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Monday, June 15, 2009

Why Didn't We Think Of That?

With the federal government (not to mention the state of Virginia) having billions it wants desperately to invest in "green" technologies - no matter how half-baked - the town of Elkton has decided to take the madness and milk it:
Va town bids to become clean coal hub
Associated Press

Elkton, Va. (AP) -- A small town in Rockingham County has its sights set on becoming a big player in clean coal research.

Elkton officials have sent Gov. Timothy Kaine a proposal for a research facility to be located in town, aimed at finding ways to reduce emissions associated with coal-fired power plants.

The plan calls for state and federal funds of $100 million over five years, which officials say would be a major boost to the region's economy. The town has set aside 25 acres of public land for the project. [link]

Now we all know that "clean coal" theory is liberal bullshit. But if the government is preparing to throw hundreds of millions at it, hey, why not be there to catch some of it?

Here's to the town leaders in Elkton for hopping on the gravy train and taking the taxpayers for a ride.

Why Didn't We Think Of That? II

First a warning:

The editorial writers at the Charleston (WV) Gazette have proven over the years to be just this side of stupid. So keep that in mind when you read this:

Charleston, W.Va. -- Mayor Danny Jones and other city leaders are seething after Forbes magazine ranked Charleston among the "10 Fastest-Dying Cities in America," because of longtime population loss in the mid-Kanawha Valley. To fight back, some Charleston officials will join other listed cities in a spunky August retaliation titled the "Forbes 10 Fastest-Dying Cities Symposium and Art Exhibition: Celebrating the Human Spirit."

We admire the pugnacity of the offended city leaders. However, population loss is an undeniable reality. Charleston declined from 86,000 people in 1960 to 50,000 today as blue-collar industry faded.

Another way to fight back would be to turn Charleston into the nation's fastest-growing city. It could be done swiftly through the proposed unification of the state capital and all of Kanawha County. Charleston would quadruple from 50,000 to around 200,000, if voters approve. [link]

Heck yeah! That'll make people think that Charleston isn't really dying (despite all those abandoned factories dotting the landscape). The numbers don't lie! Charleston is busting out all over! 50,000 to 200,000 overnight!

Well, it might work on elementary school students anyway.

But adults (are the Gazette editorialists adults?) just might see through the ploy.

And they might also note that Kanawha County is losing population too. And is projected to do so well into the future.

I have a better idea. How about Charleston change its name to Tax&Regulate. Then the city town of Charleston can't be accused of losing population any more.

It beats doing anything that might break a sweat in the way of making Pyongyang-on-the-Kanawha a more inviting place to do business.

It May Be a Gutter Tabloid ...

... but here's why the New York Post will be around long after the more gentile New York Times is long gone.

I ask you: Who doesn't want to read that article?

That, friends, is how you sell newspapers.

But Will He See It Through?

I read yesterday's New York Times editorial (see "Doctors and the Cost of Care") calling on America's physicians to reduce health care costs by reducing the number and scope of tests and treatments that are performed on patients. My reaction was: Ever heard the term, "defensive medicine"? Until something is done about malpractice lawsuits - the every day avalanche of lawsuits - doctors will continue to prescribe unnecessary procedures, just to cover their butts.

I dismissed the editorial and moved on.

Well, it appears that Obama knows what the term "defensive medicine" means. And if today's New York Times article is to be believed, he may be willing to do something about it:
Obama Open to Reining in Medical Suits
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Robert Pear

Washington — The American Medical Association has long battled Democrats who oppose protecting doctors from malpractice lawsuits. But during a private meeting at the White House last month, association officials said, they found one Democrat willing to entertain the idea: President Obama.

In closed-door talks, Mr. Obama has been making the case that reducing malpractice lawsuits — a goal of many doctors and Republicans — can help drive down health care costs, and should be considered as part of any health care overhaul, according to lawmakers of both parties, as well as A.M.A. officials. [link]
Being the cynic that I am, I tend to believe that it is more than a coincidence that this article appears on the same day as Obama's speech before the American Medical Association. This, to me, is an effort to curry favor with those he intends to rape when his health care bill comes together.

But I am the cynic.

Still, we've been given every reason to believe that there is no way that Obama will lift a finger to reduce malpractice lawsuits, even though they are a huge factor in the increasingly concerning cost of care.

Obama is "willing to entertain the idea." Swell. And I'm willing to entertain the idea that he's not an American citizen.

Both notions are ... entertaining. If completely preposterous.

Quote of the Day

A real shocker. This comes from a New York Times columnist:
There are a million things to hate about President Bush’s costly and wrenching wars. But the fact is, in ousting Saddam in Iraq in 2003 and mobilizing the U.N. to push Syria out of Lebanon in 2005, he opened space for real democratic politics that had not existed in Iraq or Lebanon for decades. “Bush had a simple idea, that the Arabs could be democratic, and at that particular moment simple ideas were what was needed, even if he was disingenuous,” said Michael Young, the opinion editor of The Beirut Daily Star. “It was bolstered by the presence of a U.S. Army in the center of the Middle East. It created a sense that change was possible, that things did not always have to be as they were.”
Thomas Friedman, "Winds of Change?" June 13, 2009

A Small Matter

Much is being made about Iran's stolen election and its aftermath. Too much. Nothing is going to change. The oligarchy/theocracy that in fact runs the fascist government - led by some old raisin named Khamenei - wasn't even on the ballot. The real power stays in power regardless.

So the election was stolen. Students riot in protest. The government cracks down (they learned, after all, from the best - the former Shah's ruthless SAVAK). Many will die. The protests will be quelled. The unrest will go back underground. And nothing will change.

Hard for me to get worked up.


Is this something Monica passed on?

Bill Clinton: United States growing more diverse

Who knew?

The 'News' Becomes Mainstream

The London Telegraph reports the fact that it's cold out there. And suggests that the world's learned scientists may have that global warming thing all wrong:
Crops under stress as temperatures fall
Our politicians haven't noticed that the problem may be that the world is not warming but cooling ...
By Christopher Booker

After a fearsomely cold winter, June brought heavy snowfall across large parts of western Canada and the northern states of the American Midwest. In Manitoba last week, it was -4ÂșC. North Dakota had its first June snow for 60 years.

There was midsummer snow not just in Norway and the Cairngorms, but even in Saudi Arabia. At least in the southern hemisphere it is winter, but snowfalls in New Zealand and Australia have been abnormal. There have been frosts in Brazil, elsewhere in South America they have had prolonged droughts, while in China they have had to cope with abnormal rain and freak hailstorms, which in one province killed 20 people.

In Europe, the weather has been a factor in well-below average predicted crop yields in eastern Europe and Ukraine. In Britain this year's oilseed rape crop is likely to be 30 per cent below its 2008 level.

There are obviously various reasons for this concern as to whether the world can continue to feed itself, but one of them is undoubtedly the downturn in world temperatures, which has brought more cold and snow since 2007 than we have known for decades.

One of our biggest worries is that our politicians are so fixated on the idea that CO2 is causing global warming that most of them haven't noticed that the problem may be that the world is not warming but cooling, with all the implications that has for whether we get enough to eat. [link]
Letting "scientists" yabber their latest theories is one thing. But when it leads to government-created famines and slash-and-burn carbon taxation, it's time for sane people to say enough is enough.


I Told You It Was Cold

Chicago's feeling it too:
So far, June's chill is one for the records
By Steve Kahn, WGNTV.com

The cloudy, chilly and rainy open to June here has been the talk of the town. So far this June is running more than 12 degrees cooler than last year, and the clouds, rain and chilly lake winds have been persistent. The average temperature at O'Hare International Airport through Friday has been only 59.5 degrees: nearly 7 degrees below normal and the coldest since records there began 50 years ago.

More bad weather is on the way Saturday with a cold rain expected to linger through the bulk of the morning. Rainfall could be heavy -- especially north of the city, which would be a reversal of Thursday's deluge that targeted the southern suburbs. [link]

Tell me again why Obama is working diligently to fix what ain't broke?

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I particularly enjoyed this blurb from the same article:

"Encouraging signs in recent computer runs signal a change to more typical June weather which by now should feature daily highs around 80 degrees. A return of sunshine should boost temperatures well into ..."

"Computer runs." Those would be the notoriously inaccurate computer models that, you can bet, never predicted current record low temperatures in the area.

But the future will be a different thing. Global warming is just around the corner. So say the computer runs.

Before We Leave 'Global Warming'

A quote from Oakland A's first baseman Jason Giambi:

"I'm waiting for the weather to warm up. This is getting ridiculous."

What was that again, Congressman Boucher, about global warming legislation being inevitable?