I think they're [Republicans] in a place now where they just want to hurt Obama. What they don't get - and I wish they would look into their souls a little bit - if they convey, over and over again, that the President of the United States is weak, what does that do? It emboldens the terrorists. And I don't say that lightly. Think of terrorists overseas, or at home, that might be plotting an attack - if they think that the President is weak, which he is not, he is manifestly not. He's killed twice as many of them, not to put too fine a point on it, with Predators as his predecessor did. He is not weak. But if they continue to convey that he is weak, that gives serious help to the terrorists.
I think the pressure should now be on these Republicans, aren't you helping the terrorists, by insisting, against all evidence - remember we have 100% conviction rate of terrorists in civilian courts in this country. 100%. It's not like any of them are out walking the streets, as we're told. The only detainees from Guantanamo who have been released and who have returned to terrorism in their home countries were released under President Bush. So far there has not been one case of that happening under President Obama. So, this line is a bunch of hooey, and they have to stop saying it, and the onus now has to be on them for why they're not harming us by continuing to do so.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The White House announced Obama's declaration on Tuesday. State agencies, 13 county governments and some private nonprofits will be eligible for federal funds to share the costs for $12.5 million in emergency work and repairs.
Western North Carolina got up to 2 feet of snow the weekend of Dec. 18, followed by heavy rains and ice a week later -- knocking out power, damaging roads and stranding motorists.
The declaration covers Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Haywood, Jackson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties. Perdue declared a state emergency in 15 counties two weeks ago.
Ahmadinejad said in interview with state TV that there were ongoing negotiations about exchanging the hikers for several Iranians jailed for years in the United States.
Photo via Joanna is a Supermom
First the soda fountains at fast food restaurants, and now this--Consumer Reports has just published an investigation revealing that 39% of the packaged salads tested contained "bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation and fecal contamination." And this despite the fact that such bagged salads often display claims of 'prewashed' or 'triple-washed' and attract customers who consider them cleaner and safer.
A federal appeals court said Tuesday a 22-year prison sentence was too lenient for an al-Qaida-trained terrorist convicted of plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Day 2000.Full Story
North Carolina road still going nowhere
The results of a new poll of repugican views are creating quite a stir.
Although it is nothing we didn't know already.
Poll Shows repugicans Barreling Toward the Extreme
9 Wild Boars Trapped, Euthanized In Mecklenburg County
I had not realized this, and as you can imagine I felt like quite the renegade outlaw as one of the officers painstakingly wrote out my ticket, standing well to the side of the road so as to avoid getting hit by the steady stream of passing unlicensed and uninsured motorists driving their stolen cars with their left hands so that their right hands would be free to keep their pit bulls from spilling their cocaine all over their machine guns.
Not that I am bitter.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting Saudi Arabia hoping for an active Saudi role in his plan to persuade Taliban militants to switch sides.
Saudi Arabia has a unique relationship with Taliban since it was one of the few countries to recognize the regime before it was ousted in 2001 and has acted as an intermediary before.
Two men are in a Catawba County jail today in what police say was a case of suspected criminals expecting a bit too much charity from the law.
The two are accused of robbing a convenience store -- then calling police and asking for help with a flat tire a few hours later.
Charged with robbery in the case are Mark Franklin, 46, of Conover; and James Jennings, 31, of Claremont.
According to police, two men entered the Cubbard Express store, in the 2700 block of Springs Road, about 11 p.m. Sunday. The men did not show a gun, but police said one man indicated he was armed. One man demanded money from the cashier, and the two men then fled in a tan four-door Chevrolet car.
Police viewed surveillance video coverage and began looking for the suspects.
About 3 a.m. Monday, according to police, two men called officers from a Hardee's restaurant on U.S. 321 and asked for help with a flat tire.
One officer who responded recognized the men as those from the robbery, and he arrested them, police said.
After tasting 37 blended coffees, Consumer Reports found none that rated better than "good."
It tastes better and is better for you.
James O'Keefe repeatedly lied that Landrieu had received a $300 million bribe in return for a vote on health care reform legislation.Full Story
These 'morans' still haven't learned the fact that telling a lie once or a bazillion times doesn't make it the truth.
SoundBite detects noise using a microphone placed in the ear connected to a transmitter in a behind-the-ear (BTE) device. The BTE transmits to an in-the-mouth (ITM) device that sends small sound waves through the jaw to the cochlea. There is no surgery needed, and both the BTE and ITM are easily removed to be charged inductively. Sonitus Medical is still preparing the SoundBite for eventual FDA trials for single sided, and (eventually) other forms of deafness.
Getting a healthy dinner on the table isn't a chore with these quick menus for the week.
A school district changes its mind about not teaching one version of her diary.
As a parent of an honors-English student at Floyd T. Binns Middle School who read the uncensored version of Anne Frank’s diary, I have to show my support to the brave teacher who dared to teach her students the truth!
What harm has the book done to the students? None! The diary is not about sexual organs, it is about the brutal reality of the Second World War.
I had several interesting conversations with my daughter about Anne Frank and her hidden life. As a German native, it is not always easy to answer questions about this time period. We, as parents and teachers, are obligated to tell our children the truth and nothing else.
Eighth-graders can handle the words “vagina and penis.“ And here is another idea: Maybe the “concerned” parents in Culpeper should begin to talk openly about sex and birth control with their children and we will see a drop in the teenage pregnancy rates.
Oops, that soup or stew turned out to be too hot to handle — here are some tricks to save it.
If you enjoy crunching numbers, these jobs can add up to a very lucrative and fulfilling future.
Hard-core repeat customers used to be the secret to the chain's success, but not anymore.
A Muslim prayer leader accused of encouraging his followers to commit violence against the U.S. government was shot 20 times during an FBI raid at a suburban warehouse last fall, according to an autopsy report released Monday.Full Story
Only twenty times!? Boy, the standards for marksmanship have gone way down.
Bleached staghorn coral. Image credit: mattk1979/Flickr
A month of bitterly cold weather has had a devastating effect on marine life in Florida. Much of the coastal ecosystem, researchers said, was protected by deep water and a warm gulf stream. Important shallow-water areas, however, dropped to dangerous levels—with water temperatures as low as 52 degrees in places—for devastatingly long periods of time.
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The U.S. Air Force Academy, viewed in recent years as a deplorable example of religious intolerance, is now accommodating witches, warlocks, druids, and other worshipers of “Earth-centered” religions. A stone circle has been allowed on a hill somewhere on the academy’s vast military grounds in the Colorado Springs area.
Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier, a pagan, worked to convince academy officials to allow the space. “When I first arrived here, Earth-centered cadets didn’t have anywhere to call home,” he said in a news release. “Now, they meet every Monday night, they get to go on retreats, and they have a stone circle.” He added that the academy hasn’t stood in the way of the idea and that the chaplain’s office has been “100 percent” supportive.
Before patting yourself on the back for resisting that cookie or kicking yourself for giving in to temptation, look around. A new University of Georgia study has revealed that self-control — or the lack thereof — is contagious.
In a just-published series of studies involving hundreds of volunteers, researchers have found that watching or even thinking about someone with good self-control makes others more likely exert self-control. The researchers found that the opposite holds, too, so that people with bad self-control influence others negatively. The effect is so powerful, in fact, that seeing the name of someone with good or bad self-control flashing on a screen for just 10 milliseconds changed the behavior of volunteers.
“The take home message of this study is that picking social influences that are positive can improve your self-control,” said lead author Michelle vanDellen, a visiting assistant professor in the UGA department of psychology. “And by exhibiting self-control, you’re helping others around you do the same.”
The United States of Corporation is here:
For the first time in recent history, the lobbying, grassroots and advertising budget of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has surpassed the spending of BOTH the Democratic National Committee and the repugican nithing cabal.
Nassau, New Provdence, Bahamas
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Sante Fe De Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia
Samos, Samos, Greece
Krakow, Malopolskie, Poland
Munich, Bayern, Germany
Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
as well as Djibouti, and the United States
Even you will be surprised at how blunt, honest and open you are about a situation that would be tricky, at best, for most people.
Now, if you're going to be surprised at yourself, you can just imagine how others will feel -- especially the ones who are already shakable.
See what happens next.
You decide you might be worth the effort, and suddenly your life begins to change.