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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Roanoke Times Comes To Obama's Defense

I wasn't going near the Obama-swats-a-fly story. It wasn't worth my time. But these guys had to bring it up:

PETA, the president and the fly

We just knew the minute the presidential hand came down and sealed the fate of a fly that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would have something to say.

In case you missed it, President Obama was doing an interview with CNBC correspondent John Harwood when a fly no longer content to be on the wall dived into the conversation. This was not a run-of-the-mill, easily ignored, puny house fly. It was a big one -- a loud, annoying buzzer that commanded attention. Obama at first tried to shoo and order it away. The fly did not obey. So the patient president waited for it to land, then, in a great show of defense, smashed the sucker.

Good for him.

Yeah. Good for him. He swatted a fly. Give him a medal. Sing his praises. Reserve a hillside near the Washington Monument for his statue.

Surely they don't mean "good for him." He ... swatted ... a ... freaking ... fly.

For the love of God.

Something to ponder

Jonathan Weisman, writing in the Wall Street Journal (see "Twin Threat: Jobless Rate, Deficit"):
President Barack Obama faces a dilemma as he fights the recession: The public identifies both rising unemployment and soaring budget deficits as its top policy concerns -- but fixing one could worsen the other.
Make that a triple threat when inflation starts ramping up.

Then what's Mr. Hope & Change going to do?

The Bottom Line

You were warned that Obama was totally unqualified to be president.

Here's how his inexperience manifests itself:

Why Obama’s big economic gamble is failing

Here's how his inexperience caused bad decisions to be made:

He listened to bad advice from lousy advisors.

Obama's Propaganda Machine Hasn't Beaten Us Yet

A famous American once said:

"You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."

That American?

Barack Obama.

Now he finds himself trying to put lipstick on a pig of his own creation. And it just ain't gittin' it:
U.S. Climate Report Assailed
By John Tierney, New York Times

The new federal report on climate change gets a withering critique from Roger Pielke Jr., who says that it misrepresents his own research and that it wrongly concludes that climate change is already responsible for an increase in damages from natural disasters. Dr. Pielke, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, asks:

"[Why] is a report characterized by [White House] Science Advisor John Holdren as being the “most up-to-date, authoritative, and comprehensive” analysis relying on a secondary, non-peer source citing another non-peer reviewed source from 2000 to support a claim that a large amount of uncited and more recent peer-reviewed literature says the opposite about?"

While the new federal report (prepared by 13 agencies and the White House) paints a dire picture of climate change’s impacts, Dr. Pielke says that the authors of this new report, like those of previous reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Stern Review, cherrypick weak evidence that fits their own policy preferences. He faults all these reports for all relying on “non-peer reviewed, unsupportable studies rather than the relevant peer-reviewed literature” and for “featuring non-peer-reviewed work conducted by the authors.”

Dr. Pielke contrasts these reports’ conclusions about trends in natural disasters with the some [sic] quite different findings last year by the federal Climate Change Science Program. Dr. Pielke summarizes some of its less sensational conclusions:

1. Over the long-term, U.S. hurricane landfalls have been declining.
2. Nationwide there have been no long-term increases in drought.
3. Despite increases in some measures of precipitation . . . there have not been corresponding increases in peak streamflows (high flows above 90th percentile).
4. There have been no observed changes in the occurrence of tornadoes or thunderstorms
5. There have been no long-term increases in strong East Coast winter storms (ECWS), called Nor’easters.
6. There are no long-term trends in either heat waves or cold spells, though there are trends within shorter time periods in the overall record.

Here’s his overall conclusion about the dangers of hyping the link between natural disasters and climate change: “Until the climate science community cleans up its act on this subject it will continue to give legitimate opportunities for opponents to action to criticize the climate science community.” [link]
The climate "science" community deserves all the criticism it's getting. Voodoo doctors deserve more respect.

It Beats Being Called Dumbass

I have mentioned in the past my annoyance with employees who call me "boss." Or "chief." And on the fact that it somehow grates on me. Which it does.

But I don't say anything, because it's a colloquial attempt at showing respect. I pause when it happens ... and I move on. Because it's my problem, not theirs. They are being, in their own way, respectful.

There's a certain senator from California who needs to get a similar grip on reality.

Don Surber:
What Gomer Pyle could teach Sen. Boxer

In episode 4 of the first season of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” Capt. Martin (played by Pippa Scott) dressed down Pvt. Pyle (Jim Nabors) for calling her “ma’am.”

Repeatedly. She believed it was disrespectful and wanted to be called “captain.” After all, she had worked hard and it was implied that along the way she suffered male chauvinism to earn the rank of captain.

Being Gomer Pyle, he could not bring himself to not call her “ma’am.”

The episode ended with Capt. “Ironpants” Martin learning a lesson on accepting courtesy for what it is — respect.

I see where Democratic Sen. Barbara “Ironpants” Boxer could use a lesson from Brig. Gen. Michael “Gomer” Walsh.

Alas, Boxer learned from Dr. Evil. The video.
I have held the view for the longest time that Barbara Boxer is the least intelligent person in Washington. Now she proves herself to be arrogant, insulting, ridiculous AND stupid.

Why do the people of California put up with her?

6% of Israelis Are Insane

'Only 6% of Israelis see US gov't as pro-Israel'

This Is Only The Beginning

Imagine: He hasn't even asked for a massive middle-class tax increase yet:
Obama Job Approval Slips to 58% for First Time
Gallup

Princeton, NJ -- President Barack Obama's job approval rating fell to 58% in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from June 16-18 -- a new low for Obama in Gallup tracking, although not dissimilar to the 59% he has received on four other occasions.

The latest decline in Obama's approval score, to 58%, results from a drop in approval among political independents as well as among Republicans. Democrats remain as highly supportive of the president as ever. [link]
The shift in sentiment - one that has to be giving the Obama bunch sleepless nights - is most prevalent among that huge swath of Americans that call themselves independents. Gallup shows us the trend:

Think this is troubling for Mr. Wonderful, though? Wait until he has to ask the American people to surrender even more of their hard-earned income to pay for his monstrous programs. So far he's only raised taxes on the poor smokers. But everyone hates smokers so that sailed through without a care.

But when Susie Homemaker gets the call ...

Watch what happens to that poll then.

And it's coming.

Chart courtesy of Gallup.

Let's Get a Grip

I rarely talk about my work but I will make something of a disclaimer here. You know that census form that you fill out every ten years? You know those questions that you are asked to answer regarding race, income, number of vehicles in your household, number of children, etc,? I've used that (compiled) data extensively in the past for business purposes. Business people, you see, like to know who's where. And where the wealth is that we can tap into. And where the wealth patterns are shifting. And so forth. So I used to pay dearly for it.

That's why, in my humble opinion, we need not get too carried away by the census. It assists those who try to bring goods and services to the people in the most effective manner.

Yeah, the government uses it to do its formulations as well. But let's not get excited about it. Fill it out or don't.

But don't go crazy with it:
EXCLUSIVE: Minn. lawmaker vows not to complete Census
By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Outspoken Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's so worried that information from next year's national census will be abused that she will refuse to fill out anything more than the number of people in her household.

In an interview Wednesday morning with The Washington Times "America's Morning News," Mrs. Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, said the questions have become "very intricate, very personal" and she also fears ACORN, the community organizing group that came under fire for its voter registration efforts last year, will be part of the Census Bureau's door-to-door information collection efforts.

"I know for my family the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home," she said. "We won't be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn't require any information beyond that." [link]
Well, okay. But is that any reason to fear a multi-question form that comes in the mail?

Is there some point to be made? Is she asserting her independence or simply being obtuse?

You decide. It'll be arriving in the mail before too long.

Just don't go crazy when it does. It's a questionnaire.