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Friday, May 27, 2011

WORD AROUND THE NET

"Send me some senators who have some gonads"
-Senator Coburn (R-OK)

Unsafe for FirefightersPortland's city government has come up with a safety plan for firefighters. They developed a special sign (pictured to the left) that indicates the building in question is unsafe for fire fighters to enter. Except... these signs are being put on occupied buildings, structures with businesses and residents in them. One of the buildings is a police headquarters building. One commenter suggested that the buildings that got nailed with that sign may have "had an opportunity to donate to [the mayor's] campaign and didn't cut a check"

Lech Walesa is apparently not a big Obama fan. He has decided not to attend a meeting with President Obama and other leaders who were significant in the fall of Communism in Poland. Walesa (like many Poles) is a big Reagan fan, recognizing that their liberty was largely due to the tireless efforts of President Reagan to end the communist tyranny in their nation. And Mr Walesa likely hears familiar things from his past in some of Obama's rhetoric.

Business Insider has an ominous article up about China and inflation, noting that China's inflationary patterns precede the US by about 20 months and its been moving up rapidly for the last year or so. They are predicting major worldwide inflation in the next year or so - a prediction I hope is wrong but I've been making for a while now.

Howard "the scream" Dean is out as Democratic Party chair, and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is in that position now. She's wasted no time in saying outrageous, dumb stuff to follow up on Howard Dean's pattern. Recently she condemned the Republican Party for wanting to destroy the US auto industry, claiming "If it were up to the candidates for president on the Republican side, we would be driving foreign cars. They would have let the auto industry in America go down the tubes."

Ms Schultz said this in response to condemnation by Republicans of the government's massive bailouts of GM and Chrysler and in fact taking over GM in a grossly socialist stunt. Michael O'Brian was interested in this statement, and went to see what sort of car Ms Schultz drives. Turns out its a 2010 Infiniti FX35, built by Nissan.

Just in case you can't work out how anything could possibly be cut from the federal budget without sending grandma to the store for dog food to eat, consider this (courtesy Sweetness & Light) about tax dollars spent on research from Jonathan Carl and Mark Jafee at ABC News:
You've probably heard of shrimp on the barbie, but what about shrimp on a treadmill?

The National Science Foundation has, and it spent $500,000 of taxpayer money researching it. It's not entirely clear what this research hoped to establish.

It's not just shrimp on a treadmill. The foundation spent $1.5 million to create a robot that can fold laundry. But before you try to buy one to save some time, consider that it takes the robot 25 minutes to fold a single towel.

The list goes on. Lots of people love to use FarmVille on Facebook, but lots of people probably don't love the government's spending $300,000 in taxpayer money to study whether it helps build personal relationships.

Even gelatin wrestling has been the subject of an agency project. In Antarctica, no less. The foundation notes that the project is the work of contractors, not agency employees.
Something to consider when you watch politicians yell about how we can't cut anything without starving poor handicapped lesbian black women or what have you.

Jack Faw went to see King's Mountain national park in South Carolina because that's where his ancestors fought the amazing battle against the British that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. He was ordered out of the park, however, by a park ranger, allegedly because of the Ron Paul sticker on his truck. The Rutherford institute is working with him in a case against the state.

Barney Frank has been tied into the Senate finance committees for a long time now, deciding policy and laws that govern how organizations like Fannie Mae and banks function and are limited. His relationship with a top administrator in Fannie Mae was ongoing even as he refused to allow any reform or even investigation into the organization shortly before the financial collapse. Now, he has admitted that he even got his "special friend" the job using his influence as a committee member. Were he a Republican, this would be a career-ender. As a Massachusetts Democrat, its practically a resume enhancer.

Cell phones are pretty important to teenage girls. Just ask the Washington man who grounded his 15 year old daughter and took away her cell phone as punishment. She shot him with a bow and arrow, then hid in the forest until police came and arrested her for assault. Maybe he should have taken her bow away, too.

Oregon passed a health plan in 1993 and it hasn't been a very successful plan, chasing insurance providers and doctors out of the state. Its also been unable to pay a lot of providers, and is a huge budgetary drain that would be a major savings just to eliminate. However, the Oregon State Legislature has another idea: tax hospitals more. Their cunning plan is to pay for the health coverage they provide for people... by raising the cost of health care. This is a plan so cunning only a politician could come up with it.

According to a new poll, only 12% of Israeli Jews believe that President Obama is friendly to Israel. The real poll, however, comes at election time, when 70% or more of American Jews will still vote for President Obama.

The View is an unwatchable batch of angry leftist women and one token non leftist for them to mock and pick on. They've already established there that calling a woman a "bitch" isn't somehow an insulting, sexist term - when it is applied to a Republican, at least. Now, as Jim Hoft notes at Gateway Pundit, slut falls under the same category. Its not sexist or insulting, crude or in any way outrageous... if used to describe a Republican. The modern face of feminism: its not about women at all.

Marine Jose Guerena was shot sixty times by SWAT forces in Tuscon Arizona. The Iraq war veteran brandished an AR-15 and was shot to doll rags by the police, and it was later revealed that he'd never fired a single shot.

Seismologists are being sued in Italy for manslaughter charges. Why? They are being accused of responsibility for deaths because they failed to warn people of an earthquake that took place in 2009. In a just world the judge would throw this case out and charge the accusers of wasting time and abusing the legal system. In the real world, who knows how it will turn out.

Britain's prestigious Royal Society tried to give President Obama another absurd award. This time it was the King Charles II medal, which is awarded in “exceptional circumstances” to heads of state who have “made an outstanding contribution to furthering scientific research in their country”. President Obama politely declined the medal, probably remembering the mockery and outcry over his winning the Nobel Peace Prize for... not being President Bush, as near as anyone could figure. The Telegraph characterized the response of Royal Society members this way: “The inference they took from that was that he was more interested in cultivating his street cred than in building links with British scientists.” Ace at his HQ was amazed at the response:
By the way-- "street cred"? What the hell? These morons want to give him an unwarranted medal for existing, and when he doesn't show up, they go right to a quasi-racial put-down?

That's a real 180 there, isn't it? We love you we love you we love you... oh, you're not coming? You suck, darkie.

Pick one of the two poles of schizophrenic obsession and stick with it.
These guys who want to shower President Obama with awards he's plainly not earned cannot seem to figure out why that looks bad and makes their organizations seem idiotic.

Disney has abandoned its plan to copyright the term "Seal Team Six" likely for some upcoming animation project. This was the code name for the special team that hit the Obama compound, and Disney tried to own the title. The Navy fought back and is changing the name to something else now. When it comes to making a buck, there's nothing family or amusing about Disney. They're soulless.

Judge Umbridge Sumi has predictably ruled that the Wisconsin state legislature violated law when it passed the reform bill that curtailed collective bargaining for the state's public employee unions. Her ruling is based on a law that requires a specific amount of time for legislators (who fled the state to avoid doing their jobs and are now fighting for them against recall efforts) to read and study the bill.

However, as Professor Jacobson notes at Legal Insurrection, the law specifically states that special session efforts do not require this and she previously stated that this was, in fact, a special session, so its not clear how - aside from being a stooge for the unions - she could come to this ruling. A good activist judge never lets the law, or personal contradictions, get in the way of "social justice."

President Obama has called the Ryan budget plan a lot of names, but when it came time to vote on his idea of a budget, there was a full, unanimous, bipartisan response: 97-0 against it. No Senator in the entire US congress could bring themselves to support the president's budget. Its almost as if he's not any good at the job or something.

Victor Davis Hanson had some fun rewriting an Obama stump speech. You'll have to imagine the telepropmpter, the mechanical swiveling back and forth of his head, and the dead eyes while Obama gives the speech, but here's a highlight of the text:
Energy: “On the energy front, the Clinton and Bush administrations have already approved enough oil and gas leases to ensure that I don’t have to seek any new ones. In this era of hope and change, new drilling is no solution to high gas prices — except abroad, in exciting new offshore finds in places like Brazil. If oil production lags, we can also urge our Middle Eastern friends to increase their exports.

“Of course, electricity prices will skyrocket and coal companies might go bankrupt under my initiatives. In addition, I foresee $4-a-gallon gas — another necessary sacrifice for weaning us off fossil fuels and shrinking our carbon footprint. Some of you might consider trading in your eight-mile-a-gallon clunkers, especially if you did not take my prior advice to properly inflate your tires and tune your engines.

“I promise that new cap-and-trade legislation will be central to our energy policy as a further discouragement of fossil fuels. My team can easily shepherd such a bill through what I expect will be a new Democratic House and Senate. In this regard, you will soon get to know a brilliant new environmental organizer, Van Jones, who will be my green czar.”

Seriously, other than a rich baritone voice, President Obama's vaunted speechmaking ability is all very carefully memorized routine and technique that wears quickly thin if you watch very much of it.

Fracking (or more properly "hydraulic fracturing" is a major process in harvesting natural gas, and environmentalists have been screaming about how evil and horrible it is for a few years now. The last CSI show I ever watched was a godawful religious tract on the evils of Fracking, filled with every single talking point on the topic. Except... Obama's EPA administrator recently confirmed in a House hearing that the process does not seem to affect ground water tables at all. In fact there have been no proven cases of any fracking problems with water, not a single one. There have been scores of proven cases of environmentalists lying and distorting information to stop any progress or harvesting of natural resources, however.

Jobless claims keep climbing, unfortunately. It seems that despite the best efforts of the Obama administration to apply John Maynard Keyes' ideas, they keep failing. Last week, Reuters economists predicted that the number of claims would drop, but they instead went up. Maybe they should get new economists rather than guys who will say whatever it takes to make the Obama administration look better. Because its either that or they suck at their jobs, and neither one is particularly enticing.

Unexpected, that's what bad economic news is in the Obama administration. We got a double dose in the latest Business Insider headline:
MORE WEAKNESS: Q1 GDP Misses Expectations, Personal Consumption Unexpectedly Dives.
You should note that the 1.8% growth estimate is the first statement; they always are adjusted later, and with the Obama administration every single one has been adjusted downward. Personal consumption dropped as well to 2.2% from 2.7%, when it was expected to rise to 2.8%. Again, that's the first estimate. And the dollar's value is dropping as well, according to BI.

Former Democratic Party VP candidate and Senator John Edwards is being investigated for misuse of campaign funds. When it was revealed that he'd been carrying on an affair with a staffer, Edwards paid quite a bit of hush money, and it appears quite a bit of the payment was campaign funds. Stepping out on your wife as she dies of cancer is pretty miserable, but misusing campaign finance money is illegal.

During the time Edwards was paying to hush up his mistress, the legacy media was aware of the events, and had even looked into it, then let it drop. As Slate notes, the LA Times specifically told its blog to not write about the story, not investigate it, and let it go. There were bigger fish to fry: President Bush had to be stopped, no matter what.

Meanwhile, Huffington Post contributor and Columbia University professor David Epstein has pled guilty of incest in New York city. Robert Stacy McCain has been covering this story pretty well but you can barely find any whisper of it in the legacy media. Imagine if a major blogger and right wing voice was guilty of incest, say, Laura Ingraham. You think maybe that would get media coverage? Could that possibly end up as comedian and SNL fodder for years to come? Maybe Colbert Report and The Daily Show would mock sister-molesting right wingers for weeks? Just maybe?
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George Soros made hundreds of billions of dollars devaluing currency worldwide once he'd grown up and stopped selling out fellow Jews to the Nazis. Today he spends that money on leftist causes and desperately attempting to destroy anyone he disagrees with politically. At NPR, where they get millions from Soros, some of the workers there are getting a bit uncomfortable at getting so much from such a partisan source, according to Jim Romenesko at the Poynter Institute:
NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard says “a deep current of concern has run through the newsroom” about taking money from Soros. A longtime producer tells her:
I do have problems with it precisely because he is so left wing and were he on the other side I would still have problems with it. I don’t have a problem with people supporting particular causes but I do have a problem when obvious partisanship spills over into your support of those causes.
I wouldn't care so much if they weren't getting federal dollars as well. The partisan lean of NPR is obvious to anyone to the right of Michael Moore, its just too bad we're forced to support them with tax dollars.

Putting the debt in perspective, Jeff Cox at CNBC notes that the United States spends $4,000,000,000 more each day than it takes in with taxes and other revenue. At least in terms of that expense, the US is worse off than Italy or Spain.

New York, not such a great place to live, according to Fred Siegel at City Journal. He runs down some numbers:
  • For more than 15 years, more people have left the state than entered
  • 36 percent of New Yorkers under 30 are planning to leave over the next five years
  • New York has the 15 highest-taxed counties in the country
  • More than 80 percent of the new jobs are in the city’s five lowest-paying sectors
  • a New Yorker would have to make $123,322 a year to have the same standard of living as someone making $50,000 in Houston
  • In Manhattan, a $60,000 salary is equivalent to someone making $26,092 in Atlanta
But other than that, great place to live. If you're part of the Democratic Party system.

America-hating pro Muslim Mohammed El-Baradei is known for his opposition to investigations into Iranian nuclear weapon creation and willingness to lie about it, but lately even he has been worried about Egypt. He warns the country is decaying into chaos, saying People don't feel secure, they're buying guns. Right now, socially, we are disintegrating. Economically we are not in the best state. Politically it’s -- it’s like a black hole. We do not know where we are heading.”

No one really knows what Egypt will end up as, but the Islamic Brotherhood is gaining in power and is, despite Obama administration and leftist pundit claims, not a peaceful 'mostly secular' organization. That's what happens when you have revolution without leadership, you just have chaos that a strong man ends up in control of.

South Park is a crude, often obscene, but usually funny and powerful satire show that mocks everything and everyone, including themselves. When they try to poke fun at Christians, nobody cares, but when they poke fun at Islam, they get censored by their own network and death threats from Muslims. One such threat came from Jesse Curtis Morton, also known as Younus Abdullah Mohammad. Mr Morton has the website RevolutionMuslim and he has been convicted to 25 years in prison for threatening the makers of South Park. Incidentally (not mentioned in the CNN story or pretty much anywhere in the legacy media), Mr Morton was an Obama for President campaign worker in 2008. Hope. Change.

Administrative Law Judge David B Daugherty has never met a Social Security applicant he didn't want to help. Tina Korbe writes at Hot Air:
In 2005, Daugherty’s disability benefits approval rate stood at 90 percent — but it has only gone up from there. From 2006 to 2008, he approved benefits about 95 percent of the time. Then, last year, he upped the ante to 99.7 percent — and is on track to increase that what little bit he can in 2011.
Either this guy gets a ton of people who genuinely qualify for government aid, or he just likes to give it away. Its not his money, after all. Judge Daugherty scoffs at stingier judges, saying they "act like it’s their own damn money we’re giving away."

The story gets more interesting the more you dig into it. One specific lawyer advertises that he'll "get the job done" for people seeking Social Security benefits; Judge Daugherty is specifically picking that lawyer's clients to adjudicate even though the system is supposed to pick them randomly.

Wikileaks keeps supporting and vindicating the Bush administration, likely without meaning to. Rowan Scarborough at the Washington Times writes:
Before the interrogations, the U.S. knew little about al Qaeda in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Years later, the CIA and military had accumulated a large database of ongoing plots and the identities of terrorists, the WikiLeaks files show.
More importantly, we learn from these leaks that the Bush team could have used leaks to justify and defend their names against outrageous charges by the left, but did not because it would damage national security and the war on terror. As Marc Thiessen notes:
“Without this program, we would not have gone nearly 10 years without another catastrophic attack on the homeland. This is quite possibly the most important, and most successful, intelligence program in modern times. But instead of medals, the people behind this program have been given subpoenas.”
Yes, but this is about politics, not the truth.

And finally, remember the "stimulus" package? You won't forget it if I can help it. Millions of dollars were sent to companies (mostly for "green" energy startups and ideas) who owed millions in unpaid taxes. I guess when your cabinet is made up of several tax cheats, a business that doesn't pay taxes isn't that much cause for alarm but sending them even more money?

And that's the Word Around the Net for May 27, 2011.

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