Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Egyptian General Admits 'Virginity Checks' Conducted on Female Protesters

Not a promising start for a hopefully emerging liberal democracy...

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Google Graduates 3 Labs And Retires 1

I doubt people will miss Google Search Box. It is nice to see Nested Labels get a bit of an upgrade, of the three it is the one I use the most.


"Today we’re excited to graduate three more features from the experimental testing ground of Gmail Labs. Superstars, Nested Labels, and Advanced IMAP Controls are now first-class citizens in the Gmail world, thanks largely to your feedback. We’re also retiring the Google Search box lab which was redundant with the “Search the Web” button that’s already in Gmail.


Superstars, one of the most popular Labs features, provides different types of stars in addition to Gmail’s basic one. You can assign a certain star to special conversations and use another as a visual reminder that you need to follow-up on a message later. ...

Nested Labels

Labels are a great way of organizing your email; nested labels give you the ability to organize labels hierarchically. Starting today, nested labels are enabled for everyone along with a couple of small improvements such as a sticky collapse/expand state and better editing options.
Advanced IMAP Controls

This Labs feature provided a very useful set of advanced controls for those of you who access Gmail through IMAP clients ...

True to the original spirit of Gmail Labs, we’ll continue to add new features, graduate some, and retire others, so keep trying them out

Weiner (D) - 'Illicit Photo Tweeted From my Account Was a Prank' (Not Hack?)

He gets really irritated even calling a guy a "jackass". The distinction between 'Prank' and 'Hack' is more then just semantic, it could move what happened out of the criminal realm. It is a potential counter the next time someone asks him why he has not called for an invesitgation.

He just wants to 'move on' when not to long ago he seemed to strongly feel that this type of thing be investigated.

It would be very easy for him to answer some question if he wants this to go away. Clearly intentionally not answering is not working.

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Past related post:
Berman Post: Anthony Weiner's (D) Twitter Account Links Illicit Photo - Hack or Privet Message Sent Publicly
Berman Post: Was Anthony Weiner's Account Hacked?

Clean Debt Ceiling Increase Fails in The House (97-318)

The vote was meant to show how little support Obama's plan had with his own party; it was never going to pass with Republicans unanimously against it.


"The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a measure to increase the government’s debt limit, acting on a vote staged by Republican leaders to pressure President Obama to agree to deep spending cuts.

Republicans brought up the measure, which was defeated 318 to 97, to show the lack of support in the House for raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling without concrete steps to rein in chronic budget deficits.
Voting against the measure were 236 Republicans and 82 Democrats. No Republicans voted in favor.

World Record-Setting 332-Foot Truck Jump

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North Carolina Bans Rare Burgers!

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Was Anthony Weiner's Account Hacked?

Still in the 'no' camp, even more strongly than yesterday.

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Berman Post: Anthony Weiner's (D) Twitter Account Links Illicit Photo - Hack or Privet Message Sent Publicly

Monday, May 30, 2011

Anthony Weiner's (D) Twitter Account Links Illicit Photo - Hack or Privet Message Sent Publicly

Based on what I have read so far, I am leaning toward him accidentally sending a private message publicly. If you are new the the story, head to http://biggovernment.com/publius/2011/05/28/weinergate-congressman-claims-facebook-hacked-as-lewd-photo-hits-twitter where the story was broken (has a screen shot of the image in question). Then see the links below the clip to catch up.

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Drudge Report Memorial Day Juxtaposition

It is Drudge doing what Drudge does best, commentary without comment through story headline placement.

Medics brave fire to save lives in Afghanistan...
U.S. Dead in Afghanistan Tops 1,500...

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Dance Protest at Jefferson Memorial Ends With Arrests

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If you want to see this in person, they have scheduled round two for June 4 at noon (same place).

Obama Lays a Wreath at Arlington National Cemetery And His Memorial Day Service Speech

A special thank you to the men and woman of our armed force both past and present on this Memorial Day.

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USDA to Replace 'Food Pyramid' With 'Dinner Plate'

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Asian Student Suspended For 'White Supremacy' After Wearing a White T-Shirt

I guess that makes me a gray supremacist right now...

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Martin Jetpack Hits The 5,000 Feet Milestone

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gummy Bears Stop Motion

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Man Hijacks Fire Department SUV and Chases Police Around The Airport

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Are You Ready to Hear These Words: President Joe Biden. Plus, Obama's Guest Book And Toast Flub

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Psychological Study on Choice, The Critique

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Forced Virtual Labor

Chinese prisoners forced to play virtual games to generate real world profits.


"In games like World of Warcraft, gamers can virtually "farm gold", which essentially means playing in a tedious and repetitive way to score some in-game currency--it might mean fighting the same bad guy over and over again, or completing a small task a few thousand times. Players (or, in this case, slavedrivers) actually sell that virtual gold for real-life currency, usually to people in developed countries who want a better character but don't feel like arduously spending days leveling up, and would rather just pay for the stats. Apparently, the guards at Liu's prison realized that they could make even more money forcing prisoners to farm gold than by forcing them to perform manual labor. The 300 prisoners forced to farm gold could earn their guards up to $1,000 per day, not that the prisoners ever saw a single yuan of it.

This kind of forced virtual labor seems like a not uncommon occurrence; anywhere there are lots of people compelled to do manual labor and a way to make money doing it, these kinds of situations will arise. There are virtual sweatshops in which workers must play for 12 hours a day, though accusations of prison virtual labor is new. China has made minor efforts to regulate the trade in virtual goods, but there are still thought to be around 100,000 full-time gold farmers in the country.

The 2011 Cannes Film Festival: Anti-semitic or Simply Boring?


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Canada Blocks 'Pre-1967 Border' Language From G8 Statement on Israel

Go Canada...


"Group of Eight leaders had to soften a statement urging Israel and the Palestinians to return to negotiations because Canada objected to a specific mention of 1967 borders, diplomats said on Friday.
Diplomats involved in Middle East discussions at the G8 summit said Ottawa had insisted that no mention of Israel's pre-1967 borders be made in the leaders' final communiqué, even though most of the other leaders wanted a mention.

"The Canadians were really very adamant, even though Obama expressly referred to 1967 borders in his speech last week," one European diplomat said.

Palin (R) Launches a National Bus Tour

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Obama 'Signs' Patriot Act Extension Using an Autopen Machine

It may be legal, but it seems 'off', especially on such an important peice of legislation.


"Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. Votes taken in rapid succession in the Senate and House came after lawmakers rejected attempts to temper the law enforcement powers to ensure that individual liberties are not abused.

Following the 250-153 evening vote in the House, the legislation to renew three terrorism-fighting authorities headed for the president’s signature with only hours to go before the provisions expire at midnight.

With Obama currently in France, the White House said the president would use an autopen machine that holds a pen and signs his actual signature. It is only used with proper authorization of the president. Minutes before the midnight deadline, the White House said Obama had signed the bill.

Clyburn (D) - 'I Never Said it Was Racism, Just That it Was About The Color of Obama's Skin'

Yeah; everyone knows what he was implying...


"In fact, he never uses the word “racism” because he abhors it.  Really.  No, really:

In a letter to the editor of The State newspaper in Clyburn’s hometown of Columbia, S.C., the No. 3 House Democrat said an article published Thursday had sensationalized his perspectives on the ties between Obama’s race and his work as president.

“I have always abhorred the word ‘racism,’ ” Clyburn said in the letter. “I never use it. I believe it is a lethal term, and I am offended that my honest responses to a reporter’s clearly designed agenda would be distorted in such a manner.”

Duly noted.  So what did Clyburn say to this agenda-driven reporter that got twisted into allegations of racism?  Well, McClatchy helpfully provides a transcript of the conversation in its follow-up report:

QUESTION: What do you think of Obama’s election prospects?

CLYBURN: I think they’re improving every day. I think the president has been a good president, a great commander in chief. I think when people allow themselves to — you know, I’m 70 years old. And I can tell you; people don’t like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is, the president’s problems are in large measure because of his skin color. All you got to do is look at all the signs they’re carrying out there and look at the mail that I get. As I said, I’m 70 years old, I been going through this kind of stuff all my life. I know what kind of mail I get, I know what kind of phone calls I get, I know what people are saying who call the office.

QUESTION: How does that relate to the president?

CLYBURN: We have the same skin color; that’s how it relates to him.

How silly of this reporter!  Of course Clyburn meant from this musing on palettes and tone that economic malaise was Barack Obama’s biggest electoral problem."

Ryan (R) on Obama's Medicare Plan

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Google.com/Wallet (Google Wallet)

Google wants to turn your phone into your wallet.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/coming-soon-make-your-phone-your-wallet.html (and, and)

"Today in our New York City office, along with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint, we gave a demo of Google Wallet, an app that will make your phone your wallet. You’ll be able to tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC). We’re field testing Google Wallet now and plan to release it soon.

Google Wallet is a key part of our ongoing effort to improve shopping for both businesses and consumers. It’s aimed at making it easier for you to pay for and save on the goods you want, while giving merchants more ways to offer coupons and loyalty programs to customers, as well as bridging the gap between online and offline commerce.

Because Google Wallet is a mobile app, it will do more than a regular wallet ever could. You'll be able to store your credit cards, offers, loyalty cards and gift cards, but without the bulk. When you tap to pay, your phone will also automatically redeem offers and earn loyalty points for you. Someday, even things like boarding passes, tickets, ID and keys could be stored in Google Wallet.

Voices From The Gulf

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Turncoat Nation

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Obama 'Snubs British Scientists' by Refusing to Receive The Royal Society Medal

I think it was the right move as excepting another award he had not earned would have led to a new round of ridicule. The story does not go in to detail on the 'thanks, but no thanks' letter, though it hints that it could have been a bit more tactful.


"The US President rejected the invitation from the world-leading group of scientists and instead chose to visit a south London state school.

Sources close to the state visit said members of the Royal Society were “deeply offended” by the snub and had accused Mr Obama of being obsessed with his “street cred”.

The US President was offered the chance to receive the King Charles II medal, which is awarded in “exceptional circumstances” to heads of state who have “made an outstanding contribution to furthering scientific research in their country”.

The last person to receive the medal was Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, in 2010.

The honour was to be conferred on the US President at a dinner where he would be introduced to “some of Britain’s brightest and best young scientists” as well as some of the society’s most prestigious fellows.

But Mr Obama’s aides responded to the invitation with a “very short” note in which they said the president would rather spend time at a south London state school.

Google Rolls Out The 'People Widget'

Contextual info about the people you are emailing; sounds like it could be useful.

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/introducing-people-widget.html (and)

"Next to every email message you can now see contextual information about the people in that conversation including recent emails you received from them, relevant Buzz posts, shared documents and calendar events. You also have quick access to a variety of ways to communicate with individuals, start a group chat or schedule a meeting with groups of people. "

Busting Gas Price Myths

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Simon Rosenberg (D) Walks Off Fox News Interview

It has been a while since there has been a good storm off...

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Tax Cheats Get Stimulus Money?

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DC Liberals Sign Petition to Ban Conservative Websites

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The Government's War on Cameras!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Senate Votes Unanimously (97-0) Against Obama's Budget

Not a single Democrat backed Obama's plan.


"The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to reject a $3.7 trillion budget plan that President Obama sent to Capitol Hill in February.

Ninety-seven senators voted against a motion to take it up.
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) demanded a vote on Obama’s budget to show that Democrats don’t support any detailed budget blueprint.

McConnell said Obama’s budget “continues the unsustainable status quo.”

He noted during a floor speech Wednesday that Democrats initially applauded the plan.

Senate Votes Down House Budget

Not a surprise by any stretch. The question was more about if there would be party crossovers, which there was. Would be Nice for the Democrats in the Senate to put forth a budget plan; it has been two years since they have proposed one...


"Joined by several moderate Republicans, Democrats controlling the Senate rejected a controversial House budget plan for turning Medicare into a voucher-like program for future beneficiaries.

Five Republicans joined every Democrat in killing the measure, which calls for transforming Medicare into a program in which future beneficiaries – people now 54 years old and younger – would be given a subsidy to purchase health insurance rather than have the government directly pay hospital and doctor bills.

Bill Clinton on The Democrats NY-26 Victory - "I Hope Democrats Don’t Use This as an Excuse to do Nothing."

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50th Anniversary of Kennedy Committing The USA to go to The Moon By The End of The Decade

His assassination meant he never saw the historic first step, but we did make it to the moon in time.

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Frisking Granny, Government Thugs & Your Rights in The Air

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Schultz (MSNBC) Suspended For Calling Laura Ingraham a 'Slut'

The suspension, without pay, is for a week.

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"MSNBC has suspended Ed Schultz, host of the “The Ed Show,” for one week without pay for calling conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham a ‘right-wing slut’ on his syndicated radio program Tuesday.

“Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” MSNBC said in a statement.
“MSNBC management met with Ed Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take one week of unpaid leave for the remarks he made yesterday on his radio program,” MSNBC said.

Attorney General Mukasey on The PATRIOT Act And Prosecuting CIA Officers

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The Path to Prosperity (Episode 2): Saving Medicare, Visualized

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Part I

Loughner Declared Mentally Incompetent to Stand Trial

The may still be a trial, but it could take another four months until it is ruled he is able to understand the case against him.


"The man accused of wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly rampage lowered his head to within inches of the courtroom table Wednesday. When he lifted it, he began yelling, angry and loud.

Federal marshals had to drag Jared Lee Loughner out of the packed federal courtroom. Minutes later, he was in a nearby room and, over a closed-circuit TV, could watch as U.S. District Judge Larry Burns declared him incompetent to stand trial.

Mental health experts concluded that the 22-year-old college dropout suffers from schizophrenia.

Burns ordered Loughner to a federal facility in Missouri for up to four months, where doctors will try to give him enough treatment to bring him to a point where he understands the case against him.

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Berman Post: Jared Laughner (Shooter of Gabrielle Giffords (D)) MySpace Page Found, Now Removed
Berman Post: Arizona Chief US District Judge John Roll Confirmed Killed by Jared Loughner
Berman Post: Obama on Jared Loughner's Shooting Spree (Gravely Injuring Gabrielle Giffords And Killing John Roll)
Berman Post: All Legislation in Considered by The House Being Postponed Due to Jared Loughner's Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords (D)
Berman Post: Heart Wrenching Interview of Mother of Slain 9-Year-Old (Shooting Victim of Jared Loughner)
Berman Post: Hillary Clinton - 'Jared Loughner's Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords Was Political Extremism Similar to Al Qaeda'
Berman Post: Rahm Emanuel (D) - 'Never Let a Crisis go to Waste Comment Not Intended And Does Not Apply to Loughner's Shooting of Giffords'
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Berman Post: Jared Laughner's VideoTour of Pima Community College Campus
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Berman Post: The Week in Stupid: Cable Pundits on The Loughner's Shooting Spree
Berman Post: Mark Levin Offering 100k if Someone Can Prove he or Palin Promoted Murder of Anyone (Non-Terrorist) And Threatens Suit For False Allegations
Berman Post: Giffords (D) Transfer to Houston Went Flawlessly
Berman Post: Kelly Remains Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour Mission
Berman Post: Gabrielle Giffords Speaks

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Netanyahu's (Israel) Speech Before a Joint Session of Congress

Great speech, watch the whole thing...

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If there is any problem with the clip, head to http://www.therightscoop.com/benjamin-netanyahus-epic-speech-before-congress for a different source.

Mahmoud Zahar (Senior Hamas Leader) Rejects Obama's '1967 Border' Call

What Obama may have does is push the sides further apart. Setting the 1967 line as the starting point means the Palestinians will expect to be negotiating for more than that as apposed to striving for the 1967 lines exchanging, for example, the 'right to return' which is a non-starter anyways.

It does not look like Obama even has the support of his party.


"Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said Monday that it was clear that US President Barack Obama's platform was not so different from the one adopted by former US president George W. Bush. According to Zahar, the 1967 borders, while "sacred," were not the final borders on which the Palestinians should settle.

Speaking to Al-Emirate Al-Youm, Zahar asked "Why won't we talk about the 1948 borders? Why won't we discuss the partition plan which was internationally recognized?"

Jesse Lee Appointed 'Unfavorable Online Media Response' Czar

Is it still considered 'speaking truth to power' when you are acting on behalf of that power?


"The White House has named Jesse Lee to a new position within its communications department titled Director of Progressive Media & Online Response. According to The Huffington Post, Lee will essentially be responsible for building up Obama’s online presence as he prepares for his reelection bid, and squashing any negative stories"

IAEA - 'Syrian Site Bombed by Israel in 2007 Was Likely Nuclear'

Looks like we may have Israel to thank for a non-nuclear Syria.


"The International Atomic Energy Agency has been investigating US claims that Syria was building a secret nuclear reactor with North Korean help.

The strongest IAEA report yet on Syria came after several years of blocked investigations, and is likely to increase the pressure on Damascus.

Israel bombed the remote desert site of the alleged reactor in September 2007.

Syria says the site - near Deir Alzour in the country's remote north-east - was an unused military facility under construction. It also denied having any nuclear links to North Korea, which has itself denied transferring nuclear technology to Syria.

But the confidential IAEA report, obtained by the BBC, says the bombed building was similar in type and size to a reactor and that samples taken from the site indicated a connection with nuclear activities.

Obama Botches His Toast to The Queen

While it looks like the orchestra stepped on Obama speech, the problem was that Obama jumped the gun on the orchestra who were supposed to go first. You will notice that the queen does not touch her glass until after the anthem with Obama apparently realizing something is wrong putting down his glass when he realize he is the only one holding one.

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"Protocol, apparently, requires the toastmaster to wait until after “God Save the Queen” plays and then begin the toast. But the almighty O waits for no sovereign, so he launched straight into his shpiel. To which I say, good for him. What else was the American revolution about, if not the right of the president to half-ass some formulaic niceties about the British monarch? He should have punctuated it with a weary “whatever” and downed the glass in one gulp."

Limiting Government ...And Cutting What it Can't do Well -- Saving The American Dream

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Student Group Sends an HD Camera up Past 100,000ft on a Balloon

What did you accomplish today...

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Obama Signs Writes "2008" in Westminster Abbey Guestbook

Today's 'what if Bush did it?'...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Obama at AIPAC's 2011 Policy Conference

Unlike last time Obama seemed to hit a lot of the right notes. The question is if this was just political pandering or if Netanyahu left an impression.

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See some analysis at http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/05/029081.php and http://pajamasmedia.com/ronradosh/2011/05/22/president-obamas-speech-to-aipac-an-assessment.

Update: Just to be clear, the primary wrong note was his invocation of the '1967 boarder'.

Gary Johnson: The Tax Cutting, Liberty Minded, Common Sense Talking 2012 GOP Candidate

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Ryan (R) Says he is Not Run For President in 2012

"I am not running" is not the same as "I will not run", so door not completely closed on him just yet.

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Battle at F-Stop Ridge

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DC's Light Bulb Lunacy: Are You in the Dark About $50 Bulbs?

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Kinect Learns to Understand Sign Language

It is a sort of 'talk-to-type' for the deaf. The clip is in french, and I presume the signs are as well. My understanding is that American Sign Language is based on french sign language (not English [England] sign language) so this first build could have use here.

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Daniels (R) Announces he Will Not Run For President in 2012

The potential Republican field shrinks...


"Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told supporters in an email early Sunday that he will not run for president in 2012, a decision he said ultimately came down to his family's reticence about a campaign.

The announcement by the former Office of Management and Budget director and favorite of much of the Republican establishment will again roil the unsettled GOP field—and likely intensify efforts to convince another major candidate to join the race, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Herman Cain (R) Announces he is Running For President

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Beck (Fox News) Announces Details For 'Restoring Courage' Jerusalem Event

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Berman Post: Glenn Beck (Fox News) Announces 'Restoring Courage' Rally in Israel This August

Ukraine Parliament Debate Devolves in to Politician Being Choked

American politics seem so tame in comparison.

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Gmail-Aim Integration

Cross platform integration makes everyone's life simpler.


"From the beginning, we designed Google Talk using open standards so that you could connect to your friends and family using any chat product, making communication as easy as possible. A few years ago, we announced our partnership with AOL which made it possible for people to chat with AIM users right from inside Gmail. Today, we’re happy to report that AOL has now made it possible to chat with AOL contacts across a variety of Google services: not just Gmail, but also iGoogle, Orkut, and Google Talk on Android phones.
If you chat with AIM buddies in Gmail, you’ll notice a few changes. First, you’ll no longer need an AIM account to connect to your friends using AIM. Instead you’ll be able to add your AIM buddies just like you add Gmail contacts to your chat list: using their AOL screennames (for example, username@aol.com). AIM users will now also be able to add Google contacts to their AIM chat clients.

Mother Caught on Film Trying to Smother Baby

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Netanyahu Gives Obama a History Lesson

Netanyahu's lecture is not to be missed. If you do not want to see Obama speaking you can jump 7:00 in the first clip or just watch the second.

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Obama's Middle East Policy Speech

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You can read the text of the speech here and read it getting eviscerated here.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About The IMF in Under 5 Minutes

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Students Who Support Free Speech Want to Ban Conservatives From Radio & TV

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Civil Forfeiture Highway Shakedowns in Tennessee

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LA Rally: Don't Believe What Teachers Tell You

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RIP War Powers Act

Somehow I think it will make a comeback with the next Republican President with the Media and Dems talking about how important it is.


"In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval.

“Since April 4,” the president wrote, “U.S. participation has consisted of: (1) non-kinetic support to the NATO-led operation, including intelligence, logistical support, and search and rescue assistance; (2) aircraft that have assisted in the suppression and destruction of air defenses in support of the no-fly zone; and (3) since April 23, precision strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against a limited set of clearly defined targets in support of the NATO-led coalition's efforts.”

A senior administration official told ABC News that the letter is intended to describe “a narrow US effort that is intermittent and principally an effort to support to support the ongoing NATO-led and UN-authorized civilian support mission and no fly zone.”

“The US role is one of support,” the official said, “and the kinetic pieces of that are intermittent.”

From the beginning of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, the Obama administration has cited the 1973 War Powers Act as the legal basis of its ability to conduct military activities for 60 days without first seeking a declaration of war from Congress. The military intervention started on March 19; Congress was notified on March 21. Those 60 days expire today.

The World to End Tomorrow!!!

Or not so much. Consider it an extremely watered down version of what the run up to 2012 dooms day will be.


"The world will end at 6pm tomorrow according to the followers of an evangelical Christian minister, who claims he calculated the date and time of 'The Rapture' by adding up numbers in the Bible.

Harold Camping, 89, is the leader of Family Radio, an independent ministry which spreads its word via a network on 66 radio stations and online broadcasts.

Camping has previously written a book called '1994?', in which he wrongly predicted the end of the world in that year, and was later forced to apologise for a mathematical error.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Judy Wexler Becomes The First Woman to Achieve Human-Powered Helicopter Flight

With an unofficial four seconds of flight time 3-5 inches off the ground it is not a world record for human-powered helicopter flight, but she is the first women to get airborne. By comparison, the current world record is slightly less then 20 seconds of flight time peaking at 8 inches by a Japanese team. Lets see if the University of Maryland’s team can bring the record to the USA in the coming weeks.

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'Free-Floating' Planets Found


"Japanese astronomers claim to have found free-floating "planets" which do not seem to orbit a star.

Writing in Nature, they say they have found 10 Jupiter-sized objects which they could not connect to any solar system. They also believe such objects could be as common as stars are throughout the Milky Way.

The objects revealed themselves by bending the light of more distant stars, an effect called "gravitational microlensing".
They detected evidence of 10 Jupiter-sized objects with no parent star found within 10 Astronomical Units (AU). One AU is equivalent to the distance between our Earth and Sun. Further analysis led them to the conclusion that most of these objects did not have parent stars.
'Common' objects

Based on the number of such bodies in the area surveyed, the astronomers then extrapolated that such objects could be extremely common.

They calculated that they could be almost twice as common as "main-sequence stars" - such as our own Sun - which are still burning through their hydrogen fuel stock.

Mentos And Diet Coke Experiment Goes Awry

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Liberal ad Depicts Paul Ryan (R) Pushing Grandma Off a Cliff

Keeping it real classy...

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Greatest Marriage Proposal Ever?

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The Feds’ PLAN 2 Totes Txt u

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From Here to Insolvency: Can The American Dream Survive Crushing Debt?

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Retire Ronald McDonald?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Glenn Beck (Fox News) Announces 'Restoring Courage' Rally in Israel This August

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Gingrich (R) Gets Heckled

A self inflicted wound that could, and may already, have a devastating effect on his presidential campaign.

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Beware Online "Filter Bubbles"

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Rolling Robot Transforms Into a Helicopter on Command

It would make an awesome toy, save the slight decapitation risk. Just kidding, at least I think...

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Watermelon Land Mines!?!

Who knew growing watermelons could be so dangerous...


"Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state media called fields of "land mines."

About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report.

Prices over the past year prompted many farmers to jump into the watermelon market. All of those with exploding melons apparently were first-time users of the growth accelerator forchlorfenuron, though it has been widely available for some time, CCTV said.

Chinese regulations don't forbid the drug, and it is allowed in the U.S. on kiwi fruit and grapes. But the report underscores how farmers in China are abusing both legal and illegal chemicals, with many farms misusing pesticides and fertilizers.

The Meaning of Socialism: Q&A With National Review's Kevin Williamson

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Saving Medicare: Free Market Reforms Are Better Than Bureaucratic Rationing

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Endeavour's Final Launch

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Picture perfect, made that much better by Gabrielle Giffords (D) being well enough to be there and watch her husband launch into space.

Trump (R) Announces he Will Not Run For President in 2012

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"After a roller-coaster flirtation with a presidential bid, Donald Trump bowed out of the 2012 contest in true Trump fashion on Monday, saying that while he would not be a candidate this year, if he had run, he would have been able to win the primary and the general election too.

"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election," Trump said in a statement on Monday. "I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector."

Debt Limit Reached

Armageddon! or not so much. It is a problem that has the potential to turn into a catastrophe, but a clean bill raising the debt ceiling could be even worse. The government must cut back spending and stop piling on the debt or the eventual raise will just delay the inevitable and make the ultimate crash that much worse.


"The U.S. government is expected to hit the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling Monday, setting in motion an uncertain, 11-week political scramble to avoid a default.

The Treasury Department said Monday it will stop issuing and reinvesting government securities in certain government pension plans, part of a series of steps designed to delay a default until Aug. 2.

The Treasury's moves buy time for the White House and congressional leaders to reach a deficit-reduction agreement that could clear the way for enough lawmakers to vote to raise the amount of money Congress allows the nation to borrow.

Arrest Warrant For Gaddafi Requested From International Criminal Court

An arrest warrant has not yet been issued by the ICC, instead it has been requested. This makes sense of course, because not only are we not at war in Libya, we are not participating in a limited time, limited scope, kinetic military action. Nope, we are instead participating in a very large scale police raid to apprehend a criminal. The warrant is on the way maybe, hopefully for sure...


"The apparent missile attack came on the same day that prosecutors at the International Criminal Court requested arrest warrants for the Libyan leader, his son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi, saying all three had committed crimes against humanity in the killings of Libyan protesters over the past three months.

The request, accompanied by a 74-page dossier detailing the alleged crimes, was bolstered by information from “high-level officials in Gaddafi’s regime” who contacted The Hague in the past week, prosecutors said.
The arrest warrants, which still need to be approved by the court, would mean that the three officials could be arrested in any United Nations member country. But a warrant is not a guarantee that a wanted official would be detained.

Man Functionally Cured of Aids

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See also - http://www.bermanpost.com/2010/12/hiv-cured-by-adult-stem-cells.html

White House: Transparency Behind Closed Doors?

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Herman Cain is The Outsider With Uncommon Sense

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David Gregory (MSNBC) Accuses Gingrich (R) of Racism For Calling Obama a 'Food Stamp President'

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Violence Erupts Along The Israeli-Syrian

A transparent diversionary tactic from Syria's brutal crackdown on freedom protesters, but one that will likely work.


"Israeli troops today clashed with Arab protesters along three hostile borders, including the frontier with Syria, leaving 16 people dead and dozens more wounded in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations marking a Palestinian day of mourning for their defeat at Israel's hands in 1948.

Along Israel's border with Syria, thousands of protesters stormed the fence and hundreds burst through, pelting soldiers with stones, the military said. Soldiers guarding the border opened fire to stop them. Dozens were wounded and four were reported killed.

Israeli defence officials said the military had not expected protesters to try to breach the border and was caught by surprise.

It was a rare incursion from the usually tightly controlled Syrian side, and Israeli officials accused Damascus of fomenting the violence in an attempt to divert attention from the deadly crackdown on protests within its borders against the rule of President Bashar Assad.

'The Syrian regime is intentionally attempting to divert international attention away from the brutal crackdown of their own citizens to incite against Israel,' said an Israeli military spokesman.

Link roundup at http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/nakba-violence-erupts-in-middle-east.html.

IMF Head Accused of Sexual Assault


"Dominique Strauss-Kahn's reputation with women earned him the nickname "the great seducer," and not even an affair with a subordinate could knock the International Monetary Fund leader off a political path pointed in the direction of the French presidency. All that changed with charges that he sexually assaulted a maid in his hotel room, a case that generated shock and revulsion, especially in his home country.

Police said the maid picked Strauss-Kahn out of a lineup. Unless the charges are quickly dropped, they could destroy his chances in a presidential race that is just starting to heat up.

The IMF, which plays a key role in efforts to control the European debt crisis, named an acting leader and said it remains "fully functioning and operational" despite Saturday's arrest.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told The Associated Press that his client will plead not guilty. He and another lawyer went in and out of the Harlem police precinct where Strauss-Kahn was being held early Sunday afternoon, and declined to answer reporters' questions until the arraignment, which was expected later Sunday.

Everything You Need to Know About The Debt Ceiling in 5 Minutes

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Blitzer Covers a Obama Reveling in Bin Laden's Death (SNL)

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Dumbest Idea Ever?

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Google's Blogger Outage Not a Reason to Abandon The Cloud

Google's Blogger suffered from a significant outage toward the beginning of the week. During maintenance/update the service suffered widespread disruption preventing people from accessing their Blogger accounts for a while. To restore the service they had to temporarily remove the last few days of posts. As a Blogger user myself, I can attest that it was a bit of a pain. The lack of access and reset caused a few scheduled posts trigger incorrectly and prevented me from updating for a while.

As 'horrible' as that experience was, it is still no reason to abandon the cloud. As far as I can tell, the worst group hit suffered about a day of not being able to update, and maybe two days before lost posts were restored. To put that in perspective; in roughly eight years of service their worst outage was a days worth of no access, a few days worth of posts inaccessible for two days, with no data lost and everything restored and back to normal in two days.

Now ask yourself what your offline track record has been in those same eight years. How many of your hard drives have cashed or been corrupted? How many memory cards, cds/dvds, and flash drives have you lost? How many of your files are stuck on floppy disks or in formats that are now outdated or unreadable? If you can honestly answer that you have never lost anything, always kept the files in up to date formats on up to date media, and never had anything break on you, you have not matched up to Google's Blogger cloud yet. To equal the cloud you can only have forgot your flash drive or needed something on one PC while you were on another for two days in the last eight years. Even if you can claim that, which is doubtful, I would still give the cloud the edge given the nuance of needing to carry everything around with you instead of just needed internet access.

While cloud storage may win out over personal, you are not forced to chose between the two. The article rightly concludes that a hybrid approach is better. Just as your hard drive could crash, the cloud could go dark. It is prudent to be using both to get the most robust protection for your data as possible. That is why I use Dropbox (my review) (Max Free Space). It is a service that lets you keep your files current both on your PC, in the cloud, and on other devices of your choosing seamlessly. If your PC crashes, the data is in the cloud. If you are on a different PC, you can pull it from the cloud. If the cloud goes down, your files are on your PC. If the cloud goes dark at the same time all of your devices crash, something tells me you will have more important things on your mind then pulling up a doc file; like the global cataclysm that has just struck.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/googles-blogger-outage-makes-the-case-against-a-cloud-only-strategy/3300 (via)

"Earlier this week, Google rolled out a maintenance release for its Blogger service. Something went terribly wrong, and its Blogger customers have been locked out of their accounts for more than a day. Google’s engineers have been frantically working to restore service ever since, although they haven’t shared any details about the problem.
That’s nearly 48 hours of downtime, and counting. Overnight updates promise “We’re making progress” and “We expect everything to be back to normal soon.”
Google has owned and operated Blogger since 2003. It’s not like they’re still trying to figure out how to integrate the service into their operation. If it can happen at Blogger, why can’t it happen with another Google service?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Obama Reverses on Domestic Drilling

I guess he figured out that policies that would cause energy prices to necessarily skyrocket was a bad idea.


"The White House will take a series of steps — including expediting drilling plans on government lands in Alaska — designed to show that the administration is serious about expanding domestic oil production and lowering gas prices.

President Obama announced Saturday the government would hold annual onshore lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve; extend the life of leases in the Gulf of Mexico and in some areas off the coast of Alaska for one year; speed up ongoing Interior Department testing in the mid- and south-Atlantic to gauge the level of resources; and establish an interagency task force to coordinate permitting for offshore drilling in Alaska.

The White House is making the policy shifts after taking intense criticism from Republicans in recent weeks over energy policy as gas prices have topped $4 per gallon in some parts of the country.

Italian Bus Driver Caught Using Two Cell Phones While Driving

Worlds best bus driver or worst?

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Huckabee (R) Announces he Will Not Run For President

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Baywatch Boondoggle? Life's a Beach in California Where Some Lifeguards Make $200k

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Andrew Puzder on Job Creation

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The Climate Scientist Rap

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Is it just me or are they starting to lose it...

Don't Worry, be Happy ... With Big Government

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Calculate YOUR Share of Govt Spending on War, Entitlements, & More

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Ad - Barack Obama 2012 - "Hot Air" Alternative Energy Plan

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Teacher Refused to Hang up American Flag Picture For Fear it Would Offend

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Nikki Haley (R) on The NLRB’s Disgraceful Boeing Decision

Atlas is Shrugging.

Truly disgraceful...

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Bush Gives First Public Reaction to Bin Laden's Death

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"Former President George W. Bush made his first candid public comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden during an appearance Wednesday at a conference of hedge fund managers in Las Vegas.

"I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies," Bush said when asked what he was doing when he received the call from President Obama, according to an ABC News contributor who attended the event.

"I excused myself and went home to take the call," Bush said. "Obama simply said 'Osama Bin Laden is dead.'"

Bush said Obama described in detail the secret mission to raid bin Laden's Pakistani compound and the decision he made to put the plan into motion. He told Obama, "Good call."

Woman Sues Chuck E. Cheese!

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Man Tackled Trying to Break into Plane Cockpit Screaming "Allahu Akbar"

Attempted terrorist attack; no? Seems pretty strait forward that if someone is trying to break into the cockpit of an airborne plane their intention is not good. Someone should call up the authorities who apparently are unsure of the person's motive.


"The passengers sat stunned as they watched a man walk quickly toward the front of American Airlines Flight 1561 as it was descending toward San Francisco. He was screaming and then began pounding on the cockpit door.
Within moments Sunday, a flight attendant tackled Rageh Almurisi. Authorities do not yet have a motive.
Almurisi went toward the cockpit door 30 minutes before the flight from Chicago was supposed to land on Sunday night, San Francisco airport police Sgt. Michael Rodriguez said. Almurisi was yelling unintelligibly as he brushed past a flight attendant.

Marty, 35, recalled that she and other passengers on the plane were stunned when they saw Almurisi walking down the aisle. She said a woman in a row across from her who speaks Arabic translated that Almurisi said "God is Great!" in Arabic.

Andrew Wai, another passenger, told KGO-TV on Monday that the wife of one of the men who took Almurisi down later said Almurisi was yelling "Allahu Akbar."

MemeBusters! The Osama Bin Laden Edition

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Worm Regenerates a Whole New Body From a Single Cell

The implications for medial advancement is obvious if we can unlock the secret.


"One cell is all it takes to rebuild a complete, functioning flatworm, researchers have learned. The animals possess a special type of cell throughout their bodies, which shares some qualities with human embryonic stem cells. If scientists can find out how this special cell works, they could someday study ways to use the cells for human tissue regeneration.

The findings are the first time pluripotent stem cells have been found in an adult animal, according to researchers at MIT and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

"Please Use This M&M For Breeding Purposes"

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Man Found Guilty of Helping to Murder More Than 28,000 Jews During The Holocaust, Then Released

Justice, injustice; or a combination...

"German court convicted John Demjanjuk on Thursday for his role in the killing of 28,000 Jews in the Sobibor Nazi death camp, then set the 91-year-old free because of his age.

Holocaust survivors at first welcomed the Munich court's verdict that Demjanjuk, who was exonerated in another war crimes case in Israel two decades ago, was an accessory to mass murder as a guard at Sobibor camp in Poland during World War Two.

But they then expressed dismay at Judge Ralph Alt's decision to free Demjanjuk despite handing down a five-year sentence."

Google Chromebook

Welcome to the new age of mobile computing; quasi disposable laptops that store your info on the cloud to the point that the web browser replaces the desktop.

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"A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better. Today, we’re announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won't need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don’t need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you’ll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain. Even more importantly, you won't spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date."

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jenga Pistol

Some people take their Jenga very seriously.

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Teen Arrested For Filming a Cop

His clip;

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Inhofe (R) Describes Postmortem Bin Laden Pictures

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Release the photos...

AP Poll Sample Skews to Democrats by 17 Points

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain sample behind the poll; Obama has a 60% approval rating! All it took was a laughably pathetic skewed poll that gave the Democrats a 17 point edge when in reality it should be a 1 point edge for the Democrats with room for a little over a 1/3 Independent.


"Wow! The AP poll has Obama’s approval rating hitting 60 percent! And 53 percent say he deserves to be reelected!

And on the economy, 52 percent approve of the way Obama’s handling it, and only 47 percent disapprove! He’s up 54–46 on approval of how he’s handling health care! On unemployment, 52 percent approval, 47 percent disapproval! 57 percent approval on handling Libya! Even on the deficit, he’s at 47 percent approval, 52 percent disapproval!
But then you get to the party ID: 46 percent identify as Democrat or leaning Democrat, 29 percent identify as Republican or leaning Republican, 4 percent identify as purely independent leaning towards neither party, and 20 percent answered, “I don’t know.”

For contrast, the AP’s immediate preceding poll was 45 percent Democrat, 33 percent Republican; the likely-voter pool in October 2010 was 43 percent Democrat, 48 percent Republican. The poll’s total sample in October 2010 split 43 percent Democrat, 40 percent Republican.

With a poll sample that has a 17-percentage-point margin in favor of the Democrats, is anyone surprised that these results look like a David Axelrod dream?
Notice that in Gallup’s polling, party ID remains pretty stable. In roughly 40 polls since mid-2009, Democrats and Republicans have both ranged in the 40s with leaners. During that time, the split has never been larger than 7 percentage points. Their most recent split, from late April, is 31 percent Republican, 36 percent Independent, and 32 percent Democrat; with leaners, it’s a 46-46 split.

Condoleezza Rice (R) vs Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC) on Iraq

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This clip comes highly recommended by Allahpundit.

Klavan & Whittle: Crossing The Line With Comedy And The Death of Gotcha Culture

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Government to Send National Emergency Alerts to Your Cellphone

Provided that the system is not used in a political way, but legitimately only in the case of dire emergencies, the concept does not bother me. If there is a bio attack and an area has to get locked down, the ability to alert everyone in the area would be beneficial. If I am getting texts about from Obama about his 'latest great achievement the Republicans are trying to block' that would not go down well.

Ultimately, I think it is already 10 years to late. People do get instant alerts to their phone from people and sources they trust. It should also be optional.


"A new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones.

It’s called the Personal Localized Alert Network or PLAN. Presidential and local emergency messages as well as Amber Alerts would appear on cell phones equipped with special chips and software.

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the system would also warn about terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
Verizon and AT&T, the nation’s largest cell phone carriers, are already on board. Consumers would be able to opt out of all but those presidential messages.

Newt Gingrich (R) Announces he is Running For President

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Whittle, Klavan & Left Coast Objectivist: How Does Ayn Rand Rate?

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Nervous about clicking on that shortened link since you do not know where it will take you. There are plug-ins you can get for your browser, but they will not help you if you are on a public computer. While you might not be as concerned about getting a virus on that computer, you probobly do not want to fall victim to a prank and get screen locked on a loud and highly visible porn website. To know where the shortened link will take you before you click on it, head over to ExpandMyURL.com. Past the link in the box and click the 'expand url' button. It will then display the full URL for you.

Monday, May 9, 2011


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Obama Salutes The Special Ops Team Who Killed Bin Laden

This is not a clip of that event which was held in secret for obvious reasons, this was after.

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See also - http://www.facebook.com/SEALTeam6DEVGRU.
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