Friday, April 30, 2010

Corruption in Los Angeles aided by Schwarzenegger?

Form the American Thinker:
This story is just amazing and deeply disturbing!
Even worse it shows that disgusting corruption was aided and abetted in part by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A lawyer in the LA area actually trying to help people has been jailed in essence for exposing corruption in the way lawsuits against the government are handled.
"Despite winning multiple judgments for taxpayers in other counties in California, Dr. Fine had been puzzled by his inability to obtain a favorable ruling in Los Angeles County. Upon further investigation, he discovered an unlawful practice that had been widespread since 1987: L.A. County Supervisors were using taxpayer funds to pay Superior Court judges for deciding cases in favor of the County. Further research revealed that during the period from 2005-2009, only three cases were ruled in favor of plaintiffs against the County of Los Angeles. Dr. Fine estimated that payouts since 1987 from the County to L.A. Superior Court judges amounted to three hundred fifty million dollars." 
The facts lead to a conclusion of clear retaliation.

So why haven't we heard of this case?

The MSM has obviously ignored this "made for 60 Minutes" story and it needs to be spread far and wide.

Iraq wants what?

From the American Thinker:
Saddam  Hussein  stole many Torahs and Haggadahs from one of the oldest Jewish diaspora communities.
American military units recovered many of these stolen items from Saddam's palaces and held them in trust.
Now Iraq is demanding them back as part of their heritage?
How many Jews are still in Iraq?
Shouldn't they or Israel get these religious artifacts?
I think the Iraqi government needs to rethink this one.

Wind Farm for Cape Cod (from Obama)

From Sweetness and Light:
Ted Kennedy was a prime example of the selfish leftist environmentalist mentality.
He and his ilk were and are all for 'alternative' energy as long as it is not where they can see it.
Obama is making Ted roll over in his grave by approving a wind farm for Cape Cod.

My philosophy is that you put alternative energy plants in the backyards of rich liberals whenever you can.

The New Age of Embalming

Why be buried in a boring casket when you can be embalmed in your favorite position, on your favorite toy?

Entertainers speak out on AZ immigration law

I wasn't going to post this one until I saw the unintended humor in the ridiculous statements made by the "oh so wise" entertainers.

"At the Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony in Puerto Rico, singer Ricky Martin denounced the law, too, saying it "makes no sense.""

"Colombian singer Shakira visited Phoenix to meet the city's police chief and mayor amid her concerns the measure would violate human and civil rights.
"It goes against all human dignity." she said."

They have begun to speak and much rib tickling stupidity will flow from our pampered, tanned, and toned obliviots in the entertainment industry.

Democrats in trouble for being right

Democrats have been working on "immigration reform" legislation that has not yet been submitted for review or vote.
The legislation reportedly includes a requirement for all workers to have a national ID card with biometric information.
The leak of this information has "civil liberties" groups (can you say neo-communist?) up in arms.
Their complaints?
It would be prohibitively expensive, cumbersome, intrusive, and (shudder) Orwellian.
I do not recall the ACLU, et. al. weighing in against TARP or Obamacare, so the first one is bogus.
Cumbersome yes, but only in the beginning because the ID card can double as a drivers license and the DMV can lift some of the weight.
Since the DOD already has my fingerprints and the state department has proof of my citizenship, I don't personally see it as intrusive.
Orwellian? We'll see.

So; the Democrats get something right and the idiots squeal.
Maybe that is what they wanted.
It also doesn't mean there aren't a lot of items in the bill that we won't want (like amnesty).

Thursday, April 29, 2010

San Francisco Hypocrisy

San Francisco's leadership are screaming for a boycott of Arizona because of the new law making it possible for law enforcement to identify non-legal residents and detain illegals for deportation.
What they aren't talking about is their own residency identification card that allows legal citizens to access services that they don;t want to waste on non-citizens.
Pretty much the same thing, but totally acceptable because it was done for the right (leftist) reasons.

I am NOT gellin' anymore

From the American Thinker:
If this is true, I am through with Dr. Scholl's products.
According to the American Thinker, Dr. Scholl's is sponsoring a pro-illegals border crossing event (also backed by Obama and Al Sharpton).

Racist is as racist does?

A NY Senator with a history of anger management issues went on a racist rant and you probably didn't hear about it.
There are two reasons for that.
One; he is a Democrat and two; he is black.
Kevin Parker has been in trouble for assaulting an aide during an argument and he is scheduled to be tried for that charge before the next election and he also was charged for punching out a traffic agent, but the charges were dropped when he signed up for anger management.

There will be NO media storm over this out of control individual and he may even stand a chance of being reelected.

Judge wants Feds to prove Militia did more than talk

A Federal Judge wants prosecutors to prove that militia members being held for conspiracy did more than engage in talk.
Judge Victoria Roberts (a Clinton nominee) stated that the prosecution has not shown that the defendants had planned or ordered any specific crime.
As "Arthur Weiss, a lawyer for Thomas Piatek, 46, of Whiting, Ind., said disgust with the government as recorded by the undercover agent is similar to what's said daily by radio and TV talk-show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.
"Millions of people" are talking about "taking our country back," Weiss said." 

Billy Clinton must really be questioning his nomination of a judge that actually upholds the rights of anti-law enforcement "right wing nut jobs".
If these guys were really planning something like what they were charged for, I would love to see them do time for it.

Oklahoma's epic fail

Oklahoma has instituted a new law banning gang recruitment.
Sounds great, doesn't it? No one wants gangs.
But Representative Mike Shelton also added an amendment that makes it illegal to recruit for "militias" that aren't "recognized or authorized by the commander-in-chief of the state's militia."

This legislation was offered up just a week after Tea Partiers spoke about "supporting a volunteer militia" in the state.

When asked if he considered the Black Panthers an "unauthorized militia", Shelton stated: "Are they going around terrorizing communities, doing drive-by shootings, using ammonium nitrate to blow up buildings?” Shelton asked. "When they start doing that, they would be considered (that).”

So, Mr. Shelton, if the Black Panthers are off the hook because they have not (to your understanding) crossed certain lines, wouldn't any other groups that have not yet crossed those line in your state?
Maybe Mike would be OK with the German National Socialist Party forming a cadre of "Brownshirts" as long as they don't do any drive-bys or bomb buildings. 

It's a Miracle! Mexico admits abuse of illegals!

From the leftist AP:
I thought it would never happen, but the Mexican government has admitted that illegals are mistreated there: "The Interior Department acknowledged in a statement that the mainly Central American migrants who pass through Mexico on their way to the United States suffer abuses, but attributed the problem to criminal gangs branching out into kidnapping and extortion of migrants."

Of course they haven't admitted being responsible themselves, but if this gets enough play in the MSM they will be forced to admit to their harsh policies.

"One of the main issues, Amnesty says, is that migrants fear they will be deported if they complain to Mexican authorities about abuses.
At present, Article 67 of Mexico's Population Law says, "Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal ... are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues.""

Unfortunately, Amnesty International is bringing this to our attention for the wrong reasons.

What they are apparently after is to change Mexico's policy from much stricter than America's to "kid gloves" treatment that will allow them to funnel through to our country.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Timely Reminder Of Mexico's Immigration Laws

From Sweetness and Light:
People in Arizona and around the US are having fits about Arizona's new immigration law that allows police to enforce immigration law by confirming a person's right to be in the United States only after a person is stopped for reasonable cause.
These people are either ignorant of, or care nothing for the hypocrisy of the Mexican President to demand that we treat his people with kid gloves while his people treat illegals harshly under their laws and often go farther (robbing, raping, and murdering).
For those who do not know or need a reminder, here is a summary of Mexico's immigration law.

Clinton's Niece Living on Food Stamps

I guess Barack Obama isn't the only one not looking out for his extended family.
Bill Clinton's Niece (who has reportedly only seen her father twice) is currently "in such a rut" that she requires government aid to get by.
Roger Clinton's ex wife claims that Roger owes more than $30K in back child support payments.
Why is it that the people who "care so much" about "the people" do so little for their own?
Obviously because it is the government's job to take care of your family with other people's money.

More Drama in Argentina

In what looks like a possible future for the US, the drama in Argentina between news people, the President, and the financial industry is heating up.
The President, Cristina Fernandez, is attempting to use the courts to go after Grupo Clarin owner Ernestina Herrera de Noble for supposedly adopting stolen babies, taken from murdered political prisoners of a prior regime.
Investors in the country are very upset with the government's intervention in markets, including the recent nationalization of private pensions.
The government has sent the tax man after the media group, harassed editors, nationalized a soccer brodcasting contract, and changed laws to force the sell off of some of the group's assets; all to retaliate for criticism of the President.

Let's see, Obama is at odds with the press corps; he is messing with the financial industry; he is nationalizing health care... 
When will he start changing laws to harass and intimidate the press?

Power Pointless

If you thought the Power Point diagram of the new healthcare was confusing, check out the diagram of the Afghan situation.
As one General put it: "Power Point makes us stupid!"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

This Ain't No Tea Party

Arizona has its new immigration law (note: not anti-illegal) and the left is having a fit.
The media are trying to spin the protests against this law as being as or more peaceful than Tea Party rallies while showing video of an aggressive mob harassing police and throwing things.
Riot police have been called to the Arizona protest and have not been called to any Tea Party protests.
Tea Party rallies stay put, they don't leave their (permitted) areas until they are leaving the rally.

I hope this situation is pulling more fence sitters to the right side by showing how desperately wrong the media and leftist supporters of criminal invaders are.

Our Non-Violent Opponent's Curious Comments

Liberals are such peaceful, tolerant, friendly people.
That is why it is so (not) shocking to hear one of their pundits: "We should burn them down. We should go after them with pitchforks, knives, guns, clubs we find, mace – anything, because it’s appalling. You only need to read the story that ProPublica did about the hedge fund Magnetar and what they did or Michael Lewis’ ‘The Big Short’ or these stories about Goldman to realize these guys are corrupt."

Noah's Ark Found!

Evangelical explorers locate what they claim to be Noah's Ark in Turkey.
Carbon dating of the wood shows it to be ~4800yrs old which would place it in the correct biblical time frame.
This find can be a great boost to Christianity and a beleaguered Catholic church.

Now we can accurately measure a cubit.

Update: Fox News and others are saying it may be fake.

Nazi Beatdown after fashion faux pas

So, you are going to go to a 'hard' punk concert in Philly and you want to dress to impress.
You might want to consider the possibility that the crowd may differ on your choice of regalia.
Dressing up as full-on Nazis (even if one band [Murphy's Law] is led by someone formerly known as Jimmy Gestapo).
Such mistakes can (and did) lead to being harassed and beaten after the concert.
While I cannot condone violence against terminally stupid people, there is a bit of schadenfreude involved in hearing that these people got smacked around.
As one witness said: "There was a man on the second floor wearing a wedding dress," he said. "I don't think he had any problems going out on 2nd Street."

It's all about fashion!

Apple Calls In The Brute Squad?

Police equipped with a search warrant have seized computers and other items from the Fremont home of Jason Chen.
This escalation in the "Lost iPhone" saga seems to paint the whole episode as not being a publicity stunt (or they are "jumping the shark").
If the phone was not returned quickly, California law clearly states that a person holding property they reasonably believe belongs to a particular person or organization may not keep said property. To do so is considered theft and if the value is above $400, the crime can be considered grand theft.
Maybe if Steve Jobs just knocked on the door and asked for it?

Bin Laden was Clueless

One of Bin Laden's close associates repeatedly told him that America's response to an attack on the Twin Towers would be harsh and long.
His warning was laughed at.
I figure that most people would realize they miscalculated if they thought about it but most people haven't analyzed his planning on that level.
This story highlights one of the big problems we have to overcome when it comes to foreign relations and national security.
We desperately need continuity in our treatment of enemy and ally alike,
Politics should never trump security, but that is what is happening to us now.
The current administration is slapping friends in the face and patting enemies on the back just to show the are different from the last administration.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Google (Wireless) Street View

We all know about Google cars and vans taking 360 degree pictures of our neighborhoods and posting them on their Street View application.
We are familiar with the privacy complaints and weird results of this picture taking, but most of us are OK with the concept as long as they don't catch us in our robes, getting the morning paper or drive onto our property and take pictures.

Well, get ready for the next level of intrusion from our liberal friends at Google.
They have also been logging MAC addresses and WLANs as they trundle down the street.
This information has not yet been released in any Google application, but they have already got it.
This information may help Government, Law Enforcement, and private individuals (and Google) to cross reference your information to identify your network presence and you.

It is the height of hypocrisy that Uber-liberals like the Google founders would end up being "Big Brother" after a lifetime of complaining about him.
Even worse is the comment eerily resembling Obama's tripe concerning proposed wall street regulations: "Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently said internet users shouldn't worry about privacy unless they have something to hide."

Everyone has something to hide Eric.
Shall we prove that by following you 24/7/365? 

US Citizen Renouncing

US citizens living abroad are increasingly renouncing their citizenship.
Compared to the overall numbers, those taking the renunciation route are small, but the numbers were under 300 two years ago and have risen to over 500 in 2009.
Their reasons are usually based on tax and banking issues more than straight politics.
The increase in difficulties for those living overseas for employment reasons will make doing business in other countries harder for American firms, further harming any recession recovery possibilities.
The biggest culprit blamed by the ex-patriots?
The Patriot Act, which seeks to prevent tax evasion and insure money does no flow to terrorists and, as a result, may lead to banks closing accounts for simple reasons like the inability to verify a US address for an American overseas.

Just another unintended consequence brought about by politicians voting in legislation without proper examination of the effects, then walking away while patting themselves on the back.

Friday, April 23, 2010

File Under "This Used to be Unbelievable"

A neighborhood feud came to a head in Connecticut when an out of work man posted a Craig's List ad listing his neighbor as a Soccer Mom that wanted to: "please as many as I can before I go to work!" . 

It once would have been surprising that so many men showed up on such short notice during a workday, including one that went to the wrong house and groped a teenager who answered the door.

The woman's brother came over, guarded the door, wrote down license plate numbers, and shooed away those that actually got out of their cars.

The ad poster is out on $75K bail and the police have his computers.

She's Not a Nice Drunk

A 20 year old woman in the UK was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
She was a mean drunk.
And she has proven it time and again.
To the point of being banned in every pub in England!
She isn't even allowed to buy alcohol at a store.
She is the first person to have such a ban imposed on them in the country.
I never understood the need to pay more for alcohol in order to drink around strangers, but this Lass was also banned from her own parent's home and is imposing on the friends she still has.

Woo Hoo! Another sexist barrier broken sisters!
Now you can all become Soccer Hooligans as well, eh?

Glo-bull Warming Causes Fungus Issue?

A form of fungus that is known for attacking transplant patients and AIDS sufferers is spreading to healthy people and animals.
Cryptococcus gattii, which is airborne because it is spread by spore production is said to have a 25% mortality rate.
The report claims that the fungus is spreading into the Western portion of Northern US, and (of course) a link to climate change could not be resisted as the possibility of warmer temperatures helping its spread was raised after explaining that it can be killed by freezing.

If this fungus prefers warmer climes, would it not be originating from warmer regions?
I can predict the outrage if someone were to link the spread to the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Jersey Drivers Take It In The Shorts

New Jersey's Governor has decided to save money by closing freeway restrooms.
The move will eliminate 18 maintenance positions and $270K of costs.
Some few restrooms at the busiest stops will remain open for people with small bladders or those who chose poorly when they ate their last meal.

Safe in the air, not on the ground

A member of the federal Air Marshal Service (TSA), tasked with keeping us safe in the air is accused of being a rapist on the ground.
Lecheton "Omar" Settles, 30, of Herndon, Va. is accused of using his gun and badge to force an escort to provide him sex and return the money he paid her.
A naked Settles claimed to be a U.S. Marshall (he is not) when the escort came out of the the hotel bathroom in his room to "dance in Lingerie" for him, and told her she had to "do what he told her".

If found guilty, can we induct him onto the "Dropped from a mile high" club?
He should have chosen porn surfing like the SEC employees.

Environmental "Concerns" over Oil Rig Blast

I am surprised it took this long for such a story to come out in the MSM.
The timing of the blast was suspicious to say the least. After decades of safe extraction, just after Obama says "let's drill (with hidden conditions)" we have a mysterious blast on a rig in the gulf.
According to the My Way story "At the worst-case figure of 336,000 gallons a day, it would take more than a month for the amount of crude oil spilled to equal the 11 million gallons spilled from the Exxon Valdez in Alaska's Prince William Sound."

Another story seems to be developing on the side as "Family members of two missing workers filed separate lawsuits Thursday accusing Transocean and BP of negligence. Both companies declined to comment about legal action against them after the first suit was filed."
They don't have violations on record and the cause of the blast is unknown and these people are already suing?

It's a wonder they had time to investigate Goldman Sachs

Senior staffers at the SEC sped a lot of time surfing porn on the internet.
One of the worst offenders: "A senior attorney at the SEC's Washington headquarters spent up to eight hours a day looking at and downloading pornography. When he ran out of hard drive space, he burned the files to CDs or DVDs, which he kept in boxes around his office. He agreed to resign, an earlier watchdog report said."
I see now how they could have missed the meltdown and Bernie Madoff and so much more.
They could pay me half what these guys get ($200K) and I would wade through financial websites all day.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Poor Adolph is Kicked Off You Tube

If you haven't seen one of the many Hitler parodies based on a rant from an actor (Bruno Ganz) during a scene where Hitler is in his bunker in the film Der Untergang (2004), then you have been living in a cave with no internet access.
A copyright infringement complaint has been made to You Tube on behalf of Constantin Films (who own the rights to the film) and the parodies have either disappeared or been blocked per content ID restrictions.
According the the article, there is no legal standing for a copyright complaint.
I agree.

It did not take long for the internet to answer the stupidity.

Michael Ramirez strikes again

There ARE fair minded political cartoonists and Michael Ramirez is one of them from Powerline
More from Michael can be found here

Still Think Unions Are Good?

This story and video show exactly the type of thinking that is pervasive in public employee unions.
If you can watch this and still think unions are great, there is no way to save you an maybe no way to save the country.
I cannot abide by the continued refusal of unions and too many of their membership to share our pain in an economic crisis when we are paying their salaries and benefits.
They are choking the goose because the golden eggs aren't getting larger even though the goose has less to eat.

But I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night

As many as 50 men may have participated in a well coordinated raid on a Holiday Inn in Monterrey, Mexico.
Several Businessmen, a Businesswoman, and assistants were kidnapped in the raid and were supposedly the targets of the operation. Streets surrounding the hotel were blocked with stolen SUVs to keep authorities away from the scene.

Seriously, Blackwater is looking for work. If the Mexican government gives them a "stay out of jail" card and the business community ponies up the dough, the whole cartel mess can be rolled up in no time.

Missing Dog at Airport Trained to Bite

And you thought lost luggage was bad.
A Norwegian Doberman trained as a combat dog escaped from his crate ant Dulles Airport in Virginia.
His handler was not allowed to look for him on the tarmac because there weren't enough personnel to 'escort' her.
I bet the airport workers that have to be outside are on their toes and carrying dog biscuits.

Navy Seal found not guilty

Great news!
The first of three unnecessary court martials is over and the first of three Navy Seals has been found not guilty.
Petty Officer Julio Huertas and two other Navy SEALs -- Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe and Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe -- have been facing charges in connection with the assault of Iraqi detainee Ahmed Hashim Abed.
Abed testified that he could not see who struck him but a McCabe is charged with the actual assault.
The stark difference between killing, burning, dragging through the streets, and hanging the bodies of US contractors and a few punches and kicks has many people extremely upset that these men are even being tried.
The bright side is that, if they are all found innocent, they will hopefully be able to put this behind them unless the administration allows some world court power over our soldiers.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Runaway saw blade

A worker doing street repairs is caught on a security camera witnessing his error in not attaching a large metal blade to a concrete cutter.
I can sympathize with this guy having forgotten to set the brakes on an old truck and watching it roll down the driveway to destroy my mom's shade screen and planter box.
He messed up and can't do anything but admit it and apologize;

GEICO voice actor fired over nasty voicemail

Maybe the new GEICO commercial will say "Leaving nasty voicemails may get you fired in less than 15 minutes"
Lance Baxter (the guy who says "15 minutes can save you...") was fired after Freedomworks posted his voicemail containing references to "retarded" employees and the possibility of Tea Partiers killing someone.

The money quote from the story is: "Douglas has since acknowledged such an impulsive move was "STUPID!," but was impassioned by the "slurs the Tea Party crowd angrily yelled at Barney Frank, et al," during the climax of health care reform."
One wonders how "stupid" he will feel when he realizes that the slurs never happened, or he remembers how many slurs have been directed at Conservatives and Tea Partiers.

Iranian Military training in Venezuela?

According to a story in the American Thinker, Iran's Qods forces are active all over the world; including training camps in Hugo Chavez' Venezuela.
If we were training Iraqis known to be active in insurgent operations against Iran, there would be hell to pay in the press but this story will be buried by the MSM.

Congratulations to New Jersey!

New Jersey voters rejected union backed budgets all over the state.
At a little over 50% the rejection is not as good as it can be, but an improvement over past acceptance of budget and tax increases.
This was, in part, due to the Governor's call to reject any budget that does not include teachers agreements to freeze their pay.

More fun with Goldman Sachs

Harry Reid won't answer questions on his private meetings with GS reps, but hammers Republicans for the same thing. Reid will likely continue to ignore the hypocrisy of his attack on Republicans, whom he said: "should immediately reveal what they discussed earlier this month during secret, closed-door meeting with Wall Street executives in New York City."

SEC has testimony that may sink it's case against GS, but did not mention it in their filing.:
"Paolo Pellegrini told the government that he informed ACA Management that Paulson intended to bet against, or short, a portfolio of mortgages ACA was assembling."
ACA is supposedly the victim in the SEC's scenario.

Time to give it back Barry

A Democrat in Illinois is demanding that his Republican opponent return donations from Goldman Sachs even though he has taken GS money himself and is ignoring the enormous amount of money contributed to Obama and his party by GS employees.
Goldman Sachs is being raked over the coals by the SEC, Congress, and the administration as well as the sycophantic media.
GS employees may well be regretting the nearly $1M dollars they donated to Obama right about now.
I wonder when Obama will return the money?
Those employees and their families have been generous: "Goldman Sachs and its employees and family members gave $5.9 million to candidates in the 2007-2008 election cycle, the Washington-based center’s data shows. Three-quarters of that went to Democrats, the non-partisan group said."

It amazes me that these people still pay off the Dems even though they constantly and publically stab them in the back.

Saw this one coming

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are now targets of Muslim hate.
No surprise since they portrayed Mohammed in a bear costume after making it clear that they see the prohibition of showing his actual image is ridiculous.
I imagine their point is that you can inspire Muslim hate even if you don't break their stated rules.

My opinion is that any religion that cannot stand question is a false religion, and any God that does not allow question and doubt is a false god.

Hope for the Boy Scouts

I am feeling some schadenfreude after reading this story.
Several Bi-sexual men are taking legal action against a Gay sports association for not allowing them to join because they aren't "Gay enough".

The weird thing is that the association does allow straight men to play, but limits their numbers.
The action concentrates on the men being labeled as "not gay". 

If the association wins, the Boy Scouts may be able to use the case as precedent because their case uses an argument similar to the one used by the Boy Scouts to justify exclusion of gays.

Republicans take a page from Dem play book

Republicans (led by Darrell Issa) are demanding a "slew" of documents relating to communication and meetings between the SEC and the administration. I expect to hear a lot of grousing from the Obama White House over this because it is so difficult for Democrats to do all the legwork of locating and providing documentation that they routinely demand of Republicans.

As Issa says: “[W]e are concerned that politics have unduly influenced the decision and timing of the commission’s controversial enforcement action against Goldman,” 

And Rahm Emanuel responds: “[E]verybody at the White House found out like everybody else, when it hit the news. … Nobody at the White House knew anything ahead of anybody else. … I think what's more important is not this particular case or what SEC did. The need for this reform has existed for over a year.”

Sure Rahm. I believe you. And the moon is made of cheese.

Even More Transparency

Gay rights protesters chained themselves to a White House gate.
Police chased reporters away and closed Lafayette Park for a while before Park Police remembered that the press has more freedom than we do.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Double Fail For Teacher

Jason Levin is the guy who started the anti Tea Party website ( "Crash the Tea Party") that encouraged people to do all sorts of things to make the Tea Party members look bad.
He apparently even encouraged them to attempt to collect personal information like social security numbers that could be used to create havoc later.
In an odd turn of events, Levin is out on leave pending the results of an investigation into whether he used school resources or school time to make and run his website.
This sounds like the typical tactics used to attack conservatives who become politically active, but it is up to the school system to decide and they are being pushed by parents to punish Mr. Levin.
As the Fox News article states: "Parents supported teachers who wore Obama buttons during the 2008 presidential election, the source said. But they say Levin has crossed the line."

So, Levin gets an "F" for his attempt to smear and hurt the Tea Party and he may also get an "F" from the school administration. 

Who's running the asylum?

First we have a Liquor Commissioner fired for a DUI arrest.
He refused to take the Breathalyzer test and was actually termed out, but retained by the "Governor's will".

Then we have a Sex Crimes Unit head arrested for a sex crime.
BTW liquor was part of the crime as he had been drinking prior to the assault where he followed the victim into the restroom.

Who hired these people for these positions and who was their manager (I guess we can blame the Governor in the first case)?

New Speed Camera

You can see the cop car or motorcycle on the side of the road and you know where the red light cameras are, but you can't see a satellite while you are driving down the road.
Fortunately, that is not quite how they are changing the way they track speeders in the UK (likely because of the expense of an actual speed camera in space).
The plane is to combine license reading cameras, computers and a GPS satellite system to clock average speed between points.
I don't know about you, but I am thinking of those James Bond rolling license plate gizmos.

New Apple Phone Media Scheme?

So an Apple employee had a new i-Phone and lost it. The person that found it then sold it to Gizmodo.
Now Apple is referring to it as "stolen".
It sounds like a new way to garner attention for a new product.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Billions wasted on earthquake research!

To think that we have wasted billions of dollars and countless hours of research time trying to determine the cause of earthquakes and an Iranian Cleric has had the answer for who knows how long.

That's right! Women wearing revealing clothing and behaving promiscuously are the cause!

Hey, it sure explains California's quake issues...I'm just saying.
Now, if they can just figure out what clothing lines and combinations lead to the worst quakes we can control the timing and severity.

Missing Heat and Aerosols

Two stories linked from Rush Limbaugh's site:

Scientists need more and better instruments to find "lost heat".
Yep, that's right; they know the heat is out there, they just can't find it.

Then we are told that those nasty aerosols we aren't supposed to use anymore have been keeping us cooler.
Go outside and empty your can of hairspray now!
Save the planet!

Let's start a solar farm!

From the American Thinker:
How do you take maximum advantage of artificially hight prices paid for solar power you generate at your solar "farm"?
You hook up some diesel generators and run them at night when no one will (hopefully) notice.

Obama Golfs as Polish Leader is Buried

I know. The President can't fly to Poland as planned due to "Mother Earth" getting revenge on us for polluting, by polluting.
He really got his priorities back in line quickly and took another 'swing' at eclipsing GW Bush's golfing while Prez record.
In one year, Obama has golfed 32 times while Bush visited the links 24 times in his entire 8 years.

Maybe the press corps should remind Obama of what Bush said about golfing during "war": "I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf," Mr. Bush said in a White House interview Saturday with the Politico. "I feel I owe it to the families to be as — to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

This is almost certain to be one of those stories you won't see on the dinosaur media.

Comcast to 'acquire' RightNetwork

Comcast is acquiring a Conservative network that aims to entertain and educate without the Liberal spin you have to filter out of most broadcast, satellite and cable offerings.

Side note: Who would have thought that Biff (from Back to the Future) was a Republican and a stand-up comedian?

Press Whines to White House

The White House press corps had a special meeting (that will likely not be mentioned in their reports) with Robert Gibbs to air complaints about lack of access and transparency.
While not promising that incidents would not occur again, Gibbs agreed to a laundry list of demands.

I would have thought that airing the hard truths about the administration for a couple of weeks would bring them into line (if the press had a backbone).

Note: The comments are half the value of the story. Like this one: "Press airs grievances?
The press has spent the last three years with thier lips attached to Obamas butt. The people who have a grievance are the American voters who have been stuck with this whipped media."

"Extreme" Nature Lovers

So you made millions in the Dot Com boom, but lost it all. What do you do?
Smuggle drugs, of course!
And when that goes bad?
Open up a farm dedicated to people who love to "love" animals.
But when you pose as a lawyer to talk to a man imprisoned for helping others to have the same type of encounter and the cops figure it out, you get busted.

As one of the commentors said: "Ewwwwww!"

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hooray for Nathaniel Schneider!

Proof that students can shrug off the Liberal indoctrination attempts and learn to find the truth.
Even better, he spells it out clearly in none other than the Liberal Sacramento Bee.
Nathaniel speaks truth to Liberal power in the case of Jaime Escalante.
He shines a light on the school system's intelligentsia and the unions that keep good teachers from proving the system doesn't always work.

To Serve Mankind?

Aussie cookbook mistake leaves editors red faced.
The phrase "freshly ground black pepper" is much less offensive than "freshly ground black people".
I wonder if it would be news if they were using white pepper?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Where were the crashers?

From the American Thinker:
Tea Party crashers apparently crashed on the way to the party.
I was at the Tea Party in Sacramento and I did not see any infiltrators (no counting the snarky news people).
I have pictures posted here (for now).

Generosity in the White House?

Not if it's Joe's money!
Joe Biden and his wife only donated 1.4% of their income to charity last year.
The Obamas, on the other hand, gave 31.4%.
It needs to be noted that the Obamas gave The President's Nobel money away (as promised).
Also, as mentioned in this story, he allowed school vouchers in D.C. to be cancelled the same year he gave $50,000 to the United Negro College Fund (why do they still use the word "Negro"?).

GOP Official and Boyfriend beaten by mob

For the millionth time, if this was a Democrat, it would be front page headline news for weeks.
Just after leaving a Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Allee Butsch and her boyfriend were brutally attacked by 5 men in the street. No suspects have been arrested.

Don't take me out to the ball game

I only went to one ball game and vaguely remember having a good time, but some people can't get enough.
It is nice to expose your kids to such entertainments so they can decide if it is for them.
Unfortunately, some fans are just (fill in cuss word here)!

A prime example in Philadelphia cursed, spilled beer, then self induced vomiting while aiming at the 11 and 15 year old girls a father had taken to see the game. 
It isn't likely, but he should not be allowed to see another game (except on TV).
Judging by the photo of the suspect, he will not have children of his own if women remain sighted and conscious in his presence.

Obama orders Gay visitation rights

President Obama ordered HHS Secretary Sibelius to issue rules allowing non-traditional couples visitation and health decision rights where their significant others are concerned. I can see the hospital legal departments pulling their hair out over this one.
I personally do not understand why people that you care about can't visit you in the hospital if they aren't related by blood or marriage, but I do understand limiting the numbers to a manageable few.
I also think that single people should not have to go to a lawyer just to assign to someone the legal right to decide for them if they cannot communicate or are no longer considered competent.
Under the new rules, you will likely be able to visit just about anyone you have even a tenuous connection to because the hospital cannot prove you don't have a right.
I see lawsuits...they are everywhere.

Possible SCOTUS nominee snared in press comedy

One of the possible Supreme Court nominees Obama will be submitting is Solicitor General Elena Kagan.
CBS News posted (as opinion) a story from a blogger saying that Kagan is a Lesbian.
Former White House communications director Anita Dunn has slammed CBS for this, belittled their journalistic standards (let's welcome her to the club). 
CBS pulled the post and started a 3K explainathon.
It is just too rich to hear about the Obama White House being upset about the Liberal media doing to them what they do to Conservatives. It is even funnier to read their 'defense' of their rumor mongering.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Horses to get more vacation than you

New York carriage horses will get 5 weeks off as part of a package of work improvements included in a bill recently passed by the city council.
That's right! They get more vacation than a new employee at a Fortune 500 company.
Likely more vacation than a first year union worker.
They also get bigger stalls and cost of living increases.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to take the phone from my cat before she calls a lawyer.

No Pay, No Vote

I love it!
This is one of the changes I have wished for for decades.
M Allen Fritsch at American Thinker proposes that voters can only be those that have payed Federal income taxes for the two previous years.
Of course, as stated in the article, Congress will arrange for many to pay just one dollar in order to give them a vote but heck, a dollar is more than almost half pay now!

Cracking water with a virus

From the Global Warmist supporting Scientific American via American Thinker:
An engineered virus can break water into Oxygen and Hydrogen for use in fuel cells.
There is, of course, a lot of work before this is viable for production uses but it is a great idea if it works (just make sure the virus can't survive in salt water).

It's not just the "undocumented" cheating on taxes

From Sweetness and Light:
In a real "Duh!" moment, CNN realizes that prison inmates are also cheating us out of our tax money.
How else are they going to get enough scratch to buy those drugs and cell phones?
They even figured out that refunds under $5000 are unlikely to be investigated.
Even better (or worse) they fill out forms for others in order to take a cut from their check.
Best of all is that some of the refunds are sent directly to the prison and no one seems to care!

Holy Hypocrisy Batman!

We have a Liberal Marxist in the White House and a Liberal Socialist Congress that have fought just about every attempt to aid law enforcement in tracking criminals and terrorists by shouting from the highest rooftops that our civil liberties are at risk and that all searches MUST be approved by a judge before occurring.
So why is Obama's Justice Department trying to get warrantless search rights for e-mail?

Civilization ends

The library of Congress is going to archive Twitter messages and Google is going to let you search through them.
This is surely a sign of the coming Apocalypse.

Serious problem with Syria

It's not like we thought of Syria as friend, but now they are reported to have supplied Hezbollah with longer range, more accurate rockets.
Hmmm,,,I wonder which recently dissed (by our President) country they would be aimed at.

No worries though.
The US Congress might delay sending Robert Ford to Damascus to re-engage the country after pulling the previous representative.
That'll show 'em.

And I thought they were drunk on power

The current administration's State Department has apparently doubled the last administration's liquor bill and then increased it again this year.
No wonder Hillary has been so quiet.
If they had more business experience, they would have the manufacturers compete by slashing prices.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Missing Girl Not Kidnapped?

A California girl missing since Monday and believed kidnapped may have just ran off with her boyfriend.
Elvia Flores of Sutter County was supposedly a kidnap victim since Monday, when a friend claimed they had both been grabbed by 4 men in a large older sedan on their way to school. It sounded strange that the friend had "lost consciousness" twice during the abduction and therefore could not remember any useful details.
Police now say that the girl was walking away from school when she was picked up by her boyfriend.

Another Two Allies Snubbed

From Rick Moran at American Thinker.
It isn't enough that Obama is an enemy of Israel, he is on a "snubbing tour" to compliment his "apology tour".
President Obama did not invite Georgina President Saakashvili to his nuke summit.
"Bowing" to Vladimir (AKA Dobie the House Elf) Putin and President Medyedev, Obama included Georgia's neighbors (who are on friendly terms with Russia), but only gave Georgia's President a phone call.
I am sure leaders in the region won't miss the message of non-support for any that resist Russian "adventures".

As if that wasn't enough, Obama also lectured Canada's Harper (and got a great picture for his scrap book).

I hope our "leaders" miss this one

Some stories should not be read by our increasingly Socialist "leaders".
Argentina's President Kirchner has seized private pension funds to "stop corruption" after pushing pensions to invest funds in Argentina (where they can be nationalized).
With all of our local, state, and federal coffers being hurt by the poor economy (brought on by Liberal policies) it is no stretch to believe that our elected officials will see this kind of move as attractive.

Great Economics Lecture

Another gem from the American Thinker, by Herbert Meyer:
I love it when someone can teach economics in terms that can be understood by the target audience.
Meyer does a great job of comparing the free market to the command economy.
One great line for the youngsters hooked on "Me Phones" is: "Look, if you've got an iPhone, there's no Republican way to make a phone call or check your e-mail -- no Democratic way, or liberal way, or conservative way. Either you do it the way the operating system wants you to do it, or nothing happens."
Exactly! You have to do what works, not just what agrees with your political dogma. 

Off subject comment: American Thinker uses Bing for advertising dollars and I support their efforts to be profitable (or at least break even) but when will someone make it possible to KEEP THAT STUPID POP-UP OFF MY SCREEN!?! I hate Bing!

US Cyber Warrior Says We Need to Attack

Finally! Someone with cyberstones! We have been under a near constant assault by civilian and government backed cyber warriors in other countries for years and our government has either been silently fighting, or not doing any more than holding the door shut by leaning on it. I know this administration is full of false promises, but I hope this one is for real.
According to Lt. General Kieth Alexander: "While this right has not been specifically established by legal precedent to apply to attacks in cyberspace, it is reasonable to assume that returning fire in cyberspace, as long as it complied with law of war principles ... would be lawful."

Go get 'em General!

OMG! Palingate!

So we are all astir here in the Republik of Kalifornia over a scheduled appearance of Sarah Palin at CSU Stanislaus. Students and activists are insisting on having every detail of the contract between a private non-profit organization and Mrs. Palin. They even dumpster dived to find documents in order to release the lurid details of Palin's excessive demands. I can't help but wonder what efforts they have or would put forth to investigate a Liberal speaker in a similar arrangement.
The great thing about it IMHO is that Jerry (Moonbeam) Brown has weighed in as AG to insists that this is an important issue and to say he would investigate the finances of the Stanislaus Foundation.
I can only hope his political opponents are recording all of his statements on this issue for campaign ads.

More Transparency

The press are chafing at Obama's treatment (or "disregard" as they put it) of them.
He apparently thinks that high level negotiations should be held in private, and not in front of the all seeing (but leftist edited) eye of the press. Were he George Bush, I suspect the furor would be the headline for weeks.
To quote one of them: "Arabic-language MBC TV's Nadia Bilbassy had this to say of Obama's meeting with the Jordanian king: "We were there for around 30 seconds, not enough even to notice the color of tie of both presidents. I think blue for the king.""
I guess tie color is an important item to record when covering negotiations that may affect millions or billions of us.

You Knew This Was Coming

Polish PM claims that Russians were responsible for the plane crash that killed many of its leaders as they were headed to an event to commemorate the slaughter of 22 thousand Poles by Russian soldiers. However this plays out, this claim was inevitable.

People Not Like Us

Some people live lives based on reasoning we find a little off, sometimes way off.
Tony Smith like his music loud and if you complain, he just might open up a can of Python on you (Did you think I was going to say Whoop*ss?).

Arizona Enacts Strict Immigration Law

Arizona (one of the several states on the front lines of illegal immigration) has apparently had enough. They have a tough new state immigration law that allows local and state law enforcement officers to stop and verify the documentation of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

Get the lead out (or else)

If you were afraid of the new energy legislation requiring you to spend your hard earned money to make devices in your home meet new DOE rules, you will love this.
When you remodel a house built before 1978, you will have to pay more for a contractor because the law will require a lead paint specialist be part of the crew.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Anti-Tea Party Media Bias Outlined

I know this is a really big surprise to anyone who still thinks the MSM is objective and fair, but the Legacy Media don't like the Tea Party and covered them in news reports differently than groups the openly (but not admittedly) support. As covered by the Daily Caller, The Media Research Center issued a report showing the ways coverage differed.

President ditches press corps for non-existent soccer game

From the American Thinker:
President Obama left the White House without notifying the press corps (no reason why he should have to, as I see it).
The mystery is that his people claim that it was to attend a soccer game his daughter was to be in and subsequent inquiries found that there were no games scheduled during that time and no one has any picture of the President.
Unless they cleared the spectators and took every remaining person's cell phone, there would be several photos.
So, if he did not go to a soccer game, where did he go? What did he do? Who did he meet. with all those foreign dignitaries in town?

Picture of the Day

From The American Thinker

Woman Convicted For 'Piercing' Cats

A Pennsylvania woman who ran a pet grooming business has been convicted of animal cruelty for "piercing cats".
I had to track down a second version of the story to get the gory facts. It seems she also docked tails (which I think is stupid, even with dogs like my brother's that knock things over all the time with their ceaseless wagging) and pierced necks. The commentors get it right when they say things like: "Arrest Fish & Game for ear tags".

Convicts Escape in Sheep disguise

Ewe won't believe this one. Two Argentinian convicts attached sheep fleece, complete with heads, to their backs in order to hide in flocks of sheep. Police say it will be hard to spot them from the air. There are just too many jokes contained in this story to even start.

Barney Frank Joins the "Dissed at 30K ft Club"

Two Female ophthalmologists took shots at Barney Frank while he was on a flight from Boston . He reportedly tried to ignore them (how 'Congressional') as they discussed their unhappiness with the Healthcare bill.
In true form he poked fun at them later; showing, once again, that he cares little for the "little people" .
The most interesting thing about the story is that the air crew did nothing to stop the women or threaten to divert, even after they got louder after Frank's companion called them "b*tchy".
I have flown enough to know that flight attendants appreciate it when passengers say things they would love to, if only their jobs weren't on the line.

Pamela Anderson, Tax CHeat

Pamela Anderson who went all the way from sweet, pretty Playboy centerfold to Porn Star proportioned b*tch has a new label: Tax Cheat
Maybe the actress who is also famous for saying that Sarah Palin can "Suck it!" is angling for a position on the Senate Ways and Means committee.

Update: I could not resist a peek at the full list at the Franchise Tax Board.
Maybe Lazarus Technologies, Inc. will pay their $1.1M when they are resurrected and perhaps Independent Interpreters misunderstood owing $700K due to a language barrier?

It is Christmas all year

While kids are made to watch videos on drunk driving and drugs, they probably do not see videos as well made or powerful as this one from Australia. The entertainment industry can be a great power for good when they aren't too busy trying to tell us how to live our lives (based on their own ignorant, shortsighted view of the world).
This is the kind of "Inconvenient Truth" that I can applaud.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Next Year's Tax Plan

This plan from Dan Shea at American Thinker sounds great (and legal). Even with estimated tax payments, you don't make your first installment until April 15th. So Dan proposes that we (those still actually paying taxes) max out our exemptions starting in January and save the money in a savings account until April 2011. This will have an interesting affect on the 2012 election run up (and certain corporate slush funds).

DOE Warrantless Searches Coming?

Another take on the new regulations hidden in Cap and Trade legislation from Louis Case via American Thinker
Think how nice it will be to have government agents able to perform a search of your home for compliance with energy regulations (and, oh by the way, reporting any violations outside their purview to other law enforcement agencies).

Scientific Fraud (in China)

Another gem from Sweetness and Light
The Chinese apparently copied the western practice of using falsified data to obtain funding, promotions, and power. As usual, they are bent on doing it "better".

The Dinner Roll

The Dinner Roll...

Once upon a time I was invited to the White
House for a private dinner with the President.

I am a respected businessman, with a factory
that produces memory chips for computers
and portable electronics.

There was some talk that my industry was
being scrutinized by the administration,
but I paid it no mind.  I live in a FREE country.
There's nothing that the government can do
to me if I've broken no laws.  My wealth was
EARNED honestly, and an invitation to dinner
with an American President is an honor.

I checked my coat, was greeted by the Chief
of Staff, and joined the President in a yellow
dining room. 

We sat across from each other at a table
draped in white linen. The Great Seal was
embossed on the china.  Uniformed staff
served our dinner.

The meal was served , and I was startled
when my waiter suddenly reached out,
plucked a dinner roll off my plate and
began nibbling it as he walked back to the

"Sorry 'bout that," said the President. "Andrew
is very hungry." 

"I don't appreciate..." I began, but as I looked
into the calm brown eyes across from me, 
I felt immediately guilty and petty.  It was just
a dinner roll. "Of course," I concluded, and
reached for my glass.

Before I could, however, another waiter
reached forward, took the glass away and
swallowed the wine in a single gulp.  
"And his brother, Eric, is very thirsty," said
the President.

I didn't say anything.  The President is
testing my compassion, I thought.  I with
held my comments and decided to play
along.  I don't want to seem unkind..

My plate was whisked away before I had
tasted a bite.

"Eric's children are also quite hungry."

With a lurch, I crashed to the floor.  My chair
had been pulled out from under me.

I stood, brushing myself off angrily, and
watched as it was carried from the room.

And their grandmother can't stand for long."

I excused myself, smiling outwardly, but
inside feeling like a fool. Obviously I had
been invited to the White House to be
sport for some game.  I reached for my coat,
to find that it had been taken.

I turned back to the President.

"Their grandfather doesn't like the cold."

I wanted to shout, "that was my coat!"  But
again, I looked at the placid smiling face of
my host and decided I was being a poor sport.
I spread my hands helplessly and chuckled.

Then I felt my hip pocket and realized my
wallet was gone.  I excused myself and
walked to a phone on an elegant side table.

I learned shortly that my credit cards had
been maxed out, my bank accounts emptied,
my retirement and equity portfolios had
vanished, and my wife had been thrown
out of our home.

Apparently, the waiters and their families
were moving in.  The President hadn't moved
or spoken as I learned all this, but finally I
lowered the phone into its cradle and turned
to face him.

"Andrew's whole family has made bad
financial decisions.  They haven't planned
for retirement and they need a house. 
They recently defaulted on a subprime
mortgage.  I told them they could have your
home.  They need it more than you do."

My hands were shaking. I felt faint. I stumbled
back to the table and knelt on the floor.

The President cheerfully cut his meat, ate
his steak, and drank his wine.  I lowered my
eyes and stared at the small grey circles on
the tablecloth that were water drops.

"By the way," he added , "I have just signed
an Executive Order nationalizing your factories.

I'm firing you as head of your business.  I'll
be operating the firm now for the benefit of all

There's a whole bunch of Erics and Andrews
out there and they can't come to you for jobs
groveling like beggars..we need to spread
YOUR wealth around..."

I looked up.  The President dropped his
spoon into the empty ramekin which had
been his crème Brule.

He drained the last drops of his wine.  As
the table was cleared, he lit a cigarette and
leaned back in his chair.

He stared at me. I clung to the edge of the
table as if it were a ledge and I were a man
hanging over an abyss.

I thought of the years behind me, of the life
I had lived. The life I had earned with a lifetime
of work, risk and struggle.

Why was I punished?  How had I allowed it
to be taken?  What game had I played and
lost? I looked across the table and noticed
with some surprise that there was no game
board between us.

What had I done wrong?

As if answering the unspoken thought, the
President suddenly cocked his head, locked
his empty eyes to mine, and bared a million
teeth, chuckling wryly as he folded his hands.

"You should have stopped me at the dinner roll,"
he said.


Thanks Terence!