You’re not the Boss of Me

The following video is yet more stunning evidence of the current administrations total disregard for the Constitution.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has come out and said that the military will seek international permission before, or even if, they consult Congress.

While responding to Senator Sessions at an Armed Services Committee meeting, Panetta said that “our goal would be to seek international permission” and “whether or not we would want to get permission from the congress – I think those are issues we would have to discuss as we decide what to do here.”

So basically, they are saying they have no intention of following the Constitution and seeking Congress’s approval before taking military action?! But they will ask NATO or the troglodytes at the U.N.

Attribution: The Blaze

The Secrets Out

The U.S Air Force’s highly secret unmanned space plane was supposed to stay in space for nine months, but it’s now been there for a year and three days – and no one knows what it’s doing.

The experimental craft has been circling Earth at 17,000 miles per hour and was due to land in California in December.

However the mission of the X-37B orbital test vehicle was extended – for unknown reasons.

The plane resembles a mini space shuttle and is the second to fly in space.

The first one landed last December at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after more than seven months in orbit.

The 29-foot, solar-powered craft had an original mission of 270 days.

The Air Force said the second mission was to further test the technology but the ultimate purpose has largely remained a mystery.

The vehicle’s systems program director, Lieutenant-colonel Tom McIntyre, told the Los Angeles Times in December: “We initially planned for a nine-month mission. Keeping the X-37 in orbit will provide us with additional experimentation opportunities and allow us to extract the maximum value out of the mission.”

However, many sceptics think that the vehicle’s mission is defense or spy-related.

There are rumours circulating that the craft has been kept in space to spy on the new Chinese space station, Tiangong.

However, analysts have pointed out that surveillance would be tricky, since the spacecraft would rush past each other at thousands of meters per second.

And Brian Weeden, from the Secure World Foundation, pointed out to the BBC: “If the U.S. really wanted to observe Tiangong, it has enough assets to do that without using X-37B.”

Last May, amateur astronomers were able to detect the orbital pattern of the first X-37B which included flyovers of North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, heightening the suspicion that the vehicle was being used for surveillance.

Other industry analysts have speculated that the Air Force is just making use of the X-37B’s amazing fuel efficiency and keeping it in space for as long as possible to show off its credentials and protect it from budget cuts.

After all, under budget cuts for 2013 to 2017 proposed by the Obama administration, the office that developed the X-37 will be shut down.

 

According to X-37B manufacturer Boeing, the space plane operates in low-earth orbit, between 110 and 500 miles above earth. By comparison, the International Space Station orbits at about 220 miles.

The current flight launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in March.

Attribution: Ted Thornhill

Joke of the Day

An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men, the boy didn’t really know what he wanted to do, and he didn’t seem too concerned about it.

One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy’s room and placed on his study table three objects:

a Bible,

a silver dollar, and

a bottle of whisky.

“I’ll just hide behind the door,” the old preacher said to himself, “and when he comes home from school this afternoon, I’ll see which object he picks up. If it’s the Bible, he’s going to be a preacher like me, and what a blessing that would be! If he picks up the dollar, he’s going to be a businessman, and that would be okay, too. But if he picks up the bottle, he’s going to be a no-good drunkard, and, Lord, what a shame that would be.”

The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son’s footsteps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room. He tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects! on the table. With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them.

Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped it into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink.

“Lord have mercy,” the old man whispered, “he’s gonna be a Congressman!”

White = Racist

If you’re outraged by this, there’s something wrong with you!

Who are the real racists here?

A high school basketball team with mostly white players has been accused of racism for chanting ‘USA! USA!’ after winning against a rival school.

The players from Alamo Heights in San Antonio, Texas yelled the phrase after beating a team from Edison high school made up of minority players.

The winning team’s coach immediately stopped the teenagers chanting the phrase and now the local school district has been forced to apologise.

But many students and local residents have lambasted the response as ‘an overreaction’, taking to the players’ Facebook page to vent their anger:

“As an outsider, and a Hispanic, I’m curious,” Donna Russell wrote. ‘Would any of this be an issue if the opposing team chanted Viva Mexico? I mean, we ALL live in the USA so why was this a bad thing?”

“It seems that the image of the U.S. continues to bow down and apologize every time someone cries “racism ” but when others stand against us it’s ‘Exercising their Freedom’ and no apology is expected.”

Students at the high school pointed out that the chant had been used at other games against schools of non-minority players.

But the San Antonio Independent School District officials took the chant as a racial insult to the team.

Spokeswoman Leslie Price branded the incident ‘very disrespectful to our students’, KSAT.com reported.

“It is surprising and it’s disappointing to hear that anyone would be out there making those kind of remarks,” she said.

The district’s athletic director Gil Garza, who filed a complaint with the interscholastic league, added: “I appreciate Coach Brewer taking the action he took to stop it.”

 “To be attacked about your ethnicity and being made to feel that you don’t belong in this country is terrible. Why can’t people just applaud our kids? It just gets old and I’m sick of it.”

“Once again, we’re on pins and needles wondering what’s going to happen.”

Students from the rival school said they were ‘very appalled’ and were ‘rubbed the wrong way’ by the comments.

Alamo Heights Superintendent Kevin Brown also apologized.

“We just hope that people know that that’s not who we are and we’re not going to let it happen again,” Brown said.

The school apologized to the district and has banned the students involved from state title games.

Maybe the players should be jailed and charged with hate crimes? That would teach them.

Let’s all  just collectively apologize for being A) White, B) American and because we are white, we are all  C) inherently Racist. Will that do it?

Attribution: Daily Mail

Constitution 101 (3)

Lesson 3: “The Problem of Majority Tyranny”

Study Guide

Overview

America was governed under the Articles of Confederation from 1781 to 1789. Unable to redress the problem of “majority tyranny,” the Articles were abandoned in favor of the Constitution, which created a “more perfect union.”

Man, That was Close

A 150-foot asteroid orbiting Earth called 2012 DA14 will pass so close to Earth it will fly UNDER man-made satellites orbiting our planet.

Nasa’s Impact Risk report said that the odds of the space rock actually hitting our planet are very low, but on February 15 next year it will pass just 17,000 miles from Earth, closer than ‘geostationary’ satellites.

If an asteroid of that size hit our planet, it would cause an explosion similar to a nuclear blast.

Two astronomers from the the Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra in Spain spotted 2012 DA14 in late February and its orbit has been calculated to be very similar to Earth’s.

Some reports suggested that on February 15 next year an impact was a possibility, but U.S astronomer Phil Plait, the creator of the Bad Astronomy blog, has ruled out an impact.

He wrote: “Asteroid 2012 DA14 is almost certainly not going to hit Earth next February. And by, almost certainly, I mean it. The odds of an impact are so low they are essentially zero. This does not rule out an impact at some future date, but for now we’re safe.”

 The space rock will come within 17,000 miles of Earth, which is closer than some of our satellites, but Plait says this is nothing to worry about.

He adds: “Seventeen thousand miles is well beneath many of our own orbiting satellites. To the best of my knowledge, this is the closest pass of a decent-sized asteroid ever seen before the actual pass itself. However, let’s again be very clear, it will miss. In astronomical terms, 17,000 miles is pretty close, but in real human terms it’s a clean miss.”

After next year, 2012 DA14’s closest brush with Earth will come in 2020, but Plait said that even then, the odds of an impact will be less than the chance of being hit by lightning in your lifetime – 1 in 100,000.

Last night a space rock caused panic across the UK, with police forces inundated with calls after spotting it in the sky and mistaking it for a burning aircraft.

Reports of a ‘bright light’ and an ‘orange glow’ were received by police across Scotland and the north of England at about 9.40pm yesterday.

The Met Office tweeted: “Hi all, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite.”

The Kielder Observatory also reported the sighting of a ‘huge fireball’ travelling from north to south over Northumberland.
The Observatory posted on Twitter: “Of 30 years observing the sky, fireball best thing I have ever seen period.”

Attribution: Ted Thornhill

Current Delegate Count (03-07-2012)

Here are delegate counts as of 5:55 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 17, as tabulated by The Associated Press:

 Mitt Romney, 415 delegates.

Rick Santorum, 176 delegates.

Newt Gingrich, 105 delegates.

Ron Paul, 47 delegates.

All told, the Super Tuesday states will send 437 delegates to the national convention beginning on Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla. Some of them are superdelegates with automatic slots, who are not in play in Tuesday’s elections. The AP count includes superdelegates who have already made their choices.

What’s a Superdelegate?

Unlike most convention delegates, the superdelegates are not selected based on the party primaries and caucuses in each U.S. state, in which voters choose among candidates for the party’s presidential nomination.

 Instead, most of the superdelegates are seated automatically, based solely on their status as current (Republican and Democrat) or former (Democrat only) party leaders and elected officials. Others are chosen during the primary season. All the superdelegates are free to support any candidate for the nomination.

 Although originally created to describe this type of Democrat delegate, the term has become widely used to describe these particular delegates in both parties, even though it is not an official term used by either party.

 In 2012, there are 126 Republican superdelegates.There are potentially 3 superdelegates in each state, consisting of the state chairman and two RNC committeemembers. However, certain states either have no superdelegates or have them but their votes are bound by the results of the state vote.

A Glimpse into Obamacare

So Obamacare is going to save us money and undoubtably run like a swiss watch. Most government programs do.

Just picture the following on a national scale and be afraid. Be very afraid.

Also, keep in mind that this department was created in 2009, just 3 years ago.

By Snejana Farberov:

In Washington DC, being dead is no reason not to take full advantage of one’s health care benefits.

A new audit by the Office of the Inspector General has revealed that the municipality spent nearly $700,000 on Medicaid coverage for the deceased.

In total, there were 129 cases involving payments for services rendered that were made after a patient had died.

In one case, a payment was made nearly nine years after the patient’s passing.

According to the audit, the city’s Department of Health Care Finance shelled out nearly $4 million in erroneous payments in 2009, most of which went toward claims with an invalid or nonexistent Social Security number.

Officials are also investigating allegations that the department might have overpaid its billings by $22.6 million.

Some of the overpayments have been blamed on changes in insurance rates between the time of billing and the time of payment.

While the department, which was created in 2009, has corrected many of the clerical errors that caused these costly gaffes, the findings of the audit are likely to result in calls for increased scrutiny of its operations at an upcoming oversight hearing.

“We will dig into why this happened, what has been done to correct it, and how to prevent similar overpayments from happening in the future”, said at-large DC Councilman David Catania, who chairs the Council’s Committee on Health.

In response to the audit, a spokesperson for the agency told the Washington Examiner that in December 2010, the department put into place a new system capable of discontinuing payments after a patient’s death. What a great idea!

The department’s troubles do not stop there, however. The audit has found that the agency paid $22.6 million extra on Medicaid claims totaling $124 million. In one case, the department nearly made a payment of $5.6 million for a $100 claim.

According to the spokesperson, it was a case of ‘fat fingers’ that nearly caused the multimillion-dollar error when a clerk held down the ‘5’ key long enough to create a $5.6 million entry.

Officials are now going over all 78,361 claims that might include an error.

In its first year of operation, the Department of Health Care Finance paid about $1 billion.