Rest in peace Davy. You and the rest of the Monkees made us all Daydream Believers.
Rest in peace Davy. You and the rest of the Monkees made us all Daydream Believers.
If caught speeding on the Chuck Norris Bridge, Chuck Norris will come out and roundhouse kick your car.
From the page: President Obama admitted today that he does not have a "silver bullet" solution for skyrocketing gas prices, but he proposed alternative energy sources such as "a plant-like substance, algae" as a way of cutting dependence on oil by 17 percent.
"We're making new investments in the development of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel that's actually made from a plant-like substance, algae -- you've got a bunch of algae out here," Obama said at the University of Miami today. "If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we'll be doing alright. Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in America."
From the ridiculous (countless "green" companies he has foolishly invested no telling how many billions of our dollars in), to the absurd.. (algae?)
Richie Castenello, I applaud you sir.
Some of the greatest shots of His Airness captured in pictures.
An excellent guide to voting Republican.
Why it sucks to be a Conservative.
Incredible video.. we are fearfully and wonderfully made..
From the page: Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.
Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.
RIP Whitney. Your talent was one of a kind.
From the page: Regular gasoline per gallon cost $1.68 in January 2009. Today, it's $3.39 .. that's a 102 percent increase in just three years. (By the way, if you're keeping score at home, gas was $1.40 a gallon when George W. Bush took office in 2001, $1.68 when he left office .. a 20 percent increase.)
Electricity bills have also skyrocketed, with households now paying a record $1,420 annually on average, up some $300.
Some 48 percent of all Americans , 146.4 million , are considered by the Census Bureau either as "low-income" or living in poverty, up 4 million from when Mr. Obama took office; 57 percent of all children in America now live in such homes.
Since December 2008, a month before Mr. Obama took office, food-stamp use has increased 46 percent. Total spending has more than doubled in just four years to a record high of $75 billion. In 2011, more than 46 million people , about one in seven Americans , got food stamps. That's 14 million more than when Mr. Obama took office.
Median household income has dropped nearly 7 percent in the last six years, taking inflation into account. What's more, nearly 20 percent of males age 25 to 34 now live with their parents.
Low- and middle-income Americans 65 and older now hold more than $10,000 in credit card debt, up 26 percent since 2005. The average age of the American car is 10 years; in 1990, it was 6.5 years old (by the way, in 1985, Americans bought 11 million cars; in 2009, less than half that, 5.4 million).
On the macro side, America's annual budget has jumped to $3.8 trillion, and yet the United States brings in only about $2.1 trillion in revenue. The U.S. trade deficit for 2011 was $558 billion. America's total public debt stands at $15.23 trillion; in January 2009, the debt was $10.62 trillion. Mr. Obama is on pace to borrow $6.2 trillion in just one term , more debt than was amassed by all presidents from Washington through Bill Clinton combined. The debt is rising by $4.2 billion every day , $175 million per hour, nearly $3 million per minute.
So, America, that is the State of Your Union. But remember, Mr. Obama had not one thing to do with it. So don't blame him when you go to the polls. Blame everyone else, especially yourself.
Some actual facts about the State of the Union, knowing that tonight's little get together on Capitol Hill would be nothing but a long, boring campaign speech.
From the page: Today marks the 1,000th day since the United States Senate has passed a budget. While the House has put forth (and passed) its own budget, the Senate has failed to do the same.
From the page: President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity. It isn't often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and , beyond the symbolism , won't even advance the goals of the groups that demanded it. All it tells us is that Obama is so obsessed with his reelection that, through some sort of political calculus, he believes that placating his environmental supporters will improve his chances.
Aside from the political and public relations victory, environmentalists won't get much. Stopping the pipeline won't halt the development of tar sands, to which the Canadian government is committed; therefore, there will be little effect on global-warming emissions. Indeed, Obama's decision might add to them. If Canada builds a pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific for export to Asia, moving all that oil across the ocean by tanker will create extra emissions. There will also be the risk of added spills.
From the page: The world has a clearer view of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley for the first time in nearly 150 years.
Crews at a North Charleston conservation lab on Thursday lifted a more than eight-ton truss that has shrouded the hand-cranked sub for the last dozen years.
The operation took about 15 minutes as the truss was slowly lifted and moved laterally over the tank.
The endeavor allows conservation of the sub to begin. Scientists hope that getting a close look at the entire hull will finally yield clues as to why the Hunley sank in 1864 with its crew of eight.
From the page: Break out the party hats! Unemployment is all the way down to 8.5 percent! Whoo-hoo!
Zero Hedge spotlights the steady increase in the number of Americans not in the labor force; he points out, "the labor force itself declined by 50K from 153,937 to 153,887. In fact, persons not in the labor force have increased by 7.5 million since January 2007."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers this chart:
The recession may have ended in mid-2009 according to the economists, but the normal rate of growth in the size of the labor force stopped in 2008 and has yet to return.
Labor Force Size January 2009: 154,236,000.
Labor Force Size December 2011: 153,887,000.
We're still down 349,000 from the size of the labor force when Obama's term began. The labor force hit its lowest point during that time in January 2011, at 153,250,000.
From the page: You have to give President Obama credit. It takes serious gall to tell the American military to its face that you are putting it on the road to second-class status.
That's exactly what our commander-in-chief did at the Pentagon yesterday, as he announced nearly half a trillion dollars in new spending cuts, after already chopping $480 billion during his first three years in office. He also set out plans for drastic reductions in our force size and continuing weapons programs, including the F-35 fighter , our last best hope for maintaining American dominance in the skies.
Obama's been trying to reassure Americans all this won't endanger our national security or our strategic interests. Everyone in or out of uniform who's free to speak knows better , and that with a full-scale war still underway we are standing on the brink of our weakest military posture since Jimmy Carter, and our smallest forces since before World War II.
From the page: President Obama's nonrecess "recess appointments" can't be excused as over-the-top electioneering. This president has crossed over from socialistic extremism into lawlessness and, perhaps, impeachability.
The U.S. Constitution established a strong presidency, so strong that even one of the most esteemed founding fathers, Patrick Henry, worried it would be kinglike. But this week saw a president exceed even those broad constitutional powers because doing so fits his election-year narrative of a "do-nothing Congress" so well.
Now we have the makings of a banana republic, where the rule of clearly written constitutional law is compromised by a ruler's subjective whim.
The Constitution is crystal clear on the recess appointment authority of the president.
"The president shall have power," Article II, section 2 states, "to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session."
The Senate has not been in recess. And Congress' authority over when it is and isn't in recess is no small matter of parliamentary procedure. Rather, it is a power the Framers explicitly bestowed in Article I, Section 5:
"Neither House, during the session of Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days."
Yet Obama on Wednesday, with no recess in effect and against the publicly stated position of his own Justice Department, made four "recess appointments."
From the page: President Obama signaled Congress this week that he is prepared to share U.S. missile defense secrets with Russia.
In the president's signing statement issued Saturday in passing into law the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, Mr. Obama said restrictions aimed at protecting top-secret technical data on U.S. Standard Missile-3 velocity burnout parameters might impinge on his constitutional foreign policy authority.
Impinging on HIS constitutional authority??? He really had the nerve to say that after all the illegal crap he pulled this week?
He must have realized that he only has a year left to completely destroy the country.
All hail Obama the Great!
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet
hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry,
bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a
hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Nearly ten years to the day that the first "The Lord of the Rings"
film hit theaters, the first trailer for its prequel, "The Hobbit," has
Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth for the first time since he won
three Oscars for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" to
tell the story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventure to reclaim the Dwarf
Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug.
Ahhh!! Tis cruelty to have to wait a year for this movie.
Somewhere Jose Feliciano is smiling...