Saturday, September 20, 2014

Just for fun


Freedom Tower being built (three year time-lapse video)

A guy named Gonzalez jumped the fence at the White House

CBS News:
The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended.
President Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the presidential residence, where agents nabbed him. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House, with Secret Service officers drawing their guns as they rushed staffers and journalists out a side door.
A clever, snarky Tweet from Richard Grenell:  "To be fair, the guy who made it over the fence at the White House should be able to live there now....with his family."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The brilliant Thomas Sowell on the subject of greed

From economist Thomas Sowell's "The Vision of the Anointed" (1995):
Among the many other questions raised by the nebulous concept of "greed" is why it is a term applied almost exclusively to those who want to earn more money or to keep what they have already earned—never to those wanting to take other people's money in taxes or to those wishing to live on the largess dispensed from such taxation. No amount of taxation is ever described by the anointed as "greed" on the part of government or the clientele of government. . . .
Families who wish to be independent financially and to make their own decisions about their lives are of little interest or use to those who are seeking to impose their superior wisdom and virtue on other people. Earning their own money makes these families unlikely candidates for third-party direction and wishing to retain what they have earned threatens to deprive the anointed of the money needed to distribute as largess to others who would thus become subject to their direction. In these circumstances, it is understandable why the desire to increase and retain one's own earnings should be characterized negatively as "greed," while wishing to live at the expense of others is not.

Just so we're clear


Political cartoon by Mike Lester

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It takes 48 years before this country honors a man who kicked this much enemy ass?


Despite wounds, Medal of Honor recipient killed up to 175 enemies, saved comradesThe Army says Spec. Donald Paul Sloat shielded his comrades from a grenade blast at the cost of his own life near Danang, Vietnam, in 1970.

As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush -- and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins' Medal of Honor, an award he received from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Our southern border summed up in one picture

signs 9 12 0461 500x374 Funny Signs (20 photos)

CDS to domestic healthcare providers: get ready for Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning hospitals and doctors that “now is the time to prepare,” has issued a six-page Ebola “checklist” to help healthcare workers quickly determine if patients are infected.
While the CDC does not believe that there are new cases of Ebola in the United States, the assumption in the checklist is that it is only a matter of time before the virus hits home.

Illegal fundraising gets support from White House

PATRICK HOWLEY reporting for the
The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama.
New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. (SEE THE EMAIL CHAIN). The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager to give up.
link:  cover-up?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Our anthem The Star Spangled Banner is 200 years old


Baltimore is celebrating the 200 year anniversary of Francis Scott Key's anthem The Star Spangled Banner. There is some really interesting history surrounding why Key was in Baltimore in the first place. He was a Georgetown lawyer tasked by President James Madison to petition the British to release some American prisoners of war, including Key's friend Dr. William Beanes. Key carried letters from injured British soldiers praising Dr. Beanes for his kind treatment of them. The British commander eventually agreed to release the good doctor; but because Key had been at the dinner table aboard the flagship HMS Tonnant while the British discussed the following day's battle plans he was detained on one of the attacking ships. It was from that vantage point Key wrote the poem 'Defense of Fort M'Henry'. Later, that poem was set to the tune of The Anacreontic Song written by English composer John Stafford Smith.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pelosi said something stupid again.

“It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate,” Pelosi told Maher. “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.”

Jonah Goldberg responds on Twitter:  "Amazing how Democrats are willing to say civilization is imperiled by Republicans. But Jihadi terrorism is a manageable problem."

Sunday, September 7, 2014

64% growth in Arctic sea ice since 2012. Green shows gain, red shows loss.

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From Steve Goddard@SteveSGoddard (Twitter)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Some elephants know how to party

awesome gifs

The world would be better off run by dogs

The president says we need to "degrade" ISIS. Here's what that might look like–beautiful!

Award- winning liberal USC professor arrested for child porn and sex with minors

Williams taught anthropology, gender studies and history at USC for about two decades until he quit in 2011. Under the guise of academic research on sexuality in the Southeast Asia/Pacific region, he repeatedly traveled to the area.
Federal prosecutors alleged that the author and Fulbright Award winner used those trips to have sex with underage boys. Investigators believe he has at least 10 victims across Southeast Asia, aged 9 to 17.
Williams engaged in webcam sex sessions with two boys, aged 13 and 14, in the Philippines in 2010. The next year, he traveled to the country and had sex with both boys and a 15-year-old boy, according to the plea agreement. He was 62 at the time.
While there, he also had sexual contact with three other 16-year-old boys, records show.
When he returned to Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 11, 2011, he was "intercepted," and child pornography was found on him. The professor fled Los Angeles a week after being interviewed by the FBI.

The explosive power of a volcano on display

The U.S. just set a record. Le'ts hope it's never broken

 A record 92,269,000 Americans 16 and older did not participate in the labor force in August, as the labor force participation rate matched a 36-year low of 62.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.~CNSnews

Biden and Obama should talk to each other more often

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Political cartoon by Stilton Jarlsberg

Obama and the State Dept. are playing catch-up

RICK WILSON writing in

....the bad actors of this world have seen all Barack Obama’s cards, and they know on his best day he can’t bluff his way past an opponent holding a pair of twos. They know his soaring rhetoric is rarely backed up by action or force of arms unless it meets his specific political criteria. Since Benghazi, Barack Obama hasn’t had a good day on the foreign policy front. Egypt is mired in a post-coup economic and political quagmire. Libya has fallen to the Islamist horde, who are holding pool parties at what was our Embassy. Syria has devolved from mere oppression to a human-rights tragedy nearly unprecedented in a region where the unprecedented is expected. ISIS is spreading across the Middle East, traveling down a river of blood toward Baghdad, Amman, and Damascus. That our State Department still believes that ISIS is subject to moral pressure or diplomatic persuasion makes one wonder if they watch the news. ISIS isn’t a rational actor, but John Kerry and Hashtag Harf seem to think that strongly-worded tweets are a substitute for having an American foreign policy that recognizes evil when it sees it and takes action to protect American interests.

link:  Obama and his State Dept. are being ignored