Saved by the Shark

A police officer told today how a shark guided him to a rescue boat after he had drifted helplessly in the Pacific Ocean for 15 weeks.

Mr Toakai Teitoi’s brother-in-law had perished from dehydration and the 41-year-old policeman knew it was only a matter of time before he, too, succumbed to the elements.

But he said today that two unexpected events led to his eventual rescue – a tropical downpour that provided him with drinking water and the extraordinary encounter with the shark.

 

Trouble in paradise: Mr Teitoi and his brother-in-law were heading back to their home on a Kiribati atoll when their boat went adrift

Trouble in paradise: Mr Teitoi and his brother-in-law were travelling from the Kritibati capital to their home on a nearby atoll when their boat went adrift

‘Just as I was giving up all hope of being rescued after one boat had passed me by in the distance something very strange happened,’ Mr Teitoi said after being brought ashore in the Marshall Islands by the fishing boat which found him.

‘I was cowering from the sun under a piece of cloth I had stretched across the front of the boat when I felt a big bump, followed by some scratching.

‘I looked over the side and saw a six-foot shark circling my boat, but it was mainly bumping against the hull.

‘It definitely caught my attention because I had been fast asleep. Then, because I was now awake, I looked around me and saw the stern of a ship.

‘I couldn’t believe my eyes. I could just make out the crew who were looking at me through binoculars.

 

Shark rescue: Mr Teitoi say he was saved by a shark who alerted him to a nearby rescue boat by bumping into his vessel when he had fallen asleep.

Shark rescue: Mr Teitoi say he was saved by a shark who alerted him to a nearby rescue boat by bumping into his vessel when he had fallen asleep

‘Of course I was able to wave frantically at them and they came and picked me up. If that shark hadn’t nudged me awake the crew of the boat might have thought I wasn’t in trouble and might have carried on sailing past me.’

Mr Teitoi told his extraordinary story after being treated for exhaustion and dehydration in Majuro in the Marshall Islands.

He and his brother-in-law had flown from their home on the island of Maiana to the Kiribati capital of Tarawa so that Mr Teitoi could be sworn in as a policeman.

By a curious coincidence, following the swearing-in ceremony, he watched a film depicting a true story about four men from Kiribati who had been lost at sea, with only two surviving after they were washed ashore in American Samoa six weeks later.

When it was time for Mr Teito and his brother-in-law, Ielu Falaile, 52, to return to their home they boarded a 15ft wooden boat for what should have been a two hour voyage.

They stopped to fish along the way and then dozed off – and when they awoke they found they had drifted out of sight of Maiana. Soon afterwards, they ran out of fuel.

‘We had plenty of food and we could catch fish, but the problem was there was nothing to drink,’ said Mr Teito.

As the two men began to suffer from dehydration, Mr Teitoi turned to prayer, but his brother-in-law just lay in the boat. After five weeks adrift, Mr Falaile died.

‘I left him there overnight and slept next to him, like at a funeral,’ said Mr Teitoi. In the morning, he lowered the body of his brother-in-law over the side.

Just 24 hours later, life-giving rains fell during a storm – rains that fell for several days – and Mr Teito was able to fill two five gallon containers of water.

‘There were two choices in my mind at the time. Either someone would find me or I would follow my brother-in-law in death. I was running out of water. It was out of my control,’ he said.

He prayed every morning and several weeks later he caught sight of a fishing boat, but the crew failed to see him. So he continued praying, drinking water and eating raw fish he was able to catch, doing his best to keep out of the tropical sun by sleeping under the cloth awning he had erected.

Weeks went by – and then came that bump. The bump of a shark which woke him and alerted him to a boat that was close enough to see his frantic waving for help.

Shortly before leaving Majuro today, Mr Teitoi said: ‘I’m flying home. I’ll never go by boat again.’

Attribution: Daily Mail

Joke of the Day

IDIOTS AT WORK
I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk noticed that I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She informed me that she could not complete the transaction unless the card was signed. When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to compare the signature on the credit card with the signature I just signed on the receipt. So I signed the credit card in front of her. She carefully compared that signature to the one I signed on the receipt. As luck would have it, they matched.

IDIOTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason: many deer were being hit by cars and he no longer wanted them to cross there.

IDIOTS IN FOOD SERVICE
My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the individual behind the counter for ‘minimal lettuce.’ He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg.

IDIOT SIGHTINGS
Sighting #1:
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate, when the airport employee asked, ‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?’
I said, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?’ He smiled and nodded knowingly, ‘That’s why we ask.’

Sighting #2:
The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it is safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine, when she asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals to blind people when the light is red. She responded, appalled, ‘What on earth are blind people doing driving?’ 

Sighting #3:
When I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up my car, I was told that the keys had been accidentally locked in it. I went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door. As I watched from the passenger’s side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered it was open. ‘Hey,’ I announced to the technician, ‘It’s open!’ ‘I know,’ answered the young man. ‘I already got that side.’

Marxist EPA

Have you ever encountered an ill-informed lefty sporting a Che Guevara T-shirt, thinking it’s just the latest fashion craze? Who’s next, Stalin?

Well that T-shirt wearing fool has nothing on the EPA.

EPA Accidentally Celebrates Che, the Terrorist Who Craved to Take Down the U.S. (It was no Accident)

by:

(additions from the Common Constitutionalist)

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency kicked-off its celebration of “Hispanic Heritage Month” with a staff wide e-mail message featuring an image of Marxist Revolutionary Che Guevara along with his famous slogan, “Hasta la Victoria Siempre.”

The EPA has apologized for the internal memo and says it was mistakenly sent by an individual staffer. (Question: How does one mistakenly upload and send out an image of Che Guevara. Oops, how did that picture get there? Oops, again, I just sent it to 17,000 people. So, am I correct in therefore concluding the memo was only supposed to seen by other like-minded Marxists at the EPA?)

While the message celebrating Che was “accidently” blasted to over 17,000 employees, let’s hope these U.S. civil servants are aware of some of Che Guevara’s other slogans:

  • “The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind!”
  • “Against those hyenas [Americans] there is no option but extermination!”
  • ” We will bring the war to the imperialist enemies’ very home, to his places of work and recreation. The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! (the U.S.)”
  • “We must keep our hatred [against the U.S.] alive and fan it to paroxysm!”
  • “If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!”

The lapse of judgment by a taxpayer supported U.S. government employee to even think about passing this message of Che celebration to one other colleague shows that, as usual, most are unaware or just view criticisms of Che as a silly obsession by the hyper-sensitive. (Another option is that many of them at the EPA are of like-mind)

But make no mistake, Che Guevara had a hate-obsession with the U.S. and his true actions in the name of this hate need to be brought to the forefront, rather than the commercialization of his likeness. Most of the defenseless Cubans he murdered in cold blood were killed because he thought they were affiliated with the U.S. (“U.S.–Backed” Batista, the CIA, etc.) In fact, many of the men (and boys, and some women) his regime murdered had no affiliation with Batista whatsoever and the vast majority had fought the Batista regime—but alas, as non-communists.

Unfortunately, this is likely not the first or last time Che will be celebrated by Americans. Since the U.S. government insists on these ethnic celebrations here’s an idea: instead of celebrating a foreign “Hispanic” who dreamed of incinerating and entombing millions of U.S. citizens and obliterating the U.S. as a political entity, why not celebrate a U.S. citizen of Hispanic heritage who voluntarily put his life repeatedly on the line to defend the U.S.! Better still; this American of Hispanic heritage played a key role in capturing the foreign Hispanic who craved to murder millions of Americans!

I know this sounds crazy, Obama administration. But it just might work!

EPA, meet Felix Rodriguez. Some background: As a 19 year-old volunteer for Brigada 2506 (the Bay of Pigs freedom-fighters), Cuban-born Felix Rodriguez infiltrated Communist Cuba weeks before what came to be known as the Bay of Pigs invasion, organizing underground freedom-fighters, planning the sabotage of key roads and bridges, staying a step ahead of the Castro secret police and their KGB coaches. Almost half of his Band-of-Brothers in the infiltration teams died in front of Soviet-armed firing squads, after KGB-tutored torture. Felix knew the odds. He volunteered anyway, along with hundreds of other young Cuban exiles of the time.

After the Bay of Pigs freedom-fighters were left to die by the Kennedy Administration at the bloody Bay of Pigs beachhead, Rodriguez again foiled the Communist dragnet by slipping into the Venezuelan embassy and escaping a year later to Florida. After the freedom-fighters were again betrayed in the Kennedy- Khrushchev swindle (that pledged the U.S. to protect Castro’s Soviet beachhead) Rodriguez, along with hundreds of his Bay of Pigs Band of Brothers enlisted in the U.S. Army.

On the day he gained his U.S. citizenship in 1969, Rodriguez celebrated the honor by volunteering for combat in Vietnam. “I lost the country of my birth to Communism,” he explained. “I know freedom must be protected. And I feel I owe it to my adopted country.”

Felix flew over 300 helicopter combat missions in Vietnam, and was shot down five times. He won the coveted Intelligence Star for Valor from the CIA and nine Crosses for Gallantry from the Republic of South Vietnam. Later he battled Communists in El Salvador using a helicopter “mobile strike unit” scheme he developed in Vietnam. He flew over 100 combat missions in Central America, captured the FMLF’s (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front ) top commander and helped crush those Communist-terrorists decisively. All this was volunteer work.

Later, as a CIA operative, Rodriguez played a key role in tracking down and capturing Che Guevara in Bolivia and was the last to question him. “Finally I was face to face with the assassin of thousands of my countrymen, of hundreds of my patriot friends,” he recalls. But his mission was trying to save Che’s life, to transport him to the Southern Command in Panama for questioning. Alas, Felix’s Bolivian allies viewed the matter differently. And it was, after all, their nation under Communist attack. So they decided on a policy that has since become a favorite among Americans who encounter endangered species on their property: “Shoot, shovel, and shut-up.”

Castro really wants Felix Rodriguez’ head and has sent hit-team, after hit-team, after hit-team (including one lent to him by his late chum Yasser Arafat) to murder Felix and his family in Florida. In May 1975 General Joaquin Zenteno, a Bolivian officer who worked with Rodriguez on Che’s capture, was murdered on a Paris street.

“You’re next,” heard Felix Rodriguez when he picked up the phone a few days later. “Click”

“When you get to Miami,” Cuban political prisoner Roberto Martin-Perez heard from one of his jailers the day of his release in 1987, “tell your friend Felix Rodriguez his days are numbered. It’s one of Fidel’s top priorities.”

But Felix Rodriguez has foiled all of Castro’s murder plots against him, and until last year served as the proud President of The Bay of Pigs Veterans Association.

Shall we hold our breath for a “Hispanic” of this caliber to be celebrated by Obama’s EPA?

Oh, and by the way; if you ever come across a black youth sporting a Che shirt, ask him if he’s familiar with these 2 quips. Seems old Che was not too fond of blacks.

We’re going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the revolution. By which I mean: nothing.” -Che Guevera

“The nigger is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.”- Che Guevara

Architectural Delights

Photos from the World Architecture Awards

Cloud House, Australia

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

iGuzzini Illuminazione Iberica Headquarters, Spain

Keppel Bay, Singapore

Busan Cinema Center, South Korea

Wuxi Grand Theatre, China

Soundforms, UK

Yurihonjo City Cultural Center, Japan

Joke of the Day

This duck walks into a convenience store and asks the clerk, “Do you have any grapes?”

The clerk says no, and the duck leaves. The next day, the duck returns and asks, “Do you have any grapes?” The clerk again says no, and the duck leaves.

The day after that, the duck walks in the store again and asks “Do you have any grapes?” The clerk screams at the duck, “You’ve come in here the past two days and asked if we had any grapes. I told you no every time that we don’t have any grapes!

I swear if you come back in here again, and ask for grapes, I’ll nail your webbed feet to the floor!!” The duck left, and returned the next day. This time he asked, “Do you have any nails?”

The clerk replied, “No,” and the duck said, “Good! Got any grapes?”

The Project

The Blueprint for Cultural Jihad

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Unlike us, but much like American progressives, Islamists are a patient lot. They know it takes time to conquer the west.

In 1982 the Muslim Brotherhood drafted a document called The Project. It was, and still is, a how to take over the west guide. It was discovered during a raid by Swiss authorities in November, 2001.

 Only through the work of a Swiss journalist, Sylvain Besson of Le Temps, and his book published in October 2005 in France, La conquête de l’Occident: Le projet secret des Islamistes (The Conquest of the West: The Islamists’ Secret Project), has information regarding The Project been made public.

 The Project was unearthed during a raid of a villa in Campione, Switzerland on November 7, 2001. The target of the raid was Youssef Nada, director of the Al-Taqwa Bank of Lugano, who had active association with the Muslim Brotherhood for more than 50 years and who admitted to being one of the organization’s international leaders. As we know, the Muslim Brotherhood, regarded as the oldest and one of the most important Islamist movements in the world, was founded by Hasan al-Banna in 1928 and dedicated to the credo, “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

The raid was conducted by Swiss law enforcement at the request of the Bush White House in the initial crackdown on terrorist finances in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. U.S. and Swiss investigators had been looking at Al-Taqwa’s involvement in money laundering and funding a wide range of Islamic terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, HAMAS (the Palestinian affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood), the Algerian GIA, and the Tunisian Ennahdah.

Included in the documents seized during the raid of Nada’s Swiss villa was a 14-page plan written in Arabic and dated December 1, 1982, which outlines a 12-point strategy to “establish an Islamic government on earth” – identified as The Project. According to testimony given to Swiss authorities by Nada, the unsigned document was prepared by “Islamic researchers” associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Yes, the same Brotherhood who’s members work in our current administration.

What makes The Project so different from the standard “Death of America! Death to Israel!” and “Establish the global caliphate!” Islamist rhetoric is that it represents a flexible, multi-phased, long-term approach to the “cultural invasion” of the West. Calling for the utilization of various tactics, ranging from immigration, infiltration, surveillance, propaganda, protest, deception, political legitimacy and terrorism, The Project has served for three decades as the Muslim Brotherhood “master plan”.

Below is a list of tactics, techniques and recommendations made in The ‘Project’.

(remember, this was 1982. Thirty years ago)

How many can you recognize that have either been established or are being actively pursued presently either in the U.S. or Europe?

  • Networking and coordinating actions between likeminded Islamist organizations;
  • Avoiding open alliances with known terrorist organizations and individuals to maintain the appearance of “moderation”
  • Infiltrating and taking over existing Muslim organizations to realign them towards the Muslim Brotherhood’s collective goals
  • Using deception to mask the intended goals of Islamist actions, as long as it doesn’t conflict with Shariah law
  • Avoiding social conflicts with Westerners locally, nationally or globally, that might damage the long-term ability to expand the Islamist powerbase in the West or provoke a lash back against Muslims
  • Establishing financial networks to fund the work of conversion of the West, including the support of full-time administrators and workers
  • Conducting surveillance, obtaining data, and establishing collection and data storage capabilities
  • Putting into place a watchdog system for monitoring Western media to warn Muslims of “international plots fomented against them”
  • Cultivating an Islamist intellectual community, including the establishment of think-tanks and advocacy groups, and publishing “academic” studies, to legitimize Islamist positions and to chronicle the history of Islamist movements
  • Developing a comprehensive 100-year plan to advance Islamist ideology throughout the world
  • Balancing international objectives with local flexibility
  • Building extensive social networks of schools, hospitals and charitable organizations dedicated to Islamist ideals so that contact with the movement for Muslims in the West is constant
  • Involving ideologically committed Muslims in democratically-elected institutions on all levels in the West, including government, NGOs, private organizations and labor unions
  • Instrumentally using existing Western institutions until they can be converted and put into service of Islam
  • Drafting Islamic constitutions, laws and policies for eventual implementation
  • Avoiding conflict within the Islamist movements on all levels, including the development of processes for conflict resolution
  • Instituting alliances with Western “progressive” organizations that share similar goals
  • Creating autonomous “security forces” to protect Muslims in the West
  • Inflaming violence and keeping Muslims living in the West “in a jihad frame of mind”
  • Supporting jihad movements across the Muslim world through preaching, propaganda, personnel, funding, and technical and operational support
  • Making the Palestinian cause a global wedge issue for Muslims
  • Adopting the total liberation of Palestine from Israel and the creation of an Islamic state as a keystone in the plan for global Islamic domination
  • Instigating a constant campaign to incite hatred by Muslims against Jews and rejecting any discussions of conciliation or coexistence with them
  • Actively creating jihad terror cells within Palestine
  • Linking the terrorist activities in Palestine with the global terror movement
  • Collecting sufficient funds to indefinitely perpetuate and support jihad around the world

An international scholar of Islamist movements, Reuven Paz, reflected on The Project in its historical context:

The Project was drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood as part of its rechartering process in 1982, a time that marks an upswing in its organizational expansion internationally, as well as a turning point in the alternating periods of repression and toleration by the Egyptian government. In 1952, the organization played a critical support role to the Free Officers Movement led by Gamal Abdul Nasser, which overthrew King Faruq, but quickly fell out of favor with the new revolutionary regime because of Nasser’s refusal to follow the Muslim Brotherhood’s call to institute an ideologically committed Islamic state. At various times since the July Revolution in 1952, the Brotherhood has regularly been banned and its leaders killed and imprisoned by Egyptian authorities.

 Since its formation, the Muslim Brotherhood has advocated the use of terrorism as a means of advancing its agenda of global Islamic domination. But as the largest radical movement in the Islamic world, it has attracted many leading Islamist intellectuals. Among the group of Muslim Brotherhood intellectuals is Youssef Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born, Qatar-based Islamist cleric.

Qaradawi’s publication, Priorities of the Islamic Movement in the Coming Phase, published in 1990, and The Project, which predates Qaradawi’s Priorities by eight years are strikingly similar.

It is speculated that The Project was either used by Qaradawi as a template for his own work, or that he had a hand in its drafting in 1982. By sheer coincidence, Qaradawi was the fourth largest shareholder in the Al-Taqwa Bank of Lugano, the director of which, Youssef Nada, was the individual in whose possession The Project was found.

 If the experience over the last thirty years seen in Europe and the U.S. is any indication, the “Islamic researchers” who drafted The Project must be pleased. To see their long-term plan to conquer the West and see the Green flag of Islam raised over its citizens realized so rapidly, efficiently and completely must be satisfying . If Islamists are equally successful in the years to come, Westerners ought to enjoy their personal and political freedoms while they last.

Attribution: Militant Islam Monitor

Wanna Get Away

You could finance your dream vacation with the purchase of a Chevy Volt. Thank you Mr. President!

  by: Mark Modica ( July 12, 2012)

General Motors has announced a 60 day money back guarantee policy for all new Chevy models, including the Chevy Volt. The move sets up a scenario where purchasers can buy a Volt, claim the $7,500 federal tax credit (and most likely state credits) and return the vehicle for a refund within 60 days. Did GM really not consider this glitch, or is this just

Every Volt now comes with it’s own Fireworks Display

another way for Government Motors to prop up politically important Volt sales leading up to November elections?

IRS tax form 8936, for plug-in motor vehicle credit, does not have any minimum time requirement for buyers to own their qualified vehicles. The vehicle only has to be new and purchased during the tax year being claimed. Buyers of Volts will have documentation and VIN numbers for qualifying vehicles. The 60 day return policy lays the groundwork for a very easy way to scam the IRS out of $7,500. Buyers will most likely have to eat registration fees and sales tax paid that will be deducted from refund. So, in an effort to save taxpayers millions of dollars on the potential scam and save GM and its shareholders from losing more millions of dollars on the Volt, I suggest the Volt be exempted from the return program.

Of course, there is the possibility that Government Motors is aware of the situation. Volt sales may pick up, if enough people hear of this. Millions of dollars in tax credits will be claimed and GM can tout improved sales. GM will then have returned Volts to sell that will no longer qualify for the tax credits; the vehicles will be sold as used for thousands of dollars less. GM will have to reimburse dealerships for some portion of the losses. And unless the IRS has a database of VIN numbers for qualified vehicles, buyers of used Volts with low mileage may be tempted to claim the tax credit again, upping the federal subsidy to $15,000 per vehicle. Hopefully the IRS has safeguards to prevent double claiming of EV credits. In the past, the IRS did not seem too concerned as there was not even a field on prior year forms for VIN numbers, something that changed after my criticism of GM dealerships taking tax credits.

So, for the sake of taxpayers, let’s hope that GM tries to rely on GE to purchase a bunch of Volts to prop up sales instead of costing taxpayers lost revenue on an easy scam by purchasers of Volts.

Frankenfood

Genetically modified foods: Why does California insist on finding a problem where nobody else does?

by: Erika Johnsen

On the state’s ballot in November, Californians will be voting on Proposition 37 — an initiative that would require all foods produced with or from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to carry mandatory warning labels. Oh, sure, it all sounds well and good and simple enough, except that such a measure would impose significant expenses on (often small) businesses; would cost the way-past-completely-broke California government up to over a million dollars to regulate the practice; and, oh yeah — is completely pointless because there is not a single documented case of “adverse health consequences” due to genetically engineered foods.

For a group of people who subscribe to the supposed “party of science,” progressives and environmentalists have waged a strange and steady campaign against the very idea of genetically modified foods. These “frankenfoods,” as they’re sometimes dubbed, are supposedly bad for us because they don’t occur by themselves in nature. But, here’s a news flash, greenies: Human beings have been ‘modifying’ foods with agricultural techniques for centuries. We didn’t just stumble upon corn as we know it today, and we make new apple hybrids all the time. Many medicines, I might also point out, are man-made, but we know that medicines can save lives. Tylenol doesn’t grow on trees, you know. From Forbes:

Except for wild berries and wild mushrooms, virtually all the fruits, vegetables and grains in our diet have been genetically improved by one technique or another – often as a result of seeds being irradiated or genes being moved from one species or genus to another in ways that do not occur in nature. But because genetic engineering is more precise and predictable, the technology is at least as safe as – and often safer than – the modification of food products in cruder, “conventional” ways. This superior technology is the target of Prop. 37.

The safety record of genetically engineered plants and foods derived from them is extraordinary. Even after the cultivation worldwide of more than 3 billion acres of genetically engineered crops (by more than 14 million farmers) and the consumption of more than 3 trillion servings of food by inhabitants of North America alone, there has not been a single ecosystem disrupted or a single confirmed adverse reaction.

The advantages are also remarkable. Every year, farmers planting genetically engineered varieties spray millions fewer gallons of chemical pesticides and substantially reduce topsoil erosion. In addition, many of these varieties are less susceptible to mold infection and have lower levels of fungal toxins, making them safer for consumers and livestock.

Not only would requiring these types of foods to carry mandatory labels impose costs on producers and raise prices for everybody, including consumers, they would imply to consumers that they need to be wary of undefined dangers, which in turn limits their choices unnecessarily. Maybe part of the idea is that consumers are supposed to spring for the organic foods as an alternative (which no state has any business doing anyway), except that recent studies have suggested organic food might not actually be all that it’s cracked up to be:

…Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out — and concluded there’s little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics.

Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides, including for children — but the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits, the researchers reported Monday.

Nor did the organic foods prove more nutritious.

Even the federal Food and Drug Administration, normally inclined towards being more meddlesome over less, has declined to require all foods in the U.S.A. to carry GMO labels. Imposing such a mandate in California would create a whole new level of regulation-and-litigation bureaucracy that no Californian food-business or individual consumer could avoid paying for. (For more resources, here’s a great piece from the Volokh Conspiracy on why this whole labeling idea is a possibly unconstitutional farce, and an op-ed from the LA Times on why California’s entire ballot-initiative procedure is a hot mess.)

The hubris of ignorant environmentalist groups never ceases to amaze. Have they ever paused to consider that genetically modified foods can, perhaps, save lives and help lift human beings out of poverty? Maybe? I know I’ve posted this video from Penn & Teller before, but it is great, and well worth the watch (warning: some brief foul language).