Friday, January 29, 2010
in-flight 'food, booze'...
It reads like a dream order for a wild frat party: Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey's Irish Crème, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey … and Corona beer.
But that single receipt makes up just part of the more than $101,000 taxpayers paid for "in-flight services" – including food and liquor, for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trips on Air Force jets over the last two years. That's almost $1,000 per week.
Air Traffic Delays Now More Costly For America Than HurricanesThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced that, from 2000 to 2008, airline flight delays took more from America's pocketbook than the combined cost of every hurricane in the country.
By Peggy Noonan
Washington is sick and broken—and it can solve all our problems.
Sometimes we fear what we should love (that’s my sweeping generalization for the day). Take bourbon, for example. Many people shy away from this historic, essential, and completely American spirit. Because it has a bit of a tough guy reputation, and is known to carry a bit of a wallop at times (then again, so does a really good kiss), folks often avoid bringing a good bottle of bourbon home. This is a crying shame, and a situation that hopefully will be at least somewhat alleviated by Fred Thompson’s new book Bourbon: 50 Rousing Recipes for a Classic American Spirit (published by Harvard Common Press, 2010).
O wrongfully claimed SC had ok foreigners making political contributions. He is the one that took foreign dollars. CBS joins in.
FROM CORNELL LAW PROF. WILLIAM JACOBSON, A CHALLENGE TO OBAMA: Request Special Counsel As To Foreign Contributions. “That the Obama campaign received foreign donations as a result of this scheme may be the only thing agreed-upon by both Pamela Geller and Charles Johnson. Indeed, Obama for America has admitted receiving foreign contributions. The fact that the Federal Election Commission is not investigating the allegations necessitates a special counsel.”
CBS: You know, Alito was right
Couric notes that this is the most brazen attack by a President against the Court since FDR
Obama assails Republican foes to their face then urges bipartisan effort
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday scolded his Republican opponents for trying to block his legislative agenda and urged them to be bipartisan at a Republican congressional retreat.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have apparently declared war on disease. At the World Economic Forum in Davos Friday, the two announced that their foundation will donate a whopping $10 billion to the cause of researching new vaccines and bringing them to poor countries. "We must make this the decade of vaccines," Bill Gates said, adding that "innovation will make it possible to save more children than ever before."
It appears Khalid Shaikh Mohamed may not be tried at the scene of the crime after all. After facing criticism from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over the impending trial of the 9/11 terror suspect in New York City, President Obama asked Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday to consider other locations. "It would be an inconvenience at the least, and probably that's too mild a word for people that live in the neighborhood and businesses in the neighborhood," Bloomberg told reporters only hours before Obama's decision. "There are places that would be less expensive for the taxpayers and less disruptive for New York City." According to The Daily News, New York's police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, was instrumental in rallying opposition to the planned trial location based on the extreme cost of maintaining security. Maybe I am too practical, but it just occurs to me that we have not withdrawn from Guantanamo YET, and while we continue to support the post there, it seems to me to be the safest location to have the trials of these bad boys.
To thwart militants in Afghanistan from planting roadside bombs, or IEDs, US soldiers are pleading with locals to alert them to threats. Air surveillance can be too imprecise and approval for airstrikes too slow in coming.
Senate Democrats raised the debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion and passed a pay-as-you-go measure Thursday. Both needed 60 votes. But a bid to cap federal spending exposed different fault lines.
That’s what the Chinese have done. In a hangar-like building next to the Bird’s Nest a team of innovativechocolatiers have taken 80 tons of Belgian chocolate and turned it into replicas of the Great Wall, the famed terracotta warriors, and even more unlikely icons, such as a Louis Vuitton handbag.
The show opened Friday, and organizers say they expect as many as 1 million visitors over the next 10 weeks to pay a hefty $12 each to marvel at what they call “a combination of Chinese tradition and chocolate creativity.”
Geographic distribution of the 2,236 languages included in the present study
The study argues that the more common and popular the language, the simpler its construction to facilitate its survival.
For example, languages spoken by more than 100,000 people are almost six times more likely to have simple verb conjugations compared to languages spoken by fewer than 100,000 people
"I am weary of the President's unspoken premise that only government--indeed, only the federal government--can accomplish good in our society."
While the left was quick to accuse Gov. McDonnell of selecting the people behind him during GOP response for their 'diversity,' it turns out they're his Cabinet
Fishermen in Kansas caught a big one yesterday - a 5 foot 3 inch dead alligator.
Alligators have a long history of showing up in the Sunflower State. In March of 2007, a four-year-old gator was pulled from Lake Shawnee, outside of Topeka. The alligator was described as "lethargic" but it was still alive. In April 2004, a 32 inch alligator cheekily dubbed "Kanzilla" was found along the Missouri River in Leavenworth, Kansas.
'Overweight' Adults Age 70 or Older Are Less Likely to Die Over a 10-Year Period
The study began in 1996 and recruited 4,677 men and 4,563 women. The participants were followed for ten years or until their death, whichever was sooner, and factors such as lifestyle, demographics, and health were measured. The research uncovered that mortality risk was lowest for participants with a BMI classified as overweight, with the risk of death reduced by 13% compared with normal weight participants. The benefits were only seen in the overweight category not in those people who are obese.
French Doctors Insist G-Spot Does Exist
Less than a month after British researchers said a woman’s G-spot may not exist, French doctors are saying the erogenous zone is not a myth after all, London’s Daily Telegraph reported.
A study from King’s College London, which was published earlier this month in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, included 1,800 women, who were all twins (some identical, some not). The researchers believed if one identical twin reported having a G-spot, this would make it far more likely that her sister would give the same answer. But no such pattern emerged, suggesting the G-spot is a matter of the woman’s subjective opinion.
However, French experts disagreed with the British experts.
"The English study is barking up the wrong tree," said France’s most popular gynecologist, Sylvain Mimoun. "It’s not a question of genetics, but of use."
The new jet can carry out long flights above the speed of sound and simultaneously attack different targets