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Sunday, October 31, 2010

School Problem in a Nutshell

Mayor Fenty & Chancellor Rhee say it all, for DC & US & the West: "Nonetheless, year after year, our schools have been run for the benefit of the adults in the system, not for the benefit of the kids." http://bit.ly/9k8JY6

Crypto-Marxist Debacle

Crypto-Marxist Debacle in a nutshell: "People grudgingly put up with the city’s unrelenting efforts to turn their porches into recycling depots. But they got seriously annoyed when they learned that striking city workers had better perks than they did." http://bit.ly/cyP6cZ

Avoiding the Death Tax

Avoiding the Death Tax: "U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis says some of her Wyoming constituents are so worried about the reinstatement of federal estate taxes that they plan to discontinue dialysis and other life-extending medical treatments so they can die before Dec. 31." http://bit.ly/9rmRWu

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bill Clinton's 'retribution tour' against Barack Obama

"My hunch is that the Clintons smell Obama’s blood in the water right now and, political predators that they are, they are positioning themselves to take advantage (and, frankly, who could blame them for doing so?). We know from 2008 what they really think of Obama. Despite Hillary’s loyal service as Secretary of State, her scathing critique of Obama during their bruising primary still stands – and now looks prescient." http://bit.ly/9xFlOz

An increasingly self-evident truth

An increasingly self-evident truth: "If you're an average bright-eyed conservative and you really want to understand leftists, begin by viewing them as aliens.  Because they really aren't like you, and the difference isn't simply ideology, either.  They truly are far more dishonest, deceitful and manipulative than conservatives." http://bit.ly/dh9dSS

Obvious Socialist Unmasked By Long Diligent Study

Evidence that suggests Obama is a socialist, I am now convinced, is real, important, and profoundly relevant to the present.” http://bit.ly/dsLU4x

O: 2 Key Problems

Right on. "[T]wo key problems[:] First, Obama’s slow-motion socialism undercuts liberty and prosperity on behalf of a highly questionable view of fairness. Second, and at least as disturbing, Obama’s practice of disguising his ideological views is bad for democracy, which depends upon informed public choice." http://bit.ly/dsLU4x

Ponzi marches on.

Ponzi marches on. "US authorities are operating a "brazen" Ponzi scheme in government debt by buying trillions of dollars of bonds to stimulate the economy, according to Bill Gross, managing director of Pimco, the world's biggest bond house." http://bit.ly/cCesdz

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Euro Fractures On

Euro Fractures On. "Blistering growth in Germany is aggravating the growing gap between the eurozone's North and South and may force the European Central Bank to tighten monetary policy long before the high-debt states are ready, Standard & Poor's has warned. By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard," http://bit.ly/cP1qMW

TARP Apparatchiks Not Trustworthy

TARP Apparatchiks Not Trustworthy. Interesting. "A very real question is whether Obama, Geithner or their Treasury accomplices care about repairing public trust." http://bit.ly/afRWDI

National Public Radio "despicable"?

National Public Radio "despicable"? '"To get fired obviously is no pleasure," Williams said Sunday on Fox News. "But then to be called a bigot and the innuendo that I'm somehow unstable was, I thought, despicable."' http://bit.ly/aLUTtP

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ecclesiastical merger in West Yorkshire:

Ecclesiastical merger in West Yorkshire: "The wasteland is cultural as well as physical. The call to prayer hasn't yet replaced the peal of bells, but it is only a matter of time. The reality is that the church’s response to the seismic shift in Bradford's ethnic make-up and dominant religion has been poor." http://bit.ly/bIoMw6

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Vatican's middle east pronouncement dissed:

Vatican's middle east pronouncement dissed: "Perhaps the assembled bishops and archbishops of the See of Rome would explain to His Grace at what point the Lord God Almighty changed his mind." http://bit.ly/aDe8u9

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Anti-Catholic bias at NY Times

Archbishop Timothy Dolan blasts New York Times over "anti-Catholic" reviews - NYPOST.com http://bit.ly/c7PyHL

Who owns the sidewalks?

Who owns the sidewalks? "The homelessness industry has pulled off some impressive feats of rebranding over the years—most notably, turning street vagrancy into a consequence of unaffordable housing, rather than of addiction and mental illness. But for sheer audacity, nothing tops the alchemy that homelessness advocates and their government sponsors are currently attempting in San Francisco." http://bit.ly/bVs5aG

The wise only a year or two behind the wisest

The wise only a year or so behind the wisest. "The Tea Parties came first, starting in February 2009 when President Obama had been in office less than a month. Then came independents, a solid majority of whom had voted for Democrats in 2006 and 2008. By April 2009, they’d begun to favor Republicans." http://bit.ly/ci2XUe

General Low Salt Advice Wrong

General Low Salt Advice Wrong: 'salt intake had not changed, while the prevalence of high blood pressure had risen, suggested the ''epidemic of obesity may be a more plausible determinant'' of high blood pressure rates than salt.' http://bit.ly/cdz9in

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Canterbury Dissed at Global Evangelical Congress

"there has not been an Archbishop of Canterbury worth killing since 1645." http://bit.ly/a2Xsks | That would be His Grace, Thomas Cranmer, currently channeled by a blogger: http://bit.ly/8iy9lp

Saudi prince & pal caption

Before the violence: Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, left, with his servant Bandar Abdulaziz share a cocktail during their fateful stay in London http://bit.ly/aYo7Qu

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sowell's "Multicultural Cult"

Thomas Sowell is always worth reading: "German chancellor Angela Merkel deserves credit for being the one who had the courage to say it out loud. Multiculturalism has "utterly failed."" http://bit.ly/coZ0qa

Mike Adams on Prayer

"Prayer will lead to an encounter with the Holy Spirit. What you do next is entirely up to you." http://bit.ly/cIXhjj

Europe's Darkness Began With "The Enlightenment".

"Old Europe is dying, and the populist and nationalist parties, in the poet's phrase, are simply raging 'against the dying of the light.'" http://bit.ly/bnZy1a | Actually,  Europe's Darkness Began With "The Enlightenment".

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Brand O

Brand O. The problem with "progressive" ideas is substance, not marketing. If the Coca-Cola Co. had been as stubborn in defense of New Coke, this would be the Pepsi Generation. http://bit.ly/9S9mwB

Barcepundit: a 'news breakfast' for you --

Top blogger Jose Guardia of my old home port, Barcelona, has started a new feature in Barcepundit (English): "WHILE AMERICA WAS SLEEPING, I fixed a 'news breakfast' for you -- ready each weekday morning at 6am EDT to satisfy your media craving. These must-reads will help you kick start the day:" http://bit.ly/c89VDf

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Briton Falls Short of Fall River Record

Briton Falls Short of Fall River Record. And of the biblical measure of improper severity: "Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one." http://bit.ly/cOXzfS | Which was infamously & fabulously twice breached by American Lizzie Borden: "Lizzie Borden took an axe / And gave her mother forty whacks. / When she saw what she had done / She gave her father forty-one." http://bit.ly/aZYKAF | "Daniel Dighton, 35, stabbed his father, Barry, four times and his mother, Elizabeth, 20 times when they came home from a shopping trip in September last year." http://bit.ly/db8KEJ

Great new sound system

Just installed new sound system. Somehow confused my main computer but works well with mini-notebook and tv. Had similar problems before. May actually be better to let the mini tend to OldChristianRadio and Pandora. | Amazon.com: Logitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer: Electronics http://amzn.to/cxOWIK

Red Green: How to do everything

This is by far the funniest book I've ever written. If you're on a budget I suggest you buy it as a gift for a rich friend and they'll feel so guilty they'll buy you something expensive. Then just wait a little while and borrow the book back. 230 pages. Hardcover. http://bit.ly/aYucja

True gravity of youthful misdeed

Actually, friend Ruth, I should thank you for properly categorizing a misdeed of my youth. My Latin teacher, of happy memory, kept, with my permission, my paper on the Trojan War. She said I was second only to one of her students of a prior generation in my knowledge of classical mythology. Actually, I now realize, thanks to you, that it was plagiarism. Only one source book. I even traced the illustrations. At the time I realized that I had fallen short. But only now, thanks to you, have I become fully aware of the gravity of my misdeed.

Once a king, always a king

 I suspect, without trying, the organ, the king of instruments. At times my proper position is recognized, as at the official party of the 6th Annual Women's Capital Ruggerfest. I was selected Rugby King by acclamation. Women Rugby players have uncommonly good taste. Particularly in men.

$3.5 Trillion state & city pension funding gap

The [.5 trillion] gap at the municipal level would be in addition to $3[ tr]illion in unfunded liabilities already estimated for state-run pensions, http://bit.ly/aMsgNX

All the Gold In California

"All the Gold In California Is In a Bank In Beverly Hills In Somebody Else's Name" -Country song title. News: "California to Sell 24 Government Buildings for $2.3 Billion" http://bit.ly/bb47vs

Led by Google on a multi-colored horse

Led by Google on a multi-colored horse, the robots march on. "The work by Google’s [GOOG  544.14     2.75  (+0.51%)   ] chief economist, Hal Varian, highlights how economic data can be gathered far more rapidly using online sources." http://bit.ly/98I1mB

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Two Kermits viral video

It takes two Kermits to properly channel the zeitgeist: '"Under Pressure" of Homelessness - Top 5 Viral Videos of the Week - TIME' http://bit.ly/cKQpEp

A friend's birthday

My fourth great connection with Columbus Day.
Barcelona, the port of return on the first voyage, was the home port of my ship in the mid fifties. The monument to the return was a block away from our usual docking. The building in which I set up shop as Senior Shore Patrol Officer was there before Columbus.
On my most memorable Columbus Day I viewed the ceremony at Union Station. The Knights of Columbus honor guard wore black & silver with white plumes and swords. An all African-American high school band played "Scotland the Brave". I was on my way to cause trouble at the Irish Times (named after the world class national newspaper) by standing up for the Welsh. Ain't America grand?
Moses's Anniversary. From my message: "I remember hearing that Andy Ott would have preferred chocolate cake. But the great wedding cake baker had more than one stratagem. I would have preferred a Krispy Kreme Donut cake and truck. But I was ignored."
To be young in hard times and in depressing places has its difficulties. But being young in good times and sanguine places can lead to being puffed up. Like me. Happy Day, and days.

The glories of a Krispy Kreme Donut Wedding Cake

misszoot.com » Krispy Kreme Donut Wedding Cake. Feb 9, 2004 ... Is my wedding cake. Yes. It's made out of Krispy Kreme Donuts. Yes. A Krispy Kreme Donut Wedding Cake. The outer layer are powdered donuts ... http://bit.ly/awrZxU
Happy to hear that friend Ruth likes Krispy Kreme Donuts. Certain parties completely ignored my suggestions about the glories of a Krispy Kreme wedding a few years back.
For me the great glory is not the Krispy Kreme cake, but what happens after the bride and groom take off and the life goes out of the festivities.
In an ideal wedding that is when the Krispy Kreme Donut truck drives up playing "I wish I were single again" on its calliope.  And everybody gets all the free donunts they can carry.

Jobless America threatens to bring us all down with it

As others see us: "A depression may have been averted, but nothing has been fixed. This is the depressingly downbeat message that came across loud and clear from last weekend's annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund." http://bit.ly/boCCOV

Monday, October 11, 2010

Poetry & Matj

Do the sum for metres of one, two, three, four and more and a mathematical pattern emerges. It is Pascal's Triangle, the pyramid of numbers in which the series in the next line is given by adding together adjacent pairs in the line above to generate 1, 1 1, 1 2 1, 1 3 3 1, 1 4 6 4 1, and so on. http://bit.ly/acBmFj

CofE Modernist - Appleby

Important video clip defining the term: "A Modernist in the Church of England" » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog http://bit.ly/cTRRjH

More from: Cranmer: The political persecution ...

Its Executive Headteacher is positively effusive about the importance of the Christian faith in education; indeed, she says it ‘raspberry ripples’ its way throughout her whole ethos (play the 'welcome' video). http://bit.ly/cNIRP4

Cranmer: The political persecution of Katharine Birbalsingh

His Grace, Archbishop Cranmer, once again skewers the zeitgeist. "It is fortunate indeed that Ms Birbalsingh is of Indian-Guyanese-Jamaican heritage: it makes her racially untouchable, and her gender facilitates the reception of her damning critique. If she were a lesbian, she’d have a discrimination hat-trick and her school would urgently be looking to settle out of court." http://bit.ly/cNIRP4

From Morrison's new Columbus book

This is primarily an effect of the Calvinist Puritan roots of American progressivism. Just as Calvinists believed in the centrality of the depravity of man, with the exception of a minuscule contingent of the Elect of God, their secularized descendants believe in the depravity and cursedness of Western civilization, with their own enlightened selves in the role of the Elect. http://bit.ly/c9mxzn

Oath Keeper baby snatched by bureaucrats

LIFE WITH BIG BROTHER. State snatches baby when dad accused of being 'Oath Keeper'. 'You could be on 'the list' and then child protective services might come' http://bit.ly/arQghp

Bureaucrats normally treat clients as cattle

Radio frequency identification — the same technology used to monitor cattle — is tracking students in the Spring and Santa Fe school districts. http://bit.ly/d5ktig

Dems done gone Chicago

Shutting Up Business. Democrats unleash the IRS and Justice on donors to their political opponents. http://bit.ly/c75Ncq

Obama an obvious partisan hypocrite

Rove, Gillespie Slam Obama for Spreading 'Baseless Lie' Over Foreign Contributions http://fxn.ws/dc3wDv

Flagrant Use of Untraceable Donations by O

Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations. By Matthew Mosk. Washington Post Staff Writer. Wednesday, October 29, 2008; A02 http://wapo.st/9cPXN8

Jung smarter than Freud

At last, the solution appeared: his patient harbored a buried psychosis, one that was in danger of emerging. To his horror, Jung realized that it must be the therapy itself that was threatening his patient's sanity. Jung was presented with the dilemma of how to cut short the analysis without allowing the patient to guess the actual reason, which might well send him into a tailspin from which he would never recover. (Freud would have kept pushing until the guy was institutionalized.) http://bit.ly/d7LeHW

The American Left Slides into Psychosis

By J.R. Dunn | History tells us that organizations, movements, even entire nations can go mad in much the same way an individual does, with the same expression of irrationality, frenzy, and violence. Recent evidence suggests that the American left is going through precisely such a breakdown. http://bit.ly/d7LeHW

Gay not okay

Paladino says kids shouldn't be 'brainwashed' into thinking homosexuality is OK - NYPOST.com http://bit.ly/a7wTed

Dems: Running From Clarity

As an older American, one of the most clarifying moments I remember was the transition from the Carter administration to the Reagan administration with respect to the USSR. http://bit.ly/9K1Y3Y

cellphones may be killing us

Important health warning: '"Disconnect": Why cellphones may be killing us. A new book probes the connection between mobile devices and a host of health problems -- with frightening results' http://bit.ly/cPPvLA

cellphones may be killing us

"Disconnect": Why cellphones may be killing us. A new book probes the connection between mobile devices and a host of health problems -- with frightening results http://bit.ly/cPPvLA

JFK Lied, Cubans Died

Ammo finally ran out. “Russian tanks overrunning my position,” San Roman on his radio again, “destroying my equipment… How can you people do this to us?” Finally the radio went dead.
“Tears filled my eyes,” writes CIA man Grayston Lynch, a multi-decorated WWII and Korea vet who took that final message. “I broke down completely.  For the first time in my 37 years I was ashamed of my country.” http://bit.ly/9o0Mmk

The Wilders Trial and freedom of speech

The bizarre trial of Dutch political leader Geert Wilders, for having allegedly insulted Islam and incited hatred against Muslims, may have major long term repercussions on Europe. http://bit.ly/c4Ay98

Why Obama Is Losing the Political War

Barack Obama is being politically crushed in a vise. From above, by elite opinion about his competence. From below, by mass anger and anxiety over unemployment. And it is too late for him to do anything about this predicament until after November's elections. http://bit.ly/c0vzxA

The President's Nun: Obamacare Scranton Scandal Explodes

Says the good Sister: "Reports that [Obamacare] health reform is the primary motive behind the sale [of three Scranton area Catholic hospitals] are completely false, misleading and politically motivated. [...]" http://bit.ly/aQ6rj5  
[Prior videotaped statement from her Scranton chief:] "Health care reform is absolutely playing a role. Was it the precipitating factor in this decision? No, but was it a factor in our planning over the next five years? Absolutely."

Obamacare: "a rapidly accelerating set of unintended consequences"

Almost immediately -- it didn't take two months much less six -- the White House is confronted with a rapidly accelerating set of unintended consequences spreading across the country. As listed by the Wall Street Journal, those unintended consequences included 2011 premium increases shooting up as high as 9%; "multibillion-dollar corporate writedowns by Verizon, AT&T, Caterpillar and others"; the disruption of insurance markets, a show-down with McDonald's, the imposition of price controls on premiums, insurers withdrawing from Medicare Advantage.
In what appears to have become a pattern, the response from the Obama Administration has been repeatedly swift and harsh -- compared by one critic as an episode straight out of the Sopranos, the famous HBO mobster series. http://bit.ly/cEl5iX

Rushdie writing 'fatwa' memoir

Salman Rushdie is working on a memoir of his years in hiding after Iran's then supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death edict against him in 1989 for writing The Satanic Verses , deemed blasphemous to Islam. http://bit.ly/dcv4JL

Mike Adams: The Misadventures of Mohammad

Professor Chagoya, when asked whether he fears reprisals from Muslims, had this to say on Friday: “If you can’t understand satire – whether it mocks exalted professors or exalted prophets - then jump on the next camel and get the hell out of the country. This is America, not a Muslim theocracy." http://bit.ly/aqyCTw

Far-right support surges in Vienna

The far-right resurged in local elections Sunday in Vienna, the Austrian capital, securing the biggest gains in votes and mandates following a campaign laced with anti-Islamic rhetoric. http://bit.ly/bRneHE

How Obama is invading your home

The Obama administration isn't satis fied giving the American public vast things we don't want — from stimu lus packages to bailouts to ObamaCare: It's a small-scale nuisance, too — witness its attempt to redesign home appliances.
In the pipeline are dumb regulations for almost everything that plugs in or fires up in your home. http://bit.ly/91cWs4
Government toilet regulation caused many difficulties in church I belonged to.
Now it seems our new refrigerator is spoiling meat because of government regulation.


Obama's lies are particularly reprehensible, given that his 2008 Presidential campaign represents the gold standard for accepting contributions illegally from foreign sources, with no disclosure whatsoever, as Scott pointed out. Every time you think the Democratic Party can't sink any lower, it does. http://bit.ly/cUoS43

Electing a black president a solution?

More young (20-34) African-American men without a high school diploma or GED are currently behind bars (37 percent) than employed (26 percent)." http://bit.ly/cCwjkR

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Currency wars are necessary if all else fails

The overwhelming fact of the global currency system is that America needs a much weaker dollar to bring its economy back into kilter and avoid slow ruin, yet the rest of the world cannot easily handle the consequences of such a wrenching adjustment. There is not enough demand to go around. By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard http://bit.ly/ca8AHN

285 MPG, Not A Hybrid

The World’s Most Fuel Efficient Car: 285 MPG, Not A Hybrid http://bit.ly/9iuTO4

presidency on the verge of a nervous breakdown

Continued good Washington reporting from UK's Telegraph: "A presidency on the verge of a nervous breakdown: 5 key reasons why Barack Obama’s future looks increasingly bleak" http://bit.ly/aTARBp

Sustainable Oil Production?

Who would have thought the current controversy over manmade global warming could lead to significant Arethinking of the entire climate change phenomenon and, as an unintended consequence, shatter another environmental group-think error involving sustainable oil production? http://bit.ly/daQpI9

HIV bigger hoax than global warming

HIV, not global warming, is actually the " the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud". | "HIV does not cause AIDS... AIDS is not sexually transmitted... AZT makes AIDS worse, not better..." http://bit.ly/a5QrXn

'Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life'

This is an important moment in science history. I would describe it as a letter on the scale of Martin Luther, nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenburg church door. It is worthy of repeating this letter in entirety on every blog that discusses science. http://bit.ly/douCUL

George Soros warns China of global 'currency war'

George Soros has warned that a global “currency war” pitting China versus the rest of the world could lead to the collapse of the world economy. http://bit.ly/9J6mfR

Senate Office to Host Health Fair for Well-Covered Staffers

As millions of hardworking Americans struggle to make ends meet, Senate staffers will participate next week in a two-day orgy of back massages, organic food tastings and milk mustache photos. It's all part of a health fair for the staffers, who enjoy some of the best health care in the country. [At taxpayer expense.] http://fxn.ws/aELcst

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Black Republicans offer hope

Black Republicans offer hope after Barack Obama's failures on race
The Obama presidency has not led to a post-racial America, says Toby Harnden, but black Republicans in Congress could help break down barriers http://bit.ly/9GHQhM

Nevada Dems Unnerved

New polling out of Nevada is unnerving Democrats who fear Republican Sharron Angle’s campaign is surging despite enduring millions of dollars’ worth of TV ad attacks from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. http://politi.co/cV2yPo

fame, movie contracts - and angry wives

Trapped Chile miners emerge to fame, movie contracts - and angry wives
As freedom finally beckons for the trapped miners of San Jose, some may find their homecoming party a more complicated affair than they would like. http://bit.ly/aL0u6f

Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on the roof. Harder to notice was that the person at the wheel was not actually driving. 
The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret but in plain view on vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver. http://bit.ly/dzM31a

Professor Emiritus Hal Lewis Resigns from American Physical Society

APS management has gamed the problem from the beginning, to suppress serious conversation about the merits of the climate change claims. Do you wonder that I have lost confidence in the organization?
I do feel the need to add one note, and this is conjecture, since it is always risky to discuss other people’s motives. This scheming at APS HQ is so bizarre that there cannot be a simple explanation for it. Some have held that the physicists of today are not as smart as they used to be, but I don’t think that is an issue. I think it is the money, exactly what Eisenhower warned about a half-century ago. There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club. Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I’m not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question. http://bit.ly/bbSIrH

Join His Grace, Archbishop Cranmer, in this noble crusade.

‘Blairite’ Headteacher with damning Ofsted inspection publicly rebukes her Tory deputy http://bit.ly/cGc0Bi | His Grace refers his readers and comminicants (again) to the Facebook campaign: the battle for vindication has only just begun. http://on.fb.me/bttgWj

Iran acknowledges espionage at nuclear facilities

Iran acknowledged Saturday that some personnel at the country's nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West but insisted increased security and worker privileges have put a stop to the spying. http://yhoo.it/9K3hEb

Democrat Bastions Besieged by GOP

Republican challengers are suddenly threatening once-safe Democrats in New England and the Northwest, expanding the terrain for potential GOP gains and raising the party's hopes for a significant victory in next month's elections. http://bit.ly/aYW54g

U.S. Won’t Recover Lost Jobs Until March 2020 At Current Pace

The U.S. needs to create 125,000-150,000 jobs each month just to absorb new workers and prevent unemployment from rising. So returning to the old peak employment a decade later would hardly suggest a healthy labor market. http://bit.ly/dl2x2Q

Pat Buchanan: Food Stamp Nation

"The lessons of history ... show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."
These searing words about Depression-era welfare are from Franklin Roosevelt's 1935 State of the Union Address. http://bit.ly/91odmn

Green Corruption Destroying Economy

The pollution estimate in question was too high - by 340 percent, according to the California Air Resources Board, the state agency charged with researching and adopting air quality standards. The estimate was a key part in the creation of a regulation adopted by the Air Resources Board in 2007, a rule that forces businesses to cut diesel emissions by replacing or making costly upgrades to heavy-duty, diesel-fueled off-road vehicles used in construction and other industries. http://bit.ly/aqiZvX

Can the Palestinians Bully Our President? Stay Tuned.

The Palestinians, backed by Arab powers, said on Saturday they would give the United States one month to persuade Israel to halt the building of settlements in the West Bank or risk the collapse of peace talks.

Rory Reid: Healthcare reform could end up hurting Nevada

During a televised debate, Rory Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said he does not support the legal challenges against the health overhaul. Yet, he does believe that President Obama’s signature achievement could negatively affect Nevada. http://bit.ly/9uAwm7

Hollywood Has To Stop Behaving Like This

"Yup," she tells Elle magazine in its new "Women In Hollywood" issue. "When I was just starting out, someone suggested that we finish a meeting in the bedroom. I left. I was pretty shocked. I could see how someone who didn't know better might worry, 'My career will be ruined if I don't %%%%%%%%%%'" http://bit.ly/bgGzLn

Will Mendocino County become the Napa Valley of marijuana?

MENDOCINO, Calif. — Swap the Dungeness crab cakes and peasant skirts for lobster rolls and L.L. Bean khakis, and this snug seaside hamlet a few hours north of San Francisco could be a dead ringer for a New England village. (It was a stand-in for Cabot Cove, Maine, in the long-running TV series Murder She Wrote.) http://usat.ly/bjiK1B

Get BreakingNews Via Twitter

Breaking News (BreakingNews) on Twitter http://bit.ly/bFAdgV

Eminem: Profanity? Not In My House!

Eminem, the rapper whose R-rated lyrics could make a drill sergeant blush, tells CNN's Anderson Cooper the harsh language is for his art, not for his home.
He also demonstrates that art, taking Cooper through the process he uses to rhyme just about any word in the language. http://bit.ly/baobRA

'Meow-Meow' Kills

Police say an NC State student and another man found dead on a fire escape last weekend likely died after overdosing on a plant food commonly known on the street as 'Meow-Meow.' http://bit.ly/b1gLZF

Peace Laureate Obama's Envisioned Peace Missing In Action

Year After Obama Won Nobel, World Looks for Signs of Peace.
Increased Fighting in Afghanistan, Stalled Negotiations in Middle East.
Even some of Obama's allies -- like former Nobel laureates Al Gore and Jimmy Carter -- declined to assess his performance in fulfilling what the peace prize citation said was his "vision" of world harmony. http://bit.ly/daZ0mW

No mercy for those who depend upon Depends

Click through to redeem $50 off your first purchase of Bonobos stylish men's apparel. Eradicate Khaki-Diaper-Butt today.

California Governor's Race Speaks in Code

The candidates mutually agreed to skip a scheduled radio debate this week. Republican Meg Whitman wasn't eager to discuss how she fired her housekeeper last year after learning of her status as an illegal alien. Democrat Jerry Brown may have been anticipating yesterday's Los Angeles Times story that revealed one of his aides had referred to Ms. Whitman as a "whore." http://bit.ly/ao8n7Q

Obama a partisan hypocrite

At some point after calming the threatening seas and sprinkling world peace around the globe, President Obama promised us he would find time to bring about a political truce in Washington.
On the Seventh Day or thereabouts, the "post-racial" Obama would become the first "post-partisan" president.
Of all his audacious promises, this was one of his most pedestrian. http://bit.ly/blOyK0

Demonizing Karl Rove

They can’t run against Bush, but the Democrats seem desperate to try the next best thing. How else to explain their sudden resurrection of Karl Rove as a political hate figure? “Karl Rove is at it again,” http://bit.ly/akaIVL

The Most Important Race of 2010

If Fiorina beats Boxer, liberalism will suffer a grievous defeat. BY FRED BARNES http://bit.ly/9gJ6dH

Afghanistan must embrace women's rights By Laura W. Bush

The haunting portrait of a young, disfigured Afghan woman on Time magazine's cover this summer issued a stark reminder that the stakes in Afghanistan are high -- and that the consequences of failure are brutal, especially for women. http://wapo.st/9tD1yb

Prosecutors admit police initially botched Chandra Levy murder case

"It can be proven that there were missteps," Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines conceded at a pretrial hearing, adding that "I can't begin to explain why things were done back in the day." http://bit.ly/bUYGqg

Politicians and Plastic Surgery: Who Gets Botox?

“I was very disappointed as a plastic surgeon watching him in that debate look like that. I would have counseled him on a more subtle Botox injection. It’s gotta be done so that no one can tell,” Dr. Hakki says.
Dr. Hakki adds, laughing, that “If you’re a politician and you want to change, you better not get caught." http://bit.ly/c2newX

In spiked Vanity Fair piece, Jewish leaders worry about Obama

"I came away from the meeting convinced that Obama has introduced a new and dangerous strategy and that it's revealing itself in steps," Foxman told me. "Unlike other administrations, this one is applying linkage in the Middle East. It's saying that if you resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the messiah will come and the lions will lie down with the lambs." http://politi.co/9JpEeR

James Jones never made it to President Obama's inner circle

The retired general and former NATO commander wasn’t exactly pushed out, people familiar with the situation say. But the affable former Marine wasn’t encouraged to stay — in large part because he happily flouted two of the cardinal rules of this White House: A conspicuous willingness to adopt a 24/7 workweek and a commitment to take bullets to protect a president highly sensitive to the charge that he’s weak on national security.
Jones’ replacement — his deputy Tom Donilon — has excelled at both, and his ascent, in effect, completes the insiders’ takeover of the administration’s national security team. http://politi.co/94lcXr

The Real Scandal of the Foreclosure Mess

The real scandal is that the process of recording property title is so antiquated, and there are so many interest groups that resist modernizing it. The MERS mortgage database shows what a modern system could look like. But all of the counties that charge fees for title recording, the title "insurance" companies that shake down home buyers to buy "protection" from getting sued to prove that they own their property--these interest groups want to keep the title recording system as expensive and unreliable as possible. http://bit.ly/903Ci9

How Unemployment Will Swing the Elections

Obama got his stimulus plan, of course, but on Election Day in November, the unemployment rate will be 9.6 percent--nearly 3 points higher than what Obama said it would be. By most accounts, it will keep going up for a while and probably peak above 10 percent in 2011. Obama will be extremely lucky if it's back to 7 percent by the time he runs for reelection in 2012. http://yhoo.it/cnvJ1K

'Water mining' is now a prime culprit

But a new study shows that global warming is not the only cause of swelling seas. [25%] comes from "water mining" – the pumping of vast amounts of groundwater from beneath the earth, mainly to irrigate crops. This inevitably ends up in the oceans after it evaporates from farmland and comes down as rain. http://bit.ly/azrVhX

the would-be Speaker makes his case

In the battle to define Boehner, the would-be Speaker makes his case
By Molly K. Hooper - 10/08/10 05:41 PM ET
Pushing back against the White House’s effort to portray him as a country-club Republican, Rep. John Boehner and his staff have recently touted that the Ohioan comes from a humble background.
The House minority leader has been a mover and a shaker on Capitol Hill for two decades, but he is attempting to introduce himself to voters who know little about him, most of whom are outside the Washington Beltway. http://bit.ly/coRK9d

IRA Still Trying, But Distant 2nd To Islamists

Nine men were being questioned by detectives on Saturday after bomb making equipment and handguns were seized in a series of police raids during an investigation into the activities of dissident Irish republicans. http://bit.ly/a80gAf

The message [to O]: It's the tax cuts, stupid[!]

So two advisory-board members exchanged fire with Obama over the cuts.
Harvard economist Martin Feldstein tried a modest proposal: Extend the cuts for everyone for two years to boost confidence and "keep demand alive at a time when the economy is weak."
After that, he said, it's a clean slate -- the president can take a second look once the economy is on the rebound.
Added former SEC Chairman William Donaldson: A tax-cut "spark" would relieve the uncertainty that has banks and consumers sitting on their cash.
Lately, Obama's been getting it from all sides -- even his former budget director, Peter Orzsag, wrote last month that letting the cuts expire will "make an already stagnating jobs market worse."
But Obama demurred.
Their ideas were "very interesting," he said, but he didn't want to "belabor" the point, meaning: Just sit down and shut up. http://bit.ly/96NFCs

Long After Death, Lennon Remains an Inspiration

Since he was murdered outside the Dakota, 30 years ago in December, Lennon has remained a powerful presence in the culture, both for his songwriting and performances as a Beatle and for his post-Beatles life as a peace crusader, born-again feminist and alternately strident and affecting solo artist. Do we really need to be reminded about John Lennon? http://nyti.ms/cOSH7F

Tea Across the Pond

“A warning from someone whose present resembles your future.”
Daniel Hannan could be the ultimate tea-party candidate, waving his pocket Constitution, citing the Founders, and warning that we are in danger of losing America itself. Hannan even holds public office. Just not in America. He’s a Brit — and a member of the European Parliament — with a love for the Red, White, and Blue. It’s out of that love that he’s written The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America. He talks about it with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez. http://bit.ly/cJXKzI

Sarah Palin speaks to electability issue

Each of the attendees who spoke with POLITICO said they were impressed by her performance, particularly when she took questions and spoke off the cuff. http://politi.co/9PnpE4

Why the NRA is rallying behind endangered Democrats

Historically, the NRA has overwhelmingly supported Republicans. But Democrats began backing many pro-gun House candidates in 2006, and now the NRA is coming to their defense. http://bit.ly/9ExiLk

Beware the Google Bomb

Old-fashioned get-out-the-vote efforts are fine, says Daily Kos, but tech-savvy smear campaigns are a lot more fun. http://bit.ly/cWurXd

The Unraveling Of ObamaCare

Regulation: Thirty companies and organizations get waivers from the new health care overhaul because otherwise they'd have to raise rates or drop coverage. The president said neither would happen. Hey, where's our waiver? http://bit.ly/djDukM

Union Pushes for ObamaCare Then Is Granted Waiver

The irony would be humorous if it weren’t so sad: The United Federation of Teachers, the New York City branch of the American Federation of Teachers, which pushed ardently for ObamaCare has now requested – and received – a waiver from its mandates. http://bit.ly/aJWZcy