Maybe the Equestrian Principality will be able to offer a few pointers on femaleness as a deeper principle, and I would find any remaining concerns or doubts about my overall view dispelled. Less than 10 days from President Barack Hussein Obama’s second inauguration, my mind is alert for any new shifts worldwide, and I can’t thank the sources from which I drew my inspiration for that shift in October-November 2011 enough. Even now, one of those sources of inspiration could be positioned to welcome some new friends bringing her country into this century.:
Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network: United States Congress: Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Aung San Suu Kyi
Irrawaddy: Myint Thin: Japan and the Peace Process in Burma
House Speaker John Boehner gave the introduction to that ceremony on September 19, 2012, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senators John McCain and Dianne Feinstein each spoke highly of Aung San Suu Kyi’s commitment to Burmese freedom. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush were also among the attendees, recalling their respective husbands’ activities toward that Southeast Asian country. It was McConnell in particular who has a personal connection in all this, having called for recognition of Burmese independence for the past two decades. After that time of idealism, peaceful resistance, and civil obedience, Ms. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy are looking ahead, and other countries are charging in. Indeed, Japan has already dispatched relief supplies to reconcile ethnic minorities inside Burma, such as the Karens and the Kachins, with its former military regime, building on efforts in place on the part of the Nippon Foundation. It once provided assistance for leprosy and other health projects, and this past October, Burmese officials, presumably with the approval of new President Thein Sein, signed a memorandum of understanding allowing that direct delivery, which could open the way for other non-Burmese entities, such as American companies, to follow with their own arrangements. Bipartisanship in defense of freedom, harmony, individuality, and modernization will always be welcome, and hopefully, the methods will remain comprehensive and thorough.:
US News and World Report: Paul Shinkman: You’ve Never Seen a Defense Budget Like This
National Review: John O’Sullivan: How to Listen to the Radio
The pivot to Asia and the emergence of cyberwarfare, especially with Iran, has the American government scrambling to assess its military capabilities, but at this point, to my mind, Chinese nationalism could necessitate a bit of consistency, both in national defense and in health care modernization. There’s a new strategic report from the Defense Department calling for production of new computer systems in air and sea scenarios, long-range stealth planes, ships and submarines, and ICBM-intercepting lasers. I could also think of electromagnetic shields in case any weakened countries start to implode, or certain Chinese officials leap ahead of popular discontent, expressing fury that their country is once again encircled and could even see a sort of final showdown. Millions of people elsewhere across the planet could be drawn to radio and high-technology media platforms to access the debates surrounding the United States’ existential mission, with oversight from the Broadcasting Board of Governors, gradually developing their own opinions and inching toward more active participation in authoritarian countries. Incredibly, something weird has happened at Radio Free Europe, courtesy of one Steven Korn. Mikhail Gorbachev was among the Russian activists staunchly opposed to a recent decision to fire several dozen journalists in favor of more “normal” reports out of Moscow – also back in September. One might think that American media networks would have been all over this, but it ended up restricted until Judy Bachrach from the World Affairs Journal picked it up. For whatever this is worth, Korn is now out, and Bachrach is still attempting to record the fallout as dutifully as she can. As I recall my past efforts to track any confrontations between Russian President Vladimir Putin on one side, the Islamic Liberation Party on another, and various corrupt Russian officials on still another, I feel as though I’m staring at a cloud of smoke blanketing that massive country, or at least its capital and all surrounding areas. Russia and China could move against each other for greater control within Eurasia, and America, India, Japan, Australia, and their other allies all along the Indian and Pacific Oceans would need to move in to contain the fallout as much as possible, through either constant upgrades to their military networks, presumably for defense, or, even better, emphases on our common principles.
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Babylon 5, Codename: Kids Next Door, 24, and now, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I am many things at once, and many people might have different opinions about little, old me. If freedom is my main idea, then harmony, individuality, and modernization are the three attributes I now sense and track. Those three attributes and that idea combined to make the United States of America a great global superpower and Pearlshipping and Wishfulshipping great Pokémon couples, and now, they've combined to make those four shows truly great television programs to me. I will enjoy enthusiastically supporting the Equestrian ponies' adventures for peace, for humankind, for the future.