Saturday, March 15, 2014

U.S. Relinquishes Control of Internet

***What could possibly go wrong?

U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.
Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.
The change would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit group. That contract is set to expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not complete.
“We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan,” Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, said in a statement.

The stupidity of this administration knows no bounds.

***Nixon vs. Obama: Who Deserves Impeachment More? That's an easy one.

Still, you would have to be an unusually obtuse observer not to notice that the grounds for removing Obama from office are stronger than the grounds that were deemed sufficient to impeach Richard Nixon. The president’s most fundamental constitutional duty is to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” but Obama has not even pretended to execute the laws faithfully. Rather, he enforces the ones of which he approves, and declines to execute the law whenever it is politically convenient for him to do so. Further, Obama’s coverups of various scandals–Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the IRS are probably the best known, but by no means the only ones–are at least as brazen as Nixon’s coverup of Watergate, and much more successful.

***More bad news regarding the missing plane from Malaysia. This is sounding worse and worse.

Investigators Friday focused on possible sabotage of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet, with data indicating the plane made erratic changes in altitude and course — and that manual changes attempted to mask the jet's location, reports said.

"Increasingly, it seems to be heading into the criminal arena," Richard Healing, a former member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, told the Wall Street Journal.

The latest bits of information from the probe "indicate the emphasis is on determining if a hijacker or crew member diverted the plane," he said.

A U.S. official told the Associated Press investigators are now examining whether the baffling disappearance may have been ‘‘an act of piracy.’’
What those people on board, and their families, must be going through. They certainly need our prayers.


Martin and his wife Debbie walk into a dentist's office.  Martin says to the dentist, "Doc, I'm in one heck of a hurry I have three buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to play golf, so forget about the anaesthetic, I don't have time for the gums to get numb. I just want you to pull the tooth, and be done with it! Today is Friday and we have a 10:00 AM tee time at the best golf course in town and it's 9:15 already... ".
The dentist thought to himself, "My goodness, this is surely a very brave man asking to have a tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain." So the dentist asks Martin, "Which tooth is it sir?"
Martin turned to his wife and said, "Open your mouth and show him dear......."

***Justice Scalia: Constitution is not a living organism." It is to liberals. They don't like it the way it is, obviously.

During a speech in Atlanta Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Friday defended interpreting the Constitution as it was originally written and intended.
Scalia delivered a speech titled "Interpreting the Constitution: A View From the High Court," as part of a constitutional symposium hosted by the State Bar of Georgia. Originalism and trying to figure out precisely what the ratified document means is the only option, otherwise you're just telling judges to govern, Scalia argued.
"The Constitution is not a living organism," he said. "It's a legal document, and it says what it says and doesn't say what it doesn't say."

***I'm certainly no snake lover, but these really are beautiful!

***Easy ways to shave 500 calories.

• Swap a cup or two of 2 percent milk for unsweetened almond milk. Cup for cup, you'll save about 100 calories. If your daily latte is 16 ounces, that can translate to 200 fewer calories.
• Choose a pre-portioned ounce of dark chocolate (150 calories) versus one cup of chocolate ice cream  (280-300 calories) when you need a sweet treat. (Need a little chocolate in your life but don't want the calories that come with it? Check out our Flat Belly Diet Chocolate Desserts.)
• Skip the  8 ounces of lemonade (100 calories) and use lemon and a little liquid stevia (0 calories) in your iced tea instead of an Arnold Palmer.

More at the link.

***Five foods that have more sugar than a candy bar. Some surprises here - one is a Power Bar! I eat Pure Protein bars - lots of protein, little sugar, and they taste good. Most protein bars are ... YUK.

***Cute! He looks like a marshmallow.

***We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it. ~~ Roald Dahl, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

***Have a great day!


  1. I have always loved snakes, and even had a Boa as a pet once, so maybe I am a little unusual. But at least I can proudly state I never voted for one in a presidential election. Unfortunately, many Americans cannot make the same claim.

  2. I did - my very first vote when I was 18 was for Jimmy Carter. I wised up after that.