Thursday, October 31, 2013

Former Dept. of Veterans Affairs chief pleads the Fifth and refuses to testify about lavish conferences that cost more than $6 MILLION

A former assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs pleaded the Fifth on Wednesday, refusing to testify about a pair of taxpayer-funded human resources conferences in 2011 that cost a scandalous $6.1 million or more.

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Federal appeals court reinstates most of Texas' abortion restrictions

A federal appeals court issued a ruling Thursday reinstating most of Texas' controversial new abortions restrictions, just three days after a federal judge ruled they were unconstitutional. 
The decision by the panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals means as many as 12 clinics won't be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as Friday.
The panel said the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect while a lawsuit moves forward. The restrictions could take effect Friday.

Texas Barbecue Roundup: 30 Must-Try Spots

Barbecue is thicker than blood in Texas, and while that sometimes means family feuds, it also brings out the best 'cue imaginable. We Texans take our smoked meats seriously and are willing to wait in line through floods and fiery weather for the perfect fatty brisket, peppery ribs and burnt ends. Here are 30 outstanding spots where you can snag our state’s official food.

Obama Has Presided Over 5 of 6 Largest Deficits in U.S. History

President Barack Obama has now presided over five of the six largest annual budget deficits the U.S. government has ever run, according to data released yesterday by the U.S. Treasury.
In fiscal 2013, which ended Sept. 30, the deficit was $680.276 billion, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released Wednesday.
In fiscal 2012, the deficit was $1.089193 trillion; in fiscal 2011, it was $1.296791 trillion; in fiscal 2010, it was $1.294204 trillion; and, in fiscal 2009, it was $1.415724 trillion.
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Alexandra Kollontai: Class and women’s oppression

Working with other leading female Bolsheviks, like Inessa Amand, Kollontai founded the Zhenotdel (or "Women's Department") in 1919. They introduced contraception, abortion and divorce on demand, and equal rights for both partners in a marriage. They turned into communal duties all the chores that had bound women to the home. Suddenly Russia was decades ahead of every other nation in terms of social welfare. - 

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for Kollantai and legalization of homosexuality, see here 

On the other hand. a greater fluidity in relationships between the sexes coincides with and is even the indirect result of one of the basic tasks of the working class. The rejection of the element of “submission” in marriage is going to destroy the last artificial ties of the bourgeois family. This act of “submission” on the part of one member of the working class to another, in the same way as the sense of possessiveness in relationships, has a harmful effect on the proletarian psyche.

Engels, often critical of the Utopian Socialists, did address what human relationships would be like when capitalism was overthrown – but not with a blueprint. He wrote in Origin of the Family:
“What we can conjecture about the way in which sexual relations will be ordered after the impending overthrow of capitalist production is mainly of a negative character, limited for the most part to what will disappear. But what will there be new? That will be answered when a new generation has grown up: a generation of men who never in their lives have known what it is to buy a woman’s surrender with money or any other instrument of power; a generation of women who have never known what it is to give themselves to a man from any considerations other than real love, or to refuse to give themselves to their lover for fear of the economic consequences. When these people are in the world they will care precious little what anybody today thinks they ought to do; they will make their own practice and their corresponding public opinion about the practice of each individual – and that will be the end of it.”[12]
By the late 1890s, as the homosexual rights movement was growing in strength, both Marx and Engels were dead. But the parties which had formed, based on Marxism, were taking up the cause of homosexual rights.

Obama Officials In 2010: 93 Million Americans Will Be Unable To Keep Their Health Plans Under Obamacare

How many people are exposed to these problems? 60 percent of Americans have private-sector health insurance—precisely the number that Jay Carney dismissed. As to the number of people facing cancellations, 51 percent of the employer-based market plus 53.5 percent of the non-group market (the middle of the administration’s range) amounts to 93 million Americans.

Bankrupt solar panel firm took stimulus money, left a toxic mess, says report

The Abound Solar plant, which got $400 million in federal loan guarantees in 2010, when the Obama administration sought to use stimulus funds to promote green energy, filed for bankruptcy two years later. Now its Longmont, Colo., facility sits unoccupied, its 37,000 square feet littered with hazardous waste, broken glass and contaminated water. The Northern Colorado Business Report estimates it will cost up to $3.7 million to clean and repair the building so it can again be leased.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Did Jarrett And Michelle Pick Incompetent Website Firm?

Valerie Jarrett's daughter, Laura, is married to Tony Balkissoon. He is the son of Bas Balkissoon, a member of the Ontario legislature whose jobs have included, among other things, a stint as parliamentary assistant to the minister of Health and Long-Term Care from 2007-10. It's all in the family.

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Mob violence in Austin

One gang banger was Charles Robertson-Davis, 22, whom police charged with inciting a riot. He was "constantly at the front of the crowd, challenging officers and encouraging other subjects in the crowd not to comply with police commands," stated an arrest affidavit.

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Liberal Academia and My Struggle for Survival

The “textbook” pushed the agenda of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, denigrated any conservative viewpoints, assaulted libertarianism, and promoted only Democratic presidents and liberal/progressive interests.  I decided that since the ship was listing to the left I would give it a shove toward the center by assigning two chapters of Mark R. Levin’s book, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.

The Thuggery of Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius

Three years ago, when insurers and other companies had the audacity to expose Obamacare’s damage to their customers and workers, Sebelius brought out her brass knuckles. Remember? As I reported at the time, the White House coordinated a demonization campaign against Anthem Blue Cross in California for raising rates because of the new mandate’s costs. Obama singled out the company in a “60 Minutes” interview, and Sebelius sent a nasty-gram demanding that Anthem “justify” its rate hikes to the federal government.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Obama's Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years

"Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama's ideology," Vallely said. "The White House protects their own. That's why they stalled on the investigation into Fast and Furious, Benghazi and ObamaCare. He's intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged."

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DHS Approves Over 80% of DREAMers Who Apply for Legal Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved over 80 percent of young illegal immigrants who have applied for its Deferred Action program, an administrative version of the DREAM Act.

Jack Cashill's If I Had a Son

But the most surprising heroes comprise a group of 8 previously unheralded bloggers, working at the website Conservative Treehouse, who made history.


The Treepers, as they are known, have ushered in a new era in not just the media coverage of important trials, but in the conduct of such trials. Historians of media and legal historians would do well to read this book and grasp the fact that the internet and citizen journalists have created a new era of justice.

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CGI Federal executive spent ‘Christmas with the Obamas’

Michelle Obama’s relationship with Princeton classmate Toni McCall Townes-Whitley, whose company earned the no-bid contract to design the disastrous Healthcare.Gov Obamacare website, continued after the Obamas moved into the White House.
Townes-Whitley and her husband even enjoyed “Christmas with the Obamas” at the White House in December 2010, according to a Facebook album created by Townes-Whitley.

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Failures go far past the ObamaCare Web site

ObamaCare largely outlaws charging less to younger or healthier people and more to older, less-healthy ones; insurers have gamed this rule by only offering plans in select areas, plainly those where they believe the underlying demographic and socioeconomic trends will allow them to come out ahead.
A recent survey by Credit Suisse looked at 36 federally-run exchanges, plus six state exchanges where data was available. It found that Aetna is offering health plans in just eight of these 42 states — and is even more selective in the counties where it chose to play. In Florida, for example, Aetna was only operating plans in 23 of the state’s 67 regions. (In most of the country, state regulators long ago designated “regions” for insurance-pool purposes; the new system pretty much sticks to those maps.)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Valerie Jarrett's Daughter and Son-in-law work for company that receives $653 Million for Obamacare

Now we know why a company in Canada got the contract for Obamacare::::::
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Valerie Jarrett's daughter MARRIES the son of Canadian MP who chose the IT firm for Obamacare website for $653M

Federal judge rules key provisions of controversial Texas abortion law unconstitutional

In a stunning move, a federal judge Monday ruled that abortion restrictions authorized by Texas lawmakers in July are unconstitutional, and will not be implemented as scheduled on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.

Uncomfortable truth behind Matthew Shepard’s death

Activists, journalists, politicians and filmmakers who, with the best of intentions, based careers on Shepard’s murder are furious. But Jimenez insists he’s willing to trade Shepard’s irreproachable image for a serious talk about drugs. Meth, he said, is haunting the gay scene, bringing with it a plague of ultra-violence, new HIV infection — and gay-bashing.

Michelle Obama and CGI Federal executive belonged to student group at Princeton that hosted pro-terrorist speaker

Michelle Obama ’85 and her classmate Toni Townes-Whitley ’85, a senior vice president at CGI Federal, were both students at the university when their groups the Organization of Black Unity (OBU) and the Third World Center (TWC) engaged in a confrontation with Jewish students on campus.

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'We've reached the end of antibiotics'

‘We're in the post-antibiotic era,' he said. 'There are patients for whom we have no therapy, and we are literally in a position of having a patient in a bed who has an infection, something that five years ago even we could have treated, but now we can’t.’.

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Brooklyn stabbing suspect did it because his life was miserable: cops

“He’s crazy,” Gao Yun, 29, who identified herself as Li’s cousin, said through a translator. “He came here illegally from China. He was living with them. He’s not stable.”

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Foster's Lager Clone

  • 5 lbsAmerican 2-row
  • 1.25 lbsAmerican 6-row Pale
  • 1 lbsDextrine Malt
  • .5 lbsCrystal Malt 20°L
  • 1.5 lbsWhite Table Sugar (Sucrose)
  • .5 ozPride of Ringwood - 6.8 AA% pellets; boiled 60 min
  • .5 ozPride of Ringwood - 6.8 AA% pellets; boiled 30 min
  • WYeast 2272-PC North American Lager

Pastor who banned fried chicken leads Mississippi Obamacare push

When Dr Michael Minor first became pastor at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi, in 1996, he discovered a population overcome by an epidemic of obesity.



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The witness who coughed up the intriguing tidbit about Obamacare’s exemption from privacy protections was one Cheryl Campbell of something called CGI. This rang a vague bell with me. CGI is not a creative free spirit from Jersey City with an impressive mastery of Twitter, but a Canadian corporate behemoth. Indeed, CGI is so Canadian their name is French: Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique. Their most famous government project was for the Canadian Firearms Registry. The registry was estimated to cost in total $119 million, which would be offset by $117 million in fees. That’s a net cost of $2 million. Instead, by 2004 the CBC (Canada’s PBS) was reporting costs of some $2 billion — or a thousand times more expensive.

A Shocking Number

The median black American household is poorer than the average household in India, which has a net worth of about $5,500, according to the Economic Times.

CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind, is assisting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy.

CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind, is assisting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Beer & Brewing Terminology

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Four teenagers are being charged with capital murder in the fatal mugging of 87-year-old Lawrence E. 'Shine' Thornton of Greenville, Mississippi. - See more at:

Danvers slay suspect’s uncle: ‘He’s a perfect kid’

Chism Blaine said he’s been trying to get in touch with his brother this week who he believes lives in Florida. He said when he saw his nephew last, Philip’s mother and father were present but he was unsure if they were a couple because “I don’t ask their personal business.” - See more at:

Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Teen stayed after final bell with Danvers High School teacher before killing her, buying Wendy's meal with her credit card

The teen was reported missing around the same time, when he didn’t return to the home he shared with his mother and 13-year-old sister. A few hours later, Ritzer was reported missing — when she didn’t return home from work and wasn’t answering her cell phone, police said.

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Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov't Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers

Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines. - See more at:

Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

At about 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, Hudson said officers dressed in full body armor presented a search warrant to enter the home she shares on the bay with her husband. She estimates that at least seven officers took part in the raid.
After the search began, Hudson said she was asked by an investigator with the Coast Guard Investigative Service if she was the same Audrey Hudson who had written a series of critical stories about air marshals for The Washington Times over the last decade. The Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security.

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The Great Medicaid Swindle

Medicaid expansion is central to Obamacare’s effort to reduce the number of uninsured. The Kaiser Family Foundation (PDF) says that 40 percent of the 25 million people who could gain insurance by 2016 would do so via Medicaid coverage

Fort Hood soldiers say Army warned them off tea party, Christian groups

Don’t donate to the tea party or to evangelical Christian groups — that was the message soldiers at a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood said they received from a counter-intelligence agent who headed up the meeting.
If you do, you could face punishment — that was the other half of the message, as reported by Fox News.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Millions of Americans Are Losing Their Health Plans Because of Obamacare

According to health policy expert Bob Laszewski, roughly 16 million Americans will lose their current plans because of Obamacare:

How does the Affordable Care Act affect you?

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Revealed: Boy, 14, 'hid out in high school before slashing teacher, 24, to death with box cutter stolen from art class'

A teenager, charged with murder after his math teacher was found slashed to death with a box cutter, had hid out in the school with the weapon he stole from an art class, sources claimed tonight. 
The body of Colleen Ritzer, 24, was found in woods behind Danvers High School on Wednesday morning after she was allegedly killed by 14-year-old student Philip Chism.

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Census: 49% of Americans Get Gov’t Benefits; 82M in Households on Medicaid

In total, the Census Bureau estimated, 151,014,000 Americans out of a population then estimated to be 306,804,000 received benefits from one or more government programs during the last three months of 2011. Those 151,014,000 beneficiaries equaled 49.2 percent of the population. - See more at:

Communism and the Family

Will the family continue to exist under communism? Will the family remain in the same form? These questions are troubling many women of the working class and worrying their menfolk as well. Life is changing before our very eyes; old habits and customs are dying out, and the whole life of the proletarian family is developing in a way that is new and unfamiliar and, in the eyes of some, “bizarre”. No wonder that working women are beginning to think these questions over. Another fact that invites attention is that divorce has been made easier in Soviet Russia. The decree of the Council of People’s Commissars issued on 18 December 1917 means that divorce is, no longer a luxury that only the rich can afford; henceforth, a working woman will not have to petition for months or even for years to secure the right to live separately from a husband who beats her and makes her life a misery with his drunkenness and uncouth behaviour. Divorce by mutual agreement now takes no more than a week or two to obtain. Women who are unhappy in their married life welcome this easy divorce. But others, particularly those who are used to looking upon their husband as “breadwinners”, are frightened. They have not yet understood that a woman must accustom herself to seek and find support in the collective and in society, and not from the individual man.

Five Ways Lenin's Propaganda Destroyed Marriage And The Family In Russia

"The family is ceasing to be necessary either to its members or to the nation," Kollontai wrote that year. But capitalists, she said, "are well aware that the old type of family, where a woman is a slave and where the husband is responsible for the well-being of his wife and children, is the best weapon in the struggle to stifle the desire of the working class for freedom and to weaken the revolutionary spirit of the working man and working woman.

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Early Skirmishes in a Race War

One of the reasons for being glad to be as old as I am is that I may be spared living to see a race war in America. Race wars are often wars in which nobody wins and everybody ends up much worse off than they were before.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Why It Matters How Many Early Signups Are From Medicaid

Aggregate Medicaid costs will increase significantly as a result of these changes to eligibility criteria, due to the very large number of additional enrollees starting in 2014.

Monday, October 21, 2013

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beer styles

Below are a listing of all the AHA (American Homebrewing Association) and the BJCP (Beer Judging Certification Program) guidelines. Click on a green link to the description of the style.

India Pale Ale

  • 2-1/2, pounds pale malt
  • 5 ounces, crystal malt (80L)
  • 5.5 AAUs, bittering hops (1 ounce of 5.5% Willamette)
  • 1/2 ounce, finishing hops (Willamette)
  • Wyeast #1028: London ale

Why Have Young People In Japan Stopped Having Sex?

Japan's under-40s appear to be losing interest in conventional relationships. Millions aren't even dating, and increasing numbers can't be bothered with sex. For their government, "celibacy syndrome" is part of a looming national catastrophe. Japan already has one of the world's lowest birth rates. As The Guardian reports45% of Japanese women aged 16-24 are "not interested in or despise sexual contact". More than a quarter of men feel the same way. Is Japan providing a glimpse of all our futures?

Bass & Co's Pale Ale clone

7.0 lbs. (3.2 kg) 2-row pale ale malt
2.0 lbs. (0.91 kg) flaked maize
1.0 lb. (0.45 kg) crystal malt (60 °L)
0.75 oz. (21 g) roasted barley (300 °L)
8.0 AAU Northern Brewer hops (60 mins) (0.89 oz./25 g of 9% alpha acids)
2.0 AAU Northern Brewer hops (15 mins) (0.22 oz./6.3 g of 9% alpha acids)
1 tsp. Irish moss (15 mins)
1/8 tsp. yeast nutrients (15 mins)
White Labs WLP023 (Burton Ale) yeast (1.25 qt./~1.25 L yeast starter)
0.75 cups corn sugar (for priming)

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America's Richest Counties

While Loudoun ranks at the top, it’s far from alone on the list of wealthiest counties that surround Washington. In fact, it’s just the beginning. The neighboring counties of Falls Church City, Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William in Virginia and Howard County in Maryland all make the cut, giving the D.C. area six of the nation’s ten wealthiest counties. All boast median household incomes between $93,000 and $117,000 annually.

Jamie Dimon’s $13B sin — bashing Obamanomics

No, Dimon’s real sin, as I’ve pointed out on these pages before, was his withering critique of the Obama economic agenda, which he said was holding back the US economy.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dragon Day: Red Dawn for Intellectuals

China, by far the largest single owner of U.S. Treasury debt, has been abandoning Treasury bonds to invest directly in U.S. land, building and businesses. Recently, China entered an agreement with the European Union to swap currencies, forgoing purchases of U.S. dollars -- the world's reserve currency -- to finance transactions. Both of these activities are a consequence of the risk associated with astronomical U.S. debt, almost doubled since President Obama took office. On October 11, China called for the world to be "de-Americanized," its leaders ridiculing Washington over the shutdown impasse.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

U.S. debt jumps a record $328 billion — tops $17 trillion for first time

U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week.
The debt now equals $17.075 trillion, according to figures the Treasury Department posted online on Friday.

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Golden Hammer: Energy Department pays out millions for contractors’ food, drink

In the past five years, the Energy Department has poured more than $1 billion into developing a hydrogen fuel cell. But the agency’s the inspector general warns that 10 percent of that total might have been wasted by contractors’ wining and dining.
“Funds spent on questionable and/or unallowable costs may reduce the amount available to complete project objectives and represents wasted and misused taxpayer dollars,” the IG said.

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Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter Wants Hosts Petition Advocating GOP Leaders Be Arrested for Sedition*

In a petition with the admirably direct title of "Arrest and Try House GOP Leadership for Sedition," those champions of democracy are clamoring for the following:
I call on the Justice Department of the United States of America to arrest Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and other decision-making House Republican leaders for the crime of seditious conspiracy against the United States of America.
The website claims that there are currently more than 25,000 signatories, which I guess speaks well for the other 300 or so million of us.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $2 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project

A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a $2 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.
Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Louisvillefrom $775 million to nearly $2. 9 billion.

150 Straight Days: Treasury Says Debt Stood Still at $16,699,396,000,000

Every business day since May 17, the U.S. Treasury has published a daily statement claiming that the federal debt subject to the limit set by Congress closed the day at $16,699,396,000,000—about $25 million below the legal limit. - See more at:

The True Global Warming Crisis: The Fibs Underlying The Theory

“The star that keeps us alive has, over the last few years, been almost free of sunspots, which are visual signs of the Sun’s magnetic activity.”  He notes that “Solar activity has always varied. Around the year 1000, we had a period of very high solar activity which coincided with the Medieval Warm Period. But after about 1300, solar activity declined, and the world began to get colder. It was the beginning of the episode we now call the Little Ice Age.”

Oatmeal Stout: Style


  • 8 lbs. pale two-row English ale malt
  • 1 lb. crystal malt, 60° Lovibond
  • 18 oz. oatmeal (quick)
  • 0.5 lb. chocolate malt
  • 0.5 lb. roasted barley
  • 1/2 tsp. Irish moss
  • 2 oz. Fuggles hops for boiling (4.2% alpha acid), for 45 min.
  • 1 pack Wyeast 1084, Irish ale yeast

Pentagon admits Christian ministry not a 'hate group,' says label does not reflect official doctrine

The AFA suspects the military is using material supplied by the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center – an organization with a dubious past.
“For a taxpayer-funded organization like the military to use a politically-motivated group’s hate group list is problematic,” Wildmon said. “One way or another, we’re going to get this changed.”
And he strongly rejects accusations that AFA is a hate group.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Obamacare website firm's execs had White House access

Joining Campbell at the meeting was Andrew McLauchlin, a former CGI vice president, who was part of a company-government networking program called the “CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government.”

House cancels vote on plan to reopen government

The Republican-controlled House canceled a vote Tuesday night on a plan to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling after support from conservatives for the deal crumbled, leaving Washington without a clear path forward for avoiding a first-ever default on the nation’s debt.

Obamacare Needs a Drop-Dead Date

- The administration delayed writing major rules until after the 2012 election, because it didn’t want to give Republicans any ammunition for their campaign. (This actually was noted at the time: “When it comes to health care, delaying regulations could help the president politically by avoiding discussion of the controversial health reform law. But that makes life difficult for states and industries that need to prepare for the coming changes,” wrote the National Journal. But most of us didn’t understand just how badly this was affecting implementation.)

Exclusive: US Army Defines Christian Ministry as 'Domestic Hate Group'

Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values.

Georgia business weighs paying ObamaCare fine, instead of coverage

They argue that providing insurance to all the employees would bankrupt the company. Instead, they'll eat the cost of the fine, and dump the employees they can't cover into Georgia's federally run health insurance exchange. 
"It looks like we will have to just pay the penalties," Debbie Underkoffler told Fox News. 
Those penalties could add up to $400,000 in just the first year. That comes right off their bottom line. Still, it's a fraction of what providing health care could cost them. That tab could top $2 million per year. 

If you think the ObamaCare exchanges and premiums were bad …

If the 33-year-old single father wants the same level of coverage next year as what he has now with the same insurer and the same network of doctors and hospitals, his monthly premium of $233 will more than double. If he wants to keep his monthly payments in check, the Carpentersville resident is looking at an annual deductible for himself and his 7-year-old daughter of $12,700, a more than threefold increase from $3,500 today.

Monday, October 14, 2013

146,000 Michiganders - at least - face loss of cheap policies under new health care reform rules

At least 146,000 Michiganders — and possibly thousands more — with health coverage purchased directly from insurers now are learning their polices will end Dec. 31 because they don’t meet the minimum requirements of the federal health care act.
Under the law, each policy must cover essential benefits in 10 categories. Instead of beefing up these policies, insurers are opting to drop them, advising consumers to consider other policies that are now available either from the insurers directly or though the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as the state exchange.

Lower 2014 income can net huge health care subsidy

Take, for example, Jacqueline Proctor of San Francisco. She and her husband are in their early 60s. They have been paying $7,200 a year for a bare-bones Kaiser Permanentehealth plan with a $5,000 per person annual deductible. "Kaiser told us the plan does not comply with Obamacare and the substitute will cost more than twice as much," about $15,000 per year, she says.
This new plan, Kaiser's cheapest offering for 2014, would consume about 25 percent of their after-tax income. The new plan still has a $5,000 deductible but provides coverage for things her current policy does not, such as maternity care, healthy child visits and coverage for dependents up to age 26. Proctor has no use for such coverage, since her son is 30.
Premiums are also going up for many people next year because insurers can no longer deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or impose lifetime coverage caps.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pao: Portuguese Farm Bread

Johnson: Tea party’s actions are “personal” against Obama

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson condemned members of the “extreme right wing” of the Republican Party for holding the nation “hostage” during the government shutdown because they oppose the Affordable Care Act.

Peterson met son for first time after beating

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson met his 2-year-old son for the first time while he was on life support, TMZ reports.
The football star — whose son died on Friday after his mother’s boyfriend allegedly badly beat him — learned three months ago that he had a child with a woman living in South Dakota, the site reports.

Johnny Cash's dark California days

Meanwhile, Holiff was working tirelessly to persuade promoters not to give up on Cash. Most did continue to book him, but there was one highly publicized exception. Officials at Texas A&M University canceled plans for a show. "The administration didn't feel it was wise to present an entertainer with a cloud hanging over him," said the dean of students. "We try to provide a clean, Christian atmosphere for our students."

'Baby Hope' case: Cousin confesses to sexually assaulting, killing toddler Anjelica Castillo more than two decades ago

They learned that when the child’s parents split, her father took her and a sister to the home in Queens. Anjelica’s mother, who a source said had 10 children by three men, took custody of a third sister, Kelly said.
The girl’s unidentified father has not been found, a source said.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

mob violence in Rochester, NY

Local reporter Tim Louis Macaluso of the Roc City News was among the first to notice that local shutterbugs are very, very, active when large groups of black people start creating mayhem.
They seem to document a Clockwork Orange-like breakdown in civility.
Rochester is known for many things -- Kodak, lilacs, Susan B. Anthony, and Frederick Douglass, for starters.
But go to and type in a search for Rochester, NY, and you'll see that Rochester is popular with viewers for something else: teen fights.
We saved you the trouble. A collection, here.

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