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Friday, March 14, 2008

While We Debate The Issue Of Carbon Taxes ...

... the scientific community is coming to the conclusion that the argument in favor is based on glaringly flawed guesswork:

Climate Change Forecasters on the Hot Seat
H. Sterling Burnett, The National Center For Policy Analysis

IPCC* reports have predicted that average world temperatures will increase dramatically, leading to the spread of tropical diseases, severe drought, the rapid melting of the world’s glaciers and ice caps, and rising sea levels. Congress is considering proposals to slow rising temperatures by joining international agreements or by implementing policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

However, several assessments have shown that the techniques and methods used to derive and verify the IPCC’s climate predictions are fundamentally flawed. They indicate that the IPCC’s central claims — that the present warming trend is unusual, caused by human activities and will result in serious harm — are not supported by scientific forecasts. Rather, these claims are opinions that are no more likely to be right than wrong. (link)
The claims of global warming scientists are as likely to prove wrong as right. In non-scientific circles, we call that a wild-ass guess.

And we are going to change our way of life on that basis?

For the love of God.

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The Roanoke Times hasn't gotten the message. See the silly and grossly hyperbolized "Extending coal's 'cone of death' here.

* The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

But Then They Are The Nutroots

Rich Lowry on the now-certifiably insane left:
In one of his sputtering-mad "special comments" usually devoted to damning President Bush to hell, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC accused Geraldine Ferraro of employing the "vocabulary of David Duke," and of "insidious racism that is at least two decades old."

Back in the glory days of liberaldom, this would have been like Edward R. Murrow calling Eleanor Roosevelt a fascist - in other words, utter madness.
"Bonfire Of The Dems," The New York Post, March 14, 2008

As Sure As The Sun Rises ...

... the Democrats, now in charge, are raising our taxes:

Budget Would Torpedo Bush's Tax Cuts
By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) -- The Senate rejected calls from both parties' presidential candidates to take an election-year break from pork-barrel spending as a Democratic-run Congress passed budget plans that would torpedo hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts won by President Bush.

The underlying House and Senate Democratic federal budget plans for 2009, though nonbinding, drew blasts from Republicans for allowing some or all of Bush's tax cuts to die in about three years.

The House passed its $3 trillion budget plan by a 212-207 vote. It would provide generous increases to domestic programs but bring the government's ledger back into the black, but only by letting all of Bush's tax cuts expire at the end of 2010 as scheduled. (link)
"Generous" increases in government spending. A third of a trillion dollars in tax increases.

America (along with, perhaps, the entire global marketplace) teeters on the brink of economic recession and the Democrats raise taxes, worsening the problem at the most critical moment.

Insanity? Stupidity? A suicide wish? Class hatred?

All of the above?

Can The Democrats Be Far Behind?

Their soulmates in Great Britain are in charge. Thus:

Britons Rankled by 'Sin Taxes' On Gas Hogs, Alcohol, Tobacco
By Jane Wardell, Associated Press

London, March 13 -- Britons were up in arms on Thursday about the imposition of "sin taxes" that will increase the cost of alcohol, cigarettes, gas-guzzling cars and, potentially, plastic bags.

Alcohol duties will rise ...

A packet of cigarettes will rise ...

... imposing higher taxes on heavier-polluting cars ...

... charge on single-use plastic bags ...

... rising prices for food ...

... ... a rising cost of living ... (link)

Stick around. It's just a matter of time.

On Bush's Strange Notion Of 'Conservatism'

Robert Novak:
Consequently, a Republican administration finds itself aligned against the most popular tenet of social conservatism: gun rights, which enjoy much wider agreement than do opposition to abortion or gay marriage. Promises in two presidential campaigns are being abandoned, and Bush finds himself to the left of even Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama*.
"Gun Battle at the White House?", the Washington Post, March 13, 2008

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* I'm not sure how Novak thinks anyone can be to the left of Obama on the issue of gun control. Learn more about the Democrat's intent here.

Another Excuse Down The Crapper

To those who made the argument - one of many - that we should make a tail-between-the-legs retreat from Iraq because the American people were opposed to our continued presence there, this news will come as a crushing disappointment:
Support for war effort highest since 2006
By David Paul Kuhn, The Politico

American public support for the military effort in Iraq has reached a high point unseen since the summer of 2006, a development that promises to reshape the political landscape.

According to late February polling conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 53 percent of Americans — a slim majority — now believe “the U.S. will ultimately succeed in achieving its goals” in Iraq. That figure is up from 42 percent in September 2007.

The percentage of those who believe the war in Iraq is going “very well” or “fairly well” is also up, from 30 percent in February 2007 to 48 percent today. (link)
Will those who whined that we should leave Iraq because of American opposition to the war now argue - as they must - that we should stay and complete the mission because the people support the effort?

Fat chance.

They'll simply start carping about something else. Like Afghanistan.

And While We're On The Subject ...

... of those who work to have America defeated, let's not forget the Democratic candidate for president, 2004. From Slate (via Michelle Malkin):

[JASON] MATTERA [of the Young America's Foundation interviewing Senator John Kerry]: Does it bother you that the North Vietnamese created a memorial dedicated to you?

KERRY: It’s not dedicated to me.

Slate: At the Communists War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, John Kerry’s picture hangs in a section dedicated to the anti-war activists who helped the Vietnamese Communists win the Vietnam War.

A war we lost.
A museum honoring those who made it happen.
John Kerry front and center.

You Know Their Cause Is Lost ...

... when Jon Stewart's The Daily Show heaps ridicule on their anti-America antics. See "Marines In Berkeley":

On the Marine Corp's right to exist, an exchange:

Code Pink intellectual: "Wars in general would stop if we didn't have weapons, just like violence in our streets would stop if we didn't have weapons."

The Daily Show's Rob Riggle: "So if we got rid of police, we wouldn't have crime?"


Humor. With a sharp edge.

I love it.

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The Friends We Keep

Paul Mirengoff on one of Barack Obama's ... friends:

The audacity of hate

ABC News reports that Barack Obama's pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, says blacks should not sing "God Bless America" but "God damn America." Wright thinks God should damn America for "treating our citizens as less than human" and "for [acting] like she is God and she is supreme." Wright also told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda's attacks because of its own terrorism. Among the "terrorism" Wright thinks the U.S. has supported is "terrorism against the Palestinians," by which he must mean Israel's efforts to defend itself.

Wright has been Obama's pastor for 20 years.
Is it fair to associate these views with Barack Obama?

Damn right it is.

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The shocking ABC News headline: "Obama's Pastor: God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11"

A Tool That's Been Used By The Best

The propaganda poster ...

It certainly worked for Chairman Mao ...

We'll see ...

This Guy Is Going To Bring Change?

Looks like the same old Washington sleeze to me.

From Dan Riehl on an earmark that Barack Obama pushed through Congress for Michelle Obama's place of employment:
"In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office."

In 2006, Obama requested that the University of Chicago receive $1 million to support its Construction of New Hospital Pavilion."
"Did Obama Earmark $1 Million For Wife? " Riehl World View, March 13, 2008