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Archive for July, 2011

A Nuclear Reactor in Every Home

31st July 2011

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Sometime between 2020 and 2040, we will invent a practically unlimited energy source that will solve the global energy crisis. This unlimited source of energy will come from thorium. A summary of the benefits, from a recent announcement of the start of construction for a new prototype reactor:

• There is no danger of a melt-down like the Chernobyl reactor.
• It produces minimal radioactive waste.
• It can burn plutonium waste from traditional nuclear reactors.
• It is not suitable for the production of weapon grade materials.
• Global thorium reserves could cover our energy needs for thousands of years.

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Using Heat to Cool Buildings

31st July 2011

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It could soon be more practical to cool buildings using solar water heaters and waste heat from generators. That’s because of new porous materials developed by researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. These materials can improve a process called adsorption chilling, which can be used for refrigeration and air conditioning.

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China: Jihadists hijack truck, kill driver, plough truck into crowd on sidewalk, and murder six people at random.

31st July 2011

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But it’s all right — they were responding to decades of oppression, doncha know.

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The Real News

31st July 2011

David Friedman points out the many ways in which the news business isn’t.

Reading Google News, I am struck by the degree to which dramatic stories crowd out arguably more important material. The top of the page is dominated by the current U.S. debt limit crisis. It is an entertaining example of the game of Chicken as played by politicians but of limited importance otherwise, since both sides are focused not on how to deal with the long term debt problem but on the terms on which they will agree to postpone dealing with it.
Meanwhile there are at least two other stories getting considerably less play but arguably of more real importance.

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Go For The Trifecta

31st July 2011

The Other McCain has a dream.

If you consider the 16th & 17th Amendments, plus the Federal Reserve act in isolation, you can come up with one set of arguments. That’s the mathematical combination of three things, one at a time.

For those who aren’t paying attention, the 16th authorizes the Federal income tax and the 17th changed election of Senators from state legislators to direct popular vote.

Now, if you blow away all three of these federal zombies in one one shotgun chorus (great name for a band there), then you can undo the 1913 Progressive triumph of Woodrow [censored] Wilson. He may have emoted well about the need for Progress, and the imperfections of the Founding Fathers, but his ideas have proven ruinous.

I can supply that missing middle name; in fact, my insertion into that space would run several paragraphs.

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Group Calls on Congress to Suspend NIH Grants After China Receives $90 Million

31st July 2011

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A conservative group is calling on Congress to temporarily suspend funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after releasing a study that found the agency wasted half a billion dollars in taxpayer money on “bizarre projects,” and gave more than $90 million to China, America’s largest creditor, over the last decade for other research.

Funny how liberal groups never get up in arms about this kind of waste.

No wonder our national debt is bumping the limit.

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Ground Zero Worker Receives Compensation Check for Zero Dollars

31st July 2011

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Cancer-stricken Ground Zero worker Edgar Galvis has finally received a compensation check — for zero dollars, the New York Post reported Sunday.

The 51-year-old Queens man, who suffered sinus problems and then throat cancer after months of removing toxic debris from the World Financial Center, was relieved to get a check in the mail for his court settlement with Merrill Lynch, whose offices he had cleaned.

But he was stunned when he saw the amount: $0.00.

His award had been $10,005, but his lawyers at the firm Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli Bern lopped off $2,579 for unitemized legal expenses. Then they took a 33.3 percent fee of $2,124. They also subtracted $352, a fee to the lawyer who referred him.

The remaining $4,950 was withheld for unspecified “liens,” the letter says.

No wonder people hate lawyers.

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I Drive Therefore I am… Free

30th July 2011

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Here’s a piece that puts the transportation struggle in perspective.

Automobiles represent freedom.

Contrast cars with trains.

Trains and subways are an expression of the collective. Individual identity is erased. You are at the mercy of a state run system that turns  the citizen into a small cog manipulated by unmotivated, inefficient government bureaucrats.

That’s why Progressives-Liberals-Leftists are obsessed with high-speeed rail. The freedom of the road is repellent to statists who want to regulate/control diet, education, light bulbs, health care, your very geography.

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Everything I ever learned about marketing I learned from Dungeons and Dragons

30th July 2011

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And I’m sure this applies to World of Warcraft mutatis mutandis.

That’s your Rationalization of the Day. We now return you to your originally scheduled boring life.

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The Inequity of the Progressive Income Tax

30th July 2011

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A comprehensive exposition.

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New Study: We Need More Insane Leaders

30th July 2011

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We need more deranged leaders: mad science turns its baleful stare upon political science.  Nassir Ghaemi’s thesis is that certain types of mental illness make for better leaders.  Sanity is not only overrated, but saps a leader’s abilities.

Unfortunately, all we get are stupid, corrupt, and greedy ones.

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U.S. Muslim Soldier Who Said He Wanted To Show That Islam Is “Peaceful Religion” Got Bombmaking Recipe From Al-Qaeda

30th July 2011

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Well, there you go.

That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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Afghanistan: Islamic Jihadists Murder 19 Civilians With Roadside Bombs

30th July 2011

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When there aren’t any Jews or Americans handy, Muslims are quite happy to murder each other.

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Compliance Culture in Education

30th July 2011

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There’s a stunning lack of transparency when it comes to SEAs reporting basic staffing and budgeting data, making it difficult to analyze agency performance. Federal dollars, usually the dominant funding source for SEAs, are also typically tied to specific programs and employees, giving the state chief little control over how these funds are spent and thus little room to maneuver. Perhaps most important, though, is that these agencies are often overly focused on compliance, not reform.  “The traditional role of the SEA,” we observe, “is to administer state and federal funds, and customarily SEA employees have worked to ensure the SEA complies with the law rather than focusing on how to best help districts and schools increase student achievement.”

Well, he that pays the piper calls the tune. Yet another reason not to send your kid to a government school.

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Children Play Like Scientists Work

30th July 2011

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Young children play like scientists work, according to a new research project at MIT and Stanford University.

The findings, which were published in the journal Cognition, reveal how 4- and 5-year-olds approach games methodically.

Actually, the image that sprang immediately to mind is one of a child tugging on its mother’s clothing: ‘Mommy! Buy me a …..! Why can’t I have a …..? But I WANT it!’ Substitute ‘taxpayer’ for mommy and the picture is complete.

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The Bat-Equation

30th July 2011

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Assuming, of course, that Commissioner Gordon knows how to use Mathematica.

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New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism

30th July 2011

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NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Andrew Klavan: The Facts of Life for Liberals

29th July 2011

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UK: Cataracts, Hips, Knees and Tonsils: NHS Begins Rationing Operations

29th July 2011

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Well, that’s what happens when the government provides your health care.

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Turkey’s Entire Military Command Quits Over Row With Government

29th July 2011

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Gen Isik Kosaner, the head of the Turkish armed forces, quit his post along with the heads of the ground, naval and air forces in protest over government pressure to sack scores of serving officers they wished to promote.

Well. There it is.

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Apparently Not Noticing Sexism Makes It Worse.

29th July 2011

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Behaviors can be classified as “modern sexism,” “neosexism,” or “benevolent sexism.” The study explicitly states its intention to reduce endorsement of these and encourage “individuals ‘to see the unseen.’ ” So, they want men and women to accept and apply certain definitions of sexism in their daily lives. That’s a pretty political aim for a scientific study in a peer-reviewed journal.

 

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Food Nannies Want the Government to Control Your Diet.

29th July 2011

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“Perhaps you’ve noticed the trend among certain people these days,” wrote Neil Genzlinger in The New York Times the other day, “to decide that certain other people are not living acceptable lives and must be reformed.”

Yes. There certainly is a lot of that going around.

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A Justice Dept. ‘Fast & Furious’ coverup?

29th July 2011

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In a series of hearings, Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley have been systematically dismantling the administration’s preposterous claim that no one in the Justice Department — which oversees the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – knew anything about the so-called gun-tracking operation.

In Fast and Furious, ATF officials encouraged “straw buyers” in Arizona — including two convicted felons who should have been stopped by the FBI – to purchase more than 2,000 heavy-duty firearms, including AK-47 variants and .50-caliber sniper rifles, and then resell them to the Mexican drug cartels, allegedly to trace and stop crossborder arms trafficking.

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ME researchers ‘receive death threats from sufferers’

29th July 2011

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Scientists researching new treatments for ME claim they have received death threats from sufferers angered by suggestions the syndrome may have a mental explanation.

The illness, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, is triggered by infections in the blood which are not fully understood.

 

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Stem cell treatment ‘could prevent MS brain damage’

29th July 2011

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Paolo Muraro, lead researcher on the study based at Imperial College, London, said: ”This is the first time that researchers from around the world have come together to test stem cell therapies in MS in such a large-scale clinical trial.

”A trial of this scale would be impossible to run in one location which is why this type of collaboration is essential if we are to make progress in this field.”

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Londonistan: Shariah-Controlled Zones

29th July 2011

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We posted a couple of weeks ago about the appearance of “shariah-controlled zone” posters in the Waltham Forest area of East London. There was some speculation in the comments on that post about whether these posters were authentically Islamic, or whether they were perhaps put up by anti-jihad activists trying to discredit Muslims. And they did seem somewhat more explicitly fundamentalist than most Muslim propaganda, with the possible exception of the ravings of the notorious firebrand Anjem Choudary.

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Libyan rebel leader shot dead ‘by own side’

29th July 2011

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Gen Abdel Fattah Younes was shot dead along with two of his aides, said Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the leader of the Transitional National Council [TNC], although he did not blame the rebels and said the circumstances were unclear.

Yup, ‘unclear’ pretty much sums it up. I’m curious as to what the Obamanation was hoping to accomplish by recognizing these clowns as the legitimate government  of Libya.

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Programming, women, and H1-B

29th July 2011

Steve Sailer recognizes that modern politics is a joint effort by the Upper Crust and the Lower Crust against the Middle.

But, here’s another factor that helped drive American women away from programming careers: H-1B. Bill Gates and other zillionaires have added even more billions to their fortunes by getting the government to let in lots of foreign programmers to do for less money the lower level programming that American women tended to be doing. Logically, feminists should therefore have been anti-Bill Gates and anti H-1B, but logic doesn’t play a big role in modern America in determining which Diversity Card trumps which. As a general Hi-Lo v. Middle rule, rich guys playing the race card against average whites are likely to win.

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UK: NHS delays operations ‘as it waits for patients to die or go private’

29th July 2011

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Executives believe the delays mean some people will remove themselves from lists “either by dying or by paying for their own treatment” claims the report, by an independent watchdog that advises the NHS.

So naturally we want that sort of government-run health care sysem in the U.S.

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Pakistan: Muslim murders six daughters in honor killing

29th July 2011

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“He does not regret what he did. He boasted that he would do it all over again if he had to.”

It is no accident or coincidence that Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.

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Wall Street Still Gives Big Cash to Obama

29th July 2011

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But Republicans are still the Party of the Rich™ and of Wall Street, of course. Facts have nothing to do that that.

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UK Boffins Print Out Working 3D Aeroplane

29th July 2011

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A team from the University of Southampton has produced the world’s first fully “printed” airworthy plane – a 1.5-metre-wingspan UAV created in just five days by selective laser sintering (SLS).

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AWOL Soldier Arrested Over Concerns of Second Alleged Fort Hood Attack Claimed Religious Harassment During Basic Training

29th July 2011

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Poor iddle baby. Everybody gets harassed during basic training, for one reason or another. That’s part of the basic training experience. They try to weed out people who can’t cope with stress. Obviously they missed one.

“Some of them would say I hate Jews, some of them even asked me, ‘Would you kill your own family? Are you sure you’re not on the wrong side?’” Abdo told FoxNews.com exclusively during a phone interview last September. “It was daily. It was daily for sure.”

Now he knows what Christians go through every day in Muslim countries. They, however, don’t react by planning to murder people.

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Arctic Scientist Under Investigation

28th July 2011

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A federal wildlife biologist whose observation that polar bears likely drowned in the Arctic helped galvanize the global warming movement during the last decade was placed on administrative leave while officials investigate scientific misconduct allegations.

While it wasn’t clear what the exact allegations are, a government watchdog group representing Anchorage-based scientist Charles Monnett said investigators have focused on his 2006 journal article about the bears that garnered worldwide attention.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Want Jobs? Cut Local Regulations

28th July 2011

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Lost amid the hand-wringing and focus on Washington, D.C., however, is the unhelpful role of state governments in making joblessness worse.

Their harmful method is occupational licensure. By imposing onerous and usually pointless requirements on those wishing to enter a trade or line of work, state legislatures erect needless barriers around occupations perfectly suited for those entering the work force, midcareer switchers, and pink-slip recipients. Only one in 20 workers needed the government’s permission to pursue their chosen occupation in the 1950s, notes University of Minnesota Prof. Morris Kleiner. Today that figure is nearly one in three.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

There’s usually more to these licenses than filling out some paperwork and paying a small fee. Most come with government-dictated educational requirements, examinations, minimum age and grade levels, and other hurdles. Only three states (Florida, Nevada and Louisiana) and Washington, D.C. regulate interior designers, but the barriers to entry are astonishing. Governments demand enough educational and apprenticeship hours to keep newcomers out for almost 2,200 days. They must pass an exam created by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications, an industry group, and pay fees totaling $364.

And don’t get me started on the Bar exam….

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Morrissey compares fast food to Norway massacre

28th July 2011

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To people who see no real difference between people and animals, this makes perfect sense.

Let’s have him for lunch.

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Rand Paul Slams John McCain: ‘Rather Be a Hobbit Than a Troll’

28th July 2011

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And you can’t say any fairer than that.

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Famed Fossil Isn’t a Bird After All, Analysis Says

28th July 2011

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One of the world’s most famous fossil creatures, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis suggests it isn’t a bird at all.

Chinese scientists are proposing a change to the evolutionary family tree that boots Archaeopteryx off the “bird” branch and onto a closely related branch of birdlike dinosaurs.

Well, that’s a disappointment.

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Foie gras diplomatic spat between France and Germany intensifies

28th July 2011

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Well, I’m certainly glad they haven’t anything more important to worry about.

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In the Pirates’ Lair

28th July 2011

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For years, Somali pirates have been hijacking ships off the coast of Somalia. For years, the United States and what we credulously call “the international community” have not been able to figure out what to do about it. As a result, more and more vessels are being attacked over a widening expanse of ocean; violence is increasing while ransoms rise.

Jay Bahadur, a resourceful 27-year-old Canadian journalist, found this situation irresistible. He made his way to Somalia and did what good journalists do: ask questions — mostly while sipping sweet tea and chewing khat, an intoxicating plant to which an astonishing number of Somalis are addicted. The result: The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World.

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Three-Dimensional Photonic Crystals Shine

28th July 2011

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For the first time, researchers have made high-quality three-dimensional photonic crystals and used them to make a highly efficient light-emitting diode (LED). Three-dimensional photonic crystals promise to boost the performance of just about any optical device, be it a display, a solar cell, or an efficient lightbulb—but until now, no one had been able to make them using commercially viable methods or workable materials. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are now working on solar cells based on the structures.

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NYC fires shot at Silicon Valley tech dominance

28th July 2011

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is firing a shot across the bow of Silicon Valley, saying he wants New York City to surpass the California region as the world capital of technology startup.

Bloomberg says the city plans to offer nearly-free real estate and up to $100 million in infrastructure upgrades to a university that commits to creating a world-class science and engineering campus.

In the Good Old Days, rich people funded their own utopian ideas — if you were into education, you gave your own money to accomplish that, and we wound up with places like Carnegie-Mellon and Stanford. The modern path is to use part of your riches to get elected to public office, where you can impose your vision on society at taxpayer expense.

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If Your Government Check Stops Due to the Debt Limit: Blame Obama

28th July 2011

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I was shocked (er, sort of) to learn that each month the Treasury Department sends out 80 million checks to various recipients. That’s a little over 25% of the population. I guess it’s no surprise, however, when you consider only half the households in our country pay any income taxes.

Yeah, a real surprise.

Lately, President Obama has been beating the scare drum, suggesting those most vulnerable will not receive their monthly checks unless we increase the debt ceiling.  But there’s a dirty little secret that no one in the mainstream media is willing to tell you: the Government, through Barack Obama, decides who gets paid and who doesn’t. And if you don’t get your check, then it means he decided you were not important. Blame him.

Prediction: If checks stop coming, no one who belongs to an identifiable Democrat constituency (fashionable minority, union member, lobbyist) will come up empty.

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Obama Taking Heat over Proposed Fuel Economy Standard

28th July 2011

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Yet to be explained: How it is the legitimate business of the Federal government what mileage cars get.

 

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Florida Judge Declares State’s Drug Law Unconstitutional

28th July 2011

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The law was challenged on the grounds that it does not include an intent requirement, meaning that a defendant can be convicted of a cocaine offense in Florida even if the defendant did not know he was selling cocaine. Or, as the judge put it in her ruling, in Florida, a “person is guilty of a drug offense if he delivers a controlled substance without regard to whether he does so purposefully, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently.”

Florida is the only state in the nation to have expressly eliminated intent as an element of drug offenses, according to the ruling.

“Other states have rejected such a draconian and unreasonable construction of the law that would criminalize the ‘unknowing’ possession of a controlled substance,” Judge Scriven wrote, concluding that Florida’s drug law is unconstitutional “on its face.”

Well done, thou good and faithful (public) servant. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of laws on the books, especially federal laws, where you can get it packed up your pooper regardless of intent (which has always been a component of criminal offenses, until the present degenerate age).

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Obama: More than Twice the Debt in Half the Time as Bush

28th July 2011

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A recent “infographic” released by the White House tries to assign the blame for our massive debt and deficits to former President Bush and Republican Congresses.  However, the graphic conveniently omits President Obama’s record and his plans for the fiscal future of our country.

Always an overachiever, is our Barry.

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Walnuts Are Drugs, Says FDA

28th July 2011

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Because Diamond Foods made truthful claims about the health benefits of consuming walnuts that the FDA didn’t approve, it sent the company a letter declaring, “Your walnut products are drugs” — and “new drugs” at that — and, therefore, “they may not legally be marketed … in the United States without an approved new drug application.” The agency even threatened Diamond with “seizure” if it failed to comply.

I am not making this up.

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McDonald’s to Kids: Apple Slices For All, Whether or Not You Want Them

28th July 2011

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Every Happy Meal shall henceforth contain apple slices, according to a decree from McDonald’s HQ today, which boasts that the change is part of “a comprehensive plan [that] aims to help customers—especially families and children—make nutrition-minded choices whether visiting McDonald’s or eating elsewhere.”

Well, (a) it doesn’t help customers,  it forces customers; apple slices were always an option; and (b) the definition of ‘nutrition-minded’ is that of external advocacy groups, not the company or the purchasers.

And while USA Today reports that the company is claiming the apple incursion is “absolutely not” a response to growing regulatory threats from local, state, and federal governments, the Associated Press is reporting that First Lady Michelle Obama is pleased.

In other words, they caved to outside pressure, and lied to save face. Practicing to be a government agency, you might say.

And always the threat of binding legal requirements lurk in the background.

Sort of a metaphor for life.

McDonald’s changes are voluntary, but they happened because McDonald’s exists in a world where trans fat bans are a reality, and junk food taxes are fodder for The New York Times op-ed page. Regulating food intended for kids is an easier sell, but the state is really just taking away parents’ choices. And once adults are no longer free to choose for their kids, why let them go on choosing for themselves?

Why, indeed? Freedom of choice isn’t a ‘progressive’ value unless it comes to killing  your unborn child.

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Koreans produce $3m glow-in-the-dark dog

28th July 2011

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We have the technology.

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Pro Golfer Has Bag, Clubs, $8G Watch Stolen at Illinois Charity Event

28th July 2011

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Pro golfer Ricky Barnes had his wallet, golf bag, clubs and an $8,000 watch stolen from the trunk of his car at a Chicago area charity tournament, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

That’s charity Chicago-style. Spread the wealth around a little.

On an entirely unrelated note, it’s good to see Rahm Emmanuel settle into his new job so quickly.

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