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Reader Selected News For Week Jul 27 – Aug 2

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 26th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Jul 27 – Aug 2”

  1. captstubby says:

    Phillies sign Cuban pitcher
    By ROB MAADDI (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 9 hours ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a contract with Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

    Gonzalez defected to Mexico earlier this year and worked out for scouts in Tijuana. His deal reportedly is worth $60 million over six years, which would make him the highest paid international player.

    was saying “Cuban ” in the headline necessary ?

    • Noyzmakr says:

      Is he a ‘white’ hispanic?

    • canary says:

      tsk tsk. Color has no place in this. His nationality does. Wonder if his passport and/or VISA has him as a Cuban or Mexican.

      Too bad American sports players can’t or won’t complain that a foreigner got their position.

      Nor can they complain when foreigners come to NYC or Boston to run our marathons.

      It was a beautiful gesture for the foreigner to give his Boston Marathon Trophy to the city of Boston to honor the fallen and wounded.

      It was before he knew the Rolling Stones would put the Islamic terrorists bomber’s photo-shopped glamor picture on the cover asking what turned such a popular young man into a terrorist overlooking their Boston mosque’s history, the Koran, and mama Jihadist.

      It’s shocking after they were so broke to hear the terrorist has family members in the US attending his trial, when they wouldn’t even come and pay for the one’s funeral.

      No doubt some mosques are paying their ticket fair and hotel and food to attend the trial, along with security as they did for Micheal Jackson and Reverends and politicians in Chicago.

  2. BillK says:

    While DHS concentrates on unimportant minutae, they ignore major risks like this.

    From Fox News:

    EXCLUSIVE: GPS flaw could let terrorists hijack ships, planes

    The world’s GPS system is vulnerable to hackers or terrorists who could use it to hijack ships — even commercial airliners, according to a frightening new study that exposes a huge potential hole in national security.

    Using a laptop, a small antenna and an electronic GPS “spoofer” built for $3,000, GPS expert Todd Humphreys and his team at the University of Texas took control of the sophisticated navigation system aboard an $80 million, 210-foot super-yacht in the Mediterranean Sea.

    “We injected our spoofing signals into its GPS antennas and we’re basically able to control its navigation system with our spoofing signals,” Humphreys told Fox News.

    ‘Imagine shutting down a port. Imagine running a ship aground. These are the kinds of implications we’re worried about.’
    – Todd Humphreys, a GPS expert at the University of Texas

    By feeding counterfeit radio signals to the yacht, the UT team was able to drive the ship far off course, steer it left and right, potentially take it into treacherous waters, even put it on a collision course with another ship. All the time, the ship’s GPS system reported the vessel was calmly moving in a straight line, along its intended course. No alarms, no indication that anything was amiss. …


    The most important bit:

    “Before we couldn’t control the UAV. We could only push it off course. This time my students have designed a closed loop controller such that they can dictate the heading of this vessel even when the vessel wants to go a different direction,” Humphreys said.

    Yet the Department of Homeland Security has — according to Humphreys — been “fumbling around in the dark” on GPS security, doing little to address the threat.

    Imagine once our enemies get this technology and start steering UAVs back into our own troops.

    This isn’t super-secret technology, this was done by a group of college students working with their professor.

    There are an awful lot of very, very intelligent students abroad who would love to make a few million dollars under-the-table, and you can bet they’re already at work on it.

    • artpa says:

      Iran apparently acquired that technology to capture a drone.

    • captstubby says:

      this could be a potential nightmare if it is indeed feasible.

      but of late the scientific community has at times a bit over zealous in its predictions,claims and peer review.

      how much of this test was done under a laboratory controlled environment , with predicable results stacked in their favor.

      but if in fact this is doable, i agree it could be used by Homegrown Radicals and other criminals.

      the Terrorist that want to kill us would still prefer the tried and true practices,

      favoring a more hands on approach.

      although i suspect a GPS needs no help in potential disasters.

      i think at times mine has a death wish.

  3. BillK says:

    All they need to do is knock one off course and into a civilian neighborhood and the American Press will do the rest.

  4. yadayada says:

    Bill –
    you’re quite right. we saw what happened when U.S. bombed a legit target in Iraq, and (30 hrs. later) the world was told it was a “baby milk” factory. revelation was accompanied by a press release complete with photos of wounded “workers” wearing clean light blue smocks with the words “baby milk factory” printed neatly in english on the front. no brand name, no company logo, no arabic lettering or symbols. not suspicious in the least.
    msm ran amuck with that one.

    imagine if they steered one into a school, hospital, or orphanage. i’ll bet you a dollar it won’t happen ’til obawan is out of office, though.

  5. BillK says:

    Not just NBC, but CNN, too.

    From Variety:

    CNN To Produce Hillary Clinton Documentary Feature

    By Ted Johnson

    CNN has commissioned a feature-length documentary on Hillary Clinton from director Charles Ferguson, as media outlets prepare for a potentially lucrative market for the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and First Lady in anticipation she will run for president in 2016.

    On Saturday, NBC announced plans for a miniseries about Clinton, with Diane Lane starring, set to air before Clinton would launch a campaign.

    The CNN documentary will be made through its CNN Films unit, and will “take a comprehensive look at the professional and personal life of one of the most powerful women in American politics. A theatrical run in 2014 is planned before it is shown on CNN.


    I look forward to the in-depth sections about how all her personal power was due to marrying a man on his way up and sticking by his side while he received oral sex in the White House.

    Ladies, this is truly a woman to model your life on.

  6. BillK says:

    A Saudi prince is warning fracking may result in so much oil on the market he warns hist country to find new income streams.

    I think he underestimates the power of the eco-freak left in shutting the very safe procedure down.

    From Sky News:

    Saudi Prince: Fracking Is Threat To Kingdom

    A Saudi prince has warned that his oil-reliant nation is under threat because of fracking technology being developed elsewhere around the world.

    Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said the Gulf Arab kingdom needed to reduce its reliance on crude oil and diversify its revenues.

    His warning comes as rising shale energy supplies in the United States cut global demand for Saudi oil.

    In an open letter to his country’s oil minister Ali al Naimi and other government heads, published on Sunday via his Twitter account, Prince Alwaleed said demand for oil from Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) member states was “in continuous decline”.

    He said Saudi Arabia’s heavy dependence on oil was “a truth that has really become a source of worry for many”.

    He added that the world’s biggest crude oil exporter should implement “swift measures” to diversify its economy.

    Prince Alwaleed, owner of international investment firm Kingdom Holding, is unusually outspoken for a top Saudi businessman.

    But his warning reflects growing concern in private among many Saudis about the long-term impact of shale technology.

    It is allowing the US and Canada to tap unconventional oil deposits which they could not reach just a few years ago.


    It’s getting to the point that if I were a conspiracy theorist I would swear Obama and the Democrats are being paid under the table by the Saudis.

    The left loved to believe Bush was in bed with them where it would be far more lucrative for Obama and the greenies to be.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      That’s probable but it’s been proven that many famous documenteries, hollywood stars and lefty whackos against fracking are being paid by Putin’s GazProm. Especially the eviromentalists in western Europe. Russia doesn’t want any competition with the natural gas monopoly it weilds over western Europeans every winter.

    • BillK says:

      That’s true, thus Russia’s natural gas embargo of a few years back.

      Neither Russia nor OPEC like competition, thus you’ll see more projects like the UAE-fuinded Promised Land.

  7. canary says:

    Townhall: White House Still Closed as Obama Gets Ready for Swanky Martha’s Vineyard Vacation

    by Katie Pavlich – Jul 29, 2013

    Staying at the home of Chicago corporate finance manager David Schulte is a break from past Obama vacations because the $21 million home they’ve rented, Blue Heron Farm, isn’t available.

    Also, telephone and communications lines are being installed on the island for the president’s use.

    Last week’s glittering Iftar dinner featured about 130 guests treated to remarks by Obama and bread breaking with senior aide Valerie Jarrett and National Security advisor Susan Rice.

    He hosted the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion Louisville Cardinals July 23 and will gather with the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants today.

    He even found room in the White House for a team that hasn’t won a game in 50 years – the 1963 Loyola University of Chicago Ramblers championship basketball team.


    No telling whose been sleeping in Lincoln’s bed.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Total Leftist Writes Total Leftist Interpretation Of Why Obama Can’t Lead
    (It’s all the republicans fault)


    What If Obama Can’t Lead?
    Why the president’s defenders are wrong when they argue Obama is impotent.

    By Ron Fournier
    July 31, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

    Two New York Times reporters recently posited for President Obama this grim scenario: Low growth, high unemployment, and growing income inequality become “the new normal” in the nation he leads. “Do you worry,” the journalists asked him, “that that could end up being your legacy simply because of the obstruction … and the gridlock that doesn’t seem to end?”

    Obama’s reply was telling. “I think if I’m arguing for entirely different policies and Congress ends up pursuing policies that I think don’t make sense and we get a bad result,” he said, “it’s hard to argue that’d be my legacy.”

    Actually, it’s hard to argue that it wouldn’t be his legacy. History judges U.S. presidents based upon what they did and did not accomplish. The obstinacy of their rivals and the severity of their circumstances is little mitigation. Great presidents overcome great hurdles.

    #1, Obama is far from a great president. The hopes, aspirations and dreams by millions that the horrible rift of racism, that has been slowly healing since the 1960’s have been reopened and re-infected with hatred and bile from the black side of the “argument” with vitriol suitable for a KKK meeting and such complete and utter hatred of whites that it staggers the mind as to from whence it emerges.

    Divisive, he is. Ignorant, he is. Hateful, he is. Immature, petulant, arrogant, the list goes on. But he is NO “great” president.

    In Obama’s case, the modern GOP is an obstructionist, rudderless party often held hostage by extremists. So … get over it. His response to The New York Times is another illustration that Obama and his liberal allies have a limited—and limiting—definition of presidential leadership.

    Aside from the self-contradictory statement (if the party is rudderless, how can it be obstructionist? Wouldn’t that require some coordination and leadership?) this is the real purpose of this article; To blame republicans for not caving.

    I call it the White Flag Syndrome.

    Their argument is best expressed by Ezra Klein of The Washington Post, who posted a thoughtful rebuttal in May to journalists like me who demand more leadership from the White House.

    Call it whatever you like but by demanding more leadership from the white house, what you really mean is more unilateral activity by Obama, which is exactly what he’s done. The most recent being the stay of the employer mandate for healthcare, which violates the very law he wanted so badly put into place, by doing an end-run around congress and just “doing it” without due process.

    This is the kind of “leadership” Mr Fournier is seeking.

    Fournier then goes one to cite an article by Ezra Klein about journalists and their desires and wants from the federal government. At quite some length, in fact.

    But he gets to the heart of the matter, eventually:

    In March, a reporter asked Obama why he didn’t lock congressional leaders in a room until they agreed on a budget deal. Obama’s answer was based on two assumptions. First, that his opinion is supreme. Second, he can’t break the logjam. What a remarkable combination of arrogance and impotence.

    “I am not a dictator. I’m the president,” he said. “I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington; that somehow, even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.”

    Obama could still do great things. But not if he and his advisers underestimate a president’s powers, and don’t know how to exploit them. Not if his sympathizers give Obama cover by minimizing his influence. Cover to fail. Not if the president himself is outwardly and boundlessly dismissive of his critics, telling The New York Times, “I’m not concerned about their opinions.”

    In reality, Obama wishes he was a dictator, having derided the Constitution repeatedly and lamenting it being a “document of negative rights” but he actually has usurped due process on several occasions; Just not enough to suit the socialism hungry journalists who seem to have all spent at least one summer in Europe and fallen in love with state-controlled everything.

    To say the situation is intractable seems akin to waving a white flag over a polarized capital: Republicans suck. We can’t deal with them. Let’s quit.

    I’m afraid they have quit—all of them, on both sides. At the White House and in Congress, most Democrats and Republicans have abandoned hope of fixing the nation’s problems. If leadership was merely about speaking to the converted, winning fights and positioning for blame, America would be in great hands. But it’s not.

    Oh the intractable ignorance of a journalist. In point of fact, the socialists have far FROM quit. They are sleepless, inserting themselves into every piece of our lives, our homes, our jobs. The fact that Fournier can’t see this is testimony to his willful blindness. Or, maybe it’s that he feels the government hasn’t done enough, which is a common theme among socialists who want everything fixed, not the least of which being that the trains run on time.

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