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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It Seems Like So Long Ago

It seems like only yesterday.

This morning - eleven years ago - everything changed forever:


I just want to hunt down Osama bin Ladin's dead carcass and kill his ass again.

After all these years ...

Hey, Norwegians. We'll Take You Here In Bland County

We're not as stupid as your brethren who believe in anthropogenic global warming and who are taxing you into oblivion.

Come on down!

Make sense of all this if you can:
Norway to compensate industry for carbon emissions
Associated Press

Oslo, Norway (AP) — Norway's government says it will create a carbon-emissions program to compensate domestic manufacturers, in the hope of dissuading them from moving their industries to countries with less stringent climate regulations.

The government says that the European Union's Emission Trading Scheme, which Norway adopted in 2005, has led to an increase in energy prices and a reduction in the competitiveness of domestic enterprises.

The EU's scheme allows for countries to compensate industry, and Norway's government says its own program will be based on calculation methods in the EU guidelines. The Norwegian program will go into force in July 2013 and last until 2020.

Environment Minister Bard Vegar Solhjell said Tuesday in a statement that the program will combine "good climate policy with good industrial policy." [link]
So the government (the E.U.) is taxing Norway's businesses. And the government (of Norway) is compensating Norway's businesses to reimburse them for the taxes they have to pay. To government.  In order to bring to an end a problem that doesn't exist.

In a different world, that makes sense.

But here on Planet Earth ...

I Thought We Had This Argument

Seventy years ago.

And we decided that flouride was good for our children's teeth.

Looks like someone forgot to tell the "progressives" out in Portland:

In Portland, fluoride debate is ideological clash

This is almost bizarre:

"When someone moves to Portland from another state — and that's most people you meet in this city of transplants — their new dentist takes one look at their excellent teeth and concludes they must have been raised elsewhere, a place that puts fluoride in its drinking water."

What is up with that?

There must be something in the drinking water in Portland that makes the people there stark raving idiots.

But it sure ain't flouride.

The weird story:
Many in Portland and the state have long opposed public fluoridation, saying it's unsafe and violates an individual's right to consent to medication. While 73 percent of the U.S. population drinks water treated with fluoride, the rate is less than 25 percent in Oregon.

Portland voters twice rejected fluoride before approving it in 1978. They overturned their decision before it was ever added to the water.

The issue re-emerged last month, when a coalition of health and other organizations that had been lobbying the council for more than a year gained the public support of Commissioner Randy Leonard.
I'm surprised the outside world isn't blaming the Tea Party for this nonsense only a neanderthal could love. We are the neanderthals, right?

But no. These are the really smart liberals among us who believe there's some kind of plot against them being dumped into their drinking water.

Strange bunch, these ... progressives.

The Big Question About The Chicago Teachers Strike

Yeah, it reflects poorly on Obama's best buddies in the teachers' union.

But will the absence of teachers in Chicago classrooms - as dysfunctional as they are - mean the students affected will be any more ignorant?

No.

Let the overpaid, underworked teachers strike.  Let the students in public schools there go "uneducated."

Life there will be normal.

Obama Offers Hope. Again.

Feel like you've heard it all before?

You have.

Literally.



What we've learned over the last four years?

Obama offers hope.

But will never deliver.

Obama (and Clinton) Are Lying To You

To use the name Bill Clinton and the word lying in the same sentence seems so natural.  And so déjà vu.  After all these years.

Bill Clinton (and Barack Obama) are lying to you.

From the Washington Post's "fact checker":
Fact checking Bill Clinton’s speech and other Democrats at the convention in Charlotte
By Glenn Kessler

He [Obama] has offered a reasonable plan of $4 trillion in debt reduction over a decade. For every $2.5 trillion in spending cuts, he raises a dollar in new revenues, 2.5 to 1. And he has tight controls on future spending. That’s the kind of balanced approach proposed by the Simpson-Bowles commission, a bipartisan commission. … It passes the arithmetic test.”
— Former president Bill Clinton

The repeated claim that Obama’s budget reduces the deficit by $4 trillion is simply not accurate.

By the administration’s math, you have nearly $3.8 trillion in spending cuts, compared to $1.5 trillion in tax increases (letting the Bush tax cuts expire for high-income Americans). Presto, $1 of tax increases for every $2.50 of spending cuts.

But virtually no serious budget analyst agreed with this accounting. The $4 trillion figure, for instance, includes counting some $1 trillion in cuts reached a year ago in budget negotiations with Congress. So no matter who is the president, the savings are already in the bank.

Moreover, the administration is also counting $848 billion in phantom savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, even though the administration had long made clear those wars would end.

In other words, by projecting war spending far in the future, the administration is able to claim credit for saving money it never intended to spend. (Imagine taking credit for saving money on buying a new car every year, even though you intended to keep your car for 10 years.) Rather than good arithmetic, independent budget analysts called the maneuver “a major budget gimmick.” The administration also counts $800 billion in savings in debt payments (from lower deficits) as a “spending cut,” which is a dubious claim. We didn’t realize that debt payments were now considered a government program. There are a number of other games being played, so fake money is being used to pay for real spending projects. In effect, most of Obama’s claimed deficit reduction comes from his proposed tax increases. [link]
They're lying.

Bill Clinton says Barack Obama should be reelected.

He also said he didn't have sex with that woman.

So that's enough of that.

And They Say The GOP Is Messed Up

You know something's wrong when a Democratic governor runs a reelection ad on TV that attacks a Democratic President.  Such is the state of affairs.

Here it is:



The story behind it:
Tomblin Debuts First TV Ads of His Reelection Campaign
By Julie Sobel, National Journal

West Virginia Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is launching the first television ads of his reelection campaign, two positive commercials that focus on coal and his record on fiscal issues in the state while distancing him from President Obama and the national party.

"Growing up, I learned that coal is how towns like ours survive," says Tomblin in the first spot, highlighting the small town where he grew up. "Since the day I became governor, I fought the Obama Administration's war on coal. I took them to court, and we won."

Obama is unpopular in West Virginia, and coal/energy is an area where the Democratic governor has distanced himself from the administration.

The second ad contrasts the federal government with Tomblin's fiscal record as governor.

"While the federal government can't stop spending, West Virginia's state budget is balanced," says the ad's narrator. The narrator compliments Tomblin's "conservative financial management." Tomblin is running against businessman Bill Maloney, in a rematch from last year. Maloney also invoked the president in his first television ad, saying "the change he's promised has darkened." [link]
Thousands of West Virginians are being laid off as a result - in part - of the Obama administration's effort to kill coal.

The good people of the Mountain State - most of whom are Democrats - deserve better.  And are fighting back.