Friday, August 14, 2009



The mix for the new songs has been completed in Stockholm. The album is moving within reach! In the new work Rammstein are also keeping to the same lucky number – 11 new titles! The band has finished shooting its first video, there have been photo sessions and first interviews. In the next weeks you will regularly find breaking news for the album here. We are beginning with photos from the area Beesenstedt, where at the start of production the band subjected the first songs to a rigorous, live-in-studio Rammstein-fitness test.
Information about when you can expect the band’s first interviews and in which media, you can find here.

We will keep you posted.

First white child

The birth of the first white child was a celebrated occasion across many parts of the New World. Such births are a matter of pride for many townships, and they are commemorated with plaques and monuments at the location of the event.[citation needed] The birth was seen as such an honor that it was at times controversial as to who could claim the title.[1] As European settlers spread throughout America and Australia, the birth of a white child symbolized the growth and increasing permanence of their expanding civilisations.[citation needed]



[] North and South America

A 1937 United States stamp honoring Virginia Dare

The first white people native to North and South America were the children of settlers from Europe.

Snorri Þorfinnsson (likely born between 1005 and 1013) was the son of Þorfinnur Karlsefni and Guðríður Eiríksdóttir. Generally known to his contemporaries as Snorri Guðríðsson, as his mother outlived his father, he was purported to be born in Vinland, possibly making him the first European to be born in North America.

Martín de Argüelles, Jr., born in the Spanish colony of St. Augustine, Florida, was the first white child born in what is now the continental United States.[2] Born in 1566, his father was a hidalgo and one of the expeditioners who went to New Spain with Captain General Pedro Menéndez in 1565. St. Augustine, Florida is also the oldest continuously occupied European-founded city anywhere in the United States excluding Puerto Rico.[3]

Virginia Dare, born in 1587 at the Roanoke Colony, was the first child born in North America to English parents, and her memory was celebrated in the British colonies. Peregrine White, born aboard the Mayflower at Provincetown Harbor in 1620, was the first Pilgrim birth.[3] Sarah Rapelje, born June 6, 1625, was the first white child born in New Netherland in what is now New York state.[4][5] Born in 1659, Kristian Gaapstörm was the first child born in New Sweden. Helena Dill Berryman, born September 8, 1804 in what is now Nacogdoches County, was the first Anglo child born in Texas.[1]

Hélène Desportes is often cited as the first white child born in New France in what would later be Canada. She was born in the early 17th century, but there is considerable disagreement about whether she was born in Quebec or before her family arrived on the continent.[6]

[] Australia

In Australia There is some conjecture about the first European birth on Australian soil, but William Nash seems to be the prime candidate. His father, also William, was a Marine Private and his mother was Maria Haynes, who came as his common-law wife (they were not married until later). There are biographical entries on both parents in The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, by Mollie Gillen, published in 1989 (pp. 261–262). The book also lists those who were born on the voyage. William Nash was baptised on 25 May 1788 (his actual birth date is not known), and died on 19 June 1789. A search of the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Historical Indexes will show that the Birth Registry number is "1A/1788", which indicates that his is the first entry in the register for 1788 (although not necessarily proving that his was the first birth). Digitised copies of his baptismal and death register entries can be purchased from the Registry. Governor Phillip's reports are published in The Historical Records of Australia Series 1 Volume 1, but there is no mention of the first birth in the colony; on 12 February 1790 he simply states the number of births (59) and deaths (72) that had occurred to date. Unless further records are discovered, we will probably now never know definitely who was the "first born", but William Nash is the most likely.

[] New Zealand

In New Zealand, the first white child was Thomas Holloway King, born in February 1815, at Rangihoua in the Bay of Islands, a mission station founded by Samuel Marsden of the (Anglican) Church Missionary Society.

[] Antarctica

Emilio Palma (born January 7, 1978) was the first person born on the continent of Antarctica.

[] References

  1. ^ a b Cox, Mike. July 2003. "First Whites". Accessed August 7, 2007.
  2. ^ Time. "First Native White". Accessed August 7, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Word, Ron. July 30, 2007. "St. Augustine celebrates 442nd birthday". Accessed August 7, 2007.
  4. ^ Colonial Ancestors. "This Day in Colonial Times - June". Accessed August 9, 2007.
  5. ^ Decoursey, William. "Bill Decoursey's notes on old Dutch families". Accessed August 9, 2007.
  6. ^ Bennett, Ethel M. G. Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. 2000. "Hélène Desportes". Accessed August 10, 2007.

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Historical Indexes shows that William Nash has the Birth Registry number "1A/1788", which indicates that his is the first entry in the register for 1788, the year Australia was settled.

[] Further reading

  • Mollie, Gillen. 1989. A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet. ISBN 0908120699

How climate affects mountain height

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egholm2.jpgA study in this week’s Natureshows that mountain height is limited by climate, rather than just by plate tectonics and the strength of the underlying crust. The study shows that when mountains reach heights where it is cold enough for the snow to form permanently, further growth is capped by the moving glaciers.

"Glaciers are very effective at destroying mountains," said David Engholm, a researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark and lead author of the study. (AFP)

Researchers used radar images of Earth’s surface at different latitudes and found that mountains generally do not rise more than 1,500 metres above the snowline. "So once plate tectonics pushes the surface of the Earth above the snowline altitude, a glacier starts to accumulate, and then basically you reach sort of a steady state where the mountains really do not get any higher," Egholm told LiveScience.

The idea that moving ice can shaves off layers from a mountain is not new – but this study claims to be the first to demonstrate this is in a single model containing data from all the world's major mountain ranges. The model shows that “differences in the height of mountain ranges mainly reflect variations in local climate rather than tectonic forces” say the researchers.

This also explains why mountain ranges tend to be higher in the low latitudes closer to the equator, than they are closer to the poles. At lower latitudes, warmer climate means that the snow line is higher, allowing the mountains to grow taller before they start getting eroded. "So we've basically explained why there is a link between the presence of glaciers, climate, and the height of mountains," says Egholm.

High-latitude mountains also tend to have flatter tops than the low altitude ones. “What you see there is that glaciers have basically completely removed the part of the mountains that were above the snowline," Egholm explains.

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Image: David Lundbek Egholm

Oldest English Words Revealed?

A game of Scrabble might not have been all that different in Stone Age times.

Using a computer simulation, a British researcher says he's examined the rate of change of words in languages to reveal the oldest English-sounding words, which would have been used by Stone Age humans 20,000 years ago.

Among the Stone Age words that presumably would've sounded then much like they do now in the English language: I, we, two and three.

The study concludes that the frequency with which a word is used relates to how slowly it changes through time, so that the most common words tend to be the oldest ones. While it cannot necessary predict exactly what words were used 20,000 years ago — there's little to go on, since writing was invented only about 5,000 years ago — it makes some interesting guesses.

"We have lists of words that linguists have produced for us that tell us if two words in related languages actually derive from a common ancestral word," said Mark Pagel, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Reading, in a BBC article. "We have descriptions of the ways we think words change and their ability to change into other words, and those descriptions can be turned into a mathematical language."

The ability to speak arose about 300,000 years ago, scientists think, thanks to a pair of anatomical changes that separate humans from other primates: the development of the hyoid bone, which supports the tongue, and a drop in the larynx that made it easier to choke but also easier to speak.

The computer program's reasoning, arguably speculative, predicts words that will eventually become extinct too, because they are changing rapidly nowadays: squeeze, guts, stick and bad.

"You type in a date in the past or in the future and it will give you a list of words that would have changed going back in time or will change going into the future," Professor Pagel told BBC News.

Pagel thinks some of the simple words (like the first list above) involve sounds that may have been in use 40,000 years ago.

For the record, the most common five words used in English today, according to "The Reading Teachers Book of Lists": the, of, and, a, to.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blue M&Ms & Spinal Cord Injuries

Blue M&Ms & Spinal Cord Injuries

More often than not, science and medicine blow your mind:

The same blue food dye found in M&Ms and Gatorade could be used to reduce damage caused by spine injuries, offering a better chance of recovery, according to new research.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the compound Brilliant Blue G (BBG) into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rodents were able to walk again, albeit with a limp.

The only side effect was that the treated mice temporarily turned blue.

JetBlue offers all-you-can-fly plan for $599

Unlimited flight pass valid for trips between Sept. 8 and Oct. 8.

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NEW YORK ( -- JetBlue Airways will offer an "all-you-can-jet" pass for $599 in which passengers can book an unlimited number of flights within a one-month span, the airline said Wednesday.

Pass holders can fly to any of JetBlue's (JBLU) 56 destinations between Sept. 8 and Oct. 8, with no seat limitations or blackout dates, the company said in a release.

Airline equities analyst Bob McAdoo, of Avondale Partners, said he "has never seen a promotion like this before."

In fact, Air Canada had a similar promotion in 2007, where it offered an unlimited flight pass starting at $1,657 per month.

Still, with JetBlue flights already slashed as low as $100, customers might have to fly 6 or 7 times in a month before they break even.

"This is a way to get people to pay attention, with publicity that doesn't cost the company much," McAdoo said. "They're doing this at a time when there are probably a lot of seats available anyway."

Customers must buy the $599 pass by Aug. 21, and they can book flights within three days of the departure date. All travel using the pass must be booked between Aug. 12 and Oct. 5.

Taxes and fees are included for domestic flights, and changes or cancellations made less than three days before departure cost $100.

FY08 & FY09 Earmarks and Related Campaign Contributions
Category: Earmarks, Transparency, Headlines By TCS
Tag: earmarks, earmark reform, earmark disclosure
Pub Date: Aug 13, 2009

Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Center for Responsive Politics have joined to release a comprehensive database that links campaign contributions with earmarked spending by lawmakers. Read the full press release here.

Explore the combined data (click here) or download complete data sets of earmarks here and campaign data at

Watchdog Groups Release Database Detailing Earmarks and Campaign Contributions

Two of Washington, D.C.'s most reliable and respected nonpartisan watchdogs joined forces today and released a comprehensive database linking campaign contributions with earmarked spending by lawmakers.

Taxpayers for Common Sense, a national budget watchdog, provided data documenting more than 20,000 earmarked spending provisions worth over $35 billion. The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money-in-politics on its website,, provided data detailing $226.8 million in campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures.

"At a minimum, earmarks granted to lawmakers' friends and supporters merit scrutiny and indicate potential conflicts of interest," said Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics. "This information will help Americans decide for themselves whether their congressional representatives are beholden to the voters who elect them – or to elite interests bankrolling their campaigns."

With the new user-friendly tools that are available at and, the public can see how much their elected official secured in earmarked spending during fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

Citizens may then explore which entities received the earmarked funding and whether --and how much – those entities and their leaders contributed to the lawmaker’s campaign. Additionally, the underlying data sets are available for download at each of the organizations’ websites.

"Earmarks and campaign contributions are part and parcel of the pay-to-play system that permeates Washington," said Ryan Alexander, President of Taxpayers for Common Sense. "Companies making thousands of dollars in campaign contributions get millions of dollars of earmarked taxpayer dollars from lawmakers."

In recent years, corruption probes related to earmarks have increased, and earlier this year, one prominent lobby shop shuttered operations following an FBI raid.

Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Center for Responsive Politics intend to continue this partnership and release additional data on FY2009 beneficiaries and related campaign contributions and FY2010 earmarks and campaign contributions when available.

Segregationist (short story)

Segregationist (short story)

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"Segregationist" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. The story was written in April 1967 and was first published in December in Abbottempo, a magazine produced by Abbott Laboratories, then later included in the collections Nightfall and Other Stories (1969), The Complete Robot (1982) and Robot Visions (1990).

[] Plot

The story takes place in a future where robotic limbs and artificial organic limbs for robots and human beings have been created. Many humans have taken on robotic limbs and many robots have taken on artificial organic limbs, making the two appear more similar. The story centers on a visit by a man to the doctor's office. The doctor, who is to perform heart replacement surgery on the man, offers him a choice between a metallic or semi-organic one. The man stubbornly refuses the doctor's attempts to persuade him to accept an organic heart, saying that it's "weak."

As the man is leaving, the doctor remarks to a robotic aide that he would rather that humans and robots stick to being humans and robots instead of replacing their body parts with those that would make them similar to each other since robots now have acheived citizenship and are now called 'Metallos'. The robot aide remarks that such talk was "segregationist," to which the doctor replies that he "doesn't care." At the end, the doctor is revealed to be a robot.

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Hugo Chavez prepares for war

Los Angeles, Alta California
August 9, 2009

Hugo Chavez prepares for war
against the USA/Columbia Axis

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez ordered his naval and land
forces today to prepare for war with Columbia and the USA. The orders
came after Columbian and USA troops entered Venezuela across the Orinoco
River, a move Chavez warned was a "direct provocation" by Alvaro Uribe
and the Yankee imperialists.

President Chavez said on his weekly television program, "These troops
crossed the Orinoco River in a boat and carried out an incursion into
Venezuelan territory."

President Chavez has alerted his armed forces and the Venezuelan people
that Washington will be using bases in Colombia to destabilize the region after
Alvaro Uribe allowed seven Colombian military bases to be utilized by the
United States military.

"The threat against us is growing," Chavez said. "I call on the people and the
armed forces, let's go, ready for combat!"

President Chavez warned Colombia that, "Venezuela's military will respond if
there's an attack against Venezuela." Chavez added, "We cannot ignore this

"The Yankees are starting to command the Colombian Armed Forces; they are
the ones who are in charge, they are behind these provocations and who make
up lies," Chavez added.

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Protecting The Free World - One Show at a Time


Governments have, throughout history and regardless of the type of political system, abused the rights of the inhabitants within the area that they govern. And many times the leadership of these governments have expanded or at least attempted to expand their area of influence, control and abuse. Although many people see history repeating itself right here in the united States of America, there appears to be far more either ignorant of history, or worse yet, willing to accept the "inevitability" of tyranny unchallenged.

News and Blues was started to help enlighten those in the local area who are not aware of the history of governmental lies, deceit and corruption. Presidents and politicians are just puppets and stooges of a hidden and controlling world power elite. Yes, there really are groups of powerful and wealthy people who have a goal of One World Government and a New World Order. But before we can fight them, you need to understand them.


Woman On Other End Of Sheila Jackson-Lee Cell Phone Flap On "Greta"

At a Houston town hall, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee disrespects a cancer survivor as she asks a question, by answering her cell phone.

That survivor, Tracy Miller, talks to Greta Van Susteren about her experience. She confirmed Jackson-Lee picked up her phone while the question was asked, and did not apologize. Miller also claimed that the Congresswoman pulled the same routine as two other constituents asked questions! In addition, according to Miller, when Jackson-Lee heard someone call her rude, she snapped back, "I am not rude."

Obama camp plants fake doc, Che fan at Jackson Lee forum

I was reading the Chron’s piece about Sheila Jackson Lee’s town hall, when something caught my eye:

One supporter, Dr. Roxana Mayer, a physician who does not live in Jackson Lee’s district, praised the reform plan for overhauling a broken system.

“I don’t know what there is in the bill that creates such panic,” she said.

In this video, Mayer claims to be a general practitioner, eliciting applause and even a hug from Queen Sheila:

I’m not sure why, but something didn’t smell right. So my colleagues and I did a little digging, and wouldn’t you know it? Roxana Mayer is, like, totally not a doctor.

But she is an Obama campaign volunteer.

Our own David Jennings secured a phone interview, in which Mayer admitted to impersonating a physician, saying — get this — she thought it would help her credibility. (It didn’t.)

Now here’s where it spins off into a whole new dimension of weird. See the bug-eyed woman seated behind not-doctor Mayer?

Look familiar?

Yes, that little ray of sunshine, who accompanied Mayer to the meeting, is none other than Maria Isabel, the unhinged moonbat who ran a Barack Obama campaign office, complete with Che Guevara flag.

Hell, she’s even wearing the exact same outfit she wore the last time we mocked her!

A word of advice to budding political operatives: when you need two plants, try to pick people smarter than actual plants.

This isn’t brain surgery.

[Hat-tips: Bryan Thome (video), David Jennings, Kevin Whited]

The ChronBlog has updated their original article without noting that they were negligent in reporting.

The original text:

Some attendees at the meeting spoke in favor of the plan, go so far as to want a system where the government had complete control.

One supporter, Dr. Roxana Mayer, a physician who does not live in Jackson Lee’s district, praised the reform plan for overhauling a broken system.

“I don’t know what there is in the bill that creates such panic,” she said.

Another supporter, Robbie Evans, concurred: “The United States pays more for health care than all the other industrial countries put together.”

The revised text:

Some attendees at the meeting spoke in favor of the plan, go so far as to want a system where the government had complete control.

One supporter, Roxana Mayer, praised the reform plan for overhauling a broken system.

“I don’t know what there is in the bill that creates such panic,” she said.

Mayer identified herself as a physician who does not live in Jackson Lee’s district. However, her name does not appear in the database maintained by the Texas Medical Board, which licenses all doctors in Texas.

Another supporter, Robbie Evans, concurred: “The United States pays more for health care than all the other industrial countries put together.”

Good grief, the reporters at the ChronBlog have no shame. And Patterico caught them changing the caption on their picture without noting the correction:


by Ann Coulter
August 12, 2009

Just as the left pioneered "AstroTurf" protesters -- homeless people lured to demonstrations with the offer of a free T-shirt and a box lunch -- liberals have also specialized in producing fake "insiders" denouncing their alleged group.

There were the "winter soldiers" -- fake Vietnam veterans claiming to have personally disemboweled babies in Vietnam. It took 30 years and the publication of the book "Stolen Valor" to establish that the bulk of them were utter frauds who had never seen combat -- some had never seen Vietnam. (Shockingly, to this day, the Wikipedia entry on the winter soldiers treats their phony war records as legitimate.)

Then there's Barry Lynn, alleged "Christian minister," whose stock in trade is to denounce any mention of religion anyplace, anytime. Look, I'm a Christian minister, but even I have to admit that the sight of a kindergartner praying is terrifying to most folks. (The first person to post Barry Lynn's bar mitzvah photos or birth announcement (mazel tov!) wins a free copy of my latest book, "Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America.")

The latest fake insider/whistleblower is Kathleen Parker, the Barry Lynn of the South. Fresh off her mainstream media tour as a Sarah Palin-hating "conservative," Parker is now a self-proclaimed Southerner blaming opposition to Obama's policies on the region's reputed racism.

Uncannily, this claim struck a chord with Northern liberals!

Throughout the presidential campaign last year, liberals were champing at the bit to accuse Americans of racism for not supporting Barack Obama. That was a tough argument on account of the obvious facts that: (1) for every vote he lost because he's black, Obama picked up another 20 votes for being black; (2) Obama won the election in (3) a country that's 87 percent non-black.

So the accusations of racism had to be put on hold until ... the first note of dissent from his agenda was sounded.

Inasmuch as Obama was just elected and his policies have turned out to be the most left-wing the country has ever seen, it wasn't going to be easy to claim the electorate suddenly decided they didn't like the mammoth spending bills or socialist health care bills because they just noticed Obama is black.

But Kathleen Parker has leapt into the fray to explain that the opposition to Obama's agenda is pure Southern racism. And she's from the South, so it must be true!

As she put it on Chris Matthews' "Hardball": "One word, Chris -- one word. 'Confederacy.' I mean, you know, the South is very -- I live there, OK? I want to make that clear, too, because I'm not bashing Southerners."

No, she was certainly not bashing Southerners. This she made clear in her Washington Post column calling for the Republican Party to "drive a stake through the heart of old Dixie."

How one gets from "we don't want socialized medicine" to "we hate black people" was a tough equation. As my algebra teacher used to say: "Please show your work."

Parker's explanation: "Sarah Palin may not have realized what she was doing, but Southerners weaned on Harper Lee heard the dog whistle." And on "Hardball," she said: "You don't position a white woman and a black male and pretend like there's nothing happening there. There's a deep history. That's why I mentioned Harper Lee in there."

So as I understand it, by nominating a black man for president, the Democrats had checkmated Republicans, who should have done the decent thing by not nominating a white woman for vice president, which would be seen as a deliberate ploy to lure gallant Klansmen into defending the white woman's honor by voting against Obama!

Called upon to draw a straight line between Sarah Palin and racism, I guess this is as good a try as any.

Any crackpot can put forward lunatic theories. What gives Parker's slanderous claim punch is her repeated assertion that she's a Southerner, so she's giving us the inside dope. To make sure no one misses the point, Parker issues repeated professions -- "that's what we do in the South," "I am down there," and "I live there, OK?"

Despite the implication that this Daughter of the Confederacy was virtually homecoming queen at Ole Miss, Parker was born and raised in . . . Winter Haven, Fla. She married a South Carolinian and now splits her time between South Carolina and Washington, D.C.

I'm no Civil War buff, but I'm fairly certain there were no brave Confederate stands at Winter Haven against a superior Northern force -- unless those Northern forces were successful dentists from Larchmont. I would lay money that there aren't a lot of antebellum mansions on magnolia-lined boulevards dotted with statutes of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in Winter Haven, Fla.

Except for the coasts, Florida never had much of a culture below the northern tier on account of the fact that the area beneath the panhandle consisted primarily of malarial swamps. Northerners got that deep into Florida at the turn of the last century -- i.e., about same time as northern Floridians did.

If Parker is a Southerner because she grew up in Winter Haven, then I should be the next spokesman for Gorton's of Gloucester because I grew up in Fairfield County, Conn. I'll pose in rain gear at the wheel of my ship, dispensing flinty, down-home Yankee wisdom -- "Ya cand get theh from heah" -- just like most natives of New Canaan, Conn.

Oh, and one more thing. I was once employed by MSNBC. Speaking as an MSNBC insider, I regret to inform you: We MSNBC-ers hate the military, loathe cops, despise the South and absolutely detest Christians. No really, take it from me -- I'm an old MSNBC hand.


Selective outrage of the MSM

Selective outrage of the MSM

By Michelle Malkin • August 13, 2009 07:20 AM

Bill Sammon points out what I reported on at length in my “Assassination Chic” chapter of Unhinged and in years of my Unhinged blog archives: Journalists don’t care about nutballs and extremely extreme extremists unless they can be used to embarrass conservatives.

As it has always been:

News outlets that are focusing on the incendiary rhetoric of conservatives outside President Obama’s town hall meeting Tuesday ignored the incendiary rhetoric — and even violence — of liberals outside an appearance by former President George W. Bush in 2002.

When Bush visited Portland, Ore., for a fundraiser, protesters stalked his motorcade, assailed his limousine and stoned a car containing his advisers. Chanting “Bush is a terrorist!”, the demonstrators bullied passers-by, including gay softball players and a wheelchair-bound grandfather with multiple sclerosis.

One protester even brandished a sign that seemed to advocate Bush’s assassination. The man held a large photo of Bush that had been doctored to show a gun barrel pressed against his temple.

“BUSH: WANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE,” read the placard, which had an X over the word “ALIVE.”

Another poster showed Bush’s face with the words: “F— YOU, MOTHERF—ER!”

A third sign urged motorists to “HONK IF YOU HATE BUSH.” A fourth declared: “CHRISTIAN FASCISM,” with a swastika in place of the letter S in each word.

Although reporters from numerous national news organizations were traveling with Bush and witnessed the protest, none reported that protesters were shrieking at Republican donors epithets like “Slut!” “Whore!” and “Fascists!”

Frank Dulcich, president and CEO of Pacific Seafood Group, had a cup of liquid thrown into his face, and then was surrounded by a group of menacing protesters, including several who wore masks. Donald Tykeson, 75, who had multiple sclerosis and was confined to a wheelchair, was blocked by a thug who threatened him.

Protesters slashed the tires of several state patrol cruisers and leapt onto an occupied police car, slamming the hood and blocking the windshield with placards. A female police officer was knocked to the street by advancing protesters, badly injuring her wrist.

Noel Sheppard has more.


Meanwhile, Patterico does more reporting the rest of the MSM won’t do — exposing an Obamacare supporter at Sheila Jackson Lee’s town hall who pretended to be a pediatrician.

Absolute moral authority, and don’t you dare question it, you political terrorist racists, you!

Video here.

Dirty Secret No. 1 in Obamacare

Health care reforms are turning into health care revolts. Americans are turning up the heat on congressmen in town hall meetings across the U.S.

While watching these political hot August nights, I decided to research the reasons so many are opposed to Obamacare to separate the facts from the fantasy. What I discovered is that there are indeed dirty little secrets buried deep within the 1,000-plus page health care bill.

Dirty secret No. 1 in Obamacare is about the government's coming into homes and usurping parental rights over child care and development.

It's outlined in sections 440 and 1904 of the House bill (Page 838), under the heading "home visitation programs for families with young children and families expecting children." The programs (provided via grants to states) would educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills.

The bill says that the government agents, "well-trained and competent staff," would "provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor domains ... modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices," and "skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development."

Are you kidding me?! With whose parental principles and values? Their own? Certain experts'? From what field and theory of childhood development? As if there are one-size-fits-all parenting techniques! Do we really believe they would contextualize and personalize every form of parenting in their education, or would they merely universally indoctrinate with their own?

Are we to assume the state's mediators would understand every parent's social or religious core values on parenting? Or would they teach some secular-progressive and religiously neutered version of parental values and wisdom? And if they were to consult and coach those who expect babies, would they ever decide circumstances to be not beneficial for the children and encourage abortions?

One government rebuttal is that this program would be "voluntary." Is that right? Does that imply that this agency would just sit back passively until some parent needing parenting skills said, "I don't think I'll call my parents, priest or friends or read a plethora of books, but I'll go down to the local government offices"? To the contrary, the bill points to specific targeted groups and problems, on Page 840: The state "shall identify and prioritize serving communities that are in high need of such services, especially communities with a high proportion of low-income families."

Are we further to conclude by those words that low-income families know less about parenting? Are middle- and upper-class parents really better parents? Less neglectful of their children? Less needful of parental help and training? Is this "prioritized" training not a biased, discriminatory and even prejudicial stereotype and generalization that has no place in federal government, law or practice?

Bottom line: Is all this what you want or expect in a universal health care bill being rushed through Congress? Do you want government agents coming into your home and telling you how to parent your children? When did government health care turn into government child care?

Government needs less of a role in running our children's lives and more of a role in supporting parents' decisions for their children. Children belong to their parents, not the government. And the parents ought to have the right -- and government support -- to parent them without the fed's mandates, education or intervention in our homes.

Kids are very important to my wife, Gena, and me. That's why we've spent the past 17 years developing our nonprofit KICK START program in public schools in Texas. It builds up their self-esteem and teaches them respect and discipline. Of course, whether or not they participate in the program is their and their parents' choice.

How contrary is Obamacare's home intrusion and indoctrination family services, in which state agents prioritize houses to enter and enforce their universal values and principles upon the hearts and minds of families across America?

Government's real motives and rationale are quite simple, though rarely, if ever, stated. If one wants to control the future ebbs and flows of a country, one must have command over future generations. That is done by seizing parental and educational power, legislating preferred educational methods and materials, and limiting private educational options. It is so simple that any socialist can understand it. As Josef Stalin once stated, "Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."

Before so-called universal health care turns into universal hell care, write or call your representative today and protest his voting Obamacare into law. Remind him that what is needed in Washington is a truly bipartisan group that is allowed an ample amount of time to work on a compromise health care law that wouldn't raise taxes (for anyone), regulate personal medical choices, ration health care or restrict American citizens.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Get the facts about the stability and security you get from health insurance reform.

Kavita Patel, who works with Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and who worked for years before as a physician, debunks the myth that reform will mean a "government takeover" of health care or lead to "rationing." To the contrary, reform will forbid many forms of rationing that are currently being used by insurance companies.

Melody Barnes, the President's Director of the Domestic Policy Council, debunks the malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors.

Matt Flavin, Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy, explains that nothing in health insurance reform will affect veterans' access to the care they get now. To the contrary, the President's budget greatly expands coverage for veterans who have been denied access in the past.

Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, debunks the myth that health insurance reform will hurt small businesses. To the contrary, reform will ease the burdens on small businesses and help level the playing field with big firms who pay much less to cover their employees on average.

Robert Kocher of the National Economic Council debunks the myth that Health Insurance Reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits. To the contrary, reform would simply eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies.

Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform debunks the myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them.



    1. Sing the Batman theme incessantly.
    2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sensual massage."
    3. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
    4. Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public consisting entirely of "Beeeep Bip Bip Beeep Bip..."
    5. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
    6. Amuse yourself for endless hours by hooking a camcorder to your TV and then pointing it at the screen.
    7. Speak only in a "robot" voice.
    8. Push all the flat Lego pieces together tightly.
    9. Start each meal by conspicuously licking all your food, and announce that this is so no one will "swipe your grub".
    10. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 98 copies.
    11. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
    12. Sniffle incessantly.
    13. Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.
    14. Name your dog "Dog."
    15. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
    16. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."
    17. Claim that you must always wear a bicycle helmet as part of your "astronaut training."
    18. Declare your apartment an independent nation, and sue your neighbors upstairs for "violating your airspace".
    19. Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot."
    20. Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with Lysol.
    21. Practice making fax and modem noises.
    22. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc:" them to your boss.
    23. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
    24. Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.
    25. Erect an elaborate network of ropes in your backyard, and tell the neighbors you are a "spider person."
    26. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with the prophesy."
    27. Wear a special hip holster for your remote control.
    28. Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that you'll be saying more any moment.
    29. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears.
    30. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
    31. Give a play-by-play account of a persons every action in a nasal Howard Cosell voice.
    32. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
    33. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
    34. Drum on every available surface.
    35. Staple papers in the middle of the page.
    36. Ask 1-800 operators for dates.
    37. Produce a rental video consisting entirely of dire FBI copyright warnings.
    38. Sew anti-theft detector strips into peoples backpacks.
    39. Hide dairy products in inaccessible places.
    40. Write the surprise ending to a novel on its first page.
    41. Set alarms for random times.
    42. Order a side of pork rinds with your filet mignon.
    43. Instead of Gallo, serve Night Train next Thanksgiving.
    44. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a "croaking" noise.
    45. Honk and wave to strangers.
    46. Dress only in clothes colored Hunters Orange.
    47. Change channels five minutes before the end of every show.
    48. Tape pieces of "Sweating to the Oldies" over climactic parts of rental movies.
    49. Wear your pants backwards.
    50. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints by the cash register.
    51. Begin all your sentences with "ooh la la!"
    53. only type in lowercase.
    54. dont use any punctuation either
    55. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
    56. Pay for your dinner with pennies.
    57. Tie jingle bells to all your clothes.
    58. Repeat everything someone says, as a question.
    59. Write "X - BURIED TREASURE" in random spots on all of someone's roadmaps.
    60. Inform everyone you meet of your personal Kennedy assassination/UFO/ O.J Simpson conspiracy theories.
    61. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, its gone now."
    62. Light road flares on a birthday cake.
    63. Wander around a restaurant, asking other diners for their parsley.
    64. Leave tips in Bolivian currency.
    65. Demand that everyone address you as "Conquistador."
    66. At the laundromat, use one dryer for each of your socks.
    67. When Christmas caroling, sing "Jingle Bells, Batman smells" until physically restrained.
    68. Wear a cape that says "Magnificent One."
    69. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
    70. Stand over someone's shoulder, mumbling, as they read.
    71. Pretend your computer's mouse is a CB radio, and talk to it.
    72. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "no, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
    73. Drive half a block.
    74. Inform others that they exist only in your imagination.
    75. Ask people what gender they are.
    76. Lick the filling out of all the Oreos, and place the cookie parts back.
    77. Cultivate a Norwegian accent. If Norwegian, affect a Southern drawl.
    78. Routinely handcuff yourself to furniture, informing the curious that you don't want to fall off "in case the big one comes".
    79. Deliberately hum songs that will remain lodged in co-workers brains, such as "Feliz Navidad", the Archies "Sugar" or the Mr. Rogers theme song.
    80. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head. like a parakeet.
    81. Lie obviously about trivial things such as the time of day.
    82. Leave your Christmas lights up and lit until September.
    83. Change your name to "AaJohn Aaaaasmith" for the great glory of being first in the phone book. Claim it's a Hawaiian name, and demand that people pronounce each "a."
    84. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
    85. Chew on pens that you've borrowed.
    86. Wear a LOT of cologne.
    87. Listen to 33rpm records at 45rpm speed, and claim the faster speed is necessary because of your "superior mental processing."
    88. Sing along at the opera.
    89. Mow your lawn with scissors.
    90. At a golf tournament, chant "swing-batabatabata-suhWING-batter!"
    91. Ask the waitress for an extra seat for your "imaginary friend."
    92. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
    93. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions, and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."
    94. Stare at static on the TV and claim you can see a "magic picture."
    95. Select the same song on the jukebox fifty times.
    96. Never make eye contact.
    97. Never break eye contact..
    98. Construct elaborate "crop circles" in your front lawn.
    99. Construct your own pretend "tricorder," and "scan" people with it, announcing the results.
    100. Make appointments for the 31st of September.
    101. Invite lots of people to other people's parties.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against An Out-of-Control Government

Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against An Out-of-Control Government: Inspired by Thomas Paine (Book) (Paperback)

By Glenn Beck

Product Description

"If you believe it's time to put principles above parties, character above campaign promises, and Common Sense above all -- then I ask you to read this book...."

In any era, great Americans inspire us to reach our full potential. They know with conviction what they believe within themselves. They understand that all actions have consequences. And they find commonsense solutions to the nation's problems.

One such American, Thomas Paine, was an ordinary man who changed the course of history by penning Common Sense, the concise 1776 masterpiece in which, through extraordinarily straightforward and indisputable arguments, he encouraged his fellow citizens to take control of America's future -- and, ultimately, her freedom.

Nearly two and a half centuries later, those very freedoms once again hang in the balance. And now, Glenn Beck revisits Paine's powerful treatise with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government's easy solutions, two-part monopoly, and illogical methods and take back our great country.

About the Author

Glenn Beck is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers "The Christmas Sweater" and "An Inconvenient Book". He is also the author of "The Real America" and publisher of "Fusion" magazine. He is the host of a tv show on FoxNews and also the nationally syndicated radio show The Glenn Beck Program, which is the third most listened to talk show in America.

Smarter Townhall Meetings

So far, all we’ve heard from health care townhalls across the country is a lot of screaming and disruption. But one conservative blogger is trying to change that trend and is encouraging people to ask their members of Congress tough questions about specific provisions in the bill instead.

At the Hot Air blog, blogger “kbanaian” has taken a section of the legislative text from OpenCongress (Section 401 of H.R. 3200), posted it, linked to it, and suggested four questions on it that townhall attendees can ask their congressmen as “a substitute for yelling.”

Obviously, details in the bill matter, and I’m really glad that our tool for sharing specific sections of bill text is helping to facilitate a discussion of the details. We’ll report back on this blog with any reports of how this attempt to have a smarter conversation on health care reform goes.

Finance Committee Health Care Bill Could Lead to Massive Job Discrimination

Finance Committee Health Care Bill Could Lead to Massive Job Discrimination

August 6, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Senate Finance Committee’s version of a health care bill hasn’t been made public yet, but the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has seen at least some of it, and it is highly problematic.

Like the three versions of the House bill and the Senate Health and Education Committee (HELP) version, the Finance Committee bill will include a charge on medium and large businesses that don’t provide health insurance for their employees. In the House versions of the bill, employers with more than $250,000 in payroll – $500,00 in the Energy and Commerce Committee version – that don’t provide insurance will have to pay a surtax equal to eight percent of their annual payroll. In the HELP bill, employers with more than 25 employees who don’t provide insurance will have to pay annual fees of $750 per full-time employee and $375 per part-time employee.

According to an article on the CBPP website, here’s how it will work in the Senate Finance Committee bill:

Under the proposal, employers who do not offer health coverage would have to pay the average subsidy cost per person for all employees who purchase coverage through the new health insurance exchange and qualify for a subsidy because their family income is below 300 percent of the poverty line. 1 But employers would not have to contribute to the health insurance costs of employees with higher family incomes. The new requirement would apply to firms with 50 or more employees.

The problem with this plan, as the CBPP sees it, is that it would create two classes of employees, leading to problems in employment for the same people that health care reform is supposed to help. Specifically, it would make it more expensive for businesses to hire poor people and, CBPP worries, lead to employment discrimination.

Employers would have strong incentives to tilt hiring toward people who have a spouse with a good income (or have health coverage through a family member), teenagers whose parents make a decent living, and people without children (since the eligibility limit for the subsidies in the new health insurance exchanges will increase with family size). Low-income women with children in one-earner families would be particularly disadvantaged.

While language could be included to try to ban such discriminatory effects, it would be virtually impossible to enforce effectively. It would be extremely difficult to prove in court that an employer has passed over one applicant and hired another because of the health surcharge that employers would face if they hired people receiving health insurance subsidies. Moreover, most low-income job applicants who do not get hired could not afford to hire attorneys to initiate legal proceedings. For the tiny number that might be able to institute proceedings, the legal complaint likely would take months and, more likely, years to adjudicate. In short, the fact that low-income workers would cost an employer up to several thousand dollars more to perform the same job could not easily be overcome.

As far as knowing which applicants have low family incomes, it would be easy enough to make an educated guess. Employers can make assumptions about family income based on things they observe about an applicant and information the applicant is required to include as part of their application. It’s generally pretty easy for an employer to discern in the interview whether or not someone is a single parent, for example. A single parent may have to discuss shift availability at the interview so they know that the job would let them pick their child up after school. CBPP points out that employers will also know the applicants home address and race. “The combination of race and address for different applicants will correlate with different likelihoods of being low-income,” they write.

If the CBPP is correct and this plan is included in the bill that eventually comes out of the Senate Finance Committee, it’s going to have to be fixed. These are serious problems that run entirely counter to the large goals of health care reform. Luckily, the four other versions of the bill have different plans, so the chances are good that this will eventually be replaced with something better – either in reconciliation with the Senate HELP bill, or in conference committee with the bill that passes the House.


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