Friday, May 6, 2011

"I Ain't Scurrying"..From Paris

What do you do, after a wicked hard day?  If you're lucky, you have Mr. Paris make you a hard core concoction of aged tequilla and lime juice; and you listen to beautiful Paul Simon:
"Paranoia strikes deep in the heartland

But I think it's all overdone
Exaggerating this and exaggerating that
They don't have no fun
I don't believe what I read in the papers
They're just out to capture my dime
I ain't worrying
And I ain't scurrying
I'm having a good time
Have a good time
Maybe I'm laughing my way to disaster
Maybe my race has been run
Maybe I'm blind
To the fate of mankind
But what can be done?
So God bless the goods we was given
And God bless the U.S. of A.
And God bless our standard of livin'
Let's keep it that way
And we'll all have a good time"

Horses are very dangerous

The terrifying moment a riderless horse jumped barrier and landed on unsuspecting spectators during prestigious steeplechase

Leap of faith: Seven people have been taken to hospital after a riderless horse jumped over a fence and into a crowd of around 50 spectators at a popular carnival in Australia

Riderless Banna Strand veered off course during the race and jumped into watching spectators at the Grand Annual Steeplechase at the race in Victoria state, Australia. A two-year-old girl suffered a fractured collarbone and an 80-year-old woman was said to be in a stable condition in hospital overnight following the incident

Dress like Osama, be treated like…

Pilot Boots Two Imams Off Memphis Flight

Two Muslim religious leaders say they were removed from a commercial airliner in Memphis on Friday and were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard.

What they caused.

It’s Official: Housing Market Double Dips

Nationally, home prices have sunk below their previous low, set back during the recession in 2009, Clear Capital reports.

April home prices were .7 percent below levels last reached in March, 2009, the latest milestone in a now months-long slide in real estate values, the research firm notes.

What O promised, in another dollar or so….

Gas nat'l average: $3.99...

They are crazy


The Dem’s economy

APRIL JOBS: +244,000...
[62,000 came from MCDONALD'S]


FLASHBACK: Biden declares: 'We're going to be creating between 250,000 and 500,000 jobs a month'...

Sebelius: Seniors will die sooner under Ryan Plan.

Here they go again. Can liberals ever form an argument in favor of their position without saying the other side's position will kill some demographic group or, at the very least, lead to some racial slight?

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the Ryan Medicare proposal will lead to early deaths among seniors.

During testimony before the House Education and the Workforce Committee, she said seniors “will run out of money very quickly.”

But later in the hearing, Indiana Rep. Larry Bucshon shot back at the secretary by accusing her of lying about the plan’s details.

“Are you aware [the Ryan plan is] designed after the same type of plan that members of Congress currently have, and would you call that putting members of Congress onto the open market?” he said. “Clearly it is deceptive to say to the American people that it’s putting seniors into the open market when, in fact, you know that that’s not true.”

Ex-CIA director: waterboarding was a success.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said that as late as 2006 fully half of the government's knowledge about the structure and activities of al Qaeda came from harsh interrogations.

Seve Ballesteros suffers health setback

Five-time major champion Seve Ballesteros, who had brain surgery in 2008, has suffered "a severe deterioration" in his condition, his family said Friday.

The 54-year-old Ballesteros is being cared for at home in the northern Spanish town of Pedrena, where he has been recovering from multiple operations performed three years ago to remove a malignant brain tumor.



Items About Areas That Could Break Out Into War

May 6, 2011: Bahrain, a small (population 700,000) Persian Gulf monarchy with a Sunni minority ruling a Shia majority, has been wracked by three months of demonstrations, and an increasingly violent crackdown. This is not the first time the Shia Arabs have rebelled against their Sunni rulers, and won't be the last. The latest bit of violence was carried out by the security forces, as 30 Shia meeting places, including 16 mosques, were destroyed. This is in addition to nearly a thousand arrests, and tighter control of the media, especially the use of the Internet. The Bahraini government blames the violence on Iran, but it appears to be more a matter of the native Shia wanting a better political and economic arrangement. The growing violence by security forces has left about sixty dead and 600 wounded. Another thousand people have been arrested. The king has made concessions, and neighboring Arab nations have agreed to provide more economic aid (the 2008 global recession hit Bahrain particularly hard). It appears that the government will be able to outlast this latest Shia outburst. It hasn't been easy.

No, Navy SEAL Dogs Don’t Have Titanium Teeth

  • Military dogs are awe-inspiring creatures, especially when attached to elite troops like the Navy SEALs. All day, the media have been in a frenzy over the fact that a military dog accompanied SEAL Team 6 on its mission to wax Osama bin Laden.

But let’s kill a misleading meme before it spreads further: Navy SEAL dogs don’t have titanium teeth.

A piece in The Daily took a good, detailed sniff around the German shepherds and Belgian Malinois that accompany special operations forces on patrol. But overshadowing all the cool radios and cameras strapped to the dogs is the claim that their “razor-sharp teeth are made of titanium,” at a cost of $2,000 per chomper. Getting bit by them “is like being stabbed four times at once with a bone crusher,” one dog trainer told The Daily. To quote enhanced-grille expert Pall Wall, that got the internet going nuts.

There’s one problem. If the dogs do have Kanye teeth, it’s a sign something’s wrong with them.

“It would not be possible for them to use titanium teeth to make them even more aggressive,” says Jeff Franklin, owner of Cobra Canine in Virginia Beach. “They’re not as stable as a regular tooth would be, and they’re much more likely to come out” during a biting.

The only reason to have titanium teeth? Medical reasons, he says, like “if a dog breaks a tooth … it’s the same as a crown for a human.”

Grounded! Stealth Fighter Fleet KO’d by Oxygen Woes

The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of radar-evading F-22 Raptor fighters has been grounded until “further notice.” It’s the latest blow to the reputation of the world’s most expensive, and allegedly most fearsome, dogfighter.

“The stand-down is a prudent measure following recent reports of oxygen system malfunction,” Gen. Will Fraser said. Without oxygen, Raptor pilots can’t fly at the high altitudes where the sleek, supersonic Lockheed jet performs best.

The Air Force began to put the boot on the Raptors after pilots reported “hypoxia and decompression sickness” — a good sign they weren’t getting enough air from their planes’ systems. Before the full stand-down, the flying branch tried limiting the F-22 to flying below 25,000 feet, but the problems apparently continued.

Sidelining Raptors at their bases in Virginia, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii — plus rotational locations in Japan and Guam — effectively cuts in half the Air Force’s dogfighting fleet, which also includes around 250 older, Boeing-made F-15Cs. Raptors can still fly on urgent “national security directed missions,” but routine patrols and training are forbidden.

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    The first picture is for tourist, the second is for how you see places like this.

    Patagonia, Argentina

    Mount Fitzroy in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park

    Mount Fitzroy in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park Photo: Alamy

    Charles Starmer-Smith takes a break after a hard trudge

    O still going after the CIA agents that found Osama

    A question for Barack Obama

    One can see something of the internal contradictions of Obamaism in the account of President Obama's close encounter with the indomitable Debra Burilngame yesterday at Ground Zero in New York:

    She said she was pleased Bin Laden had been killed, but was shocked when Mr Obama turned his back when she confronted him over the prosecution of the CIA agents who interrogated 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

    She told Fox News: "I was very upfront, I said Mr President, I've been one of your most ardent critics, but on Sunday night I was very proud of you, I was very appreciative of what you helped make happen, and I was very proud of America.

    "And then he hugged me, but then I said I have a question for you."

    She said: "As a former attorney I know you can't tell the Attorney General what to do, he said, 'No, I can't.'

    "But I said 'we - that shouldn't stop you from giving your opinion. We wouldn't be here today if they hadn't done their jobs. Can't you at least give them your opinion.'

    "And he said 'no I won't,' and he turned around and walked away."

    Sums up Holder’s play very well


     The U.S. government has effectively allowed weaponry to reach Mexican drug cartels, and now uses the violence they helped cause as a gun control argument..

    There are 300 million of us and only 110 million filers. How do they get to 7 billion?

    IRS made 7.1 billion disclosures of tax return information to federal and state agencies.

    $800 million dollar gift

    The family of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton pledged to give $800 million to his daughter Alice Walton's new art museum in Arkansas, the largest cash donation ever made to a U.S. art museum.

    Taking time out from prosecuting the CIA agents that found bin Laden, Holder tries to save a gay illegal.

    Holder Intervenes in Gay Man's Deportation Case

    Feb. 23: Attorney General Eric Holder answers a student's question after his speech commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh.

    Feb. 23: Attorney General Eric Holder answers a student's question after his speech commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh.

    WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder took the rare step Thursday of asking an immigration judicial panel to reconsider the case of a gay man they'd cleared for deportation.

    Holder set aside the Board of Immigration Appeals ruling allowing the deportation to Ireland of Paul Wilson Dorman, a gay man illegally in the U.S. Dorman wants to stay in the country with his male partner, with whom he celebrated a civil union in New Jersey.

    Al Qaeda Eyed Attack on U.S. Trains

    APInformation taken from Usama bin Laden's compound shows that Al Qaeda was plotting an attack on U.S. trains on the anniversary of Sept. 11 this year.

    Nanny-Staters Want Neck Tie Ban


    Some New York lawmakers are proposing a law that would prohibit doctors from wearing neckties while working.

    The proposal quotes a study that shows bacteria may build-up on neckties and lead to infection.

    The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate is calling for the legislation to readdress what they consider a fashion emergency.

    Al Qaeda Sought to Target U.S. Train Network

    In an "intelligence message," the Department of Homeland Security alerted law-enforcement officials that initial analysis of evidence seized from bin Laden's compound shows al Qaeda hoped to attack trains in the U.S., possibly on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    According to the DHS bulletin, the terror group in early 2010 envisioned sabotaging a railway to cause a wreck. DHS said it isn't clear if there has been any further planning since February 2010. The department didn't offer details on the location or type of train, because the original information was vague, officials said.

    So the 2012 campaign begins

    First Presidential Debate: Cain Wins Focus Group

    What? I thought O was going to stop the seas from rising! Now the GWers say they weren’t but now are? Maybe Al will explain it.

    After a Three-Decade Hiatus, Sea-Level Rise May Return to N. America's West Coast

    ScienceDaily (May 5, 2011) — The West Coast of North America has caught a break that has left sea level in the eastern North Pacific Ocean steady during the last few decades, but there is evidence that a change in wind patterns may be occurring that could cause coastal sea-level rise to accelerate beginning this decade.

    The middle of the country is getting pounded

    Historic Mississippi River floodwaters hit Memphis, force evacuations...


    CIA had eyes on compound for months

    The CIA maintained a safe house in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad for a small team of spies who conducted extensive surveillance over a period of months on the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Operations forces this week, U.S. officials said.

    The secret CIA facility was used as a base of operations for one of the most delicate human intelligence gathering missions in recent CIA history, one that relied on Pakistani informants and other sources to help assemble a “pattern of life” portrait of the occupants and daily activities at the fortified compound where bin Laden was found, the officials said.