Sunday, July 11, 2010

21 other states are on pins and needles with this one

Arizona immigration lawsuit: Obama sails into a political storm

Conservatives say the lawsuit against Arizona's immigration law is a ploy for Democrats to anchor Latino support. Liberals say the lawsuit is critical to stop a 'Jose Crow' era against Hispanics.

There ya go, blaming that fast food again!

Diabetes is spreading fast in Asia due to the growing popularity of fast food, Australian and Vietnamese scientists warn.

Bet $50 million could sure help unemployed instead of wooing black voters

The recession has been hard on black Americans: in Kansas City’s black community, for instance, unemployment is around 15 percent, almost three times the rate for whites. Still, despite the nation’s slow economic recovery, blacks continue to rally around President Obama. “I like what he’s doing,” said one Kansas City resident. “But I can't feel it.” His views remain the standard among blacks. In fact, polls show that 90 percent of African Americans think Obama’s policies are on the right track—this despite Obama’s overall 46 percent approval rating. What black voters don’t seem to care about, though, are midterm elections. And the Democratic National Committee seems well aware of the problem. It has launched a $50 million nationwide effort to get blacks to the polls this November.

If ever there is a label "Great American Novel," hard not to call this one it

To Kill a Mockingbird Turns 50
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To Kill a Mockingbird Turns 50

On the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, legendary anchor and author Tom Brokaw shares what he finds so special about the book.

Come to think of it, he may be onto something

Up close and personal with an asteroid

Gee, looks like a white macadamia chocolate cookie to me


Asteroid Lutetia Up Close

The European Space Agency yesterday released high resolution pictures from its Rosetta mission of an asteroid, Lutetia, said to be a remnant from the birth of the solar system. [Image via ESA]

Oh, happy day! I can sleep at night again

Everyone relax: Wall Street's hiring

While much of the country remains fixated on the bleak employment picture, hiring is beginning to pick up in the place that led the economy into recession — Wall Street

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Does anyone remember ...

... BHO starting a speech with "My fellow Americans ..."?

Soccer Fans Speak The Same Language..From Paris

I'm not a sports fan, so I'll not pretend to be one now. Mr Paris is a serious sports fan, and he watched the finals of the World Cup, down to the final overtime moment. Me? I couldn't get beyond the hideous honking noise. I appreciate that I am in the minority. The world loves soccer, and language defines allegiances. Spain's win may explain the Miami crowd rushing into the streets to exclaim victory.

Good try, amigo

Armstrong's Tour hopes 'finished' after 8th stage - AP

Lance Armstrong said his hopes of Tour de France victory are finished after he struggled in the Alps and was caught up in three crashes

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Perhaps because his first suit was lame

Holder floats possibility of suing Arizona again - Fox News

The attorney general on Sunday mentioned that he might file another suit against the state -- this time on racial profiling grounds

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Nothing gets past Obama spokesman

Gibbs: Dems could lose House in November - AP

Press secretary Robert Gibbs says there's no doubt that enough seats are in play for Republicans to take control

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Even Libs are turning on O

You know things are really starting to go south for the Obama administration when its journalistic functionaries and spear-carriers on the left are starting to openly fret and worry as they begin to feel November’s chill wind blowing. The visions of historic change, social justice and a plum government job are gradually being replaced by nightmares not just of defeat but repudiation. The racket has been exposed by its own audacity.

First up is Ruth Marcus, of the deeply compromised Washington Post. What used to be merely a center-left news organization that nevertheless played relatively fair and boasted some outstanding writers has devolved into a poor imitation of the Huffington Post, replete with White House operatives and partisan hacks. By comparison with many of her colleagues, the liberal Marcus looks like Stewart Alsop. Here she is, writing about Obama’s recess appointment of Dr. Death Panels himself, Donald Berwick:

As a matter of politics, the president’s choice of Berwick was, well, the polite word would be bold. The less polite word: boneheaded. Administration officials argue that Republicans would have seized on any nominee as an opportunity to re-litigate the health care debate. But Berwick offered opponents a loaded gun with his talk about rationing, his discussion of health reform as a matter of redistributing wealth, and his effusive praise for the British system

CNN is reduced to this

The Most Trusted Puppets in News - it has come to this

When even the head of an IRS dept. has concerns of the "far-reaching scope and potential unintended consequences"of a new tax law. Maybe we shouldn't add the new tax law

GW: Hot in the east, cold in the west. Models are just BS

Record low temps in LA...
Australia: Coldest day in 100 years...
UN Climate Panel Urges Scientists to 'keep a distance from media'...

A despair if their own making

Obama spokesman: Dems could lose House...
Liberals analyze their 'despair'...

New Twist On The Little Black Dress...From Paris

Leather and Lace and Thigh High Boots (Trend or Fad?)...From Paris

Women and men

A political blames politics

Holder blames politicization for keeping KSM out of civilian courtroom


SCAR Scrapped

July 11, 2010: SOCOM has backed off on SCAR (its new assault rifle design), and decided that the M-16 and M-4 aren't so inferior after all. Last year, a new American assault rifle, SCAR, was issued to a battalion of U.S. Army Rangers headed for Afghanistan. This was the first big combat test for SCAR, which had completed field testing in 2007. The rangers found SCAR to be, in most cases, as good as the M-16s and M-4s it replaced, but not markedly superior. As a result, SOCOM backed off on its plans to replace all M-16s and M-4s with SCAR weapons.

O’s $2 billion for 85 permanent jobs. Gov’t can not make the economy grow. (The Corruption will always happen with gov’t, just more with certain parties, groups and states.)

Obama touts $400M loan to solar company run by corrupt congressman’s nephew

Solar scam.

President Obama announced in his July 3 weekly address that the federal government will back nearly $2 billion in loans to two solar power companies as part of its “green jobs” and stimulus programs. The $2 billion is supposed to produce 5,100 jobs–but most of them are only temporary construction jobs. A company called Abound Solar claims its $400 million loan will produce 1,500 permanent jobs in Colorado and Indiana, and–this is a fact Obama conveniently left out of his remarks–the $1.45 billion loan to the Spanish company Abengoa Solar will only produce 85 permanent jobs. That’s right: 85. I’m not cutting off any zeros.

As crazy as it may be to invest millions of dollars per job, this story actually gets much worse. As Andrew B. Wilson writes in the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, there’s a culture of corruption angle:

Russell Kanjorski, the vice president for marketing at Abound Solar, was one of the principals in another energy company in northeast Pennsylvania, called Cornerstone Technologies LLC, which attracted $9 million in federal grants before it halted operations in 2003 and later filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. As reported by the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, “Cornerstone reported $14,100 in assets compared with $1.34 million in debt” in its bankruptcy filing. The $9 million in federal grants to Cornerstone were earmarked by Kanjorski’s uncle, Representative Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania, chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises.


The Dirth of Common Sense, Fisherwoman Style...From Paris

One of today's Sunday morning cable news topics was how BP has retracted payments to some fisherman and 'fisherwomen'.The 'fisherwoman' (photo for demonstration purpose only) interviewed tried to explain that she had a few pieces of paper that flew out the window of her truck, so she couldn't actually 'prove' what her exact losses were.
As I understand it, BP paid out claims immediatley for just about anyone who verbally indicated a financial loss due to the spill. BP then waited for tax returns or other documentation to support the claim. Apparently "scrap paper flying out the window of the truck" is not acceptable documentation to BP for loss compensation.

A HATE CRIME, um…never mind

Guess Who Burned a Mosque Down in Georgia?

A Muslim man charged with setting fire to a Marietta mosque may be in the country illegally, law enforcement officials confirmed Thursday.
Tamsir Mendy, 26, a native of Gambia, has been charged with first-degree arson and is being held without bail at the Cobb County detention center, said Scott Tucker, Marietta assistant fire chief.

Virginia one ups WH

Va. Pol Dares Feds:
Go Ahead, Sue Us

Looking to enact his own version of immigration law, Corey Stewart challenges the White House to sue his state too

Is There A Warning Label For Common Sense?...From Paris

The warning label and instruction manual with a chainsaw includes: "Do not attempt to stop the blade with your hand."
The warning on a baby stroller: "Remove occupants of the stroller before folding it."
The packaging/warning for a wrist watch includes: "This is not underwear! Do not attempt to put in pants."
The warning label on peanuts: "May contain nuts."
The warning label on an appliance: "Appliance is switched on by setting the ON/OFF switch to the 'ON' position."

'Twas the mighty Limbaugh who first predicted LeBron would sign with Miami, because Florida doesn't tax people to the eyeballs to pay for massive union-goon payoffs like New York or Ohio do


More on the Tax Advantages of LeBron James' Move to Miami

Following up on Thursday's post, The Impact of Taxes on LeBron James' Decision: Weekend Wall Street Journal editorial, LeBron's Tax Holiday; Another Reason to Play in Miami:

Mr. James figures to earn close to $100 million in salary over five seasons in Miami. According to an analysis by Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, Mr. James's net present value tax savings on his salary are between $6 million and $8 million by living in Miami versus his home town of Akron.

Tax Advice courtesy of this Congress: Die this year.

The estate tax is set to come roaring back in January. That sets the stage for a perverse calculus: End it all—or leave a massive bill for your heirs to deal with.

It has come to this: Congress, quite by accident, is incentivizing death.

When the Senate allowed the estate tax to lapse at the end of last year, it encouraged wealthy people near death's door to stay alive until Jan. 1 so they could spare their heirs a 45% tax hit. Now the situation has reversed: If Congress doesn't change the law soon—and many experts think it won't—the estate tax will come roaring back in 2011. Not only will the top rate jump to 55%, but the exemption will shrink from $3.5 million per individual in 2009 to just $1 million in 2011, potentially affecting eight times as many taxpayers.

The math is ugly: On a $5 million estate, the tax consequence of dying a minute after midnight on Jan. 1, 2011 rather than two minutes earlier could be more than $2 million; on a $15 million estate, the difference could be about $8 million.

The Shrinking Library

The Idea Behind Stanford's New Library: Remove All the Books

The Idea Behind Stanford's New Library: Remove All the BooksStanford University's new Engineering Library is scheduled to open this August, and when it does it will have 85% less books than the one it's replacing. It's a big step toward what the school's librarians envision as a bookless future.

It's not hard to see the trend: students are checking out less books than ever before. When the Stanford staff looked into the Engineering Library's records, they found that a great number of books hadn't been checked out in five years.

So instead of carrying the physical volumes, the library will offer access to searchable, digitized versions of books and periodicals—especially useful for engineers who often only need to consult the book for a formula or two in the first place. The new library will still hold 10,000 real deal

Remember this the next time you see those dorky guys with their socks on inside their sandals waving their metal detectors all over the place.


Guy With Metal Detector Finds $1 Million in Roman Coins

Considering how thrilled I was just to find this story, I can only imagine the delirious, all-consuming excitement felt by Dave Crisp, a British hospital chef, when his metal detector uncovered this pot of 52,000 Roman coins

Historians locate King Arthur's Round Table


King Arthur's Round Table

Historians claim to have found the site of Camelot Photo:

Researchers exploring the legend of Britain’s most famous Knight believe his stronghold of Camelot was built on the site of a recently discovered Roman amphitheatre in Chester.

Legend has it that his Knights would gather before battle at a round table where they would receive instructions from their King.

How many vacations have you had in the last 100 days?

PRIORITIES: Obama Finalizes Plans For 3rd Vacation Since Gulf Oil Spill Crisis Began.

Obamas to vacation in Maine, not on the Gulf coast...

I don’t know about Conservative on this, just a great movie and a great back story


Big Hollywood has a long-running series called "For Conservative Movie Lovers." I've found the series unfailingly interesting. The current subject is Shane, a film that has been criticized on various grounds but remains one of the most mythic of Westerns. It was directed by George Stevens, and the linked post, the second in a series on Shane, explains how Stevens evolved from a director of frothy comedies as a result of his service in World War II, a service that culminated at Dachau.


Back in America, the desire to direct again came slowly, and the films became more serious, the work of an auteur surrounded by the ghosts of his past. "I kept feeling I should do a picture about the war -- all the other guys had done or were doing pictures about their war experiences, Ford, Huston, Wyler, and so on. And here I was avoiding the subject. Until I found Shane -- it was a western, but it was really my war picture. The cattlemen against the ranchers, the gunfighter, the wide-eyed little boy, it was pretty clear to me what it was about."

Ever since the war, he had become acutely aware of the depiction of violence on screen, and the gaping difference between Hollywood violence and what he had seen at Dachau. "At the time we made this picture there was a great vogue of kids with cowboy hats and cap pistols going bang, bang, bang. . . In the popular movies we saw western guys with guitars, not six-shooters." Stevens now knew better. "A gunshot. . . is a holocaust. It's not a gesture of bravado, it's death."

"What I wanted this film to do," Stevens said, "was catch something of how people looked and lived, their home ways, their manners and ways of doing things, and most importantly the violent character of the six-shooter. . . I wanted to show that a .45, if you pull directly in a man's direction, you destroy an upright figure. I wanted to make that one point." How he went about doing all of that -- the directorial decisions, the editing, the clever cinematic tricks -- would change the way westerns were made forever after.