Archive for April, 2007

Todays Reading

April 27, 2007

The Intellectual Origins of America-Bashing by Lee Harris

HT to John Ringo.
There is a good political essay at the end of Yellow Eyes, which he wrote with Tom Kratman.

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I should be flattered…

April 27, 2007

Some credit and a link back would have been nice though.
Take a look at this post at the Free Republic.

Then compare to this page from my website.

My page dates back farther than the FR post.
Not that I really mind, I put up this information for the public good. I want the information spread around and used.
Some credit for collecting them by the FR poster Liz just would have been polite.

Get Smart Returns

April 26, 2007

The classic TV comedy is coming to the big screen.

Steve Carell is playing Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99.

Carbon Offset Scam!

April 26, 2007

Saw this one coming several miles away. The whole “carbon offset” deal is one big scam.
The Financial Times has a write up on the green version of Three Card Monty

A Financial Times investigation has uncovered widespread failings in the new markets for greenhouse gases, suggesting some organisations are paying for emissions reductions that do not take place.

Others are meanwhile making big profits from carbon trading for very small expenditure and in some cases for clean-ups that they would have made anyway.

The FT investigation found:

■ Widespread instances of people and organisations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.

■ Industrial companies profiting from doing very little – or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.

■ Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.

■ A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.

■ Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.

Francis Sullivan, environment adviser at HSBC, the UK’s biggest bank that went carbon-neutral in 2005, said he found “serious credibility concerns” in the offsetting market after evaluating it for several months.

“The police, the fraud squad and trading standards need to be looking into this. Otherwise people will lose faith in it,” he said.

People loosing faith in the cult of Algore would be a damn good thing.

Fact checking Harry Reid

April 25, 2007

From Pollster.com and Eugene Volokh.
It seems the Senate democrat Majority Leader is “fact challenged”, or to put it plain, honest English, he has to lie to support his agenda.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Update: By way of Ed Driscoll, The five myths of Harry Reid.

An example of democrat debating style

April 25, 2007

Poweline notes that one of it’s former forum posters makes the news:

Given the level of hysteria that is constantly being whipped up by the Party of Hate, we’ve worried for a while that someone is going to get hurt. Cases of voter intimidation and violence against Republican campaign headquarters were widely reported during the last election cycle. A Democratic poster whom we had to ban from the Power Line Forum recently went to the home of a Republican campus leader and assaulted him, resulting in criminal charges.

Most recently, a Democrat and former political candidate named Matthew Hunter Kramer has been arrested for threatening the executive director of the Republican Party of Nevada with a rifle, tearing photos of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney off the wall of the party’s headquarters, threatening staffers at the Republican Party’s office, and “warning that he would be back if President Bush vetoed an emergency war spending bill being considered by Congress.”

It’s no secret that Democrats are trying to bully their way back into power. But bullying with rifles–as well as “swords, knives, a flare gun, a shotgun and shells,” which also were found in Kramer’s car, ups the ante considerably.

This says a lot about the level of logic and debate that support the leftist liberal democrat party line.
HT to Ed Driscoll

Update: This not new behavior. College campuses are particularly intolerant of violations of the liberal group-think.

Wonders of Science: Using Greenhouse gas to fuel your H2

April 25, 2007

The MIT Technology Review has the story:

Chemists have shown that it is possible to use solar energy, paired with the right catalyst, to convert carbon dioxide into a raw material for making a wide range of products, including plastics and gasoline.

Now that is funny…

April 24, 2007

…and damn accurate too. I am referring to Rosie O’Donnell’s response to entertainer Sheryl Crow’s suggestion on reducing toilet paper use:

“Have you seen my ass?!”

Rosie may be a raving Moonbat, but let’s give credit where credit is due.
As for Ms. Crow, I offer the advice of Laura Ingraham, Shut Up and Sing.

The attack of the Gulfstream Liberals

April 23, 2007

By way of Ed Driscoll and Libertas, comes the story of how “Gulfstream Liberals” have one set of rules and another for the “little people” (also know as the Breck Boy‘s “Other America“).
Case in point, Hollywood Trophy Wife Laurie David:

Even worse is David’s chic but hypocritical environmentalism at her summer home in Martha’s Vineyard. She was issued a “notice of apparent violations” for building a 26-foot-long barbecue station, stone-and-concrete bonfire pit, and outdoor theater on an environmentally sensitive patch of their 14-acre North Road property without the proper permits. They were also cited for tearing up protected vegetation to make way for a lush, sodded lawn, among other crimes against nature.

The commission has since ordered her to remove the offending structures and restore the area to its previous state. All these violations were allegedly done to prepare for a political fundraiser hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (another faux Green). Alas, there’s no such thing as cheap environmentalism on the Vineyard.

Laurie David has been labeled a “Gulfstream liberal” by Eric Alterman, himself a proud member of the Left and a regular columnist for the Nation. He recognizes that Ms. David’s brand of environmentalism is nothing more than a facade, a distraction from the financially secure yet intellectually boring life of the fabulously wealthy. But this hobby has dire consequences for the rest of us. By transforming her politics into a religion, and by demonizing all who question her positions, including the author Michael Crichton, who actually is a Harvard trained scientist and physician, Laurie David makes the environmental movement seem bizarre and more than a bit ridiculous.

Update: Ace jumps in with both feet:

…this is the moral sin form of hypocrisy, advocating a standard and seeking to impose it on others — against their will — when one flagrantly ignores that standard oneself, without even making a pretense of attempting to comply with it.

Fact: Laurie David could easily reduce her own “carbon footprint” more than anyone but the top 10,000 richest people on earth simply by scaling back her lavish “lifestyle choices.” She could do far more to reduce “greenhouse warming” by merely living as a member of the lower upper class rather than the upper upper class.

Fact: Laurie David refuses, outright, to do so.

Fact: And yet Laurie David demands all of us reduce our standards of living by a few rungs down the class ladder.

If Laurie David cannot even manage to reduce her consumption levels from “stinking rich” to merely “filthy rich,” how exactly can this harpy demand that the middle class begin living like the working poor, and the working poor like the destitute?

Inserting Reality in to the Moonbat arguments

April 23, 2007

Tamara K. injects some reality into the posturing and lies of the left:

With the one-note chorus in full song, we are again treated to the phrase “the easy availability of guns“, with the subtext being that if guns were somehow less easily available, Things Like This wouldn’t happen.

I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again: Never in the history of our republic have guns been more difficult to purchase. Prior to 1968 they could be purchased through the mail.

Name a mass shooting that occurred before 1968. How many between 1969 and 1993? How about 1994 and beyond? Folks, whatever the causative variable is here, it is not the ease of purchasing a firearm. If you want to play the statistics game, mass shootings in this country have trended upwards in lockstep with the difficulty of purchasing firearms. Am I suggesting that is the cause? No, but it makes every bit as much sense (or not) as the old “easy availability of guns” saw. Go find another bus to ride, because this one isn’t going to your stop.