Thursday, July 31, 2014

NY Times headline: Will fiction influence how we react to climate change?

Morton Grove Garden Club plot,
March, 2014
Yesterday a New York Times op-ed discussion was posted with the headline, Will fiction influence how we react to climate change?

Which prompts me to retort, what if global warming is fiction? Which leads me to another headline from It's 72 degrees at noon in Alabama on July 31: Where's the global warming?

It was 72 degrees at noon in 'Bama at the end of July. That's a fact.

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(Photo) The remnants of Dam Number 1 in Wheeling

The low-head dam that gave Dam Number 1 Woods on Illinois' Des Plaines River is gone now.

Pictured is what is left of it.

The low-head dams are hazardous to canoeists and kayakers.

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Owners of dogs that killed Michigan runner in country illegally

Author on New Year's Day
In the decades I've been running, I've never been attacked by a dog. A runner in Michigan wasn't as fortunate.

From the Detroit Free Press:
The Metamora couple whose dogs killed a jogger last week are in the U.S. illegally and were facing imminent deportation at the time of the attack.

Valbona Lucaj, 44, got into the country from Albania in January 1997 after bribing an immigration officer into granting her asylum, according to federal court filings. Her Italian husband, Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, arrived a month earlier as a tourist and never left.

The two are potentially facing involuntary manslaughter charges after their Cane Corso dogs attacked and killed Craig Sytsma, 46, of Livonia on July 23 as he jogged past their home on a rural Metamora Township road. Lapeer County prosecutors are expected to announce a decision on criminal charges this week. It is unclear what, if any impact, their citizenship status will have on possible prosecution.
Cane Corso dogs are similar to bull mastiffs.

As for the current border crisis, it's expected that many of the Central Americans who have illegally entered the nation will claim asylum.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Where was Michelle? $1400 Air Force One order for ribs, sausage, and pork

First Lady Michelle Obama's forceful campaign for healthy foods has become a great annoyance to many people. People know what food is good for them and what isn't--and many will choose high-fat foods because they like to eat them.

Tuesday night President Obama chowed down at Arthur Bryant's, a Kansas City, Missouri rib joint. Barbecued ribs, are--duh!--high in fat.

Someone, perhaps Dear Leader himself, wanted even more KC-area ribs.

From the Kansas City Star:
Just now sent a rather large order to go with three serious looking guys in AIR FORCE ONE flight jackets," tweeted Oklahoma Joe's about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"The tweet has all the information in it," said Doug Worgul, director of marketing for the restaurant at 3002 W. 47th Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.

When asked if the order was for whom they thought it was, the men just nodded, Worgul said.
The total was about $1,400. That bought about 30 slabs of ribs, 20 pounds of pork, lots of sausage and sides, he said.
Liberals are the world's foremost hypocrites.

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(Video) Aetna CEO: ObamaCare numbers worse than expected, back end still not running

Mark T. Bertolini, the CEO of Aetna, said on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning that the ObamaCare numbers are worse than he expected and that the back end operation of ObamaCare still isn't working.

Hope and change, baby.

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Gaza: Exactly why does Hamas need missiles and tunnels?

Earlier this week Hillary Clinton said that Hamas puts missiles in civilian areas--which of course endangers the civilian population--because "Gaza is pretty small." As Mark Levin pointed out on his radio show Monday night, other than attacking Israel, why does Hamas, the terrorist organization that runs Gaza, need missiles?

And why does Hamas need tunnels into Israel, other than to attack the Jewish state?

That's something for the #FreeGaza crowd to think about before they reflexively condemn Israel.

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(Video) The anti-Obama: Reagan stands up for Israel in 1984 synagogue speech

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Nonviolence rally in Kansas City plagued by multiple fights

I've always firmly believed that nonviolence rallies are a complete waste of time. They've been taking place as long as I've been alive and they serve only as an ego trip for the organizers. The rallies don't work.

Yesterday one of those events occurred and it didn't work out as planned.

From the Kansas City Star:
A circus parade and rally for nonviolence that drew hundreds of people to the Linwood Shopping Center on Tuesday evening had to be cut short when multiple fights broke out.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté said the organizers stopped the event. He tweeted that the crowds dispersed and there were no reported injuries.

But the fighting marred an event, called "Your Life Counts," that was intended to celebrate survival in a city plagued by crime.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Obama's America: 35 percent of Americans hounded by debt collectors

When Americans voted for "Hope and Change" twice, they certainly got change.

From AP:
More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

"Roughly, every third person you pass on the street is going to have debt in collections," Ratcliffe said. "It can tip employers' hiring decisions, or whether or not you get that apartment."
This is life in Obama's America.

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(Photo) Globe Thistle

Although its foliage looks thistle-like, the so-called Globe Thistle, a European invader, is actually a member of the aster family.

This blue-purple blossomed plant was photographed in Des Plaines along the banks of the Des Plaines River across from Campground Road Woods near Oakton Avenue.

The flowers look like exotic balls. Or Christmas ornaments.

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