Sep 4, 2010

Ernie Haase Signature Sound Quartet sing Reason Enough

Mona Lisa artwork made of toast slices

A Mona Lisa mosaic artwork made of 6,000 slices of toast on show at a shopping mall in Hong Kong

Baby western lowland gorilla

Hasani, a 6-month-old western lowland gorilla, sits in the grass at a gorilla exhibit during his first public viewing at California's San Francisco Zoo, June 5, 2009.

Since his mother rejected him at birth, zoo staff members have raised him. A surrogate gorilla mother was trained to care for Hasani and has accepted the newborn as her own.

Sep 3, 2010

Casual Friday here in the Cave

…actually, we don't go quite this casual

College vote up for grabs this year

A New York Times report at the link below is titled: Fewer young voters see themselves as Democrats.

The college vote is up for grabs this year — to an extent that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, when a generation of young people seemed to swoon over Barack Obama.

Though many students are liberals on social issues, the economic reality of a weak job market has taken a toll on their loyalties: far fewer 18- to 29-year-olds now identify themselves as Democrats compared with 2008.

“Is the recession, which is hitting young people very hard, doing lasting or permanent damage to what looked like a good Democratic advantage with this age group?”

A jobless reality in the wake of failed stimulus programs that have hardly slowed the decline in the unemployed rate seems to be getting the attention of those on college campuses.

Many students, especially seniors nearing graduation, said that worries about the economy, and about getting a job after graduation, had filtered through the campus, dampening enthusiasm for Democrats in Congress and Mr. Obama.


Warning - turning busses

Hope all of the passengers have seat belts!

Sending kids off to college

Dallas proposes $25 fee for garage sales

City managers in Dallas have floated the idea of charging $5 for a garage sale permit as a way to help balance next year's tough city budget.

Two members of the city council, however, have said the fee should be $25.

The number of garage sales could go down significantly if a $25 fee is attached which could decrease the revenue estimate.


Report: the global warming claim is now in shreds

From a report at the link below:

If this keeps up, no one's going to trust any scientists.

The global-warming establishment took a body blow this week, as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change received a stunning rebuke from a top-notch independent investigation.

Al Gore and many other warming alarmists have insisted that "the debate is over" -- that the science was "settled."

That claim is now in shreds -- though the grants are still flowing, and advocates still hope Congress will pass some version of the economically ruinous "cap and trade" anti-warming bill.

The entire report is here.

Sep 2, 2010

Court ruling gives Cape Wind green light

From a report at the link below:

A divided Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that a state board had the power to sidestep community opposition to grant the controversial Cape Wind energy project local and state permits it needs to start construction in the waters off Cape Cod.

That sound you hear is Teddy Kennedy, a vocal opponent of Cape Wind, rolling in his grave at the court ruling.

In the photo above Interior Secretary Ken Salazar seems to be blessing the waters off Cape Cod. Below is what Cape Wind will probably look like.

Cape Wind will be America's first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. Miles from the nearest shore, 130 wind turbines will produce up to 420 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.

It is claimed that in average winds, Cape Wind will provide three quarters of the Cape and Islands electricity needs.

That may happen until the first category 5 hits and plunks the windmills in the drink - except for one left standing as a twisted, mangled reminder that, just maybe, Teddy was right after all.

Cape Wind must still win approval from the Department of Public Utilities.

While the wind farm is proposed in federal waters, beyond the reach of most state and local agency decisions, a transmission line will cross state waters and tie into the region’s electricity grid on land, giving various government agencies authority to review pieces of the project.

Time will tell if Teddy has the last laugh or if Cape Wind will be build "over his dead body."


Crocodile Dundee held hostage down under for fiddling the taxman

Actor Paul Hogan, star of the "Crocodile Dundee" movies, is trapped in Australia for non-payment of taxes.

The 70-year-old actor was served with a departure prohibition order while in Australia to attend his 101-year-old mother's funeral.

The departure prohibition order prevents him from leaving Australia and returning to Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and son.

The photo above shows Paul Hogan as he appeared in the movie Crocodile Dundee II.

Mr. Hogan told Australian television Nine Network's A Current Affair program, "I can't pay 10 percent of what they're asking."

The Australian Tax Office has refused to comment on reports they are seeking tax on $34 million of allegedly undeclared income from Hogan.


South Dakota teen wanted to be world's most infamous sociopath

An 18-year-old high school student stockpiled bomb-making materials in his bedroom and wrote about wanting to blow up his school, target individuals he hated and "become the world's most infamous sociopath."

Joseph Thomas Hansen (pictured), of Claire City, was arrested Aug. 23 after someone tipped off a police school resource officer that Hansen had talked about an attack, authorities said.

Clair City is a small town between Sisseton, South Dakota and the North Dakota state line.

He has pleaded not guilty to selling, transporting or possessing an explosive device and possessing substances with the intent to make a destructive device, and is due back in court Sept. 14. If convicted of all charges, he could face up to 25 years in prison.

He listed 39 people he hated and the reasons why, and he researched the 1999 Columbine school massacre in Littleton, Colo., in which two student gunmen killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 26 others before committing suicide.


World leaders engaging in summer activities

Left to right: Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush

Fox News tops other cable channels in viewership race

Cable News race by number of viewers on Monday August 30, 2010*

Once again Fox News outperforms them all by a wide margin in the cable news race.

FOX News - Bill O’Reilly - 3,977,000
FOX News - Sean Hannity - 2,645,000
Fox News - Glenn Beck - 2,600,000
FOX News - Bret Baier - 2,097,000
FOX News - Shepard Smith - 1,858,000
FOX News - Greta Van Susteren - 1,856,000
MSNBC - Keith Olbermann - 1,078,000
MSNBC - Rachel Maddow - 1,027,000
MSNBC - Ed Shultz - 699,000
CNN - Rick Sanchez - 676,000
CNN - Larry King - 620,000
MSNBC - Chris Matthews - 620,000
CNN-HN Nancy Grace - 586,000
CNN - Anderson Cooper - 581,000
*Matt Drudge

Sep 1, 2010

Environmental radical killed by police in Discovery Building

From a report at the link below:

Police shot and killed a gunman who held three hostages for several hours Wednesday at the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring, Md., authorities said.

They said the hostages were safe.

At least one explosive device on his body went off when he was shot, and other explosive devices could still be in the building in Montgomery County in suburban Washington, D.C.

The man, James Jay Lee, 43, was a longtime protester at the building.

Included in a manifesto by Mr. Lee:

“Nothing is more important than saving ... the Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Elephants, Froggies, Turtles, Apes, Raccoons, Beetles, Ants, Sharks, Bears, and, of course, the Squirrels. The humans? The planet does not need humans.”

Lee said he experienced an ‘‘awakening” when he watched former Vice President Al Gore’s environmental documentary ‘‘An Inconvenient Truth."

More here.

Shooting for the moon

A rocket enthusiast prepares a rocket at the International Rocket Week in Largs, Scotland.

Artificial corneas could restore sight to millions

From a report at the link below:

An experimental synthetic cornea implanted in 10 patients may be a potential alternative to cadaver corneas for curing vision loss caused by corneal inflammation and scarring.

Eye surgeons primarily use cadaver corneas for transplants, but that requires the use of anti-rejection drugs and presents a risk of infection.

There is also a shortage of donated corneas in much of the world.

Plastic corneas can be used, but they present other problems and are generally tried only when tissue transplants have failed.

More here.

About the Oval Office speech…

Two things most people took away from the Oval Office speech:

1) The war is over in Iraq.

2) There will be a federal cost saving as a result.

Not mentioned in the speech:

The stimulus program has cost more than the entire Iraq war!

The graph below shows deficits with and without the Iraq war.

The Iraq war spending is shown in blue. Other federal spending is shown in red. Notice how the skyrocketing red coincides with the Obama stimulus programs.


George W. & Laura greet returning troops

No fanfare, no press releases, just a genuine welcome home for the troops.


Sen. Murkowski stunned by Palin-backed Joe Miller

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (upper photo) was defeated by Sarah Palin-backed candidate in GOP primary Tuesday by a little-known conservative lawyer in what could be the biggest political upset of the year.

Joe Miller (lower photo), backed by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express, became the latest newcomer to the national political stage to take down an incumbent in 2010 amid deep dissatisfaction with the Washington establishment.

Murkowski trailed Miller, a Faribanks attorney, by 1,668 votes after the Aug. 24 primary. Election officials began counting absentee and outstanding ballots Tuesday, and Murkowski made slight gains. But after more than 15,000 ballots were counted, she remained 1,630 votes behind.

The stunning result was a huge validation of the political power of Palin as the former Alaska governor has been playing kingmaker in midterm elections ahead of a potential 2012 White House run.


LA Dodgers baseball team lands in Divorce Court

Ownership of the Los Angeles Dodger baseball team is up in the air as the McCourt's battle in court (pun intended).

The main issue in the divorce trial between Jamie McCourt and her estranged husband Frank McCourt is ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

The photo above shows Jamie and Frank McCourt in 2004 when they became the fourth owners of the Dodgers since the team moved from Brooklyn in 1958.

More here.

Omega-3 fats may not help heart patients as much as thought

Health experts have put foods containing omega-3 fatty acids high on the recommended list.

But new research shows that the beneficial fats, found in certain types of fish and plants, may not help reduce heart attacks as much as previously thought.

Researchers in the Netherlands report that among heart-attack survivors, those who boosted their omega-3 intake had the same risk of a second heart attack as those who did not supplement their diet with added omega-3s.

More here.

Charlie Rangel photo in a caption contest

Kevin Aylward entered this photo of the ethically challenged Congressman Charlie Rangel in one of his photo caption contests last month.

The winning caption: "I'm a little teapot, short and corrupt."

note: one caption was r-rated or we would have posted the link

Aug 31, 2010

Fog shrouded Dubai towers in United Arab Emirates

Cruise ship runs aground in Arctic Ocean

The Canadian Coast Guard came to the rescue of cruise ship passengers who had been stranded in the Arctic for almost two days after the Clipper Adventurer ran aground.

The passengers were safely removed after the ship became stranded. The photo above shows the starboard side of the Clipper Adventurer. A slight list to port is noticeable.

None of the estimated 128 passengers and 69 crew members were hurt or injured.


The new Monopoly game - recession edition

(click on cartoon to enlarge)

370 illegals arrested in 10 states - 347 were criminals

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 370 illegal immigrants -- including 347 with prior criminal convictions -- over a three-day operation throughout the Midwest.

The arrests in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska were part of the agency's "Cross Check" operations that began in 2009 and are being held across the country.

Of the 370 people arrested this week, more than half of them had prior convictions for serious violent crimes such as armed robbery, drug trafficking and aggravated assault.

According to the report they are crimes that were committed in the United States.

More here.

Obama photo in a caption contest

This photo is making the rounds on the Internet. It has been given many different captions.

The photo appears to show the leader of the free world perplexed by an umbrella that won't go through a gate during his recent visit to New Orleans.

Following are captions found on various web sites:

1) Let's see, how did Mary Poppins do it?

2) Red beans and rice will do that to ya.

3) This is above my pay grade.

4) It's Bush's fault.

5) It's a Republican plot. Get Axelrod. He'll know what to do.

6) Don't just stare at me Michelle - tell me how to work this thing.

7) If Nagin was still Mayor, he'd know what to do.

8) Outsmarted by an umbrella!

Aug 30, 2010

New Orleans 5-year comparison photos

CBS to do a Hawaii Five-O remake?

CBS gave us several crime-detective television dramas. There was “Hawaii,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “Hawaiian Heat” and “Hawaii Five-O. It was the latter that everyone remembers.

As the report at the link below says, "Hawaii Five-O" was the gangbuster of the Hawaii crime shows.

Hawaii was the 50th state to join the union - which is how the show got the name Hawaii Five-O, except they used a capital "O" in stead of a zero.

Hawaii Five-O aired for twelve seasons from 1968 to 1980. Reruns of the popular show were aired long after the original show ended.

Detective Steve McGarrett, played by Jack Lord, would end most episodes by arresting the bad guys with the phrase: "Book 'em, Danno!" referring to Danny Williams played by James McArthur.

The name of the new show will have a subtle difference: it will be "Hawaii Five-o" instead of the old name "Hawaii Five-O."


Cops can secretly put GPS tracker on your car

A recent California court decision allows cops to secretly install a GPS unit on your car - even if the car is parked in your own driveway.

A federal appeals court ruling in California allows law enforcement to not only "bug" your car parked on your property, they can do it without seeking a warrant from a judge.

More here.

The WebMD effect

Democrats may stop supporting weak candidates

From an article at titled, Democrats may start cutting off weakest candidates:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen sent a cold-blooded message Friday to under-performing party candidates: Get your act together, or you’re on your own.

Facing a perilous political environment that has left the House Democratic majority in jeopardy, Van Hollen told reporters in a briefing at the National Press Club that the party faces a series of difficult decisions about which candidates to invest in this fall — and whom to leave behind.


Cannibal restaurant asks diners to donate body parts!

A Berlin eatery is advertising for human donors and an "open minded surgeon."

A restaurant soon to open in Berlin has disgusted residents of the German capital by hinting that human flesh will be on the menu and asking for people to donate body parts.

Local politicians are not amused and believe it is a tasteless PR stunt.

The claims of cannibalism seem a transparent marketing ploy ahead of the restaurant's opening at the beginning of September. In a conversation with SPIEGEL ONLINE, a restaurant spokesman insisted unconvincingly that the project was not a hoax.

Perhaps it would have been more appropriate for the restaurant to wait until Halloween to open.


Controlling instead of helping the economy

Aug 29, 2010

Protestor influenced by Avatar movie

An American University student sports Na'vi face paint at a climate rally last spring in Washington DC

Gallup Muslims give Obama highest approval - Mormons lowest

According to Gallup, Muslim Americans continue to give President Barack Obama the highest job approval rating of any major religious group in the U.S. Mormons give Obama the lowest ratings.

The approval ratings for Mr. Obama are slipping in every category as shown in the Gallup chart shown above.