Archive for February, 2009

Ann Coulter at CPAC

February 28, 2009

These two clips cover her speech, and Q&A session at CPAC today.

Ann Coulter is outspoken and intelligent. I recommend the bio pic, “Is it true what they say about Ann?”

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Friday B-Movie Pick

February 27, 2009

Shiri

A really done action thriller from South Korea. Excellent story, fast paced, and great action scenes.

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Boston Tea Party Events

February 27, 2009

The policies of our Dear Leader has invoked the spirit of the original Boston Tea Party across the country.

They are being held in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago, San Diego and Portland.

Update: Add Atlanta, Wichita, Oklahoma City, Nashville, and Tulsa.

Update: New York City Tea Party

Lies of the Obama cabal

February 27, 2009

Two big ones in a row.

First from the gaffmeister himself, Joe Biden. You can almost forgive him, because he has a long history of just saying wacky shit, but he is an official spokesman of our Dear Leader, so BHO should be keeping a leash on him.

Biden falsely claimed that Louisiana is loosing jobs a rate of 400 per day
. Of course, the actual truth is the opposite of what came out of Joe Biden’s mouth. Louisiana is adding jobs, i.e. the unemployment rate is falling. Don’t expect MSNBC (i.e. the “Obama network”) to point out this obvious error of the Obama administration.

The next big lie came from our Dear Leader personally. BHO claims that he can jack the taxes of “wealthiest 2% of Americans” to pay for his massive socialist government spending. The Wall Street Journal points out that the numbers just don’t add up.

Consider the IRS data for 2006, the most recent year that such tax data are available and a good year for the economy and “the wealthiest 2%.” Roughly 3.8 million filers had adjusted gross incomes above $200,000 in 2006. (That’s about 7% of all returns; the data aren’t broken down at the $250,000 point.) These people paid about $522 billion in income taxes, or roughly 62% of all federal individual income receipts. The richest 1% — about 1.65 million filers making above $388,806 — paid some $408 billion, or 39.9% of all income tax revenues, while earning about 22% of all reported U.S. income.

Note that federal income taxes are already “progressive” with a 35% top marginal rate, and that Mr. Obama is (so far) proposing to raise it only to 39.6%, plus another two percentage points in hidden deduction phase-outs. He’d also raise capital gains and dividend rates, but those both yield far less revenue than the income tax. These combined increases won’t come close to raising the hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue that Mr. Obama is going to need.

The bottom line is that Mr. Obama is selling the country on a 2% illusion. Unwinding the U.S. commitment in Iraq and allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire can’t possibly pay for his agenda. Taxes on the not-so-rich will need to rise as well.

On that point, by the way, it’s unclear why Mr. Obama thinks his climate-change scheme won’t hit all Americans with higher taxes. Selling the right to emit greenhouse gases amounts to a steep new tax on most types of energy and, therefore, on all Americans who use energy.

The numbers just don’t add up, and I’m betting that Team BHO knows it. They are just hoping that most Americans won’t do the math until it is too late.

BHO boosts sales of Atlas Shrugged

February 27, 2009

Since our Dear Leader has taken office and made his socialist agenda clear, sales of Ayn Rand’s classic Atlas Shrugged have more than tripled.

Keep in mind that BHO won with a razor thin margin in an election with an average turnout. He stirred up his base, a good chunk of the right of center base stayed home and moderates in the middle seemed to have bought into the message of “change” not just being different than G.W. Bush, but somehow would be better. Now they are finding out that “change” can be worse, much worse. The democrats policies will stir up the conservative Republican base better than McCain could and alienate the moderate center. The campaign for the 2010 (and 2012) elections have alreadys started.

RIP Philip Jose Farmer

February 26, 2009

Philip Jose Farmer, one my my favorite SF authors, passed away yesterday at age 91.

He told grand stories of life, love lost and love found. If you haven’t read anything by him yet, you should.

Blatant, overt racism

February 25, 2009

No surprise that it is coming from the left and there will be no media outrage over it.
Two members of the extreme far left media, who have freely admitted their extremist political bias, made flat out, unequivocal racist comments about the non-white governor of Louisiana.

First it was Helen Thomas making racially charged and negative comments about “Slumdog Millionaire” in reference to the Governor, who is of Indian decent.

Then it was Chris Matthews of the “Obama Network” using racist language to describe the governor’s speech.

The only thing more outrageous than this flat out racism from members of the press is the silence of the far left who bring the charge of racism against any perceived slight against our Dear Leader.

Anthropogenic global warming Luddites

February 25, 2009

Do you people have reading comprehension problems? I just got another “You don’t even believe in ‘Global Warming’ whines.

What part of “I am one of Global Warming biggest fans” is it you just can’t grok?
Given that the most common historic weather pattern for most of North American, Europe and a big chunk of Asia is to be under several kilometers of glacial ice, you should be having those knee bones hit the floor and thank whatever Deity you worship that you live in an age of global warming.

Unless you are one of those Algore cultists who refuse to acknowledge basic science and geological records that show that drastic climate change is a solid scientific fact that predates the industrial revolution (i.e. when mankind started producing greenhouse gases by burning fossil fuels in a large scale manner) and in fact predates the existence of mankind on the planet by a very long fornicating time.

A good way to tell that these AGW proponents are cultists and not based in reason and actual science is their refusal to logically debate the subject. They call you a “denier” and try to shut down debate. Arguing from emotion is easier than debating facts, which is why the AGW cultists don’t want to debate, but instead want to shut down any and all debate on the subject.

Most of those cultists will point to Al Gore’s fear mongering propaganda film. You know the one, it was based on the slide show he put together to pitch his business. A business that sells “carbon credits” to gullible morons. Carbon credits that he gets for free as an employee and tells you that those “offsets” make up for his his giant mansion with the heated pool and flying around the world in private jets that put out dozens “SUV Years” worth of green house gases per mile.

On the subject of “deniers”, you won’t find a better example of Al Gore. In putting together his pitch, he had to deliberately deny solid scientific facts about history in order to support his “hockey stick” graph. Historic facts like the Little Ice Age that ended near the closing of the nineteenth century. In geological terms, that was about five minutes ago. So the records are pretty easy to check. The Thames river froze solid enough during the Victorian and Edwardian period that the city of London had “Ice Festivals.” People built shacks on the in the middle of the river and people walked out to them for a good three months out of the year. This was well documented in the literature and newspapers of the time. During the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Londoners complain if they get a little snow. A fairly significant change in temperature, but according to Algore’s graph, that period is a flat line. He also denies the earlier Medieval Warm Period. A period of history were there are records of wheat being grown on Greenland and London was a well know wine producing region. There are still streets in London with names reference vineyards and wine production dating back to that period. He had to edit these fairly recent examples of more extreme climate change out of his data in order to make things look worse than they really are and get you scared enough to believe his bullshit.

So, let’s review. Al Gore faked the data, i.e. he lied, in order to prove his theory is his fear mongering propaganda film. A film designed to build business for his company that sells “carbon offsets.” A business model that has been widely documented to be a scam in news organizations including the New York Times.

Let’s review some of the “scientists” who back the Cult of Algore, including the ones who were warning everyone that the world was entering another Ice Age and that Global Cooling was the threat. That was before they found out that the money was better on the “Global Warming” side of the street. Go check Time magazine from 1974. Global Cooling was going to destroy civilization as we know it.

If you don’t believe me, do your own research. The facts are there. Hell, Penn & Teller did an episode of BullShit! on the subject.

Let’s review a few facts. Yes, pollution is very bad. Cutting back on overall fossil fuel use is good. Moving to cleaner energy sources such as wind, solar and nuclear (yes I said Nuclear you Luddites, and the founder of the GAIA movement in the UK and one founders of Greenpeace agrees with me) is good. Being taken in a simple scam such as “carbon credits” is bad.

The “Global Warming” fear mongers couldn’t even predict a short term climate change, such as the recent period of cooling that started in 1998. That is why they now call it “Climate Change” and will spout complete nonsense including trying to claim that the cooling is a sign that “Global Warming” is happening even faster.

Come on people! Open your mind! Review the facts. Ask questions! Why was Communist China, now the biggest producer of dirty green house gases (yes, they passed the US, which is reducing its own rate of emissions faster than the European countries that signed the Kyoto Protocols), given a free pass to pollute at record rates in the Kyoto Protocols? If things really are as bad as Algore and the rest of the Fear Mongers are telling you, why did Communist China get a free pass to build a new dirty coal fired electrical plant every month? The US and other Western nations tax gasoline, and one of the reasons for the tax is to reduce its use. Communist China on the other hand, subsidizes gasoline prices. Their goal is for more people in Communist China to buy cars and drive them more often, making the problem of “Man Made Global Warming” worse? Why did Al Gore and the other nations that supported the Kyoto Protocols agree to that if this really and truly is a global crisis?

Don’t forget to check why hundreds of actual real scientists in the field of global climate have left the UN’s IPCC, stating that the reason was the organization was motivated by politics and not real science.

Let’s review. Is global climate is change real? Hell Ya! It’s being going on long before Homo Sapiens wandered out of Africa and will continue. Is Al Gore and the rest of the AGWs fear mongers running a scam on the gullible? Hell Ya! Let’s be real, it’s just a scam. Calling it a conspiracy would be insulting to the people who are intelligent enough to come up with decent and semi-plausible conspiracies. Is pollution bad and should intelligent people work in ways to reduce it? Hell Ya! I’ll bet most of the people would read this are doing more for that than Al Gore or any one of that breed of hypocritical limousine liberals. Just look at how the rate of death from lung diseases have sky rocketed in Communist China since they started building an extremely dirty coal fired electrical plant a month. Then ask yourself why the IPCC or the UN Human Rights commission isn’t doing a damn thing about it.

Let’s compare this to another science/pseudo science debate. Evolution and Intelligent design. In this case, I’m the Evolution side which looks at all the evidence and draws a logical conclusion based on the full range of scientific data. You Algore Cultists are the ones selectively cherry picking only the stray bits of science that fit your narrow viewpoint of what you feel must be true. Except in this case, I’ll give bonus points to the Intelligent Design folks because they at least admit their bias.

Update: The Japan Society of Energy and Resources isn’t buying Algore’s bullshit either.

Update: Hardly surprising, the Penn & Teller video I linked to earlier in the post has “been removed for violations of terms of service.” No other videos of Bullshit! episodes, just this one mocking the AGW cultists High Priest Algore. Here is a link they haven’t shut down yet,and another of the first segment. Why are the AGW cultists afraid of open and honest debate of the actual science of the subject of climate change.

The market responds to "Hope & Change"

February 23, 2009

As of 1630, the Dow is down 250 points today. 10 points of that drop since our Dear Leader went on TV to talk about “financial responsibility.”

Monday Book Pick

February 23, 2009

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

A well written tale of betrayal, revenge and englightment. A SciFi classic from the 1950s.

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