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Sunday, January 24, 2010

On Those 'Green Jobs'

I think the Roanoke Times is right in supporting investment in biomass and waste-to-energy projects around the state.  Though both involve little more than nibbling around the edges of our ever-growing fuel needs, every little bit helps.  And they will help ... a little.

But let no Democrat claim that they are going to produce jobs.  Even the Times admits that. From its editorial, "Hanging the future on new energy":
One of Tim Kaine's final hurrahs as governor was an announcement that 15 biomass and waste-to-energy projects around Virginia will split $10 million in federal stimulus grants to help develop alternative energy sources and create jobs.

[T]he grants are going to boost $110 million in private investment in projects that will offer more immediate cost and environmental benefits. Most involve just a handful of new jobs directly related to the projects.

The Southside city will get $1 million to help pay for a $3.4 million project that will generate electricity from landfill gas -- and create three jobs.

Similarly, the Roanoke Valley's Western Virginia Water Authority will get $500,000 to install a system in its water pollution control plant to turn excess biogas into power for heating and cooling the buildings, saving on energy costs. The work will create eight construction jobs and two permanent, full-time positions.

Every little bit helps -- a little. [my emphasis]
...3 jobs in Martinsville.
+ 2 jobs up in Roanoke.
= 5 freaking jobs.

Let's go back to the Times's quote:

"One of Tim Kaine's final hurrahs as governor was an announcement that 15 biomass and waste-to-energy projects around Virginia will ... create jobs."

5 to be exact.

Can't call him a liar.

But I don't think I'd call him a jobs creator either.

Meanwhile a Wal-Mart opens up in Manassas in October where 350 Virginians are provided with job opportunities - 350 - and there's not even a thank you - much less a Tim Kaine investment of millions of dollars - from the Times.

350 ........ 5.

Perspective, fellas.  You might get your head out of your ass just long enough to get some perspective.

An Air America Epitaph

From Ed Morrissey:
Listening to Air America was a tedious chore without much payoff, either, except to note one interesting point about its business model.  While our station has dozens of local and regional businesses sponsoring content, Air America’s advertising mostly came from unions, non-profits, and PSAs.  From the start, it seemed obvious that the entire network was nothing but a vanity project for people with more money than sense.  Liberals wanted a talk-radio network not because of any overarching demand for the content, but merely to say they had one.
Well, they had one.  And now they don't.  Just goes to show - sense, in the end, always trumps money.  Even in circles where sense is hard to find.

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I particularly enjoyed this reference:
Since last summer, Air America has been heard in the Washington area on WZAA (1050 AM). Its audience has been so small that Arbitron, which compiles radio ratings, was unable to detect any listeners for WZAA during several weeks in December.
Is that even possible?  You'd think at least one numbskull - Al Franken - would have tuned in.

Words Well Writ

By Mark Steyn:
Got it. People are so angry and frustrated at George W. Bush that they’re voting for Republicans. In Massachusetts.

Presumably, the president isn’t stupid enough actually to believe what he said. But it’s dispiriting to discover he’s stupid enough to think we’re stupid enough to believe it.
Dispiriting indeed.

When Your Own Gov't Can't Be Trusted

NASA is up to its eyeballs in the deceit that drives global warming theory.

See “The Science is Scuttled” – NASA climate page, suckered by IPCC, deletes their [sic] own ‘moved up’ glacier melting date reference."

This doesn't involve some obscure nutbag who has an activist agenda or an axe to grind. This involves a government agency made up of our employees.

I think it's high time we put a stop to this.

There Is No Better Example Of Media Bias

Remember how ESPN forced Rush Limbaugh out of his analyst gig back in 2003 for having criticized the media for the way it had promoted - to him unreasonably - a black football quarterback?  No?  Well, here's what got him canned:
I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.  There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team.
Ugly?  Hardly.  Vicious?  Please.  Racist?  Only to those who find racism lurking under every rock.  Racial?  Okay.

Compare that to this statement from another major network sports analyst:
In [recently elected United States Senator] Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees.
Ugly?  Without doubt.  Vicious?  Shockingly.  It doesn't get any more venomous and hate-filled than that.  

So how did the president of MSNBC (his primary employer) respond to Keith Olbermann's reprehensible tirade?

By sending out a memo to all his staff members ordering them to not criticize the hatemonger.

A double standard?  By anyone's any reasonable person's measure.

An Image Goes Where Words Can't

Someone has come up with a medical symbol for ObamaCare.  It seems appropriate:

Don't worry.  It'll only hurt going in.

Trust No Climate Scientist

Those Climategate emails were one thing.  But now it is appearing ever more likely that ALL of the analysis coming from those climate "scientists" that Al Gore loves to cite has been simply made up.  The latest shocking admission from the exalted world of academe:
Glacier scientist: I knew data hadn't been verified
By David Rose, London Daily Mail

The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.

Dr Murari Lal also said he was well aware the statement, in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dr Lal, the co-ordinating lead author of the report’s chapter on Asia, said: ‘It related to several countries in this region and their water sources. We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action.

‘It had importance for the region, so we thought we should put it in.’

In fact, the 2035 melting date seems to have been plucked from thin air. [link]
"Plucked from thin air."  Make that thin, non-warming air.

Science has now devolved into plucking.

For the love of God.

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Think that's not bad enough?  How about this ditty in today's news to go along with the glaciers story?

I say we imprison them all, starting with Al Gore's fat ass.

I Smell a Rat

What's this all about?
Obama endorses deficit task force
The Associated Press

Washington (AP) — President Barack Obama Saturday endorsed a bipartisan plan to name a special task force charged with coming up with a plan to curb the spiraling budget deficit, though the idea has lots of opposition from both his allies and rivals on Capitol Hill.

The bipartisan 18-member panel backed by Obama would study the issue for much of the year and — if at least half of the GOP panel members agree, a big obstacle — report a deficit reduction blueprint after the November elections that would be voted on before the new Congress convenes next year.

"These deficits did not happen overnight, and they won't be solved overnight," Obama said in a statement. "The only way to solve our long-term fiscal challenge is to solve it together — Democrats and Republicans." [link]
I can see why Obama wants to suck a handful of Republicans into the mess he's made of the federal budget in only his first year in office.  Share the blame; share the derision when the commission's recommendations include a host of tax increases that will set off a firestorm out here where people are already struggling to make ends meet.

Expect that handful of Republicans to go along.  They do that.

Just the very notion that a commission is needed to stop Congress from spending money it doesn't have is an indication that these people haven't the first clue.  What's David Obey, a potted plant?  Isn't his committee charged with the task of overseeing expenditures in Congress?  Why another committee?

This is sad.  And very annoying.