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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Say It Ain't So

What's this?  Warren Buffett - he of the you-rich-people-should-be-paying-more-in-taxes fame - is fighting the federal government to keep from paying more in taxes?


Obama should appoint the dude to some administration gig.  I don't care which one.  It's just that his do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do hypocrisy fits in so well there.

Lights Out For The Weather Channel

My daughter is in the mouth of the tiger right now.  Not literally.  Figuratively.  She lives a minute inland from Topsail Island, North Carolina.  Hurricane Irene has been ripping through there since last night on its way north.

To get the latest information on the storm and the damage it is inflicting, I turn to the Weather Channel.  For about a minute.  Then I walk away.  I can't deal with the histrionics.

The following exchange between Paula and me a moment ago sheds light on the approach these people are taking to hyping the storm rather than giving us factual information about conditions on the ground:

I walk into the living room.

Paula's tuned to The Weather Channel.

Paula: "Stephanie just almost had an orgasm."

Stephanie being Stephanie Abrams, morning co-host.

Jerry: "How's that?"

Paula: "She just blurted out, 'Breaking News!  The pier at Atlantic Beach is being destroyed!'"

With a little too much glee - seemingly - in her voice.

Stephanie's.  Not Paula's.

Good grief.

I watch for thirty seconds as the obligatory reporter - buffeted by the wind and soaked by the rain - oh, the drama! - reports from above the pier that the weather is bad and the surf is up.

Good grief.

I return to my computer to try to get the latest weather news.

For "Days of Our Lives" I'll tune into "Days of Our Lives" later.

Good grief again.

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Text message received from my son at 6:25am:

"Strong winds.  We are fine.  This house is built solid.  Call you later."

Waiting ...  Watching ...

Ya Gotta Be Kidding

I went to this article thinking I could be supportive of something - the first something in a very long time - that the Obama administration is doing.  Instead, I sit here dumbfounded.

Doesn't he have something better to do than this?
Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear
By Eric Felden, Wall Street Journal

Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson's chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company's manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. "The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier," he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle. [link]
Wait a minute.  This doesn't have anything to do with Gibson hiring illegal Mexicans?  (Oh, I forgot.  Obama has decided to give them a pass.)  This is about freaking wood?

It's about freaking wood:
It isn't the first time that agents of the Fish and Wildlife Service have come knocking at the storied maker of such iconic instruments as the Les Paul electric guitar, the J-160E acoustic-electric John Lennon played, and essential jazz-boxes such as Charlie Christian's ES-150. In 2009 the Feds seized several guitars and pallets of wood from a Gibson factory, and both sides have been wrangling over the goods in a case with the delightful name "United States of America v. Ebony Wood in Various Forms."

The question in the first raid seemed to be whether Gibson had been buying illegally harvested hardwoods from protected forests, such as the Madagascar ebony that makes for such lovely fretboards. And if Gibson did knowingly import illegally harvested ebony from Madagascar, that wouldn't be a negligible offense. Peter Lowry, ebony and rosewood expert at the Missouri Botanical Garden, calls the Madagascar wood trade the "equivalent of Africa's blood diamonds." But with the new raid, the government seems to be questioning whether some wood sourced from India met every regulatory jot and tittle.
For the love of God.

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Note to the Obama Justice Department: I own a rifle with a rosewood forearm cap.  I admit to it.  Just tell me to which prison I should report.

Environmentalists Making Fools of Themselves

Has this guy been living under a rock his whole life?  Did he pay no attention all those years he was in school?  The answers to both questions seem to be YES.

The hurricane, a recurring phenomenon that has plagued the southeast coast of the U.S. since time immemorial, is news to this activist:
Was Hurricane Irene caused by global warming?
By Bob King, Politico

Hurricane Irene hadn’t even made landfall in the United States before some people figured out what to blame it on.

“Irene’s got a middle name, and it’s Global Warming,” environmental activist Bill McKibben wrote Thursday night in The Daily Beast. He argued that this year’s hot Atlantic Ocean temperatures and active spree of hurricanes — coupled with droughts, floods and melting sea ice elsewhere on the globe — are “what climate change looks like in its early stages.”

Besides, “what’s a ‘tropical’ storm doing heading for the snow belt?” asked McKibben. He also said the storm represented bad timing for the Obama administration’s favorable environmental impact statement on TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which environmentalists label a danger to the Earth’s climate. [link]
Got all that?  Hurricanes - along with droughts, floods, melting sea ice - and presumably Obama's double bogey on number seven - are the results of global warming.  And a gas pipeline out west.

How do you respond to such nonsense?

With one word: Nitwit.

Get the idea that he and Crazy Al are desperate?

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This map, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows the tracking of hurricanes since they began to be tracked:

Click on the image to enlarge it.

McKibben: “What’s a ‘tropical’ storm doing heading for the snow belt?

Same thing it's always done, dumbass.