Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Simple Tribute ...From Paris






...to a beautiful man.

Conservatism vs. Liberalism according to George Will

George Will:
"It is conservatism, not liberalism, that takes society seriously. Liberalism preaches confident social engineering by the regulatory state. Conservatism urges government humility in the face of society’s creative complexity."

Calif. pot dispensaries told by feds to shut down


Federal prosecutors have launched a crackdown on pot dispensaries in California, warning the stores that they must shut down in 45 days or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property even if they are operating legally under the state's 15-year-old medical marijuana law.

Soros fails to quash insider trading conviction


Billionaire investor George Soros lost a challenge to his 2002 insider trading conviction, with the European Court of Human Rights saying French market regulations were clear enough to hold him responsible.

France didn’t violate Soros’s rights in punishing him criminally for trading on inside information about Societe Generale SA in spite of the market regulator’s conclusion that its rules were unclear, the Strasbourg, France-based court said.

Good thing we don't need a satellite to appreciate the art

Corn Mazes Celebrating NASA’s 50th Anniversary
7:00 pm Wednesday Oct 5, 2011 by

Corn mazes are generally made for the enjoyment of children, but kids are also the last people to appreciate how much effort has to go into the creation of these living puzzles. That’s particularly true when it comes to these amazing corn maze designs made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA. Some of our favorites are behind the cut, but if you really like the mazes, be sure to click on the link to view more and vote on your favorite.

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Gee, I thought they were frustrated with do-nothing politicians

Rest in Peace

The man who changed the world: Apple founder Steve Jobs, 56, dies weeks after quitting as boss of firm he started in his garage

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Tributes, led by President Barack Obama, began pouring in within minutes of the company confirming the death last night of the mastermind behind the iPhone, iPad and the iPod at the age of 56. He had battled cancer for eight years. 'We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,' read a statement by Apple. The home page of Apple's website last night switched to a full-page image of Jobs with the text, 'Steve Jobs 1955-2011.'

iSad: Tears and tributes as Apple fans mourn Jobs

TOKYO: People left iPads and iPhones displaying candle graphics at an Apple store in the Ginza shopping district

He was neither head of state nor Hollywood star. But the death of Steve Jobs, the visionary genius who reshaped the world, was marked with the love and respect reserved for the most illustrious of cultural icons.

A father he never knew, a love-child he once denied and a sister he only met as an adult: The tangled family of Steve Jobs... and who could inherit his $8.3 BILLION fortune

Couple: He met his wife Laurene Powell in 1989 while speaking at Stanford's graduate business school and he had three children with her - Eve, Erin and Reed

Behind the wealth and fame of the Apple co-founder - pictured with his wife Laurene Powell Jobs - lies an extraordinary story of a fragmented family and a love child.

Apple shares hold firm despite Steve Jobs' death- but can the company flourish without its iconic leader?

Luminary leader: Whether Apple can maintain it's dominance over the tech market without Steve Jobs at the helm remains to be seen

Shares fell one percent before rallying and reversing one percent. Despite the muted reaction Apple faces an upward battle to maintain its dominance without its iconic leader.

Steve Jobs's core of steel: Apple boss's brave cancer battle (and how his company kept it secret for so long)

Frail: Steve Jobs is seen at the end of August after he left his post as chief executive of Apple

The Apple founder had battled cancer for almost a decade but details of his illness were kept secret from the public.

Steve Jobs - the genius who saw the future: A life in breakthroughs

After being pushed aside in 1985 by Apple's board of directors, Jobs founded NeXT, a computer platform development company - its computers offered the first web browsers

Fiery CEO Steve Jobs's legendary insistence on overseeing every product meant that he was personally behind many of the breakthroughs that define today's world.

Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list'

American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.

There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.

The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month.

The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/us-cia-killlist-idUSTRE79475C20111005

52% in a Gallup Poll disapprove of Putin AND Obama

Andrew Malcolm:




In the accelerating chronicles of the Democrat's decline, Barack Obama has just achieved a new level of disapproval among American voters:

On the 990th day of his presidency, 52% of his countrymen disapprove of the Chicagoan, according to Gallup's latest three-day rolling average.

That means Americans now think as little of their own president as they do of Vladimir Putin, the former Russian spymaster and authoritarian tough guy who's expected to become president again over there.

That's gotta sting.