Wednesday, July 13, 2011

70s Style...From Paris

Beautiful  timeless1979 Bill Blass ad.

Once In A While, We Need Something Pretty ...From Paris

The boys on DailyBrisk bring great insight and up to date current events, but once in a while we need something pretty to focus on.    

Tax Addict in Chief

...time spent community organizing left this man devoid of skills to deal with a complex economic problem. He should retire as a wealthy speech giver and count himself lucky that a majority of voting Americans were fooled into believing a clueless socialist could provide some leadership in one term as president of the United States.

So determined is Obama to deprive “the rich” of excess income–as defined by him, of course–he is even willing to adversely impact government income in order to do so. Read this colloquy between Obama and ABC’s Charlie Gibson in a 2008 debate with Hillary Clinton:

MR. GIBSON: And in each instance, when the [capital gains tax] rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased. The government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down. So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected?

SENATOR OBAMA: Well, Charlie, what I’’ve said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.

MR. GIBSON: But history shows that when you drop the capital gains tax, the revenues go up.

SENATOR OBAMA: Well, that might happen or it might not. It depends on what’’s happening on Wall Street and how business is going.

Actually, it doesn’t. Every time capital gains tax rates have gone up, revenues have gone down and vice versa. High capital gains tax rates, because the tax liability is only incurred when an asset is sold, have the effect of locking in capital, which is economically pernicious, preventing capital from flowing to its most productive, i.e wealth creating, use.

Largest Animals


The reportedly largest pig ever (nicknamed "Hogzilla II") was killed by an 11-year-old Alabama boy while hunting with his father. The boy’s father claims the pig weighed 1,051 lbs and was 9-foot-4 from the tip of its snout to its tail. That would make it roughly 250 pounds larger than the original Hogzilla, a wild hog killed in Georgia in 2004.

  • The largest squid and invertebrate is the colossal squid. And the largest of those, caught in 2007 off the coast of Antarctica, weighed 1,091 pounds and was 33 feet long.

  • The African Bush Elephant is the largest animal on land. They're generally 10 to 11.5 feet tall and weigh 12,000 to 13,000 pounds, although the largest elephant on record was 13 feet tall and weighed 24,000 pounds.

    'Agitated' Obama Storms Out of Debt Meeting


    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told Fox News that President Obama became agitated and abruptly walked out of today’s debt talks at the White House – allegations that Democratic sources strongly deny.

    “He (the president) became very agitated,” Cantor told Fox News. “He said ‘Ronald Reagan wouldn’t sit here. You either have to compromise on the dollar figure or the grand bargain’…He said ‘Don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people on this.’”

    Cantor said Obama shoved back and said, ‘We’ll see you tomorrow’ – noting the meeting “ended with (the) President abruptly walking out of the meeting.”


    Religion of Murder

    Egyptian Shaykh: Whoever Insults Muhammad Must Be Killed…Even if He Repents

    No, not religious freedom group. Anti religious freedom group.

    Group Seeks to Silence
    Perry's Prayer Event

    Religious freedom group sues Texas gov over planned day of prayer

    Better Lips = better sex

    Shape of a woman's pout may mean better sex

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    Women may be saying more with their mouths than you realize.
    Here's a fun fact to share at parties this weekend: The shape of a woman's lips may predict the likelihood of her having an orgasm. (Seriously.)
    Stuart Brody, a psychology professor at the University of the West of Scotland, is famous among researchers of sexual behavior for some of his studies, like ones linking a woman’s finger sensitivity to partnered sex behavior, and most especially a 2008 doozy that linked a woman’s gait -- “fluid, graceful,” “free of blocked or distorted pelvic rotation” -- with a greater chance of having so-called vaginal orgasms. In other words, he said, you can tell a lot about a woman by the way she walks. 
    Now, in a paper published last week by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and called “Vaginal Orgasm Is More Prevalent Among Women with a Prominent Tubercle of the Upper Lip,” Brody has come out with another marker for female orgasm; the little spot just at the midline of the upper lip. Called the tubercle, it poofs out a little more in some people than in others. (Brody stresses he’s not referring to puffy Angelina Jolie lips, just to that one tiny spot.)
    According to the results of an online survey featuring 258 mainly Scottish women with a mean age of 27 years, having a prominent tubercle means a woman has a greater chance of ever having had a vaginal orgasm.

    Cat tax

    Cash-strapped San Diego considers tax for cats!

    jell-O president

    what O and the dems have done


    Mice teeth grown from stem cells

    Stem cells grow fully functional new teeth.

    Researchers from Japan recently published a paper in PLoS One describing their successful growth and transplantation of new teeth created from the stem cells of mice.

    In order to create these teeth, Takashi Tsuji from Tokyo University of Science and his team removed two different stem cells from the molar teeth of mice. They took these stem cells to grow in the laboratory. In order to control how the teeth grew, as far as shape and length, the stem cells were placed in a mold to grow.

    Once the cells grew into full tooth units, the researchers then transplanted them into the jaws of one-month-old mice. These transplanted teeth fused with the jaw bones and tissues on an average of about 40 days. The researchers were also able to detect nerve fibers growing in the new teeth.

    Minnesota is running out of booze and cigs.

    ...a subtle and largely unforeseen consequence of a state government shutdown.

    Hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores across Minnesota are running out of beer and alcohol and others may soon run out of cigarettes.

    Call out the National Guard Mr. President. These folks need their booze and cigarettes!

    U.S. women top France 3-1

    Japan or Sweden next in the Final.

    Minn gov’t has been shut down for 3 weeks. No on has noticed.

    Now It’s Getting Serious!

    Featured imageMark Dayton’s shutdown of Minnesota’s state government is now in its third week, and so far I’ve seen no sign of it. I mean that literally: if I hadn’t read about the shutdown in the newspapers, I would have no reason to be aware of it.

    Don’t mess with momma

    Get off my patch! How two tigers left with their tails between their legs after being scared off by a protective mother bear

    Having a bad bear day: A tiger comes face to face with one angry mother bear on the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, India

    The tigers crept towards the bear, who was drinking at a watering hole and looked ready to pounce but backed off when she went on the defensive to protect her cubs. The pictures were taken by Aditya Singh at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, India.

    Olby yesterday was complaining about the elderly that can’t buy food. Blame Obama starting next month.

    “Washington gets $200 billion a month, Social Security costs $50 billion a month, and Obama is threatening to starve Grandma?”

    Another expensive Obama failure

    STUDY: $22 Billion Housing Tax Credit Program Utterly Failed as Economic Policy.

    “This paper finds that (1) the home buyer tax credits had an insignificant effect on the number of homes sold, (2) sellers in markets with low and stable prices captured most of the credit, and (3) The effects of the credits sharply reversed after expiration. … Rather than igniting ‘animal spirits’ or pulling housing demand forward from the distant future, the tax incentives were a simple redistribution of wealth.”

    He is irrational

    Obama: ‘Convinced’ Job Losses Prove $830 Billion Stimulus Worked
    He believes the stimulus "saved millions..."

    Impressive numbers

    Americans Against Raising Debt Ceiling By 2-1 Margin

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    What? Is this just politics?

    President Obama: No 'Massive Job-Killing Tax Increases' . . . Until 2013

    So, when you hear folks saying ‘Well, the president shouldn’t want massive job killing tax increases when the economy is this weak.’ Nobody’s looking to raise taxes right now. We’re talking about potentially 2013 and the out years.

    Making the same mistake again

    Bernanke: Fed May Launch New Round of Stimulus...

    The price of Liberals is, eventually, bankruptcy.

    California Companies Fleeing Golden State

    By Tami Luhby, CNN Money
    Buffeted by high taxes, strict regulations and uncertain state budgets, a growing number of California companies are seeking friendlier business environments outside of the Golden State.
    And governors around the country, smelling blood in the water, have stepped up their courtship of California companies. Officials in states like Florida, Texas, Arizona and Utah are telling California firms how business-friendly they are in comparison.
    Companies are "disinvesting" in California at a rate five times greater than just two years ago, said Joseph Vranich, a business relocation expert based in Irvine. This includes leaving altogether, establishing divisions elsewhere or opting not to set up shop in California.

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    Beyond a Socialist

    Obama: Unneeded Income Belongs to the Government

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    President Obama's press conference yesterday-in which he only took questions from left-leaning reporters apparently-contained an amazing statement. It should be noted the first two instances of the first person singular pronoun in the sentence refer to Barack Obama, President of the United States. The second two refer to Barack Obama, taxpaying citizen:
    And I do not want, and I will not accept, a deal in which I am asked to do nothing, in fact, I'm able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don't need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they've got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans.
    There is, of course, nothing whatever stopping Barack Obama, taxpaying citizen, from donating his excess income to the United States Treasury. But his statement demonstrates an astonishing economic illiteracy. To be sure, someone earning a great deal of money has an income greater than what he spends. You can only spend so much on luxurious living however hard you try, a reality so rich with comic possibilities that a 1902 novel called Brewster's Millions has been made into a movie no fewer than nine times.
    But, unlike Scrooge McDuck, the rich do not put the excess in a vast money bin and frolic about in it. They invest it. What a concept! Where does Obama think new capital comes from, the tooth fairy? It's nothing more than the excess of income over outgo. Take away the income the rich "don't need" and spend it on social programs, and capital formation in this country drops to zero.

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    Scaring 'Granny' unnecessarily

    Notice that on the chart receipts stay ahead of government costs for defense, interest payments, Medicare AND Social Security. Obama went to the usual Democrat strategy of scaring those getting government entitlements. There must not be any more cards in his hand if he has to go to scare tactics this far out from the election.

    25,000 Security breaches since 2001

    More than 25,000 security breaches — an average of about seven per day — have occurred at U.S. airports since November 2001, according to newly released Department of Homeland Security documents.

    On the bright side, the TSA has prevented every diaper-wearing caucasion retired woman in a wheelchair from blowing up planes during the same time period.

    Rosie O'Donnell's trunk and Ireland's bond rating have something in common


    A leading credit-ratings agency demoted Ireland's bonds to junk status Tuesday, signaling that plans to get private-sector investors to share in the burden of Greece's debt problems could have ramifications for other indebted euro-zone economies.

    Moody's Investors Service announced toward the end of U.S. trading that it was cutting Ireland's debt rating by one notch to Ba1, from Baa3, its lowest investment-grade level. It is the first of the major ratings services to downgrade the country's debt to junk levels.

    Raise taxes or Granny gets it

    James Taranto in the WSJ:

    The kids are acting up, so he threatens to starve Granny to death. That's just how a strong father behaves.

    It looks to us as if Obama may once again be overestimating his persuasive powers by relying for feedback on journalists who, for a combination of ideological, partisan and personal reasons, are predisposed to take his side.