March 29, 2015

I Can't Imagine A More Discouraging sight

AKRON, Ohio – The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn't stop the men and women from an assisted living facility in Ohio from showing a little skin.

Miss March, who's 88, wears a green top hat and not much else in the calendar from Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living, and the centerfolds are two women in their 90s who seem to be playing poker with strategically placed oversize cards.

Flip to February and you'll see a smiling, white-haired Dottie Rutter soaking in a bubble bath and flower petals, with chocolates and lingerie nearby.

At 87, she's the same age as the youngest of three models standing in the cover photo, where their bare feet and shoulders peek out from behind a banner they hold advertising the Barberton facility and the affiliated Pleasant View Health Care Center.

It reads: "Pleasant View, Pleasant Pointe."

Another resident in the calendar is covered only by a large exercise ball.

More (ugh) here.

We Remember ....

They Remember....

One of the best quotes regarding the Obama administration is this, culled from the Daily Timewaster:
...all we have to do is scrape this administration off our shoe in 2016 and return to doing good.
The story here is about the recent reactions of Europeans to the presence of US armed forces. Have a hanky available.

These are pictures of Polish citizens mobbing a US Army unit that transitioned across Poland this week. You'd think it was VE Day in 1945.

Story here and a lot more here.

Where Do Illegals Work?

According to a recent study, illegals as a percentage comprise more of the construction, farming, service and transportation workers than native born Americans.

Europe, here we come.
Illegal immigrants in the U.S. hold a variety of jobs throughout the nation, helping it function in many ways.

Though more illegal immigrant workers hold fewer blue-collar jobs and more white-collar ones now than it did before the Great Recession, a solid majority still works in low-skilled service, construction and production companies, according to new Pew Research Center estimates.

For instance, the service industry is made up of 33 percent of illegal immigrants, compared to 17 percent of U.S.-born workers.

Story here.

More Pew research on illegals here.

And if they don't work? Judicial Watch has a few words to say about them.
[...]States where immigrant households with children have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62%), Texas, California and New York with 61% each and Pennsylvania(59%).The study focused on eight major welfare programs that cost the government $517 billion the year they were examined. 
They include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the disabled, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), a nutritional program known as Women, Infants and Children (WIC), food stamps, free/reduced school lunch, public housing and health insurance for the poor (Medicaid).Food assistance and Medicaid are the programs most commonly used by illegal immigrants, mainly on behalf of their American-born children who get automatic citizenship. 
On the other hand, legal immigrant households take advantage of every available welfare program, according to the study, which attributes it to low education level and resulting low income.The highest rate of welfare recipients come from the Dominican Republic (82 %), Mexico and Guatemala (75%) and Ecuador (70%), according to the report, which says welfare use tends to be high for both new arrivals and established residents.
More here on the report.

March 27, 2015

Bar Titzvah?

Sunday, a yoga teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona, allegedly invited seven boys aged 11 to 15 while attending a boy’s bar mitzvah party, to stroke her new enlarged breasts.

Lindsey Radomski, 32, reportedly got drunk at the party on Saturday for 100 people, then showed her breasts to five adults and some boys near the swimming pool, before she was told to “sleep it off’ in a bedroom.

Hours later, on Sunday morning, she allegedly asked the seven boys if they wanted to come in the bedroom and fondle her breasts. After the boys had their fill and left, one 15-year-old remained behind. Radomski allegedly performed a sex act on him. His parents later reported her to the Scottsdale Police Department.

Radomski was arrested Tuesday evening, and though she admitted exposing her breasts, she said being drunk wiped out her memory of anything else. Sgt. Ben Hoster called the case “bizarre,” adding, “We haven’t had a woman allowing herself to be fondled by multiple juveniles before.”
Story here.

New Economic Paradigm?

Wealthy tech founders and the automation of middle-class jobs are often blamed for increasing concentrations of wealth in fewer hands. But a 26-year-old MIT graduate student, Matthew Rognlie, is making waves for an alternative theory of inequality: the problem is housing.

Rognlie is attacking the idea that rich capitalists have an unfair ability to turn their current wealth into a lazy dynasty of self-reinforcing investments. This theory, made famous by French economist Thomas Piketty, argues that wealth is concentrating in the 1% because more money can be made by investing in machines and land (capital) than paying people to perform work (wages). Because capital is worth more than wages, those with an advantage to invest now in capital become the source of long-term dynasties of wealth and inequality.

Rognlie’s blockbuster rebuttal to Piketty is that “recent trends in both capital wealth and income are driven almost entirely by housing.” Software, robots, and other modern investments all depreciate in price as fast as the iPod. Technology doesn’t hold value like it used to, so it’s misleading to believe that investments in capital now will give rich folks a long-term advantage.

Land/housing is really one of the only investments that give wealthy people a long-term leg up. According to the Economist, this changes how we should rethink policy related to income inequality.
I have problems calling income inequality a problem at all. When Mary poured perfume over Jesus head, Judas complained that the money could have been spent on the poor instead. Jesus replied "The poor you will always have with you..." (Mark 14:7).

There will always be people who have more money than others. Some are just better managers of whatever they have. Some are are smarter, or they work harder, or are on the right side of good fortune, or they inherited it ... or they stole it. Socialism will not cure that, it will only put everyone in the same misery zone and leave a ruling elite to truly enjoy the labor of others.
Rather than taxing businesses and wealthy investors, “policy-makers should deal with the planning regulations and NIMBYism that inhibit housebuilding and which allow homeowners to capture super-normal returns on their investments.” In other words, the government should focus more on housing policy and less on taxing the wealthy if it wants to properly deal with the inequality problem.
More here.

March 25, 2015

Hunting Diesel Subs

From the UK Daily Mail:
The US Navy is set to unleash an army of 'ghost drones' to scour the coasts for enemy submarines. They hope to end the growing threat of quiet, diesel powered enemy submarines enters American waters undetected.

The robot boats will go to sea for us to three months at a time.

The project began in 2010, when the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, announced that they were building a 132-foot autonomous boat to track quiet, diesel-powered submarines.

The program was dubbed Anti-submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV.

In six weeks of tests along a 35-nautical mile stretch of water off of Mississippi earlier this year, testers at engineering company Leidos and DARPA put the ACTUV's systems through 100 different scenarios.

The test boat was able to tail a target boat at 1 kilometer's distance, something military bosses say is a major step forward.
More at DARPA and here.

I wonder how easy it is to detect and destroy these 'ghost drones'? Are they capable of evasion or self defense? It sounds like the technology is not mature and will take a bit more development before it is truly mission capable.

March 24, 2015

Do The Math

The democrats seek political advantage by allowing millions of illegals to swarm into the US while preaching that they do the jobs that Americans refuse to do.

At the same time, manufacturing jobs are disappearing across the country.
[...]"Advanced robotics are changing the calculus of manufacturing," says Harold Sirkin, a senior partner at the management consulting firm.

A handful of nations, including the U.S. and China, are poised to reap the biggest benefits of the automation wave.

About 1.2 million additional advanced robots are expected to be deployed in the U.S. by 2025, BCG says. Four industries will lead the shift — computer and electronics products; electrical equipment and appliances; transportation; and machinery — largely because more of their tasks can be automated and they deliver the biggest cost savings.

About 10% of all manufacturing functions are automated, a share that will rise to nearly 25% in a decade as robotic vision sensors and gripping systems improve, BCG says.

Meanwhile, costs are tumbling. The cost to purchase and start up an advanced robotic spot welder has plunged from $182,000 in 2005 to $133,000 in 2014, with the price forecast to drop another 22% by 2025.

That's prodding manufacturers to replace workers. BCG says manufacturers tend to ratchet up their robotics investment when they realize at least a 15% cost savings compared with employing a worker. In electronics manufacturing, it already costs just $4 an hour to use a robot for a routine assembly task vs. $24 for an average worker.
So what happens when the jobs that Americans refuse to do disappear? How many bean pickers do we need? How many people on economic support programs can this country maintain before it all falls apart? 

Behind The Scenes

The reason for Obama's fury at Israel is uncovered. Netanyahu spilled the secret beans that Obama was cooking with Iran.

From Legal Insurrection:
The Obama administration has vented its fury at Israel based on Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, and pre-election statements.

None of those issues justified the complete fury coming from the administration. It just didn’t add up.

Now The Wall Street Journal reveals the back story — one in which the Israelis found out about secret negotiations and secret details concealed from Congress, and told Congress. Now the administration is promising long-term damage to Israel that will last beyond this administration.

It also becomes obvious that the meme that Netanyahu has been acting to help his reelection is wrong. There is a long history of Israel trying to stop a disastrous deal being negotiated in secret. Netanyahu’s opposition has been based on security concerns for years, not the recent election.

March 21, 2015

Sec. of the Army Dickless John McHugh

From the WashTimes:
A group of House lawmakers is moving to strip the armed services’ civilian leaders of the power to revoke combat valor awards in response to Army Secretary John McHugh unilaterally canceling the Silver Star, one of the military’s highest honors, for a former Green Beret officer.

Mr. McHugh took the action against Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who braved repeated enemy fire in Afghanistan, even though he has not been charged with any offenses. The Army now is seeking to release him with a less-than-honorable discharge. The officer plans to fight the move, his attorney says.

The secretary acted after the CIA informed the Army that Maj. Golsteyn, during a polygraph exam for a job application, told of killing a terrorist who was making improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the weapon that has killed more Americans in Afghanistan than any other. The Army also removed Maj. Golsteyn from the elite ranks of the Green Berets.
You may very well guess what my reaction to this is:

Dickless John McHugh

Every morning at the Pentagon you’ll see him arrive
He stands five foot six and weighs one ninety-five.
Kinda narrow at the shoulder and broad at the hip
And everybody with a medal knows it’ll soon be stripped
By Dickless John

Nobody seemed to know where his dick had gone
But it’s said he lost it when his momma yawned
Her jaws slammed shut like a stainless steel trap
And now he carries his dick in a brown paper sack
Dickless John

Then came the day Maj. Golsteyn won a star
Saved a bunch of soldiers in a battlefield afar
There was a lot of shootin’ and hearts beat fast
Major Golsteyn showed bravery that was unsurpassed
‘Cept to John
Dickless John

Ya see, Major Golsteyn killed a terrorist
But didn’t read him his rights or some other shit
So Dickless John had to make his move
He yanked that medal ’cause he had to prove
He’s Dickless John

If you visit the Pentagon in a year or two
You may hear Dickless John try to misconstrue
Why he yanked that Silver Star from Maj. Golsteyn’s chest
It was because of honor and Dickless John knows best
But if you ask any soldier from Fort Bragg to Seoul
It’s because Dickless John ....... is a fucking asshole.

Dickless John
His dick is gooooone
Dickless John.

There's A Table In Hell Reserved For The Clintons

Remember the good old days?

Remember when the Chinese intercontinental ballistic missile program was measured in the length of a football field instead of leagues?

Remember when we all assumed that the highest political positions in this country would not sell out our national interests to the highest bidder?

I remember. So does the Washington Examiner.
Foreign donors are refusing to say why they sent millions of dollars in 2014 to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Of 38 donors listed on the foundation's website who were contacted by the Washington Examiner,18 declined to answer at all, and the other 18 either responded suspiciously or stuck to generalities and refused to address follow-up questions.
Why are we surprised? The shock value of the Clinton Foundation's mendacity/perfidy (running out of descriptive nouns here - someone give me a hand) should have been anticipated given the massive transfer of missile/nuclear weapons technology that occurred during Billy Jeff's administration.

Clinton was in office three years when the crash of a People's Republic of China Hughes/Loran satellite launch (February 1996) alerted American officials that the PRC had obtained sensitive missile technology and encryption techniques from US corporations.

This investigation lead to other startling revelations. The Chinese had gained access to US neutron bomb technology as well as the W-88 warhead. The Hughes and Loral Corporations had assisted the PRC in developing the capabilities of their missiles.

Still, the Clinton administration stymied investigative efforts to uncover the theft of nuclear secrets and refused to initiate recommendations for background checks of foreign visitors to the nation's nuclear laboratories for 17  months.

Much of this is documented in the Cox Report, otherwise known as the Report of the Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China.

And what did Clinton do after the uproar of the Cox Report? He approved the transfer of even more technology to China.
WASHINGTON, May 10— The Clinton Administration notified Congress today that it had approved the export of technology to China to permit the launching of a communications satellite aboard a Chinese rocket next month.

President Clinton said in a letter to Congress that the transfer would not harm national security or significantly improve China's military capability in space. The President was required under a 1998 law to certify that all such technology exports are in the national interest.

The certification was the first such notice to Congress under the law, which was passed in the aftermath of a Congressional uproar last year over the transfer of sensitive missile technology to China.

Mr. Clinton's notification also follows by less than a week the release of a report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which concluded that lax monitoring of the launching of American-made satellites aboard Chinese rockets had enhanced the accuracy of China's ballistic missile arsenal.
There's more here and here.

And who was the President's National Security Advisor during this period? The person assisting the President in developing a rational response to this incursion into America's most sensitive military technology? Why none other than Mr. Sandy "Hot Pockets" Berger, who was caught stealing and destroying classified documents from the National Archives.
According to reports from the Inspector General of the National Archives and the staff of the House of Representatives' Government Operations Committee, Mr. Berger, while acting as former President Clinton's designated representative to the commission investigating the attacks of September 11, 2001, illegally took confidential documents from the Archives on more than one occasion. He folded documents in his clothes, snuck them out of the Archives building, and stashed them under a construction trailer nearby until he could return, retrieve them, and later cut them up. After he was caught, he lied to the investigators and tried to shift blame to Archive employees.
Now let's return to another transfer, this time of cash from the Chinese to the Clinton's; back to the Washington Examiner article.
The importance of who gave to the foundation and why was highlighted this week when CBS News revealed that one donor in 2013 was Rilin Enterprises. Rilin is headed by Wang Wienlang, a Chinese businessman who was invited to join the National Peoples' Congress as a delegate in the same year as he made the donation.

Rilin is close to China's national security and intelligence agencies. Besides the $2 million given to the Clintons' foundation, Rilin also spent at least another $1.4 million in 2012 lobbying Congress and the U.S. State Department, of which Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
And that's just one. single. donor.

Here's another; Bernard Schwartz, of Loral Space and Communications Corporation - the guy whose satellite crash opened up this can of worms. He's a big time donor for Clinton and the dems:
In June 1994, Bernard L. Schwartz, the chairman of Loral Corp., wrote his first six-figure check to the Democratic Party, donating $100,000 to the Democratic National Committee.

Around the same time, Schwartz asked to be included on a trade mission being organized by then-Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown to China, where his company hoped to win a piece of the growing telecommunications market. On the trip, Brown arranged a meeting for Schwartz and a rival industry executive with the Chinese communications minister – a session that, as Schwartz recalled it yesterday, "helped open doors that were not open before."

The Clinton administration has been good to Bernard Schwartz, and he to it. Schwartz, a lifelong Democrat and longtime political donor, dramatically ratcheted up his giving after President Clinton took office, contributing a total of more than $1 million to Democratic party committees since then.
More on Schwartz' political donations here. It's amazing how those donations decreased once Billy Jeff left the Oval Office and Loral Space was no longer under government scrutiny.

The Clintons are rolling in cash. The Chinese gained billions and billions of dollars in American military technology created through the largesse of American taxpayers and we didn't even get a fucking eggroll out of it.

March 19, 2015

They Should Have Sent The Dog

Clad in the latest Marriott Residency Inn Sleep-O-Rama pattern (Room 626 Edition), Princess Michele performs the Bataan Death Curtsy for the Emperor of Japan.

From the Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama has had an awkward start to her visit to Japan as she was pictured towering over Emperor Akihito and stumbling as she tried to bow, shake his hand and curtsy at once. 
But all was well after the Emperor gave her a treat.
The First Lady, dressed in a florid combination of a blazer and skirt, dwarfed the Emperor in her silver stilettos, while he maintained his composure and smiled politely. 
She then squatted slightly while shaking his hand, seemingly trying to disguise the difference of height between them.
She really, really liked the treat but the Emperor brought only the one.
Mrs Obama, who is 5ft 9in tall, also caused embarrassment earlier in the day when she grabbed Akie Abe, wife of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a hug-and-handshake combination while the Japanese First Lady was trying to bow.
The last incident was explained as a simple mistake; the First Lady thought Mrs. Abe was dressed like a french fry.

Fortunately the Air Force jet carrying her condiments and chili dogs was refueling in Guam so Mrs. Abe was in no danger.

March 18, 2015

And It's Bibi For Six

We need someone like this.

But, instead, we got this clown.

Obama brought his Dooms Day Defense into the game. They sucked like everything else he does.

Bibi wins re-election.
When it comes to elections, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is the political equivalent of a scrambling quarterback. During the three-month election campaign that ended Tuesday night, the prime minister fell 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage before evading a savage blitz, escaped a catastrophic sack, then, at the last moment, turned upfield, crossed the line of scrimmage and galloped ahead for a huge gain.

Although Netanyahu’s Likud Party only won about half the number of seats needed to secure a majority in Israel’s parliament, it did so much better than anyone (including Bibi) expected that he seems to have triumphed in the goal he had set for himself last December when he broke up the government he had formed in 2013 and called new elections.
Story here.

March 16, 2015

And They Wonder Why We Want To Forget.

Men are forgetful. It's a self defense mechanism that we developed over the ages.
It's official, say scientists, men really do have worse memories than women.

A new US study shows memory loss is a natural part of ageing which doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll succumb to Alzheimer’s.

Declining memory is common to everyone, but it affects men earlier in life – most notably from their 40s.

Dr Clifford Jack Jr. of the Mayo Clinic and Foundation in Minnesota said the findings should reassure people that some level of memory loss is a natural feature of getting older.

[...]Dr Jack said it was unclear why men’s brains tend to decline more rapidly, but supplies of the female hormone oestrogen may help women’s brains stave off neuron damage until midlife.
It's like an estrogen crazed neuron fires off somewhere in their frontal lobe and the next thing you know it's, like, how come you don't wear that shirt I bought you, why did your mother say this, how come you always fart so loud at my sister's house...

Story here.

March 14, 2015

More Creepy Sex

Even Robot Sex Has It's Down Side

I was yanked out of patrol and worked street prostitution details for a little while back in the 80's. The PD needed "fresh blood" every few months or so to go after the hookers who were at times out of control downtown. They stopped cars and propositioned male drivers even if their wives were in the front seat with them.

The girls were mostly pitiful and not too bright, some were vicious; one in particular was psychotic, bonkers - a screaming loony named Carmen. Of course that was the one I had a run in with on a busy Friday night in the middle of traffic - no gun, no badge (the whores would check you for them), the walkie-talkie left in the car, a half naked crazy whore and a carload of football players ... story some other time maybe.

But technology changes things. And of course it now seems on the brink of changing the way men rent a woman for pleasure.
It’s 2020, and Roger, a recent divorcĂ© from New York, decides to pay for some female company. So he turns on his computer, connects a robotic vagina to it and starts having sex with Cinnamon, a college student in Sydney with a computer and a remotely controlled robotic penis.

Creeped out yet? Welcome to the future of prostitution.
If you're a guy, the way it works is like this.
  1. You rent/buy a USB device that slips over your male member and then plug it into your computer/tablet/smart phone while working behind the counter at McDonald's, driving a school bus or babysitting your grandchildren. 
  2. You contact a virtual prostitute over the interwet tubes.
  3. It could be a real woman - or guy -  or neither - you won't know, even with a webcam.
  4. The prostitute/program is interfaced with a device that reproduces the action of a vagina, mouth, chicken or lawn mower when a penis is inserted into it.
  5. Enter your credit card number and prepare to have your greased-up, latex world rocked.
In a completely immersive virtual reality environment you could pay to find yourself in an airplane over the Pacific doing Amelia Earhart, under the desk of the Oval Office channeling Monica or mid-field of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Stadium wearing a tutu and sniffing Jesse Owens' track shoes.

Your dollar, your fantasy.
To be sure, technology alone is not going to remove crime or exploitation from the sex work equation. So while technology can make a difference, some experts say, it depends on the position of the sex worker to begin with. “The Internet is still out of reach for the most vulnerable, those who work on the streets,” says Samantha Majic, an assistant political science professor at the City University of New York who specializes in the politics of sex work. So, less than a democratizing tool, virtual sex may just evolve as the guilty pleasure of lonely, wealthy, sci-fi lovers. Working online also has its own risks. It can make it harder to detect abusive clients or undercover cops and isolate workers who would otherwise naturally share tips and advice.
Every twisted desire that the human mind can dredge up will be available in the comfort of your livingroom with a WiFi whore.

At least you won't find out that crazy Carmen is double jointed as she slams her knee into your balls.

Story here.
H/T Drudge.