Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The titular head of the Democratic Party.

Hollywood just folded like a cheap tent to this jerk

Obama swaps good guys for shitheads with Cuba

While we're swapping individuals diplomatically, could we get Sofia Vergara, Nikolas Sarkozy, and Cristiano Renaldo in a straight trade for Obama, Pelosi and Reid? Is that asking too much? We gain aesthetically, politically, and athletically and give up NOTHING.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thirty-five federal agencies to get your health information soon

JERYL BIER reporting for the Weekly Standard:

Along with the primary goal of expanding the availability of health insurance, the Affordable Care Act aims to make the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) universal. This plan actually began with the 2009 stimulus (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), which included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Doctors and other health providers have been offered incentives to convert patient information and health histories to a compatible and transferable electronic format, and as of June 2014, 75 percent of eligible doctors and 92 percent of eligible hospitals had received payments under the program.






link;  Big Government will share your health records with just about everybody

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Global-warming fad has harmed lower and middle class Americans

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON:

So, in the end, what was global warming? It seems to have grown up largely as a late-20th-century critique of global market capitalism by elites who had done so well by it that they had won the luxury of caricaturing the very source of their privilege. Global warming proved a near secular religion that filled a deep psychological longing for some sort of transcendent meaning among mostly secular Western grandees. In reality, the global-warming creed had scant effect on the lifestyles of the high priests who promulgated it. Al Gore did not cut back on his jet-fueled and lucrative proselytizing. Obama did not become the first president who, on principle, traveled with a reduced and green entourage. Solyndra did not run a model transparent company as proof of the nobility of the cause. As in the case of illegal immigration, the losers from the global-warming fad are the working and middle classes, who do not have the capital to be unharmed by the restrictions on cheap, carbon-based fuels.

link:  Victor Davis Hanson

Monday, November 24, 2014

China's stealth fighter has a smoking problem



China's newly unveiled J-31 stealth fighter has received bad reviews at home and abroad after making its first public demonstration flight during the biennial Zhuhai Airshow in the southern province of Guangdong.
The criticism of J-31, China's second fifth-generation fighter jet, mainly stems from the dark exhaust emitting from the jet's engine, which indicates the engine's poor efficiency in burning fuel.
There are two types of engines used on the J-31 jets — the RD-93 used by Russia's MiG-29 fighters will be fitted to those intended for foreign clients, while the ones deployed by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) will have the WS-13 engine developed from the RD-93.

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


BOSTON.COM:
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

JONATHAN J. COOPER and NICHOLAS RICCARDI reporting:

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 FoxNews.com:


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

FROM THE UK DAILYMAIL:

  • 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


  • LINK:  PROBE LANDS ON 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.