Monday, August 15, 2011

Congrats to Jim Thome, a great player

"Terrorist" appears to be an inflammatory subject to Tea Party and BHO

Obama not interested in talking with Tea Party on his "non-campaign' bus ride through Midwest

Obama Rhodes Iowa

DECORAH, Iowa – President Obama got into a heated back-and-forth Monday with a Tea Party activist who demanded to know at the end of a town hall meeting here whether Vice President Biden had called Tea Partiers “terrorists” during the debt ceiling debate on Capitol Hill.

In public, Obama did not directly answer the question from Iowa Tea Party activist Ryan Rhodes about Biden. But Obama fired back that he knows better than anyone what it’s like to be slammed for his political views and was not about to accept a lecture on the topic.

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Say it ain't so, Duke!

Big John would turn in his grave: Davy Crockett's defiant stand at the Alamo 'lasted just 20 minutes', claim historians

Myth or reality? Actor John Wayne as Davy Crockett

According to a new book, the brave last stand depicted by Hollywood stars like John Wayne, pictured, was a myth and most died as they tried to escape a surprise attack.

Taking a walk 2,600 feet high in Austria

Tightrope walker kneels on rope after crossing a couple of Alps

Don't do that! Kemeter shows his head for heights as he kneels on the line after making his crossing. He went topless to lower wind resistance and reduce any excess weight

True Confessions...From Paris

Yes.  Alas.  It's true.  We like to talk.  We talk a lot.  We talk about life.  We talk about love.  And yes.  We talk about other girls.

"Say.  Have you seen the new Natalie Portman ad?  Love it. Wow!  She's gorgeous!"

Women gossip for FIVE hours every day, claims study

It will come as no surprise to their often less talkative male counterparts.

The typical woman spends five hours a day – more than a third of her waking hours – chatting and gossiping, a study has revealed.

Whether at home or work women natter for about 298 minutes every day, it found.

Discussing other people’s problems, who is dating who and other people’s children form the basis of most of the chat.

Office gossip: Women spend up to five hours a day gossiping according to a new study

Office gossip: Women spend up to five hours a day gossiping according to a new study


1. Shopping
2. Diet and exercise
3. Holidays
4. What they would do with a lottery win
5. Health worries
6. Lunch
7. Who’s seeing who
8. Other people’s relationship problems
9. Children
10. Recipes
11. Discussing arguments with their partner
12. Dress size
13. Soaps
14. Children
15. Other people’s children
16. Who they fancy
17. Mother in law
18. Cosmetic surgery
19. Complaining about partner
20. How people are aging

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Lucky year after year after year because we have good policies, low taxes and regs that are consistent and predicable. And the Liberal States are hemorrhaging jobs

NYT: Perry Didn't Create Jobs, Texas Is Just 'Lucky'


Texas is home to at least one-third of the jobs created nationwide since the recession ended. The state’s economy is growing about three times as fast as the national rate. Home prices have remained stable even as much of the country has seen sharp declines.

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Tax hikes, again! The other consistency is who ever opposes him has bad motives. It seems to be beyond him that Americans can disagree about policy without it being a moral failing.

Obama calls for tax hikes, chides GOP foes

CANNON FALLS, Minn. — President Obama launched a Midwestern bus tour devoted to the economy Monday by again calling for tax increases and accusing Republicans who oppose his plans of failing to put the “country first.”

This will happen when Gov’t tries to pick the winners.

Got stimulus money, promised 800 jobs...
FLASHBACK: Moved Jobs to China...

No Clue. It is not Gov’t that creates job. It is the private sector.

White House Considers Creating a 'Department of Jobs'

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Expensive Buses

FLASHBACK: Armored Buses Cost $2.2 Million...


Union Tactics

Verizon Strikers Instructed Not to Throw Feces

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Hollywood renegade Dennis Hopper dies at 74

APTOPIX Obit Dennis Hopper.JPEG

'The cause was complications from metastasized prostate cancer'

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CNN’s Zakaria Defends Obama: ‘Liberals Need to Grow Up’ & Stop Criticizing Him

Perry’s Intro Ad.

Video Screengrab

Perry Ad Jumps Off the Screen

Obama's New Million Dollar Buses

The Secret Service has revealed to Talking Points Memo that the government has purchased two armored buses for use by President Barack Obama and Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign and beyond.
The agency initially declined to tell TPM whom the buses were bought from, but based on some searches of federal databases it looked to me like the seller was Hemphill Brothers Coach Co. of Whites Creek, Tenn. Last July, the Service signed a contract for nearly $2.2 million with the firm, according to a federal procurement database. (The entry doesn't specify the number of buses.)
"The contract you found is the contract," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said Thursday morning. "It's two buses for $1.1 million each."
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Leading NYT Economist

Krugman: You know what this economy needs? A space alien invasion!


"We have nothing..."

Dalrymple on the rioters:

"There are people here with nothing," this rioter continued: nothing, that is, except an education that has cost $80,000, a roof over their head, clothes on their back and shoes on their feet, food in their stomachs, a cellphone, a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, an electric stove, heating and lighting, hot and cold running water, a guaranteed income, free medical care, and all of the same for any of the children that they might care to propagate.

But while the rioters have been maintained in a condition of near-permanent unemployment by government subvention augmented by criminal activity, Britain was importing labor to man its service industries. You can travel up and down the country and you can be sure that all the decent hotels and restaurants will be manned overwhelmingly by young foreigners; not a young Briton in sight (thank God).

It's about the unintended consequences of undiscerning compassion. Or, to be a bit more cynical, vote-buying. Genuine gratitude is the rarest of human sentiments.

Crime News.

Kansas City mulls curfew after racial attacks...
Mayor gets shoved to ground when gunfire erupts...
Flash mob robs DC-area 7-ELEVEN...
Boy Stabs Girl At Philly Mayor ANTI-VIOLENCE Event...

91-Year-Old Journalist Killed, Death Ruled Homicide...

UK gangs thrive in riots...

Good response.

BUFFETT: Super Rich Should Pay MORE in Taxes...
BUCHANAN: OK, Set an Example, Send $5 Billion Check to Gov't...


 Democrat donor gets federal health policy slot despite conflicts of interest. “A federal committee that includes a major donor to President Obama and whose company stands to profit from the panel’s recommendations holds in its hands the future of health information technology policy. Judith Faulkner, founder and CEO of Epic Systems Corp., secured a seat on a panel charged with recommending how $19 billion in stimulus money dedicated to health IT be spent.”

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Buchanan to Buffett: 'Pay up, or shut up'.

Pat Buchanan Challenges Warren Buffett: 'Set an Example and Send a Check for $5 Billion to the Federal Government'

The liberal media are predictably fawning over billionaire Warren Buffett's op-ed in the New York Times Monday calling for new taxes on the super-rich.

This led MSNBC's Pat Buchanan on Monday's "Morning Joe" to challenge the Oracle of Omaha asking, "Why doesn’t he set an example and send a check for $5 billion to the federal government?"

Makes far Worse…

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: “How are we to make sense of flash mobbing, the London rioting, more hatred expressed for the Tea Party, more calls for ever more debt and spending, and Barack Obama’s dive below 40% approval in the polls? Let me backtrack a bit. . . .

As we saw last week in Britain and in some American cities, liberal redistributionism makes far worse the innate problems it was hailed to solve. But it remains a powerful narcotic to an aberrant elite, one who feels guilty over its apartheid circumstances and is desperately seeking spiritual redemption on the cheap.”

Old Text, New Wrinkles: Did Butch Cassidy Survive?


This image provided by the Nevada Historical Society shows the famous group portrait taken in Fort Worth, Texas shortly after Butch Cassidy and his gang robbed the Einnemucca, Nev., bank in 1900.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Did Butch Cassidy, the notorious Old West outlaw who most historians believe perished in a 1908 shootout in Bolivia, actually survive that battle and live to old age, peacefully and anonymously, in Washington state? And did he pen an autobiography detailing his exploits while cleverly casting the book as biography under another name?

A rare books collector says he has obtained a manuscript with new evidence that may give credence to that theory. The 200-page manuscript, "Bandit Invincible: The Story of Butch Cassidy," which dates to 1934, is twice as long as a previously known but unpublished novella of the same title by William T. Phillips, a machinist who died in Spokane in 1937.

Utah book collector Brent Ashworth and Montana author Larry Pointer say the text contains the best evidence yet -- with details only Cassidy could have known -- that "Bandit Invincible" was not biography but autobiography, and that Phillips himself was the legendary outlaw.

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Perry Calls Social Security a Ponzi Scheme:

'I’m Not Afraid of Having That Conversation'

Asked about how the country copes with the growing cost of Social Security and other entitlement programs, Perry said political leaders had to show “courage” especially in dealing with Social Security, which he labeled a “Ponzi scheme.”

He said: “I can promise you, my 27-year-old son, Social Security, under the program that we have today, will not be there.”

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This is the problem of Gov’t. It rewards incompetence.

SEC Guy Who Missed Madoff Scheme Given Bonus

He blew it big-time on Bernie Madoff -- and still got a bonus.
A government accountant whose ineptitude and inexperience allowed Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme to rage unchecked actually landed a cash bonus from his bosses at the SEC -- for his work on none other than the Madoff case.
Peter Lamore, 39, was awarded a $1,200 payout last year, even though he and the higher-up who approved his bonus "were subject to potential disciplinary action at the time" for their dismally subpar performance in the Madoff case, according to a scathing Aug. 2 review by the SEC's inspector general.

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Lets see: Dems in power for over 50 years, check. Strong gun control, check. Almost no parents involved in school system, check. (You get the drift.)

Welcome to Detroit

WatchDetroit 187: 16 Shot, 7 Dead in Motor City Within 24 Hours

Another reason California is doomed.

mattress cops

Nanny State Madness: California‘s Proposed ’Fitted Sheet’ Law

"We are now going to make it a crime in California not to use a fitted sheet? Really?"

Today in History – Hello vs Ahoy.

Aug. 15, 1877: ‘Hello. Can You Hear Me Now?’

1877: Thomas Edison suggests using the word hello as a telephone greeting. The idea catches on.

Edison invented a lot of things, for sure, but one thing he didn’t invent was the telephone. The brass ring for that one goes to Alexander Graham Bell, although Elisha Gray filed his patent for a similar device the same day. But they never called it Ma Gray, did they?

Edison’s contribution to the “improvement in telegraphy” was giving us the salutation now used the world over, in one form or another. Bell’s famous first words spoken over what we now call the telephone — “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.” — were delivered without any greeting at all.

When he did weigh in on the subject, Bell proposed using “ahoy, ahoy,” the age-old seafarer’s hail. And, in fact, ahoy was the first greeting used, until Edison suggested hello.

The Smart Phone Wars are on.

Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility

Google announced early on Monday morning that it will acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings, marking the Mountain View Company’s first major move into ownership — rather than mere partnership — in the smartphone hardware space.

“The combination of Google and Motorola will not only supercharge Android, but will also enhance competition and offer consumers accelerating innovation, greater choice, and wonderful user experiences,” Google CEO Larry Page wrote in a post on the company’s official blog.

Come on in, the water's somewhere... Chinese flock to the most packed swimming pool in the world

There's strictly no diving and not a hope of doing any lengths, but the crowded conditions have not put off over a million people from heading to this giant Chinese swimming pool.

The saltwater pool, known as China's 'Dead Sea' is located in Daying county, Sichuan province, and was a riot of colour as the masses grabbed their rubber rings and descended upon it yesterday.

The indoor water park is said to be the largest in China and covers 30,000 square meters.

Tight squeeze: Swimmers crowd into China's 'Dead Sea' indoor swimming pool in Daying county, Sichuan Province, yesterday

Tight squeeze: Swimmers crowd into China's 'Dead Sea' indoor swimming pool in Daying county, Sichuan Province, yesterday

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This gets worse and worse. Morals have to be taught.

Shame of 'riot rapist's' family: As British PM hits out at moral collapse, a Christian mother tells how gangs corrupted her son

Shame of 'riot rapist's' family: As PM hits out at moral collapse, a Christian mother tells how gangs corrupted her son

In the most depraved incident to emerge from the riots, her 15-year-old son allegedly used the chaos as cover to rob the girl before subjecting her to a sexual ordeal. Details of the alleged rape emerged as the Prime Minister prepared to warn of a 'slow-motion moral collapse' in large parts of British society.

The brave police dog who suffered horrific injuries after looting thug threw brick... and patrolled streets for another TWO HOURS

Obi was the target of mindless violence

German Shepherd Obi, 3, was badly injured when cowardly yobs launched bottles, bricks, petrol bombs at him and his handler PC Phil Wells in the Tottenham riots. Despite blood pouring from his left nostril and in shock, the working dog soldiered on to help police try and contain the rioters who ransacked North London


The wealthy, married White House aide, a glamorous British TV presenter and a love child after pair met on blind date


Financier and White House aide Peter Rinfret was still married to his second wife, when he met TV presenter Melissa Porter, left, on a blind date. They now have a child.

It's the first child for Mr Rinfret, 51, who has been married twice before.

Mr Rinfret was still married to his second wife, leading U.S. interior designer Cindy Rinfret, when he met Miss Porter on a blind date.

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Insight on London’s Political Paralysis

CHARLES CRAWFORD on the London Riots.

The only worse thing than having a problem is not knowing you have a problem.

And even worse than not knowing you have a problem is knowing you have a problem, but being unwilling to accept responsibility for doing anything about it.

And that’s the problem of our political elites, from all parties.

They dimly sense that things have gone badly awry, with Sprawling State (UK and EU combined) no longer the answer. But they just don’t have the strength or insight or idealism to do anything meaningful about it.

And nor it must be said do we, the mass of enervated citizens.

It works everywhere it is tried.

Gun Crime Drops At Virginia Bars And Restaurants After Liberalized Carry Rules.

No surprise that once again the predictions of a “bloodbath” have turned out to be bogus.

One of my favorite Libs with some good suggestions

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

10 ways to fix the budget