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Breaking: Russia “Tests-fires” ANOTHER Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

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Climate change is the greatest threat the planet has ever seen.

~John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State …. idiot

By Gary P Jackson

From Reuters:

MOSCOW, March 4 (Reuters) – Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, with tensions high over its seizure of control in the Crimea and its threat to send more forces to its neighbour Ukraine.

The Strategic Rocket Forces launched an RS-12M Topol missile from the southerly Astrakhan region near the Caspian Sea and the dummy warhead hit its target at a proving ground in Kazakhstan, the state-run news agency RIA cited Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov as saying.

This isn’t the first time Russia’s Vladimir Putin has violated an international treaty that bans the testing of ICBMs signed by by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

From Joe Miller in 2012:

Putin Flexing Russia’s Nuclear Muscle: Multiple ICBM’s Launched, Bombers Scrambled

President Vladimir Putin took a leading role in the latest tests of Russia’s strategic nuclear arsenal, the most comprehensive since the 1991 Soviet collapse, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

The exercises, held mostly on Friday, featured prominently in news reports on state television which seemed aimed to show Russians and the world that Putin is the hands-on chief of a resurgent power.

Tests involving command systems and all three components of the nuclear “triad” – land and sea-launched long-range nuclear missiles and strategic bombers – were conducted “under the personal leadership of Vladimir Putin”, the Kremlin said.

An RS-12M Topol Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was launched from the Plesetsk site in northern Russia, and a submarine test-launched another ICBM from the Sea of Okhotsk, the Defence Ministry said. Long-range Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers fired four guided missiles that hit their targets on a testing range in the northwestern Komi region, it said.

Exercises of the strategic nuclear forces were conducted on such a scale for the first time in the modern history of Russia,” the Kremlin statement said.

Read more here.

If you remember, this was going on during the American presidential elections of 2012, and Mitt Romney was hammering Obama and rightly stating that Russia was the world’s biggest geopolitical threat. Obama with the aid of the corrupt media attacked and ridiculed Romney for this, and of course, gave little coverage to this flexing of muscle by Putin. It was media malpractice on an industrial scale.

In 2008 Russia fired a different model ICBM. From an article last month in Russia Beyond the Headlines:

The United States has informed its NATO allies of American concerns over a possible breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) by Moscow. According to the U.S. media, these concerns were triggered by Russian cruise missile tests. RBTH has asked prominent military expert Viktor Litovkin to explain the situation.

The INF Treaty bans the production, testing and deployment of intermediate-range (1,000-5,000 km) and shorter-range (500-1,000 km) ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles by the United States and Russia.

Judging from reports in the American press, Washington believes that Russia tested a “suspicious” missile in 2008. The U.S. media are not saying what the missile was – but they are dropping heavy hints that we’re talking about the RS-26, also known as the Rubezh and the Avangard.

The RS-26 Rubezh is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), meaning that it follows a ballistic trajectory to reach the target. Cruise missiles, on the other hand, fly horizontally just above the Earth’s surface, sticking closely to the surface topography. ICBMs have a range of up to 11,500 km, whereas cruise missiles, as a rule, have a much more limited range of up to 3,500 km.

The cause of the latest ruckus is that, in a certain sense, the warhead used with the Rubezh ICBM behaves as a cruise missile in its own right. After being launched from a mobile ground-based platform, the RS-26 climbs straight upwards.

Once it has reached a certain altitude, it starts to follow a curved ballistic trajectory towards the target. Then during the descending section of that trajectory, with only a few hundred miles left to the target, the warhead suddenly takes a dive, loses altitude, and continues the approach as a cruise missile, i.e. flying horizontally along the Earth’s surface. Detecting such a warhead by radars or other traditional means is impossible; neither can the warhead be intercepted.

This was written from the Russian perspective, and justifies Putin’s illegal actions by blaming it on planned American defense systems, but is worth reading for some perspective.

Russia to Deploy 22 New Ballistic Missiles in 2014

Russian ICBMs

This from November of last year:

SOCHI, November 27 (RIA Novosti) – Twenty-two land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles will next year be added to Russia’s nuclear arsenal, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

We intend to continue prioritizing the development of the main component of our strategic nuclear deterrent,” Putin said at a meeting on the development of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces.

Putin did not specify the type of new ICBMs to be deployed, but a source in the Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity that the missiles will be mobile and silo-based Yars ICBMs.

Yars is armed with the multiple-warhead RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile, which has considerably better combat and operational capabilities than the Topol-M (SS-27 Stalin).

Russia currently deploys an estimated 326 ICBMs with approximately 1,050 warheads, according to a June report by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

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More here.

While Barack Obama has been throwing lavish parties with the Hollywood swells, between golf games, of course, Vladimir Putin has been readying for war.

All of this is taking place because Obama has signaled to the world he has absolutely no intention of being it’s leader. Governor Sarah Palin correctly predicted this would happen if Obama was elected. She’s correctly predicted numerous disasters Obama has created since being elected.

As Governor Palin said Monday night, anyone born with the common sense gene, saw this situation in the Ukraine coming.

Absent a strong and vibrant United States standing guard on the world stage there is a vacuum. A vacuum of power that will be filled by others. Right now Russia is filling that vacuum, but others, such as China, which has been building a massive navy and air force, will also step up to fill the void left by President Obama’s glaring incompetence.

I was born in 1959. I lived through the Cuba Missile Crisis, as well as much of the Cold War era. This world has never been in more peril, than it is today.

The cause of Liberty and Freedom is once again in decline, thanks to an incompetent liberal occupying our White House.

God help us all.

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Tammy Bruce: Has The GOP Doomed Us To Four More Years of Obama?

Will this “sexual harassment” controversy be the beginning of the end of the Cain campaign? Perhaps, but the more pressing question for the GOP machine is whether or not their arrogance, faux conservatism, and general disconnect with the American public has doomed us all to a second term of Barack Obama, and consequently the end of this nation as we know it.

~ Tammy Bruce

By Gary P Jackson

Tammy Bruce’s latest Newsmax column talks about the woes of Herman Cain. She talks about his inability to think on his feet, and how he has bungled the sexual harassment hit job that he had to know was coming.

For the record, I’m sympathetic to Cain on this deal, but politics at this level are brutal, and once in office, being President isn’t exactly a breeze either! When we look at candidates how they react to situations are critical in determining what kind of president they would be. Herman Cain isn’t doing so well in the confidence inspiring part of the contest.

Tammy talks about the media and her experience on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transition team. She also talks a bit about Sarah Palin and the character she’s shown in the face of some of the worst attacks we’ve ever seen.

Read Tammy’s article at Newsmax here.

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Obama’s New World Record of Debt: $4,247,000,000,000 in just 945 days!

Please, no one tell President Obama what comes after trillion!

~ Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

There’s not a whole lot one can say here that doesn’t involve an unnecessarily long, multi-sylable curse word filled rant! Obama is a menace. His record setting spending, along with record setting debt, is immoral and downright evil. He is enslaving generations with this. For the first time in the history of the United States, this generation won’t be able to pass on to the next the prosperity and Freedom, it has known.

Since the founding of our great nation, every new generation has had it better than the previous. Thanks to Obama, that is no longer the case, and if someone doesn’t stop him, it well never again be.

Obama and his radicals have spent out children’s future. Their children’s and their children’s children’s future as well. All to fund Crony Capitalism. Under Obama his rich supporters get richer, and the rest of us get poorer.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Swallow all liquids in your mouth before reading any further.

Updated numbers for the national debt are just out: It’s now $14,639,000,000,000.

When Barack Obama took the oath of office twice on Jan. 20, 2009, CBS’ amazing number cruncher Mark Knoller reports, the national debt was $10,626,000,000,000.

That means the debt that our federal government owes a whole lot of somebodies including China has increased $4,247,000,000,000 in just 945 days. That’s the fastest increase under any president ever.

Remember the day the Democrat promised to close the embarrassing Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility within one year? That day the national debt increased $4,247,000,000. And each day since that the facility hasn’t been closed.

Same for the day in 2009 when Obama flew all the way out to Denver to sign the $787 billion stimulus bill that was going to hold national unemployment beneath 8% instead of the 9.1% we got today anyway? Another $4,247,000,000 that day. And every day since, even Obama golfing and vacation days.

Same sum for the day Obama flew Air Force One nearly four hours roundtrip to Columbus, Ohio for a 10-minute speech about how well the stimulus was working in the politically crucial Buckeye state. Ohio’s unemployment rate just jumped to 9% from 8.8% anyway.

Or last week’s three-day Midwestern tour in the president’s new $1.1 million Death Star bus? National debt went up $16,988,000,000 while he rode around speaking and buying ice cream cones.

Numbers with that many digits are hard to grasp, even for a Harvard head. So, let’s put it another way:

One billion seconds ago Bill Clinton was nearing the end of his two terms and George W. Bush’s baseball collection was still on the shelves in the Austin governor’s office.

The nation’s debt increased $4.9 trillion under President Bush too, BTW. But it took him 2,648 days to do it. Obama will surpass that sum during this term.

Read more here.

I’m sure Obama and his people will tell us that if we just borrow [and spend] a few trillion more, it’ll all be fine.

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Attention Getter of the Day: U.S. Debt Isn’t $14 Trillion, It’s Actually $211 Trillion

By Gary P Jackson

Just a little something for readers to contemplate over the weekend. Oh, and remember our nation’s annual GDP is only $14 trillion, give or take a billion or two.

From NPR:

When Standard & Poor’s reduced the nation’s credit rating from AAA to AA-plus, the United States suffered the first downgrade to its credit rating ever. S&P took this action despite the plan Congress passed this past week to raise the debt limit.

The downgrade, S&P said, “reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.”

It’s those medium- and long-term debt problems that also worry economics professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff, who served as a senior economist on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers. He says the national debt, which the U.S. Treasury has accounted at about $14 trillion, is just the tip of the iceberg.

We have all these unofficial debts that are massive compared to the official debt,” Kotlikoff tells David Greene, guest host of weekends on All Things Considered. “We’re focused just on the official debt, so we’re trying to balance the wrong books.

Kotlikoff explains that America’s “unofficial” payment obligations — like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits — jack up the debt figure substantially.

If you add up all the promises that have been made for spending obligations, including defense expenditures, and you subtract all the taxes that we expect to collect, the difference is $211 trillion. That’s the fiscal gap,” he says. “That’s our true indebtedness.

We don’t hear more about this enormous number, Kotlikoff says, because politicians have chosen their language carefully to keep most of the problem off the books.

Why are these guys thinking about balancing the budget?” he says. “They should try and think about our long-term fiscal problems.

According to Kotlikoff, one of the biggest fiscal problems Congress should focus on is America’s obligation to make Social Security payments to future generations of the elderly.

We’ve got 78 million baby boomers who are poised to collect, in about 15 to 20 years, about $40,000 per person. Multiply 78 million by $40,000 — you’re talking about more than $3 trillion a year just to give to a portion of the population,” he says. “That’s an enormous bill that’s overhanging our heads, and Congress isn’t focused on it.

We’ve consistently done too little too late, looked too short-term, said the future would take care of itself, we’ll deal with that tomorrow,” he says. “Well, guess what? You can’t keep putting off these problems.

To eliminate the fiscal gap, Kotlikoff says, the U.S. would have to have tax increases and spending reductions far beyond what’s being negotiated right now in Washington.

What you have to do is either immediately and permanently raise taxes by about two-thirds, or immediately and permanently cut every dollar of spending by 40 percent forever. The [Congressional Budget Office’s] numbers say we have an absolutely enormous problem facing us.

Listen to audio of the full interview here.

Not to worry though, our “betters” say we can just print more money!

All is well!

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