Filed under: Environment, Freedom, History, The United States | Tags: Columbia County Washington, Harvesting Wheat Then and Now, The Industrial Revolution
On the other side of Washington State and into Idaho, lies the Palouse country, with rolling hills of wheat, embroidered with small stands of evergreen woods. Beautiful country, and it takes a different kind of combine to do the harvest in such hilly country. Here’s what it looked like near Spokane around 1910, when the combine had to be pulled by horses — lots of horses. Shows what mechanization has meant. Sorry about the music, turn your volume down.
Filed under: Politics
Your government has been lying to you, but you knew that. When President Obama gave his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, he talked about the September 11 attack on the U.S consulate in Libya. “There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice.” He didn’t say a word about what he would be doing about the security lapses, the intelligence failures, and lack of planning that contributed to the murders of our ambassador, his associate and two former SEALS who stepped into the breach to protect the ambassador. And as far as that goes, he’s been” relentless” before, to little effect.
It is well-established that the administration knew within 24 hours who the attackers were and where at least one of them lived.The administration insisted that the consulate was properly defended, the U.S. had no reason to prepare for any attack, though in previous years embassies across the Islamic world took extra precautions.
UN Ambassador Susan Rice, a leading candidate for Secretary of State, made the rounds of the talk shows insisting that what happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction…as a consequence of the ‘disgusting’ video.
“The office of the director of National Intelligence has said we had no actionable intelligence that an attack on our post in Benghazi was planned or imminent,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She called the security measures “robust.”
Witness statements and cell phone photos soon showed the attack to be well-coordinated, and carefully planned, with fighters armed with guns, RPGs and diesel canisters which were used to set the buildings on fire. Ambassador Christopher Stevens died of smoke inhalation, and the consulate had no fire protection. When the administration briefed Congress, they changed their story and blamed it on al Qaeda.
On the night of the assault, four lightly armed Libyans and five. American security officers were on duty. Neither the consulate in Benghazi nor the embassy in Tripoli were guarded by U.S. Marines, whose deployment to Libya was not a priority. After the attack, a CNN reporter picked up a seven page notebook belonging to Ambassador Stevens, which said he was concerned about the ‘never-ending”security threats in Benghazi and said he was on an al Qaeda hit list.
Four Americans died in an assault that seemed to be a carefully planned operation. The administration has failed to accept responsibility, tried to blame others, and to stonewall. Yet starting last spring, U.S. intelligence had been worried about radical militias in eastern Libya. In August, State warned American citizens who were planning to travel to Libya about the threat of assassination and car bombings. Yet our diplomatic missions had little security. We apparently were not clear about how much we could expect from Libyan police and military forces.
Yesterday, Secretary Clinton indicated for the first time that there was an explicit link between the al Qaeda franchise in North Africa and the attack on the diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans.
Last week Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center said that intelligence analysts were investigating ties between local Libyan militias and al Qaeda, but hadn’t come to any conclusions. He did say that the assault was a ‘terrorist attack.” The next day, Jay Carney said “It is self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.” Obama himself has not used the word. I think it’s not in the Homeland Security book of euphemisms.
So the despicable YouTube video has fallen by the wayside, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been jailed for a parole violation, has gone into hiding, has put his house up for sale, and a constitutional law professor says it is ‘highly unusual’ for a judge to order detention on a probation violation for a nonviolent crime. According to the radio, he is in jail, but since many prisoners are Muslims, there is concern for his welfare.
When faced with a mess, it’s best to fess-up promptly. Cover-ups seldom work.
Filed under: Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy | Tags: American Heartland, Dairy Farming, Modern Agriculture
You know about cows, of course, Jerseys, Guernseys and Holsteins, contented cows, modern dairy farming? Bet you had no idea it was like this. I know I didn’t. A little break from politics into more placid territory. Enjoy.