Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rick Perry Says Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme

Michael Tanner of NRO says Yes, It Is a Ponzi Scheme and I agree with him.

Social Security is a tyrannical, coercive ponzi scheme versus the voluntary one used by the original ponzi schemer himself, Charles Ponzi, who duped investors out of their money, absconded with the money by using the later investors' money to pay the later investors instead of using the money to make investments as he claimed he was doing.

Here is Michael Tanner's explanation of how Social Security is a ponzi scheme:

Social Security, on the other hand, forces people to invest in it through a mandatory payroll tax. A small portion of that money is used to buy special-issue Treasury bonds that the government will eventually have to repay, but the vast majority of the money you pay in Social Security taxes is not invested in anything. Instead, the money you pay into the system is used to pay benefits to those “early investors” who are retired today. When you retire, you will have to rely on the next generation of workers behind you to pay the taxes that will finance your benefits.
As with Ponzi’s scheme, this turns out to be a very good deal for those who got in early. The very first Social Security recipient, Ida Mae Fuller of Vermont, paid just $44 in Social Security taxes, but the long-lived Mrs. Fuller collected $20,993 in benefits. Such high returns were possible because there were many workers paying into the system and only a few retirees taking benefits out of it. In 1950, for instance, there were 16 workers supporting every retiree. Today, there are just over three. By around 2030, we will be down to just two.

As with Ponzi’s scheme, when the number of new contributors dries up, it will become impossible to continue to pay the promised benefits. Those early windfall returns are long gone. When today’s young workers retire, they will receive returns far below what private investments could provide. Many will be lucky to break even.

Eventually the pyramid crumbles.

Of course, Social Security and Ponzi schemes are not perfectly analogous. Ponzi, after all, had to rely on what people were willing to voluntarily invest with him. Once he couldn’t convince enough new investors to join his scheme, it collapsed. Social Security, on the other hand, can rely on the power of the government to tax. As the shrinking number of workers paying into the system makes it harder to continue to sustain benefits, the government can just force young people to pay even more into the system.

In fact, Social Security taxes have been raised some 40 times since the program began. The initial Social Security tax was 2 percent (split between the employer and employee), capped at $3,000 of earnings. That made for a maximum tax of $60. Today, the tax is 12.4 percent, capped at $106,800, for a maximum tax of $13,234. Even adjusting for inflation, that represents more than an 800 percent increase.

In addition, at least until the final collapse of his scheme, Ponzi was more or less obligated to pay his early investors what he promised them. With Social Security, on the other hand, Congress is always able to change or cut those benefits in order to keep the scheme going.

Social Security is facing more than $20 trillion in unfunded future liabilities. Raising taxes and cutting benefits enough to keep the program limping along will obviously mean an ever-worsening deal for younger workers. They will be forced to pay more and get less.

Rick Perry got this one right.

[Album] U-Kiss - Neverland

U-Kiss - Neverland


01 Intro


03 Baby Don't Cry


05 Take Me Away

06 ON THE Floor

07 친구의 사랑

08 4월 이야기

09 Obsession


11 Tell Me Y

12 다시 만나요 (U-KISS with PARAN)

13 SOME DAY (Inst.)

DL Album: U-Kiss - Neverland <-- MU

U-Kiss - Neverland <-- MF

[Single] APRILKISS - Wannabe



01. Hello Bus

02. Hello Bus (Rap Ver.)

03. Aprilkiss

DL Single: APRILKISS -Wannabe <-- MU

APRILKISS - Wannabe <-- MF

[Album] Leessang - Asura Balbalta

Leessang - Asura Balbalta


01.You’re the Answer to a Guy Like Me (prologue)

02.You’re the Answer to a Guy Like Me (ft. Harim)

03.Turn off the TV (ft.tasha + kwon jungyeol 10cm)

04.Serenade (ft. gaeko dynamic duo windy city)

05.Memories (ft. Baek Jiyoung)

06.I will give my everything to you (ft. jungin)

07.Bird to fly before dying (to.bizzy) (ft kangsanae and bizzy)

08.Asura Balbalta

09.Wild goose chase (ft. guckkasten)

10.Kangnam riche (ft. pobi)

11.Am I (ft.bizzy and b-free)


13.Grand final (planet shiver mix)

DL Album: Leessang - Asura Balbalta <-- MU

Leessang - Asura Balbalta <-- MF

[Single] SHINee - Juliette

SHINee - Juliette



2.Kiss Kiss Kiss

3.JULIETTE [Korean ver.]

DL Single: SHINee - Juliette <-- MU

SHINee - Juliette <-- MF

[Album] SUPER JUNIOR-M – 太完美(Perfection) (Jap Ver.)

SUPER JUNIOR-M – 太完美(Perfection) (Jap Ver.)


1. 太完美 (Perfection) -Jap Ver

2. 命運線 (Destiny) -Jap Ver

3. 幸福微甜 (Love Is Sweet)

4. 表白 (Off My Mind)

5. True Love

6. 吹一様的風 (My All Is In You)

7. 西風的話

8. 太完美 (Perfection) -Chinese Ver

9. 太完美 (Perfection) -Kor Ver

10. 命運線 (Destiny) -Chinese Ver

DL Album: SUPER JUNIOR-M – 太完美(Perfection) (Jap Ver.) <-- MU

SUPER JUNIOR-M – 太完美(Perfection) (Jap Ver.) <--MF

[Mini Album] 4Men, Bebe Mignon, Mi – The YWHO Voice

4Men, Bebe Mignon, Mi – The YWHO Voice

01 두비두바 (BeBe Mignon)

02 자기야 사랑해 (Mi (미))

03 Love Tonight (4Men(포맨))

04 두비두바 (Inst.) Various Artists

05 자기야 사랑해 (Inst.) Various Artists

06 Love Tonight (Inst.)

DL Mini Album: 4Men, Bebe Mignon, Mi – The YWHO Voice <-- MU

4Men, Bebe Mignon, Mi – The YWHO Voice <-- MF

[Album] Verbal Jint – Go Easy

Verbal Jint – Go Easy

01 원숭이띠 미혼남 (Feat. ZICO Of Block.B)

02 좋아보여 (Feat. 검정치마)

03 넌 내게 모욕감을 줬어 (Feat. Koonta)

04 우아한년 2012 (Feat. San-E & Okasian)

05 긍정의 힘 버벌진트

06 Want You Back (Feat. NODO)

07 Luv Songz (Feat. 태완 aka C-Luv)

08 약속해 약속해 2012 (Feat. 조현아 Of 어반 자카파)

09 어베일러블 (Feat. Lady Jane)

10 깨알같아

11 My Audi (Feat. The Quiett)

12 우리존재 화이팅

[Mini Album] Sweet Revenge – Rule Breaker

Sweet Revenge – Rule Breaker


01 Rule Breaker

02 Space Monster (Intro)

03 Space Monster

04 Love Virus

DL Mini Album: Sweet Revenge – Rule Breaker <-- MU

Sweet Revenge – Rule Breaker <-- MF

[Single] Code-V – Summer Love

Code-V – Summer Love


01. 두근거려 (Summer Love)

02. 두근거려 (Summer Love) (inst.)

DL Single: Code-V – Summer Love <-- MU

Code-V – Summer Love <-- MF

[Single] S.L.I.M – 내 여자 맞아 (She's really my girl)

S.L.I.M – 내 여자 맞아 (She's really my girl)

DL Single: S.L.I.M – 내 여자 맞아 (She's really my girl) <-- MU

S.L.I.M – 내 여자 맞아 (She's really my girl) <-- MF

Monday, August 29, 2011

FEDERAL FUNDS FOR GROUND ZERO MOSQUE??? Please Sign Petition To STOP Federal Funding of Ground Zero Mosque!!!

If the Ground Zero Mosque, now renamed Park 51, being built right next to Ground Zero, where Muslim extremists murdered nearly 3000 lives on Sept. 11, 2001, isn't pouring salt on the wounds of all those who lost loved ones on 9/11 then their request for $5 million in federal funding surely is.  What the heck has happened to the separation of Church and State?  Why aren't the liberals complaining about the breach of separation of Church and State?  Because they both have the same agenda - and it sure isn't in America's best interest.  This ticks me off!!! Dick Morris has started a petition you can sign to stop this smack in the face request for federal funding. This is a religious institution and it is unconstitutional for them to receive federal funding.  This is outrageous!!! Unbelievable!!

From Dick Morris:

The ground zero mosque, called Park 51, has applied for a $5 million grant of federal funds from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. The Corporation, set up to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9-11 is actively considering the grant request. Imagine! A federal entity set up to rebuild lower Manhattan giving tax money to a mosque designed to celebrate the attacks that killed 3,000 Americans!
The ground zero mosque will offer courses in Shariah Law and will doubtless spawn hundreds of new terrorists eager to pick up where the 9-11 hijackers left off.
Officially, the federal funds would not go to religious activities, but to “fund social service programs for all the residents of Lower Manhattan such as domestic violence prevention, Arabic and other foreign language classes, programs and services for homeless veterans, two multi-cultural art exhibits and immigration services,” according to its grant application.

EAGLE FREEDOM LINKS - Garbage Edition - 8-29-11


American Perspective - Libyan prisoner beheading to "Allahu Akbar" 

America's Watchtower - Rick Perry bills DHS for the costs of detaining illegal aliens in Texas 

Amusing Bunni's Musings - This Little Guy does a better job than...

ARRA News Service - A Tale of Two Recessions 

Atlas Shrugs - Ground Zero Imam Bold-Faced Lies To Advance The Sharia 

It Don't Make Sense - Race Clown Desmond Tutu Proposes a "Piffling" Tax On White People 

A Catholic View - Video: Pius XII and the Jews 

A Conservative Teacher - 2012 Will Be a Battle of Visions?

A Patriotic Nurse - Bloomberg... You can't ban God from Attending the Memorial 

A Western Heart - Social Networking increases risk of teen drug abuse: study 

Acts Of The Apostasy - '56 Rape Victim" Ladies of the World, Don't Abort 

Adrienne's Corner - Top 3 Common Myths Of Capitalism 

Always On Watch - Islamification of France 

Barking Spider - The Truth About the Tottenham Riots

Barracuda Brigade 2012 -  President Bush speaks out on 9/11!!!

BBCW - Science vs. Faith 

Beer, Bicycles and the VRWC - Felonious Munk (Not "Family Friendly")

Beers With Demo - Instavision, capitalism, and morality 

Biblical Conservatism - Set Tax Rates Will Create Jobs, Tax Holidays Will Not 

Big Blue Wave - Pro-Life activist beaten up by police

Black or White Is A Choice - Quotables after all these years

Blog de King Shamus - Leave MLK Alone!

Blowing San #1 - Send your kid to college to become a moronic dingbat  

Blue Collar Philosophy - The Gibson Guitar Raid And The "Obama Haze" Song 

Blue's Blog - Grinding America Down....

Bluegrass Pundit - Gore bashes idea climate change is all about money 

Bonsai From The Right - Hannity vs Former Obama Economic Adviser 

Bread Upon The Waters - Bloomberg bans Clergy from 9/11 Ceremony 

Can We Keep Our Republic? - Virginia Earthquake - Attribution 

Catholic Fire - Priests in China Arrested for not supporting illicit ordination 

Catholic Moms For Santorum - Rick Santorum at CPAC 2011 

Catholic Once Again - How I attended to my mind & soul as I redecorated my kitchen 

Commentarama - Is Warren Buffett a Hypocrite? 

Common Cents - Dick Cheney" "In My Time" 

Conservative Hideout 2.0 - This is what "Democracy" looks like? Progressives attempting to stop a vote on "Amazon Tax"  and Historical Perspective: New England Hurricane of 1938

Conservatives On Fire - Ron Paul Votes Against The Safety Of Our Troops

Conservative Perspective - Note To Self; Don't Die in Wayne County, Michigan 

Creative Minority Report - Greatest Big Brother Evah!!! 

Creeping Sharia - Why did Texas school district remove Remove Rick Perry's Islamic Curriculum?

Cynthia Sees It Right - President Obama's bus tour 

DeanO - Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands 

Don't Tread On Us - Was Jesus A Socialist? and Myths of Constitutional Government 

Down Under On The Right Side - Union fees used for prostitutes 

Eye Of Polyphemus - Formspring Question #231 - Erickson vs Radke Edition

Faith of the Fathers - More arrests and Bibles seized in Iran  

Generational Dysfunction - Tea Party members confront Obama 

Hack Wilson - Iraq Heating Up - Has MLK Jr's Dream Been Realized? 

Innominatus - Terror Elf Update 

Jo-Joe Politico - Divorce Agreement...

Just A Conservative Girl - Quote of the Day - Paul Krugman Edition 

Just An Artist - Our City Art

Left Coast Rebel - Advocates of Capitalism and Rational Self Interest ... Smith and Rand 

Let The Truth Be Known - A Moment With Our Father Part III Conclusion A Warning To All Christian Churches  

Legal Insurrection - Walker Beat Runners 

Lisa Graas - About Perry's Gardasil Mandate...

Logan's Warning - Anjem Choudary: Muslims are Rising up Across the World, Islam Will Dominate!

Lonely Is The Nights - Need Plenty of Prayers

Maggie's Notebook - Aaron Vaughn Navy Seal: Dad Billy Vaughn - Sheep in High Places May Have Put SEALS in Danger 

Mind Numbed Robot - Must Read Articles on Governor Rick Perry 

Motivation Truth - Governor Palin: Setting the Record Straight: Wrong & Misleading 

Musings of a Vast Right-Winger -- Chabot Censors Town Hall - Police Seize Cameras 

My Daily Trek - Obama Executive Order Creates 'Office Of Diversity and Inclusion' 

Nikon Sniper - Curious Wyoming Ground Squirrel 

NoOneOfAnyImport - Mathematic Proof That We Are Screwed

Obama Cartoons - Obama is going blind 

Patriot's Corner - Defenders of Islam and sharia law(Center for American Progress) shills for Islam and worse

Pedaling Fast - 9-11... Coming Up On 10 Years 

Phoebe's Detention Room - PA. School Wants To Ban Skinny Jeans 

Political Realities - Sarah Palin - Presidential Candidate Or Media Hog? 

Proof Positive - Perry and Barry: "Boys will be boys..."

Pundit & Pundette - The Left Fully Understands 

QUICKWIT - War Is Hell 

Randy's Roundtable - Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi are the same person 

Rational Nation USA - A Story of Alligators and Politicians 

Reaganite Republican - Cheney Exposes Unprincipled Obama Pumper Colin Powell for What He Is 

Right Klik - Karl Rove's Sparkling Brilliance 

Robbing America - Beware of a Liberal Fifth Column - A Conservative Third Party 

Saber Point - Libya: A New Fanatical Islamic State 

Sancte Pater - The Rite 

Self Evident Truths - Herman Cain Responds To Janeane Garofalo on Keith Olbermann's Show

Sentry Journal - Friday Ramblings: Is Sarah Palin Organizing The Conservative Community?  and Judge Andrew Napolitano: The Triumph of Human Freedom 

Standing On My Head - Dawkins' Rage and WYD 

STOP MARXISM - President Bush Saved Region From Gadhafi's WMD

Talk Wisdom - Buffett and Soros - The Lefty Billionaires Ruining America 

That Mr. G Guy's Blog - Paul Krugman, Mad Scientist

The Audacity Of Logic - Is Obama Leaking Details of the Bin Laden Killing to Boost His Approval Ratings?

The Blog - Work More 

The Camp Of The Saints - The Spot-On Quote Of The Day...

The Canadian Sentinel - Ron Paul's Unconstitutional, Unconservative Pork Barreling Record 

The Catholic Knight - Immigration - A Southern Catholic Approach 

The Conservative Lady - Senator Rubio's Speech at The Reagan Library and the Q&A 

The Conservative Pup - Campus Crusade For Christ Removing Christ 

The Country Thinker - Candycare (conclusion) 

The Daley Gator - Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability To Write 

The Empress Is Naked - Liberty is Freedom 

The Last Tradition - Obama's illegal Uncle Onyango Obama arrested; 'Uncle Omar' almost hits cop car, tries to call White House 

The Libertarian Patriot - Video: Gary Johnson on Adam vs The Man With Adam Kokesh 8/18 

The Malcontent - Our First Vacationer Michelle Obama 

The Observatorium - Makes Perfect Sense 

The Oracular Opinion - Stimulus Deja Vu 

The Other McCain - Al Gore: If You Disagree With me About Global Warming ... RAAAAACIST!

The Right Guy - Police Do Nothing When Flash Mob Robs Store 

The Scottcarp Dream - Steubenville Gangster

The Wisdom Of Soloman - Racism

The Wyblog - Bloombergistan Only Has Room For One Religion at Ground Zero

Theblogprof - Video of UCLA Professor: Without Media Bias The Average US State Would Like Texas or Tennessee 

Three Beers Later... - Rick Perry's Immigration Policy... It's A Killer 

TOTUS - West Wing Urinal 

Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia - Real Presence in the Eucharist #1

Virtual Mirage - Will History Repeat in 2012? 

Warning Signs - GE Stabs the US in the Back 

We The People... - Gun News 

What Does The Prayer Really Say? - 160 million baby girls selectively aborted in Asia and East Europe in last decades

Weasel Zippers - Iran says it "Discreetly" Sent Aid To Our Libyan Rebel Allies 

Why I Am Catholic - Because Love Went To Madrid, and Its Cup Runneth Over 

Wolf Files - It's Official: Democrats Have Left The Planet 

Woman Honor Thyself - Muzlims Persecute Bahais 

Woodsterman - This Just In ... Earthquake Update 

Zilla Of The Resistance - Terrorist Wants To Be Freed From Jail Because Koran Says It's Okay To Kill Us

Catholics in Brazil

Can't we all just get along?

I try not to be too political on this blog.  I know it will alienate some readers. But some issues (LGBT rights, human rights, women’s rights, freedom, etc.) get me going enough that I break my soft rule and make a post anyway.
This time it is about the Catholics. Sigh.
I was raised a Catholic. Being a devoted Catholic was encouraged in my family. My mother is a devoted Catholic, as is her life partner. But about 35 years ago I gave up Catholicism for Lent.  ;-)  Never to look back.
So here in Brazil, the oft-touted largest Catholic nation in the world (note to world: most people don’t actually believe or practice), it is news that the Catholic population is shrinking faster than people have thought or believed. In 2003, 74% of the Brazilian population identified as Catholic. In 2009 it was only 68%. [sad face…]
"That is a strong transformation rate. Changes that take place in 100 years are now taking place within ten. If this drop of one in 100 Catholics each year continues, in 20 years, less than half of the population will be Catholic," said Marcelo Neri, the head of Getulio Vargas Foundation. [sad face…]
Brazil remains the most Catholic country in the world, with 130 million adherents, but this is the first time in 140 years that less than 70 percent of the population is Catholic. [sad face…]
As a Gay Man looking for equality (not to mention women who need medical freedom or trans people who just need to be SEEN!) I say – happy us – that the so-called Christian church, the Catholics, are waning in power.
There – I said it.
Here is the source of the quotes.

Should a weatherman's job include this?

A Fox 5 extreme weather reporter from D.C. was covering Ocean City, MD on site during Hurricane Irene when he thought that he was being covered with "sea foam" but it actually consisted of raw sewage too. That's just so nasty.  He probably doesn't earn that much money so is it worth it for him to stay out there in such bad conditions?  Should other news reporters be obligated to endure similar situations as under their job contracts?

Baking in season

It’s not exactly pineapple season, but the strawberries are coming in by the truckload. So I sought inspiration.

Virginia suggested strawberry-pineapple jam. I know she has a slow cooker, so I was a bit worried about whether I could cook down the fruit without one, without burning them. But I do have a fine pan for such things. I bet I could do it.
More importantly, how do you say “pectin” in Portuguese?
Then Luiz asserted we should just have a sweet strawberry-pineapple tart instead. (He loves my pie crust, so this is a predictable request.)

Personally, I don’t think I have ever tasted the strawberry-pineapple combination. I was worried about the acid content. But Virginia assured me the acidity cooks out…
So I went for the tart.

Basically you make a sweet crust, slice up the fruit and mix it with a bit of sugar (I used Splenda, Luiz is diabetic), cook the fruit down a bit to get it all soft and to infuse the sugar/sweetener, then make up a package of vanilla pudding. Mix the fruit and pudding, pour it into your crust, then refrigerate until set.

Then slice it up and eat it with late night television.
Sorry I don't have a pic of the final product. It was more tasty than beautiful... but it was certainly fabulous.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Michele Bachmann Shares Personal Miscarriage Story

Al-Jazeera Video: Global pressure mounts against Syrian government

Al-Jazeera Video: Jacky Rowland reports from Libya

Al-Jazeera Video: More deaths reported in Syria


I believe that a replay of what happened in Libya is in the works. Turkey, with the support of the Arab League, will lead the effort to authorize an "international" campaign of intervention, just as in Libya.

There is surprising support for such intervention, with the current Al-Jazeera online poll showing over 65% support for such intervention.

"Activists say that five people have been killed by security forces in Syria.

The regional governments have also issued their strongest condemnation yet of the government's violence against protesters.

The Arab League foreign ministers met in Egypt and gave this warning to President Bashar Al Assad:

"The council stresses the importance of ending bloodshed and to resort to reason before it's too late."

Al Jazeera's Nisreen el-Shamayleh provides the latest news from Ramtha, along the Jordan-Syrian border."

Al-Jazeera Video: Gun battles reported overnight in Damascus

Al-Jazeera Video: James Bays with the latest updates from Tripoli

Al-Jazeera Video: Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal updates from Libya's capital

Palestinian Americans "unequivocally reject" PA’s UN statehood bid

By Ali Abunimah

"Palestinian Americans have called on Arabs, Palestinians and their allies everywhere to reject a bid by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to ask the United Nations next month to admit the “State of Palestine” as a full member.

In a 27 August statement from its coordinating committee, the US Palestinian Communities Network (USPCN) wrote:

We call on all Palestinian and Arab community associations, societies and committees, student organizations, solidarity campaigns, to reject fully and unequivocally the Statehood initiative as a distraction that unjustifiably and irresponsibly endangers Palestinian rights and institutions.

The USPCN statement comes amid growing concern globally among Palestinians that the PA’s UN bid harms Palestinian rights. USPCN describes itself as “US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) is a grassroots community network with over twenty democratically-elected chapters.”

Earlier this month, as The Electronic Intifada reported, the Boycott National Committee (BNC) of the Palestinian campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel also issued a warning about the UN bid...."


By Eric Margolis

August 27, 2011

".....As a modest historian, I am always delighted when history draws striking parallels. We now see the fascinating spectacle of those old colonial powers, Britain, France, and Italy, starting to move back into their former overseas possessions.

Britain ruled Libya until a young colonel named Muammar Gadaffi overthrew the doddering old British puppet, King Idris. The US lost one of its largest bombers bases at Libya’s Wheelus Field. Neither nation was to forgive Gadaffi.

Imperial Britain had seized Libya from Italy’s fascist regime in 1943. Italy colonized Libya after tearing it away from the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Italy used concentration camps and poison gas to terrorize Libyans into submission.

France, whose colonial empire included neighboring Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Chad, and Niger, long competed with Italy and Spain for regional domination. Mussolini’s Fascist regime pressed claims to Tunisia, Corsica, Nice and Cannes....

The big question now is which foreign power will dominate Libya. The United States, which has waged this little war from well offstage? Italy, which gets most of its oil from Libya? France, where President Sarkozy has been hinting at a Mediterranean union – bien sure, under French tutelage?

Oil is a potent aphrodisiac. Libya has vast reserves of premium, low-sulphur oil and gas, and a hundred-year supply of ancient artesian water...."

Libya: Gaddafi Forces Suspected Of Executing Detainees

Evidence of War Crimes Before Tripoli Fell

August 28, 2011

"(Tripoli) – Evidence indicates that forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi killed at least 17 detainees in a makeshift prison as rebel forces began advancing on the neighborhood of Gargur in Tripoli around August 21, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. According to one witness who survived the killing, Libyan security forces shot the detainees at the Al-Amal al-Akhdar building belonging to the Libyan Internal Security service.

Human Rights Watch has also documented evidence of suspected arbitrary executions of dozens of other civilians, including medical professionals, by Gaddafi loyalists over the past week.

“Torture was rife in Gaddafi’s prisons but to execute detainees days before they would have been freed is a sickening low in the government’s behavior,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch said. “The evidence we have been able to gather so far strongly suggests that Gaddafi government forces went on a spate of arbitrary killing as Tripoli was falling.”...."



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Saturday, August 27, 2011

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The Arab Fall, by Chris Riddel

Taylor Swift - Rule 5

More Rule 5 

Randy's Roundtable - Thursday Nite Tart: Holly Weber

The Camp Of The Saints - Rule 5 Saturday 

Eye Of Polyphemus - Miranda Kerr 

Maggie's Notebook - Girls With Guns 

Reaganite Republican - Hot Romanian Chicks II 

The Other McCain - Rule 5 Monday 

American Perspective - Michele Bachmann 

Charred remains of massacre victims found in Tripoli

Regime troops killed 53 people in a warehouse and then burnt the bodies, say local people

By David Randall and Jonathan Owen

The Independent

Sunday, 28 August 2011

"The terrible price many Libyan people have paid to be free of Colonel Gaddafi is becoming plain. Yesterday, only a day after more than 120 decomposing bodies were found in a Tripoli hospital, a British television team filmed the charred remains of an estimated 53 people in a burnt-out warehouse in the south of the city.

Stuart Ramsay of Sky News was led to the building by residents who had made the discovery. Inside was a scene of mass cremation: more than four dozen corpses of what were once human beings, their ages and genders impossible to tell. Ribcages, skulls and other bones lay in a blackened mess. Local people told of how the bodies of perhaps as many as 100 others lay nearby, including those of two soldiers with their hands behind their backs who had been executed for refusing to fire on the victims of the massacre, be they regime critics, civilians, or other refusenik soldiers.

The residents said they had been alerted by shooting some days ago, but when they tried to approach they were told by regime snipers that they would be shot if they did not retreat. After the Gaddafi men left, they went inside the warehouse, which is next to a military base. They said that in the past few weeks, they had seen people digging at night and the sound of gunfire. In the morning, the holes would be filled in...."

As Gaddafi topples, big British companies queue to get back into Libya

Amid the confusion of war, engineering and oil groups are already trying to restablish links with the transitional council

Simon Goodley

The Observer, Sunday 28 August 2011

"Major British companies are hatching plans to relaunch their businesses in Libya – just days after news of the apparent downfall of the Gaddafi regime. Previously war-torn capitals such as Baghdad and Kabul have rapidly become targets for western capitalism, with major US and European retailers now jostling for position on shopping streets. And already FTSE 100 constituents such as engineering firm Weir Group and oil major BP are seeking to make contact with Libyan officials as companies formulate early plans to return to a country they fled in February....

However, Libya's rebels are examining allegations of corruption within the country's $65bn sovereign wealth fund, a probe that is thought to include examining, and perhaps renegotiating, any contracts that were improperly handed out to friends of Colonel Gaddafi's son, Saif. One oil industry expert says: "Even though there are these assurances [of being allowed to return], the whole history of the oil industry is of contracts being occasionally rewritten … But the Libyans will need foreign exchange, so I'd expect them to crank up [oil and gas] production pretty quickly. However, these things do take time."...."

Sick Of ENDO - Here Are Some Funny Cat Videos

Before I leave you with the funnies I must say if I haven't been to your blog lately I am so sorry and I will visit in the near future.  I really haven't been feeling well for the last month or so due to my endometriosis.  A couple weeks ago I had a doctor's visit and found out that I had an infection - didn't know that it was possible to get that type of infection where they discovered it in my body but oh well.  Finally got the medication after I played phone tag trying to explain to the medical staff that I have trouble taking pills and that these capsules were way too big for me to swallow.  I have a small mouth and I have so much trouble taking the medium to big size pills. I've tried all the suggestions and nothing has worked so far. Then some family came to visit and spent some time with them.  It was a good visit. I started to feel better and then felt worse again, then felt better, and now I feel kinda bad again. I feel like a yo-yo with dealing with this endo. I have had this terrible disease for about 15 years and I am at the end of my line for options medically.  Now I am going to try heating castor oil packets or cloths up and laying them on my abdomine to see if it helps.  I'm crossing my fingers and hoping this helps. I will stop by your blogs shortly. I can't wait to see all your great articles.  I am also working on my links posting and that should be done tomorrow or Monday. God Bless, have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the funny vids.

[Mini Album] Davichi - Love Delight

Davichi - Love Delight


01. 안녕이라고 말하지마

02. 사랑 사랑아

03. 다신 찾지마

04. Happy End

05. 비밀

06. 안녕이라고 말하지마 (Inst.)

DL Mini Album: Davichi - Love Delight <-- MU

Davichi - Love Delight <-- MF

[Mini Album] BB.BOYS - First Album

BB.BOYS - First Album


01 우리 잘 될것 같아 (feat. G.NA)

02 그냥 걸었어

03 우리 잘 될것 같아 (Inst.)

04 그냥 걸었어 (Inst.)

DL Mini Album: BB.BOYS - First Album <-- MU

BB.BOYS - First Album <-- MF

[Single] Protect the Boss OST Part.6

Protect the Boss OST Part.6


01. Save My Boss

02. 너 때문에(Because of You) - 휴우(Hyoo Woo)

03. 이제야 알겠어(Now I Know Why) - 손현우(Son Hyeon Woo)

04. 너 때문에 (Inst.)

05. 이제야 알겠어 (Inst.)

DL Single: Protect the Boss OST Part.6 <-- MU

Protect the Boss OST Part.6 <-- MF

[Single] Kim Yeo Hee - Half

Kim Yeo Hee - Half


01. 반쪽

02. 꽃잎

03. 꽃잎 (Inst.)

DL Single: Kim Yeo Hee - Half <-- MU

Kim Yeo Hee - Half <-- MF

[Single] Suki - Everlasting Love

Suki - Everlasting Love


01. 긴 사랑

02. 긴 사랑 (Inst.)

DL Single: Suki - Everlasting Love <-- MU

Suki - Everlasting Love <-- MF

[Single] Soliste (솔리스트) – As Seasonal (계절처럼)

Soliste (솔리스트) – As Seasonal (계절처럼)

Track list

Al-Jazeera Video: Libyan rebels claim victory in Bin Jawad

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"Libyan rebels claim to have total control over Bin Jawad.

If they are able to hold onto the city, they will have overcome a major obstacle in their advance towards Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown.

Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Bin Jawad, Libya."

Al-Jazeera Video: Security forces 'storm' Syria mosque

"Activists say one person has been killed in Kafarsouseh, Damascus, as security forces fired on protesters and besieged a mosque.

Al Jazeera's Nisreen el-Shamayleh reports from the Jordanian side of the Jordan-Syria border."

Al-Jazeera Video: Inside Story - Libya united?

Al-Jazeera Video:

"With Muammar Gaddafi on the run, many political prisoners who opposed him have been set free by Libyan rebel forces and are returning home.

At least 107 political prisoners held in the Abu Salim prison have returned home to the eastern city of Benghazi.

Many families are scanning lists of those freed from prison, anxiously looking for the names of their loved ones.

Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from Benghazi."

Al-Jazeera Video: Jamal Elshayyal reports from Tripoli on Friday's events

Did Wikileaks just reveal the US blueprint for Libya?

By Ali Abunimah

"The US administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were set on developing deep “military to military” ties with the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi, classified US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks on 24 August reveal.....

But just as the Americans were happy to work with Gaddafi, they will be as keen to work with his successors, who now owe their positions to foreign intervention.

The Americans must hope that the National Transitional Council (NTC) which the US has recognized as the new government will be less mercurial and even more open to “military to military,” and other kinds of ties."

tim cook

Timothy “Tim” D. Cook was born on November 1960 in Robertsdale, Albama. His father was a shipyard worker and mother was a homemaker. He studied in Auburn University and got a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering in 1982. He got his MBA from Fuqua School Business in 1988.
In 2004, Cook became the CEO of Apple because Steve Jobs went for his pancreatic cancer surgery.
After 5 years, in 2009 he

News Release: Buhari Condemns Attack On UN Building in Nigeria