Saturday, January 15, 2011
We stomp around and yell that Mark Twain's literary classic 'Huckleberry Finn' should be redacted; that Dire Straits lyrics should be rebuked.
Should my mother now be arrested for holding my brother on her lap--without using a car seat for him, while we drove across country in 1962?
Pleeeease. We can not impose 21st century standards on 20th century events.
Either way, silver is a trend color.
I know this is one of those issues that truth is not especially important, but perhaps you are honest.
Those Calling for Stricter Gun Laws Should Look to Vermont
By Michael A. Walsh
As for the Second Amendment, and its guarantee of individuals' firearm rights (upheld and codified by the Supreme Court in the recent Heller and McDonald decisions), critics ignore several salient facts: Inanimate objects don't commit crimes -- only human beings with free will can do that -- and criminals will always be able to get guns...
The fact is, outrages like Tucson are the exception -- not the rule. Arizona's gun laws may be among the most "lenient" in America, but they're not as "lax" as Vermont's -- and nobody's rushing to demonize Howard Dean or Bernie Sanders. Indeed, Arizona's laws are far closer to the American mainstream than are the restrictive policies of New York, Massachusetts and California.
Mexico has a grand total of one legal gun shop and yet somehow the country is awash in military-grade weapons (most of them, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times, smuggled in not from the United States but from Central America).
IN BOSTON, special ambulances for the grossly obese. “The ambulance is equipped with a special stretcher that can hold 850 pounds and a hydraulic lift with a 1,000 pound capacity, said Captain Jose Archila of Boston’s Emergency Medical Services fleet.”
You know what doesn’t end a political career?
- Being found guilty of 11 ethics violations. (Charlie Rangel, D-NY)
- Stuffing your pants with classified documents, stealing and destroying them. (Sandy Berger, Bill Clinton’s National Security Advisor, went on to become a Hillary Clinton campaign advisor in 2008.)
- A prostitution scandal. (Democrat Elliot Spitzer, then Governor of NY, now cohost of Parker Spitzer and David Vitter, R-LA, still in office, were clients. Barney Frank, D-MA, still in office; his boyfriend ran a prostitution ring from their home.)
- Having the FBI find $90,000 in your freezer. (William Jefferson, D-LA, was re-elected while under federal investigation.)
- Being a Klan leader, and saying “white niggers” on TV. (Robert Byrd – D-WV, re-elected until he died while in office) In contrast, Trent Lott, R-MS, was driven from his post as Minority Leader for complimenting former Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond at a birthday party.
- Being found guilty of defamation. (Al Sharpton is currently a radio host, and regularly appears on cable network opinion shows.)
- Plagiarism and an ongoing series of gaffes. (Joe Biden)
- Calling Jews “hymies” and New York City, “Hymietown;” fathering an illegitimate child (Reverend Jesse Jackson, who is still active politically and still welcome as a guest on cable news networks.)
- Being an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam scandal. (Jack Murtha, D-PA, re-elected until he died in office.)
- Being caught on tape smoking crack cocaine. (Marion Barry, Democratic mayor of Washington, DC, went on to serve on the Washington D.C. City Council and another term as mayor after his release from prison.)
- Association with a domestic terrorist. (Barack Obama)
It has long been believed that modern humans emerged from the continent of Africa 200,000 years ago.
ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2010) — It has long been believed that modern humans emerged from the continent of Africa 200,000 years ago. Now Tel Aviv University archaeologists have uncovered evidence that Homo sapiens roamed the land now called Israel as early as 400,000 years ago -- the earliest evidence for the existence of modern humans anywhere in the world.
The findings were discovered in the Qesem Cave, a pre-historic site located near Rosh Ha'ayin that was first excavated in 2000. Prof. Avi Gopher and Dr. Ran Barkai of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology, who run the excavations, and Prof. Israel Hershkowitz of the university's Department of Anatomy and Anthropology and Sackler School of Medicine, together with an international team of scientists, performed a morphological analysis on eight human teeth found in the Qesem Cave.
This analysis, which included CT scans and X-rays, indicates that the size and shape of the teeth are very similar to those of modern humans. The teeth found in the Qesem Cave are very similar to other evidence of modern humans from Israel, dated to around 100,000 years ago, discovered in the Skhul Cave in the Carmel and Qafzeh Cave in the Lower Galilee near Nazareth. The results of the researchers' findings are being published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Egypt's Muslims Attend Coptic Christmas Mass, Serving as "Human Shields"
Egypt's majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.
From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as "human shields" for last night's mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.
"We either live together, or we die together," was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon whose cultural centre distributed flyers at churches in Cairo Thursday night, and who has been credited with first floating the "human shield" idea.
Over on CNN.com is the typical "we must ban these 33 round clips cause no one needs that" stuff. However look at the graphic that leads to the piece.
Those are 105mm howitzer shells! I worked on AC-130's for over 10 years and I know a 105 shell when I see it.
This is a 105mm howitzer:
I grew up in Prince Georges County, Maryland. It was a peaceful suburb of DC. Today it is deadlier than Afghanistan. What changed? Demographics and political corruption.
Federal agents are embedding with homicide investigators in Prince George's County starting this week in a rare move as authorities scramble to react to a string of 13 killings that have occurred already in 2011.
The county has been rocked by news of a homicide spike since New Year's Day. The county's 13 killings exceed the 12 U.S. military deaths that have occurred this year in Afghanistan as of Friday morning.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/maryland/2011/01/feds-go-pg-help-county-investigate-homicides#ixzz1B7bq7Yxx
The United States just passed a dubious milestone: Government debt surged to an all-time high, more than $14 trillion.
That means Congress soon will have to lift the legal debt limit to give the nearly maxed-out government an even higher credit limit or dramatically cut spending to stay within the current cap. Either way, a fight is ahead on Capitol Hill, inflamed by the passions of tea party activists and deficit hawks.
Today's debt level represents a $45,300 tab for each and everyone in the country.
Annual budget deficits are adding roughly $4 billion a day to the national debt
For most surfers, a really long ride might last about 20 seconds and cover 50-60 yards, so imagine the thrill experienced by a group of standup paddlers recently when they rode waves for a distance of nearly five miles -- amid the splendor of the pristine Alaskan wilderness.
The magical event played out on the Turnagain Arm in the Cook Inlet near Girdwood, thanks to a phenomenon called a tidal bore, caused when the leading edge of an incoming tide pushes against an opposing current or the direction of a river. This creates actual tidal waves.
[Video:Surfer films great white sharks circling his board]
Tidal bores occur in very few places around the world and the Turnagain Arm exhibits a tidal bore only when conditions are right.
By John W. Schoen Senior producer
Strained by rising demand and battered by bad weather, the global food supply chain is stretched to the limit, sending prices soaring and sparking concerns about a repeat of food riots last seen three years ago.
Signs of the strain can be found from Australia to Argentina, Canada to Russia.
On Friday, Tunisia's president fled the country after trying to quell deadly riots in the North African country by slashing prices on food staples.
The Midnight Rider, a gargantuan tractor-trailer limousine, has officially become the world's heaviest limo. The 70 foot long, 13 foot high behemoth has 22 wheels and weighs about 50,000 pounds...
...Boasting room for up to 40 passengers it has also surpassed past records such as tallest and largest limo ever built, and is currently the largest 'for hire' limousine in the world
Andrew McLean from Park City in Utah, USA could be the first person to ever ski down an iceberg. Andrew climbed the mammoth iceberg off the coast of the Antarctica Peninsula - which topped 80 feet - before skiing down it several times. And as he zig zags down with inches to spare, he comes perilously close to taking a dip in the icy waters below with just a life jacket and ski wear for protection
Worth keeping an eye on. The demographics are similar across the Arab world. Lots of educated and unemployed males.
Activists threaten to take to the streets yet again despite imposition of emergency rule in bid to restore law and order.
Maine governor says NAACP can 'kiss my butt'
(CNN) – Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is keeping up his reputation for blunt language, telling an unhappy NAACP chapter that they can "kiss my butt."
The governor made the comments to CNN affiliate WCSH after being asked about criticism he received from the organization for refusing to attend an event it is sponsoring on behalf of Martin Luther King Day.
"They are a special interest. End of story...and I'm not going to be held hostage by special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it," LePage said.
Munis Crashing For Third Straight Day, And This Is The Worst Yet
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/munis-crashing-for-third-straight-day-and-this-is-the-worst-yet-2011-1?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheMoneyGame+%28The+Money+Game%29&utm_content=FaceBook#ixzz1B6VCTnUS
This Quinnipiac poll provides more evidence that hardly anyone buys the Democratic Party's spin on the Tucson murders. When asked "What do you think is the main reason for the Arizona shooting; failure of the mental health system, lax gun control laws, overheated political rhetoric, or do you think this is a situation that could not have been prevented?" respondents answered:
* Mental health system: 23%
* Gun control laws: 9%
* Political rhetoric: 15%
* Couldn't have been prevented: 40%
* Don't know/no answer: 14%
If a large asteroid struck the earth, those 15 percent are the ones who would say it was Sarah Palin's fault.
Better yet, perhaps, is this finding: Poll respondents were asked, "Who do you think is more responsible for using heated political rhetoric, liberals or conservatives?" The answers were:
* Liberals: 36%
* Conservatives: 32%
* Don't know/no answer: 32%
We highlighted this yesterday. It shows that Global Warming on balance is good, that global cooling is bad and, logically, it is not man made.
This Reuters article and the study on which it is based may qualify as this year's coyest news story. Once again, we are warned against the dangers of "climate change." Yet, if you read between the lines, the message is not what a casual reader might think:
Climate change seems a factor in the rise and fall of the Roman empire, according to a study of ancient tree growth that urges greater awareness of the risks of global warming in the 21st century.
A skeptical reader might ask, really? So, what sort of climate was associated with the rise of the Empire, and what climate was associated with its fall?
Good growth by oak and pine trees in central Europe in the past 2,500 years signaled warm and wet summers and coincided with periods of wealth among farming societies, for instance around the height of the Roman empire or in medieval times.
Periods of climate instability overlapped with political turmoil, such as during the decline of the Roman empire, and might even have made Europeans vulnerable to the Black Death or help explain migration to America during the chill 17th century.
Reuters implicitly acknowledges one of the points that global warming skeptics have been making for a very long time--that is, that warm periods in human history have generally been good for people, while cold periods have been bad. The Roman Empire flourished during a warm period; the climate cooled, and the result was the Dark Ages. When the Earth warmed up again, in "medieval times," as Reuters says--this is the Medieval Warm Period--civilization once again leaped ahead. When Reuters refers to "climate instability," what it really means is "cooling temperatures." Black Death, anyone?
In any other administration, Obama's energy policies would be dominating the political debate. It is only because the administration has pursued so many disastrous policies--government medicine, bailouts, faux stimulus, unheard-of deficits--that energy has taken a back seat. It will not be long, however, before rising energy costs are again in the forefront of economic anxiety and political debate. Reuters reports:
Oil rose on Wednesday after production shutdowns, falling U.S. inventories and growing demand sent Brent crude toward $100 a barrel for the first time since 2008.
U.S. government data showing U.S. crude stocks falling for a sixth straight week helped extend this week's gains. Disruptions from Alaska and Norway stoked supply concerns and cold weather in the U.S. Northeast fed demand for heating oil. [EIA/S]
Oil's climb back toward $100 a barrel -- last touched in October 2008 -- has raised concerns about the impact of higher fuel costs on the tenuous economic recovery. "Back in 2008, (U.S.) crude oil only traded above $100 a barrel for about six months before the world economy collapsed into the worst crisis since the 1930s," warned Sabine Schels, commodity strategist for Merrill Lynch.
Crude's rise on Wednesday was part of wider gains across commodities, with metals rising and soybean and corn futures touching 30-month highs that further stoked economic worries. London Brent oil LCOc1, benchmark for European, Middle East, and African crudes, rose 51 cents to settle at $98.12 a barrel, after touching $98.85 a barrel earlier, the highest level since Oct. 1, 2008.
Political Pundits Surprisingly Good At Getting Inside Mentally Unbalanced Shooter's Head
NEW YORK—According to media analysts, the nation's TV commentators and political pundits have proved uncannily accurate when describing the deeply disturbed inner thoughts of accused Arizona gunman Jared Loughner. "It's strange, but when it comes to getting inside the mind of this human being who seems to possess no empathy, sense of morality, or hold on reality, and who is motivated only by personal animus and self-glorification, the nation's major political pundits have been amazingly adept," said Horizon Media analyst Bob Cullen, who has studied extensive tape of commentators on all major TV news programs and found their remarks on "what the killer is thinking" to be consistently thorough and detailed across the board. "It's almost as though they have some way of knowing, firsthand, exactly what this demented and highly dangerous individual with the eyes of millions upon him is going through." Researchers at Horizon Media also reported that a number of prominent TV pundits appeared to be mimicking the exact same chilling gleam in Loughner's eye for what they could only speculate was "dramatic effect."