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Friday Link Wrap-up, (Really) Late Edition

In addition to the doctor shortage the US is going to have when us Baby-Boomers hit retirement, Obamacare is going to make the problem even worse, based on current trends, how socialized medicine "works" elsewhere, and the government’s own numbers.

In 2005, when the press was enamored with Cindy Sheehan, Chris Matthews suggested she run for Congress. Yeah, how about now? Cue the crickets chirping.

Seal Team Six was an evil, secret, assassination squad manipulated by Dick Cheney. At least, that’s what it was when a Republican was President. Today, under a Democrat, they’re heroes, and not associated with Obama or Biden in the slightest. What a difference a "D" makes.

And speaking of contrasts, we have Nancy Pelosi on bin Laden, then and now.

Michael Barone notes that, to get bin Laden, Obama relied on policies he decried.

You know that kids that had George W. Bush in their classroom on 9/11? This is a good TIME magazine article on what they were thinking at the time when Bush was given the news, and what their reaction is now.

Over half of the country pays no income tax. But "the rich" still don’t pay "their fair share", eh?

While the bin Laden story stole the front page, the Conservatives in Canada won historic victories. Later, the Liberal Democrats in England suffered their worst losses in 30 years.

The conventional wisdom on salt intake may not be right after all.

Civility Watch: "So when does Seal Unit 6, or whatever it’s called, drop in on George Bush?"

"Democrats blame Bush for high gas prices"? No, not now; back in 2006. And in 2008, Nancy Pelosi blamed the "oil men" in the White House. They’re much quieter now.

A reform to watch: Indiana lawmakers OK broadest voucher plan in US.

It’s so very sci-fi-sounding, but some physicists believe that something from emanating from the sun is now causing radioactive decay to occur faster.

Worst of all, if the decay rates of matter are being mutated then all matter on Earth is being affected including the matter that makes up life.

The mutation may go so far as to change the underlying reality of the quantum universe—and by extrapolation-the nature of life, the principles of physics, perhaps even the uniform flow of time.

In fact, some evidence of time dilation has been gleaned from close observation of the decay rate. If particles interacting with the matter are not the cause—and matter is being affected by a new force of nature-then time itself may be speeding up and there’s no way to stop it.

And finally, a history lesson from Tom McMahon. (Click for the blog entry.)

My One and Only "Birther" Post

James Taranto had a great take-down of all the Obama "birther" brouhaha (is Obama a "natural-born citizen for purposes of running for President) in his "Best of the Web Today" column yesterday.  For those who don’t get his e-mail every day (and you should get it; very highly recommended), here’s a link to the article.  Taranto really does his homework when opining on a subject, and this is no different. 

Art Has Gone to the Dogs

No, that’s not just a tired cliche, either.

The owner of a fledgling dog-training academy in Salisbury has come up with a bizarre money-raising scheme.

Mary Stadelbacher figured that if she could teach dogs to become service animals for the disabled, why couldn’t she teach them to hold a paintbrush and swab a piece of art? Two years later, the owner of Shore Service Dogs has a collection of abstract paintings created by her three service dogs in training. Twenty of the works are being shown this month at a gallery at Salisbury University.

The doggie DaVincis also have a line of greeting cards that has sold out as word spreads about the unusual works of art. One of the original works has sold for 350 dollars.

No, sorry, it’s not “abstract art”, it’s random art. It’s just a matter of time until someone claims that the dogs are supposedly saying something with their art, likely having to do with climate change or nuclear war.

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Peace For Me, But Not For Thee

Who wishes she had a time machine so she could go back and kill George W. Bush as a child? Why, the “peace” mom, of course! Tammy Bruce ponders, if Cindy Sheehan was going to go back in time and kill someone, why she wouldn’t choose another target.

Oddly, she focuses on the infant Bush, as opposed to, let’s say, bin Laden when he was a playboy making the rounds of American nightclubs. That would have stopped all of this from happening, including the need to invade Iraq. But it seems stopping 9/11 isn’t much on the top of our Time Traveler Mom’s list.

Yup, Bush is the real terrorist in the mind of the 21st century peaceniks. If he wasn’t alive, 9/11 would’ve never happened.

Yeah. Right. Peace, dude.

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If Leading Scientists Say It…

it must be true.

The 9/11 terrorist attack on America which left almost 3,000 people dead was an “inside job”, according to a group of leading academics.

Around 75 top professors and leading scientists believe the attacks were puppeteered by war mongers in the White House to justify the invasion and the occupation of oil-rich Arab countries.

And of course, they blame the dreaded Neo-Cons(tm)!

They believe a group of US neo-conservatives called the Project for a New American Century, set on US world dominance, orchestrated the 9/11 attacks as an excuse to hit Iraq, Afghanistan and later Iran.

The group says scientific evidence over the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon is conclusive proof.

And Popular Mechanics has already disproven these “proofs”. These are scientists and academics, the very folks who are supposed to be more dispassionate than the rest of us in their review and debate of the facts. But as it turns out, they differ little from any of us who have our core beliefs tested.

But University of Wisconsin assistant professor, Kevin Barrett, said experts are unwilling to believe theories which don’t fit into their belief systems.

This could just as easily apply to the man-made global warming debate as to nutty 9/11 conspiracy theories. Politics is trumping science and learning.

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