2013 December

3rd month of the 4th quarter of the 24th year of the Bush-Clinton-Shrub-Obummer economic depression

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  "The first KY race-course was built in 1789 at Lexington.   Then and there Kentucky's long love affair with racing began.   Horse breeding also had an early beginning in TN.   A weekly there advertised in 1799 that Spotted Medley, 'got by Gimrack, got by Imported Medley, a beautiful dapple gray, rising 6 years, full 15 hands high', was at stud at Flowery Spring plantation.   The fee was 'three dollars the leap'.   The bluegrass of mid-Kentucky and Tennessee [first found in the Shenandoah Valley] proved ideal for the horses which had carried early horsemen through Cumberland Gap.   There the settlers found lustrous meadows of thick, matted turf enclosed in the dense virgin forest of the Ohio Valley.   There the wild pea vine grew luxuriantly, attracting hosts of deer and buffalo.   In these fields, burned clear by the Indians, colts could browse the year round and absorb the lime to build strong legs and long bodies." --- Parke S. Rouse ii 1973 _The Great Wagon Road_ pp231-232  

 
 
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  "President James Monroe stated the basis for the policy of forced removal of the remaining eastern Indians when he said in 1817: 'The hunter or savage state requires a greater extent of territory to sustain it than is compatible with the progress and just claims of civilized life, and must yield to it.'" --- Parke S. Rouse ii 1973 _The Great Wagon Road_ pg234  

 
 

 

 


captain William Scott's flag for the Republic of Texas.

2013 December

3rd month of the 4th quarter of the 14th year of the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama economic depression


 
 

2013-12-01

2013-12-01
Willis Eschenbach
mechanical climate models

2013-12-01
Rodrigo Sermeno _PJ Media_
the haughty John Kerry, who served in VietNam, tries to convince US senate that UN treaties which erode US sovereignty won't affect US sovereignty

2013-12-01
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
Obummer and the suspension of disbelief

2013-12-01
Neil Schnurr _Tea Party Nation_
I cried when Old Yeller died (part 1)
 
Proposed Bills 2013
 
 

  "One Cherokee planter, Joseph Vann, lost his $10K house and 800 acres of farm-land on the specious charge that he had violated the law by hiring a white man to over-see his farm in his absence.   Vann and his family were then driven from their house and escorted in the snow across the state line into TN.   The estate of chief John Ross was also seized adn gien to the holder of the winning tickt in a GA land lottery.   Despite threats and cajolery, only 2K of the 16,500 Cherokee had obeyed the edict to move from the Appalachians by 1838-05-22.   To remove the other 14,500, general Winfield Scott [a cousin of captain William Scott who had died near Baytown TX a couple years before, husband of Mary Hannah] was ordered from Washington to replace general Wool.   A contingent of 7K Federal and GA troops patrolled Cherokee lands and prepared to carry out Federal orders." --- Parke S. Rouse ii 1973 _The Great Wagon Road_ pg236  

 
 

2013-12-02

1777-12-02: Philadelphia housewife and nurse Lydia Darragh single-handedly saves the lives of general George Washington and his Continental Army when she over-hears the British planning a surprise attack on Washington's army for the following day
1804-12-02: at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years
1805-12-02: the battle of Austerlitz: French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte defeat a joint Russo-Austrian force
1823-12-02: US president James Monroe delivers a speech establishing American neutrality in future European conflicts
1845-12-02: President James K. Polk announces to congress that the United States of America should aggressively expand into the West
1867-12-02: at Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States
1908-12-02: child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of 2
1920-12-02: following more than a month of Turkish-Armenian War, the Turkish dictated peace treaty is concluded. It is known as the Treaty of Alexandropol
1927-12-02: following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile
1930-12-02: during the Great Depression: President Herbert Hoover goes before the United States Congress and asks for a US$150M public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy
1942-12-02: the Manhattan Project: A team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction
1947-12-02: riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan (source: Jewish World Review; donate to Keren Yehoshua ve Yisroel & Jewish World Review)
2010-12-02: the House voted, 333-79, to censure representative Charles Rangel (D-NY), for financial and fund-raising misconduct; it was only the 23rd time that the House had invoked its most serious punishment short of expulsion

2013-12-02 (5774 Kislev 29)
R' Moshe Grylak _Jewish World Review_
Why Jews, Christians and Muslims should take pride in the Miracle of Lights
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2013-12-02
Monica Crowley _Political Mavens_
"fundamental transformation" of the world
"I'm still combing through the details of the deal that president Obama, secretary John Kerry and others in the administration struck with the Iranian regime, but one thing is obvious: it essentially clears the way for Iran to become [not only a state sponsor of world-wide terror, but] a nuclear-armed power.   Setting aside multiple, hard-fought UN resolutions calling for Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment, the deal allows Iran to continue enrichment and requires little to nothing of the regime in return for the easing of some sanctions."

2013-12-02 (5774 Kislev 29)
Bruce Williams _Jewish World Review_
buying used cars and keeping them is smart policy
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2013-12-02 (5774 Kislev 29)
Mark Steyn _Jewish World Review_
Obummer regime boxes in Israel, not Iran: surrender in Geneva
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2013-12-02 (5774 Kislev 29)
Jeff Jacoby _Jewish World Review_
who gives more
"When it comes to charitable giving, America is a world-beater.   According to Giving USA, an annual compendium of national data on philanthropy, Americans last year donated more than $316G to charity, or roughly 2% of GDP.   Contrary to popular belief, most of that money didn't come from foundations or corporations.   It came from individuals.   In 2012, donations from private American households added up to about $223G.   Whether measured per capita or as a share of national wealth, charity in other countries doesn't come close.   The extraordinary generosity of ordinary Americans has often been noted.   Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, calls it the nation's most salient feature.   'The truly extraordinary thing about the United States is not how much we produce -- nor how much we consume.', Brooks wrote in _Who Really Cares_...   Seen as a whole, Americans are indeed charitable standouts.   Not even Canada, so similar to the United States geographically and culturally, shows the same commitment to charity.   'Private monetary generosity in Canada is considerably lower than in the United States.', noted the Fraser Institute, a leading Canadian think tank, in a report last December (pdf).   'This generosity gap undoubtedly limits the ability of charities to improve the quality of life in Canada.'   But not all Americans donate.   There are notable gaps here too.   As you'd expect in a country where so many dollars go to charity, there is no shortage of data on where those dollars come from, and what kind of Americans are likeliest to give them.   In a recent essay in Philanthropy magazine (the quarterly journal of the Philanthropy Roundtable), Karl Zinsmeister usefully surveys the scholarly research..."
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2013-12-02
_PJ Media_
FDR's raw deal is still destroying the USA (video)

2013-12-02 (5774 Kislev 29)
Jim Mullen _Jewish World Review_
TV or not TV, that is the question
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2013-12-02 (5774 Kislev 29)
Star Parker _Jewish World Review_
the dishonest selling of ObummerDoesn'tCare
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2013-12-02 (5774 Kislev 29)
Dave Ross _Jewish World Review_
what do you do when your dad is a billionaire?
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2013-12-02 (5774 Kislev 29)
Paul Greenberg _Jewish World Review_
time for a new contract with America
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2013-12-02 (5774 Kislev 29)
Bernard Goldberg _Jewish World Review_
how would leftists treat a black non-leftist in the White House?
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2013-12-02
Joe Born
is the Bern model non-physical?

2013-12-02
Robert W. Endlich
reality disproves climate hysterics' sea level claims

2013-12-02
Anthony Watts
Advances in Space Research: sun is headed for a Dalton-like solar minimum around 2050

2013-12-02
Dave Flessner _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
while Obummer regime strives to freeze Americans to death in the dark, Franklin L. Haney strives to finance new nuclear power plant
Chattanooga Times Free Press
"TVA officials say they don't expect to need the power from Bellefonte any time soon, even after the utility shutters another 8 coal-fired generating units over the next couple of years.   A new cost estimate from TVA to finish Bellefonte is nearly double previous projections and appears to render the nuclear plant cost prohibitive, at least in the current environment."

2013-12-02
_Cumberland PA Sentinel_
it is past time to maintain, repair and replace bridges

2013-12-02
_Conservative HQ_
senate GOP loser Mitch McConnell declares war against non-leftists

2013-12-02
Will Weissert _Minneapolis MN Star Tribune_/_AP_
India+NJ-based cross-border bodyshop Cognizant moving USA operations from NJ to College Station, TX
"expects to add 10K jobs [in the USA] over the next 3 years.   Cognizant already employs about 166K people worldwide, including 2K in Texas."

2013-12-02
Scott S. Smith _Investor's Business Daily_
Cognizant's Francisco d'Souza is aware of changes
"He was born in Nairobi, Kenya; grew up in 10 other countries, including Panama and Congo; and had to learn languages just to survive in school.   During the boom of the late 1990s, he helped launch the tech service [cross-border bodyshop] firm Cognizant (CTSH), was its North American director through the tech crash of the early 2000s and became CEO in 2007 January...   His father bought him a computer when he was 13.   Frank taught himself programming and in 3 years developed software to manage the inventory of a division of the Trinidad army [showing again that development of complex, data-based software can be done by those who don't have a university degree]...   in 1992, he joined credit information provider [i.e. privacy violator] Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) and went to Germany.   The next year, he heard D&B wanted to focus on emerging markets, so he volunteered to help create a software service arm in Chennai, India.   Originally called DBSS and servicing D&B's in-house needs, the unit was spun off as Cognizant in 1996 and the next year moved to Teaneck, NJ.   It went public in 1998...   more than 166K employees [bodies shopped] globally..."

2013-12-02
Paula Bolyard _PJ Media_
10 things your children may never be able to read because Communist Corpse neglects cursive
"The US Declaration of Independence...   2.   Census records...   3.   Grandma's recipes...   4.   Jacqueline [Lee Bouvier] Kennedy's hand-written letters...   5.   Grandpa's letters from Europe...   6.   a greeting from the Reagans...   7.   Lincoln's Gettysburg address...   8.   Lewis and Clark's journals...   9.   letter from Elvis to president Nixon...   10.   letter from queen Elizabeth to president Eisenhower..."

2013-12-02
Andrew Klavan _PJ Media_
"Kill Your Darlings": a startling take on the Beat generation

2013-12-02
Bridget Johnson _PJ Media_
leftist federal effort is under-way to over-ride state laws penalizing those who intentionally expose others to HIV

2013-12-02
_Investor's Business Daily_
Obummer throws Japan under the bus and bows to Red China

2013-12-02
Andrew Malcolm _Investor's Business Daily_
pres. Obummer admits to profiling native citizens vs. immigrants by appearance

2013-12-02
_KGO abc San Francisco CA_
corrupt, irresponsible California legislators and governor MoonBeam take 5.3% pay increase for themselves, while state finances remain in the red

2013-12-02
Mark Krikorian _Center for Immigration Studies_
reprehensible immigration law perversion: the part attempts to justify the hole

2013-12-02
John Rhodes _Center for Immigration Studies_
sometims it pays to speak one's mind on immigration

2013-12-02
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
church arsonist in VT is an illegal alien

2013-12-02
Suzanne Eovaldi _Coach Collins Is Right_
predators: both animal and federal

2013-12-02
Charlotte Allen _Weekly Standard_
Silicon Chasm: the "class" divide on America's "cutting edge"
"Its chief interest is in expanding the H-1B work visa program for [allegedly] 'highly skilled' workers [but in reality a bell-curve of STEM professionals with low, middling and high skill levels] that's mostly used by tech employers to hire temporary guest-workers from foreign countries, usually from East and South Asia.   Valley executives have been calling for decades for H-1B expansion (the current cap is 65K visas annually, although thanks to loop-holes [exemptions] and related programs, it's actually [more than] double that).   During the 1990s the argument was that native-born U.S. programmers were set-in-their-ways oldsters (translation: men and women in their 40s) whose brain cells couldn't make the transition from, say, COBOL to more up-to-date coding languages.   The new argument is that tech workers are in dangerously short supply, especially 'the best, brightest, and hardest workers', as New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, an H-1B expansion advocate, testified before Congress in February [though even many of those over 35 who are adept in a dozen programming languages, a dozen operating systems, and several software and data-base design and development methodologies have been side-lined].   FWD.us certainly has allies in the bay area's substantial Indian community.   At a gym in Fremont, a middle-income suburb directly across the bay from East Palo Alto that counts 40K Indians among its 222K residents, I interviewed 38-year-old Nikesh Kalra, Santa Clara-born of Indian immigrant parents, who, with an MBA from Oxford, is an executive for Equinix, a cloud-storage landlord headquartered in Redwood City.   'The perception is that Indians are taking away good American jobs.', Kalma said.   'The reality is that you Americans can't turn out engineers fast enough.'   The anti-H-1B faction has a response to that: statistics.   One of them, from an April 24 briefing paper produced by the liberal Economic Policy Institute, is that only one out of every two U.S. college graduates with a degree in engineering or computer and information science is hired into those fields, despite a doubling of the number of homegrown computer-science graduates between 1998 and 2004.   Others argue that employers mostly don't use H-1B workers to fill [allegdly] 'best and brightest' jobs, but, rather, relatively low-paying routine programming positions, and that the most avid users of the visas are India-based outsourcing companies that use the visas to provide a few months of U.S. training for their employees, who then return to India.   Most damning of all is that, despite persistent claims of tech-worker shortages, programmer salaries overall have inched only slightly higher from what they were 20 years ago: from $60K a year to about $75K a year in 2012 dollars, according to the Economic Policy Institute.   [Employed] Engineers fare somewhat better: The average annual starting salary at top valley employers such as Google is about $100K, with the median for experienced engineers at about $150K.   Even with the stock options many employers offer, that doesn't go far toward buying even the smallest million-dollar valley house.   A group of software engineers has a pending law-suit alleging that 4 of the biggest employers -- Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe Systems in San Jose—violated federal anti-trust laws between 2005 and 2009 by agreeing not to 'poach' each other's employees with offers of higher pay.   On top of those perhaps deliberately depressed salaries and the high cost of existing housing are a raft of California 'green' laws—enthusiastically supported, as one might expect, by the valley's tech elite in a post-manufacturing economy—that make life there even more expensive, and family-friendly housing even less attainable.   Renewable-energy mandates drive up utility costs, and environmentally driven land-use restrictions and 'smart growth' plans have made the construction of new single-family homes in the valley all but impossible for everyone except those affluent enough to own a large-lot tear-down...   'For each new software designer hired at Twitter in San Francisco, there are 5 new job openings for baristas, personal trainers, therapists and taxi drivers.'"
Steve Sailer: V Dare (pay-walled)
Steve Sailer
Conservative News 24/7
Dyspepsia Generation
Hot Air
TimeBomb 2000
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2013-12-02
Jeffrey J. Williams _Chronicle of Higher Education_
the specialization and stratification of the professoriat

2013-12-02
Don Frederick _Shalom in the Wilderness_
Obummer's amazing co-incidences

2013-12-02
Terrence Moore _Town Hall_
an infamous text-book: the communist corpse assaults USA
"One of the most vital questions for us -- [grand-children, great-grand-children...   5*great-grand-children, 6*great-grand-children, 7*great-grand-children -- of our soldiers of the American Revolution, of the War of 1812, of the Texas's War of Independence, the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, WW1, WW2, Korean War, VietNam War...] -- is how we will preserve their memory.   Ours is the much easier but still important task of making sure that subsequent generations understand the heroism and sacrifice needed to keep America—and indeed the world—safe, prosperous, and free during [these grave crises].   Presumably these lessons not only honor our forebears, who passed on a free and great nation to us, but they also set the example of how we must meet the challenges and crises of our own time.   A glance at one of the nation's leading high-school literature text-books -- Prentice Hall's _The American Experience_, which has been aligned to the [Communist Corpse] -- will tell us how we are doing on that front...   In case the students would be inclined to take the American side in this conflict, the editors see to it that teachers will remind the students repeatedly that there are two sides in every war...   There is more than a little sophistry taking place here: an alarming superficiality and political bias that pervades all the [Communist Corpse] text-books...   There is no reading in this chapter ostensibly devoted to World War 2 that tells why America entered the war [and the actions in the war before that time].   There is no document on Pearl Harbor or the Rape of Nanking or the atrocities committed against the Jews or the bombing of Britain.   The book contains no speech of Winston Churchill or FDR...   There is not a single account of a battle or of American losses or of the liberation of Europe.   The editors do not balance [anti-war propaganda] with the much more famous war song 'Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition' that ends with the line, 'And we'll all stay free!' [nor the words of 'We Must Sink the Bismarck']...   the entire presentation of the Second World War is not an exercise in critical thinking; nor will it make students 'college and career ready'.   This is not teaching.   It is programming, pure and simple..."

2013-12-02
Sharon Florentine _CIO_/_IDG_
CIOs opting for bodyshopping rather than hiring
"The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals that over the last 12 months, only 77,600 'IT' jobs were added...   According to the BLS data, September's 'IT' jobs number was adjusted down from a gain of 2,500 jobs to a loss of 3,600 jobs.   At the same time, the number of jobs reported as gained in October was only 5,200."

2013-12-02
Debra Heine _Breitbart_
Marquette U text-book on race was written by domestic terroirst Bill Ayers
 
Proposed Bills 2013
 
 

  "But every subject can be made interesting, because every subject is interesting.   It would never have aroused human curiosity if it were not.   The trouble with the uninteresting assignment is that the interest had been blotted out.   The book makes for heavy going because the ideas do not flow, because the sentences are off balance, because the syntax gives false cues that compel one to go back and read again, because the words do not say what they mean." --- Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pg35  

 
 

2013-12-03

2013-12-03 (5774 Kislev 30)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
a challenge to our beliefs
Town Hall
News Max
Investor's Business Daily
"among children who are eligible for free meals in England's schools, black children of immigrants from Africa meet the standards of school tests nearly 60% of the time -- as do immigrant children from Bangladesh and Pakistan.   Black children of immigrants from the Caribbean meet the standards less than 50% of the time.   At the bottom, among those children who are all from families with low enough incomes to receive free meals at school, are white English children, who meet the standards 30% of the time...   today many young whites in England are barely literate, and have trouble with simple arithmetic.   Nor are these white students the victims of racial discrimination, much less the descendants of slaves...   It cannot be simply low incomes, because children from other groups in the same low-income brackets out-perform whites in England and outperform blacks in America.   What low-income whites in England and ghetto blacks in the United States have in common is a generations-long indoctrination in victimhood...   Back in the 1940s, before the vast expansion of the welfare state and the ideology of victimhood used to justify it, there was no such [statistical spread] on test scores between black schools in Harlem and white, working class schools on New York's lower east side."
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2013-12-03
Neil Munro _Daily Caller_
Obummer approval rating reaches lowest average ever: 39.9% approval, and 55.8% disapproval
Cathy Burke: News Max

2013-12-03
Jerry Bowyer _Town Hall_
to grow in business and in other aspects of life show gratitude and appreciation

2013-12-03
_Investor's Business Daily_
Ukraine's protests demonstrate the link between free trade adn other facets of freedom

2013-12-03 (5774 Kislev 30)
Wesley Pruden _Jewish World Review_
back-lash in the "social dump" of excessive immigration
"Britain and France [are] singing the same song now in close harmony over immigration and what to do about how it's changing the face of Europe...   It's about 'benefit tourism', and it has little to do with authentic tourists and a lot to do with government benefits.   The problem is not immigration so much as migration, the free movement from country to country within the European Union.   But it's of a piece with the fast-growing movement of migrants from the impoverished nations across the globe...   come Jan. 1 Romanians and Bulgarians will be free to work anywhere in Europe, as set out in the agreement to join the European Union in 2007...   Britain, they said, 'is full up'.   Francois Hollande, the French premier, decries that the 'social dumping' of the poor from Eastern Europe poses 'a threat to the economic and social fabric of France'.   Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, agrees that the 'poverty migration' is causing 'considerable social problems' in Europe..."
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2013-12-03
Bob Beauprez _Town Hall_
IBD: the haughty John Kerry, who served in VietNam, was duped as North Korea and Iran develop new ICBM and nuclear war-heads

2013-12-03
Oren Kessler _Daily Caller_
verify, but don't trust, Iran

2013-12-03 (5774 Kislev 30)
Mona Charen _Jewish World Review_
ObummerDoesn'tCare and government failure
"only about 75% of American students graduate from high school.   In major cities, the figure is closer to 50%. Detroit, Education Week reports, graduates only 46% of students; Denver, 50%; Los Angeles, 52%; and New York City, 54%..."
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2013-12-03 (5774 Kislev 30)
Mona Charen _Jewish World Review_
why voters are finished believing ObummerDoesn'tCare promises
Town Hall
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2013-12-03
Dennis J. Mitchell _Town Hall_
lesson from the ObummerDoesn'tCare birth control mandate: big government + big business = big nasty stinking corruption

2013-12-03
Breanna Deutsch _Daily Caller_
Transparency International rates US government as the 19th most corrupt in the world
Sophie Brown: CNN
UPI
Scott cohn & Robert Ferris: CNBC
CBS

2013-12-03 (5774 Kislev 30)
Froma Harrop _Jewish World Review_
will Americans pay for American-made goods?
"The good news is that companies such as Airtex Design Group in Minneapolis are indeed shifting some operations back to this country.   The less-good news is that the industry has been so shrunk that Airtex struggles to find the old cutting and sewing skills that used to be plentiful, even as pay for them has risen."
The article mentions the falling quality, but fails to mention that prices did not fall precipitously in line with that quality when manufacturing was moved over-seas, did not drop in line with the 3rd world costs of living and compensation to factory workers there.
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2013-12-03 (5774 Kislev 30)
Dennis Prager _Jewish World Review_
a world of lies
Town Hall
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2013-12-03 (5774 Kislev 30)
Paul Greenberg _Jewish World Review_
of honors and honor
Town Hall
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2013-12-03
Carol Platt Liebau _Town Hall_
investigation of IRS political targeting being obstructed

2013-12-03
Anthony Watts
NASA airborne radar gives new look at Greenland's ice sheet and the bed-rock below

2013-12-03
John Slayton
who are you going to believe, my form B-44 or your lying eyes?

2013-12-03
Katie Pavlich _Town Hall_
White House promoting Obummer Youth to twit favorable propaganda about ObummerDoesn'tCare

2013-12-03
John Hawkins _Town Hall_
why leftism is on the wrong side of history

2013-12-03
Humberto Fontova _Town Hall_
Cuban hostage crisis day 1460 for Alan Gross of USAID
Amy Woods: News Max

2013-12-03
Dave Ramsey _Town Hall_
interest rates don't mean much when you're saving for emergencies

2013-12-03
_Slash Dot_
just as we've known all along, scientists confirm men and women's brains are wired differently
BBC
Fox
Jewish World Review
Live Science
"'Men, they say, are wired more front-to-back [intra-hemi-spheric], women more side-to-side [inter-hemi-spheric]...   male brains are structured to facilitate connectivity between perception and coordinated action, whereas female brains are designed to facilitate communication between analytical and intuitive processing modes.'"
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2013-12-03
John Ransom _Town Hall_
the on-going harm from Maxine Waters actions on the banking committee and resulting inflation (with graph)
graphs

2013-12-03
John Ransom _Town Hall_
show of hands: who wants to rein in DC?

2013-12-03
_Slash Dot_
evil RF device allows shutting down car engines remotely

2013-12-03
Patrick J. Buchanan _Town Hall_
has the Asian tiger gone tiger as USA turns groveling spineless wimp?

2013-12-03
Chuck Norris _Town Hall_
federal government's 3 tentacles in the Communist Corpse (part 4)

2013-12-03
Karen Schroeder _Daily Caller_
when parents opt out of Communist Corpse they are threatened
"In a talk on Common Core, New York State PTA Education Coordinator Bob Aloise supported calling Child Protective Services and charging parents with 'educational neglect', if they opt their kids out of curricula or testing.   Despite this and other outrageous threats and insults, parents across the U.S.A. are expressing disgust with the one-size-fits all, turn-my-child-into-a-robot form of standards imposed by Common Core."

2013-12-03
Daniel Doherty _Town Hall_
Arne Duncan on PISA: "picture of educational stagnation"
Steve Sailer: Israel's PISA scores: Arab- v. Hebrew-speakers
Steve Sailer: graph of 2012 PISA scores and the associated table
Steve Sailer: Finland still #1 in Europe
Steve Sailer: Taki's Magazine: PISA piece by piece "In 2009, immigrants dragged down average PISA scores in almost all countries except Australia, which works hard to keep out illegal immigrants and uses a points system to help pick promising legal ones."
Steve Sailer: trends in USA PISA scores
2013-12-05: Patrick J. Buchanan: V Dare
Slate
Slash Dot discussion
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2013-12-03
David Limbaugh _Town Hall_
web-site schmeb-site; keep your eyes on the ObummerDoesn'tCare ball and chains
News Max
Jewish World Review
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2013-12-03
Alex Pappas _Daily Caller_
House Judiciary committee chides Obummer regime for violations of constitutional limits

2013-12-03
Brendan Bordelon _Daily Caller_
former federal prosecutor says the case against ObummerDoesn'tCare is "a slam dunk"

2013-12-03
Greg Richter _News Max_
law professor say pres. Obummer is over-stepping his authority on ObummerDoesn'tCare
Megyn Kelly: Fox
Bob Stuart: News Virginian
Greg Henler: Town Hall
House Judiciary committee: president's constitutional (article 2 section 3) duty to faithfully execute the laws

2013-12-03
Warren Richey _Christian Science Monitor_
constitutional law professors testified that pres. Obummer exceeded his constitutional authority WRT ObummerDoesn'tCare
Dan Stein: Immigration Reform/FAIR
"The law professors made their comments during a 3-hour hearing before the House Judiciary committee, which is examining a string of unilateral actions taken by the White House that critics say usurped legislative powers or bypassed limits on executive authority.   The focus of the hearing was the constitutional requirement that the president 'shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed'...   'This is wholesale suspension of law in the teeth of a clear statutory command to the contrary.', professor Rosenkranz said.   'Whatever it means that the laws be faithfully executed, it cannot mean failing to execute the law at all.', he said...   The president supported the legislation, but it never passed.   Nonetheless, the president later ordered immigration authorities in his administration to exercise their prosecutorial discretion and decline to deport..."

2013-12-03
_Conservative HQ_
congress has a pernicious bill aimed at YOU

2013-12-03
Thomas E. Brewton
leftism and capitalism
"Socialism is a materialistic, atheistic, secular religion.  Capitalism is one manifestation of individual liberty and moral responsibility that derives both from the philosophical insights of Plato and Aristotle, and from the revelations of Hebrew Biblical prophets and Jesus Christ, carried forward in our Judeo-Christian moral teachings."

2013-12-03
Anthony Watts
SpaceX has launched a huge commercial communications satellite for India, Asia and Pacific into geo-synchronous orbit today
News Max
"An upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the huge SES-8 communications satellite into orbit from a pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 17:41 EST (2241 GMT).   The mission marks SpaceX's first Florida launch of its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket, its first major communications satellite launch and its first flight to a high geostationary transfer orbit needed for commercial satellites...   Sending the 6,918-lb.   SES-8 satellite into its intended orbit, which ranges from 183 miles above Earth at its nearest point and 49,709 miles at its highest point, marks the company's entry into the commercial satellite market.   The SES-8 satellite is a hybrid Ku-and Ka-band spacecraft built to provide high-definition telecommunications services to customers across India, [Red China], VietNam and elsewhere in Asia and Pacific region...   satellite owned by Luxembourg-based SES S.A., which operates a 54-satellite fleet, the world's second-largest."

2013-12-03
Jan Zeman
signs of global cooling

2013-12-03
Thomas Phippen _Daily Caller_
despite flaunting deporation orders, pres. Obummer's "Uncle Omar" allowed to stay
Cathy Burke: News Max
"Onyango Obama [son of Hussein Onyango Obama & Sarah Ogwel] has lived in the U.S.A. since the 1960s.   He was ordered to leave the U.S.A. in 1986, 1989, and again 1992, but he disregarded the deportation orders, the Globe reports...   Onyango Obama testified today before immigration judge Leonard I. Shapiro, who also granted asylum to Obama's sister, Zeituni Onyango, in 2010, according to CBS Boston.   Zeituni Onyango applied for citizenship in 2002, was rejected and was ordered to leave in 2004, and eventually obtained asylum in 2010, according to CBS Boston...   Shapiro based his decision on a federal immigration law [one of the several existing 'paths to citizenship' for illegal aliens] that allows people who have lived in the United States since before 1972 to apply for residency."

2013-12-03
Cheryl K. Chumley _News Max_
massive collection of drivers' breath, blood, DNA samples for federal government stirs back-lash
"But the $7.9M project, headed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA], is far from over, with similar police pull-overs slated at about 300 sites in 60 cities around the nation next year."

2013-12-03
Cynthia Fagen _News Max_
US State Dept. spent almost $200K on booze at end of FY2013 in September
"Those records show the State Department bought $415K worth of alcohol in fiscal year 2012, which was 25% more than the $331K spent in 2011 and more than triple the $118K spent in 2008."

2013-12-03
Cynthia Fagen _News Max_
Boehner has hired amnesty advocate as immigration adviser, will continue to push good and bad piece-meal measures
World Net Daily
Stephen Dinan: Washington DC Times
Fox
Ira Mehlman: Immigration Reform/FAIR
"Rebecca Tallent, a former chief of staff to senator John McCain [and representative Jim Kolbe], comes on board Wednesday as an assistant to the speaker.   She was director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a DC-based think tank...   Activists want to see the legalization of illegal immigrants, while House Republicans prefer to crack down on illegal immigrants.   'Tallent's hiring suggests he really does still want to push an amnesty through the House, which to me suggests that the immigration hawks still have their work cut out for them.', said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates tighter security.   'She is a professional amnesty advocate.'"

2013-12-03
_News Max_
today's elderly are mentally sharper
"Researchers found people who were in their 80s when they took thinking and memory tests in the late 2000s performed similarly to others who were tested more than 10 years earlier while in their 70s...   Participants tested more recently scored an average 83.2 out of a possible 100 on the exams, compared to 73.5 for their earlier counterparts."

2013-12-03
Jon Feere _Center for Immigration Studies_
media still don't understand that the US House can't act on S744
"Harry Reid (D-NV) never sent the senate's gargantuan amnesty bill (S744) over to the House of Representatives.   Reid has refused to do so because he knows his bill is unconstitutional because the bill raises revenue; the Constitution requires all bills raising revenue to originate in the House, not the senate.   Mr. Reid is well aware that, if he were to send the bill to the House, it would be 'blue-slipped' -- stopped by a legislative procedure that allows House members to shut down a bill that runs afoul of the Constitution's Origination Clause."

2013-12-03
_World Net Daily_
power-mad Portland OR city government bars 11-year-old from selling mistletoe in Saturday market in the park
Jon David Kahn: Breitbart
"The young entrepreneur also seemed confused that vendors could openly sell pot while her mistletoe business was shut down: 'There are people next to me that have big signs that say Got Pot?   They're raising money for pot.'...   vendors pay to rent vending booths and are screened before qualifying for the Portland Saturday Market."

2013-12-03
Ilya Somin _Volokh Conspiracy_
up-coming talk on _Democracy and Political Ignorance_ at U of Dayton OHio

2013-12-03
_Coach Collins Is Right_
NY city mayoral election should be a message to GOP losership. But will they get it?

2013-12-03
Nita Farahany _Volokh Conspiracy_
class action law-suit filed against 23andMe

2013-12-03
_Town Hall_/_Reuters_
health of pastor Saeed Abedini deteriorating in prison of terrorist Iranian regime
 
Proposed Bills 2013
 
 

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2013-12-04

2013-12-04: Kris Anne Hall's radio shows at great.   Bolted up laughing at the leftist Texas critter's perverse interpretation of "take care that the laws be faithfully executed" at yesterday's House Judiciary committee hearing.   I wish KAH would post more articles, videos on her web-site, not FB.   (I don't care much for dysfunctional disqus, or MSFT Javascript, either.)...jgo

77-12-04: Austrasian king Carloman dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne king of the now complete Frankish Kingdom (but we like to call them both "gramps")
1259-12-04: kings Louis ix of France and Henry iii of England agree to the Treaty of Paris, in which Henry renounces his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels
1619-12-04: 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to the Creator (this is considered by many to be the first Thanksgiving in the Americas)
1783-12-04: at Fraunces Tavern in New York City, US General George Washington formally bids his officers farewell
1791-12-04: the first issue of The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, is published
1864-12-04: during the American Civil War: Sherman's March to the Sea -- At Waynesboro, GA, forces under Union general Judson Kilpatrick prevent troops led by Confederate general Joseph Wheeler from interfering with Union general William T. Sherman's campaign destroying a wide swath of the [economic resources of the] South on his march to the Atlantic Ocean from Atlanta, GA. Union forces did suffer more than 3 times the Confederate casualties, however.
1875-12-04: notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees to Cuba, then Spain
2005-12-04: tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Red Chinese government to allow universal and equal suffrage (source: Jewish World Review; donate to Keren Yehoshua ve Yisroel & Jewish World Review)

2013-12-04
Terry Jeffrey _Town Hall_
which immigrant should be your neighbor?
"According to the CBO, there were 11.5M [illegal aliens in the United States of America] as of 2011.   These did not include large numbers from the Coptic community in Egypt, the Orthodox community in Syria, or from Kenya, South Korea or south Sudan.   But, according to the CBO, 59% of the illegal immigrants in the United States were from Mexico, while another 14% were from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras...   While 54% of the immigrants from Mexico and Central America were high school drop-outs, only 9% of those from Africa, Oceania and Asia were.   While 45% of people from Africa and Oceania held a bachelor's degree or higher, only 7% from Mexico and Central America did."

2013-12-04
Neal B. Freeman _National Review_
the GOP civil war since 1963
"[Shrub] adopted the old Nixon formula of rhetoric for the Right, policy for the Left."

2013-12-04
_Coach Collins Is Right_
adding comfortable seats and box lunches won't change the ObummerDoesn'tCare train's final destination

2013-12-04
Jonathan H. Adler _Volokh Conspiracy_
Notre Dame re-filed law-suit against contraception mandate "compromise" in ObummerDoesn'tCare
more law-suits against ObummerDoesn'tCare

2013-12-04
Tom Harris & Madhav Khandekar
3rd world blaming advanced economies for forces of nature
Washington DC Times

2013-12-04 (5774 Tebet 01)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
blacks and Obummer
Town Hall
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2013-12-04 (5774 Tebet 01)
Michelle Malkin _Jewish World Review_
the hoplophobic NFL: National Frauds' League
Town Hall
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2013-12-04 (5774 Tebet 01)
Dave Weinbaum _Jewish World Review_
ObummerDoesn'tCare
"this is government and the only thing that dies in DC is common sense...   even the US Post Office is running circles around this turkey!...   The truth is Obama and the Dems shut everyone but people under their control out."
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2013-12-04 (5774 Tebet 01)
Betsy McCaughey _Jewish World Review_
ObummerDoesn'tCare lying to the ill
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2013-12-04
Brent Bozell _Town Hall_
Obummer's picture-perfect propaganda

2013-12-04 (5774 Tebet 01)
Christi Parsons _Jewish World Review_
the chalice that was just another step in USA's groveling surrender to terrorist Iran
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2013-12-04
Ed Morrissey _Hot Air_
Hezbollah leader Hawlo al-Lakiss killed in Beeirut
"Lakiss served as one of the top deputies to Hassan Nasrallah."

2013-12-04 (5774 Tebet 01)
George Friedman _Jewish World Review_
Israel's new strategic position
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2013-12-04 (5774 Tebet 01)
Mordechai Schiller _Jewish World Review_
the mystery of Teddy Roosevelt's menorahs and the "kingdom" of kindness
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2013-12-04 (5774 Tebet 01)
Dale McFeatters _Jewish World Review_
news flash!: congress briefly drops by the national capitol
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2013-12-04
Bob Barr _Town Hall_
beware the government's high-tech nose

2013-12-04 (5774 Tebet 01)
Ron Hart _Jewish World Review_
23andMe... and increasingly the government
"We now have a government in Washington that feels it is in charge of everything, yet responsible for nothing.   When our government is not in charge of something, it inserts itself into the enterprise, as is the case with the FDA's recent attempt to halt the sale of 23andMe DNA tests.   Our government looked around the value-added business of personal genetic diagnostics and decided one thing was missing: government did not have a say-so."
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2013-12-04 (5774 Tebet 01)
Dave Ross _Jewish World Review_
close your books, and wake up your lap-tops... and tablets
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2013-12-04
_Conservative HQ_
who is the GOP's most important supporter of amnesty for illegal aliens?
Matthew Boyle: Breitbart

2013-12-04
_News Max_
Harvard poll: young US voters unhappy with Obummer's job performance
Guy Benson: Town Hall

2013-12-04
Jennifer Harper _Washington DC Times_
70% of Americans say USA has lost world respect; 80% of GOP and 56% of Dems agree

2013-12-04
Daniel Doherty _Town Hall_
Pew poll: support for non-interventionism reaches highest point in nearly 5 decades

2013-12-04
Katie Pavlich _Town Hall_
operation "Fast and Furious" whistle-blower John Dodson publishes book2013-12-04
Fred J. Eckert _Town Hall_
where are the "gotcha!" journalists when the USA really needs them?
"Just imagine all the fun they could be having right now confronting senate majority-leader Harry Reid and House minority-leader Nancy Pelosi -- and everyone else who voted for [ObummerDoesn'tCare] -- with a gotcha surprise quiz about the contents of the [ObummerDoesn'tCare] law.   What exactly does it state in the bill that you construed as an absolute guarantee that all who liked their current plan or doctor could keep them? (Show them a copy of the bill and ask them to point to it.)   How much money did the bill allocate for the purpose of promoting/propagandizing [ObummerDoesn'tCare] -- and is this amount about right or too much or too little and why so?   Is it true or is it false that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that is part of [ObummerDoesn'tCare] is tasked with determining which doctor-recommended lifesavings treatment will be paid for and which ones, because of cost, chronic condition and/or advanced age, will be denied? Explain why you think this is not a death panel...   And, oh, how about this: At the bottom of any such quick quiz about the contents of the [ObummerDoesn'tCare] law, it would be appropriate and informative to provide the senator or Representative who voted for the bill these two options: 1) I assert under penalty of perjury that I read the full final bill; or 2) I decline to answer this question."

2013-12-04
Melissa Clyne _News Max_
Obummer not enrolled in ObummerDoesn'tCare; Will he be fined?

2013-12-04
Daniel Doherty _Town Hall_
top congressional loser Harry Reid unilaterally exempted staffers from ObummerDoesn'tCare
George Rasley: Conservative HQ

2013-12-04
Wanda Carruthers _News Max_
Obummer violating US constitution and laws, unilaterally rewriting laws

2013-12-04
Mark Glover _Sacramento CA Bee_
CA job ads increased
"Statewide, there were 565,900 ads in November, up 26,300 (or nearly 5%) from 539,600 in October.   The board said 27,300 ads were posted in Sacramento last month, also up 5% from 26K in October.   The latest statistics showed California with 2.99 [people] unemployed [and actively seeking work] per advertised job vacancy, higher than the national ratio of 2.29-to-1.   Up-to-date statistics were not released for Sacramento.   Nationally, the board said, ads rose 244,700 from October to November, to 5,171,500."
graphs

2013-12-04
Roger L. Simon _PJ Media_
but what if it is all true?

2013-12-04
J. Christian Adams _PJ Media_
DHS is hiring open borders lawyers
Brenda Walker: V Dare
"...MALDEF... Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition... LatinoJustice-PRLDEF... Asylum Project..."
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2013-12-04
Liz Peek _Fiscal Times_
Obummer's immigration sop to Sili Valley executives, and vicious attack against USA's STEM professionals
"Is president Obama's push for more STEM grads and increased H-1B visas pay-back to the tech [executives] that got him re-elected? It seems [probable]... research indicates that in fact we may have too many college graduates with degrees in science and math. Critics charge that Silicon Valley has promoted the shortage myth to gain support for policies -- like those promoted by the president -- that ultimately aim to keep a lid on tech pay... there are hundreds of thousands of engineers and scientists without jobs, and plenty in the pipeline... OpenSecrets reports that computer and Internet companies contributed nearly $8M to Mr. Obama's re-election campaign last year (compared to $3.5M to governor Mitt Romney's); the broader Communications and Electronics sector funneled nearly $21M to Obama, more than twice the amount donated to his GOP rival. That, of course, was just the beginning. Most research not funded by Silicon Valley finds that other than petroleum engineers currently benefiting from the fracking boom, most STEM grads -- those specializing in chemistry or mechanical engineering, for instance -- have seen flat or falling wages, suggesting a labor surplus. At a recent Congressional hearing on H-1B visas, Hal Salzman, professor of Public Policy at Rutgers University, reports that we are educating 50% more 'IT' grads every year than there are job openings..."
Phyllis Schlafly: Town Hall: H-1B visas take American jobs
IEEE Spectrum: twice as many STEM grads every year as there are STEM jobs
EPI: Guest-Workers labor market analysis
Anthony P. Carnevale & Ban Chean: Georgetown U Center on Education and the WorkForce: Hard Times 2013: majors with highest unemployment: information systems 14.7%, computer science 8.7% (pdf)
IEEE Spectrum: STEM "crisis" is a myth
EPI: MSFT report distorts picture of STEM job markets
Top 25 California companies filing LCAs
2013-12-06: John Miano: Center for Immigration Studies: reporter finally gets it right
"Sadly, the cost of buying a senator is much less than the savings an employer can get by hiring just 1 programmer on an H-1B visa in the New York or San Francisco area."

2013-12-04
Oliver Darcy _Blaze_
median GPA at Harvard is A-
Matthew Q. Clarida & Nicholas P. Fandos: Crimson
"'The median grade in Harvard College is indeed an A-.   The most frequently awarded grade in Harvard College is actually a straight A.'...   'One has a range of grades to give and one would presumably expect a wider distribution.'"

2013-12-04
Lois Tverberg _Shalom in the Wilderness_
how to hallow the Name of God
Our Rabbi Jesus

2013-12-04
Laurie Roth _Renew America_
if I can come back, so can the USA

2013-12-04
Sean Parnell _Federalist_
some ways to opt out of ObummerDoesn'tCare

2013-12-04
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
it's beginning to look like Watergate in South Dakota EB-5 case

2013-12-04
Stanley Renshon _Center for Immigration Studies_
John Boehner could reach a focused immigration bargain in the US citizenry's interest

2013-12-04
Larry Elder _World Net Daily_
ObummerDoesn'tCare has accelerated health care price increases

2013-12-04
Paul Mozur _Wall Street Journal_
inside Red China's version of Sili Valley

2013-12-04
Phyllis Schlafly _Eagle Forum_
beware imports from Red China

2013-12-04
Ted Nugent _News Max_
hunters and rockers to the rescue in the USA's heart-land

2013-12-04
Charles W. Choi _Live Science_
oldest recovered human DNA reveals mysterious Denisovan branch of humanity
 
Proposed Bills 2013
 
 

  "When general Scott's troops attempted to round up all Cherokees, nearly 1K managed to hide out in the Appalachians.   A few of these later colonized near Augusta.   The greater number, deprived of the leadership of John Ross and the other deported chiefs, turned helplessly to an Indian trader, colonel William Holland Thomas, for guidance.   Sympathizing with their plight, Thomas bought lands for them in his own name, for NC law did not then permit Indians to own property.   He divided the area into the communities of Bird Town, Paint Town, Wolf Town, Yellow Hill, and Big Cove, and assisted the demoralized tribesmen in establishing a new tribe...hidden in the dark pine uplands of the Great Smoky Mountains...   When William Thomas died, his creditors sued the eastern Cherlokees for their dearly bought land, but Federal policies...came to the Cherokees' aid.   In 1876, the tribesmen were granted possession of 43K acres, called the Qualla Reservation, and this was later enlarged...   Less fortunate than the Cherokees were the Catwaba..." --- Parke S. Rouse ii 1973 _The Great Wagon Road_ pg238  

 
 

2013-12-05

2013-12-05 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Tom Stengle & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 313,973 in the week ending November 30, a decrease of 54,507 from the previous week.   There were 500,163 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9% during the week ending November 23, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,480,863, a decrease of 192,783 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.6% and the volume was 3,315,644.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 16 was 4,096,901, an increase of 183,227 from the previous week.   There were 4,959,201 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.   No states were triggered 'on' the Extended Benefits program during the week ending November 16...   States reported 1,350,604 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending November 16, an increase of 45,705 from the prior week.   There were 2,008,608 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity...   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07;
to 127,495,952 beginning 2012-07-14;
to 128,066,082 beginning 2012-10-06;
to 128,613,913 beginning 2013-01-05;
to 129,204,324 beginning 2013-04-06;
to 129,827,178 beginning 2013-07-06;
to 130,396,096 beginning 2013-10-05.]
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) (Excel)
Extended Benefits
graphs
more graphs

2013-12-05 (5774 Tebet 02)
Cal Thomas _Jewish World Review_
Detroit's decline did not have to happen
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2013-12-05 (5774 Tebet 02)
Ann Coulter _Jewish World Review_
leftists talk race and crime... and hilarity ensues!
Town Hall
Daily Caller
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2013-12-05 (5774 Tebet 02)
Bob Tyrrell _Jewish World Review_
Obummer's liars' club
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2013-12-05 (5774 Tebet 02)
Larry Elder _Jewish World Review_
Obummer on ObummerDoesn'tCare: "if you like facts, keep them to yourself"
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2013-12-05 (5774 Tebet 02)
Froma Harrop _Jewish World Review_
consumer finance needs better morals
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2013-12-05 (5774 Tebet 02)
Michael Reagan _Jewish World Review_
earning our trust
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2013-12-05 (5774 Tebet 02)
Jonah Goldberg _Jewish World Review_
leftists are culture war aggressors
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2013-12-05 (5774 Tebet 02)
Dave Ross _Jewish World Review_
do our lives depend on being unhappy?
"Like all emotions, it's a short-cut developed by the brain to make good decisions essential to survival of the species.   Unhappiness is the stick that makes you feel like to have to get something, or go somewhere, find someone new.   Happiness is the evolutionary carrot for meeting that goals, which usually involves spreading a species DNA across a wider area.   But -- and here's the insight.   For happiness to be effective as an emotion -- it can't last long.   Because a creature that is happy and content doesn't do anything new."
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2013-12-05 (5774 Tebet 02)
Victor Davis Hanson _Jewish World Review_
history casts doubt on pact with Iran
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2013-12-05
Brett French _Billings MT Gazette_
inaccessible, goverment-controlled land
"In developing a fiscal analysis for Jacobson's bill, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks estimated that 1.2M acres of the state's 5.1M acres of state school trust land is land-locked.   In a recent survey of 5 Western states, Montana had the dubious honor of claiming the most inaccessible federal lands at 1.95M acres, according to a study conducted by the nonpartisan Center for Western Priorities.   Wyoming followed with 758K acres. The other states surveyed and their acreage are New Mexico, 542K; Colorado, 540K; Utah, 197K, and Idaho, 163K."

2013-12-05
Ben Hart _Conservative HQ_
ObumerDoesn'tCare is working precisely as intended
"[ObumerDoesn'tCare] is working perfectly from Obama's perspective -- as a weapon to destroy the health insurance industry...and ultimately to destroy capitalism...   what Obama wants.   He wants premiums to sky-rocket for private health insurance on the exchanges.   He will then say this is proof that private health insurance doesn't work.   His people are already blaming the health insurance companies for cancelling people's policies -- even though the cancellations are mandated by the [ObumerDoesn'tCare] law.   This is right out of his Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals play-book: create as much chaos as possible and collapse the system..."

2013-12-05
Anthony Watts
giant convection cells found on the sun

2013-12-05
David Stockwell
mass extinctions due to global warming is a theory going extinct

2013-12-05
Roger Harris _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
Harris poll: 45% of U.S. employers plan to give employees an end-of-year bonus
more

2013-12-05
Dale _Out of Order_/_DaleToons_
a Clockwork Organizer

2013-12-05
Liz Klimas _Blaze_
over 300K-year-old hominin femur bone found in cave in northern Spain (with map)
Nature (with map, graphs, tables)
Los Angeles CA Times
Wall Street Journal
BBC
"The skeletons, according to the research, had characteristics like those found in Homo heidelbergensis and European Neanderthals.   Analyzing mitochondrial DNA (DNA located in the organelle that produces energy for a cell) though, the scientists found the sample was related to what the study calls the 'eastern Eurasian sister group to Neanderthals', scientifically identified as Denisovans.   It's this discrepancy -- bones found in Europe with a genetic over-lap to samples only found so far in Asia -- that's confusing scientists...   'The Denisovans themselves were unknown to science until 2010, when their DNA was first identified from the fingertip of a young female discovered in a cave in Siberia.   Her remains dated to about 40K years ago, offering evidence that Neanderthals, anatomically modern humans and Denisovans co-existed at that time.'...   'By using missing mutations in the old DNA sequences, the researchers calculated that the Pit of Bones individual shared a common ancestor with the Denisovans about 700K years ago.'"

2013-12-05
James Agresti _Blaze_
federal government spending (with graph, tables)
"inflation-adjusted federal spending is currently 15% higher than it was before the recession, and social benefits comprise a greater portion of federal spending than ever recorded in the nation's history...   'purchases and investments'...only accounts for one-third of federal spending, and more than 60% of it is defense spending, which has fallen to less than 20% of the federal budget...   Looking at the big picture, from the outset of the Great Recession in 2007 December through the third quarter of 2013, inflation-adjusted federal spending has grown by 15%, peaking at 22% above the 2007 level in 2010 (see graph below).   Likewise, measured as a portion of the nation's economy or gross domestic product [GDP], federal spending is now 11% above the 2007 level, peaking at 26% higher in 2010, when it consumed a larger portion of the U.S. economy than at any time since World War 2...   safety net programs that are structured to automatically expand during economic downturns and thereby drive increases in government spending that allegedly 'reduce the depth of recessions'.   More significantly, in the wake of the recession, several laws were passed that increased federal spending for the expressed purpose of stimulating the economy, with assurances that the spending would be 'timely, targeted and temporary'...   Even in 2010, as federal spending reached its post-World War 2 record, and combined expenditures for federal, state and local governments were higher than at any time in the nation's history..."    James Agresti is a mechanical engineer.

2013-12-05
Mike Ferguson _Billings MT Gazette_
Western romance: panel talks about USA's firearms culture at Yellowstone Art Museum

2013-12-05
Bill Whittle & Stephen Green _PJ Media_
the trampling of the 4th amendment (video)

2013-12-05
Rodrigo Sermeno _PJ Media_
reform of the Federal Reserve is gaining traction in congress

2013-12-05
Bill Whittle _PJ Media_
the California liberty-free zone
"Bill Whittle recalls his Thanksgiving trip to the freedom-loving state of Texas, and he explains how places like the fun-free zone of California are ruining any sense of liberty.   Hear all about it on this new Afterburner, and shoot this video over to your friends."

2013-12-05
Michael Walsh _PJ Media_
comprehensively yours

2013-12-05
David Geer _"IT" News_/_IDG_
concerns about Big Data security and privacy remain unanswered: no reform in sight
CSO
ComputerWorld India
"Reidentification science, which pieces PII back together reattaching it to the individual thwarts deidentification approaches that would protect Big Data, making it unrealistic to believe that deidentification can really maintain the security and privacy of personal information in Big Data scenarios."

2013-12-05
Neil Munro _Daily Caller_
AOL founder Steve Case says middle class will continue to be displaced by cheap foreign labor
"Middle class Americans face a tough future because robots and machinery are eliminating their jobs, according to Steve Case, an entrepreneur who earned roughly $1G by creating the first [truly disgusting] internet firm, America Online.   But Congress could [worsen] the situation by passing an immigration bill that would import some foreign entrepreneurs and almost 30M [cheap, young, pliant] low-skilled workers [with flexible ethics] over the next decade, Case told an audience of DC lobbyists and lawyers gathered on Tuesday by the business-backed Bipartisan Policy Center...   The bill [S744] would provide enough low-skilled immigrants and temporary guest workers to provide a foreign replacement for every well-paid or poorly-paid American aged from 20 to 30.   The massive influx would also shift more of the nation's annual income towards investors and away from American wage earners..."

2013-12-05
_Washington DC Examiner_
congress must take back its constitutional powers and responsibilities

2013-12-05
Patrick J. Buchanan _V Dare_
what PISA scores mean
"How can a lack of money explain our declining test scores when America continues to spend more per capita on education than almost any other country?   Yet, the more we spend, the lower the test scores we get back in global competition?...   Just as East Asians and Europeans excel in the PISA tests, so, too, do Americans of East Asian and European descent dominate test scores and excel in educational achievement, while our Hispanic and African-American students trail."
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  "As early as 1700, the Indians of VA, who had numbered more than 18K when the English incursion of America began, were reduced to a mere 2K." --- Parke S. Rouse ii 1973 _The Great Wagon Road_ pg239  

 
 

2013-12-06

343-12-06: Feast day/Jahrzeit of St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra (Jimbo Wales's WikiPedia; Catholic on-line; Into Greece; WikiPedia: St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker; New Advent)

2013-12-06
Krista Kafer _Town Hall_
is global warming hysteria a delusion or a device?

2013-12-06
Denise Dick _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
engineers from NASA research center provide assistance to NE Ohio companies
"Michael Forde Ripich, AT&F president, said the steel-fabricating company sought help from NASA for an engineering problem it encountered in developing a new product.   The company's plans deal with cryogenics -- a field in which NASA has some notoriety.   Thursday's sessions with NASA were free, and if companies opt to continue the relationship, they can enter a contract with NASA.   William Whittenberger, Catacel president, said his company wanted NASA's assistance because computer models it developed weren't working the way it thought they should.   NASA has expertise in that area, he said.   Catacel designs and manufactures catalytic heat-exchanging materials...   YSU President Randy Dunn said such collaborations not only create opportunities for manufacturing companies but for students too, with internships and co-operatives."

2013-12-06 (5774 Tebet 03)
R' Nathan Lopes Cardozo _Jewish World Review_
the joy of religious doubt
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2013-12-06 (5774 Tebet 03)
Lisa Gerstner _Jewish World Review_
6 things to know about "going paperless" and reducing clutter
"Save important documents in multiple places in case your computer fails"   :B-)
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2013-12-06 (5774 Tebet 03)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
the politics of subversion: the haughty John Kerry, who served in VietNam, arrived in Israel Wednesday, attempting to assert additional pressure on Israel to speed its destruction
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2013-12-06
Anthony Watts, Steven Mosher, Eduardo Graells-Garrido, Mounia Lalmas, & Daniele Quercia
how to see past our own filters

2013-12-06
George Rasley _Conservative HQ_
Limbaugh, Leahy and pope Francis

2013-12-06
Kassandra D. Smith _Conservative HQ_
leftist Herring's fishy "win" in Virginia stinks of fraud
"Herring's certified election results give him only a victory margin of less than one hundredth of a percent, or 165 votes.   Errors could certainly have been made in tallying votes.   But to be frank(en), the origin of those last few hundred Herring votes raises major red flags.   We're not the only ones who can't ignore that nagging putrescence of likely 'vote count errors'.   Charles E. Judd, chairman of the Virginia State Board of Elections and former executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV), voiced concerns over the count's frequent fluctuation of votes.   He voted to certify the results, but 'with question', due mostly to suspicious issues in Fairfax County...   When did Herring take the lead exactly?   Lo and behold, he surged ahead after Richmond election officials 'discovered' more than 200 'uncounted votes' from election night.   And what is the origin of these 'magical ballots'?   Why, a solitary 'magical' voting machine, of course!   All eyes then turned to liberal Fairfax County where election officials verified another 271 of the 493 provisional ballots cast by voters not on the electoral rolls or without proper ID.   The results from these ballots were key in clinching Herring's lead over Obenshain."

2013-12-06
Richard Muller
why every serious environmentalist should favor fracking

2013-12-06
Carl Weiser _Cincinnati OH Enquirer/Post/Times/Star_/_Gannett_
pollster gives Cincinnati-area voters a chance to express their opinions on federal government
Rachel Richardson: Mason OH Buzz
Middle-Americans indict DC machine as "indifferent", believing they're "above us"

2013-12-06
Thomas E. Brewton
why government's Keynesian porkulus programs don't improve the economy
Mark Skousen: beyond GDP: better ways to measure the economy

2013-12-06
Ellen Croibier _Trade Reform_/_Coalition for a Prosperous America_
TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership pit-falls and promises

2013-12-06
Ellen Croibier _Trade Reform_/_Coalition for a Prosperous America_
fast-track is a risky path for Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

2013-12-06
David Seminara _Center for Immigration Studies_
49 Russian diplomats charged with Medicaid fraud
"If you look at the countries that send us the most immigrants, nearly all of them score poorly on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.   We don't get a whole lot of immigrants from countries like New Zealand, Denmark, and Sweden, who are near the top of that table (least corrupt), but we have plenty of migrants from countries at the back of the list (most corrupt).   High migration countries like the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela, Guyana, Honduras, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Guatemala, Nigeria, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, India, and the Philippines are all deemed deeply corrupt countries."

2013-12-06
Jessica Vaughan _Center for Immigration Studies_
crazy people in California are demanding amnesty for illegal aliens convicted of felonies

2013-12-06
Eric Hanushek & Paul Peterson _Daily Caller_
America's schools got a C on their PISA report-card

2013-12-06
_Twitchy_
glitchy Communist Corpse materials
Eric Owens: Daily Caller

2013-12-06
Michelle Malkin
ObummerDoesn'tCare's perilous protection plan for debtors

2013-12-06
Ruth Mantell _MarketWatch_
UMich consumer sentiment index rose from 75.1 in late November to 82.5 in early December
FX Street
Fox
CNBC/Reuters

20013-12-06
Pete Bigelow _AOL_
USA commuters being driven out of their cars by Obummer regime
"It says the proportion of workers commuting in private vehicles, either alone or in a car pool, declined in 99 of the 100 largest urban areas in America between since 2000.   Newark, NJ saw the greatest percentage of workers put down their keys, with a 4.8% drop, followed by Washington DC, down 4.7% and Austin, TX, down 4.5%."

2013-12-06
Edwin S. Rubenstein _V Dare_
immigrants gain jobs 7 times as fast as native Americans over last 12 months (with graph, tables)
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2013-12-06
_News Max_
economist Walter E. Williams notes that Obama is "beyond learning"
"'He's beyond learning.   He has another agenda and, firstly, I don't think Obama is his own man.', Williams told 'The Steve Malzberg Show' at Newsmax TV...   '[We] cannot afford an incompetent president...'"
 
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  "To stop thinking means to stop living." --- Mendele Moicher Sefarim (source: Jewish World Review; donate to Keren Yehoshua ve Yisroel & Jewish World Review)  

 
 

2013-12-07

2013-12-07
Tim Ball
the age of environmentalist bullying is coming to an end

2013-12-07
Anthony Watts & Zeke Hausfather
how much USA's CO2 emissions are down by type of source

2013-12-07
Marilyn Penn _Political Mavens_
bridging "high" and "low" culture

2013-12-07
Andreas Marquart _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
how the state causes poverty, and later claims to solve it
 
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  "In ‷Bridging the Creativity-Innovation Gap‴, industrial psychologists Dean Dauw and Alan Fredian discuss their study of people like Otto and Eric: ‷It is not clearly known whether these original thinkers have been able to actually effect any innovations... the most certain fact known about them is that their turn-over rates are at least twice as high as their peers... they have had relatively little opportunity to perform much innovation.‴" --- Marylou Kelly Streznewski 1999 _Gifted GrownUps: The Mixed Blessings of ExtraOrdinary Potential_ pg144  

 
 

2013-12-08

2013-12-08
Christopher Monckton
intelligence and the hockey stick
Anthony Watts: the truth about "We have to get rid of the medieval warm period"

2013-12-08
Sara Haimowitz _Trade Reform_/_Coalition for a Prosperous America_
should we grant fast-track trade agreement authority?

2013-12-08
Michael Dorstewitz _Biz PAC Review_
Texas exercises power recognized in US constitution article 1 section 10 and the 10th amendment to defend their borders and inspect imports
Brandon Darby: Breitbart
"Texas lieutenant-governor David Dewhurst announced a Texas-led 3-week effort that he says reduced illegal immigration, smuggling, and human trafficking to a stand-still in the Rio Grande River section of the U.S.A./Mexico border...   'We need to find the $5M per month to make these operations continuous and replicate what we have just accomplished.'"
The US constitution allows states to charge tariffs on goods imported, up to the costs of inspections...jgo

2013-12-08
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
learning through pain

2013-12-08
Ginni Thomas _Daily Caller_
Angelo Codevilla: GOP losership cares more about their own personal power than loss of life, liberty, property and privacy in USA
"The disconnect between the base of voters who expect Republicans to fight for limited government and the behavior of Republican politicians is growing more pronounced, he explained."

2013-12-08
David Corbin & Matt Parks _Federalist_
the importance of limited government

2013-12-08
Greg Richter _News Max_
Rand Paul says "I'll take this fight for privacy to the supreme court"
"'...when I have a contract with a phone company, I think those are still my records, and you can look at them if you're from the government if you ask a judge.'...   'So it's absolutely against the spirit and the letter of the Fourth Amendment to say that a judge can write one warrant and you can get every phone call in America, and that's what's happening.', Paul said.   'I think it's wrong. It goes against everything America stands for, and I will help fight that all the way to the Supreme Court, and we need to get the Supreme Court to re-examine privacy, the Fourth Amendment and our records.'"

2013-12-08
Bob Unruh _World Net Daily_
lightning speeds erosion, affects local magnetic field, so earth may be newer
"a 54K degree Fahrenheit [30K degrees Celsius] lightning strike, 'can, for a short time, partially melt the rock and when the rock cools down again, it takes on the magnetic imprint of today's magnetic field, not the magnetic field of millions of years ago when the rock was originally formed'... 'A 2011 meta study collated hundreds of data points, finding that land erodes on average at 40 feet every million years. At this rate, all continents reduce to sea level in only 50M years... fulgarites -- long, branched tubes of quickly melted and re-solidified materials created when lightning strikes sand and other ground debris. Yet, Earth's surface does not display billions or even millions of years' worth of fulgarites.'   He said a prominent physicist noted through the alleged 4.6G years of earth history, there should be hundreds of such marks per square meter of land."
2013-10-25: Becky Oskin: Live Science
Oap-landsea-oceans-100608-moderateLive Science: highest mountain peak to deepest ocean trench   Source: OurAmazingPlanet.com: Infographic: Tallest Mountain to Deepest Ocean Trench

2013-12-08
Pamela Geller _World Net Daily_
banned from Brtain for supporting Israel
"Now I ask you: Is spending their time and money on human-rights activists like Robert Spencer and me in any way going to constitute a new strategy for effectively fighting the jihad terror threat against Britain?"

2013-12-08
Ben Kinchlow _World Net Daily_
"the middle class must not fail or all will be lost"

2013-12-08
Laurie Cardoza-Moore _World Net Daily_
Hebrews, not Arabs are the indigenous people of the Holy Land

2013-12-08
Steve Peacock _World Net Daily_
Obummer regime showering crony socialism on Middle East and North Africa
"The MENA Investment Initiative, or MENAII, 'will provide needed support to early stage businesses in order to create and sustain jobs', according to a Request for Information, or RFI, that WND discovered via routine data-base research. The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the RFI to determine which companies already have a presence in the region..."

2013-12-08
Scott S. Powell _Washington DC Times_
the Fed's scandalous monetary policy: the great enabler of federal government over- and mal-spending
 
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  "When we hear that 'strong jobs numbers may lead to inflation', the speaker is assuming, as Keynesians do, that there is always a trade-off between unemployment and inflation.   This is not the case.   [We had the Great Depression, 2 brief recessions that were stretched and deepened by Keynesian policies.]   We have had a decade where growth slowed and inflation took off.   Stagflation, the 1970s dynamic, is itself a contradiction of the Keynesian trade-off.   Our national inability to see outside the Keynesian construct in fact contributed to the recent financial implosion.   For decades, teh message to Americans from politicians of both parties was that spending was good -- especially spending on housing.   The tax structure re-inforced this first with that home mortgage interest deduction but then also with the numerous home credits available over the years for lower earners and tax-subsidized federal loans.   Had America invested that money on new ideas and new companies, growth overall would have been stronger and more genuine.   The exotic mortgages that vulnerable families began to sign up for were tacitly sanctioned by the rest of us out of the Keynesian habit of believing in housing." --- Glenn Hubbard & Peter Navarro 2011 _Seeds of Destruction: Why the Path to Economic Ruin Runs Through Washington, and How To Reclaim American Prosperity_ pg xvi  

 
 

2013-12-09

1793-12-09: New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster
1835-12-09: the Republic of Texas captured San Antonio, Texas (role of Benjamin Rush Milam, WikiPedia's time-line, though the movement to break from Texas can be seen in the 1820s)
1861-12-09: during the American Civil War: The joint committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. congress
1888-12-09: Herman Hollerith, an engineer with a degree from Columbia School of Mines who had been under-employed as a statistician at the census bureau, installed his computing device, refined from his 1884 prototype, at the United States War department
1905-12-09: in France, a law separating church and state is passed
1911-12-09: one man died and 4 injured when a platform collapsed at the Empire Iron & Steel Company, at Oxford, PA
1917-12-09: in Israel, field-marshal Edmund Allenby captured Jerusalem
1946-12-09: the "Subsequent Nuremberg Trials" begin with the "Doctors' Trial", prosecuting doctors involved in human experimentation
1953-12-09: General Electric announces that all communist employees will be discharged from the company
1961-12-09: the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann, ym"sh, in Israel, ends with verdicts of guilty on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership in an outlawed organization
1979-12-09: the eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction
1987-12-09: the First Intifada begins along the West Bank of the Jordan river, in Israel, and Palestine's Gaza Strip
1990-12-09: Solidarity founder Lech Walesa won Poland's presidential run-off by a land-slide
2010-12-09: Florida's clemency board pardoned Jim Morrison for indecency and profanity charges stemming from a 1969 concert (source: Jewish World Review, Lehigh Valley Express-Times and others)

2013-12-09 (5774 Tebet 06)
Bruce Bialosky _Jewish World Review_
how to secure a proper agreement regarding Iran
"The agreement exists.   There is nothing we can do about it because it is not a treaty and not subject to Congressional review.   What we now need to focus on is how we can insure that the final agreement does what the interim agreement should have done -- eliminate any nuclear development by Iran for any purpose.   We all know if there is any form of nuclear development allowed in Iran they will have the opportunity to turn that into military use...   So when a candidate comes a-calling, you must make it clear that you will be happy to support them once you see the final agreement and that the agreement has to eliminate nuclear development by Iran."
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2013-12-09 (5774 Tebet 06)
Howard LeWind _Jewish World Review_
the 2 main causes of height loss are osteoporosis and bad posture
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2013-12-09 (5774 Tebet 06)
_Jewish World Review_/_AFP_
having promised Iran would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, Obummer regime now calling Israel's desire for security "unrealistic"

2013-12-09 (5774 Tebet 06)
Trudy Rubin _Jewish World Review_
Red China's strategy
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2013-12-09 (5774 Tebet 06)
Jack Kelly _Jewish World Review_
"messaging" is not the problem with ObummerDoesn'tCare
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2013-12-09 (5774 Tebet 06)
Star Parker _Jewish World Review_
Obummer's agenda to increase unfairness, reduce prosperity
Town Hall
"What exactly was the president trying to achieve by sharing with a low-income black audience that 'today's CEO now makes 273 times' [as much as] the average worker?   Did he want to inspire hope that one day they can earn money like this?   I don't think so.   The point was to create despair and convey that America is not fair."
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2013-12-09 (5774 Tebet 06)
Mark Steyn _Jewish World Review_
Obummer combines 1940s British public health theories with 1970s Soviet supermarket delivery systems
"To get your minimum wage increased, you first have to have a minimum-wage job.   In my book (which I shall forbore to plug, but is available at Amazon, and with which Jeff Bezos will be happy to drone your aunt this holiday season), I write: 'Once upon a time, millions of Americans worked on farms.   Then, as agriculture declined, they moved into the factories.   When manufacturing was out-sourced, they settled into low-paying service jobs or better-paying cubicle jobs -- so-called professional services often deriving from the ever-swelling accounting and legal administration that now attends almost any activity in America.   What comes next?   Or, more to the point, what if there is no next?'   What do millions of people do in a world in which, in Marxian terms, 'capital' no longer needs 'labor'?   America's [leftist] elite seem to enjoy having a domestic-servant class on hand, but, unlike the Downton Abbey crowd, are vaguely uncomfortable with having them drawn from the sturdy yokel stock of the village, and thus favor, to a degree only the Saudis can match, importing their maids and pool boys from a permanent subordinate class of cheap foreign labor.   Hence the fetishization of the 'undocumented', soon to be reflected in the multi-million bipartisan amnesty for those willing to do 'the jobs Americans won't do'...   In Vermont, there's no inner-city under-class, because there are no cities, inner or outer; there's no disadvantaged minorities, because there's only three blacks and seven Hispanics in the entire state; there's no nothing.   Which is the real problem.   Large numbers of Vermonters have adopted the dysfunctions of the urban underclass for no reason more compelling than that there's not much else to do.   Once upon a time, St. Johnsbury made Fairbanks scales, but now a still-handsome town is, as Norman puts it, 'hollowed out by the loss of work and purpose'."
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2013-12-09
John Ribeiro _"IT" News_/_IDG_
privacy-violating execs ask governments to reform privacy violation practices
IT World
PC World
Investment Watch
ComputerWorld Australia
Quinton R'Reilly: MSFTN Ireland
Richard Hay: Windoze Observer
Craigs List Omaha, NB
Jon Swartz: USA Today/Gannett
Sean Buckley: engadget
Town Hall
Antone Gonsalves: CSO
Antone Gonsalves: "IT" News
Lean Libresco: Daily Caller

2013-12-09
Loek Essers _"IT" World_/_IDG_
Trans-Pacific Partnership docs leaked
"Global intellectual property (IP) legislation continues to be negotiated behind closed doors...   The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement aims to enhance trade and investments, promote innovation and help economic growth among 12 trans-Pacific countries: the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore and VietNam...   19 disputed topics in the area of IP alone.   Among them are patentability criteria and the supplementary protection of patents, as well as a U.S.A. proposal on the length of time a copyright should be protected."

2013-12-09
Michael Kan _"IT" News_/_IDG_
Red Chinese firms comply with government orders to stop use of bitcoins

2013-12-09
Richard A. Viguerie _Conservative HQ_
deputy-speaker of Knesset wisely notes "I don't trust Obama"

2013-12-09
_Conservative HQ_
GOP losership is taking federal government spending reductions off the table for 2014 elections

2013-12-09
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
marriage fraud hits a new high and a new low in the UK

2013-12-09
Stanley Renshon _Center for Immigration Studies_
Boehner's dilemma: which should come first, legalization of illegal aliens or border security

2013-12-09
Marita Noon _Town Hall_
Harry Reid's personal "green" gold-mine

2013-12-09
Clay Conrad _Town Hall_
when juries do their jobs, judges throw tantrums

2013-12-09
William Patrick _Town Hall_
Tallahassee tax-victims get little back from red-light camera scam
Florida WatchDog
"In the 3 years since red-light cameras began flashing fines at the city's 7 busiest intersections -- aimed at ticketing in 19 different driving directions -- there have been only eight fewer side-impact collisions compared to the previous three years without the cameras.   Side-impacts, or right-angle collisions, can be severe.   But the decrease, on average less than 3 per year, shows a loose correlation at best to the program's professed benefits.   In same period, 53,140 tickets were issued.   Rear-end accidents actually increased by 56% during the period, from 231 before the cameras were installed to 360 accidents after the cameras went on-line in 2010 August.   Allen Secreast, Tallahassee's traffic mobility manager, attributed the sizable uptick in rear-end collisions to 'distracted driving'.   But that flies in the face of numerous studies cited by the nonprofit motorist watchdog, National Motorist Association.   'The preponderance of independent research (in other words, research that was not funded by ticket camera vendors or units of government interested in justifying camera-based traffic enforcement) has illustrated that ticket cameras typically increase, not decrease, the number of accidents at controlled intersections.', states NMA..."

2013-12-09
Dan Weil _Money News_
Jim Rogers repeats: global financial system is headed for collapse

2013-12-09
Audrey Hudson _News Max_
local police are abusing the same tactics NSA does
John Kelly: USA Today/Gannett

2013-12-09
Hope Yen _News Max_
21% of American adults become "rich" at some point in their lives
Town Hall
Cybercast News Service/AP
"Made up largely of older professionals, working married couples and more educated singles, the new 'rich' are those with household income of $250K or more at some point during their working lives.   That puts them, if sometimes temporarily, in the top 2% of earners.   Even outside periods of unusual wealth, members of this group generally hover in the $100K+ income range, keeping them in the top 20% of earners...   At the same time, some 54% of working-age Americans will experience near-poverty for portions of their lives, hurt by globalization and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs."

2013-12-09
Terence P. Jeffrey _Cybercast News Service_
CBO: top 40% paid 106.2% of income extortions; bottom 40% payd -9.1% getting an average of $18,950 in hand-outs
"Congressional Budget Office... 'In 2010, the lowest quintile's [the bottom 20%] average rate for the individual income tax was -9.2% and the second income quintile's [the bottom 40% minus the bottom 20%] rate was -2.3%.'...   The households in the top 20% by income paid 92.9% of net income tax revenues taken in by the federal government in 2010, said CBO.   The households in the fourth quintile paid another 13.3% of net income tax revenues.   Together, the top 40% of households paid 106.2% of the federal government's net income tax revenue.   The third quintile [the middle 20%] paid another 2.9% -- bringing the total share of net federal income tax revenues paid by the top 60 percent to 109.1%."

2013-12-09
Elliot Jager _News Max_
Ted Cruz notes that ObummerDoesn'tCare comes out of an abusive view of federal government power
Alex Pappas: Daily Caller

2013-12-09
Bruce Parker _Daily Caller_
SC legislature making law to defend against ObummerDoesn'tCare
"The bill's main component prohibits agencies, officers and employees of the state of South Carolina from implementing any provisions [in support of ObummerDoesn'tCare]... outlawing state exchanges, issuing tax deductions to individuals equal to the tax penalties levied by the federal government, and directing the state attorney general to sue over whimsical enforcement of the law...   Davis adds that law-makers in Columbia are considering 2 additional provisions: one that outlaws Medicaid expansion, and another that suspends the licenses of insurers who receive federal subsidies under [ObummerDoesn'tCare]."

2013-12-09
Christopher S. Rugaber _San Jose CA Mercury News_/_AP_

CBS
Toronto Canada Globe and Mail
Tim Cavanaugh: Daily Caller

2013-12-09
David Martosko _London Daily Mail_
ObummerDoesn'tCare could force thousands of volunteer fire departments to close

2013-12-09
Anthony Watts
Landsat 8, Aqua, and MODIS detected record coldest surface temperature in Antarctica (image, map, animation)
AP
"Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), and his team found temperatures from −92℃ to −94℃ (−134℉ to −137℉) in a 1M meter long swath on the highest section of the East Antarctic ice divide."

2013-12-09 (5774 Tebet 06)
Dennis Prager _World Net Daily_
the left learned the wrong lessons: 5 ideals the left erroneously adopted from the Nazis
Jewish World Review
Town Hall
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2013-12-09
John Rocker _World Net Daily_
the left doesn't get that ideas have to comply with the real world

2013-12-09
Conn Carroll _Town Hall_
conservatives warn Paul Ryan they won't support a bad budget deal
Fox
Alex Pappas: Daily Caller

2013-12-09
Ali Meyer _Cybercast News Service_
Yuma AZ 31.9% unemployment rate, El Centro CA 22.8%...
1.7% in Bismarck ND, 2.3 in Fargo ND, 2.5% in Grand Forks ND, 2.9% in Sioux Falls SD, 3% in Iowa City IA, Ames IA 3%, Lincoln NB 3.1%, Midland TX 3.1%, Burlington VT 3.2%, Mankato MN 3.3%
BLS table of city and state unemployment rates
graph of a sampling of MSAs, counties, states

2013-12-09
_Investor's Business Daily_
Communist Corpse propaganda session for 3rd-graders portrays Obummer as messianic

2013-12-09
Bonnie Ramthun _PJ Media_
3 reasons why our teen-aers can't get jobs

2013-12-09
Kevin Dobbs _Investor's Business Daily_
Federal Reserve wants to push inflation even higher

2013-12-09
Patrick Thibodeau _ComputerWorld_/_IDG_
"IT" hiring has slowed
"The first analysis, by TechServe Alliance, an industry group [of executives for lobbying purposes], reports that 'IT' hiring expanded by 3,200 jobs in November, 3,100 jobs in October, and 6,100 jobs in September...   The total 'IT' employment base is now 4.5M, up 180,200 jobs this year, the [TechServe press release] said...   By Janco's count, only 400 'IT' jobs were added last month, 4,300 in the last 3 months and nearly 71K this year."

2013-12-09
Mark Krikorian _Center for Immigration Studies_
media's coverage of immigration: the biased leading the clueless
"it's simply not true that Obama's done more than 'all other presidents combined'...   Table 39, here, shows that during just the Clinton and Bush administrations, Fiscal Years 1993–2008, about 2.9M [2,882,185] foreigners were 'removed' (that's the category used when referring to 'deportations').   That's compared to fewer than 2M so far under Obama [1,170,510 for 2009-2012], and even that's the result of statistical trickery, as my colleague Jessica Vaughan has explained.   In addition, during those years 19.7M [19,737,570] illegals were sent back across the Mexican border (formally known as ['voluntary'] 'returns', many of those representing the same person sent back multiple times; [for a sum of returns + removals 1993-2008 of 22,619,755]), compared to something like 2.1M such returns under Obama [1,383,591 for 2009-2012]..."
visa stats graphs

2013-12-09
Jon Feere _Center for Immigration Studies_
Obummer's new amnesty for illegal alien members of families of US military troops raises questions
Note that the existing de facto path-way to citizenship for illegal aliens who enlist is hardly ever openly mentioned...jgo

2013-12-09
Owen Youngman _Chronicle of Higher Education_
MOOC students understand the balance between educating and credentialing
 
Proposed Bills 2013
 
 

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2013-12-10

2013-12-10/1863-12-10
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
the beginning of an active December in the Shenandoah Valley

2013-12-10
Shan Li _Atlanta GA Journal-Constitution_
more USA-based firms are opening high-tech factories in Mexico
Los Angeles CA Times

2013-12-10 (5774 Tebet 07)
Thomas Sowell _Town Hall_
Christmas books
World Net Daily
Jewish World Review
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2013-12-10
Daniel Doherty _Town Hall_
grab the pop-corn: John Cornyn is getting primaried
Garth Kant: World Net Daily

2013-12-10 (5774 Tebet 07)
Mark Patinkin _Jewish World Review_
mud is no obstacle to fun at extreme obstacle course
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2013-12-10 (5774 Tebet 07)
Dan K. Thomasson _Jewish World Review_
bank profits rise as tax-victims subsidize lousy compensation for many bank employees
"According to a new study by the Labor Center at the University of California Berkeley, more than a third of the nation's 500K bank tellers are being partially supported by taxpayers.   That is despite the fact that bank profits exceeded $141G last year and the median income for the industry's chief executives was a tidy $550M plus.   Match that against data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that puts the median annual income of a bank teller $24,100.   That's a whopping $11.59 cents an hour, hardly enough to live on without a second job or (and here's the rub) help from tax-supported programs like food stamps and Medicaid.   The report says that in New York State alone 39 percent of the bank tellers and their family members are on some sort of public assistance.   Bank employees nationwide receive $534M from Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program; $105M worth of food stamps and $250M for the earned income tax credit.   That's nearly $900M a year in supplemental income."
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2013-12-10 (5774 Tebet 07)
Bernard Goldberg _Jewish World Review_
when idealism gets mugged by reality... and idealism
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2013-12-10 (5774 Tebet 07)
Michael Barone _Jewish World Review_
Obummer attacks USA's friends abroad in hope of appeasing USA's foes
Town Hall
Investor's Business Daily
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2013-12-10 (5774 Tebet 07)
Paul Greenberg _Jewish World Review_
remember the energy crisis?
"American oil output is up by more than half just since 2008.   Oil imports, which accounted for 60 percent of the country's domestic consumption in 2005, is now down to 35 percent, or about where it was before these successive Energy Crises first struck in 1973...   If there's credit to be given, and there certainly is, the lion's share of it should go to a man who's scarcely mentioned by this president and his coterie of economic theorists: George P. Mitchell, the old wildcatter, dreamer, investor and inventor who died earlier this year at the age of 94.   Born of immigrant Greek parents in Galveston, he was just about the most American character in this country's recent economic history -- always trying something new, always moving on to the next dream after the first one went bust..."
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2013-12-10 (5774 Tebet 07)
Walter E. Williams _Cybercast News Service_
our fragile planet
Jewish World Review
Town Hall
"The 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, in present-day Indonesia, had the force of 200 megatons of TNT.   That's the equivalent of 13,300 15-kiloton atomic bombs, the kind that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.   Preceding that eruption was the 1815 Tambora eruption, also in present-day Indonesia, which holds the record as the largest known volcanic eruption.   It spewed so much debris into the atmosphere, blocking sun-light, that 1816 became known as the 'Year Without a Summer' or 'Summer That Never Was'.   It led to crop failures and livestock death in much of the Northern Hemisphere and caused the worst famine of the 19th century.   The 535CE Krakatoa eruption had such force that it blotted out much of the light and heat of the sun for 18 months and is said to have led to the Dark Ages.   Geophysicists estimate that just three volcanic eruptions, Indonesia (1883), Alaska (1912) and Iceland (1947), spewed more carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere than all of mankind's activities in our entire history.   How has our fragile earth handled floods? China is probably the world capital of gigantic floods.   The 1887 Yellow River flood cost between 900K and 2M lives.   China's 1931 flood was worse, yielding an estimated death toll between 1M and 4M.   But China doesn't have a monopoly on floods.   Between 1219 and 1530, the Netherlands experienced floods costing about 250K lives..."
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2013-12-10
Susan Jones _Cybercast News Service_
No mobility for YOU!: Obummer regime EPA abusing tax-victim funds to discourage private auto ownership, encourage walking, bicycling, mass transit and "intelligent transportation systems"
"Ray LaHood...   'Is this an effort to make driving more torturous and to coerce people out of their cars?', LaHood was asked at the event.   LaHood answered: 'It is a way to coerce people out of their cars.'"
2009-05-25: Terence P. Jeffrey: Obummer's transportation secretary Ray LaHood wants to "coerce people out of their cars"
2011-06-16: Terence P. Jeffrey: the conspiracy against the privately owned and operated car
2013-12-06: Pete Bigelow: AOL: USA commuters being forced out of their cars by Obummer regime

2013-12-10
Cortney O'Brien _Town Hall_
victims of eugenicists deserve compensation

2013-12-10
Conn Carroll _Town Hall_
Obummer regime's hiring of Jon Podesta shows Obummer will continue to refuse to negotiate with congress or comply with federal laws or the US constitution

2013-12-10
Dave Ramsey _Town Hall_
there are times when you cannot save

2013-12-10
Mike Shedlock _Town Hall_
employment vs. federal spending (graphs)

2013-12-10
Chuck Norris _Town Hall_
how bad is Communist Corpse for children and teachers? (part 5)

2013-12-10
_Conservative HQ_
supremes make another Dred Scott decision, this time making Jewish, Christians, Muslims slaves to leftist PC

2013-12-10
_Conservative HQ_
nothing good happens in congress after midnight
"Beyond the usual 'bridge to nowhere' [pork] and wasteful spending we are concerned that amnesty advocates, such as House majority-leader Eric Cantor and Budget committee chairman Paul Ryan, may push through an amnesty proposal or some other immigration bill that will erode the rule of law and open the door to amnesty for young illegal aliens."

2013-12-10
Jeff Dunetz _Hot Air_
Bill Shuster and Lamar Alexander need remedial training in prioritizing

2013-12-10
Anthony Watts
the question of solar-electric panels and albedo

2013-12-10
Alex Pappas _Daily Caller_
more conservatives warn Paul Ryan they oppose bad budget deal
Conn Carroll: Town Hall<
Fox

2013-12-10
Michael Bartasch _Daily Caller_
pols in NE states push EPA to crush economy in mid-west and south

2013-12-10
Brendan Bordelon _Daily Caller_
Joe Scarborough: "conservatives are getting ready to get rolled" on bad budget deal

2013-12-10
Seth McLaughlin _Washington DC Times_
senate conservative fund backs GOP primary challenter to senator Pat Roberts of KS
"The SCF also is taking on incumbents in Kentucky, where senate minority-leader Mitch McConnell is facing off against businessman Matt Bevin, and in Mississippi, where 6-term senator Thad Cochran faces a challenge from state senator Chris McDaniel."

2013-12-10
Judson Phillips _Washington DC Times_
Tea Partiers should aim to repeal ObummerDoesn'tCare, reduce government fraud and waste, cut government spending, reduce taxes, cut energy costs, reform EPA

2013-12-10
Abraham Rabinovich _Washington DC Times_/_Washington Free Beacon_
Iran has terror infrastructure in Central and South America, says Israel's defense-minister

2013-12-10
Caroline B. Glick _Town Hall_
Obummer's 4-state "solution"
"Since Hamas ousted all PLO forces from the Gaza Strip [Palestine] in 2007, Gaza [Palestine] has operated as a separate political entity from Judea and Samaria [i.e. Israel and Israel].   Indeed, it has been a de facto independent Palestinian state, controlled by Hamas.   Gaza's [Palestine's] only connection to Judea and Samaria [i.e. Israel and Israel] has been financial.   Every month, the PLO-controlled Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria transfers tens of millions of dollars in US and other international donor funds to Gaza to finance the terror state.   Despite the clear distinction between the two areas, the USA and the rest of the world have continued to insist that an Israeli-PLO peace deal will cover Gaza [Palestine] as well as Judea and Samaria [i.e. Israel and Israel]..."

2013-12-10 (5774 Tebet 07)
Michelle Malkin _V Dare_
Obummer's cash for universal pre-school clunkers
Jewish World Review
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2013-12-10
Peter Brimelow _V Dare_
please, contibute to keep V Dare going
donate to V Dare

2013-12-10
Dan Cadman _Center for Immigration Studies_
"kinder", "gentler", and foolish: it is illegitimate for state and local governments to encourage illegal immigration
Jagdish Bhagwati & Francisco Rivera

2013-12-10
Christine Rousselle _Town Hall_
leftist "bipartisan" plan introduced to continue over-spending full speed ahead

2013-12-10
Ben S. Carson _Washington DC Times_
why the founders guaranteed the right to own and carry arms
"During the Revolutionary War for American freedom, the British, who are now our close allies, were not interested in anything that promoted American independence and freedom.   They placed multiple restrictions on guns and ammunition destined for the American colonies.   They clearly did not want to empower local militias that might at some point in the future threaten their military superiority."

2013-12-10
_BLS_
from 2012 December to 2013 March gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments were 6.3M
"Gross job gains at expanding establishments totaled 5.6M in first quarter 2013, a decrease of 146K jobs from the previous quarter.   Openings in first quarter 2013 cannot be compared to the previous quarter.   Contracting establishments lost 5.1M jobs in first quarter 2013.   This is a decrease of 63K jobs from the prior quarter.   In the first quarter of 2013, closing establishments lost 1.2M jobs, a decrease of 52K jobs from the previous quarter.   Gross job losses represented 5.6% of private sector employment.   Gross job gains cannot be compared to the previous quarter.   Establishment births cannot be compared to the previous quarter.   Data for establishment deaths (a subset of the closings data) are available through second quarter 2012, when 666K jobs were lost at 184K establishments.   These figures represent increases from the prior quarter when 605K jobs were lost at 181K establishments.   During the first quarter of 2013, gross job gains exceeded gross job losses in all industry sectors except transportation and warehousing, utilities, and information.   These 3 industries also experienced a net employment loss after being positive last quarter.   The transportation and warehousing sector had gross job gains of 207K and gross job losses of 236K, which resulted in a net employment loss of 29K jobs.   This is the largest net loss since 2010 March..."

2013-12-10
Tyler Durden _Zero Hedge_
American 'servants' make less now than they did in 1910
"The 1910 cook earned tax-free pay, while 2013 cook pays 7.65% of his income in [Socialist Insecurity] taxes as well as income taxes on more than a third of his pay, assuming full-time work every week of the year.   For a single person, that's about $29 of that $55 raise deducted for taxes..."

2013-12-10
_CSPAN_
Unemployed STEM pros in NJ, and H-1B visas
 
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  "16mo = sixteen-mo, a book size resulting from making 4 right-angle folds in a sheet and forming a 32-page section.   Each page is approximately 4.5 inches by 6.75 inches." --- Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pg62 note  

 
 

2013-12-11

1725-12-11: George Mason iv (son of George Mason iii & Ann Thomson) was born 1725-12-11 at Doeg's Neck, Fairfax county VA

2013-12-11/1863-12-11
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
the Civil War sesquicentennial in the Shenandoah Valley: the federals on the march, and resentment among the Valley's own

2013-12-11 (5774 Tebet 08)
Jeremy Roebuck _Jewish World Review_
why was deceased US Marine's heart removed?
News Max
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2013-12-11
Drew MacKenzie _News Max_
Harry Reid pressured DHS to rubber-stamp visas for casino investors
John Solomon & David Sherfinski: Washington DC Times

2013-12-11 (5774 Tebet 08)
Ken Dilanian _Jewish World Review_
CIA's recent effort to place information gatherers around the world has been "colossal flop"
"Along with other parts of the CIA, the budget of the so-called Global Deployment Initiative, which covers the NOC program, is now being cut...   Spurred by Congress after the attacks of 2001 Sept. 11, the CIA rushed to put its eyes and ears in gritty corners of the globe where Al Qaeda and other adversaries operate or recruit.   The risk was considerable: Unlike CIA officers in embassies, NOCs have no diplomatic immunity if caught, and could face imprisonment or worse.   The CIA spent at least $3B on the program, and the number of specially trained spies grew from dozens to hundreds.   The entire clandestine service is believed to total [only] about 5K people.   But because of inexperience, bureaucratic hurdles, lack of language skills and other problems, only a few of the deep-cover officers recruited useful intelligence sources, several former officers said.   Some of the most ambitious efforts were aimed at Iran, former officers said.   The CIA created front companies and elaborate fake identities for operatives trying to recruit sources inside Iran's nuclear and missile procurement networks.   But Iranian authorities were able to [identify] American operatives, said 2 former senior CIA officials...   Sometimes the CIA didn't send the right people with the right cover..."
Of course, we shouldn't only be trying to recruit locals, but embedding our own people...jgo
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2013-12-11
Susan Jones _Cybercast News Service_
Ryan-Murray budget proposal "doesnt' get to the heart of the problem, which is [over-]spending"
Bill Hoffmann: News Max
"Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)...'There's no way around it.   It's more spending for both sides.   And for far too long, most conservatives would agree that's the problem in Washington.   I don't know how a deal is good for conservatives if spending is going to go up...   at the end of the day, spending is going up.   Republicans and conservatives in particular have said for years we've been spending too much money, and the bipartisan agreement...means more spending at the end of the day...   I think we've always settled for less than we can get with this leadership.   At the end of the day, the American people want better than this.'...   Americans for Prosperity, a limited government/free market advocacy group, called the budget deal 'bad policy' and 'bad politics'.   'Spending levels were set by law at $967G.   Exceeding those levels by $45G takes us in the wrong direction; further from fiscal responsibility, and further from the promise made to the American people.'"

2013-12-11
Susan Jones _Cybercast News Service_
Tom Coburn: budget proposal is "Not anything I can support"
News Max
Seth McLaughlin: Washington DC Times
Mark Tapscott: Washington DC Examiner
"Coburn pointed to a government waste book, which outlines $25G in wasteful government spending this year alone.   'None of that's addressed in this (budget proposal).', he said.   'None of the waste, the duplication, the fraud -- none of it.   And yet, we're going to raise spending...'"

2013-12-11
Chris Edwards _Daily Caller_
budget proposal is yet anohter huge GOP cave-in

2013-12-11
Seth McLaughlin _Washington DC Times_
budget proposal is "shameful"
"Senator Rand Paul added his name to the list of lawmakers opposing the bipartisan budget deal carved out between House and Senate negotiators, saying it is 'shameful' to restore previously agreed to spending cuts in exchange for promises of future deficit reduction... 'I think it's a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now for the promise of cuts later.'"

2013-12-11
Alex Mooney & Nick Clemens
Mooney denounces Ryan-Murray proposal to increase federal government spending

2013-12-11
Andy Koenig _Washington DC Times_
should we hike taxes or slash federal government spending?... or reduce taxes AND cut federal government spending even more

2013-12-11
Alex Pappas _Daily Caller_
Tea Partiers: Paul Ryan can kiss goodbye to chances of nomination for president

2013-12-11
_Conservative HQ_
help House conservatives defeat Obummer, Reid, Pelosi, Ryan, Portman and Boehner; stop over-spending
"Leading House conservatives Mick Mulvaney (SC-5), Steve Scalise (LA-1), and Jim Jordan (OH-4) are rallying conservatives to demand that speaker of the House John Boehner and House majority-leader Eric Cantor hold the line on spending."

2013-12-11
Bill Straub _PJ Media_
Ryan-Murray budget proposal is drawing a lot of serious conservative criticism
"Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, said the agreement is not just bad policy, it is bad politics.   The American people remember hard-won bipartisan spending limits set by the sequester and are not pleased to see their conservative representatives so easily go back on their word to rein in government over-spending.', he said.   'This is about protecting the pocket-book of average Americans...'"

2013-12-11
Romina Boccia _Cybercast News Service_
3 things you ned to know about the rotten budget proposal
"1. It busts through supposed spending 'caps'...   Once again, Congress has fallen into its old and destructive habit of trading more spending in one area for more spending in another...   2. It taxes and spends...   3. It spends now and delays savings until later..."

2013-12-11
Thomas Fletcher _Americans for Prosperity_
Ryan-Murray budget proposal would break better past agreements
coalition to congress: reject the Ryan-Murray proposal
Bill Straub: PJ Media
Richard Viguerie joins conservative leaders opposed to GOP losership's over-spending proposal
Matt Kibbe: Washington DC Times: another budger surrrender by GOP losership
Jennifer Harper: Washington DC Times: fiscal conservatives object to Ryan-Murray over-spending proposal

2013-12-11
_Town Hall_
Mark Levin gently grilled Paul Ryan on vile budget proposal (video)

2013-12-11
Terence P. Jeffrey _Cybercast News Service_
4 decades (10 decades, actually) of erosion of liberty in the USA

2013-12-11
Jeff Dunetz _Hot Air_
Obummer regime says it lied about deal with Iran, but is it still lying?

2013-12-11
Karen Schroeder _Daily Caller_
teachers who criticize Communist Corpse are being punished severely

2013-12-11
Joy Overbeck _Daily Caller_
Obummer and ObummerDoesn'tCare, Mao and his Great Leap Backward
"Both plans follow a 3-step pattern common to autocratic schemes: 1.) The regime bases its plan on irrational methodology because they have no knowledge or experience in dealing with the market they seek to control;   2.) When things begin to go hideously wrong, the ruler and underlings dig in and make it worse, claiming ignorance and dissembling rather than revising the disastrous plan; and   3.) The plan-makers blame their failure on their political enemies, whom they demonize in the hope of dodging responsibility."

2013-12-11
Joel Himelfarb _News Max_
Iran has created a Latin American terrorist network aimed at the USA

2013-12-11
_Conservative HQ_
Alex Mooney for congress (WV-2)
"Mooney's mother and her family were early opponents of Castro and were imprisoned after the Bay of Pigs (a fiasco that leads her son to dismiss JFK with the one-line verdict, 'weak on foreign policy').   Her flight from Cuba eventually led her to the Catholic University of America and to Vincent Mooney, an ROTC student of Irish descent who would earn a Bronze Star in VietNam and become Alex Mooney's father.   Mooney is leading the fundraising battle, and has already been endorsed by the Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund.   He has also been endorsed by Citizens United Political Victory Fund...   Alex Mooney is going to win the West Virginia 2 primary..."
Mooney for Congress; POBox 1863; Martinsburg, WV 25402

2013-12-11
Anthony Watts
James Elsner at Felonious State U: tornadoes in the USA may or may not be getting stronger
Scientific American

2013-12-11
Joe Born
CO2 residence times (take 2)

2013-12-11
Kris Anne Hall
so what if there is another federal government "shut-down"?

2013-12-11
_BLS_
employer costs for employee pay and benefits = $31.16 per hour worked in 2013 September
"State and local government employers spent an average of $42.51 per hour worked for employee compensation in 2013 September.   Wages and salaries averaged $27.38 per hour and accounted for 64.4% of compensation costs, while benefits averaged $15.13 per hour worked and accounted for the remaining 35.6%.   Total compensation costs for workers in the education and health services industry averaged $44.57 per hour worked.   Within the education and health services industry, average hourly compensation costs were $45.30 for educational services workers and $40.34 for health care and social assistance workers.   Total compensation costs for workers in public administration were $40.66 per hour worked."

2013-12-11
_BLS_
work experience of the population in 2012
"A total of 156.2M persons worked at some point during 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.   The proportion of the civilian non-institutional population age 16 and over who worked at some time during 2012 was 63.8%, up from 63.3% in 2011.   The number of persons who experienced some unemployment during 2012 decreased by 1.3M to 22.4M...
 
The proportion of workers who worked full time, year round in 2012 was 65.5%, little different from the prior year.
 
The 'work-experience unemployment rate' -- defined as the number of persons unemployed at some time during the year as a proportion of the number of persons who worked or looked for work during the year -- fell by 1.0 percentage point over the year to 13.9% in 2012.
 
About 5.5M individuals looked for a job but did not work at all in 2012, down from 6.2M in 2011.
 
The proportion of men who worked during 2012 was 69.5%, up from 68.8% in 2011.   The proportion of women who worked at some point during 2012 was 58.4%, little changed from 2011.
 
The proportions of whites (64.5%), blacks (59.1%), Asians (64.5%), and Hispanics (64.3%) who worked at some time during 2012 increased from 2011.
 
Among those with work experience during 2012, 78.4% usually worked full time, little different from 2011.   Men continued to be more likely to work full time during the year (84.5%) than women (71.5%).   The proportions of employed men and women working full time showed little change over the year.
 
Of the total who worked during 2012, 76.7% were employed year round (working 50 to 52 weeks, either full or part time), little changed from 2011.   The percentage of women working year round decreased by 0.8 percentage point to 74.7% in 2012, while the percentage of men employed year round was little changed at 78.5%.
 
Overall, 161.7M persons worked or looked for work at some time in 2012.   Of those, 22.4M experienced some unemployment during the year, 1.3M fewer than in 2011.   Men accounted for a disproportionately large share of the over-the-year decline in those who experienced some unemployment.
 
At 13.9% in 2012, the work-experience unemployment rate (those looking for work during the year as a percent of those who worked or looked for work during the year) was 1.0 percentage point lower than in 2011.   The work-experience unemployment rates for whites (12.8%) and blacks (20.6%) declined from 2011 to 2012, while the rates for Asians (10.6%) and Hispanics (17.3%) changed little.
 
Overall, men continued to have higher work-experience unemployment rates in 2012 than women, 14.5% versus 13.1%.   Among whites, blacks, and Hispanics, the rates for men were higher than the rates for women.   Among Asians, the rates for men and women were little different from each other.
 
Among those who experienced unemployment in 2012, the median number of weeks spent looking for work fell to 18.4, following 3 years of little movement.   The number of persons who looked for a job but did not work at all in 2012 declined by 701K over the year to 5.5M.   Of the 16.9M individuals who worked during 2012 and also experienced unemployment, 22.2% had 2 or more spells of joblessness, up from 20.1% in 2011."

2013-12-11
Andrew Grossman _Wall Street Journal_
senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee approved former O'Melveny & Myers partner Alejandro Mayorkas to head USCIS

2013-12-11
John Ribeiro _"IT" News_/_IDG_
intellectual property portion of secret Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will not be reached by end of year
PC World
Sharon Chen: Bloomberg
William Mauldin: Wall Street Journal: explaining TPP
"Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S.A., and Vietnam participated in the four-day ministerial meeting in Singapore where the countries made 'substantial progress' toward completing the agreement, according to the USTR statement...   South Korea has recently expressed interest in joining the 12 countries negotiating the TPP.   The proposals of the TPP have been criticized by law makers and civil rights groups in the U.S.A. and other countries.   29 organizations and more than 70 individuals wrote a letter to TPP negotiators opposing proposed copyright protection of 70 years after the death of an author in the agreement, according to a copy of the letter released by one of the signatories Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), a group which is concerned about the contents of the leaked treaty draft.   The leaked TPP text will apparently export new copyright terms to signatory countries, rather than allowing the copyright term to be determined by each country, U.S. representative Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California said last week.   Lofgren was also concerned about provisions on technical protection measures, such as digital rights management, to prevent copying or modifying copyrighted work."

2013-12-11 (5774 Tebeet 08)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
celebrity hypocrites
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2013-12-11
Raymond Ibrahim _PJ Media_
Muslim cleric incites children to slaughter Christians and Alawites in Syria

2013-12-11
Rodrigo Sermeno _PJ Media_
House Intelligence committee chair Mike Rogers says USA is paying a "heavy price" for Obummer regime dealings with Iran, Syria, Egypt, Libya...

2013-12-11
Megan O'Neil _Chronicle of Higher Education_
new data show that articles authored by women are cited less frequently

2013-12-11
Sheila McLaughlin _Cincinnati Enquirer/Post/Times/Star_/_Gannett_
meet John Boehner's challengers for Ohio's district 8, tomorrow (Thursday 2013-12-12) evening
Hamilton OH Journal-News
"19:00 Thursday at Crestview Baptist Church, 6600 Salem Ave., Clayton, OH.   Candidates include Republicans Matthew Trisler, Don Carter, Eric Gurr and J.D. Winteregg.   Boehner declined an invitation, according to organizers.   Democrat Tom Poetter did not respond to an invitation, they said."
 
Proposed Bills 2013
 
 

  "Because the national economy is so large and complex, it is often described in gross statistics which may or may not reflect eonomic realities.   We have noted how an arbitrary choice of a base year for beginning to follow trends over time can be completely misleading as regards economic growth.   It an also be misleading in many other ways.   For example, real wage rates and real salaries were often at unprecedented highs at the depth of the Great Deperssion of the 1930s, because the reduced money supply increased the purchasing power of any given income.   Millions of people were unemployed or employed part-time, or only sporadically employed [as in the Bush-Clinton-Shrub-Obummer depression], but the statistics on real pay per unit of time for those employed, never the less represented unusually high purchasing power." --- Thomas Sowell 2000 _Basic Economics_ pg263  

 
 

2013-12-12

2013-12-12/1863-12-12
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
"I would much like a guide who knows the country above Strasburg..."
"'...There must be men in Martinsburg, and perhaps Harper's Ferry, who have lived here and know all the roads and by-roads.'"

2013-12-12 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Tom Stengle & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 461,422 in the week ending December 7, an increase of 146,241 from the previous week.   There were 429,188 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3% during the week ending November 30, an increase of 0.4 percentage point from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,961,497, an increase of 474,856 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.5% and the volume was 3,174,709.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 23 was 3,800,667, a decrease of 296,234 from the previous week.   There were 5,641,066 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.   No state was triggered 'on' the Extended Benefits program during the week ending November 23...   States reported 1,248,932 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending November 23, a decrease of 101,672 from the prior week.   There were 2,194,253 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07;
to 127,495,952 beginning 2012-07-14;
to 128,066,082 beginning 2012-10-06;
to 128,613,913 beginning 2013-01-05;
to 129,204,324 beginning 2013-04-06;
to 129,827,178 beginning 2013-07-06;
to 130,396,096 beginning 2013-10-05.]
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) (Excel)
Extended Benefits
graphs
more graphs

2013-12-12
Anthony Watts
Arctic cyclones which melt ice

2013-12-12
Anthony Watts
Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature data-set poster

2013-12-12
Anthony Watts
U of Southampton: sea level

2013-12-12
Anthony Watts
pathetic press release from House leftists disappears some testimony
"Ah, politics, the stench of spin is strong here.   Note the picture below.   Left to right are Dr. John Christy, Dr. David Titley, and Dr. Roger Pielke Jr.   In the text, Christy and Pielke don't even exist, because, well, this was 'A Factual Look at the Relationship between Climate and Weather', and we can't have factual testimony we don't like in the press release, can we? Really, if you are going to disappear people in your press releases, at least be savvy enough to use a photo only showing your man giving testimony.   Idiots.   From the House Committee on Science Space, and Technology..."
Very Stalinesque... But even the GOP losership is drifting in that direction...jgo

2013-12-12
_Town Hall_
environmental whacko gets crushed by "global warming skeptic" on CNN (video)

2013-12-12
Patrick Goodenough _Cybercast News Service_
PLO angered by planned NBC series set in Jerusalem
"Entitled 'DIG', and scheduled to debut in the U.S.A. on NBC's USA Network late next year, the 6-episode series features 'an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2K years in the making that threatens to change the course of history', Israel's Keshet Media Group said when announcing the project last month."

2013-12-12 (5774 Tebeet 09)
Victor Davis Hanson _Jewish World Review_
nuclear gangsters have upper hand on global police
Patriot Post
Town Hall
"The gangster state of North Korea became a nuclear power in 2006-2007, despite lots of foreign aid aimed at precluding just such proliferation -- help usually not otherwise accorded such a loony dictatorship.   Apparently the civilized world rightly suspected that if nuclear, Pyongyang would either export nuclear material and expertise to other unstable countries, or bully its successful but non-nuclear neighbors -- or both.   The United States has given billions of dollars in foreign aid to Pakistan, whose Islamist gangs have spearheaded radical anti-American terrorism.   Since a corrupt Pakistan went nuclear in 1998..."
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2013-12-12 (5774 Tebeet 09)
judge Andrew P. Napolitano _Jewish World Review_
a criminal conspiracy so vast
Washington DC Times
"It involves former president George W. Bush, president Obama and their aides, a dozen or so members of congress, federal judges, executives and technicians at American computer servers and telecoms, and the thousands of NSA employees and vendors who have manipulated their fellow conspirators...   A [criminal] conspiracy is an agreement among 2 or more persons to commit a crime.   The crimes consist of capturing the [e-mail messages], texts and phone calls of every American, tracing the movements of millions of Americans and foreigners via the GPS system in their cellphones, and seizing the bank records and utility bills of most Americans in direct contravention of the Constitution, and pretending to do so lawfully."
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2013-12-12 (5774 Tebet 09)
Jay Ambrose _Jewish World Review_
in-your-face bullying by government officials and functionaries
"Two economists (John Dawson and John Seater) estimated that federal regulations promulgated over the past 60 years may have made Americans close to one-fourth as well-off as we would be without them.   If, then, you want some rough notion of what a more liberated economy might possibly have done for you, multiply your current income by 4."
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2013-12-12 (5774 Tebeet 09)
Cathy Young _Jewish World Review_
media's failure to cover "knock-out game"
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2013-12-12 (5774 Tebeet 09)
Ann Coulter _Jewish World Review_
words with fiends: "knock-out game" deniers and other leftists sucker-punch the English language
Town Hall
Patriot Post
V Dare
canonical Ann Coulter site
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2013-12-12 (5774 Tebeet 09)
Larry Elder _Jewish World Review_
intervention to cure my black friend's addiction to leftism
Patriot Post
Town Hall
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2013-12-12
Mike Shedlock _Town Hall_
high-powered idiocy from academic wonderland

2013-12-12
Mark Alexander _Patriot Post_
the art of the big lie: distorting the truth infamously

2013-12-12
John Ribeiro _"IT" News_/_IDG_
Nokia cleared to sell factory in India to MSFT

2013-12-12
John Ribeiro _"IT" News_/_IDG_
privacy advocates ask FCC to rule that carriers cannot share phone records

2013-12-12
Ricardo Lopez _Wall Street Journal_
52 bus firms closed down by federal regulators over safety issues... or to consolidate control and throw power around
abc
Los Angeles CA Times

2013-12-12
_Conservative HQ_
Billie Graham fighting respiratory infection: "Our family would appreciate your prayers" says his som

2013-12-12
Kassandra D. Smith _Conservative HQ_
will Tea Party strike out crony socialism in Atlanta Braves "grand scam"?
Michael Patrick Leahy: Breitbart
George Fanco: Fox
"Cronyism between big business and big government Republicans has reared its ugly head once again.   Atlanta-area Tea Party grass-roots are taking a stand against what some are calling 'The Grand Scam' -- a deceptive deal to give $300M in public funds to benefit a private business.   The fight pits tea party activists against Republican county politicians in the staunchly Republican Cobb county Georgia...   proposed $672M stadium plan...   Michael Patrick Leahy of Breitbart reported that the public didn't even know that the deal existed until the Braves and Cobb county announced it on November 11, just 15 days before the Commission passed it."

2013-12-12
Nick Sorrentino _Town Hall_
remote Indonesian village runs telecomm firm (from a lap-top and a tree)
David Talbot: MIT Technology Review (with picture of tech workers in the tree)
"'It's a telco-in-a-box that we put in a tree.', says Kurtis Heimerl, a developer at Range Networks and grad student at UC Berkeley who led the project...   The system includes some elements of 'redneck engineering', Cutrell says."

2013-12-12
Cheryl K. Chumley _Washington DC Times_
Tea Party Patriots call firing of executive director of the House Republican Study committee a declaration of war

2013-12-12
_Town Hall_
David Stockman calls Ryan-Murray over-spending proposal "a joke and betrayal" (video)
Dan Weil: News Max/Money News

2013-12-12
Conn Carroll _Town Hall_
the Ryan-Murray over-spending plan is a step in the wrong direction

2013-12-12
Ernest Istook _Washington DC Times_
rotten over-spending proposal
"Since the whopper budget deal of 2011 August, we have added over three trillion dollars to the national debt.   Each new agreement teaches us the gift of giving, because our government knows it is more blessed to spend more than you receive.   Politicians put a happy face on deficits, just like gift-wrapping the garbage before putting it under the Christmas tree...   $63G in additional spending during the next two years.   Reductions in spending are sometime in the eight years thereafter...   lowering the deficit...is not the same as lowering our debt.   Even balancing the budget is less likely than a white Christmas in San Diego, much less reducing debt.   The national debt remains up on the housetop, at over $17.2T and headed even higher under this budget deal.   Having ANY deficit means your sleigh is headed in the wrong direction; the amount of deficit only tells you how fast."

2013-12-12
Seth McLaughlin _Washington DC Times_
Tea Party Patriots: congress will break promise of future federal government spending cuts, debt reduction

2013-12-12
John Gizzi _News Max_
GOP House members join in criticizing John Boehner because of over-spending proposal

2013-12-12
Barbara Hollingsworth _Cybercast News Service_
conservatives slam Ryan-Murray over-spending deal, throwing away leverage

2013-12-12
_Conservative HQ_
"bipartisan" over-spending deal vote is a litmus test for conservatives

2013-12-12
Guy Benson _Town Hall_
conservatives clash with GOP losership as House prepares to vote on rotten Ryan-Murray over-spending plan

2013-12-12
Bill Hoffmann _News Max_
John Boehner has handed leftists a big advantage (with video)

2013-12-12
Lisa Barron & John Bachman _News Max_
Ralph Reed says he would vote against Ryan-Murray over-spending proposal

2013-12-12
Alexis Levinson _Daily Caller_
House passes evil Ryan-Murray over-spending proposal by a large margin
News Max
Seth McLaughlin & Jacqueline Klimas: Washington DC Times

2013-12-12
Deirdre Shesgreen _Cincinnati Enquirer/Post/Times/Star_/_Gannett_
Boehner was the only congress-critter in Treater Cincinnati area who voted for the bad over-spending proposal

2013-12-12
Joel Gehrke _Washington DC Examiner_
Jeff Sessions points out that over-spendign proposal "would strip a key protection for senate minority"
John D. McKinnon: Wall Street Journal
"'I regret to say that this bill clearly and unequivocally undermines the ability of the senate to maintain agreed-upon statutory spending limits.', senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), said Thursday...   'Republican senators just saw our confirmation rights eviscerated...   This provision clearly eliminates a very significant power of senators to block legislation that violates spending limits.'"

2013-12-12
Christopher Bedford _Daily Caller_
Harry Reid personally pressured DHS to grant visas to questionable applicants, on behalf of his son's casino project
"In a 2012 Dec. 5 e-mail to officials at the Department of Homeland Security obtained by The Washington Times, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Legislative Affairs official Miguel Rodriguez wrote, 'This one is going to be a major headache for us all because senator Reid's office/staff is pushing hard and I just had a long yelling match on the phone.'"

2013-12-12
Matt K. Lewis _Daily Caller_
election irregularities could swing recount in Virginia AG contest to the Republican

2013-12-12
Ed Marcum _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
after 33 years, electronics factory repair shop in Bearden is closing

2013-12-12
Jessica Chasmar _Washington DC Times_
Florida 1st district appeals court ruled that state universities cannot ban firearms

2013-12-12
Chuck Ross _Daily Caller_
survey: due to ObummerDoesn'tCare, 48% of US CFOs plan to cut hiring

2013-12-12
Jessica Chasmar _Washington DC Times_
Jane Fonda's "charitable" foundation hasn't contributed to charity for 5 years
"Private foundations must make distributions totaling at least 5% of their assets each year, which means the organization should have contributed a minimum of about $40K in 2011..."

2013-12-12
Betsy McCaughey _Town Hall_
all I want for Christmas is my freedom back

2013-12-12
_Cumberland PA Sentinel_
SOME students in PA and the USA struggle with science: NAEP

2013-12-12
Shaun Waterman _Washington DC Times_
Obummer regime having trouble filling top DHS posts with extreme leftist and open-border ideologues
"In 2012, 13 of 86 political appointees' jobs were unfilled. This year, after president Obama's second term got under-way, that rose to 26."

2013-12-12
Carolyn Mathas _EE Times_
top articles of 2013
"4. EE Ties' Silicon 60: Hot StartUps to Watch...   3. Rival Robot Styles Compete...   2. Intel's New CEO Shakes Things Up...   1. Why Aren't Our STEM Graduates Hired?"
 
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2013-12-13

1636-12-13: the Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians.
1642-12-13: Dutch navigator Abel Tasman sighted present-day New Zealand
1809-12-13: Dr. Ephraim McDowell performed the first ovariotomy, removing a 22 pound tumor
1862-12-13: Union forces suffered a major defeat to the Confederates at the Battle of Fredericksburg
1949-12-13: the Knesset voted to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem

2013-12-13
_Youngstown OH Vindicator_
What is wrong with this headline?: "More than half of Ohio third-graders meet requirements to advance a grade"

2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
Susannah Snider _Jewish World Review_
Kiplinger's best values in public colleges 2014
"The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is still on top.   That puts UNCCH at #1 for the 13th straight time...   The first runner-up is the University of Virginia, for the second consecutive year.   UVA has the highest 4-year graduation rate on our list and the second-lowest in-state cost ($5,070, on average) after need-based aid is applied.   The University of Florida kept its third-place spot, with a $10,679 annual price tag after need-based aid as well as improved graduation rates.   And the College of William and Mary stayed in fourth place thanks to its strong academics -- including a 12-to-1 student-faculty ratio and a 32% admission rate (the lower the number, the more competitive the school)..."
Marc A. Wojno: 10 best public college values for out-of-state students
Sira Moskowitz: Daily SunDial: inter-national enrollment continues to increase
3 most popular majors of US students studying abroad: "1. social sciences; 2. business; 3. humanities.   Top 3 majors studied by [foreign students in the USA]: 1. business & management; 2. engineering; 3. math & computer sciences...   For Mike Lee, a 20-year-old international student from Japan, studying in America means being able to choose a major he likes, as opposed to choosing a major that is required for a specific job like he would have to do if he studied back home...   Jaberi...from Iran... 'America is much better, LA is better.   It's better people, better culture, better rules, everything is better here.', Jaberi said...   For Moath Al Omar, 17, an international student from Saudi Arabia who is majoring in psychology, getting a scholarship from the Saudi Arabian government made it possible for him to study at CSUN...   Of those who are international students, 41% are undergrads and 38% are graduate students...   From 2010 to 2011, 34,660 U.S. students went to study in the United Kingdom, 29,645 went to study in Italy and 26,480 studied in Spain, according to the study.   According to Aylmer, only 3% of American students nationally study abroad, a number she believes is low because of financial obstacles...   computer science is among one of the least popular majors [for US students abroad]..."
U of FL indicates the most popular major particular to the school is Business/Marketing at 17% of the student population. 2nd most popular is social sciences coming is at 14% of the student population
Tallahassee Pet-Cage Liner/Gannett: Most popular majors at Felonious State U: Biological sciences: 2,277; business administration: 1,936; psychology 1,836; criminology: 1,729; "exercise science": 1,616
U of VA: 1. Politics...   2. InterDisciplinary...   3. Economics...   4. Psychology...   5. Commerce...   6. Biology...   7. History...   8. English...   9. Chemistry...   10. Spanish...   11. Mathematics...   12. Sociology...   13. Systems Engineering...   13. Art...   14. Nursing...   15. Mechanical Engineering...   16. Environmental Sciences...   17. Architecture...   18. Religious Studies...   19. Civil Engineering...   20. Anthropology...   21. Biomedical Engineering...   22. French...   23. InterDisciplinary Continuing Ed...   24. Chemical Engineering...   25. Computer Science...   26. Kinesiology...   27. Engineering Science...   28. Physics...   29. African American Studies...   30. Music...   31. Electrical Engineering...   32. Philosophy...   33. Computer Engineering...   34. Nursing...   35. Aerospace Engineering...
Campus Grotto: 1. Business...   2. Social "Sciences" and History...   3. Education...   4. Psychology...   5. Nursing...   6. Communications...   7. Biology...   8. Engineering...   9. English...   10. Computer Science"
DegreeSearch infographic for 2012
Robyn Wright: same infographic for 2009-2010
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2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
Cameron Huddleston _Jewish World Review_
retailers with generous return policies
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2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
Trudy Rubin _Jewish World Review_
where liberals have come to love the military
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2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
Steven Emerson _Jewish World Review_
jihad-supporting imam raised millions in USA last April
"A Syrian Sunni sheik who raised at least $3.6M during a U.S. fund-raising tour last April has blessed a new coalition of Syrian jihadist groups aiming to replace the Assad regime with an Islamic state.   Sheik Osama al-Rifai, who raised the money for the Franklin, MI-based Syrian Sunrise Foundation, endorsed the creation of the Islamic Front in a Nov. 22 YouTube video.   The front represents a merger of seven jihadist groups fighting Bashar al-Assad's forces.   Many of them have ties to al-Qaida...   He spoke at fundraising dinners on Sunrise Foundation's behalf in Tampa, Miami, the Chicago area, Dallas, Crown Point, IN, Los Angeles, a Detroit suburb called Novi and Meadowlands, NJ.   In Dallas, he said that anyone who works to raise awareness about what is happening in Syria was 'a jihadist for Allah'."
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2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
Wesley Pruden _Jewish World Review_
the last living witnesses
Washington DC Times
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2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
John Bolton _Jewish World Review_
Ukraine's drama, Obummer's incompetence
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2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
Rich Lowry _Jewish World Review_
the left's lack of connection with reality
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2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
Suzanne Fields _Jewish World Review_
truth is often absent in politics
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2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
David Limbaugh _Jewish World Review_
ObummerDoesn'tCare can't be repaired
Town Hall
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2013-12-13
Jonah Goldberg _Town Hall_
Obummer regime and media dis-information about ObummerDoesn'tCare runs deep

2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
Michelle Malkin _Jewish World Review_
culture of corruption: appointment of Alejandro Mayorkas as deputy-secretary of DHS
Town Hall
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2013-12-13 (5774 Tebet 10)
R' Abraham J. Twerski _Jewish World Review_
man's mission
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2013-12-13
Doug Bandow _Conservative HQ_
Germany lurches to the left sacrificing liberty and the future

2013-12-13
_Conservative HQ_
GOP's List of Shame on Ryan-Murray over-spending proposal
I always see too-slickly-dressed Cantor backing-up Boehner, and sometimes wonder in which hand he's holding the knife or gun...jgo

2013-12-13
Jack Hunter _Daily Caller_
why neo-cons won't cut government over-spending

2013-12-13
W. James Antle iii _Daily Caller_
the groups that have lost the most credibility: the Obummer regime and GOP losership

2013-12-13
Anthony Watts
over 2K cold and snow records were set in the USA this past week
Michael Bartasch: Daily Caller

2013-12-13
David Middleton
defusing the "arctic methane time bomb"

2013-12-13
Ed Morrissey _Hot Air_
Obummer regime considering more support for violent Islamics in Syria?

2013-12-13
Jazz Shaw _Hot Air_
machinists reject Boeing's offer
"Boeing was asking for newly hired machinists in the union to have portions of their pension plan moved into a 401K style plan, [but not] the existing workers."

2013-12-13
Steve Eggleston _Hot Air_
Red Chinese navy tries to pick fight with USS Cowpens in international waters of the South China Sea: Cowpens flinched in game of chicken
Washington DC Times

2013-12-13
John Ransom _Town Hall_
Obummer regime's ObummerDoesn'tCare talking point was supplied by PolitiFact (with great Obummer selfie cartoon)

2013-12-13
Katie Pavlich _Town Hall_
Americans are paying $50K apiece for oil-paint portraits of corrupt politicians

2013-12-13
Cortney O'Brien _Town Hall_
NY students protest restrictions on protests

2013-12-13
Katie Pavlich _Town Hall_
Charles Grassley warns of Iranian terrorist infiltration through visa programs
Shaun Waterman: Washington DC Times
"Thursday afternoon, Iowa senator Chuck Grassley sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] acting-director John Sandweg expressing concerns about the abuse of the EB-5 visa program, specifically warning loopholes could allow Iranian terrorist operatives to infiltrate the United States.   Grassley's inquiry came in response to an ICE memo raising the same concern."

2013-12-13
_Town Hall_
Rahm Emmanuel joins 24-hour fast for immigration law perversion

2013-12-13
Christine Rousselle _Town Hall_
Gallup: only 3% of Americans consider immigration the most important issue
Gallup
Note that the question is worded such that different people can consider the "problem" related to each issue to be diametrically opposite of what others see as the "problem".   Some could believe that the government doing "dissatisfying things" is the problem while others could believe that "being dissatisfied with the government" is a problem.   Some could believe that the problem with the economy is a skills dearth or a jobs dearth,   inflation or deflation, excessive prices for homes and land or insufficient prices for homes and land,   low quality for the retail prices or insufficient profits,   too many people relying on health care insurance or too few having health care insurance,   too many unemployed for too long or lazy people taking unfair advantage of government benefits rather than getting out there to get work,   excessive federal government spending and/or excessive federal government taxes...,   insufficient immigration or excessive immigration, low standards for getting visas or unreasonably tough requirements to get visas...jgo

2013-12-13
Ben Wolfgang _Washington DC Times_
Obummer's chief lobbyist Miguel Rodriguez is resigning: Miguel took particular pride in the execrable S744 immigration law perversion bill

2013-12-13
_Conservative HQ_
the GOP's Paul Ryan problem: GOP's need to replace its current over-spending losership with leadership
"Back in 2011, when Paul Ryan's name was floated as a possible Republican presidential candidate we said, 'Not so fast, Paul' and pointed out that his much ballyhooed 'Path to Prosperity' budget plan allowed spending to rise to $4T over the next 5 years.   Even worse in the minds of fiscal conservatives and limited government constitutional conservatives, Ryan's proposal reduced deficits, but it did not eliminate them until 2040, 27 years from now, according to the CBO analysis.   The 'Path to Prosperity' document included projections for the public debt between 2011 and 2021, and it showed debt going up every single year.   Ryan's budget showed the debt increasing to $16.2T in 2012 (we've already blown past that) and rising every year after that up to $23.1T in 2021 -- and the latest projections show it rising even faster than those made back in 2011.   Despite Ryan's command of the budget numbers he seems incapable of grasping -- or more likely simply ignored – the basic law of Washington spending and politics: for every dollar of revenue raised spending inevitably goes up more than a dollar.   Back in the late 1980s, Richard Vedder, and Lowell Gallaway of Ohio University co-authored a study for Congress' joint Economic committee that found that every dollar of new taxes imposed led to more than one dollar of new spending.   Over the ensuing years that study has been updated and the results are always the same.   In 2010 November, Vedder and The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore released an updated and more sophisticated version of the study showing that 'over the entire post World War II era through 2009 each dollar of new tax revenue was associated with $1.17 of new spending.   Politicians spend the money as fast as it comes in -- and a little bit more.'   What Moore and Vedder found was that no matter how you controlled for the economic variables, spending always went up faster than revenue.   The alternative models produce different estimates of the tax-spend relationship -- between $1.05 and $1.81.   But no matter how they configured the data and no matter what variables they examined, higher tax collections never resulted in less spending..."

2013-12-13
Jane Prendergast _Cincinnati Enquirer/Post/Times/Star_/_Gannett_
representative Andy Thompson still supporting measure to block Communist Corpse in Ohio... His wife teaches Spanish

2013-12-13
Doug Gamble _Political Mavens_
my humble apologies

2013-12-13
Joseph Cotto _Washington DC Times_
illegal immigration is about more than "ethnic identity"
"Craig Lewis, the executive director of Negative Population Growth...'immigration -- legal, illegal, and the children born to immigrants -- is responsible for 80% of U.S. population growth.   America has an estimated population of over 11M [illegal aliens], with some estimates ranging to nearly 20M.   Each year, we permit over 1M legal immigrants to arrive...   The fact is simple: The [United States of America] must slow, halt, and eventually reverse our population growth to preserve an enjoyable quality of life for future generations.   To do so, we must reduce our immigration levels.'...   Jo Wideman, the executive director of Californians for Population Stabilization...'Human innovations -- medicines and antibiotics, fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation, exploitation of fossil fuels, the Green Revolution, etc. -- have allowed for a higher standard of living and quality of life for most of the world's 7.2G inhabitants.   And these advances have occurred in spite of a global population that quadrupled over the last century, and grows by 80M annually.'"

2013-12-13
Betsy McCaughey _Investor's Business Daily_
Obummer violates duty to faithfully execute the constitutional laws

2013-12-13
_Arutz Sheva_/_Israel National News_
snowed-in Jerusalem remembers start of Babylonian siege in 589BCE
 
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2013-12-14

2013-12-14/1863-12-14
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
colonel Wells reached Strasburg, and Shenandoah Valley civilians react to Lincoln's (other) proclamation

2013-12-14
Denise Dick _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
numbers of 3rd graders in Mahoning Valley Ohio with "proficient" reading scores fell
"Most Mahoning Valley school districts saw a drop in the number of third-graders who scored proficient or above on the Ohio Achievement Assessment reading test this year, compared with the 2012 Fall test...   72% of Boardman's third-graders scored at proficient or above on this year's reading test compared with 79% in 2012 Fall...   Statewide, 56% of third-graders were proficient or higher on the preliminary tests.   Youngstown fell from 27% proficient or above last year to 21% this year...   Poland's percentage fell from 83% at proficient or above last fall to 64% this year...   Austintown fell from 71% last year to 54% this year...   In Trumbull [county], Liberty's scores jumped from 48% scoring at proficient or above last year to 62% this year."

2013-12-14
David Middleton
top 10 reasons why petroleum industry does not spend lavishy on disproving pseudo-science of anthropogenic global warming

2013-12-14
Anthony Watts
David Rose of the Daily Mail rips UK climate change committee for being on-the-take

2013-12-14
Kelly Phillips _Forbes_
budget faces challenge from senators wary of over-spending and "user fees" to tax-victims
"Included in those fees: a hike in the passenger security fee for air travel.   Currently, the cost is is $2.50 per trip leg -- and per trip leg includes each piece of a lay-over or stop -- with a total cap of $5.   In 2014, that fee will increase to $5.60 for each trip to and from your destination.   Doing the math, that means that folks who fly direct will see a significant boost ($11.20 for round-trip travel as opposed to $5) but travelers making stops will see a smaller increase.   All of those dollars and cents will add up: the increase is expected to raise $13.4G over the next 10 years [a drop in the bucket compared to current $1.3T/year deficits].   Also on tap are increases to immigrations and customs fees.   The customs user fee will increase by $2 to $7.50 and the immigration user fee is bumped by $2 to $9.   The budget would further allow the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to adjust the immigration and customs user fees annually for inflation...   There are billions of dollars of increased administrative fees...At least $85G.   In fact, the word 'fee' appears 32 times in the text of the bill."

2013-12-14
Russell Lamberti _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
who needs the debt ceiling? and for what purpose?

2013-12-14
Cory Franklin _Political Mavens_
Robert Griffin iii, Derrick Rose, and John Greenleaf Whittier

2013-12-14
Rodrigo Sermeno _PJ Media_
bipartisan conspiracy of congress-critters seeks to ram through Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

2013-12-14
Bryan Preston _PJ Media_
murderer/suicide at Arapaho HS in Colorado spewed leftist/Dem talking points on "social media"
"It's not debate at all.   Those are the DNC's crude talking points.   Representative Nancy Pelosi used almost the exact same talking points in an appearance on MSNBC the same day Pierson went on his attack."

2013-12-14
Becket Adams _Blaze_
graph of the world's largest cities since 4KBCE
Sam Ro: Business Insider

2013-12-14
Oliver Darcy _Blaze_
power-mad city government evicting widow for living off the grid

2013-12-14
Tom DeWeese _News with Views_
the Alamo -- hallowed American ground or UN captive?: World Heritage Sites
 
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2013-12-15

1791-12-15: USA Bill of Rights amendments 3-12 ratified by states

2013-12-15
Ed Hoskins
remind me again why the West *needs* a carbon tax? (with many graphs and links)

2013-12-15
Anthony Watts
53% of the USA is covered in snow... the most in 11 years (with GIS map)

2013-12-15
Thomas E. Brewton
Federal Reserve's unprecedented beyond-Keynesian loose-money policy
2013-12-13: Philipp Bagus: Ludwig von Mises Institute: how the paper money experiment will end

2013-12-15
P. David Hornick _PJ Media_
10 worst purveyors of anti-semitism: #9 Willis Carto

2013-12-15
Victor David Hanson _PJ Media_
the irony of Obummer's foreign policy
"The American fleet and overseas bases ensured that global commerce, communications, and travel were largely free and uninterrupted.   Globalization was a sort of synonym for Americanization.   It was neither a particularly pleasant nor popular task.   To keep the Soviets out of the Persian Gulf, we made unpopular deals of convenience with odious dictators and monarchs to keep the oil freely flowing to global consumers...   America for forty years has also been railing against the supposedly unfair protectionist trade policies of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan -- to no avail.   That we protected all three countries, first from the Soviet Union, and then from China, was a given, as was their periodic outbursts of anti-Americanism.   Europe followed the same paradox of the angry teen railing against his parent..."

2013-12-15
Brad Knickerbocker _Christian Science Monitor_
GOP losership facing energized primary challenges in 2014
"Republicans would love to take over as the senate majority, but that's unlikely to happen if they nominate weak challengers like Christine O'Donnell, Todd Akin, or Sharron Angle. As Hirschhorn points out, 8 of the 12 GOP incumbent senators seeking re-election face primary challenges."

2013-12-15
_Ohio Liberty Coalition_
round 2 of Obummer regime's attacks on Tea Parties are under way
Kimberley A. Strassel: Wall Street Journal
 
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2013-12-16

2013-12-16: White House petition to authorize the FDA to grant a compassionate use exemption to Refael Elisha Cohen for Antineoplaston therapy

1598-12-16: during the Imjin War: Battle of Noryang -- The final battle of the war was fought between the Korean and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Korean victory
1689-12-16: Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the UK Bill of Rights
1773-12-16: during the American Revolution: Boston Tea Party -- Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act (Boston Tea Party Historical Society)
1826-12-16: Benjamin W. Edwards rode into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia
1907-12-16: 16 U.S. Navy battleships, which came to be known as the Great White Fleet, set sail on a 14-month round-the-world voyage to demonstrate American sea power (US Navy history)
1941-12-16: the U.S. Navy took control of the largest and most luxurious ocean liner on the seas at that time, France's Normandie, while it is docked at New York City, and the conversion for U.S. war-time use as USS LaFayette began (though destroyed by fire and sank 2 months later)
1920-12-16: the Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocked the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200K
1937-12-16: Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempted to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again
1944-12-16: during World War II: Battle of the Bulge -- general Dwight D. Eisenhower's allied forces and field-marshall Gerd von Rundstedt's German army engage in the Belgian Ardennes
1950-12-16: president Harry S. Truman declared a state of emergency, after Red Chinese troops entered the fight with communist North Korea in the Korean War

2013-12-16
Julian Adorney _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
starvation and military Keynesianism: lessons from Germany

2013-12-16
Burton Speakman _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
farmers await outcome of 2 bills
"There will be a farm bill this year, but it's not clear whether that bill will be some sort of extension of the existing bill or a new bill, said Karl Zulauf, agricultural economist for Ohio State University.   The current farm bill has been extended through the end of January...   Both the Senate and the House have passed farm bills this year, but they differ on how much to cut the nation's food-stamp program and how to restructure farm subsidies.   The bill is expected to have additional cuts to the food-stamp and nutrition programs and expansion of crop-insurance alternatives.   Neither party is providing much detail about specifics of what the bill contains...   Another piece of legislation that will impact farmers is the expiration in 2014 of the depreciation credit for the purchase of agricultural equipment, said David Marrison, extension agent for Trumbull and Ashtabula counties.   For this year, the credit is for equipment purchases of up to $500K, he said.   A bill has been introduced in the U.S. senate that would make permanent a depreciation credit of up to $1M per year, Marrison said.   It is unclear whether the legislation will move forward.   'There are also some weird things in this bill; for example, with tiling you would be able to write off 44% of the cost in the first 15 years, but it would take 144 years to write of the full cost.', he said.   Tile doesn't last 144 years, and keeping up the consistent replacement of the material could get confusing, Marrison said.   The bill as proposed also would remove the 15% depreciation tax credit, he said."
Wouldn't that be sweet, for software engineers, analysts, web-weavers, data-base designers to be able to deduct $3K-$4K for the costs of replacing hardware and software tools every couple years.   But that would be no help at all to the millions of STEM pros unemployed or involuntarily out of field...jgo

2013-12-16 (5774 Tebet 13)
_Jewish World Review_/_AFP_
an Oregon woman's search for son ends in heart-break in Lockerbie, Scotland
Steven Brocklehurst: BBC
NBC
David K. Li: NYPost
Eileen Kersey: Digital Journal
UPI
RTL
Catriona Stewart: Herald Scotland
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2013-12-16 (5774 Tebet 13)
Stacey Burling _Jewish World Review_
using yogurt to fight C. difficile
"The CDCP says hospital cases nationwide have tripled in the last decade to nearly 337K.   Most C. difficile cases are related to medical care, but only about a quarter show symptoms first in the hospital, the CDCP says.   C. diff infections cost at least $1G in extra health-care costs annually...   After comparing many brands, they decided there was no good reason to pick one over another.   The one they were already using -- Dannon -- contained 3 types of beneficial bacteria: S. thermophilius, L. bulgaricus, and L. acidophilus."
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2013-12-16 (5774 Tebet 13)
_Jewish World Review_/_AFP_
Greek neo-Nazis protest mosque construction
Greek Reporter
Miami FL Herald
France 24: mosque and school spark feud between Turkey and Greece
Pamela Geller: Atlas Shrugs 2000: Turkey will only return confiscated seminary if Greece builds mosque
"The Halki seminary has also been a subject of controversy.   The Orthodox clergy used to train in the school located on an island off Istanbul but it was closed in 1971, after Turkey fell out with Greece over Cyprus.   Turkey, a country where Muslims make up 99% of the population, recently decided to give back to the seminary lands that had been seized in 1943, but there was no talk of re-opening...   Greece is home to around 500K Muslims -- many of them [illegal aliens]...   The issue of mosques in Greece started popping up shortly after 2000, as the 2004 Athens Olympics were looming up."
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2013-12-16 (5774 Tebet 13)
Jonathan Tobin _Jewish World Review_
US district court in Salt Lake City decriminalized polygamy, says law violates privacy
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2013-12-16 (5774 Tebet 13)
Brandon Brown _Jewish World Review_
USA is still very much a religious nation -- just as the politicians fear
"Even as Americans become less religious and their tolerance for atheism is growing, there are still very few politicians who are openly non-religious.   They have to walk the thin line between their personal [opinions] and public image."
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2013-12-16 (5774 Tebet 13)
Mort Zuckerman _Jewish World Review_
what recovery?: there's an even bigger cloud over our future and it's moving quickly
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2013-12-16 (5774 Tebet 13)
Star Parker _Jewish World Review_
let low-wage workers opt out of Socialist Insecurity
"It reports that 54.3% of blacks work for employers that offer retirement plans compared to 62.3% of whites.   And 43.9% of blacks participate in those plans compared to 53.9% of whites.   Among Latinos, 37.8% work for employers with retirement plans and just 29.7% participate.   Only 37.9% of non-white Americans have assets in a retirement account compared to 63.4% of whites..."
Also let younger workers, older workers, and high-wage workers, low-skilled and high-skilled workers opt out of Socialist Insecurity, Medicare, Medicaid, and ObummerDoesn'tCare...jgo
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2013-12-16 (5774 Tebet 13)
Bernard Goldberg _Jewish World Review_
this just in: pres. Obummer's pants are on fire!
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2013-12-16 (5774 Tebet 13)
Diane Dimond _Jewish World Review_
who judges the judges?
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2013-12-16 (5774 Tebet 13)
Mark Steyn _Jewish World Review_
low comedy amid soaring rhetoric
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2013-12-16
Steve Kolowich _Chronicle of Higher Education_
EdX dropped plans to connect students and employers after 0 out of 868 high-performing students got hired
"In a pilot job-placement program, edX recruited 868 high-performing students from 2 computer-science MOOCs at the University of California at Berkeley.   Based on their apparent strengths, edX tried matching them to a handful of technology companies, including Google, Amazon, and SAP.   The vast majority of the students were from outside the United States, and many were working professionals.   But it didn't pan out.   Of those 868 students, only 3 landed job interviews.   None was hired."
It's because of the turrrrrible CS talent shortage, don't you know...jgo

2013-12-16
Anthony Watts
massive fraud at EPA from agency's most highly paid climate official

2013-12-16
Anthony Watts
God and nature contradict Algore again

2013-12-16
Anthony Watts
CO2 residence time 5 years? 10 years? 200 years?: apparently 4 degrees spells "climate doom"

2013-12-16
Christopher Monckton
17 years 3 months with no global warming

2013-12-16
Devlin Barrett _MarketWatch_
DC district court rules against NSA, for Larry Klayman
Grant Gross: "IT" News/IDG
Bridget Johnson: PJ Media
Mike Shedlock: Town Hall
Stephen Dinan: Washington DC Times

2013-12-16
Zach Miners _"IT" News_/_IDG_
Obummer to conspire with tech execs on ObummerDoesn'tCare privacy violations and lack of security
PC World
CIO
San Francisco CA Chronicle
ComputerWorld
Obummer hijacks agenda to tout ObummerDoesn'tCare
David Martosko: Daily Mail
Neil Munro: Daily Caller: post mortem

2013-12-16
_MarketWatch_
8 styles of CEO non-apologies

2013-12-16
Paul Westrum _Austin MN Daily Herald_
take steps to stop illegal immigration
"Over the years I have had many people ask me what I would like to see done on the immigration issue.   1.   Enforce our immigration laws.   They haven't been enforced for the last 25 years or more.   2.   Secure our borders.   3.   Stop illegal immigration.   Remember, illegal aliens come from every country on the planet.   All illegal aliens should be deported.   Tell them they have 60 days to leave on their own or we will round them up and send them back home at their expense.   This would be the cheapest in the long run.   The government says there are 11M, but they've been saying that for about 12 years.   According to other sources, it is 20M to 25M.   It would free up about 8M jobs.   We don't need these law breakers.   If we took away all the freebies they get, most of them would self deport.   From 1928-1965 we let in about 178K legal immigrants per year.   Now it is up to more than 1M per year.   We don't need all these people, and our resources are finite.   Let's not import poverty.   Let's let in people who have the talents to make the U.S.A. a better country, not people who drag us down.   Limit immigrants to 200K per year."

2013-12-16
Alexander Besant _Global Post_
study suggests cats live lived with humans for only 5K-10K years
Traci Watson: USA Today/Gannett
"Genetic studies reveal that all domestic cats trace their roots to the Near Eastern wild cat, making the Near East one site of domestication as well as a cradle of agriculture.   On the island of Cyprus, a wild cat was deliberately buried close to a high-status human some 9,500 years ago...   Now bones and other finds from Quanhucan, a farming village in central China, are filling the gap.   When researchers combed through Quanhucan's garbage pits, they turned up 8 cat bones, 2 of them more than 5K years old."

2013-12-16
_Billings MT Gazette_
magma chamber under Yellowstone over twice as big as previously estimated

2013-12-16
Lawrence Biemiller _Chronicle of Higher Education_
survey: many colleges & universities can't track course completion rates
"Among 225 responses included in the survey, 65% 'were not able to provide an on-campus rate and 55% did not report an on-line rate' for course completion..."

2013-12-16
_Conservative HQ_
leftists/Dems fear an loathe Fox

2013-12-16
Mary Katharine Ham _Hot Air_
more ObummerDoesn'tCare fine print: once forced into Medicaid, your assets can be seized
Carol M. Ostrom: Seattle Times

2013-12-16
Fred Lucas _Blaze_
Trey Gowdy objects to Obummer regime's refusal to faithfully execute US laws comply with US constitution

2013-12-16
Erica Ritz _Blaze_
why do Saudis get preferential treatment by USA government?

2013-12-16
_Blaze_/_AP_
Federal Reserve drives bubbles

2013-12-16
Tim Kern _Washington DC Times_
employment/unemployment statistics can be deceptive

2013-12-16
Jason Howerton _Blaze_
how far will GOP losership and the leftists/Dems go in their war against the Tea Parties?

2013-12-16
Erica Ritz _Blaze_
Stalin-like distortions of the news continue

2013-12-16
_Investor's Business Daily_
ObummerDoesn'tCare finally tweaks NY's leftist elite

2013-12-16
Andrew Malcolm _Investor's Business Daily_
finally, the media revolt against another empty vow from oath-breaker-in-chief Obummer

2013-12-16
John Tamny _Investor's Business Daily_
for the economy to grow, federal government spending must be cut

2013-12-16
Michael Ramirez _Investor's Business Daily_
federal government spending and debt (cartoon)

2013-12-16
Elizabeth Bernstein _Wall Street Journal_
men and women communicate differently
 
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  "an objective judgment is one made by testing in all ways possible one's subjective impressions, so as to arrive at a knowledge of objects." --- Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pg175  

 
 

2013-12-17

497BCE December 17: first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome.
283-12-17: St. Gaius began his reign as Catholic pope.
546-12-17: siege of Rome: Ostrogoths under king Totila plundered the city, having gotten in by bribing the Byzantine garrison.
920-12-17: Romanos i Lekapenos is crowned co-emperor of the under-age Constantine vii.
942-12-17: William i of Normandy assassinated.
1398-12-17: sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur.
1526-12-17: Ferdinand of Austria chosen as King of Bohemia
1526-12-17: Pope Clemens VII publishes degree Cum ad zero, forming Inquisition
1538-12-17: pope Paul iii excommunicated Henry viii of England.
1572-12-17: Spanish army begins fires in Haarlem Netherlands
1577-12-17: Francis Drake sails from Plymouth, England, on a secret mission to explore the Pacific coast of the Americas for queen Elizabeth i of England.
1583-12-17: Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeat troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
1586-12-17: Go-Yōzei becomes emperor of Japan.
1587-12-17: Earl Leicesters army left Netherlands
1600-12-17: Marriage of Henry iv of France and Marie de Medici.
1638-12-17: French/Swedish troops occupy Breisach on the Rhine
1718-12-17: War of the Quadruple Alliance: Great Britain declared war on Spain.
1745-12-17: the army of Bonnie Prince Charles retreated to Scotland
1777-12-17: France recognized American independence.
1790-12-17: Aztec calendar stone discovered.
1788-12-17: Russian army of Grigorij Potemkin occupies Ocharov.
1791-12-17: A traffic regulation in New York City established the first street to go "One Way."
1807-12-17: Napoleonic Wars: France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
1812-12-17: War of 1812: U.S. forces attack a friendly Lenape village in the Battle of the Mississinewa.
1830-12-17: South American patriot Simon Bolivar died in Colombia.
1832-12-17: HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin sails in Strait Le Maire
1895-12-17: George L. Brownell received a patent for his paper-twine machine.
1903-12-17: Orville and Wilbur Wright made successful gasoline-powered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, NC.
1819-12-17: Simón Bolívar declares the independence of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela).
1821-12-17: Kentucky abolished debtors prisons.
1862-12-17: American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order #11, expelling Jews from parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
1900-12-17: New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5M (busiest immigrant inspection station 1892-01-01 to 1954-11-12 through which 12M were processed; peak year for immigration at Ellis Island was 1907, with 1,004,756 immigrants processed).
1914-12-17: Jews were expelled from Tel Aviv by Turkish authorities.
1925-12-17: colonel William Mitchell (Billy Mitchell) was convicted of insubordination at his court-martial.
1928-12-17: Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab, to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three were executed in 1931.
1935-12-17: First flight of the Douglas DC-3.
1936-12-17: "The Rudy Vallee Show" debuted on NBC, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and dummy Charlie McCarthy made first TV appearance.
1939-12-17: The German pocket battleship Graf Spee was scuttled by its crew, bringing the World War II Battle of the Rio de la Plata off Uruguay to an end.
1953-12-17: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to approve RCA's color-B&W compatible television specifications.
1957-12-17: USA successfully test-fired the Atlas inter-continental ballistic missile for the first time.
1976-12-17: "Superstation" WTBS in Atlanta went national.
1994-12-17: KLM's last DC-10 goes out of service (sources: On This Day, Jimbo Wales's WikiPedia, Brainy History)

2013-12-17/1863-12-17
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
bad weather, a slow avance, and Gilmor's "raid" on Burner's

2013-12-17
H. Luedecke & C.O. Weiss
claim: soar, Atlantic multi-decadal & Pacific decadal oscillations combined re-produce global climate of the past

2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Mona Charen _Jewish World Review_
when no one is watching
Town Hall
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Megham Daum _Jewish World Review_
the OED's literal problem
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Mark Patinkin _Jewish World Review_
America's promise, then and now, out-weights its failngs
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Dennis Prager _Jewish World Review_
"tolerance" now means government-coerced "celebration"
Town Hall
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Debra J. Saunders _Jewish World Review_
we are all children of the corn subsidies
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Wesley Pruden _Jewish World Review_
the climate scam that will not die
"There was always a scarcity of evidence that the globe was on a wild tear, but there was never a scarcity of alarm."
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Jeff Jacoby _Jewish World Review_
the wrong-headed priority of the haughty John Kerry, who served in VietNam
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Paul Greenberg _Jewish World Review_
the evil empire strikes back
Town Hall
"The old evil empire may be gone, but it takes new shape under new management.   And it waxes strong without a leader of the free world to call its bluff...   The evil empire may be as evil as ever and its ends just as ruthless, but its means are more subtle...   The more tyrannies change, the more they remain the same...   One day the West will re-awaken.   Let's just hope it's not too late."
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Rich Lowry _Jewish World Review_
a manufactured ADHD epidemic
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Dave Weinbaum _Jewish World Review_
under ObummerDoesn'tCare, if you like your plan, doc, or hospital you're doomed, as death panels await
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2013-12-17
Leah Barkoukis _Town Hall_
Darrell Issa warns that ObummerDoesn'tCare "navigators" are "ACORN revisited"

2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Froma Harrop _Jewish World Review_
living genuinely in the age of twits
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
Cal Thomas _Jewish World Review_
culture of death
Town Hall
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2013-12-17 (5774 Tebet 14)
David Limbaugh _Jewish World Review_
GOP losership is biting the hand that feeds it
Town Hall
The GOP losership tend to believe tea partiers are uncompromising, impractical, overly aggressive kamikazes who are willing to destroy the nation just to make a point. Many tea partiers, in turn, believe that the leftists and GOP losership are utopian, uncompromising, impractical, overly aggressive kamikazes who have been destroying the nation for their own personal benefit and that of their cronies...jgo
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2013-12-17
Clayton E. Cramer _PJ Media_
having lost the debate, gun banners are trying to change the language

2013-12-17
_Conservative HQ_
could there be a Tom McClintock vs. Paul Ryan show-down in 2016?
"a clean sequester-based budget was never presented or voted on.   We also note for the record, that a clean sequester-based bill was never 'whipped' with the same fervor that the House Republican [losership] whipped the votes to bust the debt ceiling or any of their other betrayals of conservative principles.   The threat of losing committee assignments or any of the other clubs used to dragoon conservatives into abandoning their principles to vote with the House [losership] were never deployed in trying to keep the sequester.   The Republican [losership] went into the negotiations planning on giving away the hard-won conservative victory on spending."
Tom McClintock: Daily Caller

2013-12-17
Anthony Watts
supremes to hear challenge to power-mad EPA green-house gas regs
Alan Caruba: PA Pundits
Reuters

2013-12-17
Bob Fowler _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
Aisin Automotive plans $53M expansion, 81 more employees in Clinton, TN

2013-12-17
Liz Klimas _Blaze_
insane ban on import and manufacture of 40 & 60 Watt incandescent bulbs starts 2014-01-01

2013-12-17
Sara Carter _Blaze_
Jeff Sessions proposed closing loop-hole that gives illegal aliens income tax credits
"The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration noted in a 2011 report that millions of people without 'valid' [Socialist Insecurity numbers (SINs)] received $4.2G in the additional child tax credit in 2010 -- up from $924M in 2005. In 2011, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported that illegal aliens received a staggering $4.2G in refundable child tax credits in 2010, a Senate aide said."

2013-12-17
Jeremy Beck _Numbers USA_
law-suit seeks protections for identity thieves

2013-12-17
Sarah Jean Seman _Town Hall_
what the homeless most want is a job

2013-12-17
Douglas Ernst _Washington DC Times_
US Army to give early discharges to 4K captains and majors

2013-12-17
Stephen Dinan _Washington DC Times_
CBO: Socialist Insecurity to run 12% deficit over the next decade

2013-12-17
Monica Crowley _Political Mavens_
please stop thinking Obummer means what he says

2013-12-17
Peter Brookes _Political Mavens_
the USA is not getting safer from al-Qaeda

2013-12-17
Bill Straub _PJ Media_
senate RINOs help Ryan-Murray over-spending bill toward passage

2013-12-17
Briget Johnson _PJ Media_
the corrupt belligerent leftist Harry Reid "fills the tree" to block amendments to stop Iran nuclear weapons program, aid victims of Islamic terrorist attack at Ft. Hood

2013-12-17
Sheila McLaughlin _Cincinnati OH Enquirer/Post/Times/Star_/_Gannett_
illegal alien protest aimed to shut down Butler county OH jail, where some local illegal aliens are held

2013-12-17
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
elderly immigrants abuse our immigration, divorce, and marriage laws

2013-12-17
Mike Holly _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
how government regulations, guild restrictions on med schools, and insurance have been driving up prices for health-care (with graphs)

2013-12-17
Milton Wolf _Breitbart_
GOP losership versus principles
 
Proposed Bills 2013
 
 

  "To be sure, running the eye down somebody's alphabetical list and pawing over pages till column 978a comes into view, or tossing thick tomes from hand to shelf and back again, is not the be-all and end-all of research.   Far from it.   But it is the inescapable pre-requisite, and the demands that these activities make upon the mind are close kin to those that occur at the later and higher stages." --- Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pg95  

 
 

2013-12-18

2013-12-18
Bob Tisdale
2013 November global surface temperature anomaly update

2013-12-18
Joe Bastardi
'twas the nightmare before Christmas... (and snow in Jerusalem)

2013-12-18
Michael Bastasch _Daily Caller_
climate scientists and economists challenge EPA power-madness

2013-12-18
Michael Bastasch _Daily Caller_
Vikings used Medieval Warm Period to travel
"the 'Medieval Warming Period', which lasted from the 9th century CE to the 13th Century CE...   The 'Little Ice Age' that followed the warmer Medieval period lasted from the 14th century CE to the late 19th Century CE..."

2013-12-18
Zeke Hausfather
Berkeley earth surface temperatures (video)

2013-12-18
Willis Eschenbach
the fatal lure of assumed linearity

2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
the haughty John Kerry, who served in VietNam, forces Israel's moment of decision
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Jonathan Tobin _Jewish World Review_
religious liberty triumphs over ObummerDoesn'tCare
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
_Jewish World Review_
Jordanian government objects to Israeli government surveillance of Temple Mount
Global Post
Arutz Sheva/Israel National News
UPI
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Lenore Skenazy _Jewish World Review_
when movie trailers tell too much
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Chuck Shepherd _Jewish World Review_
news of the twisted government in action
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Susan Reimer _Jewish World Review_
life makes perfect sense when you are a grand-mother
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Paul Greenberg _Jewish World Review_
here is the real issue
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Karen Kaplan _Jewish World Review_
going along to get along is over-rated: being correct is a cause of increased happiness
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Karen Kaplan _Jewish World Review_
eye ganglion cells and glial cells ink-jet printed
AAAS EurekAlert
Live Science
Wired
Independent
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
_Jewish World Review_
diary of Hitler aide, Alfred Rosenberg, on display at holocaust museum
Jerusalem Post/Reuters
Toronto Ontario Canada Sun
Live Science
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Nat Hentoff _Jewish World Review_
life lessons of jazz masters
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
John W. Whitehead _Jewish World Review_
governments are pushing for end of childhod, innocence, imagination
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
loss of liberty in 2013
Town Hall
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Betsy McCaughey _Jewish World Review_
ObummerDoesn'tCare
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Michelle Malkin _Jewish World Review_
crony Obummer donors in charge of DHS
Town Hall
"Let me summarize [Jeh Johnson's] relevant experience in border security, port security, airport security or immigration enforcement: Zero.   Zip.   Nada...   Mayorkas remains under investigation for a partisan cash-for-foreign-investor-visas scandal by the DHS inspector general's office, which itself remains under investigation for fraud and ethics violations that endanger national security."
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2013-12-18 (5774 Tebet 15)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
the Catholic pope and capitalism
Town Hall
"Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man.   With the rise of capitalism, it became possible to amass great wealth by serving and pleasing your fellow man."
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2013-12-18
Ken Connor _Town Hall_
GOP losership is allied with Obummer regime agaist the citizenry

2013-12-18
Jacob Sullum _Town Hall_
are you objecting to unconstitutional surveillance and other privacy violations right now?

2013-12-18
Terry Jeffrey _Town Hall_
how much of your life should government be able to track?

2013-12-18
Daniel J. Mitchell _Town Hall_
good news in the battle to restore government respect for the constitutionally recognized right to own and carry arms

2013-12-18
Bob Barr _Town Hall_
resurgence of popular support for the constitutionally recognized right to own and carry arms

2013-12-18
Bruce Parker _Daily Caller_
why sheriffs and state legislators are stepping in to respect the constitutionally recognized right to own and carry arms

2013-12-18
Nicole Bailey _Town Hall_
Fox News viewership soared again in 2013

2013-12-18
Katie Pavlich _Town Hall_
corrupt leftists/Dems blocked amendment to restore military retirement benefits for wounded soldiers/sailers
Caroline May: Daily Caller: corrupt leftists/Dems blocked amendment to restore military retirement benefits and close welfare loop-hole for illegal aliens

2013-12-18
Tim Ball & Tom Harris _PJ Media_
we msut embrace all-out struggle against eco-fascists

2013-12-18<,br /> _Conservative HQ_
we can remake congress and restore the USA
"we have a moral obligation to speak up for, and work to achieve, limited constitutional government, liberty and freedom under God's laws to be the guiding principles governing America.   And it may seem counter-intuitive, but with congress and the president at record lows in the polls and the esteem of the voters, making this vision a reality is getting easier, not harder.   Americans are ready for the restoration of constitutional government..."

2013-12-18
Armstrong Williams _Town Hall_
interview of Michael Cutler (part 1): immigration is the most serious issue confronting the United States today -- bar none

2013-12-18
_London Daily Mail_
India's deputy-consul-general in NY, Devyani Khobragade, arrested for visa fraud, paying maid below minimum wage

2013-12-18
Betsy Rothstein _Daily Caller_
top reporters admit the media leans to the left due to ignorance

2013-12-18
Ann Coulter _Daily Caller_
mental health laws are trouble for leftists/Democrats
Investor's Business Daily
Jewish World Review
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2013-12-18
Steve Goreham _Daily Caller_
why are leftists/Dems striving to artificially drive up energy prices?
Watts Up with That
Washington DC Times

2013-12-18
Cheryl K. Chumley _Washington DC Times_
oath-breaking police, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation collect DNA swabs, blood samples

2013-12-18
Cheryl K. Chumley _Washington DC Times_
federal district judge Ellen Huvelle ruled Obummer can't hide foreign aid order as privileged
World Net Daily
Michael Doyle: Miami Herald/McClatchy

2013-12-18
Jason Howerton _Blaze_
testimony to House Intelligence committee confirms several "stand down" orders were issued while US consulate at Benghazi was under attack
Adam Housley: Fox

2013-12-18
John C. Dvorak _PCMag_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Code.org is a stupid dead-end

2013-12-18
Sean Higgins _Washington DC Examiner_
DoL Inspector General further lowers priority of monitoring visa programs, drops from annual reports
2013-12-20: Sean Higgins: Washington DC Examiner: IFPTE criticizes DoL OIG
DoL OIG report for 2013 (pdf)
DoL OIG report for 2012 (pdf)

2013-12-18
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
visa-creating crime has soared (with table)
"Crime in America, generally, declined between 2009 and 2012 by about 10%.   But the kind of crime that creates visas (usually for illegal aliens) quadrupled in the same time period.   Many Americans are not aware that some crimes create green cards for their victims.   Here are the numbers: The widely used, expensively maintained _Crime in the United States_, a long-existing FBI research tool, showed that there were 431.9 violent crimes for every 100K inhabitants of the United States in 2009.   In 2012, the number was 386.9, a decline of 10.4%.   A rather newer table, maintained by USCIS, shows that the number of individuals (mostly illegal aliens) reporting a crime that would create a U visa (and thus legal status for the person so reporting) was 6,835 in 2009, soaring to 24,768 in 2012, an increase of nearly 4 to 1..."

2013-12-18
Mark Krikorian _Center for Immigration Studies_
Nasty Pelosi declares immigration law at an end

2013-12-18
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
the sound of EB-5 investigations being swept under the rug

2013-12-18
Jessica Vaughan _Center for Immigration Studies_
lies about deportation statistics continue
"the actual 2013 year-end total of 364,700 (down from 409,800 in 2012), which was leaked to me in October and which ICE has confirmed...   although the percentage of criminal deportations is up, the number of criminal deportations is down, from 225,000 to 216,800..."
visa stats graphs

2013-12-18
_World Net Daily_
Gallup poll: 72% say big government is greatest threat to USA
Michael Barone: Investor's Business Daily: Gallup poll shows American's don't want big government (with graph)

2013-12-18
Michael Lofti _Washington DC Times_
Justin Amash received over $100K in campaign donations in 48 hours

2013-12-18
Marilyn Penn _Political Mavens_
faking the numbers for boycotts, divestment and sanctions

2013-12-18
_NASDAQ_
UMich consumer sentiment index changed from 72.0 in late October to 75.1 in mid-November to 82.5 in early December
 
Proposed Bills 2013
 
 

  "We're spending money that we don't have, to solve a problem that doesn't exist, at the behest of people we didn't elect." --- Douglas Carswell, Tory MP for Clacton, UK (source: Watts Up with That)  

 
 

2013-12-19

2013-12-19 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Tom Stengle & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 414,002 in the week ending December 14, a decrease of 48,196 from the previous week.   There were 401,429 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2% during the week ending December 7, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,878,730, a decrease of 81,111 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.5% and the volume was 3,244,564.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 30 was 4,412,144, an increase of 606,051 from the previous week.   There were 5,402,429 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.   No state was triggered 'on' the Extended Benefits program during the week ending November 30...   States reported 1,374,031 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending November 30, an increase of 125,099 from the prior week.   There were 2,096,545 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07;
to 127,495,952 beginning 2012-07-14;
to 128,066,082 beginning 2012-10-06;
to 128,613,913 beginning 2013-01-05;
to 129,204,324 beginning 2013-04-06;
to 129,827,178 beginning 2013-07-06;
to 130,396,096 beginning 2013-10-05.]
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) (Excel)
Extended Benefits
graphs
more graphs

2013-12-19
Tim Ball
corruption: EPA, climatology and the courts

2013-12-19 (5774 Tebt 16)
judge Andrew P. Napolitano _Jewish World Review_
Orwellian
Washington DC Times
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2013-12-19 (5774 Tebt 16)
Debra J. Saunders _Jewish World Review_
respect and restore patients' privacy, and restore sanity WRT malpractice claims
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2013-12-19 (5774 Tebt 16)
Victor Davis Hanson _Jewish World Review_
people have been cheated
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2013-12-19 (5774 Tebt 16)
George Will _Jewish World Review_
when will congress, courts, and the public effectively challenge presidents' abuse of executive discretion, and the Obummer regime's extreme abuses in particular
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2013-12-19
_News Max_
rift between Tea Partiers and business execs and organizations shows on score-cards rating legislators

2013-12-19 (5774 Tebt 16)
Bob Tyrrell _Jewish World Review_
a presidential museum of the absurd
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2013-12-19
Bill Hoffmann _News Max_
Ann Coulter: Phil Robertson said nothing that was offensive
Rush Limbaugh: back-lash against insane political correctness

2013-12-19 (5774 Tebet 16)
Larry Elder _Jewish World Review_
lie of the year
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2013-12-19
Todd Beamon _News Max_
non-citizens voted in 2012 presidential election in Ohio: 17 recommended for prosecution
"Husted's office...discovered 274 more non-citizens on the state's voting rolls [but they] did not vote in the election, he said...   More than 5.6M Ohio residents voted in last year's election...   over 257K dead Ohioans were on the voter rolls, Fox reports.   Their names have been removed..."

2013-12-19 (5774 Tebt 16)
Cal Thomas _Jewish World Review_
Big Brother 2013
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2013-12-19
Drew MacKenzie _News Max_
Ben Carson: I can't find a doctor who likes ObummerDoesn'tCare

2013-12-19
Tom McGhee _Denver CO Post_
modern slavery traffickers are operating in Colorado and across USA
Durango Herald

2013-12-19
Dan Cadman _Center for Immigration Studies_
Uncle Sam, coyote extraordinaire
Caroline May: Daily Caller: DHS delivering young illegal alien invaders to illegal alien parents within US borders

Stephen Dinan: Washington DC Times
Town Hall/AP

2013-12-19
Caroline May
Jeff Sessions time-line of US government non-enforcement of immigration laws

2013-12-19
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
complicated inner workings in the amnesty program for crime victims

2013-12-19
Stanley Renshon _Center for Immigration Studies_
the 11.7M person question: what to do to discourage and remove illegal aliens (part 1)
"In a 2013 September report, the Pew Hispanic Center estimated that as of 2012 March there were 11.7M illegal migrants in the United States.   That number represented a slight uptick from the 11.2M figure they had used in a 2013 June report..."

2013-12-19
_World Net Daily_
former NSA exec Bill Binney: "We are now in a police state."
Zero Hedge

2013-12-19
Jack Hunter _Daily Caller_
Tea Parties are worthwhile
"For as long as Republicans have been promising to cut spending, those cuts have never come.   In 2011, thanks to the Tea Party and the sequester, Republicans' small government rhetoric finally got real."

2013-12-19
Giuseppe Macri _Daily Caller_
White House report suggests NSA may be manipulating bank accounts

2013-12-19
_World Net Daily_
pres. Obummer's step-brother wrote auto-biography... with corrections
NYPost/AP

2013-12-19
Joseph Farah _World Net Daily_
discerning truth in a world of lies (part 5 of 5)

2013-12-19
_Investor's Business Daily_
Harry Reid protecting fellow strong-man leftist extremist while opening USA to nuclear annihilation by violent Islamics

2013-12-19
_Investor's Business Daily_
you call this tax fairness: poor see dropping incomes, increasing taxes

2013-12-19 (5774 Tebet 16)
Dave Weinbaum _Jewish World Review_
ObummerDoesn'tCare the movie: the steam-roller that flattened the USA
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2013-12-19
Wayne Allyn Root _ALIPAC_
John Boehner must go and here is why
"John Boehner is the Speaker of the House of the United States of America and the leader of one of America’s two major political parties.   Is he the best and brightest we have to offer? Are you kidding me?   No wonder the GOP Congress loses at every turn to Barack Obama.   We are led by a fool.   Boehner is the worst negotiator I’ve ever seen.   He fights with a white flag.   Total surrender.   He fights like a man pre-ordained to lose, his every move dominated by fear and an inferiority complex.   [Or like someone who wants to lose.]   This is our “leader?   Or is it all just a big choreographed game, like professional wrestling?   Are Obama and Boehner actually on the same team, fighting for the same goal: big government?   Do they only put on a show from time to time to keep everyone fooled into thinking there are really two different political parties to choose from?   Or perhaps Obama is using the National Security Agency [NSA] and the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] to black-mail GOP politicians?   Perhaps Obama has photos of Boehner in bed with the wrong person.   Because the way Boehner fights these battles is so embarrassing, I'd have more respect for him if he were being black-mailed.   That would explain his pathetic strategy, loser mentality and nonstop surrenders.   But now Boehner has gone and done the unthinkable.   This time he’s done something so stupid, it tops everything that came before.   Boehner just picked a fight with the Tea Party.   He just attacked his own political base.   His best customers.   His true-blue conservative army.   That's touching the third rail of politics.   That's a fatal mistake.   That's called “career suicide.   Going to war with your own base is unforgivable.   I learned from the best.   My grand-father came to America in the early 1900s with nothing.   Zero.   Just a dream.   He worked for 20 years as a butcher until he saved up enough money to open his own butcher store.   That small store became a huge success for more than 40 years.   My grand-father became a relatively wealthy man (for a small businessman with a tiny store) and a respected business leader in his community and, of course, a huge fiscal conservative.   Later in life, I asked him what was the key to his remarkable success, going from penniless foreigner to self-made millionaire with only a small butcher store.   He told me it was always about the customer.   He said, “There are 2 rules in business, my grand-son.   Rule #1 is: The customer is always right.   Rule #2 is: If the customer is wrong, refer back to Rule #1.   That's it.   Always protect your base.   Treat your base — your most loyal customers, your true believers — as kings.   And if they are wrong, treat them as if they are right.   Why? Because without your best customers, you are out of business.   You are up a creek without a paddle.   Your success, riches and power derive from that base.   Your job, above all others, is to nourish and protect that base.   Forget all the bad negotiating; Boehner has now violated the most important rule in business or politics.   As pathetic as he is at negotiating, he was always forgiven.   But this last act of madness cannot be forgiven.   He has bitten the hand that feeds him.   He turned on, attacked and denigrated the true-blue heroes of the Republican Party.   He attacked the people who keep the GOP in business.   Without the true-blue conservatives, you don’t have a business — or, in this case, a political party.   You have nothing.   Without our support, our energy, our enthusiasm, our hard work in the trenches and our donations, you have nothing.   The GOP -- like any business or political party -- ceases to exist without its best customers.   Boehner lost sight of the rules of battle.   A business is in business only because of its best customers.   Take them away, and the richest business owner is the owner of nothing.   Just as an army exists only because of its soldiers; demoralize them, and they become a defeated army.   The greatest general is left with nothing.   In Japan, that general would commit hari-kari.   In America, his life is spared; but he is relieved of command and retired.   A political party is a political party only because of its base.   Without its most loyal supporters and true believers, it is extinct.   And the leader of that baseless, rudderless party — no matter how powerful, no matter how delusional — is a leader of nothing.   Boehner chose to attack that base.   And for that sin, Boehner can never be forgiven.   For the sake of the GOP and the future of [the United States of America], Boehner must go."

2013-12-19
Sheila McLaughlin _Cincinnati OH Enquirer/Post/Times/Star_/_Gannett_
6 arrested at Butler county OH jail protest for illegal aliens: bussed in from NC?
Butler county OH sheriff's office press release

2013-12-19
Garth Kant _World Net Daily_
candidates flood in to replace Frank Wolf in VA

2013-12-19
_World Net Daily_
PLO offical Farouq Qaddoumi: "We supported Nazis in WW2... Our enemy was Zionism, and we saw that Zionism was hostile to [Nazi] Germany"
Arutz Sheva/Israel National News

2013-12-19
F. Michael Maloof _World Net Daily_
Greek Orthodox bishop of Antioch Luca al-Khoury called for Christians to defend themselves against Islamic attacks
"In referring to the most recent kidnapping of 13 nuns and orphanage workers and the taking over of the ancient Christian Syrian village of Malloula by al-Qaida fighters, Bishop Luca al-Khoury said many young men 'are asking us to take action'.   'I call on every young man who can take up arms to come forward.', al-Khoury said, adding that Christians need to engage in self-defense and protect Christian holy places.   'Our young people are ready (and) their fingers are on the trigger and they're ready to fight for the sake of Syria and for the sake of self-defense.', al-Khoury said.   Al-Khoury pointed out that some 40 churches have been damaged or destroyed during the war in Syria."

2013-12-19
Clare Lopez _Accuracy in Media_
Hizballah: Iran's other looming terrorist threat against the West

2013-12-19
_World Net Daily_/_Leben_
Otterbein, Muhlenberg, Arminius, Beissel, Boehm and the United Brethren: Wir sind alle Brueder, jetzt

2013-12-19
Claudia Rosett _PJ Media_
we liked our doctor

2013-12-19
Rebecca Burns _In These Times_
the adjunct's lament, the professoriat's decline and PhDs impoverished

2013-12-19
Joshunda Sanders _Chronicle of Higher Education_
2010-05-06: Paul Rincon: BBC: 1%-4% of the Eurasian human genome seems to come from Neanderthals
 
Proposed Bills 2013
 
 

  "When corporations were given a similar tax break in 2004, they re-patriated $312G and avoided taxes of $3.3G over 10 years. But the program was a sham. Rather than create jobs, according to the US senate sub-committee on Permanent Investigations, the proceeds from the tax holiday were used by multinational [corporation boards and executives] to pay more to their executives and [stock-owners] while they cut more jobs in the [United States of America]. The 15 corporations that brought back the most money reduced their work-forces by 20,900." --- Donald L. Barlett & James B. Steele 2011 _Betrayal of the American Dream_ pg13  

 
 

2013-12-20

1606-12-20: the Virginia Company loads 3 more ships with settlers and sets sail to establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
1790-12-20: the first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating at Pawtucket, RI.
1803-12-20: the Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.
1860-12-20: South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the USA.
1864-12-20: Union general William T. Sherman completed his Civil War "march to the sea" across the South and arrived in Savannah, GA.
1963-12-20: the Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners, who were allowed one-day visits to relatives in the Eastern sector for the holidays.
1984-12-20: the Summit tunnel fire is the largest under-ground fire in history, as a freight train carrying over 1M litres of petrol derails near the town of Todmorden in the Pennines.
1987-12-20: history's worst peace-time sea disaster, when the passenger ferry Dona Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4K people (1,749 official).
1988-12-20: the UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances is signed in Vienna, Austria.
1989-12-20: the United States invasion of Panama: the United States sends troops into Panama to overthrow government of Manuel Noriega.
1991-12-20: a Missouri court sentenced the practitioners of that "religion of peace", Zein Isa and his wife Maria, to death for the "honor killing" of their daughter Palestina (source: Jewish World Review; donate to Keren Yehoshua ve Yisroel & Jewish World Review)

2013-12-20 (5774 Tebet 17)
Aimee Blanchette _Jewish World Review_
popularity of beards is growing
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2013-12-20 (5774 Tebet 17)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
the left against Israel
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2013-12-20 (5774 Tebet 17)
R' Yonason Goldson _Jewish World Review_
Moses and the staff of leadership: The statesman and the politician: Competence and reticence vs. empty promises and the lust for power
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2013-12-20 (5774 Tebet 17)
Jonah Goldberg _Jewish World Review_
outrage over Phil Robertson's comment smacks of artificiality
Town Hall
2013-06-07: Belle News: from Louisiana Tech quartere-back to Duck Commander
2013-03-01: Examiner: Phil Robertson has a master's degree in education
2013-11-11: First Thoughts: hunter, star quarter-back, studio drummer for Warner Brothers, master's in education, PE teacher, CEO
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2013-12-20 (5774 Tebet 17)
Andrew Malcolm _Jewish World Review_
where the USA government saw rosy democracy, ex-Soviets see gloom
Investor's Business Daily
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2013-12-20 (5774 Tebet 17)
Linda Chavez _Jewish World Review_
put some clothes on
Town Hall
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2013-12-20 (5774 Tebet 17)
Paul Greenberg _Jewish World Review_
It's a Wonderful Life
Town Hall
OTOH, Frank Capra leans just a little too blatantly far to the left for my tastes...jgo
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2013-12-20 (5774 Tebet 17)
Rex Huppke _Jewish World Review_
the 1 acronym you need to succeed at work: FEAR: Figure, Examine, Alter and Remember
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2013-12-20 (5774 Tebet 17)
David Limbaugh _Jewish World Review_
the left's militant intolerance
Town Hall
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2013-12-20
Mark Hachman _"IT" News_/_PC World_/_IDG_
RSA keys obtained by recording sounds made by CPU snatched via telephone

2013-12-20
John Ribeiro _"IT" News_/_IDG_
Google fined a mere $1.2M for privacy violations under Spain's privacy laws

2013-12-20
Tom Blumer _PJ Media_
the ObummerDoesn'tCare chaos strategy's out-lines begin to emerge

2013-12-20
Thomas E. Brewton
ObummerDoesn'tCare: an assault by the left-wing minority

2013-12-20
_Conservative HQ_
solidarity with Phil Robertson, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz
What A&E doesn't get about Phil Robertson and "Duck Dynasty" success

2013-12-20 (5774 Tebet 17)
Michelle Malkin _Jewish World Review_
GLAAD: lethal enforcers of the left's intolerance mob
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2013-12-20
J.T. Hatter _American Thinker_
talking about impeachment
"The Attorneys-General of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia have issued A Report on Obama Administration Violations of Law..."

2013-12-20
Jenny Beth Martin _NYTimes_
betrayal by the GOP losership
"The goals of groups like ours are those that congressional Republicans once espoused: smaller government, less spending and lower taxes.   Alas, those who demand such things today from their elected officials face unfounded attacks.   Make no mistake: The deal is a betrayal of the conservatives who fueled the Republicans' 2010 mid-term shellacking of Democrats."

2013-12-20
Anthony Watts
scientific data lost
Smithsonian
Science Direct
"'of 516 biological studies published between 1991 and 2011 and ask for the raw data, they were dismayed to find that more 90% of the oldest data (from papers written more than 20 years ago) were inaccessible. In total, even including papers published as recently as 2011, they were only able to track down the data for 23%.'"

2013-12-20
Dan Stein _FAIR_/_Sacramento CA Bee_
Obummer regime refusal to enforce immigration laws
"Thursday's release of the FY2013 ICE Immigration Removals report eliminates any pretense that the Obama administration is meaningfully enforcing laws against illegal immigration.   The 2013 data -- which show a 10% drop in removals -- reveal that administration claims that they have been, and are continuing to deport illegal aliens at record levels, are blatantly false.   The 10% decrease in overall removals last year reflects only part of the administration's dismal record of executing our immigration laws.   In reality, the bulk of the claimed removals, 64%, were illegal border crossers who were attempting to enter the United States...   Only 8,331 people were deported simply because they were here illegally, meaning that the odds of an illegal alien having the law enforced against him was about 7 one-hundredths of one percent (0.07%) in 2013."

2013-12-20
Robby Soave _Daily Caller_
professors boycott Israel, but not Red China, Iran, Russia, or Zimbabwe

2013-12-20
Mark Steyn _Investor's Business Daily_
political correctness trying to eat every independent thought in its path
 
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2013-12-21

2013-12-21
Willis Eschenbach
the magnificent climate heat engine
 
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  "competence, and not majority opinion, is decisive; there have been collective hallucinations that deceived large majorities." --- Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pg175  

 
 

2013-12-22

2013-12-22
_World Net Daily_
bankrupt Obummer regime gives $3.3M to improve media in Armenia through USAID

2013-12-22
Mark Steyn _National Review_
re-education camp
 
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  "that is *genuine* which is not forged, and that is *authentic* which truthfully reports on its ostensible subject." --- Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pg99 (emphasis added by jgo)  

 
 

2013-12-23

2013-12-23
Patrick Thibodeau _ComputerWorld_/_IDG_
bodyshopping continues to worsen
"IT" News
"About 18% of all 'IT' workers today are 'self-employed', according to an analysis by Emergent Research, a firm focused on small businesses trends.   This 'independent' 'IT' work-force is growing at the rate of about 7% per year, which is faster than the overall growth rate for independent workers generally, at 5.5%.   The definition of independent workers covers people who work at least 15 hours a week.   Steve King, a partner at Emergent...   King worked with MBO Partners to produce a recent study that estimated the entire independent worker head-count in the U.S.A., for all occupations, at 17.7M.   They also estimate that around 1M of them are 'IT' professionals...   John Longwell, vice president of research at Computer Economics.   This year, contract workers make up 15% of a typical large organization's 'IT' staff at the median.   This is up from a median of just 6% in 2011, said Longwell.   The last time there was a similar increase in contract workers was in 1998...   reluctance to hire permanent workers...   Jeffrey Leventhal, the CEO of Work Market, believes that demand for [bodies shopped] will only increase...   Work Market is a [bodyshopping] management platform and market-place for [bodyshopping]."
2013-12-09: Patrick Thibodeau: ComputerWorld: "IT" hiring has slowed
2013-09-23: Mary Brandel: ComputerWorld: 8 "hot" "IT" skills for 2014
MBO Partners: State of "Independence", i.e. bodyshopping
2013 October: Computer Economics: "IT" bodyshopping like it's 1998

2013-12-23 (5774 Tebet 20)
Andrew Silow-Carroll _Jewish World Review_
machlokes/controversy: where the truth lies: sorting out achievement and positively assisting one's brothers from corrupt crony socialism
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2013-12-23 (5774 Tebet 20)
Janet Bodnar _Jewish World Review_
secrets to bliss -- marital and financial
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2013-12-23
_Conservative HQ_
corrupt federal judges join Hollyweird in war against Judeo-Christianity
shooting at the wrong ducks
"A&E is not a publicly traded company.   A&E is a joint venture of Disney and Hearst Corp."
Star Parker: Town Hall: A Duck Dynasty Christmas

2013-12-23
Nicole Bailey _Town Hall_
number of unaccompanied children caught crossing border tripled in last 5 years from 8,041 in FY2008 to 24,481 in FY2012
World Net Daily

2013-12-23
John Ransom _Town Hall_
only his leftist Keynesian cronies believe Paul Krugman is an economics expert

2013-12-23
Andy Puzder _Daily Caller_
What does unemplyment rate really mean for Americans?
"At CKE Restaurants, labor market slack shows up in our applications versus hires.   Year to date we’ve received nearly 200K applications for about 15K entry level part time positions, or 13 applicants per position.   Higher level positions, such as field management, average 325 applicants per position.   This is a lot of slack, but at least the BLS recognizes that these people exist; they show up in the labor force as either employed or unemployed.   The slack that fails to show up in the official unemployment rate comes primarily from 2 other sources: (1) People leaving the labor force; and, (2) treating part time jobs the same as full time jobs."

2013-12-23
Robby Soave _Daily Caller_
libertarian students sue UMich for political discrimination
"A university funding commission refused to fund UM's chapter of the Young Americans for Liberty on the grounds that the group was engaged in 'political' activity -- despite giving money to left-leaning political groups, such as the NAACP and Immigrant Rights Advocacy...   UMich collects mandatory fees [i.e. extorts] from students, and allocates the money -- about $300K each year -- to various student groups for the express purpose of hosting events and bringing speakers to campus...   UMich policy...forbids that the money go to political or religious causes...   Other political groups–including the NAACP, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and Amnesty International–did indeed receive funding as recently as 2010, according to documents cited by the law-suit.   The university also funded some religious groups, including the Christian Business Initiative, Muslim Student Association, Hindu Student Council and University of Michigan Hillel...   The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian litigation group, has filed the law-suit on behalf of YAL."

2013-12-23
Robby Soave _Daily Caller_
cops continue militarization with armored vehicles

2013-12-23
Anthony Watts
enormous aquifer discovered under Greenland ice sheet

2013-12-23
Eric Worrall
more politically-motivated privacy violations by federal extortionists to support bizarre conspiracy theories
 
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2013-12-23
Doug Bandow _Investor's Business Daily_
what I want from Santa since I've given up on whirled peas

2013-12-23
_Investor's Business Daily_
Muslim bloc has launched war against free speech
"Islamofascism: An influential bloc of 57 Muslim countries demands that the West make it an international crime to criticize Islam...   Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation lists as potential felonies: expressing 'ideas that Muslims are inclined to violence' and 'Islam is an inherently expansionist religion'.   Under those standards, however, the OIC would have to indict itself.   Its charter espouses violent jihad and the global implementation of Shariah law..."

2013-12-23
Ros Krasny _Town Hall_/_Reuters_
Obummer signs order for federal government employee pay raises in 2014

2013-12-23
Martyn Williams _"IT" News_/_IDG_
venture capitalist Tim Draper joins those proposing for decades that California be split into at least 6 states
KGO abc San Francisco CA
"'Something's not working in our state, and I'm convinced that it is with the existing system, the existing breadth of industry and varying interests.   California is untenable and un-governable.'..."

2013-12-23
_Investor's Business Daily_
"do-nothing" congresses, and presidents, and judiciaries have been good for the USA
"So pardon us if we root for another 'do-nothing' year in Washington.   After 5 years of the worst governance the nation has ever endured, we deserve a break."

2013-12-23
Jessica Brown _Cincinnati OH Enquirer/Post/Times/Star_/_Gannett_
10 of the most ridiculous law-suits of 2013

2013-12-23
Walter E. Williams _Investor's Business Daily_
how many of us have trashed our constitution
Jewish World Review
"For years, I used to blame politicians for our economic and social mess.   That changed during the 1980s as a result of several lunches with senator Jesse Helms, R-NC, which produced an epiphany of sorts.   At the time, I had written several columns highly critical of farm subsidies and hand-outs.   Helms agreed, saying something should be done.   Then he asked me whether I could tell him how he could vote against them and remain a senator from North Carolina.   He said that if he voted against them, North Carolinians would vote him out of office and replace him with somebody probably worse.   My epiphany came when I asked myself whether it was reasonable to expect a politician to commit what he considered to be political suicide -- in a word, be 'dumb'.   The Office of Management and Budget calculates that more than 40% of federal spending is for entitlements for the elderly in the forms of [Socialist Insecurity], Medicare, Medicaid, housing and other assistance programs.   Total entitlement spending comes to about 62% of federal spending...   In 1794, James Madison, the father of our Constitution, irate over a $15K congressional appropriation to assist some French refugees, said, 'I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.'   He added, 'Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.'   In 1854, President Franklin Pierce vetoed a bill intended to help the mentally ill, saying, 'I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity [and to approve such spending] would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.'   Grover Cleveland vetoed hundreds of congressional spending bills during his 2 terms as president in the late 1800s.   His often-stated veto message was, 'I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution.'"
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  "A study of Carpatho-Rusyn males in Minneapolis showed that, while 55% of those in the first generation were unskilled, this fell to just under 10% for the second generation and to 3% for the third generation.   Eastern European immigrants to the USA as a group [average], had, by 1980, higher earnings than other white Americans, and also had more years of [education].   In part this reflected their being more urbanized and slightly older.   Never the less, this also represented dramatic changes over the generations.   While just 22% of men from Eastern Europe who were born from 1905 to 1914 reached professional, technical, or managerial occupations, nearly 45% of those born between 1935 [and] 1944 did so.   30% of all Eastern European men of all ages, living in the USA, were in managerial and professional specialties in 1980, ranging from 20% among Slovaks to 48% among Russians.   Among women, 25% were in these occupations, ranging from 18% among Slovaks to 37% among Russians." --- Thomas Sowell 1998 _Conquests and Cultures_ pp240-241 (citing Paul Robert Magocsi 1980 "Carpatho-Rusyn" in Stephan Thernstom et al. _Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups_ pg203; US commission on civil rights 1986 _The Economic Status of Americans of Southern and Eastern European Ancestry_ pp25-27,31-37)  

 
 

2013-12-24

2013-12-24 (5774 Tebet 21)
Andrew Malcolm _Jewish World Review_
11 tough questions Obummer is happy he did not get asked
Investor's Business Daily
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2013-12-24 (5774 Tebet 21)
Mona Charen _Jewish World Review_
faces of religion
Town Hall
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2013-12-24 (5774 Tebet 21)
Froma Harrop _Jewish World Review_
reality has its risks
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2013-12-24 (5774 Tebet 21)
David Limbaugh _Jewish World Review_
encouraging lessons we've learned from the "Duck Dynasty" imbroglio
Town Hall
News Max
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2013-12-24
_Conservative HQ_
Phil Robertson controversy reveals that the left believes they should have a "kill switch" on dissent

2013-12-24
Scottie Hughes _Town Hall_
what the GOP can learn from Phil Robertson

2013-12-24
Patrick J. Buchanan _Town Hall_
"Duck Dynasty" and the new black-list

2013-12-24 (5774 Tebet 21)
Rich Lowry _Jewish World Review_
anthem of joy
News Max
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2013-12-24 (5774 Tebet 21)
Byron York _Jewish World Review_
can GOP avoid the ObummerDoesn'tCare trap?
"In 2009 and 2010, President Obama and his party took a health care system in which 85% had insurance coverage [which excessive percentage is neither necessarily inherently a good nor a bad thing], and blew it up."
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2013-12-24
_Conservative HQ_
are you an ObummerDoesn'tCare sucker?

2013-12-24
Daniel J. Mitchell _Town Hall_
it's a very merry Christmas for DC's parasite class

2013-12-24
Christopher Monckton
of meteorology and morality

2013-12-24
John Mauldin
what has QE wrought?

2013-12-24
_Economic Times of India_
more "IT" jobs going to Poland

2013-12-24
Marilyn Penn _Political Mavens_
review of "Saving Mr. Banks"
 
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  "Impartiality is a dream and honesty a duty.   We cannot be impartial, but we can be intellectually honest." --- Gaetano Salvemini (quoted in Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pg187)  

 
 

2013-12-25

1776-12-25 to 26: Continental Armies crossed Delaware river to Trenton, NJ (Washington Crossing historic park)
Jimbo Wales's WikiPedia
Denny Dyroff: 21st Century Media/Daily Local: re-enactment
Nancy Bence: Teutopolis Press/Dieterich Special Gazette/David Hanauer, Bucks county PA
Mount Vernon

2013-12-25 (5774 Tebet 22)
Ann Coulter _Jewish World Review_
Kwanzaa: the holiday brought to you by the FBI
"even the most bone-headed [leftist] ideas never 'collapse on their own', which is why we still have public schools and president Obama.   If nothing is done, Kwanza will join these horrors in the firmament of American life.   It is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI stooge, Ron Karenga -- also known as Dr. Maulana Karenga -- founder of United Slaves, a violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers.   He was also a dupe of the FBI.   In what was ultimately a foolish gambit, during the madness of the 1960s, the FBI encouraged the most extreme black nationalist organizations in order to discredit and split the left.   The more preposterous the group, the better.   By that criterion, Karenga's United Slaves was perfect.   In the annals of the American 1960s, Karenga was the Father Gapon, stooge of the czarist police.   Despite modern perceptions that blend all the black activists of the 1960s, the Black Panthers did not hate whites.   They did not seek armed revolution (although some of their most high-profile leaders were drug dealers and murderers).   Those were the precepts of Karenga's United Slaves.   United Slaves were proto-fascists, walking around in dashikis, gunning down Black Panthers and adopting invented 'African' names.   (That was a huge help to the black community: Three of the four suspects recently arrested for the fatal carjacking at the Short Hills, NJ, mall were named Basim, Hanif and Karif.)..."
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2013-12-25
Emily Miller _Washington DC Times_
Obummer's dangerous immigration law perversion agenda
"House conservatives fear that any legislation will result in granting amnesty, while the border with Mexico will never be secured...   The Obama administration has shown it is either unable or unwilling to enforce existing immigration laws...   Last week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] revealed that it had removed 25% fewer [illegal aliens] from the interior of the country in 2013 compared with the previous year.   Overall, just 1% of the estimated 12M illegal aliens were deported last year...   The number of [illegal aliens who committed additional crimes and were] deported went down by 8K this year...   U.S. district judge Andrew S. Haven in South Texas wrote on Dec. 13 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was 'completing the criminal mission of individuals who are violating the border security of the United States'.   The case involved a smuggler who was caught at the border with a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador.   An illegal alien had paid the child trafficker to bring her daughter to her in Virginia.   While the smuggler was arrested, Homeland Security agents took the child to her mother, but they were neither arrested nor deported.   Judge Hanen wrote that this was the fourth case of its type he had heard recently in which 'DHS completed the criminal conspiracy' and 'simply chosen not to enforce the United States' border-security laws'."
 
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2013-12-26

the Feast of Stephen/Kelila: (Jimbo Wales's Wikipedia on St. Stephen's Day; WikiPedia on St. Stephen/Stephanos/Kelila; New Advent; student of Gamaliel the elder)
c. 900: good uncle Wenceslaus looked out, saw a poor man trying to gather fire-wood, and aided him
1863-12-23: William H. Boyd reached Harrisonburg, while another federal cavalry unit reached Luray Robert Moore (with map, portraits, sketch)

2013-12-26 (5774 Tebet 23)
Victor Davis Hanson _Jewish World Review_
the crushed middle class
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2013-12-26 (5774 Tebet 23)
Victor Davis Hanson _Jewish World Review_
everyone is used to getting computer wranglers to work 60-80 hours per week, sometimes the occasional 30-hour straight work-shift before a product release on a flat annual professional salary & benefits package, but you may have to start paying them over-time

2013-12-26 (5774 Tebet 23)
Michael Smerconish _Jewish World Review_
cogent conversation starters: university admission essay questions
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2013-12-26 (5774 Tebet 23)
Michael Smerconish _Jewish World Review_
bosses: first, de-stupidicate your bright ideas
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2013-12-26 (5774 Tebet 23)
Bob Tyrrell _Jewish World Review_
tolerance and intolerance
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2013-12-26 (5774 Tebet 23)
Anne Applebaum _Jewish World Review_
history is back, whether we want it to be or not
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2013-12-26 (5774 Tebet 23)
Bernard Goldberg _Jewish World Review_
a bad year for Obummer may turn worse in 2014
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2013-12-26
Anthony Watts
so much sea ice in Antarctica this summer that research vessel got stuck

2013-12-26
Doug Bandow _Conservative HQ_
congress fakes frugality while Uncle Sam bankrupts the USA

2013-12-26
Anthony Watts
welcome to the frozone

2013-12-26 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Tom Stengle & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 413,920 in the week ending December 21, a decrease of 159 from the previous week.   There were 457,578 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3% during the week ending December 14, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,984,815, an increase of 113,284 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.5% and the volume was 3,254,315.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 7 was 4,279,284, a decrease of 132,858 from the previous week.   There were 5,471,714 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.   No state was triggered 'on' the Extended Benefits program during the week ending December 7...   States reported 1,333,332 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending December 7, a decrease of 40,699 from the prior week.   There were 2,096,243 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07;
to 127,495,952 beginning 2012-07-14;
to 128,066,082 beginning 2012-10-06;
to 128,613,913 beginning 2013-01-05;
to 129,204,324 beginning 2013-04-06;
to 129,827,178 beginning 2013-07-06;
to 130,396,096 beginning 2013-10-05.]
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) (Excel)
Extended Benefits
graphs
more graphs

2013-12-26
Viv Forbes
pioneers, builders... and parasites

2013-12-26
Jessica Vaughan _Center for Immigration Studies_
Obummer deportations and removals are not measuring up (with admin by admin table)
visa stats graphs

2013-12-26
Ted Robbins, David Greene, Antonio Pena, Philip Martin _National Socialist Radio_
wave of illegal aliens has gained speed since NAFTA
"It hastened a trend away from small farmers, and speeded illegal immigration to the U.S.A...   Philip Martin predicted it before the trade agreement passed.   But Martin -- a UC Davis professor who's long been studying migration -- was surprised by how soon and how big the wave came after NAFTA."

2013-12-26
_Investor's Business Daily_
NIGHTMARE act by executive fiat draws in a new wave of illegal aliens
"The Office of Refugee Resettlement noted a 'surge' in unaccompanied alien children in its year-end report last week, pointing out that 24,668 foreign minors in the country illegally were placed in the care of a federal de facto baby-sitting service because no parents were around to care for them...   As a result, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports in fiscal 2011-12 that child migrants apprehended at the border have surged 208% from Honduras (from 974 to 2,997), 145% from Guatemala (1,565 to 3,835), 138% from El Salvador (1,394 to 3,314), and 19% from Mexico (11,768 to 13,974) over the year earlier."

2013-12-26
Kristin Burnham _InformationWeek_/_UBM_
Which IT skills are in demand and which roles are changing? Take a look ahead
1.   Big privacy violation...   2.   SAP privacy violation schemes...   3.   CIO roles expand with more responsibilities...   4.   Recruiting depends more on privacy violation sites...   5.   "Talent management" relies more on privacy violation sites.
 
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  "When did the year 1000 begin?   At Christmas, at Annunciation, at Easter, on the first of March (as in Venice), at the vernal equinox (as in Russia), on the first of September (as in the Greek Empire), or on the first of January (as in Spain)?   In such a state of things the world could not end everywhere on schedule [on a date designated the same by everyone]." --- Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pg121  

 
 

2013-12-27

2013-12-27 (5774 Tebet 24)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
the haughty John Kerry, who served in VietNam, is not just another fool masquerading as a wise man; he's dangerous
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2013-12-27 (5774 Tebet 24)
Erin Burt _Jewish World Review_
7 career killers
"1.   Procrastinating...   2.   Having a sense of entitlement...   3.   Settling into your job description...   4.   Avoiding office politics...   5.   Not being a team player.   Getting stuck with this label is one of the fastest career killers, says Hansen.   But young workers face a delicate balance.   'You can't be so much a member of the team that your individual efforts are not recognized and rewarded.', Hansen says.   You still need to demonstrate your skills and abilities to successfully build your career without giving the appearance that you're interested only in looking out for yourself...   Not dressing the part...   7.   Failing to network..."
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2013-12-27 (5774 Tebet 24)
Michael Gerson _Jewish World Review_
the war against Christians
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2013-12-27
_Conservative HQ_
who, aside from Obummer, was the biggest loser of 2013?
Boehner? Reid? Rubio? Pelosi? Cruz? Gutierrez? Ryan? Lofgren? Hatch? Schumer? McConnell? Waters? Flake? Wasserman-Schultz? Rove?

2013-12-27
_Conservative HQ_
a lesson from George Washington's 1790-08-18 letter to the Hebrew congregation at Newport

2013-12-27
Arnold Ahlert _Front Page Magazine_

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2013-12-27
_Front Page Magazine_
2013: year of government scandals
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2013-12-27
Daniel Greenfield _Front Page Magazine_
peace, economics and the Palestinian Authority
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2013-12-27
Daniel Greenfield _Front Page Magazine_
why leftists should not talk about the Torah or Bible
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2013-12-27
Anthony Watts
"environmental fiscal reform": latest attack by eco-totalitarians
Science Direct

2013-12-27
Tim Ball
many climate re-constructions incorrectly claim changes from other factors to be caused by temperatures
"Climate studies only considered temperature, usually and incorrectly attributing changes caused by precipitation to temperature.   This practice was most evident in paleo-climate reconstructions..."

2013-12-27
Quentin Fottrell _MarketWatch_
apps to re-touch your photos

2013-12-27
_MarketWatch_
10 classic American brands that are now owned by foreign-based firms
2013-11-26: Thomas C. Frohlich & Michael B. Sauter: 24/7 Wall Street
"Budweiser beer, introduced by Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis in 1876, is the most widely-known American beer brand.   In 2008, Anheuser-Busch was purchased by Belgian-Brazilian conglomerate InBev...   Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever has purchased several of the iconic brands on this list, including Hellmann's and Good Humor...   Vaseline...Unilever...   Purina...Nestle...   French's...Reckitt Benckiser...   Frigidaire...AB Electrolux...   Popsicle...Unilever...   Popsicle, touted as an 'American classic', began by accident when 11-year old Frank Epperson left a stick in a cup of soda outside in freezing temperatures in 1905.   Epperson sold the product to the Popsicle Corporation...   Good Humor acquired Popsicle in 1989.   Eventually, Anglo–Dutch multi-national consumer goods company Unilever acquired Good Humor and its subsidiaries..."

2013-12-27
Scott Wartman _Cincinnati OH Enquirer/Post/Times/Star_/_Gannett_
turn-coat Mitch McConnell most likely to be challenged and defeated in primary
Julie Sobel: National Journal: 5 most vulnerable senators in 2014
Senator Thad Cochran, R-MS, appears to be the most in danger of failing to earn renomination.   His challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel, has lined up a number of outside groups—Senate Conservatives Fund, the Madison Project, Club for Growth...   Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) faces a primary challenge from Democratic representatie Colleen Hanabusa [extreme leftist] EMILY's List (...is backing Hanabusa)...   Liz Cheney, daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney [RINO], is giving senator Michael Enzi, R-WY...   Senator [Lindsey Grahamnesty, R-SC], has a number of primary challengers, none of whom is likely to beat him outright.   But under South Carolina's system, if no candidate garners 50% of the vote in the primary, the top two vote-getters go to a run-off.   And if Graham's challengers manage to keep him under 50%, conservative support could gel behind his opponent in the one-on-one run-off...   Senate [minority-loser] Mitch McConnell is very unpopular in KY.   And unlike the other senators on our list, he has to position himself on 2 fronts: a primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin...   In Kansas, physician (and distant cousin of president Obama) Milton Wolf [R-KS] is challenging senator Pat Roberts;   in Tennessee, state representative Joe Carr [R-TN] is running against Lamar Alexander; and   in Texas, representative Steve Stockman [R-TX] is opposing senator John Cornyn [who also has been a very bad boy when it comes to excessive immigration and border security]."

2013-12-27
Glenn Jacobs _Daily Caller_
a century of destruction by the Federal Reserve Board

2013-12-27
Alison Griswold _Business Insider_
20 unhappiest jobs in the USA in 2013
Seattle WA Post-Intelligencer
CareerBliss: 50 happiest companies

2013-12-27
Annie Lowrey & Ashley Parker _NYTimes_
unemployment insurance benefits exhausted for 1M
Today News Gazette
KGO abc San Francisco CA
"Diamond Dog": Daily Paul: 1.3M Americans lost unemployment benefits on Saturday

2013-12-27
Stephen Dinan _Washington DC Times_
12-year-old drug smuggler arrested
"In the Texas incident earlier this month, Border Patrol agents arrested [a group of] 6 Mexicans -- 2 adults, two 17-year-olds, a 16-year-old and the 12-year-old -- smuggling more than 300 pounds of marijuana."
 
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  "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." --- John Emerich Edward Dalberg lord Acton letter to bishop Mandell Creighton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg lord Acton 1907 _Historical Essays and Studies_ pg504; quoted in Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pp147-148)  

 
 

2013-12-28

2013-12-28
Jan Kjetil Andersen
continuing consideration of global climate as a heat engine

2013-12-28
Willis Eschenbach
the thermostatic throttle

2013-12-28
David North _Center for Immigration Reform_
EB-5 report by DHS OIG is short on detail, long on program criticism

2013-12-28
Stanley Renshon _Center for Immigration Reform_
the 11.7M-person question: What to do to remove and discourage illegal aliens (part 3)

2013-12-28
Tom Blumer _PJ Media_
they did build that... twice: the Malkins, Hot Air and Twitchy

2013-12-28
_Town Hall_
Ohio GOP losership are under fire
"John Boehner, senator Rob Portman and governor John Kasich...   could face a primary challenge in 2014 and lose some conservatives to a Libertarian candidate in November.   People are lining up to oppose...   'The Republican Party needs to know what it stands for.', said Tom Zawistowski, a leader in the Ohio tea party movement.   'We're not going to let them slide.'...   'It's going to be one of those David and Goliath fights.', said Ann Becker, who leads the Cincinnati tea party, an umbrella for southwest Ohio groups...   primary challenger, Troy teacher J.D. Winteregg...   conservatives split into [4] groups: [those who will vote and enthusiastically campaign for a great non-leftist candidate], those who will vote for the 'lesser of two evils' next November, those who will make a protest vote, and those who will stay home."

2013-12-28
Holly Yeager, Lyndsey Layton, Joby Warrick & Alice Crites _Washington DC Post_
Turkish prime-minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's turmoil may stem from former ally Fethullah Guelen
"Fethullah Gulen, a charismatic religious leader and former ally of the prime minister who lives in self-imposed exile in the Poconos.   From his Pennsylvania compound...   In the United States, he has been the inspiration behind a rapidly growing network of public charter schools, including a school scheduled to open in DC in August.   His movement has also built ties to local and national political leaders, lauding them with awards and sending them on trips to Turkey...   In a sprawling corruption investigation that has touched businessmen with close ties to Erdogan, many of the prime minister's backers see a conspiracy led by Gulen's allies, who are said to hold important positions in the police force and the courts...   Emre Celik, president of the Rumi Forum, a Gulen-inspired center...   In 2011, Joshua DuBois, then the director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, was a recipient of one of the annual Rumi Peace and Dialogue awards.   Former secretaries of state Madeleine K. Albright and James Baker have given speeches at the Guelen Institute...in Houston...   the Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians, has paid for 10 trips for members of Congress to Turkey and Azerbaijan.   The group's president, Kemal Oksuz, is the former executive director of the Niagara Foundation in Chicago, whose honorary president is Gulen.   In the same period, at least four other members of Congress made trips to Turkey sponsored by Gulen-associated groups.   'It's important to introduce people to our Muslim society and to introduce them to their counterparts in Turkey.', Celik said...   In 2012, the Texas state education agency found Harmony, the largest charter operator in the state, failed to properly document its use of $186K in federal funds, or about one-third of the dollars auditors examined for the fiscal year ending 2010 August.   Harmony re-paid the money, according to the state, but school officials maintained they did nothing wrong.   Harmony schools have also drawn scrutiny for their reliance on visas to bring Turkish staff to the United States.   A spokes-woman said fewer than 10% of Harmony's 2,617 employees hold H-1B visas.   In Philadelphia, an English teacher at a Gulen-linked Truebright Science Academy Charter School sued the school this year, claiming that it had hired and promoted less-qualified Turkish nationals and paid them more than U.S.-born educators who were certified and more experienced.   The civil rights complaint was settled for an undisclosed amount.   In Chicago, a Gulen-connected school, Concept Schools Inc., lost a bid last year to open two new schools.   Concept Schools appealed to the state charter school commission, which was created in 2011 by law-makers including Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.   Madigan had visited Turkey 4 times in the past 4 years at the expense of the Niagara Foundation and the Chicago Turkish American Chamber of Commerce, according to disclosure reports.   The state commission reversed the earlier decision and gave the green light to Concept Schools to open 2 new schools..."

2013-12-28
"MPJ4USA" _YouTube_
? Mark Levin on Obummer's Civilian National Security Force
You write what you're told! Thanks, corporate news. We couldn't control the people without you! (ministry of Homeland Security)

Compared with Obummer, I am not a crook. RMN

contact your corrupt federal loons

2013-12-28
Jennifer Harper _Washington DC Times_
return to Biblical baby names predicted for 2014
"In a world of complex or celebrity-inspired baby names, parents have rediscovered the appeal of Isaiah and Judith...   BabyNames.net...   '...Isaac and Naomi.   Biblical names are nothing new under the sun.   Names like Jacob, Michael or Noah have been scoring the highest popularity ranks for years.', the name scholars advise.   'But the surge of other, previously less frequent Biblical names is about to hit in 2014: Caleb, Levi, Luke, Isaiah, Naomi, Shiloh, or Judith.', they note.   '...complemented by parents going even further in history, choosing names from mythology with mystique and exotic uniqueness', BabyNames advises.   Among the up and coming favorites: Luna, Camilla, Gaia, Tristan, Damon, or Thor.   Unusual and 'borderline eccentric' spellings with traditional pronunciations are also vogue: Izak, Karder, Riyan, Kooper, Mykel, Emhily, BrookeLynn, or Meeya..."
 
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2013-12-29

2013-12-29
Douglas A. McIntyre _24/7 Wall Street_
Detroit MI has over 500 homes priced at less than $10K

2013-12-29
Anthony Watts
saving the Antarctic "scientists", er media, er activists, er "tourists", i.e. propagandists

2013-12-29
David H. Hoffer
peer review: last refuge of the un-informed troll

2013-12-29
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
Obummer regime crashed and burned in 2013
"Few care to speculate anymore other than the obvious that his cursus honorum was always characterized by rhetoric in lieu of achievement.   By that I mean I don't know how his transcript merited admittance to Harvard Law School; what publications he authored as editor of Harvard Law Review; on what basis he was offered tenure at Chicago; how his record in the Illinois legislature prepped a U.S. senate career; or why his brief sojourn as a U.S. senator qualified him [to become] president.   But I do concede through it all he sounded pretty confident and mellifluous."

2013-12-29
Roger Kimball _PJ Media_
Benghazi and the NYTimes against the truth

2013-12-29
_PJ Media_
the most under-reported USA news stories of 2013
"To put it bluntly: nobody knows nothin' about the president of the [United States of America]...   the eclipse of tolerance [amongst the left]...   the complete collapse of [main-stream media] credibility...   the left's launch of the 'Democracy Initiative'...   The 'Democracy Initiative' seeks to alter process in 3 areas: 1) bloating the voter rolls and attacking election integrity laws, 2) restricting the filibuster, 3) restricting political speech through restricting financial participation...   [Obummer regime attacks against] free press...   EPA"

2013-12-29
Joseph Farah _World Net Daily_
EPA needs to be brought under constitutional control, abusive officials penalized
"Justice would be if the EPA management that allowed this theft to go on lost their jobs and their far more wasteful and rogue agency were abolished...   the bigger question is what legitimate purpose the agency serves other than to bully property owners and deceive the public about the far bigger scam of 'climate change'.   Understand what Beale did during his decade-long tenure at EPA.   He did nothing but steal money and lie.   But lying and stealing money is what the entire EPA does..."

2013-12-20
Jessica Vaughan _Washington DC Times_
Deportations and removals aren't measuring up
"According to the federal government office that compiles and publishes immigration statistics, the [Obummer regime] actually has the lowest number of deportations, and lowest average annual number of deportations since the Nixon administration...   There we find that in its first four years, the [Obummer regime] deported 3.2M aliens, averaging just about 800K per year.   Official numbers for 2013 have not been released yet, but indications are that the total will be about the same.   These numbers include all deportations done by all DHS officers at the border, at the ports of entry and from the interior of the country.   That is nowhere near the numbers of the George W. Bush [Shrub] administration, which deported 10.3M aliens, averaging more than 1.3M per year.   The actual deportations record is held by the Clinton administration, which sent back 12.3M over 8 years, averaging about 1.5M per year.   Even the Carter administration deported more people than the [Obummer regime]...   ICE Director John Sandweg recently admitted that ICE deported only 134K illegal aliens from the interior in 2013, out of a population of estimated at 11.5M.   Interior deportations are down 40% since 2009."
visa stats graphs

2013-12-29
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
abuser of H-1B program here is also major political force in Turkey: Fethullah Guelen

2013-12-29
Stanley Renshon _Center for Immigration Studies_
real stumbling blocks to immigration law perversion (part 1)

2013-12-29
Drew Zahn _World Net Daily_
politicians urged to resign, long for a new George Washington

2013-12-29
Jerome R. Corsi _World Net Daily_
national ID kkkard headed for your wallet or purse

2013-12-29
_Town Hall_
Der Spiegel reports that NSA has been intercepting computer hardware deliveries
Washington DC Times/AP
"American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack MSFT's internal reporting system to spy on their targets."
 
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  "Thomas Jefferson was born on April 2, 1743 [1743-04-02 Old Style; 1743-04-13 New Style but which didn't come into effect until 1752]" --- Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pg135  

 
 

2013-12-30

2013-12-30
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
the Civil War, "puritan influence" and Alexis de tocqueville's _Democracy in America_

2013-12-30 (5774 Tebet 27)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
Obummer has been trying to kill America's freedom agenda
"A close, hard examination reveals that worldwide the U.S. [government] continues to empower our worst enemies. Until his arrest in 2003 October, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the oligarch, and oil executive was the richest man in Russia.   He might have still been the richest man in Russia today if he hadn't started thinking about politics, and objecting to the fact that under Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia had abandoned all prospects for democracy.   With his billions, Khodorkovsky had the means to finance a challenge to Putin's authoritarian rule.   His arrest in 2003 and his 10 year imprisonment was ordered and orchestrated by Putin as a means of silencing and destroying the KGB officer's only potent challenger for power..."
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2013-12-30 (5774 Tebet 27)
Erin Burt _Jewish World Review_
5 steps to negotiating a raise: pure imagination
"1.   Make a list of your specific accomplishments...   2.   Find out how your salary compares...   3.   Consider negotiating benefits and perks..."
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2013-12-30 (5774 Tebet 27)
Lloyd Garver _Jewish World Review_
evil cars that drive people and violate their privacy
"There will be no reason to have minimum ages for drivers.   If the car can drive just as safely regardless of who is in it, why couldn't kids 'drive them, too?   Pre-schoolers wouldn't need parents to drive the car pools.   They could do it themselves.   Think of how much time that would free up for parents.   What a great idea, right?   Well, I know it would probably be just as safe, but there's something weird about people being allowed to drive a car before they can spell 'car'.   Those who are excited about these vehicles point out how much safer the driving experience would be.   After all, they will have eliminated the 'human factor'.   They will be guided by computers who don't get tired, angry, or drunk.   These new vehicles will be commanded by algorithms rather than emotional beings.   What could possibly go wrong?   It's a computer."
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2013-12-30 (5774 Tebet 27)
Lloyd Garver _Jewish World Review_
a crime and justice wish list for 2014
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2013-12-30 (5774 Tebet 27)
Jeff Jacoby _Jewish World Review_
another year of Castro tyranny
Town Hall
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2013-12-30
Tom Lutey _Billings MT Gazette_
town hits the bull's-eye with kid's rifle club
"In the hallway, outside the range in the basement of the County Memorial Building, more than a dozen children await their turn.   In fact, on a Tuesday night in this Montana farm and ranch town, roughly half the community's kids stop by for a chance to fire off 30 rounds.   In [this town], shooting is serious business.   Starting in fifth grade, the spent targets of children who shoot are filed away like punch-hole test cards documenting their progress...   Ammunition has been extremely hard to buy as America's demand for ammo has kept store shelves nearly empty for several years.   The rifle club is slowly switching to air rifles as a result of the shortage.   'We call and we call and we call for ammo.'...   The kids shoot roughly 10K shots over 15 weeks."

2013-12-30
Mike Shedlock _Town Hall_
leftists favor union strikes... until they happen

2013-12-30
Bob Beauprez _Town Hall_
if it was your money... top 5 graphs of 2013

2013-12-30
Steve Hales _Camden SC Chronicle-Independent_
climate

2013-12-30
Anthony Watts
months behind the curve, main-stream media finaly learns that the sun's magnetic field has flipped

2013-12-30
_Conservative HQ_
"Duck Dynasty" battle in culture war is far from over

2013-12-30
Star Parker _Town Hall_
Help Wanted: principled, conservative leaders

2013-12-30
John Ransom _Town Hall_
Obummer in Wonderland, with special guest Hillary Clinton and the GOP Losership All-Stars

2013-12-30
Elliot Jager _News Max_
Saudis to give Lebanon's army $3G over the next 5 years to combat dominance by Iran-backed Hezbollah

2013-12-30
_Investor's Business Daily_
Iran and its puppet, Hezbollah, strike again in Lebanon

2013-12-30
_News Max_
2013 had fewest deaths of police by fire-arms since 1887
KGO abc San Francisco CA

2013-12-30
_World Net Daily_
Islam will have the 2nd most followers of any religion in Ireland by 2043
Ralph Riegel: Independent
Front Page Magazine
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2013-12-30
David Sherfinski _Washington DC Times_
Ron Paul pointed out that minimum wage laws harm those at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder

2013-12-30
Stanley Renshon _Center for Immigration Studies_
real stumbling blocks to immigration reform (part 2)

2013-12-30
Stephen Dinan _Washington DC Times_
after nearly a century of horrendously excessive population increase, numbers climb more slowly adding 2.255M from 2012 July 1 to 2013 July 1
Elliot Jager: News Max

2013-12-30
_News Max_
privacy advocate exposed NSA spy gadgets
Ed Schroeder: Inside TAO: documents reveal NSA hacking unit

2013-12-30
Cindi Andrews _Cincinnati OH Enquirer/Post/Times/Star_/_Gannett_
local NAACP president Christopher Smitherman points out that U of Cincinnati trustee Rob Richardson ii is an extreme leftist

2013-12-30
Scott Wartman _Cincinnati OH Enquirer/Post/Times/Star_/_Gannett_
Florida-based PAC endorses leftist Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky in 2014, who is running against Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin

2013-12-30
Maria Sacchetti _Boston MA Globe_
in New England fewer illegal aliens are being arrested for deportation
"While jailings nationally dipped less than 8%, federal officials said that in New England they dropped almost 28%.   A total of 3,644 immigrants were jailed last fiscal year in this region, down from 5,042 the year before...   [There are] about 160K [illegal aliens] in Massachusetts, according to the Pew Research Center."
visa stats graphs

2013-12-30
Joseph Cotto _Washington DC Times_
Will the USA be a 3rd world country by the end of 2014?

2013-12-30
Byron York _Town Hall_
leftist Dems will pay a political price for ObummerDoesn'tCare, Benghazi cover-up/stone-walling, IRS abuses, inflation, immigration law perversion... in 2014

2013-12-30
Kevin Glass _Town Hall_
leftist Brookings "American Values Survey" trying to sort out non-leftists
Ross Tilchin: Brookings

2013-12-30
Charlie Daniels _Cybercast News Service_
leadership void

2013-12-30
Kurt Schlichter _Town Hall_
leftists can only win if we refuse to defend ourselves

2013-12-30
Patrick Thibodeau _ComputerWorld_/_IDG_
Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science expects to have exa-scale super-computers by 2020
"IT" News
"It now costs about $1M a year to run a 1MW system, and current super-computers are already in the range of 10MW.   There are numerous technical challenges to reduce those power requirements.   For instance, memory is a major challenge for exascale developers.   DRAM memory is too slow and expensive to support exascale, but scientists aren't sure yet what will replace it."
 
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  "If you write long strings of abstract nouns and use 'have' or 'are' and the passive voice instead of strong active verbs, your thought will be as hard to make out as a faded photograph." --- Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff 1957, 1970, 1992 _The Modern Researcher_ pg233  

 
 

2013-12-31

2013-12-31
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
When do we fail our history? a perspective on an event at Long Branch

2013-12-31
Eric Stephens
an introduction to Polynyas

2013-12-31
Anthony Watts _Watts Up With That_/_WUWT_
WUWT and WeatherBell help KUSI-TV with a weather-forecasting request from ice-trapped ship Akademik Shkalskiy in Antarctica

2013-12-31 (5774 Tebet 28)
Rich Lowry _Jewish World Review_
a year of shameful shamelessness
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2013-12-31 (5774 Tebet 28)
Mona Charen _Jewish World Review_
things we think we know that just ain't so
Town Hall
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2013-12-31 (5774 Tebet 28)
Meghan Daum _Jewish World Review_
phony "humbletalk" is really smug
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2013-12-31
Patrick J. Buchanan _Town Hall_
power-mad leftist scamming of inequality
Cybercast News Service
"Yet the only way to make people who are unequal in talents equal in rewards is to use governmental power to dispossess some and favor others.   Alexis de Tocqueville saw it coming: 'The sole condition which is required in order to succeed in centralizing the supreme power in a democratic community, is to love equality or to get men to believe you love it.   Thus, the science of despotism, which was once so complex, is simplified, and reduced... to a single principle.'   Get people to believe you are seeking the utopian goal of equality of all and there is no limit to the power you can amass."

2013-12-31 (5774 Tebet 28)
Paul Greenberg _Jewish World Review_
great reporters of the past and predictions of things to come
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2013-12-31 (5774 Tebet 28)
David Limbaugh _Jewish World Review_
GOP should have struck, and should keep on hammering whiel the ObummerDoesn'tCare iron is hot
Town Hall
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2013-12-31
Ralph Benko _Town Hall_
Yellen, Keynes and Copernicus say the debasement of the currency harms the citizenry
Forbes
2003 March: Philip Morrison: American Scientist: Copernicus in His Prime
Laissez Faire Book Club

2013-12-31 (5774 Tebet 28)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
*** ObummerDoesn'tCare once again revealed the inner Obummer, but when and what will the GOP do about it?: a new year and old problems ***
Town Hall
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2013-12-31 (5774 Tebet 28)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
drive free
"If you saw a fat man in a sleigh distributing presents this week, he was in violation of several government regulations.   The Federal Aviation Administration has complaints about his secret flight path.   The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources might shoot his unauthorized reindeer the way they shot a baby deer named Giggles at an animal shelter this year.   His bag of gifts definitely violates numerous charity tax rules.   In real life, government barely lets people give each other rides in cars..."
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2013-12-31 (5774 Tebet 28)
Wesley Pruden _Jewish World Review_
white-wash won't cover or erase Benghazi betrayals
Washington DC Times
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2013-12-31 (5774 Tebet 28)
Cal Thomas _Jewish World Review_
we're not getting what we pay for
Town Hall
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2013-12-31
Cheryl K. Chumley _Washington DC Times_
California church ordered by power-mad local gov't zoning and code-nazis to take down face-lifted sign which says "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS"

2013-12-31
Daniel Doherty _Town Hall_
Tom Coburn says 2013 might be remembered as one of the worst years ever for the USA
David Sherfinski: Washington DC Times
Courtney Coren: News Max
"'he urged voters to clean house in the mid-term elections'."

2013-12-31
Thomas Sowell _Town Hall_
hit piece "journalism"
Jewish World Review
"Front-page editorials, disguised as news stories, have become such familiar features of the New York Times that it should have been no surprise to discover in the December 28th issue a front-page story about a professor of finance at the University of Houston who has been a paid consultant to financial enterprises.   Since professors of all sorts have been paid consultants to organizations of all sorts, it is questionable why this was a story at all...   Where has the New York Times been all these years, as government agencies of all sorts spend the [tax-victims'] money not only to hire consultants but also to hand out research grants to professors, institutions and programs that promote the kinds of policies that serve the institutional interests of these agencies?...   The real corruption comes from arming government agencies with the taxpayers' money to hire consultants and give research grants to academics and others whose views serve the interests of those particular government agencies, as distinguished from serving the interests of the public from whom these taxes are extracted...   'The whole point of charging what I do is to ration my time.'..."
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2013-12-31
Caroline B. Glick _Town Hall_
US government should dump irrationality as a national strategy
News Max
Front Page Magazine
"to assure that his stay will be a happy one, Saturday night the [Israeli] government approved the release of 26 more Palestinian mass murderers from prison.   This will please Kerry because today a core goal of US Middle East policy is to secure the release of Palestinian mass murderers from Israeli prisons...   people like Juma Ibrahim Juma Adam and Mahmoud Salam Saliman Abu Karbish that the US is advancing the cause of peace.   In 1992, the two men firebombed a civilian bus, murdering Rachel Weiss, who was 9 months pregnant, and 3 of her pre-school aged children, as well as IDF soldier David Delarosa, who tried to save them..."
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2013-12-31
_Washington DC Times_
Muslim or Jewish vandals set fire to vehicles, paint "Blood Will Spill" on wall in Israel's West Bank

2013-12-31
_News Max_
delayed body clocks can be re-set to adjust bed-time
"The children, ages 2.5 to 3, wore activity monitors on their wrists to detect when they slept.   Parents kept diaries about bedtime routines.   Then on the last afternoon, researchers visited each home, dimming lights and covering windows.   Then, every 30 minutes for 6 hours leading up to the child's appointed bed-time, they also coaxed each tot to chew on some dental cotton to provide a sample of saliva.   The reason: To test for levels of a hormone named melatonin that is key to the sleep cycle and also sensitive to light.   At some point every evening, people's melatonin levels surge and a while later, they begin to feel sleepy.   Among adults who sleep well, that melatonin rise tends to happen about 2 hours before whatever is their chosen bedtime.   For pre-schoolers, the new study found that on average, the melatonin surge occurred around 19:40.   The children tended to be tucked in around 20:10, and most were asleep 30 minutes later, LeBourgeois reported in the journal Mind, Brain and Education.   When melatonin rose earlier in the evening, tots who hit the sack around 8 fell asleep a bit faster.   But when the melatonin surge was closer to bed-time, the youngsters were more likely to fuss or make curtain calls after lights-out...   Research shows that in adults, too much light in the evening delays the melatonin surge and subsequent sleepiness.   While there's no data in young children yet, LeBourgeois says dimming the lights about an hour before bedtime makes sense.   Avoid electronics near bedtime, because they generate a specific type of light that triggers wakefulness.   LeBourgeois was horrified to hear one parent offer a sleepless youngster an iPad to play with as long as the child stayed in the bed-room.   And make sure blackout shades aren't keeping your children from getting enough morning sunlight, she said.   Light in the morning also is key to keeping the biological sleep clock on schedule."

2013-12-31
Christine Harbin Hanson _Town Hall_
conress breaking promises on over-spending

2013-12-31
Lisa Barron _News Max_
thousands of dead voters remain on NY, NY rolls
NY Post
Staten Island Advantage

2013-12-31
Daniel Greenfield _Front Page Magazine_
Saudi Arabia on track to break its own record number of beheadings
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2013-12-31
Daniel Greenfield _Front Page Magazine_
Turkey replaces Iran as biggest funder of Hamas
"'The sources said the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has overseen the transfer of up to $250 million a year to Hamas, particularly the Islamic regime in the Gaza Strip.'"
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2013-12-31
Evan Schuman _ComputerWorld_/_IDG_
company execs need to respect privacy
"Of course, some companies have to face their privacy demons more than others.   Yes, I'm looking at you, Google [and FB and Siemens and GE and LinkedIn].   Not that Google is likely to ever change how it handles privacy issues.   (SAT time: Google is to privacy as (A) Osama bin Laden is to peaceful negotiations, (B) Lady Gaga is to rational thought or (C) MSFT is to customer-centric.   Answer: (D) all of the above.)   The reason I'm looking at Google is that it just displayed privacy ineptitude on an epic scale...   The idea that Google would make such intuitive privacy controls available to the people whose lives are being monitored was absurd to Google [executives, managers, and designers].   Google views privacy as interference with [ill-gotten gains].   Its business model depends on extracting as much information as possible from consumers and businesses and selling it to other consumers and businesses..."

2013-12-31
Chris Zavadil _Fremont NE Tribune_
Fremont immigration ordinance survives federal courts, on its way to voters of February 11
"Two other communities with similar ordinances -- Hazleton, PA, and Farmers Branch, TX -- are asking the Supreme Court to take up their ordinances, which federal district courts in those regions declared unconstitutional.   Attorney Kris Kobach, who wrote Fremont's ordinance, is also representing those communities...   City staff intended to begin enforcement on November 18 of the housing provisions, requiring renters to pay $5 and acquire occupancy licenses at the Fremont Police Department, but that effort and Hoppe's proposed amendment were both put on hold the night of November 12 when the council voted to hold a special election, letting the public decide whether to repeal the housing portions."

2013-12-31
Alan Caruba _Tea Party Nation_
Republicans are excited at the prospect of impeaching Obummer, leftists/Dems are in a fund-raising panic

2013-12-31
Stephen Lawson _"IT" News_/_IDG_
US district judge rules searches, of lap-tops in particular, on entry at ports does not require "resonable suspicion" or "probable cause" or warrant
"Though the suit had alleged 6,500 people's electronic devices were searched at U.S. borders between 2008 October and 2010 June, that's out of 1.1M people processed daily, according to CBP...   [which sounds to me like CBP have been sleeping on the job.   It would be different if they were setting up road-blocks at arbitrary locations and searching everyone, every car, or taking DNA samples.   But these are entries, a different situation entirely, for which the US constitution explicitly permits both the federal government officials, but also state government officials to conduct inspections.]"

2013-12-31
_Investor's Business Daily_
France has surrendered its wealth and talent to high taxes

2013-12-31
John Tamny _Investor's Business Daily_
Hollywood demonstrates supply-side economics, with a vengeance

2013-12-31
Neil Munro _Daily Caller_
good news from Chicago: only 413 murders in 2013
"The toll of 413 dead is down from the 2012 score of 503 dead.   Chicago has a population of 2.7M and has only had Democratic mayors since 1931.   By comparison, New York, with more than 8M, suffered only 333 murders in 2013 as of Sunday...   The 2013 murder toll is also down from a record high of 943 in 1992, under the 22-year tenure of Democratic mayor Richard M Daley...   Obama lived in the city, and was a Democratic state Senator, from 1997 to 2004, during a time when 5,118 of his fellow citizens were murdered...   That's slightly less than the 5,281 Americans killed in the Iraq and Afghan campaigns against Saddam Hussein's baathists and various jihadis from 2001 to 2013...   1 out of every 6,313 Chicagoans were murdered in 2013, but 1 out of every 2,418 residents in Detroit were killed in 2013.   Chicago's population of 2.7M is almost 4 times Detroit's population of 700K..."

2013-12-31
Jason Howerton _Blaze_
CT gun owner registration reminiscent of Weimar and Nazi Germany

2013-12-31
Tom Sightings _US News & World Report_
the down-side of early retirement
"if you have a choice of when to retire, consider yourself lucky.   Many employees, including yours truly, get booted out of the work-place when they're in their 50s.   Suddenly there's no more paycheck, no more benefits and no more contributions to your 401(k) plan.   People who take early retirement are typically left to their own devices...   But far too many 50-somethings leave their familiar place of work only to find that they are unemployable at any comparable position.   I have one friend working for minimum wage at the checkout counter at the super-market.   Another friend takes tee times at our public golf course for -- you guessed it -- minimum wage.   Still another friend, who thought he could afford to retire, is now trying to sell real estate, which is no easy job in this economy."

2013-12-31
Diana Furchtgott-Roth _Washington DC Examiner_
open the doors to more cheap, young, pliant, low-skilled foreign labor with flexible ethics despite the 30 million jobs dearth; and the millions of bright, knowledgeable, industrious, creative US citizens STEM professionals who are unemployed or involuntarily out of field because they can't even get an interview
Response:
Open the doors to more cheap, young, pliant, low-skilled foreign labor with flexible ethics despite the 30M jobs dearth in the USA; and the millions of bright, knowledgeable, industrious, creative US citizens STEM professionals who are unemployed or involuntarily out of field and can't even get an interview?!?
 
And it is not as though Diana Furchtgott-Roth doesn't know better.   She's seen the statistics, or at least been sent them.   But they don't fit her agenda, so she ignores or buries them to promote her agenda (though as a fellow advocate of capitalism, honest money, and markets free of initiated force and fraud her underlying reasoning on which that agenda is based is a mystery).
 
The 30M jobs dearth is based on historical BLS employment/population figures, which have dropped severely for men and blacks.
 
BLS data also confirm that unemployment rates in STEM occupations have been running 2 to 3 times as bad as during periods of full employment for these fields (particular those related to software product development and systems administration).
 
Dozens of professorial researchers associated with over 15 universities and several think tanks and government research groups over the last several decades have confirmed a sufficiency of STEM professionals.
 
In the last 10-15 years, B. Lindsay Lowell, Hal Salzman, Michael Teitelbaum, Daniel Kuehn, Hamutal Bernstein, Everett Henderson and others, through at least 5 studies, have found that the USA has been producing 2 to 3 times as many degreed US citizen STEM pros as have been hired to do STEM work.
 
Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, based on BLS figures at the beginning of 2012, reported that over 1.8M US citizen STEM pros were involuntarily out of field or unemployed at that time, and the situation has only continued to worsen since then.
 
According to the US State Dept. annual reports, the last time fewer than 85K new/initial H1-B visas were issued was 1997.  
In fiscal year 1998, 91,360 new/initial H-1B visas were issued through consular offices (and additional new grants of H-1B status were given through other processes), while hundreds of thousands of able and willing US citizen STEM professionals were unemployed.  
In FY2010, the federal government issued over 117,828 new/initial H-1B visas.
In FY2011, they issued over 129,552 new/initial H-1B visas.
In FY2012, they issued over 135,991 new/initial H-1B visas.
These, of course, do not count the renewals and extensions, and yet they are at least 100 times what would be reasonable if we were actually using the H-1B visa to bring in people who were "best" or "brightest" with knowledge and skills rare in the USA.
 
USCIS reported approved renewal and extension applications for H-1B visas 161,367 in FY2006, 161,413 in FY2007, 166,917 in FY2008, 127,971 in FY2009, 116,363 in FY2010, 163,208 in FY2011, and 125,679 in FY2012.   These are, once again, at least 2 orders of magnitude excessive given the US job market indicators, degrees earned by US citizens, autodidactic expertise in the affected fields among US citizens, etc.
 
No one knows how many people are present in the USA at any particular time on any one particular kind of visa, a few pilot projects aimed at accomplishing that were quickly abandoned as hopelessly inaccurate, but estimates for people in the USA on valid H-1B visas have been running between 500K and 600K.
 
Yes, there is a USCIS "limit" on H-1B visas of 65K per year, and another allotment of 20K per year on top of that, and an unlimited number of exemptions, not based on individual merit, intelligence, productivity, etc., but simply by employer...   which exemption displaces a lot of able and willing US citizen students and grads.
 
Did dear Felicity or the Tsarnaev brothers undergo, pay for and pass a proper background investigation to see whether they are likely to be in the habit of or have the intention to initiate force or fraud in the USA?   No, not a check, not a data-base look-up, but an actual investigation.   The answer to that rhetorical question is "no"; despite all of the privacy violations imposed since 2001-09-11, the federal government still refuses to actually investigate visa applicants.   They're still waffling over whether visa applicants should even be interviewed.
 
There are no "high-skill visas".   There are no requirements that individual visa applicants be highly-skilled.   There are visa categories for various general categories of jobs.   Every category includes highly-skilled practitioners and low-skilled practitioners.   There are highly-skilled particle physicists and low-skilled particle physicists, highly-skilled software architects and low-skilled programmers, highly-skilled car mechanics and low-skilled car mechanics, highly-skilled janitors and low-skilled janitors.
 
I agree with Gary Becker's auction notion.   After the numbers of visas are reduced from the vastly excessive levels of the last century, after the bidders have paid for and passed their background investigations, after the applicants have passed their skill-level tests, a proportion of the annual quota of visas should be auctioned off monthly or weekly, to the highest bidders.   In line with Becker those bid amounts should align with the costs of processing the applications and with the compensation premium an economist would expect for those with skills in the top percentiles, not with the mean or median, and the below mediocre shouldn't even be considered.
 
Yes, the USA has plenty of product design engineers who have been being wasted doing testing, their time and lives wasted as MSFT e-mail administrators, or data-base maintainers.   We could always use a few more geniuses, a few more extremely knock-em-dead brilliant people.
 
Yes, many US multi-nationals have been creating more new jobs outside the USA than inside the USA since at least the 1980s.   The US government -- by visa and tax policies, and for the sake of international agreements -- has been encouraging the waste of US talent, encouraging more bodyshopping within the USA, encouraging more cross-border bodyshopping, and the bodyshopping has been encouraging more off-shoring via transfer of intellectual property and methods from the USA to other countries.
 
The guest-workers are pointedly used to transfer working methods and serve as liaisons to the off-shore operations.   Guest-work program encourage off-shoring; they are not a substitute for it.   Ron Hira of Rochester Institute of Technology confirmed this in his research.
 
Several other researchers and reporters have noted the prevalence of age discrimination in the same fields negatively affected by the H-1B visa program.   Most of them agree that the H-1B visa enables/encourages/facilitates that age discrimination, which kicks in noticeably for those as young as 35.   No, we're not talking about "stale" or "obsolete" knowledge, though it is interesting that STEM executives seem a lot less willing to invest in 2-12 weeks of new-hire training and 2-4 weeks per year of training for retained employees that was the norm before H-1B, and they also seem a lot less willing to fly US talent around the country for interviews or to invest in relocation assistance.   If they don't find exactly the bizarre "purple squirrel" they want, already within a few blocks, they go straight to the cheap, young, pliant, lower-skilled, foreign labor with flexible ethics.   (This has also promoted the focus on and proliferation of abominable privacy violation schemes as a core business plan.)
 
For example, the man behind the re-building (building, really) of India's telecommunications system was an Indian national, given a student visa, then a work visa at a US telecomm firm, where he learned parts designs, which he took with him to India, adapted, manufactured, and deployed there.   And when he got sick, he had to come back to the USA for treatment.   (This according to Gurcharand Das in his book _India Unbound_.)   The US university and hospitals, doctors, and nurses got little from the taxes he paid while in the USA; the firm from which he got his designs got no patent royalties, etc., from the knowledge they transferred to him and which he transferred to India, and though the Indian government thanked him enthusiastically, as soon as he turned into a cost center, they dumped him.
No Shortage
 
graphs of the visa, education, and employment and unemployment statistics:
visa stats
education stats
employment and unemployment by selected industries
employment and unemployment by selected occupations
employment, unemployment, duration of unemployment, labor force participation rates, employment/population ratios
 
additional analysis and links to source materials:
US STEM workers acclaimed as the best in the world
economic and job market analysis over the last several decades, with links to the sources
the personal toll and waste of US talent of dysfunctional US STEM job markets
prescription for recovery of US economy, fiscal sanity, and liberty

2013-12-31
_FXStreet_
UMich consumer sentiment index rose from from 75.1 in late November to 82.5 in late December
NASDAQ
Ruth Mantell: MarketWatch
Federal Reserve Board St. Louis
Federal Reserve Board St. Louis

2013-12-31
_News Max_/_Reuters_
HP to dump another 5K
Jessica Chasmar: Washington DC Times

2013-12-31
Jack Swift _News with Views_
GOP: 2 partis in search of a philosophy

2013-12-31
Anthony Watts
2013 year-end report

2013-12-31
Anthony Watts
2013 had more daily record low temperatures than daily highs or ties

2013-12-31
John Hawkins _Town Hall_
top 10 non-leftists of 2013

2013-12-31
_Conservative HQ_
conservatives picked Ted Cruz as biggest winner in 2013...
John Boehner, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell as biggest losers

2013-12-31
_Investor's Business Daily_
continuing racist and selective enforcement policies, Obummer DoJ prosecutes its first "knock-out game" attack... of a white perp against an elderly black man

2013-12-31
Victor Davis Hanson _National Review_
Good Ol' Boy Inc.

2013-12-31
Ed Driscoll _PJ Media_
of "Difficult Men" and Good Ol' Boy Inc.
"AMC's Mad Men's season finale had 2.7M viewers back in June, the highest rated episode so far in that show's 6-year run.   In sharp contrast, A&E's Duck Dynasty had 11.8M viewers for its fourth season premiere 2 months later; according to Entertainment Weekly, that segment 'was the most-watched non-fiction series telecast in cable TV history'.   (For comparison's sake, and since we mentioned them in the previous post, MSNBC averages 645K viewers during prime-time.)...   In the 1950s and 1960s, the original three television networks all had westerns that gave American audiences nightly tastes of danger on America's wild frontier, while safely ensconced in their living rooms.   After 1968, elite liberals decided that these shows were too politically incorrect for their increasingly punitive and black arm-band views of America's founding.   As a result, this genre of programming was eventually retired en masse..."

2013-12-31
Betsy McCaughey _Investor's Business Daily_
how Obummer plans to dictate to doctors

2013-12-31
Walter E. Williams _Investor's Business Daily_
limited government solves constitutional violations
 
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