April 26, 2015

Dem Donors Don't Deliver Dollars

Hillary's antics as SecState have got some democratic fundraisers a little worried.
Instead of the White house they think she may be headed to the Big House?

From the WashTimes:
A top Democratic moneyman recruited by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign has put fundraising activities on hold, saying he can’t do it with a clear conscience because the former secretary of state has too many unanswered questions swirling around her.

New York businessman Jon Cooper, who Team Clinton enlisted for its elite corps of early fundraisers known as “HillStarters,” said that he decided not to tap his donor network for Mrs. Clinton because she hasn’t provided enough answers about foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation while she ran the State Department, her exclusive use of private email for official business as America’s top diplomat and her commitment to liberal priorities.

“I’m officially on the fence,” said Mr. Cooper, a bundler for President Obama’s campaigns who is active in Democratic politics in New York, which Mrs. Clinton represented in the U.S. Senate and where she has set up her campaign headquarters.

Who Knew?

Dressing up: Bruce, left, along with Bob Hope, center, and Merlin Olson brought the house down when they performed in drag at a taping of a Bob Hope TV comedy special in September 1981 in Hollywood

Some never can find their way back.

Story at UK Daily Mail

April 24, 2015

Iranian Naval Mining Operations

In clear violation of international law this Iranian destroyer is about to unleash a string of naval felafel mines. 

H/T World News Bureau

Micro Intellectuals In Action

Selling delicious chicken sandwiches was ruled an act of international aggression by the 1995 UCLA Student Union Convention.
The student government at Johns Hopkins University decided Chick-fil-A is not welcome on campus, as its existence would cause “microaggressions” against the gay community.

Story here.

Lead-Filled Spanx?

I remember rooming with two college wrestlers who would starve themselves before a math to keep their weight down.
Earlier this month France passed a new law that bars models from walking the runway if their body mass index is deemed too low, in an attempt to combat anorexia.

And the pressure is on for agencies who can face a fines of up to $80,000 and six months in prison for employing too-thin models.

But former model Jennifer Sky, 38, from Brooklyn, New York, has revealed in an op-ed for the New York Observer that the fashion industry has already found a way around the regulations, explaining that thin models are now resorting to wearing weighted Spanx in order to cheat the new BMI standards.

French authorities were scared to death by Mama.

Gen. Petraeus Receives Probation Sentence

He got spanked worse than Sandy Berger.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.

The sentencing came two months after he agreed to plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

The plea agreement carried a possible sentence of up to a year in prison. In court papers, prosecutors recommended two years of probation and a $40,000 fine. But Judge David Kessler increased the fine to “reflect seriousness of the offense.”

In court, before being sentenced, Petraeus apologized “for the pain my actions have caused.”
Story here.

Carnal Clamoring In Bay Ridge

The NY Post is simply the best wordsmith in the tabloid media world.
One Brooklyn couple is making such wild whoopie that they have earned the tile of loudest lovemakers in New York — garnering the most 311 complaints in the city from their angry neighbors.

The carnal clamoring by the couple living in Apt. D7 at 7201 Ridge Ave. in Bay Ridge has racked up a half-dozen complaints to 311 between October and December.

Witnesses say the screams of ecstasy echo through the six-story building.

“I’m on the second floor, and I hear them all the time. When I come in the night from work, a girl screaming every night — Papi, different kinds of names, in Spanish,” griped Omar Ramos. “[She] keeps screaming to continue, to not stop. Saturdays, it’s louder. About 30 minutes to an hour, sometimes more than an hour.”

April 23, 2015

The New S.A.

Ukraine Conflict Is Heating Up Again

Putin's got his teeth sunk deep into Ukraine and he's not letting go.
Over the winter, a lull in the fighting between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian military was mistaken by many to be an observance of the terms of a February ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk. That agreement was never observed by either party. In fact, the days that followed that agreement were characterized by a major offensive by pro-Russian insurgents that resulted in the humiliating retreat of Ukrainian soldiers from the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve.

But not everyone was fooled by the reduced intensity of the fighting. After traveling to the front late last month, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark warned that the Russians were preparing for a new offensive in Ukraine as soon as the snows melted. He noted that this flare-up could be expected to begin anytime between the Orthodox Easter (April 12) and the 70th Anniversary of the surrender of Germany in World War II (May 8). Clark was right.

“The Ukrainian military’s ATO press center claims today that Russian-backed forces committed 30 violations of the ceasefire between 18:00 and midnight yesterday,” Interpreter Magazine reported on Thursday. Interpreter analysts determined that the fighting had returned to pre-ceasefire levels.
More here.

Obama Goes Long, Brady Throws Short

He said he had a prior family commitment. Sounds fair.
The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were honored by President Obama at the White House on Thursday — without their quarterback, Tom Brady.

In a deflating move, Brady blew off the president and his teammates, citing a prior family commitment.
Obama was a good sport and acknowledged Brady during the White House lawn event.

The president congratulated Brady for his role in leading the Patriots to become the only team to ever rally from a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit in football’s biggest game.

“There was of course Tom Brady, an all-time great who couldn’t be here with us today,” Obama said, “but who engineered a pair of surgical touchdown drives.”
I wouldn't go either.

Story here.

April 22, 2015

R.I.P. Rosie

HARTFORD — Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 "Rosie the Riveter" painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.

Keefe died Tuesday in Simsbury after a brief illness, said her daughter, Mary Ellen Keefe. She had lived for the past eight years at The McLean Village Community in Simsbury.

Keefe grew up in Arlington, Vt., where she met Rockwell — who lived in West Arlington — and posed for his painting when she was a 19-year-old telephone operator. The painting was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943.



After 4:17 you can tune out as Alonzo stops talking.

Fans Call Tim McGraw "All Hat, No Cattle"

Country singer Tim McGraw showed his true liberal colors when he announced that he was donating the proceeds from a concert to an anti-2nd Amendment organization.

Labeled as "Walmart Cowboy," conservative country fans are abandoning the singer and vowing to stop buying and playing his music.

From Breitbart:
On Monday, CBS This Morning covered the fan outrage Tim McGraw is facing for committing to playing at a gun control fundraiser for Sandy Hook Promise on July 17.

Sandy Hook Promise currently supports SB 941, a bill to ban private gun sales in Oregon and broaden legalized gun confiscation in the state. In 2014, Sandy Hook Promise opposed a push to arm teachers for self-defense in Georgia classrooms, although the goal of arming teachers was to prevent a Sandy Hook-like attack from happening that state.

McGraw has responded to the outrage by assuring everyone that he is a gun owner and that he is playing the gun control fundraiser for “community,” not gun control.

But according to This Morning, McGraw’s “plans to donate all the proceeds from [the] upcoming concert in Connecticut to the group Sandy Hook Promise have hit a sour note.

Why I Pulled Out Of The Markets

It's just too easy to use a home computer to screw over a few million people.

From the UK Telegraph:
A British man helped to trigger a £500bn US stock market crash by manipulating financial markets on a massive scale from a suburban London semi, US prosecutors have claimed. 
Navinder Singh Sarao, 37, is accused of fraudulently making £27 million by using computer programmes to create fake trades on markets linked to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

US investigators say he was a major contributory factor to the so-called “Flash Crash” of May 6, 2010, when hundreds of billions of dollars was wiped off the value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in just five minutes.

[...]He has been charged with one count of wire fraud, 10 counts of commodities fraud, 10 counts of commodities manipulation, and one count of “spoofing,” a practice of bidding or offering with the intent to cancel the bid or offer before execution.

The DoJ's investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, which looked at his activities between June 2009 and April 2014, but in particular focused on his trading around the 'flash crash' in May 2010.
It is alleged that Mr Sarao "engaged in a massive effort to maniplute" the price of the E-mini S&P 500, one of the most popular financial futures markets which is based on the S&P 500 index which includes household names such as Amazon, Boeing and Bank of America.

April 21, 2015

Chevy Concept - The FNR

The car was unveiled at the Shanghai General Motors Gala Night this week.

It was developed in Shanghai by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Centre (PATAC) joint venture.

Chevrolet said the car offered a ‘glimpse at mobility of the future.

It almost hurts your eyes to look at it with the doors open.

Story here.