Libs recoil in horror.
NSA grant money? Hi, Ned.
Via Business week
Jason McInerney and his wife, Melissa, recently tapped their lunch orders onto a touchscreen at the entrance to the Be Our Guest restaurant at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort and were told to take any open seat. Moments later a food server appeared at their table with their croque-monsieur and carved turkey sandwiches. Asks McInerney, a once-a-year visitor to Disney theme parks: “How did they know where we were sitting?”
The answer was on the electronic bands the couple wore on their wrists. That’s the magic of the MyMagic+, Walt Disney’s (DIS) $1 billion experiment in crowd control, data collection, and wearable technology that could change the way people play—and spend—at the Most Magical Place on Earth. If the system works, it could be copied not only by other theme parks but also by museums, zoos, airports, and malls. “It’s a complete game changer,” says Douglas Quinby, vice president for research at PhoCusWright, a travel consulting firm.
That would suit Disney just fine, as it expands its global empire of theme parks and kicks up efforts to fend off rivals. The most formidable is Comcast’s (CMCSA) Universal Studios, which this summer will unveil a massive expansion of its hit Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at its parks near Walt Disney World.
Via NY Times:
CALIFORNIA is now in the midst of the third year of one of its worst droughts on record. As our planet gradually warms from our rampant burning of fossil fuels, it’s only natural to wonder what role climate change has played in California’s troubles.
The answer is this: At present, the scientific evidence does not support an argument that the drought there is appreciably linked to human-induced climate change.
The drought has many attributes of historical droughts over that region — in particular, a lack of storms and rainfall that would normally arrive from the Pacific Ocean with considerable frequency. It resembles the droughts that afflicted the state in 1976 and 1977. Those years were at least as dry as the last two years have been for the state as a whole.
In short, the drought gripping California has been observed before. And it has occurred principally because of a lack of rain, not principally because of warmer temperatures. Indeed, it should be quite familiar to anyone who lived in California in the mid-1970s, as I did. We can also say with high confidence that no appreciable trend toward either wetter or drier conditions has been observed for statewide average precipitation since 1895. This drought is not part of a long-term drift toward reduced precipitation over the state.
What’s different this time, however, is that the demand for water has greatly increased in the state, and it may very well be that the current stress created by the failed rains is more severe than for similar rainfall deficits 40 years ago. It is at least intuitive that growth patterns, population increases and the rising value of the state’s agricultural sector have increased California’s vulnerability to drought and reduced its resiliency — that is, the state’s ability to adapt and cope with less precipitation.
Babies still in the womb beg to differ.
Via leftist rag Think Progress:
Three more reproductive health care facilities in Texas have been forced to permanently close in the wake of a new state law that imposes stringent restrictions on abortion providers. The clinics are located in communities with high rates of poverty and uninsurance, leaving many vulnerable Texas women with no ready access to reproductive services.
Two of the shuttered clinics are operated by Whole Woman’s Health, the largest independent abortion provider in Texas. That group used to operate five clinics in the state — but now, that number is shrinking to three. The founder of Whole Woman’s Health, Amy Hagstrom Miller, announced the closure of her facilities in McAllen and Beaumont in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday evening.
“After serving women in these communities for over 10 years, Texas politicians have forced us to shut our doors. Tonight, Texas has gone from 22 clinics to 20,” Whole Women’s Healthconfirmed on its Facebook page. [...]
Currently, just six abortion clinics in the entire Lone Star State meet the standards to qualify as an ambulatory surgical center. Reproductive health providers don’t mince words about what that means for the women who live there. More clinics are expected to close.
“As a result of additional provisions of this law, the number will likely decrease to six as of September 1,” Charlotte Taft, the director of a national organization of independent abortion providers and allies called the Abortion Care Network, said in statement. “Services will only be in the largest cities. There will be hundreds of miles without any safe abortion care. With a population of nearly 27 million people, this is a state of emergency for Texas women.”
Just last month their group held an anti-Semitic rally in support of Morsi outside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in NYC.
Via Free Beacon:
A Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated activist whose organization recently came under fire for holding an anti-Semitic rally in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will head a fundraiser for Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly (Va.).
U.S.-based Muslim Brotherhood allies Akram Elzend and Sameh Elhennawy will co-host a fundraiser for Connolly later this month at the Fairfax residence of Mohamed Mohamed, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Attendees of the March 22 fundraiser are asked to donate between $150 and $400 in order to attend the event, where supporters will have a chance to “express appreciation and have direct conversation with” Connolly, according to the invitation.
A form attached to the invitation asks donors to include their personal information and contains a message that the materials were “paid for and authorized by Connolly for Congress.”
The event has attracted the attention of some U.S.-based analysts who track the Muslim Brotherhood, particularly due to a pro-Morsi rally several weeks ago in New York City that featured anti-Semitic displays and was organized by a group Elzend cofounded.
Both Elzend and Elhennawy have been tied to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and were listed as U.S.-based cells of the group, according to a report in Egypt’s El Watan newspaper. [...]
Elzend is a co-founder and chair of the pro-Morsi group Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR), which held a rally last month outside of the Saudi Arabian consulate in New York.
Demonstrators at the rally were caught accusing the Saudis of trying to “sell Egypt to the Jews” and of being “dirtier than Jews,” according to video of the event published by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).
DWS is probably the last person you want out front leading a campaign to ban the word “bossy.”
Then again, Florida did vote for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
TALLAHASSEE – The parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis led a crowd of protesters to the Capitol Monday to warn Republican policymakers that failing to repeal Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law will haunt them at the polls this fall.
Florida’s “shoot-first” law passed in 2005 has been blamed for a rash of high-profile shootings in recent years. The law allows people who are not involved in criminal activity to stand their ground and meet force with force if they feel threatened.
Last summer, George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford. Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer who got into a physical altercation with Martin, who was not armed.
This year, the law was in the middle of a legal showdown in Jacksonville after Michael Dunn was found guilty of second-degree attempted murder for shooting into a car full of teenagers and killing 17-year old Jordan Davis.
“Florida is an ‘F’ state. Right now, Florida is failing us,” Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, told a crowd of hundreds of demonstrators, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who marched the streets to the Capitol. [...]
U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, said the state had embarrassed itself with the law. “We’re here because Florida is stuck on stupid.”
Don’t hold your breath, Mahmoud . . . on second thought, maybe you should.
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas clarified his positions regarding the issues of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and the so-called “right of return” of Palestinian “refugees” in an appearance broadcast by PA TV, translated by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute).
It is worth watching, for anyone who harbors any doubts regarding what the “moderate” PA leader seeks, in the negotiations with Israel. Abbas states clearly: no Jewish communities will remain in the PA, and 5 million “refugees” worldwide, “from Canada to Japan” – including all of the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 – will have the right to “return” to Israel.
In his address, broadcast three days ago, Abbas rejects categorically even the idea that settlement “blocs” will remain in the PA state (“not one stone”) and says that any agreement with Israel will be brought before the Palestinian people worldwide, for a referendum that will accept or reject it.
In addition, Abbas emphatically reiterates his position that the Palestinian Authority will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
Led by Obama bundler and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. They even have their own “Ban Bossy” website, and it apparently is not a joke.
Via ABC News:
Can banning one school-yard word really change the world? Sheryl Sandberg says yes.
Sandberg — the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the best-selling book “Lean In” — is spearheading the launch of a campaign today to ban the word “bossy,” arguing the negative put-down stops girls from pursuing leadership roles.
“We know that by middle school, more boys than girls want to lead,” Sandberg said, “and if you ask girls why they don’t want to lead, whether it’s the school project all the way on to running for office, they don’t want to be called bossy, and they don’t want to be disliked.”
Sandberg said these attitudes begin early and continue into adulthood.
“We call girls bossy on the playground,” Sandberg said. “We call them too aggressive or other B-words in the workplace. They’re bossy as little girls, and then they’re aggressive, political, shrill, too ambitious as women.”
Chavez said she got involved immediately after receiving a call from Sandberg, and believes the Girl Scouts are ideal partners for the new initiative. More than half of all American women were once Girl Scouts and two million girls are currently in scouting, she pointed out.
“Imagine a classroom in America where 50 kids are present: 25 girls, 25 boys,” Chavez said.
“And the teacher walks into this classroom and says: ‘Boys and girls, I have this really hard, difficult program that I need to solve that’s gonna impact this country.’ She writes the problem on the board and then turns around and escorts 24 of the 25 girls out of the room. … She leaves one girl and 25 boys to solve that equation. That’s what’s happening every day in this country. Why wouldn’t we want more girls to be opting in to building the right solutions this country.”
The goal of the “Ban Bossy” campaign is to help girls and women feel more confident and comfortable as leaders.
“I was called bossy when I was in ninth grade,” Sandberg recalled. “My teacher took my best friend Mindy aside and she said, ‘You shouldn’t be friends with Sheryl. She’s bossy.’ And that hurt.”
Harry Reid was right, they are evil!
Via Free Beacon:
The Koch brothers are at it again. Their right-wing political Panzer Division descended on a New York City hospital over the weekend to protest (!) the addition of a new ambulatory care center. What the hell, Koch bros? Why not pro-America?
Sorry. That’s not quite right. In fact, it was the New York State Nurses’ Association, the NAACP New York State Conference, and SEIU Local 1199, among others, whomarched on the soon-to-be-built David H. Koch Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which was funded in part by a $100 million donation from the man one prominent liberal recently predicted would go down in history as a “famously evil person.”
The donation was the largest in the hospital’s history, and will presumably create a fair number of new nursing jobs. So why are the usual suspects up in arms? Well, the agitators were apparently agitated because this particular hospital didn’t need all the money. Oh yeah, and because it was International Women’s Day, and the Kochs are the primary funders of the “war on women’s reproductive rights … and many other issues of concern to American women.” They’re also behind “the effort to defeat and repeal healthcare to all Americans,” whatever that means.
Took 20 years to find the liberal bias there? But seriously, Attkisson is one of the few real investigative reporters still out there. Hopefully, this will only facilitate her ability to investigate more.
CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday.
Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.
At the same time, Attkisson’s own reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She is currently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — which addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the Obama administration.
Via Emirates 24/7:
Saudi authorities confiscated nearly 140 kg of persimmon fruit produced in Israel in line with the Gulf kingdom’s policy to ban the entry of any product from the Jewish nation.
Newspapers said health inspectors seized the fruit boxes carrying Israel production names at the central market in the northern Saudi town of Qurayyat.
“We have warned the dealers against repeating such offences…we found that they have bought the fruit from peddlers outside the Kingdom…we stick to the policy not to import any Israeli products,” said Abdul Aziz Al Musaed, head of the environment and health department in the city.
Lena Dunham, the far-left star of ratings-deprived HBO Show “Girls” is best known for her 2012 Obama campaign ad where she compared voting for Obama to having sex.
Girls star and Planned Parenthood supporter Lena Dunham couldn’t help plugging the nation’s leading abortion provider during her appearance on Saturday Night Live.
During a sketch in which a men’s rights activist (played by Matt O’Brien) finds himself in the uncomfortable position of being surrounded by all women at a party, Dunham and company educate O’Brien’s girlfriend, Marisol (Cecily Strong), about his efforts, which include shutting down two Planned Parenthoods. Dunham fails to mention the organization’s role as an abortion provider.
Same guy who owns a carbon-spewing airline.
Via Daily Caller:
Virgin CEO Richard Branson said that those who are skeptical of man-made global warming should “get out of our way,” joining the ranks of CEOs lashing out against those opposed to business investments in “sustainability.”
Branson made his remarks in the wake of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s telling global warming skeptics to “get out of this stock” if they did not agree with the company’s green investment strategy. Cook made his comments after being confronted by a free-market activist who pressed him on putting the environment ahead of profitable investments. [...]
Branson said that more businesses should follow Apple’s example and fight back against global warming skepticism.
“Tim [Cook] took a crucial stand: he told shareholders who oppose Apple’s commitment to sustainability to ‘get out of the stock’,” Branson wrote on his blog. “He also commented on how doing business sustainably can actually improve the bottom line. This is something we strongly believe in at The B Team, which is working hard to encourage better ways of doing business for the wellbeing of people and the planet. We wholeheartedly support him.”
“More businesses should be following Apple’s stance in encouraging more investment in sustainability,” Branson said. “While Tim told sustainability sceptics to ‘get out of our stock’, I would urge climate change deniers to get out of our way.”
Obsess much, Dingy?
Senate Democratic leaders really want to run against the Koch brothers in the 2014 mid-term elections.
A recent fundraising letter penned by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), seeking donations for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, provides a glimpse into how the party will vilify the billionaire oil tycoons in their battle to maintain control of the Senate.
The letter below went out to 800,000 prospective donors in the first week of March, a Democratic source said. A handwritten note in red ink at the top reads, “Without your support, [the Koch brothers will] succeed in kicking Democrats out of the Senate majority this fall.”
I’m assuming these kids are unemployed and still living with their parents (also known as Obama’s base).
Via The Hill:
With a March 31 enrollment deadline looming, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the White House was calling on moms to get their adult children “off the couch and on the computer” to sign up for ObamaCare.
The White House spokesman was asked why the administration was spending the week targeting mothers in an enrollment push when women were among the president’s strongest supporters during the 2012 election.
“We’re not,” Carney said. “We’re calling on moms to reach out to their adult children, get them off the couch and on the computer to enroll and make sure that they have quality affordable health insurance, because … a lot of young folks, because they’re young and healthy today, think they’re invincible and are not fully aware of the need to have quality affordable health insurance because, you know, they’re an accident away or an illness away from needing it very much.”
Not-so-bold prediction time: The MSM will fawn uncontrollably over this “talkathon” publicity stunt.
WASHINGTON — While Senate Democrats try to turn the nation’s attention to climate change with an all-night talkathon on the Senate floor Monday night, the White House will support them on social media.
A White House official said tweets from senior administration officials and the White House account will be posted Monday to support the Senate Democratic effort, which starts Monday evening and goes through 9:00 a.m. Washington time Tuesday.
Climate activists are also taking to social media to boost exposure for the talkathon. 350.org, the group best known for its anti-Keystone efforts — including amass arrest at the White House fence last week — plans to tweet support under the hashtag #Up4Climate.
At Monday’s daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney praised the talkathon, which is expected to include dozens of Democratic Senators.
“We commend those who are participating, because it’s a very important subject that the president, as you know, is concerned about and has a climate action plan dedicated to addressing,” Carney said.
Via Washington Examiner:
When “Big Food” and “Big Food Police” congratulate each other for coming together with the White House, as they did when new food nutrition labels were unveiled last week, consumers and small businesses should be very nervous.
But the controversial new labels are small potatoes compared to what the Obama administration is now cooking up. At a closed-door meeting Friday, administration officials and their advisers will plot to insert the global warming agenda into dietary guidelines mandated by Congress.
The Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments are updating the guidelines for publication next year.
By favoring foods activists think have a smaller carbon footprint, the new guidelines will increase the prices you pay for what you eat. It will also increase the cost to all taxpayers, since the dietary guidelines are used to set policy for food stamps and military diets. [...]
For the first time, “sustainability” is part of the agenda in drafting the guidelines. Other agenda items include “immigration,” “global climate change” and “agriculture/aquaculture sustainability.”
At a January meeting, committee member Miriam Nelson emphasized the importance of addressing “sustainability” of food to make sure it has the “littlest impact on the environment.”
Kate Clancy, a visiting scholar at the Center for a Livable Future in the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, was invited to advise the committee at a recent meeting and warned that it would be “perilous” not to take into account global warming.
This isn’t nutrition, it’s code language for environmental activism.
You can watch their YouTube video announcing the new magazine here, features footage from the Boston Marathon bombing.
Al-Qaeda is starting an English language magazine as part of a fresh effort to recruit and inspire Western jihadis to launch attacks in their own countries, according to security analysts.
A video posted on YouTube uses the words of Malcolm X to justify violent struggle, before announcing the name of the magazine,Resurgence.
It appears to be modelled on Inspire, an online publication produced by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has carried messages from Osama bin Laden, bomb making directions and tactics for launching “lone wolf” attacks.
However, the new magazine appears to be the first English language magazine from the group’s core leadership and is advertised with a slick video from as-Sahab, its media production house. Analysts believe it marks a shift from al-Qaeda’s recent focus on Syria.
It mixes graphics, images of George W Bush and warplanes launching missiles with a speech by Malcolm X, the African-American Muslim leader, in which he said: “You can’t ever reach a man if you don’t speak his language. If a man speaks the language of brute force, you can’t come to him with peace.”
I know, shocker.
Via CNS News
Via IB Times:
Women in Syria face whippings and even execution under a harsh regime being enforced by Islamist rebels, it has been claimed.
Rebels from the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (Isis) have imposed a harsh regime, flogging women who break a strict dress code, imposing a tax on Christians and banning any behaviour deemed immodest or sinful.
Isis drove Syrian rebels from the free Syrian Army and the Al-Nusra Front out of the city of Raqqa, in northern Syria about 99 miles east of Aleppo earlier this year, and began transforming what had been one of Syria’s more liberal cities into a hardline Islamist mini-state modelled on its own version of Sharia law.
One woman was allegedly sentenced to 20 lashes after an Isis “morality patrol” saw her holding hands with a male cousin. Another woman aged 19 was sentenced to 40 lashes after an Isis officer saw a picture of her on Facebook wearing a short-sleeved blouse, it has been claimed.
Everyone female aged 10 and over in Raqqa must cover themselves with the traditional abaya (the traditional cloak) and niqab (face covering), and Isis has decreed that no features should be displayed that are suggestive, vain or attention-seeking.
Women are also banned from talking loudly in the street, walking in public without a male chaperone (their father, brother or husband) and are not allowed to leave home after dark.
Hypocrisy so thick you need a chainsaw to get through it.
Producer Harvey Weinstein told LA Film Czar Ken Ziffren today that he needs to do whatever it takes to increase California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program in order to keep production in the state. The remarks were made during Weinstein’s keynote address at today’s 38th annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium.
Weinstein argued that California does not have to offer the same discounts as, say, New Orleans as long as the state can provide enough of an incentive when weighed against the added travel and production costs called for by out-of-state production. He said producers can elevate the quality of production by tapping the superior Hollywood talent pool and prefer to avoid transportation hassles that “can turn scheduling into a nightmare.”
On February 19, legislation was introduced to expand the $100 million credit program, with nearly 60 co-sponsors from across the state. However, Gov. Jerry Brown has been weary about adding new expenditures to the state’s stable budget. “Please, whatever you can do with the governor…” Weinstein pleaded to Ziffren, who offered no immediate response. Ziffren, who was named the city’s Film Czar on February 10, mentioned in a conference call February 27 that he wants to see production in the state return to the lofty levels seen during the mid-1990s. Industry sources have said the the California program should aim for a target credit level of $400 million.