Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What I fear ... syllogisms


Just thinking about this the other day after reading about the secret meeting of billionaires. They mentioned that BHO is antibusiness. And, there is plenty of evidence this is true.

As long as BHO is antibusiness, business will not hire, nor will business conduct research and development. Business has no confidence in the current occupant of the Oval Office. Consequently no jobs, very little investment and plodding recovery, at best.

Despite widespread comment from red and blue partisans that the economy is the major issue facing the US, nothing is happening to spur job growth and business investment.

If you follow syllogisms like I do, the one above results in BHO serving only one term.

Now, if we suppose that BHO serves only one term, folks like Sharpton and Jackson, who are nowhere in the public eye defending anything that BHO is presently doing, will immediately claim that racism caused BHO's defeat.

And the achilles' heel of discussions around racism charges is that it is hard to fight racism charges without legitimizing some aspect of these charges, right or wrong.

So, if you are nonblack, conservative, feel that BHO is fundamentally inexperienced for the position he holds, truly inexperienced, you have two years to prepare a sound, strong statement defending your reasons to vote this guy out of office and defend your reasons as sound reasons, not race reasons.

Just giving you a head start.

Nor can you have too many stories about whiskey

Jeff Arnett, master distiller at the Jack Daniel’s distillery, looks at a glass of whiskey as he poses during an interview with Reuters in Paris September 9, 2010.

The keeper of Jack's whiskey

Since Jack Daniel built his distillery 150 years ago the secret recipe has been nurtured by just seven master distillers. Jeff Arnett is the latest man at the helm. Full Article

Can't have too many books

Wall Street Journal To Launch A Book Review Section

As my Dad used to say: **** or get off the pot

Obama could name Warren interim consumer head, bypassing vote - AP

White House officials are exploring ways Elizabeth Warren could run the new consumer protection bureau without undergoing a contentious confirmation hearing

Reminds me of decades ago, when Francisco Franco was on his deathbed. Newspapers ran headlines daily that said Franco was at death's door. But he lingered on for months. Headlines continued to say daily: Franco continues to be at death's door. Isn't it amazing how this person can be in the news so much and not have uttered even a word?

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/section/politics/#ixzz0zYwl629G

Disgraceful

Just 2 percent of quake debris in Haiti cleared - AP

The city looks pretty much as it did a month after the Jan. 12 quake



Read more: http://dailycaller.com/section/world/#ixzz0zYtLxz5O

Close but no cigar

New information reveals US was close to catching bin Laden - CNN

Western intelligence agencies were much closer to nabbing the terrorist than once thought


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz0zYsgAGfA

What's the French word for "cojones"?

French Senate passes burqa ban - AP

Tuesday's vote was the last step in France's legislative process towards making the ban law. Now only a special constitutional council can overrule the bill


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz0zYs0h5O2

So, who won in Delaware tonight?

O'Donnell

or

Louis-Dreyfus


French landmark evacuated for bomb threat

Eiffel Tower and its immediate surroundings have been evacuated amid French news reports of a bomb alert.

Paris's Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero area of the city are seen in this file photo.

Alfredo Sosa/The Christian Science Monitor

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Look past the offshore horizon to the Midwest

Oil spills hit on land, too: Aging pipelines imperil Midwest

7:38 pm ET - Oil spills in recent weeks, from Canadian-owned pipelines that supply Midwest refineries, are another sign of nation's aging infrastructure. Latest spill expected to raise Midwest gas prices by 30 cents a gallon for several weeks.

Oh, Fidel, must you talk?

OK, Paris ...


#picoftheday

Hind of the Tiger

Today's PETA protest of New York Fashion Week didn't involve fake blood—just half-naked women in body paint.

How to invade Britain

Germans had a plan during WWII

invasion book

How Halley's Comet sightings changed history over the past 2500 years

How Halley's Comet sightings changed history over the past 2500 yearsAncient Greek texts reveal the earliest recorded sighting of the solar system's most famous comet 2,500 years ago. Since then, Halley's Comet has repeatedly cameoed in history, getting credit for toppling armies, birthing empires, and even killing Mark Twain.

800 HP! Wow!

2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake: Now With 800 HPClick here to read 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake: Now With 800 HP

The 2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake made a slightly outrageous 750 hp. For 2011, Shelby's offering an 800-hp option. C'mon, when there's an 800-hp option is there really any option at all? You gotta check that box.

Dems block it.

Senate rejects amendment to strip out IRS reporting requirement in new healthcare law...

Senators just voted 46-52 against an amendment by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. that would have stripped out the provision, which requires businesses to report to the IRS transactions to anyone or any company that cost more than $600. Seven Democrats voted for the Johanns proposal.


Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/senate-rejects-amendment-to-strip-out-irs-reporting-requirement-in-new-health-care-law-102878604.html#ixzz0zXrminHQ

Having solved all other legal problems, the Dept of Justice. . .

Feds target 60 hunters in Kansas hunting probe

WICHITA, Kan. (AP)—The Justice Department is targeting more than 60 hunters across the nation for allegedly poaching deer during guided hunts at Camp Lone Star in Kansas, a court document shows.

The scope of the grand jury investigation, believed to be one of the largest criminal prosecutions involving the illegal taking of deer, was made public in a court filing Monday in the federal government’s case against the camp’s owner and his brother, both of Martinsville, Texas.

the Left

Group offers $100,000 for ‘information leading to the arrest and conviction of Karl Rove’

Stephen C. Webster | The campaign is being conducted by American Crossroads Watch, an offshoot of Velvet Revolution, which promotes issues key to many progressives activists and represents the political will of dozens of organizations and unions nation-wide.

Did not even know what this plant looked like

Sorghum Bran Has More Antioxidants Than Blueberries, Pomegranates, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2010) — A new University of Georgia study has found that select varieties of sorghum bran have greater antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties than well-known foods such as blueberries and pomegranates.

The authors found that levels of polyphenolic compounds in the high-tannin sorghum varieties ranged from 23 to 62 mg of polyphenols per gram. For comparison, blueberries contain approximately 5 mg of polyphenolics per gram, while pomegranate juice contains 2 to 3.5 mg per gram.

High-tannin sorghum bran products have not been available in supermarket foods until recently. The researchers said they hope to generate interest in sorghum bran or its extract as an additive to food and beverages.

They will continue to destroy the economy until they are stopped because they do not understand what they do

Waxman: You’re darned right we Democrats will pursue cap-and-trade next year

May we quote you?

Why Is Pres. Obama Avoiding Church?

Why Is Pres. Obama Avoiding Church?

 

Sept. 14, 1716: Boston Harbor Gets Navigation

1716: Boston Light, the first lighthouse in the New World, starts guiding ships into Boston Harbor.

Read More http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/#ixzz0zX2cX9pn

GW

Doubt remains over 'climategate'

A ‘huge cloud of doubt’ remains over the case for man made global warming, according to Lord Lawson of Blaby, following a new study into the ‘climategate’ scandal.

A new report by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a think tank set up by Lord Lawson, claims that the inquiries were ~"rushed and seriously inadequate".

Lord Lawson said the “defective” nature of the inquiries means that doubts remain about the science behind man made global warming.

“When the UEA emails were leaked it cast a huge cloud of doubt over the whole issue of climate change,” he said. “This was why the inquiries were set up, to allay that doubt. But the defective nature of the inquiries [means that] from the point of view of the public, these inquiries have not succeeded in putting to rest the concerns around the leaked emails.”

The emails stolen from UEA showed Professor Phil Jones, head of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU), refusing to give information about climate change data and discussing plans to change charts.

A report for GWPF by Andrew Montford, said the inquiries failed to ask the opinions of sceptics. He also said they were rushed and failed to ask a series of questions about why requests for information were refused or probe allegations of fraud in scientific papers.

“The evidence of the failings of the three UK inquiries is overwhelming,” he said. “Public confidence in the reliability of climate science will not be restored until a thorough, independent and impartial investigation takes place.”

For Paris who is in California

#microscopy

This psychedelic structure is what dopamine looks like under a microscope

The neurotransmitter dopamine isn't just beautiful under polarized light - it's also a neurotransmitter that can get you high. Photographer Spike Walker just won an award for his breathtaking micoscopic photography.

More Vit B Please

B Vitamins Slow Brain Atrophy in People With Memory Problems

ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2010) — Daily tablets of certain B vitamins can halve the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people who suffer from mild memory problems, an Oxford University study has shown.

This is what a totalitarian looks like.

MORE ON THE SEBELIUS THREAT: OBAMACARE AND THE RULE OF LAW. “Never before in the history of our republican form of government has an administration threatened to extinguish individual firms for merely communicating with their customers. But such are the dictatorial powers Obamacare grants to Secretary Sebelius. . . . Secretary Sebelius’ Hugo Chavezesque threats against the health insurance industry demonstrate why the fight to repeal Obamacare is also the fight for the soul of our country.”

Another Reason for the Crime Drop? (Stats below would argu against this point, as their is less gun ownership in NE.) Violent crime continues to plummet as gun ownership skyrockets

  • Each of the violent crime categories decreased from 2008—murder (7.3 percent), robbery (8.0 percent), aggravated assault (4.2 percent), and forcible rape (2.6 percent).
  • During 2009, 43.9 percent of all property crimes in the U.S. were recorded in the South, with 22.7 percent in the West, 20.8 percent in the Midwest, and 12.6 percent in the Northeast.
  • Each of the property crime categories also dropped from 2008—motor vehicle theft (17.1 percent), larceny-theft (4.0 percent), and burglary (1.3 percent).
  • Among the 1,318,398 violent crimes were 15,241 murders; 88,097 forcible rapes; 408,217 robberies; and 806,843 aggravated assaults.
  • Among the 9,320,971 property crimes were an estimated 2,199,125 burglaries; 6,327,230 larceny-thefts; 794,616 thefts of motor vehicles; and 58,871 arsons.
  • During 2009, the South accounted for 42.5 percent of all violent crime in the nation, followed by the West (22.9 percent), the Midwest (19.6 percent), and the Northeast (15.0 percent).
  • Do as I say, not as I do...

    Harry Reid arrives at clean energy summit...in fleet of SUVs...

      "I was absolutely astonished, not to mention appalled, that Harry Reid would retain a fleet of gas-guzzling SUVs so that he and a few aides would not have to walk the mere 100 yards to address environmental activists," said Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M. Taylor, who took the attached photo

    http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/watercooler/index.php?blogid=667#ixzz0zWoHDxUm

    Liberals! No problem burning an American Flag, but the Koran that is different?

    Justice Breyer: No right to burn Korans in First Amendment?

    American flags? No problem.

    O does not learn. this is what started the economic meltdown. $1,000 down payments and people buying who can’t afford the house.

    Apparently not, as CNBC’s Diana Olick reports (via Instapundit):

    At around the same time this program went into effect, the New York Times did a piece on a small program Fannie Mae is implementing through state housing finance agencies, which have been crippled by the recession. It’s called Affordable Advantage, and it allows first-time home buyers in four states (Massachusetts, Minnesota, Idaho and Wisconsin) to get essentially no-money-down loans that are then sold to Fannie Mae. It requires $1000.00 down, but the couple profiled in the piece received a grant, and ended up paying just 67 cents for a $115,000 home.

    Commerce vs Genteel. Very interesting. Explains why O has failed so miserably.

    Most people who lived in the year 1800 were scarcely richer than people who lived in the year 100,000 B.C. Their diets were no better. They were no taller, and they did not live longer.

    Then, sometime around 1800, economic growth took off — in Britain first, then elsewhere. How did this growth start? In his book “The Enlightened Economy,” Joel Mokyr of Northwestern University argues that the crucial change happened in people’s minds. Because of a series of cultural shifts, technicians started taking scientific knowledge and putting it to practical use. For example, entrepreneurs applied geological research to the businesses of mining and transportation.

    Britain soon dominated the world. But then it declined. Again, the crucial change was in people’s minds. As the historian Correlli Barnett chronicled, the great-great-grandchildren of the empire builders withdrew from commerce, tried to rise above practical knowledge and had more genteel attitudes about how to live.

    The first lesson from the economic historians is that we should try to understand our situation by looking for shifts in ideas and values, not just material changes. Furthermore, most fundamental economic pivot points are poorly understood by people at the time.

    If you look at America from this perspective, you do see something akin to the “British disease.” After decades of affluence, the U.S. has drifted away from the hardheaded practical mentality that built the nation’s wealth in the first place.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/10/opinion/10brooks.html?_r=2

    Feds go after supplements

    Elderberry extract and acai to boost the immune system. Black cohosh to lessen the discomforts of menopause. Soy capsules to prevent bone loss and prostate cancer.

    Many botanical supplements—made from the seeds, bark, leaves, flowers and stems of a wide range of plants—have been widely used as folk remedies for centuries. Americans have been consuming growing quantities of the supplements in hopes of warding off disease and easing symptoms of various conditions. But there is scant scientific evidence to support their health benefits.

    Usage of botanicals is growing.

    INFORMED1

    Now, the federal government is stepping up research into the safety and effectiveness of a wide range of over-the-counter supplements, including plant oils, garlic, soy, elderberry, licorice, black cohosh, St. John's wort and the Asian herb dong quai. The aim is to better understand how compounds in the plants affect health and to help consumers make more informed choices about supplements, which can interact with prescription drugs, cause side effects or lead to new health risks. Sales of botanical supplements in the U.S. topped $5 billion last year, up 17% from five years earlier, according to the non-profit American Botanical Council.

    Researchers are studying if plant-based supplements on the market can help treat many diseases and conditions.

    BOTANICAL
    POSSIBLE BENEFIT
    POSSIBLE RISKS

    Black cohosh
    Prevention of hot flashes and other menopause symptoms, may help improve bone density.
    No long-term safety data on breast tissue; may cause liver damage.

    Soy (phytoestrogens)
    May lower risk of LDL ('bad') cholesterol; reduce hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.
    Possible role in development of breast, uterine cancers.

    Milk thistle
    May promote growth of liver cells, improve symptoms of liver disease; possible treatment for hepatitis C.
    May lower blood-sugar levels in diabetics; allergic reactions, gastrointestinal side effects.

    Ginseng
    May lower blood sugar, boost immunity, increase stamina.
    Headaches; allergic reactions; sleep and gastrointestinal problems.

    Elderberry
    Anti-oxidant, may lower cholesterol, boost immune system, improve heart health.
    Diuretic effects; no scientific data on benefits.

    Cranberry (extracts, tablet, capsules )
    May prevent urinary tract disorders, stomach ulcers, dental plaque; anti-cancer benefits.
    Could cause GI upset; may interact with blood-thinning drugs.

    Evening primrose
    Modest benefits for eczema; may be useful for rheumatoid arthritis and breast pain.
    May cause gastrointestinal upset, headache.

    St. John's wort
    May help treat mild depression.
    May limit effectiveness of prescription medications; unproven as treatment for major depression.

    Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

    Crime down, experts confused. Two answers: demographics and incarceration. There are less 18 to 27 years old males and a lot of the criminal ones are in jail. Economics do not cause crime.

    Violent crime is down in the United States for the third straight year. Property crime for the seventh. But why?

    Violent crimes reported to police dropped 5.3 percent last year, the FBI said Monday, and reported property crimes fell 4.6 percent.

    So explain this: Police budgets have been shrinking. Not only that, typically crime rates head up when the economy heads down.

    The trend is "one of these welcome puzzles," says Richard Rosenfeld, president of the American Society of Criminology. "This is forcing us to think more seriously under what conditions economic activity influences crime."

    Watercress stops cancer?

    A simple salad could prevent the onset of breast cancer thanks to the health-boosting properties of watercress, scientists have claimed.

    Volunteers who ate 80 grams of watercress per day regularly were noticed to have significant health benefits, according to the pilot study.

    Eating a single portion of watercress is enough to increase the number of cancer-fighting molecules in the bloodstream within hours and could prevent the condition from developing, researchers said.

    Finally: DOJ's Internal Watchdog Announces Investigation Into Civil Rights Enforcement

    The Justice Department's internal watchdog said Monday it would launch an investigation into the Justice Department's enforcement of civil rights laws, eliciting praise from Republicans on Capitol Hill who have been blasting the Justice Department for months over a controversial voting rights case.

    For more than a year, Republicans and others have been questioning why the Obama administration reversed course on a federal lawsuit against two members of the New Black Panther Party, who were videotaped outside a Philadelphia polling station on Election Day 2008. The two were dressed in military-style uniforms, and one was holding a nightstick. The issue escalated in June when a former Justice Department attorney, J. Christiam Adams, alleged it was all part of an Obama administration policy to avoid prosecuting minorities, an allegation the Justice Department has strongly denied.

    Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/09/13/dojs-internal-watchdog-announces-investigation-civil-rights-enforcement?test=latestnews#ixzz0zVPrJBCZ

    Border Patrol Agents In Mexican 'Firefight'

    U.S. Border Patrol agents fire shots into Mexico after coming under attack during a half-ton drug bust and giving chase to a truck along the Rio Grande, U.S. says

    One Dem gets it.

    MAYOR RICHARD DALEY: “If anybody believes they can increase taxes today, I think they’re out of their mind.”

    O hails the coming Turkey Islamic Dictatorship

    U.S. government hails ominous news from Turkey

    The most significant event of the weekend, I would argue, occurred in Turkey. There, voters approved a sweeping package of constitutional reforms and, in the process, gave Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a vote of confidence. Erdogan's party has deep Islamic roots but, as J.E. Dyer points out, has been stymied to some degree in carrying out its Islamic vision by a combination of the courts and the military.

    The reforms will seriously reduce these checks (for example, the constitutional court has been expanded from 11 to 17 judges, with the Prime Minister to select 14 of them). They are thus democratic in a sense, but they are also ominous given Erdogan's lack of respect for free speech, a free press, and women's rights. Dyer is thus correct in wondering why the U.S. government hailed the results of this referendum.

    Really? Texas has had a cooler, greener summer than most. Yet the chart has “Much Above” My guess: weather stations have become part of the urban areas and show an increase from that. But I could be wrong.

    August 2010 rankings.

    2010 Was Fourth Warmest U.S. Summer on Record

    ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2010) — The contiguous United States had its fourth-warmest summer (June-August) on record, according to the latest NOAA State of the Climate report issued September 8. The report also showed the August average temperature was 75.0 degrees F, which is 2.2 degrees F above the long-term (1901-2000) average. Last month's average precipitation was 2.41 inches, 0.19 inch below the 1901-2000 average.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100913165150.htm

    Change that from “North Atlantic” to “Earth” and it would still be correct. (Simple way to remember: Sun = Weather)

    Sun and Volcanic Eruptions Pace North Atlantic Climate Swings

    ScienceDaily (Sep. 14, 2010) — A study presented in Nature Geoscience suggests that changes in solar intensity and volcanic eruptions act as a metronome for temperature variations in the North Atlantic climate.

    The upper panel shows the variations in North Atlantic Ocean basin wide sea surface temperatures in a simulation that includes historical variations in total solar irradiance and volcanic aerosols (blue), and in a simulation that in addition to the natural external 'forcings' also include anthropogenic 'forcings' for the last 150 years (red). Up to year 1900, the blue curve is consistent with available temperature observations, whereas only the red curve matches the observed temperature evolution in the 20th century. The lower panel shows variations in the large-scale ocean circulation in the Atlantic (black) and dates of major volcanic eruptions. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Bergen)

    This Is Gov’t

    #infographics

    Is This the Reason Why Most US Military Projects Go Over Budget?

    Open this chart and look closely. After you get over the sudden nausea and dizziness caused by your eyes and brain trying to adjust to it, try to get deeper into it. Repeat until something, anything, makes sense.