Archive for July, 2013
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“Charley Reese’s Final column!
A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL.
Be sure to Read the Poem at the end..
Charley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel… He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.
Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.
This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!
545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ]
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.
If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ..
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees… We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:
Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.
Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.
Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.
Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.
Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…
Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’
When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!
GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!
SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW”
Video: Palin Slams Obama And His ‘Phony Scandals’ Speech
Obama Says It’s Fake Scandals – America Says It’s A Failing Presidency
Why anyone would borrow the phraseology of the master of ‘telling it all but saying nothing’ is hard to explain, but Mr. Obama pirated a line from Press Secretary Jay Carney’s recent get together with the press. Carney used both the expressions ‘phony scandals’ and ‘fake scandals’ at a press conference earlier this week.
In a speech given at Knox College on Wednesday July 24, 2013, the President used the term – ‘phony scandal’ while trying to divert attention away from the many scandals that are plaguing his administration.
Journalists, news outlets, and bloggers have responded to the use of Carney’s language with some choice words. The most notable response to the three top scandals in question (Benghazi, IRS, and the NSA) are coming from those who are fuming and fully insulted by calling the Benghazi scandal a fake.
When one ambassador and three brave. highly trained. and willing military personnel have lost their lives in defense of their nation, you might not want to label that – a fake event.
Obama’s speech may sail well for the mostly low-information followers he was addressing on Wednesday, but untold millions of others are in a word – irate.
We are well beyond both using Bush as a whipping boy and being a disgruntled body of conservatives who were outvoted and can’t handle the truth.
The record is clear; and among the words Mr. Obama may want to borrow will not be found Frank Sinatra’s famous line, ‘The record shows, I took the blows, I ate it up and spit it out.’ It is America that is taking the blows, while both the president and first lady are enjoying the golf green and much vacation time on the taxpayer’s dime.
The economy has shown less than one percent growth for the entire time of this presidency, and Obamacare is now a dark portent for the economy that, if added to the decline at this point, may topple the nation with no chance for recovery in this decade.
Four and one half years of the Obama presidency is telling. The ‘thrill’ may not be completely gone as yet, but reality is grating on the nation’s economy and its moral stance. As of today, the only group of Americans who might be able to say they are better off than they were four years ago are the gays, who are but 1.7 % (if that high) of the country’s population.
Staunch Obama supporter Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana (D) is a bit unhinged at the president’s inability to see how his regulations have choked the life out of oil and gas production and exploration. Regulations are clogging the arteries of hundreds of commercial enterprises, but nothing says the government is meddling more than the story of Missourian Marty Hahne.
Marty is a magician who makes what little money he can by giving magic shows to children. He went through the process of acquiring a license for his performances, but then was served by the Department of Agriculture with the most bizarre list of regulations to hit the art of prestidigitation in history.
Mr. Hahne will now be required by the Obama administration to produce a 32 page report as a “disaster plan” for his rabbit. The rabbit must be covered by the plan for calamity, wildfire, landslides, earthquakes, and an intentional attack.
In review, what we have here is a president who labels the Benghazi attack a fake scandal, but is willing to say that a magician’s bunny may be attacked by persons unknown (and requires a full report for the Department of Agriculture!) By the way, it took seven years for the USDA to create this regulation.
OK, Mr. President: the scandals are all just big fakes – so now we can go back to seeing you as God’s gift to America because magic bunnies are now so much safer than before you took office!
It is here we can see an interchange of words that would not be a disservice to the biblical rendering of Matthew 23: 24 which says – “Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.”
If the deaths of our best in Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservatives, and the invasion of America’s privacy by the NSA are all ‘phony’ scandals, what are we to say? How about this?
Ye blind guides, which strain at a bunny rabbit, and swallow a nation.
In our divided nation, even the ‘great divider’ whose efforts have now morphed from electioneering to factioneering can’t fool all of the people – we still know when a scandal is real or fake. Give us some credit, Mr. President!
Hackers plan to offer blueprint for taking over Prius, Escape
Published July 28, 2013 FoxNews.com
editor note: Same trick the cylons used to render ships inop.
Two well-known computer software hackers plan to publicly release this week a veritable how-to guide for driving two widely owned automobiles haywire.
According to Reuters, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek will release the findings — as well as related software — at the Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas, showing how to manipulate a Toyota Prius and Ford Escape.
The research, conducted with the aid of a grant from the U.S. government, can alternately force a Prius to brake at 80 mph, veer quickly and dramatically, or accelerate, all without the driver’s prompting.
The two hackers have also reportedly figured out a way to disable a Ford Escape’s brakes while the vehicle is traveling at “very low speeds,” no matter how hard the driver attempts to stop.
In both cases, the would-be hacker would have to be inside the car in order to tamper with its computer, according to Reuters.
“Imagine what would happen if you were near a crowd,” said Valasek, a software consultant who claims his – and Miller’s – research exposes weaknesses in automobile security systems so patches can be applied and criminals thwarted.
Miller and Valasek told Reuters they hope their 100-page white paper will encourage other hackers to uncover additional automobile security flaws before they can be potentially exposed by malicious parties.
“I trust the eyes of 100 security researchers more than the eyes that are in Ford and Toyota,” Miller, a Twitter security engineer, told Reuters.
A Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman said the company was reviewing Miller and Valasek’s work.
“It’s entirely possible to do,” John Hanson reportedly said of the potentials hacks. “Absolutely, we take it seriously.”
Meanwhile, Craig Daitch, a Ford Motor Corp. spokesman, added, “This particular attack was not performed remotely over the air, but as a highly aggressive direct physical manipulation of one vehicle over an elongated period of time, which would not be a risk to customers and any mass level.”
2,000-year-old electronics tech still can’t be matched
Published July 28, 2013 news.com.au
Over 2,000 years ago, gold and silversmiths developed a variety of techniques, including using mercury like a glue, to apply thin films of metals to statues and other objects.
They developed thin-film coating technology that is unrivalled by today’s process for producing DVDs, solar cells, electronic devices and other products and used it on jewels, statues, amulets and more common objects.
Workmen managed to make precious metal coatings as thin and adherent as possible, which not only saved expensive metals but improved resistance to wear caused from continued use and circulation.
Scientists today say understanding these sophisticated metal-plating techniques could help preserve priceless artistic and other treasures from the past.
British scientists say Elizabethan craftsmen developed advanced manufacturing technology that could match that of the 21st century.
In Italy, Gabriel Maria Ingo, senior scientist at the Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials of the National Research Council, says that while scientists have made good progress in understanding the chemistry, big gaps in knowledge remain about how gilders in the Dark Ages and other periods applied such lustrous, impressively uniform films of gold or silver to intricate objects.
Ingo’s team set out to apply the newest analytical techniques to uncover the ancients’ artistic secrets. Using surface analytical methods, such as selected area X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive spectroscopy on Dark Ages objects such as St. Ambrogios altar from 825 AD, they say that their findings confirm “the high level of competence reached by the artists and craftsmen of these ancient periods who produced objects of an artistic quality that could not be bettered in ancient times and has not yet been reached in modern ones.”
In Britain, scientists studying a 400-year-old hoard of jewelry have found that Elizabethan craftsmen developed advanced manufacturing technology that could match that of the 21st century.
The team from Birmingham City University have analyzed the craftwork behind the famous Cheapside Hoard, the world’s largest collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewelry, discovered in a London cellar in 1912.
Among the historic find, which is being showcased by the Museum of London, is a Ferlite watch that dates back to the 1600s and is so technologically advanced it has been described as the “iPod of its day.”
Dr Ann-Marie Carey, a research fellow at Birmingham City University, and her colleagues have used modern technology to discover how these beautiful items were created – and have been stunned at the advanced technologies used.
“Our forensic analysis has revealed the amazing technologies which craftsman of this period were using, and we f ear some of these 400-year-old processes may now be lost to us,” she said.
“It is has been a fascinating investigation. We think of our own time as one of impressive technological advances, but we must look at the Elizabethan and Jacobean age as being just as advanced in some ways.”
Selected items of the Hoard are set to be revealed to the world at a major exhibition at the Museum of London from this October to next April.
The university experts combined their own background in craft with CAD-technology to investigate the Hoard in an attempt to discover what kind of manufacturing methods could have been used to create the jewelry, which includes brooches, pendants and delicate gemstone rings.
Dr Carey said: “When we received photographs of the Hoard we were fascinated with the level of detail in the jewelry.
“We wanted to know how such pieces were made and to understand the story behind them. Until now there had been little research into the craftsmanship involved so we feel we are making a unique contribution to the forthcoming exhibition.”
Dr Carey, with the help of senior technologist Keith Adcock, have used 21st century digital technologies to recreate pieces from the Hoard, including a ‘Pearl Dropper’ an egg-shaped item that originally featured ribbons of pearls and was possible worn on as a hairpiece.
The university team has created a bronze version of this item which will be used as part of the exhibition, as well as ‘augmented reality’ displays of the jewelry items.
“This will create tangible items which will be ideal for visually-impaired visitors who will be handle items directly,” added Dr Carey.
How an Atheist Might Be Behind You Not Seeing It
Billy Hallowell Science, Social Science, & Humanities
For those who don’t know, there’s a fascinating story surrounding Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin’s “secretive” activities in space. The second man to walk on the moon, Aldrin is also the first — and only known — individual to take Holy Communion. The act, which has gained scattered coverage in the past, was both a coveted and a controversial one.
Just before Aldrin stepped foot on the moon, he took the Eucharist, using wafers and a bottle of wine he brought into space from the Webster Presbyterian Church in Webster, Texas. Over the past decades since the 1969 moon landing, he has openly discussed the fascinating experience in detail.
“I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup,” Aldrin told Guideposts Magazine in 1970. “It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.”
But this intriguing display, according to the Daily Mail, was purportedly kept secret by the U.S. government, despite plans that the astronaut originally had to broadcast the Christian act on radio.
See a dramatized version of his communion in the 1998 HBO miniseries, “From the Earth to the Moon,” below:
NASA apparently decided not to allow Aldrin to showcase the sacrament, as Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the now-deceased founder of American Atheists, threatened to sue the U.S. government over a previous religious broadcast that apparently unfolded on Apollo 8, a separate vessel (Aldrin was on Apollo 11 for his moon mission).
According to PBS, “She tried to prevent the reading of Genesis 8 on the Apollo space mission, arguing that the astronauts were government employees and thus prohibited from reading the Bible. (The Supreme Court declined jurisdiction.).” So the government was, thus, allegedly hesitant to allow Aldrin to broadcast the communion for fear that it would, again, rile O’Hair.
The Guardian adds more about the famed atheist’s opposition to NASA personnel exhibiting overt faith on the job:
After the Apollo 8 crew had read out the Genesis creation account in orbit, O’Hair wanted a ban on Nasa astronauts practising religion on earth, in space or “around and about the moon” while on duty. She believed it violated the constitutional separation between church and state.
Did You Know: Buzz Aldrin Took Holy Communion on the Moon But an Atheist Activist Allegedly Thwarted a Live Broadcast of the Sacrament
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin displays a copy of his new book as he speaks at the launch of the PayPal Galactic initiative at the SETI institute in Mountain View, Calif., Thursday, June 27, 2013. The program aims to bring together leaders in the space industry working on the issues around the commercialization of space, including what currency will be used, how banking systems will adapt, managing risk and fraud, and customer support.Credit: AP
While Americans didn’t hear the communion live as Aldrin had originally hoped, those at the Houston Space Center Mission Control were invited to join him in giving thanks as he read a section from the Book of John.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me,” the astronaut read from a written card (John 15:5).
Despite this great fanfare, Aldrin later wondered if Christian communion was the right move after all. While he said that it was incredibly fulfilling, in his memoir, “Magnificent Desolation,” he seemed to admit that it was, in a sense, divisive.
“Perhaps if I had it to do over again, I would not choose to celebrate communion,” he wrote. “Although it was a deeply meaningful experience for me, it was a Christian sacrament, and we had come to the moon in the name of all mankind–be they Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, agnostics, or atheists.”