Monday, February 28, 2011

Muslim warning
 
 
This morning the Muslim Brotherhood warned the United States that if it doesn’t stop meddling in the affairs of Egypt and Libya they intend to cut off America's supply of 7-11 and Motel 6 managers.
If this action does not yield sufficient results, cab drivers will be next, followed by Dell, AT&T and AOL customer service reps.
Finally, if all else fails, they have threatened not to send us any more Presidents either.
It's gonna get ugly, people.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city

I had to recheck my calendar to make sure this was not an April fool story!
I propose that the offending blast walls be dismantled with a multi-megaton Nuke.



BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

An Iraqi soldier stands guard as he looks at a damaged concrete blast wall after a bomb attack in Baghdad



The city's government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad's infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military.

"The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way, which reflected deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste," the statement said.

"Due to the huge damage, leading to a loss the Baghdad municipality cannot afford...we demand the American side apologize to Baghdad's people and pay back these expenses."

The statement made no mention of damage caused by bombing.

Baghdad's neighborhoods have been sealed off by miles of concrete blast walls, transforming the city into a tangled maze that contributes to massive traffic jams. Despite a sharp reduction in overall violence in recent years only 5 percent of the walls have been removed, officials said.

The heavy blast walls have damaged sewer and water systems, pavement and parks, said Hakeem Abdul Zahra, the city spokesman.

U.S. military Humvees, driven on street medians and through gardens, have also caused major damage, he said.

"The city of Baghdad feels these violations, which have taken place for years, have caused economic and moral damage," he said.

U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq's cities in June 2009 before formally ending combat operations last August. Around 50,000 remain in Iraq but they are scheduled to withdraw by year end.

Baghdad is badly in need of a facelift. Electricity and trash collection are sporadic, streets are potholed and sewage treatment plants and pipes have not been renovated for years.

Iraq has seen growing protests in recent weeks over poor government services.

Zahra said the city's statement issued on Wednesday would be the start of its measures to get the United States to pay for damages but he did not say what other steps might be taken.


Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city - Yahoo! News

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Great Candidate for Secretary of Education - No, I'm not kidding.

Pa. teacher strikes nerve with 'lazy whiners' blog - Yahoo! News


FEASTERVILLE, Pa. – A high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia who was suspended for a profanity-laced blog in which she called her young charges "disengaged, lazy whiners" is driving a sensation by daring to ask: Why are today's students unmotivated — and what's wrong with calling them out?

As she fights to keep her job at Central Bucks East High School, 30-year-old Natalie Munroe says she had no interest in becoming any sort of educational icon. The blog has been taken down, but its contents can still be found easily online.

Her comments and her suspension by the middle-class school district have clearly touched a nerve, with scores of online commenters applauding her for taking a tough love approach or excoriating her for verbal abuse. Media attention has rained down, and backers have started a Facebook group.

"My students are out of control," Munroe, who has taught 10th, 11th and 12th grades, wrote in one post. "They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire, and are just generally annoying."

And in another post, Munroe — who is more than eight months pregnant — quotes from the musical "Bye Bye Birdie": "Kids! They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs. Noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy LOAFERS."

She also listed some comments she wished she could post on student evaluations, including: "I hear the trash company is hiring"; "I called out sick a couple of days just to avoid your son"; and "Just as bad as his sibling. Don't you know how to raise kids?"

Munroe did not use her full name or identify her students or school in the blog, which she started in August 2009 for friends and family. Last week, she said, students brought it to the attention of the school, which suspended her with pay.

"They get angry when you ask them to think or be creative," Munroe said of her students in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. "The students are not being held accountable."

Munroe pointed out that she also said positive things, but she acknowledges that she did write some things out of frustration — and of a feeling that many kids today are being given a free pass at school and at home.

"Parents are more trying to be their kids' friends and less trying to be their parent," Munroe said, also noting students' lack of patience. "They want everything right now. They want it yesterday."

One of Munroe's former students, who now attends McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., said he was torn by his former teacher's comments. Jeff Shoolbraid said that he thought much of what Munroe said was true and that she had a right to voice her opinion, but felt her comments were out of line for a teacher.

"Whatever influenced her to say what she did is evidence as to why she simply should not teach," Shoolbraid wrote in an e-mail to the AP. "I just thought it was completely inappropriate."

He continued: "As far as motivated high school students, she's completely correct. High school kids don't want to do anything. ... It's a teacher's job, however, to give students the motivation to learn."

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Education Association declined to comment Tuesday because he said the group may represent Munroe. Messages left for the Central Bucks School District superintendent were not returned.

Sandi Jacobs, vice president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, said school districts are navigating uncharted territory when it comes to teachers' online behavior. Often, districts want teachers to have more contact with students and their families, yet give little guidance on how teachers should behave online even as students are more plugged in than they've ever been.

"This is really murky stuff," she said. "When you have a teacher using their blog to berate their students, maybe that's a little less murky. But the larger issue is, I think, districts are totally unprepared to deal with this."

Munroe has hired an attorney, who said that she had the right to post her thoughts on the blog and that it's a free speech issue. The attorney, Steven Rovner, said the district has led Munroe to believe that she will eventually lose her job.

"She could have been any person, any teacher in America writing about their lives," he said, pointing out that Munroe blogged about 85 times and that only about 15 to 20 of the posts involved her being a teacher. "It's honest and raw and a little edgy depending on your taste. ... She has a deep frustration for the educational system in America."

Rovner said that he would consider legal action if indeed Munroe loses her job.

"She did it as carefully as she could," he said about her blog. "It's so general that it applies to the problems in school districts and schools across the country."

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Not Stupid, Just Evil




Yes, the title is a play on Phelim McEleer’s anti-Global Warming Alarmism film, which I contend–in the case of His Wholly Reluctance God/King Obama–is exactly the reverse. He is evil. Let’s review:

First, he deepens the recession by wasting billions in scamulus funds that went straight into the coffers of profligate states and their already contracted union backers–or to China for birdshredders, putting more people out of work and forcing millions of others to eke by on less than ever before.

Then, he begins to fulfill his pre-election promise to make energy prices “necessarily skyrocket” with the offshore drilling moratorium based on entirely fabricated bullshit. Next, failing to win legislation to kill the energy industry and peel off billions in graft via Cap and Trade legislation, he orders the EPA to implement regulations to do the same.

All of this is pushing every family in the country closer to fuel poverty. There are people who now have no heat because they chose to pay for food instead. There are some who’ve already frozen to death–during this hottest year ever–for having made that choice. (For the ever-growing list, search Real Science.)

So who will be penalized by Obama’s “clean energy” totalitarianism? The rich oil companies, the bankers and corporations he and his fellow Commies rail against ad nauseam? Fuck no, they’re in on the game. It is the poor who are being crushed. But that’s not evil enough. He can do better–and he has…

Obama’s budget proposal to pretend to reign in his ridiculous spending is–Ta Da: eliminate bloc grants for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

So, he does everything he can to make energy unaffordable and then cuts off assistance to the people least able to deal with the bullshit he created in the first place. And 80 percent of those getting LIHEAP live in cities–who did they vote for in 2008, again?

But, as others have noted, this is the funniest end-of-the-world ever. So who is telling Obama it won’t fly? Ed Markey, John Effing Lurch Kerry, and Bob Cigar Store Indian Casey–all of whom want EPA control over the energy sector–are compelled by enlightened self-interest to remind His Wholly Reluctance God/King Obama how those inner-city voters will respond.

I see an opportunity here for a Republican win…but they’re not evil, just stupid.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Stimulus Bill

Shortly after class, an economics student approaches his economics
professor and says, "I don't understand this stimulus bill. Can you
explain it to me?"

The professor replied, "I don't have any time to explain it at my
office, but if you come over to my house on Saturday and help me with my
weekend project, I'll be glad to explain it to you." The student agreed.

At the agreed-upon time, the student showed up at the professor's house.
The professor stated that the weekend project involved his backyard pool.

They both went out back to the pool, and the professor handed the
student a bucket. Demonstrating with his own bucket, the professor
said, "First, go over to the deep end, and fill your bucket with as much
water as you can." The student did as he was instructed.

The professor then continued, "Follow me over to the shallow end, and
then dump all the water from your bucket into it." The student was
naturally confused, but did as he was told.

The professor then explained they were going to do this many more times,
and began walking back to the deep end of the pool.

The confused student asked, "Excuse me, but why are we doing this?"

The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the
shallow end much deeper.

The student didn't think the economics professor was serious, but
figured that he would find out the real story soon enough.

However, after the sixth trip between the shallow end and the deep end,
the student began to become worried that his economics professor had
gone mad. The student finally replied, "All we're doing is wasting
valuable time and effort on unproductive pursuits. Even worse, when
this process is all over, everything will be at the same level it was
before, so all you'll really have accomplished is the destruction of
what could have been truly productive action!"

The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile,
"Congratulations. You now understand the stimulus bill."

Friday, February 4, 2011

History Test

Please pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple choice test.

 Do you remember?

 1. In 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by:

 a. Superman
 b. Jay Leno
 c. Harry Potter
 d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

 2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and
massacred by:

 a. Olga Corbett
 b. Sitting Bull
 c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:

 a. Lost Norwegians
 b. Elvis
 c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 4. During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
 a. John Dillinger
 b. The King of Sweden
 c. The Boy Scouts
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:

 a. A pizza delivery boy
 b. Pee Wee Herman
 c. Geraldo Rivera
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
 a. The Smurfs
 b. Davy Jones
 c. The Little Mermaid
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 7. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:

 a. Captain Kidd
 b. Charles Lindberg
 c. Mother Teresa
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 8. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:

 a. Scooby Doo
 b. The Tooth Fairy
 c. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:

 a. Richard Simmons
 b. Grandma Moses
 c. Michael Jordan
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 10. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:

 a. Mr. Rogers
 b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill's women problems
 c. The World Wrestling Federation
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 11. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.  Thousands of people were killed by:
 a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
 b. The Supreme Court of Florida
 c. Mr. Bean
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
 a. Enron
 b. The Lutheran Church
 c. The NFL
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:

 a. Bonnie and Clyde
 b. Captain Kangaroo
 c. Billy Graham
 d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 Nope, .....I really don't see a pattern here, do
you?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Presidency has 'deepened my faith,' Obama says

Presidency has 'deepened my faith,' Obama says

  • Please!   No one believes he's a Christian unless they believe a mouse in a cookie jar is a cookie, or a bicycle in a garage is a car. He already proved he's not. He's an ecumenist, a one-world religion activist with muslim leanings.


WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama's two years in the White House have deepened his Christian faith, he said Thursday as he brushed aside lingering doubts by some Americans who still believe he is Muslim.

"The presidency has a funny way of making a person feel the need to pray," he said to warm laughter at the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering that brings together thousands of religious and community leaders, lawmakers, Washington bureaucrats and international dignitaries.

"Like all of us, my faith journey has had its twists and turns. It hasn't always been a straight line. I have thanked God for the joys of parenthood and Michelle's willingness to put up with me," he said, speaking about his wife.

Obama's speech was personal in nature, as he spoke of how he "came to know Jesus Christ for myself and embrace him as my lord and savior" more than 20 years ago working as a community organizer in Chicago.
"In the wake of failures and disappointments, I've questioned what God had in store for me and been reminded that God's plans for us may not always match our own short-sided desires. And let me tell you, these past two years, they have deepened my faith," he said.

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama was put in the extraordinary position of having to reassure American voters that he is a Christian.

But because his Kenyan father was born a Muslim, his middle name is Hussein, and he spent years in Muslim-majority Indonesia as a child, millions of Americans suspect he is secretly Muslim, according to several polls.

Obama told the prayer breakfast -- which by tradition the US president addresses every year -- that a young minister recites meditations from scripture each morning, and that when faced with the enormity of his office's challenges it is his faith "that keeps me going and that keeps me from being overwhelmed."

"My Christian faith then has been a sustaining force for me over these last few years, all the more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time.

"We are reminded that, ultimately, what matters is not what other people say about us, but whether we're being true to our conscience and true to our God."

He also stressed that in today's "bitterly polarized" politics, "it's useful to go back to scripture to remind ourselves that none of us has all the answers."