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Friday, July 6. 2012
Dante’s Circles of Hell Created in LEGO
That's a relief
The number of crocodiles has increased dramatically in the Keys, from 300 in 1975 to 1,500 to 2,000 today.
Where are the parents? 3 Million Kids Now Get Free Lunches All Year Long
In 2008, 61.6% of adults were insured by their employers, while in 2012 that figure dropped to 55.9%.
47% Consider Obama’s Political Views Extreme, 31% Say Same of Romney
In Close Race, Obama’s Plan B Is Paying Off
Brilliant! A 19th Century government solution to a non-problem. Just like Obamacare.
House Report: Countrywide Issued 'Hundreds' of Discounts for Influence
Big government and big business, perfectly corrupt together
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First Mate Smee approves of your literary reference.
Hey BD, tried to send a trackback but I reckon I messed it up somehow.
Bird Dog: Liberals ignore Obama’s Guantanamos
While conditions are very poor in Somali prisons, nothing in Lake's article indicates that these prisons are being used as black sites for U.S. detention.
Bird Dog: Does big government stifle growth?
Randall Hoven: But this simple regression analysis says government spending explains almost half of the growth rate.
It would be interesting to see the original data in order to see what explains the other half.
3 million kids get free lunches all year long; what do you want to bet that the parents of these kids also recieve food stamps intended to feed these kids. Every parent recieving food stamps AND who's kids get free lunch should be prosecuted for fraud. Imagine being paid to feed your kids (something any responsible adult should do without being paid) and then seeking out more free lunches. We can no longer afford to support the lazy and criminally irresponsible welfare class.
In addition to food stamps, in my community we have The Greater Food Depository that constantly seeks donations door-to-door and through supermarkets, schools, youth groups and service organizations; several church groups who provide staples and canned goods all year long; a Summer Lunch Program funded by the Dept. of Agriculture that provides food at schools, city camps, library sites, etc.; another lunch program that buses meals to parks, schools and churches in specific communities; Meals on Wheels for seniors; and site-specific "restaurants" supported by the food-service and hospitality industries. Plus, many growers provide free seeds to those setting up community gardens (property taxes paid one way or another by the general tax population).
Access to food is not a problem outside of some outlying rural communities. The over-lapping bureaucracies and fraud that pushes the cost of this food -- to the taxpayer -- far beyond its cost in the free market is a whole different problem.
And BTW, the food desert problem is exacerbated by the thugs who continually steal, beat and murder those who try to establish groceries in such areas. These communities only have their constituents to blame.
Whenever our local "Food Bank" organization campaigns for donations of food or money, they tout the number of "people" they serve each year. What they don't make clear is whether they are counting different individuals or counting the same person multiple times, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sunday through Saturday, January through February. I strongly suspect the latter and that they intentionally inflate the severity of the "food shortage" problem in order to appeal to our feelings of guilt and the charitable nature of most Americans. The wider the problem is perceived to affect the local community, the more willing the rest of us are to open our wallets and contribute to the needy. One day, however, when the public service ads (PSAs) on TV raised the number of people served by our local food bank to an implausibly huge fraction of the community (somewhere around 40% if I remember right), it dawned on me the actual number of different individuals being served had to be a lot smaller than the TV ads implied, that it was a much smaller group of people who were depending on the Food Bank repeatedly for all their meals. At that point, my generosity towards this cause came to an end. I don't like being deceived, no matter how well intentioned the purpose or how worthy the charity. Instead, I increased my annual donations to other worthy charities.
Sorry, I meant to type "January through December." My bad.
You folks are really fooling yourselves if you think this election is going to be a real and true election. The results have already been guaranteed:they were assured when you voted to have mail in voting for all residents in your state, when you voted to to have those high speed "vote tallying machines" in your state, because it was going to be quicker and cheaper, when you continually refuse to form community activist groups equal to the organization and funding that the dems have developed and established in each state. Don't bother me with your predictions for the next election--it is a waste of everyone's time. The deed is already done! Guaranteed by your laziness and cowardice.
And we're even farther in the hole considering that we have to spend our time trying to earn a buck so as to pay the taxes that support the non-tax paying activist groups and organizations on the other side.
The very first Act signed into law by the new president (elected with 43% of the vote).
This is the flow chart you're supposed to rail against --but meanwhile, just as the libor-fixing scandal is beginning to erupt (not coordinated? Matt Taibbni's new piece just happens to feature the main victims of the Libor fixing --muni-bond issuers --AKA 'main street USA'), McGraw-Hill and the Chicago Merc begin operations of their newly purchased joint venture --the purchase of the S&P and Dow Jones Indexes, merging them as the 'S&P/DJ Index' --and that already there are 41 (23 in Europe) brand new ETFs based on the new entity.
So Mr. Clean Information Market Measurements, half European and half North American steps forth from the rubble of the financial crash --rubble certain to engulf, as planned all along i believe, Tim Geithner and the the US Federal Reserve --and the Dollar.
CME is not clean (looked other way on a slew of system-cracking crimes, starting with the oil-futures manipulation 2007-8, on to MF Global), McGraw-Hill (your kid's left-wing textbooks) is controlled by Standard & Poor's --which led the --crucial --AAA branding of the garbage subprime securities, which downgraded US debt last August causing a 1000 DJI drop (and lord knows how much $$$ for Soros and fellow short hedge funds in the Managed Funds Association), and S&P is controlled by the Rothschild family --which has been sponsoring Soros ever since he was a student at the London School of Economics. Also began publically sponsoring Tony Heywood, the BP CEO ("I want my life back") who quit after the Gulf Oil Spill got out of hand, amnd immediately was treated to a paid-in vastly-high-dollar partnership of a new oil exploration venture --no doubt on its way to Kazakhstan.
And a whole lot of other related tin-foil hattery which is all coming true in the headlines.
From the New Yorker Magazine, house organ of the Obama Administration:
"With the July 4th holiday upon us, both Presidential campaigns have reasons to be encouraged. After a slew of negative economic news and worrying poll numbers in April and May, Barack Obama has had a good few weeks, and the Supreme Court’s ruling on health-care reform capped it."
80,000 new jobs in America for the month of June, just blew this bullshit right out of the water,