Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Teleprompted Presidency

Photo: Obama teleprompter Sunrise, FL, before 30 min infomercial

Had George Bush used a teleprompter at a press conference, the media and late night comedians would have had a field day saying how much an idiot and doofus he was, and they did anyways. Equating Bush to a monkey, as the liberals often did for eight years, would not have raised the ire of anyone in the media.

When the current resident of the White House, Resident Barack Obama, used a teleprompter at his first nationally televised press conference earlier this month, the press and jesters said nothing. Even when it was obvious he was using a teleprompter for the opening statement and still was using it when answering the pre-selected reporters with pre-screened questions and looking the fool. Obama was noticeably unsure of answers despite the teleprompter.

The Prowler at American Spectator wrote,

"It looked scripted beyond the scripted part, the speech," says one former communications adviser, who has been feeding notes and suggestions to the White House team and worked with them on the inauguration. "Every president has gone into one of these things knowing that there were some pre-arranged questions or journalists to be called on, but this one was pretty ham-handed."

To that end, he says, the White House is looking to install a small video or computer screen into the podium used by the president for press conferences and events in the White House. [emphasis added] "It would make it easier for the comms guys to pass along information without being obvious about it," says the adviser.

The screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, pass along notes or points to hit, and so forth, says the adviser.

Using a screen is nothing new for Obama; almost nothing he said in supposedly unscripted townhall events during the presidential campaign was unscripted, down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions.
Obama is determined to test the Lincoln admonition that you can't fool all of the people all of the time.




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Obama Promises Amnesty to Illegal Aliens


Barack Obama, current White House resident, was interviewed by telephone Feb 17th by radio host Eddie Sotelo, a.k.a "Piolin". Obama told the Hispanic audience that he had plans to "convene leadership... so that we can start getting that legislation drawn up over the next several months."

Sotelo himself is an illegal alien who entered the U.S. in a car trunk 20 years ago and took naturalization in May 2007. Obama and his wife made several visits to the Piolin radio show during the campaign and was influential in gaining the Hispanic vote for Obama.

In Wednesday's interview, Obama reaffirmed his support for the illegal immigrant community and dedication to fixing an immigration program he sees as broken because the laws consider unapproved entry into this country an unlawful act punishable by deportation.

Obama said,

Well, as I’ve said every time I’ve been on the show, Piolín, we’re going to make sure that we begin the process of dealing with the immigration system that’s broken. We’re going to start by really trying to work on how to improve the current system so that people who want to be naturalized, who want to become citizens, like you did, that they are able to do it; that it’s cheaper, that it’s faster, that they have an easier time in terms of sponsoring family members.

And then we’ve got to have comprehensive immigration reform. Now, you know, we need to get started working on it now. It’s going to take some time to move that forward, but I’m very committed to making it happen. And we’re going to be convening leadership on this issue so that we can start getting that legislation drawn up over the next several months.
Near the end, Obama promises to keep the radio show and Piolin informed directly from the White House of the progress being made.

Well, we’ve got some wonderful people on my White House staff who are working on this issue on an ongoing basis. And what we’ll do is we’ll make sure that one of those people can appear on your program on a regular basis, giving you information about what we’re doing. And hopefully at some point you’ll be able to come visit us at the White House.
In keeping with Obama's promise of transparency, the Piolin interview does not appear on the White House web page although an interview with the CBC the day before does appear.

Here is the entire nine minute interview. Obama is identified as "THE PRESIDENT."


February 17, 2009

INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT

BY EDDIE “PIOLÍN” SOTELO, RADIO

Via Telephone

1:48 P.M. MST


THE PRESIDENT: Hello.

Q Hello.

THE PRESIDENT: Who am I speaking with?

Q Piolín.

THE PRESIDENT: Piolín, my friend, this is President Barack Obama.

Q How are you doing? (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: I am doing good. I promised you that I would be on the show when I was President, and here I am on the show. (Laughter.)

Q You promised me that you were going to be in the studio –

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I haven’t gone to Los Angeles yet, but I should get credit for keeping my promise this way.

Q Oh, yes, yes. (Applause.) Yes, but we’re waiting for you because we are celebrating together. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: How have you been?

Q Great, great, Mr. President. We have Mr. President Barack Obama with us. And thank you, Mr. President, for taking the time to speak with us today. And you make history — we’re so proud. I know you are the President for everybody.

THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely. Well, you know, it was wonderful being on your program when I was running. And now I want to make sure that we continue to reach out because you have so many listeners and I think that it’s so important that the Latino community, the Spanish-speaking community, continues to stay involved in politics.

We’ve got a very tough economy and we just signed a stimulus bill today that’s going to put people back to work and provide health care to people who don’t have it. We signed the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Now legal immigrants are able to get health care for the first time, which is something that the Latino community had been arguing for, for almost a decade.

And so I think we’re making real progress, but we’re going to have to keep on making sure that all of you are involved as much as possible.

Q Mr. President, you know, I just want to begin by saying now, today is an exciting today. Congratulations on your accomplishment.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

Q And how soon can we expect to see the positive effect of the stimulus package?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think that right away what you’re going to start seeing is, first of all, states and local governments, they’re going to be able to keep people in their jobs. There was — the budgets are so bad at the state level that people who were teaching in schools, or police officers, or firefighters, a lot of people were going to be fired from their state jobs. And so we’re going to be able to keep those jobs open.

We’re also going to be making investments and rebuilding roads and bridges and school construction, and that’s going to put a lot of people to work, especially people who are in the construction industries. With the housing market in such bad shape, they’ve been out of work. Now, hopefully, some of these construction jobs will become available again. It will probably take six months to a year before we start seeing a big impact, but at least we’ve now gotten the process moving so that we can start doing a lot better than we’ve been doing over the last several months.
Q So that means, Mr. President, that now that you have signed the stimulus package, I’m going to receive a raise, a pay raise?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know, the — you, Piolín, are already making so much money that you probably won’t get a pay raise. (Laughter.) You know, but for people who aren’t as rich as you, I think that they’ve got a good chance of getting help –

Q I’ve been playing, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely. Well, and the other thing is, you know, the — a lot of people who’ve been laid off of their jobs, they need unemployment insurance. And what this bill does is it makes sure that they keep on getting unemployment insurance. It means that they have a easier time keeping their health care, even if they’ve lost their job. So it’s really going to provide a lot of relief to people who need it.

Q Mr. President, how will the stimulus package help persons who are losing their homes, and how will it benefit those who want to buy a home for the first time?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, that’s actually a separate piece of legislation that we’re going to be announcing tomorrow. And the key there is to make sure that we work with the banks and the homeowners to try to reduce the monthly payments that they make. And so I’ll be announcing that program, but it’s something that should help a lot of families who are making their payments, but are having a much, much tougher time because home values have gone down so drastically. So we’ll have an entire separate home program — housing program that we’re going to be announcing tomorrow.

Q Thanks a lot, Mr. President. We have Mr. President Barack Obama with us. And let me tell you this, Mr. President; I’m sure you know, but it’s important to let you know once again, we make a big contribution to our country from all across art, music, labor. And most important a lot of Hispanics are in Iraq defending the United States, even without being American citizen.

THE PRESIDENT: Right.

Q We need your help.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, as I’ve said every time I’ve been on the show, Piolín, we’re going to make sure that we begin the process of dealing with the immigration system that’s broken. We’re going to start by really trying to work on how to improve the current system so that people who want to be naturalized, who want to become citizens, like you did, that they are able to do it; that it’s cheaper, that it’s faster, that they have an easier time in terms of sponsoring family members.

And then we’ve got to have comprehensive immigration reform. Now, you know, we need to get started working on it now. It’s going to take some time to move that forward, but I’m very committed to making it happen. And we’re going to be convening leadership on this issue so that we can start getting that legislation drawn up over the next several months.

Q Mr. President, is there some sort of network we could establish to be in communication regarding the comprehensive immigration reform, and personally what can I do?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know, the key thing right now is obviously we’ve got to make sure that all the people who are involved in immigration reform issues, that they sit down together and they start thinking about how we’re going to approach this problem. Politically it’s going to be tough. It’s probably tougher now than it was, partly because of the fact that the economy has gotten worse. So what I’ve got to do is I’ve got to focus on the economy, I’ve got to focus on housing, and make sure that people feel a little bit more secure; at the same time, get the various immigrant rights groups together and have them start providing some advice in terms of what strategies we’re going to pursue in Congress.

Q That’s one of the things, Mr. President, I would like to happen. I’m working for media and knowing that our people worked so much. And, you know, they came out from the houses, going to work — scary because they don’t even know if they’re going to be deported. And can we try to establish like a signal, like a network — for example, I like what you did with the financial — financial people, that you set it up, for example — the newspaper from LA, is part of that — those groups of advisors, financial advisors that you put — I like the idea. How can we have kind of like the thing where I can receive information? What do we need to do so we can receive a comprehensive reform?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’ve got some wonderful people on my White House staff who are working on this issue on an ongoing basis. And what we’ll do is we’ll make sure that one of those people can appear on your program on a regular basis, giving you information about what we’re doing. And hopefully at some point you’ll be able to come visit us at the White House.

Q Any time, Mr. President. And I would like to be there when you sign the comprehensive immigration reform.

THE PRESIDENT: All right. Well, thank you so much, Piolín. It’s great to talk to you.

Q Mr. President, you know we are close friends and you know that I have your BlackBerry phone number and you have mine. (Laughter.) So keep in touch.

THE PRESIDENT: You know I will. Thank you so much. Tell everybody in the studio I said hello. I had a great time when I visited you, and everybody there was so nice. And you were very nice to my wife, as well, when she was on the program. So thank you so much, Piolín. Take care.

Q Take care, Mr. President. You know, you are in our prayers. You have our support, and we want to help in any way we can.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Thank you, guys. Bye-bye.

END 1:57 P.M.
Bye-bye? Not only do real men not eat quiche, but they don't say "bye-bye," either. It's just wrong. And so is attempting to slip "comprehensive immigration reform," i.e., shamnesty, through the back door without the promised transparency, openness, and honesty.





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Friday, February 20, 2009

Shark Attacks are Down, Global Warming Innocent


This is one event that can't being blamed on Global Warming. Nope, it's not Global Warming. It's the falling economy, stupid. It seems sharks can not afford the frequent trips to the Caribbean and Florida.

Actually, ichthyologist George Burgess thinks the cause is indeed the economy that's causing vacationers to stay home away from the beaches.

Shark attacks dipped to the lowest level in five years in 2008, a change that might have happened because the ailing economy kept cash-strapped vacationers away from beaches, a leading shark expert said Thursday.

There were 59 shark attacks around the world last year, compared to 71 in 2007...
"I can't help but think that contributing to the reduction may have been the reticence of some people to take holidays and go to the beach for economic reasons," Burgess said in a news release.
I hope the sharks don't switch to a high carb diet to replace the lost protein. If they do they'll get really fat and lazy and look alot like American kids.





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Suspected Terrorist Arrested in My Town


He lied to obtain citizenship, a U.S. passport. He lied about a trip to Pakistan. Many believe he falsified information to hide alleged connections to terrorists and terrorist organizations abroad. It sounds like a description of Barack Obama, but it's not.

Federal authorities arrested Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, a 34-year-old man from Tustin, CA this morning in the 13000 block of Charloma Drive. My home is in the 15000 block of Pasadena Avenue - only 2.44 miles away. And both homes are beneath the landing pattern for John Wayne Airport with hundreds of passenger flights everyday. I watch the planes in wonder and amazement that such a large craft is airborne. What does Niazi see when Alaska Air and United Airlines fly over?

The Orange County Register writes that the international terrorism suspect, Ahmadullah Sais Niazi,

... is facing several charges, ranging from perjury to naturalization fraud, misuse of a passport obtained by fraud and making a false statement to a federal agency. Court documents also show that Niazi and his wife, Jamilah Amin, had been investigated by federal authorities since at least June 2008, for several suspicious financial transactions in the Unites States and financial transfers to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

While Niazi is not facing any terrorism-related charges, officials said he made several false statements to cover up what they allege are connections to organizations such as al-Qaida, Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin and the Taliban.

According to a federal indictment unsealed today, Niazi hid his alleged connections with terrorist groups when he applied for residency, citizenship and a U.S. passport. The arrest comes after months of investigation conducted by the Orange County Joint Terrorist Task Force, said Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI.

According to the unsealed indictment, on Feb. 24, 2004, Niazi lied in his naturalization application by not stating other names he used in the past and lying about being associated with terrorist organizations.

“In truth, and in fact, as defendant Niazi then well knew, he was associated with one or more terrorist organizations, namely al-Qaeda, HIG, and/or the Taliban,” the indictment reads.

In 2005, Niazi is also believed to have traveled to Pakistan, where he met with Dr. Amin al-Haq, who has been identified by the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control as a global terrorist, according to officials. Al-Haq, according to the indictment, is believed to be Osama bin Laden’s security coordinator.
Niazi also has family ties to Al-Haq.

Niazi identified al-Haq as his sister’s husband. According to the search warrant affidavit, al-Haq was a member of the Afghan mujahedeen who fought the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Niazi said his family disapproved of his sister’s marriage and that he knew al-Haq was a member of Hezb-e-Islami, but that he didn’t know if he was a member of al-Qaeda.
The Jawa Report (h/t Gateway Pundit) has this and a copy of the Federal indictment -

I did a little Googling, and there's an Ahmadullah Niazi in Orange County -- the county just south of LA that the Niazi in the story lives in -- that has a company in Tustin called "T & A Trading Group". The contact is "Ahmad Niazi". Niazi's company apparently in the wholesale computer and electronics business.
If convicted, Ahmadullah Sais Niazi could be in a federal prison for a maximum 35 years.

We tend to protect ourselves in a cloak of imagined safety that says bad things happen to other people and bad people don't live in my town. The fallacy was brought home to me today. Islamic terrorism isn't just on the other side of the planet, it's on the other side of the street, and very well be in the home next door. How does one know? I do know that one of my immediate neighbors is from Afghanistan and is Muslim. She's an old lady, a cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a very good cook.

But, still...



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Sam the Koala

Koalas are normally fearful of humans. What caused one burn injured female koala to serenely accept help from Australian fireman David Tree will remain a mystery. One thing we do know is that that simple act of kindness is one of the few bright moments to come from the Aussie firestorms that killed about 200 people and thousands of defenseless wild animals.

Sam is how she is now known and this is her story.







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Steve Martin on US Airways Flight 1549







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Thursday, February 19, 2009

NYT Stocks Worth Less than Sunday Paper

New York Times stock shares are dropping like a brick in flight. NYT closed at $3.77 on Wednesday and is down again today to close at $3.51. The Sunday edition sells for $4.00 at the newstands.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.










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Chicago Tea Party


The in-studio newsies betray their liberal bias when they joke that the stock traders are "putty" in the hands of Santelli, clearly implying the capitalists in the trading room are brainless followers who haven't the sense to understand the mighty intellect and wisdom of The One, Obama. The news readers immediately over-react to what they perceive as mob rule. Despicable.

Transcript via NewsBusters

(from start to about 2:33)

Becky Quick, in studio: .... Rick have you been listening (to the previous conversation)?

Rick Santelli, on trading floor: Listening to it? I've been just glued to it because Mr. Ross has nailed it. You know, the government is promoting bad behavior, because we certainly don't want to put stimulus forth, and give people a whopping eight or ten dollars in their check, and think that they ought to save it.

And in terms of modifications, I'll tell you what, I have an idea. You know the new administration's big on computers and technology. How about this, (Mr.) President and new administration -- Why don't you put up a web site to have people vote on the Internet as a referendum to see if we really want to subsidize the losers' mortgages, or would we like to, at least, buy cars and buy houses in foreclosure and give them to people who might have a chance to actually prosper down the road, and reward people that could carry the water, instead of drink(ing) the water.

Trader sitting near by: What a novel idea! What? Who thought of that!

(traders in the pit start clapping and cheering)

Joe Kernen, in studio: Rick, they're like putty in your hands. Did you hear --

Santelli: No they're not, Joe. They're not like putty in our hands! This is America! (turns around to address pit traders) How many of you people want to pay for your neighbors' mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can't pay their bills? Raise their hand. (traders boo; Santelli turns around to face CNBC camera) President Obama, are you listening?

Trader (sitting nearby, goes over to Santelli's mike): How about we all stop paying our mortgage? It's a moral hazard.

Kernen: It's like mob rule here, I'm getting scared. I'm glad --

Santelli: Don't get scared, Joe. They're already scaring you. Y'know, Cuba used to have mansions and a relatively decent economy. They moved from the individual to the collective. Now they're driving '54 Chevys, maybe the last great car to come out of Detroit.

Kernen: They're driving 'em on water too, which is a little strange to watch, at times.

Santelli: There you go.

Kernen: Hey Rick, how about the notion that Wilbur pointed out, you can go down to 2% on the mortgage .....

Santelli: You can go down to minus two percent, they can't afford the house!

Kernen: ..... and still have 40% not be able to do it, so why are we trying to keep them in the house?

Santelli: I know Mr. Summers is a great economist, but boy I'd love the answer to that one.

(some cross-talk)

Quick: Wow. You get people fired up.

Santelli: We're thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July. All you capitalists that want to show up to Lake Michigan, I'm going to start organizing.

Quick: What are you dumping in this time?

Santelli: We're going to be dumping in some derivative securities. What do you think about that?

Wilbur Ross, in studio: Mayor Daley is marshalling the police right now.

Kernen: The rabble rousers.

Ross: .... the National Guard.

(from about 3:10 to 3:35)

Ross: You know Rick, one of our producers says if Roland Burris steps down, man, Senator Santelli, the junior senator from Illinois. It's a possibility. I'm just sayin' --

Santelli: Do you think I want to take a shower every hour? The last place I'm ever going to live or work is DC.

Kernen: Have you raised any money for Blago?

(laughter)

Santelli: No, but I think that Somebody's going to have to start raising money for us.

(go to 3:50 mark until almost the end)

Santelli: Listen, all I know is that there's only about 5% of the floor population here right now, and I talk loud enough they can all hear me. So if you want to ask them anything, let me know. These guys are pretty straightforward, and my guess is, a pretty good statistical cross section of America, the silent majority.

Quick: Not so silent majority today.

Kernen: Yeah, not so silent.

Quick: So Rick, are they opposed to the housing thing, to the stimulus package, to everything out there?

Santelli: You know, they're pretty much of the notion that you can't buy your way into prosperity, and if the multiplier that all of these Washington economists are selling us is over one, that we never have to worry about the economy again. The government should spend a trillion dollars an hour because we'll get $1.5 trillion back.

Quick: Wilbur?

Ross: Rick I congratulate you on your new incarnation as a revolutionary leader.

Santelli: Somebody needs one. I'll tell you what, if you read our Founding Fathers, people like Benjamin Franklin and Jefferson, what we're doing in this country now is making them roll over in their graves.





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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ice Age Fossils Discovered in L.A.


The bones are 10,000 to 40,000 years old and were found in the vicinity of the La Brea Tar Pits on Wilshire Blvd at a pre-historic watering hole.

Scientists are studying a huge cache of Ice Age fossil deposits recovered near the famous La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of the nation's second-largest city.

Among the finds is a near-intact mammoth skeleton, a skull of an American lion and bones of saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, bison, horses, ground sloths and other mammals.

Researchers discovered 16 fossil deposits under an old parking lot next to the tar pits in 2006 and began sifting through them last summer. The mammoth remains, including 10-foot-long tusks, were in an ancient riverbed near the fossil cache.





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Zimbabwe: Where the American Dollar is Worth Something

Zimbabwe's economy plummeted 45% in the last 5 years under the criminal rule of Robert Mugabe. Only 6% of the population is employed and inflation is at 231 million per cent.

While presenting the 66,500,000,000,000,000,000-Zimbabwean dollar (USD 3 billion) government budget in both foreign and local currency in January, acting Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced that the Zimbabwean dollar in not the only legal currency allowed to be used in the poverty stricken country that was once called the "breadbasket of Africa." The South African rand, the United States dollar, Botswana pula, euro, pound sterling among others are now legal tender.

Veteran opposition leader and current Finance Minister Tendai Biti, told reporters today
that some 130,000 soldiers, teachers, civil servants and other government workers will now receive payment in U.S. dollars instead of local currency. The $100 monthly salary will be a raise for most government employees, who had seen their buying power drop to the equivalent of $30 a month because of inflation.
The new government of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, has also scrapped the licenses required to do business in foreign currencies. Biti said,
"Now that the country has embraced the use of multiple currencies which are relatively stable, the government expects all businesses to act responsibly on pricing ... in order to create the necessary confidence in the economy."
Can you imagine? Allowing business to operate as the the market demands and expecting folks to act responsibly to restore confidence in the economy. What foolish people these Africans are! If these were truly good ideas, Barack Obama would have already instituted them and we would be well on our way to economic recovery. But, since he hasn't done so, they must be bad ideas.

Socialism and central government control is much better. Yep, that's the way to go.


(h/t: Indigo Rose)




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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hamburgers are Destroying Our Planet



I'm a big supporter of vegetarianism. All the cows I eat are vegetarians. A growing number of scientists believe hamburger is destroying Earth. Cows, they say, are the primary culprit in the 18% of greenhouse gases produced by vegetarian animal protein sources. Nathan Pelletier of Dalhousie University, Canada is one of those numbers studying the environmental costs of food from field to plate.

Beef accounts for only 30% of meat consumption it is responsible for 78% of greenhouse gas emissions in the first world. Pelletier says that one kilogram of beef produces 16 kilograms of carbon dioxide. That's 4X higher than pork and more than 10X higher than a kilogram of poultry. He goes on the say that people eat more meat than is nutritionally necessary.

Yeah, yeah. That's all probably true, but as is so often is the case, so what? All of what Pelletier claims is arguable and is supportive of a particular position. One thing he has to say is pure hogwash for us here in America. Pelletier said,

"Meat once was a luxury in our diet. We used to eat it once a week. Now we eat it every day."
Maybe in Canada, but down here in Baja Canada, we have traditionally eaten larger amounts of meat. In Colonial America, 95% of the population lived in the countryside and 40% were farmers who were able to sell 40% of what they produced for cash.

By 1740, the American standard of living had surpassed Europe's, and the Colonies, with only 32% the population of Great Britain, reached 50% her productivity. In comparison to the British, very few of whom owned any property, 70% of the Colonists owned enough property to have the voting franchise. By the latter half of the 18th century, American men were 2-3 inches taller than their English and European counterparts (largely due to more nutritive, higher protein diets).
An average 1784 family of four living in Watley, MA, ate 1/2 pound of meat every single day per person. Over the year, that family of four would eat 500 pounds of pork and 200 pounds of beef.

Producing and eating large quantities of meat has contributed immeasurably to America's development and prosperity. After World War II, the Japanese increased their meant consumption. The people grew taller amidst a burgeoning economy. The Euroweenies opted for a more vegetable and grain centric diet and are, well, weenies. I, for one, don't want to emulate Euroweenies.

Beef. It's what's for dinner. Pork is for breakfast.




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Monday, February 16, 2009

A Simple Act of Kindness


Local CFA firefighter David Tree shares his water with an injured Australian koala at Mirboo North after wildfires swept through the region. Suspicions that the worst wildfires ever to strike Australia were deliberately set led police to declare crime scenes Monday in towns incinerated by blazes, while investigators moving into the charred landscape discovered more bodies. The death toll stood at 181. (AP Photo / February 9, 2009)





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Americans Support Food Police by 67%

More than 2/3 of the Americans voting in a dumb Sunday Parade magazine poll believe the government should lead the fight against obesity. Given the foreign examples and the negative consequences in those countries for failure to lose weight, I find the results very scary, not to mention sick and downright un-American.


How Other Countries Fight Fat

While many governments struggle to keep their citizens nourished, the leaders of wealthy nations are trying to get theirs to eat less. In Japan, health officials check the waistlines of citizens over 40, and those considered too fat undergo diet counseling. Failure to slim down can lead to fines. New Zealand has rules barring people it deems too fat from immigrating to the country.

In Great Britain—where 60% of men and 50% of women are expected to be obese by mid-century—residents of some cities are being recruited to wear electronic tracking tags to calculate how much they move each day and how many calories they burn. Daily exercisers will be rewarded with store coupons and even days off from work. Britain’s National Health Service is paying for at least 30,000 people to take weight-loss classes.

Germany plans to spend $47 million on healthy-eating and sports programs and to set tougher nutritional standards for school lunches. The government also is asking candy makers to stop targeting young children and encouraging software companies to develop games that force players to move.

Does the U.S. need a government-backed effort to end obesity? Vote at
Parade.com/intel.
These were the results when I cast my vote Monday at 8:15pm -

Yes 67% (999 votes), No 33% (484 votes), Total Votes: 1483

Furthermore, neither the poll, Parade editorial staff, nor the reporter, Lyric Wallwork Winik offered up any reasons or justifications for governmental interference in the private lives of freeborn Americans. It is just assumed to be governments place to tell people what to eat. Oh, sure, they'll say that obesity is out of control, diabetes is rampant, heart disease claims thousands of lives each year needlessly, kidney failure and dialysis are growing problems, and we spend millions of dollars on anti-cholesterol drugs.

But, so what? What business is it of the governments? If the government hadn't gotten into the nanny state health care mindset, there would be no dietary problem. In fact, had the government not advised people thirty years ago to stop eating the meats and fats, but instead eat grains, pastas, rice, and starchy vegetables we wouldn't have the diabetes problem we have today. And cholesterol isn't the problem, homocysteine is, but there was no drug to sell that would lower homocysteine levels so the pharmaceutical makers sold us on statin drugs.

Stop eating all the damnable fattening carbs people! That's what's making us fat, not animal fat. Carbohydrates are reduced to simple sugars and the excess is stored as fat for later use, although any food consumed in excess will be stored as fat, carbs are not a maybe; protein and animal fat is not stored as fat as easily and quickly as carbohydrates, it's used sooner and passes from the body. We don't need no stinking food cops watching every calorie we consume.

The 60% of you who are too stupid to eat right - get out of my kitchen!

And drink more wine, damn it! It's good for you.


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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Two Boats Almost Pass in the Night

Two nuclear submarines on separate missions collided in the Atlantic Ocean February 3rd or 4th. Both submerged boats were damaged in the collision, but neither reported damage to the nuclear power plants or weaponry.

Despite being equipped with sonar to detect other vessels, neither submarine apparently realised the other was in the same part of the ocean.

The British HMS Vanguard was on standard maneuvers and was towed to Faslane, Scotland for repairs. The French Vessel, Le Triomphant, attempted an immediate surrender. No, just kidding. They returned to France for more cheese and clean underwear.






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Fun with Handcuffs

This being the Valentine's Day weekend and a love is in the air, I thought it appropriate to introduce a little romance to the blog. I've been led to believe that handcuffs are an important bedroom fun toy. Some of you may wish to confirm, or deny, or more likely, invoke your 5th Amendment right to silence, which is, of course, golden.

Warning: do try this at home with supervision.






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