Friday, June 11, 2010

Another Pol caught lying.

This speaks for itself:

Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is denying she was the deciding vote on health care reform, a month after staking that claim during her battle for the Democratic primary. Lincoln told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story published Thursday that she wasn’t the deciding vote for the overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law.

Lincoln, however, ran a television ad during her primary fight with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter that said, “I cast the deciding vote to pass health care reform.”

When I was in Law School he was Gov Moon Beam. Good to see he has not changed.

California Democrat gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, on his Republican rival Meg Whitman:

“It’s like Goebbels. Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda. He took control of the whole world. She wants to be president. That’s her ambition, the first woman president. That’s what this is all about.”

Sleep Preference Can Predict Performance of Major League Baseball Pitchers

MILWAUKEE BREWERS VS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BASEBALL

Results indicate that pitchers who were morning types performed statistically better overall than those who were evening types. In early games that started before 7 p.m., the earned run average (ERA) of pitchers who were morning types (3.06) was lower than the average ERA of pitchers who were evening types (3.49); however, in games that started at 7 p.m. or later, pitchers who were evening types performed slightly better (4.07 ERA) than morning types (4.15 ERA).

Red Wine and Green Tea

All signs show that red wine and green tea may be ranked among the most potent 'health foods' we know."

Polyphenols in Red Wine and Green Tea Halt Prostate Cancer Growth, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (June 11, 2010) — In what could lead to a major advance in the treatment of prostate cancer, scientists now know exactly why polyphenols in red wine and green tea inhibit cancer growth. This new discovery, published online in The FASEB Journal, explains how antioxidants in red wine and green tea produce a combined effect to disrupt an important cell signaling pathway necessary for prostate cancer growth. This finding is important because it may lead to the development of drugs that could stop or slow cancer progression, or improve current treatments.

"Not only does SphK1/S1P signaling pathway play a role in prostate cancer, but it also plays a role in other cancers, such as colon cancer, breast cancer, and gastric cancers," said Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal. "Even if future studies show that drinking red wine and green tea isn't as effective in humans as we hope, knowing that the compounds in those drinks disrupts this pathway is an important step toward developing drugs that hit the same target."

Morgan

Aero 8.

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Morgan is one of those companies you have to love. For all practical purposes they are the last of a dying breed, a company which weighs profit motive and passion on equal terms — craftsman as well as enthusiasts. When the whole world went crazy and abandoned everything traditional, Morgan soldiered on, producing their delightful, ash framed Morgan Plus 8, a legendary car in its own right, lauded for its lively handling and hairy knuckled driving personality. But while half-century old designs are quaint and draw a certain customer, everyone gets the urge to brave new paths, and Morgan set out to remake its image with the Aero 8.
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The story of the Aero 8 is very much a story of traditionalists finding new ways, getting out of their baked in mindset and reconsidering what they could do with what they know how to do. Much like every other car company started doing two decades ago, Morgan began using computers. Not only did they use computers, but they did it well. The frame would be constructed of bonded and riveted aluminum extrusions mated with kiln dried Belgian ash, and covered in an aluminum skin. As long time engine supplier Rover fell into a death rattle, a new engine was needed for this much higher performance car. There is a blind quote attributed to a BMW engineer who, upon seeing the prototype for the first time, remarked "At last, here's a car worthy of my engine" and so it was. The heart of the Aero 8 is a BMW supplied 4.4L V8 which develops a stout 325 HP, and considering the car weighs in at 2500 lbs. the power is positively stupendous. That power is harnessed by a suspension which resembles a racing car more than a road car, it is fully independent with inboard mounted springs and dampers all around

Apps by phone

#chart

Here's The Most Popular Apps On Android, iPhone And BlackBerry

Here's an interesting set of charts from Nielsen analyzing the most popular apps on each smartphone platform.

O and the Jews, cont. (This is from a conservative magazine. But if true it would end our policy of 60 years and screw the Jews)

Sources: Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN Next Week

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel's behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror.

World Cup Update

Defending champions Italy look like the definition of a team that hasn't come together. Rumor has it that coach Marcelo Lippi doesn't yet know his starting 11, and he has used all sorts of pairings during recent practice games (and the results show it). Italy is famous, though, for coming together as the tournament progresses. But, as good a coach as Lippi is and even with a decent amount of talent at his disposal, my hunch is that this isn't Italy's year.

Germany will be missing captain Michael Ballack, and its overall talent level seems middling compared to the traditional powers. But comparable German teams have made deep runs (as Germany did at Euro-2008), and it's hardly out of the question that this team will too.

France is terrific on the wings (Ribery and Malouda) and good at the fullback positions (Sagna and Evra or Clichy). But the French seem far less impressive up the middle, where it counts the most, and its center backs look suspect. That's not a formula for big success.

Portugal may be trading places with Holland, a team they eliminated in a contentious match four years ago. Portugal's greatest generation has faded, leaving the great Ronaldo to conjure up his magic along side players who seem mostly to be a little past their prime. Perhaps Portugal has another good run left, but I see them as a diminished force.

Africa almost always produces a team that makes a nice run through the group stage before bowing out early in the head-to-head stage. And it has always been a different team (Cameroon in 1990, Nigeria in 1994, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2006). This year, with the tournament being held in Africa, I figured that perhaps three African teams would make it past the group stage and that one might well make it into the semi-finals. The problem would be identifying those teams.

Ivory Coast is nearly everyone's choice to make the deep run. But they are in a difficult looking group and their best player, Didier Drogba, broke his arm and (last I heard) his status for the tournament was unclear. Ivory Coast has a strong enough cast to succeed even without Drogba, if it comes to that, but it's unclear whether they will come together under their coach Swen Goran Erikkson (ex-England and Mexico) who took over the team late in the day.

Uh oh.

Drilling Report Under Fire

Oil experts say White House 'misrepresented' their views to justify six-month drilling moratorium

And why O has not talked to BP, from LATimes

In the nearly eight weeks that the ancient oil has been escaping its subterranean imprisonment, Obama has found....

...time for a couple mini-vacations with golf, a dose of party fundraisers, healthcare town halls, TV interviews, a high school graduation, a festive White House lawn picnic with members of Congress, a Paul McCartney music hoedown, an ABC July 4th TV taping and a session with a key Palestinian leader.

Thursday Obama issued important statements celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau and King Kamehameha Day, and mustn't forget, Portugal Day.

Democrat president Barack Barack Obama points at Louisiana sand for photographers

But Obama hasn't found a few minutes to chat with Tony Hayward, the talkative CEO of BP, the petroleum protagonist in this environmental drama

New Speed Record. We are still going very slow

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, illustrated in this artist's concept, is propelled by ion engines.

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Fires Past Record for Speed

ScienceDaily (June 10, 2010) — Deep in the heart of the asteroid belt, on its way to the first of the belt's two most massive inhabitants, NASA's ion-propelled Dawn spacecraft has eclipsed the record for velocity change produced by a spacecraft's engines.

The Deep Space 1 record fell on Saturday, June 5, when the Dawn spacecraft's accumulated acceleration over the mission exceeded 4.3 kilometers per second (9,600 miles per hour).

WSJ: The Most Important Political Show on TV

A Little Gab, a Little Politics

'The View' Becomes a Must-Stop For Politicians Trying to Reach Women, And Willing to Dish on Iran and Love

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Barack Obama came on the show when he was a presidential candidate in March 2008, with hosts, left to right, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Dems approve Serial Killer’s Lobbyist to be a Judge

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the Circuit Court nomination of a controversial judge assailed by Republicans for his "empathy" toward sex offenders and intervention in the high-profile case of a serial killer.

The Democrats voted (11) for and the republicans voted against (7)  sending the nomination of Connecticut District Court Judge Robert Chatigny to the floor for a full Senate vote after a contentious meeting in which Republican members stated that he was not fit to serve on the second-highest court in the country.

Chatigny is up for a nomination to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He gained national attention in 2005 for delaying the scheduled execution of Michael Ross, also known as The Roadside Strangler, whom Chatigny had described as a victim of his own "sexual sadism."

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Yesterday

Retail sales unexpectedly fall in May...
...plunge by largest amount in 8 months


EXPOSED: White House works to EASE Iran proposal in Congress...

60 SPILLION GALLONS LATER: OBAMA TO MEET BP CHAIRMAN


GALLUP: NEW LOW FOR O, SLIPS TO 44%...


Much more oil flowed from well...
ABCNEWS Reporter Hassled For Filming on Gulf Beach...