Thursday, November 17, 2011


The Pentagon on Thursday held a successful test flight of a flying bomb that travels faster than the speed of sound and will give military planners the ability to strike targets anywhere in the world in less than a hour.

Launched by rocket from Hawaii at 1130 GMT, the "Advanced Hypersonic Weapon," or AHW, glided through the upper atmosphere over the Pacific "at hypersonic speed" before hitting its target on the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands, a Pentagon statement said.

Obama vs. Reid in 2012

Born during what is mistakenly called the debt-ceiling “debacle” last summer, the congressional supercommittee may die without agreeing to a 10-year, $1.2 trillion (at least) deficit-reduction plan. This is not properly labeled a failure. Committee Democrats demanded more revenue; Republicans offered $500 billion; Democrats responded with the one-syllable distillation of liberalism: “More!” So the committee’s work has been a clarifying event that presages a larger one — next November’s elections.

Regarding the supercommittee, Harry Reid’s and Obama’s interests diverge. Imitation is the sincerest form of politics, and Obama needs congressional failure as he seeks reelection by emulating Harry Truman in 1948, running against a “do-nothing” Congress. Reid, however, wants to remain Senate majority leader. In 2012, Democrats will be defending 23 seats, Republicans only 10. Republicans need to gain just four seats to control the Senate. Reid’s members cannot relish running while Obama is denouncing the “Republican Congress.” As if the Democratic-controlled Senate has been temporarily disassociated from Congress.

Cops Injured During 'Occupy' March

From there, they marched on to the Brooklyn Bridge's pedestrian walkway in lock-step with the sounds emanating from of a brass horn assemblage that had, somewhere along the way, joined the contingent. Passing automobiles crossing the bridge on the adjacent roadway honked their horns -- either in a show of solidarity with the marchers or in opposition.

But the protest's festive conclusion followed an often rancorous day of occasional violence.

Hours earlier, two New York City police officers were injured. One was slashed in the hand and a second officer was taken to a local hospital with an eye injury, after clashes with protesters and activists across lower Manhattan, sources told

Both officers are said to be in stable condition, although the incident marked an escalation of tension in the uneasy give-and-take between New York officers charged with maintaining order and protesters determined to be heard.

GE Filed 57,000-Page Tax Return, Paid No Taxes on $14 Billion in Profits

General Electric, one of the largest corporations in America, filed a whopping 57,000-page federal tax return earlier this year but didn't pay taxes on $14 billion in profits. The return, which was filed electronically, would have been 19 feet high if printed out and stacked.

POTUS sends his own kids to $30,000/year Sidwell Friends

Speaking at a high school in Australia, President Obama told a group of Aussie students that their counterparts in his country had “fallen behind” when it comes to math and science, saying he wants to reform the public school system.

Obama also asserted that poor children don’t get “support they need when they’re very young’’ and are “already behind’’’ when they enter grammar school, according to a press pool report.

Obama might have thought twice before casting America’s public school kids in a negative light to foreign students. Especially since he can exclude his own children from the system by paying for them to attend private school.

One might feel uncomfortable saying many types of unpleasant things about our country to people overseas. But then, one would have to be an American exceptionalist.

Obama's war on the PRIVATE middle class

The decision by the Obama administration to "delay" building the Keystone XL pipeline is a watershed moment in American politics. The implication of a policy choice rarely gets more stark than this. Put simply: Why should any blue-collar worker who isn't hooked for life to a public budget vote for Barack Obama next year?

The Keystone XL pipeline would have created at least 20,000 direct and indirect jobs. Much of this would have been well-paid work for craftsmen, not jobs as hod carriers to repave the Interstate.

On a recent trip to Omaha, Neb., Mr. Obama signaled where his head was on the pipeline during a TV interview: "Folks in Nebraska, like folks all across the country, aren't going to say to themselves, 'We're going to take a few thousand jobs if it means our kids are potentially drinking water that would damage their health." Imagine if he'd been leading a wagon train of workers and farmers across the Western frontier in 1850.

Within days of the Keystone decision, Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper, said his country would divert sales of the Keystone-intended oil to Asia. Translation: Those lost American blue-collar pipeline jobs are disappearing into the Asian sun. Incidentally, Mr. Harper has said he wants to turn Canada into an energy "superpower," exploiting its oil, gas and hydroelectric resources. Meanwhile, the American president shores up his environmental base in Hollywood and on campus. Perhaps our blue-collar work force should consider emigrating to Canada.
No subject sits more centrally in the American political debate than the
economic plight of the middle class. Presumably that means people making between
$50,000 and $175,000 a year. The president fashions himself their champion.

This surely is bunk. Mr. Obama is the champion of the public-sector
middle class. Just as private business has become an abstraction to the new
class of public-sector Democratic politicians and academics who populate the
Obama administration, so too the blue-collar workers employed by them have
become similarly abstracted.

Topographic map of the Moon

This new topographic map, from Arizona State University in Tempe, shows the surface shape and features over nearly the entire moon with a pixel scale close to 100 meters (328 feet). A single measure of elevation (one pixel) is about the size of two football fields placed side-by-side.

Although the moon is our closest neighbor, knowledge of its morphology is still limited. Due to instrumental limitations of previous missions, a global map of the moon’s topography at high resolution has not existed until now. With the LRO Wide Angle Camera and the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) instrument, scientists can now accurately portray the shape of the entire moon at high resolution.

Details of Tea Party recommendations seem well thought out, light years ahead of debt commission thinking

Tea party debt commission: Our plan balances budget in four years - TheDC

Tea Party
Seeks to influence super committee that's racing to produce plan to cut at least $1.2 trillion from debt

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Sorry, folks I just can't resist any picture of Biden that makes him look like an idiot -- which is easy to find

Hillary's convoy mobbed in Manila


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Tiger shakes hands with former caddie who called him a 'black a******'

Anticipated meeting: A stoney-faced Tiger Woods shakes hands with his former caddie Steve Williams, who is accused of making a racist slur against his former boss

The awkward meeting between the two - the first public appearance since Woods sacked Steve Williams in July, and only two weeks after Williams used the term 'black a******' in reference to his former boss - took place at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

More OWS action in NYC

Help: A woman is knocked over as police officer try to clear protestors out of a street in New York

Protesters began amassing in lower Manhattan this morning to begin a 'day of action' in which they are expected to try to paralyse New York's subway system. Sixty of them have already been arrested. Last night 29-year-old demonstrator Nkrumah Tinsley was arrested on a charge of making a terrorist threat after he was caught on video threatening to attack Macy's with a Molotov cocktail during today's protest.