UN Security Council Approves No-Fly Zone Over Libya

Via Weasel Zippers:

Reuters— The U.N. Security Council voted on Thursday to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and “all necessary measures” — code for military action — to protect civilians against leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

Ten of the council’s 15 member states voted in favor of the resolution, with Russia, China and Germany the five that abstained. There were no votes against the resolution, which was co-sponsored by France, Britain, Lebanon and the United States.

The French appear to be taking the lead on this…yes, The FRENCH.

…the French say they’re ready to begin airstrikes at 6:00 ET tonight. And that will entail attacking Qaddaffy’s air-defense network and radars and radio towers and such. (That always needs to be done as a first step if you’re flying over hostile territory, of course.)

I actually think the French can do this and turn the war around.

Andrew McCarthy has a dissenting view on the use of force in Libya:

I respectfully dissent from Wendesday’s NRO editorial, which urges that the United States go to war with Libya.

The editorial doesn’t put it that way. Indeed, it doesn’t call for President Obama to seek a congressional declaration of war, or at least an authorization for the use of military force, as the Bush administration understood was required before commencing combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In this case, complying with the Constitution is almost certain to result in a resounding “no” vote from the people’s representatives — and if you think getting the Patriot Act reauthorized was uphill, figure getting Congress to bless another adventure in Islamic nation-building as Olympus … squared. So apparently ensuring that the American people support a war against Libya is a step is to be dispensed with. The editors instead claim that “the request by the rebels and the Arab League [is] all the authorization we need,” a proposition that I imagine would have come as something of a surprise to Madison, Jefferson, et al.

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You think Cindy Sheehan will come out of the shadows to protest this action? Will Code Pink be able to tear themselves away from their latest enthusiasm?

McCarthy goes on:

Is it really so obvious that the “rebels” would be better for us than Qaddafi? News flash: The Muslim Brotherhood has a history of not just plotting but actually carrying out the assassination of foreign leaders. Indeed, while we are not happy that Qaddafi is a foreign leader, he does happen to be one, and, as already noted, the Brotherhood’s top clerical leader is openly calling for him to be killed. If we just have a look at Gaza, Sudan, Somalia, and Iran, where Islamist governments reign (the one in Gaza is actually run by the Muslim Brotherhood), it’s fair to say that “ravage” is too gentle a word for what they do to their societies. Look at how Turkey is devolving after eight years of Islamist rule. Clearly, it wasn’t so obvious to the Bush administration that the available alternatives were manifestly preferable to Qaddafi. I don’t know why the editors are so confident on this point.

I repeat, the editors may well be right that a Libyan regime run by the “rebels” could end up being better for us than Qaddafi — at least marginally. But it also might be worse — Qaddafi hasn’t attacked us in many years; the Muslim Brotherhood is actively seeking to destroy the West. In either event, the issue is not what we ought to be hoping for or even working toward diplomatically. It is whether hastening the post-Qaddafi era is so clearly in our interests that it’s worth going to war over.

UPDATE:

Senator Lugar: No-Fly Zone Requires Congressional Declaration of War:

(Foreign Policy) — The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee argued against implementing a no-fly zone over Libya on Thursday, and also said that Congress must pass a formal declaration of war if the Obama administration decides to take that step.

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St. Patty’s Day Link-Around

A St. Patrick’s Day budget warning: Drunk With Debt:

Okay, I’m back from the parade, and trying to get caught up -bear with me!

Charles B pointed me to this story:

Philip Klein, American Spectator: DeMint’s Defense of RomneyCare is Ignorant…And Dangerous

But beyond being ignorant, DeMint’s comments are dangerous. I’ve long argued that the Massachusetts health care plan is not only toxic to Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy, but it could prove toxic to the entire Republican Party. If Romney is excused for crafting and signing the Massachusetts health care plan, it significantly undermines the case against ObamaCare and weakens the effort to repeal it.

More thoughts on this from Ace O Spades HQ.

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Hot Air: Too good to check: Hillary angrily “looking for exits” after Libya vacillation?

Fed up with a president “who can’t make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.

At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition, which has suffered days of losses to Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Clinton announced that she’s done with Obama after 2012 — even if he wins again.

“Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” a Clinton insider told The Daily. “She’s exhausted, tired.”

Patterico: Clear Evidence of Voter Fraud in New Mexico

What will the voter fraud denialists say about this?

The New Mexico secretary of state’s office is cross checking the

state’s voter rolls with a list of thousands of foreign nationals who have been issued driver’s licenses.

The work is far from done, but Secretary of State Dianna Duran testified during a House committee Tuesday that the review has turned up evidence of foreign nationals obtaining a license, registering to vote and casting ballots.

In case you were wondering, that’s not supposed to happen.

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American Border Patrol: American Border Patrol Silenced - Arizonans Deprived of the Truth:

In a stunning move late Wednesday, Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen’s office informed Glenn Spencer, head of American Border Patrol, a non-profit watchdog group, that her invitation to him to appear before her committee on the border had been withdrawn.
According to the spokesperson, Allen had yielded to political pressure from members of the committee and others to disinvite him.

Southern Poverty Law Center, ans ACLU involved.

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Pirate’s Cove: After Dithering, Obama Decides He Wants To Bomb Libya

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This video via Ace, is making the rounds, today: St Patrick’s Day Flash-mob at a Sidney, Australia train station!:

The kids start off doing their “St. Patrick’s Day”, and then they segue to a Riverdance number.

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*Gag* Way to ruin St. Patrick’s Day, AP: Irish-Americans roiled over anti-union bills:

This Irish-American doesn’t have a problem with them.

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THE DICK MORRIS POLL FINDS AMERICAN VOTERS BACK GOVERNORS AGAINST PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS

The Dick Morris Poll of 1000 likely voters throughout the U.S., conducted by live telephone interviews from March 10-15, 2011, found support for the Republican Governors of Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio in their battles with their public employee unions by 47-39.

Voters harshly condemned Democratic State Legislators who are boycotting their legislatures to deny the Republicans a quorum so they cannot pass legislation on collective bargaining and municipal unions. By 61-25, they rejected the Democrats’ argument that the boycotts were “necessary to stop legislation restricting unions from being passed” and said they “should return to the legislature and respect the decisions the voters have made in the last election.”

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Gateway Pundit: Latest From Project Veritas: NPR Execs Admit to Soros Funding

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Hot Air: Trump: I have a little bit of doubt that Obama was born here:

Allahpundit and Ace think that Trump’s trying to endear himself to the conservative base ahead of the primaries, but I’m not sure the conservatives are that enthralled with the issue. Plus, it’s an issue that is certain to attract slings and arrows from the left-wing media. Why would he want to do subject  himself to that?

Anyway, Trump is another one who I really hope doesn’t run. PLEASE!

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NewZeal:Labor Union Propaganda in Wisconsin Schools – Great Target for Budget Cuts

Watch video at site…Targeting the kids with propaganda has always been a high priority for Commies.  Wis. Republicans definitely need to defund this abominable program.

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POSSIBLE BREAK IN MICHELLE MALKIN’S MISSING COUSIN’S  CASE:

www.findmarizela.com; Update: PayPal donation button added; Breaking…a possible sign of hope

Update:The Seattle Times has the story of how Marizela may have signed on to AOL/AIM Messenger recently. It could be potentially the huge break we need to locate her. The question is whether it was Marizela who signed on or whether it was someone else who had access to the account or whether the sign-on screen is misdated or outdated. Police are investigating.

Cross your fingers, pray, keep spreading the word. Thank you.

Fingers crossed, prayer sent.

Linked by Pirate’s Cove, thanks!

Obama Nominee Tries To Defend WH Budget Deception

This comes via the Senate Budget Committee. Ranking member, Jeff Sessions isn’t amused by the bogus spin coming out of the White House regarding Obama’s budget, calling his claims, “detatched from reality”.

The Budget Committee held a hearing today to consider the nomination of Heather Higginbottom to be President  Obama’s deputy budget director. Sen. Sessions confronted the nominee over false assertions from the White House regarding the president’s budget.

Both President Obama and his budget director have repeatedlysaid that the president’s budget allows us to “live within our means,” “spend money that we have each year,” and “begin paying down our debt.” Numerousfact-checkorganizations have found these statements to be false, and Sessions has argued that these inaccurate claims undermine efforts to confront our growing fiscal crisis.

In reality, the budget that President Obama submitted adds $13 trillion to the national debt, never has a deficit less than $600 billion, and spends more than it takes in every single year.

Note: Ms. Higginbottom, a former advisor for Obama’s presidential campaign, has had no formal budget training or experience.

Sessions tried to get an honest assessment from Higginbottom, but was frustrated at every turn.

UPDATE:

Why does this not surprise me?

NewZeal: Heather Higginbottom’s Socialist Connection

 

 

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Sometimes A Dog’s Best Friend…Is Another Dog

This heartwarming video of a stranded dog and his put-out companion has gone viral. Watch as the news crew discovers the battered dog, who runs to them, perhaps happy to be rescued, but then turns back to his friend…who the newsmen think may be dead:

Translation provided by The Blaze:

We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.

He has a collar. He must be someone’s pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.

Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.

Where?

Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.

The dog is protecting him.

Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.

I can’t watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.

Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.

Yes! Yes! He is alive.

He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.

Oh good. He’s getting up.

It’s being  reported that the dogs have been rescued, and both are now recovering at a veterinary clinic.

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