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Thursday, January 28, 2010

British Reporting More Objective American News?

Why do we have to go to Britian to see this reported?  It seems like if we had an actual media and not an arm of a political party then we might hear about this over here.

Democratic Anger Goes Public In Prime Time

Are we that stupid as a country as to not ask about this? 

You won't see this in an American newspaper, why not?:

"     "It just stinks to the high heaven what happened here," Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., railed earlier in    the day at Obama's treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner.

He was talking about the bailout, but the statement could well describe the Democrats' attitude about Obama's performance and the toll it's taken on their political standing. And Wednesday night, they were expected to put on a smile and applaud a president and an agenda many have questioned. "


Friday, January 22, 2010

The Stylish Pad

via Unabashedly Prep, via The New York Times

Hugo Chavez; Mildly Insane

If this guy wasn't serious he could be a writer for a television comedy series, unfortunalty, he is all too serious and has signed an agreement of mutual defense with Iran. 

His newest delusion is that we, America, attacked Haiti with our 'earthquake weapon'!  I think he is reading too many comic books! 

see the article here.


Books: Daniel Silva - Author

Moscow's Stray Dogs

A researcher has studied the social workings and habits, including a surprising use of the subway, of Moscow's 35,000 stray dogs and where they fit within the range of domesticated to wild.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

To Help Haiti, End Foreign Aid

Since this is my area of study, this is especially interesting to me.

After immediate need for first aid and basic stabilization, I agree that continuing the huge ‘relief’ effort of the past will further undermine the country.

"For Haitians, just about every conceivable aid scheme beyond immediate humanitarian relief will lead to more poverty, more corruption and less institutional capacity."  -WSJ

See entire article here, it is worth a read.

World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown in United Nations report | The Daily Caller

World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown in United Nations report The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

A warning that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

If I won the lottery

 It’s always good to have a list of ridiculous stuff to purchase if you had the chance.

I think I just found the first thing I would buy.
It’s a piece of history, and it’s a skull!

Apparently the skull is a voting box from the real Skull and Bone secret society at Yale. 
And it's for sale at Christies!
Don't ask how I found out about this.... its secret.

Books: "Emergency"

Neil Strauss researched this book from the viewpoint of someone who is doing everything they can to prepare for an end of society disaster. It is not merely an instructional book, Strauss has written it first person as he actually takes part in all the activities.  Topics include; learning to kill and animal, shoot a gun, buy property on an island and preparing a way to get there.  Research shows that people who do as little as think about what they would do in an emergency fare much better than those who don't.  This book goes a long way toward getting you to think about it and even past that to doing something about it.

Check it out:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Rail to Trail Approved in Memphis, Shelby County

This is something that should have been done a long time ago, but better late than never.  Hopefully it will be extended also to go all the way to Cordova as far as the rail line goes eventually.  Many projects of this sort are destinations throughout the country.  I don't think ours will be a 'destination' trail, but at least we will be albe to ride a bike from basically Midtown all the way to Shelby Farms and possibly revitalize some of the neighborhoods along the way.  Construction is scheduled to start Feb 28, 2010 to be completed by Aug 15.
I can't wait to ride it.


From Shelby County Government Press Release:

The Shelby Farms Greenline Project Moves Forward

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Shelby County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to move forward with construction of approximately seven miles of previous rail property to create an urban greenway that will connect Midtown Memphis to Shelby Farms Park.

Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford praised Commissioners for their support of what has been deemed the “rails to trails” project. “This is an historic project for Shelby County. We are using vacant property, transforming it into a valuable green corridor benefiting residents for generations to come.”

Initiated under former Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton’s administration, the urban greenway project is the first of its kind in Shelby County and will begin at Tillman St. and Walnut Grove and extend to the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy building on Farm Road. The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has partnered with Shelby County for the construction, management and maintenance of the trail systems. Funding for the $2.4M project comes from a combination of federal, local and private donor grant funds.

Charles Hill Construction will serve as the general contractor on the project constructing a ten foot wide asphalt paved trail along the abandoned CSX rail corridor approximately seven miles in length from the Lester Street Community Center near Tillman Road to Shelby Farms Park Operations Center. The resolution sets a construction start date of no later than February 28 with completion slated for August 15.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Via "Hot Air" blog: Insurance mandate starting to become a political albatross

"Young people starting to realize the shakles being placed on them by possibility of a mandate by the Federal Government to purchase insurance."

There are countless instances throughout history of massive social programs like this not working and being complete failures, however, hopefully poeple are starting to realize the financial constraints that will be placed on them is these policies pass.

" Michael Sertic, a college senior studying economics, is young and healthy, and he doesn’t want the government forcing him to buy health insurance.

He is among a group of people on both the right and the left ends of the political spectrum who object to proposals in Congress that would compel nearly every American to buy health insurance or face a fine.

“I happen to believe it’s unconstitutional. Government shouldn’t be forcing someone to pay for someone else’s health care,” said Sertic, 24"

"Of course, Sertic is actually studying economics, which means he understands what insurance does — and why it usually doesn’t make sense for young, healthy people to buy comprehensive policies. Insurance pools risk, and has the insured pay into a pool to cover all the expenses of all the members. Those who use the system less get less value than those who use the system more. Young, healthy people don’t use the system much at all — which means that most of their premiums will gain them no benefit at all."

see the entire blog entry here at Hot Air


Best Apocolyptic Movie in a Long Time

"The Book of Eli" looks like something I might actually spend money on to see at the theater and I don't say that very often.  It is hard for me to justify giving my money and time of my life to "actors" who use their "talent?" simply to tell the rest of country how stupid we are.  But with Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis? This has got to be good!

New Military Doc

Out on DVD today.
The unfortunatly rare kind of documentary that sheds a positive light on our military. 
With Gary Sinise as a Producer I'm sure it will be good.  

Thursday, January 7, 2010

American Revolution Quiz

Found a quiz put together by The American Revolution Center with things every American should know.

"The results show that an alarming 83 percent of Americans failed a basic test on knowledge of the American Revolution and the principles that have united all Americans. Results also revealed that 90 percent of Americans think that knowledge of the American Revolution and its principles is very important, and that 89 percent of Americans expected to pass a test on basic knowledge of the American Revolution, but scored an average of 44 percent. The survey questions addressed issues related to the Revolutionary documents, people, and events, and also asked attitudinal questions about the respondents’ perception of the importance of understanding the Revolutionary history and the institutions that were established to preserve our freedoms and liberties."

Here is the test.

Micheal Ramirez

Great cartoons by Micheal Ramirez:

See more of his work here.