Thursday, April 14, 2011

'I've got nothing against Lib Dems, I just think they should integrate'

Man uses 'no death penalty in Illinois justification' to kill woman

A 20-year-old Canadian man methodically stalked and tracked a Westmont woman before killing her Wednesday night in Oak Brook — even stopping to reload his gun and continue shooting during the attack. DuPage County Judge Michael Wolfe denied bail Thursday for Dmitry Smirnov of Surrey, British Columbia, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Jitka Vesel, 36. http://www.suntimes.com/4828757-573/man-accused-of-stalking-woman-before-killing-her-in-oak-brook.html Berlin said Smirnov had done research on the Internet to determine if Illinois had the death penalty, deciding to go through with Vesel’s murder when he discovered it does not. [Death penalty opponents hope you don't hear about this one.]

Why are we in a Libyan Civil War?

Op-Ed: False Pretense for War in Libya?

 

Alan J. Kuperman

Evidence is now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya. The president claimed that intervention was necessary to prevent a "bloodbath'' in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and last rebel stronghold.

But Human Rights Watch has released data on Misurata, the next-biggest city in Libya and scene of protracted fighting, revealing that Moammar Khadafy is not deliberately massacring civilians but rather narrowly targeting the armed rebels who fight against his government.

Misurata's population is roughly 400,000. In nearly two months of war, only 257 people - including combatants - have died there. Of the 949 wounded, only 22 - less than 3 percent - are women. If Khadafy were indiscriminately targeting civilians, women would comprise about half the casualties.

Obama insisted that prospects were grim without intervention. "If we waited one more day, Benghazi . . . could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world.'' Thus, the president concluded, "preventing genocide'' justified US military action.

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/04/14/false_pretense_for_war_in_libya/

Uncontrolled immigration is a disaster. Learning from England.

One in 8 people living in UK born abroad after largest migration wave

A 24-year-old program scheduler at a broadcasting company, who would allow only her last name, Al-Shaikh, to be used, wears a full-face Muslim veil known as the niqab while riding the tube in London on June 4, 2007.

Rise largely down to Labour's "open door" immigration policy, under which three million foreigners were added to the population during the party's 13 years in power.

No Dark Matter

Underground Experiment Fails to Find Dark Matter

A sensitive Italian experiment has found no sign of dark matter in 100 days of searching for the invisible material that is believed to account for 80 percent of the mass of the cosmos. But even in the absence of a discovery, data collected by the XENON100 experiment may shed light on fundamental physics, team leader Elena Aprile of Columbia University and her collaborators say.

Poor choice of location to lecture about fiscal restraint

David Whelan:


"Yesterday President Obama gave a major address on how to tame the budget deficit. The location was George Washington University. Its president Steven Knapp was in attendance as Obama’s host. One thing that occurred to me was that it was kind of a strange location to talk about belt-tightening. After all, George Washington University has been crowned the most expensive school to attend in the country, costing $56,000 a year."



A soup kitchen may have been more appropriate. He knew he was 'safe' there--the school is very liberal.

Lobster Golf Balls

This Biodegradable Golf Ball Is Made From a Lobster

Lobsters! Not only do they have delicious meat, their shells have use too! Researchers at the University of Maine have developed a biodegradable golf ball from lobster shells. It's cheaper than the typical biodegradable ball ($0.19 vs $1) and can be hit straight into the ocean without the environment weighing down on your game.

michael ramirez

Entertainment ‘Velocity’: Discovery to Launch TV Network for Rich Men Making $150k-Plus

NEW YORK (AP) — Discovery Communications Inc. is launching a television network for rich guys and their toys.

Called Velocity, the new network will replace the current network HD Theater in some 40 million homes on Sept. 25, Discovery officials said Thursday. The target audience is men with incomes of $150,000 a year and more.

“We just felt like this was a space missing in the marketplace,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications.

Is Sugar Toxic?

On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology.

The viral success of his lecture, though, has little to do with Lustig’s impressive credentials and far more with the persuasive case he makes that sugar is a “toxin” or a “poison,” terms he uses together 13 times through the course of the lecture, in addition to the five references to sugar as merely “evil.” And by “sugar,” Lustig means not only the white granulated stuff that we put in coffee and sprinkle on cereal — technically known as sucrose — but also high-fructose corn syrup, which has already become without Lustig’s help what he calls “the most demonized additive known to man.”

If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years. But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them.

Gallup puts the real unemployment rate at 10% and real inflation at 10%

WAR AGAINST THE YOUNG (CONT’D): Teenage Wasteland: Jobless Rate For Young Is 25%—and Rising.

“A quarter of teenagers were jobless in March, representing a surprising increase from February, even as the unemployment rate for the rest of the population decreased. This figure may only get worse if budget-strapped states raise the minimum wage, and it could also be a sign of greater structural damage underlying our economy, analysts said.”

Does it matter what he says? It will change in a short period of time or is already false.

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  • Obama Pledged to Cut Deficit in Half in 2009 … Instead He Tripled It

  • So True. The old leaders have totally failed.

    Obama's Dreamland

     

    From the national debt to Libya, the political class is asleep at the wheel.

    Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

    The M.O. of a slur politician and front man

    What Rep. Vito Marc Antonio was to World War II and the Cold War (a Communist tool), Rep. Keith Ellison is to the war on terrorism. One of Ellison's best friends is Nihad Awad, the head of the Hamas front group unindicted Holy Land Foundation co-conspirator CAIR, and Ellison never misses an opportunity to shill for CAIR.

    Rep. Ellison is a Democrat and was of course the first Muslim elected to Congress. We await his identification of the branch of Islam that is aligned with Democratic Party doctrine on gay rights, abortion, feminism, and the other articles of the liberal faith.

    Now comes the Investigative Project on Terrorism to bring us "Keith Ellison's slurs," reporting on what Keith Ellison had to say last month about the witnesses before Peter King's committee.

     

    [T]wo days after a House committee hearing on Muslim radicalization, the Minnesota Democrat had a far more hostile tone. In a speech in Rochester Hills, Mich., Ellison made a series of personal attacks against three other witnesses who were on the opposite side of the issue.

    • He seemed to blame Melvin Bledsoe for the actions of his son Carlos, who stands accused of shooting and killing an Army private after converting to Islam and becoming radicalized.
    • A Somali-American who complained about interference from organized Islamist groups while trying to learn about a score of missing young men who turned up with a terrorist group in Somalia was there simply to "diss" the Muslim community in Minneapolis.
    • Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix physician who challenges the Islamist narrative, simply is out to make a buck, Ellison said. . .

    Duke lacrosse rape accuser/liar kills man


    The Herald-Sun is reporting that the man Crystal Mangum is accused of stabbing on April 3 has died from his wounds. Ms. Mangum falsely accused three

    Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006.




    President 'Air Ball' puts them to sleep



    Roger L. Simon: "What is it about Barack Obama that caused his vice president Joe Biden to fall asleep during the president’s speech Tuesday? Did Biden, getting on in years, just need his afternoon nap? Well, maybe, but the television cameras showed a woman quite near the veep nodding out as well. No, I think it was a natural response. Biden and the woman were bored stiff. Barack Obama has become the most tedious president in my lifetime. He is like those college professors whose classes you did everything you could to avoid but, if you had to go, sat as far back as possible in order to get a little shut-eye yourself. But what is it about Obama that makes him so boring? I submit it is something quite simple — he has nothing to say."

    The brilliant Victor Davis Hanson on Obama's flip-flops

    These weird about-faces raise interesting questions that transcend the current politics of the deficit: a) Has Obama in his past careers never been called to account and so reached a point where simply being Obama means that we are not supposed to apply standards of accuracy, memory, and consistency to him in the way we do to all others? b) Or does an absent-minded Obama carelessly make up things up ad hoc as he goes along, forgetting what he said earlier, but secure that his hope-and-change delivery of the moment will so mesmerize the audience that no one will remember or care if at times he ends up saying exactly the opposite of what he had said earlier? c) Or is he so blatantly partisan a politician that he has no principles at all and knowingly says things that are aimed at appealing to 51 percent of the public at any given moment, and therefore will always change with public opinion? d) Or is he so cynical that he understands campaign rhetoric has nothing to do with actual governance, and so he is allowed to say something that he knows in advance that he is not bound to follow? e) Or is he so bored with the trying job that he feels no responsibility to offer reliable, consistent governance, and so rashly throws things out and then hastens back to the more enjoyable PR aspects of the office. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/264678/obama-vs-obama-victor-davis-hanson

    What O and the Dems have done

    PAPER: OBAMA SPEECH 'DISHONEST'...
    Krauthammer: 'A disgrace'...
    JOBLESS CLAIMS RISE; INFLATION PRESSURE GROWS...
    CDC: Suicide Rates Rise as Economy Falls...


    CHANGE: PERCENT OF AMERICANS WORKING LOWEST SINCE REAGAN

    Obama's Debt. The number are staggering. You would never let your spouse do this.

    Obama Has Been Increasing Debt by $1,148 per Household per Month

    Overall, according to the U.S. Treasury, the federal debt increased by $3,646,116,554,704.36 between Jan. 20, 2009, when Obama was inaugurated, and April 13, 2011, when he gave a major speech announcing a plan to deal with the debt.
    Given that the Census Bureau estimated in March that there are 117,538,000 households in the United States, the $3.6461 trillion increase in the debt under Obama works out to $31,020 per household.
    Obama has now been in office 27 months. The $31,020 per household increase in the federal debt under his watch thus equals a per-household increase of $1,148 per month.

    A partial summary of O's speech

    Obama, Spending Three Times as Fast as Bush, Blames Bush.

    We reported on this yesterday. Video is at the link. Amazing for how quite and how little he could see

    The View From the World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle

     The View From the World's Fastest Electric Motorcycle

    Chip Yates! The name oozes "adrenaline freak," doesn't it? Or maybe "a capella group alumni chairman." Regardless, the SWIGZ team's driver recently pushed a 241HP electric bike to 190MPH from a standing start in under 30 seconds—and strapped a camera to his helmet to prove it. http://gizmodo.com/#!5791992/the-view-from-the-worlds-fastest-electric-motorcycle

    Top Tax Filing Errors (They are really basic).

    CNBC, Top Tax Filing Errors:

    CNBC

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/42473901/?slide=3

    Atlas Shrugged

    Remembering The Real Ayn Rand:

    Tomorrow’s release of the movie version of “Atlas Shrugged” is focusing attention on Ayn Rand’s 1957 opus and the free-market ideas it espouses. Book sales for “Atlas” have always been brisk—and all the more so in the past few years, as actual events have mirrored Rand’s nightmare vision of economic collapse amid massive government expansion. Conservatives are now hailing Rand as a tea party Nostradamus, hence the timing of the movie’s premiere on tax day.

    When Rand created the character of Wesley Mouch, it’s as though she was anticipating Barney Frank (D., Mass). Mouch is the economic czar in “Atlas Shrugged” whose every move weakens the economy, which in turn gives him the excuse to demand broader powers. Mr. Frank steered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to disaster with mandates for more lending to low-income borrowers. After Fannie and Freddie collapsed under the weight of their subprime mortgage books, Mr. Frank proclaimed last year: “The way to cure that is to give us more authority.” Mouch couldn’t have said it better himself.

    But it’s a misreading of “Atlas” to claim that it is simply an antigovernment tract or an uncritical celebration of big business. In fact, the real villain of “Atlas” is a big businessman, railroad CEO James Taggart, whose crony capitalism does more to bring down the economy than all of Mouch’s regulations. With Taggart, Rand was anticipating figures like Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide Financial, the subprime lender that proved to be a toxic mortgage factory. Like Taggart, Mr. Mozilo engineered government subsidies for his company in the name of noble-sounding virtues like home ownership for all.

    Eat Donuts and have 70% less sever heart attacks.

    Short-Term, High-Fat Diet May Initiate Protection During Heart Attack

    ScienceDaily (Apr. 13, 2011) — A new study from researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that short-term, high-fat "splurges" within one's diet could elicit cardioprotective properties during a heart attack.

    For the study, researchers fed one group of mice a high-fat diet (60 percent of the calories coming from saturated fat) for two weeks or less. A second group received the high-fat diet for six weeks, and a control group received a regular, grain- and vegetable-based diet.

    "We then induced heart attack in all groups and assessed the cardiac function and extent of injury to the tissue," Haar says. "Our results showed that injury in mice fed a high-fat diet acutely (two weeks or less) was reduced by 70 percent when compared to the groups fed on a high-fat diet for six weeks or fed on a control grain and vegetable based diet."

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110413132943.htm

    Charlie didn't like it


    “I thought it was a disgrace,” he said. “I rarely heard a speech by a president so shallow, so hyper-partisan and so intellectually dishonest, outside the last couple of weeks of a presidential election where you are allowed to call your opponent anything short of a traitor."

    For your morning coffee consideration

    Coffee in capsules contains more furan than the rest, although the levels are still within safe health limits.

    Espresso Makers: Coffee in Capsules Contains More Furan Than the Rest

    ScienceDaily (Apr. 13, 2011) — Coffee made in espresso makers, above all that made from capsules, contains more furan -- a toxic, carcinogenic compound -- than that made in traditional drip coffee makers, although the levels are still within safe health limits. These are the conclusions of a study carried out by researchers from the University of Barcelona (Spain).

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110413090012.htm

    They say DC is a town where the right thing gets done for the wrong reason.

    Budget Bill Facing Rocky Vote

    • AP

    • The budget bill faces a contentious vote when it reaches the House floor as senior lawmakers from both parties start to lock arms with the rank-and-file against deal.

    Dropping like a rock

    Gallup: Obama’s Approval Drops Below 50 Percent Among Poorest Americans; No Longer Enjoys Majority Approval In Any Income Class. “Americans' optimism about the future direction of the U.S. economy plunged in March for the second month in a row, as the percentage of Americans saying the economy is ‘getting better’ fell to 33% --down from 41% in January,” Gallup said in its analysis of the polling numbers.

    I have nothing but admiration for the Japanese. On all levels they have handled this catastrophe with determination, bravery and good grace.l

    Japanese risk radiation to rescue stranded dogs...

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110414/ap_on_re_as/as_japan_earthquake_dog_rescue

    The emasculation of men continues to show up in college attendance rates, pay and marriage patterns

    Male-female pay gap? Study finds women make 8% more than men...

    A study of single, childless urban workers between the ages of 22 and 30 found that women earned 8% more than men.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704415104576250672504707048.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read

    Two $ Trillion for what?


    Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise; Inflation Pressure Grows

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/42586453

    Percent of people working lowest since '83...

    Only 45.4% of Americans had jobs in 2010

    WSJ


    PAPER: OBAMA SPEECH 'MOST DISHONEST IN DECADES'

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703730104576260911986870054.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

    This seems to be braking as follows. The DC Repubs like their “deal”. Outsiders (of DC) are saying it is a joke.

    House GOP leadership angry with Pawlenty for denouncing increasingly terrible budget deal; Update: NRO rejects budget deal too