Saturday, December 05, 2009
But, that’s not all. But, that’s not all. Barack Obama’s Safe Schools Czar is also on record praising the founder of NAMBLA (The North American Man/Boy Association) as one of his heroes.
Regular Folks United reported:
Jennings publicly stated that he was inspired by one of the biggest promoters of pedophilia in the country—Harry Hay. Hay actively promoted sex between men and boys and supported the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). Transcripts of a GLSEN conference in NYC on October 25, 1997 indicate that Jennings said, “one of the people that always inspired me is Harry Hay.” Jennings also edited a book called Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School and College Students which included a biographical sketch on Harry Hay. One of GLSEN’s Education Department resources also lists a work on Harry Hay.
Is this a person you’d trust with your child?
Is this the type of person Barack Obama trusts with his daughters?
Barack Obama’s First Military Decision Is Now Proven to be a Bad DecisionHas ANY 'reporter' or 'journalist' of the major media asked Obama about this?
Barack Obama’s administration said those threats were overestimated and Obama threatened to veto the entire defense budget if F-22 funding were left in.
Gates said Monday he’d heard no “substantive” argument for keeping the jet for national security reasons, pointing out that China has no planes that can compete with the more than 1,000 advanced fighter jets the U.S. will have by 2020.
Gates said that the gap between the two countries’ aerial arsenals will only widen.
Unfortunately for the United States military, that turns out to be flat out wrong.
According to Aviation Week, China not only is building a 5th generation fighter to compete with the F-22, but they’ll begin testing it this year.
Beijing’s fighter announcement suggests a serious failing in U.S. intelligence assessments, mocking a July 16 statement of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates that China would have no fifth-generation fighters by 2020.
Note that China announced this while Obama was in China sucking up to them.
Think any of them will?
I carefully reviewed and focus tested it with some of the top military strategist of DailyKos and HuffingtonPost. As an alternative, they suggested sending a special force of 200 diversity-trained surrender consultants. After several months of careful deliberation, polling, and strategic golfing, I told the General I would provide him a force of 30,000, which is fully 75% of a 110% commitment.
Now let's think about that. When you multiply it out, that's... let's see... that's almost an 83% total commitment to mission success! And son, back at Harvard Law that's what we called a "solid B." Not only that, I also pledged to provide you with all the healthy snacks and juice boxes you will need until the designated 5:30 pickup time. As an extra bonus to help you out, I secured a commitment of 10,000 additional special troops from our European allies. In fact, I think I see one of them in the back seat -- there in the blue bicycle helmet. What's your name son?
Pierre? That's... okay... okay, Pierre, please stop crying. Yes, I promised Mr. Sarkozy you'll be home soon.
The unpleasant fact is that a lot of media weenies are strongly anti-US; they either don't care or WANT to get our troops killed and don't care what intelligence operations they fuck up, as long as they can claim a headline.
An awful lot of this crap feeds on itself. You tell young kids that being a druggie and gangbanger is good, and that cops who are paid to enforce the rules are bad, you get kids who hate cops. When you're a cop and you keep running into this crap, especially from particular age/racial groups it affects how you treat those people precisely because you know they're the people most likely to present a danger to you. Which the assholes use as excuse to condemn the cops and call dirtbags who commit murder 'martyrs'.
And the 'progressives' and Race Warlord Poverty Pimps use it all to enhance their power. See 'activist dirtbags in Obama administration' and 'Al Sharpton' for examples.
B: Toronto police need to get a grip.
You'll note the "He may have a gun so he's obviously dangerous" attitude of the caller, nicely matching the "I don't like guns so you shouldn't have one". Then you have the cops, AFTER the guy is cuffed threw me against the wall, and I'd like to know why? HE'S ALREADY IN CUFFS AND CONTROLLED, all you had to do was pat him down.
The Met Office plans to re-examine 160 years of temperature data after admitting that public confidence in the science on man-made global warming has been shattered by leaked e-mails.
The new analysis of the data will take three years, meaning that the Met Office will not be able to state with absolute confidence the extent of the warming trend until the end of 2012.
This is pretty big; at the least, they're admitting that the released e-mails and documents throw great doubt on previous figures, and all this needs to be gone over properly; as Watts notes, Quite a bit different from their November 24th statement, which you can read here. For those that still think Climategate has no significant impact on climate science, this revelation tells another story.
Please note the reaction from the Brit Government: The Government is attempting to stop the Met Office from carrying out the re-examination, arguing that it would be seized upon by climate change sceptics. Translation: "You can't do that! What if it doesn't show what we WANT!?" Further translation: "You morons, this isn't about your science, this is about us needing more control over people! And this might mess that up!"
A very important part:
Since the stolen e-mails were published, the chief executive of the Met Office has written to national meteorological offices in 188 countries asking their permission to release the raw data that they collected from their weather stations.
The Met Office is confident that its analysis will eventually be shown to be correct. However, it says it wants to create a new and fully open method of analysing temperature data.
The 'confidence' is face-saving bullcrap, and they know it(all but the True Believers); but the attempt to get the raw data to everyone who wants to study it is very damned important. And the fact is that if there had been a 'fully open method' in place from the beginning, the 'scientists'(no, some of them do NOT deserve that job title) involved in this wouldn't have been able to screw it up the way they did.
And I have to point out that people will have to be watching the data and the 'open method' very damned carefully, because the True Believers and the politicians will be trying very hard to slant it as much as possible, even now when they know people are watching every move. They're counting on A: an all-too-compliant media only spreading what they want and B: threats and scare tactics to get them what they want. And both are endangered, the first by (ta-DAAAAH!!) this here internet thing and second- well, hell, the PRIMARY thing they're scared of is the internet: more and more people are turning away from the major media BECAUSE they don't trust them anymore, and going to this messy PVC cloud of information and opinions; and it can't be controlled by them. They're trying, but it just won't work. And that means somebody can hear or read the latest threat or scare, and start punching keys to search and check it out. And that's really really bad for the people who want to control what you hear, how you hear it and what you think about it.
Added: it should be noted that Al Gore, who chickened out of showing up at the big summit, is absolutely full of crap. And still trying to control your life:
He also brushed aside questions over the reliability of climate science that have followed the publication last month of leaked e-mails between climate experts. He claimed that the scientific consensus around climate change “continues to grow from strength to strength”. He added: “The naysayers are in a sunset phase with a spectacular climax just before they subside from view. This is a race between common sense and unreality.”
Hey, Al? We know who's locked in unreality; your mansion in Tennesee uses HOW MUCH energy a month? And that's one of, what, five mansions? And that big-ass houseboat, and...
I'd find this global warming a lot more convincing if it weren't snowing outside my window. During the first week of December. In Houston. For the first time since Tambura 1815, as far as anyone knows. - Zimriel(more on that here)
And, a little further down, a link to Watts Up With That? in which a very good question is asked: If the raw data was really lost, why, in all those thousands of emails, is there no mention of this loss?
Hey, Montana, wonderful guy you've got in the Senate.
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again."The Grand Young Duke of Hope has 30,000 men. He'll march them up the Khyber Pass but he'll march them down again in July 2011. If you're some village headman who's been making nice to the Americans, the Taliban have a whole new pitch for you: In a year and a half, the Yanks are going. But we'll still be here.
And over at Q & O, a bit more on troop numbers from allies:
An undisclosed number of the new troops will steer clear of the fighting because they are barred by their countries from combat operations. And two allies, the Netherlands and Canada, still plan to withdraw nearly 5,000 troops in the next two years, offsetting the infusion.
But it sounds great on paper, doesn’t it?
In smithing, clinker is a problem. Ash from the coal or charcoal and scale from the steel melt together, sink down to the bottom of the fire and solidify into a mass that clogs the grate, reduces air flow and prevents you being able to do good work; sounds like McQ picked the right word for this mess.
Friday, December 04, 2009
The Coates & Davenport law firm in Richmond sent a priority-mail letter ordering Barfoot to remove the pole by 5 p.m. Friday or face "legal action being brought to enforce the covenants and restrictions against you." The letter states that Barfoot will be subject to paying all legal fees and costs in any successful legal proceeding pursued by the homeowners association's board.
A Richmond law firm, Marchant, Honey & Baldwin, offered yesterday to represent Barfoot at no cost, partner John Honey said.
So, apparently, if you need legal representation, are a patriot and value our war heros, the choice of law firm should be pretty easy.
It's a pain when you can hear a unit in Florida better than you can one of your own a few miles away. And it works both ways. One day a FHP trooper drove up on a car in a canal and was calling for help, and his HQ about twenty or so miles away couldn't hear him at all, but the guys here could. The one working tried calling him back, and it worked: he got the location and details, called that HQ and gave them the information.
I understand the radios are better now and it's much less of a problem. And no, I don't miss that part of the 'good old days'.
Our president is setting up our military to fail -- but he'll be able to claim that he gave the generals what they wanted. Failure will be their fault.
He's covering his strong-on-security flank, even as he plays to our white-flag wavers. His cynicism's worthy of a Saddam.
Obama's right about one thing, though: The Afghans "will ultimately be responsible for their own country." So why undercut them with an arbitrary timeline that doesn't begin to allow adequate time to expand and train sufficient Afghan forces? Does he really believe that young Afghans are going to line up to join the army and police knowing that we plan to abandon them in mid-2011?
Does the 2012 election ring a bell?
What messages did our president's bait-and-switch speech just send?
To our troops: Risk your lives for a mission I've written off.
To our allies: Race you to the exit ramp.
To the Taliban: Allah is merciful, your prayers will soon be answered.
To Afghan leaders: Get your stolen wealth out of the country.
To Pakistan: Renew your Taliban friendships now (and be nice to al Qaeda).
This isn't just stupid: It's immoral. No American president has ever espoused such a worthless, self-absorbed non-strategy for his own political gratification.
Second, over at American Thinker:
They say that the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was an odd venue for President Obama's Afghanistan speech. And indeed it was - after all, surrenders are usually offered to the enemy on the battlefield.
For that is exactly what the President proposed Tuesday night; surrender, abject and total.
And if that wasn't boon enough to our enemies, Obama offered them an extra token - before our announced withdrawal date of July 2011, he will generously offer them 30,000 more American soldiers to shoot at for the next year and a half. Surely target practice is all our soldiers will be, having been told in advance that they will be coming home scarcely before they can load their own weapons.
Obama's gall is nothing short of astounding: He dares to travel to a group of soldiers, to tell them to their face that he is sending them to fight and die in a battle that he has no intention of letting them win; that they will be pulled from the battle-field in time to placate his left-wing base for the 2012 election.
I've read a bunch of "I support the President's decision, but there are some problems" stuff from various politicians. The Democrats and fellow-travellers want us to surrender and leave(not all the Democrats, but far too many); and a bunch of Republicans don't want to be seen as 'unsupportive'. Well, crap on that.
He wasted a quarter of the vital year McChrystal wrote of in dithering and delaying.
He's sending less than half the number of troops originally requested.
He's putting constraints on their actions.
He's telling the enemy "We'll be gone by 'X' time."
Well, I'm NOT supportive of that crap. Either send enough troops, with orders to WIN, or pull them out. Period. This bastard is playing games with the troops lives to A: keep from offending his leftist base too much and B: try to keep from looking as weak on defense as he actually is. He doesn't have the balls to either say "Win" and take the heat, or pull them out and take THAT heat; he's too busy hoping for a second term to 're-make' the US with.
No, I'm not in a real good mood about this tonight.
You miserable little bastard. These people have volunteered to do something you never have: to actually put their lives on the line for this country. Many will be wounded, some will be crippled, some will die for this country, for the Constitution they swear to protect and uphold, and you call them the enemy camp? You suck, Matthews.
It's been brought to my attention by several reliable sources that the Defense Department has brought Louay Safi to Fort Hood as an instructor, and that he has been lecturing on Islam to our troops in Fort Hood who are about to deploy to Afghanistan. Safi is a top official of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and served as research director at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).
Worse, last evening, Safi was apparently permitted to present a check (evidently on behalf of ISNA) to the families of the victims of last month's Fort Hood massacre. A military source told the blogger Barbarossa at the Jawa Report: "This is nothing short of blood money. This is criminal and the Ft. Hood base commander should be fired right now."
ISNA was identified by the Justice Department at the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing conspiracy trial as an unindicted co-conspirator. The defendants at that trial were convicted of funding Hamas to the tune of millions of dollars. This should have come as no surprise. ISNA is the Muslim Brotherhood's umbrella entity for Islamist organizations in the United States. It was established in 1981 to enable Muslims in North America "to adopt Islam as a complete way of life" — i.e., to further the Brotherhood's strategy of establishing enclaves in the West that are governed by sharia.
Go read everything this bastard is tied to. This is- crap, just no words for this level of stupid. And if General Casey considers this part of his precious 'diversity', he needs to be removed. Now.
Gee, the President and Pelosi and Reid lied about something in the socialized medicine bill? Damn!
President Barack Obama wants to cut spending on the federal insurance plan for the elderly to help fund his health-care overhaul. Part of that proposal would cut more than $100 billion from Medicare Advantage, through which the government hires private insurers such as Humana Inc. to deliver Medicare benefits to 11 million seniors, including extras like reduced co-payments and even gym memberships.
Should Congress scale back the program, “We’re not going to be able to say ‘if you like what you have, you can keep it,’” said Senator Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat. “And that basic commitment that a lot of us around here have made will be called into question.”
Uh, Sen. Casey, an awful lot of people were pointing out that the 'promise' was bullcrap for quite a while; you were just pretending it wasn't so. Or else you're too damn stupid to be sitting in that chair.
But wait! There's MORE!! slimy political bullcrap!
Senators Charles Schumer of New York, Bill Nelson of Florida and Ron Wyden of Oregon are among those who secured special provisions shielding constituents from cuts.
Casey says he wants “very comparable” protections for his state, where more than one-third of Medicare beneficiaries participate in Medicare Advantage. “It’s the kind of thing that will likely be addressed on the floor,” he said.
So, once again, we have slimy bastards like Schumer & Co. quite willing to rob the rest of the country, and screw the rest of the country, to protect themselves and the morons who put them in office. Wonderful, isn't it?
Also, the Health Panel changes its mind; and lies about what caused all the screaming.
Hmmm, the multiple-murderer also had slimy bastard friends and family. Amazing.
According to one airline security official, “This was a deliberate, well planned attempt to disrupt a domestic flight that was organized in advance of the boarding of these [Muslim] passengers. The purpose of their actions appeared to be multi-faceted, not the least of which was an attempt to change their status from passengers to victims of religious profiling. The situation was handled in a manner that we believe might have avoided an incident like USAir had in 2006, where everyone from the passengers who reported suspicious behavior to the airline was subjected to legal action by the Muslim passengers.”
And the Transportation Security Actors will NOT be investigating. Just friggin' wonderful.
Wheee, this is getting fun! Is Hansen the Climaquiddick leaker?
Although he might seem an unlikely suspect, in The Guardian today, he reveals his underlying motivation, telling the paper that it would be better for the planet and for future generations if next week's Copenhagen climate change summit ended in collapse.
Any agreement likely to emerge from the negotiations would be so deeply flawed that it would be better to start again from scratch, he says, adding: "I would rather it not happen if people accept that as being the right track because it's a disaster track ... The whole approach is so fundamentally wrong that it is better to reassess the situation."
So there we have it. This is a man with the motive and, from his elevated status in the "climate change community", he undoubtedly had the opportunity and the access.
By way of further confirmation that he dun it, it is highly suspicious that none of the emails released incriminate him or his Goddard Institute. And who else would have the knowledge to select such incriminating information from the mass of material that must be stored on the CRU computer?
And that's a good question he asks: if Hansen is it will Ma'am Boxer still want to prosecute him? And we should never allow a chance to whack on the Goreacle:
Berlingkse Media, a Danish group coordinating ticket sales and publicity for the event, said that "great annoyance" was a factor in the cancellation, along with unforeseen changes in Mr. Gore's program for the climate summit. The decision affected 3,000 ticket holders.
"We have had a clear-cut agreement, and it is unusual with great disappointment that we have to announce that Al Gore cancels. We had a huge expectation for the event. . . . We do not yet know the detailed reasons for the cancellation," said Lisbeth Knudsen, CEO of Berlingske Media, in a statement posted by the company.
Um, maybe because he doesn't want to have to deal with actual questions about what his "We're all going to die if you don't buy carbon credits" activism/making money is based on?
Cartoon stolen from Jammie Wearing Fool
Got something else to talk about, but it deserves a post all its own.
Anyone ever heard of something like this? I've done some measuring, and the dimensions seem identical, a I can't see anywhere that the mag could affect the disconnector and there are no marks that the trigger is dragging- ok, wait a minute.
Ignore the above. I just looked REAL close at the sides, and on the left side is a slight mark. And, while I'd measured front-to-back and that's identical, it appears the side-to-side on the new mag is larger; probably enough to cause the trigger bow to drag. So I need to disassemble the mag and do some sanding on the side to bring it to the same dimensions and then try it again(testing a gun part; will the labor never end?)
First time I've run into a problem like this; apparently the QC on that size isn't what it should be. Friend with the .32 got one of the same brand and not only does it work, it feeds hollowpoints much better than the original mag.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
This didn't say they couldn't build a new mosque, or be muslim; just no new minarets. No, it wouldn't pass muster here, but their law allows it. And I'll bet history like this(hadn't seen this quote before) was a serious factor:
The minarets are our bayonets; the domes are our helmets. Mosques are our barracks, the believers are soldiers. This holy army guards my religion. Almighty Our journey is our destiny, the end is martyrdom.
When you know that the enemy- and radical Islam is an enemy of all free and non-muslim people- looks on these structures as part of their attack, it gives you reason to not allow more of them(I do understand this is a problem for muslims who have assimilated and do not wish to spread submission by fire and sword; bad side effect). And remember that the Swiss have had a ringside seat to the 'disaffected north-African youths' rioting and raping and thieving and burning in France(in particular); having that next door is kind of like people in El Paso watching the cartels run wild just across the border: you want to discourage things like that.
Part of me really dislikes the vote: I have a knee-jerk reaction to follow Jefferson's comment that "It matters not whether my neighbor worships one god or twenty; it neither breaks my leg or picks my pocket." Problem is, in this case it does matter; when a significant fraction of a religion truly believes that non-believers deserve to die or be enslaved, and will act on that belief, all the neighbors have a problem.* And that's what the Swiss are dealing with. And they decided they'd rather present a disappointment to the Swiss muslims who are good people than allow the bad muslims more room.
It must flat infuriate the Swiss to hear crap like "Muslims indeed will not feel safe anymore." ; can anyone show one instance of muslims being threatened or attacked in Switzerland? But now it will happen? Bullcrap. And garbage like this:
"This proposal...is not considered just an attack on freedom of beliefs, but also an attempt to insult the feelings of the Muslim community in and outside Switzerland," [Mufti Ali] Gomaa, the Egyptian government's official interpreter of Islamic law, told the state-run news agency MENA.
Last I heard Egypt isn't exactly a welcoming nation to non-muslims, especially Jews, and most muslim governments are hostile- at the least- to anyone of other faith; for this clown to whine about 'freedom of beliefs' is disgusting. And you also have the veiled threats:
"I think Swiss Muslims will be angry and bitter over this," said Reinhard Schulze, professor of Islamic Studies at Berne University. "And we know that anger and bitterness among a community can lead to radicalisation, even to militancy."
"You wouldn't like to see the same things here as in France, now would you? Then you should not vote in ways that will upset muslims." Etc. I'd guess it's only a matter of time- if it hasn't started already- before the more blunt threats- disguised as warnings- start.
Which won't go over real well, I don't think; the Swiss are about the only nation in Europe that still maintain a gun culture, from troops taking their rifle and a basic ammo load home to shooting competitions all over the country, and they take the idea of self-defense pretty seriously from what I understand. It drives the EUnuchs up the walls and they're pushing hard for the Swiss to castrate themselves, but they haven't. And I'll bet that really is one reason Switzerland hasn't had the same problems as a lot of other countries: big difference between rioting and raping and burning in a place where people are disarmed and brainwashed into victimhood and trying it in a place where the reaction will likely be somewhat, let's say energetic.
So the usual suspects are whining about the 'bigotry' and 'hatred' of the Swiss for daring to say "We won't bend over", and they'll be pressuring them to change the vote. Let's hope they stand up to it.
*And isn't is just wonderful how our major media- Europe's too- is real big on beating on any 'fundamentalist' Christian or Jewish group who says something they don't like, but tries real hard to gloss over that significant fraction of muslims(when they have to mention them at all)?
I do like the idea of a deal: "When we can build churches(or synagogues if you really want them to blow seals) in Saudi Arabia, and people can worship freely there, then you can build another minaret." I don't believe the Saudis, or any other moslem country that currently bans churches would A: agree or B: keep their word, but it would be interesting to see what they'd say.
And, just for extra snork,
Al Gore has this morning told Berlingske Media's great annoyance has canceled his planned major climate talks for Danes 16th december Tap in the old Carlsberg because, under the title "Climate Conclusion".
Thank you, Sondra
There is no provision in the community's rules expressly forbidding flagpoles, Barfoot's daughter said. But she said the board ruled against her father's fixture and ordered it removed in July, deciding that free-standing flag poles are not aesthetically appropriate. Short flag stands attached to porches dot the community.
I wonder how he's feeling with NASA about to be sued for helping him prevent data from being released? Maybe just a wee bit nervous...
You think these clowns actually care about true free press?
Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said NASA has refused for two years to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act that would show how the agency has shaped its climate data and would explain why the agency has repeatedly had to correct its data going as far back as the 1930s.
This is not a small thing. The most basic understanding is "They've got something to hide; otherwise, why would they refuse a FOIA request for the data? Well, they say
Mark Hess, public affairs director for the Goddard Space Flight Center which runs the GISS laboratory, said they are working on Mr. Horner's request, though he couldn't say why they have taken so long.
"We're collecting the information and will respond with all the responsive relevant information to all of his requests," Mr. Hess said. "It's just a process you have to go through where you have to collect data that's responsive."
Uh, if he asks for that specific data, why would it take a COUPLE OF YEARS to find 'data that's responsive'? Bull crap. And proving Mr. Hess is a damned liar,
He said he was unfamiliar with the British controversy and couldn't say whether NASA was susceptible to the same challenges to its data.
There is no damned way that someone involved in such research could be 'unfamiliar' with the data equivalent of a tactical nuke going off in the lab. This is such an idiotic thing to say...
The White House has dismissed the British e-mails as irrelevant.
Yeah, because Obama and his minions are AGW True Believers, and inconvenient facts are t be dismissed. How can they use AGW as a reason to take over more of our lives if they admit there are, ah, 'difficulties' with their line?
And we have Sen. Ma'am Boxer weighing in on this:
Boxer said her committee may hold hearings into the matter as its top Republican, Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), has asked for, but that a criminal probe would be part of any such hearings.
"We may well have a hearing on this, we may not. We may have a briefing for senators, we may not," Boxer said. "Part of our looking at this will be looking at a criminal activity which could have well been coordinated.
"This is a crime," Boxer said.
Part of the crime, Ma'am, is that you've been using faked data and lies to push your global warming agenda; and it just rubs you raw that this information is out for all to see, doesn't it? 'May have a hearing' my ass.
Meet Robert McCulloch . Robert McCulloch is the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney in whose jurisdiction these arrests were made. Last year, during the presidential election, Robert McCulloch was a central figure in something called “The Barack Obama Truth Squad”. This “truth” squad was created at the request of the Missouri Obama for America campaign. As KMOV reported at the time:
“They will be reminding voters that Barack Obama is a Christian who wants to cut taxes for anyone who makes less than $250,000 a year. They also say they plan to respond immediately to any ads and statements that violate Missouri’s ethics laws.”
McCulloch himself was quoted in the report saying:
“If they’re not going to tell the truth, somebody’s got to step up and say, ‘That’s not true. This is the truth.’”
That is what McCulloch said he would do on “The Barack Obama Truth Squad” in his capacity as Prosecuting Attorney, NOT as a paid employee of the Obama for America Campaign. Please understand, in September of 2008, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch took on as his responsibility as a public official, paid for by the good people of Missouri, the role of “Rapid Response” for the Obama Campaign responsible for informing the voters of what is true and what is not, all the time reminding everyone that Barack Obama is a Christian who wants to cut taxes for anyone who makes less than $250,000 a year. I think even the most casual observer can look at this and reach the conclusion that Mr. McCulloch brings with him a certain level of partisan bias when executing his duties as Prosecuting Attorney.And he fits into the Gladney beating how?
- Robert McCulloch worked on behalf of the Obama for America campaign (Wicks and Howard) by aggressively promoting a pre-emptive strike against negative campaigning against Barack Obama. McCulloch is the person charged with the duty to bring charges against McCowan and Molens for assaulting Gladney outside the town hall meeting of Carnahan arranged by Howard following the volatile template written by Jorge! (Follow all that?)
So, how did McCulloch do in executing his duties in the Gladney case?
McCulloch handed the case over to county counselor Patricia Redington and washed his hands from that point on. It is interesting that McCulloch moved so quickly in using intimidation tactics by wielding the power of his office and the threat of legal ramifications for any negative advertising that may have suggested that candidate Obama might not actually lower taxes on everyone making $250,000 per year (have you gotten your tax cut yet?) but he passed the buck when it came to this case.
Meanwhile, Redington let this case languish for months before finally bringing modest charges against the suspects on the afternoon before Thanksgiving (an obvious attempt to let the story disappear). One week before the charges were brought, Big Government reported:When I first heard of the delays in investigating, let alone filing charges in this mess I remembered the 'Truth Squad' bullcrap and wondered if the officials in the case had been involved; turns out at least one of them was.
Missouri, you've got some sorry people in places of power in your justice system.
Kristof used Brodniak’s plight to argue for universal health care, decry Brodniak’s deadly lack of insurance (even though he got Medicaid coverage in August), and lambaste doctors for refusing to treat Brodniak due to low reimbursements.
Well, OHSU confirmed for me two things:
1) OHSU is a safety-net hospital not far from where Brodniak lives. The hospital accepts all Medicaid patients and would not turn Brodniak away.
Okay, are you ready for Number 2?
2) Brodniak is a patient at OHSU — and has been a patient there for the past three weeks.
In other words, at the time Kristof’s article was published this past Sunday, Brodniak was already being treated and cared for by some of the best neurologists in the country!
Please note the 11:37 update: Kristof plays "he says", "appears he will get treated", and such bullcrap games to cover up the fact that HE LIED.
New York Effing' Times ethical journalism.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
The first item listed is “Women’s Suffrage Amendment.” Let’s look at the vote: FOR: 36(R), 20(D) AGAINST 8(R) 17(D). Hmm. Looks to me like “brought to you by the Republicans.” Rural Electrification Act? So little opposition that they didn’t even take a record vote. The Federal Home Loan Program? O RLY? The one where “the credit program was a complete failure. While 41,000 homeowners applied for FHLB loans in the first two years after its enactment, the government agency administering the program approved just three applications.”? That led to Freddie Mac and Fannie May and the second depression, which we are now living? That one is all yours, baby.
The GI Bill? Written by an RNC chairman.The Civil Rights Act? Are you fucking retarded?
Read the rest, for just how wonderful the Democrat Party was on that one.
And please read his response to Phillip. I'll throw in a bit of my own to this part of Phillip's comment:
“…the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”
(Emphasis mine – BW)
Note the F-22 that Obama cut out of the budget. It was a plane for a war long since over, of little use against terrorism, and severely overbudget and over-inflating the pockets of private interest. Yet the businesses that made the plane or it’s parts, and the Congressmembers who received donations or had parts of the plane made in their districts, fought to keep it. This is the influence that Eisenhower is warning us of.
Well, Phil, it must be really nice to know the future like you do. I mean, to know for certain there'll never be any problems in the future with a government that has high-tech shit to throw at us. To KNOW that we'll never face terrorists who've been given up-to-date anti-aircraft stuff that the F22 just might be real handy in dealing with. Or have to deal with a terrorism-supporting nation like Syria that the Russians have been selling all kinds of stuff to.
Yeah, that's really going to help.
Lord Stern, who produced a detailed report on the issue for the Government, said evidence of climate change was “overwhelming”. He accepted that all views should be heard but said the degree of scepticism among “real scientists” was very small.
Yep. The 'Real Scientists' are almost all Believers, so anyone who doesn't agree is probably not a 'Real Scientist'. Kind of a self-fulfilling thing, isn't it?
That's not good enough for those who argue multimillionaires are still getting a free ride. "I feel that it's a contradiction to vote on a tax break for people worth $3.5 million and above while we're sending troops overseas without any idea how we're going to pay for it," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Slaughter said they needed to act on an estate tax bill to prevent the rate from going to zero next year. But she said her preference would be to revert immediately to the 55 percent rate set for 2011. "The sense that we've gotten from it is we need to do it because it's going to expire, and we've got 30 days, but frankly, given my choice, I'd rather go up to 55 percent right now," she said.
Advocacy groups such as United for a Fair Economy have been plugging a higher estate tax rate and lower exemption as critical particularly given the state of the economy and need to create jobs. They support a bill from Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., that would set the exemption at $2 million per spouse, adjusted for inflation, with a progressively rising estate tax rate based on the value of an estate. For estates worth up to $5 million, the tax would be 45 percent, rising to 50 percent for up to $10 million and 55 percent for those above $10 million. That would cost about $203 billion, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
Please note: this is a bunch of God-cursed thieves arguing that because someone dies the government should be able to simply seize 55% of the estate. Not because taxes are due, not because someone didn't pay something, simply because they want that money and have no compunctions about stealing it.
And that is exactly what they're planning: grand theft under color of government, with lots of "It's only fair!" bullshit to try to cover it up.
Let's see, illegal use of databases and position, and instead of prosecuting them the AG is defending them in a civil suit by the one they wronged. Wonderful people you have in high places, Ohio.
After a few minutes the man in the aisle seat states through a tight lipped smile, " Admiral , United States Coast Guard, retired. Married, two sons, both Judges."
After some thought, the fellow in the center seat decides to introduce himself. With a twinkle in his eye he proclaims, " Master Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy, retired. Never married, two sons, both Admirals.
Stolen from Tim's comment at Rodger's place
One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best to ensure that Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama's speech would be well-received.
Just minutes before the president took the stage inside Eisenhower Hall, the gathered cadets were asked to respond "enthusiastically" to the speech. But it didn't help: The soldiers' reception was cool.
One didn't have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea upon hearing Obama's speech. It was the least truthful address that he has ever held. He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly.
Just in Time for the Campaign
For each troop movement, Obama had a number to match. US strength in Afghanistan will be tripled relative to the Bush years, a fact that is sure to impress hawks in America. But just 18 months later, just in time for Obama's re-election campaign, the horror of war is to end and the draw down will begin. The doves of peace will be let free.
The speech continued in that vein. It was as though Obama had taken one of his old campaign speeches and merged it with a text from the library of ex-President George W. Bush. Extremists kill in the name of Islam, he said, before adding that it is one of the "world's great religions." He promised that responsibility for the country's security would soon be transferred to the government of President Hamid Karzai -- a government which he said was "corrupt." The Taliban is dangerous and growing stronger. But "America will have to show our strength in the way that we end wars," he added.
It was a dizzying combination of surge and withdrawal, of marching to and fro. The fast pace was reminiscent of plays about the French revolution: Troops enter from the right to loud cannon fire and then they exit to the left. And at the end, the dead are left on stage.
I started to add a link to this in the earlier 'rainy morning' post, but decided this one needed its own post.
*Science czar John Holdren, who will testify on Capitol Hill this week at a hearing on ClimateGate, infamously hyped weather catastrophes and demographic disasters in the 1970s with his population control freak pals Paul and Anne Ehrlich. He made a public bet against free-market economist Julian Simon predicting dire shortages of five natural resources as a result of feared overconsumption. He lost on all counts. No matter.
Canada Free Press (CFP) columnist Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball notes that Holdren turned up in the ClimateGate files belittling the work of astrophysicists Sallie Baliunas and Willie Soon at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in the Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences Division. Holdren put “Harvard” in sneer quotes when mocking a research paper Baliunas and Soon published in 2003 showing that “the 20th century is probably not the warmest nor a uniquely extreme climatic period of the last millennium.” First, deny. Next, deride.
And so on. Lots of corrupted-science pushers around the Oval Office these days.
It should be noted, Joy Behar is a bigoted fool. Big surprise, huh?
Also from Malkin, Charles Barron is a RWPP jackass who, unsurprisingly, is on the NYEffin'City Council. Actually, he may not be a true RWPP; he may just be another racist bastard.
Why do some politicians seem to lie by reflex about the most idiotic things?
George Monbiot is- well, 'friggin' idiot' doesn't quite cover it, but it's close. From Goldberg:
No serious student of energy and development economics thinks that oil will become less important in at least the next several decades. Every forecast shows demand—domestic and worldwide—going up steadily, or even sharply. Perhaps more importantly, this is also true of coal. China, which is building a new coal-fired power plant every 10 days, has surpassed the U.S. to become the biggest CO2 emitter in the world, and very soon India and Brazil will overtake America as well. They have no intention of abandoning cheap, reliable, and powerful fossil fuels—that they own—in favor of incredibly inefficient, unproven, and expensive “alternative” energy that they’d have to buy from America or Europe. This is true not only because fossil-fuel energy is cost-effective in its own right, but also because they’ve already paid for the infrastructure.
And they're in earnest about lifting their countries up, improving lives, and they need energy, affordable energy, to do it. Guess what? So do we.
Chris Matthews lets slip what he actually thinks about the military. Anyone surprised?
Update: he tries to talk his way out of it. Not very well.
No, I didn't watch the speech; I was about 95% sure I knew what was coming, and I was about right. "I'm sending troops, but not as many as needed. AND I'm telling the Taliban 'Hold on, we'll be gone by this date'. So SEE, I AM doing something! It just took me all these months while troops are fighting and dying and killing to decide on this! And it's all Bush's fault!" Etc. From Althouse,
But I'll say what I thought: He sounded oddly stern, like he was lecturing us. Annoyed at us. The words were meant to be inspirational but there was no lift... no lift of a driving dream. Is he tired of being Obama? Or was it the vibe in the room? I don't think those West Point folk liked him too much. He made some pauses that felt awkward in advance of grudging applause, and the response at the end was minimal. The camera searched among the faces and found only grim ones. No one glowed with the fire of Obama-love.
Well, hell, they're listening to a President who has made his disdain for them plain; who's sending a bunch of people off to fight and die when they know more of them will die because he won't send the numbers needed and doesn't have the balls to say 'victory', let alone turn the troops loose to win.
And Anne? He IS lecturing us; he IS annoyed at us for not giving him what he wants and doing what he wants(socialized medicine, anyone?); he's annoyed that he's being held to his campaign words on Afghanistan instead of being allowed to cut and run the way he really wants to. He did this at West Point because he wanted a captive audience in uniform who- he thought- would be pressured into giving him the homage he thinks he deserves; I have no doubt that's why he did it there instead of an address from the Oval Office, which this should have been.
From a moron in her comments: Obama: "Let me be clear: there has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of the war."
The right-wing blogosphere claimed otherwise.
Well, let's see; the report and recommendations he ordered McChrystal to make? he refused to receive officially for a friggin' month, he's played games 'studying the situation(again)' ever since, he's allowing fewer troops than McChrystal says are needed, and because of the game-playing they'll start getting there months later than they should(as someone points out, 2010 is in less than a month, and it takes months to get that many troops ready, packed up and sent over), but there was no 'delay or denial'. Uh huh. Yeah.
That's enough for now. Cookies in the oven.
And if you don't think the Climaquiddick mess helped derail this mess...
In the newly obtained documents, Nell Abernathy, a representative of The Corporation, is shown providing the handpicked moderator a list of “concrete asks” to be emailed to the call participants following the conference call. The first concrete ask in the document [document 1] included volunteering on issues that were closely related to legislation being vehemently debated nationally:
“Serve in your community. You are probably already working to improve health care or green a neighborhood. Reach out to friends, colleagues and fans to serve with you. Ask five to pledge to serve with you.”
Health Care Reform and Cap-and-Trade legislation were both being intensely debated in Congress in August, causing town hall meetings at the time to go nuclear over the proposed health-care legislation. Democrats were widely viewed as losing the debate. Asking a stacked group of pro-Obama art activists to address these issues could only lead to policy advocacy – and it did, as we have shown (here & here).
The new documents also show that other efforts were underway. In response [document 2] to the “concrete asks” document, an artist that participated in the call sent the following (emphasis added):
“We’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming about how we can add our skillset to this effort, and here are some of our thoughts…Making prints that subtly encourage the progressive agenda. Health care, Employee free choice, immigration, energy conservation, etc.”
This is the type of propaganda art that Big Hollywood helped stop by publishing the article. The response was sent by a talented print designer (Tugboat Printshops) prior to, but on the same day that, the article was published.
And lots more, ending with
The obvious question is – if the NEA, the Corporation, and the White House weren’t doing anything wrong, why did this activity abruptly stop?
What finally woke me up were the utterances of "bitch," "witch," and "monster" toward Hillary Clinton and her supporters early last year. I was shocked into reality: the trash-talk wasn't coming from conservatives, but from male and female liberals.
I finally beheld what my eyes had refused to see: that leftists are Mr. and Ms. Misogyny. Neither the males nor the females care a whit about women.
Women are continually sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. If under radical Islam women are enshrouded and stoned and beheaded, so be it.
Then along came Sarah, and the attacks became particularly heinous. And I realized something even more chilling about the Left. Leftists not only sacrifice and disrespect women, but it's far worse: many are perpetuators.
The Left's behavior towards Palin is not politics as usual. By their laser-focus on her body and her sexuality, leftists are defiling her.
They are wilding her. And they do this with the full knowledge and complicity of the White House.
The Left has declared war on Palin because she threatens their existence. Liberals need women dependent and scared so that women, like blacks, will vote Democrat.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Contact info for Oberstar at the link
I cannot support a movement that holds that purely religious doctrine should govern civil political decisions and that uses the sacredness of religious faith for the pursuit of worldly power. Yeah, I don't like Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton either.
I cannot support a movement that is deeply homophobic, cynically deploys fear of homosexuals to win votes, and gives off such a racist vibe that its share of the minority vote remains pitiful. Right. The last time I checked, Barack Obama was still opposed to gay marriage, despite a whole lot of wishful thinking and hard work on the part of the LGBT community in 2008. Of course, you've spent a substantial portion of 2009 excusing Obama's refusal to lift a finger on LGBT issues, so this sort of righteous indignation comes across as both cynical and pathetic at the same time.
I cannot support a movement which has no real respect for the institutions of government and is prepared to use any tactic and any means to fight political warfare rather than conduct a political conversation. Yeah, I don't like ACORN either.
- Margarida Jorge worked at SEIU in St. Louis. She wrote the HCAN memo on fighting back against the right.
- Sara Howard worked at SEIU in St Louis. She also worked for Obama For America. The day before the St. Louis town hall, she was hired by Rep. Russ Carnahan.
- Elston McCowan and Perry Molens worked at SEIU in St. Louis. They have been charged with the bloody assault of Kenneth Gladney.
- Jorge, Howard, McCowan and Molens were all involved with Buffy Wicks at Obama For America in Missouri.
- Buffy Wicks now works for Valerie Jarret in the White House Office of Public Engagement and was involved in the NEA Conference Calls.
Does your head hurt yet? If it doesn’t, it will tomorrow.The whole piece is up at Big Government. Including:
Tomorrow we will show how this small network of insiders in the leftist political power structure of St. Louis are inter-connected with the very people charged with investigating and prosecuting the individuals responsible for beating Kenneth Gladney. And, how those same people were also instrumental in the Obama Campaign in Missouri in 2008. We will show how the three month delay in bringing charges against the assailants appear to be motivated by political and personal relationships in the close-knit family that is the St. Louis Democratic Party.
Two key points: Specter is a former trial lawyer, and
At a time when Mr. Specter is in a tough primary fight in his new party, he needs all the generosity he can get from his supporters in the plaintiff's bar.
Specter is a slimy bastard of the Edwards type: he actually gives trial lawyers a worse name.
Frankly it’s quite easy to discern:
“Today we have reached the point where consumption and people’s desire to consume has grown out of proportion,” said Pachauri. “The reality is that our lifestyles are unsustainable.”
You see, this isn’t about science or about AGW. AGW isn’t a reason for this action, it is an excuse. The reason. Well again, read the statement above. That’s not the reality at all. That’s as much a hypothesis as is AGW. Pachauri has decided that you need to change your lifestyle. Please understand that doesn’t mean he feels he needs to change his. Only yours. And he and the global elite intend to use this opportunity to impose it:
Got that? This is the aim. This is a role those that are attracted to the potential of the UN have been trying to create since it’s inception.
A new value system of “sustainable consumption” was now urgently required, he said.
The judge should have ripped him a new one, not played games with 'You will apologize'. And the Sheriff should have backed him up. This clown's not even a deputy, he's a detention officer, which basically means jailer.
Makes me think less of Arpaio.
Where and who?
The Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean have become some of the most dangerous waters in the world because of the Somalian pirates. Three naval operations are tasked with combating piracy: a Nato force; a combined taskforce involving the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Pakistan and other countries; and Navfor, an EU force.
Which leads to
A Nato spokesman said this weekend that it did not have any mandate to arrest and detain pirates, only to disrupt their activities. It was a decision for the commander of each vessel on what do with captives. The combined taskforce has a similar policy.
Somalian pirates who are terrorising yachts and cargo ships in the Indian Ocean are being routinely allowed to go free by international naval forces despite being captured with their weapons and even holding hostages.
Pirates who are seized from the skiffs by the Royal Navy and other maritime forces are pleasantly surprised to find themselves being offered life jackets, medical checks and hot food. They are then often set free, either because they have not been captured “in the act of piracy” or because of the risk that they would claim asylum if prosecuted in Europe.
More than 340 suspected Somalian pirates have been captured in anti-piracy operations over the past year and subsequently released on the advice of lawyers. Some have been disembarked on African beaches because of concerns over the seaworthiness of their vessels.
Just effing wonderful, isn't it?
After saying that one opponent of Maps 3 should be 'called out', Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett now says he won't debate former legislator Porter Davis.
"In the past when you have had public debates, typically who fills the rooms is people who have strong opinions one way or the other, and I don't know that that's fruitful at this point," said the Mayor in an interview with KTOK News at a maps 3 forum held Monday night.
Ah. So an opponent of this plan 'should be called out', but hizzoner doesn't have the balls- or integrity, one or the other- to actually debate the guy on it.
Got news for you, Mayor; having people who have strong opinions one way or the other and arguing points in front of them is a part of representative government; do you not understand that, or just not like it and so wish to toss it out?
First in a probable series of "Idiot/Crooked/Dumbass Politicians on the Local Level"
So concerned is the government by the decision that Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer Schlumpf, watching the results come in on Sunday afternoon, apparently told her advisers there ought to be some restrictions on what the general public can actually vote on.
Yeah, can't have the peasants thinking they're actually the ones in control of government, now can we?
While visiting my parents I saw some of the 'Evening News' on ABC, NBC and CBS for the first time in quite a while; I'd forgotten just how bad they are. Every bit of this was painted as 'Right-Wing groups who don't like immigrants', etc. Reinforced why I'm so glad I don't have to depend on these clowns for information anymore.
I misremembered 'mosques', and stand corrected
Given star billing by the IPCC, not least for the way it appeared to eliminate the long-accepted Mediaeval Warm Period when temperatures were higher they are today, the graph became the central icon of the entire man-made global warming movement.
I knew they were largely full of crap. The Medieval Warm Period was without question; hell, they used to grow grapes and make wine(quite good wine from what I've read) in England during that period, Greenland was settled then. And yet, to make AGW 'real', they wanted the records of that to go away(preferably) or be ignored(at least). That's not good science. That's not even bad science, that's people defending a virtual religious viewpoint.
The reason why even the Guardian's George Monbiot has expressed total shock and dismay at the picture revealed by the documents is that their authors are not just any old bunch of academics. Their importance cannot be overestimated, What we are looking at here is the small group of scientists who have for years been more influential in driving the worldwide alarm over global warming than any others, not least through the role they play at the heart of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Professor Philip Jones, the CRU's director, is in charge of the two key sets of data used by the IPCC to draw up its reports. Through its link to the Hadley Centre, part of the UK Met Office, which selects most of the IPCC's key scientific contributors, his global temperature record is the most important of the four sets of temperature data on which the IPCC and governments rely – not least for their predictions that the world will warm to catastrophic levels unless trillions of dollars are spent to avert it.
Dr Jones is also a key part of the closely knit group of American and British scientists responsible for promoting that picture of world temperatures conveyed by Michael Mann's "hockey stick" graph which 10 years ago turned climate history on its head by showing that, after 1,000 years of decline, global temperatures have recently shot up to their highest level in recorded history.
I remember when that graph first came out. I also remember the stories(small ones) when some of those troublesome people wanted to see the raw data so they could work through it themselves to confirm or disprove the conclusion, and Mann having fits to prevent that; BIG warning sign(as was the way the major media refused to cover it). When a scientists refuses to release data for review, it means he's afraid someone might- or will- find something that doesn't agree with him*. Which means bad science was done.
Now we're sitting here with compromised studies that were being used to seize more control over our lives, politicians playing "The science is settled" games to try to keep going with this mess, and the people involved in this bad science still trying very hard to hide as much data as possible. And the major media, for the most part, is still trying to either ignore the story or slant it as much as possible to prevent the AGW weenies from being held to account. Just friggin' wonderful, isn't it?
*If some data has some kind of privacy or security matter attached, that can be dealt with so the data can still be properly reviewed and tested; claiming that as a reason to never release it is either a result of not thinking it through, or using that as an excuse to hide the data.
Apparently an officer who knows how to shoot.
Michelle Malkin has a lot on this mess here. Very short version: this bastard should never have been released from prison in Arkansas, and he should NEVER have been out on bail in Washington:
He was released from custody just six days ago, even though he was wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Arkansas and was staring at eight felony charges in all out of Washington state.
The judge who granted bail ought to be dragged out of that courtroom by his long black robes and- I'm not sure, you think the whipping post or tar and feathers? Or both? Of course, you'd have to do the whipping first, but that works. I'm sure he has some fine-sounding excuse for this crap, and will never pay any penalty for this stupidity.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wound up being given the job of writing a bunch of stuff for the agency, because A: he was 'free'(didn't have to pay him anything extra) and B: they figured it was stuff he couldn't mess up(yes, some of you are screaming "NO!!" right now).
You can figure out what happened. Not only did he sometimes put stuff into the system and turn it loose without proper testing("If there's any problem call me, but it'll be fine" as he headed for the door), but he was convinced he knew better than anyone else what was needed and how it should be done. Caused some problems that were still going on when I retired, though things had been much reduced by then.*
That was with one guy writing the stuff; take something like that and add HUGE amounts of complexity AND another guy taking over and trying to figure out the mess left by the first guy and you have this. One of the differences is that in our case, when the guy messed something up or ran something other than the way he was supposed to, he'd generally get called on it and made to fix it; at the CRU they'd just screw with it some more to get the result they wanted. Which idiocy and dishonesty stands likely to cost us not just incredible amounts of money but large chunks of our lives and freedoms if the clowns still pushing this AGW garbage aren't slapped down. Hard. Preferably with a friggin' hockey stick.
Clearly, nothing like these established procedures was used at CRU. Indeed, the code seems to have been written overwhelmingly by just two people (one at a time) over the past 30 years. Neither of these individuals was a formally trained programmer and there appears to have been no project planning or even formal documentation. Indeed, the comments of the second programmer, the hapless “Harry”, as he struggled to understand the work of his predecessor are now being read as a kind of programmer’s Icelandic saga describing a death march through an inexplicable maze of ineptitude and boobytraps.
I’ve already reported on irregular physical gold settlements which occurred in London, England back in the first week of October, 2009. Specifically, these settlements involved the intermediation of at least one Central Bank [The Bank of England] to resolve allocated settlements on behalf of J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank – who DID NOT have the gold bullion that they had sold short and were contracted to deliver. At the same time I reported on two other unusual occurrences:
1] - irregularities in the publication of the gold ETF - GLD’s bar list from Sept. 25 – Oct.14 where the length of the bar list went from 1,381 pages to under 200 pages and then back up to 800 or so pages.
2] - reports of 400 oz. “good delivery” bricks of gold found gutted and filled with tungsten within the confines of LBMA approved vaults in Hong Kong.I think this will constitute a "Oh BLEEP!!" matter for a whole lot of people. Especially since
Roughly 15 years ago – during the Clinton Administration [think Robert Rubin, Sir Alan Greenspan and Lawrence Summers] – between 1.3 and 1.5 million 400 oz tungsten blanks were allegedly manufactured by a very high-end, sophisticated refiner in the USA [more than 16 Thousand metric tonnes]. Subsequently, 640,000 of these tungsten blanks received their gold plating and WERE shipped to Ft. Knox and remain there to this day. I know folks who have copies of the original shipping docs with dates and exact weights of “tungsten” bars shipped to Ft. Knox.
Thanks to Sondra for finding this, first I'd heard of it.
'He talks too much," a Saudi academic in Jeddah, who had once been smitten with Barack Obama, recently observed to me of America's 44th president. He has wearied of Mr. Obama and now does not bother with the Obama oratory.
He is hardly alone, this academic. In the endless chatter of this region, and in the commentaries offered by the press, the theme is one of disappointment. In the Arab-Islamic world, Barack Obama has come down to earth.
and Stories Obama Doesn't Want Told, including
He sees America as another pleasant country on the U.N. roll call, somewhere between Albania and Zimbabwe
(some of us figured that out a while back, but it does stand)
And one more: Honduras has an election and Zelaya finds out what those bus tires feel like.