Friday, December 31, 2010

Napolitano Goes To Afghanistan To Advise On Border Security

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's visit to Afghanistan today included a tour of the Torkham Border Crossing in Nangarhar province — near the Kybher Pass, the major route connecting Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Why is the nation's top "homeland" official in an overseas war zone? Turns out DHS has personnel in Afghanistan to
help improve the country's border security operations

Katie Couric: We Need A Muslim Cosby Show

This is the woman who ranks as a deep thinker on the left. I wonder how the writers will extract humor from an honor killing?
"I also think sort of the chasm, between, or the bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country has been one of the most disturbing stories to surface this year. Of course, a lot of noise was made about the Islamic Center, mosque, down near the World Trade Center, but I think there wasn’t enough sort of careful analysis and evaluation of where this bigotry toward 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, and how this seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims, which I think is so misdirected, and so wrong—and so disappointing..."

...“I know that sounds crazy,” she said, “But The Cosby Show did so much to change attitudes about African-Americans in this country, and I think sometimes people are afraid of what they don’t understand—like you, Mo.”

Of course, if this woman knew shit from Shinola, or more accurately, truth from media myth, she'd know that anti-Muslim bigotry is a creation of her profession.

New York Public Employee Union Targeted Specific Neighborhoods For Slowdown

People need to go to prison for this.
The selfish Sanitation bosses who sabotaged the blizzard cleanup to fire a salvo at City Hall targeted politically connected and well-heeled neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn to get their twisted message across loud and clear, The Post has learned. 

Their motives emerged yesterday as the city's Department of Investigation admitted it began a probe earlier this week after hearing rumblings of a coordinated job action. 

Sources told The Post several neighborhoods were on the workers' hit list -- including Borough Park and Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and Middle Village in Queens -- because residents there have more money and their politicians carry big sticks.

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Twenty Five State Legislators Switch To GOP

"We are pleased with the decision of these men and women to leave the Democratic Party and join with us.  They are adding to the ranks of Americans who want to put result-oriented ideas into action to get us moving in the right direction. Each of these legislators’ insight, experience, and commitment to common-sense, conservative policies will make our Party stronger,"  (GOPAC chairman) Donatelli said.

Note that when Lousiana's Representative Noble Ellington switched parties a short time ago it actually gave Republicans control of the state legislature for the first time since the Reconstruction.
Add the former president of the College Democrats of America to the list of those joining the side of the angels.
"I always thought of myself as a conservative," Bell said. "After I got elected, I realized I was more conservative than I thought, when actually having to make tough decisions about what to do with people's tax dollars and being a steward of public trust."

Bell said he feels the Democratic Party has become more liberal in recent years, making the Republican Party a better match for his ideals.

"It's a large party and I definitely fit comfortably in the conservative wing of the Republican Party," Bell said.

While considering the move, Bell sought the advice of people from both parties, who told him to go where he feels most comfortable.

"I have no reservations, and I'm 100 percent comfortable with changing my party affiliation to the party that reflects the way I feel about government and the role government should play in our lives, which is one of less intrusion," Bell said.

Nancy Pelosi's Legacy

A new analysis by the Washington Post shows that a provision of Obamacare dealing with high-risk patients is attracting far fewer participants than expected but still costs vastly more than projected -- a bad omen for the law's other programs. And that is on top of earlier reports showing that Obamacare will actually bend the cost curve upward, not downward; that many companies are curtailing or planning to curtail coverage offered to employees and retirees; and that its core provision, the individual mandate, might well be unconstitutional.

It's a mess. And as this Congress ends, and a new Congress considers repeal, it's worth remembering the unusual and fleeting circumstances that led to its passage.

Obamacare is the product of a brief moment of total Democratic dominance in Washington. Key to that dominance was a 60-seat, filibuster-proof Senate majority. It wasn't a sure bet for Democrats; despite victories in 2008, the party's hopes for that majority depended on the outcome of a contested race in Minnesota. After a controversial recount, Al Franken became the 60th Democratic senator on July 7, 2009, giving Democrats an unassailable edge.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Instant Classic: My Wife Knows Everything - The Wife Doesn't Know

NY Sanitation Department Body Count Grows

A 3-month-old Queens boy was left brain dead last night after snow-clogged routes prevented medics from reaching him quickly -- and unplowed streets later forced the EMS workers to ditch their ambulance and sprint with the ailing baby to the hospital. 

As little Addison Reynoso hovered at death's door, a priest performed last rites, and his family considered pulling him off life support. 

The baby's heartbroken father fumed at the city's lax clean-up response to last weekend's monster blizzard.

"Clean the streets," Luis Reynoso said, "because that's why the ambulance came too late."

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bad News For Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman's imagines that the world would be a much better and much greener place if America were only more like China. Has he really paid attention to China lately?
Today, about half of America's and the world's electricity is generated by coal, the substance that, since it fueled the Industrial Revolution, has been a crucial source of energy. Over the past eight years, it has been the world's fastest-growing source of fuel. The New York Times recently reported ("Booming China Is Buying Up World's Coal," Nov. 22) about China's ravenous appetite for coal, which is one reason coal's price has doubled in five years. 

Half of the 6 billion tons of coal burned globally each year is burned in China. A spokesman for the Sierra Club, which in recent years has helped to block construction of 139 proposed coal-fired plants in America, says, "This is undermining everything we've accomplished." America, say environmentalists, is exporting global warming. 

Can something really be exported if it supposedly affects the entire planet? Never mind. America has partners in this crime against nature, if such it is. One Australian company proposes to build the Cowlitz facility; another has signed a $60 billion contract to supply Chinese power plants with Australian coal.

The Times says ships - all burning hydrocarbons - hauled about 690 million tons of thermal coal this year, up from 385 million in 2001. China, which imported about 150 million tons this year, was a net exporter of coal until 2009, sending abroad its low-grade coal and importing higher-grade, low-sulfur coal from, for example, the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana. Because much of China's enormous coal reserves is inland, far from coastal factories, it is sometimes more economical to import American and Australian coal.

Leftist Can't Understand The Constitution

Because it was written so long ago.

Unions Kill

It has grown more and more difficult to distinguish trade unions from organized crime. That's more true than ever now that unions bear at least partial responsibility for deaths resulting from the northeast blizzard.
"They sent a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important," said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens), who was visited yesterday by a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers who confessed the shameless plot. 

Halloran said he met with three plow workers from the Sanitation Department -- and two Department of Transportation supervisors who were on loan -- at his office after he was flooded with irate calls from constituents.

The snitches "didn't want to be identified because they were afraid of retaliation," Halloran said. "They were told [by supervisors] to take off routes [and] not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. They were told to make the mayor pay for the layoffs, the reductions in rank for the supervisors, shrinking the rolls of the rank-and-file."

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What Do Fresno And Kiev Have In Common?

Both are victims of famine forced upon them by politicians.
Fresno is the agricultural capital of America. More food per acre in more variety can be grown in the fertile Central Valley surrounding this community than on any other land in America - perhaps in the world.

Yet far from being a paradise, Fresno is starting to resemble Zimbabwe or 1930s Ukraine, a victim of a famine machine that is entirely man-made, not by red communists this time, but by greens.

State and federal officials, driven by the agenda of environmental extremists, have made it extremely difficult for the valley's farms, introducing costly environmental regulations and cutting off critical water supplies to save the Delta smelt, a bait fish. It's all driving the economy to collapse.

In the southwest part of the Central Valley, water allotments as low as 10% of normal have created a visible dust bowl. The knock-on effect can be seen in cities like Fresno, where November's unemployment among the packers, cannery workers and professional fields that make agriculture productive stands at 16.9%.

The Golden Globes Snub "True Grit"

Each year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) nominates 10 films in its Golden Globe competition for best motion picture, five in the drama category, five in the musical or comedy category. 

This year, the HFPA chose not to nominate a film that was more powerful than any of the dramas selected and funnier than any of the comedies, the Coen brothers' "True Grit." 

In fact, "True Grit," the year's best movie and one of the best Westerns ever made, received not a single nomination for anything – not supporting actress, not screenplay, not anything. If ever a sign were needed that Europe was a lost cause, this may be it.

Read more: Why the Golden Globes snubbed 'True Grit'

Muslims Need To Look In The Mirror

Facing their flaws made Germans and Japanese better world citizens. The same should work for Muslims.
[P]olitical correctness still too often dominates incidents involving Islamists. This year, the Pentagon released a report on Maj. Nidal Hasan's Fort Hood attack, titled "Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood." The report was intended to convey to military commanders whatever lessons were learned from the incident, so as to prevent similar attacks in the future. Yet it never mentioned the word Islam or Muslim. Nowhere to be found was any dissection of Hasan's slide into militant Islamism or of his relationship with his homegrown jihadist mentor, Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki. 

Meanwhile, President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg used the Ground Zero mosque controversy to tell the more than 70 percent of Americans who oppose the mosque that they were either wrong or confused. Discourse over recent arrests of jihadists in Portland and Baltimore focused on Islamist claims of FBI entrapment, rather than overdue introspection and calls for reform. Worries of Muslim victimization still rule the day. 

Our national inability to discuss religious issues honestly is keeping American Muslims from having to accept the reforms needed to defeat political Islam and bring our faith into modernity. The victimization mantra feeds more Muslim isolation and radicalization.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Now Cold Is Caused By Global Warming

Well, trying to frighten us with a warmer planet didn't work. So now they're going to claim that CO2 will worsen winter weather.Will they now try to convince us that sea levels will lower and we'll be overrun with polar bears?
Peterson said the latest climate change data indicate increases in global temperature result in more intense weather events, including winter storms.

As the planet warms, “frequency of storms will stay the same, but the intensity will increase,” he said.

“Multiple peer-review papers indicate that strong storms are likely to increase. So the climate change is changing the probability of a strong storm occurring,” he said.

Peterson warned that you cannot determine whether climate change is occurring based on an individual weather event. Instead, scientists study climate trends over the course of thousands of years.

“Weather events are pixels in the climate picture. Some are indicative of changes we are experiencing; some simply reflect the variability of weather and climate. As the world continues to warm, heat waves are an example of the former,” he said, while adding that extreme winter weather events are “examples of the latter.”

If A Private Company Kept Its Books As The Federal Government Does...

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) cannot render an opinion on the 2010 consolidated financial statements of the federal government, because of widespread material internal control weaknesses, significant uncertainties, and other limitations.

“Even though significant progress has been made since the enactment of key financial management reforms in the 1990s, our report on the U.S. government’s consolidated financial statement illustrates that much work remains to be done to improve federal financial management. Shortcomings in three areas again prevented us from expressing an opinion on the accrual-based financial statements,” said Gene Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the United States. 

The main obstacles to a GAO opinion were: (1) serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense (DOD) that made its financial statements unauditable, (2) the federal government’s inability to adequately account for and reconcile intragovernmental activity and balances between federal agencies, and (3) the federal government’s ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements.

In addition GAO was unable to render an opinion on the 2010 Statement of Social Insurance because of significant uncertainties, primarily related to the achievement of projected reductions in Medicare cost growth. The consolidated financial statements discuss these uncertainties, which relate to reductions in physician payment rates and to productivity improvements, and provide an illustrative alternative projection to illustrate the uncertainties.

Dodaro also cited material weaknesses involving an estimated $125.4 billion in improper payments, information security across government, and tax collection activities. He noted that three major agencies—DOD, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Labor—did not get clean opinions. Nineteen of 24 major agencies did get clean opinions on all their statements.

“Given the federal government’s fiscal challenges, it’s imperative that Congress, the administration, and federal managers have reliable, useful, and timely financial and performance information. Improved accuracy and transparency in financial reporting are urgently needed,” Dodaro said.

Dodaro commended the commitment and professionalism of the Inspectors General across government who are responsible for auditing the annual financial statements of individual federal entities each year.
The fiscal year 2010 Financial Report of the United States Government, which includes financial information from the 24 major federal departments and agencies along with GAO’s audit report, is being released today by the Treasury Department. The report is also available on GAO’s web site at

For more information, contact Chuck Young, Managing Director of GAO’s Office of Public Affairs, at (202) 512-4800.
Somehow, I doubt that Chuck will be fielding any calls from the mainstream news media.

The Worst Opinion Pieces Of 2010

I vote for David Broder's advocacy for war against Iran as a means of propping up Obama's re-election prospects.
As the GOP was about to recapture the House, the Grand Poohbah of Beltway Consensus told our embattled president that he could become the "comeback kid" by "orchestrating a showdown" with Iran.

As "we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve," which "will help him politically," Broder wrote.

"I am not suggesting that the president incite a war to get re-elected," Broder insisted, just pointing out that doing so might make Obama "one of the most successful presidents in history."

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Democrats Aren't Serious About Stopping Illegal Immigration

Chris Matthews' shocking epiphany. Figuring out stuff like this is why MSNBC pays him the big bucks.

Woman WANTS To Weigh 1000 Pounds

She probably has a better chance of achieving that than fitting into a size 4. The secret to success is choosing your goals carefully.
A New Jersey woman who hopes to become the fattest woman in the world got 30,000 calories closer to her 1,000lb goal with a festive feast that could have fed dozens of revellers.

46-stone Donna Simpson, sitting in a reinforced metal chair, chowed down on the world's biggest Christmas dinner as she ate for two straight hours on Saturday. 

The single mother-of-two tucked into two 25lb turkeys, two maple-glazed hams, 15lbs of potatoes (10lbs roast, 5lbs mashed), five loaves of bread, five pounds of herb stuffing, four pints of gravy, four pints of cranberry dressing and an astonishing 20lbs of vegetables.

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Americans Oppose Government Interference In The Internet

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters believe that the FCC would use its regulatory authority to promote a political agenda. Half that number (28%) disagree and believe the commission would regulate in an unbiased manner. The partisan divide is the same on this question as the others. A plurality of Democrats sees an unbiased regulatory approach, while most Republicans and unaffiliated voters fear a political agenda.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Jeez, Even Death Panels Are George Bush's Fault

It's official. Barack Hussein Obama is responsible for nothing.
The Obama administration is trying to quiet talk about so-called “death panels” after The New York Times reported Sunday that a new Medicare regulation includes incentives for end-of-life-care planning.

The Medicare policy will pay doctors for holding end-of-life-care discussions with patients, according to the
Times. A similar provision was dropped from the new healthcare reform law after Republicans accused the administration of withholding care from the sick, elderly and disabled.

However, an administration spokesman said the regulation, which is less specific than the reform law's draft language, is actually a continuation of a policy enacted under former President George W. Bush.
Update: Bush actually vetoed the bill Obama blames him for.

Forbidden Words: "Illegal Immigrant"

Newspeak, courtesy of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is seeking to “inform and sensitize” reporters nationwide about how “offensive” the term “illegal immigrant” is to Latinos.

Diversity Committee member Leo Laurence announced the campaign against “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien” terminology in the latest issue of the organization’s magazine, Quill, writing that those who have not obtained citizenship but have entered the country without any prior approval should be called “undocumented workers” or “undocumented immigrants.”

Personally, I'm old school. I think "illegal immigrant" is too PC. I prefer "illegal alien."

An Insult To Edward R. Murrow

Or a commentary on the sorry-ass state of modern mainstream journalism? I'm voting for the latter. Murrow placed himself in harm's way during World War II. Jon Stewart is too much of a pussy to display a picture of Mohamed.
 First, he had his "Rally to Restore Sanity"; then he played a key role in focusing public — and political — awareness on the bill to provide health care to Sept. 11 responders. It's enough to make The New York Times wonder whether Comedy Central's Jon Stewart is a modern day Edward R.Murrow

“Edward R. Murrow turned public opinion against the excesses of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s," writes the paper's Bill Carter and Brian Stelter. "Mr. Thompson noted that Mr. Murrow had an even more direct effect when he reported on the case of Milo Radulovich, an Air Force lieutenant who was stripped of his commission after he was charged with associating with communists. Mr. Murrow’s broadcast resulted in Mr. Radulovich’s reinstatement. Walter Cronkite’s editorial about the stalemate in the war in Vietnam after the Tet Offensive in 1968 convinced President Lyndon B. Johnson that he had lost public support and influenced his decision a month later to decline to run for reelection."

Here's Wishing You A Joyous Kwanzaa

Enjoy! More here.

Don't You Realize? That's Where I Ski.

Don't you know? These same horses' asses will spend the rest of their time complaining about global warming but won't tolerate any realistic effort to move from fossil fuels.

Telluride, the rich ski town an hour away by car and a universe apart in terms of money and clout, has emerged as a main base of opposition to the proposed mill, called Piñon Ridge, which would be the first new uranium-processing facility in the United States in more than 25 years if it is approved by Colorado regulators next month. 

James Clapper Didn't Need To Know

Apparently such information as operations against terrorist networks is disseminated within the Obama Administration on a "need to know" basis. And the clueless James Clapper didn't need to know.

Bid Farewell To The Congress Of Corruption

It shouldn't be difficult for the 112th Congress to outperform the outgoing crooks.
This past term of Congress let the drug industry write much of a health care overhaul, extended of ethanol subsidies, passed the Marlboro Monopoly Act, crafted a subsidy-laden stimulus bill, gave us Cash-for-Clunkers and Cash-for-Caulkers, tried to pass a corporate-backed climate bill, and created a Wall Street "reform" that formalizes bailouts.
Call it the corporatist Congress.
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The New York Times Confesses To The Obvious

Next I expect to read in the Times that the Earth is round and babies aren't delivered by storks. In the meantime, the Times discovered this:
"Starved for revenue and accustomed to decades of overspending, many states have been overwhelmed."
Of course, the Times' recommendation for dealing with this is for the federal government, which is already running up trillion dollar plus deficits to enable and reward this behavior. California, which spends 80% of every tax dollar on salaries or benefits, can't seem to muster up the courage to cut its bloated bureaucracy or stand up to its unions.

Osama bin Laden Is Still Dead (?)

Maybe. I've thought so. But I've also thought that it doesn't matter much if he is or isn't. Fighting terror will require more than killing any one man or any 10,000 men.
CIA reports, doctors and biographers have asserted that bin Laden had (has) a range of diseases from typhoid to renal disease, Addison's disease, secondary osteoporosis and Marfan syndrome. Intelligence agencies think that in 2000, he had kidney-dialysis devices shipped to him in Afghanistan. His 1987 biography states that bin Laden was being treated with insulin for diabetes and suffered serious low blood pressure. Is it likely that the most wanted man in the world has been regularly receiving medical attention without detection for the past 10 years?

In 2008, former CIA case officer Robert Baer asserted, "Of course he's dead." In 2002 and 2009, Pakistani Presidents Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari separately stated that bin Laden was dead. In 2002, FBI counterterrorism chief Dale Watson stated that bin Laden "probably" was dead.

Since 2004, we have seen no new bin Laden videos; we've only heard audios. One video released in 2007 could be a compilation of older videos. So why does the intelligence community continue to support the impression that he's alive?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Opportunistic Leftist Doesn't Like The Label

Arianna Huffington doesn't like it when you call her a leftist.
“Well, I actually feel that it would make a huge difference to our ability to solve problems if we stopped sort of reflexively using the labels ‘left’ and ‘right,’ because right now for a position to be described as ‘left-wing,’ it’s really to marginalize and dismiss it,” Huffington said. “That’s how the mainstream media use the label and it’s being used reflexively and often completely idiotically to describe for example anyone who wants to leave Afghanistan. Immediately that position is described as ‘left-wing,’ even if it includes George Will, Pat Buchanan and Tony Blankley and the Cato Institute, etc., etc.”

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Can Republicans Defend Against A Naked Power Grab?

Democrats are planning to overthrow the fillibuster. But the change itself can be fillibustered. Do Republicans have the stones to stop it, or have they already forgotten the lessons of November 2?
We have heard the old adage that if we forget the past, history will repeat itself.  What we are witnessing today is a power grab to advance an ideology, pure and simple.  A power grab by an arrogant, condescending group of individuals who do not wish to be restrained by the confines put in place by our Founding Fathers.

Individuals who feel they are superior to the greatest collection of minds in the history of human kind.
The good news for conservatives is that under current Senate rules, a rule change itself could be filibustered, and in this case votes from three fifths of Senators would be required to break the filibuster filibustering a bill to remove filibusters.

After witnessing the performance of certain Republicans this past week, the question is can Mitch McConnell find 41 GOP Senators willing to make a stand?

Dallas Cowboys Coach Doesn't Really Grasp The Concept Of Consistency

"He [Bueller] has been a fairly consistent kicker at times," interim Dallas coach Jason Garrett said, "and at other times he has missed some kicks that he is capable of making."

Culture of Dissolution - A Democrat Party Tradition

More than 70% of the nation's most bankrupt cities are run by Democrats
Have a gander at America’s 17 most-bankrupt cities, and consider the party variable: Two Republican mayors, two independents, one city so bankrupt that it is in state receivership — and twelve Democratic mayors, meaning the Democrats lead 70.5 percent of the most-bankrupt cities, by my always-suspect English-major math.

Vote Auctions

What better time to hold a fundraiser than when a critical vote is coming up?
Three cases, involving Reps. John Campbell (R-Calif.), Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), were referred to the House ethics committee, which last week asked for more time to investigate. All three have said that they complied with House ethics rules. 

But just as the public learned of the ethics office's probe in June, a conference committee of House members and senators met to draft a compromise bill on landmark Wall Street reform. The measure would force firms to follow new rules for previously secret and risky transactions that were blamed for the 2008 market meltdown. Over the course of three weeks in June, the 35 conference committee members collected $440,000 in donations from the financial industry. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Senate banking committee and a powerful conferee, collected the most that month - about $90,000 from financial interests.

Julian Assange Cashes In

You knew that Assange was just looking to make a buck. Now he's made $1.57 million of them.
The Australian said he would receive the equivalent of 800,000 British pounds from Alfred A. Knopf, his American publisher, and a British deal with Canongate is worth about 500,000 pounds.

Money from other markets and serialisation is expected to raise the total to 1.1 million pounds, he said.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Did Santa Claus Fly On 'Shrooms?

NPR, which seems determined to make everybody as grim and morose as they are, is now claiming that the Santa Claus legend resulted from the consumption of psychedelic mushrooms.
Children across the land on Christmas Eve will nestle all snug in their beds to hear the classic poem "The Night Before Christmas." There's a parallel tradition on the Harvard campus at this time of year. Students and faculty gather to hear the story of Santa Claus and the psychedelic mushrooms.
I stumbled upon this curious blend of biology and fable during a wintry campus visit to Harvard's Farlow Reference Library and Herbarium a few years ago.
Curator and biology professor Donald Pfister greeted me in a majestic room, filled with glass display cases, folios and portraits. It's a short tour — no time even to peek into the rooms that contain 1.5 million specimens of fungi, algae, lichens, mosses and liverworts.
As we prepared to leave, we turned a corner, and there, in a glass case, was an odd assortment of artifacts: Christmas decorations shaped like red mushrooms with white flecks on them, Amanita muscaria, by name. There was also a Santa Claus, dressed in his traditional red robe with white trim.
While I was puzzling at this display, Pfister turned to a colleague, Anne Pringle, and mentioned that he was planning to make his annual lecture about the link between Amanita muscaria — which happens to be a hallucinogenic mushroom — and Santa.
The top photo above is of German Christmas ornaments which are clearly modeled upon the psychedelic mushroom Amanita muscaria (below) from a University of Wisconsin website.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Worst Journalism Of 2010

Courtesy of Newsbusters. And Chris Matthews gets another boner.

When a few 9/11 widows and the Democratic Party exploited their status to criticize George W. Bush, the mainstream media was eager to help and the Democrats condemned anyone who dared question them. Well, the grieving family of a murdered border patrolman is getting somewhat different treatment. Hardly surprising.
The family of agent Brian Terry had complained that Napolitano had offered them “empty words” when she called to express her condolences. Terry’s father, Kent Terry, in an interview with ABC affiliate KGUN, said he told Napolitano to “wake your man up in the White House,” to which she replied that he’s done more in two years than any president.

Napolitano attended the Detroit funeral Wednesday where she vowed “swift justice” for Terry’s killers. But asked about the family’s concerns outside the service, Napolitano said “now is not the time to talk about all that has been done.”

She said more agents and technology are on the border than ever before, but told the KGUN reporter it’s time to remember the fallen agent and not start picking fights.

“Listen, I don’t know who you spoke with in the family,” Napolitano said.

After being told the concerns came from his father, mother and stepmother, she continued: “Listen, we are here today, the commissioner is here today, the chief of the Border Patrol is here today and we are here and his comrades are here with the family, who said other things to me by the way, so I really don’t think it appropriate for the media to try to pick this as a fight,” she said. “This is a moment to remember a fallen agent.”

Obama Deficits Much Worse Than They're Telling You

Last year's deficit was a trillion dollars worse than Obama has so far admitted.
The most important difference between the Financial Report and the federal budget is that the former calculates costs on an accrual basis, whereas the latter only measures cash flow. Thus if the federal government incurred a debt that would not be paid until some time in the future, that cost would not be part of the conventionally measured national debt. It would only add to the debt when cash had to be expended to cover the expense that had been incurred. It’s worth remembering that private corporations are required to use accrual accounting and corporate executives would be jailed for using the sort of accounting that the federal government routinely uses.

Marching Toward Another Meltdown

Forcing banks to lend to people with bad credit set the table for the recession. A bunch of lefties say, "let's do it all over again."
Who: National Community Reinvestment Coalition

What: The coalition plans to protest banks requiring borrowers to have a FICO score of at least 620 to qualify for a mortgage backed by the Federal Housing Authority. The coalition claims the requirement is racist.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Obama Doing Business With Terrorists

Just as Barack Hussein Obama has been handing out exemptions to his onerous Obamacare to allies, he is also handing out exemptions that allow US businesses to do business with state sponsored terrorism.
The story posted on the [New York] Times' website implies no illegal activity by administration officials or company personnel. Rather, it suggests the various deals for goods ranging from Louisiana hot sauce to body-building supplements undermine America's moral and diplomatic authority as the leading purveyor of tough sanctions on Iran, North Korea and other nations.

The newspaper said one American company was allowed to bid on a pipeline job to help Iran sell natural gas to Europe even though the U.S. opposes such deals. Other American companies were permitted to deal with Iranian firms suspected of involvement in terrorism or weapons proliferation, the Times said.
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Thou Shalt Not Criticize Big Sister (Janet Incompetano)

A pilot is now being harassed by the TSA because he posted videos of lax security. I know for a fact that the TSA is incompetent. My son inadvertently boarded a flight recently with a full sized pocket knife on his person. It wasn't even concealed. He had it attached to the outside of this back pack when he boarded. They missed it and when he noticed it, he stashed it deep in his pack and has since stuffed it into his checked luggage. For all of their fancy machines and groping, they can't see what's right in front of their faces.
An airline pilot is being disciplined by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting video on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security.

The 50-year-old pilot, who lives outside Sacramento, asked that neither he nor his airline be identified. He has worked for the airline for more than a decade and was deputized by the TSA to carry a gun in the cockpit.

He is also a helicopter test pilot in the Army Reserve and flew missions for the United Nations in Macedonia.

Three days after he posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff’s deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally-issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well and provided all the video to News10.

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Beyond Tolerance

New York City's moronic mayor isn't just tolerant of the Ground Zero mosque, he's working hard behind the scenes to make it happen.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office worked behind the scenes to help the organizers of a mosque and community center near ground zero, intervening with city administrators to get a temporary prayer service permit and having an official ghostwrite a letter to community leaders.

E-mails released by the city Thursday document the cooperation between Bloomberg's Community Affairs Unit and the Cordoba Initiative, even as a furor erupted this year over the center's proposed existence two blocks north of ground zero. The city released the documents in response to a public-records lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative group.

Bloomberg's spokesman said the city has extended similar help to other religious groups. But Judicial Watch says the e-mails show the city government went too far with its assistance.

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Obama Gets Tough When It Matters

As far as the Obama Administration is concerned, it's no big deal when the New Black Panthers show up at polling places with clubs attempting to frighten off white voters. But if someone encourages women to reconsider killing their unborn baby, they roll up their sleeves, spit on their hand and get tough.
In January, David Hamilton was talking with women going into the EMW Women’s Surgical Center, the only abortion business in Louisville, Kentucky. Hamitlon was arrested for moving the arm of a clinic escort out of his way as he attempted to present alternatives information to one woman going towards the center entrance.

Although Hamilton told the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper he did not try to hurt or intimidate anyone, he was charged with disorderly conduct as police cited him for “pushing and shoving clinic escorts.” The misdemeanor charge was dismissed in May after Hamilton completed eight hours of community service.

The Obama Administration, months later, is now charging him with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, a 1994 law passed during the Clinton administration designed to take a more aggressive stance against sidewalk counselors and abortion protesters at abortion facilities. The lawsuit seeks a $15,000 penalty and $5,000 in compensatory damages.
Well, this is the guy who believed that babies who survived late term abortions should not be given medical assistance and be allowed to die on cold, stainless steel tables.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Where's The Panic?

Back when Republicans were in the majority and were frustrated with Democrat obstructionism, Republicans considered fillibuster reform. The mainstream media all went nuts. Fillibuster reform was called "the nuclear option." Now that Harry Reid is planning fillibuster reform, it's "good news."
Still more good news for filibuster reform: Harry Reid is in active discussions with his caucus about moving forward with reform in the new year, and is currently devising a plan to do just that, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide tells me.

At a caucus meeting this week attended only by Senators and no staff, Reid and fellow Dems devoted a significant chunk of time to a discussion about specific ideas on how to proceed, the aide says.

Word of Reid's machinations comes after the National Journal reported yesterday that all the returning Democratic Senators have indicated support for efforts at reform, and are urging Reid to press forward at the start of the new year.

Why Should Anyone Trust Politifact?

Politifact bills itself as the final judge on political truthfulness. Unfortunately, too often it has allowed its writers' leftist ideology to color its supposed objectivity.

Snarlin' Arlen Reminds Us Why He Needed To Go

And as a bonus, tells us why the Senate fails to live up to his lofty standards.
In his final Senate speech on Tuesday, Arlen Specter promised a "closing argument" documenting what ails our politics. 
 What he gave us was 20 minutes of self-serving gripes, empty name-calling, and petty meanness. It was a fitting end to his querulous career.
Cast as a call for bipartisanship and civility, Specter's last hurrah was instead a perfect example of how the princes of Capitol Hill jealously cling to power, like Tolkien's Gollum clutching his precious ring. Specter's speech exemplified how senators' pretensions to principle mask their political self-interest and narrow ideology.
He reminds me of a old parrot, that can only squawk his unhappiness all day long.

Free Speech Is Arrogant

According to Al Sharpton. Unsurprisingly Ed Schultz agrees. The leftist war on the First Amendment continues. When you can't win the argument, shut down the other side.
"We're saying, those standards ought to include those that -- in an explicit or even implicit way practice racism or sexism or homophobia on the airwaves. Can you image the arrogance of saying 'federally regulating airwaves should not be subjected to federal public hearings?," Al Sharpton told MSNBC.

Sharpton said Limbaugh's free speech on the "federally regulated" airwaves is not a "right" or "an entitlement."

"You are a real fighter for the American people for what is socially correct," MSNBC host Ed Schultz said in praise of Al Sharpton.
And as we have learned over the last couple of years, any departure from the wisdom of Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi or Barney Frank is either racist, sexist or homophobic and therefore should be shut down.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Another Day, Another Excuse

I just saw John Brennan (Obama's chief counter man-caused-disasterism advisor) on the news a few minutes ago and he was test driving a new excuse for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's ignorance. Now the reason that he was surprised by Dianne Sawyer's question about a terrorist plot in Britain is because he was so busy protecting us from North Korea.

Constitution? I Don't Care About No Stinking Constitution

Obama seizes control of the internet. Can you imagine the outcry if George Bush had pulled this stunt?
There's little evidence the public is demanding these rules, which purport to stop the non-problem of phone and cable companies blocking access to websites and interfering with Internet traffic. Over 300 House and Senate members have signed a letter opposing FCC Internet regulation, and there will undoubtedly be even less support in the next Congress. 

Yet President Obama, long an ardent backer of net neutrality, is ignoring both Congress and adverse court rulings, especially by a federal appeals court in April that the agency doesn't have the power to enforce net neutrality. He is seeking to impose his will on the Internet through the executive branch. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a former law school friend of Mr. Obama, has worked closely with the White House on the issue. Official visitor logs show he's had at least 11 personal meetings with the president.

The 365th Day - Terrorists? What Terrorists?

According to Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security only keeps us safe 364 days a year. That kinda reminds me of a towing company I once had to do business with that only promised to be available 23 1/2 hours per day. I always had the bad luck of calling during that half hour when they weren't open.

James Clapper must been taking his day off when those London terrorists were busted.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Harry Reid Gets His Ass Handed To Him

After rolling out a public lands, water and wildlife omnibus Friday afternoon, Harry Reid yesterday abandoned his effort to pass the massive package this year. He will instead work with committee leaders to see which provisions could still advance this session if bundled into smaller packages, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

Reid pitched his omnibus – a bundle of 70-plus measures that would expand conservation measures on federal lands and waterways – as a non-controversial batch of bipartisan bills. But Jim Inhofe and other Senate Republicans demanded the package get more time for review, and House Natural Resources Chairman-elect Doc Hastings vowed to battle the bill in the House.

Are We On The Cusp Of A New Ice Age?

The guy who is always right on matters of climate change says "yes."

The Internet And The Chicago Way

The FCC has been told by the courts: "Hands off the internet." Obama's FCC doesn't much care what the courts say.
[Julius Genachowski]'s bringing a new set of proposed net neutrality regulations to the five-member panel Tuesday. Unfortunately, nobody knows any details of the new proposal because Genachowski has kept them secret until the last possible minute even as he rushed them forward for a vote. How ironic that the Internet, the great and empowering liberator of information that "wants to be free," is being chopped up behind closed doors by an unelected panel. Note, too, that this is being considered by the FCC on the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year. 
In their net neutrality quest, Genachowski and two of his fellow Democratic appointees are working to expand government power into an area where the commission has no jurisdiction, under the guise of solving a problem that does not exist. Meredith Baker, a Republican FCC appointee, summarized the situation well: "We have two branches of government -- Congress and the courts -- expressing grave concerns with our agency becoming increasingly unmoored from our statutory authority. By seeking to regulate the Internet now, we exceed the authority Congress has given us and justify those concerns." Incoming House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., has called on the FCC to "cease and desist."

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Democrats Lost Because You're Stupid

Taxpayer money was spent on this? If were better informed, then they could do better studies. And if they used something other than official Nancy Pelosi propaganda as an information source, they'd be better informed.
The study, "Misinformation and the 2010 Election: A Study of the U.S. Electorate," came out last week from a group at the University of Maryland called The report's authors say they found "strong evidence that voters were substantially misinformed on many of the issues prominent in the election campaign." One of those issues was health care.

The authors base their argument on an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), made during the health care debate, that said Obamacare would reduce the federal deficit, if only by a little. The researchers found that 75 percent of those surveyed don't believe it -- they think Obamacare will actually increase the deficit. How could that be? 

The answer is they were allegedly misled by Fox News (where, by the way, I am a contributor). "Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that...the health care law will worsen the deficit," the authors conclude. 

But maybe something else was going on. Perhaps the voters knew the CBO based its estimate on dubious assumptions -- say, the likelihood of funding Obamacare by cutting $500 billion from Medicare -- forced on it by Congress. Or perhaps voters knew that the top actuary of Medicare and Medicaid disagreed with the CBO. Or perhaps the "misinformed" voters held the commonsense belief that you cannot cover 32 million previously uncovered people and save money at the same time. The bottom line is, it is entirely reasonable to believe that Obamacare, if put into effect in the real world, will increase the deficit.

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Andrea Mitchell Auditions For Her Dream Job

Amidst all the talk of Robert Gibbs' imminent departure as White House press secretary, could Andrea Mitchell be gunning for the gig?  NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent certainly gave a strong audition on today's Morning Joe, doing her best to paper over the latest stumbles by two gaffe-prone Obamaoids.

Mitchell first tried to paint an innocent gloss on Napolitano's curious boast that her homeland security minions are working "364 days a year" to keep the nation safe. Later, Mitchell spun with the best to explain away Biden's claim--at odds with official US policy--that the US will be "totally out" of Afghanistan by 2014, "come hell or high water."

Mitchell gave her game away with her facial expression at the very end of the video clip.  After Joe Scarborough gives her a skeptical "come on" for her shilling, Andrea breaks into a wry smile.  Cut me some slack, Scarborough, Andrea seems to be signaling. A gal's has got to give her best MSM try for the home team!

Well, she's more deeply committed to the president than Gibbs and she's more articulate...

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Blue Christmas For Blue States

More Americans are voting with their feet, leaving the leaches to feed off each other and are moving to red states. The census results will be costing the bluest state at least one congressional seat.
As the Associated Press reports, the entire electoral map is shifting. ‘’The biggest gainer will be Texas, a Republican-dominated state expected to gain up to four new House seats, for a total of 36. The chief losers - New York and Ohio, are each projected by nongovernment analysts to lose two seats.”

“On balance,” the AP concludes, “the states Obama carried in 2008 are projected to lose six electoral votes to states that his GOP challenger, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, won.”

Monday, December 20, 2010

An Opportunity That Pelosi And Reid Neglected

Hugo Chavez to rule by decree.
Venezuela’s Chavista-controlled lame-duck National Assembly granted Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for the next eighteen months, essentially voiding the results of last September’s Congressional election, and granting him dictatorial power until the next general election.

Brian Aitken

Aitken, 27, was sentenced in August to seven years after a January 2009 arrest at his parent's home in Mount Laurel, Burlington County. Aitken's mother called the police on him after he was distraught over a custody issue and police found handguns, hollow point bullets, and high capacity magazines in a box in the trunk of his car.

Aitken claimed he was protected under a state exemption because he was moving from Mount Laurel to Hoboken at the time. A Burlington County judge refused to allow the jury to see the exemptions, claiming Aitken's defense team did not present enough evidence during the trial to show he was moving.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

The People Win, Pelosi And Reid Lose

The voters sent the Democrats multiple messages. Pelosi, Reid and Obama ignored them - and paid.
Eleven months ago, after the Massachusetts Senate election, I was convinced that Democrats could not jam their health care bill through because voters had so clearly demanded they not do so. But Pelosi proved more determined and resourceful than I had imagined, and found enough House Democrats who were willing to risk electoral defeat to achieve what Democrats proclaimed was an historic accomplishment.
Pelosi and Obama predicted that Obamacare would become more popular as voters learned more about it.

Those predictions were based on the theory that in times of economic distress Americans would be more supportive of or amenable to big government policies. 

That theory has been disproved about as conclusively as any theory can be in the real world, and most of the Democrats who provided the key votes for Obamacare were defeated on Election Day.

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Arsenic And Cholera, Courtesy Of The United Nations

The UN continues to spread misery and death around the world.
This is indeed the case, and the implications are serious. The strain of cholera (brought into Haiti by Bangladeshi UN soldiers), that could easily spread, is more virulent than the strain already resident in Latin America; and while the measures necessary to prevent spread are known in theory, they may be difficult to put into practice. Among other things, there is a world shortage of cholera vaccine.

There is a terrible irony to all this that the authors do not mention. The Bangladeshis now suffer from the largest mass outbreak of arsenic poisoning in the history of mankind, thanks to the wells in their country drilled (with the best of intentions, no doubt) by UNICEF. The arsenic was in the groundwater, and millions of Bangladeshis now suffer from chronic arsenic poisoning; and one in four deaths in Bangladesh has now been attributed to it.

Humanitarian action has thus imported mass poisoning into Bangladesh and humanitarian action has now exported cholera from it. Beware of internationalists trying to do good

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Scorched Earth Democrats

Can the Democrats heal the rift between the extreme left wing of their party and the scorched earth left wing of their party? While the last election evoked considerable commentary regarding Tea Party intolerance for “moderate Republicans,” a less covered story was the growing intolerance within the left for its own apostates. Certainly the vulgar, spittle-flecked vitriol that the left loosed on Barack Obama after his compromise with Republicans on taxes and unemployment compensation revealed a severe distaste for those who stray from the shining path.

Obama seems to have moved a little farther along the mourning process than they have. He’s negotiating. They’re still in denial.

To fully appreciate the Democratic Party’s radicalization, recall that Hillary Clinton was considered the conservative alternative to Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. But just a decade earlier, she was considered the far left’s ankle bracelet on Bill Clinton to prevent him from wandering too deeply into moderation. She championed herself during that era as the “mouthpiece” for radical pseudo-rabbi Michael Lerner, who was at the time spouting his “politics of meaning,” communism’s fig leaf de jour.

Barack Obama radicalism made him friends and allies with such extremists as the reverend Jeremiah Wright, domestic terrorist William Ayers and Charles Manson cheerleader Bernadine Dohrn. But today he is so far removed from his party’s ideological leadership that he recently described himself in a New York Times interview as a “Blue Dog Democrat.”

All throughout 2010, the chattering class speculated that the Tea Party would pull the Republican Party so far to the right that moderates would no longer be welcome.

Cited as evidence for this shift were three elections. When New York’s Ruling Class Republicans nominated Dede Scozzafava in New York’s 23rd district, conservatives rebelled and cast their vote for Conservative Party candidate Bob Hoffman. When the Ruling Class Republicans chose carbon cap and trade advocate Mike Castle as their man, the conservatives rebelled and, to the media’s delight, chose Christine O’Donnell. In Utah, the always eager to compromise Senator Robert Bennett was retired in the Republican primary.

A less remarked upon story on the Democratic side occurred during the 2009-2010 Obamacare debate when Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman, among others, expressed their sentiment that they might prefer a smaller, more ideologically pure Democratic caucus purged of its less radical members.

November’s election gave them what they wanted and the Democratic Party’s radical rump is farther removed from the American mainstream than then most radical Tea Partier. And as evidenced by their foaming at the mouth reaction to Obama’s tax compromise, they are even less tolerant of moderation.

The Democrats are now so far removed from moderation that they’ve been giving Obama the same sort of anatomically impossible advice that made headlines when former vice president Dick Cheney suggested it to the execrable Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) back in 2004.

The all time greatest Republican Ronald Reagan once famously remarked that he never left the Democratic Party, the party left him. His cabinet was sprinkled with former Democrats who felt the same estrangement as Democrats moved toward Leninist class warfare rhetoric.

The current Democratic Party leadership is composed of the very same people who gained their political footholds marching behind North Vietnamese flags during that era’s antiwar protests. Obama’s friend William Ayers fantasized about overthrowing the US government and handing over administration of the country to the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam and Cuba. His plans included consolidating power by executing about 25 million Americans.

The intervening decades have not moderated their views. And with eternity and retirement just around the corner, their patience is nearly exhausted as their radical goals slip further away.

As an aside, I must comment on an ABC News poll taken last week that found that most American were dissatisfied with the performance of the Republican majority elected last month. Note to ABC. They haven’t taken office yet.

I saw a Pew poll taken shortly before the 2008 election that found that a significant proportion of Americans believed that Republicans controlled Congress, when Democrats held majorities in both houses. The most ill informed Americans identified traditional network television news as their primary news source, with their viewers scoring only slightly better than supermarket tabloid readers. A monkey flipping a coin would have outperformed CBS viewers.

Is ABC really this ignorant? Or are they intentionally fostering ignorance among their viewers because it advances their partisan agenda?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Israel Shoots Down A UFO

Or maybe it was just a party balloon.
The Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified flying object over the Dimona nuclear plant in the Negev Desert Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The object appeared in a designated no-fly zone, the air force was scrambled and the object was shot down, the IDF said.

Enjoy Your Virgins Assholes

At least 28 suspected militants were killed Friday and several more injured in three separate strikes by US pilotless aircraft in Pakistan's restive tribal region along the Afghan border, security officials said. 

Meanwhile, a mortar attack allegedly carried out by Taliban hit a residential area in nearby Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, killing nine people, including women and children. In a retaliatory airstrike, the Pakistani military killed 10 alleged insurgents. 

The drone strikes took place in the Tirah and Lakai valleys of Khyber district, one of the tribal districts where Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives are believed to have hideouts.

The Lamest Duck

Even before taking office, the Tea Party's taking charge. Oh, and thank you Bob Bennett for vindicating us for retiring you in the primary.
Senate Democrats abruptly abandoned an omnibus budget bill for the coming year, pushing major spending decisions into the next Congress and giving Republicans immense new leverage to confront President Barack Obama priorities. 

The decision Thursday night sweeps away months of bipartisan work by the Senate Appropriations Committee which had crafted the $1.1 trillion bill to meet spending targets embraced by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) himself prior to the elections.
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), an old McConnell friend, worked actively to round up as many as nine potential Republican votes for the compromise, but these numbers rapidly evaporated amid personal attacks and the uproar this week over spending earmarks in the package. 
 McConnell, embarrassed by reports on his own earmarks in the omnibus, went to the Senate floor Thursday to propose a one page, “clean” two month extension of the current stop gap funding resolution that has kept the government funded since Oct. 1. And as if caught with their hands in the cookie jar, he and other top Republicans vowed to do everything in their powers to kill the omnibus to square themselves with their tea party backers.

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