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Saturday, August 27, 2011

ExxonMobil Sues Obama Administration

for Canceling Deepwater Well Worth ‘Billions of Barrels of Oil’.

California Green Jobs Math: $57.4 mil = 319 Jobs

$180K per job.

IBD: More than $7.2 billion dollars were appropriated for this effort. According to the most recent report on the program Capital Hill could find — June 2011, by the EPA — the effort has created 7,170 jobs total.

Perry bills feds for Texas’s cost of jailing illegals

"During tough economic times, when communities are making difficult decisions about their own budgets, Texas counties are being asked to cover more than $94.4 million in direct costs related to housing illegal immigrants while the state has been left to cover more than $254.8 million in such costs."

Irene’s got a middle name, and it’s Global Warming

"What’s a ‘tropical’ storm doing heading for the snow belt?"

Mosquitoes 'disappearing' in some parts of Africa

"One possibility for the reduction in numbers is climate change."

"Other scientists are saying they can't test their drugs because there are no children left with malaria."

Graphic sex ed toys for preschool and kindergarten

Brave New World:

He let out the amazing truth. For a very long period before the time of Our Ford, and even for some generations afterwards, erotic play between children had been regarded as abnormal (there was a roar of laughter); and not only abnormal, actually immoral (no!): and had therefore been rigorously suppressed.

A look of astonished incredulity appeared on the faces of his listeners. Poor little kids not allowed to amuse themselves? They could not believe it.

Zombie has comments, photos and links.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

“Have you ever had sex with Rick Perry?”

Austin Chronicle newspaper ad.

Obama admin's new goatherder regs

to assist foreign workers who fill goat herding positions in the U.S.

Read the whole thing: Gibson guitairs vs DOJ

DOJ has seized material from Gibson: the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India. This action was taken without the support and consent of the government in India. 

Also, in 2009, more than a dozen agents with automatic weapons invaded the Gibson factory in Nashville. The Government seized guitars and a substantial amount of ebony fingerboard blanks from Madagascar. To date, 1 year and 9 months later, criminal charges have NOT been filed, yet the Government still holds Gibson’s property. Gibson has obtained sworn statements and documents from the Madagascar government and these materials, which have been filed in federal court, show that the wood seized in 2009 was legally exported under Madagascar law and that no law has been violated. Gibson is attempting to have its property returned in a civil proceeding that is pending in federal court.

Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay.

Great quote, via Instapundit.

Greek police smash violent doughnut ring


CATO on expanding federal forfeiture powers


Thursday links

The Inside Scoop on the Fake Barf Industry,

Flowchart: Which NFL football team should I root for?

15 Insects You Can Use To Cure Wounds And Diseases.

Sand art.

Inflatable church.

Perry and Obama at 22 years old

via The Corner.

Unexpectedly - initial jobless clains up to 417K

CNBC: It's because of the Verizon strike!

A Drink or Two a Day May Lower the Risk of Alzheimer's.

Good news!

Steve Jobs’s Best Quotes

WSJ has a collection.  We seem to be acting as if he's dead already.

Skynet alert

If you were expecting some kind warning when computers finally get smarter than us, then think again. There will be no soothing HAL 9000-type voice informing us that our human services are now surplus to requirements. In reality, our electronic overlords are already taking control, and they are doing it in a far more subtle way than science fiction would have us believe. Their weapon of choice - the algorithm.

Behind every smart web service is some even smarter web code. From the web retailers - calculating what books and films we might be interested in, to Facebook's friend finding and imaging tagging services, to the search engines that guide us around the net.
It is these invisible computations that increasingly control how we interact with our electronic world.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Guess the iLiver is breaking down.

I assume the resignation (letter in full here) means Steve Jobs is dying.  Tod bad - brilliant man and always seemed like a nice guy.

Voltaire on Earthquake Destruction

Cafe Hayek: ’All is well, the heirs of the dead will increase their fortunes, masons will make money rebuilding the buildings, beasts feed off the bodies buried in the debris: this is the necessary effect of the necessary causes; your particular misfortune is nothing, you will contribute to the general welfare’: such talk would have been as cruel as the earthquake was dreadful.”

$8 Billion of Your Money Redistributed For "Clean Energy Properties" ... So Far

Doug Ross: Part of the so-called "Stimulus", the 1603 Program has thus far spent $8.5 billion in direct payments to organizations in lieu of tax credits when they build "clean energy properties".

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bigfoot Caught on Tape! Amazing Footage!

Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2 Trillion in Loans from Fed

Bloomberg: By 2008, the housing market’s collapse forced those companies to take more than six times as much, $669 billion, in emergency loans from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The loans dwarfed the $160 billion in public bailouts the top 10 got from the U.S. Treasury, yet until now the full amounts have remained secret.

Kids Defy Cops, Buy 'Illegal' Lemonade

Watch as Kids Defy Cops, Buy Illegal Lemonade in this heartwarming video. Notice as the cops tell kids not to patronize these "illegal" sellers.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Steyn: The Imperial Presidency

European royals make do with a less lavish lifestyle than the supposed citizen-executive of a so-called republic.
"Rick Perry, governor of Texas, has only been in the presidential race for 20 minutes, but he’s already delivered one of the best lines in the campaign:

“I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can.”"

I'm still not sure about Perry, but that's and excellent concept.