Monday, November 30, 2009

Source of Nigerian E-Mail Scams Discovered

Dan from New York:

Chelsea Clinton to wed son of Nigerian Finance Minister

November 30, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Chelsea Clinton is engaged to marry her... boyfriend of two years. Clinton, 29, the only daughter of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, became engaged over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, 31.

Mezvinsky, who works for Goldman Sachs, is the son of former U.S. Reps. Ed Mezvinsky (D-Iowa) and Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinksy (D-Pa.). The elder Mezvinsky recently served a prison term for swindling $10 million from investors in a series of Nigerian e-mail scams. He was released in 2008.

...The couple announced their engagement last Friday in a mass e-mail to friends, a Clinton spokesman said, according to media reports.

The authenticity of the mass e-mail, which also requested help in releasing "funds currently trapped in Nigeria," could not be confirmed at press time.

Is Bill Ayers the administration's de facto 'Education Czar'?

By Kelcy Allen

Bill Ayers, the politely described "unrepentant sixties radical" is back... and in a very questionable way. The indignant political ideologue has surfaced in a fashion that should insult and deeply trouble every decent American no matter their political persuasion.

He is a con-man... a bait-and-switch artist who promises you a seemingly great product only to have you discover after the purchase you end up with something far more expensive that doesn’t work. He raised hundreds of millions of dollars of foundation and grant money in Chicago with the promise of newly enlightened and efficient educational reform, but what the city got was arguably one of the most defective and violent school systems in America.

Now, he’s at it again.

For a decade in the 1970’s Ayers flew under the FBI’s radar, many say with help from his father. In 2009 one might wonder if it’s Big Brother who is now giving him cover. His increased visibility with important Obama cabinet members certainly opens the possibility that someone in power has extended him carte blanche. I’m surprised he didn't get into last week’s White House State dinner.

An Incorrect Wiretap

It's important to understand Ayers would be serving consecutive life terms in a maximum security prison had Nixon’s Justice Department simply used the correct wiretap. Ayers is a veritable snapshot of what can happen in New York City if terror suspects get the kind of venue where technicalities in the hands of a skilled attorney can be manipulated to trump either overwhelming truth or basic justice.

To adequately understand Ayers' deep disdain for Democracy consider what he and his wife Bernardine Dohrn said about America 35 years ago and what they’ve said lately. In 1970 Ayers and Dohrn defiantly signed a vitriolic declaration of war against America, citing, "We are building a revolutionary communist party to lead the working class. Our final goal is the destruction of capitalism, the seizure of power, and the creation of socialism... the violent overthrow and eradication of the social system based on profit."

In November two years ago at a Weather Underground reunion Bill Ayers asked his aging radical colleagues, "What is that spirit we want to connect with, the spirit of rebellion, resistance, of insurgency?! Then he plainly stated, "There’s a lot to look forward to... our empire (the USA) is in decline." This ungrateful, hollow man still sees America’s demise as a wonderful development.

On his heels, his unapologetic wife Bernardine added, "I think it’s true that America is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today... we live in the belly of the beast... right here in the heart of the monster (the USA).”

Our brave defenders buried at Arlington Cemetery must be turning over in their graves. Arlington brings me a step closer to my point.

An Educational Conference in Washington

In early October of this year Ayers was spotted leaving busy Reagan National Airport on his way to the nearby Arlington Key Bridge Marriot Hotel which overlooks the capitol and historic Georgetown. He was to give a lecture to the Renaissance Group, a consortium of American colleges who focus on Teacher Education programs.

A close look at the membership list on the RG website shows that aside from being excellent colleges and universities there is one common denominator—most of the schools have an added emphasis on Instructor Reform—Ayer’s area of expertise. The Renaissance Group’s underlying message is a “rebirth of our nation’s schools... through the preparation of qualified educators.” So far, so good.

Only a fool would disapprove of teacher training, teacher improvement, and teacher excellence. The question is, when Bill Ayers is in the school kitchen and his socialist finger is in the soup, “What kind of teacher training is being cooked up?”

It's important to review Ayers' recipe for America’s schools—to see what Education Reform means to him. Sol Stern, writing in the City Journal in April 2008, explains: “The... pressing issue is not the damage done by the Weather Underground 40 years ago, but the far greater harm inflicted on the nation’s school children by the political and educational movement in which Ayers plays a leading role today." Stern pinpoints, "One of Ayers' major themes is that the American public school system is nothing but a reflection of capitalist hegemony (domination). Thus the mission of all progressive teachers is to take back the classrooms and turn them into laboratories of revolutionary change.”

Ayers may be closer to those goals than people realize

On Monday November 23 President Obama took the occasion of National Lab Day to announce a new “Educate to Innovate” initiative designed to motivate and revitalize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in the nation’s schools. One of the priorities would be expanding STEM education and career opportunities, with a special focus on under-represented groups, including women and minorities. He called for a series of public-private partnerships involving universities, corporations, non-profits, and foundations. If I can agree with President Obama on anything it is definitely improved education.

Back in mid-October, about a week after Ayer’s lecture in Arlington, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Louisiana and publicly committed to rebuilding and reforming the Katrina-devastated New Orleans school system. His proposal was a like-sounding prelude to Obama’s Lab Day announcement.

But wait... what was that about women, minorities, and school reform? In light of the fact there are far more men than women aged 18-24 in the US (the Census Bureau’s 2007 estimate) but on national college campuses women outnumber men 57% to 43%, and the recruitment by Obama of astronaut Dr. Sally Ride—America’s first woman in space, to help with his new initiative, the idea women aren’t getting a fair shake is an outright farce. And considering two of the six astronauts aboard this November’s Atlantis Space shuttle mission were black Americans—Leland Melvin of Virginia and Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr., it seems this administration’s distorted overall view of oppressed minorities and stifled opportunity is not only narrow, but its prejudicial precept indicates it is not inclusive.

Most school issues get my rapid endorsement but I’m hesitant to sign on to this one. A school-corporate-nonprofit nexus…principal and faculty reform... small, low-income community organized projects... under-represented victims... where have we seen this before?

How about Chicago, where Obama chaired the board of the Joyce Foundation which collected tens of millions of dollars of private, corporate sponsored non-profit monies and distributed them to Chicago area school initiatives. Much of the money went to Ayers' small-school reforms and minority-centered programs. Then Obama and Ayers sat together on the Woods Fund and did the same thing. Then they sat together on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and did the same thing. Then Obama sat together with Bill Ayers' father and brother on The Leadership Council and did the same thing. Overall, they appear to have spent over a hundred million dollars into Chicago school projects only to see today's pitiful results.

I was initially excited over Obama’s new direction in education until I realized it might be a replay of the Chicago disasters.

Ayers, Obama's de facto 'Education Czar'

Last month at the Renaissance Group’s Arlington conference there were only three speakers:

• Dr. Martha Kanter, our esteemed US Under-secretary of Education, spoke for 45 minutes

• Our aforementioned Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke for another 45 minutes

• Unfathomably, sandwiched in between the two pillars of our so-called national educational brain-trust, and getting to speak for one entire hour, was none other than our radical reformist and school-system-destroying demolitions expert, Bill Ayers.

Ayers and Dohrn are unrepentant terrorists who -- to this day -- advocate the overthrow of the United States government. That Ayers would be given a forum with this stature confirms that our government is controlled by sixties retreads who truly despise America.

Mr. Allen is a freelance writer who resides in the Pacific Northwest.

President Obama's economic track record in 90 seconds

For your review, the Obama administration's economic track record in 90 seconds can be described as follows (I can also summarize it in one second, if necessary: "teh FAIL")...

 FAIL: The "HAMP" mortgage modification program, designed to save homeowners from foreclosure? Out of 651,000 "trial" modifications, zero (that's none) have turned into a permanent repayment plan.

 FAIL: The "Cash-for-Clunkers" program cost taxpayers between $20,000 and $45,000 per vehicle purchased.

 FAIL: The "Stimulus" program, which cost $787 billion and was rammed through Congress using the premise that, without it, unemployment would not pass 8%, has resulted in 10.2% unemployment and 17% "under-employment" (U-6). The tab will be paid for by your children and grandchildren.

 FAIL: The $60 billion bailout of GM and Chrysler -- abrogating bankruptcy law with payoffs to various union bosses -- is an utter and complete failure. The businesses are unsustainable without a massive restructuring, including dramatically retooling union contracts.

 FAIL: The bailout of AIG, orchestrated by the then-head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) Timothy F. Geithner, "wasted billions" of taxpayer money according to the inspector generator of the TARP program. The initial $85 billion rescue failed, forcing the Fed to pay above-market for the swaps it acquired. The result? "There is no question that the effect of the FRBNY's decision - indeed, the very design of the federal assistance to AIG - was that tens of billions of dollars of government money was funneled inexorably and directly to AIG's counterparties," according to the inspector general. In fact, the terms of the plan were so flawed that the Treasury Department had to dole out an additional $40 billion to AIG just weeks later. For his part in the debacle, FRBNY chairman Geithner was rewarded with a Secretary of the Treasury role by President Obama.

These are the economic qualifications of President Obama and his Congressional sycophants who plan to nationalize one-sixth of the economy through socialized medicine. Come to think of it, those quals are even worse than the average Democrat president, though not by much.

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Paul Krugman's Parents Owe the World a Retraction

A serious question: Has there ever been a more partisan hack pretending to be an economist than Paul Krugman?

Paul Krugman, November 2009:

...the federal government could provide jobs by ... providing jobs. It’s time for at least a small-scale version of the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration, one that would offer relatively low-paying (but much better than nothing) public-service employment. There would be accusations that the government was creating make-work jobs, but the W.P.A. left many solid achievements in its wake. And the key point is that direct public employment can create a lot of jobs at relatively low cost. In a proposal to be released today, the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank, argues that spending $40 billion a year for three years on public-service employment would create a million jobs, which sounds about right.

...this would cost money, probably several hundred billion dollars, and raise the budget deficit in the short run. But this has to be weighed against the high cost of inaction in the face of a social and economic emergency...

Paul Krugman, March 2003, with narration by Niall Ferguson:

"My prediction is that politicians will eventually be tempted to resolve the [fiscal] crisis the way irresponsible governments usually do: by printing money, both to pay current bills and to inflate away debt. And as that temptation becomes obvious, interest rates will soar."

...A year and a half later [Krugman] was comparing the U.S. deficit with Argentina's (at a time when it was 4.5 percent of GDP). Has the economic situation really changed so drastically that now the same Krugman believes it was "deficits that saved us," and wants to see an even larger deficit next year? Perhaps...

...But it might just be that the party in power has changed.

Krugman is a laughingstock, with or without a Nobel Prize. Come to think of it, he fits in perfectly with fellow prize winners Al Gore and Yassar Arafat.

Hat tips: Niall Ferguson and Tyler Durden.

Larwyn's Linx: Re-booting the Debate

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ObamaCare Won’t Work as Promised: Here’s Proof: BigGov
Re-booting the Debate: AT
A story about health care Obama doesn't want you to hear: MonCrief

The Future of ACORN: BigGov (Volpe)
Blue states sour on The Won: Surber
Redeeming Sarah: PJM (Solway)

Police Assassin Pardoned by Huckabee: Ace
Blue State Hell: Insane Animals on the Loose: AmDig
Party Crashers Linked to Obama Pal Khalidi: GWP

How do you measure integrity?: AT
Gladney beatdown witness can't believe it's a misdemeanor: GWP
Blue State Hell: Food for homeless tossed as 'unhealthy': BlogProf


Cato: ObamaCare price tag is $6 trillion: Morrissey
Is Liberty Worth $200 to $500?: LegalIns
Is Dubai a Financial China Syndrome?: InstaPundit

Real Cost of ObamaCare: $7 Trillion over 10 Years: BlogProf
UAE stocks nosedive on Dubai debt fears: Maktoob
The Black Hats Strike Back (Bernanke): Denninger


Rahe: Is Obama a one-trick pony?: Power Line
Thinking about Mark Twain on his birthday: AT
Ed Morrissey Attempts to Unscramble Scott Fenstermaker: SIGIS

Bloggers Scoop Big Media on Gatecrasher Timeline and Obama Ties: AmPower
Party With Polanski: Patterico
Young Blogger on Right Side of the Issues: BMW

'By January, he will have accomplished more than any first-year president since FDR': Fausta
BBC FAIL: CRU Emails Leaked Before They Were 'Hacked': AT (Lifson)
NYT: Obama's tiny hut diplomacy ain't working: Surber

Climate & Energy

Climate change: the worst scientific scandal of our generation : Telegraph (UK)
Weird science: East Anglia CRU threw out their raw data: Morrissey
Climategate Software: Garbage In, Garbage Out, and a Garbage Disposal in the Middle: AmDig

The Ghost of Lysenko: AT
Oopsy: raw data gone: Pundette
ClimateGate Insanity: CRU Dumped Original Temperature Records To Save Space: CBullitt

ClimateGate: What Are the Alarmists So Afraid Of?: BigGov
Calls to ban CRU scientists from IPCC process: AT (Moran)
Could Al Gore Be Investigated For Financial Fraud?: Riehl


Honduran voters too Leftist thug Zelaya: GWP
America's Day in Court: Cold Fury
Stalin Honored with Churchill at D-Day Memorial: PJM (de Russy)

Smart Power(tm) Breakthrough: Iran To Eliminate Expand Nuclear Program: Ace
Hillary's Bombshell: Obama Administration Subtly Launches Dramatic Policy Change on Peace Process: Rubin
The Rations of Government: You've Had Enough: Cold Fury

Obama’s Foreign-Policy Naivete Is Making War More Likely: Boot
Swiss ban minarets: Surber


Pub fined $13K for Wi-Fi Copyright Infringement: CNet
Swine flu deaths spike in Egypt: Maktoob
Droid does, iPhone doesn't: The porn app store: CNet


Good Gift, Bad Gift: Pundette
A friendly chat with the global warming evangelist who lives in my head: Treacher
Warsaw zoo to display caged 'cavemen': BlogProf

On the Climategate Scam:

The problem is that most don't have a background in Geology. 100 years is less than a tiny flyspeck compared to the earths overall history. It's barely measurable. Warming and cooling cycles are at best measured in increments of at least 20,000 years. So the ice caps are melting. Big deal. At one point in the distant past there were no ice caps. The earth was experiencing a warming period. Then there was a prolonged cooling period, when the warm atmosphere caused an increase in water vapor due to rising ocean temperatures. The water vapor was transported by winds to a cooler place, the poles, where it was released in the form of snow. Many thousands of snow accumulation created glaciers. We are now in one of the 20,000 year warming cycles, causing the ice caps to melt. At some point in the distant future, another cooling cycle will occur and the process will start anew. In case you doubt the cycles involved, keep in mind that CO2's account for only 5% of what are called greenhouse gases. The other 95% is water vapor. So now you know. I'll forward you a link to the history of Yosemite National Park about 90 miles down the road from where I live. Judge for yourself the times involved in its creation. -- Anthony Rohl

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Al Gore Moves On To His Next Great Cause

It's for the children... and the cash flow.

"Question for the Focus Group!"

"On a scale of 1 to 5 -- with 1 being not very scary to 5 being 'pee-in-your-pants terrifying', which scenario is more frightening to you?"

"In other words, is there a possible event in the future that would scare the bewhilickers out of you?"

"#1: Robots that reproduce, invade your home, and then sit in your recliner eating nachos."

"Nah... that's a two... not scary." "Hell, my husband does that now. How could I tell the difference?"

"#2: All Breast Implants installed before 2008 will double in size by 2019 causing higher air pressure around the world."

"That's a one." "I don't see the problem." "Me neither."

"#3: If the human race keeps polluting, gravity will stop working before the end of the century."

"C'mon!" "That's a one... some of us bought the warming crap before, but this time? That s*** is played!" "Give me a f***ing break."

"#4: More Keanu Reeves movies."

"S***!" "Five -- did you see his last bomb?" "I think I just soiled myself."

"Excellent... excellent! Now, final question: if any of these ideas pan out, would you object to being featured in a documentary film?"

12 Months Later

Iran clenches fist, extends middle digit to SmartPower™

Ace with the most descriptive headline of the day: "Smart Power(tm) Breakthrough: Iran To Eliminate Expand Nuclear Program".

Iran’s Government today announced plans to build ten new uranium enrichment plants and said work would start within two months.

Each site will be the size of the existing Natanz plant with the aim of producing between 250-300 tonnes of uranium a year.

IRNA, Iran’s state news agency, says the Government ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to begin construction of five uranium enrichment sites that have already been studied and propose five other sites for future construction.

Maybe if President Obama modified the cadence of his speech, used a more mellifluous tone, and offered more platitudes, perhaps then the Iranians would be receptive to his begging. For without a credible stick to accompany the many proffered carrots, begging is all that's left.

Wayne's Top Ten Climategate Laughingstocks

Just in case you're wondering who the biggest losers are in the Climategate debacle:

This list is based upon Anthony Watts' Climategate: a Who's Who, an excellent video that briefly outlines the outrageous behavior of a dedicated posse of scam artists, faux scientists and profiteers.

Larwyn's Linx: No Dithering Around!

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An Unlikely Palinista: MonCrief
No Dithering Around!: Crittenden
Figures. Obama’s Doctor Friend Was a Marxist, Too: GWP

Democrats Channel Rhett Butler: Anchoress
'Party Crashers' had five-year relationship with Obama: CFP
Guess who came to dinner?: CFP

Republican Blasts ACORN Reprieve: Boston
Black Congressmen Under Investigation? Must Be Racism!: PJM
2,500 rally in St. Louis: BMW


A trillion here, a trillion there...: Ace
Just another nut job: S, C & A
Goldfinger: Operation Grand Slam With A Tungsten Twist: Kirby

Pelosi admits: we blew billions and got nothing for it: GWP


What Story?: Steyn
NYT reveals more classified intel; largely ignores ClimateGate: JWF
Meet Jacob Weisberg, parallel universe inhabitant: DPU (Language Warning)

CNN scoops the world on MenuGate: Surber
Other Things Joy Behar Can Use to Pander to Ethnic Groups & Minorities: Powers
Oh my. NY Times scorches Obama foreign policy: AT (Moran)

Climate & Energy

ClimateGate: Time to postpone Copenhagen: PJM (Simon)
Climategate Implosion is Bush’s Fault: Anchoress
Sunny with a chance of snowballs in hell: Cold Fury

ClimateGate by video: TigerHawk
Mann to be investigated by Penn State review: WUWT
The Latest on Climategate: University Will Release CRU Data: PJM

Obama's Cardiff Giant: AT
UN Climate Chief: Western Lifestyles are unsustainable: Nelson
Interview with NASA Climatologist Roy Spencer Regarding ClimateGate: BlogProf


Hit-and-Run Jihad Comes to America: PJM
'Mostly Peaceful' Activists Riot Before Geneva WTO Meeting: JWF
Saber-Rattling by Proxy: Commentary

Dozens Killed in Russian Train Terror Attack: GWP
Prosecuting American 'War Crimes': WSJ
The Middle East Needs Dubai: Boot

If We Sacrifice Jerusalem, Why Defend London: AT (Lewis)


Buying, selling, and Twittering all the way: CNet


Daily Scoreboard: Surber
'Mrs Obama Resembles No One Else — Her Style is Unique': JWF

Comment o' the day: Concerning the White House party crashers...

So, nobody really believes that this incident was the Secret Service's way of telling President Obama, "It's time to go, sir." -- 11B40

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Media Inventory: ClimateGate Reporters vs. Propagandists

Using Google News, I endeavored to answer the question "who is reporting upon ClimateGate... and who is ignoring it or covering it up?"


Australia: Herald-Sun
Canada: National Post
Canada: Toronto Sun
UK: Financial Times
UK: Guardian
UK: London Daily Mail
UK: Telegraph
UK: Times of London
US: Fox News
US: Wall Street Journal
US: Washington Times


Ireland: Belfast Telegraph ("Climate action ‘will save millions’")
UK: Press Association ("Warming health threat 'very real'")
UK: Reuters ("Hacked climate emails called a "smear campaign"")
US: Associated Press ("Curbing global warming saves lives, studies say")
US: Bloomberg ("Sea Level Rising Faster Than Forecast, Scientists Say")
US: Christian Science Monitor ("Amid charges of global warming hoax, new warning on climate change")
US: Los Angeles Times ("Global warming, the next partisan divide")
US: Space Daily ("Climate change: How global warming is having an impact")
US: University of Chicago ("University of Chicago Climate Scientists Share Concerns About Global Warming at EPA Hearings")
US: USA Today ("Scientist: Leaked climate e-mails a distraction")

URGENT: Twitter Virus Hack Underway, Ignore Direct Messages!

The scuttlebutt on Twitter is that a wide range of user accounts have been hacked and are spewing out enticing direct messages. Here's one I received, which -- full frontal admission -- I clicked on.

"you are funny. ur high school pic.. http://albums.twite...


If you clicked on one of these direct message links, change your Twitter password immediately.

If you have not clicked on one yet, ignore them all.

Make sure your anti-virus, host intrusion prevention and/or other endpoint protection mechanisms are in place. If you surf using Internet Explorer, it's highly likely you are at risk. In that case, Download Firefox immediately and use it -- in all cases -- as a replacement for IE.

More updates as events warrant.

Timing: NASA Warmist James Hansen's Book Due Out Next Month

You've got to feel for freelance writer Keith Kloor. He spent quite a bit of time preparing a profile of NASA's outspoken Warmist-in-Chief James Hansen for the December issue of Nature Magazine. The profile, of course, predates the recent CRU data disclosures that confirm the warmists' source code and data were as bogus as tungsten-filled gold bars. To call Kloor's profile of Hansen ill-timed, then, is somewhat akin to awarding Tiger and Elin Woods the prestigious "Married Couple of the Year" trophy.

James Hansen, arguably the world's most famous climate scientist, is prone to shouting from the rooftops. The director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, Hansen has, in recent years, become better known for his climate activism than his scientific research. Last July, he said on his website that "the global climate is near tipping points" and that the consequences would "be irreversible — if we do not promptly slow fossil fuel emissions during the next few decades".

His conviction that a climate catastrophe is looming has led Hansen to increasingly take on the role of advocate, sending numerous pleading letters to world leaders and CEOs, and attending well-publicized protests against coal plants with the explicit aim of being arrested. It's also prompted him, at the age of 68, to write his first book. The title, Storms of My Grandchildren, refers to the ferocity of extreme weather events that will greet the next generation if the unmitigated use of fossil fuels continues.

But if someone can challenge Kloor for 'crappiest timing', Hansen may be that someone.

Hansen's new book, which -- surprise! -- promotes the dangers of warming, is due in December.

Its title -- Dreams from my Sauna -- was inspired by the famous incident in which Hansen was reportedly locked in a sauna for six hours. The after-effects of the episode left Hansen forever scarred, worried that his children and grandchildren would suffer a similar fate due to either climate change or a faulty door.

I just made up the prior paragraph. The actual title of Hansen's book is Storms of My Grandchildren, but -- given its timing -- the title won't matter: total sales in any case promise to be somewhere betwixt four and twelve given the revelation that CRU scientists completely gamed the system.

As a NASA employee, Hansen -- whose most recent nickname is "The Laughingstock" -- is, of course, on the public dole. He's one of many raving warmists who occupy positions of power in the current all-star lineup of Obama administration Marxists.

• Climate Czar Carol Browner, a self-identified socialist, serves on the board of one of the largest "carbon trading" companies.

• Science Czar John Holdren, a one-time advocate of forced abortions and mass sterilizations, is a professional, full-throated evangelist for the climate scam as the "Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy" at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Put simply, these would-be oligarchs went long on the climate change scam, figuring nothing could stop the march to Eco-Socialism. They were wrong.

Intrade's Cap-and-Trade contract -- which gauges the likelihood of passage of a carbon tax bill -- has dropped from $40 to an all-time low of sixty cents.

In other words, there's a better chance that Gene Simmons will be the next Supreme Court Justice.

Hansen, Browner and Holdren are now, officially, walking one-liners. Every time one of them enters a room, sound a rimshot.

Important Miss America News

Tommy sent this one in.

Greta Van Susteren revealed last night that Rush Limbaugh will be one of the judges of the 2010 Miss America Pageant. Pageant officials figured this was the only way to keep Barack Obama from winning that, too.

There is no need to check Snopes for the accuracy of this important report.

Rachel Uchitel Photos: The Woman Reported To Have Caused Tiger's Wife to Lay a Smackdown on Him

TMZ is reporting that Tiger Woods' facial injuries weren't related to his recent auto accident: they were inflicted by his wife who laid a smackdown on him.

We're told he said his wife had confronted him about reports that he was seeing another woman. The argument got heated and, according to our source, she scratched his face up.

We're told it was then Woods beat a hasty retreat for his SUV -- but according to our source, Woods says his wife followed behind with a golf club. As Tiger drove away, she struck the vehicle several times with the club.

Here is a photo of Rachel Uchitel, the reported subject of his fancy.

The National Enquirer reports that Uchitel, a 34-year old "New York party girl", has been the subject of Tiger's dalliances.

And, hey, the Enquirer scooped everyone with the story that John Edwards had a secret love child, so its track record is better than that of MSNBC.

My brother and I had this argument with our spouses last night. We said, if you're worth say, $500 million or so, you should be allowed to have a few 'wives'.

Taking this side of the debate turned out not to be such a great idea. And that's all I'm willing to say on the subject.

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Don't Cry for Me, America


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Brilliant: White House posts party crasher photos to its Flickr feed

Seriously: see for yourself.

Dan Frommer observes that this series of oversights is "not exactly the best way to discourage future attention-crazed White House party crashers."

It seems a perfect testament to an administration more fixated on celebrities, Beer Summits, Stimulus construction signs and Cash-for-Clunkers programs than actual issues like Iran and the real economy.

Just in case it gets deleted, here's a screen-capture.

Their plans are coming to fruition.

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Larwyn's Linx: Your Medical Records are Absolutely Safe

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The Pathology of Evil in Politics: AT
The Democrat Establishment is Very Worried: Dinocrat
Classical Liberalism: The Right to Rebel: Virtuous Republic

ACORN doc drop: trashed files were relevant: BigGov
About that ACORN funding ban...: GWP
Illegal -- and above the law: Carr

James Rainey Digs Himself an Even Deeper Hole: Patterico
Your Medical Records are Absolutely Safe: LegalIns
Race Card Player Has A Lot To Learn: LegalIns


Today's Poor: Better Off than an Average Person in 1971: Wizbang
Voter Anger Is Building Over Deficits: Rove
GE goes where fools dare tread: Atlas

The Makers of Money: Doc Zero
We ain't seen nothin' yet: Hanson


MSNBC Exclusive: Fort Hood Never Happened: Coulter
Uh Oh! Stoutcat Disagrees with Krauthammer: GrandRants
Friday Edition: Black & Right

ClimateGate: How They All Squirmed: Delingpole
Did Hollywood Today plagiarize American Power?: AmPower
ClimateGate: It Won't Go Away: YouTube

Climate & Energy

IPCC's Gray: 'There was proof of fraud all along': PJM
ClimateGate spreads: Pundette
This just in...: Corner

Eric S. Raymond on Global Warming Fraud: ReCon
Death Knell to Global Warming: Expert Says Hockey Stick Data Was 'Fudged': GWP
'Cap and Trade is Dead': RSM

Cross-examining the climate change scammers: BigGov
Pressure Mounts: Disband the IPCC?: Depot


Obama May Allow US Soldiers to be Tried in the Hague: GWP
The Blood of Millions Will Be On El Baradei's Hands: Verum Serum
National Hell-thcare: 70 UK Patients Dead Due To Neglect, Filth, Blood-Spattered Equipment: BlogProf

Obama secured China’s backing on Iran because of his failure to secure Israel’s backing on Iran: Bombs
National Hell-thcare: Hundreds of patients died needlessly at NHS hospital due to appalling care: Telegraph (UK)
Stoning devil, animal sacrifice mark 3rd day: Maktoob

95-Year Old has German National Record Restored: BermanPost


Needed: An 'Open Science' Movement: GM's Place
Military wins small battle in war against counterfeit chips: Ars Technica
The Science Bubble: MoneyRunner


Google Earth During the Second World War: Daily Mail (UK)
Domestic Crisis at the White House!: Bubba Near
R.I.P. - Conservative Michigan Blogger David Hinz Killed In Auto Accident Today: BlogProf

Last year, Mr. Obama made fiscal restraint a constant theme of his presidential campaign. "Washington will have to tighten its belt and put off spending," he said back then, while pledging to "go through the federal budget, line by line, ending programs that we don't need." Voters found this fiscal conservatism reassuring.

However, since taking office Mr. Obama pushed through a $787 billion stimulus, a $33 billion expansion of the child health program known as S-chip, a $410 billion omnibus appropriations spending bill, and an $80 billion car company bailout. He also pushed a $821 billion cap-and-trade bill through the House and is now urging Congress to pass a nearly $1 trillion health-care bill.

      -- Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal, 11/27/2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Watches in all price ranges

Harry Winston has watches in every price range: from just Crazy Expensive to Sweet Fancy Moses!:

I suppose I'm not very refined, being partial to the Tudor Chronograph and all.

Papa John's Z28 and the Marine Toys-for-Tots Foundation

Earlier this year, John Schnatter -- the founder of Papa John's Pizza -- launched a national quest to find his long-lost '71 Chevy Camaro Z28. He had sold the car about 25 years ago to fund his first restaurant. Eventually, he located the car in Kentucky and shelled out more than $250,000 in finder's fees.

Schnatter wasn't done. He went on to hold a national celebration, offering free pizzas to Camaro owners for a day in all 2,600 locations around the country.

Schnatter went on to create a die-cast 1:64-scale replica of his car, which sell for $4.99 apiece. Each comes with a coupon for a free medium cheese pizza. And, best of all, $1 from each toy car purchased will be donated to a very worthy cause: the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

In addition to selling the miniaturized replicas online, Papa John's donated 5,000 toy cars directly to the foundation. AutoBlog estimates Papa John's will generate over $150,000 in cash for Toys for Tots.

Above this paragraph, you'll see a "Click to Order" button. Go ahead and click... order a couple for Christmas, Hannukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus -- whatever holiday you celebrate. The kids will love 'em and the cause is worthy indeed.

Obama Calls for Immediate Probe of White House Crashers; As For Millions of Missing Jobs? Not So Much.

A headline in this afternoon's Wall Street Journal ("Obama Calls for Probe of White House Crashers") describes the president's anxiety over his personal security.

As for the economic security of millions of Americans -- who are victims of Democrat policy failures and Cloward-Piven government -- well, the President has plans.

He plans to convene a "jobs summit" -- which he figures will work about as well as the "Stimulus" bill, the Omnibus spending bonanza, the auto bailout and "Cash-for-Clunkers" -- because it promises to offer some excellent photo ops. No rush, though. It'll be held sometime in December.

But we've got to get steppin' on that security detail probe.

CFR predicts collapse of the dollar 'well before 2030' and, purely coincidentally, the U.S. Mint halts sales of gold and silver coins

The assault on the U.S. dollar continues apace with two intriguing snippets of news today:

CFR predicts a dollar collapse 'well before 2030': The Obama administration's attack on the full faith and credit of the currency is succeeding.

The Council on Foreign Relations' subscription magazine Foreign Affairs describes the certain effects of the Democrats' unprecedented deficit spending.

...increasing U.S. demands on foreign investors would probably become unsustainable and produce a severe drop in the value of the dollar well before 2030, possibly bringing on a hard landing.

-- Foreign Affairs, Volume 88, No. 6, November / December 2009, p22.

The U.S. Mint halts the sale of its gold coins: Hording, anyone?

The U.S. Mint has suspended sales of most American Eagle coins made from precious metals including gold and silver, citing depleted inventories of the metals after sales surged 88 percent in the first 10 months of this year... Sales of American Eagle gold coins jumped to 1.07 million ounces this year through October, from 568,000 a year earlier, according to the mint's Web site. This month, the mint indicated it sold an additional 124,000 ounces of the coins.

About 23.41 million ounces of silver coins were sold this year through October, and almost 2.59 million more were sold this month, the Web site shows... Last year, the mint sold about 15.38 million ounces of silver American Eagles through October.

Now that gold has touched an all-time high of $1,193 an ounce -- with banks among the buyers to protect themselves against the hemorrhaging dollar -- I can't help but think of the movie Goldfinger, with George Soros playing the role of Auric Goldfinger.

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Help Wanted, No Real Experience Required: Driscoll
Constitutional Law’s Tyranny of Complexity: PJM
Giving thanks to the necessary men: Doc Zero

Turkeys of the Year: Malkin
Three Proposals on the Black Family: City
Sen. Conrad's Insulting Defense of KSM: AT


The cronies, czars & corruptocrats at Obama’s first state dinner: Malkin
Dubai struggles to contain investor panic: Maktoob
Detroit and the true 'hockey stick' graph: jobs: BlogProf

State Pensioner Thinks He's Blameless for Pension Mess: STACLU
California Rumblings: Zero Hedge
World voting with its feet on the dollar: AT


Even Russian TV Does Better Job Reporting ClimateGate Than CNN: NewsBusters
Cass Sunstein vs. the Hateful Blogs: Verum Serum
The White House's unprecedented use of 'unprecedented': BlogProf

The Competing Narratives of Barry and Sarah: AT (Cashill)
What is Helen Thomas thankful for?: RSM
Barbara Walters interviews Sarah Palin: Pedaling Fast

Climate & Energy

Uh oh: raw data tells a different story than the 'official' one: Watts
'Case for climate fears is blown to smithereens...UN conference should be closed': Depot
Science Czar Holdren's Involvement in 'Climategate': CFP

Politics and Greenhouse Gases: AT (McLaughlin)
Climategate: It’s the Totalitarianism, Stupid: PJM (Lewis)
Moving the goalposts: breathtaking: MoneyRunner

Here's the decline that they hid: Maggie's Farm
Science untarnished by 'Climategate,' U.N. says: CNet
Rigged from the start: WSJ

Protesters Chase Junk Scientist Al Gore Down the Street After Book Signing: GWP
Wow, “Man-made” Warming Really Is Global: Kiwis Dope The Data: CBullitt


For Thanksgiving Barack Obama Demands Release of 1,000 Terrorists: GWP
Iranians stage protest at Haj; chant death to America and Israel: Maktoob
War Porn: Instant Gunship: Ace

Terrorist Criminal Trials and the Coming Jihad: AT (Miller)
Swiss vote on banning minarets: Riehl


Attacks Appear Imminent as IE Exploit Is Improved: PC World


Gratuitous Thanksgiving Picture o' the Day: Crazy Uncle
What to Give Your Wife for Christmas: RSM
Turnabout's fair game: BrutHon

Suburban Housewife: Sally Brooks (Language Warning)
Movie Reviews: BDP (Language warning)
Environmentalism as Religion: Crichton (2003)

Quote o' the Day:

"All the talk about climate change, fraudulent science, the politicization of science, and so on has reminded me of one of my favorite stories of all time. I learned it from Tony Daniels (aka Theodore Dalrymple). In the Nazi period, 100 “Aryan” scientists signed a statement against Einstein — saying that the theory of relativity was a Jewish hoax or whatever. Asked to comment on this, Einstein said, “If what they are saying were true, one signature would have been enough.”

In science, as in other areas of life, beware the bandwagon. -- Jay Nordlinger