Saturday, February 25, 2012
Verizon will drop the Muslim cable channel Bridges TV on March 14, almost a year to the day after the channel's owner was sentenced to life in prison for beheading his wife, who was also the station's general manager
Friday, February 24, 2012
Third, the State Department wanted Syria's neighbors to know that should the Assad regime fall, the security of its WMD stockpile -- as well as its control over conventional weapons like MANPADS (shoulder-fired rocket launchers) -- could come into question and could pose a serious threat to regional security.
Ya think MAYBE?
And part of the problem is a lot of people over there would consider that a feature, not a bug
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Detailed analyses of the way the Earth warped along the Japanese coast suggest that shaking from a Cascadia megaquake could be stronger than expected along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, researchers reported Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
"The Cascadia subduction zone can be seen as a mirror image of the Tohoku area," said John Anderson, of the University of Nevada.
Prosecutors recently sentenced a Texas man, Manuel Barba, for trafficking a weapon connected to the murder of Immigration and Customs (ICE) Agent Jaime Zapata. Nobody was more astonished to learn of the case than Zapata's parents, who didn't know that Barba had been arrested or linked to their son's murder.
"The family was obviously surprised to learn that there was a case involving a weapon linked to the Zapata incident," attorney Trey Martinez told CBS News. Martinez represents Zapata's parents and the surviving ICE agent in the assault, Victor Avila. "They were surprised they had never been contacted in the capacity as victims so they could give a response or some kind of reaction at the time of sentencing."
If the Zapata family thinks the clowns in charge of all this want them to know ANYTHING, they're far more trusting of these people than I am.
Oh, and as to the "We never let guns walk!" lie,
In a related development, CBS News has obtained documents showing that Barba was under ATF surveillance for at least six months before a rifle he trafficked was used in Zapata's murder. Zapata's government vehicle was ambushed by suspected cartel thugs in Mexico Feb. 15, 2011.
Documents indicate ATF opened its case against Barba, entitled "Baytown Crew," in June of 2010. During the investigation, court records state Barba recruited straw purchasers and "facilitated the purchase and exportation of at least 44 firearms" including assault rifles. On August 20, 2010 Barba took delivery of the WASR-10 semi-automatic rifle later used in Zapata's murder, obliterated its serial number, and sent it to Mexico with nine others just like it. Nearly two months later, on Oct. 8, 2010, ATF agents recorded a phone call in which Barba "spoke about the final disposition of ... firearms to Mexico and also about the obliterating of the serial numbers before they were trafficked." Barba told straw purchasers the guns were destined for the Zeta drug cartel.
A warrant wasn't issued for Barba's arrest until four months later; coincidentally, the day before a rifle he trafficked was used against Zapata.
Once again: they deliberately planned and carried out an operation that DEPENDED on people being killed. Including Americans.
That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I’m aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Yes, in order to save us from meth, they want you to have to go to the doctor and get a prescription before you can buy a bloody DECONGESTANT.
Take time off from work.
Pay your copay or whatever for the appointment.
Take up the docs' time for seeing people with injuries/illness.
And it's just the next step in "It didn't work before, so we'll do it again, only HARDER!"
Of course, it's the evil pharmaceutical lobby that doesn't want this; never mind that
The Oklahoma State Medical Association, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians all are opposed to requiring prescriptions for pseudoephedrine. In part because they say it will increase the number of doctor visits and keep a safe medicine out of some people's hands.
Which, obviously, cannot be allowed to prevent us being screwed some more in the name of our own safety
“Ted R. Bromund, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, alerted the public to the very real possibility that ATT proponents are changing the meaning of the term ‘consensus’ and to the political ramifications for the US if ATT proponents prevail,” they warn. “Until now, ‘consensus’ has been understood by the US and others to mean 100-percent agreement with all the provisions of the ATT.”
In other words, through redefinition and procedural manipulation, those bent on global gun control can transmute 100% to two-thirds to game the results:
In plain English, this means that the Treaty will be the all-inclusive version —and wish-list— of everything the weapon-prohibitionists wanted from the start.
How unsurprising that the Clintonian "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is” deception has now been reanimated to apply to the word “consensus.” And how revealing of the character of those behind the move.
He's talking about the UN Arms Trade Treaty, and the games being played to screw us over.
In a followon to Climaquiddick, heard of the Heartland documents? Someone got hold of information from a place called Heartland which has had the temerity to actually argue about the 'settled science' of AGW, and then faked a document to try and damage them.
The present situation is rich with irony. The provenance of the Climategate dossier remains unknown. According to evidence of the Information Commission’s Office to Muir Russell (not included in their report), its exclusion of personal information “could be indicative of a whistleblower”. Nonetheless, it was unambiguously reported by the Guardian and other media as being “hacked” or “stolen”. The provenance of the Heartland documents is relatively clear. Someone pretending to be a director of Heartland tricked a secretary at Heartland into sending documents from a recent board meeting to an email address purporting to be that of a Heartland director but, in fact, belonging to someone else. The document with the most damaging quotes was then fabricated. Nonetheless, the dossier was unambiguously described by the Guardian and other media as being “leaked” by an “insider” at Heartland.
Many other ironies have been observed in respect to both Heartland and Climategate. However, the fact that the most damaging Heartland quotes were fabricated and contained only in the fake memo inevitably limits the parallels and raises a host of legal issues that did not arise in Climategate.
Lots of details and a timeline at Climate Audit, ending with
The ramifications of these events are unfolding.
In legal terms, there are a number of important distinctions from Climategate. First and most importantly, the key document is fake. Over and above that, there is strong reason to believe that Heartland can show that the actual (and much less damaging) documents were obtained by a form of identity theft. We’ll see whether “Heartland Insider” covered his tracks as well as FOIA. Thirdly, whereas FOIA had, for the most part, removed personal information, the actual Heartland documents include a great deal of personal information.
Heartland has sent out legal demands to a number of blogs, which, thus far, have either been ignored or rejected.
As a few commenters wisely observed, it’s time to get out the popcorn.
The CSGV is playing with history again; Miguel whacks them with the full quote, and some other things, and some nice quotes in the comments.
And there are actual things , other than the innertubes, to take care of, so I'm gone.
Monday, February 20, 2012
House Bill 3114, filed by House Speaker Pro Tempore Jeff Hickman, removes the concealed requirement from Oklahoma statutes regarding handgun licenses. The existing system of background checks and training, which is part of Oklahoma’s successful concealed carry law, would remain in effect.
Overall, I'd prefer to carry concealed, but there are times being able to open carry would be very nice. Especially in summer.
The tank alone would be expensive, if you tried to do the fairing panels as well it'd be awful. But the tank, something complimentary on the fairings... oh, that'd be lovely
Key bit that pissed me off:
The price of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. will likely hit a nationwide average of $4 by this summer, said Dan Dicker, oil trader and author of “Oil’s Endless Bid.” The last time prices topped $4 was 2008 and Dicker said there’s a one in three chance that gas could reach $5 a gallon.
If gas prices do head to those lofty levels, that could put a crimp in the economic recovery as consumers will likely cut down on spending if they have to pay more to fill up their cars.
Bold mine. Because I wanted to emphasize that word.
What the FUCK do you mean COULD? EVERYTHING costs more because of energy costs, people spend less on everything so they can keep the house warm and get to work already! And you say $4 and $5/gallon COULD make it worse? Really? How much hard thought was required to come to that conclusion?
Found over at Ace
Which especially caught my eye because last physical the doc advised me that I should ALWAYS use sunscreen, year-round. I started wondering if sunscreen affected the good you get from sunlight; seems it does.
The Ten New Commandments, from Hanson.
Y'know, this kind of thing might make some people nervous
(thanks to Sondra for this one)
In September of 2010, a federal district court ruled that Zaccari ignored “clearly established” law when he punished Barnes without notice or a hearing. Because of that, he could not claim the “qualified immunity” defense — which meant that he could be found personally liable for damages to Barnes. Zaccari appealed, and last week, the Eleventh Circuit upheld that removal of qualified immunity.
This finding sends a clear message to university presidents and administrators: if you violate a student’s constitutional rights, you could well pay damages out of your own pocket.
Now we need this applied to a lot of prosecutors and cops
6 painful things nobody tells you about fighting
I remember the story when Mike Tyson was swung at by a drunk one night; he decked the guy with one punch, which
Was declared proper self-defense, and
Broke a bone in his hand, causing a title match to be delayed by several weeks.
I think the line from a Drake book was "You shouldn't hit someone with your bare hand unless you're stark naked in an empty room."
During the range trip a couple of days ago I kept my eyes out for usable brass and such. I did find two Garand clips someone left behind, and a few brass; but on rifle cartridges most of what's left behind anymore is either Berdan primed or something- like .223- that a lot of people don't want to bother with reloading.
A Lenco spokesman criticized some of the citizens who spoke out against his firm's vehicle, calling them "crazy" and saying, "When a Lenco Bearcat shows up at a crime scene where a suicidal killer is holding hostages, it doesn't show up with a cannon. It shows up with a negotiator. Our trucks save lives," according to the article.
Because a negotiator isn't safe traveling the public streets unless he's in an armored vehicle, probably with some cops playing 'The Infantry Squad In The Assault'.
And I wonder if they're planning on more OPM from DHS to pay for maintenance and so forth?
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Short version: dust found in a layer traced to the Sahara; the dust layers corresponded to layers in a stalagmite indicating big, fast-occurring warming, in some cases big temperature and sea-level rises in as little as 50 years. And theorizing that the droughts in Africa over the last few decades, and the dust storms, could be indication of a warming cycle about to kick off.
So my brain started spinning with some questions and thoughts:
I wonder how the past warming periods they're seeing signs of correspond to sunspot activity?
Wonder if any way to determine how long the droughts preceded the beginning of the warming period, if the theory is correct?
And, the big one,
If the theory is correct, it would be further proof that the warming of the recent past was primarily, if not completely, natural cycle, thereby shoving a stake in the heart of AGW.
I was immediately set up by her for “attacking the messenger”, something explicitly prohibited in the forum rules. She didn’t even attempt to say that maybe she had been misinformed or that she had some sort of evidence to prove her numbers.
If you point out the hearing the Democrats tried to take over wasn't about contraception, it was about the 1st Amendment problems raised by Obama's diktat, you're a misogynist. And part of the 'boys club' that wants women to do what they're told.
And if you dare to ask "Why should the government be paying for anyones' birth control?"(don't have to mention abortion unless you really want to see people crap their pants) you will be informed that you don't want women to have health care. Yes, it has magically occurred that 'birth control' automatically means ALL health care. At least for women. Question anything about that and you hate womyn,etc.
In the past, I once told someone I'd formerly thought a reasonable sort that "If someone wants to have an abortion, I'm not stopping them; but they can damn well pay for it themselves and stop demanding I do so." I pretty much walked into their place of worship and peed on the altar; it seems that 'abortion and contraception are available' only counts if they can make someone else pay for it.
Oh, and let's not forget that no man has any interest in contraception, oh no, this is purely an interest of women...
I mentioned this before, but this level of either desperation or stupidity needs to be repeated:
Using cash for small purchases like a cup of coffee, gum and other items is a good indication that a person is trying to pass for normal without leaving the kind of paper trail created using a debit or credit card for small purchases.
Makes me think of some KGB dirtbag asking a peasan- er, 'Soviet citizen' "Why do you use cash, comrade? Why do you not make our job of monitoring your life easier? What are you up to?"
Speaking of stupidity,
Elliott Dearlove had asked a five-year-old boy in the playground whether he was ‘brown because he was from Africa’.
His mother, Hayley White, 29, said she received a phone call last month to say her son had been at the centre of a ‘racist incident’.
She was then summoned to a meeting with Elliott, his teacher and the deputy head of Griffin Primary School in Hull.
Ms White claimed she was asked at the meeting to read a copy of the school rules and in particular its zero-tolerance policy on racism.
‘I was told I would have to sign a form acknowledging my son had made a racist remark which would be submitted to the local education authority for further investigation,’ she said.
Also on stupidity, and general socialist bullshit, home schooling is the enemy of being progressive:
This overheated hostility toward public schools runs throughout the new literature on liberal homeschooling, and reveals what is so fundamentally illiberal about the trend: It is rooted in distrust of the public sphere, in class privilege, and in the dated presumption that children hail from two-parent families, in which at least one parent can afford (and wants) to take significant time away from paid work in order to manage a process—education—that most parents entrust to the community at-large.
So: if you're politically liberal and take your kids out of some crappy state school and teach them at home, you're an ESPECIALLY bad Enemy of the Progressive State. As opposed to conservatives or libertarians who're just plain evil anyway.
Something on "Treat kids like everybody used to, and you're a criminal."
Withdrawal symptoms: they can be a problem
Also from the Doc, and I'm stealing the whole thing:
As my readers know, I'm running for President this year.
Now, admittedly, my entire campaign thus far is based on one issue, but yesterday while attending a 9-year-old girl's birthday party with my kids, I came up with a second point.
While I strongly support freedom of expression, I also believe some times are better than others to express your beliefs.
So, if elected President, I promise you this:
Any father who shows up at his 9-year daughter's birthday party wearing a T-shirt that says "IT AIN'T GONNA SUCK ITSELF" with an arrow pointing downwards, will be immediately castrated by specially trained fashion police.
Vote Grumpy, 2012!