Friday, August 01, 2014

Dems Want New Tax On Sugar-Sweetened Drinks | TheBlaze.com

Dems Want New Tax On Sugar-Sweetened Drinks | TheBlaze.com:
"Beverages sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup would be slapped with a new federal tax if three House Democrats have their way.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) proposed the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act, or the SWEET Act, on Wednesday. Her bill would impose a one-cent tax for every teaspoon of caloric sweetener used in a drink."

OMG! $1.4 MILLION more in ads!!!--------Proposal 1 backers spend nearly $7M to win votes

Proposal 1 backers spend nearly $7M to win votes | Crain's Detroit Business:
"The groups backing Proposal 1, which just about every business, labor and local government group supports, have spent almost $7 million to make sure voters support it at the polls next week.
Proposal 1 seeks to create the funding stream for local communities after the repeal of the state’s tax on industrial personal property.
While there is no organized opposition to it, the group Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities has raised more than $8.3 million in support of the initiative, according to a filing made Friday with the Michigan Department of State.
The bulk of the money in support of the proposal has come from the Michigan Manufacturers Association, which has pumped in more than $2.8 million.
Ford Motor Co. kicked in $2 million in February, while General Motors Co. contributed $500,000 this month and Chrysler Group LLC added $250,000 in June.
......The proposal will appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot; the group still has $1.4 million left to spend."

Study: Hundreds of rules passed by Obama administration are technically illegal - The Washington Post

Study: Hundreds of rules passed by Obama administration are technically illegal - The Washington Post:
"Under a 1996 statute, most federal rules are supposed to be reported to the House and Senate in paper form and to the General Accountability Office electronically. But since the start of 2012, that hasn’t happened for many of the regulations put out by the Obama administration, either because of bureaucratic oversight or because they were considered too minor to be reported.
Failing to report many of the rules is a “technical violation” of the statute, “and the law says they can’t take effect,” according to Robert Cramer, GAO’s managing associate general counsel."

25 Unearthly Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist.

25 Unearthly Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist.:
"25. Zhangye Danxia Landform, China"

What could possibly go wrong?-------1000 Children Fleeing Violent Honduras Heading to Violent Chicago

1000 Children Fleeing Violent Honduras Heading to Violent Chicago | CNS News:
"A thousand children said to be fleeing the violence in Central America will be welcomed to Chicago, where local children are routinely in the cross-fire of gang-related grudges.
 Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at the request of the Obama administration in which he formerly served, says he is working with local organizations to make room for up to one thousand additional unaccompanied children "traveling" from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border in the coming year."


If What Allen West Just Said Is True, Obama Might Be In Serious Trouble...

If What Allen West Just Said Is True, Obama Might Be In Serious Trouble...:
“We are allowing all of these individuals to include MS-13 [gang] members to come across our border but we can’t bring our own Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi across that border back home,” he lamented.
“This is a powder keg that is building up in the military community,” he noted, explaining that, if the Obama administration rewards accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl with back pay after his time in the custody of Afghanistan terrorists, the brewing tension might come to a boil. "

Yikes! The value of a degree from that school just tanked-------Temple University scraps SAT requirement for new students

Temple University scraps SAT requirement for new students - Yahoo News:
 Philadelphia's Temple University said on Tuesday it will no longer require prospective students to submit a standardized test score when they apply, joining a small but growing group of schools that believe there are other ways to gauge talent.
Temple said it is the first public research university in the United States' Northeast to broaden its admissions policy in this way. Most U.S. schools still rely on students' SAT or ACT test scores when choosing whom to admit.
A prospective student's high-school grade point average, class rank or even his or her "grit, self-determination and self-confidence" may all be better predictors of success in higher education, Temple said in its announcement.

Seriously? MSNBC segment claims that climate change could make a real ‘Sharknado’ happen

Seriously? MSNBC segment claims that climate change could make a real ‘Sharknado’ happen | Video | TheBlaze.com:
 "During Wednesday’s edition of “News Nation” with Tamron Hall on MSNBC, a guest actually claimed that that climate change could make a “Sharknado” happen."

sharknado

Free laptops! What could possibly go wrong...........Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops

Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops - WNYC:
Inside Hoboken’s combined junior-senior high school is a storage closet. 
Behind the locked door, some mothballed laptop computers are strewn among brown cardboard boxes. 
Others are stacked one atop another. 
Dozens more are stored on mobile computer carts, many of them on their last legs.
That’s all that remains from a failed experiment to assign every student a laptop at Hoboken Junior Senior High School. 
It began five years ago with an unexpected windfall of stimulus money from Washington, D.C.,
California Governor Jerry Brown: Climate Change Will Drive Millions of People North over the Border

On a three-day trade mission to Mexico, California governor Jerry Brown talked most frequently about climate change and immigration, and spoke passionately about the link between the two, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Barack Obama Has Really Pissed Off Maggie Gyllenhaal


Kaitlan Collins
Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars in the new miniseries “The Honorable Woman” on the Sundance Channel, which centers on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has become increasingly disillusioned with Barack Obama.
Gyllenhaal, who backed Obama’s presidency in both elections, said in a recent interview with Time magazine released Thursday that she used to really believe in the president, but now she’s “not sure what he believes in anymore.”


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/31/barack-obama-has-alienated-maggie-gyllenhaal/#ixzz398wM0X2g

Tonight here at EAA!------EAA AirVenture Daily Highlights Schedule | EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Daily Highlights Schedule | EAA AirVenture Oshkosh:
"6 – 6:30 p.m. 
 Old Glory Honor Flight Return Home Ceremony (Boeing Plaza)"

Old Glory Honor Flight

Sad------Pilot in Thursday morning crash at AirVenture dies

We're told it was following a warbird and got caught in the wake turbulence.
The Breezy is a fun but tiny, two seat plane.
Pilot in Thursday morning crash at AirVenture dies:
"The pilot of a single-engine Breezy airplane that crashed Thursday morning at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh died from his injuries, while a passenger remains in critical condition.

The airplane crashed in a grassy area east of the airport's north-south runway while attempting a landing at about 9 a.m., during the early hours of the fourth day of the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture convention.
According to the Oshkosh Fire Department the plane burst into flames after it crashed into a line of Oshkosh Corp. military trucks that are being stored on the periphery of the airport"

The median American household lost a third of its wealth in the last 10 years | WashingtonExaminer.com

The median American household lost a third of its wealth in the last 10 years | WashingtonExaminer.com:
"The median American household saw its wealth decline by more than one-third in the past decade, according to a new estimate published by the Russell Sage Foundation."



Yes, fluff. But somehow compelling..........What I Instagrammed Vs. What Was Really Happening, Or My Entire Life Is A Lie

What I Instagrammed Vs. What Was Really Happening, Or My Entire Life Is A Lie | Bustle

History for August 1

History for August 1 - On-This-Day.com: 
World Breastfeeding Week begins (Aug 1-7). See www.lalecheleague.org

Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, IL (Aug 1-3). 23rd anniversary. See www.lollapalooza.com

Twins Day Festival, Twinsburg, OH (Aug 1-3). See www.twinsdays.org
 

Birth anniversary of Herman Melville (1819-91), author of Moby-Dick.
 










Anniversary of the World Wide Web: the creation of what would become the World Wide Web was suggested this month in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at CERN. They had designed a prototype Web browser by October.

1790 - The first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia 



1834 - Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill. 



1893 - Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford. 



1894 - The first Sino-Japanese War erupted. The dispute was over control of Korea. 



1914 - Germany declared war on Russia at the beginning of World War I. 



1936 - Adolf Hitler presided over the Olympic games as they opened in Berlin. 



1944 - In Warsaw, Poland, an uprising against Nazi occupation began. The revolt continued until October 2 when Polish forces surrendered. 



1944 - Anne Frank wrote her last diary entry.



1956 - The Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult children. 


In the Aug 1, 1962, issue #15 of Amazing Fantasy, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced a new superhero for Marvel: Spider-Man.



1973 - The movie "American Graffiti" opened. 


1986 - John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal were married. 



2006 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned over absolute power when he gave his brother Raul authority while he underwent an intestinal surgery.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BREAKING: Court Says Obama Admin MUST Turn Over Fast and Furious Documents

BREAKING: Court Says Obama Admin MUST Turn Over Fast and Furious Documents:
"Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, the court ruled on Thursday that documents that have previously been withheld from Congress under a flimsy pretense of executive privilege must be turned over to Congress. "

Poor Sandra Fluke Can’t Afford to Buy Her Own Birth Control, But She Can Spend $100K On This…

Poor Sandra Fluke Can’t Afford to Buy Her Own Birth Control, But She Can Spend $100K On This…:
"But, the bigger story is that Sandra Fluke, who complained to be unable to pay for birth control, a expenditure that she claimed cost $3,000 a year even though birth control pills can be purchased at most pharmacies for $4 a month, has given her campaign a total of $116,826,27. Of that, $12,000 was donated outright, $4,826.27 was given in non-monetary contributions, and $100,000 was given by Fluke to her campaign in the form of a loan. "

Professor defends comparison of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to MLK - EAGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc.

Professor defends comparison of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to MLK - EAGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc.:

"NEW YORK – Fox News host Megyn Kelly posed a simple question on her Tuesday program:

Why on earth would anyone want to teach children that convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal “is in any way like Martin Luther King?”

Kelly was asking the question in response to EAGnews reports that labor unions in California are pressuring the Oakland Unified School District to reinstate a series of lessons that teaches students that Abu-Jamal’s views are similar to those of King.
For answers, Kelly interviewed Johanna Fernandez, a coordinator for the “Campaign to Bring Mumia Home.”
 After several minutes of rehashing the facts of Abu-Jamal’s case, Fernandez finally answered Kelly’s original question: Why should any student “hear this man compared in any serious tone to Dr. Martin Luther King, who was against violence?”
Fernandez’s answer was revealing:
Well, you know what, Miss Kelly? I think that Americans don’t really know who Martin Luther King was. By the end of his life, Martin Luther King said at the Riverside Church in 1967 that the United States is the biggest purveyor of violence in the world.
He also said in his “I Have a Dream” speech that he could not stand by, uh, before the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. Essentially, by the end of his life, Martin Luther King – like Mumia Abu-Jamal – was a radical.
So, according to Fernandez, Abu-Jamal – who was convicted of shooting Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner five times, including once in the face – was simply picking up where King left off."

They haven't paid their bills for 2 years and they need MORE time?!!!!!------Mayor Duggan May Extend 15-Day Pause on Water Shutoffs While He Develops Better Plan

Mayor Duggan May Extend 15-Day Pause on Water Shutoffs While He Develops Better Plan –  Deadline Detroit:
“It’s hurt the reputation of the city, the way it’s been handled,” Duggan said. Last week, in the midst of all the commotion, the city announced a 15-day pause in shutoffs.
The Freep writes  that Duggan has said he would have handled the crackdown on delinquent customers differently, with more advance warning, more outreach and a gathering of more resources for poor customers before instituting a citywide program of shutoffs.
Duggan said he wants to give residents more time while he sets up a system to give them an opportunity to get help and make arrangements to keep the water flowing.

New Emails Show Lois Lerner Called Some Conservatives ‘A**holes’ | TheBlaze.com

New Emails Show Lois Lerner Called Some Conservatives ‘A**holes’ | TheBlaze.com:
“This email shows that Ms. Lerner’s mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives,” Camp wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. ”This new evidence clearly demonstrates why Ms. Lerner not only targeted conservatives, but denied such groups their rights to due process and equal protection under the law.”

ABC's Harris Falsely Hits Sarah Palin as the 'Woman Who Says She Can See Russia from Her House'

ABC's Harris Falsely Hits Sarah Palin as the 'Woman Who Says She Can See Russia from Her House' | Media Research Center:
Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris on Monday night mocked Sarah Palin for her new internet channel and falsely identified the conservative as "the woman who says she can see Russia from her house." [MP3 audio here.] 
No, she didn't. It was Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey in 2008 who uttered this line.
In the tease for the report, Harris played the actual quote: "You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."
So what is the point of misleading viewers with something Palin didn't say?
Making his contempt clear, Harris derided the Republican as the "former half-term governor of Alaska." He then went on to deride Palin's new channel as too expensive. 

Hero cat saves boy from dog attack

Cruz whipping tonight against Boehner border bill - The Washington Post

Cruz whipping tonight against Boehner border bill - The Washington Post:
"Cruz has said he would like House Republicans to defund Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program, a suggestion Boehner has so far resisted. At Wednesday’s meeting, Cruz is expected to ask House Republicans to tell Boehner to include this in his plan or risk defeat on the floor and outrage from grassroots activists."



Huge Scandal at FBI: Dubious Forensic Evidence Used in Convictions of Hundreds, Possibly Thousands of People

Huge Scandal at FBI: Dubious Forensic Evidence Used in Convictions of Hundreds, Possibly Thousands of People - Hit & Run : Reason.com:
"As regular Reason readers know, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been reviewing thousands of cases where it may have used dubious forensic evidence to get a conviction. Today's Washington Post fills us in on how that's been going:
Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said.
The findings troubled the bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August. 
 Case reviews resumed this month at the order of the Justice Department, the officials said.
Oh.
The issue is the use of hair found at a crime scene to prove a defendant had been present. According to the Post, "FBI policy has stated since at least the 1970s that a hair association cannot be used as positive identification, like fingerprints," yet "agents regularly testified to the near-certainty of matches" in the 1980s and '90s.
A spokesman for the Justice Department told that paper that the bureau's claims regularly "exceeded the limits of science.""

A billboard lawyer on the Supreme Court?!!!!!-------Richard Bernstein starts out Supreme Court candidacy with big advantage

Tim Skubick: Richard Bernstein starts out Supreme Court candidacy with big advantage | MLive.com:
"They contend that name ID is worth a ton of gold if you are running for a statewide office.
Candidates with enough money can “purchase” that - think candidate Rick Snyder who started out with a paltry 3% name identification and went on to become governor.
The contest for state Supreme Court is perhaps the best, some critics say worse, illustration on how your name ID can contribute to a win.
Just ask all the Kavanaghs, Kelleys, O’Haras, Brennans, and Fitzgeralds who have run for the court hoping their Irish-Catholic name would translated into votes and it has.
So the entrance of a Bernstein into the contest this fall continues the name game tradition.
Bernstein? Bernstein?
Where have you heard that name?
Ah yes, the Bernstein law firm run by daddy Sam and his siblings. 
Perhaps you have seen their TV ads, or their sponsorship of the “Ask Sam” TV studio and post-game gabfest after each Tiger’s game.
You’d have to be from another planet not to recognize the name."

Solar Subsidy Part Two

Solar Subsidy Part Two [Michigan Capitol Confidential]:
"“You should not be celebrating announcements, you should be celebrating actual jobs, even more so if you can get the jobs without state money,” said James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
“What they said five years ago didn’t happen. 
They are saying now it can. 
They got credit for promising these jobs. 
Now, they are coming back and making the exact same promises.”"

Please Stop Helping Us

Please Stop Helping Us - Walter E. Williams - Page 1:
"While reading the first chapter of Jason Riley's new book, "Please Stop Helping Us," I thought about Will Rogers' Prohibition-era observation that "Oklahomans vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls." Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain that "one of the advantages and disadvantages of representing blacks is their shameless loyalty. ... You can almost get away with raping babies and be forgiven. 
You don't have any vigilance about your performance." 
In my opinion, there appear to be no standards of performance low enough for blacks to lose their loyalty to their black political representatives."

News Crew Booted From State Property for Filming Outside Empty Prison. Now, People Are Wondering Just What Is Going on There. | Video | TheBlaze.com

News Crew Booted From State Property for Filming Outside Empty Prison. Now, People Are Wondering Just What Is Going on There. | Video | TheBlaze.com:
"A news crew in Albany, New York, was filming for a seemingly innocuous report about a historical site and just so happened to have a recently closed correctional facility in its background. What happened next had the reporter, videographer and others wondering what the big deal was."


10 Terrifying Unsolved Serial Murders

10 Terrifying Unsolved Serial Murders - Listverse:
6
The Alphabet Murders
In the early 1970s, a series of brutal killings shook the area around Rochester, New York. The victims were all young girls—but that wasn’t all they had in common. Carmen Colon, Wanda Walkowicz, and Michelle Maenza also happened to have alliterative initials, leading the press to initially refer to the incidents as the “Double Initial Killings,” later revising this to the much punchier “Alphabet Murders.”
Many people were questioned in relation to these crimes, and one suspect who killed himself shortly after the final murder was for a long time thought to be the most likely culprit—that is, until he was posthumously cleared in 2007 by DNA testing.
Screen Shot 2013-04-17 At 7.45.12 PmLikewise, an uncle of one of the victims was thought to be a prime suspect; he was never charged, and was subsequently cleared when DNA testing became available. Rochester native Kenneth Bianchi has long been under suspicion, too. After moving to Los Angeles, he and his cousin committed the murders attributed to the “Hillside Strangler”—and while Bianchi has never officially been cleared of the Rochester killings, he has also never been charged, and still maintains his innocence.
Additionally, in 2011, seventy-seven-year-old New Yorker Joseph Naso was charged with murdering four women in California in the late 1970s. He probably wouldn’t have been considered in relation to the Rochester case, but for the names of his victims: Roxene Roggash, Pamela Parsons, Tracy Tofoya and—incredibly—another Carmen Colon. But at the time of writing, Naso’s trial has been repeatedly postponed in the California cases; nor has he been charged with the Rochester Alphabet Murders.

History for July 31

History for July 31 - On-This-Day.com:
National Chili Dog Day

Birth anniversary of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006).

Happy Birthday! Evonne Goolagong,  J.K. Rowling, Wesley Snipes


1790 - The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance was used in fertilizer. 


1792 - The cornerstone of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, PA, was laid. It was the first building to be used only as a U.S. government building. 


1919 - Germany's Weimar Constitution was adopted. 


1928 - MGM’s Leo the lion roared for the first time. He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, "White Shadows on the South Seas." 


1948 - U.S. President Truman helped dedicate New York International Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport) at Idlewild Field. 


1971 - Men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV). 


1991 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.