Wednesday, September 7, 2011

National Cathedral Curse? Maybe if you invite Christians....

Why does God hate the Washington National Cathedral?

First it was the earthquake that knocked a few pillars and stone carvings off the Washington National Cathedral. Then the Hurricane. Today, gale-force winds blew through and toppled this 500-foot crane brought in to repair the damage from the earthquake. Any toads in the forecast?

Time has not been kind to this Playmate

Former Playboy Playmate jailed for trying to shoot dead her husband while high on drugs


Romney and Perry Show

 Romney hits Perry on Social Security, Perry doubles down on “Ponzi scheme”

“Maybe it’s time to have some provocative language in this country.”

Itshard to lose 3% in 30 days

GALLUP: Obama Approval Sinks to New Lows Among Whites, Hispanics

AP Graphics
By Lydia Saad, Gallup

PRINCETON, NJ -- President Barack Obama earned the lowest monthly job approval rating of his presidency to date in August, with 41% of U.S. adults approving of his overall job performance, down from 44% in July. He also received term-low monthly job approval ratings from both Hispanics (48%) and whites (33%) and tied his lowest rating from blacks (84%).

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Four years and out

Michigan Governor Enacts Strict Welfare Limit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law a stricter, four-year lifetime limit on cash welfare benefits, prompting advocates for the poor to warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves without cash assistance on Oct. 1.

Michigan's first-year Republican chief executive said the state will offer exemptions to the limit for those with a disability who can't work, those who care for a disabled spouse or child and those who are 65 or older and don't qualify for Social Security benefits or receive very low benefits.

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Political News

Race For Weiner Seat Turns Into Nasty Bashfest On Obama... 

Even Blacks and Hispanics Begin to Turn?

Obama stars in Palestinian ad...

Remember yesterday's story about the National Cathedral?

500-Ton Crane Collapses at National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
500-Ton Crane Collapses at National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
It comes just four days before a scheduled speech by President Obama inside the cathedral...

Union intimidation tactics revealed.

Here is a portion of a A 2003 National Labor Relations Board settlement between the Teamsters union and a picketed employer.

"We will not threaten to kill or inflict bodily harm, make throat slashing motions, make gun pointing motions, challenge or threaten to fight or assault employees, threaten to sexually assault non-striking employees or their family members, threaten to follow non-striking employees to their homes, use racial epithets or obscene gestures at non-striking employees doing business with COMPANY, or on any security guard, supervisor, or manager of COMPANY or neutral employers doing business with COMPANY in the presence of employees.

"We will not attempt to harass or intimidate employees or security guards on COMPANY property by using mirrors to reflect sunlight into the eyes of COMPANY drivers or use mirrors or laser pointers to shine light into the eyes or video cameras of security guards.

"We will not batter, assault, spit on, blow whistles loudly near a person's ear, throw any liquid or solid object at, or attempt to assault any non-striking employee of COMPANY or any member of his or her family or any employee of a neutral employee doing business with COMPANY, or any security guard or supervisor or manager of a neutral empoyee doing business with COMPANY in the presence of employees."

The Repubs are smart to do this, everybody will be turning to football game

Pelosi Peeved Republicans Opt Out of Rebuttal to Obama Speech

Immigration Offenses Make Latinos New Majority in Federal Prisons


For the first time - Latinos make up more than half of all federal felony offenders sentenced so far this year, a major demographic shift swollen by immigration offenses, according to a new government report.

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The world's most economically prosperous countries - in pictures

swiss flag - area of alp mannlichen - region of bernese highland - swiss alpes - canton of berne - switzerland


Swizerland retains its crown at the top of the WEF global competitive list. Although the country only contributes 0.44pc to the world's gross domestic product (GDP), Swiss WEF measures of efficiency and innovation rank it above all other countries

Singapore skyline


Singapore moves up a place into second spot this year. The country produces 0.39pc of global GDP, and cited inflation (29.1pc) as its greatest barrier to doing business. Singapore's inflation rate jumped from 4.5pc in June to 5.2pc in July, rising again to 5.4pc in August.

Skiing in Åre, Sweden: the place to go for Europe's best snow


Sweden slips into third place this year (down from second in 2010-2011).


Finland jumped three places into fourth spot this year. The country produces 0.25pc of global GDP, with businesses citing tax rates as their greatest problematic factor.

New York's Times Square

United States

The world's biggest economy slipped from fourth to fifth place this year. The powerhouse produces one fifth of global GDP. Tax rates (14.8pc) were cited as the greatest problem for business prosperity.

When a Dem loses the Hamptons…

RICHARD COHEN: “Barack Obama has lost the Hamptons.”

“Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed. At none of them — that’s none — was he defended. That was remarkable. After all, sitting around various lunch and dinner tables were mostly Democrats. Not only that, some of them had been vociferous Obama supporters, giving time and money to his election effort. They were all disillusioned. Let me call the roll. I am talking about are writers and editors, lawyers and shrinks, Wall Street tycoons and freelance photographers, hedge funders and academics, run-of-the-mill Democrats and Democratic activists. They were all politically sophisticated, and just a year ago some of them were still vociferous Obama supporters. No more.”

How the Libs screwed it up on the economy. (Note: Obama will ask for more “large structual deficits” tomorrow night.)


They’re Not Keynesian. “Whalen isn’t simply dumping on Keynesianism, he’s bent on pointing out that even its latter-day adherents are straying far from their master’s theory. And in this, he’s surely correct. As Allen Meltzer has argued, Keynes was against the very sort of large structural deficits that characterize contemporary federal budgets and policy, believing instead that deficits should be ‘temporary and self-liquidating.’ And Keynes believed that any sort of counter-cyclical spending by government should be directed toward increasing private investment, not simply spending current and future tax dollars on public works projects. Or, to put it another way: If the federal government had a strong track record of responsible spending, it would mean one thing if it went into hock for a short period of time to goose the economy (again, whether this would work is open to question). It means something totally different when a government that spent all of the 21st century piling on debt and new, long-term entitlement programs responds to an economic downturn first by creating yet another gargantuan entitlement (Obamacare) and taking on even more debt in the here-and-now.”

And how to fix it:

RICHARD EPSTEIN: Why are Democrats serving up a smorgasbord of job-killing policies? “Who cares if jobs are gained the public sector when so many will be lost in the private sector?” Er, public-sector unions?

Plus this: “It is a testimony to the resourcefulness of the American economy that the unemployment figures are not more dismal than they are. That said, this nation will not be able to get off the road to economic perdition unless it junks both parts of the Obama administration’s economic policy—its futile macroeconomic programs and its mindless labor market restrictions. Let us hope that President Obama takes these harsh realities into account when he makes his own job proposals later this week. But after reviewing his uninspired Labor Day remarks, we shouldn’t count on it.”

Liberals love to tell others how to live.

LA considers 'nightmare' ban on both plastic and paper grocery bags...

No Paper Or Plastic?  Only “reuseable” bags.

paper plastic

Baker’s Yeast Substance Can Aid Healing, Norwegian Researchers Show

ScienceDaily (Sep. 7, 2011) — Can wounds be helped to heal faster? Yes, says a Norwegian company whose product's active ingredient, beta-glucans, comes from common baker's yeast.

Beta-glucans have been called nature's super-medicine. Norwegian researchers have been pioneers in producing these substances from the cell walls of everyday baker's yeast. Beta-glucans are now widely used in the aquaculture industry and veterinary medicine, as well as in dietary supplements and cosmetics.

The true potential of beta-glucans has barely been touched upon, asserts Rolf Einar Engstad, Chief Scientific Officer at the Tromsø-based company Biotec Pharmacon. He headed a project which over the past several years has enhanced the understanding of how beta-glucans work and how they can be applied.

New video game allows players to kill Conservatives

It appears to be open season on Conservatives. First, Maxine Waters wants them to all "go to hell". Hoffa wants to take the "son of bitches out". Obama told a latino radio audience that the GOP are "our enemies". And Joe Biden called the Tea Party "barbarians". And now a video game allows virtual slaughter of any of a number of Conservatives.
A New York-based video game developer has set his virtual crosshairs on Republican and conservative political figures in a game called "Tea Party Zombies Must Die," which allows players to indiscriminately slaughter politicians like Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin.

The gruesome game, created by StarvingEyes Advergaming, is billed as "first-person shooter" featuring "Tea Party zombies" to be targeted with an "arsenal of weapons," including multiple firearms and a crowbar. Notable politicians depicted in the game include current and previous presidential hopefuls like Palin, Bachmann, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. Several Fox News personalities are also featured, including Huckabee, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Brit Hume.

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

How may be more important than what.

Drinking Pattern Linked to Alcohol's Effect On Heart Health

ScienceDaily (Sep. 7, 2011) — For the first time, new research shows that patterns of alcohol consumption -- a drink or two every night, or several cocktails on Friday and Saturday nights only -- may be more important in determining alcohol's influence on heart health than the total amount consumed.

In the journal Atherosclerosis, scientists found that daily moderate drinking -- the equivalent of two drinks per day, seven days a week -- decreased atherosclerosis in mice, while binge drinking -- the equivalent of seven drinks a day, two days a week -- increased development of the disease. Atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries, is a serious condition that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

when the WashPost says you are lying…

Obama’s whopper of a claim on tax cuts

“We said working folks deserved a break, so within one month of me taking office, we signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history, putting more money into your pockets.”

President Obama, Sept. 5, 2011

What Obama and the Libs have done


The U.S. has tumbled further down a global ranking of the world's most competitive economies, landing at fifth place because of its huge deficits and declining public faith in government, a global economic group said Wednesday.

Texas Fire destroys 175 car collection


Texas fires destroy one collector’s 175 classic cars

The good news for one Texas man near the massive wildfires is that his home was merely singed, and his family escaped uninjured. The bad news was what the fire took instead — some 175 classic cars, including a Shelby Cobra and about a dozen Corvettes.

John Chapman, 70, was shuffling through the ash-covered remains of his collection spread through a garage and several pole barns shorty after the fire moved through, pushing burning embers off what had been left behind. Other vehicles lost included several mid-'50s Chevys, a 1947 Studebaker pickup and a 1966 Pontiac GTO.

Libs in a Nutshell

National Cathedral Invites Muslims, but Not Evangelicals to 9/11 Service

A weekend of religious-themed observances at Washington National Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks will include a Buddhist nun and an Imam, but not an evangelical Christian, leading the head of the Southern Baptist Convention to ask President Obama to reconsider attending the event.

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Texas Fires

Thousands run from the flames: Death toll rises to four as Texas wildfires reduce more than 1,000 homes to rubble


Two people have died in a monstrous wildfire raging southeast of Austin, bringing the death toll of Labor Day weekends fires across the state to four. Officials declined to provide details on the deaths, other than to say they were not public safety responders.

Americans are the “coolest”

LONDON — They may be witnessing their global superpower influence decline in the face of challenges from other emerging players on the world stage, but Americans have been voted the world's "coolest nationality" in an international poll.

Social networking site asked 30,000 people across 15 countries to name the coolest nationality and also found that the Spanish were considered the coolest Europeans, Brazilians the coolest Latin Americans and Belgians the globe's least cool nationality.

"We hear a lot in the media about anti-Americanism," says Lloyd Price, Badoo's Director of Marketing. "But we sometimes forget how many people across the world consider Americans seriously cool."

Dems to Obama: don’t fix the problem, make political hay.

Democrats Fear It's Too Late


By Alexander Bolton, The Hill
President Obama’s new effort to revive the ailing economy may be too little, too late, according to Democrats and liberal policy experts.
They contend that Obama missed his chance to turn the economy around by November 2012, but still want him to call on Congress to move an aggressive new jobs plan — even if it has little chance of passing.

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So calls for murder are ok for this WH, as long as they are not the murder of Dems?

WH: Obama won't 'serve as speech police for Democratic Party'...

Video Game Lets You Slaughter 'Tea Party Zombies' O'Reilly, Hannity, Others...

Plane Crash Kills Top Russian Hockey Team

passenger airplane that had been chartered by one of Russia’s best-known hockey teams crashed during take-off Wednesday, killing much of the team, including many of its star players, in the latest air disaster here this summer.

The Yak-42 jet was carrying the team, called Lokomotiv, from its home in Yaroslavl, a city northeast of Moscow, to an away game in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

The plane that crashed Wednesday came down about 500 yards from the runway shortly after 4 p.m., the Russia Today television news channel reported.

Lokomotiv is a three-time champion in Russia’s Continental Hockey League, the equivalent here of the N.H.L. The team’s roster includes Czech, Swedish, Ukrainian, Latvian and Belarusian hockey players.

Liberals: Obamacare was a waste of political energy

Transcript from Chris Matthew's show on Sunday:

CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: This week we want to do something slightly different with our “Tell me Something” segment. Let me ask you all, all four of you, what has been President Obama’s biggest mistake in his two and a half years so far? Howard.

HOWARD FINEMAN, HUFFINGTON POST: Chris, on things under his control, not the wars so much because they were built in, his decision to spend all of his political capital in a year and a half of his time on the health-care reform law I think was his biggest political mistake.

MATTHEWS: Wow. Smart statement.

And then there was this exchange with another panelist:

DAVID IGNATIUS, WASHINGTON POST: I would agree with Howard. The idea of launching a major change in social legislation without having a consensus in the country and in Congress about what that should look like was a mistake. That’s just not how a president makes good policy.


Dubious tax cut claim

We said working folks deserved a break , so within one month of me taking office, we signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history, putting more money into your pockets.”

— President Obama, Sept. 5, 2011

Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Fact Checker:

John F. Kennedy seems to win the prize for biggest tax cut, at least in the last half century. By the same measure, the income tax provisions of George W. Bush tax cuts are more than twice as large as Obama’s tax cut over the same three-year time span. (Yes, a large portion of Bush’s tax cut went to the wealthy, but it also benefitted the working poor. We still don’t know what Obama means by “middle class,” since his definition also seems to include the working poor.)

Incidentally, the report that the administration official cited as “outside validation” for the 95 percent statistic just mentioned it as an aside. We checked with one of the co-authors, and he said the source for the figure was a White House fact sheet.

We’re not that impressed by the 95 percent claim, in any case. Essentially, all this means is that the top five percent of taxpayers did not receive the tax cut. Some economists might argue the cut-off limited the effectiveness of the provision as economic stimulus.

Here he goes again...


......Obama to propose $300 billion to jump-start jobs