Thursday, December 31, 2009

When Obama Apologists Attack

The Weekly Standard
"It's particularly dumbfounding that this Politico piece alleging a double standard regarding the treatment of Obama in the wake of Abdulmutallab's attempt and the treatment of Bush after shoe bomber Richard Reid's attempt doesn't care to mention that the facts of each case are very different.
If Richard Reid had been allowed to fly even though he was on a terrorist watch list, you better believe that Bush would have taken the heat that Obama is taking right now"

Europe's looming demise - Washington Times

Europe's looming demise - Washington Times

By Pamela Geller
"The Europe as you know it from visiting, from your parents or friends is on the verge of collapsing," Geert Wilders said in a speech in the United States last year.

The leader of the Netherlands' populist Party for Freedom added: "We are now witnessing profound changes that will forever alter Europe's destiny and might send the Continent in what Ronald Reagan called 'a thousand years of darkness.' " And not just Europe, but America as well.

Been to Europe lately?
Thought it was bad?
You ain't seen nothing yet.
The passage of the Lisbon Treaty, hailed by President Obama, nailed the coffin shut on national sovereignty in Europe.

The people of Europe fought it, but were overwhelmed by their political elites and the lack of American leadership in this age of our rather Marxist, collectivist U.S. president.

Come Jan. 1, 2010, a disastrous and suicidal pact called the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Europe/Mediterranean) goes into effect with little fanfare or examination. It boggles the mind that such a consequential and seismic cultural shift could be mandated and put into play without so much as a murmur from the mainstream media.

Why should Americans care about this? Americans have to care because this global gobbledygook is coming to our shores, thanks to our globalist president....

....The goal of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation is to create a new Greater European Union encompassing both Europe and North Africa, with the Mediterranean Sea becoming a domestic Eurabian sea.
The goal is to establish a "comprehensive political partnership," including a "free trade area and economic integration"; "considerably more money for the partners" (that is, more European money flowing into North Africa); and "cultural partnership" - that is, importation of Islamic culture into post-Christian Europe.
According to the SIOE, in the Euro-Med plan "Europe is to be islamized.
Democracy, Christianity, European culture and Europeans are to be driven out of Europe.
Fifty million North Africans from Muslim countries are to be imported into the EU."

Skeptical? It's already happening. The British newspaper the Daily Express reported in October 2008 on "a controversial taxpayer-funded 'job centre' " that opened in Mali at that time as "just the first step towards promoting 'free movement of people in Africa and the EU.'
Brussels economists claim Britain and other EU states will 'need' 56 million immigrant workers between them by 2050 to make up for the 'demographic decline' due to falling birthrates and rising death rates across Europe."
To offset this decline, a "blue card" system is to be created that will allow card holders to travel freely within the European Union and have full rights to work - as well as the full right to collect welfare benefits.
A Muslim population from Africa moving freely into Europe threatens America.
On Christmas Day, a Nigerian Muslim flew from Amsterdam to Detroit and tried to explode a bomb on the plane - after he was allowed to board the plane without a passport.
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership will make jihad attacks like this one all the easier.

And once in Europe, Muslims have already begun demanding special privileges and accommodations. IslamOnline reported on Dec. 21 that "Muslims activists from 26 European countries have come together to launch the first rights council to enlighten European Muslims about their rights, monitor rising Islamophobia and defend Muslim rights in European courts of law."

Ali Abu Shwaima, a Muslim leader in Italy, explained: "We think European human rights groups are not doing enough to defend the rights of Muslims. Therefore we thought that we need this new council, especially that all laws and constitutions in Europe respect freedom of religion and oppose all forms of discrimination and racism."

"Islamophobia," "discrimination" and "racism" are all terms Muslims in Europe and America use to confuse people into thinking that the perpetrators of Islamic terrorism are the real victims. And it is working: Mr. Wilders is going on trial in the Netherlands, instead of all the Islamic hate sponsors he is fighting against. It has to be this way, to increase harmony among the Muslim and non-Muslim member states of the Euro-Med Partnership.
This internationalism is already destroying what has made Europe free and great. And now Mr. Obama seems to want to do the same to America.

Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs Web site. She is the author (with Robert Spencer) of the forthcoming book "The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America" (Simon and Schuster, July 2010).

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

TSA Threatens Blogger Who Posted New Screening Directive

TSA Threatens Blogger Who Posted New Screening Directive Threat Level
"Two bloggers received home visits from Transportation Security Administration agents Tuesday after they published a new TSA directive that revises screening procedures and puts new restrictions on passengers in the wake of a recent bombing attempt by the so-called underwear bomber."

The document, which the two bloggers published within minutes of each other Dec. 27, was sent by TSA to airlines and airports around the world and described temporary new requirements for screening passengers through Dec. 30, including conducting “pat-downs” of legs and torsos. The document, which was not classified, was posted by numerous bloggers.
Information from it was also published on some airline websites....

...“They’re saying it’s a security document but it was sent to every airport and airline,” says Steven Frischling, one of the bloggers. “It was sent to Islamabad, to Riyadh and to Nigeria. So they’re looking for information about a security document sent to 10,000-plus people internationally. You can’t have a right to expect privacy after that.”

.....Frischling, a freelance travel writer and photographer in Connecticut who writes a blog for the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, said the two agents who visited him arrived around 7 p.m. Tuesday, were armed and threatened him with a criminal search warrant if he didn’t provide the name of his source. They also threatened to get him fired from his KLM job and indicated they could get him designated a security risk, which would make it difficult for him to travel and do his job.

“They were indicating there would be significant ramifications if I didn’t cooperate,” said Frischling, who was home alone with his three children when the agents arrived. “It’s not hard to intimidate someone when they’re holding a 3-year-old [child] in their hands. My wife works at night. I go to jail, and my kids are here with nobody.”

It seems, in our Obamafied BraveNewWorld, that Americans are the real enemy.

Obama Amends Executive Order 12425, Placing INTERPOL beyond Reach of American law

Obama Amends Executive Order 12425, Placing INTERPOL Beyond reach of American the USA!-by
"In a quiet manner, on December 16 President Obama amended Executive Order #12425.

12425 is a Reagan era document [1983].

Please note item 2[C] - document reproduced in its entirety below [source, Amendment to Exec. Order #12425].

"Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity be expressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable."

We find it unusual for this administration to amend an Executive Order that had been in effect through 4 presidencies, Democrat and Republican, over a period of 25 years. Why the hurry and why now?

These changes - "immune from search," "archives...inviolable" - seem to clearly place Interpol above the reach of American law and immune from the reach of FOIA , Congressional oversight and media inquiry

Since Interpol performs various investigative duties including those related to the International Criminal Court, the changes in 12425 seem to clear the way as a first step to placing the United States under the jurisdiction of the ICC [as noted by Threats Watch] allowing Interpol to without restriction conduct investigations of U.S. citizens, organizations, etc.

We tend to agree that this move apparently clears the deck if, as some are speculating, the Obama administration broaches the very sticky issue of signing the Rome accord, which would place the U.S. under ICC jurisdiction.......

......If this matter is simply housekeeping, and the problem which amending 12425 now supposedly corrects was of such concern, why did it take 5 years for it to be recognized and dealt with, and why by this administration - especially given the myriad of security issues it is unconcerned about, not the least of which is the continuing policy of sending Yemeni nationals directly from GITMO detention back to the fray in Yemen, whereupon they will have the opportunity to link up with a newly invigorated al-Qaeda?

Moreover if the issue is so mundane and easily explicable why did it take multiple requests for information by Mr. Tapper before the WH responded?"

Another surprise coming at us in 2010 from Jimmah Obamma?

Woman's blood alcohol content topples state records

Woman's blood alcohol content topples state records
"A Sturgis woman had a blood-alcohol level of .708 percent, possibly a state record, when she was found earlier this month behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle parked on Interstate 90......
After she was found, Engle was hospitalized and freed on bond......
She failed to appear in court on Dec. 15, but Sturgis police located her Monday evening in another stolen car sitting in a ditch along S.D. Highway 34 near Fort Meade."

Oh man, this New Year's party is gonna rock, dudette!


Instapundit »
"YALE WIMPS OUT AGAIN: A T-shirt calling Harvard men “sissies” proves too offensive for students and administrators."

Read it all and fear for out future.

Bankers Get $4 Trillion Gift From Barney Frank

Bankers Get $4 Trillion Gift From Barney Frank: David Reilly -
"The reading was especially painful since this reform sausage is stuffed with more gristle than meat.
At least, that is, if you are a taxpayer hoping the bailout train is coming to a halt.

If you’re a banker, the bill is tastier. While banks opposed the legislation, they should cheer for its passage by the full Congress in the New Year: There are huge giveaways insuring the government will again rescue banks and Wall Street if the need arises.

Nuggets Gleaned"

Read 'em and weep....

MSU bowl opponent Texas Tech fires coach Mike Leache Detroit News

MSU bowl opponent Texas Tech fires coach Mike Leach
"According to terms of the deal, Leach was due a $800,000 bonus on Dec. 31 if he were still the head coach at Texas Tech."

And this is the school that hired Bobby Knight?

Hoekstra Deserves an Apology

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion:
Hoekstra Deserves an Apology: "Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) commented soon after the attempted bombing of an airplane over Detroit that the Obama administration needed to do a better job at connecting the dots regarding terror threats from Yemen:

“People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration.”
Think Progress immediately went into attack mode."
(via Instapundit)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Broadcasters' woes could spell trouble for free TV

Broadcasters' woes could spell trouble for free TV
"The networks might even ditch free broadcast signals in the next few years.
Instead, they could operate as cable channels - a move that could spell the end of free TV as Americans have known it since the 1940s."

Once Patients Pay, Health Costs Will Fall

Once Patients Pay, Health Costs Will Fall
"There are two reasons why per-person health care spending in the U.S. is far higher than even Switzerland at $4,417 a year, or Luxembourg at $4,162, which rank second and third in the world.

One, America has the best health care on the planet. The smartest doctors, the finest in diagnostic equipment, top-flight treatment and advanced drugs don't come cheap.

Two, our system encourages overuse. And, as any ninth-grade economics student will confirm, an increase in demand forces prices higher."

Northwest Flight 253: al Qaeda Leaders Behind Terror Plot Were Released by U.S.

Northwest Flight 253: al Qaeda Leaders Behind Terror Plot Were Released by U.S. - ABC News
"Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007,"

City spending stimulus money on new tennis courts

City spending stimulus money on new tennis courts
"The money spent on the tennis courts is part of $621,000 in stimulus money that the city received through the Montana Reinvestment Act."

Monday, December 28, 2009

Battle Lines Forming In Gun-Control Case

Battle Lines Forming In Gun-Control Case
"In D.C. v. Heller, the Supremes a few terms back ruled that Washington, D.C.’s gun-control ordinance violated the Constitution, but that ruling dealt with a federal statute, not state law.
Several courts, including the Seventh Circuit in the McDonald case, have since ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states."

Sen. Dodd, D-Conn., slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency

Sen. Dodd, D-Conn., slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency
"Now that our attention is focused on airline security measures thanks to the failed airline attack on Christmas Day, it's worth mentioning that one Senator took money away from aviation security to line the pockets of constituency that supported his presidential campaign in a big way.
Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million in favor of firefighter grants -- a notoriously inneffective program.

In fact, the money was specifically 'for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems.'

The amendment was also sponsored by Sen. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sen. Carper, D-Del., but Dodd deserves to be singled out here because the firefighters union is a pet constituency of his.
In 2007 he campaigned all through Iowa with the firefighters union. It was one of the few distinguishable features of Dodd's ill-fated presidential bid."

Power Line - What Went Wrong?

Power Line - What Went Wrong?
"As more information comes to light about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, questions about why he was allowed to fly to the U.S. without any sort of screening continue to multiply.

The Associated Press reports this morning:
A U.S. official in Washington said [Abdulmutallab's] father's concerns were shared among those in the embassy, including liaison personnel from other agencies based there, such as the FBI.
The alert was then relayed to Washington and again shared among agencies such as the State, Justice and Homeland Security departments, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation."

Black Panther case: Has a head rolled?

Black Panther case: Has a head rolled?
"Main Justice reports that Christopher Coates, head of the Justice Department's voting rights division, has been removed from his post and replaced.

But no, the administration isn't doing damage control after it mysteriously dropped voter intimidation charges against three members of the Black Panther Party who rather openly intimidated Philadelphia voters on Election Day 2008.
Rather, the administration is getting rid of the official who initiated the charges:"

Actuarial Life Table

Actuarial Life Table

How long will you live?

Oconomowoc Family Survives Terrorist Attempt

Oconomowoc Family Survives Terrorist Attempt
"Her daughter said that ahead of them was a man who videotaped the entire flight, including the attempted detonation.
'He sat up and videotaped the entire thing, very calmly,' said Patricia.
'We do know that the FBI is looking for him intensely.
Since then, we've heard nothing about it.'"

‘System Worked’: DHS Secretary Defends Response to Flight 253 Attack

Fire Napolitano

Fire Napolitano - Jonah Goldberg - The Corner on National Review Online
The head of the Department of Homeland Security isn't helping.
I watched her on three shows and each time she was more annoying, maddening and absurd than the pevious appearance.
It is her basic position that the 'system worked' because the bureaucrats responded properly after the attack.
That the attack was 'foiled' by a bad detonator and some civilian passengers is proof, she claims, that her agency is doing everything right. That is just about the dumbest thing she could say, on the merits and politically.
I would wager that not one percent of Americans think the system is 'working' when terrorists successfully get bombs onto planes (and succeed in activating them)."

Most valuable college football teams: U-M 11th, MSU 16th

Most valuable college football teams: U-M 11th, MSU 16th, Forbes says
"Texas is the most valuable football team in college sports, according to Forbes magazine.
Michigan dropped from fourth to No. 11 in the annual rankings, and Michigan State is No. 16."

Five Decades Of Cooling Ahead - Five Decades Of Cooling Ahead
"Qing Bin-Lu, a professor of physics and astronomy at Canada's University of Waterloo, is a believer in the value of drawing conclusions from observable data and not from selective data fed into computer models that are based on false assumptions and include 'fudge factors.'

In a peer-reviewed paper published in the prestigious online journal Physics Reports, Lu, who holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Newcastle, reports that CFCs, the compounds once widely used as refrigerants, and cosmic rays, which are energy particles originating in outer space, are mostly to blame for climate change, rather than carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Lu puts the start of the cooling trend at 2002 and writes that 'the observed data show that CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays most likely caused both the Antarctic ozone hole and global warming. These findings are totally unexpected and striking, as I was focused on studying the mechanism for the formation of the ozone hole, rather than global warming.'"

The New Climate Litigation

The New Climate Litigation -
"Across the country, trial lawyers and green pressure groups—if that's not redundant—are teaming up to sue electric utilities for carbon emissions under 'nuisance' laws."

100 Weirdest News Stories We Dugg in 2009 -

100 Weirdest News Stories We Dugg in 2009 -

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Stocks higher? Famed investor says don't bet on it

Stocks higher? Famed investor says don't bet on it
"'We're on a sugar high,' El-Erian says. 'It feels good for a while but is unsustainable.'
His point: This burst of economic activity fed by government spending and near-zero interest rates will soon peter out."

Percy Sutton dies; His Obama revelation omitted from obituaries

American Thinker Blog: Percy Sutton dies; His Obama revelation omitted from obituaries

"However, one of Sutton's most notable moments is absent from the media hagiographies I have seen: he stated on television that he knew that an Islamic supremacist, Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, and advisor to a wealthy Saudi, had paid for Barack Obama's education at Harvard Law School.

Exactly how young Barack Obama, a man of slender means, managed to pay for a Harvard Law degree has long been a mystery, and the President has not been forthcoming about any details of his elite education.

See for yourself, Sutton's remarkable statement, which has been considgned to the Memory Hole, by the major media.
Not even a reference to a 'controversial contention' or other such euphemism. It simply never happened as far as the media are concerned."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Build-a-bear: the sinister green plot to turn our kids into eco-fascist Manchurian candidates

Build-a-bear: the sinister green plot to turn our kids into eco-fascist Manchurian candidates – Telegraph Blogs

Ali Velshi Stops Rep. King From Naming Northwest Airlines Terrorist

Ali Velshi Stops Rep. King From Naming Northwest Airlines Terrorist
"CNN's Ali Velshi on Friday stopped Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) from divulging the name of the terrorist who tried to set off a bomb as a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam began to land in Detroit.

Velshi did this claiming, '[W]e have not got any information on anyone being charged.
So thank you for bringing us information.
But would ask you not to name anybody on TV right now, we do not have any word of official charges.'

By this time, other news outlets including the Associated Press, CBS, and Fox News had given the suspect's name, Abdul Mudallad."

Routine Turned to Mayhem on Terror Flight -

Routine Turned to Mayhem on Terror Flight
"A passenger then climbed over several seats, lunged across the aisle and managed to subdue the suspect, the eyewitnesses said."

The Climate Change Scam: A Concise Summary

Power Line - The Climate Change Scam: A Concise Summary

"For example, some argue that the Arctic is melting, with the warmest-ever temperatures.
One should ask, 'How long is ever?'
The answer is since 1979.

And then ask, 'Is it still warming?'
The answer is unequivocally 'No.'
Earth temperatures are cooling.

Similarly, the word 'unprecedented' cannot be legitimately used to describe any climate change in the last 8,000 years."

Portage teachers prove loyalty to district, students by accepting wage concessions

Portage teachers prove loyalty to district, students by accepting wage concessions
"We at EAG would like to congratulate the teachers of Portage schools for accepting a two percent pay cut and an early retirement package, which will help the district erase a $2.5 million deficit and save teaching jobs in the process.
It demonstrated that rank-and-file teachers really do care about their students and their younger colleagues who are threatened with layoffs."

Wayne State University making up for lost Michigan Promise scholarships

Wayne State University making up for lost Michigan Promise scholarships
"Wayne State University says it will cover the money its students lost with cuts to the Michigan Promise Scholarship program this academic year.
The university says it will cover the $1,000 scholarship for students who have filed the federal financial aid disclosure form and show a 'need based on federal guidelines.'"

Tenure reform left out of Michigan's sweeping changes to education policy | Grand Rapids News - -

Tenure reform left out of Michigan's sweeping changes to education policy
"A Press investigation in 2008 illustrated how difficult it is to discipline or fire teachers under Michigan's tenure law. The probe found 17 public school districts in Kent and Ottawa counties had to use buyouts or other deals to oust some 29 teachers -- many who were protected by tenure -- because of behavioral problems.
In the investigation, teachers were found to be:
• sexually harassing students
• viewing pornography on school computers
• failing to keep classrooms under control
• drinking on the job
In some cases, districts glossed over problems by shredding evidence, asking administrators not to speak about the reasons behind a departure or writing a positive letter of recommendation for the teacher."

Underperforming school takeovers key to Michigan education reform

Underperforming school takeovers key to Michigan education reform
"Michigan's aggressive plan to turn around and perhaps take over the worst of its public schools will be a key piece of the state's effort to win up to $400 million in federal stimulus money for education."

Grand Rapids' financial crunch puts community police officers back on street

Grand Rapids' financial crunch puts community police officers back on street
"For nearly six years, Hearing has used his position as coach for the Seidman Center football team to teach children how to stay out of trouble and in school.
Now city budget cuts and a thinning police department mean Moore and Hearing will be leaving the centers and returning to patrol duties.
Center staff say the two officers will be sorely missed."

Budget Office Rebuts Democratic Claims on Medicare

Budget Office Rebuts Democratic Claims on Medicare
"The Congressional Budget Office challenged claims by health-care overhaul proponents that Medicare savings in Senate legislation would help finance expanded coverage and postpone the bankruptcy of the medical program for the elderly.
The nonpartisan agency said the $246 billion it projected the legislation would save Medicare can’t both finance new programs and help pay future expenses for elderly covered under the federal program.
Nor could those savings be used to extend the solvency of Medicare, set to run out of money in 2017, the budget office said"

Incident should be a signal to Obama, Hoekstra says

Incident should be a signal to Obama, Hoekstra says
Detroit Free Press: "The ranking Republican on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee says today's suspected terrorist incident at Detroit Metro Airport could provide further evidence of a Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida intent on an attack on American soil and believes the Obama administration needs to take more aggressive action to combat the threat."

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tax credit deadline approaches

Tax credit deadline approaches
"Even though the program runs until the end of 2010, there is a rush to beat the Dec. 31 deadline to get a credit off 2009 taxes"

Time to re-start thinking about taxes!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

12 Most Unusual Christmas Trees

12 Most Unusual Christmas Trees -
"I could have this one for dinner!
This creative sushi Christmas tree not only looks awesome but delicious!
It was made in Japan, of course."

Reindeer Games

I like this site.
It's like a cup of cocoa with tiny marshmallows.

State’s pension plans a ticking time bomb

Stimulus money to help Early Head Start programs

Stimulus money to help Early Head Start programs
"New Early Head Start services will be offered in Muskegon and Oceana counties beginning March 1 thanks to $910,000 in stimulus dollars coming to the local Head Start program."

This is a perfect example of why the "recovery" will not happen.

Most of the federal job stimulus money has been spent on porky, vote-buying government/NGO "jobs" with little reaching the true job creators in a recovery, small and medium size businesses.

And talk of an additional "job stimulus" program?

Nothing more than another giant credit card of debt to buy votes and big union contributions for the democrat machine.

Gee, sounds just like Chicago-style politics, don't it?

Crocodile Tears:HAMAS’ Jimmuh Issues Fake Israel Apology to Help Grandson Jason Carter

Debbie Schlussel
"Well, apparently, the news has gotten to his crotchety old HAMAS- and Hezbollah-lovin’ granddaddy, because Jimmy Carter issued an obviously fake apology to the Jews and Israel that is not only phony, but nothing less than sheer politics designed to help rescue his grandson’s political ambitions."

I did think the Jimmah apology was odd.
And the major media coverage of it even odder.
Now I know the "rest of the story".

Detroit Homes for Less Than $100, Starting at $10

CARPE DIEM: Detroit Homes for Less Than $100, Starting at $10
"Detroit Homes for Less Than $100, Starting at $10"

Northeast train problems strand holiday travelers

Northeast train problems strand holiday travelers
"An electrical malfunction outside New York City brought train service to a standstill Wednesday and spotlighted problems on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor that persist despite a long-term effort to upgrade its aging power supply system."

That's government supported mass transit, folks!

Plan for wind energy farm on Lake Michigan has neighbors howling

Plan for wind energy farm on Lake Michigan has neighbors howling
"'Would anyone put these in the Grand Canyon?
This is our Grand Canyon, our beautiful spot,' said Pentwater resident Mary Stiphany, adding that the hulking turbines would obstruct views and hurt tourism.
'It would be such an eyesore.
'The response is an indication that making the dream of alternative energy real in a spot as treasured as the Great Lakes may be harder than imagined.
The plan also raises questions that have yet to be answered about offshore wind power in Michigan, such as where turbines"

15 Immune-Boosting Foods

15 Immune-Boosting Foods from WebMD:

Another Tiger story

This is going around the web:

From inside the gates: Subject: the real tiger story

"I have a Member who lives 10 houses down from Tiger in Isleworth. As we know Tiger's agent is Mark Steinberg. My Member plays golf and is real good friends with another IMG Agent; who is very good friends with Steinberg and they share the same office. This information came from the other IMG Agent to my Member, and then to me today, and according to them is up to date as yesterday when my Member left Orlando .

On Thanksgiving Day, after he and Elin and the family had Turkey Dinner, he spent the rest of the afternoon on the couch watching football and texting Rachel. After each received and sent text message he would clear his message box to rid himself of the evidence. Sometime in between there, one of his Orlando buds called him to see if he wanted to get together at the Clubhouse to play poker with the guys, to which Tiger said yes. Tiger left the house around 7:30 to go play poker, and left behind his cell phone....and one message he had forgot to delete from Rachel.

When Tiger returned home around 11:30 -12 that night, Elin confronted him about the text message in the phone, and then started a heated discussion to its regards. According to what I was told, there was more "incriminating evidence" than just the text message (i.e. photos). Tiger tried to play it off to Elin by telling her she was reading too much in to it, and did not know the story, etc. Tiger went upstairs to change into his gym shorts and t - shirt, came back down, and Elin confronted him again; to which Tiger gave the same story. Tiger sat down in a chair in the living room, and Elin sat across from him urging Tiger to just come clean. Tiger stayed to his guns and denied everything. At one point Tiger turned away to look at the TV, and as he turned back, Elin hit him on the right side of the face with the head of a 9 - iron. When she struck Tiger, she put a huge gash in the right side of his face next to his nose (causing his nose to bruise some), and virtually knocking two of his upper teeth out, and breaking the bone on the upper right side. Tiger ran scared as hell out of the house (which is why he had on no shoes) with Elin swinging the golf club throughout the hallway to the garage (i.e. causing the severe damage which has been reported). Tiger hopped in the Escalade and tried to leave; and as we know Elin knocked out the windows in the Escalade. When Tiger crashed, Elin panicked and was not sure what to tell the police (which is why there are two conflicting stories from her). When this happened, Elin immediately called Mark Steinberg to tell him what happened, and Mark told Elin to tell him what hospital they were going to, and he would meet them there.

Tiger is transported to the hospital with Elin in the ambulance, and as they arrive Mark is there waiting for them. The people from the hospital and the doctors take Tiger in for X-Rays etc to check out the damage caused. The doctors tell Mark there is not much they can do to repair the teeth and the gash, but the doctor knows a cosmetic dentist and plastic surgeon in Phoenix who will make Tiger look as if nothing happened. Tiger tells Mark to get the jet ready and lets head to Phoenix to get this done. Friday after Tiger is released from the hospital, he does not return home, he and Mark board the plane for Phoenix . If you remember FHP kept showing up at Isleworth to talk to Tiger, and was told by another FL attorney (who Tiger hired for PR reasons) Tiger was not ready to talk. Well now we know why, he was in Phoenix , and did not arrive back in Orlando until either late last Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The surgeries were more intense than what they had originally planned, which meant Tiger was in PHX longer than he should have been. Upon arriving back in Orlando , Tiger and Elin have been in intense marriage consoling sessions (up to 6 to 7 hours a day) every day! Both Tiger and Elin have told the counselors they love each other, and want to make the marriage work. The reports you are reading on TMZ and Radar Online are about 30% accurate at best according to Mark.

In regards to Tiger's boat being in Palm Beach this week, along with Rachel; that part is true. However, Tiger is not on the boat, and is not in Palm Beach ; and Rachel is not on the boat. Her parents live 6 blocks from where the boat is, but that is it. Tiger has not returned to his house at Isleworth since the day of the accident except for the therapy sessions. IMG has enlisted the assistance of one of its most recognized sports figures, and Tiger has taken up residence in his neighborhood; Bay Hill. IMG contacted Arnold Palmer because of the high regard in which Tiger holds Arnold . Arnold has agreed, and IMG has said if anyone can get through to Tiger, Arnold may be the only person who can based on his public persona when he was at the height of his game as well. The moving trucks being shown on TMZ and Radar Online are moving out pictures and furniture which was damaged during their Thanksgiving Day argument; not of her moving out. Yes, Elin has retained a divorce attorney, but has not filed any papers, and as of yesterday had no intention on doing so. Tiger has not made any public appearances or statements due to the surgery and plastic surgery he had in PHX. It will be about another month if not more before he gets in front of a camera. Yes, Tiger is hitting golf balls late at night at Bay Hill out of their teaching center (which is equipped with lights).

That is as up to date as I have........ "

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WILL 2010 BE the year of bankrupt governments?

WILL 2010 BE the year of bankrupt governments?
"The trouble with socialism is, sooner or later you run out of other people’s money."
(via Instapundit)

This is real.
This is scary!

Steak 'n Shake plans to buy Fremont Insurance to diversify interests | West Michigan Business - -

Steak 'n Shake plans to buy Fremont Insurance to diversify interests
"Fremont sells property and casualty insurance to individuals, farms and small businesses solely in Michigan."

"Would you like to make that an insured happy meal?"

A Very Special Holiday E-Reader Roundup

A Very Special Holiday E-Reader Roundup
"however, it's an important point and has already caused a stir after a prominent author agreed to an exclusive e-book deal with Amazon. Since you have been warned, hit the jump to see our picks and pans."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mona Shores students demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas | Muskegon News - -

Mona Shores students demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas
"became a schoolwide project with 27 first-hour classes going above and beyond for people they’ve never met.

So with all the draconian "cuts" facing "education", we simply blow out 1st hour for a photo op and feel good conspicuous compassion.

Ain't leernin' great?

Corrections officials: Michigan will make money on Pennsylvania inmate transfer

Corrections officials: Michigan will make money on Pennsylvania inmate transfer
"“It seems to be percolating and resonating, that we’re losing money,” said Russ Marlan, spokesman for the Michigan Deparment of Corrections.
“We’re a little bit smarter than that.
We’re not going to get into a deal that costs the state.

“Not only are we preserving jobs, and allowing those people who keep their jobs to continue to buy goods in the Muskegon area, and all the economic impact they have — we’re also making money on the deal,” Marlan said."

Letting out 1000 Michigan prisoners, back to Michigan cities.....yeah, that's gonna save LOTS of money......right.....

We Interrupt this Socialization of Medicine to Bring You an Abdication of Our National Defense . . .

We Interrupt this Socialization of Medicine to Bring You an Abdication of Our National Defense . . . - Andy McCarthy - The Corner on National Review Online
"But the release announced this past weekend is just appalling.
The twelve detainees have been transferred to: Yemen, an al-Qaeda hotbed whose government makes common cause with jihadists (and has a history of allowing them to escape — or of releasing them outright);
Afghanistan, which is so ungovernable and rife with jihadism that we're surging thousands of troops there (troops the jihadists are targeting);
and Somaliland, which is not even a country,"

"Change… Obama Now More Loathed Than Bush at End of His Second Term"

Gateway Pundit
"Change… Obama Now More Loathed Than Bush at End of His Second Term"

A Good Solid B+

Barack Obama’s approval index number dropped to a new low today.

Rasmussen reported:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President.
Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21 That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).

At the end of his second term President George W. Bush had a 43% disapproval rating.

In less than one year Barack Obama managed to pi$$ off more people than George W. Bush.

Nice work, Barack."

Obama's replacement

The Weekly Standard
"Senator Roland Burris is claiming credit for a provision in Harry Reid's 'manager's amendment,' unveiled Saturday morning, that could funnel money to ACORN through the health care bill.
On December 9, Burris, an Illinois Democrat, pledged that he would filibuster a health care bill without a public option. 'If we have to get 60 and it comes back and it does not have a public option in it, I will not vote for it,' he said. Then early last week he said he could vote for the bill if there were changes made to achieve the goals of the public option: 'until this bill addresses cost, competition, and accountability in a meaningful way—it will not win [my vote].'"

Crowdsourcing The Contract With America 2.0

Chicago Boyz » Blog Archive » Crowdsourcing The Contract With America 2.0
"The GOP is not exactly the sharpest bunch of elephants on the savannah.
They are looking at a historic threat, and a historic opportunity, with the Democrats making massive and unpopular changes to the foundations of our economy and our government.
But I am seeking just about zero leadership in the opposition ranks. Gov. Palin, who is now a bystanderer, has accomplished more with her Facebook page than most of the elected legislators have managed to do from their roost in DC.
In the run-up to the 1994 takeover of Congress by the GOP, New Gingrich came up with his Contract with America, which nationalized the election.
We need an equivalent program now.
Question for our dear readers: What should CWA 2.0 have in it?
I suggest some possible items:"

We Are No Longer a Nation of Laws. Senate Sets Up Requirement for Super-Majority to Ever Repeal Obamacare

We Are No Longer a Nation of Laws. Senate Sets Up Requirement for Super-Majority to Ever Repeal Obamacare
Erick’s blog - RedState:
"Section 3403 of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment requires that “it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”

The good news is that this only applies to one section of the Obamacare legislation.

The bad news is that it applies to regulations imposed on doctors and patients by the Independent Medicare Advisory Boards a/k/a the Death Panels."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The firefighter longevity myth surfaces again

The firefighter longevity myth surfaces again - America's Finest -
"There is no difference at all -- no matter what people trying to justify their outrageous and unaffordable benefits tell you."

Beware the Taxpayer Bailout of Underfunded Teamsters Pension Funds

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Beware the Taxpayer Bailout of Underfunded Teamsters Pension Funds
"Replenishing Pension Funds From Taxpayer Pockets

It should be no surprise that the Teamsters (or any union) would want taxpayer handouts, or that Congress would buy votes giving away handouts."

Lefty: 10 reasons to kill Obamacare

Lefty: 10 reasons to kill Obamacare « Don Surber
"From her Web site, her reasons for opposing Obamacare:
1. Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations — whether you want to or not.
2. If you refuse to buy the insurance, you’ll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS.
3. Many will be forced to buy poor-quality insurance they can’t afford to use, with $11,900 in annual out-of-pocket expenses over and above their annual premiums.
4. Massive restriction on a woman’s right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.
5. Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-pays.
6. Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won’t see any benefits — like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions — until 2014 when the program begins.
7. Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others.
8. Grants monopolies to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market.
9. No re-importation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years.
10. The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of four will rise an average of $1,000 a year — meaning in 10 years, your family’s insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now."

Recovery not as strong as previously thought

Recovery not as strong as previously thought
"The economy grew at a 2.2 percent pace in the third quarter, as the recovery got off to a weaker start than previously thought."

Exclusive: Rep. Parker Griffith switches to GOP - -

Exclusive: Rep. Parker Griffith switches to GOP - -
"POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican."

The Best Notable Quotables of 2009

The Best Notable Quotables of 2009
"Andrea Mitchell (2755 Votes)
“What a day it was. It may take days or years to really absorb the significance of what happened to America today....When he [Barack Obama] finally emerged, he seemed, even in this throng, so solitary, somber, perhaps already feeling the weight of the world, even before he was transformed into the leader of the free world....The mass flickering of cell phone cameras on the Mall seemed like stars shining back at him.”
— NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on the January 20 Nightly News."

Grab a barf bag and read the rest.....

What recovery? Budget deficits get worse for states.

What recovery? Budget deficits get worse for states. "Budget deficits for 2010 have worsened in 39 states in the past two or three months, according to a new analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities."

Steven Greenhut exposes clout of government unions

Steven Greenhut exposes clout of government unions
"former Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut has just released his book, 'Plunder! How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation.'

For the vast majority of ordinary citizens who toil in the private sector, this book will produce more than outrage – it is likely to spur many to take up the cause of stopping these corrupting influences on our systems of governance.

The real outrage will kick in at Chapter Two, entitled 'Unbelievable Pay and Benefits.' It is here that Greenhut catalogs the shocking abuses of public employee compensation."

'Morning Joe' Team Takes Direction From WH

The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney: MSNBC Libtalker: 'Morning Joe' Team Takes Direction From WH
"For anyone wondering why an increasing number of conservatives now use the term 'state-controlled media' to refer to television networks and newspapers, here's one that drives the point home.

During his syndicated radio show Friday, libtalker and MSNBC host Ed Schultz relayed to listeners how he observed 'Morning Joe' Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski take feedback directly from the White House during their program last week"

And the rest of the lib MSM get's their talking points via fax and e-mail... from the White House.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Why the Reid Bill is Unconstitutional

PointOfLaw Columns: Impermissible Ratemaking in Health-Insurance Reform: Why the Reid Bill is Unconstitutional
"This action is not only a source of real anxiety but also a decision of constitutional proportions, for it systematically strips the regulated health-insurance issuers of their constitutional entitlement to earn a reasonable rate of return on the massive amounts of capital that they have already invested in building out their businesses."

I wonder if the constitutional questions will be addressed BEFORE the bill's provisions start their mayhem.
(via InstaPundit)

Report: Michigan gas prices up 1.2 cents

Report: Michigan gas prices up 1.2 cents
"AAA Michigan says gasoline prices are up 1.2 cents per gallon over the past week to a statewide average of $2.55."

One year ago gas was about $1.60/gal.
Seems like the Obama supporting libs in the MSM don't want us to remember that.

Gordon Brown calls for new group to police global environment issues

Gordon Brown calls for new group to police global environment issues
"A new global body dedicated to environmental stewardship is needed to prevent a repeat of the deadlock which undermined the Copenhagen climate change summit, Gordon Brown will say tomorrow.

The UN’s consensual method of negotiation, which requires all 192 countries to reach agreement, needs to be reformed to ensure that the will of the majority prevails, he feels.

....... One of the frustrations for me was the lack of a global body with the sole responsibility for environmental stewardship."
Right,we want these criminal fools to vote our money to themselves.
check out just who they are:

English Channel trains halted indefinitely

English Channel trains halted indefinitely
"The French government on Monday announced a thorough investigation into the shutdown of the Eurostar, as the suspension of the only passenger rail link between Britain and continental Europe entered its third day, hitting holiday travel plans for some 55,000 people."

I thought the european train systems were SO much better than our transportation systems.
Something to be admired and emulated...... like their health care systems.....and military.....

Wind-farm developers face hurdles before project can become reality

Wind-farm developers face hurdles before project can become reality
"There was an audible gasp at a public hearing Tuesday when the audience saw what the proposed Aegir Offshore Wind Farm would look like from Mears State Park in Pentwater."

Wait till they see how much it costs!
...and all those dead birdies......

Fruitport Township, county, Indian tribe set up account for casino-related expenses

Fruitport Township, county, Indian tribe set up account for casino-related expenses
"The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has proposed constructing a casino on the property near I-96 and U.S. 31. The tribe, which operates Little River Casino in Manistee, purchased the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack in 2008 and acquired additional adjacent property for a 233-acre site."

Not really noteworthy except for a comment by a friend yesterday.
"When is it gonna open?"

Lots of hurdles still remain before the fat lady sings and we may have a whole new state government elected in about 10 months.

Muskegon Public Schools award $2.4 million in construction contracts

Muskegon Public Schools award $2.4 million in construction contracts
"But the work does not include about $50,000 in lighting improvements to the district’s two middle school swimming pools — work the school board dropped after Superintendent Colin Armstrong indicated the pools could be closed as part of cost-cutting measures for next year."


For teachers union members:
The automatic annual "step-up" pay increases continue.
The automatic "cost of living" pay increase continue.
The featherbedding in classrooms continues.

But children swimming in the two swimming pools won't continue.

I guess the phrase "it's for the children" only matters when the teacher's union bosses demand more money and benefits for teachers.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lawrence Solomon: Wikipedia’s climate doctor

Lawrence Solomon: Wikipedia’s climate doctor
"The Climategate Emails reveal something else, too: the enlistment of the most widely read source of information in the world — Wikipedia — in the wholesale rewriting of this history.

The Medieval Warm Period, which followed the meanness and cold of the Dark Ages, was a great time in human history — it allowed humans around the world to bask in a glorious warmth that vastly improved agriculture, increased life spans and otherwise bettered the human condition.

But the Medieval Warm Period was not so great for some humans in our own time — the same small band that believes the planet has now entered an unprecedented and dangerous warm period. As we now know from the Climategate Emails, this band saw the Medieval Warm Period as an enormous obstacle in their mission of spreading the word about global warming. If temperatures were warmer 1,000 years ago than today, the Climategate Emails explain in detail, their message that we now live in the warmest of all possible times would be undermined. As put by one band member, a Briton named Folland at the Hadley Centre, a Medieval Warm Period “dilutes the message rather significantly.”"

Climategate: What's the "trick" and what did it "hide"?

Climategate: What's the "trick" and what did it "hide"?
"In a new famous email, Phil Jones, then head of the Climactic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, wrote on Nov. 16 to climate research colleagues in the United States and at his own CRU:
'Dear Ray, Mike and Malcolm,
Once Tim's got a diagram here we'll send that either later today or first thing tomorrow.
I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) and (sic) from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline...'
What's the trick and what did it hide?"

Michigan's Fire Safe Cigarette Law Takes Effect January 1, 2010 Manufacturers Required to Certify Self-Extinguishing Cigarettes with State

DELEG - Michigan's Fire Safe Cigarette Law Takes Effect January 1, 2010 Manufacturers Required to Certify Self-Extinguishing Cigarettes with State
"State Fire Marshal Ronald R. Farr today announced that cigarette manufacturers must certify their brand families and associated styles as fire safe in order to sell them in Michigan after January 1, 2010. The Fire Standard Compliant (FSC) mark approval process for manufacturers begins today."

Shocker: Medicare Has A Higher Claim Denial Rate Than Private Sector Employers

Shocker: Medicare Has A Higher Claim Denial Rate Than Private Sector Employers
"under the government health care we already have Americans are denied far more often than the private sector."

Why are we learning this now?
A bit late, eh.

Payoffs for states get Harry Reid to 60 votes

Payoffs for states get Harry Reid to 60 votes
"Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback,” as the GOP is calling it, got all the attention Saturday, but other senators lined up for deals as Majority Leader Harry Reid corralled the last few votes for a health reform package.

Nelson’s might be the most blatant – a deal carved out for a single state, a permanent exemption from the state share of Medicaid expansion for Nebraska, meaning federal taxpayers have to kick in an additional $45 million in the first decade.

But another Democratic holdout, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), took credit for $10 billion in new funding for community health centers, while denying it was a “sweetheart deal.” He was clearly more enthusiastic about a bill he said he couldn’t support just three days ago.
Nelson and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) carved out an exemption for non-profit insurers in their states from a hefty excise tax. Similar insurers in the other 48 states will pay the tax.
Vermont and Massachusetts were given additional Medicaid funding, another plus for Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.
All of this came on top of a $300 million increase for Medicaid in Louisiana, designed to win the vote of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu."

12 Amazing Christmas Lights Around the World

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wannabe Pundits

Wannabe Pundits

See if you can guess the topics of the New York Times articles from which the following two excerpts are drawn:

'These are all minor annoyances, mind you, in a world with daily reminders that an embittered, small-hearted senator from Connecticut can hold up health care for millions.'

'President Obama and the Congressional leadership have repeatedly stressed their commitment to wresting the wealth of the nation from the hands of a few.'

Actually, don't even try; you'll never get it.
The first article, by Timothy Egan, is about Costco opening a store in Manhattan; the second, by a Paul Greenberg (though we're pretty sure it's not the Paul Greenberg), is about--no joke--fish oil.

To be sure, both appear in the Times's opinion section, so the 'Wannabe Pundits' designation isn't totally fair.
But the political references are just so bizarre and off topic.
It's as if we were to mention, apropos of absolutely nothing, that John Kerry has the hat to this day."

Proud Flag-Waving Communists and Socialists March in Copenhagen to Stop Global Warming

Watemelons, green on the outside.
Red on the inside.
Deep, rich, dark red.
Murderous red.

A dog is a rat is a doctor is a vet

Classical Values :: A dog is a rat is a doctor is a vet
"I want to return briefly to a point made in a hard-hitting post from Canadian blogger Blazingcatfur about the awful treatment his mother received:
With barely contained anger I informed the nurse that keeping an ill, 84 year old woman in a hospital corridor for 18 hours was not the type of care that anyone should be expected to tolerate. In fact my cat receives better treatment from his vet.

This is not the first time I've seen the point raised about veterinary care being better than health care for humans.
And you don't have to compare veterinary care to health care under socialized medicine to see the difference, although it becomes particularly glaring if you do.
Under our 'system' of veterinary health care, there's generally little or no wait, they're invariably friendly (because you could always grab your dog or cat and take it to another vet), and as to the prices?"

Nine Months After Stimulus 49 of 50 States Have Lost Jobs

Nine Months After Stimulus 49 of 50 States Have Lost Jobs
"Only North Dakota and the District of Columbia have seen net job creation following the February 2009 stimulus (though both fall short of seeing the promised level of job creation)."

Islamic mosque built at 9/11 Ground Zero

Islamic mosque built at 9/11 Ground Zero
"A new Islamic mosque will open its doors just steps from Ground Zero where Muslim terrorists murdered 2,751 people in the name of Allah on Sept. 11, 2001 – and its leading imam, who conducts sensitivity training sessions for the FBI, has reportedly blamed Christians for starting mass attacks on civilians."

(HT-WSB via M-Live)

12 Creepiest Children's Books

12 Creepiest Children's Books
"The Gas We Pass: The Story of Farts, written by Shinta Cho, explores all forms of flatulence."

TaxProf Blog: Estate Tax News

TaxProf Blog: Estate Tax News
"Following up on recent estate tax posts (here, here, and here):"

Lots going on...or not.
But lots of links to the future of the death tax.

Laughing at the Left

The American Spectator : Laughing at the Left
"They believe we can spend our way out of debt.
They believe taking money from one part of the economy to give to another part somehow makes the economy bigger.
They believe people who have never run a business can run a business better than people who have spent their whole lives running businesses."

This "left lunacy" list goes on and's scary...and there are SO many of them around.....
Read it and be armed against idiocy.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Are first shoes really closer to a girl's heart than her first kiss?

Are first shoes really closer to a girl's heart than her first kiss?
"Some 92 per cent of women remember the first shoes they bought with their own money - whether they were Carrie Bradshaw-inspired Manolo Blahniks or Jimmy Choos, or simply a high street bargain."

This explains a lot!

Congress Travels More, Public Pays

Congress Travels More, Public Pays
"The expenses racked up by U.S. lawmakers traveling here for a conference last month included one for the 'control room.'

Besides rooms for sleeping, the 12 members of the House of Representatives rented their hotel's fireplace-equipped presidential suite and two adjacent rooms.
The hotel cleared out the beds and in their place set up a bar, a snack room and office space.
The three extra rooms -- stocked with liquor, Coors beer, chips and salsa, sandwiches, Mrs. Fields cookies and York Peppermint Patties -- cost a total of about $1,500 a night.
They were rented for five nights.

While in Scotland, the House members toured historic buildings.
Some shopped for Scotch whisky and visited the hotel spa.
They capped the trip with a dinner at one of the region's finest restaurants, paid for by the legislators, who got $118 daily stipends for meals and incidentals.
Eleven of the 12 legislators then left the five-day conference two days early.

.......The cost they reported for such travel abroad was $13 million in 2008, a 70% jump from 2005, "

This is disgusting!

They are disgusting!

And the fact that the WSJ doesn't report the names of the congressional scum who "attended" this debacle is also disgusting.

Climategate goes SERIAL: now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming

Climategate goes SERIAL: now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming
"On Tuesday, the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data.

The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory.

Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country’s territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports.
Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations."

MTA Approves Doomsday Cuts

MTA Approves Doomsday Cuts
"The MTA board has approved its 2010 doomsday budget. It includes service cuts and could leave New York City children without free rides to their public schools if it is implemented.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation's largest transportation agency, is facing a $383 million budget shortfall."

Remember this EVERY time a democrat (or anyone else) tells you how much better off we would be if we just had more public transportation.

59% Say Average Government Worker Earns More Than Average Taxpayer - Rasmussen Reports™

59% Say Average Government Worker Earns More Than Average Taxpayer
"Among those who have close friends or relatives who work for the government, the belief is even stronger: 61% say the average government worker earns more than the average taxpayer."

Misusing knowledge to expand government power

Misusing knowledge to expand government power
"Underlying the angry responses in focus groups and tea parties is an appreciation that problems can best be addressed by widely dispersed people with specialized knowledge operating in a predictable framework.
Not by central planners acting in ignorance of or by manipulating specialized knowledge."

Obama’s Gift To Republicans:

Obama’s Gift To Republicans
"PETER WEHNER: Obama’s Gift To Republicans: Their Resurgence.
“From strictly a governing and competence perspective, the health-care process that is unfolding has been one of the worst — and maybe the worst — we have ever seen.
Democrats are pushing for legislation that would take over one-sixth of the American economy — and they are doing it in a manner that insults the memory of Mo, Larry, and Curly.”"

I seem to remember Bill Clinton had the same effect a few years back.

Luggage Limits - Airline Baggage Allowance Policies

Luggage Limits - Airline Baggage Allowance Policies
"FREE Search Tool for Flight-Specific Baggage Information
Detailed baggage allowance information is available on all routes and ticket classes for over 100 airlines! All of the information you need to avoid expensive airline luggage fees is provided along with helpful airport specific links."

(HT Kim Komando today!)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Climategate goes SERIAL: now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming – Telegraph Blogs

Climategate goes SERIAL: now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming
"Climategate just got much, much bigger.
And all thanks to the Russians who, with perfect timing, dropped this bombshell just as the world’s leaders are gathering in Copenhagen to discuss ways of carbon-taxing us all back to the dark ages.
Feast your eyes on this news release from Rionovosta, via the Ria Novosti agency, posted on Icecap. (Hat Tip: Richard North)"

read it!

I came across this phrase yesterday

(HT to Grampa!)

The fairness problem with cost shifting in health care

Bookworm Room » The fairness problem with cost shifting in health care
"One of the things that ObamaCare proponents keep saying (and please add a whining note in your mind as you read the following) is that “the current system isn’t fair.”
It’s not right, they say, that, in a rich country, some people have premium health care, while others are forced to go to a free clinic or an emergency room (or possibly back to their native Mexico).

What all these fairness proponents forget is that there is nothing fair about socialized medicine."

.....( )
It’s not just me saying this.
Indeed, even though I had inchoate thoughts on precisely this topic, I didn’t put it together until Zombie sent me a link to a comprehensive article spelling out everything that’s wrong with the universality of universal health care.
Please read it.
Think about it.
Forward it to friends.
Use it as the basis for letters to your Congressman or woman, or as the talking point for a friendly discussion at work

U.S. gave up billions in tax money in deal for Citigroup's bailout repayment

U.S. gave up billions in tax money in deal for Citigroup's bailout repayment
"The federal government quietly agreed to forgo billions of dollars in potential tax payments from Citigroup as part of the deal announced this week to wean the company from the massive taxpayer bailout that helped it survive the financial crisis.....
"The government is consciously forfeiting future tax revenues.
It's another form of assistance, maybe not as obvious as direct assistance but certainly another form," said Robert Willens, an expert on tax accounting who runs a firm of the same name.
"I've been doing taxes for almost 40 years, and I've never seen anything like this, where the IRS and Treasury acted unilaterally on so many fronts."

College Basketball: Highlights and lowlights of the decade -

The Decade in Sports -

"BEST SCHOOL: Michigan State

It's hard to go against North Carolina, which went to four Final Fours and won two titles, or Florida, which in 2006-07 became college basketball's first repeat champion in 15 years.
But while the Spartans only won a single championship (in 2000), they also went to four Final Fours.
Moreover, unlike the other two candidates, the Spartans made the NCAA tournament every year this decade.
That is a remarkable achievement in an era when
the best teams so frequently lose young players to the pros."

How lucky we are to have Coach Izzo!

(HT Son-of-MO)

Rep. Valentine's "massacre" of responsibility

West Michigan Reform Review
"State Rep. Mary Valentine (D-
Norton Shores) was one of the few
members who didn’t bother to vote
on a key “Race to the Top”
proposal in the House Education
this week.
She was present for the
vote, but simply stated “present”
when her name was called out."

And this "bought-and-paid-for" politician wants to be our next state senator? (replacing Jerry Van Woerkom)
Do we really need another apparatchik from the big teacher's union making decisions for us little folks?

(HT OldBlevins)

Report: Nearly 50 percent of Detroit's working-age population is unemployed

Report: Nearly 50 percent of Detroit's working-age population is unemployed
"'Michigan's unemployment rate is 15 percent;
Detroit is 30 percent reported but in reality it's probably close to 50 percent,' Bing told a group as he pitched for aid."

A few observations:
* Imagine the unemployment rate if all those with the wherewithal to leave were still in Detroit...unemployed.
* Read the comments below the article. Not too much love for Detroit or Detroiters.
* Mayor Bing has a fabulous "new" idea to pull Detroit out of its misery.....more of our money. That'll work....right?

(HT Atlanta Lou)

Don’t Cry For Me, America

The Greenroom » Forum Archive » Don’t Cry For Me, America
"In the early 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world.
While Great Britain’s maritime power and its far-flung empire had propelled it to a dominant position among the world’s industrialized nations, only the United States challenged Argentina for the position of the world’s second-most powerful economy.........

....In 1902 Argentina was one of the world’s richest countries.

Little more than a hundred years later, it is poverty-stricken, struggling to meet its debt obligations amidst a drought.."

You MUST read this!
(HT Grampa)