May 16th, 2012
Tim Tebow is definitely down with Jesus ... but he ain't down with "MY Jesus" t-shirts -- and he's threatening legal action because he says a website is illegally using his name to sell the merchandise.
TMZ obtained the cease and desist letter Tebow's attorneys sent to cubbytees.com last month -- in which they claim "The Merchandise makes it appear as if Mr. Tebow actually endorses Cubby Tees and its products."
Interestingly, the tee shirts in question do not use Tebow's image or name -- but instead spell out "MY Jesus" using the colors and font of his new team ... the NY Jets. In fact, the website clearly states, "This fun design is not officially endorsed by New York's backup quarterback or the Son of God, but plays off the themes of Tebow's faith and his new team."
Still, Tebow's attorneys are demanding the site stop "any use of Mr. Tebow's name and/or likeness" -- and according to Cubby Tees, Tebow already successfully petitioned eBay to remove the tees.
The shirt makers tell TMZ they aren't backing down, and actually sent a response to team Tebow ... saying the design "shares nothing with Mr. Tebow except for promotion of a common Lord and Savior." The shirts are still for sale.
Props to terezowens.com for the heads-up on the holy war.
May 16th, 2012
BBC News / Technology
Google has revamped its search engine in an attempt to offer instant answers to search questions.
A new function, the Knowledge Graph, will make the site's algorithms act "more human", the site said in a blog post.
The feature will at first be available to US-based users, but will be rolled out globally in due course.
It follows similar efforts by rival Bing to provide added search content beyond the typical list of links.
Microsoft's search engine launched its "snapshot" column last week as part of a wider site redesign.
Google's senior vice president of engineering Amit Singhal explained that, until now, the search engine was only able match keywords, rather than understand context.
Mr Singhal said the words "Taj Mahal" could mean different things to different people.
"You might think of one of the world's most beautiful monuments, or a Grammy Award-winning musician, or possibly even a casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Or, depending on when you last ate, the nearest Indian restaurant," he said.
Google said the Knowledge Graph has been programmed to use around 3.5 billion different attributes to organise results meaning it can now group results according to those various alternative interpretations.
For some searches, such as on prominent people, Google will automatically pull up a summary box with key information on that topic.
The next step, Mr Singhal said, is to look at how the site can answer more complex questions, such as "What are the 10 deepest lakes in Africa?"
In doing so the search engine would need to draw on multiple sources and factor in many different criteria.
This kind of computational, intelligent search is currently pioneered by the likes of Wolfram Alpha - a site which gathers verified data, such as from the World Health Organization, to provide statistical results.
It has long been a technological goal to produce search engines that could react entirely naturally to human-like queries.
One such effort includes the somewhat iconic search engine Ask Jeeves, where users can ask a stereotypically English butler for help.
May 16th, 2012
The Washington Times / By Stephen Dinan
President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it.
Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year.
Republicans forced the vote by offering the president's plan on the Senate floor.
Democrats disputed that it was actually the president's plan, arguing that the slim amendment didn't actually match Mr. Obama's budget document, which ran thousands of pages. But Republicans said they used all of the president's numbers in the proposal, so it faithfully represented his plan.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, even challenged Democrats to point out any errors in the numbers and he would correct them — a challenge no Democrats took up.
"A stunning development for the president of the United States in his fourth year in office," Mr. Sessions said of the unanimous opposition.
The White House has held its proposal out as a "balanced approach" to beginning to rein in deficits. It calls for tax increases to begin to offset higher spending, and would begin to level off debt as a percentage of the economy by 2022. It would produce $6.4 trillion in new deficits over that time.
By contrast the chief Republican alternative from the House GOP would notch just $3.1 trillion in deficits, and three Senate Republican alternatives would all come in below $2 trillion.
The Senate is holding votes Wednesday on Mr. Obama's budget, the House GOP's budget and the three Senate Republican alternatives. None was expected to gain the 50 votes needed to pass the chamber.
May 16th, 2012
Conservative Refocus Notes: Glenn Beck just a day or two ago, aired a video which rehashes much that is in this article titled "Lies from Obama's Past." If you havn't seen it, I would urge you to take a look....this article has zoomed off the chart in recent days....
By Barry Secrest
So, why did the Associated Press, back on June 27th, 2004, trumpet the fact that a Kenyan-born American named Barack Obama was now being elevated as a US Senator in the East African Sunday Standard newspaper, and is this article actually legitimate?
Indeed, it is, as a matter of fact. When this story was first discovered some time ago, we actually visited the East-African Standard website, clicked on the associated link in the EAS Standard's archived wayback machine, and there both the article and picture magically appeared. Unfortunately, the link has since been taken down , due to unmentionably odd reasons, we might add. But why did this story appear and, once again, is it real? The answer to this question demands a journey all the way back to Obama's origins in order to understand both the man and his often stealthily applied radical ideology, and it can only be accomplished here in two parts.
Part One: Obama's Radical Ideology
It was mid-1988 when Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time, "according to public records."
At the age of 28, Obama had been on an extended vacation in Europe from his job as a Community organizer for the Gamaliel Foundation of Chicago.
The Gamaliel Foundation was an ACORN-type community organizing group,transformed from originally helping African American families purchase homes on Chicago's west side to recruiting and training community leaders within the inner-city centers. Interestingly, this transformation took place largely as a result of Obama's tenure there, from 1985 to 1988.
These specifically-trained community leaders would then organize followers to publicly agitate for both social justice and Affirmative Action aims within many center-city black communities. Obama's goals as a Gamaliel Leader were not necessarily to "get inner city occupants into meaningful jobs or homes," but rather, the future Leader of the Free World was, in effect, creating frustrated outcries for increased social justice and welfare support from both local and Federal governments, while organizing and registering these same inner-city dwellers, both dead and alive as the case may be, to vote.
This newly remolded Foundation had, in fact, been reinstituted after the Leftist/neo-Marxist/ Saul Alinksy mold, which utilized Collectivist ideals to achieve both civic instability and transformative change, and with the direct help of Obama, in this case. These same ideals would later serve to reorder and transform inner-city communities into intensified hotbeds of government-supported, single-adult families and redistributional justice centers, even as poverty sequentially worsens. The modern-day equivalent to these organizations are even now being set up in city after major city and some have even parlayed a meaningful role in taking part in the often violent OWS protests.
May 16th, 2012
The criteria utilized for this award requires peals of laughter emanating almost instantly....