Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Koenigsegg Agera 2 seen at Geneva auto show

The Koenigsegg Agera 2

Utah to feds: give our land back

Lawmakers who want to seize control of federal lands are pushing a legal battle they insist is winnable despite multiple warnings their effort is highly unconstitutional and almost sure to fail in court.

Utah is poised to become the first state to pass a package of bills that demand the federal government relinquish claims to huge sections of public land. A proposal that advanced Wednesday demands that by 2014 the federal government cede control of nearly 30 million acres -- nearly 50 percent of the entire state.

Cupcakes And Contraceptives ...From Paris


Mr Paris and I toured Maryland University a couple of years ago.  Exquisite manicured lawns, with fountains and walkways, and flowers and umbrellas and centuries old brick buildings.  Rrigorous entrance exams, open to a select few, had us at 'hello'.

Our enthusiasm turned to gasping-shock and awe when we  toured the dorm; the lobby welcoming us with a heaping bowl full of condoms.

My question to Ms Fluke:  "Sophisticated state funded state universities provide free birth control to all who need.  Why would you attend a Jesuit University with well known beliefs against birth control, and argue against them?"

I'm afraid we're going to have to call you 'cupcake', Ms Fluck, as only a cupcake would be that silly and transparent.  Only a cupcake would rail against the fundemental truths and beliefs of a univeristy.  Only a cupcake.   

Bill Maher defends Rush. Sort of.


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Hate to defend #RushLimbaugh but he apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting. Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout.

Libtalker mocks tornado victims

A primer in socialism via a Russian joke

Michael Walsh writing in the National Review:


During my stretch in the Soviet Union (1986–1991), there was a popular joke making the rounds among the Russians. It seems there were two subsistence farmers, Ivan and Mikhail, both equally poor. Then one day, Ivan somehow acquires a cow. His life immediately improves. Instead of the wife, the cow pulls the plow; the cow gives milk; it produces calves for meat and the market. Quickly, Ivan far outpaces Mikhail.

One night, starving and miserable, Mikhail drops to his knees and prays. “Oh, God,” he implores, “Ivan and I were always equal. And now look at him — rich, like boyar. So God, please, make us equal once more.” There’s a sudden thunderclap and suddenly Mikhail hears the Voice of God. “Your prayers will be answered,” says the Lord. “You shall once more be equal again.”

Mikhail practically screams with joy. “Great!” he exclaims. “You’re going to kill Ivan’s cow!”

And that, in a nutshell, is the monstrous “equality” myth currently going by the name of “socialism.”

Springsteen's appeal to Conservatives

So how does Springsteen maintain his appeal among conservatives despite his activism for Democratic politicians?

Some of the pull is from lyrics that often are couched in terms that appeal to the right, such as frequent references to family, flags and community.

“He uses conservative language for progressive messages, and he delivers them through a populist mechanism — rock music,” Christopher Borick, a professor at Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College who teaches a class on Springsteen, told POLITICO. “He references flags; he references Jesus; he references God. His approach to lyrics, from a political sense, often uses conservative-tinged words that might resonate with voters who are by no means liberal.”

Source: Colts to release Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning's 14-year career as a member of the Indianapolis Colts is coming to an end.
Sources close to the team told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the announcement will come at a news conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday with both Manning and owner Jim Irsay in attendance.

To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero.

British writer, Matt Ridley, weighs in on wind power:


Despite the regressive subsidy (pushing pensioners into fuel poverty while improving the wine cellars of grand estates), despite tearing rural communities apart, killing jobs, despoiling views, erecting pylons, felling forests, killing bats and eagles, causing industrial accidents, clogging motorways, polluting lakes in Inner Mongolia with the toxic and radioactive tailings from refining neodymium, a ton of which is in the average turbine — despite all this, the total energy generated each day by wind has yet to reach half a per cent worldwide.

If wind power was going to work, it would have done so by now. The people of Britain see this quite clearly, though politicians are often wilfully deaf. The good news though is that if you look closely, you can see David Cameron’s government coming to its senses about the whole fiasco. The biggest investors in offshore wind — Mitsubishi, Gamesa and Siemens — are starting to worry that the government’s heart is not in wind energy any more. Vestas, which has plans for a factory in Kent, wants reassurance from the Prime Minister that there is the political will to put up turbines before it builds its factory.

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There are some 3,500 wind turbines in Britain, with hundreds more under construction. It would be a shame for them all to be dismantled. The biggest one should remain, like a crane on an abandoned quay, for future generations to marvel at. They will never be an efficient way to generate power. But there can be no better monument to the folly of mankind.

http://www.thegwpf.org/opinion-pros-a-cons/5128-matt-ridley-the-winds-of-change.html

McNugget shaped like G. Washington sells for $8,000

A Nebraska woman has sold a three-year-old McDonald’s Chicken McNugget that resembles President George Washington for $8,100 on eBay.

The Sioux City Journal in Iowa says bidding ended just after 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Rebekah Speight of Dakota City sold the McNugget to raise money for a drive to raise $15,000 and send 50 children to summer church camp in Sioux City.


Speight says her children didn’t eat the chicken during a McDonald’s visit three years ago. She was about to toss it, then spotted Washington’s resemblance. Speight stashed the McNugget in her freezer.


Rebekah Speight of Dakota City sold the McNugget to raise money for a drive to raise $15,000 and send 50 children to summer church camp in Sioux City.Speight says her children didn’t eat the chicken during a McDonald’s visit three years ago. She was about to toss it, then spotted Washington’s resemblance. Speight stashed the McNugget in her freezer.

 Presidential McNugget Sells For $8K On eBay

There is no 'war on women'; there is a war on common sense.

Mona Charen:

Today we are again invited to believe that to deny a taxpayer subsidy is to withhold a right. For no discernible reason, the Obama administration has decreed that all contraceptives must be provided “free” to those who want them (which of course means that everyone else’s insurance rates must rise).

The administration demands this despite the fact that 1) most Americans can well afford their own contraception (it’s less than the cost of a weekly trip to Starbucks); 2) inexpensive contraceptives are widely available at every supermarket and pharmacy; 3) Medicaid recipients already receive them free; 4) the feds also spend another $300 million annually to provide free contraceptives to those who are low-income, uninsured, or otherwise do not qualify for Medicaid; and 5) Planned Parenthood and state and local public health clinics distribute contraceptives free around the nation.

North America has become China's top region for oil and gas deals.

Since 2010, Chinese companies have invested more than $17 billion into oil and gas deals in the U.S. and Canada, according to data provider Dealogic, giving their energy-thirsty nation a long-coveted foothold in a region known for innovative new drilling techniques. North America has become China's top region for oil and gas deals. Mr. Fu has been leading the push, first as chairman of China National Offshore Oil Corp., known as Cnooc, then as chairman of China Petrochemical Corp., called Sinopec, one of the largest oil companies in the world.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204883304577223083067806776.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection