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Archive for 4 December 2008
You’ve heard of the Palm Pilot? Well, here’s the Palm Pistol.
Constitution Arms, a small arms manufacturer based in Maplewood, N.J., is taking deposits for what it touts as the world’s first ergonomically designed firearm.
Intended for use by the elderly and disabled, the single-shot 9-mm weapon looks like a giant bean grasped in the palm of the hand.
The barrel points out between the user’s fingers. You “pull” the trigger by pressing on a thumbed button at the top.
“Point and shoot couldn’t be easier,” states the blurb on the product’s Web site.
Even better, Constitution Arms says it’s had it certified by the FDA as a “Class I Medical Device.” That means doctors could prescribe the handgun to qualified patients, who would then have some or all of the cost reimbursed by Medicare or private insurance.
The gun will cost about $300. A deposit to get yours when it’s ready is $25, though Constitution Arms doesn’t say exactly when that will be.
And what was the first thing I thought of when I saw this? Why…one of these:
The Right is smarter than the Wrong (left). At least quite a bit more informed!
35 % of McCain voters got 10 or more of 13 questions correct.
18% of Obama voters got 10 or more of 13 questions correct.
McCain voters knew which party controls congress by a 63-27 margin.
Obama voters got the “congressional control” question wrong by 43-41.
Those that got “congressional control” correct voted 56-43 for McCain.
Those that got “congressional control” wrong voted 65-35 for Obama.
H/T: Daily AntiKos
This year, the Mr and I have decided we will not be sending out gifts. It’s not that we don’t love y’all, we do. But why are we spending close to a grand on gifts to gift to people who don’t really need anything? Every year, we made sure everyone gets something, even if it’s a gift basket from Harry and David.
I’m pretty sure there will be a couple of kids who will get their knickers in a twist, but honestly, if there are two children who don’t need more junk, it’s our granddaughters. Neither of them have seen their floor in months! Ok, maybe that is a SLIGHT exaggeration, but not by much.
So, this year, we will be using what funds we were going to spend on friends and family to give to a small family my pastor has found who is in extreme need. We’ll also be sending donations to charities to help those who will not be able to even give their kids shoes this year.
The Lord moved my heart in this direction, and I hope everyone will understand our decision. If they don’t? Well, I feel bad for them. The true spirit of Christmas is giving, not getting. We were given the greatest Gift of all, and we will be celebrating in that Spirit.
Luke 3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
Let’s face it, the Mr and I have more than “two coats”.
Perhaps you might be interested in doing something other than spend money on toys that will be played with for a few days, a couple of months at most? How about donating blood in someone’s name? If you are in the Dallas area, there’s a young man who could use some of that right now. The Salvation Army could probably use a few extra bucks at this time of the year. Whatever your favorite charity might be, now would be a great time to donate in your loved one’s name, instead of wracking your brain, trying to come up with something to buy them that, odds are, they’ll never use, doesn’t want, and does not need.
Until now, Minnesota was always famous for its clean elections. Indeed, Democratic consultant Bob Beckel recently attested to the honesty of Minnesota’s elections, joking: “Believe me. I’ve tried. I’ve tried every way around the system out there, and it doesn’t work.”
But that was before Minnesota encountered the pushiest, most aggressive, most unscrupulous person who has ever sought public office, Al Franken.
On Election Day, Franken lost the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota to the Republican incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman by 725 votes. But over the next week, Democratic counties keep discovering new votes for Franken and subtracting votes from Coleman, claiming to be correcting “typos.”
American women found this year’s presidential campaign trail mighty rough on the female hopefuls.
Two-thirds of respondents to a survey released Wednesday said the news media coverage of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was more negative than that of any other candidate running for office, while eight out of 10 said too much coverage focused on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s wardrobe. Half said there was too little reporting of her serious policy positions.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton also drew some sympathy from her bid to be the Democratic presidential nominee: Thirty-one percent said press coverage of Mrs. Clinton was too negative, while 44 percent criticized fascination with the New York senator’s clothing. Just under half of the respondents were satisfied that the media covered Mrs. Clinton’s positions on the issues.
The shallowness of the main stream media has become all too apparent with this last election cycle. Is it any wonder that they have the numbers they do? Criminy. If I ever ran for office, which I won’t, unless it’s dog catcher, the obsession with clothes will be prominent. “Can you believe she wore jeans and a t-shirt to a BBQ?” Try looking at the content instead of the packaging, your sexism is showing. Seriousy, look who they actually openly supported! Talk about your lack of content! Sheesh!
Prefacing his comments with the caveat that he did not want to meddle in Israeli politics, and that it was up to Israelis to pick their leader, Wexler said, “I know that Obama and Netanyahu have met on at least two occasions. I was with Barack when he met with Netanyahu at National Airport in Washington a year-and-a-half ago.
“I am confident that should he become the prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu would get along very well with Barack Obama, and the two of them would work in concert toward the achievement of mutual interests. I have no doubt about that.”
I dunno about that. Natanyahu is pretty PRO Israel, and Obama? Well, he’s not.
Humbled U.S. automakers pleaded with Congress Thursday for an expanded $34 billion rescue package, but heard fresh skepticism in a bumpy encore appearance.
“We’re here today because we made mistakes,” General Motors chief executive Rick Wagoner told the Senate Banking Committee in prepared testimony.
The three executives made the trip in new-model autos made by their respective companies, two weeks after a botched attempt for aid that included harsh criticism of corporate leaders who flew here on private jets to beg for money.
NO! Not just NO, but HELL NO! These yahoos have allowed the UAW to take over, and everyone complains about the rising prices of American made cars, and the shoddy workmanship. Perhaps they have improved some, but you are still paying for someone else health care, and retirement at a substantial increase in price of the vehicle. Let them declare bankruptcy. That way, the contract with the union is void. They can then hire skilled workers who are NON union, get back on their feet, and proceed from there. Bankruptcy does NOT mean out of business, unless they choose. The need for any type of union is long past.
Pak-istani President Asif Ali Zardari indicated yesterday he would not hand over the 20 terror suspects wanted by India in the wake of the Mumbai attacks as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Islamabad to respond “swiftly and transparently” to New Delhi’s accusations that the gunmen came from across the border. She, however, cautioned India to ensure its response does not provoke unintended consequences.
Asked about the attacks by 10 gunmen in Mumbai, which left more than 200 people dead, he said: “The state of Pakistan is, of course, not involved. We are part of the victims.”
Zardari added that he doubted Indian claims that the sole surviving gunman, who was captured by Indian security forces during the 60-hour siege of the city, was a Pakistani.
“We have not been given any tangible proof to say that he is definitely a Pakistani,” he said.
I suppose it’s possible he’s not a Paki, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t recruited and trained in Pakistan. Their border with Afghanistan is even more porous than ours with Mexico. And if they weren’t involved, why not hand over the 20? I don’t know, but I’m fairly sure the Indians aren’t just pulling names out of a hat. Aren’t we told that Pakistan is an “ally” in the war on terror? Pfft!
The only gunman captured during the terror attack on Mumbai says he was promised that his impoverished family would get $1,250 if he died fighting for militant Islam, security officials said Wednesday.
The captive, 21-year-old Ajmal Amir Kasab, is from Faridkot village in the Punjab region of Pakistan, according to the two Indian officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss details gleaned during a week of interrogation.
The first thought that popped into my head: Are those who sent him to murder going to kill his family since he didn’t die? What kind of animals treat human beings in this manner? Why, Muslims of course. Yes, I said it! M-U-S-L-I-M-S! You don’t see Christians sending kids off to commit suicide while taking as many with them as they can. You don’t see the Jews doing this. You don’t see the Hindus, or Buddhists. Nope. Just Muslims.
Faltering state revenues have continued to slide, with the most recent monthly tax collections falling more than 7 percent and deepening the state’s fiscal gloom amid what is now widely recognized to be a national recession.
A strain of gallows humor ran through Wednesday’s meeting of the State Funding Board, which sets revenue projections for state budgeters, as economists told board members that Tennessee’s revenue shortfall this fiscal year could approach or top $1 billion.
It really annoys me that government, at any level, will not put itself on a budget. Why do they always commit money to something if they don’t know they’ll have the money. I don’t know about you, but back when I was working, I allocated according to what my paycheck was, NOT before I got the money, cuz you never know, but according to what was on that check. Preparing for stuff is one thing, over spending before you have money in hand is just down right foolish! But hey, this is the gubmint we’re talking about….stupidity runs rampant.
Sources also refuse to believe that the Pakistani army did not have knowledge of the Mumbai operation given that ISI is controlled by it.
At the same time, sources do not believe that the civilian government in Pakistan is involved in the attack. In fact, one view is that the civilian government itself may be a target of the strike which may be used by the army to heighten tensions with India to return to power.
Washington has asked Pakistan to crackdown on Lashkar-e-Toiba, which now goes under the name of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, and to arrest its chief Hafeez Mohd Saeed because it has evidence of their involvement in the attack, the sources said.
I find it hard to believe that if the Paki army was involved, that the ‘civilian’ government wasn’t. But hey, that’s just me.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
From the brilliant mind of Delta Bravo Sierra.