Friday, May 24, 2013

I like it even more now.

The last time I ate a container of yogurt was about 20 years ago. I must have been starving because I'd rather eat raw sewage than consume that crap.

But my bride, the Lovely Mrs. Gekko, kept on me to try this greek yogurt stuff. The first thought in my head is "yogurt" with "greek" and I'm thinking this crap probably tastes like the insides of human intestines.

None the less, I gave it a shot and it wasn't bad. Now I make my deserts a greek yogurt with some berries and walnuts.

But the taste of this stuff got exponentially better when I found out that your average branch gorevidian hates it...........

Good for your body; terrible for the planet

Greek yogurt has seen an astronomical growth in sales over the past half decade — but it may be taking an unexpected toll on the environment.

While it takes one cup of milk to produce one cup of traditional yogurt, it takes at least three cups of milk to produce a single cup of the thicker, healthier Greek variety.

That's because Greek yogurt is a "strained" version of the dairy product, meaning it's been stripped of whey, a watery byproduct. All that excess whey — known as "acid whey" because of its high level of acidity — isn't necessarily dangerous in itself. However, it's incredibly difficult to dispose of because simply dumping it could lead to serious consequences.

Thank you sir can I have another?


Thursday, May 23, 2013

You'd think this would be news

A lurid but vague class action accuses corrupt and abusive IRS agents of stealing 10 million people's medical records without a warrant - including "intimate medical records of every state judge in California."

John Doe Company sued 15 John Doe IRS agents in Superior Court.

"This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service ('IRS') agents (collectively referred to as 'defendants' herein) during a raid of John Doe Company, in the Southern District of California, on March 11, 2011," the complaint states. "In a case involving solely a tax matter involving a former employee of the company, these agents stole more than 60,000,000 medical records of more than 10,000,000 Americans, including at least 1,000,000 Californians.

     "No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search. IT personnel at the scene, a HIPPA [sic: recte HIPAA] facility warning on the building and the IT portion of the searched premises, and the company executives each warned the IRS agents of these privileged records. The IRS agents ignored and discarded each of these warnings, ignored their own published and public-reliant rules and governing ethical requirements, and ignored the limitations of the court's search warrant authorization, seizing the records under threat of destroying company property."

     Plaintiff's attorney Robert E. Barnes declined to elaborate on the complaint's allegations, saying he will have more information "in a few months."

     "I had to file to protect against the statute of limitations being an issue, but am still investigating all facts," Barnes told Courthouse News in an email.

     The putative class claims the IRS agents' seizure of medical records violated the 4th Amendment.

     "These medical records contained intimate and private information of more than 10,000,000 Americans, information that by its nature includes information about treatment for any kind of medical concern, including psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual or drug treatment, and a wide range of medical matters covering the most intimate and private of concerns," the complaint states.

Read the rest..............

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I'm still a liberal........ even in the face of its failings

Seriously, how is it that liberals can claim to be the smartest on the political spectrum.

Take this item from Joe Klein..............

The Democratic candidates for mayor in New York are campaigning to win the support of the teachers union. They threaten to return the city to the horrors of the David Dinkins era. 
Back at the turn of the 1990s, New York City was a mess. Crime was rampant. The schools were dreadful. Children in foster care were brutalized because–as the head of the Child Welfare Agency said–”oversight is racist.” The mayor was an incompetent.
And, above all, the city was run for the benefit of its employees rather than its citizens.
What followed was 20 years of governance by moderate Republicans, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Crime is now at an historic low. The city is booming. There have been improvements in the schools, especially for those who’ve been lucky enough to attend a string of brilliant charter schools in poor neighborhoods like Harlem. The public employees unions still remain the major power brokers in the city, but they’ve been held in check.

So Joe Klein can see what democrats have done to the city of New York and yet still support liberal policies that created the shit hole that it took republicans to clean up.
I'd bet my life savings this guy would think he's so much smarter than Sarah Palin. But is he? Even a "dumb" conservative knows not to beat his own head with a hammer.

Reality check

These guys from the local Fox affiliate better watch their phone records............

The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart.

The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with words including "patriot, liberty, tea party or 9-12" in their names are Mitchel Steele, Carly Young, Joseph Herr, Stephen Seok, Liz Hofacre and a woman identified only as Ms. Richards. 

But was all of this done at the hands of a small group of Cincinnati employees working together?  

During Friday's congressional hearing, that appeared to be the theme.  Now, that explanation just became less likely. 

Thanks to two FOX19 sources connected to the IRS, we now understand the chain of command for these workers. 

Mitchel Steele, Carly Young, Joseph Herr and Liz Hofacre are IRS agents.  Stephen Seok is a supervisor IRS agent. 

But according to the IRS employee directory that FOX19 has obtained exclusively, each of these agents has a different manager and then above them a different territory manager.

A good investigative piece. Something missing from today's journalism.

Read the whole thing

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Even the lefties fear Obamacare

Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare.

Months after the president’s reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) — a 1.3 million-member labor group that twice endorsed Obama for president — is very worried about how the reform law will affect its members’ healthcare plans. 

Last month, the president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers released a statement calling “for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act.”


Holy S#@t

If this is true this should just be about it for Obama and friends............

More whistleblowers will emerge shortly in the escalating Benghazi scandal, according to two former U.S. diplomats who spoke with PJ Media Monday afternoon.

These whistleblowers, colleagues of the former diplomats, are currently securing legal counsel because they work in areas not fully protected by the Whistleblower law.

According to the diplomats, what these whistleblowers will say will be at least as explosive as what we have already learned about the scandal, including details about what really transpired in 

Benghazi that are potentially devastating to both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
The former diplomats inform PJM the new revelations concentrate in two areas — what Ambassador Chris Stevens was actually doing in Benghazi and the pressure put on General Carter Ham, then in command of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and therefore responsible for Libya, not to act to protect jeopardized U.S. personnel.

Stevens’ mission in Benghazi, they will say, was to buy back Stinger missiles from al-Qaeda groups issued to them by the State Department, not by the CIA. Such a mission would usually be a CIA effort, but the intelligence agency had opposed the idea because of the high risk involved in arming “insurgents” with powerful weapons that endanger civilian aircraft.


Why you should be armed

I was never a big gun guy. It wasn't until hurricane Ike hit Ohio, when so many of our friends and family were without power for over a week, that I decided I would have our home be the base of all things emergency related.

So I bought a generator, extra propane tanks, and guns. I now have nine and counting.

Why the guns? Because people should have everything at their disposal to blow away anybody who would do this................

A number of heartless looters have emerged amid the tragedy of the deadly Oklahoma tornado, storming a storm-damaged hospital facility and helping themselves to various items, a report claims.

Reports of looting came in as Moore, one of the hardest-hit towns in the storm, deals with the loss of more than 51 people who have been confirmed dead, and another 120 injured.

The vandals were spotted at the Moore Medical Center, a small facility that sustained damage in the twister.

It was a location that was hit hard by the twister, and where rescuers sprung into action to get 15 workers out of the building.