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Monday, August 29, 2011

Obama Didn’t Actually Ride The Bus On His So Called "Bus Tour"

Obama Didn’t Actually Ride The Bus On His So Called "Bus Tour":

This is really disgusting! The so called “Bus Tour” was not a bus tour at all !

An AP reporter said that Obama might have ridden these expensive buses only one mile at each stop. Therefore, it wasn’t really a "BUS TOUR"! Obamaspent most of the “BUS TOUR” on an airplane traveling between stops. Itlooks like Obama has scammed the American people again........with the help of the liberal media. It’s no damn telling just how much this "show" cost the American taxpayer.

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Pentagon Beta Tests Tighter Military Control of Disaster Response � ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL)

Pentagon Beta Tests Tighter Military Control of Disaster Response � ~

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Pentagon Beta Tests Tighter Military Control of Disaster Response

August 29, 2011 Gunny G Edit

The Pentagon is exploiting Hurricane Irene in an effort further militarize disaster response. Fox News reported today that the Pentagon is using the overstated hurricane to minimize civilian participation in emergency situations.

Troops on the streets: Military convoy in New York in the aftermath of Irene.

Over the weekend, the Pentagon appointed “dual-status commanders” to direct both active-duty troops and guardsmen assisting civilian officials in New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island. In the past, the chain of command was split between federal and state authorities.

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Where in the World is Michelle Obama? (Vacation Madness) � ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL)

Where in the World is Michelle Obama? (Vacation Madness)

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Where in the World is Michelle Obama? (Vacation Madness)
August 29, 2011 Gunny G

In the past year alone, First Lady Michelle Obama has spent 42 days on vacation, costing taxpayers upwards of $10 million.

$10 million. In taxpayer funds. For vacations.

Taking full advantage of Air Force Two (costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars), Michelle has criss-crossed the world to destinations from Spain to Hawaii and Vail, CO to Martha’s Vineyard.

Indulging in lavish hotels, top-shelf alcohol, and Secret Service-arranged sight-seeing tours, Michelle has not been shy about putting her any and every whim on America’s tab.

When was the last time you took a six-figure vacation? Probably never, if you’re one of.....................
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The shocking comment Barack Obama does not want you to hear! - YouTube

The shocking comment Barack Obama does not want you to hear! - YouTube: The shocking comment Barack Obama does not want you to hear!

(1/2) The Shocking Video Hillary Does NOT Want You To See! - YouTube

(1/2) The Shocking Video Hillary Does NOT Want You To See! - YouTube: (1/2) The Shocking Video Hillary Does NOT Want You To See!

Barry Goldwater on Moral Responsibility - YouTube

Barry Goldwater on Moral Responsibility - YouTube: Barry Goldwater on Moral Responsibility

Barry Goldwater and Malcolm X - YouTube

Barry Goldwater and Malcolm X - YouTube: Barry Goldwater and Malcolm X

Barry Goldwater 'Your Children Will Be Communists' - YouTube

Barry Goldwater 'Your Children Will Be Communists' - YouTube: Barry Goldwater 'Your Children Will Be Communists'

Ron Paul 'Interview On FNS' - YouTube

Ron Paul 'Interview On FNS' - YouTube:

Ron Paul 'Interview On FNS'

Gunny G: Re “Devil Dog/Teufelshunde/Teufelhunden, etc.” � ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL)

Gunny G: Re “Devil Dog/Teufelshunde/Teufelhunden, etc.”

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Gunny G: Re “Devil Dog/Teufelshunde/Teufelhunden, etc.”

September 22, 2010 Gunny G

http://german.about.com/od/culture/a/germyth13.htm

German Myth 13: Teufelshunde – Devil Dogs

Did German soldiers give the U.S. Marines the nickname “Teufelshunde”?

Do the Marines Have It Right?

No one can question the bravery and valor of the U.S. Marines. But is the legend about their “Devil Dogs” nickname based on fact? Every Leatherneck is indocrinated with the tale of how Marines came to be called “Devil Dogs.”

If you visit Marine recruiting sites on the Web you’ll find this World War I legend also used as a tool to encourage young people to join the Marine Corps today.

There’s even an old recruiting poster (see photo) that was created by artist Charles B. Falls around 1918. Emblazoned with the words “Teufel Hunden, German Nickname for U.S. Marines.........
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Prison Planet.com � 6 Strange Anomalies With The Virginia Earthquake

Prison Planet.com � 6 Strange Anomalies With The Virginia Earthquake:


Instantaneously Knocked Irene Off Course:


Kevin Hayden and Glenn Kreisbergreported “Coincidentally, the time frame leading up to Virginia/DC/New York area experiencing freak seismic activity, Hurricane Irene begins to weaken and move off course, avoiding its initial path of Havanna, inland Florida, the Carolinas, and eventually, the Washington, DC area.


The newly projected paths show that it may barely clip the eastern coast, if at all. Just as Ophelia did when it threatened the same region.” Irene stalled and changed directions similar to Ophelia seen in the graphic provided. Clearly, these types of drastic changes are not a natural path for hurricanes.


A few articles have speculated that HAARP earthquake weapons were to blame, in conjunction with manipulating hurricane Irene. Indeed, when one knows even the basic capabilities of HAARP, this does not seem too far-fetched. Press Core seems to think the seismic data proves it was more similar to an underground nuclear detonation.


One thing is for sure, the mysterious characteristics of the Virginia quake seem to indicate that it was not a typical earthquake.

Comment on what you think about these strange anomalies, or please provide solid evidence to explain them away.....

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Limbaugh: Cost Of Irene “Pales In Comparison” To Hurricane Obama (Video) � ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL)

Limbaugh:

Cost Of Irene “Pales In Comparison” To Hurricane Obama

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Limbaugh: Cost Of Irene “Pales In Comparison” To Hurricane Obama (Video)
August 29, 2011 Gunny G

“Well, I want to tell you something: Hurricane Obama — this irene. Whatever this Irene is going to cost us, it pales in comparison that has been the Hurricane that is the Obama administration.

“The Obama administration, the Hurricane has cost us far more. And Byron York, while I was gone, great story, fabulous story on the source of all this deficit spending under Obama. The $4 trillion that they’re spending. Everybody’s focused on entitlements and he correctly points out it’s not entitlements that have busted the budget here. Entitlements are known, the spending in entitlements.

“What’s been added to the entitlements is where we’re in trouble. The purposeful spending, the stimulus — the Porkulus — the TARP. All of these things, above and beyond the entitlements....
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Limbaugh on hurricane hype: a ‘media desire for chaos’

Limbaugh on hurricane hype: a ‘media desire for chaos’:

Limbaugh on hurricane hype: a ‘media desire for chaos’ Jeff Poor - The Daily Caller 42 mins ago

Although it has claimed 29 lives to date and flooded countless square miles of the northeastern United States, Hurricane Irene didn’t quite live up to some breathless predictions. Was this a case of “better safe than sorry,” or media opportunism?

On his Monday radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh accused the news media of building up Irene out of their “desire for chaos.”

“It was a rainstorm and there was a lot of flooding and there were deaths associated with it,” Limbaugh said. “But they hype — folks, I’ll tell you what this was, was a lesson. (RELATED: Damage from Irene appears to be less than feared)

“If you pay any attention to this, they hype — the desire for chaos, I mean, literally — the media desire for chaos was a great learning tool. This is a great illustration of how all of the rest of the media in news, in sports, has templates and narratives and exaggerates beyond reality creating fear, so as to create interest.”

Limbaugh also said this “national embarrassment” had political implications.

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FEMA sends Joplin money to East Coast after Irene (FEMA another political arm of the Democrat Party)

FEMA sends Joplin money to East Coast after Irene (FEMA another political arm of the Democrat Party):

Some federal money pledged to tornado-ravaged Joplin and other disaster sites is being diverted to help victims of Hurricane Irene.

Bob Josephson of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday that FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund is running low. He says individual aid to victims of the May 22 tornado that destroyed about one-third of Joplin will continue, but money for long-term public repair and rebuilding projects will be used for immediate disaster relief on the East Coast.

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Bar-goers upset about no-dog rules

Bar-goers upset about no-dog rules:

Between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, the health department issued 469 citations for having live animals in bars and restaurants, The New York Times reported.

The crackdown means Miles, a 9-year-old boxer-pug mix can no longer go into the Ace Bar.

"He's a dog, but I swear he looks sad," Mike Israely, 33, the dog's owner. "Coming here was part of our evening walk."

City health codes have always found dogs near beer taps a violation, but many bars have disregarded the rule; NYC has a long history of dog-friendly establishments. In the 19th century, saloons often employed dogs as security.

Many residents deem quality of an establishment by whether or not they allow dogs. Allowing dogs is a sign of a "a proper neighborhood bar," Christine Sismondo, the author of "America Walks Into a Bar."

"It proves you're not one of those corporate B.Y.O.F. bars: bring your own friends.".....
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California Tries to Re-enact Internet Tax and Circumvent Voters

California Tries to Re-enact Internet Tax and Circumvent Voters:

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The end goal of this legislation, pushed by the often misguided and incorrect Sen. Loni Hancock, is simply to block California voters from deciding the fate of the controversial online sales tax on the ballot.

Gov. Brown has been stressing the need for job creation lately, yet let’s not forget that the application of his signature to that legislation cut off a vital source of income for many Californians, with 25,000 Golden State advertisers losing some or all of their business as a direct result. Sacramento’s latest Internet tax plan is nothing more than an end-run around the will of the people and an effort to enshrine the enactment of an economically destructive tax increase into law. Fortunately this measure is subject to a two-thirds vote requirement, and as such, Republican lawmakers can block it if they keep their commitment to their constituents...

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http://www.atr.org/california-tries-re-enact-internet-tax-a6412#ixzz1WREZlYWf

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Obama Dirty Tricks Operative Buffy Wicks to Run Campaign Unit Named After ACORN Voter Fraud Factory

Obama Dirty Tricks Operative Buffy Wicks to Run Campaign Unit Named After ACORN Voter Fraud Factory:

One of the co-conspirators in a White House-approved plot to use federal resources to produce partisan propaganda to advance President Obama’s policy agenda has been chosen to lead an Obama 2012 get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort.

The Obama operative chosen to head the GOTV effort, Buffy Wicks, was deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. In that capacity she participated in a now-infamous 2009 conference call in which Obama officials urged artists to create art that would help advance Obamacare and the rest of the president’s policy objectives.

Wicks will head a GOTV effort named after the branch of ACORN that employed Obama in 1992. Perhaps to honor Obama’s radical roots, the “campaign-within-a-campaign” will be named “Project Vote,” according to Politico‘s Mike Allen.

Obama’s storied performance as head of Project Vote in Illinois during the 1992 campaign was widely credited with getting the radical left-wing Democrat Carol Moseley Braun elected to the U.S. Senate. It also helped Obama cement his reputation as a master community organizer..........
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I Earned These Entitlements

I Earned These Entitlements:

I earned these 'entitlements'

I believe that most citizens do not understand what a federal entitlement program is. There are earned entitlements versus a special government entitlement that is given to an individual who needs assistance that is mandated by law.

What is a government entitlement? Note below that some are free and some are not! Why the government is lumping these programs together is beyond me: Only Congress would think this was a proper thing to do. How can a program like military retirement be linked with food stamps? The programs I am associated with should never be diminished by the federal government because they are either paid for by me and my wife or I have earned them. Most citizens believe all the federal entitlements are giveaway social programs and that is not true.

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Actor Gary Busey on Prayer Hour

Actor Gary Busey on Prayer Hour:

Actor Gary Busey on Prayer Hour

http://www.angelfire.com/ak2/intelligencerreport/giveme.html ^

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2011 10:17:10 AM by navysealdad

"Prayer Hour", a fake TV show. Actor Gary Busey appears on a fake TV show called Prayer Hour and doesn't like the show's message.

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Interesting: Admiral Fallon; Gen Petraeus; McCain; USS Liberty, Etc.

Interesting: Admiral Fallon; Gen Petraeus; McCain; USS Liberty, Etc.

Interesting: Admiral Fallon; Gen Petraeus; McCain; USS Liberty, Etc.
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IT’S THE PEOPLE vs. THE GOVERNMENT By: Devvy

IT’S THE PEOPLE vs. THE GOVERNMENT
By: Devvy
July 5, 2007



© 2007 – NewsWithViews.com

http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd284.htm



“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”Marcus Tullius Cicero 42B.C. 

The title of this column is a caption from a recent CNN poll news item which contained some extraordinary comments from poltroons like Jon Kyl of Arizona, a counterfeit U.S. Senator who sold out the people of Arizona and these united states of America with his solid support of lawlessness and the recently defeated amnesty bill. Kyl is quoted in the aforementioned: “It is a sad commentary in America today that many Americans have lost faith in their government,” Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, said. He added, “Americans don’t believe that their government is representing them, is acting on their behalf. The polls show it.” 


And, whose fault is that Kyl? This news item says it’s come down to the people vs the government: “It was a bipartisan bill, supported by President Bush and by most Democrats in Congress. Why didn’t it pass? Because the people didn’t like it.” That’s right, the American people by a margin of some 68-72% were demanding its defeat.

If ever there was a reason for one state to take up a challenge of the fraudulent ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment, it is Arizona. Unless and until the states finally decide they want back their rightful and equal power, the federal machine will continue stomping on them in pursuit of dissolving America and absorbing US into one region of world government with Mexico and Canada. Back in April 2004, Zell Miller [D-GA], a former counterfeit U.S. Senator recommended rescinding the Seventeenth Amendment. You can’t rescind a law that does not exist and the Seventeenth Amendment absolutely, clearly and without question was never ratified by the states of the Union. 

Nashville or Nuremburg?

Nashville or Nuremburg?:

Already we have watched the Obama regime drop a criminal conviction of Black Panthers violating the voting rights act, rescue and repair vessels being detained by the Coast Guard en-route to the Gulf oil spill and the Obama appointed NLRB preventing Boeing from opening its new production facility in South Carolina.

Last Wednesday, DOJ enforcers, under command of capo Eric Holder, raider[sic] the Gibson Guitar company facilities in Nashville and Memphis.

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Prison Planet.com � Ron Paul: Why We Don’t Need FEMA

Prison Planet.com � Ron Paul: Why We Don’t Need FEMA:

Ron Paul: Why We Don’t Need FEMA

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Ron Paul explains why FEMA is a failure of central economic planning.

FEC Drafts Opinions for Guyana-Born Man About Presidential Run

FEC Drafts Opinions for Guyana-Born Man About Presidential Run:

The Federal Election Commission is showing signs that it might allow a Guyana-born American citizen to file papers and raise money to run for president of the United States.

The agency released two draft advisory opinions Friday that could permit New York lawyer Abdul Hassan to go through the initial steps to run for president. But the FEC’s pending decision won’t be the last word on the constitutional issue of whether someone born outside the United States can be president.

Hassan was born in the South American country in 1974, and he asked the FEC in July whether he could raise funds as a candidate for president.

The request put the FEC in the rare role of deciding a large constitutional issue that has only a few intersections with campaign finance law. The two commonly held constitutional requirements to run for president are that the candidate be 35 years or older and be a “natural born citizen.”

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Prison Planet.com � Hurricane Irene, Unusual Earthquakes, Unprecedented Tornadoes, Historic Flooding

Prison Planet.com � Hurricane Irene, Unusual Earthquakes, Unprecedented Tornadoes, Historic Flooding:

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.....................................It really is amazing that so many horrible things have happened to us in about two-thirds of a year.

Has the United States ever had a year with so many major disasters?

Is there are reason why all of this is occurring now?

Why is all of this stuff happening to America?

If you think that you have an answer, please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….
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Al Gore Plays The Race Card, But He’s The Real Racist � ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL)

Al Gore Plays The Race Card, But He’s The Real Racist

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Al Gore Plays The Race Card, But He’s The Real Racist

August 29, 2011 Gunny G

Soaring food prices caused by ethanol production – funded by Gore – are killing poor black people

Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet.com

Monday, August 29, 2011

Al Gore Plays The Race Card, But Hes The Real Racist 290811top

Al Gore is now so desperate to “win the conversation,” or in other words ‘silence the dissent’ surrounding global warming that he is now equating those who question ManBearPig with racists who supported spraying black people with water cannons.

Of course, the delicious irony is the fact that the promotion of man-made global warming and the development of biofuels is killing..............
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Americans need to accept the fact that the political-media complex, which rules the United States, has only contempt for the electorate and is hopelessly corrupt Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – The big stall ~ Lawrence Sellin

Americans need to accept the fact that the political-media complex, which rules the United States, has only contempt for the electorate and is hopelessly corrupt

Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – The big stall

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Members of the political-media complex have no intention of addressing Barack Hussein Obama’s ineligibility for the Presidency or his criminal activity both before and after occupying the White House because it would expose their own culpability in the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people.
Their plan is to stall, wait for the Obama “problem” to be overtaken by events, like the 2012 election, and then sweep his crimes and theirs under the rug.

Americans need to accept the fact that the political-media complex, which rules the United States, has only contempt for the electorate and is hopelessly corrupt.
Read my lips; they are not listening. Case in point; Fox News.

Roger Ailes is president of Fox News Channel, chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group and was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, as well as Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign in 1989.
Ailes is a ranking member of the Republican establishment and part of the political-media complex.

Obama fraud and cover-up

Many Republicans are complicit in the Obama fraud and cover-up. Exposing Obama would threaten the political careers of most of the Republican leadership and weaken the control of the political-media complex.
In that respect, Republicans share a common interest with Democrats – preservation of the status quo.
Make no mistake; Obama endures with the blessing of the political-media complex. They are defending him because not to do so would expose the entire evil enterprise.

Both Republicans and Democrats consider the Constitution an obstacle

Both Republicans and Democrats consider the Constitution an obstacle in their path to administrative dictatorship.

For years before Obama arrived on the scene, Congress had been trying to water down the natural born requirement for the Presidency i.e. US born of two citizen parents.
In the category of Presidential eligibility, the award for political expediency at the expense of the Constitution must go to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
On July 10, 2003, he proposed “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to make eligible for the Office of President a person who has been a United States citizen for 20 years” (Senate Joint Resolution 15).

The measure became known as the Arnold Amendment because it would have permitted Austrian-born, naturalized citizen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, then a rising Republican star, to become President.
Democrats have supported such amendments because they allow not only Obama to be President, but also George Soros.

An amendment to the Constitution became unnecessary because a backroom deal was struck between Congressional Republicans and Democrats in 2008 to amend the Constitution by fiat through the illegal Senate Resolution 511.

Although the Constitution was violated, the political-media complex was able to set a precedent for Obama to run in 2012 as well as another Republican rising star, Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is not a natural born citizen and Constitutionally ineligible to be a Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate....
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Obama's Race-Based Spoils System by Patrick J. Buchanan

Obama's Race-Based Spoils System by Patrick J. Buchanan:

Why is the color of their skin a "problem" for Barack Obama?

As reported here previously, African-Americans are hardly underrepresented in the U.S. government.

Though only 12 percent to 13 percent of the U.S. population, blacks hold 18 percent of all federal jobs. African-Americans are 25 percent of the employees at Treasury and Veterans Affairs, 31 percent of State Department employees, 37 percent of the Department of Education, 38 percent of Housing and Urban Development.

They are 42 percent of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., 55 percent of the Government Printing Office, 82 percent of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

According to The Washington Post, blacks hold 44 percent of the jobs at Fannie Mae and 50 percent of the jobs at Freddie Mac.

The EEOC, where African-Americans are overrepresented by 300 percent, has been asked to oversee the new "government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce."

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A Weather Newsgasm by Alan Caruba

A Weather Newsgasm by Alan Caruba:

The incessant “news” coverage reflects the way television (and print) news professionals tend to regard viewers as too stupid to make decisions as basic as preparing for the hurricane or evacuating before its arrival, nor do they just report the news, i.e., the facts.

So far as Irene was concerned, they engaged in massive speculation and endless predictions.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) became an acronym for incompetence. Presumably lessons have been learned and the agency will perform more effectively if needed.

Americans have been taught that the federal government will always come to their rescue and it rarely does with any efficiency and usually with a great waste of money and resources. Local first responders are usually the best and most reliable................

You Know Harry by Joseph Sobran

You Know Harry by Joseph Sobran:

For my money, the greatest movie ever made is The Third Man, first released 50 years ago and now re-released with restored footage (11 minutes had been cut from the U.S. version). Usually praised as a "classic thriller," it's much more than that: it's a study of evil that bears repeated viewings.

Rarely has a film been blessed by such a perfect combination of direction (Carol Reed), script (Graham Greene), cinematography (Robert Krasker), music (Anton Karas), and excellent casting, right down to the creepy minor characters.

An American pulp-fiction writer named Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) comes to occupied Vienna just after World War II to take a job writing for an old pal's "medical charity." But upon arrival, he learns that his pal, Harry Lime, has just been run over by his own chauffeur. Holly attends Harry's funeral and talks to witnesses, whose conflicting accounts of a "third man" at the death scene lead him to believe that Harry was murdered. When a cynical British military policeman, a Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), tells him that Harry was "about the worst racketeer who ever made a dirty living in this city," Holly angrily resolves to find "the third man," solve the murder, and shame Calloway by clearing Harry's name.....

What Is Libertarianism? by David Gordon

What Is Libertarianism? by David Gordon:

The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America. By Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch. Public Affairs, 2011. Xv 264 pages.

Gillespie and Welch rightly see that the Ron Paul movement represents a new force in American politics, but Paul is not really to their taste. On the one hand, these authors note, "Ron Paul said something truly distinct in 2008 about the nature of power – namely, that government should have less of it on all levels and in every instance.

‘I don’t want to run your life,’ Paul said. I don’t want to run the economy. . .I don’t want to run the world.’ Such sentiments are simultaneously radical and fully in the Jeffersonian tradition of governing best while governing least." (pp.38-9)

On the other hand, though Gillespie and Welch applaud this message, they do not care for Paul personally. He has "a stage presence straight out of an Asperger’s syndrome conference. . .For a thousand reasons. . .Ron Paul is in no way a viable candidate for anything other than his safe congressional seat." (p.38-9).
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Today's Toons 8/29/11

Today's Toons 8/29/11: Today's Toons 8/29/11
The Right Reasons ^ | 8/29/11 | pookie18

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Amazon Spends Millions to Fight Internet Sales Tax

Amazon Spends Millions to Fight Internet Sales Tax:

When it comes to avoiding the requirement of collecting sales tax from its consumers, Amazon is not afraid to open its wallet.

More than nine months before a proposed June 2012 referendum asking that California’s new Internet sales tax law be overturned, Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer, has already spent $5.25 million, state records show, more than any company has spent in California this far from a vote in at least a decade.

“The initiative and referendum process have been hijacked,” said Loni Hancock, a state senator from Berkeley, who wrote the law Amazon is trying to overturn and who is now pushing legislation that could block Amazon’s referendum effort.

Even by California’s expensive campaign standards, the company’s early contributions are causing observers to take note.

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A Hurricane of Hype

A Hurricane of Hype:

Not everyone was willing to accept this turn of events. When the Weather Channel’s Brian Norcross told MSNBC that forecasters had been expecting the first hurricane to make landfall in New York City since 1893—“and it didn’t happen”—anchor Alex Witt was openly skeptical.

“Really, Brian?” she asked. Hadn’t Irene technically still been a hurricane when it came ashore in New York an hour earlier? “Can’t we still go with that?”

No, Norcross said.

With not much to report on the island of Manhattan, the cable news channels switched to places like Long Beach, Long Island, where such correspondents as NBC’s Al Roker and CNN’s John King delivered their wind-whipped reports. “It looks pretty hurricane-ish to me,” Fox anchor Shep Smith said as reporter Jonathan Hunt, British and breathless, showed a hotel parking lot under a foot and a half of water.

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Why so glum, Michelle?

Why so glum, Michelle?:

A look at just this past month is illuminating. On Aug. 9, the first lady sneaked out of Washington and flew aboard a government plane to Corvallis, Ore. On board, dozens of staffers, Secret Service agents, Mrs. Obama’s mother and one of the Obamas’ daughters (we never did find out who). No husband. Her office never announced the trip; the news was broken by Oregon’s Register-Guard newspaper.

“She’s on a private, family trip to meet with her brother and his family,” aide Semonti Stephens said.

But security for the first lady locked down a ritzy country club neighborhood. “We couldn’t go out and get our mail without first telling them our names,” a neighbor told the Register-Guard.

Of course, the optics were terrible. Just as the markets were melting down — and millions of Americans settled in to enjoy a “staycation” — the first lady was off on vacation, again. Why wouldn’t her brother — even his whole family — just slip into Washington for a couple nights at the White House during the summer break?

But things got really weird this month when the first family went on yet another vacation, this time a 10-day break on Martha’s Vineyard......

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Hurricane Force Dissonance

Hurricane Force Dissonance:

Yesterday was an interesting day. I presented a very straightforward map from Weather Underground showing that there were no sustained surface winds higher than 33 MPH at Irene’s US landfall.

Hundreds of people went nuts, because the map disagreed with their need to blindly trust authority. They accused me of lying (did I make the map?) They accused Weather Underground of bogus maps (Jeff Masters the denier.) They came up with every reason to not believe the Emperor was NOAAked.

Incidents like this help me to understand the roots of historical disastrous human behaviour. Many people will blindly trust authority – rather than thinking for themselves or believing what they see with their own eyes.

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