Thursday, December 9, 2010

For Instant Fun, Just Add 'Hot Water' ...From Paris

What's in a name?

Arianna Huffington has a fabulous name, reminiscent of a memory soaked name like Lemony Snicket.  

Mr Paris has recently started posting comments on HuffPost under an edgy pseudonym.  His screen name is so edgy, I can't reveal it to you quite yet.  His screen name is so edgy, HuffPost 'moderators' are not publishing 25% of his comments.  Moments after his first comment, Mr Paris garnered 7 fans.   His comments are respectful, insightful, sharp and wicked funny.  His screen name is not luke warm.  It's...(to be continued)... 

Bush


Muhammad Ali drops by Bush book-signing...

Heard President Bush yesterday talking about when it first really hit him he was no longer President.:

“I was walking Barney and he stopped to do his business on the neighbors’ lawn.  And I have one of those plastic gloves.  That when it hit me how things have changed. “

The Left

'Vandals have hacked at the heart of Christianity': 2,000-year-old Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury is cut down

Standing proudly on the side of an English hill, its religious roots go back 2,000 years. But a single night of vandalism has left an ancient site of pilgrimage in splinters.

The Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury has been chopped down in what is being seen by some as a deliberately anti-Christian act.

A feature of the skyline surrounding the Somerset town, the tree has been visited by thousands retracing the steps said to have been taken by Joseph of Arimathea, who some say was Jesus’ great uncle.

the vandalised holy thorn tree

Police tape surrounds the vandalised Holy Thorn tree on Wearyall Hill in Glastonbury as stunned locals look on. The branches were cut off overnight and a police investigation has been launched

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1337159/Glastonburys-2000-year-old-Holy-Thorn-Tree-hacked-vandals.html#ixzz17eyXOX7W

4 Years more if you exercise.

Will you age slower if you exercise, eat well?

yes, you will age slower if you exercise, eat healthy foods, and have a good lifestyle. In fact, they have determined how many years more, on average, you will live if you do those things.

Within the study, they looked at a group of physically active people composed of 900,000 marathon and half-marathon runners from the age of 20 to 79 years.

They found there were not any significant age-related decreases in physical performance before the age of 55 years.

    "... 25% of the 65- to 69-year-old runners were faster than 50% of the 20- to 54-year-old runners."

•    "... more than 25% of the 50- to 69-year-old runners had started their marathon training only in the past 5 years."

The authors concluded that: “Performance losses in middle age are mainly due to a sedentary lifestyle, rather than biological aging

They stated that elderly people who exercise, eat well, and generally have an active lifestyle will live around four (4) years longer than their counterparts that don’t exercise, don’t eat well, and generally have a sedentary lifestyle.

Follow me to the finish: Phil Parry, wearing the red shirt, led the men's race from the start. Picture: Roger Thompson . Opens in a new window.

Interesting and somewhat of a surprise.

Estrogen Alone Is Effective for Reducing Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2010) — While endogenous estrogen (i.e., estrogen produced by ovaries and by other tissues) does have a well-known carcinogenic impact, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) utilizing estrogen alone (the exogenous estrogen) provides a protective effect in reducing breast cancer risk, according to study results presented at the 33rd Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 8-12.

Ragaz and colleagues reviewed and reanalyzed data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) hormone replacement therapy trials. WHI is a national health study that focuses on strategies for preventing heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer, and fracture in postmenopausal women. The WHI was launched in 1991 and includes more than 161,000 U.S. women aged 50 to 79 years.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101209081842.htm

Crash and burn: DADT repeal fails, 57-40

The Eyes Have It

In a new study, researchers measured both liberals' and conservatives' reaction to "gaze cues" -- a person's tendency to shift attention in a direction consistent with another person's eye movements. Liberals responded strongly to the prompts, consistently moving their attention in the direction suggested to them by a face on a computer screen. Conservatives, on the other hand, did not.

Politics and Eye Movement: Liberals Focus Their Attention on 'Gaze Cues' Much Differently Than Conservatives Do

ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2010) — It goes without saying that conservatives and liberals don't see the world in the same way. Now, research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that is exactly, and quite literally, the case.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101209074403.htm

The essences of the dispute. Who is better to decide?

One of those guys who think they can and should run your life

Prof. Cass Sunstein is one of them. As Scott at Powerline notes,

By contrast with the doctrine of rights conferred by God and nature set forth in the Declaration of Independence, Sunstein holds, in Tom Palmer's words, "You owe your life -- and everything else -- to the sovereign. The rights of subjects are not natural rights, but merely grants from the sovereign. There is no right even to complain about the actions of the sovereign, except insofar as the sovereign allows the subject to complain. These are the principles of unlimited, arbitrary, and absolute power, the principles of such rulers as Louis XIV."

Having his own view of things is fine, but his views are profoundly un-American. He doesn't get what America is about. The American ideal is - or was - that we are born with freedom, and granted a tiny bit of it to the State for specific, limited purposes. For heaven's sake, Prof. Sunstein, we made the State in 1787 - it didn't make us or give us anything.

Mind you, this guy is the Regulation Czar in the White House.

Furthermore, his arrogance is unbelievable. A 56 year-old University of Chicago Law Prof wants to structure how I live? Give me a break. That's a bad joke.

Does this strike anyone else as perhaps not the best idea?

Don't Look Now, Your Hard Drive's Dead

The new Google Chrome operating system — which was unveiled this past week — looks to kill your hard drive by storing everything on your computer in its online servers

Ouch!

Nader: Pres. Obama Is a 'Con Man'

AP

"He has no fixed principles," Ralph Nader said of Mr. Obama in an interview with CBS News. "He's opportunistic -- he goes for expedience, like Clinton. Some call him temperamentally conflict-averse. If you want to be harsher, you say he has no principles and he's opportunistic."

"He's a con man," Nader continued. "I have no use for him."

Clockwork Orange? ...From Paris

Although I confess I'm really digging the aesthetic of this clock, ( love the interesting hues of citrus orange with a hint of lime), I remain bewildered at the time. I can't tell what time the first twist of the fan reveals.

The last slide looks like 8.  The other two are just pretty twists of orange and green. 

   

Another GW myth hits the dust.

Icebergs off the Greenland coast.

Greenland Ice Sheet Flow Driven by Short-Term Weather Extremes, Not Gradual Warming, Research Reveals

ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2010) — Sudden changes in the volume of meltwater contribute more to the acceleration -- and eventual loss -- of the Greenland ice sheet than the gradual increase of temperature, according to a University of British Columbia study.

Not sure these are “students” from the videos.


Student protests in London turn violent...
Thousands try to break through police barricades at Houses of Parliament...
Attack car containing Prince Charles, Camilla...

From Bill

Iran Planning on Placing Medium-Range Missiles in Venezuela; Can Reach the U.S.

Iran is planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil, based on western information sources[1], according to an article in the German daily, Die Welt, of November 25, 2010. According to the article, an agreement between the two countries was signed during the last visit o Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Tehran on October19, 2010. The previously undisclosed contract provides for the establishment of a jointly operated military base in Venezuela, and the joint development of ground-to-ground missiles.

Bill adds:

This is the type of behavior that is encouraged when the United States has a weak occupant in the White House:

Freeze Bring Paris To A Standstill? Say It's Not So ...From Paris

Al?


Freeze brings Paris to standstill...
HEAVIEST SNOW SINCE 1987...
England has coldest opening week of December since 1659...
Army moves in to clear away snow...

Dems just voted to raise everyone’s taxes the most in history.

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2010December 9th, (CNN) - Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.

"Every economist I have talked to or read over the last couple of days acknowledges that this agreement would boost economic growth in the coming years and has the potential to create millions of jobs," Obama continued. "The average American family will start 2011 knowing that there will be more money to pay the bills each month, more money to pay for tuition, more money to raise their children," he said. "But if this framework fails, the reverse is true. Americans will see it in smaller paychecks that will have the effect of fewer jobs."

I sometimes think I am being too hard on the Dems. But this Dems Party is not the one of Johnson/Kennedy or even Clinton.

AFL-CIO Leader: 'I Stand With' Communists

"Anyone who stands with me for workers' rights, I stand with them," said John Olsen to loud applause as he acknowledged the Communist Party for President Barack Obama.

The President’s Economic Advisor

Political quote of the day

[T]he first priority for addressing the budget deficit has to be getting the economy growing again at a rapid rate." The tax deal, he said, "offers the best prospect that was available for achieving the kind of escape velocity that we've been seeking for the past two years.

Deer must be smarter than I thought to survive this.

The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That’s great. There were over 600,000 hunters. Allow me to restate that number. Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world – more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined – deployed to the woods of a single American state to help keep the deer menace at bay. But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan’s 700,000 hunters have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

This can not continue. We have to get serious about people working.

 

SNAP = Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (US Department of Agriculture):

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HuffPo Bail on Barack

 

The higher they're hyped, the harder they fall. Not long ago, we heard that the Anointed One would cause the imaginary rise of the oceans to slow and our planet to heal. Now we read the following at what should be his amen corner, a comment thread at the liberal Huffington Post:

mad fred
Sad and lame Obama is weak in the knees.
mag68
Sadly enough, the man has negatively defined himself utterly and thoroughly. The Democratic party had better allow an open primary in 2011 or it's President Romney…
kirazmazzone
You mean President Sarah Palin.
mag68
I have come to the conclusion that he is a republican plant. I honestly believe the other side helped place him as a continuation of Bush Chaney
Monrocsol
Hillary would have been better, but no, we had to go with "the dream" and now it is a nightmare.

toldyeso
he has to do the right thing and announce - for the good of the party and the nation - that he wont run again

(It goes on, but you get the drift.  Remember 44% of Dems want total gov’t control of the economy.  They are Socialist.)

Lost Civilization Under Persian Gulf?

A historical map from 1851 shows the origins of the Arabian gulf.

A historical map from 1851 shows the origins of the Arabian gulf.

A once fertile landmass now submerged beneath the Persian Gulf may have been home to some of the earliest human populations outside Africa, according to an article published Wednesday in Current Anthropology.

In recent years, archaeologists have turned up evidence of a wave of human settlements along the shores of the Gulf dating to about 7,500 years ago. But how could such highly developed settlements pop up so quickly, with no precursor populations to be found in the archaeological record? Jeffrey Rose, an archaeologist and researcher with the University of Birmingham in the U.K., believes that evidence of those preceding populations is missing because it's under the Gulf.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/08/lost-civilization-persian-gulf/?test=faces

Your Money

Democrats Helped Chinese Firm Get Stimulus Cash for Wind Farm

AP File

In February it was reported that 80% of stimulus dollars for wind power goes to foreign companies, including China.

ABC reported that a Chinese company is helping build a massive wind farm in west Texas. The firm will receive $450 million in stimulus cash.

Political Cartoon by Eric Allie

Changing 18 years of policy, Children’s Hospitals not listed in OCare bill, drug prices have to increase.

ObamaCare kills discount drug deals to childrens hospitals

Law of intended consequences.

Nancy Pelosi told us that we needed to pass the ObamaCare bill to find out what was in it, but apparently we needed to pass it to find out what wasn’t in it as well.  Thanks to one of the 2800 pages that apparently no one in Congress read before voting on the bill, the new law has drug manufacturers canceling discounts to childrens’ hospitals that helped provide medicine to children suffering from rare diseases.

Not good news

Home Values May Drop by $1.7 Trillion This Year:

U.S. Home Values to Drop by $1.7 Trillion This Year, Zillow

Housing demand has slumped since the start of the year as the government tax credit expired and unemployment hovers near 10 percent.

So the Repubs forced O to give up on Obamanomics and go along with them. But what does it mean.

INCOME TAXES

Everybody’s taxes will not go up.  On average this was about 4% per taxpayer.  Also capital gains and dividends stay at 15%.

(These are the real keys and the ones that most effect the economy.  But remember, the rates stay the same.  The Dems were stopped from raising taxes.  Which means the economy is not hurt, but not necessarily helped.)

WAGE EARNERS

Social Security taxes

The compromise would decrease Social Security payroll taxes to 4.2% from 6.2% for two years. The White House estimates the two-year payroll tax cut would reduce taxes by $120 billion next year for 155 million workers.

The payroll tax cut would save a worker with annual income of $40,000 about $800 a year. A worker with $70,000 in income would save $1,400.

THE JOBLESS

Unemployment benefits

The agreement would extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed by 13 months, through the end of 2011. Without the extension, 7 million unemployed workers would lose their benefits by next November.

MIDDLE-INCOME TAXPAYERS

Alternative minimum taxThe compromise includes a stopgap measure that would prevent the alternative minimum tax from spreading rapidly in 2011.

If Congress fails to enact a stopgap measure before Dec. 31, up to 25 million taxpayers would owe the AMT in 2010, up from 3.9 million in 2009, according to an analysis by H&R Block. Those taxpayers would pay an average of $3,000 to $5,000 in additional taxes, says Kathy Pickering, executive director of H&R Block's Tax Institute. (This is the other major change that would have been an economy stopper.)

PARENTS

American Opportunity Credit

This credit, which provides a tax credit of up to $2,500 per student per year, would be extended for two years. Parents can claim the credit for up to 100% of the first $2,000 in qualified college costs and 25% of the next $2,000. To get the full credit, they'll need to spend at least $4,000 on qualified expenses.

Forty percent of the credit is refundable, so a low-income family that doesn't owe federal taxes could receive a check from the government for up to $1,000.

Child tax credit

This tax credit would be extended for two years. This credit allows eligible families to reduce their federal tax bill by up to $1,000 for each qualifying child under age 17.

Earned Income Tax Credit

The expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit included in the economic stimulus package would continue for two more years. The White House estimates that a working family with three children making $20,000 would continue to receive a tax cut of more than $2,000 as a result of the proposed expansion of the EITC and child tax credit.

ESTATE TAX

The compromise would exempt estates valued at less than $5 million from estate taxes. For estates that exceed that threshold, assets over $5 million would be taxed at a 35% rate.

In 2009, only 8,238 estates exceeded $5 million, according to IRS data. Of that number, only 4,296 had to pay federal estate tax, primarily because of the marital deduction, Behrendt says. Spouses can inherit an unlimited amount of assets tax-free.

The federal estate tax expired at the end of 2009, allowing heirs of wealthy scions who died this year to inherit millions of dollars tax-free. But unless Congress acts, it will return next year at a much higher rate: 55% on estates valued at more than $1 million.

Still very cold in England.

Now the Army moves in to clear away snow in coldest December for 100 years as fuel runs out at petrol stations in Scotland and East Anglia

  • Overnight lows of -15C in Scotland and -13C in England
  • Experts say cold snap is 'once in a lifetime'
  • Slight thaw this weekend but a return to snow predicted for next week

The Army was called in today to help clear away ice and snow as Britain headed towards its coldest December for 100 years.

As temperatures plunged to -15c (5f) David Cameron ordered the military to step in and help the UK's beleaguered local councils.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1336705/UK-big-freeze-Army-standby-coldest-December-100-years.html#ixzz17d5fVb00

Pass out the patches.

Click here to read Damaged U.S. Cruise Ship Limps Through Antarctic Waters

Damaged U.S. Cruise Ship Limps Through Antarctic Waters

The Clelia II, an Antarctic cruise ship with 160 people onboard, lost an engine in a severe storm off the coast of Argentina and has to limp to port. Even big boats have problems with 30-foot waves.

Reports say the Clelia lost its engine after a wave broke a window in the bridge and damaged its control electronics. Its expected to complete its 500-mile trip back to port Friday through the Drake Passage, one of the roughest ocean crossings in the world.

http://jalopnik.com/5710216/damaged-us-cruise-ship-limps-through-antarctic-waters

Buy a Colorful Clock That Tells Time in Three Dimensions

#clocks

 

The Manifold Clock, which is a real thing you can buy for $45, tells time just like a regular clock. It just does it more cleverly, more colorfully, and occupying a bit more space in the third dimension.

Law is for little people

Applying ObamaCare to Congress. But following the law is for the little people: “Here is the Congressional Research Service report on the provisions that oust members of Congress from their health insurance. And here is the letter in which an Obama appointee announces that the administration will ignore the law.”

$2,300,000,000.00 is spent to compensate for a wrong and no one is punished? Maybe there wasn’t a wrong or maybe this was just a payoff by O

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR ON PIGFORD: Why are USDA officials off the hook in case of bias against black farmers? “As President Obama signs a taxpayer-funded settlement in case of bias against black farmers, some Americans ask: Why didn’t any heads roll? Ex-USDA employee Shirley Sherrod is one. . . . USDA’s failure to punish those responsible for bias against black farmers has drawn criticism from an unlikely alliance that includes black farmers, conservatives such as Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa, Sherrod herself, and, bizarrely, conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, who posted the video that got Sherrod fired.” I don’t know why the Breitbart bit is bizarre — he’s been consistently against racism, at USDA and elsewhere, after all.

Plus this:

Some conservatives argue that USDA failure to punish certain career officials, many of whom still are in place in county offices across the US, is an indication that the Pigford settlement is less about USDA practices and more about righting generic historical wrongs to score political points with the Democratic base, including blacks.

“They admit to no wrongdoing, they press the taxpayers and apparently have succeeded in squeezing $2.3 billion out of the taxpayers, but they don’t have any blame, and they’re not punishing anybody,” Representative King said recently. “So, how can Americans that think logically accept that as a rational position?”

Sherrod herself struck a similar tone in a July interview on NBC’s “Today” show.

That is what TSA is all about: Political Correctness

Islamists Train TSA Agents On Muslim Sensitivities

Since Muslims get to do this, will other religions (e.g. Sikhs, Catholics) get to do so as well?

Houston elected a gay mayor, and Texans yawned as she was seen as "fair". But this might get some Texans going

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Mayor Annise Parker abruptly walked out of her own press conference at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
That came after reporters repeatedly questioned Parker about rumors she and some other council members are trying to create a majority gay council district in Houston.
She answered several questions about redistricting and quickly walked out of the room.

Secret Budgets Passed without debate, without input. Another cram down.


House Dem push through massive budget bill...

The measure passed over Republican protests that it still spends too much money and caps an unprecedented collapse of the federal budget process in which not a single one of the 12 annual spending bills has yet passed Congress. Ten of 12 House bills haven't even been made public.

House Dems vote for amnesty in mass

DREAM Act passes House, 216-198

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