Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The second part of the Great Wager may be about to pay off.


Beijing battling protest fires on all fronts

Recent unrest in China
Source: The Australian

Another thing we agrees on.




Obama, February 2009: If this economy hasn’t rebounded in three years, I’m a one-termer


“I will be held accountable.”

Really like Bing

REPORT: Obama campaign strikes special deal with GOOGLE advertising...
Company rep says ad program 'released to a select few clients'...
FLASHBACK: GOOGLE execs shower Obama's inaugural committee with cash...

MSM has been mum on just about everything when it concerns O


MSM Mum on Obama’s ATM Gaffe

AP
On the June 14 edition of NBC's "Today," President Barack Obama ascribed part of the blame for the high unemployment rate to ATMs, yet most media outlets continue to ignore the gaffe.
"There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers," lectured Obama in an interview with NBC's Ann Curry. "You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don't go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you're using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate."
Curry moved on to another subject without addressing the faux pas, but she's not the only journalist to gloss over the story. Despite the fact that the automated teller machine was invented decades before Obama took office, a Lexis search revealed that not a single major news network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FNC, and MSNBC, has covered the remark on air.

Well said


Nothing More Impeachable' Than War Without Authorization, Says Constitutional Scholar

Louis Fisher, a scholar in residence at the Constitution Project who served for 40 years as a constitutional law expert at the Library of Congress, says Americans and members of Congress should understand that President Barack Obama committed a "very grave offense" against the Constitution in taking military action in Libya without congressional authorization.

The Corset Makes A Comeback ...From Paris


"Coming from the military dress, the corset has lost its defensive role and character to become a tool of seduction over the centuries..
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/evelyne-politanoff/le-corset-barrere_b_875231.html#s291624

Long before 'Spanx' corsets consumed waistlines.   

DNC Head: "We own the economy"



The economy, she said, “has turned around” since President Obama took office, with steady job growth evident even if the pace leaves something to be desired.
"has turned around"--what are they smoking at DNC headquarters? I guess by 'turned around' she means 9+% unemployment, stagflation, six million foreclosures, one million construction jobs gone, and nearly $4 trillion added to the debt in 2 years.

Report: Nearly 200 of Obama‘s Biggest Donors Land ’Plum‘ Gov’t Jobs, Contracts

Change. Change you can step in.


More than two years after Obama took office vowing to banish “special interests” from his administration, nearly 200 of his biggest donors have landed plum government jobs and advisory posts, won federal contracts worth millions of dollars for their business interests or attended numerous elite White House meetings and social events...

Opec to haul in $1 trillion as oil prices increase risk of double-dip recession

Did someone say double dip?


Forecasts from the US government show that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), whose key members include Saudi Arabia and Iran, will collect a third more in revenues because prices have averaged $111 per barrel this year.


But Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, said that the current price of $120 per barrel could be the catalyst for a global economic crisis on the scale of the one experienced in 2008.

Google denies special deal for Barack Obama

Step 1) deny. Step 2) say Bush made you do it. Step 3) hey look, a squirrel!


Google denied Wednesday that it gave President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign special access to a new advertising program, something a sales representative from the search and advertising giant had claimed in an email to customers.


A Curious Insularity

Victor Davis Hanson on point as per usual:

In the world of Barack Obama, inflating tires and “tuning up” modern car engines precludes off-shore drilling. Four-dollar-a-gallon gas prices can be ameliorated by having the average consumer trade in his 8-mpg clunker. Medical bills soar because doctors unnecessarily rip out tonsils and lop off limbs. “Skyrocketing” power bills and bankrupt coal companies are abstractions, and do not involve personal tragedies. One third of the border fenced means that the fence is “basically” completed. Nine percent unemployment is due in part to automation like ATMs, which apparently first came on the scene during the Obama administration to eliminate jobs. Shovel-ready jobs were not so shovel-ready. Criticism is dismissed as “enemies” deserving “punishment” or opponents relegated to the “back seat” or adversaries caricatured with “moats and alligators.” And so on.


...Obama has never run a business, spent any considerable time off the public payroll or outside of politics, or spent any time with those who were once characterized as “clingers,” and thus cannot be expected to know much about how cars work, doctors are paid, illegal immigrants cross the border, or the basics of economics.

Most tumors not within cell phone radiation range



Brain tumors among cell phone users are not clustered within range of most of the radiation emitted from the devices, a new report finds - suggesting that mobile phones do not cause cancer.

Moreover, people who had used mobile phones for the longest amount of time, and spent the most time on the phones, were no more likely to experience tumors located within 5 centimeters of the phone, where "90 percent of the radiation" is emitted, study author Dr. Suvi Larjavaara from the University of Tampere in Finland told Reuters Health.

Kucinich files suit over U.S. involvement in Libya


I oppose just about everything Kucinich stands for, but I do give him credit for being consistent.

Antiwar Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) filed suit in federal court Wednesday seeking to halt the U.S. military action in Libya, saying it is unconstitutional.

Kucinich and Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, another longtime war critic, led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the latest challenge to the White House's authority to conduct the campaign without seeking congressional approval under the War Powers Act.

MSM will not like this

Sarah Palin

Writing Analysts Claim Palin Writes ‘Better Than Most Educated Americans’

...her writing was found to be better than some CEOs'.

Corruption

obama tongue

Report: Nearly 200 of Obama‘s Biggest Donors Land ’Plum‘ Gov’t Jobs, Contracts

 

"vowing to banish 'special interests' from his administration"

Image: Government for the citizens…

Oklahoma Supreme Court upholds state anti-illegal-immigration law

States just keep showing up the feds.

We teach writing to the level of your audience.

The Best Media Jackals Can Do With Sarah Palin's Emails

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Dem News

Pelosi's Wealth Skyrockets

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saw her net worth rise 62 percent last year, cementing her status as one of the wealthiest members of Congress.

Pelosi was worth at least $35.2 million in the 2010 calendar year, according to a financial disclosure report released Wednesday. She reported a minimum of $43.4 million in assets and about $8.2 in liabilities.

For 2009, Pelosi reported a minimum net worth of $21.7 million.

John Edwards' Mug Shot

 

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and campaign law violations in early June. His mug shot was obtained by CNN following a Freedom of Information Act request.

The plea came after a federal grand jury indicted him on six counts, including conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws.

Gomboc

Meet the Gömböc, one of the strangest shapes in the world

Invented by Hungarian mathematicians, the Gömböc can't ever be kept down. It's the world's only artificial, self-righting shape.

The Gömböc doesn't have any power, and is a consistent weight all the way through. It has a wide curve on the bottom, surrounded by flat-ish sides and a ridged curve of a top. No matter how it's placed on a flat surface, it will right itself. It's what's called a mono-monostatic shape, and was born of mathematical theory. The theory stated that a self-righting shape was possible, and that it had one stable point of balance, and one unstable point. Placing it on the curve on its top will let it pick itself up quickly. Placing on its flat side starts a slower process. It rolls back and forward slowly, then slows almost to a stop, then rolls back and forward quickly in a tiny vibrating motion, and then falls onto its stable point of balance, righting itself again.

Obama is not very smart

President Bush (41) never actually expressed amazement at the operation of a grocery supermarket price scanner in 1988. The New York Times made it up and the rest of the mainstream media dutifully repeated it.

President Obama, however, actually said this on The Today Show:

"There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don't go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you're using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate."

ATMs have been around since since the 1970'sThe economy over which Ronald Reagan presided in the 1980's created more than 18 million mostly high-paying jobs despite the ever increasing efficiency of the economy.

Low-Carbohydrate, High-Protein Diets May Reduce Both Tumor Growth Rates and Cancer Risk

ScienceDaily (June 14, 2011) — Eating a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet may reduce the risk of cancer and slow the growth of tumors already present, according to a study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110614115037.htm

Useless history

'No one's going to drink a cup of Pequod!' How Starbucks was almost named after the doomed ship in Moby-Dick

Global: Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 17,009 stores in 50 countries, including over 11,000 in the U.S.

It's the largest coffee house in the world, but Starbucks may have had a very different story had one of its founders had his way.

What The Dems did.

  • And a Porn Star shall lead them

    Weiner watch: Dems shift to denial as porn star tells media Weiner should resign
     

    Fed chief weighs in on debt limit

    Ben Bernanke: Deficit must be cut, but debt limit 'the wrong tool'

    Fed chief Bernanke avoids taking a position on taxes while telling Congress it must act 'in a timely manner' to reduce the deficit. Failing to raise the debt limit, he says, would be a costly mistake.

    House of walls ... of bookshelves

    Looks like one of those old 3-d puzzles

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    Boing Boing today linked to this most amazing of houses, located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. It is called the Shelf-Pod; it was created by the Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio; and it is basically a house in which all the walls are bookshelves. Or rather, all the walls are shelves into which we feel books should be placed (it was built to hold the extensive library of the person who commissioned it). The architects used a lattice process that looks like this:

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    Which seems simple enough to me. I wonder if I could replicate this in my next fit of home improvement…

    (Via Boing Boing via Core 77)



    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books#ixzz1PMVdgVKQ

    Covers contest ... from the New Yorker

    The seven Presidential candidates at Monday’s G.O.P. primary debate in New Hampshire got us seeing sevens everywhere, especially on book covers. Spot the magic number; and good luck!

    coversseven.jpg

    Submit the first fully correct response via e-mail and win a copy of the brand-new anthology “The Only Game in Town: Sportswriting from The New Yorker.” In the event of confusion, consult our official rules. We’ll announce the winner on Friday afternoon.


    If you want to enter the contest to win a prize, go to the link below for The New Yorker.



    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books#ixzz1PMV5HRPv

    Global Cooling is a danger. Cooling causes crop failure and major migrations. GW is usually beneficial.

    Global Warming Be Damned, We Might Be Headed for a Mini Ice Age

    Is a mini-ice age coming our way?





    Even though the Sun has been active recently as it heads towards solar maximum in 2013, there are three lines of evidence including a missing jet stream in the solar interior, fading sunspots on the sun's visible surface, and changes in the corona and near the poles suggest that the next 11-year-long solar cycle will be far quieter than the current one or it may not even happen.

    There are some scientists at the conference who said the current findings from the studies mean that we are at the beginning of a Maunder Minimum, a 70-year period that began around 1645 when hardly any sunspots were observed.

    This decline in sunspots coincided with below-normal temperatures, in a climate period known as the Little Ice Age that struck Europe and North America, where temperatures dropped by 1.8 to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1-1.5 degrees Celsius).

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/163264/20110615/sunspot-activity-ice-age-maunder-minimum-corona.htm

    Ahmadinejad joins China, Russia leaders at summit

    There is a power vacuum forming in the West. Our 'declinist' president is contributing to the sense of Western weakness.



    Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday joined the Chinese and Russian leaders in a rare encounter at a summit in Kazakhstan, where he launched a new attack on the "slavers and colonisers" of the West.

    Host Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev urged the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a security group regarded as a NATO rival founded in 2001, to take a more active role in ensuring regional security.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iK-uoG7aI7dCBPyVCPotpZeFc4Sg?docId=CNG.d8b17504535e4f19218999090de182f4.641

    More physicians leaving private practices

    A survey by Accenture indicates more U.S. physicians are selling their private practices to work at larger healthcare systems.

    By 2013, less than one-third of U.S. physicians are expected to remain in private practice and patients may increasingly find that being treated by physicians in private, small practice settings may be a thing of the past.

    http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/06/14/More-physicians-leaving-%20%20private-practices/UPI-84191308100918/?spt=hs&or=hn