Saturday, December 19, 2009
City 'will be hurt by bonus tax'
London's role as a leading financial hub may be "damaged" by the new bonus tax, Barclays chief John Varley has told the BBC.
Mr Varley is the first senior British banker to attack the one-off 50% tax on large bonuses for bankers recently announced by the government.
"I think that London could well be damaged by this," he said.
The Barclays chief executive also criticised Labour for not ensuring a "predictable tax environment".
The bonus levy applies to bonuses of more than £25,000, and lasts until April next year. France has announced similar plans.
The tax is payable by banks, with bankers still having to pay income tax on any bonus they receive as usual.
Mr Darling predicted in his pre-Budget report that the tax would raise £550m, though banks have claimed it would raise far more.
'Laments' bonus tax
"Banks are competing globally - this bank, Barclays, competes with banks all around the world and we have to be able to compete on a level playing field," Mr Varley told the BBC.
IT'S THE "RE-CLEMENT ATTLEE-IZATION" OF BRITAIN.
AND IT WILL HAVE THE SAME EFFECT NOW AS IT DID THEN.
AND, OBAMA IS OUR ATTLEE.
I'LL REPEAT STEYN'S KEY INSIGHT:
I'll Have A Blue Dog Christmas Without You [Mark Steyn]
As I wrote back in the summer, "Put not your trust in Blue Dog Democrats." It was folly to bet the Republic on the likes of Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln and other "moderates" who are, by definition, trimmers and accommodationists.
By contrast, Barney Frank and the more ambitious Dems are thinking long-term. And, if it's a choice between getting government health care or keeping Ben Nelson, it's no contest. Not to keep quoting myself ad nauseam, but as I said to Hugh Hewitt a couple of months back:
I think the administration is willing to take the hit. In other words, to get health care, they would be willing to reduce their majority, and perhaps even lose their majority in the House and the Senate, because they know it’s a game changer. Now to sell that to individual Senators and Congressmen, you’ve got to have something up your sleeve for them... There are strange elements in play here. But they’ve factored into the whole business a potential, I think, a potential significant loss in the year 2010, in next year’s elections.
Now to sell that to individual Senators and Congressmen, you’ve got to have something up your sleeve for them...AND THIS TELLS ME NOT THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO TAKE SOME BIG DEFEATS IN 2010, BUT THAT THEY HAVE FIVE ACES UP THEIR SLEEVES:
WHAT'RE THE FIVE ACES UP OBAMA-RAHM-AXELROD-JARRETT'S SLEEVE?
- 1 - THE AS YET UNSPENT PART OF THE STIMULUS; THEY WILL SPEND IT TO HELP THOSE WHO HELP THEM. THIS WAS THE WHOLE PLAN FROM THER START; IT WAS ALWAYS INTENDED AS A POLITICAL SLUSH FUND FOR THE MACHINE.)
- 2 - ACORN/SEIU/UAW-GM: THEY WILL GET THEIR GOONS OUT IN FORCE: INTIMIDATING THE GOP AND REGISTERING DEAD PEOPLE.
- 3 - ERIC HOLDER AND BOB BAUER COORDINATING AN ELECTORAL ATTACK ON THE GOP AND DEFENSE OF SEIU/ACORN/UAW/ AND THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY
- 4 - THE GENERAL EXPECTATION THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WILL BE COMING DOWN
- 5 - MICHELLE GETTING PREGNANT. (THIS ACE THEY'D RATHER PLAY IN 2011-12, BUT THEY WILL USE IT IF NECESSARY).
BUT ONE THE PEOPLE WILL WIN.
YES: DESPITE THE CHICAGO MACHINE'S ALINSKY STRATEGY, WE WILL HAVE A GOP CONGRESS IN 2010.
SO... WHY ARE THEY GONNA DO IT?
- THEY'RE COWARDS.
- YUP: THEY LACK THE COURAGE TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND TAKE THE BLAME FOR KILLING OBAMACARE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND THEIR BASE AND THE MSM.
- AND THEY FEEL THAT SOMEONE ELSE WILL STEP UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THEM, THUS ALLOWING THEM TO VOTE YES ON A BILL THAT WILL FAIL.
- AND - IF IT GETS SIGNED INTO LAW - THEY'RE COUNTING ON THE FACT THAT MAJORS CHANGES WON'T BE FELT UNTIL AFTER 2010.
- IOW: THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THEIR CAKE AND EAT IT, TOO:
- THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO TELL VOTERS THEY TRIED TO HELP - BY VOTING YES ON A FLAWED BILL, AND THEN BLAME THE FACT THAT IT FAILED TO BECOME LAW ON THE OTHER GUYS, BUSH, THE GOP, AND SO ON.
- THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS DOMINATED BY COLLECTIVISTS, RELATIVISTS AND COWARDS.
YUP: I'M PREDICTING THAT THE GOP WILL RETAKE BOTH BODIES OF CONGRESS IN 2010.
UPDATE: Sean Trende RCP agrees: the bill is political suicide
OBAMACARE IN FOUR EASY STEPS: WAIT IN LINE; BEND OVER; INSERT BUREAUCRACY DESIGNED BY POLITICIANS TO SERVE CRONIES
A court in the US has for the first time charged suspected members of al-Qaeda with plotting to traffic cocaine in order to fund terrorism.
The three suspects, who are believed to be from Mali, were extradited to New York from Ghana.
They were arrested this week in an operation involving informants posing as Colombian leftist rebels.
The suspects allegedly offered al-Qaeda protection for moving cocaine from West Africa through the Sahara to Spain.
They arrived in the US on Friday and were ordered to be held without bail after a brief court appearance. They did not enter pleas to charges of narco-terrorism conspiracy and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, US officials said.
Washington has long been concerned about close ties between militants and the heroin trade in Afghanistan but the African case appears to show an expansion of both al-Qaeda's global operations and the US response, The Associated Press news agency reports.
... The US authorities say the men are associates of al-Qaeda's North African branch and had told US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) informants that al-Qaeda could protect major shipments of cocaine in the region, driving the drugs by lorry through the Sahara desert.
All in their 30s, the suspects were named as Oumar Issa, Harouna Toure and Idriss Abelrahman.
Unsealed court papers say Mr Toure and Mr Abelrahman at one point claimed the profits from the drug business would "go to their people to support the fight for 'the cause'".
The DEA infiltrated the group by using informants posing as supporters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc.
ARE THEIR SAUDI FUNDS DRYING UP?
AND IT'S KEY TO NOTE THAT THEY WERE READILY ACCEPTING OF HELP FROM THE LEFTISTS OF FARC (A TERRORIST GROUP SUPPORTED BY CHAVEZ). THEY KNOW WHO THEIR FRIENDS ARE.
IT WAS A GREAT STING BY THE USA.
NOW: HOW LONG BEFORE THE CCR AND THE ACLU PROTEST AND ARGUE ENTRAPMENT?!?!
IT WASN'T MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING; IT WAS COLD:
Thousands in Eurostar 'nightmare'
Passengers trapped on board broken-down Eurostar trains for up to 16 hours have been talking about their ordeals.
More than 2,000 people were trapped inside the Channel Tunnel for hours after five trains suffered electrical failure due to freezing conditions.
One commuter called the experience a "complete nightmare".
Eurostar ran a limited service but later cancelled three of the four trains due to leave London on Saturday and scrapped all services for Sunday.
It said the cancellations were made due to ongoing concerns with the weather.
Passenger Meena Wells said there were angry scenes when these were announced.
She said: "People were shouting, screaming and crying. They are very upset and actually refusing to leave the platform."
Some test trains will run on Sunday but will not carry passengers.
Meanwhile, police have urged motorists to stay away from major routes around Dover and Folkestone unless their journey is essential.
Continued delays are expected on the M20 and other routes because of the tunnel problems and severe weather preventing ferries disembarking at Calais.
... Elsewhere freezing conditions caused travel disruption in the south and east of England and blizzards caused dozens of accidents across Scotland.
Flights in and out of London suffered delays, with 26 cancellations throughout the day at Heathrow Airport, a BAA spokesperson said.
Breakdown recovery service the AA said call-outs were up 250% on a normal Saturday to around 20,000, and more snow is expected in Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England.
During the Eurostar delays some passengers were stuck on a train for up to seven hours in sidings in Folkestone.
Lucy Morris' 2hr 20min journey from Paris took her more than 16 hours.She was stuck in the Channel Tunnel for about five hours and after her train was towed out, she was transferred on to another train, which was stuck in the sidings.
AGW = BS.
Swiss Minaret Ban Now Going Before European Human Rights Court, Likely OverturningLESS DEMOCRACY FOR EUROPEANS, AND MORE ISLAMIZATION.
Despite being passed by Swiss voters. This is what happens when you give up your sovereignty.
IT'S A RECIPE FOR 1000 YEARS OF DARKNESS.
OBAMA AND HIS COMRADES IN THE CONGRESS ARE BUYING VOTES; IT'S COSTING THEM HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS - OF OUR MONEY.
FILTHY SOCIALIST SCUM.
UPDATE: HALF A DAY LATER, GLENN REYNOLDS AGREES:
GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE.
Also paid for: Bernie Sanders. Why not? It’s your money they’re buying votes with, not theirs.
Friday, December 18, 2009
... the current administration is awarding rights and giving the benefit of every doubt to Islamist terrorists while simultaneously making it more difficult and more dangerous for the young men and women who risk their lives to protect us.IF THAT AIN'T TREASON NUTTIN IS.
- GIVING KSM A TRIAL IN NYC. RELEASING OTHER GITMO DETAINEES. BRINGING OTHER TO ILLINOIS.
TURNABOUT IS FAIRPLAY: MUSLIMS SHOULD BE TREATED IN EUROPE AS THE JEWS & CHRISTIANS ARE TREATED IN THE WEST BANK, GAZA, EGYPT AND IRAN AND SO ON...
AND A HUGE PART OF BAGHDAD'S POPULATION UNTIL THE 1930'S.
CHRISTIANS WERE ONCE THE MAJORITY IN ALL OF NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST.
BUT THINGS CHANGED WITH THE ADVENT OF MOHAMMED'S JIHAD.
AND NOT JUST VIOLENT JIHAD, BUT ALSO INSIDIOUS JIHAD AND CREEPING SHARIA.
LEBANON'S CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN FLEEING FOR 100 YEARS.
AND THE CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN FLEEING THE SO-CALLED WEST BANK EVER SINCE ARAFAT RETURNED.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ROBERT FISK WROTE ABOUT THIS IN 1997:
The Independent (London), Wednesday, 24 September 1997, p. 11 By Robert Fisk Exodus: Christians of the Arab world flee their Biblical homeland
The Christians of the Middle East are making an unprecedented exodus from the lands in which their ancestors have lived since Christ taught here. At least two million are estimated to have left in the past five years alone, leaving only 12 million Christians in and around the lands of the Bible. And, as Robert Fisk reports from Bkerke, Lebanon, half the entire million-strong Christian population of the Arab world’s most moderate state have departed in just 20 years.
... Every day, the Christians drift up to the great stone palace of Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir above Beirut to appeal for assistance in leaving the land in which their forebears have lived for two millennia.
Fr Michel fully understands the tragedy. He is the historian of Lebanon’s Maronites — who are affiliated to the Roman Catholic church — and knows all too well that since the start of the country’s 1975-90 civil war, the nation has haemorrhaged its Christian population. “We were a little more than a million before the war but we have lost 500,000 of our people in 22 years,” he says. “The Maronites love liberty and freedom. When a Christian here sees that liberty is infringed upon, he becomes angry.”
Whether or not liberties are in danger is a matter of fierce debate in Syrian-dominated Lebanon. But the disaster overwhelming the Maronite community in the country — one that Muslims suggest is of their own making — is mirrored elsewhere in the Middle East. Egypt’s 6 million Christian Copts are leaving their country in tens of thousands — the community is “holding its own” by breeding as fast as its population leaves and still stands at 6 million, about 10 per cent of the population. But Christians are increasingly a target for Islamists opposed to the government in Cairo — 25 of the 77 Egyptians murdered since February have been Christian villagers in upper Egypt — while the regime insists that even the repair of churches must receive official permission.
IT'S GOTTEN WORSE SINCE 1997.
AS CHRISTIANS HAVE STEADILY FLED LEBANON AND EGYPT AND IRAQ ETC SO TOO SHOULD MUSLIMS NOW FLEE THE WEST. ONLY FASTER.
AS LONG AS CHRISTIANS AND JEWS CAN'T LIVE IN PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, MUSLIMS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE WEST. ESPECIALLY NOT LIKE THIS IN PARIS:
EITHER EUROPEANS FIGHT TO REMAIN EUROPEAN AND DEMAND THAT MUSLIMS ASSIMILATE OR LEAVE, OR EUROPEANS WILL CEASE TO BE EUROPEANS IN ANY MEANINGFUL CULTURAL SENSE.
EUROPE IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING THE POINT OF NO RETURN.
THEY MUST STOP WORRYING ABOUT CO2 AND LEFTIST WET DREAMS OF CARBON TAXES AND NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, AND START WORRYING ABOUT ISLAMIZATION.
IF THEY DONL;T FIGHT BACK, THEN PARIS WILL BECOME PARISTANBUL, THE EIFFEL TOWER A MUEZZIN AND NOTRE DAME A MOSQUE.
A four-way study by university psychologists in Toronto and San Diego found precise distances between a woman's eyes and between her eyes and mouth determined whether she was thought to be beautiful.
... The perfect distance between the eyes and mouth is 36 per cent of the depth of the face, the research published recently in the journal Vision Research said. And the perfect distance between the middle of the eyes should be 46 per cent of the width of the face.
... "Our finding also explains why sometimes an attractive person looks unattractive or vice versa after a haircut, because hairdos change the ratios."
... Does anyone measure up? The distances are actually average, said Pallett. But they did find a perfect example of facial proportions: Cheryl Cole, the 26-year-old Girls Aloud singer and judge on the U.K. reality show X Factor.
YES AND CHERYL COLE HAS NICE DIMENSIONS:
THE DOLLAR STARTS GETTING BETTER AS OBAMACARE AND AGW MADNESS SEEM LESS LIKELY.
- I THINK IN 2010, THE DOLLAR IS GOING TO BE AS HIGH AS OBAMA (THE SUPPOSED POST-PARTISAN MODERATE)WAS SWORN IN.
- THE MORE IT BECAME APPARENT TO ALL THAT OBAMA WAS AND REMAINS A STEALTH SOCIALIST THE LOWER THE DOLLAR GOT.
- NOW THAT IT'S APPARENT HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO INFLICT HIS SOCIALIST DYSTOPIA UPON US, THE DOLLAR IS REBOUNDING.
HE WAS WRONG.
OBAMA HAS AN AGW PACT, JUST AS AWFUL.
An accord which is non-binding is also known as "dudes blowing smoke up each other's asses," but that doesn't mean this is harmless.OBAMA AND HIS COMRADES IN THE CONGRESS ARE NOW THE BIGGEST DOMESTIC THREAT AMERICA FACES.
There is no binding part of this deal.
That's why China, India, etc., have agreed to it.
It doesn't require them to do anything.
Instead, it asks countries that are stupid enough to slit their economic throats to do so, so that India and China and so on can reap the rewards.
Guess which country is foremost among those currently headed by a man stupid enough to do this?
BTW: THEY DID THE SAME KIND OF MANEUVERING IN COPENHAGEN THAT THEY'RE DOING IN DC: LAST MINUTE NEGOTIATING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITHOUT ALL THE EFFECTED PARTIES AT THE TABLE.
AT LEAST THE COPENHAGEN DEAL IS NON-BINDING.
ALL WE NEED TO DO IS ELECT A GOP CONGRESS IN 2010 TO MAKE SURE IT HAS NO EFFECT ON OUR PROSPERITY.
AGW = BS.
The agreement is believed to be based on a document that was being edited by high-ranking officials from some two dozen countries throughout the day.
In that draft, developed nations committed to a long-term target of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. No specific midterm target was set. Developing countries, meanwhile, would pursue mitigation efforts of their own, and agreed in general terms to some sort of reporting on those efforts — something the industrialized world had been seeking.
The draft dropped earlier language that said a binding accord should be reached “as soon as possible,” and no later than at the next meeting of the parties, in Mexico City in November 2010. Instead, the draft set no specific deadline, saying only that the agreement should be reviewed and put in place by 2015.
... Mr. Obama noted that the United States would not be legally bound by anything agreed to in Copenhagen on Friday, and that, due to weather in Washington, he was leaving ahead of a full vote on the agreement.
THE COPENHAGEN AGREEMENT IS BS2.
- LIKE OBAMACARE, IT'S AN AGREEMENT THAT LEAVES NOBODY HAPPY.
- THAT'S A TESTAMENT TO OBAMA'S UTTER INCOMPETENCE.
OBAMA HAD TO LEAVE COPENHAGEN EARLIER THAN SCHEDULED BECAUSE OF SNOW - IN COPENHAGEN AND WASHINGTON DC!
Weather for Copenhagen, Denmark
27°F | °CCurrent: Overcast
Wind: NE at 20 mph
28°F | 22°FSat 28°F | 21°FSun 27°F | 25°FMon 35°F | 30°F
It appears the "warmist in chief" will be greeted with around a foot of global warming as he returns from Bizarrohagen. Scheduled to return tonight, its looking ugly for the east coast, and D.C.is predicted to get a foot or more of paralyzing global warming over the next 36 hours. God just emailed me to say: "I just love tweaking pinheads like this".
GOTTA LUV IT!
BUT WE SEE THIS HEADLINE IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME:
Spain: We'll strive for a Palestinian state in 2010
The Spanish Foreign Minister said on Friday that Spain, as the next European Union president, intends on working towards a Palestinian state in 2010.
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos told a news briefing in Brussels on Friday that his country, which takes over the EU presidency for six months in January, would strive for quick talks.
"My idea and my dream ... is to work for having in 2010, finally, a Palestinian state that could live in peace and security with Israel," Moratinos said.
I AM SO HAPPY THAT SPAIN AND EUROPE ARE GONNA SOLVE ALL OF ISRAEL'S PROBLEMS WITH THE ARABS.
MAYBE HE AND HIS SOCIALIST COMRADE/BOSS ZAPATERO OUGHT TO DEAL WITH THEI ANTISEMITISM PROBLEM AND THE BASQUES, FIRST.
OR LOOK AT IT THIS WAY: HOW WOULD HE LIKE IT IF CHINA AND THE UN WERE TELLING HIM AND SPAIN THEY HAD TO GIVE BASQUES THEIR OWN COUNTRY.
IOW: SPAIN AND THE EU OUGHT TO STFU.
Liberals like Senator Bernard Sanders are signaling that they have compromised enough to win over moderates.
Bernie Saunders a LIBERAL!?!? He's a self described socialist!
Take someone who earns £200,000 a year and who makes £20,000 of contributions to their pension scheme, which are matched by identical contributions from their employer.
In the current tax year 2009-10 their total tax bill, including national insurance contributions (NICs) will come to £67,689.
By 2011-12 they will have to pay more as follows:
• Tax on employer contributions: 30% on £20,000 = £6,000
• Tax relief on own pension contributions reduced by = £4,000
• lost = £2,590
• Impact of 50% tax rate = £5,000
• NICs: 1% extra on £194,285 = £1,943
• NICs: increase in start point = £91 saved
• Total extra tax = £19,442.
That is a whopping increase in that person's tax bill of 29%, to £87,131.
A LOT OF BRITS WILL BE MOVING. BUT JUST THE BEST EARNERS AND BIGGEST PRODUCERS.
IT'S THE DETROITIZATION OF BRITAIN.
Posted at 9:49 am by Glenn Reynolds
PORKULUS WAS ALWAYS INTENDED AS A PATRONAGE TOOL AND NEVER MEANT TO REALLY STIMULATE THE ECONOMY.
ALL DC WOULD'VE HAD TO DO IN ORDER TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY WAS TO CUT TAXES AND DECLARE A ONE YEAR SS & MEDICARE TAX HOLIDAY.
THAT WOULD HAVE MEANT EVERYONE WOULD'VE GOTTEN A 15% RAISE AND SPENT IT AS THEY SAW FIT.
LETTING PEOPLE KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY WOULD'VE NOT GIVEN ANY POWER TO THE MACHINE - THAT'S WHY THEY DID WHAT THEY DID.
Obama is working harder on AGW/CO2 and Obamacare than unemployment and Iran/WW4.AND OBAMA IS NOT EFFECTIVE IN THESE TWO AREAS EITHER.
- WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
- IN RECORD TIME.
- AND AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME, TOO.
Seattle - A King County jury on Tuesday found Naveed Haq guilty of aggravated first-degree murder in the 2006 shootings at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, a verdict that carries an automatic life sentence.He should be handed the death sentence to boot. If he's to go to prison for life, he should at least be put in isolation.
After hearing seven weeks of testimony, the jury also found Haq guilty of five counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of unlawful imprisonment and one count of malicious harassment, the state's hate-crime law.
Haq opened fire in the center's offices, killing Pamela Waechter, 58. Several of the shooting victims who were in the courtroom hugged tearfully when the verdicts were announced.
John Demjanjuk, while working after World War II as a truck driver for the US army motor pool in Ulm, Germany, deliberately ran over and killed Moshe Lisogorski on August 20, 1947, Lisogorski's son Saul told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.Demjanjuk must be hanged for his obscene, repulsive crimes. Or even given the electric chair.
Saul Liskin, who was six at the time of the alleged murder, said the family had never been able to track down their father's killer. They realized it was Demjanjuk, Liskin said, when reading a Post article last week.
The article reported that German prosecutors were investigating new allegations that Demjanjuk, who is on trial in Munich for his role in the murders of 27,900 Jews at Sobibor during the war, also deliberately ran over and killed an unnamed man, possibly a Jew, in Ulm in 1947.
"My father is that Jew," said Liskin.
"I always knew the circumstances of my father's death, but I never had a name to go with the murder," said Liskin, speaking to the Post by telephone from Los Angeles. "I was totally shocked to realize it was Demjanjuk. I've followed his story for the past 10 years and more."
Liskin said he was convinced that the Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk was the killer. "I would like to see him ultimately hanged after the trial, if he's found guilty, like Adolf Eichmann," he said.
Demjanjuk, 89, whose trial resumes on Monday, is known to have worked for the US army motor pool in Germany after WWII. He "found himself in the United States zone of occupation," according to biographical information cited by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. After residence in several camps, he "arrived in Regensburg, Germany, where he drove a truck in an American Army motor pool from 1947-1949," according to authors Henry Friedlander and Earlean McCarrick.
Liskin said the circumstances of his father's death were relayed to the family by his mother, Esther, who died 11 years ago, and are also detailed in a family memoir written by his uncle. Liskin read out the relevant sentence from his uncle's memoir: "My brother Maishke [Moshe's nickname] was later run over by a Ukrainian murderer who claimed it was an accident and was released."
Moshe Lisogorski was also working for the motor pool in Ulm, Saul Liskin said. The family - Moshe, Esther, six-year-old Saul and his infant younger brother - were living in the city in a displaced persons camp.
On the fateful day of August 20, 1947, Liskin said, citing his late mother's description of events, "My father and a group of other Jews working for the same company were sitting on a bench eating their lunch. An individual working for the same organization started threatening them with his truck. He was playing chicken with them. They all left the bench, except for my father."
Liskin continued: "My father sat there defiant. As a result, the crazed lunatic ran into him and killed him."
Moshe Lisogorski was 34.
Liskin said that "for years I tried to get more information" to no avail. He said his mother had thought that some kind of trial was held at the time, and that the killer went to jail for at least a certain period, but she may have been mistaken.
Along with his father's death certificate, he said, he had documents showing the insurance payments made to the family by the US army motor pool, which described his father's death as an accident. But he stressed that his mother had always emphasized that "others who were at the scene testified that he was purposely murdered."
Moshe Lisogorski was born in a shtetl called Zetl in Lithuania. Esther was born in Poland, where Liskin was born. Moshe served in the Russian army in WWII, while his young family fled into Russia. After the war, they were reunited in Poland, and then made their way to the displaced persons camp in Ulm, where his father got work as a painter and varnisher in the US army motor pool.
Moshe had intended to move the family to Israel, said Liskin, "but when he was killed in Ulm, my mom's relatives brought us to the United States." The family changed their name from Lisogorski to Liskin when they moved to the US.
The Post on Thursday contacted the public prosecutions office in Ulm on behalf of Liskin, who is ready to begin speaking to the prosecutors and giving evidence right away.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I THINK IF THEY DO VOTE - WHETHER IT PASSES OR NOT, THAT IT'LL TURN OUT TO BE A LUMP OF COAL AND NOT A GIFT.
ANYTHING THEY CAN PASS WILL PISS OF THEIR BASE AND ALIENATE THEM FROM THE MIDDLE, TOO.
IT'S A LOSE-LOSE SCENARIO FOR THE DEMS - COURTESY OF OBAMA.
THE FRUITS OF ISLAM: LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY: "... unusually high number of male pseudohermaphrodite births in the Gaza"
Rare gender identity defect hits Gaza families
There are an unusually high number of male pseudohermaphrodite births in the Gaza neighborhood of Jabalya, where Nadir and Ahmed live.
Dr. Jehad Abudaia, a Canadian-Palestinian pediatrician and urologist practicing in Gaza, says he has diagnosed nearly 80 cases like Nadir's and Ahmed's in the last seven years.
"It is astonishing that we have [so] many cases with this defect, which is very rare all over the world," Abudaia says. He attributes the high frequency of this birth defect to "consanguinity," or in-breeding.
"If you want to go to the root of the problem, this problem runs in families in the genes." Abudaia says. "They want to get married to cousins... they don't go to another family. This is a problem."
ISLAM BREEDS THIS KIND OF STUFF MORE THAN ANY OTHER IDEOLOGY ON EARTH.
AVATAR NOT GETTING RAVES.
Cameron basically has gambled $500 million and four years of his life on being able to make the mass market root for aliens and against people.
Big Blue cat-like aliens.
I don't think this is a good bet.
I think you can get a small segment of the global audience to root for aliens and like this movie, but not as many as would root for humans against Aliens or for lovers on the Titanic.
Cameron probably felt that the ecological hook was enough to make people root for aliens.
I bet he's as wrong on this count as Gore is about AGW.
WHAT'S AT BLOOMBERG TODAY:REGULAR READERS KNOW THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. SPREAD THE WORD. BLOGROLL US. BOOKMARK US.
Denmark has a maritime climate and milder winters than its Scandinavian neighbors. It hasn’t had a white Christmas for 14 years, under the DMI’s definition, and only had seven last century. Temperatures today fell as low as minus 4 Celsius (25 Fahrenheit).
WAS AT THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS YESTERDAY.
then he [CHAVEZ] wound up to his grand conclusion – 20 minutes after his 5 minute speaking time was supposed to have ended and after quoting everyone from Karl Marx to Jesus Christ — “our revolution seeks to help all people…socialism, the other ghost that is probably wandering around this room, that’s the way to save the planet, capitalism is the road to hell…. let’s fight against capitalism and make it obey us.”THEY ARE TELLING US WHAT IT'S REALLY ALL ABOUT.
He won a standing ovation.
AGW = BS = MERELY A MEANS FOR STEALTH SOCIALISM.
Socialism always fails. No exceptions. If it's working, you're still in the early stage of killing the kulaks and growing the politburo.
Here's another socialist education success story: 2/3 of Detroit socialist school kids perform as well on standardized tests as people who were raised by wolves and randomly filled in answers, no exaggeration. We as a society would be better off just not even trying to educate them, since we would at least save money while accomplishing nothing. That's because educating kids is not our responsibility as a society and the free market has a magical way (the Invisible Hand) of forcing reality on people by destroying insane leftist delusions like socialist education possibly ever working. I don't care if people can't afford to raise their own kids. We can't afford it as a nation, either, so why spread the failure and the poverty around?
And we pay for this.
I repeat: We as a society would be better off just not even trying to educate them, since we would at least save money while still accomplishing nothing.
Continuing this destructive, unaffordable charade is living Einstein's definition of insanity as a matter of national policy.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
December 16, 2009
WE HAD THIS A WEEK AGO. TIM BLAIR LINKED TO IT.
REGULAR READERS KNOW THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.
SPREAD THE WORD. BLOGROLL US. BOKMARK US.
But, there's also more: it seems that CAIR, now under investigation by the FBI, has been working behind the scenes on this, and the media has been complicit in their involvement (also via Jihad Watch).
This is very atrocious, and should logically destroy the credibility of Meredith Heagney and Michael Kruse. The most telling thing about the pictures provided is the one saying "DO NOT RELEASE TO PUBLIC" and "FATHIMA RIFQA BARY TALKING POINTS". It's something very eyebrow-raising.
- COPENHAGEN, DENMARK HAS HAD A WHITE CHRISTMAS ONLY SEVEN TIMES IN THE LAST 100 YEARS: 1915, 1923, 1938, 1956, 1969, 1981, 1995.
- AND PROBABLY THIS YEAR.
AGW = BS.
In this Reuters story (15 December 2009) they report: “Describing a ‘runaway melt’ of the Earth’s ice, rising tree mortality and prospects of severe water scarcities, Gore told a UN audience: ‘In the face of effects like these, clear evidence that only reckless fools would ignore, I feel a sense of frustration’ at the lack of agreement so far.”
Now to most people, “rising tree mortality” raises the specter of a world with less greenery. But how does real world data compare with the virtual modeled world? Is the world getting less greener? Is there any hint of the virtual world in the real world data?
Satellite data for the real world (not the one Mr. Gore lives in) can help give us an idea.
Globally net primary productivity (NPP) has increased. As the IPCC’s WG II report (p. 106) says:
Satellite-derived estimates of global net primary production from satellite data of vegetation indexes indicate a 6% increase from 1982 to 1999, with large increases in tropical ecosystems (Nemani et al., 2003) [Figure 1]. The study by Zhou et al. (2003), also using satellite data, confirm that the Northern Hemisphere vegetation activity has increased in magnitude by 12% in Eurasia and by 8% in NorthAmerica from 1981 to 1999
AGW = BS.
Weather for Copenhagen, Denmark
34°F | °CCurrent: Light snow
Wind: SW at 6 mph
35°F | 26°FThu 32°F | 26°FFri 28°F | 24°FSat 28°F | 22°F
AGW = BS.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Seriously. Could they be more pathetic?
Yes, they could and have done so. Remember CNN's little foray into Pallywood earlier this year, when they staged a medical emergency because the Joooooz were supposedly just killing people indiscriminately because Joooooz have no right to defend themselves against terrorists who shoot rockets at preschools?
And who could forget this crazy rant on the part of a CNN producer directed at Knesset member Danny Ayalon, in which Nidal Rafa channels Arafat for three minutes?:
But her grandfather was "in" before 1948 so she's a real Fakestinian. Therefore the Joooooz should leave the land which they've inhabited for 4500 years because the "indigenous" people (who aren't even Arabs, had no contact with Arabs and didn't speak Arabic until 3000 years after the founding of Israel, and are only Semitic because they're Joooooz whose ancestors were forcibly converted, not because they have any Arabian ancestry whatsoever, and if they did, why would they call the Levant their land?) were driven out by other fake Arabs, which is also the Jooooz' fault somehow.
CNN: staying classy and producing great journalism by crazy people's standards for 20 years.
FOLLOW YOUTUBE LINKS FOR PARTS 4, 5, AND 6.
SHOW THIS TO EVERYONE YOU NOW WHO BELIEVES IN AGW; IT WILL BLOW THEIR MINDS.
IT'S TRULY COSMIC.
COPENHAGEN DENMARK data derived from GHCN 2 Beta. 2385 months between 1768 and 1980
- THURSDAY'S AND FRIDAY'S HIGH TEMPERATURE IS EXPECTED TO BE 30F - WITH SNOW.
YOU'D THINK THAT THIS FACT - AND THE FACT THAT THERE HAVE BEEN THOUSANDS OF RECORD LOWS AND RECORD SNOWFALLS ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS - WOULD HAVE SOME IMPACT ON THE ECO-FASCISTS.
THEIR MINDS HAVE BEEN MADE UP.
THEIR MINDS ARE CLOSED.
THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. OR DEBATE IT.
THIS AS MUCH AS ANYTHING ELSE PROVES THEY ARE FULL OF IT, AND THAT THEIR "SCIENCE" IS FLAWED.
IF THE SCIENCE REALLY BACKED THEM UP, THEN THEY'D LOVE TO DEBATE IT.
TAB ON NOVEMBER 16:MICHAEL BARONE: Are Democrats Exiting The Sinking Ship?Posted at 10:06 am by Glenn Reynolds
REGULAR READERS KNOW WE SCOOP THE BIGGIES ALL THE TIME. SPREAD THE WORD. BLOGROLL US. BOOKMARK US.
- WHORES AND ECO-FASCISTS: PERFECT TOGETHER.
- NO. SORRY. WHORES DESERVE BETTER THAN THAT.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday told members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)'s Central Council that he would not be willing to resume peace talks with Israel until the latter stops settlement construction in the West Bank and recognizes the borders of a future Palestinian state, the Chinese News Agency reported.ABBAS/FATAH IS EXPLICITLY REJECTING UNSCR 242; THEREFORE, THEY ARE EXPLICITLY REJECTING THE "PEACE PROCESS":
"If settlement activity were to stop completely for a specific period and borders of a [Palestinian] state were declared within the 1967 borders, we would go to negotiations," Abbas said ahead of the meeting in Ramallah.
During his speech, the PA president called on the world to work toward negotiations that would eventually see a Palestinian state established in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
- UNSCR 242 HAS GOVERNED ALL NEGOTIATIONS (UNTIL NOW); IT SAID THE PARTIES WOULD NEGOTIATE DEFENSIBLE BORDERS; IT DOD NOT SAY ISRAEL HAD TO RETURN TO 1967 BORDERS.
- ABBAS IS NOT ONLY IGNORING UNSCR 242, HE WANTS A FINAL DEAL BEFORE GOING BACK TO THE TABLE!
- IT'S EFFECTIVELY AN ULTIMATUM.
- THIS PROVES THE ENTIRE "PEACE PROCESS" WITH FATAH/PLO/PALESTINIANS IS A SHAM. A FREAKIN' WASTE OF TIME.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years.GORE FLAT OUT LIED. WHATTADICKHEAD. IT'S LIKE COING ENITAL WITH HIM: HIS CRAP IS ALWAYS BIGGER, BADDER AND WORSER.
In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference:
“These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”
However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.
“It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”
MORE THAN THAT - CUZ IT AIN'T JUST GORE, THE WHOLE DANG ATTEMPT TO SCARE PEOPLE INTO ACCEPTING THE AGW AGENDA BY YELLING ABOUT ARCTIC ICE MELT IS ALL JUST A BUNCH OF FREAKIN BULL.
THE ICE CAP HAS DECLINED MANY TIMES BEFORE. AND IT WAS REPORTED CONTEMPORANEOUSLY IN... THE NYTIMES.
AGW: IT'S ALL A BUNCH OF CRAP. BULLSHIT. I MEAN MANBEARPIGSHIT.
Climategate is a global household name. No cat has ever emancipated itself more completely from the bag. It is a world-wide scandal – thanks to the internet.
Yet, as its ramifications proliferate and dominoes continue to fall, the most repeatedly asked question online is: how can the mainstream media ignore this?
Well, we know the answer to that: the MSM are in thrall to the leftist consensus. End of story.
But let me pose a follow-up question that may be becoming more imminently relevant.Are the mainstream media capable of surviving their sidelining of the number one global scoop? Are they finally committing suicide?
MTA WORKERS TO GET 12% RAISE: JUDGE IN PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF NEW YORK HELPS UNIONS AND SCREWS THE LITTLE GUY
Next year’s shortfall for the agency came out to $383 million, after sharp drops in state funding and tax revenues.AND SO ON...
The problems were compounded last week when a State Supreme Court judge upheld an arbitration ruling awarding 11.5 percent raises to transit workers over the next three years.
- ... Starting mid-year, fewer subway trains would run in the middle of the day, late at night and on weekends.
- Two lines, the W and Z, would stop running altogether,
- and service on the M and G lines would be reduced.
- Several stations in Lower Manhattan would be closed overnight,
- and dozens of bus lines throughout the boroughs would see a reduction or elimination in service.
- ... Under the plan, hundreds of thousands of students who currently receive free or discounted fares on the city’s transit system will lose half of their discount in September 2010, with the rest swept away by September 2011.
- MANY MTA CONDUCTORS MAKE $150,000/YEAR ON METRO NORTH.
- AND THEY'RE GETTING A 12% INCREASE.
- TO PAY FOR THE RAISE TO THE 36,000 UNION MEMBERS WHO ARE WORKING, EVERY SINGLE NY'ER IS GONNA HAVETA SUFFER CRAPPIER SERVICE.
- THAT'S 3,000,000 CRAPPIER RIDES A DAY TO PAYOFF 36,000 UNION MEMBERS.
- HMMMM: YA KNOW, UNIONS THAT DO WORK FOR THE GOV'T SEEM TO DO DO VERY VERY WELL - LIKE THE SEIU AND AFSCME AND THE NEA.
WANNA STOP THE INSANITY!?
THEN VOTE GOP ON 2010.
A strong case can be made that when it comes to energy and climate issues, Mr. Bloomberg is the most visionary public official in the country.
And a strong argument can also be made that on a personal level, he ranks among the worst individual polluters ever to hold public office.
Mr. Bloomberg owns a helicopter and two jets, both Falcon 900s. He flies everywhere on private jets, by far the least efficient form of transportation on or above the earth. He takes his jet to Bermuda many weekends. He has flown around the globe on it. He uses it to go to Washington. He is planning to get to Copenhagen for the climate conference by private jet, too.The carbon math works out like this: by taking his Falcon 900 to Denmark, Mr. Bloomberg will be responsible for the release of 37 times the carbon dioxide than if he and his entourage flew on a scheduled commercial flight.
JUS' A HYPOCRITICAL PHONY-ASSED MUTHAFREAKIN' NANNYSTATIN' PIECE OF CO2 SPEWIN' CRAP.
LIKE MOST OF THE BIGGIES PUSHING THE LEFTIST AGW AGENDA.
AND IT IS LEFTIST, MERELY STEALTH SOCIALISM.
IT'S JUST THE BIGGIES PUSHING IT - LIKE GORE AND BLOOMBERG AND BLAIR AND SO ON - BELIEVE IN BREZHNEV SOCIALISM.
LIKE REYNOLDS SAYS: "WHEN THOSE WHO ARGUE IT'S A CRISIS START BEHAVING LIKE IT'S A CRISIS, THEN I MIGHT BELIEVE THEM."
SO DISSING THEM IS HYPOCRITICAL.
SO IS THE POLICY OBAMA ADVOCATES; HE WANTS BANKS TO LEND MORE, BUT HE WANTS THEM TO LEND MORE CAREFULLY.
THE BANKS CANNOT DO BOTH.
THE BANKS MUST LEND CAREFULLY.
FORCING BANKS TO MAKE BAD LOANS IS WHAT INFLATED THE REAL ESTATE BUBBLE AND LEAD TO OUR RECENT CRASH.
OBAMA IS TRYING TO HAVE HIS CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.
HE CANNOT. NO ONE CAN. AND IT'S ONE REASON WHY HE'S A FREAKIN' LOUSY POTUS.
IT'S FUNDAMENTALLY INDECISIVE.
ONE MUST EITHER HAVE THE CAKE OR EAT IT.
IT'S ONE REASON WHY OBAMA IS THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER: DEFEATING STRAW MEN NEVER SOLVED A REAL PROBLEM.
AND THE WORLD HAS SOME REAL PROBLEMS.
AND OBAMA IS INEFFECTIVELY DEALING WITH THEM.
DESPITE THE IMMINENT END OF THE WORLD DUE TO AGW, 1522 COLD RECORDS WERE SET LAST WEEK, ACCORDING TO NOAA
From the “weather is not climate” department. 815 new snowfall records, 304 low temperature, and 403 lowest max temperature records were set this week.(USE THE LINK FOR FULL DETAILS AND OTHER LINKS.)
IF MAN-MADE CO2 WAS DRIVING GLOBAL WARMING, THEN THIS WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE.
DESPITE DAILY INCREASES IN GLOBAL ATMOSPHERIC CO2, THE EARTH IS NO LONGER WARMING.
AND THE EARTH HASN'T GOTTEN WARMER THAN IT WAS IN 1998; IT'S BEEN COOLER THAN 1998 EVERY YEAR SINCE 1998.
AGW = BS.
WITH MAJORITIES IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE.
AND YET, THIS SELF-PROCLAIMED (AND MSM-ANOINTED) POST-PARTISAN PRESIDENT CANNOT MANAGE TO PASS A HEALTHCARE BILL.
IT HAS TOTALLY STALLED IN HARRY REID'S SENATE.
(THIS IS FITTING; THE SENATE WAS DESIGNED TO BE THE PLACE WHERE BAD BILLS GO TO DIE.)
OBAMA CAN'T PASS A BILL DESPITE THE MAJORITIES - AND DESPITE THE FURIOUS NON-STOP LIES ABOUT THE BILL'S EFFECT ON TAXES AND OUTLAYS AND HOW IT RELATES TO ABORTION.
I DON'T KNOW WHO IS MORE INCOMPETENT AND MENDACIOUS IN THIS MATTER: OBAMA; REID; OR PELOSI.
THEY TRULY SUCK, BIGTIME: INCOMPETENT; RADICAL LEFTISTS WHO HAVE BITTEN OFF MORE THAN THEY CAN CHEW - AND MORE THAN THE PUBLIC IS WILLING TO SWALLOW.
IT'S TIME FOR A REMAKE OF HITCHCOCK'S BIZARRE BLACK COMEDY, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY...
EACH THINKING THEY MIGHT BE BLAMED FOR HIS DEATH, RESIDENTS IN A QUAINT NEW ENGLAND VILLAGE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE CORPSE OF HARRY.
KINDA LIKE NOBODY WANTS TO ACCEPT BLAME FOR THE FIASCO KNOWN AS OBAMACARE.
I THINK THE REMAKE IS ALREADY A BOMB:
IT'S TOO LATE TO SAVE IT - TOO LATE TO RECUT IT OR RESHOOT SCENES; THOUGH OBAMA IS TRYING.
OBAMACARE IS A FIASCO ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT: IF IT PASSES OR IF IT DOESN'T.
AND IT'S ALL OBAMA'S FAULT.
IF OBAMA WAS 1/100TH AS SHREWD AS BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON, THEN HE'D COBBLE TOGETHER A BIPARTISAN BILL USING ALL OF THE GOP'S HEALTHCARE PROPOSALS, AND THEN TAKE CREDIT FOR IT THE WAY CLINTON DID WITH WELFARE REFORM.
THIS WON'T HAPPEN BECAUSE OBAMA IS A TRUE BLEIVER IN SOCIALISM.
The head of the.
said on Sunday that rich countries' offers of funds to for measures to mitigate or adapt to remain insufficient a week into U.N. talks.
ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda also told Reuters in an interview that if governments were to fail to reach a climate deal in Copenhagen, it could lead to a collapse of the carbon market which would hit efforts to deal with climate change
And, of course, that would mean Al Gore would lose an awful lot of money.
Exxon’s Natural Gas Holdings Grow With $31 Billion Deal - Investment Is A Bet That "Fossil Fuels" Will Remain A Critical Energy Source For Decades
This morning, we learned that Africans care so little about Global Warming that they are willing to walk out of the Copenhagen Summit EN MASSE, if they are not assured their slice of the Western pie. In other words, they have to be bribed to participate, even though it will be no skin off their backs.
And now, we find Exxon is betting big on Natural Gas. Will we never move on to a Green Economy? Will we never live peacefully with the Leviathan of Utopia?
From the New York Times:
In the biggest energy deal in years, Exxon Mobil said on Monday that it had agreed to buy XTO Energy, a domestic producer of natural gas, in an all-stock deal valued at $31 billion to increase its holdings in unconventional resources in the United States.
The deal includes the assumption of $10 billion in debt.
The purchase allows Exxon, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, to expand in shale gas, an area that has grown tremendously in the last few years. It will give Exxon the equivalent of about 45 trillion cubic feet of natural gas throughout the United States.
The acquisition extends Exxon’s bet that fossil fuels will remain a critical part of the nation’s energy supplies for decades to come.
In recent years, energy companies have discovered large reserves of natural gas tightly trapped in shale rocks in Texas, Colorado and Wisconsin, as well as in the Northeast. The discoveries have led to a gas drilling boom that has greatly expanded domestic resources, while also raising some environmental concerns.
Exxon will set up a production unit to manage its global portfolio of unconventional resources, which include shale gas, tight gas, coal bed methane and shale oil. It will be based in Fort Worth in XTO’s current offices.
It brings a tear to you eye, don't it?
Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Anyway, you might be interested to know that it is unlikely Natural Gas is a "Fossil Fuel" in the first place. Check this out, from Wikipedia:
Natural gas is a gas consisting primarily of methane. It is found associated with fossil fuels, in coal beds, as methane clathrates, and is created by methanogenic organisms in marshes, bogs, and landfills.Add to this, the fact that oil has also been found to be a naturally-occurring substance, not a "fossil fuel", and it just seems like every argument Greenies make is just coming down like a house of cards.