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Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Endorsement From Hell

The Washington Post this a.m. predictably endorses the Democratic candidate for governor here in Virginia.  Did the sun rise this morning?

See "Mr. Deeds for Governor."

The why is the only earth-shaking part.

Why does the Washington Post consider Creigh Deeds to be the better candidate?

In part because Mr. Deeds is expected to raise our taxes.

As best I can tell, the really shrewd editorialists thought this endorsement would actually help poor Creigh.

When You Dance With The Devil ...

It somehow seems fitting that Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell was in failed presidential candidate John McCain's presence when he got his global warming position all mucked up.  "All Mucked Up" being the chapter title in U.S. history books that deals with the McCain presidential bid of 2008.

McDonnell, not wanting to have anything to do with the issue (and rightly so, since, as governor he'll have nothing to do with it), he took the easy road when it came up in conversation.  Or thought he had:
Climate change confronts McDonnell at McCain rally
By Bob Lewis, AP Political Writer

Virginia Beach, Va. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell said Saturday he believes the globe is warming but wouldn't fix blame on manmade carbon emissions as its cause.

McDonnell said after a veterans rally with Sen. John McCain that he remains firmly opposed to energy reform legislation intended to slow global warming by reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

"I think it's a real concern, and we need to find ways to be able to reduce (carbon dioxide) emissions," McDonnell said in advocating development of technology to eliminate pollutants from coal-fired energy plants. [link]
That last bit of silliness, having to do with what's called "clean coal technology," for those of you who haven't been paying attention, is the standard response on the issue that comes right out of the Democrat playbook:

I'm serious about global warming.
I intend to do something about it.
So I'm proposing something that is meaningless, distracting, and is guaranteed to fail.

We expect this kind of idiocy from them, Bob.

But not from our own.

Memo to the McDonnell campaign: Next time this subject comes up, if you don't want your guy to confront the issue head on, as would be understandable, have him say, "No comment."  The condemnations that would result from those who believe in such nonsense can't be as bad as McDonnell coming across like ...

... Creigh Deeds.

A Good Point

George Will, writing in the Washington Post, reminds us that there have already, in the last two years, been two federal economic stimuli passed by Congress (the first under George W. Bush in February, 2008) thus far.

He also reminds that both were dismal failures.

And now, because of the results obtained in the first two, Democrats are proposing a third.

What was that definition of the word insanity again?

Quote of the Day

“It’s just not as much fun as it once was.”
Furor Swirls Over College Chief’s House
By Monica Davey, New York Times

Education officials in North Dakota called Friday for an audit on the construction of a house built for the president of North Dakota State University, who resigned last week amid mounting questions about the project’s huge cost overrun, to a total of more than $2 million.

Joseph A. Chapman, president of the public university, in Fargo, announced Wednesday afternoon that he would depart in January. In a telephone interview, Dr. Chapman, 67, said he had long planned to step down by the end of this academic year anyway, adding of his role, “It’s just not as much fun as it once was.” [link]
The taxpayers are upset that this guy has built himself a $2 million home at their expense.  They have taken all the fun out of his job.  So he's leaving.

Well, don't let the door slap you upside your backside on the way out, there, big guy.

Update 10.19.09 0414 hours: A sloppy sentence needs to be corrected to read "The taxpayers are upset that this guy has built himself a $2 million home a large portion of which came at their expense."  Thanks to commenters for pointing that out.


Captain Kirk for president?

Kinda weird but I like the in-your-face brashness of the piece.

Oh, My

It appears that most Americans have now come to the understanding, with regard to Obama's capabilities and achievements, that I had before the election.  He ain't up to the task (Welcome to the club but aren't you a little late?).

The latest Harris poll shows Mr. Wonderful's favorability rating amongst the public to be heading south faster than you can say "Change We Can Believe In."

In response to the question, "How would you rate the overall job President Barack Obama is doing?" the running tabulation (click on the image to enlarge it):

59% positive five months ago.  45% today.  A whiplash-of-a-swing of 14 points.  With the percentage of respondents who think Obama is doing a poor job as president up 13 points since April.

Surprisingly though, ten percent of America still thinks the guy is doing an excellent job.  Can there be that many members of the mainstream press in this country?

Table courtesy of Harris Interactive.

This Stupid, Stupid Man Wanted To Be President

John Kerry - Democrat - has decided that we shouldn't send more troops to combat the terrorists in Afghanistan.  Why?  The recent election there is still in doubt.


What, you ask, does the election have to do with defeating terrorism?

God only knows.

The Democrats' shining light, in his own words:
"It would be entirely irresponsible for the president of the United States to commit more troops to this country, when we don't even have an election finished and know who the president is and what kind of government we're working in, with," Kerry told CNN's John King ...

"When our own, you know, commanding general tells us that a critical component of achieving our mission here is, in fact, good governance, and we're living with a government that we know has to change and provide it, how could the president responsibly say, oh, they asked for more, sure, here they are?" [source]
It has to be the drugs from his Vietnam days.  How else to explain this mindless drivel?

Earth to "war hero": "They" didn't ask for more troops.  Our "you know, commanding general" did.  So we should support him by blocking his request?

My God.  This dumbass was a hair's breadth away from being where Obama (another Democrat who hasn't a clue as to what he's doing in Afghanistan) presides today.


How Did They Get It So Wrong?

A scientist explains global warming theorists.  They forgot how to be scientists.

Physicist John Reid:
Why then do a majority of scientists support the theory? I believe it is largely a matter of loyalty. Very few of us physicists know enough genetics to justify our belief in Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection but most of us support it because we believe it to be the outcome of rigorous scientific processes similar to those carried out in our own discipline. Most scientists would support the AGW theory for much the same reason.

By accident of history I find myself in the opposing camp. I was trained as a physicist and was granted a PhD for my postgraduate work in upper atmosphere physics. In the early 1980s I joined the CSIRO’s Division of Oceanography and worked in surface gravity waves (ocean waves) for a time. Much of the theoretical side of oceanography entails fluid dynamics which, because of its heavy mathematical load, is regarded as a sub-discipline of applied mathematics rather than of physics. Because of this, in my view, many practitioners of oceanography and climatology have a cavalier disregard for experimental testing and an unjustified faith in the validity of large-scale computer models.

My scepticism about AGW arises from the fact that as a physicist who has worked in closely related areas, I know how poor the underlying science is. In effect the scientific method has been abandoned in this field.

Back in the early 1990s when I was still working for the CSIRO and the early versions of the AGW theory started to gain currency, I was rather bemused by the passions which were aroused in my colleagues and the gullibility with which predictions of future climate disaster were accepted. Surely the jury is still out, I thought. I remained agnostic about the theory. More recently, after reading the literature and looking in detail at the output of one well-known climate model (HadCM3) I have changed my stand. I now believe it is nonsense for the following reasons. [link]
Click on the link for those reasons.

Bottom line: AGW (man-made global warming) theory is nonsense.