Monthly Archives: November 2013

Didn’t they think to check the urban dictionary before running this campaign?

"Tosser" has another meaning too, come to think of it

“Tosser” has another meaning too, come to think of it

I was watching a football game just now (I do have a TV, I just don’t watch it much) and saw an ad from Home Depot touting a game called “Cornhole Challenge”. Really! I’m not inclined to post the Urban Dictionary link but I assure you, there’s a another activity known by the same name, and it’s not one I’d think Home Depot would want to be associated with.

Or maybe they would – these days, who knows?

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I have nothing against the Venezuelan people, but I wish Maduro well in the coming elections

Steps up expropriations and price controls as nation collapses

We need another example of socialism’s failure, the ruination of the Soviet Union and its satellites, Cambodia, Cuba and ObamaCare having already been forgotten, it seems.

 

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Sheep will follow orders from anyone, it seems – there’s a political lesson here

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Did Brian Peldunas actually win the other seat on the BOE?

That’s what a FWIW correspondent thinks – seems to me to be something for the RTC to look at, hard – if the Republicans are entitled to five members on the BOE, and it appears that they are, Democrat Applebaum is occupying a seat that belongs to Peldunas.

I believe Brian won a seat on BOE but was not seated due to a Town Clerk error.
As I understand it, BOE is a State of Connecticut agency, elected locally under State regulations.  Pursuant to state regulations, there must be minority representation on BOE.
Here is the state legislation:

(a)(1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, the maximum number of members of any board, commission, legislative body, committee or similar body of the state or any political subdivision thereof, whether elective or appointive, who may be members of the same political party, shall be as specified in the following table:

COLUMN I COLUMN II
Total Membership Maximum from One Party
3…………………………………………………………….2
4…………………………………………………………….3
5…………………………………………………………….4
6…………………………………………………………….4
7…………………………………………………………….5
8…………………………………………………………….5
9…………………………………………………………….6
More than 9…………………………………………….Two-thirds of                                          total membership
As I understand state vote counting regulations applicable to BOE Membership, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes is seated until any single party reaches the maximum number of Members it can elect, after which members of the majority party are not seated even if they receive more votes than other candidates, not members of their own party.
I believe Brian got more votes than Debbie and should have been seated, since the maximum number of Republicans is set at 5, and he would be the 5th Republican.
What does Peter Tesei say? Ask him here (You could copy this link, or just the text of the post, and paste it in the message box).

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Why is the United States walking away from the Middle East? Because it can

Go pound sand

Go pound sand

The one-word answer: fracking.

The results of the shale oil revolution, which is set to make America the world’s biggest oil producer by 2015, and the United States’ shift towards oil reserves in the Western Hemisphere are not the only factors in the decline of Middle East oil fortunes.

Even China is now jumping on the shale bandwagon, with a 5-year plan that is predicted to produce 60-100 billion cubic meters of shale gas by 2020. In the Middle East, Israel’s recent natural gas discoveries amount to approximately 950 billion cubic meters of reserves.

Further complicating matters is the continued instability of the region, which drives up the price of oil and makes alternatives more attractive. The Saudi ruling coterie is clearly worried, as Prince Alwaleed bin Talal demonstrated in an open letter to the Kingdom’s government last spring. He warned that revenues from oil form over 90% of the Saudi state budget, and the consequences of producing below capacity could be devastating.

The U.S. has already cut the CO2 emissions that have greens so worked up by 12%, far more than any other country (globally, in fact, CO2 emissions by the others increased 15% during the same period) solely from fracking and the cheap natural gas that’s encouraged a shift frmo coal and oil to gas-powered energy plants. Combine that with the ability to ignore the Middle East and its conflicts and it’s hard to see why the nuts are so against it, but against it they are.

Why? I suspect it’s because fracking is the result of the free market, and greens insist on governmental regulation, for and of everything.

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This from a president who just hijacked 16% of the national GDP

 

Plotting mayhem

Plotting mayhem

Federal Trade Commission goes after piano teachers

Kim Strassel, WSJ:

In March of this year, a small nonprofit in Cincinnati—the Music Teachers National Association—received a letter from the FTC. The agency was investigating whether the association was engaged in, uh, anticompetitive practices.

This was bizarre, given that the MTNA has existed since 1876 solely to advance the cause of music study and support music teachers. The 501(c)(3) has about 22,000 members, nearly 90% of them piano teachers, including many women who earn a modest living giving lessons in their homes. The group promotes music study and competitions and helps train teachers. Not exactly U.S. Steel.

The association’s sin, according to the feds, rested in its code of ethics. The code lays out ideals for members to follow—a commitment to students, colleagues, society. Tucked into this worthy document was a provision calling on teachers to respect their colleagues’ studios, and not actively recruit students from other teachers.

That’s a common enough provision among professional organizations (doctors, lawyers), yet the FTC avers that the suggestion that Miss Sally not poach students from Miss Lucy was an attempt to raise prices for piano lessons. Given that the average lesson runs around $30 an hour, and that some devoted teachers still give lessons for $5 a pop, this is patently absurd.

MTNA Executive Director Gary Ingle, who has been at the organization 17 years—and who agreed to talk when I reached out about this case—said that he and the group’s attorneys immediately flew to Washington to talk to federal investigators. They explained that this provision had been in the group’s code for years, and that it was purely aspirational. The association has never enforced its code, and no member has been removed as a result of it.

The FTC didn’t care. Nor did it blink when the MTNA pointed out that the agency has no real authority over nonprofits ….  Nor was the agency moved by the group’s offer to immediately excise the provision.

With a dozen employees and a $2 million budget, the group doesn’t have “the resources to fight the federal government,” Mr. Ingle says. The board immediately removed the provision from its code, but the MTNA staff still had to devote months compiling thousands of documents demanded by the agency, some going back 20 years: reports, the organization’s magazines, everything Mr. Ingle had ever written that touched on the code. Mr. Ingle estimates he has spent “hundreds upon hundreds” of hours since March complying with this federal colonoscopy.

This October, MTNA signed a consent decree—its contents as ludicrous as the investigation. The association did not have to admit or deny guilt. It must, however, read a statement out loud at every future national MTNA event warning members against talking about prices or recruitment. It must send this statement to all 22,000 members and post it on its website. It must contact all of its 500-plus affiliates and get them to sign a compliance statement.

The association must also develop a sweeping antitrust compliance program that will require annual training of its state presidents on the potential crimes of robber-baron piano teachers. It must submit regular reports to the FTC and appoint an antitrust compliance officer…. And it must comply with most of this for the next 20 years.

While this abuse of power has received no national attention, it has riled the music community. Brian Majeski, the editor of the journal Music Trades, lambasted the FTC in a December editorial, noting that “a consumer watchdog that sees piano teachers as a threat either has too much time on its hands, or badly misplaced priorities.”

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We used to call this “weather” – now it’s “climate change”

coolingOne thousand record lows around the globe

Live by the icicle, die by the icicle

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If true, it should bring peace to the world as millions of Muslim heads explode

God willing, baby

God’s will, baby

Scientist claims humans evolved from a lusty chimp mating with a pig.

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Color me skeptical

 

What, me worry?

What, me worry?

“Scientists: : people who don’t worry about snacks won’t gain weight eating them”

Next time you treat yourself to a sizeable slab of chocolate cake, make sure you enjoy every crumb.

Psychologists have discovered those of us who see it as something to celebrate are much more likely to stay slim. But if you are racked with guilt afterwards, the chances are you will pile on the pounds.

The findings, published in the latest online edition of the journal Appetite, show the way we perceive tasty treats like chocolate cake is just as important as the calorie count when it comes to expanding waistlines.

My own theory about this conclusion is that it was reached by psychologists; most psychologists are liberals, and liberals believe firmly in the power of wishing away hard facts. “No pain, if only you’ll make certain your intentions are good” is indeed the liberal mantra. Hasn’t worked out so well so far, but hey – that’s one of those hard facts they don’t like to hear about.

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Uh oh

Boston Globe, 28 minutes ago: White House expects to meet ObamaCare website deadline

Reuters, 15 minutes ago: “ObamaCare website begins crucial weekend with seven-hour shutdown”.

Whatever – my money’s with Reuters although, come to think of it all our money’s with Obama; for now.

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Stronger than dirt

Victory!

Victory!

Serial killer commits suicide in jail cell by ingesting Ajax.

California taxpayers cheer.

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On Wall Street they refer to the phenomenon as the “dead cat bounce”

UnknownObama: “I’ve got nowhere to go but up”. Not at the very bottom yet, bro, but soon …

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In Sweden, where you can be arrested for child endangerment if caught driving while drinking coffee, sex is still “just sex”

We just LOVE children!

We just LOVE children!

Convicted pedophile and suspected rapist given permission to adopt his 10-year-old stepson. What could possibly go wrong?

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Uh oh – science journal forced to retract article linking Monsanto’ genetically-modified corn with rat tumors

Her parents haven't broken it to her - because they don't know - that she and her food are made up of chemicals

Her parents haven’t broken it to her – because they don’t know – that she and her food are made up of chemicals

Because – duh – it didn’t stand up to scientific scrutiny. Not to worry; the discredited researcher can alwys get a job in the global warming industry where faith, rather than reason rules.

LONDON (Reuters) – The publisher of a controversial and much-criticized study suggesting genetically modified corn caused tumors in rats has withdrawn the paper after a year-long investigation found it did not meet scientific standards.

Reed Elsevier’s Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT)journal, which published the study by the French researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini in September 2012, said the retraction was because the study’s small sample size meant no definitive conclusions could be reached.

At the time of its original publication, hundreds of scientists across the world questioned Seralini’s research, which said rats fed Monsanto’s GM corn had suffered tumors and multiple organ failure.

The journal said that, while it had received many letters expressing concerns about the validity of the findings, the proper use of animals and even allegations of fraud, its own investigation found “no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data”.

“However, there is a legitimate cause for concern regarding both the number of animals in each study group and the particular strain selected,” it said.

“The major flaws in this paper make its retraction the right thing to do,” said Cathie Martin, a professor at John Innes Centre. “The strain of rats used is highly susceptible to tumors after 18 months with or withoutGMO (genetically modified organisms) in their diets.”

David Spiegelhalter, a professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, said it was “clear from even a superficial reading that this paper was not fit for publication”. In this instance, he said, the peer review process had not worked properly.

When Bush was president, liberals (including the guy who replaced him) all demanded an end to “the politicization of science”. They’ve achieved that: they’ve eliminated the science.

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Helen Thomas’s privy found?

 

The missing link?

The missing link

Giant prehistoric lavatory  discovered.

“This was a crucial time in evolutionary history. The first mammals were there, living alongside the grandfather of dinosaurs.

“Maybe with these fossils we can glimpse into the lost environment which gave rise to the dinosaurs.”

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Here’s to the 2%

 

Actually, he means the 98%, but he's too stupid to do the math

Actually, he means the 98%, but he’s too stupid to do the math

Mayor of London: some people are just too stupid to succeed

Like it or not, the free market economy is the only show in town. Britain is competing in an increasingly impatient and globalised economy, in which the competition is getting ever stiffer.

No one can ignore the harshness of that competition, or the inequality that it inevitably accentuates; and I am afraid that violent economic centrifuge is operating on human beings who are already very far from equal in raw ability, if not spiritual worth.

Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests, it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16 per cent of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2 per cent have an IQ above 130. [According to the Guardian, Johnson then asked whether anyone in the audience had a low IQ. To muted laughter he asked: “Over 16% anyone? Put up your hands.”] The harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top.

And for one reason or another – boardroom greed or, as I am assured, the natural and god-given talent of boardroom inhabitants – the income gap between the top cornflakes and the bottom cornflakes is getting wider than ever. I stress: I don’t believe that economic equality is possible; indeed, some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses that is, like greed, a valuable spur to economic activity.

Johnson nonetheless called for a more meritocratic society that may lead to some reduction in economic inequality. He announced his support of plans for a return of selective state schools and more state-funded scholarships for academically successful students to attend private schools.

Johnson’s assertion that IQ was linked with success and his implication that economic inequality could act as a spur to the talented prompted the biggest response amongst the British left. The left-wing tabloid the Daily Mirror quotes a Labour Party source in an article titled “Boris Johnson: Millions of people too STUPID to get on in life”:

“This shows how out of touch the Conservatives if they think it is acceptable to write off the life chances of millions of their fellow citizens.”

 

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Progressives know the real truth

Brainwashed?

Brainwashed?

Navaho Code Talkers appear in Washington redskin jackets, liberal heads explode.

Here’s  one white man’s view of the act of rebellion: “It does not take a code talker to crack this particular code,” columnist Dave Zirin wrote in The Nation. [Team owner] Dan Snyder is on the wrong side of history.”

Zirin has also published Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports, and A People’s History of Sports in the United States

The whole “Redskins” controversy is a made-up media campaign created and kept alive by non-Indian libtards but hey, who ya gonna believe, a bunch of befuddled old native American war veterans or white academics and sports reporters?

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No Thanksgiving with family for them!

Web techs spend the day at headquarters, trying to fix Obumski’s web site by Sunday.

If two Connecticut Democrats had their way, such cruelty would be illegal – they want to forbid any work on the Sabbath, or holidays. “It worked for the Puritans”, said one, “and what is Progressivism if not neo-Puritanism?” One can’t argue with religious faith, whatever its guise, but there’s this to chew on:

“We would oppose that (the proposed law),” said Timothy Phelan, president of theConnecticut Retail Merchants Association. “It’s a choice the retailer makes. They look for volunteers who want to make a little more money.”

That’s the case at Old Navy, according to Angela Grammatico, the market leader for 20 Old Navy stores in the region.

“We don’t have a hard time finding employees willing to work,” Grammatico said. “In fact, we had to turn people away.”

She said those who do work Thanksgiving are paid time and a half, given a turkey dinner and work four-hour shifts. The stores closed from 4 to 7 p.m. to prepare for the Black Friday sale.

Amster, who has worked past Thanksgivings but now gets the day off employed by her family’sRedline Restorations on Bridgeport’s Fairfield Avenue, believes the choice should be left with the employee.

“Some people need the money,” she said. “So the extra pay is nice for them.”

Progressives believe in Santa Claus, but not in the ability of individual adults to decide what’s best for them : “that’s what wise leaders are for”, say our Hartford saviors.

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The frozen chickens come home to roost

But, but, but ...

But, but, but …

British pols demand a price freeze on energy prices until after elections. Sounds like something that’s happening here with Obamacare?

It is believed that the Government has made the plea for prices to be held last night to avoid blame before the next election for price hikes caused by green energy levies.

If the move is approved, tariffs could be kept on hold for 18 months if there was no major rise in wholesale prices of energy – meaning bills would not rise before the next election.

A source at one of the big six energy suppliers told the BBC they wanted to make the prices freeze happen, but needed the Government to change their obligations on energy efficiency under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to make this possible.

It is understood that the government is seeking to extend the cost of the ECO from the current 27 months to four years.

But others have said increasing costs as a result of government policies on the carbon price floor and renewables made freezing prices impossible for energy firms.

He said this was an example of the government “deferring costs, not getting rid of them.”

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Okay, enough with the gratitude thing, let’s move on to the spirit of good will towards men

God and sinners reconciled

God and sinners reconciled

Ladies and gentlemen, start your shopping carts! Christmas retail season opens with a bang, a knife fight and general bedlam. 

(Not just in America, by the way, but in England too.).

What rough beast,

its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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