Friday, October 2, 2009

What she wants..

What she wants: Passage of a bill to ban shark finning in US waters

How she looked: Gorgeous, skinny, short black dress, strappy black heels, swept back do.

The WashPost reported that January Jones was a 'Hollywood missionary' seeking to inspire change on Capital Hill. Grace Kelly look-a-like with a porn star name.

Wouldn't you love to hear John McCain?

"What's your cause honey? Whales? Paper cups floating in the ocean? Save the cardboard? Sharks? Fine. I'll clear my schedule. Meet me at the office for a photo op, and I'll co-sponsor the bill."

McCain, co-sponsor of her bill and offering a "30 minute tour of the capitol" to Jones.

What does a Texan do when he see a 36 foot shark?

Texas Boy, 5, Shoots Down 800-Pound Alligator

Texas-born Simon Hughes, 5, doesn’t look intimidating. But put a gun in his hands and pit him against an 800-pound alligator and it’s a different story.

His dad Scott Hughes said there's a reason he trained his son, who is in kindergarten, to shoot: "Everything on the ranch will either bite you or stick you,"

Capital: Big vs Little

One of the paradoxes of the current Left is the rhetoric of concern for the “little man” does not match the reality. 

Obama bails out big auto, big banks, and Wall Street. He cuts deals with big pharmaceuticals and big lobby groups (AARP, Hospitals) to support ObamaCare.  His bail out goes only to large business and government.

Little has no voice in DC and is getting squeezed.

Now this bias has found its way to the credit market.

Large, well-capitalized companies have no problem finding credit. Small businesses, on the other hand, have never had a harder time getting a loan.

Small business loans are almost impossible.  Credit card lines (Crucial to most small business) have been cut 25% or by $1.25 trillion.  Home equity financing is gone as 32% of homes are worth less than their mortgages.

In the U.S., small businesses employ 50% of the country's workforce and contribute 38% of GDP. Without access to credit, small businesses can't grow, can't hire, and too often end up going out of business.

It will get worse.  In the next year another $1.5 trillion will be removed from credit card lines. Lenders are racing to pre-emptively protect themselves from regulatory changes associated with the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, passed in May of this year, and the 2008 Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices Act.

The emptiness of space is proving to be not so empty

Reservoir of cold gas in the constellation of the Southern Cross.

Herschel Views Deep-space Pearls On A Cosmic String

ScienceDaily (Oct. 2, 2009) — Europe's Herschel space telescope has delivered spectacular vistas of cold gas clouds lying near the plane of the Milky Way, revealing intense, unexpected activity. The dark, cool region is dotted with stellar factories, like pearls on a cosmic string.

More on No Wires

wireless power

Sony Getting Closer to TVs With No Cables Whatsoever

This TV has absolutely no cables connected to it. No video cable. No audio cable. And no power cable. How's this wicked sorcery possible? Thanks to Sony's new Wireless Power Transfer technology, which can send 60 watts over the air.

What was promised and what was delivered.

That is roughly 2 points higher than the 7.8% that the White House had promised for September if the stimulus package became law.

Comedy gold: CNN anchor in utter disbelief as Chicago is eliminated 

Newsweek: Actually, not getting the Olympics is good for Obama

Time: Obama's Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency...

Axelrod: We got robbed on Olympics because of “politics”

Obama + Michelle x Oprah= Zero

Not sure he wants this known

Gulp: Strongest Obama supporters among faith-related groups are … atheists

Blame it on Rio..

Here's the question all the boys are asking:

"Would I rather spend time in Chicago visiting the Oprah show or would I prefer to spend time in Rio watching the pretty girls prance by in string bikinis?"

Here's the question all the girls are asking:

"Have I ever met a real woman who looked good in a string bikini?"

Gee, what are the republicans going to say about ObamaCare after this?

Finance Committee Democrat Won’t Read Text of Health Bill, Says Anyone Who Claims They’ll Understand It ‘Is Trying to Pull the Wool Over Our Eyes’

Sen. Thomas Carper (D.-Del.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, told that he does not “expect” to read the actual legislative language of the committee’s health care bill because it is “confusing” and that anyone who claims they are going to read it and understand it is fooling people.  Carper described the type of language the actual text of the bill would finally be drafted in as "arcane," "confusing," "hard stuff to understand," and "incomprehensible."   He likened it to the "gibberish" used in credit card disclosure forms.

CBS and GM

CBS NEWS: A BRAND YOU CAN TRUST! CBS Producer Robert Halderman Named as Alleged Letterman Blackmailer: Letterman Confessed He’d Had Sex With Staff Members, Got Targeted by Extortionist.


MICKEY KAUS: Rattner’s Legacy: The Chooch Is At The Door. “GM’s sales are down 45% from last September (when sales were already bad enough to drive the company into bankruptcy). Chrysler is down 42%. Ford is only down 5%. Car buyers are clearly punishing the two bailout recipients brutally.

Robert Farago of Truth About Cars predicts that GM and Chrysler will both ‘go down by the end of next year’ without a second, new federal bailout.

From Len

Great stuff!!   Yeah, this Polanski deal just makes me crazy!  I wish everyone in "flyover land" between the coasts would just say the hell with Hollywood and stop buying, renting or going to movies for a solid year

How Do You Spell Pig?

Poor Dave Letterman. He just can't catch a break. First, he's struggling with the fact he's NOT funny. Now, he's struggling with the fact that his work related zipper issues have bommeranged back to him in the form of an extortion plot.

The headline news read: "Letterman victim of extortion"

I'm sorry. How do you spell pig? If you're an un-funny hasbeen, it's spelled


From 80+ Harold Sclumberg

I've often been asked, 'What do you old folks do now that you're retired'? Well...
I'm fortunate to have a chemical engineering background, and one of the things
I enjoy most is turning beer, wine, Scotch, and margaritas into urine.

Question and Answer

If you were looking for a tutor or even a babysitter for your child would you hire...
...a person who founded and ran an organization where instructors had explicitly described to middle school youngsters how to perform homosexual sexual acts?
...a teacher who had been told by a boy of 15 that he had been sexually abused by an older man, but did not tell authorities or his parents or do anything to protect the youngster from the abuser?
...a man who publicly stated that he was inspired by a man who was the number one proponent and promoter of pedophilia in the country?
...a person who wrote the forward to a book called Queering Elementary Education?
...a person who has publicly, in writing and in speeches, ridiculed and demeaned people of faith?
...a person who has publicly, in writing, encouraged young people to defy their parents and religious leaders?

Answer: The case of Kevin Jennings, appointed by President Obama as Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education-

Nasal Spray That Improves Memory: are you listening Jordan?

And what type of learning works best!

Good news for procrastinating students: a nasal spray developed by a team of German scientists promises to give late night cram sessions a major boost, if a good night's sleep follows.

ScienceDaily (Oct. 2, 2009) — Good news for procrastinating students: a nasal spray developed by a team of German scientists promises to give late night cram sessions a major boost, if a good night's sleep follows. In a research report featured as the cover story of the October 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal, these scientists show that a molecule from the body's immune system (interleukin-6) when administered through the nose helps the brain retain emotional and procedural memories during REM sleep.

Why One Way Of Learning Is Better Than Another

In every organism studied, results have shown that memory formation is highly sensitive not only to the total amount of training, but also to the pattern of trials used during training. In particular, trials distributed over time are superior at generating long-term memories than trials presented at very short intervals.

For someone the Left has buried for months, she seems to be doing pretty well

Palin cover unveiled...

Amazing: Palin’s book number one on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller list; Update: “It is truly unprecedented”

Goodbye Lucy, Hello Ardi

Oldest "Human" Skeleton Found--Disproves "Missing Link"

Oldest human skeleton ardi missing link chimps ardipithecus ramidus picture

Scientists today announced the discovery of the oldest fossil skeleton of a human ancestor. The centerpiece of a treasure trove of new fossils, the skeleton—assigned to a species called Ardipithecus ramidus—belonged to a small-brained, 110-pound (50-kilogram) female nicknamed "Ardi." (See pictures of Ardipithecus ramidus.)

The fossil puts to rest the notion, popular since Darwin's time, that a chimpanzee-like missing link—resembling something between humans and today's apes—would eventually be found at the root of the human family tree. Indeed, the new evidence suggests that the study of chimpanzee anatomy and behavior—long used to infer the nature of the earliest human ancestors—is largely irrelevant to understanding our beginnings.

The bad news and the good news

17% rate including laid-off workers taking part-time work or given up...

Half of babies born in rich world will live to 100...