ET-X: E.T. The Sequel?

This is quite possibly the greatest palate cleanser of all-time and a MUST watch. It’s a fake but well worth the 6:00 minutes of your time.

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Progressive Democrats Still Haven’t Gotten Message On Civility

They went to the house of this guy’s MOTHER. And the left says the tea party is hostile? Puhleeez.

Amplify’d from www.nationalreview.com

Idaho has a “superintendent of public instruction,” and his name is Tom Luna. He has proposed some measures that the teachers’ union doesn’t like, at all. And his opponents have made sure that he feels good and threatened.

Someone went to his mother’s househis mother’s. Someone slashed his tires and spray-painted a threat onto the door. As reported in this article, Luna has said, “Family and personal property are off-limits. You don’t cross that line . . .”

Oh, yes, you do. At least some do. I will repeat what I have already said this morning: I don’t want to hear from the Left about “civility” for the rest of my life.

The public-employee unions don’t own this country. They may think they do. But we all do. Right? I hope people all across the country, even those who disagree with him, will back Tom Luna: back his right to operate unmolested.

P.S. Following events in Wisconsin and elsewhere, I think of a phrase from The Wizard of Oz: “and your little dog, too.” That’s the malevolent spirit these union jerks are expressing.

Read more at www.nationalreview.com

 

Obama’s Spending Spree: By The Numbers

A great look at President Obama’s budget by Andrew Stiles at National Review.

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Here is President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2012 (and outlook through 2021). And here is a look at some of the numbers that stand out:

$3.73 trillion — total spending this year (25 percent of GDP, highest levels since World War Two).

$46 trillion — total spending over the next decade.

$8.7 trillion — total new spending over the same period.

$26.3 trillion — Total new debt, including entitlement obligations, predicted by 2021.

$7.2 trillion — Total deficit predicted by the end of the decade.

$1.1 trillion — How much the White House estimates the proposal will reduce the deficit over the next ten years.

$4 trillion — How much the president’s deficit commission recommended reducing the deficit over the next ten years to avoid financial catastrophe.

$1.6 trillion — The projected annual deficit for 2011 (11 percent of GDP), up from $1.3 trillion in 2010.

$2 trillion — Amount the budget will raise taxes on business and upper-income families over the next ten years, which includes letting the Bush-era tax rates expire in 2012 (for incomes $250,000 and up).

$50 billion — Amount the administration plans to spend this year on infrastructure and transportation “investments.”

$30 billion — Amount dedicated to a “National Infrastructure Bank to invest in projects of regional or national significance to the economy,” including the much-touted high-speed rail initiative.

$77.4 billion — Funding allocated for the Department of Education, a 22 percent increase from 2010 levels, and a 35 percent increase from 2008 levels.

$29.5 billion — Total spending on the Department of Energy, a 22 percent increase from 2008 levels.

$9.9 billion — Funding allocated for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a 30 percent increase from 2008 levels.

$150 billion — Total amount the White House plans to spend next year on research and development programs.

8.2 percent — Predicted unemployment rate in 2012.

Zero — Political risk the president was willing to assume by proposing meaningful reform to entitlement programs. That said, Republicans haven’t exactly been willing to stick their necks either, at least not yet.

Read more at www.nationalreview.com

 

The Best 2011 Super Bowl Commercial (Video)

The gang at Business Insider have put together a collection of the 24 best Super Bowl commercials viewers will see on Sunday.

From the site:

So instead of waiting until Sunday � when everyone at your party will only distract you from the commercials that everyone will be talking about at work on Monday � check them out now and tell us your favorites. (We�ve also included some �teaser� ads that are being used to promote the main ad that will air during the game.)

Here’s my favorite – the 2012 Volkswagen Passat:

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Super Bowl Sunday is this Sunday and pizza pie-makers across the U.S. are bracing for massive pizza orders. Super Bowl Sunday is one of the five big pizza days of the year. The other four? See if you can guess them before clicking the link. I got them totally wrong.

CNN Money: How Your Phone Is Becoming Your Wallet (Video)

This caught my eye while reading Dr. Mark Perry’s fantastic blog Carpe Diem.

CNN Money reports on how your smart phone (I have an iPhone) is quickly becoming your wallet. They take a look at some of the available apps out there that help you do that. I have used the Starbucks app which is really, really cool.

“Credit cards may soon be as outdated as vinyl records. (Remember those?) And this is the year that the slow, steady march to oblivion begins.

You can already use your iPhone, Droid or BlackBerry to buy a hotdog at the ballgame, buy your Starbucks latté, or give a friend a few bucks by Bumping phones. But by the end of the year you may not even think twice about reaching for your phone to pay at the register instead of fumbling for your credit card.”

“Your plastic card hasn’t changed since the age of the vinyl records,” said Michael Abbott, CEO of Isis, a new mobile payment network. “This is the chance to bring payments forward from the plastic age and the vinyl records age to the digital age.”

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