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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Memo To Bob Goodlatte:

Three things you had better wrap your brain around fast:

1) Read and comprehend the law of unintended consequences.

2) Or, more to the point: Sie müssen mit leeren sich die bade-wanne, aber nicht das Kind mit ihr zusammen.*

3) Don't screw with the free exchange of ideas on the internet.

4) Ignore (1), (2), and (3) and see how pissed off your loyal supporters can get.

You're a co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act?  If so, understand this: You're also co-sponsoring a bill that will stifle free speech - especially on this weblog - and I won't take kindly to that.

Consider it a warning.  You don't want to mess with a guy who operates at 3000 kbps, has a short temper, and is blessed with a gift for words.

* Loosely translated: "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

NY Times Shocked!

To think, there's religious bigotry directed toward women out there.  Stonings, beatings, rapes, genital mutilations, ritual murders, physical disfigurement ...

Oh, wait.  That's the Muslim world.

The New York Times could give two squirts about the plight of Muslim women around the world.

No, the New York Times is worked up this morning over the fact that a Jewish woman wasn't allowed on stage recently to receive an award for her research on hereditary diseases.

Israelis Facing a Seismic Rift Over Role of Women

Oh, the humanity.

For what it's worth, Katya Koren wasn't able to be on stage that day either. But she wasn't prevented from participating in the awards ceremony because of those heartless Jews who wanted to keep the sexes apart from one another. She was stoned to death by Muslim youth in her village because she had committed the unpardonable sin in the eyes of Allah of participating in a local beauty pageant.

And no, you won't find that story in the New York Times.


Where's the rational sense of proportion, fellas?

'Climate Scientists,' Take Note

Don Easterbrook, professor emeritus of geology at Western Washington University, has been studying climate science since before climate science became cool (pun intended) (a span of fifty years). His take on all the global warming hooey that is being tossed about by all those learned scientists/politicians who tell us on a daily basis that the planet is heating up and that we're all going to die?

Professor Easterbrook:
If there is one thing constant about climate it is that it’s not constant. It’s always changing. It has always changed. We are coming out of what has been called a "Little Ice Age,” which happened about 500 years ago.

For 10,000 years before that, the climate was actually warmer than it is right now, then we plunged into that Little Ice Age. We’ve been coming out of a hole ever since. The last 400 years we’ve been thawing out of the Little Ice Age, if you like. So yeah, it’s been getting warmer about one degree a century. It’s been going on. There’s nothing new about it.

So the warming we saw, which lasted only from 1978 to 1998, is something that is predictable and expectable. When the ocean changed temperatures, global cooling is almost a slam dunk. You can expect to find about 25 to 30 years yet ahead of us before it starts to warm up again. It might even be more than that.
Global warming is predictable and expectable. As is global cooling.

Which means we're not all going to die.

Al Gore, call your office.  You have some explaining to do.

Detroit, On a Long Glide Path To Destruction

It shouldn't come as a shock to anyone the fact that the city of Detroit is soon to collapse.  What struck me as eye-opening, though, was a YouTube video that I came upon recently.  It's entitled ...

"The Ruins of Empire:The Packard Plant."

Why did a video of one of Detroit's many, many abandoned buildings surprise me?

The Packard plant, still there to be filmed - and whose demise to be lamented - closed down in 1958.

Fifty-three years ago.

And never bulldozed.  Never revitalized.  Never used again.

Ruins within a spreading agglomeration of ruins.

Detroit is soon to collapse.  An implosion that has been many years in the making.

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* On a side note, at least someone had the good sense in 2008 to put a match to the old Studebaker plant there (which ceased operation in 1926).

I Should Be An Environmentalist

God knows there's no money in blogging.  Maybe I should be a champion for the world's oppressed instead.

Because there's big money to be made.

Kennedy stands to make $40M in secret anti-oil deal

Shoot, pay me forty million dollars and I'll go down to Ecuador and pretend to shed tears over an oil spill too.

And I'll even change my surname to Kennedy if it will make all the do-gooders out there fork over even more cash.

Mama didn't raise no fool. I - and Bobby Kennedy's daughter - go where the money is.

Hey, Deb! Try This!

Democratic National Committee headmistress Debbie Wasserman Schultz is always looking for excuses for the awful showing the Obama administration has obtained in the last three years.  Maybe she could try this out on an always reliably sycophantic press:

Hey, we did better than Spain!

I'd bet the chumps would buy into it too.

Where Have All The Workers Gone?

I hate to keep patting myself on the back, but I told you in 2009 that this recession we're in is like no other this country has ever experienced (I use the present tense because I'm not convinced that we've climbed out of it yet).  A good indication that my analysis was spot-on?

From Investor's Business Daily:


And it ain't over.

* Chart courtesy of the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Difference Between Them & Us

When it comes to stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons, both the United States and Israel have said publicly that it will not be permitted.  We all know, though, that the leadership in one of those two countries is just blowing smoke.  But the other?  How serious are the Israelis about shutting down Iran's nuclear program?

Deadly serious.

Thus:

U.S. defense leaders are increasingly concerned that Israel is preparing to take military action against Iran ...

Israel actually doing something about Iran's threat to world peace scares the Obama administration more than Iran disrupting world peace and turning the entire Middle East into rubble.

Expect Obama to announce another series of sanctions to be applied against Iran any day now.  To be tossed on the heap of hundreds upon hundreds of sanctions - going back to the Clinton years - that are already in place.  Sanctions created and augmented with the intention of stopping Iran from obtaining the bomb.  The bomb that it will soon have.

If Obama is frightened by the Iranians, he should say so.  And let the Israelis do for him that which he's incapable of doing on his own.

When Education Becomes Propaganda

It all has to do with money.  Beginning with Saudi money.  And lots of it.  And with unthinking, uncaring human beings at Harvard who value money more than veracity.

Read "Taqiyya for Kids." And be concerned about the kind of Islamist bullshit your children are being taught in public schools.

Oh, My

In the famous words of P.T. Barnum:

Mitt Romney surges nationally, especially among conservatives

Beam me up, Scotty.