Friday, September 30, 2011

Fascism with sarcasm

"Democratic North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue says she was being sarcastic when she suggested this week that congressional elections be suspended for two years to try to solve Washington gridlock." Sure, lady. How's about speeding up the elections so that morons like her can be voted out of office?

Meanwhile, have you wondered how the Obama story might end?...Following his crushing electoral defeat in November of 2012, Obama establishes the "Office of the Ex-President-select" and simply refuses to stop being President. When asked by the Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, to vacate the White House and the Oval office, Obama replies "'Molon labe' - you Mofos know what that means!". He arranges for a sculptor to render an exact copy of his face in his trademark Moussolini pose, for the day when the country comes to its senses, and realizes it must grace to Mt. Rushmore, replacing Lincoln, with Teddy being expunged to make room for Michelle too. His praetorian guard in the media vow to keep writing fawning editorials about him every day as if he were still President, and refuse to mention the name of the new Republican President - ever. The Nobel Committee again awards him the Peace Prize, this time in perpetuity. Source

In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls. Story (nice way to add more Democrat voters)

US President Obama has given the Europeans a harsh lecture on the dangers of their ongoing debt crisis. Offended by the unsolicited advice, Europeans have suggested the US get its own house in order first. Obama's remarks were "arrogant" and "absurd" German commentators said. Source

Obama's fundraising suffers huge drop off. Poor guy, nothing seems to work for him.

Credentials given to members of the press corps traveling with President Obama on his campaign swing out west this week included a map that mistakenly identified Wyoming as Colorado. What did you expect from a guy who thinks we have 57 states?

Okay, I have to give credit to Obama for something. Way to go, Barry...A month after promising to focus on deporting the most serious criminal immigrants, the Obama administration says it has rounded up nearly 3,000 criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday they have arrested 2,901 criminal immigrants in the last week. Source

Good news for lawyers...Obama wants the jobless to be able to sue employers for not hiring them. What could go wrong? Can you think of a better way to further destroy the economy?

From the Left Coast...How's about a $737 Million loan guarantee to company owned by Nancy Pelosi's brother-in-law? Story

A new Fox News poll has Romney with 23%, Rick Perry with 19%, and Herman Cain with 17%.

The Independent Commission on Wartime Contracting reports that $60 billion - that's billion, not million - has been stolen or wasted since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began nearly a decade ago.

Conservative radio talk show host and stand up comedian Dennis Miller has endorsed Herman Cain for president. Cain's supporters are known as Cain-iacs. Miller says his campaign slogan will be Cain vs Unable (haha)

Elsewhere...A Hungarian economist, Head of Global Securities Services at UniCredit Group in Milan and Olympic committeeman Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy has declared the Euro beyond salvation. In an Hungarian-language opinion article, Attila said, "The euro is beyond rescue. The only remaining question is how many days the hopeless rearguard action of European governments and the European Central Bank can keep up Greece’s spirits."

So you think you have it bad?...There are 1.2 billion people living in India. Less than three percent -- 33 million people -- pay income taxes and only 60 million have passports. Many, if not most, of the remainder -- hundreds of millions of people -- are, for practical purposes, invisible to the state. They have no social security numbers, no birth certificates, and no driver's licenses. Source

According to the Wall Street Journal...Rapidly rising wages in China have reached the point at which foreign manufacturers need to give up on the notion of China as a low-cost production base, a senior Hyundai Motor Co. executive said Thursday. Jae-Man Noh, head of Hyundai's joint-venture operations in China, said average manufacturing-worker wages in China - about 27,000 yuan ($4,200) a year per worker in 2009 - are likely to double by 2015 from current levels. Auto makers are expected to be affected as much as other industries....

With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement’s next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces’ ban on "transgenders," a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers. Story (now it's really getting stupid)

Gun crimes

Despite increases in gun sales, gun crimes continued to decrease in the United States for the fourth straight year in 2010, according to the FBI.

The FBI recently released its Crime in the United States statistics for 2010. Overall, murders in the U.S. have decreased steadily since 2006, dropping from 15,087 to 12,996. Firearms murders — which made up 67 percent of all murders in the U.S. in 2010 — have followed this trend, decreasing by 14 percent.

At the same time that firearms murders were dropping, gun sales were surging. In 2009, FBI background checks for guns increased by 30 percent over the previous year, while firearms sales in large retail outlets increased by almost 40 percent. The number of applications for concealed carry permits jumped across the country as well.

"There was a huge spike," NRA spokesperson Rachel Parsons said. "It’s probably mellowed out and gone back to normal now."

There is no national registry of guns, but based on sales-tracking and other figures, the National Rifle Association estimates there are 80 to 90 million gun owners in the U.S.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo has only one explanation for all political issues...racism. Everything is explained by racism.

Leftists used to use the word "Nazi" a lot but not so much lately since it was pointed out that Nazis were leftists and that Nazi was an abbreviation for National Socialist Workers Party which is not likely to be used by right wing political parties.

Here's a quote from her appearance on Keith Olbermann's show...

"Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party. Conservative movement and tea party movement, one in the same. People like Karl Rove liked to keep the racism very covert. And so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity...you can say 'Look, this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look we have a black man.'"

The same thing could be said of the Democrats, and their worship of Obama.

Mortgages harder to get

Uncle Sam is about to take a first tentative step out of the mortgage business by lowering the size of home loans that the federal government will guarantee, and it's already hitting California neighborhoods with higher costs and bigger down payments.

The downward adjustments have ignited outcries from California politicians and sparked a campaign by the state's largest real estate group and its national partner to extend the higher limits; they argue that the Golden State's housing market and economy can ill-afford another setback to recovery.

"This is just going to kill us," said Beth L. Peerce, president of the California Assn. of Realtors. "You don't want the real estate market to get any worse than it is, and it surprises me that our congressmen and senators don't understand that."

But with Washington focused on slashing deficits, few observers predict any further extension of the 3-year-old policy that was intended to throw a lifeline to higher-priced housing markets. Most of the nation's biggest mortgage lenders have already stopped making loans at the old limits, concerned that they will not be able to get them off their books before the official Saturday deadline.

The move to lower loan limits is the first major effort by the federal government to reduce its footprint in the mortgage market. The government currently supports about 90% of new mortgages — essentially propping up the home loan market after credit dried up and home sales plunged in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis.

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1984 is here

I have never liked GM’s OnStar system – in part because I don’t like the idea of my car that I paid for having someone else’s "black box" recording (and transmitting) data about how I drive, where I drive and even when I drive. I also don’t like that GM force-feeds OnStar to every buyer of every GM car – whether the buyer wants it or not.


I believe that GM’s long-term goal is to see to it that not only every GM vehicle is equipped with a "black box" (technically, an Event Data Recorder, or EDR) but that all vehicles are so equipped – and every single driver in the United States – possibly the world – monitored whenever he or she is operating a motor vehicle.

There is big money in it: Automated tickets, jacked-up insurance fees for "speeders" and seat belt scofflaws – as well as "marketing opportunities" for GM’s "partners," whom GM will provide all sorts of juicy tidbits about your life to – including where and when you shop, so that they can "target" their advertising your way.

And there is the prospect of delicious (to power lusters) micromanaging control, too.

Drive faster than The Law says you ought to – and they’ll know about it, immediately, every single time you do it and exactly how much you do it. Fail to Buckle Up For Safety – even if it’s just to drive down the driveway – and they’ll know about it the moment you put the car in gear. It is entirely within the realm of technical possibility that they’ll even know exactly what you’ve been talking about while in your car, too – because OnStar is very much like a Telescreen from Orwell’s 1984. If you have an OnStar-equipped car, you have GM’s microphones in your car. And GM can turn them on anytime it likes – and record anything you say.


No, I am not exaggerating.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Suspend elections for two years?

File this in the random-things-politicians-say file. Speaking to a Cary Rotary Club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.

"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that," Perdue said. "You want people who don't worry about the next election."

The comment -- which came during a discussion of the economy -- perked more than a few ears. It's unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious -- but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea. (Read her full remarks below.)

Later Tuesday afternoon, Perdue's office clarified the remarks: "Come on," said spokeswoman Chris Mackey in a statement. "Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve."

The Republicans sure are taking it seriously as they look to score political points. Here's a statement from GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood:

"Now is a time when politicians need to be held accountable more than ever. To suspend an election would be removing the surest mechanism that people have to hold politicians accountable: the right to vote. Does the Governor not believe that people of North Carolina have the ability to think for themselves about whether or not the actions of elected officials are working?"

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Education spending

9-9-9 plan

Cain paused, took a breath and looked at me.

"I’m not mad at you, I just get passionate about this stuff," he said. "I have to tell people because I get so worked up . . . . I’m listening to all this bullshit that he’s talking about, ‘fairness’ and ‘balanced approach’ to get this economy going."

As anyone who watched the past couple of debates knows by now, Cain has his own plan that he says would steer the country out of its economic downturn. He calls it the "9-9-9 Plan," and it would replace the current tax code with three flat, nine-percent federal taxes on income, consumption and business.

"With 9-9-9 guess what? How many loopholes?" he said, tapping his fingers on the table like a drumroll. "None. Everybody gets treated the same. What a novel idea."

As the straw poll and his recent fundraising numbers suggest, Cain’s message is resonating with the conservative movement’s influential base of tea-party activists; for these supporters his status as a non-career politician with an extensive background in the private sector is nearly as strong a draw as his ideas and policy proposals. But despite his recent surge in support, few expect Cain’s momentum to carry him on to victory at the Republican National Convention in 2012.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

EPA regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new greenhouse gas regulations. They say they will need 230,000 new employees to administer this program. And it will cost a mere $21 Billion. What could go wrong? Who says Obama is not creating jobs?

A new Gallup poll says 81% of Americans are not satisfied with the governance of the country. Hell, I could have told them that if they'd asked me.

Columnist Mark Steyn asks..."if massive expansion of college education helps make our country better, why are we the Brokest Nation in History? In 1940, a majority of the US population had no more than a Grade Eight education. By 2008, 40 per cent of 18-24 year-olds were enrolled in college. Eighth Grade America built a great nation, won a global war and emerged as the planet's economic superpower until Eighteenth Grade America drove it off a cliff."

Meanwhile...Sarah Palin is threatening to sue the publisher of the book, The Rogue, for "knowingly publishing false statements" about her. Story

You often hear people warning the Republicans not to nominate anyone too far to the right of center. They say the Republicans should select a candidate who can appeal to independent voters. That's kind of strange because you never hear the same about a Democrat candidate, do you? Obama would never have been elected if press had properly reported on his leftist proclivities.

Despite recent tax increases, the state of Illinois is expected to end the budget year with more than $8 Billion in debt. Their solution is simple...more borrowing. Cutting spending is not an option.

Headline of the day..."Space exploration, like jazz and other people’s weddings, is something most people only pretend to care about."

IPCC error of the day. Overstates glacial melt in Greenland by 15,000%. Here

Rick Perry is now being called "Tricky Ricky" by opponents and supporters because of his contradictory views on illegal immigration. He's beginning to look like all other politicians who will say whatever it takes to ingratiate himself with voters. Hope and change, indeed.

Quote of the Day..."The trouble with Mexico and most other third world countries? Patronage, and no productivity."

Last year's California kindergartners had a record high percentage of parents who used a personal belief exemption to avoid immunization requirements, a development that concerns state health officials. More than 11,000 kindergartners missed at least one vaccine in 2010 because their parents decided to forgo inoculation. Source

Aging societies..."A poorer Britain fought differently at el-Alamein than it does now over Libya. A British battleship was once a sign of national pride; today a destroyer represents a billion pounds stolen from social services....Redistribution of wealth rather than emphasis on its creation is surely a symptom of aging societies." Source

Science is settled?

The science is settled, right?

More than 31,000 scientists have signed a petition denying that man is responsible for global warming. The academics, including 9,000 with PhDs, claim that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane are actually beneficial for the environment.

Story from 2008


P.S. - James Taranto, of the Wall Street Journal, once wrote that Global Warming is the atheist version of the Christian rapture.

Selective sex abortion

NHS (in Britain) maternity units are refusing to tell expectant parents the gender of their unborn baby, an investigation has found.

The hospitals say they are too short-staffed to establish the sex of the foetus during ante-natal screening.

But some medical groups believe the NHS policies are being driven by fears that females could be selectively aborted among cultures which value boys more highly.

There is also concern that it is driven by people threatening to sue over being told the wrong gender of child.

The Council of Europe is due to consider a draft resolution in October which recommends that all its 47 member states - including Britain - instruct hospitals to "withold information about the sex of the foetus" from parents.

The move is a bid to prevent the practice of selective abortion, which they say has reached worrying proportions in some former Soviet states.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Polls and surveys

Herman Cain was declared the winner of Florida's Presidency 5 straw poll with 37.1% of the vote. Perry was second at 15.4%. Romney followed with 14%, Santorum with 10.9%, Ron Paul with 10.4%, Gringrich with 8.4%, Huntsman with 2.3%, and Bachmann with 1.5%. The winner of Florida's Presidency 5 straw poll is said to go on to win the GOP nomination in the most recent elections.

Meanwhile, Romney won the Michigan straw poll with 51% while Perry got 17%. Cain was third with 9%.

A random survey of 1004 potential voters had 34% saying Obama was worse than Bush. 22% said they were about the same. 43% said Obama was better.

Rick Perry did not do very well at the latest debate. He seemed to be rattled by attacks on his record. He claims to be a conservative but he's got a few RINO tendencies hidden away in his attic. He thinks no one would notice. And rumors are circulating that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is thinking about jumping into the race. Great, another RINO. How's he any different from Romney or Perry? Conservatives only have one choice...Sarah Palin.

There was a big brouhaha last week over President Carter Obama using the word "intercontinental" several times in his campaign speeches. I believe the correct word is transcontinental, but I think everyone understood the meaning Obama meant. But is he really the smartest guy in the galaxy? Your call.

Republicans demanded last Thursday that billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett reveal his tax returns if his views on tax rates are going to serve as the basis for the White House’s proposals. Buffett has loudly and famously said he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary in arguing that the rich should bear a larger tax burden. Story

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida has a nice father and mother. Both are corrupt. Story

"The most likely voting pattern to emerge is that White voters side with White candidates, Black voters side with Black candidates, Latino voters side with Latino candidates, and Asian voters side with Asian candidates... These voting patterns have consistently been found in rigorous statistical analysis from 1960 to 2010 in Los Angeles." Story (but only whites are racist) 

The Arab spring has been characterized as having "democratic aspirations" by the mainstream media, but we all know there's little democracy in any muslim controlled country. Who do you think they're kidding, other than themselves?

Benjamin Netanyahu on the prospects of peace with the Palestinians..."They're trying to get a state without giving us peace, without giving us security."

Do you miss Ronald Reagan? I do. I love reading his jokes. Like this one..."I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."

What's up with this dude?...Sentencing will be held in January for a black man who admits posing as a member of the Ku Klux Klan in sending racist letters in 2006 to a police department and city hall in his former southwestern Illinois hometown of O'Fallon. Story

They tell us how we are to think, and now they tell us what we should eat...CNS News reported that Tom Vilsack, U.S. Agriculture Secretary, "told members of the National Restaurant Association on Monday that Americans need to 'adjust' their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat - and 'we have to make sure that what we do is create the appropriate transition.'"

A Facebook post announcing plans by a University of California at Berkeley Republican group to sell baked goods priced according to race, gender and ethnicity - "White/Caucasian" pastries for $2 and "Black/African American" pastries for 75 cents, for example - has drawn outrage on campus. Story

Thank God, summer is over.

Of mice and men

It was the better mousetrap.

From Silicon Valley to the White House, Solyndra's unique solar panels left everyone gasping for a piece of the action.

Analysts gushed over the cylindrical design, so much more exciting than the dull, flat panels coming out of China. Company executives promised huge revenue, supporting thousands of permanent jobs, while a stream of state and federal politicians toured the Fremont plant, basking in what felt like the glow of the future.

Investors, convinced that Solyndra was the big one, the harbinger of a solar boom, poured more than $1 billion into the company, with the U.S. government guaranteeing 50% more in loans.

Then suddenly, the bottom dropped out last month. In a matter of days, Solyndra ceased operations, plunged into bankruptcy, was raided by the FBI and found itself thrust into a national political firestorm.

Nearly all the attention in the Solyndra case has revolved around the Obama administration's $528-million bad bet, with partisan congressional finger-pointing growing increasingly nasty. But in many ways, Solyndra's tale is one of irrational exuberance, a collective belief unswayed by blown sales projections, yanked IPOs, shuttered factories and fired executives.

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Palestine

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Creative greed

Last year, we wrote about Hollywood accounting and how the big studios set up "corporations" for each movie, specifically designed to "lose money," often by paying money back to the studio itself. Basically, the studio sets up this "company," but then charges the company a huge "fee," such that the company itself rarely, if ever, becomes profitable. Of course, hugely successful films usually still get past the threshold, but perhaps not all of them. Hugues Lamy points us to the news that the actor who played Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi is saying that Lucasfilm still isn't paying residuals, claiming that the film is still not profitable:
"I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we’ve got nothing to send you. Now here we’re talking about one of the biggest releases of all time," said Prowse. "I don’t want to look like I’m bitching about it," he said, "but on the other hand, if there’s a pot of gold somewhere that I ought to be having a share of, I would like to see it."
If you adjust for inflation, Jedi is the 15th highest grossing film of all time. In other words, the movie has made a ton of money. But somehow, amazingly, Lucasfilm is still able to claim that it lost money. And you wonder where the MPAA got its math skills.

Source

Italian children

After several failed attempts to convince their 41-year-old son to leave the nest, a Venetian couple have hired a lawyer in a last bid for domestic peace and quiet, Italian media have reported.

The parents, whose names were not published, were said to be exhausted by fending for their adult offspring, cooking his meals and doing his washing and ironing, according to the reports yesterday.

"We cannot do it any more. My wife is suffering from stress and had to be hospitalised," said the father, who approached the legal department of a consumer association, ADICO, for help.

The son "has a good job but still lives at home. He demands that his clothes be washed and ironed and his meals prepared. He really has no intention of leaving."

Reports said the son also had aggressive tendencies.

ADICO lawyer Andrea Camp said a letter was sent to the son, advising him to leave the house within six days or face legal action.

If he refuses, lawyers will ask a court to issue a protection order to the parents against their son.

ADICO says hundreds of Italian families face similar difficulty in getting rid of their adult children.

The latest couple turned to ADICO two weeks ago after hearing of a similar case in which the association had convinced a son to abandon the family cocoon - after which his parents changed the locks.

Source

Friday, September 23, 2011

Construction corruption

From my neck of the woods...

These days, it's just something you rarely, if ever, see: African-Americans laboring within the largely Hispanic construction crews working the Gulf Coast's heavy industrial projects.

Ricardo Charles says he knows exactly why and after 33 years in the building trade, he's blowing the whistle.

Story

Vulnerable

A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that President Carter Obama looks increasingly vulnerable in next year’s election, with a majority of voters believing he’ll lose to any Republican, a solid plurality saying they’ll definitely vote against him and most potential Republican challengers gaining on him. The biggest gain came for Palin, the former Alaska governor who hasn’t yet announced whether she’ll jump into the fast-changing race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. After trailing Obama by more than 20 percentage points in polls all year, the new national survey, taken Sept. 13-14, found Palin trailing the president by just 5 points, 49-44 percent.

Remember about 3 years ago, Obama declared..."I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment -- this was the time -- when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals."

"If you like your health plan, you can keep it" and "It will not add one penny to the deficit" were two claims by President Carter Obama during the health care debate. It's turning out to be false on both claims. Was he lying or simply clueless? Remember, he claimed to have installed the most transparent and open administration ever.

CNSNews says Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) believes the mainstream media will show real desperation in protecting the image of Obama during the 2012 campaign.

Mexico's Attorney General is pissed off. She says at least 200 Mexican citizens have been killed due to the Obama administration's Fast and Furious program. Hopefully, she will sue Obama and his crony, Eric Holder, for some kind of restitution.

President Obama is open about it now. There are no property rights. There is only "fairness"; the Constitution means nothing, liberty is not important; we must be ‘fair’ and that means that those who now pay most of the taxes already now get to pay even more because the government must continue to grow at 7% exponential. Forever. Source

Speaker of the House John Boehner doesn't impress many of his Republican and Democrat colleagues but occasionally he delivers a genuine zinger..."Giving the federal government more money would be like giving a cocaine addict more cocaine."

Democrats keeping abusing their main talking point...the rich need to pay their fair share...but overlook the fact that about 47 percent of Americans do not pay any federal income taxes at all. Either their incomes are too low, or they qualified for credits, deductions, and exemptions to eliminate their liability. The rich pay an inordinate amount of income taxes, far beyond their numbers.

This sounds like a great idea...A Maryland lawmaker is considering legislation in next year’s General Assembly to strengthen penalties related to flash-mob robberies. Delegate Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher, Montgomery Democrat, said he might sponsor a bill that would hold each flash-mob participant responsible for the total amount of merchandise stolen by the group, rather than just for their own actions. Story (sounds "fair" to me)

Elsewhere, people with 'mild' forms of autism are more likely to be atheists, according to a controversial new study - and more likely to shun organised religion in general. The study, which looked at posts on autism forums, focused on people with high-functioning autism such as Asperger's. The study, from University of Boston, speculates that common autistic spectrum behaviours such as 'a preference for logical beliefs' and a distrust of metaphor and figures of speech, could be responsible. Story

Odd, isn't it, that we don't hear much about the damaged nuclear plants at Fukushima nowadays. The mainstream media seems to have forgotten about them.

Debbie Schlussel doesn't like muslims..."Anyone who has read a newspaper or paid attention to world events–even only occasionally–in the last ten years knows that the Muslim world is a savage place that will never be civilized and whose only version of 'democracy' is to elect fellow savages. Anyone who needed the Muslim invasion of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, last week as a wake up call should go back to sleep. You simply haven’t been paying attention . . . attention to 'Gaza Democracy' a/k/a HAMASastan . . . attention to 'Iraqi Democracy' a/k/a Iran-backed, koran-based Shia-ocracy . . . Libyocracy a/k/a mass torture and revenge and then koran-ocracy. Oh, and then there’s the gang-rape of Lara Logan by the 'liberators' she cheered until they 'liberated' her . . . and the virginity tests of their fellow Egyptian 'democrats.' This is Islam. This has always been Islam. It will not change. They need brutal dictators to keep some appearance of stability among the animals."

Back in 1946, an American diplomat asked an Iranian editor why his newspaper angrily criticized the United States but never the Soviet Union. The Iranian said that it was obvious, "The Russians kill people."

According to the Los Angeles Times...In 2009, the top 1% earned 18% of California's income but paid 37% of the income tax. In 2007, the top 1% paid 48% of the total before the stock market collapsed. In the next two years, the state's income tax revenue fell 25%. The top 10% earned 45% of the income but paid 72% of the taxes.

Portable culture

Several years ago, the former director of USAID, Lawrence Harrison wrote...

"...all of the underdeveloped or underprivileged countries or cultures I worked in were plagued by the same things: disrespect for law, lack of cooperation with one another, acquiescence to (and extertion of) unbridled authority, passivity when encountering problems, absence of civic consciousness, lack of trust, and selfish pursuit of narrow personal interest. It is much more politically acceptable for scholars such as Jared Diamond to blame geography, insufficient resources, or 'guns, germs, and steel' for the failure of so many cultures, but this entirely begs the question of why certain groups -- most notably, the Jews or East Asians -- thrive wherever they are allowed to take root. In each case, they have a 'portable culture' of extremely healthy and adaptive values that stand them in good stead."

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Texas history

In 1836 when Texas declared Independence from Mexico, there were approximately 4,000 citizens of Mexican descent and about 20,000 from the U.S. living in Texas. Those 20,000 Americans were invited to colonize Texas because Mexico could not convince many Mexicans to move north mainly because of the threat of raids from Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache Indians. Mexico was also afraid that French settlers from Louisiana would claim Texas as a province of France.

In 1863 France and Spain invaded Mexico with 30,000 troops. The embattled Confederate States actually offered Louisiana and Texas to France in exchange for its assistance. Britain, France and other European powers were ready to snuff out the young republic but were deterred by Russia. Czar Alexander II sent his fleets to New York and San Francisco and declared that an attack on President Lincoln was an attack on Russia.

Fascism

From Jonah Goldberg's book, Liberal Fascism...

Contrary to what most people think, the Nazis were ardent socialists (hence the term "National socialism"). They believed in free health care and guaranteed jobs. They confiscated inherited wealth and spent vast sums on public education. They purged the church from public policy, promoted a new form of pagan spirituality, and inserted the authority of the state into every nook and cranny of daily life. The Nazis declared war on smoking, supported abortion, euthanasia, and gun control. They loathed the free market, provided generous pensions for the elderly, and maintained a strict racial quota system in their universities-where campus speech codes were all the rage. The Nazis led the world in organic farming and alternative medicine. Hitler was a strict vegetarian, and Himmler was an animal rights activist.

Alien technologies

No matter how you slice it the 1950s and 60s was a time of great achievement by mankind. Some of the best minds in the world came up with integrated circuit boards which laid the groundwork for the Internet.

Communication satellites, which is like taking the communication frontier into hyperspace. Some things had been around for a hundred years or more but we did not discover a practical use for them until the 1950's such as titanium and fibre optics.

One of the more startling facts is that we had computers in 1947 that were as large as a house, in 12 short years later we had come up with the integrated circuit board! There was no evolution of the circuit board, one day it simply.... was!

The invention of or the practical use of lasers, fibre optics, and the microchip were all put forward at the same time (1958). Transistors, cordless technology, remote controls, pacemakers, unmanned aerial vehicles, things were being put out there at such a rapid pace that it took years to get them into the mainstream.

These are not small things, these are things that changed the lives of most people on the planet. An entire host of laboratories sprung up at such a rapid pace that it made your head spin, to name a few, Bell labs, Westinghouse Labs, Zenith Corp, Hughes Aviation, Texas Instruments and not to mention major contributions by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Have you ever given much thought about how these life changing inventions all came about in a twenty year period?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Spiritual oppression and evil

"As a former law enforcement officer I’ve dealt with situations involving suicide, homicide and other violence. That said, I’ve never felt the level of spiritual oppression and evil that I felt in that room," says Liberty Counsel attorney Matt Barber.

Barber is describing attending a pro-pedophilia conference in Baltimore last week.

A group of academics called "B4U-ACT" classifies pedophilia as simply another sexual orientation and decries the "stigma" attached to adults having sex with children.

B4U-ACT science director Howard Kline challenged supporters to pressure the American Psychological Association to stop defining the sexual compulsions of "minor-attracted persons" as a mental disorder.

Similar lobbying in 1973 by homosexual activists led to the APA’s declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. As a result, debate regarding homosexuality and the many documented harms associated with the homosexual lifestyle were all but shut down in academic psychological circles.

That’s the goal of B4U-ACT — normalizing pedophilia and changing the public discussion away from protecting children and instead to giving rights to pedophiles since they were "born that way" and can do nothing about their sexual orientation.

"These mental health ‘professionals,’ and self-described pedophile and ‘gay’ activists were inexplicably able to cavalierly discuss, in an almost dismissive way, the idea of child rape," Barber told LifeSiteNews. "They used flowery, euphemistic psychobabble to give quasi-scientific cover to a discussion about the worst kind of perversion."

The event, attended by pro-pedophile activists and mental health professionals, examined the ways in which "minor-attracted persons" could be involved in pressuring the APA to revise its classification of pedophilia.

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And another poll

More Texans disapprove of Rick Perry’s performance as governor than approve of his work for them, a new poll finds. Forty-five percent of Texas voters have a positive view of Perry’s job performance while 48 percent disapprove, according to the latest poll of Texas voters released by Public Policy Polling on Tuesday.

We are fed up

Texas Tea Party leaders are unhappy with Gov. Rick Perry’s immigration-related positions and want him to call another special legislative session to give state lawmakers a third opportunity to ban sanctuary cities.

"This is an issue that is simmering and bubbling up to the surface … We are tired of lip service. We are fed up. We are fed up, too, Gov. Perry," Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee chair JoAnn Fleming of Tyler said Monday.

Perry declared sanctuary cities an emergency issue in January and put it back on the legislative agenda in June after lawmakers failed to approve legislation during the regular session. Legislation to ban so-called sanctuary cities – and subject anyone stopped for a traffic violation to document their citizenship – also failed during the special session.

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Taste

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Heap big medicine

George Will speaks with heap big medicine on Obama..."He went to Massachusetts to campaign against Scott Brown; Brown is now a senator. He went to New Jersey to campaign against Chris Christie, who's now governor. He went to Virginia to campaign against Bob McDonnell, who's now governor. He campaigned for the healthcare plan extensively, it became less popular. He campaigned in 2010 for the Democrats, they were shellacked. He began, in a sense, his presidency flying to Copenhagen to get Chicago the Olympics; Chicago was the first city eliminated. There is no evidence that the man has the rhetorical powers the he is relying on."

Obama's plan to slash $3 Trillion from the deficit in a nutshell...end all of our participation in wars, raise taxes on the rich, close tax loopholes, and decrease the cost of Medicare. Sounds good except there's no mention of excess spending. He's not really planning on decreasing his spending so nothing will change. The cuts mentioned above will simply mean he has more money to spend on his most favored projects and to continue funding wasteful programs. Obama said his new jobs bill will create 1.9 million new jobs. And the unemployment rate will drop from 9.1 percent to 8.1 percent. And in addition, his bill will add two percentage points to the Gross Domestic Product. Sure, Barry, whatever you say.

Truthiness, anyone?...It could be true...Obama to big business..."So when are you evil capitalist bastards who need to be regulated and taxed up the wazoo gonna start hiring people to make my unemployment numbers look good?"

Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former Chief of Staff, is playing dumb by saying he doesn't remember anything about the Solyndra loan scandal. Hey, maybe he was on the golf course when the deal was finalized. Who knows?

Meanwhile, left-wing firebomber Keith Olbermann actually criticized the left-wing, lunatic author (Joe McGuinness) of the newest book on Sarah Palin. He still thinks she is an idiot but says the book is thin on verifiable facts. Story

ACORN is dead, right? No, they're not.

Nurses in the San Francisco bay area are going on strike this week in solidarity with another union's strike. Nurses from other areas are being flown into California to fill in for the missing strikers. Healthcare costs will surely rise in that area. Shame on them.

The leftist magzaine, The Nation, in a story on the Congressional Progressive Caucus, mentioned Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) as a member. The CPC is the largest caucus in Congress with 64 members. "The CPC was created by the Marxists of the Democratic Socialists of America and many of its key activists are allied to the Communist Party USA." (Sorry, but I just lost sympathy for Giffords) Other renown members include Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison, Jan Schakowsky, Lynn Woolsey, John Conyers, Charlie Rangel, Jim McDermott, Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman, Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, and Bernie Sanders.

The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) made a truly astounding statement last week concerning Obama and black unemployment..."If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House." (so who's racist?)

Latest Gallup Poll...Perry 31%...Romney 24%...Ron Paul 13%...Bachmann 5%

Latest Rasmussen Poll...Obama 46%...Perry 39%

Isn't it funny that Obama said not too long ago..."The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession". But he's now proposing to raise taxes because nothing else he's tried has worked. Nothing will change until he gets a grip on his excessive s-p-e-n-d-i-n-g.

Texans love their guns...I heard this joke at the barber shop yesterday..."Keep a fine gun or a woman around long enough and you are going to want to shoot both of them."

If celebrities moved to Oklahoma. Go here. You know you want to.

Jealousy of the rich

I am middle class and I love to see the rich get richer. That's what they are trying to do. I am not trying to be rich so I have no envy of their accomplishing what I am not attempting. Bless the rich their good fortune; don't despise them for being able to do what you can't.

If I wanted to be rich I would work at it instead of being envious. When I was younger I was rich and enjoyed it. Now that I am lower middle class it would be selfish and undignified of me to envy those who have achieved what I have not tried to accomplish.

Those who resent the gap between the rich and poor should resent themselves for being so petty. They should not look in the mirror and see reflections that are not their own. They should be what they be or as Popeye the Sailor Man says, "I am what I am. I'm Popeye the Sailor man."

Jealousy poisons. It's time the poor blessed the rich and quaffed the antidote to hatred. The rich form charities for the poor. The poor return that courtesy with hatred and Obama-like class warfare.

I like the rich. I would be ashamed to hate them. It would show that I have no character.

It would show that I am a jealous, small person -- the kind of person that would be in a union using voting quantity rather than worker quality to seek promotion.

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Medal of Honor

Sgt. Meyer was recognized for his actions on Sept. 8, 2009, when he repeatedly braved enemy fire to rescue members of a Marine patrol ambushed by 50 Taliban in the eastern Afghanistan village of Ganjgal. . . .

The 2009 ambush leading to Sgt. Meyer’s recognition remains controversial. Despite the large Taliban force, U.S. artillery support was denied and helicopter support was late in arriving, as commanders worried they might violate a tactical directive to limit the use of air power when civilians could be injured or killed.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Military pensions

New York Times on military pensions...

Military pensions and health care for active and retired troops now cost the government about $100 billion a year, representing an expanding portion of both the Pentagon budget — about $700 billion a year, including war costs — and the national debt, which together finance the programs.

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Mocking Perry

Fallows further mocks Perry by comparing him to a person who says, "Hey, I’ll mention Galileo! Unfortunately in mentioning him, I’ll show that I don’t know the first thing about that case…." But although Fallows may think that he’s the one who really knows the first thing about Galileo, he may not know the second and the third thing — including what the Church’s main beef with Galileo was, and the position of Galileo’s scientific contemporaries on the subject of heliocentrism. The latter is especially important to Perry’s analogy, since he was talking about disagreements among scientists, both in Galileo’s time and now.

The Church had initially become upset with Galileo for two main reasons, neither of them the conventional "church vs. science" objection of legend. His first offense was committing theological overreach in their eyes when he stated that heliocentrism did not contradict the Bible because scripture should not be interpreted literally. The second was a kind of scientific hubris: Galileo’s assertion that heliocentrism had been proven (incontrovertibly, as it were) rather than being a tentative working theory. In addition, many of Galileo’s fellow scientists, although split on the matter, were more against Galileo than with him, just as Rick Perry said. The reason for their skepticism was not theology, it was that Galileo's model was inconsistent with the best empirical observations of the time — although of course, in retrospect, his theory turned out to be correct.

The most important problem with Galileo’s heliocentric theory, and one that was widely recognized by his scientific contemporaries, was the lack of "observable parallax shifts in the stars’ positions as the earth moved in its orbit around the sun." It was only much later that instruments were designed that were sensitive enough to detect the shifts. Therefore, Galileo lacked scientific evidence to prove his theory, and many leading astronomers of the day rejected it. The renowned Tycho Brahe was one of them; he had his own competing theory, which was a Geo-Heliocentric hybrid in which the sun revolved around the earth but the other planets revolved around the sun, a system that conformed better than Galileo’s with the lack of observed stellar parallax and which remained in scientific favor for a long time.

I have written that Galileo’s theory turned out to be correct, but that is actually an over-simplication. Galileo was indeed correct in stating that the planets revolve around the sun. But he also believed that the sun is the fixed and unmoving center of the universe, which we now know to be incorrect.

This error does not contradict the fact that Galileo was a scientific giant. But the story is a reminder that even the brilliant make mistakes, and that science does not advance by simple progression from ignorance to perfect knowledge, nor is it proven by consensus. It moves in fits and starts, sometimes with small wavering steps and meanderings, sometimes with great leaps. Sometimes it lingers for a while in blind alleyways. But it is always incomplete, and must continually be tested and questioned.

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Not without a permit

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, one of the few places it was controversial to display the American flag — a symbol of unity in that terrifying time — was on America's campuses.

Ten years later, it still is.

Last Friday, three college conservatives at Northern Arizona University (NAU) gathered in the student union to pass out small American flags in remembrance of 9/11. They were indoors, against the wall of a large room, because it was raining outside. Wisely, they also brought a video camera.

It wasn’t long before an administrator approached them and told them to go outside, in the rain, because they weren’t in an "approved vendor space." (They weren’t selling anything.) The students refused.

The first administrator was followed by another administrator, who told the students that the university could use "time, place and manner" rules to determine that they were not allowed to pass out flags there without a permit. This administrator was followed by yet another administrator who claimed that the First Amendment meant "free speech in a designated time, place, and manner."

That’s a reading of the First Amendment that only a bureaucrat could love. The Supreme Court has indeed determined that the government may enforce time, place and manner restrictions on expression, but these restrictions must be reasonable, content-neutral, narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest and must leave open ample alternative means of communication. So when the expression consists of a couple of people handing out flags while standing against the wall of a large room, one wonders what "governmental interest" is involved in telling students they can’t do so.

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Homeland Security

Saturday, September 17, 2011

PCspeak

Doublethink occurs when someone simultaneously accepts two contradictory beliefs as true. It is achieved through using one word in a contradictory manner. An example is "affirmative action." Because it is wrong to judge people on the basis of skin color or gender, universities and employers should give preference to people based on skin color and gender.

Or consider the concept of "diversity"; because differences in human beings are to be embraced we must eliminate those differences that may offend some. "Affirmative action" and "diversity" have become part of the PCspeak and modern doublethink that parallel Newspeak.

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Hugo

Another failure of socialism....

"I don’t have any problems firing everyone I need to fire," Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez thundered in 2002, as he began purging state oil company executives who had mounted protests against him. Months later, nearly 20,000 oil workers, from petroleum engineers to geologists and managers, had been fired. But with the company under the president’s tight control, production has swiftly fallen and Venezuela has slipped from the world’s fifth-largest oil exporter to the 11th. Story

Meanwhile, Muslims in France have been blocking streets for years to perform their prayers. Seems there is a shortage of mosques. Pictures and videos on the internet show entire streets blocked by hundreds of men on their prayer rugs with foreheads on the ground and their butts up in the air. But France has recently banned street prayers and "does not rule out the use of force against those who fail to comply with the new law."

Elsewhere, Nevada leads the nation in foreclosures with one in every 118 households receiving a foreclosure-related notice last month. Rounding out the top 10 states with the highest foreclosure rate in August are California, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Colorado and Utah.

Nancy Pelosi is deranged. She says that the Democrats' loss of New York's 9th Congressional District, formerly held by Anthony Weiner, was a "good day" because it will make Democrats realize that they need to intensify their efforts to prevail in next year's election. "We're optimistic about the recruitment of candidates, the raising of money, the raising of issues that are out there, and that's positive for us." (Sure, Nancy)

Most people hear about the U.S. having a $15 Trillion debt and think it's probably not that high since we have a large population and the economy will soon improve. Raise taxes a little bit and we'll be okay. But then again, most people don't know that if we include future pension obligations, the actual debt is over $100 Trillion.

Have you noticed that neither political party seems worried or upset that our manufacturing base has been outsourced? Have you noticed that neither political party seems worried or upset about the millions of illegals that are here? Sure we hear of a little bit of token resistance now and then but nothing ever comes of it. One could reasonably assume that it's the official policy at the highest ranks of both political parties.

No one would ever accuse Barry Manilow of being a rocket scientist. He recently said that "he agrees with just about everything Ron Paul says...I like him. I like what he says, I do. I like what he says. I think he's solid."

Jimmy Carter endorses Romney to be Republican candidate for president. That's one more reason not to vote for Romney.

Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) has a "surefire" plan to create jobs in America. "Evict all illegal aliens." Story

Margaret Thatcher believe that..."The economic success of the Western world is a product of its moral philosophy and practice. The economic results are better because the moral philosophy is superior. It is superior because it starts with the individual, with his uniqueness, his responsibility, and his capacity to choose. Surely this is infinitely preferable to the Socialist-statist philosophy which sets up a centralized economic system to which the individual must conform, which subjugates him, directs him and denies him the right to free choice."

Fact of the day...On 9/11/2001 the Navy had 314 ships...today we have 284.

Three suspects who were arrested last week in connection with the shooting death of 24-year-old Billy J. Rutherford were each charged Thursday with three counts of first-degree murder. Documents released by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office after the filings revealed details of the homicide, including possible motives. Shitavious J. Cook, 15, was arraigned Thursday morning on his charges, punishable by up to life imprisonment. Story

Shitavious?

Ponzi scheme

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hillary?

The mainstream media is throwing out trial balloons by calling Hillary Clinton the most popular national political figure in America today.

Really? Are they thinking of dumping Obama and running Hillary in 2012? Sure sounds like it.

Even James Carville told CNN that Obama would not be reelected if he stays on the course he's now on.

College is dangerous for men

College is a dangerous place for men. They are not only a minority, but they are victimized by discriminatory and unconstitutional anti-male rules.

In another striking proof that the Obama administration is totally manipulated by feminists, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights sent out a 19-page "DCL" (Dear Colleague Letter) to colleges and universities that should make men fear attending college at all. The letter adopts the feminist theory that in all sexual controversies or accusations, the man is guilty unless he proves himself innocent.

This DCL carries the force of law, since it purports to be an additional implementation of Title IX, the 1972 federal law that bans sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal assistance. But the DCL was never legislated by Congress, and it was not even launched as a regulation that requires posting for comment in the Federal Register.

The DCL is just a federal order, issued by a feminist bureaucrat named Russlynn Ali, which colleges and universities must obey under threat of losing their funding. Colleges have dutifully fallen in line by spelling it out in their fall orientations under the rubric of making campuses friendly to women and requiring sensitivity about offensive words and ideas.

The most unconstitutional part of Ali's impertinent DCL is that it orders colleges to reject use of the criminal justice standard of proof. The DCL rules that an accused man doesn't have to be judged guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt," or even the intermediate standard of "clear and convincing" proof.

Instead, Ms. Ali instructs colleges that they must judge an accused man based on "a preponderance of the evidence" standard. That means the campus disciplinary board (which may include feminist faculty from the Women's Studies Department) only has to believe that the female accuser is 51 percent likely to be truthful and accurate.

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Amish criminals



Here are the booking photos of the eight members of an Amish sect who were ordered jailed by a Kentucky judge after they refused to pay fines for failing to affix orange safety triangles to their horse-drawn buggies.

The men, who were booked Monday night into the Graves County jail, refused to pay the fines on grounds that their religion bars them from wearing or displaying bright colors. Jailed for misdemeanor contempt of court, the inmates were provided dark-colored jumpsuits in place of the standard issue orange coveralls.

The defendants were hit with a range of time in the county lockup (between three and 10 days) by District Court Judge Deborah Hawkins Crook.

While members of the Swartzentruber Amish sect will affix reflective tape to the rear of their buggies, they eschew use of the bright safety triangle, which they consider too modern.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Barbie with Fangs

Michele Bachmann (known as "Barbie with Fangs" by Leftists) really screwed up by claiming that a HPV vaccine causes mental retardation (though it would explain Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz). Two college professors have put up $10,000 reward for proof of Bachmann's claim. She can kiss her chances of being president bye-bye if no one offers proof.

Meanwhile, conservative wags are referring to Obama as the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers. It's one of the "snitch" reports to Obama's snitch website, AttackWatch.Com. Isn't that what the communists in Russia and the nazis in eastern Europe use to do?

You know, we really need to ask our leaders why it is so important for them to allow over 1 million legal immigrants into the U.S. every year when unemployment is so high. And why nothing is being done about illegal immigrants also.

Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation in a report says, "Nearly two-thirds [of the officially poor] have cable or satellite TV" and "one-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV." No mention is made of Smart phones but they are everywhere. The poverty line seems to be manipulated by political entitites for political gain nowadays. Yeah, I'm referring to you, Democrats.

Ann Coulter's latest column (here) has this little tidbit..."According to the General Accounting Office, in 2008, the federal government had 18 separate food programs that spent $62.5 billion each year to feed the poor. And that was before the Food Stamp President assumed office."

Meanwhile, 10.9 million, or 22.5 percent, of all residential properties with a mortgage were in negative equity at the end of the second quarter of 2011. Nevada led the pack with 60 percent of its mortgaged properties having negative equity. Following Nevada were Arizona at 49 percent, Florida at 45 percent, Michigan at 36 percent, and California at 30 percent.

If that isn't depressing enough, how about this...According to the Wall Street Journal, SAT scores for the high-school graduating class of 2011 fell in all three subject areas, and the average reading and writing scores were the lowest ever recorded. The results from the college-entrance exam, taken by about 1.6 million students, also revealed that only 43% of students posted a score high enough to indicate they were ready to succeed in college, according to the College Board, the nonprofit that administers the exam. Students had to score a 1550 out of a possible 2400 to meet that benchmark....

Tired of working? According to Newsmax, Puerto Rico is the best place to apply for disability benefits. A pharmaceutical plant closed and 290 of 300 laid-off employees filed for disability benefits using the same doctor. "A March Wall Street Journal story found that in 2010 benefits were awarded in 63.4 percent of cases in Puerto Rico, far higher than in other locations. The Journal report also found that nine of the 10 top U.S. zip codes for workers collecting Social Security disability benefits are in Puerto Rico." Source

Vitali Klitschko stopped Polish challenger Tomasz Adamek in the 10th round to retain the WBC heavyweight title Saturday night. The 40-year-old Klitschko was six inches taller than his opponent and used his size advantage...Klitschko improved to 43-2 with his 40th knockout. This is the highest knockout ratio in boxing history. Klitschko and younger brother Wladimir retained their hold on all three major heavyweight titles.

"The Europeans don’t like us. Most of them think that US foreign policy in some way provoked 9/11, according to a 2007 poll. But that is no reason to rejoice in their misery. They are another civilization in decline. There but for the grace of God go we, and we should look to our own drift towards European-style welfare statism with redoubled concern as Europe fades away." Source

Hip pocket

Ariel Weinmann

Petty Officer Ariel Weinmann...pled guilty on 4 December 2006 to espionage, desertion and other charges. His case is notable as an espionage case where the Navy and trial court officials have denied access to basic information, including the court docket.

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Espionage is defined by the military as providing classified information to a foreign country. There have been conflicting reports about which countries he is accused of spying for. During the trial the foreign country was referred to as Country X and has never been identified, due to security concerns. There has been some speculation that the country in question was Russia. The Jerusalem Post reported a story previously run by a Saudi newspaper that identified the foreign country in question as Israel, but later reported a claim by the U.S. Navy as denying any link to Israel.

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A docket listing Weinmann’s preliminary hearing, (Article 32) was never produced nor would the Navy confirm when the hearing was held. Officials have refused to produce a charge sheet which would detail the accusations against the sailor. Theodore Brown a spokesman for Fleet Forces Command stated that Weinmann is charged with failure to obey orders and acts prejudicial to good order and discipline in addition to espionage and desertion.

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In December 2006 Weinmann was sentenced by a military court-martial at Norfolk Naval Station to 12 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for desertion and turning over classified information to a foreign agent. Judge Capt. Daniel O'Toole handed down a 25-year term, but was forced by a plea agreement to suspend 13 years. With time already served, Weinmann will be eligible for parole in 2009-2010.

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Weinmann admitted that he downloaded classified data, including biographies of Austrian government employees and technical manuals on the Tomahawk cruise missile, while serving aboard the Albuquerque in 2005. He fled to Vienna, Austria, and hoped the Austrian government would be interested in the dossiers being collected by U.S. intelligence agencies. He contemplated trading the dossiers for asylum but abandoned that plan and instead turned over Tomahawk manuals to a foreign agent at a Vienna embassy. Weinmann said he had hoped to exchange the information for a new life in another country.

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Infanticide okay in Canada

The Wetaskiwin, Alta., woman convicted of infanticide for killing her newborn son, was given a three-year suspended sentence Friday by an Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench judge.

Katrina Effert was 19 on April 13, 2005, when she secretly gave birth in her parents' home, strangled the baby boy with her underwear and threw the body over a fence into a neighbour's yard.

She silently wept as Justice Joanne Veit outlined the reasons for the suspended sentence. Effert will have to abide by conditions for the next three years but she won't spend time behind bars for strangling her newborn son.

In her judgment, the judge rejected arguments from the Crown that the single father and the grandparent also face "the same stresses of the mind" as a mother who kills her own baby.

The fact that Canada has no abortion laws reflects that "while many Canadians undoubtedly view abortion as a less than ideal solution to unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancy, they generally understand, accept and sympathize with the onerous demands pregnancy and childrbirth exact from mothers, especially mothers without support," she writes.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Deficits and other embarrassments

The federal budget deficit reached $1.23 trillion in August. The third straight $1 trillion-plus deficit adds pressure on Congress and the White House to reach agreement on a long-term plan to trim government spending. The Treasury Department said the deficit grew by $134.2 billion last month. At that rate, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects the deficit will total $1.28 trillion when the budget year ends in September. That would nearly match last year's $1.29 trillion imbalance and come in below the record $1.41 trillion hit in fiscal 2009. Source

Meanwhile, Democrats suffered a stunning blow Tuesday as voters in New York's 9th Congressional District chose a novice Republican to replace disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1 in the district, which has not been represented by the GOP since 1923. (I wonder if Mrs. Weiner has ever decided whether or not she married a loser?)

President Carter Obama had another speech "impediment" on Sunday. He mispronounced the word "bow" when referring to a weapon (bow and arrow). He pronounced it like a dog's bark (bow wow). This from the smartest guy in the universe...well, maybe at least in the Chicago area. And did you notice how chilly the president was received at the Ground Zero ceremony? Compare that to the cheers and applause for former President Bush.

Great quote from Walter Russel Mead..."What is worrying investors worldwide is the evident intellectual and political bankruptcy of Europe. The Europeans are not stupider than other people, but they face deep structural economic and political problems that their institutions are hopelessly inadequate to solve. Creating a monetary union without a true federal government is looking more and more like the biggest European policy mistake since Britain and France let Hitler have the Sudetenland."

Rush Limbaugh has some good advice..."Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul need to quit the Republican Party, join the Democrat Party, and run against Obama." (and he also points out that the proposed American Jobs Act uses the word "tax" 235 times)

A CNN poll has revealed that 52% of voters over 65 years prefer Perry over Romney. Overall, Perry leads Romney 32 percent to 21 percent, with Ron Paul following at 13 percent.

Former candidate Tim Pawlenty is now endorsing Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president. His expression of support for his former foe is a quick turnabout for the former Minnesota governor, who earlier this summer lampooned Romney over his healthcare reform plan, which Pawlenty called "Obamneycare."

Victor Davis Hanson notes that "the president no longer can use words and phrases like 'shovel ready', 'green jobs', or 'stimulus'; they have all gone the way of sermons on 'civility'" ...and "the welfare state, aside from being broke, is eroding initiative and warping reality." Source

Ron Paul was booed during the debate for bringing up the old meme that the U.S. was to blame for the 9/11 attacks. He makes a lot sense when talking about economics but when he ventures away from that he's as sensible as a hippy on crack. Libertarians are liberals in denial.

Rumor has it that the upper echelon of ABC privately think Christiane Amanpour has been a disaster in her job as the anchor of This Week. Ratings have been low. Amanpour is seen by many to be anti-American and is rather smug about it. She's been criticized as being "hard on Jews, soft on Islam." A source quoted in Wikipedia says, "Amanpour's reporting contained bias, inaccuracies and false moral equivalence". Your humble blogger used to cringe every time I heard her pronounce water as "woe-ter".

An Arizona lawmaker best known as the author of a controversial law that cracks down on illegal immigrants will face a recall election in November. Jeez, they ought to give him a medal.

Elsewhere...in Britain, radical muslims burned a U.S. flag and chanted "U.S. is a terrorist state." Those in the British government who are always on the lookout for hate crimes somehow missed this event.

Flashback...Michael Moore quote from 2004..."The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy." They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win. Get it, Mr. Bush?"

Perry will win

Rick Perry's going to win the GOP nom. Why? Because unlike Mitt Romney, Perry's just so lifelike. That's Jonah Goldberg's take, anyway. In his Tuesday column, he writes that Romney "has an authentic inauthenticity problem."
I have shaken Romney's hand a few times, and I can say he feels surprisingly lifelike. But politically he just seems fake, even though what you see is what he really is. Romney is a much better candidate than he was in 2008, but there's still something about the guy that makes people say, "There's just something about that guy." And given Romney's rich history of flip-flops, he just seems untrustworthy to the tea-fueled base of the GOP.
That's in contrast with Perry, who, Goldberg says…
doesn't have to worry about seeming lifelike enough. He needs to figure out just how much larger than life he can appear without becoming a caricature.
…because Republicans:
really want to like their nominee. Right now, Perry is in that sweet spot.
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Dip

Crony capitalism

Despite Solyndra’s abrupt closing and bankruptcy announcement last month, the Department of Energy (DOE) is undeterred. Just this month, the agency made two more loan guarantees worth millions of dollars to alternative energy firms.

And, as was the case with Solyndra, officials and investors with the two new companies have strong financial ties to President Barack Obama.

On September 7, the DOE announced its plan to guarantee 80 percent — or $275 million — of a $344 million private loan taken out by the firm SolarCity. The company installs rooftop solar systems that harvests electricity SolarCity then sells.

The guarantee means that if SolarCity’s project does not succeed, the DOE will use taxpayer money to pay back 80 percent of the company’s private loans

The current plan is for SolarCity to operate 160,000 systems on military bases around the country, and hire 750 workers over five years. It has been described as the "largest residential solar project in history."

The Chairman of SolarCity, Elon Musk, is a major financial supporter of the president. On April 15 of this year, Musk donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund. He also gave an additional $5,000 to the Obama campaign.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gasoline

The prices of gasoline have been increasing on a daily basis for the last 24 days.

Right now, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is at $3.67 nationwide, while in California the average is at $3.98.

Here in southeast Texas I filled up yesterday for $3.349 per gallon.

Debate

Last night's debate was a little better than last week's. Everyone was hurling daggers at Rick Perry who managed to dodge most of them. He seems more and more like a George Bush clone.

Newt Gingrich came up with the best line...

“I’m not particularly worried about Governor Perry and Governor Romney frightening the American people, when President Obama scares them every day.”

Luddites

Excerpt from Mark Steyn's new book, After America,

"...the bigger government gets, the less it actually does. You think a guy like Obama is going to put up a new Hoover Dam (built during the Depression and opened two years ahead of schedule)? No chance. Today's big government crowd is more likely to put up a new regulatory agency to tell the Hoover Dam it's non-wheelchair accessible and has to close.

So called progressives actively wage war on progress. They're opposed to dams, which spurred the growth of California. They're opposed to air conditioning, which led to the development of the Southwest. They're opposed to light bulbs, which expanded man's day, and they're opposed to automobiles, which expanded man's reach. They're still nominally in favor of mass transit, so maybe we can go back to wood-fired steam trains? No, sorry, no can do. The progressives are opposed to logging; they want a ban on foresty work in environmentally sensitive areas such as forests. Ultimately, progressives are at war with mass prosperity."

Monday, September 12, 2011

Liberal fascism

As parents send their children to college this fall, they have reason to worry where their tuition dollars are going. Increasingly, those dollars pay the large salaries of administrators who develop and enforce unconstitutional speech regulations that destroy the marketplace of ideas and deprive students of legal protections against unproven accusations. The growing campus bureaucracy, together with an ideology that treats adult college students like children, makes administrators morality police. They tell students which ideas they can express and which are forbidden. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has documented that two-thirds of colleges surveyed have blatantly unconstitutional speech codes, policies clearly and substantially violating freedom of speech.

The growing campus bureaucracy, together with an ideology that treats adult college students like children, makes administrators morality police. They tell students which ideas they can express and which are forbidden. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE, where I work) has documented that two-thirds of colleges surveyed have blatantly unconstitutional speech codes, policies clearly and substantially violating freedom of speech.

For example, Chicago State University bans "teasing" and "insulting," as well as being "inconsiderate" or "insensitive." This bans thoughtful satire, and means everyone must conform to the sensibilities of the most oversensitive person on campus or stand in danger of punishment.

More here

Working for the man

There’s a reason they still call it "working for the man": Americans continue to prefer male bosses to female ones.

But the male edge is now the slimmest it's ever been. When pollster Gallup first began asking the question in 1953, 66% of Americans wanted Don Draper compared with the 5% looking for a female boss.

Now, male managers get 32% of the vote while female ones get 22%. Nearly half of people (including the majority of men) surveyed said they don’t care about the gender of their higher-ups.

But women –- especially ones older than 50 –- are much more opinionated. More women (39%) would like to report to a man than those (27%) who would rather have a woman in charge.

The gender of current bosses may have influenced the responses, Gallup said. Currently, 56% of Americans have a man at the helm while 30% are led by a woman. Thirteen percent said they have no boss.

Source

Note...I've been told by many women that they prefer working for a man because men are less demanding and allow for mistakes. Female bosses are just the opposite, they say.

Hot air


General Electric, the U.S.-based industrial giant and leading manufacturer of wind-power turbines, is scaling back efforts to expand its presence in the offshore wind power market. The rationale: there is no meaningful offshore wind market to speak of – at least not yet. Given slower-than-expected industry growth, the offshore market may not mature as rapidly as many wind boosters once believed. Source

New York City Mayor Bloomberg is a real piece of work. He decided to ban religious leaders and rescue workers from the 9/11 anniversary event. He says, "We just don't have room for them." But you know he'll find plenty of room for union thugs, gay rights activists, Green Party members, Church of Climatology adherents, and all the other assorted nuts and creeps that make up the Democrat Party.

Saw this on a conspiracy website...On September 6, 2001, airline stocks, including United and American, suddenly had a put/call ratio 25 times higher than normal. Over the next few days, as the numbers kept climbing, Bloomberg reported a high on airline put options that was as much as 285 times their average. This means that some unknown persons or a company made a bet that said "United and American Airlines are going to lose money very soon."

"Obama accuses Congress for all economic problems, but he is silent about his absolute majority he enjoyed in both chambers of Congress for over one year, and about the control over both chambers he had for the first two years of his Presidency. The Republican majority in the House is only 8 months young. Obama was able to push through Congress all the laws he wanted for two long years. He used this advantage to the fullest extent, even against the voiced opposition of the American population." Source

I'm not a big fan of Ron Paul but I do like this quote from him..."Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans only as members of groups and never as individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike; as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups."

Rush Limbaugh had this to say about the Republican debate last week..."I am not going to trash any of those people that were on that stage... Any and all of them are preferable to what we have now."

Warren Buffet says his secretary pays more in taxes than he does. But he's speaking of two different tax rates. His secretary pays a personal Income Tax just like we all do. Buffet, however, derives his income from Capital Gains which is set at a 15% rate. His secretary therefore pays a higher rate of tax because she's probably in the 20 to 25% range. Buffet is being deceptive. If he derived his income from a salary his taxes would substantially increase because of the progressive tax rate. He would probably fall into the 30 to 35% range.

Back in 2007, two polls were released by Keevoon Research, Strategy & Communications and the Arabic-language newspaper As-Sennara. Asked, "Would you prefer to be a citizen of Israel or of a new Palestinian state?" 62 percent want to remain Israeli citizens and 14 percent want to join a future Palestinian state. Asked, "Do you support transferring the Triangle [an Arab-dominated area in northern Israel] to the Palestinian Authority?" 78 percent oppose the idea and 18 percent support it.

Forgotten history...Immediately after the formation of Israel in 1948, they were invaded by five arab states, hell bent on destruction. Their stated goal was to drive the Jews into the sea. The arab armies told the locals to evacuate so they wouldn’t be caught in the crossfire, promising them that later they could return and dance on the graves of dead Jews. It is estimated that roughly 600,000 arabs followed that advice, but, the number is highly disputed. UN estimates have ranged from 360,000 to 950,000. The discrepancy is due to the fact that arabs from every arab country in the MidEast came running to be a "refugee." At the same time, 800,000 Jews were literally driven out of other arab countries, some from homes their families had known for millennia. They had a choice, stay and be killed by rampaging arabs or emigrate to Israel.

A black woman tells a police officer that he "did not know how to discipline black kids. You have to beat them." Woman is arrested. Story

A massive power outage hit Southern California Thursday...triggered when a breaker was tripped on a line from Arizona to California, leaving 1.4 million customers without electricity. I guess California is no longer boycotting Arizona because of their illegal immigration policies.

Some predictions are worse than others...The CEO of the International Monetary Fund in 1959 said, "In all likelihood world inflation is over."

Bumper stick of the day..."His Mommie was a Commie"

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Imperial overstretch

According to Charles Krauthammer...

"The total costs of 'the two wars' (Iraq and Afghanistan) is $1.3 trillion. That's less than 1/11th of the national debt, less than one year of Obama deficit spending. During the golden Eisenhower 1950s of robust economic growth averaging 5 percent annually, defense spending was 11 percent of GDP and 60 percent of the federal budget. Today, defense spending is 5 percent of GDP and 20 percent of the budget. So much for imperial overstretch."

Injuns

The traditional story is familiar to American schoolchildren: the American Indians possessed a profound spiritual kinship with nature, and were unusually solicitous of environmental welfare.

According to a popular book published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1991, "Pre-Columbian America was still the First Eden, a pristine natural kingdom. The native people were transparent in the landscape, living as natural elements of the ecosphere. Their world, the New World of Columbus, was a world of barely perceptible human disturbance."

If we are to avert environmental catastrophe, the not-so-subtle lesson goes, we need to recapture this lost Indian wisdom.

As usual, the real story is more complicated, less cartoonish, and a lot more interesting.

In his 1992 book Earth in the Balance, then-Senator Al Gore cited a nineteenth-century speech from Chief Seattle, patriarch of the Duwamish and Suquamish Indians of Puget Sound, as evidence of the Indians' concern for nature. This speech, which speaks of absolutely everything in the natural world, including every last insect and pine needle, as being sacred to Seattle and his people, has been made to bear an unusually heavy share of the burden in depicting the American Indians as the first environmentalists.

The trouble for Gore is that the version of the speech he cites is a fabrication....

More here

What's another word for bullshit?

Jermaine Jackson revealed that his family had a plan in place to help his brother Michael flee the country to Bahrain if he had been found guilty of child molestation back in 2005. Bahrain has no extradition treaty with the U.S.

Jermaine says, "If they were going to sit and crucify my brother for something that he didn't do, America deserves us not to come back here."

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Firefighters

A former North Shore firefighter gets paid $50,000 a year to stay home. He doesn’t have to pay taxes, his health insurance is free and he never has to work again if he doesn’t want to. But he’s fit enough to run an Ironman event.

Aaron Marjala completed the 2010 Madison Ironman triathlon in 12 hours, 24 minutes. But according to the state of Wisconsin, he is not fit for duty.

"I can’t raise a ladder. There’s stuff I can’t do. I have minor limiations, but it doesn’t stop me from getting out and enjoying stuff like this," said Marjala.

Marjala has completed at least seven marathons and one triathlon — all after the state declared him to be "permanently disabled" from performing his duties as a North Shore firefighter.

Duty disability is a system set up to protect police officers and firefighters from the inherent dangers of their profession. But for Marjala, the injury that sidelined him didn’t happen at a fire scene.

In 2006, he bumped his elbow on a kitchen countertop at the firehouse, causing numbness in his pinky finger. Eight months later, he bumped the same elbow on a ladder, doing further damage to his ulnar nerve (better known as the funny bone).

More here

Big flag

Laredo, Texas has one big flag flying at the border.

You can see it for miles and miles.

How big is it? 40 yards by 80 yards.

Short video here

Urban poodles

Conservatives like to talk about the causes of Western Civilization’s downfall: feminism, loose morality, drug abuse, Christianity’s decline, reality TV. Blaming civilization’s downfall on lardy hagfish such as Andrea Dworkin is like a doctor diagnosing senility by an old person’s wrinkles. The fact that anyone listened to such a numskull is a symptom, not the cause, of a culture in decline. The cause of civilizational decline is dirt-simple: lack of contact with objective reality. The great banker-journalist (and founder of the original National Review) Walter Bagehot said it well almost 150 years ago:
History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it.
Every great civilization reaches a point of prosperity where it is possible to live your entire life as a pacifist without any serious consequences. Many civilizations have come to the state of devolution represented by modern Berkeley folkways, from wife-swapping to vegetarianism. These ideas don’t come from a hardscrabble existence in contact with nature’s elemental forces; they are the inevitable consequence of being an effete urban twit removed from meaningful contact with reality. The over-civilized will try to portray their decadence as something "highly evolved" and worthy of emulation because it can only exist in the hothouse of highly civilized urban centers, much like influenza epidemics. Somehow these twittering blockheads missed out on what the word "evolution" means. Evolution involves brutal and often violent natural selection, and these people have not been exposed to brutal evolutionary forces any more than a typical urban poodle.

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Wackos

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hell is frozen

Hell must have frozen over, the New York Times actually has something nice to say about Sarah Palin. Sample here...She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a "permanent political class," drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called "corporate crony capitalism." Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private). More

As the parties prepare for the 2012 congressional elections, Republicans have an advantage in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate. Fewer than a dozen Senate seats now appear to be in play, and almost all of them are held by Democrats.... Two Senate Republicans face competitive challenges, Nevada freshman Dean Heller and Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who in 2010 broke Democrats’ 60-vote majority bloc after winning a special election to replace the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a Democrat. "Right now, they’re favored to take control of the Senate, but it’s not a done deal yet," said Duffy, referring to Republicans. Story

Elsewhere, in case you missed Obama's speech Thursday night, here's the key quotes..."Raise taxes"..."Spend more"..."infrastructure is crumbling"..."rich aren't paying their fair share"..."conservatives are evil"...etc. etc. We've heard it all before, you didn't miss anything. He's campaigning, not leading.

The left leaning online magazine, Salon, has an interesting quote..."Democrats may soon have to confront an uncomfortable truth, and ask whether Obama is a suitable choice at the top of the ticket in 2012. They may then have to ask themselves if there's any way they can push him off the top of the ticket."

According to Yahoo News...Texas just finished the hottest June through August on record in the U.S., the National Weather Service said Thursday. Weather service meteorologist Victor Murphy told The Associated Press that Texas' 86.8 average beat out Oklahoma's 85.2 degrees in 1934.

Did you know...that the Congressional Budget Office omits the cost of food and fuel when they do their inflation calculations? So if you're wondering why your cost of living seems to be rising but the government says we have no inflation, you now know why.

40 Terrorist Plots Against the U.S. Foiled Since 9/11. Here

From a comment here. "...our government has bilked us of trillions while leaving their actual intended jobs totally unattended. The level of criminality, cynicism, and malfeasance in the US government is unmatched in human history. Our government has allowed 20-30 million illegals to invade, they and the media vilify anyone who objects, and they hold the power of law over us to keep us down and wield their soft and not so soft redistributive tyranny over us… I think civil war is brewing."

True or False?..."Intelligent Design is a scientific quest for patterns in Nature which exhibit signs of being the product of some intelligence – a quest which is rapidly yielding new results in fields as diverse as cosmology, biochemistry and neurology."