Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The 5 Best Toys of All Time

The 5 Best Toys of All Time GeekDad Wired.com

Weather’s Too Nice For Global Warming Alarmists

Weather’s Too Nice For Global Warming Alarmists - Latest Headlines - Investors.com
Sunday will be the 2,232nd consecutive day that the U.S. has gone without being hit by a major hurricane.
This is a big enough deal to be covered by the mainstream media.
But of course it won't be.
On Dec. 4, a new record will be set for the number of days between landfalls of category 3 or stronger storms.
The previous streak, according to Roger Pielke Jr., began on Sept. 8, 1900, and ended on Oct. 19, 1906, when the Great Galveston Hurricane hit.

Islamist parties on course to dominate Egypt's parliament

Islamist parties on course to dominate Egypt's parliament - Telegraph
Both the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which is backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, and its rivals agreed that it was leading the count...

As predicted but still terrible news for the world.

'Prepare for armageddon'

'Prepare for armageddon' The Sun NewsSun City
BRITAIN'S banks have been told to prepare for the end of the Eurozone, it emerged today.

The ugly truth about pension reform

GUEST OPINION: The ugly truth about pension reform PressDemocrat.com
Any pension reform proposal that hopes to make a meaningful, positive impact on a public employer's budget must address the cost of pensions for current employees.

Obama's Christmas Tree Tax

Obama's Christmas Tree Tax
".... in the Federal Register of November 8, it was announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board to run a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace.”
Among its goals: “to enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States.”
Yes, you read that correctly.
The Obama Administration wanted the federal government to handle public relations for Christmas trees.
How did the White House want to pay for it? With a 15-cent fee on all sales of fresh Christmas trees by sellers of more than 500 trees per year.
As Addington wrote, “Of course, the Christmas tree sellers are free to pass along the 15-cent federal fee to consumers who buy their Christmas trees.”
More taxes for American consumers in the middle of the Christmas season? Some present. Especially with the economy barely growing and 14 million Americans out of work.
As Addington wrote, “Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do?”

America's Tallest Singing Christmas Tree




The Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree show starts tomorrow night.
http://muskegonpundit.blogspot.com/2011/11/more-from-americas-tallest-singing.html
(don't miss clicking on the TLC TV link at the bottom of the Chronicle article)

and this:
http://muskegontaxpayers.blogspot.com/2011/11/americas-tallest-singing-christmas-tree.html

Obamaisms - Dumb Barack Obama Quotes - Gaffes and Obama-isms

Obamaisms - Dumb Barack Obama Quotes - Gaffes and Obama-isms

World traveler Barry Hussein's latest missed by MSM: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/11/29/does-obama-know-the-difference-between-great-britain-and-england/

But the democrat media made big news of this yesterday:http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/11/rick-perry-flubs-voting-age-and-election-date/

NTSB Looking At Phoenix Airspace

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He also told newspaper that the aircraft flew in a straight line at 4,500 feet, 500 feet below the Class B floor in that area directly into a cliff in the Superstition Mountains.
Local pilots fought changing the floor from 8,000 feet to 5,000 feet when the FAA proposed it in 2006 and their spokesman didn't mince words on its role in the Thanksgiving Eve crash.
James Timm, executive director of the Arizona Pilots Association, suggested an accident was inevitable.
"You expect (an accident) to happen, and you hope it never will.
It has come to pass," Timm said.
"We were concerned about it from the very beginning.
We pushed very hard to get more space."

Chapter 11 For American Airlines

AVwebBiz
Chapter 11 For American Airlines
American said its labor contracts cost $600 million more each year than other legacy airlines pay.

Scientists Behaving Badly

Scientists Behaving Badly - Jim Lacey - National Review Online#.TtRDLXx20vQ.mailto#.TtRDLXx20vQ.mailto#.TtRDLXx20vQ.mailto
In truth, virtually the entire warmist edifice is built around a small, tightly knit coterie of persons (one hesitates to refer to folks with so little respect for the scientific method as scientists) willing to falsify data and manipulate findings; or, to put it bluntly, to lie in order to push a political agenda not supported by empirical evidence.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Loved by media, Barney Frank Helped Cause Financial Crisis

Loved by media, Barney Frank Helped Cause Financial Crisis - Latest Headlines - Investors.com
"I, like many others, did not see the crisis coming," Frank said Monday.
He sure didn't.
Back in 2003, what did he say when the Bush administration proposed what the New York Times described as "the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago," including a new agency to supervise Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
Frank said: "The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."

Consumer Delinquencies Starting To Creep Back Up

Consumer Delinquencies Starting To Creep Back Up
5 Charts That Show That Suddenly Something Is Going Wrong With The Consumer

The Great Global Warming Fizzle

Stephens: The Great Global Warming Fizzle - WSJ.com
Consider the case of global warming, another system of doomsaying prophecy and faith in things unseen.
As with religion, it is presided over by a caste of spectacularly unattractive people pretending to an obscure form of knowledge that promises to make the seas retreat and the winds abate.
As with religion, it comes with an elaborate list of virtues, vices and indulgences.
As with religion, its claims are often non-falsifiable, hence the convenience of the term "climate change" when thermometers don't oblige the expected trend lines.
As with religion, it is harsh toward skeptics, heretics and other "deniers."
And as with religion, it is susceptible to the earthly temptations of money, power, politics, arrogance and deceit.

Secret Fed Loans Helped Banks Net $13B

Secret Fed Loans Helped Banks Net $13B - Bloomberg
Add up guarantees and lending limits, and the Fed had committed $7.77 trillion as of March 2009 to rescuing the financial system, more than half the value of everything produced in the U.S. that year.

Editorial: Full Emails Show Climategate 2.0 is More Than Just Hot Air

DailyTech - Editorial: Full Emails Show Climategate 2.0 is More Than Just Hot Air
Full emails show inarguably the researchers fought transparency, to keep public in the dark

Following Delay of the Keystone XL Pipeline to U.S, China is Anxious to Tap Into Canada's Tar Sands Oil

CARPE DIEM: Following Delay of the Keystone XL Pipeline to U.S, China is Anxious to Tap Into Canada's Tar Sands Oil
"Canadian politicians and energy executives are ratcheting up support for several big infrastructure projects aimed at redirecting the country's growing oil output to thirsty Asian markets—a move seen as crucial in preventing a looming bottleneck of crude.

Muslim students walking out of lectures on Darwinism because it 'clashes with the Koran'

Muslim students walking out of lectures on Darwinism because it 'clashes with the Koran' Mail Online
Muslim students, including trainee doctors on one of Britain's leading medical courses, are walking out of lectures on evolution claiming it conflicts with creationist ideas established in the Koran.

EyeOnMuskegon 11-27-2011 "The Rich"

Memo to the Occupy protesters: here are ten things we evil capitalists really think

Memo to the Occupy protesters: here are ten things we evil capitalists really think – Telegraph Blogs

Climategate 2.0

James Delingpole: Climategate 2.0 - WSJ.com
Like the first "climategate" leak of 2009, the latest release shows top scientists in the field fudging data, conspiring to bully and silence opponents, and displaying far less certainty about the reliability of anthropogenic global warming theory in private than they ever admit in public.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Colin Powell Blames Media and Tea Party for Divisive Tone in Washington

Colin Powell Blames Media and Tea Party for Divisive Tone in Washington NewsBusters.org
Colin Powell on Sunday blamed the media as well as the Tea Party for the divisive political tone in Washington.
Not surprisingly, neither the class warfare stoked by President Obama and his Party nor the resulting Occupy Wall Street movement was mentioned during this seven minute interview with Christiane Amanpour on ABC's This Week (video follows with transcript and commentary):

And the GOPers wanted this liberal moron to be their presidential nominee?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Curbing class-action suits that benefit lawyers, but not plaintiffs

Curbing class-action suits that benefit lawyers, but not plaintiffs Washington Examiner
Imagine that you get a congratulatory note in the mail because you won a multimillion-dollar settlement in a class-action lawsuit.
Only problem is, you didn't even know you were involved in the case, so what does "your" victory mean for you?
You get nothing, but the lawyers who brought the lawsuit will be paid handsomely, and some obscure charities also get big financial windfalls.

The class action lawyers are pure democrat supporters.
Remember in November.
There is a difference between the political parties!

Report: Michigan's jobless benefit system falls short of other Midwest states

Report: Michigan's jobless benefit system falls short of other Midwest states

Pensions strike will hit thousands of NHS operations

Pensions strike will hit thousands of NHS operations, says Andrew Lansley - Telegraph
The Department of Health estimates one in five NHS staff could strike on November 30, which officials think might lead to a 20 per cent drop in capacity.
That would equate to 5,500 pre-planned operations having to be rescheduled as well as 12,000 diagnostic tests.
It would also mean 40,000 outpatient appointments being delayed, and 7,500 ambulance transfers.

"Free" government "health care"!

Why E.U. Collapse is More Likely Than the Fall of the Euro

Guest commentary: Why E.U. Collapse is More Likely Than the Fall of the Euro MLive.com
But the thing that could cause the European Union to topple, or at least shrink in size, would be the outright withdrawal of Britain.
And that has started to look quite possible.

Global Warming Models Called Into Question By New Study

Global Warming Models Called Into Question By New Study - Latest Headlines - Investors.com
The study in the journal Science found that global temperatures appear to be far less sensitive to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere than originally estimated.
This sounds prosaic, but it's a bombshell — another in a long line of revelations showing the scientific fraud at the heart of the anti-global warming movement.

As Banks Struggle, U.S. Gov't Tries To Take Them Down

As Banks Struggle, U.S. Gov't Tries To Take Them Down - Latest Headlines - Investors.com
Bankers were ordered to "reinvest" in unprofitable areas, and reallocate capital to people who posed credit risks.
When those risky loans went bad, radicals blamed "greedy" bankers and "predatory" lenders.
Today, they want to punish bankers and lenders by forcing them to "repair the damages" that they themselves caused.
And they don't care if it drives many of them out of business.

Pepper-Spraying Taxpayers

Pepper-Spraying Taxpayers - Heather Mac Donald - National Review Online
his 2009 base pay of $194,000 was nearly four times that of starting assistant professors.
Basri was given responsibility for a $4.5 million slice of Berkeley’s vast diversity bureaucracy when he became the school’s first Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion in 2007;

The Non-Green Jobs Boom

Review & Outlook: The Non-Green Jobs Boom - WSJ.com
While Washington has tried to force-feed renewable energy with tens of billions in special subsidies, oil and gas production has boomed thanks to private investment.

Why blacks aren’t embracing Occupy Wall Street

Why blacks aren’t embracing Occupy Wall Street - The Washington Post
“Occupy Wall Street was started by whites and is about their concern with their plight,”

Friday, November 25, 2011

Climategate 2.0: Lawson squishes Huhne

Climategate 2.0: Lawson squishes Huhne – Telegraph Blogs
But here he is with Lord Turner, gently suggesting in a roundabout way that Huhne is both incredibly stupid and a big fat liar.

Deconstructing Solyndra

Deconstructing Solyndra - Yahoo! News
The pressure the White House was putting on the Energy Department to ensure Solyndra, its first recipient of a stimulus-backed loan guarantee, would quickly succeed was intense and unrelenting. Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Chu made public statements about how Solyndra was the prototype for both stimulus jobs and clean-energy innovation in 2010 when the company’s finances were going south.

Climategate 2.0: the most damning email of them all

Climategate 2.0: the most damning email of them all – Telegraph Blogs
The worst, most toecurlingly awful, damning, vile, reprehensible, stomach-churningly dreadful email – the one that shows the Warmist junk-scientists in a light of such festering syphilitic repellance they can never possibly recover is this, the Christmas ditty specially written by Kevin Trenberth in celebration of the Nobel committee's comedic decision to award the Peace Prize to Al Gore and the IPCC.
Hold onto your stomachs real tight boys and girls, here we go

Spending Wars

Articles: Spending Wars
The ideas that federal spending exploded under George W. Bush, that "Bush's wars" account for our spending explosion, that Reaganism died with Reagan, and that we are on a spending binge that started decades ago are all nonsense.

Yet We Still Don't Drug Screen Welfare Recipients

RightMichigan.com Yet We Still Don't Drug Screen Welfare Recipients
"So, let me get this straight... we are supposed to be outraged that employees are doping it up at a business that prohibits drug use, which is paid by our tax dollars.
Yet, we have individuals on welfare, some for generations, which are funded by our same tax dollars that are not screened for drug use?
Yessiree.
Only in Michigan!"

World News: Seniors scammed into buying 70 years’ worth of toilet paper

World News: Seniors scammed into buying 70 years’ worth of toilet paper - thestar.com
MIAMI—Florida scam artists told elderly victims the government had changed the laws regulating toilet paper and that their septic tanks would be ruined unless they bought specially formulated rolls, court documents said.

Wanted: Ebonics Translator for Federal DEA Job

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The U.S. Department of Justice is looking for fluent Ebonics speakers to fill nine drug enforcement jobs, giving merit to a dialect that experts say is often mimicked and little understood.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Massive global health fund says it's broke

Massive global health fund says it's broke - CBS News
The fund had to make some "tough decisions to protect some of the gains that have already been delivered," he added.
Among those decisions were that hundreds of millions of dollars in grants planned for China, Brazil, Mexico and Russia will now be used for other purposes, fund officials said.

CHINA?

Death of a currency as eurogeddon approaches

Death of a currency as eurogeddon approaches - Telegraph
No, what this is about is the markets starting to bet on what was previously a minority view - a complete collapse, or break-up, of the euro.

George Washington thanked God for USA

Column: George Washington thanked God for USA – USATODAY.com
In his 1789 proclamation, President Washington listed the blessings for which his countrymen should be thankful.
As we gather with our family and friends, we Americans still have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving — including the wisdom and foresight of the founders' remarkable vision of religious freedom.

A Special Thanks From Sparty

Exposing the Cost of Health Care

Exposing the Cost of Health Care - Technology Review
Travelocity for medicine: Castlight's data-driven tool sheds light on the costs of medical care, information that can be difficult for consumers to find on their own.
Credit: Castlight Health

America’s first socialist republic

America’s first socialist republic Power Line
We have much to learn from the history of the Plymouth Plantation.
For, in their first year in the New World, the Pilgrims conducted an experiment in social engineering akin to what is now contemplated; and, after an abortive attempt at cultivating the land in common, their leaders reflected on the results in a manner that Americans today should find instructive.

Japan ‘May Be’ Close to a Downgrade: S&P

Japan ‘May Be’ Close to a Downgrade: S&P - Bloomberg
“Japan’s finances are getting worse and worse every day, every second,” Takahira Ogawa, director of sovereign ratings at S&P in Singapore, said in an interview.

Death Panels, Shmeath Panels

Death Panels, Shmeath Panels. Chicks On The Right
I mean, it’s a call into a radio show, so I have nothing other than this audio to show you that proves what the caller says.
But I also have no reason to believe some random dude would pretend to be a neurosurgeon who just came back from an HHS update on Obamacare in DC, because ultimately this will be proven or disproven, and it will have done no good to make stuff up.

Death panels.
Listen and wonder.

J.R. Martinez: Who is the 'Dancing with the Stars' winner?

J.R. Martinez: Who is the 'Dancing with the Stars' winner? - NYPOST.com
A few months into his service, the truck he was driving hit a land mine and the explosion burned over 40 percent of Martinez's body, including his face.
He was evacuated to Germany for treatment and spent a year and a half in hospital care, undergoing more than 30 surgeries.
Martinez had to relearn many basic tasks, including walking.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

U.S. Rep Sander Levin organizing support for an unemployment insurance extension

U.S. Rep Sander Levin organizing support for an unemployment insurance extension MLive.com
Rep. Sander Levin is hosting a forum to organize support for a federal extension of unemployment insurance.

The CBO Quietly Downgrades Obama's $825 Bil Stimulus

The CBO Quietly Downgrades Obama's $825 Bil Stimulus - Latest Headlines - Investors.com
The new report finds, for example, that the stimulus may have added as little as 0.7% to GDP growth in 2010 — when spending was at its peak

Review & Outlook: Warren Buffett's Tax Dodge

Review & Outlook: Warren Buffett's Tax Dodge - WSJ.com
The billionaire volunteers the middle class for a tax increase.

Uh oh, global warming loons: here comes Climategate II!

Uh oh, global warming loons: here comes Climategate II! – Telegraph Blogs
In other words, what these emails confirm is that the great man-made global warming scare is not about science but about political activism

Climate change and extreme weather: What’s the connection?

Climate change and extreme weather: What’s the connection? - Slate Magazine
Sorting through the confusion on “extreme weather events.”

Why swirling wine in a glass makes it taste better

Why swirling wine in a glass makes it taste better - Telegraph
Wine buffs who swirl their drink in a glass are using the sophisticated physics of wave technology to unleash the flavour, scientists say.

Monday, November 21, 2011

uppity | Michelle Obama | NASCAR

uppity Michelle Obama NASCAR The Daily Caller
“Bottom line: We don’t like being told what to eat,” Limbaugh said.
“We don’t like being told how much to exercise.
We don’t like being told what we’ve got to drive.
We don’t like wasting money.
We don’t like our economy being bankrupted.
We don’t like 14 percent unemployment.
The question is, what is there to cheer for when Ms. Obama and Ms. Biden show up?”

How One Man Played 'Moneyball' With 'Jeopardy!'

How One Man Played 'Moneyball' With 'Jeopardy!' : NPR
"Everybody that wants to succeed at a game is going to practice at the game," he says.
"You can practice haphazardly, or you can practice efficiently. And that's what I did."

"Obama's Pig

European Debt Crisis Threatens U.S. Money Market Funds

European Debt Crisis Threatens U.S. Money Market Funds

"We've done a lot to prepare the banking sector," Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, said on Wednesday.
"I'm less confident about the money market funds and their ability to weather major problems at European institutions."
........Many investors believe money funds are as safe as lower-yielding bank accounts even though it is common knowledge that that they are not backed by the federal insurance that protects bank deposits.

Less well known, and of concern to U.S. officials, is that the money funds cannot count on the protection measures that were pulled together to help them in 2008.

Peter Schweizer responds

Peter Schweizer responds Power Line
The claim that John Kerry has no incentive to transfer information for stock profit also doesn’t make sense.
Who cares if he is already rich?
Martha Stewart was worth more than $1 billion when she was charged with it.
Research indicates that insider trading is usually not about the money, but a sense of entitlement.
3. The claim by Jenkins and Scott here that this information is not all that valuable anyway also flies in the face of reality.
Hedge funds that are politically connected perform dramatically better than those that aren’t.
And hedge funds are paying lobbyists huge sums of money to tell them what bills will pass and when so they can execute trades on that information.

BORN in a Prison Camp, Mr. Shin Thought North Korea's Torture was "Normal"

BORN in a Prison Camp, Mr. Shin Thought North Korea's Torture was "Normal" Red County
Watching his mother and brother executed for trying to escape, Shin told us he "didn't shed a tear," thinking this barbaric black hole was "normal." He even justified his punishment --burnings and whippings-- for their actions.
When prison guards cut-off his finger tip for accidently damaging a sewing machine, he was grateful his punishment wasn't worse.
Mr. Shin took the initiative to escape mainly because he had to --he was starving.
Once in South Korea, he was surprised the world had color.

The Naughty Professor

Wolfram: The Naughty Professor themichiganview.com The Michigan View
- does raise questions about ethical behavior in a taxpayer-funded institution.
Danny Guthrie, associate professor of photography in MSU's Art Department, began taking nude photos of himself and current and former students according to a recent article in The State News.
When university officials told Guthrie to cease the photo shoots, he resisted.

James Hansen and the Corruption of Science

James Hansen and the Corruption of Science Power Line
We can’t say it enough: global warming alarmism is not science.
It is politics at best, outright fraud at worst.

Obama Admin Bans US Aircraft Maker, Favors Non-US Firm with Ties to Iran on Light Aircraft Project

The PJ Tatler » Obama Admin Bans US Aircraft Maker, Favors Non-US Firm with Ties to Iran on Light Aircraft Project
Why is the administration making a decision to exclude an American manufacturer in favor of a maker with such a history?
This is the Obama administration’s second billion-dollar giveaway to the Brazilian government in 2011; the first was its outrageous offshore oil loan guarantee decision in March.
The two decisions siphon more than $2 billion and more than 21,000 jobs out of the US economy

The Tebow Haters

The Tebow Haters - HUMAN EVENTS
Good people make bad people uncomfortable.
Their example nudges everyone to undertake the hard work to be better.
Our faults are so much easier to tolerate when we stand next to Jerry Sandusky​.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Why Yankee Doodle called it “macaroni”

The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Yankee Doodle called it “macaroni”
The question has bothered me for decades.
We sang “Yankee Doodle” plenty of times at school, but nobody seemed to wonder why he would say that “a feather in his cap” was “macaroni.”

With Deadline Nearing, What Happens if Super Committee Talks Collapse?

Thanksgiving Meal for Ten Only $34.03 at Walmart

CARPE DIEM: Thanksgiving Meal for Ten Only $34.03 at Walmart
Update 1:
"What single organization in human history has made the greatest contribution to enriching and improving the lives of the poor, the middle class, the average citizen, the bottom of "the 99%," etc.?
I nominate Walmart."

EyeOnMuskegon 11-20-2011

14,000 abandoned wind turbines

14,000 abandoned wind turbines « Don Surber
When an honest history of this period in the United States is written, it will no be kind to the corporate cronyism that preyed upon public ignorance of earth science to create a crisis — global warming — to exploit and loot the Treasury

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Elite Firms Fishing in a Very Small Hiring Poo

Elite Firms Fishing in a Very Small Hiring Pool - Megan McArdle - Business - The Atlantic

1. Most applications practically go straight in the trash.


2. Evaluators have a lot of slack. . . . In fact, evaluators explicitly select candidates similar to themselves in school rank, grades, etc. For example:
[R]oughly one-third of evaluators did not use educational prestige as a signal.
One of the primary differences between these two groups was their own educational history, with those who had attended "top" schools being more likely to use educational prestige as a screen than those who had attended other types of selective institutions.

3. Super-elite credentials matter much more than your academic record:
[E]valuators drew strong distinctions between top four universities, schools that I term the super-elite, and other types of selective colleges and universities.
So-called "public Ivies" such as University of Michigan and Berkeley were not considered elite or even prestigious...

4. Super-elite schools matter because they're strong signals, not because they're better at building human capital:
Evaluators relied so intensely on "school" as a criterion of evaluation not because they believed that the content of elite curricula better prepared students for life in their firms - in fact, evaluators tended to believe that elite and, in particular, super-elite instruction was "too abstract," "overly theoretical," or even "useless" compared to the more "practical" and "relevant" training offered at "lesser" institutions...

[I]t was not the content of an elite education that employers valued but rather the perceived rigor of these institutions' admissions processes. According to this logic, the more prestigious a school, the higher its "bar" for admission, and thus the "smarter" its student body. . .

5. At least in this elite sample, I'm totally wrong to think that extracurriculars don't matter:

[E]valuators believed that the most attractive and enjoyable coworkers and candidates would be those who had strong extracurricular "passions." They also believed that involvement in activities outside of the classroom was evidence of superior social skill; they assumed a lack of involvement was a signal of social deficiencies... By contrast, those without significant extracurricular experiences or those who participated in activities that were primarily academically or pre-professionally oriented were perceived to be "boring," "tools," "bookworms," or "nerds" who might turn out to be "corporate drones" if hired.

Nancy Pelosi Wants A Federal Babysitting Service

Nancy Pelosi Wants A Federal Babysitting Service
"One of the great pieces of unfinished business is high-quality child care; I wonder why we just can’t do that,’’ she recently said to a California audience.

Sierra Club leader departs amid discontent over group's direction

Sierra Club leader departs amid discontent over group's direction - latimes.com
He was replaced by Michael Brune, 40, a veteran of smaller activist groups, who has pledged to concentrate on grass-roots organizing, recruit new members and focus on such issues as coal-fired power plants.

Penn State’s institutional wickedness

Mark Steyn: Penn State’s institutional wickedness assistant, graduate, state - Opinion - The Orange County Register
Hold it right there.
"The next morning"?
Here surely is an almost too perfect snapshot of a culture that simultaneously destroys childhood and infantilizes adulthood.

The "child" in this vignette ought to be the 10-year-old boy, "hands up against the wall," but, instead, the "man" appropriates the child role for himself: Why, the graduate assistant is so "distraught" that he has to leave and telephone his father.
He is pushing 30, an age when previous generations would have had little boys of their own.
But today, confronted by a grade-schooler being sodomized before his eyes, the poor distraught child-man approaching early middle-age seeks out some fatherly advice, like one of Fred MacMurray's "My Three Sons" might have done had he seen the boy next door swiping a can of soda pop from the lunch counter.

....."When we say 'we don't know what we'd do under the same circumstances,' we make cowardice the default position."

Friday, November 18, 2011

State employee pension systems deliver budget shock

State employee pension systems deliver budget shock - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register
Most for university pensions
The university system is the main reason for the increase.
SURS originally expected to need $1.06 billion next year.
Instead it told lawmakers and the governor’s office it needs $1.4 billion, up from $980.5 billion this year.

Detroit's clock striking midnight

Stephen Henderson: Detroit's clock striking midnight Detroit Free Press freep.com
The City of Detroit is running out of money.
Not in the theoretical terms we've imagined for decades, but in literal figures, splayed out over spreadsheets that tell a long story of mismanagement and incompetence, culminating in insolvency.
Cash runs out by April, unless dramatic steps are taken.

Treasury Admits What Everybody Already Knew: Taxpayer Losses On GM Bailout Are Going to be Massive

Treasury Admits What Everybody Already Knew: Taxpayer Losses On GM Bailout Are Going to be Massive - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine
This means that the total hit to taxpayers, who still own about a quarter of the company, could add up to $38.6 billion.
That’s even more that the $34 billion on the outside I had predicted in May.

One in four American women take medication for a mental disorder

One in four American women take medication for a mental disorder Mail Online
More than one in four American women took at least one drug for conditions like anxiety and depression last year, according to an analysis of prescription data.
The report, by pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc, found the use of drugs for psychiatric and behavioral disorders in all adults rose 22per cent from 2001.

Labor Unions Have 'Occupied' Occupy Wall Street

Labor Unions Have 'Occupied' Occupy Wall Street Business News
"the group has secured visible backing from organized labor. They now have the support of the most powerful organizing group in the country. The home page of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) even helps people to find an OWS location near them so that they can protest".

Bing to lay off 1,000 workers, freeze hiring

Bing to lay off 1,000 workers, freeze hiring Crain's Detroit Business
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing plans to lay off 1,000 city workers, effective Feb. 25, and freeze hiring for all civil service positions.

FuturePundit: Europe Boosting CO2 Emissions With Biofuels Mandate

FuturePundit: Europe Boosting CO2 Emissions With Biofuels Mandate
A new study on greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm plantations has calculated a more than 50% increase in levels of CO2 emissions than previously thought – and warned that the demand for 'green' biofuels could be costing the earth.

Will physician Medicare fees be cut by 27.4% this January?

Will physician Medicare fees be cut by 27.4% this January? Crain's Detroit Business
Fixing the broken physician Medicare fee schedule appears to be too complicated for Washington politicians

AFP: Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb

AFP: Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb
The Pentagon on Thursday held a successful test flight of a flying bomb that travels faster than the speed of sound and will give military planners the ability to strike targets anywhere in the world in less than a hour.

Shouldn't this be sorta... like... secret...?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

EU says water is not healthy

Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express UK News :: EU says water is not healthy
In a scarcely believable ­ruling, a panel of experts threw out a claim that regular water consumption is the best way to rehydrate the body.
The bizarre diktat from Brussels has far-reaching implications for member states, including Britain, as no water sold in the EU can now claim to protect against dehydration.

US stealth bombers finally get nuke-nobbling super bomb

US stealth bombers finally get nuke-nobbling super bomb • The Register

You can have the euro or you can have democracy – you can't have both

You can have the euro or you can have democracy – you can't have both – Telegraph Blogs

The New Welfare Swindle

The American Spectator : The New Welfare Swindle
Ever since I moved to the inner city one thing has puzzled me more than any other, and that is how my low-income neighbors get by.
Assuming they aren't doing anything illegal, how do they afford their homes, their meals, their gadgets, their cars?

Medical-Device Companies | Obamacare

Health Care Law Medical-Device Companies Obamacare The Daily Caller
The 2010 law imposed a crippling 10-year, $20 billion tax on revenues — not on profits — earned by companies that make medical devices, such as catheters, artery-clearing stents, scalpels and pacemakers.

Cali to Business: Get Out!

Cali to Business: Get Out! by Steven Malanga, City Journal Autumn 2011
But there was a big “push factor,” too: California’s steepening taxes and ever-thickening snarl of government regulations.
“The tipping point was when someone from the Orange County tax [assessor] wanted to see our facility to tax every piece of equipment I had,”

Beer can helps increase Wi Fi coverage

The next financial crisis will be hellish, and it’s on its way

The next financial crisis will be hellish, and it’s on its way - Yahoo! News
"There is definitely going to be another financial crisis around the corner," says hedge fund legend Mark Mobius, "because we haven't solved any of the things that caused the previous crisis."
We're raising our alert status for the next financial crisis.
We already raised it last week after spreads on U.S. credit default swaps started blowing out.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rebecca Coriam: lost at sea

Rebecca Coriam: lost at sea World news The Guardian
There have been 171 disappearances in total, across all cruise lines, since 2000.

Report: Clinton County man sentenced to 90 days in jail for sexual act with neighbor's horse

man sentenced to 90 days in jail for sexual act with neighbor's horse MLive.com
Surveillance footage captured Mester, who is married, in June walking into his neighbor's horse pasture, standing on an overturned bucket and having some sort of sexual intercourse with a thoroughbred mare

Monday, November 14, 2011

“PIIGS Are Us!” David Walker on Why Americans Can’t Ignore Europe’s Crisis

“PIIGS Are Us!” David Walker on Why Americans Can’t Ignore Europe’s Crisis Daily Ticker - Yahoo! Finance
"Europe is in one of its toughest, perhaps the toughest hour since World War Two," Germany chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday

Maryland | Vandalism

Maryland Vandalism Dan Bongino The Daily Caller
Dan Bongino, a former U.S. Secret Service agent and a Maryland Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, told The Daily Caller that cars belonging to his pregnant wife and three of his staffers were vandalized — and he’s convinced it was a politically motivated attack.

The "peaceful" left.
I'm sure you'll hear more about this on ABC, CBS, NBC etc........yeah right!

Johnny Depp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Johnny Depp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Controversy
Comments on U.S.In 2003, Depp's comments about the United States appeared in Germany's Stern magazine: "America is dumb, is something like a dumb puppy that has big teeth — that can bite and hurt you, aggressive."[65]
Although he later asserted that the magazine misquoted him and the quotation was taken out of context, Stern stood by its story, as did CNN.com in its coverage of the interview.
CNN added his remark that he would like his children "to see America as a toy, a broken toy.
Investigate it a little, check it out, get this feeling and then get out."[66]
The July 17, 2006 edition of Newsweek reprinted the "dumb puppy" quotation, verbatim, in the context of a Letter to the Magazine.

Depp has also disagreed with subsequent media reports that he says paint him as a "European wannabe", saying that he likes the anonymity of living in France and his simpler life there.[65]

In 2011, Depp moved back to the U.S., because he said the taxes in France were too high.[67]

Counterforce and Countermeasure: Preparing the Election Battlespace

Counterforce and Countermeasure: Preparing the Election Battlespace Daily Pundit
There are two Occupy movements.
The one that matters is the Marxist hard core that is astroturfing the movement as part of the battlespace preparation for Obama’s reelection campaign.
The second is the much larger outer ring of dupes and useful tools who are genuinely upset over economic issues, but because they view themselves as liberals, they automatically eschew participation in the Tea Parties.

The Marxist organizers are less concerned with what happens to the encampments over the next few weeks than they are with establishing the ability to roll out sizeable numbers of useful tools into the streets as a strategic countermeasure to the much larger Tea Parties, which will begin to make their presence public again as the election draws closer.

They foresee bands of black-masked Occupiers attacking and scattering any legally organized demonstrations the Tea Party may arrange for.
The cops can’t do it, but these new Obama Brown Shirts can, while the cops look the other way.

Heck, it worked perfectly in Madison......cops...."we saw nothink, nothink"....

Don’t You Forget About Me

Don’t You Forget About Me — Cute Overload
Photo: Kitten, December, 2007, Hoi An, VietNam flooding disaster; unknown photographer

25 ways to use Facebook, Twitter & Storify to improve political coverage

25 ways to use Facebook, Twitter & Storify to improve political coverage Poynter

Europe's Financial Crisis is Headed to America

Europe's Financial Crisis is Headed to America - The Daily Beast
So why should Americans care about any of this?
The first reason is that, with American consumers still in the doldrums of deleveraging, the United States badly needs buoyant exports if its economy is to grow at anything other than a miserably low rate.
And despite all the hype about trade with the Chinese, U.S. exports to the European Union are nearly three times larger than to China.

The Objectively Worst Time to Use an iPad as a Camera

The Objectively Worst Time to Use an iPad as a Camera
Although this isn't as grotesque as the MySpace quasi-hooker's self-portraiture, whipping out your iPad as a goofy camera during a wedding is just the worst.
The worst.
This marriage is doomed.

Piggy bankrupt

 NYPOST.com
Piggy bankrupt
Here’s a tale of two worlds -- as far as accountability is concerned. MF Global, the firm that Jon Corzine recklessly steered into bankruptcy, has fired 1,066 employees, many in New York.
Meanwhile, the Securities and Exchange Commission finally got around to disciplining eight employees who failed to stop Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. The most severe penalty: One guy got a 30-day suspension and a demotion.

That’s the difference between the real world and government.
In the former, failure has serious consequences.
In government, not so much.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blair warns of 'catastrophe' if euro collapses

Blair warns of 'catastrophe' if euro collapses
Cameron said on Friday there was still "a big question mark" over the future of the eurozone and stressed it was not in Britain's interests for the single currency to break up but the government is "preparing for every eventuality".

State near top in number of public pension systems

Metro and State State near top in number of public pension systems The Detroit News
"Michigan has more public retirement systems than just about any other state," said Keith Brainard, research director for the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, noting the bureau lists only Pennsylvania, Illinois and Florida as having more.

Strained By Its Debts, EU Is Breaking Up

Strained By Its Debts, EU Is Breaking Up - Latest Headlines - Investors.com
It's been clear for some time that the European Union is in deep trouble.
But now even its own leaders admit something shocking: The EU, and its currency the euro, may soon be a thing of the past

» “That clip was so satisfying that I need a cigarette!”

» “That clip was so satisfying that I need a cigarette!” - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
That’s what commenter and blogger Joan of Argghh said last night after watching the clip of Newt taking on Scott Pelley over killing enemy combatants.

WaPo Gave Bush’s 1976 DUI Front Page! But Fast and Furious Isn’t a Scandal

WaPo Gave Bush’s 1976 DUI Front Page! But Fast and Furious Isn’t a Scandal - Big Journalism
Interesting! Let me see if I have this right.
A DUI arrest from 1976 deserves the front page.
A federal funded operation that has resulted in the death of hundreds, including federal agents, does not deserve the front page.

Acropolis now: Greece may be just the start

Acropolis now: Greece may be just the start - World - Macleans.ca
Now, facing more taxes and cuts to public expenditures, the family expects to have a net monthly income of less than 500 euros.
Marko and Aleka are investing whatever money they can toward English lessons for their twin eight-year-old boys in the hope that they might have a better future somewhere else

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Out Of The Ashes Of The Collapse Of The Eurozone Will A “United States Of Europe” Arise?

Out Of The Ashes Of The Collapse Of The Eurozone Will A “United States Of Europe” Arise?
All over Europe, headlines are declaring that the eurozone is on the verge of collapse.
Many people falsely assume that this will mean the end of the euro and a return to national currencies.
Unfortunately, that is not going to be the case at all.
Instead, this is going to be yet another example of how the elite attempt to bring order out of chaos.

Sticking Our Head In Tar Sands

Sticking Our Head In Tar Sands - Latest Headlines - Investors.com
The Keystone XL pipeline would carry as much as 700,000 barrels of oil a day, doubling the capacity of an existing pipeline operated by TransCanada in the upper Midwest.
The 36-inch pipeline carrying oil derived from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries would create about 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs, union jobs, that will increase the personal income of American workers by $6.5 billion.

An empty victory for Ohio unions

EDITORIAL: An empty victory for Ohio unions - Washington Times
Cutting spending is the way out of the trap. Public-sector unions make that difficult when they insist on benefits that far exceed what taxpayers can afford to pay.
The fundamental problem with collective bargaining for the public sector is that the people who actually pay the bills - the taxpayers - never get a seat at the table.
Deals are hammered out between politicians and unions, who are not necessarily adversarial toward one another.
This results in deals that are fiscally unsustainable, and we end up with Greece at a national scale or municipal bankruptcies at the local level.

Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Three and a Half Days

Friday, November 11, 2011

Penn State riots: sick campus culture

Penn State riots: sick campus culture--Jonah Goldberg - NYPOST.com
It is also why idiotic protests have come to be seen as “part of the college experience,” as if chanting inane slogans and spouting weepy canned platitudes is essential to a well-rounded education.
Most of the time, I find campus protest culture to be shallow and predictable.
But I would have cheered it this time around, if only someone rioted for the alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky.

Democrats Offer $1-Trillion Tax Increase in Super Committee Deal

Democrats Offer $1-Trillion Tax Increase in Super Committee Deal CNSnews.com
Democrats have offered a deal -- after rejecting a GOP offer earlier this week -- that would cut $1 trillion in projected spending over the next 10 years and raise taxes by $1 trillion over 10 years, according to documents leaked to Talking Points Memo.

MSM Doesn’t Report That ‘Occupy Rose Parade’ Organizer Is Former Corporate Lawyer Busted For Theft

MSM Doesn’t Report That ‘Occupy Rose Parade’ Organizer Is Former Corporate Lawyer Busted For Theft - Big Journalism
Once discovered, Thottam suffered the disgrace of having his law license suspended by the California State Bar in 2008.
Thottam is a self-described “progressive attorney, and community activist and organizer” and a failed Democrat political candidate in 2010 for state assembly in California’s 53rd district.
Now returned as a lawyer “seeking employment” whose “salary is negotiable,“ my guess is Thottam hopes to capitalize on the Occupy fad to deftly segue himself into politics.
Hey, it worked for Obama.

World War II: After the War

World War II: After the War - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic
(This entry is Part 20 of a weekly 20-part retrospective of World War II) [45 photos]

AMAZING photos from WW2.
Hug a Veteran today!

Edited time lapse of USS Carl Vinson's flight deck

Public School Teachers Far From Underpaid

Public School Teachers Far From Underpaid [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
It’s a commonly accepted belief that public school teachers are underpaid.
Last month in a visit to Ann Arbor, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan even called for schools to figure out how to double teacher salaries in order to attract and keep top-tier talent.
But a report issued last week by the Heritage Center for Data Analysis questions the conventional wisdom and finds that, instead of being underpaid, people entering the teaching profession actually make one and a half times what they would have in other lines of work.

Detroit is not Oakland: City and protesters preparing for peaceful end to Occupy Detroit's Grand Circus Park campground

Detroit is not Oakland: City and protesters preparing for peaceful end to Occupy Detroit's Grand Circus Park campground MLive.com
The city of Detroit expects the Occupy Detroit protest to vacate their campground at Grand Circus Park when their permit expires on Monday. However, despite rumors of pending police action, Detroit Parks Department director Alicia Minter says the city is not planning to forcibly remove Occupy Detroit.

"Campground"?

David Axelrod's Pattern of Sexual Misbehavior

David Axelrod's Pattern of Sexual Misbehavior - HUMAN EVENTS
Herman Cain​ has spent his life living and working all over the country -- Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. -- but never in Chicago.
So it's curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod​.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

ABC and NBC Spike Eric Holder’s 'Fast and Furious' Testimony

ABC and NBC Spike Eric Holder’s 'Fast and Furious' Testimony NewsBusters.org
NBC and ABC in their evening and morning newscasts completely ignored the grilling Eric Holder received on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, over his role in the Fast and Furious scandal.

THE HUNGER FOR “SOCIAL CERTAINTIES:”

Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE HUNGER FOR “SOCIAL CERTAINTIES:”
Ron Radosh on the continuing appeal of communism in the West.

I don’t really think that’s it.
I think it’s that communism/socialism promise good career paths for people whose skills are bureaucratic politics, conforming, sucking up, and punishing nonconformists, and that there are enough of those people — especially in influential professions like journalism and academia — to ensure a continuing constituency.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 8:19 am

European debt crisis spiralling out of control

European debt crisis spiralling out of control Business The Guardian
Reports that Germany and France have begun talks to break up the eurozone amid fears that Italy will be too big to rescue

Alabama county files biggest municipal bankruptcy

Alabama county files biggest municipal bankruptcy Reuters
Alabama's Jefferson County filed for bankruptcy court protection on Wednesday in the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The Coming of Age Wars

The Coming of Age Wars - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online
It’s asking a lot of a fraying societal fabric to expect young Hispanics to shoulder the ever greater entitlement costs of elderly whites and blacks (as in the American southwest) or young Muslims of elderly French and Germans (as in Europe).
In the face-off between a beleaguered private sector and the public unions whose lavish benefits they pay for, Big Labor’s muscle holds certain advantages.
That doesn’t apply in the looming showdown between youth and geezers.

Dan Wetzel's Week 11 college football podcast

Dan Wetzel's Week 11 college football podcast - College Football - Rivals.com
The school’s civil liability, and that of individuals such as Spanier, Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and others is also discussed.
They even cite actual laws.
Clay estimates the total liability will be more than $100 million and that’s if Penn State can avoid any punitive measures, which could drive things higher.

Paterno himself could pay out millions.

Obama Couldn't Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax

Obama Couldn't Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax
President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board.
The purpose of the Board is to run a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees; and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the Christmas tree industry” (7 CFR 1214.46(n)).
And the program of “information” is to include efforts to “enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States” (7 CFR 1214.10).
To pay for the new Federal Christmas tree image improvement and marketing program, the Department of Agriculture imposed a 15-cent fee on all sales of fresh Christmas trees by sellers of more than 500 trees per year (7 CFR 1214.52).

Merry Christmas!
Our government's pre-Black Friday gift to all of us.....paid by all of us....or is it only paid by Christians?

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Grand Jury Report on Jerry Sandusky - Document - NYTimes.com

Grand Jury Report on Jerry Sandusky - Document - NYTimes.com

Joe Paterno, Penn State didn't do what was right in Sandusky case

Joe Paterno, Penn State didn't do what was right in Sandusky case - Michael Rosenberg - SI.com
A young man tells you he just witnessed an older man molesting a boy in a shower.
The boy appeared to be 10 years old.
What would you do?

There are a hundred other aspects to this Penn State story -- the legend and many good deeds of Joe Paterno, his tense relationship with his nominal "superiors," his longtime friendship with alleged child molester Jerry Sandusky, and the game of telephone that unfolded in State College after the incident.
But don't let that obscure the real issue here, the only one that matters.
There was an eyewitness to an unspeakable crime.
Penn State knew it.
And Penn State didn't do nearly enough about it.

Penn State must fire Joe Paterno amid Jerry Sandusky sex scandal

Penn State must fire Joe Paterno amid Jerry Sandusky sex scandal - Andy Staples - SI.com
With no explanation for inaction, Joe Paterno must go now

Many Michigan Public Employees Among Country's Top Wage Earners

Many Michigan Public Employees Among Country's Top Wage Earners [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
Michigan transit entities also have people in the top 5 percent. Peter Varga, CEO of Grand Rapids’ transit authority The Rapid, made $192,153 in 2010.
Michael Ford, CEO of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, made $183,195 in 2010.
In 2009, Josie Parker made $154,675 as executive director of the Ann Arbor Public Library

Italy is bust; it’s just a question of when

Italy is bust; it’s just a question of when - Matthew Lynn's London Eye - MarketWatch

Monday, November 07, 2011

Michigan State Spartans | MSU's Draymond Green hopes 'red X' shows where bin Laden was discarded

Michigan State Spartans MSU's Draymond Green hopes 'red X' shows where bin Laden was discarded The Detroit News
"I'm honored and blessed to basically be playing for our country in front of our troops as they fight for our freedom every day," he said Monday.
"It means a lot and I've been pumped about it."

Living a lie : Lawyers, Guns & Money

Living a lie : Lawyers, Guns & Money
This conversation, in which Sandusky in effect admits that there are other victims, and even refuses to say he’ll stop victimizing children, was surreptitiously observed by a PSU police detective, who was then ordered by the head of campus police to drop the matter.
(The local district attorney, who for unknown reasons decided not to press charges, disappeared in 2005 and was declared legally dead in July).

Penn State scandal: Full Jerry Sandusky coverage on Centre Daily Times

Penn State scandal: Full Jerry Sandusky coverage on Centre Daily Times

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Penn State's insufficient action amid child sex allegations stunning

Penn State's insufficient action amid child sex allegations stunning - College Football - Rivals.com
It is actually even more than that, a stomach-turning 23-page grand jury report that could be the ugliest scandal in the history of college athletics.
The failure of Penn State officials to call in the proper authorities potentially allowed the alleged sexual predator to live free for an additional nine-and-a-half years.

Serious rot in "Happy Valley".

The Democratic Progressive Party Sees "Blacks" as "Useful Idiots"

The World’s 10 Worst Countries for Business

The World’s 10 Worst Countries for Business - CNBC

No, Detroit isn't a country.

Argentina forcing carmakers to export wine, peanuts and chicken feed

Argentina forcing carmakers to export wine, peanuts and chicken feed
As long as Argentina's auto market is growing by about 30 percent per year, we'd expect automakers to do their best to keep dealerships stocked with vehicles.
Long term, though, this sounds like a plan that's nearly impossible to sustain.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Debate

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Debate
That is an article by Newt’s daughter entitled “Setting the Record Straight”.
It turns out that all of the stories about Newt’s first wife being served with divorce papers on her deathbed were false, on three counts.
One, Jackie Battley Gingrich is very much alive!
The tumor was benign.
Two, it was Jackie who sought the divorce.
Three, Newt did not abandon his wife.
In fact he took his children to the hospital to visit their mother.

The Case for Pessimism

The Case for Pessimism « Commentary Magazine
If you think like President Obama and believe nations are not defined by their differences, then China’s great leap forward is not that big a deal.
But if you think, like someone who has given it a moment’s thought, that nations are defined by their differences, it is a very big deal.
Most immediately, it means that the fellow elected next November will be the last president of the United States to preside over the world’s leading economy.
This should be a source of shame to every American.
It is not.
Not yet.
Instead, we battle over trivialities.

Penn St ex-coach, others charged in child sex case

Penn St ex-coach, others charged in child sex case
Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and another school administrator were charged Saturday with perjury and failure to report in an investigation into allegations that former football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused eight young men, state prosecutors said.
Sandusky, 67, of State College, was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail, the attorney general's office said.

Curley, 57, and Penn State vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, 62, both of Boalsburg, were expected to turn themselves in Monday in Harrisburg.
Schultz's position includes oversight of the university's police department.

The 10 Emptiest US Cities - CNBC

The 10 Emptiest US Cities - CNBC
The 10 Most Vacant Cities

Detroit isn't #1?
Devil's Night to the rescue?

How Grade Inflation Hurts Math and Science Education

The Volokh Conspiracy » How Grade Inflation Hurts Math and Science Education
If taking math, science and engineering courses requires students to sacrifice their GPAs and class standing, it should be no surprise that many choose other courses of study.

Traders From Chicago Board Of Trade Dump McDonald’s Applications On Occupy Chicago Protesters

Traders From Chicago Board Of Trade Dump McDonald’s Applications On Occupy Chicago Protesters Mediaite
In the middle of an Occupy Chicago teach-in this week, traders at the Chicago Board of Trade dumped several sheets of paper on top of the heads of protesters below.
Demonstrators were angered to find out they were showered with employment applications for McDonald’s

Friday, November 04, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

IL Taxpayers Cover Teacher Pension Contributions

IL Taxpayers Cover Teacher Pension Contributions Heartlander Magazine
Teachers in nearly half of Illinois’ public school districts contribute nothing from their weekly paychecks to their pensions, according to the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI).
Illinois law requires teachers to contribute 9.4 percent to their pensions and employers to contribute 9 percent.

New Words-Ineptocracy

New Words-Ineptocracy Points and Figures
The word is: Ineptocracy
1. Ineptocracy
*_Ineptocracy_****(in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least
capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the
members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded
with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number
of producers
*
Use in a sentence:
The occupy protesters are part of the ineptocracy movement.

How Harrisburg Borrowed Itself Into Bankruptcy

Steve Malanga: How Harrisburg Borrowed Itself Into Bankruptcy - WSJ.com
Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, is drowning in debt. City officials have known for more than four years that they'd have to deal with the fiscal mess, but they punted.
The state has engineered a bailout plan, but the city council rejected it.
Instead it has asked creditors to forgo as much as $100 million of the debt.

Mayors, unions clash on COLAs; pension forecasts defended

Mayors, unions clash on COLAs; pension forecasts defended WPRI.com Blogs
As a partial alternative to the current proposal, Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee suggested lawmakers should instead raise taxes to offset some of the proposed cuts in pension benefits, saying it’s time for Rhode Island to “tax the people who can best afford and can most afford it.”

The Euro Crisis

Edward P. Lazear: The Euro Crisis—Doubting the 'Domino' Effect - WSJ.com
In their case, and in ours, the solution is primarily a reduction in the bloated size of government expenditures that come about by making promises that cannot be kept.

READ THIS!

Pension Red Alert: 70% Of Pensions Are Never Audited

Pension Red Alert: 70% Of Pensions Are Never Audited - Forbes

Hawaii State Liabilities Climb by 60 Percent in Two Years; Expert Calls the News ‘Shocking’

Hawaii State Liabilities Climb by 60 Percent in Two Years; Expert Calls the News ‘Shocking’ Hawaii Reporter
Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of the Institute for Truth in Accounting, called the state’s liability in the report “shocking", particularly when it comes to the increase in costs for medical services for state employees.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Global warming is over, says expert

Express.co.uk :: Global warming is over, says expert
But this last point is one which Prof Curry has furiously rebuttted.
In a serious clash of scientific experts Prof Curry has accused Prof Muller of trying to “hide the decline in rates of global warming”.
She says that BEST’s research actually shows that there has been no increase in world temperatures for 13 years.

Colorado voters reject raising taxes to support education

Colorado voters reject raising taxes to support education - latimes.com
In what could be a harbinger of the 2012 election, Colorado voters Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have raised nearly $3 billion for education by temporarily increasing state income, sales and use taxes.

Name one kid whose "education" would improve with more money to teachers and administrators.

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street Arrest Records Mansions Housing The Daily Caller
Among addresses for which information is available, single-family homes listed on those police intake forms have a median value of $305,000 — a far higher number than the $185,400 median value of owner-occupied housing units in the United States.

$184,000 is the median?!!!!!

Eric Holder Was Right

Eric Holder Was Right - WSJ.com
At a party the other night we met a young black businessman who had graduated from Atlanta's Morehouse College--the elite traditionally black institution that is also Cain's alma mater--before earning a master's in engineering at Columbia University.
He told us that his experiences at the two schools were dramatically different:
"At Morehouse, I was never aware of my race, and there were no excuses."
He said that at Columbia, racial awareness was constant, and when a black student slipped up--say, by showing up late for class--allowances were made because of his race.

The Euro Crisis

Edward P. Lazear: The Euro Crisis—Doubting the 'Domino' Effect - WSJ.com
Closer to home, the same issues that threaten Europe may soon become immediate concerns to Americans.
To understand why, consider two theories of economic destruction, which can be labeled the domino theory and the popcorn theory.

The Naked Dollar: Occupy This

The Naked Dollar: Occupy This
The Naked Dollar visited Zuccotti Park today, site of the largest and now famous Occupy Wall Street protest.
I am here to report what I saw.
I will come back to the picture above, which was most definitely not an "Occupy" rally.

Lawmakers to Propose Transaction Tax for Financial Firms Modeled on Europe

Lawmakers to Propose Transaction Tax for Financial Firms Modeled on Europe - Bloomberg
Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, and Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, will introduce the bills tomorrow in their respective chambers.
The bills will give the United States an increased role in the international debate over a transaction tax, which is likely to be discussed at the Group of 20 summit this week in Cannes, France.
“It’s a significant way to raise some needed revenue,” Harkin said in an interview today in Washington.
Quite frankly, I bet nobody would even feel it.”

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Smoking-Gun Document Ties Policy To Housing Crisis

Smoking-Gun Document Ties Policy To Housing Crisis - Latest Headlines - Investors.com
President Obama says the Occupy Wall Street protests show a "broad-based frustration" among Americans with the financial sector, which continues to kick against regulatory reforms three years after the financial crisis.
"You're seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on the abusive practices that got us into this in the first place," he complained earlier this month.
But what if government encouraged, even invented, those "abusive practices"?

Maybe it's time for a little "off with their heads....."?
The sad reality is that far too many in our country wouldn't be upset if it was "government" at fault.
Our socialist madrases have made "profit" a bad word for too many of our citizens.