Monday, March 21, 2011

400-408 – Brian Kennedy, President of the Claremont Institute (, joins us to talk about Libya and the Middle East, and the shocking new photos released today by Germany's Der Spiegel showing American soldiers dishonoring Afghan corpses (which Drudge entitles "Obama Ghraib"), and the larger threat that we don't have any missile defense shield.

• CNS News (3/21/2011) Obama: 'President Does Not Have Power Under Constitution to Unilaterally Authorize a Military Attack'

As a presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) emphatically stated that the Constitution does not give the president the authority to unilaterally authorize a military attack unless it is needed to stop an actual or imminent attack on the United States.

Obama made the assertion in a Dec. 20, 2007 interview with the Boston Globe when reporter Charlie Savage asked him under what circumstances the president would have the constitutional authority to bomb Iran without first seeking authorization from Congress.

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation," Obama responded.

"As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States," Obama continued. "In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch." //

• Hillsdale College (Imprimis, January 2011) Brian Kennedy: It's Never Just the Economy, Stupid.

• WSJ (3/21/2011) War by Global Committee: Too many commanders in chief could save Gaddafi and undermine U.S. interests.

413-423 – Brian Kennedy, "Obama Ghraib?"

• BBC News (3/21/2011) US Army apology for photos of soldiers with Afghan body.  The US Army has apologized for graphic photographs of US soldiers grinning over the corpses of Afghan civilians they had allegedly killed.

• Guardian (3/21/2011) US Army 'kill team' in Afghanistan posed for photos of murdered civilians.  Commanders brace for backlash of anti-US sentiment that could be more damaging than after the Abu Ghraib scandal.

Commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for possible riots and public fury triggered by the publication of "trophy" photographs of US soldiers posing with the dead bodies of defenseless Afghan civilians they killed.

Senior officials at Nato's International Security Assistance Force in Kabul have compared the pictures published by the German news weekly Der Spiegel to the images of US soldiers abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq which sparked waves of anti-US protests around the world.

They fear that the pictures could be even more damaging as they show the aftermath of the deliberate murders of Afghan civilians by a rogue US Stryker tank unit that operated in the southern province of Kandahar last year.

Some of the activities of the self-styled "kill team" are already public, with 12 men currently on trial in Seattle for their role in the killing of three civilians.

Five of the soldiers are on trial for pre-meditated murder, after they staged killings to make it look like they were defending themselves from Taliban attacks.

Other charges include the mutilation of corpses, the possession of images of human casualties and drug abuse.

All of the soldiers have denied the charges. They face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted.

The case has already created shock around the world, particularly with the revelations that the men cut "trophies" from the bodies of the people they killed.

An investigation by Der Spiegel has unearthed approximately 4,000 photos and videos taken by the men. //

428-437 – Brian Kennedy,  DOI & Sharia Law?

443-452 – Brian Kennedy, American missile shield?

458-508 – Calls – The viral Australian bullying episode:  7th-grader Ritchard Gale repeatedly punches 10th-grader Casey Heynes before Heynes body slams him.  Is defending yourself against a bully ever the right thing to do?  What happens when you don't?  What happens when you do?  Parents, what do you tell your kids?  Teachers, what do you tell your students?  Should the boys have been punished equally?

• Sydney Morning Herald (3/22/2011) I'm a victim too: video bully.

• Sydney Morning Herald (3/21/2011) Bullied boy interview reprehensible: expert.

• Fox News (3/17/2011) Mother of Bully Body-Slammed in Video Demands Apology From Her Son's Victim.

• (1:06) Bully audio: Casey. 10th-grader Casey Heynes is featured in this short news piece.

(:06) 1- Pop 'em.  An internet supporter talks about how to deal with a bully, "pop them like a balloon."

(:12) 2- Casey: lost friends.

(:08) 3- Casey: had enough.

• (2:56) Bully: Richard Part 1 of 2. Australian journalist James Thomas interviews 7th-grader Richard Gale and his parents.

(3:36) Bully: Richard Part 2 of 2.

(:10) 1- Richard- "He abused me first."

(:11) 2- Richard- "He made me angry."

(:04) 3- Richard- "Do you think you might have an anger problem?  No."

(:21) 4- Richard- "Are you sorry?  Um, no….  Ah, yes.  Some sideline coaching.  "He started on me first."

(:32) 5- Richard- Two young men are alike. Apology.

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• LAT (3/21/2011) 400-pound marathoner celebrates nine hours, 48 minutes and 52 seconds of 'pure hell'.  Kelly Gneiting, a former national champion sumo wrestler, finishes the L.A. Marathon and may have set a Guinness record.

• Washington Times (3/18/2011) DOJ to white male bullying victims: Tough luck.

// Here is the catch. DOJ will only investigate bullying cases if the victim is considered protected under the 1964 Civil Rights legislation. In essence, only discrimination against a victim's race, sex, national origin, disability, or religion will be considered by DOJ. The overweight straight white male who is verbally and/or physically harassed because of his size can consider himself invisible to the Justice Department.

Apparently, the Justice Department is going by George Orwell's famous Animal Farm ending: "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."

// The Justice Department's anti-bullying initiative is tantamount to bringing hate crime legislation to the public school system. Obviously, not only is the heterosexual white male student out of luck but  inner city minority students lose out in this deal too.

• Chuck Collins (Sojourners, April 2011) Taxes and the Common Good.  It's time to reform our tax system, to quit rewarding obscene wealth, Wall Street gambling, and corporate polluters.

• Daily Mail (3/20/2011) A miracle tale of survival: Grandmother and boy pulled from rubble NINE DAYS after tsunami smashed city.  Rescuers help 80-year-old Sumi Abe. She and her 16-year-old grandson Jin were pulled from the rubble in the city of Ishimaki after nine days.

• Fox News (3/21/2011) Barry Bonds' Perjury Trial Scheduled to Begin After More Than 3 Years.