Saturday, October 13, 2012

How can there be an internet gambling bill without a cybersecurity bill?

Heller says he can work with Reid to pass Internet poker bill (click here)

Posted: Oct. 11, 2012 | 3:17 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller said Thursday he is confident he and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid can work together - after the election - to pass an Internet poker bill this year.
"Absolutely, absolutely," Heller said in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial board when asked about the chances of legislation despite the senators' head-butting on the issue.
Heller and Reid have traded charges of political gamesmanship surrounding Internet gaming as the Republican battles a Reid-backed Democrat, Rep. Shelley Berkley, for the Senate seat....

Cyber warfare a real threat, the US Secretary of Defense warns (click here)

By Martyn Williams, IDG News Service
October 13, 2012

...Speaking at a meeting of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) in New York Thursday night, Leon Panetta called the Internet "the battlefield of the future" and spelled out what he believes the Department of Defense's role should be in cyberspace....
..."A cyber attack perpetrated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack on 9/11," he said in the televised speech. "Such a destructive cyber terrorist attack could virtually paralyze the nation."...

Is a Crippling Cyberattack Really on the Way?

This could be a registered voter.

I think that was a missed opportunity. I would have said this:

"Deer are wild animals, Mame. They cannot be controlled to cross at specific locations such as School Crossing where little children would delight in seeing them. The signs are there to inform drivers like yourself that is the location where these wild animals cross the road without warning or supervision. Do you understand you have to be aware of the danger these wild animals present and drive more slowly so you can stop if you see one crossing the road. Deer tend to be impulsive wild animals so you have to drive very cautiously when you see the Deer Crossing signs. Any questions about your responsibility in regard to these wild animals, because if you hit them they could be killed and there is a traffic infraction if you don't take responsibility in stopping to report the impact. There is also a real possibility, on a rare occasion a person could be killed at these Deer Crossings by impulsive wildlife. So. Do you have more questions?"

The State Wildlife Department needs to run public service messages and/or retest people to prevent low IQ folks from driving."

Now, losing her driver's license doesn't mean she cannot vote. It would prohibit her if she was unable to drive to the licensing bureau to get a picture ID, though.

For those that aren't sincerely "Joe Watchers" it is not at all unusual for him to be spontaneously emotional.

Joe Biden is a 'Real Joe." He always has been. His advocacy for the Middle Class has nothing to do with politics or strategic positions, it is real. Very real. Joe is more of a 'Real Joe' than any phony GOP facsimile.

The Vice President was not stylistic during this debate. That was Joe. That was the man. He is attached to his life emotionally in a very healthy way.

If the Vice President was astonished by what he heard, then he was astonished. If he was smiling it was a non threatening way of him expressing his amusement (smiles) with lies and/or misguided ideas (rhetoric) then he was absolutely amused by the deception he was hearing. 

Simple. Joe is Joe. There is no style choice here except the color of his tie.

Seven years later and finally progress.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks during a news conference, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Las Vegas, in which he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a plan that sets aside 285,000 acres of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants. The government is establishing 17 new "solar energy zones" on 285,000 acres in six states: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Most of the land,153,627 acres, is in Southern California. . Photo: Julie Jacobson / AP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 445 square miles of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach to renewable energy development in the West after years of delays and false starts.
At a news conference in Las Vegas, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called the new plan a "roadmap ... that will lead to faster, smarter utility-scale solar development on public lands."

The plan replaces the department's previous first-come, first-served system of approving solar projects, which let developers choose where they wanted to build utility-scale solar sites and allowed for land speculation.
The department no longer will decide projects within the zones on a case-by-case basis as it had since 2005, when solar developers began filing applications. Instead, the department will direct development to land it has identified as having fewer wildlife and natural-resource obstacles....

Terrorism in Pakistan

4:04AM EDT October 13. 2012 -
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful car bomb (click here) went off outside the offices of pro-government tribal elders in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, police said.
Police official Naeem Khan said least 30 people were also wounded in the attack in the town of Darra Adam Khel in the troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan...
The Anti-Government militia known as the Taliban are attempting once again to terrorize the people and government of Pakistan. This is an example of why the people turn opinion against their government and their own people. It is tiem they stop being afraid of their children's future. These perpetrators must be stopped. Those responsible for the car bombing must be arrested, tried and imprisoned. This car bomber did not accomplish this alone. His tribe has to be held responsible for allowing such violence to be tolerated.

...No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Pakistani Taliban militants have staged such attacks in tribal region of Darra Adam Khel to punish elders for backing security forces in offensives against militants in the region.
Darra Adam Khel is famous for its weapons market selling home-made guns crafted by local artisans in this tribal region, where central government is weak. Local elders there have formed "peace committees" to evict militants, and have also helped authorities in the past in operations against insurgents....
The weapons industry in Darra Adam Khel must be dismantled. It has to be destroyed never to be regenerated again. Weapons production in Pakistan has to be made illegal for at least a generation to stop this. How are the good people of Pakistan ever to live without fear if this is allowed to continue.

Repeal Miichigan's Emergency Manager Law - Vote NO!

Public Act 4 went into effect on March 16, 2011 (click here).
In Michigan, if a referendum proposal passes, the law is adopted; if the proposal is defeated, the law will not take effect. This means that voters wishing for PA 4 to take effect would vote yes, while voters opposing PA 4 would vote no.

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 4:32 pm
Updated: 4:38 pm, Fri Oct 12, 2012

Proposal 12-1
Supported by: Gov. Rick Snyder
Opposed by: State Rep. Woodrow Stanley (D-Flint)
A ‘yes’ vote means: To give approval to the Emergency Manager Law, which allows the Governor of Michigan to appoint emergency managers to take the place of elected government officials during financial emergencies in a city or school district.
A ‘no’ vote means: Repealing the Emergency Manager Law.
 Proposal 1 (Michigan Emergency Manager Referendum) is opposed by Stanley, who argues that an emergency manager would undermine the democratic process of electing government leaders.
 Gov. Rick Snyder supports the law, saying that emergency managers help struggling cities and school districts get back on track....

The girls want an education. Is that so terrible?

Pakistani girls display a poster while sitting at their desk, as their teacher, not shown, talks to them about 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman.(Photo: Muhammed Muheisen, AP)

Putting old heads on young shoulders. The children of Pakistan are building their futures today. They will not settle for oppression, stigma and violence anymore. Their time has come.
President Zadari has every reason to be proud of the children of Pakistan.. They are strong and determined to have a better life. They need the protection and loyalty of the government to insure Pakistan's peaceful future. The late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto would not settle for anything else if she were alive today. The free lancing of violence to insure Taliban social order has to stop.

11:10PM EDT October 12. 2012 -
MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police have arrested (click here) a number of suspects in the case of a 14-year-old girl shot and wounded by the Taliban for promoting education for girls and criticizing the fundamentalist Islamic movement, officials said Friday.
The shooting of Malala Yousufzai along with two classmates while they were on their way home from school Tuesday horrified people in Pakistan and internationally. It has been followed by an outpouring of support for a girl who earned the enmity of the Taliban for publicizing their acts and speaking about the importance of education for girls.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying that the girl was promoting "Western thinking." Late on Thursday, a spokesman for one of the group's branches in the country's north said the top leadership of the Taliban's Swat Valley chapter decided two months ago to kill Yousufzai in a carefully planned attack after her family ignored repeated warnings....

Colorado has some issues.

If Denver is going to move these transients out of their caves, they'll need swat teams. The cave dwellers have the tactical advantage.

There is every reason to believe the caves contain artifacts such as guns, drugs and skeletons of missing people.

...Ridgeway's body was found Wednesday about 7 miles southwest of her home. The remains were found in the Pattridge Park open space area in Arvada, a Denver suburb. The park is located south of the south of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, which is known for its abandoned coal mines and often used by road bikers and model airplane flyers. Authorities said the body was not intact, but they did not explain further.
Anxious parents kept close and watched over their children because of potential predator in their midst.
"Our focus has changed from the search for Jessica to a mission of justice for Jessica," Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said. "We realize there is a predator at large in our community."
Ridgeway began a short walk from her home to Witt Elementary School on the morning of Oct. 5 but never arrived. A massive search by hundreds of law enforcement officers did not start until hours later because Jessica's mother works nights and slept through a call from school officials saying Jessica wasn't there....

Is the air really that much thinner in Denver?

Didn't this happen in 2008 as well?
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:18pm EDT
Denver Police Detective Raquel Lopez (click here) said a worker inside the office called police in mid-afternoon to report that a bullet had shattered a window pane.
"Right now, no one is in custody and investigators are looking at surveillance video to see if a vehicle can be identified," Lopez said.
Lopez said it was a single shot and no one inside was physically injured.
Detectives are not aware of any threats made to the campaign, but are exploring all possibilities, she said.


Assassination scare in Denver (click here)

Three men allegedly discussed shooting Barack Obama, then the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nominee, during his acceptance speech on the 2008 Democratic National Convention in DenverColorado. Cousins Tharin Gartrell and Shawn Adolf, and their friend Nathan Johnson, allegedly came to Denver specifically to kill Obama,...