Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nostalgia, Geezers And "Distilling Culture" ...From Paris

Faith Popcorn, fabulous futurist, describes baby boomers in a way that only a baby boomer could understand.  We like nostalgia.  We find "comfort in familiar pursuits."  We "distill culture" and "blend it with deep consumer insight."

Why else would we pay a lot of money to pack venues featuring grey haired geezers perform their hit "Takin' It To The Streets?"  (Special Note to the Doobie Brothers from Paris:  Although parting your long grey hair down the middle, and wearing Grandpa Walton baggy jeans was NEVER a good look,  I love you just the same)

As the world becomes more unstable, we seek tranquility; we seek the comfort of our familiar past.

Ps If you are asking yourself who the Doobie Brothers are or who Grandpa Walton was, you are not a baby boomer.   

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Obama Vacation House Goes Up For Sale -

Blue Heron Farm, which has served as the Obama family vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, has just been put on the market with a price tag of $23.7 million.

Because President Barack Obama and family have rented the compound for one week for the past three years, bringing with them staffers and Secret Service, many call it the “Summer White House.”

Obama ignored costs? Hard to believe.

Report: Administration ignored high costs in healthcare bill

Obamacare Signing

Emails show administration officials ignored warnings that CLASS Act provision puts taxpayers on the hook and is fiscally unstable

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Hip Hop Artist Wyclef Jean Calls Palin…‘Rad’, ‘Shrewd’ & ‘Cool’

Hip Hop Artist Wyclef Jean Calls Palin…‘Rad’, ‘Shrewd’ & ‘Cool’

"I can like whoever. This is America, right?"

Study: Home-Schooled Kids Beat Public School Kids in Math, Reading

Study: Home-Schooled Kids Beat Public School Kids in Math, Reading

Department of Education statistics show an estimated 1.5 million U.S. students – 2.9 percent of the school-age population – were home-schooled in spring 2007, up from 1.1 million four years earlier. According to the AP, the number of home-schooled students in the U.S. could now be up to 2 million.

The Left does not want separation of church and state. They want religion gone.

American Atheist Leader Calls for the ‘Eradication’ of ‘Fundamentalist Christians’

American Atheist Leader Calls for the ‘Eradication’ of ‘Fundamentalist Christians’

Quote of the day


Ivar Giaever, a Nobel prize winner, who just resigned from the American Physical Society because of its religious belief in global warming

“The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this ‘warming’ period.”

Who created these huge, mysterious wheel patterns in the Mideast thousands of years ago?

Called geoglyphs, these strange circular patterns etched into the rocky sands from Saudi Arabia to Syria have no known meaning or origin. Though archaeologists say they likely date back over 2,000 years, there are no records of who made them, nor why they would make such elaborate patterns that can only be appreciated from the air.

New Tax Court Judge

President Obama Nominates Ronald Buch to be U.S. Tax Court Judge
Buch President Obama yesterday nominated Ronald Buch to be a U.S. Tax Court Judge:

Ronald Buch is a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he principally represents clients in tax controversy matters. He joined Bingham in 2009 when it combined with McKee Nelson LLP, where he had worked on tax controversy matters since 2001. He also currently serves as an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching Tax Practice and Procedure (Administrative Practice) and Tax Research and Writing. Prior to joining McKee Nelson, Mr. Buch worked as an attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, where his work included representing the IRS before the United States Tax Court. Mr. Buch is a former Chair of the Administrative Practice Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and the District of Columbia Bar Association Taxation Section’s Tax Audits and Litigation Committee. Mr. Buch received a B.BA. from Northwood University, a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Capital University Law School.

First photo of $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo crashing into the ocean

Earlier today, Jalopnik was the first to bring you photos of the custom Ferrari Enzo that went swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Now we've got a first photo of the rare supercar sliding into the water.

The Enzo pictured is a highly modified version of the Ferrari supercar designed to look and perform like the track-only FXX. Worth an estimated $1.5 million (dry), the car's owner — self-proclaimed bad-boy exotic dealership owner Zahir Rana — was driving it in the Targa Newfoundland alongside other exotics when he went off course

The driver and co-driver are in good shape physically and the car is reportedly in decent condition. Emotionally, this photo suggest Rana is a little bummed.


White House Initially Denied Republican's Request to Attend Medal of Honor Event


The White House initially denied a request by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) to attend a Medal of Honor ceremony for a fellow Marine Corps and Afghanistan war veteran, a congressional source said.

Hunter first learned last week about plans for President Obama to award former Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer the Medal of Honor during a Thursday ceremony at the White House. Hunter formally requested to attend the ceremony earlier this week, but the White House said no, the congressional source said.

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Not Serious People

House Democrats Introduce Bill To Abolish Debt Ceiling.

If I were in Congress, I’d respond with a bill requiring a referendum on any increase, said referendum to coincide with Congressional elections. . . .

Any educated person knows that the Bible is the most important text in Western Civilization. These Liberal Zealots want to destroy religion generally, not stop the establishment of one church.

Unions Dealt Setback as House Passes Boeing Bill

Bill would limit National Labor Relations Board's power to dictate where private businesses can locate

4 more Solyndra?

Other Firms Funded by Obama’s Stimulus Hit Rock BottomAPSolyndra isn't the only business to go belly up despite receiving a piece of the $800 billion economic stimulus package, as four other companies also received funding only to later file for bankruptcy.

He charged 5 times into the killing zone, bring out soldiers alive and dead.

Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer


Medal of Honor Winner is Reluctant Hero

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer consented to press interviews so people would know the story of the teammates who didn't survive the ambush in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

The men Meyer wants the world to remember are Lt. Michael Johnson, Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick, Gunnery Sgt Edwin Johnson and Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class James Layton.

At his request, they will be memorialized at hometown ceremonies while he is awarded the nation's highest honor for bravery during a White House ceremony Thursday with President Obama..

"Those guys gave their lives so you have to remind (the public) everyday. You know, that's the least you can do,” said Meyer, who killed eight Taliban fighters, some at close range.

But Meyer, who spoke with reporters recently at his grandfather Dwight Meyer's farm, does not particularly care for the limelight, Lt.. Col. Chris Hughes, who coordinated media requests, warned all of the reporters coming and going from the interviews.

"If you ask a stupid question, Dakota will let you know," Hughes said. He also told Fox News that Meyer does not like revisiting that ambush that earned him the medal.

"If you just jump right in, you're going to get a push back," Hughes said.

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This should help with the Jewish Vote.

Leading Dem: Jews support GOP because they 'want to protect their wealth'...

More Corruption at the WH

General accused WH of pressuring him to change testimony for Democratic donor


The four-star Air Force general who oversees U.S. Space Command walked into a highly secured room on Capitol Hill a week ago to give a classified briefing to lawmakers and staff, and dropped a surprise. Pressed by members, Gen. William Shelton said the White House tried to pressure him to change his testimony to make it more favorable to a company tied to a large Democratic donor.

The episode—confirmed in interviews with administration officials and the chairman of a congressional oversight committee—is the latest in a string of incidents that have given Republicans sudden fodder for questions about whether the Obama administration is politically interfering in routine government matters that affect donors or fundraisers. Already, the FBI and a House committee are investigating a federal loan guarantee to a now failed solar firm called Solyndra that is tied to a large Obama fundraiser.

Quote of the day

A Democrat strategist:

“I’m warning my clients — ‘Don’t run in 2012.’ I don’t want to see good candidates lose by 12 to 15 points because of the president.”

Hard to be PC and protect America

'Mohammed was a cult leader': FBI teaches agents that 'mainstream’ Muslims are violent and radical

The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that 'mainstream' Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathisers and that the more devout a Muslim the more likely they are to be violent.

According to documents leaked by an FBI whistleblower, agents have also been instructed that the Islamic practice of giving charity is a 'funding mechanism for combat' and that the Prophet Mohammed was a 'cult leader'.

The programme even featured a graph showing a sliding scale of Koran-inspired violence.

Leaked material: The graph included in the training manual shows that the more devout a Muslim, the more likely they are to be violent

Leaked material: The graph included in the training manual shows that the more devout a Muslim, the more likely they are to be violent

The materials read: 'The strategic themes animating these Islamic values are not fringe, they are mainstream.'

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Looks like it worked for 10 years… so Obama will say this has to go.

FBI Teaches Agents: 'Mainstream' Muslims Are 'Violent, Radical'

AFT admits to killing three more in Mexico in Fast and Furious

ATF GUN-SMUGGLING UPDATE: Justice Department tells GOP investigators: Guns from “Fast and Furious” linked to three more murders in Mexico. “I’m thinking we should start a new sub-blog devoted to chronicling the bloodletting by Mexican cartels using F&F guns.

Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Resigns Over Global Warming


Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, Sept. 13, from the premier physics society in disgust over its officially stated policy that "global warming is occurring."
The official position of the American Physical Society (APS) supports the theory that man's actions have inexorably led to the warming of the planet, through increased emissions of carbon dioxide.
Giaever does not agree -- and put it bluntly and succinctly in the subject line of his email, reprinted at Climate Depot, a website devoted to debunking the theory of man-made climate change.
"I resign from APS," Giaever wrote.
Giaever was cooled to the statement on warming theory by a line claiming that "the evidence is inconvertible."
"In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?" he wrote in an email to Kate Kirby, executive officer of the physics society.
"The claim … is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this 'warming' period," his email message said.

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Solyndra Employee: "Everyone Knew The Plant Wouldn't Work"

An ex-Solyndra employee calls in to the Mark Levin radio program: "While we were out there, while we were building it – cause it is a half a billion dollar plant – everyone already knew that China had developed a more inexpensive way to manufacture these solar panels. Everyone knew that the plant wouldn’t work. But they still did it. They still built it."


The number of U.S. homes that received an initial default notice -- the first step in the foreclosure process -- jumped 33 percent in August from July, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.



Green-jobs subsidies created 1 job for every $5.44 million spent

Carville: I’d like to see some panic at the White House right about now

Insufferable Knowingness

George Will on the Obama Administration:

The economic policy the “federal family” should adopt can be expressed in five one-syllable words: Get. Out. Of. The. Way.


For two years, there has been one constant: As events have refuted the Obama administration’s certitudes, the administration has retained its insufferable knowingness. It knew that the stimulus would hold unemployment below 8 percent. Oops.

$650,000 cost per job created.

U.S. government says a loan guarantee program that has created 3,545 new permanent jobs is on track to save or create 60,000 jobs. If goal is reached, it would work out to about $640,000 in loan guarantees for each job.

Solyndra Watch

The Treasury Department's inspector general has opened a new front in the investigation of the government loan to Solyndra, the now bankrupt company that had been touted as a model of President Obama's ambitious green energy program, ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity/iWatch News have learned.

The new probe involves the $535 million loan, arranged by the Energy Department, but actually processed by the Federal Financing Bank, a government lending institution that falls under Treasury's control. Already, the FBI and the Energy Department's inspector general have executed search warrants at Solyndra's headquarters and questioned company executives.


The Washington Post reported yesterday that the loan to Solyndra was fast tracked by the WH and Dept. of Energy so V.P. Joe Biden could get a photo-op staged at Solyndra's plant in California. The photo-op cost the American taxpayer $535 million.

Insulin nasal spray improves cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients

Insulin, delivered in a nasal spray, seems to improve cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients, according to research appearing in the Journal of Neurology. Nasal delivery is appropriate because the drug reaches the brain and central nervous system faster. But what is it about insulin, normally associated with diabetics, that helps memory? The researchers say insulin plays a role in the central nervous system and those who suffer from Alzheimer's experience a loss of insulin levels and activity.

In the study, Suzanne Craft of the University of Washington treated 104 patients with mild cognitive decline or mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. Treatments were given through a nasal drug delivery device made by Kurve Technology of Bothell, WA. Four months later, the group that received the moderate insulin dose showed improvements in delayed story recall compared with the placebo group.

Reuters loves the word 'unexpectedly'--they use it every week


The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose unexpectedly last week in a sign concerns about a weak economy were sapping an already beleaguered labor market, data showed on Thursday.


Nobody but Reuters anticipated a better unemployment report.