Tuesday, July 12, 2011

O won’t do it. They would be real jobs, producing something we need and the employees would have a long term future

Oil trade groups: Drilling deregulation could create 190,000 jobs

'We urge him, again, to take a look at policies that will encourage oil, and domestic gas development'

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1RwaJcpGz

Better late than never.

Balanced budget amendment headed to House floor next Wednesday

Republican freshmen have been pushing the balanced budget issue for weeks

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1Rwa1PNSM

Olby: why don’t you go and find this mythical person and take them to dinner?

Olbermann implores Obama to save old people from 'eating dog food'

Host warns not to take any funds away from Social Security, Medicare in debt deal

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1RwZmQwgE

Accessory to Murder

School allowed gay teen to wear high heels and make-up in weeks before he was shot and killed in 'hate crime'

Brandon McInerney (L) is about to stand trial on first-degree murder and hate crime charges for the 2008 shooting death of gay classmate Larry King (R)

The former vice president of E.O. Green School in Oxnard, California, said she warned Larry that dressing differently could make things hard on him. But she added that she and other teachers didn't discourage him because it didn't violate the school's dress code

Time to buy land in the Bahamas

Desalinating seawater with minimal energy use

  • Desalinating seawater with minimal energy use


At a pilot facility in Singapore, Siemens has cut the energy needed to desalinate seawater by more than 50 percent. The plant processes 50 cubic meters of water per day, consuming only 1.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity per cubic meter. The most efficient desalination technique currently in use is reverse osmosis, which consumes more than twice as much energy. The magazine "Pictures of the Future" reports that the new technique uses an electric field to remove the salt from the water. Plans call for demonstration units to be set up in Singapore, the U.S., and the Caribbean by mid-2012.

National Academy of Sciences warns EPA to get its science straight or risk irrelevance

Irrelevance in scientific terms, of course. In bureaucratic combat, the EPA is nearly peerless. The article is behind a subscription firewall, but here’s the gist:

A key EPA science adviser is warning that the agency must succeed in making its scientific research programs more transparent and sound in order to to bring credibility back to agency science, or EPA will risk increased scrutiny from House Republicans and industry that could prompt a “crisis.”

“You can’t fail this time,” Thomas Burke, associate dean of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who also chaired a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel on ways to improve EPA risk assessments, told EPA officials and other scientific advisers during a discussion on the agency’s new chemical safety research program June 30.

“The sleeping giant is that EPA science is on the rocks . . . if you fail, you become irrelevant, and that is kind of a crisis,” Burke told a joint meeting of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) charged with looking at the reorganization of the agency’s research programs.

Law is for little people

Sheila Jackson Lee Sued for Humiliating Visually Impaired Aide


A congresswoman who has championed the rights of disabled people is being sued by a visually impaired former aide who claims she made 'humiliating' comments about her eyesight.

At one point, the lawsuit claims, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee told Mona Floyd: 'I don't care anything about your disability.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2013885/Congresswoman-Shelia-Jackson-Lee-sued-humiliating-disabled-aide.html#ixzz1RwW4MN31

First empty the bank then threaten the depositors.


Obama Threatens to Withhold Social Security Checks from Seniors and Vets

Beautiful First Ladies. Beautiful Betty...From Paris

As we speak, I'm watching Betty Ford's funeral on C-SPAN2.  Betty Ford. What a lovely, remarkable and beautiful woman.  Rosalynn Carter gave a poignant tribute to her, detailing Betty's "courage and grace to fight fear and the stigma of addiction and personal struggles."   Rosalynn, also a lovely and remarkable woman, gracefully detailed her first meeting with Betty, some 40 years ago.  (paraphrasing) "I was nervous, as we invited them to the Governor's mansion in Georgia.  It was a little awkward when Jimmy announced he was running for President."  Rosalynn concluded her lovely, sweet, heartfelt tribute proclaiming her "deep love and respect for this extraordinary woman.  It was my privilege to know her." 

To beautiful First Ladies, all.          

It takes two to make a deal and O won’t nego.


House Speaker John Boehner has stark words for President Obama and his handling of the debt ceiling debate, saying the president has failed to lay out a plan and that tax increases are not the answer.

Playing Chicken. We need problem solvers and less, much less, spending.

Boehner, McConnell blast Obama...
'Real solution' not possible as long as Obama is president...
BACHMANN: 'Federal government needs to go on a diet'...


GE Immelt lectures biz owners: 'Stop complaining about government'...
FLASHBACK: Company Paid No Taxes Last Year...

Top 20 most expensive cities for expatriates

1 (1) Luanda, Angola

Luanda in Angola has been ranked the world's most expensive city for expatriates for the second year running in a survey of 214 cities worldwide compiled by consultants Mercer. The survey covered the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. It is designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees.

2 (2) Tokyo, Japan

(2) Tokyo, Japan

3 (3) N’Djamena, Chad

(3) N’Djamena, Chad


Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Obama Presses, But Boehner Stands Firm

House GOP unimpressed by scary talk about debt defaults; not going to roll over and “eat their peas” on President’s tax hike proposal.

Another way we could save billions. The doors to the cockpit are now protected. give the pilots a gun and tell every American aboard: your safety is in your hands and you have immunity. (I would keep the rule about only bags for those flying.)


This day in history

Neptune Finishes First Year Since Discovery

On 12 July, Neptune will celebrate its very first birthday because exactly one Neptunian year — or 164.79 Earth years — will have passed since its discovery.

July 12, 1960: Etch a Sketch? Let Us Draw You a Picture

1960: The Etch a Sketch goes on sale.

The technology behind this children’s toy is both simple and complex. Simple, in that an internal stylus is used, manipulated by turning horizontal and vertical knobs to “etch a sketch” onto a glass window coated with aluminum powder.

Complex, because the Etch a Sketch employs a fairly sophisticated pulley system that operates the orthogonal rails that move the stylus around when the knobs are turned. The stylus etches a black line into the powder-coated window to create the drawing.

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

It is the Dems that will not deal.

Likely to Dig In


House Dems meeting early Tuesday to set their views -- and jaws.

Halperin's Take

While it is hard to see a deal that Hoyer and Boehner could both be for, it is nearly impossible to imagine something Pelosi and Cantor could both get behind. The flow of the public debate is certain to send many House Democrats to the mattresses. That is Pelosi's posture -- and she has a lot of loyal followers.

Read more: http://thepage.time.com/#ixzz1RtvN0E7L


They understand they want our money.

Barack Obama

Obama: ‘Professional Politicians’ Understand Debt Crisis Better Than General ‘Public’

Deal Now, Spend Later (We have seen this before, it just means the gov’t takes more.)

Obama urging debt limit agreement to pave the way for future 'investments'

I think they got their money’s worth

Photographer Katrina Bridgeford took this amazing photograph of Brutus, a 5.5m saltwater crocodile, giving a boatload of tourists a moment they'll never forget on the Adelaide River, just over 100km south of Darwin, last week.  Ms Bridgeford was on the cruise with sons Jordan, 14, and Dylan Woodward, 11 as well as, four-year-old niece Skye Bridgeford and boyfriend Daniel Wilson. Dylan had only two words when the massive man-eater rose out of the water in front of the group: 'Holy crap!'  The huge saltwater crocodile, which is missing its right front leg, is a favourite with tourists on the Adelaide River Cruises, because he loves his meal of buffalo meat and always puts on a good show for it.

Photographer Katrina Bridgeford took this amazing photograph of Brutus, a 5.5m saltwater crocodile, giving a boatload of tourists a moment they'll never forget on the Adelaide River, just over 100km south of Darwin, last week. Ms Bridgeford was on the cruise with sons Jordan, 14, and Dylan Woodward, 11 as well as four-year-old niece Skye Bridgeford and boyfriend Daniel Wilson. Dylan had only two words when the massive man-eater rose out of the water in front of the group: "Holy crap!"

Two lessons: Learn from others and never wear plaid shorts.

Another Obama Story 2 years too late.

Obama's Tale About His Mother Being Denied Health Insurance Debunked


During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama often discussed his mother's struggle with cancer. Ann Dunham spent the months before her death in 1995, Obama said, fighting with insurance companies that sought to deny her the coverage she needed to pay for treatment.

...It was a simple and powerful story, one Obama would tell many more times as president during the national health care debate. But now we're learning the real story of Ann Dunham's health coverage is not quite what her son made it out to be.

The news is in "A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother," a generally admiring new biography written by former New York Times reporter Janny Scott

...Scott, who had access to Dunham's correspondence from the time, reveals that Dunham unquestionably had health coverage. "Ann's compensation for her job in Jakarta had included health insurance, which covered most of the costs of her medical treatment," Scott writes. "Once she was back in Hawaii, the hospital billed her insurance company directly, leaving Ann to pay only the deductible and any uncovered expenses, which, she said, came to several hundred dollars a month."

Read more: http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2011/07/fresh-doubt-cast-obamas-health-care-story#ixzz1RtmQEjQJ

About two years late on this story.

NYT: Obama Will NOT Give Americans the Same Insurance Choices as Members of Congress

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/us/politics/12health.html#ixzz1RtlyBWh9

Pea growers agree with Obama: eat your peas.

...and don't forget your lentil intake. The growers would appreciate increased consumption of both.

Speaking at a White House news conference about the need for a politically painful deal to raise the nation’s borrowing limit, Obama said that it’s time to “pull off the Band-Aid“ and ”eat our peas.”

Pea growers agreed. The USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council chose to take the president’s comments as an endorsement of their product. The group’s director of marketing, Pete Klaiber, said eating peas “will contribute to a balanced diet, if not a balanced budget.”


Compassion only when the media lights are on.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's former legislative director is suing the Democratic congresswoman, claiming she made "humiliating" comments about her vision disability while refusing to do anything to accommodate her.

At one point, the lawsuit claims, the congresswoman told her: "I don't care anything about your disability."