Monday, September 24, 2012

Drought to Hurt Supplies of Beer and Bacon

Much of the US is in a state of severe drought, and many have considered the ramifications that towards crops, like wheat, barley, oats, rye, etc. However there are some American staples that you might not have thought of as being threatened by the drought.

Beer and other alcohols are made with the very grains which have struggled due to the lack of water, o and water as well. It is very possible that breweries will have to cut their production due to the drought levels. You can also expect prices to increase as that becomes a reality.

Another one you may not have thought of is bacon. Already pork and bacon supplies have risen rapidly as pig farmers cut the population of their herds. They've done so as food supplies, for the hogs, have increased in cost. Due to this, next year could very likely see a shortage in bacon.

Alcohol and bacon are hardly the only food products that could see shortages and price increases, over the next year. Most foods, even if they aren't made with grains, are in some way or another dependent upon them. Nor will the US be the only place that feels the pain. The entire world will feel the results of American drought.

South Korea to Extend Troops Stay to 2013

South Korea's cabinet has extended missions for some of the country's troops, in Afghanistan, til the end of 2013.

Under the new plans, seventy troops will stay to protect aid workers, in the province of Parwan.

The rest of their unit will withdraw at the end of 2012, as planned.

Troops in anti piracy missions in Somalia and training missions in the UAE will also see their stay extended to the end of 2013.

The National Assembly will have to approve the extensions, but that is considered highly likely.

Once Again Ahmadinejad Uses The UN to Rant Against Israel

Despite rather specific warnings not to, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used his speech time at the United Nations to give another of his hate filled anti Semite rants.

He stated that Iran felt no threat at all from Israel's threats to use force to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons. Ahmadinejad once again promised that Israel would be eliminated from the face of the earth.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said that, "President Ahmadinejad's comments are characteristically disgusting, offensive and outrageous,. They underscore again why America's commitment to the security of Israel must be unshakeable, and why the world must hold Iran accountable for its utter failure to meet its obligations."

Ahmadinejad said that the world's sanctions are having little effect against Iran, and that his country will survive them. He also denied that Iran is aiding the Syrian government against the rebellion there.

Instead of Disbanding Them, Libya Taking Over Militias

Just a day after telling militias to get out of cities, within forty-eight hours, Libya has changed it's mind.

Instead of having them disbanded, Libya is replacing their leadership, with commanders from the army.

On Saturday, thousands of residents of Benghazi marched in protest of the militias, and chased some of them out of the town.

That protest sparked the decision by the government to end the militias' presence.

Some in Benghazi protested the change from the government and are now calling for the military's leadership, the chief of staff, defense minister, and interior minister to be removed from power.

Iraq Blocks North Korean Plane Headed For Syria

Iraq denied a North Korean plane, bound for Syria, the right to go through it's airspace.

The plane was believed to be carrying weapons to the civil war torn country.

North Korea openly supports the Syrian government.

The US and other countries applauded Iraq's decision.

Iraq has recently been ridiculed for not stopping Syria from using it's airspace to attack rebel bases.

Fighting in Guinea Over Aluminum Refinery

Fights erupted in Guinea, on Sunday, between aluminum refinery workers and alleged black marketeers.

In the town of Fria workers armed with knives, guns, and clubs attacked people they believed to be stealing from the refinery and selling their product on the black market.

More than twenty people were seriously injured by the time security forces could arrive to separate the groups and restore peace.

Ivory Coast Reopens Airplane Travel With Ghana

Two days after completely closing the borders with Ghana, the Ivory Coast announced some changes to that.

President Alassane Ouattara's office announced that travel by air will be reopened, but land and sea borders will remain closed.

Ivory Coast had closed the borders after raiders crossed into the country, from Ghana.

The raiders are thought to be supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo. 

Thousands of Employees at Foxconn Riot

Two thousand Foxconn employees rioted and fought with police Monday morning, in Taiyuan, China.

Five thousand police were sent in after the plant's seventy-nine thousand workers began striking after employees say security guards at the plant supposedly began beating workers.

The plant's owners say that employees started brawling with each other and the guards were attempting to break it up.

 Police say forty people were hospitalized, three of whom were in critical condition.

Riot police have been protecting the factory since, which is expected to be closed for a few days.

The plant is one of the sources for Apple's new I5 phones.

Review: Kurt Schlicter's I am a Liberal

Just a few months after Kurt Schlichter released his first best-seller, I Am A Conservative, his follow-up, or sequel, I Am A Liberal is now on the electronic shelves at an Amazon eBook store near you. Yes, devoted Schlicter fans, it is full of #caring. In fact, there is $100.00 worth of #caring in that cheap $5.99 eBook. You may need to purchase a Ballistic Tough Jacket for Amazon Kindle to protect your Kindle when you drop it from laughing too hard. No, you need not purchase a Kindle to read the book. There are free applications available for your iPad, Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX smart phone, or computer that enable you to read Kindle versions without purchasing an eBook reader.

If you have not yet read Kurt's first foray into political humor, it is a "must read". It is Kurt's way of adopting one of Alinsky's tactics, employing humor to reduce your opponents' platforms to mockery, against the very oligarchists that champion Alinksy. It's brilliant.

Mr. Schlichter's sophomore work surpasses the first. His first work was mostly a collection of one-liners, many taken from various "Twitter-Rants" Kurt is near famous for publishing on Twitter. I Am A Liberal is more than that. The book contains many of those one-liners for which he is famous. However, his latest also contains more:  more humorous essays, more cited examples of those worth mocking, and more Kurt.

The opening chapter delves into the depths of the "Liberal Elite". After Kurt humorously explains his position, he adds one-liners such as:

I am a Liberal: You can't expect my half-wit constituents to support themselves...I sure don't. I am a Liberal: You’re racist. I'll let you know why after I watch some MSM news shows or read the New York Times editorial page.
Another chapter of the book sets its sights on Obama and his devoted lap dog house servants:

When I think of cool, I tend to think of someone who is an achiever, who makes things happen, who has a way with the ladies. A cool guy is rough, and awesome to be around. He has a track record of success.
An uncool guy is just the opposite. He achieves nothing, and he’s someone who can’t seem to influence events, who has zero game. He’s soft, and a pain in the ass to be around. He is a failure.
Tell me again how Obama is "cool"?

 He wears a goofy bike helmet and talks like a sociology grad student. The only time he shows emotion is when some mere mortal has the temerity to shout, "That skinny guy has no clothes… well, except for the mom jeans!"

Then he delves into the rampant hypocrisy of the left on such issues as "cultural sensitivity", "racism", and the so called "war on women":

Take women and women’s rights. Liberals are huge supporters of women’s rights. They love women. Women are awesome. And then, when a liberal hero leaves a woman to drown in a car, or decides to convert one into a walking humidor in the Oval Office, record scratch! It all changes.

Kurt even includes a wonderful lexicon so that non-collectivists can understand "progressives" when they are speaking with them. I, for one, am grateful for this section. It explains why some liberals nod in agreement with me, then attempt to tell me that my words do not support my actions (when they most certainly do).

America (Noun): A bloodstained hellhole of genocide and consumerism redeemed only at irregular intervals when the electorate inadvertently elects a borderline socialist.

Bigoted (Adjective): Holding or embracing hateful, prejudicial beliefs toward anyone except conservative, Christians, Jews, men, or anyone else that liberals have listed in their weekly enemies memo.
Bipartisanship (Noun): A state of being that involves conservatives jettisoning all their beliefs and buying into tax increases; see also "Reasonable".

Other topics Kurt tackles are liberal teens, the "Occupy movement", the Democratic Party elitists, the lap-dog media, and the socialist elitists in the entertainment industry. (Of note, not all people in the entertainment industry are oligarchs. People such as Adam Baldwin, Chuck Woolery, and Clint Eastwood serve as redeeming points of light in that otherwise plastic abyss.)

The snippets provided are, by far, not the most entertaining excerpts from the book. Those I reserve to those intelligent individuals that fork over the $5.99 to and make this investment. The eBook costs about the same as a venti latte at Starschmucks. Just think, after reading it, you will be able to properly converse with the "expert barista" as they "Fetch you latte". #caring

Original article at Mental Aikido.

From The Mouth of Matuszak: Sorry Kids, They Lied

Many times I have heard so called "progressives" refer to the US Constitution as a "guideline". Well, those who believe so, you were lied to.

The US Constitution is not a game-masters' guide for some role playing game.

The US Constitution is not some programmed rules in a video game for which you can buy, steal, or discover "cheat codes".

The US Constitution isn't the advice given from Dr. Phil or some high school guidance counselor.

It is not a suggestion.

It is not a guideline.

The US Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It is the list of hard and fast rules to which all other laws must conform. It is what gives our federal government its power, and limits that power to an enumerated and specific list of responsibilities. It is what reserves other authorities to state governments, limits those state governments so they cannot infringe upon individual rights of the citizens of this republic, and protects the individual citizens from any local, state, or federal official who attempts to become a tyrant.

The US Constitution is a binding contract between the free citizens of the US and the states they comprise, and the government of the republic of the United States of America.

It establishes a republic, not a democracy. It explicitly states that any new state entered into the union must have a republican form of government, with a constitution, that also restricts the powers of that state's government.

The history behind this supreme law is one the highly values individual efforts and merits. It hinges on recognizing individual property rights, both physical and intellectual. In fact, the state can only lawfully own what we the people allow them.

It is true that the US Constitution was written in order to allow it to be changed with the times. Those changes are called Constitutional Amendments. The changes are not subject to misinterpretations based upon the whims and slang misuses of terms of a given day. In fact, the US Constitution even goes so far as to establish a means of peacefully repealing that contract and convening a new congress to draft and ratify a new contract.

Imagine if the US Constitution really were just a set of "guidelines".

First, it would mean that every piece of legislation passed under it is also "just a guideline" and not enforceable by the government the Constitution authorizes. It would mean that no government official has any authority except what they can enforce through threats and violence. It would mean that the Constitution itself established something nearing an anarchy. That is a false notion. We are a republic, not an anarchy.

It would also mean that those in government offices are not restricted by the US Constitution. It means that the Bill of Rights is nothing but suggestions they can choose to not follow. It would mean nobody has any real rights. It would mean that, not only are we just shy of an anarchy, but we are already set up to install the tyranny that normally follows a period of anarchy. That is a false notion. We are a Constitutional Republic, where the government officials are restricted in power in order to prevent tyranny. The very rights enumerated in the US Constitution were placed there to further emphasize that condition.

If you believe the US Constitution is just a nice little essay that lists some suggestions and "guidelines", you are wrong. If some civics teacher told you it is such a list of suggestions, you were lied to. It is the progressives, socialists, communists, oligarchs, tyrants, and collectivists that want to see you enslaved that invented that lie.

Original post at Mental Aikido.