Friday, January 13, 2012

Strange circumstances for an Irish Setter.

They are beautiful dogs.  I never owned one, but, a good friend did.  They have a lot of energy.  As a matter of fact they could be called "High Energy Dogs."

Introducing Seamus Romney, 'Mr. Personality'  (click title to entry - thank you)

Posted by Scott Helman, Political Reporter July 10, 2007 06:10 PM

By Neil Swidey
Globe Staff

Seamus, Mitt Romney's now departed Irish setter, has attracted worldwide attention in the two weeks since the Globe recounted a roof-top ride he made from Boston to Canada back in 1983....

Dogs really have to fit their owners otherwise it could make for problems.

Right Breed for You?  (AKC post - click here) 
A rollicking breed, the Irish Setter is high-energy and requires regular exercise. His outgoing and stable personality make him a favorite with families. Their long, glossy red coat, although beautiful, must be groomed regularly to prevent snarls or mats.

A twelve hour ride for any dog in a crate without relief from its biological functions is a long time.  Even when dogs are shipped in these crates via airlines, they are exercised and kept warm and dry for their journey.

The children probably were a good fit for Seamus.  The problem enters when the dog is locked in a questionably legal sized kennel to be transported without any concern for its comfort.
Type/size of Kennel  (click here)
The kennel must be sturdy, properly ventilated, and, most importantly, must be large enough for the animal to freely sit and stand with its head erect, turn around, and lie down in a normal posture. To prevent accidental injury, no part of the animal's body can protrude through any openings in the kennel. For this reason, kennels made exclusively from wire are not accepted.
Super Size Kennels
Continental can transport dogs in "Giant" crates/kennels (700 series) whose dimensions do not exceed 48" L x 32" W x 35" H (121 cm X 68 cm X 89 cm). We can load these crates on most Boeing aircraft, but will need permission to alternately route any 700 kennels booked on smaller aircraft such as the 737-300 and 737-500. All bookings must be coordinated through the Live Animal Desk at 1.800.575.3335 or 281.553.5052....

To realize there was brown liquid coming down the side of the station wagon indicates there was not only feces in the kennel with the Setter, but, urine as well.  Urine burns the skin and can cause open sores if not cleaned soon after the exposure.  The long hair probably protected the Setter's skin for a while, but, once it was wet I am sure the dog was uncomfortable and feeling it more as time went by.

I guess years ago people got away with this stuff, however, today if there was a kennel on the roof of a car carrying an English Setter it would draw attention from police and animal control officials.

Romney is a real jerk.  Certifible.  The dog belonged in the car with the family.  The dog needed to be walked at least every two hours and given water as frequently.  Amazing.

See here they go again, only a few days ago. They should try jet skis if they like riding those 'wake waves' so much.

U.S. Navy Face-Off with Iran Speed Boats ACTUAL VIDEO!!!!!!

This was 2008. The Iranian Speed Boats are always confused about stuff. Someday, someone is going to get killed.

US Navy Rescues Iranian Boat From Pirates

Too much 'Psy-Ops' training?

January 13, 2012 7:44 AM

(CBS News) 

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (click title to entry - thank you) described video that apparently shows U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan as "deplorable" on Thursday.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports all four Marines in the video have now been identified, and could face charges after the military completes its investigation into the incident.

As investigators begin the job of determining who is guilty of what crime, the Marines are asking themselves a more basic question: "What made these guys think they could get away with this?"

The four Marines pictured in the video were members of a 1,000-man battalion that recently completed a combat tour in Afghanistan and returned to Camp LeJuene, North Carolina, where they apparently started showing the video around as a war trophy....

President Obama has been consolidating federal authority since he took office.

President Obama asked Congress on Friday (click title to entry - thank you) for the power to consolidate parts of the federal government, proposing a first step of merging several trade- and commerce-related agencies under a plan that the White House said could eliminate more than 1,000 jobs and save $3 billion over 10 years.

Obama said he wanted to get rid of myriad duplications and inefficiencies — including having five different entities involved in housing, and more than a dozen agencies that regulate food safety....

...In his recent State of the Union Address, (click here) President Obama pledged to eliminate and consolidate duplicative programs, and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report just this month finding the federal government could save hundreds of billions of dollars by eliminating duplication and overlap.

The federal government wastes more than $100 billion a year on programs with duplicative and overlapping missions, according to an analysis based upon the findings of the recent GAO report entitled "Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue."...


The GAO report provides a blueprint outlining how Congress could save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars every year without cutting essential services.
Smart consolidations will improve service.

GAO identified a number of areas where consolidation would improve services and save hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade. These include:

• DOD/VA electronic health record systems. Although the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA), for example, "have many common health care business needs, the departments have begun separate modernizations of their electronic health records systems. Reduced duplication in this area could save system development and operation costs while support higher-quality health care for service members and veterans."...

Oh, this is beautiful. This is absolutely beautiful

First the pathetic of the financial markets are bailed out by Europe, hoard all the cash and now S&P is downgrading France and Austria.

What the hell?

The EURO is losing some value and now nations are going to be forced to pay higher interest rates.

This is outrageous.  Who do they think they are?  Nothing like biting the hand that feeds Wall Street.

...The euro has plunged against the dollar, amid rumours that the credit-ratings agency Standard & Poor's is poised to downgrade several eurozone countries later today, including France.

The euro declined sharply against the dollar, to below $1.27, as the reports swirled around Europe's financial markets.

The move, which was first signalled by S&P before Christmas, could plunge financial markets into fresh turmoil, just as a relatively successful bond auction by Italy this morning had raised hopes that the worst of the sovereign debt crisis was over.

The loss for France of its treasured AAA status would be a blow to the economic credibility of Nicolas Sarkozy, who must stand for re-election later this year.

Reuters quoted a "senior eurozone source" as saying that several countries were about to be downgraded. France's public finances are viewed as vulnerable if Europe has to bail out more eurozone members in the coming months, perhaps including Italy or Spain. Governments have to be given advance warning by ratings agencies of any sovereign rating downgrade....

I swear this is a plot against sovereignty.  This is EXACTLY what they did in the USA.  Exactly the same.  Where is the investigation of the fiscal assault against national security of these nations

In 2008 the USA bailed out the financial sector, now four years later the exact MO is used for huge bailouts AGAIN.  Where in 2016 if not before, Asia?  When is Australia going to be tapped for money?  Then what is the next 'operation' to SCAM monies from national treasuries?

The United Nations has to chime in on this.  This is incredibly incidious to not just national security, but, global security.  What is next, Zillionaires? 


Nations need to leverage taxes against the markets and a good place to start is the tax on transactions !  Nations have to pay down their debt and they need to fashion a manner to do it and expediently within reason.  Citizens are headed into poverty and tax bases are shrinking into the ZERO-ZONE!!!!

"Found Money" - Republican Representative Jef Miller wants to spend it. What happened to reducing the national debt?

No, no, no.  These monies belong to traverlers in the USA.  They are donations.  The monies go to pay down the national debt.  Here again, are Republicans really committed to paying down the debt or simply playing politics at every turn?\

...Airline passengers leave about $400,000 a year in coins they forget to — or choose not to — take with them as they scramble to catch flights, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

In 2010, that loose change amounted to $409,085.56. That's $376,480.39 in dollar coins, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, plus foreign currency worth $32,605.17....

...Republican (click title to entry - thank you) Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida wants to change that.
Legislation he's proposing would give the money to the United Service Organizations to help operate their welcome centers for U.S. military personnel around the globe.

"Allowing TSA to keep unclaimed taxpayer money for any and all purposes is an egregious breach of its duty to the public that it serves," Miller wrote in a recent letter to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y. "This money should be put to good use, and there is no better organization to use this money wisely than the USO."...