Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sitting Here With My Feet Up...From Paris

I'm just sitting here with my feet up, enjoying the boys of DailyBrisk doing all the 'heavy lifting'.

Me?  I'll return to you soon.  I promise.



Paris city break: an insider's guide

Religious Idiocy Times Two

A radical cleric (are there other types?) wants to lobby in front of the White House for Sharia Law. Anjem Choudary is from the U.K. and wants Sharia Law the prevailing law of the land there too. Note to Mr. Choudary: don't let the screen door hit you too hard on the bum as you quickly exit my country.
SCOTUS ruled that the Westboro Baptist church has the right to disrupt the funerals of American soldiers. I am hard pressed to remember a more disrespectful bunch of goons than the participating members of the Westboro congregation. What I would like to see at the next funeral they target is a 10,000 strong human buffer between these half-wits and the grieving family.

Judge Orders Union Agitators Out of Wisconsin Capitol

Feds and politics, after all it just Mexicans.

Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico. “An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent assigned to the Phoenix office in 2010, Dodson’s job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen.” All while the ATF was blaming U.S. gun shops for weapons found in Mexico . . . .

Maryland Governor Bets Taxpayer Money on Wind Power

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has introduced a plan to plant a wind farm eleven miles off the beaches of Ocean City. To fund the project, O'Malley will raise every Maryland resident's electric bill for twenty years. The governor's former chief of staff is managing director of an energy company that will try to win federal leases needed to develop all of Maryland's offshore wind areas.
Utility companies would be required to buy wind power at one fixed price for twenty years. The Democrats in Maryland would also like to raise the gasoline tax 10 cents per gallon to cut the budget deficit. I have a question: Why must all "Green" energy proposals require taxpayer-funded subsidies? Spain bet strong and long on "Green" energy and now has the highest unemployment in the industrialized world.

Truthful statements often upset folks

Huckabee’s 'Madrassa' Line Freaks Libs Out


(CNN)-Yesterday, Huckabee told talk radio host Bryan Fischer: "I have said many times, publicly, that I do think he has a different world view, and I think it's in part molded out of a very different experience. Most of us grew up going to boy scout meetings, and you know, our communities were filled with rotary clubs, not madrassas."

Democrat Brags About Getting Around Earmark Ban

A House Democrat indicated Thursday that lawmakers are getting around the new ban on earmarks by convincing Obama administration officials to fund their pet projects.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), an appropriator, made the remarks during an appearance on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program.

Gas Prices. From Peter


Gallup has been more accurate than Dept of Labor’s numbers.

GALLUP: Unemployment Hits 10.3% in February...

Who's the Best Tennis Player of All Time? Ranking of Top Male Tennis Players Produces Some Surprises

ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2011) — Fans may think of Jimmy Connors as an "old school" tennis player, but according to a new ranking system developed by a Northwestern University researcher, Connors is best player in the history of the game.

"In this particular ranking system, it's more important to win a single match against a very good player than many matches against not-so-good players," said Radicchi, who conducted the research in the lab of Luís Amaral, professor of chemical and biological engineering at the McCormick School.

Here's how the top 10 rank:

1. Jimmy Connors
2. Ivan Lendl
3. John McEnroe

4. Guillermo Vilas
5. Andre Agassi
6. Stefan Edberg
7. Roger Federer
8. Pete Sampras
9. Ilie Năstase
10. Björn Borg

House Passes 1099 Repeal

House Speaker John Boehner: "The 1099 mandate has been a major source of uncertainty for small businesses trying to grapple with the costs and consequences of the government takeover of health care. By repealing the 1099 mandate, we are continuing to listen to the American people and taking another step towards creating a better environment for job creation in America."


You can’t make this up.

New MSNBC host: I’m pretty sure fetuses oppose limiting abortion rights

Wouldn't blame you for doubting this, so fantastical is the proposition.  But Cenk Uygur has claimed that given the chance, unborn babies would oppose restrictions on their mothers' right to abort them
Read more:

Mosques Flourish in America; Churches Perish in Muslim World

As mosques, some of which breed radicalization and serve as terrorist bases, start dotting America’s landscape, churches are on their way to becoming extinct in the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity.

As Muslims prepare to erect a mega-mosque near the site of the 9/11 atrocities, it is well to reflect that the sort of tolerance, or indifference, that allows them to do so is far from reciprocated to churches in the Muslim world. I speak not of Islamist attacks against churches — such as the New Year’s Eve attack in Egypt that killed 21 Christians; or when jihadists stormed a church in Iraq, butchering over 50 Christians;  or Christmas Eve attacks on churches in Nigeria and the Philippines. Nor am I referring to state-sanctioned hostility by Islamist regimes, such as Iran’s recent “round up” of Christians.

Rather, I refer to anti-church policy by Middle East governments deemed “moderate.” Consider: Kuwait just denied, without explanation, a request to build a church; so did Indonesia, forcing Christians to celebrate Christmas in a parking lot — even as a mob of 1,000 Muslims burned down two other churches.

One week.


U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ordered the administration to seek an expedited appellate review within the next week of his January 31 ruling that favored arguments by 26 states that the law's requirement that Americans buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty was unconstitutional.

Judge Roger Vinson has stayed his ruling for seven days, but he’s quite clear that, after that, Obama will have to stop forcing Obamacare on us:

After careful consideration of the factors noted above, and all the arguments set forth in the defendants’ motion to clarify, I find that the motion, construed as a motion for stay, should be GRANTED. However, the stay will be conditioned upon the defendants filing their anticipated appeal within seven (7) calendar days of this order and seeking an expedited appellate review, either in the Court of Appeals or with the Supreme Court under Rule 11 of that Court.

Breaking: Vinson stays ruling on ObamaCare – but just for seven days. “The White House asked for a clarification. They got a trip to the woodshed instead.”



End of an Era: Robert Parker Quits California

Robert Parker, arguably the most influential wine critic of all time, has announced that he will no longer review California wines. He will be handing that wine growing region over to Antonio Galloni. Parker says he will now concentrate on reviewing Bordeaux and Rhone Valley wines.
A 95+ rating from Parker is every vintner's hope.

New Boots

March 3, 2011: The U.S. Army has selected the Belleville 950 Combat Mountain Hiker as the new combat boot for troops in Afghanistan. The Belleville 950 has a stiffer and 20 percent thicker sole, designed to ease foot strain, and increase traction for troops crossing broken (often rocky) terrain while carrying typical heavy combat loads (over 20 kg/66 pounds). The upper portion of the Belleville 950 is water resistant leather. The Belleville 950s are not suitable for full time use, because of the stiffness. So troops will continue to use their current, less stiff and more padded, combat boots. But when they are heading out into the hills, they will wear their Belleville 950s.

Stephen King's next novel is about JFK assassination

President John F. Kennedy is seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Thriller writer's new 1000-page novel is about the day President Kennedy was shot.

The Market will do this with a lot more efficiency.

Bachmann to Democrats: Don't Tell Americans What Lightbulbs to Buy

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann on Tuesday reintroduced the "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act," a bill to repeal a 2007 law mandating that incandescent light bulbs be phased out.

More and more the states are stepping forward.

Texas Officials Warn Students Not to Travel to Mexico for Spring Break

The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a travel warning to college students on spring break, urging them not to travel to Mexico

Senate Democrats Unveil Spending Bill… With No Cuts!

(Reuters) – Senate Democrats are preparing a spending bill that yields no ground to House Republicans who are seeking deep cuts in government spending, a Democratic aide said on Wednesday.

The spending bill would essentially keep government spending at its current level through the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

Only a liberal

No business would have this level of incompetency

GAO REPORT: Nearly 10% of Medicare payments are fraudulent or improper.

Blogs shot down another liberal myth. NYT claims how good Wisc schools are compared to Texas. Wrong. When you do apple to apple, or whites to whites, blacks to blacks, Texas does much better. (In other words having 30% of your population who may not be capable in English does affect the overall number, take them out and Wisc teachers are only average.)

Longhorns 17, Badgers 1. In which Paul Krugman has an unfortunate encounter with someone who actually knows stuff. “Perhaps the most striking thing in these numbers is the within-state gap between white and minority students. Not only did white Texas students outperform white Wisconsin students, the gap between white students and minority students in Texas was much less than the gap between white and minority students in Wisconsin. In other words, students are better off in Texas schools than in Wisconsin schools – especially minority students.

Conclusion: instead of chanting slogans in Madison, maybe it’s time for Wisconsin teachers to take refresher lessons from their non-union counterparts in the Lone Star State.”

Triple Low Remedial--The Sad Situation In New York

Nearly three-quarters of the 17,500 freshman entering CUNY (City University of New York) have needed remedial instruction in math, reading and writing. About 1000 students are deemed "triple low remedial". They have severe deficits in all three subjects.

Statewide, New York education officials have determined that less than half of all graduating high school seniors were prepared for college.

Is this problem unique to New York? I'll do some checking.

Pic of the Day

Photographer Anton Jankovoy spent months camping at the foot of Mount Everest in a bid to capture the perfect picture of star trails over the Himalayas. Anton, from Zhytomyr in Ukraine, used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 24mm lens to capture this picture, leaving the shutter open for several hours.

Photographer Anton Jankovoy spent months camping at the foot of Mount Everest in a bid to capture the perfect picture of star trails over the Himalayas.

91 years ago this was state of the art.

March 3, 1919: U.S. Starts International Airmail Service

Michele Bachmann is Pushing a Pro-Choice Agenda

She wants you to have a choice in the type of light bulb you buy.

Bachmann is reintroducing H.R. 5616--also known as the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act. "The government has no business telling an individual what kind of light bulb to buy."

The lady is right.

Guess who?. Either alternative is awful.

California Girl Claims She Ran Away to Avoid Arranged Marriage in Pakistan

Jesse Bender, seen here in an undated photo provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, was taken into child protective custody March 2, 2011, as authorities decide whether to recommend filing charges against her family.


Jesse Bender, seen here in an undated photo provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, was taken into child protective custody March 2, 2011, as authorities decide whether to recommend filing charges against her family.

HESPERIA, Calif. -- Investigators who spent more than a week searching for a 13-year-old girl her family feared had run away with someone she met online found her unharmed in a hotel Wednesday, where she said she had been hiding to avoid being forced into an arranged marriage in Pakistan.

Texas Farmers Under Attack at the Border

In Texas, nearly 8,200 farms and ranches back up to the Mexican border.

The men and women who live and work on those properties say they’re under attack from the same drug cartels blamed for thousands of murders in Mexico.

“It’s a war, make no mistake about it,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. “And it’s happening on American soil.”

Texas farmers and ranchers produce more cotton and more cattle than any other state, so Staples is concerned this war could eventually impact our food supply, and calls it a threat to our national security.

“Farmers and ranchers are being run off their own property by armed terrorists showing up and telling them they have to leave their land,” Staples said.



Obama Says Tea Party is Racist in New Book

This is an important point. Successful political movements police themselves.

Paranoia 2011: Beware of the Koch behind every bush. “William F. Buckley Jr. struck a blow for reason and truth when in 1962 as National Review editor he effectively excommunicated John Birch Society founder Robert Welch from the conservative movement. . . . Is there a liberal editor today willing to do for the Left what conservative Buckley did decades ago for the Right?”

Pull their license for 6 months. That will take care of this problem.

THAT WISCONSIN BOGUS-MEDICAL-EXCUSES SCANDAL draws condemnation in the world of medical societies:

Last week the American College of Physicians (ACP), which represents 130,000 internal medicine physicians and students, released a statement speaking to the lapse of judgement demonstrated by the FP doc’s in Wisconsin. The fact that this was addressed to the members of the ACP and not to the American Board of Family Practitioners does little to take the sting out of the blow. On February 28 the ACP “reminded physicians that professional ethics does not allow for them to sign off on false “sick notes” to excuse patients to engage in political advocacy purposes.” This may not seem like much, but in the world of governing medical bodies, this is blistering criticism.

Did my part last night while doing risk analysis on 52 factors

Light-to-Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Help Stave Off Dementia, Research Suggests

ScienceDaily (Mar. 3, 2011) — Experts agree that long-term alcohol abuse is detrimental to memory function and can cause neuro-degenerative disease. However, according to a study published in Age and Ageing by Oxford University Press, there is evidence that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption may decrease the risk of cognitive decline or dementia.

Estimates from various studies have suggested the prevalence of alcohol-related dementia to be about 10% of all cases of dementia. Now researchers have found after analyzing 23 longitudinal studies of subjects aged 65 years and older that the impact of small amounts of alcohol was associated with lower incidence rates of overall dementia and Alzheimer dementia, but not of vascular dementia and cognitive decline. It is still an open question whether different alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, and spirits, all have a similar effect.

Not really news as no one has seen one in 70 years. Would not be surprised to see the Western Cougar migrate back east. They have come back in Texas and there are a lot of deer east of here.

Bruce Wright, New Brunswick wildlife biologist and author, with what is believed to be the last eastern puma. The puma was trapped by Rosarie Morin of St. Zacharie, Quebec in Somerset County, Maine in 1938. Mounted specimen resides in the New Brunswick Museum in St. John, New Brunswick.

Eastern Cougar Is Extinct, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Concludes

ScienceDaily (Mar. 2, 2011) — Although the eastern cougar has been on the endangered species list since 1973, its existence has long been questioned. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) conducted a formal review of the available information and, in a report issued March 2, 2011, concludes the eastern cougar is extinct and recommends the subspecies be removed from the endangered species list.

World Food Prices Rise to Record Levels

Not good news for the 900 million people who go hungry every day on this planet. Can we have a level-headed discussion about ethanol subsidies in this country? We can't drill for oil within a hundred miles of a caribou herd, but using corn to make fuel--and driving up the price of food--is just fine?

Wheat rose as much as 58 percent on the Chicago Board of Trade in the past 12 months. Corn gained 87 percent. Rice went up 6.5 percent.

They don’t want cuts, they don’t care about a budget.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democrats are preparing a spending bill that yields no ground to House Republicans who are seeking deep cuts in government spending, a Democratic aide said on Wednesday.

  • AP

  • The spending bill would essentially keep government spending at its current level through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, factoring in $4 billion in noncontroversial cuts that were included in a temporary spending measure passed earlier in the day.

    Projection is a reoccurring problem in this party

    Obama claimed last year that tea party is racially motivated