Monthly Archives: May 2013

Will they be entitled to time off for good behavior? Detroit offers a novel way to reduce number of public employees . . .

cbslocal.com:

“Mayor Bing said he thinks it would make sense pass a law that mandates that new employees of the city [Detroit] remain residents of the city of a period of seven years.

“In seven years a lot of things can change. And I’m hopeful in seven years we’ll see the city change and people will want to come back to the city,” he said.”

Racial “bullying” story doesn’t add up . . .

Albany NY Times-Union:

“The Albany school district inappropriately handled a race-bullying incident by removing the victim from the school instead of her harassers, the U.S. Department of Education has found.

The eighth-grade honors student, who is biracial, was repeatedly harassed by white classmates at Hackett Middle School in March 2012 . . . The students who bullied the girl mockingly donned Ku Klux Klan hoods, asked how much her parents had paid to adopt her and compared her skin color to theirs in Spanish class comparison exercises, the document also states . . .

The girl’s mother, Joan Curcio, said her daughter is biracial and had been teased about her race — by white and black students — while she was at Hackett.

The district is now required by the U.S. Department of Education to send an offer of counseling to every black child who attended Hackett Middle School in the 2011-2012 school year and complained about racial harassment.

The students who participated in the alleged bullying did not receive any discipline, and denied that they wore KKK hoods, even though school officials determined they participated in other harassment.” [This sentence makes no logical point]

This baby had better hope he is an only child . . .

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say firefighters and medics have rescued a newborn boy from a sewer pipe below a squat toilet.

The state-run news site Zhejiang News says a tenant heard the baby’s cries in the public restroom of a residential building in eastern China’s Puijian county Saturday and notified authorities. Firefighters removed an L-shaped section of the pipe — about three inches in diameter — and rushed it to a hospital where it was dismantled and the baby was treated.

From Guardian.co.uk (May 5, 2013):

“For more than 30 years, China has upheld a strict one-child policy. And despite the country’s growing prosperity, novelist Ma Jian discovered that ruthless squads still brutally enforce the law with vast fines – and compulsory sterilisations and abortions”

Exposure of global warming fraud causes liberal heads to explode! Global warming hysteric James Hansen retires . . .

Peter Ferrara in Forbes:

“The increase in global temperatures since the late 19th century just reflects the end of the Little Ice Age. The global temperature trends since then have followed not rising CO2 trends but the ocean temperature cycles . . . Every 20 to 30 years, the much colder water near the bottom of the oceans cycles up to the top, where it has a slight cooling effect on global temperatures until the sun warms that water. That warmed water then contributes to slightly warmer global temperatures, until the next churning cycle . . .

At first the current stall out of global warming was due to the ocean cycles turning back to cold. But something much more ominous has developed over this period. Sunspots run in 11 year short term cycles, with longer cyclical trends of 90 and even 200 years. The number of sunspots declined substantially in the last 11 year cycle, after flattening out over the previous 20 years. But in the current cycle, sunspot activity has collapsed. NASA’s Science News report for January 8, 2013 states,

“Indeed, the sun could be on the threshold of a mini-Maunder event right now. Ongoing Solar Cycle 24 [the current short term 11 year cycle] is the weakest in more than 50 years. Moreover, there is (controversial) evidence of a long-term weakening trend in the magnetic field strength of sunspots. Matt Penn and William Livingston of the National Solar Observatory predict that by the time Solar Cycle 25 arrives, magnetic fields on the sun will be so weak that few if any sunspots will be formed. Independent lines of research involving helioseismology and surface polar fields tend to support their conclusion.”

That is even more significant because NASA’s climate science has been controlled for years by global warming hysteric James Hansen, who recently announced his retirement.”

Wow! Obama did a heckuva job hiding the Easter eggs . . .

From Commentary Magazine:

“The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that Mark Everson, Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 2003 to 2007, during the Bush administration, visited the White House exactly once while in office. Indeed he felt like he’d “moved to Siberia” so out of the ordinary political loop was he. But Douglas Shulman, Commissioner from 2008 to 2012, during the Obama administration, visited the White House 118 times just in 2010 and 2011. His successor, Steven Miller, also visited “numerous” times.”

More fantasy and self-promotion from carnival barker Donald Trump . . .

“Donald Trump appears to be testing the waters for a possible 2016 presidential run as advisers confirm the businessman has spent $1 million for research to determine his political standing in specific states.” (newsmax.com 5-27-13)

From the WSJ online 5-18-2009:

“My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feeling,” he [Trump] told lawyers in the December 2007 deposition. The deposition, marked “Confidential,” comes to light at a time when some of Mr. Trump’s projects, including several condominium developments that bear his name, are struggling. Among the problems are anemic sales, lawsuits, sharp declines in value and troubles with creditors . . .

In the deposition, Mr. Trump said that his 2007 estimate of his net worth — over $4 billion — is “a very conservative number, in my opinion.” He also said $6 billion is a good number, counting his brand value. (In the interview Sunday, he said he was worth $5 billion, not counting brand value.)

Mr. Trump was asked whether he has ever exaggerated in statements about his properties. “I think everybody does,” he said in the deposition. “Who wouldn’t?” A follow-up question: Does that mean he inflates the value of his properties in general, nonfinancial public statements? “Not beyond reason,” he said in the testimony.

The deposition reveals he told his bankers and New Jersey casino authorities in 2004 and 2005 that he was worth approximately $3.6 billion. In 2005, Deutsche Bank evaluated his net worth as part of underwriting a $640 million construction loan it made to Mr. Trump’s Chicago condo and hotel project. The bank said his worth was $788 million, according to information presented by the author’s lawyers present during Mr. Trump’s deposition.

Whatever. Eternal DC deal maker/lobbyist Bob Dole wishes GOP would just go along to get along . . .

“I think they ought to put a sign on the [Republican] national committee doors that says ‘closed for repairs’ until New Year’s Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas,” Dole said.

Asked whether Republicans of years past, many of whom had a more diplomatic approach to compromise and governance than today’s Republicans, would be able to make it in the modern GOP, Dole said, “I doubt it.”

“Reagan wouldn’t have made it. Certainly Nixon couldn’t have made it, because he had ideas,” he explained. “We might have made it, but I doubt it.”

It’s not Obama’s fault; the vast left-wing Bureaucracy did it . . .

Reliable Democrat apologist Jonathan Turley in the Washington Post:

“The growing dominance of the federal government over the states has obscured more fundamental changes within the federal government itself: It is not just bigger, it is dangerously off kilter. Our carefully constructed system of checks and balances is being negated by the rise of a fourth branch, an administrative state of sprawling departments and agencies that govern with increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency. . .

This exponential growth has led to increasing power and independence for agencies. The shift of authority has been staggering. The fourth branch now has a larger practical impact on the lives of citizens than all the other branches combined.”

Perjury: Lewis (Scooter) Libby was imprisoned for less . . .

NY Post:

Yesterday’s acknowledgment is likely to bring added scrutiny to Holder’s own [sworn] testimony before the House Judiciary Committee two weeks ago about a different leak investigation where the feds seized phone records used by up to 100 Associated Press reporters.

Holder, who said he had recused himself from the AP investigation, seemed to broadly rule out prosecuting any reporters in his remarks.

“With regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy,” Holder said.

“The focus should be on those people who break their oath and put the American people at risk, not reporters who gather this information. That should not be the focus . . . of these investigations,” he continued.

The government hasn’t charged Rosen with any crime in relation with his 2009 article, which cited intelligence material about North Korea.

But the 2010 search warrant Holder green-lighted called Rosen an “aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” in an alleged crime — violating the Espionage Act. It stated there was “probable cause to believe that the reporter has committed or is committing a violation” of the law, and said Rosen’s e-mail account contained “evidence, fruits, and instrumentalities of that violation.”

Men behaving rationally . . .

From the Daily Mail via Instapundit:

“In Asia there’s a new tendency for men to go their own way – with thousands shunning marriage and kids for a life of independence and control, which no family court can destroy. The same thing is happening across America and Canada.

In fact, author Helen Smith PHD recently published a book entitled Men on Strike, where she notes that: ‘America has become anti-male. Men are sensing the backlash and are consciously and unconsciously going on strike. They are dropping out of college, leaving the workforce and avoiding marriage and fatherhood at alarming rates.’

Now, it’s happening here in Britain. This isn’t because men are ‘selfish’ or commitment-phobic pigs (as women frequently like to suggest). Rather, it’s because they’re tired of being ousted from families, of being shafted by sexist divorce rulings and being denied the most basic paternal rights.

These guys know that any child they have with a woman would be her baby, not their baby.”