Story of the Day: The loneliest penguin in the world: ‘Lost’ Emperor swims on to beach in New Zealand after 4,000-mile wrong turn (Videos of him/her are down in The Sock Drawer)
Somewhere along the way, as it swam through the icy waters of Antarctica, a young emperor penguin took a wrong turn – and ended up in New Zealand.
The black and white bird came ashore on a beach in the south of the North Island nearly 4,000 miles away from its usual habitat.
There are two dozens colonies of the penguins in Antarctica, but this is the first time for 44 years a ‘vagrant’ bird has turned up in New Zealand.
Quotes of the Day:
- The state-run media is obviously getting worried about the growing popularity of Michele Bachmann. The media has yet to uncover Barack Obama’s college transcripts, but they are already questioning Michele Bachmann’s record as a foster parent.-Jim Hoft aka Gateway Pundit
- Let’s make the 2012 campaign: “The War on Error”-Commenter Chris Norman over at Newsbusters
- At the very core of our national discombobulation, this very problem We no longer speak the same language. We don’t recognize the same historical records. We don’t share the same values, principles, hopes, dreams or morality. People like Maddow (as proxy for her ilk) are as fervent in their socialist dogma as we in our love of freedom. After years of agitprop by well placed activists they, and we, are past any possible rapprochement. There is just a single treatment for a dog with cancer. Tell me how I’m wrong. Give me another solution. Please.-‘Rodger the Real King of France’ from Mad Dogs and Democrats
Photo of the Day: Arab fingers
Today’s Must Listen! Mark Levin Gives Fareed Zakaria a Much-Needed Lesson on the U.S. Constitution
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.
You will note that, once again, there have been no reports of anyone working at or even being present at any of the reactor buildings since June 12th. If you recall one of the last reports said that they were sending workers into the reactor buildings in Titanium vests because the radiation was so bad.
Hmmmm. I can’t imagine why….Fukushima Disaster Failures Kept Behind Closed Doors at UN Atomic Meeting
It was the 6th time since the test run started on June 10 that the system had stopped, as the following Yomiuri article says.
Ministry officials said that 3,639 emergency workers were enlisted to handle the nuclear crisis in March. As of June 20, TEPCO had reported provisional radiation exposure figures for 3,514 workers to the ministry. The other 125 had not undergone tests for internal radiation exposure as of June 20. TEPCO has asked cooperating companies to have 69 of these 125 workers tested. The remaining 56 were either about to undergo tests or could not undergo tests due to illness.
Fukushima City in Fukushima Prefecture is 60 kilometers northwest from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. No part of the city is designated as “evacuation” zone of any kind (mandatory or planned). It is the 3rd largest city in Fukushima Prefecture with over 290,000 people.
Shukan Gendai, a Japanese weekly magazine, had a feature article in early June (for the June 24 Issue) that described the radiation survey in Fukushima City done by Greenpeace on June 7.
The article says Greenpeace detected cobalt-60 in a park in Fukushima City.
Cobalt-60?? From the RPV??
Their ancestors started the business in the Edo Period. But now that business has been suspended because their home and brewery is 3.6 kilometers from the nuclear plant.
They were close enough to hear the hydrogen explosion that took place on March 12th. Although they had no electricity at the time and did not know that an evacuation had been ordered, they left anyway.
It now seems that they will never be able to move back into their home and re-open that brewery, but they still want to revive their family sake business. To maintain the unique traditional flavor of their sake, they needed some of the yeast from their brewery. Authorities gave them special permission to enter the restricted area and retrieve the yeast. Although the brewery had suffered some damage from aftershocks, the yeast was safe!
The producer says it can’t be that radioactive. When he had it measured, it was 400 becquerels per kilogram at most.
Sunday, the prestigious Doctor Mark Sircus released a new report concurring with a host of scientists and other doctors giving evidence that people of Japan and United States have been subjected to dangerous levels of radiation since Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns, and also subjected to a tight cover-up by authorities and media, the result of which will be millions of baby deaths and new cancer victims. Japanese and American children are already suffering with symptoms that appear to be the first signs of Radiation Sickness.
“Finally, three months later, we are getting some numbers on what the real dangers are. And finally we can begin to understand the enormous cover-up of the nuclear doom that is reaching lungs all over the west coast of America, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and at least half of Japan!” stated Dr. Mark Sircus.
LOL! He better hope Michelle didn’t pack her ‘angry eyes’…Michelle Obama Snubbed By South African President Jacob Zuma
Is this any way to treat the Queen of America?
Some very disturbing revelations from CLSA’s Chris Wood who in his latest Greed and Fear note discusses an event that may be all to prevalent within the central banking community: the less than overt lending out of central bank gold to “other entities” in return for picking up nickels in front of a steamroller. In this case, the central bank of governmentless Belgium, which had 41% of its gold out at the end of 2010 on loan. Naturally, the lent out gold is being used by some other key entity, potentially to mask its own inventory deficit, in exchange for the paltry sum of 0.3% on the total loan. Wood’s conclusion: “This is a reminder that the paper gold market is significantly larger than the physical market. Just like a run on a bank in a fractional banking system, GREED & fear suspects it will be very hard to settle all the paper claims to gold physically in a real scramble for the metal. This is why in a parabolic spike physical gold is likely to trade at a significant premium to paper claims.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Two weeks ago we broke the story that the bulk of the excess reserves, and thus cash, generated as part of QE2 has gone not to US banks, but to foreign banks operating in the US. One of the generic rebuttals of this observation was that it is naive to assume that European banks have been buying up the Treasurys issued by the Fed (and flipping these to their clients) which would also leads to a contemporaneous increase in excess reserves (over $630 billion since the start of QE3). This was a good question and we did not have a ready answer. Luckily, Stone McCarthy has come up with a resolution. In a just released note to clients, SMRA hints at how these banks have loaded up on cash without having to also see domestic assets surge (and instead just have just seen the net liability owed to foreign offices increase). The answer: Eurodollars.
IF this story from Der Spiegel is not a direct hint that Germany and perhaps some other Northern European nations are ready to kick out the weak sisters of the European Union and move forward without their participation, I do not know what is. Sentiment has been building in Germany, France, and other nations to get rid of the deadbeats and maintain the EU as a purely economic juggernaut without their drag.
On the day when the flawed euro experiment will get its first popular pseudo-referendum, it is only logical that prominent euroskeptic Nigel Farage would sound off on how he sees things for Greece, Europe and the currency union, and why he believes the current situation is nothing short of slavery: “Listen to Borges state: “We really believe that many of the current problems result from incomplete integration. In the process of developing monetary union like the United States, which is a fully integrated monetary union, you have obstacles that magnify the problem.” What he seems to forget is that final fiscal and monetary union in the US only happened after the then bloodiest war in history, in a country that was already united by language law and customs. It is extraordinary that the IMF is suggesting that this economic crisis is in any way synonymous with what was happening in the US in the 1840s. The only slavery here is of the people to the Eurocrats dream. For without democratic control, we are left with something akin to slavery.”
For everyone else, here is a must read piece from SocGen that tries to make sense of what is rapidly becoming the biggest clusterf**k in modern European history, in which everyone hates the outcome that is predetermined by the bankers, yet nobody knows just how to achieve it.
What we are in, it appears to me, is the beginning of a massive secular change that will alter the way we view countries, economies and institutions. It is much bigger than an economic cycle and likely will represent an epic movement in terms of history. The history books a hundred or more years from now will recognize what happened more clearly than contemporary participants are able to do. The changes will be massive and glacier-like in movement. No generation alive today will see the end of this massive secular change.
Although “radicalization” has become a catchword, little has been written about the methods, websites, and actors involved in the process.
Please move there, we’ll even help you pack.
Cagan cheered a January 2003 “peace” rally in Washington, sponsored by International A.N.S.W.E.R., which is closely allied with the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party. “This is A.N.S.W.E.R.’s dance, and they get to call the tune,” Cagan said. “We are at a point where it is really, really critical that many, many groups come out and voice their opposition to this war. Some in the hard-core Left have taken the lead on that, and I applaud those groups for that.”
Cagan strongly opposed the 2003 U.S. military strike against Iraq, which she characterized as nothing more than a thinly veiled oil grab. “Oil is not worth war!” read Cagan’s UFPJ Website. “How much is the Bush administration’s push for war with Iraq motivated by its desire to gain control of Iraq’s oil fields?”
In 2004 Cagan co-founded — along with Global Exchange founder (and Code Pinko) Medea Benjamin — the organization Iraq Occupation Watch (IOW), whose express mission is to encourage widespread desertion by “conscientious objectors” in the U.S. military.
It’s not difficult to understand how “non-partisan” this group is.
In other words, he’ll keep trying to throw Israel under the bus and they will resist.
“Militiamen close to the regime are attacking people in Bdama and the surrounding areas who are trying to deliver relief and food to thousands of refugees stuck along the border and trying to flee,” said Qurabi.
Qurabi’s comments could not be independently confirmed, but a local resident backed up his account.
“There are roadblocks everywhere in Bdama to prevent people from fleeing but villagers are finding other routes through valleys to escape to the Turkish border,” said Omar, a farmer from Bdama who managed to reach the border area.
Authorities blame the violence on armed groups and Islamists, backed by foreign powers. Syria has barred most international journalists, making it difficult to verify accounts from activists and officials.
Witnesses said pro-Assad forces were firing randomly, ransacking houses and burning crops in Jisr al-Shughour, an area known for its apple groves, olive trees and wheat.
The radicals in Iran also use assets, such as non-profit organizations in America, in an effort to promote better ties with Iran. These entities warn that taking any harsh action against Iran or attacking the country will cause Iranians to then support the very regime they resent. They further spread their propaganda with repeated arguments such as: “Sanctions hurt the people of Iran, not the government”; the nuclear issue is a matter of national pride; negotiation is the best course because the Iranian regime can help with the U.S.’s problems in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of course, they fail to mention that their true plans are to ultimately destroy America and Israel.
Hassan Abbasi, a longtime top officer of the Guards and a political strategist, stated openly that the duty of Muslims is to create terror and fear in the land of infidels. He emphasized that Islamic agents have identified about 800 sensitive sites within the U.S, and when the time is right their cells will attack those very same locations to create fear, chaos, and instability.
Please, wake up America!
The Religion of Peace strikes again.
Take a good look lefties, this is who you fight us tooth and nail over.
Gary Samore, a top Obama administration national security official, warned of new sanctions if North Korea conducted a third round of nuclear tests on Monday, as reports surfaced that North Korea has miniaturized its nuclear warheads so they can be delivered by ballistic missile.
North Korea’s last round of tests, conducted in May 2009, appear to have included a “super-EMP” weapon, capable of emitting enough gamma rays to disable the electric power grid across most of the lower 48 states, says Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA nuclear weapons analyst and president of EMPact America, a citizens lobbying group.
FYI-If you don’t know about EMP and it’s affects you really, really should…
The government says it did call on rebels to leave, but accused them of firing first after threatening Chinese technicians and detaining two army officers, according to a report Saturday in the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper.
So: Threaten Chinese technicians and they’ll displace 10,000 of you in less than a week, and the only place it will be reported is in the New Light of Myanmar, which you can be dead sure is only hinting at the horror of this
The Kiwi exodus across the Tasman has hit a 32-year-high, swelled by people fleeing quake-ravaged Christchurch.
Statistics NZ figures show 3300 New Zealanders left for Australia last month, topping the record of 2900 set in 1979.
The number who fled Christchurch last month was 800 – up from 500 in May last year, said Government Statistician Geoff Bascand.
“Since the earthquake on February 22, the city has experienced 1300 more departures and 400 fewer arrivals than in the same period in 2010,” he said.
As with most stories involving Muslims, intimidation by a potentially violent mob comes into play:
More than a dozen Muslim supporters linked arms and began chanting “Allah Uh Ahkbar” as they stormed out of Downing Centre, Sydney, with Mrs Matthews concealed behind them.
Tempers soon rose and they began jostling with police after several members of the group began attacking TV cameramen.
Mrs Matthew’s lawyer Stephen Hopper defended them, saying: “They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them”.
Welcome to the jungle.
I re-heard this the other day and wanted to dust it off. Mexico is one of several countries suing our state of Georgia for its tough new immigration enforcement law.
The shame for that does not attach only to the perpetrators, for they are the leading edge of our whole society. And those who decry the behaviour of a single generation, must ask who raised them.
Nor is Vancouver to be especially condemned, for something that could happen and has happened elsewhere. What makes Vancouver interesting is that it is socially more “advanced” – has gone farther down the road to which all Canadian society has been trending. It is Canada’s most “progressive” city. We see here what that progress has been toward; what lies just under the surface of all that smileyface, laid-back, “inclusivity.”
Compare Calgary, whose Flames both won and lost Stanley Cup finals without property damage. Among large Canadian cities, Calgary is supposedly most “backward.” It is the redneck town; the wild west of oil rigs and cowboy capitalism. We need more such enterprising backwardness.
Despite the warnings, the brooding, simmering cauldron of booze, drugs and anarchy, Penny Ballem and Gregor Robertson wouldn’t budge. They were joined by the Premier who, as only she can, exclaimed, “It’ll be GREAT! Imagine when we win it all!” Notice the word ‘we’ and the wholly transparent efforts to identify with the winning team–well, what should have been the winning team. So desperate was Clark to hitch her wagon to the Canucks’ championship destiny (a rapidly fizzled proposition) that her every public speaking engagement of late was on the Canucks or ended with some typically dim-witted Clark reference to the Cup. Her press scrums ended with increasing references to the same thing. It was the ‘prom queen’ routine–all heels and hypocrisy.
In Vancouver, the police begged for help and were ignored by the pot-smoking, nirvana-loving, socks and sandals set running the city. It’s beyond pathetic.
In nature, 105 boys are born for every 100 girls. This ratio is biologically ironclad. Between 104 and 106 is the normal range, and that’s as far as the natural window goes. Any other number is the result of unnatural events.
Yet today in India there are 112 boys born for every 100 girls. In China, the number is 121–though plenty of Chinese towns are over the 150 mark. China’s and India’s populations are mammoth enough that their outlying sex ratios have skewed the global average to a biologically impossible 107. But the imbalance is not only in Asia. Azerbaijan stands at 115, Georgia at 118 and Armenia at 120.
What is causing the skewed ratio: abortion. If the male number in the sex ratio is above 106, it means that couples are having abortions when they find out the mother is carrying a girl. By Ms. Hvistendahl’s counting, there have been so many sex-selective abortions in the past three decades that 163 million girls, who by biological averages should have been born, are missing from the world. Moral horror aside, this is likely to be of very large consequence.
Looks like the persecutors of Christianity in Britain have something in common with those on this side of the pond: Video of Sheila Jackson Lee: Islamic Terrorists Just Like ‘Christian Militants’ in US or Something. Uh – was there a terror attack somewhere where a Christian or Jew either blew themselves up to murder women and children around them, or alternately flew airplanes into buildings? Did a Christian kill a bunch of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood while screaming “Jesus is great!”? Did I miss something? Just Thursday I had this of another moonbat De Rep: Video of Muslim Rep Keith Ellison (D-MN): Jews & Christians Just As Violent As Muslims. And that wasn’t his first time either. From back in April: Video: Muslim US Rep Keith Ellison Says America Is at War Against Muslim… And CHRISTIAN And JEWISH Terrorists. Whatever alternate reality Ellison and Jackson Lee live in, it’s the same one that purported Christian Tavis Smily inhabits: Video of Tavis Smiley: More Christians Than Muslims Blow Up People Every Single Day. In this interview, he points to Christians causing more terror, and somehow claims that the Columbine massacre was perpetrated by Christians (anyone out there remember any reports of Dillon or Klebold yelling out “In the name of Jesus Christ!” as he murdered his fellow classmates?)
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.
Burleigh County authorities have implemented a burn ban in the midst of Missouri River flooding. The ban is in place not because of dry conditions but because the flooding is limiting access for firefighters to some areas. Officials say fires also could threaten emergency levees.
At the rate this is going we could almost see the reformation of Lake Agassiz (the forgotten greatest of the Great Lakes)…
Amtrak is suspending service on its Empire Builder line between St. Paul, Minn., and Havre, Mont., because of Souris River flooding in North Dakota.
Tracks in and around Minot have been closed because of what officials say is likely to be historic flooding.
Amtrak says that effective Tuesday, service is suspended between St. Paul and Havre and no alternate transportation is available between those cities.
Disastrous. Unstoppable. Historic. Unprecedented.
All words used to describe what city, county and state officials warn is an imminent assault on all residents of the Souris River Valley.
The highest flows ever recorded on the Souris are approaching a city whose defenses are destined to be over run. Can the city hold?
Dikes currently in place, recently improved greatly to combat high flows, are now expected to disappear under the traveling torrent. The amount of water flowing with a vengeance down the Souris River Valley is forecast to inundate Minot to a level seven to eight feet higher than the catastrophic and benchmark flood of 1969.
Saddened with that horrific knowledge, officials announced during a late afternoon press conference Monday that very little can be done to stop the powerful onslaught. Massive secondary dikes that were built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to save much of the town from the previous high on the Souris this year fall far short of defending against the impending and rapid rise of the Souris.
Corps of Engineers officials say there’s no longer any point in talking about “how much rain the river can handle” because it’s already out of its banks.
“When you fly over it, it’s bluff to bluff (in some places),” McMahon said. “The historic flood plain has water in it.”
Victor David Hanson: The Metaphysics of Contemporary Theft
I conclude that most Americans would agree that chain-sawing a peach tree or pumping irrigation water enriches the nation, while cruising around looking to destroy such activity does not. The latter represents the sort of social parasitism that I read about each Saturday night in our environs (and, in terms of illegal immigration, once wrote about in Mexifornia — a book I seem doomed to relive in Ground Hog fashion each day — nearly a decade ago): gangbanger A shoots up gangbanger B; B goes to emergency room for publicly funded $250,000 worth of surgery and post-op treatment by C, an MD, who otherwise would have been insulted and intimidated by A or B should he have met either earlier in the day. Indeed, C is more likely to be ridiculed or sued by B than thanked. And yet C does not need either A or B; both need the former in extremis.
Where does this all end — these open borders, unsustainable entitlements and public union benefits and salaries, these revolving door prisons and Al Gore-like energy fantasies?
We are left with a paradox. The taxpayer cannot indefinitely fund the emergency room treatment for the shooter and his victim on Saturday night if society cannot put a tool down for five minutes without a likely theft, or a farmer cannot turn on a 50-year old pump without expecting its electrical connections to have been ripped out. Civilization simply cannot function that way for either the productive citizen or the parasite, who still needs a live host.
While we still are not confident we understand precisely what span of products is prohibited by Dodd-Frank, it appears that ever more brokers are interpreting the law loosely enough to where practically all gold and silver products will soon be removed from retail participation. Readers, however, can rest assured that the CFTC, which is urgently delaying any of the Frankendodd provisions that impair Wall Street bottom lines, will not move a finger to address or resolve this issue which will suddenly affect millions of retail investors in the US, and around the world.
In reality, the COMEX stranglehold on futures trading and delivery and the idiocy of the Dodd-Frank regulatory regime might actually benefit precious metals dealers in the long term. As the capital flees the U.S. markets to less regulated and more capitalist friendly locations like Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Shanghai to trade gold and silver products more freely, the supply of precious metals and capital to purchase them will be dramatically reduced in the United States. Imagine a thinly traded market where prices are not set in London or New York but instead the night before in Asian markets. The consequences of this have not sunk into the thick skulls full of mush in the halls of Congress yet but in the long term, it means that the capital flight from our shores reduces our ability to regulate trading and ultimately control pricing.
The boomerang our nation will endure will be the implosion of our currency as the central bankers realize we are about to collapse and a level of intense debt monetization which will include everything from U.S. Treasuries to munis and some corporate issues. The Federal Reserve will become the buyer of last resort to save this economy and as a result the path to Buenos Aires will be set as the Fed will not buy precious metals as insurance or a hedge. This is good news for my readers as the result will be a total collapse of the dollar, massive inflation, and a surge in gold and silver prices which will appear parabolic to the casual observer, aka the “boomerang effect,” as the unintended consequences of over-regulation and poor financial management come home to roost.
For the record, I stand by my prediction at the start of this year for silver to top $62.50 and gold to top $1650.
in the past few years, Goldman (and other banks) have bought up metals warehouses, which allows them to determine how much metal they release to customers and when they do it.
Now the London Metals Exchange is looking into accusations that this not only allows Goldman to inflate prices, but that Goldman’s action does inflate prices.
According to the WSJ, “aluminum users and market traders… say operators of warehouses, which also include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Glencore International PLC, should be forced to allow the metal out more quickly to meet demand.”
The Keynesians and other economists have no ideas for confronting the reality of a post-consumerist debt economy and society. Like frenzied rats in a cage, they only have one lever to push to release the cocaine-laced pellets, and so they’ve been pushing it for 40 years. Now they’re hitting the bar with frantic energy, hoping the crazed and addled rats around them can dredge up some “demand” for more pellets to “consume.” But the consumer-rats are bloated and lethargic; they’ve consumed so much debt-drug that they’re near death. Like a star which has expanded and now cannot maintain its grand state, the debt-based consumerist economy is now poised to experience a supernova implosion.
What is wrong with the Democratic Party?
I used to be a Democrat — for decades. Was it always this bad? Was I that blind?
Well, maybe. But the situation now is drastic. The United States of America has never been in worse shape — foreign or domestic — not since the Civil War anyway. We are en route to being a pathetic, powerless, overblown Greece, but unlike Greece there is no one who can bail us out. We’re too big. We’ll bring everyone else down with us — those left anyway — in an economic Samson Option.
Yet to the Democrats — and their bizarrely compliant media — it’s business as usual. According to such solons of big journalism as CNN’s John King, the Dems main aim is and should be retaking the Congress with the same methods they have used for years – blocking spending cuts, accusing Republicans of excessive greed, and catering to unions and reactionary race-based interests groups.
Hello, Planet Earth. I understand power politics up to a point. In some ways it may even be useful. But this is ridiculous.
Why can’t these people wake up? Don’t they have children, grandchildren? Don’t they realize we are going broke? The evidence is everywhere — from Michigan to Madrid. Keynesian economics — the welfare state itself — has become completely inoperative, morphed into a Ponzi scheme by an aging population.
You can pretend that’s not true. You can put your fingers in your ears and wait for it all to go away. You can recite the mantra about taxing the rich until you drop, blame Bush until he’s a figment of our memory more distant than William Henry Harrison, or pledge your allegiance to Gaia while circling the globe in a solar-powered Lear jet. But the reality remains.
What’s irresponsible is Obama recklessly spending us into this catastrophe and then raising our taxes to get us out of it.
Lovely. Another welfare program for deadbeats and for the banks who were stupid enough to lend money to them. Must be an election next year or something…Presenting Obama’s Latest $50,000 Non-Recourse, Interest-Free Gift To “Troubled” Homeowners
But, the stimulus did accomplish something…
Obama was able to triple the deficit in one year.
Obama said he was going to cut the deficit in half back in 2009. Instead he tripled it his first year in office and it’s only getting worse.
Overregulation, unfair taxes, and new mandates, like the controversial healthcare bill, are choking these job-creating businesses before they can get off the ground. The President’s State of the Union Address included calls to increase trade and cut corporate taxes, all things that help big businesses alright, but do little to help the small enterprises and start-ups that are the engines of economic growth. They need relief from the alphabet soup of regulations that stifles them and therefore chokes hiring.
From the EPA to the FDA, from the IRS to Sarbanes Oxley, regulations disproportionally affect the smallest firms, drowning America’s entrepreneurs in red tape. According to a study published last year by the Small Business Administration, firms with fewer than 20 employees spend 36 percent more per employee than large firms. Regulations, on average, cost small firms $10,585 per employee each year: $4,120 to comply with economic regulations, $4,101 to comply with environmental regulations, $1,585 to comply with complex tax rules, and $781 to comply with OSHA and homeland security regulations. In fact, more than 144,000 pages of regulations strangle small and large businesses alike. Congress must provide these innovators a break.
In what could only be called a stunning unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court may have opened Pandora’s Box in the case of Bond v. United States. I shall simply defer to the experts on their interpretations but from the individual citizen’s it does give them standing in property rights challenges, the stupid curly light bulb, and quite possibly agricultural issues for farmers not engaged in cross border (state or international) commerce. Thank God they decided to uphold the right of individuals to challenge Federal Laws and regulations based on 10th Amendment infringements because our nation could well have tipped over based on the regulatory binge Cass Sunstein has engaged in. At least now we can stop or slow down their actions in the Federal Court System.
But one vote in favor of Wal-Mart and suddenly Ginsburg, Kagan, Breyer and Sotomayor — who on their worst days can make Noam Chomsky look like a Reaganite — are “moderates.”
Don’t worry, NYT, I’m sure they won’t disappoint you in their next case.
Lefties who pin their hopes on Kennedy being the bulwark against the Obamacare individual mandate challenge should be nervous.
Why does the American Association of University Women pretend to care about Wal-Mart?
I mean they are university women.
They don’t work there.
They don’t shop there.
Being lefties, they probably mock the people who work or shop there.
None the less the tax-exempt corporation felt it had to weigh in on a unanimous Supreme Court decision that said a half-dozen labor lawyers cannot arbitrarily claim to represent 1.5 million women like that.
Justices ruled that the women are not chattel and that they can speak for themselves
From the White House, President Obama: “Over the last 15 months we’ve created over 2.1 million private sector jobs. (Laughter.)”
The joke is on us.
We spent $787 billion for that punchline.
Told last night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington.
At a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser.
The message is clear: We fooled America.
Welcome to Obama’s America. If you think the numbers are bad, it’s even worse in Detroit. And who did Detroiters vote for in 2008? Witness Detroit – the most liberal city in the nation by voting record – after 50 years of Democrat hegemonic domination (haven’t found the 2010 info yet):
2008 General Election results-DEM: 96.93% GOP: 2.65%
2006 General Election results-DEM: 95.05% GOP: 4.33%
2004 General Election results-DEM: 93.61% GOP: 5.93%
60 years ago, before liberalism took hold and metastasized, Detroit was the industrial capital of the entire planet. After Democrats took over, the city has been reduced to a warning of what not to do.And now Obama is Detroitizing the US.
We should be aghast that Boeing is sending a big fat market signal that it wants a less-skilled, lower-quality work force. This country is in a debt crisis because we buy abroad much more than we sell. Alas, because of this trade deficit, foreign creditors have the country in their clutches. That’s not because of our labor costs — in that respect, we can undersell most of our high-wage, unionized rivals like Germany. It’s because we have too many poorly educated and low-skilled workers that are simply unable to compete. …
There are reasons workers in the North get $28 an hour while down in the South they get $14 or even $10. Adam Smith could explain it: “productivity,” “skill level,” “quality.”
What makes Southerners so inferior? A lack of sufficient moonbattery.
If the history of runaway shops proves anything, it’s that many go “South” in more than one sense of the word. If that sounds unfair to the South, it is union busting that has inflicted the real unfairness in the region: income inequality and inferior schools.
An infusion of Marxism, more lavishly unaffordable pensions for educrats, and maybe one day Southerners will stop marrying their cousins and having so many gaps between their teeth.
Meanwhile, liberals will use the word “bigot” as a shillelagh on the head of anyone who doesn’t share their snobbish ideology, and many of the nominally German Beemers they like to drive are made in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
… because of [our] trade deficit, foreign creditors have the country in their clutches. That’s not because of our labor costs … It’s because we have too many poorly educated and low-skilled workers that are simply unable to compete.
And Boeing wants to turn the manufacture of airplanes – airplanes! – over to these poorly educated, low-skilled workers in South Carolina.
Here’s a weird fact, though. There is already a plant manufacturing rear-fuselage elements for Boeing in South Carolina. (The Dreamliner final-assembly plant that opened 10 June is located next to it.) South Carolina also has a BMW plant, a Honda plant, a Bosch plant, a Caterpillar plant, an American LaFrance plant (fire engines and ambulances), and a Daimler plant, all employing highly-skilled labor to manufacture big, intricate stuff that has to work. That’s in addition to the Milliken, BASF, GE, Core, Bose, BP, DAK, DuPont, Eastman, Mitsubishi, Albemarle, MeadWestvaco, PhilChem, Roche, Mount Vernon Mills, Invista, Metromont, Johns Manville, Alcoa, Kimberly-Clark, Shaw, Jarrett, Mohawk, Anderson, AccuTrex, Sonoco, and Cox Industries plants – and those are just the ones I recognized by industry as I looked through the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance website. I left out a bunch of other ones.
‘With a face like that you ain’t got nothin’ to laugh about’…Here is something that those arrogant Bleu State snobs ranting about all those ‘ignorant, uneducated, redneck bitter Klingons’ in the South will find rather shocking. Walter Russell Mead: Blue State Schools: The Shame of a Nation
When it come to excellence in education, red states rule — at least according to a panel of experts assembled by Tina Brown’s Newsweek. Using a set of indicators ranging from graduation rate to college admissions and SAT scores, the panel reviewed data from high schools all over the country to find the best public schools in the country.
The results make depressing reading for the teacher unions: the very best public high schools in the country are heavily concentrated in red states.
Three of the nation’s ten best public high schools are in Texas — the no-income tax, right-to-work state that blue model defenders like to characterize as America at its worst. Florida, another no-income tax, right-to-work state long misgoverned by the evil and rapacious Bush dynasty, has two of the top ten schools.
Newsweek isn’t alone with these shocking results. Another top public school list, compiled by the Washington Post, was issued in May. Texas and Florida rank number one and number two on that list’s top ten as well.
There’s something else interesting about the two lists: on both lists only one of the top ten public schools was located in a blue state. (Definition alert: on this blog, a blue state is one that voted for John Kerry in 2004; red states cast their electoral votes for Bush.)
There were no top ten schools on either list from blue New England states like Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. Nor were there any in the top 25. By contrast, Alabama made both the Newsweek and the Washington Post top ten. Only two public schools from these states made the Washpost top fifty list; zero made it into Newsweek‘s elite. 150 years after the Civil War, South Carolina is kicking New England’s rear end when it comes to producing great public schools.
That Texas economic success story you’ve been hearing so much about in the news lately? The EPA’s actions here threaten it very directly, by increasing electricity costs while throwing thousands of Texans out of work. If the EPA wants Texas’ unemployment rate to climb up to the higher national average, this ruling may help that along.
White House chief of staff Bill Daley found himself confronted by angry manufacturers this past week, who were upset at the way the Obama administration keeps “throwing sand in the gears” of US industry. At one point, Daley is said to have thrown up his hands in exasperation and said:
“Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible.”
Indeed. And thus far, this administration’s record on putting bureaucracy and ideology in the way of economic activity and recovery is truly indefensible.
The stories above are fine examples of the Democrats true ‘jobs policy, job killing economic policies, use of idiotic regulations to stifle jobs and punish those who do not go goose stepping along with them and demagogueing any and all who fight back against them. What they are desperate for is to find a mask of an angel to cover the devil’s face that is their true agenda in hopes that people will be stupid enough to buy into it in 2012…Democrats Flailing Around For A Jobs Policy Heading Into 2012
Wait, wasn’t that what the political payback legislation, known as “Stimulus”, was supposed to do? Create jobs? And all the follow-up legislation? The “green jobs” initiatives? Even ObamaCare was billed as a jobs creator. None of which worked, and, it seems, made things worse, so Democrats eye new jobs agenda
Senate Democrats are beginning to fear that the country’s increasingly dim economic outlook will cost them their seats in 2012 and are trying to craft a new agenda aimed at spurring job creation.
They aren’t worried about actual jobs, they are just worried about maintaining power in the Senate.
Always remember that when the LLP’s say they are doing something “For The Children”™ it really isn’t-what it really is all about for them is power and control over everything in your life. I do find it funny that they screech about ‘conservatives getting out of their bedroom’ but they are more then happy to run rampant and destroy everything in every other room of the house and in your lives all in the name of “The Children”™…Obama’s Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids
Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police.
Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies.
The same goes for restaurants.
It’s not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such a thin mint cookies sold by scouts or M&Ms and Snickers, which sponsor cars in the Sprint Cup, but pretty much everything on a restaurant menu.
In related news-here is one guy that Obama and the LLP’s wanted in every child’s bedroom….Good Riddance… Obama’s Radical Safe Schools Czar Hits the Skids
You remember Kevin Jennings, I hope? He’s finally leaving his position as the Obama administration’s absurdly named “Safe School Czar”, a post that was invented to help him push a gay agenda into the schools. You can watch him discussing how to push gay themes into the school curricula at a conference, here.
Media Matters always had Jennings’ back, defending even the most deplorable elements of the controversy, and characterizing detractors as anti-gay bigots because they strongly objected to say, the XXX pornographic GLSEN recommended reading list.
For two long years, parents all over the country prayed that public pressure would force the administration to give “The Safe School Czar” his walking papers.
Isn’t itWouldn’t it be great having a President who leads from conviction rather than cynically manipulating an issue for political benefit?
Anyone else noticing a trend here?
Hero of the Workin’ Man: Charles Schumer Inserts Special Provision In Patent Reform Bill, To Push A Special Re-Examination of an Inventor’s Patent, So That His Big-Donor Patron Banks Can Pay Less To Settle Infringement Suits
What H.R. 1249 does change, is the rules from “first to invent” to “first to file,” which means, you could have the idea, notebook it, invent it, witness it, and apply to the patent office. they would THEN post your “patent pending” invention ON the internet patent system, and any country in the world could take that idea and with much more money, and claim “first to file” by rushing their lawyers to beat your file by predating THEIR version, and the little inventor would have to go to court to protect his claim, and of course he cannot ever dream of winning against the big corporations, who can spend billions. The last thing they want to do is compete with some little guy, who with a few bucks, and the protection of the government, manages to come up with a better idea then the same people they are spending millions to create for them.
And that’s why we are becoming more fascistic every single day.
The corporations are buying off our politicians. The conservatives that take their bribes are called Rhinos. I suggest we call the liberals who whore for them…Dinos. And Obama is one of them.
And if you think GE getting Congress to outlaw your light bulb (and making sure no one else can put them on the market) is just good old capitalism at it’s best, then I have to wonder where you put your teeth, because I bet you, you can’t find them, due to senility.
Fareed needs to go back to India and he can drop his BFF off at his home country of Indonesia along the way…Fareed Zakaria: Let’s use Facebook and Twitter to create a 21st century Constitution
There seems to be no end in liberals on the air demonstrating how utterly disconnected they have became from reality. Thee reality. Call George Orwell before witnessing a Marxist liberal anchor at a major network accusing his opponents of Marxism
The constitutional check on a Supreme Court Justice is impeachment. Picture Congress going after Thomas for playing some background role in preserving a valuable black history site.
In short: Put up or shut up, schmucks. But of course, the New York Times piece isn’t really about ethics. It’s battlespace preparation for the Supreme Court’s healthcare vote. The problem for the Times is that Thomas doesn’t care what the New York Times thinks. Which means this is more about preparing a narrative of failure for ObamaCare — It was struck down by evil corrupt conservative judges. I think they’re going to be kept quite busy constructing failure narratives over the next couple of years.
The angry, racist left is on a jihad against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and are getting nuttier by the day. There lunatics seem to believe that Anthony Weiner was jettisoned at the behest of Thomas, not for tweeting his junk for all the world to see. Indeed, Weiner was obsessed with Thomas, as the left has been for over 20 years. But they’re just getting carried away with themselves. The comments at their latest hit piece are comedy gold.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) recently released its annual report on medical cost trends for 2012, and it is revealing.
1) The report shows health care costs and premiums continuing to rise-and uncertainty increasing for employers who offer insurance to their workers. Health care spending increased by 7.5 percent in 2010 and will grow by 8 percent this year.
2) In 2012, it will rise again by 8.5 percent. This is exactly the opposite of the President’s promise that his health care plan would reduce premiums by $2,500 per person.
3) Perhaps most concerning are the findings of a survey also released by PWC divulging how employers are likely to react to Obamacare. The survey showed that nearly half of employers will drop their coverage, dumping employees into the government-run exchanges.
In other words, we’re now funding Obama’s re-election ads.
David Axelrod, senior advisor to the president and Richie Cunningham to Obama’s “The Fonz” back in 2008, is charged with trying to figure out why the jukebox no longer starts playing when his boss snaps his fingers.
Because of this, Axelrod’s making the rounds in an attempt to keep Hope & Change™ from becoming the political equivalent of shorts with dress socks and sandals or wearing white in the unemployment line after Labor Day.
“I think it has everything to do with us standing up for America, standing up for the rule of law and not being shouted down by the president and his men trying to make like somehow we’re being un-American for enforcing the law and wanting a secure border,” Babeu said.
He said he thinks President Barack Obama has made race the issue instead of fulfilling his job of protecting the American people by enforcing immigration laws.
“It’s not about race, color or national origin,” Babeu said. “It’s about enforcing the law, Mr. President. That’s our job.”
So, by Red-Blue, the CSM is actually taking more of a position of Blue-Grey, Northern-Southern. Interestingly, it seems the Southern states are more interested in law and order, following the established “a nation of laws,” while the damndedyankee states are opting out of following the law, “a nation of men.” It somehow makes these liberal states feel good about letting illegals convicted of crimes hang out in the US. But, here we go
In the broadest terms, states with a long history of assimilating foreign-born migrants are largely defending the ideal of the United States as a “nation of immigrants,” legal or illegal. Meanwhile, states that have before been largely isolated from immigration patterns are now taking a “the law is the law” approach.
And there you go: the Blue states are nice, and the Red states are mean and raaaaacist and intolerant. Except, as all the illegal immigrant supporters fail to understand, we aren’t discussing “foreign-born migrants”: we’re talking about people who came to this country illegally. Heck, us Southerners have been dealing with migrants for well over a century, especially you carpet bagging Northerners. We are happy to have migrant workers come and help out in the fields. We have tons of workers coming from other countries to work in high tech and manufacturing, as so many companies come to the South, because our taxes tend to be lower than the North, and so many are right to work states.
We are not happy, though, to have illegal immigrants pour across our borders, which includes those that overstay their visas, and use our services, drain our money and resources, demand that we speak their language, and, in some cases, commit serious crimes, like rape, robbery, and murder, against our citizens. If the Northern states want them, they should put their money where their mouths are, and off to take them all in. Then we can listen to the caterwauling once the results come in.
Capitalism and profits are great things, but, they should be done in a lawful manner. If they have to use guest workers who came legally, fantastic. Otherwise, they are violating the law. The proper response is not to legalize the illegals, who will then, shockingly, demand more money to do the job, or move on to other work, but, to expand the guest worker program, with better checks and controls on the workers, just like they do in other countries. Also, how about using prison labor?
Meanwhile, Obama’s DHS has altered the Secure Communities act to ignore low level illegals and make it easier for them to stay in the country.
On February 17, 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas announced the indictment of Maria Rojas and her brother, Jose Luis Rojas, on sex trafficking conspiracy charges. They and eight co-defendants were also charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens. Maria Rojas, who was deported following a 1999 arrest for prostitution, was charged with illegally reentering the country after deportation.
The indictment alleges that Maria and Jose Luis Rojas ran a sex slave trafficking ring since at least August 1999. The scheme involved luring young women into the country illegally from Mexico with false promises of employment, then forcing them to work as prostitutes at La Costeñita Bar and El Club Restaurante in Houston. Maria Rojas and Javier Guevara Belmontes (a legal resident) co-owned the locations. The remaining defendants were illegal aliens who served as managers or employees of the businesses.
The rift is noteworthy — and even a little puzzling — because of the administration’s aggressive push for Hispanic support ahead of 2012. Obama’s campaign team is trying to raise historically low rates of Hispanic registration and voter turnout in at least a half-dozen swing states, and one Obama adviser involved in his reelection effort recently told POLITICO, “Hispanics could very well decide this election.”
Once again, we are forced to finance our own illegal colonization and eventual demographic obliteration. The hostility of our rulers to our country could not be more obvious.
With all their attention paid to Huma recently, why has nobody asked a few obvious questions?
Are these alleged links accurate?
Is there a woman with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood working hip-to-hip with our Secretary of State?
Does this explain the Obama Administration’s hands-off policy toward Syria and its lackluster performance in the post-Mubarak Egypt which is being slowly but surely handed over to the Brotherhood?
I know, I know, those are boring policy questions. Who cares that someone so high up in our own State Department is (or may be) also so tightly entwined in a terrorist organization such as the Muslim Brotherhood? Snoozer, I realize.
But maybe it’d be more pop-culture-ready if Katie Couric or the gals from The View sat little Huma down and asked her how the members of her family who are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood reacted when she told them she’d met a nice Jewish fella who just happens to be a member of the US Congress and was interested in marrying him. I’d imagine they were just as excited as when she told them that she’d be going to work for the then-First Lady. What a treat to have one of their own working in such highly-placed positions in the belly of the beast. Inshallah!
In the 9th congressional district of New York (bits of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City), you can apparently run a giant hamster and get him elected, provided he is a Democrat. It is, in my reactionary view, one of those dark, dirty, densely sprawling urban places where people never see the light of day. Technically, the sun shines down from above, but nature is held at several removes by various foreground conditions, running interference on the human condition.
People are born, live, and die in such environments, and I don’t mean to disparage them for what is not a happy fate. I am simply trying to explain why liberal Democrats in the U.S.A., or the equivalent party machines in Canada, are able to harvest large and unthinking majorities in constituencies like that. For it is an environment that is abstracted; in which words count for more than things; in which religious and all other cultural traditions, which confer meaning upon life, break down in a mulching homogenization; in which moral values are reduced to the lowest common denominator of “niceness,” without which no one would survive.
Was Bill Clinton doing the hiring for his wife?
Winning! You know they are running really scared when their MSM propaganda wing starts floating stories like this…Apparently, The GOP Is “Rigging The 2012 Election”
Remember when voter fraud was a big deal among Democrats? Remember their caterwauling about stolen elections? Which mostly disappeared when they won Congress in 2006, and the White House in 2008. But, they are worried about losing the Senate and White House in 2012, so, they need every edge they can get. And making sure that liberals can vote multiple times, along with the dead voting, is an important measure.
Oh, and then there’s this New Mexico study, which showed 64,000 issues of possible voter fraud in the 2008 election. Obviously, requiring ID to vote is not a perfect idea, because illegals and foreigners are using said ID to vote (you’d think Democrats would approve of this), so, the obvious solution is to stop giving American ID to foreigners.
These statutes are not neutral. Their greatest impact will be to reduce turnout among African Americans, Latinos and the young. It is no accident that these groups were key to Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 — or that the laws in question are being enacted in states where Republicans control state governments.
See? It’s raaaaacist. Because, in Dionne’s World, Blacks and Latinos are too poor to afford an ID card, something required for writing a check, driving, taking a plane flight, using a credit card, signing a contract for a new cell phone, renting a car…we use ID lots of places. Not sure about you, but I was itching to get my drivers license, and took my test on my birthday.
In part because of a surge of voters who had not cast ballots before, the United States elected its first African American president in 2008. Are we now going to witness a subtle return of Jim Crow voting laws?
Democrats know that requiring ID would only solve some of the issue: people can easily spoof with fake IDs or with their regular ID. What they want to accomplish with this line is to set it up so that when Obama loses, they can blame the GOP, saying that Obama lost not because of his being the most incompetent president ever, but for their “racist” and “anti-democracy” voting policies.
Biden’s hitting a $10,000 per-person fundraiser today and he still has to grovel for a measly five bucks.
Anyone else have a problem with this?
He’ll console himself on the golf course.
Gunwalker/Fast & Furious
This operation could not have taken place without the cooperation of the Department of Homeland Security — DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano should bear responsibility for her agency’s actions. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has apparently lied to Congress about when he knew of Gunwalker, and considering the scope of the operation it is implausible that he was not involved in its implementation.
It is only reasonable to believe that knowledge of this operation did not stop with cabinet-level officials. If the directors of so many executive branch agencies were involved in this scandal, as it appears they might have been, it is plausible that knowledge of this scheme — perhaps the origination? — came directly from the White House.
One might ask what our laws demand of officials complicit in a plot that used the power of U.S. law enforcement agencies to pressure gun shops into selling weapons to narco-terrorists. If this is indeed the case, impeachment and resignations are just the beginning of the process of seeking justice. Those who authorized this operation and facilitated what was essentially a gunrunning operation to achieve what appears to be a political goal may very well be guilty of a number of felonies — and wanted for extradition to face justice in Mexican courts as well.
Under Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution, any person who levies war against the United States or adheres to its enemies by giving them aid and comfort is guilty of the act of treason. Gunwalker supplied narco-terrorists on our southern border with thousands of firearms.
Less dramatic, but more damning, is the fact that those that authorized this operation betrayed our ally Mexico, and are arguably accessories to more than 150 shootings of Mexican law enforcement officers and soldiers.
The Constitution puts no one above the law. If Melson, Napolitano, Holder, Obama and their staffs were complicit in a plot to arm narco-terrorists that led to hundreds dead and wounded, they must face justice.
On television, in various news outlets, and even in a joint appearance with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama pushed the 90 percent lie, implying that 90% of the guns recovered in Mexican cartel violence came from U.S. gun shops.
At the same time they were damning gun dealers in public, the administration was secretly forcing them to provide weapons to the cartels, by the armful and without oversight. More than one gun industry insider suggests that the administration extorted cooperation and silence from these gun shops. As the ATF has the power to summarily shut dealers down for the most minor of offenses, that is very, very possible.
The purpose was to create leverage to use against the Second Amendment. That is, our rulers facilitated the smuggling in an attempt to cause mayhem that could be used to attack the constitutional liberties they have sworn to uphold. “You never want a serious crisis go to waste,” said Obama henchman Rahm Emanuel. If the crisis isn’t there, make it.
Obviously this dwarfs Watergate. Good thing for the Community Organizer in Chief that he’s still got the media that installed him in power on his side. But then, the media tried to suppress MonicaGate in the beginning. Sooner or later, reality has to be acknowledged.
This whole debacle begs the question: How could top officials at the DOJ have been this criminally, insanely, impossibly incompetent?
In the past, the Obama Administration and the Department of Homeland Security had implied that the violence in Mexico was the fault of the Second Amendment — law abiding gun shop owners who sold to cartel members.
This whole thing stinks to high heaven and heads should roll.
The higher up – the better.
It is increasingly looking like the Obama administration decided that in pursuit of its omelet – anti-gun legislation, it would have to “break a few eggs”, like border patrol agent, Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata .
At this point it’s difficult to believe that this isn’t going to end very badly for a lot of the players involved. While the old school media was slow off the mark on this story, by this morning even the Morning Joe crew was covering it at MSNBC, so the lid seems to be well and truly off the pot.
The unresolved questions at this stage seem to be less about how this was screwed up so badly, but rather who authorized this debacle and how high up the food chain it goes. As Ed Morrissey already noted, it looks like the president will be tossing acting head of the ATF, Kenneth Melson under the bus. But given the scope of this scandal, the horrific damage which resulted (including the loss of American agents’ lives) and the sheer stupidity of the plan, well…
I think you’re going to need a bigger bus.
And who is the president looking at to replace him? CNN claims that Eric Holder is already on his way to talk to Andrew Traver, the Chicago ATF bureau chief who had already been roundly rejected when Obama tried to put him in charge. Traver’s record as a pro gun control, anti second amendment activist put off nearly everyone.
In a case this outlandish, which Darrell Issa already referred to as “Felony stupid,” I am immediately reminded of an episode from season seven of The West Wing. In it, Toby is discovered to have leaked classified intelligence to the press, seeking to promote his own personal agenda. He attempts to turn in his resignation and the president responds by saying, “I can’t accept your resignation. I have to fire you.”
Getting rid of Melson is a start — but this one move alone ain’t gonna cure ATF’s problems. It’s going to take a bigger bus. Corruptocrat AG Eric Holder knew about the program much earlier than he testified to, Rep. Issa says, and he has been an obstruction to the Gunrunner probe since day one.
And then there’s the man waiting in the wings to replace Melson — either as acting director or as permanent director. He’s Chicago anti-gun radical Andrew Traver and he’s scheduled to meet with Holder and DOJ today.
I told you all about Traver in April when only a few were paying attention and I’m reprinting my column in full to bring you back up to speed. See also David Codrea’s FOIA on Gunrunner from April for Traver’s fingerprints.
Holder’s refusal to cooperate is true to the administration’s “Gangster Government” instincts (Michael Barone first coined the term in May 2009 in the wake of the Obama administration’s orchestrated short-circuiting of the legal rights of many of Chrysler’s secured creditors; the name grows more apt with virtually each passing day).
A total non-shock is the fact that Fast and Furious aka “Gunwalker” aka “Gun Runner” was barely news in the national establishment press until about 10 days ago; a Google News search at 9:30 p.m. on ["Eric Holder" ATF] (typed exactly as indicated between brackets; sorted by date) returned 112 items from the past 30 days. 85 of them are older than June 12, and of the 27 older items, a half-dozen at most are from national mainstream sources. One of them, from the Hill on May 25, reports that “Attorney General Eric Holder has denied knowing of Gun Runner.” If so, why is he stonewalling?
The Associated Press conveniently kept Eric Holder’s name out of the single story (“ATF agents: Border weapons operation a disaster” on June 15) it appears to have done on the scandal. Apparently, the wire service’s reporters have been too busy trying to cook up sympathy for gun control in other, less lethal ways to stick with a story which, if it had surfaced during the Bush administration, would likely have been called “the next Iran-Contra” and dominated the headlines for weeks.
The war that dares not speak its name…US and Lybia:
Mark Steyn: Shut Up, He Explained
Daniel, re Lindsey Graham’s suggestion that everyone should just “shut up” about the Libyan Non-War, you’ll recall that the last time the Senator attracted any attention in these parts he was also telling everyone to shut up — this time about Islam. Maybe it would be easier if he just issued the rest of us with an approved list of conversational topics.
Alternatively, here’s a suggestion for Senator Graham: Why don’t you shut up?
The hypocrisy is mind numbing.
Look for the Union Label/Whackademia/The Badger Rebellion:
Unions are a cancer, this country will never recover from the economic mess Obama put us in if they’re allowed to spread and infect new sectors of the economy.
Emails obtained through the Wisconsin Open Records law indicate former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk emailed all county employees and circuit court judges, including Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi, with a memo announcing her intention to file suit against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.
In response, Falk received three responses from court employees. Kathy Melzer and Elaine Creager responded with encouraging notes. Peter Anderson replied with “doubts about the appropriateness of sending a message about filing a legal action to the judges of the circuit court where the action is likely to be filed.”
Anderson is Sumi’s colleague on the bench. He’s a judge who felt it was inappropriate to give the judges a heads-up that this lawsuit was coming.
Actually, the government unions do not want collective bargaining; they want to dictate how much taxpayers pay.
Has the NAACP jumped the shark yet? To them everything is racist.
It is “For The Children”™…Why Is David Epstein Still a Columbia University Professor After Incest Plea?
Epstein, who had used his blog at Huffington Post to attack Sarah Palin, was arrested and charged with having sex with his adult daughter. And, as was reported at the time, “according to the criminal complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, professor David Epstein’s incest was committed between July 2006 and June 2009 at a University Apartment Housing building on 120th Street.”
So (a) it went on for three years, and (b) it happened on university property.
Neither the university nor Epstein has commented on the case since his May 10 guilty plea, but the question remains: If a professor committed such a crime on university property, wouldn’t Columbia be justified in firing Epstein? Surely such behavior violates some aspect of university policy, and yet it appears that Epstein remains a full-time faculty member in good standing.
The mind boggles . . .
In Other News…
When G. is old enough, Carol plans to tell him that “Uncle George” is actually his father. Fine, but will she also tell him that caring for G. causes George “a profound despair,” that George doesn’t “feel paternal toward” G. and “certainly” doesn’t “want to be the child’s parent”?
Because G. will find these things out in due course. This isn’t the 1950s anymore, when to find old newspaper stories one had to spend hours going through library stacks or microfilm reels. Unless the New York Times goes out of business and its website is shut down, this story will live forever on the Internet.
That means that as soon as G. can punch his name and his parents’ names into Google, he will be able to read the cruel things his father said about him when he was 3. So, by the way, will his school friends–and enemies. That’s why we left the names out of this column. We don’t want him to find out from us.
But a technology that would shut down camera phones remotely would let the authorities off the hook, because the pictures in question would simply never get taken. It’s insidious — and amazingly Big Brotherish for a company that made its big splash with a famous “1984″-based commercial. Now Apple’s technology looks to enable just that kind of world.
It also raises a question of ownership. When Americans buy an iPhone or other gadget, we tend to think that, since we paid for it, we actually, you know, own it. But the attitude of phone and media companies is somewhat different.
Cellphones are often “locked” to a particular carrier’s network, and now smartphone companies — with Apple a particular offender — are already starting to regulate what apps are available for their phones with of an eye more toward what’s useful for the companies’ interests than toward what serves the user.
A phone that’s designed to be remotely disabled is a phone that doesn’t really belong to its user, but to its manufacturer and the manufacturer’s “partners” in media and government.
The use of shariah law in American courts is a valid issue that must be debated during the Republican primary race and in the general election. Islamists will do everything they can to demonize those who speak out by calling them Islamaphobes. This is the same tactic that Communists use today calling those who speak out MaCarthyites.
To silence debate on shariah Islam is to surrender to those who have demonstrated the clear intent, will and capacity to destroy America.
As Jim writes, “Code Pink has dropped any pretense of being an issue-based organization; they simply find any old issue or stance of a disliked public figure and let fly their Improvised Glitter Devices.”
Presumably in the post-9/11 era and its fear of being attacked by powdery substances, a politician could have someone who tries a stunt like that arrested — or at a minimum, given a stern talking-to by men in sunglasses and black suits. But if you’re a politician on the right, do you fight back and draw attention to glitter goons in the media? You’ll likely generate bad press for yourself (though probably only among people who wouldn’t vote for you in the first place). Or do you just put up with this?
Here’s an statistic worth pondering: 45 percent of net U.S. job creation in the last two years comes from Texas.
Yes, Texas: the state that is the poster child for right-wingery, the state with no state income tax whose population is growing at about 1000 per day (see a connection?) while bankrupt behemoths like California are bleeding jobs and people.
There are a handful of other places in the U.S. where job creation is rife. One of them is Washington, D.C., where an exploding government bureaucracy has also led to the creation of many jobs.
Many public-sector, i.e., tax-payer-funded jobs, that is. The jobs in Texas are overwhelmingly private-sector, i.e., wealth-creating jobs.
The measure, sent to Gov. Rick Perry for consideration, lets any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas – and sold in that state – avoid the authority of the federal government or the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out some incandescent light bulbs next year.
“Let there be light,” state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, wrote on Facebook after the bill passed. “It will allow the continued manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs in Texas, even after the federal ban goes into effect. … It’s a good day for Texas.”
Because it’s filled with liquid, you can’t carry a snow globe onto an airplane. But some travelers haven’t gotten the message, or maybe it slips their minds during their harried packing for summer vacation. Thus, rows and rows of snow globes sit at the surplus store, which gets its inventory not only from state surplus but also from items that were left behind or confiscated — “We say willfully surrendered,” said cashier Roberta Siller — at airport security checkpoints in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Waco, El Paso and other small airports.
In the five years this store has been open, its plane-related inventory has soared because of heightened security, according to director James Barrington. The airport stuff takes up most of one small room at the store. In 2010, the state’s general fund was enriched $300,000 by the storefront’s sales.
Behind that room, a large warehouse is filled with desks, chairs, file cabinets and other items state agencies want to get rid of. Sales of that merchandise (along with some too big to fit in the warehouse) sent $6.9 million back to state agencies, who kept 25 percent to replace their desks, chairs and such and gave 75 percent to the state’s general fund.
In its own small way, the stuff travelers leave behind is helping ease the state’s financial woes.
That’s the question asked by Justin Katz at Anchor Rising, a Rhode Island based conservative blog, in the context of handwringing over the “skills gap” and plan to pump more money into motivating people to get educated
So someone pees in the pool and we drain it.
If this water is purer than holy water, what do we do when it rains?
This is what happens when you give power to fools who think the supply of money is infinite.
You see, it is not just Barack Obama who pisses money away like this.
By the way, doesn’t this 8 million-gallon flush violate the federal toilet limit to 1.6 gallons per flush?
Pajaro Valley farmer Dick Peixoto minces no words when it comes to a proposed set of water regulations that could play a key role in state budget talks: They will destroy farming in California.
“It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Peixoto, whose Lakeside Organic Gardens grows 44 kinds of organic vegetables on 1,200 acres. “It’s holding us to a standard that’s impossible to attain.”
Our losses are occurring at an accelerated rate. Also, no one knows the real level of activity because smaller companies are not required to file layoff notices with the state. A conservative estimate is that only 1 out of 5 company departures becomes public knowledge, which means California may suffer more than 1,000 disinvestment events this year.
The capital directed to out-of-state or out-of-country, while difficult to calculate, is nonetheless in the billions of dollars. The top five destinations are (1) Texas, (2) Arizona, (3) Colorado, (4) Nevada and Utah tied; and (5) Virginia and North Carolina tied.
San Francisco: City pension pays more than average worker earns
“I think it’s interesting that the average pension paid to a city employee is higher than the average earnings of most San Franciscans,” he said. “When you start looking at the total cost of these pensions, it’s through the roof.”
A man who has been in state prison twice for at least three counts of robbery really wants to work at Red Lobster. So much so that he’s suing the seafood chain to hire him, alleging that the manager at the Times Square branch rejected his application because of his criminal history which is discrimination. And the Post’s experts “say he has a case.”
Robert Smith applied for a “kitchen help” position in February by completing an application online and “honestly answered the form’s question about prior convictions.” He never heard from them, so when he called (and got through on his fifth try), manager Nicole McVaughn allegedly told him, “I’m sorry to have to give you this info, but in my position as manager I don’t hire convicted felons.” At which point, the Post explains, “The robster saw red.”
Fortunately for Smith, as a felon he is a member of a class favored by our liberal rulers. In the USSA, it is not up to a private business who that business hires; that’s determined by government bureauweenies and black-robed moonbat oligarchs.
I wonder if they would have a problem with the sign if it said “Allah Akbar Way”? NYC Atheists Want Sign Honoring 9/11 Firefighters Removed Because It Includes Word “Heaven”
America is a welfare state, just not everyone knows it yet.
At least one politician who lives in Detroit cares about “blending in” with the rest of the city that is crumbling because of the policies of people like, well, John Conyers.
Do you think he cares more about our health care than he does his own house and yard? Gosh, I hope so.
In short, irresponsible public spending combined with crippling fixed costs and an inability to grow have sent Harrisburg’s leaders to their knees in search of spiritual guidance—and perhaps a little extra generosity from the collection plate. (emphasis added)
Yeah, and if I had a dime for every time I woke up with a killer hangover in college and said, “God if you let me live through this, I’ll never drink again!” I could probably patch that hole in Harrisburg’s budget. But once I felt a little better, I’d just put the dime towards a suitcase of Milwaukee’s Best.
I imagine pretty much the same thing will happen here.
One thing that would solve this is ‘shotgun squads’. It is also why you only see this kind of crap going on in bleu cities in bleu states…Mysterious Teen Mob Robberies On the Rise Across US
What the media won’t tell you is that these teen mob attacks were all committed by black youths. But, to report the truth on this recent epidemic of youth mob activity would be racist.
Unfortunately for this guy New York does not have a ‘Castle Law’…Brooklyn Man Blasts Rowdy Teens with Assault Weapon
The gang of menacing young thugs began prowling the block around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, knocking over trash, vandalizing cars and lounging on the steps of homes, residents said.
Two hoodlums were wounded yesterday when an angry Brooklyn dad fired a rifle at them.
Thomas Dunikowski, 30, was among those who confronted the teens, to no avail.
He then stormed back into his house, grabbed his unlicensed Bushmaster 5.56 mm, and started blasting from a second-floor window, cops said.
Excerpts from the suicide letter of Thomas James (or Tom) Ball (thanks to Arf), who immolated himself on the steps of a courthouse in New Hampshire
The bug was made possible because of the security architecture choice that Dropbox made, where encryption and decryption happen on Dropbox’s servers, rather than on individual’s computers. This allows Dropbox to open files because it, not the user, holds the encryption key. That architecture adds to ease of use and lets people recover their files — even if they forgot their password. In a system where a user unlocks their cloud files with their own encryption key, the data would be lost forever if a user forgets their encryption key, and a complicated encryption key has to be entered into every client device that wants to sync via the locker.
However, Christopher Soghoian argues that Dropbox’s model introduces too many security vulnerabilities and that Dropbox overstated how secure file storage was, leading him to file an FTC complaint against the company.
Dropbox strongly disputed that it ever misled its users, saying that its security was an upgrade from how users typically stored information on their own computers.
Verone said he asked for $1 to show that his motives were medical, not monetary, according to news reports. With a growth in his chest, two ruptured disks and no job, Verone hoped a three-year stint in prison would afford him the health care he needed.
“I’m sort of a logical person and that was my logic, what I came up with,” Verone told reporters. “If it is called manipulation, then out of necessity because I need medical care, then I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care.”
Maybe the Democrats can used this clown as one of their mascots. Point out that Americans are so helpless and bedraggled they have to resort to crime in order to receive medical attention. He’ll be out in a year so he can hit the campaign trail with Obama to remind of of the joys of ObamaCare.
One thing has become increasingly clear to intellectuals in America since Ronald Reagan was elected over their vociferous objections in 1980: as long as capitalism survives, their claims to respect and deference are a lost cause. If actual people are allowed to think that their own opinions are just as good as the opinions of experts, if they’re allowed to refuse to follow expert advice, if they’re allowed to choose what they think is best for themselves–under those circumstances, the status of credentialed professionals in the humanities and social sciences, whether intellectuals in name or only members of the “knowledge professions,” will sink to zero.
The real surprise is that it hasn’t done so already.
Intellectuals love Marx because they have to love Marx–he’s the only game in town if they’re going to survive with their status intact. They hate America because America is the living embodiment of the thing they fear most, the day in which their credentials, their curricula vitae, and their expertise will count for nothing at all.
MSM Circus and Celebutard Side Show:
If Keith Olbermann takes to the airwaves on a station with test pattern ratings, does it make a sound? In case you didn’t know, the deranged former MSNBC blowhard started a show Monday night on an obscure cable outlet and pretty much picked up where he left off: With a cast of washed-up lefties, kook fringe bloggers and rants about the usual suspects–Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, etc.
Andrew Klavan reports on the way the entertainment industry’s left-wing blacklisting works
Which portion was edited out… twice? You probably guessed it already.
Major organs of the press have been so eager to air the dirty laundry from Sarah Palin’s emails — obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request — that they have turned to “crowdsourcing” to expedite the job. In other words, they’re disseminating the material to the general readership so they can find the juicy bits faster.
Contrast that with the vitriol and scorn heaped on conservatives who have requested that the University of Virginia divulge emails written by climatologist Michael Mann when he was employed there. The very idea that anyone would request such private material is an atrocious assault on privacy and academic freedom, is the general view — at least inside liberal echo chambers.
This whole piece reads like snippy corporate self-defense, not an attempt to assess independently the complaints of readers. An ombudsman who cared about bias wouldn’t breezily write “Sure, go get Obama’s e-mails.” He would ask the Post if anyone inside the building if they ever thought of digging them up, let along the thought of going through them with hundreds of volunteers. Pexton is not off to a good start in his new job.
In poll after poll FOX News consistently leads its competitors in fair and balanced reporting. But, this doesn’t matter to the far left. They hate the fact that that FOX is one news channel that won’t drink Obama’s bath water.
Jon Stewart proved today that he is no different than the rest of the liberal media hacks by attacking FOX News during his interview on FOX News Sunday.
Taxpayer-funded weapons-grade liberal stupidity.
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! The truth hurts…Obama’s former ‘Green Czar and Commie Van Jones Sends ‘Cease and Desist’ Letter to FOX News
Now leftist radical Van Jones is threatening to take legal action if FOX News does not stop associating him with cop killers and pointing out his far left radicalism.
What do you get when you cross an indifferent world with growing ranks of unemployable humanities and various “studies” majors? You get a global cadre of desperate rent-seekers with their hands on your wallet and their eyes on the prize of Armageddon! And when that army meets up with the struggling members of the least rigorous of all earth sciences, “Climate Studies” (Science’s version of Black Studies, Women’s Studies, Native American Studies, and other crapulous and meaningless “scholarship” ) the result is Scoundrel Time.
Isn’t it great to have this guy/gal in your corner, Alarmists?
So, the corals, which have been around for billions of years, and have survived ice ages, and, most notably, much, much warmer periods which saw much higher levels of CO2, could be killed off within 20 years? Yes, they are all nuts. But, they have to put out more and more dire predictions (notice that this is a “preliminary report”, which is unavailable for viewing. Said information comes from a press release) in order to attempt to keep people bought into their insane cult, and keep getting money and power.
The experts blamed the increased amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for pushing up ocean temperatures, boosting algae so there is less oxygen and increasing acidity of the water.
The conditions are similar to every previous mass extinction event in the Earth’s history.
Really? How about the extinction caused by a massive meteor strike? Or the the Ordovician–Silurian extinction event, which is blamed on the breakup of Gondwana, which led to cooling, glaciation, and sea level falls? The Late Devonian extinction
Leading theories include changes in sea level and ocean anoxia, possibly triggered by global cooling or oceanic volcanism. The impact of a comet or another extraterrestrial body has also been suggested. Some statistical analysis suggests that the decrease in diversity was caused more by a decrease in speciation than by an increase in extinctions
For most of the other great and minor extinction events, there is no correlation to ……. CO2! And even if there was, well, where dinosaurs driving fossil fueled cars back then?
Your award winning, takeaway quote from the article is found at the very end.
“When Al Gore talks about Manhattan flooding this century, and 20 feet of sea level rise, that’s simply not going to happen. If it were going to happen, he wouldn’t have bought his multi-million dollar mansion along the coast in California.”
The other problem causing the talks to essentially fall apart until their next meeting in December was the lack of buy-in by both China and some developing countries. Even if China participates, they are insisting on a “trust me” approach where no outside verification of compliance would be allowed. Smaller, developing countries are also balking, saying that the U.S. and the other major economic powers are getting off too easy and not paying enough of the costs.
All in all, this one looks to have been a complete flop. The participants seem to at least be waking up to the fact that the world is on the precipice of financial ruin and nobody is much interested in sinking themselves further just to push this group’s agenda.
This is not just letting the fox into the hen house. This is giving him the keys, passing him the barbeque sauce and pointing his way to the broiler. Or, as McIntyre put it in plainer terms: “A lead author of the IPCC report, and of the hyped 80% scenario, is Sven Teske of Greenpeace International, whose official contribution is essentially based on a Greenpeace report cooked up with Europe’s renewable energy industry.”
It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with over-fishing and ocean pollution, could it? Oh, sorry, those won’t get the researchers more government grant money.
The Sock Drawer:
Miskelly said emperor penguins can spend months at a time in the ocean, coming ashore only to molt or rest. He doesn’t know what might have caused this particular one to become disoriented.
Miskelly said the penguin appeared healthy and well-fed, with plenty of body fat, and probably came ashore for a rest.
However, Miskelly said the penguin would need to find its way back south soon if it were to survive. Despite the onset of the New Zealand winter, the bird was probably hot and thirsty, he said, and it had been eating wet sand. “It doesn’t realize that the sand isn’t going to melt inside it,” Miskelly said. “They typically eat snow, because it’s their only liquid.”
However, he said the bird was in no immediate danger from dehydration because Emperor penguins can also drink salt water in the summer.
“Dig This” is a new Las Vegas heavy construction theme-park that gives you the chance to run enormous earth-moving machines. You have to be at least 14 to get behind the controls. Sounds like enormous fun, but with so many Las Vegas mortgages under water, it seems like they might get more bang for buck out of letting punters run wrecking balls and bulldozers on abandoned subprime property than digging the same dirt over and over again.
So I’m not going to say where I saw it, but it was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen an operator wearing.
And it gave me the idea to explore the concept of what might be out there that’s better than the “known” state of the art.
During an assignment I saw a Soldier wearing what is known as the “QUADEYE” night vision vision system made by Elbit. It freakin’ looked like the guy was from Starship Troopers or something — literally two sets of PVS-15s hanging off the helmet.
Something for the guys….How to Sell Very Expensive Real Estate in a Down Market
Australians: Not yet ready to geld themselves and hand their balls over to Michelle Obama for the pickle jar.
If you have kids or just want to learn something here is a wonderful resource! It is a free online ‘school’! It offers a wide variety of videos and courses on basic subjects and includes things like ‘Singapore Math’ . On certain subjects like history he uses his own perspective which is OK because everyone has their own point of view. If you disagree with him you can use that as a teaching tool because you can use it as a starting ‘discussion point’ where you can show where you may or may not agree with his interpretation and bring facts and figures to back up your point of view. In doing this kind of thing when teaching a child it helps them to not automatically accept what they are being told, to do their own research in order to find the truth, become a critical thinker and to learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff so to speak. I watched his video on Communism just to see how he handled that and I had no real problems with it but some might because he doesn’t automatically condemn it, but he also does not go “all hail Marx and Lenin’” either. All the videos are downloadable, too. Here is the link to it, go and take a look around- Khan Academy. Personally I think I am going to take a run through the math courses when I get some free time.