Monday, November 30, 2009
CASH FOR APPLIANCES
Heh. Soon, I hope. I need to upgrade my failing kitchen appliances. While they're at it, how about “Cash for Air Conditioners"? And “Cash for Rain Gutters”? And “Cash for Dead Trees”?
WHAT TO BLAME ON GLOBAL WARMING
Here are a few of the better ones: acne, aggressive weeds, air pressure changes, Baghdad snow, beer shortage, circumcisions in decline, crocodile sex, evolution accelerating, the Earth speeding up (and slowing down), footpath erosion, icebergs, killer cornflakes, a kitten boom, UFO sightings, a violin decline, and rotton tomatos ....
MORE WEIRD ROBOTS
The shape-shifting robot is fascinating, if only because there is so much good science-fiction based on shape-shifting themes.
BETTER STARVED THAN UNHEALTHY
“The city’s law banishing trans fat took effect in July 2008 and touched everyone with Health Department food licenses — including emergency food providers.”
From the comments: “Thanks for exposing this travesty. It is horrible that people should go hungry to feed the self-indulgence of government officials who think they know what's best for us.” - amphils
PALIN GOES GRACIOUS
I got a lesson in civility, grace under pressure and general human fellowship recently from, of all people, Sarah Palin. ... I’m not talking about lessons learned from her book, but rather from her televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.Five paragraphs later,
We’ve been seeing and hearing the extreme edge of nastiness politically ever since the summer, when the boorishly boisterous “tea parties” began. ... Sarah Palin hasn’t helped matters much with her continued talk of “haters,” and there was plenty of hatred lurking not so very far beneath the surface in interviews with die-hard Palin book buyersNotice the unconscious bias: the belief that disagreement the liberal position must be taken as “hate.” I’ve been to three Tea Parties, including the 100,000+ protest at the Washington DC mall, and while I’ve listened to strong opinions, none has been remotely “hateful.”
Read the whole article.
THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST
FORT HOOD NEVER HAPPENED
Is it still too soon to come to the conclusion that the Fort Hood shooting was an act of terrorism?At MSNBC, ignorance isn't bliss, it's a requirement.
Alas, it is still too early ... at MSNBC. For Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews ... the shooting of George Tiller was an act of terrorism, no question. The death of a census taker in Kentucky was also an act of terrorism. But as to Maj. Hasan, the jury is still out -- and will be out for many, many years.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
JOURNALISM’S SLOW, SAD DEATH
[W]hat is passing is not only a business but also a profession -- the journalistic tradition of nonpartisan objectivity.Heh.
Free markets, it turns out, often make poor fact-checkers, instead feeding the fantasies of conspiracy theorists from "birthers" to Sept. 11, 2001, "truthers."“Birthers” not including the Trig Palin fanticizers, of course.
"...Walter Cronkite prospered in the old environment, ..."And Tet was a victory, not a defeat.
[F]ew American bloggers have the resources or inclination to report from war zones, famines and genocides.Michael Yon, Michael Totten, J.D. Johannes. And Mudville Gazette, Blackfive. Maybe the mainstream media could consider engaging them?
[B]bloggers would have little to collect or comment upon without the costly enterprise of newsgathering and investigative reporting.Rathergate.
What is to be done? A lot of good people are working on it.Yes, but they’re not working in the mainstream media.
[Update & bump] Big Government isn't as kind to Gerson as I am.
THE ECONOMY AS A PHYSICS PROBLEM
This is an intruiging article ... and as an engineer, I’m tempted to put more trust in physics than I am in climate “scientists.” Garrett's model has a certain elegance about it, and I’ve found over my career that simple, elegant models – even wrong simple, elegant models - usually offer more insight into the fundamentals of a problem than do more complicated ones.
Link via Instapundit.
PULLING NO PUNCHES
Martin and Dreier are trying to rebuild the media and the left elite, who use the poor and the downtrodden as their foot soldiers in order to maintain power in government, academia, the media and Hollywood. For them, ACORN provides the perfect photo-op.Via Instapundit.
I SHOULD RUN FOR OFFICE
Glenn Reynolds is considering running for office in Tennessee’s 29th [phantom] Congressional District and has already pickedup financial support. Maybe I should announce my candidacy for Virginia’s 79th [phantom] Congressional District – I could use some quatloos as well.
[Update & bump to top] Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) is testing the waters for his run for Tenessee’s phantom 29th Congressional District. Go encourage him – better a real congresscritter for a fake district than a fake congresscritter from a real district (and we have plenty of them).
Wasn’t that pretty obvious when the accident was first reported? Leave ‘em alone.
CIRCLE THE WAGONS, GLOBAL WARMERS
The purloined e-mail correspondence published by skeptics last week -- portraying some leading climate researchers as petty, vindictive and tremendously eager to make their data fit accepted theories -- does not prove that global warming is a fraud. ... [T]ell the polar ice caps that they're free to stop melting.Eugene Robinson still has trouble differentiating between weather and climate.
It's warmer now than it was 100 years ago.Um, given what we now know about the data, are your sure?
At issue is the long-term trend, and one would expect anomalous blips from time to time.It doesn’t seem to occur to Mr. Robinson that over a period of several thousands of years, the famous “hockey stick” might be the “anomalous blip”.
[W]e know carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, and we know the planet is hotter than it was a century ago.Know? Or believe? Sorry, Eugene, we know the data is corrupt; beyond that, ... we only believe.
[Update and bump] This may be the only beneficial unintended consequence of ObamaCare.
THROW THE BUMS OUT
[A] deliberate and unrevealed fudging of results in an attempt to make the real world fit one’s preconceptions is beyond the scientific pale. Journal articles have been thrown out for it; PhD candidates have lost their degrees for it.My sentiments exactly. I worked hard for my PhD. These clowns have dishonored it. Revoke their degrees and fire them.
CANDID CAMERA MOMENTS
Saturday, November 28, 2009
PAID TO LIE
KILL THE BILLS
HARNESSING THE OCEAN
Yes, and let’s not forget the importance of public transportation.
WEAPON OF MASS DISTRACTION
BRING ON THE VOTE
"I think that for a long time people see politicians as part of an elite establishment, and our nation's at a crossroads where the American people realize that the elite establishment has gotten us into a mess," [Patricia] Sullivan [running to unseat Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson in Florida's 8th Congressional District] said, sounding themes associated with Palin.But, but ... Andrew Sullivan, a homosexual male, knows women dislike Sarah Palin.
Friday, November 27, 2009
THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR
Things I’m thankful for
• So far, the Large Hadron Collider hasn’t destroyed the universe.
• Burritos continue to be cheap and plentiful.
• Having completely squandered public support, the worst of the Democrats being in charge is already over.
• The sun continues to be a cheap and free source of heating and light with no signs of stopping.
• Thanks to Twitter, we no longer have to speculate what inane thoughts are going through a given celebrity’s head at this very moment.
• Due to Sarah Palin’s aerial patrols, wolf attacks are down 30%.
• Even bankrupted under massive debt and with a ninny as president, America is still like a million times better than any other country.
• Frank J's humor.
IT’S FALL AND THE ACORNs ARE DROPPING
WHAT’S NEXT? THE AUGUSTINE REPORT
Only 5 shuttle flights remain. What’s next?
Well, the Augustine Report on the future of manned space is in, and it isn’t pretty.
A White House committee is urging President Barack Obama to develop commercial taxi services to fly American astronauts to and from low Earth orbit, a move that would be a major shift in longstanding national space policy.Commercialization of space is an obvious – and personally welcome – development, but the lack of a “Grand Plan” is disturbing:
Under the plan, NASA still would build its Orion spacecraft to fly astronauts beyond Earth orbit -- on missions to orbit the moon and Mars or perhaps land on asteroids. The agency also would move rapidly to develop a human-rated heavy lift rocket to launch large components required for deeper-space missions. That rocket would provide a "fallback option" if U.S. aerospace companies fail to develop space taxi service to low-Earth orbit.
However, the shift in approach essentially would take NASA out of the business of launching its own astronauts -- a job the agency has done since Alan Shepard became the first American to fly in space in 1961.
Also among the big questions Obama will have to answer: Where should astronauts go next? The panel boiled it down to three options: Stick with current plans to go the moon, go straight to Mars instead, or fly interplanetary voyages to orbit the moon, Mars and perhaps land on an asteroid.As is the clear lack of financial support:
NASA's budget needs to be ramped up by $3 billion between 2011 and 2014 to carry out any "meaningful" human spaceflight program.Unfortunately, I don’t view the Obama administration as interested in space exploration or competent to develop a vision if it were interested.
It’s going to be a long three years for the next frontier.
The Secret Service will certainly get a black eye over this one, but my bet is that if the media doesn’t go all defensive (likely) we’ll find out that the Secret Service was overruled on security precautions by someone in the White House.
[Update]: Hmm. Lawyer: White House cleared crashers.
WHO DESERVES CREDIT FOR THE NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS?
An interesting podcast. People tend to think that science and engineering are pretty cut-and-dried. They aren’t.
I’d only add the single word “Elite” between “Stuff” and “White.”
PALIN DERANGEMENT SYNDROME
Slate magazine is just one of the countless media outlets convulsing with St. Vitus’ Dance over that demonic succubus Sarah Palin. In its reader forum, The Fray, one supposed Palinophobe took dead aim at the former Alaska governor’s writing chops, excerpting the following sentence from her book:What is the sound of an ego deflating?
“The apartment was small, with slanting floors and irregular heat and a buzzer downstairs that didn’t work, so that visitors had to call ahead from a pay phone at the corner gas station, where a black Doberman the size of a wolf paced through the night in vigilant patrol, its jaws clamped around an empty beer bottle.”
Other readers pounced like wolf-sized Dobermans on an intruder. One guffawed, “That sentence by Sarah Palin could be entered into the annual Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest. It could have a chance at winning a (sic) honorable mention, at any rate.”
But soon, the original contributor confessed: “I probably should have mentioned that the sentence quoted above was not written by Sarah Palin. It’s taken from the first paragraph of ‘Dreams From My Father,’ written by Barack Obama.”
Link from Instapundit.
Getting thanks instead of giving thanks?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
CASH FOR CLOTURE
AL GORE WAS RIGHT
We have discovered that the warming in New Zealand over the past 156 years was indeed man-made, but it had nothing to do with emissions of CO2—it was created by man-made adjustments of the temperature. It’s a disgrace.Is there a Nobel Prize for lying?
Katherine Kersten wonders when ... universities began demanding ideological purity as a prerequisite to attaining a degree. The University of Minnesota will apparently demand that its education graduates, the future teachers of Minnesota, confess to their own bigotry if they believe in the American dream of equal opportunity as a means to cleanse the Minnesota education system of cultural biases.What happened to reading, writing, and arithmetic?
[Update] FIRE has taken notice.
GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT
As the leaked messages, and especially the HARRY_READ_ME.txt file, found their way around technical circles, two things happened: first, programmers unaffiliated with East Anglia started taking a close look at the quality of the CRU’s code, and second, they began to feel sympathetic for anyone who had to spend three years (including working weekends) trying to make sense of code that appeared to be undocumented and buggy, while representing the core of CRU’s climate model.Maybe the codes are not as sophisticated as we have been led to believe.
One programmer highlighted the error of relying on computer code that, if it generates an error message, continues as if nothing untoward ever occurred. Another debugged the code by pointing out why the output of a calculation that should always generate a positive number was incorrectly generating a negative one. A third concluded: “I feel for this guy. He’s obviously spent years trying to get data from undocumented and completely messy sources.”
Programmer-written comments inserted into CRU’s Fortran code have drawn fire as well. The file briffa_sep98_d.pro says: “Apply a VERY ARTIFICAL correction for decline!!” and “APPLY ARTIFICIAL CORRECTION.” Another, quantify_tsdcal.pro, says: “Low pass filtering at century and longer time scales never gets rid of the trend – so eventually I start to scale down the 120-yr low pass time series to mimic the effect of removing/adding longer time scales!”
It’s not clear how the files were leaked. One theory says that a malicious hacker slipped into East Anglia’s network and snatched thousands of documents. Another says that the files had already been assembled in response to a Freedom of Information request and, immediately after it was denied, a whistleblower decided to disclose them. (Lending credence to that theory is the fact that no personal e-mail messages unrelated to climate change appear to have been leaked.)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
BLOGGER ASSISTS NEW YORK TIMES
Dear Mr. Broder,Via Instapundit.
Very nice article today on the upcoming Copenhagen meeting. I've heard about the cutbacks at the NYT and I guess it's gotten so bad that they no longer allow internet access to reporters. So my news tip is that apparently, there's some kind of development regarding the scientists behind the global warming data, involving emails or something like that. Some of the papers in the UK are reporting on it and even a few here. If you are not permitted to go online to find them, I could email you a few examples in pdf format. Even better, I could download the file containing the emails and other documents themselves, burn them onto a CD, mail the CD to you, and then once you had access to the primary source material you and your colleagues would be able to do your own reporting and investigating. None of this is to imply in any way that this stuff I've heard about could have any possible relevance to a meeting aimed at a global warming agreement based on conclusions based on data that may have been — let's call them ambiguous. Just thought you might be curious is all, and I'm always happy to help out when I can.
AWASH IN FOSSIL FUELS
Such good news horrifies people who relish scarcity because it requires -- or so they say -- government to ration what is scarce and to generally boss people to mend their behavior: “This is the police! Put down that incandescent bulb and step away from the lamp!” ...[T]here is a name for the political doctrine that rejoices in scarcity of everything except government. The name is environmentalism.I’ve posted on the ecological insanity of environmentalism, and Will is right. The exact quantity of fossil energy notwithstanding, the world needs to generate and use more energy, not less. The choice is stark: America’s standard of living -- or Somalia’s.
Obamacare May Target Gun Owners.
I don’t really think so, but the text referred to is disturbing.
The Vookh Conspiracy has more:
The rules for a “Wellness Program” begin on page 87. In brief, if you participate in a Wellness Program, you can get a health insurance premium discount of up to 30%. Stated another way, if you don’t participate in a Wellness Program, you will pay a substantial insurance rate penalty for not doing so. The definition of a “Wellness Program” begins in paragraph (B) on page 88:Such as (1) Smoking cessation, (2) Weight management, (3) Stress management, (4) Physical fitness, (5) Nutrition, (6) Heart disease prevention, (7) Healthy lifestyle support, and (8) Diabetes prevention.(B) The wellness program shall be reasonably designed to promote health or prevent disease. A program complies with the preceding sentence if the program has a reasonable chance of improving the health of, or preventing disease in, participating individuals ....Pages 29–30 of the Reid bill mention some of items that “Wellness and Prevention Programs” “may include.”
The phrasing does not appear to exclude other items.
From that, I infer the bill would in fact make it easy for a HHS Secretary to write “wellness” program regulations which penalize almost everyone.
And this is an intended consequence: the discount is not based on risk, but on the requirement that the insuree engage in ‘politically correct’ behavior. If that’s not coercion, I don’t know what is.
The text of the bill is here.
THE PROGRESSIVE ERA?
If they're conservatives.
Democrat administrations are in blue; Republican administrations in red. The dashed lines indicate the average over all administrations of each party.
Jeff Jacoby shares my concern in another context.
The original post is here.
How ... gauche.
On the other hand, it’s not obvious that the business world needs Rhodes Scholars. Perhaps it’s best to keep them in positions where they can’t do much harm.
Read it all.
Assuming Obama lives up to his announcement ....
GUNS DETER PIRATES
HEY BIG SPENDER
TRUTH TO POWER
Jonah Goldberg calls it a phrase of Quaker origins adopted by campus radicals, Hollywood gadflies and establishment journalists, as something of an abracadabra slogan to justify criticizing government or big corporations.
He’s right. Every time I hear the phrase, I think of some pompous airhead declaring that he/she has an exclusive contract for the truth.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
CLIMATEGATE IS NOW OFFICIAL
•The data appears to be largely, perhaps entirely, authentic.Some of the emails are here; and a searchable database of all of emails is here. Expect to see much more as bloggers continue digging.
•The emails are incendiary.
•The implications shake the scientific basis for AGW, and the scientific reputations of some of AGW’s major proponents, to their roots.
Charlie Martin comments on the computer codes.
And, finally, because of the media's lack of interest, should it be called CLIMAQUIDDICK?
IT WAS PEACEFUL!
"It was just a peaceful crowd -- orderly, no one making any strange comments that I know of," a Fort Bragg official told FoxNews.Oh, my. Don’t these tea-bagging conservatives know that they’re uneducated, racist, bigoted, violent, neanderthal thugs?
JUST IN THE PAST OF TIME
Remember this when you vote for ObamaCare.
On a personal note, it’s mildly amusing to see Congress trying to spend something on the close order of one-and-a-half trillion dollars to bring health care to the same standard it was 60 years ago when I was a child.
I SEE BY YOUR BUTTON THAT YOU ARE A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
THE PATIENT OR THE STATE?
A NEW RECORD
THE VALUE OF A LIBERAL EDUCATION
Jacoby is right.
Monday, November 23, 2009
DON'T TELL THE DEMOCRATS
Via “It is no doubt rude of me to point out that this outbreak video represents two years’ worth of a Democratic-controlled Congress, and one year’s worth of a Democratic-controlled government” Moe Lane and Instapundit.
GLOBAL SOMETHING OR OTHER
The planet's temperature curve rose sharply for almost 30 years, as global temperatures increased by an average of 0.7 degrees Celsius (1.25 degrees Fahrenheit) from the 1970s to the late 1990s. "At present, however, the warming is taking a break," confirms meteorologist Mojib Latif of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in the northern German city of Kiel. Latif, one of Germany's best-known climatologists, says that the temperature curve has reached a plateau. "There can be no argument about that," he says. "We have to face that fact."So here’s my question. Why is it inconceivable that the 30-year run-up in temperature is the outlier?
“Our customers are thinking people,” said Nathan Embretson, a bookseller at Pendragon Books in Oakland. “They’re not into reading drivel.”So what do they read? Here’s a selection of some of the non-drively, thinky-type books Mr. Embretson carries at his store, per the Pendragon Books website:
Ah, yes, the reality-based community.
Jim Marrs, Inside Job: Unmasking the 9-11 Conspiracies
Ward Churchill, On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality
Van Jones, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
(a collaboration), Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys to Alien Worlds Through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies
William Ayers, Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist
Mark Rudd, Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen
Lyndon H. Larouche, Cold Fusion: Challenge to U.S. Science Policy
A THOUGHT ON OBAMACARE
Get real. They will all have "Cadillac plans" - paid for with your -and my - tax dollars.
I suspect the revisions are entirely reasonable, but the timing leaves me scratching my head. With the health care debate on the front burner - and boiling over - why on Earth would the Government risk bringing the rationing argument back to the fore?
One has to wonder about the Obama administration's competence. Are they completly clueless? Or simply arrogant?
[Update] It's been noticed.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
CRADLE TO GRAVE
The whole cartoon is here.
RIGHT WING, LEFT WING
Now it's our turn.
WHERE'S THE BENEFIT?
So our president and his Democratic allies - possibly in another teaching moment - filled our news media and Congressional Budget Office with a pile of proposals. And because Americans are optimistic, we jumped in and started digging through the pile, even though that pile looked and smelled like manure. But we figured that with all that manure, there had to be a pony in there somewhere.But the good news is that there's plenty of manure.
We kept digging through the Democrat proposals in search of the pony. But there was no pony.
SAVE $155 MILLION ANNUALLY
There is a new president and a new NEA. The president first. This is the first president that actually writes his own books since Teddy Roosevelt and arguably the first to write them really well since Lincoln. If you accept the premise, and I do, that the United States is the most powerful country in the world, then Barack Obama is the most powerful writer since Julius Caesar. That has to be good for American artists.Why is this hosanna appearing on an official government website? Has it become the job of the NEA to communicate how wonderful our Dear Leader is?
Why are America's taxpayers funding this tripe to the tune of $155 million annually?
Mark Steyn piles on.
An Associated Press dispatch, written by Erica Werner and Richard Alonso-Zaldivar, compares the House and Senate ObamaCare bills. We'd like to compare this dispatch to the AP's dispatch earlier this week "fact checking" Sarah Palin's new book. Here goes:And the AP also created a ”word cloud” of Going Rogue, which presumably means ... some of the 11(!) AP researchers had too much time on their hands.
Number of AP reporters assigned to story:
• ObamaCare bills: 2
• Palin book: 11
Number of pages in document being covered:
• ObamaCare bills: 4,064
• Palin book: 432
Number of pages per AP reporter:
• ObamaCare bill: 2,032
• Palin book: 39.3
On a per-page basis, that is, the AP devoted 52 times as much manpower to the memoir of a former Republican officeholder as to a piece of legislation that will cost trillions of dollars and an untold number of lives. That's what they call accountability journalism.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
DON’T MESS WITH ME
The moral of the story: Always keep a spare magazine handy.
Via Don Surber.
Nice work if you can get it ... biting the hand that feeds you.
And yes, I trust the New York Post far more than I trust Harry Reid. I know Harry Reid lies.
Yes, his leadership performance is lousy, and yes, I expected it to be lousy.
Friday, November 20, 2009
THIS IS JOURNALISM?
GOP darling. How, um, ... snotty.
At least the Times was embarrassed enough to change the sub-headline; by mid-morning it became “Hundreds turn out to cheer at GOP's former vice presidential candidate.”
A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME
In the metro area, free swine flu shots are only being made available to people in priority groups: pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old, health care workers, anyone 6 months to 24 years old, and those age 25 to 64 who have health conditions that put them at higher risk for complications from the flu.Yep. About the time the flu season ends.
"The vaccine supplies that we have received are not ample enough to vaccinate the general public," says Mary Anderson, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Health and Human Services. "Eventually, there will be plenty of vaccine so that anyone who wants to get a vaccination will be able to get one."
I would trust the judgment of someone with Palin’s background on matters of Iran or Honduras or Putin far more than I would someone of Obama’s resume.... We know now that you can do nothing and still finish as the head of Harvard Law Review, or win a Nobel Prize, but if you miss an antlered moose, or run out of gas in the tundra, or fall overboard on a salmon boat, there is no Norwegian committee or Harvard Law Dean to bail you out.And a point I’d like to see repeated over and over again:
[W]hat I learned over years of farming—dealing with California labor, environmental, legal, and tax regulations, pruning, tractor driving, listening to my grandfather, and handling unsavory characters, understanding plant physiology and fruit-production, etc.—I think gave me a different, but in the long run as good an education as a BA/PhD in Classical languages.Better, I’d say. The snobbery of the non-productive “elite” is damning.
KISS YOUR FREEDOMS GOODBYE
We do not have two political parties in this country, America. We have one party; called the Big Government Party. The Republican wing likes deficits, war, and assaults on civil liberties. The Democratic wing likes wealth transfer, taxes, and assaults on commercial liberties. Both parties like power; and neither is interested in your freedoms.Read it in full.
Congress recognizes no limits on its power. It doesn't care about the Constitution, it doesn't care about your inalienable rights, it doesn't care about the liberties protected by the Bill of Rights, it doesn't even read the laws it writes.
PALIN DERANGEMENT SYNDROME
But the real question is ”How do you solve this problem without Sarah?”
By the way, who has better legs?
And yes, I am a dirty old man.
Three guesses; the first two don’t count.
Something might get done if the entirety of Congress were forced to live in, say, Haymarket and be required to be in their offices at the Capitol every day at 8 a.m. sharp.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
EYES WIDE OPEN
Little Mary had a box of very small kittens that she was trying to give away, so she had them out on the street corner with a sign 'FREE KITTENS' next to them.Cats are smart.
Suddenly a line of big black cars came up with a policeman on a motorcycle in front.
The cars all stopped and a tall man stepped out from the biggest car. It's President Obama.
"Hi, little girl, what do you have there in the box?" he asked.
"Kittens" Little Mary says. "They're so small, their eyes are not even open yet."
"What kind of kittens are they?" he asked.
"Democrats," says Little Mary.
The tall man smiled, returned to his car and they drove away.
Sensing a good photo opportunity, President Obama called his Press Manager and told him about the little girl and the kittens.
It was planned that they would return the next day, have all the media there and tell everyone about these great kittens.
The next day, Little Mary is standing out on the corner with her box of kittens with the 'FREE KITTENS' sign and the big motorcade of black cars pulled up with all the vans and trucks from ABC, NBC, CBS, BET and CNN but no FOX News for some reason.
Everyone had their cameras ready and then, President. Obama got out of his limo and walked up to Little Mary.
"Now, don't be frightened," he said, "I just want you to tell all these nice news people just what kind of kittens you're giving away today."
"Yes sir," Mary said, "They are all REPUBLICAN kittens."
Taken by surprise, President Obama said, "But yesterday, you told me that they were DEMOCRATS."
Little Mary says, "Yes, I know. But today, they have their eyes open."
WORSE THAN TAXES: SPENDING
Read it all.
Mounting evidence that independent voters have soured on the Democrats is prompting a debate among party officials about what rhetorical and substantive changes are needed to halt the damage.And what changes are needed?
"[W]e’ve got to do a better job of messaging. There’s a lot of work to be done to get independents more comfortable with what we’re doing.”Messaging? Isn't it just barely possible that independents are fleeing the Democrats precisely because they are uncomfortable with what the Democrats are doing?
FACT-CHECKING "GOING ROGUE"
Imagine that – 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to "fact check" what's going on with Sheik Mohammed's trial, Pelosi's health care takeover costs, Hasan's associations, etc. Amazing.Conservatives for Palin is fact-checking the fact-checkers. And winning.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
THAT CARTER FEELING
THOUGHTS FROM THE LATER REPUBLIC
We are witnessing nothing less than an attempt to reinvent the United States at home and abroad into something it never was.Read it all.
LISTENING TO HARRY REID
Judging from his stuttering, stumbling, and evasive looking everywhere except at the camera, Reid doesn't believe a word he's saying.
Er, isn’t there this weird “presumption of innocence” concept in American jurisprudence?
Obama reminds me of the old 50’s westerns I used to watch as a kid. The sheriff rides up to the vigilante mob about to hang the rustler from the nearest tree and says “No, no. We’ll take him back to town, give him a fair trial, then hang him.”
And Bush was supposed to be the cowboy President.
Friday, November 13, 2009
GOOD FOR THEM
More here: “The battles in which the church finds itself embroiled today are not simply about the underlying moral issues -- abortion and gay marriage -- but about more aggressive policies that might restrict the ability of the church and of individual Catholics to act according to Catholic teachings.”
It's past time to start pushing back against politically-correct government intervention.
Every Obama promise comes with an expiration date. Every one.
The man cannot - will not - make a decision.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
AN ACORN FALLS IN LA
FEAR OF THE (M)OTHER
One of the most common attacks against those who failed to see Barack Obama as a shining demigod upon a hill was to psychologize an unflattering "fear of the other" onto them, but as you catalogue in detail there was quite a bit of hysteria about this "stranger from the strangest part of America" coming from those same ranks, no? How much projection was going on?Via Instapundit.
NO NEW TAXES
President Obama marked the one-year anniversary of his election by announcing he would take a nine-month sabbatical "to rest and refresh after a grueling year of staggering accomplishment."Biden would be an improvement
During the president's sabbatical, Vice President Biden will take over Obama's daunting schedule of daily news conferences, political fundraisers, television interviews, health care rallies, White House visits with important celebrities, and the other presidential duties as outlined in Article 2 of Constitution.
Link from Instapundit.
It’s not “phobic” to be worried about Islam/Islamism. It is eminently rational, given that since 9/11, there have been more than 14,000 jihadic attacks against civilians around the world. This does not include battlefront statistics.Read it all.
‘Diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ have limits.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
A MESSAGE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY
You make the call.
Journalists across the nation, moved by the plight of a troubled Muslim psychiatrist whose "understandable emotional turmoil" broke out in gunfire last week at Fort Hood, Texas, will hold a major fundraising event in the coming weeks in honor of the accused shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.It's not hard to imagine this being a real news story.
Do bears sh*t in the woods?
Monday, November 09, 2009
A POST-ELECTION THOUGHT
Peggy Noonan on White House adviser David Axelrod arguing that Virginia gubenatorial candidate Creigh Deeds should have embraced President Obama: “My goodness, throw the drowning man an anvil.”
Miss Noonan has a way with words. Read the whole thing.
Anna Quindlen of Newsweek offers excuses for why Obama can, but hasn’t.
My personal favorite Quindlen-ism: “[I]f you're confused about the public option, just ask yourself this question: would you like to be eligible for Medicare at 40 rather than 65?” Quindlen’s only 57; in only 8 more years, she’ll know the answer isn’t just no, but “Hell, no.”
Link via National Review Online.
We can only hope that the Senate is smarter than the House has been.
RINSE, WASH, REPEAT
When it comes to Afghanistan, we’re screwed. It’s just that no one’s being honest yet about the screw job.Yep.
AN INESCAPABLE TRUTH
With a minor quibble that what we have in the U.S. isn’t health insurance, it’s prepaid health care, Landsburg is right. If only Congress would have paid attention ....
By the way, The Big Questions is a very interesting web site. Highly recommended.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
THE NEW AGE OF AQUARIUS
”I hope I am wrong ... and that human nature really has magically changed in the era of Obama. So close your eyes, listen to the Messiah’s voice, and repeat: “Debts will be forgiven by creditors; inflation will not follow from massive borrowing; breakthroughs in solar and wind will power our cars and heat our homes; enemies will admire our compassion and join us to achieve world peace; and terrorists are either misunderstood or provoked needlessly by our bellicosity that alone stands in the way of peace.”Believe all that and you can lay back and enjoy the Age of Obama.
And the cycle repeats.
But, umm, didn’t Palin also endorse Christie in New Jersey and McDonnell in Virginia? For Governors? Seems more like 1-3 to me.
Peggy Noonan on White House adviser David Axelrod arguing that Virginia gubenatorial candidate Creigh Deeds should have embraced President Obama: “My goodness, throw the drowning man an anvil.”
Miss Noonan has a way with words. Read the whole thing.
BEST OF CLASS
The frenetic hostility to Sarah Palin, even by many on the Republican side, is unnerving, because her qualifications to be president are objectively better than those of almost anyone who has been on the national ticket over the past decade.Read it all.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
KILL THE BILL
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
THE PUBLIC OPTION EXPLAINED
This morning it looks like a “two-fer” and possibly a “three-fer” for Mrs. Palin.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Nothing so epitomizes President Obama's own contempt for American values and traditions like trying to ram two bills through Congress in his first year-- each bill more than a thousand pages long-- too fast for either of them to be read, much less discussed. That he succeeded only the first time says that some people are starting to wake up. Whether enough people will wake up in time to keep America from being dismantled, piece by piece, is another question-- and the biggest question for this generation.Wake up and read the whole thing.