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  • Boehner calls for 'discussion' on guns

    12/19/2012 12:24:32 AM PST · 114 of 176
    snowsislander to lowbridge
    It is time to call Congressman Boehner's telephone numbers. The official number for the Speaker is (202) 225-0600; doubtless other people have better ones to post.

    I will also call my own representative to let him know of my displeasure with Mr. Boehner's call for "discussion" on the Second Amendment.

    Additionally, I will be glad to contribute to any pro-2nd Amendment challenger for Mr. Boehner's House seat in 2014.

    I will also call the RNC to let Mr. Priebus that the GOP needs to remain firm on this issue.

    I don't think that the left can generate more hysteria-driven folly like the 1968 GCA, but Mr. Boehner's moronic capitulation to "discussion" doesn't help our side at all.

    Mr. Boehner, rather than mewling about the 2nd Amendment, why don't you please do something useful? Clearly, we have far too much government; why not spend some time on, say, getting rid of the Department of Education?

    Engaging the left when it is on yet another quest to exploit a tragedy in order to pass hysteria-driven laws is simply bad politics. Instead, move the discussion back to our vast over-spending; we are on the edge of taxmeggedon, and there are far more productive items for the Speaker of the House to be "discussing".

  • Regarding the recent Florida election

    11/09/2012 8:51:21 PM PST · 51 of 112
    snowsislander to dinoparty; sarasmom
    Could it be, possibly, that each actual voter legitimately casts multiple cards?

    Yes, that's exactly what happened.

    Each voter received two ballot cards — Florida had a large number of constitutional amendments proposed, and it required two ballots to cover all of the races and amendments.

    The first two pages of the "Statement of Votes Cast" report are somewhat misleading when they show "cards cast" as exceeding 100%, and do not indicate blatant fraud. You should divide "cards cast" by two to get the number of voters participating.

  • 10 dire consequences of Obama's re-election victory

    11/07/2012 1:02:45 AM PST · 9 of 17
    snowsislander to waus

    Mr. Adams missed the first and most obvious: Taxmeggedon.

    Federal taxes are scheduled to skyrocket in January, just 7 weeks away. With these election results, there’s now no way to stop it.

  • ELECTION DAY November 6, 2012 ***LIVE THREAD I***

    11/06/2012 5:23:23 PM PST · 1,452 of 2,353
    snowsislander to RKBA Democrat

    Florida is starting to look very good according to the New York Times count: 51% Romney, 48% Obama, and we have only begun to see the Panhandle counties counted.

  • Barton Calls Obama ‘America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U.S. President’

    09/21/2012 6:21:51 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    snowsislander to IbJensen
    June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery.

    And I thought my disgust with the Kenyan Clown and his circus could go no lower. Truly, this is among the most vile acts by any Western government that I can recall: forbidding a family religious solace at a funeral is beyond the pale.

    This nation cannot bear another four years of the Kenyan Clown.

    I realize that Governor Romney has done things in the past that I didn't like, and he certainly will do things that I won't like when he is President. But this nation cannot bear another four years of the Kenyan Clown. Even President Carter wasn't this bad. Even FDR wasn't this bad. Neither of them literally hated this country; Obama does hate and despise these United Statres.

    The Kenyan Clown has fully earned his title as the worst occupant of the Oval Office in our history, and he must be turned out in November's elections.

  • How badly did Romney botch response to Libya attack? [Media Sucks Up To Obama]

    09/13/2012 5:12:43 AM PDT · 40 of 68
    snowsislander to livius
    Funny - Romney’s response was the thing that made me finally decide to go down to the GOP headquarters and volunteer to work phones.

    Governor Romney's response was good enough that I have finally decided to contribute to his campaign.

    I fully realize that Mr. Romney has done things that I didn't like and will do things that I won't like, but the Kenyan Clown, over these four years, has been an utter disaster. I can only condemn every single action that he has taken, both foreign and domestic. The headlines from the Middle East are the direct result of the Kenyan Clown's follies.

    David Limbaugh correctly labels Barack Hussein Obama as "The Great Destroyer."

    Another four years of the Kenyan Clown's blazing destruction of our country is unthinkable.

  • Is usability breaking Linux adoption?

    08/06/2012 11:26:18 AM PDT · 36 of 46
    snowsislander to ShadowAce
    All through I have been using Fedora Linux , and it has not been an easy ride all along.

    I find it remarkable that the poster is calling Linux hard to use because he has chosen to use one of the more cutting-edge distributions.

    Fedora is supposed to be hard to use; the Fedora Project, unlike most distributions, has a large community of system developers who are more than willing to subject the Fedora user community to all sorts of untested experiments.

    If this person would like to criticize a user-friendly distribution for such shenanigans, I would think that to be a more fair criticism. But if he chooses to subject himself to Fedora, then I don't think he should blame all of the Linux community for Fedora's predilections.

  • Gibson Guitar Corp. Strikes Deal with Justice Dept. to Avoid Prosecution

    08/06/2012 11:18:15 AM PDT · 28 of 69
    snowsislander to kingattax
    Since May 2008, it has been illegal under the Lacey Act to import into the United States plants and plant products that have been harvested and exported in violation of the laws of another country.

    What a moronic law. There are literally millions of laws around this globe, and we have to know about the detailed ins and outs of every legal system throughout the world, or we are criminals?

    Our Congress is the biggest band of idiots and our second greatest embarrassment after the inimitably idiotic Kenyan Clown.

  • Scalia stuns Identity Conservatives: says guns can be regulated

    07/29/2012 5:13:33 PM PDT · 10 of 116
    snowsislander to Jim Robinson
    Between Obama, Romney, Roberts and now Scalia, I think we can kiss liberty goodbye.


    The Supreme Court is now looking quite shaky.

    It's amazing that FDR and Obama were both able to do this. No other presidents in history come to my mind in their astonishing ability to bend the Supreme Court to their will.

  • In Israel, Romney declares Jerusalem to be capital

    07/29/2012 11:54:33 AM PDT · 9 of 90
    snowsislander to Milagros

    This is well done by Governor Romney.

  • Chaplain quits So. Baptists over same-sex rite

    07/28/2012 7:05:16 AM PDT · 11 of 55
    snowsislander to Clint N. Suhks
    Good riddance.


  • Reince Priebus: I won’t toss Allen West in a ‘ditch’

    07/04/2012 11:52:40 AM PDT · 24 of 39
    snowsislander to Signalman
    Applause for Priebus. Usually, the Republican would fold like a house of cards and apologize, while a Dem would get a pass. It’s refreshing to see a Republican with a backbone.


  • Border Patrol union blasts DHS instructions to 'run away' & 'hide' from gunmen [O wants cartel in]

    06/30/2012 5:43:05 AM PDT · 71 of 105
    snowsislander to NoLibZone
    The Kenyan Clown hates and despises this country, and works to destroy it.

    Even the left must see how stupid and counterproductive this "run and hide" edict from the Kenyan usurper is, though no doubt that they will attempt to rationalize when confronted with such dangerous and irrational dictates from the White Hut.

    Indeed, I will guess that none of the MSM will condescend to even mention this particularly stupid directive; searching Google News yields nothing yet except for this Fox News story and one from Human Events.

  • Egan-Jones Downgrades Germany to A+ from AA-

    06/26/2012 6:14:07 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    snowsislander to Oldeconomybuyer
    At this rate, Germany's debt will soon be rated equally with Botswana's. :-)

    (This is an inside joke meant for people who were watching the "raters" at Moody's way back when they dropped Japan's sovereign credit rating down to that of Botswana's, infuriating the Japanese government. It also proved to be a singularly silly move on Moody's part; Japan of course will never default on bonds issued in yen — Japan, like any country with its own currency, can issue as much money as they need to pay interest. Indeed, lack of the same flexibility for the members of the EMU is what is causing so many problems in euro-land, including these well-deserved credit rating losses, unlike the Japanese situation.)

  • Arizona SoS Ken Bennett Believes Obama Fibbed Birthplace for College; All Records Sealed

    06/19/2012 5:56:37 PM PDT · 40 of 71
    snowsislander to MHGinTN
    Nice try, but he may have applied to Occi as an Indonesian and received lots of aid, then applied at Columbia as from HI. He had an Islamic sugar daddy, anyway, when going to Harvard. The sonofabitch lies when he opens his mouth, so don’t trust ANYTHING the baastard commie says, or his ‘autobiographer’, Ayers. Now he has the fifth column media lying for him constantly. Don’t help them.

    I am certain that Obama was born in Kenya, is most likely an illegal alien, and my best guess is that he didn't apply to any U.S. university as a foreign student.

    Think for a second: just how many of the thousands of illegal aliens now attending U.S. universities claim to be foreign students? Zero. There's no advantage for a Mexican illegal alien to tell a university that he is a foreign student: he will get socked with higher tuition, and he will be ineligible for financial aid. Instead, they lie and claim American citizenship, exactly like the Kenyan Clown did.

    The Kenyan Clown has used his foreign birth to his advantage when it suited him, such as when he was trying to pitch books. But when it suited him to lie, he has certainly done that, such as when he ran for president and when he went to university.

  • Arizona SoS Ken Bennett Believes Obama Fibbed Birthplace for College; All Records Sealed

    06/19/2012 5:25:22 PM PDT · 34 of 71
    snowsislander to Seizethecarp
    "I actually think he was fibbing about being born in Kenya when he was trying to get into college ..."

    That's absurd. It's not an advantage to declare oneself a foreign student: you become ineligible for undergraduate financial aid and you have to pay much higher out-of-state rates for tuition.

    Heck, if the Kenyan Clown had managed somehow to get some type of extraordinary aid package as an undergraduate, you can bet your house that he would have lauded this extraordinary achievement to the skies. Since he has never made such a claim, he didn't. Instead, all that he has ever mentioned are a plethora of ordinary student loans, which are not available to foreign students.

  • The End of Free Money

    06/19/2012 5:11:10 AM PDT · 2 of 2
    snowsislander to shove_it
    They'll rise along with interest rates.

    The Obamaites are pushing Japan to go into the markets to buy our debt as part of their currency intervention regime; if this happens, rates are still going to stay low.

    In general, it is very unlikely that we will see any substantial rise in rates. It would be economic suicide with the vast amount of short-term debt that the Kenyan Clown has amassed.

  • No One Left to Pander To (Not even Obama can buy the votes of over half the country)

    06/19/2012 5:05:35 AM PDT · 2 of 11
    snowsislander to SeekAndFind
    The president’s contempt for the Bush tax cuts is an obsession.

    Those tax cuts are just about to expire. "Taxmaggedon", as it has been called, is now just around the corner and Congress is doing nothing.

    Cannot the Republicans, who at least run the House, push through one bill on this critical subject? I doubt that the Democrat Senate will do anything with it, but at least we can make political hay with this pending economic disaster.

  • Obama attorneys argue he's not Dem nominee (Klayman Florida NBC ballot challenge)

    06/18/2012 4:59:27 PM PDT · 65 of 72
    snowsislander to Seizethecarp
    Let's hope for the best. This appears to be a good judge, one willing to deal with difficult situations.

    It certainly seems less than responsive to argue that the candidate's eligibility is irrelevant: it would be far simpler to quash the whole issue with clear and unequivocal evidence.

    I would assume that such evidence simply doesn't exist.

    As to the Kenyan Clown's lawyers arguing that he's not yet a candidate, that's a stupid and obtuse argument. He's already appeared on a Florida ballot in the primary election; it is perfectly fair to challenge that appearance on the ballot if he's not an eligible candidate. This type of challenge has been upheld before, and candidates have been removed from ballots because of prima facie ineligibility to be elected.

  • Weak dollar prompts foreign buyers to home in on US property

    06/16/2012 8:06:04 AM PDT · 13 of 16
    snowsislander to jdsteel
    Not Euro, pound, yen or yuan, at least since the Eurocrash.

    It only takes 78 yen to buy one dollar, which makes the yen quite strong. Indeed, the Bank of Japan spent years and much money intervening in the markets to keep it above 100 yen.

    Speaking of which, there's been recent talk of more intervention (and possibly innovative means for the intervention rather than the very successful pile-driver approach that has been used in the past) to drive the yen down:

  • A Recall the Left Would Rather Forget

    06/06/2012 5:28:13 AM PDT · 7 of 16
    snowsislander to Islander7
    What was Walker’s margin of victory? I’ve looked online, but haven’t found it. Must be impressive for the ‘media’ to ignore it.

    Yes, I had the same question, and spent a while searching before finding it at the New York Times: Walker 53.2%, Barrett 46.3%.

  • NBC Calls It For Walker

    06/05/2012 9:28:53 PM PDT · 47 of 55
    snowsislander to MindBender26

    Excellent news.

  • Obama's Walesa Moment - A Snub Heard Round the World

    06/04/2012 5:36:18 AM PDT · 14 of 36
    snowsislander to BuffaloJack
    And by the way, my British friends, we’d consider it a favor if you guys could return the bust of Winston Churchill when the Kenyan gets booted from office in November.


  • Download Firefox 13 for Linux With Speed Dial

    06/04/2012 5:34:32 AM PDT · 8 of 30
    snowsislander to ShadowAce
    Faster browsing, thanks to the SPDY protocol;

    There's very little real world support of SPDY yet on the server side, so any "faster browing" is going to have to wait until it's actually more available.

    Indeed, it's not clear that SPDY actually will speed up some websites (ones that are mostly a single large page, such as FreeRepublic, for one); it seems likely that the primary beneficiaries will be websites that have lots of trackers and other embedded bits that a server can guess are going to need to be pulled in for the full page.

  • Greece under the leftists: Debt-free, well-paid and a proud people

    06/04/2012 5:05:24 AM PDT · 20 of 40
    snowsislander to aquila48
    If Syriza's platform is what is presented in this article (and certainly searching around the net doesn't reveal anything other than these are some very demented lefties), then it will get very bad in Greece if they take power.

    Well, at least the Kenyan Clown and M. Hollande will find that they have a great deal in common with Syriza, and no doubt Washington and Paris will fete them in grand style.

  • Obama's Economic Plan: Give Every American $3,000 to go buy "Thingamajigs"

    06/03/2012 2:59:27 PM PDT · 38 of 47
    snowsislander to radiohead
    WTF? He wants to ‘give’ people 3K? Where’s it come from, ‘cause last time I looked, we were broke.

    Give me a 3K tax break, I’ll take care of the rest.

    Actually, I believe the reference is to the same $3,000 figure as the Kenyan Clown gave during his weekly radio address: Right now, Congress should give every responsible homeowner the opportunity to save an average of $3,000 a year by refinancing their mortgage. (link)

    If so, then that hypothetical $3,000 would come from squeezing the banking industry; though, so far, all of the coerced "refinancing" schemes from the politicos have been a joke: the uptake has been virtually zero on any of them — the main reason of course is that the implementation is left up to the banks which have no interest in doing any coerced refinancings.

    The biggest joke of course is the most recent "$25 billion foreclosure settlement"; so far, the only beneficiaries have been the states, which have received a few large checks and cashed them.

    I don't think that even one mortgage has actually been refinanced yet under the new settlement agreement, nor do I expect to see any more than a token amount ever processed.

  • Microsoft reinvents the wheel with Windows 8

    06/03/2012 8:25:37 AM PDT · 44 of 102
    snowsislander to SeekAndFind
    Win8, Unity, Gnome 3.

    What in the world are these "developers" thinking? That everyone only uses small mobile devices for all computing activities?

    These are all very poor interfaces for large monitors natively, though at least Cinnamon running over Gnome 3 transfers a painful experience into a pleasant enough one.

  • Discusses the 2nd Amendment with UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh (VIDEO)

    06/03/2012 8:16:21 AM PDT · 2 of 5
    snowsislander to marktwain
    There are embeded links in the original story.

    Here are the embedded links:

    •   "UCLA School of Law"
    •   "...this is just a snapshot of his bio, for the complete text, click here"
    •   "[Recall, I asked Ladd Everitt from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence the same question, to see how he responded click here]"
    •   "Well, I wrote a 100-page article on the subject, so it’s hard for me to give you a paragraph on it."
    •   "I haven’t been following it closely enough to say more than what I said here."
    •   "Yes, a Glock 17."
  • Daddy, Where Were You in June, 2012?

    06/01/2012 5:31:02 AM PDT · 46 of 97
    snowsislander to exit82

    Well done.

  • Seven Mississippi democrats turn republican (Obama inspires party switches)

    06/01/2012 5:13:34 AM PDT · 40 of 42
    snowsislander to Clintonfatigued
    "This is enough. We've gone too far. We've gone down the road of moral decay too far. It's time to stop it. It's time to turn around and let's go back together," said Waggoner.


  • President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

    06/01/2012 4:50:12 AM PDT · 24 of 36
    snowsislander to Innovative
    A man who was arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being "political" is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30 years later.

    Baloney. There are few indeed normal Americans who would agree with this rancid ostracization of Mr. Walesa, one of the great men of the 20th century.

    This shunning is solely the work of the Kenyan usurper who occupies our highest office, not the United States of America.

    President Reagan, Lady Thatcher, President Walesa: these names will be written and discussed for centuries.

    The Kenyan usurper's name will be a lingering object of mockery and derision and shame, and maybe we can live down his election in a few short decades.

  • Texas Sends Two Pro-gun Constitutionalists into July 31 Runoffs

    05/31/2012 5:45:04 AM PDT · 4 of 7
    snowsislander to marktwain

    I certainly hope that we can put Steve Stockman back into Congress.

  • Poles Demand Obama Apology For "Polish Death Camps" Comment

    05/31/2012 4:16:50 AM PDT · 156 of 159
    snowsislander to Free ThinkerNY
    The Kenyan Clown: incompetent at every job, and reflexively hates this country and the West.

    In his chosen profession as a lawyer, he is unfamiliar with even the basics of American law, such as Marbury v. Madison and the principle of judicial review.

    In foreign policy, he blunders about, alienating allies and cuddling up to enemies. In domestic policy, he seeks to destroy our economy, our defenses, and our moral fiber. In governance, he sets up large numbers of unconstitutional "czars."

    Please, America, vote for no more dog-eating Kenyan cokeheads in the Oval Office.

  • China condemns U.S. gun ownership as human rights violation

    05/31/2012 3:48:53 AM PDT · 30 of 53
    snowsislander to marktwain
    Totalitarian states like Red China always feel threatened by free men owning firearms.

    Totalitarian states demand that all power emanate from the state; under such a creed, men have no rights, just enumerated permissions that may be granted or rescinded at the whim of the state.

    Firearms are "liberty's teeth."

  • Louisiana Set to Pass Landmark Pro-Gun Constitution Changes

    05/30/2012 5:37:29 AM PDT · 6 of 15
    snowsislander to marktwain
    The text of the bill is at

    While it's a good amendment, I would think that if you are going to all of the trouble of amending the state constitution that you would try to get the best possible terms, perhaps something like: "The right of each citizen to acquire, keep, carry, transport, use, and bear arms is fundamental right and shall not be abridged, infringed, or restricted by any law."

    If you are curious about the various versions of this bill as it went through the legislative process, they are available at

  • Poles Demand Obama Apology For "Polish Death Camps" Comment

    05/30/2012 5:04:22 AM PDT · 105 of 159
    snowsislander to immadashell
    It looks like the only group who haven't figured out the usurper by now is the lamestream media led by the NY Slimes.


  • US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

    05/28/2012 4:47:17 PM PDT · 19 of 82
    snowsislander to EBH
    Loose lips there General....

    The "loose lips" are entirely intentional.

    The Japanese have done exactly the same mind games, knowing that the North Koreans will go to extremes to eliminate such putative clandestine activities.

    Indeed, Japanese authorities have alluded to their extensive network of spies in North Korea. (The best part was their reference to the "警察庁 controllers" of these spies; the North Koreans probably expended many man-years trying to find and eliminate these agents.)

  • College transcripts replace birth certificate for Obama detractors

    05/28/2012 4:35:34 PM PDT · 9 of 52
    snowsislander to Menehune56
    Interesting. The Kenyan usurper has only produced a forgery for his natal documentation, and has never produced any documentation for any of his academic endeavours, yet the MSM insists on concocting these silly Alinsky-lite activities, mocking those that evince any concern about the Kenyan clown usurping the Oval Office.

    While it's certainly conceivable that reporterettes like "Robin Abcarian" are indeed that dense, it seems unlikely that all of the MSM are that incognizant of the issues.

  • Transforming America into Obama's Imperial Dictatorship.

    05/27/2012 5:16:14 PM PDT · 18 of 20
    snowsislander to AEMILIUS PAULUS
    The American people voted for this creature. The American people set aside hundreds of years of experience and observation, abdicated their right to govern and elected he who cannot be correctly named. We got the government we deserve as promised years ago.


  • Obama Breaks the First Rule of Lying Believably

    05/27/2012 3:43:04 AM PDT · 29 of 33
    snowsislander to Noob1999
    Another huge distortion is TARP.

    Yes, the loans caused cash outlays at the tail end of Bush, so they get caught in the detail as 2009 “expenditures” according to Zer0 bogamath. So that would mean that the repayment of all those loans in fiscal 2010 and 2011 are probably counted as either income, or negative spending in Zer0 bogamath, distorting his stats by over what was it $900 billion???

    Big BTTT.

    I haven't seen anything on the disposition of the repayments and I strongly suspect that indeed they were counted as income.

    Certainly I bet that the sweeteners thrown in were counted as income: the Bush Administration insisted on receiving warrants that ended up being worth a pretty penny. From the most recent Special Inspector General's TARP quarterly report: As of March 31, 2012, the combined proceeds from Treasury’s public and private warrant auctions totaled $5.4 billion.

    (Report is at; the quote is from page 97.)

    Of course, it looks like the Kenyan Clown's administration has managed to even screw this up; from the report, it appears that recently (circa November 2011) a "new method" for disposing of these warrants has been created that guarantees that the federal government won't receive the full profits but instead will sell these warrants back on the cheap.

  • China’s Hydropower Miscalculation

    05/26/2012 12:59:42 AM PDT · 4 of 9
    snowsislander to bruinbirdman
    The far left envirowhackos really do want us living back in caves.

    No nuclear power, no coal power, and now, no hydroelectric.

    They have even recently managed to get hydroelectric capacity shutdown here in the U.S., a country that has a dire electric future.

    Unfortunately, both candidates are bad on this, so voting against the Kenyan usurper isn't going to mean much unless we have a very good Congress, with strong majorities in both the House and the Senate. Even then the executive branch still has a vast amount of power to destroy industries and we have seen no initiative on the Republican part to rescind such powers.

  • Sheriff Joe's posse: 'Hawaii duped Arizona'

    05/25/2012 7:12:20 PM PDT · 18 of 146
    snowsislander to Nasher

    Yes, the usual weasel wording from Hawaii makes it pretty clear that they aren’t going to commit themselves to anything uncategorical.

  • Tokyo soil so contaminated with radiation it would be considered nuclear waste in US

    05/25/2012 1:55:38 PM PDT · 57 of 60
    snowsislander to justa-hairyape
    The Japanese media ? Like for example the head of NHK who is taking the head job at Tepco ? Unfortunately, Japan has become Americanized. And we should not have to explain how corrupt the American media became. Heck, their corruption spawned the alternative media.

    Note that my articles are from Asahi. Just exactly whose spin do you think Asahi is going to carry? NHK is a government entity, but Asahi certainly isn't. Asahi is a left-wing newspaper that's perfectly happy to sensationalize any nuclear scare story.

    If Asahi cannot find anything more controversial than the local whole body scanners in Fukushima are running a bit behind in scanning folks, then you can rest assured that's nothing else to sensationalize.

  • Tokyo soil so contaminated with radiation it would be considered nuclear waste in US

    05/25/2012 4:47:29 AM PDT · 44 of 60
    snowsislander to JohnKinAK
    Here's some actual news about searching for people who have been overexposed to radiation. It's an article about how municipalities in Fukushima as well as the prefectural government have on their own initiative gone out and bought portable whole body scanners (at $625,000 a pop) to drive into neighborhoods to check people's actual exposure levels:

      Fukushima municipalities forced to go it alone on radiation testing

    Courtesy of

    Here's a relevant quote from the article about radiation levels found in people in the hardest hit areas of Fukushima, and not distant Tokyo:

    It released encouraging results on May 15 based on tests conducted on 9,502 people. While radioactive cesium was detected in 68.9 percent of adults (senior high school students or older) in October 2011, that figure had dropped to 9.9 percent in March this year.

    The corresponding figures for children (junior high school students or younger) also fell from 32.3 percent to 0.8 percent.

    Radiation levels dropped in all 67 children who showed high radiation levels in their first checkups and received follow-up tests. Levels also fell for 112 of 114 adults who showed high radiation levels in their first checkups. Two men, both aged 60 or older, showed a slight increase in their levels.

    “Cesium has decreased for most of the people because it has passed out of the body in the form of urine or other substances. As for those whose radiation levels rose, there could be influences from food taken by them. It is necessary to continue to have checkups, including tests on food,” said Masaharu Tsubokura, a doctor at Minami-Soma City General Hospital, who was in charge of the WBC checkups for Minami-Soma residents.

  • Hawaii State Registrar does not verify authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate

    05/25/2012 3:33:53 AM PDT · 16 of 95
    snowsislander to Smokin' Joe
    Another happy heaping helping of weasel words, with a side order of dodged questions. A simple yes or no answer would have been good, and the absence thereof just makes the alleged documents more suspect.


  • Tokyo soil so contaminated with radiation it would be considered nuclear waste in US

    05/25/2012 3:23:20 AM PDT · 40 of 60
    snowsislander to JohnKinAK
    This is a stupid hoax.

    Believe me, the Japanese popular press would be full of lurid accounts of any such widespread radiation. You should have seen the press pandemonium when there was actually a bit found in Tokyo last year. Think the "Daily Mail" on steroids.

    Here's the latest WHO exposure summary chart (which, by the way, the Japanese government doesn't agree with, saying that the chart overstates the spread of radiation):

    Image courtesy of
  • EU: Germany holds a gun to Greece's head

    05/24/2012 3:56:04 PM PDT · 17 of 24
    snowsislander to Former Proud Canadian
    They will shortly run out of money. No more Euros to pay for imports or to pay for any government obligations.

    Socialist governments aren't known for their economic savviness.

    I suspect that, if the drachma is revived, the Greeks will run the presses to pay for anything they can buy with drachma, default on obligations that cannot be paid in drachma, and hope for a flood of tourists with lots of (relatively) hard euros in their wallets.

    If that scenario develops, of course it will be hard to pay for imports (about 40 billion euros per year) but a drastically devalued drachma is going to make their manufactured and agricultural goods attractively priced relative to the euro. I wouldn't be surprised to see some continued upsurge in their exports (currently about 20 billion euros per year) if the drachma is revived.

  • EU: Germany holds a gun to Greece's head

    05/24/2012 2:24:07 AM PDT · 5 of 24
    snowsislander to bruinbirdman
    At this point, it's hard to believe that the drachma won't live again.

    As to timing, the practical question has to be will doing it earlier rather than later bring an even greater flood of tourists with strong euros in their pockets over the summer? It's already late May, so the upheaval from an exit needs to be either done quickly, or postponed until after tourist season.

    Greece's economy could become 30% tourism if the drachma becomes cheap enough quickly enough. It's already between 15%-20%, depending on whose numbers you use.

  • Click it or Ticket - Primary Stop Seat Belt Law - 21st May through Memorial Day

    05/24/2012 1:13:10 AM PDT · 98 of 163
    snowsislander to dila813
    These guys are even running competitions to see who can get more of you

    You are exactly correct. On that disgusting web page from the Florida Department of Transport in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is literally a contest with points, one of the major scoring sections being how many tickets they can write:

    Enforcement Activity Results

    Agencies will enter the number of activities completed for the particular challenge period report. This section is worth up to 110 points

    •  Safety Belt Citations _______ Suspended Licenses _______
    • DUI Arrests _______ Uninsured Motorists _______
    • Felony Arrests _______ Speeding Citations _______
    • Child Safety Seat Citations _______ Reckless Driving _______
    • Recovered Stolen Vehicles _______ Drug Arrests _______
    • Fugitives Apprehended _______ Other Arrests _______

    Agency’s Top Producer

    Agencies will enter the name and rank of the “Top Producer” for the challenge period. Agencies will also enter the number of safety belt violations written by the top producer. This section is worth up to 25 points

    Governor Scott should be ashamed. This is ridiculous, over-the-top behavior by the State of Florida. It's no surprise that the Kenyan Clown's goon squad in Washington delight in such bully-boy tactics, but it's a shame that one of the most Republican states in the nation — the governorship has been Republican since 1999, and currently the Republicans have a supermajority in the House and Senate — is willing to play along.

  • Bennett says he's received verification of president's birth certificate(didn't open email?)

    05/23/2012 12:13:30 PM PDT · 38 of 106
    snowsislander to autumnraine

    What an exceedingly odd thing to say.