Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How bad is it?

Housing market: 13% of all U.S. homes are vacant.

AT-406 Faster Please

New Cancer Drug Heads to Clinical Trials

ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2011) — Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have developed a new drug called AT-406 with potential to treat multiple types of cancer.
A study, published this week in theJournal of Medicinal Chemistry, showed that AT-406 effectively targets proteins that block normal cell death from occurring. Blocking these proteins caused tumor cells to die, while not harming normal cells. The researchers believe the drug could potentially be used alone or in combination with other treatments.

The Leader of the Democratic Party is...Bill Maher.

I agree with Jim Treacher at The Daily Caller:

"Bill Maher is the de facto leader of the Democratic Party."

"If I called, say, Michelle Obama the kind of stuff Bill Maher calls Sarah Palin… …how much overtime would the drones at Media Matters rack up?"

"I actually don’t blame Maher for this. He’s a repulsive piece of garbage and always has been. He’s just doing what he’s always done. No, I blame all his fellow travelers who’ve allowed him to speak for them. He keeps escalating and escalating, and they’re fine with it. Well, congratulations, libs: this guy represents you. He is your voice."

Watch what they do, not what they say

Top Stories: Tuesday, March 29, 2011Why Are Spectres and Warthogs Attacking Gaddafi's Forces Now?

In case you had any doubts about where the war in Libya is going, the Pentagon has admitted today that two new weapons are now part of the coalition forces: The A-10 Warthog and the AC-130 Spectre.

Obama's speech made Kaddafy feel safer. O is out of his league.

NBC reports on the reaction to President Obama's speech last night in Tripoli:
I can tell you that the whole, the atmospherics here of the government officials and minders is very different. They had gone to ground for a number of days: very quiet, very tense. They're looking much more themselves: much more bellicose, much more defiant in the past 24 hours.
Why would that be?
I would think, it's an educated guess but I would say that Gaddafi, after hearing that speech, of course it wasn't on Libyan TV but anyone with satellite television could have watched it, that the regime now is feeling a lot better. That they're feeling that they dodged a bullet. If NATO's taking over, they like that. They've got much better relations with NATO than with the United States in general. And they love the idea that the US position as stated by Obama is that they're not looking for regime change. Soon as he heard that, I'm sure Gaddafi was quite excited. He thinks he can probably negotiate his way out of this as he has over the past 41 years in other situations.
A wartime speech that causes your enemy to relax and regain confidence: nice.

How Washington Works. Just following Orders.

Schumer Busted Scheming to Smear Boehner

Moments before a conference call with reporters and "apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) "began to instruct fellow senators on how to talk to reporters about the contentious budget process," the New York Times reports.
Schumer told them to portray House Speaker John Boehner (D-OH) "as painted into a box by the Tea Party, and to decry the spending cuts that he wants as extreme."
Said Schumer: "I always use the word extreme. That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week."

Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/chuck-schumer/2011/03/29/schumer-busted-scheming-smear-boehner#ixzz1I2TcCqFu

Should have known, a lib would be the leading offender.

Trump stays at it


Take Two: Trump Releases 'Official' Birth Certificate

Lose weight, lose migraines

Weight Loss Surgery Can Significantly Improve Migraines, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2011) — Bariatric surgery may provide an added benefit to severely obese patients besides weight loss: it can also help alleviate the excruciating pain of migraine headaches, according to new research from The Miriam Hospital, published in the March 29, 2011 issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Different Rules for them than for us


Truth wills out

Chuck Schumer accidentally admits: Yes, I’ve been robotically programmed to call Republicans “extremists”

The smartest man in the Senate.

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Wisconsin Stops Withholding Unions Dues As Of Today

This is what the unions feared the most. The state government in Wisconsin is no longer the union collection agency. Gov. Scott Walker's administration is no longer collecting dues on behalf of state unions and as of Sunday began charging employees more for health care and their pensions, even though nonpartisan legislative attorneys say the changes are not yet law.

Man’s first beer

Humanity’s first beer is an archaeological mystery

For nearly as long as humans have walked the Earth, they've had beer waiting for them when they got home. Beer and brewing date back thousands of years, but it's still anyone's guess which ancient culture drank the first beer.

Beer is found throughout human history and prehistory, but tracking down its precise origins has been rather tricky. It's possible that very early humans were making beer around some of the first fire sites and settlements - we don't have strong evidence for it just yet, but many experts suspect beer goes all the way back to the development of cooking some 250,000 years ago.

Beer definitively enters the historical record around 4000 BC, when Sumerian tablets in ancient Mesopotamia record the trade of beer. 2,200 years later - a reminder of how mind-bogglingly long-lasting these ancient cultures were - a Sumerian inscribed on a Cuneiform tablet an ode to the goddess of beer, known as Ninkasi. The beer goddess's poem includes such killer lines as "Ninkasi, you are the one who pours out the filtered beer of the collector vat" and "It is [like] the onrush of Tigris and Euphrates."

Watch what they do, not what they say

U.S. Sends Its Gunships to Shoot Up Gadhafi’s Forces

  • President Obama’s speech on Libya sidestepped the crucial question of coordinating with the opposition. But while the military swears it’s not in communication with the rebels, it sent the Air Force’s best weapons for close air support into the fight.

Vice Adm. Bill Gortney confirmed in a Monday Pentagon briefing that the A-10 Warthog and the AC-130 began operations in Libya “over the weekend.” That was a busy period for the U.S.-led coalition: 286 strike missions, of which 133 were flown by U.S. pilots.

Want to grow? Here are three suggestions.

The eight states with no state income tax grew 18 percent in the last decade. The other states (including the District of Columbia) grew just 8 percent.

The 22 states with right-to-work laws grew 15 percent in the last decade. The other states grew just 6 percent.

The 16 states where collective bargaining with public employees is not required grew 15 percent in the last decade. The other states grew 7 percent.

They want you to be dependant.

Under New Federal Rules, Most Americans Disabled?

The 40 million people covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act is expected to jump after new regulations

These are for ground support. Not for “no fly”

Flying Gunships and A-10 Attack Aircraft Deployed in Libya

AP Fact Check Destroys Obama's Libya Speech

There may be less than meets the eye to President Barack Obama's statements Monday night that NATO is taking over from the U.S. in Libya and that U.S. action is limited to defending people under attack there by Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

In transferring command and control to NATO, the U.S. is turning the reins over to an organization dominated by the U.S., both militarily and politically. In essence, the U.S. runs the show that is taking over running the show.

And the rapid advance of rebels in recent days strongly suggests they are not merely benefiting from military aid in a defensive crouch, but rather using the multinational force in some fashion - coordinated or not - to advance an offensive.

Here is a look at some of Obama's assertions in his address to the nation Monday, and how they compare with the facts:  Read the rest at: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_LIBYA_FACT_CHECK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Look at an anachronism. Suggestion to save $$. Close all public library, sell the land and give everyone a Kindle. You would be dollars ahead before you even got to the operating costs.

360-Degree Panorama Takes You Inside Prague’s Off-Limits Baroque Library

Jeffrey Martin in Philosophical Hall

Good prediction


We are about to get a real lesson in the global interlinked economy. Lets hope it is more robust than the experts think.

SUPPLY CHAIN PROBLEMS: As Japan shutdowns drag on, auto crisis worsens. “Because parts and supplies are shipped by slow-moving boats, the real drop-off has yet to be felt by factories in the U.S., Europe and Asia. That will come by the middle of April.”

Related: Japan’s Automakers Painted Into Corner By Shortages. “For many automakers, it was a big challenge just to pinpoint where the supply chain had snapped. . . . And because the worst-hit suppliers are in the electronics and chip-making sectors, getting them back up to speed is a big hurdle. Vehicle assembly lines are relatively easy to stop and restart, but chip-making equipment is far more sensitive and can get really messed up by an unscheduled shutdown.”

Good advice. But 15% cuts would be much better. (Yes there is that much fat in gov’t.)

THE HILL: Dems Adopt Divide-And-Conquer Strategy On Spending Cuts. This is why across-the-board cuts are a better strategy, as I’ve noted before. Nobody is going to convince voters that government agencies can’t take a 5% cut.

Union members get more of their money

THE STATE OF WISCONSIN HAS stopped withholding union dues from employee paychecks. And despite all the sound-and-fury, this is what the Democrats are really upset about. Plus this: “With the law now in effect and paychecks getting an increase since union dues are not being withheld, Democrats are the party arguing for a reduction in state worker paychecks.”

Tiger Numbers Increase in India

ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2011) — The Indian Government has released new tiger population numbers for the first time since 2007, indicating that numbers have increased in the country that has half of the world's remaining wild tigers.

The government estimated current tiger numbers in India at 1,706, up from 1,411 during the last count in 2007. However, the 1,706 figure includes an additional tiger reserve in the count, the Sundarbans, that contained 70 tigers. This area was not counted in 2007.

Our President had a terrorist ghost write his book.

Bill Ayers: Yeah, I wrote “Dreams from My Father”

“And if you help me prove it, I’ll split the royalties with you.”

This is a joke. It is 1% of the deficit. They want to spend.

Dems’ new offer to GOP: How about $20 billion more in cuts for the rest of the year?


The Border

DOJ memo: Somali man is bringing terrorists into U.S. via Mexican border

The FBI and Homeland Security Department don’t know where they all are. And it’s unclear if they know how many arrived.

In a rare admission, a Justice Department memo and other documents obtained by the San Antonio Express-News say federal authorities know terror suspects are in this country and know who allegedly helped bring them here through Mexico and Texas: a Somali man in custody near San Antonio.
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Terrorists-might-be-among-us-1309155.php#ixzz1HzYPeoD5