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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Unfortunately, it's still General Motors

I was reading the latest issue of Consumer Reports last night and found its ratings of  the 2010 family of small cars to be interesting.  Listed at the top were those makes and models you'd expect to see - Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, Honda, Prius, Sentra - and some you might be suprised to see - Hyundai.  Listed at the bottom, way at the bottom almost in a class by itself, was ...

... the Chevy Aveo.  Still.

All the taxpayer dollars in the world aren't going to help if GM doesn't stop making crappy cars.

Gun bills flourish because of mass shootings


With all the hand-wringing and the tears, the wails and condemnations, the tough talk and Bush-is-a-moron-we-know-better, Obama is taking the Guantanamo issue right where G.W. Bush had it all along.  In Guantanamo:
Bay what? Guantanamo eyed for 9/11 trial
By John Doyle, David Seifman, and Charles Hurt, New York Post

The trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed won't be held in lower Manhattan and could take place in a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, sources said last night.

Administration officials said that no final decision had been made but that officials of the Department of Justice and the White House were working feverishly to find a venue that would be less expensive and less of a security risk than New York City.

The back-to-the-future Gitmo option was reported yesterday by Fox News and was not disputed by White House officials. [link]
 Just days ago Mr. My-First-Official-Act-Will-Be-To-Close-Gitmo said this:

"Make no mistake, we will close Guantanamo prison, which has damaged our national security interests and become a tremendous recruiting tool for al-Qaeda.  In fact, that was an explicit rationale for the formation of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula."

Well, it turns out our national security interests weren't damaged, apparently, and Guantanamo isn't really a recruiting tool for those Islamist assholes. In fact, it's a darn good place to warehouse those who have vowed to do our children grievous harm.  And a wonderful place to hold military tribunals.

To all of you who excoriated Bush for keeping Gitmo opened and cheered Obama's decision to close it - and you know who you are - what say you now?

My guess is you have nothing to say.  Finally.

Coal Is Off The Hook

Long after the debunking of anthropogenic global warming theory has taken its toll and pounded the final nail in its coffin there will still be environmentalists out there who will be whining about carbon footprints and CO2 greenhouse gases.  Because the ploy gets the conversation where they want it to be.  If the EPA follows through and declares CO2 (the stuff we exhale and plants thrive on) to be a pollutant, then our government can tax and regulate us back into the Stone Age, where they think we'll live at one with nature.

But their dreams and aspirations all rest on the theory that global temperatures are affected in a significant way by CO2 levels in the atmosphere.  An ever more discredited theory:
NOAA, NASA: Water Vapor Largely Responsible for Global Warming
By Nate Kharrl, Eco Factory

An increase in atmospheric water vapor is responsible for at least a third of the average temperature increase since the early 1990s, say scientists at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Susan Soloman, the respected climate scientist who lead the research, says that this finding does not undermine man-made global warming theories. "Not to my mind it doesn't," she said. Soloman did point out that the research does allude to human emissions having a much smaller role in climate change than previously thought, and serves as a warning to climate modelers who "over-interpret the results from a few years one way or another." Despite Soloman's personally held belief, the NOAA study is expected to give further ammunition to climate skeptics working to draw public attention to perceived flaws in man-made global warming theories.

NASA scientist Eric Fetzer say that the new study created models much more accurate to past events than those previously used by climate change advocates, and proves that "water vapor is the big player in the atmosphere as far as climate is concerned." [link]
Water vapor. Not CO2. Therefore not carbon. Therefore not coal.

Remember that next time some enviro-wacko tells you he's going to alter your way of life in order to save the planet from certain destruction.

And They Wonder Why The Tea Party Movement Has Caught Fire

From "Class War, How public servants became our masters":
In California unfunded pension and health care liabilities for state workers top $100 billion, and the annual pension contribution has shot up from $320 million to $7.3 billion in less than a decade. In New York state, local governments may have to triple their annual pension contributions during the next six years, from $2.6 billion to $8 billion, according to the state comptroller.

That money will come from taxpayers. The average private-sector worker, who enjoys a lower salary and far lower retirement benefits than New York or California government workers, will have to work longer, retire later, and pay more so that his public-employee neighbors can enjoy the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. The taxpayers will also have to deal with worsening public services, since there will be less money to pay for things that might actually benefit the public.
It's broken.  And it may be irreparable.  And they don't care.

Our forefathers look on in shame and heartache.  Tinged with rage.

'Meet Me Half Way'

Obama to Republicans: "Let's work in a bipartisan fashion to get accomplished everything I've itemized on that document in front of you that I'll need signed before you leave the room."

Key word being bipartisan.

I'm Game

Call me old-fashioned.  These days I generally consume my bourbon straight from the bottle.  Sometimes, in an effort to impress, in a glass, over ice.  I've even been known to mix it with Coke.

But with fruit juices?  In pie, coffee, and ice cream?

What's the world coming to?

It's come to this:

"Paula, you know what I want for dessert tonight?  Horse race pie."

Getting a Few Priorities Right ... or not

Gosh.  Yesterday I agreed with Obama on funding nuclear power.  Today it's his decision to defund NASA.  Is this a trend?  The latest good news out of the White House:
Obama to End NASA Constellation Program

On the eve of the fullest moon of the year, NASA scientists were told they won't be able to visit any longer. In his new budget, President Obama plans to eliminate the space program's manned moon missions.

When the president releases his budget on Monday, a White House official confirmed on Thursday, there will be a big hole where funding for NASA's Constellation program used to be. Constellation is the umbrella program that includes the Ares rocket -- the replacement for the aging space shuttles. [link]
This decision was long overdue.  The money being poured into NASA is, as far its existing manned space program is concerned, a massive waste of taxpayer money.  The shuttle program amounts to nothing more these days than a regular effort to see if we can launch a vehicle into space and get it to return without hurting anyone.  Hardly the stuff that Gene Roddenberry contemplated.

The bitter truth (sorry, JFK) is, we can't afford the expenditure any longer.  And the goal has degenerated to the point of insignificance.  And the bureaucratic bloat is staggering.  So there are good reasons to scale back the missio ...

Oh, wait.  I didn't read far enough into the article:
NASA will receive an additional $5.9 billion over five years, some of which will be used to extend the life of the International Space Station to 2020. The official said it also will be used to entice companies to build private spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the space station after the space shuttle retires.
So funding for NASA will continue to expand.  And the shuttle "mission" (again, the mission being nothing more than to keep all the "astronauts" alive) will continue apace.

We're still on track. 

For the love of God.

They Haven't Learned a Thing

Millions of Americans unemployed?  So what?  We have more important things to concentrate on:

To be sure, Obama is acting on the request of Senator Orrin Hatch - a Republican - for an investigation of college football to determine whether or not the Bowl Championship Series violates anti-trust law.  Something every American worries about on a daily basis.

Nothing better to do, one must surmise.