Tuesday, August 16, 2011


 NBC News Caught Red Handed ‘Selectively Editing’ & ‘Doctoring’ Video to Smear Gov Perry as Racist. Hey, if you’re running against Obama you’re racist by definition, right? So this should get the “fake but accurate” defense. . . .

If you can't take the heat ...

'Messy Business'

Obama: I have it tougher than Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln

Funny, I don't recall too many pictures of Honest Abe out on the golf links

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1VEhTCDec

Day to night never went by so quickly

Photographer Stephen Wilkes spent a minimum of ten hours taking hundreds of shots to create each one of his Day to Night. Weaving and blending thirty to fifty parts, the photo-collagist extraordinaire created seamless, surrealist scenes of New York City life. The Flatiron Building splits the urban landscape from AM to PM, sunlit yellow cabs turning into a river of neon streaks around its sharp corner. Clusters of wintry Central Park are submerged into the dark. Times Square teems more densely in the shadowy patches of night. This “fluid narrative” captures two sides of each landmark and the never-ending current of energy cycling throughout. See the series at Chelsea’s Clamp Art Gallery, September 8 through October 29th.

Looks more like covered wagons heading out over the Oregon Trail

BHO Magical Misery Tour bus motorcade seems to go on forever (watch the video of the motorcade going through a Minnesota town)

Not a good indicator.

Residential starts drop 1.5%, single-family starts drop 4.9% in July

Permits drop 3.2%.

Muslim Overview

August 16, 2011: Twenty nations account for over 95 percent of terrorism activity in the world. Of these twenty (Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Uganda, Libya, Egypt, Nigeria. Palestinian Territories, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Colombia, Algeria, Thailand, Philippines, Russia, Sudan, Iran, Burundi, India, Nigeria and Israel), all but four of them (Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Colombia and Burundi) involve Islamic terrorism. In terms of terrorism fatalities, the top four nations (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia) accounted for 10,400 dead last year, 75 percent of the world total. All of these were the result of Islamic radicalism, often directed at other Moslems, and not just non-Moslems (“infidels”).
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.

British Columbia in the summer

A sea otter rests on the sea surface with its paws in the air, Barkley Sound

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

Sea mist and calm coastal waters surrounding a small island, Tofino Inlet, Clayoquot Sound

A humpback whale lunge feeding in Barkley Sound

'Vancouver Island, Barkley to Clayoquot' is available from www.hemispherepublishing.com

In the White House

Tarek Fatah names three members of the Muslim Brotherhood


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.


When you live in a glass house…

Boehner steps in the ring to criticize Obama's bus tour

Speaker of the House John Boehner with President Barack Obama

The Speaker of the House blasts the President for making a trip without offering substantive policy proposals

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1VDgiWBg0

Union Terror

Union Boss Tells Striking Union Workers: ‘It’s Open Season. . . Torture Them. .. ‘

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.

Another question for the president

Peter Kirsanow at National Review:

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?


Remember that 40% of our corn goes into ethanol, not food.

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.

LIbs catch up to Harry Potter

When did magic become elitist?

It used to be that anybody could learn magic, in pop culture as well as folklore. But in recent decades, magical powers have become an inherited trait, which only a few people are born with

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

English Lesson

free fish

Jenkins and Gilcrest: There is more than just lying to get on the jury.

Daugerdas Seeks New Trial in Tax Shelter Case Based on Juror Misconduct
Am Lawyer Following 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.

The moment Tea Party confronted Obama as he attempts fightback aboard $1.1m 'Greyhound One'

Ryan Rhodes, right, clashed with the President at a town hall meeting in Iowa, yesterday

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.

A lesson here…

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.

Texas: more jobs at higher wages.

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 is good

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.

Russia Unveils Its First Stealth Fighter

PAK FA T-50 prototype

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.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/08/16/russia-unveils-its-first-stealth-fighter/#ixzz1VDVISyNL


Asked If Obama Loves America: Rick Perry Says 'You Need To Ask Him'

Read more: http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/08/does-president-obama-love-america-rick-perry-you-need-to-ask-him.html#ixzz1VDUomwno

Krauthammer unloads.

Krauthammer: Obama's Actions on the Economy Are 'Pathetic'

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."

The Libs plan failed.

Former WH economist: Unemployment won’t drop below 8% before 2013

Food stamps don’t make jobs. It is a sign of how bad things are, not a good thing.

Obama Ag Secretary says rise in food stamps is putting people to work

What should have happened in 2009

Victor Davis Hanson:

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 Global Warming Hoax In Charts

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.

Obama in Carter territory


Over at The Corner, a list of past presidents, and their approval ratings at this point:

  • Truman: 55%
  • Eisenhower: 70%
  • Kennedy: 61%
  • Johnson: 48%
  • Nixon: 49%
  • Ford: 53%
  • Carter: 33%
  • Reagan: 44%
  • GHW Bush: 71%
  • Clinton: 46%
  • GW Bush: 60%

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

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."

Monks and cows

End of the 'Wrangler Brothers' as last cowboy monk is forced to sell off cattle farm

Rural idyll: Brother Gross has tended the Assumption Abbey herd for 51 years, but the number of monks has dwindled

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)

In uniform: Bataan Death March survivor Albert Brown during World War II

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.

Today in 1960

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.

Vitamin D Levels Appear to Be Associated With Risk of Skin Cancer, Although Relationship Is Complex

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.


Obama channels 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.”

Barack Obama:

“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.”

People are waking up

QUESTION: Does Excessive Welfare Spending Cause Riots?

“At a minimum, the facts certainly negate any suggestion that criminals can be kept out of sight and out of mind by being bribed with welfare money.”

How you buy silence

'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.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-atf-guns-20110816,0,3762843.story#ixzz1VCDk42qs

Glad it is cool somewhere

Polar blast brings snow to downtown Auckland for first time in 72 years...
...city's coldest day on record'

More on Obama’s Buses

'Greyhound One'...
Armored Buses Cost $2.2 Million...
'Looks more like a police mortuary van'...

Obama News

Obama: How about I show you my economic plan next month? Update: Lincoln got criticized a lot too, says new Lincoln


From Jane

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)