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White House Wants 'Cap' On War Funding

What if they held a war and we couldn’t afford to participate? The White House wants to institute a “cap” on the amount of money that can be spent on war operations over the next decade.  You can spend $450

JFK's Insider Cigar Deal

JFK's Insider Cigar Deal

From the Daily Mail: President John F Kennedy ordered an aide to buy him as many Cuban cigars as he could just hours before he authorised the U.S. trade embargo – which subsequently made them illegal. Kennedy asked his head

JFK's Insider Cigar Deal

JFK's Insider Cigar Deal

From the Daily Mail: President John F Kennedy ordered an aide to buy him as many Cuban cigars as he could just hours before he authorised the U.S. trade embargo – which subsequently made them illegal. Kennedy asked his head

Congress Passes Bill Opening U.S. Skies To Drones

Congress Passes Bill Opening U.S. Skies To Drones

From the Associated Press: WASHINGTON — After five years of legislative struggling, 23 stopgap measures and a two-week shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, Congress finally has passed a bill aimed at prodding the nation’s aviation system into a new

New Chinese Virus Targeting DoD Access Cards

From the Army Times: A Chinese-based cyber attack is targeting the Defense Department’s Common Access Cards with technology that could steal information from military networks while troops and civilians work at their desks, researchers say. The new cyber weapon apparently

Romney: America's First Hispanic President?!

From Foreign Policy: He might look and sound like an Anglo-American, but Mitt Romney could make a real run at being the first Latino president. And it wouldn’t be just in the sense that Toni Morrison called Bill Clinton the

USAF Pilot To Test Virgin's Private Spaceship

‘Coma’ headed to space Former U.S. Air Force test pilot Keith Colmer will begin flight training shortly for tests of Richard Branson’s private spacecraft: WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. Colmer was the choice out of more than 500 applicants. “We selected the

Marines To Deploy Unmanned Helos To Afghanistan

The Marines are sending the first of two Lockheed Martin K-MAX unmanned helos to Afghanistan. They are going to be used to resupply front-line troops. The hope is they will reduce the number of convoys and thereby limit the effectiveness

State Report: Texas Is At War With Drug Cartels

There’s a shocking new report out from the Texas Department of Agriculture (of all places) titled “Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment.” (You know things must be bad when the Ag people are issuing reports on strategic military matters.)

International Confab To Begin Control Of The Internet?

William Hague: control the internet? British Foreign Secretary Hague is organization an international conference in London titled the “London Conference on Cyberspace,” to be held on November 1-2. It’s going to include governments, NGOs, and corporations. Hague wants to address

Sanctions On Iran Are A Dismal Failure

The Western strategy towards Iran basically centers on using sanctions to weaken the Iranian economy. While the Iranian economy appears to be having difficulty because of the Islamist inspired socialism that dominates the country, sanctions appear to be having only

German General: We've Failed In Afghanistan

General Harald Kujat, who was instrumental in planning the German mission in Afghanistan, has come out with a blunt assessment of what the future holds in Afghanistan. In short, he believes it has been a failure. “The mission fulfilled the

Congressman: China Waging Econ War Against The US

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) writes in today’s Washington Times: Putting us back on a path of national prosperity requires a dramatic change in trade policy. A weakened U.S. industrial base and a monstrous public debt also make it difficult to

US Had Secret Negotiations With Terrorist Group

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that U.S. officials this summer “secretly met with leaders of the deadly Haqqani network, the Afghan militant group closely tied to al Qaeda.” The goal was to “draw them into talks on winding down

Chinese Leader Is 'The New Mao'

What course will China chart in the future? The soon-to-be captain of the ship is Vice President Xi Jinping. And there is growing evidence that far from being a reformer, he will be aggressive leader who will resemble Mao more

Canada And The US May Become The Next OPEC

Move over Saudi Arabia? With a series of amazing shale oil and natural gas finds in North America, it is now possible (if bureaucrats will allow it) for both Canada and the United States to become energy exporters in the

Did Chemical Blasts Bring Down The Twin Towers?

No, it’s not a conspiracy theory. But a scientist believes he can explain why the twin towers collapsed the way they did based on chemistry. From Canada’s National Post: PARIS — A mix of sprinkling system water and melted aluminium

Pirates Taking Over Europe!

How do you say ‘Arrgh! You scurvy dog!’ in German? It’s no doubt a sign of the times in Europe: on Sunday, a big winner in Berlin, Germany’s local state elections was something called “The Pirate Party.” They managed to

China Is Not Going To Bail Out Europe

China appears to be largely uninterested in bailing out the debt-ridden countries of Europe. Despite concerns that Beijing might buy debt and use it as leverage, the calculation by Beijing appears to be that this would be a bad bet,