Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Sunday 'Report;' 10/28/2012 [Part 1]

What The National Pamphleteers Don't Report:
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White People Less Likely To Be Gay
by Tom Leonard,
October 19,2012
    Poorer blacks and Asians are more likely to be gay than wealthier whites, a controversial study claimed yesterday. A Gallup survey – said to be the largest of its kind ever undertaken in America – estimated that 3.4 per cent of US adults saw themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). That figure consisted of 4.6 per cent of African-Americans, 4.3 per cent of Asians, 4 per cent of Hispanics – but only 3.2 per cent of whites.
    In contrast to earlier, smaller studies, researchers also found that Americans with the lowest levels of education were most likely to say they were gay. A similar pattern was found in wealth, with more than 5 per cent of those with annual incomes of under £15,000 identified as gay compared with 2.8 per cent earning more than £37,000 a year. And while 21 per cent of American adults earn more than £56,000 a year, only 16 per cent of gay people claimed to earn that much.
    The survey – based on interviews with more than 121,000 people – contradicts [....]

Bottom Dollar.... Big Fixes
by Muscle Car,
undated videos
 Tommy and Mank pick up a low-dollar mule that's a prime candidate for some quickie improvements that make it run better, stop faster, and look better all at the same time. It's freshening up a tired heap into a rejuvenated head turner.

Why We Aren't Producing Enough Domestic Energy
by Amy Payne,
October 19, 2012
    President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney had a heated exchange about energy in the most recent debate. The President repeated his refrain that oil and gas production is the highest it has been in eight years, but Romney was right to point out that this was driven by production on private and state lands.
    The vast majority of America’s new oil and gas production is happening on private lands in states like North Dakota, Alaska and Texas. The environmental review and permitting process on federal lands, however, is burdensome and keeps resources untapped.
As Heritage’s Michael Sandoval has reported:

With Thorium, We Could Have Safe Nuclear Power
by Neil Reynolds,
The Globe And Mail
September 12, 2012
    In the beginning, nuclear scientists identified two fuel sources for the atomic age: uranium and thorium. They went with uranium. Why? It wasn't because uranium was the better fuel. Thorium is more abundant. It is simpler. It is safer. (Although slightly radioactive, it can't sustain a chain reaction in a nuclear reactor and, hence, can't "melt down.")  But thorium had one strategic disadvantage: You couldn't make plutonium from it. You could make plutonium from uranium. And plutonium was super-energetic, super-destructive. Man-made, the deadliest source of radioactive nuclear energy, plutonium is essentially forever.
    In the Cold War, the science goal was synonymous with the military goal: nuclear weapons. Plutonium delivered the deadliest mushroom cloud. Tonnes of it still swirl around in the biosphere, a legacy of atmospheric nuclear tests in the 1960s. Thorium couldn't compete. Regarding it as useless, the U.S. buried thousands of tonnes of it in the Nevada desert. A Swedish chemist [....]

The U.S. Should Withdraw From UNESCO
by Brett D. Shaffer,
October 19, 2012
    Last fall, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) granted membership to the Palestinian Authority. It did so despite clear warnings from Washington that this would necessitate an immediate freeze on all U.S. funding to the agency. Subsequently, President Obama stopped all U.S. financial contributions to the organization as required by U.S. law.  Since then, however, UNESCO and the Obama Administration have been pressing Congress to change the law, arguing that the prohibition threatens programs vital to U.S. interests and that the cut improperly punishes a valuable voice for integrity and moderation.
    Neither of these claims is persuasive or sufficient to trump the purpose of the law, which is to dissuade U.N. organizations from granting membership to the Palestinians before a negotiated peace agreement is concluded with Israel. To avoid [....]

Claim: obama Campaign Illegally Solicited Foreign Donors
by Matthew Boyle,
October 8, 2012
    President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has been soliciting foreigners for donations, an explosive report from the conservative Government Accountability Institute (GAI) shows.  Those foreign donors are allegedly visiting the Obama campaign’s donation solicitation Web pages through a social media website the campaign controls, and through an outside website that serves mostly Internet users from outside the United States.
    About 20 percent of visitors to the “” social media website “originated from foreign locations,” the report found. That Web address is owned [....]

Report: obama Tries To Spike Donor Scandal Story [above]
by Paul Bedard,
The Washington Examiner
October 5, 2012
    President Obama's reelection campaign, rattled by his Wednesday night debate performance, could be in for even worse news. According to knowledgeable sources, a national magazine and a national web site are preparing a blockbuster donor scandal story. Sources told Secrets that the Obama campaign has been trying to block the story. But a key source said it plans to publish the story Friday or, more likely, Monday. According to the sources, a taxpayer watchdog group conducted a nine-month investigation into presidential and congressional fundraising and has uncovered [....]

Mau-Mauing The U.S.A.
by Max Geltman,
National Review
January 21, 1972
(originally published in the print version of National Review, 01/21/1972)
    "Oh, my poor dear American fellow citizens! how humbly on my knees do I beg pardon,” Fanny Kemble wrote on returning to her native land in 1846, apologizing for the dim view she had held of her countrymen a dozen years earlier, which she had recorded in her famous travel journals of 1834. (It will be noted that my favorite reading while traveling is travel literature.)
    The business of Americans hating America is not new. Historians date the syndrome back to the first inauguration of Andrew Jackson. Before that a kind of insular pride prevailed in America’s unique experiment in freedom and in the excellence of the nation’s leaders, almost all of them aristocrats from Massachusetts and Virginia. But with the arrival in Washington of a “man of the people” there came a need to enforce a conception of America as an ideal to be emulated, a model for the world. Adams, Jefferson — even Franklin — would have been appalled at this, they having made it manifest that the American “experience” was not a commodity for profitable export. But with the “new” notion of America as an ideal to be envied and imitated, there grew up a body of “intellectual” criticism (whenever the “ideal” seemed to falter) that is with us still. Only now the criticism has grown sharper and darker. [....]
Rules Of Engagement Getting Our Soldiers Killed At Alarming Rate
by 'Coach,'
October 18, 2012
“American troops are needlessly exposed to increased enemy attack, suffer unnecessary casualties,cannot secure or control the indigenous population and are not allowed to deny freedom of movement or maneuver to the Taliban.”
   This is a portion of an 8 page letter that a Tactical Commander in Afghanistan,Colonel Harry Tunnell,wrote to Secretary of the Army John McHugh in August of 2010. Throughout this letter,Tunnell associates what he believes to be unnecessary dangers faced by American troops with the Army’s adoption of its “Counterinsurgency” operational doctrine known as COIN.
Introduced into the Afghan theater of operations by General David Petraeus in July of 2010,COIN includes 24 “points” to US commanders in the field,all based on the belief that “alienating Afghan civilians sows the seeds of our defeat.” In short,the intent of COIN is to “win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.”
     But the winning of those hearts and minds has come at a steep price. During the first 9 years of the war in Afghanistan,1000 American soldiers were killed. In the 27 months since the adoption of COIN,another 1000 American soldiers have been killed. As a function of time,that’s more than a 400% increase in the number of American casualties. And in his letter,Colonel Tunnell explains that COIN is the [....]

Libya And Lies
by Dr Thomas Sowell,
October 23, 2012
     It was a little much when President Barack Obama said that he was "offended" by the suggestion that his administration would try to deceive the public about what happened in Benghazi. What has this man not deceived the public about?  Remember his pledge to cut the deficit in half in his first term in office? This was followed by the first trillion dollar deficit ever, under any President of the United States — followed by trillion dollar deficits in every year of the Obama administration.
    Remember his pledge to have a "transparent" government that would post its legislative proposals on the Internet several days before Congress was to vote on them, so that everybody would know what was happening? This was followed by an ObamaCare bill so huge and passed so fast that even members of Congress did not have time to read it.
    Remember his claims that previous administrations had arrogantly interfered in the internal affairs of other nations — and then his demands that Israel stop building settlements and give away land outside its 1967 borders, as a precondition to peace talks with the Palestinians, on whom there were no preconditions?
    As for what happened in Libya, the Obama administration says that there is an "investigation" under way. An "on-going investigation" sounds so much better than "stonewalling" to get past election day. But you can bet the rent money that this "investigation" will not be completed before election day. And whatever the investigation says after the election will be irrelevant.
The events unfolding [....]

Elect Romney To Reverse Bush's Failed Third Term
by David Limbaugh,
October 12, 2012
    After reading transcripts of Obama's recent campaign stump speeches and watching his interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, I am even more convinced he is every bit as clueless as he appeared in that fateful debate but also very deceitful.  The money quote in Obama's interview with Sawyer, who asked him what happened in the debate, was: "It's not the first time I've had a bad night. But I think what's important is that the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. You know, Gov. Romney went to a lot of trouble to try to hide what his positions are, because he knows that those ideas have been rejected. They won't work."
    This is just more of the same. Obama is saying that our ongoing economic problems are still President Bush's fault and that Romney wants to go back to the Bush policies that caused all this — as if the four years we've just experienced never occurred and as if he and his party weren't more responsible than Republicans for the policies that led to the housing and financial collapse.
It is true that the fundamentals of the race haven't changed. Obama wants to stay on the course of his failed policies, and Romney wants to reverse course. But Romney is not trying to hide his positions; Obama is lying about what those positions are.
    Indeed, it's not just Democratic operative Stephanie Cutter who is making the embarrassingly false claim that Romney's tax cuts would cost $5 trillion. With this administration, almost everything, including Benghazi-gate, starts at the top. Obama repeated the claim to Sawyer and added that Romney's cuts would be skewed toward the rich.
    No, the rich, by losing exemptions and deductions, would benefit less than lower-income groups, something that I, as a supply-sider, am not too pleased about, but it's nevertheless true. And the cuts would not cost $5 trillion, because those cuts would be offset by the elimination of the exemptions and by the economic growth the cuts would help generate.  But where Romney would [....]

obama Makes Late Push For Black Voters
by Willie Brown,
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2012
    As we roll into the final presidential debate, the polls show a very tight race. One thing they don't show, however, is how race is a factor in the election.  By my estimate, you have to build in a three- to five-point slip from the poll numbers for any black candidate on election day. To overcome the slip, you need to pump up the black vote by equal measure.  And that's not easy, because brothers and sisters aren't among the top turnout groups.
     In 2008, Barack Obama was able to compensate for the slip and then some. You would have thought it was Nelson Mandela coming out of jail. This time it's not going to be that easy.  If Obama [....]

The Facebook Papers
by Shawn Mitchell,
October 23, 2012
Not optimal? No, Mr President.
Four years of 8% unemployment is "not optimal."
$16 Trillion national debt is "not optimal."
Trillion dollar deficits into the horizon are "not optimal."
Lowest workforce participation in a generation is "not optimal."
But four murdered Americans in US service is an atrocity, a damn shame, and a scandal.
If only the president protected the ambassadors that serve America like he protects a tax-demanding bird that entertains children. More votes in the bird, I guess.
"And he was a bad barber in high school...and he hates Big Bird! And, and BINDERS!!! DID YOU HEAR ABOUT BINDERS?!!"
Wow. The One isn’t quite aiming at "healing the planet" anymore, is he? [....]

obama's Not-So-Wonderful World
by Bob Beauprez,
October 23, 2012
With the final presidential debate just hours away, Barack Obama's re-election narrative of "a wonderful world" is increasingly more difficult to defend. On the Jon Stewart Show recently, the President again tried to minimize the threat of radical Islam claiming that just a few "remnants" of al-Qaeda remain. But, the evidence continues to mount that despite the death of Osama bin Laden, Barack Obama's "lead-from-behind" foreign policy has resulted in a more aggressive, expanded, and emboldened al-Qaeda network.
The Washington Post reports today that Jordanian officials foiled a "major plot by al-Qaeda-linked operatives to launch near-simultaneous attacks on multiple civilian and government targets, reportedly including the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Amman." The report says 11 people have been arrested with connections to the radical Islamist group known as al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Additionally, as Reuters reported last week, "Al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali threatened on Saturday to 'open the doors of hell' for French citizens if France kept pushing for armed intervention to retake" the northern regions of Mali controlled by AQIM [....]

Video: al Qaeda Is Back
Staff Video,
October 22, 2012
Obama likes to claim al-Qaeda is dead, but under his “leading from behind” Middle East policy, they are stronger than ever.

Present Value, Future Value Who Cares
by Loretta Steele,
Undated Material
What is more value to you; $1,000 now or $1,000 one year from now? If you answered, $1000 now, you understand that $1,000 today can be used today, not a year from now. Money now is more valuable to you than money in the future. Money that you have access to now, can be reinvested, put in a high interest earning account, invested in new properties or spent on something you want or need. You have control over today's present value dollars, but future value dollars can easily be affected by outside factors; a change in economics, your finances or the value of investment real estate.
Let's begin with the formulas for present and future values and then follow with an example using the previously mentioned $1,000. [....],-Future-Value-Who-Cares&id=7334798

5 Reasons Independents Should Choose Mitt Romney Over barack obama
by John Hawkins,
October 23, 2012
    There are fourteen days left until the election and the few people who haven't made up their minds yet are independent voters. So, rather than preaching to the choir, it seems like a good time to explain to those remaining undecided voters why Mitt Romney should be their choice.
1) Mitt is from a blue state and understands how to work with the other party: Mitt Romney spent four years as governor of Massachusetts, which is one of the bluest blue states. In fact, as Romney has noted many times, his legislature was 87% Democrats and yet, he still managed to pass legislation and balance the budget. On the other hand, Barack Obama has spent the last four years at loggerheads with the Republicans in Congress. You can argue about whose fault it is, but the fact of the matter is that Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress have proven to be incapable of cooperating and that seems unlikely to change if he's re-elected. Maybe the same thing will happen if Romney gets into the White House, but he at least has a track record of success in that area while Barack Obama does not.2) Mitt Romney is a moderate Republican: Take it from someone who ran during the primaries and preferred Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman to Romney: Romney was not one of the more conservative candidates running. Although it's possible that Romney will govern very conservatively if he's elected and many [....]

Stung By Recesssion, Young Voters Shed Image As obama Brigade
by Susan Saulny,
July 2, 2012
    Maria Verdugo, a 20-year-old graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, barely remembers the presidential election of 2008 — the one that spawned a youth movement that was singular in its scope and political effectiveness — except for “something about Obama saying we needed a change.”  These days, Ms. Verdugo is so busy working to pay off her student loans that she has not decided whether to register “as a Democrat, a Republican or what,” she said.
    Chad Tevlin, 19, a student trying to pay for college by cleaning portable toilets in South Bend, Ind., cannot recall if he registered to vote at all. “Pointless” is how he describes politics.
    And Kristen Klenke, a music student in central Michigan, has decided to skip this election altogether. “I know it sounds horrible,” said Ms. Klenke, 20. “But there’s a lot of discouragement going around.”
    In the four years since President Obama swept into office in large part with the support of a vast army of young people, a new corps of men and women have come of voting age with views shaped largely by the recession. And unlike their counterparts in the [....]

Chase Truck, Part II
by XTREME 4X4 Staff
October 2012
[Saturdays, 9:00AM, eastern]
Our 2500 HD chase truck project continues, with power-adders for the engine: a cold air kit, methanol injection system, programmer, and more. Once it's fully loaded, we'll test the Chevy's abilities in the passing lane!

Missouri Considers Quintupling It's Cigarette Tax
by Scott Drenkard; Julia Morriss,
October 26, 2012
    Despite repeatedly voting it down, Missouri voters will yet again be faced with a ballot measure this November that would raise the state cigarette excise tax. Proposition B would raise the cigarette tax from 17 cents per pack, currently the lowest in the nation, to 90 cents, which would rank 32nd in the nation.  The first problem with this tax hike is that it would fall disproportionately on low-income individuals. An additional few hundred dollars in taxes per year affects a minimum wage worker much more so than a millionaire. In addition, we also have good evidence that low income individuals are more likely to be smokers, and this amplifies the regressivity of the tax increase.
    Some support special higher taxes on products if they can be justified as a “Pigouvian tax,” or a tax designed to compensate society for negative societal effects of the activity. For tobacco, such “negative externalities” could include health care costs, because much of health care spending is shared by all taxpayers through public programs like Medicare and Medicaid and third parties might bear some of the cost of smokers’ health expenses. However, according to several [....]

101 Masterpieces: Bill Cosby's To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With
by Adam Frucci,
October 24, 2012

When Bill Cosby peeked out from behind the curtain at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, he saw a performer’s nightmare. The 10,000-seat venue was the biggest the young comic had ever played, and minutes before showtime it was rife with empty seats.
January 27, 1968, wasn’t the best night for a performance. Cleveland was in the thick of a serious ice storm, making travel near impossible. The 30-year-old was about to record the most important show of his career, and no one was there to laugh. With no other options, Cosby delayed the set until it seemed the last of the stragglers had arrived. The scene that followed is a staple of comedy lore. As he took the stage, a lone woman entered the hall and walked the length of the aisle, the click-click of each step reverberating through the room. Cosby stepped up to the mike, cupped his hands around it, and boomed, “You’re late.” It brought the house down.
The routine Cosby was about to perform—immortalized on the landmark album To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With—represented a turning point in his career. A full 16 years before The Cosby Show debuted, the performance would serve [....]

The Republic Will Survive obama Because....
by Fred Weinberg,
October 27, 2012
Whatever happens on November 6, one thing is (almost) certain.
The Daytona 500, also known as the Great American Race, will be held next February.
Now before you run, howling, to your keyboards to tell me how dare I trivialize the most important election in our times, let me continue a few paragraphs with what I have to say.
Every election cycle, about this time, someone tells me that the end of the Republic is nigh if so and so wins, and I have to sit them down and tell them that the American political system has something in common with the Daytona International Speedway—self-cleaning banks.
For those of you who are not even casual NASCAR fans, Daytona—and, by the way, big Bill France DID build that—is banked so sharply that when there is a wreck, the cars tend to slide down into the infield; hence the term “self-cleaning banks.”
America declared its independence on July 4, 1776. We were the product of a revolution fomented by 56 angry white guys, one of whom signed his name so big that the British King could see it without his glasses. We have never been a perfect nation, and we struggled for a fairly long time after the revolution to find a formula that worked for the long haul. [....]

Nevada's "Piglet Book"
by The Nevada Policy Research Institute,
2012 Issue
It's about Who you know, not What you know.
That's the case in any society to the extent its resources are controlled by government.  Necessarily, those resources are politicized and--rather than being allocated by individual choice in a free, competitive marketplace-- they get doled out to those with political pull.
    That's a central lesson of this biennium's Piglet Book.
Its stories were uncovered through hundreds of public-record requests and reviews of official document by the Nevada Policy Research Institute.  Many of the stories reveal actions by government workers, politicians and others that are illegal.  All are irresponsible or unethical.  Most illustrate how politicians use public spending to build their own personal political machines, dispensing special advantages to those inside these machines.  While these stories are presented with a light touch, the reader should bear in mind that they detail substantial waste, fraud and abuse using tax dollars commandeered from every Nevada household. [....]
Part 2 MAY follow, later today....



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