Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dengue fever outbreak in Florida, no one is saying why.

Possibly because it would be politically incorrect that this outbreak may have started with someone bringing in the virus which is more common in the West Indies and Latin America.

Once widespread in the Western hemisphere (including the Southern U.S.), dengue fever was largely eradicated in the 1960s after the carrier mosquitoes were targeted with the pesticide DDT. The disease slowly rebounded after those efforts were discontinued, however, and while it generally stays confined to the tropics now, a handful of small, scattered outbreaks have occurred in the U.S. along the Mexican border over the past 30 years, according to the CDC.

Since Potter's diagnosis, the CDC and health officials in Florida have confirmed at least 28 cases of the fever in Key West. More than 1,000 other residents -- roughly 5 percent of the local population -- may have been exposed without getting ill, according to a CDC report released last week.

Next time someone says something about the evils of DDT, tell them screw you.

More cases have popped up in Orlando.
Dengue fever has infected a handful of people in Central Florida, health officials said.

“This is not a regular flu virus that you get, you feel a lot worse,” said Dr. Todd Husty.

“You get a real great fever, a horrible fever; it's called ‘break bone fever.’ You feel like your bones are breaking, but it's really joint pain,” Husty said.

Health officials said more than a dozen people have picked up the virus from Mosquitoes in the Keys.

More than 30 more across the state of Florida have the fever after picking it up out of the country.

Pay Czar faults 17 companies but won't fight to get back bonuses.

He realizes that he tries that the amount of lawsuits that will come about and the financial disadvantage for companies in the future in getting top talent. If companies or shareholders have a beef with pay, step up and fix it yourself.

Wall Street took the latest government report on its pay practices in stride Friday, saying it would review U.S. pay czar Kenneth R. Feinberg's suggestions about compensation while privately expressing relief that the report wasn't tougher on them.

Mr. Feinberg's four-page public discussion of banks' pay practices concluded that 17 banks had handed out $1.6 billion in "ill-advised" executive compensation before he was assigned in 2009 to oversee banks that accepted government money during the financial crisis. Mr. Feinberg's report didn't disclose the level of ill-advised pay at the 17 firms, which included Goldman Sachs Group Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., and Morgan Stanley.

Although Mr. Feinberg noted that payments sometimes exceeded $10 million per-person, he said some forms of payment such as cash bonuses and retention awards have been limited by subsequent rules. He declined to request that the firms return any payouts, saying he didn't find them against the public interest and expressing reluctance to trigger private lawsuits and additional congressional investigation.

Van Jones: Don't worry about the deficit, government can just take more money from rich companies.

We see economic illiteracy of Van Jones and why Obama picked this guy because he has the same mindset that businesses are nothing more than whores to fund their socialist mindset.
While the federal government sinks deeper into debt than any time since World War II, former White House “green jobs” adviser Anthony Van Jones said it was time to stop worrying about budget deficits and pressure Washington to take more money from American businesses to fund larger social and infrastructure projects.

“This is a rich country. We have plenty of money, and if you don’t believe me, ask Haliburton,” Jones told a group of progressive bloggers and activists at the Netroots Nation convention Friday. “There’s plenty of money out there; don’t fall into the trap of this whole deficit argument.”

“The only question is how to spend it,” he added.

American corporations currently face the second-highest corporate tax rate in the world, according to the Tax Foundation.

More Shirley Sherrod talks, the worse she looks.

Everyone against Obama wants to take blacks back to the slavery days eh? I got a feeling CNN is going to regret trying to make her a saint as she obviously has issues with race.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Trinidad after 20 years finally looking into Islamic coup attempt.

The fact the idiots in Trinidad pardoned everyone instead of hanging them was inexcusable.
Trinidad and Tobago's new government announced Thursday it will name a commission to look into a bloody 1990 coup attempt by a radical Islamic group in the twin-island Caribbean nation.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, whose five-party coalition won a 29-12 advantage in May parliamentary elections, said the fact-finding panel will help the country close a painful chapter of its history.

"It is important for us to have this inquiry, for us to find out what exactly went wrong, so that we can take steps to avoid this ever happening again," Persad-Bissessar told reporters.

Persad-Bissessar said her government has already started to consider commissioners and determine exactly how the panel will function. Her administration also intends to auction off properties owned by the Islamic group so they can repay the state for damage during the coup attempt two decades ago.

Democrats looking to downsize and cut America's armed forces budget.

Some Dems would love to cut off the military period. This is an annual thing but in the drive to cut the deficit and because Dems refuse to cut social and welfare spending the military is in their sights again.
After nearly a decade of rapid increases in military spending, the Pentagon is facing intensifying political and economic pressures to restrain its budget, setting up the first serious debate since the terrorist attacks of 2001 about the size and cost of the armed services.

Lawmakers, administration officials and analysts said the combination of big budget deficits, the winding down of the war in Iraq and President Obama’s pledge to begin pulling troops from Afghanistan next year were leading Congress to contemplate reductions in Pentagon financing requests.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has sought to contain the budget-cutting demands by showing Congress and the White House that he can squeeze more efficiency from the Pentagon’s bureaucracy and weapons programs and use the savings to maintain fighting forces.

But the increased pressure is already showing up in efforts by Democrats in Congress to move more quickly than senior Pentagon officials had expected in trimming the administration’s budget request for next year.

And in the longer term, with concern mounting about the government’s $13 trillion debt, a bipartisan deficit-reduction commission is warning that cuts in military spending could be needed to help the nation dig out of its financial hole.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Disney and Joe Johnston turns Captain America into Captain World Citizen.

Anyone expecting anything less from Hollywood is fooling themselves. Now even in WWII, where the enemies from Hollywood POV has clearly been defined, they can't make a Captain America movie where anything can be seen as someone being proud to fight for American ideals.

The director of "Captain America: The First Avenger," the 2011 summer blockbuster that will coincide with the character's 70th anniversary, says the screen version of the hero will be true to his roots -- up to a certain point.
"We're sort of putting a slightly different spin on Steve Rogers," said Joe Johnston, whose past directing credits include "Jurassic Park III" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." He's a guy that wants to serve his country, but he's not a flag-waver. We're reinterpreting, sort of, what the comic book version of Steve Rogers was."

"He wants to serve his country, but he's not this sort of jingoistic American flag-waver," Johnston said. "He's just a good person. We make a point of that in the script: Don't change who you are once you go from Steve Rogers to this super-soldier; you have to stay who you are inside, that's really what's important more than your strength and everything. It'll be interesting and fun to put a different spin on the character and one that the fans are really going to appreciate."

......"Yeah, and it's also the idea that this is not about America so much as it is about the spirit of doing the right thing," the director said. "It's an international cast and an international story. It's about what makes America great and what make the rest of the world great too."

Sorta like the NASA outreach to Muslims, everyone feel good about themselves, America is no better than you. Go Team!

I doubt anyone at Comic-Con will actually go after Johnston for spitting on the character.

BTW, the last dumbass to screw up a character was Bryan Singer who took out the Americaness from Superman because they were uncomfortable with it. Now another director doing the same with Captain America who embodies even more than Superman American ideals.

Now he is just Chris Evans in a costume doing "good." How thrilling.

Liberal journalists wouldn't mind Fox News gets thrown off the air.

Again, as below nothing here shocking except that even other liberal journalists are shocked at how far their bretheren would go in snuffing out any other viewpoint that doesn't agree with them.

Bloomberg's Ryan Donmoyer is going to have answer about his participation. UCLA law professor Jonathan Zasloff and John Judis of the New Republic come off as censorship pigs while Michael Scherer of Time Magazine seems alarmed that he is in the presence of such people.
On Journolist, there was rarely such thing as an honorable political disagreement between the left and right, though there were many disagreements on the left. In the view of many who’ve posted to the list-serv, conservatives aren’t simply wrong, they are evil. And while journalists are trained never to presume motive, Journolist members tend to assume that the other side is acting out of the darkest and most dishonorable motives.

When the writer Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article about immigration for National Review, for example, blogger Ed Kilgore didn’t even bother to grapple with Hanson’s arguments. Instead Kilgore dismissed Hanson’s piece out of hand as “the kind of Old White Guy cultural reaction that is at the heart of the Tea Party Movement. It’s very close in spirit to the classic 1970s racist tome, The Camp of the Saints, where White Guys struggle to make up their minds whether to go out and murder brown people or just give up.”

The very existence of Fox News, meanwhile, sends Journolisters into paroxysms of rage. When Howell Raines charged that the network had a conservative bias, the members of Journolist discussed whether the federal government should shut the channel down.

“I am genuinely scared” of Fox, wrote Guardian columnist Daniel Davies, because it “shows you that a genuinely shameless and unethical media organisation *cannot* be controlled by any form of peer pressure or self-regulation, and nor can it be successfully cold-shouldered or ostracised. In order to have even a semblance of control, you need a tough legal framework.” Davies, a Brit, frequently argued the United States needed stricter libel laws.

“I agree,” said Michael Scherer of Time Magazine. Roger “Ailes understands that his job is to build a tribal identity, not a news organization. You can’t hurt Fox by saying it gets it wrong, if Ailes just uses the criticism to deepen the tribal identity.”

Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA, suggested that the federal government simply yank Fox off the air. “I hate to open this can of worms,” he wrote, “but is there any reason why the FCC couldn’t simply pull their broadcasting permit once it expires?”

NPR producer Sarah Spitz wants to watch Rush Limbaugh die of a heart attack.

None of this is surprising as liberals and leftists in general do not see people who have different opinions as anything but the enemy. Thats why conservatives in this country are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to political fights especially in the media because you have to bring yourself to this sort of maniac thinking to combat them.

If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond? As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911? Would you try to save him from dying? Of course you would.

But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz, a producer for National Public Radio, that isn’t what you’d do at all.

In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.

In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”

Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

NAACP and busing supporters using racist rhetoric in NC to keep busing alive.

Typical setup with busing supporters putting "social concerns" and diversity over actual educational results. NAACP who is now claiming they got "snookered" over Sherrod tape has their local chapter pulling the same racist crap as they always do when they are losing the debate. Also some chic Yankee bias.

With 140,000 students in 160 schools, Wake County was the largest of about 70 districts across the nation using socio-economic status to maintain diversity. The system was considered a model for those looking for a way around race-based assignment scheme rejected by the courts.

"It (the Wake County system) really was a beacon, a flag around which more and more people were rallying as they saw the positive effects of this," says sociologist Gerald Grant, a professor emeritus at Syracuse University and author of the book "Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There are No Bad Schools in Raleigh."

But some parents grew tired of sending their children off on long bus rides. Others said the policy may have brought whites and blacks together, but it wasn't really helping blacks educationally.

And there are those who say people forgot how bad the bad old days were.

"For folks who were there and lived through it, there's a real sense of a collective forgetting, a collective amnesia," says James Leloudis, a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was in high school when the county system integrated. "There is a kind of tragic disremembering."

Part of the story is that Wake County is increasingly populated by people who did not grow up here and do not feel the tug or burden of that history. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about half of Wake County's residents were born outside North Carolina.

"The population shift is HUGE," says Grant, who briefly taught at a Raleigh high school while researching his book. "You had folks moving down there from Lexington, Mass., and buying a $275,000 house, and they thought a white school came with it. But when they got down there, they found their kids were getting on a bus."

Here comes the race card.
A columnist for The News & Observer in Raleigh recently called Margiotta and Tedesco "a couple of carpetbagging Northerners." And Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker referred to the board majority as "people who are not from the area, who don't share our values," and announced the formation of a group to ensure that any new student assignment plan doesn't violate the state constitutional guarantee of a sound education.

The NAACP's Barber admits busing supporters were caught napping last fall. But with five seats — including Margiotta's — up for grabs next year, they are determined to keep up the heat to counter what "the anti-diversity, right-wing, tea party-sympathizing, resegregationist caucus is doing in Wake County."

Margiotta says opponents are judging him and the others on a plan that is at least year from being finalized. And he says they are attributing motives to him with no way of knowing what's in his heart.

"Segregation is something that's a foreign word to me, something I've never lived through or have any understanding of," says the New Jersey native, who moved to the area about a decade ago.

Pittsburgh native Patrice Lee and her family moved 11 years ago from Jacksonville, Fla., to the town of Cary — whose name, locals joke, is really an acronym for "Containment Area for Relocated Yankees." During that time, she says she has watched in frustration as test scores and graduation rates for low-income students declined.

"That policy was not accomplishing the educational purpose," says Lee, co-founder of the group WakeCARES. "It was accomplishing a social purpose. And the social purpose was to have diversity in schools."

Lee, who is white, has three children who currently attend magnet schools about 24 miles away. She and others who support the board's actions are tired of being labeled as racists.

"When you don't have the facts on your side and you don't have the truth on your side, you throw a trump card and fake it," says Lee, who has another son who recently graduated from Wake schools and a fifth set to enter kindergarten next year. "It's become a circus."

(updates) Shirley Sherrod resigns after racist statement, Media and NAACP's Ben Jealous no comments.

Short version, if this was a white person saying this about a black farmer, all hell would break loose on every network. As Newsbusters points out, none of the networks who jumped all over the tea party had anything to say about it.
The USDA's rural development director for Georgia was forced to step down after a video surfaced of her telling an NAACP audience she based a decision to withhold the full measure of help available to a struggling white farmer bacause of his race.

Shirley Sherrod of Albany was the keynote speaker at an NAACP banquet in March when she admitted to the crowd she didn't do everything she could to help a white farmer whom she said was condescending when he came to her for aid.

....The revelation of Sherrod's statements came a week after the NAACP issued a resolution calling the National Tea Party racists for comments made against Pres. Barack Obama and African American congressmen during the health care debate.

Reached by phone Monday night, NAACP Atlanta chapter president R.L. White told the AJC he "detests what she said."

"It does suggest unfair treatment," White said. "Regardless of her color … if it’s unfair, it’s unfair."

While he recalled many years of unfair treatment against minority farmers, White said that didn't make Sherrod's actions right.

"The playing table should be leveled," he said. "Everyone, regardless of race, creed or color should be treated same way, regardless of the race of the administrator."

More tapes are supposedly on the way and the NAACP has opened up a can of worms with the racist attack on the entire tea party even though they deny it. NAACP events over the last 10 years especially under Julian Bond have taken a more radical racial tone. Expect a lot of press releases by the NAACP in the coming weeks.

Updates. Mediaite has the scoop as the NAACP claims that FOX News(who never reported on the story) and Breitbart "snookered" them. It looks like Sherrod got fired from an overreaction by everyone and I from my POV is included in the overreaction. The fallout will be interesting.

Not that I take back any of the venom directed towards the NAACP.

The pathetic story of Maywood, CA going broke, corrupt police, government and illegals.

This is what happens when third world politics, illegal supporters and city officials get a hold of power on a city.
The 1.2-square-mile city plans to hire the Los Angeles County sheriff's department for law enforcement services and the neighboring city of Bell will handle other city services such as finance, records management and parks and recreation.

"We're limited on our choices and limited on what we can do," Councilman Felipe Aguirre said. "We don't want to file for bankruptcy. We don't want to disappear as a city."

Experts who track California cities said Maywood may be the first example of a city dismissing all top positions except for the city manager, city attorney and elected officials.

Under the plan adopted Monday, council members would keep their jobs but all services would be contracted out.

The predominantly Latino city has about 45,000 residents and is in the heavily industrial southeast part of Los Angeles County. About half its residents are illegal immigrants, officials estimate.

Maywood's troubled history has included shouting matches at council meetings and the police department becoming the focus of a political outcry after running checkpoints that resulted in hundreds of cars being taken from unlicensed illegal immigrants.

Roger Hedgecock has the more elaborate tale of Maywood falling apart.
Today, Maywood is broke. Its police department dismantled along with all other city departments and personnel. Only the city council remains and a city manager to manage the contracts with other agencies for city services in Maywood.

Maywood is the warning of what happens when illegal immigrants, resisting assimilation as Americans, bring with their growing numbers the corruption and the radical politics of their home countries. Add the radical home-grown anti-Americanism of Hispanic "leaders" and groups like La Raza and you get schools where learning is replaced with indoctrination, business and jobs replaced by welfare and gangs, and a poisonous stew of entitlement politics.

In too many American communities, this sad tale is all too familiar.

You got to read the article leading up to the conclusion, it was predictable.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

(AP) Cuba moves to cut jobs in its state workforce.

Just want to point out that the federal workforce under Obama has grown despite a recession while Cuba is looking to cut its own workforce. Just an observation.
At a state project to refurbish a decaying building in Old Havana, one worker paints a wall white while two others watch. A fourth sleeps in a wheelbarrow positioned in a sliver of shade nearby and two more smoke and chat on the curb.
President Raul Castro has startled the nation lately by saying about one in five Cuban workers may be redundant. At the work site on Obispo street, those numbers run in reverse.

It's a common sight in communist Cuba. Here, nearly everyone works for the state and official unemployment is minuscule, but pay is so low that Cubans like to joke that "the state pretends to pay us and we pretend to work."

Now, facing a severe budget deficit, the government has hinted at restructuring or trimming its bloated work force. Such talk is causing tension, however, in a country where guaranteed employment was a building block of the 1959 revolution that swept Fidel Castro to power.

Details are sketchy on how and when such pruning would take place. Still, acknowledgment that cuts are needed has come from Raul Castro himself.

"We know that there are hundreds of thousands of unnecessary workers on the budget and labor books, and some analysts calculate that the excess of jobs has surpassed 1 million," said Castro, who replaced his ailing brother Fidel as president nearly four years ago. Cuba's work force totals 5.1 million, in a population of 11.2 million.

In his nationally televised speech in April, Castro also had harsh words for those who do little to deserve their salaries.

"Without people feeling the need to work to make a living, sheltered by state regulations that are excessively paternalistic and irrational, we will never stimulate a love for work," he said.

Huge shopping mall opens in Gaza, EU condemns Israel's ruining of Gaza.

I am trying to reconcile the two but if the EU is claiming Israel is killing off Gaza, where the hell is the money to build, stock and people to shop coming from in Gaza?

(video) The difference between a Nigga and a Black person summed up in 10 min video.

Just watch this visual example of gutter trash on parade in Oakland.

Pregnant in Oakland Parking Lot Brawl (dude wrecks prego ho)

A bunch of freak hoes fighting in a BK parking lot in Oakland. Girl hits pregnant girl, pregnant girl throws high chair, dude wrecks pregnant girl, pregnant girl talks shit to old lady, old lady chases pregnant girl with water bottle, some more fighting, then a motorcycle cop gets hit by a car. regular stuff.

Bob Schieffer "didn't know" about the Black Panther Case, Roland Martin shills like crazy.

If you want to see the power of the MSM on its members, Schieffer admitting he didn't know about it despite being a member says a lot about the scant coverage given to it.

This morning on Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz asked Face The Nation anchor Bob Schieffer the question Megyn Kelly wanted the answer to – why didn’t he ask Attorney General Eric Holder about the New Black Panther/DOJ story in his exclusive last week?

His answer: he would have asked it had he known about the case.

First, he told Kurtz that it is “certainly a question that is a legitimate question to ask.”
This explanation disproves the theory held by some outlets on the left, like Media Matters, that there is zero legitimacy to the story, and that Schieffer avoided the issue on merit alone. Instead, a respected, fair anchor’s belief that the story is both legitimate and worth asking about gives it more credence. And it only proves Kelly’s point about the mainstream media for Schieffer to admit he didn’t know about it because it got “very little publicity” – clearly, he didn’t look at outlets like Fox News or right-wing websites in his preparation for the Holder interview