Here's Mr. Articulate when the teleprompter goes down
Friday, October 23, 2009
There's a reason "progressive" like these bastions of "progressive" beliefs..... they're nice and white......
Among the media, academia and within planning circles, there’s a generally standing answer to the question of what cities are the best, the most progressive and best role models for small and mid-sized cities. The standard list includes Portland, Seattle, Austin, Minneapolis, and Denver. In particular, Portland is held up as a paradigm, with its urban growth boundary, extensive transit system, excellent cycling culture, and a pro-density policy. These cities are frequently contrasted with those of the Rust Belt and South, which are found wanting, often even by locals, as “cool” urban places.
But look closely at these exemplars and a curious fact emerges. If you take away the dominant Tier One cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles you will find that the “progressive” cities aren’t red or blue, but another color entirely: white.
In fact, not one of these “progressive” cities even reaches the national average for African American percentage population in its core county. Perhaps not progressiveness but whiteness is the defining characteristic of the group.
That probably explains why "progressives" love Sweden so much.
1) Win war in Iraq
2) Win war in Afghanistan
3) Meet Valdimir Putin in Moscow
4) Call CDC to make sure we have we have enough flu vaccine.........
Well, is it still George Bush's fault we don't have enough R2D2 vaccine?
If you're not in line for free H1N1 vaccinations in Butler County today, it's too late, health officials said.
Butler County Health department director Pat Burg e-mailed a statement at 10:49 a.m. that no more people could be accepted for the vaccinations "due to the overwhelming response." The clinic, which is designed for high-priority patients, continues Saturday.
I think it is.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, initially dubbed Sarko the American for his pro-U.S. stance, is finding it much tougher to deal with Washington than he had anticipated and is recalibrating his policies accordingly.
Stung by perceived snubs from U.S. President Barack Obama and encouraged by the growing importance of the G20, Sarkozy is increasingly reaching out to non-aligned states in an effort to extend France's international influence.
He has forged especially close ties with Brazil, is seeking alliances in central Asia and is intensifying his activities in the Middle East, using multi-billion dollar military and civilian nuclear trade deals as his calling card.
These initiatives are being played out against a discordant tone in Franco-American relations. This lack of harmony does not constitute a crisis, but is nonetheless raising eyebrows.
"Sarkozy has clearly been thrown off course in his relations with America," said Didier Billion, a senior researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS).
See, Gordon, Nick and Roger need to understand what they need to do to get some love from Obama. I'm going to lay it out for them here.
1) Start a military coup and start raping and pillaging some banana republic.
2) Get a photo op with Fidel and Hugo.
3) Send some enriched uranium to Mamoud with a card that reads "thought you could use this".
4) Help the Palestinians launch a few rockets into Israel.
5) Go to the UN and condemn the US for it's imperial ambitions throughout the world.
Do those things, and you'll get a visit from the Billary in about three days. Then, about week after that, Obama will show up with his entourage to let you know how wonderful it is for you to know him.
Otherwise, you going to have to settle with a bad collection of DVD's from Walmart and stale donuts in the White House press room.
Where the White House has gone way overboard is in its decision to treat Fox as an outright enemy and to go public with the assault. Imagine the outcry if the Bush administration had pulled a similar hissy fit with MSNBC. “Opinion journalism masquerading as news,” White House communications director Anita Dunn declared of Fox. Certainly Fox tends to report its news with a conservative slant -- but has anyone at the White House clicked over to MSNBC recently? Or is the only problem opinion journalism that doesn’t match its opinion? On "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace replayed a quote from an Obama interview: “I don't always get my most favorable coverage on Fox, but I think that's part of how democracy is supposed to work. You know, we're not supposed to all be in lock step here.”
It takes the Gekko's an hour to get to either CVG or DAY. If we go to CVG and park in long term parking, make it an extra 1/2 just to get to the terminal.
Then the FAA tells you to get to the airport two hours before your flight to check in, receive your cavity search, etc.
Then you have flight time, which if every thing goes to plan take about 2 hours. Finally, you have to get a rental car drive to your destination.
I figure, if every thing goes well, you are 8 to ten hours on a normal flight.
That doesn't count the convenience of being treated worse than cattle heading to slaughter and the luxury of having your bags ripped through by a pack of thieves looking to swipe your digital camera or your notebook.
Where as, I can jump in my car and drive, with my gun(s), my operational cell phone, food and bathrooms at my convenience and, most of all, don't have to sit next to someone I'm pretty sure has tuberculosis.
But, of course when you fly, you also have the added benefits of potentially being stranded on a tarmac for eight hours or this........
The next time the Gekko's head to heaven's waiting room, Florida, I think we'll just hitch a ride on the back of a cattle trailer, I doubt the driver will fall asleep.
Last December we reported on a Go! Airlines flight where the pilots fell asleep and missed the airport. Today a Northwest Airlines Airbus A320 flight missed their destination of Minneapolis by 150 miles.
The flight crew said they became engrossed in a conversation about airline policy (and honestly, who couldn't?) and lost track of their location. However, the FAA is investigating if pilot fatigue played any roll in this event.
The flight from San Diego to Minneapolis had 144 passengers onboard and none of them were aware of what happened, until the aircraft was swarmed by police once they finally arrived. The police kept all passengers onboard until they were allowed to question the flight crew.
The FAA lost contact with the aircraft while it was traveling at 37,000 feet and they notified the Air National Guard, who then put two fighter jets on alert. They were never given the order to take off.
Andrea Allmon, a passenger who had been traveling from San Diego on business, stated, "When I do my job, I do my job. These guys are supposed to be paying attention to the flight. The safety of the passengers should be first and foremost. (It's) unbelievable to me that they weren't paying attention. Just not paying attention."
She is right. No matter if they were awake having a heated debate, they should have still been paying attention to their flight and of course the radio. The FAA is investigating the incident and the two pilots have been suspended from flying. Hopefully it is not found that the pilots fell asleep during flight.
I'm so glad that I don't have to worry about all the vaccinations for young children today because I'm not sure what I would do. I do believe that the public benefits from mass vaccinations but I also believe that political correctness has pushed so many vaccinations on us that my common sense tells me that it can't help our immune systems.
One vaccination I would have never recommended to anyone is Guardasil, a vaccination to prevent HPV in women.
Here's a piece that affirms my belief in how political correctness trumps serious public health initiatives.......
Gardasil has to be the perfect drug for the brave new world of ObamaCare, in a 1984 kind of way. Made by Merck & Co., it was approved in 2006 for use against venereal disease in young girls. Here's why it's so culturally suited for hope and change -- and such a perfect example of why you don't want the government in your medicine chest:1) Gardasil has owed most of its success to the fact that government agencies have been subsidizing its sales, recommending its use, and even talking about requiring it.2) Administered to girls as young as nine, it seems likely to help them grow up feeling ever so much safer about "safe sex." They'll be freer to rebel against bad old, religion-based morality, and more inclined to bond (as it were) with peers, school, the state and charismatic politicians who are always repeating themselves.3) Best of all, it now appears that Gardasil doesn't work.Gardasil was promoted as the first vaccine against cancer, since it works against human papilloma virus (HPV), which is believed to instigate the growth of cancerous cells in a woman's cervix. But since it was first hurriedly approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Gardasil has been dogged by criticism that it hasn't been adequately tested, and by persistent reports of side effects, including deaths. So has a similar drug, Cervarix, made by GlaxoSmith-Kline.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
However, I have to say, last night I watched the most recent episode on derivative warnings during the 1990's.
It pretty much hammers all the players at the time; rightfully so. It also ties in how the errors from the 1990's have come back full circle today.
What's interesting is how many of these guys are now working on the current economic recovery, namely Tim Geitner.
It really is a good watch so catch it (you can watch on line here).
I'll post some endorsements in time.
In reality, it should be pretty clear as to who/what I line up for when I vote.
For instance, below is a list I did last October and what you will find is that these various sub groups of people kind of fall in line with their world view and candidate they support.
|War Protesters||Active Military|
|20 year olds||60 year olds|
|Larry Flynt||Pat Robertson|
|Union Heads||Corporate executives|
|Drug Dealers||Convenience store owners|
|Alec Baldwin||Kelsey Grammar|
|Welfare Queens||Working women|
|Michael Stipe||Ted Nugent|
|Planned Parenthood||Right to Life|
|Sharon Stone||Bo Derek|
|ACORN workers||NASCAR Fans|
|Joy Behar||Elisabeth Hasselbeck|
|Atheists||Born again Christians|
|Madonna ||Martina McBride|
|Non repentant terrorists||FBI agents|
|College professors||Small business owners|
|Any network news anchor||John Stossel|
So when I see a candidate for congress I look and ask myself "who would Larry Flynt and the Vegans vote for?" That gives me all the clarity I need.
So as you go to the polls this November, ask yourself, which of these groups do you want as neighbors? Who do you want to teach your children? Who will you invite to your cookout?
Then vote accordingly.
A 70-year-old woman who is in town for the All-American Quarter Horse Congress shot and killed a would-be robber last night at a North Side motel, police said.
The shooting occurred about 9:15 p.m. at the Continent Inn, said Columbus Police Sgt. Isaac Bridges. The motel, at 6225 Zumstein Dr., is located at The Continent shopping center, off Rt. 161 near I-71.
Sgt. Eric Pilya of the homicide squad said the woman was in a motel room with four or five others and they'd cracked open the door to get fresh air.
Pilya said a man barged into the room, demanding money from those inside.
Police said the woman grabbed a gun that she had in the room and shot the man, who staggered into the parking lot of the motel and died. His name wasn't released late last night, pending notification of family.
Did this woman vote for that Hope and Change doohickey or the The Maverick watchumacallit last November?
Conversely who did the robber support for last November?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This photo was On Drudge related to Kathleen Sebellius' hearing on health care.
One of her lackies opined
"She is back fighting to get everyone the same good health care she has,"
Here's a guarantee I'll back with my life savings. Within five years after this Obamacare is pushed through, no one will have the coverage Kathleen Sebellius has...... except the ruling privileged.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
If you are a revolutionary guard in Iran gunned down (the guys working to kill our soldiers in Iraq), Obama's got a condolence for you.
If you are a Fox News correspondent, no soup for you.
If you are a Honduran president looking to pull a Chavez like coup, Obama's got your six.
If you are a group of Iranians who's had an election stolen, not so much.
If you are Vladimir Putin, Obama will sell out our Chech and Pole allies for a little love in the UN.
If you are a Chech or Pole, you need to find new friends; maybe Fox News.
If you are the leader of our oldest and strongest ally, Obama will show our love for our closest ally with a box set of DVD's.
So in conclusion, if you are a dictator or general oppressor of citizens the Big O's got your back. If you are just an ordinary citizen clinging to guns and God, you're united in the "you're about to get screwed" group.
I think I know why his campaign workers felt OK with the Che poster in the office. This guy is just like him.
In her search for a cheap, used minivan for her and her husband, Krissy Dieroff has visited seven dealerships across Berks and Schuylkill counties in the last week, but to no avail.
"There's not much to pick from, and the ones we do find are overpriced," said Dieroff of Auburn, Schuylkill County, while browsing the lot of a city dealership on Monday.
Dieroff blames the shortage of inexpensive used cars on the federal cash-for-clunkers program, in which almost 700,000 used vehicles were traded in for newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles, and then scrapped.
Those clunkers were the cars Dieroff and her husband, Jason Boyer, would have been shopping for, they said.
"I saw the cars they were putting in the junkyard, and they were better than what we're driving now," Boyer said.
Some local used car dealers specializing in vehicles priced $5,000 and under agreed that there are fewer inexpensive vehicles available.
Q. Who could have predicted that outcome?
A. Someone who sounds an awful lot like me.
Here's one of the things we could change TODAY to lighten the load on costs........
Dr. Jacquelline Perlman, who's helped deliver hundreds of Brooklyn babies in her 12-year OB-GYN career, is calling it quits -- and citing sky-high malpractice insurance and plunging income.
"I've decided to retire from obstetrics," said Perlman, 42. "It breaks my heart. Malpractice costs are a big part of it. It's a very sad story.
The last straw, she said, came last spring when her insurer, the Combined Coordinating Council, noting the high risk of covering obstetricians, canceled her policy and those of doctors she practiced with at Brooklyn Women's Health Care, a New York Methodist Hospital affiliate.
She found a new insurer, but the damage was done. Her annual malpractice premium now runs about $160,000 -- for a doctor against whom no malpractice case or even so much as a settlement has ever been upheld.And, she said, in the last five years, as her malpractice-insurance costs have risen, her income has dropped by 20 percent.
Think about that! Let's do a little math on this. Let's assume she delivers 300 babies a year. That's $533 per baby that has to get covered......... Just for insurance!
That doesn't count any overhead whatsoever.
What's crazy! That doesn't change at all under Obama care.
--Now he has launched an orchestrated attack against the only television network that makes a sincere effort at offering balance, Fox News Channel, in an attempt to isolate, demonize and delegitimize the organization because it won't follow suit and join the state-run media. The administration is vacillating between boycotting and allowing some administration officials to appear on the network. Obama singled Fox out as "entirely devoted to attacking my administration." Rahm Emanuel said it's "not a news organization so much as it has a perspective." David Axelrod said, "It's really not news; it's pushing a point of view." Axelrod implored ABC's George Stephanopoulos and his network "not to treat (Fox) as a news organization." White House communications director Anita Dunn, who has bragged about her success at controlling the media, said Fox is "like a wing of the Republican Party" that "spouts Republican talking points."
The common denominator of all these vicious White House attacks is that their targets are those who oppose the administration's agenda. Instead of selling its agenda the old-fashioned way -- by convincing the unconvinced -- it attacks those who dare to articulate and air the opposing point of view. This is a totalitarian, bullying administration, which is revealing its heightened state of panic and desperation over the public's growing awareness of the dangerousness of its policy prescriptions for America.
Isn't it interesting that the Obamunists have spent more time on hitting Fox News and other perceived enemies than actually approving an Afghanistan strategy?
What's so "progressive" about a bankrupt state?
State lawmakers will soon face large budget deficits again, perhaps as much as $100 billion across the U.S. Here's some free budget-balancing advice: Steer clear of the Michigan model. The Wolverine state is once again set to run out of money, and it is once again poised to raise taxes even as jobs and businesses disappear.
In 2007 Governor Jennifer Granholm signed the biggest tax increase in Michigan history, with most of the $1.4 billion coming from business. The personal income tax—which hits nonincorporated small businesses—was raised to 4.2% from 3.95%, and the Michigan business tax levied a surcharge of 22%. The tax money was dedicated to the likes of education, public works, job retraining and corporate subsidies. Ms. Granholm and her union allies called these "investments," and the exercise was widely applauded as a prototype of "progressive" budgeting.
Some prototype. Every state has seen a big jump in joblessness since 2007, but with a 15.2% unemployment rate Michigan's jobs picture is by far the worst. Some 750,000 private-sector payroll jobs have vanished since the start of the decade. For every family that has moved into Michigan since 2007, two have sold their homes and left.
Meanwhile, the new business taxes didn't balance the budget. Instead, thanks to business closures and relocations, tax receipts are running nearly $1 billion below projections and the deficit has climbed back to $2.8 billion. As the Detroit News put it, Michigan businesses are continually asked "to pay more in taxes to erase a budget deficit that, despite their contributions, never goes away." And this is despite the flood of federal stimulus and auto bailout cash over the last year.
Monday, October 19, 2009
ACORN's detailed "Ohio 2007-08 Political Plan," targeting swing "congressional districts Aupon which the balance of power in Congress will rest," was ultimately scaled back. It appears the organization, which says it merely wants to empower disenfranchised people, decided not to mount voter campaigns that would have specifically helped Democrats Zack Space of Dover; Steve Driehaus of Cincinnati, and Mary Jo Kilroy of Columbus, all of whom won their congressional races anyway.
ACORN said in interviews with The Plain Dealer that its final efforts were generic -- tied not to a political party but to conducting "the largest nonpartisan voter registration drive in Ohio's history." It calls the new conspiracy theories ridiculous.
But to some, ACORN's early 13-page plan for the 2008 election reinforces what critics always assumed: The group's goal was never nonpartisan. The political plan and other ACORN documents show that the group was interested not just in helping presidential candidate Barack Obama, whom it urged its members to support, according to post-election Federal Election Commission reports. ACORN also was interested in Congress and the Ohio Statehouse.
As if we needed one more reason to vote out Driehaus, Kilroy and Space.
At a time when President Barack Obama is pushing for more time in the classroom, his home state has created the nation's shortest school year under a new union contract that closes schools on most Fridays for the remainder of the academic calendar.
The deal whacks 17 days from the school year for budget-cutting reasons and has education advocates incensed that Hawaii is drastically cutting the academic calendar at a time when it already ranks near the bottom in national educational achievement.
While many school districts have laid off or furloughed teachers, reduced pay and planning days and otherwise cut costs, Hawaii's 171,000 public schools students now find themselves with only 163 instructional days, compared with 180 in most districts in the U.S.
"The 16-year-old in me is pretty excited that I'll be able to chill on those days," said Mark Aoki, a junior at Roosevelt High in Honolulu. "But overall within me, what I truly believe is that we'll regret this."
Actually they won't regret this at all. See, by keeping your population ignorant, you get a ready made supply of future welfare recipients/democrats.
It's all good.
Faced with a $550 million budget deficit, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley today said that all non-union city workers will take nearly five working weeks of unpaid leave next year to save the city money.
In other words, the only workers who actually work won't be working.
What's so "progressive" about a failing city?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It is a Chicago public school full of energy and spirit. It has about 800 girls, and 115 of them have something in common – something you might find disturbing.
CBS 2's Kristyn Hartman reports.
All those young ladies are moms or moms-to-be at Paul Robeson High School. It's not a school for young mothers, it's a neighborhood school. And all of the pregnancies have happened, despite prevention talk.
If you want to know why, the people closest to the situation say there's no simple explanation.
I'll give you a "parochial" Sarah Palin, type explanation; welfare.
How hard is that to figure out?
Harvard University’s failed bet that interest rates would rise cost the world’s richest school at least $500 million in payments to escape derivatives that backfired.
Harvard paid $497.6 million to investment banks during the fiscal year ended June 30 to get out of $1.1 billion of interest-rate swaps intended to hedge variable-rate debt for capital projects, the school’s annual report said. The university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said it also agreed to pay $425 million over 30 to 40 years to offset an additional $764 million in swaps.
The transactions began losing value last year as central banks slashed benchmark lending rates, forcing the university to post collateral with lenders, said Daniel Shore, Harvard’s chief financial officer. Some agreements require that the parties post collateral if there are significant changes in interest rates.
“When we went into the fall, we had some serious liquidity management issues we were dealing with and the collateral postings on the swaps was one,” Shore said in an interview yesterday. “In evaluating our liquidity position, we wanted to get some stability and some safety.”
Harvard sold $2.5 billion in bonds in the fiscal year, in part to pay for the swap exit, even as the school’s endowment recorded its biggest loss in 40 years, the report released yesterday said. This is the first time the university has detailed the cost of exiting its swaps.
Yeah, that parochial Palin probably would have invested in CD's.