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Friday, March 13, 2009

Virginia Tech Alum Is Grandson of 10th U.S. President

And he - the Virginia Tech graduate - is still alive.

If you're not startled by that fact, consider this: Obama is America's 44th president.

And if that doesn't get your attention, how about this?

Harrison Tyler's grandfather, John Tyler, who was president from 1841 to 1845, died in 1862.

Is that even possible?

From Virginia Tech Magazine, a few years ago:
Tech degree, not ancestry, key to success
By Christopher J. Leahy

As a boy, Harrison Tyler (chemical engineering '51) never gave much thought to his grandfather, John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States. "I grew up during World War II," he told Subaru Drive Magazine in 2002, "and surviving the war and the shortages was what was on everybody's mind. Being related to a president was never a thought."

Such a view may seem astonishing, but President Tyler died in 1862, 66 years before his grandson was born. In fact, Harrison Tyler's father, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, was born in 1853 and died in 1935, so there were very few first-hand accounts of the president to inspire Harrison. [link]

Let's figure this out.

John Tyler was born in 1790 and died in 1862.

His son, Lyon Gardiner Tyler was born in 1853 and died in 1935.

Harrison Tyler was born in 1928 and still lives.

So President Tyler was 63 when his wife gave birth to Lyon.

And Lyon was 75 when Harrison was born.

Harrison Tyler is in his 81st year. If his grandfather were able to attend his next birthday party, former President Tyler would be 219 years old.

I thought, when I first read this, that there was no way.

But ... way.

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By the way, our tenth president actually has another living grandson. A photo can be found here.

Hat tip to Mark Krikorian.

Roanoke Times Says 'Sayonara' To Big Gov't

From the editorialists this morning:
See ya. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

If it requires sucking borrowers into an endless cycle of repeat loans and escalating fees to make a profit, then the industry is not about helping people get by, but about trapping them into a cycle of debt from which they cannot escape.
Oh, wait. This isn't about the government in Richmond, with its endless cycle of increased taxation and escalating regulations on small business, trapping Virginians in a cycle of debt from which they cannot escape at all. It's about some lending institution.

That's different. We're just fine with the government sucking the life out of an ever-more impoverished citizenry.

If We Can Keep Bombarding Them With Facts ...

... we'll finally win this global warming debate once and for all and stop those who want to tax us into oblivion. The latest survey shows that our side is making more and more converts of a once uneducated but now increasingly informed populace:
In Hot Pursuit Of CO2
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Washington is about to crack down on carbon dioxide emissions. It had better hurry because it won't have much time before the backlash strikes. The public is losing its faith in the global warming religion.

[T]he fight over global warming continues, and unprovable claims that there's a scientific consensus that humans cause the Earth to warm seem to be growing louder.

Is it because those who push this message of doom know their carefully constructed tale is collapsing?

The alarmists have to be aware that the American public is growing ever more skeptical about the global warming scare.

This trend, as well as data from many other polls, indicates the public won't easily go along with the carbon tax that some in Washington want to burden the country with.

Neither will they be happy with a cap-and-trade scheme, as the costs incurred by businesses that have to buy emissions credits will be passed on to them.

Despite a steady media barrage of experts claiming that humans are responsible for global warming, Americans are growing wary.

Since they aren't seeing the intense heat, destruction and displacement they've been told they would see, their unwillingness to pay massive amounts to guard against a phony threat should be no surprise. They don't want to buy a new sky if the one we've always had isn't falling. [link]

I wouldn't label this a hoax. I'd simply call it bad scientists making bad science.

Regardless, those scientists, with their computer models and Nobel Peace Prize spokesmen, are not going to force civilization to voluntarily plunge back into the dark ages. We'll continue to fight them.

And, as the survey shows, we will prevail.

How Do You Argue With This?

From a letter to the editor of the Bristol Herald Courier:
In the past century, the Earth’s average temperature has risen by a little less than one degree. Sound small? Tell that to more than 180 Australian families who lost their loved ones in the country’s worst wildfires, in part due to the country’s hottest and driest summer on record.
Changes in mean global temperatures are so negligible as to be non-existent.
But Australia was hot for a time.
A time - we traditionally call it summer - during which brush fires - annual brush fires - occurred.
Thus, the planet is warming a lot.

What then to make of this?
An unusually potent early season cool spell, which is being forced south into the U.S. from the Canadian arctic by powerful northerly upper air winds, threatens to break a 22 year old record by producing a 39° low Saturday at O’Hare. The old record is 40° set in 1985. The incoming air mass is to become so unstable later today—e.g. temperatures within it are to decline so rapidly with height—that the sunshine predicted to follow daybreak clouds and showers is likely to encourage air to rise and cool producing new clouds and light showers by mid/late afternoon.
Changes in mean global temperatures are so negligible as to be non-existent.
But Chicago was colder than normal for a time.
A time during which winter acted like ... winter.
Therefore, we play a silly game akin to reading tea leaves.

For the love of God.

Like Vultures ...

... the New York Times feeds on a tragedy in Alabama to once again call for more gun control.

See Now Alabama.

One quote, one that highlights the subterfuge that these scumbags have to resort to in order to make their case:

"In a sane world, this bloody rampage — the latest in a string of mass homicides, including the gun massacres at Columbine High School in 1999 and Virginia Tech in 2007 — would at last persuade Congress to reinstate, in tightened form, the national assault weapons ban that it let expire in 2004." (my emphasis)

Fact: There were no "assault weapons" used by Cho Seung-Hui when he killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus in April of 2007. He had a couple of handguns.

To resort to lies and deception is an indication of how weak their argument is. That coupled with the fact that there aren't any laws that Congress could pass that would keep a deranged human being who is intent on killing people around him from doing just that.

And Do What With Them?

Have the guardsmen stand there and watch as illegals pour into this country with impunity, as they had been under Bush?

What purpose is this supposed to serve?
Obama Considering Guard Troops on Texas-Mexico Border
By Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post

President Obama is reviewing a request from Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) to send National Guard troops to the Mexico border in response to violence triggered by Mexico's fight against drug cartels, the White House said.

"We're going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense," Obama told reporters from regional newspapers on Wednesday, as reported by the Dallas Morning News and McClatchy Newspapers. [link]


Unless, Obama sends the Guard down to the border with orders to shoot people (which is what military men and women do), he should enlist his buddies in ACORN for the task. They can stand there and watch - like the spectators they'll surely be - as well as any National Guard soldier can.

Isn't it about time these guys quit trying to impress us - and the Mexican drug lords - with their showmanship and bluster?

But She's a Democrat

Therefore Maxine Waters setting up a meeting between regulators and executives at a bank last year that had close Waters family financial ties to it, a meeting in which the bank's chief executive asked for up to $50 million in special bailout funds, is perfectly acceptable.

Congresswoman, Tied to Bank, Helped Seek Funds

"Is Abramoff involved? Any Republicans? No?"

"And turning to sports ..."

Uh Oh

What have I been telling you? When the Chinese decide that U.S. Treasuries aren't a good investment any longer, the U.S. is in megatrouble. Because it's been the Chinese (along with the Saudis, Japanese, and even the Russians), who have been buying up all our debt in recent years, and when we no longer have foreign investors (or domestic investors) willing to buy that debt, our currency collapses, interest rates soar, and capital flees for safer and more lucrative environs.

(A note of irony: Obama is talking about bailing out "poorer" countries, using cash provided by the Chinese and other "poorer" countries. But we're borrowing to do this? Doesn't that make us poor?)

So what's in today's news that ought to give you an ulcer?
China ‘Worried’ About Safety of U.S. Treasuries
By Bettina Wassener, New York Times

Hong Kong — China, the world’s biggest holder of United States government debt, on Friday expressed concern about the safety of those assets as American deficits have ballooned with costly stimulus and bailout packages aimed at rescuing the economy..

The Chinese prime minister, Wen Jiabao, said he was “worried” about its holdings of U.S. Treasuries and called on the United States to provide assurances that the investment was safe. His remarks came at a news conference in Beijing after the final session of the National People’s Congress, the Chinese legislature. [link]
By "assurances," I'm going to guess that the Chinese are wanting something more substantial than Obama's now-famous rhetoric ("We're going to cut the deficit in half! ... after we octuple it.").

So, will the Chinese take their money and run because of our exploding debt and because of Obama's intention to spend us into oblivion? If I were a betting man, I woudn't bet on it.

But I really don't want to be in a position to have to place that bet either.

Next time you hear Obama or Pelosi or their ilk talk about "fiscal discipline," first laugh like I do, and then get really angry. Like I do.

Speaking a Harsh Truth

Blogress Megan McArdle was a strong supporter of Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, but now she is having doubts ...

Nearly 60 million Americans might respond, "Don't blame me, I voted for McCain." But they don't, because honestly, no one really thinks America made the wrong decision in voting against John McCain. (Similarly, no matter how unhappy people got with George W. Bush, no one ever said, "Things would be better if only John Kerry were president.")
"What Have We Done?" James Taranto, March 12, 2009