Another week in the can, WFFOT

Scanning the headlines, so you don’t have to.

  1. PoliticiansWake The Hell Up!
  2. One in ten Californians with a mortgage are now in default.
  3. American Chemical Society rejects man-made global warming.
  4. Middle-class suicide.
  5. Towers of debt:  concerns shifting from residential to commercial market.
  6. Radical left will get to vote on single-payer government run healthcare.
  7. Preps:  more thoughts on declaration of a banking holiday.
  8. 10,000 Chinese “rioters” disappear.
  9. Sgt. Crowley shows class.
  10. HR 3200: Good for the people?  Good enough for Congress.
  11. Mike Steele:  Think about all the crap we’ve taken from the press (video)  Booyah!
  12. Stuart Smalley:  The meltdown begins.
  13. The Wrath of the Killdozer!
  14. Da Floooooo…. checklist.
  15. Churches and taxes. Nice job, Shane.
  16. Why won’t Keith Ellison release the details of his free trip to Mecca?
  17. Is it time for a third party?
  18. Dude! Where’s my stimulus?
  19. Thirty years ago:  NYT praises Ayatolla Khomeni as a saint.  Brillyunt!
  20. Mohammed Brand™ Condoms, from TNOYF
  21. Hamas sponsors mass child bride wedding … [subtitle, “Let’s give them a state]
  22. Two more Brit hostages believed killed.
  23. Cash for Clunkers has hidden surprise.
  24. Maggie’s Notebook:  Michelle disciplined?
  25. WaPo (still) hates HRC.    She should drink “Mad Bitch” Beer.  Milbank needs a whole keg of STFU.
  26. Shoes!
  27. Teachable moments and worthless photo-ops
  28. Coming to a Newspaper near you … Media PC:  a danger to your health.
  29. Belgium opens immigration floodgates.
  30. Zimbabwe:  A letter from the diaspora.

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Healthcare tactics

Cloward Piven meets liberal incrementalism.

Single payer healthcare is dead, for now. The socialists are falling back on their tried and true method of incremental change, as seen in this video…

You could have heard a pin drop

Hat tip to woofie at Free Republic for sharing these stories. He won’t vouch for their veracity, but that doesn’t keep them from being great stories …

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded “does that include those who are buried here?

DeGaulle did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop

When in England , at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.

He answered by saying, ‘Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.’

You could have heard a pin drop.

There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying ‘Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?’

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: ‘Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?’

You could have heard a pin drop.

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, ‘Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?’

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, ‘Maybe it’s because the Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.’

You could have heard a pin drop.

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.
“You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
“Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”
The American said, ‘The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”
“Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France !”

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

Second Wave of Swine Flu Hits Mexico

México confirmó una segunda oleada de Gripe A.

[Mexico confirms a second wave of H1N1].

source and translation by H5N1 Blog

The Mexican ministry of health has confirmed a second wave of H1N1, causing ten deaths in just four days and obliging local authorities to impose new sanitary measures. Despite the suffocatingly hot temperatures everywhere in the country, the new outbreak of the virus has infected 632 persons. The southern region, especially Chiapas state, is the most affected.

Epidemiologist Hugo López Gateli, one of the directors of the National Center for Epidemiological Surveillance, said that cases in Chiapas “have exploded,” to the point that in less than a month the cases have quintupled. Actually, this state now lists 3,664 cases and 19 deaths. Yucatán, in the southeast, has had a similar experience, with the tripling of cases in a few weeks (rising from 683 to 1,906 cases). Mexico City (2,161 cases) is another of the regions with a high rate of infection.

Why Men Are Happier

email from bro-in-law …

“Men Are Just Happier People”

What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. Car mechanics tell you the truth. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough . You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.”

The forgotten war

Another great post from Michael Yon … Night Into Day”
posted by sat-phone from Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The photography is outstanding, and the writing is everything we’ve come to expect from Micheal Yon.

While you’re there, be sure to hit Mike’s tip jar!

A point to ponder

FYI: After viewing the video, I pulled out my Strong’s Dictionary of Bible Words to run a quick fact-check on the author’s claims.

It didn’t match up.

But, just to be sure, I cross-referenced with my copy of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.

Guess what?

It matched up, exactly as the video said.

I don’t know what to make of this yet. Coincidence or not, it is remarkable.

And, I believe I am supposed to tell you this:

Be strong. Be bold. Stand.

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