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No Joke Romney was served:White Turkey Chili

econd-place president Mitt Romney grinned uneasily in the Oval Office today after joining Barack Obama for what was certain to be an awkward lunch. "Governor Romney congratulated the President for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years," says the official statement. "They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future."

While the exact details of the meeting remain private, the men dined on Southwestern grilled chicken salad and "white turkey chili," which is not a dig at the guest, even if it sounds like one, so stop giggling.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:34 AM (10 replies)

The War on Christmas takes a new turn

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:18 AM (2 replies)

Why Is The US Building A Secret $100 Million Underground Facility Outside Tel Aviv?

By Walter Pincus, Thursday, November 29, 2:38 AM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to supervise construction of a five-story underground facility for an Israel Defense Forces complex, oddly named “Site 911,” at an Israeli Air Force base near Tel Aviv.

Expected to take more than two years to build, at a cost of up to $100 million, the facility is to have classrooms on Level 1, an auditorium on Level 3, a laboratory, shock-resistant doors, protection from nonionizing radiation and very tight security. Clearances will be required for all construction workers, guards will be at the fence and barriers will separate it from the rest of the base.

Only U.S. construction firms are being allowed to bid on the contract and proposals are due Dec. 3, according to the latest Corps of Engineers notice.

Site 911 is the latest in a long history of military construction projects the United States has undertaken for the IDF under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. The 1998 Wye River Memorandum between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has led to about $500 million in U.S. construction of military facilities for the Israelis, most of them initially in an undeveloped part of the Negev Desert. It was done to ensure there were bases to which IDF forces stationed in the West Bank could be redeployed.

As recorded in the Corps’ European District magazine, called Engineering in Europe, three bases were built to support 20,000 troops, and eventually the Israeli air force moved into the same area, creating Nevatim air base. A new runway, 2.5 miles long, was built there by the Corps along with about 100 new buildings and 10 miles of roads.


Pincus also found this detailed description of the mezuzahs that will adorn every door in the facility:
These mezuzas, notes the [US Army] Corps, “shall be written in inerasable ink, on . . . uncoated leather parchment” and be handwritten by a scribe “holding a written authorization according to Jewish law.”

The writing may be “Ashkenazik or Sepharadik” but “not a mixture” and “must be uniform.”
Also, “The Mezuzahs shall be proof-read by a computer at an authorized institution for Mezuzah inspection, as well as manually proof-read for the form of the letters by a proof-reader authorized by the Chief Rabbinate.” The mezuza shall be supplied with an aluminum housing with holes so it can be connected to the door frame or opening. Finally, “All Mezuzahs for the facility shall be affixed by the Base’s Rabbi or his appointed representative and not by the contractor staff.”

Along with this request is another called 911 Phase 2.
Also in the $100 million range, Pincus finds the “complex facility with site development challenges” requiring services that include “electrical, communication, mechanical/ HVAC [heating, ventilation, air conditioning] and plumbing” requirements telling; and along with the fact that the contractor must posses a U.S. or Israeli Secret Security Clearance, he believes this phase to be a secure command center.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-us-is-building-secret-site-911-in-israel-2012-11#ixzz2DdQT7q4e

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:47 PM (40 replies)

Will the white house lunch be serving

corneille rôtie to the porc capitaliste today ?
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:23 AM (6 replies)

Bangladesh Exit doors were locked during fire..

The Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory in a Dhaka suburb was making clothes for Wal-Mart, Sears, Disney and other major global retailers. When a fire broke out over the weekend, many of the 1,400 workers were trapped inside the eight-story building because exit doors were locked. A fire official said the death toll would have been much lower if the factory had had an emergency exit.

Police said they were interrogating three factory managers on possible negligence charges. Workers said as they tried to escape the fire they found exit doors were locked.


Sears and Disney had their products sewn there.
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:22 AM (11 replies)

Climate Agrees To Stop Changing Until US Economy Recovers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Obama reached an unprecedented agreement with the earth’s climate to halt global warming until the US economy reaches 4% annual growth.

The news was cheered throughout the world, as economists shook hands with rapidly receding shorelines worldwide.

“We are delighted to hear that the climate has finally listened to reason,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “Now we can focus on what’s really important: raising upper class tax rates from 35% to 39%.”

The agreement, which halts everything from extreme weather events to vanishing island nations, is the first such accord between a sitting president and atmospheric temperature levels.

Not all in Washington cheered the accord - House Republicans bashed the treaty in a press conference.

“We don’t believe in negotiating with phenomena we don’t believe exists,” said House Speaker John Boehner. “However, even if it did exist, there’s no way we’d support regulating it. What if it’s a job creator?”

Climate scientists throughout the world had a far more positive reaction to the news.

“Finally, we can stop telling people that if they didn’t change, their grandchildren would live on a cinder,” remarked John Greggs of the National Weather Service.

“Now, thankfully, those cinder dwelling grandkids will have jobs.”

“We get it,” said the arctic ice shelf, as it repaired millions of cracks that were previously releasing deadly methane gas. “Nobody could have predicted the financial crisis. People need a break. We’ll knock it off until unemployment is back at Clinton-era levels.”

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:30 AM (4 replies)

“It is a fact that Christianity is not a religion

On his show Wednesday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly accused American Atheists president David Silverman of being a “fascists” who wanted to banish Christmas from the United States.

During the contentious interview, O’Reilly insisted that Christmas displays in public buildings were not a constitutional issue because Christianity is not a religion.

“It is a fact that Christianity is not a religion, it is a philosophy,” the Fox News host declared confidently. “If the government was saying that the Methodist religion deserves a special place in the public square, I would be on your side.”

Silverman said he would be just as upset if a public figure promoted atheism.

“Jesus Christ,” O’Reilly said, then apologized. He added that Christmas trees had nothing to do with Christianity and were a secular symbol.

Silverman responded that he was not against Christmas celebrations per se, he was only against the government favoring Christianity over other religions.

O’Reilly said Silverman’s views were “insane” and that he should get his “merry band of fascists” together to “re-vote” on Christmas being a federal holiday. After Silverman objected to being called a fascist, O’Reilly again reiterated the point by saying he was a fascist because he wanted to banish Christmas.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 29, 2012, 05:10 AM (7 replies)

Faux News has a new lead on Benghazi

Happy Thanksgiving

At the your dinner you can discuss this

for fun conversation with your right wing relatives.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:15 AM (0 replies)

Many are happy to have a job

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:23 AM (1 replies)

Wally world greeter gone wild

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:21 AM (12 replies)
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