- Waste Isolation Pilot Plant WIPP - New Mexico - Radiation leak - Update 3/08/14
- CPAC 2014 - ACU Blogger of the Year Award: Mary Katharine Ham
- Thumbs DOWN! (unequivocally)
- Thumbs UP! (maybe)
- I.D. Required For All This ... So Why Not Also To Vote?
- Breaking: Transcript of Obama-Putin Phone Call On Crimea
- Is Even Obama Now Loosing Faith in Obamacare?
- Obama to Netanyahu (in so many words): 'Nice little Jewish state you've got there' (it would be a shame if anything happened to it)
- Re: Gun-Free Zones
- 9-11-2001 - "What difference does it make?"
- Islamists Murder Nigerian Catholic Bishop - 180 Christians Killed (Including 20 Children) In Less Than Two Weeks, 20 Churches Destroyed
- Waste Isolation Pilot Plant WIPP - New Mexico - Radiation leak - Update 3/06/14
March 8, 2014
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant WIPP - New Mexico - Radiation leak - Update 3/08/14
This is a helpful overview.
CPAC 2014 - ACU Blogger of the Year Award: Mary Katharine Ham
Always a lady
This was my introduction to MKH quite some years ago which made me a fan instantly. Her ability to use humor highlighting the differing political positions of the Iraq War was priceless, and spot on.
Thumbs DOWN! (unequivocally)
The only thing I like about this drone is the genius behind its making but sadly I don't believe this will end well at all for humans.
Kate Bush was so ahead of her time. From Wikipedia - released in 1986 - "The song tells a story about a secret military plan to create a sound that is horrific enough to kill people. The ending of the story is unclear, but in the music video nearly every person working on the project is killed by the horrific sound, which is personified by Bush herself as she changed from an angelic woman into a banshee."
I remember when the song first came out I went into total denial that any such thing could or would ever be done. One of the many things I have been wrong on in my life. Now watching the video of the drone, the young man introducing it - I cannot help but wonder if one day he will have regrets.
Thumbs UP! (maybe)
This is fun - the future...
But it's a job killer. No need for waiters at all because on it's heals will be the drones that drop the pizza and beer and soda at your table. then eventually drones programmed to make the pizzas. The future - unmanned pizza parlors!
March 7, 2014
I.D. Required For All This ... So Why Not Also To Vote?
Add to this list ... the U.S. Department of Justice, the White House, and liberal advocacy organizations that crusade against voter ID laws such as the Center for American Progress, Media Matters, the Lawyersâ€™ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Advancement Project, and others. For all of them it's photo I.D. for thee, yet common sense photo I.D. to vote is somehow 'eeeevil' and racist!
ID REQUIRED TO VOTE? pic.twitter.com/Wz4Ui881gp— Phx Ken (@PhxKen) March 7, 2014
Breaking: Transcript of Obama-Putin Phone Call On Crimea
Obviously, the call was secretly recorded by the NSA!
Is Even Obama Now Loosing Faith in Obamacare?
As Rick Newman notes over at Yahoo Finance, it's beginning to appear that even Barack Obama is loosing faith in Obamacare ... after all, seldom does a day go by that the WH doesn't 'illegally' and unconstitutionally issue another politically motivated change in the disastrous law:
[...] President Obama this week approved yet another delay to provisions in the Affordable Care Act, giving insurers until 2016 to sell a type of insurance policy that's supposed to be banned under the health-reform law. The ban, which was supposed to begin this year, would prevent insurers from selling bare-bones plans that might be affordable but don't abide by 10 "essential service rules" required under the new law.More here ...
When insurers began canceling such coverage last year, however, several million Americans were forced off plans they had chosen, with most alternatives being more expensive. That undermined Obama's frequent claim that "if you like your health insurance, you can keep it," and turned into one of the most controversial elements of a law that hardly lacks detractors.
In November, Obama announced a one-year delay in the ban on "substandard" plans, as he used to call them. Now, extending the delay to 2016 will "provide consumers with choices so they can decide what is best," the government says. Yet these limbo plans -- temporarily allowed but bound to vanish at some point -- defy the whole intent of Obamacare, as if the president is losing faith in his own plan. "This is a political move to minimize the impact of this as an argument against Democratic candidates," says Sean Nicholson, a management professor at Cornell University.
Obama and his fellow Democrats certainly need some political cover as the November midterm elections approach. Support for the ACA has never risen above 45% and it actually weakened as the law went into effect. A recent Gallup poll shows 23% of Americans say they've been hurt by the law, while only 10% say they've been helped. That may overstate the ACA's actual impact -- since 16% of people said the ACA harmed them a year before it even went into effect -- yet the negative impression alone is a big problem for Democrats who voted for the law and now must defend it as they run for reelection.
People with bare-bones insurance plans tend to be healthy enough to feel comfortable skimping on coverage. Yet it's critical to get such people to enroll in the new federal program, so the premiums they pay will help offset the cost of older, sicker enrollees. If the ACA exempted everybody who wanted a cheap, limited plan, it could thwart the whole program, since it would include too many costly patients and premiums would be prohibitively high.
Obama now seems to be backing off one of the key planks of the whole reform effort. Yet many of the people "allowed" to keep a substandard plan will be forced to enroll in Obamacare anyway. The pressure, however, comes from three sources other than the federal government ...
Hot Air - Halperin: Wow, this ObamaCare change just "screams of politics," huh?
Washington Post - Another day, another illegal Obamacare delay
Human Events - TODAY'S ILLEGAL OBAMACARE CHANGE: SUBSIDIES FOR EVERYONE!
CFP - The President's Devious ObamaCare Delays
Fox News - ObamaCare signing up few uninsured Americans, studies show
Obama to Netanyahu (in so many words): 'Nice little Jewish state you've got there' (it would be a shame if anything happened to it)
Pro-Palestinian-in-Chief Barack Obama (with his long-standing pro-Palestinian sentiments) never has been much of a fan of Israel, but now that he's not running again he's dropping all pretense of support for the Jewish State.
Caroline Glick sums it up: "Obama's newfound courage to begin abandoning his pretense of supporting Israel presents Israel with a new challenge":
Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg minced few words in discussing the interview that President Barack Obama gave him on the eve of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's latest visit to Washington.Continue here ...
Speaking with Charlie Rose, Goldberg equated Obama's threat to stop supporting Israel in international forums to the talk of a mafia don. Obama told Goldberg, that if Israel doesn't cut a deal with the Palestinians soon, "our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited." He added, "And that has consequences."
That statement, Goldberg noted, was a "veiled threat" and "almost up there with, 'Nice little Jewish state you've got there. Hate to see something happen to it.'"
Goldberg saw the interview as Obama's way of showing that he is beginning to abandon the pretense of supporting Israel, now that he no longer faces reelection. In Goldberg's words, "It's not that the gloves are coming off. It's more that the mask of diplomatic language is coming off a little bit."
Goldberg added that due to the fact that Obama, "doesn't have to run again for anything," he doesn't need to pretend feelings for Israel that he doesn't have, by among other things, going to AIPAC annual policy conference.
And indeed, Obama has achieved a comfort level with implementing anti-Israel policies. His threat to step aside and let Israel-haters have their way in places like the United Nations or in certain quarters of Europe is of a piece with several steps the he is already reportedly undertaking to harm Israel in various ways.
Admittingly, Caroline Glick is no fan of Barack Obama, and sometimes is a bit off-course in her pro-Israel positions. But in this case she's spot-on, especially as she goes on to suggest that Obama's new willingness to threaten Israel and to take the actions he feels it is safe to take to downgrade Israel's relations with the US, will likely only grow after November's midterm elections. After the Congressional elections, Obama will feel entirely free to attack the US's closest ally in the Middle East.
So typical and expected of a president whose foreign policy misadventures have brought us to a point at which our enemies no longer fear us, our allies no longer trust us, Vladimir Putin is a rock star,and the U.S. president is a Bozo.
Time - Obama Approval Rating Dives In Israel
NYT - With Netanyahu, Obama Plays Bad Cop to Kerry's Good Cop
American Thinker - Obama Has Made it Impossible for Israel to Strike Iran
Re: Gun-Free Zones
Related: Do "Gun-Free" Zones Encourage School Shootings? (A survey of 23,113 police chiefs and sheriffs across the country found that 62 percent of these top cops agreed that "a national concealed handgun permit would reduce rates of violent crime." About 80 percent of rank-and-file police officers, according to polls, support the right of trained citizens to carry concealed weapons.)
9-11-2001 - "What difference does it make?"
The answer to the question depends on who you ask. With Hussein Obama as always, as ALWAYS - watch his actions, his words aren't worth a plug nickle.
Investors Business Daily - Obama's New Asylum Decree Favors Muslims Over Christians
Immigration: As President Obama offers asylum to "minor" terrorists providing "limited" material support to terrorism, he's slamming shut the door on thousands of Christians fleeing terrorism in Muslim lands like Egypt.
In another end-run around Congress, President Obama has unilaterally eased immigration requirements for foreigners linked to terrorism.
He ordered the State Department and Homeland Security to ignore a post-9/11 law barring entry to those giving political or charitable aid to Hamas and other known terrorist groups.
A dozen years after the horrific attacks on our nation by foreign Islamic terrorists, the Obama administration has decided a little support to foreign Islamic terrorists is OK. Continue here.
Islamists Murder Nigerian Catholic Bishop - 180 Christians Killed (Including 20 Children) In Less Than Two Weeks, 20 Churches Destroyed
Islamists being Islamists, and doing what Islamists do with great zeal and hatred ... burning churches, murdering Christians and even other Muslims that disagree with their extremists views.
Via The Daily Star:
A Catholic bishop says Islamic insurgents have destroyed 20 churches in northeastern Nigeria in recent attacks.
Bishop Oliver Dashe Dome says than 500 of his parishioners have been killed since insurgency in the region began in 2009. At least 180 people have been killed in less than two weeks, including 60 children.
Boko Haram insurgents advocate a harsh version of Islamic law and have threatened the Christian minority in northern Nigeria in the past. However, their victims have also been Muslim.
Three northeastern Nigerian states have been under emergency rule for over nine months.
Dome blames authorities for the carnage, saying Boko Haram is better armed than Nigeria's military and expressing concern about the speed and rate of killings.
March 6, 2014
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant WIPP - New Mexico - Radiation leak - Update 3/06/14
Current Argus -
Department of Energy: Follow-up testing shows no health risk for exposed WIPP employees
Zack Ponce - reporter for Current Argus - on twitter
Congressman RepStevePearce will host a town hall meeting on Friday in Carlsbad to discuss the ongoing #WIPP saga.
Energy News - "WIPP release story doesn't add up... accident is unbelievable" -- New tests show "high level" release underground -- "Contains things far more radioactive than High Level Waste" -- "I want to hear what really happened down there"
WIPP Expert: Nuclear waste is getting out above ground -- Plutonium / Americium found in "every single worker" on site when leak began -- New Mexico officials 'totally unsatisfied' with lack of info from Feds -- "We don't know how far away it's gone" -- Continuing threat for long time to come
WIPP Recovery Information Center - Latest Recovery Activities
DOE WIPP - on twitter
At 5:30PM we'll hold a town hall to update the community on WIPP.
Two play the game - Russia & U.S.
Who saw this coming? Probably most everyone.
From SHTFPlan - A Run On Ammunition Has Begun: "Russia Has Reportedly Halted All Exports To The US Of Russian Made Ammunition"
While Obama and Kerry threaten Russia with economic sanctions over the Ukranian crisis, it appears that Putin has quietly taken the first step and launched economic sanctions of his own against the US.
In recent months ammunition has slowly begun appearing on store shelves at major retailers in the United States. But after nearly two years of shortages that had ammunition manufacturers running their factories 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because of consumer demand and massive government purchases, it appears that another supply pipeline may have been cut.
If you don't already have it then prepare to go without or pay double the price or more in coming days and weeks. Continue here.
H/T Blues Blog
Liz Wahl is confused
Or possibly it's just me not understanding what she says. She quits her anchor job at Russia Today - on air - at the very end of her show - for applaud-able reasons IMO. Near the end of her interview with The Daily Beast explaining in further detail there is this.
Having worked on the inside, Wahl perfectly understands RT's marketing strategy, which is to appeal to a young, Western demographic cynical about mainstream media outlets and traditional political authority. "I think some of them are kind of like this hipster generation, they just kind of think it's cool to question authority," she says.
But what the network's many young viewers don't understand, or refuse to understand, is that the channel's message emanates from the most authoritarian of sources: the Kremlin. "I don't think it's a service to anybody to push a narrative that's not true or actively twist the truth."
Someone is in for a rude awakening at just about any media outlet she might try next.
President's Budget Director Refuses to Admit Obama's Plan Hikes Spending $56 Billion Over Spending Limit Agreed to in the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal (Video)
Incredibly arrogant and dishonest, downright laughable in her attempt to dance around answering a simple question, and so very typical of the WH's utter disregard of laws and the deceitfulness of the White House - this video is almost painful for honest people to watch.
When President Obama submitted his budget yesterday to Congress, the Associated Press observed that it "lays waste to the spending caps that the White House and Congress agreed to late last year..." In the next year alone, the plan would increase spending by $56 billion above the statutory caps, and the total 10-year spending breach would be $791 billion -- all funded by a massive proposed tax increase.And yes, this is indeed the way a nation goes broke!
Yet when President Obama's budget director testified before the Budget Committee today, she refused to even answer a simple question about whether or not the President wants to spend more than the law allows.
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