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  • Drive-Bys Who Condemned Bush for "Hubris" Celebrate Obama's "Victory Lap"

    04/02/2014 6:57:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Go to the sound bites coming next and you'll hear them: They think they've turned the corner. Like on April 15th, everybody's gonna file their taxes. Is Obama gonna do a Rose Garden ceremony to talk about how persuasive he's been and how many people love the income tax? "My God, look at this, folks! Look at how many have complied this year. Look how many people love the income tax, and the income tax is making our country and a transfer of wealth possible. Look at how many millions and millions and millions of people file...
  • Radiation from Fukushima Will Be 10 Times Bigger than All of the Radiation from Nuclear Tests

    12/22/2013 7:51:41 AM PST · by Errant · 61 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/22/2013 | George Washington
    This graphic from Woods Hole in Massachusetts – one of the world’s top ocean science institutions – shows how much more cesium was dumped into the sea off Japan from Fukushima as compared to nuclear testing and Chernobyl [above]: The Canadian government has confirmed in October that Fukushima radiation will exceed “levels higher than maximum fallout” from the nuclear tests. The party line from the Japanese, Canadian and American governments are that these are safe levels of radiation. Given that those countries have tried to ban investigative journalism and have tried to cover up the scope of the Fukushima...
  • US is primed to overtake Europe and Japan as the technological leader in cell phone technology

    10/07/2002 1:42:41 PM PDT · by sourcery · 86 replies · 1,937+ views
    USS Clueless ^ | 5 Oct 2002 | Steven Den Beste
    Stardate 20021005.2128 (On Screen): As I think many of my readers know, I used to work for Qualcomm designing cell phones. Qualcomm is the company which invented CDMA, and made it practical, and made it into a market success, and it now dominates the American market, where Verizon and Sprint both use it. There are two other nationwide cellular systems: AT&T currently uses IS-136 TDMA, which is obsolete and has no upgrade path. Cingular uses GSM, a more sophisticated form of TDMA from Europe. And right now I'm basking in the evil glow of a major case of schadenfreude. The...
  • Michelle Obama-inspired physical activity stamp series raise safety concerns

    10/11/2013 2:46:44 AM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/10/13 | Caroline May
    The U.S. Postal Service tabled its first lady Michelle Obama-inspired physical activity stamp series due to safety concerns, a Postal Service spokesman confirmed to The Daily Caller Thursday. “The stamps are on hold with the printer and we have not made a decision at this point, right now, with respect to how we are going to move forward,” the USPS spokesman told TheDC. Some of the illustrations on some of the stamps in the series, the spokesman explained, feature activities that some might not consider safe — like doing a cannonball into a swimming pool.
  • Are You a Target of the Susnuts?

    09/10/2013 7:02:16 PM PDT · by Avoiding_Sulla · 7 replies
    Pascal Fervor ^ | 9 Sept 2013 | Pascal
    Or are you one of their mindless bots who believes you are somehow special? At Liberty's Torch, Weetabix asked me a question whose answer is too long to put into a small comment. Pascal - I must admit up front that a surfeit of current projects has undermined my normal willingness to research - have you any links to further explain the "Malthusian Sustainability nuts?"  The answer is even too long for a single post, but I need try at least this once. For my recent thoughts, the Sustainability label at my blog will provide you many examples of news...
  • Collapse of American Influence Recalls Disintegration of Soviet Union, Fall of France

    09/09/2013 6:40:00 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 10 replies
    New York Sun ^ | September 7, 2013 | Conrad Black
    Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, and prior to that the fall of France in 1940, has there been so swift an erosion of the world influence of a Great Power as we are witnessing with the United States. The Soviet Union crumbled jurisdictionally: In 1990-1991, one country became the 16 formerly constituent republics of that country... The cataclysmic decline of France, of course, was the result of being overrun by Nazi Germany in 1940...What we are witnessing now in the United States, by contrast, is just the backwash of inept policy-making in Washington, and nothing...
  • Weidman KO's Silva to take title

    07/07/2013 1:55:07 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 40 replies
    Chris Weidman sent a shock wave through mixed martial arts, stopping Anderson Silva in the second round of the main event at UFC 162 to become the new middleweight champion on Saturday night. Silva talked, taunted and dared Weidman to engage him. When the champion lowered his hands early in the second round, Weidman caught him with a short left that sent the MMA star to the mat. Weidman pounced and landed a few more shots that forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight at 1:18
  • Massachusetts Democrats To Force Governor to Seek Waiver from Obamacare Provisions

    06/26/2013 10:46:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/26/2013 @ 12:36PM
    A very interesting ACA development is taking place in Massachusetts today as the state that “inspired” Obamacare tries to reconcile its current law with the new federal law. Push back in the compliance effort is coming from an unexpected source, the senior Democratic budget writer in the State Senate, Senator Stephen Brewer, presumably with support from the Senate President as well.
  • Obama: Replace 'dumb' sequester cuts with 'smarter' cuts

    04/27/2013 5:07:29 AM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | April 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM | UPI
    WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday Congress should replace "dumb" federal spending cuts before the so-called sequester "causes further damage." In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president said the sequester -- a series of automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts -- was a bad idea when Congress adopted it and "as the country saw this week, it's a bad idea now." Obama said the cuts are affecting families whose children are being "kicked out of Head Start programs," and "seniors who depend on programs like Meals on Wheels to live independently." "There are military...
  • Obama to Attend Memorial in West, Texas [Attention Whore Needs Attention]

    04/22/2013 10:56:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/22/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama will attend a memorial in West, Texas for those killed in the explosion there last week, the press secretary announced today. Obama will be in Texas anyway for a Democratic fundraiser...
  • Sweden: where only 3% of the population uses cash

    04/08/2013 1:44:05 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 83 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 04/08/2013 | WesternCulture
    Sweden really is annoying. We've made both Germany and Russia look like fools on battle fields. We haven't experienced war for two centuries by now, but we're prepared for the next one. We once were poor, but today, we enjoy a standard of living that clearly is better than that of the average American or any other country on Earth for that sake. Few Americans could afford a car like the Volvo V70 (best selling car in Sweden) and only a small percentage of the American population own second homes (very common in Sweden). Furthermore, my Sweden is more technologically...
  • Report: Santorum and Gingrich discussed unity ticket in 2012 primary

    03/22/2013 7:34:44 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 64 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 22, 2013
    Joshua Green shares an amazing story about the secret negotiations between Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich for a “unity ticket” during the Republican Presidential primary. In the end, Green reports, neither of the two Republican leaders could agree which of the two would be president. (T)he two candidates spoke face-to-face at an energy forum just before the primary. Gingrich made an elaborate historical argument that when the party hasn’t been able to agree on a nominee, it always settles on the senior figure. Santorum wasn’t persuaded, and urged Gingrich to do what was best for the conservative movement.
  • Victim of fugitive cop killer files claim against city of LA seeking full reward

    03/09/2013 7:07:23 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 9, 2013 | Nina Golgowski
    The California camp ranger carjacked by ex-cop turned fugitive Christopher Dorner last month has filed a lawsuit seeking claim to the entire $1.2 million reward leading to his capture. Rick Heltebrake, who was robbed at gunpoint by Dorner while driving on a Big Bear-area road last month, has filed his suit against the city of Los Angeles claiming that it was his 911 phone call that led to Dorner's cornering. The full-time Boy Scouts ranger's life was spared during that carjacking while allowed to safely exit his truck and later call 911. According to his claim, it was that call...
  • The Limits of Government Power

    10/15/2012 5:27:23 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 12 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | October 14, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    A country and a people can be measured in its breath and its depth. A government can either choose breadth of control or depth of control—but it cannot have both. Breadth of control allows for governing a large area, but with only limited control and influence over those who live there. Depth of control allows for extensive control over the lives of a population, but such control requires government infrastructure of equal depth that is difficult to sustain or project over a large territory. One is a mile wide and an inch deep. The other is a mile deep and...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Is Right to Declare a War on Sugar

    06/03/2012 6:43:57 AM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 56 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 2, 2012 | Michael Tomasky
    There’s only one way to say something like this, and it’s loud and proud and without apology: I wholeheartedly support Mike Bloomberg’s war on sugar. It’s unassailable as policy. Refined sugar is without question the worst foodstuff in the world for human health, and high-fructose corn syrup is little better. We are a fat country getting fatter and fatter, and these mountains of refined sugar that people ingest are a big part of the reason. The costs to the health-care system are enormous, so the public interest here is ridiculously obvious. Obesity is a killer. Are we to do nothing,...
  • The List of Obama's Accomplishments As He Sees Them

    05/07/2012 4:18:46 PM PDT · by greenhornet68 · 16 replies
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  • Obama bundler Harvey Weinstein: He is too humble (hurl-a-licious)

    03/15/2012 5:18:20 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-15-12 | Charlie Spiering
    Top Hollywood producer and Obama bundler Harvey Weinstein attend the White House state dinner last night and had nothing but wonderful things to say about the president. "I'm so thrilled he's running for reelection, he's done a fantastic job, and he's the most underestimated president I've seen," Weinstein said, according to the pool report. "He's too humble, and his accomplishments far outweigh his esteem, but people will learn that in time."
  • Obama says he deserves re-election, job's not done

    02/05/2012 2:32:00 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Feb. 5, 2012 | AP
    Obama says he deserves re-election, job's not done WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he deserves re-election, despite the nation's economic troubles. Obama said in a pre-Super Bowl interview on NBC that his administration is creating more than 250,000 jobs a month, the most since 2005, and a reversal from the 750,000 jobs the economy was losing three years ago. The president said American manufacturing still needs a boost and "We have got to make sure we are pushing American energy, not just oil and gas, but clean energy." Obama also said the country needed to return to "old-fashioned...
  • Titanic mystery over violin 'from band leader who played on'

    01/31/2012 9:16:40 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 1-31-12
    An auctioneer has hired experts to try to verify claims by the owner of the century old instrument that it belonged to Wallace Hartley, the leader of the vessel’s eight-man musical ensemble. If proved, it could become the most valuable Titanic artefact ever to be considered for auction. But the claim is being treated with caution as a result. Hartley and his fellow musicians earned legendary status for their decision to play on as the ship sank on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912. They are said to have played the hymn “Nearer My God to Thee” after the...
  • First Lady Celebrates B-Day at Steakhouse Featuring $28 'Obama' Burger--Kobe Beef, Bacon, Cheese

    01/18/2012 4:10:37 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/18/12 | Susan Jones and Greg Gwyn-Williams
    But the Obamas didn't have burgers--they reportedly had steak in the private dining room. In response to a query from CNSNews.com, the BLT restaurant chain would not provide any details of the Obamas' visit, except to say they were "quite honored to have them as our guests." But according to one food blog--in a town famous for leaks--the President and Mrs. Obama ordered a 10-ounce American Wagyu steak, which at $81 is the second most expensive item on the menu, just behind the 12-ounce American Wagyu for $92. Dessert reportedly was a special-order red velvet cake. The a la carte...
  • White House Threw Secret 'Alice in Wonderland' Bash During Recession

    01/08/2012 12:47:37 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    NYPost ^ | 1-8-12 | MICHAEL GARTLAND and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    It was the tea party the Obamas just couldn’t resist. A White House “Alice in Wonderland” costume ball — put on by Johnny Depp and Hollywood director Tim Burton — proved to be a Mad-as-a-Hatter idea that was never made public for fear of a political backlash during hard economic times, according to a new tell-all. “The Obamas,” by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, tells of the first Halloween party the first couple feted at the White House in 2009. It was so over the top that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas sent the original Chewbacca to mingle with...
  • On the Story of the Tower of Babel and What it Says to Us Today

    11/07/2011 1:02:13 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 7, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In our Parish Sunday School classes I have asked that we read basic Bible Stories and discuss them, along with the rest of the curriculum. There is nothing like an old Bible story to teach fundamental points. For my part I teach the parents while their children are in class. Today we discussed the story of the Tower of Babel (Gen 11). It is a story that has much to teach us, especially in this modern and proud world.I’d like to ponder one particular aspect here on the blog, the issue of technology, and how it relates to modern times...
  • The hubris of O, &c.

    07/18/2011 5:31:28 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/18/2011 | Jay Nordlinger
    There was a headline last week: “Obama’s ratings plummet in Arab World.” (Article here.) Obama’s ratings are below those of George W. Bush, when that much maligned president left office. I couldn’t help thinking of something that Obama said during the ’08 campaign: “I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated . . . not only does the country look at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently.” The candidate went on, “The world will have confidence that I am listening to them, and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work...
  • My Art Comes From God - OK, or Heresy?

    06/20/2011 10:44:05 PM PDT · by CzarChasm · 40 replies
    none/vanity | 2011-06-21 | CzarChasm
    My family and I went to an art exhibit recently. It was dingy, dirty, unkempt, probably dangerous, and just plain creepy, and I could not wait to leave. The artist was inspired by God to create his numerous and various works. As we were leaving, there was a quote from the artist on the wall to the effect of: God provides the art, I am just the brush (not the exact wording) and I thought "I am sure that God could come up with something better than this!" I am not a fan of this particular art style to start...
  • FLASHBACK: Wiener's web of lies (watch and you will have zero sympathy for him)

    06/08/2011 6:19:20 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 23 replies · 1+ views
    abc news ^ | 6-8-11
    A look back at what Rep. Weiner told ABC's Jonathan Karl about the photo scandal. THIS IS AN ARROGANT, DISGUSTING, VILE MAN
  • Apple rejects Amazon's claims 'app store' is generic

    05/21/2011 3:13:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Electronista ^ | Fri May 20, 2011 | Electronista Staff
    Apple denies Amazon claims to generic app storesApple in a court filing late Thursday rebuffed Amazon's response that the term "app store" was generic. It insisted that the term isn't commonly used by other companies for their portals and couldn't be considered generic. Amazon was allegedly treading on Apple's mark by using the Appstore name as a result. The iPhone maker had sued Amazon in March claiming that its "app store" trademark was valid and commonly associated with the iOS App Store and, more recently, the Mac App Store. At one point, it has argued that the term was a...
  • A Night to Remember

    04/14/2011 11:02:42 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 42 replies · 3+ views
    IMDB ^ | Self
    April 15, 2011 will mark the 99th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic. She left Southampton, destined for New York on April 10, 1912. The iceberg was stuck late on the night of April 14, 1912 and was gone by 2:20 the next morning. Only 706 of the 2,223 souls aboard were saved, 1,517 perished. Even after the passage of nearly a century, controversy still exists about what happened or, more to the point, what should have happened after striking the berg. Likewise, a number of legends (Ismay donning woman's clothing) and myths (NOPOPE) have arisen since that memorable...
  • Christie Is A Much Better Governor Than You Were, Mrs Palin, Says Leading US Conservative Blogger

    03/08/2011 9:27:44 AM PST · by sussex · 71 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | the Aged P
    Ryan Streeter reckons that Governor Palin’s fiscal record in Alaska does not bear comparison with Governor Christie
  • Giants safety Antrel Rolle compares booing NFL players to booing soldiers coming home from Iraq

    12/02/2010 3:45:31 PM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12-2-10 | Kristie Ackert
    "They want to make it that guys paid this much money for a ticket, yeah, I understand that, I understand completely. We risk ourselves out there on the field each and every day also. When soldiers come home from Iraq you don't boo them. I look at it the same way. I take my job seriously," Rolle said. "I appreciate my fans, I appreciate them to the fullest, I am gonna continue to play for them as I always have. I am going to continue to be the best guy I could be for them. Nothing's gonna change," Rolle continued....
  • Obama: Overinflated, Bound to Burst

    11/16/2010 7:43:16 PM PST · by Aria · 16 replies
    New American ^ | 11/15/2010 | RALPH R. REILAND
    Inflated self-esteem can be decidedly counterproductive. American students, for example, took first place in self-judged mathematical ability in a comparative study of eight countries, but last place in actual mathematical competency. Korean students, in contrast, ranked themselves last in self-judged mathematical skills and took first place in actual mathematical performance. The idea that self-esteem produces better performance, reversing the direction of better performance boosting self-esteem, is clearly a concept that’s been oversold. But we feel good — whether it’s self-evaluations of leadership skills, looks, personality or math ability, it’s not unusual for 25 percent of American students to self-judge themselves...
  • Valerie Jarrett: "We Completely Understand" Anger At Bush (video)

    10/21/2010 2:59:58 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 16 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 21, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    "The fact is that people are frustrated and angry, we completely understand because of what happened before the president [Obama] came in and so it's going to take some time," senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett told CNN.
  • Sarah Palin's Hubris: Thatcher Edition

    10/13/2010 8:50:16 PM PDT · by pissant · 106 replies
    Spectator UK ^ | 10/14/10 | Alex Massie
    Good grief, Sarah Palin is a piece of work: A very happy birthday to Baroness Thatcher! There are so many lessons we can learn from her excellent example. She once said, “If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.” She sure did. Like her friend Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher had a steel spine. Her excellent defense of the free market is as relevant and true...
  • Jerry Brown's Castro Trouble

    10/05/2010 6:57:41 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 4, 2010
    Meg Whitman isn’t the only gubernatorial candidate with a legal skirmish in her past. Cuba expert Ann Louise Bardach reports that Jerry Brown violated U.S. sanction law during a trip to Cuba by using a CIA turncoat as a travel agent. Similar sanction violations were prosecuted extensively by George W. Bush. Plus: never before reported details of Brown’s mojito-fueled conversations with Fidel...the double agent who booked Brown’s travel; and Brown’s later concerns about breaking the law. It was well after midnight on July 24, 2000, when I heard a knock at the door of our room on the Hotel Nacional’s...
  • Woman accused of threatening school running for trustee

    09/16/2010 2:38:58 PM PDT · by Antioch
    Inside Toronto ^ | Sep 10, 2010 - 6:00 PM | TIM FORAN
    A woman accused of sending a bizarre series of letters last year threatening to bomb a west Toronto elementary school, shoot some of its staff and kill the principal has signed up to run for trustee in the upcoming election. Linda Pitney, 63, filed her papers to run for Toronto District School Board trustee for Eglinton-Lawrence just before the nomination deadline Sept. 10. Pitney is one of a trio of women facing several counts of threatening death and intimidation in connection with the letters, which allegedly targeted staff at Perth Avenue Junior public school. Pitney and the two co-accused have...
  • Obama’s Point of No Return

    08/19/2010 5:11:10 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Eddriscoll.com ^ | August 19, 2010 | Ed Driscoll
    As J. R. Dunn writes at the American Thinker, “There comes a moment in a failing presidency where the incumbent, through some single gesture, action, or statement, crosses a certain line from beyond which there is no return:” Through his own will and behavior, he so underlines his failings, so frames his negative image, that no further action can ever erase it. Fate, accident, and circumstance have nothing to do with it. It is the president himself who puts the period at the end of his own sentence. Such moments are obvious in retrospect, though not always at the time....
  • Irreconcilable Differences

    03/15/2010 7:40:30 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 7 replies · 401+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 3-15-10 | Stoutcat
    Given that so many Americans oppose this bill, so many have been so vocal about opposing it, and that it has been made clear to Congress and the President just what will happen if this monstrosity is forced upon us, one thing becomes very very clear. They can hear us. They just don’t care. And that bodes ill for us all.
  • A Battle for the Future Is Getting Personal ( Apple & Google )

    03/13/2010 9:19:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 296+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 12, 2010 | By BRAD STONE and MIGUEL HELFT
    IT looked like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Three years ago, Eric E. Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, jogged onto a San Francisco stage to shake hands with Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s co-founder, to help him unveil a transformational wonder gadget — the iPhone — before throngs of journalists and adoring fans at the annual MacWorld Expo. Google and Apple had worked together to bring Google’s search and mapping services to the iPhone, the executives told the audience, and Mr. Schmidt joked that the collaboration was so close that the two men should simply merge their companies and...
  • The 6 Delusions Of Google's Arrogant Leaders

    03/13/2010 6:58:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 788+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 03/13/10 | Ryan Tate
    The 6 Delusions Of Google's Arrogant Leaders Ryan Tate | Mar. 13, 2010, 5:04 AM | 963 | comment 10 Google's CEO went to Abu Dhabi this week and preached. He sermonized about Google's exceptional virtue — its indifference to profit and supreme trustworthiness. His speech should have been shocking. Except that delusional self-righteousness is now routine at Google. Eric Schmidt's comments at the Abu Dhabi "media summit" certainly sound especially cocky even considering the Google CEO's past haughty pronouncements. Schmidt, Fortune reports, implied Google is more trustworthy than any government on the planet after he was was asked asked...
  • We Are Being Governed by the Elite? Oh, Really?

    02/26/2010 3:40:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies · 476+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 26, 2010 | Jim Yardley
    According to all I hear from the media, both the dinosaur media types, and the conservative talk-radio/TV types, the "elites" are running the country. Now I'm not always the smartest kid in class, so I asked myself, just who are the "elites"? Who exactly are these supposed betters that are running things for us? Sounds like a reasonable place to start trying to understand what is going on in Washington, or Albany, or Sacramento, or East Nowhere, North Dakota. A simple dictionary definition describes the "elite" as the best of any group. Sounds OK, but what about the word "best"?...
  • Obama’s Next Tactic – The Executive Order

    02/18/2010 5:31:22 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 22 replies · 658+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 02-18-2010 | Gerry Ashley
    To a political extremist (left-wing or right-wing), the best-kept secret for years has been the sleeping constituent. An American more concerned about the outcome of American Idol than what’s taking place in Washington has been a dream come true. And it’s worked especially well for Barack Hussein Obama, hasn’t it? But like the Japanese in World War II, Obama pushed the American people until we awoke “with a terrible resolve.” Suddenly, the big smile and teleprompter sincerity aren’t swaying the masses like they used to. And the backlash has begun.
  • Biden: Iraq one of Obama's 'great achievements'

    02/11/2010 8:30:38 AM PST · by Senator Goldwater · 39 replies · 1,002+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 11, 2010 | Andrew Malcolm
    VP Biden went on CNN to chat with Larry King Wednesday. Many recall Biden's plans to give in to Iraq's fractious factions and carve the country into three territories. And even more probably recall Biden's boss' plan to halt the Iraq war years ago. Plus, of course, Obama's vehement opposition to the 2007 troop surge of you-know-who from Texas that Obama knew for certain was only going to worsen sectarian strife there. Well, of course, it didn't turn out that way, thanks in large measure to the brave service of U.S. troops who served and helped peace to break out...
  • THE POLITICIAN:An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency

    01/28/2010 3:40:32 PM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies · 892+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 28, 2009 | Janet Maslin
    Andrew Young’s hero was an inspiring Southern orator and a paragon of Christian virtue. He was a pillar of his community. Then he was photographed in compromising circumstances, outed as an adulterer and beset by a scandal that destroyed his career. “They caught me, Andrew,” the Rev. Bob Young confessed to his heartbroken teenage son. The traumatized son later went on to subordinate his life to John Edwards’s political career, becoming one of his most trusted aides. And he allowed his own reputation to be ruined in a vain effort to save Mr. Edwards from embarrassment. How much of that...
  • Vanity - Obamacare and the brief, tragic life of IJN Shinano

    01/20/2010 8:23:13 AM PST · by bt_dooftlook · 2 replies · 523+ views
    1/20/2010 | me
    The nearest historical simile I can think of is the tracking and sinking of IJN Shinano, Japan's last aircraft carrier, built on the supposedly invulnerable hull of the third "Yamato"-class super-battleship, by the USS Archerfish.
  • World's Tallest Skyscraper Opens in Dubai

    01/05/2010 6:36:50 AM PST · by La Lydia · 64 replies · 1,578+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 5, 2010 | STEFANIA BIANCHI And ANDREW CRITCHLOW
    DUBAI—The opening Monday of the world's tallest skyscraper could mark a turning point in Dubai's fortunes and those of its ruler after a year that saw both come under intense scrutiny. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the city-state's 60-year-old hereditary leader, hopes the building and its surrounding $20 billion development will help enhance his reputation among international investors and restore Dubai's allure as a business hub. Sheikh Mohamed said that the tower, until now known as the Burj Dubai, will be renamed Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed after the president of the United Arab Emirates. A multimedia presentation witnessed by...
  • Couple Arrested For Tattooing Children

    01/04/2010 10:59:36 AM PST · by pillut48 · 106 replies · 2,765+ views
    <p>CHATTOOGA COUNTY, Ga. - A Georgia couple is out of jail on bond after being arrested for tattooing six of their children.</p> <p>Investigators say they put their children in danger, but they say they did nothing wrong.</p>
  • Shorting the Economic Recovery

    01/02/2010 6:54:23 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 16 replies · 949+ views
    Barron's ^ | DECEMBER 28, 2009 | ROBIN GOLDWYN BLUMENTHAL
    PERHAPS ONE OF THE greatest failings in the run-up to the financial meltdown was a lack of perspective -- an inability by many market participants to see the big picture. Not so with Kevin Duffy and Bill Laggner, principals of the Dallas-based hedge fund Bearing Asset Management. With the help of their proprietary credit-bubble index, developed in 2004, the managers sounded early warnings on housing and credit excesses, and capitalized handsomely on their forecasts by shorting Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, money-center banks and brokers, builders, mortgage insurers and the like. Students of the Austrian school of economics, which espouses a...
  • O rips the American way

    12/25/2009 2:06:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus · 67 replies · 2,903+ views
    The New York Post ^ | December 25, 2009 | Charles Hurt
    Increasingly unloved and ridiculed from both sides, a new and embittered President Obama is emerging this Christmas season as he begins a badly needed vacation in Hawaii. In an interview on the eve of yesterday's health-care ram-through, Obama expressed his deep frustration over the legislative process. The president accused Republicans of abuse for employing the very rules that make the Senate the "world's greatest deliberative body." "If this pattern continues, you're going to see an inability on the part of America to deal with big problems in a very competitive world, and other countries are going to start running circles...
  • Caption TOTUS In Copenhagen

    12/18/2009 11:51:33 AM PST · by onemiddleamerican · 61 replies · 2,612+ views
    Yahoo News Images ^ | December 18, 2009
    Have fun !!
  • Clinton Attends Statue Unveiling of Himself

    11/02/2009 1:17:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies · 1,198+ views
    All Voices ^ | 2/11/09 | Word Slinger
    Former President Bill ClintonBill Clinton attends an unveiling of a statue of himself.
  • Obama Olympic torch fizzles for Chicago

    10/06/2009 7:54:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies · 2,194+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/6/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    If you want to understand why some conservatives were gleeful over Chicago's fourth-place finish in its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games - after President Obama and the first lady flew to Copenhagen to pitch the American city to the International Olympic Committee - consider this quote in the New York Times from Anita DeFrantz, an IOC member from the United States: "I hate the fact that these elegant people were here, and then our country got treated that way." These elegant people? So the other folks who didn't win for their cities are what? Slobs? You see...