Sunday, January 31, 2010

Is "global warming" based on scientific fact or stories told around the bonfire?

It is based on anecdotes, though, told by the same people who tell stories of the Abominable Snowman.

That is a spot quote from Don Surber, who wrote:

The credibility of Church of Manmade Global Warming — which calls its priests “scientists” — is disappearing faster than the mountain glaciers its adherents claim are melting as a penance for the sins of mankind.

“The United Nations’ expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world’s mountaintops on a student’s dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine,” Richard Gray of the London Telegraph reported.

Ah yes, the claim that the Himalayans will be ice free in 25 years is based on a few stories from sherpas.

And it was that contention that helped win Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change the Nobel Peace Prize.

Only now are IPCC officials owning up to the lies and cover-ups they have had over the years.

This revelation is only the latest in a string of discoveries that show the “science” purported by Al Gore and the Climatologists is nothing but distortions. The IPCC is a pack of bureaucrats who are using Chicken Little tactics to expand government’s control of industry.

This one is particularly lame.

The IPCC claims that the melting of mountaintops and that the Himalayans will be ice free by 2035 is based on science.
It is based on anecdotes, though, told by the same people who tell stories of the Abominable Snowman.

Yet no matter how much evidence comes out that shows that global warming is a scam of epic proportions, the powers that be continue to hang their hats on it.  Follow the money.  Which brings me to the President's SOTU address in which he mocked global warming skeptics-I wonder what is in his stock portfolio.

Read the rest of Surber's post.

The President tried and failed to snow the public

So what was the result of the President's SOTU speech? The majority of the public didn't believe a word he said. From Rasmussen:

Fifty-three percent of Americans do not believe that Obama has cut taxes
Fifty percent do not believe that the economy is growing
Fifty-one percent do not believe that the government has "saved or created" two million jobs

And it isn't just those evil mob mentality Republicans who think that Obama needs to lay off eating the beans, independents think that he sucks, too.  In the mean time, Obama believes that the public just doesn't have mental acuity to grasp his enlightened agenda.  He is convinced that if he just keeps talking, and maybe if he talks sloooower we will suddenly the get the greatness of his being.  With all due respect to the President, the original Messiah was a much better communicator.

Fasten your seat belts friends, and get ready for a lot more talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, ....

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Did Obama accidentally tell the truth?

Real Clear Politics:

There's been a remarkable amount of coverage of President Obama's appearance at the House Republican retreat today, but I haven't seen anyone focus on the President's rather stunning admission about the Democrats' health care legislation (Video):

The last thing I will say, though -- let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we've presented -- and there's some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your -- if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you're not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge. [emphasis added]
Whoa, somebody snuck provisions in to ObamaCare that could interfere with the relationship between a patient and their doctor?  Why didn't I see this on C-SPAN?

Seriously, this isn't a particularly shocking revelation.  I doubt few really fell for the lie that the government could take over a health care system and that nothing would change.  On its face the premise just doesn't make sense.  This is why people no longer trust the government.  They keep telling us that it is raining but that rain has a distinct ammonia smell to it.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Do gators dance?

Apparently they do!  Party on, Gator.

There are screw ups and then there are major catastrophes

So, do you ever wonder how many Dems are sitting around right now ruing the day they threw Hillary Clinton under the bus?  The thought puts a smile on my face and a skip in my step.

Ruby Slippers writes that Hillary is not a happy camper right now.  Who can blame her?  She was by far the more qualified candidate and should have easily won the Democratic primary but where is she now?  No, literally, where is she now?  Has there ever been a Secretary of State that has been so far out of the public eye?  Given the events in Iran and Venezuela, and the continuing terrorist attacks here, wouldn't you think Hil would be playing a might bigger role than she is now?

I would like to see her run against Obama for the Dem nomination in 2012.  This time around she would beat him blind folded and with both hands tied behind her back.  I also believe she would lose in the general election but that is beside the point. 

Obama is a one term president.  He is way over his head and the shine is gone.  I am not a Hillary fan but I will give credit where credit is due.  Hillary is intelligent.  We are told that Obama is as well but I've yet to see any evidence, tangible or otherwise.  Hillary is accomplished.  Obama has no record of accomplishing anything.  Hillary is at least somewhat centrist.  Obama is whatever Rahmbo tells him to be.  If Hillary were president she would forgo the mouth flapping and do something.

Oh well, the Dems loss is the Republican's gain.  I bet Hillary isn't the only Dem out there who is not a happy camper.

Happy Birthday to me!

Today I am the big five two.  I suppose this means that I am firmly middle aged though I don't think of myself that way.  I am growing old(er) in a fairly dignified manner and I really don't mind the passage of time.  I don't have as many friends as I did when I was young(er) but the bond I have with my friends is stronger now. 

I like being the mother of adult children and I like being a grandmother.  I like that when I look at my son and daughter I think to myself, "you done good."  The sense of accomplishment I have far outweighs any regrets that my life doesn't even barely resemble the plans I had at twenty. 

I thought it would never happen but I am pretty sure that I have finally grown up.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I can't believe he said that

I can't find it anywhere in the transcript of last night's SOTU but I'm sure I heard Obama say, Resistance is futile.  It was right after he said that people are tired of all the partisanship and before he called Republicans obstructionists, the Supreme Court a bunch of right wing know nothings and me and you yahoos. 

The Emperor is tired of the unwashed masses whining, I need a job and I don't want to pay for the economy crushing Cap & Trade.  Nope, it doesn't matter that ObamaCare stinks and Global warming is a sham, the Emperor has spoken and we better by God get in line and do his bidding like good little simpletons.  None of that "leadership" crap for Barack Hussein Obama-he is here to dictate.

Jules Crittenden:

These are extraordinary and trying times, when things that must be done are hard, and too often tragically inherited. I know, I know, you’ve heard that one before. Ha ha ha! (Standing ovation, raucous cheers and laughter.) But seriously, we have just witnessed an extraordinary exercise in presidential oratorical animation that may be without peer or precedent. Can it be said that any American president has ever tried to blame so much on other people, or has been willing to so rapidly abandon his own principles for the betterment of his standing with the people, to seize up the banner against himself in our nation’s time of need, that this nation should not stand against him? For this, the president deserves our unabashed, gaga-eyed astonishment.

Wow, that’s really infectious. That meaningless important-sounding rhetoric thing, I mean.
It sucks when the best thing you can say about your president is that at least he's not John Edwards.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Howard Zinn, noted America hater has died

"Objectivity is impossible,” Zinn once remarked, “and it is also undesirable. That is, if it were possible it would be undesirable, because if you have any kind of a social aim, if you think history should serve society in some way; should serve the progress of the human race; should serve justice in some way, then it requires that you make your selection on the basis of what you think will advance causes of humanity.”

Howard Zinn is to history what Al Gore is to Global Warming.  Facts are trivial for both.  Indeed both simply ignore anything that doesn't advance their personal agenda.  But the noted America hater is dead.  Um, Zinn, not Gore.

Want a concise and spot on summation of SOTU?

Cold Fury has it.

My two cents:  Long on rhetoric, not a drop of substance.

Potential lost

So, Joy Behar claims that Tim Tebow could have just as easily been "racist pedophile"...  That is undeniably true.  Look around.  The same could be said of every child ever born.  It is also undeniably true that every single one of those millions of unborn children that were put to death in the womb could just as easily been a Marie Currie or a Marc Chagall or the man that Tim Tebow has come to be today.  But we won't ever know will we?  The potential was lost with the lives of those children.

When I read at the Daley Gator that various "women's" groups are objecting to the airing a thirty second commercial featuring Tim Tebow and his mother because of it pro-life message my initial reaction was why?
What are they afraid of?  Is a thirty second pro-life message so dangerous that it justifies censorship?  If the "right to choose" is so important to a segment of our society then shouldn't it be an informed choice?  Aren't women facing a difficult situation entitled to know that they also have the right to choose to keep their child? 

I wish that every woman facing the situation that TimTebow's mother faced twenty-three years ago would make the choice that she made but I know they won't.  Still, if a young woman in that brief thirty seconds gains the strength she needs to move forward with her pregnancy all will not be lost for the women's movement but much could be gained for our society.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The magical money tree or "What do I care? I'm not paying for it."

"I was there because I thought it was important for me to be there," Rep. Waxman said. "I didn't look at it as a pleasure trip."

So spake Rep. Waxman, (D) Ferengi, of his trek to Copenhagen where he attended the Climate Change conference courtesy of the taxpayers.  One must assume I suppose that Waxman is unaware that the taxpayers believe that  Climate Change, or whatever fashionable alias the fake and faked science is travelling under these days, is bluntly, a tall pile of crap.  I further assume that Waxman is not illiterate so his lack of knowledge is probably the result of some staffer removing all unpleasant news from his morning paper leaving him with nothing to read but the lingerie ads and dozen or so Letters to the Editor all written by some chick named Ellie Light.

When Pundette asks What would you pay for two days in Copenhagen? she is assuming that the person answering is paying for the trip out of their own pocket. But politicians don't pay out of their own pockets, they pay out of ours.  I take Waxman at his word when he claims he had no idea the two day trip cost $1.1 million dollars.  Why should he care, it wasn't his money.  We still don't know what it cost for Obama and sixty of his closest friends to jet to Copenhagen but a good guess is that it will make the $1.1 million look like chump change.  Sadly, we are the chumps and before the government got hold of it, it was our change.


Marco Rubio leading Crist in the polls

The latest Quinnipiac poll on the Rubio/Crist race:

Rubio beats the leading Democrat, South Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek, 44 - 35 percent in a general election matchup, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Crist leads Meek 48 - 36 percent.

President Barack Obama is under water in Florida as voters disapprove 49 - 45 percent of his job performance, down from a 48 - 46 percent approval rating October 21.

Rubio's lead over Crist in the horse race represents a major reversal from October when the Governor led 50 - 35 percent; from August's 55 - 26 percent Crist lead and from June's lead of 54 - 23 percent.
"Who would have thunk it? A former state lawmaker virtually unknown outside of his South Florida home whose challenge to an exceedingly popular sitting governor for a U.S. Senate nomination had many insiders scratching their heads. He enters the race 31 points behind and seven months later sneaks into the lead," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "And, the horse race numbers are not a fluke. Rubio also tops Crist on a number of other measurements from registered Republicans, who are the only folks who can vote in the primary. Rubio's grassroots campaigning among Republican activists around the state clearly has paid off.

"President Obama, who enjoyed a 64 - 23 percent approval rating in Florida in the first post-inaugural poll last February, is now under water."
There is no doubt that Crist is suffering from a bad case of "incumbentitis". For better, or in Crist's case, worse, incumbents have a record. Running away from that record can be nearly impossible these days and it doesn't help that Crist is firmly associated with Barack Obama in the minds of Florida voters. Further complicating matters is the fact that Obama will be in town on Thursday and if rumors are correct he will be touting Crist's pet project, light rail between Tampa and Orlando. Light rail is considered a stinker project in these parts and paying for it in part with the roundly loathed "stimulus" dollars will not help Crist's favorability in the least.

I don't expect Crist to hang in there long enough to make it to the August primary. We'll see.

Drunken sailors awake

In the wake of the Massachusetts Massacre Obama is anxious to show the American people that he is serious about deficits.  Not really, really serious but close.  Well, maybe not close but hey, he's going to do something.

Obama Budget to Call for Freeze in Non-Security Discretionary Spending

Wow, a three year across the board spending freeze on everything except national defense!  Not so much.  Matthew Yglesias:

The freeze would not apply to the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, or to the foreign operations budget of the State Department. The official emphasized that the freeze is not the only element of the administration’s plans for deficit reduction, just the only element he was prepared to discuss on this particular call. “This is only one component of an overall budget,” he said, “you’ll see other components on Monday.”

So is this an across-the-board freeze like we’ve heard Republicans call for? No, it’s “not a blunt across the board freeze.” Rather, some agencies will see their budgets go up and others will go down, producing an overall freeze effect. The senior official sought to portray this as not just a question of spending less money, but of getting our money’s worth—cutting (unspecified) ineffective programs and spending more on programs that work. (emphasis added)

This of course leaves some serious unanswered questions about both specifics and political strategy. To try to game this out, let’s assume that Obama is really serious about tackling weak claims rather than weak claimants. That means you’ll see a proposal for drastic, politically unrealistic cuts in farm subsidies while keeping in place growing funding for useful things like community health centers. So what happens when that hits congress?
The three year "freeze" begins in 2012,will barely effect the deficit (if at all) and is mainly designed to act as a political tool.  The Wall Street Journal:

The freeze would affect $447 billion in spending, or 17% of the total federal budget, and would likely be overtaken by growth in the untouched areas of discretionary spending. It's designed to save $250 billion over the coming decade, compared with what would have been spent had this area been allowed to rise along with inflation.
In other words, the plan can be summed up in three words, not so much.

The greatest advantage to Obama is that he can make it appear that Conservatives are not the fiscal hawks they claim to be.  Because this is not an across the board cut Obama can aim all the cuts at programs that Conservatives hold dear, poor that money in to program that progressives favor and then when Conservatives squawk Obama can accuse them of not being serious about trimming the deficit. 

Obama believes that the American people are too stupid to understand what he is trying to do.  I think we understand just fine.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Taking the bullet train to Hell

As I posted the other day, the Big Guy is coming to town and everyone wants to know why.  Well, I like rumors, innuendo and speculation as much as the next gal so I here's my two cents:  light rail.  I'm basing this on:  a)  Governor Charlie Crist has been pushing for light rail forever; b) Crist is in deep doo with the voters because he embraced the Stimulus Bill and has squat to show for it;  c)  there is 2.5 billion in stimulus money on the line; d) Fox News opined earlier today that Obama is coming to Tampa to announce that we are receiving the stimulus money to build light rail between Tampa and Orlando.   If this turns out to be the case, taxpayers across the land will be ponying up to pay for a truly terrible idea.  John Stossel:

Politicians love spending your money on rail. They claim it cleans the air and reduces traffic jams. Joe Biden said last year: "if you're going to create jobs with a long-lasting platform for the future, it's rail, rail, rail, and rail."

But it turns out that, in most places, rail is terribly inefficient.

Amtrak loses $32 for every ticket it sells. So few people ride the line from New Orleans to Los Angeles that it manages to lose $462 per passenger.

The average subsidy per ride on all LA rails is $10.53, according to data from transportation consultant Tom Rubin. For someone who uses the rail to go back and forth to work every day, that adds up to a subsidy of $5,369 per year -- enough to lease that person a Toyota Prius for the year.

Biden claims that rail will "protect the environment." But actually, says Randall O'Toole of the CATO Institute, who will be a guest on my show (Stossel, 8pm EST) light rail uses more energy per passenger mile than the average car – twice as much as a Toyota Prius.

Even some of the nation's most lauded rail systems have been a disappointment.
Rail is a proven loser.  If the ticket from Tampa to Orlando is priced high enough to cover the costs nobody will be able to afford a ticket.  If, to entice people to purchase tickets the price is subsidized, the taxpayers are on the hook forever.  Further, if Florida believes that light rail is such a great deal then Florida should find a way to pay for it with burdening the taxpayers in the other forty-nine states.

Long after any temporary jobs created by the building of a light rail system are gone and the politicians who pushed for it are gone, the taxpayers will still be footing the bill.

White House using intimidation to silence bloggers critical of Obama

I came across a disturbing post at A Conservative Lesbian:

The Daily Kos and Democratic Underground have outed Kevin DuJan as the owner of the blog, Hill Buzz. They are smearing him with the false charge that that he is a racist. They are urging their readers to destroy his career and attack him physically. (I’m not linking them, but you can verify this by Googling. Instead, I suggest you read Hill Buzz here.)

The Right blogosphere should rally to the aid of DuJan and Hill Buzz, as he has tirelessly rallied to ours with dozens of posts teaching Republicans how to campaign effectively and supporting Republicans, including Gov. Sarah Palin and now Sen.-elect Scott Brown. If you are not familiar with Hill Buzz, here is a wonderful sample post — they are observing the first anniversary of Obama’s inauguration with the thank-you letter they wrote to Pres. George W. Bush last year.

In my transition from lifelong Democrat and liberal during the presidential campaign in 2008, I started reading blogs so I would be able to explain to my Democrat friends that I had legitimate reasons for supporting McCain/Palin. STOP LAUGHING!!! Since I was briefly a Hillary PUMA, I read PUMA blogs and liked Hill Buzz the best. I began to read Hill Buzz every day some time in September or October of 2008. I assure my gentle readers, Kevin DuJan and the rest of the Hill Buzz boyz are not racists. They oppose racial entitlement and racial grievance hate-mongering. That is not racism.

Hill Buzz is written by a group of gay men in Chicago who began the blog in early 2008 as part of their efforts on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Thanks to experiencing the dirty tricks of the Obama campaign up close and personal during the primaries, as soon as the Democratic nomination was stolen from Hillary, they became supporters of John McCain. They blogged, campaigned, phonebanked and donated money for McCain/Palin with unbounded zeal and passion.
The Daily Kos is nothing but a propaganda provider for the Obama White House.  In outing and harrassing the writers of HillBuzz they are acting as hired thugs in the Obama war to silence critics.  More from Cold Fury:  
How Obama’s fascist regime operates
By intimidation and thuggery, for one:
Someone told us to be very careful with digging too deep into this, because if our hunch is right and this does lead back to the DNC and Organizing for America themselves, there are many people who will do us physical harm to keep us from exposing them.

Well, they’ve made the mistake of targeting single, gay guys with no children, no one depending on us for anything, and no real reason to sit back and let them attack us unchallenged. We live in Chicago. We’ve been mugged. We’ve been physically assaulted before. We’ve been dealing with nonstop harassment from Obama supporters for over two years now — all in service to their “Lightbringer” of Hope and Change, whose message can only, it seems, be spread through violence and thuggery.

If their “Lightbringer” really was so wonderful, and what he was selling truly was so magical, then why do they need to threaten, attack, and try to intimidate people the way they do?

Instead of being silenced and bullied, we’re going to do everything we can to not only identify the people who are attacking us, publish THEIR real names, and publish THEIR photos, the way they’ve done to the people they’ve victimized…but we are going to take things a step further, and identify who they are working for in the DNC, Organizing for America, or even the White House itself. And we will prosecute the lot of them to the fullest extent of the law.

We hope that whenever the Left uses these tactics, against any of this administration’s opponents, that people band together and provide the detective work to drag these goblins and orcs out into the sun.

We plan on using everything we’ve got to help anyone else in the future who is victimized like this. In service of that, we’re happy to use this attack on us as a case study of how to respond to the Obama camp when it lashes out at its opponents
With all the conservative blogs out there why has HillBuzz been targeted?  First, the blog is written by gays.  The Left believes that gays, women, blacks, etc. "belong" to them and when someone in the chattel class refuses to be chattel the punishment from the Left is swift and vicious.  Second, because the writers are based in Chicago the Obama machine can use members of its home base to intimidate the writers both personally and professionally.  The current Administration is manned by a cabal of far left criminals who do not respect our Constitution and do not respect our freedoms.  The treatment that the writers of HillBuzz have received through the Administrations minions at the Daily Kos could just as easily be visited on any of us.  All bloggers should stand united with HillBuzz against this onslaught from the Left.

Who is Ellie Light and is there a Goebbels in the Obama Administration?

A couple of days ago the Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the story of Ellie Light.  Ms. Light managed to get nearly identical letters published in four dozen different newspapers in over two dozen states while claiming to be a resident in each area that published s letter.  No small feat, unless of course "she" had help.

The story was picked up by Patterico's Pontifications and it was off to the races.  Dan Riehl, working off a tip from The Left Coast Rebel has found a possible connection between Ellie Light and the White House.  Why am I not shocked?

In Don't worry, it's for your own good I quoted Glenn Greenwald:

Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs." In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper's abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.

Sunstein advocates that the Government's stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups." He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called "independent" credible voices to bolster the Government's messaging (on the ground that those who don't believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government). This program would target those advocating false "conspiracy theories," which they define to mean: "an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role." Sunstein's 2008 paper was flagged by this blogger, and then amplified in an excellent report by Raw Story's Daniel Tencer.
 So, is Cass Sunstein Obama's Joseph Goebbels?  And what does this say about the publications who published the "Ellie Light" letters?

Well, somebody appears peeved

In electing Barack Obama the Left ignored his totally lack of experience or achievement and instead acted as if that "President of the United States" was just another affirmative action, OJT entry level position.  Why the Left believed that someone who had never done anything would suddenly do something credible is beyond me.  Instead of Hope and Change they got Bumbling and Ineptitude and now we are being treated to a chorus of whoa is me.

How to Squander the Presidency in One Year:

Barack Obama has now, in just a year's time, become the single most inept president perhaps in all of American history, and certainly in my lifetime. Never has so much political advantage been pissed away so rapidly, and what's more in the context of so much national urgency and crisis. It's astonishing, really, to contemplate how much has been lost in a single year.

It was hilarious, of course, when Michelle Bachmann invoked the Charge of the Light Brigade at a rally against "Obama's" (has he ever really owned it?) health care "initiative" (isn't that too strong a word to use?), quite oblivious to the fact that the actual historical event was one of history's greatest debacles. Obama, on the other hand, seems to be actually reliving the famous cock-up in the flesh. Except, of course, that he doesn't really "charge" at anything. He just talks about things, thinks about things a real long time, defers to others on things, and waits around for things to maybe happen.

This week, though, something actually did happen. Alas, not precisely what the president had in mind, however.

But the election in Massachusetts was only slightly less inevitable than the sun rising in the east each morning. It was the product of an amazing collection of abysmal choices and practices over the last year that has produced a meltdown of equally amazing proportions for this president and his party. It is fitting that it comes on the anniversary of the president's inauguration, a moment filled with so much hope for so many just a year ago.
At first glance one would think that little critique of the President had been written by an anti-Obama conservative but it wasn't.  The author is progressive professor David Michael Green of Hofstra University.  It appears that Obama has lost the Left, never had the Right, and the middle are flocking away from his policies in droves.  In other words, something good is coming out the election of Obama after all.

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Could GlacierGate lead to criminal charges?

Lets certainly hope so.

IPCC Head in Glaciergate Crime?

 The London Times continues to follow the glaciergate story–and it keeps getting worse.

The latest disclosure: Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s (formerly) prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (known as the IPCC), may have raised millions of dollars for his New Delhi institute on the basis of the totally bogus ‘glaciergate’ claim by the IPCC that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035.

According the the London Times, Pachauri’s institute got money from the European Union and the US-based Carnegie Corporation to investigate a prediction that never had any scientific backing whatever, and one which all serious glacier scientists instantly recognized as impossible. The bogus claim was frequently repeated in the fundraising efforts — and reiterated as recently as January 15 when the IPCC was already under intense pressure to admit it had blundered.

This is now more than an example of eye-popping incompetence and gross neglect of elementary scientific standards by a body on whose authority the world is expected to make multi-trillion dollar decisions affecting every business and every person on the planet.

It is now, potentially, a criminal issue. If Pachauri knew the claim was bogus and allowed these grant applications to go forward, he could find himself facing criminal charges. (emphasis added)
Global Warming is the scam of the century and scammers belong in prison.  Pachauri should not be an exception.  The scam has cost untold billions to governments, and by extension taxpayers, all over the world.  Given the corrupt nature of the UN it is no surprise that it has played a central role in promoting the con game. 

It is past time to apply the brakes.  No more taxpayer money should line the pockets of Global Warming corruptocrats and Pachauri, Gore, et al., should suffer the same fate as Bernie Madoff.  In this country we should insist that our Congressmen permanently shelve Cap & Trade. 

I anything good comes out of this we can hope that in the future people will not be so gullible and will be more skeptical when "scientists" make fantastic and nonsensical pronouncements.  Follow the money.

h/t Instapundit

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The definition of insanity: California

What do you do when you are dead broke and can't afford to pay for what you've got?  If you are California you create a new program that will billions of dollars (emphasis added):

A key legislative committee in California revived a bill Thursday to create a government-run health care system in the nation's most populous state, two days after Massachusetts elected a senator who opposes the president's national health care plan.

The Senate Appropriations Committee released the bill for a vote by the full Senate next week. The legislation had been held over from last year because of the state's ongoing budget crisis.

Creating a single-payer system would cost California an estimated $210 billion in its first year. That's roughly double the size of the total state budget, but about what the state and federal government and residents cumulatively spend now on California health care, said Sen. Mark Leno.
Insert forehead slap here. 

If you believe that any government appointed committee has ever gotten any cost estimate right then we are talking about a cost of $5,700 for every man, woman and child legally living in California each year.  How much do you have to raise taxes on families and businesses to cover that?  California is already broke.  They can not pay for their schools, roads and existing programs yet the want to burden the taxpayers with a new program?


Friday, January 22, 2010

The 2010 Laughingstock Tour is coming to Tampa

Well happy birthday to me!  Next Thursday, the day before my birthday, the Laughingstock Tour is coming to Tampa:

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Tampa Bay area Thursday, Jan. 28, the day after his first State of the Union address, the White House has announced.

A White House spokeswoman just said no other details about the event are available, but will be announced soon.

Obama campaigned in Tampa several times as a candidate, but this will be his first visit as president, and it will be the first visit for Biden as vice president.
The article had sixteen pages of comments. I made it to page six before I read the first positive comment about the Dynamic Doobie’s impending trip here. Suffice to say, the natives are not thrilled. But why wouldn’t we feel blessed to be in the presence of The Anointed One and his trusty side kick Herr Plugs? Maybe this:
Florida unemployment continued its sharp climb toward record territory, hitting 11.8 percent in December, according to figures released Friday morning.

The number, up from November's 11.5 percent, is the highest since May 1975, when it was 11.9 percent. It represents nearly 1.1 million jobless out of a labor force of 9.2 million.

Florida's rate of job loss has moderated in recent months, but has still widened the gap with the rest of the country. The national unemployment rate is 10 percent.

In the Tampa Bay area, the jobless rate reached 12.4 percent, matching the rate for November, which had been revised upward from 12.3 percent….
Oh, but when it comes to Florida's unemployment it gets even better:
The fund dropped from $1.3 billion in 2008 to zero in August. Since then, the state has been borrowing about $300 million a month from the federal government to pay compensation claims, and that money eventually must be paid back.

Yeah, we be broke and we be getting broker by the moment. Any more hope and change and this state is going to fall apart at the seams.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

BREAKING NEWS! Good looking senator-elect has good looking wife and good looking daughters and they all look good in bathing suits!

Senator-elect Scott Brown did a layout in Cosmo!  Senator elect Scott Brown's wife appeared in a music video!  Senator-elect Scott Brown's daughters wear bikinis while on vacation!  Senator-elect Scott Brown's mother kissed a boy behind the bleachers during the big game!  I made that last one up-but you get my point.

When "progressives" (is that an oxymoron or what) don't have an argument they resort to ugliness or silliness or both.  The revelations about Brown's wife and daughters is the height of silliness.  Further, it goes to how little the Left knows or understands the Right.  Do they really think that anyone on the Right cares if Brown posed in the altogether for Cosmo.  I would willing to bet that the majority of women on the Right had the same reaction I did:  that man looks good!  More power to Brown's wife.  There are (old) pictures out there of me in a bikini.  All together now, SO WHAT?

If this the best the Left can do then we should all settle in for one very silly season.  For myself, I'll stick more pressing issues.

Side note:  When Scott Brown said that his daughters were "available" I immediately thought of my Dad.  It was the kind of goofy thing he would do.  I thought it was sweet and utterly endearing.  Lighten up, folks.  Dads are goofballs and that is why we love them.

Supreme Court forks McCain-Feingold

Michelle Malkin (with emphasis added):

Nathan Wurtzel tweets: “Not at all sure GOPers who see SCOTUS decision as a political plus are seeing whole picture. It certainly is constitutionally correct.”

A couple of points:

Yes, unions will benefit from the ruling and spend more money. But sunlight is the best disinfectant. Full, transparent, accessible disclosure is the ultimate campaign finance reform.

As for viewing the decision through the “political plus” lens: I don’t. The Constitution matters more than electoral consequences. Too bad more in Washington don’t see it that way.
"Political plus"-ness should not be a consideration.  You either believe in and support the First Amendment guarantees of free speech or you don't.  Supporting the Constitution only when it is personally beneficial is a piss poor way to honor one's citizenship.

Is it really that much of a stretch to imagine that if we allow the limitation of campaign speech that we could at some point find ourselves in a situation where limitations are placed on all speech? 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

That's what I'm sayin'

Ed Driscoll:

How big is this victory?

Consider the following from The American Spectator:

“I have two reactions to the election in Massachusetts. One, I am disappointed. Two, I feel strongly that the Democratic majority in Congress must respect the process and make no effort to bypass the electoral results. If Martha Coakley had won, I believe we could have worked out a reasonable compromise between the House and Senate health care bills. But since Scott Brown has won and the Republicans now have 41 votes in the Senate, that approach is no longer appropriate. I am hopeful that some Republican Senators will be willing to discuss a revised version of health care reform because I do not think that the country would be well-served by the health care status quo. But our respect for democratic procedures must rule out any effort to pass a health care bill as if the Massachusetts election had not happened. Going forward, I hope there will be a serious effort to change the Senate rule which means that 59 votes are not enough to pass major legislation, but those are the rules by which the health care bill was considered, and it would be wrong to change them in the middle of the process.”
That is Rep. Barney Frank speaking.  Folks, when Barney Frank admits that it is time to listen to the voters there is only one thing to say, WE WON!

The ball is in Barack Obama's court now.  He can try to "double down" and ram his agenda through but make no mistake, the President stands alone.  On our behalf, the people of Massachusetts have sent a very clear message that our officials work for us and that they will be held accountable when they act contrary to our will.  Our reps should now realize that Barack Obama is not their boss, we are.  Barack Obama can not fir them, we can.  Every seat in these United States is the people's seat.

Congratulations to everyone who made this possible.  Thank you Massachusetts.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Democrat's chickens have come home to roost

With 66% of the precints reported Brown is up 53-46 over Coakley.  Echoing Pat, Go Scott, Go!

I've got Hannity on the TV and  the AP has Called the race for Brown!  They are announcing that Coackley has conceded!  Wow!  Just wow!

But I've never been a bogeyman before

Jimmie wants to kill the Teabagger Bogeyman.  I was sorta starting to like it.

I hesitate to further the progressive meme that conservatives are baby-eating, blood-sucking night terrors that lurk in the all-concealing shadows waiting to feed upon the tears of humanity, but when I see the utter despair into which the mere thought that a semi-conservative might win a Senate race in Massachusetts has thrown the journalistic world, I can think but one thing:

“Listen to them – children of the left. What music they make!”

In Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman.
You might be tempted to mistake that for the snarling howl of an alpha wolf on the hunt, but don’t. It’s really a whimper of bowel-loosening fear. Keith Olbermann is one election away from having to wear Depends on the set to avoid a nightly chair replacement as election after election between now and 2012 drive him farther into the depths of a bottle of grain alcohol.

But it’s not really Scott Brown who has frightened Olbermann and gang so badly. This is the actual bogeyman :

“You know what scares our people more than the fact that they lost Ted Kennedy’s seat and the Obama mystique may take a huge hit [today]?” says the DNC adviser. “The fact that Democrats and the media can no longer make the tea party types out to be irrational, inflexible ideologues who are supporting nothing but extreme right-wing candidates. The tea party movement supported Brown, raised millions for him and worked for him, and he is not necessarily their kind of guy. Brown proves the tea party movement can be tapped politically for Republican candidates anywhere in the country if they are basically sound on taxes and small government. That is huge.”
The progressive left is scared to death that this election will kill the carefully-crafted and MSM-reinforced”teabagger” smear once and for all. Ever since the summer, ”teabagger” has been their answer to everything. Do you oppose government-run health care? TEABAGGER! You’re not willing to pay a dramatically-higher energy bill based on the precarious claims of global warming apocalypse? TEABAGGER! Do you go to church semi-regularly and feel that your beliefs, such as they are, actually do have a place in the public debate? TEABAGGER!

Once that’s gone, what remains? Progressives will have to either find a new bogeyman to replace the Tea Parties or start defending their totalitarian dreams on their merits. Don’t expect the latter to happen.
Look, as hard as it may be to believe, up until about a year ago I led a pretty boring life.  But now I am part of a meme.  Now I have a reputation.  I feel an identy crisis coming.

That Stacy is such a tease! UPDATED

Stacy McCain is on the ground in Fitchburg, Mass. keeping an eye on the voting for us.  He's hinting that he has a major scoop but he's staying mum until he's done a bit more checking.  Fair enough, well Stacy is checking it out I'll keep checking in.

While waiting on Stacy don't forget that Prof. Jacobson has Brown v Coakley LIVE All Day;  I took today as my "floating" holiday and tomorrow as my "birthday" day off so I'll be hanging all day.  Drop me a line in the comments and keep me company.

Update I

Jules Crittenden:

Democracy In The MA
Sometimes it feels like we don’t get a lot of it around here. Chances to vote in elections where there is an actual choice, where there isn’t a predetermined outcome. Where the outcome actually makes any difference to anything. An election where we actually get to influence events, where the rest of the country gives a damn what we do, and doesn’t dismiss us out of hand. That’s different. All eyes on Massachusetts, out-of-state lefties and righties flooding in all week to put their own thumb on the scale. But now it’s just us, me and my friends and neighbors, fellow citizens and taxpayers here in the Bay State.
Yeah, this election is so important to all of us.  It is kinda of frustrating to put so much faith in people who I do not know and in all likihood will never meet.  I am with you guys in spirit.

Update II

Val at Babalu:
About Massachusetts
Win or lose, though, I do know that it has been rather amusing watching leading Dems and their myopic sycophants going ape shit over this election. It's also been eyeopening, to say the least, to witness the incompetence, finger pointing, frothing at the mouth hatred, proliferating prevarication, complete disarray and just plain old fashioned panic from the Left. Ted Kennedy spinning is his grave is just the icing on the cake.
I'm smiling.

Update III

Well, you know what they say, When the going gets tough, the dirty bastards cheat.

Another Black Conservative:

Let the stealing begin: Woman hands out blank absentee ballots in Lawrence, MA
You just knew there would be vote stealing, cheating and voter fraud in the Massachusetts senate race. Here is what appears to be a woman handing out blank absentee ballots on the street in Lawrence, MA. Notice that woman refers to her candidate as “she”.
Couple of questions:  Where did this cheating piece of shit get blank ballots and why isn't her ragged out ass sitting in jail?  And then there is this:

Ed Morrissey:

Still time for a few dirty tricks in MA

 You didn’t think the Democratic monopoly would go quietly in Massachusetts just because the voters don’t want them any more, did you? According to Life News, supporters of Martha Coakley launched an effort to suppress the pro-life vote in Massachusetts today by broadcasting disinformation about Scott Brown and his support from Citizens for Life:

Behind in the polls to Republican Senate candidate Scott brown, supporters of pro-abortion candidate Martha Coakley have evidentially reached into their bag of dirty tricks. A Washington, D.C. based company is making calls to Massachusetts residents pretending to represent a prominent pro-life group.

The calls, from 202-461-3441, a Washington number registered to a company called SOOH, claim to be from Massachusetts Citizens for Life.

The caller claims the pro-life group is opposing Scott brown because of his stance against the health care bill, but as MCFL president Anne Fox told late Monday, the opposite is true.

“Pro-lifers are receiving phone calls from people claiming to be Massachusetts Citizens for Life. The callers say that MCFL is not supporting Scott Brown because of his position on health care,” she said. “The truth is that Massachusetts Citizens for Life is supporting Brown because of his position on health care.”

The same number is also making calls to other state residents with various messages all attacking Brown.

“Pro-lifers are not the only victims of this scam. Our MCFL sleuths have found that this same number is calling people across the state claiming to be different groups with different messages — all anti-Brown,” Fox added.
I am willing to bet we will learn about a lot more dirty tricks before it is over.

Keith Olbermann-when potty training goes very, very, wrong

I read Legal Insurrection every day and I can tell you that Prof. Jacobson is not given to strong language so when I saw his most recent post was titled Lying P.O.S., I knew somebody had definitely unsmoothed the professor's feathers. Turned out that the somebody turned out that super-ego, mush brained nobody, Keith Olbermann. 

Olbermann is like Andrew Sullivan, I expect him to make ridiculous, overblown accusations against anybody with whom he does not agree.  He certainly, and improbably, out did himself with this, um gem:

“In Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman and against politicians with whom he disagrees.”
Let's dissect, shall we?

Irresponsible-Brown doesn't want to turn one sixth of our economy over to the government

Homophobic-Brown is not gay

Racist-Aren't we all?

Reactionary-Brown thinks citizens should be allowed to keep more of their own money

Ex-nude model-Be still my heart!

Teabagging-Oolong or Earl Grey?

Supporter of violence against women-Brown supports a law which exempts a pro-life person from performing or assisting in the performance of abortion.

See, when you break it down, it is almost down right complimentary.

Note to young parents:  no matter how frustrating it may be, show patience when potty training little Johnny.  Otherwise he may grow up to be Keith Olbermann.

Tuesday morning giggle.  Feel free to point and laugh:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Yo, You! Yeah You, Mister Voter Chump. Screwwww Yewwwww!


Imagine the contempt you’d have to have for voters’ intelligence to spin a Republican win — in Massachusetts — as some sort of business-as-usual victory for entrenched interests. Hey, champ? In case you haven’t heard, Republicans don’t win in New England anymore. Or at least, they didn’t until you launched Project Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste. This victory belongs to you as much as it does to Scotty B; take credit for it.
Obama really is the gift that just keeps on giving.  Who knew?  So Obama looks at what is turning out to be a major debacle (his administration) as evidenced by an election in Massachusetts in which a Republican may actually win, and he thinks to himself time to double down.  Well alrighty then.  Look, I'm getting tired of using the word "delusional" over and over again when describing the current administration.  Can they please do something, anything, that it is grounded in reality?

I'm not cocky, but I am starting to feel pretty spiffy

TrogloPundit is cautioning against getting cocky as he tries to interpret polls that have Brown up by various amounts and which may or may not be correct. After in depth analysis he concludes:

Polls suck. Still. Wow.
Having given considerable consideration to the various considerations I say, me too!

It is time to open our hearts and our pocketbooks and yes, our shores

The Bride of Rove and I both live in South Florida, she much further south than I.  When news of the earthquake broke, she and I knew what was coming:

I figure we have about a week — maybe two before the first ships arrive. So. Gather clothes, blankets, brush up on some French and Creole. I’m sure our own Haitian community is already organizing and making arrangements. In short, get ready. Company is coming and I guarantee you they are hungry, tired and in some serious need of American style TLC.
It is what it is and we will literally take the good with the bad.  Now is not the time to worry about that.  Now is the time to open our hearts and take in people who simply have nowhere else to go.  I am a "closed border" person, but not this time.  Apparently not everyone feels as I do.  Little Miss Attila has gotten grief on the subject and she responds quite nicely:

I assume that there will now be a series of comments from bitter, used-up people who want to explain to me that the United States is a remarkably fragile place, and if anyone who came here for emergency medical treatment were to wrangle a way of staying here permanently, it would bring this entire nation right to its knees. My readers are divided on the issue of orphans such as these kids in Port au Prince being granted visas (one commenter suggests the age of 12, helpfully, as a cutoff), but many are terribly opposed to any adults being cared for in this country, because they might overstay any visas granted to them for medical care, and then they would bring their twisted ethics into this country of 280,000,000 or whatever. Then they would infect us with TB, which our hospitals simply aren’t prepared to screen for.

Of course, medical visas may not even be necessary, with a second American hospital ship on its way to Haiti; those who were evacuated from the island to be cared for on our soil were primarily American citizens, after all. No word, though, on whether these Americans had, while on the island, caught the social pathologies, the potential TB, or the bad attitudes of the Haitians, or whether they had picked up that most deadly of all physical and psychological ailments: Caribbean cooties, which we must ever be on the lookout for.

I realize that my soft-heartedness may have blinded me to the danger of Caribbean cooties, and I apologize for the fact that my emotions clearly got in the way of my analysis. Thank you for helping me think more clearly, folks.
Look, there will be things that go wrong with the influx of Haitians.  Those of us in Florida have been down this road before.  But there is so much good that we can do and we can't allow fear, both rational and irrational, to determine how we react.  We aren't talking about hypotheticals, we are talking about lives.

But I thought they said that Scott Brown eats puppies and kitties

Seen over at The Camp of the Saints where Bob is keeping up with the Brown campaign:

I guess he has the puppies and kitties for desert.

It is a bit overcast today. I blame Bush.

Nah, not really but the recurring theme coming out of Mass is that if Marcia Martha Coakley loses it will be George Bush's fault.  I've been grateful to Pres. Bush for several things over the years so if Brown wins I will remember to say, "Thank you, George!".

Seriously, is Obama responsible for anything?  It must be nice to be able to sail through life knowing that no matter what asinine policy you put in place you can blame its inevitable failure on your predecessor.  The Stimulus didn't stimulate anything-Bush's fault.  Unemployment over 10 percent-Bush's fault.  The "bluest of the blue" states snubs the Dem candidate-Bush's fault. 

On the up side, if Dems continue to keep their heads in the sand and their asses in the air, November is going to be the sweetest month of all.  So hang on to your delusions my little blue buddies but keep an eye on the Help Wanted Ads and polish up those resumes* because unemployment is a bitch.

*Helpful hint-do not put "former Democratic Congressman" on the resume.  It is a sure deal breaker.

More at:

Pundit & Pundette  Various & sundry

Another Black Conservative  Coakley’s slide in the polls is Bush’s fault?

Left Coast Rebel   Democrats Think Martha Coakley May Lose - George W. Bush is to Blame?

Don Surber  Massachusetts Senate scoreboard

Continuous updating at The Other McCain and Legal Insurrection

I'm going to Oahu!

Don't know how and I don't know when but I just received an email from my daughter that her next move is to Oahu so I'm planning the trip now.  Anybody know how that tip jar thingy works?

She just posted her senior picture on Facebook for Retro Week-whatever that is.  Anywho, it is one of my favorites, feather boa and all.

They have been in Sierra Vista, AZ for the last year and a half.  I kept saying that I needed to plan a trip but I never did it.  This time, I'm going!  Nadia and her family at the Grand Canyon:

I hate the thought of them being so far away but it feels good to know that they are happy and thriving.  Is there anything more important than family?

For progressives the glass is always half empty

Reading Don Surber's Clavin explains all I came across a comment that triggered a powerful and very happy childhood memory.  Steve commented:

Carol, try re-reading Ratzenburger’s comments. He never said the stage fell apart. He said “when everything fell apart…”

“I was at Woodstock — I built the stage. And when everything fell apart,”

They did have to airlift fifty doctors (by helicopter) to care for the anti-industrialist tribes groveling in the mud. How ironic.

I recommend reading “Apollo and Dionysus” by Ayn Rand to understand the significance of Woodstock contrasted with the Apollo moon launch. Although these events took place just days apart in August 1969, they were light years apart ideologically. In a nutshell, it’s emotion vs. reason or Rousseau vs. Locke…

Today’s “liberal” or “progressive” was born in the primordial ooze at Woodstock. [Someone explain to me how tribalism is "progressive"?]

Today’s tea-partier, or NASCAR dad, would have been at the Moon launch. The Apollo moon launch represented the culmination of rational human intellect.

More than a million people went to Cape Canaveral. They left it as they found it. 300k went to Woodstock. They destroyed it and the surrounding farm like locusts.
For clarification, I am not the Carol that Steve is replying to.  Neither here nor there.  My memory is not of the Apollo launch but the moon landing   My parents threw one hell of a party that day.  We were so proud when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon.  I can feel the pride of that moment right now sitting on my porch almost forty-one years later. 

My parents raised me to be proud of America's accomplishments and that while there is always more to be done, and we are far from perfect, the United States of American is by far the best country on this planet.  I learned from parents that the glass is always more than half full.  But progressive always see the glass as half empty.  They sweep aside the country's accomplishments and concentrate on what they perceive as failures. 

Because progressives view America as a failure they strive to destroy rather than improve.  Health care is a perfect example.  Pretty much everyone agrees that there are problems with our health care system.  The way to solve a problem is to first decide what is working and what isn't.  Then you can build on what works and fix what doesn't.  Progressives want to destroy a system that 85 percent of us are happy with and start from scratch.  Conservatives want to concentrate on the problems while leaving the underlying structure that has worked so well in place.

I don't know how to address the pessimism that is so prevalent among progressives because I don't understand it.  My America is a country of tremendous accomplishment.  Sadly, progressives who have lived with the same advantages that I have had only see the negative.  I strongly suspect that if all that progressives wish for were to come to be, they would still see the glass as half empty.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Its the end of the world! Oh, what? Never mind.

The TimesOnline:

World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown

A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world's glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.

In the past few days the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC's 2007 report.

It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was "speculation" and was not supported by any formal research. If confirmed it would be one of the most serious failures yet seen in climate research. The IPCC was set up precisely to ensure that world leaders had the best possible scientific advice on climate change.

Professor Murari Lal, who oversaw the chapter on glaciers in the IPCC report, said he would recommend that the claim about glaciers be dropped: "If Hasnain says officially that he never asserted this, or that it is a wrong presumption, than I will recommend that the assertion about Himalayan glaciers be removed from future IPCC assessments."
So, in order for something, anything, to be accepted as scientific evidence it merely has to support the conclusions that scientists want to reach.  Gee, that seems about like a pretty low standard to me. 

We have long held that scientist are a breed of altruistic detectives following the evidence to wherever it leads.  We are learning that instead they follow whatever folly leads to the next grant  "Skeptic" has become a dirty word in the climate scientists and their supporters but science, good science, needs skepticism.  Nothing is more damaging to true scientific research than certainty.  Skepticism allows the inclusion of dissenting evidence while certainty leads to excluding evidence that is contrary to expected conclusion. 

If the Global Warming scam has taught us anything, it is that good science needs skeptics.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Are you proud?

I have a bad habit of personalizing everything and then projecting my opinions based on the personalization.  I am about to do it again.  I am a proud supporter of Marco Rubio.  I believe that he is a man of integrity and conscientious who will move our country forward in a positive manner.  If anything I do or write helps to get Rubio elected then I am also proud of myself. 

On the other hand, if Rubio were to handle his campaign as Martha Coakley has hers, I would be ashamed and I would withdraw my support for Rubio and not look back.  This is a perfect example:

Dem Mail: Scott Brown Wants Hospitals To Turn Away All Rape Victims

The Massachusetts Democratic Party sent out the above mailer that uses rape victims as political pawns while grotesquely misrepresenting Scott Brown's position.  What is Martha Coakley's response when asked about the ad?  Has she come out against this vicious attack ad?  Not that I am aware of.  Legal Insurrection:

Of course, Martha Coakley is silent on this abuse of the rape issue by her close associates at the Mass Dem Party.

I'm sure, once Coakley gets around to it, she'll say "I'm shocked." Sometime after Tuesday.
I also haven't heard Coakley express any outrage that one of her supporters is encouraging voters in Mass to commit voter fraud in order to get her elected.  I would be mortified if a candidate I supported turned out to be such a gutless sleaze factory.

My question to the voters in Mass-do you want to support a candidate that you can be proud of or are you sticking with Martha Coakley?

Not tonight, dear. You're giving me a headache.


Funny: Press corps torments Gibbs again with questions about transparency

A palate cleanser courtesy of Media Blog. He’s right that they’ve been over this before and they’re right that he hasn’t given them a satisfactory explanation. With good reason. The only satisfactory answer — “my boss is a brazen liar who’ll promise dopey liberals anything to get elected” — isn’t available. So we end up with the political equivalent of a conversation from a dysfunctional marriage. Why do we have to talk past each other, baby?
If there is anything I know, sadly, it is a dysfunctional marriage.  The analogy is particularly appropriate.  There is something incredibly paternal about this administration.  It appears to be an almost overwhelming need on the part of Gibbs & Co. to show the country just who wears the pants in this relationship.  Unfortunately, (fortunately?) they just aren't macho enough to pull it off.  Gibbs come off buffoonish. 

The one silver lining for Democrats in the very gray ObamaCare cloud? This seems like such a minor issue now relative to the rest of it. They’re gaming cost estimates, they’re bribing senators, they’re ignoring virtually every poll in the country showing massive disapproval. Why not extend the middle finger on transparency too? Are people going to go from enraged to really enraged or something?
For your Saturday comedy relief:

Why I pray that the people in Massachusetts vote for Scott Brown

Doug Ross:

To my brothers and sisters in Massachusetts,

Few people ever get a chance to tell their children that they helped save their country. On Tuesday, you have that chance.

By casting a vote for Scott Brown, you can provide the 41st vote in the United States Senate that will block President Obama's agenda.

In casting a vote for Scott Brown, you can stop the 2200-page health care bill that rewards unionized workers, citizens of Nebraska, and medical malpractice lawyers.

In casting a vote for Scott Brown, you can stop "Cap-and-Trade" bills that claim carbon dioxide -- which plants need to produce oxygen -- is a taxable pollutant.

In casting a vote for Scott Brown, you can halt the kind of open borders policy that has destroyed California's economy and which threatens our nation as a whole.

In casting a vote for Scott Brown, you can quietly state your belief in the founding principles of the United States. That is: limited government, a respect for individual liberty, free enterprise and private property.

Those who oppose your vote reject America's founding principles: the very tenets that led to the creation of the greatest country the world has ever seen.
Massachusetts is far more liberal state than my own.  That said, are the families in Russell, Mass. that different than the families in Ruskin, FL?  I would bet that our lives have more in common than not, and that our goals for our families, our communities and our country are largely the same.   We may approach solutions from different perspectives but our values unite us.
Our country is heading in the wrong direction.  The people in Massachusetts have the opportunity to force the government to take a time out and rethink its priorities.  We need a stable economy, a return to full employment and security for our nation.  By voting for Scott Brown, the people can send a clear message to the federal government that it needs to stick to those responsibilities given to it by our Constitution and allow the states to decide for themselves which programs are important to them.
We will all be with you on Tuesday.

Read the rest of Doug's post.

Friday, January 15, 2010

"You pay for it." "No, you pay for it."

Payments to states emerges as major obstacle to health reform.

No shit!  Really?

What a bunch of jackasses we've got running around in Washington!  These little shyster crap weasels want to pass a sweeping health care reform package that is going to cost a trillion dollars and then they want to piss and moan and groan about who is going to pay for it.  "It is too expensive for my state.  The federal government has to pay for it."  Waa, waa, waa.  Okay, let's call a spade a spade, shall we?  The taxpayer is going to pay for it.  Period.  If the burden is shifted towards the states, the states will be forced to raise taxes to pay the increased burden.  If the federal government foots the bill. the federal government will have to raise taxes to pay the bill.  It doesn't take a flippin rocket scientist to figure it out.  The trillion dollar question is, who will be forced to piss the taxpayers off the most-the state or federal government?

Every one of those whiny, snot nosed crap weasels is a smarmy little asshole with wee tiny brains to match their wee tiny bits.

I'm taking my potty mouth and going to bed.  They've given me a headache.  Again.

It isn't as hard to believe as you might think

Stacy McCain is on the ground in Massachusetts reporting on the Brown campaign and at a rally today he found himself amid Brown supporters from the SEIU.  I'm not the least bit surprised. 

I work for a labor union affiliated credit union.  At countless events I have seen and spoken with union members.  They aren't there as "plants", they are there as concerned citizens who are worried about the direction the country is taking.  Don't get me wrong, I have seen union members acting badly but they are not representative (typically) of the rank and file.

Don't forget that like the rest of us union members were sold a bill of goods about the Stimulus and jobs.  Now they are sitting on the bench and many of them are none too pleased.  I am anxious to see how the Locals handle the 2010 elections.  You know the old saying, fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  It is going to be a lot harder to fool the union members next time around. 

Don't worry, it's for your own good

A recurring theme within the Obama administration is that the American populace doesn't know what is in it bet interest and therefore, must be nudged along by benevolent, enlightened betters.  Obama has been pressuring Congress to pass health care reform by claiming that we don't know what is good for us but once passed we will see our folly and be forever grateful.  None is more representative of this elitist attitude in the administration than Cass Sunstein, Obama's  Regulatory Czar, and co-author of the book, Nudge.

Glenn Greenwald writing in Salon:

Obama confidant's spine-chilling proposal

Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs." In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper's abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.

Sunstein advocates that the Government's stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups." He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called "independent" credible voices to bolster the Government's messaging (on the ground that those who don't believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government). This program would target those advocating false "conspiracy theories," which they define to mean: "an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role." Sunstein's 2008 paper was flagged by this blogger, and then amplified in an excellent report by Raw Story's Daniel Tencer.
How does Sunstein, and presumably Obama, justify secretly infiltrating groups and the dissemination of propaganda?  It is for our own good.

These people are scary.

Read the whole piece.  "Spine chilling" is an understatement.

What would they do without us?

They don't like us.  You can define "them" however you please.  Europeans, Middle Easterners, whatever.  They didn't like us before George Bush, they don't like us despite the Messiah Barack Obama, and they aren't going to like us ten, twenty years from now.  But what the hell would they do without us?  Who is it that comes to their aid and rescue?  Us.  Who sends them food when they are hungry and medicine when they are sick?  Us.  Who sends their sons and daughters to foreign shores to fight and die for their freedom?  Us.  They are not our equals and they certainly are not our friends.  They will never be our betters.  They do squat for us yet we stand by them and lift them up.  We owe them nothing but we give them everything.  We are the United States of America.  The greatest country in the world populated by the greatest people.  We are kind, generous and brave.  What would they do without us?

Bob Belvedere:

The next time some Baby-Booming, navel-gazing, Bolshe hippie starts on their favorite rant, running down the U.S. Armed Forces, I would recommend you take Ghettoputer’s advice:

By now, you’ve certainly heard about the earthquake in Haiti. Truly a horrible tragedy. Millions of people affected, perhaps hundreds of thousands dead. Haiti on a good day is a hellhole. After this tragedy, it’s worse. No food, no water, no sewer, no hospitals, no shelter. Add to that no functioning government and bodies stacked on the street like cordwood in 90 degree heat, and you’ve got the makings of a nightmare.

So what’s President Obama’s first order of business? Call up the International Red Cross? The United Nations? Oxfam? Amnesty International? The SEIU? Nope. Send in the military.

What does this mean for Haiti? It means that America, on its own dime, while fighting two wars and in the middle of the Great Recession, is going to once again bail out Haiti. Our soldiers and Marines will risk their lives in abhorrent conditions to protect Haitian civilians. Our ships will provide free first-world medical care, clean water, electricity and food to thousands and ask nothing in return. And how can America do this?

America can do this, because despite the protest of dirty, nasty hippies, and the continued efforts of liberal Congresspeople to defund the military, we have the biggest, baddest military on the planet.
I pray for the people of Haiti and I thank the Lord God that they have us.  Can you imagine how much wore it would be for them were we not here to look after them?

When morons speak

Generally speaking, actors really should stick to reading their lines-without a script they often come off sounding pretty darn moronic:

Actor Danny Glover believes that the Haitian earthquake was caused by climate change and global warming:

Says Glover: “When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?”
Yeah, I know what Danny is sayin', but does he?

Stick to regurgitating, Danny.  The off the cuff stuff isn't working for you.

Martha Coakley: You are allowed your freedom of religion in theory, not practice

Coakley: "You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn't work in the emergency room"

Martha Coakley speaking with WBSM Radio Host Ken Pittman:

Ken Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. ah you don't want to do that.

Martha Coakley: No we have a separation of church and state Ken, lets be clear.

Ken Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.

Martha Coakley: (...stammering) The law says that people are allowed to have that. You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn't work in the emergency room. (emphasis added)
Gee, let me see if I can process Coakley's statement.  If you are a medical professional and you believe in the sanctity of life you should be forced to chose between your religious beliefs and your profession.  Funny, but if I were suddenly to need medical attention I would go to a facility that provided the services that I needed.  I have never are been to Massachusetts, are all the hospitals there Catholic?  If a woman required birth control or abortion services would it be difficult for her to find care in the state of Massachusetts?

Catholic hospital or not, employers often work around the religious belief of their employees.  It is called respect.  Perhaps Coakley has heard of it?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I did it

Right at the top of Prof. Jacobson's home page at Legal Insurrection is a link to volunteer to call from home on behalf of Scott Brown.  The "concern" trolls are out on behalf of Coakley in an effort to spread misinformation and supress the vote.  At this point, Scott Brown is our greatest hope for ending this health care debacle and it falls on each of us to do everything in our power to help him get elected.

I have volunteered to make calls from home on behalf of the Brown campaign.  Please consider doing the same.

Breaking News! The elusive Martha Coakley found lurking in smokey backroom

Scientists Tag Martha Coakley

BOSTON, MA - Boston College scientists have succeeded in attaching a radio transmitter and a small camera to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. "This will allow members of the press to safely follow her [Coakley's] movements," said zoologist Gale West, "Coakley travels in a pack surrounded by aggressive males. If anyone approaches too close, especially reporters, the males instinctively react to protect her from embarrassing questions such as her assertion that terrorists have left Afghanistan." West admitted difficulty in affixing the transmitter/camera. "We dropped bundles of cash from Merck and Pifzer in the backroom of an expensive restaurant, but Coakley was wary and stayed just out of reach. Finally we lured her close by dropping a huge bundle from the DSCC. That did the trick."
It is my understanding that the scientists will be studying the "hunting and gathering" habits of Coakley between now and January 19th, when she is expected to enter a prolonged state of hibernation.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

From Satan's lips straight to Pat Robertson's ear and back out again

Robertson: Haiti 'cursed' since Satanic pact:

"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it," he said. "They were under the heel of the French ... and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you'll get us free from the French.'

"True story. And the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal,'" Robertson said. "Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another."
As a Christian I cringe when I hear crap like that.  Pat Robertson is neck and neck with Fred Phelps in the race to see who can show Christianity in the worst light.  There has always been mouthy jerks who have said the damnedest things in the name of religion.  I don't like it but I've come to expect it.  And there will always people who will lump all Christians in the same pot of soup based on the likes of a Pat Robertson.  Robertson is simply an attention whore who preens for the applause of the lowest common denominator.  As Little Miss Attila said, How about a nice cup of shut the fuck up, Rev. Robertson?