Monthly Archives: November 2010

Latest KaibCast: WikiLeaks And My Anti-Obama Tirade

Please give Tuesday night’s KaibCast a listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joshkaib/2010/11/30/tuesdays-kaibcast-113010

My tirade is about 29:30 into the broadcast.

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How the U.S. Should Respond to WikiLeaks

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this WikiLeaks thing.  The leak of diplomatic cables doesn’t directly put people in danger, as the earlier Afghanistan and Iraq leaks did, but rather causes great harm to the image of the U.S. diplomatic corps.  Other countries won’t be trusting us so much to keep secrets.

For the most part, U.S. government reaction has been level-headed.  But behind the scenes, something must be done to ensure this doesn’t happen again.  I hate to say it, but some things need to be kept secret.  Saudi Arabia’s desire to have the U.S. bomb Iran is one of those secrets worth keeping.  Now , who the hell knows what’s gonna happen between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

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WikiLeaks and Informational Terrorism

The recent leak of thousands of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, a organization that claims its goal is to “bring important news and information to the public,” has caused quite the international uproar.  In reality, WikiLeaks is an organization that is putting our soldiers, covert operatives, and diplomats in danger, all in the name of trashing the United States.  Previously, WikiLeaks has published so-called “logs” about the Iraq War, revealing alleged “war crimes.”  But this latest document dump, consisting of “251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain,” does far more damage to the U.S. and her allies.

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Charles Krauthammer Tears Obama a New One (Again)

Charles Krauthammer is undeniably the leading anti-Obama commentator.  From his perch on the “All-Star Panel” on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” other FNC appearances (The O’Reilly Factor, for instance), and his syndicated column, Mr. Krauthammer frequently takes down Obama and his minions with the rhetorical force of an atomic weapon.

National Review had him on its cover.  Newsmax has called Krauthammer “the top intellectual critic of President Barack Obama.”  Conservatives everywhere cheer every time he takes Obama down.

This week’s syndicated column is one of those instances.

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North Korea, Sarah Palin, and the Haters

A lot has been happening on and around the Korean peninsula lately.  Earlier this month the G20 met in South Korea, where Obama was rebuked by the rest of the developed world for the Federal Reserve’s dollar-weakening policies.  Not  long after the summit,  the mentally disturbed Kim Jong-Il  and his minions shelled a South Korean island, killing two innocent civilians and two South Korean marines.  This is another attempt by the North to cause a major international incident to then get some international aid in exchange for ceasing the offensive action.  Meanwhile, North Korea is continuing to escalate the situation.  Foxnews.com has some late breaking details from this morning:

North Korea warned Friday that U.S.-South Korean plans for military maneuvers put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within sight of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week.

The fresh artillery blasts were especially defiant because they came as the U.S. commander in South Korea, Gen. Walter Sharp, toured the South Korean island to survey damage from Tuesday’s hail of North Korean artillery fire that killed four people.

None of the latest rounds hit the South’s territory, and U.S. military officials said Sharp did not even hear the concussions, though residents on other parts of the island panicked and ran back to the air raid shelters where they huddled earlier in the week as white smoke rose from North Korean territory.

Tensions have soared between the Koreas since the North’s strike Tuesday destroyed large parts of this island, killing two civilians as well as two marines in a major escalation of their sporadic skirmishes along the sea border.

The attack — eight months after a torpedo sank a South Korean warship further west, killing 46 sailors — has also laid bare weaknesses in South Korea’s defense 60 years after the Korean War. The skirmish forced South Korea’s beleaguered defense minister to resign Thursday, and President Lee Myung-bak on Friday named a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the post.

The heightened animosity between the Koreas is taking place as the North undergoes a delicate transition of power from leader Kim Jong Il to his young, inexperienced son Kim Jong Un, who is in his late 20s and is expected to eventually succeed his ailing father.

This time, we must be tough with North Korea.  The U.N. and other global organizations have been too soft with the impoverished and backward country, which has been causing a lot of problems for the U.S. and her allies.  Meanwhile, China continues to support North Korea and is even criticizing the U.S. and South Korean military exercises.  The Chinese cannot be trusted, yet they have the most sway over North Korea.  If the Chinese want this to stop, they can make it stop.  Yet they are so far doing nothing.

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Common Sense Solutions to the TSA Thing

Prior to today (Wednesday), there was a lot of noise online and on cable news about the so-called “Opt-out Day.”  Basically, a bunch of travelers were supposedly planning to opt-out of the TSA’s full-body scanners and get the pat-down instead.  The idea was to slow everything up, since the machines take about 10 seconds and the pat-down more like a minute.

Well, there is absolutely no evidence of any kind of disruption.  Apparently once you pay a hundred bucks to fly to Grandma’s, you decide to just go with the flow and not risk missing your flight because you were detained by the TSA.

But public sentiment on this issue is pretty clear.  According to a new poll released by Zogby International, 61% of people oppose the TSA’s new policies.  The American People aren’t stupid.  They see the clear violation of Constitutional rights taking place at the hands of the TSA.  Why does the TSA treat EVERYONE like CRIMINALS?  In America, there is the presumption of innocense, yet the TSA pretends like everyone is guilty.  This kind of reactionary response to terrorist threats does not make us safer.  It only makes us more scared and more willing to give Big Brother more power.

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TSA: Totally Sexual Assault

I don’t call the Transportation Security Administration’s new methods “sexual assault” to make a joke at the expense of assault victims.  The TSA’s policies, in my view, constitute the legal definition of sexual assault.  According to US Legal, sexual assault is defined as “a wide range of unwanted sexual contact…” which involves  “submission of the victim by means that is reasonably calculated to cause submission against the victim’s will.”

When the TSA gives you a choice between having pornographic images taken of you or undergoing an invasive pat-down, do you really have a choice?  Aren’t you being forced to do something against your will?  Sure, you can drive or take a train instead, but sometimes you must take a plane. According to the useless idiots  who are defending the TSA, “once you buy the ticket you are agreeing to let the TSA do whatever they want to you.”

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