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Japan sees Michelle’s absence as a slight

Mooch grimacesH/t FOTM’s DCG

The POS is in Asia for a 4-nation tour, Japan being the first.

He’s traveling stag, which lends substance to The National Enquirer‘s reports that he and Mooch are so estranged, they are leading separate lives. The estrangement became really bad when Mooch felt humiliated by the POS’s flirtatous “selfie” (see below) with Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service last December.

SAFRICA-MANDELA-MEMORIALThe Japanese are among the world’s most decorous peoples, who place great importance on status, ritual, and displays of courtesy and deference. Given that, they are reading in FLPOS Mooch’s absence something more sinister than marital discord, especially since Mooch had only recently visited China.

China and Japan were enemies in the Second World War. Today, the two countries are in contention over the ownership of a cluster of islets in the East China Sea called Senkaku by Japanese and Diaoyu by Chinese.

Howard LaFranchi reports for The Christian Science Monitor, April 22, 2014:

[O]n the eve of Mr. Obama’s state visit to Tokyo this week, Japan is … openly fretting about its place on America’s priority list – particularly in comparison to rising rival China.

The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he’ll disembark Air Force One solo – without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to Japan on a state visit in 18 years, but never mind: Michelle’s absence has thrown Tokyo into a tizzy.

Media commentators, social media discussions, academics, even some officials, named and unnamed, are wringing their hands over Mrs. Obama’s decision to sit out not just Japan but her husband’s entire eight-day Asia trip, which will also take in South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

At least one miffed member of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, has gone so far as to become snarky – so not like Japan – and intimate that the president’s solo travel must say something about the state of the Obama marriage.

But for most of those doing the chattering, Mrs. Obama’s absence is a woeful sign of Japan’s retreat from the top tier of America’s allies.

No doubt the first lady’s no-show would have disappointed and prompted speculation under just about any circumstances. But what has really thrown the Japanese for a loop is that her failure to grace Japan with her presence comes within a month of Mrs. Obama’s widely covered trip with daughters, Sasha and Malia, to (shudder at the thought) China.

To the Japanese, the sight of Michelle jumping rope with Chinese kids, feeding pandas, trying out tai-chi, and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, was more than insult added to injury. It was proof of China’s ascendency to the top rung of America’s strategic priorities and Japan’s fall to second class.

Far be it for Queen Mooch’s lowly subjects, the American taxpayer, to expect that, notwithstanding her feelings about the POS, she does what a first lady is supposed to do, which is to accompany the president of the United States on diplomatic visits to foreign countries.

To paraphrase White House Dossier reader Jerry G: “Michelle/Michael is probably too busy getting his/her estrogen shots.”  LOL

See also:

~Eowyn

Antibiotic resistant superbug has gone beyond hospitals into our homes

Bacteria increasingly are becoming resistant to antibiotics as a result of indiscriminate over-prescription of antibiotics as well as the misuse of antibiotics in the food given to corporate food animal factories. (Note: Antibiotics are useless against viral infection like the common cold.)

Already, there is a strain of bacteria that is resistant to the strongest antibiotics which appeared in hospitals. Now, this bacteria has moved beyond the hospital environment to U.S. homes.

nightmare bacteriaBenjamin Fearnow reports for CBS Atlanta, April 22, 2014, that the anti-biotic resistant “superbug,” Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is resistant to many of the strongest antibiotics.

Although recent prevalence has been limited to hospitals and nursing homes, a new study of 161 New York City residents who contracted the MRSA infections finds that the these people’s homes were “major reservoirs” for the bacteria strains, HealthDay reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that in communities outside of health care settings, most MRSA strains are skin infections that are spread by physical contact, such as the sharing of towels or razors. Athletes, military barracks, prisons and other close-quarter living areas are at an increased risk of contracting and spreading the bug.

In medical facilities, MRSA causes life-threatening bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical infections.

But the new study shows that the MRSA has spread into average U.S. homes.

“What our findings show is it’s also endemic in households,” lead researcher Dr. Anne-Catrin Uhlemann, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, tells HealthDay, from the study published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences.

According to a report released by the CDC last September, more than 2 million Americans get drug-resistant infections each year. And about 23,000 die from these diseases that are increasingly resistant to the strongest antibiotics that doctors use to fight the infections.

Uhlemann and fellow researchers took samples from those affected by MRSA strains along with samples of a comparison group of people who had not fallen ill. The researchers then took samples from these patients’ household surfaces and other social contacts to see if the bacteria had spread.

Ultimately, the research showed that many homes outside of just those affected by MRSA were “major reservoirs” for the MRSA strain, USA300, which HealthDay notes is the primary cause of MRSA infections in communities throughout the country.

Bedding, clothes and other everyday surfaces used by someone affected by MRSA are suggested to be cleaned by bleach and hot water, although Uhlemann says the role of surfaces in transmitting the disease is not “well delineated.”

We can’t just treat the person with the infection,” Uhlemann told HealthDay. “We have to attempt to remove the (MRSA) colonization from the home,” and another MRSA expert not involved in the study added that the new study “confirms what we’ve suspected all along.”

Correct bandaging, protection of wounds, and hand-washing were suggested by experts as the best ways to protect family members and others whom one may come in physical contact with regularly, thereby spreading the bacteria to others.

The CDC has estimated that nearly one-in-three people carry staph bacteria in their nose, and typically feel no symptoms of sickness. About 2 percent of people carry MRSA.

The World Health Organization has previously stated that the overuse of antibiotics has become so common that even normal infections may become deadly in the future, due to the evolution of these bacteria strains.

“It is not too late,” CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said to CBSNews.com during a press conference. “If we’re not careful, the medicine chest will be empty when we go there to look for a lifesaving antibiotic for someone with a deadly infection. If we act now, we can preserve these medications while we continue to work on lifesaving medications.”

Dr. Henry Chambers, chair of the antimicrobial resistance committee for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, told HealthDay he agreed, and that “about half of antibiotics prescribed aren’t needed.” 

A report earlier this month found that the drug-resistant bacteria caused a fatal blood infection in a Brazilian patient, according to Live Science. His body had developed a resistance to the powerful antibiotic vancomycin – used widely to treat the infection – during the course of his stay at the hospital.

See also “Alarming: Outbreak of antibiotics-resistant “nightmare bacteria” in Chicago,” Jan. 28, 2014.

~Eowyn

Obama sends 600 troops to E. Europe as warning to Russia

Dr. Eowyn:

Having just removed the last U.S. battle tanks from Europe, the U.S. is not ready for either a cold or hot war with Russia over Ukraine, and Obama had already said that the U.S. and NATO have no plan to use force in Ukraine.

So why is he sending 600 troops to 4 E. European countries bordering on Russia and Ukraine?

Does he actually think the Russian Army, with 360,000 soldiers, would be deterred by our 600?

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

To EE

Ben Watson reports for Defense One, April 22, 2014:

The Pentagon is sending about 600 U.S. troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia in a show of support for Eastern European countries uneasy with Russian forces still lingering near Ukraine.

Eastern Europe Map

“Nothing we’ve seen out of Russia or their armed forces, is de-escalating the tension, is making things any more stable in Ukraine or on the continent of Europe,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Tuesday.

The first steps of the increased U.S troop presence will occur in Poland and involves approximately 150 paratroopers from the 173rd, based in Vicenza, Italy. Those troops are expected to arrive Wednesday.

The 173rd, which has deployed once to Iraq and four times to Afghanistan since 2003, was already on call to help with NATO security in Europe, led by the alliance’s top military…

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Boston Bombing! A Pictorial Refresher Course. Stinkometer Overload!!

Yup, It stinks!

Yup, It stinks!

Goodmorning. I am not here to tell you no one got hurt or killed at last years Boston Marathon. I am here to tell you that something now “Officially” stinks on Stevies “Stinkometer”. I have found a site that the guy has done a lot of work uncovering a lot of stink. He has a great sequence of pictures and analyses that I’m just going to run here. If I add any comments it will be in Purple .

If any of our readers has any medical or EMT type knowledge please let us know your thoughts.

Click to enlarge pictures. It really helps with the detail.

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Posted by  ⋅ April 20, 2013 ⋅ 216 Comments

Digger shared a link (http://www.bbmisc.com/tempor/showthread.php?20697-Boston-Bombing-Actor) with me that contains a sequence of events from a video that focuses on the double amputee that supposedly had his legs blown off. I want to share those with you here and ask you, especially if you have any trauma medical background (in the Armed Forces or ER or whatever).

What is wrong with these pictures? (pictures and narrative by Fist-Of-Freedom)

I’ve studied and graduated EMT-B certification with the state of Oregon. I’ve been on calls with heavy arterial bleeds, internal bleeding, fatalities, doa’s. I am speaking from direct personal experience with severe trauma.

Here is a telling photograph of the amputee actor. I encourage readers to view the photo side by side with my analysis.

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http://www.kaotic.com/media/pictures…42b556ee65.jpg

If you loose both your legs from explosive trauma half your blood is gone in one minute via the femoral arteries, you’re dead after two. Bleeding out is worse with blunt force trauma (like shrapnel) because flesh is torn rather than cut, exposing more arterial and vascular tissue. The human body holds 5 to 6 LITERS of blood. If that really happened, you would see blood EVERYWHERE, the guy would be drenched in it. You would also see what’s called arterial spurting from the injury. Most likely he would vomit after turning ghost white from shock, then turning delirious or passing out. As for the “tourniquet”…

It’s not even tied off, it’s suspended via gravity, which would literally do nothing to an arterial sever. There’s no pressure applied. There’s no knot with a turn stick for leverage. You can clearly see a gap in the nonexistent wrap job on his left inner thigh (left anterior proximal for you experts). His hands have no blood on them. There’s no blood on the ground. The color in his hands and lips shows good circulation.

This is an actorThis is staged. How did they pull it off though? I can show you.

Here in frame six on the left we see the the man with a hood setting up the fake leg wound prosthetics. His attention and hands are right there. The woman is acting as a shield covering what’s happening.

[Note from Ken Adachi: I'm convinced that the phony left leg prosthesis seen on Jeff Bauman was already attached and in place as the pretense unfolded. The hooded accomplice likely took off coverings that was concealing the prosthetic prior to the " blast." ]

Frame 6

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Here in frame eight the prosthetics are in place. Amidst all this chaos, seconds after the explosion, the hooded man takes the time to put on his sunglasses which is a signal.
Frame 8

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Here in frame nine with sunglasses now on, the hooded man and the woman make eye contact, signal received.
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In frame eleven, after receiving the go signal, the woman makes an open hand gesture, the direction both of them are looking, signaling the staged injuries are in place for cameras. The prone amputee raises his left prosthetic injury into the air over the woman’s shoulder. No blood is present. The bone is dry, no blood on his leg above the knee, no blood on the woman, no arterial spurt, nothing.
Frame 11

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Here in frame fourteen, the woman turns her head right but is still holding up that open palm signal with her left hand. The hooded man again busies himself pouring fake blood on the pavement behind the woman. The amputee has both fake injuries in the air now. There is still no blood on his legs, his skin above the injury is clean and dry.

( Notice Black Women seems fine and no blood whatsoever on her)
Frame 14

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Frame twenty, the fake blood and prosthetics are in place. The amputee gives an open hand gesture along with the woman to bring the cameras in. We’re now twenty frames in and still not a drop of fresh blood from a double leg amputation. His legs are dry, the woman is dry and unscathed. Both are making the same hand gesture.
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Something about this entire thing smells to high heaven. When have you ever heard of someone with a blown off leg not bleeding? Some make the claim that it was cauterized, but obviously, the picture of them wheeling the guy out on the wheelchair shows ‘blood and gore’ (a cauterization is a burn that seals the wound). Something changed between these images and when they wheeled him out in front of the cameras.

And there is more analysis from Fist-Of-Freedom:

source: http://www.bbmisc.com/tempor/showthread.php?20697-Boston-Bombing-Actor

This image was taken by a third party photographer seconds after the first explosion. There is clear evidence of false flag staging here. The man in the red coat and baseball hat on the right is kneeling down giving directions to the guy in the white T-shirt. Also looking to this pair for direction are the woman sitting to the right and the man in a hood and sunglasses who set up the double amputee prosthetics.

Notice the relaxed posture and face of the hooded man. Notice also the calm prepared posture of the woman sitting down on the bottom right. See how her shirt sleeve is severely torn, yet her skin underneath is clean and clear of injury and blood. From where she’s sitting look right to the bottom right corner and you can see an unmarked bottle of fake blood.

Look to the left and see the cowboy hat man standing there doing nothing. This is the same man who will pretend to hold the tourniquet of the fake amputee actor later on. Look to center of the photo and you will see the african woman moving herself away from the amputee actor since her shielding him from camera’s job is over. Next to her is a woman with red hair leaning on her elbow.

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( Hooded sweatshirt guy looks might comfy doesn’t he?) 

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(Guys, Guys, Umm I’m over here. You know the guy with no legs. Oh Ok, you have to see to that hangnail first I understand. )

Compare this now with another photo taken seconds later. Putting them side by side is very helpful.

The man with the hood and sunglasses, who was just sitting up looking fine and healthy after fixing up the amputee actor’s prosthetics, is now on his back being evaluated by two people. Notice the rips in his jeans have no sign of blood or injury on the skin. The woman with red hair however is in the exact same pose as a minute ago. Meanwhile the double amputee actor is completely ignored by everyone when he is clearly in the most dire need of attention. There is a small amount of fake blood around him where the African lady shielding him used to be, she has disappeared. What happened to her? Compare this photo with the first in my post.

[Note from Ken Adachi: Never in the course of human history has genuine human blood EVER looked like the fire engine red paint-like liquid seen spilled on these bricks. We have to conclude that a large number of these people in the immediate vicinity of Paul Bauman are also agents/actors since so many seem to ignore him while attending to others with lesser problems. ]

And The Oscar Goes To.

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The african woman who was sitting up, shielding the hooded man and amputee actor’s prosthetic rigging, giving hand signals, looking left and right, having no visible blood or injuries, is now covered in blood and strapped into a spine board stretcher.

( OK, I love the look on the women.  LOL If you look earlier she has not a speck of blood. Now she is soaked. Folks that’s what we call bad acting. )

In a real medical scenario the amputee would receive immediate treatment or die from bleed out. The fact this actor woman is removed from the scene via stretcher while the double amputee is left on the ground is ludicrous. He would be dead from blood loss before they could even begin spinal assessment procedures involved in moving a patient to a stretcher. Not to mention his blood loss would be over five liters, enough to cover the entire scene around these people in a thick puddle.

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From firsthand experience with trauma in the field of EMS work, this is not real. These are actors. This is all staged.

I know that many just want to believe. But I can’t help but think. So much doesn’t add up

~Steve~                                                 Big H/T  Ken

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/bostonbombingdidyouthink20apr13.shtml

Moving in with parents becomes more common for the middle-aged

obamanomics

LA Times: Debbie Rohr lives with her husband and twin teenage sons in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas.

The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It’s a modest but comfortable house, the type that Rohr, 52, pictured for herself at this stage of life.

She just never imagined that it would be her childhood home, a return to a bedroom where she once hung posters of Olivia Newton-John and curled up with her beloved Mrs. Beasley doll.

Driven by economic necessity — Rohr has been chronically unemployed and her husband lost his job last year — she moved her family back home with her 77-year-old mother.

At a time when the still sluggish economy has sent a flood of jobless young adults back home, older people are quietly moving in with their parents at twice the rate of their younger counterparts.

For seven years through 2012, the number of Californians aged 50 to 64 who live in their parents’ homes swelled 67.6% to about 194,000, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.

The jump is almost exclusively the result of financial hardship caused by the recession rather than for other reasons, such as the need to care for aging parents, said Steven P. Wallace, a UCLA professor of public health who crunched the data.

“The numbers are pretty amazing,” Wallace said. “It’s an age group that you normally think of as pretty financially stable. They’re mid-career. They may be thinking ahead toward retirement. They’ve got a nest egg going. And then all of a sudden you see this huge push back into their parents’ homes.”

Many more young adults live with their parents than those in their 50s and early 60s live with theirs. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, 1.6 million Californians have taken up residence in their childhood bedrooms, according to the data. Though that’s a 33% jump from 2006, the pace is half that of the 50 to 64 age group.

The surge in middle-aged people moving in with parents reflects the grim economic reality that has taken hold in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Long-term unemployment is especially acute for older people. The number of Americans 55 and older who have been out of work for a year or more was 617,000 at the end of December, a fivefold jump from the end of 2007 when the recession hit, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As with Rohr, those in their 50s move in only as a last resort. Many have exhausted savings. Some have jobs but can’t shoulder soaring rents in areas such as Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Whatever the cause, moving in with Mom and Dad exacts a bruising emotional toll. Even asking to move the family in was difficult for Rohr. “I said ‘Mom, I’m so sorry but I don’t know what to do,’” she said. “I dreaded it. If it wasn’t for my boys I wouldn’t have done it. I would have lived in my car.”

Jenny Chung Mejia knows how tough it can be. As a public policy consultant at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in Los Angeles, she helps people and communities regain their economic health.

“It’s unexpected vulnerability at this point in your life,” she said. “When you’re supposed to be the provider, sort of the rock for yourself and your family and maybe your parents, the table just gets turned on you and the rug gets pulled out from under you.”

That’s what happened to Janine Rosales, who moved into her mother’s San Francisco home two years ago after a career of mostly low-paying jobs left her unable to afford the city’s towering rents.

For Rosales, 53, it represented a personal defeat, an unofficial marker of unmet goals in life. “I sit here sometimes and I see baby pictures of myself and my teenage years and remember all the dreams I had,” Rosales said. “I never thought I’d end up where I am.”

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DCG

 

How to Become a Millionaire (Part One)

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How to Become A Millionaire (Part One)

The following story comes from pages 100-103 of the book “Self-Made in America” by John McCormack with David R. Legge. The entire book is excellent and this story has always stuck in my head.

Compare the attitude and actions of the couple described below to that of so many Americans today – hundreds of millions, actually – who belittle the rich, while they moan and cry about their “right” to food stamps, section 8, welfare, “free” health care, etc. I think this story will provide excellent food for thought and many revelations on How to Become a Millionaire.

When Maryanne and I were building our Greenspoint Mall salon thirteen years ago, a Vietnamese fellow would stop by each day to sell us doughnuts. He spoke hardly any English, but he was always friendly, and through smiles and sign language, we got to know each other. His name was Le Van Vu.

During the day, Le worked in a bakery, and at night he and his wife listened to audiotapes to learn English. I later learned that they slept on sacks full of sawdust on the floor of the back room of the bakery.

In Vietnam, the Van Vu family was one of the wealthiest in Southeast Asia. They owned almost one third of North Vietnam, including holdings in industry and real estate. However, after his father was brutally murdered, Le moved to South Vietnam with his mother, where he went to school and eventually became a lawyer.

Like his father before him, Le prospered. He saw an opportunity to construct buildings to accommodate the ever-expanding American presence in Vietnam and soon became one of the most successful builders in the country.

On a trip to North Vietnam, however, Le was captured by the North Vietnamese and thrown into prison for three years. He escaped by killing five soldiers and made his way back to South Vietnam where again he was arrested. The South Vietnamese government had assumed he was a “plant” from the North.

After serving time in prison, Le got out and started a fishing company, eventually becoming the largest canner in South Vietnam.

However, when Le learned that the U.S. troops and embassy personnel were about to pull out of his country, he made a life-changing decision.

He took all of the gold he had hoarded, loaded it aboard one of his fishing vessels, and sailed with his wife out to the American ships in the harbor. He then exchanged all of his riches for safe passage out of Vietnam to the Philippines, where he and his wife were taken into a refugee camp. After gaining access to the president of the Philippines, Le convinced him to make one of his boats available for fishing and, again, Le was back in business. Before he left the Philippines two years later en route to America (his ultimate dream), Le had successfully developed the entire fishing industry in the Philippines.

Nevertheless, en route to America, Le became distraught and depressed about having to start over once again with nothing. His wife tells of how she found him near the railing of the ship, about to jump overboard. “Le,” she told him, “if you do jump, what ever will become of me? We’ve been together for so long and through so much. We can do this together.”

It was all the encouragement that Le Van Vu needed. He decided to fight one more time.

When he and his wife arrived in Houston in the 1970′s, they were flat broke and spoke no English. In Vietnam, however, family takes care of family, and Le and his wife found themselves ensconced in the back room of his cousin’s bakery in the Greenspoint Mall. We were building our salon just a couple hundred feet away.

Le’s cousin offered both Le and his wife jobs in the bakery. After taxes, Le would take home $175 a week, his wife $125. Their total annual income, in other words, was $15,000. Further, his cousin offered to sell them the bakery whenever they could come up with a $30,000 down payment. The cousin would finance the remainder with a note for $90,000.

Here’s what Le and his wife did:

Even with a weekly income of $300, they decided to continue living in the back room. They kept clean by taking sponge baths for two years in the mall’s restrooms. For two years their diet consisted almost entirely of bakery goods. Each year, for two years, they lived on a total of $600, saving $30,000 for the down payment.

Le later explained to me his reasoning: “If we got ourselves an apartment, which we could afford on $300 a week, we’d have to pay the rent. Then, of course, we’d have to buy furniture. Then we’d have to have transportation to and from work, so that meant we’d have to buy a car. Then we’d have to buy gasoline for the car as well as insurance. Then we’d probably want to go places in the car, so that meant we’d need to buy clothes and toiletries. So I knew that if we got that apartment, we’d never get our $30,000 together.”

Now, if you think you’ve heard everything about Le, let me tell you, there’s more. After he and his wife had saved the $30,000 and bought the bakery, Le once again sat down with his wife for a serious chat. They still owed $90,000 to his cousin, he said, and as difficult as the past two years had been, they had to remain living in that back room for one more year.

I’m proud to tell you that in one year, my friend and mentor Le Van Vu and his wife, saving virtually every nickel of profit from the business, paid off the $90,000 note, and in just three years, owned an extremely profitable business free and clear.

Then, and only then, the Van Vu’s went out and got their first apartment. To this day, they continue to save on a regular basis, live on an extremely small percentage of their income, and, of course, always pay cash for any of their purchases.

Do you think that Le Van Vu is a millionaire today? I am happy to tell you, many times over.

As I write these words, Le is in the process of starting or acquiring six substantial companies. Newspapers and magazines have written articles on the “miracle” of Le Van Vu. Recently, he met with the deans of several major business schools at my house, and they were in awe of what Le has been able to accomplish with his life – again and again.

Mike

EPA celebrates Earth Day by jetting across America, spewing C2O

Today is Earth Day, the highest holiest day of Gaia-worshiping Greenies.

In honor of Earth Day, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sending its administrator high priestess, Gina McCarthy, on a week-long 5-city tour to preach to the benighted, which will burn up more carbon and cause more pollution than you or I could ever generate in a year.

Gina McCarthy

Fox News reports, April 22, 2014, that the EPA announced that McCarthy would visit New York, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Memphis to “participate in various events to…focus on responsible steps to cut carbon pollution to slow the effects of climate change.” Her tour began yesterday with a visit to Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” where McCarthy touted Obama’s climate action plan. McCarthy will end her tour on Friday with a visit to sustainable energy projects in Tennessee.

But the national nonprofit environmental group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) says the greenhouse gases generated by McCarthy’s five-city tour will “far exceed” any concrete action on climate change from her travels.

In a news release, “EPA’s Clueless Earth Day Celebration,PEER states:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s idea to jet its Administrator on a multi-city Earth Day-themed tour to “ask Americans to act on climate change through simple actions to reduce carbon pollution in their daily lives” is unclear on the concept. The greenhouse gases generated by Ms. McCarthy and her entourage will far exceed any concrete climate action from their travels….

Air travel, however, is one of the most carbon-intensive activities. A cross-country plane trip can create a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person. [...]

“Frenetically jetting around the country appears to undercut EPA’s message to ordinary Americans that they should conserve, consume less and reduce transportation pollution,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that as Administrator, McCarthy is a frequent air traveler and has been criticized for commuting weekly back to her home in Boston. “Hasn’t EPA heard of Skype?”

Some events on McCarthy’s itinerary have a somewhat tenuous tie-in to promoting climate action. For example this Tuesday, Administrator McCarthy and Energy Secretary Moniz will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Red Sox vs. Yankees baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park.

“EPA touts this tour as meaningful but this agency’s effectiveness in public education is not measurable. While Ms. McCarthy is an engaging individual she is hardly a charismatic figure whose mere presence galvanizes public action,” Ruch added, suggested that top EPA officials could convey a more powerful message by practicing the conservation measures they are preaching.

The Daily Caller points out that Gina McCarthy’s weekly flights to and from her Boston home emit 7.5 tons to 9.4 tons of carbon dioxide per year — nearly equivalent to the yearly carbon emissions of the average non-flying American. Note that the 9.4 tons of carbon dioxide emissions are just from her weekly commute to and back from Boston, which means McCarthy’s total carbon dioxide emissions would be much more than those of the average American to whom she pontificates.

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See also how the green hypocrites of the Sierra Club’s board of directors drive around in gas-guzzling luxury Jaguars and SUVs.

~Eowyn

“Monster” Michelle Obama terrorizes White House staff

National EnquirerThe latest Enquirer cover story on the warring Obamas

For months now, The National Enquirer has been reporting on Mooch’s rages and tirades, mainly directed against “her” husband but also against staffers in the White House. Her abuse and bullying have earned her the nickname of “Monster Michelle” from the staff.

I hesitated posting them because the Enquirer is a supermarket tabloid, although it must be pointed out that the Enquirer was nominated for a Pulitzer for its ACCURATE reporting on former U.S. senator and Democrat vice-presidential candidate John Edwards’ adultery and “love child” — news that the Enquirer alone doggedly pursued, when the non-tabloid “serious” media all refused to do their job.

Now, Mooch’s behavior is no longer just the stuff of supermarket tabloids. A White House insider has come forward with his personal testimony.

Reid Cherlin

He is former White House assistant press secretary Reid Cherlin.

In an article for the New Republic of March 24, 2014, titled “The Worst Wing: How the East Wing shrank Michelle Obama,” Cherlin describes the First Lady of the United States of America as a demanding perfectionist who doesn’t make clear what her standards are and who is as likely to upbraid her staff for putting out the wrong skirt for her to wear as for a serious policy error. All of which makes the White House a high-stress “miserable place to work.”

Cherlin’s account is all the more credible because he admires Mooch, describing her as “galvanizing”; possessed of “rare political gifts” of “charisma” and “truth-telling power”; “an accomplished lawyer with policy smarts”; and “an electrifying speaker, able to translate her husband’s lofty agenda into a grounded, commonsense morality.”

Here are excerpts from Cherlin’s article:

[W]hat Mrs. Obama’s hyper-motivated, highly accomplished staffers would never publicly admit—is that the first lady’s office can be a confining, frustrating, even miserable place to work. Jealousy and discontentment have festered, as courtiers squabble over the allocation of responsibility and access to Mrs. Obama, both of which can be aggravatingly scarce. Fueling these sentiments, according to former East Wing insiders, is the exacting but often ambivalent leadership style of the first lady herself. [...]

Mrs. Obama made it clear to her staff that—endless compulsory East Room receptions aside—her time was a valuable asset and requests to use it would have to meet an exceptionally high bar. Every event should focus on a concrete, achievable goal, like announcing a new corporate partnership. She would only be available for official duties two or three days a week; the remainder would be devoted to family responsibilities. One ex-employee observed, diplomatically, “It would take a really creative staffer to work within that environment and be successful.”

For one thing, the imperative to guarantee results could be paralyzing. “That was the pressure on us,” one ex-aide told me. “‘Don’t do it if it’s not going to be perfect.’” Staff knew that every event should produce positive coverage, and that all the angles had to be exhaustively researched and gamed out (not easy with a team of less than 30). But it was never completely clear what the standard of perfection should be. “There’s no barometer: The first lady having the wrong pencil skirt on Monday is just as big of a fuck-up as someone speaking on the record when they didn’t mean to or a policy initiative that completely failed,” says another former aide. “It just made you super anxious.” Another past employee described a common feeling of “how can we be the caliber that we’re expected to be with no attention and no resources and being an afterthought? And all that can make for sparks. Friction.”

Former staffers describe a high-stress, high-stakes workplace, in which Mrs. Obama scrutinized the smallest facets of her schedule. Aides in both wings of the White House say she insists on planning every move months in advance and finalizing speeches weeks ahead of time—a rigidity nearly unheard of in today’s chaotic political environment. [...]

All of this led to a culture of harsh internal judgment. Invitations to meetings with the first lady, in her office above the Jackie Kennedy Garden, became a vital status symbol, a way for staffers to measure their worth. “Every meeting was like an identity crisis, whether you got invited or not,” one former East Winger told me. Casual face-time with Mrs. Obama was coveted as a badge of insiderdom. “Everyone sort of stands at attention in a different way, or they try to make the joke, or they try to be the one noticed, or they try to get the smile,” says a former employee. “And that’s in part a yearning for acknowledgment that you’re part of this, something bigger, and that she knows who you are.” Another former employee put it more bluntly: “They don’t want to work for her; they want to be friends with her.”

Few have succeeded. Mrs. Obama has consistently shown a strong preference to be surrounded by aides with whom she has long-standing ties. “She’s the kind of person who, if you know her a long time, you get to the point with her where you’re loved,” says a former White House staffer, “but it’s really hard at first.” Within months of taking office, Mrs. Obama replaced her first chief-of-staff, Jackie Norris—who had overseen the campaign’s stellar Iowa operation—with an old friend, Susan Sher. When Sher returned to Chicago at the end of 2010, Tina Tchen, another Chicago lawyer who’d been working in the White House Office of Public Engagement, settled into the chief-of-staff job. Former employees say that Sher and Tchen both emphasized competence and conflict-avoidance over grand vision. Most important, both were comfortable taking orders from Valerie Jarrett, the first lady’s self-appointed enforcer and avatar. Let’s Move! saw its first two directors wash out—one a veteran political organizer and the next a pediatrician—to be replaced in 2013 by Sam Kass, the Obamas’ longtime chef and garden-master. [...]

the president’s advisers had long been suspicious of the seriousness of Mrs. Obama’s operation. [...] [The goal of] an initiative on education equality to the first lady’s agenda [...] is to encourage more young people, especially those from underserved populations, to achieve a college education. It’s a cause that Mrs. Obama is clearly passionate about and one that harnesses the power of her own life story. And yet insiders say that the program has so far fallen short of one of the strategic plan’s key recommendations—that it be supported with substance, like proposals for legislation or policy changes among higher-ed institutions. [...]

First Lady of SnotFor all the perfection that Mooch exacts from her staff, she managed to drip snot from her nose for a good 7-10 minutes when she gave a speech at the National Governors Association Meeting in the White House on February 28, 2011. (For the video of snot dripping from her nose, see “First Lady of Snot.”)

Her staff must be too frightened to let her know, and too bullied to pass her a tissue.

~Eowyn

Boston Bombing. The Case Of The Missing Pinky.

Ok troops so they run this race today, and all is well. Nothing goes BOOM!. Now let’s go back to last year and let us follow up on Dr. Eowyn’s post of this morning HERE. 

She mentions that bombing victim Jeff Bauman ( Wheelchair dude) looks so much like former U.S. Army officer Lt. Nick Vogt who lost his legs in the Afghan war. B1

(So let’s see if we can sort this out. I poked around and found this great page where this guy has done some amazing work,)

OK I’ll be referring to 2 Jeff Bauman’s.

1. The “Jeff Bauman” in those famous news photos at the scene of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing with his bloody legs reduced to stumps, supposedly “blown off” by the bomb explosion. Let’s call him Marathon Jeff.
2. The “Jeff Bauman” supposedly “in recovery” in the hospital, and the recipient of charity donations. Let’s call him Donation Jeff.

(My comments are in purple Rest is taken from site)

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/bostonbombingdidyouthink20apr13.shtml

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[Note from Ken Adachi: I cropped the head of the Army amputee shown above. Is "Jeff Bauman" the same individual seen in each head crop photo shown? Note the matching ascending hairline on the right side of the face between Lt. Nick Vogt and the Boston Marathon wheelchair guy

Lt. Nick Vogt

Lt. Nick Vogt

Jeff Bauman in hospital

Jeff Bauman in hospital

  Jeff Bauman in wheel chair 1

Jeff Bauman in wheel chair 1

 Lt. Nick Vogt, "Wounded Warrior"

Lt. Nick Vogt, “Wounded Warrior”

OK, now go to link , and there are like 5 other groups of side by sides. Ear, hair, mustache, etc.      Just too many to post here. And they do a very good job with explanations. Not being lazy, it’s just that I can’t get the pic’s to lay side by side for good comparison.   Don’t forget to come back.  LOL Or scroll down for the “Home Run” shot first.

   http://educate-yourself.org/cn/bostonbombingdidyouthink20apr13.shtml

Smoking Gun!!

(Now this is new to me and a home run)

 The Missing Left Hand Pinky Finger of the April 15 “Jeff Bauman” (and Lt. Nick Vogt) versus the Left Hand of “Donations Jeff Bauman”

The most damning evidence proving that the Boston Marathon “Jeff Bauman” and the “Donations Jeff Bauman” are two different people is the absence of the left hand pinky finger discovered in one video frame capture posted at http://imgur.com/a/9MPLT/noscript and identified as “V7px8wa.” On April 27, 2013, I posted an enlarged photo of this incriminatinmg video frame capture as well as cropped enlargements of the left hand of Boston Marathon “Jeff Bauman”
Breakthrough Photo Enlargement: … (April 27, 2013)

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/breakthroughphotobaumanvogtriddle27apr13.shtml

You can see the original video frame capture at the above link, but I’ll reproduce the enlarged left hand crop here, along with photos of Lt. Nick Vogt’s missing left hand pinky finger, and the very much intact left hand fingers of our valiant hero/bombing survivor ‘Donations Jeff.’

No Pinky.

No Pinky.

OK, wanna see that up close?

OK, wanna see that up close?

We got a pinky

We got a pinky

Umm, anyone see my pinky?

Umm, anyone see my pinky?

“Jeff Bauman” is shown positioned on the ground in front of a black woman who is wearing a white T-shirt under her red coat. You can see “Jeff’s” left hand is clearly missing his pinky finger (seen against the white background of the woman’s T-shirt). Coincidentially, Army Lt. Nick Vogt, who bears a remarkable and uncannmy resemblence to the “Jeff Bauman” seen here, also has a missing pinky finger from his left hand.

Since the “Jeff Bauman” photographed in the hospital and shown in many photographs on the Jeff Bauman Donation web site, is seen to possess all of the fingers on his left hand, I think we can safely conclude that the guy seen in these photos of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing scene, is not the same guy who has already collected over $724 thousand dollars in donations and postures himself as being the person seen in these photos.

Hey! They magically reattached my pinky. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

Hey! They magically reattached my pinky. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

~Steve~                              More to come..

H/T

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/breakthroughphotobaumanvogtriddle27apr13.shtml

 

Bundy’s beef with BLM is about Federal vs. State ownership of land in Nevada

Battle of BunkervilleCliven Bundy’s son, Ammon, at the standoff against the BLM — the Battle of Bunkerville.

In his long-standing dispute with the federal government over grazing fees, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy consistently invokes states’ rights as his principle. From Bundy’s blog of April 21, 2012, stating his position:

the State of Nevada owns the lands pursuant to their NRS 321.596 et al statutes (Nevada Public Lands Ownership Act) enacted by Nevada back in the late 1970′s. All the western public lands states adopted this law back when it was called the “Sagebrush Rebellion”. The main component of this law (Public Lands Ownership) has yet to be adjudicated by the courts or by the US Supreme Court. This matter came to the forefront once in the court process and the then Nevada Attorney General filed away this issue by stipulating that the feds owned the public lands in Nevada. The court basically said it had no other choice but to rule in favor of the Feds. (US vs. Nye County). Bundy is following Nevada Law and holds that the 18 year old adverse decision against him that the BLM et al is using does not apply to him because he is not grazing on federal property. The State of Nevada has an obligation to enforce its own law on this matter. Therefore Bundy is not in contempt of any court order since he is not operating on federal property.

Bundy paid grazing fees to the rightful Landlord (Clark County-NV) back in the ’90′s and then they returned that payment to Bundy. […] Bundy still has the county check and he never intended to steal anything and stands ready to pay the rightful Landlord today just like he did back in the ’90′s.

The federal government claims ownership of as much as 80% of the land in the State of Nevada. How did that happen?

Martin Armstrong explains on his global financial markets forecasting site, Armstrong Economics, April 19, 2014:

The current land conflict in Nevada extends back to this event in 1864 and how the territory of Nevada became a state in order to push through a political agenda to create a majority vote. [...]

The “law” at the time in 1864 required that for a territory to become a state, the population had to be at least 60,000. At that time, Nevada had only about 40,000 people. So why was Nevada rushed into statehood in violation of the law of the day? When the 1864 Presidential election approached, there were special interests who were seeking to manipulate the elections to ensure Lincoln would win reelection. They needed another Republican congressional delegation that could provide additional votes for the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to abolish slavery. [...] Nevada’s entry would secure both the election [of Lincoln] and the three-fourths majority needed for the Thirteenth Amendment enactment.

The votes at the end of the day demonstrate that they never needed Nevada. Nonetheless, within the provisions of the Statehood Act of March 21, 1864 that brought Nevada into the voting fold, we see the source of the problem today. This Statehood Act retained the ownership of the land as a territory for the federal government. In return for the Statehood that was really against the law, the new state surrendered any right, title, or claim to the unappropriated public lands lying within Nevada. Moreover, this cannot be altered without the consent of the Feds. [...]

Republican Ronald Reagan had argued for the turnover of the control of such lands to the state and local authorities back in 1980. Clearly, the surrender of all claims to any land for statehood was illegal under the Constitution. This is no different from Russia seizing Crimea. The Supreme Court actually addressed this issue in Pollard’s Lessee v. Hagan, 44 U.S. 212 (1845) when Alabama became a state in 1845.[...]

The Pollard decision expressed a statement of constitutional law in dictum making it very clear that the Feds have no claim over the lands in Nevada. The Supreme Court states:

“The United States never held any municipal sovereignty, jurisdiction, or right of soil in and to the territory of which Alabama, or any of the new States, were formed, except for temporary purposes, and to execute the trusts created by the acts of the Virginia and Georgia legislatures, and the deeds of cession executed by them to the United States, and the trust created by the treaty of the 30th April, 1803, with the French Republic ceding Louisiana.”

So in other words, once a territory becomes a state, the Fed must surrender all claims to the land as if it were still just a possession or territory.

Sorry, but to all the left-wing commentators who call Bundy a tax-cheat and an outlaw, be careful of what you speak for the Supreme Court has made it clear in 1845 that the Constitution forbids the federal rangers to be out there to begin with for the Feds could not retain ownership of the territory and simultaneously grant state sovereignty. At the very minimum, it became state land – not federal.

~Eowyn