Archive for December 14th, 2009

Graphics issues force Apple to delay iMac orders, resellers report

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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KMBC — SpaghettiOs To Get Less Salt; Campbell Soup Wants Healthier Food For Kids

Monday, December 14th, 2009

CAMDEN, N.J. – Campbell Soup Co. said Monday that it will cut the amount of sodium in its SpaghettiOs canned pastas by up to 35 percent, as food makers increasingly try to make healthier products for children.

Computer World — Google releases experimental phone to employees

Monday, December 14th, 2009

In a blog post on Saturday morning, Google said the phones are being distributed so that workers can experiment with new mobile features. It did not say the device will be a Google-branded phone.

But in a Twitter message earlier, a Google employee who said she has the phone referred to it as a “Google phone,” fuelling the latest speculation.

KMBC — Hundreds Attend Free Health Clinic In KC; Medical Clinic For Uninsured Held At Bartle Hall

Monday, December 14th, 2009

“Our patients coming here today are uninsured, recently out of a job, or working and have no health insurance, no doctor and no place to go,” said Nicole Lamoureax, executive director of the National Association of Free Clinics.

AP — Study Shows Pot More Popular Among Teenagers; Federal Study Says Fewer Teens Use Methamphetamine Or Binge Drink

Monday, December 14th, 2009

More teens also are getting high on prescription pain pills and attention-deficit drugs, according to eighth, 10th and 12th graders surveyed by the University of Michigan for the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

City of Olathe — Animal Control Taking Positive Steps

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Animal Control Taking Positive Steps
Released 12/14/09

The Olathe Animal Shelter continues feeling pressure, not only from budget challenges, but also from space constraints. The current shelter located behind the public safety building was constructed to serve a population a fraction of what it is today, and space needs are at a premium. Largely due to that space shortage, closing the shelter and contracting with Animal Haven in Merriam, Kansas was considered. (more…)

Newsmax — Inhofe: Obama Cannot Make Climate Deal

Monday, December 14th, 2009

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama is heading to the Copenhagen climate talks with empty promises on curbing US greenhouse gas emissions that he cannot fulfill, a top lawmaker said Sunday.

“He doesn’t have that power to do that. And people in other countries don’t realize that,” Republican Senator James Inhofe, a leading critic of global warming legislation, told Fox News Sunday.

Glenn Beck — Glenn apologizes…sort of

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Glenn apologizes…sort of Tiger Woods isn’t the only one with a scandal on his hands, Glenn has one too. Yes, Glenn has been caught talking about one of his radio sponsors! The horrors!  We know the nitwits on the left are desperate to convict Glenn of something, anything–and this is apparently the best they have. The charge?  Glenn actually believes in a product and company he talks about.  And he says that company is a sponsor every day.  Some would call this honesty in advertising…but not the left.  (Judging by their ratings, perhaps they’re not familiar with the concept of advertising at all.)  Should Glenn only talk about companies and products that he doesn’t believe in?  We’re not sure. So, just for the morons out there complaining about Glenn and Gold, here is his ‘apology’ in the latest Beck Talks video blog.  WATCH

Newsmax — Lieberman: I Did Not Flip-flop on Medicare

Monday, December 14th, 2009

“Contrary to the claims of anonymous aides, Senator Lieberman told (Majority Leader Harry) Reid on Friday that he had problems with the Medicare provision,” said Marshall Wittman, a spokesman for the Connecticut Independent.

AP — Obama Pushes New Agency On Bank Execs

Monday, December 14th, 2009

An hour-long meeting between the president and the nation’s top financial firms was shaping up to be a tense White House encounter on Monday, not least because of Obama’s description of bankers on the eve of the talks as “fat cats.”

AP — Blu-Ray Tries To Boost Sales With Combo Sets; Customers Hesitant To Buy Blu-Ray Discs

Monday, December 14th, 2009

LOS ANGELES — Although prices for some Blu-ray players dropped below $100 this holiday season, customers are hesitating to jump into the next-generation video format. Even people who already own Blu-ray players are still buying movies on DVDs.

AP — British Airways Faces Christmas Stike

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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Adobe Flash’s security woes: How to protect yourself

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Adobe’s Flash Player software is on 99 percent of Internet-connected desktops, offering up multimedia and video capabilities on a multitude of popular Web sites such as YouTube. But the Adobe Flash platform has been beset by a rash of security problems that give intruders potential access to computers running the software.

Computer World — FBI: Rogue antivirus scammers have made $150M

Monday, December 14th, 2009

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center issued a warning over this fake antivirus software Friday, saying that Web surfers should be wary of sudden pop-up windows that report security problems on their computers.

Larry Summers: Recession Is Over Because Everybody Agrees — Reason’s Tim Cavanaugh

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Leave it to Larry Summers to insert his carcass between me and the object of my desire. Here is the director of President Obama’s National Economic Council declaring the end of the affair to George Stephanopolous:

During my “This Week” interview, Summers said that “everybody agrees that the recession is over,” but he did not say when the unemployment rate could be expected to drop further.

Club for Growth — Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus

Monday, December 14th, 2009

The final tally was 57-35. Republicans Thad Cochran, Olympia Snowe, and Richard Shelby voted YES with most Democrats. Evan Bayh, Russ Feingold, and Claire McCaskill voted NO with the GOP.

Politico — Health bill sparks nanny state debate

Monday, December 14th, 2009

“The federal government is never going to encourage personal responsibility and never has,” the South Carolina Republican said. “Personal responsibility is a good principle – but not the government doing it.”

In a document circulating in the hopes of defeating the measure – and the health care bill in general – aides to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) say: “The federal government, which is now $12 trillion in debt and riddled with hundreds of billions of dollars of waste, management, duplication and ineffective programs, has little credibility educating Americans about financial responsibility.”

WSJ on Whole Foods Republicans: The GOP needs to enlist voters who embrace a progressive lifestyle but not progressive politics

Monday, December 14th, 2009

The Republican Party is resurgent-or so goes the conventional wisdom. With its gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey, an energized “tea party” base, and an administration overreaching on health care, climate change and spending, 2010 could shape up to be 1994 all over again.

Forbes — Protectionism intensified in 2009

Monday, December 14th, 2009

GENEVA, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Protectionist pressures have not relented despite signs of economic recovery in many countries in the second half of this year, a trade study said on Monday.

Tea Party Down Under — Weekly Standard on Australia

Monday, December 14th, 2009

It turns out that insurgent, populist Conservatives are scoring victories Down Under as well as in America — and Tea Partiers and Palinistas here in the States would do well to watch conservative Aussie leader Tony Abbott very closely.

Abbott became leader of the right-wing Liberal party two weeks ago after the party’s parliamentary representatives turfed ex-leader Malcolm Turnbull in the wake of Climategate. Turnbull had announced that the party would support Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s cap-and-trade legislation, causing a rebellion in his caucus, and he was tossed in favor of Abbott — a right winger and climate change skeptic.