The cold, hard reality politicians ignore

I’m sure readers are as fed up as I am with the bleating cries of politicians wanting more stimulus spending, more taxes on the rich, and more entitlement spending. I thought it might be instructive to take a look at the cold, hard reality of where our Government spending is right now. These graphs from the Heritage Foundation all use official economic statistics – there’s nothing made up or guessed at. They give a true picture of our financial situation in all its grimness. I’ve only used four of them. There are many more at the link. Highly recommended reading.

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More about Houston voter fraud

A couple of months ago, I wrote about apparent voter fraud in Houston, TX. Now news has emerged confirming what I feared at the time – only it’s a whole lot worse than we thought. When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more. So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places. “What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that

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If you were ‘stop-lossed’, you may have money coming

I understand that military personnel who were prevented from leaving their service at the scheduled time due to a ‘stop-loss’ order, anytime from September 11, 2001 through September 30, 2009, are eligible for a special payment. The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), providing $500 for each month/partial month served in stop loss status from September 11, 2001 through September 30, 2009. Being in “stop loss” status meant that the affected troop could not leave active service when his or her tour of duty ended. This typically extended tours of duty by several months

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Privacy and the law

I’m cynically amused by the efforts of law enforcement authorities and the Federal government to argue, on the one hand, that citizens have no expectation of privacy in a public place, and on the other hand, that they and Government officers do have such an expectation. You’ve doubtless read about the Justice Department’s argument to a Federal appeals court concerning privacy in public. The Obama administration has urged a federal appeals court to allow the government, without a court warrant, to affix GPS devices on suspects’ vehicles to track their every move. The Justice Department is demanding a federal appeals

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Talk about a living miracle!

I’m amazed to read of the strength of will and determination shown by a Canadian woman in the face of adversity. Three years ago, [Janis Ollson] was pregnant with her second child and had been suffering years of horrible back pain when Canadian doctors diagnosed her with bone cancer, chondrosarcoma. Sarcoma experts in Toronto said they’d literally have to cut her in half to get at the untreatable cancer, remove her leg, lower spine and half her pelvis. The problem was they didn’t know how to put her back together again. They certainly didn’t know how she would have a

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Doofus Of The Day #395

Today’s winner is from France. Glamorous French politician Rachida Dati has been forced to issue a public apology after confusing oral sex with inflation. The 44-year-old former justice minister and MEP is frequently nicknamed ‘Rachida Barbie’ because of her poor understanding of complicated political issues. But nobody expected her extraordinary mistake on the national Europe 1 radio station on Sunday. Asked about overseas investment funds profiteering during a period of economic uncertainty, she said: ‘I see some of them looking for returns of 20 or 25 per cent, at a time when fellatio is almost non-existent.’ In French, fellatio –

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Poems from the edge

My online buddy Strings, who’s active in Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), has published several poems written by a victim of such abuse. You’ll find them in two entries on his blog, here and here. They’re pretty chilling, particularly the last one, which I’ll reproduce here: but they tell a true story. This is what far too many young people have to go through. I’ve worked with some children who’ve been through this particular hell, and I can promise you, some of them never get over it. The scars run too deep. What’s even worse is to work as a

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The polar bears of Cross Island

On his blog, photographer Bill Hess has posted a series of pictures of the fishermen of Cross Island, Alaska – and the polar bears who share the small island with them. Sometimes the ‘sharing’ is a bit too close for comfort . . . as when a bear decided to enter a cabin and investigate the smells coming from it. He didn’t bother using the door – he made his own! The story of the bears may be read here, and the pictures seen on that page may be viewed in a larger slideshow version here. Click on the first

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Football FAILS!

Here are three video clips of football fails. The first was mentioned in an IRC chat session, and I found the other two by following links from the first. I don’t think any of the principals are candidates for the Player of the Game award . . . Peter

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