“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Small businesses account for 40% of patents issued, but only 4% of federal R&D funding

Commentary -- How not to create jobs: The story of S. 493

Jonathan Pearl | Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 7:06 pm 

If the brinksmanship of the past few months is any indication, the last thing on politicians' minds is actually clearing the decks for innovative entrepreneurs to create new businesses, jobs and commerce. With more than 112,000 small employers in Wisconsin accounting for more than 52 percent of private-sector jobs and a whopping 97.9 percent of all state employers, you'd think our voice would be louder and clearer.
Yet efforts to support small business creation and job growth are too often silenced in the din of politics. The remarkable fact is that most state and federal plans intended to create jobs are woefully misdirected - biased toward producing profits for middlemen and investors rather than efficiently creating new businesses and jobs. Let me explain: If a contract goes to a startup or small company, the entire amount can be spent to create jobs and innovations. If the funds go to supplement investment in companies, investors reasonably enough expect to skim off a profit, leaving a reduced portion of funds to support jobs and innovations.
In March of this year, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu introduced a bill (S.493) years in the making and culminating from a Herculean effort to address the concerns of multiple constituencies. The bill enjoyed bipartisan support with eight co-sponsors: three Republicans and five Democrats. It was blessed by small business organizations, federal agencies, and investor outfits as an acceptable compromise. S.493 had one simple objective: to extend the SBIR and STTR programs which direct a small percentage of federal R&D spending toward small businesses and partnerships with universities.
The costs are negligible: the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates administering the program at a mere $30 million per year, to award more than $2 billion in contracts and grants to America's small businesses. In effect it is budget neutral: They are not separate line items, only a percentage of whatever funds are budgeted to federal agencies.
The program has been around since 1982, has founded or expanded some 28,000 businesses, many of which became major employers like Qualcomm with 17,500 employees. America's small businesses account for nearly 40 percent of patents issued, but receive a mere 4 percent of the federal R&D funding. For every $400k of taxpayer money, small businesses produce one patent. Universities in contrast require nearly $15 million of federal subsidies for every patent issued.
In terms of efficient use of funds, small businesses produce results!
Unfortunately, before a full vote in the Senate, at least 150 mostly unrelated amendments were proposed to S.493. In May, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tabled it. The leadership of the House Small Business Committee is supporting instead H.R. 1425, a bill that would radically change SBIR/STTR for the worse. The House version, as it stands, would in effect destroy these programs, shifting the focus from seeding innovative job-creating research into a scheme to subsidize Wall Street hedge funds, private equity and venture capital, concentrating our bets in a few mostly mature companies that have already been identified by investors as potential cash cows.
Here are a few of the changes that are proposed:
-- Current law requires a short-term, low-budget Phase I for all awardees to prove the feasibility of an innovation before a large outlay of taxpayer funds; H.R. 1425 does away with this requirement, allowing untested ideas to receive $1 million or more right from the start, reducing the number of new ideas that get tested.
-- Currently, SBIR/STTR contracts and grants are reserved for American small businesses, owned and controlled by individuals, permitting 100 percent of the funds to go directly to the company for jobs, benefits and research; H.R. 1425 does away with the small business requirements, transforming the programs into subsidies for hedge funds, private equity and venture capital.
-- Companies with fewer than 500 employees employ about 40 percent of the nation's scientists and engineers, but receive only 4 percent of federal funding; H.R. 1425 would further distort this situation, removing the opportunity for great ideas to be taken to market.
Why on Earth would we dilute a program that has created hundreds of thousands of Main Street jobs to subsidize the profits of Wall Street money managers? Why would we radically alter a cost-effective, proven job creator?
A vote on H.R. 1425 is expected Sept. 12. The House leadership must support a better bill. At the very least, they should accept the compromises already achieved in S.493. A better bill means a stronger economy for us all.
Dr. Jonathan Pearl is the president and chief scientist of Perceptral Scientific in Racine. Perceptral was founded in 2008, has received four SBIR awards amounting to nearly $970,000 from the Department of Defense to support innovative research and development of new speech and sound technologies and currently employs eight.

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  1. The GOP controls the House.

    Change is good, hopefully.

  2. .

    The Risks Associated with Outsourcing.

    Nightmareliner: Boeing’s new 787 has been cleared for take-off. But its troubles continue

    ..IT WAS tempting fate to call an ambitious new aircraft the “Dreamliner”. A combination of radical technology and a novel outsourced system of manufacture has turned the Boeing 787 into a nightmare.

    Since its launch in December 2003, delay has piled on delay. The 787’s seal of approval from the American and European aviation authorities on August 26th and its first delivery—to All Nippon Airways in late September—come more than three years behind schedule.

    Nor do the company’s woes end there: it now faces the difficult task of ramping up production and delivering 787s to impatient customers. Three dozen part-finished 787s are lying around airfields by Boeing’s Everett factory north of Seattle, with ten more inside. The original plan was to have delivered over 100 787s by the end of 2009. Instead the company will be lucky to dispatch seven by the end of this year, and it will be late 2013 before production reaches the ten planes a month needed to break into profit.

    The delays were caused by suppliers. Vought in America and Alenia in Italy delivered defective chunks of the new composite plastic fuselage. Vought struggled so much that Boeing had to buy it. There were also hitches in the supply of smaller parts such as fasteners. Delays, reworking and compensation to customers all burned cash. Inventory costs at Boeing Commercial Airplanes swelled from about $17 billion in December 2009 to more than $24 billion by December 2010...

    Dreamliner Nightmare


  3. .

    Israeli protests: 430,000 take to streets to demand social justiceUp to 300,000 take part in Tel Aviv, 50,000 in Jerusalem and 40,000 in Haifa in Israel's biggest ever demonstration

    Hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday night in Israel's biggest ever demonstration to demand social justice, a lower cost of living and a clear government response to the concerns of an increasingly squeezed middle class.

    About 430,000 people took part in marches and rallies across the country, according to police. The biggest march was in Tel Aviv, where up to 300,000 took part. There was an unprecedented 50,000-strong protest in Jerusalem, and 40,000 marched in Haifa. There were smaller protests in dozens of other towns and cities.

    It had been billed as the "march of the million" but organisers said a turnout matching the 300,000-strong demonstrations four weeks ago would be a triumph. Israel's population is 7.7 million...

    Protests in Israel


  4. Obama Looking Like Job Killer In Chief

    The sooner we regard the government as a job killer rather than a job creator, the sooner we can all get back to work

  5. .

    Secret Libyan files claim MI6 and the CIA aided human rights violations. Intelligence helped Gaddafi regime track and apprehend dissidents, according to files seized from Tripoli offices.

    Files found in Tripoli offices claim MI6 and the CIA were complicit in human rights violations by the Gaddafi regime.
    British and US intelligence agencies built up close links with Muammar Gaddafi and handed over detailed information to assist his regime, according to secret files found in Libyan government offices.

    The documents claim that MI6 supplied its counterparts in Libya with details on exiled opponents living in the UK, and chart how the CIA abducted several suspected militants before handing them over to Tripoli.

    They also contain communications between British and Libyan security officials ahead of Tony Blair's visit in 2004, and show that British officials helped write a draft speech for Gaddafi when he was being encouraged to give up his weapons programme...

    We are your friend until we're not


  6. .

    Turkey to challenge Gaza blockade at International Court of Justice

    Turkish announcement appears to rebuff attempts by UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon to end its row with Israel

    Turkey is to challenge Israel's blockade on Gaza at the International Court of Justice, amid a worsening diplomatic crisis between the once close allies.

    The announcement by Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu appears to rebuff UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon's attempt to defuse the row over Israel's armed assault on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine people were killed.

    Turkey dramatically downgraded its relations with Israel, cutting military ties with its former ally and expelling the country's ambassador over his government's refusal to apologise for the killings of eight Turkish citizens and a Turkish American last May...

    Turkey-Israel Relationship on the Skids


  7. A Palestinian state is all up side for Israel and all down side for Palestine:

    1. Israel will no longer be responsible for supplying power, gas or water to the West Bank and Gaza.

    2. They will be fully entitled to create barriers and borders to what in effect would be an enemy state.

    3. If attacked by that state then Israel would be free to retaliate without constraint.

    4. The establishment of a State of Palestine will anchor the principle of two states for two peoples.

    5. The refugee problem disappears overnight. There will no longer be refugees, because they will instantly become the wards of the State of Palestine.

  8. A hongry mon is an ongry mon.

    Them belly full but we hongry, Jah.

  9. “Netanyahu's governing coalition faces no immediate threat, but the protests have underscored the potential electoral impact of a middle class rallying under a banner of "social justice." “

    The government remains intact because, unlike Turkey, the political/military opponents of Islamization have not been arrested in mass; and, unlike Egypt, demonstrators were not beaten by paid gangs of government thugs; and, unlike Libya, mercenaries were not brought in to gang rape and kill hundreds indiscriminately; and, unlike Syria, artillery, tanks and foreign snipers were not turned against whole towns and villages.

    Nope. To date, not a single case of anything even remotely resembling the “Arab Spring” has been experienced by Israeli protestors. There have been no assaults, rapes, murders and open warfare between the government and the governed. Once again, Israel leads the way, setting a worthy example for its barbarian neighbors. Yes, Israel remains a beacon of hope to a world trapped in darkness, despite the alleged transgression of a single, obscure rabbi from Jersey.

    Nothing is great or small save by comparison – J. Swift

  10. Turkey is cutting off it's nose to spite it's face. There's billions of dollars in trade they're throwing away. The same thing is happening in Syria, when they just lost $4 billion in oil sales to Europe. The business community there is realizing it's no longer good business to support Assad Jr.

  11. Compared to the despotic, Israel is free.

    Compared to the free, Israel is despotic.

    True enough, allen.

    It is not the shining city on the hill, a beacon of Western Civilization.

    It is merely a tribal society, lost in the wilderness, still.

  12. Compared to Egypt, Israel is despotic.

    Killing over 800 civilians in the civil unrest of 2008.

    While the protests in Cairo were more comparable to Kent State than to Hama.

    The Israeli regime on par with Assad, in Syria.
    Gaza to Hama, the most apt comparison.

  13. Both of the regimes, Israeli and Syrian, claiming that they are battling Muslim extremists.

  14. The Syrians allowing civilians to flee Hama, to camps in Turkey.

    The Israeli locking the residents of Gaza into their ghetto, comparable to Warsaw of 1941, in that regard.

  15. desert rat said...

    Compared to Egypt, Israel is despotic.

    o god whahahahhaaha whoo whao hahahhaha
    whehoooy hahahahahhaha

    This is on the level of the Roman legions brought Christianity to the Americas, or printing some godamn trillion dollar platinum coins to fix shit oh hahahhahahhaaha! rathole is a complete idiot.......


  16. Truly, Risky has more brains than rat, and his brain is the size of a small marble.....


  17. Compared to Egypt, Israel is despotic

    whoA AH hHo ahalallaaalalalala]whowhwowho blahblahblah whooeywhooey whooey halahalahalahahahahahahahahha!


  18. .

    Lord, save us from the Bible thumpers.

    Theology a hot issue in 2012 GOP campaign

    The Texas governor, now a Republican presidential candidate, held a prayer rally for tens of thousands, read from the Bible, invoked Christ and broadcast the whole event on the Web.

    There was no symbolic nod to other American faiths. No rabbi or Roman Catholic priest was among the evangelical speakers. It was a rare, full-on embrace of one religious tradition in the glare of a presidential contest.

    Looks like another raucous season for religion and politics.

    It used to be simpler. Protestants were the majority, and candidates could show their piety just by attending church.

    Now, politicians are navigating a landscape in which rifts over faith and policy have become chasms. An outlook that appeals to one group enrages another. Campaigns are desperate to find language generic enough for a broad constituency that also conveys an unshakable faith.

    There is no avoiding the minefield, especially with early primaries in Iowa and South Carolina, where evangelical voters are so influential.

    Nationally, more than 70 percent of Republicans and more than half of Democrats say it's somewhat or very important that a presidential candidate have very strong religious beliefs, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.

    In 1960, John F. Kennedy could blunt Protestant fears about his Catholicism by calling his religion private. After four decades of culture wars and Christian right activism, the Kennedy strategy no longer works.

    Politicians are evaluated not only by what church they attend, but also by what their congregation teaches and what their pastor says on Sundays...

    God Made Me Do It

    There is no way I would vote for one of the guys/gals that use God as an excuse for their policies.


  19. I thought Americans believed in a "small government" and a "tiny powerless president" that stays away from "business", no?

    It seems like yesterday (only 11 years ago) that Bill Clinton and the US Congress granted China permanent normal trade relations (PNTR), which allowed China to gain entry into the WTO (World Trade Organization).

    Clinton said: "They have to lower tariffs. They open up telecommunications for investment. They allow us to sell cars made in America in China at much lower tariffs. They allow us to put our own distributorships there. They allow us to put our own parts there. We don't have to transfer technology or do joint manufacturing in China any more. This a hundred-to-nothing deal for America when it comes to the economic consequences"

    He was dead wrong.

  20. .

    Almost 2 1/2 years after losing his job as an inventory technician, all Mark Baerlin has to show for his lengthy job search are notebooks filled with information about the 343 jobs for which he applied.

    So far this year, the Dearborn resident has gotten five interviews. None of them panned out.

    In early July, Baerlin exhausted all 99 weeks of his unemployment benefits. He has been saving every penny he can, canceling doctor appointments and using as little water, lighting, air-conditioning and gasoline as possible. If the 51-year-old doesn't find a job soon, he could lose his house...

    Welcome to the world of the long-term unemployed, who face a 20% drop in earnings over the next two decades, loss of retirement savings, isolation, increased risk for depression and even reduced life expectancy...

    The GOP solution, "Let them eat cake."


  21. .

    While I blame the GOP for their latest position on education, re-training, unemployment benefits etc., I blame the other residents of OZ, Obama and the Dems, for wasting nearly three years ignoring jobs and instead wasting time on their own philosophical 'wish list'.

    They all suck.


  22. .

    Today, 27 months after the official end of the recession, long-term unemployment remains at crisis levels, with 6 million Americans out of work for more than half a year, including 235,000 in Michigan. Economists worry the problem could persist for years, turning into a silent tragedy that slows the economy, reduces tax revenues, increases disability payments and causes other negative effects...


  23. .

    "I didn't think this would happen," said Nicole Champagne, a 43-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident who has drained her savings, sold many of her possessions and been borrowing cars because she can't afford to fix the transmission on her SUV. "I'm hard-working. I'm highly educated."

    The former Realtor has not been able to find a full-time, permanent job since 2008 and was rejected for positions at a McDonald's and a gas station because she was overqualified...

    There are five applicants for each job opening in the US, yet some here still berate the unmeployed for 'living off the dole'.


  24. We are paying landowners over a Billion Dollars/Yr NOT to plant 30,000,000 Acres, and

    at the same time we're spending Over $1,000,000,000.00/Day Importing Foreign Oil.

    And, 20% of our citizens can't find a full-time job.

    This seems like a good place to start if you ask me.

  25. Oil Production in the Gulf of Mexico "Peaked" in 2007 (at 1.7 million bbl/day.)

    It's now down to 1.3 Million bbl/day.

    Production in the Gulf peaked during a time of rapidly "Rising" oil prices, and well before the Macondo Blowout, and the subsequent Obama slowdown/moratorium.

    The 3 largest fields - Tahiti, Atlantis, and Thunderhorse - are producing half of what was expected, and their yields are falling.

    The Deep Water is a lot tougher than some have led themselves to believe.

    We need to get to work on "Plan B" real damned quick.

  26. DKilling over 800 civilians in the civil unrest of 2008.

    DR re:

    Killing over 800 civilians in the civil unrest of 2008.


    In 2008, no 800 Israeli civilians were killed by the IDF.

  27. DR,

    How many Israeli civilians have been killed during the past six weeks of weekend demonstrations in Israel? ... ... ... ... ZERO

    You are not worth the time or ink. You are a closet (not really) pan-Arabist. Only other Israel bashers find your company informative.

  28. Mea Culpa, GOM Production peaked in the 3rd qtr of '09 (not 2007.) That is still long before the Macondo/moratorium/etc.

    Here's a chart of Thunderhorse, Atlantis, and Tahiti Production - also peaking in Q3, 2009.

  29. Politicians are evaluated not only by what church they attend, but also by what their congregation teaches and what their pastor says on Sundays...

    It's the old biter bit routine. If Obama is disqualified for what (former pastor) Jeremiah Wright said, then Michelle Bachmann is disqualified for the anti-Catholicism of her (former) denomination.

  30. Mea Culpa, GOM Production peaked in the 3rd qtr of '09 (not 2007.) That is still long before the Macondo/moratorium/etc.

    That was the heart of the recession. It doesn't make sense to pump all out when prices collapse.

  31. Teresita, they can't "turn on a dime" like that. It took 10 years to get Thunderhorse into production.

    It's a long, drawn-out, expensive process to get into production in the deep water. Once they've gone through all the sunk (pardon the pun) costs, they have never, ever cut back production on a producing deep water well because of price declines in the product.

  32. Those deep water wells are declining much more rapidly than they had anticipated.

    Nigeria just shut down a deep-water well that had only been in operation 7 yrs. And, it was drilled by one of the biggies (I think it was Shell.)

    An "onshore" well will dribble out a barrel/day for a century, or longer. Once a "Deep-Water" well reaches a certain point, they just cap it off, and move on. It can no longer support the massive cost of operating the platform.

  33. You've heard all that brouhaha about the Giant Deep-Water "Brazilian" Fields.

    Brazil just announced the other day that it, now, does not foresee ever being an Oil "Exporter." (Their Domestic Demand is growing faster than they will be able to develop those fields.)

  34. Gasoline prices "may" take a little dip right after Labor Day, but I don't see any way in the world that we're not going to be back in the $4.00/gal range by Christmas. (Even though we will, almost surely, be in "Negative" GDP Growth by then.)

  35. Explain to me again why the Palestinians do not have a right to form their own state.

  36. We went to war against the Serbs because they did not want the Albanians in Kosovo to have their own state. Bill Clinton and the Democrats thought that the Kosovars, overwhelmingly Islamic, should have control of their own destiny.

    I am open to all resonable arguments.

  37. I watched Palin's speech on c-span.

    You have to be kidding me.

  38. Deuce said...
    Explain to me again why the Palestinians do not have a right to form their own state.

    Sun Sep 04, 02:59:00 PM EDT

    They do. What is missing all round is the question of what land will make up the PA. According to the UN, even today's UN, that has to be determined in a peaceful manner by both the parties. To this the PA and its sundry appendages, e.g. Hamas, will not concede. Therefore, no peace, no land.

    Personally, I see merit in T's view that Israel might just come out way ahead if there was a PA. Every "bottle rocket" would be an act of war and lead to the loss of territory. Other than some modern revisionists, that is how it works both in war and in the Court.

  39. Deuce said...

    I watched Palin's speech on c-span.

    You have to be kidding me.

    On the other hand deuce you put up a speech she gave under the heading Palin Hits Her Stride which was a perfect speech.

    It wasn't a perfect speech, yesterday. In fact it was filled with cliches and mostly terrible.

    But she did say something significant, don't tax corporations, take the bite out of the dividends.

    It's easy to criticize a speech. Get up there, deuce, and you do better. With only notes, no teleprompter.

    Asleep, she is better than that what's his name fat ass from Jersey.


  40. They don't have a right to a state, because their belief system in based on perpetual war 'gainst the other.

    If not even The Most Immaculate Allen Of All can't see this point all is lost, there.


  41. The Most Immaculate Allen

    ...sorry, but I don't see how you can have degrees of perfection, much less the superlative, superlative...but, then, I am not a fan of did Vidal put it - "randy old fag"...and Vidal would know...

  42. Sorry..."Of All"...Is that in a terrestrial way or is my immaculateness universal?

    Oh, and just because my sense of sexual propriety did not derive from Hooterville, does not convey immaculateness; no, it simply means that I am not a swine.

  43. You are really good, I grant you that, at backing your way out of an impossible situation.

    But to say, like a normal human being, I was wrong, is past you, so far.


  44. Say you were wrong, shithead, I did not fuck my own daughter, nor have I ever really come down on Israel.


    The joy of my m life is watching my daughter ride her beloved horse.

    I don't know what happened to you Allen, but all of a sudden you turned on EVERYONE here.

    And we are all just human, like you.


  45. Gasoline prices "may" take a little dip right after Labor Day, but I don't see any way in the world that we're not going to be back in the $4.00/gal range by Christmas. (Even though we will, almost surely, be in "Negative" GDP Growth by then.)

    The way the dollar is collapsing, that's not so shocking.

    An interactive graphic developed by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that in inflation-adjusted terms, the price of gasoline was well over $2 per gallon through most of our history with motorized vehicles. From 1919, right through two World Wars and the Depression, through the post-War expansion right through the 1960s, the price never dipped below the $2.20 mark (in inflation-adjusted terms). Only amid a recession in 1970 did the price of gasoline fall below $2 for the first time in U.S. history. It shot back up again after the Arab oil embargo of 1973.

    In other words: Yawn.

    Move along folks, nothing to see here.

  46. The hidden cost of living

    There is a good measurement tool over at MIT that is called the Billion Prices Project (BPP). This measure seeks to get a better idea of the real nature of inflation in the economy:

    Source: MIT

    Contrary to what we are being told the cost of living is going up. You have a variety of things happening from producers chopping down ounces or repacking goods giving you less for the same price to energy costs still being high (a gallon of gas here in L.A. County is stilling running over $3.8). You also have health premiums going up all the while people have no growth in household incomes. Yet the MIT data shows year-over-year inflation is now up over 4 percent.

    Annual Inflation - MIT Billion Prices

    This figure is incredibly high when there is no added wage growth (even a 1 percent spike with no wage growth is crushing). You don’t need to be an expert here but just look at your monthly purchases to see this revealed.

    The big ticket items like housing have been falling but for most other daily goods the cost has gone up. This is why the bigger issues that will push housing lower are outside of the housing arena (i.e., jobs, healthcare, education, food etc).

  47. Well, just look and see what happens every time they get over $3.50 in "inflation adjusted" terms.

  48. Deuce said...
    Explain to me again why the Palestinians do not have a right to form their own state.

    Yes even the fake nationalistic people named by the english "palestinians" have a right to their own state.

    They do not however have a right to have their state and demand a right of return to Israel after that.

    I support the fake national goals of the children of death, let the palestinians be a state.

    Of course, I would also suggest that any and all violence they cause to israel or jews anywhere in the world is a cause for invasion and annexation. (just like every other nation in the world has)

    Jordan is also ripe for a redo, there is no real historic "jordainan" people... Most of the arabs that squat there call themselves "palestinians"....

    I want the palestinians to have their state, agreement or no agreement... However I want Israel to cut off all food, water, power, medical supplies and assistance in all forms.

    Time for the fake nationa;istic people called
    palestine to shit of get off the pot...

    It will be a hoot as ramallah burns to the ground from their own people...

    It will be funnier than hell to read about the dozens thrown from roof tops...

    Yep, let the party start..

    I got popcorn....

    I just hope every "palestinian" national that tries to invade Israel is shot and left to rot on the border fence....

  49. I really do like Sarah Palin a lot. It distressed me, greatly, to hear her disparage Solar energy.

    As much as I love everything about her, I'm afraid I may not be able to vote for her. That would make me very sad. Very sad, indeed.

  50. The moment the death cult created by the Jew hating English becomes a nation called "palestine" I hope that Israel, in it's wisdom, will immediately recognize the state and unilaterally cut out of it'sself the major arab towns, cities and villages and declare them "palestinian" can cut them off totally from the state of israel.

    I advocate not ethnic cleansing but rather liberation for the arabs that currently live inside of Israel's borders. But giving those major towns and cities that are arab to the palestinians Israel will free it's self from being in charge of any arabs....

    Now of course all those towns, cities and villages inside israel that will be liberated will be cut off the electric and water grid and will be separated by a fence or wall...

    Freedom FROM the Palestinians is just as important as the Freedom for the Palestinians.

  51. The good news is the death cult the world embraces as the nationalistic goals by the arabs that self ID as "palestinain" is beginning to have it's effects...

    From on corner of the globe to the other....

    death, jihadism, terror and more is on the way...

    if you embrace the dream of arafat?

    your society will die....

    and I will laugh

  52. A burglar broke into a home. He heard a soft voice say, "Jesus is watching you."

    Thinking it was just his imagination, he continued his search. Again, "Jesus is watching you."

    He turned around & saw a parrot in a cage. He asked the parrot if he was the one talking.

    The parrot said, "Yes."

    He asked the parrot his name, and the parrot said, "Moses."

    The burglar asked, "What kind of people would name a parrot Moses?"

    The parrot said, "The same kind of people who would name their pit bull Jesus."

  53. They do not however have a right to have their state and demand a right of return to Israel after that.

    That's exactly right. The instant Palestine becomes a state, there's no more refugees to return at all. They're "home".

  54. Another wonderful thing about the death cult called "palestine"?

    The moment they declare a state?

    Israel will annex any and all lands they can control.

    If the nation of "palestine" cannot control lands, populations or security to bad...

    Israel should state with a loud and clear voice, all previous agreements are null and void...

  55. He needed a little push before speeding backward down a makeshift slide. Once in the water, he popped his head up for one last look.


    A local television station, TV3, set up a webcam and streamed images of the bird around-the-clock. Soon, Happy Feet had a quarter-million followers.

    And, perhaps befitting of a bird from the Internet age, those followers will be able to keep track of him for a while longer. Happy Feet has been fitted with a GPS tracker, and his movements will be posted online.

  56. Sorry, that's 5 1/2 hours ago.

  57. Anonymous said...
    Say you were wrong, shithead, I did not fuck my own daughter, nor have I ever really come down on Israel.

    Once again you have proven yourself the master of understatement.

    What does "really [coming] down on Israel" have to do with your daughter?

    Here's the problem, bob: You have on occasion been a bit insane, writing things that leave observes to ponder what medication would be appropriate for what ails you.

    Given some of the folk who frequent this site, it comes as no surprise that they would prefer your company to mine. After all, everyone knows how "they" are :-). I wouldn't take too much comfort in the occasional tossed bone.

  58. What does "really [coming] down on Israel" have to do with your daughter?

    Nothing but in your twisted mind, O Allen the Immaculate, shower of condos in Atlanta.

    O how I wish you were in front of me....


  59. Huda Ben Amer, who is also called "Huda the Executioner" and is one of Moammar Khadafy's key officials, was busted this week, media reports said.


    How she's treated by the rebels will show how Libya's new regime handles retribution and the death penalty, observers say.

    Meanwhile yesterday, Khadafy and his sons remained on the run. Rebels believe that they're likely running like rats through a warren of giant underground water pipes.