Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Canadian photographer on a diving trip found a camera at the bottom of Deep Bay in Vancouver. Lost by an unknown person, the memory card still had photos preserved, despite being in the water for more than a year (the camera was toast, of course). Using social media (Google Plus; he mentioned that he only got one “Like” on Facebook), Markus Thompson was able to identify the owner in less than 24 hours. The world has really gotten small.

Photo by Markus Thompson

Markus Thompson, a self-proclaimed naturalist and aspiring photographer, was scuba diving in Deep Bay in Vancouver when he found the camera. Amazingly, it had been under water for more than a year but about 50 photos were recovered from the DSLR memory card. That’s when Thompson took to the vast social network. Tecca has more:

“Approximately 50 pictures on the card from a family vacation. If you know a fire fighter from British Columbia whose team won the Pacific Regional Firefit competition, has a lovely wife and (now) 2 year old daughter — let me know. I would love to get them their vacation photos,” he posted.

Guess how long it took before Thompson had found a match:

The social network’s hive mind went to work and in less than 24 hours Thompson received a message stating “I know exactly who the camera belongs to!” The owner, a firefighter from British Columbia, was identified through photos on the card that showed him at the Pacific Regional Firefit competition.

Read the rest at The Blaze


But then, when does proof have anything to do with it? The Obama-protecting state-run media has nearly accomplished its mission: with all the as-yet unproven allegations of sexual harrassment piling up, it looks like Herman Cain’s campaign may be relegated to the scrapheap of presidential primary history.  Stacy McCain has a piece about the business partner of Cain’s latest accuser, and how her background is as sketchy as Cain’s previous accusers:

Ginger White business partner Kimberly Vay

Despite all of the obituaries for the Cain campaign, then, what do we know about the three accusers whose names are public?

  • Sharon Bialek twice filed for bankruptcy and the suggestion that she was financial stable because she lived with a wealthy fiancé proved false: He’s unemployed and on the verge of bankruptcy himself and — oh, by the way — he’s not actually her fiancé anymore. Also, Bill Kurtis said Bialek had a “history,” whatever that means.
  • Karen Kraushaar filed a “frivolous” complaint against her next employer after getting paid “go away” money by the National Restaurant Association.
  • Ginger White, an unemployed twice-divorced single mom who is nine months behind on her rent and made libelous accusations of racism and drug abuse against her ex-business partner.

Everybody keeps saying there’s an awful lot of smoke for there to be no fire, but each of these women has something in her background that tends to taint her credibility. A month into this, and we have no actual proof that Cain did anything wrong.

You need to go over to The Other McCain, if only to access the link to pics of Ginger White’s former business partner Kimberly Vay (pictured above).

Something smells fishy here in River City. The local Tea Party organization complained to Mayor Dwight Jones about having to pay fees for permits and services for three rallies held in downtown Richmond,  while the local Occutards occupied the same space without filing for permits, or paying for services of any kind. The Tea Partiers figured the city owed them $8500, or the Occupests should get a bill (only, to whom would it be sent?). Guess what? Instead of getting a meeting with the Mayor -like the Occutards got- the Tea Party got a notice that they are being audited by the city. Surprise! Don’t mess with the lefty political machine.

Two weeks after the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones for costs incurred for previous rallies, we received a letter from the City of Richmond formally stating that the city is auditing our Tea Party. Coincidence? This audit is an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass us for standing up against the unfair treatment and discrimination against our Tea Party.

First some back story: as reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.

The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. “Jones said that as a ‘child of civil rights’ and protests, he had allowed the group to remain in the park but understands his mayoral responsibility to uphold laws of the city,” reported the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Apparently his mayoral duties included preferential treatment for a group he sympathizes with ideologically at the expense of the taxpayers.

The blog Virginia Right reported that the city provided services such as portable toilets, trash pickup, etc. The incomplete invoices obtained from the city totaled $7,000. This was only a portion of the actual costs to taxpayers because the costs of police, helicopter and incarcerations were not included. Also not accounted for was the 24-hour police protection of the Mayor’s home after the Occupiers moved their camp next door to the Mayor’s house. The Richmond Tea Party, conversely, paid for all services for our rallies, including the police, portable toilets, park fees and permits, amounting to approximately $8,500.

Our actions apparently struck a nerve. Our invoice to the Mayor was covered by hundreds of news outlets, including the AP, Richmond Times Dispatch, Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Post. On October 31, I appeared on Fox Business, Neil Cavuto’s show, and was interviewed about our actions. Reportedly, at least two Richmond City Council members agreed with our plight. “I guess we’ll be writing a check to the Tea Party people,” said Councilman Bruce W. Tyler, as quoted in the Richmond Times Dispatch. “You can’t treat one group different from the other. It’s unfair.”

It is unfair for the Tea Party to be required to go through all the hoops to hold a lawful demonstration, while the Occutards get off scott-free.

Read the rest: Richmond City Audits Local Tea Party After Standoff with Mayor | Politics and Economics Right Side News.

I like taking photographs with my DSLR, but I’m often befuddled by the relationship between aperture, film speed, and shutter speed. Frequently, I’ll miss out on a good shot because I forgot to set one of those correctly before snapping. I found a cool tool on the web that lets you practice taking shots by adjusting the various settings, and seeing exactly how the camera would respond to those settings.  Try it out at CameraSim.


Why? Because the next president will likely make a couple of appointments to the Supreme Court. If (zero)bama holds onto the office, he will likely appoint more justices like radical lefty Elena Kagan, and the Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms will be in danger. If that happens, your right to defend yourself, your family, and your property will be seriously compromised.

Chris Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, writes today in the Daily Caller about a speech Moochelle Obama gave recently at a fundraiser:

“We stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. You’re here because you know that in just 13 months, we’re going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come … let’s not forget what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices … let’s not forget the impact that their decisions will have on our lives for decades to come.”

This was music to the ears of the small, affluent crowd of admirers who cheered and applauded. But to gun owners, Michelle Obama’s remarks should sound like a warning bell, alerting us to the danger ahead should Barack Obama win re-election and get the opportunity to alter the current make-up of the Supreme Court.

When Americans flock to the polls in 13 months, we will not simply decide which direction our country should take over the next four years. Rather, we will decide whether or not our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms will survive over the next several decades.

Currently, the Second Amendment clings to a 5-4 pro-freedom majority on the Supreme Court. Just one vote is all that stands between the America our Founding Fathers established and a radically different America that Barack Obama and his supporters envision.

If you want to read something scary, take another look at the minority opinions in the Supreme Court’s landmark Heller and McDonald decisions that struck down Washington, D.C.’s and Chicago’s unconstitutional gun bans. In the Heller dissent, four justices concluded that the Second Amendment does not guarantee an individual right to own a firearm, nor does it protect our right to defend ourselves, our families, or our property. In McDonald, the same four justices argued that the 5-4 Heller decision should be reversed.

via Michelle Obama | Second Amendment | Michelle Obama’s warning to gun owners | The Daily Caller.