald Walpin.  You can see those links in older articles, further down the blog.

Katia’s bottom line ideas for today…

1. Events in Iran are still fluid and moving fast.  No one knows what the end result will be, but betting against the protesters in the street would be unwise.  They might not succeed in topping the regime, but they have shined a bright light on what the government in Tehran is capable of doing.  At the very least, the numbers and vociferousness of the protests should tell the world that there is a viable base to begin working from within Iran to effect change.  That, in the long run, might be what we need to head off Iran becoming a serious nuclear weapons state.

Obama did get it right in his press conference yesterday, but it should cause all Americans great concern when we have to wait for our President to take 10 days from the beginning of events to come out with what resembles anything like a full-throated condemnation of the police tactics and murderous things that the Iranian military have done.  So, I ask, why did it take the President so long?  And please, let’s dispense with the idea that Obama’s Cairo speech had anything at all to do with the events in Iran.  The two are not connected, and for him to suggest they are is beyond the realm of logic, and borders on insanity.

2. The Democratic attack machine has to be behind the effort to take down Mark Sanford.  We all know from the past how these guys operate.  They went after Sarah Palin, because she was the only bright light in an otherwise dismal McCain campaign last fall.  Now, as Sanford becomes a darling of the conservatives for 2012, he is now taken out.  Anyone who is planning to run in 2012 for the Republican nomination that looks like a threat better really gird themselves and make sure no skeletons are in the closet.  Otherwise, 2008 is going to look like a picnic compared to the level of animosity and ugliniess that will come out in the 2010 and 2012 election seasons.  The liberals are out to destroy conservatives completely and irreparably.  That is their goal.

3. The government is engaging in tactics that border on the criminal.  Inspectors General are put in place to ensure that taxpayer dollars are appropriated and spent by the receiving entity/agency in the manner which Congress wanted.  These IGs need to have autonomy and independence to objectively investigate the matters brought before them.  The law specifies that if an IG is to be let go, he/she is entitled to have the President send a letter to Congress stating the cause for termination, along with providing 30 days notice before the termination takes effect.  In the case of Inspector General Gerald Walpin who was investigating Americorps expenditure irregularities in Sacramento California, this law was not followed.  The Obama White House terminated his service as Inspector General without adhering to the law, which was written and sponsored by Senator Obama in 2008.

The sad thing is, Americorps will not be investigated now, and through a bill passed by Edward Kennedy, it got its operating budget doubled for this next fiscal year. We will never know where this money goes now.  Obama’s cronies who work at Americorps are free to do whatever they want with the money and there is zero accountability to anyone about how those dollars are spent.  Having Congress in Democratic hands also means no oversight will be forthcoming from Congress members.

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Iran Update and Obama Superhero Cartoon


I thought I’d put these two stories up.  Things in Iran may start to get ugly, very fast.

Over at Hot Air, this afternoon, two links worth reading…

Here’s one which indicates the brutal police tactics are definitely in full force.

Here’s another one.  Seems like Mousavi has been told to be silent.  Time will tell whether that holds, but the chilling record of the Iranian government in silencing opposing political figures seems to be continuing unabated.

Finally, here’s the blog over at the Guardian which I’ve found seems to do a good job of collecting the important events in real-time.

Then, here’s the Obama Superhero cartoon that’s been making the rounds on the Web.

If you are a new reader, read the other posts on this blog. I put it up to give my perspectives on the news events of the day, and from time to time, I will post thought pieces or shine the light on other aspects of our current events that the mainstream media is not reporting.

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Katia’s Evening Update – June 19 2008


Good evening to all…

There are several things I’ve been following that you might want to know about…

1. Glenn Beck read a very powerful, emotional, and heart-felt manifesto on his show the other day, which was written by an ordinary mother, grandmother and housewife in Arizona. Her name is Janet Contreras and I think the letter is an absolute MUST READ.  It brings to the forefront all of the issues, feelings, emotions and thoughts that many have expressed to me since the new Administration took over.

Here are several links for you…  First, click here to see the transcript of Glenn reading the letter on his radio show.  Then, here is his interview with her which aired the next day. If you want to sign the petition, go here.  EVERYONE who wants their voice to be heard by our elected officials should read this letter and then sign the petition.

If you want a You Tube clip, here you go… Click here for Glenn reading her letter.  It’s one of the most powerful things I have ever seen on television.  Then, here is his interview with her on his TV show.

If the conservatives, Republicans, libertarians and like minded independents cannot rally behind this manifesto and use it as a platform for 2010 and 2012 elections, then as far as I’m concerned, we deserve to lose the White House again.

2. The White House has shown an extremely disturbing trend towards getting rid of people who stand in the way of their political philosophies and also the ability of their political machine to protect liberal politicians around the country.  The latest example is the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin.  This story has not gotten a whole lot of press, so let me offer a link to bring you up to speed.  Then, here is a link to Glenn Beck’s commentary.  This guy, Walpin, was just doing his job and I doubt anyone could successfully character assassinate him.  But, Obama’s machine is certainly going to try… Click here for a note over at Hot Air about OTHER Inspector Generals that have been fired or let go recently.  These IGs are the watchdog that have the responsibility to check government programs for waste, fraud and mismanagement.  When Obama says he wanted to run the most transparent administration in history, something is very wrong with that statement if you put it up against the events here.

3. Politico has an interesting article today on how the dynamics of the healthcare bill are shaping up from a legislative perspective.  Clearly, there are too many cooks in the kitchen and I think Obama is not doing himself any favors in the long run by letting Congress write the bills however they want.  I’d much have preferred him to take his SIGNATURE issue during the campaign and draft the legislation so that Congress had a place to start.  Although, given the flaws in the proposals, which I’ve discussed elsewhere on this blog, maybe being forced to throw this out and start over might not be such a bad idea.

4. Update: This one just popped up on Hot Air.  Justice Sotomayor, who is up for the vacancy on the Supreme Court just said she would quit being a member of an all-female group called the Belezian Grove. I’ll let you read the article here.  This is much-ado-about-nothing.  The press has already reported on this justice’s character, intellect and temperament and I believe she is lacking in most of those areas. Being a bully, as she is well known to be in court, is not an endearing trait for the cerebral, rational thinking we want on the Supreme Court.  She will probably be confirmed anyway, but it is a great loss for all of us when Obama had the opportunity to nominate a female liberal and minority, if he wanted, and he could have chosen far, far better than this.

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Katia’s afternoon update – June 18th, 2008


Greetings to all…

Wanted to bring you up to date on a few stories worth paying attention to today…

1. The New York Times issued a poll which seems to still show a gap between the President’s personal approval ratings, and how the public feels about specific policies.  People appear to like the president, but his policies aren’t receiving the same perception. The question for all of us is how much more damage can he sustain on the policy front in terms of negative perception before his own personal ratings also start to suffer.  Note: registration may be required to click on the NY Times link and get to the story.

2. I found an excellent live blog over at The Guardian in the UK that appears to be doing a pretty decent job of indicating what is going on in Iran in more or less real-time.  I offer the link here for your bookmarks.  You might have to go back to their main page here to find the same blog tomorrow, as the above URL appears to have today’s date hard-coded in it.

3. The Democrats appear to want to cut spending on the missile defense system. The link over at Pajamas Media is here.  With North Korea having missile technology and the means to produce nuclear weapons grade material, this seems like a foolhardy move because it does not take that much of a leap in rocket technology to get a missile that can reach from North Korea to Alaska or Hawaii, or even Tokyo.  According to the article, $32M has already been spent to put the interceptors in Alaska, $120M remains to be spent to finish these sites and put the technology in.  The article correctly points out that many civilian technologies come out of the military domain where a requirement is stated, technology is developed and then put into military applications, which is something many Democrats forget. Well, let us consider some ideas in that regard…

  • The Internet (apologies to Al Gore for being incorrect) was invented through work by the military.
  • The idea of routers/switches that drive all the traffic across the networks you use to view this Web page.  Also came from the military
  • GPS and most commercial navigation systems came out of the military
  • High speed jet engines also came out of the military
  • The reduction of transistors and integrated circuits into smaller and smaller spaces also came from the military.  Without that, the technology to develop the iPhone and mobile cellular phones that are so sleek and small wouldn’t have happened.

My point with the above list is it is a complete fallacy for Democrats to say that military spending provides no useful benefit.  In this case, with a confirmed madman in Pyongyang, and a government there that has both rocket technology and nuclear material, I believe it is wise to consider all defense options that we have.

4. According to The Hill.com, Senator Baucus now has the problem of having to cut $600 Billion from the healthcare bill, and Republicans, rightly so, are deriding the whole thing as a sham. The basic problem is that neither party has been able to come together with the other one to draft some principles that are bipartisan.  So, the bill that makes it to the House and Senate floor will be much more tilted towards the Democrat perspective.  What one should watch for is whether the public (government) option is created in such a way as to drive the private insurers out of business over time.  Remember that government can run losses on such a plan, as they’re doing with Medicare, and then we all lose because if there is less choice in the private marketplace, businesses will cut your current insurance and dump everyone in the government plan.  My preferences would be to

  • Figure out how to get the people who are NOT insured covered
  • Put more preventative care clinics in areas where they’re needed
  • Invest heavily in more doctors/nurses, and offer to pay or forgive some of their school loans if they serve in these clinics
  • Put together a catastrophic care bill that can be offered to EVERYONE so that people do not get wiped out by a large surgery or illness that traditional insurance won’t cover

5. Senator DeMint is going after Senator Boxer for her comments to a general who was testifying on the Hill.  Link is here at Hot Air. Apparently, the general decided to call her “ma’am” and she chided him and asked him to call her Senator.  I only include this one here because it is interesting how the Senator forgets that everyone in uniform has seen things in wartime that are unimaginable and many of them give up huge sacrifices to be in uniform for us. She should defer to the General, not the other way around.

That’s the evening roundup for today.  Come back tomorrow for notes on the interesting stories I’m following.  Have a great evening, and thank you very much for coming by.

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Obama throws Kennedy under bus


This article over at Hot Air tells an interesting story. Obama was all for the healthcare bill until it became clear that the costs were a political liability. At which point he can throw Teddy under the bus.

It does beg the ultimate question of who exactly is running point on the healthcare bill on the Hill these days? And more so, if there isn’t one neck to choke in terms of accountability for success/failure of this, then how are the differences between the various bills going to get ironed out? As things stand, the various committees, writing legislation for healthcare can’t seem to agree on much of anything.

California — No bailout


From Hot Air... This also was predictable, but it’s going to put the politicians in the population’s cross-sights. People in California have grown used to getting just about everything under the sun from their government in terms of services, and paying capped property taxes for it. The result is government that has been functionally bankrupt for a long, long time.

The White House had no choice but to refuse to help California out. If they had stepped in, any other state could have come to the trough, pleading poverty. It is time for politicians and citizens to recognize that there is no free lunch. If we want to make our personal and business tax structure competitive with other countries, we have to downsize government at all levels.

In this recession with nationalization of banks, car companies and who knows what else, we are heading in the wrong direction and economic theory would tell me that the bet Obama is making is not one that is going to succeed.

Why? Germany and Russia tried nationalizing lots of industries and we know how well that went. So did Britain with their automobile sector in the 1960s. China, until 1990 or so was a centrally planned economy with little individual decision making. So, continuing to bail out failing enterprises and governments with money the US government doesn’t have is a recipe for ongoing fiscal disaster.

Iran putting reporters in lockdown


From Hot Air.  This was predictable.  I’m not at all surprised, but they can’t seem to shut Twitter down completely.  As long as there are people able to send volumes of tweets from inside Iran, this revolution is going to continue to have legs.

So, let’s see what should we be watching on this….

  1. How the recount procedures are implemented, if that ever gets made public. Somehow I doubt that”ll happen.
  2. Whether Iran offers any kind of response to the speech by Netanyahu.  I offered a post up last night that contained a link to Netanyahu’s speech. You can read that post here. I recommend reading his speech for yourself.
  3. What further communications come out of US or other Western countries.  The Europeans have been strangely silent on a lot of this.  Wonder if they’re planning to hedge their bets if the revolution goes south and the government doesn’t get toppled.
  4. Whether Twitter remains a force to be reckoned with in communications.  From what I can tell, it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and both the mullahs and the protesters in Iran know it.

Have a good afternoon!