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November 22, 2011


Benjamin Franklin

The fabric of society is fragile. And it's a lot more fragile than it was in 1963. We were stronger, also more naive. A successful effort will.......well, ' Sayonara'.


"If you are of a certain age, the events of November 22, 1963 and the following days are deeply seared in your mind, but as yet another anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy comes and goes, those memories do not automatically our minds as they did in earlier years. Part of this, of course, is the passage of time, but it also is the fact that with the exception of Ronald Reagan, there has not been a serious attempt to take the life of a president in nearly half a century and most of us live under the comfortable illusion that it could never ever happen again.

Yet the safety of Barack Obamaz has been very much on my mind and not just because of a certain president of a Republican group at a Texas university who infamously suggested a few days ago that it is “tempting” to assassinate him.

Every president has had their hardcore detractors. In fact, an ad was running in a Dallas newspaper accusing JFK of treason the day of the president’s visit. Yet Obama has been the recipient of an unusual amount of animus."

Benjamin Franklin

NEWT !!!!



It's awfully hard for them to get around the
notion of Oswald whose wife was a MVD Col, being the shooter, doesn't really matter what
H.L. Hunt or Murchison thought on the matter, just like Sirhan Sirhan was a Palestinian, Cgolz was an anarchist, Guiteau a job seeking
follower of Fourier,

Jack is Back!


If the weird left-anarchist-vegan-climate kings want us to go back to being scavengers and cavemen then this is their perfect opportunity. Make the liability that human life on earth as we know it fails. Just tell everyone - no mas dinero! Sorry about that but its all gone. And Jon Corzine has no idea where it went.

Benjamin Franklin

Occasionally, the Hecklers get it right. God, bless them, every one




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Protesters reportedly with the Occupy Wall Street movement delayed the start of President Obama's speech in Manchester, New Hampshire Tuesday, chanting over the president as he took the podium.

"Mr. President, over 4,000 peaceful protesters have been arrested…" they started shouting, according to Mediaite.

ABC News reports that a paper relaying their entire intended statement was passed around to reporters:

"Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st amendment rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out."


A mere $80 trillion or so, give or take. Mostly, we give and they take.

I have a little trouble figuring out what these numbers mean "over an infinite horizon." I would have thought that extrapolating the current policies out forever would lead to infinite unfunded liabilities. Regardless, it would be preferable to pretty much dismantle both SS and Medicare, as it's hard to see they pay for themselves without increasingly massive transfers from young to old. At some point the young will say "No mas!" and the houses of cards will collapse.

Benjamin Franklin

Congress and China; Internet Soulmates....


"On the surface, the so-called "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) looks like it has a noble end, that of protecting criminal violations of copyright by foreign (non-U.S.) actors. However, on careful inspection, the Act has the potential to spawn a virtual (cyber) witch-hunt and dismantle the free and democratic edifice of the Internet.
Giant ISPs such as Comcast have already begun to block file sharing websites; and Comcast has already gone to court and gotten the legal green light to block or slow web content. Now, as the Federal Communication Commission sits on the sidelines, it is about to receive the authority from Congress to go after content providers if, pursuant to Section 104 of SOPA, it can claim a "reasonable belief" that they are hosting at least some material that is infringing the rights of copyright owners. And it can do so with complete civil and criminal immunity.

Cecil Turner

Ah, this is more like it:

A stronger version of the pepper spray made infamous by the UC Davis campus police officer who casually sprayed a row of seated, protesting students is available for purchase at Amazon.com. [ . . . ]

A UC Davis spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that campus police use a First Defense product containing 0.7% major capsaicinoids, the active ingredient that makes eyes sting, noses run and faces burn.

The pepper spray on Amazon advertises 1.3% major capsaicinoids — “the most intense formula available,” according to Safariland, the company that makes First Defense products. Photos of UC Davis’ pepper-spraying officer have been added to the Amazon page by customers, and fake reviews added since Nov. 18 laud the product for, among other things, its ability to “breezily inflict discipline on unruly citizens.”

'bout time. That weak crap wasn't getting the job done.


Jim Miller,

I got all the Pew questions right. (Well, technically I got one wrong, because I clicked the wrong radio button by mistake. But I knew the answer, so as far as I'm concerned I got it right.)

I would agree that it is a useful set of questions.


Here's what the Pew report says about partisan differences wrt the current quiz (my emphasis):

Republicans generally outperformed Democrats on the current quiz. On 13 out of the 19 questions, Republicans score significantly higher than Democrats and there are no questions on which Democrats did better than Republicans. In past knowledge quizzes, partisan differences have been more muted, though Republicans often have scored somewhat higher than Democrats.
Benjamin Franklin

Cecil; I know you will enjoy this.......scroll all the way through for the laugh of your life.



So the Weisman roman a clef,KBL, gives some interesting details, including the Davis incident, but also the background of the Courier, Sheikh al Ahmed, which apparently includes his visit to the same hotel in Dublin, from which he made tell tale calls,
to Abbottabad, some 6 years apart.


How embarassing is it for our country that the UC Davis protesters who got pepper sprayed are being portrayed as the equivalent of the lone student in Tiannenmen Square?

What an insult to all true dissidents and those who have experienced actual brutality and repression at the hands of government.

Benjamin Franklin

Yeah, the People's Army of UC Davis. lol


They have 'dialed all the way up to eleven'


Benjamin Franklin

The GOP---Privatizing your Public Institutions for Profit and and Tons O' Fun.

First, your public schools and Social Security and Prisons, next your local law enforcement.


Benjamin Franklin

This guy can make twice the pay WITH NO TAXPAYER DOLLARS !




Pure leftist propagandists

Jim Miller

Porchlight - Congratulations on getting all the Pew questions right.

Benjamin Franklin

“Anonymous” threatens pepper-spray cops in menacing new video:"

"MENACING" Ooooooo.....those shameless propagandists!!!


Ditto, I was a little dissapointed with the ISI one, some weeks back.

Jack is Back!


ISI nor Iran are the real threat.


I mean the Inter Scholastic Institute test, JiB, just like self defense with passion fruit and bananas.

Benjamin Franklin

Turkeys are Improvised Explosive Devices.



Did't Obama say the ATM card was the real threat (or something like that)?



I'm sure the other channels are on to this.



Leftists losing another major Support group!


Benjamin Franklin

Pammie and Jammies; two-source story guy


That wicked evil and brutal UC Davis Police Lt., John Pike has been cited in the past.

East Bay Jay

Re. cable news channels all covering the same thing, I'm pretty sure you have to go to MSNBC for the President's daily schedule and soup of the day.

Maybe FD will use a WH 'soup of the day' question in the next survey.

Benjamin Franklin

"Pike was 5-foot-10 and weighed 245 pounds. "I hit her hard," Pike said, according to the release, which said he weighed 245 pounds. He decided against using pepper spray, a baton or a sidearm because he did not want to injure his partners, the release said. One of officers credited Pike with helping to save his life.

"You've got all these tools on your belt," Pike said, "but sometimes they're not the best tools.""

"A hero has many tools"-----Benjamin Franklin


Private jobs for the US economy, Not if the Obama Regime has their way.
Need a commitment to help foreign companies with ties to Iran, no problem just ask the Obama regime.


What a sorry mess.


In a round about way, that isn't the only problem



--I have a little trouble figuring out what these numbers mean "over an infinite horizon." I would have thought that extrapolating the current policies out forever would lead to infinite unfunded liabilities.--

I read how that works one time long ago but can't remember what the method is they use.
What's interesting is that using a 75 year horizon gives numbers at least as bad, so no need to worry about infinity when we've got come up with $80+ Trillion in 75 years.

Annoying Old Guy

There is a value called the "future discount rate" which represents who much money devalues over time (usually as a percent / year). This causes even an infinite series of payments to sum to a finite amount today. Of course, picking the discount rate is the tricky part.

Obama Ex Officio


I guess it all depends on how you define "overthrew their government."
Bottomline, before the Egyptians "overthrew their government" Hosni Mubarak and the military ran Egypt .. now the military runs Egypt.
By this definition, Barack Obama overthrew the US government (and I guess then is a t.....).

"Wait a minute. Perhaps she's right. Perhaps I've been wrong to blindly follow the medical traditions and superstitions of past centuries. Maybe we barbers should test these assumptions analytically, through experimentation and a "scientific method". Maybe this scientific method could be extended to other fields of learning: the natural sciences, art, architecture, navigation. Perhaps I could lead the way to a new age, an age of rebirth, a Renaissance!...Naaaaaahhh!" -- Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber

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