Monday, December 27, 2010

Picture of the day

Boys cross a broken bridge across the Ranoon River in Burma.anmar).

This is just incredible

The other posts over the past few days have shown how BHO has promised to attack the economy; and we see that he takes the time to contact the owners of the Eagles.

Wonder how many parents of fallen soldiers BHO has called to acknowledge their grief?

This isn't a story about someone getting a second chance; it's a story of evidence of a disconnected president and the lack of good advisors. Incredible.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Philadelphia on Nov. 21. (Matt Slocum/AP/file)

Obama to Philadelphia Eagles: Thanks for hiring Michael Vick

7:49 pm ET - President Obama praised the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles for giving Michael Vick a second chance, a media report says. For Michael Vick, the comments add to a charmed season.

HaHa for the day

When you stop drilling O, this is what happens.

Driving for $5? Pain at Pump to Get a Lot Worse, Experts Warn

  • AP

  • As oil tops $90 a barrel, experts say it won't stop there — with one former Shell exec predicting the United States will face $5-a-gallon gasoline in two years and 1970s-style energy shortages and rationing by the end of the decade.

Oh, the weather out there is frightful ...

It is worth the view and the time

Click here to read The Best Blizzard Time-lapse Video You'll See Today

The Best Blizzard Time-lapse Video You'll See Today

Watch a backyard in New Jersey get completely buried by snow. It took mother nature all night, but you can see it in the video in a matter of seconds.[Gawker.TV]

Yes, the weather is nasty in NYC

#opencaption

Sweater Weather

[Crocheting-obsessed artist Agata Olek covered the iconic Wall Street bull in a sweater this weekend. It only stayed up for two hours before being removed. Too bad, he could have used it in the snow! Image via Animal New York]

How sad is this?

Looks like a dog that would be featured in a Dickens' novel.

Princess
The saddest dog: Princess, the abandoned puppy who has to learn how to be lovedThe ultra-cute bald pup was abandoned and rescued earlier this month suffering from a severe medical condition that has left her with no hair. Her illness means that she can never go outside.

Fighting getting worse in Afghanistan, not better

Maybe, BHO should consult with allies who have a presence there, too

UN security assessment maps

Batten down the hatches

A yacht, bottom right, races towards Hobart during the Sydney To Hobart yacht race in Australia

A yacht in the Bass Strait heads towards an enormous storm cloud during the 66th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1341886/Enormous-storm-cloud-appears-dwarf-ocean-Sydney-Hobart-yacht-race.html#ixzz19MWPfpWv

Guess who?

Christmas bomb plot: nine in court over plan to 'blow up Big Ben'

Christmas bomb plot: nine men remanded over plan to 'blow up Big Ben'

Nine alleged terrorists plotted a Christmas bombing campaign targeting sites that included the London Stock Exchange and Westminster Abbey, a court heard.

In 2 years they add $10,000 per person to the debt. What did you get for it?

Dem Drunken Sailors…

AP

The federal government has accumulated more new debt--$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)-during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury.

That equals $10,429.64 in new debt for each and every one of the 308,745,538 people counted in the United States by the 2010 Census.

Honor

Amazon’s Best Seller

THE THIRD-GENERATION KINDLE is now the best-selling product of all time on Amazon worldwide. Beating out Harry Potter!

Kindle Video

O’s Promises are like his other words.

The promises Obama wants you to keep forgetting

The five promises Obama hopes you've forgotten

In early December, a combative President Obama challenged reporters at a press conference: "Look at what I promised during the campaign. There's not a single thing that I've said that I would do that I have not either done or tried to do. And if I haven't gotten it done yet, I'm still trying to do it."

Given the president's challenge, and the fact that we're about to reach the halfway mark of his administration, we took the opportunity to check in on his campaign pledges. As it turns out, there are plenty of clearly stated promises, in areas big and small, that Obama has not kept. PolitiFact, which pretty much has this market cornered, has been tracking hundreds of Obama promises.

A few broken promises, like Obama's pledge to shutter the prison at Guantánamo Bay, are well known.

"State of the World" speech:

In an October 2007 speech on foreign policy, candidate Obama offered this novel promise: "I'll lead a new era of openness. I'll give an annual 'State of the World' address to the American people in which I lay out our national security policy."

President Obama has delivered scores of formal speeches since January 2009, but he simply never followed through on the "State of the World" idea.

Back to the Moon:

Double the Peace Corps

"Sunlight before signing":

Immigration bill in one year

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/barack_obama/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2010/12/27/obama_promises

You are supporting this.

Stuffed! The 30,000-calorie Christmas feast eaten by the world's fattest mum in ONE two-hour sitting

A New Jersey woman who hopes to become the fattest woman in the world got 30,000 calories closer to her 1,000lb goal with a festive feast that could have fed dozens of revellers.

46-stone Donna Simpson, sitting in a reinforced metal chair, chowed down on the world's biggest Christmas dinner as she ate for two straight hours on Saturday.

The single mother-of-two tucked into two 25lb turkeys, two maple-glazed hams, 15lbs of potatoes (10lbs roast, 5lbs mashed), five loaves of bread, five pounds of herb stuffing, four pints of gravy, four pints of cranberry dressing and an astonishing 20lbs of vegetables.

Donna's at 30,000 calories in her two-hour Christmas feast -- as much as many people eat over the course of two WEEKS. Here she is earlier this year snacking on McDonalds

Donna's at 30,000 calories in her two-hour Christmas feast -- as much as many people eat over the course of two WEEKS. Here she is earlier this year snacking on McDonalds

After polishing off her enormous main course, she still had room for dessert and ate a 'salad' made of marshmallow, cream cheese, whipped cream and cookies.

Donna's two children, Devin, 14, and Jacqueline, three, enjoyed a more modest feast.

The 5'2 Donna defended her £150 meal, saying: 'I eat as much as I want, whenever I want but at this time of year I really go all out.

'Christmas should give you carte blanche to do whatever you want.'

Donna, who insists she is healthy, told the Sunday Mirror: 'People who feel guilty about eating are hilarious.'

Donna hopes to one day be the Guinness World Record holder for fattest woman. She is already on the books as the world's fattest mum, having given birth to Jacqueline in 2007 when she weighed 38 stone

Donna hopes to one day be the Guinness World Record holder for fattest woman. She is already on the books as the world's fattest mum, having given birth to Jacqueline in 2007 when she weighed 38 stone

She makes a living from being fat, getting paid to make public appearances and keeping a website where people can pay to watch her eat. Already a Guinness world record holder for being the largest woman to ever give birth, Donna hopes to gain 25 stone more and officially become the fattest woman in the world.

She got the Guinness World Record as  the world's fattest mother, when she gave birth in 2007 weighing 38stone.

She needed a team of 30 medics to deliver her daughter Jacqueline during a high-risk Caesarean birth.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1341683/Donna-Simpsons-feast-The-30-000-calorie-Christmas-feast-eaten-worlds-fattest-mum-ONE-hour-sitting.html#ixzz19MDn9VI2

Will Obama Help Christians in Iraq?

AP

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are fervently pressing the White House to stem mounting attacks on Christians in Iraq.

 Political Cartoon

Some of the stars that passed in 2010

http://www.foxnews.com/slideshow/entertainment/2010/12/22/remembering-stars-lost/#slide=18

Fastest Cars

#carart

The History of The World's Fastest Vehicles In One Image

Socks, Hawaiian shirts and Chili's gift cards? If your holiday haul left you wanting, consider this $76 print from Stefan Marjoram of all top land-speed record holders, a benefit for the Bloodhound SSC project. Inquire here.

Urbanization on a grand scale.

During the twenty-first century, more urbanization will take place than during all of human history. Both the global population and the fraction of it living in cities will reach their peaks, as 3 billion to 5 billion people join the 3 billion who already call cities home. That staggering urban growth will be strongest in the developing world. If the existing cities there simply grow by accretion, many people will end up in dangerous slums.

Dems drive out winners.

Taxes Trigger a Texodus in New York

AP

The Lone Star State is scooping up more than just our congressional seats -- some $846 million in personal income shifted from New York to Texas in an eight-year period during the last decade, according to an analysis of IRS tax returns.

China Matches U.S. Space Launches for First Time

  • Long March rocket
    Outwardly, it looked like just another big space launch — and those happen about once a week, from spaceports all around the world. But Friday’s blast-off of a rocket, carrying a Chinese GPS-style navigation satellite, from the Xi Chang Satellite Launch Center was different. It set a record for successful Chinese launches in one year: 15.

The launch represented another important milestone. For the first time since the chilliest days of the Cold War, another country has matched the United States in sheer number of rocket launches.

Is This China’s First Stealth Fighter?

  • J-20

They could be the products of a Chinese government misinformation campaign. They could be clever Photoshop jobs by Chinese aviation fanboys. Or, they could be the real thing: the first hard evidence of the long-rumored Chengdu J-20, China’s first stealth-fighter prototype.

The above photo and several others surfaced over the Christmas weekend on Chinese internet forums, catching the eye of Aviation Week fighter guru Bill Sweetman. A noted skeptic in the sometimes enthusiastic world of fast-jet journalism, Sweetman stressed that the pics might be fakes.

But there are hints that the J-20 photos are real — and that much clearer shots exist, somewhere. “Rumor has it that better shots have put in transient appearances on Chinese Websites before being zapped by the censor,” Sweetman wrote. That those rumored photos were yanked is itself perhaps proof that Beijing really does have a new fighter. “In China’s military fan Web culture, the rapid intervention of the censors is always a boost for the credibility of the poster,” aviation journalist Rick Fisher told Sweetman.

Most convincingly, the airplane depicted in the snapshots apparently has many of the right characteristics for a fifth-generation stealth-fighter prototype: a chiseled front-section, triangular wings, all-moving tailplanes. In fact, the supposed J-20 seems to combine the front fuselage of the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 with the back half of Russia’s T-50 stealth prototype, which appeared a little less than a year ago.

What we owe the audacious Athenians

The Original Birth of Freedom

Socrates's relentless questioning challenged all claims to absolute knowledge.

FIRST-CENTURY AD FRESCO, EPHESUS/Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY

Socrates’s relentless questioning challenged all claims to absolute knowledge.

Over the centuries, there have appeared two great conceptions of freedom. The first vision, which one can call “epic freedom,” is freedom as Hegel or Marx understood it, the freedom of messianists and of revolutionaries. The meaning of freedom, on this view, is the progressive emancipation of man: step by step, battle by battle, mankind is supposed to break with its alienations and become the creator and absolute master of its fate. Epic freedom is the assumption of a cosmic mastery, more and more aware of itself. Crises become mere historical stages on the way to the final achievement of human emancipation.

The other position, very different, regards crises as intrinsic to freedom. This more modest conception can be called “tragic freedom.” It is liberty understood in doubt and anxiety about the fate of man. Tragic freedom works in uncertainty, sailing toward no glorious destiny. Man is free, yes—free to learn from his mistakes. Or not. Socrates, who exemplifies this second view, ceaselessly puts freedom to the test; he questions it, explores it, experiments with it. His famous daimon, his interior voice or intimate conscience, is a negative spirit, one that offers only interdictions. Recall that the majority of the Socratic dialogues end in aporia, at an impasse; they do not lead anywhere. They must be perceived as exercises of free thought, not as stages on the way to a human epiphany.

http://www.city-journal.org/2010/20_4_history-of-freedom.html

You know all those Libs who swear they are under taxed and we all need to pay more? Not so much. (This is about $1 per taxpayer.)

Of course, a more direct way to give back the Bush tax cut savings would be to give the money to the U.S. Treasury. Here are the voluntary contributions received by the Government under this program:

2011
      $21,966.90

2010
$2,840,466.75

2009
$3,063,057.05

2008
$2,189,358.89

2007
$2,624,862.42

2006
$1,646,209.41

2005
$1,455,541.65

2004
    $664,911.25

2003
$1,277,423.40

2002
    $744,675.06

2001
$1,645,082.28

2000
$1,868,891.93

1999
$1,457,510.59

1998
$1,535,541.02

1997
    $955,897.15

1996
$1,985,175.10

Taxes matter

States Taxing Themselves to Death

NY Post High taxes kill states. There can be no better evidence than the 2010 Census. The states that lost House seats -- because they're shrinking, relative to the nation -- had taxes 27% higher than the ones that gained seats.

Of the seven states that don't have a personal income tax, four (Texas, Florida, Nevada and Washington) account for eight of the 12 seats apportioned to the fastest-growing states.

New York and Ohio lost two more seats. Other losers -- down one each -- are Massachusetts, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana and Iowa. What do they all have in common? High taxes. ...

The states that lost seats ranked an average of 24th in taxes and had an average tax burden of $2,267 per capita. ... The states that gained seats ranked an average of 39th in taxes and had an average tax burden (weighted) of $1,788 -- 27% lower than the losing states. ...

Why California is doomed, cont

I WONDER WHY THEY’RE LOSING THEIR PRODUCTIVE POPULATION?

 California Bans 100-watt Incandescent Bulbs.

chip bok

The Future for the Navy is heavily electromagnetic, this and cannon as well.

The Electromagnetic Marvel Actually Works

December 27, 2010: U.S. Navy plans to equip future aircraft carriers with electromagnetic catapults took a big step forward on December 18th when, for the first time, an electromagnetic catapult launched an F-18E (from a land base equipped with the test version of the catapult). Earlier this year, tests had been put on hold for a bit, while software problems were fixed. The mechanical aspects of the electromagnetic catapult were pretty much solved, but the test model the navy was working with has been having some serious problems with the control software.

The plan to put electromagnetic catapults into the next carrier (CVN 78, USS Ford) cannot be dropped, because the Ford is under construction, and a massive (and expensive) redesign would be needed to make room for the bulkier steam catapult.

EMALS (Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System) is preferred because it puts less stress on launched aircraft (it moves the aircraft forward more gradually), requires fewer people to operate, and is easier to maintain (not much plumbing, fewer mechanical parts and lots of sturdy electronics). The gentler treatment of launched aircraft now means that smaller aircraft can use the catapult.

To the left Christmas is now politically incorrect. There is nothing sacred to them.

PBS Mark Shields Says "Christmas," Apologizes

Here's hoping that you had a merry Christmas — and if you're a moonbat, that you managed to get through this politically awkward holiday without committing a major faux pas by saying the word "Christmas." NPR's Nina Totenberg isn't the only member of the coercively financed socialist news media to make this embarrassing slip. Even  Mark Shields of PBS stumbled:

MARK SHIELDS: …in the spirit of the Christmas season — if you'll pardon the expression…

A different type of house

One-door Napoleonic defense tower is your new evil headquarters

One-door Napoleonic defense tower is your new evil headquartersThis is a 30-foot-tall Martello Tower in Suffolk, England. It has one door, 13-foot-thick walls, and was built to keep Napoleon out of England. This particular fortress was refurbished with a cushy interior. It's perfect for keeping out nosy do-gooders.

This Is What New York Looks Like Right Now:

This Is What New York Looks Like Right Now: Apocalypse and Yeti Zombies

Report: Obama Thanks Eagles Owner for Giving Vick a 2nd Chance

AP

President Obama has reached out to Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and thanked him for giving quarterback Michael Vick a second chance in the NFL this year, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King.

Obama strategy in 2011: Same Cabinet, more campaigning

The definition of insanity is …

Faster please

Platinum and Blue Light Combine to Combat Cancer

ScienceDaily (Dec. 27, 2010) — When it comes to health care blue lights, are usually most useful on the top of ambulances but now new research led by the University of Warwick has found a way to use blue light to activate what could be a highly potent platinum-based cancer treatment.

Professor Peter Sadler, University of Warwick. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Warwick)

Research led by the University of Warwick, along with researchers from Ninewells Hospital Dundee, and the University of Edinburgh, have found a new light-activated platinum-based compound that is up to 80 times more powerful than other platinum-based anti-cancer drugs and which can use "light activation" to kill cancer cells in a much more targeted way than similar treatments.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101209101503.htm

Are you willing to go to jail to save a family member? Can you find a Doctor that is as well?

ObamaCare Criminalizes Medicine. “There are a great many things wrong with Obamacare, but the biggest is perhaps one that neither party is paying any attention to: It is one huge entrapment scheme that will turn patients and providers into criminals.” That’s okay. They’ll only prosecute people who are unpopular, or whom the authorities have a grudge against. Everyone else is safe!

Steve sent the current column to me this morning. I was suspicious as Rich’ opinions swing wildly. Sure enough he took the opposite view in 95. (Also, the Disneyland Dream he refers to is not true. We, at least the working we, are much better off by every measure of both health, longevity and income over ‘56. As to the argument that we were all headed to happy middle classhood in ‘56 there would be two other reasons. First, it would be the system that locks people into not working and staying on the dole. That system only existed in a few states in 1956. Today we have a permanent underclass. The other part, in fairness, is the extreme accumulation of wealth in people like Buffet, Soros and Gates et al.)

Frank Rich then and now

This morning RealClearPolitics serves up Frank Rich's Sunday New York Times column "Who killed the Disneyland dream?" RCP pairs Rich's column with Byron York's Washington Examiner column "Frank Rich rewrites history." York contrasts Rich's current column praising the Disneyland dream of the 1950's with Rich's 1995 column portraying the 1950's as a "phony nirvana," if not a nightmare decade.

The contrast between Frank Rich then and now suggests why Rich can't be taken seriously.

World's youngest yoga teacher, 6, hailed as a miracle...

Flexible: Shruti first got interested in yoga after seeing her brother do it

Flexible: Shruti first got interested in yoga after seeing her brother do it

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1341900/Worlds-youngest-yoga-teacher-hailed-miracle-Indian-ashram.html#ixzz19KHyASK1

GW at work according to the NYT

20" in Central Park, 24" in Brooklyn, 24.2" in Newark, 16.5" in Boston, 31.8" in Elizabeth, NJ... MORE...
Blizzard Paralyzes NYC, Boston...
'Horrendous'...
Subway stalled for 7 hours in snow drifts...
Hundreds Of Buses Stranded...
19 Inches In New Jersey...
FOOTBALL DELAY OUTRAGES FANS: 'NATION OF WIMPS'...
'WUSSIES'...


ICE AGE: Columbia, SC has first Christmas snow since records kept in 1887...
Atlanta's First Since 1882...


Cold weather endangers sea creatures... NYT: Bundle Up, It's Global Warming...
Paper: 'No matter what the weather, it's all due to warming'...


Oil stays above $91...

Good News

Compound That Prevents the Growth of Prostate Cancer Cells Identified

ScienceDaily (Dec. 20, 2010) — Researchers from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Turku have demonstrated that an antibiotic called "monensin" prevents the growth of prostate cancer cells. Monensin is used in the meat and dairy industry, for example.

This is how it works. Doctors will be paid to advise you to die.

Surprise! End-of-life advisory incentives return — through regulation

The end-run strategy.

The New York Times reports today that the White House will create incentives for doctors to discuss “options” for end of life care through regulation, after Congress removed the incentives from ObamaCare

Reapportionment

All 10 states losing House seats have Democratic registration advantages

Five of eight gainers have GOP advantages.

For the first time in more than 60 years, no Kennedys in Washington