Saturday, June 12, 2010
Russia has uncovered at least 495 skeletons, many with head gunshot wounds, in a mass grave probably dating back to purges under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in the 1930s, municipal authorities said on Wednesday.
At least 3.5 tonnes of bones were extracted from the site on the outskirts of the Pacific Ocean port of Vladivostok after it was discovered by workmen building a road, the city government said in a statement.
Millions of Soviet citizens were executed or died in labour camps during Stalin's rule from the 1920s until his death in 1953, but discoveries of mass graves became less frequent after a surge in finds that followed the 1991 Soviet collapse.
He said money and clothes from the 1930s had been found at the site. A crushed child's skull was discovered close to a bead bracelet and a small slipper.
Irina Fliege, a senior researcher with Russian human rights group Memorial, which collects information about Stalin-era killings, said she had no doubt that the victims were shot by Stalinist forces.
She said far more bodies were likely to be found as adjacent sites are studied.
"This happens all over the country, it's impossible to say how often," Felige said. "All we can to is put up monuments to remember the dead."
Thanks to Uncle for pointing to this
One of the books on my shelf is How to Lie with Statistics. I found it very useful to help me identify the errors in the reports from anti-gun people. They apparently subscribe to the claim by the author, "A well-wrapped statistic is better than Hitler's "big Lie"; it misleads, yet it cannot be pinned on you."
The VPC feeds the press information on "gun death rates" and they eat it up. But the VPC appears to include suicides and justifiable homicide by police and private citizens! According to their numbers it is just as bad for a wheelchair bound elderly woman to kill the man who broke into her home to rape her as it for the home invader to kill an entire family including the toddlers. And they ignore violent crime in general.
Their statistics tells us nothing about whether places with strict gun laws make the average person safer. They do tell us where we can live if you would rather die by being beaten to death than a gunshot wound and where violent predators can find disarmed prey. One should conclude that VPC is more appropriately named the Violent Predator Compendium.
The latest is Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. Reviewing Ayaan’s new book Nomad, he begins:
“She has managed to outrage more people—in some cases to the point that they want to assassinate her—in more languages in more countries on more continents than almost any writer in the world today. Now Hirsi Ali is working on antagonizing even more people in yet another memoir.”
That’s his opening pitch: if there are those who wish to kill her, it’s her fault because she’s a provocateuse who’s found a lucrative shtick in “working on antagonizing” people. The Times headlines Kristof’s review “The Gadfly,” as if she’s a less raddled and corpulent Gore Vidal. In fact, she wrote a screenplay for a film; Muslim belligerents threatened to kill her and her director; they made good on one half of that threat. This isn’t shtick.
She dares to speak against a protected species, therefore the 'feminists' and 'brave' media weenies either ignore her or denigrate her.
An interview with Ali here.
A piece by a clown named Wheatcroft on how Obama doesn't like Britain. And how Wheatcroft doesn't like the US as an extra. Um, Wheatcroft? Everybody has already realized that Obama doesn't like Britain, so this is nothing new. As to your dislike of us, well, screw you.
Oh, I'd flat LOVE to see this:
And here’s a policy suggestion that I offer free and for nothing. If New York offers its citizens IOUs instead cash, citizens should do the same come April. After wading through the pages of gibberish that our legislators have thoughtfully provided under the rubric of your tax returns, they should enter the amount owed, sign on the dotted line, and enclose an IOU instead of a check. If an irresponsible and fiscally incontinent state can hold on to your money (and you should never forget that it is your money), then you are justified in practicing a little self-defense and treating the state with a little of the contempt with which it treats you. If five or ten or a hundred people did it, it wouldn’t make much difference. What if five or ten thousand people did?
Gov. Paterson would crap his pants in indignation and fear. That's what'd happen.
Speaking of Paterson & Co., if a private company tried this, those responsible would probably be in jail.
Ace has videos of deaf people hearing- sometimes for the first time- after a cochlear implant. Guess what? Some idiots are against it:
But despite its benefits CI is very controversial in the deaf community with many of them seeing it as an attack on their culture or even 'cultural genocide'. In fact the National Association of the Deaf says its stance on cochlear implants is based on its belief that “many within the medical profession continue to view deafness essentially as a disability and an abnormality and believe that deaf and hard of hearing individuals need to be “fixed” by cochlear implants.”
Well, guess what? Deafness IS a disability, you morons. Wanting to prevent people from getting their hearing back- or getting it at all- is insane, and you're a fool.
For a couple of minutes of pure awesome: Navy drill team, '03 rifles with fixed bayonets.
The rabbi who got the Helen Thomas video is getting hate mail and death threats(no surprise), but also idiot leftists(definition of idiot leftist: Olbermann) are attacking him for daring to take and release the video.
Speaking of idiot leftists,
Meanwhile, Rosie O'Donnell rose to Thomas' defense, saying that "what [Thomas] was saying was not go back to the ovens ... what she was saying is the homeland was originally Palestinians, and that it's now occupied by Israel and that Palestinians should be afforded human and civil rights."
I don't know if this fool simply doesn't know where Jews came from originally, or lies because she hates them. Or just wants them dead because they upset the animals. Or something.
One more reason to avoid doing any business with PayPal: they're on the other side.
Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.
In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.
This should tell you something about how serious the idea of Iran with nukes is, if you didn't already know.
The latest Obamacare lie exposure:
Internal administration documents reveal that up to 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage because of ObamaCare.
Small firms will be even likelier to lose existing plans.
The “midrange estimate is that 66% of small employer plans and 45% of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfathered status by the end of 2013,” according to the document.
In the worst-case scenario, 69% of employers — 80% of smaller firms — would lose that status, exposing them to far more provisions under the new health law.
Speaking of The Lightworker,
CNN reported tonight (CNN?) that President Obama skipped the Memorial Service for the 11 workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion because he was attending a fundraiser for Barbara Boxer.
'The most competent administration', etc.
Oil boom manufacture Packgen has miles of floating oil containment boom in warehouse right now and they say they can make lots more on short notice. Packgen owner John Lapoint said his company is ramping up production to make 90,000 feet of oil boom per day.
But, there’s a hitch. The company notified the government 4 WEEKS AGO that they have oil boom but they they won’t buy it. BP sent representatives 4 weeks ago to check out the manufacturer and they are going to send representatives again this week. The boom is sitting in a warehouse as the coastline is destroyed.
You want to know what level of PC wusses are in charge in some of Canada?
In yet another nod to the protection of fledgling self-esteem, an Ottawa children’s soccer league has introduced a rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default.
The Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer league’s newly implemented edict is intended to dissuade a runaway game in favour of sportsmanship. The rule replaces its five-point mercy regulation, whereby any points scored beyond a five-point differential would not be registered.
Listen to this shit:
“The registration fee, rergardless of the sport, does not give a parent the right to insult or belittle the organization,” he said. “It gives you a uniform, it gives you a team.”
Mr. Cale said the league’s 12-person board of directors is not trying to take the fun out of the game, they are simply trying to make it fair. The new rule, suggested by “involved parents,” is a temporary measure that will be replaced by a pre-season skill assessment to make fair teams.
So it's 'fair' to penalize a team that plays for all its worth; it's 'fair' to screw a bunch of kids who play to win?
Fuck you, Mr. Cale. You're screwing ALL those kids, whether you have the brains or integrity to realize it or not.
And just because I like it,
Friday, June 11, 2010
Somebody made mention of this somewhere a while back(yeah, I know, but I can't remember where) and I checked: yes, the library had it. Very short version: dedicated vegan wrecks her health, not realizing until she saw a doctor who’d dealt with the problem before that it was her diet doing it. Researches heavily, finds that not only is a vegan diet a bad idea, but a vegetarian diet, due to costs either not recognized or ignored, has a far heavier price on the environment than generally accepted.
None of that’s going to be a surprise to most of you, but for a vegetarian or vegan to not only dig this up but to come to accept it as fact is somewhat striking in a True Believer. It’s the rest of the book that gets my hackles up.
The first section goes over how she came to her conclusions, along with a whole lot of general “Man has ruined Eden, and if you care about Earth and about Justice we must change man and the entire way we live.” Which includes
No eating fruits or veggies not grown locally.
No eating animals not grown locally and in proper manner.
No artificial fertilizers.
No artificial herbicides.
No artificial pesticides.
And no commercial farming or ranching of modern type.
Yes, you do see some problems there; I’m working my way along to them.
She strikes me as just about a model ‘progressive’ in the current meaning: “We must end the patriarchy, we must end militarism and conquest, we must have Justice For All” and so forth. Lots of that going around. She combines this with a level of enviroweenie you don’t run across that much; it’s out there, but not many(more as time has gone by) like to say it flat-out where non-believers can hear: ‘We need to get rid of most of the human race so the rest can live in a truly Sustainable way on the Earth.’ Her view is that humans race outstripped the proper carrying capacity of the earth when agriculture began; therefore, we need to end agriculture and go back to a hunter/gatherer existence, the whole remaining few million of the human race. No actual farms, gardens are ok(sort of), NO growing of annual crops like corn and wheat and soybeans and rice. At all. They use too much land, too much water, wreck the soil, etc. Preferably no growing of things like tomatoes in most of the US; they’re a tropical plant and don’t belong here. And lots of ‘Virtually all our nasty diseases are due to agriculture, eating foods we were not meant to’ in a later section(no, I'm not going into that).
Unlike most of her type she’s quite open about the costs of her plan: babies being exposed to die when there’s not enough food, old people being sent out to die, starvation in a bad growing season or bad winter when you couldn’t put enough by. Unlike most she doesn’t gloss over the nasties of a hunter/gatherer existence.
Now I get to something I don’t know if she hasn’t actually thought of, or just doesn’t want to talk about, and it’s the kind of thing that makes the hair on your neck stand up when listening to the plans of progressives: enforcement.
I think she plans/hopes for people becoming so close to perfected, so much changed in heart and soul that once convinced her plan is for the better, nobody will ever go against it(Capt. Mal's quote comes to mind); that would fit with the ‘We can/MUST perfect people’ attitude of lots of liberals and progressives. Or else she doesn’t want to think about- or speak about- the level of control that would be required to carry out her plan.
You’re the head of a family group/village/clan. You’re sick to death of seeing your children/your elders/yourself sicken and starve and die because there’s not enough food, so you and yours have done some work and found- or remembered- that you can grow a lot of food if you stay around one area and plant some things. Damn hard work, but done well you have a much greater chance of having not just enough food for now, but storing enough to make getting through the winter easier. And it works; squash and beans and peas and all kinds of stuff can be grown, which means enough to eat, which means generally better health. Then…
Is there going to be a special class allowed to keep technology beyond the flint age? Enforcers(by a more friendly name, of course) who have the surveillance and travel tech to keep an eye on things and stop advancement? What happens when they spot this group?
Assuming a nice, friendly “We must explain to you How You Are Doing Wrong, and you must stop doing it” attitude, they show up and inform you that you are in violation of the Accords, and must destroy the fields immediately. They’ll allow you to keep the food stored, and use the stuff you can harvest right now(maybe), but you have to destroy the fields and never, ever do such again.
You know exactly how that’s going to go over. The only way to enforce the edicts is with force; tell them to stop, kill any leaders who argue for going on and destroy any village or clan that won‘t stop. You’d have to, you know; once somebody knows they can better feed their people with a little ground work, they’re not going to stop voluntarily(that‘s what helped get agriculture started). They may try to hide it, but they won’t stop just because you say "Your children will have arthritis someday!" or "You were not meant to eat this way!". So you’ll have to make them. And in the end, that means you’re going to have to kill at least some of them.
Which might not be all that easy: people who depend on hunting skills to get a lot of their food tend to be quite good at ambushes. You show up to find the village/clan leaders and make examples of them, you’re just liable to get a arrow or spear or javelin in your back. And now they’ve really defied The Authority, which means you have to punish them for that, too.
It wasn’t specifically mentioned, but I’d think that metalworking beyond the small-village level(at most) would be forbidden: after all, if you’re going to make more than some spear and arrow points, maybe a few needles, you’re having to either mine coal(Mining Bad! Requires tunneling and trees for braces!) or make a lot of charcoal(Charcoal Bad! Have to cut down and burn trees!) So you’d also have to make sure nobody got snooty and started any larger-scale effort than ‘just barely enough’; otherwise you have people making enough to trade with other villages/clans, and doing really disgusting things like making plow parts. Which would also help keep any hidden planting down; ever worked a garden of any size with nothing but a shovel, hoe and rake? I know some of you have; backbreaking work. Now figure on having to use only wood, bone, antler and stone tools… be downright discouraging. But some of them would do it, because hunger is a strong incentive. The hunger of your young even more so.
So. All but a few million of the human race has to die. And the rest have to be controlled to make sure they never rise beyond hunter/gather culture. I wonder if she’s thought about just how much control over everyone- every single remaining human, in all ways- is required by her vision? And if she has, how that fits into her concepts of freedom and justice? (I know, ‘freedom’ means you’re free to do the approved things; ‘justice’ means punishment for those who don’t carry on only in the approved ways(which means the enforcers and death).
Which seems to be what progressives take for granted: not only is their way the Better or Best Way, but because of that they’re justified in doing whatever is necessary to make everyone else do it. Like letting at least 9/10s of the human race die(for the Truest Believers, helping them along) and forbidding them to do any of the nasty old things that caused Ma Gaia to cry. Like farming. Better you should watch your children die than that you should plant a field, after all.
The US struck Taliban targets in two separate villages in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency late Thursday night and Friday. The US has carried out three airstrikes in Pakistan in the past 24 hours.
Unmanned Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired missiles at Taliban safe houses in the villages of Bahadar Khel and Khaddi, killing 14 terrorists. Eleven were killed in the attack on Bahadar Khel and three more in the strike in Khaddi, according to a report published in Dawn.
Three "foreigners," a term used by Pakistani officials to describe Arab or Central Asian al Qaeda fighters, were killed in Bahadar Khel and two more were killed in Khaddi. The identity of those killed is not yet known, and no senior al Qaeda or Taliban leaders have been reported killed at this time.
In a separate incident last week, a reporter and photographer from The Daily News of New York were told by a BP contractor they could not access a public beach on Grand Isle, La., one of the areas most heavily affected by the oil spill. The contractor summoned a local sheriff, who then told the reporter, Matthew Lysiak, that news media had to fill out paperwork and then be escorted by a BP official to get access to the beach.
BP did not respond to requests for comment about the incident.
“For the police to tell me I needed to sign paperwork with BP to go to a public beach?” Mr. Lysiak said. “It’s just irrational.”
Or the Lightworker's people trying to keep his embarrassment down, maybe?
...Capt. Ron LaBrec, a Coast Guard spokesman, said that about a week into the cleanup response, the Coast Guard started enforcing a policy that prohibits news media from accompanying candidates for public office on visits to government facilities, “to help manage the large number of requests for media embeds and visits by elected officials.”
“Managing” by “prohibiting”—what a thought!
And once again, if this had happened under Bush...
The U.S. Marine Corps, like Mother Teresa, is being barred by the Empire State Building from starring in lights.
"We were rejected," said Gunnery Sgt. Alex Kitsakos of the Marines' public affairs office in midtown, who asked for the building to be lit scarlet and gold in 2008 on the Marines' Nov. 10 birthday.
"Of all the silly things they would consider lighting the building for, they wouldn't light it for the Marine Corps?" he asked. "Whoever it is that's running the building, they certainly could be making better decisions about who it is that they choose to honor."
Last fall they had no problem lighting up to celebrate a monstrous regime responsible for the murder of tens of millions. They also honored the Grateful Dead last year.
“While terrorists can employ many tactics, overwhelming historical evidence indicates that terrorist attacks on surface transportation will likely occur in (3) forms: Use of improvised explosive devices on a trains, use of an IED at a station, [or an] emerging threat as an active shooter,” O'Connor said.
“We will continue to devote the bulk of our efforts to defending against and deterring the most likely and dangerous forms of attack, which will continue to be IEDs and active shooters,” he added.
The current bill is for being able to take your gun along as checked baggage in a locked case(God forbid the peasants who've jumped through hoops to get a carry permit be allowed to), much like on an airline; but this clown apparently considers that terrorists would- what? Break into the baggage car and take out guns to use? He expects TERRORISTS to obey the law in the first place?
As Insty says, 'in the very best of hands', etc.
So an independent Jewish state trying to adhere to the principles of liberal democracy amid a sea of kingdoms and despots bent on its destruction does not sit well with the UN, the peace and justice crowd, or the mainstream media. In Berkeley, the only city outside the Vatican with its own foreign policy, there is debate about whether to condemn Israel for its actions in stopping the Marmara. There will be no debate over the forty-seven South Korean sailors killed by North Korea, the 140 Muslims gunned down by Chinese riot police, or the everyday violations of human rights in the world of Sharia.
Helen Thomas spoke what a vast number of people think: the Jews should get the hell out of Palestine. After all, those “good people” at the progressive church potlucks believe Jews are going to hell anyway. What difference does it make if they get there a little sooner?
Thursday, June 10, 2010
But is that true? Do they really fear violence by the Tea Party?
No, they do not. How do I know this? I know it because they slander the Tea Party every single day.
And I know exactly what the MFM does when it genuinely fears their precious lives may be in danger from a violent terrorist movement expressly devoted to rolling back the modern secular liberal state.
When they really are afraid, they keep as quiet as churchmice.
When they're all mouthy, tossing out demeaning disses like a rapper with Tourette's and a grudge, this means, then, they're not actually afraid at all.
Which makes them liars, and bullies, and hypocrites, in addition to being what they have already self-confessed to being, cowards.
Long pilloried for being soft on illegal immigration, top Democratic officials have concluded there’s only one way they can hope to pass a comprehensive immigration bill:
Talk more like Republicans.
As in "Talk more like, but don't actually mean a word of it."
The Defenders of Feminism are currently having hissy fits and attacks of the vapors over Sarah Palin's boobs. Because that's the kind of 'feminists' they are.
What was that line, "If you make less than $250,000, you will not see your taxes go up a penny!" I think. Liar, liar, you bastard.
Just add that to all the other tax increases on EVERYONE.
Skill. Nothing beats it.
The 82-year-old grandfather from York left his rivals trailing in his wake when he led from start to finish to win the opening race of the Isle of Man TT fortnight, one of the biggest events in the sport’s calendar.
Mr Fenwick, from Heworth, York, beat competitors a quarter of his age on his 250cc Ducati, which he first rode 28 years ago. He triumphed in the Pre-TT Classis on the island’s Billown circuit for the third time, having finished runner-up in both of the previous two years.
Shortly after the boy was shot, Mexican soldiers arrived at the scene and pointed their guns at the Border Patrol agents across the riverbank while bystanders screamed insults and hurled rocks and firecrackers, FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons said. She said the agents were forced to withdraw.
"It pretty quickly got very intense over on the Mexican side," she said, adding that FBI agents showed up later and resumed the investigation, even as Mexican authorities pointed guns at them from across the river.
Here's a part I call bullshit on:
A relative of the dead boy who had been playing with him told the AP that the Mexicans — who he described as federal police, not soldiers — pointed their guns only when the Americans waded into the mud in an apparent attempt to cross into Mexico.
Does ANYBODY actually believe a Border Patrol agent, in front of lots of witnesses and Mexican authorities, would try to cross? Bullshit.
Hernandez was found 20 feet (six meters) into Mexico, and an autopsy revealed that the fatal shot was fired at a relatively close range, according to Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general's office. Mexican authorities said a .40 caliber shell casing was found near the body, suggesting that the Border Patrol agent might have crossed into Mexico to shoot the boy.
That would violate the rules for Border Patrol agents, who are supposed to stay on the U.S. side — and could open the agent to a Mexican homicide prosecution.
A U.S. official close to the investigation told the AP that authorities have a video showing that the Border Patrol agent did not cross into Mexico. In fact, the official said, the video shows what appear to be members of Mexican law enforcement crossing onto the U.S. side, picking something up and returning to Mexico. The official was not cleared to speak about the video and spoke only on condition of anonymity.(Hey, they needed evidence to plant, give 'em a break!)
Alejandro Pariente, Chihuahua state's regional deputy attorney general, said the U.S. Border Patrol has given him video which he is reviewing. He declined to describe it except to say that it has sped up the investigation.
"I can't comment because the video says our account is a pile of diseased donkey droppings."
And of COURSE it's the fault of Arizona:
"We believe that this killing, the second in recent days in the border between the two countries, is due to xenophobia and racism, derived from the approval of Arizona's anti-immigration law," Reyes said.
Oh, of COURSE it is; couldn't POSSIBLY be because a bunch of thugs were stoning the agents, now could it?
Screw Mexico. They're so damn worried about this? Seal the border, then they won't have to worry about illegal border crossings, will they?
Insty has links to the Chicago PD torture trial.
The moron O'Donnell calls for seizure of private assets. Gee, I wonder that THAT would do to the economy?
Oh, she doesn't like Jews, either. Big surprise.
The radical activist group ACORN “works” for the Democratic Party and deliberately promotes election fraud, ACORN employees told FBI investigators, according to an FBI document dump Wednesday.
The documents obtained by Judicial Watch, a watchdog group, are FBI investigators’ reports related to the 2007 investigation and arrest of eight St. Louis, Mo., workers from ACORN’s Project Vote affiliate for violation of election laws. All eight employees involved in the scandal later pleaded guilty to voter registration fraud.
Project Vote is ACORN’s voter registration arm. Project Vote continues to operate despite the reported dissolution of the national structure of ACORN.
The handwritten reports by FBI agents show that ACORN employees reported numerous irregularities in the nonprofit group’s business practices.
One employee told the FBI that ACORN headquarters is “wkg [working] for the Democratic Party.”
One reason I have so little regard for a lot of 'feminists': anyone who doesn't agree with them on EVERYTHING can't possibly be a feminist. According to them.
That 'poor kid' killed by the Border Patrol agent? Not such a 'poor' or 'kid' either one:
It turns out he a known human smuggler and on a Border Patrol Most Wanted list.
And just to demonstrate what regard the Mexican authorities have for the border,
A U.S. official told the Associated Press that video of the incident shows the Border Patrol agent did not enter Mexico.
The unidentified official said the video also shows what seem to be four Mexican law enforcement officers driving to the edge of the muddy bed of the Rio Grande, walking across to the U.S. side, picking up an undetermined object and returning to Mexico near the area where the boy's body lay. Like their U.S. counterparts, Mexican law officers are not authorized to cross the border without permission.
That Catholic Church official murdered in Turkey?
Altun, who had been suffering from mental health problems according to reports, allegedly beheaded the 63-year-old Italian bishop at his summer house in a Mediterranean seaside town near Iskenderun in southern Turkey.
He told police that he had had a "divine revelation" instructing him to kill the bishop, reports said.
But don't worry, nothing to do with the religion of peace:
During a visit to Cyprus at the end of last week, the Pope said the alleged murder was "certainly not a political or religious murder but rather a personal affair."
Uh huh. I wonder if the reports of 'mental health problems' have any confirmation? Or are they an excuse?
In a considerably less upsetting matter, a new satellite is studying the sun. Cool pictures at the site.
I read once that the Queen told somebody she would hold on as long as it takes for one of the grandkids to inherit the throne and she did not want Charles to become King; I hope she can do it.
Why the Taliban fits in the category of People Who Look Better Dead. I mean, it takes some kind of very special dirtbagginess to hang a 7yoa kid. For 'spying', yet.
And in the heading of "Jerks with Badges",
Lackawanna County Commissioners have approved an ordinance banning "unlicensed" guns in county parks. Disregarding for a moment that PA has state gun law preemption, that it requires no licenses to own a gun (only permits to carry concealed), and that open carry is legal, Sheriff John Szymanski promises " to challenge the new rule - arguing the county should make it more strict."
"We don't allow firearms in the park," said Mr. Szymanski, whose department oversees law enforcement of county parks. "It's a public facility, and if you walk around with a gun, you're going to intimidate a lot of people. Our position is we're not allowing it and we're going to ask for clarification on that point."
Wonder how much you'll cost the country if your deputies arrest someone and they sue your ass off?
Just three days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Dutch government offered to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms and proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands. LA Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) supported the idea, but the Obama administration refused the help. All told, thirteen countries have offered to help us clean up the Gulf, and the Obama administration has turned them all down.
And then there are the energy jobs that the Obama administration is killing with its over-expansive ban on offshore energy development. Experts–who were consulted by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar before he issued his May 27 report recommending a six-month moratorium on all ongoing drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet–now tell The New Orleans Times-Picayune that they only supported a six-month ban on new drilling in waters deeper than 1,000 feet. A letter from the experts protesting the use of their names to support a ban they actually oppose reads: “A blanket moratorium is not the answer. It will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation’s economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill. We do not believe punishing the innocent is the right thing to do.”
But the Obama Administration does.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Back to business: like
A cross examination of global warming science conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Law and Economics has concluded that virtually every claim advanced by global warming proponents fail to stand up to scrutiny.
The cross-examination, carried out by Jason Scott Johnston, Professor and Director of the Program on Law, Environment and Economy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, found that “on virtually every major issue in climate change science, the [reports of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] and other summarizing work by leading climate establishment scientists have adopted various rhetorical strategies that seem to systematically conceal or minimize what appear to be fundamental scientific uncertainties or even disagreements.”
He found that the climate establishment does not follow the scientific method. Instead, it “seems overall to comprise an effort to marshal evidence in favor of a predetermined policy preference.”
Gee, isn't that amazing?
Speaking of dirtbag politicians & lawyers,
...it's come out that not only did Corbett want Twitter to out two of its users for political speech, he wanted to ensure that Twitter never let those users—or anyone else—know they'd been outed. According to a new report in the Philadelphia Bulletin, "the subpoena of Twitter also contained a cover letter asking Twitter not to disclose the action and, if it planned to do so, to contact a deputy attorney general, so the state could seek a court order to prohibit Twitter from revealing the organization had been subpoenaed." So before telling anyone about the order, they were instructed to tell the AG's office so that the AG could attempt to legally bar them from telling anyone about the order.
On idiots acting against their own interests in the name of 'progressive' politics(and Jew hatred),
The latest evidence we have comes from Madrid where the >organizers of the Gay Pride parade disinvited Israeli participants
. . . in the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident, the organizers of the Madrid parade folded quickly to pressure to get rid of the Israeli participants.No matter that Israel is, of nations in the Mideast, the most tolerant of gay people. No matter that the flotilla was sponsored in large part by terrorist organizations which advocate the execution of gay people. No matter that gay people face persecution in the terrorist-run enclave of Gaza.
Before the invitation was officially withdrawn, it was reportedly “hinted” to the Israelis that their participation in the event would be an “embarrassment” and would mean the additional expense of increased security. When the Israelis failed to take the hint and voluntarily stay home, the axe fell on them.
It will be interesting to see what (if any) gay organizations condemn this exclusion and commend Israel for its policies protecting gay people and allowing our fellows in the Jewish State to live openly and celebrate publicly.
A look at the problems old media is having with new, and a hearty "Bullshit!" to the clowns claiming they didn't know Helen was like that, "New to me" and so forth.
This is the creature Tommy Christopher professes to have “admired for years,” and respects for “setting an example for the Bush-era press corps,” which Christopher hilariously thinks “gave W. a years-long pass after 9/11.” Sorry, Tommy. Anyone more observant than the average member of the Washington press corps heard nothing surprising out of Helen Thomas this past week.
The old media hands waving farewell with copies of their dying newspapers, as they watch Helen Thomas shuffle off the national stage, must adjust to the new reality of an online America that no longer trusts them. We’re not interested in gatekeepers and packaged narratives any more. We believe in the importance of an honest media that simply reports the news and allows us to make up our own minds. We’re out of patience with blackouts and doctored photographs.
Bill Clinton once again demonstrates he's got some serious nerve(and lack of ethics), and so does John McCain. Screw both of them.
And Lileks takes a look at some "The world would be better off without us" clowns(It should be noted that we'd all be better off without some of them).
This latter is connected to something I've been working on(no, not a new rifle), but it's not quite ready yet. Should have it tomorrow(how's that for setting up the suspense?)
That holds with dealing with the Taliban, too.
Suspected Taliban militants executed a seven-year-old boy in southern Afghanistan after accusing him of spying for the government, a provincial official said Wednesday.
The child was captured by the militants in Sangin district of southern province of Helmand Tuesday, Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said.
A seven-year-old. A 'spy'.
Hellfire, in more ways than one, is what these people deserve.
Which makes me think he has a stand that he's afraid people won't like.
Is that it, doc? If it's not, what's the answer to the question "How do you stand on the right to arms?"
Polls have showed strong support for Arizona's immigration law even in blue states, but I was under the apparent delusion that people were drawing a distinction between illegal aliens from Mexico in the United States and Mexicans in Mexico.
If the commenters responding to this Yahoo! News account of a Mexican teenager begin shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol Officer are any indication, I was way, way off.
Among the reasons,
That Mexican authorities may have been captured on video crossing the border into the U.S. to retrieve the shell casing—perhaps to try to frame the U.S. officer as being inside Mexico by placing the casing on their side of the border—certainly doesn't help issues.
When you manage to get some Hollywood types showing that unions are often, well, you know, then they've really pushed things.
“We drove by that protest,” Ms. Sackler recalls. “We were on our way to another interview and we jumped out of the van and started filming.” There she discovered that the majority of those protesting the proliferation of charter schools were not even from the neighborhood. They’d come from the Bronx and Queens.
“They all said ‘We’re not allowed to talk to you. We’re just here to support the parents.’” But there were only two parents there, says Ms. Sackler, and both were members of Acorn. And so, “after not a lot of digging,” she discovered that the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) had paid Acorn, the controversial community organizing group, “half a million dollars for the year.” (It cost less to make the film.)
Damn, this must have been, 'amazing' is the word that comes to mind, to find:
An Australian trekker said he has discovered the site of a significant World War II battle in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, complete with the remains of Japanese soldiers right where they fell almost 70 years ago.
Former army Capt. Brian Freeman, an expert on the Kokoda Trail – a 60-mile trek through rugged mountainous country and rainforest of the island – said Monday he was led to the Eora Creek battle site where he found the remains of the soldiers.
The jobs growth is so slow, Rosenberg says, that by his calculations "it is going to take years, probably five to seven years, before we recoup the employment (lost) from the Great Recession," he says. Five to seven years? "There's a significant chance," he adds, "that for the first time ever we will go into the next recession without having seen a new peak in employment."
I don't think that's the kind of Change!! that most people were voting for...
That is one fine picture. Note: this pic is fine, some other parts of Theo's place may be somewhat NSFW.
And now I have to take Security Staff(Trainee) to the vet for a procedure. He may be really pissed at me when I pick him up later.
Now, Philip Shenon writes over at the Daily Beast, Manning claims to have downloaded 260,000 diplomatic cables from U.S. government computer networks containing classified and embarrassing material such as American diplomats' very candid assessments of foreign leaders, mainly in the Middle East.
I'm with Confederate Yankee on this.
Oh, and let's not forget the Reuters employees had embedded themselves with the enemy, and died when an airstrike took out a bunch of armed bad guys. You might remember the video, the one Wikileaks edited to make it look like our guys were shooting anything that moved? Thanks, Manning, you bastard.
What's up, Barney? Find someone else you're supposed to be regulating that you want to sleep with? Or you're just such a power-grabbing socialist bastard that this is the next step?
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
That generally means a politician either doesn't think a question is worth answering, or knows the answer won't be liked by many. Either way, it doesn't say good things about the Johnny Roy campaign.
I also asked the McCarville Report Online if he knew the answer; he said has not received a response either.
Another thought on Obama's actions and inactions here:
So if the oil spill in the Gulf manages to destroy the fishing and tourist industries in that region, shut down oil drilling, raise the price of oil and of food all over the country, and bring more and more Americans to a financial breaking point and thus dependent on food stamps and other government programs, Obama and Co. will smile and nod at one another as the Cloward-Piven strategy hums merrily along.
Another case of enviroweenies trying to remove humans from the open spaces.
The whole of that interview with Helen Thomas; assuming you can stomach listening to more of her.
Hey, unions, this is the kind of crap that makes people not like you:
Godin, a 20-year Marine veteran until 1994, who flew F-4 Phantoms and was deployed five times, said he refuses to join the union because he receives all his benefits, including health insurance and half his salary, from the military. Unlike other teachers, he doesn’t earn a stipend for after-school activities, such as the hours he spends coaching the high school’s regional champion drill team. His salary is dictated by the U.S. Military, not labor negotiators, Godin said.
State law requires certain public employees to join unions as a condition of employment or pay a so-called agency fee, which goes toward the cost of collective bargaining. But Godin said he shouldn’t have to pay the $500 fee because he receives no benefit from the local union. He provided a letter from the local union demanding he join or pay the fee by the school year’s end. Godin said in 14 years of teaching in Worcester public schools, he’s never been asked to pony up for the union.
The British Labour Party and more union crap:
LABOUR leadership hopeful John McDonnell said yesterday he would ASSASSINATE Maggie Thatcher if he could go back in time.
The hard-Left MP made his sickening attack on the ex-Tory Premier as he tried to persuade union delegates to back him.
And the union thugs cheered.
Today’s WSJ has an interesting and eye-opening article on corporate-funded opposition to proposed Wal-Mart stores disguised as local community activism. When I saw local busybodies try to stop the opening of a Wal-Mart in Cleveland — a Wal-Mart that did not receive any local subsidies nor require the use of eminent domain — I realized that union groups backed the effort. What I was not aware of at the time was that grocery stores and large supermarket chains have become substantial funders of anti-Wal-Mart activism.
And Iran wants to join Turkey in stirring up crap over Gaza:
“The naval wing of the Revolutionary Guard is ready to assist the peace flotilla to Gaza with all its effort and capabilities,” Khamenei’s Revolutionary Guard spokesman Ali Shirazi stated. “If the Supreme Leader issues an order for this then the Revolutionary Guard naval forces will do their best to secure the ships,” Shirazi said. “It is Iran’s duty to defend the innocent people of Gaza.”
A couple of points. This isn’t coming from Ahmadinejad. This is coming from Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (the offer, per Reuters, was made today in an interview). So this should be viewed with much more credibility, since Khamenei is where the real decision making rests with the Iranian regime.
Second point – it wouldn’t at all surprise me if Iran attempted such a thing. It would help their relations with the Arab world, it would divert attention to their favorite external enemy (besides the US) and, if they can provoke violence, further alienate Israel. It might also help them avoid really harmful sanctions. What are the lives of a few Revolutionary Guard naval forces with that sort of beneficial pay-off in the offing?
Linked at Uncle, a fine example of prime, Grade A idiocy:
On their website was a 2:41-long video “extra” that tells in searing detail the recollections of Mike Williams, Deepwater Horizon‘s chief electronics technician, who survived the explosion and fire, and was one of the last people to make it off the rig alive. He describes how the last life raft full of survivors almost didn’t escape the burning oil slick under the doomed rig because no one had a knife to cut the sea painter with due to Transocean’s no-knife policy. WTF???!!!
Yep. They're in charge of all kinds of equipment, all kinds of tools, but a knife is a no-no. The B does stand for British indeed.
I shall now exit into the heat and attempt to accomplish something.
Monday, June 07, 2010
We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama's 2007-08 campaign.
Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer.
Shortly after Obama's happy inaugural, eyebrows rose slightly upon word that, as a House member, Emanuel had lived the last five years rent-free in a D.C. apartment of Democratic colleague Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and her husband, Stanley Greenberg.
For an ordinary American, that would likely raise some obvious tax liability questions. But like Emanuel, the guy overseeing the Internal Revenue Service now is another Obama insider, Tim Geithner, who had his own outstanding tax problems but skated through confirmation anyway by the Democratic-controlled Congress.
Remember this was all before the letters BP stood for Huge Mess. Even before the Obama administration gave BP a safety award.
Greenberg's company is also closely tied to a sister Democratic outfit -- GCS, named for the last initials of Greenberg, James Carville, another Clinton advisor, and Bob Shrum, John Kerry's 2004 campaign manager.
According to published reports, GCS received hundreds of thousands of dollars in political polling contracts in recent years from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Probably just a crazy coincidence. But you'll never guess who was the chairman of that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dispensing those huge polling contracts to his kindly rent-free landlord.
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and 19 fellow black lawmakers in the all-Democratic caucus quietly introduced a resolution last week that would restrict the powers of the new independent Office of Congressional Ethics. The office, formed by Congress in 2008, is run by a panel of private citizens.
Black caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., is among the sponsors, but the full 42-member caucus did not endorse the measure. Lee declined comment through a spokesman.
Translation: "Dammit, we're tired of you actually investigating when we pull something! So stop!!"
Since its inception, the ethics office has investigated at least eight black caucus members, including veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and five others in that group over privately funded trips to the Caribbean.
Dammit, there were half-a-dozen more things I wanted to post on, and I've lost track of them.
Like why the Brits need Americans to, y'know, actually shoot the bad guys.
Why the Israelis don't trust people claiming to be 'humanitarian workers':
A senior officer of the Israel Defence Forces has accused the peace activists on the Mavi Marvara of being military personnel trained in Afghanistan and other countries in Asia and Eastern Europe.
The officer, quoted in the Hebrew newspaper Maariv on Sunday, claimed, “These men were trained in camps in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Bulgaria. We are talking about more than fifty persons in their thirties, very strong, dressed in bullet-proof vests, and equipped with night-vision goggles, masks and protective clothing.” According to the unnamed officer, blank cartridges of US origin but different to those used by Israeli forces were found on the Turkish ship when it was hijacked by Israel last week.
Sandra Bullock seems to be a class act. And darlin', that dress sure didn't hurt any...
Senior civil servants warned ministers that if they ordered a public inquiry into the July 7 suicide bombings it could "focus negatively" on Britain's Muslim community, it can be revealed.
The warning was delivered in a briefing paper to Charles Clarke, the then-home secretary, as he considered whether or not to launch an inquiry into the 2005 bombings, in which 52 innocent people were killed.
In the paper, Sir John Gieve, the Home Office permanent secretary, said that upsetting Muslims would be a "potential cost" of ministers agreeing to demands for a full inquiry.
Yeah, screw the truth, can't do anything that might upset the muzzies, can we?
(why no, I don't care if that pisses anyone off; they don't like being called muzzies, tough shit)
As an alternative to a public inquiry the Home Office published, a year after the bombings, a "narrative" drafted by its own officials which merely set out the events leading up to the bombings, with little analysis of underlying causes.
Sir John's note, written four months after the bombings but newly-released under Freedom of Information laws, outlines the determination of senior civil servants to ensure that any inquiries into the atrocity were "low key".
An Iranian is caught smuggling weapons from Canada into the US; major media silence ensues. And those wonderful Canadian gun-control laws don't seem to be working too well.
With the investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel nearing its second anniversary, the New York Democrat and the House ethics committee face a new challenge — the political calendar.
If the ethics committee releases a damaging report on Rangel before the Sept. 14 primary, it could be a death blow to the Harlem congressman’s storied career and open the door to a serious Democratic challenge, Democratic colleagues and party strategists said.
But if the ethics committee’s findings come out after the primary, Rangel will very likely survive and win a 21st term in the House. Still, that timing would raise questions about the ethics committee’s process and whether the investigative panel was too aware of the political calendar.
'Raise questions'? Ya think MAYBE? After all the other delays and bullcrap pulled to try to get this corrupt bastard off?
Speaking of chickenshit politicians,
If the time-honored tradition of the political meeting is not quite dead, it seems to be teetering closer to extinction. Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts.
It was no scheduling accident.
With images of overheated, finger-waving crowds still seared into their minds from the discontent of last August, many Democrats heeded the advice of party leaders and tried to avoid unscripted question-and-answer sessions. The recommendations were clear: hold events in controlled settings — a bank or credit union, for example — or tour local businesses or participate in community service projects.
And to reach thousands of constituents at a time, without the worry of being snared in an angry confrontation with voters, more lawmakers are also taking part in a fast-growing trend: the telephone town meeting, where chances are remote that a testy exchange will wind up on YouTube.
Translation: "If we do it this way, we can control who's there to some extent AND control the questions! And make ourselves look better!"
In the world of reptiles who don't want to control your life(just occasionally eat someone),
Researchers have now for the first time discovered the true extent of the epic journeys made by saltwater crocodiles and uncovered how they manage to cover such large distances.
By analysing data from satellite tracking tags, the scientists found that the crocodiles exploit surface currents around coastlines and out to sea to help them travel large distances.
By riding these currents, the crocodiles are able to hop between oceanic islands and make long migrations around the Australian coastline.
One 12ft long crocodile tracked by researchers travelled 366 miles in 25 days around the Australian coast while another 15ft reptile rode seasonal currents off Australia's Cape York Peninsula for 20 days, travelling 255 miles.
Miserable bigoted excuse for a reporter Helen Thomas retires. Wonder which it was: slipping and telling what she actually thinks, the praise from Hamas, or the word there may be more video coming?
Heard about this woman claiming she was fired for looking too good? Well, bullcrap. Yeah, she's hot; so are lots of other women at lots of places of work. And from the pictures she was dressed professionally, nothing showing that shouldn't. So I tend to think she did something she shouldn't have, got canned, and is blaming this. And hoping to make some money off it.
Well, well, well...
Ha’aretz has revived the mystery surrounding the inability to find weapons of mass destruction stockpiles in Iraq, the most commonly cited justification for Operation Iraqi Freedom and one of the most embarrassing episodes for the United States. Satellite photos of a suspicious site in Syria are providing new support for the reporting of a Syrian journalist who briefly rocked the world with his reporting that Iraq’s WMD had been sent to three sites in Syria just before the invasion commenced.
The newspaper reveals that a 200 square-kilometer area in northwestern Syria has been photographed by satellites at the request of a Western intelligence agency at least 16 times, the most recent being taken in January. The site is near Masyaf, and it has at least five installations and hidden paths leading underneath the mountains. This supports the reporting of Nizar Nayouf, an award-winning Syrian journalist who said in 2004 that his sources confirmed that Saddam Hussein’s WMDs were in Syria.
Baltimore PD; wonderful group of people. No, not feeling too tolerant: every time some jerk like this finally crosses the line and winds up paying a price, it turns out he'd pulled crap in the past and the other cops covered up for him, the union covered for him, or both. I'm sick of good cops giving protection to bad ones.
There's more out there, but I'm out of time for now.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Reporters speculated on Meet the Press on Sunday that McCain wants to make amends with conservatives well before he officially announces his candidacy for president next year. So can he convince people he is still sufficiently conservative?
Let’s consider just one of these issues: McCain’s claimed pro-gun record. This was true a decade ago, but since then, on issues such as regulating gun shows, banning less expensive guns and so-called assault weapons, and requiring gunlocks, McCain has supported central portions of the gun-control agenda. Indeed, in a couple cases, McCain authored the proposed legislation himself.
You've had multiple chances, John. And the last time you were so busy playing 'hands across the aisle' that you couldn't be bothered to actually RUN because doing so might upset 'moderates' like your idiot adviser who said "If you bring up these things about Obama, I'll quit!" The proper response to that would have been "Don't let the door hit you on the way out", but nooooo, you caved.
And now we're supposed to believe and trust you? Bullcrap. And take that idiot 'progressive Republican' daughter with you when you go.