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calendar   Wednesday - July 31, 2013

No wonder the economy sux

Wow. Economy Racing Along at 1.7 percent (after government “adjustment")

U.S. economic growth accelerated in the April-June quarter to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.7 percent, as businesses spent more and the federal government cut less.

The Commerce Department says growth improved from a sluggish 1.1 percent rate in the January-March quarter, which was revised from an initial 1.8 percent rate. The pickup in growth was surprising as most economists predicted a far weaker second quarter.



Gee, ya think the economic mentat at 1600 Pennsy has anything to do with that?

The New York Times reports that President Obama is reviving an old proposal to lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent (and 25 percent for manufacturers). Obama’s push to lower the corporate tax rate to 28 percent comes less than a year after he raised the top individual income tax rate, paid by many small businesses, to 39.6 percent.

In a speech delivered Tuesday afternoon, Obama did not explain why he thinks it’s a sound economic idea to raise the top marginal tax rate on small businesses but lower it for corporations.

Because, after all, it’s small businesses that create the majority of jobs in this country. So soak them 40%. And don’t forget - they pay taxes off the top, whereas corporations pay taxes off the bottom. Plus corporations have access to all sorts of big dollar tax breaks us mere mortals can’t even dream of. So lower their tax rate to “incentivise” (gak I hate that “word") them to not offshore more jobs.

What a dope. And we’ll be paying for his stupid for decades and decades.

PS - the stock market is on fire today, the DJI shooting up at least 110 points so far. Which just shows you how great the reality disconnect is between the market and the real world. The Dow Jones has almost nothing to do with the health of the economy.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/31/2013 at 03:23 PM   
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stuck inside these four walls

The condo association has a team of guys outside power washing the building. So right now it’s raining hot soapy water, so I guess I’ll stay inside for a bit until they’re done.  So here’s a gorgeous sleepy redhead. Who just happens to be Amsterdam model Loren Kemp.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/31/2013 at 02:55 PM   
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it’s all in how an actor says it … and it’s damn funny. with no harm intended to German friends

couldn’t resist and of course someone somewhere will say, that’s raaaaacist.

Of course, it’s all in how it’s done by actors, and this is a scream as in very funny.

If French is the language of love and English is the language of business, then where does that leave the German vernacular?

With its strong consonants and sharp vowels, to many the German tongue can sound a little harsh compared to some of its continental counterparts.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/31/2013 at 10:31 AM   
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eye candy of a long ago age. well, maybe not exactly eye candy. ok it isn’t eye candy for us.

I’m sure you’ve seen something like this before. It isn’t new but, it still fascinates and holds my interest. The material of the age could not have been very comfortable either.

I think you enjoy looking backward again.  Click the pretty ladies for more and their friends having fun.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/31/2013 at 09:46 AM   
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in a world where down is up and up is down, travellers are thought of as human beings with rights

I thought the law had been rewritten on issues like this one.  Apparently I thought wrong.  Still, I didn’t think I’d be posting on this type of issue because it just had not cropped up in the last 8 months or maybe a year.  Not so it seems.

A clear case of theft, the theft reported, police powerless to act because they say, it is not a criminal matter but one for the civil courts.

A couple had their camper stolen two years ago.  It’s been found surprise, surprise, at a traveller (gypsy) campground. You don’t say. 

I don’t think I should say too much more or I’ll have us arrested.  Use your imagination and then think the worst. It won’t even come close.

Police won’t hand stolen caravan back to couple to protect human rights of the travellers living in it

· Kathleen McLelland and Michael Curry had their caravan stolen in 2011
· They were delighted when it was found by police 18 months later
· But officers are unable to move a traveller family now living there
· A letter sent to the couple says the police have ‘no lawful powers’
By INDERDEEP BAINS

A couple whose £30,000 ( $ 45,629.70 ) caravan was stolen have been told a traveller family now living in it cannot be removed because it would breach their human rights.

Kathleen McClelland and her partner Michael Curry spent their life savings on the top-of-the-range camper and were devastated when it vanished from the secure site where they kept it.

When police eventually found the 26ft-long Bailey Louisiana caravan 18 months later, its owners were told a traveller couple and their two young children were living in it only ten miles from their home in Surrey.

Their initial relief turned to outrage, however, when the police said they had ‘no lawful powers’ to get it back.
They were told their only option was to begin costly civil proceedings against the family, which they say they cannot afford.

Mrs McClelland and Mr Curry had spent £10,000 improving the £20,000 caravan, including putting in a widescreen TV. They bought the vehicle on hire purchase – and still have to make monthly payments of £250 for the next two years.

Hospital ward clerk Mrs McClelland, 68, said: ‘Why should we have to pay for someone else to live in our brand new caravan? That was for our pleasure in our older years.

‘The police said that removing the family would breach their human rights and that they would have to be rehoused before it could be seized. We spent all our retirement money on that caravan because we thought it would last us a lifetime. We’re absolutely devastated. It seems as though no one cares about our human rights.

‘I have lost all faith in the police. It seems that they have completely let us down and turned their backs on us.’

A Hampshire Police spokesman said:  ‘We have no police powers to seize the caravan and have advised the owners to seek civil action in order to recover it.’

SEE ALL THE REST OF IT HERE

Unfortunately for the victims here, the cops can not enforce laws or rules that aren’t on the books or are not within their jurisdiction.  Sure, to a logical brain we’d think theft surely is in their jurisdiction.  But the way things are here, the way laws have been written, sometimes up is down and down is up and it’s all very legal.  In other words, police hands are tied and I am sure they don’t like it either.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/31/2013 at 09:06 AM   
Filed Under: • CULTURE IN DECLINEDaily LifeTravelers/Gypsies/SquattersUK •  
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calendar   Tuesday - July 30, 2013

pelirroja

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I will never understand why fashion photographers do their best to airbrush out the freckles. That’s the second best part.

model Anna Lutoskin.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2013 at 06:51 PM   
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Rescue Ranger

Just another day here in the wilds of NJ.

I took a bag of garbage out to the dumpster. Opened the door to the corral, lifted the lid on the 3 cubic yard dumpster ... and saw dark and shiny eyes staring at me from behind a burglar’s mask.

Awww. A widdle waccoon, stuck in the dumpster. Went over to the garage, got a 2x4, set up a ramp so he could get out, and (for once!!) had a camera handy.

Silly raccoon. Don’t he know that the garbage gets picked up Tuesday mornings??


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At least it wasn’t a bear. This time. And I hope I get my board back.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2013 at 04:10 PM   
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I Give Up. Now Even Math Is Racist

New book for teachers: mathematics is racist, so don’t teach it and then kids will naturally want to be Socialists. I kid you not.

1 + 1 = I am a victim of an oppressive society.
2 x 2 = Gibs me ma free stuff foevah.

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Textbook title: Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice By The Numbers.

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Two main themes emerge from the pages of “Rethinking Mathematics.”

The first is that the U.S. is a hopelessly racist country that routinely oppresses “people of color.”

This message is conveyed through lessons and essays about racial profiling, environmental racism, unfair mortgage lending practices of Big Banks, the “overabundance of liquor stores” in minority communities, and slave-owning U.S. presidents.

The book’s other major theme is that capitalism’s unequal distribution of wealth is the root cause of the world’s suffering.

if students are taught that the constitutional principles of private property ownership and free market capitalism are merely tools white people use to oppress “people of color,” they’ll eventually demand a socialist form of government.

Political Correctness + Socialist Mass Media = Death of America

Common Core = Commie Core

... or as they say, “you do the math”.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2013 at 03:25 PM   
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Cocking A Snoot At Jerry

Ah, those wonderful lovable Fwench. Always ready to extend a happy welcoming hand to their neighbors.

French ban on Mercedes cars provokes German fury

A ban by France’s socialist government on the registration of several top-end Mercedes-Benz models has infuriated the German luxury carmaker and forced Brussels to step in to try to defuse the growing dispute.

Sales of thousands of the most prestigious Mercedes cars have been halted in France since Paris last month refused to allow the registration of four new models that include a refrigerant in their air-conditioning systems that has been banned by the EU on environmental grounds.

The dispute has highlighted the marked contrast between the state of the car industry in the two countries. PSA Peugeot Citroën, and to a lesser extent Renault, have suffered heavily from a big slump in demand for their mainly small and medium-sized cars.

Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen have, meanwhile, surged ahead, profiting from their premium models that have proved highly popular in emerging markets.

So, protectionist legislation (wasn’t the whole idea of the EU supposed to do away with that kind of thing??) because there are no quality French-made high-end cars. (using “quality” and “French-made cars” seems oxymoronic) Oh, and it’s a chance to screw over the “evil rich”.

The Mercedes issue revolves around an air-conditioning coolant called R134a which the EU outlawed from January for new model approvals because it is a highly potent global warming gas. But KBA, the German automobile authority, allowed Daimler to continue to use R134a – as all pre-existing models are allowed to do until 2017. Daimler argues that the replacement coolant is dangerously flammable.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, was already contesting the KBA decision when France decided to act.

Jean-Claude Bernard, head of the Association of Mercedes-Benz dealers in France, said the action was politically motivated “to please the greens and damage a German manufacturer”.

He added: “This coolant is used in 95 per cent of cars in France with air conditioning. If it is so dangerous they should take them all off the road.”

1. Why would the French care if the new coolant is flammable? That would just help all their cars burn faster and cleaner when torched by all their “dissaffected youths” in Sharia ruled areas where the police and fire departments are already afraid to go.

2. R-134a is now evil and bad? Crivens, this shit is used in every single car and truck sold in America. It’s what we were forced to shift to years ago, because the previous stuff, CFCs or fluorocarbons (aka FREON), were “damaging the ozone”. So, what are we supposed to do, just not have any A/C at all? Well, dud, that’s what the Greenies want, right?

PS - the big scare over the Ozone Hole is long over; it’s mostly healed, and seems to be a natural part of seasonal global weather. It was only scary because nobody knew it was even there before the big CFC scare of the late 70s.

PPS - banning CFCs caused Global Warming.

3. Soap pollutes the water. Why doesn’t Fwance make that illegal too? Not that it would make much difference ... do they even sell soap in fwance?

4. Oh, and another duh: the implication here is that NO American cars with A/C (ie all of them) are no legal for sale in France. Hey Obama, whachu gonna do bout dat, eh??


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2013 at 02:31 PM   
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Don’t Even Go There

New iPhone will have fingerprint sensor?

Examination of Apple’s latest beta software has revealed a folder labeled ‘Biometric Kit’ in iOS7.

A string of code from iOS 7 revealing ‘a fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process’ was posted online yesterday, sparking rumours that the new iPhone could contain a fingerprint sensor.

If the rumours are true, the latest iPhone will be the first Apple product to feature such a sensor, which could be used for unlocking the homescreen or confirming identity for payment from the App Store or other outlets. Any sensor would likely be embedded into the physical home button.

Earlier this year it was reported that a supply chain source in Taiwan said Apple had been forced to delay production of the next iPhone due to failure to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor.

I think people may finally be wising up. Too little and way too late, but that’s par for the course. More than 110 comments on the article so far. Comment #1 says Why Bother with front end security, when the government is peeling all your data out the back? Comment #3 wonders how long until Apple sends your fingerprints to the government? Well duh. A few hours, at best. That’s what it’s all about. Photo and fingerprint ID for every citizen, every phone call and credit card transaction ever made, every banking record, vehicle ownership, CCTV monitoring of your car’s location by license plate identification, and real time GPS location of the cell phone in your pocket. All your school records, your DNA, and soon all your health records. In other words, the government knows everything about you and where you are at all times. And that’s OK. But voter ID is racist.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2013 at 02:18 PM   
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We Are Doomed

Did you ever have the stray thought that maybe “professionally Black” groups and people justify their existence by doing stuff for no other reason than to really irritate White folks? Here we go again ...


Sheila Jackson Lee for Secretary of Homeland Security!

Just two weeks after Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, the Congressional Black Caucus has suggested Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston fill her spot.

A letter dated July 25 and signed by Rep. Marcia Fudge, Ohio Democrat and caucus chairwoman, urges President Obama to consider Miss Jackson Lee for the position, calling the Democrat a “voice of reason” that the agency could stand to gain, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“Representative Jackson Lee would serve as an effective DHS Secretary because she understands the importance of increasing border security and maintaining homeland security,” the letter reads.

Mrs. Jackson Lee currently serves as a ranking member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, a position that the caucus said she “stands as a strong and honest ‘voice of reason.’”

Um. was that “reason” or “racism”?

Marica Fudge is the CBC chairwoman?  rolleyes 

Yeah, I’m sure SJL will just be suuuuper effective. Because hey, look at that border fence and all those deported illegals and all those terrorists captured before they could blow stuff up done while she was a big fish in the DHS subcommittee. And make another big step towards making the Executive Branch look like the city council that ran  Detroilet  Detroit right into the ground. That worked out so well, didn’t it?

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2013 at 02:03 PM   
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Another Unexpected Jailbreak

jail break in Pakistan as Taliban gunmen storm prison

Golly, who would have ever expected this? It’s only happened, what, a dozen times already, in countries all over the Middle East. All the more reason to only keep the Talis in jail until you get some more ammo.

In an operation carried out with military-like precision, Taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs broke 250 prisoners out of a Pakistan jail on Tuesday with the help of what appeared to be insider informants.

The attack in the city of Dera Ismail Khan showed the ability of the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban to strike at the heart of Pakistan’s heavily guarded prison system and walk away with dozens of senior Taliban fighters and commanders.

The overnight assault on the Central Prison took place despite reports that regional officials had received intelligence days, if not weeks, ago suggesting such an attack was imminent.

Officials blamed a combination of negligence and lack of communication among Pakistan’s many security agencies, but some suggested there may have been a degree of insider help.

Just hours before the attack, army and police units had met at the jail to discuss security, one source said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

“It is very difficult to attack such a place without proper information or contacts,” said the police source, adding that some prisoners were suspected to have been in touch with the Taliban by mobile phones provided by sympathetic wardens.

“They are corrupt, lazy and unprofessional. And the militants may have supporters in the city.”

Another senior official in the provincial capital of Peshawar said only about 70 of the 200 prison guards who were meant to be on duty were present that night.

“Most policemen ran for their lives once the attack started, leaving their weapons behind,” the official told Reuters. “They could have easily killed some of the attackers but they even gave up their own guns, providing the attackers with more ammo.”

Horry Clap. Why do we even bother? This part of the world is Janus-land; it seems that everyone is two-faced. This jailbreak was well planned, and executed with the full cooperation of the prison authorities, the police, and the local military. That’s obvious.

You want to win against the Taliban? Stop taking prisoners. Or at least stop leaving them in-country. Send them to Diego Garcia or something. Hey, how about Pig Island (Île aux Cochons, down in the Crozets. Southern Indian Ocean)? Excellent name, way to Hell and gone for isolation; it’s even too far for any Somali pirates to mount a rescue operation. Put up a couple dozen buildings, and send in food and fuel once a month by carrier helicopter drop. No fences needed, and a single destroyer can guard the place as a training mission. Forget that prison in the Seychelles. It’s far too close to the Middle East, and too populated to be above corruption. Or go a bit east and try Possession Island, which seems to be naturally guarded by a large local pod of killer whales. Sweet.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2013 at 01:26 PM   
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calendar   Monday - July 29, 2013

that reminds me

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Drat. Somehow I forgot what I was going to say. Again!

Anyway, this is euromodel Ebba Zingmark. At least, I think it is.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/29/2013 at 06:59 PM   
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too “rah rah” for inclusion

Too Iconic, Too Patriotic

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Too “rah-rah American”

Too bad. And fuck you too.

This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum — because it was “rah-rah” American, a new book says.

Michael Shulan, the museum’s creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America,” according to “Battle for Ground Zero” (St. Martin’s Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month.

“I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently,” Shulan said.

This iconic Ground Zero image was seen as too “vehemently” American by some 9/11 Museum staffers.

Shulan had worked on a popular post-9/11 photography exhibit called “Here is New York” in Soho when he was hired by Alice Greenwald, director of the museum, for his “unique approach.”

Eventually, chief curator Jan Ramirez proposed a compromise, Greenspan writes. The Franklin shot was minimized in favor of three different photos via three different angles of the flag-raising scene.

“Several images undercut the myth of ‘one iconic moment,’ Ramirez said, and suggest instead an event from multiple points of view, like the attacks more broadly,” the book says.

“Shulan didn’t like three photographs more than he liked one, but he went along with it.”



Dear NSA ... I know of this shady creative art guy with a foreign sounding name. Seems rather anti-American, you know. You might want to look into him and his associates. What, he’s a huge Obama donator? Never mind.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/29/2013 at 05:32 PM   
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