Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Teachers Get $9M from Taxpayers to Protest?


[Madison, Wisc...] As Milwaukee Public School teachers left their classrooms to march in Madison Friday, they likely earned more than $3 million to not teach students in Wisconsin's largest school district.

In Madison, the school district was closed for three days after hundreds of teachers engaged in a mass sick-out so they could attend protest rallies at the State Capitol. That could cost the district $2.7 million.

Late Sunday night Madison Metropolitan School District administration announced their schools would be shut down yet one more day, at a possible cost of more than $900,000.

Great Defense to Murder: I only wanted to spit on a woman. (Of course, it is a Moslem who thought his daughter was to Americanized because she did not want an arraigned marriage. That is a reason to kill.)

Jury Convicts Iraqi Immigrant in 'Honor Killing'

PHOENIX –  A jury in Phoenix has convicted a 50-year-old Iraqi immigrant of second-degree murder for running over and killing his daughter in a case prosecutors called an `honor killing.'

Faleh Hassan Almaleki also was convicted Tuesday of aggravated assault for injuries suffered by the mother of his daughter's boyfriend during the October 2009 incident in a suburban Phoenix parking lot.

Prosecutors told jurors during the trial that he mowed down 20-year-old Noor Almaleki with his Jeep Cherokee because she had brought the family dishonor by becoming too Westernized. He wanted Noor Almaleki to act like a traditional Iraq woman but she refused an arranged marriage, went to college and had a boyfriend.

Defense lawyers called Noor's death and Amal Khalaf's injury an accident. They say he only wanted to spit on the older woman.

Projection. As Shakespeare said: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" is always true in politics.

JAMES TARANTO: “It’s quite striking the way almost every lie the left ever told about the Tea Party has turned out to be true of the government unionists in Wisconsin and their supporters.”

One million times slower than previously thought. Showing the problems with “scientific models”


New research shows that Earth's core is actually moving much slower than previously believed -- approximately 1 degree every million years

ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) — New research gives the first accurate estimate of how much faster Earth's core is rotating compared to the rest of the planet.

Previous research had shown that Earth's core rotates faster than the rest of the planet. However, scientists from the University of Cambridge have discovered that earlier estimates of 1 degree every year were inaccurate and that the core is actually moving much slower than previously believed -- approximately 1 degree every million years. Their findings are published on 20 February, in the journal Nature Geoscience.


Just days before the earthquake, the 107 whales swim ashore.



More Than 100 Whales Die In New Zealand Mass Stranding

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - More than 100 pilot whales died in a mass stranding at a remote New Zealand beach, conservation officials said Monday.

Hikers Sunday reported finding 107 whales beached on Stewart Island, off the South Island's southwest coast, a Department of Conservation (DOC) spokesman said.

He said some of the whales were already dead and DOC rangers had to euthanise the 48 remaining survivors as there

Going all in?

Unions preparing general strike in Wisconsin?

The PATCO moment approacheth.

iPad 2 next month. iPhone5 in 4


 Apple Will Unveil iPad 2 On March 2

All Things D just reported that Apple will be holding their iPad 2 unveiling on March 2. No official invites have gone out yet, so think of this one as a strong rumor. Here's an outline of what we think the next iPad is going to have.

New iPhone5 coming in 4 months

The major reason we don't think you should buy an iPhone 4 on Verizon next month is because the iPhone 5 will probably be just 4 months away, and we generally don't think you should buy anything past the halfway point in its life-cycle.

The Border and a gov’t cover up

America’s Third War: Agent Brian Terry, A Policy of Silence?


Two months after the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office remain silent. But family members, and others, are speaking out. Key developments include:

- 3 out of 4 suspects arrested at the shooting scene have been released for deportation.

- Terry family members fear a government cover-up means their son's killer will never be caught.

- Sen. Charles Grassley has launched a Senate Judiciary investigation saying the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "may have become careless, if not negligent," in handling "Project Gunrunner," errors that may have contributed to Terry's death.

- Border Patrol radio logs from December 14 show Terry was shot at 11:15 p.m. No pulse at 11:40 p.m. Transported to a Nogales mortuary at 3:41 a.m. the next day, escorted by an honor guard.

Agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was killed on Dec. 14 near Rio Rico, Ariz., according to a statement released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. (FNC)

Agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was killed on Dec. 14 near Rio Rico, Ariz., according to a statement released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. (FNC)

- The slug that killed Terry came from an AK-47 dropped at the scene. The weapon was traced to a Phoenix gun store, which had reported the sale to ATF's "Project Gunrunner."

- The day after Terry was shot, sources say ATF arrested the man who bought that gun and many others, hoping to avoid embarrassment or an appearance of negligence.

What is it with Dems?


The lack of water.

A pod of 107 pilot whales are seen stranded on Mason Bay on Stewart Island. According to the Department of Conservation, two overseas visitors discovered the pod of 107 whales dead and dying at the southern end of the beach near Cavalier Creek. A decision by the department was made to euthanise the remaining whales, because high tide was 10 to 12 hours away.

A woman walks on a bridge over a polluted river at a suburban area of Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province. China is now the world's second largest economy, but hundreds of millions of its people still rely on fouled water that will cost billions of dollars to clean. Growing cities, overuse of fertilisers, and factories that heedlessly dump wastewater have degraded China's water supplies to the extent that half the nation's rivers and lakes are severely polluted.

People stand at where a dam wall used to be, before it was destroyed by flood waters in Anuradhapura district, 206km (128 miles) north of Colombo. Heavy rain triggered flooding in Sri Lanka that killed at least eleven people and is threatening up to 90 percent of the island nation's staple rice crop, heightening concerns over supply shocks and higher inflation, according to officials.

Wisconsin: not getting much for their $$

Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest

Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest.

Let's Hope This One's Not an English Teacher


Love Texans

TX Bill Calls for Illegals to Be Dropped Off at Offices of US Congress Members...

Wisconsin and O

White House Denies Assisting Wisconsin Union, But Ties Run Deep. That Obama is backing away from this is a clear indication of how things are going for the unions.

UPDATE: Politico: White House Throws DNC Under The Bus.

Good choice

Christopher Hanna Named Senior Policy Advisor to Senate Finance Committee

Hanna Christopher H. Hanna (SMU) has been named Senior Policy Advisor for Tax Reform on the minority staff of the Senate Finance Committee:

He joins the Committee after serving as the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Law at SMU, where he has received the Dr. Don M. Smart Teaching Award for excellence in teaching at SMU Law School on eight separate occasions. Prior to SMU, Christopher was a tax attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. In 1998, Professor Hanna served as a consultant in residence to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. From June 2000 until April 2001, he assisted the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation in its complexity study of the U.S. tax system and, from May 2002 until February 2003, he assisted the Joint Committee in its study of Enron, and upon completion of the study, continued to serve as a consultant to the Joint Committee on tax legislation.

A Tulsa police captain who allegedly refused to require his subordinates to attend a "Law Enforcement Appreciation Day" at the Tulsa mosque has been assigned to a different division as the department investigates the matter, according to an e-mail obtained by the Tulsa World.

Why have elections?

Now Indiana Democrats Flee State!


Rescue workers look for people trapped in the Pyne Gould Guinness building after the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand

Rescue workers look for people trapped in the Pyne Gould Guinness building in Christchurch, New Zealand

A car crushed by rubble outside a destroyed office building after an earthquake in Christchurch

A car crushed by rubble outside a destroyed office building

An injured person is carried by rescue workers after an earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand

An injured person is carried to safety by rescue workers

So be it

Libya live: Colonel Gaddafi refuses to step down, 'I will die a martyr'

Libya protests: live

LIVE: Colonel Gaddafi address the Libyan people saying he "will not leave this land and will die here a martyr".

chip bok

Gac: Strange Name, Powerful Fruit


Yes, it has a strange name. No, you most likely haven’t heard of it before. And yes, it is definitely a fruit you need to know.

It’s Gac fruit (Momordica cochinchinensis), a strange and beautiful red fruit originating from Vietnam, where it is harvested in December and January. The fruit is cultivated throughout Southeast Asia and China, often as an ornamental plant due to its magnificent color. Also known as Chinese bitter cucumber, cundeamor and bhat karela, Gac fruit is rich in the antioxidants beta-carotene, lycopene (seventy times more than in tomatoes), and zeaxanthin. It contains the highest concentration of beta carotene of any known fruit or vegetable (ten times as much as carrots). Beta carotene is a reddish antioxidant that shows up in a host of fruits and vegetables, from apricots to pumpkins. It converts to vitamin A in the body, and has a variety of protective properties.



Witnesses: Bodies Litter Streets of Libyan Capital

Qaddafi's security forces allegedly shoot at ambulances as injured protesters are left bleeding to death

Murdered for being Christians, murdered for being Americans

Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Hijacked Yacht


DEVELOPING STORY: Four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates have been killed, Fox News has confirmed.

U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the yacht Quest at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, but discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages died of their wounds.

Guess this means the National Weather Service Kerry: People Who Question Global Warming Are 'Neanderthals'

U.S. Sen. John Kerry encountered a loud and often angry crowd during a town hall meeting at the Northampton Center for the Arts on Saturday, as area residents grilled him about his support for the war in Afghanistan, federal spending and the federal government’s response to the recession.


And in what might have might been the most bizarre exchange of the two-hour gathering, Kerry apologized to one woman who claimed he had called her a Neanderthal for not believing in global warming.

Kerry said he was referring generally to those who do not believe in the science of global warming and not the one woman in particular.

National Weather Agency Refutes Gore Claim

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration somewhat under the radar a few weeks ago rebutted Nobel Laureate Al Gore's claim that January's heavy snowstorms across the country were caused by global warming ... NOAA posted the following article at its Climate Watch magazine:

This is the second consecutive very wintry winter in the eastern United States. Last year, NOAA climate scientists concluded the record-breaking snowstorms most likely resulted from the combination of two natural climate patterns: El Niño and the Arctic Oscillation.

So what about this year? Last winter’s El Niño has flipped to La Niña, as temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific have been cooler than normal. But the Arctic Oscillation seems to be in a repeat pattern, with conditions this December and January very similar to last winter, according to Deke Arndt, Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

New Zealand: 150 feared dead in Christchurch earthquake

A man is seen after being pulled from the rubble after an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand

65 people are known to have died and over 100 are unaccounted for as 6.3 magnitude quake hits busy city in middle of the day.

People believe in Democracy.

In Wisconsin, Gap Widens Between GOP and Dems.

“Walker has stood firm in the fight, but the truth is a lot of Republicans were nervous last week when crowds of protesters showed up and Democrats headed for the hills. What if the public supported the unions? After going home to their districts over the weekend, Republicans are feeling better. Many heard from constituents telling them to hang tough, and voters were especially unhappy with Democrats for hightailing it out of state. . . .

To Republicans, the budget fight has involved the widespread shirking of responsibilities: teachers walking out on students, legislators running away from their offices, even doctors abandoning medical standards to make excuses for perfectly healthy teacher/protesters.

To Democrats, the fight has touched a core issue; anything is justified to preserve union benefits.”

Hiring the Homeless to carry signs, school kids used and now out of state unions. How about letting the citizens of Wisconsin decide?

N.Y. Teamsters Bussed Into Wisconsin

The Wisconsin workers who have staged a week-long protest against their union-busting governor are getting some Big Apple reinforcements.

Special Relationship?

Citizen of the World Not Invited to Prince William’s Wedding


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle have not been invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.

The Queen personally invited 40 heads of state, who received the gold-embossed invitations over the weekend to the April 29 wedding of the future king.

Muslims: This happened in the West

Sharia: Coming Soon, To A Venue Near You

This is the kind of appalling news story that we associate with places where Islam holds sway:

Four men launched a horrific attack on a teacher in which they slashed his face and left him with a fractured skull because they did not approve of him teaching religion to Muslim girls.

Akmol Hussein, 26, Sheikh Rashid, 27, Azad Hussain, 25, and Simon Alam, 19, attacked [the teacher] with a Stanley knife, an iron rod and a block of cement.

Sounds like the kind of thing that happens in Pakistan, doesn't it? Or Iran, possibly. Only the teacher's name is Gary Smith, and he taught at the Central Foundation Girls' School in Bow, east London.

More on the War Vet jeered for his service at Columbia

John wrote about the story of the Columbia undergraduate and Army veteran who was jeered at the town hall meeting held to discuss the possible return of ROTC to campus. The student is Anthonhy Maschek, a 28-year-old freshman with three combat tours to his credit. I want to add a few notes to the story.

Maschek was grievously injured in the course of his service. He was jeered and laughed at when he asserted that there were forces out in the world seeking to kill Americans.

Even if what Maschek had said were false, the jeering and the laughter would be almost unbelievably, almost inhumanly, indecent. It tells a man who has sacrificed greatly that his sacrifice was meaningless. What kind of person would do that?

But what Maschek had to say was obviously true and germane to the discussion. The jeering and the laughter mark out those from whom it came as stupid. Stupid in an Ivy League kind of way.

Why do liberals want to tell others how to live? ( I will also note the inconsistency of yelling about Moslems mutilating females and defending parents rights on this male decision. But one is done so females will not enjoy sex and have affairs, the other is done for historical and for health reason.)

SF May Ban Infant Circumcision

Self-described "civil rights advocates" say that a ballot proposition to ban circumcision is on track for gathering signatures, meaning that San Franciscans may vote on the measure this November.


'Don't Believe the Dogs'...
Witnesses report bodies in streets...
Oil industry worries unrest could spread...
Prices highest point since '08...

Gaddafi's son: 'Rivers of blood'...


TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's Muammar Gaddafi used tanks, helicopters and warplanes to quell a growing revolt, witnesses said on Tuesday, as the veteran leader scoffed at reports he was fleeing after four decades in power.

NZ EarthQuake

Christchurch Crumbles: Deadly quake rocks New Zealand [Again]...
People trapped in rubble...