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Friday, October 02, 2009

Obama Honors a Campaign Pledge

He promised to bankrupt the coal industry.  He's doing just that:
EPA to delay 79 coal mining permits in 4 states
By Tim Huber, The Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. — President Barack Obama's administration put the brakes on 79 applications for surface coal mining permits in four states Wednesday, saying they would violate the Clean Water Act.

The permits would allow mine operators to bury intermittent streams with excess material removed to expose coal seams. Environmental groups including the Sierra Club and the Rainforest Action Network want Obama to ban the practice, arguing it destroys ancient mountain peaks, fouls water and damages the culture of Appalachia. [link]
Those "intermittent streams," for those of you who don't live in the mountains, are dry, boulder-strewn, devoid-of-life gullies or washes that only have water running through them  - for the most part - after heavy rains (that's the "intermittent" part). I'm surprised that the Associated Press reporter would offer up such a telling fact.

And as for the "culture of Appalachia" that this reporter seems to care so much about, what's more damaging, the rearranging of a pile of rocks so as to harvest the fuel necessary to heat America's homes this winter, or the worsening of an already horrendous poverty, unemployment, and depopulation problem?  You worry about the culture here?  Then let these people work in the only industry that offers them a future.  From a sense of hope "culture" doth blossom.

As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing more destructive to the culture in the coalfields than Barack Obama's pledge to destroy them.  He's getting his way.  The depopulation, the misery, the breathtaking poverty continue.

This by EPA decree.

Global Warmists Are Running Scared

As the scientific investigation drills ever downward, as the resulting data pour in, as the analysis becomes ever more focused, as those who do the analysis sober, they are becoming more convinced than ever that the original estimates regarding climate trends were seriously flawed.

And desperation can be seen in the eyes of the true believers:
Climate policy bust
By Peter Foster, National Post

Desperation was obvious last week in the appearance of yet another hysterical report from the UN. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wailed that, “The science has become more irrevocable than ever: climate change is happening. The evidence is all around us. And unless we act, we will see catastrophic consequences, including rising sea-levels, droughts and famine, and the loss of up to a third of the world’s plant and animal species.”

Ho hum. More irrevocable? In fact, the science is falling apart faster than the policy. Evidence is appearing not merely of major flaws in the computer models on which apocalyptic scenarios are based, but of blunders in the numbers behind the history of global temperatures.

The most obvious problem for warmists is that there has been no warming this millennium, and possibly since 1997, depending on which data you use. They have been scrambling to suggest that there was always a possibility of a period of stable temperatures, but that was never their message before. It was always: Act now or fry! And now some scientists say there’s a possibility of continued temperature stability for up to another two decades. That makes global warming hard to sell as a policy emergency.

Meanwhile the case against drastic action goes well beyond finding holes in the science. There also appears to be chicanery afoot, and not for the first time. [link]
We all knew that there was a major problem with those computer models that climate "scientists" had used to predict global warming Armageddon.  What we didn't know was that the data input to fashion those models was manipulated to reach preordained conclusions.




The saving grace: Science will win out.

Polanski's Defenders Showered in Scorn

Here's another response to Hollywood's shocking support of child rapist Roman Polanski.  Interestingly, it comes from a far-left columnist:
Roman Polanski Has a Lot of Friends
By Katha Pollitt, The Nation

It's enraging that literary superstars who go on and on about human dignity, and human rights, and even women's rights (at least when the women are Muslim) either don't see what Polanski did as rape, or don't care, because he is, after all, Polanski--an artist like themselves. That some of his defenders are women is particularly disappointing. Don't they see how they are signing on to arguments that blame the victim, minimize rape, and bend over backwards to exonerate the perpetrator? Error of youth, might have mistaken her age, teen slut, stage mother--is that what we want people to think when middle-aged men prey on ninth-graders?

The widespread support for Polanski shows the liberal cultural elite at its preening, fatuous worst. They may make great movies, write great books, and design beautiful things, they may have lots of noble humanitarian ideas and care, in the abstract, about all the right principles: equality under the law, for example. But in this case, they're just the white culture-class counterpart of hip-hop fans who stood by R. Kelly and Chris Brown and of sports fans who automatically support their favorite athletes when they're accused of beating their wives and raping hotel workers.

No wonder Middle America hates them. [link]
I think the most telling phrase in all this is "in the abstract."  Liberals in this country decry the plight of the poor, as long as the poor don't come near them.  They demand that more be done to help those who can't help themselves, just as they horde away millions in earned (?) wealth.  They are outraged by the way women are treated in this country when they try to join private golf clubs, while at the same time they are completely disinterested in the unspeakable tragedies and acts of violence that befall women in Muslim countries on a daily basis.  And they lecture us about our carbon footprint while jetting to the south of France to their villa on the Mediterranean in their Gulf Stream V.

I fully expect another of those inane candlelight vigils to pop up on the Virginia Tech campus that is supposed to bring our attention to the problem of rape in this country.  Attended by women who don't give two shits about this 13-year-old girl who was raped and sodomized by a 43-year-old animal.

Anyway, it's good to see that there are still some people who live their principles.  If it's an ever shrinking crowd.

Here's to Katha Pollitt.

Quote of the Day

From James Pethokoukis:

"Obama’s campaign promise to not raise taxes on households making less than $250,000 a year was always considered a joke here inside the Beltway."

"Obama’s not-so-secret plan to raise taxes," Reuters, September 30, 2009

We Approach The Tipping Point

"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
-- Benjamin Franklin
47% will pay no federal income tax
By Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney.com senior writer

New York (CNNMoney.com) -- Most people think they pay too much to Uncle Sam, but for some people it simply is not true.

In 2009, roughly 47% of households, or 71 million, will not owe any federal income tax, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Some in that group will even get additional money from the government because they qualify for refundable tax breaks.

The ranks of those whose major federal tax burdens net out at zero -- or less -- is on the rise. The center's original 2009 estimate was 38%. That was before enactment in February of the $787 billion economic recovery package, which included a host of new or expanded tax breaks.

The vast majority of households making up to $30,000 fall into the category, as do nearly half of all households making between $30,000 and $40,000.

Nearly 22% of those making between $50,000 and $75,000 end up with no federal income tax liability or negative liability as do 9% of households with incomes between $75,000 and $100,000. [link]
As time goes by, more and more of those slaving to support those who don't lift a finger to contribute will wonder why they bother.  And they'll join the "gimme" voter bloc.   

And when that 47% becomes 51%, the rest of us are in big trouble.

Why I Support Israel Without Equivocation

It can be summed up in a headline:

This while Israel's enemies are willing to trade the lives of their children in exchange for the deaths of Israel's.

Humanity dictates that we side with those who see good in this world.

The Outrage

On Roman Polanski's raping of a 13-year-old girl and the cultured world's indifference to his crime, Allah Pundit:

"Word on the street: Polanski's next film is so good, Europe's going to let him bang an eight-year-old. It's THAT GOOD."

There is a side of me that hopes they all share the experience.

It worsens

I was encouraged when I read in the Roanoke Times yesterday that unemployment eased here in Virginia in August.  Finally.

But today I read this:
Job losses overshadow signs of recovery
By John W. Schoen, Senior producer, MSNBC

New York - There were some hopeful signs among the blizzard of economic data released this week. But the recovery from the worst downturn in decades remains hostage to one of the ugliest numbers on the list: the unemployment rate.

"The hole that has been blown in the labor market is absolutely enormous,” said Heidi Shierholz, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute.

That hole continues to widen. On Thursday, the Labor Department said initial claims for unemployment insurance rose to a seasonally adjusted 551,000 — up from 534,000 in the previous week and more than Wall Street economists expected. [link]
Not good.

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Update 08:54am:

The expected bad news: Jobless rate reaches 9.8 percent in September

Thank God for Obama's stimulus or that 9.8 would be up to 8.0 by now.


Or just unwilling to admit the truth.

You decide:
Millionaire Filmmaker Michael Moore: ‘Capitalism Did Nothing For Me’
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter, CNS News

Documentary film director Michael Moore, who has become a millionaire thanks to the profits from his movies, told CNSNews.com that “capitalism did nothing” for him.

CNSNews.com spoke with Moore on the red carpet at the Uptown Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night before the premiere of his upcoming documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story."

CNSNews.com asked: “Critics may say, when they see this movie, Michael Moore has amassed a fortune of over $50 million, some have said and –”

Moore said: “Really? Are you kidding me? Seriously? Wow. Where did it go?”

CNSNews.com then asked Moore: “Critics would say he’s [Moore] been very successful under a capitalist system. How would you justify making a movie where you paint capitalism as evil?”

Moore said: “Well, capitalism did nothing for me, starting with my first film.” [link]
It wasn't capitalism.  It was his own personal initiative.  Coupled with his creative genius.  Made possible with the assistance of some friends (non-capitalists all) with deep pockets and a desire to reap a tidy return on their investments who brought him his breathtaking wealth.

That's not capitalism.  That's ... well ... yes ... as a matter of fact it is too.

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By the way, that trip to the fat farm doesn't seem to have done any more good for this blowhard than his high school education did.

Damn, man.

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