Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Spokesman P.J. Crowley said the Arizona immigration law included in an Aug. 20 report to the U.N. high commissioner on rights came up during the preparation period, when teams went around the country gathering ideas for the report.
Crowley said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton included the dispute in the report because she thought the U.S. could serve as "a model" to other nations.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday demanded that a reference to the law be removed from the State Department report on ways the federal government is protecting human rights.
It is "downright offensive" that a state law would be included in the report, Brewer, a Republican nearly guaranteed re-election as a result of the legal dispute, wrote to Clinton.
"The idea of our own American government submitting the duly enacted laws of a state of the United States to 'review' by the United Nations is internationalism run amok and unconstitutional," she said.
On Monday, she described the situation as "nationalism run amok."
There was more to this story, but I did not copy it to this post. I love this Gov. more and more, and this makes me want to move to Az. even more than I did before.
But really, it's nothing new for CNN or its associates as Julia Penn demonstrates:
And then there's CNN's Lou Dobbs who abruptly switches gears from very eloquently and intelligently describing the truth about racism in America and slams the shifter into the no-man's land of picking cotton:
In my world, saying someone's out of their cotton pickin' mind isn't racist at all. Maybe that's because my family and my ancestors actually picked cotton and know that it's a mind-numbingly boring, tedious, and physically difficult task that will drive you insane if you're not careful.
That said, I doubt anyone at CNN has ever picked cotton or knows anyone who has. Those people and people like them are so removed from actual diversity, they feel like it's their personal mission to make sure that everyone else is painfully aware of the problem with diversity in America and that you need them to help you with it.
I learned about the first video from WAMK but it's all the buzz on the
Okay? Get it? The results are overwhelming. Palin is super-unpopular. Most people don't like her. Not at all. Not one bit. So, stop it. All of you. Give it up. Stop liking her. Join the crowd. Get on the bandwagon. Be part of the cool crowd. C'mon- you know you want to belong. Of course, that line of reasoning only appeals to Libs and Democrats. The rest of us know better and the less the Left likes her, the more we do. I'm sure you're all dying to know my opinion though. Yes, I think she'll make a great president just not in 2012.
Sarah Palin would be an ineffective president, say 6 in 10 Americans, according to new poll
Sarah Palin is a force to be reckoned with, but the majority of Americans don’t think she’d make an effective President.
A new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll released Monday found that despite her star status, 59% of Americans don't think Palin would be a hit in the White House.
Even among Republicans, just 40% said the former vice presidential candidate would make an effective President.
Since she broke onto the national stage in 2008, Palin has leveraged her political past into multi-million dollar book deals, high-profile speeches, and a Midas touch when it comes to endorsing Republican candidates for the House and Senate, but she hasn't convinced voters she'd be a success as President.
Results showed 75% of Democrats and 63% of independents did not feel she would be effective in office.
Only 26% of those surveyed said they felt confident she would be a successful President, including 47% of Republicans, 12% of Democrats, and 21% of independents.
Though voters may not feel ready for a Palin 2012 ticket yet, the former Alaska governor has managed to maintain her star power.
At least 80,000 people came to see her speak on Saturday at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" event in Washington, D.C.
And out of 19 primary races in which Palin endorsed a candidate before the election, 11 won.
Despite the rumors that Palin intends to challenge Obama in the next presidential election, the Wasilla native has not confirmed her intention to run for office.
"I’ve never committed to running for President,” she told Fox News earlier this month. "That’s not where my focus is."
From The Daily News.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Here's the video at the conclusion of Glenn Beck's rally in D.C. If you look at the post earlier showing the number of people there, you'll realize that while it wasn't as big of a turnout as Obama's inauguration, it was still a substantial number of people.
And here's the video at the conclusion of Obama's inauguration. Not only is it disgusting but it's also reminiscent of communism in the former Soviet Union. Coincidence or is it that Liberals actually like living in those conditions?
Evil Klown, you're very quick to laugh at people when they call people like Beck idiots, but you never actually say anything positive about these conservative heroes of yours.
How about a summary of exactly what it is you like about Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, Bachmann, etc? Be specific. Also tell us how America would be a better place if people like that were in charge. Think it through, and don't just use what others have said.
Write it up and post it on your blog. I'll make a blog post about it, link to it, and you'll get lots of attention.
How long have the libs been in charge of all three branches of government? Why don't they make themselves useful and kill the religious tax deduction? The Republicans couldn't stop them.
Speaking of taxes -- there is hardly anything that isn't taxed anymore (and they're always looking for more.) Is the tax code even comprehensible by the average high school graduate? What do you call a person whose master takes more than 50% of what he earns?
Detailed pics here.
And this is what it actually looked like:
That's truth in reporting, isn't it? No. It's not.
Much more at Legal Insurection.
Thu, Aug 26 12:50 PM
Melbourne, Aug 26 (ANI): Astronomers are predicting that a massive solar storm, much bigger in potential than the one that caused spectacular light shows on Earth earlier this month, is to strike our planet in 2012 with a force of 100 million hydrogen bombs.
Several US media outlets have reported that NASA was warning the massive flare this month was just a precursor to a massive solar storm building that had the potential to wipe out the entire planet's power grid.
Despite its rebuttal, NASA's been watching out for this storm since 2006 and reports from the US this week claim the storms could hit on that most Hollywood of disaster dates - 2012.
Similar storms back in 1859 and 1921 caused worldwide chaos, wiping out telegraph wires on a massive scale. The 2012 storm has the potential to be even more disruptive.
"The general consensus among general astronomers (and certainly solar astronomers) is that this coming Solar maximum (2012 but possibly later into 2013) will be the most violent in 100 years," News.com.au quoted astronomy lecturer and columnist Dave Reneke as saying.
"A bold statement and one taken seriously by those it will affect most, namely airline companies, communications companies and anyone working with modern GPS systems.
"They can even trip circuit breakers and knock out orbiting satellites, as has already been done this year," added Reneke.
No one really knows what effect the 2012-2013 Solar Max will have on today's digital-reliant society.
Dr Richard Fisher, director of NASA's Heliophysics division, told Reneke the super storm would hit like "a bolt of lightning", causing catastrophic consequences for the world's health, emergency services and national security unless precautions are taken.
NASA said that a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause "1 to 2 trillion dollars in damages to society's high-tech infrastructure and require four to 10 years for complete recovery".
The reason for the concern comes as the sun enters a phase known as Solar Cycle 24.
Most experts agree, although those who put the date of Solar Max in 2012 are getting the most press.
They claim satellites will be aged by 50 years, rendering GPS even more useless than ever, and the blast will have the equivalent energy of 100 million hydrogen bombs.
"We know it is coming but we don't know how bad it is going to be," Fisher told Reneke.
"Systems will just not work. The flares change the magnetic field on the Earth and it's rapid, just like a lightning bolt. That's the solar effect," he added.
The findings are published in the most recent issue of Australasian Science. (ANI)
It's probably just a coincidence that the mainstream media would sensationalize this one particular event. They don't do it all the time.
From Yahoo news.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The oil spill in the Gulf may be mostly out of the headlines now but Louisiana voters aren't getting any less mad at Barack Obama about his handling of it. Only 32% give Obama good marks for his actions in the aftermath of the spill, while 61% disapprove.Obama has done a worse job than Bush in handling the crisis in the gulf so of course, the media is all over this story. That must be the case since they did nothing but talk about how awfully Bush did in the aftermath of Katrina, right? They seemed to love ripping him to shreds over his "failures" but when Obama does a far worse job, all we hear are signs of crickets.
Louisianans are feeling more and more that George W. Bush's leadership on Katrina was better than Obama's on the spill. 54% think Bush did the superior job of helping the state through a crisis to 33% who pick Obama. That 21 point margin represents a widening since PPP asked the same question in June and found Bush ahead by a 15 point margin. Bush beats Obama 87-2 on that score with Republicans and 42-30 with independents, while Obama has just a 65-24 advantage with Democrats.
They keep preaching about being fair and balanced but only when it's their people being criticized. It's no wonder they think FOX is biased- they think that being unbiased means to agree with them 100% of the time and not to give both sides of a story. This is the mainstream media in a nutshell- they cheer when the Right fails and cheer when the Left succeeds. Of course, this means we really only hear cheering when the Right fails or when they manage to distort the truth sufficiently to convince themselves the Left accomplishes even the smallest of tasks.
More of the article at public policy polling.
Friday, August 27, 2010
WASHINGTON -- A House panel wants the owners of two Iowa companies involved in a massive egg recall to explain how eggs from their farms were linked to as many as 1,300 cases of salmonella poisoning.Okay, let's start at the beginning. These two companies are recalling 550 million eggs (roughly 3 months of production) and yet the FDA "which oversees the safety of shell eggs" said it has "no inspectional history" with the two farms. I'm not sure what they mean by "inspectional history" but I suspect a smoke screen since "inspectional" sends off a red flag in my spell-checker and I can't find any credible definition for the word and the only time the word seems to be used at all is on various governmental sites. It seems to me that if you're going to use a word that has little to no meaning, you're doing it intentionally as a way of covering your ass later.
A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will hold a hearing on the recall Sept. 14. The committee is inviting Austin "Jack" DeCoster, the owner of Wright County Egg, and Orland Bethel, the owner of Hillandale Farms, to testify. The two farms have recalled more than 550 million eggs after they were linked to the cases of salmonella poisoning.
The committee is doing an investigation into the recall and has written both farms, asking about company operations, communications with the government and what they knew and when.
The panel has also written the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees the safety of shell eggs, and the Agriculture Department, which oversees other egg products and the health of the hens. The committee asked for records of inspections and past communications with the two farms, along with other documents. The FDA has said it has "no inspectional history" with the two farms.
Rep. Rose DeLauro, D-Conn., who heads the spending committee that oversees the FDA and USDA, has also written letters to the two agencies.
A spokeswoman for Wright County Egg would not say if DeCoster will attend the September hearing, but said the company is "working right now" to respond to the committee.
"We will approach it in the same forthright manner as we have in our cooperation with FDA to date," said Hinda Mitchell.
DeCoster has not responded to interview requests, and a worker at his office's headquarters near Galt, Iowa on Wednesday said he wasn't available. At his home in Clarion, Iowa on Wednesday, his wife Patricia also said he was not around. She said the last few weeks "have been quite a time for us" but declined further comment.
A spokeswoman for Hillandale Farms did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
FDA officials have said they don't expect the recall to grow beyond the two farms. The number of illnesses, which can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems, is expected to increase.
Thoroughly cooking eggs can kill the bacteria. But health officials are recommending people throw away or return the recalled eggs.
Rep. Rose DeLauro- Democrat- who heads the spending committee oversees the two agencies has sent letters to the two agencies? Letters? Really?
Then there's Hinda Mitchell. Who is that? There is no mention of her anywhere else in the article nor is there any reference to her relevance to the report. Nevertheless, she states that they (whoever "they" are) will deal with the FDA just as they have in the past. Of course, the lack of "inspectional history" might indicate that they haven't dealt with the FDA in the past. Since I don't really know what "inspectional history" means, I can't say for sure.
Lastly, FDA officials who presumably have no inspectional history with the two companies in the past are fully ready to state that they don't expect the recall to exceed these two farms. How would they know? Are they even doing their job? Ever? Maybe they're just crossing their fingers and hoping it won't grow so they can go back to their cubicles and play sudoku in peace ON OUR DIME.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Kudos to the track announcer for not laughing out loud.
Monday, August 23, 2010
"... room for discretion and common sense." LMAO, Good one, Mark. I have to ask ... do you REALLY believe there is going to be any common sense applied to this situation?
Sounds like good advice to me. Sounds like the city really cares and is advising you according to their level of concern. Perhaps we need more bureaucrats to avoid messes like this. That's probably the problem ... too much work on too few people.
To say that these kinds of draconian measures are detrimental to the public discourse would be an understatement.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Last March James Cameron sounded defiant.
The Avatar director was determined to expose journalists, such as myself, who thought it was important to ask questions about climate change orthodoxy and the radical "solutions" being proposed.
Cameron said was itching to debate the issue and show skeptical journalists and scientists that they were wrong.
“I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads," he said in an interview.
Well, a few weeks ago Mr. Cameron seemed to honor his word.
His representatives contacted myself and two other well known skeptics, Marc Morano of the Climate Depot website and Andrew Breitbart, the new media entrepreneur.
Mr. Cameron was attending the AREDAY environmental conference in Aspen Colorado 19-22 August. He wanted the conference to end with a debate on climate change. Cameron would be flanked with two scientists. It would be 90 minutes long. It would be streamed live on the internet.
They hoped the debate would attract a lot of media coverage.
"We are delighted to have Fox News, Newsmax, The Washington Times and anyone else you'd like. The more the better," one of James Cameron's organizers said in an email.
It looked like James Cameron really was a man of his word who would get to take on the skeptics he felt were so endangering humanity.
Everyone on our side agreed with their conditions. The debate was even listed on the AREDAY agenda.
But then as the debate approached James Cameron's side started changing the rules.
They wanted to change their team. We agreed.
They wanted to change the format to less of a debate—to "a roundtable". We agreed.
Then they wanted to ban our cameras from the debate. We could have access to their footage. We agreed.
Bizarrely, for a brief while, the worlds most successful film maker suggested that no cameras should be allowed-that sound only should be recorded. We agreed
Then finally James Cameron, who so publicly announced that he "wanted to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out," decided to ban the media from the shoot out.
He even wanted to ban the public. The debate/roundtable would only be open to those who attended the conference.
No media would be allowed and there would be no streaming on the internet. No one would be allowed to record it in any way.
We all agreed to that.
And then, yesterday, just one day before the debate, his representatives sent an email that Mr. "shoot it out " Cameron no longer wanted to take part. The debate was cancelled.
James Cameron's behavior raises some very important questions.
Does he genuinely believe in man made climate change? If he believes it is a danger to humanity surely he should be debating the issue every chance he gets ?
Or is it just a pose?
The man who called for an open and public debate at "high noon" suddenly doesn't want his policies open to serious scrutiny.
I was looking forward to debating with the film maker. I was looking forward to finding out where we agreed and disagreed and finding a way forward that would help the poorest people in the developing and developed world.
But that is not going to happen because somewhere along the way James Cameron, a great film maker, has moved from King of the World to being King of the Hypocrites.
- Ann McElhinney
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They forgot out-matched, out-witted, out-classed, and out-done. "Outraged"
lmao. "Arrrrrggggghhhhhhh we're so angry!"
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
LMAO - they just can't stop squandering your money. It's like they come in your house, steal your money, and give it to a known criminal so he can buy a gun and come back to get more. And then they stand there and DARE you to meep. These scumbags have got to go.The imam behind a plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero is set to depart on a multi-country jaunt to the Middle East funded by the State Department -- raising concerns that taxpayers may be helping him with the controversial project's $100 million fund-raising goal. More here:
A 3-year-old federal law that makes it a crime to falsely claim to have received a medal from the U.S. military is unconstitutional, an appeals court panel in California ruled Tuesday.
The decision involves the case of Xavier Alvarez of Pomona, Calif., a water district board member who said at a public meeting in 2007 that he was a retired Marine who received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration.
Alvarez was indicted in 2007. He pleaded guilty on condition that he be allowed to appeal on First Amendment grounds. He was sentenced under the Stolen Valor Act to more than 400 hours of community service at a veterans hospital and fined $5,000.
A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with him in a 2-1 decision Tuesday, agreeing that the law was a violation of his free-speech rights. The majority said there's no evidence that such lies harm anybody, and there's no compelling reason for the government to ban such lies.
The dissenting justice insisted that the majority refused to follow clear Supreme Court precedent that false statements of fact are not entitled to First Amendment protection.
In June, a judge in Denver ruled that the federal law making it illegal to lie about being a war hero was unconstitutional because it violates free speech.
The act revised and toughened a law that forbids anyone to wear a military medal that wasn't earned. The measure sailed through Congress in late 2006, receiving unanimous approval in the Senate.
Dozens of people have been arrested under the law at a time when veterans coming home from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are being embraced as heroes. Many of the cases involve men who simply got caught living a lie without profiting from it, including Ramona resident David Weber, who impersonated a Marine major general at an event at the Ramona VFW in 2009 celebrating the Marine Corp's birthday. At that event, Weber, 69, was given the first piece of cake, an honor reserved for the highest ranking officer present.
"I have often said that God gave us one mouth and two ears so that we would listen more than we talk," Weber told the Ramona Sentinel, which broke the story. "I did not follow that advice."
Most of the impostors have been ordered to perform community service, but Weber was also sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said it was deciding whether to appeal Tuesday's ruling.
Copyright Associated Press / NBC Los Angeles First Published: Aug 18, 2010 3:16 PM PDT
I am now starting a new buisness printing and selling PHD's, I already have 3 myself.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Bold is mine:
So ... you know how the cops seize the money and assets of
- Of Indiana's 92 counties, just five have paid any forfeiture money into the school fund over the last two years. Three of those made just one payment. One county made a single payment of $84.50. Only one county could arguably be seen as complying with the law: Wayne County made 18 payments totalling $38,835.56.
- The total amount of forfeiture money paid into the account from all 92 Indiana counties over the two-year period was just $95,509.72.
- To put that figure into perspective, Ogden notes that attorney Christopher Gambill—the private attorney who, as I noted in my article, handles civil forfeiture cases for three Indiana counties and argued the case for Putnam County to keep Anthony Smelley's money—made $113,145.67 in contingency fees off just a single forfeiture case.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
I love the last clip here ... "Even though I'm the President of the United States, my power's not limitless." That's right jackass, and we're coming for you as soon as your term is up.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
So there was a nice article over at the American Spectator entitled "America's Ruling Class" by Angelo Codevilla.
There were myriad responses to the article. In the audio above Mark Levin talks about one of them, specifically a post on chicagoboyz.net (by "Lexington Green.")
Lexington Green recommends you also read this response by Instapundit.
"Rent Seeker:" - Someone who plays government programs and subsidies for profit instead of actually producing something.
"Ruling Class:" - Mostly lefties but also people in business and finance who benefit from the regulatory apparatus and the rent-seeking that enriches them.