Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gotta Love Larry ...From Paris

Quote of the day, complements of Larry King:

"I wasn't in love with 4 of my 7 wives."

food and diet

FAT: NOT SO BAD AFTER ALL? Plus this: “If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases.”

Great: Obama stimulated prisons.

Prisons get education funds; Corrections biggest recipient of federal stimulus...

Another reason we need adults. FCC does not have this power.

FCC Gives Government Power to Regulate Web Traffic...

This is where the left is headed.

NPR t Apologizes for Saying "Christmas Party"

This is how far the War on Christmas has come. Quoting NPR's Nina Totenberg:

…I was at — forgive the expression — a Christmas party…

Where your tax dollars go. Let us see if the repubs do better

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) lists some of the government spending projects we wouldn't want to live without, including these:

• The city of Las Vegas has received a $5.2 million federal grant to build the Neon Boneyard Park and Museum, including $1.8 million in 2010. For over the last decade, Museum supporters have gathered and displayed over 150 old Las Vegas neon signs, such as the Golden Nugget and Silver Slipper casinos.
• The National Science Foundation provided more than $200,000 to study why political candidates make vague statements.
• The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spends $175 million every year to maintain hundreds of buildings it does not use, including a pink, octagonal monkey house in Dayton, Ohio.
• In July, nearly half a million taxpayer dollars went to the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, where wine tasting and castle tours were among the events planned for the conference participants.
• The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) took the term "cold case" to a new level in 2010. The agency spent over $20,000 in taxpayer money "to unravel the anonymity of a 2,500-year-old mummy."
• The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent nearly $442,340 million to study the number of male prostitutes in Vietnam and their social setting.
• The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded over $600,000 to the Minnesota Zoo to create a wolf "avatar" video game called "WolfQuest."
• A $700,000 federal grant paid for researchers to examine "greenhouse gas emission from organic dairies, which are cause by cow burps, among other things."


DUKE LACROSSE RAPE HOAXER convicted of child abuse.

The university took action against the team, all on the word of this woman. DA Mike Nifong took action, ignoring evidence that might exonerate the team members. The purported victim was black and female, so evidence was superfluous to the forces of PC.

It all fell apart, thank goodness, or otherwise innocent young men might have suffered even further merely because they were white, male, affluent, and jocks — and that alone is a crime in the minds of many on the left.

Now the woman who made the false accusations, Crystal Mangum (whose name was kept from the public while the lacrosse players were publicly identified and pilloried on campus and in the press), has been convicted of child abuse, injury of personal property, and resisting arrest in Durham, NC.

Media distortion

REWRITING HISTORY: CNN Credits Obama For The Bush Tax Cuts.

The less they do the better

LAME DUCK CONGRESS won’t create race-based government after all. “Good news out of Congress this week (and by good news, I mean they didn’t screw things up any more than they already are): The infamous Akaka Bill, which would create a ‘Native Hawaiian’ government for purposes of racial preferences and other unconstitutional goodies, will not be a part of the slimmed-down legislation that funds the government until Congress gets around to passing an actual budget.”

TSA: missing a lot of guns.

Red Team Secrets You Don't Want To Know

December 20, 2010: The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is criticized for their aggressive security at airports, where even young children and elderly people in wheelchairs are subjected to intrusive physical searches. Aside from the fact that this has driven an increasing number of people away from commercial aviation, it has also proved to be embarrassingly ineffective. This can be seen by those times when people admit that they accidentally carried weapons (knives or pistols) through the TSA security checks. Even more embarrassing are the "red team" tests the government uses to measure the effectiveness of the TSA airport security. While the results of these tests (where agents posing as passengers attempt to get weapons onto aircraft) are kept secret, the results often leak. Apparently even the government officials with access to the test results were outraged at the fact that the TSA screeners miss weapons over most of the time. What hasn't been leaked are the methods the red teams use to conceal guns and knives. But the stories from people who accidentally left their pistol under some bit of electronic gear, or otherwise stowed a weapon in a certain fashion, indicates that you don't have to be too clever to outwit the TSA.

Thus there's been a lot of criticism of TSA management, especially for favoring form over substance

He wimped

Why Obama Surrendered the Missile Shield

AP File

Documents from the State Department published by WikiLeaks show that the Obama administration surrendered the missile shield previously planned by the Bush administration to Europe because of Russian demands, not because of any supposed intel reports.

'Harry Potter' Actress Beaten by Muslim Family

Daily Mail

A "Harry Potter" actress fled her home after her father and brother threatened to kill her for going out with a Hindu man, a court heard yesterday.

Afshan Azad, 22, who appeared in the blockbuster movies as Padma Patil, was attacked and branded a ‘slag' when Muslim relatives found out about her boyfriend.

Read the full story at dailymail.co.uk

Is this why you work?

Unemployed Get Another Jobless Benefit: Free Yoga


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The women snuggle into nests of pillows and blankets.

A light breeze, like a mother blowing on a baby's boo-boo, falls from ceiling fans and tickles their backs. The room is dark, silent, until they crawl out of child's pose and chant, "Omm."

This is free yoga for the unemployed: a different kind of jobless benefit where former managers, laid-off limo drivers and others can turn to the grown-up version of nap time to ease the stress of being out of work.

The World’s best garage is in …Detroit.


The Secret Of The Classiest Parking Lot Of All Time

Generations of Detroiters used to park themselves under the jaw-dropping ornate plasterwork and opulence of a downtown movie palace called the Michigan Theater. Today, it's where they park their cars. Ironic, considering it was built atop Henry Ford's first workshop

There is an app for that


Your iPhone Takes Stirring Long-Exposure Photos With This Magic App

Sure, you've got your Hipstamatic filters and your ProCamera bag of tricks. But to capture truly ethereal slow-shutter speed shots and lithe light paintings, you're going to need Magic Shutter. It looks pretty amazing, and amazingly pretty

WikiLeaks: Obama Supported Ousted Honduran Pres to Appease Hugo Chavez



Koran in your own blood?

Did you know that Saddam Hussein had a Koran written in his own blood? I didn't, but apparently it's true. According to the Guardian:

Over the course of two painstaking years in the late 1990s, Saddam Hussein had sat regularly with a nurse and an Islamic calligrapher; the former drawing 27 litres of his blood and the latter using it as a macabre ink to transcribe a Qur'an. But since the fall of Baghdad, almost eight years ago, it has stayed largely out of sight -- locked away behind three vaulted doors. It is the one part of the ousted tyrant's legacy that Iraq has simply not known what to do with.

Abe Greenwald at Contentions points out how odd it is for this story to be popping up now:

It's worth noting how little we heard of the "Blood Koran" back when the media was doggedly making the case that Saddam was not only secular but also averse to Muslim zealotry. Today, with no argument to make against Bush, the invasion, or its rationale, the press can begin to examine the truth -- apropos of absolutely nothing.

Moslems want to change everyone but themselves.

It sounds like parody, but this story from Spain is evidently true:

The parents of a Muslim boy who attends a secondary school in La Línea, Cádiz province, have reported their son's teacher for an incident in the boy's geography class which the child said caused him offence as a Muslim.

The teacher, José Reyes Fernández, with more than 20 years in the profession, was explaining to the class how the cold climate in Trevélez, Granada province, aided in the curing of the village's most famous local product, jamón serrano. The boy told his teacher that hearing the word 'ham' in class was offensive to him because of his religion and asked his geography teacher to stop referring to the product which caused him offence.

El Mundo newspaper reports that the boy's parents then reported the teacher to both the National Police and to the courts. They placed a denuncia against the teacher for psychological ill-treatment in the context of xenophobia and racism.

One assumes that the boy and his parents had help from the Spanish equivalent of CAIR in pushing his "xenophobia" complaint. It is a great illustration of the effort to create a little bubble of walking sharia around each Muslim that we also see in the U.S.

A start but not enough. Not sure the Repubs really get it either.

US heads for budget showdown; Republicans to seek $100B cuts as they call March deadline...

George Orwell smiles. They are Moslems. They are often not citizens. What good is a warning if you won’t say what you are warning about.



Oh my: Katie Couric headed for a pay cut?

Hmmm: No money for ObamaCare in Senate’s temporary budget measure

TSA spent $30M on 'air puffers,' then abandoned them as impractical...

UN evacuated over 'suspicious odor'...