Surprise, surprise, President Obama’s half brother, Malik Obama, oversees much of the finances of the Muslim Brotherhood, not just in Egypt but throughout the Mideast. Story
"If you visit Tianducheng, a day trip from Shanghai, in China’s Zhejiang province, you will be confronted by a 354 foot replica of the Eiffel tower. Development on this Paris replica in China began in 2007, but local media say it is a ghost town now. Everyone points to China’s ghost towns as proof of a malaise in China’s property sector. But some, like Stephen Roach, former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia have argued that these cities will become "thriving metropolitan areas" as China continues to urbanize. What’s truly quirky about these ghost towns though is that some of them have been designed as replicas of Italian, German, English and French towns". Story
"Every group of people who votes Democrat is mad about something. They're unhappy, they're enraged, they're mad. They feel cheated, mistreated, you name it. They're not happy, they're not laughing, and they're not enjoying themselves, and they're turning to the same people to fix it who have been promising them for however many years to fix it." --Rush Limbaugh
The U.S. Defense Department spent about $67 billion acquiring a fleet of almost 200 F-22 fighter jets, none of which has yet flown in combat. That may change with a U.S.-led intervention in Syria, where the stealthy, highly maneuverable plane known as the Raptor may be used to penetrate and attack the country’s air defenses, among other targets. Story
Charlottesville police say two men picked the wrong students to rob at gunpoint. The robbery suspects are behind bars, badly beaten by their victims. Story and mugshots here.
"just muscular enough not to get mocked." Story
Convicted killer Nidal Hasan was flown last Friday from Fort Hood to a prison in Kansas, where he will join five other condemned inmates on the military's death row. Once there, he'll likely be told to shave the thick beard he grew against Army regulations or have it removed by force. Yes!!
Why don't black people tip? 5:15 video.
Politics as football...Republicans play touch, Democrats play tackle.
Forty years ago two British sailors plunged almost 1,600ft into an abyss, 150 miles off Ireland, in a deep-sea submersible. Trapped in a 6ft-diameter steel ball for three days, the men had only 12 minutes of oxygen left when they were finally rescued. The story of Pisces III, which made headlines at the time, is now largely forgotten. Story
U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget. The $52.6 billion "black budget" for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. Story
Congressional hearings in 1973 concluded that about 3% of all Officer and NCO deaths in Vietnam were the result of fragging.
More than 7,000 solar panels on the roof of a burning warehouse in Burlington County proved too much of a hazard for firefighters, local officials said today. "We may very well not be able to save buildings that have alternative energy," William Kramer, New Jersey’s acting fire marshal, said after Delanco Fire Chief Ron Holt refused to send his firefighters onto the roof of the 300,000-square foot Dietz & Watson facility, ablaze since Sunday afternoon. ... "There is a possibility of electric shock because the electricity to the panels can’t be shut off," he said, "and not having a clear path on the roof to cut a ventilation hole is another challenge." Story
Comment in the New York Times on a story about attacking Syria...."This is being done for Obama to save face. Those who support this don't understand what we are getting into. Obama is the most disliked President ever. He is a complete failure and to show his manhood he wants to do this. What a pathetic little man. Remember 9-11, thats [sic] who we are supporting, the legacy of Bid Laden [sic]. I'm ashamed to be an American. I can honestly say I am embarrassed every time Obama and Pelosi and McCain open their mouths. There is no justification for a strike."
Great quote by Ted Cruz....U.S. is not Al Qaeda's air force.
Secretary of State John Kerry said at Wednesday’s hearing that Arab counties have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily. With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes. They have. That offer is on the table. Asked by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) about how much those countries would contribute, Kerry said they have offered to pay for all of a full invasion. (Are we now mercenaries?)
Question of the day....Wasn't Obama going to use diplomacy?
The mayor of Boston says he would blow up Detroit and start all over. LOL
With the growing concern over the effects of competition in youth sports programs this summer, many Canadian soccer associations eliminated the concept of keeping score. The Soccer Association of Midlake, Ontario, however, has taken this idea one step further, and have completely removed the ball from all youth soccer games and practices. Story (satire?)
Flashback....Sept. 2, 2012, YORK, Pa. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday that Republican rival Mitt Romney is "ready to go to war in Syria and Iran" while hurting the middle class. Story
Putin speaks...."Kerry is lying." (I'm beginning to like that Russian bastard)
From 2011....While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme. Story
It would take $10,437 from every man, woman and child living in Wisconsin to get the state public pension fund fully funded, according to a new analysis by State Budget Solutions, a conservative, fiscal-focused think tank. Story
Airhead extraordinaire Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims that dozens of countries stand with the U.S. on attacking Syria, but is not allowed to name any of them.
The NOAA predicted an active hurricane season but so far nothing seems to be on the horizon.
The left mocked Bush for going into Iraq with 50 allies but Obama can't even get one and a half. Story
And I've always thought the Germans were a smart people.... Story