Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The last of the last WWI vets go to the long sleep

Last British veteran of WW1 Claude Choules dies

Britain's last surviving veteran of the First World War has died in a nursing home in Perth, Western Australia, aged 110.

Claude Choules dies
World War One Navy Veteran Mr Claude Choules Photo: BARCROFT
Claude Choules, was born in Wyre Piddle, Worcestershire in 1901. During a 41-year career in the Royal Navy that spanned both wars, he served on HMS Revenge, witnessing the surrender of the German Imperial Navy in 1918 and the scuttling of the fleet in Scapa Flow.
He was seconded to the Australian navy in 1926 and remained in the force for 30 years before retiring.

500 year flood?

All Eyes on the Mississippi River

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mississippi River continues to rise, so much so that its tributaries are starting to flow backwards. At Tom Lee Park, preps for Memphis in May continue knowing that the worst is still yet to come.

In Brief: 

- The Mississippi River is rising causing her tributaries to flow backwards. 
- The river rose 2 feet after the recent batch of storms. 
- It is expected to crest at 45 feet on May 10th, the same day BBQ fest contestants set up their tents.

It's a site not often seen; the Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek are flowing backwards. The swelling river cannot take on much more water.
Gene Rench with the National Weather Service said all eyes are on the Mississippi. The tributaries flowing backwards are a big problem for the adjacent communities.
"Right now the Mississippi river is in the process of going through what we call an epic flood, meaning it's more than historic, it's more than a 100 year flood, it's more like a 500 year flood," he said. "We could flood many homes, businesses, close down factories, people could drown."

Are stupid pills free in New Mexico?

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson hopes that Osama bin Laden's death will spur President Barack Obama to promote climate change legislation.

Who Brought The Bravado? ...From Paris

The story of heroics is unfolding.  As I understand it, intelligence zeroed in on Osama's hiding in plain sight compound.  Steely stoic imperturbable Navy seals waited.  For someone.  To step up.  And give the order.

Who brought the brass ba#*s?  Hillary.  That's who brought the decision to 'tap' Osama.  The only girl in the room moved that decision forward.  She did not hesitate.

What would have happened if Hillary hadn't been in the room?

God bless Hillary.  She's quite a steely stoic gal.     

Honoring The Dishonored? ...From Paris

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the original argument that Osama Bin Laden was an 'outlier'; a crazy person who did NOT represent the Muslim community and Muslim traditions?  WHY did we chose to honor this dishonored animal with a 40 minute traditional  Muslim ceremonial funeral at sea, if he did not represent the Muslim faith? 

My favorite late night commedian comment:  "There was a paperwork oversight when Osama Bin Laden arrived at the pearly gates.  Instead of 73 virgins, Osama was greeted with 73 "vegans".

This is one of the best ideas I have seen in years. It would slow way down the revolving door of corruption.

A Surtax on Post-Government Salaries

A 50% surtax on anything earned within five years after leaving the federal government, above whatever the federal salary was. Leave a $150K job at the White House, take a $1M job with Goldman, Sachs, pay a $425K surtax.

Rose of the World mystery

Was tragic supermodel, 20, who threw herself from her ninth floor New York apartment part of a sinister cult?

The suicide of Ruslana Korshunova almost three years ago stunned the world

On June 28 2008, the young beauty tragically leapt to her death from a building site adjacent to her 9th floor New York apartment. Now a filmmaker, who has dedicated the past three years to a search for answers, has revealed how many clues point to a controversial organisation known as Rose of the World.

She had no history of depression, and there was no trace of alcohol or drugs in her body. In short, the reasons that she took her own life remain a mystery.

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The young bride who tried to save Bin Laden: First picture of wife shot in U.S. forces' raid on terror warlord's hideaway

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Amal Al-Sadah was shot in the leg as U.S. Navy SEALs stormed the compound in Pakistan. She was captured and was today at the centre of a tug of war after Pakistan refused to hand her over to American forces for questioning. It was also revealed today that Bin Laden had money and two phone numbers sewn into his clothes when he was shot dead.

Men and women are different.

THE ONLINE WORLD OF FEMALE DESIRE: For women indulging their curiosity, Internet erotica is less about flesh than about finding Mr. Right. “In 2008, 74.8 million people read an English-language romance novel—close to the number of men who visited online pornography sites that year in the U.S. and Canada.”

Aviation Geeks Scramble to I.D. Osama Raid’s Mystery Copter

The May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden’s luxury compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan had it all: Painstaking intelligence-gathering, a heroic Navy SEAL assault team, satellite and drone surveillance and biometric forensics.

And now this: a possible super-secret, stealthy helicopter, unknown to the wider world before one crashed during the assault.

Aviation specialists are picking apart pixel-by-pixel the dozen-or-so photos of the copter that have appeared online; they’re assembling digital mock-ups of the aircraft, and comparing them to lost stealth designs of the 1980s and ’90s. Speculation abounds, and so far no one from the government is commenting. But depending on what the copter turns out to be, it could shed new light on everything from the abilities of U.S. commandos to the relationship between America and Pakistan.

Resveratrol again.

Natural Protection Against Radiation

ScienceDaily (May 4, 2011) — In the midst of ongoing concerns about radiation exposure from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, scientists are reporting that a substance similar to resveratrol -- an antioxidant found in red wine, grapes and nuts -- could protect against radiation sickness.

The researchers studied whether resveratrol -- a natural and healthful antioxidant found in many foods -- could protect against radiation injuries.

They found that resveratrol protected cells in flasks but did not protect mice (stand-ins for humans in the laboratory) from radiation damage. However, the similar natural product called acetyl resveratrol did protect the irradiated mice. It also can be produced easily in large quantities and given orally.


“A significant number of teens didn’t know who Osama Bin Laden was until we killed him. I can’t believe it–and yet I do believe it. I didn’t know what Iran Contra was when I was in high school, and I was a sophomore when it happened. Teenagers live in their own little world, only tangentially connected to the one the rest of us occupy.” Kind of like politicians.

Next “Royal” Wedding

Tony Romo, Candice Crawford

Tony Romo and Candice Crawford have reportedly set their wedding date.

Libtard radio host calls for Seal attack on Bush

"So when does Seal Unit 6, or whatever it's called, drop in on George Bush? Bush was responsible for a lot more death, innocent death, than bin Laden. Wasn't he, or am I wrong here?," Liberal radio talk show host Mike Malloy said on his show Monday evening.

What is this man thinking? It is ok to kill but not to get the info to do so?

In 2009, Eric Holder appointed a special prosecutor to look into criminal charges against CIA interrogators who, during the Bush administration, allegedly were mean to terrorists. Holder piously explained that it was all about the rule of law:
"I fully realize that my decision to commence this preliminary review will be controversial," Holder added. "As attorney general, my duty is to examine the facts and to follow the law."
But that was then, and this is now. Holder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, and was asked about the legal justification for killing Osama bin Laden. No problem, he explained:
The killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. military forces was an act of national self-defense and he made no attempt to surrender, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.
"It was justified as an act of national self-defense," Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee, citing bin Laden's admission of being involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
"If he had surrendered, attempted to surrender, I think we should obviously have accepted that, but there was no indication that he wanted to do that and therefore his killing was appropriate," he said.
"National self-defense"! Not regular self-defense, which perhaps would apply if Osama had been armed and had threatened the SEALs. Rather, "national self-defense," which means it is fine to drop in on his compound, corner him and blow his head off. Where was the doctrine of "national self-defense" when Holder was itching to put CIA interrogators in prison for trying to stop new terrorist attacks?

What three generations of Dems produced.

Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Can’t Read


DETROIT (WWJ) – According to a new report, 47 percent of Detroiters are  ”functionally illiterate.” The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund on Wednesday.

This is an amazing report. Basically Panetta, Hillary and Gates force Obama’s hand. First inside report I have seen.

A reluctant American president who was ultimately overridden by senior military and intelligence officials to finally take out terrorist Osama Bin Laden

Note:  This communication came from our long time D.C. Insider and details previous and ongoing conflicts surrounding the decision to assassinate terrorist Osama Bin Laden.  This has been reproduced here as originally communicated to us.


RE Osama Bin Laden.  Significant push to take him out months ago.  Senior WH staff resisted.  This was cause of much strain between HC and Obama/Jarrett.  HC and LP were in constant communication over matter – both attempted to convince administration to act.  Administration feared failure and resulting negative impact on president.  Intel disgusted over politics over national security.  Staff resigned/left.  Check timeline to corroborate.

Now Intel already leaking to media facts surrounding how info obtained. Namely from enhanced interrogation efforts via GITMO prisoners.  Obama administration placed in corner on this.  Some media aware of danger to president RE this and attempting protection.  Others looking for further investigation.  We are pushing for them to follow through and already meeting with some access.

Point of determination made FOR Obama not BY Obama.  Will clarify as details become more clear.  Very clear divide between Military and WH.  Jarrett marginalized 100% on decision to take out OBL.  She played no part.  BD worked with LP and HC to form coalition to force CoC to engage…


HC = Hillary Clinton

BD = Bill Daley

LP = Leon Panetta

CoC = Chain of Command/Commander in Chief


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UPDATE: More details emerge here: "What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound."

Note: This update comes some 24 hours after our longtime Washington D.C. Insider first outlined shocking details of an Obama administration having been “overruled” by senior military and intelligence officials leading up to the successful attack against terrorist Osama Bin Laden.  What follows is further clarification of Insider’s insights surrounding that event.

Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligence officials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the Osama Bin Laden compound.  Was that accurate?

A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama)  I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.”  There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so.  President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.

…was correct in stating there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper.  The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama.  Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position.  This situation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama and the rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton.  She was livid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such.   

Q: What changed the president’s position and enabled the attack against Osama Bin Laden to proceed?

A:  Nothing changed with the president’s opinion – he continued to avoid having one.  Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make progress in forming a position, Jarrett would intervene and the stalling would begin again. 

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This is getting worse and worse

Justice officials knew about guns going into Mexico: New documents - TheDC

New Project Gunrunner documents peg top DOJ officials with being aware of operation

Holder on gun smuggling scandal: 'I frankly don't know' what really happened -

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Koalas’ Fingerprints

Koalas have exactly the same fingerprints as humans

Humans, along with our closest relatives chimps and gorillas, are pretty much the only animals that have fingerprints. The only other is the koala.  And it's not just that our fingerprints are roughly similar to koalas - they really are identical. A trained expert would have trouble telling human and koala fingerprints apart, even using a microscope.


Does It Take One to Know One? New Research Reveals Conspiring Conspiracy Theorists

ScienceDaily (May 4, 2011) — Conspiracy theories -- such as those surrounding the death of Princess Diana -- are more likely to be believed by people who are willing themselves to conspire, new research at the University of Kent has shown.

Obama Administration Urged to Drop CIA Probe in Light of Bin Laden Takedown

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 2, 2011, to talk about the death of Osama bin Laden.(AP)

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 2, 2011, to talk about the death of Osama bin Laden.(AP)

In between applauding President Obama for overseeing the successful raid on Usama bin Laden's compound, some Republicans and ex-officials are starting to question what they see as a disconnect: How can the administration be investigating CIA agents whose techniques may have led America to Al Qaeda's top guy?

They're calling on the Obama administration to not only restart the CIA interrogation program in some form, but to end once and for all the Justice Department's probe of CIA employees.

"You can't have it both ways," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News. "You can't have the attorney general prosecuting CIA interrogators, by the way, who may have gotten information that may have aided in catching Usama bin Laden.

"It just doesn't make any sense to me," he said.

Man, they made a tempest out of a simple decision. A no 24 hours ago would have stopped all this.

OBAMA: 'We don't trot out this stuff as trophies'...

Top GOP lawmaker: Too risky to release bin Laden death photos...
'Conspiracy theorists will just claim photos doctored anyway'...

Sen. Brown: 'I've seen the picture, he's definitely dead'...
Boehner: I Don't Need to See It...


Ex-Justice Department Official: Obama Could Be Forced to Release Osama Death Photos...

Limbaugh: 'Maybe Trump could get 'em to release just the short form!'

Muslim 'sensitivities' trump transparency?

FLASHBACK: Obama planned release 2,000 pix of prisoner abuse...
FLASHBACK: Obama lifts photo ban on U.S. military coffins...

Star War Day

Happy Star Wars Day: May The 4th Be With You!

It's Star Wars day! Grab your favorite DIY Cantina cosplay and let your inner Wookiee out! Don't forget to wish your friends, family and co-workers a happy "May The 4th Be With You."

Intel’s 22nm 3D Transistors Will Keep Moore’s Law Alive

 Intel's 22nm 3D Transistors Will Keep Moore's Law Alive Intel's introduction today of the world's first 3D transistors is more than just a tech breakthrough. It's an assurance that Moore's Law—that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every year—will stay alive just a while longer. And the 22nm process is going to make these things fly.

The Tri-Gate transistors will debut on Intel's 22nm chips, codenamed "Ivy Bridge." How much of an improvement can you expect over 32nm guts? Try 37%, says Intel, an almost unprecedented jump forward from one generation to the next. Tri-Gate will also consume less than half the power, at the same performance level, as the 32nm generation.

May 4, 1904: U.S. Dives Into Panama Canal

Cucaracha slide, Panama Canal

Cucaracha slide, Panama Canal, circa 1910-1914. (Detroit Publishing Co. Photograph Collection/Courtesy Library of Congress)

1904: The United States agrees to complete the Panama Canal. In both human and financial terms, the canal project is one of the costliest engineering undertakings in history.

The idea of constructing a canal through the Isthmus of Panama had been around for centuries: The first known working plan for a canal was drawn up in 1529 for Spain’s Charles V. But the Europeans, continually warring or intriguing throughout the intervening years, never quite got around to connecting the world’s two greatest oceans.

Serious construction of the Panama Canal was finally begun in 1882 by the French, who, for financial reasons, were forced to abandon the project in 1899. When the Americans took over, the first thing they did was to improve the living and working conditions for the construction crews, who had suffered greatly from mosquito-borne disease under the French.

The first steam shovel resumed excavation at the Culebra Cut on Nov. 11, 1904. It would be almost 10 years before the first ship — the SS Ancon — passed through the locks Aug. 15, 1914.

How to select an NFL Quarterback

It's his non-statistical pre-draft measures that most intrigue me, though. In the run-up to this year's draft, I came across two separate but compatible ways of evaluating quarterbacks in the draft: The Rule Of 26-27-60, and The Parcells Principle. Each of those two philosophies amounts to a checklist that you can apply to QB prospects, and -- taken together -- they form a surprisingly solid indicator of success.

THE RULE OF 26-27-60
1) Wonderlic of greater than 26?

2) More than 27 college starts?

3) College completion percentage of 60% or better?

1) Must be a senior.

2) Must be a graduate.

3) Must be a three-year starter.

4) Must have 23 wins.

Is sex good for your health—or is that just a fantasy?

A flurry of small studies suggest that sex is as good for your health as vitamin D and broccoli. It not only relieves stress, improves sleep and burns calories, it can also reduce pain, ease depression, strengthen blood vessels, boost the immune system and lower the risk of prostate and breast cancer.


Stress relief: The rush of hormones boosts mood, fosters feelings of closeness and helps manage stress for days.


Weight: Sex burns about five calories per minute, meaning it would take roughly 12 hours to lose a pound.


Better Sleep: After exertion, oxytocin and prolactin bring on satiation and sleep—especially in men.


Longevity: More sex means longer lives for men; women live longer when they are sexually satisfied.


Heart health: Sex raises heart rates about as much as climbing two flights of stairs.

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester


Nature unleashed: Rare twin waterspouts tower above Hawaii as storms lash island

Dramatic phenomenon: People stopped their cars to take photos of the towering waterspouts which stretched from the clouds to the ocean off the coast of Hawaii

Nature showed her magnificence as rare twin waterspouts - created when tornadoes form above the sea - towered over Honolulu Harbour, Hawaii. Onlookers pulled up in their cars to watch as the funnels of water stretched from the ocean to the sky amid lightning, thunderstorms and heavy rain.

Tipping Point: We need to broaden the tax base to include all voters.

TAXPROF: 51% of Households Pay No Income Tax; Share of Taxes Paid by Rich Growing Faster Than Income.

We have been hard on Ms. Pelosi. This was a class act. Well done.

Pelosi Thanks President Bush for His Role in Bin Laden's Destruction

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said she called former President George W. Bush on Tuesday to congratulate him on the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

The Left

School Bans Christian Club

A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a group of Christian high school students in New York who said their principal banned them from starting a Christian club.

“The principal said, ‘I don’t want any of these Christian clubs at my school,’” said David Cortman, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative advocacy legal group.  The ADF filed the lawsuit Monday against the Hicksville Union Free School District in Central Islip, NY.

“Public schools cannot ban Christian student clubs simply because they are religious,” Cortman said. “If officials at government-run schools did their homework, they’d know that students have a constitutionally protected right to express their beliefs.”

Last October, students at Hicksville High School requested official recognition for the Frontline Club. They had a dozen classmates willing to join the club and had secured a faculty advisor. However, the principal denied their request – and said she did not want a Christian club in her school.

CIA Director Says Intel From Waterboarding Led to Bin Laden Raid

BRIAN WILLIAMS, "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS": Can you confirm that it was as a result of waterboarding that we learned what we needed to learn to go after bin Laden?

LEON PANETTA, CIA DIRECTOR: Brian, in the intelligence business you work from a lot of sources of information and that was true here ... It's a little difficult to say it was due just to one source of information that we got ... I think some of the detainees clearly were, you know, they used these enhanced interrogation techniques against some of these detainees. But I'm also saying that, you know, the debate about whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches I think is always going to be an open question.

WILLIAMS: So finer point, one final time, enhanced interrogation techniques -- which has always been kind of a handy euphemism in these post-9/11 years -- that includes waterboarding?

PANETTA: That's correct.

Latter on CBS:

COURIC: Having said that, some valuable information did, in fact, come from enhanced interrogation techniques.

PANETTA: Obviously, there was some valuable information that were derived through those kinds of interrogations.

Must have been very good…

Wife Sues Husband For $12 Million -- For Not Having Sex...

Dubai Wife Sues Husband For $12M For Depriving Her Of Conjugal Rights

NEWSCORE - An Emirati man was being sued for 45 million dirhams ($12.25 million) for not having sex with his wife, who claimed that his failure to perform caused her mental anguish, a court heard.

The unidentified woman said her husband did not sleep with her during the first four months of their marriage in 2008 and that she later discovered he suffered from erectile dysfunction, Gulf News reported Wednesday.

Court records filed by the woman allege that her husband, who she is now divorced from, failed to fulfil her needs.

"Considering the conservative Arab values and the woman's situation in such a society, I remained silent and tried to adapt [by] praying to God that things would improve," she said.

What they have done…



About 1 in 7 in U.S. Receive Food Stamps

Growth in the food stamp program appeared to reach a plateau in February — with 14.3% of the population relying on the safety net program.

From Patty

Amateur Astrophotographer Creates Largest True-Color Night Sky Panorama

One day, Nick Risinger, a 28-year-old marketing director from Seattle, felt like he needed a change. So he quit his job, packed up six professional astronomical cameras, and hiked 60,000 miles through western United States and South Africa, taking 37,000 color pictures of the night sky.

The result? This 5000-megapixel, interactive, zoomable map showing our full Milky Way galaxy, stars, planets, and the nebulae surrounding it. It's the largest-ever, true-color, 360 degree panorama of the heavens—all created by this first-time astrophotographer. What's even more remarkable is that it's considered better than previous professional sky surveys—like the Digitized Sky Survey of the 1980s—which were shot only in red and blue.

Okay, next time let's use 'Bozo'

Onondaga Nation leaders blast 'Geronimo' codename for Bin Laden.


Iowahawk blogger on the Left's new bloodlust

"And, almost as happily, I can report that I also completely underestimated the capacity of America's erstwhile "peace community" for turning on a dime and embracing the kind of all-American xenophobic flag-waving bloodlust they only recently decried. So today I stand proudly with my new friends of the formerly antiwar left in a mindlessly jingoistic salute to President Obama for an extralegal military assassination well done."

Recent events have happily made clear that the antiwar movement of 2001-8 was overwhelmingly dominated by a vast silent hypocritical majority of craven political opportunists awaiting a Democratic administration to gleefully celebrate the covert execution of a man whom, until 28 months ago, they would have described as a "tragic civilian casualty."

Georgia O'Keeffe And Red Cars ...From Paris