May 31, 2011

Skipwave through 5/30 TSA and BIG SIS are OUT OF CONTROL!

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests..  - Patrick Henry -

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The House of Representatives approved a four-year extension of the Patriot Act, voting 250 to 153 for the measure. With the Senate's passage of the extension earlier today, the bill goes to President Obama for his signature. Key portions of the act are scheduled to expire at midnight tonight.  31 House Republicans joined most Democrats in opposing the extension, while 54 Democrats supported it.

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flywithdignity.org
Feds threaten to shut down Texas air travel if the legislature there makes it a felony for the TSA to pat down passengers without probable cause.  An astounding Department of Justice threat to cancel airline flights to and from Texas, in addition to underhanded lobbying by TSA representatives, has killed efforts in the state to pass HB 1937.  More from radio talker Alex Jones...

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CSPAN Video: The Hill reports: "I walked through … right behind me there was a grandmother — little old lady, and she was was patted down," Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia) said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal."

"Right behind her was a little kid who was patted down. And then right behind him was a guy in Arabian dress who just walked right through. Why are we patting down grandma and kids?"   "Forget political correctness."
 
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See this week's SKIPWAVES....


Better Red than Dead, or better Dead than Red?  Which do you support?  Support the CONSTITUTION!  Protect FREEDOM and LIBERTY!

RMAN says THANKS READERS...and TKC Too!



100,000 total all time hits today, not bad for a pissant little blog.  Thanks for the link Tony, and to others too who have linked to rman's mostly political and joke-ridden hobby.

Sarah Palin... please run for president!


1.Why Sarah Palin Should Run in 2012

Sarah Palin showed up at the Rolling Thunder bikers' rally on Sunday and said nothing, thus throwing the media into a frenzy. Now she's headed to various other patriotic sites, which will send the press into further spasms. There is no better moment than now for Sarah Palin to run for president, writes The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart. The ex-governor who would snare most of the social-conservative votes that might have gone to Mike Huckabee and Haley Barbour—and in 2016, she'd be old news and face a stronger primary field.

Read it at The Daily Beast


Mo Rage Just doesn't have a sense of humor!


She's got a new house in Arizona.  Maybe she can see the FENCE from her house! 

May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Links: Cartoons, Patriotic Music Videos, War Cemetery Photos



Paying a price







 

Project Preserve and Honor -- Honoring America's heroes at Arlington who served their country in support of the Global War on Terror.  Database created by Richard Gilliland III, a 17 year old American Patriot.





Photos: 124,000 US Soldiers buried in Europe





Paintings:  Four Freedoms and FDR's FF Speech 



 
Excellent Music Video: Gene Simmons Tribute to our Military Services...


Excellent Music Video: Senator Scott Brown's Daughter Sings the National Anthem



Stirring Music Video: Armed Services Sing the National Anthem at Superbowl



Stay up late Family Event.  Watch Kevin Bacon's TAKING CHANCE, Monday night at 9pm Eastern, or 8pm Central on HBO.  Everyone over 13 yrs old should see this film!

May 26, 2011

Sarah Palin Claims Presidential Fire in her Belly - Skipwaves ending 5/26, 11

FIRE IN HER BELLY.  Sarah Palin making signs she wants to run for President... buying an expensive house in Arizona and planning a nationwide bus tour...and family planning to visit early primary state New Hampshire.   But not big signs.  Is she just doing a Trump tease with no intention of running?   Testing the water?  Playing games?  She remains popular but dumb as a rock!  Over the weekend, she admitted she had 'FIRE IN THE BELLY" to run an do her part.  Talk's cheep but she has a way of sucking all the oxygen from any room- even tho she probably can't score beyond a "C" or "D" in American history!!

Fire in the belly?  Whatever....No way will she win the Presidency!

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The US Hispanic population grew of 43 per cent in 10 years, which is four times faster than the total US population, according to 2010 census data released on Thursday.  The Hispanic population increased by more than 15.2m people, which is more than half of the total US population increase of 27.3m. In terms of total population, people that reported being of Hispanic origin was 50.5m people, or 16.3 per cent of the total population of 308m.

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Darla Jaye   Unexploded Bomb in Soldier's Body: Could Docs Save Him? - ABC News via WOW! They all lived! 

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Kansas City Star   Sen. Blunt says federal government should fully cover Joplin tornado

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Rep. Michele Bachmann on Thursday night indicated she's likely to announce her candidacy for president next month in Waterloo, the Iowa city where she was born. The Minnesota Republican revealed her plans in a conference call with reporters.

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Mitt Romney will formally announce his campaign for president next Thursday, June 2, in New Hampshire, a Romney spokesperson told POLITICO.


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 Missouri woman DIES when she finds out her dad died in the Joplin tornado.  More from CBS...

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Nerdy country kid with the big voice wins American Idol.  London Mail brings photos and links to the winner...all pretty promotional for the 17 year old Scotty McCreery.


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Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the border with Mexico is not only “porous” but also allows people with terrorist ties to infiltrate the United States. Perry disputes President Barack Obama’s statements that the border is safe.

“ You ask these men and women who are putting their lives on the line every night, the border patrol agents, the ICE agents...All of those individuals know that this border not only is porous, but the people that are coming across this border we have no idea — well, unfortunately, we do know where some of them are from, and they are from countries that have very close ties to al-Qaida, whether it’s Yemen or Afghanistan, Pakistan, China. It is an absolute national disgrace,” Perry said.

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Drudge Report  29 dead, 700 flee as gang battles hit west Mexico...

Ed Schultz gave a 4-minute long apology for calling fellow radio talk show host Laura Ingraham a "right-wing slut" during his program. Schultz says he is indefinitely suspended from his show for the time being.

"On my radio show yesterday, I used vile and inappropriate language when talking about talk show host Laura Ingraham. I am deeply sorry, and I apologize. It was wrong, uncalled for and I recognize the severity of what I said. I apologize to you, Laura and ask for your forgiveness. Ed's long apology from Real Clear

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As a member of the state appointed KCMO Police Commission, Kansas City's new mayor Sly James played tough guy by putting the whiny FOP in its place. James is staking out his position, telling all he's not going to be a pushover to business as usual KCPD "us versus them" relationship with the city. THE STAR's Yael lays it out in spades.

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The Kansas City Royals announced Wednesday that Royals' Hall of Fame pitcher and broadcaster Paul Splittorff has died due to complications from melanoma.
"The all-time winningest pitcher in franchise history passed away Wednesday morning at the family home in Blue Springs," the team's news release said. Splittorff played with the Royals from 1970 to 1984.

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A punderful message for teachers:  Puns for Educated Minds


1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in   France  would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
 
9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

20. If you jumped off the bridge in   Paris , you'd be in Seine .

21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'

22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall.  One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'

23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten did.



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Explosion at Chinese computer plant may delay delivery of a half million Apple Netbook 2's. The plant suffered an explosion on Friday that killed three workers and injured another 15.   Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20065522-64.html#ixzz1NJcxOmP9



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The president and the orchestra at Buckingham Palace this evening were a bit out of synch as the state dinner started.  When the president toasted the Queen the orchestra misunderstood a pause and what seemed to be a cue from the president for “God Save the Queen” to begin playing.

“Ladies and gentlemen please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast,” the president said, putting down his note cards and grabbing his glass. “To her majesty the Queen.”
The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play.   Video: But the president wasn’t done speaking.

“The vitality –“ the president said before the orchestra began.  Then the familiar tune – you might know it better as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” – started up.

Queen Elizabeth welcoming President Obama

The president kept going: “ -- of the special relationship between our peoples and for the words of Shakespeare to this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,” the president said as the awkward moment played out.

The Queen looked ahead as the UK anthem played.

“To the Queen,” the president finally said.

Unless you're a protocol stickler, it actually sounded deliberate, starting the music under his toast.  But the queen looked a bit uncomfortable because that's not how it's done, anymore than people should talk over the US Star Spangled Banner.


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Former Egyptian leader Mubarak was ordered on Tuesday to stand trial for the killing of protesters and could face the death penalty, scotching speculation the former leader would be spared public humiliation by Egypt's military rulers.  Mubarak was ousted on February 11 after mass demonstrations demanding he end his 30 years in power.


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Most Tornado Prone States --  facts, figures, and fotos from The Daily Beast

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The Department of Homeland Security seized at least eight website addresses over the weekend, bringing to 128 the number of domains confiscated as part of a government piracy crackdown.  More from Wired.

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Greenwich Village NY - It's like a flash mob gone bad. Security footage from a Manhattan Dunkin' Donuts shows a group of youths climbing on counters, throwing chairs and throwing tables in a violent attack on workers.  Video...


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Palenty announces which is no surprise so barely newsworthy.  Other than Joplin, it's a slow news day.


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Observing the SPORT OF CHOICE...

    1. ...for the urban poor is  BASKETBALL.
    2. ...for maintenance level employees is BOWLING.
    3. ...for front-line workers is  FOOTBALL.
    4. ...for supervisors is  BASEBALL.
    5. ...for middle management is TENNIS.
    6. ...for corporate executives and officers is  GOLF.
   
CONCLUSION:

    The higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls become.

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 Putin Power Play in Russia.  RUSSIAN Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has decided to run for the presidency next year, raising the possibility of a power struggle with his protege Dmitry Medvedev, the incumbent Kremlin leader, say highly placed sources. More...

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KSNF TV Towercam live shot of Joplin Tornado

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told supporters Sunday that he won't run for President, which shows quality people don't want to go against Obama with a party of nutcase Republicans.  In the end, he said, he couldn't convince his family to get on board.  More than a few GOP broadcast talkers were hoping he'd say YES.  Too bad for them!

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Alternet reports while cutting social services, Kentucky gives $43 million tax break to Bible-themed amusement park.   Naturally, this raises serious questions about the separation of church and state.

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Fun Facts you won't find anywhere else:
  • Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of "Lorne Greene's Animal Kingdom".  
  • Life expectancy for Russian men has actually gone down over the past 40 years. A Russian male born today can expect to live an average 58 years. 
  • Seven percent of Americans claim they never bathe at all. 
  • In 2004, one in six girls in the United States enter puberty at age 8. A hundred years ago, only one in a hundred entered puberty that early.

May 25, 2011

Once KC itself is safe from tornados, do we want the weathermen to end coverage?

JOPLIN UPDATE AND COMMENTS BELOW....

Been a long time since I've heard the Sirens in THIS part of town but at midday, I dutifully went to my 'safe place'--a new phrase in teevee-tornado-speak.  I had the TV up loud as I huddled away from the screen but nobody explained why the sirens were going off here, other than referring to a map I was not able to see in my 'safe place'.

Trouble with KC TV viewers, is once the center city's no longer in danger, they wanna go back to regular programming.   And the stations keep interviewing field reporters not keeping up with the storm to tell us again what WAS, not what IS!


Since most storms go west to east, and the hit was hard in Sedalia way east, well that should shut them up a little.

Sadly, Sedalia didn't get the quality of coverage they deserved when the shit was hitting the fan at the tail end of the storm coverage at midday Wednesday.  TV caught up getting the 'hours after' damage stories, but the big secret is that they didn't do for Sedalia what the storm -- and those viewers-- warranted when the tornado was coming in!

The KC television stations need to ask KFOR TV Oklahoma City how to cover storms.  They know.  ITs not about the TV station's coverage, its about the viewers needs at the moment.  Where are the damned storms exactly?  Windy reporters need to STFU when they don't have life threatening observations.  A quick, "Hi, I'm in Olathe, nothing here, Brian!" rather than some minute-long 'color' piece of what the rain was like on the windshield ten minutes ago.

Moreover, tell us where the SHIT is... not where it ISN'T!   KC television stations are so preoccupied with their coverage, rather than the storm itself!  Pick up the pace.  Do it like KFOR does it.  Get a tape from them and you'll see what I mean.  One thing about OKLA City TV... they know how to handle tornados!

PS... how long do we stay in our 'safe place'?  Til tomorrow?  Or will you tell us quickly when the skies are clearing and we can quit huddling on the floor in the dark basement?  Moreover, you're providing your coverage to US, not to just out-perform your competitors with windy liveshots!

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JOPLIN UPDATE Thursday  midday 5/26.   125 dead, 750 treated for injuries 156 reported unaccounted for (Missing).   16 month old missing boy reported found dead in the city morgue.  City says its shifting from search and rescue to RECOVERY mode since no more survivors have been found trapped since the Sunday tornado strike that destroyed about a third of Joplin, a city of 50,000 people.   More from the Joplin Globe...

Various KC community-based truck trips are traveling to Joplin this week with supplies including food, medicine, bottled water, tools, generators, and clothes for the newly homeless.

Israel tells the US/Obama to STFU over their business!

Strong words from Israeli Prime Minister in joint session of US Congress.   "Israel will be generous on the size of a Palestinian state, but will be very firm of where we will put the border with it," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at an address to a joint session of Congress. Video from Real Clear

"Jerusalem must never again be divided," Bibi Netanyahu said. Notably visible, Vice President Joe Biden did not applaud after Netanyahu called for an undivided Jerusalem.  The Palestinians want to establish their state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.  They're not happy about his speech, saying an Israeli Jerusalem is unacceptable.

The way he put it was even easy for Americans to understand.  Asking Israel to negotiate with HAMAS is like asking America to negotiate with Al Quada...because HAMAS is the al Quada of Palistine, hellbent on Israel's destruction.  Which is why Israel says HELL NO to too much  negotiation.  The real question is this:  just how much disagreement is there REALLY or are they just posing as usual?

May 24, 2011

Chicken Little: Tornado Round II Wednesday

A vast swath of the United States could be hit by severe thunderstorms Tuesday, with a high risk of tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri, forecasters are warning. 

The highest risk area for severe weather Tuesday extends from south-central Oklahoma to south-central Kansas.





155 reported dead.  0 now called missing.  (wed 6/21) 



  One is a toddler only a year and a half old, tho there is a report that child's body was identified in the city morgue.   7,000 homes are damaged in Joplin.   A Riverside police officer volunteering with a team from the KC suburb was struck by lightning Monday night during a storm in Joplin.... and he's in critical condition.  

City officials say they're moving to RECOVERY MODE for victims since no further living survivors have been found trapped in the massive rubble of several miles through the city.

There was one macabre report yesterday of two nurses at St John's hospital who, during the tornado, had gone into a room to move a patient and they were sucked out of the building by the whirlwind.( Hospital later said no staff died in the tornado.)

Toll could rise
Speaking from London, President Barack Obama said he would travel to Missouri on Sunday to meet with people whose lives have been turned upside down by the twister. He vowed to make all federal resources available for efforts to recover and rebuild.

The dramatic and stark beauty of tragedy. 
Photo Gallery from CBS St Louis 
Joplin Globe Various Stories
Joplin Globe Aerial Slide show, large photos
Joplin Globe Survivor's facebook page

Breaking:  Storms kicking up in Oklahoma have struck near Oklahoma City and east of there, causing injuries late Tuesday afternoon...and 7 reported deaths in Oklahoma and Kansas.   

Update PM: There were reports Tuesday evening of tornadoes near Dallas and Arlington where a baseball game was being played, causing evacuation of the stadium.  The same line of storms caused yet another warning briefly in hard hit Joplin Mo.




Scare tactics from msnbc.com staff and news service reports

End of the world update... he was slightly off

Harold Camping, con man
End of the World Update.  The old guy who says last weekend was the Judgment day says he made a mistake... the Judgment has started and the world's under judgment. -- The Lord's back, but the fundamentalist goofed on the 'physical' rapture... which he says now is October 21st, rather than May 21st.

Video: Here's his explanation... and about dead bodies laying all over the ground... the makings of a really bad horror movie.  (To quote a line out of Avatar, "What have you people been smoking?") 



Thankfully, I have a little more time to get my nest in order!