This is for you
Another Sunday and another day for Sen Lindsey Graham to prove how ‘right’ he is on Fox News.
- Sen Hagel for Sec Def
1. We are unwinding the greatest military on face of the earth. Of course it’s the greatest military on the face of the earth:
U.S. military spending – Dept. of Defense plus nuclear weapons (in $billions) – is equal to the military spending of the next 15 countries combined.
2. For the loyal opposition (GOP) to mention, mention, mention and beat a dead horse again and again about the failures at Bengahzi is stunning, stunning, stunning. That the current Administration failed to properly equip a US consulate at the Libyan port city of Bengahzi on the 9/11 anniversary of the previous Administration’s stunning and spectacular failure of a 3 pronged attack on teh United States of America; New York City…World Trade Center Twin Towers destroyed, Pentagon damaged.
3. Sen Hagel Filibustered. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked — for now — Chuck Hagel’s nomination to lead the Pentagon, marking the first time the chamber has successfully filibustered a Cabinet nominee.
This just seems a common sense way to run a Nation.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, “The current tax system provides incentives for U.S. firms to locate their production facilities in countries with low taxes as a way to reduce their tax liability at home,” ultimately resulting in compensation for U.S. workers being lower. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is introducing a bill today that would end this practice and close several other corporate tax loopholes:
Under this legislation, corporations would pay U.S. taxes on their offshore profits as they are earned. This legislation takes away the tax incentives for corporations to move jobs offshore or to shift profits offshore because the U.S. would tax their profits no matter where they are generated.
I’m shocked. Read the rest and see for yourself.
Just after 11 last Sunday morning at Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Meeter is starting the Sunday service as he always does. He runs through the opening salutation and the collect for the day, and then he welcomes everyone to church as he always does, introducing Old First “as a community of Jesus in Park Slope where we welcome people of every race, ethnicity and orientation to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.”
The congregation—some eighty strong on this sunny but cold February morning—is the usual mix of Park Slope churchgoing types: a smattering of journalists, a few artists, a handful of old ladies, some rambunctious children. Continue reading
(This is from EU Immigration Portal; a very good site but Lord there sure is a lot of rules; you better have lots of extra time. By this time I am so confused that I forgot how I even got here).
We now I remember. While reading this Daily Mail story I thought that some people were going to ‘head for the hills’. Then I didn’t want to write it without knowing it’s origin and that was a little over 1 hour. I found ‘head for the hills’ and ‘no-brainer’ and a bunch more in the next story.
EU-wide immigration rules generally apply in 24 out of the EU’s 27 countries. The following exceptions apply:
Denmark does not apply EU-wide rules which relate to immigration, visa and asylum policies.
Ireland and the United Kingdom choose, on a case-by-case basis, whether or not to adopt EU rules on immigration, visa and asylum policies.
For information on immigration and visa rules in any of these three countries, select the country on this map.
More on EU-wide visa rules
National Immigration Rules
Each EU country alone decides:
- The total number of migrants that can be admitted to the country to look for work;
- All final decisions on migrant applications;
- Rules on long-term visas – stays for periods longer than three months; and
- Conditions to obtain residence and work permits when no EU-wide rules have been adopted.
- German cities facing ‘significant costs’ as a result of poverty migration
- Dortmund, Hanover, Duisburg, Berlin and Hamburg all struggling to cope
- Chaos in classrooms with native children being held back, report claims
- Roma families with ten children ‘receiving payments for each from the state’
- Reports of Romanian crime gangs sending children and women out to steal
Cities in Germany have warned that ‘social peace’ there is at risk due to an influx of economic migrants from Bulgaria and Romania.
In a stark warning to the UK, reports tell of an epidemic of illegal working, chaos in schools because so many children can’t speak German, and an alarming increase in organised crime since the migrants arrived.
Dortmund, Hanover, Berlin and Hamburg say they are struggling to absorb a six-fold increase in economic migration from the two countries since 2006.
A Roma community in Bulgaria. Both Bulgaria and Romania are relatively poor, rendering employment in the Germany and the UK attractive prospects. Continue reading
A great site and that’s a no-brainer
Judging by the number of phrases that relate to the human body – and there are more of them than of virtually any other topic – we may be just a touch just self-centered. Here’s a select list, with their meanings and origins:
I’ve already bookmarked the blog and intend to make time to keep current and also start digging into the archives.
Sometimes Vice Presidential candidates can get pigeonholed and there is no lack of variety. Is he just a work out machine with pretty blue eyes or does he have it all?
Ryan…before…Ripped…Policy Wonk…Genius…that’s a pretty high bar.
- Palin…Lame Stream Media…stupid
- Cheney…say no more…really…Darth Vader (I’m sure he loved it)
- Gore…Green…except his life, house and business
- Quayle…He started it…at least the modern version
Political discussion and ranting, premised upon the fact that even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
“Trust Me, Paul Ryan is Really Smart”
While driving yesterday I heard somebody present a question to Byron York to the effect of, “I keep hearing that Paul Ryan is really smart, but the only evidence people offer in support of that is ‘He read Ayn Rand in high school and he wrote a budget plan.’ Why should I believe he’s smart?”
York fumbled out an answer that, unintentionally, spoke highly of the President and not so highly of Ryan. Specifically, York argued that Ryan has mastered details of the budget, and if you meet with him in private he will wow you with his grasp of those details. I’m reminded of fifth grade, in which some kids I knew had memorized pretty much every detail from the back of trading cards for the entire NHL roster. The kids at issue weren’t slouches, but I need a bit more than that to be wowed by a grown-up.
- Chelsea Welch loses her job after photo of bill became latest internet sensation
- Pastor Alois Bell admitted to a lapse in judgment, but claims she actually left two tips
An Applebee’s waitress has been fired after a bizarre handwritten note from an annoyed customer turned into the latest internet sensation.
The waitress in St Louis, Missouri, identified as Chelsea Welch, was shown the door two days after she posted the passive aggressive memo on the popular site Reddit.com.
Next to the line indicating that an 18 per cent tip had been automatically added to the bill, the customer, a local pastor, crossed out the tip total, replaced it with a ‘zero’ and wrote: ‘I give God 10 percent, why do you get 18?’
This post is from a great science blog whose motto is:
Getting Skeptical about Global Warming Skepticism
Posted on 30 January 2013
A paper recently published in Global Environmental Change by Brysse et al. (2012) examined a number of past predictions made by climate scientists, and found that that they have tended to be too conservative in their projections of the impacts of climate change. The authors thus suggest that climate scientists are biased toward overly cautious estimates, erring on the side of less rather than more alarming predictions, which they call “erring on the side of least drama” (ESLD).
In this paper, Brysse et al. examined research evaluating past climate projections, and considered the pressures which might cause climate scientists to ESLD.
Conservative Climate Projections
While we have recently shown that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) temperature projections have been exceptionally accurate, several other projections in the IPCC reports have been far too conservative.
Sea Level Rise
For example, Rahmstorf (2007) and more recently Rahmstorf et al. (2012) showed that sea level is rising at a rate inconsistent with all but the highest IPCC scenarios (Figure 1). Rahmstorf et al. (2012) concluded,
“The satellite-based linear trend 1993–2011 is 3.2 ± 0.5 mm yr-1, which is 60% faster than the best IPCC estimate of 2.0 mm yr-1 for the same interval”
Figure 1: Sea level measured by satellite altimeter (red with linear trend line; AVISO data from (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) and reconstructed from tide gauges (orange, monthly data from Church and White (2011)). Tide gauge data were aligned to give the same mean during 1993–2010 as the altimeter data. The scenarios of the IPCC are again shown in blue (third assessment) and green (fourth assessment); the former have been published starting in the year 1990 and the latter from 2000.