“Operation Hot Mic” trailer for upcoming film, cominng to your town soon.

American Crossroads put together this “ad” for a trailer for the upcoming “film” Operation Hot Mic. More real than I care to think about, but well done.  Coming to your voting precinct November 6,2012. Can only be done twice.
 

Wikipaintings: The Entire History of Art Online

 
it’s a Friday, and after just doing my earlier post today -see below- I felt a need to be a bit more upbeat from the doom and gloom. I latched on to this one and what a great site for students and other who have an interest in art. So here we go. Have a good day and enjoy!
 
Wikipaintings: The Encyclopedia of Fine Arts, now in Beta version.
 
“The project aims to create high-quality, most complete and well-structured online repository of fine art. We hope to make classical art a little more accessible and comprehensible, and also want to provide a new form of interaction between contemporary artists and their audience. In the future we plan to cover the entire history of art — from cave artworks to the new talents of today.
 
The project is non-profit. The site will not contain advertising in any form and its creators do not intend to make profit from the activities or sale of the project. Initial work on the establishment and maintenance of the site is paid from funds of the initiative group, but later we hope to cover the costs through donations from users.” Carpe Diem

DHS buying 450 million rounds of new bullets

Looks like Janet is preparing big time. No slouch on her watch. This might not be all the ammo either. Hmmm.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is getting an “indefinite delivery” of an “indefinite quantity” of .40 caliber ammunition from defense contractor ATK. 

U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over five years, according to a press release on the deal.

 ATK Wins Five-Year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contract for .40 Caliber Ammunition from DHS, ICE –Additional .40 Caliber Ammunition Contract with 450 Million Round Potential Demonstrates ATK’s Leadership in Ammunition Manufacturing

ATK was the incumbent and won the contract with its HST bullet, which has proven itself in the field. The special hollow point effectively passes through a variety of barriers and holds its jacket in the toughest conditions. HST is engineered for 100-percent weight retention, limits collateral damage, and avoids over-penetration.

Sounds like these little guys should get the job done!

The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer “optimum penetration for terminal performance.” Don’t you just love that!

This refers to the the bullet’s hollow-point tip that passes through barriers and expands for a bigger impact without the rest of the bullet getting warped out of shape: “this bullet holds its jacket in the toughest conditions

We’ve also learned that the Department has an open bid for a stockpile of rifle ammo. Listed on the federal business opportunities network, they’re looking for up to 175 million rounds of .223 caliber ammo to be exact. The .223 is almost exactly the same round used by NATO forces, the 5.56 x 45mm.

Looks like the Department of Homeland Security means business

H/T: Business Insider

Obama: “I don’t happen to agree in a Missile Defense System

 
By now almost everyone has heard Obama’s remarks to the Russians regarding “giving him space” until after his last election. A bit of a reminder of what he thinks of missile defense. Anyone still wondering what another four years of him will bring? Short and sweet. Update: Maggie’s Notebook has a great post today Bolton: Obama missile defense firebell in the night a sign of weakness

 “I don’t happen to believe in missile Defense Systems”.

Supreme Court Obamacare hearing Wed.- are our hopes starting to fade?

What was once looking promising, starting to fade? This is from the the hearing. Follow the Scotus Blog for an update. The argument audio is here. The transcript is here.

Analysis

The Supreme Court spent 91 minutes Wednesday operating on the assumption that it would strike down the key feature of the new health care law, but may have convinced itself in the end not to do that because of just how hard it would be to decide what to do after that.  A common reaction, across the bench, was that the Justices themselves did not want the onerous task of going through the remainder of the entire 2,700 pages of the law and deciding what to keep and what to throw out, and most seemed to think that should be left to Congress.  They could not come together, however, on just what task they would send across the street for the lawmakers to perform.  The net effect may well have shored up support for the individual insurance mandate itself.

The dilemma could be captured perfectly in two separate comments by Justice Antonin Scalia — first, that it “just couldn’t be right” that all of the myriad provisions of the law unrelated to the mandate had to fall with it, but, later, that if the Court were to strike out the mandate, “then the statute’s gone.”  Much of the lively argument focused on just what role the Court would more properly perform in trying to sort out the consequences of nullifying the requirement that virtually every American have health insurance by the year 2014. Continue reading »

More over at theFoundry:

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard the third day of oral arguments for and against Obamacare’s individual mandate. The day’s discussion mostly revolved around the issue of severability: is the mandate so closely tied with the rest of the law that the court cannot strike it down without invalidating the rest of Obamacare?

 Scotus Blog has this update for Wednesday, March 28

MEDICAID

NEW at 1:54 Tom’s second update from the oral argument is here.

NEW at 1:29 Tom’s initial reactions to the first half of the argument are here.

Updated at 1:15 Our on-going round-up of coverage of today’s arguments is here.  Our morning round-up is here.

SEVERABILITY

Lyle’s severability argument recap (to be expanded later this afternoon) is here.

NEW at 1:30 The argument audio is here. The transcript is here.

Tom’s initial report on the whole argument is here.

Amy’s initial report to the first two thirds of the severability argument is here.

Kevin’s initial report on the first half of the severability argument is here.

Will they strike it down completely or not? That is the question.

Obama relies on J.P. Morgan to collect Student Loan debt

Guess who is making big bucks on collecting from Obama’s adventure into student loans? No less than J.P. Morgan. This is exactly what happens when one gets the “State” involved in crony capitalism. Good lesson for the kiddies. They thought they were going to get a free ride from Obama.

The debt collector on the other end of the phone gave Oswaldo Campos an ultimatum:

“We’re not playing here,” Campos recalled the collector telling him in December. “You’re dealing with the federal government. You have no other options

Pay $219 a month toward his more than $20,000 in defaulted student loans, or Pioneer Credit Recovery, a contractor with the U.S. Education Department, would confiscate his pay. Campos, disabled from liver disease, makes about $20,000 a year.

181,000 Complaints

Debt collectors are the subject of more complaints to the Federal Trade Commission than any other industry — almost 181,000 last year. Within the past 17 months, three companies working for the Education Department — including one that is majority owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)’s private-equity arm — settled federal or state allegations of abusive debt collections.

Campos agreed to have the money deducted each month from his bank account, even though federal student-loan rules would let him pay less and become eligible for a plan — approved by Congress and touted by President Barack Obama — requiring him to lay out about $50 a month. To satisfy Pioneer, Campos borrowed from friends, cut meat from his diet and stopped buying gas to drive his 82-year-old mother to doctor’s visits for her Parkinson’s Disease. Full Story Bloomberg

Obamacare Supreme Court Arguments-Update:Going down?

Update for Wednesday, March 28 Noon: go to  Obamacare hearing Wednesday, are our hopes starting to fade? To hear the audio and transcript.
By Tom Curry, msnbc.com National Affairs Writer

Two years after a hard-fought victory, President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment — the health care reform law — seemed at risk of being struck down as the Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday.

“I think it’s very doubtful that court is going to find the health care law constitutional,” NBC’s Pete Williams reported after watching the two hours of oral argument before the high court. “I don’t see five votes to find the law constitutional.” More over at  MSNBC Politics

Here are the links to Tuesday March 27 arguments, enjoy the first hour!:

Supreme Court Oral Arguments. Transcript available there as well.

Below are links to the Supreme Court Anti- injuction arguments held Monday at the Supreme Cout.

Department of Health and Human Servs. v. Florida
Docket Number: 11-398-Monday
Date Argued: 03/26/12

The audio is available here, and the transcript has been posted here.

Will the Trayvon Martin case lead to anarchy?

Does the rule of law apply anymore?

Enter Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. From Maggie’s Notebook:

The Sanford, Florida Treyvon Martin killing has taken a turn today. Martin was 17 years old, [he] left a sporting event on television to buy Skittles for his little brother. He left the house unarmed. That much has been confirmed. Today there is a report of a witness who saw the confrontation from his home, and says Martin attacked Zimmerman. For several days, the news has been of “racist” police and a “racist” 28-year-old Neighborhood Watch Captain, George Zimmerman. He is half White, half Hispanic and some of his relatives are Black. The police report recorded that Zimmerman had a bloody nose and blood on the back of his head. His attorney says he has a broken nose. He was not arrested. The Sanford Police Captain stepped down over the calls of racism, and says there are threats against his life and his family. The Black Panthers have a Bounty on Zimmerman, offering $10,000.00 for is “capture.” Zimmerman is not “missing,” or “on the lam,” but is surely in hiding in fear for his life. In addition to the Bounty, the Black Panthers are forming an army [of] 10,000 Black men to hunt down Zimmerman.

Last year in March recall the Black Panther’s Prepare for War ? The Black Panther and the voter intimidation? Second phase now begins. We have the Unions, now the Blacks…

I posted a tune up from the 2010 Black Power Convention, any questions? So all that was needed was a cause celeb. Farrakhan speaks about 6 minutes in…enjoy the beat, and watch for the attendees.  From Farrakhan-this is the time for war , an earlier post.

 

Now we hear again from the Panthers.

Soldiers night raids in Afghanistan to require a warrant?

This story should put the finishing touches on our out of control adventure in Afghanistan. Sure, let the bad guys know we are coming. Here we go:

Re-blogged from America”s Watchtower;

 After the horrific killing of 16 Afghan citizens by Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, and the outrage that followed, Barack Obama is trying to calm the situation down and smooth over the tension that has grown between he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Barack Obama is in negotiations with the Afghan leader and appears willing to cede some United States authority in Afghanistan to quell the anti-American violence in the country.

  Here is one of the concessions Barack Obama has reportedly offered to Hamid Karzai:

The administration’s most significant proposed concession on night raids would subject the operations to advance review by Afghan judges, U.S. military officials said. One option under discussion in U.S.-Afghan talks would require warrants to be issued before operations get the green light

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Europeans are catching on, Obama an empty suit.

 
Motor City Times brings us this for a Saturday. Even people in Europe are starting to catch on that Obama is an empty suit. Looks like creativity is not one of his strong suits, but then, he didn’t have his prompter. Enjoy.

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