Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Spend, Baby, Spend!

Spend, Baby, Spend! - Reason Magazine
"Not long ago, President Barack Obama ordered the creation of a commission that would report back to him with policy recommendations on cutting the federal deficit.
And as great leaders throughout history have proved, the most effective way to tend to any intergenerational crisis is to create a bipartisan commission to study it—but only after midterm elections.

You, the public, are only asked to suspend your disbelief and accept that the president is deeply worried about the deficit, the huge national debt, and the federal spending explosion.
As a candidate, after all, the president assured us that he would scour the budget 'line by line' for any wasteful spending, yet today we've seen the national debt climb to $13 trillion, and federal spending is nearly 25 percent of gross domestic product.
Washington likely will spend $1.56 trillion more than it took in last year—putting the Bush administration to shame."

National debt soars to highest level since WWII

National debt soars to highest level since WWII - On Politics: Covering the US Congress, Governors, and the 2010 Election - USATODAY.com
"The federal debt will represent 62% of the nation's economy by the end of this year, the highest percentage since just after World War II, according to a long-term budget outlook released today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office."

And the future seemed great then!

Does it seem great today?

Firing Public Union Workers Creates Jobs

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Firing Public Union Workers Creates Jobs
"Public unions in New Haven, Connecticut have not yet gotten the message that business-as-usual no longer flies.

I am quite happy with that because the city responded by dumping public workers and privatizing services, and that is exactly what needs to happen.

Firing public union workers actually creates jobs."

check it out!

2nd man killed in alleged South Knox County burglary

2nd man killed in alleged South Knox County burglary ID'd » Knoxville News Sentinel
"Both of the men killed during an alleged South Knox County home burglary Sunday night had criminal records, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office."

Our world is a better place!

Police Reopen Sex Abuse Case Against Al Gore KPTV Portland

Police Reopen Sex Abuse Case Against Al Gore - Your Vote News Story - KPTV Portland
"Portland police have reopened the case regarding sex abuse allegations made in 2006 against former Vice President Al Gore."

Seems to me it started back with this thug-kiss....

Jobs Market Barely Budges in June as Hiring Stays Weak

Jobs Market Barely Budges in June as Hiring Stays Weak - CNBC
"It also supported fears that the short and tepid recovery from the worst recession since the 1930s was fizzling.

'There is really no way to characterize this number other than disappointing,'"

Wow!

Spending $trillions dollars on political pork and attacking business owners with new taxes and regulations didn't increase employees!

Who'd of guessed?

Where Did the Tea-Party Anger Come From?

Works and Days » Where Did the Tea-Party Anger Come From?
"Why is the Angry Public so Angry?
I think we all know why the Tea Party movement arose—and why even the polls do not quite reflect the growing generic anger at incumbents in general, and our elites in particular.

There is a growing sense that government is what I would call a new sort of Versailles—a vast cadre of royal state and federal workers that apparently assumes immunity from the laws of economics that affect everyone else."

FBI: Spies Hid Secret Messages on Public Websites

FBI: Spies Hid Secret Messages on Public Websites Danger Room Wired.com
"Steganography is simultaneously one of the oldest methods for secret communications, and one of the more advanced.

The process dates back to the fifth century B.C., when the Greek tyrant Histiaeus shaved the head of one of his servants, tattooed a message on his head, and waited for his hair to grow back before sending the messenger out.

When the courier arrived, his head was shaved and the missive was read, giving information about upcoming Persian attacks."

VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV

VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV - CNN.com
"A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV."

This is "free" government healthcare.......

Read this thread!

Lucianne.com News Forum - Thread
Birthers,’ Polls and Public Ignorance
New York Times, by Staff

There’s a new poll out, from Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes, showing that 24 percent of Americans don’t think that Barack Obama was born in the United States.
On MSNBC last night, Chris Hayes asked me about it, and I tried to suggest that polls like this should be taken with a large grain of salt — both because Americans will happily express all kinds of outlandish opinions to a pollster without necessarily meaning much by them (does almost half the public really believe in U.F.O.s

Comments:
Sorry Ladies...what goes around, comes around. How many believed some of these falsehoods promulgated by the MSM and other leftists: Bill Clinton was impeached because he had sex with an intern.
GWB lied about Saddam's WMD. 9/11 was an inside job.
0bama was a Constitutional Law Professor.
The SCOTUS 'selected' GWB to be president etc....
Sorry, but even if 0bama was born in America, he is NOT American."

Read the rest of these insightful responses!

Democrats add teacher money to war funding bill

Democrats add teacher money to war funding bill - Yahoo! News

"House Democrats, who are trying to pass a long-stalled war funding bill this week, have attached $10 billion to help local school districts avoid teacher layoffs when schools reopen."

Is it about time we realized just who the teacher unions really care about?

have you ever wondered why all those Disney kids are so cute and perky?

Couple o' kids vids - Maggie's Farm
"I love behind-the-scenes exposés, as I’m sure you do.

For example, have you ever wondered why all those Disney kids are so cute and perky?

Wonder no more."

Must see video!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sheryl Crow: Tea Partiers Are Too ‘Uneducated’ to ‘Understand What’s Happening on Wall Street’

Sheryl Crow: Tea Partiers Are Too ‘Uneducated’ to ‘Understand What’s Happening on Wall Street’ NewsBusters.org
"Pop-star and courageous anti-toilet-paper crusader Sheryl Crow apparently has a new political concern: Tea Partiers.
The country crooner told CBS journalist Katie Couric that Tea Party members are uneducated, angry and potentially dangerous in an interview with Glamour magazine this June."

Ludacris dazzles 11,000 at Summer Celebration

Review: Ludacris dazzles 11,000 at Summer Celebration MLive.com
"One thing is for sure.
Summer Celebration had the right idea by bringing in Ludacris.
Rap hasn’t been as commonplace at the main stage shows in the past as other genres, and they would do well to include more of it next year."

Well, 11,000 on a Monday night is a great turnout.

It looks like having a "black night" at MSC does bring out the fans.

How many were African americans?

Wouldn't that be "inclusive"?

The Public Pension Crisis

The Way We Live Now - The Public Pension Crisis - NYTimes.com
"Ever since theWall Street crash, there has been a bull market in Google hits for “public pensions” and “crisis.”

Horror stories abound, like the one in Yonkers, where policemen in their 40s are retiring on $100,000 pensions (more than their top salaries), or in California, where payments to Calpers, the biggest state pension fund, have soared while financing for higher education has been cut.
Then there is New York City, where annual pension contributions (up sixfold in a decade) would be enough to finance entire new police and fire departments."

It is coming to EVERY community in our country!

The Cost of Unions

The Cost of Unions - Veronique de Rugy - The Corner on National Review Online
"The Cost of Unions [Veronique de Rugy]

Here is interesting some data:
Unionized public sector workers have much higher average wages and benefits than nonunionized public sector workers.

Bureau of Labor Statistics data in Table 2 show that union members have a 31-percent advantage in wages and a 68-percent advantage in benefits.

This line bears repeating: 'Union members have a 31-percent advantage in wages and a 68-percent advantage in benefits.'

That's from Chris Edwards' work on Public Sector Unions here.
He adds that even when one controls for the fact that states with generally higher wages tend to be more unionized, public-sector unions increase average pay levels by roughly 10 percent.

This information is interesting in the context of the following chart.

It shows that in 2009, for the first time ever, more public-sector employees (7.9 million) belonged to a union than did private-sector employees (7.4 million) despite there being five times more wage and salary workers in the private sector.

This helps explain some of the disparities between public- and private-sector compensation."

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Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible

Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible Washington Examiner
"Finally she got away. Later, she talked to friends, liberals like herself, who advised against telling police.
One asked her 'to just suck it up; otherwise, the world's going to be destroyed from global warming.'"

Airline Food Fails To Meet Health Standards

Airline Food Fails To Meet Health Standards - wcbstv.com
"It turns out, however, the biggest safety issue you face while flying could be the food served by the airlines."

They serve food on airlines?

Who'd have guessed?

Inside the Black Panther case

ADAMS: Inside the Black Panther case - Washington Times

On the day President Obama was elected, armed men wearing the black berets and jackboots of the New Black Panther Party were stationed at the entrance to a polling place in Philadelphia.
They brandished a weapon and intimidated voters and poll watchers.
After the election, the Justice Department brought a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party and those armed thugs.

I and other Justice attorneys diligently pursued the case and obtained an entry of default after the defendants ignored the charges.
Before a final judgment could be entered in May 2009, our superiors ordered us to dismiss the case.

The New Black Panther case was the simplest and most obvious violation of federal law I saw in my Justice Department career.
Because of the corrupt nature of the dismissal, statements falsely characterizing the case and, most of all, indefensible orders for the career attorneys not to comply with lawful subpoenas investigating the dismissal, this month I resigned my position as a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney.

The federal voter-intimidation statutes we used against the New Black Panthers were enacted because America never realized genuine racial equality in elections.
Threats of violence characterized elections from the end of the Civil War until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

Before the Voting Rights Act, blacks seeking the right to vote, and those aiding them, were victims of violence and intimidation.
But unlike the Southern legal system, Southern violence did not discriminate.
Black voters were slain, as were the white champions of their cause.
Some of the bodies were tossed into bogs and in one case in Philadelphia, Miss., they were buried together in an earthen dam.

Based on my firsthand experiences, I believe the dismissal of the Black Panther case was motivated by a lawless hostility toward equal enforcement of the law.
Others still within the department share my assessment.
The department abetted wrongdoers and abandoned law-abiding citizens victimized by the New Black Panthers.
The dismissal raises serious questions about the department's enforcement neutrality in upcoming midterm elections and the subsequent 2012 presidential election.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has opened an investigation into the dismissal and the DOJ's skewed enforcement priorities. Attorneys who brought the case are under subpoena to testify, but the department ordered us to ignore the subpoena, lawlessly placing us in an unacceptable legal limbo.

And the democrooks tell us there is no voter fraud.
And their willing enablers in the MSM parrot the lie.


Their evil plan is simple:
1. Cover up EVERY case of voter fraud, even if it's GOPers cheating.(that's because democrook cheating is WAAAY more prevalent)

2. When voter fraud is reported by some renegade medium, bury it, deny it, make fun of the accusation.

3. When there is video, audio and dozens of eye witnesses, send it to Obama's "justice department" and, after the outrage has quieted, dismiss the case, order attorneys to illegally ignore subpoenas and deem it never to have happened.

4. Fully expect the MSM to actively bury the facts.

This is our Obama-nation folks.

Will Congress Kill Volunteer Fire Departments?

Will Congress Kill Volunteer Fire Departments? - HUMAN EVENTS
"House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D.-S.C.) wants to include the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act as part of the war supplemental coming before the House this week.

The bill forces state and local governments to collectively bargain with police, firefighters and emergency workers.

Its critics say it would compel volunteer firefighters to join unions, threatening the survival of America's nearly 26,000 volunteer fire departments."

Fannie-Freddie Bailout Could Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion

Fannie-Freddie Bailout Could Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion - CNBC
"For American taxpayers, now on the hook for some $145 billion in housing losses connected to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, that amount could be just the tip of the iceberg.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the losses could balloon to $400 billion.

And if housing prices fall further, the cost to the taxpayer could hit as much as $1 trillion."

Monday, June 28, 2010

BYRON YORK: Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible

BYRON YORK: Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible; Could this be Gore’s real ‘Inconvenie…

BYRON YORK: Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible; Could this be Gore’s real ‘Inconvenient Truth’?

Anybody else notice that this came out right after Gore started criticizing the White House over the oil spill?

Plus, condoms in the hotel “treat box?”
Was that an “intimacy kit?”
What kind of hotel was this? . . . .
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 4:53 pm"

CARPE DIEM: MCAT Scores for Medical Students by Gender

CARPE DIEM: MCAT Scores for Medical Students by Gender
"In the most recent year of 2009, men scored higher on average by 1.50 points (31.6 men vs. 30.1 women), which is a statistically significant difference"

The Jones Act: Lost at sea

The Jones Act: Lost at sea - Juneau Empire
"Who would have thought the Gulf oil spill would make a 90-year-old law newsworthy?

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, was meant to save the merchant marine industry by requiring ships that plied American waters be built in the United States and manned by American crews.

After the oil started gushing, lawmakers started demanding that the government waive the law to speed international assistance for the cleanup.

What the White House can't waive, however, is the ongoing damage caused by the Jones Act.

The policies it embodies are a remnant of a worldview that contributed to economic collapse and the Great Depression."

CARPE DIEM: Quote of the Day

CARPE DIEM: Quote of the Day
"'Hillsdale College is one of the last true meritocracies.
There's no place on its application for racial identity, and it doesn't know the racial make-up of its student body until it shows up on campus in the fall.

'The purpose of education is not diversity,' Hillsdale President Larry Arnn says.

'It's truth.''

~Detroit News"

12% pure hope

Wolf Files: 12% pure hope
"DRUDGE: President Obama: 'Very difficult choices ahead' on deficits. Translation: increase taxes.

Flashback: Most Americans view the Deficit Commission as cover to raise taxes.

The only thing transparent about this administration is their undisciplined explosive spending and their willing to raise destructive taxes to cover it."

Sen. Robert Byrd not only was a KKK member but led his local Klan chapter

Sen. Robert Byrd not only was a KKK member but led his local Klan chapter The Daily Caller
"Byrd joined the Klan at the ripe young age of 24 — hardly a young’un by today’s standards, much less those of 1944, when Byrd refused to join the military because he might have to serve alongside “race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds,” according to a letter Byrd wrote to Sen. Theodore Bilbo at the height of World War II."

Texas Store Sells American Flag With 61 Stars

FOXNews.com - Texas Store Sells American Flag With 61 Stars
"The Dollar Tree's assistant store manager told WFAA.com that the flag is sold as a 'patriotic banner' and not as an American flag."

RBS tells clients to prepare for 'monster' money-printing by the Federal Reserve

RBS tells clients to prepare for 'monster' money-printing by the Federal Reserve - Telegraph
"Andrew Roberts, credit chief at RBS, is advising clients to read the Bernanke text very closely because the Fed is soon going to have to the pull the lever on 'monster' quantitative easing (QE)'.

'We cannot stress enough how strongly we believe that a cliff-edge may be around the corner, for the global banking system (particularly in Europe) and for the global economy.

Think the unthinkable,' he said in a note to investors."

States of Crisis for 46 Governments Facing Greek-Style Deficits

States of Crisis for 46 Governments Facing Greek-Style Deficits - Bloomberg
"Still, California isn’t Greece.

It’s home to Silicon Valley, Hollywood and a $27 billion agriculture industry.

“It’s unbelievable,” says Bob Nichols, CEO of Windward Capital Management Co. in Los Angeles.

“How do you screw up a place with the growth capability of California?

It’s so dysfunctional.”"

Styx, Foreigner time slots changed for Tuesday concert

Styx, Foreigner time slots changed for Tuesday concert MLive.com
"In that spirit, contrary to what had previously been reported, Summer Celebration officials today were notified that Styx will be the headliner of Tuesday evenings concert at Heritage Landing.
Foreigner will go on at 7 p.m., Styx will follow at 8:50."

unrestrained spending debt and taxes

The Free Enterprise Nation - unrestrained spending debt and taxes
"The federal government says that national debt is $13.5 TRILLION, yet they plan to borrow another $1.5 trillion this year, and another $7 trillion over the next decade.

Meanwhile, experts say that there is ANOTHER $106 trillion of HIDDEN debt for Social Security and Medicare, and the government’s own pension plan for civilian and military pensions is completely unfunded.

Congress has just guaranteed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debt, and these two “financial black holes” have guaranteed $8 trillion of unworthy mortgages!"

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Why I'm going to be VERY careful where I put my money this summer | Mail Online

Why I'm going to be VERY careful where I put my money this summer Mail Online: "Here are two essential pieces of advice. Anyone planning to travel to Eurozone countries during the summer should consider what has previously been unthinkable - the fate of euro notes and coins if the single currency falls apart.
I believe it is inevitable that Greece and Portugal will pull out of the euro at some stage, and when that happens there will be little or no warning.
In these extreme circumstances, the euros issued by these two countries might be converted back to drachmas and escudos - leaving the value of them in jeopardy.
Of course, under European Central Bank rules the value of this money ought to be fully protected, but who knows what will happen if there was a major crisis.
Certainly, on my travels, I'm going to be wary of accepting euro notes with serial numbers that are prefixed with the letters Y (coming from Greece) or M (from Portugal).
I shall also strongly steer clear of notes with the serial numbers starting G (Cyprus), S (Italy), V ( Spain), T ( Ireland) and F (Malta).
This might sound as if I'm being ridiculously alarmist, but you cannot be too careful.
However, other euro notes should be reasonably safe."

How Marines welcome a President

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIHz5tevLAw

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Favorite Star Spangled Banner rendition

Favorite Star Spangled Banner rendition

This is a pretty cool link for us America lovers.

Decision to use on-duty officers for funeral procession of David Brown Jr. spurs outrage

Decision to use on-duty officers for funeral procession of David Brown Jr. spurs outrage CRIME Blog dallasnews.com
"A cop-killer who is the son of the Dallas police chief continued to stir deep emotions Friday as he headed to his grave.
An apparent last-minute decision by a deputy police chief to provide assistance during part of David Brown Jr.'s funeral procession angered some police associations. The city manager quickly issued a written statement distancing herself and Chief David Brown from the decision.
'This was not a planned event nor a full honor escort,' according to the statement issued late Friday afternoon evening by Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm. 'The action will be fully investigated and may lead to disciplinary action.'
Officers said the assistance included 10 to 12 motorcycles and at least one squad car.
David Brown Jr., who killed Lancaster police Officer Craig Shaw and an innocent bystander June 20 before being shot by other officers, was buried in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Dallas."


READ THIS!

RealClearPolitics - Video - Biden Calls Manager Who Told Him To Lower Taxes A "Smartass"

RealClearPolitics - Video - Biden Calls Manager Who Told Him To Lower Taxes A "Smartass"

Retro Thing: MS 760 Paris Jet: The ultimate way to fly, 1950s style

Retro Thing: MS 760 Paris Jet: The ultimate way to fly, 1950s style

Also at the airshow today and tomorrow!

The Real Top Gun

The Real Top Gun Military Aviation Air & Space Magazine
"As the F-14 tomcat rounded the fantail on the aircraft carrier’s port side, Dale Snodgrass whipped it into an 85-degree banked turn. With its right wingtip below the flight deck, the jet sliced past the spectators, rolled wings level and pulled up into the vertical S of a double Immelman, then shot back down into a high-G aero­batic performance that flung mist off the wings like fur in a catfight."

He flys at the MSC airshow today and tomorrow!

Ottawa County paid to settle lawsuit over immigrants getting marriage licenses

Ottawa County paid to settle lawsuit over immigrants getting marriage licenses MLive.com
"The county paid $13,350 to settle a recent federal lawsuit over a former county policy that required people to give Social Security numbers to get a marriage license.
Attorneys for the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund were paid the settlement money, said Douglas VanEssen, an attorney for Ottawa County."

‘Don’t Taze My Granny!’

‘Don’t Taze My Granny!’ « LewRockwell.com Blog
"Understandably alarmed — and probably more than a little disgusted — by the presence of uninvited armed strangers in her home, Lona ordered them to leave. This directive, issued by a fragile female octogenarian confined to a hospital-style bed and tethered to an oxygen tank, was interpreted as “aggressive” behavior by Officer Thomas Duran, who ordered one of his associates : “Taser her!”

“Don’t taze my granny!” exclaimed Tinsley."

Friday, June 25, 2010

UH, PEGGY, CHECK THE MAP

UH, PEGGY, CHECK THE MAP Charlie Sykes
There the folks who run Milwaukee County. A classic moment of cluelessness courtesy of Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West, who shares her geographical insights Thursday during a debate over a boycott of Arizona."

This is TOO funny.....if "funny" is the destruction of a politician's brain.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

MCCARTNEY: Global-warming skeptics same as Holocaust deniers...

Exclusive Paul McCartney chat The Sun Features
"The Beatles legend said: 'Sadly we need disasters like this to show people.
Some people don't believe in climate warming - like those who don't believe there was a Holocaust."

Get a great view of the air show, fireworks on the LST-393

Get a great view of the air show, fireworks on the LST-393 MLive.com
"The USS LST-393 has a two-for-one deal this weekend: Tour the historic ship and get a great view of Muskegon’s air show.

The World War II landing craft will be open Saturday and Sunday for tours for a $5 donation, and people on board each afternoon will have a front-row seat for the Summer Celebration Air Show scheduled for 12:30-3 p.m. both days."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Half of all modified mortgages redefault within a year

Half of all modified mortgages redefault within a year - Yahoo! Finance
"More than half of all homeowners with modified mortgages fell at least two months behind in their payments a year after the adjustment was made, according to a federal report released Wednesday."

Taste of Muskegon winners announced

Taste of Muskegon winners announced MLive.com

Spring Lake's Christ Community Church removes cross, changes name to C3Exchange

Spring Lake's Christ Community Church removes cross, changes name to C3Exchange MLive.com
"Lawton gave a sermon March 21 likening using the cross as a symbol of Christ’s life to using a bullet to remember Martin Luther King Jr. He said that opinion is his and not the church’s."

Maywood to lay off all city employees, dismantle Police Department

Maywood to lay off all city employees, dismantle Police Department L.A. NOW Los Angeles Times
"The city of Maywood will lay off all city employees and begin contracting police services with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department effective July 1, officials said.
In addition to contracting with the Sheriff's Department, the Maywood City Council voted unanimously Monday night to lay off an estimated 100 employees and contract with neighboring Bell, which will handle other city services such as finance, records management, parks and recreation, street maintenance and others.
Maywood will be billed about $50,833 monthly, which officials said will save $164,375 annually.

'We will become 100% a contracted city,' said Angela Spaccia, Maywood's interim city manager."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

EDITORIAL: The Golfer in Chief - Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Golfer in Chief - Washington Times
"Marathon golf sessions often with high-roller partners are only one aspect of Mr. Obama's growing image problem.
While America suffers, Mr. Obama is hosting gala events at the White House, hanging out with rock stars, making pro-forma photo ops and then returning to Washington to 'clear his mind.'
We're surprised to hear that his mind is cluttered with anything, but he does have a busy travel schedule.
Last week, for example, Mr. Obama spent between $500,000 and $1 million of taxpayer money to fly to Ohio to deliver a 10-minute speech touting his purported achievements.
Because of the presidential presence, the work site Mr. Obama visited was closed for the day, taking work hours away from the working man.

'That's $200 we are missing out on,' said construction worker George Harrison.
'Everybody needs to eat, right?'
Eat cake, George."

Following a state trend, Muskegon pulls lifeguards to save money

Following a state trend, Muskegon pulls lifeguards to save money MLive.com
"Brubaker-Clarke said cutting the lifeguards will save the city about $26,000.

The city might decide to reinstate the lifeguard program in the future, she said, but probably won’t have the funds to do so anytime soon.

“Given the fact that we need to make significant cuts and have done so over previous years ... some of the extras that are important, but not as important, we’ve had to cut,” she said."

Finance Bill's Devilish Details

Finance Bill's Devilish Details - IBD - Investors.com
"Subprime Scandal: Much of the 2,000-page draft of the Democrats' finance reform bill could have been written by Acorn, and probably was."

Magnificent Motorcycles, Part 1

Dark Roasted Blend: Magnificent Motorcycles, Part 1

Public sector staff spend 9 fewer years at work and earn 30% more than private employees

Public sector staff spend 9 fewer years at work and earn 30% more than private employees Mail Online: "Great jobs apartheid:

Public sector staff spend nine fewer years at work over lifetime than private employees AND earn 30% more"

And they tell the Brits there is no "fat" to cut?

Now they tell us: Detroit School Board President Otis Mathis was a D-student in high school, went to college in a program for the academically unqualified, now resigned in disgrace after habitually masturbating in front of School Superintendent

theblogprof: Now they tell us: Detroit School Board President Otis Mathis was a D-student in high school, went to college in a program for the academically unqualified, now resigned in disgrace after habitually masturbating in front of School Superintendent:

"Detroit School Board President Otis Mathis was a D-student in high school, went to Wayne State University in a program for the academically unqualified, sued for his degree because he couldn't pass a basic English test, became a community organizer, eventually was unanimously elected President of the School Board despite his being unqualified (just like our Community Organizer-In-Chief)."

Ain't affirmative action great?

The Runaway General | Rolling Stone Politics

The Runaway General Rolling Stone Politics
"'How'd I get screwed into going to this dinner?' demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal."

Here's the article

29-year-old Mayfield Heights man admits killing infant daughter with boiling water

29-year-old Mayfield Heights man admits killing infant daughter with boiling water cleveland.com
"A 29-year-old father pleaded guilty today to killing his 9-month-old daughter with boiling water.

The plea meant Joseph Nemitz avoided the death penalty.
He was sentenced for aggravated murder to 30 years to life in prison."

This monster "avoided the death penalty"?!!!!

Another Marylander Arrested for Recording the Police

Another Marylander Arrested for Recording the Police - Reason Magazine
"Sheriff's Cpl. Patrick Handy's report explained that Shaw was standing about 12 feet from him, and that Shaw 'did admit to recording our encounter on her cell phone for the purpose of trying to show the police are harassing people.'"

TALKING ABOUT WHAT TO DO WITH MCCHRYSTAL, over at The Hill. Plus, a reader emails: “Is it just me,…

Instapundit TALKING ABOUT WHAT TO DO WITH MCCHRYSTAL,
Plus, a reader emails: “Is it just me, or is Michael Yon on the cusp of total, absolute vindication regarding his harsh criticism of McChrystal?” Well, this suggests his concerns had some basis, doesn’t it?

UPDATE: Flashback: Media Promoted Military Criticism Of President Bush. Well, sure.
Under a Republican President, it’s listen to the generals.
Under a Democratic President, it’s all about civilian control of the military.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 2:01 pm"

Hoyer: Permanent middle class tax cuts too costly

Hoyer: Permanent middle class tax cuts too costly
"House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that tax increases will eventually be necessary to address the nation's mounting debt, raising a difficult election-year issue as Democrats fight retain control of Congress."

Prosecutors Make Use of Broader Vision on Hate Crimes - NYTimes.com

Prosecutors Make Use of Broader Vision on Hate Crimes - NYTimes.com
"The legal thinking behind the novel method is that New York’s hate crimes statute does not require prosecutors to prove defendants “hate” the group the victim belongs to, merely that they commit the crime because of some belief, correct or not, they hold about the group."

State Rep. Dave Agema hopes to outlaw marriages for illegal immigrants

State Rep. Dave Agema hopes to outlaw marriages for illegal immigrants MLive.com
"State Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, said today he would introduce legislation to prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining marriage licenses.
The move comes after lawsuits were filed against clerks in Kent and Ottawa counties over a requirement that applicants possess a Social Security number -- a requirement that essentially denied marriage licenses to illegal immigrants."

Sounds OK to me.

Monday, June 21, 2010

From the comments: Is Michigan not cool because workers are unqualified?

From the comments: Is Michigan not cool because workers are unqualified? MLive.com
"Michigan needs young professionals to be cool, but it needs to be cool to attract young professionals."

Idiocy!

Michigan needs JOBS to be cool and feel-good spend-a-thons like the Cool Cities debacle hemorrhage tax money out the door.

And high taxes to support these moronic boondoggles sends employers out of our state.

Kimble in favor of ‘shoot to wound’ bill

Kimble in favor of ‘shoot to wound’ bill : Niagara County : The Buffalo News
"When the Niagara County Legislature took up a resolution last week opposing a bill in the State Assembly that would require police officers who shoot suspects to death to be arrested for manslaughter, most members viewed it as an easy “yes” vote.
And indeed, the resolution condemning the so-called “shoot to wound” bill passed 18-1.

The one member in favor of the bill was Legislator Renae Kimble, D-Niagara Falls.

My legislative colleagues live in a different world than I live in,” said Kimble, the Legislature’s only black member, who represents inner-city Niagara Falls."

If you don't think democrats live in a different planet, think again!

US manufacturing crown slips

FT.com / China - US manufacturing crown slips
"The US remained the world’s biggest manufacturing nation by output last year, but is poised to relinquish this slot in 2011 to China – thus ending a 110-year run as the number one country in factory production."

president Barry must be SO proud!

Senator: Obama Told Me He's Not Securing Border on Purpose

Senator: Obama Told Me He's Not Securing Border on Purpose The FOX Nation
"On June 18, 2010, Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl told the audience at a North Tempe Tea Party town hall meeting that during a private, one-on-one meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, the President told him, regarding securing the southern border with Mexico,

“The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’” [Audible gasps were heard throughout the audience.]

Sen. Kyl continued, “In other words, they’re holding it hostage.
They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’”"

Let's call president scumbama on this one!

Is defending our borders dependent on AMNESTY to millions of democrat voting illegals?

Build a water plant, engineers advise Norton Shores and Fruitport Township

Build a water plant, engineers advise Norton Shores and Fruitport Township MLive.com
"A study conducted by an engineering firm has concluded the best alternative, based on rate costs and long-term investment, is for Fruitport Township and Norton Shores to build their own water filtration plant."

This is what "consolidation" brings.

Out damned spot!

Let's dump the crooks who are holding us hostage!

Ohio State recruit shot, in critical condition

Ohio State recruit shot, in critical condition
"Ohio State recruit Jamel Turner was shot this morning around 1 AM when he was with another girl, the girls ex-boyfriend broke into the house and shot them both.

The girl was killed instantly, while Jamel was able to call 911.

They arrested the man, but Jamel was rushed to the hospital were he was in critical condition for most of the day and then passed away not to long ago."

Doubly weird from April 2010:

http://www.spartantailgate.com/forums/big-ten-news-headlines/442210-espn-big-ten-blog-ohio-state-recruit-wounded-shooting.html

DUMBEST BUREAUCRATIC MOVE EVER

DUMBEST BUREAUCRATIC MOVE EVER
Charlie Sykes: "DUMBEST BUREAUCRATIC MOVE EVER"

OK, DETROIT IS MORE DYSFUNCTIONAL

OK, DETROIT IS MORE DYSFUNCTIONAL Newsradio 620 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Charlie Sykes:
"As messed up at MPS is, Detroit still has us beat.
You might remember Detroit School Board President Otis Mathis as the one with a severe problem with literacy (see: Detroyt Skool Bored Prezzident cant reed, rite or spel goode), but it never occurred to me to think that the reason Mathis’ emails were misspelled so badly might have been because he was typing with one hand:

DPS police were investigating allegations by schools Superintendent Teresa Gueyser that during a meeting at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Mathis touched himself for 20 minutes, then unzipped his pants.

Gueyser, in a memorandum to the board, said she ended the meeting.

“I told him that there was no reason for us to continue the meeting with that behavior,” she said."

More on The Jones Act

CARPE DIEM: More on The Jones Act
"Michael Barone -- And what about the decision not to waive the Jones Act, which bars foreign-flag vessels from coming to the aid of the gulf cleanup?

The Bush administration promptly waived it after Katrina in 2005.

The Obama administration hasn't and claims unconvincingly that, gee, there aren't really any foreign vessels that could help.
The more plausible explanation is that this is a sop to the maritime unions, part of the union movement that gave Obama and other Democrats $400 million in the 2008 campaign cycle.

It's the Chicago way: dance with the girl that brung ya."

Campaign Finance - Michigan in Brief

Campaign Finance - Michigan in Brief

Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism

FOXNews.com - Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism

Not much protest from Obama's MSM......

8 dead among 52 shot across city over weekend

8 dead among 52 shot across city over weekend :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

How's that handgun ban working out, Chicago?

New VW mini Car

VW 1 Liter Car: "an average fuel consumption of 0.89 litres per 100 kilometres."

(that's 239/mpg)

Study Says Tort Costs Killing Business in Michigan

Study Says Tort Costs Killing Business in Michigan [Mackinac Center]
"The lawyer profession is often the butt of many jokes.
But now there is a public policy research think tank that says the profession could be driving business away from Michigan.

The Pacific Research Institute of San Francisco ranked Michigan 43rd in the nation in terms of 'tort cost' after an analytical look at things such as number of cases filed, personal-injury lawyers, damage awards and settlement losses."

Quebec bans 'weathervane' insult

"Quebec bans 'weathervane' insult

In a bold move to protect the democratic process and stand up for the forces of justice, Quebec's legislature has banned its politicians from using the word 'weathervane', on the grounds that it is 'hurtful'."

weathercock
PRONUNCIATION:(WETH-uhr kok)
MEANING:noun:1. A weathervane, especially one with the figure of a rooster on it.
2. One who changes readily or often.

ETYMOLOGY:From weather + cock.

NOTES:The words weathercock/weathervane are especially suitable for politicians who change according to prevailing winds. Quebec's legislature has gone so far as to impose a ban on their use.
USAGE:"William was such a weathercock, how could one be sure?"Barbara W. Tuchman; The Guns of August; Random House; 1962

Why does terrorism fascinate me? Because of the terror in my past.

Why does terrorism fascinate me? Because of the terror in my past.
"Could sexual traumas contribute to contemporary terrorism?"

Very interesting insight from a uniquely qualified woman.

Wyoming's program to collect unused medicing may expand

Wyoming's program to collect unused medicing may expand MLive.com
"'A big thing that we want to focus on is education,' he said.

'If you do put (medicine) in the landfill or you do put it in the toilet, it's going to get into our streams and rivers and lakes.

'Sitting in a landfill's probably not the best place for it.'"

Well now.
The first "education" I'd like to see is the studies that prove that our "streams and rivers and lakes" are showing dangerous levels of these drugs.
And the second is the total cost of this program.

I don't know if this is a worthy program or not

But if we the people won't demand answers to these questions, programs like this will multiply without oversight
.
Even if they're as worthless as most of the other "who cares what it costs" explosion of state, county and local boondoggles.

Proposed budget cuts for schools in Whitehall not as deep as feared

Proposed budget cuts for schools in Whitehall not as deep as feared
"After identifying the $1.4 million in cuts, the school board met earlier this month to restore more than $800,000 of the cuts.
'Things that were restored were direct services to the classrooms,' Dongvillo said.

The district initially was set to eliminate about 13 teaching positions.
But the budget now calls for seven."

When it's more money for tenured teachers, larger class size just disappears as an issue.
No cuts in their automatic triple automatic annual pay raises.
No cuts in their platinum health benes.
Screw the kids.
Screw the parents.
Screw the tax payers.

New Jersey battles over tax on millionaires

New Jersey battles over tax on millionaires Reuters
"New Jersey politicians are due to battle on Monday over whether to slap a tax on millionaires or cut services for low-income senior citizens and the disabled."

Love this headline!
If we don't tax rich folks more, geezers and gimps will suffer!

Gimme a break....

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Public sector staff spend 9 fewer years at work and earn 30% more than private employees

Public sector staff spend 9 fewer years at work and earn 30% more than private employees Mail Online
"Great jobs apartheid: Public sector staff spend nine fewer years at work over lifetime than private employees AND earn 30% more"

Rolling Thunder 2010- A Marine's Vigil

Rolling Thunder 2010- A Marine's Vigil Before It's News

America and our Americans!

Cost of Seizing Fannie and Freddie Surges for Taxpayers

Cost of Seizing Fannie and Freddie Surges for Taxpayers - CNBC
"Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac took over a foreclosed home roughly every 90 seconds during the first three months of the year.
They owned 163,828 houses at the end of March, a virtual city with more houses than Seattle."

THE MISSING GATES

Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE MISSING GATES

THE MISSING GATES: Reader John Koisch makes an interesting observation:

For as long as I can recall, the media dubbed everything scandalous a “gate” of some sort after the famous Watergate.

So we had Watergate, Contragate, and of course the blogosphere had Rathergate, and so on.

I can’t recall a single “xxxgate” since Obama came to office, at least not in common parlance.

On the one hand, it is welcome relief from a tired meme.
But on the other, I wonder if the lack of Londongate, Stupakgate, Oilgate, Golfgate, [the democrat who was anti-abortion and wouldn't vote for the healthcare bill, but did anyway once he got a hug from Obama]gate, Tarpgate, and so on indicates some sort of complicity amongst the MSM?

It strikes me odd.

Hmm. It’s not as if there haven’t been scandals. . . .

UPDATE: Several readers suggest “Profli-Gate” as the catch-all description for this Administration . . ."

A Father's Day Story

Power Line - A Father's Day Story
"Tevlin writes:

[W]hen he saw on the television that tornadoes were forming in the area, Wes Michaels jumped in his pickup truck and drove down to the Cenex to check on Heidi, who was managing the station.
When he got there, a customer joked that he should be out having fun on his birthday.

A few minutes later, a twister took aim on the station.

Michaels ordered Heidi and customers into the cooler as it hit.
Michaels was a big man, about 6 feet tall with a broad chest, 'a strong man who wasn't afraid to use his strength,' according to his former boss, Orville Lee.
Instinctively, he positioned his body above that of his daughter, and took the brunt of the force from debris as the building crumbled around them.

It occurs to me that Michaels' story is a little like a real-life version of a song that we noted recently.

Wes Michaels, RIP, and happy Father's Day to all of our readers who are fortunate enough to bear that title."

We still live in a wonderful country filled with AMERICAN heroes!

Bank failure is 83rd in '10; pace more than double last year's

Bank failure is 83rd in '10; pace more than double last year's - USATODAY.com
"The 83 closures so far this year is more than double the pace set in all of 2009"

This isn't good.
Don't you think you'd hear more about this disaster if Bush/McCain/Palin was president?

Dad's flag



I originally posted this on 4/6/2006 and thought it would go well with the story of Private First Class Jack G. Rasey and the flag his son bought in his Dad's name.

Today is Take an American Flag to Work Day so I though it might be a good time to recount this little story about the last birthday gift I received from my father.
Dad passed away last summer after a broken hip forced him to move into assisted living. We'd become fast friends in the last 15 years after my rather tumultuous youth.
Like many fathers, Dad hated shopping and early on caved to reality, just sending a generous check as Christmas and birthday gifts. Most times I'd send Dad a thank you and deposit the check in my checking account, soon to be forgotten.
But last year, after my visit to his new apartment, reality crept into my consciousness and I realized that Dad might not be with me forever.
My birthday check arrived shortly after my visit and for some reason, I just hung on to it, not depositing it for a few weeks. It took me some time but I soon realized that I wanted to do something special with my father's gift.
As luck would have it, I was chatting with a friend who has his own flagpole and I asked him who had installed it. He had done it himself, and I instantly had the answer to my quest for the perfect gift from Dad.
A few days later it was up. Lighted at night, almost always flapping proudly during the day.
I took a photo of the flag and sent it to Dad and I think he got as much of a kick out of as did I. He even asked me to send him additional photos of my birthday gift.
Dad served in WW2 and Korea, losing his fighter pilot brother over France in 1943. He instilled a tremendous sense of American pride and patriotism in all his children and he was wonderfully proud to fit into his old US Naval officer's uniform a few years back. Yes, that's Dad up top.
We all must bear the loss of our parents but the memories of their love and life lessons live on.
My Father is gone now but his spirit and "Dad's Flag" greet me each time I come home.
Thank you, Dad. for the wonderful memories that make me smile even as I grieve.

Happy Father's Day: It's Still a Mancession

CARPE DIEM: Happy Father's Day: It's Still a Mancession

Happy Father's Day - The World's Strongest Dad

BLACKFIVE: Happy Father's Day - The World's Strongest Dad
"But exactly how strong can one dad be?
So, this brings us to the world's strongest dad - a father among fathers. Blackfive reader Ron sends this story from Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly about Dick and Rick Hoyt (Dick is a retired Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel).

It's a great story about a father and son who saved each other.
I thought it would be a great story to read this weekend:"

Read this and be proud that you share this country with these two amazing Americans.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

CNN to air telethon to aid Gulf oil spill victims

CNN to air telethon to aid Gulf oil spill victims
"CNN and Larry King are presenting a telethon Monday to benefit victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Celebrities on the special two-hour edition of 'Larry King Live' will include Justin Bieber (BEE'-bur), Ted Danson, Cameron Diaz, Randy Jackson and Robert Redford, as well as a performance by Sting.

CNN said Friday that guests will visit with King on set and by satellite. They will also participate in the program's telephone banks taking viewer calls.

Ryan Seacrest will host an online suite for viewers using social media like Facebook.

'Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help' is aimed at raising funds for the United Way, National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy. The telethon will air 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern.

Isn't this just gonna reduce what BP has to pay?

Teddy Kennedy Revealed -

Teddy Kennedy Revealed - HUMAN EVENTS
"The FBI released over 2,000 pages from their files on Monday concerning the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

The files further solidify Teddy’s image as a promiscuous, immoral, trembling blob of sexual excitement.

Michigan celebrates! MI now #2 in unemployment after being #1 for 4 straight years, passed up by Nevada

theblogprof: Michigan celebrates! MI now #2 in unemployment after being #1 for 4 straight years, passed up by Nevada

The Job-Killing Impact of Minimum Wage Laws II

CARPE DIEM: The Job-Killing Impact of Minimum Wage Laws II

Friday, June 18, 2010

World Sees Obama as Incompetent and Amateur

Mort Zuckerman: World Sees Obama as Incompetent and Amateur - US News and World Report
"One Middle East authority, Fouad Ajami, pointed out that Obama seems unaware that it is bad form and even a great moral lapse to speak ill of one's own tribe while in the lands of others."

Detroit school board president accused of sex act in meeting

Detroit school board president accused of sex act in meeting Detroit Free Press:

Amid allegations that he fondled himself during a meeting with the schools superintendent, Detroit school board President Otis Mathis today admitted engaging in “inappropriate actions” but tried to rescind his resignation."

Dozen state-employee pensions slashed to cut costs

Dozen state-employee pensions slashed to cut costs ScrippsNews
"In an effort to reduce the burden on their budgets, at least a dozen states have passed laws this year overhauling their retirement systems.
Some have created less-generous pensions for newly hired workers.

Others have increased the amount of money employees must pay into their pensions. Some have done both."

Celluoid Burns Like Napalm - Hanger 42 percent

RightMichigan.com Celluoid Burns Like Napalm - Hanger 42 percent
"Perhaps no one has yet noticed the similarity between the name and the amount (percentage) of credit provided to film makers for their 'investments' into the Michigan Economy?

Could it be possible, the sheer audacity of what now appears to be a scam to separate Michigan taxpayers from their hard earned dollars would lend itself to the very name of the tool used to perpetrate such fraud?"

An Apology To Be Truly Sorry About

An Apology To Be Truly Sorry About - IBD - Investors.com
"Rep. Joe Barton says what everyone knows is true and his own party threatens to kick him out of his committee seat. We expected cynical political opportunism from Democrats, but not from Republican leaders.

Where are we as a society when the truth is treated as a something that can't be uttered in public?"

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oil: The Real Green Fuel

Jonah Goldberg : Oil: The Real Green Fuel - Townhall.com
"estimates rainforest clear-cutting for biofuels releases 17 to 420 times more CO2 than it offsets by displacing petroleum or coal."

A view we won't see on MSM TV.

Obama administration spends $1.2 billion on cycling and walking initiatives

Obama administration spends $1.2 billion on cycling and walking initiatives - Telegraph:
"Obama administration spends $1.2 billion on cycling and walking initiatives
The Obama administration more than doubled spending on cycling and walking initiatives to $1.2 billion (£810 million) last year as it seeks to coax Americans out of their cars."

Is this the time to expand frivolous spending?

Granholm defends record after 8 years

Granholm defends record after 8 years Lansing State Journal
"Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, battered by economic turmoil but still optimistic, said Friday that her nearly eight years as governor have been a fight to shrink government, adapt to hundreds of thousands of manufacturing job losses and educate more citizens."

This woman is the Nero of Michigan as she fiddled away our entire state economy.

And now she shows us she is delusional to boot!

The Immutable Law Of The Potomac

The Immutable Law Of The Potomac - IBD - Investors.com
"Sen. Joe Lieberman believes American households are 'willing to pay less than $1' a day to stop global warming.

The Connecticut independent needs a lesson in the history of government program costs."

When some say both political parties are the same, remind them of this eco-tax monster that is the core of the democrat party.

CARPE DIEM: The Job-Killing Impact of Minimum Wage Laws

CARPE DIEM: The Job-Killing Impact of Minimum Wage Laws

Take Action! Stop the Union Budget Busting Bills

Take Action! Stop the Union Budget Busting Bills Americans for Prosperity
"SB 1072, supposedly a reform of binding arbitration that has been strangling local governments for 40 years, will actually expand union boss power.
It will expand binding arbitration to local authorities, school districts and boards and do nothing to reform arbitration in cities and townships."

HB 6154 will extend binding arbitration to county corrections workers and greatly increase costs to counties and taxpayers."

Call your state rep. and senator or pay the price for your lethargy.

France says EU wants global financial tax

My Way News - France says EU wants global financial tax
"French President Nicolas Sarkozy says European Union leaders will call for a a global tax on financial transactions.
He says the 27 leaders want the United States and others to back a tax at a Group of 20 summit of rich and emerging nations in Toronto next week - despite opposition from some nations.
It is unclear how exactly a global tax would work."

Maybe this is what they have in mind:

Banks have declared war -- on you
Changes are coming fast to the credit card world, and you can expect your bank to raise rates, slash credit limits, add fees and cut rewards. Consumers, brace yourselves.

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Banking/CreditCardSmarts/banks-have-declared-war-on-you.aspx

Lap Around the Boat

Lap Around the Boat

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

German student attacks Hell's Angels with puppy

"German student attacks Hell's Angels with puppy
BERLIN

Wed, May 26 2010BERLIN (Reuters) - A German student created a major traffic jam in Bavaria after making a rude gesture at a group of Hell's Angels motorcycle gang members, hurling a puppy at them and then escaping on a stolen bulldozer."

Ya gotta love those Germans! So inventive!

So bulldozerish!

Al Gore's Alleged Affair With Laurie David

Dear Margo: Al Gore's Alleged Affair With Laurie David -- Reason for His BP Silence? wowOwow
"He is silent on this issue for the same reason that Teddy Kennedy couldn’t join the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas fight: The equivalency to Teddy’s womanizing is that Mr. Gore has been in a two-year affair with Laurie David, also an environmentalist, and it would be, uh, unseemly."

Car Lust: 1976 Chevrolet Vega Cabriolet

Car Lust: 1976 Chevrolet Vega Cabriolet
"Egad! How else to begin a post on this poor little pretentious thing?
The Vega never had the best reputation to start with, but to call this car a convertible when it had a full, fixed metal roof?
C'mon now!"

Sacramento council approves economic sanctions against Arizona

Sacramento council approves economic sanctions against Arizona - Sacramento City News - sacbee.com
"The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night to place economic sanctions against Arizona companies in response to that state's immigration laws."

There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills

Obama's speech: There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills Top of the Ticket Los Angeles Times:

LA Times?!!
Check out the photo!

Clip Syndicate Video: 5/20 - Prichard Pension Plan

Clip Syndicate Video: 5/20 - Prichard Pension Plan

The Flipper Bridge: Hong Kong to China

CARPE DIEM: The Flipper Bridge: Hong Kong to China
"Hong Kong drives on the left side of the road (thanks to the British Empire) and mainland China drives on the right side. So how do you prevent crashes when driving on a bridge between them?

Answer: The Flipper Bridge, find out more here."

Dangerous to our health

Dangerous to our health - The Boston Globe
"But if Obama is as opposed to a government-ruled health sector as he claims, why has he nominated Dr. Donald Berwick as director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services — far and away the nation’s largest health-insurance programs, at a cost of nearly $1 trillion — a man who openly adores Britain’s socialized health care?
“I am romantic about the National Health Service,’’ Berwick told a British audience in 2008.
“I love it.’’
He not only loves the National Health Service, he extols it as “an example for the whole world — an example . . . that the United States needs now.’’"

Whitehall School District files tenure charges

White Lake Beacon - Whitehall and Montague, Michigan

"Dongvillo said the charges have been placed in Trevino’s personnel file.
She declined to share the nature of the charges."

Why are the charges secret?
This teacher spent her days with our children!
Tell us the truth!

How Independent is Obama's Department of Justice?

How Independent is Obama's Department of Justice?
"The DOJ's plan to challenge to Arizona's SB 1070 while declining to investigate the Sestak job offer suggests that someone other than Attorney General Eric Holder is pulling the strings."

School Nutrition Bill Allocates $1 Million to Study How Government Can Restrict Food Ads Directed at Kids

CNSNews.com - School Nutrition Bill Allocates $1 Million to Study How Government Can Restrict Food Ads Directed at Kids
"A recently introduced House bill, said to mirror First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, would spend $1 million to study how the government can restrict food advertisements aimed at children"

Sen. Kennedy Offered to Collaborate with Soviets Against Reagan, KGB Documents Show

GetLiberty.org >> Sen. Kennedy Offered to Collaborate with Soviets Against Reagan, KGB Documents Show
"Senator Edward M. Kennedy offered to work in close concert with high level Soviet officials to sabotage President Ronald Reagan’s re-election efforts and to arrange for congenial American press coverage of General Secretary Yuri Andropov, according to a 1983 KGB document."

Politics Trumps Science on Great Lakes Drilling

Analysis: Politics Trumps Science on Great Lakes Drilling [Mackinac Center]
"The latest example of political posturing on environmental issues is a plan hatched by House Democrats that would ban drilling in the Great Lakes via a series of bills that, if passed by the Legislature, would place on the November ballot a constitutional ban on directional drilling under the Great Lakes.

Never mind that Michigan law already does not allow drilling in the Great Lakes, nor does federal law."

Gov. Granholm's tax hike plan would kill 30,000 jobs

Gov. Granholm's tax hike plan would kill 30,000 jobs [Mackinac Center]
"Fourteen percent of Michigan' labor force is unemployed.
Thousands of others are underemployed or fear for their jobs.
Yet a proposal by Gov. Jennifer Granholm for a net tax increase of $554 million in fiscal year 2011 would only exacerbate the problem, causing the loss of nearly 30,000 jobs in the first year alone"

Michigan Property Tax Appeal Guide

Michigan Property Tax Appeal Guide

Pro-Black Panther prejudice

EDITORIAL: Pro-Black Panther prejudice - Washington Times
"Readers will remember that the case involved two New Black Panther Party members - one a local Democratic Party official and poll watcher - who used racial epithets and threats while standing at the entrance to a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day, 2008.

One Panther brandished a nightstick like a weapon.

After the case effectively had been won, political appointees of President Obama's dismissed or reduced all charges or sanctions against the defendants, and then they stonewalled multiple inquiries about the case from Congress, the media and the Civil Rights Commission"

Big man shortage on campus

ALLEN: Big man shortage on campus - Washington Times
"About 57 percent of undergrads these days are female and just 43 percent male,"

Reid's Push To Nationalize Police Unions

Reid's Push To Nationalize Police Unions - IBD - Investors.com
"In an effort to please union backers ahead of the 2010 midterm elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is quietly trying to nationalize rules governing every police, fire and first responder union in the nation."

Imagine a national police strike!

Hilite International going 'green' with its landscaping

Hilite International going 'green' with its landscaping MLive.com
"Hilite International is set to become the second major manufacturer in Whitehall to trade in its well-maintained lawn for an environmentally friendly native prairie"

So, weeds are now "native prairie"?
Maybe Detroit's burned out slums could be called environmentally friendly "urban sprouts".
Environmentalism is a code word for insanity. 

Soros: European recession next year almost inevitable

Soros: European recession next year almost inevitable Reuters
"Flaws built into the euro from the start had become acute, Soros told a seminar, warning that the euro crisis could have the potential to destroy the 27-nation European Union."

The euro was doomed from the start.
Based on false promises of every nation to "do the right thing".....yeah, like Europe has a long history of that..........

Residents get 6 votes each in suburban NY election

Residents get 6 votes each in suburban NY election - Yahoo! News
"Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said that violated the Voting Rights Act, and he approved a remedy suggested by village officials: a system called cumulative voting, in which residents get six votes each to apportion as they wish among the candidates."

This is because hispanic candidates haven't gotten elected there?!!!!!
INSANITY!

Tom Izzo/MSU Fun Facts

Tom Izzo/MSU Fun Facts: "Tom Izzo/MSU Fun Facts

Through the end of the 2010 season..."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Izzo stays 2010

Izzo stays 2010 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
"I’ll admit it.
I like Tom Izzo.
I like how he coaches.
I like what he stands for.
I like how he treats people and I like that, in a business I fear is losing its characters along with its character, he doesn’t take himself terribly seriously.
(Anyone who can show up at Midnight Madness dressed as Sparty one year and a hippie the next doesn’t take himself too seriously)."

Mitch Albom: Tom Izzo searched his soul and did the right thing

Mitch Albom: Tom Izzo searched his soul and did the right thing freep.com Detroit Free Press

AIRBRUSHING CHURCHILL: If he were still alive, he’d shove that cigar up their ass.

AIRBRUSHING CHURCHILL: If he were still alive, he’d shove that cigar up their ass.
If he were still alive, he’d shove that cigar up their ass.
Which would be the right thing to do.

Plus this: “Viewing the now disfigured image reveals just how unhinged the vociferous anti-smoking lobby has become.
So much for the notion that only communist tyrants airbrushed history.”
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 6:39 pm"

Tom Izzo rejects Cleveland Cavaliers, staying with Michigan State Spartans - ESPN

Tom Izzo rejects Cleveland Cavaliers, staying with Michigan State Spartans - ESPN
"EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Tom Izzo is staying at Michigan State, turning down a chance to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers and perhaps LeBron James.
In a statement released by the school on Tuesday Izzo says: 'I'm pleased to say I am here for life at Michigan State.'"

Evaluation: Here Comes The Judge

Evaluation: Here Comes The Judge

LA police say another Charlie Sheen Mercedes taken from driveway and rolled off cliff

LA police say another Charlie Sheen Mercedes taken from driveway and rolled off cliff - chicagotribune.com
"For the second time in five months, a Mercedes-Benz owned by 'Two and a Half Men' star Charlie Sheen was stolen and sent off Mulholland Drive near his Santa Monica Mountains home, authorities said Tuesday.

Firefighters responding to a report of a traffic accident found the silver Mercedes S600 about 100 feet down a brushy ravine around 3 a.m., Fire Department spokesman Eric Scott said.

Nobody was in the car."

It's gotta be bad breaks...brakes.....right?
Time for another ObamaMotors forced recall of Mercedes-death-machines?

Black Flight is the New Worry for Detroit

Black Flight is the New Worry for Detroit - WSJ.com
"DETROIT—This shrinking city needs to hang on to people like Johnette Barham: taxpaying, middle-class professionals who invest in local real estate, work and play downtown, and make their home here.

Ms. Barham just left.
And she's not coming back.

In seven years as a homeowner in Detroit, she endured more than 10 burglaries and break-ins at her house and a nearby rental property she owned.
Still, she defied friends' pleas to leave as she fortified her home with locks, bars, alarms and a dog."

Replace Offshore Oil With Wind?

FuturePundit: Chris Nelder: Replace Offshore Oil With Wind?
Replace Offshore Oil With Wind?
Chris Nelder looks at what it would take to replace US offshore Gulf of Mexico oil with a comparable amount of energy from wind power."

Europe's $1.6 trillion hangover

Europe's $1.6 trillion hangover - Street Sweep: Fortune's Wall Street Blog
"Banks in France and Germany alone have nearly $1 trillion in exposure to the staggering economies of southern Europe,"

Izzo's Choice - Izzo talks to Lebron!

Mike And Mike: Izzo's Choice - ESPN Video - ESPN

Petraeus passes out briefly at hearing

44 - Petraeus passes out briefly at hearing
"Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, fell ill at the witness table during a Senate hearing Tuesday and had to be escorted from the room."

Did McCain call him "My friend" one time too many?

Etheridge the Unready -- and his enablers

Power Line - Etheridge the Unready -- and his enablers
"Whoever the young interrogators of Rep. Etheridge, and whatever their motives, Etheridge unmistakably revealed that he is a bully and a nut."

Do laws even matter today?

Do laws even matter today? - USATODAY.com
"there seems to be a growing sense among many citizens that they are expected to play by the rules while others are exempt."

Monday, June 14, 2010

America's Municipal Debt Racket

Steven Malanga: America's Municipal Debt Racket - WSJ.com
"New Jersey officials recently celebrated the selection of the new stadium in the Meadowlands sports complex as the site of the 2014 Super Bowl.
Absent from the festivities was any sense of the burden the complex has become for taxpayers.

Nearly 40 years ago the Garden State borrowed $302 million to begin constructing the Meadowlands.
The goal was to pay off the bonds in 25 years.
Although the project initially went according to plan, politicians couldn't resist continually refinancing the bonds, siphoning revenues from the complex into the state budget, and using the good credit rating of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition authority to borrow for other, unsuccessful building schemes.

Today, the authority that runs the Meadowlands is in hock for $830 million, which it can't pay back.
The state, facing its own cavernous budget deficits, has had to assume interest payments—about $100 million this year on bonds that still stretch for decades."

Ace of Spades HQ

Ace of Spades HQ
"President Obama is asking for $50 Billion to distribute to state and local governments to avoid public-sector employee layoffs. (And for 'public-sector employees', you can read 'SEIU and Teacher's Unions'.)
The GOP is sure to oppose it, but may not be able to stop a concerted Democratic push.

Bailing out the states (especially California) is going to take a lot more than a piddling $50 billion, of course.
The first tranche is simply to establish precedent."

Tell Izzo how you feel in HAIKU...

Tell Izzo how you feel in HAIKU...

If Izzo Returns

 My Girlfriend Will Be Tired

Cuz of My Boner

Hey, it's college dudes...dude....

'Tea partyers' pushing to get new line on November ballot

'Tea partyers' pushing to get new line on November ballot Buffalo News
"Organizers of the 'tea party' movement are poised to mount a statewide petition drive in hopes of creating a new line on the November election ballot.
The goal is to give 'disaffected, aggravated, frustrated voters' an alternative to choosing from among the 'lesser of two evils,' Rus Thompson, leader of the local tea party, said Sunday in referring primarily to the major party nominees for governor, Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo and Republican Rick Lazio."

Political suicide!

Clear signal: Boaters can operate U.S. Coast Guard's new foghorn system

Clear signal: Boaters can operate U.S. Coast Guard's new foghorn system MLive.com
"Sensors in the lighthouse used to detect the presence of fog and would activate the signal automatically to guide ships into port.

However, the sensors began malfunctioning as they grew older and continually became covered in spider webs, Salzmann said.
To activate the fog signal, boaters must tune their marine radio to channel 79A and depress the microphone five times."

OK, this system is better than nothing at all.
But why can't the USCG clean off the spider webs?
Sup wit dat?

Muskegon County board changes policy on public comment

Muskegon County board changes policy on public comment MLive.com
"The public will now be able to make comments to the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners during meetings at two separate parts of the agenda, including an opportunity to weigh in on items before commissioners vote on them."

A small, but important, victory for the little guys.

We can speak.

Will they listen?

Why You Need Two Cameras. And maybe a third, inconspicuously recording from a distance, …

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Afghanistan on deck for ex-Spartan

Afghanistan on deck for ex-Spartan greenandwhite.com Lansing State Journal
"'Earned. Never given.'"

EPA classifies milk as oil, forcing costly rules on farmers

EPA classifies milk as oil, forcing costly rules on farmers MLive.com
"But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is classifying milk as oil because it contains a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil."