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Friday, June 13. 2014
90-year-old ex-president to make parachute jump
East Side kid Harpo Marx recalled his tailor father
Sorry, But You Might Be Fatter Than You Think You Are
Why That Story About Irish Babies "Dumped In A Septic Tank" Is A Hoax
Obama IRS Sent 1.1 Million Page Database of Private Info to FBI Before 2010 Elections
If jihadists control Iraq, blame Nouri al-Maliki, not the United States.
Woops: ISIS Terror Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Was Released By Obama from Camp Bucca in 2009
Obama successes in the Middle East? The Washington Post can’t find them
As Kipling explained, the Middle East, like Africa, defeats all intentions:
Take up the White Man's burden--
Too many Asians?
The Short Unhappy Life of ObamaCare - By 2024 there will be more than 40 million uninsured, roughly 10% more than today.
Caged, diseased and desperate: Shocking pictures of the child illegal immigrants flooding over the border - as Joe Biden calls for an´unrelenting stream´ of migrants
With Cantor's implosion and Brat's rise, get ready for an even more extreme Republican Party
Hands Off My Camembert - FDA Sounds the Retreat in Cheese War
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Obama has done nothing but incite disorder, and new facts suggest that he designed much of the unrest including the film blamed for the attack on the compound in Libya that killed four Americans:
Lies, lies, lies -- when are Americans going to get tired of being whipped around by his lies and force Congress to stop him?
re FDA Cheese retreat
the article says, "for it now appears that the FDA may reverse its recent decision to ban wood-aged cheese. "
Note the words "appears" and "may". Sounds like the so-called retreat is far from a done deal.
those uniforms are one reason why soccer will never make it big in the USofA
"Sorry, But You Might Be Fatter Than You Think You Are"
You have to wonder why the fat shaming. Who gains from this? Various groups who favor food fads like vegetarians and writers who write food fad books. Perhaps some are well meaning while others are simply cashing in on the general ignorance. There is a lot of money that flows from the government to colleges to fund research and a lot of researchers are paid handsomely to do this research, they certainly benefit from this endless drumbeat of fatty shaming. Did we convert to the BMI in 1998 just to facilitate the ruse and keep the money spigot open? Is that what all the constant flow of new reports and new records of fat people is all about? Will it ever end? Will there never be enough money flowing to researcher such that we have to put up with this constant stream of crisis forever. What's next after fatty shaming?
Maybe it's just people noticing and commenting that our collective lifestyle has gotten out of hand. Back in the 40's people ate real food, and walked a lot more, and fewer worked at desks. Even in pictures from the 1970's kids were skinny! Now we spend a lot of time sitting in front of tv's and computers and at desks. And the food that most of us eat is definitely junkier.
And writing articles about it won't change anything.
I remember the 40's and there were indeed a lot of fat people. I don't disagree that being physically active is beneficial to keeping "trim". But my father worked in the construction industry in the 40's and 50's and there were a lot of big strong hard working guys with big guts and 50" waists. They were obese but physically fit. Why? No junkfood and plenty of tough physical work. The simple answer is it is genetic. Some people are genetically predisposed to be fat or over weight or obese, some are not. Some races are genetically predisposed to be fat, overweight or obese and some are not. It's genetics. Sure, in a environment where there is all the food you can eat some of these people with a predisposition to be overweight will be even more overweight, I don't disagree with that. But, oddly enough, overweight (as defined by the BMI and other measures) is healthier then underweight. Being 10 or 20 lbs overweight is not necessarily unhealthy and not an indicator of a heart attack or early death. Being 50 lbs overweight is "generally" not good for you but again that depends on genetics. That is a lot of people who are 50 lbs overweight live well past the average life expectancy. The bottom line is while we all can agree Americans today are more overweight then 50 years ago we must also accept the conflicting fact that life expectancies have increased every year for the last 50 years.
Re: extreme Republican Party
It is now extreme to promote ideas that have been successful in the past based on our heritage of freedom.
It is now extreme to be against policies that have failed in other countries in the past and are failing in the US now.
It is now extreme to suggest that the president follow and enforce the laws of this country - even laws this president has lobbied for and signed into law.
None of those describe the Republican Party. For decades, the Republican Party has been run by squishy people who do not promote what they claim to espouse. The most successful modern Republican president was Ronald Reagan and he was not supported by the Republican establishment till he proved himself to be too successful and too popular to be dismissed. Almost every Republican presidential primary can be expected to have some candidates make an (negative) issue about another candidate's wealth rather than extol the successes that generated that wealth.
During this time, the Democrats have devolved further and further to the left such that current Democrats would be excoriated by those of just a few decades ago.
To call Republicans extreme is just further evidence of the drag on our politics perpetrated by left, seemingly supported by Republicans by their feckless resistance and enforced by the main media.
What all this talk about extremism is about is the fear or distaste that somebody in the Republican Party actually believes what the party has said it believes in all along (and in many cases are the founding principles of our Country.
If this talk is not a last gasp, then we are in much more trouble than we are willing to admit to. Europe seems to show some signs of actually coming to its senses. Hopefully, it will spread.
I "may" be "fatter" than I think? Well, I can't weigh my thinking, so I am heavier than that. I'll get over it...in time...I think.
Irish babies: Likely just another attack on Catholics, or the Irish, or nuns.
Fracking War lost: But the rear-guard skirmishing goes on, and will get more bitter.
Extreme: Is the NYDailyNews the NYT's tabloid? Sure sounds that way.
If jihadists control Iraq
I blame Bush, sorry but this time I really do. Yes the Democrats and in particular their leader (where ever he came from) did walk away from a victory, a prize in our eyes but not to theirs. But that is their nature. We don't have to rehash the old story about the scorpion, do we?
Bush knew he couldn't stay in office forever, that the Congress was going to flip flop between parties, as it always has. He should have known that unless his party controlled both houses of Congress, his programs would be thwarted. OK, he couldn't have seen Barak Obama coming, who did? But that just accelerated the decay.
After smashing Saddam's army, cleansing the country of Ba'ath influences; army, judiciary, and bureaucracy. He wanted to rebuild everything in a democratic framework. But he and Iraq didn't have the time. Neither of them, the President or the that nation had the decades and decades of time that South Korea, Japan, Germany or the Philippines had. All the while covered by the cloak of American military power. America will never be able to do what we did in those countries again not while we are hamstrung by the vicious political dichotomy between progressives and everyone else.
Yes, this is primo Monday morning quarterbacking, but I don't get paid the big bucks to make the right decision for America the first time around. George Bush did. And this is going to cost us, big.
Iran's "offer" to send troops, in the shadow of Obama's inactivity, will probably be accepted as the lessor of two evils. Then Iran, in control of Iraq, will bloodlessly absorb Kuwait. Saudi Arabia will exercise it's option to buy Paki Nuclear Warheads. The balance of power having changed so drastically all the Gulf states will quickly change their allegiances and it will NOT favor the US. At that point there will be nothing Barak Obama could do, even if he wanted to. On the up side, there is very little additional harm Obama can do in that region even if he tried.
Will I be found to wrong in my assessment, Christ I hope so.
I don't blame Bush, but I don't totally blame Obummer either - though I think he shares the blame.
Bush left things fairly stable. Maliki was chosen by the Iraqi people. Unfortunately, he wasn't/isn't up to the task of running an inclusive government which is critical given the large factions in Iraq.
I also blame the Iraqi people who were apparently not interested enough in defending their country against murderous religious thugs. We have the same problem in Afghanistan.
I blame Obummer too because he didn't know that building Iraq to a self governing society takes time, but it is possible and a successful result can be worth it. South Korea is the best example of a non-democratic society that was nurtured into one that is thriving.
I forgot to mention that Maliki asked for air support against the jihadis but Obmmer said no. Another reason Obummer is more responsible for this situation. Now Iran is swooping into the vacuum. Good move, O!
Show of hands for JDAM'ing any Iraq oil fields the ISIS capture.
If Barry wants to be a human shield in this case, that is his right.
The13th amendment prohibits all forced labor. You can't be forced to bake a cake for somebody or punished if you refuse. That baker needs a better lawyer. I would sue Colorado for a zillion dollars for violating my constitutional rights.
try that 13th Amendment argument switching "Jews" or "Blacks" for gays, and see how well it works.
ProTip: it won't.
However the religious exemption angle seemed to have been contemptuously dismissed. My reading of the case convinced me that the request for religious exemption was sincere.
I think you're right. I hope that's the situation, because the next step is judicial review to the CO. court of appeals.
adding to my comment:
even the religious exemption angle would fail if the discriminated-against group were Jews or Blacks.
I'm guessing the court of appeal would be concerned with either the administrative law judge's abuse of discretion by dismissing the religious angle without addressing it thoroughly and finding that gays aren't entitled to the same protection in CO as race or national origin classes.
By 2024 there will be more than 40 million uninsured
Got thinking about this the other day. Obamacare was supposed to sign up seven million folks. That was supposedly met, but included folks who had (but lost) insurance. Did it count folks slid over to Medicaid?
Since the employer mandate will seemingly just cover folks already with health insurance, I'm curious...
What ever happened to the 30 million who were supposed to be needing health insurance? I don't have a WSJ acct so couldn't get past the tease to see if the article addressed the (at least) twenty-three million people not covered.
>>Environmental Groups Have Lost the War Against Fracking
Doesn't stop them from sabotaging equipment in the field, and the drive-by shootings at job sites.. NOT publicized or given any media attention, for which I'm glad, because they would increase.
I have this directly from drillers who are working in those fields..