Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some funny/clever Tweets I've seen lately:

" Woke up screaming this morning. My apologies to everyone in the meeting."

"Neil Armstrong lands on the moon:
5 pictures.

White girl goes to starbucks:
162 pictures."

" Michaelangelo: Yea, sure, I'll paint your ceiling.
*To himself*
Errybody gon be naked tho."

"It's all about perspective.

The sinking of the Titanic was a miracle to the lobsters in the ship's kitchen"


"Plot twist:

"Luke, I am your Mother." - Yoda"

" “Full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”--how I told my wife the baby was gassy but didn’t have poop. Thanks, English degree."

" Baby, I just want everything to be like it was at the beginning.
- When we first met?
- No, before that."

"Just learned an important lesson: When texting "wish you were here," that last e kind of makes it or breaks it."

From the frying pan into the American taxpayer expense

 CNS News reporting:

A thousand children said to be fleeing the violence in Central America will be welcomed to Chicago, where local children are routinely in the cross-fire of gang-related grudges.

link: 1000 kids sent to violent Chicago

Not a good place to run a red light

46 Incredible Things You Probably Havent Seen Before

Gibraltars International Airport has a runway with a road that runs straight through it.

Present day NYCity and how it would have looked 600 years ago

46 Incredible Things You Probably Havent Seen Before

Solar power is the most expensive way of replacing carbon emissions

From the Economist:
If all the costs and benefits are totted up using Mr Frank’s calculation, solar power is by far the most expensive way of reducing carbon emissions. It costs $189,000 to replace 1MW per year of power from coal. Wind is the next most expensive. Hydropower provides a modest net benefit. But the most cost-effective zero-emission technology is nuclear power. The pattern is similar if 1MW of gas-fired capacity is displaced instead of coal. And all this assumes a carbon price of $50 a tonne. Using actual carbon prices (below $10 in Europe) makes solar and wind look even worse. The carbon price would have to rise to $185 a tonne before solar power shows a net benefit.
There are, of course, all sorts of reasons to choose one form of energy over another, including emissions of pollutants other than CO2 and fear of nuclear accidents. Mr Frank does not look at these. Still, his findings have profound policy implications. At the moment, most rich countries and China subsidise solar and wind power to help stem climate change. Yet this is the most expensive way of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Meanwhile Germany and Japan, among others, are mothballing nuclear plants, which (in terms of carbon abatement) are cheaper. The implication of Mr Frank’s research is clear: governments should target emissions reductions from any source rather than focus on boosting certain kinds of renewable energy.

Where does the buck stop? Apparently, in his pocket at Democratic fundraisers

Greenspan: "...significant correction' anticipated


"The stock market has recovered so sharply for so long, you have to assume somewhere along the line we will get a significant correction," Greenspan said on Wednesday.

link:  Greenspan

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A little humor at the expense of Oprah's reputation for giving things away

CNN poll: most voters would vote for Romney if given another chance

CNN Poll: Romney tops Obama but loses to Clinton


Americans are so down on President Obama at the moment that, if they could do the 2012 election all over again, they'd overwhelmingly back the former Massachusetts governor's bid. That's just one finding in a brutal CNN poll, released Sunday, which shows Romney topping Obama in a re-election rematch by a whopping nine-point margin, 53 percent to 44 percent. That's an even larger spread than CNN found in November, when a survey had Romney winning a redo 49 percent to 45 percent.

link:  Romney over Obama if vote taken today

The poll results:

36.  Suppose that for some reason a presidential election were being held today and you had to choose 
between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Who would you be more likely to vote for?
37. (IF UNSURE:) As of today, do you lean more toward…?
July 18-20
Obama 44%
Romney 53%
Other (vol.) *
Neither (vol.) 3%

No opinion *

link:  CNN poll

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A guy named Remy having some fun with the IRS scandal

Doing something vs. talking about doing something

A corrupt IRS changed Obamacare law at the Obama administration's request

Kim Strassel writing in the Wall Street Journal:

One of the big questions out of the IRS targeting scandal is this: How can an agency that engaged in such political misconduct be trusted to implement ObamaCare? This week'sHalbig v. Burwell ruling reminded us of the answer. It can't.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Halbig that the administration had illegally provided ObamaCare subsidies in 36 insurance exchanges run by the federal government. Yet it wasn't the "administration" as a whole that issued the lawless subsidy gift. It was the administration acting through its new, favorite enforcer: the IRS.
And it was entirely political. Democrats needed those subsidies. The party had assumed that dangling subsidies before the states would induce them to set up exchanges. When dozens instead refused, the White House was faced with the prospect that citizens in 36 states—two-thirds of the country—would be exposed to the full cost of ObamaCare's overpriced insurance. The backlash would have been horrific, potentially forcing Democrats to reopen the law, or even costing President Obama re-election.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Just when we need another Abraham Lincoln we get a Jack Nicklaus

[political cartoon by Michael Ramirez]

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HopeyChangey results are in

"Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Likely U.S. Voters say America is a more divided nation than it was four years ago".

"For the second week in a row, 25% of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending July 13".

How's that HopeyChangey thing working out?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Obama foreign policy meets reality

Stilton Jarlsberg nails it yet again:

Obama, the speed bump to exceptional American history

A community organizer versus a former KGB spy master. Bambi vs. Godzilla. A rowboat vs. the Death Star. A fat chicken vs. Perdue Farms. You get the picture. What saves Obama's tokus is the very real fact the American people and their military are second to none. Obama is an inconvenient speed bump on the path of American exceptionalism.~~YOSSARIAN.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Democrat Senator not impressed by present presidential leadership

“We should be looking at the future, we should have a vision for the future, we should be able to help the world, but we should be taking care of ourself and making ourself strong first. And you lead by example,” he continued. “We’re not leading. We’re just getting pulled in all different directions and there’s not a clarity of who is the United States of America and what do they stand for.”~~Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.)

link:  Sen. Manchin

Historical confusion

So 3rd world invasion in Texas, bubonic plague in Denver, 

and water riots in Detroit. Can't tell if it's 399, 1399 or 

1899.~~Tweet from David "Iowahawk" Burge.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Intercepted phone calls may point to pro-Russian separatists in downing of jet

Intercepted phone calls purportedly between Russian military intelligence officers and members of a pro-Russian separatist group that appear to capture the moment the rebels realized the plane they shot down was a civilian passenger plane could be the smoking gun that helps prove Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed Ukraine by the insurgents.
The tapes were released by SBU, Ukraine's security agency, and transcript was published in the Kiev Post. It appears to capture the chaotic moments after the plane was shot down — and the realization that it was a passenger plane rather than a Ukrainian transport plane, which had been targeted in recent days by the Russia-backed separatists.
"We have just shot down a plane," says a man the SBU identified as Igor Bezler, a Russian military intelligence officer and leading commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. 
That call came just 20 minutes after the crash and was placed to a person identified by Ukraine’s SBU as a colonel in the main intelligence department of the general headquarters of the armed forces of the Russian Federation Vasili Geranin, according to Ukraine security officials.
link:  downed jet