Tuesday, May 31, 2011
"I don’t think this is a colossal scandal, but the selective standards of the MSM drive me crazy. Recall that the NY-26 race we’ve just finished analyzing was a result of the fact that a sitting congressman had to resign because he sent a picture of himself without shirt to a woman on Craigslist. In 2006, Nancy Pelosi used Mark Foley’s scandal to help win back the Congress."
Pull up this HotAir video, and focus on Anthony Weiner's body language.
He never looks up (a sign of deception).
He deflects all the questions dismissively with non-answers (he must have something to hide).
The real question is: How many liberal news organizations will report on this story?
We know that Anthony Weiner had nearly 50,000 twitter followers, and he only 'followed' 200 or so of those.
We know that the 'mystery' college student was one of Anthony's 200 select twitter followers.
We know that Anthony has not denied that we've seen his underpants.
I see London. I see France. I see Anthony Weiner declaring firmly: "I have NOT had a Twitter underwear relationship with THAT woman!"
E. coli deaths in Europe grow.
Cases of E. coli-related illness are springing up around Europe, particularly in northern Germany, causing 16 deaths so far and infecting more than 1,000 people.
The bacteria are commonly linked to raw or undercooked meat or to unwashed vegetables and fruit. Cucumbers imported into Germany from Spain had initially been blamed for this outbreak, but new evidence suggested that isn't the case.
(2) Wall Street Journal
(3) Bureau of Labor Statistics
(4) Census Bureau
(6) U.S. Dept. Of Labor
(8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller
(10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ
(11) The Conference Board
(14) U.S. Treasury
Obama Sets New Records... Food Stamps and Government Limos
A record number of Americans -- about 14 percent -- now rely on the federal government's food stamps program and its rapid expansion in recent years has become a politically explosive topic.
More than 44.5 million Americans received SNAP benefits in March, an 11 percent increase from one year ago and nearly 61 percent higher than the same time four years ago.
India's economy grew at its slowest pace in five quarters during the March quarter, as rising interest rates crimped consumpton and investment with GDP growth a lower-than-exepected 7.8pc. Here are the key points.
India's farm sector grew 7.5pc in the March quarter, compared with 1.1pc in the year-ago quarter.
• Manufacturing grew 5.5pc, compared with 15.2pc.
• Mining output grew 1.7pc, compared with 8.9pc.
• Construction grew 8.2pc versus 9.2pc.
• Farm sector grew 7.5pc in the March quarter, compared with 1.1pc in the year-ago quarter.
• Financing, insurance, real estate and business services grew 9pc versus 6.3pc.
• The economy grew 8.5pc on year in 2010/11 compared with an annual growth rate of 8pc in 2009/10.
As the country careens toward bankruptcy, stratospheric taxes and a $14 trillion debt smother the economy, and inflation threatens to wipe out our savings due to Big Government printing currency to cover its never-ending spending binge, the National Science Foundation provides examples of what our rulers have been trading our future for:
• $80,000 study on why the same teams always dominate March Madness;
• $315,000 study suggesting playing FarmVille on Facebook helps adults develop and maintain relationships;
• $1 million for an analysis of how quickly parents respond to trendy baby names;
• $50,000 to produce and publicize amateur songs about science, including a rap called "Money 4 Drugz," and a misleading song titled "Biogas is a Gas, Gas, Gas";
• $2 million to figure out that people who often post pictures on the internet from the same location at the same time are usually friends; and
• $581,000 on whether online dating site users are racist.
Unseen for 1,800 years: Archaeologists find 120m tunnel leading to 'funeral chambers' deep below ancient Mexican city
The burial sites have been discovered 13 metres below ground at the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico thanks to a radar device. A tunnel was originally discovered in 2003 after heavy rains seeped into a tiny hole in the ground.
It has taken technology almost two millennia to break one of the greatest secrets of the ancient Americas.
Archaeologists have discovered 'a recreation of the underworld' at the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico thanks to a radar device.
Researchers have only advanced 7 metres along the tunnel but the radar has revealed it to be 120 metres long and covered in symbols. It is thought that the passage leads to three chambers and may help explain the beliefs of the civilisation.
on May 28, @RepWeiner, the verified Twitter account of US Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), posted a tweet of a y.frog photo of a slightly-built white male straining to pitch a pup tent in a pair of grey Hanes Underoos. Within seconds, Congressman Weiner arrived at the scene of the cybercrime and instantly recognized it as the work of a hacker who had simultaneously broken into his Twitter, Facebook and y.frog accounts. Working quickly, and without regard to his own safety, Congressman Weiner used his elite law school-honed internet security coding skills to wrest back control of his accounts, delete the offending tweet and photo, as well as unfollow a Seattle coed to whom it was sent. His Twitter perimeter once again secured, the intrepid Congressmen sent out a new tweet explaining how he was victimized by an Internet criminal mastermind.
Since the incident, the famously modest Congressman Weiner had remained demure on how he single-handedly thwarted his anonymous attacker, and how the attacker managed to possibly steal his Blackberry camera phone. And, for whatever reason, has thusfar also chosen not to involve the law enforcement authorities.
Another heart-wrenching result of radicalism.
Can someone please explain— why some men send pictures of their genitalia to women? You know, it’s kind of a Golden Rule thing — do unto others as you’d have them do unto you. And perhaps an illustration of the Golden Rule’s limits . . . .
ScienceDaily (May 27, 2011) — Zoologists of Jena University have presented the results of an extensive study worldwide concerning the motion of dogs and offered new insights into their course of movement.
The Jena study provides another astonishing insight into the locomotion of dogs regarding the proportions of the front legs of the dog breeds examined. These were nearly identical in all dog breeds -- although, according to Fischer "it is clear that the upper arm of a Schnauzer is shorter than that of a Great Dane." Regarding the total length of a foreleg its length is always exactly 27 percent. Whereas the relative length of the shoulder blade varies between 24 and 34 percent. "The shoulder blade of short legged dogs is relatively long and that of greyhounds is relatively short. But the length of the upper arm always stays the same."
Moreover the zoologists owe the discovery that the shoulder blade and forearm and the thigh and the middle foot are moving in matched motion -- as if linked -- to the X-ray view. "If the forearm is in a vertical position, then the shoulder blade will be in the same position," the Jena scientist explains. In its motion sequence this principle of a 'pantograph leg' is highly dependent on the length of the segment in between. "And that is the upper arm that is exactly the same length in every dog." From this can be concluded that all dogs run very similarly, no matter if they weigh two or eighty kilograms.
Academy Award-winning actor, director Clint Eastwood, who is best known for starring the ‘Dirty Harry’ films, turns 81 today.
1884 - Dr. John Harvey Kellogg applies for a patent for flaked cereal.
1916 - The British and German fleets meet in the world's largest naval battle, a largely inconclusive one off Jutland, Denmark. The German fleet stays in port for the rest of World War I.
Consumer Confidence Index drops unexpectedly to 6-month low in May; gas, job worries persist.
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell to a six-month low of 60.8 from a revised 66 in April, a sign of the toll that high gas prices, a choppy job outlook and a moribund housing market are taking on people's psyches. Economists had expected an increase to 67.
Cellphones Deemed "Possibly Carcinogenic" by World’s Leading Cancer Experts
The back and forth brawl between studies suggesting that cell phones do and don't cause cancer just took a bold step toward the former camp today, with the World Health Organisation classifying cellphones as potential links to brain cancer.
U.S. house prices tumble to new post-bubble low — a painful reminder market is far from rebounding
Egyptian general admits 'virginity checks' conducted on protesters
Egyptian protesters get virginity tests?
17 women were arrested at a March 9 protest in Cairo, after Mubarak's ouster
- A senior Egyptian general says some of them were subject to "virginity checks"
- He says it was done so that they wouldn't claim later they had been raped
- One woman allegedly targeted had said, "They wanted to teach us a lesson"
Cairo (CNN) -- A senior Egyptian general admits that "virginity checks" were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.
The allegations arose in an Amnesty International report, published weeks after the March 9 protest. It claimed female demonstrators were beaten, given electric shocks, strip-searched, threatened with prostitution charges and forced to submit to virginity checks.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exits a limousine. AP
Limousines, the very symbol of wealth and excess, are usually the domain of corporate executives and the rich. But the number of limos owned by Uncle Sam increased by 73 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration, according to an analysis of records by iWatch News.
Think the U.S. military has a lot of drones now? Just you wait. The Pentagon has just released its 30-year plan for buying and developing warplanes. And in a development that should come as no surprise, the future the military anticipates for its Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps air fleets — together numbering more than 5,500 warplanes — is more robotic than ever.
The bling barbecue: World's most expensive grill is plated all over in 24-carat gold... and it's yours for $165,000 (just be careful when you wipe the grease off)
Australian firm BeefEater Barbecues produces the ‘ultimate in backyard bling' - a grill completely plated in gold apart from the cooking surfaces. It boasts a six-burner barbecue and wok burner, quartz start ignition, warming rack, roasting hood, high-output burners and vaporiser grid. ...read
Friday night Anthony Weiner, Democrat from New York City and Client Number Nine’s successor in the House, had a problem on Twitter. His account, @RepWeiner, had posted on it a rather inappropriate message.
The Twitter post and the image on YFrog have since been deleted. To attempt to be delicate about it, the linked photo (posted under Weiner’s YFrog account) was of a man in in somewhat tight-fitting underwear, with just that area of his body visible. Big Government has the photo if you want to judge for yourself.
And to be clear, Weiner is married, and the person the photo was directed at is a 21 year old college student in Washington near the Canadian border. So naturally, Weiner needed to explain this fast. About an hour and a half later, Weiner claimed he’d been hacked. That explanation doesn’t hold up. Here’s why.
First, he posted three hours before the alleged hack post, and four minutes after. This means he somehow wrested control back from the hackers quickly. How is this possible? That would be quite a feat, either through password guessing or some sort of Twitter security hole. If it happened, why didn’t we hear about how?
Second, if he lost control of the account, standard Twitter practice is to remove the “Verified Account” status until Twitter can confirm the account is back under the control of the named person. Yet, the @RepWeiner account as of this writing is still Verified.
More Weather Deaths? Wanna Bet? “Contrary to what many environmentalists would have us believe, Americans are increasingly less likely to be killed by severe weather.”
Writing recently in the Washington Post, environmental guru Bill McKibben asserted that the number and severity of recent weather events, such as the tornado in Joplin, Mo., are too great not to be the result of fossil-fuel induced climate change. He suggested that government's failure to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases will result in more violent weather and weather-related deaths in the future.
And pointing to the tragedy in Joplin, Mr. McKibben summarily dismissed the idea that, if climate change really is occurring, human beings can successfully adapt to it.
There's one problem with this global-warming chicken little-ism. It has little to do with reality. National Weather Service data on weather-related fatalities since 1940 show that the risks of Americans being killed by violent weather have fallen significantly over the past 70 years.
The annual number of deaths caused by tornadoes, floods and hurricanes, of course, varies. For example, the number of persons killed by these weather events in 1972 was 703 while the number killed in 1988 was 72. But amid this variance is a clear trend: The number of weather-related fatalities, especially since 1980, has dropped dramatically.
UPDATE: Weiner’s office refuses to say if lewd photo is of congressman. No police investigation underway. Meanwhile the press is covering for him like it did for John Edwards, and Mickey Kaus is mocking them for it.
ANOTHER UPDATE: More on Weiner from Kaus. Alibi one has collapsed already.
So now Weiner has lawyered up (why does the victim lawyer up? Because he’s not the victim!), dodged specific fact-based questions about the photo and whether he has contacted Cordova (because the facts aren’t in his favor for one reason or another), and is calling the tweet a “prank.” From “hacked” to “prank” is a major, but strategically useful, climb down.
The next step is to find a staffer to blame the “prank” on, which will be a staffer who had some access to his social networking accounts. Deputy communications director, something like that. Weiner finds a way to compensate the staffer for taking the fall (promises to find them another job outside DC or his district), lets them take the fall, and attempts to move on. And the media, which can’t even get the basic facts in this whole thing straight after several of us blogger types have helpfully published detailed timelines for them, will do their best to let him move on.
First Lady Has Trouble Keeping Staff, Called 'Tough as Nails'
Less than three years into the job, first lady Michelle Obama is on her third chief of staff and third social secretary. She is on her second communications director, the White House chief usher recently departed, and her press secretary’s last day is Friday.
On Friday afternoon, the first lady’s office announced that the executive director of Obama’s signature campaign to fight childhood obesity also is leaving.
The mutts were destined for the dinner table — all 520 of them crammed onto a truck hurtling down a Beijing highway toward awaiting restaurants in northeastern China.
Then, fate intervened in the form of a passing driver, an animal lover who spotted the truck and angrily forced it off the road.
From there, things began spiraling out of control. News of the confrontation hit the Chinese blogosphere, sending more than 200 animal activists flocking immediately to the highway. Traffic on the road slowed to a standstill. Dozens of police officers were called in. Animal activists, however, kept arriving with reinforcements, carrying water, dog food, even trained veterinarians for a siege that lasted 15 hours.
UPDATE: MIAMI 'WAR ZONE' DURING URBAN WEEKEND...
'I was scared for my life'...
Poet 'Da Real One' Gunned Down In Front Of Miami Poetry Cafe...
Violent crime explodes in Myrtle during Black Bike Week; 8-hour hell...
Rib Fest At Rochester beach turns rowdy...
Riot On Long Island...
Urban Melee In Charlotte...
Chaos causes DNC concern for convention...
Unruly urban crowd shuts down Nashville water park...
Police dispersed crowds at Carson Beach in Boston after fights broke out. Officials say hundreds of unruly youths boarded trains at JFK/UMass Station and started fights elsewhere.
Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis
Yasuteru Yamada said people from all walks of life were welcome to join the group
A group of more than 200 Japanese pensioners are volunteering to tackle the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station.
The Skilled Veterans Corps, as they call themselves, is made up of retired engineers and other professionals, all over the age of 60.
May 31, 2011: China continues to expand its share of worldwide shipbuilding, and it remains the top builder on the planet. Last year, Chinese shipyards built 43 percent of the world's merchant shipping (in terms of tonnage). In addition, Chinese shipyards received 54 percent of new orders. It was only two years ago, sooner than anyone expected, that China surpassed South Korea as the world's largest shipbuilder. In late 2009, Chinese yards had orders for 54.96 million CGT of ships, compared to 53.63 million CGT for South Korea. Thus China has 34.7 percent of the world market. In 2000, South Korea took the lead from Japan by having the largest share of the world shipbuilding market.
Katya Koren, 19, was found dead in a village in the Crimea region of the Ukraine near her home.
Judge Tacha's Memorial Day Challenge to Law Schools: Create Lawyer-PatriotsLos Angeles Daily Journal, Law Schools' Next Big Challenge: Creating Lawyer-Patriots, by Deanell Reece Tacha:
This Memorial Day marks my last day as a federal judge. It has been the highest privilege of my life to serve for 25 years as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The federal and state judges with whom I have worked bring to their positions the highest level of intellect, integrity, and committed sense of purpose. They are, in short, dedicated patriots who fight to preserve the rule of law for this nation and who model an independent judiciary respected throughout the world.
I leave my chambers for academic life as dean of the School of Law at Pepperdine University. In my career as a judge, I enjoyed an ideal "bench" from which to observe lawyers and the legal profession. That perspective, as well as my previous experience in academia, inspired and impelled me to examine the future role of legal education. How should lawyers be trained so that they are fully equipped to serve the profession, the nation, and the larger society in the years ahead?
Rad it all at: http://taxprof.typepad.com/
TIMELINE: Weinergate: What We Know. “For MSM types who wish to start covering Weinergate accurately, or for readers just catching up, here’s a quick primer on the undisputed Weinergate facts.”
And here’s more on how Weiner’s lawyered up. Let’s face it, if he were a Republican, he’d already have been mocked on Comedy Central and forced out of office.
MORE: Human Factors: “My own interpretive key to these scandals is whether the politician has appeared in public with the demonstrative support of his wife. Weiner also fails my test. In another of Glenn’s Weinergate updates, the New York Daily News publishes a photograph of Weiner out for a walk, holding hands with his wife, Huma Abedin. I don’t want to be rash, but that photograph is a dead giveaway.
Well, I’m glad that someone cleared that up. There’s that famous German efficiency at work for you. Now left leaning judges have another international law precedent that they can lean on.