Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
"This is the essence of Leftist thought. It is a devolution from reason to 'belief,' in an effort to stave off a feeling of powerlessness," he adds. "And if government is Good, it is a logical elaboration that more government power is Better. But the opposite is apparent both to anyone who has ever had to deal with Government and, I think, to any dispassionate observer. It is in sympathy with the first and in the hope of enlarging the second group that I have written this book."
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Remember when the Administration and the Democrats in Congress were pushing for the Federal bailout of the U.S. auto industry?
One of those championing a bailout was then-Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), the new chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, who practically led the charge against Republicans opposing President Barack Obama's pro-union efforts.
"If it were up to the candidates for president on the Republican side," she declared, "we would be driving foreign cars. They would have let the auto industry in America go down the tubes!"
Want to guess what country Little Debbie's car comes from?
It starts with a "J" and ends with "apan." That's right, the Debster drives a 2010 Infiniti FX35 that is built by Nissan in Tochigi, Japan.
Way to put your money where your mouth is, Debbie!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Tapper adds, "The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play. But the president wasn’t done speaking. 'The vitality –' the president said before the orchestra began. Then the familiar tune – you might know it better as 'My Country ‘Tis of Thee” – started up.
"The president kept going: ' -- of the special relationship between our peoples and for the words of Shakespeare to this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,' the president said as the awkward moment played out," Tapper notes. "The Queen looked ahead as the UK anthem played. 'To the Queen,' the president finally said. He lifted his glass to her, she smiled a bit uncomfortably."
Tapper concludes his report: "It almost felt like one of those moments at the Academy Awards when the speech from the recipient for Best Original Screenplay goes on too long and the orchestra tries to hustle him or her off the stage. Kind of weird."
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
JANE WELLS, CNBC: What do you think of President Obama’s suggestion that the borders be redrawn pre-67?
GENE SIMMONS, KISS: President Obama, I voted for an idea. What I didn’t realize what I was getting was an idealist. If you’ve never been to the moon, you can’t issue policy about the moon. You have no f—king idea what it’s like on the moon. For a president to be sitting in Washington, D.C., and saying, “Go back to your 67 borders in Israel,” how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border nine miles wide? On one side you’ve got hundreds of millions of people who hate your guts, on the other side you’ve got the Mediterranean. Unless you control, in Israel, unless you control those Golan Heights, it’s an indefensible position. It’s a nice idea, when you grow up you find out that life isn’t the way you imagined it, and President Obama means well. I think he’s actually a good guy. He has no f—king idea what the world is like because he doesn’t have to live there.
Friday, May 20, 2011
In Oval Office, Bibi Offers History Lessons to Obama
“We don't have a lot of margin for error,” Netanyahu said to the president. “Because, Mr. President, history will not give the Jewish people another chance.”
Netanyahu, whose father is a retired academic, offered the president repeated history lessons, saying Jews have “been around for almost 4,000 years. We have experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. We've gone through expulsions and pogroms and massacres and the murder of millions. But I can say that even at the dearth of -- even at the nadir of the valley of death, we never lost hope and we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of Israel.”
Yesterday, President Obama angered Netanyahu by -- for the first time -- stating as a matter of U.S. policy that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”
"Netanyahu shows no signs of budging on deal": At a White House meeting with the president today, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, declared that his country would not withdraw to 1967 boundaries to help make way for an adjacent Palestinian state, which Barack Obama had urged Israel to do in a speech yesterday.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Now we know why.
Ah-nold has a kid that isn't Maria's, too.
The big political/celebrity news crossed the wires Tuesday: Ah-nold had been fooling around with a member of the Schwarzen-Kennedy household staff...and that fooling around had produced another heir.
"I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family," Schwarzenegger wrote in a statement. "There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."
Shriver, a member of the Kennedy clan, also released a statement: "This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment."
Don’t feel too bad for Ah-nold: according to the Los Angeles Times, "Few strategists believe that the disclosure about his out-of-wedlock child will permanently derail Arnold Schwarzenegger's political or entertainment pursuits."
The celeb-driven website, Gawker, threw up a post today in which the guv’s alleged gal pal (and supposed love child) are identified. ‘Two tabloids have just identified the woman as Mildred ‘"Patty’ Baena, age 50, a former housekeeper at Schwarzenegger's
Is this the woman (and child) in question?
That’s not where this story is ending, though.
According to Gawker (and other sources), “, Baena didn't tell Schwarzenegger that he was the father of her son until the boy was a toddler. According to friends, she'd ‘pursued’" him sometime in the late 90s, eventually leading to regular episodes of ‘"unprotected sex during the day at the house.’ What does this mean for identifying a former flight attendant named Tammy Tousignant as the mother of Schwarzenegger's child? We were incorrect to identify Tammy's son, Tanner Tousignant, as the subject of the story. But we still believe Tanner could be Schwarzenegger's son, as does reporter Wendy Leigh, who originally broke the story in 2003. Leigh told us earlier (before Baena had been identified) that she was ‘"hearing that [the child acknowledged by Schwarzenegger] is a different child. Which means there are two.’" Indeed, given the numerous stories of Schwarzenegger's infidelity, it would hardly come as a surprise to learn that he had two illegitimate children—though, to be fair Tammy Tousignant proving that her husband Tommy is the father of her son.”
This story isn’t over.
Not by a long shot.
Out of the mouths of former governors...
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
In a story posted at GeekoSystem, we learn that the following humorous mix-up occurred on German TV as a newscaster attempted to report on the special forces who killed the terror leader.
There are perils associated with apparently using Google Image Search to get material for your official news broadcast. When a German television news channel, N24, was reporting a story on Navy SEAL Team Six, the unit which spearheaded the operation which ultimately killed Osama bin Laden, the channel accidentally used a fan-made logo for the Maquis, an anti-Cardassian rebel group which originally appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in place of the SEAL Team Six emblem.
As TrekMovie points out, there are a few differences between the logos:“[The newscaster] didn’t seem to notice (or care) that the skull in question was from a Klingon and included a bolted-on eyepatch. He and N24 also appear undeterred by the emblem’s inclusion of a phaser, 3 Klingon bat’leth swords and the word ‘Maquis.’” They also made on-air comments that acknowledged the Maquis logo and seemed to treat it as the real thing: “And they also have the ‘Team Six,’ that carried out the mission. They don’t have the skull in their emblem for nothing.”
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Most Wanted List: FBI
Reward: State Department
Cost of 9/11 attacks: 9/11 Commission (PDF)
9/11 death toll: The New York Times. Does not include hijackers.
Economic impact of 9/11: New York City Comptroller (PDF)
Costs of military operations: Congressional Research Service (PDF)
US casualties: Department of Defense
Civilian casualties: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (PDF)
Drone attacks: "The Year of the Drone," by Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann, New America Foundation
Al Qaeda members: "The Almanac of Al Qaeda," by Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann, New America Foundation
Aid to Pakistan: Congressional Research Service (PDF)
Helicopter cost: Department of Defense
Commandos and dogs: New York Times