Daily Archives: March 8, 2014

Tomorrow’s time jump threatens your health


I shouldda stood in bed

I shouldda stood in bed

So say the experts, and who are we to question experts? I’d suggest that you just ignore the government’s monkeying with your daylight and stay in bed, but other experts calculate that 90% of all Americans die in bed, so that’s no good either.

It’s a poser.


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Obama orders border agents to run away from illegal immigrants

Hurry, the polls, they will soon be open!

Hurry, the polls, they will soon be open!

Illegal alien advocates cheer. Somewhere it says it’s an impeachable offense for an elected official to break his oath that he’ll defend and uphold the constitution and the laws of the United States. – somewhere.

Top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat whenever illegal immigrants throw rocks at them, and to avoid getting in front of foreign drug-smugglers’ vehicles as they head north with their drug cargoes.

“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

Agents were also directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by.

Agents can’t use guns against “a moving vehicle merely fleeing from agents,” say the instructions.

The new instructions do allow agents to use guns to defend themselves from vehicles that drive at them. “Agents shall not discharge their firearms at a moving vehicle unless the agent has a reasonable belief that… deadly force is being used against an agent,” the new instructions say.

However, the instructions also suggest that officers be penalized if they don’t step back. Agents “should not place themselves in the path of a motor vehicle or use their body to block a vehicles’s path,” according to new instructions.

The new curbs were praised by advocates for greater immigration, including Juanita Molina, director of the Border Action Network. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Menendez is one of the drafters of the June 2013 Senate immigration bill, which would boost the inflow of legal immigrants and guest workers up to 40 million over the next decade. During the same period, roughly 40 million Americans will turn 18.

The new rules were issued at the direction of Jeh Johnston, the new head of the Department of Homeland Security.

The rules match the recommendation of a report by an advocacy group that wants to reduce policing of illegal immigration.

The report by the Police Executive Research Forum was commissioned by DHS, and it said border agents should be barred from standing in front of smugglers’ vehicles or from shooting at people who are attacking them with rocks.

The commissioned report was challenged by mid-level DHS officials, who argued that the rules barring self-defense from rock-throwers “could create a more dangerous environment [especially for agents operating] in rural or desolate areas, often alone, where concealment, cover and egress is not an option,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

But Johnston overrode the internal response, and forced the implementation of the advocacy groups’ recommendations.


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Well, they take a different view of these things over in England

Dress your men in wigs, anything's likely to happen

Dress your men in wigs and lace, anything’s likely to happen

Advisor to the Queen has long record of supporting paedophile group.

One of Britain’s most senior judges actively campaigned to support a vile paedophile group that tried to legalise sex with children, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Lord Justice Fulford, named last year as an adviser to the Queen, was a key backer of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) which police suspect of abusing children on an ‘industrial scale’. An investigation by the Mail on Sunday has discovered that Fulford was a founder member of a campaign to defend PIE while it was openly calling for the age of consent to be lowered to just four. 

Quite a collection of oddballs gathered in support of the child rapers, including Marxists, lesbians and a “civil rights” group. They’d certainly fit in in California, but I don’t think the rest of the US is ready for this, yet.


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Which is why Business Insider is the National Enquirer of business news

I was searching for articles on Tesla and came across these articles in Business Insider. They pretty much sum up the tenor of their “reporting”.

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Drug smugglers? Terrorists? Hmmm

imagesTwo of the passengers who went down in the Malaysian airliner were traveling on stolen passports. That says nothing about why the plane might have crashed, but it’s intriguing.

Two of the passengers listed on the manifest for the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared were not actually on board, and both had had their passports stolen.

Luigi Maraldi, a 37-year-old Italian, was not on the plane, the Rome Foreign Ministry said. He reportedly had his passport stolen in Thailand last year.

Similarly, an Austrian citizen listed on the manifest was not on board; his passport was stolen two years ago, also in Thailand, an Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman told Reuters.


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Tesla to California: drop dead

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 3.54.45 PMTesla rejected offers to build its new battery manufacturing plant in the land of green and taxes.

Its cars are assembled in California, but electric auto-maker Tesla Motors couldn’t be convinced to open its massive battery factory here, according to a report from the LA Times.

A spokesperson from Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration told the LA Times that the state presented several potential sites for the factory, all of which were rejected. Land prices and politics may be behind Tesla’s decision, according to the LA Times.

The company did not mention California as a location finalist in its presentation last month. Finalists are Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.


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There’s no problem so small that a new law can’t fix it


Pass a law, hurry!

Pass a law, hurry!

State legislators introduce bill to ban loud movies.

Sen. Carlo Leone, D-Stamford [who spends his time trying to ban guns, GMO foods and anything else that troubles him on a particular day]  said he was part of a delegation that introduced the bill at (“colleague” William Young’s) request. That way, a public hearing will help lawmakers determine how to proceed, he said.

Is the bill necessary? Not according to this guy:

Dr. Robert Dobie, a professor at the University of Texas who is an expert in noise-induced hearing loss, said the 85-decibel standard is for workers’ prolonged exposure, not occasional loud sounds from a movie.

“The exposure is so brief and intermittent that no one with any expertise would ever say that they have any real risk of hazard or harm,” Dobie said. “I feel quite comfortable that the exposures are not anywhere near hazardous. It’s the combination of level and duration that matters.”

But Mr. Leone’s constituent Young, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, isn’t satisfied, because he finds the noise personally annoying. Says Young, “why they need such loud sounds is beyond me.” Young,  says the sound is so loud it leaves his ears ringing. “Who wants to sit there in pain?” Young said. “These companies shouldn’t subject people to harmful sounds.”

In a rational world, one person’s personal annoyance couldn’t give rise to a law controlling the behavior of tens of thousands of his fellow citizens. Mr. Young, in that mythical, rational world, might encourage others to join him in complaining to a theater’s management about the volume, or even start a boycott of sore-eared movie patrons. Instead, he calls up his pal the legislator and bang! His will becomes law, for everyone.


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Obama and kin relax in Florida after exhausting week

I'm tiwerd!

I’m tiwerd!

“He had to work on a snow day last monday,” White House explains. Unlike my usual “quotes”, this one is genuine.


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K-9 crew breathes easy

You're still on the team

You’re still on the team

State: Marijuana lab can keep its license

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I’ll believe global warming is a serious problem when its proponents start acting as though it is

Do no evil, but fly private

Do no evil, but fly private

Google scientists urge the company to stop funding “climate-change deniers.”

Top Google execs fly to Austin tech show in a Google private jet.

UPDATE: Google’s three top executives own eight private jets. In case their dog wants to join them on vacation?


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De Blasio blinks in his war against charter schools

Just Wednesday, he was saying that the students of Harlem’s Success Academy would be “on their own” when he evicted them in June. Today, he grudgingly allowed that he’ll “look for space for them.” Not much of a movement, but he must be feeling the heat.

Just a reminder of who De Blasio and his teacher union allies are waging war against: hardly the privileged upper class, but more like escaped prisoners.

Harlem Success Academy students

Harlem Success Academy students


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One more Cos Cob contract reported yesterday


4 Mianus View Terrace

4 Mianus View Terrace

4 Mianus View Terrace, off Valley, asking $899 (down from $999). One-third of an acre, nice little house that could easily swallow another $250,000 in expansion and renovation, but decent potential.


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Keystone opposition is all about banning fossil fuels, nothing about saving prairies, water tables or black-footed marmots

Happy days for "environmentalists"

Happy days for “environmentalists”

New poll shows Americans want to see the Keystone pipeline completed, 3:1, but Obama’s holding fast, to appease his base.

Over at Slate, Mathew Yglesias cheers a tanker  oil spill and explains the real strategy of pipeline foes: first stop the pipeline, then block the trains. No theory on how China using that oil instead of the US is better, but the greens operate on a “hate America” wave length – what hurts us is good, everything else is irrelevant. Here’s Mat:

Another day, another spill related to rail shipment of oil and propane gas. This is a reminder that, in real-world terms, analysis of the Keystone XL issue that concludes that even without a pipeline the oil will all eventually be extracted and shipped is nonsense.

Obviously companies who can’t ship their oil through pipelines are going to try to ship it out by rail instead. But it’s not a law of nature that they’ll be allowed to. The growing volume of oil being shipped around on freight railroads is leading to a growing number of accidents and cries out for safety regulation. Like any industry facing pressure for safety regulation, the oil industry will argue that excessively strict regulation will be bad for business. But insofar as there’s a case to be made that the oil drilling industry isn’t actually one we should want to encourage, that argues for very rigorous oversight of everything related to safety, impact on surrounding communities, etc.

Which is just to say that the same political struggle that you see around the pipeline can easily be called into existence around freight rail. Now of course if you think fossil fuel extraction is an industry we should be encouraging, you won’t care—you’ll be for pipelines and for rail shipments. But if you don’t think we should encourage fossil fuel extraction, it’s wrong to say the pipeline battle is pointless because the oil will just go out on train instead. If the political process can halt pipelines, it can halt railroads too.


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