Sunday, February 28, 2010
The evidence –such as it is – seems to indicate that health control, not health care, has more effect.
Obama will be pleased.
The American public will not.
He’s right, I think. The point of the Tea Party movement is to impress upon the establishment of both political parties that the rising tide of federal spending, debt, and over-reach must stop.
Riehl World View notices the similarity with the Obama campaign logo: “[I]s this about the only way Obama can find to leave his stamp on America?”
Other critics saw things differently. "I'm having trouble seeing past the crescent and star in the new logo," one critic posted on WashingtonTimes.com. "Is this our signal to the muslim world ...?”
My thought is that this is much ado about what is really a minor waste of money.
Unfortunately there's no reason to think it isn't simply rebranding, to emerge with a different name and the same shenanigans.
The emails show the hypocrisy, dishonesty, and suspect data management and integrity of NASA, wildly spinning in defense of their enterprise. The emails show NASA making off with enormous sums of taxpayer funding doing precisely what they claim only a “skeptic” would do. The emails show NASA attempting to scrub their website of their own documents, and indeed they quietly pulled down numerous press releases grounded in the proven-wrong data. The emails show NASA claiming that their own temperature errors (which they have been caught making and in uncorrected form aggressively promoting) are merely trivial, after years of hysterically trumpeting much smaller warming anomalies.Here are the links to parts two, three, and four.
As you examine the email excerpts below, as well as those which I will discuss in the upcoming three parts of this series, bear in mind that the contents of these emails were intended to prop up the argument for the biggest regulatory intervention in history: the restricting of carbon emissions from all human activity. NASA’s activist scientists leave no doubt in their emails that this was indeed their objective.
The corruption is stunning.
So, tell me: What is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive?
been the first President to need a teleprompter to get through a press conference, would you have said this is proof of how he inept he is?
reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?
made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?
given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?
given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?
bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?
visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?
filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?
been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was Cinco de Mayo, would you have winced in embarrassment?
burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?
okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether he actually understood what happened on 9-11?
ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?
proposed to double the national debt in one year, would you have approved?
then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?
spent more than all the Presidents combined since George Washington, would you have approved?
I could laugh if only it weren’t my tax dollars being spent not weatherizing my own home.
Knowing this, why should capitalists ever want to go green?
America need[s] a headliner to counter Obama’s famous brand of demagogy. Sarah Palin can do it.It’s an interesting argument, with more than a nugget of truth. Read it all.
Sarah Palin appeals in a more-than-rational way to all of us....She is a solid, substantive, conservative thinker, open-minded about facts. ... [L]ike Ronald Reagan, Palin adds something rare and special to a substantive understanding of life and politics.
[Democrats] think in sociological categories: black (check!), male (check!), cute (check!).... Palin happens to be an articulate, conservative woman who also looks good on TV, thereby defeating all of the left’s stereotypes at a single glance.
I think it requires a little bit of humility to be able to know what the American people think, and I don't. I can't swear I do. I know what I think. I think I know what they think, but I'm not sure what they think.The truth outs: they don’t know, and they don’t care they don’t know.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
[T]wo factors predict a country's educational success: Do the schools have the autonomy to experiment, and do parents have a choice?Paul Greenberg has an example.
Yet the establishment is against choice.... This is typical of elitists, who believe that parents, especially poor ones, can't make good choices about their kids' education.
I would, too. But I can’t, because my employer won’t offer it; my wife’s employer won’t offer it; and I can’t buy it on the open market because I have a “pre-existing condition” (at my age, anything less than a perfect medical record is a “pre-existing condition”.)
The common theme in ObamaCare and Cap-and-Trade is the need for the populace to sacrifice for the common good.
Never having worn a hair shirt himself, Obama doesn’t appear capable of recognizing the discomfort Americans have with his policies.
Liberals : dumb ideas :: moths : flames
Williams tells the Canadian press: "This was my heart — my choice. I did not sign away my right to get the best possible health care for myself when I entered politics."So why did he come here?
Despite his run to the border for private care, Williams says he has the utmost confidence in his country's public system.
Mark Steyn comments.
Via Prickly City.
[Update] I should point out that one could substitute "REPUBLICAN" or even "POLITICIAN" and it would still be an oxymoron.
Friday, February 26, 2010
[Poll] numbers suggest that the Republicans could well wind up with a majority of House seats next year, and perhaps more than they had at any time between 1994 and 2006. And they could even wind up with a majority of Senate seats, as well, though that would require winning all the currently close races and maybe a couple more.I hope they have an answer to Barone’s question, but I’m afraid this is it.
In that case, they may find themselves asking the question the Robert Redford character asked at the end of the movie 'The Candidate': "What do I do now?"
I think that’s right. When I see my insurance claim form and find that the sum of my copay and the insurance reimbursement is about 63% of the billed amount, I know that health care market is badly distorted -- and likely not in my favor.
New York Magazine wrote of his Internet manifesto: "A lot of his rhetoric could have been taken directly from a handwritten sign at a Tea Party rally."Media commentator Bernie Goldberg writes that: "For the record, there is no evidence whatsoever that Joe Stack belonged to any Tea Party organization or ever attended a Tea Party. None."
A Washington Post blog read: "His alienation is similar to what we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement."
And Time magazine's online write-up twice included links to a background on the Tea Party movement.
I’ve read Stack’s “manifesto” as well, and frankly it reads more like the whining of a self-important, self-entitled, spoiled brat than anything I’ve seen, read, or heard at any of the tea party protests I’ve attended.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Read it all.
You are victims. You are helpless against the wiles of big corporations and insurance companies and you need protection. You need the government to take over and do things you cannot do for yourself.Read it all.
That is the thinking of what David Brooks calls "the educated class"
Most Americans don't share [the] view that they are victims, in need of protection and supervision by "the educated class.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
And this just in: “Where’s the remorse? Toyota CEO ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Accidents, Safety Problems.” The apology I want to hear from Toyota is this one: “We’re sorry you Americans are too damn dumb to put your foot on the brake, slip the transmission into neutral, and turn off the ignition.”
Former Senator Fred Thompson tweets "Is he saying we should be worried about Mrs. Reid after the November elections?"
Senator Reid is not amused ....
The lady not only knew where she was but, more important ... knows who she is. And makes no apologies for it. That's something else her oh-so-superior critics can't stand. Other politicians are so sophisticated, flexible, plastic, nuanced ... that they seem to have no backbone at all.Read it all.
Question: Isn't bribery enough for somebody at the Department of Justice to start asking some serious questions?
Answer: With Eric Holder as Attorney General?
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Yes, it’s satire - but just barely.
I’ve always thought the IPCC should be considered science fiction rather than science. Literally. Jack Vance, described this past summer in the New York Times Magazine as “the greatest living writer of science fiction and fantasy,” used the acronym IPCC in his futuristic Demon Princes novels to represent the Interworld Police Coordination Company — sort of an intergalactic police force. Our own IPCC — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — does indeed hope to police the world, but aims to free the Earth of carbon dioxide instead of human (and alien) criminals.Heh.
Jack Vance’s IPCC is far more connected with reality than ours.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Hey, Phil, you’re the one arguing in favor of global warming. The burden of proof is on you. Just because you believe there is a black cat locked in the windowless basement at midnight on a moonless night doesn’t mean I should have to prove it isn’t there.
Ed Morrissey agrees: “[B]ecause we’re not the people advancing extraordinary claims about man-made influence on global weather patterns.... This must be some new, previously unknown tenet of the Scientific Method, wherein people who point out errors, bias, bad process, and unsubstantiated claims from scientists are somehow required to disprove their unsupported hypotheses. It’s apparently no longer incumbent on Jones and his colleagues to substantiate their own conjectures with actual science,”
Instapundit recalls a similar case. Attacking the critics didn’t work then, either.
I will hope the Republicans are smart enough to avoid self-immolation, but if the Tea Party rises from the ashes all will not be lost.
Instapundit senses a libertarian shift on the part of the right.
My own sense is that GOP success or failure in the 2010 and 2012 elections depends on how well the Republicans can blend Constitutional conservatism with Tea Party activism. I hope they succeed.
"You are going to be held accountable by us," said conservative activist Ryan Hecker, offering a preview of what Tea Party activists are going to tell congressional candidates later this year. "We have a plan - a proactive reform plan - for you to follow and not the other way around."
You can influence the Contract from America at its website here.
And Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) has an interview with Hecker here (registration required).
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Dorothy Rabinowitz explains why “it's impossible to imagine the Sarah Palin known to the world today as their leader.”
In truth, Ms. Rabinowitz does an excellent job of explaining why the media has been – and is still being – so defensive about President Obama and his Democrat supporters; her column oozes smug oil.
The day is rapidly approaching when the self-anointed discover that American wisdom is not confined to lower Manhattan.
A cynic observes that “cash that was once going to buy up troubled assets but is now just a slush fund for politically motivated deficit spending from the executive branch ... the president’s political rainy day fund.”
The American people will stand for it; Congress will not.
As a parent of school-age children, I can join the amen chorus when Obama calls for more nutritious school meals, comprehensible food labels, helpful tips from pediatricians and changing the 1950s-era presidential physical fitness standards.Young Mr. Huffman might not realize it, but it was his side, the progressive left, that in the 60’s lobbied to remove PE requirements from high schools and colleges; imposed building codes on kid’s tree houses and backyard forts; removed trampolines and jungle gyms (and dodge balls!) from schools; discouraged pick-up ball games in the vacant lot down the street; and on and on....
As a parent of a school-age child, why doesn’t Mr. Huffman get personally involved:
Make his child’s own school lunches (after reading the nutrition labels); my mother did.It’s Mr. Huffman’s responsibility to take care of his own – not mine.
Act on his own pediatrician's advice; I did for my kids.
And – say – walk his child to school; my daughter-in-law does for my granddaughter.
The quote is at 16:30 in an address (with chalkboard) that lasts just over an hour.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
For much of the past year, President Obama lavished praise on a few select hospitals like the Mayo Clinic for delivering high-quality care at low costs, but a pointed analysis published Wednesday in an influential medical journal suggests that the president’s praise may be unwarranted.Even the authors of the Dartmouth Atlas are backing away. Dr. Elliott Fisher, director of the Center for Health Policy Research said that “he and his colleagues should not be held responsible for the misinterpretation of their data.”
Mr. Obama received his information about the hospitals from a widely cited analysis called the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, produced by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. An article in The New Yorker magazine last year written by Dr. Atul Gawande that used the Dartmouth Atlas as its organizing principle became required reading in the White House last year.
But an analysis written in The New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Peter B. Bach, a physician and epidemiologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, suggests that much of the Dartmouth Atlas is flawed and that it should not be used to compare the relative efficiency of hospitals.
It’s obvious to me that the Obama administration has no grasp on what their ‘flavor of the day’ tax and regulatory proposals do to business decision making, but perhaps I can summarize for them:Businesses won’t start breathing easy until one particular American loses his job on January 20, 2013.
“No investment means no hiring and no new tax revenues. It’s the uncertainty, stupid.”
What I find amusing is the faux outrage on the part of the Left. Had it been written as “Help Wanted – ‘Culturally-sensitive Americans’ only”, it would have been lauded as an example of the progressive vision.
Harvard-educated, Oxford-educated. Journalists, both. I would add “idiots” but that would be redundant.
Try on the hair shirt first, big guys, before you go around fitting the rest of us. Friedman, you first.
Friday, February 19, 2010
But I am sure that if Rachel Gurstein has kids, the lottery wouldn’t apply to her.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Every Obama promise comes with an expiration date. Every single one.
Who said the government wasn’t efficient?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Read it all here.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sen. Brown has served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for more than 30 years and is currently the Guard's top defense attorney in New England.
[T]he message that comes through is that he is going to fix your problems whether you like it or not.The President has yet to learn that real change comes from Americans, not to them.
The president has talked time and again about the need to bring change even when people resist it. He describes anxious, fearful Americans misled by Republicans and cable news anchors. He expresses sympathy for those who aren’t able to taste the clear, cool wisdom pouring from the presidential font.
Obama has sympathy for Americans, but not much appreciation for their wisdom.
The goal of the Tea Party Movement is to free the American people, their livelihood, their property – physical and intellectual, their time, their wallets, and their families from a federal government that has, under both parties, grown to be a political phagocyte that sees individual liberty and freedom as so much debris in the body politic.Read the entire essay.
Link from Michelle Malkin.
White House officials are retooling the administration's communications strategy to produce faster responses to political adversaries, a more disciplined focus on President Obama's call for "change" in Washington and an increasingly selective use of the president's time.Translation: "We're doing the wrong thing; just not aggressively enough."
Monday, February 15, 2010
Hmm. That doesn't sound like knuckle-dragging, right-wing racist bigots to me.
I wonder if the political nomenklaltura will get the message.
Au contraire. The President most certainly can fire any of his appointees. The danger (to him) is that we may find the government more effective without them – and without them being replaced.
One can hope. The Congressional Budget Office long term (2010 to 2020) economic outlook predicts in Appendix D that social security will run a deficit of about $28 billion in 2010.
How's that retirement planning looking?
"One of the most disturbing things about the Republican Party
And Audi is no longer on my list of desirable automobiles.
The only difference between the Roman Empire and today is that with technology we can fail so much faster.
Um, Mr. President, try turning the ignition off. You do have the key....
[Update] Link fixed.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
And here. Letter writer Andrew Van Ostrand is having “in reality” problems himself. Perhaps in the future he could suggest some “substantive reasons for opposing her.”
And for those who continue to argue that Palin is too inexperienced to be President, I'll take that argument seriously when they admit that the current occupant of the White House is "too inexperienced to be President."
Climate.gov is more self-lampooning than informative.
The President and his enablers are clearly hypocrites where religion is concerned. What bothers me is the contempt they have for the average American – or are they so stupid as to not understand that we can easily see through the blatant hypocrisy?
I get the picture – you don’t like Valentine’s Day. But no one’s forcing you to participate. This isn’t like ObamaCare – it’s not mandatory.
So why don’t you just shut up and let the rest of us who aren’t haters enjoy life?
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
[T]he cadre of climate scientists who have dominated public discussion and have controlled the IPCC have been demonstrated to be far, far less than trustworthy. Like the theorists who invented epicycles to explain away the failure of Ptolemaic theory to account for astronomical observations, they have distorted science in the interest of something that resembles religious dogma.Read it all.
Read the rest.
Since 1984, Social Security has raked in more in payroll taxes than it has paid in benefits, accumulating a $2.5 trillion trust fund. But because the government uses the trust fund to pay for other programs, tax increases, spending cuts or new borrowing will be required to make up the difference between taxes collected and benefits owed.Former President George W. Bush tried to privatize Social Security and failed; now the chickens are coming home to roost.
Experts say the trend points to a more basic problem for Social Security: looming retirements by Baby Boomers will create annual losses beginning in 2016 or 2017.
Not really. Team Obama was always stupid; it’s just that now the stupidity is being widely recognized.
I have a suggestion: ban all trucks within the city limits. No snow plows. No service trucks. Ne delivery trucks. No semi-trailers. No pickups. No trailers. No commercial vehicles of any kind.
That should make Cambridge very, very green ... or brown.
These two items stood out to me.
Barely half of college graduates can identify the three branches of government, the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg Address, events from the Revolutionary and Civil wars; and features of our free enterprise system.Hell, I could not have graduated from high school without knowing that much, and neither can an immigrant become an American citizen.
At our most elite schools ... Yale, Princeton, Duke, Georgetown ... , not only did those surveyed fail to get above a “D,” seniors did worse than freshmen!And these are the schools our government draws on for leadership. Is it any surprise that our own government is hostile to American values?
Conventional wisdom has long been that “with more college comes more knowledge.” Frankly I doubt that’s ever been true, and the ISI data certainly validates that doubt in at least knowledge of American ideals, culture, and public policy.
Our colleges and universities aren’t anti-American, they’re just on the other side.
The ISI survey can be found here.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
2010 is going to be a bad year for Democrats. And, I suspect, for incumbent Republicans as well.
Read it all.
The sun is out, it's a beautiful day, and somewhere under the snow is a driveway.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Update on H.Res 615: Call on Members of Congress to Enroll in the Public Option.Why is it the "playing field" never includes Congress? ObamaCare - and a lot of other government programs - would die in an instant if it did.
Because you have previously contacted my office by email in support of H. Res. 615, my resolution calling on Members of Congress to enroll in the public option, I wanted to give you an update.
Like many of you, I am deeply concerned that Congress will press forward to enact an intrusive government administered health care plan, despite the higher costs and lowered level of care other countries with similar systems have experienced.
You will be pleased to know that more than 100 Members of Congress joined in support of H. Res. 615, my common sense measure calling on Members who vote for an intrusive government-administered health care plan to enroll in that system. Since launching this effort, nearly 3 million Americans like you have contacted my office in support of H. Res. 615. In response I offered an amendment to the Democratic Leadership health care bill to automatically enroll all Members of Congress and all Senators in the public option. Predictably, my amendment was rejected out of hand by the Majority and was not given a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Common sense seems to have failed us in the health care debate. That is why I offered a resolution asking Members of Congress to put their “money where their mouth is” and call for Members who support a public option lead by example and be required to enroll in the public option themselves. If a Member is willing to vote for such an option, why shouldn’t they enroll in it?THE DOCTOR’S DIAGNOSIS: There is no doubt about it; health care in America must be reformed. The answer, however, is not an intrusive government administered health care plan. As a practicing physician for over 30 years, I am concerned that the kind of “reform” being debated back and forth on Capitol Hill will insert Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors, burden the middle class with new taxes, and raise insurance premiums for almost everyone. That is unacceptable “reform.” I will continue to work to represent you and to bring common sense back to this debate.
We must tell our kids to go outside and look at the stars, sit under a tree, read a book. We must encourage them to seek, understand and value our rich heritage and to do that -- they must study, they must read. We must teach them. We need to turn off the television and read a book of history at the dinner table; be the example. We need to revolutionize our thinking, our moral foundation and our academia.Janine Turner reminds me of Robert Heinlein, speaking as as Lazarus Long: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.”
To quote from one of my favorite forefathers, John Adams:I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.We have come full circle. We have studied painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain for too long.
It’s politics and war, mathematics and philosophy. Quoting Lazarus Long again, “Specialization is for insects!”
The effect reminds me of the sand dunes at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
It's a variant of the "Those who can, do; those who can't, patronize" principle. With no record of accomplishment, condescension is the last resort.
Ignorance can be overcome if one is willing to learn; willful ignorance cannot. In Obama's case, the ignorance is willful.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
This being a democracy, don't the Democrats see that clinging to this agenda will march them over a cliff? Don't they understand Massachusetts?Blinded by their ideology, the Democrats continue to fuel another Tea Party.
Well, they understand it through a prism of two cherished axioms: (1) The people are stupid and (2) Republicans are bad. Result? The dim, led by the malicious, vote incorrectly.
It sounds lovely - all hopey changey - and it would probably work if we had the government today that we had in the mid-20th century.
But we don't. And the next men on the moon will likely be Chinese.
Signal Hill road.
The Buckhall Store at the entrance to our subdivision.
Monday afternoon. We’ve finally reached the street.
Time to start the snow countdown (er, countup?). The base is 15-1/4 inches on the back porch yardstick.
Please, let the power stay on tonight ....
The cats weren’t happy and we weren’t happy as we settled in to camping around the fireplace, but at least we had coffee.
Now we’re about to to it again ... 10 to 20 inches is forecast for tonight/tomorrow, and the snow has already started in parts of the DC metro area.
I heard it all before. There was nothing new in it. The only difference was the tone. I went back and listened to some of his soaring rhetorical speeches during the campaign. This was defensive, petulant, immature, childish, sarcastic. He's clearly angry that he's been rejected -- that his wonderfully brilliant ideas (health care and cap and trade) have been rejected. I saw a guy, a young, inexperienced guy just mad. I think, Gretchen -- I really do -- I think this is the first time in his life that there's not a professor around to turn his C into an A or to write the law review article for him that he can't write. He's totally exposed. There's nobody to make it better. I think he's been covered for all of his life. The fact that his agenda has totally failed this year is the best thing that could have happened to this country. I thank God every day that this is going down the tubes, that that Massachusetts election happened. Not that God had anything to do with it. That's just the person I thank.Link from Don Surber.