Monday, January 25, 2010
Diddy didn't get the memo about conspicuous consumption during a recession. He threw his son Justin an absurdly lavish 16th birthday bash on Saturday at the trendy New York club M2, where Trey Songz, Fabolous, Lil' Kim, and Juelz Santana performed for Justin and about 1,000 of his friends, including Jersey Shore stars Snooki and Pauly D. And, of course, what would a 16th birthday be without an irresponsible car? Diddy surprised Justin by parking his gift, a new $360,000 Maybach complete with driver, outside the club. Because every 16-year-old needs a car that can go 155mph.
More stimulus $$, fewer jobs.
It shows how not only that many workers have lost their jobs since the administration started spending stimulus funds, but also that many more workers have exited the labor market
EXCLUSIVE: Dem campaign contributor awarded $25M no-bid contract to train 'legal professionals' in Afghanistan
Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington-based firm owned by economist and Democratic donor Vincent V. Checchi, will pay the firm $24,673,427 to provide "rule of law stabilization services"
The legality of the arrangement as a "sole source," or no-bid, contract was made possible by virtue of a waiver signed by the USAID administrator. "They cancelled the open bid on this when they came to power earlier this year," a source familiar with the federal contracting process
The Associated Press reported yesterday that the amount of time FBI interrogators had with the EunuchBomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, prior to reading the terrorist his Miranda rights was all of fifty minutes. They spoke directly with Abdulmutallab long enough to send the FBI on a wild-goose chase for a second bomb on the airplane, and for hours before going into surgery they overheard him discussing his attack with anyone who would listen, including medical personnel treating his severe burns. When Abdulmutallab came out of surgery, the FBI decided to read him the Miranda rights despite having an exception for imminent threats — and the terrorist clammed up
THE SECRET TO FORD’S SUCCESS. “There hasn’t been any negative reaction. A lot of customers that come in here, they’re tired of all the government bailouts. We’ve gotten calls from people encouraging us and telling us their next vehicle will definitely be a Ford.”
And reader Justin Binik-Thomas of the Cincinnati Tea Party emails:
I received this picture from a member of our West Chester Community Tea Party. This sign is hanging in the West Chester Community (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio).
Please take note to the sign on the bottom as needed corrections have been made:
1. “Putting America to Work” has been corrected to “Putting America in Debt”
2. A ball and chain has been added to the American Worker (yellow diamond)
A weather research laboratory located on Ellesmere Island at Eureka, Nunavut.
Call it the mystery of the missing thermometers.
Two months after “climategate” cast doubt on some of the science behind global warming, new questions are being raised about the reliability of a key temperature database, used by the United Nations and climate change scientists as proof of recent planetary warming.
Two American researchers allege that U.S. government scientists have skewed global temperature trends by ignoring readings from thousands of local weather stations around the world, particularly those in colder altitudes and more northerly latitudes, such as Canada.
In the 1970s, nearly 600 Canadian weather stations fed surface temperature readings into a global database assembled by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Today, NOAA only collects data from 35 stations across Canada.
Worse, only one station -- at Eureka on Ellesmere Island -- is now used by NOAA as a temperature gauge for all Canadian territory above the Arctic Circle.