BECAUSE TO THEM, POLITICS IS SPORTS AND RELIGION ROLLED INTO ONE: Why did the anti-Palin protesters think it was right and good to shout her down? “I know these protesters believe they are the good people with the right values. So explain this to me.”
Monday, April 18, 2011
Charles Manson Breaks 20-Year Silence...to Speak Out About Global Warming!
Crazed cult leader Charles Manson has broken a 20-year silence in a prison interview coinciding with the 40th anniversary of his conviction for the gruesome Sharon Tate murders - to speak out about global warming.
U.S. Corn Reserves Hit 15-Year Low. “Rising demand for corn from ethanol producers is pushing U.S. reserves to the lowest point in 15 years, a trend that could lead to higher grain and food prices this year.”
Today, the President released his 2010 federal income and gift tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax return jointly and reported an adjusted gross income of $1,728,096. The vast majority of the family's income is the proceeds from the sale of the President's books. The Obamas paid $453,770 in total federal tax.
The President and First Lady also reported donating $245,075 - or about 14.2% of their adjusted gross income - to 36 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was a $131,075 contribution to the Fisher House Foundation. The President is donating the after-tax proceeds from his children's book to a Fisher House scholarship fund for children of fallen and disabled soldiers. The President and First Lady also released their Illinois income tax return and reported paying $51,568 in state income taxes.
The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also released their 2010 federal income tax returns, as well as state income tax returns for both Delaware and Virginia. They filed joint federal and Delaware income tax returns. Dr. Biden filed a separate non-resident tax return for the state of Virginia. Together, they reported an adjusted gross income of $379,178.The Bidens paid $86,626 in total federal taxes for 2010. They paid $14,479 in Delaware income taxes and $3,515 in Virginia income taxes. The Bidens contributed $5,350 to charity, in both monetary and in-kind donations.
Environmentalists are howling over a policy 'rider' in the spending bill that delists wolves from an endangered species list in some states
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1Ju7nCrCX
The Whaletone Piano Does Not Eat Krill or Plankton
I may've done a few years of piano lessons as a kid, but wouldn't know the first thing about what makes for a good piano. That's why I'm going purely on my first impression with this Whaletone piano, which is making me salivate with desire.
Gabriella Le Breton gives her verdict on visiting 20 different ski resorts as a solo skier this season.
Each resort offers vastly different terrain, facilities and atmosphere, but I have selected my ten favourites
During my travels, I discovered that some resorts are best enjoyed with company – Lech with a lover to make the most of the cosy hotels and romantic restaurants; Ischgl with mates for the boisterous nightlife; and St Moritz with girlfriends to hit the bars and shops.
As a single skier, it’s pretty easy to strike up a conversation on the chairlift or join a table over lunch but I particularly appreciated the excellent Mountain Host services in Vail and Whistler. Common in many North American ski resorts, this complimentary service sees enthusiastic volunteers escort small groups of visitors around the mountain. It’s a great way for solo skiers to enjoy some company while learning about the resort.
Having long crossed into the realm of self-parody, global warming hoaxers in the liberal establishment media see no reason to look back now. The tired joke calling itself Time Magazine shrieks that we should fear our icemakers:
To the long list of human inventions that are wrecking global climate — the internal combustion engine, the industrial era factory — add the automatic ice maker.
Note how casually establishment apparatchiks take for granted that the internal combustion engine is bad, although without it modern society would not be possible.
[A]nalysts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently decided to give them a closer look — and they got a surprise when they did.
According to the just-released findings, the average ice maker in the average fridge increases energy consumption by 12% to 20%… So why should the simple business of automating the process be so energetically expensive?
The answer, it turns out, is the tiny motor inside the freezing system that's used to release the bits of ice from the mold and dump them into a tray. A motor that is designed to operate in so cold a setting needs an internal heater to keep it from freezing up, and heating elements require a lot of power — in this case, roughly three fourths of the total additional energy the ice maker uses.
On this date, April 18, 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British were coming.
ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2011) — Scientists at Yale University have identified a set of plasma biomarkers that could reasonably predict the risk of metastasis among patients with melanoma, according to findings published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
"The rate at which melanoma is increasing is dramatic, and there is a huge number of patients under surveillance," said Harriet Kluger, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. "Our current method of surveillance includes periodic imaging, which creates huge societal costs."
Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in men and the seventh most common cancer in women. It is estimated that 68,130 people in the United States were diagnosed in 2010, and 8,700 died
DT Swiss' Tricon line of tubeless wheels expands for 2011, for both road and mountain. Tubeless? Yes. The special rims form an airtight grip on the bead of tubeless-specific tires.
Why? Comfort and durability. The system can run slightly lower air pressure without risking a pinch flat, since there's no tube. We've run tubeless wheels for four years now without a single flat.
Proper fit on a bike can mean the difference between walking upright after a ride or giving up the sport altogether due to a rebellious spine. Look's 695 uses an ingenious mix of shims and eccentric inserts that can raise, lower, shorten or lengthen the handlebar stem; alter the length of the cranks; and manipulate seat-post length and stiffness. The 695 can literally grow or shrink with the rider.
But it's also a serious race machine — as evidenced by the Look-sponsored pros currently racing the bike in Europe. And by the $8,500 price tag for a complete bike with Shimano Dura-Ace.
With frame weights and suspension technology improving as they have, the best platform for the majority of mountain bikers will be something with five to six inches of suspension travel. Ibis' brand-new Mojo SL-R offers 5.5 inches, and the swoopy carbon frame is light enough that this complete bike tipped the scales at just 22.4 pounds — not much heavier than my first road bike.
SL-R frames will be available in June, at $2,399.
UK companies without exposure to "illegal" US gamblers jump.
Nearly Half of U.S. Households Pay NO Income Tax
By Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney.com
The nearly six-hour interview I conducted earlier this year with a top Department of Justice official on the condition of anonymity brought forth a number of revelations about serious problems within the U.S. government’s homeland security and law enforcement community.
Last Thursday, I reported here exclusively at PJM on a DOJ memo dated March 31, 2010, from Assistant Attorney General David Kris to Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler. The memo effectively ended the prosecution of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) co-founder and Chairman Emeritus Omar Ahmad — in addition to the prosecution of other prominent American Muslim leaders — for helping support the Hamas terrorist organization. This decision, according to my source, was not made based on the overwhelming evidence that had been compiled over the past decade by the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas, but was made due to potential political embarrassment for the Obama administration.
But another troubling claim came out during our interview: “Muslim outreach” programs by U.S. government agencies to terror-tied Islamic groups have directly interfered with ongoing terrorism investigations.
My source began by complaining about the counterproductive nature of such programs:
In all my years working for the U.S. government I have rarely seen anything as mystifying as our outreach to Muslims. Do we really need it? Sure. We need to be reaching out to the Muslim leaders who are working to prevent radicalization, not the ones who are making it happen. But that isn’t what we’re doing.
Instead we’re having countless meetings from the Cabinet level on down with groups and individuals that we know are bad guys and who we’ve repeatedly said in court are actively working to support terrorist groups overseas. We even had [FBI General Counsel] Valerie Caproni meeting regularly with these Hamas guys to get their guidance. What advice do you think they were giving her?
And she knew exactly who she was dealing with. It was the FBI who went into federal court and said that CAIR is Hamas.
After more than a decade of production, the effeminate New Beetle's grown mighty stale. The all-new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is supposed to bring the design and engineering back into this century with a more masculine look decidedly planted in the last one
Microsoft inside story. From Paul Allen. (And wouldn’t you know it: Gates has his top button buttoned.)
Paul Allen Dishes the Gossip on Bill Gates (and His Yacht) on 60 Minutes
Yesterday, a new book on Bill Gates and Microsoft hit store shelves—Idea Man. Only this one has been penned by Microsoft co-creator Paul Allen, who appeared on 60 Minutes to talk about the early days of Microsoft; the computers they were writing software on, and just what went wrong along the way between the two co-creators.
Key things to keep an eye out for (other than Allen's gnarly ring, and some pretty rad beards) are his recollections on their raging arguments, and how he overheard Gates and Steve Ballmer discussing how to cut Allen out of the company.
It's not the prettiest picture Allen paints, although clearly the blood between him and Gates isn't entirely bad; Allen has signed up to Bill Gates' The Giving Pledge initiative, which has seen over 50 billionaires commit to giving away half their wealth to charity. Still, one wonders what, fi anything prompted the suddenly public animus.
Liberal Heckler Screams Profanity at 14-Year-Old Girl
This is how the organized left spent their quality time this weekend. These are the quality people who were inspired by the call to action from Pres. Obama's Organizing for America and Mr. Trumka's AFL-CIO.
'Wear a headscarf or we will kill you': How the 'London Taliban' is threatening women and trying to ban gays in bid to impose sharia law
Women who do not wear headscarves are being threatened with violence and even death by Islamic extremists intent on imposing sharia law on parts of Britain, it was claimed today.
Other targets of the 'Talibanesque thugs', being investigated by police in the Tower Hamlets area of London, include homosexuals.
Stickers have been plastered on public walls stating: 'Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment'.
Troubled: Whitechapel in east London is at the centre of the hate campaign by the 'London Taliban'
Budget Deficit: Government Handouts Top Tax Income. “For the first time since the Great Depression, households are receiving more income from the government than they are paying the government in taxes.”
People can't tell the difference between cheap and expensive wine, says psychologist Richard Wiseman after conducting a survey of 578 drinkers at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, reports The Guardian. The participants sampled a variety of red and white wines in a blind taste test with prices ranging from about $6 to $50. The results concluded that people could only tell the difference between cheap and expensive white wines 53% of the time, and 47% of the time for red wines.
In other words, it's about the same percentage as if they merely guessed. The Claret was the hardest to pinpoint, with only 39% getting it right, despite the price tag differences of about $5 for one bottle and $23 for the other. The Journal of Wine Economics backs up Wiseman's findings. Its 2008 study, "Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?"
Do political correctness and the denial of religion cause the end of open, democratic societies?
It is, of course, an open question whether these distinctions can in practice be sustained. In the eighteenth century, figures such as Denis Diderot presumed that it was possible to sustain a civil society in which the citizens were atheists. Diderot’s erstwhile friend Jean-Jacques Rousseau harbored grave doubts about this. The history of the 20th century suggests that Rousseau may have had a point, for the totalitarian movements that first emerged in Europe in the wake of World War I – at the very moment when the world had purportedly been made safe for liberal democracy – were secularized religions. Communism in Russia, fascism in Italy, and National Socialism in Germany were all-encompassing. All three subscribed to a secularized vision of salvation history. All three denied the distinction between private and public, between the personal and the political. All three re-occupied the space from which, within liberal democracy, religion had been made to withdraw.
We all know about the “culture wars” and the “war on Christmas” that produces “holiday trees”, “winter festivals” and keeps Christian imagery out of our schools in opposition to established tradition. We now have “spring spheres” in lieu of Easter eggs. Where does the lunacy stop and when will Liberals stop apologizing for the very belief systems that allow them the very freedoms to criticize?
Dr. Rahe continues:
None of this would much concern us today, all of this would be a matter of mere antiquarian interest, were there not powerful indications that the totalitarian temptation persists – not least in the countries never subject to communism, fascism, or National Socialism. I was put in mind of all of this by a trivial but nonetheless revealing, recent event – a tempest in the teapot of surgical science.
In the February issue of Surgery News, a distinguished surgeon named Lazar Greenfield, the lead editor of the journal and president-elect of the American College of Surgeons, published a light-hearted editorial regarding St. Valentine’s Day regarded as so offensive by some of his fellow surgeons that he has been forced to resign his editorship and may tomorrow be barred from assuming his presidency.
Of course we know that the Left only has issues with Christianity. They are allied with Islam even though the basic tenets of that religion go against everything they are for – homosexual unions, feminism, freedom from religious belief (anti-theocracy) and casual sex/lax morality to name a few. Just a tip for the Left – the enemy of your enemy is NOT your friend. You are being used by Islam just as you are by communism, useful idiots all over again.
This “war” has created an apathy that is leading to the destruction of the Christian faith, a faith that western democracy is built upon. Since Western Europe is a buffer zone between America and the Islamists of the Middle East and South Asia, it is the canary in the mine. All over Europe, abandoned/empty churches are being converted to mosques and Muslims are slowly pushing Christians out.
As brutal to women and singularly patriarchal as Islam can be, we have to ask ourselves if being politically correct is worth the price of the loss of our freedoms and our open, democratic societies.
This is the forecast for Washington, DC this afternoon.
Plentiful sunshine. High 64F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.
And this is the forecast for President Obama this afternoon:
This would be round #64 for those who are counting.
So who isn't paying? Scientists, it appears. A recent study looked at tax cheats and found that one of the best indicators of who is likely to try to get around paying their taxes in full is their profession.
But there where some surprises. Lawyers it turns out are the least likely to cheat. Another group of people most likely to pay their taxes in full: chief executive officers.
On the other end of the spectrum are scientists, who were on average likely to understate their income by as much as 35%. Journalists didn't rank very high in tax integrity either. On average people in the media and arts tended to understate their income by 25%. At the top of the list were bakers and butchers. That group on average understated their income by 40%.
The top ten cheaters:
1) Production Workers - bakers, butchers, factory workers, jewelers
2) Building and Ground Maintenance - cleaning staffs, janitors, landscapers, pest control workers
3) Transportation and Material Moving Operations - bus drivers, parking lot attendants, movers
4) Construction Trade - contractors, electricians, house painters
5) Install, Maintain and Repair - auto mechanics, home Appliance repairmen, locksmiths
6) Life, Physical and Social Sciences - chemists, economists, zoologists
7) Protective Services - crossing guards, firefighters, police, security guards
8 ) Personal Care - childcare workers, funeral attendants, manicurists
9) Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media - actors, editors, public relations specialists
10) Healthcare Support - dental assistants, home health aides, massage therapists