Courtesy of Matt,
Archives for June 2012
Border security = national security, and we’re in the hands of Sir Robin.
First, The Tale of Sir Robin:
And now, the news story, via Jawa:
Border Patrol agents in Arizona are blasting their bosses for telling them, along with all other Department of Homeland Security employees, to run and hide if they encounter an “active shooter.”
It’s one thing to tell civilian employees to cower under a desk if a gunman starts spraying fire in a confined area, say members of Tucson Local 2544/National Border Patrol Council, but to give armed law enforcement professionals the same advice is downright insulting. The instructions from DHS come in the form of pamphlets and a mandatory computer tutorial.
Main Points of the “Active Shooter” training course
Evacuate: If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises.
Hide out: If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
Take action: As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter.
Say again? “Attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter”? Whatever happened to shoot to kill?
What’s next? Holler at them, “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elder berries”?
Jawa also points out,
OT kinda but not considering the current head of DHS and her prior position as Gov of Arizona: Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault-Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’
In 2003, when Napolitano became governor, Burke became her chief of staff. He stayed in that job until the fall of 2008, when he left to help Democratic political campaigns, including then-Sen. Obama’s presidential campaign
Read it all.
We’re in the best of hands.
Linked by Mental Recession. Thanks!
Cross-posted in The Green Room.
I received a press release from Comcast, announcing
The company will bring its customers three news channels and nine dedicated cable and broadcasting Spanish networks, including for the first time for cable or satellite, 72 hours
of Milenio TV coverage. Starting Saturday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 3, MultiLatino
customers will be able to see three days of election polls, candidate statements and
appearances, live transmission of debates, post analysis, and complete continuous election
Check your local cable stations.
Wednesday last week Brazilian millionaire Guma Aguiar’s 31-foot fishing boat washed up in Fort Lauderdale, and it didn’t take long before his mom and his wife started feuding. Now a Rabbi has intervened,
Rabbis Work Out Truce Between Missing Millionaire’s Feuding Mom and Wife
Two rabbis helped facilitate a truce between missing millionaire Guma Aguiar’s feuding mother and wife, who took their $100 million battle to a Florida courtroom today.
While Aguiar’s wife wanted control, his mother was fighting for control to be handed over to a third party — Northern Trust, a wealth management company selected by Aguiar to take care of his assets should anything ever happen to him.
A court hearing to appoint conservatorship was expected this evening. But earlier today two rabbis and a congregant, who made up a committee formed by Aguiar as a group of advisors, kicked into place a legal mechanism that gave Northern Trust control of the assets. The court agreed to it.
His assets were not in Brazil,
If Northern Trust accepts, it will have control of all of Aguiar’s U.S. assets, valued at more than $50 million. But control of his millions in Israeli assets is still up for grabs; the Florida court did not have control over international assets.
For now, both parties agreed to the truce.
Aguiar had a troubled history,
He has been arrested several times, including for drug possession and driving under the influence, according to court records. He is also currently on probation after pleading no contest to domestic violence charges.
In 2010, he was involuntarily admitted to an Israeli psychiatric hospital after his erratic behavior.
Aguiar made his fortune in 2006 when he and his uncle Thomas Kaplan sold their Texas-based energy company for a reported $2.5 billion. The two have been in a messy legal battle since 2009 over the division of the money.
They went on to say that he was the victim of what amounted to “psychological terrorism.”
In 2011, he was appointed an emergency guardian after his wife and mother petitioned a Miami-Dade judge for one.
However, since his body has not been found, there’s no evidence that he’s dead.
Only thing for sure: the lawyers will be making a lot of money.
“It is now unlawful for you not to buy health insurance. And if you don’t buy it, you have an IRS problem.”
The SCOTUS has spoken.
SCOTUS blog is on cover it live,
The bottom line: the entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.
Power Line also live. Chief Justice Alito was the deciding factor, according to Fox News.
The other day I was reading about The Dangerous Synergy Between The Nanny State And Universal Health Care.
The Happy Planet Index is at it again! When your criteria on happiness is “measure what matters: the extent to which countries deliver long, happy, sustainable lives for the people that live in them”, you really must come up with some crazy crap, like this equation,
Which, translated into practical terms means that if you have very very low expectations and live for a long time without electricity or running water, you’ll score really high.
The Happy Planet Index hasn’t been composed by some lonely obsessive living with his mother and boring a very small number of readers in a rarely visited corner of the Internet. No, the Happy Planet Index has been produced by the New Economics Foundation, a think tank with an annual budget of more than $3.9 million and a staff of more than 50. They may be as mad as a box of frogs, but these people are well-funded and influential.
They are also playing with taxpayers’ money. One of the New Economics Foundation’s biggest donors in 2010-11—giving them more than $155,000—was the British government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs paid more than $90,000 for another project in 2009 in which the New Economics Foundation produced a report—”Moments of change as opportunities for influencing behaviour”—which looked to Communist Cuba for an example of “mass efficiency improvement.”
Cuba, by the way, ranks 12th on the Happy Planet scale.
Reports like the Happy Planet Index claim to show us a different way of measuring success that “puts current and future well-being at the heart of measurement.” But there’s a reason Cubans regularly risk (and lose) their lives trying to escape their home country and make it to America, and there’s no waves of humanity flowing in the opposite direction. That the Happy Planet Index can’t capture those realities, or chooses to ignore them, suggests, well, that its authors are living on another planet.
No, just a planet with a well-funded agenda…in rooms with central heat; the NEF’s contact phone number is country code 44, for the United Kingdom & the Isle of Man.
They must be miserable!