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  • Google Barges, the untold story

    11/08/2013 5:38:51 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 8 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | November 8, 2013 | Corky Biyd
    Google two days ago broke its official silence to put speculation to rest on its barge program. It is a weasel worded statement so general it is useless and it even says things may change. Here’s the money quote from Google in an article published by Tech Crunch "Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology we’re exploring."... ...At the heart of...
  • Is Obama ready to throw Hillary under the bus? … The tea leaves say yes

    06/02/2013 9:28:55 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 33 replies
    Island Turtle Blog ^ | June 3, 2013 | Corky Boyd
    On Friday a caller to the Rush Limbaugh show said she saw the most unusual and unexpected tabloid headline while in the checkout line of Wal-Mart. It stated: OBAMA WORSE THAN NIXON And she went on to say the subheads said even more: Ordered IRS to target political enemies Spied on US citizens Lied about terror attack Now that’s the way to reach low information voters! But how could Republicans get so lucky? Well, it’s probably not luck. It’s most likely a sign there is bad blood boiling up between the Clintons and President Obama again. Possibly Hillary is being...
  • Throwing a chill into the press … The administration’s latest tactic.

    05/14/2013 9:44:07 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 11 replies
    Island Turtle Blog ^ | May 14, 2013 | Corky Boyd
    The Justice Department’s monitoring of the AP’s phone records is one of the most bone headed moves of this administration. And to announce it on the heels of two major scandals seems to defy logic. But does it? The only thing standing in the way of a torrent of whistle blowers, purloined emails and first hand testimony has been the pliant and fawning media. They have ignored blatant falsehoods, obvious phony cover stories and have not followed through on potentially explosive stories such as Fast and Furious. With few exceptions, the established media has been an effective shield protecting those...
  • Obama economy failure means a one term presidency (video)

    11/04/2012 10:23:49 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 2 replies
    Island Turtle Blog ^ | October 4, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    I have wondered why the Romney campaign hasn’t used President Obama’s own words against him. So I will. In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer in June 2011 addressing the economy, Obama stated: "If I don’t have this done in three years, then there is going to be a one term proposition." Well said, Mr. President! We will take you at your word. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmRgaKfWMPA&feature=player_embedded
  • Biden’s deceptive remarks on Iran’s nuclear weapons program

    10/12/2012 2:26:50 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 11 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | Corky Boyd
    Vice President Joe Biden in last night’s debate said that while Iran may have the capability to enrich uranium, it does not have a warhead and does not present a threat. There are problems with his statement. The first is it is likely the Iranians have already designed and tested major components of a warhead using substitute (non-nuclear) materials. This was done under the direction of a Ukrainian scientist who had formerly worked at the Soviet/Russian nuclear facility Chelyabinsk-70. The November 2011 IAEA report places this test at the Parchin, Iran military base. The IAEA has repeatedly been denied access...
  • Liars

    09/20/2012 11:20:29 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 21 replies
    Diplomad 2.0 ^ | Septermber 20, 2012 | Diplomad 2.0
    Liars I am so furious about this I can hardly write. I hope this post is not too incoherent. As anybody with a modicum of intelligence could have predicted, the Obama misadministration's story on the Bengahzi murder of Ambassador Stevens has fallen apart. As I wrote before (here and here, for example) this misadministration has been lying about what happened in Benghazi. They tried two tactics to hide the facts. First, we had the hapless State Department spokesman, Victoria Nuland, saying there would be no more comments because the smoldering Benghazi consulate was now a "crime scene" and the FBI...
  • Fighting fire with fire … Holder’s stonewall is being pierced by Issa’s Congressional Immunity

    07/02/2012 7:01:03 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 15 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | July 2, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    Last Friday (June 29) House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa pulled one off on AG Eric Holder. The lockup of Fast and Furious documents by the administration, many of which are under judicial seal, was shattered by his use of Congressional Immunity. Mr. Issa has received a number of leaked documents from unnamed sources. In particular he has copies of wiretap applications which put a lie to AG Eric Holder’s contention that no senior officials at DOJ had knowledge that guns were allowed to walk into uncontrolled hands. Issa has now opened a door that permits him get his leaked...
  • Obama’s motto “Forward” has the ring of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward”

    05/05/2012 10:41:02 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 11 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | May 5, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    Let’s hope nothing like it happens here. China’s Great Leap Forward (1958-61) was Mao’s ill conceived effort to jump start China from a rural economy into an industrialized nation overnight. Not only did it fail, but it was a disaster of epic proportions. An estimated 30 million Chinese died of starvation in its aftermath. Mao’s later Cultural Revolution, which received greater publicity, can’t compare. That was a political purification program. The Great Leap Forward was destructive communist socialism at its worst. It should be a lesson. Mao in all his wisdom wanted to build an industrial economy by uprooting peasants...
  • Obama worshipers fell all over themselves when he offered food to N Korea. Wonder how they feel now?

    04/14/2012 8:14:53 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 15 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 14, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    In researching Island Turtle’s article on the folly of President Obama’s agreement to buy the same horse twice (actually the third or fourth time is more accurate) with his 240 kilotons of food, for 8 months of good behavior (until the election) by Kim Jong-un, I was bowled over by the obsequious praise of The One by NY Times readers. It took only two weeks for young Kim to announce he was breaking the deal and 6 weeks to launch the rocket which ended in failure. And it now appears he will detonate a nuclear weapon to add an exclamation...
  • Did the administration and the media shoot itself in the foot in the Trayvon Martin controversy?

    04/12/2012 10:20:11 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 32 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 13, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    Gateway Pundit carries an interview of Janet Murgula, President of La Raza, on Keeping it Real with Reverend Al Sharpton (guest host Andre Eggelletion). The gist of the conversation is Hispanics and blacks should join forces to address common “problems.” It is curious why such a conversation is taking place at the height of the Trayvon Martin issue. It seems the controversy is now driving a wedge between Hispanics and blacks. Janet Murgula wouldn't have made her statement otherwise. The friction has long been there. Look at the street gangs of Los Angeles, look at the prison gangs. They are...
  • Obama’s deal with North Korea a disaster … His reaction, please don’t report on it

    04/12/2012 9:47:21 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 13 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 12, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    The Obama administration has just proven its utter failure in foreign policy. It had negotiated an agreement with the North Korea that in exchange for food it would give up its uranium enrichment program, allow IAEA inspectors into the Yongbyong facilities, halt missile tests and cease nuclear weapons tests. It is now 43 days since the agreement was inked and in that short period of time North Korea has announced plans to launch a satellite with missile based technology (a lightly veiled test of its long range Taepodong-2) and begun preparations for an underground nuclear detonation. This sets the record...
  • Why did Judge Smith lecture Obama? Because he simply ignored a court order the judge had approved.

    04/05/2012 12:30:40 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 8 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 5, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    Most lawyers trying a case abide by the maxim: Don’t piss off the judge. President Obama disregarded that when he lectured the Supreme Court not to overturn the health care law. Indirectly the President was challenging the entire judiciary and it struck a raw nerve with Judge Jerry Smith, of the 5th Circuit Appeals Court. Judge Smith had, less than two years earlier rejected, in a 2 to 1 decision, the Interior Department request to stay a lower court order lifting the offshore drilling moratorium (Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC v. Salazar) – thus requiring the moratorium lifted. In one of...
  • Goodbye Andrew Breitbart … your inspiration will live on.

    03/01/2012 1:00:29 PM PST · by Corky Boyd · 17 replies · 3+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | March 1, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    Few conservatives have made such a profound impression on so many in such a short time as Andrew Breitbart, who died this morning at 43. A lifelong liberal from Los Angeles, he eventually saw through the utter deceit of the liberal establishment and became a conservative. Unlike ordinary human beings whose lives are spent like long burning votive candles, Andy’s was the blast of a Saturn rocket – short but powerful. He left this world in a blaze of glory, but far too soon. His central theme, above all, was exposing the unmitigated corruption of the legacy media. They parroted...
  • The coming conflict with Iran … Part 2, The refusal to allow IAEA inspectors into Parchin

    02/24/2012 1:03:20 PM PST · by Corky Boyd · 1 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | February 24, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    This is the second of several installments on Iran’s missile and nuclear programs. The first is here. Subject: Parchin Military Complex Coordinates: 35° 31.915'N 51° 45.116'E The Parchin Military Complex has been in the news lately because for the second time since the beginning the year, Iran has refused to allow IAEA inspectors to go there. Parchin is important because the IAEA and intelligence agencies of several nations have evidence that it was used to conduct tests of a dummy implosion device. These tests are important because they measure the accuracy and the degree of compression of the nuclear “pit”,...
  • The coming conflict with Iran … Part 1, Mysterious explosions near Teheran

    02/23/2012 11:43:05 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 8 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | February 23, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    Island Turtle will cover Iran’s nuclear missand in several installments. It will present information and satellite imagery about Iran’s missile manufacturing facilities, test areas and nuclear development sites. It will show an underground site, part of a vast military storage area, built into a side of a mountain that has yet to be reported by the media. It will also report on mysterious explosions and offer guidance on what happened and who is likely behind it. You will be surprised. The intent is to help Turtle readers follow news events in Iran intelligently when and if they happen, with locations,...
  • The corrupt media and a joke Rick Santorum did not tell.

    02/17/2012 6:58:03 PM PST · by Corky Boyd · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | February 17, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    For anyone who doubts the legacy media are the handmaidens or the Democratic Party and its propaganda arm, Media Matters, has only to follow the story of the aspirin joke. In some convoluted logic, a joke told by a campaign contributor has become the responsibility of Rick Santorum. In typical fashion the multiple voices of the three legacy networks and major papers including the New York Times and the Washington Post are parroting in unison the identical message. It is shoddy journalism to the extreme. The joke, poorly told by Foster Friess, is most decidedly not anti contraception. Quite to...
  • Angela Merkel, solve the Greek problem! No more loans, just buy Greece

    01/24/2012 9:20:43 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 17 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | January 24, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    No, I’m not suggesting she buy more Greek debt, I’m talking about buying the country of Greece. Buy it lock, stock and barrel, just like the Americans bought Alaska from the Russians in 1867. Russia was hurting financially from the Crimean war and Czar Nicolas needed to replenish his coffers. Alaska was a drag. Russian hunters had pretty well wiped out the fur seals and nothing would grow in the far north soils because of smelly black stuff that oozed out it. So he dumped it for $7.2 million on those gullible Americans. What would Germany and Greece get out...
  • If you think our real estate bubble was bad, just wait for China to implode

    01/11/2012 1:38:08 PM PST · by Corky Boyd · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | Junuary 11, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    Tom Friedman, please take note. China’s lack of political wrangling is not an asset, it’s what will drag it down. Friedman’s and other liberals’ utopian dream of a benevolent dictator has never worked. It fails because unrestrained dictators, with the best of intentions, make mistakes – often grandiose mistakes. And when they are criticized and challenged, they fight to hold on to power. And then they become the Stalins, the Pol Pots and the Kim Jong Ils of the world. And China’s single party autocracy has made a grandiose mistake. It has embarked on a building spree that according to...
  • OCCUPY THE WHITE HOUSE

    12/31/2011 12:28:52 PM PST · by Corky Boyd · 17 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | Decembet 31, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    Has anyone in the conservative spectrum thought about the best campaign slogan for Republicans? And one that will backfire on the protestors and their Democratic allies. How about this: OCCUPY THE WHITE HOUSE Vote Republican
  • Why Government can’t run a business. The Postal Service vs (gulp) The NY Times

    09/22/2011 9:42:35 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 13 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 22, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    The United States Postal Service has spread the alarms. It has run through a $12 billion federal loan that has kept itself afloat for the past two years and it is now looking for a bailout. It cites declining revenues because of the internet, the inordinate cost of its pension program and the inability to control labor costs because of no-layoff provisions in its union contracts. It wants to cut service to 5 days a week, possibly more and it is planning to slow the delivery of first class mail. It has talked about reductions in force of 120,000, but...
  • Why LightSquared is more than cronyism … It’s about safety

    09/20/2011 11:35:18 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 7 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 20, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    The recent revelations by Eli Lake at The Daily Beast that a four-star Air Force general was pressured to alter his testimony to favor Light Squared revealed a new case of cronyism in the White House. Now a second individual has now come forward to say he too was urged to parrot OMB suggested text in his testimony - that the OMB wants expedited testing for frequency interference. He refused to do so. From The Daily Beast: "The four-star Air Force general who oversees Air Force Space Command walked into a highly secured room on Capitol Hill a week ago...
  • Bloomberg warns of riots … Is he actually encouraging “US Days of Rage” riots in NYC tomorrow?

    09/16/2011 2:40:36 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 21 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 16, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    Matt Drudge’s red and bold headline screams about Mayor Bloomberg’s prediction of civil insurrection by disaffected youth against the government. But is Bloomberg actually encouraging, rather than predicting, disruptive behavior on the eve of the US Days of Rage protest led by former SEIU official Stephen Lerner? Surely the mayor is aware of Lerner’s plan and background. The US Days of Rage is scheduled as a “nonviolent” protest outside the JP Morgan Chase tomorrow, Saturday, September 17. It has been organized by Lerner, a far leftist, to bring down Wall Street and the banks and ultimately collapse the economic system...
  • Pulling the R lever in NY-9

    09/14/2011 10:39:51 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 18 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 14, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    The most important fact that has Democrats in Washington quaking in their boots is that thousands of Jewish voters discovered last night they could pull the R lever and not be struck by lightning.
  • “When you’ve lost the New York Times …”

    09/12/2011 2:27:33 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 5 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 12, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    Sunday’s NY Times opens a subject being whispered in the halls of Democratic power. Will a second run by a severely weakened President Obama destroy the party as it did for the 12 years following Jimmy Carter’s loss to Ronald Reagan? Is the war of 2008 now lost? Blame is put on his lack of resolve for liberal ideas, namely killing the EPA’s new ozone dictates, his lack of aggressiveness and of course the economy. In English spoken west of the Hudson, it’s called panic. "Democrats are expressing growing alarm about President Obama’s re-election prospects and, in interviews, are openly...
  • Anthrax lawsuit against the federal government gets a boost from DOJ gross incompetence

    09/09/2011 11:22:20 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 10 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 9, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    There are times when government agencies exhibit sheer idiocy and ineptness. That happened this summer when Justice filed papers that, if true, undermines the entire FBI case against Fort Detrick scientist Bruce Ivins in order to win a lawsuit brought by the family of Bob Stevens, the first anthrax victim following 9/11. Bob Stephens was the photo editor of The Sun, a subsidiary of American Media (AMI) located in Boca Raton, Florida. He died after inhaling spores from a letter mailed to AMI containing powdered anthrax. The family is suing the government claiming negligence in the way anthrax was handled...
  • Will Obama admit his policies failing as Lenin once did? Will he declare a New Economic Policy?

    09/06/2011 5:50:33 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 13 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 6, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    After Lenin seized power in the USSR in 1917, he instituted a repressive policy of seizing industry, farms, banks and almost all productive enterprises (without compensation), a policy called “War Communism” (essentially communism as we know it today). It was an unmitigated disaster. There were famines, diseases and a general breakdown in production. Because of these failures, in 1921 he ordered a major change called the New Economic Policy (NEP) which allowed significant private ownership for small business and gave peasants a share of their output. This rapidly improved the economy that had been devastated by WWI and his earlier...
  • Russia gets the offshore drilling jobs … US sits on its duff.

    08/30/2011 12:59:15 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 7 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | August 30, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    Today, Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced Exxon Mobil has been awarded exploration rights in the Russian Arctic superseding efforts by BP and Rosneft the Russian state owned oil company. This amazing coup gives the US based company the rights to the highly lucrative offshore fields. Russia gets Exxon Mobil’s offshore drilling expertise and a massive investment. From the NY Times: "The agreement seemed to supersede a similar but now-defunct partnership that Russia’s state oil company, Rosneft, reached with BP earlier this year. The deal announced Tuesday replaces BP, the British oil giant, with its American counterpart and introduces some...
  • Peggy Noonan and whether Obama should run for a second term

    08/20/2011 10:50:58 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | August 20, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    In Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan takes a look at President Obama’s Martha's Vineyard vacation and speculates on his thoughts in view of declining poll numbers, and disillusionment among his supporters. "How could he not be depressed? He has made big mistakes since the beginning of his presidency and has been pounded since the beginning of his presidency. He's got to be full of doubts at this point about what to do. His baseline political assumptions have proved incorrect, his calculations have turned out to be erroneous, his big decisions have turned to dust...." "Nothing worked! And nothing's going...
  • Is Rick Perry really the Marlboro Man?

    08/15/2011 7:52:14 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 26 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | August 15, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    Do looks help in Presidential elections? Many women would say yes about Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Jack Kennedy and the opposite for John Kerry and Michael Dukakis. Certainly Richard Nixon was no looker, but he managed to beat Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern neither of whom were movie star figures. Now comes Rick Perry who has the rugged western good looks of the Marlboro Man. Will he make ladies’ hearts go pitter patter? My wife thinks so. No matter what, good looks don’t hurt.
  • BATF Acting Director Melson resisting efforts to step down…Eager to testify

    06/23/2011 9:43:35 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 43 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | June 24, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    The LA Times is reporting this incredible story in this morning’s edition. His resignation was rumored a week ago, last Friday and expected to take place Monday, then Tuesday then in the immediate future. The delay seemed to some to indicate his handlers at Justice might be having trouble convincing him he should fall on his sword to protect Attorney General Holder. Rep. Issa has publicly stated Justice had to know about the Fast and Furious program, since they had to approve the funding for it. . Here is some of what the LA Times is reporting. "The acting director...
  • Jon Huntsman the new Rondald Reagan? Hardly

    06/22/2011 11:12:25 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 30 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | June 22, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    Am I the only one who thinks Jon Huntsman is a plant? Huntsman chose Liberty Park to announce his candidacy, the same place Ronald Reagan chose to launch his campaign as the nominee of the Republican party in September 1980. His Casper Milquetoast announcemant speech at Liberty Park simply can't compare Reagan's and is the same recipe for defeat John McCain gave us. And it's no coincidence, John Weaver Huntsman's top political advisor is a former McCain campaign team member. Soon you will see the NY Times declaring Huntsman the second coming. A drumbeat from the rest of the legacy...
  • Is Todd Palin trying to look like John Kerry?

    05/31/2011 9:45:22 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 59 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | May 31, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    I was struck by the similarity of Todd Palin's new look to John Kerry. Gone is the prominent beard, replaced by a two day stubble. But it's the hair. The hair has all the appearances of a younger John Kerry. This picture from AP was taken at the Rolling Thunder event in Washington DC, where Sarah Palin was an instant draw. It is part of her bus tour of the Northeast (Blue state country) that began in Washington and will end in New Hamshire. And she is driving the media nuts. There are no press releases. No one to tip...
  • At the NY Times, the left hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.

    05/05/2011 5:08:01 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 1 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | May 5, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    The Media Post News reports today that the target figure for Times “pay to play” for online content (300,000 subscribers) is inaccurate according to the Times digital head Martin Nizenholtz. According MPN, he stated, “I don’t know where that number comes from.” Well it came from the NY Times. Again from Media Post News: "Actually, the figure first appeared in a highly reputable source that often serves as the basis for news that shows up all over the place -- the pages of The New York Times. Staci Kramer, reporting in PaidContent, takes care to point out that Niesenholtz knew...
  • Sleeping Air Traffic Controllers and the Battle for the Shop Floor

    04/20/2011 11:17:59 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 6 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 20, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    At Washington Reagan National Airport in late March, a sleeping controller failed to respond to two airliners seeking to land shortly after midnight. The resulting publicity broke the silence on a long festering problem between the FAA and the air controllers’ union MATCA. And that is there has been a culture of sleeping on the job. It is banned by long existent regulations, but ignored by the controllers especially on the midnight shift. This is now the battle for control of the “shop floor.”... "It has been an open secret in the FAA dating to at least the early 1990s...
  • The FCC is up to No Good

    04/06/2011 5:46:28 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 5 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 6, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    Last Thursday, the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial entitled “The FCC Muzzle” which spelled out the shenanigans the FCC intends to pull prior to next year’s presidential elections. They seek to do an end run around the Citizen’s United decision and accomplish by regulatory fiat what Democrats in congress couldn’t do. And that is to place requirements that top donors to organizations running ads be identified. Current law requires only the organizations paying for the commercials to be identified. In today’s politicized atmosphere, thuggish intimidation of Republican and conservative corporate support by leftists has become endemic. It has reached...
  • Will a Stalemate in Libya lead to the Nationalization of Western Oil Companies?

    04/04/2011 8:11:29 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 2 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 4, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    The papers today were vey light on news from Libya so my guess is the polling numbers are not going Obama’s way. A week ago the rebels were marching west toward Tripoli. Gaddafi’s troops were in retreat and under attack from US fighter bombers. Cruise missiles were destroying Libyan air defenses. But the tide turned last Monday when Gaddafi’s forces repulsed the rebels at Sirte and retook the oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Brega. Note: Brega currently is being contested by rebels but is still considered in government hands. NATO has since taken operational command of combat operations and...
  • Florida High-Speed Rail … The Monster that just won’t die

    02/26/2011 1:38:08 PM PST · by Corky Boyd · 14 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | February 26, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    Just as in horror movies, where despite the best efforts of armed citizens and repeated mortal blows, Florida high speed rail continues to haunt us. Governor Jeb Bush killed it in 1999. But the zombie came to life again in 2000 in the form of a constitutional amendment. In 2004 the voters again killed it. But the monster sill lives courtesy of the Obama administration. The Obama administration wants to make Florida a gift of $2.4 billion to begin the first leg of the system. This project is wrong because Florida will have to assume any cost overruns and operating...
  • Merry Christmas Nina Totenberg

    12/24/2010 10:14:28 PM PST · by Corky Boyd · 11 replies · 3+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | December 25, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    NPR’s Nina Totenberg’s recent offensive remark about Christmas (“forgive the expression”) would have had her fired had the network followed the same rules that saw Juan Williams’ contract revoked. But that is liberalism. Juan committed the unpardonable sin of appearing on Fox News, Totenberg did not. So she gets a pass. The vicious attacks on Christianity by liberals usually peak at Christmas, one of the two most important celebrations for Christianity. Christmas is an easy target because it has devolved from a primarily a religious holiday, to a more commercial one. But even in its current form, it is a...
  • Is the Washington Post about to spoil the New York Times’ big payday?

    12/13/2010 6:35:00 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 10 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | December 13, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    Last week Washington Post CEO Donald Graham, addressing a financial analysts conference in New York, said the Post had no current intentions of erecting a paywall to charge for his newspaper’s online content, making them one of the few papers not planning to do so. This comment was only lightly reported in the media, but it is earth shattering in the newspaper industry, and especially for the NY Times which had announced it would begin charging for content in 2011. ...They have rued the day they decided to give away their internet content for free, and yearned to put Humpty...
  • Why is Lady Gaga’s music better protected than our state secrets?

    12/06/2010 1:18:58 PM PST · by Corky Boyd · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | Corky Boyd
    Good question. Yet unauthorized publishing Lady Gaga’s copyrighted music on the internet will most likely result in a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If that fails, then the offending website can be taken down. No such protection applies to classified material from our military or government agencies, except for the original leaker who will, no doubt, pay the price. Republishing leaked classified material carries no penalty. Solution: Hillary, don’t stamp your cables SECRET. Stamp them COPYRIGHT.
  • Why the $250,000 tax threshold is so dangerous … It’s not indexed for inflation

    12/03/2010 10:25:03 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 10 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | December 3, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    Prior to 1981’s Kemp Roth Tax Act, which indexed tax brackets for inflation for the first time, Democrats were happy to watch inflation force taxpayers into higher and higher tax brackets. Bracket creep was the easy way to raise tax rates without putting themselves on record. The experience of the Carter years, with inflation (CPI) rates rising to over 13.5% made indexing a high priority for the incoming Reagan administration. And indexing has worked well. But there are reminders of disastrous consequences of unindexed tax legislation, most notably the Alternative Minimum Tax. The AMT was intended to rectify the problem...
  • Mysterious missile launch most likely US Air flight 808

    11/10/2010 12:27:27 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 194 replies · 1+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | November 11, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    Network news and the internet were abuzz with the report and video by Los Angeles CBS affiliate KCBS of a reported missile launch late Monday afternoon -- around 5 PM. Both the Air Force and the Navy denied they had any missiles launches at the time. According to CBS News the Defense Department remains baffled. "Nobody within the Department of Defense that we've reached out to has been able to explain what this contrail is, where it came from," Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said. "So far, we've come up empty with any explanation." And they go on: "The FAA...
  • Death Panels for Democrats … The DNC’s new tactic to hold the House

    09/05/2010 11:44:57 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 26 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 5, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    The story that has the political establishment all abuzz today is the plan for Democrats to concentrate party resources on those with the best chances of winning so Nancy Pelosi can still wield the gavel. The sacrificial lambs and potential survivors will be chosen by party leaders in the next week or so. Not a great consolation for those from highly contested districts who were told they were better off voting for Obamacare than not. From today’s NY Times: "[Democratic] party leaders are preparing a brutal triage of their own members in hopes of saving enough seats to keep a...
  • Unusually good video of Restore Honor rally … from the Washington Post

    08/29/2010 3:39:39 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 14 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | August 29, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    I was pleasantly surprised by one aspect of yesterday’s Restore Honor rally on the Mall. It came from a surprising source, the Washington Post. It is Anna Uhls superb video coverage of the event. Link here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/08/28/VI2010082803627.html?hpid=artslot She covers it from the perspective of David Meister, a 40 something father and his 12 year old son Adam who took a ten hour “red eye” bus from New Richmond, Ohio to participate. David expresses his concern that President Obama is taking us down the wrong path and to turn things around he would have to change his policies 180 degrees. He...
  • Pelosi wants investigation of mosque opponents. Time for the House Un-American Activities Committee?

    08/18/2010 8:56:10 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 27 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | August 18, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a KCBS interview has called for an investigation of who is funding the opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque. From the Washington Times: "There is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how ... this opposition to the mosque is being funded," Now I’m not sure which House committee would handle this. Perhaps she can resurrect the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). The name has an interesting ring to it. Comments like this show the utter disarray...
  • Would Harry Truman have been impeached if he hadn’t used the Bomb?

    08/05/2010 11:09:59 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 14 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | August 5, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    As we approach the anniversary (August 6) of the employment of an atomic weapon against a wartime enemy, many will want to apologize for our first use without the knowledge of the bloodiness of the war or the consequences of not using it ... The news media covered the incredible brutality of the Japanese who had attacked us at Pearl Harbor without warning. The Bataan death march, a photo in Life Magazine of an Australian prisoner about to be beheaded and press reports and newsreels of the enormous casualties at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, did not leave Americans with a...
  • Obama Disapproval hits 50.0%

    08/04/2010 11:34:17 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 22 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | August 5, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    Real Clear Politics’ Presidential Job Approval polling data shows Obama’s disapproval at 50.0% and the spread at minus 5.3%, both records.
  • Insult by non invitation

    07/30/2010 5:51:09 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 2 replies · 2+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | July 31, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    It seems Democrats these days are expressing their anger by not inviting those one would normally expect to attend. What caught my attention was a piece on Jamie Dimon, the highly competent CEO and Chairman of JP Morgan Chase, and a former supporter of Obama. But he has become a major critic starting with the after-the-fact pay and dividend restrictions for accepting TARP funds, calling them a Scarlet Letter. For this and objecting to provisions of the financial reform bill, he was rewarded with a non invitation to Obama’s bill signing ceremony. To show insults can work both ways, Obama...
  • Was the “Russian Spy Scandal” roll up just another White House screw up?

    07/09/2010 11:33:00 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | July 9, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    The whole escapade makes no sense. With the exception of the “money man” Christopher Metzos who escaped, none represented a threat. It would have been far better to keep the remaining 10 under observation, as they had been for years. So the question is why did the FBI roll the operation up at this time? We tend to think operations like this are well thought out and run according to plan. But it is more likely this was an enormous screw up between the FBI and the White House. First, no FBI director in his right mind would conduct such...
  • Al Sharpton surprised at the support from the black community for the Supreme Court gun case

    06/30/2010 9:08:33 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 25 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | June 30, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    On his radio show yesterday, Al Sharpton surprisingly reveals an overwhelming support for Supreme Court Second Amendment decision in the black community. Sharpton: "I would say 90% of the calls I received yesterday were in support of the Supreme Court and people say they want to bear guns. They’re tired of the violence and it’s very very interesting. I have had a few on both sides today, but yesterday was overwhelming, it was stunning to me." Political correctness has masked the true intent of big city Democrat mayors for their support of gun control. Quite frankly it is and has...