Friday, May 13, 2011


“European nations moved to reverse decades of unfettered travel across the continent when a majority of EU governments agreed the need to reinstate national passport controls amid fears of a flood of immigrants fleeing the upheaval in north Africa.”
-UK Guardian

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Yes, its friday the 13th. Has anyone ever noticed that nothing particularly bad happens on that day, no worse than any other given day? The worst day of my life was Christmas Eve one year, but that doesn't make me fear Christmas Eve.

It has been reported that one of the Fukushima reactors went into full meltdown after the catastrophic earthquake and tsuanmi that struck Japan last month. Japan's government tried its best to downplay and conceal the news but recently announced that the number 1 reactor had melted down and superheated radioactive pellets had melted through the containment wall. However, the meltdown reports seem premature.

Soon after the announcement of Obama Bin Laden's death, the leftist blogs started buzzing with a story they gleefully announced: One of Seal Team Six was an anchor baby named Rubén Mejia. See, they declared, how could the right oppose the DREAM act? He's a hero! The problem is that he wasn't an achor baby, and that the DREAM act doesn't address anchor babies, its for full blown illegals. This wouldn't have mattered much, but some newspapers picked up the story, since a lot of their writers are hard lefties who love leftist blogs.

What is the DREAM act? Among other things, it extends grants and state tuition benefits for colleges and universities to illegal aliens. Depending on the version, they have to serve in the military first, but most don't even bother with such a gesture. President Obama pushed hard for this bill in 2010 but couldn't get it passed. He vowed recently to push for it again this year.

Last Mother's Day, Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had a special card sent out for the occasion: a pro-abortion fundraiser. Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit has the details of the letter, which implies that its the duty of all Americans to pay for abortions and that Republicans are evil for wanting to end this subsidy.

For decades, doctors have advised people to eat less salt, particularly those with high blood pressure. The science behind this was uncertain and unclear, but there was some evidence that a high salt diet could lead to higher blood pressure. However a recent study suggests another problem: a low-salt diet may lead to increased incidence of heart disease. It also showed that in this study, people who ate a high salt diet showed no more tendency toward high blood pressure than those who did not.

Regulators are causing more trouble these days than they did in the Lincoln County war. The latest victim of federal regulations is the beleaguered fishing industry. WMUR New Hampshire reports:
"If they don't do something to modify the fishing regulations, we won't have a fishing industry on the Seacoast, is what it boils down to," said Hampton Town Manager Fred Welch.

Many in the fishing industry said they want the federal team to do more than its stated task of creating an economic development assessment report. The team is spending three days in Seabrook and visiting five other New England fishing towns.
The local cooperative has lost about $750,000 in business since the new regulations went into effect. Because Northeastern fishermen were in such great shape before the Obama administration stomped on them.

The Texas House has passed legislation to end all "sanctuary cities" in the state of Texas. Sanctuary Cities are a classic example of "nullification" in which a local government declines to follow higher government laws; in this case cities ignoring federal immigration law. Whether this will pass the state Senate and become law is uncertain, but as Dave in Texas quips at the Ace of Spades HQ: "I expect the Obama DoJ to file suit before the month is out."

According to President Obama, government jobs are more important than private sector ones, because they "serve the American people." Naturally to a leftist, only government serves people. Meanwhile in the same town hall, he claimed that most of the jobs lost were private sector jobs due to "huge layoffs" in state workers. As Jim Geraghty points out at National Review Online, that's not just mistaken, its a collossal, deliberate lie.

Whose jobs are being lost? Mostly private sector, and in particular, blacks. John Hindraker at Powerline points out that according to Department of Labor data, more blacks are out of work now than at any time in American history - as a percentage of the black population, not just total numbers. And as we already know, men have been hit far worse by this recession than women.

Meanwhile, according to a study quoted in Time Magazine, 85% of graduating students will be returning home to live with mom and dad as the unemployment rate for under 25 year olds is over 50%.

Europe has been proud of its 'no borders' policy ever since the European Union was officially founded. Gone were the days of passports at the border, something they mocked the US for maintaining (without noting that you can go state to state without any official notice). However, as the economy collapses in several European states and troubles start up, they're starting to ask for passports once more. People like me expected the EU to crumble, I just didn't expect it to start so soon.

Climaquiddick was bad enough with emails detailing deliberate fraud, lawbreaking, destruction of data, suppression of evidence, and conspiracy to destroy careers of people who dared question the conclusions of alarmists. But they just keep piling on. The latest news is of the University of Colorado’s NASA-funded Sea Level Research Group who is adding .3 millimeters per year to its Global Mean Sea Level Time Series despite the fact that this rise is not taking place. The problem for these alarmist study groups is that the seas are not rising like they hoped expected; there has been negligible sea rise since 2006 as the planet has become cooler. How are these scientists justifying this invented sea rise? James Taylor at Forbes blog explains:
The NASA-funded group claims glacial melt is removing weight that had been pressing down on land masses, which in turn is causing land mass to rise. This welcome news mitigates sea-level rise from melting glacial ice, meaning sea level will rise less than previously thought. However, it is very inconvenient for alarmist sea level predictions. Therefore, instead of reporting the amount by which sea level is rising in the real world, the Sea Level Research Group has begun adding 0.3 millimeters per year of fictitious sea level rise to “compensate” for rising land mass.
So they believe the land is rising against all evidence and to compensate for this, they're faking a sea rise. The problem is that if the land actually was rising, then a rising sea isn't having any effect anyway even if it was real. Its like adding coke to your glass of ice cubes: the ice just rises up with it. This is what they get paid to do, folks.

Possibly in retaliation for the announcement of Bin Laden's death, terrorists tried several different schemes this week. A man tried to break into the cockpit of a plane while yelling "Allahu Ackbar,"and two Muslim men from Algeria and Morocco were arrested for plotting to blow up a synagogue and kill Jews in New York City. They will keep trying, until we've ground them into powder.

A few weeks ago, the right leaning blogs were all abuzz about Superman's alleged denial of America. Action Comics 900 had a little story about Superman renouncing his citizenship because people keep thinking he's an agent of US policy. "Truth, Justice and the American Way -- its not enough any more," Suyperman says. Well that story was a sort of "what if" alternate universe thought piece, not part of the official Superman continuity. In other words: that was just one writer's idea, and the real Superman wants nothing of the sort.

That writer was David S. Goyer, who also wrote the new Superman movie Man of Steel and wrote the story for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises and the new Ghost Rider sequel Spirit of Vengeance as well as many other comic book shows and movies.

To make that point clear, Superman issue 711 has a full page monologue to Jimmy Olsen about America, starting with "That’s what America is about, really. That’s the American way. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and second chances. None of us are forced to be anything we don’t want to be." Bleeding Cool has the full page and more information on the story.

Instapundit has been pushing an idea that I think would appeal to most people - if they weren't in government. The Instapundit tax would be a huge one levied on jobs taken after government by political appointees and agency heads:
So, for example, FCC Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker, who approved the Comcast merger and then took a lucrative job at Comcast would pay a 50% surtax on the amount Comcast pays her over and above her FCC salary. Some have suggested that the number should be higher — 70%, say — but that’s okay. I’m not wedded to 50%.
Sounds good to me.

In 2001, the Congressional Budget Office did a ten year forecast on government spending based on previous budgets. They were off by just a little: $11,800,000,000,000.

Kloppenburg is still trying recounting and methods to win the judicial election in Wisconsin. She's managed to find a few hundred votes out of the 7k she needs. Keep an eye on Legal Insurrection for the running total cost and the stories so far.

And that's the Word Around the Net for may 13, 2011.

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