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Saturday, February 06, 2010

A Matter Of Perspective

As I was on the phone this morning fussing about the added burden that two massive snowfalls brings to our daily routine, my daughter reminded me to think about how pretty a snowy landscape can be.  And she's right.  It's the stuff that Thomas Kincaid paintings are made of:


If only it weren't such a pain in the tush to deal with ...

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Here's Something You Didn't Know

Did you know that deer chew cud the same way cows do?

This is a photo of a doe laying quite contentedly just behind my home, chewing its cud and lazing after having devoured a couple of Paula's shrubs that are were growing next to the house.

Happy little bugger, eh?  Seems to like euonymous the best.  My favorite too when I'm starving to death.

OK. We Have Enough Snow.

I don't know if you can make out the detail in this photo but it's shot from inside my barn looking out through a standard height doorway. The view of the landscape is blocked by a pile of snow just outside that stands close to five feet tall - and growing as each day goes by:

Yeah, we've got enough snow already.

Another look from outside:


My calculations tell me that this snow will have completely melted away sometime in July.

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Seeing What They Want To See

I almost feel sorry for New York Times columnist Charles Blow.  Why would he embarrass himself like this:
Where has this Obama been?

Since the State of the Union address, the president has been bounding about, displaying a new sense of vigor and confidence and a fighter’s spirit. He almost looks like the president people thought that he would be — a paladin, not a pacifist.
Obviously Mr. Blow has been too busy of late writing silly stuff like that to actually pick up a newspaper.  Had he he would have seen these headlines:

Congressional Dems Angry At Obama For Voting "Present" on Reform

And from Blow's own New York Times:

The State of the Union Is Comatose

And then there's this:
Lost in Translation

He’s still stuck on studious.

He seems to believe that if he does a better job of explaining his aggressive agenda, then he’ll win hearts and minds. It’s an honorable ambition, but it’s foolhardy. People want clear goals, clearly defined and clearly (and concisely) conveyed. They’re suspicious of complexity.

Republicans know this well. Obama knows it not.
That, so you know, was written by Charles Blow of the New York Times a week ago.

A lot must have changed in a few days, eh, Charles?

Or is this wishful thinking?

The GOP Deserves This

The ultra-liberal Roanoke Times editorial team takes a swipe at a Republican senator who still hasn't learned one blessed thing from the election results obtained in 2006 or 2008, or from the surging Tea Party movement of today.  Earth to Alabama Senator Richard Shelby!
The audacity of nope

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has been holding up a bunch of President Obama's nominees - according to some reports going so far as to take the unprecedented step of putting a hold on every single one. Why such a stunning level of obstructionism, even from the Republican Party, which has taken obstructionism to unheard of heights?

Shelby is upset because Obama blocked spending for a couple of multimillion earmarks he got passed.

That's right: A Republican senator is holding up Obama's nominees as part of a hissy fit over canceled pork barrel projects for Alabama. What incredible pettiness.

The audacity of nope reaches new heights. [link]
"What incredible pettiness" is an odd response.  The Times, which has generally been on the right side of the continuing Congressional earmark scandal (an outrage that lives on despite Obama's promise to end the practice), should have stuck to the waste and greed angles.  Pettiness, after all, is what Congress - and the president, for that matter - are into these days. If Shelby were being petty here, he'd fit right in with the rest of the easily piqued prima donnas in the Magic Kingdom. 

But to the point: Shelby represents everything that is wrong with the Republican Party.  The one that now finds itself in a woefully tiny minority in Washington.  The party that took such drubbings in the last two national election years because it had as its standard bearers snakes like Shelby.

The man was once a proud Democrat.  Maybe it's time he went back where he fits in.

What Will You Be Doing Tomorrow?

Digging out from the storm, I'd bet.  And trying to make your way down to Wal-Mart to get some bread and milk.

Your congressman here in Southwest Virginia?  He'll be livin' large.  Watching the Super Bowl at the White House with his boss.

We understand and encourage it.

Now, where's that snow plow ...

On 'Climate Change'

I still think, once enough scientific data are gathered, that it will turn out to be the case that cosmic rays have more to do with fluctuations in global temperature than does human activity.  Far more.

Maybe some day scientists will look into this.  And stop making studies up from whole cloth.

Call me a dreamer.

A Question Regarding Those Unemployment Numbers

You saw yesterday the announcement that the percentage of Americans who are unemployed dropped from 10.0 to 9.7?  That's good.  But ... It turns out that 20,000 additional Americans were thrown out of work last month.  More layoffs brought the unemployment rate down?

Well, no.  It turns out that somewhere around a third of a million people simply quit looking.  They don't factor into the equation.  They're unemployed but not unemployed; they're now asterisks.

My question is this:

If people in large numbers continue to drop out of the labor force, and the unemployment percentage works its way down to zero, are we at full employment when nobody is employed?

"The Obama administration today announced the latest unemployment figure.  It's 0%, down from 0.2% last month.  With 234 million Americans having now given up looking for work."

I'm having real trouble with this statistic.

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Looks like I'm not alone in being confused by those seemingly incongruous numbers.  From the Wall Street Journal ("European Indexes Slammed Again"):
The fiscal woes of Europe's so-called peripheral economies—Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Italy—have sparked intense worry in recent days about a possible debt default or need for a bailout by stronger European nations.

Markets got a brief break from the selling after the U.S. Labor Department reported that the U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 9.7%, but investors were ultimately confused by the figures, which also showed that the world's largest economy continued shedding jobs in January.[my emphasis] [link requires subscription]
I understand the need for the jobs reporting such as it is, but it still leaves a big hole in the data.  Someday some really smart person is going to figure this out ...

There Have Been Times ...

How would federal marshals react to this, I wonder:
What to do on an airplane when you find yourself seated next to a real jerk

1. Take out your laptop.
2. Slowly open your laptop.
3. Turn it on.
4. Make certain your neighbor is watching.
5. Open your internet browser.
6. Close your eyes for a few moments, open them and then look up to the sky, or the heavens if you will.
7. Breathe deeply and open this site.

8. Look at the expression on your neighbor's face.
As much as you might want to do it sometimes, don't.  The flight attendants will freak.  And then there's that nasty prison thing.

Still ...

Why The Cry of 'Racist!' Has Become Such a Joke

It mostly has to do with the fact that those usually screaming the loudest are utter buffoons.  And utter racists themselves:
Conyers wants Haiti relief official demoted over diversity deficit
By Molly K. Hooper, The Hill

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has called on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to demote the official coordinating Haiti relief efforts for not having enough minority staffers.

The House Judiciary Committee Chairman sent a letter to Clinton on Thursday after Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, showed up at a meeting with the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus without any African American staffers in tow.

“I was alarmed and chagrined to learn that none of the approximately dozen staff he brought with him were African American,” Conyers wrote in the letter. “This is so serious an error in judgment that it warrants his immediate demotion to a subordinate position at AID.” [link]
Alarmed and chagrined.  I have to tell you, I'm alarmed and chagrined every time this idiot gets reelected by the people of Detroit.   I don't know if the republic can withstand it.

Can you imagine?  Conyers sees a group of bureaucrats file into chambers and the first thing he looks at is skin color.  Who's the racist, there, Jack?

And can we be honest?  I look at all the grief that MSNBC bed-wetter Chris Matthews is having to endure for his having said, in a fit of orgasmic delirium, with regard to Obama's utterly forgettable State of the Union speech the other night, "I forgot he was black for an hour," and rejoice that he - Matthews - is actually making progress.  A whole hour?  Good boy.

For most normal people, we can easily go for months without noticing or making mention of skin color.  Months.  Unless some race-consumed leftist brings it up.  A la Conyers.  

That's even the case with Obama.  What do I see when I look at him?  Ears.  Big, protruding, floppy ears, with a head attached.  And a pencil neck.  But not skin hue.  Sorry. 

So, as Matthews will now attest, we make progress.  Progress that will accelerate when fossilized racists like John Conyers have all gone to that separate-but-equal place in the sky. 

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Michelle Malkin declares Conyers to be "Race Hustler of the Week."

Strike While The Iron Is Hot

Seeing the United Nations being lambasted from all sides these days over the ever-mushrooming Climategate scandal (the latest), I have to pose a question to all concerned Americans:

Wouldn't now be the optimum time to ask Obama to get the U.S. the hell out of the U.N.?

Seems like the perfect occasion to me.