[BREITBART] Students in San Jose, Calif., can no longer hold car washes to raise for money for school events because city officials say they endanger the environment.
Cheerleaders at Lincoln High School had to cancel a scheduled Oct. 20 car wash after a visit from the city's Environmental Services Department, the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday.
"Anything that is not storm water or rain water is considered a pollutant," said Jennie Loft, the department's acting communications manager. "If it goes into a storm drain, that pollutant will harm wildlife and habitats in the creeks."
Loft said school groups could still hold car washes if they were conducted under certain conditions. Those include washing vehicles over grassy or gravel areas, ensuring wash water doesn't go into the street, gutter or storm drain and leaving no soap stains on the ground.
The same rules apply to cars washed by their owners.
Cars can be washed with a solution that requires no water, but the concentrate costs $159 a gallon.
Lincoln cheerleaders had hoped to raise money from the car wash to fund a trip to a national competition in April.
"However, Bild is reporting that not only did Obama know about the bugging, but that he himself personally ok'd it in 2010, and stepped up surveillance on Merkel, calling for a "comprehensive dossier" on her."
...hope the US can keep the damage contained to Zero and Company...yes, the program began under Dubya, but Cmdr. Zero stepped up the game and personally directed it...President Nosey Thinskin may be feeling a little lonely of late...
Our intel agencies are supposed to spy on others. That's the whole point, and legality be damned. There's 10,000 years of recorded human history to serve as precedent that governments need intel on those around them. Champ may -- just may -- have gotten this one right. He might have looked at the dossier in question and asked, "where's the good shit?"
Please give Champ some slack. It would have been entirely out of character for him to tell the truth.
For the most part the Germans think highly of Merkel. She's no-nonsense, very intelligent, a highly skilled and competent political operative and negotiator, leading a strong, vibrant economy of hard working people. In Champ's view, a "comprehensive dossier" is completely warranted. She's everything that he is NOT or ever will be. He loathes such people.
So who said Merkel was spied on and how? Snowden? To me that's the big issue, not that the spying (may have) happened, but who said so and why were they in a position to be able to credibly say so, and why are they still alive?
She remained as neutral as she could possibly be, but it was pretty clear at the time that Obama would become president.
Don't blame Europe for this one, blame the Republicans with their poor candidate.
Obama DID run an excellent campaign in 2008, making full use of the internet and social media.
Posted by: European Conservative ||
10/27/2013 11:31 Comments ||
Don't blame Europe for this one, blame the Republicans with their poor candidate.
That would be the same 'candidate' who was a man of honor, of undisputable faith, a class act, successful family man and father. That would be the same 'candidate' that successfully ran a number of businesses and became a wealthy man, not through graft and politics, but through hard work and initiative. That would be the same 'candidate' that promised to end Obamacare.
Nothing wrong with the seed. The soil has suffered severe retrogression and will only support weeds.
They're upset because the NSA is treating them like common peasants. They got a dose of their own medicine.
As for Obama's 'dossier': If there's good reason to be suspicious of the likes of Huma Abedin or Valerie Jarrett or even B. Hussein Obama then there's also a very good reason to keep an eye on Merkel's activities.
Not to mention that since only months after 9/11 all German administrations have seen to it that there was light between the US and Germany.
I'm no fan of Obama and I don't want to make excuses for him.
The way I see it this is a sort of international game of checks and balances. Two groups' of crooks rivalry keeps them from even more thoroughly screwing the peasants their respective public.
g(r)om, not that I have any knowledge, but I doubt it. The queen of England has almost no real power.
The prime minister on the other hand ...
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
10/27/2013 16:23 Comments ||
the bug was in the iPod of Obama speeches they gave her. I expect it was in the airport trash before she left the terminal
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/27/2013 16:49 Comments ||
Europe has an strong aristocratic bent, and aristocrats exempt each other from such nasty business. They assumed Champ was one of them due to his Lefty politics. By breaking the rules he has proven once and for all that he is NOT one of them. Put another way, if you can't abide by a gentleman's agreement then you are, sir, no gentleman.
In Europe, Champ is now a pariah. That's fine with Champ, but bad for the US and for the world. Best case is that the UK and continental press now goes after him. Word will trickle out on this end of the pond once all the stories come out that our worthless press has been hiding.
If youre looking for an epitaph for the republic (and these days who isnt?) try this from August 2010 and TechCrunchs delirious preview of Healthcare.gov:
We were working in a very very nimble hyper-consumer-focused way, explained Todd Park, the chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, all fused in this kind of maelstrom of pizza, Mountain Dew, and all-nighters . . . and, you know, idealism. That kind of led to the magic that was produced.
Wow. Think of the magic that Madison, Hamilton, and the rest of those schlubs could have produced if theyd only had pizza and Mountain Dew and been willing to pull a few all-nighters at Philadelphia in 1787. Somewhere between the idealism and the curling slice of last nights pepperoni, Macon Phillips, the administrations director of new media, happened to come across a tweet by Edward Mullen of Jersey City in which he twitpiced his design for what a health-insurance exchange could look like. So Phillips printed it out to show his fellow administration officials: Look, this is the sort of creativity that is out there, he said. One thing led to another and he left Jersey City to come to D.C. and helped push us through an information architectural process.
Dont you just love it! This is way cooler than the decline and fall of the Roman Empire: The only architectural process they had was crumbling viaducts. I think we can all agree that Barack Obama is hipper than all other government leaders anywhere, ever, combined. Unfortunately, the dogs bark and the pizza-delivery bike moves on, and, in the cold grey morning after of the grease-stained cardboard box with the rubberized cheese stuck to it, Obamacare wound up somewhat less hipper and, in fact, not even HIPAA the unpersuasively groovy acronym for federally mandated medical privacy in America. Appearing before Congress on Thursday, the magicians of Obamacare eventually conceded that, on their supposedly HIPAA-compliant database, deep in the information architectural process is a teensy-weensy little bit of source code that reads, You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication of any data transmitted or stored on this information system.
All-nighters have never produce anything noteworthy other than a hangover. What America need is certainly not some "instant Gratification" event. We need people of quality willing to sit down and methodically work through all the issues and develop a plan that will work. Sorry Obamacare your late night attempt to be a hero has been weighed and found lacking...
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
10/27/2013 13:34 Comments ||
...for an excellent (imho) analysis , click here...
[Pak Daily Times] There are few places where the former majesty of the US auto industry is more keenly captured than among the Diego Rivera murals at the bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit ... ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Purple Gang... Institute of Arts.
Those stunning, sun-drenched walls could be lost to public view if the museum's collection is allowed to be even partially sold to pay off Detroit's creditors during the city's bankruptcy proceedings.
"This is really an existential threat," warned Annmarie Erickson, the museum's chief operating officer.
"Selling art could close the museum." Founded in 1885, the museum has amassed a world-class collection through the patronage of press barons and auto industry giants.
It was the first American museum to buy works by Van Gogh and Matisse. It has one of just two works by the Dutch master Bruegel that can be viewed in the United States.
There are galleries devoted to African American, Asian and Native American art and others containing modern works by Picasso, Warhol and Rothko.
Rivera's "Detroit Industry" frescos -- a grand vision depicting the benefits and harm of industry and the beautiful complexity of Ford's Rouge plant -- are the heart of the Beaux-Arts temple that draws nearly 600,000 visitors a year.
But, like the Motor City itself, the museum has a troubled history.
The city -- which owns the building and the collection -- stopped providing funds to buy art in the 1950s and eventually withdrew support for daily operations. The state of Michigan stepped in to help fund the museum in the 1980s and early 1990's and then in 1997 a non-profit took over.
The museum finally got on sound financial footing last year when voters in three counties agreed to a new tax that provides $23 million a year to fund its operations.
"Two of those counties have said that if we sell art they will stop the property tax," Erickson told AFP.
"That represents about two thirds of our annual operating budget. If they stop that tax we will be sent into a death spiral." It could take months or even years for the complex case to make its way through bankruptcy court.
Detroit became the largest US city to declare bankruptcy on July 18. A federal judge will continue to hear arguments next week as to whether it even has the legal standing to do so.
"It's very hard to predict what's going to happen to that art work," said John Pottow, a bankruptcy expert at the University of Michigan's law school.
...Yeah, this ain't happening. The DIA hasn't relied on city funds for decades as far as acquisitions are concerned, and it would take a remarkably generous (as in appealed immediately to SCOTUS and overturned with hysterical laughter)reading of the law to rule that DIAs possessions could be sold off. The real problem here is that DIA has been a Seriously Big Dog in Detroit for nearly 75 years, and if the restructuring plans go through, they won't be any more. At the very least, the overpaid art majors who run the place will lose, as tu1031 pointed out, "their phoney baloney jobs." And these folks will fight just as hard and viciously for their rice bowls as the union thugs.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
10/27/2013 7:21 Comments ||
Sometimes its hard to tell what city Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon are talking about on the campaign trail. Twice last week I heard the two Detroit mayoral candidates say the city has no business in bankruptcy court, doesnt need an emergency manager, shouldnt touch pensions or sell assets and doesnt need to rewrite labor contracts. It makes me wonder if candidates so detached from the reality of Detroits financial crisis can make legitimate claims to being capable of leading Detroit out of this crisis.
Workers next door at ABE Auto Service heard the shots and stopped their work Friday. "We heard pop, pop, pop, pop about five or six rounds," said Mark Mayer, a St. Clair Shores resident who works at the shop. His co-worker, Detroit resident Jerry Miller, instinctively threw himself on the ground when he heard the shots. "I grew up on the northwest side of town," he said. "It's a natural reaction."
[DAILYCALLER] First Lady Michelle Obama's Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of '85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
Toni Townes '85 is a onetime policy analyst with the General Accounting Office and previously served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa. Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman, after six years of raising kids was applauded by a Princeton alumni publication in 1998
George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal's parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.
As reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI's bid for the Obamacare account. CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the company testified this week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce that four companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain why only CGI's bid was considered.
On the government end, construction of the disastrous Healthcare.gov website was overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of longtime failed website-builder Kathleen Sebelius' Department of Health and Human Services.
Tell your 'liberal' guilt ridden friends that in a world in which slavery had been the norm for all of recorded human history, the Free States paid in blood to the tune of 250,000 white men to put the 13th Amendment on the American Constitution. That was in an American population one tenth the size of today. Ask them, in comparison, if they could comprehend something for which anyone today is willing to sacrifice two and half million just as righteous.
...slavery was, is and always shall be a very bad place, irrespective of form. That said, and, please, feel free to bash me for unintended raaaaacial undertones, had it not been for slavery, JJ and company would probably be living in one of our present-day African Edens, marveling in disbelief that here is a place in the world where clean, fresh water may be obtained at any time merely by turning a handle...
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.