Thursday, July 7, 2011

Marco Rubio just said something profound. The real problem is 1/2 of Americans pay no income tax. Roberts' Rule: A minimum $100 a person tax. Everybody needs to have skin in the game.


He really is not very smart.

Fact Check: President Obama Was Wrong on Tax Rates

President Obama at yesterday's Twitter Town Hall (at the 36:25 mark):
“We actually now have the lowest tax rates since the 1950s. Our tax rates are lower now than they were under Ronald Reagan. They’re lower than they were under George Bush — senior or George Bush, junior.”

Tax rates were lower than today's 35% top rate under both President Reagan and the first President Bush (28% in 1988-90, 31% in 1991-92)

July 12 is Neptune's Birthday. One year old.

Neptune Is About to Turn One Year Old. What?

About 165 years ago, astronomers figured out that Neptune is a planet. Since then, Pluto has lived and died as a planet, but Neptune is just now finishing its first solar cycle: It'll turn 1 in Neptune years on July 12.

Which Harry Potter star is he?

Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape)
Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape)

Yes, it would be very bad to have only citizens vote.

Dems Oppose GOP Push to Tighten State Voting Law

Democrats say GOP proposals to require voters to show ID would skew elections 

This man should be in jail. (But they have different rules for them than for us.)

Child pornography found on federal prosecutor's computer

Grassley wants an explanation on why Justice Dept. didn't file charges against Assistant U.S. Attorney

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Higher electricity an higher heating costs, to say nothing of huge job loss.

New EPA rules to devastate coal industry

The coal industry is crying foul over new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations which they say will be among the most be costly rules ever imposed by the agency on coal-fueled power plants.

The result, industry insiders say: substantially higher electricity rates and massive job loss.

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Oh my! Fast and Furious is showing up all over the place


  • 43 Weapons in Phoenix Traffic Stop Linked to Holder’s Gunrunning Scandal

  • Stimulus Funded ATF Gunrunner Program?


    …For an additional amount for ‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’, $90,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 20140,, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.

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    Note 'publicly funded' in this article

    ...the American taxpayer is being used and abused by the Mexican government.

    Judicial Watch:

    Mexico's government operates programs in about a dozen American cities that refers its nationals--living in the U.S. illegally--to publicly funded health centers where they can get free medical care without being turned over to immigration authorities.

    The program is called Ventanillas de Salud (Health Windows) in Spanish and its mission is to help illegal immigrants find U.S. hospitals, clinics and other government programs where they can get free services without being deported for violating federal immigration laws

    Hanson on today's 'illiberals'.

    Victor Davis Hanson has a question:

    Why does the present administration oppose new anti-illegal-immigration laws in Arizona and Georgia that are designed to enhance existing federal law — but not so-called “sanctuary city” statutes that in some municipalities deliberately contravene federal immigration law?

    The old liberal ideal of a racially blind, melting-pot society where the law is applied equally across the board has descended into the new postmodern practice of enforcing many laws only selectively — and based entirely on politics, matters of race, ethnic chauvinism, and national origin.

    In sum, yesterday’s immigration liberals have become today’s illiberals

    Black Racial Violence

    Liberal Mob Celebrates the Fourth in Milwaukee

    Among the most alarming manifestations of the liberal mob mentality Ann Coulter writes about in Demonic is the increasingly prevalent phenomenon of black mobs that hunt whites to beat and rob.  Here's what happens if you try to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend in a park in Milwaukee while white:

    Shaina Perry remembers the punch to her face, blood streaming from a cut over her eye, her backpack with her asthma inhaler, debit card and cellphone stolen, and then the laughter.
    "They just said 'Oh, white girl bleeds a lot,' " said Perry, 22, who was attacked at Kilbourn Reservoir Park over the Fourth of July weekend. …
    Perry was among several who were injured by a mob they said beat and robbed them and threw full beer bottles while making racial taunts. The injured people were white; the attackers were African-American, witnesses said. …
    Emily Mowrer, 27, was not hurt but saw her friends beaten and punched and full beer bottles thrown at them. Her boyfriend was punched. She saw Perry lying with blood on her face, not moving. She called 911 on her cellphone.
    "I saw some of my friends on the ground getting beat pretty severely. They got away with one of my friends' bikes. Some people had their wallets stolen," said Mowrer, who owns a house with her boyfriend in Riverwest. "It didn't seem like it was a mugging — it seemed like an attack. Like they weren't after anything — just violence." …
    "I heard laughing as they were beating everybody up. They were eating chips like it was a picnic," said Perry, a restaurant cashier. "All I remember is seeing bright lights (after the punch), then my backpack was gone and blood was spurting out of my head."

    747 coming right at you. (Always amazed at how much bend there is in the wings. 787 wings has a lot more bend)

    This is the most amazing photo of a Boeing 747 climbing into the sky you'll likely ever see. It was shot by Daniel Werner, who made the photograph from a private plane near this LAX runway.

    First look at Dori, Nori and Ori from The Hobbit set

    Peter Jackson has just released the first images of squabbling dwarf brothers Dori, Nori and Ori from his Hobbit movie. Check out the delightful braided beard detail and adorable (but deadly) weapons!

    If This Time-Lapse Video Doesn’t Make You Feel Blessed Living On This Planet…

    If This Time-Lapse Video Doesn't Make You Feel Blessed Living On This Planet... ...Well, my friend, nothing will. NOTHING. 30 hours of footage shot in Victoria, Australia, took Alex Cherney over a year to compile, but I'm sure you'll nod your head in appreciation while viewing his majestic creation.

    <iframe src="" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="">Ocean Sky</a> from <a href="">Alex Cherney</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    More on Obama’s EPA


     EPA Funds Green Groups That Sue The Agency To Expand. “Often the suits involve things the EPA wants to do anyway. By inviting a lawsuit and then signing a consent decree, the agency gets legal cover from political heat. Holmstead called this kind of litigation ‘sweetheart suits.’”

    Fast and Furious update

    MORE ON THAT ATF GUNRUNNING SCANDAL: ‘Fast & Furious’ gets hotter for Holder. “Don’t look now, but the real action in Washington this week isn’t the partisan wrangling over the debt ceiling but something — literally — even more incendiary: Operation Fast and Furious, which seems about to explode right in the face of Attorney General Eric Holder — and maybe other administration officials, too. . . . The ATF’s acting director, Kenneth Melson, has been singing like a canary to congressional investigators as he pushes back against administration pressure for him to resign and take the fall for something that, at the very least, had to include the US Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and possibly the Homeland Security Department. In a letter to Holder released yesterday, Rep. Daryl Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley accused the Justice Department of blocking their investigation into the burgeoning scandal (which has resulted in the deaths of at least two American agents and countless Mexican civilians), muzzling the ATF and involving other federal agencies, including the FBI and the DEA, in funding the crackpot scheme.”

    As they say, worse than Iran/Contra. Plus this: “So if the identities of the Mexican criminals were known to the feds, what was the point of Project Gunrunner — and why is Holder so desperately trying to stonewall by withholding hundreds of documents from Congress? Law-abiding gun owners and dealers think they already know. With the Obama administration wedded to the fiction that 90 percent of the guns Mexican cartels use originate here — they don’t — many suspect that ‘Fast and Furious’ was a backdoor attempt to smear domestic gun aficionados as part of its stealth efforts on gun control by executive fiat.”

    Nice move!

    FILE - This May 25, 2011 file photo shows Elizabeth Smart talking to the media in front of the Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City.  Smart who was kidnapped, raped and held captive at age 14 by a Salt Lake City street preacher is taking a job as a commentator for ABC News.   ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend tells The Associated Press that Elizabeth Smart can provide viewers with a unique perspective on missing persons cases. She says the deal with the now 23-year-old Smart have been in the works for some time.    (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)
    Elizabeth Smart to work as ABC commentator AP - 1 hr 28 mins ago

    Elizabeth Smart is taking a job with ABC News as a commentator focusing on missing persons and child abduction cases. More »

    Obama Did Make It Worse.

    VESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Romney’s Right: Obama Did Make It Worse.

    There are 2 million fewer private-sector jobs now than when Obama was sworn in, and the unemployment rate is 1.5 percentage points higher.

    • There are now more long-term unemployed than at any time since the government started keeping records.

    • The U.S. dollar is more than 12% weaker.

    • The number of Americans on food stamps has climbed 37%.

    • The Misery Index (unemployment plus inflation) is up 62%.

    • And the national debt is about 40% higher than it was in January 2009.

    In fact, reporters who bother to look will discover that Obama has managed to produce the worst recovery on record.

    Fat and Fatter

    U.S. GETS FATTER: Obesity rate tops 20% in all but one state...
    1 in 4 NYers...

    Mississippi is the fattest state in the union with an adult obesity rate of 34.4 percent. Colorado is the least obese -- with a rate of 19.8 percent -- and the only state with an adult obesity rate below 20 percent, according to "F as in Fat," an annual report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Might want to look at MSNBC…

    NAACP Blasts CNN for Lack of Diversity in Prime Time News...

    Murdoch's 'End of the World'

    Copies of the News of the World newpaper

    News of the World to close on Sunday

    James Murdoch says jobs will go as final edition of tabloid is published this weekend, with revenues going to good causes

    You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig

    Eliot Spitzer canceled by CNN

    Eliot Spitzer canceled: CNN reshuffled its schedule move Anderson Cooper's flagship newscast into the tough 8 p.m. time slot and eliminate Spitzer's 'In the Arena' program.

    Eliot Spitzer talks to reporters at the National Press Club in 2010. After canceling the show, CNN talked to Spitzer about staying with the network as a commentator, but he decided not to.

    Dennis Brack/Newscom/File


    'Cuts': just more smoke and mirrors from Democrats

    James C. Capretta writing in the WSJ:

    ...the president and his allies are playing a familiar card. It’s not that they are against entitlement “reform,” they say, it’s just that they want to protect the beneficiaries from any financial sacrifice. And so we learn in recent days (see here and here) that Democrats are willing to put sizeable Medicare and Medicaid “cuts” on the table. Among the changes that are reportedly under consideration are further reductions in what providers of services and products are paid, trims in Medicare’s support of hospital-based physician-training programs, and importation of Medicaid’s pharmaceutical-rebate scheme into the Medicare prescription-drug benefit for the so-called “dually eligible” (that is, the elderly who are enrolled in both programs). And apparently some Republicans are willing to play along.

    These kinds of changes in Medicare and Medicaid are nothing new. Various versions of them have been included in every budget deal going back 30 years, and most especially in the bipartisan deals of 1990 and 1997. They do not constitute genuine entitlement reform. They will not fix Medicare and Medicaid. And they will not solve the nation’s budget problem.

    Yes, on paper, the Congressional Budget Office will say they save money, perhaps even a lot of money. But CBO has said that every time a budget deal in the past has included similar provisions. As the years go by, the savings always vanish in the regulatory complexity of the programs, and entitlement spending continues to rise just as it always has. Moreover, arbitrary across-the-board payment cuts are actually damaging to the efficient operation of the health system. They lead to cost shifting, and they drive willing suppliers of services out of the marketplace. In the end, price controls do nothing to change the underlying reasons for cost growth.

    'Alibi' Obama's campaign strategy

    George Will:

    The Republicans’ 2012 presidential nominee will run against Alibi Ike. Lardner, a Chicago sportswriter, created that character (“His right name was Frank X. Farrell, and I guess the X stood for ‘Excuse me.’ ”), who resembles Chicagoan Barack Obama. After blaming his predecessor for this and that, and after firing all the arrows in liberalism’s quiver — the stimulus, cash for clunkers, etc. — Obama seems poised to blame the recovery’s anemia on Republican resistance to simultaneously raising the debt ceiling and taxes.

    So the Republican nominee’s campaign theme can already be written. In 1960, candidate John Kennedy’s theme was: “We can do better.” In 2012, the Republican candidate should say “Is this the best we can do?”

    Man wielding hammer, shotgun attacks speed-camera vehicle

    Maryland State Police closed down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway for more than three hours Wednesday as they searched for a man who was carrying a shotgun and hammer and smashed the windshield of a Jeep SUV that had speed cameras mounted on it.

    Nobody was injured. As of Thursday morning, police were still searching for the man, who was described as wearing a plaid, possibly flannel, shirt on an 87-degree day.

    Going 'green' will cost some green...that we don't have

    U.N. Admits That Going Green Will Cost $76 Trillion

    Two years ago, U.N. researchers were claiming that it would cost “as much as $600 billion a year over the next decade” to go green. Now, a new U.N. report has more than tripled that number to $1.9 trillion per year for 40 years.

    So let's do the math: That works out to a grand total of $76 trillion, over 40 years -- or more than five times the entire Gross Domestic Product of the United States ($14.66 trillion a year). It’s all part of a “technological overhaul” “on the scale of the first industrial revolution” called for in the annual report. Except that the U.N. will apparently control this next industrial revolution

    Elizabeth Smart to become ABC reporter

    Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped out of her Salt Lake City bedroom at knifepoint at the age of 14 and held for nine months by a street preacher, will join ABC News as a contributor for missing persons cases.

    Egyptian Party Leader Claims Holocaust is ‘a Lie,’ 9/11 Was ‘Made in the U.S.A.’

    “But gas chambers and skinning them alive and all this? Fanciful stories."

    It’s hard to imagine people in the modern age claiming — with a straight face –that the Holocaust never occurred. Yet, this is exactly what Ahmed Ezz El-Arab, a vice chairman of Egypt’s Wafd Party, believes. In addition to dubbing this monumental historical occurrence “a lie,” in a recent interview with The Washington Times, the political leader claims that Anne Frank’s memoir is “a fake” and that the 9/11 attacks were “made in the U.S.A.”

    More on the Teachers cheating in Atlanta

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    Culture of Corruption: Report Finds Widespread Teacher Cheating, Intimidation in Atlanta Schools

    "Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ answer sheets."

    DC is just playing their CYA games. The “cuts” are a joke. Spending continues to go up. We need adults in DC.

    Cato Institute on 'underwhelming' spending cuts

    Supposed $2 trillion in cuts pale in comparison to $46 trillion in projected spending increases

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    Why is O’s EPA spending your $ off shore?

    EPA stimulating environmental regulations abroad

    Agency has doled out $27 million of stimulus funds to foreign groups since 2009, committee finds

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    How India is beating the Moslem Terrorist.

    July 7, 2011: Over the last six years, India has managed to sharply reduce the number of Islamic terrorists getting into non-Moslem parts of Kashmir (actually "Jammu-Kashmir") from Pakistan. This was done by using more technology, more troops and new ideas to largely shut down terrorist infiltration routes over the Himalayas and into India. This meant blocking the large Nikam pass in the Pir Panjal mountain range.

    Let's put this into perspective. In the last eleven years, there have been 1,749 terrorism related incidents in that area, most of them before 2005. Some 88 percent of the incidents occurred between 2000-2005. After that, the annual number of incidents declined. In 2005 there were 163, but that went down to 73 in 2006 and so on until this year, where there have been three clashes through the end of June. Meaning that there will most likely be less than ten for the entire year.

    He raped and murdered a 16 year old. O’s position is either that Texans can be executed but not Mexicans or that UN “treaty” trump our ability to rule ourselves.

    11th-Hour Fight Over Texas ExecutionPresident Obama, the State Department and Mexico ask Texas to halt the impending execution of a Mexican national convicted of rape and murder, citing a U.N.-enforced treaty.

    It is the cover up that always get thems

    ATF Director Says Holder Obstructing 'Fast and Furious' Probe

    There is reason we have gotten so obese

    Americans Set New World Record For Hugest Burger For America

    Juicy's LLC set the record for most ginormous burger ever made on Saturday at the Alameda County Fair in California. Weighing in at 777 pounds, it whooped Canada's former record of 590 pounds.

    Top Trump: The Donald's new 70-storey luxury hotel in Panama becomes highest building in Latin America and his first outside U.S

    Donald Trump doesn't do anything small, so it is no surprise that his first building in Latin America also becomes the region's tallest.

    The 70-storey Trump Ocean Club opened Wednesday in Panama City, soaring 932 feet (284 meters) into the Central American sky.

    The Trump Ocean Club reflects 'the modern sensibility of the new generation of luxury travel', the Trump Organization said in an invite to the resort's opening.

    Trump South: Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City opened Wednesday

    Trump South: Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City opened Wednesday

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    Big bear: A big grizzly bear moves through Yellowstone National Park in a 2005 file photo. A hiker was mauled to death by one of these animals for the first time in a long while

    The man, who has not yet been named, had been hiking with his wife around a mile-and-a-half from the start of the Wapiti Lake Trail in the park today when the mauling occurred.

    Nothing is more dangerous than truth, to the speaker.

    Richard Dawkins Gets into a Comments War with Feminists. “Richard Dawkins made an unexpected appearance in the comments section of biologist PZ Myers’ post at last week. Myers was commenting on Rebecca Watson’s recent experience being propositioned in a hotel elevator by a male attendee of a conference at which Watson had just spoken in Dublin. Dawkins got himself into hot water by commenting in the form of a sarcastic letter to a Muslim woman, pointing out how trivial Watson’s experience in the elevator was compared to the abuses Muslim women deal with on a daily basis.”

    The caring Liberal

    Ruthless People: Libs to Ginsburg: Drop dead. “Some legal observers would like to be rid of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Associated Press reported over the weekend. These aren’t conservatives who find her too activist but liberals who find her too old and worry that if she doesn’t get out soon, a Republican president will get to replace her.”

    “Fast and Furious” Blows Sky-High

    This morning, there was a stunning development in Congress’s investigation of the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running program: it was revealed that on July 4, Kenneth Melson, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Obama administration’s intended fall guy in the scandal, broke ranks with his superiors. Without their knowledge, he gave an interview to Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, accompanied only by his personal attorney. While a transcript of that interview is not yet public, it is clear that he blew the whistle on senior officials in the Justice Department.

    This morning, Issa and Senator Charles Grassley released a letter that they sent yesterday to Attorney General Eric Holder. It is explosive, to say the least. You should read it in its entirety; here are some excerpts:

    Yesterday, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson participated in a transcribed interview regarding Operation Fast and Furious and related matters with both Republican and Democratic staff. He appeared with his personal counsel, Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods LLP. His interview had originally been scheduled through the Justice Department to occur on July 13 in the presence of DOJ and ATF counsel. As you know, however, under our agreement Department witnesses who choose to attend a voluntary interview with their own lawyer are free to exercise that right rather than participate with counsel representing the Department’s interests.

    After being made aware of that provision of our agreement, Acting Director Melson chose to exercise that right and appeared with his own lawyer. We are disappointed that no one had previously informed him of that provision of the agreement. Instead, Justice Department officials sought to limit and control his communications with Congress.

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    Baseball Cheaters Can't Hide from the Laws of Physics

    ScienceDaily (June 27, 2011) — Some baseball superstitions are accepted as cold, hard truth. But in the world of physics, the most accepted verities are subject to experimentation.

    A corked bat hits the ball further? Not in Lloyd Smith's lab.

    Storing balls in a humidor can curb home run production? We'll grant you that one, but only because Smith has fired the balls through a cannon and measured their bounciness as they hit a bat.

    In 2004, the researchers compared contemporary balls with a batch of late-1970s balls provided by the family of former Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley. They fired them at both a steel plate and a bat at speeds of 60, 90 and 120 mph.

    They found the balls' coefficients of restitution -- their ability to bounce -- were nearly identical. In retrospect, Smith speculates that it may have been the players, not the balls, that were juiced.

    Surprising Culprits Behind Cell Death from Fat and Sugar Overload

    ScienceDaily (July 5, 2011) — Excess nutrients, such as fat and sugar, don't just pack on the pounds but can push some cells in the body over the brink. Unable to tolerate this "toxic" environment, these cells commit suicide.

    Under normal conditions (left), the small nucleolar RNAs involved with cell death are not activated and are not visible around the nuclei of these mouse muscle cells (shown in green). In the presence of fats, however (right), the RNA molecules (shown in red) are activated and move out of the cell nuclei and into the cytoplasm, the liquid in the main body of the cell, where they help initiate cell death. This is the first time these small RNAs have been shown to function in the cytoplasm.

    Now, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered three unexpected players that help a cell overloaded with fat initiate its own demise. They have shown that these molecules leading a cell to self-destruct are not proteins as might be expected, but small strands of RNA, a close chemical cousin to DNA. Since these small nucleolar RNAs play well-known roles in building proteins, the researchers were surprised to implicate them in killing cells.

    Cooler California is proof of GW.

    California’s long-term cooling trend cited as evidence FOR global warming

    Want to know why global warming alarmists and climate scientists in general have lost credibility with the American public? Consider a new study released today — and the unintentionally hilarious weasel words of its author — as Exhibit A.

    As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle today, a meteorologist did a 30-year survey of temperature and precipitation data for most of the largest cities up and down the state of California. Conclusion? In 75% of the sites, the weather has grown colder and rainier than it used to be:

    (To see the complete illustration from which this graphic was excerpted, see the SF Chronicle‘s version here.)