Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Armed Citizen Saves The Day (1 vs. 100!) ::: Couple attacked at movie theater

What a mess this part of town must be. By the end of the "fracas", a crowd of 300 had formed!

The man attacked was a returning Marine. I'm sure he and his wife are glad that a fellow citizen was prepared for a domestic war zone.

MANATEE – A Marine and his wife were attacked outside a movie theatre Christmas night after asking a group of teens to be quiet during a movie.

The attack escalated into an fracus attracting approximately 300 bystanders. As a result, four teens and an adult were arrested, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Federico Freire, 27, who is on leave from Afghanistan, went to the movies at the Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E., to see "Little Fockers" with his wife Kayln.

Freire said a group of about 20 teens were being obnoxious and loud during the movie. When they were asked to be quiet, some of teens began cussing. Kayln Freire went to find a manager and the youths were asked to leave. The couple left shortly afterwards.

“We were just so aggravated. We thought, ‘Forget this, we’re out of here,’” Federico Freire said during an interview Monday.

As they exited the theatre just before 10 p.m., Kayln Freire was surrounded by about 15 girls who looked as if they were going to attack her, Federico Freire said.

A witness said he had a firearm in his vehicle and offered to escort the couple to safety. Federico Freire said he told his wife to go with the witness to get her out of harm’s way.

Seven males then surrounded Federico Freire and began to kick and punch him.

“I got back up to defend myself and they started running everywhere,” he said. A crowd of more than 100 people began to form.

When Freire looked over at his wife, he saw a young male with his shirt off who punched her in the face, knocking her out. Freire went after the youth and the witness brandished his gun telling the crowd to step back.

Deputies soon arrived. As deputies were investigating, the manager of the theater asked anyone without a ticket to leave.

When a deputy asked one juvenile to leave several times, the teenager refused and hit the deputy, the release said.

At one point, Destiny McNeil, 20, a relative of the juvenile attempted to intervene in the arrest and was arrested herself, the release said. Another male juvenile also hit the same deputy in the arm and resisted arrest after he was asked to leave the area. At that point, there were about 300 people involved in the incident.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Obama's War Against Texas ::: The Red and Blue States' Fort Sumter : The American Spectator

All I can say is, "Come and take it."

The Red and Blue States' Fort Sumter

The opening shot of the War Between the Red and Blue States may have been fired last Friday when the Environmental Protection Administration announced its intention to take over Texas's authority on issuing clean air permits to new industrial facilities as of January 2.

It is hard to imagine a more stark confrontation between public and private sector-oriented economies. Texas has the strongest economy in the nation, based on its philosophy of limited government. The Texas Legislature convenes only in odd-numbered years is constitutionally limited to meeting only 140 days. Until this year, Texas has had a budget surplus and still has $7.5 billion in a rainy-day fund created by voters in 1988. During 2006 and 2007, Texas created 52 percent of all new jobs in the nation, according to a study done by the Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business. People are flocking to the state so fast that Texas will gain four seats in the House of Representatives in the new decade.

Washington, on the other hand, has run up a trillion-dollar budget deficit and destroyed private-sector jobs all over the country while expanding the government and presiding over 10 percent unemployment. The states on the East and West Coast that adhere most closely to Washington's philosophy are approaching insolvency. Yet they continue to pursue dreamy energy agendas, trying to close down existing power plants and refusing to build new ones while planning for a world running on windmills and solar collectors.

Now Washington is going to try to impose this blue-state agenda on Texas. The struggle will dwarf the Arizona-versus-Washington contest over immigration.

In fact the conflict over energy production has been brewing for decades. As far back as the 1920s, Texan entrepreneurs built natural gas pipelines to carry their surplus gas north, only to run into Progressive Era reforms saying that utilities had to be regulated as "natural monopolies." In 1936, the Roosevelt Administration extended this municipal regulation back to the gas pipelines themselves, giving the Federal Power Commission authority to fix prices across the country. Then after endless prodding from northern consumer states, the U.S. Supreme Court finally decided in 1954 that the whole diversified collection of thousands of wildcatters and individual well owners in Texas and Louisiana constituted a "monopoly" that could be regulated by the federal government. Over the next twenty years, the D.C. Court of Appeals tried every trick imaginable to prod gas out of its Texas owners' hands. It developed the "life of the field" doctrine saying once gas had been put into interstate commerce it could not be withdrawn. Even if a well owner went bankrupt, he was still obliged to keep sending gas to northern consumers at prices fixed by federal regulators. Still, Texas managed to keep as much gas as possible at home. When the Arab Oil Boycott prompted thousands of northern businesses and residences to convert from oil to gas, the whole system collapsed in the Natural Gas Crisis of 1976, when factories and schools closed for weeks in Ohio and Pennsylvania for lack of gas. Meanwhile Texas was using gas to generate half its electricity. The Carter Administration was appalled to discover these distortions but decided to solve them in typical fashion by extending federal price controls even further into Texas as well. Bumper stickers sprouted all over Texas and Louisiana declaring "Let the Yankees Freeze in the Dark."

Fortunately, the Reagan Administration came along and solved the problem by appointing new members to the Federal Power Commission who deregulated gas prices within a decade. Prices fell as new supplies gushed forth and for the first time the nation had adequate supplies of natural gas -- so much so that we resumed the wasteful practice of burning gas for electricity after environmentalists stymied everything else. When conventional supplies peaked in 2000, however, prices quadrupled and gas-dependent industries such as plastics, chemicals, and fertilizer started fleeing for foreign shores. Once again, Texas came through, this time through a stubborn Fort Worth oil man named George Mitchell who spent ten years experimenting with various techniques of horizontal drilling and fracturing hard rock until he devised a way of "fracking" huge gas deposits out of the Barnett Shale. Once again, Texas had rescued the nation.

The pattern continues today. Offshore drilling is forbidden along the entire East and West Coasts and Florida's Gulf Coast, but continues only off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. This exposes residents to disasters like the BP oil spill, yet unproductive portions of the country still refuse to shoulder any share of the burden. California has banned everything but ridiculous solar and wind projects while New York just cut off access to its portion of the Marcellus Shale, the second largest gas deposit in the world. Now the Environmental Protection Administration will attempt to impose this no-growth strategy on the most productive state in the nation.

Last Thursday, EPA Administrator's Lisa Jackson announced that, in response to the threat of lawsuits from environmental groups, she will impose "new source performance standards" for carbon emissions on utilities and oil refineries across the country during the coming year. Despite the name, "new source" standards apply to old sources as well. Their inevitable impact is to freeze all current technologies while preventing anything new from being built. It was this gridlock that cap-and-trade was supposed to overcome. The next day, Jackson announced that, due to Texas's stubborn resistance in cooperating with the federal effort, the EPA would take over all authority to issue permits for new facilities beginning January 2.

The stakes could not be higher. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) estimates there are 167 major projects that are shovel-ready and about to begin construction next year. Most are oil refineries and power plants but many are also major industrial facilities. EPA's permitting process for other traditional air pollutants -- sulfur and nitrous oxides, etc. -- has already slowed to a crawl. Adding carbon dioxide -- an unavoidable by-product of all forms of combustion -- will bring permitting to a dead halt. The future of the Texas economy -- and the nation as a whole -- may be at stake. If Texas stumbles, we could easily slip into a double-dip recession.

When the EPA issues new standards, it has always given the states three years to draw up "implementation programs" to meet them. In the case of carbon emissions, however, Administrator Jackson has concluded that the global warming crisis leaves no room for the traditional development period. Action would have to begin January 2. When Texas responded by going to court to challenge the accelerated schedule, Jackson responded with last week's federal takeover.

The court fight could take months to reach a resolution but is likely to be overtaken when Congress convenes in January. West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, one of the most liberal Democrats in Congress, is already spearheading an effort to head off EPA's headlong rush by overturning its authority to regulate carbon emissions. A resolution sponsored by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski to postpone the EPA effort came close to a majority last year but would need 60 votes for cloture. With Republicans taking over the House, however, the opportunities for Congressional intervention will be numerous.

Most important, however, is that the EPA action is likely to be the opening salvo in a protracted struggle between the productive red states and the profligate blue states. The unequal burden in developing the nation's energy resources cannot persist for much longer without reaching the breaking point. In that sense, the new outbreak of hostilities at Fort Sumter could ultimately benefit the nation.

The American Spectator : The Red and Blue States' Fort Sumter

Good Read ::: ‘Compliance’: The Word That Sunk a Million U.S. Jobs

A great article to reference. Here's an excerpt:

Generally speaking, when discussing the state of international competition the conversation focuses on issues of taxation, fair/unfair trading partners, labor costs, and corporate CEO greed. However, as competitive as Americans are it is surprising that so little attention is given to the ways in which we make ourselves uncompetitive by putting one-sided burdens on our own companies. Whether as a source of revenue or a means of promoting social policies, we have watched federal and state governments do just that.

How might this happen? In reality, when we think of competition in business we usually focus on product pricing, unless there is a unique product that commands its own price. (Think anything named Apple.) In reality, competition among businesses is not based as much on price as it is on cost to produce. The market sets the price among like or similar products, and only those companies that can produce that product at a cost low enough to make a sustainable profit will survive. Those whose costs are higher must either lower costs or exit the market. It really is that simple. The companies that produce an acceptable product or service at the lowest cost usually determine the market price, and competitors must be able to match that price and be viable or lose out.

This is tough enough in a market gone fully global, but it gets immeasurably worse when the U.S. burdens its companies with layers of additional costs the competition does not have. While we focus on the relative labor rates between countries and demagogue about “slave labor,” we would do well to consider the added costs accumulated by federal and state government actions; extraneous costs that add nothing to enhance the end product.

Monday, December 27, 2010

I Survived Christmas...

...but it was a close one. Having tons of family and friends is such a blessing, but it sure doesn't make Christmas and the attendant buildup an easy ride.

Hope you had a lovely time as well.

This was one of my fave Christmas tunes for this year... Annie Lennox's rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:

The surprise covers of the year? Rob Halford's versions of Oh Come O Come Emanuel and O Holy Night. Merry Judas Priestmas!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

ROTF ::: Somalia Gets a Tourist, Mogadishu Officials Are Baffled - TIME

This story really just made me laugh out loud.

It's no wonder Somali immigration officials in Mogadishu thought a 41-year-old man who described himself as a tourist was insane; they hadn't seen a tourist in the Somali capital since, well, ever.

Canadian citizen Mike Spencer Bown is a seasoned traveler having visited more than 150 countries. But when he arrived in Mogadishu as a tourist, he was met with disbelief.

"We have never seen people like this man," Omar Mohamed, one of the officials, told the AFP. "He said he was a tourist, we couldn't believe him. But later on we found he was serious. That makes him the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism.”

Makes me think of the song Dreamer by Somali rapper K'naan:

We from the only place worse than Kandahar
Man that's kinda hard

Don't know it? Enjoy...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Just Disgusting ::: Did anyone see communist Anthony Weiner (D-NY) interviewed by Megyn Kelly?

Posted on FR:

Subject under discussion: the death tax.

Few things tick off swine like Weiner more than the gov't not being able to heavily tax people's estates (at 100%, if they had their druthers), and the commie Weiner was true to form. When Megyn challenged him by saying the earned money has already been taxed several times, Weiner turned his head to the side and pouted, refusing to look at the camera. "It's not their money; they're DEAD," he kept repeating in as haughty a manner as possible. And "it's not the heirs' money; they didn't earn it!"


Did anyone see communist Anthony Weiner (D-NY) interviewed by Megyn Kelly a few minutes ago?

Awesome Barking Moonbat Quote! ::: A Marxist Book in Every Stocking! | NewsReal Blog

Ahhh... TSUCMU.

"I have mixed feelings about the anthropomorphization that is so prevalent in children’s books. Does it devalue animals by making them seem human?"

Monday, December 06, 2010

So Who Would Direct The Thriller We're Currently Living?

This whole Assange thing is just way way too much for me. There's just way too much going on domestically and internationally on a daily basis. One can't keep up and maintain any other aspect of life without going mad.

So, anyway... 2010 the film...

In the distance rumble threats of war...
a global economy teeters on the brink of disaster...
at home, a weakened and exposed American president faces a wary and combative population...
and a rogue information mastermind arises with the power to bring it all down.

"May you live in interesting times." Thanks, Chines philosopher guy. They're interesting enough for a Hollywood screenplay, as far as I'm concerned.

I'd give the helm to Peter Berg.

Monday, November 29, 2010

New Documentary Coming... "Rebel Evolution"...

Sorry I've been so absent... we're in production on a new feature-length documentary titled "Rebel Evolution" (we should have a trailer up for it soon!).

Beyond that, between Saudi getting busted for begging someone to take out Iran etc. via Wikileaks, North Korea feeling a little punchy, and Krakatau getting ready to pop... I don't know... buy popcorn... and lots of drinking water.

UPDATE: website is here:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

What To Do... Centerfold? Or Second Base?

So, if I have to fly, are those my only options? Posing for a full nude shot with a sprinkling of radiation thrown in for fun, or letting a complete stranger feel me up.

Inquiring minds...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bummer. ::: 'Red Dawn' remake delayed due to MGM bankruptcy (also, "prompts Chinese outcry")

Here's hoping for a quick release.

Don't expect to see the Detroit-filmed "Red Dawn" remake on the big screen anytime soon.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, confirming reports the struggling company will be unable to release the film in the near future despite an original release date of Nov. 24.

While that may be a disappointment for Metro Detroiters hoping to spot local locations, it should come as good news to some in China who fear the film could spur anti-Chinese sentiment.

The remake largely follows the Soviet-invasion plot of the original 1984 film starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, except this time around the main characters are fighting off the Chinese (and apparently rocking out to Toby Keith).

Beijing's largest newspaper, the state-run Global Times, in June ran two editorials on the film, suggesting "U.S. reshoots Cold War movie to demonize China" and "American movie plants hostile seeds against China."

While conspiracy theorists have suggested the U.S. government attempted to block the "Red Dawn" in the face of Chinese pressure, former Mount Clemens resident George Joseph, who runs the unofficial Red Dawn 2010 website, tells the Daily Tribune he thinks that idea is laughable.

"The delay is very much a result of the MGM bankruptcy," he told the newspaper. "They are holding back other films too. It looks like once this deal and bankruptcy finalize they will look for a partner to distribute the films they have had on hold, including Red Dawn."

Detroit-filmed 'Red Dawn' remake prompts Chinese outcry, delayed due to MGM bankruptcy |

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I Love Immigrants That Love America! ::: Man Confronts Liberal Protester At Ground-Breaking For Bush Library

Of course, that's because I am one, too.


Man Confronts Liberal Protester At Ground-Breaking For Bush Library

Weird. ::: Search on for F-22 missing over Alaska

I am madly in love with the F-22, a passion kindled at the Fort Worth air show a few weeks back. This story is either very sad or very odd.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Search and rescue teams are looking for a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and its pilot that went missing during a flight over Alaska late Tuesday, military officials told NBC News.

The officials said the advanced stealth fighter jet was about 90 miles northeast of Elmendorf Air Force Base when it "dropped off the radar."

There was no mayday or any other communication from the pilot that would have indicated the plane was in trouble, the officials told NBC News. There have been no distress calls from the pilot since the plane went missing.

U.S. military helicopters and at least one C-130 have so far failed to turn up any sign of the missing fighter jet, according to NBC News.

Base spokeswoman Corinna Jones told The Associated Press Tuesday night that the pilot was the only person in the craft, which was on a training mission. Air traffic control lost contact with the jet at 7:40 p.m. Alaska time, she added.

Jones declined to identify the pilot, but noted the aircraft is assigned to Elmendorf's 3rd Wing.

Search on for F-22 missing over Alaska - U.S. news - Security -

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Muslim Patting Down The Nun Photo

If a picture says a thousand words, this shot is a treatise on the destruction of reason and Western Civilization by Christopher Hitchens and Victor Davis Hanson, peppered liberally with quotes by Winston Churchill.

Monday, November 15, 2010

LOLS ::: Congratulations, Sarah Palin: “Refudiate” Named Word of the Year

I have to admit that I have jokingly used this word a couple of times already.

While we're on the topic, I re-watched a favorite film of mine over the weekend, La Dolce Vita, the film that coined the term paparazzi.

But back to our story...

ABC News’ Mary Bruce reports:

Sarah Palin has officially changed the modern lexicon, one tweet at a time. While one might expect the New Oxford American Dictionary to refudiate the former Alaska governor’s favorite verb, today they embraced it, announcing “refudiate” as the official 2010 word of the year.

"From a strictly lexical interpretation of the different contexts in which Palin has used 'refudiate,' we have concluded that neither 'refute' nor 'repudiate' seems consistently precise, and that 'refudiate' more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of 'reject.' "the New Oxford American Dictionary said in a press release.

Palin’s use of “refudiate,” launched critics into a frenzy when she first posted the made up verb on her Twitter page over the summer.

“Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate,” the 2008 vice presidential nominee tweeted in July, launching a string of harsh responses from the media. While some called Palin’s linguistic mash up egregious others said she would never hear the end of it (look who’s laughing now).

Palin later joked at her own expense, "'refudiate,' 'misunderestimate,' 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!"

It’s been a big week for Sarah Palin. The debut of her new reality showSunday night was the number one program launch in TLC’s history and now she’s officially made her mark on the American vocabulary.

While Palin may have made “refudiate” famous, she is by no means the first person to coin the term. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary the Fort Worth Gazette was the first to publish the word in 1891. Nor is Palin the first politician to combine refute and repudiate; in 2006 Senator Mike DeWine asked “Fox and Friends” viewers to “refudiate” comments made by Senator John Kerry.

Refudiate beat out other tough competitors for the top spot in 2010, including “gleek,” “vuvuzela,” “retweet,” and “tea party.”

Whether you love it or hate it, you can longer refudiate the validity of “refudiate” and remember, never misunderestimate Sarah Palin.

Congratulations, Sarah Palin: “Refudiate” Named Word of the Year - The Note

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Call The Whaaambulance ::: Obama miffed by questions on U.S. | POLITICO 44

This is a pretty significant takedown of The Won. Even better? The photo accompanying the article. I often call the president "Bambi", and boy if someone didn't capture the deer in the headlights here. Yowza.

Obama miffed by questions on U.S.

Here are some snippets:

SEOUL — In the homestretch of his nine-day, post-election foreign trip, a prickly President Barack Obama faced a barrage of questions about his domestic agenda and how he’ll govern with an emboldened Republican leadership in Congress.


The president complained several times during his news conference about the U.S. media’s coverage of the G-20 summit. He pushed back at the suggestion that he’s weaker on the world stage because of the midterm elections and argued that his fellow leaders are no tougher on him than they were a year ago when he was new to the scene and his poll numbers were high.

“I remember our first G-20, you guys writing the exact same stories you’re writing now. Don’t you remember that, Sheryl?” Obama said to The New York Times’s Sheryl Stolberg.

Asked by CBS’s Chip Reid about complaints heard from other leaders during the summit, Obama shot back: “What about compliments?”

He appeared thin-skinned about the characterizations of his time at the summit, saying that nobody wrote about leaders setting the stage for financial regulatory reform at the last G-20 summit because it “wasn’t real sexy” and criticizing reporters’ “search for drama.”

“Sometimes, I think, naturally there’s an instinct to focus on the disagreements, because otherwise, these summits might not be very exciting — it’s just a bunch of world leaders sitting around intervening,” he said

The takeaways from the G-20 were incremental. The nations agreed on a “framework of cooperation” for economic growth, including to strive for market-determined exchange rates and to develop early warning indicators that signal trade imbalances. But the agreement lacked specific target numbers and deadlines — the countries’ finance ministers are tasked with following up on it next year — and Obama faced questions about whether he’d lost cachet on the world stage.

“When I first came into office, people might have been interested in more photo ops because there had been a lot of hoopla surrounding my election,” Obama said, adding that he now has relationships with key leaders, including Chancellor Merkel of Germany, President Lee of South Korea and China’s Hu Jintao — all of whom kept Obama from getting precisely what he sought out of the summit.

OMG... was he really upset that reporters didn't ask him what compliments he had received?! Is he 12?!

Obama miffed by questions on U.S. | POLITICO 44

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Bush: "Do we stand back and hope or do we stand up and help?”

It's a pretty good line.

Last night, an autocue was used in the Indian Parliament for the first time in its history. President Obama spoke for just 20 minutes with the help of “two textbook-sized panes of glass” that were installed by a technical team brought in – at some expense – from the US. “We thought Obama was a trained orator and skilled in the art of mass address,” complained one Indian official to the Hindustan Times.

It’s no wonder, then, that Bush-sympathisers long for a return to “Dubyaspeak” and the plain rhetoric of his era. Even my colleague Mary Riddell, hardly a fan, finds the Texan language “attractive”.

As it happens, an example of this jumped out at me when I read today’s interview in the Times (£). Speaking to James Harding, the former president raised his voice, as if he was addressing a room full of people:

“If you believe that freedom is universal, then you shouldn’t be surprised when people take courageous measures to live in a free society. Then the fundamental question is: what is the role of free nations? Do we stand back and hope or do we stand up and help?”

And there you have it – a clever and delicate put-down from George W. Bush. After that last sentence, you won’t be able to look at the Obama Cairo speech the same way again. It’s far too easy to misunderestimate this man.

Texas 2A News ::: Concealed handguns on campus?

I'll have to side with the Second Amendment here. Yeah, a psycho shot people with a gun from the tower here in Austin, but it was a packin' private citizen who brought him down.

AMARILLO, TEXAS -- Over the last couple of years there has been an argument over whether college students should be able to carry concealed guns on campus.

More recently after the University of Texas shooting, the questions have come up again. So should college students should be able to carry their firearms on campus?

The West Texas A&M student body president is asking is it panic or just a long time coming? "I think that there is a place and time for guns or for weapons in general and I believe personally that weapons are a good thing, on the other hand to have weapons on campus could increase the risks of the students on campus," said Tim Vela, the student body president.

Some students think that having their gun on campus would help prevent casualties in situations like the Virginia Tech tragedy.

"Well when you go through the process of getting a concealed hand gun license you go through a course of conflict resolution in deciding when to use your fire arm because that is the last line of defense you wanna use, if someone is stupid enough to do that first they shouldn't have a license in the first place. If the federal government gives you a license you should be allowed to carry where ever," said Jay Gurley, a WTAMU student.

More here, plus a poll ("For campus carry" currently leads with 88%.) Concealed handguns on campus? : News :

Saturday, November 06, 2010

The Spell Is Broken! (Hilarious) ::: Obama to use teleprompter for Hindi speech/ Hindustan Times

This is hysterical. I knew that the fact that Obama was bringing TOTUS with him to India kept making the Indian papers, although I wasn't sure why. Now I do.

They didn't know he used one. And thus Icarus descends.

Namaste India! In all likelihood that will be silver-tongued Barack Obama's opening line when he addresses the Indian parliament next week. But to help him pronounce Hindi words correctly will be a teleprompter which the US president uses ever so often for his hypnotising speeches.

According to parliament sources, a technical team from the US has helped the Lok Sabha secretariat install textbook-sized panes of glass around the podium that will give cues to Obama on his prepared remarks to 780 Indian MPs on the evening of Nov 8.

It will be a 20-minute speech at Parliament House's Central Hall that has been witness to some historic events, including first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's "tryst with destiny" speech when India became independent.

Obama will make history for more than one reason during the Nov 6-9 visit. This will be the first time a teleprompter will be used in the nearly 100-feet high dome-shaped hall that has portraits of eminent national leaders adorning its walls.

Indian politicians are known for making impromptu long speeches and perhaps that is why some parliament officials, who did not wish to be named, sounded rather surprised with the idea of a teleprompter for Obama.

"We thought Obama is a trained orator and skilled in the art of mass address with his continuous eye contact," an official, who did not wish to be identified because of security restrictions, said.

Obama is known to captivate audiences with his one-liners that sound like extempore and his deep gaze. But few in India know that the US president always carries the teleprompter with him wherever he speaks.

Obama to use teleprompter for Hindi speech - Hindustan Times

Friday, November 05, 2010

A Medley of German Opinion ::: 'Obama Comes Across as Cold, Arrogant and Elitist'

If you're interested, here's a round-up of opinions on the midterm election results from Deutschland. It's quite an interesting read:

The World from Berlin: 'Obama Comes Across as Cold, Arrogant and Elitist' - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Do-Good Tyranny ::: San Francisco’s Ban on Happy Meals Won’t Deter Lawsuit 'McDonald’s ‘Brainwashing’ Kids

Oh for the love of crappy plastic.

( - The Center for Science in the Public Interest said Thursday it plans to go ahead with its lawsuit against McDonald’s to ban children's Happy Meals, which include free toys.

On Tuesday, San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to pass a law regulating the practice of giving away free toys with restaurant meals for children.

Stephen Gardner, litigation director for CSPI, told that his group applauds San Francisco’s action, but it won’t have any impact on the CSPI lawsuit, which is close to being filed.

“We have been talking with them (San Francisco) behind the scenes, encouraging them to move forward with this,” Gardner said. “It is a different piece of the puzzle than what our lawsuit will be, but it’s an important one.”

Gardner said he has lined up two plaintiffs -- a mother and a child -- and the details of when and where the lawsuit will be filed should be finalized in the next few weeks.

“The lawsuit is based on consumer protection laws, which say it is illegal to deceive consumers – in this case, children,” Gardner told

Happy Meals ads, Gardner claimed, are unfair to both children and parents.

“It’s a lay-down that children are deceived by this type of marketing because it’s not a theory but a scientific fact that young kids – 6, 4, even as high as 8 – do not understand advertising. They don’t know it’s advertising, their shields are not up and they just think it is a good message telling them to eat junk food. They are deceived,” he said.

“It is also unfair to their parents because it makes a parent’s job very hard and it inculcates a lifetime of Big Mac Attacks."

I can't imagine what they're going to do about the evil Monopoly season.

San Francisco’s Ban on Happy Meals Won’t Deter Lawsuit Accusing McDonald’s of ‘Brainwashing’ Kids |

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

W's Interview, First Snippet ::: Bush to Lauer: ‘I Really Don’t Care About Perceptions’

There have been a few articles discussing parts of the Bush/Lauer interview (the former president's first since leaving office), but so far this is all the video I've found:

George W. Bush to Matt Lauer: ‘I Really Don’t Care About Perceptions’ | The Blaze

Well, That Didn't Take Long ::: CAIR to Announce Suit Challenging Oklahoma Anti-Islam Amendment

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, November 4, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will hold a news conference with religious and civil rights leaders in the State Capitol Building to announce the filing of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an anti-Islam ballot measure (State Question 755) passed in yesterday's election. The measure amends the state constitution to forbid judges from considering Islamic law or international law when making a ruling.

CAIR to Announce Suit Challenging Oklahoma Anti-Islam Amendment -- OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

OK Not So OK With Sharia Law ::: (Oklahoma) Voters ban judges from using international law |

Love it.

(AP) — Oklahoma voters have approved a measure that would forbid judges from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.

Republican Rex Duncan, the sponsor of the measure, called it a "pre-emptive strike" designed to close the door on activist judges "legislating from the bench or using international law or Sharia law."

Members of the Muslim community called the question an attack on Islam and some of them said they are prepared to file a lawsuit challenging the measure.

Prepared to file a lawsuit? Go. For. It.

Voters ban judges from using international law |

The Dead Don't Just Vote Democrat, They Run As Democrats Too!

The stuff you can't make up.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, deceased candidate, Democrat Jenny Oropeza, defeated Republican John Stammreich in the race for State Senate in the 28th district.

Oropeza, 53, died on Oct. 20. Because her death was within 10 days of the election, her name remained on the ballot.

The governor now has two weeks to declare her seat empty, and schedule a special election within three to four months. This allows Democrats a chance to find a new candidate to run for Oropeza's seat.

A week after her death, Democrats sent out mailers to residents, calling for voters to still reelect Oropeza. The mailers featured Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Democratic Party general counsel Martha Escutia.

Republicans responded to the mailers, filing a complaint that the pamphlets were too similar to official election documents and were confusing voters, violating California law. Stammreich and GOP Chairman Ron Nehring filed the complaint.

"The Republicans are trying to take unfair advantage of Jenny's tragedy,"the mailer reads, according to the Los Angeles Times. "They suggest that voting for Jenny will only result in a costly Special Election. I am asking you to vote for Jenny Oropeza. If a Special Election is called in a few months, you'll have the chance to thoughtfully elect your Senator for a new four-year term."

"This is wrong," Stammreich told the Daily Breeze. "This is the chief elections officer who is supposed to be safeguarding the election process. Instead, she has given her name and her office to an illegal attempt to sway this election."

Ahhh... California. Deserving of all the pain coming their way.
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Yay Florida! Marco Rubio and LTC Allen West Won! (+ 3 Awesome Videos)

Along with the Rubio celebration, glasses must be raised to the election of Lieutenant Colonel Allen West.

And here are two very good reasons why.



As a bonus, my all-time favorite Marco Rubio speech. The youngest speaker of the State House in Florida history, this was his farewell.

God bless you both!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

My Thoughts On Election Day, Before The Numbers Come In

Okay, my DH and I went and voted as soon as the polls were open this morning. About a dozen people were in line ahead of us at 6:55am. Sidenote: While we're working at improving voting mechanics, how about getting the folks that work the polls to be a little more skilled. I swear I'm going to sign up to help in 2012.

I refuse to get too excited about what the results will be. The voter fraud in this nation is epic. And what with the media going all gangbusters on a GOP win, I smell, well, a Rat.

That said, I couldn't believe that The One was going to become the The Won either. But win he did. So I've been shocked before.

What seems to be a sure win that I'm looking forward to celebrating is Marco Rubio's in Florida. And LTC Allen West!

Wins that will make me cry from the shock would include Sean Bielat and Christine O'Donnell. I'll have a shot of something if Ruth McClung dislodges the vile Grijalva in Arizona. Would also love to see Dino Rossi recapture what was stolen from him in Washington.

And as for Arizona... gosh who wouldn't want to see Reid go down. I'll have a drink for me and another for Dennis Miller if that one happens (no, I can't post that rant often enough).

And if the voters of California elect Jerry Brown they deserve all that they will get.

I think a Pubbie has to get 3-5% above the margin of victory in order to nullify the votes of the bought, the fraud, and the dead.


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