- Sen. Harry Reid’s Horse Thief Ancestor Hoax
- Russia Snookers Obama Again
- Ribald Naval Rites Of Passage
- Is Pakistan Flying Apart?
- Greece To Build Border Wall To Stop Illegals From Turkey
- Trump Calls Obama ‘Disaster’ Say He’ll Run
- China’s New Middle East Strategy
- Battle Over Repeal of Obamacare Begins
- Dems Totals Lowest Ever: Reps Highest
- Climarxist Cultists And Other Junk Science
- His Honor Rahm: Count On It.
- Obama Picks Corrupt Chicago As Reelection HQ
- Drunk Inmates Riot Over New Years Breathalyser
- Outgoing 111th Congress Biggest Spenders Ever
- “Gorgon Stare” Latest USAF Gadget
- Contra Costa Times: Arnold Nincompoop
- An Obama Gitmo End Run
Harrell Fletcher has died he was 91 years-old. Harrell was one of those few irresistible personalities whose life had an impact on central California’s Santa Maria Valley for decades.
There is a hoax that a professional genealogy researcher discovered that Senator Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both she and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.
The hoax report widely circulated on the internet contain a tongue-in-check “spin” that is also false but worth time to read it. It says,
“Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.”
The City of San Francisco projects a $21.6 million shortfall, and one of the biggest holes in its buck bucket is a $87,400,000 amount it says it failed to collect from parking tickets. The City planned to collect $99 million but “only” raked in $11.6 million mostly from overtime parking at its 25,000 parking meters even though it hired more ticket writers..
Just a few days after the U. S. Senate ratified the new START treaty Russia’s state arms procurement program through 2020 provides for the development of a new heavy ballistic missile, a leading missile designer said on Monday, January 3, 2011.
The final decision should be made in 2012-13 by the expert community, not solely the Defense Ministry, said Yury Solomonov of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT), the developer of the troubled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile.
“This matter is beyond the Defense Ministry’s competence. It is a matter of state importance,” he said.
“Heavy ICBM” refers to a class of missiles with a heavy throw weight between five and nine metric tons and a length of over 35 meters, capable of delivering a large number of warheads in a single MIRV missile.
Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces are still armed with Soviet-era SS-18 Satan and SS-20 Saber ICBMs with an extended service life and are expected to remain in service until 2026.
The SS-18 Satan is deployed with up to 10 warheads with a yield of 550 to 750 kilotons each and an operational range of up to 11,000 km (6,800 miles).
So0-much for Obanma’s cute assurances that Russia is dedicated to lowering the threshold for intercontinental warfare. Snookered again.
Santa Barbara resident “Forbidden Planet” beauty Anne Francis has died, at 80, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
For centuries sailors have engaged in ribald antics aboard ships a friend calls forecastle follies..
Every pollywog is an aspiring shellback, and thousands of sailors treasure their Shellback, Blue Nose, Mossback ‘certificates and even a Goldfish or Sea Squatter designation.
When the brown shoe Navy ended and Sea Bees were ordered to change to white t-shirts there was a lot of grumbling about tradition and spirit.
The president of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was himself subpoenaed by Davy Jones to answer charges before Neptunus Rex, ruler of the raging main, at a Crossing the Line Ceremony on USS Indianapolis (CA-35) in late November 1936. Such courts are anything but tasteful, and wouldn’t fit with the hoity-toity. It is unknown if FDR was treated to salt water coffee or the Royal bath of seawater and diesel oil but, he was awarded his shell back certificate.
Now Navy Capt. Owen Honors, a combat pilot who foolishly produced questonable videos while second in command of the USS Enterprise, has been relieved of his command of the ship.
Admittedly Honors used poor judgement if only for allowing copies. But, the U. S. Navy is puffing up and prancing around compounding things by being sanctimonious. Of course the Navy Department is issuing all sorts of profound CYA declarations and permanently beached Honors whose career is finished America has lost a skilled four stripper who are hard to come by.
More politically correct crap.
The California Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal seeking to exempt Duraflame fire logs from a Bay Area ban on burning wood fires during Spare the Air alerts.
In refusing to take up the case, the court reaffirmed the rule adopted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to limit smoke during cold, stagnant air days when fine particles are expected to exceed public health standards, air district spokesman said.
A week after the pro-American faction of Pakistan’s government quit the influential governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, Salman Taseer, 66, has been murdered by one of his bodyguards in the capital, Islamabad. Officials stress that nuclear armed Pakistan remains stable and its 50-90 nuclear warheads are secure.
In early December Pakistan denied it has sold two of its nuclear warheadss to Saudi Arabia. Most disbelieve that deal has not been made although they have not yet been delivered to the kingdom making the denial clever if untrue. Pakistan has delivered nuclear capable missiles able to strike targets through out the region to the Sauds. The warhead are thought to be in standby storage near Islamabad where Saudi cargo jets and crews await order to ferry the warheads to a secret underground city near its capital city where the missiles are ready.
The Middle East is increasingly tense after the cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear bomb facilities that reportedly delayed its manufacturing of nuclear warheads.
Last week Israel officials repeatedly raised the issue of a nuclear armed Iran with U. S. Secretary of State Clinton to dismaying non-responses. Many believe Obama is anti-Semitic and if not is too pro-Islam to see the consequences clearly.
Extensively Pakistan’s nuclear warheads have incorporated optimal internal U. S. security gadgets but it is unknown if the U. S. or anyone has the capacity and permissions to seize and secure those warheads. If you listen closely you can hear the nuclear clock tick toward midnight.
Much has been made of the link between childhood vaccines and autism, and nothing ignited the fire as much as a 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield’s scientific paper, published by The Lancet, linking the MMR vaccine to an increased autism risk.
In the last two years, that study has been retracted, and The Lancet has called it “dishonest” and “irresponsible.”
Greek officials say the Athens government would build a security barrier along Greece’s 206-kilometer border with Turkey. Greece has been inundated by illegal immigrants They said the barrier would contain advanced sensors and monitored by unmanned aerial vehicles and other platforms.
“Greece can’t take it anymore,” Greek Citizen Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis said.
Relations between Greece and Turkey have long been strained over the issue of illegal migrants from North Africa and other regions. Both Ankara and Athens have accused the other of diverting illegal migrants.
“Greek society has reached its limits in taking in illegal immigrants,” Papoutsis said on Jan. 1.
Officials said Greece serves as the entry point to the European Union for migrants from Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia. They said at least 300,000 illegal aliens were residing in Greece.
Officials said Greece would model its border barrier after the United States. The U.S. government has overseen construction of a multi-layered security system along the border with Mexico, a project that includes land and air patrols.
“We plan to build a barrier on the land border to block unauthorized immigration,” Papoutsis said.
Officials said the Greek government would draft plans for the border wall in 2011 and later issue tenders. They said the focus of the project would be the closure of a 12.5 kilometer stretch of the Evros river, which separates Greece from Turkey. Greece has already been aided by the EU’s Frontex anti-migration agency.
The youngest son of the late shah of Iran has committed suicide in Boston, weighed down by sorrow at the loss of his father and the upheaval in his homeland, his family said Tuesday.
Billionaire Donald Trump is telling friends he has decided he will definitely run for president in 2012 as a Republican.
Trump will make the announcement when his NBC show “The Apprentice” finishes the season in the spring, he is confiding.
Recently Trump said, “the world is laughing at us” and the United States is now “a punching bag for the world.”
It is “sad what’s happened to the country,” Trump said. “We’re no longer a respected nation, and we should be the most respected.”
According to a Newsmax/SurveyUSA poll conducted Nov. 3 and 4, in a head-to-head race between President Obama and Trump, the entrepreneur would get 47 percent of the vote, versus 53 percent for Obama.
Trump polled strongly among Republicans and conservatives. Plus. he got 50 percent of the votes of independents.
Understandably, many are skeptical that Trump would actually run. He has toyed with the idea before and is now at the pinnacle of his real estate career.
Trump has told friends he believes Obama is a “disaster.” An advocate of a strong national security, he becomes livid when he talks about the decline of America compared with other countries like China.
“I look at the jobs numbers, and I see what’s going on in China, where it’s booming,” Trump said on Fox News. “You know why it’s booming? Because they’re making all our products.They’re taking all our jobs. We are rebuilding China, and our country is going to hell.”
The Rose Parade Committee awarded the Reagan Foundation / Jelly Belly float an award for the best depiction of American life. The 55 foot float celebrates the 100th Anniversary year for President Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2011) It was the first float ever in the parade dedicated to a U. S. President.
Realpolitik is now a more important guide to Chinese political thinking than revolutionary ardor. Take, for example, China’s relations to the Persian Gulf, most especially Iran.
As far as the Chinese are concerned, the end of the Cold War saw the international balance of power shift dangerously in favor of the USA. With the Soviet Union weakened the United States has taken major steps to bring the Persian Gulf and its oil under its control.
In the general Chinese political view the United States has used the Gulf Wars and the “Dual Containment” of Iraq and Iran to gain hegemony over the region and its essential resources. The export of democracy is simply a synonym for U.S. control of the Persian Gulf oil states through proxy regimes friendly to the West.
China’s main fear, however, is not the export of U.S. values and systems but that Washington might attempt to cut off oil supplies from the Persian Gulf to China, in particular, if any clash of interests involving Taiwan, Korea or Japan should develop into a war-like scenario.
As a result, China is interested in strengthening ties to any Persian Gulf suppliers eager to resist U.S. ire. Iran would seem to be the ideal candidate for that given its huge reserves of unexploited oil and gas and its obviously willingness to stand up to US influence in the region. If Iran arms itself, it does so to a substantial degree in response to the arrogant and aggressive policies of the United States towards it. Thus, even a nuclear armed Iran would be a good candidate to cooperate with China in such an extreme situation.
The RNC is $20 million in debt and those opposing Michael Steele’s relection as its chairman are plopped it on his desk. Exactly what RNC leadership was thinking in approving the budget remains unclear.
House Republicans plan to hold a vote by January 12 to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul and say they have nearly enough support to override a presidential veto of the repeal, a top lawmaker speculated Sunday.
“Unpopularity numbers are as high as 60 percent across the country,” Fred Upton (R) Michigan, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said of the healthcare law.
“I don’t think we’re going to be that far off from having the votes to actually override a veto,” Upton said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Democrats contend Republicans are wasting Congress’ time by staging a healthcare repeal vote, saying it will die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows - for the second week in a row - finds 60% favor repeal of the national health care law.
“We will look at these individual pieces to see if we can’t have the thing crumble,” Upton said.
That death by a thousand cuts strategy seems to have the best chance of eviscerating Obamacare particularly if the GOP House majority defunds it a piece at a time.
The White House was valued at $331 million when Obama moved in. Now it is valued at $273 million. It’s hardly a 55,000 square feet fixer upper though.
Over the two year’s Obama has been President the decline in those saying they are Democrats has been consistently downward..
The number of American adults calling themselves Republicans in December increased to 37.0%. compared to the number calling themselves Democrats was 33.7%.
Those figures reflect the largest number of Republicans in the nation since December 2004 and the lowest number of Democrats ever recorded in tracking since it started in November 2002.
It’s the second straight month that Rasmussen Reports polling has found more people identifying as Republicans than Democrats. Prior to November, that had never happened before.
In each of the recent election cycles, the victorious party has gained in net partisan identification over the course of the election year. It is worth noting, however, that the gains are often short-lived.
Following Election 2004, the Republican partisan decline began in February 2005. In 2006, the Democratic edge began to decline as soon as they actually took control of Congress in January. Following President Obama’s victory in November 2008, the Democrat’s advantage in partisan identification peaked in December before declining.
The five most Republican states are:
- 1. Utah
- 2. Wyoming
The five most Democrat states:
- Rhode Island
In addition to Obama care’ repeal revision — taxes and trade will top 2011 issues that the new Congress and Obama White House. Could and should address. Regulation and spending look like the potential chaffing points.where ideologies conflict.
Climarxists are blaming the record-breaking snowfall and cold that hit the nation n December 2010 leaving nearly 55 percent of the U.S landmass covered in snow on global warming while reputable scientist say we may be sliding back into a little ice age. Lowell Ponte argued in his 1976 book “The Cooling: Has the Next Ice Age Already Begun? “ A bit of global warming might supply the atmospheric moisture that could make such a rapid return to Earth’s normal colder ice climate happen.
In 1974 Time magazine warned of a new ice age. In 2004 Discover magazine predicted an ice age lasting 300 to 400 years. There was also the famous Scientific America cover story on the same theme. Some now say that was right.
But you would never know this listening to global warming advocates, who in recent days have proclaimed that global warming is the cause of the record-shattering cold and snow in the Northeast, Great Britain, and much of Europe.
A Dec. 22 editorial in Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) put its finger precisely on the fallacy in such thinking. As philosopher of science Karl Popper observed, to be valid science a claim must be “falsifiable,” testable in a way that can prove it wrong.
But the global warming zealots now claim that any and every extreme of weather - hot or cold, wet or dry, stormy or free from almost all hurricanes - purportedly validates their belief in global warming.
“This isn’t science,” said IBD, “it’s a kind of faith. Scientists go along and even stifle dissent because, frankly, many are lining their pockets with some of the hundreds of millions of dollars in research grants that are at stake. But for the believers, global warming is the god that failed.”
For many of these cultists “their real agenda has nothing to do with climate change at all,” opined IBD.
Weeks ago warming scientists, including some caught lying in “climategate,” and radical activists convened in Cancun, Mexico, and felt record cold in this tropical resort.
But the failure of their predictions led to no recantation of their dogma. What emerged instead from Cancun was a recommendation that by 2020 the world’s rich nations should transfer $100 billion per year to poorer nations to “mitigate” the harm they will suffer from global warming we purportedly have caused.
“This is what global warming is really about,” said IBD, “wealth redistribution by people whose beliefs are basically socialist. It has little or nothing to do with climate.”
And the largest share of wealth redistribution these climarxists intend via the pretext of global warming will go not from rich to poor, but from the private sector to the public sector, from private property and capitalists to socialists who control government and are eager to grab control over everything.
Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is defying a vote by the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate that refused to give the EPA unlimited power to regulate so-called greenhouse gases as if they were environmental toxins.
Such power could give the EPA dictatorial power over your body, which with each exhalation emits the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, a byproduct of the biological processes that keep you alive not unlike those who have for decades tried to legislate cow flatulence.
Such environmental and ideological extremists are unwilling to acknowledge that you, like bossy, are as much a part of “nature” as any other living thing.
They refuse to acknowledge that a human skyscraper or internal combustion engine is therefore just as “natural” as a bird nest or an anthill.
Or that natural climatic change is too vast and complex for today’s primitive and politicized science to comprehend.
How much longer will thinking people be fooled by the power-grabbers’ global-warming snow job?
Little of this has to do with environment but more to do with an ideological political class determined to reengineer lifestyles. The global warming cultists were quick to say the cold is a result of global warming and working hard to stifle debate lest they loose millions in grants.
The biggest “scientific” contribution has been manipulating data to satisfy cultist theory.
This harkens to the snotty Lord Wellington (1769 - 1852) an aristocratic elitist of his day who decried the building of railroads because they would cause what he saw as his inferiors to “move about needlessly.”
A Washington Post editorial on Nov. 19 endorsed Senate passage of the New START treaty with Russia. On Dec. 27, after the treaty was passed, the Post published an editorial saying that Russia was firmly under the control of former KGB officer Vladimir Putin, the former president who is now prime minister, and that the Russian regime could not be counted on to live up to international standards. What happened? Nothing just duplicity. The pot calling the kettle black.
Rahm Emanuel is the quintessential political insider. As a Washington DC acquaintance calls him, “a profane, hot-head, furniture smashing S. O. B.” He is one of the premier power brokers of the notoriously corrupt Chicago political machine. In a town where political power is all that matters Emanuel will have that power when he is soon elected Mayor- which he will one way or another.
Rahm’s first job post-graduation was as a community organizer. Sound familiar? He then proceeded up the chain of the Chicago machine as the senior advisor and chief fundraiser for Richard Daley’s campaign for Chicago mayor.
He then parlayed his astounding arm-twisting, oops, fundraising, ability into director of finance for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign
in 1992, which earned him the powerful position of senior advisor to the Clinton White House.
Emanuel left the White House in 1998 to work as the managing director for investment banking firm, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, in Chicago. In 2000, Pres Clinton
named Emanuel to the board of directors for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage corporation (Freddie Mac). During this time, it is estimated Rahm made more than $18
Million queries into how have been quickly quashed.
After a brief stint in the House of Representatives, a position from which he resigned on electon day, Nov. 6, 2008, Emanuel catapulted from lowly public servant to Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama.
Based on Emanuel’s stellar political rise, I have to ask myself: Why would this man give up one of the most powerful jobs in the world in order to roll the dice that he, one of over a dozen contenders in Chicago’s mayoral race, would indeed become the elected mayor of Chicago? My answer: He wouldn’t - unless the fix was in.
The only significant requirement for running for Chicago Mayor states that candidates must have “resided in the municipality at least one year next preceding the election.”
Under the law, Rahm Emanuel missed out by over half a year, because he resided in Washington, D.C. until October. How then could the Board of Elections have ruled that he was eligible?
A day before the Board of Elections ruled that Rahm was, indeed, a Chicago resident, a hearing officer jumped the gun and told the media how the Board would rule, before the Board actually met and ruled. It’s quite possible the Board’s decision was not determined in advance. It’s also possible that the video that surfaced of Rahm’s Chicago home posted for sale on You Tube was, as Rahm said, a “typo.”
It’s also possible that Rahm actually left boxes in storage at his old abode, despite his tenants declaring otherwise. Tenant Lori Halpern said: “There have never been boxes in the house that were not my possessions.” No one has proof that the photo of stored boxes Rahm provided was not genuine.
No one can prove that the Board of Elections ruling was a foregone conclusion, despite the fact that their ruling was based on a novel concept: “The question is not whether the candidate resided there during the prior year at all, but whether or not the candidate, once having held residency, whenever it occurred and however long ago, had ever renounced it.”
No one can prove anything. But one can draw conclusions based on series of coincidences.
The day after the Board of Elections defied their own written requirements and gave Rahm the go ahead to run for mayor, Illinois state Sen. James Meeks, in a surprise Christmas week announcement, withdrew his candidacy for Chicago mayor. No one can prove that this wasn’t just plain old good luck for Rahm.
More good luck for Rahm followed two days later newspapers reported:
“State officials are investigating how phony signatures and stamps from notaries wound up on the nominating petitions of four of the candidates running to succeed Mayor Richard M. Daley. In the latest mystery, investigators are focusing on the cottage industry of paid signature gatherers who help candidates collect names to get them on the ballot.”
Again, it can’t be proven that Rahm had anything to do with this “mystery.” In the coming days, more “mysteries” or scandals or discrepancies will surface that will further pare down the list of candidates. And eventually Rahm will be the only viable candidate left standing.
For those of us old enough to remember Chicago stuffing the ballot boxes (I’ll tell you that story some time) and elected John Kennedy President. Could Emmanuel do it again?
Ultra liberal and so often disagreeable Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich says the new Republican controlled Ohio legislature is s out to eliminate his district. Ohio will lose two Congressional seats due to population declines, and slicing off his heavily gerrymandered Cleveland district is a goal of many in the GOP there.
No modern president has headquartered his re-election campaign outside the Washington, D.C., area. Barack Obama aims to do just that.
While the final decision has not yet been made, “a Chicago location is a near certainty,” Politico reported, citing sources with knowledge of the campaign planning.
Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush all located their re-election operations in Washington or its Virginia suburbs. Carter did too sorta he and HW both lost.
Re-election campaigns are typically based in Washington because that puts the operation closer to the candidate with instant, international media access. But, today that access is as close as your iPod.
With the betting Rahm Emmanuel will soon be Chicago mayor and David Axelrod itching to get out of WDC and to Chicago to be with his political and union henchmen it seems logical for Obama to run back to his base that’s showing cracks and disfunction..
Nixon confidant and aide H. R. (Bob) Haldeman told me there was proof that Chicago stole the 1960 presidential election but defeated Richard Nixon opted not to pursue it lest it damage the nation. JFK won 49.7% to 49.6%. Bob also told me Catholics did not elect JFK and some said and say. In fact non-Catholic votes for Nixon entirely cancelled those votes. It was the closest presidential election ever.
To keep Winter 2010 in perspective it is far from the greatest winter devastation in recent history; for instance:
- In 1888 piled more than 20 feet of snow on New York City, forcing some residents to enter and exit their homes from third-story windows.
- 1816 was called the year without summer because in the Northeast snow remained year-round in the shade of rocks and trees. That was apparently caused by the added chill of high-altitude volcanic ash circling and shading the Earth.
From around 1400 A.D. until around 1850 A.D. was the little ice age probably for the same reason.
During America’s Revolutionary War British soldiers dragging heavy cannons across the thick ice from Staten Island to Brooklyn. Boston, New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia harbors repeatedly froze over in winter. The punishingly cold winter at Valley Forge was far more severe than those today.
Pope Benedict XVI condemned the campaign of Muslim violence against Christians. His New Year’s appeal Saturday came only hours after a bomb blast outside a Coptic church in Egypt killed 21 people as worshippers left Mass. There is an exodus of Christians from Iraq spurred by the October massacre of 68 woshipers, two of them priests at a Baghdad church and other epidemic violence. Next October the Pope will convene a conference of religious leaders at Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis to discuss achieving peace.
UK inmates rioted and burned down large parts of a so-called ”open prison” during a New Year’s Eve party after staff wanted inmates to be breathalysed for smuggled alcohol.
The violence at the Category D men’s prison, near Arundel, in West Sussex, broke out around midnight on Friday, when around 40 prisoners began smashing windows and setting off fire alarms.
The damaged blocks included a mail room, a gym, a snooker room and a pool room with 10 newly-installed pool tables.
A total of 40 empty booze bottles were found. When the prisoners refused to be breathalysed they became violent along with other prisoners and went on what authorities call a mutiny, a prison mutiny..
The facility specialises in housing non-violent offenders who are nearing the end of their sentences and have a low risk of absconding. A former Fleet Air Arm Station, it was turned into a prison in 1960.
Inmates often hold down jobs driving to and from work but must be inside their one person apartments by 7PM and remain inside the facility until the next morning although they have a lot of freedom.
If convicted of violence the riotrs could finmd themselves in far less hospitable surroundings.
Whatever happen to homemade hooch made from raisens and such? Is there no prison heritage?
Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist guerilla, is Brazil’s first female president, taking over from the immensely popular Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The new president says she hopes to keep the country’s booming economy on track while advancing her radical communist Workers Party social agenda.
The federal government ran up more new debt during the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to the U.S. Treasury.
As of Dec. 28, the national debt had risen by $3.22 trillion during that Democratic-controlled Congress - equal to more than $10,429 for each person counted in the 2010 Census.
The total debt stood at $13.85 trillion on that date, or about $44,890 for every man, woman, and child in the country.
The new accumulated debt shattered the record set by the previous 100th Congress, which adjourned on Jan. 4, 2009 - $1.95 trillion.
While Democrats controlled the House and Senate in both of those Congresses, the two previous, Republican-controlled Congresses each added more than $1 trillion to the national debt.
The overall federal debt did not reach the $3.22 trillion figure until September 1990, during the 101st Congress, CNSNews reported.
Since Nancy Pelosi assumed her post as speaker of the House on Jan. 4, 2007, the national debt has ballooned by $5.17 trillion.
Yet during her inaugural address as speaker, Pelosi had vowed that under the 100th Congress the government would not burden future generations “with mountains of debt.”
She said: “After years of historic deficits, this 100th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: Pay as you go, no new deficit spending.”
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is supposed to the longest English word. According to the Oxford Dictionary of the English language it is “a factitious word alleged to mean ‘a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs.’” A condition meeting the word’s definition is normally called silicosis.
The U. S. Air Force is set to deploy to Afghanistan what it says is a revolutionary airborne surveillance system called Gorgon Stare, which will be able to transmit live video images of physical movement across an entire town.
In ancient times, Gorgon was a mythical Greek creature whose unblinking eyes turned to stone those who beheld them. In modern times, Gorgon may be one of the military’s most valuable new tools.
The new gadget is made up of nine video cameras mounted on a remotely piloted aircraft, can transmit live images to soldiers on the ground or to analysts tracking enemy movements. It can send up to 65 different images to different users; by contrast, Air Force drones today shoot video from a single camera over a “soda straw” area the size of a building or two.
It will take time to figure out how to quickly assimilate so much information in a meaningful, productive way.
If Congress does not change its spending habits now everyone’s tax bills will be higher in the future. “If we don’t end up reforming our ways, federal taxes will have to double within the next 20 to 30 years, just to stop the bleeding.,” says former US Controller General.
Former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez’s son Estaban, 22, who was serving a 16-year prison term for manslaughter, plea bargained from murder, had his sentence reduced to 7-years in an 11th hour political payback by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Estaban had organized and was the ring leader of a gang and carried knives. On the night of the stabbings the gang became upset after being banned from a fraternity party at San Diego State University stabbing three boys, killing one and disposing of evidence hundreds of miles away.
Esteban told other gang members not to worry because his father was connected.
When Estaban was arrested bail was set at $2 million. And when the judge set bail at $2 million, some 70 individuals from the worlds of governments, politics and labor relations sent letters attesting to the good character of the Nunez family and Esteban. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in his letter, called young Nunez “a decent and responsible young man.”
Bail was reduced to $1 million and Esteban Nunez was allowed to remain free until the trial.
The other convictee’s sentences were not changed.
The U.S. Treasury website reported that as of last Friday, the last day of 2010, the National Debt stood at over fourteen trillion at $14,025,215,218,708.52. It took just 7 months for the National Debt to increase from $13 trillion on June 1, 2010 to $14 trillion on Dec. 31. If you spent $1,000 a second since Shakespeare lived you have just not run out of money.
Around the world last week mass animal die offs seemed to be a worldwide anomaly including:
- Thousands of dead fish washing ashore on the Arkansas River.
- Thousands of red wing black birds fell from the sky in Arkansas
- 40,000 dead devil crabs washed ahore in Kent, England.
- 54 dogs died mysteriously on British estyates.
- Hundreds of dead snapper wash ashore in New Zealand.
- Thousands of dead birds fell from sky in Sweden..
- 2 million dead fish in Chesapeake Bay from the Bay Bridge to Tangier Island. Spot and croaker species affected.
- 100 tons of sardines, catfish, and croaker washed ashore in Brazil.
Nobody seems to know why,
The top things people give up for the new year are junk food, alcohol, smoking, and gambling. So basically, people are giving up on 7-Eleven. — Leno
Obama’s legal advisers, confronting the prospect of new restrictions on the transfer of Guantánamo detainees, are debating whether to recommend that he issue a signing statement asserting that his executive powers would allow him to bypass the restrictions, according to several officials.
If Mr. Obama were to issue such a statement, it could represent a more aggressive use of unilateral executive powers than what he exerted in his first two years in office. The issue has arisen as the Republican Party takes control of the House.
Last month, while still under Democratic control, Congressincluded the detainee transfer restrictions - which would make it harder for the administration to achieve its goal of closing the prison at the military base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba - in a major defense bill it sent to Mr. Obama. He could act on the measure by the end of the week.
One provision bars the military from using its funds to transfer detainees to the United States, making it harder to prosecute them in federal court. Another prohibits the transfer of detainees to any other country unless the defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, certifies that the country has met a strict set of security conditions.
Ohio State tried hard to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl game but, failed