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Nut Case Leads U.N. IPCC

November 30th, 2009

The chairman of the U.N. IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is Rajendra Pachauri, an Indian guru shaman scientist. But holy cow, whatever he is, he’s a nut case.

(Like Al Gore and Our Sun God, Pachuari is a Nobel Prize (2007) recipient. Picture above)

First, he says that whatever the fudging, lying, hiding, and mugging it took to assemble the IPCC climate change reports, they are completely reliable. Then, based on this sacred reliability he proposes some changes in worldwide behavior to be incorporated into the upcoming Copenhagen climate summit, under the contention that “our lifestyles are unsustainable.”

Pachuari advocates:

1) Metering energy consumption (including lighting, heating, air conditioning, etc.) of hotel guests, then charging them extra for their usage.

2) Increasing taxation on air travel because “…people were still making the ‘irrational’ choice to fly. Taxation should be used to discourage them.”

3) “..advocating, in an interview with the Observer, that people should eat less meat because of the levels of carbon emissions associated with rearing livestock.” (cattle farts)

4) Saying “…car use would have to be ‘curbed’: ‘I think we can certainly use pricing to regulate the use of private vehicles.'”

In other words, make the successful Western countries more like the less successful Asian countries. And that is exactly what the upcoming Copenhagen conference is designed to accomplish.

Our bowing Obama is on his way to that conference to join France’s Sarkozy and Britain’s Gordon Brown, who propose that the developed world pledge at least $10 billion per year (in reparations for past industrialization) to be distributed to the less successful third world countries. Guess where they think that money should come from?

Read the proposed treaty yourself.

What we have here is a case of the crazy leading the blind.

Science For a Laugh

November 30th, 2009

Even though we’re beating up on some scientists these days for their pretensions, we can also take time to laugh.

Holder’s Selective Gangsterism

November 28th, 2009

After the Obama feds threw out the legal contracts between bondholders at GM and Chrysler, they then grew tender about treatment of ACORN, the totally corrupt activist arm of the Democratic Party. See below from the New York Times:

A Housing and Urban Development Department lawyer asked the Justice Department whether the new law meant that pre-existing contracts with Acorn should be broken. And in a memorandum signed Oct. 23 and posted online this week, Mr. Barron said the government should continue to make payments to Acorn as required by such contracts.

The new law “should not be read as directing or authorizing HUD to breach a pre-existing binding contractual obligation to make payments to Acorn or its affiliates, subsidiaries or allied organizations where doing so would give rise to contractual liability,” Mr. Barron wrote.

This is Gangsterism at the highest levels of government!

Eid Al-Adha: Just Like Christmas

November 27th, 2009

An addendum to the previous post. This is Eid Al Adha. It’s just like Christmas, isn’t it?

Again, Shame on you Best Buy.

Best Buy Stinks – Allahu Akbar to You

November 27th, 2009

Oh, this constant griping is becoming tedious. But sometimes there’s just too much to gripe about.

This one turns my stomach.
Best Buy Ditches ‘Christmas’ But Celebrates Muslim Holiday in Fliers

Apparently in 2006 Best Buy announced that they thought the mention of Christmas would be offensive to some of their customers and employees.

In 2001 the U.S. was attacked by Muslim fanatics yelling “Allahu Akbar” and out troops have spent several years fighting fanatics yelling “allahu Akbar.” Until the Muslim world owns up to the violence and barbarity in its midst, and does something constructive about it, lets just let them keep their “Allahu Akbars” and “Eid Al-Adhas” to themselves. They don’t deserve any respect at all from us.

Now, I’m not a religious person, in fact I’m an agnostic. But Christmas is part of our American culture. So is Thanksgiving. Eid Al-Adha isn’t. When Saudi Arabia allows Christians to build and attend churches in Saudi Arabia the way that America allows Mosques to be built in the U.S., then maybe Muslims will deserve a little more respect. Until then they’re on their own. We Americans believe in tolerance and shouldn’t criticize anyone for their holidays and beliefs. But this self destructive Politically Correct attitude stinks.

Best Buy should be ashamed of itself.

Light Side of Climate Fraud

November 25th, 2009

A little fun.

Source Code Proves “Climate Science” Fraud

November 25th, 2009

American Thinker makes a damning case against the Global Warming Alarmist fraud led by CRU. It’s worth reading in its entirety:
CRU’s Source Code: Climategate Uncovered but here’s the conclusion.

Advocates of the global governance/financial redistribution sought by the United Nations at Copenhagen in two weeks, and also those of the expanded domestic governance/financial redistribution sought by Liberal politicians, both substantiate their drastic proposals with the pending climate emergency predicted in the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Kyoto, Waxman-Markey, Kerry-Boxer, EPA regulation of the very substances of life — all bad policy concepts enabled solely by IPCC reports. And the IPCC in turn bases those reports largely on the data and charts provided by the research scientists at CRU — largely from tree ring data — who just happen to be editors and lead authors of that same U.N. panel.

Bottom line: CRU’s evidence is now irrevocably tainted. As such, all assumptions based on that evidence must now be reevaluated and readjudicated. And all policy based on those counterfeit assumptions must also be reexamined.

Gotcha. We know they’ve been lying all along, and now we can prove it. It’s time to bring sanity back to this debate.

It’s time for the First IPCC Reassessment Report.

I wholeheartedly agree with his conclusion.


Still don’t believe me? Read this.

Cap & Trade IS NOT a Free Market Scheme

November 25th, 2009

What, exactly, is cap & trade? I’ll try to illustrate it here by example. Let’s say the government decides that the citizens are getting too fat. They declare that the ideal weight is (170 lbs. men, 110 lbs. women = average 140 lbs.) So it announces a cap and trade program allowing only (140 lbs. x 300 million citizens) 42 billion lbs. of body weight for the country. But the government knows that the actual body weight is 50% higher than that, or 60 billion lbs. So it sells licenses to fatties who weigh more than 140 lbs. each, allowing for the extra 70 lbs. per fatty. Fatties who don’t want to purchase the licences are simply weighed, then fined or taxed. But in return they get a fat license.

Now comes the really clever part of the scheme. Fatties who lose weight can sell their fat licences to skinnies who want to gain weight, thus providing an incentive for fatties to slim down. But what incentive do the skinnies have to get fatter and pay for fat licences? Very little, indeed.

The cap and trade scheme relies on the government reducing the cap year by year. So if the first year’s cap is 70 lbs per person and the cap is reduced to 50 lbs, then fatties who haven’t reduced their weight may have to pay for more fat licences. They can pay the government for these, or they can purchase them from fatties who have lost weight and don’t need so many fat credits on their licences.

The fat licenses become less valuable as fewer and fewer skinnies decide to pork up and as fatties become skinnies. So the government reduces the cap more rapidly to maintain the value of fat licences and thus the incentive to lose weight and of course the revenue the government gets from selling the licences. All is sunshine, the nation is losing weight rapidly and soon everyone will be skinny.

Advocates for cap & trade as CO2 mitigation such as the Environmental Defense Fund claim that cap & trade was successful in ending acid rain a few years back, so it should be used now. But, it is widely reported, the European Union’s cap & trade scheme has been a complete failure leading to economic damage and no significant CO2 reductions. Much of this failure is attributed to the inevitable corruption that results from government control of the economy. Politicians like to get paid re-elected, industries like to get favors.

Let’s analyze this cap and trade scheme for what it really is. The whole scheme requires three things to work. It requires artificial scarcity (the cap), coersion (requirement to report weight and buy licenses for excess weight) and government price controls. None of these is a characteristic of a free market or a free society.

So don’t be fooled. Cap and Trade is government regulation, economic interference and taxation.

The Sun God’s Court of Advisors

November 25th, 2009

No wonder the Sun God is so ignorant when it comes to economics. Look at the private sector experience of his cabinet compared to that of previous presidents since 1900.

(Lifted from The Enterprise Blog)

No wonder he trusts government and cares nothing about wrecking the private sector.

Ignorance begets ineptitude.

Obummer To Outgas in Copenhagen

November 25th, 2009

We now read that our Sun God President will promise at the upcoming Copenhagen climate conference big reductions in greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions from the U.S. What makes him think he can make and keep this promise? Presumably he’s basing it on the Boxer/Kerry bill making its way though the House of Representatives. But what does this portend for American citizens?

See Andrew Breitbat’s Big Government for a succinct summary of why cap and trade is a terrible idea and won’t work even if you think it’s necessary to reduce CO2 emissions.
Barbara Boxer’s Cap-and-Trade Energy Tax Won’t Work The summary of the article is as follows:

The bottom line: Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Cap-and-Trade energy tax will cost your family up to $2,000 per year, will destroy about 2.4 million American jobs and will actually increase global greenhouse gas emissions.

These multi-trillion dollar hits on the U.S. economy (socialized health-care, cap & trade, stimulus, bailouts) from the socialists in the white house and congress promise to wreck our economy and way of life for all time.

Although many suspect that congress won’t pass cap and trade, especially if Pelosi-care passes and porks up the budget to bursting, don’t count on that.

Also, see my prior article U.S. Sovereignty At Stake in Copenhagen concerning Copenhagen’s real objectives. Hint, it’s not about ecology, it’s about your wealth.

Be vocal. Write your representatives. Join Club for Growth and FreedomWorks

Eee-Gad! A Simpler Climate Model That Actually Works?

November 23rd, 2009

While stumbling around the climate blogosphere I came across this, just published report:
Simple Model Leaves Expensive Climate Models Cold

The report describes a simple climate model that seems to actually work and compares it to the complex U.N. IPCC models that don’t work.

Incidentally, this new model predicts 0.5 degree C. rise in temps over the next 100 years, but says this may be an artifact of measurement error. Nothing to worry about in any case.

Maybe someone will be able to elaborate on the technology and mathematics involved. (See link in cited article, above.)

Just thought you might be interested.

Hold the Phone – AGW Not a Crisis!

November 23rd, 2009

By now most of you have read about the unauthorized release of thousands of emails and other data produced by prominent climate scientists, most of them advocates of global warming hysteria.

Here for your casual perusal are summaries from selected emails contained in the CRU hack data files. Climate Cuttings 33, by Bishop Hill blog.

The accusations, assumptions, denials, conspiracy theories are flying around the net like a bees from a disturbed hive. I don’t believe this uncovers a conspiracy in the evil sense of the word. The soundest comment I’ve observed said, liberally paraphrasing,

Evidence from the hacked emails sounds like the kind of political correctness one finds at a university, wherein a group of strong willed leaders defines PC orthodoxy and heretics are burned at the stake.”

Does this sound to you like the noises (“deniers, settled science, global catastrophe, tipping point, etc.”) global warming activists have been making over the past few years?

There is no surprise here that among scientists there could be disputes, maybe spiteful character assassinations and even fudging of data, all evidenced in these files. After all, they’re human. They’re also protecting an extremely lucrative flow of research money. Catholic patrons of Michelangelo didn’t back him to produce art that contradicted their doctrine. And government agencies tend not to fund science projects that weaken their own political power and funding.

I’m delighted for all the hullabaloo because it reinforces my contention that the AGW debate shouldn’t be about the science. It is a political and economic issue. The science is not “settled,” there is no “crisis” on a 100 year time scale. Little things like hiding the medieval warm period or jiggering the data to falsify the record of the past 10 years may seem like quibbles to some climatologists, but compared to the political proposals to utterly wreck the economies of the successful countries, it matters a lot. Our congress should put all the CO2, AGW, Cap & Trade, carbon tax and other schemes on hold and conduct hearings so that a) both sides of the argument can be fairly heard and evaluated, and b) fraudulent claims and conduct can be outed and dismissed. And perhaps the whole thing can be given some time to work itself out without the crisis mongering. Even Gullible-Al Gore should have another hearing and some critical scrutiny.

Finally, several sites are showing this video which I think sums up a lot of the frustration over the AGW circus. Thanks to wattsupwiththat.com.

Global Warming is not a crisis. Calm down. Congress is a crisis. So act now!

On Breast Cancer, Unemployment and Warfare

November 21st, 2009

The hoopla about breast cancer screening recommendations masks a basic and important difference between private health and “public health.”

The public health people study health in terms of statistics. If a test saves one life in a thousand but costs everyone who takes the test $100, then one life is lost but at a cost of $100,000. It may be someone’s logical conclusion that the risk of one life isn’t worth the overall expense of all those tests.

Taking the same example from a private health viewpoint, each of these 1,000 people might consider $100 a small price to pay for early detection of a life threatening disease, or the reassurance of knowing they are healthy.

What we are seeing in the socialized health care bills in congress is the attempt to define health care in the “public health” mode. So the government’s “Preventative Service Task Force” recommends fewer tests while individual doctors recommend the private health alternative. If the Democrats have their way by shoving socialized medicine down our throats a lot of people will die based on rationing due to the public health approach. In fact, pages 1150 and 1189-1190 of the senate bill specify that this same committee’s recommendations will be used to provide or withhold health services.

Unfortunately, this kind of public statistical vs. individual approach applies to all too many if not most of the things government does. The public approach to reducing unemployment, for example, is based on statistical aggregates, the rate of unemployment and tries to bludgeon the rate down. But statistical rates don’t bludgeon. They are aggregates of individual conditions. And it is only at the individual level that the aggregates such as the unemployment rate can be changed.

Even where we assume that an aggregate is needed to get things done it isn’t true. An army is an aggregate. You send an army to fight your enemies, but the fighting is done by individual soldiers, not by “the army” or even by generals. A good general occupies himself primarily with the task of making sure his soldiers have the wherewithal, including his best strategic judgment to beat the enemy. But the general and the army don’t kill the enemy, the soldiers do.

This all seems simple and sensible to me. Health, employment, economic growth, conservation, even warfare are individual efforts without which nothing much gets done.

“Public Health” is a health hazard.

Global Warming Causes Prostitution Says U.N.

November 20th, 2009

Yet another loony U.N. notion: climate change causes prostitution and HIV Aids.

The effects of climate change have driven women in communities in coastal areas in poor countries like the Philippines into dangerous work, and sometimes even the flesh trade, a United Nations official said.

Suneeta Mukherjee, country representative of the United Nations Food Population Fund (UNFPA), said women in the Philippines are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change in the country.

“Climate change could reduce income from farming and fishing, possibly driving some women into sex work and thereby increase HIV infection,” Mukherjee said during the Wednesday launch of the UNFPA annual State of World Population Report in Pasay City.

The author of this study, “Alacala, […] also heads the Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management in Siliman University” Silly, indeed.

Do you now believe that the U.N. is a political, not a scientific body?

Congress a-Taxin

November 20th, 2009

High-Income Tax May Be Needed for Afghan War Cost, Levin Says Like I predicted a few articles back, here comes congress a-taxin. Can a VAT be far behind?

Wall Street Journal – R.I.P. for Me

November 20th, 2009

I have been a long-time reader and fan of the Wall Street Journal, especially the well-written editorial pages. The long-time editor of the editorial pages, the late Robert L. Bartley, used to say that his was the only newspaper that could claim to be sold largely if not solely on the merit of its editorials. I agree wholeheartedly with his contention.

But now I’m going to miss those pages. Yesterday my jaw dropped when I opened the WSJ’s solicitation to renew my subscription. In the past I’d always waited for them to make me an offer I couldn’t refuse, i.e., I refused to pay more than $0.50 per issue. So when the asking price was $250 or so per year I would wait for an offer of about $125 and enjoy the paper for another year. But this last letter pegged the new asking price at $500 per year, or $1.60 per issue. They’ve just priced themselves out of my budget unless they make me a $0.50 per issue offer.

Ever since Rupert Murdoch took over the paper I’ve been pleased with most of his changes. The paper features more international and national news and less arcane corporate stuff. I like that. Apparently Mudoch wants to position the WSJ as direct competition to the New York Times. OK by me, but at that price I just can’t justify it.

I used to subscribe to three newspapers daily and sometimes a fourth on Sunday. No longer. The local newspaper lost its competition earlier this year and the remaining rag, which was never a great paper before, is now junk. The delivery man refused to deliver it to our door, instead leaving it at the end of a long drive, so that got canceled too. Now I’m newspaperless when the current WSJ subscription expires.

It does seem to me that if Mr. Murdoch wants to keep his newspaper alive and profitable he’ll have to find a better and more economical way to deliver it — and offer it at reasonable price. Otherwise I suspect that a lot of others will take my path and drop their subscriptions. Eventually the fine editorial content that was once the province of the WSJ will find its way onto the web, as a lot of it has already.

I mourn the death of newspapers, but recognize that change is inevitable.

The newspaper is dead. Long live the news.

The Vegetarian Rattlesnake

November 18th, 2009

ABC News reported on Monday that the recovery.gov web site, which is supposed to track all the stimulus spending and the jobs “saved or created” is so screwed up that the data is garbage. (more here) The site reports spending and jobs saved for numerous congressional districts that don’t even exist. Not that the government would ever intentionally lie, not that. See:Media is discovering the count of jobs saved by stimulus is fraudulent.. This doesn’t surprise me. After all, it’s good enough for government work.

What shocked me is the cost of the government’s web site, $18+ Million dollars. As a programmer that makes no sense to me at all. How could a web site cost that much?

Now, Thanks to SunlightLabs we get some insight into how the government manages to spend $18+ Million on a web site that reports false information, i.e., garbage.

It turns out that the $18 Million isn’t even the total cost, because the garbage information fed into recovery.gov comes from another site called FederalReporting.Gov, and its cost appears to be another $19 Million. The whole mess didn’t become active until this October, eight months after the stimulus program was announced. Here’s a sample from that part of the circus:

The Office of Management and Budget required fund recipients to report on their stimulus projects by Oct. 10, which meant the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board had little time to get a reporting system up and running. In fact the board, on Oct. 10, pushed back the deadline 10 days to accommodate recipients who were having difficulty filing. The board originally anticipated federal agencies allocating funds would use their own information technology systems to transmit reports about awards. But that idea quickly faded.

The first bad sign was Grants.gov needed $5 million to get in shape,” says board Chairman Earl Devaney, citing the online doorway to all federal grants. “We can’t afford to fix all the broken systems in the federal government to make this work, and the agencies don’t have the money to do that.

Devaney decided to build something from scratch – almost. The Environmental Protection Agency already had a good thing going with its reporting system, which tracks regulatory compliance information from states, tribes, local governments and industry. So in mid-June, the board piggybacked onto EPA’s contract, awarding a $19 million task order to establish a stimulus reporting site. Within five months, contractor CGI Federal and the board had fashioned the blueprint for an old EPA data exchange into a financial reporting system intended to resuscitate the nation’s finances.

(Emphasis added.)

Translating, Devaney decided not to spend $5 million to fix a system they already had. Instead he spent $19 Million to make a new one, admitting in the process that it would probably, like all other government technology be broken from day-one. So it appears that the whole government fiasco (two web sites) cost something like $37 Million to set up. What it costs to operate I suspect nobody knows and nobody in government cares.

The cost of developing a web site derives almost entirely from manpower. If one deploys $37 Million for 8 months that would pay for 193 programmers paid $100 per hour, 60 hours per week. It looks like a plan to get the job done with a million monkeys on a million typewriters. Yes, CGI Federal, the contractor for the FederalReporting.Gov part of the site has to make a profit, but then they don’t pay their employees $100 per hour, either. Any way you look at it this $37 Million expenditure is a boondoggle.

To top that off, a private site called Recovery.Org appeared shortly after the stimulus was announced, and it has been in successful operation ever since. Recovery.org tracks stimulus money and detailed contracts in real time, broken down by state and city and even gives some job estimates. I contacted Onvia, the owner of Recovery.Org and asked how much money they spent to develop their web site. Unfortunately they didn’t get back to me in time for this article, but if the Onvia site took more than a dozen programmers and a few hundred thousand dollars to assemble, then I’ll send you a vegetarian rattlesnake from our Arizona desert.

Government = Waste


November 16th, 2009

From a Beijing souvenir shop. Here’s what the commies think of our president.

Enough Said!

“Good Person” Kills 14 in Cold Blood

November 16th, 2009

From Psychology Today, Dr. Mark Goulston titles his article:

November 7, 2009, Evolutionary Psychology
The Ft. Hood Killer – Guilty But Not Evil
The Ft. Hood shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was not a bad person.

Read the article if you have a strong stomach and a barf-bag handy.

It goes on to say that Goulston consults with the FBI to train hostage negotiators. This guy may have a degree, but he has no common sense at all. However, this is the tack that the liberal media and propaganda mill will obviously take about the Ft. Hood massacre.

All I can add is: “HOW DISGUSTING!”

About Showers and Water

November 15th, 2009

After reading the Wall Street Journal piece of shower heads I made a note to write about it, but once again, Coyote beat me to it. All Our Shower Heads In My House Have Been Hacked Nonetheless, the subject is such a good one that I’ll add my two cents.

Coyote’s article is, as usual, cerebral. My thoughts are more gut-level. The shower head I use now and transport to wherever I live came from a San Francisco house built in the 1930’s. It puts out a really invigorating shower that can’t compare to the puny water-saving, Al Gore variety that is mandated by bureaucratic idiots. After my current house was built and inspected, the first thing I did was to replace the little piss-head with my real 1930’s shower head. I’ve enjoyed good showers ever since.

Which brings to mind a story about Lyndon Johnson. He reputedly had his White House shower outfitted with multiple high-pressure shower heads, I think it was something like six. Now that was a shower!

And while we’re on the subject of plumbing fixtures, we shouldn’t forget those water-saving toilets, which have to be flushed several times to do their work. One of mine had to undergo a dam-otomy and it still doesn’t work all that well. (Thanks Al.)

Then there are the back-flow preventers that were mandated for each outdoor hose bib. They all caused a racket when the water was turned on. So they had to be removed. A back-flow-otomy. Even though one stuck set screw caused me to drill a hole right through the threads of the hose-bib. Some JB Weld has fixed that. Paul Harvey recommended it so I guess I don’t have to keep my fingers crossed. The fix has held for over 10 years.

Whenever I try to fix plumbing it takes at least 3 trips to town to get tools and replace parts that break off while I’m trying to fix them. I really hate plumbing and now employ a real plumber when needed. It seems to me that plumbing was invented in Ancient Roman times and should have been improved since then. It hasn’t been. Why not a clog-proof pipe? Why not a washer or a valve that lasts? Why do we buy plastic junk from China to replace sturdy brass fittings from Cleveland?

So spill it. Ramble on. The Delta Smelt in California are still being eaten by predator fish after the water supply to the farmers was cut off to restore the river flow — all at the behest of environmental activists. The result is that a very productive part of the California agricultural economy has been turned into a dust bowl and hundreds of farm workers are jobless. (Thanks Al.)

An old western saying: “Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting.” So don’t touch my shower head!

Enough griping for one day. It seems each blog post becomes more bitter than the last. Next week I’m determined to find some sunshine and share it. Some optimism is needed. “Yes, we can?????” Ouch.

Obama’s Disgusting, Disgraceful Grovel

November 14th, 2009

You BASTARD. You were elected to stand up for America. You are a disgrace.

Obama Wants to Reduce Deficit, How?

November 13th, 2009

So now we hear that Obama wants to reduce the deficit, and might even abandon Cap & Trade next year. Interesting if true.

Of course, there are two ways to reduce the deficit: a) Limit Spending and b) Increase Taxes. Based on past experience it is a fairly safe bet that what the Obamacrats have in mind is the latter, a big fat tax increase, and not just on the “people earning over $250,000 per year.” These people don’t earn enough to make a dent in the irresponsible Obama-Pelosi Democrat spending binge.

In order to make some impact on a $1.4 Trillion deficit in a $14.0 Trillion economy, only a value added tax is big enough to do the job and sneaky enough to get passage. It can be sold as a patriotic effort to control the deficit, reassure international lenders, protect American exports all the while aligning the U.S. economy with those of European allies, such as France, Germany and Britain, all of which have VAT taxes. A 10% VAT on nearly everything would theoretically raise $1.4 Trillion, which would theoretically wipe out the deficit.

That’s the theory. In practice it would devastate the U.S. economy by making everything 10% more expensive. It would completely kill off entrepreneurship and innovation and would be the most devastating killer of jobs imaginable. Look at most of Europe for an example of what this kind of burden does to an economy. And who’s to guarantee that the additional revenue wouldn’t just be spent on new government programs by an irresponsible, drunken congress?

Remind me to wake up from this nightmare!

Embers of Revolution

November 13th, 2009

Blowing upon the embers of revolution in response to Obama’s gang of socialists — this video is worth playing.

Find more videos like this on Mywesttexas Chatter

Meanwhile, in Britain, there are calls for individual carbon rations — exceed the rations and you go to jail. In the U.S. the House of Representatives (yes, that one) votes without a silly drunken grin to require each citizen to buy a health insurance policy or go to jail. And the Obama gang brings Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to N.Y. for trial in a civilian court — apparently so he can enjoy the protection of the U.S. Constitution’s bill of rights, providing employment for ACLU-type lawyers, and sympathetic publicity for Islamic murderers.

Unless we are able to take a wrecking ball to this gang in November, 2010, we’ll ultimately need to blow those embers to full flame in order to preserve our freedom.

I would never have believed it could get this bad, this fast. But it has.

Charge Hasan With Treason in Addition to Murder

November 12th, 2009

in addition to the murder indictments against him, the Ft. Hood Muslim Maniac, Nidal Malik Hasan, should be indicted for Treason. He took an oath to protect and defend the U.S. against all enemies, foreign and domestic. He clearly “breached his allegiance” and acted as an enemy of the U.S. by attacking its armed forces. According to www.lectlaw.com:

TREASON – This word imports a betraying, treachery, or breach of allegiance.

The Constitution of the United States, Art. III, defines treason against the United States to consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort. This offence is punished with death. By the same article of the Constitution, no person shall be convicted of treason, unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

The two witnesses necessary for conviction won’t be hard to muster even if the ACLU, in their customary fashion, furnishes the trial with their best defense lawyers.

Now if we can just find a provision of the law which provides for a public hanging in such a case!

Death to Muhammad

November 9th, 2009

From USA Today the news that the Supreme Court refused to block the execution of John Allen Muhammad, the so-called “DC Sniper.”

It is no surprise that Obama’s appointee, Justice Sotomayor, joined with two other liberal court members to disparage the court decision.

Justices Stevens, joined by Ginsburg and Sotomayor, wrote, “By denying Muhammad’s stay application, we have allowed Virginia to truncate our deliberative process on a matter — involving a death row inmate — that demands the most careful attention. This result is particularly unfortunate in light of the limited time Muhammad was given to make his case in the district court.”

The statement continued, “I do not dissent from the Court’s decision to deny certiorari. I do, however, remain firmly convinced that no state should be allowed to foreshorten this Court’s orderly review of … first-time habeas petitions by executing prisoners before that review can be completed.”

Should the supreme court be the final arbiter on every death penalty case?

The Berlin Wall Didn’t Fall — It Was Pushed

November 9th, 2009

This still brings me tears of joy. It was a great day, the culmination of years of evil and blood. For my generation which was taught how to “duck and cover” (hide under one’s school desk) in case of atomic attack, for a generation in which some of us went to war to fight communist evil and thus had a small part in bringing down the evil empire — for us this was a most memorable milestone in our lives.

(Thanks to Club for Growth for bringing this video to my attention.)

Reflecting on this joyful video gives me hope that statism, no matter how well established it has become, can and eventually will cave in to the yearning of people for true freedom.

I’m also reminded, however, of the truth that “freedom isn’t free.” It is earned and purchased with blood and sacrifice.

I hope you will remember that on Veteran’s Day – November 11th.

Napolitano Worries About Muslims Hurt Feelings

November 9th, 2009

Characteristically, for the Obama gang, we learn from AP that our Secretary of Homeland Security is more worried about potential hurt feelings among Muslims than she is about terrorism.

“Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday’s rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile we also learn more about Maj. Hasan’s aleged attempts to contact Al Qaeda. From ABC News:

U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.

Political Correctness is Insanity.

118 New Bureaucracies in PelosiCare Bill

November 8th, 2009

The new PelosiCare bill contains provisions for 118 new bureaucracies — and Pelosi says this won’t increase the federal deficit? See especially sops to politically correct types and Acorn funding salted throughout this list.

Nov. 5, 2009-New Federal Bureaucracies Created in Pelosi Health Care Bill

NOVEMBER 5, 2009 Print

The House Republican Conference has compiled a list of all the 118 new boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs created in H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi’s government takeover of health care:

1. Retiree Reserve Trust Fund (Section 111(d), p. 61)
2. Grant program for wellness programs to small employers (Section 112, p. 62)
3. Grant program for State health access programs (Section 114, p. 72)
4. Program of administrative simplification (Section 115, p. 76)
5. Health Benefits Advisory Committee (Section 223, p. 111)
6. Health Choices Administration (Section 241, p. 131)
7. Qualified Health Benefits Plan Ombudsman (Section 244, p. 138)
8. Health Insurance Exchange (Section 201, p. 155)
9. Program for technical assistance to employees of small businesses buying Exchange coverage (Section 305(h), p. 191)
10. Mechanism for insurance risk pooling to be established by Health Choices Commissioner (Section 306(b), p. 194)
11. Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund (Section 307, p. 195)
12. State-based Health Insurance Exchanges (Section 308, p. 197)
13. Grant program for health insurance cooperatives (Section 310, p. 206)
14. “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 321, p. 211)
15. Ombudsman for “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 321(d), p. 213)
16. Account for receipts and disbursements for “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 322(b), p. 215)
17. Telehealth Advisory Committee (Section 1191 (b), p. 589)
18. Demonstration program providing reimbursement for “culturally and linguistically appropriate services” (Section 1222, p. 617)
19. Demonstration program for shared decision making using patient decision aids (Section 1236, p. 648)
20. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicare (Section 1301, p. 653)
21. Independent patient-centered medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302, p. 672)
22. Community-based medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302(d), p. 681)
23. Independence at home demonstration program (Section 1312, p. 718)
24. Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research (Section 1401(a), p. 734)
25. Comparative Effectiveness Research Commission (Section 1401(a), p. 738)
26. Patient ombudsman for comparative effectiveness research (Section 1401(a), p. 753)
27. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1412(b)(1), p. 784)
28. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for nursing facilities (Section 1412 (b)(2), p. 786)
29. Special focus facility program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1413(a)(3), p. 796)
30. Special focus facility program for nursing facilities (Section 1413(b)(3), p. 804)
31. National independent monitor pilot program for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (Section 1422, p. 859)
32. Demonstration program for approved teaching health centers with respect to Medicare GME (Section 1502(d), p. 933)
33. Pilot program to develop anti-fraud compliance systems for Medicare providers (Section 1635, p. 978)
34. Special Inspector General for the Health Insurance Exchange (Section 1647, p. 1000)
35. Medical home pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1722, p. 1058)
36. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1730A, p. 1073)
37. Nursing facility supplemental payment program (Section 1745, p. 1106)
38. Demonstration program for Medicaid coverage to stabilize emergency medical conditions in institutions for mental diseases (Section 1787, p. 1149)
39. Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund (Section 1802, p. 1162)
40. “Identifiable office or program” within CMS to “provide for improved coordination between Medicare and Medicaid in the case of dual eligibles” (Section 1905, p. 1191)
41. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Section 1907, p. 1198)
42. Public Health Investment Fund (Section 2002, p. 1214)
43. Scholarships for service in health professional needs areas (Section 2211, p. 1224)
44. Program for training medical residents in community-based settings (Section 2214, p. 1236)
45. Grant program for training in dentistry programs (Section 2215, p. 1240)
46. Public Health Workforce Corps (Section 2231, p. 1253)
47. Public health workforce scholarship program (Section 2231, p. 1254)
48. Public health workforce loan forgiveness program (Section 2231, p. 1258)
49. Grant program for innovations in interdisciplinary care (Section 2252, p. 1272)
50. Advisory Committee on Health Workforce Evaluation and Assessment (Section 2261, p. 1275)
51. Prevention and Wellness Trust (Section 2301, p. 1286)
52. Clinical Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1295)
53. Community Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1301)
54. Grant program for community prevention and wellness research (Section 2301, p. 1305)
55. Grant program for research and demonstration projects related to wellness incentives (Section 2301, p. 1305)
56. Grant program for community prevention and wellness services (Section 2301, p. 1308)
57. Grant program for public health infrastructure (Section 2301, p. 1313)
58. Center for Quality Improvement (Section 2401, p. 1322)
59. Assistant Secretary for Health Information (Section 2402, p. 1330)
60. Grant program to support the operation of school-based health clinics (Section 2511, p. 1352)
61. Grant program for nurse-managed health centers (Section 2512, p. 1361)
62. Grants for labor-management programs for nursing training (Section 2521, p. 1372)
63. Grant program for interdisciplinary mental and behavioral health training (Section 2522, p. 1382)
64. “No Child Left Unimmunized Against Influenza” demonstration grant program (Section 2524, p. 1391)
65. Healthy Teen Initiative grant program regarding teen pregnancy (Section 2526, p. 1398)
66. Grant program for interdisciplinary training, education, and services for individuals with autism (Section 2527(a), p. 1402)
67. University centers for excellence in developmental disabilities education (Section 2527(b), p. 1410)
68. Grant program to implement medication therapy management services (Section 2528, p. 1412)
69. Grant program to promote positive health behaviors in underserved communities (Section 2530, p. 1422)
70. Grant program for State alternative medical liability laws (Section 2531, p. 1431)
71. Grant program to develop infant mortality programs (Section 2532, p. 1433)
72. Grant program to prepare secondary school students for careers in health professions (Section 2533, p. 1437)
73. Grant program for community-based collaborative care (Section 2534, p. 1440)
74. Grant program for community-based overweight and obesity prevention (Section 2535, p. 1457)
75. Grant program for reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in primary and secondary schools (Section 2536, p. 1462)
76. Demonstration project of grants to medical-legal partnerships (Section 2537, p. 1464)
77. Center for Emergency Care under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (Section 2552, p. 1478)
78. Council for Emergency Care (Section 2552, p 1479)
79. Grant program to support demonstration programs that design and implement regionalized emergency care systems (Section 2553, p. 1480)
80. Grant program to assist veterans who wish to become emergency medical technicians upon discharge (Section 2554, p. 1487)
81. Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (Section 2562, p. 1494)
82. National Medical Device Registry (Section 2571, p. 1501)
83. CLASS Independence Fund (Section 2581, p. 1597)
84. CLASS Independence Fund Board of Trustees (Section 2581, p. 1598)
85. CLASS Independence Advisory Council (Section 2581, p. 1602)
86. Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1610)
87. National Women’s Health Information Center (Section 2588, p. 1611)
88. Centers for Disease Control Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1614)
89. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women’s Health and Gender-Based Research (Section 2588, p. 1617)
90. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1618)
91. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1621)
92. Personal Care Attendant Workforce Advisory Panel (Section 2589(a)(2), p. 1624)
93. Grant program for national health workforce online training (Section 2591, p. 1629)
94. Grant program to disseminate best practices on implementing health workforce investment programs (Section 2591, p. 1632)
95. Demonstration program for chronic shortages of health professionals (Section 3101, p. 1717)
96. Demonstration program for substance abuse counselor educational curricula (Section 3101, p. 1719)
97. Program of Indian community education on mental illness (Section 3101, p. 1722)
98. Intergovernmental Task Force on Indian environmental and nuclear hazards (Section 3101, p. 1754)
99. Office of Indian Men’s Health (Section 3101, p. 1765)
100. Indian Health facilities appropriation advisory board (Section 3101, p. 1774)
101. Indian Health facilities needs assessment workgroup (Section 3101, p. 1775)
102. Indian Health Service tribal facilities joint venture demonstration projects (Section 3101, p. 1809)
103. Urban youth treatment center demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1873)
104. Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for diabetes prevention (Section 3101, p. 1874)
105. Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for health IT adoption (Section 3101, p. 1877)
106. Mental health technician training program (Section 3101, p. 1898)
107. Indian youth telemental health demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1909)
108. Program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims and perpetrators (Section 3101, p. 1925)
109. Program for treatment of domestic violence and sexual abuse (Section 3101, p. 1927)
110. Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1966)
111. Committee for the Establishment of the Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1968)
112. Grant program for mental health and substance abuse screening (Manager’s Amendment, p. 31)
113. Centers for Disease Control Office of Minority Health (Manager’s Amendment, p. 35)
114. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of Minority Health (Manager’s Amendment, p. 35)
115. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Minority Health (Manager’s Amendment, p. 36)
116. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Minority Health (Manager’s Amendment, p. 36)
117. Food and Drug Administration Office of Minority Health (Manager’s Amendment, p. 36)
118. Outreach program to increase awareness of diabetes screening benefits (Manager’s Amendment, p. 39)

Only a socialist could think this makes sense.

Hasan’s Al Quaida Association

November 8th, 2009

From British newspaper, the Telegraph, we have this:
Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer linked to September 11 terrorists

I doubt this article would appear in a PC U.S. newspaper. It implies that a Muslim was preaching terrorism at his mosque (how odd, how un-PC), and that the mass murderer, Nidal Malik Hasan, may have been influenced by this to commit an act of Jihad.

Now that Hasan is off the ventilator, I say waterboard him!

Split the Country?

November 8th, 2009

Yesterday afternoon and evening I spent hours upon hours listening to CSPAN’s broadcast debate and vote on the Pelosi health care legislation from both parties. In addition to having my eyes glaze over after the 999th uttering of “the gentleman from” and “the distinguished gentlemen” it was hard to discern the purpose of the speeches. Each side, with few exceptions, repeated talking points, over and over again. In one speech with substance, that of John Boehner, the Republican leader, sections of the bill were cited specifically and criticized. Interestingly enough, the chairman had to issue the order “Members will take seats and cease conversation.” It was equivalent to my old math teacher shouting “Shut up and sit down!”

The overwhelming lesson of the evening after a 220 to 215 vote to adopt the Democrat’s measure was one of complete division. Only one Republican voted for the bill. Between that and the obvious disconnect of speeches it was as if the two parties represented two separate countries.

The Democrats argued that “the poor,” “the children,” “the uninsured,” “the disadvantaged,” “the working poor,” etc. required the intervention of government to protect them from the rapacious insurance companies and medical profiteers that threatened them with an early death for lack of “affordable” health care coverage. One representative got up and said (lightly paraphrasing), “Most people aren’t responsible enough to buy their own health insurance, so the government must do it for them.”

The Republicans argued that the bill would destroy a working health care system, bankrupt the country, and destroy a freedom we all enjoy, the ability to control our own health care. They further observed that the 1,990 page bill would impose onerous regulations, high taxes, and vast new bureaucracies. They offered a simpler bill aimed at what they consider the root causes of high medical costs. That bill was promptly defeated. Five-minutes were allowed for this vote. (An anti-abortion amendment to the Democrat’s bill was given a 15-minute vote window — I wonder why?)

With all the talk, I didn’t hear a single representative ask the two questions that matter most. 1) What Constitutional provision permits the Federal Government to take over the health care industry? and 2) Do the American people really want government control of their personal health care?

The divisions are so deep and fundamental that maybe the country should split into two or more entities, one socialist and the other free.

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