It seems Vladimir Putin forgot that Obama has “restored America’s standing in the world”

Remember when Obama declared that he has “restored America’s standing in the world?”

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It seems Vladimir Putin has forgotten this little tidbit…

DRUDGE REPORT 2014 putin calls obama pranksterAnd before you say “there goes Matt Drudge again” here’s the pertinent quote from ABC News:

MOSCOW – Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanction against him today asking “Comrade @BarackObama” if “some prankster” came up with the list.

I thought Obama & co. threatened “full-scale” sanctions. If these are “full-scale” what would regular sanctions would look like; billions of dollars in foreign aid subsidies?

Funny Video: How It’s Unmade- The Oreo

You’ve seen the hypnotic “How It’s Made” t.v. show. But, have you seen its companion  show “How It’s Unmade?” Here’s a clip of the show demonstrating how Oreo Cookies are unmade and raw materials extracted:

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Very clever…

Remember when eco-loons told us snowfalls are now a thing of the past?

Way back during the global warming scam heyday, remember how they told us that snowfall is a thing of the past. Via UK Independent (March, 2000):

Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.

However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

Fast forward fourteen years to the winter of 2014; a.k.a. the winter that never ends:

Wednesday’s snow dropped the expected 5 to 8 inches of snow across our area.

There were a few isolated spots that got a little more, but the overall average across Metro Detroit was in the 5 to 8-inch range.

Most importantly — for those of you who are closely following these record — is that we got an official total of 6.5 inches at Detroit Metro Airport. That set a new March 12 daily snowfall record — the old record of 2.4 inches was set in 1984. AND, this now gives us 90.6 inches total for the season, only 3.0 inches shy of the 134-year-old record of 93.6 inches set in 1880-81. Could we break the record next week?

Not only is it really snowy, it’s going to be downright cold tonight.

milford temps

Personally, I’ve had it with winter, snow and freezing cold…

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Bring on the summertime blues!

Power of the Individual: Drummer Loses Hand in Freak Accident Creates Drumming Prosthetic (video)

This is awesome:

Two years ago, as he was cleaning an air vent hood at work, Jason Barnes was struck by a freak jolt of electricity. The accident wasn’t fatal, but he did end up losing part of his right arm. An aspiring drummer, Barnes was thunderstruck. He refused to give up, cobbling together his own make-shift drumming hand out of a brace and some springs.

The hand didn’t work perfectly, but through perseverance Barnes was able to secure himself acceptance to the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Little did Barnes know at the time, but his life was about to change for the better. He was about to become super-human.

At the institute, Barnes and his makeshift hand got drumming instructor Eric Sanders thinking. Sanders knew of a man who could remake Barnes hand. He could make it better, faster. Gil Weinberg, at Georgia Tech, was in the business of building robot drummers, but Barnes would be his first cyborg.

Amazing what perseverance and the entrepreneurial spirit is able to achieve.

Here’s a video of the new cyborg drummer in action:

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Our cyborg drummer sounds pretty darn good.

Doesn’t anyone remember the ending of 2010: The Year We Make Contact?

NASA is planning to have mission to one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa ready in 2025:

For a little while now, NASA has been hinting at the idea of sending a craft to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. The theory is that this little frozen sphere could harbor life below its crust, but proving that will cost NASA in both dollars and lost sleep. To build a spacecraft capable of surviving the radiation and massive gravitational forces Jupiter hurls into its environs, NASA will have to put in quite a few extra hours.

The idea is to have a mission to Europa ready by 2025, one year after humanity reaches Mars.

Doesn’t anyone remember HAL’s admonition to stay away from Europa at the end of 2010: The year we make contact?

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Fed willing to “trade” a little additional inflation for a reduction in unemployment

You know how this is going to end. Badly:

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans said Friday the central bank should be willing to allow inflation to go over its 2% target if that will help the economy get back on track more quickly.

“We need to repeatedly state clearly that our 2% objective is not a ceiling for inflation,” Mr. Evans said in the text of a speech.

“A slow glide toward our goals from large imbalances risks being stymied along the way and is more likely to fail if adverse shocks hit beforehand,” the policymaker told an audience at a conference in New York held by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “The surest and quickest way to get to the objective is to be willing to overshoot in a manageable fashion.”

A willingness to go over the Fed’s 2% inflation target is to some degree already included in the Fed’s regime on monetary policy making. The central bank currently holds that it will not consider raising rates as long as the jobless rate is above 6.5%, so long as expected inflation does not go above 2.5%. Officials have made it clear they want inflation on target but, even so, this guidance suggests the Fed is willing to trade a little bit of above-target inflation to get unemployment down more quickly.

A better plan is to take our medicine now, right Miton?

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Of course we won’t take our medicine now, it’s an election year.

Democrat John Dingell: It will take a while for ObamaCare to “control the people”

Watching guys like John Dingell, who’ve spent way too much time siphoning money from our economy and passing laws and edicts while not contributing a single nickle worth of economic growth, is galling.

What’s almost as irksome, is the fawning press coverage of Dingell’s retirement. Why isn’t the media, particularity the local media playing this clip where Democrat Dingell let’s his true colors show on a local morning radio show here in Detroit?

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Yep, the progressive Democrat dream according to John Dingell is to “controlling the people.”

Funny Harold Ramis Video Clips

Harold Ramis passed away today:

For more than 40 years, Ramis was a leading figure in comedy. A veteran of the Second City troupe in his hometown of Chicago, he was a writer for “SCTV” and wrote or co-wrote the scripts for “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978), “Caddyshack” (1980), “Stripes” (1981), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Groundhog Day” (1993) and “Analyze This” (1999).

The films often featured members of his generation of comedy talents — veterans of the National Lampoon’s recordings, “Saturday Night Live” and “Second City TV” — most notably Ramis’ old comedy colleague and fellow Chicagoan Bill Murray.

“Harold Ramis and I together did ‘The National Lampoon Show’ off-Broadway, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day.’ He earned his keep on this planet,” said Murray in a statement. “God bless him.”

He wrote some of my favorite comedies from back in the day including Stripes:

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And Ghostbusters:

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Sad news…