Tuesday, October 12, 2010

So much for change

So much for change

Photo of the day

Tuesday as workers throughout the French economy
launched an open-ended strike in protest of the
government's retirement reforms.

1 down, uh, up, 32 to go

Sparks and Stripes

Moment the Statue of Liberty was hit by lightningThe impressive image was caught by New York photographer Jay Fine who spent the night braving the storm in Battery Park City, Manhattan.

Lightning on Statue of Liberty

Anesthesiologists vs Attorneys? Pleeeeeeese...From Paris

Let me get this straight.  Someone who can work from home in their pajamas, should make more money than someone who goes through college (4 years), Medical school (4 years) and residency (3-10 years)?   Pleeeeeese.  Let's not be silly.

Anesthesiologists can not 'phone it in'.  When we place value on a work product, some care and keeping should be placed on the sacrifices (and deferred gratification) made. 

I am not begrudging great attorneys  their due, however, great physicians (and Dentists) should be equally valued.  They have greatly sacrificed for the privilege of treating patients.    

PS Our beloved blog owner Bill and I have fought for 35 years.  You now have a unique window into our private world of argument.  No photos.  No frills.  Just plain, raw argument.

Bring it on Bill...        


Clooney to Brief Obama

Photo Illustration

Hollywood bigwig lands Oval Office huddle to go over recent trip to Sudan.

Read more: http://thepage.time.com/#ixzz12Bifeeao

Of the People – 94% under $100


Sharron Angle raised the astonishing sum of $14 million during the third quarter. Chris Cillizza describes Angle's $14 million as "a stunning number that far eclipses the cash-collection totals of other prominent candidates seeking Senate seats next month."

NInety-four percent came in donations of $100 or less. The Harry Reid campaign tried to put the best spin on Angle's smashing success:

Another reason to love Porsche


Slower Traffic Move Left

In theory, the great thing about a passing a Porsche is the rear-engine design makes for a great ramp

There is something very wrong with this.

1. Anesthesiologist


Alexander A. Hannenberg practices in Newton, Mass.

Best Jobs rank: 68

Median pay: $290,000

Top pay: $393,000


15. Attorney / Lawyer

Attorney / Lawyer

S. Gregory Boyd, 36, is an intellectual property attorney in New York City.

Best Jobs rank: 55

Median pay: $118,000

Top pay: $246,000

The Border – This is why guarding it is so important

Texas Rep. Aaron Pena: Severed head of Mexican investigator in Falcon Lake case taken in suitcase to Mexican military.

How much crime is from not policing our borders?

Illegal Arrested in Decapitation

Illegal Arrested in Decapitation

An 'Extraordinary' memoir: Becoming Condoleezza Rice


PALO ALTO, Calif. — This can't be the right place.

You would expect the home of Condoleezza Rice— the most successful African-American woman in the history of the executive branch — to be festooned with mementos from her tenure under two Bush presidencies, which culminated in her role as secretary of State.

Perhaps some photos with world leaders. Ornate gifts from political counterparts. Lavish furnishings.

Nope. Instead, the decidedly generic condo reserved for Stanford University faculty is filled with antiques that belonged to Rice's parents, sports memorabilia and a prominent photograph of her with ... cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The only sign of George W. Bush is found on a hockey-puck-size Lucite disc, which is inscribed with a 9/11-era quote from the 43rd president.


FDR on government dependence


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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Founding Father of the American welfare state, appeared to have qualms about the Frankenstein monster he set in motion:

"The lessons of history … show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."
These searing words about Depression-era welfare are from Franklin Roosevelt's 1935 State of the Union Address. FDR feared this self-reliant people might come to depend permanently upon government for the necessities of their daily lives. Like narcotics, such a dependency would destroy the fiber and spirit of the nation.
What brings his words to mind is news that 41.8 million Americans are on food stamps, and the White House estimates 43 million will soon be getting food stamps every month. …

Moslem throws a book at Obama and not a word about it in the MSM

The Secret Service says it questioned and released an overexuberant fan of President Barack Obama who had tossed a paperback book near the president at a Philadelphia rally on Sunday.
Spokesman Ed Donovan said the man had written the book and hoped the president would read it. Donovan said agents concluded the man posed no danger.

As the AP story quoted above conspicuously fails to note, the book-thrower's name is Sajid Ali Khan.


GE has been one of O’s biggest supports thru NBC, which it owns.

GE Gets $25M in 'Stimulus,' Cuts 18,000 Jobs...

Newton and Alchemy

  • Sir Isaac Newton was a towering genius in the history of science, he knew he was a genius, and he didn’t like wasting his time. Born on Dec. 25, 1642, the great English physicist and mathematician rarely socialized or traveled far from home. He didn’t play sports or a musical instrument, gamble at whist or gambol on a horse. He dismissed poetry as “a kind of ingenious nonsense,” and the one time he attended an opera he fled at the third act. Newton was unmarried, had no known romantic liaisons and may well have died, at the age of 85, with his virginity intact. “I never knew him to take any recreation or pastime,” said his assistant, Humphrey Newton, “thinking all hours lost that were not spent on his studies.”

Not only did he hammer out the universal laws of motion and gravitational attraction, formulating equations that are still used today to plot the trajectories of space rovers bound for Mars; and not only did he discover the spectral properties of light and invent calculus. Sir Isaac had a whole other full-time career, a parallel intellectual passion that he kept largely hidden from view but that rivaled and sometimes surpassed in intensity his devotion to celestial mechanics. Newton was a serious alchemist, who spent night upon dawn for three decades of his life slaving over a stygian furnace in search of the power to transmute one chemical element into another.

Sir Isaac the Alchemist was no less the fierce and uncompromising scientist than was Sir Isaac, author of the magisterial Principia Mathematica

For Newton, alchemy may also have proved bigger than chemistry. Dr. Newman argues that Sir Isaac’s alchemical investigations helped yield one of his fundamental breakthroughs in physics: his discovery that white light is a mixture of colored rays, and that a sunbeam prismatically fractured into the familiar rainbow suite called Roy G. Biv can with a lens be resolved to tidy white sunbeam once again. “I would go so far as to say that alchemy was crucial to Newton’s breakthroughs in optics,” said Dr. Newman. “He’s not just passing light through a prism — he’s resynthesizing it.” Consider this a case of “technology transfer,” said Dr. Newman, “from chemistry to physics.”

Dog Behavior

Dogs can be pessimistic too. A study has gained new insight into the minds of dogs, discovering that those that are anxious when left alone also tend to show 'pessimistic' like behaviour

Dogs Showing Separation-Related Behavior Exhibit a 'Pessimistic Mood'

ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2010) — Many dogs become distressed when left home alone, and they show it by barking, destroying things, or toileting indoors. Now, a new study reported in the October 12th issue of Current Biology, suggests that this kind of separation anxiety occurs most often in dogs that also show "pessimistic"-like behavior.

Most unusual

The Kittens' Wedding

A bizarre collection of stuffed animals that was broken up and sold around the world seven years ago has been reassembled for a one-off exhibition. The eccentric works of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter, in which stuffed animals mimic human life, were sold for more than £500,000 in 2003. Celebrities including comedian Harry Hill, photographer David Bailey and artist Peter Blake snapped up pieces from the 10,000-item collection in Mr Potter's eerie Museum of Curiosities

The Rabbits' Village School

The Rabbits' Village School



Sort of brings home what could happen. Please note the “could”.

An Interesting Map of House Races

It depicts the East North Central division of the United States — basically the Great Lakes area.  Congressional districts are colored in according to the political dynamic of the midterm: red districts are Republican, blue are safely Democratic (according to the House ratings from RealClearPolitics), and purple are Democratic-held districts that RealClearPolitics has ranked as being vulnerable to a Republican takeover.

There is a pretty straightforward pattern here.  Democrats from (moving east to west) Youngstown, Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, Flint, Indianapolis, Gary, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and East St. Louis are safe.  Why?  Because their districts are stocked with partisan Democrats — college kids, union workers, and African Americans.  The fortunes of the rest of these Midwestern Democrats depend ultimately upon independents and soft Republicans in the suburbs or rural areas, and these voters have moved overwhelmingly against President Obama and his party.  In other words, the Democratic base that has been in place for 40 years is still solid for the President, but the rest of the region is primed to go Republican. In the Great Lakes region, the Democrats have been reduced to little more than the Mondale coalition.

Political Cartoon by Bob Gorrell

They are still out there and they are still trying to kill you.


Al-Qaeda magazine published 'tips on how to kill Americans'

Al-Qaeda magazine published 'tips on how to kill Americans'

Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab at a desert camp in Yemen Photo: AP

"A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, DC at lunch ... might end up knocking out a few government employees," one article reads, according to the private SITE Intelligence Group, which studies, tracks and analyses the global jihadist network and terrorism financing.

The edition also includes "The Ultimate Mowing Machine," which describes how to use a pickup truck "as a mowing machine, not to mow grass, but mow down the enemies of Allah." It says "to achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control . . . to strike as many people as possible in your first run."

The magazine includes two articles by renegade US cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is on a US government kill-or-capture list for his alleged roles in the attempted Christmas Day airliner bombing, and inspiring the Fort Hood shooting of 13 troops. Army Major Nidal Hassan has been charged in the killings.

There's also an article by the so-called American al-Qaeda, Adam Gadahn. Another American, Samir Khan, describes how he went from online jihadist in North Carolina to full-time terrorist in Yemen. The article is entitled, "I Am Proud to be a Traitor to America."

The magazine's content reveals the group's evolving strategy of rejecting easier-to-stop spectacular attacks in favour of one-man operations, using everyday objects.

238 mph


Twin-Turbo Ferrari Enzo Sets 238 MPH Record

The Twin-Turbo Ferrari Enzo overcame early problems to set a class record speed of 238 mph at Bonneville this weekend. It's now both the fastest and most driven (31,366 miles) Enzo ever.

Who would benefit the most from a bad election for the Dems?

POLL: Almost half of Obama's supporters now have doubts...


Poll: Women see Barack Obama administration as a 'failure'

  • Poll: Women see Barack Obama administration as a 'failure'

Fifty-six percent of women consider the health care reform law a failure, while 29 percent view it as a success, according to the poll.

The economic stimulus package is viewed only slightly more favorably: 53 percent say it was a failure, while 34 percent say it was a success.

Among independent women – a group that Democrats and Republicans are battling over – a majority viewed the health care overhaul, the stimulus package, the auto industry bailout and the Troubled Asset Relief Program as failures, the poll found

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43436.html#ixzz129bnB8Zp

Today in History

Today, in 1960, Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at the United Nations. A reminder that the UN has never been a serious place.


B-52 Forever

Without any fanfare, the U.S. Air Force recently announced that it would spend $11.9 billion to keep its remaining B-52 bombers in service until they are all retired by 2040. At that point, the last ones will have served over 70 years. The new "sustainment program" will cost over $150 million per aircraft, which is about twice what they cost to build (accounting for inflation).

Political Cartoon by Steve Breen

Movies may never be the same


Mind-Blowing Video App Can Transform Any Flabby Slob Into a Hottie

Forget about Photoshop. This video demonstration is so amazing that it defies belief. It can take any video, identify the people in it, and change their physical attributes automagically. Yes, it even has a breast size slider

But MovieReshape—as this application is called—is very real. We reported on it last week, but this demonstration really shows what it can do: It can basically transform Rosie O'Donnell into Christina Hendricks. And a flabby guy like myself into a Calvin Klein underwear model.



This Is What A Mobile Phone Looked Like In 1964...And There Were Over A Million Of Them

The first cellphones weren't part of the Gordon Gekko, Zack Morris family. They were rugged, shock-proof, vacuum-tubed rigs that hijacked nearby radio waves, built so powerfully that car headlights dimmed when you talked. And this was half a century ago



In Mark Twain's classic The Tragedy of Puddin'head Wilson, the main character writes in his journal: "OCTOBER 12, THE DISCOVERY. It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it."

My entry for October 12 would be different: "Columbus Day is a wonderful holiday, but it would be more wonderful to miss it."

Same thing happened in the 1920s…

Rising leaders in Chinese military 'view United States as the enemy'...

Dean Lewins/Australian Associated Press, via European Pressphoto Agency

A Chinese military training ship at a dock in Sydney, Australia, in September. China has tried to increase ties to the region

When you lose TIme Mag…

HALPERIN: 'White House in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless'...

Barack Obama is being politically crushed in a vise. From above, by elite opinion about his competence. From below, by mass anger and anxiety over unemployment.

Most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2024718,00.html#ixzz129C82LTY