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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Salem Witch Trial ...

... became the Ted Stevens trial ...

... became the John Edwards trial.

Yes, Edwards would have made a lousy President (though considering today's circumstances, one pauses ...).

But we are better than this, right?

Right?

With a Twinkle In His Eye

This is what I love about James Taranto (in a ... ahem ... platonic sort of way, of course).  That subtle literary skill of his at delivering biting humor that goes unnoticed by all but the most focused reader.

Today's offering: In a piece about the revelation that Barack Obama has, in his past, eaten one or more dogs (ages/breeds/accompanying seasonings unkown) (go here and scroll down to "Just Where Is This Frum From?"), Taranto writes:

"What's shocking about Obama isn't that he ate exotic foods but that he ATE A DOG. In America, dogs and cats are pets, not provisions. Frum's apparent ignorance of this is enough to make us wonder if he's some sort of alien from another country."

The subtlety of italicizing the word he's.

Don't get it?  Then you'll never get it.

Go back to watching "The View."

From 'Yes We Can' To ...

... no we can't.

Interior Secretary: ‘Not Even Harry Potter’ Can Bring Down Gas Prices

In truth?    Yes.  We.  Can.

Stuck On Stupid

A blast from the past?

No.

A broken record.  Yesterday:

[Democratic House Minority Whip Steny] Hoyer: Middle Class is Paying Price for Bush Administration, ‘Where Much Was Spent and Little Was Paid For’ 

It's been so long, I don't even remember the Bush administration.

When are these guys going to take ownership of the government they took ownership of a long, long time ago?

The Bush administration is causing all our problems.  Gimme a break.

My Problem With Liberals

One of many.

They love to tout their success stories.  See Obama's:

Obama Again Reminds Voters He and First Lady ‘Didn’t Come From Wealthy Families’

A "rags to riches" story if there ever was one (if you ignore the fact that he was raised by his grandmother who was quite well-to-do, the fact that he never had to attend a public school, the fact that he was admitted to Columbia and Harvard, and the fact that he never had to work a real job in his life) (and the fact that he and his First Lady are breathtakingly wealthy today, an unrelated matter).

What bothers me about that?

Obama - and his (few remaining) supporters - will argue until doomsday that he succeeded on his own without the help of anyone.   Fine.  So why does he feel obligated to do everything he can to prevent others from achieving success and acquiring wealth?

"Fairness" - like everything else people of his mindset promote - is meant for others.  For them?

"Yes We Can!"  But "No You Can't."

The Perfect Accoutrement

What goes better with a lusciously form-fitting black bikini than ...

... a big, black gun?

Reality Will Have This Effect

The truth will out:

Discovery Channel Finds Climate Alarmism Isn't Popular

The truth has willed out.

We went from this ...

Doomsday: How 4C temperature rise this century will change world beyond recognition and threaten human survival. (Alarmism at its best) ...

... and this ...

Global warming of 7C 'could kill billions this century'.  (Ditto.)

 ... to this ...

There IS a problem with global warming... it stopped in 1998.

If only those darn facts hadn't gotten in the way of "scientists" and their fun.

The globe isn't warming, fellas.  So take your alarmism somewhere else.  We're all full up on such nonsense here.

* To highlight the attitude shift over recent years, all three of those headlines came from the same paper - The Telegraph of London.


Reality II

So why isn't global warming theory popular anymore?

Because even those who were its leading proponents have lost faith:
Environmentalist Icon Says He Overstated Climate Change
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Not many years ago, a celebrated scientist predicted a global warming disaster awaited humanity. Today, that same scientist admits his warning was too "alarmist." It's time Al Gore turned his limousine around, too.

James Lovelock, father of the "Gaia" theory that the entire earth is a single living system, was one of the many voices that's predicted environmental calamity will result from carbon dioxide emissions.

He claimed in 2006 that "before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable."

But he has told MSNBC that he overstated the case and now acknowledges that "we don't know what the climate is doing."

"We thought we knew 20 years ago," he said. "That led to some alarmist books — mine included — because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn't happened." [link]
They finally admit what we've been saying all along:

"We don't know what the climate is doing."

Maybe now the scientific community will get back to doing science and move away from screaming, "we're all going to die!"

Or not. A lot of them depend for their livelihood on such hysteria. They certainly won't go easily into that long night ...

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I happened upon a rerun of "The Day After Tomorrow" on TV the other night (and watched it for about ninety seconds).  Even considering the fact that Hollywood is nothing more than fantasy land, this movie - about global warming causing a sudden ice age (pause to think about that impossible scenario) - spawned by the likes of Al Gore, is the most preposterous flick ever made.  All associated with it should be embarrassed.

And speaking of Al Gore ...

You'll Know We've Turned The Corner ...

... when this statistic turns positive:
U.S. new-home sales off 7 percent in March
By Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press

Washington (AP) — Sales of new homes fell in March by the largest amount in more than a year, indicating that the U.S. housing market remains under strain despite some modest signs of improvement.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that sales dropped 7.1 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 328,000 units. That followed a 7.3 percent increase in sales in February. This figure was revised up from an initial estimate that February sales had fallen 1.6 percent.

The median sales price was $234,500 in March, down 1 percent from the February price.

Sales of new homes stand at just about half the roughly 700,000-a-year pace that analysts consider evidence of a healthy market. [link]
Half. Not even half where sales should be.

In graphic detail (click on the image to enlarge it):


We're mired in the doldrums. With no prospect for a robust turnaround in sight.

Maybe if the government would let the people keep more of their income, they'd devote it to buying homes and such?

Naaahhh.

Obama knows better.  He was, after all, a renowned economist local community organizer ...

Chart courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

The Fine Print

To hear Interior Secretary Ken Salazar tell it, Obama's big on fossil fuel energy these days.  And he tells it well.  Only problem is with the facts.  Those darn facts.

Read this carefully and you'll understand what I mean:
Salazar says critics live in ‘fairy tale’ land
By Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times

Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar on Tuesday blasted the “world of fairy tales” that he thinks most Republicans and some oil and gas industry leaders live in, arguing that the Obama administration remains committed to domestic fossil fuels and any claims to the contrary are patently false.

“There is this imagined energy world, maybe a world of fairy tales, falsehoods, that we often see in Washington, D.C.,” he said during a speech at the National Press Club. “It’s a divide between the real energy world that we work on every day and the imagined fairy tale world. It’s a place where up is seen as down, where left is seen as right.” [link]
Scroll past all the Democrat bluster and you get the facts of the matter:
During his address, Mr. Salazar touted the fact that domestic oil production on federal lands is up 13 percent since Mr. Obama became president. Figures from the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that assertion to be technically true, but Mr. Salazar left out the fact that the numbers are headed in the opposite direction. Oil production on government land since 2008 is up overall, but dropped 14 percent from 2010 to 2011.

He also omitted EIA numbers showing that since 2008, natural gas production on federal lands - directly controlled by the Interior Department - has dropped dramatically, including an 11 percent dip from 2010 to 2011.

Since 2009, total fossil fuel production on federally controlled land is down 7 percent, according to the EIA. [emphasis mine]
Oil (along with gas) production is up - since Bush left office. Because leases and permits were approved by him and previous Presidents. But from 2010 to today, what with Obama delaying new permitting and oil leases, production on federal lands is now on the decline.

A "fairy tale," Mr. Salazar?

Make no mistake, Obama's henchman wants you to believe in one.

- - -

Time for Democrats to return to this etheric plane:

The administration has tried for three years to kick-start a "green economy." But fossil fuels still dominate for lots of good reasons. It's time for a return to reality.

Rumor has it that Obama did create a "green job" down in Tishomingo.  Unconfirmed, though, at this time.  The search continues for a second ...