Wednesday, August 24, 2011


PICTURED: Perry and Obama At Age 22

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The problem with North east liberals


Bloomberg Bans Clergy From 9/11 Ceremony but Ground Zero Mosque OK

Should be interesting

My book will have 'heads exploding' in DC...

I would double this number

Study: Almost 10% of employers might end health plans once new exchanges start

If you like your plan, you can keep — ah, forget it.

From Jordan

Top politically themed earthquake tweets

After Washington DC realized that the earthquake was nothing to worry about, they took to Twitter to joke about the source of the quake. Some of the best ones below:

@TPCarney: Krugman says it wasn't big enough.

@comradescott: Evidently the quake occurred on a little known fault line outside of DC called "Bush's Fault". #tcot #p2

@calebhowe: Breaking: Obama administration points out they "inherited" fault lines from previous administrations.

@MaizeBlueNation: Fox News claims the Washington monument is leaning to the right, MSNBC claims it's leaning to the left. More news at 11.

Why England is doomed, continued.

London Refuses Kids Tickets to Gun-Related Olympic Events

London Refuses Kids Tickets to Gun-Related Olympic Events

"Kids should enjoy the Games but there's no way we should glorify guns."

EPA's Looming Blackouts


It won't matter which light bulbs we use as the administration's implementation of cross-state pollution rules shuts down coal plants across the country. Where will the jobs be when the lights go out?
It's called the Cross-State Pollution Rule, announced last month, and its implementation over the next 18 months will likely result in the loss of a fifth of the nation's electricity-generating capacity.
The result will be likely power shortages, skyrocketing rates and inevitable brownouts and rolling blackouts.

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Secret reading hideaway

teachingliteracy:  secret reading hideaway. lacetea  OK.

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Flashback: Obama calls adding $4 trillion to national debt “unpatriotic”

“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.”

Best Merlot in the USA - By United States Open Wine Competition

As a varietal wine, Merlot can make soft, velvety wines with plum flavors. While Merlot wines tend to mature faster than Cabernet Sauvignon, some examples can continue to develop in the bottle for decades. There are three main styles of Merlot-a soft, fruity, smooth wine with very little tannins, a fruity wine with more tannic structure and, finally, a brawny, highly tannic style made in the profile of Cabernet Sauvignon. Some of the fruit notes commonly associated with Merlot include cassis, black and red cherries, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, mulberry, ollalieberry and plum. Vegetable and earthy notes include black and green olives, cola nut, bell pepper, fennel, humus, leather, mushrooms, rhubarb and tobacco. Floral and herbal notes commonly associated with Merlot include green and black tea, eucalyptus, laurel, mint, oregano, pine, rosemary, sage, sarsaparilla and thyme. When Merlot has spent significant time in oak, the wine may show notes of caramel, chocolate, coconut, coffee bean, dill weed, mocha, molasses, smoke, vanilla and walnut.
1. Balduzzi 2007 Reserva Merlot - Glendale, CA
2. Jarvis 2006 Merlot - Napa Valley, CA
3. Maryhill 2006 Proprietor's Reserve Merlot - Goldendale, WA

Vacation first…

Obama’s “Very Specific Plan” to Create Jobs Will Now be Just an OUTLINE?

Before trotting off on vacation, Obama promised to deliver a speech in September detailing, “a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs and to control our deficit.”

But now . . . the “very specific plan” will be nothing more than an “outline.”

“The president is going to outline a short-term plan to accelerate the economy,” Axelrod said on ABC’s This Week, . . . .

The Laws of Economics trump Nations

John Boehner and Paul Ryan

Boehner says Obama should use his September speech on jobs to 'break sharply with his past policies'

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Japan US Treasurys

The cut in Japan's government bond rating Wednesday to Aa3 from Aa2 puts the country three notches below Moody's top Aaa rating

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197 years ago

Aug 24, 1814:

British capture and burn Washington

During the War of 1812, British forces under General Robert Ross overwhelm American militiamen at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, and march unopposed into Washington, D.C. Most congressmen and officials fled the nation's capital as soon as word came of the American defeat, but President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, escaped just before the invaders arrived. Earlier in the day, President Madison had been present at the Battle of Bladensburg and had at one point actually taken command of one of the few remaining American batteries, thus becoming the first and only president to exercise in actual battle his authority as commander in chief.

America’s ten most awesome roadside attractions

Americans build roads to our greatest attractions — like the Grand Canyon — and build attractions for our greatest roads — like a giant cheese castle. Here's what Jalopnik readers consider America's ten most awesome roadside attractions.

Historical Comparison

John and I have both noted Obama’s steadily weakening poll numbers, and the new polls showing Obama essentially tied with Romney or Perry, and leading Ron Paul by only 2 points—Ron Paul!!—should be setting off alarm bells in the White House situation room campaign office.  At this point in 1979, even with Jimmy Carter’s dismal poll numbers heading below 30 percent approval, Republican front runner Ronald Reagan still trailed Carter in a hypothetical matchup by a large margin.  Just as people then were urging Ted Kennedy to save the Democratic Party from Carter, more and more today you hear liberals muttering “Hillary” under their breath.

A Dog's Love

The Blaze provides this heart-wrenching image of a dog lying beside the casket containing the body of his master, Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, who was killed on August 6 in Afghanistan (and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Defense Meritorious Service Medal). The dog laid next to the casket during the entire memorial service on Friday.

Seal 2

Seal 1

Science Lesson: Be wary of precision in Science. If we are guessing by 15% on something we can see and touch…

Distribution of species by kingdom.

How Many Species On Earth? About 8.7 Million, New Estimate Says

ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 2011) — Eight million, seven hundred thousand species (give or take 1.3 million).

That is a new, estimated total number of species on Earth -- the most precise calculation ever offered -- with 6.5 million species found on land and 2.2 million (about 25 percent of the total) dwelling in the ocean depths.

Sometimes reformers are like finger nail on a blackboard. They may be right, but they are still grating.

Bill Clinton declares vegan victory: 'Eats fruits, vegetables and beans, but no red meat, chicken or dairy'...

5 Hidden Costs of Obama

5. President Obama’s pass-the-buck, blame-it-on-the-other-guy, it-was-just-bad-luck performance as a no-account “leader” sends a horrible message to our youth.

His is an example so bad that it will reverberate for a generation at incalculable cost.

4.  ObamaCare Lawsuits by more than half the states at a combined hidden cost of thousands of dollars per hour – per hour!

ObamaCare mandates are forcing states to sue to protect their own solvency. While most of the media attention, of course, is on the unconstitutionality of ObamaCare’s individual mandate, 27 statesmore than half! – are actively entwined in a lawsuit to stop this debt-forcing law. As the Heritage Foundation documents, the future funding forced upon every state in its provisions for Medicaid will quite frankly push many states into either bankruptcy or a shutdown of basic services.

3. Obama’s federal regulations, growing like kudzu in uncontrolled, maniacal frenzy, form a stranglehold on American business.

Once again, we turn to Investor’s Business Daily for the heavy-lifting on Obama’s wretched big government stranglehold. From John Merline’s detailed IBD article last week, we learn that one of the very few “businesses” actually booming in Obamaland is the “Regulation” industry, which has seen its combined budgets grow by a whopping 16% since 2008. This meteoric rise in regulatory budgets coincided with a pitiful increase of only 5% in overall economic growth.

2.  The specter of uncertainty haunts every American in Obama’s Changeopoly Blitzkrieg.

Overwhelming uncertainty sits there quietly as the ever-present silent partner in big-ticket spending decisions, business start-up meetings, and hiring discussions. The S&P downgrade merely said aloud what all sentient Americans already knew quite well. The only change Obama brought to Washington was bigger government, higher deficits, and even less will to strive for a balanced budget.

  1. The Great Demoralization of America under Obama.

“Moreover, most people who serve in Washington have been trained either as lawyers or as political operatives – professions that tend to place a premium on winning arguments rather than solving problems.”  Barak Obama.

President Obama – the lawyer – has proven his own theory beyond all possible measure in his utter failure to solve a single problem and in his unwavering insistence upon shackling America’s genuine problem-solvers with overwhelming regulations and class-warfare demagoguery.

A Second Sign?

Irene’s Track Shifts East: “ow the late-night 0Z GFS computer model is out, and — guess what? — it shifts Irene’s landfall point to the east, again. Now the target landfall location has moved from NYC/Long Island to Cape Cod.” When the model’s further refined, I think we’ll see that Irene is heading straight for Martha’s Vineyard, consistent with Barack Obama’s track record in general . . . .

Lets see: Jobs and Energy Independence. No, Obama’s people will oppose.


“TomCo Energy is a London-based company which owns leases on over 3000 acres of oil shale land in Utah’s Uintah Basin. As I have noted several times (most recently just last week), the Uinta Basin is the site of the massive Eocene Green River Shale formation – potentially the largest reservoir of unconventional petroleum in the world. With total reserves estimated at up to 1.3 trillion barrels, and ultimately recoverable reserves of 800 billion barrels or more , this formation holds three times or more the amount of Saudi Arabia’s proven reserves. Unlocking this formation would change the energy outlook of the nation – and of the world – for a century or more.” Expect environmentalists to fight this tooth-and-claw since changing the energy outlook of the nation (for the better, at least) is anathema to them.

Diet That Combines Cholesterol-Lowering Foods Results in Greater Decrease in LDL Than Low-Saturated Fat Diet

ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 2011) — Persons with high cholesterol who received counseling regarding a diet that combined cholesterol-lowering foods such as soy protein, nuts and plant sterols over 6 months experienced a greater reduction in their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels than individuals who received advice on a low-saturated fat diet, according to a study in the August 24/31 issue of JAMA.

Convicted Scammer and shakedown artist

NBC News Hires Al Sharpton

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The Obama Connection

Illinois Loses Most Jobs in Nation...
GE cutting more jobs...
FLASHBACK: Moving X-ray business to China...



The trouble with truth is it keeps showing up

So much for “pro-choice”

The masks slip.


Gee, whatever could summering Congressional lawmakers fear?

Congress, spooked by summer town halls, tries jobs fairs instead

The health-care reform protests of 2009 have made members of Congress worried about holding traditional summer town halls. As an alternative, some are holding jobs fairs.

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) pf Florida (left) talks with a Miami worker who is looking for work in maintenance or plumbing at a jobs fair hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus in Miami Tuesday.

Lynne Sladky/AP

If you like the way Pandora works for you for music, BookLamp could be your best reading tool

How Publishers & Readers Can Use BookLamp

Ever wish you could find new books the same way Pandora helps you find new music? Using a series of algorithms, BookLamp analyzes your favorite books for five style elements and then delivers you customized recommendations with similar themes and style. The site currently tracks more than 618 million data points, trying to decode the [...] read more>>

BHO's summer vacation reading list

Call me silly, but I enjoy checking the news sites when the Prez goes on vacation. He always hits the same bookstore on the Vineyard and then the liberal and conservative wags take potshots at what he chose to read on vacation.

Conservatives chide him for reading too much fiction. Libs chide him for his selection of authors.

Frankly, I think he should have picked up a copy of the children's book: Go the F*ck to Sleep!