Monday, May 30, 2011

Afghanistan War IEDs Cause Surge In Double Amputees Among U.S. War Wounded

Least we forget on this day of all days

HP: "Afghanistan War IEDs Cause Surge In Double Amputees Among U.S. War Wounded"

"American soldiers and Marines walking combat patrols in Afghanistan have suffered a surge of gruesome injuries, losing one or both legs and often their genitals to crude homemade bombs Taliban insurgents bury in dirt roads and pathways.


In some cases, American military surgeons tell The Huffington Post, these traumatic amputations occur so close to soldiers' hips that it is difficult to fit prosthetic legs, severely limiting the patients' future mobility and rehabilitation. In addition, the loss of sexual function for formerly healthy young men in their early 20s causes severe anxiety and depression and can wreck new marriages."

Couldn't agree more...

OMG, we're never going to make it off this rock...

NYT:



"Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, needs to hit the science books, forestry experts suggest.


                                                       European Pressphoto Agency
                                                    Representative Dana Rohrabacher

They reached that conclusion after hearing Mr. Rohrabacher declare during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday that clear-cutting the world’s rain forests might eliminate the production of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.

On the witness stand was Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s climate change envoy, who was questioned on whether the nation’s climate policy should focus on reducing the more than 80 percent of carbon emissions produced by the natural world in the form of decaying plant matter."

More here from the Guardian:



"Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency.
The shock rise means the goal of preventing a temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius – which scientists say is the threshold for potentially "dangerous climate change" – is likely to be just "a nice Utopia", according to Fatih Birol, chief economist of the IEA. It also shows the most serious global recession for 80 years has had only a minimal effect on emissions, contrary to some predictions.
Last year, a record 30.6 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide poured into the atmosphere, mainly from burning fossil fuel – a rise of 1.6Gt on 2009, according to estimates from the IEA regarded as the gold standard for emissions data.
"I am very worried. This is the worst news on emissions," Birol told the Guardian. "It is becoming extremely challenging to remain below 2 degrees. The prospect is getting bleaker. That is what the numbers say."
Professor Lord Stern of the London School of Economics, the author of the influential Stern Report into the economics of climate change for the Treasury in 2006, warned that if the pattern continued, the results would be dire. "These figures indicate that [emissions] are now close to being back on a 'business as usual' path. According to the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's] projections, such a path ... would mean around a 50% chance of a rise in global average temperature of more than 4C by 2100," he said."



"The rapid and terrifying acceleration of global warming, which is disfiguring the ecosystem at a swifter pace than even the gloomiest scientific studies predicted a few years ago, has been confronted by the power elite with equal parts of self-delusion. There are those, many of whom hold elected office, who dismiss the science and empirical evidence as false. There are others who accept the science surrounding global warming but insist that the human species can adapt. Our only salvation—the rapid dismantling of the fossil fuel industry—is ignored by both groups. And we will be led, unless we build popular resistance movements and carry out sustained acts of civil disobedience, toward collective self-annihilation by dimwitted Pied Pipers and fools
Those who concede that the planet is warming but insist we can learn to live with it are perhaps more dangerous than the buffoons who decide to shut their eyes. It is horrifying enough that the House of Representatives voted 240-184 this spring to defeat a resolution that said that “climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.” But it is not much of an alternative to trust those who insist we can cope with the effects while continuing to burn fossil fuels."
"This seems like a huge amount of CO2, but a visit to the U.S. Department of Energy's Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) website (http://cdiac.ornl.gov/) helps anyone armed with a handheld calculator and a high school chemistry text put the volcanic CO2 tally into perspective. Because while 200 million tonnes of CO2 is large, the global fossil fuel CO2 emissions for 2003 tipped the scales at 26.8 billion tonnes. Thus, not only does volcanic CO2 not dwarf that of human activity, it actually comprises less than 1 percent of that value."

Friday, May 27, 2011

Best case for Obama in 2012?

The best case for a Progressive President:

GOP has garbage jobs plan

Paul Krugman:

No Ideas

"Ezra Klein points us to the House GOP’s rather pitiful jobs manifesto. Ezra describes it as “now more than ever”: the GOP’s response to the employment crisis is to demand exactly the same things it demands when the economy is doing well.
Actually, the same is true of the Ryan plan: when the GOP claimed that deficits don’t matter, it called for privatizing major social insurance programs while cutting taxes on the rich, and now that it claims to be deeply concerned about deficits, it calls for privatizing major social insurance programs while cutting taxes on the rich.
This is a major asymmetry: people on the other side really do offer different prescriptions for different problems. I’m often accused of inconsistency for warning about deficits back in 2003 while favoring continuing deficits now — but the point is that these were responses to different issues. The Bush tax cuts were intended to be permanent — so they were designed to increase deficits even when the economy was at more or less full employment. This was a bad thing. By contrast, deficits are helpful when the economy is depressed and in a liquidity trap, as it is now.
Anyway, the new “jobs plan” illustrates, once again, the foolishness of believing that we can reach any real bipartisan agreement on economic policy. The GOP stopped thinking a long time ago; all it knows how to do is parrot Reaganite rhetoric over and over. And there’s so little there there that the document — look at it! — has to rely on extra-large type and lots of pointless pictures to bulk it out even to 10 pages."

Here's Cantor explaining this "jobs plan":



Thursday, May 26, 2011

Scott Walker can go f%#@ himself

HP:


MADISON, Wis. -- A Wisconsin judge has struck down a law taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most state workers.
Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled Thursday that Republican legislators violated Wisconsin's open meetings law during the run up to passage. She says that renders the law void.
The law pushed by Gov. Scott Walker takes away all bargaining rights except over base salary for teachers and other public workers.
The decision is not the end of the legal fight. The state Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for June 6 to determine whether it will take the same case.
Lawmakers could also pass the law again in order to nullify open meeting concerns that led to the judge's ruling Thursday.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bill Clinton, I'm confused...

Were you just, sort of taking sides with the guy who's trying to destroy Medicare?

Meet Patrick McHenry, he's an a$%*&$@

From Salon:

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-Countrywide) called Elizabeth Warren a liar at the conclusion of a House Oversight subcommittee hearing that had already consisted mainly of Republican members of Congress gettingvery basic information about Warren's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau completely wrong. 


Here's the video:





Here's our fine congressman from Louisville, John Yarmouth standing up for Warren:












How many A%$&*$#@ do we have in congress anyhow?!



Here's my favorite a$$&*#$:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Republican's running themselves off a cliff...

Cantor Says Congress Won’t Pay For Missouri Disaster Relief Unless Spending Is Cut Elsewhere


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), however, said that before Congress approved federal funds for disaster relief, it had to offset the spending with cuts to other programs. The Washington Times reports:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Monday that if Congress passes an emergency spending bill to help Missouri’s tornado victims, the extra money will have to be cut from somewhere else.
If there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental,” Mr. Cantor, Virginia Republican, told reporters at the Capitol. The term “pay-fors” is used by lawmakers to signal cuts or tax increases used to pay for new spending.

All while Paul Ryan keeps pressing the end of Medicare: 

Politico has an interesting piece about how the lemmings came to jump off the cliff — how the GOP came to stake everything on the Ryan plan. But there are a couple of points that I don’t think come clear in the story.

First, I suspect that there’s a legend in the making — one that will come to dominate the conventional wisdom if the GOP does badly next year — which goes like this: Republicans were too noble. They committed themselves to a serious, well-crafted policy plan, but were oblivious to the political realities.

What I hope regular readers of this blog understand by now is that the Ryan plan is, in fact, a self-serving piece of junk. It doesn’t add up — in fact, it would probably make the deficit bigger not smaller. And far from representing some kind of sacrifice of political interests in the service of the greater good, it’s a right-wing wish-list on steroids: sharp tax cuts for corporations and the rich, savage cuts in aid to the poor, and a gratuitous privatization of Medicare. And again, it’s technically incompetent along the way.

So nobility and seriousness had nothing to do with it.

But what about that political misjudgment? How could they have thought this piece of junk would fly?

What I think Politico misses is that while the ideas in the Ryan plan poll terribly with the general public, there was very good reason to expect them to poll well with the punditocracy. For a year before the plan was unveiled, Ryan was the absolute darling of Beltway insiders; any suggestion that he was in fact a flim-flam man was greeted with anger. And let’s remember that for about two days after the plan was unveiled, it was greeted rapturously, even by some alleged liberals.

So what I suspect is that Ryan and his colleagues expected to float through on a cloud of pundit love, which would allow them to bypass the public’s fundamental dislike of everything they were proposing.

Exactly why they thought this could happen despite the very similar story of Bush’s attempt to dismantle Social Security is another question.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Beshear releases first campaign ad

Quite the Western Kentucky emphasis, he's going to need it going into November, Conway was crushed in Western KY (county by county wrap up in 2010 below):





AP report on Flight 447

AP report on Flight 447:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Get yer pitch forks! It's time for the 2nd American Revolution!

MSNBC:

"I don't know what they charged for the beer — two jugs for one goat? — but I can't imagine it cost more than we're paying today, when the average prices for a case are $20.34 at the supermarket and $19.92 at a convenience store, up 3 percent and 2.3 percent respectively from a year ago.

For a couple of years, I mostly kept my mouth shut as my bottled buddies crept up in price, though I sometimes moaned to the cashier even as I passed her my credit card. But once a case crossed that $20 threshold, something snapped. I started to feel wronged, and resentful. More constructively, I began to wonder why my brew was getting more expensive. Turns out, a lot goes into the answer."

The internet community throws an intervention for Myspace, very funny!

Black box data for Flight 447 revels auto pilot maybe to blame

Daily Mail:



The pilot of the Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean nearly two years ago was not in the cockpit when the plane ran into trouble.
Leading German news magazine Der Spiegel quoted an expert who said captain Marc Dubois, 58, could be heard on the black box recordings rushing into the cockpit when the plane encountered bad weather.
'He gave both co-pilots instructions on how to save the plane' the expert, who was not named, told the magazine.

Obama misquoted stirring controversy

While they weren't claiming the end of the world was coming, CBS sure did a poor job covering the news.


Crooks and Liars:

As Jake Tapper explained on ABC World News Thursday night, the Republican response to President Obama's statements regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was "much ado about nothing." After all, U.S. policy under both Presidents Bush and Clinton was largely identical to Obama's assertion that "the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states." But you'd never know that if you watched CBS Evening News. Providing chum for the right-wing feeding frenzy over the President's Middle East speech, CBS White House correspondent Chip Reid conveniently omitted the second half of Obama's sentence.

Reporting a story titled "Obama's Israeli, Palestinian Surprise," CBS' Reid removed words from the President's mouth to alter the meaning of the consistent U.S. position on the peace process:

President Obama spent most of his speech talking about the Arab Spring uprisings, but he saved his biggest surprise for the Middle East peace process. [START OBAMA CLIP] "We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines." [END OBAMA CLIP] But by using the borders that existed in 1967 before the Six Day War as the starting point for negotiations, the President is taking the Palestinian side on a key issue.

Ukrainian Democracy in action

Boy Ukraine doesn't mess around!

The only solution to Israel, 2 states

But let's not forget Israel drops massive amounts of money into our government (almost a billion in 2010) to prevent sane policy.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

KY Republican Unity Rally

Ha, goodluck getting the Tea Partiers on board...

Bob gives us photos:

Paul Ryan pushing Grandma off a cliff with Medicare plan

Good catch from Hillbillyreport

Why is the GOP mounting a challenge?

Friday, May 20, 2011

NPR covers a new book on Area 51/human experimentation



More on the human experiments:

Beshear releases list of influential Republican supporters

Republicans for Beshear, HL:



The list of GOP supporters for Beshear also included: Gary D. Crenshaw, mayor of Lebanon; Edward Long, mayor of Harrodsburg; Phillip King, mayor of Bardwell; Fred Siegelman, mayor of Versailles; Richard Ammon, Burlington; Charles J. Baird, Pikeville coal operator; Kitty Baird, Pikeville activist; Thomas M. Baker, Bowling Green businessman and sportsman; Darrell Barrett, Booneville; Rosetta Bell, Dawson Springs; Toy Blair, former jailer of Johnson County; Caroline Boone, Lexington; Bill Britton, Louisville businessman; David Burkholder, Louisville; Ray Carcione, Louisville businessman; John Clark, Ashland; Joseph Howey Creaghead, Fort Mitchell; Pat Donovan, Lexington; Evan Elliott, Dunmor; Laura Elliott, Dunmor; Terry Fields, Berea; Vivian Flynn, Lexington; Edward Fuller, Georgetown; David Garner, Simpsonville; Jacob Garner, Nancy; Norb Gettys, former Campbell County GOP chair; Lyle Goodman, Cecilia; Tasha Goodman, Cecilia; Richard Harrell, Union; Tim Haymaker, Lexington; Sharyon Heavrin, Clarkson; Carl Hoskins, Manchester; Michael Houlihan, Louisville; Stacy Houlihan, Louisville; Dr. Robert Hughes, Murray; Dr. Joyce Hughes, Murray; Frank H. Ikerd III, Somerset; Jerry Ikerd, Somerset; Theodore Kuster, Paris; Norvie Lay, Louisville; Cheryl Lewis, Hyden; Tom Lund, Lebanon; James Miller, Paris; John Morton, Ashland; Jeanne Owens, Lexington; Michael Owens, Lexington; James Patterson, Somerset; Karen Paulin, Prospect; Jennie Lou Penn, Frankfort; Laura Reese, Ashland; Tom Riddle, Versailles; Sarah Ridener, Strunk; Fred Sarver, Carlisle; Karen Sarver, Carlisle; Michael Sazy, Louisville; Tom Schifano, Louisville; Brad Sloan, Somerset; Frank Smith, Lexington; Debbie Spinner, Louisville; Kevin Stear, Lawrenceburg; Terrie Stear, Lawrenceburg; Dan Tayloe, Lexington; Russell Travis, Lexington; Frank Vaught, Somerset; Robert Willett, Louisville; Andrea Wilson, Inez; and Misdee Wrigley-Miller, Paris.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

South Park takes aim at Tea Party?

Yeah, direct shot.

Follow the link and watch this hilarity ensue...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I'll bet he's a Tea Party activist

Ya know what?  When you drive on tax funded highways there are some rules you have to abide by.

TPM:


A sovereign citizen in Virginia was arrested and charged with five misdemeanors after a bizarre encounter with a state police officer where he called himself a "free citizen on a free highway" and gave multiple fake names.

Michael Creath Jones, 31, was pulled over last week by State Trooper T.M. Simmons because he had a fake painted license plate with the words "Virginia" and "private use" handwritten on it.

The News Virginian reports that according to the search warrant affidavit:
Jones locked his doors and barely cracked open his window and refused to identify himself. He told Simmons he was a "free citizen on a free highway" and provided different names. The trooper asked for identification at least 10 times.
Jones also said he did not have to provide a driver's license, and only got out of the car when Simmons threatened to arrest him and break the car window. Jones struggled when Simmons tried to handcuff him. He was later charged with "resisting arrest, obstruction of justice with force, driving without a license, having an expired inspection sticker and defective equipment," Staunton's

Allegations of massive mortgage fraud, Feds say banks to blame

HP:

"WASHINGTON -- A set of confidential federal audits accuse the nation’s five largest mortgage companies of defrauding taxpayers in their handling of foreclosures on homes purchased with government-backed loans, four officials briefed on the findings told The Huffington Post.
The five separate investigations were conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general and examined Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial, the sources said.

The audits accuse the five major lenders of violating the False Claims Act, a Civil War-era law crafted as a weapon against firms that swindle the government. The audits were completed between February and March, the sources said. The internal watchdog office at HUD referred its findings to the Department of Justice, which must now decide whether to file charges.

The federal audits mark the latest fallout from the national foreclosure crisis that followed the end of a long-running housing bubble. Amid reports last year that many large lenders improperly accelerated foreclosure proceedings by failing to amass required paperwork, the federal agencies launched their own probes."

I think it's time to take a big, long, hard look at corporate power in this country.

Planets just wandering around without an orbit?

HP:

"NEW YORK -- Are these planets without orbits? Astronomers have found 10 potential planets as massive as Jupiter wandering through a slice of the Milky Way galaxy, following either very wide orbits or no orbit at all. And scientists think they are more common than the stars."

I don't find this exciting, this is terrifying actually.  Stephen Hawking weighed in on this:

"It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million," Hawking said. "Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward-looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."

So let's quit killing each other and get off this rock.

Secrets the rich don't want you to know

Full article from Willamette News:



1. Poor Americans do pay taxes.
Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News host, said last year “47 percent of Americans don’t pay any taxes.” John McCain and Sarah Palin both said similar things during the 2008 campaign about the bottom half of Americans.

Ari Fleischer, the former Bush White House spokesman, once said “50 percent of the country gets benefits without paying for them.”

Actually, they pay lots of taxes—just not lots of federal income taxes.

Data from the Tax Foundation show that in 2008, the average income for the bottom half of taxpayers was $15,300.

This year the first $9,350 of income is exempt from taxes for singles and $18,700 for married couples, just slightly more than in 2008. That means millions of the poor do not make enough to owe income taxes.

But they still pay plenty of other taxes, including federal payroll taxes. Between gas taxes, sales taxes, utility taxes and other taxes, no one lives tax-free in America.

When it comes to state and local taxes, the poor bear a heavier burden than the rich in every state except Vermont, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy calculated from official data. In Alabama, for example, the burden on the poor is more than twice that of the top 1 percent. The one-fifth of Alabama families making less than $13,000 pay almost 11 percent of their income in state and local taxes, compared with less than 4 percent for those who make $229,000 or more.


2. The wealthiest Americans don’t carry the burden.
This is one of those oft-used canards. Sen. Rand Paul, the tea party favorite from Kentucky, told David Letterman recently that “the wealthy do pay most of the taxes in this country.”

The Internet is awash with statements that the top 1 percent pays, depending on the year, 38 percent or more than 40 percent of taxes.

It’s true that the top 1 percent of wage earners paid 38 percent of the federal income taxes in 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available). But people forget that the income tax is less than half of federal taxes and only one-fifth of taxes at all levels of government.

Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes (known as payroll taxes) are paid mostly by the bottom 90 percent of wage earners.  That’s because, once you reach $106,800 of income, you pay no more for Social Security, though the much smaller Medicare tax applies to all wages. Warren Buffett pays the exact same amount of Social Security taxes as someone who earns $106,800.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Upset Republican Primary, low turnout.

Biggest news, David Williams couldn't secure 50% of the Republican vote.

Under 9% turnout with 94% reporting.

Pathetic KY primary turnout at 1pm

The guy at my polling station said that there had been 21 people there so far (including the polling staff). This Kentucky, could "turnout" to be a really sad day to lovers of citizenry and democracy.

UPDATE:

As of  3:30pm, only 30 people showed up at that polling location.

Chinese real estate, the next bubble?

China basically carried to the world through the 2008 meltdown, this would have catastrophic concequences if this is in fact a bubble:

It's primary day Kentucky get out and vote!

"Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
 
-WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, Nov. 11, 1947

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Noam Chomsky says West trying to stop Middle Eastern Democracy



"it is crucial that we be able to define precisely what is meant by this "national interest". As we seek to answer it, we would do well to remind ourselves that 1 percent of the families in our country control 40 percent of the wealth, that the next 19 percent own another 40 percent of the wealth, and that those of us in the "bottom" 80 percent of our nation's families are left with only 20 percent of the wealth. We should be clear that those who shape U.S. foreign policy and domestic policies are those from the wealthiest 20 percent of the population - and what is in their interest is not necessarily what is in our interest" -Professor Paul Le Blanc

Friday, May 13, 2011

Student debt crippling Millennials

HP:

NEW YORK -- While one's college graduation is normally a time of jubilation, Megan Muller can more than relate to the sense of defeat that now hangs over the class of 2011.

Muller, 26, graduated from Kean University in Union, N.J., yesterday with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She is the first person in her family to graduate from college.

Like many graduates, she's now faced with the larger worry of living back at home while also paying down vast amounts of debt.

All along, money’s been a chronic source of anxiety. In order to finish, Muller took out more than $70,000 in student loans and has another $10,000 in credit card debt.

Midway through college, after transferring and taking a few semesters off, Muller moved back in with her parents in order to save money.

And until she can move out and find her own place, it’s the credit cards she must first pay down -- in addition to beginning repayments on her student loans.

“Trust me, you don’t want to be 26 and still living at home with your parents,” explains Muller, who, daunted by the expense of college, struggled with whether to finish at all. She currently makes about $25,000 as an assistant editor at Federal Practitioner, a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Rand Paul, Universal Healthcare = Slavery

Rand...  Nevermind...

Sanders destroys him after his little slavery speech...



Senator Awesome (Sanders) advocating for single payer:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Medicare vouchers?

Dems call for ending tax breaks to big oil

The Columbus Dispatch:

"WASHINGTON -- Both political parties sought to capitalize on anger over gasoline prices yesterday as Senate Democrats unveiled a plan to slash tax deductions for the nation's five biggest oil companies and Republicans pushed legislation to speed up offshore drilling.

The Senate launched debate on the Democrats' proposal to raise $21 billion over the next 10 years -- and dedicate that money to cutting the federal deficit -- by barring major oil companies from claiming several tax deductions and credits."

Krugman takes on the oligharcs, The Unwisdom of Elites

NYT:

"The past three years have been a disaster for most Western economies. The United States has mass long-term unemployment for the first time since the 1930s. Meanwhile, Europe’s single currency is coming apart at the seams. How did it all go so wrong?

Well, what I’ve been hearing with growing frequency from members of the policy elite — self-appointed wise men, officials, and pundits in good standing — is the claim that it’s mostly the public’s fault. The idea is that we got into this mess because voters wanted something for nothing, and weak-minded politicians catered to the electorate’s foolishness.

So this seems like a good time to point out that this blame-the-public view isn’t just self-serving, it’s dead wrong.

The fact is that what we’re experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. The policies that got us into this mess weren’t responses to public demand. They were, with few exceptions, policies championed by small groups of influential people — in many cases, the same people now lecturing the rest of us on the need to get serious. And by trying to shift the blame to the general populace, elites are ducking some much-needed reflection on their own catastrophic mistakes. "

Bin Laden's son says sea burial was demeaning to family

LONDON (Reuters) – A statement purporting to come from a son of Osama bin Laden denounced the al Qaeda leader's killing as "criminal" and said his burial at sea had humiliated the family, an online monitoring service said.

The statement, attributed to Omar bin Laden, bin Laden's fourth eldest son, said the al Qaeda chief's children reserved the right to take legal action in the United States and internationally to "determine the true fate of our vanished father," the SITE Intelligence Group said.

There was no independent confirmation of the authenticity of the letter, published on the website of Islamist ideologue Abu Walid al-Masri, although several specialists on militant propaganda said the text appeared genuine.

Omar bin Laden, who has been based in the Gulf in recent years, did not immediately respond to emailed and telephoned requests for comment.

The letter said, in part: "We hold the American President (Barack) Obama legally responsible to clarify the fate of our father, Osama bin Laden, for it is unacceptable, humanely and religiously, to dispose of a person with such importance and status among his people, by throwing his body into the sea in that way, which demeans and humiliates his family and his supporters and which challenges religious provisions and feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims."

Well gee, I wonder how many Muslims didn't have bodies to bury after the 9/11 attacks, I don't know that but I can list the Muslims that Bin Laden murdered amongst the 3,000+ people on that tragic day:

About.com:

Shabbir Ahmed - 47 years old - Windows on the World Restaurant

Tariq Amanullah - 40 years old - Fiduciary Trust Co.

Michael Baksh - 36 years old - Marsh & McLennan

Touri Hamzavi Bolourchi - 69 years old - retired nurse on United #175

Abul K. Chowdhury - 30 years old - Cantor Fitzgerald

Mohammad Salahuddin Chowdhury - 38 years old - Windows on the World

Jemal Legesse De Santis - 28 years old - World Trade Center

Simon Suleman Ali Kassamali Dhanani - 63 years old - Aon Corp.

Syed Abdul Fatha - 54 years old - Pitney Bowes

Mon Gjonbalaj - 65 years old - Janitor, World Trade Center

Nezam A. Hafiz - 32 years old - Marsh & McLennan

Mohammed Salman Hamdani - 23 years old - NYPD Cadet

Zuhtu Ibis - 25 years old - Cantor Fitzgerald

Muhammadou Jawara - 30 years old - MAS Security

Sarah Khan - 32 years old - Forte Food Service

Taimour Firaz Khan - 29 years old - Carr Futures

Abdoulaye Kone - 37 years old - Windows on the World

Abdu Ali Malahi - 37 years old - WTC Marriott

Nurul Hoque Miah - 35 years old - Marsh & McLennan

Boyie Mohammed - 50 years old - Carr Futures

Ehtesham U. Raja - 28 years old - TCG Software

Ameenia Rasool - 33 years old - Marsh & McLennan

Mohammad Ali Sadeque - 62 years old - newspaper vendor at WTC, reported missing

Rahma Salie & child - 28 years old (7 months pregnant) - American #11

Khalid M. Shahid - 25 years old - Cantor Fitzgerald

Mohammed Shajahan - 41 years old - Marsh & McLennan

Nasima Hameed Simjee - 38 years old - Fiduciary Trust Co.

Michael Theodoridis - 32 years old - American #11

Abdoul Karim Traore - 41 years old - Windows on the World

Karamo Trerra - 40 years old - ASAP NetSource

Shakila Yasmin - 26 years old - Marsh & McLennan

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The mystery of French flight 447 on NOVA


Watch the full episode. See more NOVA.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Arguments against energy

Inflation still no threat to economic recovery

Paul Krugman:



"First, do you see any sign that workers are about to (or are even able to) demand higher wages to compensate for the higher prices of gas and food?

Second, do you any sign that employers are getting ready to make more generous wage offers?
Third, have you heard anything about companies feeling that they have room to raise prices by substantially more than the rise in their raw material costs?

The answer to all three questions is clearly no. So what we have is a rise in raw material prices, which will largely get passed on the consumers, but no hint that this is spreading into a wider rise in prices; and with labor costs flat, that means we get a one-time jump in consumer prices, but no persistent rise in inflation."

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Jon Stewart on Obama's defining moments

Pedestrian is killed crossing Nicholasville Road in Lexington

From the HL:

A pedestrian died Friday night after being hit by a car on Nicholasville Road in Lexington, police Lt. Christopher Van Brackel said.

The accident occurred about 9:46 p.m. between Lowry Lane and Zandale Drive. Van Brackel said the pedestrian, a man, did not cross the road in a crosswalk. The man got across one lane of the roadway. As he crossed the second lane, he was struck by a Buick Rendezvous, Van Brackel said.

The man was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.

Van Brackel said it does not appear that the driver, a woman, will face charges. The woman was not injured.
The identities of the pedestrian and the driver were not made available Friday night.

Nicholasville Road inbound at Lowry was closed after the accident and was to remain closed for hours, Van Brackel said.

With Bin Laden's body dumped into the sea, Summer of Fin Laden is possibility...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Worst reporting ever?

Fox News defends Bin Laden after Seal raid?

"Fair and balanced" must translate into "anything" Obama does is bad.

A treasure from B & P

Thanks Joe:

What's that David Williams?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

White House releases Bin Laden's last Facebook post

White House to release gunshot Bin Laden photo?


A senior government official involved in the discussions about releasing the photo tells CNN  that a photo release "could" come today via the CIA.

A government official familiar with intelligence matters says deliberations are leaning toward release. Says there is "growing consensus" to release the photo but emphasizes "it isn't unanimous and everyone has understandable hesitation"

The senior government official says there are "a lot to choose from .... Most of them very graphic"
Both say the CIA has been tasked with coming up with best possibilities and then the White House will make the call.

Some funny commentary on the Bin Laden compound

 From Tech Crunch on Google maps.

Some choicer reviews include: 

“Great hideout would use again.”
“Heat sources are undeniable. This place is blazing! ”
“Cold and drafty at night, walls full of holes. ”
” on the menu was goat flesh, and the place reeked of burning garbage. ”
“Located in cozy, quiet neighborhood. Interrupted only occasionally by machine gun fire.”

Perhaps the best so far:
“Aside from the complimentary dialysis machine use, easy underground access to Pakistan’s beautiful vast cave system, and free toaster waffles, it’s a pretty big dump. The food wasn’t organic, the wifi was spotty at best, absolutely no cell coverage, (yelp reviews were so wrong on that one) and no one spoke English. To make it worse, the country’s best basketball player, some 6’7″ dude with a turban, gets shot our first night there. And the coffee was cold. We’re so not coming back.”

The phone call that killed Bin Laden

From the HF:

"Then in the middle of last year, the courier had a telephone conversation with someone who was being monitored by U.S. intelligence, according to an American official, who like others interviewed for this story spoke only on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation. The courier was located somewhere away from bin Laden's hideout when he had the discussion, but it was enough to help intelligence officials locate and watch him."

And some info behind the team that pulled the strike off.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Anything else?

Taiwan's NMA gives their take on Bin Laden's demise

Highly inappropriate:

Rush Limbaugh: 'Thank God for President Obama'

I'm sorry, wake me up, because I seriously must be dreaming right now...

From Politico: 

“President Obama, perhaps the only qualified member in the room to deal with this, insisted on the Special Forces,” he said. “No one else thought of that…. Not a single intelligence adviser, not a single national security adviser, not a single military adviser came up with the idea of using SEAL Team 6 or any Special Forces.”

Here's some detailed analysis on the raid:

Politico:

Time:

National Journal:

The New Yorker:






ABC gets footage of attack/aftermath

Some footage of the attack and commentary:




The video is here:


Aftermath:

Bin Laden is currently taking an elevator straight to hell

Bin Laden is dead, killed by special forces/CIA.


Those lost on 9/11 finally have their justice.