Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gaza: Hamas fires rocket next to live TV stand-up

NDTV India rocket fired next to hotel

Evidence that in Gaza Hamas military teams hid among civilians. Video evidence!

A France 24 reporter was rattling off practiced lines blaming Israel again and again for targeting civilians and preventing growing food. BUT... Then Hamas launched a rocket from so close that it scared the reporter. August 7, 2014

France 24


India NDTV team watched and filmed while a rocket is assembled under a blue tent next to their hotel. Then they filmed when it was fired. But they did not dare to report this until they had left Gaza. There is no such thing as freedom of the press to Hamas.

Allgemeiner and the photo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Zach Deputy - amazing musical talent

I just discovered a great talent - Zach Deputy. Al Kooper calls his music soul. He is white and whatever you call it he is amazing. I watched a 9-minute video of him performing live. He performs live in a most unusual way: He lays down loops live. That is, starting from nothing he plays one instrumental line which is recorded, then a second over the first, then a third over the first and second. After 7 or 8 he plays and sings over all the accumulated loops. An amazing talent.

Al Kooper featured Zach among nineteen other soul tracks, most originals from the 1950s to 1980s. Zach is #9 on Kooper’s page linked below. (You have to go way down the page to entry #9.) He is the only one that includes a video.

Watch the video of "Put it in the Boogie” at Al Kooper’s New Music for Old People for August 1, 2014.

And Zach Deputy’s own site.

Masters of the Universe losing to ... people like us

The master of the universe are frustrated. The big people - the elite, billionaires, lame-stream media people … - repeatedly see their top agenda items defeated or delayed - amnesty for illegal aliens, cutting Social Security, Common Core in K-12 education and more. Where we, the common people of all political persuasions, agree we win!! 

Tony Lee at Breitbart

 … An example: The hired leader of Facebook’s Mark Zukerberg’s pro-amnesty group resigned last week. He was not making progress after spending $ millions. Frustrated boss and fired employee. Breitbart

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

West US warming due to natural causes, not you

New research finds that warming along the US’s Pacific Coast is due to regional natural causes, including shifting winds.

Did the IPCC models predict this? We are spending $ trillions due to those models.

Seattle Times

It has been a subject of debate for years: How much has global warming contributed to a documented rise in temperatures along the West Coast?

A new study published Monday in a major research journal suggests the answer thus far, particularly in the Northwest, is: hardly any.

An average coastal temperature increase of 1 degree Celsius since 1900 along the West Coast appears more likely to be the result of changes in winds and air circulation over the eastern Pacific Ocean, two former University of Washington scientists found.

And the researchers said they could find no evidence that those weather patterns were being influenced by human greenhouse-gas emissions.

“It’s a simple story, but the results are very surprising: We do not see a human hand in the warming of the West Coast,” said co-author Nate Mantua, now with NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center. “That is taking people by surprise, and may generate some blowback.”

Climate scientists for years have acknowledged that Pacific Northwest weather can vary naturally year to year — or even decade to decade. But many have argued that human burning of fossil fuels is already a huge factor driving up regional temperatures.

But the new research by Mantua and lead author Jim Johnstone, formerly with the UW’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Oceans, suggests that natural variation in weather accounts for the vast majority of regional temperature increases for the last 113 years.

The study found wind responsible for more than 80 percent of the warming from Northern California to the Northwest.

The study released Monday at Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.

The previous

Monday, September 22, 2014

They say they care about the climate, but...

They say they care about the climate… But the climate activists in New York City left trash all over. Actions speak louder than words.

Gateway Pundit

The Scot independence vote was a surprise

The vote was expected to be close, but it wasn’t: 55 to 45.

Janet Daley points out that it was the secret ballot that killed the Scottish independence vote. People tend to tell pollsters what the media want to hear. But when they can cast their ballot in secret we learn what  they want.

Telegraph UK

PS: Janet is a reliable source for comment on UK issues.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Celebrate our US Constitution

The US Constitution was completed and signed on September 17, 1787. It was the first constitution to be based upon our freedoms being natural - from God - not from government. And that it is the government’s responsibility to protect our freedoms. A government of the people and by the people.

Look how out government is failing us in 2014. An example at California State Universities, see:


Why pick on just this college

Why pick on just this college? All the others have been raising prices and encouraging students and potential students to borrow more and more money.

Seattle Times: "Feds sue Corinthian Colleges, alleging predatory lending"

Monday, September 15, 2014

Democrat admits Obamacare doubled his health insurance cost

Another Obamacare highlight. Doubled cost for a member of Congress. But Obama promised Obamacare would lower costs. Daily Caller

Daily Caller on Rep. Gene Green (D, TX)

Of course the double paying Democrat supports Obamacare more than ever. He wishes the same on his constituents - paying double.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Northwest Passage 2014 - A few have made it

Ten yachts tried the transverse the Northwest Passage in 2014. It is crossing north of North American from North Atlantic and Greenland west to the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia.. Score: Three out of ten finished.

The three that are finishing: NWP 2014 Blog

… Add the Silversea Silver Explorer, a luxury cruise  ship that carries 132. It started from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland on the 9th August and reached Nome, Alaska on September first, 2014. Silversea hired an ice breaker for one stretch! See Incentive Travel UK

 That makes four. Any others?

More at CNN “Arctic Ambition: The race heats up."

Jan Karski told Roosevelt and Eden about Holocaust of Jews in 1943

Karski told Roosevelt and Eden about Holocaust of Jews in 1943. Roosevelt told him the US was going to win the war. That’s all.

Powerline Blog with video clips.


The jihadists within our borders

We need to control jihad in the Middle East and not allow jihadists to enter the US. But there is an emergency here and now. President Obama is allowing jihadists to enter and stay in the US. And he knows it.

Betsy McCaughey at American Spectator

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dutch student tricks family with 42-day trek by Photoshop

Her family saw her off at the airport. Then for over 5 weeks they followed her daily adventures with posted photos, text messages at odd hours and even Skype video calls. They saw her is exotic places from a Thai hotel room, beaches in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. All the time she was at home in Amsterdam and using Photoshop to trick them, I mean, fool them.

Daily Mail UK with photos.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

13-year-old piano star is truant to DC schools

The K-12 school system fossils can’t imagine that it might be good for a middle school girl to be out of school winning an international competition. So they threw DC’s truancy law at her. They can’t imagine that she might be learning during competition. And they don’t care that she is earning As in school.

Having no other options, her parents removed her from school and are home schooling her. She would have traveled as a representative of DC public schools. But, no, they don’t want that.

Washington Post

Monday, September 08, 2014

Sorry. Jobs news is bad

Look past the news spinners. The job data in the US is not good. There was a little good news for the previous six months. Was that the result of ending extended unemployment benefits? But now the reality.


Peter Morici

The economy created only 142,000 jobs in August, down from 212,000 in July, indicating the economy significantly slowed this summer.

Jobs creation is well below the pace needed to reemploy all the workers displaced during the financial crisis—the economy is in crisis!

Although official GDP estimates indicate the economy expanded in the second quarter at a torrid pace—4.2. percent—much of that was inventory build, as consumer spending continued to drag along at a nonplus pace and capital investment, especially in manufacturing, remains subpar.

Third quarter growth is likely in the range of 2 percent, and the Obama Administration spin doctors will have a tough time selling these jobs data as anything but bad news.


Simply, the administration’s big spending stimulus policies and the Fed’s obsession with pumping money into a moribund New York financial industry have failed.

Also, now Americans are seeing the real cost of ObamaCare health care subsidies. Employer mandates are not much good to working families if no one in the family is working.


Since 2000, Congress has beefed up the earned income tax credit, and expanded programs providing direct benefits to low and middle income workers, including ObamaCare and Medicaid, food stamps, and rent and mortgage assistance.

Those buy votes but do little to encourage work.

Simply, the administration’s big spending stimulus policies and the Fed’s obsession with pumping money into a moribund New York financial industry have failed.

Also, now Americans are seeing the real cost of ObamaCare health care subsidies. Employer mandates are not much good to working families if no one in the family is working.

The official jobless rate is down to 6.1 percent but real unemployment is closer to 18 percent, because so many prime aged adults are sitting out the party. For example, one in six adult males between the ages of 25 and 54 has no job, and may have simply quit looking thanks to “compassionate” government policies that reward able bodied men and women to sit at home and watch ESPN NFL reruns or "The View".

Since 2000, Congress has beefed up the earned income tax credit, and expanded programs providing direct benefits to low and middle income workers, including ObamaCare and Medicaid, food stamps, and rent and mortgage assistance.

Those buy votes but do little to encourage work.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Having a bad day?

Telegraph UK potd elephant 1 2997936k

Having a bad day? Not compared to the owner of this VW. In Pilanesburg National Park, South Africa.

Telegraph UK

See two more pics at the link

Why have World Cup where sharia is the law?

Qatar is not ready for the international spotlight. It is holding human-rights investigators - preparing for World Cup.

Daily Star

Friday, September 05, 2014

Only the richest have incomes rise under Obama

During three years under President Obama only the top 10 per cent group had incomes rise. 2010 to 2013

Washington Times

Productive city brought down by Chavez socialism

The Sidor steel mill in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, once produced 4.3 million tons of steel per year. Now only 700,000 T. The 4.3 M was before late-President Hugo Chavez nationalized it. Under state ownership political appointees were favored over experienced managers and investment in the plant. And Chavez's leadership of the economy resulted in chaos throughout. That disrupted supplies and electricity. Furthermore 2,000 workers are paid for full-time union work.

Ciudad was founded in 1961 to be a center of industry to take advantage of abundant cheap hydro-electric power and was successful until Chavez politicized it. And the whole economy!

This is just one example of the mess in Venezuela. It has had huge income from oil for a long time and still has huge reserves. But its socialism puts politics into every decision and the result is waste, inflation and poverty.

Wash Post

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Why Russia is dying

Russians are dying young. And younger. Why?

Also does totalitarianism require a large country? The author's theory is that for a country to be totalitarian it must be large enough to be able to lose population and still survive. Because the leaders have to do drastic things and to them the people are expendable. They don't care if people die.

New York Review

West Coast fish come back - good news

Several species of fish that were recently considered endangered are now in safe supply. To the point that the fish watchers recommend them for ordering in restaurants. This is not EPA “endangered species” listing, but recommendations by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium has Seafood Watch which publishes a listing of which fish are in danger and which are in adequate supply. Their ratings seem to be Avoid, Good and Best. Today they are pointing out what moved from Avoid to Good or Best, which includes several kinds of rock fish, Pacific Ocean perch and Spiny dogfish.

The comeback is due to better management, including fishing practices and limited fishing. In some cases Pacific Fishery Management Council closed ares to fishing and changed how quotas are established.

Seattle Times

Seafood Watch

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Californians live in desert & expect water

Coastal Californians live in arid places; they require water to be diverted from agriculture for fish but expect plenty of water for their own enjoyment.

Life-long Californian Victor Davis Hanson:

PJ Media


In other words, the California coastal strip is an environmentally unwise place to locate millions of Californians; its swarms exist largely by water transfers from either Northern California or the Sierra Nevada mountains. And yet far too many of its inhabitants have a bad habit of pontificating about water usage for others.

Then we come to the matter of population. California is no longer the 15 million person state that once was adequately served by our forefathers’ water-transfer projects. It is not even the 40 million person state that our ancestors warned could survive long droughts (but only if their descendants of course finish the state and federal water projects). It is instead a 40 million person state with a 20 million person system of reservoirs and canals. In that regard, California’s population would long ago have stayed static, given the recent three decade exoduses of millions of residents tired of high income, sales, and gas taxes, and poor roads, schools, and law enforcement in return.