Friday, August 12, 2011

"Drool Worthy" ...From Paris

The Vanity Fair shoot, photographed by Tom Munro, shows the film’s leads James D’Arcy and Andrea Riseborough as King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson dressed up in a string of sumptuously-designed period garments against an equally gorgeous backdrop at West Wycombe House in Buckinghamshire, England. We’re not exactly surprised the costumes are amazing: The film’s costume designer, Arianne Phillips, has worked on drool-worthy films A Single Man and Walk the Line, for which she was nominated for an Oscar.

"Glamping"...From Paris

Camping.  It's rough, and ragged and connotes high school memories of thin sleeping bags, heavy back packs and thick heat; of mosquitoes and sore hiking feet.  Now, 'glamping' is something COMPLETELY different.  I think I could 'glamp.'  Oh yeah.  Totally.  I think I could do this.

"Tags: chic, city, couples, honeymoon, luxury, nature, romantic, safari tents"


Bad Luck


Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

Teen Killed by Vampire Bat; Range May Be Spreading

Mexican teen becomes first person in U.S. to die from a vampire bat after contracting rabies from bite on heel

This is bad.


Some unions to sit out Democratic convention

Sam Hananel:

About a dozen trade unions plan to sit out the 2012 Democratic convention because they're angry that it's being held in a right-to-work state and frustrated that Democrats haven't done enough to create jobs.

The move could pose a larger problem for President Barack Obama next year if an increasingly dispirited base of labor activists becomes so discouraged that it doesn't get the rank-and-file to the polls in the usual strong numbers.

Berlin Wall: 50 years since construction of the wall began

Berlin marks 50 years since wall construction

Fifty years ago, on August 13 1961, the wall was erected in haste across the heart of a divided Germany's former capital, instantly becoming the starkest Cold War symbol of the Iron Curtain between the free West and Communist, totalitarian East.

The sudden and speedy construction of the East-West barrier caught many Berliners by surprise, including those who were killed as they tried to circumvent the wall as it rose.

People carry only a few belongings as they flee to the west after it became known East Berlin was being separated from West Berlin

People carry only a few belongings as they flee to the west after it became known East Berlin was being separated from West Berlin

When you live by a volcano that erupts for 2,000 years I guess you get use to it.

Italian sunbathers sizzle on Sicily beach as Mount Etna erupts

These Italian sunbathers seem to be making the most of their summer holidays

So determined are they to enjoy their time on the beach, they don't even turn their heads to the sight of Europe's largest volcano erupting behind them.

Or perhaps it's just volcano fatigue - after all, this is the sixth time Mt Etna has erupted in the last month.

Relaxing: These sunbathers on a beach in Sicily seems unbothered by the eruption of Mt Etna in the distance

Relaxing: These sunbathers on a beach in Sicily seems unbothered by the eruption of Mt Etna in the distance

Eruption: This is the sixth time that Etna has gone off in the last month

Eruption: This is the sixth time that Etna has gone off in the last month

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More on the Falcon and what went wrong.

Obama’s worst week ever.

Appeals court says key parts of health-care reform unconstitutional

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Parts of 'Obamacare' unconstitutional


  • Appeals court says individual mandate exceeds congressional power
  • The ruling conflicts with another appeals court ruling
  • Lawsuit was brought by 26 states
  • The case will likely end up before the Supreme Court

Washington (CNN) -- A federal appeals court has tossed out key provisions of the sweeping healthcare reform bill championed by President Obama, setting up a likely election-year showdown at the Supreme Court over the landmark legislation.

A divided 2-1 panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Friday found the law's "individual mandate" section, requiring nearly all Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties -- was an improper exercise of federal authority.

Dem Judge Rules Against Obama's Signature Achievement...
'Unbounded assertion of congressional authority'...

This is the multi-state lawsuit filed by the 26 state attorneys general.

Obama gives SBA the coal shoulder

Obama Over Shoulder

White House, EPA ignore Small Business Admin's report that new coal regulations will kill jobs, economy

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This is the foundational assumption of all that Obama and the Libs did.

CBO can’t find any government spending that drives economic growth

Rep. Tim Huelskamp

Rep. Tim Huelskamp said he 'clearly' asked CBO director to point to a single government expenditure

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DOJ gives guns to known criminals and there is no harm?


Murdered Border Agent‘s Family Denied ’Victim’ Status by U.S. Attorney

Not 'directly or proximately harmed' by the gun purchases.

Muslims threatening death to Blacks in England.


‘We’ll Hunt Down these Black Men, Cut Off Their Heads and Feed Them to Our Dogs…’

As riots in the U.K. become increasingly volatile, bands of vigilantes, in this case Muslim ones, are roaming the streets looking to take on any and all comers — mainly because three of young men in their community were run down and killed while trying to defend their family’s business. Now since many of the rioters are reportedly black, racial tensions between the two groups have flared, with one Muslim man vowing to “hunt down these black men, cut off their heads and feed them to our dogs.”

Revolutionary Material Dramatically Increases Explosive Force of Weapons

ScienceDaily (Aug. 10, 2011) — A revolutionary material that will replace steel in warhead casings will bring added lethality and increase the likelihood of a hit on an enemy target, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced August 10.

Reaping what he sowed. The real shame is he has no idea why he has failed so badly.

Lowest since Jimmy Carter...
'Really at bottom of barrel'...


Deficit Averaged $110 Billion Per Month So Far in 2011...

From George

More Democrats obstructionists to solving the debt crisis budget agreement than Republicans. 

The link below will take you to the full roll call of the vote in the House.  The tally was 269 -161.   The Republican vote was 174 -66 and the Democrats were split 95 – 95.   From Colorado, DeGette, Lamborn and Tipton voted No.

iPhone 5 on 9/7/11?

Will Apple Announce the iPhone 5 on September 7th?

Kodawarisan, a Japanese web site, is reporting that Apple's Fall Event, which previously focused on iPods but will likely include the iPhone 5 announcement this year, is scheduled for Wednesday Sepetember 7th, 2011. The rumored date jives well with previous years.

30 years ago today, IBM introduces the PC

Introduced 30 years ago, and once embedded in homes and offices across America, the IBM 5150 is the forebear of much of the technology I take for granted – the Mitochondrial Eve that eventually led to the sleek laptop computer on which I live so much of my life. As I sit at the IBM’s 80-column wide display, I half expect my fingers to know what to do with the machine’s clacky keyboard, guided by some subconscious aptitude distilled from living among the 5150’s distant offspring. Instead, the screen and I stare blankly back at each other, separated by decades of technological evolution.

Senate Dems Head to Hawaii on Taxpayer Dime

Senate Democrats are charging taxpayers for a trip to Hawaii, The Daily Caller has learned. The entire press staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is in Maui, even though a field hearing there won’t happen until next Wednesday.
The committee’s oversight field hearing, scheduled for next Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel, will focus on “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities.”
Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government, which first discovered the hearing, told TheDC it’s unbelievable that Hill staffers talking about fiscal responsibility would waste money on a trip to Maui.
“It’s outrageous that Senate Democrats have so little respect for the American taxpayer that in the same month they buried our credit rating, they’re heading to Hawaii to celebrate,” Manning said.

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Stunning Poll Has Obama Underwater in N.Y.

President Obama might need to start taking a few more campaign trips to New York -- and not just to raise cash.
A stunning new survey gives the president a negative approval rating in the Empire State for the first time, with just 45 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval among voters, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.
That's a sharp turnaround from June, when Obama's New York popularity was a healthy 57-38.

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Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Another comparison to Carter--lowest consumer confidence since 1980

Confidence among U.S. consumers plunged in August to the lowest level since May 1980, adding to concern that weak employment gains and volatility in the stock market will prompt households to retrench.

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment slumped to 54.9 from 63.7 the prior month. The gauge was projected to decline to 62, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey.

Charles K. sees a triumph in our politics

Charles Krauthammer:

The debt-ceiling debate universally denounced as dysfunctional, if not disgraceful, hostage-taking, terrorism, gun-to-the-head blackmail.

Spare me the hysteria. What happened was that the 2010 electorate, as represented in Congress, forced Washington to finally confront the national debt. It was a triumph of democratic politics — a powerful shift in popular will finding concrete political expression.

First animal with artificial genetic code

The world’s first animal with artificial information in its genetic code has been created by scientists.
The technique could throw open the possibility for scientists to create new, man-made properties in a wide range of animals.

Using this method, scientists could be granted ‘atom-by-atom control’ over molecules in living things.

Chinese bullet train recall

A Chinese bullet train manufacturer announced a recall Friday of 54 trains in the latest embarrassment for a problem-plagued prestige project following a July crash that killed 40 people.

The recall adds to growing signs official attitudes toward the bullet train are shifting and Beijing might scale back its rapid expansion of the high speed rail network. A moratorium on new rail projects was imposed this week and the government announced a reduction in train speeds.

Poor choice for debt super-committee

Michelle Malkin explains why:

The fabled “outsider mom in tennis shoes” has morphed over the past two decades into just another Beltway-swamp insider in sensible heels. Murray has earned the scorn not just of right-wing taxpayer groups but also of left-wing watchdogs who flagged her 17 revolving-door staffers-turned-lobbyists and fundraising conflicts of interest. Murray, you see, is the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — and refuses to cease her money-grubbing while she serves on the debt panel.

“It really sends a bad message to the American people when you’re the chief fundraiser trying to come up with this balanced approach to deficit reduction,” Adam Smith, communications director of Public Campaign, told the newspaper the Hill. “She’s going to be focused on this committee and also on fundraising? Will she make decisions based on whether it hurts the fundraising ability of the (DSCC)?” Do pigs oink? Duh.

Taken at the Ft Hood memorial service


You can not be PC about riots, as the English learned.

Revealed: How U.S. would deal with UK-style riots... by sending the Army to areas with 'large numbers of minority groups'

  • Authority to send troops onto the streets stems from constitutional provision for 'Militia' to 'repel invasions'
  • Controversial list of 'indicators of potential violence' focuses exclusively on areas with high numbers of minority groups

As thugs have wreaked havoc with riots throughout the UK, many have speculated about what authorities should have done to put the violence to a swift end.

And it appears the U.S. has already got detailed plans in place should similar uprisings sweep across the Atlantic.

Experts have revealed that the military would immediately be drafted in - patrolling the streets with police officers and securing important buildings, landmarks and bridges.

Up in flames: Rioters have wreaked havoc on the streets of Great Britain

Up in flames: Rioters have wreaked havoc on the streets of Great Britain

The operational plans, named CONPLAN 3501 and 3502, are said to have been drafted to combat mass outbreaks of disruption.


1) High unemployment rate among minority groups

2) Increased crime rates among minority groups

3) Protests arising from income disparities between minority and majority groups

4) Declining rapport between local officials and minority groups

5) Migrations of large numbers of minority groups

6) Protests by minority groups to such conditions as slum conditions, segregation in housing and schools, lack of jobs, lack of recreational facilities, police brutality, and local overpricing practices

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Washington Post Poll Says 70% of Americans Believe Obama has ‘Failed’

A new Washington Post poll finds, among other things, that a full 70 percent of Americans either believe Barack Obama has "tried but failed" to solve "the major problems facing the country" or has actually "made problems worse."

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$2 Million a job. Gov’t does nothing efficiently.

Obama Touts Battery-Powered Cars Where Stimulus Spent $2 Million Per New Job

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If you want to know what is wrong with Liberals, think about this.

Feds Push for Licenses to Drive Farm Tractors...

A new rule being proposed by the federal Department of Transportation would require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses.

Your future id

Electronic skin tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses

A hair-thin electronic patch that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could transform medical sensing, computer gaming and even spy operations, according to a US study published Thursday.

The micro-electronics technology, called an epidermal electronic system (EES), was developed by an international team of researchers from the United States, China and Singapore, and is described in the journal Science.

"It's a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology," said co-author John Rogers, a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Two interesting and completely unrelated headlines.

Atlantic Wire
Oddly enough, English rioters not looting bookstores

Postal Service set to cut 120,000 jobs