Saturday, December 20, 2008

I'm All Right

Madeleine Peyroux

I've not a clue about the circus performers in the video, but I do love this song and Madeleine is as good a singer as they come.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Water Really is Evil

Dead water it's called. Ship captains have known that the water in which they sail can cause their ship to spontaneously slow. Triathletes and strong swimmers have often complained the sea water is 'evil' sometimes because they lose momentum and they tire quickly. It's suspected this evil water has caused drownings.

Scientists may now know what causes the evil dead water. Leo Maas, a fluid dynamicist at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, said,

"We've been considering the possibility that the drownings of strong swimmers in fair-weather conditions might be the result of dead water, but until now, we weren't really sure if this phenomenon could strike something as small as a single human. Now it seems that it can."
New Scientist has the full story.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

California to Tax Income Tax

California is in a financial pickle and the Democrat led Legislature has been looking for any and every excuse to raise taxes and keep on spending like ...well, Liberals. And drunken Liberals at that.

Amongst the 1/4 cent sales tax hike and the $7.3 billion cut from education programs and social services (police, fire, and hospitals) meant to scare the living daylights out of the public so that paying higher taxes doesn't look so bad, is this gem -

2.5 percent Personal Income Tax Surcharge - $1.65 billion. Establishes a 2.5 percent surcharge on Personal Income Tax liabilities beginning for the 2009 tax year. This generates $150 million in the current year and $1.5 billion in the budget year.
That's right. A tax on the income tax. A dictionary will tell us that a surcharge is (1) An additional sum added to the usual amount or cost; (2) An overcharge, especially when unlawful. Democrat legislators may think they are being progressive and innovative, but, come on. Taxing the income tax! That's crazy talk!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Long Live the Pint

Not much good comes out of Brussels, the EU capital. Most of what comes out of the European Parliament are laws and regulations restricting the lives and actions of formerly free Europeans. But, once again, the Brits have foiled the Ministers of Brussels.

The English pint survives. The EU had tried to force pubs to serve beers and ales by the half-liter. After much deliberation, Parliament voted to give up and let Britain keep the pint, the mile, and all imperial measures.

Minister for Europe Caroline Flint said the agreement will save British companies additional labeling costs during troubled economic times.

"It's a victory for common sense," she said. "It shows that the EU is listening to the concerns of businesses and consumers and is not intent on imposing a 'one-size fits all' regime where unnecessary."
It's an historical truism that people will suffer almost any indignity, any hardship, any insult and abuse. But, when the alcohol supply is threatened, trouble always ensues.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

U.S. Death Map

Of earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, heat, wildfires, or thunderstorms which kills more Americans? Is there a place to live in America that is safer than the rest of the country?

Surprise! There's been a study that now has all the answers.

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Heat is more likely to kill an American than an earthquake, and thunderstorms kill more people than hurricanes do, according to a U.S. "death map" published on Tuesday.

Researchers who compiled the county-by-county look at what natural disasters kill Americans said they hope their study will help emergency preparedness officials plan better.

Heat and drought caused 19.6 percent of total deaths from natural hazards, with summer thunderstorms causing 18.8 percent and winter weather causing 18.1 percent, the team at the University of South Carolina found.

Earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes combined were responsible for fewer than 5 percent of all hazard deaths.

Writing in BioMed Central's International Journal of Health Geographics, they said they hoped to dispel some myths about what the biggest threats to life and limb are.

"According to our results, the answer is heat," Susan Cutter and Kevin Borden of the University of South Carolina wrote in their report, which gathered data from 1970 to 2004.

"I think what most people would think, if you say what is the major cause of death and destruction, they would say hurricanes and earthquakes and flooding," Cutter said in a telephone interview. "They wouldn't say heat."

"What is noteworthy here is that over time, highly destructive, highly publicized, often-catastrophic singular events such as hurricanes and earthquakes are responsible for relatively few deaths when compared to the more frequent, less catastrophic such as heat waves and severe weather," they wrote.

The most dangerous places to live are much of the South, because of the heat risk, the hurricane coasts and the Great Plains states with their severe weather, Cutter said.

The south-central United States is also a dangerous area, with floods and tornadoes.

California is relatively safe, they found.
Imagine that. With earthquakes and wildfires, California is a relatively safe place to live. Now, if we can get rid of the gangs, illegal aliens, high taxes, Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, and the Democrat majority California will once again be Paradise by the Sea.

More Death Maps.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Bill Richardson Investigated for Corruption

Bill Richardson, New Mexico Governor, is under investigation in the pay-to-play municipal bond market scandal that threatens to severely deepen the current international financial crisis.

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- A federal grand jury is investigating how a company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama, on bond deals that threaten to cause the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, did similar work in New Mexico after making contributions to Governor Bill Richardson’s political action committees.

The grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into Beverly Hills, California-based CDR Financial Products Inc., which received almost $1.5 million in fees from the New Mexico Finance Authority in 2004 after donating $100,000 to Richardson’s efforts to register Hispanic and American Indian voters and pay for expenses at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, people familiar with the matter said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation asked current and former officials from the state agency if any staff members in the governor’s office influenced CDR’s hiring, said the people, who declined to be identified because the proceedings are secret. Richardson [D], who is President-elect Barack Obama’s designate for Commerce Secretary, has a staff of at least 30 people.

“They’re looking at everything related to CDR,” William Sisneros, the finance agency’s chief executive officer, said of the FBI probe. “They’re just trying to evaluate all the relationships to see what CDR was doing for the money.”

The investigation reflects another front in nationwide efforts by U.S. prosecutors to investigate so-called pay-to-play in the municipal bond market. The term refers to banks and advisers who make political contributions or personal gifts to public officials in return for fee-paying financing assignments.

On Dec. 1, Birmingham, Alabama’s mayor, Larry Langford [D], was charged by federal prosecutors with soliciting $235,000 in loans, expensive clothes and jewelry from Montgomery, Alabama-based bond underwriter Blount Parrish & Co. Langford, the former president of the Jefferson County Commission, included the firm on bond and derivative deals that netted it about $7.1 million. CDR, which wasn’t named in that indictment, advised Jefferson County on the derivatives.

The New Mexico probe comes two years after the FBI searched CDR’s offices as part of a nationwide investigation into whether banks and advisers conspired to overcharge local governments on financing deals. That probe by the New York office of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division is ongoing, and CDR says it is cooperating.
Democrats have not yet officially "taken power" in Washington and around the country, but they have already slipped back into their comfort zone. The rest of us call it corruption.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

McCain - Sit Down and Shutup

School marmish John McCain admonished Republicans and the RNC for criticizing Barack Obama and questioning the 'truthiness' of his words and actions throughout the Chicago fiasco.

Politico's Mike Allen writes

On ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked: “The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Mike Duncan, has been highly critical of the way President- elect Obama has dealt with this.

"He's had a statement every single day, saying that the Obama team should reveal all contacts they've had with Governor [Rod] Blagojevich. He says that Obama's promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested. Do you agree with that?”

McCain replied: “I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody — right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary. And so, I don't know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama's campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.”

John McCain ran as one of the worst of the Republican candidates to come down the pike in years. He was never the Party leader and he is not the Party leader now, although I supported his campaign and cast a vote for him against Barack Obama.

Obama and his Chitown cronies are crooks and criminals. John McCain never recognized that fact and refused to go after Obama simply because Obama is black. That was a racist decision because it said very publicly that Blacks cannot compete on an even playing field. John McCain was a fool and now he needs to sit down and shut up. He's damaged the Republican Party and Conservatism enough.

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