Saturday, November 6, 2010
"How is it that Barack Obama could step into the presidency with an air of inevitability and then, in less than two years, find himself unwelcome at the campaign rallies of many of his fellow Democrats?
The first answer is well-known: His policy making has been grandiose, thoughtless and bullying. His health-care bill was ambitious to the point of destructiveness and, finally, so chaotic that today no citizen knows where they stand in relation to it. His financial-reform bill seems little more than a short-sighted scapegoating of Wall Street. In foreign policy he has failed to articulate a role for America in the world. We don’t know why we do what we do in foreign affairs. George W. Bush at least made a valiant stab at an American rationale—democratization—but with Mr. Obama there is nothing."
CT is running counter to national trends. Not a single Repub Congressman or Senator, and a State House controlled by Dems with the first Dem governor in 24 years. No brakes.
Watch your taxes, middle class suburbs and quiet farming villages, because they are coming after your money. The unions want a state property tax and a state income tax increase, and Malloy is now owned by the unions.
The Sun is saying that the sick bastards of Al Qaeda had stuffed 2 dogs with bombs, explosives and detonators back in 2008. The dogs were meant to board a flight from Baghdad to Los Angeles and explode in the air.The dogs never made it on board though. The explosives and bombs inside their body ended up being too much for them to handle, they died before they got on the cargo plane.
In any case, the idea of a dog bomb is a sick thought to think about, an even sicker action to execute and proves yet again that Al Qaeda is disgustingly capable of anything.
This morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, Lawrence O’Donnell proudly declared the obvious: he’s a socialist.
After hearing the news today about the suspension of Keith Olbermann from the same network, I can’t say anyone’s all that surprised.
“Unlike you, I am not a progressive. I am not a liberal who’s so afraid of the word that I had to change my name to progressive. Liberals amuse me. I am a Socialist. I live to the extreme left - the extreme left – of you mere liberals.”
So true to character, Maureen Dowd weighed in on the election, and got it wrong. See, she believes the vote wasn’t about Obama, it was about gullible voters.
She writes that Republicans “were able to persuade a lot of Americans that the couple in the White House was not American enough, not quite “normal,” too Communist, too radical, too Great Society.”
Wait – you forgot “too Muslim and too Kenyan.”
Anyway, she missed the point about the election – and so did Obama. He spoke today, saying – and I paraphrase, because I’m lazy:
“Hypocrite: In 2004, Keith Olbermann said MSNBC’s election office pool was ‘conflict of interest.’”
Remember when Olbermann said that he doesn’t vote lest he appear partial?
Defeated Florida Dem turns her ire on Obama and Co., says they "weren't interested in hearing my opinion" and "never acknowledged that they had problems with the acceptance of health care reform."
Read more: http://thepage.time.com/#ixzz14XFp6TBa
The United States Air Force is now looking for a F-22 Raptor replacement. It must be in service by 2030 and, for the first time ever, they want to be able to deploy these combat fighters unmanned and remotely controlled.
While the USAF wants to use actual pilots too, they are clear that they want Unmanned Air Vehicle capabilities in their 6th Generation air combat fighter. It seems like they have finally realized that they may not need Maverick and Iceman anymore.
The romantic in me hates this idea. But I don't see any reason why they should risk pilots' lives by actually putting them in the plane. Not when they can be miles away, using exactly the same skills while having access to the same information and feedback that they have inside the cockpit. Especially when the remote pilots would be able to make maneuvers that are impossible now because of the extreme, life-threatening G forces that they generate. Not to talk about taking out the psychological stress of actual combat in the air.
But then again, why make the planes with a cockpit when they can save millions by taking out sophisticated instrumentation and life support systems? They can go unmanned all the way and get over with it. It's the most logical option.
Reminding us how cool jetpacks are, daredevil Yves Rossy jumped out of a hot air balloon Friday and successfully did two loops over Lake Geneva in Switzerland Friday at 200 mph before safely landing. Amazing video below.
The Lib Zuckerman doesn't have my politics, but he's always interesting. America's Love Affair With Obama Is Over:
He came across as a young man in a grown-up's game—impressive but not presidential. A politician but not a leader, managing American policy at home and American power abroad with disturbing amateurishness. Indeed, there was a growing perception of the inability to run the machinery of government and to find the right people to manage it. A man who was once seen as a talented and even charismatic rhetorician is now seen as lacking real experience or even the ability to stop America's decline. "Yes we can," he once said, but now America asks, "Can he?"
The open purchasing of votes through the provision of special exemptions for five states and for unions, and concessions to many of the special interests in the Democratic Party, especially trial lawyers, symbolized the corruption of our politics. The 2009 omnibus spending bill alone contained 8,570 special earmarks like those that had so enraged the American public in the past. When lawmakers had no time to even read the bills, it gave the impression that what was important was passing anything, no matter how ineffectual. Obama had promised he would change "politics as usual." He changed it all right, but for the worse. The list of his additional programs only provoked the public's distaste for big government, big spending, and big deficits.
NEW IBD/TIPP POLL: Americans’ Message To New Congress: Less Gov’t, Please.
A new IBD/TIPP poll on public attitudes suggests that Tuesday’s event was less an election than an intervention: Stop what you are doing; you’re hurting us all.
A majority of the public wants Washington to stop the spending that has exploded the budget deficit. In a listing of top priorities for Congress, cutting the deficit by cutting spending came in No. 1, cited by 53%. (Fully 73%, including a majority of Democrats, said this is a “high priority.”)
Centrist Dems rip 'tone-deaf' White House
Sink says the White House got a huge 'wake up call' in the midterms, but took many Democrats down with them. | AP Photo Close
In the wake of the party’s worst election drubbing since 1994, the deep frustration felt by many centrist Democrats toward the White House and the national party is now out in the open.
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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/worst-states-for-tax-on-businesses-2010-11#3-new-jersey-8#ixzz14X6VFOd2
Best Movies & TV of 2010: Top 100 Editors' Picks on Blu-ray
So earlier this week we announced our Top 100 Editors' Picks on DVD for 2010. Today we'd like to highlight our Top 100 Editors' Picks on Blu-ray. As you can imagine, the lists diverge a bit because the contenders included some long-awaited films to the format for the first time, as well as your theatrical new releases. Here, after much hand-wringing, is our top 10:
1) Inception: Once again, Inception topped the Blu-ray votes; there's no doubt that it's a film whose stunning visuals are tailor-made for the high-def audience.
2) Avatar (Collector's Edition): These are the special features we've been waiting for, including three versions of the film and over 45 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes.
3) The Hurt Locker: Also #3 on our Top 100 Editors' Picks on DVD, this gritty Best Picture winner looks even more realistic on high def.
4). Alien Anthology: Out on Blu-ray for the first time, this boxed set contains all four Alien movies and a plethora of bonus features on six discs.
5). Toy Story 3: 2010's biggest box-office movie, and the most successful animated film of all time.
6). Lost: The Complete Sixth Season: The final saga to one of television's most indelible series.
7). The Sound of Music: On Blu-ray for the first time for its 45th anniversary, the lush green hills of Salzburg are in their high-definition glory.
9). Saving Private Ryan: Another beloved film arriving on Blu-ray for the first time is a must-own to any movie lover's collection.
After his 2009 trip to Moscow, I wrote:
My sources [in Russia] were amused by the flotilla of Air Force jets that brought Obama and his entourage to Moscow. They were also taken with the fact that Obama and his crew took over the Ritz Carlton hotel, where rooms start at around $1,200 per night and the presidential suite goes for $13,000. The Marriott had been good enough for Presidents Clinton and Bush. Rooms there -- described as similar to Marriott rooms in the U.S. -- can be had for around $350.
Breakthrough in Cancer Vaccine Research
ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2010) — Researchers at the University of Cambridge hope to revolutionise cancer therapy after discovering one of the reasons why many previous attempts to harness the immune system to treat cancerous tumours have failed.
New research, published November 4 in the journal Science, reveals that a type of stromal cell found in many cancers which expresses fibroblast activation protein alpha (FAP), plays a major role in suppressing the immune response in cancerous tumours -- thereby restricting the use of vaccines and other therapies which rely on the body's immune system to work. They have also found that if they destroy these cells in a tumour immune suppression is relieved, allowing the immune system to control the previously uncontrolled tumour.
'We thought Obama is a trained orator'...