Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Permits drop 3.2%.
This has been the case for decades, and the Moslem world does not like to dwell on this fact. Many Moslem leaders admit that there is a lot of Islamic terrorism, but insist that it’s all the fault of Infidels who are making war on Islam, so some Moslems feel compelled to fight back. The catch-phrase Moslem leaders like to repeat is that Islam is the “religion of peace.” It is not, and the historical record makes that very clear.
And not just the historical record. Currently you find Moslems attacking Buddhists in Thailand, Jews everywhere, Baha'is in Iran and Christians in Egypt, Iraq, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia and elsewhere.
A sea otter rests on the sea surface with its paws in the air, Barkley Sound
Sea mist and calm coastal waters surrounding a small island, Tofino Inlet, Clayoquot Sound
'Vancouver Island, Barkley to Clayoquot' is available from www.hemispherepublishing.com
I HOPE THAT OBAMA IS QUESTIONED ABOUT THIS AND I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR HIS EXPLANATIONS.
The speaker is an Indian Muslim who is warning his fellow Canadians and us to wake up. He has tremendous courage and pulls no punches on what is happening with Islamist fascism. Make sure you listen to the end of the tape where he says we now have three members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House (and names them). One of them is one of Obama’s speech writers. Another is a new appointee of Obama.
The Speaker of the House blasts the President for making a trip without offering substantive policy proposals
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1VDgiWBg0
The Verizon strike involves 45,000 workers. Most of them work on the Verizon land lines, a business that has been declining as more and more people use cell phones. These workers and Verizon are trying to renegotiate a contract. Both sides are pretty far apart.
The main issues include cutting back on pensions, disability and sick days, and higher costs for healthcare.
The New York Times reports that in order to increase jobs, your administration is considering creating a “Department of Jobs” by, among other things, merging parts of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department, and economic divisions of the State Department.
Speaking of creating cabinet-level departments, the Energy Department was created in 1977 when the U.S. imported 35 percent of its oil. The department’s purpose was to make the U.S. energy-independent. Since its creation, the department has spent hundreds of billions of dollars and has 109,000 employees and contractors. We now import 65 percent of our oil and no new nuclear power plants have been built in over 30 years.
The Department of Education was created in 1980 for the purpose of improving U.S. education. Since then, overall per pupil K-12 spending has increased (in constant dollars) from approximately $6,000 per year to $12,500 per year. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent by the department since 1980, yet scores for 17-year-olds on the National Assessment of Educational Progress — often referred to as “The Nation’s Report Card” — have remained unchanged.
Why should Americans expect a Department of Jobs to improve our jobs picture when the Energy Department didn’t improve our energy independence and the Education Department didn’t improve our test scores?
Food Prices Could Hit Tipping Point for Unrest
When food shortages and rising prices drive people to desperation, social unrest soon follows. It’s as true today as it was in 18th-century France. According to a new analysis of food prices and unrest, the 2008 global food riots and ongoing Arab Spring may be a preview of what’s coming.
“When you have food prices peak, you have all these riots. But look under the peaks, at the background trend. That’s increasing quite rapidly, too,” said Yaneer Bar-Yam, president of the New England Complex Systems Institute. “In one to two years, the background trend runs into the place where all hell breaks loose.”
Bar-Yam and his colleagues are hunters of mathematical signals in social data: market trends and economic patterns, ethnic violence, Hollywood movies. In their latest expedition, described Aug. 11 in the prepublication online arXiv, they focus on the 2008 food riots and the Arab Spring, both of which followed year-long surges in basic food prices.
FAO Price Index at current prices (black curve) and corrected for inflation (blue curve) between January 2004 and May 2011. Red dashed lines signify the beginning dates of food riots and unrest in North Africa and the Middle East. Black and blue horizontal lines represent the current-price and inflation-adjusted food price thresholds for riots. Bar-Yam et al/arXivCitation: “The Food Crises and Political Instability in North Africa and the Middle East.” By Marco Lagi, Karla Z. Bertrand and Yaneer Bar-Yam. arXiv, Aug. 11, 2011.
Daugerdas Seeks New Trial in Tax Shelter Case Based on Juror MisconductFollowing up on my prior post, Daugerdas, Three Others Convicted in Criminal Tax Shelter Case: New York Law Journal, Tax Shelter Defense Seeks New Trial Over Juror's Hidden Identity:
Counsel for former Jenkens & Gilchrist partners Paul Daugerdas [right, featured in The American Lawyer December 2003 cover story, Helter Shelter] and Donna Guerin and their co-defendants have charged that a juror at their trial for a massive illegal tax shelter scheme hid the fact that she had practiced law, had been suspended from practice for alcohol dependency and professional misconduct, that an appellate court had refused to reinstate her because of mental illness and that there was an outstanding warrant for her arrest.
I give Obama credit here. He could have walked away. Instead he engaged in a serious discussion for almost 90 seconds.
President Obama appeared flustered and uncomfortable as he was confronted by angry Tea Party activists as he kicked off his make-or-break bus tour across the Midwest. A beleaguered Mr Obama is trying to counter a massive in drop in popularity as a Gallup poll shows his approval rating has slumped to a record low of below 40 per cent.
91-year-old socialite killed in her Georgetown townhouse had sought protection from husband 44 years her junior 'who had gay lover'
Viola Drath obtained a string of orders against Albrecht Gero Muth after he once allegedly attacked her with a chair and held her captive in her own house. Miss Drath was found unconscious in the bathroom of her well-maintained rowhouse in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington DC on Friday.
A LOOK AT Rick Perry and Texas job numbers.
“My advice to anti-Perry advocates is this: Give up talking about Texas jobs. Texas is an incredible outlier among the states when it comes to jobs. Not only are they creating them, they’re creating ones with higher wages.”
Garlic Doesn't Just Repel Vampires
ScienceDaily (Aug. 15, 2011) — The folk wisdom that eating garlic fights illness is ancient. In these more modern times, fruit and vegetable extracts that can inhibit the growth of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms are actually being evaluated as food preservatives, in part because consumers are demanding fewer synthetic chemical food preservatives. Now, a team led by researchers from Washington State University, Pullman, has found, contrary to expectations, that a group of garlic-derived organosulfur compounds has greater antimicrobial activity than garlic-derived phenolic compounds.
PAK FA T-50 prototype on its maiden flight, January 29, 2010.
Russia on Tuesday unveiled its first stealth fighter to the public, lifting the curtain on a secret project designed to flood the market with cheaper versions of better-known US jets.
Asked If Obama Loves America: Rick Perry Says 'You Need To Ask Him'
Krauthammer: "This is one of the great events in American history. He hasn't had this issue of debt on the table for two and a half years, especially since December when the budget, his deficit reduction commission reported, he's done absolutely nothing on this. And even today, after the gyrations in the market and after the downgrade and after the whole debate in the country of how we're going over a cliff on debt, all of a sudden he says, 'Well, we're going to wait until September.' If he has an idea, how about giving it? In the whole debate on the debt ceiling, he never once gave a plan. He never once -- in fact, his Democrats in the Senate have not even issued a budget in 800 days, in two years. The Republicans have put a budget on the table, which was extremely radical -- $6 trillion in cuts, including a radical reform of Medicare, for which the Democrats have attacked incessantly. The Democrats have proposed nothing, and now he tells us, 'Well, in September, of course after I have 10 days on the Vineyard where I can relax and really think really hard' in the presence of Larry David and other luminaries I'm sure, he'll come up with a plan. Pathetic."
When Barack Obama won the election in 2008, he was quite right that the old system needed fixing. America’s debt, its poorly educated youth, its imbalances in trade, its counterproductive tax system, its out-of-control annual spending, its culture of entitlement and subsidies, all in perfect-storm fashion were starting to coalesce and weaken America from within and the perception of America abroad. The statesmanlike thing to do — in the manner of a once-naïve Harry Truman, who woke up to the threat of Soviet-inspired global Communism, or of a Bill Clinton, who finally addressed some of the contradictions of the welfare state and deficit spending — would have been to overhaul the tax system, recalibrate Social Security and Medicare, cut spending, lecture the citizenry on personal responsibility, and address the therapeutic curriculum in our failing schools. With a 70 percent approval rating and supermajorities in both houses of Congress, Obama could have done almost anything throughout 2009.
Instead, he chose the path of Jimmy Carter and the pre-1995 Bill Clinton — even more redistributive state programs, more stifling regulations, more petulant talk about “them,” more class warfare, more debt, and more failed big government.
As a genuine reactionary wedded to the dream of the 1960s, Obama not only rejected the idea of national renewal, but hastened by a decade or so our day of reckoning with the out-of-control welfare state.
The remarkable thing about the anthropogenic global warming hoax is that it isn’t even a close call. Anyone who takes the trouble to investigate the science will quickly learn that the alarmist position is a fraudulent one, driven, I think, by the billions of dollars that are thrown at those who are willing to sell out scientific method in support of the statist line. Hiding the decline is way more lucrative than presenting objective, and unalarming, scientific findings. Joe Bastardi writes:
A few graphics make the position of the AGW people completely absurd. It’s why I am so confident as to my position on this matter, and by the way it does have something to do with the weather because if you know where the weather has been, you have a better chance to know where it’s going.
This chart shows how the Earth’s temperatures have correlated with changes in ocean conditions that are known to be relevant to atmospheric temperatures, the Pacific Decadal and Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillations:
Hmm. Seems like we may be onto something here. Now let’s add another line to the chart: atmospheric concentrations of CO2:
Not quite the same, to say the least. Alarmists have seized on the coincidence of rising temperatures during the latter part of the 20th century to assert a causal relationship that is not found throughout the thousands of years of history of which we have reasonable knowledge. Even a casual investigation reveals that carbon dioxide levels are not the driver of global temperatures.
It has been done already. Besides recycling the unsubstantiated, I do not expect anything major. Now if they would do the same for Obama…
Chris Matthews: News Organizations Are ‘Going to Spend Every Nickel They Have’ Investigating Rick Perry
"If you don’t like the heat, stay out of the kitchen, Governor."
Since 1893, Benedictine monks have kept cattle at Assumption Abbey, a Roman Catholic cloister in western North Dakota established near a then railway town. Now Brother Placid Gross, 76, who has tended the herd for more than half a century, is finally hanging up his spurs as he is unable to carry out the heavy manual labour to look after 318 cattle.
Oldest survivor of Baatan death march has died aged 105 ( . . . and they said he wouldn't live past 50)
Albert Brown was recognised as the oldest survivor of the deadly 65-mile trek at an annual survivors' convention in 2007. He died on Sunday in an Illinois nursing home. Japanese soldiers forced Brown and 78,000 other prisoners of war to march through the Philippines to a PoW camp in 1942. As many as 11,000 died.
Aug. 16, 1960: Geronimo-o-o-o-o-o-o!!!
1960: Air Force Capt. Joe Kittinger parachutes from an open gondola tethered to a helium balloon from an altitude of 102,800 feet — just over 18 miles. It remains the highest-altitude jump ever attempted.
Kittinger’s jump was no stunt but rather part of Project Excelsior, established by the U.S. Air Force to study the problems presented to pilots by high-altitude escape. He’d already made two jumps — from 76,400 feet and 74,600 feet — before strapping it on for the big one.
The Air Force came away with statistical data from his Aug. 16 jump that, even now, makes for eye-opening reading. Wearing a pressurized suit, Kittinger:
- Jumped from the gondola at 102,800 feet.
- Was in freefall for four-and-a-half minutes and was clocked at a maximum speed of 714 mph, faster than the speed of sound, before deploying his chute at 17,500 feet.
- Experienced temperatures as low as minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit during freefall.
- Landed, safe and sound, on the floor of the New Mexico desert 13 minutes, 45 seconds after leaving the gondola.
- Set several records that are still on the books — highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest freefall and fastest freefall speed.
ScienceDaily (Aug. 15, 2011) — As an individual's level of vitamin D increases, the risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) seems to increase as well, although factors such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure may complicate the relationship, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
BARACK OBAMA MUST BE A ROBERT HEINLEIN FAN! Robert Heinlein:
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.”
“We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa. “But over the last six months we’ve had a run of bad luck.”
'Fast and Furious' Supervisors Promoted!
The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.
All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.
The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency's headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF's deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency's Phoenix office.
McMahon and Newell have acknowledged making serious mistakes in the program, which was dubbed Operation Fast and Furious.
Obama: How about I show you my economic plan next month? Update: Lincoln got criticized a lot too, says new Lincoln
If you can answer this correctly, you can answer the question on what
action to take on raising the Federal debt ceiling.
You come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup and you
have sewage up to your ceiling.
What do you do..raise the ceiling, or pump out the sh? (Poop)