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Friday, July 13, 2012

WORD AROUND THE NET

"It was so hot, Eric Holder was smuggling water pistols"
-Jay Leno

Crusader Loot
Condoleeza Rice for VP candidate on the Romney ticket? There's a lot of speculation going around but I just don't see it happening. She reminds people too much of the Bush years, which still aren't comfortable for Republicans and there are too many Iraq invasion complaints fresh that it would kick over again. But as Drew M suggests, this is a good way to distract the press like a squirrel distracts a dog. Plus, her political leanings are probably even more leftward than Romney, and he needs someone more conservative to shore up his base.

Romney meanwhile went to speak at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Yeah, the NAACP has "colored" in the name. While there, he was booed for some statements, cheered and applauded for others (particularly his statements on charter schools, vouchers, and marriage. He got a standing ovation at the end of his remarks, but the legacy media only focused on the booing. ABC News even made this comment in their coverage:
Romney, a white Mormon whose father ran for president when blacks weren't even allowed to join the priesthood, told Obama's most reliable supporters that they have been let down by the country's first black president.
Yeah, they went there. Meanwhile, some black commentators are saying that while they don't agree with Romney on everything, they appreciated him showing up and not trying to deceive them or pander to them.

Israel is the site of a recent treasure find. In the ruins of castle Arsuf, nine miles from Tel Aviv, a thousand-year-old horde of gold coins from the crusaders was uncovered from beneath a tile floor. Gold coins, particularly from this time period, are rare and the coins weigh 14 ounces, which makes their value over $21,000 in today's prices, no including antiquity and historical value.

San Bernardino is the third California city to declare bankruptcy, unable to maintain its spending while taxes continually drop due to businesses fleeing a hostile environment. California is heavily in debt, and part of the reason can be traced to this statistic: the state of California has a third of the nation's welfare receipients and an eighth of the nation's total population. Other California cities that have collapsed into bankruptcy are Stockton and Vallejo. Are they just the first dominos to fall? I fear so, and fear it will accelerate.

Eager to get even more people on welfare, the USDA is sponsoring Spanish language Soap Opera-style radio "novellas" that are all about how you can get on the dole. Caroline May writes at the Daily Caller:
Each novela, comprising a 10-part series called “PARQUE ALEGRIA,” or “HAPPINESS PARK,” presents a semi-dramatic scenario involving characters convincing others to get on food stamps, or explaining how much healthier it is to be on food stamps.

The majority of
the episodes end with the announcer encouraging the listener to tune in again to see if the skeptic applies for benefits or learns to understand the importance of food stamps to their health.

“Will Claudia convince Ramon to apply for SNAP?” the announcer exclaims at the end of a standard episode titled “The Poet,” “Don’t miss our next episode of ‘HAPPINESS PARK.’”
Because having one out of every seven people dependent on food stamps in America isn't enough for the Obama administration.

Related are these charts, courtesy the American Enterprise Institute.

Workers per MedicareThis is a combination of the awful unemployment in the US, the aging boomer population, and a specific and deliberate effort by the left to get as many people as possible on government assistance. Who's going to pay for all this?

Following the Air Force pattern, the US Navy is implementing unmanned marine drones, robotic submarines piloted remotely by sailors. These devices are very reasonable and logical but its a lot easier to broadcast commands over the air than through water, so the technical challenges have been greater.

Mister Sato had a dream: a cheeseburger like no other. He went to Burger King, which famously advertises they'll build you a hamburger any way you like, and ordered one with a thousand slices of cheese. The manager of the fast food restaurant said he'd have it in three days, and he delivered. The burger weighed 25 pounds and was several feet tall. RocketNews24 is behind this stunt, the same folks who got a burger with over 1000 pieces of bacon on it before. Mangers of restaurants actually like this kind of thing for two reasons. First, its good publicity, and that means more customers and profit. Second, addons to food price at significantly more than their expense, so they can sell a slice of cheese costing them a few pennies for 50 cents or more each. And that adds up to a lot of profit for just a little work, and food costs are one of the biggest headaches of any food service manager.

When President Bush was in office, 5-6% unemployment was called awful and considered sign of a recession. Barack Obama criticized the Bush administration for a month in which only 310,000 jobs were created - more than four times the number of jobs created last month in America. With unemployment remaining over 8% in America - higher than the Obama administration said it would reach if the "stimulus" package wasn't passed* - the legacy media is working on new ways to write about unemployment so it doesn't look so bad. Take this recent Associated Press article, courtesy Tom Blumer at Newsbusters:
Unemployment is expected to stay above 9 percent through the midterm elections in November. And the Fed predicts joblessness could still be as high as 7.5 percent two years from now. Normal is considered closer to 6 percent, and economists say it will probably take until the middle of this decade to achieve that.
Well when life gives you lemons to write about, you squeeze the story until you can find a way to help the Democrat. Previously, 5% was the generally accepted limit of normal unemployment before it was bad news.

When Border Enforcement officer Brian Terry was killed by Mexican drug gangsters using weapons handed them by the Obama administration's Fast & Furious program, he was fighting back with beanbag rounds. According to my research, a beanbag non lethal round has an effective range of... twenty feet, with a maximum range of around seventy feet. His opponents were using automatic weapons. Why the beanbags? Justice Department policy under Eric Holder, so no illegal immigrants can be harmed.

*UPDATE: Afraid someone might actually be hurt by beanbags, the immigration department now is telling agents to run away, and if that doesn't work, to "throw things" at murderous, bloodthirsty drug gang members. Yeah, that ought to do it.

Eager to prevent more deaths resulting from the inexcusable, evil Fast & Furious policy, the Obama administration has ordered four border patrol stations closed along the Mexican border. Fewer agents on the ground = less chance of them being hurt by weapons handed to bloodthirsty, murderous drug cartels.

Affirmative Action sounds so very positive! Its affirmative! It takes action! Except it effectively is racial discrimination, and chooses to affect people negatively based on their ethnic background, the exact opposite of what it is supposed to combat. And Asians tend to oppose these policies, because it tends to exclude them from colleges and universities for more preferred, rare ethnic backgrounds such as blacks.

Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty has issued an executive order reducing the wages of all government workers in the city to minimum wage ($7.25 an hour). He did so because the city refused to agree to a tax increase, and the idea that perhaps spending ought to be reduced is simply unacceptable to him. City workers are suing the mayor, since this represents a massive cut to their wages.

Massachusetts has begun leaning a bit less radically to the left, at least in its legislature. They recently passed a welfare reform bill, which among other things blocked the use of food stamp cards in casinos and other non-food-related businesses. However, another provision in the bill prohibited the use of welfare funds for expenses such as tattoos, piercings, porn, manicures, and jewelry. Governor Deval Patrick has had enough of this, and put his foot down, vetoing that last provision. How could he possibly justify this? Caroline May writes at the Daily Caller:
...by saying the move was “political grandstanding” at a time when such reforms are already on track elsewhere.

“I’m not going to do anything that makes vulnerable people beg for their benefits. This notion of humiliating poor people has got to be separated from how we make a program, and frankly separated and disposed of, from how we make a program work and work well.
... uh, sure governor, whatever you say.

Lobbyists and leftist activist organization Health Care International is holding a White Trash party. Basically you dress up as a redneck trailer dwelling loser and just have a party as uusal. As I've written about in the past, these sort of parties are popular with the left, mocking poor white people and rednecks. I don't have a problem with lampooning white trash, but I note they'd consider mocking poor black people as horrific, racist, and evil.

Sixteen year old Abdularahman al-Awlaki was killed by a drone attack on his father and uncle in Afghanistan. He was an American boy who had no ties to terrorism or the Taliban, unlike his father and uncle, and he was just trying to find them and get to know them better when he was killed. While I think that's very tragic and unfortunate, it isn't costing me any sleep because the only reason he died was because his father and uncle are murderous scumbag terrorists who wouldn't have been targeted if they were just ordinary folks. They are why the son died, they are the ones to blame for his being in the line of fire. However, you'll notice that this sort of thing isn't a cause of much alarm or concern with the left, whereas they screamed as loud and long as possible during the Bush administration when anything remotely resembling this event took place.

I don't have any problem with drone attacks, I just think the Obama administration should stop zapping everyone instead of capturing some for interrogation.

According to a report by Examiner.com, every single state with a Republican governor saw the unemployment rate drop, across the whole USA. Now, correlation does not indicate causation, and there could be a host of factors why this is true, but it certainly suggests that maybe this might be something states might want to at least try.

Natural gas production in the United States is finally taking off like it should have decades ago. The amount of power produced by cleaner, abundant natural gas has equalled that of coal in April of this year. Meanwhile, the usual suspects are working as hard as they possibly can to hinder and ban natural gas collection.

Defying the usual understanding of Democrats being foes of spying, the Obama administration has ordered an increase of intelligence gathering... on Jews. The administration is very worried that Israel might act to stop Iran's nuclear power production and apparentlky considers them a military threat to peace and stability in the middle east.

Confirming the historical records of the Medieval and Roman Warm periods, tree ring data from Europe indicates that the weather was quite warm for an extended time in both those epochs. The tree rings also suggest that the climate of the area cooled steadily for the last two thousand years. Some have trumpeted this as proof that global warming is bunk, but the data isn't totally conclusive and it is only from Europe, not globally. Other, previous studies have demonstrated both warming periods were measured in places as distant as Australia, however, which does destroy Michael "Piltdown" Mann's absurd "hockey stick graph." Yes, Greenland did really used to be green, and it had trees. They did really grow grapes for wine in northern England. There are still some palm trees hanging on in Cornwall.

Other English news is a bit more bleak and grim. Among the information discovered in the trial and conviction of nine Muslim "asian" men for multiple cases of child abuse and rape, it was discovered that the authorities knew what was going on and didn't take action. Soeren Kern at the Gatestone Institute reports:
A three-month trial that recently ended in Liverpool, where nine Muslim men were found guilty of raping dozens of British children, revealed that police and social workers in northern England repeatedly refuse to investigate Muslim paedophile gangs: they said they are afraid of being called racist.
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On May 29, Rotherham Council's Safeguarding Children Board published a so-called Serious Case Review, but key politically incorrect passages which reveal that they had known she was at particular risk from "Asian men" (Muslim men) were blocked out with black lines.

The council went to court in an attempt to suppress the hidden information after an uncensored copy of the report was leaked to a British newspaper, but the legal action was eventually abandoned. The uncensored report confirmed that Child S had pursued dealings with 15 different agencies, and identified "numerous missed opportunities" to protect her; observers believe the agencies failed to do so because they did not want to be branded as racist.
The report goes on to list multiple similar examples of authorities protecting criminals out of a sense of political correctness and fear of being considered racist or bigoted. As Ra's Al Ghul pointed out in Batman Begins: criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding.

Rush Limbaugh used to do a regular feature called the SUV update where he'd mock media coverage of an event involving an SUV. Almost inevitably, they would describe the vehicle as if it was driving its self, blaming the SUV for a crime. This wasn't done with any other car, because it was a specific effort to shape perception of the vehicles as bad because of global warming fears. Well the press is still at it, but this time the motivation is different: the driver is an illegal alien, who you must protect at all costs from negative publicity. Or seem racist.

Occupy is in the news again, this time police have gathered DNA evidence that links the occupy's effort to prevent subway revenues to an unsolved 2004 murder case. It seems that the occupy guys chained open a gate in Brooklyn to protest... having to buy tokens to ride the subway, or something, and on that chain they found DNA which was also at the crime scene. Occupy sprung to help find this murderer in their midst, eager to help the police find justice... no, not really.

Blackouts which plagued the east coast of the US for over a week are finally being resolved, but Maryland's Pepco power company is charging customers for the power they didn't get during the blackout. I've decided to charge people for not buying my book. That will be $1.99, your bill will be in the mail.

Opossums are apparently immune to nearly every form of poison. I did not know this, but researchers did, and are working on how to take advantage of that. They believe they've found the answer, and Jason Bittel at Bittel Me This has the report:
So they took some rats and injected them with LTNF, then pumped them full of otherwise lethal doses of venom from Thailand cobras, Australian taipans, Brazilian rattlesnakes, scorpions and honeybees. But the rats just laughed in their faces.
The researches even tried insanely lethal ricin and botulinium toxins, and the rats were apparently unaffected. The protein simply breaks down the poison before it can do damage and neutralizes it. Well maybe those horrible vermin are valuable to us after all. As long as I don't grow a pouch.

Everyone already knew that unions spent a lot of the cash they raise from worker dues on political action rather than bettering their workers' plight. The bulk of union dues goes to fat salaries and swank digs for the union bosses, but the political spending is more than was earlier believed. A lot more, according to Tom McGinty and Brody Mullins at the Irish Wall Street Journal:
Organized labor spends about four times as much on politics and lobbying as generally thought, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis, a finding that shines a light on an aspect of labor's political activity that has often been overlooked.

Previous estimates have focused on labor unions' filings with federal election officials, which chronicle contributions made directly to federal candidates and union spending in support of candidates for Congress and the White House.
And if you complain or want your dues to not be used in this way, you only have to make a formal, written complaint, take it to a grievance board, and hope they obey federal law that compels them to not use your money in this manner. And hope you keep your job and don't get an arm broken. During the Bush administration the National Labor Relations Board was beefed up and focused heavily on these complaints and forcing compliance, but that was slashed under the Obama administration in favor of union-boosting efforts.

Russia's cable TV providers are feeling government pressure for the content they carry. A major cable provider Akado temporarily dropped several major news channels from America, claiming contract disputes and circumstances beyond their control. CNN, NBC's various news shows, and Bloomberg News were all dropped for a few days, then re added. It should be noted that this action took place the day after the Russian parliament passed a lwa expanding government control over local Internet. Hey, CNN may be a mess but it will report things like "guy who criticized Putin dies of polonium radiation poisoning" and they just can't be doing that in Russia.

Figure this one out. In hearings trying to portray voter ID laws as evil and racist, someone claiming they would be banned from voting for not having ID flew to Washington DC to testify. J Christian Adams at PJ Media wants to know how they could have done that, since you cannot board a commercial airplane in America without photo ID.

Speaking of Photo ID, Attorney General Eric Holder recently spoke to the NAACP about the topic, calling it racist and so on. The funny thing is, to get in to cover the event, reporters had to show photo ID. Clearly, this was an attempt to disenfranchise reporters due to bigotry. What else could it possibly be?

President Obama, Democrat candidate and sitting President of the United States, is not polling well among white working middle class folks. "Blue collar" workers - non office workers, laborers - support the president at a rate of around 29% which is below national party membership in the Democratic Party. Democrats used to be portrayed as the party of the little guy, the worker, the middle class. I guess not any more.

House Republicans are looking at ending the biofuels subsidy for corn ethanol in the United States. Proven wasteful, not any cleaner than gas, and the source of food shortages, these subsidies never made sense to begin with, but don't expect any such ban to make it past the Democrats. And I'd be shocked if this effort to end the subsidies went anywhere if the Republicans gained control of both houses of congress as some predict may happen in November. Its safe and easy to do this when you know it won't go anywhere.

Throwing criminals in prison and not letting them out does appear to reduce crime, oddly enough. Toby Helm and Jamie Doward at the Guardian report:
Tougher prison sentences reduce crime, particularly burglary, according to ground-breaking research.

The study, by academics at Birmingham University, also found that during periods when police detect more offences, crime tends to fall overall, suggesting that levels of police activity – and therefore of staffing – have a direct impact on criminal activity.
Most people would call this "common sense."

Disability
President Obama is making some moves toward punishing cities which declare themselves "sanctuaries" for illegal aliens. Most large cities in the United States, particularly on the west coast, refuse to prosecute or investigate immigration status of anyone in their jurisdiction, by policy. Given his other actions on illegal immigration, such as suing Arizona for trying to enforce immigration law, I'm skeptical that this is anything but an election year stunt, but I hope it isn't.

Yoga instructor Alice Van Ness was fired for enforcing a "no cell phone use" policy in her classroom. The yoga classes were at the Facebook company HQ, and when a student whipped out her phone to start texting in the middle of a yogic pose, Van Ness gave her a dirty look and ended the session. She was then fired, because the student claimed Van Ness had "made a spectacle of her." People. Just put the phone down for a few minutes, okay?

In yet another executive order, President Obama has gutted the Clinton-era welfare reform work requirement that was passed with bipartisan support and praise from both parties. Again, the constitutionality of a law being simply ignored by the president is in question, but that's not a concern for this administration. This is about votes and getting more people dependent on the government, and its a higher calling than mere laws.

And that's the Word Around the Net for July 13, 2012

*Yes, as a matter of fact I am going to keep hammering that until President Obama is out of office.

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