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Saturday, April 30, 2011


Steyn: The Fed’s policy is quantitatively accelerating American collapse.

The Labor Seder

Forward: Traditionalists might scoff at such adaptations of the Passover meal. But some 30 battle-hardened labor activists and members of the Jewish community took to the changes without blinking as they gathered near ground zero of labor’s battle against government efforts to curb collective bargaining rights.

Via HotAir's The Greenroom:

"Right. Moses led the Hebrews into the desert because Pharaoh wouldn’t let them collectively bargain pension levels and health care providers."

Friday, April 29, 2011

How Long Can You Survive on Beer Alone?

Followup on the Lent-long beer diet.

When William F. Buckley Met Saul Alinsky


Republicans Caused Tornadoes

The Daily Caller

Attorneys General Battle NLRB Over Boeing Plant

FoxNews: Boeing is slated to open its newest 787 airliner assembly line this summer in South Carolina, a "right-to-work" state, in which employee's can't be forced to join a union to work at unionized plants. In Washington state and the 28 states without "right-to-work" laws, once a majority of workers have opted to join a union, everyone can be required to join and pay dues. That gives labor groups an advantage in organizing.

Feds sting Amish farmer selling raw milk

A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area.

The product in question: unpasteurized milk.

Forget chocolate on Valentine’s Day, try semen, says Surgery News editor. Retraction, resignation follow

A better mood enhancer than chocolate?

via Taranto.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Canary in the Mineshaft: Kermit Gosnell and the Abortion Industry

Timothy Dalrymple

As a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree, so the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all. ~ Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

First in a series.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Avengers starts shooting today!

Joss Whedon.

EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling Plans

Because exhaust from an icebreaking ship might drift as far as an Eskimo village, 70 miles away, with a population of 245.

"Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion".

Iran has uncovered second cyber attack

AP: Iran has been hit by a second computer virus, a senior military official said Monday, suggesting it was part of a concerted campaign to undermine the country's disputed nuclear program.

How Obamacare Punishes Work

WSJ: This new entitlement—which the chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates will cost more than $100 billion per year once it is fully implemented—will damage the country's long-term fiscal outlook. It also will introduce far-reaching negative effects on rewards to work and bizarre new inequities into American life.

NYT Fooled By Onion Obama Magazine Cover


SCOTUS Rejects VA's Request for Expedited Hearing on Obamacare Challenge

FoxNews: The legal fight over President Obama's health care overhaul will apparently go through normal legal channels after the Supreme Court on Monday announced it will not expedite a major lawsuit from Virginia challenging the controversial law.

Feds mine Facebook for info

Detroit: Federal investigators in Detroit have taken the rare step of obtaining search warrants that give them access to Facebook accounts of suspected criminals.

The warrants let investigators view photographs, email addresses, cell phone numbers, lists of friends who might double as partners in crime, and see GPS locations that could help disprove alibis.

China to cut U.S. Dollar reserves

BEIJING, April 23 (Xinhua) -- China should reduce its excessive foreign exchange reserves and further diversify its holdings, Tang Shuangning, chairman of China Everbright Group, said on Saturday.

The amount of foreign exchange reserves should be restricted to between 800 billion to 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars, Tang told a forum in Beijing, saying that the current reserve amount is too high.

China's foreign exchange reserves increased by 197.4 billion U.S. dollars in the first three months of this year to 3.04 trillion U.S. dollars by the end of March.

Tang's remarks echoed the stance of Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of China's central bank, who said on Monday that China's foreign exchange reserves "exceed our reasonable requirement" and that the government should upgrade and diversify its foreign exchange management using the excessive reserves.

via Instapundit.

Banning ice makers - the next light bulb?

Ice makers are the latest target in the left’s ongoing war against the conveniences of modern life. Earlier this month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a report that may condemn this essential household item to the contraband list that already includes functional light bulbs, toilets, washing machines and showerheads.

Those looking for an easy way to cool down their drinks with ice cubes are guilty of increasing their refrigerator’s energy consumption by about 12 to 20 percent. That’s unacceptable to global-warming alarmists at the Department of Energy (DOE) who are hard at work finalizing regulatory standards for the fridge. The proposed changes will increase prices by an estimated $2 billion per year, but DOE justifies this added expense by claiming consumers would save $37 in electricity costs over the lifetime of a typical side-by-side.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

New Zealanders Celebrate Easter by Shooting Bunnies

An annual charity event, the nation's Great Easter Bunny Hunt, will see 47 teams from all over New Zealand tackle the pest problem in the Otago region over the vacation weekend.

Obama axes the right to play Internet poker

On a day now known among online poker players as “Black Friday,” the Department of Justice did us Americans the favor of saving us from ourselves by shutting down the three most popular and trusted online poker platforms.

While the accusations of bank fraud and money laundering that authorities are asserting against the poker companies are serious, the root cause of their criminal activity (if there is any) is their attempt to circumvent a regulation that is confusing to the point of killing an entire industry. Most online poker companies moved offshore, and while some continued to offer services to American players, most banks and credit-processing companies began blocking any transaction related to any type of online gambling because they could not know for sure which would be considered “unlawful.” The banks in last week’s indictment chose to look the other way while players sent money to online gambling websites and the websites sent money to players. Was there fraud? Possibly. Is there a victim here? Not likely.

Now websites can track your IP address to within a few hundred metres

UK: Internet sites will be able to work out where users are to within an average of 690m, less than half a mile, using information about their internet connection.