Friday, August 19, 2011

NYT does a hit piece on Rep Issa. Only problem, they got everything wrong.

All of these central examples, however, are wildly inaccurate, and the truth deserves to be told.
* The medical complex the Times story alleges enjoyed a 60 percent appreciation since it was purchased for $10.3 million and is now valued at $16.6 million is a patently false claim. According to the buyer’s final settlement statement, the property in question was not purchased for $10.3 million as the New York Times reported but for $16.6 million – the exact same figure of its current tax assessment. According to these numbers, the appreciation is not 60 percent but roughly zero. In addition, the government sponsored road work noted in the article has not even begun and Rep. Issa’s requests for the project (which were publicly announced and made on behalf of and at the request of the City of Vista, and the San Diego Association of Governments which is the regional transportation planning authority) all came before the 2008 property purchase.
* The allegation that Rep. Issa “went easy” on Toyota during 2010 hearings because of “his electronics company’s role as a major supplier of alarms to Toyota” is again an example of a factual error in the Times story that lends no support to the story’s central premise. While the Times story tells readers that Rep. Issa’s former company, Directed Electronics, is a “major supplier of alarms to Toyota,” the story offers no evidence, and Directed Electronics is, in fact, not a supplier to Toyota. The New York Times also fails to note that Rep. Issa does not have a personal financial interest in Directed Electronics.
* The “1,900 percent” profit allegation is, again, based on reporting errors by the New York Times. This is assertion is based on an incorrect form obtained by the Times. According to a financial transaction record, the Issa Family Foundation’s initial investment in the AIM Small Company fund was not $19,000 but $500,000. The asset was later sold for $375,000 resulting in a $125,000 loss – not a 1900 percent gain as was reported.

One 'Haute' Summer Evening ...From Paris

I spent the evening with Chris Botti this past week; one very hot, very cool, sticky summer evening with Chris.  Ah yes. Chris. He's adorable--VERY VERY cute.  In fact, he's so engaging, it's difficult not to fall in full crush-love with him.

He strode out, all confident cool cute, filling the stage at Wolf Trap. He wore a fitted, very haute couture custom Italian suit, with a skinny dark tie. His hair sheik short and all moused up. Very retro.  Very metro.

I particularly appreciated the fact that he was so generous with the other performers with whom he shared the stage. As they walked out,  he backed quietly away, into the shadows, allowing them to consume center spot light.  He caressed his 1939 hand craft trumpet, like a woman. 

The former back-up singer for the Rollings Stones (Lisa Fisher--'Gimme Shelter') and the  drummer who preformed with Sting; savant musicians who filled the August evening air with unbriddled talent.

"To me, music that breaks your heart is the music that stays with you forever."--Chris Botti   


Ex Missionaries (the kind that gets things done) are some of the biggest risk takers I have ever meet. If he is like that , Kudos to Bachmann for having him.

Faith outreach director reportedly was arrested in Uganda on terrorism charges, imprisoned over a month

The DailyBrisk predicts that Obama will seek the delay and thereby waste billions.

White House's Health Care Dilemma

  • With the health care law likely headed for the Supreme Court, the White House must decide whether to try and delay the case until after the 2012 election or go for an early decision to prevent money from being wasted if the initiative is struck down.

DeFazio is not someone the DailyBrisk quotes often, but this is shocking.

House Liberal Says Obama’s Chances of Reelection ‘Very Tough’

By Alicia M. Cohn, TheHill
Outspoken House liberal Rep. Peter DeFazio rates President Obama’s chances of getting reelected in 2012 as “very tough.”

DeFazio (D-Ore.), a founding member of the House Progressive Caucus, blasted Obama for conceding to Republicans on important issues such as the debt ceiling.

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Tallinn, one of the last great undiscovered cities of Europe

Roads to revolution: the Baltics revisited - Tartu to Tallinn

Concluding his journey through the Baltic States 20 years after they regained independence, Adrian Bridge has an encounter with a kissing couple in Tartu – and a former model and chef in Tallinn.

Tallinn, Estonia
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Estonia's capital city, Tallinn, with its 13th-century city walls, turrets and the onion-shaped dome of the Russian Orthodox church 

Latino's want jobs, not an open border

CHANGE: Gallup: Latino Approval of Obama Plunges to 49%. “That’s a huge decline since spring of 2009, when Obama registered the 85 percent approval among Latinos.”

Steve McQueen's


Steve McQueen’s Le Mans Porsche 911T goes up for auction

The Slate Gray 1970 Porsche 911T that appeared in Le Mans and was owned by the movie's iconic star will go up for auction in August. Steve McQueen used the car for personal transportation during the filming of the movie in France and had the Porsche shipped back to the United States after filming.

As the Obama's take separate jets to vacation

America isn't working: Thousands queue overnight and brave the baking heat for job fair

Queue: Thousands of people wait in line in the baking heat during the job fair in Atlanta, sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus
Eager men and women braved the tormenting heat in Atlanta yesterday in their full business suits for the For the People Jobs Initiative hosted by U.S. Reps John Lewis and Hank Johnson. Authorities treated 20 people for heat exhaustion as they struggled to keep the line moving and get people moved inside.

What America can do if you keep gov't out of the way

Apple as Big as Europe's 32 Top Banks -- Combined...

MLB Nixes Nationals' Plan to Wear Military Tribute Hats to Honor Navy SEALs

Paying tribute to the nation's heroes would seem to be a perfect fit for the nation's pastime. Not so fast, says Major League Baseball.

The Washington Nationals had planned to honor the Navy SEALs who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan by wearing special tribute hats on the field, but that plan didn't pass muster with league officials.

“We reserve hats for national tributes, where every club is wearing them on the same day,” league spokesman Pat Courtney told the Washington Post. “But we’re happy to work with clubs on alternatives.”

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Act

Deroy Murdock writing in the National Review:
“My friends and I have been coddled enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress,” Buffet whimpered the other day. “It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.”

Why wait, Warren? Make that sacrifice today! Like any American, Buffet can underwrite a federal fund called “Gifts to the United States.” Managed by the Treasury Department’s Credit Accounting Branch in Hyattsville, Maryland, this coffer is neither new nor secret.

“This account was established in 1843 to accept gifts, such as bequests, from individuals wishing to express their patriotism to the United States,” a Treasury website explains. “These contributions are considered an unconditional gift to the government.

Rep. John Campbell (R., Calif.) would make it even more convenient for those desperate to send Washington more of their winnings.

“I have been the author of the ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Act,’” Campbell wrote in the January 12 Washington Times. “This simple bill would add a line near the bottom of Page 2 of all Form 1040 tax returns, which would let any taxpayer voluntarily and very easily pay more tax than the law requires.” The Buffet Brigade could decide if a 50 percent or even 90 percent tax rate would ease their pain. “Then,” Campbell continues, “just add it to the tax due by law and, voilĂ , you are doing what you want to do without burdening the rest of us.”

If rich liberals truly crave higher tax bills, Campbell’s measure would help them to keep paying without forcing new or higher taxes on non-masochistic Americans. Fresh revenues without coercion? At last, an idea that Democrats and Republicans should love.


The Danger of being Male

Boys Reach Sexual Maturity Younger and Younger: Phase Between Being Physically but Not Socially Adult Is Getting Longer

ScienceDaily (Aug. 18, 2011) — Boys are maturing physically earlier than ever before. The age of sexual maturity has been decreasing by about 2.5 months each decade at least since the middle of the 18th century. Joshua Goldstein, director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock (MPIDR), has used mortality data to demonstrate this trend, which until now was difficult to decipher. What had already been established for girls now seems to also be true for boys: the time period during which young people are sexually mature but socially not yet considered adults is expanding.
Fatal Recklessness: With production of male hormones in puberty at its highest level, the probability for a boy in the United States to die in the year 2007 rose from 2 out of 10,000 at age 13 to more then the sevenfold at age 21 (i.e. 15 out of 10,000).

Former lingerie model to make NASCAR debut

Her name is Maryeve Dufault, and she's making her NASCAR debut this weekend in Montreal in the Nationwide Series for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, not far from her hometown of Sorel, Quebec.

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$Thousands Wasted So That Other Half Could Have a Couple Hours More Vacation

Michelle Obama and President Obama traveled to Martha’s Vineyard just hours apart, costing taxpayers thousands in additional expenses so she could have just a bit of extra vacation time.
Maybe the Other Half thinks she’s not getting enough vacation time from her self-appointed job of heckling Americans about our dietary habits. She has taken 42 days over the past year.
Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived just before 2 pm Thursday on a U.S. government jet, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which got its information from the local airport. The first lady’s office has been silent on her travel. President Obama arrived in the evening along with the family dog Bo.
The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.
It isn’t an isolated incident:
Last December, she racked up what was likely more than $100,000 in expenses leaving early for their Hawaii vacation.

Too bad she can’t buy any class with all the tax loot she’s spending.

Ms. O'Donnell: the Media won't ask Obama anything remotely embarrassing....Such as what were your grades, who have you dated, WHy hasn't unemployment gotten below 8% as you promised.

Christine O'Donnell: Would Piers Morgan ask Obama about masturbation? 

Christine O'Donnell
O'Donnell says that Morgan would never ask a male politician 'creepy' questions about masturbation

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It may be time

Apple Aims for iPad 3 Launch in 2012

the Apple iPad 2
Apple is working with component suppliers and its assembler in Asia to begin trial production of its next generation iPad in October, DJ Newswires reported Friday, citing people familiar with the situation.
The Cupertino, Calif., company has ordered key components such as display panels and chips for a new iPad it is aiming to launch in early 2012, said the people.
The next generation iPad is expected to feature a high resolution display -- 2048 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768 in the iPad 2 -- and Apple's suppliers have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3. Suppliers said Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch (24.6-cm) screen device.

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The Royals

Michelle Obama's Separate Travel Costs Taxpayers Thousands

Reuters File
By Keith Koffler, White House Dossier

Michelle Obama Thursday traveled separately from President Obama to Martha’s Vineyard, costing taxpayers thousands in additional expenses to get her a few hours of extra vacation time.

Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived just before 2 pm Thursday on a U.S. government jet, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which got its information from the local airport. The first lady’s office has been silent on her travel. President Obama arrived in the evening along with the family dog Bo.

The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.

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This is not moderate drinking

Britons drink 5,800 pints in a lifetime (and suffer 726 hangovers!)

Bar bill: The average Brit has 5,800 pints and 8,700 glasses of wine in their lifetime
If you're suffering from a hangover after an ill-advised drink after work last night, you may not be pleased to know it is one of just 726 that you will experience.

15% of English rioters were foreigners.

More than 150 people caught after rioting swept across UK ‘were foreign nationals and will be deported’

Deportation: Riot police face a mob in Hackney, north London on August 8, and the Government has pledged to deport any foreign nationals involved in any of the civil disorder
Those involved will be thrown out of Britain ‘at the earliest opportunity’, Immigration Minister Damian Green has said.

Guess the religion

 Turkish boy, 17, accused of killing two women from UK because he was told he 'couldn't marry 15 year old daughter'

Murder: Shannon Graham, pictured with boyfriend Recep Celik, with her mother Marion Graham and friend Kathy Dinsmore
Marion Graham, centre, and Kathy Dinsmore, right, were allegedly attacked in Izmir by a 17-year-old Turkish youth named locally as Recep Celik (pictured with Mrs Graham's daughter Shannon). The waiter is said to have attacked the two women in a forest after he was told he could not marry the 15-year-old schoolgirl.

23% less likely to get Alzheimer's from Moderate Drinking

Moderate Drinking May Protect Against Alzheimer's and Cognitive Impairment, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Aug. 15, 2011) — Moderate social drinking may significantly reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, suggests an analysis of 143 studies by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researchers.
Researchers reviewed studies dating to 1977 that included more than 365,000 participants. Moderate drinkers were 23 percent less likely to develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia


Meanwhile regular Americans stand in the summer sun looking for work

Rep. Waters Says Obama Must See 'Level of Pain,' as Thousands Flood Job Fair

A Democratic congresswoman who sharply criticized President Obama earlier this week said he needs to understand the "level of pain out here," as thousands of people lined up in the heat for a job fair Thursday in Atlanta.

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