Tuesday, April 30, 2013
How to Stop Terrorists Before They Kill - WSJ.com
Of course, New York has the benefit of past experience, while Boston did not.
On the other hand, Americans don't want to live in a "police state"...
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Judith Miller offered some insight:
"The Boston Police Department responded with extraordinary skill to last week's marathon bombing, but some terrorism experts say that the attack, which killed three people and injured more than 200, may well have been prevented entirely had the perpetrators lived in New York City."
"This is the U.S.A. -- Don’t Mess With Us"
AT Townhall.com, Bruce Bialosky begins wth this:
"Thomas Friedman of the New York Times has received many accolades for his column following the bombing at the Boston Marathon. Under the category of “a stopped clock is right twice a day,” Friedman nailed the situation on the head.
His column spoke of how Boston should immediately rebuild the area where the bombing was done. He drew the analogy to our younger brothers, the Israelis, and how they immediately cleanup and repair after a suicide bomber kills and maims. They leave no scars for the madmen to praise and the citizens to be reminded of their losses."
Monday, April 29, 2013
"George W. Bush is smarter than you"
On his blog, Keith Hennessey wonders:
"And finally, if you base your view of President Bush’s intellect on a public image and caricature shaped by late night comedians, op-ed writers, TV pundits, and Twitter, is that a smart thing for you to do?"
"The Problem Isn't Just Illegal Immigration, It's Legal Immigration, Too"
At Townhall.com, Ann Coulter has these thoughts in her posted article:
"On CNN's "State of the Union" last weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham's response to the Boston Marathon bombers being worthless immigrants who hate America -- one of whom the FBI cleared even after being tipped off by Russia -- was to announce: 'The fact that we could not track him has to be fixed.'" Track him? How about not admitting him as an immigrant?" "My thought is, maybe we should consider admitting immigrants who can succeed in America, rather than deadbeats." "During the three years from 2010 through 2012, immigrants have committed about a dozen mass murders in this country, not including the 9/11 attack. The mass murderers were from Afghanistan, South Korea, Vietnam, Haiti, South Africa, Ethiopia and Mexico. None were from Canada or Western Europe."
The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World - WSJ.com
I say that because it's my opinion that our educational institutions have become too partisan on social issues, somewhat anti-American, and impose their agendas to our impressionable youth, rather than teach to learn facts and form their own opinions based on facts...
In a Wall Street Journal column, David Feith tells us all about the "golf shot" and what has happened since:
"A few months later, Mr. Klingenstein decided to do something surprising: He commissioned researchers to examine Bowdoin's commitment to intellectual diversity, rigorous academics and civic identity. This week, some 18 months and hundreds of pages of documentation later, the project is complete. Its picture of Bowdoin isn't pretty. Funded by Mr. Klingenstein, researchers from the National Association of Scholars studied speeches by Bowdoin presidents and deans, formal statements of the college's principles, official faculty reports and notes of faculty meetings, academic course lists and syllabi, books and articles by professors, the archive of the Bowdoin Orient newspaper and more. They analyzed the school's history back to its founding in 1794, focusing on the past 45 years—during which, they argue, Bowdoin's character changed dramatically for the worse. Published Wednesday, the report demonstrates how Bowdoin has become an intellectual monoculture dedicated above all to identity politics. The school's ideological pillars would likely be familiar to anyone who has paid attention to American higher education lately. There's the obsession with race, class, gender and sexuality as the essential forces of history and markers of political identity. There's the dedication to 'sustainability,' or saving the planet from its imminent destruction by the forces of capitalism. And there are the paeans to 'global citizenship,' or loving all countries except one's own."
Sunday, April 28, 2013
2013-04-28 - Words of Wisdom
Saturday, April 27, 2013
In the U.S., I believe we call them cinder blocks...
Either way, the U.K. Daily Telegraph reports on this, including a video:
"BigDog the robot demonstrates strength and skill as it picks up breeze blocks and throws them across a room."
"Pictures reveal empty shell of Berlin's new airport TWO YEARS behind schedule and a national embarrassment"
In the U.K. Daily Mail, Anthony Bond writes about current municipal projects in Germany:
"The saga of Berlin's new airport has turned into a national joke and a source of humiliation for a people renowned for being on time. Yet it is just the highest profile in a string of big-ticket projects — including a concert hall in Hamburg, railway tunnels in Munich and Leipzig, a subway line in Cologne and a Stuttgart underground train station — that have been plagued by huge cost overruns and delays. The airport fiasco presents a staggering picture of incompetence."
Friday, April 26, 2013
Mick Philpott - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I'm thinking redemption may not be for everyone. I'm using this person as my case in point. See what you think...
Wikipedia is my source here. It's a voluntary site so I suspect there may be errors, but it's not difficult to get the overall picture:
"Michael "Mick" Philpott (born 1956 or 1957) is an English convict who, having gained notoriety for his unorthodox lifestyle, subsequently caused the death of six of his children in a fire. Philpott featured prominently in the media after 2006 as a result of his large family (he has fathered 17 children), and his reliance on state benefits. In May 2012 he featured in the headlines again, when a fire at his home killed his wife's six children, all but one of whom he had fathered. In April 2013, following an eight-week trial, he and his wife Mairead, together with their friend Paul Mosley, were found guilty of manslaughter. He is serving a life sentence with a minimum of fifteen years imprisonment."
Thursday, April 25, 2013
"We need an IQ test for politicians"
I couldn't agree more...
Glenn Harlan Reynolds expresses the thought well in the N.Y. Post. He begins:
"While politicians talk about expanding background checks for gun owners, I’m starting to think that what we really need are IQ tests for political officeholders. The only problem is, that might leave us with a lot of vacancies in Congress and America’s statehouses."
"In residential real estate, bid farewell to the 'master bedroom'"
Political correctness in the world of real estate. I wonder if you're aware of this...
Michael Neibauer enlightens us at BizJournals.com:
"The 'master suite' is being phased out — not from our homes, but from our lexicon. A survey of 10 major Washington, D.C.-area homebuilders found that six no longer use the term 'master' in their floor plans to describe the largest bedroom in the house. They have replaced it with 'owner’s suite' or 'owner’s bedroom' or, in one case, 'mastre bedroom.'"
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
"Study: California High-Speed Rail System Would Lose $124 Million to $373 Million a Year"
Every liberal politician and elected official in California has been pushing high speed rail forever. Unfortunately, no matter how much enthusiasm, this project is going to cost taxpayers money for more than forever...
The Reason.org website has the ugly money losing facts:
"The California High-Speed Rail Authority has already dramatically downgraded its ridership estimates for 2035. In 2008, it promised voters 65.5 million to 117 million riders in 2035. Now it predicts 19.6 million to 31.8 million riders in 2035. The Reason Foundation study finds, however, that even if the system managed to equal European train ridership levels it would hit just 7.6 million rides a year. Thus, ridership in 2035 is likely to be 65 percent to 77 percent lower than currently projected. As a result of these slower travel times, higher ticker costs and low ridership, California taxpayers should expect to pay an additional $124 million to $373 million a year to cover the train’s operating costs and financial losses, the Reason Foundation study concludes."
Sign of the Times - the "Rain Tax"
Marta H. Mossburg has the explanation at the Project to Restore America:
"Maryland made national news recently for a 'rain tax' to start July 1. The tax, an unfunded mandate originating with the Environmental Protection Agency and cemented by the state legislature and governor last year, means homeowners, businesses and nonprofits in certain counties will pay a fee based on the amount of 'impervious surfaces' on their property. It is supposed to raise about $482 million annually. Satellite imagery will help counties comply with the law, designed to reduce runoff into the Chesapeake Bay."
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
"Judge Green Lights Exploitation of Girls With Over-the-Counter Morning After Pill Ruling"
The more rules and laws we have, the more common sense seems to go away...
At Townhall.com, Katie Pavlich reports on this ruling:
"Your kids can't drink soda, take Tylenol at school, bring homemade cupcakes to their classrooms etc. and adults can't get certain allergy medicines or Sudafed without showing a proper form of government identification to a pharmacist yet a judge has ruled that the morning after pill, better known as Plan B, should be made available on the store shelves for girls of any age. That's right, Plan B will be made available to any girl, at any age, at any time with zero parental consent."
"Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients to cities around country"
Something seems pretty wrong here...
Cynthia Hubert, Phillip Reese and Jim Sanders write about it on the Sacramento Bee website:
"Over the past five years, Nevada's primary state psychiatric hospital has put hundreds of mentally ill patients on Greyhound buses and sent them to cities and towns across America. Since July 2008, Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas has transported more than 1,500 patients to other cities via Greyhound bus, sending at least one person to every state in the continental United States, according to a Bee review of bus receipts kept by Nevada's mental health division. Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/14/5340078/nevada-buses-hundreds-of-mentally.html#storylink=cpy"
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Red-State Path to Prosperity - WSJ.com
This looks like a perfect example of "voting with your feet"...
This is from a posting by Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore on the Wall Street Journal website:
"Among the 10 fastest-growing metro areas last year were Raleigh, Austin, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charlotte, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. All of these are in low-tax, business-friendly red states. Blue-state areas such as Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, Providence and Rochester were among the biggest population losers. This migration isn't accidental. Workers and business owners are responding to clear economic incentives. Red states in the Southeast and Sunbelt are following the Reagan model by reducing tax rates and easing regulations. They also offer right-to-work laws as an enticement for businesses to come and set up shop. Meanwhile, the blue states of the Northeast, joined by California, Minnesota and Illinois, are implementing the Obama model of raising taxes on businesses and the wealthy to fund government 'investments' and union power."
"Guns and babies: A tale of two massacres"
This opinion column recently caught my eye.
I think the writer makes a valid point...
I think the writer makes a valid point...
AT Washington examiner.com, David Freddoso called attention to the media's differing coverage of similar things. He begins:
"You might not know it, but there's a mass murder trial going on in Philadelphia. There has been plenty of courtroom drama, and the death penalty remains a possibility.
The media are seldom shy about such sensational affairs, but they have been with one. Perhaps it's because the accused mass murderer is an abortion doctor, who along with his medically untrained staff is accused of killing a female patient and several babies who had already been born, alive and breathing."
"Data Leak Shakes Notion of Secret Offshore Havens and, Possibly, Nerves"
I'm sure you've heard the popular battle cry of "tax the rich".
I think this article proves a case in point that the rich are likely to pay the taxes they WANT to pay...
I think this article proves a case in point that the rich are likely to pay the taxes they WANT to pay...
In the N.Y. Times, Andrew Higgins reported about it how and how many hide their money:
"BRUSSELS — They are a large and diverse group that includes a Spanish heiress; the daughter of the former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos; and Denise Rich, the former wife of the disgraced trader Marc Rich, who was pardoned by President Bill Clinton. But, according to a trove of secret financial information released Thursday, all have money and share a desire to hide it."
Sunday, April 21, 2013
2013-04-21 - Words of Wisdom
Saturday, April 20, 2013
"The tricks of the trade: How fuel economy figures for new cars are not as good as you think"
On the U.K.'s Daily Mail website, Anna Edwards tells us why that is:
"Car manufacturers are 'manipulating' tests to claim that their cars require less fuel - costing the average motorist far more in petrol charges. A damning report claims that motor companies are using a host of tricks to ensure their results show low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions."
"Incredible machine that lays out a carpet of bricks removing back-breaking hard work"
Lucy Crossley recently wrote about this one in the U.K. Daily Mail:
"Building new roads can be an arduous and back-breaking task but thanks to a Dutch inventor, paving is now as simple as rolling out a carpet.
The amazing machine, named Tiger-Stone, can create an instant road wherever it travels, laying out bricks in formation to create perfect paving.
While the process may look magical, the secret behind the invention lies in a smartly-designed gravity-based system."
Friday, April 19, 2013
"News watchdogs slam 'secretive' food stamp program"
According to Caroline May on the DailyCaller website:
Seven journalist and government watchdog organizations have called on the Agriculture Department to release information on how much money retailers that accept food stamps make from the program and what products food stamp dollars are purchasing.
"Judge rejects bid by recycling lobby to force millions of families to sort all rubbish into five separate bins"
Worst of all, citizens are fined for noncompliance.
Would many of us be surprised if recycling was being handled this way all over the world?...
Steve Doughty reports on the recycling shortcomings in the U.K.:
"Local councils, and both Labour and Coalition governments, have faced discontent from voters following the introduction of compulsory recycling schemes. These include the notorious fortnightly collection systems and kitchen slopbucket collections in which families can be asked to use as many as nine different bins. Last month the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs admitted that much of the household waste collected for recycling in fact goes to landfill, and that published recycling figures are exaggerated."
"Virginia’s Fears of a ‘Visa-for-Sale Scheme’"
In his National Review article, Jim Geraghty tells us about this one:
"But internal communications from VEDP now reveal that the state agency didn’t merely think that McAuliffe’s company had a risky business model. At least two high-ranking officials actually suspected that the company’s real aim was to make money by selling U.S. residency visas to wealthy foreigners."
Thursday, April 18, 2013
"New National Survey Reveals The Republican Candidate Who Could Have Defeated President Obama"
The PRNewswire website included this in their reporting about a National Geographic documentary about the 1980's:
"Despite its reputation for bad hair and loud clothing, just about everything about the era — from the politics, leaders and safety to the music, TV shows and blockbuster movies — are seen as being better than they are today. In fact, 3 in 4 Americans (74%) thought that our country was better off then and even safer (76%). The same amount (76%) believe that government ran better in the 1980s than it does today. And if a presidential election were held today, 58 percent would vote for Ronald Reagan over Barack Obama . Americans ages 18 to 34 were evenly split, with 51 percent favoring Reagan and 49 percent Obama."
"Scooter Store Files For Bankruptcy After Overbilling Medicare At Least $47 Million"
Laura Northrup has the details at Consumerist.com:
"An independent audit found that the company had overbilled Medicare and Medicaid somewhere between $46.8 million and $87.7 million. The company had agreed to pay back $19.5 million. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is one of the largest creditors listed in the company’s bankruptcy petition, which details about $50 million in debt."
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Climate Change - Here we are again
That's because it fits their agenda...
Now, in a recent Financial Post opinion column, Ross McKitrick has discovered and presents the flaws:
"Meanwhile, in a private email to McIntyre, Marcott made a surprising statement. In the paper, they had reported doing an alternate analysis of their proxy data that yielded a much smaller 20th-century uptick, but they said the difference was “probably not robust,” which implied that the uptick was insensitive to changes in methodology, and was therefore reliable. But in his email to McIntyre, Marcott said the reconstruction itself is not robust in the 20th century: a very different thing. When this became public, the Marcott team promised to clear matters up with an online FAQ.
It finally appeared over the weekend, and contains a remarkable admission: '[The] 20th-century portion of our paleotemperature stack is not statistically robust, cannot be considered representative of global temperature changes, and therefore is not the basis of any of our conclusions.'
Now you tell us! The 20th-century uptick was the focus of worldwide media attention, during which the authors made very strong claims about the implications of their findings regarding 20th-century warming. Yet at no point did they mention the fact that the 20th century portion of their proxy reconstruction is garbage."
"... Bob Woodward Subpoenaed in Sidwell Friends Sex Counselor Case"
I guess it shows that just because something is labeled "exclusive", it doesn't stop human shenanigans, vindictiveness, and other nasty tactics from happening...
At Washingtonian.com, Mary Yarrison and Harry Jaffe combined on this gossipy intriguing story about some of Washington D.C.'s "elite" residents:
"For Sidwell—an elite private school in DC with an annual tuition of around $34,000—the lawsuit is an embarrassing airing of dirty laundry, something it normally goes to great lengths to avoid. The school’s parents, students, and alumni include many members of Washington’s most prominent families. President Obama’s two daughters attend Sidwell, as do Vice President Biden’s grandchildren; Chelsea Clinton and Al Gore III both attended the school, as did the children of cabinet secretaries, journalists, business leaders, senators, and congressmen, among others."
"Columbine Student's Father 12 Years Later!!"
At TeaPartyCommunity.com, Half Breed passes on an account of testimony before Congress, which includes this:
"What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts."
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
License-plate recognition has its eyes on you
Try to wrap your mind around LPR (License Plate Recognition)...
On the San Diego City Beat website, Jon Campbell explains all about this, and this number is ONLY for San Diego:
"With 36 million location scans and counting, local police know where you’ve been"
"A Gas Boom That Will Last For Decades"
Let's vote the politicians out of the way so we can reap the benefits...
Recently, at BusinessInsider.com, Rob Wile informed us of this:
"'We are looking at multi, multi decades of growth,' Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the university and a leader of the study, told Gold.
The study looked at every one of the 16,000 wells in the Barnett, and found that the area is ultimately capable of producing 44 trillion cubic feet of oil and gas, three-times more than it currently puts out..."
Monday, April 15, 2013
"Outrage after teacher assigns Nazi propaganda essay on why Jews were evil"
Of course, considering the state of education for some time now, the teacher involved may have never been taught such things...
Holly McKenna reported on the story at Reuters.com:
"ALBANY, New York - A New York state high school English teacher who asked students to imagine they were Nazis and give reasons why Jews were evil could be reprimanded or dismissed, a school district superintendent said on Friday. Follow @NBCNewsUS City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard apologized at a news conference and pledged officials would personally express regret to Albany High School students who were given the assignment and their families."
Just 420 square feet
The U.K. Daily Mail recently posted a story, pictures, and a video about it:
"QSee the transforming New York apartment that fits eight rooms into just 420 square feet"
Sunday, April 14, 2013
2013-04-14 - Words of Wisdom
Saturday, April 13, 2013
"What is Behind the Kermit Gosnell News Blackout?"
The particulars of the evidence and testimony are just awful.
That hasn't stopped the media before, so what's going on here?...
On his blog, Patterico discusses it:
"The story has been pooh-poohed as a 'local crime story' by national reporters. As Jim Geraghty points out, what was the O.J. Simpson trial? The Trayvon Martin case? The arrest of Henry Louis Gates? I would add to that stories about serial murderers of strangers, which often make national news — or indeed, the single murder of any abortion doctor. The fundamental irony is expressed well by John Nolte:
If someone had killed Kermit Gosnell you can BET YOUR LIFE media would cover it. He (allegedly) kills SEVEN and *crickets*.
— John Nolte(@NolteNC) April 12, 2013
The attempt by leftists to black out the story is so complete, they’re even considering deleting the Wikipedia article about Gosnell."
"Glow in the dark roads to debut in 2013"
The U.K. Daily Telegraph has this story and a video:
"A 'Smart Highway' which glows in the dark and can also warn drivers when conidtions are icy will open in the Netherlands in the middle of this year. The glow in the dark roads use hi-tech photoluminescent paint, which charges up during daylight hours before 'turning on' at night."
Friday, April 12, 2013
In Our World - Do something bad, make money
See what you think...
David Barrett reports on this in the U.K. Telegraph:
"A police officer who became a laughing stock after he was captured on video smashing his way into a disabled pensioner’s car with his truncheon is in line for a six-figure payout after winning an employment tribunal."
Thursday, April 11, 2013
"Low Information Voters? How about a Low Information President?"
I can find NO reason to dispute this...
AT Townhall.com, Bruce Johnson explains his reasoning and concludes:
"It is becoming apparent that the President is purposely kept in a bubble by his handlers, protected by the aegis of screened questioning. He is merely a one trick pony with the trick being nothing but media-enabled and unrebutted declarative demagoguery delivered to fawning audiences and broadcast to the clinically under informed."
"The sinister reason you can never resist a crisp"
Obviously, companies have the right to make their foods more marketable.
To that end, they can modify content, price, packaging, etc.
All of those things are directed at human traits and emotions.
Now, there is this...
On the U.K. Daily Mail website, John Naish tells us about author Michael Moss and the "bliss point":
"Moss uncovered numerous tricks of the trade — from changing the physical shape of salt to altering the chemical make-up of sugar and even giving crisps a more noisy crunch — all of which can tempt us into buying foods that are often extremely unhealthy. And, after talking to executives and scientists at multi-nationals such as Pepsi, Kraft, Unilever, Mars and Kellogg, he discovered that at the heart of corporate strategies is that unholy trinity of salt, sugar and fat. Moss found just how far the industry will go to harness their seductive powers."
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Margaret Thatcher - R.I.P.
In her life, and now in her death, Margaret Thatcher elicits strong commentary...
In the U.K. Daily Mail, Simon Heffer, along with Amanda Foreman and Ruth Dudley Edwards take the time to point out her achievements, which are quite substantial. The article is titled:
"Lest we forget how terrible things were: The woman who saved Britain - the verdict of three historians"
Wal-Mart's Sales Problem—And America's - WSJ.com
Of course, I could equally surmise they are incompetent.
Either way, citizens and companies suffer as a result...
In the Wall Street Journal, Rich Karlgaard calls attention to some of those consequences:
"One was the expiration of the payroll-tax cut on Jan. 1. With the tick of a clock, the take-home pay of the average American family dropped by $80 per month. The second bad call for Wal-Mart was the IRS delaying the start of its tax refunds to Jan. 31 from Jan. 17. According to economists at UBS, UBSN.VX -0.13% pre-Super Bowl tax refunds dropped $20 billion from 2012 to 2013. In past years, Wal-Mart could rely on big sales of flat-panel TVs and party accessories during the week before the Super Bowl. This year, not so much."
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
"Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read"
Surely, it cannot bode well for the future...
CBS New York recently reported this:
"Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.
The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday."
"Why does anyone need to read about celebrities?"
That has it's roots in the knowledge that we are all so different...
Together, they are probably why Ann Coulter's article at WND.com got my attention. She interprets "need":
“I don’t see why anyone needs …” is code for: “I don’t do it, so let’s ban it.” The corollary is: “I enjoy this, so you have to subsidize it.”
"Pulling the plug on federal agencies' TVs"
In Joanne Butler's article at DailyCaller.com, she presents her idea about that, beginning with:
"Step One: Have each committee chairman send a letter to each agency head under his/her jurisdiction asking for an inventory of: (i) televisions in that agency, (ii) the name and title of the officeholder with the television, and (iii) a plan (within 30 days of the date of the letter) to reduce the number of televisions by 75 percent or more. The plan should state the savings expected from the cancellation of the cable contracts (the value of used TVs being nominal)."
Monday, April 08, 2013
"Black Chamber of Commerce CEO rips Obama"
At this point, a lot of people are expressing similar opinions that they should have known better...
At DailyCaller.com, Nicholas Ballasy shares this:
"National Black Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Harry C. Alford told The Daily Caller that he ”ignored” President Obama’s “spread the wealth” comment in 2008 and “had hopes” for him “because he was black.” 'I don’t really support him too well and he knows it and that’s a badge of honor. He’s bad. He’s bad and I supported him. I voted for him the first time around. I had hopes because he was black. Shame on me,' Alford told TheDC at the National Press Club after an anti-gun control news conference."
"Mollycoddled children unable to cope in adulthood..."
That being said, I agree with Claire Perry on this.
Parents are focused on physical protection and micromanaged activities, while being totally naive' about Internet dangers...
Lucy Osborne has this story in the U.K. Daily Mail:
"A new generation of mollycoddled children are unable to cope in adulthood, David Cameron’s new adviser on childhood said last night. MP Claire Perry criticised the paradox of parents being over-controlling in their children’s lives, while at the same time giving them limitless access to the internet - where she says, the real dangers lie. Every moment of a child’s life is filled with organised activities, leaving young people unable to fend for themselves when they leave home or go to university, the 48-year-old mother of three said."
Sunday, April 07, 2013
2013-04-07 - Words of Wisdom
Saturday, April 06, 2013
"The 10 Coolest Guns On Planet Earth (With Pics)"
On his website, John Hawkins posts:
"The 10 Coolest Guns On Planet Earth (With Pics)"
Friday, April 05, 2013
Judges For Lax Border Security - WSJ.com
See what you think of this...
In the Wall Street Journal, Roy K. Altman recently offered this opinion, along with an explanation:
"The Ninth Circuit's new rule flies in the face of more than a century of Supreme Court jurisprudence and misapplies the balancing test that typically governs the legality of border searches or seizures. Most important, the rule will severely restrict the ability of federal agents to protect America's borders."
Thursday, April 04, 2013
The President Gives Hollywood a Pass on Violence - WSJ.com
In the Wall Street Journal, Campbell Brown recently wrote about this:
"There was something missing from President Obama's Wednesday speech in Denver about gun violence. He focused almost exclusively on passing gun-control laws, and not at all on one of the nation's biggest promoters of violence: the entertainment industry. The president's campaign against gun violence has produced a stale debate marked by lots of speeches with little achieved. A more creative chief executive would have used this moment to widen the discussion by drawing attention to the increasingly graphic violence so pervasive in television shows, movies and videogames. Mr. Obama is particularly well positioned to challenge Hollywood because of his special relationship with the media world's elites. They might be more likely to heed criticism coming from Mr. Obama than from any other president or member of Congress."
Left’s continuing war on women
Every scenario one can think of is being brought into play to justify the opposing points of view.
"Protection from abuse" court orders are discussed in this article...
On the World Net Daily website, Ann Coulter begins by picking on the New York Times and then moves on to some good points:
"Numerous studies, including one by the National Institute of Justice, show that crime victims who resist a criminal with a gun are less likely to be injured than those who do not resist at all or who resist without a gun. That’s true even when the assailant is armed. Liberals’ advice to rape and domestic abuse victims is: Lie back and enjoy it. The Times’ advice is: Get a protective order. The NRA’s advice is: Blow the dirtbag’s head off. Or, for the delicate: Resist with a gun, the only effective means to stop an attack."
Government at Work - in Granite City, Illinois
These stories always make me think they're not exactly true.
Unfortunately, they usually are...
Unfortunately, they usually are...
Stephen Gutowski has the details behind this headline at CNSnews.com:
"EPA Forces Man to Spend $200,000 To Expand Lake, Then Doesn't Grant Permit To Do It"
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
"Virginia Officially Becomes Voter I.D. State"
Kaite Pavlich has the story and more at Townhall.com:
"And of course, Democrats are crying Jim Crow. Democrats bitterly denounced the legislation as a Jim Crow-era tactic to suppress the votes of the elderly, minorities and the underprivileged. As a reminder, when Indiana implemented its Voter I.D. law, minority turnout went up, not down. Not to mention, every state that has implemented some form of Voter I.D. law has also offered identification for free, so the excuse that people can't afford to pay for identification is bogus."
"BET Founder: ‘This Country Would Never Tolerate White Unemployment at 14 or 15 Percent’"
Considering how long this has been going on, could it be that government actually likes it this way?...
At CNSnews.com, Melanie Hunter recently reported on a speech by Bob Johnson, including these excerpts:
"Johnson said the challenge was to figure out why the unemployment rate for blacks has been so high, 'and if that doesn’t change, somebody’s going to have to pay— 34 million African-Americans are not going to leave this country, millions of African-Americans who don’t have jobs.' 'Somebody’s going to have to pay for them. Somebody’s going to have to take care of them, and if somebody’s going to have to take care of them, that money’s got to come from somebody. And whoever’s paying for it is going to be upset about it, and they’re going to start looking for somebody to blame,' Johnson said."
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
South Carolina One Step Closer to Nullifying ObamaCare
Here's an interesting article about South Carolina's effort to fight back against too much federal government...
On the New American website, Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. has the details:
"South Carolina, a state with a long history of resisting federal despotism, joins a handful of other states currently considering bills nullifying ObamaCare. State legislators in Maine, New Jersey, and Oklahoma have also had bills introduced aimed at nullifying ObamaCare. Simply stated, nullification is a concept of constitutional law that recognizes the right of each state to nullify, or invalidate, any federal measure that exceeds the few and defined powers allowed the federal government as enumerated in the Constitution. Nullification is founded on the assertion that the sovereign states formed the union, and as creators of the compact, they hold ultimate authority as to the limits of the power of the central government to enact laws that are applicable to the states and the citizens thereof."
How have things gone so badly wrong?
It hasn't turned out well for Britain...
In the U.K. Daily Mail, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling hits the nail on the head:
"All too often politicians sign treaties in a hurry, without reading them properly, and without understanding where they will lead. The Human Rights Convention was written by Conservatives in the aftermath of the Second World War. It was designed to combat the risk of another Holocaust, and to try to stop people being sent to prison camps without trial.
In almost 50 years, the European Court of Human Rights considered only around 800 cases. It was a sensible, advisory body. Then in 1998 everything changed. Those who ran it wanted more power, and Tony Blair and other European politicians just gave it to them. And Blair wrote European human rights law into our own statute book as well.
Since then things seem to have gone mad. The court now has 133,000 outstanding cases and is hopelessly overwhelmed."
Monday, April 01, 2013
Darren DaRonco reports all about this on the Arizona Daily Star website:
"Ex-Tucson mayoral hopeful McClusky plans free shotguns for high-crime areas"
"Broken Cyprus Bows to Its New Eurozone Masters"
When your savings can "legally" be taken away, there's something very wrong...
At PJmedia.com, Mike McNally explains it all and concludes:
"The future of the Eurozone is far from guaranteed, and the inept and cynical way in which its political and financial elites have dealt with Cyprus may yet have an impact on the continent out of proportion to its tiny size."