Friday, November 21, 2014

Napoleon Obamaparte

[political cartoon by MICHAEL RAMIREZ]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Two-thirds of lower 48 states in a deep freeze; 1360 daily records shattered

Cold, bitter, frigid, arctic blast and of course polar vortex are words we are all hearing a lot of this week. You might be wondering, is this really THAT cold? The answer is maybe, but it depends where you are and how you look at the statistics.
First, the coverage of the cold air over so much of the country is notable. Often in November one section of the United States sees arctic air, but it’s unusual for two-thirds of the lower 48 to see this type of widespread outbreak of cold.
Over the past 7 days if we look at the entire country there have been a lot of cold records being set. The chart below shows for example, 1360 daily low maximum records. This means those places had cold high temperatures which were records. Simply put, those cities and towns saw their coldest daily highs ever recorded. These records are for a particular date, not all-time

What could go wrong?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Oregon voters: NO to giving illegals drivers licenses


The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy.
Even as Oregon voters were legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding Democratic majorities in state government, they decided by a margin of 66-34 to cancel a new state law that would have provided driver's licenses to people who are in the United States illegally.

Military uses video games to train

JAMES ROGERS reporting for

Defense giant Raytheon is using motion capture and video game-based technology to develop sophisticated virtual simulators for the U.S. military.

The defense contractor uses motion capture technology to create ‘avatars,’ or virtual service members, who can help in the training of military personnel.

Similar to a video game, service members can train on digital versions of real world equipment by moving their avatars around a virtual landscape. The avatars, for example, are used to train soldiers operating the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system. The simulation technology has also been used to train troops on the Javelin missile system and to teach sailors how to respond to onboard emergencies.

link:  military uses video games to train

Dog synergy

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

European probe lands on a comet. Here's a picture of the Comet's surface.

At 08.35 GMT today, mission control in Darmstadt, Germany sent a command to release the Philae probe from Rosetta's grip. This picture shows the boulder-strewn neck region of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It was captured around 4.8 miles (7.7km) from the surface of the comet


  • Philae made incredible landing on comet 67P today at 3.30pm GMT 
  • Probe separated from the Rosetta spacecraft seven hours earlier
  • 'It's a big step for human civilisation,' said Esa director general
  • First image by Philae showed Rosetta 50 seconds after separation 
  • Scientists were worried thruster problem would scupper the landing
  • The cold gas thruster on top of the lander was not working properly 
  • Philae may have had to rely on harpoons to attach to comet instead
  • Esa has said Philae is not yet completely attached to comet's surface
  • Rosetta has chased comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for 10 years 
  • This will be the first time a spacecraft has ever landed on a comet


    Sunday, November 9, 2014

    What a difference 200 years make

    In 1814, the British burned down Washington. Today, God 

    Save the Queen and The Star Spangled Banner were sung 

    on the same football field in London. Go Cowboys!

    Update:  Cowboys, 31.  Jaguars, 17.  America's Team won.

    Get ready, Supreme Court, you may get really busy in the next two years

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    Recipe: Roasted Lame Duck

    I'm not known to put up many recipes here on DailyBrisk, but I feel inspired to do so today. I call the dish, Roasted Lame Duck. It's a simple recipe with the following ingredients:
    Two tablespoons of arrogance.
    One cup of incompetence.
    A dash of fecklessness.
    A gallon of hubris.
    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
    Combine the arrogance, incompetence, fecklessness, and hubris and push them into the prepared duck's body cavity to act as stuffing.
    Cook for five hours–until there is no trace whatsoever of the arrogance, incompetence, fecklessness and hubris (basically, charcoal).
    The Roasted Lame Duck is best served with a bowl of Whoop-Ass.

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Democratic Senator involved in IRS scandal

    PATRICK HOWLEY reporting for the
    Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was principally involved in a plot with Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama’s political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the 2012 election, according to letters exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller.
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) did not want to publicly release 2012 correspondences exchanged between the IRS and Jeanne Shaheen at her personal Washington office: the agency delayed releasing the information to a major conservative super PAC multiple times, even threatening to see the super PAC in court, according to email.

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

    South Carolina receives earliest snowfall on record

    Associated Press

    A surprise band of snow about 25 miles wide swept across parts of South Carolina on Saturday, falling on pumpkins and power lines.

    It was the earliest snow on record in the Columbia area by eight days, according to the National Weather Service. Neither Boston nor New York City has had snow yet this fall and Fargo, North Dakota, has had only a trace of the white stuff.

    The wet flakes in South Carolina collected on trees and sent branches still full of leaves crashing down on power lines. Utilities reported a peak of about 20,000 power outages as the snow tapered off before noon Saturday.

    UPDATE from Nate Silver

    ...Nate now gives the Republicans a 71.6% chance of gaining a majority in the Senate.

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Child poverty in U.S. at a 20 year high

    Gale Holland/LATIMES:
    Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
    As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 25% of children don’t have enough food to eat and 7 million kids still don’t have health insurance, the analysis says. Even worse: Five children die daily by firearms, and one dies every seven hours from abuse or neglect. 
    link:  child poverty

    What does whiz-kid, Nate Silver, predict for the senate races?

    Republicans have a 68.3%chance of winning a majority.

    link:  What Nate predicts

    Enterovirus spread in U.S. due to Obama's border policies

    NEIL MUNRO reporting for The Daily Caller:
    The deadly EV-D68 enterovirus epidemic, which struck thousands of kids this fall, was likely propelled through America by President Barack Obama’s decision to allow tens of thousands of Central Americans across the Texas border, according to a growing body of genetic and statistical evidence.
    The evidence includes admissions from top health officials that the epidemic included multiple strains of the virus, and that it appeared simultaneously in multiple independent locations.
    The question can be settled if federal researchers study the genetic fingerprint of the EV-D68 viruses that first hit kids in Colorado, Missouri and Illinois to see if they are close relatives to the EV-D68 viruses found in Central America.

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Illegal voting by non-citizens has greatly influenced American politics

    Do Non-Citizens Vote in U.S. Elections?”, by Jesse T. Richman and Gulshan A. Chattha of Old Dominion University and David C. Earnest of George Mason University.

    "We find that some non-citizens participate in U.S. elections, and that this participation has been large enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes, and Congressional elections. Non-citizen votes likely gave Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress".

    LINK:  Democrats and voting fraud