Friday, May 28, 2010
“Delaying clamping the umbilical cord for a slightly longer period of time allows more umbilical cord blood volume to transfer from mother to infant and, with that critical period extended, many good physiological ‘gifts’ are transferred through ‘nature’s first stem cell transplant’ occurring at birth. . . . The researchers concluded that many common disorders in newborns related to the immaturity of organ systems may receive benefits from delayed clamping. These may include: respiratory distress; anemia; sepsis; intraventricular haemorrhage; and periventricular leukomalacia. They also speculate that other health problems, such as chronic lung disease, prematurity apneas and retinopathy of prematurity, may also be affected by a delay in cord blood clamping.”
TAXPROF: Obama Has Lost the Country on Taxes: From +19% to -10% in One Year. Loss of trust in honesty and competence will do that.
Have not been following this except to note early on that it is illegal to offer a candidate a job to dropout of a race. It just got a whole lot more interesting at the top
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: 20th Century History Down The Danube. “If we revised immigration policy and predicated legal entry on education and skill, ten million Europeans would arrive tomorrow, replete with degrees, expertise, and capital. There is a great unease over here, mostly in worry that no one knows the extent of aggregate debt, only that it is larger than let on and will result in higher taxes and fewer benefits without resulting in budget surpluses. It is always difficult for a government to ask its citizens to pay more than ever, receive less than ever, and end up nevertheless with greater debt than ever. We’re next. . . . If this implosion begins to unravel the EU, I think we will be once again right in the middle, rather than at the end, of history. There is simply too much history, too much memory, too many players over here to think a post-EU continent is going to always look like the Netherlands rather than from time to time the former Yugoslavia.”
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“A strange fleet appeared'
The French had collapsed. The Dutch had been overwhelmed. The Belgians had surrendered. The British Army, trapped, fought free and fell back toward the Channel ports, converging on a fishing town whose name was then spelled Dunkerque.
Behind them lay the sea.
It was England's greatest crisis since the Norman conquest, vaster than those precipitated by Philip II's Armada, Louis XIV's triumphant armies, or Napoleon's invasion barges massed at Boulogne. This time Britain stood alone. . .
Now the 220,000 Tommies at Dunkirk, Britain’s only hope, seemed doomed. On the Flanders beaches they stood around in angular, existential attitudes, like dim purgatorial souls awaiting disposition. There appeared to be no way to bring more than a handful of them home. The Royal Navy’s vessels were inadequate. King George VI had been told that they would be lucky to save 17,000. The House of Commons was warned to prepare for 'hard and heavy tidings.' (Manchester biography of Churchill)
But an unsung hero, a mastermind, was at work, and all around Britain, sailors and fishermen, men and women were stirring, hearing a call. Vice-Admiral Bertram Home Ramsay was working like a dynamo with his men and women in the tunnels under Dover Castle. Beyond, across the Channel the cities and fields of Europe were engulfed in the fiery Nazi whirlwind, and 300,000 soldiers of the British and French armies lay trapped at Dunkirk.
In his history of World War II Churchill wrote -
. . . By intense effort Fighter Command maintained successive patrols over the scene, and fought the enemy at long odds. Hour after hour they bit into the German fighter and bomber squadrons, taking a heavy toll, scattering them and driving them away. . .Unhappily, the troops on the beaches saw very little of this epic confrontation in the air, often miles away or above the clouds. . .
The soldiers waited, to die or to be captured, they were not certain which. Escape appeared impossible. Meanwhile,
The men and women of Britain heard the call from Dover Castle -
The French in Lille fought on. . .These Frenchmen, under the gallant leadership of General Molinié, for four critical days contained no less than seven German divisions which otherwise could have joined in the assaults on the Dunkirk perimeter. This was a splendid contribution to the escape of their more fortunate comrades and of the British Expeditionary Force. . .(Churchill)
. . .from the streams and estuaries of Kent and Dover, a strange fleet appeared: trawlers and tugs, scows and fishing sloops, lifeboats and pleasure craft, smacks and coasters; the island ferry Gracie Fields; Tom Sopwith’s America’s Cup challenger Endeavour; even the London fire brigade’s fire-float Massey Shaw – all of them manned by civilian volunteers. . . (The Last Lion, William Manchester).
By the night of the 27th a great tide of small vessels began to flow towards the sea, first to our Channel ports, and thence to the beaches of Dunkirk and the beloved Army. . .Everyone who had a boat of any kind, steam or sail, put out for Dunkirk. . . (Churchill, The Second World War).
The little boats defied the incessant German air bombardment, while high above, Fighter Command fought German fighter and bomber squadrons. Guarding the bridgehead, several thousand British and French troops fought on to hold the perimeter so their comrades could be rescued to live and fight again. By June 4th, when Operation Dynamo ended, 338,682 British and Allied troops had been landed in Britain. It was a tremendous united effort.
Britain was 'the home of the free because it was also the home of the brave'. The 70th Anniversary of Dunkirk is May 26th - June 4th 2010.
Rush Limbaugh: I know I'll be destroyed eventually
Radio giant fears not only for his life, but also his wealth, accomplishments
He's the most-listened-to personality in the history of U.S. radio, but Rush Limbaugh feared for his life recently and said he knows he faces destruction at some point, to the delight of some of the American public.
In an e-mail sent to Zev Chafets, author of the new book "Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One," Limbaugh admitted, "I know I am a target and I know I will be destroyed eventually. I fear that all I have accomplished and all the wealth I have accumulated will be taken from me, to the cheers of the crowd. I know I am hated and despised by the American Left."
The message was sent the day after President Obama laughed at comedian Wanda Sykes' joke about Limbaugh's death during last year's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
Barack Obama returned triumphant to San Francisco on Tuesday and was welcomed by throngs of cheering supporters.
You’d think he’d receive a hero’s homecoming, considering that San Francisco is the most liberal big city in the nation and its residents voted for him in overwhelming numbers. But in stark reality, here’s the full extent of the cheering section that awaited him:
A grand total of two people.
Incredible as it may seem, these were the only two identifiably pro-Obama demonstrators I saw all day. On the other hand, there were hundreds upon hundreds of fiercely anti-Obama protesters, attacking him from…
..the left, and…
How did we get here? Let’s go back to the beginning of the day and tell the story chronologically.
Boxer fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel
Obama was in town for one primary reason: To raise money for Barbara Boxer’s struggling Senate re-election campaign. He was to attend two events: The first one a gala reception at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill, and the second a fundraising dinner at the Getty mansion in Pacific Heights.
Yet things didn’t go exactly as you might have imagined.
While wealthy people who had paid as much as $2,000 each lined up to enter the Fairmont, across the street…was this.