Saturday, June 1, 2013

A Man Is Punctual: The Importance of Being on Time

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The life of George Washington was characterized by a scrupulous regard for punctuality.

When he asked a man to bring by some horses he was interested in buying at five in the morning, and the man arrived fifteen minutes late, he was told by the stable groom that the general had been waiting there at five, but had now moved on to other business, and that he wouldn’t be able to examine the horses again until the following week.

When he told Congress that he’d meet with them at noon, he could almost always be found striding into the chamber just as the clock was striking twelve.

Washington’s promptness extended to his mealtimes as well. He ate dinner each day at exactly 4 o’clock, and when he invited members of Congress to dine with him, and they arrived late, they were often surprised to find the president halfway done with his meal or even pushing back from the table.

To his startled, tardy guest he would say, “We are punctual here. My cook never asks whether the company has arrived, but whether the hour has come.”

And when Washington’s secretary arrived late to a meeting, and blamed his watch for his tardiness, Washington quietly replied, “Then you must get another watch, or I another secretary.”

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The Great Race Card Getaway

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Greenfield, at his best.

In his second term, as scandals were exploding all around him, President William Jefferson Clinton boarded Air Force One along with a few close personal friends, like BET CEO and richest black man in America Robert Johnson, and a bunch of other businessmen and politicians, along with the ubiquitous Jesse Jackson, for a jaunt to Africa.

The trip cost a mere $42.8 million, which would have been enough to feed a sizable chunk of Africa, and featured an entourage that would have shamed Alexander the Great or Jay-Z. It took 1,300 people to make Clinton’s Great African Getaway possible including 205 personnel from the Office of the President, 60 from the State Department, 9 from the Department of Transportation and 1 from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Somehow Fish and Wildlife stayed at home.

The Department of Defense flew 98 airlift missions and 110 refueling missions. It might have been simpler to just invade and get it over with.

Despite the mass mobilization, Clinton wasn’t going to Africa so much as he was getting away from Washington, D.C. where every television news show was full of women accusing him of a One Man War on Women.

Two months earlier, Bill Clinton had wagged his finger at America and Hillary Clinton had blamed a vast right-wing conspiracy for her husband’s inability to keep his pants on.  Now as Lewinsky’s lawyers were immunity agreements, President Clinton invoked executive privilege, in more ways than one, and flew off to Africa.

It was the first black president’s first trip to Africa where he hoped to use the horrors of slavery to put his peccadilloes in perspective. Sure, the victim of the vast right-wing conspiracy might have actually had sexual relations with that woman and tried to force himself on countless other women, but who can attach any importance to that when contemplating the thousands chained up and dragged away to a life of slavery?

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Terrified Muslims Go Into Hiding in Myanmar (Burma) as Buddhists Strike Back With Vengeance

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Good job and keep it up.

The rioting began Tuesday after a Muslim man splashed gasoline on a Buddhist woman and set her on fire. Buddhist mobs responded by burning down several Muslim-owned shops, a mosque and an Islamic orphanage. Roving motorcyclists continued the violence on Wednesday, leaving one person dead and four injured.

Full article @ Sharia Unveiled

The Vietnam War 1964-1976 HD Full Version

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"This is a good documentary and has some good combat footage particularly of I Drang, Hill 875, Tet 68, Khe Shanh and the Brown Water Navy in the Mekong. The editing is poor but there is a lot of film not often seen."

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UN Arms Trade Treaty Opposed By 130 Members Of Congress

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is scheduled to be signed by Barack Obama on June 4, this Monday. He has already said he will sign it. However, the United States Senate has passed a resolution that they will not ratify the document. Now a letter has been sent to Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry by 130 members of the House of Representatives opposing the ATT.

On May 30 the 130 congressmen wrote to remind both Obama and Kerry that they are supposed to be “defenders of the sovereignty of the United States and as such the representatives wrote to “express…grave concern about the dangers posed by the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty.”

According to the letter, “Our country’s sovereignty, and the protections it affords our individual freedoms, including those recognized by the Second Amendment, must not be infringed.”
The letter then went on to cite three reasons not to sign the treaty:
  1. The treaty as adopted by the General Assembly is deeply flawed.
  2. The treaty suffers from vagueness.
  3. The procedure by which the treaty was adopted violates a red line set out by Obama’s own administration.
The congressmen expounded on the flaws of the treaty.

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Jesse Ventura Sets Sights on Wife of Slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

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In my opinion, the actions of Jesse Ventura are classless and dishonorable.  Chris Kyle is an American Hero and his wife Taya, an amazing woman.  The Kyles have both sacrificed for many amazing selfless causes.  Move on Ventura!

Ventura claims that damages from slain ex-SEAL Chris Kyle’s “American Sniper” continue.
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is setting his legal sights on the widow of a former Navy SEAL he had sued for defamation.

Lawyers for Ventura have asked a federal court to continue his lawsuit against Chris Kyle — who was killed in February by a young veteran he was mentoring — by substituting Kyle’s wife, Taya, as the defendant. Ventura last year sued Kyle, a decorated former SEAL and author of “American Sniper,” claiming that the book’s description of a California bar fight defamed him.

On Wednesday, Taya Kyle’s attorney filed a response to the motion, writing that Ventura’s move “comes as a disappointment, but no surprise.”

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Tolerating the Intolerable

Blakeman: IRS Targeted Freedom's Watch and its Donors

At the same time IRS investigators were targeting tea party groups and other conservative organizations, the agency also was targeting the already established Freedom's Watch organization, and its largest donors, according to former president and CEO Bradley Blakeman.

In an exclusive interview on Friday, Blakeman said that he was personally targeted by the IRS, but declined to say how much he spent on a two-year battle to clear his name and that of his now-defunct organization. He said the amount was “considerable” in personal time, attorneys’ fees and money spent on an accounting firm specializing in executive compensation.

The IRS, Blakeman said, came up empty handed.

“At the end of the day they got nothing,” said Blakeman, referring to the audit of his personal taxes. The organization wound up paying a relatively small fee of $12,000 based on its $100 million annual budget. “As a matter of fact the IRS agent almost apologized for having put me through that.”

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Fears of civil war in Iraq after 1,000 are killed in a month

Via Billy

More than 1,000 people were killed in violence in Iraq in May, making it the deadliest month since the sectarian slaughter of 2006-07, the United Nations reported on Saturday, raising fears of a return to civil war.

"That is a sad record," Martin Kobler, the U.N. envoy in Baghdad, said in a statement. "Iraqi political leaders must act immediately to stop this intolerable bloodshed."

Nearly 2,000 people have been killed in the last two months as al Qaeda and Sunni Islamist insurgents, invigorated by the Sunni-led revolt in neighboring Syria and by Iraqi Sunni discontent at home, seek to revive the kind of all-out inter-communal conflict that killed tens of thousands in 2006-2007.

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Free 5 Day On-Line Economics Class on the Basics of Supply and Demand

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"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they know about what they imagine they can design"
--F.A. Hayek

 I am offering a FREE 5 day course on the basics of Supply and Demand.  It is designed for high school students but enrollment is open if parents would like to join in as well.  While there is no obligation at all with this offering, I am recruiting for my Fall 2013 Online AP Macroeconomics class (please go HERE to find out more about that).

Class will be held Monday through Friday the week of June 10th.  Time will be 10:00am Central Time.  Classes will last at least 1 hour and 15 minutes each.

If you are interested please click on the link below and sign up.

Once the class fills up, I will e-mail you with more information

HERE is a listing of the Demand and Supply objectives we will cover. Or go HERE to Mr Welkers Website where the objectives are nicely explained.

May you always be in equilibrium.  Thank you!

(When prompted don't put your phone number. Just put all 9's).

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Covering things up doesn’t work

TARBORO — I used to kid that I never told a lie except to get out of trouble.  Actually, that was true, for a while, during my misspent youth.  There were times when I was a kid that I did tell some lies in order to get out of trouble.

It didn’t work, but I kept trying for a while.  Actually it made things worse and I had to pay a bigger penalty.

Maybe, during my lying days, when I was very young, if I had known that there was such a thing as “Taking the Fifth,” I may have gotten off a little better … nope, I don’t think so. I don’t think my Dad would have put up with that sort of thing.

I finally gave up lying for several reasons.

It didn’t work. It made things worse and it really gave you a bad reputation. I also learned if you didn’t lie, you didn’t have to remember what you said.

Back in the late 1940s, President Harry Truman said, “The buck stops here,” meaning that he, as president, should take responsibility for what his administration did. A few other presidents have taken that same attitude.

But not recently. It seems now that they take the same approach that I did when I was 7 years old.  Tell a lie. Try to cover it up. Take the Fifth.  Blame it on someone else, but never, ever take responsibility and admit you were wrong.

I think that President Obama’s administration is beginning to have some serious problems along the same lines that I had when I was 7 years old.

The Airomobile

1937 Airmobile Experimental - Dolphin Tail view

In 1937, the Airomobile was a one-of-a-kind experimental model built by engineers from Franklin Auto and Lewis American Airways. 

 It was intended to be a low-priced, mass produced car. The design was the result of Paul M. Lewis, who wanted a simple inexpensive ( target price of $300) and safe automobile in 1934. The three-wheel design met his needs for streamlining, and was also quite stable.


Judge orders Google to comply with FBI's secret NSL demands

Via avordvet


 A federal judge tells the company to comply with the FBI's warrantless National Security Letter requests for user details, despite ongoing concerns about their constitutionality.

A federal judge has ruled that Google must comply with the FBI's warrantless requests for confidential user data, despite the search company's arguments that the secret demands are illegal.

CNET has learned that U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco rejected Google's request to modify or throw out 19 so-called National Security Letters, a warrantless electronic data-gathering technique used by the FBI that does not need a judge's approval. Her ruling came after a pair of top FBI officials, including an assistant director, submitted classified affidavits.

The litigation taking place behind closed doors in Illston's courtroom -- a closed-to-the-public hearing was held on May 10 -- could set new ground rules curbing the FBI's warrantless access to information that Internet and other companies hold on behalf of their users. The FBI issued 192,499 of the demands from 2003 to 2006, and 97 percent of NSLs include a mandatory gag order.

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22-Year-Old Gets $7,000 Boob Job, Taxpayers Foot The Bill

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Old, but first time I've seen it.

Josie Cunningham, 22, recently got a breast operation that cost more than $7,000, and the entirety came out of taxpayers' pockets. Why? Because she told her General Practitioner that being flat-chested was causing her emotional distress.

“My GP referred me for the operation because I wasn’t just flat-chested —I didn’t have any boobs whatsoever,” Cunningham said. “I could never go on holiday as I lived in terror of ever being seen in a bikini and could never set foot outside without a padded bra. The doctors said they’d never seen anything like it and believed me when I burst into tears and told them it was ruining my life.”

What was the doctor’s solution? Enhancing her breast size from a 32A to 36DD.

Cunningham says her new boobs have changed her life and she “can’t wait to do topless and swimsuit photo shoots and become the new Katie Price.”

Piers Morgan Compares U.S. Gun Culture With 'Racist Culture' of the '60s


On his Thursday show, CNN's Piers Morgan compared the NRA's Wayne LaPierre to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and drew parallels between the current gun debate and the civil rights and drunk driving debates of decades ago.

When guest Margaret Hoover described America's "gun culture," Morgan interjected, "There was a racist culture, there was a drunk-driving culture." Even liberal Marc Lamont Hill was taken aback. "A Southern gun owner is not like a Klan member. I mean, come on," he admonished Morgan, who claimed "I'm not saying they are." [Video below the break. Audio here.

 Morgan then accused some gun rights advocates of ignoring a child's right to life. "What I'm talking about is a cultural situation in America that is one position, but could change. To me, putting the rights to bear arms over the rights of a child's life is the wrong way around."

He then lumped NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre in with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and accused both "extreme gun rights lobbyists" of inciting someone to mail a ricin-laced letter to President Obama.
But what is also true is the likes of Alex Jones, the guy that has screamed abuse at me when he came on the show, a lot of these more extreme gun rights lobbyists, and I would actually put Wayne LaPierre from NRA in that category. They are whipping up the rhetoric to such an extreme level – 'Obama is going to grab your guns, defend yourselves, arm yourselves,' record gun sales after Sandy Hook and so on – is it surprising that you're getting some people now flipping and doing this kind of thing? Doesn't surprise me." 
During his failed months-long push for gun control, Morgan has done his best to smear the NRA. He has called LaPierre "America's most dangerous man," called the NRA's agenda "murderous," and  dared the NRA to "name the number" of children who would be killed in the next school shooting due to lack of gun control.

Conservative guest Margaret Hoover did get in a parting shot at Morgan at the segment's end, when he pleaded that "the British are not coming for your guns. Alright? Trust me."

"You are!" Hoover playfully shot back.

Jesse Ventura for president 2016?


Former Gov. Jesse Ventura is toying with the idea of running for president in 2016.

Ventura returned from his winter home in Mexico last week, and during a stop Friday at the state Capitol, he floated a trial balloon for a White House bid.

He told reporters 2016 will be an "opportune moment" for an independent presidential candidate because no incumbent will be running and the public is fed up with the two major parties.

"If I were to decide -- and I haven't, and may not -- I believe one issue would carry me to victory," he said. "I would give the people of America their first opportunity to elect a president who doesn't belong to a political party since George Washington."

In addition to being an independent, Ventura said, the key to having a shot at winning is having the "ability to rise above the mainstream and get the press, which I have never had a problem doing. You guys like me, I guess."
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Homesick American hijacker offers to return from Cuba


Should William Potts, an American fugitive living in Cuba, ever set foot in the United States again, he faces an indictment for airplane hijacking and a potentially lengthy prison term.

So why is Potts now battling to return to the same country that wants to imprison him?

In 1984, Potts hijacked a Piedmont Airlines passenger plane bound for Miami with 56 people aboard.

A Black Panther and self-styled revolutionary, Potts dreamed of receiving military training in Cuba that he could use to overthrow the United States government.

But first, the New York native had to find a way to get to the island.

Potts' solution was to smuggle a .25-caliber pistol inside a fake cast on his arm.

The handgun set off the metal detectors at Newark Airport, but all Potts had to do was flash his cast and an easy smile to breeze past security.

After the plane took off, Potts went to bathroom, where he ditched the phony cast and put on what he calls his "Black Panther costume" of dark clothes and combat boots. He walked to the back of the airplane with the pistol in hand.

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'We have morons running everything. Or traitors'


In Washington, Dr. Savage noted, “We have morons running everything. Either that, or they’re traitors. I don’t know which.”

He was disgusted by the Obama administration’s decision to arm Syrian rebels who are allied with al-Qaida – the same terrorists who attacked America on 9/11. Savage called John McCain “a clueless fool” for backing the plan.

Savage looked back at his nearly 20 years on the air, and confessed that he was no longer as idealistic as he had been at the start.

“I thought we could save America from the liberal assault on our borders, language and culture. But our schools, our military and every other institution have been decimated.

“The Obama administration makes Joseph McCarthy look like an angel,” Savage said, “but because of the double standard, because of racial sensitivity, they’re getting away with it.”

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Knockout Game victim's eye kicked out of socket


So far 1 dead, multiple victims beaten in Syracuse After one murder and who knows how many beatings, city officials finally admitted the Knockout Game has come to Syracuse. Absent one fact: The Knockout Game is part of an epidemic of black mob violence played hundreds of times across the country. It is documented in “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”

But the chief of police and the mayor could not bring themselves to say it. Talking with reporters Thursday night, they said the violence was a “random … teenage” thing.

One week after the fatal attack, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported some of the details: A 51-year-old ex-con was waiting at a bus stop, an unopened can of beer and the change from a $10 bill in his hand.

One person hit Michael Daniels, dropping him to his knees. They ran away, but seeing him helpless, the group returned. The police won’t say, but it could have been as many as five people. Or more.

That is when it got nasty: They punched and kicked him until one of his eyeballs came out of its socket. They laughed at that. He died the next day. There was no robbery.

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