Saturday, June 18, 2011

McIlory leads by eight strokes leading into Sunday's play

Rory McIlroy posts third-round 68, goes into Sunday at 14-under with eight stroke lead.

We’re the government. We want to look out for you. So cough up your keys.

The Cedar Falls city council wants every owner of commercial property to provide access to their property via lockbox to the city. The video shows concerned business owners airing their grievances. Their concerns are rejected almost unanimously by the council.
Soft-pedal fascism is making its way into every level of government in this country.

We just installed these guys big brother (Prestige) and really like them. This is a whole lot less than we paid.

5.1-channel Mirage Nanosat High-Performance Speaker System for $350 with free shipping (normally $800 {Savings of $450 / 56% off})

Chartreuse ...From Paris

"While we're certainly appreciative of all the efforts various sects of monks have made in the advancement of knowledge throughout history, how about their work in the time-honored tradition of throwing one back? Praise be to the Carthusians then, a French sect responsible for the distillation of Chartreuse for over 400 years. The most notable variety, Green Chartreuse, is a liqueur made from some 130 herbs and plants, the full extent of which are only known by two or three people at any given time (although the exact recipe has changed once or twice). It's kind of like "The Da Vinci Code" of drinking.

The spirit has a distinctly sweet, herbaceous and medicinal flavor (people thought booze was medicine until relatively recently), with an assertive anise note."

O not talking about Boeing

Obama’s not talking much about the NLRB and Boeing. “Mr. Obama has been touting his plan to double the country’s export growth by 2015, thereby creating two million new jobs. Now one of the country’s foremost exporters is under assault for seeking a lower-cost venue for manufacturing to stay globally competitive, and the President has had nothing to say.”

Shotgun review Kel-tec KSG

We found the gun quite manageable, and its compact size (owing to the bullpup configuration) makes it very maneuverable. Obviously, with 14 rounds on board, capacity is never going to be an issue. Those factors make it perhaps the best shotgun for home defense we’ve seen in a while. Time will tell regarding reliability, but it ran without any hints of a hiccup in our brief test. Our one complaint is the solid, unforgiving cheekpiece, which made putting a bunch of Hornady TAP buckshot loads through the gun somewhat punishing to the shooters’ faces. Fortunately, those faces didn’t look so great beforehand, so no harm, no foul.


Western sandpipers rest at Hartney Bay during the annual Copper River shorebird migration at Prince William Sound, Alaska. In one of nature's greatest spectacles, six and a half million transcontinental sandpiper birds fly 6,000 miles from Peru to the wilds of Alaska each year

Western sandpipers rest at Hartney Bay during the annual Copper River shorebird migration at Prince William Sound, Alaska. In one of nature's greatest spectacles, six and a half million transcontinental sandpiper birds fly 6,000 miles from Peru to the wilds of Alaska each year.

Time catches us all

Tiger cubs raised by surrogate dog mother at Hefei Zoo, Anhui Province, China

Two tiger cubs that have been nursed from birth by a surrogate dog mother are growing up fast. The two cubs, which are almost three months old, are currently being weaned onto solid food...



What If You Crammed The Entire Human Population Into a Single City?

Here's food for thought: Some cities are considerably more densely populated than others. Imagine packing all 6.9 billion people in the world into a city you know. How much space would that megacity take up?

Per Square Mile made these infographics to give you an idea of what you'd find. In the image above, they stuffed the world's people into a city as dense as Houston. We'd take up most of the continental United States.

Rick Perry

'Stand up' and 'stop apologizing'...


The Rentman corrects O’s grammer on Weiner.

Obama quote regarding Rep. A. Weiner D-NY: “I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign." I think he ment to say "were me". I guess he didn't pay attention in English class, just like he didn't pay attention in the Jerimah Wright hate church. -The Rentman

Defending Magna Carta


On this day in 1215, Magna Carta was carried to Runnymede on the bank of the Thames by an army of old men and young men, Londoners, bishops, barons and knights. They forced King John to set his seal to the Great Charter as the law of the land. "To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay right or justice."

On this June 15th, almost 800 years after Magna Carta was established, it's astonishing that its basic rights and liberties are still desperately needed in many parts of the world today, and are on the defensive in the England which first nurtured them.

The rights and liberties enshrined in Magna Carta include

The right to trial by jury.

The right to habeas corpus - we cannot be arrested and kept in prison indefinitely without being charged and tried under the law of the land.

The right to own property, which cannot be taken from us without due payment or process of law.

The right not to be fined so heavily as to have our livelihood destroyed.

The right to reasonable taxation levied only with the general consent of the kingdom.

The right of the Church to be free from government control.

The right of London and other cities, towns, and ports to have all their liberties and customary freedoms.

The right to travel freely in and out of the country except during war.

These rights to be observed not only by the king but by all men.

Not much in media about this

Muslim Carrying Bomb Detained Near Pentagon

A man carrying an explosive device and Al-Qaeda literature was detained in Arlington National Cemetery this morning. The cemetery was closed at the time when the Muslim was arrested.

ABC reported, via Michelle Malkin:

A man carrying a suspicious package was detained in Arlington National Cemetery this morning after police searched his backpack and found the materials as well as pro-al Qaeda literature, officials told ABC News.

Police believe he was carrying ammonium nitrate and spent ammunition for an automatic weapon. Ammonium nitrate has been used in terrorist bombs.

According to law enforcement sources, the man is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Initially he was thought to be of Ethiopian ethnicity.

The statements were found in a notebook that contained mostly notes for a financial class. There was also was a page containing words “al qaeda”, “Taliban rules”, “mujahidin and “defeated coalition forces.”


The democrat governor vetoed the voter ID bill today.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Friday that could have eventually required voters to provide a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot.

Newest Picture of Chilean Volcano

Lightning flashes in the ash cloud of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano eruption, as seen from Entre Lagos, Chile

Lightning flashes in the ash cloud of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano eruption, as seen from Entre Lagos, Chile

Putin’s “photographer”

 Yana Lapikova, who has been hired into Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s pool of personal photographers

Vladimir Putin’s press office has been forced to issue an explanation after hiring a former glamour model as his personal photographer. Yana Lapikova (above), a 25-year-old former Miss Moscow contestant, was confirmed as one of Mr Putin’s official personal photographers

A cleaner version of hell

ADX Florence Prison

The Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX for short) is a supermax prison (for men) in Colorado housing the baddest of the bad. These criminals are considered the most dangerous cons in the US and has earned the prison the nickname of “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” Described by one former ADX warden as “a cleaner version of hell”, security measures at the prison include attack dogs guarding the area between the prison walls and 12 ft. high razor wire fences, 1,400 remotely controlled steel doors, motion detecting laser beams, pressure pads and cameras. Current residents of the prison include infamous “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid, 9/11 terrorist mastermind Zacarias Moussaoui, and Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols among many, many others.

Area 51: the plane truth

Many strange experiments have taken place at the ultra-secret base. But not on aliens. As former workers fight for their lives, we ask: what happened there?

An A-12 is mounted upside-down on a pylon for radar cross-section testing at Area 51, circa 1962

An A-12 is mounted upside-down on a pylon for radar cross-section testing at Area 51, circa 1962

China’s ghost towns

China's ghost towns: New satellite pictures show massive skyscraper cities which are STILL completely empty

Property to let: Rows of neat, newly-built houses like these in Jiangsu are becoming more common in China

These stunning pictures show elaborate public buildings and open spaces which are left completely empty. The most recent pictures of unused housing emerged as China announced plans to build 20 cities a year for the next 20 years.

Desolate: These skyscraper in Chenggong, where there are already 100,00 new homes, should be bustling with life but are instead empty

Desolate: These skyscraper in Chenggong, where there are already 100,00 new homes, should be bustling with life but are instead empty

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Where is the anti-war Left now?

Obama Overrules Lawyers on LibyaAPDespite objections from Justice Department and Pentagon lawyers, president decides he does not need congressional approval for the U.S. military campaign in Libya because it does not constitute as 'hostilities.'

Kids' lemonade stand raising money for pediatric cancer charity shut down by inspectors in Maryland

An inspector in Maryland sparked a public relations nightmare when he ordered kids to shut down a lemonade stand -- and fined their parents $500.

Even worse, the adorable children weren't just marketing a tasty treat. They were raising money for a pediatric-cancer charity.

WUSA9 reported that the inspector shut down the lemonade stand in Bethesda, Md., ear the U.S. Open because the pint-size entrepreneurs didn't have a vendors' license.

Thank goodness the Dudley Do-Rights of Maryland were able to stop these scofflaws before they sold anymore lemonade and gave the proceeds to a cancer charity. These kids learned an important lesson: The long arm of Big Government will exercise its authority no matter how small the matter at hand. All of Maryland can breathe a sigh of relief now that this lemonade-for-charity crimewave has been stopped.

Washington Post weighs in on Obama's 'halfhearted' Libya effort

The Washington Post is a reliably liberal MSM player. The bloom is definitely off the rose when they start criticizing a president they helped get elected.
From today's WashPost editorial board:
THE OBAMA administration’s depiction of its Libya venture as too halfhearted to be covered by the War Powers Resolution contains an unfortunately large dollop of truth. President Obama’s commitment is sufficiently halfhearted to undermine the NATO alliance. It is sufficiently halfhearted, and confused in its statement of purpose and its connection of ends to means, to give Moammar Gaddafi hope that he can hang on. It is not, however, so halfhearted as to justify the administration’s evasion of its legal duties under the war powers law.

Parachuting Dogs

Special operations troops are enthusiastic users of military dogs, and train some of them to parachute with the troops into enemy territory. Special operations troops (often called "operators") are often used for reconnaissance mission in hostile territory, and the best way to get in is via parachute, at night. Dogs are often very useful on these recon missions, as the animals can detect people, explosives and other useful stuff better than any human of sensor.

The parachute training for the dogs is not that time-consuming. That's because the dog goes in strapped to the chest of one of the troops. Normally, the dogs don't seem to mind this at all, but a few practice jumps are made to make sure. Some of the dogs appear to enjoy the jumps, and all are ready to go to work once they reach the ground and are released from the chest harness. Some dogs have even made high altitude (10,000 meters) jumps.

Understanding China

Things have quieted down in the southern Chinese city of Zengcheng. A week or riots and demonstrations kept escalating, until thousands of police reinforcements, and at least 19 arrests, quieted things down. This was one of several such incidents this year throughout China. This sort of disorder is a growing problem, despite decades of economic expansion and prosperity. The main problem is corruption. Too many government employees expect a bribe to do their jobs. But this is compounded by the abuse of residency permits. China, like most communist countries, imposes a form of serfdom on its citizens, forcing everyone to carry an internal passport, which includes the name of the town or city you are officially from. This is the only place where you can legally do a lot of things. You can move to other parts of the country, but if you cannot afford the large bribe to get your official residence changed, you are living illegally in your new home. You have no access to things like schools for your kids, or the ability to start a legal business. There are expensive private schools for these illegals, and local officials will take bribes to help you with starting a new business, but you are always an official outsider.  In Zengcheng, like many cities in southern China, where all this rapid economic growth has attracted a lot of new people looking for jobs, of the half million people in the city do not have legal residence. The constant demands for more bribes from police and civil servants, who deliberately exploit the illegal residents, creates a growing anger. This is particularly true in southern China, where the economic boom has been most intense and sustained. But the corruption is found throughout China, even in the rural areas most of the economic migrants in Zengcheng came from. This is the kind of unrest the national government fears might escalate to large scale rebellion. This pattern has occurred many times in Chinese history, and the rulers of China re very well aware of this history.

Father’s Day Gift. Every man still has the boy within. All boys play with guns. Every man would love to shoot full auto. And our wives never buy us this present. Must be one of those male/female things.

News you won’t see in MSM

Obama’s Own Chief of Staff Says Some of His Economic Policies Are 'Indefensible'

 White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley took heat from business executives Thursday for the Obama administration's regulatory expansions. Daley also said he didn't have any good answers for some of what President Obama is doing and expressed frustration about the "bureaucratic stuff that's hard to defend."

"Sometimes you can't defend the indefensible," Daley said at a National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) meeting.

Obama equips the Mexican Drugs Lords, intentionally. What a stupid idea. Probably not bad intent, just stupidity of the highest order that cost several Americans and hundreds of Mexicans their lives.

ATF GUNRUNNING SCANDAL UPDATE: “The Wall Street Journal reported last night that the political fallout from Operation Fast and Furious has the White House looking for a fast and furious way out. The acting head of the ATF, Kenneth Melson, will likely lose his job, perhaps as early as next week, the WSJ’s sources say, in what looks like an effort to contain the damage.”

That won’t be enough, for a scandal that some are calling “worse than Iran-Contra.” “The effort to get rid of Melson looks like an attempt to appease the House, but it’s not likely to work. Had the White House provided more cooperation with Darrell Issa on this and other investigations, a Melson resignation might have sufficed. Instead of cooperating, Melson and Attorney General Eric Holder stonewalled the Oversight Committee for weeks, and when they finally turned over the documents subpoenaed by Issa, the heavy redactions prompted Issa to tell the the DoJ’s Assistant Attorney General that he ‘should be ashamed’ of its conduct in an investigation into the death of one of its Border Patrol agents. . . . Issa now will go after the DoJ for its conduct in the investigation, because Holder and Weich have certainly acted as if they have something to hide.

Bonus quote: “Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals, this was the plan. It was so mandated.” –Special Agent John Dodson ATF Phoenix Field Division.

What it takes to have a successful TV show

Player: TV Mogul Bonnie Hammer’s Secrets of Success

  • Photo: Adam Fedderly

It’s hard enough to persuade one person to fall in love with a product. Now try 3 million, seven nights a week. Such is the power of Bonnie Hammer, newly minted head of seven cable channels at NBC Universal. In 2003 she revived the SyFy channel, luring in viewers with Ron Moore’s revamped Battlestar Galactica. Then Hammer took over as president of the USA Network, where she linked beefy wrestlers (WWE) to quivering neurotics (Monk) under the chirpy rubric “Characters Welcome.” And it worked: USA has been the number one basic cable network for five years, valued at $11.7 billion. The 60-year-old Queens native explains her plans to make other NBC Universal channels grab your eyeballs.

Wired: Lots of entertainment executives claim to make decisions with their gut. You, however, have a checklist—a “brand filter.”

Bonnie Hammer: For USA, it’s three things: Is there a slightly flawed but likable lead character? Is there a strong drama with a dollop of humor? Is it blue skies? I mean that literally and figuratively. Exterior shots showing blue skies add a levity and brightness to each show. You also have to be able to describe it in a single sentence: Royal Pains—it’s Marcus Welby in the Hamptons.

NYT actually reported some News. O lawyers think Libya is illegal.

PAPER: 2 Top Lawyers Lost to Obama in Libya War Policy Debate...
'Extraordinarily rare'...

President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization, according to officials familiar with internal administration deliberations.

One of the great surprises of my life is that women are all accountants.


Obama defies War Powers Resolution

President Barack Obama decided he could continue the air war in Libya without congressional approval despite rulings to the contrary from Justice Department and Pentagon lawyers, according to published reports.

Illinois state senator Barack Obama in October 2002:

"I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne."

California Dreamin'...for more jobs

California employers drop 29,200 jobs in May

Data reflect lingering effects of the Japanese tsunami and rising gasoline prices and other costs. The unemployment rate inched down to 11.7%, but analysts say that may be a result of Californians' giving up looking for work.

A generation of 'historical illiterates'

WSJ interview of historian David McCullough:

'We're raising young people who are, by and large, historically illiterate," David McCullough tells me on a recent afternoon in a quiet meeting room at the Boston Public Library. Having lectured at more than 100 colleges and universities over the past 25 years, he says, "I know how much these young people—even at the most esteemed institutions of higher learning—don't know." Slowly, he shakes his head in dismay. "It's shocking."

Another problem is method. "History is often taught in categories—women's history, African American history, environmental history—so that many of the students have no sense of chronology. They have no idea what followed what."

What's more, many textbooks have become "so politically correct as to be comic. Very minor characters that are currently fashionable are given considerable space, whereas people of major consequence farther back"—such as, say, Thomas Edison—"are given very little space or none at all."