Bumper sticker of the Day: Visualize whirled peas!
Photo essays of the Day:
- Correlation between a person’s mind and his desk
- Exclusive Photos: President Obama Traverses the Country During His Third Annual Summer-of-Recovery™ Tour
Japan and the softly glowing world…
- JNN Live Video Feed (No delay)
- TEPCO Live Video Feed (30 second delay)
- NHK in English (Live feed in upper right corner)
- Telegraph of London
- Kyodo Wire
- Japan Times
- Asahi Shimbun
- The Daily Yomuri
- Japan Today
- ImTranslator – Online Translator, Dictionary, TTS add on for Firefox (It comes in handy)
- Japanese government list of nationwide radioactivity concentration
- Japan Geigermap
- Ibaraki Prefecture Geiger Counter Readings
- US National Radiation Map (updated every minute)
- Via Soylent Green: Radiation Exposure in Daily Life
- Radiation Dose Chart
- Radiation Converter
- ZeroHedge commenter Max2205′s excellent post about radioactivity including a list of radioactive elements and their half lives.
- Donations to the American Red Cross that are being designated to Japanese Earthquake relief are already getting to the folks in Japan and are most helpful.
There’s a more fundamental problem beyond decontaminating the water at the plant.
One reason for setting up the water treatment system was to decontaminate the water enough so that it can be used as coolant that circulates back into the Reactor Pressure Vessels. But now that it’s been admitted by TEPCO that the melted fuel (with other things melted with it, forming the “corium”) may be out of the RPVs and possibly out of the Containment Vessels, what will the water be cooling? How can you cool the corium that’s eating the concrete foundation?
It looks like this water treatment system will have to involve carbon-based workers on a regular basis, instead of automatic, remote-controls.
TEPCO has been running the air filtering system in the Reactor 2 reactor building in order to lower the radioactive materials in the air inside the building since June 11. The company is hoping to reduce the amount of radiation to one-tenths before they open the double door to the reactor building.
The Reactor 2 reactor building shell is relatively intact, causing the very high humidity and temperature, hindering any work by carbon-based workers inside. By opening the double door, they hope to drive out the moisture and humidity enough so that they can send in the workers.
Well, the amount of radiation doesn’t seem to have dropped at all, as you can see in the chart below (by TEPCO, as a handout at the press conference on June 19), but they are going to open the double door anyway. It was the same story for the Reactor 1; the air filtering system didn’t lower the radioactive materials in the air, but they opened the double door anyway, claiming the level got lower.
According to NASA, the volcano spewed ash and large amounts of sulfur dioxide gas—the highest levels ever detected from space, according to preliminary estimates from researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Nabro is part of larger double-caldera structure with the Mallahle volcano to the southwest. Both volcanoes were built, like Kilimanjaro, from trachyte lavas, and later filled by eruptions of ignimibrite. Research suggests that both calderas may have formed around the same time. The volcanic range has been “virtually undocumented,” according to researchers.
Another Nobel Peace Prize for Obombya.
So it’s down to the Western fringe leftists, who merit the title “useful idiots” as much as anyone ever has, and Hamas. That’s who is still planning, as of right now, to aim a gaggle of ships flying the flags of our nations at the Gaza coast and try to break the blockade, so that Israel can’t keep weapons from flowing to Hamas. If all the activists wanted to do was deliver humanitarian aid, they have two sound alternatives available: having it trucked in from Israel or having it trucked in from Egypt. But, of course, that’s not what their goal is, as they have already acknowledged.
Reports also said she took notes and showed particular interest in the women and children.
“The people in this camp have fled in fear for their lives, and many told me they were distraught about the safety of loved ones still in Syria,” Jolie said in a UNHCR statement.
She met with one woman who left Syria heavily pregnant, and has since given birth to her child in the camp.
The woman told how her husband had been killed. Another woman told Jolie how she was sick with worry about her husband who was still in Syria and unable to cross the border.
Do you think this crowd has a Jeffersonian constitutional republic in mind?
Mob power, egged on by Marxists, Iranian agents and the Muslim Brotherhood, is not a recipe for any sort of stable Western style government.
Dictatorship is inevitable. its just a matter of what flavor.
Christchurch’s Anglican cathedral may have to be demolished after sustaining further damage in the latest earthquake to rock the New Zealand city, church authorities have said.
How many of these were killed with guns supplied by the Obama administration under Operation ‘Fast and Furious’ and Project ‘Gunwalker’? Mapping the Dead from Mexico’s Drug War
Pat Condell: Islamic cultural terrorism
The Vandals of Vancouver
Among countless stories about angry rioters smashing windows, looting stores and assaulting Canucks fans, tales of selfless Good Samaritans are rising from the ashes of the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver.
Among countless stories about angry rioters smashing windows, looting stores and assaulting Canucks fans, tales of selfless Good Samaritans are rising from the ashes of the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver.
Chris Leveille suffered a crushed lung and other serious injuries when he tried to protect a Budget Car Rental and stop the senseless violence unfolding in front of him on downtown streets on Wednesday night.
Leveille was thrown to the ground and was repeatedly punched and kicked after trying to reason with the angry mob in front of the store.
Riots following big sporting events have become predictable. They happen about half the time following a championship game or series, the experts say.
What’s more, sports riots are now the most common type of riot in North America.
But they are usually celebratory sports riots. What makes Vancouver stand out, both in 2011 and 1994, is that its street mayhem followed the home team losing the big game.
In fact it is so unusual that Jerry Lewis, the author of Sports Fan Violence in North America, told CBC News that what we saw Wednesday night “might be called the Vancouver effect.”
Here is a young man who is taking responsibility for his actions, it is a rare thing nowadays…Nathan Kotylak makes statement on Vancouver riot
Next I want to apologize for my behaviour as my actions do not reflect who I want to be. I want to apologize to my teachers, fellow students, teammates and the community that I live in. My conduct does not reflect the education and support that I have been given by all of you. I also want to apologize to the Vancouver Canucks organization. What happened on Wednesday night took the spotlight away from the Canucks and the Boston Bruins. They are champions and worked very hard to get to that moment. I am so sorry that I was part of ruining that night. I also want to apologize to the citizens of the City of Vancouver and the Police. My actions do not reflect the respect I have for this great City or the Police
Finally, I want to apologize to my mom and dad. What I did does not reflect the love, values, lessons and great opportunities that you have provided for me. I am very sorry to bring this embarrassment on you.
As I said, I chose to waive the protection my age gives me with as a Young Offender because I wanted to own up to what I did and encourage other young people to do the same. What I did was dumb. I have let my family and friends down, and I will face the consequences and take responsibility for my actions.
“Glorious and Free” indeed….I was stumbling through some B.C. news sites looking for follow-ups on the Vancouver Stanley Cup riot and found this little gem. It is a fine example of political intimidation and official suppression by a government of critics of an unpopular law that is being badly abused. The galling thing about this is that the government charges these people up to $10,000 to pay for these searches and the people being fined have absolutely nothing to do with what this law was originally designed to stop which is hydroponic pot farming and Meth labs. One would expect to see this kind of crap in a banana republic or in a place like Chicago, not in British Columbia.
A former Mission district councillor -a leading critic of the city’s controversial marijuana growing operation inspection process -had three computers seized Monday after RCMP officers raided his home in connection with a breach-oftrust investigation.
“I regard this as political intimidation by the district,” said Ron Taylor, who served on Mission council for 12 years until he retired from office in 2005.
Dozens of residents whose higher-than-average electricity consumption had led to the inspections, have been charged the fee regardless of marijuana not being found, said Taylor.
A number of such residents have launched a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court against Mission.
Taylor, who is not a party to the lawsuit, has championed their cause.
“One person was growing cucumbers and he had to pay the fee. The inspectors found potting soil in another’s house and decided he’d been growing marijuana previously. They have been fining people on no evidence and have been treating them badly,” he said.
Taylor has been vocal against the district’s Public Safety Inspection Team which scans BC Hydro data and inspects homes with higher than average power consumption for a marijuana grow operation.
Taylor doesn’t know if officials will find anything on his computer, but in the past he has used information from closed meetings to criticize council. He told The Record he has two sources and isn’t apologizing for his actions.
This is political intimidation, he said. “They hit my place like the CIA going through bin Laden documents.”
Taylor believes the district should be more concerned about “the damage they’re doing to the people of Mission” with its controlled substance property bylaw than searching his computer.
Mission resident Larry Newell, who has been helping residents fight controversial inspections aimed at curbing marijuana grow-operations, is helping organize the rally because of “the way they [Mission council] have been treating the general public.
“They don’t listen,” said Newell, who knows something about how business should be conducted after serving as Mission’s director of inspection services before retiring.
“The general populace supports what they were trying to do, but not the manner they did it.” said Newel, who thinks the bylaw was flawed from the beginning by a lack of checks-and-balances, as well as the lack of an appeal process.
“People are P-ed off,” he added. “It’s not just the grow-op situation we’re dealing with.”
The municipality created a bylaw aimed at curbing grow ops by charging an inspection fee for homes suspected of housing marijuana grow-operations.
Homes were targeted because of high hydro usage and the fees could be as much as $10,000 — even when no grow ops were proven to have existed.
The city inspection team’s job is to track electricity consumption to find grow-ops and methamphetamine labs, but in three years of operation, there have been so many complaints that the city put the program on hold in January to conduct a review.
“A lot of it deals with the interaction between our inspection team and those people who have an inspection,” Paul Gipps, chief administrator for the District of Mission, said of the review.
“The other aspect is the fees that are levied on those properties that are determined to be a controlled substance property.”
Mandy Gowanlock and her husband Stacy are spearheading the lawsuit against the city after they were the subject of one contentious inspection.
“Basically they came in, shut my husband out, then about 20 minutes later came out and checked the hot tub and said the wiring was not to code, and then after that they gave us a fee for $5,200,” she said.
That is the real face of the United Nations. Behind the blue flag and the smiling children, it’s a collection of dictatorship. Why indeed shouldn’t we turn over the internet to them. And the rest of our freedoms too. Sign on to some meaningless conventions and let the UN finally usher in the united world government that European intellectuals have been dreaming about since they were officers in the trenches of the Somme. Of course doing that will be the worst possible way to prevent more war, oppression and tyranny. And the best possible way to perpetuate it.
Redistributing power to political and cultural tyrannies, whether it’s the People’s Republic of China or Islam, only snuffs out the candle of freedom before it’s even hard a chance to burn. And though much of the left may be in denial about that, even they understand what will happen if the dictatorships of the world control internet governance.
At the UN hearing on the internet, the Iranian representative called for a power shift. “The few developed countries are either monopolizing policymaking on such issues or entering into exclusive treaties among themselves, while further marginalizing other countries, mainly developing ones,” he accused. This is leftist speak learned by the representatives of dictatorships who know exactly where to poke civilization’s underbelly. Turn over power to the tyrants of “developing countries” along with your freedoms in the name of redistribution. And if we keep falling for it, then we’ll lose not just the internet, but everything else too. Protecting our freedom and keeping hope alive for the rest of the world, means protecting the integrity of our country and our culture from the export of our accomplishments and the import of cultures of tyranny.
Land of the Six Dams News and Info sources:
- KELO-Sioux Falls, SD
- KFYR-Bismarck, ND
- KCAU-Sioux City, IA
- KETV-Omaha, NE
- Say Anything
- Plains Daily
- “Land of the Six Dams” flood gage status interactive map.
What they fail to mention in this article is that the Fort Peck Dam is an earthen dam and the last time it collapsed the water level in the reservoir was 1 foot above full. The water level right now is 2.3 feet above full. High water in Fort Peck Reservoir inundates marina, campsites
A record-setting year of moisture has raised the 134-mile-long reservoir to its highest level ever, an elevation of 2,252.3 feet as of Thursday. Full pool at the reservoir is 2,250. Inflows from the Missouri River, boosted by high water on the Musselshell River, have forced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release a record amount of water from its spillway – 52,000 cubic feet per second, 65,000 cfs when combined with the water being run through the powerhouse.
Yet the lake level keeps rising,
Neither the levees nor the dams were designed to hold this much water for as long as they are going to have to hold them in this situation. Nebraska Emergency Mgmt.: Situation continues to worsen — A couple months is a long time for levees to hold
NPPD says its plans dictate that when the Missouri River’s water level reaches 42.5 feet, or greater than 899 feet above sea level, the notification of an unusual event is declared. If the river’s level increases to 900 feet above sea level, plant personnel will barricade internal doorways as another layer of protection for facility equipment. At 902 feet, the plant would be taken offline as a protective safety measure.
A Notification of Unusual Event is the lowest and least serious of four emergency classifications established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for nuclear power plants.
“Cornland” has been getting too much rain and is being flooded. The farmers can’t plant when it is too wet and the crops that did manage to get planted either drown or rot…Supply Worries Spur Corn Prices
Worries about a lack of corn are driving up spot prices, forcing buyers to pay much more than benchmark prices for the grain they need now.
On Friday, customers bought corn in Toledo, Ohio, at 35 cents over July futures, which settled at $7.0025 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. Toledo is one of dozens of grain-trading hubs in the U.S. where prices are set based on cash deals, which are transactions for real corn to be delivered in the near future.
The point is that the president and his team came into office insisting that they were on top of things and above mere ideological considerations. When confronted with skepticism about the existence of “shovel-ready” projects, they in effect rolled their eyes and scoffed at the backseat drivers.
But they were the ones who were blinded by ideology. One need not be an ideologue to understand that public-works contracting has become bloated and inefficient. Indeed, one must be an ideologue of a certain kind not to understand that. Or one has to be incredibly naive. Or both.
One has to also be incredibly stupid, and incredibly dishonest, to be a Leftist in the first place. But fret not, America: your masters are all set with a plan to fix the mess they’ve made: more of the same!
Get your shovels ready, folks. Also your tar, feathers, pitchforks, and torches. It’s the only way we’ll ever get rid of the know-nothing know-it-alls
And 95 years ago the richest 1% of Americans received only 20% of their income from paid work. The vast majority of the rich were inherited. In 2004, seven years ago, 60% of the very, very rich receive their income from work, and still we hate them, still we are told to resent them. It’s very hard to persuade voters that the rich deserve to be penalized with higher taxes, or to make the rich the villains if the rich are tied to work, and that’s the key point. It is especially hard if middle class voters believe that their own work can help make them rich one day, and that’s what’s being destroyed, that’s what’s under assault by this regime, the notion that hard work is going to take you to new heights. A lot of people are throwing their arms up in frustration, “Yeah, Rush, great, if I could find work.” And I totally understand and empathize with that.
But if the prevailing opinion of the very, very rich is a bunch of thieves, Lucky Sperm Club or the like and you have the Democrat Party and the American left coming out demonizing these people, and they have, then you’re gonna be very successful in exploiting this whole thing that we call class envy and that begets a call to equalize outcomes, to get the government to be the equalizing agent, to make it fair. And so the question is open, what percentage of our population actually wants this to be a welfare state nation, and is it growing? We know that over 50% of the people in this country receive some sort of check from the government for something. Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, what have you, AFDC. We know that. But attitudinally, it’s still an open question. You and I hope and pray that it’s a relatively small number still in the minority.
This is why it is important for voters to understand economics. When you raise the price of labor, fewer employers will purchase labor. Supply and demand.
So the top three expenditures under the Stimulus had little to nothing to do with fixing the infrastructure of our nation, but instead has much more to do with subsidizing certain segments of our society.
When all the transfer payments are finished, what will we have to show for them? Jobs? Infrastructure that could encourage jobs? Or, instead, will we have abated pain in the short term, not having fixed the underlying problem of economic stagnation, and not having the ability to continue the welfare state created under the Stimulus.
The President isn’t above wading into labor disagreements in the states. When unions objected to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s plan to reform his state’s arrangement with public employee unions earlier this year, Mr. Obama said he didn’t like to see unions “denigrated or vilified” or have their “rights infringed upon.”
So here is a seminal case about the ability of a corporation to manage its own assets and decide where to locate its business. Should the NLRB be able to block an American company’s domestic expansion? Mr. President, how are your labor appointees assisting American jobs and exports?
. . . while the Obama Regime prosecutes Arizona for protecting its borders.
U.S. Department of Agriculture activists want to impose their intense brand of homosexual sensitivity training government-wide, including a discussion that compares “heterosexism” — believing marriage can only can be between one man and one woman — to racism.
If accepted by the Obama administration, that move could mean more sessions for military service members already undergoing gay-sensitivity indoctrination. Critics fear additional gay-oriented training would be an unnecessary added burden for combat troops and encourage some to leave.
- What did President Barack Obama know and when did he know it?
- What did U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder know and when did he know it?
- What Secretary Homeland Security Janet Napolitano know and when did she know it?
- What did Acting Direct of Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Kenneth Melson know and when did he know it?
- In the White House, in DoJ, in DHS, in BATF, who authorized, who had knowledge of Gunwalker?
Quick re-cap – Obama, Clinton and Holder deliberately instituted Operation Fast and Furious for the sole purpose of increasing the number of U.S. weapons that “walked” into Mexico. Remember some of the facts:
- ATF agents were repeatedly told to “stand down” as the guns “walked;”
- The supervisor of this operation was “jovial” and “just delighted” when “walked” guns appeared at crime scenes in Mexico;
- No one had “one iota of concern for human life;” and
- “Acting Director Melson was able to sit at his desk in Washington and – himself – watch a live feed of the straw buyers entering the gun stores to purchase dozens of AK-47 variants.”
Why did Obama, Clinton and Holder do this? It’s obvious to even the most casual observer; they did this to further the propaganda they pushed in early 2009 – that the U.S. has a gun problem because “90%” of the confiscated weapons in Mexico are coming from the U.S. – in order to justify more aggressive restrictions on gun ownership in the U.S.
Keep in mind that when the operation was created in 2009, the Obama administration had not anticipated that it would be exposed. The Democrats had a majority in both the House and Senate and any investigation would have had to have been brought forward by their own party – which Obama, Clinton and Holder knew would not happen. But there were several things they didn’t anticipate:
- Agent Brian Terry’s murder whereby two of the weapons found at the scene were tracked to straw purchasers who bought the weapons under ATF’s supervision via Operation Fast and Furious.
- David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh’s discovery of this operation.
- Democrats’ loss of their majority in the House, with Republicans taking over in January 2011.
- CBS coverage of this operation.
- David Workman’s exceptional and diligent reporting on this operation.
- Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) pursuit of the truth through Congressional Hearings.
Marxists will always tell you that the ends justify the means. Creating the very problem they can claim they’re prepared to solve isn’t a new tactic for Progressives, but this is only part of the story.
On March 30th, Barack Obama assured gun confiscation advocate Sarah Brady of his ongoing efforts to undermine the 2nd Amendment rights of the American people.
“I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Obama told Brady during her visit at the White House. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”
Of course, the meaning of “under the radar” to a skilled practitioner of “The Chicago Way” will bear little resemblance to any definition recognizable to the average individual. It will translate into operations which are corrupt, underhanded, bereft of common decency and perhaps regard for human life and most importantly, there will be an appearance of “noble intent” should the schemes be discovered.
Enter Projects Gunrunner, Fast and Furious and John Dodson
Insiders reportedly tipped off Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley weeks ago regarding thousands of pages of documents being stored at the Washington DC ATF headquarters. To date, neither Issa nor Grassley have been able to get full compliance from the ATF or the Obama Department of Justice regarding full disclosure of these alleged documents. Insiders have indicated that ATF officials are working closely with the DOJ to determine which documents are acceptable to be viewed by members of Congress – not so much out of concern for ongoing investigations, but as a clear stalling tactic meant to protect high ranking officials now being implicated in the developing scandal.
So much for the most transparent administration in history.
It’s also becoming increasingly clear that the administration would like to find someone to take the fall.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Kenneth Melson, acting director of ATF, could be ousted by DoJ as early as next week.
Emails released during the hearing show Melson was intimately involved in managing the operation, which had both ATF agents and gun dealers worried.
President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder continue to maintain that they knew nothing about an operation which had potential international repercussions until CBS broke the story in February.
Whatever the truth, and it’s possible we will never know how high up this actually goes, it does strain credulity to believe that at the very least Holder was unaware of the operation.
It all comes back to the age-old questions: Who knew what, and when did they know it? Holder also needs to explain why his department continues to stonewall legitimate Congressional inquiry.
Anthony Weiner likes to do things big — especially when it comes to his tax deductions.
The disgraced former congressman’s 2010 tax return shows he took $40,521 in unspecified itemized deductions on an income of $156,117.
“It’s definitely a very large deduction,” said Manhattan CPA Jonathan Medows.
He said the deductions appeared to include more than the standard writeoffs for state and local taxes and Weiner’s mortgage.
[O]rganiz[ing] projects which will penetrate its prohibited ideology into the decision making in the West and in an indirect way under the guise of “general needs of women” through the university and the state capitals and institutions and is done in accordance to the project Al-Islam Huwa Al-Hal (Islam is the solution).
And that’s not all. Huma Abadin’s family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorism go even deeper.
As the piece goes on to note, how is it that Huma Abedin’s mother’s and brother’s associations with the Muslim Brotherhood, direct and indirect respectively, have remained beyond scrutiny? We essentially have a parent who is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, and a daughter who holds an “important and sensitive position” in one of the highest echelons of the U.S. government. In this context, would it really be that out of line to suggest that the real scandal in the Weiner family has less to do with Anthony, and far more to do with his wife Huma and her apparent enabler, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?
All this begs another question. Does anyone in the Obama administration actually care about supposedly secure intelligence not finding its way to terrorists? Who vetted Huma Abedin, a Muslim woman with family ties to Islamic terrorists, and how did she obtain her “important and sensitive position” in one of the highest echelons of the U.S. government?
Since the Left long benefited from Weiner’s attack-dog services, this nasty little cuss was not about to let them kick him out of the House just because he crapped on Hillary’s precious carpet. And the Clinton’s knew Weiner would bite the hand that fed him; that’s the nature of this particular beast.
Being a trusted Clinton “family member” and rare insider up until now, Weiner likely knows where lots of their bones are buried. Bill and Hillary know Weiner could become a loose cannon who provokes a Def-Com 5 emergency they can ill afford. They must have worked overtime to figure out how to get rid of this shrill, snarling mutt but still keep his trap shut?
I can only imagine that Hillary delivered Weiner a firm message via Huma: This is not about a “personal family tragedy” this is about the life and death of the Democrat Party and “our” future.
In my opinion, Obama’s oblique suggestion that Weiner resign was a clear signal that negotiations for a Golden Parachute, of sorts, may have reached an impasse. Was it a coded message that Weiner should take whatever “package” he’d been offered and move on – before the wrath of B.O. and his crew made Weiner’s life even more miserable?
LOL! The loser liberal burial ground…Keith Olbermann hints at Anthony Weiner talk show on Al Gore’s network
The war that dares not speak its name…US and Lybia:
This latest legal escapade should drive home to everyone not in the Obama-fawning MSM that this president is as imperial as W or RN ever dreamed of being. Bypassing the lawyers you don’t like to get to those who agree with you in fact sounds very Nixonian, but the lawyers Nixon overruled had the decency to quit rather than let their offices be downgraded. Will the lawyers in Team Obama stand by their legal judgment or with their increasingly unilateralist boss?
Look for the Union Label/Whackademia/The Badger Rebellion:
And we know that more than ever, the Democrats are the party of Big Labor.
For a final irony, the SEIU’s spokesman insisted that Nojiam’s protest was irrelevant, because the rules state that a challenge has to come from one of the candidates. How’s that for convenient, eh? The union apparently has no problem breaking the rules to count batches of apparently invalid ballots, but when it comes to someone catching them at that game, the SEIU insists on full compliance with the rules on protests.
Perhaps irony isn’t a strong enough word here.
Union organizers want to tell us that a union-administered Card Check is somehow more reliable than an independently-administered secret ballot election process when it comes to organizing workplaces. I’d call this a great example of why it’s important to keep Card Check buried — and also why right-to-work legislation should pass in all 50 states. No worker should be forced to contribute to the system shown here.
Workers at the Valley Stream, New York, store voted against union affiliation by a count of 137 to 85, Target said in a statement released Saturday. The vote was taken on Friday.
A union representative could not be reached for comment early Saturday.
Target employs thousands of workers at 27 stores in the New York City area. None of the Minneapolis-based company’s 1,755 or so U.S. stores have union-represented employees.
The popular historian David McCullough says textbooks have become ‘so politically correct as to be comic.’ Meanwhile, the likes of Thomas Edison get little attention.
The pro-Scott Walker folks showed up today, with signs…
In Other News…
So what’s the lesson here? Ignore the claims of pundits on right and left who long have predicted the demise of the family. The family will prove more important than ever in determining where people live, work and, especially, settle.
None of this suggests a reprise of the Ozzie and Harriet 1950s. As social historian Stephanie Coontz points out, that era was an outlier created by peculiar circumstances including the Depression and the Second World War, which suppressed child-bearing, followed by a huge and sustained economic boom. For most of our history, Coontz notes, family relations in America have been far less orthodox, with grandparents, aunts, uncles, divorced parents and even siblings raising kids.
Margaret Mead once wrote, “No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always comes back.” Those who have children, not those who do not, define and create the future. It’s a lesson companies and economic developers would do well to learn.
He’s remarkably efficient. Comes out, shakes a couple of hands, takes the ball and darn near throws a strike. Brings back fond memories.
The most important question is not whether it will happen. The question is how bad it will get.
Why gays defend a religion that demands their death is beyond me.
And, then they completely justify it.
It was a crappy week to be a liberal. Good times.
He’s running. He’s going on the economy.
Look at how the MSM cried when Sarah didn’t play their game, and actually practiced her God-given right to free travel and went on a bus trip. The complaints from the so-called media, because Sarah wouldn’t give them an itinerary, or tell them anything in advance about her plans, ruined their chance to shape the message as to just how stupid she was today. No, they where forced to actually do their jobs, and go get the story…the story from someone they think is an ignorant fool, with no redeeming value as a political speaker or candidate other than to be a danger to America…but they have to follow her!
Why? If she is as stupid as they say, why not ignore her? Why not go prop up the Rinos and pinkos they want, instead of following this woman, keeping her in their crosshairs, marked for destruction?
Because Sarah Palin could completely redefine a campaign, and run and win without ever talking to them. Ronald Reagan went right to the people when the media tried to define him. She could continue to run from wherever she is, using just her name. Without them biting at her heels, she can roll around the country, and every time she speaks on a subject, the other candidates will be forced to answer her issues.
A memoir of ignorance.
I am a conservative because I value the traditions of hard work, individual freedom and limited government upon which the United States was founded. I believe that the very values that propelled our country to greatness are necessary to its future.
My disposition cannot be attributed to one defining moment, but rather to a culmination of academic and practical learning experiences. Whether it’s a major accomplishment or a just a shock, the truth is that my liberal arts education turned me conservative.
From American Thinker, two excellent essays on the basic differences between us and them. Read both of them through
Note where these flash mobs are occurring….Teenage Flash Mob Robberies on the Rise
Home-owners on the brink of having their homes repossessed may be offered an unexpected reprieve, after it emerged it may take up to 62 years for banks and the courts to process the backlog of claims.
At the current rate of repossession, analysts calculated it would take lenders in New York state 62 years to process the 213,000 threatened houses – the longest in the country.
In New Jersey it would take a staggering 49 years to clear the backlog, while it would take a decade to repossess all the outstanding homes In Florida, Massachusetts and Illinois – all of which use the courts to process claims.
Here’s a little cheat sheet for Mathews:
Brown is owned by the public sector unions and the racial separatist front groups like La Raza.
But it is the public sector unions — not the Republicans — who are bankrupting the state; and clearly Brown is too timid and too partisan to confront them.
It is sanctuary cities and open borders policies — not the Republicans — who are swelling school and prison populations while driving up health care and welfare costs.
Sure, California could raise taxes on the productive sector of society; and that will simply drive more taxpaying citizens and businesses out of the state — just as it did in another blue state success story called “New York”.
But unless California can honestly confront the fiscal time-bomb represented by public sector union benefits and illegal aliens, the state is flat-out doomed.
Oh, and Mathews: why doesn’t Texas have this same problem, schmuck?
The latest figures for April 2011 show 695,200 jobs in Detroit, an overall drop of 18,000 jobs. For the wider Detroit area, the job level started at 1.7822 million in January 2009, and now stands at 1.7398 million in April 2011, a drop of more than 43,000 jobs. Statewide, jobs declined from 3.9488 million in January 2009 to 3.9119 in April 2009.
As you can see, those of us stuck in Michigan are way ahead of Obama’s Winning the Future curve. That’s WTF to you, chumps.
Over-the-counter drugs, sightseeing tours and digital downloads would be subject to Rhode Island’s sales tax under a new budget proposal.
The plan unveiled Friday by House lawmakers as part of a $7.7 billion state budget stops short of Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s recommendation to impose the tax on a long list of items and services now untaxed.
The House plan keeps the overall sales tax at 7 percent. Chafee recommended lowering it to 6 percent and adding a new 1 percent tax to other items.
Nearly three years ago, a Minneapolis man blew himself up oceans away in Somalia.
His death put Minnesota at the heart of a still unfolding multinational counterterrorism probe that has seen 20 Minnesotans indicted on terror-related charges, at least another nine killed in fighting overseas and a handful more arrested and convicted. Others have been charged with fundraising or wiring money to a terror group in Somalia, and one of the men charged is scheduled to go on trial next month — a first in the case.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Minneapolis last month to reaffirm his office’s commitment to rooting out those responsible for the recruiting of young Somali-Americans to return to Africa to fight for the terrorist group Al-Shabab.
Yet investigators appear no closer to unmasking a leader of the nebulous network that found foot soldiers in the Twin Cities.
“They were running up and down the road- no clothes on,” said Nilaja Wyatt, 17. She decided to take control of the situation after her friend Aaliyah Glover said her mother almost ran over one of the kids.
“We saw a little boy — he ran in front of our car so my mother had to swerve her car,” Aaliyah Glover said.
The teens gathered the six children and brought them inside. That’s when they found out the kids’ 2-year-old brother was in the upstairs apartment all by himself. The door was locked, so they broke in.
“He was crying,” Wyatt said. “He had a snotty nose, everything, crying standing by the door.”
They said there was no food in the apartment.
“They were hungry,” Glover said. “We asked them did they eat, he said he didn’t eat in two days.”
So the teens fed and bathed the children and waited for their mom, who was out with a boyfriend, to come home. She never did, so they called the cops.
In a way, having little enthusiasm for the McCain ticket, I found myself in 2008 observing in fascination from the sidelines as the two campaigns developed. And although he had his faults, no one could question who John McCain even was, or whether he had had served his country with honor. Obama, however, was a mystery…and in many ways still is. One who I saw protected by a praetorian guard in a media unable or unwilling to ask even the most basic of questions about what made him tick. That frightened me to no end. It still does.
In writing Hummel’s Cross I tried to throw myself into the mindset of an intelligent if detached German watching almost like a spectator as his country, indeed a member of his own family, slowly falls under the spell of a politician who says the right things at the right time and thus is given a pass on most everything else. A man upon whom the hopes and dreams of a people are mass-projected to the point where they lose themselves. And if it taught me one thing, it is that any people in the right circumstances can follow the wrong leaders to their own destruction—either through fiery cataclysm or, more insidious, slow economic and social decay too subtle for a populace to even realize what has taken place until it is too late to turn back.
MSM Circus and Celebutard Side Show:
Liberal bias of the media distorts the reality of ‘news bias’? Golly gee, who would’a thought?
Not exactly a starling revelation, right?
What makes the “news” all the more interesting is that it’s coming from a UCLA professor … not exactly a right-wing source.
Don’t worry, liberal media bias is still just a right-wing myth.
Your tax dollars at work…PBS’s Mark Shields: Low Taxes Are “Fundamentally Un-American”
No, what is “un-American” is taxpayers being forced to fund liberal propaganda news outlets such as PBS.
We’d call it torch-and-pitchfork reporting, evoking the posses that mustered to hunt down the monster in those old Frankenstein movies. Only the monster in this case was a woman the media just won’t leave alone because she just won’t play their game.
Alas, the monster got away this time. Those emails weren’t as “juicy” as the Times had hoped, and the brightest nuggets in the “goldmine” showed Palin in a positive light.
“Constitution-loving, loyal, faithful, pro-life, able to cope with difficult events, and exactly what America needs” was one reader’s uncooperative take-away.
“Will someone please clue me in on why we’re all supposed to be hating this woman so much?” asked another.
Then again, this is the guy who thinks Barack Obama is an intellectual titan.
The carbon dioxide that Obama is so worried about makes up about 38/1000 of 1% of the atmosphere. The amount represented by human activity is approximately 15/10,000 of 1% of the atmosphere. The climate has not warmed for the past ten years, and the sun has gone quiet. We may be in for another Maunder Minimum (1645-1715), the most bitterly cold part of the Little Ice Age. It’s too soon to know, but cold is far more lethal than the 1 degree of warming that we have had over the last 100 years.
Ronald Reagan got it right, back in 1981:
We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success — only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive and free. Trust the people.
It is American ingenuity that has learned how to do slant drilling, to drill in deep offshore waters, to release oil from shale formations providing the whole world with ample new supplies of fossil fuels. Government cannot do a better job. Government cannot fix the economy, Government cannot put America back to work. Stop interfering and trust the people
The Sock Drawer:
There is a Clock ringing deep inside a mountain. It is a huge Clock, hundreds of feet tall, designed to tick for 10,000 years. Every once in a while the bells of this buried Clock play a melody. Each time the chimes ring, it’s a melody the Clock has never played before. The Clock’s chimes have been programmed to not repeat themselves for 10,000 years. Most times the Clock rings when a visitor has wound it, but the Clock hoards energy from a different source and occasionally it will ring itself when no one is around to hear it. It’s anyone’s guess how many beautiful songs will never be heard over the Clock’s 10 millennial lifespan.
The Clock is real. It is now being built inside a mountain in western Texas.
Now, though, we learn that a Chinese firm has been “secretly” copying an entire UNESCO-listed village in Austria, called Hallstatt. Residents of the original town are “scandalized,” Der Spiegel reports, by these “plans to replicate the village—including its famous lake—in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.”
We found the gun quite manageable, and its compact size (owing to the bullpup configuration) makes it very maneuverable. Obviously, with 14 rounds on board, capacity is never going to be an issue. Those factors make it perhaps the best shotgun for home defense we’ve seen in a while.