Friday, September 16, 2011

Sounds like the FBI has it about right.

The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that “main stream” [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a “funding mechanism for combat.”

They want more of this?

Gov’t Awards Nearly $19 Billion in Loan Guarantees…to Create 3,545 Green Jobs

Gov’t Awards Nearly $19 Billion in Loan Guarantees…to Create 3,545 Green Jobs

Around $5 million taxpayer dollars per job created.

As predicted, that which worked for 10 years could not be allowed to continue.

FBI Scraps Curriculum That Claims ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are Violent

FBI Scraps Curriculum That Claims ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are Violent

"Any war against non-believers is justified."

News from the left

Top 10 funniest tweets of the week

Steve Martin

'Voting today, Weiner 'showed up alone, wearing jeans and a blazer.' It's bad when news reports need to emphasize you were wearing pants'

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Carville doubles down: Obama 'not going to win re-election on the course he's on right now'


Former Clinton adviser elaborates on earlier plea, suggests administration shake-up, U.S. Rep. promoting student loan debt forgiveness

School for adults

'Millions of Americans would suddenly have hundreds or thousands of extra dollars in their pockets each and every month with which to spend on ailing sectors of the economy'

Is Barack Obama Depressed?

Wouldn't you be? Barack Obama is at the nadir of his political popularity and effectiveness. He has been maneuvered into an economic corner of 9%-plus unemployment by a relentlessly nihilistic Congress. His achievements—killing bin Laden, saving the auto industry at negligible cost—are written off as flukes. Plus all this 9/11 anniversary stuff! We hear the New York Times is looking into whether it's all starting to get to him—like, clinically.

We're told by a source inside the Times that the paper is preparing a story arguing that Obama no longer finds joy in the political back-and-forth, has seemed increasingly listless to associates, and is generally exhibiting the litany of signs that late-night cable commercials will tell you add up to depression. Or maybe Low T.

Either way, the investigation was described to us as taking seriously the notion that Obama may be suffering from a depressive episode. Of course, absent a telltale Wellbutrin prescription or testimony from the man himself, it's really impossible to achieve a reliable diagnosis. And a story like "Obama Appears to Suffer From Depression" can be easily downgraded to "Political Travails Begin to Take Personal Toll on Obama." So the story in question, if it ever comes out, may not end up supporting the depression thesis. But rest assured: There are people at the Times who, based on the paper's reporting, believe Obama is depressed—the kind of depression where, if he weren't the president of the United States, he wouldn't be getting out of bed in the morning.

Star War’s Tatooine “discovered” - from Scott

Like Tatooine in 'Star Wars,' Planet Found With Twin Suns

PHOTO: Luke Skywalker's home planet, "Tatooine", is pictured in this movie still from,Star Wars, released in 1977.

Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, is pictured in this movie still from "Star Wars," released in 1977.

The existence of a world with a double sunset, as portrayed in the film Star Wars more than 30 years ago, is now scientific fact. NASA's Kepler mission has made the first unambiguous detection of a "circumbinary planet"--a planet orbiting two stars--200 light-years from Earth.

Double Suns (splash, 558 px)

An artist's concept of Kepler-16b, the first planet known to definitively orbit two stars -- what's called a circumbinary planet. The planet, which can be seen in the foreground, was discovered by NASA's Kepler mission.

The Star Wars Blu-Ray set gets 3.5 out of 5

The Star Wars Blu-Ray set gets 3.5 out of 5For better or worse, the day is finally here – George Lucas's magnum opus is out today on Blu-ray. I'm sure you've all heard by now that they're not the versions we all know and love, and they're not even the versions we've begrudgingly had to live with for the last 10 years. However, they are now in full HD and the 9 disc set is packed with hours worth of extras and documentaries.

U.S. adventurer becomes first man to cross the Alps... by helium balloon

Floating on the breeze: Jonathan Trappe flies over the Alps

Jonathan Trappe, a trained pilot from Raleigh, North Carolina, is the first person to cross the European mountain range using helium balloons as his method of transport. Strapped to 54 of the gas filled balloons, the 38-year-old took almost 12 hours to make his historic crossing, around half of which was completed in the dark. 'I would probably have probably died had I come down,' he said. 'Not just because it was dark, but because the terrain is so rugged there would be no place to land.'

They want to spend, spend and spend.

Democrat Congressmen Call for Unlimited Federal Debt


Democrat Congressmen Call for Unlimited Federal Debt; Say Limit is 'Danger' to Country

Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) spoke at a press conference in Washington on Sept. 14, 2011 to announce legislation to abolish the debt ceiling. ( Starr)

( – A trio of House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill to eliminate the debt ceiling so that the Treasury Department would be able to borrow money without limit.

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O news


'AWOL' on mortgage crisis...

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

New species of dolphin discovered

An entirely new species of dolphin has been discovered in Australia, and not in some isolated lagoon but in the shadows of skyscrapers, scientists say.

One of only three new dolphin species found since the 1800s, the Burrunan dolphin—naed after an Aboriginal phrase that means "large sea fish of the porpoise kind"—is known from only two populations so far, both in the state of Victoria.

About a hundred Burrunan dolphins have been found in Port Phillip Bay near Melbourne, Australia's second most populous city. Another 50 are known to frequent the saltwater coastal lakes of the Gippsland region, a couple hundred miles or so away.

From Jody: Why the sea turtles are becoming extinct.

Aha... maybe we have discovered why the sea turtle is becoming extinct; and it is not global warming!

Democrats don’t respect him. Republicans don’t fear him.

Jennifer Rubin writing in the WashPost:

There is a desperate, near pathetic, quality to President Obama these days. He pleaded with a crowd in North Carolina yesterday to urge Congress support his jobs plan if they “loved him.” Never mind love. Voters and elected Democrats don’t even respect him. Republicans don’t fear him.

As Karl Rove points out today (my comments in brackets), “Part of this on-the-record Democratic criticism is a reaction to Mr. Obama’s arrogance and aloofness [it is not just Republicans who find his condescension intolerable] . . . Part of it is the concern that the president has turned the DNC into an arm of his re-election campaign [not normally an issue when the president is a positive factor for down-ticket candidates]. . . And part of it springs from the unreasonable expectations among some Democrats [and clueless liberal pundits] who anticipated an even more radical agenda from Mr. Obama.”

When a president is failing, he acquires new troubles. Obama surely exemplifies this phenomenon. Obama’s jobs plan is now under assault from his own party. It sort of messes up his plan to run against the “do nothing” Republicans when Democrats mercilessly attack the plan.

BlackBerry under pressure for new leadership

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is under intense pressure from Wall Street to change its leadership as a worse than expected profit collapse wiped £3bn off the company's value during morning trading in New York.

Shares were down 18% by midday on Friday after Thursday's announcement that income before tax had halved quarter-on-quarter to $414m (£262m). Goldman Sachs estimates its global market share has fallen to 9% from 16% a year ago.

Obama wanted Citigroup dissolved

Book: Geithner ignored Obama order to consider dissolving Citigroup

A new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind reveals that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner ignored a direct order from President Obama for the reconstruction of major banks during the financial crisis.

The reports call into question the president's leadership and financial savvy at a time when the president is most vulnerable on those topics, with poll numbers on his handling of the economy hitting record lows.

Geithner was tight with Sandy Weill who headed Citigroup. Could this be the reason?

Why buy a book if you can "rent" one?

Amazon moves toward "a Netflix for books"

Amazon is in talks with publishers to create an e-book service that would let customers pay to rent books, just the way they now do movies.

Amazon is busy ramping up digital offerings to offer customers on its newest tablet – an iPad rival expected to launch by the end of this year.


MSNBC - the no Obama news network

MSNBC Prime Time Programs Still Haven't Reported Obama's Solyndra Scandal
As the scandal involving failed solar panel company Solyndra and President Obama grows, the prime time programs at the so-called "news network" known as MSNBC continue to ignore it.

MSNBC Prime Time Programs Still Haven't Reported Obama's Solyndra Scandal
Despite the announcement of the Solyndra bankruptcy on August 31, "Hardball," "PoliticsNation," "The Last Word," "The Rachel Maddow Show," and "The Ed Show" have not done one single report on the subject.
Not one.

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Crony Capitalism of Obama

White House Email: More taxpayer money to SOLYNDRA risky...

Warns 'timing will likely coincide with campaign season heating up'...

Doomed taxpayer-backed company paid $187,000 lobbying...

GOLDMAN SACHS exclusive financial advisor... 

Government Races to Close Billions in Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees...

SOLYNDRA among 5 stimulus firms to go under...

Best (funniest) metaphors/analogies found in student papers

Annual English Teachers' awards for best student metaphors/analogies
found in actual student papers:

His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like
underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy
who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those
boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at
high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one
of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just
before it throws up.

Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling
ball wouldn't.

From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie,
surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and
Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry
them in hot grease.

Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the
grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left
Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at
4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had
also never met.

He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East

Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one
that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law George. But unlike George,
this plan just might work.

The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating
for a while.

He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a
real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or

The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg
behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with
power tools.

He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if
she were a garbage truck backing up.

How to Live Like James Bond For a Weekend for $650

Steve Kamb found out how to fly 35,000 miles and visit four continents for $418. He's now going round the world in that trip and managed to score a weekend in Monte Carlo, Monaco, living like James Bond.

Fantastic hotel room, Martinis, tuxedo and food for just $138. This is how he did it:

More on the $1.5 Million dollar swimming Ferrari.

The prancing sea-horse: Driver of £1m Ferrari crashes 240mph supercar into lake

Splashdown: The moment driver Zahir Rana lost control of his yellow Ferrari and ended up in a saltwater lake

Zahir Rana was driving the 240mph Ferrari Enzo in the Newfoundland Targa road race in Canada when he suffered a 'slight mishap' on the gravel surface. He lost control of the £1 million-plus supercar and spun 180 degrees before careering off the road and ending up in the water.

Norway is producing a lot of strange people for such a small country.

Norwegian writer who claimed he lived in the wilderness for a year admits he actually stayed in hotels and shopped in arcades

Kristoffer Clausen admits during his 'year in the wilderness' he spent nights in hotel and once slept in a rented cottage

Kristoffer Clausen, pictured, has revealed his year-long ordeal outdoors, surviving on what he could catch, pick or shoot, was actually a hoax. He wrote on his blog this week: 'I'm sorry for doing it. I've been an idiot.' Mr Clausen vowed to spend a year in the Norwegian wilderness in August 2009. He took a rucksack, fishing rod, gun and his dog for the challenge.

Oh my!

Did Miss Universe use false documents to enter country for competition? Doubt cast on Miss Angola's victory

Miss Angola becomes first from her country to be crowned Miss Universe

Leila Lopes's victory has been questioned following allegations that false documents were used to help her get into an earlier pageant, where a win effectively put her into the main competition. Competition organiser Charles Mukano allegedly helped the 25-year-old enter the Miss Angola UK pageant, which only includes Angolan women living in Britain - despite her reportedly living in Angola. However Miss Universe officials said they have never even heard of Mr Mukano.

We will look back at these years as the Golden Age of Goldman Sachs and the Democratic Party.

GOLDMAN, SACHS AND SOLYNDRA: “Anywhere you look… Goldman has already been there.”

 The Solyndra saga: Obama administration put taxpayers on hook for failed venture. “There are a lot of questions around this deal. At least one investor in it was a prominent Obama fundraiser. Some Democrats say Solyndra executives may have misled them. If the federal government can’t responsibly manage the money it’s doling out in the name of economic stimulus, then it has no business doling out the money — period. At a minimum, this episode illustrates the perils of sinking taxpayer dollars into risky private ventures.”

At a minimum. Plus this: “A nickel’s worth of business sense and a dime’s worth of caution might have saved Uncle Sam millions — and the Obama administration a heap of trouble.” Where are you going to find a nickel’s worth of business sense in an administration where there’s no private-sector experience?

Teacher’s unions anyone?


  • NH School Confiscates American Flag From Boy, Citing Safety Hazard

  • Pelosi: Losing Weiner’s Seat was 'Good'

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said on Wednesday that the Democrats’ loss of the special election in New York’s 9th Congressional District—which was formerly represented by Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner—was actually a “good day” because it made Democrats realize they needed to intensify their efforts to prevail in next year’s elections.

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    No Bud Light in the White House

    Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer asked for Bud Light when he had a beer with President Obama yesterday, but the White House didn't have any, according to CBS reporter Mary Walsh.
    No word on what kind of beer they are drinking in this photo, but perhaps we'll find out later this afternoon at the White House Press Briefing.
    Dakota Meyer is the first living Marine in 38 years to receive the Medal of Honor.

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    Helle Thorning-Schmidt, first woman Prime Minister of Denmark

    Denmark poised for first female premier...

    AP on Solyndra: WH ignored at least three watchdog reports criticizing Energy Department’s loan controls


    Solyndra employee: You wonder where all the money went – CBS

    WH EMAIL: Giving more taxpayer money to SOLYNDRA risky...

    Warns 'timing will likely coincide with the 2012 campaign season heating up'...