- June 21, 2011 Summer Solstice
- Lebanon Sides with Syria’s Assad and Terror Group
- Lock em’ Up or Make Em’ Wear a GPS Bracelet
- Will U. S. Arm Our Muslim Enemies+
- Don’t Cry For Weiner
- Anybody But Obama: Gallup
- Sun Headed For Quiet Decades
- Report Predicts Obamacare Will Cost Millions Medical Coverage
- Romney, Bachman lead followed by Cain
Thousands of non[profit organizarions and institutions have or will lose their nonprofit, tax exempt status because they failed to fill tax returnes for three consecutive years. 300 were notified in Santa Barbara countylast week. As a conseeunce donors can not deduct contributions from state or federal income taxes.You can find the list of sus[emded non profits at IRS.Gov and www2guidestar.org. Still below the radar is a proposal to limit or cap giving to remaining tax exampet organizations - those who pooh-pooh this are likely infor a huge surprise/
Although many commercial calendar list summer solstice as June 29, 2011 in the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice begins on Jun 21 2011 at 1:16 P.M. EDT.
Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.” As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.
The Celts & Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.
Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids’ celebration of the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth”, resulting in the present day belief of a “lucky” wedding in June.
Today, the day is still celebrated around the world - most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the American-educated’ prime minister of Somalia, resigned Sunday after weeks of pressure to abide by a deal between two other top officials that extends Somalia’s wobbly transitional government for another year.
After five months of political stagnation, Lebanon has a new government headed by Najib Mikati, ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the terrorist backers of Hizballah. Formed suddenly on June 13, the 30-minister lineup has awarded an unprecedented number of portfolios - 18, including defense interior - to Hizballah loyalists and pro-Syrian politicians. Gone is the careful sectarian balancing act which maintained a measure of equilibrium and kept civil war in Lebanon at bay.
The breakthrough was directly spawned by the Syrian uprising: The Shiite Hizballah capitalized on neighboring unrest to grab its largest slice of government ever. Assad set up a second front against his foes in Beirut, added muscle to his military repression at home and signaled the US, Turkey and Europe that attempts to topple his regime risked sparking civil strife and chaos in neighboring Lebanon. The peril of inflaming the entire Levant was meant to deter foreign military intervention in Syria.
- 1. Lebanon’s first pro-Syrian defense minister can bend the Lebanese army to the will of Damascus and the pro-Iranian HizballIah. The minister, Fayez Ghosn, member of the Marada Movement led by MP Sleiman Franjiehof the influential northern Lebanese Christian clan whose private militia is traditionally funded by the Assad family in Damascus.So next time Hizballah coordinates with Syria a mass Palestinian demonstration to storm the two frontiers - as it did on May 15 - the Lebanese army will not be there to block its advance. A clash with Israeli troops would then become inevitable on both fronts.
- 2. Ghosn can count on firm support from the new interior minister, Brig. Gen. Marwan Charbel,a Marad follower who will control all the national intelligence and security services. Close cooperation between the two promises Damascus and Hizballah total grip on every aspect of security - domestic and external. Pro-Western agencies in Lebanon are in for hard times.
3. General Charbel is close to another Christian powerhouse with a role in government, Gen. Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement and Hizballah’s chief Christian ally.
This interior minister was chosen to cement the disparate parts of government and push the Christian President Gen. Michel Suleiman into a corner from which he has no choice but to kowtow to an administration which is the tool of Damascus and Hizballah.
- 4. Aoun’s Christian bloc was awarded eight ministerial portfolios, including the important justice, energy minister and telecommunications.
For years, Hizballah coveted telecommunications because of its control over Lebanon’s satellite communications, landline and cellular phone systems as well as radio and television networks. When denied this post, Hizballah used Iranian funding to establish its own independent media networks.
Now telecommunications is in friendly hands.
- 5. Damascus and Hizballah have also attained command of Lebanon’s judicial and security systems in time to anticipate the international court’s publication of indictments for the 2005 assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
According tips they have received, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon-STL plans to issue indictments against Syrian military intelligence officials and members of Hizballah’s security and intelligence organizations at the end of this month or in early July. Publication will come with warrants for the arrest and extradition of these suspects.
Damascus sees Washington’s long arm behind this move for the purpose of punishing Assad for his harsh punishment of Syrian dissenters. The new Lebanese government is structured to outmaneuver the special tribunal by issuing a statement invalidating its authority and refusing to obey its decrees.
- 6. The pro-Iranian and pro-Syrian government installed now in Beirut is a major shot in the arm for the radical Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah alliance which sagged after the loss of one of its senior members, Turkey.
Up until the eruption of the Arab Revolt in December 2010, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was a prominent member of this bloc, viewing it as the vehicle for fulfilling his dream of a dominant regional role and serving as the bridge between the Muslim world and the West.
In the last three months, Erdogan established rapport with US President Barack Obama, as a result of which Iran, Syria and Hizballah decided to drop him. The new Lebanese government makes it possible to replace Turkey by Lebanon, the state, rather than Hizballah, the movement, as a full-fledged member of their alliance.
The regime of Sudanese President Omar Bashir has ordered the air force to bomb targets in the Southern Kordofan and other areas of the soon-to-be separate south. Khartoum was said to have employed a range of air assets, including the Russian-origin MiG-29 and the An-26 air transport.
“Local sources in the state indicate that 64 people have been killed in aerial bombardments since fighting broke out,” the United Nations said.
The military regime in Northern Sudan has been likened to the NAZI in part because of it genocidal war against Nuba Muslim tribes in the south.
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was an “informal campaign advisor” for Obama’s 2008 campaign, and was a major donor. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Google employees donated more than $800,000 to Obama. After Obama won the presidential election, Schmidt, and other executives, pitched in $25,000 each to help pay for the inaugural celebration.
Now we learn Goodle has given Obama’s campaign services beneficial to his reelection campaign snsf finmsncisl benefits too.
And, Andrew McLaughlin, who used to be head of global public policy at Google, and was appointed the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the Obama administration, was discovered to have used his personal email account to discuss policy matters with Google.
The White House’s response was to “reprimand” McLaughlin and reassure the country that it wasn’t a big deal, because he “didn’t have any effect on policy decisions.”
Obama claimed on his campaign website he was against such appointments in his administration: “No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years.”
When Obama attended a fundraiser at the home of a top Google executive, he earning $30,400 a head—and he didn’t say a word about the income shifting techniques Google has been using to avoid paying taxes on foreign profits. Their nifty accounting has cost the U.S. government $60 billion in annual revenue.some going tp Google, its stock holders and executives
A group of children were fined $500 by Montgomery County for operating a lemonade stand without a permit outside the site of this weekend’s US Open? How about the fact that they were going to donate their proceeds to a pediatric cancer-fighting charity?Officials relented after locals raised hell.
T.S. Eliot cautioned against doing the right deed for the wrong reason - it was, hefamously rhymed, “the greatest treason” - so he might look askance at the motivations for the current wave of sentencing reform. After decades of criminal sentencing poicies best described as “lock ‘em up throw away the key,” many states are discovering that they have put too many people in prison for too many years. Penologists have long questioned the wisdom of extensive prison terms for nonviolent offenders, but the trend toward reduced sentences does not reflect any sudden legislative sympathy for the welfare of criminals.
It is based almost entirely on economics, as revenues in many states remain below pre-recession levels and budgets must be balanced for fiscal 2012 without the federal stimulus provided the past threeyears by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Kris Steele (R), Speaker of the House in Oklahoma, has done the math. He points out that incarcerating someone in an Oklahoma prison costs $56 a day compared to $8.25 a day to put the offender in community service and monitor him on GPS.
With this differential in mind, the Oklahoma Legislature passed and Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed into law a bill (HB 2131) expanding alternatives to jail for non-violent offenders. Kentucky meanwhile is turning away from mingling minor drug offenders with hardened criminals. A new law (HB 463) spearheaded by Kentucky Senate President David Williams (R) would send non-violent drug offenders to treatment centers rather than jail. South Carolina and Texas are also reforming sentencing practices. Georgia has created a panel to study the criminal justice system with an eye to overhauling sentencing laws.
No civilized country imprisons as high a percentage of its inhabitants s the United States. More than 2.3 million people are incarcerated in our country, mostly in state prisons or local jails in which part of the costs are underwritten by the state. With 743 people per 100,000 of the population behind bars, the United States has a higher incarceration rate than Russia or China. In comparison Canada has only 117 people in prison per 100,000; the figure for Britain and Wales is 150.
A 24-year-old New Jersey man was driving on Route 679 near West Stage Road in Tuckerton, when he spotted a rattlesnake crossing the road. The man got out of his car to prevent the snake from being hit by oncoming vehicles he saved it.Then the snake bit him. He’ll survive. You have to wonder if PITA gives a stupidity award.
The United States, despite the threat of an Islamic takeover, plans to honor its defense obligations to Egypt.
Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has decided not to block U.S. arms exports to Egypt. They said the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and the prospect of a Brotherhood victory in elections expected later in 2011 would not affect U.S. arms sales.
“We continue to do with Egypt what we were doing before the Arab Spring, if you will,” Defense Security Cooperation Agency director William Landay said.
In a briefing on June 10, Landay said the continuation of U.S. sales to Egypt would help significantly increase arms exports in 2011. The vice admiral, however, would not provide similar guarantees for arms sales to other Middle East states whose regimes were overthrown this year.
“Egypt specifically, I’ll answer that one,” Landay said. “There has been no change in what we were doing before.”
Egypt has been the largest recipient of U.S. defense assistance in the Arab world. Cairo has ordered 20 F-16 Block 52+ fighters in a deal estimated at $2.5 billion and was awaiting delivery of six fast-attack naval craft.
Officials said the United States would export $46 billion worth of weapons and military systems in fiscal 2011, which ends on Sept. 30. This would mark a 50 percent increase from the $31.6 billion in arms exports during the same period last year.
The vast increase in arms exports, officials said, would require the introduction of a system for rapid delivery. They said DSCA has already revised some procedures, including determining in advance the eligibility of a potential arms client.
“From 2005 to 2010, we have delivered through the Foreign Military Sales process $96 billion worth of equipment, goods and services to partner countries,” Landay said.
Jordan King Abdullah II escaped injury when his car was attacked by a mod throwing rocks and bottles. Joran has been a stable place of reason in the middle East,
With a career in tatters and a pregnant wife, most people would be facing a financial crisis, but Anthony Weiner still has his pension to fall back on - and it’s a pension the rest of America would love.
After just 12 years in Congress, Weiner’s benefits add up to $1.2 million, reports The Wall Street Journal, and he doesn’t have to worry if the Stock Market keeps dropping. For that he contributed less than $200 per month.
Weiner was on the standard congressional salary of $174,000 before announcing his resignation on Thursday, three weeks into his humiliating Twitter sexting scandal. He was covered under the Federal Employee Retirement System, to which he contributed less than 1 percent of his pay.
The Journal’s Smart Money section says the 46-year-old New York congressman has two choices. He could take discounted payments of around $25,000 a year starting when he turns 56 in 2020 or he could wait another six years and get around $35,000 a year.
The National Taxpayers Union came up with even higher figures as it took into account Weiner’s time as a congressional staffer to then-Rep. Charles Schumer in the 1980s and early ’90s. It says he would get $32,356 at 56 and $46,224 if he waited. Taxpayers Union Executive Vice President Pete Sepp told Newsmax that those figures are based on Weiner’s making the highest contributions throughout his congressional career.
“For American taxpayers, the scandal may have only just begun,” said Sepp, who pointed out that even legislation Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois introduced this week to expand the number of crimes that would debar members of Congress from receiving their pensions would not catch Weiner.
Weiner would have been contributing less than $200 a month to his pension, Sepp said.
The Journal compares Weiner’s $1.2 million figure with a private-sector employee who put $1,000 a month into a 401(k) plan and received a $3,000 matching contribution from his employer over the same period. Even if the stock market does well, he could expect to have only $231,000, less than a fifth of what Weiner is entitled to.
Making it more one-sided, any inflation would eat into the private-sector pension, while Weiner’s and others under the federal system adjust automatically to cost-of-living increases.
The Journal also points out that Weiner also has a stock portfolio worth approximately $300,000 and a pension due from his six-year stint on New York City Council.
“The point here isn’t that politicians don’t deserve decent retirement plans. The last thing America needs is financially insecure lawmakers,” the Journal reports. “But Weiner is getting the equivalent of a $1.3 million exit payment after serving just 12 years on the job.
The driver of a garbage truck found a 6-foot Burmese python on its roof after he emptied a trash bin into the truck at a Cincinnati fast-food restaurant.
Hamilton County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Barnett says deputies who were summoned around 11 a.m. Thursday arrived to find the snake on the ground with its tail wrapped around a broom belonging to the driver. A deputy lifted the snake into a cardboard box using the broom.
Barnett says in a statement that the python appeared sluggish at first but revived once inside the box. Animal welfare workers took away the snake.
The sheriff’s office says it doesn’t know how the python got to the trash bin area.
According to the latest Gallup poll, President Barack Obama would lose to an unnamed Republican candidate if the election were held today.
- Forty-four percent of respondents said they would vote for a Republican candidate when asked whom they would support in the 2012 election.
- Thirty-nine percent of participants said they would vote for Obama, while 18 percent of respondents said they had no opinion.
The no-named-Republican survey seems to fly in the face of other recent polls that have Obama prevailing in matchups with the current field of Republican candidates.
- An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll indicates that Obama would beat Republican Mitt Romney, 49 percent to 43 percent.
- The same poll indicates that Obama would win against Republican Tim Pawlenty by 50 percent to 39 percent.
The fact that a generic Republican candidate fares better than any of the actual Republican candidates seems to indicate a general dissatisfaction with the Republican field.
Acerbic Democrat show horse Congressman Weiner’s resignation Thursday requires spending a couple million taxpayer dollars in a special election to fill his seat in the House of Representatives. Weiner could put his name into that electiuon and he certainly has the chutzpah to do it, and his resignation speech clearly left the door open.
He was heckled by staff member of Howard Sterns’ Sirius radio shock jock.
Weiner made bastards of fellow Democrats and lost his major asset to them of being the designated windbag. He tried and failed to barter a high aying job that no one could figure out.
Only uber leftists Allen Colmes, formerly of Hannoyt and Colmes, continued to defend him as his political corpse went to room temperature.
Egypt’s al-Ahram weekly reported Thursday that that Cairo’s prosecution is looking into ways to expedite the legal proceedings against Ilan Grapel, an Israeli detained there on alleged espionage charges.
Should such a move be successful, Grapel may face trail within a few weeks.
The newspaper continues to claim that Grapel is a Mossad agent, who was caught “trying to recruit locals and inflame the conflict between the Egyptian people and the armed forces.”
The paper also alleged that Grapel’s visa application - filed with the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv - stated that he was Muslim; adding that he was caught sending “several emails from Internet Cafés to the Mossad.”
According to the report, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi refused to meet with the Israeli consul to Cairo on the matter.
Meanwhile, another Egyptian publication, “al-Masri al-Youm,” reported that since Grapel’s arrest, “dozens of young ‘revolutionists’ have come forward with information regarding the Israeli agent, reporting to the Attorney General.”
Those “reports” have Grapel asking about Egypt’s High Military Council, the political and economical situation, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Copts.
The paper also told of a new Facebook group in Egypt asking anyone with information about Grapel’s “illicit activities” to report them to authorities.
Bedeviled by a painful wart that did not respond to treatment a man decided to remove it with a 12 gauge shotgun. The 38 year-old security guard fortified withnliquid “anaesthetic” stretched out his left hand, aimed, and pulled the trigger.
The wart disappeared and so did his middle finger. The Brit faced possible 15-years prison for illegal possession of a firearm. He was handed a suspended 16-week prison sentence and 100 hours of community service.
The man was fired from his job.
“I didn’t expect to lose my finger the mental giant said as well when I shot it but the gun recoiled. Of course recoil occurs after the shot eave the barrel. Britain’s Socialized Medical system delayed surgery, calling it elective and optional the pain got so great the guy says he couldn’t stand it so the nitwit blew the wnrite finger off.
The sun is heading into an unusual and extended hibernation, scientists predict. Around 2020, sunspots may disappear for years, maybe decades.
But scientists say it is nothing to worry about. Solar storm activity has little to do with life-giving light and warmth from the sun. The effects from a calmer sun are mostly good. There’d be fewer disruptions of satellites and power systems. And it might mean a little less increase in global warming.
It’s happened before, but not for a couple centuries.
“The solar cycle is maybe going into hiatus, sort of like a summertime TV show,” said National Solar Observatory associate director Frank Hill, the lead author of a scientific presentation at a solar physics conference in New Mexico.
Scientists don’t know why the sun is going quiet. But all the signs are there.
Hill and colleagues based their prediction on three changes in the sun spotted by scientific teams: Weakening sunspots, fewer streams spewing from the poles of the sun’s corona and a disappearing solar jet stream.
Those three cues show, “there’s a good possibility that the sun could be going into some sort of state from which it takes a long time to recover,” said Richard Altrock, an astrophysicist at the Air Force Research Laboratory and study co-author.
The prediction is specifically aimed at the solar cycle starting in 2020. Experts say the sun has already been unusually quiet for about four years with few sunspots - higher magnetic areas that appear as dark spots.
The enormous magnetic field of the sun dictates the solar cycle, which includes sunspots, solar wind and ejection of fast-moving particles that sometimes hit Earth. Every 22 years, the sun’s magnetic field switches north and south, creating an 11-year sunspot cycle. At peak times, like 2001, there are sunspots every day and more frequent solar flares and storms that could disrupt satellites.
Earlier this month, David Hathaway, NASA’s top solar storm scientist, predicted that the current cycle, which started around 2009, will be the weakest in a century. Hathaway is not part of Tuesday’s prediction.
Altrock also thinks the current cycle won’t have much solar activity. He tracks streamers from the solar corona, the sun’s outer atmosphere seen during eclipses. The streamers normally get busy around the sun’s poles a few years before peak solar storm activity. That “rush to the poles” would have happened by now, but it hasn’t and there’s no sign of it yet. That also means the cycle after that is uncertain, he said.
Matt Penn of the National Solar Observatory, another study co-author, said sunspot magnetic fields have been steadily decreasing in strength since 1998. If they continue on the current pace, their magnetic fields will be too weak to become spots as of 2022 or so, he said.
Jet streams on the sun’s surface and below are also early indicators of solar storm activity, and they haven’t formed yet for the 2020 cycle. That indicates that there will be little or delayed activity in that cycle, said Hill, who tracks jet streams.
“People shouldn’t be scared of this,” said David McComas, a scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, who wasn’t part of the team. “This is about the magnetic field and the ionized gas coming out of the sun. It’s a reduction in that, not the light and the heat.”
There are questions about what this means for Earth’s climate. Three times in the past the regular 11-year solar cycle has gone on an extended vacation - at the same time as cool periods on Earth.
Skeptics of man-made global warming from the burning of fossil fuels have often pointed to solar radiation as a possible cause of a warming Earth, but they are in the minority among scientists. The Earth has warmed as solar activity has decreased.
Andrew Weaver, a climate scientist at the University of Victoria, said there could be small temperature effects, but they are far weaker than the strength of man-made global warming from carbon dioxide and methane. He noted that in 2010, when solar activity was mostly absent, Earth tied for its hottest year in more than a century of record-keeping.
Hill and colleagues wouldn’t discuss the effects of a quiet sun on temperature or global warming.
“If our predictions are true, we’ll have a wonderful experiment that will determine whether the sun has any effect on global warming,” Hill said.
Oregon taxpayers have to ante $30,000 to drain a local reservoir after it haad to be drained following surveilence camera’s spotting a 21-year old man urinating nto it.
Last week a devastating report by McKinsey & Company study that concluded up to 78 million Americans would lose their current health coverage as employers stopped offering insurance because of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The report contradicted Mr. Obama’s frequent pledge that under his reform, “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan.” And McKinsey’s was at least the fourth such analysis calling the president’s promise into question.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Joseph Rago tracks the White House effort to prevent the impact of its policies.
In May 2010, former Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin concluded that employers would drop coverage for about 35 million Americans because of ObamaCare. A month later, in June 2010, the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) pegged the number between 87 million to 117 million. And last November, Allisa Meade, a McKinsey analyst, told health-insurance company executives that 80 million to 100 million people might lose their employer-provided health insurance.
Simple economics is the reason. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Employer Health Benefits 2010 Annual Survey, the annual premium for an average policy last year was $5,049 for a single worker, with the company picking up roughly $4,150 and the employee the rest. For a family of four, the total cost was $13,770, with the company picking up $9,773.
Yet under ObamaCare, businesses can stop providing health-care coverage, paying a $2,000 per-worker fine instead. For small businesses, the trade-off is even more attractive: They are given a pass on the first 50 workers.
Workers losing coverage will be moved into the “exchange,” a government-run marketplace to buy health plans. Those whose insurance costs were more than a specified share of their income (9.5% in 2014) could get subsidies. The exchange starts in 2014 and is fully operational by 2016.
Perversely, ObamaCare both drives up the cost of insurance with mandates and rules while making it attractive for companies to dump the increasingly more expensive coverage and pay a lesser fine. There will be huge ramifications for the country’s finances if more workers lose coverage than was estimated.
When Mr. Obama’s health-care bill passed in March 2010, the CBO and the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation predicted that 24 million workers would be covered by the exchange. Of these, nine million to 11 million would lose their employer-provided coverage, offset by six million to seven million who would be getting employer-provided insurance, for a net of three million workers losing company-sponsored coverage. The CBO said the exchanges would cost $511 billion over ObamaCare’s first decade.
But what if more people are dumped into the exchange than originally estimated? Costs from the increased subsidies will explode.
If Mr. Holtz-Eakin is correct that there will be 11 million more people in the exchange, then costs could be nearly 40% higher than the $511 billion price tag. If between 78 million and 87 million people are moved into the exchange, the tab could more than triple. And if NCPA’s upper-range estimate is right and 117 million people were dumped into the exchange, ObamaCare would cost nearly $2 trillion more than expected in the first decade alone. Much of this extra expense would come from workers losing their employer-sponsored insurance.
Mr. Obama’s health-care law has already put the country in bad financial shape. He claimed it reduced the deficit by $143 billion-but that was before the CBO added $115 billion to administer the legislation, including the hiring of bureaucrats and thousands of IRS agents to enforce the new mandates. This reduced Mr. Obama’s claimed savings to $28 billion.
The deficit-reduction claim also came before House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan drew attention to the law’s Ponzi scheme. It’s funded by borrowing $521 billion from the Social Security Trust Fund, Medicare, and new long-term care insurance premiums, and by ignoring the $300 billion cost over 10 years of the annual inflation increases in reimbursements to hospitals and doctors. These gimmicks hide the fact that ObamaCare is really $701 billion in the red in its first decade.
ObamaCare’s deficits in its second decade (2020 to 2029) will be even more horrendous as it continues borrowing from Social Security, Medicare and the long-term care insurance program to meet its much larger than anticipated expenses, including a much higher number of people who end up in the exchange.
On March 9, 2010, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously told a meeting of county officials that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”
We are now, to our horror, finding out how harmful this measure is. More Americans are realizing that unless repealed, ObamaCare will sink America in a sea of red ink. This helps explain why the nation has turned so hard against it-and against its author whose slippery pledges so misled us.
First kittens, then puppies and hamsters and now goldfish? The commission was established May 20, 2011 and almost immediately set out to ban the sales of cats, and a list of other critters. Now the San Francisco’s Animal Control and Welfare Commission is recommending that the City ban the sale of goldfish, tropical fish and guppies in its borders.The recommendation to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is part of the commission’s ongoing efforts to discourage “impulse buys” of animals. Its reasoning is that some wind up in shelters.
San Francisco is also the site of what some say is an attack on religion and has put a ban on circumcision on the November ballot. If it passes circumcision would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions. Supporters of the ban say male circumcision is a form of genital mutilation that is unnecessary, extremely painful and even dangerous.
Jews consider religious male circumcision a commandment from God. It also is widely practiced by Muslims, and while it does not appear in the Quran it is mentioned in the Sunnah, the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Most Christian denominations neither require nor forbid circumcision.
In the race for the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney still leads, but Michelle Bachmann has surged to second place. Herman Cain is the only other candidate in double digits. A plurality (45%) of Republican Primary voters believe it would be bad for the party if Sarah Palin enters the race.
Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-four (54%) at least somewhat disapprove.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 22% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove
The Senate voted 73-27 Thursday to kill a major tax break that benefits the ethanol industry, handing a political win to a bipartisan group of lawmakers that call the incentive needless and expensive.
A Fort Walton Beach, Fla., man accidentally started a fire with rubbing alcohol and a cigarette while he was cleaning an infected foot. The House was rendered uninhabitable.after the self initiated hot foot episode. Fire Department officials ruled the blaze an accident.
“How crazy is it when our politicians are a joke and we take comedians seriously?“ Will Rogers.
On the recommendation of a celebrity chef the LA County school district has outlawed chicken mcnuggets replacing them with sushi on the school lounch menu, Chocolate and strawberry milks have also been banned, Taxpapyers pay for two fulltime nutritionist.