Saturday, October 31, 2009

Obama's horrible photo op idea at Dover .

This was stupid, he didn't need to go to Dover to show the nation anything about his decision making about Afghanistan. It came off as some calculated move that even the NYTIMES pointed out.

A small contingent of reporters and photographers accompanied Mr. Obama to Dover, where he arrived at 12:34 a.m. aboard Marine One. He returned to the South Lawn of the White House at 4:45 a.m.
The images and the sentiment of the president’s five-hour trip to Delaware were intended by the White House to convey to the nation that Mr. Obama was not making his Afghanistan decision lightly or in haste.

That is what the NYTIMES said originally, blogger picked up on it and rightly went to town on it, they then changed it which adds to an already big story.

Greyhawk of the Mudville Gazette has more details on the photo op which comes off as crass. He could have done it without the photo and have the papers report it just as glowingly as they are doing now.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pelosi bars states from tort reform over Dems health care bill.

This is a big FU from Pelosi and the trial lawyers.

Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes caps on damages

Obamacare taxes are here and they are plentiful

Via Hot Air and Americans for Tax Reform. if you think only the rich will get taxed then you are a damn fool.

Americans for Tax Reform has culled the 1990-page Pelosi health-care overhaul bill to find the taxes that will supposedly collect over $540 billion in revenue over 10 years. It’s quite an impressive list of new burdens on Americans and their health-care providers and producers — but that’s redundant. After all, who do you think will end up paying for the medical-device taxes? It won’t be insurers or doctors:

Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275): If an employer does not pay 72.5 percent of a single employee’s health premium (65 percent of a family employee), the employer must pay an excise tax equal to 8 percent of average wages. Small employers (measured by payroll size) have smaller payroll tax rates of 0 percent (<$500,000), 2 percent ($500,000-$585,000), 4 percent ($585,000-$670,000), and 6 percent ($670,000-$750,000).

Individual Mandate Surtax (Page 296): If an individual fails to obtain qualifying coverage, he must pay an income surtax equal to the lesser of 2.5 percent of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) or the average premium. MAGI adds back in the foreign earned income exclusion and municipal bond interest.

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 324)

Cap on FSAs (Page 325)

Increased Additional Tax on Non-Qualified HSA Distributions (Page 326)

Denial of Tax Deduction for Employer Health Plans Coordinating with Medicare Part D (Page 327)

Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses (Page 336)

Excise Tax on Medical Devices (Page 339)

Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 344)

Delay in Worldwide Allocation of Interest (Page 345)

Limitation on Tax Treaty Benefits for Certain Payments (Page 346)

Codification of the “Economic Substance Doctrine” (Page 349)

Application of “More Likely Than Not” Rule (Page 357)

It gets better.

Obama seeks study on local Afghan leaders for troop decision

Via Justoneminute. Seriously, now they are asking about facts on the ground? This should have been months ago. I could be cynical and say this is yet another ploy by Obama to keep delaying the decision since he has zero interesting in winning against the Taliban. But this is beyond incompetence.

President Obama has asked senior officials for a province-by-province analysis of Afghanistan to determine which regions are being managed effectively by local leaders and which require international help, information that his advisers say will guide his decision on how many additional U.S. troops to send to the battle.

Obama made the request in a meeting Monday with Vice President Biden and a small group of senior advisers helping him decide whether to expand the war. The detail he is now seeking also reflects the administration's turn toward Afghanistan's provincial governors, tribal leaders and local militias as potentially more effective partners in the effort than a historically weak central government that is confronting questions of legitimacy after the flawed Aug. 20 presidential election.

"This is obviously a complicated security environment in Afghanistan, and the president wants the clearest possible understanding of what the challenges are to our forces and what is required to meet that challenge," said a senior administration official who has participated in the Afghanistan policy review and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss it. "Any successful and sustainable strategy must clearly align the resources we provide with the goals we are trying to achieve."

....Administration officials say that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and national security adviser James L. Jones, a retired four-star general, support Obama's request for a more detailed status report on each province that could identify potential U.S. allies among Afghanistan's local leaders, some with less-than-sterling human rights records.

Gates and Jones have pushed McChrystal to justify as specifically as possible his request for 44,000 additional troops, the figure now at the center of White House deliberations. The review group once included intelligence officials, generals and ambassadors, but it has recently narrowed to a far smaller number of senior civilian advisers, including Biden, Gates, Jones, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Administration officials said the province-by-province analysis will be ready for Obama before his scheduled Friday meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the White House.

"There are a lot of questions about why McChrystal has identified the areas that he has identified as needing more forces," said a senior military official familiar with the review, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the deliberations candidly. "Some see it as an attempt by the White House to do due diligence on the commander's troop request. A less charitable view is that it is a 5,000-mile screwdriver tinkering from Washington."

This is now a battle between the politically driven solution(Biden/Rahm) and military(Gates,Jones). If the Biden faction wins or waters down the military solution, Afghanistan is lost.

Muslim woman slashes sleeping husband over religion

The lesson here is for all men of all religion, don't marry the most strident of religious women and expect them to soften up. Trust me.

A devout Muslim woman from Pakistan who wed a fellow countryman who did not share her faith tried to stab him to death as he slept in their Staten Island home because she claimed he forced her to drink alcohol, eat pork and dress provocatively, officials said today.

Rabia Sarwar, 37, climbed onto her husband Sheikh Naseem’s chest around 3 a.m. yesterday and repeatedly slashed at his neck as he slept, officials said, screaming, "It’s time for you to die!"

Naseem, a 41-year-old high school math teacher who goes by the name Eddie, said he woke up with the knife to his neck and as he wrestled with his wife – whom he wed five months ago in an arranged marriage — for the weapon.

....Naseem – who was born in Pakistan, but is half Norwegian and is a Unitarian – said he moved to the US more than 20 years ago and quickly adapted to American culture, taking to drinking casually and developing a taste for barbecued ribs.

He even twice married outside his culture.

But since both marriages failed, he decided to try marrying within his culture, and wed Sarwar five months ago through nuptials arranged by relatives in New Jersey. Although Sarwar has lived in the US for more than a decade, Naseem said "she had never been exposed to American culture."

African-American Muslims question leader's death

FBI agents shot a radical Imam during a raid in a Detroit Warehouse. Muslims are blaming the FBI for entrapment.

Muslim leaders from metro Detroit said at a meeting today with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office that the shooting death of a Detroit imam was a case of entrapment involving unreliable informants who targeted poor Detroiters.

Imam Abdullah El-Amin, head of the Muslim Center of Detroit, said he was one of about 20 imams who attended the 90-minute meeting this afternoon with FBI Detroit Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena and U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg.

Federal authorities claim that Luqman Ameen Abdullah – shot dead Wednesday by FBI agents during a shootout – was a violent extremist bent on attacking the U.S. government and establishing Islamic rule.

But local Muslims told FBI officials at the meeting today that the criminal complaint reveals a case involving undercover informants who pushed Abdullah and his followers to deal in stolen fur coats, laptop computers and a couple of other minor crimes.

More from Freep.

In its statement, the Muslim Alliance said, “Luqman was a representative of the Detroit Muslim community to the "National Ummah" and the general assembly (Shura) of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA).”

In the complaint, federal authorities described Abdullah as a radical Sunni fundamentalist who advocated violence to establish Islamic rule.

“America must fall,” he said at one point, according to the criminal complaint.

But the Alliance said the “reference to the ‘Ummah’ as a ‘nation-wide radical fundamentalist Sunni group consisting primarily of African-Americans’ is an offensive mischaracterization.”

David Nu’Man of Detroit said he knew Abdullah, describing him as a “good humanitarian.”

White House goes after car site

This is utterly pathetic. White House goes after anyone who dares put something out not in their favor. Thin Skinned Bullies.

The White House said the influential automotive news Web site's harsh analysis of the impact of "cash for clunkers" was "faulty" and "implausible."

Edmunds CEO Jeremy Anwyl shot back that the White House was "shooting the messenger."

Edmunds said cash for clunkers cost taxpayers $24,000 per vehicle sold.

Nearly 690,000 vehicles were sold during the $3 billion cash for clunkers program that offered up to $4,500 rebates, officially known as the Car Allowance Rebate System, but analysts calculated that only 125,000 of the sales occurred as a result of the program.

Edmunds is clearly among the more pessimistic about the program's impact.

The White House, in a report in September, said it believed 440,000 were incremental sales -- though it could be as high as 560,000 under its most optimistic scenario.

Ford Motor Co. said in August it believed 30 to 40 percent of clunkers sales were "truly incremental" -- which would translate to an industry increase of 210,000 to 280,000.

Moody's said 60 percent were incremental, while General Motors estimated it about was 500,000. As observers pointed out, Edmunds has been skeptical of the program since the summer. In June, Edmunds called it a "non-event" and said cash for clunkers "will struggle to produce the estimated 250,000 vehicle sales."

In fact the program sold nearly that many vehicles in the program's first week.'s "faulty analysis suggesting that the cash for clunkers program had no meaningful impact on our economy or on overall auto sales. This is the latest of several critical 'analyses' of the cash for clunkers program from, which appear designed to grab headlines and get coverage on cable TV," the White House said on its blog Thursday afternoon. "Like many of their previous attempts, this latest claim doesn't withstand even basic scrutiny."

Chuck getting six additional episodes.

I would like to thank NBC for having such a bad schedule you had to order additional episodes of Chuck and the off chance of it starting early. Thanks!

Only thing working in Detroit? Casinos

You know this is not a good thing in that city this is an industry that is doing alright.

Detroit has lost jobs, residents and much of its auto industry. But its gambling business is doing surprisingly well.

While the city's unemployment is 29%, gaming revenue at its three casinos has been off only 2% from a year ago so far this year. Atlantic City's gaming revenue has fallen 14%, and the Las Vegas Strip is down 14%.

.Detroit casino operators credit their relative good fortune to everything from new hotel rooms to the smoking ban in nearby Ontario, which has caused some Canadian gamers to migrate across the Detroit River to gamble.

Opponents say the casinos make hard times harder for families strapped for cash. But proponents note that the three casinos, which employ about 8,200 people, are one of the few sources of new jobs and have helped to increase tourism, convention business and city revenue.

Charles Beckham, chief administrative officer for Detroit, acknowledges that patrons are often the ones who can least afford to lose money. "I'm amazed that with the unemployment rate we still have people going to casinos," he said.

Jimmy Kimmel stole new girlfriend from show staffer.

Then kicked the staffer off the show. That is cold blooded.

(UPDATED 5:45 PM) Are all talk show hosts workplace sexual predators? reports that Jimmy Kimmel got rid of his new girlfriend Molly McNearney’s boyfriend, who also worked on the show.

UPDATE: But according to Lewis Kay, Jimmy's publicist, "We will not even dignify this ludicrous report with any sort of comment."

According to, Jimmy, who had been attracted to Molly for some time, got her boyfriend shoved off his show so he could hook up with Molly.

The source told “The guy was totally shocked because he had become good friends with Jimmy and had frequented Kimmel’s NFL Sunday parties for his staff and friends at his Los Angeles home.

“Jimmy acted like a total snake no matter what way he tries to spin it – just like Letterman he abused his power by promoting Molly, and everyone knows it.”

Obama's Stimulus jobs overstated by thousands

This was not a mistake and the sad part is even their goosed up numbers were a joke. Today we will see an even bigger reporting mistake to get good press.

An early progress report on President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan overstates by thousands the number of jobs created or saved through the stimulus program, a mistake that White House officials promise will be corrected in future reports.

The government's first accounting of jobs tied to the $787 billion stimulus program claimed more than 30,000 positions paid for with recovery money. But that figure is overstated by least 5,000 jobs, according to an Associated Press review of a sample of stimulus contracts.

The AP review found some counts were more than 10 times as high as the actual number of jobs; some jobs credited to the stimulus program were counted two and sometimes more than four times; and other jobs were credited to stimulus spending when none was produced.

For example:

- A company working with the Federal Communications Commission reported that stimulus money paid for 4,231 jobs, when about 1,000 were produced.

- A Georgia community college reported creating 280 jobs with recovery money, but none was created from stimulus spending.

- A Florida child care center said its stimulus money saved 129 jobs but used the money on raises for existing employees.

There's no evidence the White House sought to inflate job numbers in the report. But administration officials seized on the 30,000 figure as evidence that the stimulus program was on its way toward fulfilling the president's promise of creating or saving 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year.

The reporting problem could be magnified Friday when a much larger round of reports is expected to show hundreds of thousands of jobs repairing public housing, building schools, repaving highways and keeping teachers on local payrolls.

Economy grows 3.5% on government spending. Joy!

Any economy that grew based mostly on government spending of taxpayer money we don't have can't be hailed as anything but a farce. This is like a sugar rush and then comes the crash to normal. It is a stupid way to rebuild an economy but it was never about rebuilding just looking ahead for the 2010 elections

"The economy has emerged with gusto from the deepest recession since World War Two," said Harm Bandholz, economist at UniCredit Markets and Investment Banking in New York. "The short-term prospects for the economy remain good."

Growth was generally broad-based with solid gains in consumer spending, exports and home construction.

But, worryingly for economists, it was also driven by emergency government programs like the popular "cash for clunkers" incentive for new auto purchases and an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers.

The auto discount program ended in August and the home tax credit is due to expire next month, although Congress is working on a plan to extend it.

Stripping out auto output, the economy would have expanded at only a 1.9 percent rate in the third quarter.

"The economy is entirely dependent on federal deficit spending at the moment. But the stimulus will not fade right away ... that means we can rely on solid growth continuing through the first quarter of next year," said Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial in New York.

"Once the government steps aside, growth is likely to fall back to a 1-2 percent rate of growth."
The United States is entering recovery following in the footsteps of major economies like China and the euro zone.

Iran says no to western back nuclear proposal

As we keep on playing the eternal dance with Iran who are the masters of giving western powers just enough rope for hope to string them along.

Reporting from Washington and Beirut - Iran's response Thursday to a proposed deal to transform its controversial nuclear material into fuel for a medical reactor is "inadequate," a senior Western diplomat said, adding that the reply failed to address key U.S. and European concerns about Tehran's nuclear intentions.

Iran appeared to seek modifications to the proposal to temporarily move most of its enriched uranium to Russia and France to be further refined and shaped for use in a medical reactor after a delay of nearly a week and a flurry of contradictory signals.

The proposal would have depleted Iran's stockpile of nuclear fuel below the threshold necessary for making a single nuclear bomb, possibly creating diplomatic breathing room for a broader agreement between Tehran and those worried about its atomic research program.

So..Avatar is Dances with Wolves in Space?

It looks nice but from the second trailer alone its cliched dialogue, making the Marines bad guys working for an evil corporation trying to take over the natives land,but the heroic white guy falls in love with one of the natives, changes sides along with some others in his group to save the day.

This will be a hit on the East/West Coast.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chicago Terror Plot to blow up Danish Paper.over Muhammad Cartoons.

Its still going on after four years.

As boys, David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana studied military strategies at one of Pakistan's most storied cadet colleges.

As men, they reunited in Chicago to conspire with international terrorists plotting to take revenge on a Danish newspaper for publishing cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad that outraged the Muslim world, federal prosecutors charged Tuesday.

Federal authorities say they foiled the childhood friends' plan -- an al-Qaida-linked operation code-named "the Mickey Mouse Project" -- before it was set to be carried out.

Headley, 49, traveled to Denmark twice this year to conduct surveillance missions on the Copenhagen and Aarhus offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, prosecutors said in criminal complaints unsealed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

During at least one of his scouting trips, Headley claimed to be a consultant for a North Side business owned by Rana called First World Immigration Services, prosecutors said. Headley, who changed his name from Daood Gilani in 2006, allegedly to avoid raising red flags when he traveled, was charged with conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Rana, 48, was accused of financially supporting Headley, arranging his overseas travel and discussing potential targets with him.

Authorities said Headley was to attack the Jyllands-Posten office or launch a more focused attempt at killing cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and an editor there. The drawings depicting Muhammad with a lit bomb for a turban touched off violent riots after being published in 2005.

The alleged plot called for "a combined arms attack" involving firearms and explosives, a source familiar with the investigation said. Authorities believe planning for the attack was in its final stages.

Murderer makes headway in suit against hostage

This is the type of event that makes people just look at America and say What the hell America? What the hell.

A man convicted of murder is now targeting one of his victims again, and he's winning in court.

An Oregon inmate who killed one man in 2006 is now suing his former hostage.

It all started over an $18,000 order for an ice cream truck.

The hostage victim, Rob Chambers, used to build ice cream trucks and he built one for a customer in New York. That customer turned into a killer, deciding to commit murder when he couldn't get a refund.

Now in prison, the convicted killer - Tremayne Durham - is using the courts to get the refund. And he's having success.

Facing eviction and the loss of his business, Rob Chambers can't afford a lawyer so he's going to fight this convicted killer on his own, in court.

Durham still wants his money back, all $18,000 - even after he confessed to murdering Adam Calbreath. Calbreath was someone Chambers considered as a loyal friend.

White woman close to being next Mayor of Atlanta.

After more than three decades of black mayorial leadership, a fiscal conservative has a good chance to be mayor.

ATLANTA -- More than three decades after Maynard H. Jackson Jr. became the first African-American mayor of a major Southern city here, the era of uncontested black leadership in the cradle of the civil-rights movement is facing its first true test: A white city councilwoman leads the mayoral race by a wide margin just days before the Nov. 3 election.

Recent polls show Mary Norwood, a fiscal conservative who lives in a heavily white, wealthy section of Atlanta, with support ranging from 39% to 46% of likely voters. That puts her potentially within striking distance of winning outright next week or heading into a runoff with one of the two most prominent African-American candidates, City Council President Lisa Borders and former state Sen. Kasim Reed, both of whom have struggled to gather support from even 25% of voters.

Most striking in Ms. Norwood's numbers is her level of support among widely fractured African-American voters. An InsiderAdvantage poll on Oct. 16 showed Ms. Norwood leading all candidates among black voters, with nearly a third of African-Americans supporting her.

Ms. Norwood's position reflects demographic changes that are scrambling the established political order in parts of the South as well as moderating racial attitudes that increasingly have left African-Americans, whites and other ethnicities open to votes that defy conventional racial blocs.

Racism rears its head and backfired bigtime.

The prospect that Atlanta could become the first majority-black Southern city to shift power back to a white mayor prompted local activists to write and circulate a memo urging blacks to consolidate behind Ms. Borders to block Ms. Norwood.

While race has hovered in the background of the campaign, the leading candidates have sparred mostly over who could most effectively attack an apparent spike in crime and improve the finances of city government. The race has become largely a referendum on who voters believe would most effectively address those issues.

Ms. Norwood was a longtime neighborhood activist before being elected to the City Council eight years ago. In office, she opposed taxes and objected to many policies of the popular Ms. Franklin while working to build grass-roots support in some black and lower-income areas.

"Mary kind of reminds me of Maynard [Jackson] when he first ran, always in the community, not just during elections," said Rosel Fann, a 76-year-old black activist in southeast Atlanta. She voted for all four of Atlanta's black mayors, but said she has no obligation to black candidates this year. "I don't vote for color," she said.

Bravo. This diseased thinking that black people should vote for only black people is why the Democrat party or especially black politicians take the black electorate for granted until around election time when the promises are made so they can win.

If Norwood wins because the focus kept on the issues it does show a certain sophistication has grown in Atlanta politics that is absent like say in Detroit. Vote on the issues not the person.

Firefly's Captain Mal Reynolds returns on Castle.

Yah, I did geek out at the FireFly Shoutout by Nathan Fillion.

Female ex-Letterman writer slams the show's workplace.

This is where Letterman is going to get tripped up if enough people come forward saying it was a hostile environment and Letterman is a dirty old man.

A female former writer for "Late Night with David Letterman" says she left the program in part because she was uncomfortable with a work environment in which several female employees benefited from sexual relationships with high-ranking males on the program.

Nell Scovell, a veteran TV writer who wrote for Letterman while he was on NBC during the 1980s, writes on that "sexual politics" was a "major part" of why she walked away from her dream job after less than a year.

"Did I believe these female staffers were benefiting professionally from their personal relationships?" Scovell writes. "Yes. Did that make me feel demeaned? Completely."

But she stops short of confirming direct knowledge of any sexual relationship Letterman had, only saying she was "aware of rumors" at the time of an unspecified romances between the host and female staffers. She adds that while Letterman never hit on her, the "extra attention" he paid her was even noticed by another writer on the program.

Arnold sends special message to CA legislator.

San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano acted during an Arnold speech as you expect a San Francisco liberal would, so when the Governor vetoed a pork project that Ammiano wanted he sent him a veto letter.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger typically attaches a message to bills he signs or vetoes telling lawmakers why he took the action.

A Democratic assemblyman who heckled the governor during a recent event in San Francisco actually received two messages: the veto letter itself and a not-so-subtle rebuke creatively hidden within it.

Like a find-the-word puzzle, the second message was visible by stringing together the first letter of each line down the left-hand margin. It consisted of a common four-letter vulgarity followed by the letters "y-o-u."

"My goodness. What a coincidence," said Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear. "I suppose when you do so many vetoes, something like this is bound to happen."

Schwarzenegger's veto messages are sent to the lawmakers who authored the bills, and posted on the governor's Web site. McLear noted that the left-hand margin of past veto messages has spelled out words such as "poet" and "soap."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dem rep says Obama lied about Obamacare abortions.

He is making Clinton's "definition of is" look like amateur hour.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D.-Mich.) told that President Barack Obama told him in a telephone conversation that when he said in his Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress that “under our plan no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions” he was not talking about the actual bill drafted in the House but about the president’s own health care plan—which has never been written.
“I don’t know if it is a game of semantics or what,” Stupak said of Obama’s nationally televised declaration to Congress that the health-care plan will not allow federal funding of abortion

Now that is some slickness right there.

US hits out at bid to bar religious defamation at UN.

This would be a strong effort by the Obama Admin to come out to this ridiculous attack on freedom of speech and expression.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is opposing efforts by Islamic nations to bar the defamation of particular religions, saying such measures would restrict free speech.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that attempts by Muslim and Arab states to push resolutions at the United Nations condemning insulting or offensive language and images directed at religions are misplaced.

Clinton says a person's ability to practice religion is unrelated to another person's right to free speech.

Her comments come as Islamic states press the U.N. Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution that would designate religious defamation a human rights violation.

If it wasn't for the fact a couple of weeks ago in an effort to suck up to Muslim nations, the smart power people decided to support this resolution that even Europe said WTF at America's support.

Oct 2, 2009

GENEVA — The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a U.S.-backed resolution Friday deploring attacks on religions while insisting that freedom of expression remains a basic right.

The inaugural resolution sponsored by the U.S. since it joined the council in June broke a long-running deadlock between Western and Islamic countries in the wake of the publication of cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

The resolution has no effect in law but provides Muslim countries with moral ammunition the next time they feel central tenets of Islam are being ridiculed by Western politicians or media through "negative racial and religious stereotyping."

American diplomats say the measure — co-sponsored by Egypt — is part of the Obama administration's effort to reach out to Muslim countries.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Save the Earth, Give up Meat!.... Hell No.

Kiss my Arse.

People will need to consider turning vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming.

In an interview with The Times, Lord Stern of Brentford said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”

Direct emissions of methane from cows and pigs is a significant source of greenhouse gases. Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas.

Lord Stern, the author of the influential 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming, said that a successful deal at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December would lead to soaring costs for meat and other foods that generate large quantities of greenhouse gases

This is the same conference that Obama is going too so along with the coal industry, I guess Obama will be looking to kill off the farming industry.

He predicted that people’s attitudes would evolve until meat eating became unacceptable. “I think it’s important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating,” he said. “I am 61 now and attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed radically since I was a student. People change their notion of what is responsible. They will increasingly ask about the carbon content of their food.”

I doubt it. This is one of those psuedo elites that are looking after us common folk who don't know any better.

UK government gives £113,000 grant to militant Islam group.

Multiculturalism at its UK finest.

A militant Islamic group was given more than £113,000 of taxpayers money to run a nursery and two primary schools.

Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir used the cash to teach children as young as five about their beliefs.

The group - which Tony Blair promised to ban after the 7/7 attacks on London - were given £113,411 to provide the three educational centres in Tottenham and Slough.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Sunni political party whose goal is to combine all Muslim countries in a unitary Islamic state or caliphate, ruled by Islamic law and with a caliph head of state elected by Muslims.

Man tries to smuggle 14 snakes taped to his body.

Not exactly the best plan in the world to smuggle.
The 22-year-old Norwegian was stopped in a routine check by Kristiansand customs after arriving on a ferry from Denmark, the Faedrelandsvennen newspaper reported.

After finding a tarantula in the man's bag, customs officials decided to give him a full body search that revealed 14 stockings - one for each snake - taped around his torso, the tabloid said.

(WSJ) Growing up without Dad changes your brain.

Experiment with small rodents called degus with interesting but not surprising results.

German biologist Anna Katharina Braun and others are conducting research on animals that are typically raised by two parents, in the hopes of better understanding the impact on humans of being raised by a single parent. Dr. Braun's work focuses on degus, small rodents related to guinea pigs and chinchillas, because mother and father degus naturally raise their babies together.

When deprived of their father, the degu pups exhibit both short- and long-term changes in nerve-cell growth in different regions of the brain. Dr. Braun, director of the Institute of Biology at Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, and her colleagues are also looking at how these physical changes affect offspring behavior.

Their preliminary analysis indicates that fatherless degu pups exhibit more aggressive and impulsive behavior than pups raised by two parents.

Dr. Braun and her colleagues found that in the two-parent families, the degu mothers and fathers cared for their pups in similar ways, including sleeping next to or crouching over them, licking and grooming them, and playing with them. The fathers even exhibited a "nursing-type" position.

When the mother was a single parent, the frequency of her interactions with her pups didn't change much, which means that those pups experienced significantly less touching and interaction than those with two parents.

The researchers then looked at the neurons—cells that send and receive messages between the brain and the body—of some pups at day 21, around the time they were weaned from their mothers, and others at day 90, which is considered adulthood for the species.

Neurons have branches, known as dendrites, that conduct electrical signals received from other nerve cells to the body, or trunk, of the neuron. The leaves of the dendrites are protrusions called dendritic spines that receive messages and serve as the contact between neurons.

Dr. Braun's group found that at 21 days, the fatherless animals had less dense dendritic spines compared to animals raised by both parents, though they "caught up" by day 90. However, the length of some types of dendrites was significantly shorter in some parts of the brain, even in adulthood, in fatherless animals.

"It just shows that parents are leaving footprints on the brain of their kids," says Dr. Braun, 54 years old.

This brings to mind a little over a decade ago the stories of the murdering young elephants who were grown up orphans because of a cull to bring down the elephant population in Pilanesberg National Park. There was a documentary about it that showed the effects of bringing in older bull elephants kept the youngsters in line.

The mystery was soon solved: the rhinos had been murdered, all right, but the perpetrators were not poachers but pachyderms--young, aggressive bull elephants that did in the rhinos by knocking them over, kneeling on them and goring them.

What drives the elephants to do it is not clear. Game wardens and animal-behavior experts have a theory, however, and while they stress that it is speculative, the idea is compelling. The elephants may be depraved, the experts say, because as children they were deprived. The troublemakers are apparently all orphans, taken as calves from their slaughtered parents during culling operations in the huge Kruger National Park and relocated to establish elephant populations in parks and private reserves throughout the country.

One positive result of the operation was that it helped preserve a threatened species. But because elephants in the wild live in tight-knit groups, the relocation was also a major experiment in social engineering--and like so many such experiments, it has had unexpected consequences. Since 1978, almost 1,500 orphan calves, 600 of them males, have been moved to unfamiliar locations and raised with no exposure to adult elephants or the hierarchical social structure that defines elephant life.

The long-term effect of this isolation appears to be a generation of juvenile delinquents. "The whole thing has much to do with the setup of elephant society," says zoologist Marian Garai, a Swiss-born South African who has been studying the relocation. Under normal circumstances, she says, a dominant older male elephant is around to keep young bulls in line. For the newly arrived youngsters, however, no such role models were provided, and Garai believes this may have had a profound effect on the elephants' psychology.

This will also apply to people where a loving two parent household will be better for children than a single parent most of the time. Lets bring it closer to home where the black community is seeing the effects of broken homes and young black children growing up in communities where the traditional parental and even societal structure has been destroyed. It has resulted in a lost generation that are more likely to being in jail than college.

Ecuador to Europe: Pay us not to drill in Amazon

Watch this wealth redistribution idea to come to the states by the environuts.

Ecuador's president is in London this week to promote a unique proposal: pay his country $3 billion not to drill for oil in a pristine Amazon reserve.

Germany and Spain have expressed interest in President Rafael Correa's idea, which environmentalists say could set a precedent in the fight against global warming by lowering the high cost to poor countries of going green.

"This is the first time the government of a major oil-producing country has voluntarily offered to forego lucrative oil extraction in order to help combat climate change," said Dr. Matt Finer, staff scientist for Save America's Forests and author of a study on Correa's initiative.

But Correa's idea is two years old and he has yet to receive a firm cash commitment.

Under the plan, rich countries would pay Ecuador at least half the revenues that the 850 million barrels of heavy crude oil estimated to be in Ecuador's remote Yasuni National Park would be expected to generate over the next 10 years - or about $3 billion.

Ecuador says not drilling for the oil would keep 410 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, a figure that has caught the attention of green-conscious governments in Europe.

Obama to take his time with Afghanistan troop decision.

He has time to play golf a whole lot and make plans to fight with Fox News, but the military? They can wait until the public really sours on Afghanistan and then he can hide behind that to make a decision which would be pull out.

Boys who burned teen came from broken homes

The gist of the article is the boys came from rotten homes with rotten parents which is partly the explanation why they set the kid on fire. My feeling is that doesn't even matter because at that age you know right from wrong and setting another person on fire is not a gray area. These teens are lost and have no value to society, lock them up.

By the time they reached Deerfield Beach Middle School, four of the five young teenagers accused of setting a classmate on fire had already grown up in a fractured world where crime or violence was a fact of life.

Most were raised in families in which one or both parents have numerous criminal arrests and a history of domestic abuse. In several cases, court records show the parents have drug or alcohol problems. And investigators say all five boys, ages 13 to 16 -- have had brushes with the law.

But the group of seventh-graders now face charges for a crime far worse than the criminal mischief of their past. The boys -- acting together -- ganged up on 15-year-old Michael Brewer outside a Deerfield Beach apartment complex on Oct. 12. Acting on the orders of one boy, they doused him with rubbing alcohol and set him ablaze. As Brewer screamed in terror, they all ran, authorities say.

At least three of them laughed about it after they were arrested, according to Sgt. Steve Feeley of the Broward Sheriff's Office. Their motive, Feeley said, was retaliation against the victim for snitching over a feud involving a $40 video game and a bicycle.

A Miami Herald review of court and police reports, along with interviews of law enforcement authorities and others, reveals a troubling portrait of the five suspects' family lives.

Records in Palm Beach and Broward counties show that the parents of four of the boys have convictions for a litany of crimes, including child neglect, drunken driving, assault and battery, burglary, fleeing police, drug possession, and drug dealing.

Among other things, one suspect's father was accused of stabbing a man who owed him money. Two other teen suspects -- brothers -- were once removed from their home by state child welfare authorities because of child abuse. A fourth suspect's father had been arrested a dozen times -- the boy's mother had been arrested nine times.

Their parents' arrests often resulted in guilty pleas and no-contest convictions on lesser charges, according to court records the newspaper was able to obtain. But not all of their arrest records detail what, if any, jail time was served.

Geocities shut down on October 26th.

I know I have some sites on there I have long forgotten but still kinda sad geocities never made it to this era. For a lot of people Geocities was there first website and probably related to Dragonball Z.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Steve Phillips fired from ESPN.

Pulling a Letterman without being in charge of your own show and being replaceable will do that to you.

David Letterman he is not -- only a few days after news broke of ESPN analyst Steve Phillips' affair with a 22-year-old production assistant, he's out of a job.

An ESPN spokesperson said Phillips' ability to be an effective analyst was "significantly and irreparably damaged" -- so the sports network decided to give him the old heave-ho.

As we first reported, Steve's hookup Brooke Hundley filed for a restraining order against him one day after she dropped off a letter at his house explaining the affair -- which basically said they were meant to be together.

Hundley withdrew the complaint a few weeks later.

Oakley's $4,000 sunglasses

For $4000 bucks it better have a built in GPS for when you lose them and guaranteed sexual conquests from wearing them.

Dolphins choke away game against the Saints

Every flaw the Dolphins had showed up in the second half of this game. Ted Ginn is worthless, the only positive is the running game and the Fins secondary played out of their minds in the first half, then remember who they were and got slammed by Brees and company in the second. As a Fins fan I am pissed and people have to be held accountable including Tony Sparano who oversaw this utter collapse.

Japanese firms to develop small nuclear reactors

Nice to see these this coming to fruition. Watch the environuts do everything to stop them from coming here to America.

Japan's major nuclear reactor manufacturers have begun developing small nuclear power systems for both developed and emerging countries, a report said on Saturday.

Toshiba Corp. is developing an ultra-compact reactor with an output of about 10,000 kilowatts and has started procedures for approval in the United States, the Nikkei business daily said.

The new reactor, the Toshiba 4S, is designed to minimise the need for monitoring and maintenance, with an automatic shutdown function to ensure safety in case of problems, the newspaper said.

Toshiba plans to market the reactor first in the United States, while foreseeing demand from emerging countries in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe as well as in Africa, it said.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. has separately completed the concept design for a pressurised-water reactor with a power output of around 350,000 kilowatts, the Nikkei said.

AP: Obamacare Bill likely to cut employer mandate

As a business you are damned if you do or don't with the Obamacare.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Businesses would not be required to provide health insurance under legislation being readied for Senate debate, but large firms would owe significant penalties if any worker needed government subsidies to buy coverage on their own, according to Democratic officials familiar with talks on the bill.

For firms with more than 50 employees, the fee could be as high as $750 multiplied by the total size of the work force if only a few workers needed federal aid, these officials said. That is a more stringent penalty than in a bill that recently cleared the Senate Finance Committee, which said companies should face penalties on a per-employee basis.

These officials also said individuals would generally be required to purchase affordable insurance if it were available, and face penalties if they defied the requirement.

One catch 22, the whole idea is to force people to get Obamacare if they like it or not. But punishing businesses, the business has to act as an enforcer to push workers to get insurance.

Reid has told fellow senators he is strongly considering including a provision for a government-run insurance plan in the bill as a way to assure consumers have a choice and to create competition for private companies. States would be permitted to drop out under the plan.

Another poison pill as discussed earlier this year.

Another Democrat working on reform legislation added, "If everyone gets a plan, and states have to affirmatively vote, preferably by referendum, to opt out. I really don't see a lot of states opting out, for one. And, for two, you get your national [public plan] available everywhere. If a few holes start appearing, it's not nearly as fatal as if you went with the Carper plan, which after a few years might mean 10 or 20 [state-based] public options. If you go the other way, you'll probably have like 47 states. It's a big difference."

As for the cadillac tax on really good health insurance plans that is opposed by the unions. That is going to be omitted.

Reid is also searching for ways to scale back a tax on high-cost insurance policies approved by the Senate Finance Committee. Organized labor strongly opposes the proposal, and the House bill is not expected to include it.

NYTIMES: Insurance Mandate Could Leave Many Worse Off

Surprising to see this in the Times.

The fiscal reality is that not all income groups can receive equal subsidies; as a family earns more, its subsidy would probably decrease, eventually falling to zero. But then we are taking money away from the poor as they climb into higher income categories. This is a disincentive to earn more, and the strength of the disincentive increases with our initial generosity. For many people, the health insurance aid would phase out when food stamps, housing vouchers and the earned income tax credit also end and the personal income tax kicks in.

This structure of incentives would likely discourage many parents from earning a better life for their children. Congress could tweak the subsidies so they don’t phase out so quickly, but then we’re back to very high fiscal costs and subsidies for many families in the higher income classes.

Defenders of a broad health insurance mandate argue that it will lower average costs in the health care market. The claim is that many of the uninsured are young, healthy or both, and that bringing them into the insurance pool might lower average premiums by spreading risk across low-cost groups. Yet Massachusetts has had a health insurance mandate for several years and this cost-saving mechanism does not appear to be kicking in.

At this point, it seems more plausible that the cost of health insurance will keep rising, just as the costs of health care services have continued to climb. The upshot is that the burdens of mandatory purchase, the subsidy costs and the associated implicit marginal tax rates will all increase, eventually to the point of unsustainability.