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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Quote of the Day

From Glenn Reynolds:

SMART DIPLOMACY” FAIL: Chicago first out in bid for Olympics. That’s too bad. I was kinda looking forward to seeing President Palin speak at the opening ceremonies . . ."

I like it.

It Was Inevitable

You can only scream "FIRE!" in that crowded theater so many times before frazzled moviegoers tell you to shut up and leave.

So when it comes to Crazy Al and his incessant "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE FROM GLOBAL WARMING!!!" shriek that has gone on now for years, the inevitable has finally arrived.  America has turned to the madman and said:

Shut up and leave.
The end is near
By Lawrence Solomon, National Post

The great global warming scare is over — it is well past its peak, very much a spent force, sputtering in fits and starts to a whimpering end. You may not know this yet. Or rather, you may know it but don’t want to acknowledge it until every one else does, and that won’t happen until the press, much of which also knows it, formally acknowledges it.

I know that the global warming scare is over but for the shouting because that’s what the polls show, at least those in the U.S., where unlike Canada the public is polled extensively on global warming. Most Americans don’t blame humans for climate change — they consider global warming to be a natural phenomenon.

The scientist-scare-mongers, seeing the diminishing returns that come of their escalating claims of catastrophe, also know their stock is falling. Until now, they have all toughed it out when the data disagreed with their findings – as it does on every major climate issue, without exception. Some scientists, like Germany’s Mojib Latif, have begun to break ranks. Frustrated by embarrassing questions about why the world hasn’t seen any warming over the last decade, Latif, a tireless veteran of the public speaking circuits, now explains that global warming has paused, to resume in 2020 or perhaps 2030. “People understand what I’m saying but then basically wind up saying, ‘We don’t believe anything,’” he told The New York Times this week.

And why should they believe anything that comes from the global warming camp? Not only has the globe not warmed over the last decade but the Arctic ice is returning, the Antarctic isn’t shrinking, polar bear populations aren’t diminishing, hurricanes aren’t becoming more extreme. The only thing that’s scary about the science is the frequency with which doomsayer data is hidden from public scrutiny, manipulated to mislead, or simply made up. [link]
Of course reality won't keep Congress from passing legislation to stop that which has never started.  So expect your taxes to go up.  Expect too high-fives from our elected representatives (with Katie Couric doing the sideline cheers) when it's formally announced that the scourge has been vanquished.  Global warming has been stopped in its tracks.  House Resolution 11342A said so.

What's Congress's favorability rating again?

Anyway, the theory of global warming as a life-altering phenomenon fades into the history books.  And speaking of books, expect to find the psychosis behind this awful, awful experience to have its own chapter in the next edition of Mass Hysteria : Critical Psychology and Media Studies

Let's not do this ever again, okay?

'It's Still a Pig'

I'm reminded of this quote from a recent Roanoke Times editorial:

"Six months after President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus package, the economy is heading in a better direction, though the labor market continues to show distressing, if not unexpected, weakness."

The emphasis on the words "not unexpected" is mine. 

Now it's certainly debatable as to whether or not the economy is heading "in a better direction."  Go here for the other side of that debate. I think it's fair to say that the jury is still out on that.

But regarding that expected weakness in the labor market, I ask:

Expected by whom?

Here's how the stimulus plan was expected to affect the unemployment rate over time by the Obama administration that proposed it:

And here is how the unemployment rate is actually playing out - using the same graph and zooming in on the the essential segment, as provided by Don Surber:

Expected?  Hardly.

Keep trying to put lipstick on that pig, fellas. It ain't workin'.

What Does It Mean?

Look, I don't want to pick on the poor guy ...

... so I'll let the British do it:
Obama’s Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency
By Tim Reid, Times of London

There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama’s presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his grandiloquence.

Chicago’s dismal showing yesterday, after Mr Obama’s personal, impassioned last-minute pitch, is a stunning humiliation for this President. It cannot be emphasised enough how this will feed the perception that on the world stage he looks good — but carries no heft.

Mr Obama was greeted — as usual — like a rock star by the IOC delegates in Copenhagen — then humiliated by them. Perception is reality. A narrow defeat for Chicago would have been acceptable — but the sheer scale of the defeat was a bombshell, and is a major blow for Mr Obama at a time when questions are being asked about his style of governance.

Meanwhile, America and its allies are being forced to witness a very public agonising by Mr Obama and his advisers over his Afghan strategy — six months after he announced that strategy.

This has all added to the perception that Mr Obama’s soaring rhetoric — which captured the imagination during last year’s election — is simply not enough when it comes to confronting the myriad challenges of the presidency. His spectacular Olympic failure will only add to that. [link]
Here's the deal: I don't get swept up in "grandiloquence."   That's why I was able to look past all the horse shit about hope and change when this empty suit was running for president and declare that there was no there there.  Now the rest of the world is shocked to make that same discovery.  Now that it's too late and now that there can be no do-overs.

So we're saddled with an entertainer-in-chief.  One who recites his lines well and then is asked to go back to his room and play with his toys.


My Take On The IOC Decision To Hold the Games In Rio

I'm sad for the people of Chicago.

I'm happy for the taxpayers of Chicago.

Headline Of The Day

Something's Happening

It's too early to make anything of this, but it's at least interesting.  Now that Obama's Cash for Clunkers program has ended, and things have gotten back to normal in the automobile industry, things, unfortunately,  have ... gone back to normal.  Normal being on a steep downhill slide.

But one curious thing stands out.

Here are the vehicle sales by U.S. manufacturer for the month of September* compared to a year ago.  Click on the image to enlarge it

While GM and Chrysler showed horrendous decreases in sales - 44.8% and 42.1% respectively - Ford was only down 5.8%.


It would appear that recent events in the industry have had a serious impact on consumers' impressions of the "Big Three."  Those events revolving around bankruptcy,  massive bailouts, and government takeover of certain of the three.  With the government - and the unions - now owning one of them.

Is this a trend?  We'll find out.

But it is at least interesting that I and a few commenters declared our express intentions a few months ago to never buy a vehicle from Government Motors, and Government Motors has gone back into its death spiral.

Stay tuned.  The inevitable conclusion to this lamentable drama may soon be upon us.

* Information provided by the Wall Street Journal.

Let Me Be The First

The IOC is racist!

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Oops.  Never mind.  Looks like the nitwits at MoveOn.org beat me to it.

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I guess I should have seen this coming too.  It's all Bush's fault.