Mr. Punky Kitten
Speaking truth to old-stream media bias.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Beer Summit: Lower business taxes
If I were the cop, I'd ask the following:
Mr. President, I read in the Wall Street Journal that you said you would like to lower the corporate or business tax. In my view this is a better form of stimulus for long term sustained job growth, and it's nice to see you finally arrive to the party, albeit 6 months late. Nevertheless, may I please ask by how much would you lower the 35% business tax and would that also include relief for small business owners who often file as individuals? Will you need to drag Congress kicking and screaming, maybe hold another beer summit with Pelosi and Reid.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Fwd: foxnews: HEALTH: Men Better at Seeing Objects in Distance, Study Finds
Study: Hunter-Gatherer Past Makes Men Better at Seeing in the Distance
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Men's hunter-gatherer past has made them better at seeing objects in the distance, while women see better close up, a British study finds.
The study traced how men's and women's brains evolved differently over thousands of years, Agence France-Press reported.
Researchers asked a group of 48 men and women to use a laser pointer to mark the midpoint of lines on a piece of paper at different distances.
Men were more accurate than women when the paper was placed about 3.3 feet away, while women were more accurate when the target was within arm's reach, about 1.6 feet away.
"Evidence already exists that separate pathways in the brain process visual information from near and far space,'' said psychologist Helen Stancey from Hammersmith and West London College.
"Our results suggest that the near pathway is favored in women and the far pathway is favoured in men,'' she said, in a study published online in the British Journal of Psychology.
Krakatoa Stirs Once More
A greater contributer to greenhouse gases:
(and some really nice photos of the volcano)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Fwd: House Resolution 615
Congressman Fleming of Louisiana has initiated HR 615 that states that any Health Care Bill should be forced to participate in the plan themselves.who votes for the
His website is http://fleming.house.gov/index.html Check out HR 615 and vote on "Express Your Opinion" on whether or not members of congress who vote yes for the Health Care Bill should be forced to participate in the plan.
It may take a few times of trying to get to Congressman Fleming's website. . .it has been very busy!
The myth of hope and change
Another book for your library:
Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
In the book Michelle shatters completely the myths of hope and change.
Look for about 5 more follow-up editions to this book by the time this Chicago ACORN organizer and his wife leave office.
AP fact-checks Democrats
Where's the jobs?
The Associated Press: "But those jobs lasted on average only 35 hours, or about one work week. After that, those workers were effectively back unemployed…"
In Oregon, Democrats are touting 3,256 jobs that its $176 million stimulus already created.
AP checked. Those jobs last about a week.
That is $53,746.93 each for jobs that last a week.
Here is an idea, randomly select 3,256 adults and give them $53, 746.93 each — or better yet, only $53,745.93 each — and save a buck each or $3,256.
AP reported: "At the federal level, President Barack Obama has said the federal stimulus has created 150,000 jobs, a number based on a misused formula and which is so murky it can't be verified."
The best way to stimulate the economy is to balance the government's spending and by cutting taxes.
Instead, we get all this meddling by politicians.
PORTLAND, Ore. – How much are politicians straining to convince people that the government is stimulating the economy? In Oregon, where lawmakers are spending $176 million to supplement the federal stimulus, Democrats are taking credit for a remarkable feat: creating 3,236 new jobs in the program's first three months.
But those jobs lasted on average only 35 hours, or about one work week. After that, those workers were effectively back unemployed, according to an Associated Press analysis of state spending and hiring data. By the state's accounting, a job is a job, whether it lasts three hours, three days, three months, or a lifetime.
"Sometimes some work for an individual is better than no work," said Oregon's Senate president, Peter Courtney.
With the economy in tatters and unemployment rising, Oregon's inventive math underscores the urgency for politicians across the country to show that spending programs designed to stimulate the economy are working — even if that means stretching the facts.
At the federal level, President Barack Obama has said the federal stimulus has created 150,000 jobs, a number based on a misused formula and which is so murky it can't be verified.
At least 10 other states have launched their own miniature stimulus plans and nine others have proposed one, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many of them, like Oregon, have promised job creation as a result of the public spending.
Ohio, for instance, passed a nearly $1.6 billion stimulus package even before Congress was looking at a federal program. When Gov. Ted Strickland first pitched the idea last year, he estimated the program could create some 80,000 jobs.
In North Carolina, a panel authorized hundreds of millions of dollars in new debt to speed up $740 million in government building projects. According to one estimate, the move could hurry the creation of 25,000 jobs.
As the bills for these programs mount, so will the pressure to show results. But, as Oregon illustrates, job estimates can very wildly.
"At best you can say it's ambiguous, at worst you can say it's intentional deception," said economist Bruce Blonigen of the University of Oregon. "You have to normalize it into a benchmark that everybody can understand."
Oregon's accounting practices would not be allowed as part of the $787 billion federal stimulus. While the White House has made the unverifiable promise that 3.5 million jobs will be saved or created by the end of next year, when accountants actually begin taking head counts this fall, there are rules intended to guard against exactly what Oregon is doing.
The White House requires states to report numbers in terms of full-time, yearlong jobs. That means a part-time mechanic counts as half a job. A full-time construction worker who has a three-month paving contract counts as one-fourth of a job.
Using that method, the AP's analysis of figures in Oregon shows the program so far has created the equivalent of 215 full-time jobs that will last three months. Oregon's House speaker, Dave Hunt, called that measurement unfair, though nearly every other state that has passed a stimulus package already uses or plans to use it.
"This stimulus plan was intentionally designed for short-term projects to pump needed jobs and income into families, businesses and communities struggling to get by," Hunt said in a statement. "No one ever said these would be full-time jobs for months at a time."
Still, critics say counting jobs, without any consideration of their duration, isn't good enough.
"You can't let them say, 'Well, we never said it was going to be full-time,'" said Steve Buckstein, a policy analyst for the Cascade Policy Institute, a free-market think tank. For the price of Oregon's $176 million, lawmakers could have provided all 3 million state residents with a one-hour job paying about $60, he said.
"By their definition, that's 3 million jobs," Buckstein said. "Is anybody gonna buy that?"
Oregon's 12.4 percent unemployment rate surpasses the national average of 9.4 percent. To supplement the federal stimulus, the state sold bonds to pay for everything from replacing light bulbs to installing carpet and finishing construction of a school in the farming community of Tillamook.
The "Go Oregon" program is still new. According to its latest progress report, 8 percent of the money has been spent and hundreds of projects have yet to be completed. More paychecks are bound to be written as construction continues.
If Oregon's dollars-to-jobs ratio remains steady, the program will create about 688 full-time, yearlong jobs. So far, it's generated only enough hours to employ 54 people full-time for a year.
Still, contractor Deborah Matthews of Pacificmark Construction, based in Milwaukie, Ore., is happy for any work. Her company picked up three contracts for painting, installing a water filter system and refurbishing a maintenance building. Prior to those contracts, which lasted about six weeks, she had laid off nearly all her construction workers. She brought back three full-time and hired a part-time worker.
"It was a little bit," she said, "to just keep us going."
Where's the jobs?
Boehner Blasts Censorship of Chart Detailing Democrats' Government-Run Health Care Labyrinth
The American People Deserve the Truth" About Democrats' Trillion-Dollar Health Care Takeover, GOP Leader Says
Washington, Jul 28 - In a speech on the House floor this morning, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) blasted Democratic leaders' efforts to censor a chart that illustrates the bureaucratic labyrinth that would result for American health care with enactment of Washington Democrats' proposed trillion-dollar government takeover of health care. Democratic leaders have attempted to block Members of Congress from using the chart, produced by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and the Republican professional staff of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), in official communications with their constituents.
"Mr. Speaker, Democrats in Congress don't want the American people to see this chart. This is the chart that outlines the Democrat proposal moving through the House of Representatives that contains as many as 53 new Federal programs, Agencies and Commissions. That's right; they're trying to restrict Members of Congress from showing this to their constituents. They say it's misleading. Well, there's nothing misleading about it. They just don't want anyone to see it.
"Well, here it is. I'm using it. Are they going to turn out the lights, are they going to turn out the cameras? Why don't they want the American people to see this?
"Well, I think the American people deserve the truth about the Democrats' $1.6 trillion takeover of our
of our health care system. More bureaucracy, more taxes, more mandates - and more government involvement in your life.
"And guess what? It also means less jobs for Americans. According to a model developed by the President's own Council of Economic Advisors Chairperson, this proposal will cost Americans some 5.5 million jobs over the next 10 years; the National Federation of Independent Business says that at least a million small business jobs will be lost; and, even the Congressional Budget Office over the weekend made it clear that this will cost low-wage workers an opportunity to get a job.
"Listen, after the 'stimulus' didn't work, most of my constituents are continuing to ask the question, 'where are the jobs?'
"We have a 'stimulus' that's not working, we have a national energy tax bill that came through here this month that will cost millions of Americans their jobs, and while this will ruin the health care system that we enjoy in America, let's not forget, it will cost us millions of American jobs when most Americans continue to want to know, 'where are the jobs?'"
Friday, July 24, 2009
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Stimulus = 11 billion per day
Sad, what else can I say.
Mark Twain said it best,
Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.
- What Is Man?
...the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.
- Letter fragment, 1891
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain, a Biography
Congressman is the trivialist distinction for a full grown man.
- Notebook #14, 11/1877 - 7/1878
All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.
- Mark Twain's Autobiography; also in Mark Twain in Eruption
And they want to take over healthcare?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Everything Old Is New Again.
Remember the adage,
"Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it" !
Look at this cartoon from the Chicago Tribune in 1934 and look carefully at the plan of action.
Looks like we could be in for difficult times.
Could this have been drawn NOW, April 15, 2009?………..
What has changed?
These figures today could be Pelosi, Ried, Dodd, Murtha, Geithner and the rest of Obama's Happy Spending Club. Does make the future look bleak.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The new GM auto
Robin of Berkeley
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Spotted on a bumper in Michigan.
People are starting to laugh at Obama. Openly.
Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears
Unbelievable! I have a new passport.
And who knows how easy it is to have my ID stolen...?
This is the government that leftists love.
Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears
Jul 12, 6:10 AM (ET)
By TODD LEWAN
Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he'd bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car.
It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker's gold.
Zipping past Fisherman's Wharf, his scanner downloaded to his laptop the unique serial numbers of two pedestrians' electronic U.S. passport cards embedded with radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags. Within an hour, he'd "skimmed" four more of the new, microchipped PASS cards from a distance of 20 feet.
Increasingly, government officials are promoting the chipping of identity documents as a 21st century application of technology that will help speed border crossings, safeguard credentials against counterfeiters, and keep terrorists from sneaking into the country.
He filmed his heist, and soon his video went viral on the Web, intensifying a debate over a push by government, federal and state, to put tracking technologies in identity documents and over their potential to erode privacy.
Putting a traceable RFID in every pocket has the potential to make everybody a blip on someone's radar screen, critics say, and to redefine Orwellian government snooping for the digital age.
"Little Brother," some are already calling it - even though elements of the global surveillance web they warn against exist only on drawing boards, neither available nor approved for use.
But with advances in tracking technologies coming at an ever-faster rate, critics say, it won't be long before governments could be able to identify and track anyone in real time, 24-7, from a cafe in Paris to the shores of California.
Among new options are the chipped "e-passport," and the new, electronic PASS card - credit-card sized, with the bearer's digital photograph and a chip that can be scanned through a pocket, backpack or purse from 30 feet.
Alternatively, travelers can use "enhanced" driver's licenses embedded with RFID tags now being issued in some border states: Washington, Vermont, Michigan and New York. Texas and Arizona have entered into agreements with the federal government to offer chipped licenses, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recommended expansion to non-border states. Kansas and Florida officials have received DHS briefings on the licenses, agency records show.
The purpose of using RFID is not to identify people, says Mary Ellen Callahan, the chief privacy officer at Homeland Security, but "to verify that the identification document holds valid information about you."
An RFID document that doubles as a U.S. travel credential "only makes it easier to pull the right record fast enough, to make sure that the border flows, and is operational" - even though a 2005 Government Accountability Office report found that government RFID readers often failed to detect travelers' tags.
Neville Pattinson, vice president for government affairs at Gemalto, Inc., a major supplier of microchipped cards, is no RFID basher. He's a board member of the Smart Card Alliance, an RFID industry group, and is serving on the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.
In a 2007 article published by a newsletter for privacy professionals, Pattinson called the chipped cards vulnerable "to attacks from hackers, identity thieves and possibly even terrorists."
RFID, he wrote, has a fundamental flaw: Each chip is built to faithfully transmit its unique identifier "in the clear, exposing the tag number to interception during the wireless communication."
Once a tag number is intercepted, "it is relatively easy to directly associate it with an individual," he says. "If this is done, then it is possible to make an entire set of movements posing as somebody else without that person's knowledge."
Meanwhile, Homeland Security has been promoting broad use of RFID even though its own advisory committee on data integrity and privacy issued caveats. In its 2006 draft report, the committee concluded that RFID "increases risks to personal privacy and security, with no commensurate benefit for performance or national security," and recommended that "RFID be disfavored for identifying and tracking human beings."
For now, chipped PASS cards and enhanced driver's licenses are not yet widely deployed in the United States. To date, roughly 192,000 EDLs have been issued in Washington, Vermont, Michigan and New York.
But as more Americans carry them "you can bet that long-range tracking of people on a large scale will rise exponentially," says Paget, a self-described "ethical hacker" who works as an Internet security consultant.
But Gigi Zenk, a spokeswoman for the Washington state Department of Licensing, says Americans "aren't that concerned about the RFID" in a time when "tracking an individual is much easier through a cell phone."
In February 2005, when the State Department asked for public comment, it got an outcry: Of the 2,335 comments received, 98.5 percent were negative, with 86 percent expressing security or privacy concerns, the department reported in an October 2005 notice in the Federal Register.
Identity theft and "fears that the U.S. Government or other governments would use the chip to track and censor, intimidate or otherwise control or harm them" were of "grave concern," it noted. Many Americans worried "that the information could be read at distances in excess of 10 feet."
Those citizens, it turns out, had cause.
According to department records obtained by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, under a Freedom of Information Act request and reviewed by the AP, discussion about security concerns with the e-passport occurred as early as January 2003 but tests weren't ordered until the department began receiving public criticism two years later.
In 2005, the department incorporated metallic fibers into the e-passport's front cover, to reduce the read range, and added encryptions and a feature that required inspectors to optically scan the e-passport first for the chip to communicate wirelessly.
But what of concerns about the e-passport's read range?
In its October 2005 Federal Register notice, the State Department reassured Americans that the e-passport's chip would emit radio waves only within a 4-inch radius, making it tougher to hack.
But in May 2006, at the University of Tel Aviv, researchers directly skimmed an encrypted tag from several feet away. At the University of Cambridge in Britain, a student intercepted a transmission between an e-passport and a legitimate reader from 160 feet.
The State Department, according to its own records obtained under FOIA, was aware of the problem months before its Federal Register notice and more than a year before the e-passport was rolled out in August 2006.
"Do not claim that these chips can only be read at a distance of 10 cm (4 inches)," Frank Moss, deputy assistant Secretary of State for passport services, wrote in an April 22, 2005, e-mail to Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "That really has been proven to be wrong."
The chips could be skimmed from a yard away, he added - all a hacker would need to read e-passport numbers, say, in an elevator.
In February 2006, an encrypted Dutch e-passport was hacked on national television, and later, British e-passports were hacked. The State Department countered that European e-passports weren't as safe as their American counterparts because they lacked safety features such as the anti-skimming cover. Recent studies have shown, however, that more powerful readers can penetrate that metal sheathing.
The RFIDs in enhanced driver's licenses and PASS cards contain a silicon computer chip attached to a wire antenna, which transmits a unique identifier via radio waves when "awakened" by an electromagnetic reader.
The technology they use is designed to track products through the supply chain. These chips, known as EPCglobal Gen 2, are intended to release their data to any inquiring Gen 2 reader within a 30-foot radius.
The government says remotely readable ID cards transmit only RFID numbers, which correspond to records stored in secure government databases. Even if a hacker were to copy an RFID number onto a blank tag and place it into a counterfeit ID, officials say, the forger's face still wouldn't match the true cardholder's photo in the database.
Still, computer experts say government databases can be hacked. Others worry about a day when hackers might deploy readers at "chokepoints," such as checkout lines, skim RFID numbers from people's driver's licenses, then pair those numbers to personal data skimmed from chipped credit cards (though credit cards are harder to skim). They imagine stalkers skimming RFID tags to track their targets, and fear government agents compiling chip numbers at peace rallies, mosques or gun shows, simply by strolling through a crowd with a reader.
Others worry more about the linking of chips with other identification methods, including biometric technologies, such as facial recognition.
Should biometrics be coupled with RFID, "governments will have, for the first time in history, the means to identify, monitor and track citizens anywhere in the world in real time," says Mark Lerner, spokesman for the Constitutional Alliance, a network of nonprofit groups, lawmakers and citizens opposed to remotely readable identity and travel documents.
The International Civil Aviation Organization, the U.N. agency that sets global standards for passports, now calls for facial recognition in all e-passports.
Palin: Job losses certain under cap-and-tax
Sarah Palin makes a well argued case against Obama's cap and tax in an Op-ed in today's Washington Post:
Job losses are so certain under this new cap-and-tax plan that it includes a provision accommodating newly unemployed workers from the resulting dried-up energy sector, to the tune of $4.2 billion over eight years. So much for creating jobs.
In addition to immediately increasing unemployment in the energy sector, even more American jobs will be threatened by the rising cost of doing business under the cap-and-tax plan. For example, the cost of farming will certainly increase, driving down farm incomes while driving up grocery prices. The costs of manufacturing, warehousing and transportation will also increase.
The ironic beauty in this plan? Soon, even the most ardent liberal will understand supply-side economics.
The Americans hit hardest will be those already struggling to make ends meet. As the president eloquently puts it, their electricity bills will "necessarily skyrocket." So much for not raising taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year.
Catholic Pope Meets False Hope
would work to limit how many abortions take place each year in the
United States, according to a Vatican spokesman.
Is it a sin to lie to the Pope? And don't forget his comment on the campaign trail, when asked hypothetically about his own daughters:
"I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby," Obama said.
Catholic Pope Meets False Hope
Catholic Pope Meets False Hope
It didn't take long for the "progressives" to exploit the Pope's meeting with Obama. A group of Catholic Democrats has a banner on its website saying "Pope Meets Hope," referring to the meeting with Obama. The giant AFL-CIO labor union is using the Pope's liberal message to push its radical agenda of big government and union power.
Frankly, I have to admit that the Pope and Obama are in sync on the matter of globalism and creating more global institutions.
As I have reported, the Pope released a statement, an encyclical, in favor of a "true world political authority." He also called for "real teeth" for new global institutions. These are shocking statements.
As I note in my report, the Pope sounded like Al Gore on the issue of global warming and climate change and endorsed a new global warming treaty. This pleases the Catholic groups that have been working to pass the "cap-and-trade" bill -- the Franciscan Campaign on Climate Change, Catholic Climate Covenant and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
Facts are facts: the Pope has exposed himself as a one-worlder. The only way for Catholics to deal with this problem is to purge the Marxist elements from the church. This is not the time to make excuses for the Pope.
To understand this problem in the American Catholic Church, please read our report by Bob Chandler, "How Marxism Has Infiltrated the Catholic Church."
Greenpeace neither green nor peaceful
Greenpeace is neither green nor peaceful. They are a bunch of terrorists, and should be treated as such, prosecuted to the fullest extent possible under the law. If they were truly green, they would embrace Nuclear Power. And they are misguided as well; global warming is a hoax.
Greenpeace Gets Badass, Drapes Pic Of Obama Over Mt. Rushmore Calling For Climate Action
Filed under: campaigns — Michael d'Estries @ 1:24 pm
Greenpeace took a unique approach today and sent several climbers up Mt. Rushmore in the middle of the night to deploy a giant 75lb sixty-five feet high by thirty-five feet wide banner calling for Climate Action. Featuring an unfinished portrait of the President, it read "America honors leaders not politicians: Stop Global Warming." The demonstration came as President Obama meets other G8 leaders in l'Aquila, Italy today to discuss the global warming crisis in the lead-up to UN climate treaty negotiations in Copenhagen this December.
The banner managed to stay up on Mt. Rushmore for about an hour before being cut at around 1:17 PM est. Greenpeace was quick to point out that they respect American monuments and the banner was not installed in any way detrimental to the carvings on Mt. Rushmore. For more information, jump to the official Greenpeace posting on the event here.
[UPDATE: Newsweek's The Gaggle blog says it has learned: "That a team of 12 experienced climbers prepped conspicuously for months planning for different scenarios to ensure the action could be completed safely. The group also promised there would be no damage to the actual monument, which is solid granite. And all involved planned to spend several weeks behind bars."]
Photo: Used with permission from Greenpeace
To pull our economy back from the picnic table laughing yo-yo tape found split recovery shoe lace nation's history.... kitty cat bingo shiny football swimming pool.
I guess Obama really is just an empty suit, just reading the teleprompter:
Midway through his speech on urban and metropolitan policy in the Eisenhower Executive Ofﬁce Building this afternoon, one of his two small glass prompters came crashing down, hitting the wood ﬂoor and crashing in many pieces. It made quite a ruckus.
"Oh, goodness," a startled President Obama said. "Sorry about that, guys."
He then proceeded on with his remarks, "To pull our economy back from the picnic table laughing yo-yo tape found split recovery shoe lace nation's history.... kitty cat bingo shiny football swimming pool.... "
It went on like that for over an hour, at which point reporters and spectators began ambling out.