Odd Citizen

Odd Citizen
An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Fraudulent Data Produces Bogus Science

March 31st, 2010

Having been distracted by the Sun God’s health care disaster I missed a most comprehensive report: Surface Temperature Records: Policy Driven Deception?. This report discusses in great detail the manner in which temperature records relied on by climate scientists have been systematically jiggered to support the global warming religious dogma.

It has been and remains my contention that the Climategate emails, though dramatic and newsworthy, did not by themselves blow the legs out from under “global warming scientific consensus”. To me, the damning revelation was that the data was manipulated to serve a political agenda. When the scientific theories (such as climate models) are contradicted by real world data, then the theories should be thrown out. When the scientific theory is based on bogus data, then the science is unequivocally bogus as well.

Read the report. It is thorough, well documented and worthwhile.

Garbage in – Garbage out — RIP Global Warming.

Global Warming In the Land of the Undead

March 31st, 2010

From Michelle Malkin comes this news:

Eight Democratic senators from industrial states are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate pollution blamed for global warming.

In a letter written by Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the lawmakers said the agency lacks the power to restrict greenhouse gases from stationary sources such as power plants, factories and mines. The lawmakers said Congress – not the EPA – should address an issue with big implications for thousands of U.S. jobs and businesses.

Although the news outlets and I suspect a majority of Americans are oblivious to the discreditation of the global warming religion, it does begin to have practical consequences.

And yet the Sun God continues to preach cap and trade. He releases some offshore areas for oil drilling while retracting existing lease areas in Alaska. Auto mileage regulations threaten to make automobiles more expensive, and if Obama and his gang get their way gasoline will cost a lot more — real soon now.

Meanwhile, Sen. Inhofe is releasing a report on Climategate, the IPCC fraud and the EPA’s “endangerment” finding leading to regulation of nearly everything.

For those of you who would like some additional background, here’s an interview with Senator Inhofe (again courtesy of Malkin).

So the struggle continues as long as some people continue to be blind to reality.

It may take a wooden stake through the heart to kill this vampire after all.

Blocking Obamacare Now

March 30th, 2010

An encouraging article by Dick Morris in BigGovernment.com points out that repeal of Obamacare is likely impossible as long as the Sun God is enthroned. He’ll veto it. However, Morris points out that the recently passed bill is an “authorization” for spending. Until congress passes an “appropriation” bill nothing can be actually spent. So the goal is for Republicans to gain a majority in at least one branch of congress. This will allow them to stop Obamacare in its tracks until such time as Republicans gain control of the White House — then Obamacare can be repealed.

However, nothing will be easy. Undoubtedly the appropriation bill will be attached to something hard-to-vote-against, like national defense. But the possibility of blocking this monstrosity early on is nonetheless encouraging. And this, combined with the potential for favorable Supreme Court rulings may just save us from the disaster.

Witch Doctoring With Obama

March 24th, 2010

Just too clever to ignore! And so true.

(Found by someone on Minnpost.com)

Little Tyrannies

March 22nd, 2010

We’re tied in knots about a lot of big government tyrannies like nationalization of the health care industry and student loans, nationalizing banking and automobile manufacturing, attempts to regulate CO2 emissions, obesity nannyism, socialist education programs, and massive new taxes. But like the weather, there’s little we can do directly and immediately to resist these big things.

But as government at all levels attempts to control more of our lives they do so by building bureaucracies. By their very nature these bureaucracies generate annoying little irritations and petty regulations. For example, when you go to the dentist or the doctor’s office you’re presented with a sheaf of small print paper having to do with your “medical privacy rights.” Now why I have to sign a form certifying that I have read about my privacy rights (when the doctor’s office maintains the information) — that’s a mystery to me. So I ask the receptionist what dire consequences will fall upon me if I refuse to sign? She says, I’ll just put down “refuses to sign” and attach the papers to your file. I have now struck a small blow against the jack boots of government tyranny.

The same goes for the census form. They can hound you to supply information you don’t consider a constitutional requirement, but short of water-boarding they can’t really force you to talk or fill in the form. There are penalties for supplying false information, but if you simply refuse to lift a pencil or talk, then what?

Martha Stuart and others learned a painful lesson. They were jailed for “lieing to the government.” The principle here is: Don’t ever, ever say anything to any government official. They can’t force you to say anything. They can and will use anything you do say to screw you, so shut your mouth. Omerta is the key.

The income tax code has become the main mechanism for government enforcement and thuggery. With health care mandates we will be expected to perform ever more involuntary servitude filling out government forms and being file clerks in our own lives. Save every receipt and tickie — that’s the way to avoid fines and possibly jail. As for me, I’ve simplified my life. I save nothing and still comply with the tax code by taking a standard deduction. When audited I simply conceded and paid but said nothing. It was far cheaper overall than spending my life as an unpaid government flunkie clerk. It may not work for everyone, but it will for many of us.

As a business owner during the heyday of the “energy crisis” and a related mania over “pollution controls” I was frequently pestered by demands that I fill out questionnaires about toxic runoff from my office parking lot (I didn’t have one) or fuel consumption by my fleet of vehicles (I didn’t have any) or workplace hazards from toxic chemicals I used to produce computer software. My policy was to completely ignore these pests. The questionnaires and demands went directly to the garbage can. I know that no government agency would take any more initiative than to send another request (which also was canned), and that the forms if returned would just end up in files somewhere, never to be seen again.

The moral of this story is that we can and should cease being intimidated into complying with petty, bureaucratic annoyances. If enough of us did this, it would send a true message to government that we’re not going to put up with the crap they dish out.

Even if non-compliance probably won’t slow down the bureaucracy’s dead-headed dishing out of annoyances, it does make one feel better.

When a MONSTER Emerges…

March 21st, 2010
Repeal it. Kill It.  This MONSTER will eat us alive!

Our congress has done us a dirty deed by lies, deceit, bribery and unbelievable arrogance. The health care bill just passed is another step toward socialism and tyranny, plain and simple. This is an example of African pimp style absence of spending restraint — roll the prostitutes’ john, buy a Cadillac on easy credit, equip it with every do-dah and goo-gah, get drunk, drive it as fast as it will go, crash it and walk away — Yah, Obama, I’m talking about you!

Citizens of our country spilled a lot of blood (including a little of mine) to resist the threat of a communist tyranny. But today there are those in our government that see nothing wrong with destroying liberties that we fought to protect. Even though the Democrats that have forced the health care takeover claim that “it’s for our own good” or “it’s for the children” or “it’s historic”, in fact it is an attack on our liberties as citizens and our constitutional system of government. It is a step toward tyranny. Who will defend us against this attack from within?

If we citizens of America value our liberty we must destroy the monster, repeal the bill, throw out the politicians who foisted this miserable mess upon us. Years ago during a visit as a student to La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, my host pointed out a lamp post in the main city square. He proudly said, “Here’s where we hang our politicians.” Since then I’ve always thought that the regular hanging of a random politician or government official might focus the minds of those we send to Washington. Maybe they’d pay attention to the voices of citizens rather than assuming that they know better. Have them walk past that the lamp post on their way to work every day.

When Things Go Wrong

March 20th, 2010

Government run health care, several incremental steps beyond Medicare and Social Security is a move toward government control of everything and everyone. As the government takes control of our lives the self-same government is the only source for resolution of our problems when something goes wrong. And as the government becomes ever more arrogant and repressive, the only way to complain effectively is by mass protest, sometimes violent.

This week in Russia the people in over 50 rallies protested government actions that directly affect their lives. In addition to calling for “Free Speech, Free Elections!” they protested numerous economic problems blamed on government micro-management of the economy.

Scenes such as this are common in countries such as France, Turkey and Greece, where citizens view the government as the only solution to their perceived woes. They block highways and wave signs in protest. They don’t see any other means of resolving their problems.

As our country moves toward a socialist, government dominated economy the government becomes ever more the focus of discontent. You don’t complain about your medical treatment to he local hospital administrator. He’ll just open the rule-book and tell you he’s “doing it all by the book.” So your only alternative is to go out and wave a sign, hoping to be joined by others and noticed by government officials.

Freedom is not only precious for the fresh air one is able to breath, but also for the way that it keeps small problems small and responsibility where it belongs.

This weekend’s attack on our freedom by the Democrats in congress isn’t the first nor the last attempt by government to dominate us. The consequences are dire.

Can it Possibly Get This Ugly?

March 13th, 2010

Is it believable?

There is speculation that the Pelosi Democrats are planning to use an arcane maneuver called the Slaughter Rule to somehow pass the Senate healthcare bill without even voting on it. This is such a bizarre scenario that I can’t accept it as realistic. But should it happen the country would have ample reason to rise up in armed revolt.

School Reform With Shotguns

March 13th, 2010

President Obama, the nation’s uber-authority on education (and everything else) is prescribing programs to improve the performance of U.S. schools, particularly in Science and Math, so he says. Isn’t it odd that the more money the federal government spends on education the worse education becomes? Emphasis on Math and Science has become a mindless mantra. Meanwhile, cultural values and knowledge taught in history, political science, geography, and English grammar and literature have been replaced by a curriculum of diversity studies, sex (particularly the homo- variety) education, cultural relativism and deliberate ignorance.

While schools inspect students with metal detectors looking for dangerous weapons such as pocket knives and nail clippers no effort is made to enforce discipline in the classrooms. Let the little boogers do as they will — criticism and discipline will spoil their self-esteem. And oh, heaven help the little artist who depicts a firearm with crayons on paper. Call the cops! Lock down the school. Wait for the swat team.

I wonder what the next education reform will look like.