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Monday, January 11, 2010

Roanoke Times Assesses Tim Kaine's Governance

The quote of the day:
Four years ago, Gov. Tim Kaine took office touting a progressive agenda for Virginia. Two priorities were a transportation infrastructure capable of meeting demands into the future; and universal, voluntary prekindergarten that would lay the educational foundation for Virginians' success in a global economy. He made no headway on the first, and only incremental progress toward the second.
I'll not make mention of the weird and oxymoronic use of the term "universal voluntary" and just thank the Times for a fair assessment of Kaine's utter failure as governor.

I Gotta Get Me One of These

Paula will tell you, we have at least twenty clocks around our house (three just in the living room).  Why?  Because there's always something that has to be done and there are only so many seconds in the day.

So time - to coin a phrase - is of the essence.  And at that essence ...
NIST-F1 Cesium Fountain Atomic Clock

NIST-F1, the nation's primary time and frequency standard, is a cesium fountain atomic clock developed at the NIST laboratories in Boulder, Colorado. NIST-F1 contributes to the international group of atomic clocks that define Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the official world time. Because NIST-F1 is among the most accurate clocks in the world, it makes UTC more accurate than ever before.

The uncertainty of NIST-F1 is continually improving. In 2000 the uncertainty was about 1 x 10-15, but as of the summer of 2005, the uncertainty has been reduced to about 5 x 10-16, which means it would neither gain nor lose a second in more than 60 million years! [link]
Sweet!

I wonder how I go about getting me one of these:



The living room can't have too many clocks.

Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology

I have to tell you ...

... I'm getting really annoyed with the world's most eminent climate scientists:
The mini ice age starts here
By David Rose, London Daily Mail

The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists.

Their predictions – based on an analysis of ... [link]
Obviously their analyses are based on their readings of tea leaves, bird droppings, and cauldron fare.  Because these "eminent" climate "scientists" - with straight faces apparently, predict one thing one moment and the opposite the next

I think they should all be burned at the stake. 

The world would be a better place and the weather will be what it will be.

And While We're On That Subject ...

See why these snakes no longer call it global warming?
Presidential Spokesperson Robert Gibbs: "I think that one only has to step outside here or visit where I used to work in Chicago to understand that climate change, and the record temperature that climate change is likely causing, is with us ... I would say that even in places that are used to getting very cold weather, record cold ... our weather patterns have been affected by change in our climate." [source]
Warming causes cooling.

Or freezing, as the case may be.

Orwell lives.

Haven't You Done Enough?

On the same day that I read of China now being the world's largest exporter (the U.S. has fallen to number 3), I read about some economic adviser to President Obama telling us that "we" need to do "more":
White House Economic Adviser: Jobs Picture is 'Still Terrible'
FOXNews.com

Council of Economic Advisers chief Christina Romer said it's devastating that some workers have been unemployed for two years and that job losses were continuing nearly a year after passage of the so-called stimulus bill.

The jobless rate remained at 10 percent in December as 660,000 people said they had left the workforce.

Romer also appeared to back a House effort to pump an additional $75 billion in federal spending into the struggling economy and pointed to targeted programs like longer COBRA health insurance coverage and "cash for caulkers" -- energy saving retrofits -- as ways to expand growth.

"The sense that we need to do more is overwhelming," she said. [link]
"More."  A "need."  An "overwhelming" need.

Obama's $780 billion give-away in the form of "stimulus" did nothing to create jobs.  Nor did G.W. Bush's $152 billion flop.  So what do we do?

"More."

Oh, there's something else I read the other day:


Uh, would that be the same China that is now the number 1 exporter on the planet?

Tax reductions?

Uh, no, that just won't do.  That's doing "less." Not "more."  We gotta have MORE.  And MORE.  And MORE.

And so the United States sinks from its number 1 position in the world to number 2 to number 3 to ...

How Discouraged They Must Be

They pinned their every ... hope on some man from Chicago?  Hawaii?  Indonesia?, thinking that he would, for reasons never quite articulated, that he would bring to us ... change.  And now ...

... reality sets in:
One of Theirs Doesn’t Pan Out
By Jennifer Rubin, Commentary Magazine

Maureen Dowd is a woman scorned, it seems. Candidate Dreamy has become Captain Obvious.

The fellow whom she and the entire liberal media swooned over during the campaign and those very qualities the Left punditocracy touted as praiseworthy (e.g., intellecutalism, emotional reserve) have proven ill-suited to the job. Obama is neither leading nor seeming to understand state craft.

How could they have gotten it so wrong? Well, they were plainly in love with the “historic” opportunity to elect an African American. And they saw in Obama one of them — elite educated, scornful of gun clinging and Bible thumping Americans, contemptuous of American exceptionalism, skeptical of “hard power,” and infatuated with the public sector. It turns out that this was a recipe for disaster when it comes the the presidency.

And Obama’s background has proved, if anything, to be a hindrance. Obama’s oversight of the Harvard Law Review didn’t prepare him for the Oval Office. To the contrary, his preference for government by seminar made for an excruciating war-planning process. His cool persona doesn’t instill confidence in voters. It frightens them that their president is disengaged (emotionally and otherwise).

Dowd and her colleagues complain now — but he was their kind of guy. Perhaps we shouldn’t put in the White House someone better suited to edit a liberal publication. [link]
Yeah, I could see him as an editor.  Or a high school librarian.  A point guard even.

But commander-in-chief of the United States military? 

Says a lot about the thought process that went into electing the dude, doesn't it?