Eric Florack on May 10th, 2010

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries regarding a pond on his property. It was sent by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania . This guy ‘ s response is hilarious, but read State ‘ s letter before you get to the response letter. SUBJECT: DEQ File […]

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davidl on May 10th, 2010

“One off” theory somewhat off, from Jake Tapper, ABC News: In his first Sunday morning interview, Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that the Pakistani Taliban was behind Faisal Shahzad’s attempted bombing of Times Square last week. “We’ve now developed evidence that shows that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack,” Holder said on “This Week.” […]

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davidl on May 6th, 2010

Hmnn, Naureen S. Malik, Wall Street Journal: A small oil refinery just southeast of downtown San Antonio is on fire following an explosion, leading to a one-mile evacuation, a local fire department spokeswoman said. […] An 18-wheeler that was refueling at the 13,500-barrel-a-day plant owned by AGE Refining Inc. exploded at around 11:30 a.m. local […]

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Eric Florack on April 4th, 2010

I note Mark Steyn, this morning: Hillary Clinton, America’s secretary of state, was in Canada last week. She criticized Ottawa for not inviting aboriginal groups to a meeting on the Arctic, and for not including the facilitation of abortion in the Canadian government’s “maternal health” initiative to developing countries. These might seem curious priorities for […]

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davidl on April 1st, 2010

Henry Waxman is the new Ken Lay.  It has  been said the an honest man has nothing to fear.  The demorats are sweating bullets.   The Obami fear, honest accounting, from the Washington Examiner Dems fear honest Obamacare accounting Remember the Enron scandal in 2001, which drove a bipartisan majority in Congress to demand far-reaching reforms […]

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davidl on March 22nd, 2010

Israel attacked, from Haaretz: A Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck an open field in a kibbutz near Ashkelon on Sunday, just three days after a foreign worker was killed by a rocket in the northern Negev. There were no casualties or damages reported in the attack on Sunday No reason to expect […]

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davidl on February 6th, 2010

Rush Limbaugh uses the term ‘retarded” a lot,  video: Hat tip video: Media Spatters. Tim Shriver, Special Olympics, soils his nappies, from Ben Smith, Politico: But the Special Olympics, which organized a delegation that ultimately accepted Emanuel’s apology and his pledge to stop using the word, is now asking Limbaugh to reconsider his language. “I […]

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Eric Florack on January 29th, 2010

Welcome, one and all, to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the web; the BitsBlog Nightly Ramble. A CHANGE OF JOBS: The last one? Yeah, for a while… maybe a month, we don’t know.  I’m changing jobs, in case you don’t know.  After more or less  20 years as an IT generalist, mostly in […]

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davidl on January 14th, 2010

The Obama administration has confirmed one of  the most controversial assertions of The Bell Curve.   Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray published TBC in 1994.   From a summary of TBC, by Brian Beatty et al: Raising Cognitive Ability – If it were possible to significantly, consistently, and affordably raise intelligence, many of the negative consequences of […]

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davidl on January 3rd, 2010

Barack Obama is making history.   He has achieved the greatest presidential communication failure since Jimmy Carter’s malaise speech. Video: Charles Krauthammer,  Washington Post: Any government can through laxity let someone slip through the cracks. But a government that refuses to admit that we are at war, indeed, refuses even to name the enemy — jihadist […]

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on December 28th, 2009

Janet NapolitanoNot in my wildest dreams would I believe that a US official could be so stupid as to say something like this in the face of unrelenting facts.

And intriguing enough is that it happened on CNN, whose reporting tends to be as supportive of the Obama administration as possible.

Of course, this is coming from the leader of the same department that earlier this year targeted “right-wing extremists” as high-risk for recruiting new members and conducting terrorist activities.

About the only spin one could put on this is that “…the system worked, but it’s broke”.  That perspective behind a statement like this is part of the problem.  Saying that everything worked like it’s supposed to but it’s not supposed to work that way just leaves one wondering how much thought is going into the design of the process that is supposed to be protecting our country.

Clearly the system is broke.  To think that someone who has been identified as a terrorist risk like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab could be allowed onto a passenger jet without careful screening is just insane… and there are 500,000 people on the list he was placed on a month ago!  As I shared in my piece at the Des Moines Register yesterday, the entire focus […]

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