Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Snowe

In commenting about Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe’s decision not to stand for re-election, League of Conservation Voters chief Gene Karpinski told E&E Daily:

During her tenure in the Senate she has earned a solid lifetime LCV score of 65 percent, among the highest lifetime scores in the Republican Party.

Snowe recently refused to join fellow Senate Republicans in a bill to override Obama's delay of the Keystone XL and she voted against an effort to block the Obama EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Sen. Snowe.

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Meandering

Two U.S. officers, a LtCol and Major, were shot in the back of their heads in Kabul because of the Koran burning incident. The suspect, an Afghani army intelligence officer, is on the run. The U.S. needs to get out now. Out, out, out. We are not winning the war and we are not winning the hearts and minds of these barbarians. Nation building is a failure. Where's General Patton when we need him? He would advance and kill, advance and kill, advance and kill. Repeat until victory. Huah.


Bondholders of Stockton, California debt are about to be punished as City Manager takes steps toward bankruptcy. Stockton may take the first steps toward becoming the most populous U.S. city to file for bankruptcy next week because of burdensome employee costs, excessive debt and bookkeeping errors that misrepresented accounts, city officials said today. Story

Thomas Jefferson wrote..."The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." (What part of that doesn't the Leftists understand?)

A Louisiana church was ordered to stop giving away free water along Mardi Gras parade routes because they did not have the proper permits. Story

I found something I like about Canada...You must apply to become a Canadian "citizen" to vote in any election in Canada. This means waiting several years after arriving in Canada to become eligible, paying a significant application fee per person, passing a written exam in French or English, and swearing allegiance - perhaps in front of a military official - to the British Queen, who leads a Christian church. For many people, this process is a barrier to exercising their democratic rights.

The Postal Service death spiral continues. Delivery time is slowing, service is worsening, and postal rates keep going up. The Wall Street Journal reports that the USPS is planning cuts to more than 260 mail processing centers nationwide, which will eventually result in the loss of roughly 35,000 jobs. Oh, and it will need to charge five cents more to mail a letter. (When I was a kid, it cost three cents to mail a first class letter, and same city delivery was often faster than it is today.) Story

In January and February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service began sending out letters to various local Tea Parties across the country. Mailed from the same Cincinnati, Ohio IRS office, these letters have reached Tea Parties in Virginia, Hawaii, Ohio, and Texas (we are hearing of more daily). There are several common threads to these letters: all are requesting more information from these independent Tea Parties in regard to their nonprofit 501(c)(4) applications (for this type of nonprofit, donations are not deductible). While some of the requests are reasonable, much of them are strikingly onerous and, dare I say, Orwellian in nature. Story

The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges. Story

"If the IPCC was selling Global Warming as a product, would the FTC stop their deceptive ads?" Story

Bob Dylan has been described as the very first rapper.

Headline of the Day...Black Lesbians Charged With Hate Crime After Beating White Gay Man at Train Station & Busting His Nose.


Bill O'Reilly said on Monday night..."There's no question that Obama wants to impose secularism on everybody - even religious institutions."

Despite recent reports that the U.S. economy is "recovering" and that there are signs of economic growth, some analysts are less than thrilled with what they see in the near future. In fact, they’re downright scared. Harry Dent, author of "The Great Crash Ahead," believes that the global debt bubble is going to burst and when it does, there will be a massive market crash. It should be noted that this is a revision of his earlier prediction that a crash would hit in 2012. He says he modified his forecast because the global central banks have been pumping the markets with so much money, stocks have been given a temporary boost. But he warns that as soon as the short-lived boost comes to an end, the crash will be hard. Story

Wasn't it Janet Napolitano who said the border has never been safer? Story

Meanwhile, Janet's Homeland Security is spending $11 Million searching the web for criticism of their policies. Hey, Janet, here I am.

After-birth abortion. After-birth abortion. After-birth abortion. Got your attention? Story

New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe – 10,000 years before the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians set foot in the New World. Story

Greek business

It took 10 months, a fat bundle of paperwork, countless certificates, long hours of haggling with bureaucrats and overcoming myriad other inconceivable obstacles for one group of young entrepreneurs to open an online store.

As e-commerce continues to gain ground apace abroad, and even Greeks seem to be warming to the idea of Internet shopping, opening an online store based in Greece is no job for the fainthearted.

"An online store is more complicated than a regular store basically because of the way payments are carried out," explained Fotis Antonopoulos, one of the co-founders of oliveshop.com, which sells olive oil-based products such as cosmetics, mostly to foreign markets.

"Most stores begin operating after receiving only the approval regarding their brand name, as the bureaucracy involved takes such a long time to complete that it is simply impossible to keep up with the operational costs, such as paying rent on obligatory headquarters, without making any sales," said Antonopoulos.

Antonopoulos and his partners spent hours collecting papers from tax offices, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the municipal service where the company is based, the health inspector’s office, the fire department and banks. At the health department, they were told that all the shareholders of the company would have to provide chest X-rays, and, in the most surreal demand of all, stool samples.

Once they climbed the crazy mountain of Greek bureaucracy and reached the summit, they faced the quagmire of the bank, where the issue of how to confirm the credit card details of customers ended in the bank demanding that the entire website be in Greek only, including the names of the products.

"They completely ignored us, however much we explained that our products are aimed at foreign markets and everything has to be written in English as well," said Antonopoulos.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Paternity

More and more men are demanding DNA tests to prove paternity and one organization wants state lawmakers to look into the issue of what they call paternity fraud.

Marcus Matthews was a teenager when he got the news that a girl he'd had sex with was pregnant.

"We dated, had sex [and] she got pregnant," he told Nashville's News 2. "She said I was the father of her child. I questioned it because I wore a condom the one time we had sex."

Matthews demanded a paternity test and the result was what he knew to be true, he wasn't the father.

He soon realized he wasn't alone and there were other men dealing with the same issue. He wrote the book "I Am Not the Father," that shares what he went through.

Matthew said, "I think in today's world, we're more and more reluctant to have children begin their life on an untruth."

Matthews knows this is not a subject that people don't like to discuss openly, but he believed it was time.

"Until we really hold this discussion openly and not be dismissive about it, it's not going to get any better," he said.

Tony Gottlieb is the president of DAD of Tennessee, Inc., an organization that fights for father's rights. He has come across several stories like Matthews.

"We don't let mothers leave the hospital with the wrong baby, why would we do it with fathers?" he asked.

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Climate change idiocy

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is claimed to be THE greenhouse gas villain. Al Gore, and many others, including the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), governments, industrial leaders and, of course, countless "NGOs" (Non Government Organizations) have proclaimed it for years.

Well, that proposition is becoming eroded even faster than your savings.

Ever since the 1980s or so, mainly under the auspices and guidance of the United Nations’ Program on Climate Change, the news about "Global Warming" (later on re-termed to "Climate Change") became more dire each year. Finally, in 2007, the main perpetrators of the claim, Al Gore (former Vice President of the USA), and the IPCC were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their important work in disseminating and publicizing this earth-shattering news.

And the news was anything but good—in fact, it was outright disastrous. Whole cities were going to be inundated by rising sea levels in a few years, entire island nations were going to be wiped off the earth, the Arctic and Antarctic ice masses were going to melt faster than the hot buns leaving a baker’s shelf, the polar bears were all going to drown in short order, and so forth. The proclaimed global warming menace, supposedly caused by CO2, was going to kill untold millions of people, as portrayed—almost overnight (or, at least by 2012).

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The real truth behind the entire CO2 myth is a totally different one. As described eloquently by H. Bachmann in his book Die Lüge der Klimakatastrophe — der Auftrag des Weltklimarates, the CO2 hysteria and, in fact the entire global warming hysteria (pardon me, climate change hysteria) initially was a machination by powerful financial elites. Their goal was simply financial gain. And the UN aided and abetted that scam, and still does. Therefore, in order to keep it going, that goal morphed recently into an all-encompassing (now UN driven) goal of worldwide control and governance. That is also why "global warming" gave way to "climate change" which is now giving way to Agenda 21 and its prescriptions.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Racism in China

For at least 20 years, I have heard stories from Americans who speak Mandarin, have traveled to the Asian country and have tales about Chinese bigotry against black Americans and Africans.

Yet this reality is barely whispered in our diverse media circus.

I have no doubt there are thousands upon thousands of decent Chinese and Chinese-Americans who, having known the sting of prejudice themselves, harbor no ill will toward African-Americans. But let’s not deny a stubborn cultural problem when it is staring us in the face.

Here are examples of what I have been told.

One Irish-American friend fell in love with Chinese culture and learned Mandarin. Often in New York’s Chinatown, he heard this answer when Chinese New Yorkers were asked by those from the mainland what New York was like: "Fine. But too many black people."

A friend who does business in China and travels there at least six times a year was questioned by a Chinese cab driver who claimed that Chinese people were amazed that George W. Bush had chosen Condoleezza Rice to represent America to the world.

Why? "Because she is black, quite an embarrassment; it dishonors your country," was the cab driver’s answer.

Another frequent business traveler to China was recently in a Hong Kong bar with college-educated, upper class, very successful men who were supposedly well-educated.

After a few drinks, one said to him upon seeing a black person on the bar’s television, "They need to wash more. That is why people do not like them." When it was explained that black people are not that color because they are not clean, there was a nodding silence followed a bit later by, "I still think they need to wash more."

These are just stray anecdotes, you say? Well, I invite and hope to encounter some defenders of Chinese adherence to transcendent humanitarian beliefs.

I actually expect to hear nothing other than accusations of supposed black American paranoia.

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Last week's rain

Oh, Canada

Even in a country with gun laws as warped as Canada’s, the story of Jessie Sansone is still mindboggling.

Sansone, 26, is a father of three and Kitchener, Ont., resident. As a younger man, he admits getting into trouble with the law, but claims to have lived clean for years. He’s now a certified personal support worker, husband and father of three. He was even reportedly offered a job at the very same school where this bizarre story begins. On Wednesday, Sansone arrived at his children’s’ school to pick them up. He was asked to step inside and meet with the principal. In the principal’s office, Sansone was met by three Waterloo Regional Police officers and immediately arrested. He was taken to a nearby station, strip searched and locked in a cell. His wife was also summoned to the station, and their children taken by Family and Children’s Services. At no point were they told why this was happening. It was not until officers had told Sansone that he’d be held in custody overnight before a bail hearing in the morning that his lawyer was finally able to tell Sansone that he had been arrested for possession of a firearm.

After hours in custody, during which time Sansone understandably became alarmed, he was suddenly released, without charges or conditions. A detective with the Waterloo Regional Police service apologized to Sansone, and explained that the entire sequence of events had been set in motion because a teacher at the school became alarmed when his four-year-old daughter drew a gun and said the picture was of her father. The teacher then notified Family Services, who decided that the police needed to be involved, telling the police that they had reason to believe that there was a gun in Sansone’s home that his children had access to. That is what led Waterloo’s finest to bust Sansone in front of the entire school, strip him naked, confine him in a cell, bring his wife to a police station and take away their children.

That sounds bad, but it’s actually worse even than that. The drawing that set all this off was a drawing of Sansone being a good guy — according to what his daughter told her kindergarten teacher, the picture was of her daddy using a gun against "bad guys and monsters." Protecting her, in other words. It was essentially a comic strip with her father in the role of the hero. Good Lord! We’d better call in the SWAT team, quick!

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Contrast

OBAMA: We’re not gonna win the race for new jobs and new businesses and middle class security if we’re responding to today’s challenges with the same old, tired worn out "you’re on your own" economics that hasn’t worked. What these other guys are peddling has not worked. It didn’t work in the decade before the Great Depression. It did not work in the decade before I became president. It will not work now.

RUSH: Do you believe this? The country has never worked. Capitalism has never worked. America was not great until the New Deal, and then America plunged into the abyss again, and only is on the path to reclaiming its greatness now that Obama is replicating the New Deal by a factor of ten. Has he ever heard of the Roaring Twenties? Has he ever heard of the boom in the fifties and the sixties and the seventies? Has he ever heard of what happened in the 1980s? It never worked? This is the second time he’s said this in such a prominent way. Last time was when he made his speech, I guess it was in December, might have been January, the days run together so quickly now, in Osawatomie, Kansas, where he said, America, as founded, hasn’t worked.

Sovereign citizens

The "sovereign citizen" movement is getting a little bit of publicity...a group that has attracted little national media attention but which the FBI classifies as an "extremist antigovernment group." So-called sovereign citizens argue that they are not subject to local, state or federal laws, and some refuse to recognize the authority of courts or police. Story

Meanwhile...The President has deliberately sought to raise the price of energy throughout the economy via his cap-and-trade agenda. He is now getting his wish, albeit a little too overtly for political comfort. Mr. Obama has also spent three years blaming George W. Bush for every economic ill. If Mr. Obama now feels frustrated by economic events beyond his control, perhaps he should call Mr. Bush for consolation. Story

A 61-year-old New Hampshire man is facing felony charges for firing a warning shot into the ground before apprehending a burglar who had just ransacked his home. Story

The Civil Rights Act (CRA) of 1964 has not only been a disaster for the nation as a whole, but it has also impacted negatively upon the very people it ostensibly protects — blacks and women. The CRA clearly states that race, religion and national origin are not to be used in employment practices. Instead, the Act was meant to encourage merit irrespective of a person’s color or any other secondary characteristic. In order to secure passage of the CRA, advocates such as Senator Hubert Humphrey specifically assured critics, "[T]here is nothing in it that will give any power…to require hiring, firing, or promotion of employees in order to meet a racial ‘quota’ or to achieve a certain racial balance." Story

Bradley Manning chose not to enter a plea at the start of his court martial last week. Bradley Manning should be Exhibit A in any proceeding as to the suitability of gays and women in the military. Sensitivity and touchy feely emotions should be left to other endeavors.

Best comment of the week..."'The old joke is that General Motors is just a health insurance company that makes cars on the side.' The current joke, and not a very funny one at that, is that most governmental agencies have devolved into entities whose primary concern seems to consist of taking care of their employees, and the duties and purposes for which they supposedly exist have become dim and distant priorities." Source

Pit bulls killed 22 out of 31 people killed in dog attacks in the USA last year. Rottweilers killed 4 and other breeds killed 5.

On Thursday, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed a rule at the behest of lawmakers and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that will formally ban Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion providers from participating in Texas’ Women’s Health Program. Story

Sarah Palin asked a very good question a day or two ago..."When does Karzai apologize for one of his troops killing two of our soldiers over the Koran burning?"

Now this is what a cafe should be like.

The Peter Gleick scandal gets curiouser and curiouser.

The Florida House has passed a bill intended to overhaul what some critics say is the state's antiquated alimony law. The Melbourne Republican said the measure will ensure alimony is fair to both ex-spouses. It would end "permanent" lifetime alimony in favor of "long-term" support that has a foreseeable end. But it also allows for retroactively changing alimony payments such that the ex-spouse getting the support could wind up owing money back. Source

In most (some would say all) cases, couples calling it quits benefit from legal representation. But legal representation can be pricey, so the Texas Supreme Court is considering fill-in-the-blank legal forms people can use in divorce cases instead of hiring lawyers. Texas divorce lawyers, naturally, are opposed to the plan. Story
A123 Systems, an electric car battery company once touted as a stimulus "success story" by former Gov. Jennifer Granhom, D-Mich., has laid off 125 employees since receiving $390 million in government subsidies -- but is still handing out big pay raises to company executives. "[T]he company has laid off 125 employees and had a net loss of $172 million through the first three quarters of 2011," the Mackinac Center for Public Policy reports, observing that the company's primary customer, Fisker Automotive, is also struggling financially. "Yet, this month A123’s Compensation Committee approved a $30,000 raise for [Chief Financial Officer David] Prystash just days after Fisker Automotive announced the U.S. Energy Department had cut off what was left of its $528.7 million loan it had previously received." Story

Hope your life is a little more sane....

Whitney

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Carter redux

Here we are 33 years later, and . . . the economy is a mess, an election year is heating up, a liberal president is once again complaining about high gas prices beyond his control while promising a massive alternative-energy program; while seeking to mitigate radical Islamic anger through apology and to ease America into a new, less exceptional world role, as Iran threatens to destabilize the Persian Gulf, Russia seems increasingly bellicose, and Israel senses a U.S. tilt away from it.

All that is missing is the cardigan sweater, and another warning that "We’ve learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose."

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Sucks

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: My biggest problems with Obama, I’d still have if I agreed with Him about every little observation, every little decision about what to do; He just plain sucks. He goes on vacations, plays a lot of golf, comes back, He raises funds for His political party, He appears now & then in some forum in which He can be assured the questions are purely softball. If He gets a question that’s the least bit hostile, or even unanticipated, He throws this kind of a hissy fit as if the problem all belongs to the person who asked the question that shouldn’t have been asked. Then He pops up somewhere else, drops some rehearsed speech full of meaningless tidbits like "millionaires and billionaires flying around on their corporate jets," then hauls His millionaire ass onto, uh, what could be called a corporate jet? — and disappears again to go play some golf.

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Canadian waiting lists

Two Montreal cardiologists are facing disciplinary action over allegations they received hefty kickbacks to push patients to the top of the waiting list, the Quebec College of Physicians says.

The college's investigation uncovered at least two doctors who were allegedly taking envelopes of cash in exchange for providing faster service, Dr. Charles Bernard told CBC News.

"It's awful," said Bernard, who heads the college. "It's unacceptable … Usually, physicians have a good job, a good pay. It's very difficult for me to understand that."

The investigation was triggered 14 months ago, when a Montreal woman told the news media she had paid a $2,000 cash "incentive" to have her mother bumped to the top of a waiting list.

After the investigation, the college said two cardiologists from Montreal would face a disciplinary hearing later this year in connection with such incidents. Bernard would not discuss the details of the cases, as nothing yet has been proved.

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Banning food

Today's regulatory climate of cruel intolerance towards raw milk, home-grown foods, and various other fruits of one's labor that exist outside the corporate food structure is eerily similar to the climate Native Americans faced when the Spanish Conquistadors first arrived on the shores of the "New World." Similar to what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently did to Pennsylvania Amish farmer Dan Allgyer as well as to many others, these Spanish Conquistadors banned highly-nutritious, native foods like quinoa and amaranth because they were fearful of superstition, and prohibited all people from consuming them.

Amaranth and quinoa are two of the most highly-nutritious and well-balanced foods in the world, which is why native Inca tribes and others often used them in religious ceremonies. The perfect balance of complete proteins and amino acids, these two grain-like crops have long been cherished by native cultures as superfoods, and are only today beginning to get renewed recognition and appreciation here in Western culture.

But long before they made their recent comeback, these two superfoods were strictly prohibited throughout the Americas, as the Spanish considered the grains to be blasphemous foods rooted in pagan religious practices. In fact, the "regulatory bodies" of the day threatened anyone who tried to grow either amaranth or quinoa with strict penalties, which in some cases even included death.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

European model

With seemingly every day bringing more bad news from Europe, many are beginning to ask how much longer the United States has before our welfare state follows the European model into bankruptcy. The bad news is: It may already have.

This year, the fourth straight year that we borrowed more than $1 trillion to support the U.S. government, our budget deficit will top $1.3 trillion, 8.7 percent of our GDP. If you think that sounds bad, it’s because it is. In fact, only two European countries, Greece and Ireland, have larger budget deficits as a percentage of GDP. Things are only slightly better when you look at the size of our national debt, which now exceeds $15.3 trillion, 102 percent of GDP. Just four European countries have larger national debts than we do — Greece and Ireland again, plus Portugal and Italy. That means the U.S. government is actually less fiscally responsible than countries like France, Belgium, or Spain.

And as bad as things are right now, we are on an even worse course for the future. If one adds the unfunded liabilities of Social Security and Medicare to our official national debt, we really owe $72 trillion, by the Obama administration’s projections for future Medicare savings under Obamacare, and as much as $137 trillion if you use more realistic projections. Under the best-case scenario, then, this amounts to more than 480 percent of GDP. And, under more realistic projections, we owe an astounding 911 percent of GDP.

Meanwhile, counting both official debt and unfunded pension and health-care liabilities, the most indebted nation in Europe is Greece, which owes 875 percent of GDP. That’s right, the United States potentially owes more than Greece. France, the second most insolvent nation in Europe, owes just 549 percent of GDP. Even under the most optimistic scenario, we owe more than such fiscal basket cases as Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

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Hating California

Surf. Sun. Disneyland. What’s not to love about California?

Well, apparently, a lot of things. In a poll released Tuesday by the Public Policy Polling, California was the least popular state in the United States. Only 27 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Golden State compared to the 44 percent who view it unfavorably.

"There’s this arrogance about Californians," said Patrick Dorinson, a radio host in California who refers to himself as the Cowboy Libertarian. "Californians still think it’s this great star. It’s a tarnished star at this point."

The gap of 17 points puts California far behind Illinois (19 favorable, 29 not) and New Jersey (25 favorable, 32 not) as the least liked state in America.

"I’m actually quite surprised California fared so poorly," said Albert M. Camarillo, a professor of history at Stanford University. "I think the national public knows of our difficult budget situation, our higher than average unemployment rate, the still very expensive housing market."

The "Left Coast" is distinct in another way – more people have an opinion about California than any other state – only 28 percent of respondents couldn’t decide whether they liked the state or not.

"No one knows anything about Delaware. No one has a clue about Wyoming – but everyone knows California," said Dowell Myers, a professor of policy planning and demography at the University of Southern California. "Its visibility is really high."

There’s some good news for California — at least if you’re a female Democrat. Women were less likely than men to rate California as unfavorable, and there was a massive partisan gap. Democrats love California; Republicans can’t stand it. The opposite is true of Texas.

"I’m sure that for a lot of purple America the extra red Texas and blue California may seem a little far out there," said Roger Salazar, a political consultant in California.

But whatever the reason, most Californians took the news that their state was the least popular in stride.

"They’re just jealous," Salazar said.

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Separation

Ever notice how no one brings up the "separation of church and state" when the Reverend Jesse Jackson or the Reverend Al Sharpton jump into a political debate?

Meanwhile, if you've been wondering what the brouhaha is all about in regards to the EU possibly collapsing just ponder this fact...After ten years with the Euro, Greek wages are up 80% while German wages have remained about the same. While Germans remain highly productive, Greek productivity has had almost no increase.

True or False?...Between 2002 and 2006, the number of Homeland Security contractors increased from nine to 33,890 companies.

Polio is on the rise in Pakistan after a radical muslim clergyman claimed that polio vaccines was an American ploy to sterilize Pakistani men and reduce the number of muslims.

The Stars and Stripes military newspaper reports that...The Army is ordering its hardened combat veterans to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies so they can better understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training. (It just gets better and better with political correctness)

Haha...Last week, an animal rights group launched a video-equipped helicopter drone to monitor a pigeon shooting range at Broxton Bridge Plantation in South Carolina. Within minutes, hunters blasted the drone out of the sky. Bravo.

And they say right wingers are nuts...An Ohio woman who compared animal-welfare work to the liberation of World War II concentration camps has been charged with soliciting a hit man to fatally shoot or slit the throat of a random fur-wearer, federal authorities said. Story

On Wednesday...The U.S. average gasoline price rose half a cent overnight 3.570 a gallon, according to AAA's daily survey of fuel retailers, conducted by Oil Price Information Service. In California, the average price was $4.042, up about a penny overnight.

Sailing stone in Death Valley. Photo

Beginning of a trend?...The first bill of the session passed by the Oklahoma Senate was an anti-abortion statement that life begins at the moment of conception, approved by senators Wednesday after two hours of debate. Source

Stray bullet from Mexico carjackers...El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said the woman was a 48-year-old mother who was pushing a child in a stroller when she was shot in the upper right calf. Allen said the round went through her leg. Story

The Afghani protestors over the Koran burning at Bagram Air Base are calling Obama a "Black Dog."

A major article review published in The Lancet in 2010 revealed what many in the natural health profession have suspected for a long time. The review examined the results of over 41 randomized trials and over 2500 patients with tendon injuries. The reviewers found that cortisone injections did in fact provide fast and significant pain relief compared with doing nothing or partaking in physical therapy. However, cortisone shots did not heal the structural damage underlying the pain. Instead, they actually hindered the structural healing, and in one case caused tendon rupture. Story

A recent IRS report showing that current and retired federal employees owe more than $3.4 billion in income taxes is fueling a drive on Capitol Hill to fire -- and prohibit the hiring of -- tax delinquents on Uncle Sam's payroll. The report shows that about 98,000 federal civilian workers and postal employees -- or roughly 3% of the federal civilian and Postal Service workforce -- owed about $1 billion to Uncle Sam in 2010, including 684 congressional staffers who owed more than $10 million. Story

Naked models...even one that is pregnant. You're welcome.

Headline of the Day..."Tax revenue plunges in UK after 50% rate implemented."

Polls can be next to useless...In January 1980, the Gallup Poll showed Carter 63% over Reagan 32%.

Guy burns flag. Guy gets taped to flagpole. Story

Best comment seen today..."We would have built a barrier on our southern border forty years ago that rivals the Great Wall of China if most of the people slipping across the border were potential Republicans."

In Jewish tradition there is the idea that you were with God and living in eternity prior to your birth. Before descending into matter, God places his finger just below your nose, which causes the soul to "forget" its eternal nature -- which is where that little indentation under your nose came from. Think of it as your metaphysical belly button.

In Algeria, before the French "colonization," the Jews of Oran had to pay a tax on air, for the simple right to breathe. According to the rules of dhimmitude that considered non-Muslims as sub-human creatures, the Jew was situated somewhere between the pig and the dog (that was worth more). They were forced to wear special clothing, and were forbidden to ride a horse, to own property, etc...

From back in 2007..."Here in California the numbers are astronomical. Statewide, over one third of drivers lack insurance--about 33 percent, according the California Department of Insurance. The figures skyrocket in low-income and minority city neighborhoods: nearly 50%. In San Jose, California, 55% of all drivers on the road have no insurance. Statewide, the problem is worst in the Los Angeles, Imperial, San Diego and Alameda counties. With the exception of Alameda, the uninsured rates in those counties reaches a whopping 90 percent range. Alameda County's worst neighborhood, Oakland, is 63 percent uninsured. Just to put things in perspective: Statewide, every third car that goes by you - the driver has no insurance. In LA, one of the two cars involved in an accident, one has no insurance."

So, you're a fan of big American business, eh?...Hitler's tanks would not have been able to roll one inch without ball-bearings made in Philadelphia and Sweden. The Luftwaffe wouldn't have been able to lift a single plane off the runway without a particular additive needed for their aviation fuel, an additive quietly provided by Rockefeller's Standard Oil. Henry Ford built the German assembly lines that built Hitler's trucks. --Charles Higham, "Trading with the Enemy", 1983--

Some of the same people who support affirmative action when it is applied to the university admissions process don’t support it when it is applied to the athletics recruiting process. Story

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Raising taxes on business

President Obama's 2013 budget is the gift that keeps on giving—to government. One buried surprise is his proposal to triple the tax rate on corporate dividends, which believe it or not is higher than in his previous budgets.

Mr. Obama is proposing to raise the dividend tax rate to the higher personal income tax rate of 39.6% that will kick in next year. Add in the planned phase-out of deductions and exemptions, and the rate hits 41%. Then add the 3.8% investment tax surcharge in ObamaCare, and the new dividend tax rate in 2013 would be 44.8%—nearly three times today's 15% rate.

Keep in mind that dividends are paid to shareholders only after the corporation pays taxes on its profits. So assuming a maximum 35% corporate tax rate and a 44.8% dividend tax, the total tax on corporate earnings passed through as dividends would be 64.1%.

In previous budgets, Mr. Obama proposed an increase to 23.8% on both dividends and capital gains. That's roughly a 60% increase in the tax on investments, but at least it would maintain parity between taxes on capital gains and dividends, a principle established as part of George W. Bush's 2003 tax cut.

With the same rate on both forms of income, the tax code doesn't bias corporate decisions on whether to retain and reinvest profits (and allow the earnings to be capitalized into the stock price), or distribute the money as dividends at the time they are earned.

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Christians in Israel

A day after it was discovered on the exterior walls of a Jerusalem Baptist church this week, graffiti declaring "Death to Christianity" had been cleaned up and a host of officials from the Israeli government had visited with apologies and expressions of concern.

But for the Christian community in Israel, the environment remains inhospitable.

A small but eclectic population of indigenous Palestinians, foreign clergy, messianic Jews, Russian immigrants and expatriates, Christians are free to practice their faith and only very rarely are victims of actual violence. But centuries of anti-Semitism have left many Israelis with a poor view of Christianity and that occasionally bubbles over into attacks on people and property, say Christian clergy and Israelis who work on interfaith ties.

"I don’t think a majority would engage in such a vandalistic act, but it is a manifestation of anti-Christian feeling in Israeli society," Hana Bendcowsky, program director for the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations (JCJCR), told The Media Line. "The main problem is ignorance, a lot of stereotypes and the history of Jewish-Christian relationships in Europe that influence the attitude of Israelis toward local Christians."

With its array of Christian institutions and holy sites, Jerusalem puts the two faiths into very close proximity, but rarely do Jews and Christians have much personal contact. In a city of 770,000 people, only 14,500 are Christians, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

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Grandma

Brick


Tesla Motors' lineup of all-electric vehicles — its existing Roadster, almost certainly its impending Model S, and possibly its future Model X — apparently suffer from a severe limitation that can largely destroy the value of the vehicle. If the battery is ever totally discharged, the owner is left with what Tesla describes as a "brick": a completely immobile vehicle that cannot be started or even pushed down the street. The only known remedy is for the owner to pay Tesla approximately $40,000 to replace the entire battery. Unlike practically every other modern car problem, neither Tesla's warranty nor typical car insurance policies provide any protection from this major financial loss.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Plastic

Among the procedures which have been carried out at taxpayers' expense on teachers in Buffalo, New York, in recent years are nose jobs, liposuction, breast implants and Botox injections.

Last year, the town's 3,400 teachers spent $5.9 million (£3.74 million) of public money on enhancing their appearance, at a time when the school district is forecast to run a $42 million (£27 million) deficit.

The free treatment for public servants in Buffalo including police officers and firefighters began in the 1970s, as a way of covering the costs of caring for burn and gunshot victims at a time when plastic surgery was relatively uncommon.

By 2004, the bill had reached $1 million (£634,000), peaking at $9 million (£5.7 million) in 2009. Nine out of 10 procedures are now skin treatments such as Botox, and 100 per cent are described as elective, and therefore medically unnecessary.

Union officials say that teachers are willing to surrender the perk, but only as part of more a general renegotiation of their contracts.

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Sure, lady, whatever

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday defended a deportation policy some criticize as a thinly veiled attempt to secure favor among Hispanic voters.

"Every law enforcement agency sets priorities... ," Napolitano said when asked about grumblings among some rank-and-file about selective enforcement of criminal over non-criminal immigrants who are here illegally.

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Canada's gun registry

Before killing himself, the deranged 25-year-old son of an Algerian immigrant shot to death 14 women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989 as a gesture of personal revenge upon Feminism, which he blamed for ruining his life.

Canadian authorities might have deported all anti-feminist Muslims likely to produce defective offspring, but instead they blamed guns, passing Bill C-68 in 1995, which created a Canadian Firearms Registry.

Registering every firearm in Canada was marketed as a measure that would prevent crime, but in reality criminals don’t register guns and the ownership and specific identity of the weapon used in crimes is very rarely a meaningful issue.

Legislation creating the Firearm Registry was passed on the basis of estimates that promised that licensing fees would take care of nearly all its costs.

In reality, the gun registry cost $2.7 billion, 1350x the original estimate.

It was originally expected that the project needed only $2 million of investments while registration fees would cover the rest. In 1995, the Department of Justice reported to Parliament that the system would cost $119 million to implement, and that the income generated from licensing fees would be $117 million. This gave a net cost of $2 million.

At the time of the 2002 audit, the revised estimates from the Department of Justice revealed that the cost of the program would be more than $1 billion by 2004/05 and that the income from license fees in the same period would be $140 million. The annual operating costs of the program are reported to be $15 – $80 million.

Last Wednesday, the Canadian Parliament voted to end the Registry of long arms. $2.7 billion later, it was concluded that the Registry had never resulted in the solution of a single murder.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Stupid and nasty

While the mainstream media was granting sainthood to crackhead Whitney Houston you may have missed stories like these...

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is a real rocket scientist. He wants to set up a Reasonable Profits Board to oversee how much oil companies can make. His congressional bill however doesn't include any guidance as to how much a reasonable profit actually is. Who determines that?

Elsewhere, how's this for the state of American education...Young girl in random interview is asked to name a country beginning with a "U". She answers with a question..."Europe?"

Congressman Allen West of Florida says Democrats don't promote economic freedom because "they have an appetite for slavery".

The West is losing the heroin war in Afghanistan – ten years after Tony Blair pledged that wiping out the drug was one of the main reasons for invading the country. Despite spending £18billion and a conflict which has so far cost the lives of almost 400 British troops, production of the class-A drug by Afghan farmers rose between 2001 and 2011 from just 185 tons to a staggering 5,800 tons. Story

Great Britain is not so great anymore...British tanks to be sent to Germany for storage so army can sell land in UK. Up to 6,000 military vehicles could be transported overseas so prime site in Gloucestershire can be sold to raise funds. Story

Speaking of President Assad of Syria..."At the time he inherited the dictatorship, he was working as an ophthalmologist in London. I spoke to someone, actually, who worked with him in a hospital in Aleppo many years ago, and she said she thought he was a very pleasant person, and that he didn’t have his father’s appetite for blood. His father, Hafez, was a total butcher whom they remember to this day for the industrial scale slaughter. And what Baby, Junior Assad has demonstrated in the last couple of months is that he’s perfectly willing to kill on the scale of his father. And it is amazing to me that this has not been brought up at White House press conferences, it’s not on the news. This is a leader that Hillary Clinton described as a reformer just last year. This guy is a butcher, and he ought to be called on it on the evening news every single night." Source

Nice photo from the Cold War era here.

My old boss Loretta used to say it over and over until it was riveted into my brain. "Jeff" she would say, "It's easy dealing with stupid people, and it's easy dealing with nasty people, but I can't deal with people who are both stupid AND nasty. That is a deadly combination!" I can't help thinking when she said that, she was thinking about Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee. Each has Loretta's deadly combination plus, as and added benefit, have used public dollars to enrich themselves indirectly through their spouses. Story

"This contraception thing, my gosh it's so inexpensive. Back in my day they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives, the gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly." Ha.

Huey Long, back in 1935, compared Democrats and Republicans... "One skins you from the bottom up, and the other from the top down."

The combined net worth of Obama and his cabinet in 2010 was around 150 million dollars.

We hardly even notice anymore...A man from the Religion of Peace was arrested in Washington, D.C. on his way to set off a suicide bomb at the Capitol building. Yawn.

Latest totals for the GOP Delegate Tracker here.

While the US federal government expands its diktat power over American health care, the British are looking for ways to rescue themselves from their own government-run system. In an attempt to resolve access and provider issues, Prime Minister David Cameron and the Conservatives want to begin outsourcing work to private practitioners outside the NHS, a reversal of over six decades of public policy. Story

What a gig!...First Lady Michelle is off to Aspen for a skiing vacation. A little over a month ago she had a 17 day vacation in Hawaii. And in August she vacationed on Martha's Vineyard. This is her 16th vacation in three years.

Germany once prided itself on being the "photovoltaic world champion", doling out generous subsidies—totaling more than $130 billion, according to research from Germany’s Ruhr University—to citizens to invest in solar energy. But now the German government is vowing to cut the subsidies sooner than planned and to phase out support over the next five years. What went wrong? Story

Last week's news was dominated by jabberwocky about President Obama's proposed federal budget for 2013. As usual, a parade of Cabinet officials trooped up to Capitol Hill for hearings in which they dutifully defended the fourth spending blueprint submitted to Congress by the chief executive. For the most part, such hearings are dog-and-pony shows in which Democratic and Republican lawmakers ask predictable questions and the presidential appointees regurgitate talking points prepared for them by White House political maestros. Then everybody goes back to business as usual, which for too long has consisted of finding new ways to spend trillions of the taxpayers' hard-earned dollars. Story

A lot of animal lovers are disturbed by this photo. Big deal.

Does the Pill cause prostate cancer in men? Story

Political correctness alert...New name for poverty is "socially excluded." The word "chink" is also forbidden. Cracker, however, is still okay.

State of the Union in Greece...standard of living down, by as much as 30 per cent; bank deposits that have not been spirited out of the country are dwindling; almost 70,000 businesses folded in 2010 and bankruptcy is stalking more than 53,000 of the remaining 300,000; unemployment, 25 per cent – but youth joblessness is 47 per cent and rising; a quarter of the population living in poverty; homelessness, up 25 per cent, with well-educated youngsters accounting for much of the rise. Petty crime, doubled.

Is Bush still being blamed for high gasoline prices or what? No one seems to notice that Obama is now the president, and has been for three long years. Where's the critics?

Drug dealers, backstreet abortionists and a deadly femme fatale: Fascinating mugshots of women prisoners from 1920s Australia. Story

Santorum is the favorite in Texas by a large margin. Story

President Barack Obama's energy policy can be encapsulated thusly: When President Obama took office in January 2009, the average price of gasoline nationwide was $1.89 a gallon. Three years into the Obama presidency, the average is $3.47 a gallon. Story

Hugo Chavez "has thoroughly wrecked what was once Latin America’s richest country and who now presides over the highest inflation and murder rates in the Western Hemisphere, shortages of basic goods and power, and a drug-trafficking industry whose kingpins include the defense minister." Story

So this is news? All large cities are doing the same...The city of Houston has been papering over multimillion-dollar budget deficits for nine years by borrowing money, tapping its rainy day fund, selling buildings and just plain putting off bills to the future, according to city finance officials. Story

Truthiness

Having initially named the first two ships HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless, the Naming Committee has, after intensive pressure from Brussels, renamed them HMS Cautious and HMS Prudence.

The next five ships are to be named HMS Empathy, HMS Circumspect, HMS Nervous, HMS Timid and HMS Apologist.

Costing £850 million each, they meet the needs of the 21st century and comply with the very latest employment, health and safety, and human rights laws.

The new user-friendly crow's nest comes equipped with wheelchair access.

Live ammunition has been replaced with paintballs to reduce the risk of anyone getting hurt and to cut down on the number of compensation claims.

Stress counsellors and lawyers will be on duty 24 hours a day and each ship will have its own industrial tribunal.

The crew ratio will be 50/50 men and women, balanced in accordance with the latest Home Office directives on race, gender, sexual preference and disability.

Sailors will have to work only a maximum of 37 hours a week in line with Brussels Health and Safety rules, even in wartime.

All the vessels will come equipped with a maternity ward and nursery, situated on the same deck as the Gay Disco.

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The One

Monday, February 20, 2012

First they come for...

Today it is contraception and the morning-after pill. Tomorrow it will be kosher slaughter, or matrilineal descent, or circumcision, or other matters of existential importance to Jewish observance. If the Obama administration gets away with forcing Catholic institutions to step across lines of life and death in the name of "health," the federal government will have a precedent to legislate Judaism out of existence–as several other countries have already tried to do.

Now the Obama administration has told Catholic institutions that they don’t have to dispense pills that kill babies. Instead, they can pay the insurance company, and the insurance company will dispense the pill for them. It is an accounting trick (as Paul Ryan called it) that the White House misrepresents as a compromise. The Catholic Bishops, of course, reject it. And only one Jewish organization, the haredi organization Agudath Israel, offered a sharp response. Its Washington director Abba Cohen stated:
Whether or not the White House’s new ‘compromise’ proposal adequately addresses the religious freedom concerns raised by the Catholic Church is for the Catholic Church to say, not us – and, frankly, not the White House, either. The important points here are that no religiously sponsored entity, and no religiously motivated individual, should be forced by government to violate its or his sincerely held religious principles; and that the determination of religious propriety must be left to the religious entity or individual, not to the government.
The Orthodox Union, according to press accounts, guardedly praised the "compromise," saying: "The president’s stated commitment is a positive first step forward, the details of implementation are crucial and we look forward to working with the administration to see that through." As a late-in-life returnee to Jewish observance, I habitually defer to the Orthodox Union leadership in such matters. Having had the misfortune to have spent half my life among the atheists and religion-haters, though, I know how embittered and unrelenting are the supposed disciples of science. They are in fact religious fanatics of the worst kind. You can’t make a deal with them. After they come for the Catholics, they will come for us. They already are coming for us all over the world.

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Universe is flat

AT FIVE tonnes and 520 megapixels, it is the biggest digital camera ever built—which is fitting, because it is designed to tackle the biggest problem in the universe. On February 20th researchers at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (pictured), which sits 2,200 metres (7,200 feet) above sea level in the Atacama desert of northern Chile, will begin installing this behemoth on a telescope called Blanco. It is the centrepiece of the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the most ambitious attempt yet to understand a mystery as perplexing as any that faces physics: what is driving the universe to expand at an ever greater rate.

It has been known since the late 1920s that the universe is getting bigger. But it was thought that the expansion was slowing. When in 1998 two independent studies reached the opposite conclusion, cosmology was knocked head over heels. Since then, 5,000 papers have been written to try to explain (or explain away) this result. "That’s more than one a day," marvels Saul Perlmutter, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who led the Supernova Cosmology Project—one of the studies that was responsible for dropping the bombshell. Last October that work earned Dr Perlmutter the Nobel prize for physics, which he shared with Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess, who led the other study, the High-Z Supernova Search.

Many of those 5,000 papers deal with something that has come to be known as dark energy. One reason for its popularity is that, at one fell swoop, it explains another big cosmological find of recent years. In the early 1990s studies of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), an all-pervading sea of microwaves which reveals what the universe looked like when it was just 380,000 years old, showed that the universe, then and now, was "flat". However big a triangle you draw on it—the corners could be billions of light years apart—the angles in it would add up to 180°, just as they do in a school exercise book.

That might not surprise people whose geometrical endeavours have never gone beyond such books. But it surprised many physicists. At some scales space is not at all flat: the power of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity lies in its interpretation of gravity in terms of curved space. Cosmologists were quite prepared for it to be curved at the grandest of scales, and intrigued to discover that it was not.

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Newton

He laid the foundations of classical physics and is considered to be one of the greatest scientists of all time.

But Sir Isaac Newton was also deeply interested in the occult and applied a scientific approach to the study of scripture and Jewish mysticism.

Now Israel's national library, which contains a vast trove of Newton's esoteric writings, has digitised his occult collection and posted it online.

Among the yellowed texts is Newton's famous prediction of the apocalypse in 2060.

The quintessential scientist, Newton revolutionised the approach to physics, maths and astronomy in the 17th and 18th century.

He laid the foundations for most of classical mechanics, including the the principal of universal gravitation and the three laws of motion which bear his name.

However, the curator of Israel's national library's humanities collection said Newton was also a devout Christian who believed that scripture provided a 'code' to the natural world.

'Today, we tend to make a distinction between science and faith, but to Newton it was all part of the same world,' said Milka Levy-Rubin.

'He believed that careful study of holy texts was a type of science, that if analysed correctly could predict what was to come.'

To further his understanding, Newton learned Hebrew and delved into the study of esoteric Jewish philosophy, the mysticism of Kabbala and the Talmud.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Acting white

Whitney Houston died at the age of 48. Most articles about her death said something like, "Houston struggled with drug and alcohol problems for years ..."

But Houston also struggled with something else that black Republicans and black non-Democrats can understand: ridicule and ostracism for "selling out," or "acting white," or not being "black enough."

Ebony, the black monthly magazine, wrote about the then-27-year-old: "Black disc jockeys have chided her for 'not having soul' and being 'too white.' ... She was booed at the Soul Train Music Awards. ... It's enough to drive a good Christian girl to drink, drugs or at least to cursing. But not Whitney. Though it hurts her deeply, she handles it all with aplomb."

Did she?

After Houston's marriage to Bobby Brown, and after years of Houston's erratic behavior and rumors of drug abuse, I spoke to singer-actress Della Reese, a longtime Houston family friend. Reese and I were in the greenroom of a television studio, and we talked about Reese's career. I told her that my mother remembered having seen a young Reese at a Washington, D.C., nightclub called either "The Cave" or "The Cove."

She laughed and said, "The Cave."

We talked about then-current Whitney Houston/Bobby Brown headlines. "I have a theory about Whitney Houston," I said. "I've been called 'Uncle Tom,' and I know how that feels. I think Whitney was so hurt by being called a 'sellout' and 'acting white' -- and crap like that -- she wanted to change her image. What better way to do that than to marry a bad boy? And the drug abuse makes her a flawed person fighting to overcome her demons. Makes her relatable."

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All cultures are equal?

Shakila, 8 at the time, was drifting off to sleep when a group of men carrying AK-47s barged in through the door. She recalls that they complained, as they dragged her off into the darkness, about how their family had been dishonored and about how they had not been paid.

It turns out that Shakila, who was abducted along with her cousin as part of a traditional Afghan form of justice known as "baad," was the payment.

Although baad (also known as baadi) is illegal under Afghan and, most religious scholars say, Islamic law, the taking of girls as payment for misdeeds committed by their elders still appears to be flourishing. Shakila, because one of her uncles had run away with the wife of a district strongman, was taken and held for about a year. It was the district leader, furious at the dishonor that had been done to him, who sent his men to abduct her.

Shakila’s case is unusual both because she managed to escape and because she and her family agreed to share their plight with an outsider. The reaction of the girl’s father to the abduction also illustrates the difficulty in trying to change such a deeply rooted cultural practice: he expressed fury that she was abducted because, he said, he had already promised her in marriage to someone else.

"We did not know what was happening," said Shakila, now about 10, who spoke softly as she repeated over and over her memory of being dragged from her family home. "They put us in a dark room with stone walls; it was dirty and they kept beating us with sticks and saying, ‘Your uncle ran away with our wife and dishonored us, and we will beat you in retaliation.’ "

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Gasoline

Friday, February 17, 2012

Unfit

Sarah Palin recently said that Obama's actions are un-American and that he is unfit to hold his office. Thank you, Sarah.

Meanwhile...Somehow in the 1980s we redefined in our schools colonialism, slavery, and imperialism as exclusively European, rather than merely human pathologies — as if the Arab world did not match or trump the European slave trade, as if the Ottomans had no empire before the Europeans in the Mediterranean, as if Persians, Japanese, and Chinese had not sought to conquer, enslave, and exploit their weaker neighbors. Source

Mumtaz El Saeed, Egypt’s Finance Minister, says the country needs $11 billion to help it get through the next fiscal year, as well as help with economic reforms, according to a report in Al Ahram, a local newspaper. Write 'em a check, Barry, it's only money.

Over the weekend, the Greek parliament voted to accept Europe’s latest demands for spending cuts and tax rises and other reforms and retrenchments. The aim was to make it marginally less implausible that Greece will pay back the hundreds of billions of euros that its neighbours are lending it. The alternative, we were told, was that it would become "ground zero" for a new financial meltdown, with its exit from the euro leading to social chaos within the country and economic chaos outside. Story

Eastern Europe has been hit especially hard by cold weather and up to 15 feet of snow in places. Entire villages are isolated from the world because of blocked roads.

How does this work?...Lyndon Johnson spent almost his entire life as a public servant and died with a $15 million estate.

Ever notice that the Leftists preach love and tolerance yet condemn unceasingly with derogatory remarks those who disagree with them politically, those who are lumped together as fundamentalist Christians, and those who are lumped together as rural working class whites?

Michelle Malkin on Senator Orrin Hatch...The 36-year, six-term Hatch was first elected in 1976 on an anti-entrenched incumbent platform. Hatch's campaign line then against his opponent Frank Moss: "What do you call a Senator who's served in office for 18 years? You call him home." Now, Hatch is clinging to power after almost four decades in government—and vainly attempting to claim the tea party mantle to stave off Liljenquist's David vs. Goliath primary challenge.

In Japan, the MTV show "Jersey Shore" is called "Macaroni Rascals". Ha.

The Washington Post reported that nearly $4 Billion in green stimulus funds went to White House connected firms. Yawn.

The cold wave that has lingered in eastern Europe has now killed more than 600 people.

Talk show host Mark Levin says that in a functioning Constitutional republic, the House of Representatives would subpoena HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and draw up articles of impeachment for violating her oath to uphold the Constitution. He also wondered why the House is not doing anything in response to Obama's use of power that is not granted to him under the Constitution.

If you want a prototypical example of how climate science has ceased being true science and instead become little more than an ideological battleground, look no further than a study released yesterday showing that, contrary to earlier claims, global warming has had zero effect on the depth of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Although the study received almost no media coverage (hmmmm, wonder why?), the San Francisco Chronicle did publish an article entitled Study: Sierra snowfall consistent over 130 years. But they covered the study not to give it wider publicity, but rather to give a platform to critics trying to discredit it. Story

Seeking to avoid a politically toxic vote, Congress has failed to pass a federal budget for three years. This year's new twist? Congress might not even try. On Monday, President Obama presented his proposed budget for fiscal year 2013. It's going nowhere on Capitol Hill, legislators and political analysts agree. What's more, Senate Democratic leaders show no intention of presenting their own budget proposals – or taking up any lobbed over from House Republicans. Story

Denzel Washington, 57, is one of Hollywood’s most well-known and vocal Christians. His religious views are well-documented, as the actor has been more than open about sharing his religious perspective with fans and media outlets, alike. But recently, Washington has caught some negative attention for comments that some say link atheists to sociopaths. Story

Gonorrhea, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, is increasingly showing resistance to one of the last known effective antibiotic treatments, leading researchers from the Centers for Disease Control to "sound the alarm" about potentially untreatable forms of the disease. Story (Thanks, Democrats)

A top official with the National Rifle Association said Friday that President Obama will move to "destroy" gun rights and "erase" the Second Amendment if he is re-elected in November. Story

Cancer

Ever since Richard Nixon declared a war on cancer in 1971 through the signing of the National Cancer Act, over a hundred billion dollars has been spent by our government on research and drug development in an attempt to eradicate the disease, with trillions more spent by the cancer patients themselves, but with disappointing results. Even after four decades of waging full-scale conventional (surgery and chemo) and nuclear (radiotherapy) war against cancer, close to one in every four Americans will be diagnosed with the disease within their lifetimes. Could this colossal failure reflect how profoundly misunderstood the condition is, and misguided are our attempts to prevent and treat it?

The time has come to shift the conceptual framework away from the idea that cancer is something bad that happens to the body, to something the body does in order to survive vis-à-vis an increasingly toxic and nutrient-deprived environment. Only then we will begin to unravel the mystery behind the colossal failure of the conventional medical system and why the ‘war against cancer’ will only be successful when we embrace our enemy with greater compassion and understanding, instead of blasting it (and ourselves) into oblivion.

For the past half century, the "Mutational Theory" has provided the prevailing explanation for the cause of most cancers, where, as the story goes, accumulated mutations to the DNA within the nucleus of our cells lead some to "go berserk," their "insane" behavior a result of multiple destructive events to the intelligent code within the cell (DNA) that keep them acting in a ‘civilized’ manner relative to the larger bodily whole. In this view, these rogue cells clone themselves inordinately, spreading outward in a characteristically cancerous manner (cancer = Greek for "crab"), not unlike the characteristics of an infectious process within the host, eventually obstructing vital processes, resulting in morbidity and death. One paper summarizes this view as follows...

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Debt

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Demographic shift

California is in the middle of a far-reaching demographic shift: Hispanics, who already constitute a majority of the state’s schoolchildren, will be a majority of its workforce and of its population in a few decades. This is an even more momentous development than it seems. Unless Hispanics’ upward mobility improves, the state risks becoming more polarized economically and more reliant on a large government safety net. And as California goes, so goes the nation, whose own Hispanic population shift is just a generation or two behind.

The scale and speed of the Golden State’s ethnic transformation are unprecedented. In the 1960s, Los Angeles was the most Anglo-Saxon of the nation’s ten largest cities; today, Latinos make up nearly half of the county’s residents and one-third of its voting-age population. A full 55 percent of Los Angeles County’s child population has immigrant parents. California’s schools have the nation’s largest concentration of "English learners," students from homes where a language other than English is regularly spoken. From 2000 to 2010, the state’s Hispanic population grew 28 percent, to reach 37.6 percent of all residents, almost equal to the shrinking white population’s 40 percent. Nearly half of all California births today are Hispanic. The signs of the change are everywhere—from the commercial strips throughout the state catering to Spanish-speaking customers, to the flea markets and illegal vendors in such areas as MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, to the growing reach of the Spanish-language media.

The poor Mexican immigrants who have fueled the transformation—84 percent of the state’s Hispanics have Mexican origins—bring an admirable work ethic and a respect for authority too often lacking in America’s native-born population. Many of their children and grandchildren have started thriving businesses and assumed positions of civic and economic leadership. But a sizable portion of Mexican, as well as Central American, immigrants, however hardworking, lack the social capital to inoculate their children reliably against America’s contagious underclass culture. The resulting dysfunction is holding them back and may hold California back as well.

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Electric cars not so green

Electric cars have been heralded as environmentally friendly, but findings from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers show that electric cars in China have an overall impact on pollution that could be more harmful to health than gasoline vehicles.

Chris Cherry, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, and graduate student Shuguang Ji, analyzed the emissions and environmental health impacts of five vehicle technologies in 34 major Chinese cities, focusing on dangerous fine particles. What Cherry and his team found defies conventional logic: electric cars cause much more overall harmful particulate matter pollution than gasoline cars.

"An implicit assumption has been that air quality and health impacts are lower for electric vehicles than for conventional vehicles," Cherry said. "Our findings challenge that by comparing what is emitted by vehicle use to what people are actually exposed to. Prior studies have only examined environmental impacts by comparing emission factors or greenhouse gas emissions."

Particulate matter includes acids, organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles. It is also generated through the combustion of fossil fuels.

For electric vehicles, combustion emissions occur where electricity is generated rather than where the vehicle is used. In China, 85 percent of electricity production is from fossil fuels, about 90 percent of that is from coal. The authors discovered that the power generated in China to operate electric vehicles emit fine particles at a much higher rate than gasoline vehicles. However, because the emissions related to the electric vehicles often come from power plants located away from population centers, people breathe in the emissions a lower rate than they do emissions from conventional vehicles.

Still, the rate isn’t low enough to level the playing field between the vehicles. In terms of air pollution impacts, electric cars are more harmful to public health per kilometer traveled in China than conventional vehicles.

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Throwing in the towel

Even the people who thrust this man-caused global warming into the public’s face have given up beating that pony. That horse is deader than Secretariat. They even have retreated from climate change. The new threat to the world that requires more government is — sustainable development. That is an odd phrase that means no development. The IPCC report of 2007, which won the Nobel Prize for Peace, ironically is this crazy movement’s downfall. A laughable (in hindsight) claim that the Himalayas would be ice-free in 23 years showed that the report was thrown together and not vetted — much less properly peer-reviewed. Global warming charlatans such as Michael Mann and Phil Jones tried to hide their work from any scrutiny. Our gullible government kept the grants going as bureaucrats never questioned these frauds — and gullible reporters continued to carry water for them even after Climategate showed that this was a charade.

Now the jig is up. A very cold winter in Europe is now offered as proof of this cockamamie scheme.

From the Independent:

"The bitterly cold weather sweeping Britain and the rest of Europe has been linked by scientists with the ice-free seas of the Arctic, where global warming is exerting its greatest influence. A dramatic loss of sea ice covering the Barents and Kara Seas above northern Russia could explain why a chill Arctic wind has engulfed much of Europe and killed 221 people over the past week. The death toll from Arctic blast has been particularly severe in the Ukraine, where many of the dead have been people sleeping on the streets. Heating and food tents have been set up to ease their hardship. In Romania 24 people are known to have died and 17 in Poland. A growing number of experts believe complex wind patterns are being changed because melting Arctic sea ice has exposed huge swaths of normally frozen ocean to the atmosphere above."

A growing number? Name them. Otherwise, no one believes the explanations for cold weather any more.

While sleazebags like Michael Mann and Phil Jones steal tax money and still are praised, skeptics may finally be getting their due.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Invasion

A brief filed today with the U.S. Supreme Court argues that Arizona’s contested state law allowing law-enforcement officers to ask about the legal status of people they encounter is justified because of the virtual "invasion" of the state by outsiders. "As provided in the Constitution, the power to repel against invasions was … granted to both the federal and the state governments," stated the brief filed by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch. Story

Obama has created a new government bureaucracy because we don't have enough big government as it is. He's creating a so-called "Public Advocate" who will be charged with listening to (illegal) immigrants' concerns about law enforcement policies. Suck it up, taxpayers.

Harry Reid has been out of the spotlight lately. But he briefly emerged from under his rock somewhere in the Nevada desert and proclaimed that Republicans want to put arsenic and mercury into our nation's water. Sure, Harry, tell us another one. How about all the puppies and kittens we want to maim and kill?

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told WND today his office has scheduled a news conference in Phoenix for March 1 to release findings of the Cold Case Posse that has been investigating Barack Obama's birth certificate and eligibility to be president. Story

Headline of the Day..."Barack Obama to America’s Catholics – I Am Your God Now…" Story

Much of the street talk last week when I was traveling in the Persian Gulf revolved around the current—and very underreported—unrest in the largely Shi’ite Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. While twitter, press access and, for the sake of international journalists also an English-speaking opposition, has propelled Bahraini unrest into the international headlines, eastern Saudi Arabia is boiling. Bahraini authorities may use tear gas and rubber bullets; Saudi police use live ammunition against unarmed protesters. Eventually, the Arab Spring will come to Saudi Arabia. Grievances in Saudi Arabia are huge. When it does, it will make Syria look like a Quaker meeting. Source

Tired of your job and want to get fired? Just do what this guy did..."Who do you think you all are?" the coach said in the recording. "Highfalutin' heifers. You can just come and go as you please. Fire me!" Story

Caterpillar Inc. will not be building its new North American plant anywhere in the state of Illinois, officials with the company told local leaders Tuesday, with part of the reason being continued concerns about the business climate in the state. The company will instead focus on a location closer to its division headquarters in Cary, N.C. Story

Movieguide identified 91 movies in 2011 that scored high in "conservative/moral categories"; these earned an average of $59 million apiece. On the other hand, it identified 105 movies that scored high in "liberal/leftist categories"; each of those titles earned an average of just $11 million. Source

53% of self-identified liberal Democrats - and 67% of moderate or conservative Democrats - support keeping Guantanamo Bay open. And 77% of liberal Democrats endorse the use of drones. Source

Steve Jobs is reported to have had a 2.65 grade point average for his short time at college.

Republicans never learn...The House passed a sweeping new ethics bill that bans lawmakers from using insider information for personal gain, but Republican leaders came under criticism for softening the legislation in a way that some view as beneficial to Wall Street investors. Story

United We Sit on the Couch. The United States today is more at odds with itself than any time in its history, including 1861-1865. Story

Rick Perry says he'll run again because even Ronald Reagan "wasn't successful the first time he ran."

The ultimate result of Leftists running universities and their multiculturism nonsense....Dickinson State University awarded hundreds of degrees to foreign students who didn't earn them, signed up students who couldn't speak English and enrolled a handful without qualifying grades, according to an audit report of the North Dakota school. Story

When your record sucks, you try other things...The Obama campaign is to "educate" and deploy what it describes as "truth teams" to ensure that any attacks on the president’s record are feverishly countered in the run up to the general election.

Insanity of political correctness...A radical Islamic preacher who has been under detention for most of the last six and a half years but never formally charged with an offense was released from jail Monday amid public criticism over why he is being allowed to remain in Britain. Story

Solar industry nearing sunset, are you surprised?...In the latest setback for the solar energy industry, Auburn Hills-based Energy Conversion Devices said today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and intends to sell its assets, including its main subsidiary United Solar Ovonic. Story

Should we be surprised?...The BBC will today apologise to an estimated 74 million people around the world for a news fixing scandal, exposed by The Independent, in which it broadcast documentaries made by a London TV company that was earning millions of pounds from PR clients which it featured in its programming. Story

Pediatricians fed up with parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of concern it can cause autism or other problems increasingly are "firing" such families from their practices, raising questions about a doctor's responsibility to these patients. Medical associations don't recommend such patient bans, but the practice appears to be growing, according to vaccine researchers. Story

Europe in decline...The Moody’s agency has cut the debt ratings of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Malta, and has issued a warning to France, Britain and Austria, saying that the outlook for all nine countries was unfavorable, due to the Eurozone debt crisis.

Samuel L. Jackson, the actor, was in the news recently. He said, "I voted for Obama because he's black." Imagine saying, "I voted for McCain because he's white." Huge shit storm would follow.

Factoid...144 U.S. military women have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Decline

...the failure of the EU, slow motion train-wreck as it is, ought to caution (but it won’t) the American elites. Importing tens of millions of Mexicans, and expecting them to act like sober, middle class White Americans, is a fantasy of Eurozone proportions. Mexicans like being Mexican, its what they know. They have no intention of turning themselves into high-IQ knowledge worker cubicle drones. And would not do so even if they could. A few can and will become engineers, or scientists. The number will probably only slightly exceed the number of Asian guys playing in the NBA. The rest will continue to live and work and conduct themselves here as they did in Mexico. Meaning American income, educational achievements, technology, and everything else will inevitably decline to Mexican levels. Don’t expect anything out of a Silicon Valley surrounded by Mexico. Carlos Slim did not create Apple Computer, nor drive the development of the Ipad. Mostly, he played crony capitalist and extorted monopoly rates from Mexicans forced to use his companies to make phone calls by either land-lines or cell phones. That’s good for Carlos Slim, bad for most Mexicans. And that is the culture and people our vote-harvesting elites have imported.

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You might argue that the biggest clown show in the world is in America. Where SWPL yuppies in a never ending battle against "the wrong sort of White people" have imported a mass of vote-mercenaries who will assuredly kill their hipster paradises of Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, and Ann Arbor, dead, dead, dead! Not too many working guys from Michoacan or their descendants are big into irony, feminism, gay rights, or saving the planet. Mostly, they throw trash out the window (as Victor Davis Hanson attests) and stage pit-bull and cockfights. People from Michoacan don’t ironically drink Pabst Blue Ribbon and get designated drivers, they drive drunk without a license and run over lots of kids, elderly, and each other. The folks from Juarez don’t earnestly send money to Greenpeace to save the Gay Whales, they mostly hang headless bodies from bridges, or roll grenades into discos, or become the victims of the same.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cutting spending

Remember late last summer, when intransigent lawmakers refused to allow America to pay its bills so they could make a point about cutting spending? Remember how Congress averted a crisis of its own making by adopting a "compromise" that included $2.1 billion in cuts? And remember how even then, lawmakers couldn’t live up to that compromise, so they allowed "mandatory" spending cuts to take effect?

Well, all that political theater did nothing to actually cut spending. President Obama proposed a $3.8 billion budget, the biggest in American history, despite all the mandatory spending cuts that were enacted as part of the debt ceiling debacle. While the proposed budget includes some tax increases to offset higher spending, the overall level of federal spending continues to rise.

Of course, everyone knew it would. Republicans were quick to decry the budget proposal with the politically obvious characterization that it’s a "campaign document," and then proceeded to engage in a little campaigning of their own. You’ll note that among the half dozen local elected officials (five Republicans and one Democrat) who oppose the budget, not one outlines how they would cut spending more. They complain about the debt, the deficit, the spending and the threat it poses for our nation’s future, but none are saying what specific programs they would add to the president’s cuts or what additional tax increases they would include.

Even if all of Obama’s proposed cuts were rescinded, and all his tax increases left in place, it wouldn’t make a meaningful dent in the deficit.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison criticized cuts to NASA, implying that the space agency should actually be immune to budget austerity. Rep. Gene Green, the Democrat in the group, said the budget "cuts funding to programs that are essential to the Houston economy." That implies he would like to see them put back in — a spending increase.

The point here isn’t that those programs aren’t worthwhile. I happen to agree with Hutchison that cutting NASA’s budget by 40 percent is short-sighted. But the budget exercise — and let’s face it, Obama’s budget is little more than a wish list — underscores how unwilling lawmakers are to actually address the deficit.

Serious deficit reduction requires much deeper cuts and much bigger tax increases than anything Obama or his Republican opponents have proposed.

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