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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Space X: The Next Generation

Awesome:

The privately owned commercial rocket company SpaceX has just revealed the design for their next generation rocket: the Falcon Heavy. It will be able to lift a whopping 53 tons to low-Earth (200 km, 120 mile) orbit — for comparison, Hubble Space Telescope has a mass of 11 tons — or lighter payloads to higher orbit or escape velocity.

Space X has a good record so far—successful launches of Falcon 1 and 9 rockets.  Falcon Heavy uses proven technology and, if Space X is right, will put payloads into orbit for a tenth of the per-pound cost the shuttle.  Think about that.  If it works, one of the bigger cost of the space program—putting things in orbit—will drop massively.  It would drop the cost of the Death Star to more manageable $1 septillion.  (Actually a lot more than that, since they massively overestimated the cost of getting things into orbit).

It will be some time before Falcon Heavy is even in the testing stage.  But I’m excited.

Update: Incidentally, my link to the Death Star costs included a hilarious clip of my favorite comedian, Eddie Izzard, talking about the Death Star canteen.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/05/11 at 09:10 PM in Science and Technology  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Ryan on the Debt

Paul Ryan explains the debt:



I really like Ryan as the face of the GOP.  Competence over theatrics; boring facts over demagoguery.  He’s like the Joe Friday of politics.  Ed Morrissey said that Ryan is Obama’s “worst nightmare”.  I think that’s a very accurate statement.  Obama loves demagogues like Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich because he can look calm, cool and collected by comparison.  But Paul Ryan can outcalm him any day of the week and, unlike Obama, has substance to back it up.

The Republicans need more of this: a clear explanation of what the problem is and what the alternatives are.  They need to show that graphic as much as possible and tell the Democrats, “you are not allowed to criticize our plan until you come up with one of your own.” The Democrats won’t, of course, because you simply can not balance the budget without controlling spending.  Tax hikes—even to pre-Reagan levels—can not fix this.  That is a mathematical certainty.

Until they come with an actual plan, not just mewling about taxes, they are not part of the debate.  They are part of the problem.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/05/11 at 05:46 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Another SCOTUS Win

This is great news:

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge Monday to an Arizona tax break that directs millions of dollars to private religious schools.
The justices, in a 5-4 ruling, said that Arizona taxpayers who filed a lawsuit to block the tax break have no legal claim because they are not forced to contribute to the state program that sends money to the religious schools.

Arizona allows people to donate up to $500 to a tuition scholarship program.  The program has now spent over $350 million funding scholarships for students at private schools, mostly religious ones.  The lawsuit alleged that the use of money for religious schools took money away from the dysfunctional public school monopoly, er, violated the First Amendment.  This struck me as a bit of a reach, since the money isn’t specifically allocated to religious schools nor is it restricted to any particular brand of religious school.  The four liberal justices, of course, sided with big government.

Kagan’s dissent claims this creates a “roadmap” for people to send public funds to religions.  That’s crap.  It’s a roadmap for people to send money to private organizations, some of which may be religious.  She also confounds a tax credit with actual spending—which may become a critical point when PPACA comes to the Court.  This is also legal garbage, since tax credits are a very different beast from government spending.  One is voluntary, one is involuntary.  The objections to the Arizona program and Kagan’s dissent intrinsically posit that all money belongs to government, therefore not taxing it is the same as spending it.  (Interestingly, Kagan took the side opposite from what the Obama Administration argued when the Feds filed an amicus brief in favor of the Arizona program).

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/05/11 at 09:01 AM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The new face of Egypt

If ElBaradei gets elected in Egypt, he vows to go to war with Israel if it defends itself from the Gaza death cultists.

Former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, who had previously announced his intetions to run for the presidency of Egypt, said Monday that “if Israel attacked Gaza we would declare war against the Zionist regime.” In an interview with the Al-Watan newspaper he said: “In case of any future Israeli attack on Gaza - as the next president of Egypt – I will open the Rafah border crossing and will consider different ways to implement the joint Arab defense agreement.” He also stated that “Israel controls Palestinian soil” adding that that “there has been no tangible breakthrough in reconciliation process because of the imbalance of power in the region - a situation that creates a kind of one way peace.”

So this guy is basically pandering to the nut jobs we were told not to worry about if Mubarak was taken out of power and is looking to garner support by promising to attack an ally with US supplied weapons. Must be the new age of “hope & change”. Of course, he could just be jaw-jawing and not really mean any of it but only saying this crap to gain support from the average idiot that believes the root of all the problems in the Arab world isn’t their dysfunctional religion and culture, but the doing of the evil Jews. Lucky for the world and those pesky Jews however, ElBaradei’s priorities are not just this war:

Discussing his agenda for Egypt, ElBaradei said that distribution of income between the different classes in Egypt would be his most important priority if he were to win the upcoming elections.

Ah, yeah. Collectivism! Because that’s worked so well everywhere else, and is doing so much good for the soft collectivist Western nations. Maybe this shit will destroy Egypt fast, and ElBaradei will then be too busy turning the Egyptian military on his own people to keep them in line, saving Israel the need to clean up the Egyptian military. It’s not like the death cult that masquerades as Palestinian people aren’t going to now read stuff like this idiotic talk by ElBaradei as a license to escalate their madness. So this means Israel will now need to deal with even more low level warfare and the continuous murder of its people - while the idiots in the UN condemn it for everything, real or as practically always is the case totally made up, and ignore these atrocities against Israelis – only now with Egyptian backing up the death cult involved. That’s all going to end well, huh?

The alternative to ElBaradei doesn’t seem much better.

ELBaradei’s main competition is Arab League Secretary General and former Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa. Last month he discussed Egypt’s relationship with Israel. “During my term in office the foreign ministry was subject to unfavorable policies from Israel with regards to the peace agreement,” Said Moussa who served as foreign minister 1991-2001,” he said.

So Obama and the wafflers made Mubarak go, and in the process, as far as we can see from the policy changes indicated by those now vying to take over, things look like Egypt is well on its way to becoming another Iran, making the comparison of Obama as the second coming of Carter, even more accurate. At least he and the team of UN/EU morons aren’t going to fuck up Libya, all while doing a half assed job, that’s still going to leave Gaddafi in power! Oh, brave new world now that we don’t have a cowboy in charge anymore…

Posted by AlexinCT on 04/05/11 at 05:09 AM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Elections   Left Wing Idiocy   Religion and Sky Pixies   War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Monday, April 04, 2011

Glurg of the Day

And just because I’ve been somewhat cantankerous lately, here’s something we can all enjoy.  Earlier his week, a dog was found floating in the Pacific three weeks after the tsunami swept him away.  Today, he was reunited with his owner:


Amidst a tragedy of unimaginable proportions and a sea of great sacrifices, we have to savor the moments of triumph.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/04/11 at 07:17 PM in Fun and Humor  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Now That’s What I’m Talking About

See.  I knew that guy wasn’t bullshit:

Republicans will present this week a 2012 budget proposal that would cut more than $4 trillion from federal spending projected over the next decade and transform the Medicare health program for the elderly, a move that will dramatically reshape the budget debate in Washington.

The budget has been prepared by Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and the new chairman of the House Budget Committee, and it represents the most complete attempt so far by Republicans to make good on their promises during the 2010 midterm elections to cut government spending and deficits.

In a nutshell, the plan would dismantle the infrastructure of Medicare and Medicaid and transform them into far smarter programs.  Medicare would become a voucher program for seniors to buy health insurance.  This would give the government direct control over the reins of federal health spending without micro-managing it.  Safeguards can be built in to keep insurers from only taking the most healthy Medicare patients.  McArdle:

It seems quite likely to me that vouchers are going to be better at controlling health care cost growth than a central committee.  Every committee decision that cuts off a potentially useful treatment (and I’m afraid it can’t all be back surgery and hormone replacement therapy) will trigger a lobbying explosion from affected groups.  Each treatment is a decision with a small marginal cost to the taxpayer; it’s in aggregate that they become expensive.  Which means that the congressional tendency is always going to be to override--and while there are supposed to be structural barriers against this in the bill, they aren’t very strong . . . about like trying to quit smoking by hiding your cigarettes from yourself.

Whereas if you put the decision about what treatments to cover in the hands of the patient, the lobbying you face is to increase the overall value of the voucher.  To be sure, this will have a larger (and therefore more powerful) group behind it.  But it will also come with an enormous pricetag, making it much harder for our politicians to rationalize the decision.

Think about what happened when a recent study questioned the value of routine mammography—a procedure that is not cheap.  Congress didn’t ask to see the science.  They immediately passed a law mandating mammogram coverage.  Do you think their spines will strengthen when any other procedure proves useless?  Hell, the wonderful science-based Democrats tried to get coverage for alternative medicine (i.e., bulllshit) like Therapeutic Touch into PPACA.

(And for those of you who are about to tell me that the insurance companies can’t possibly run Medicare as efficiently as the government can, I refer you to my debunking of this myth.  One in five Medicare dollars is paid out to non-existent services.  Private companies can’t possibly do worse than that.)

Medicaid would be block-granted to the states.  This too, is a great idea.  Right now, the states can write checks knowing the government is required to cough up half the dough.  In addition, the feds can expand Medicaid eligibility knowing the states will cough up half the dough.  Block-granting the program would break that vicious cycle of perverse incentives.  It would also allow all fifty states to create their own Medicaid programs to see which ones work better than others.  Think about that for a moment: what happens if, say, Texas combines vouchers with high-deductible major medical coverage and saves billions?  It was state experiments with welfare that produced Clinton’s highly successful welfare reform.

Ryan would also overhaul the tax system although taxes would not go up.  I’m of the opinion that taxes will probably have to go up with our aging population, but I’m glad the GOP is starting out from a no-hike position.  It leaves open the possibility of a grand bargain that would bring in Democrats.

Discretionary spending would be capped at a percent of GDP.  I’m a little nervous about that but it’s a good place to start.  I would also like to see defense spending cuts on the table.

Now when you combine this with a potential deal to finish the 2011 budget with another $30 billion in cuts, this is looking like a good week for the GOP.  I don’t mean politically.  I mean this has been a good week for the GOP in governing.

What happens next is that we see what the Democrats are made of.  I expect them to disappoint me—to come out denouncing the plan as “extreme” until they are blue in the face.  But I’m prepared to be surprised.  If they come out and say, “We don’t like this proposal, but it’s a serious one and we’re willing to negotiate”, then there’s hope for us all.  But if they come out with their focus-group approved “extremist” rhetoric ... well, we’ll just have to wait until 2012.

I said a few months ago that it was time to get serious about the budget.  Looks like the GOP just got serious.  Bravo.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/04/11 at 06:48 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Can We Put This To Bed Now?

There’s been a few more pieces of information on Climategate.  About a month ago, James Inhofe—a principle AGW critic—got the results of the investigation he wanted from the Department of Commerce.  Conclusion?  Nothing.

On Feb. 18, the results of that investigation were released. “In our review of the CRU emails,” the IG’s office said in its letter to Inhofe [PDF], “we did not find any evidence that NOAA inappropriately manipulated data ... or failed to adhere to appropriate peer review procedures.”

Well, they’re the government.  They’re in on the conspiracy.  What we really need is some real climate skeptics to investigate.  Someone like Richard Muller, a strong climate skeptic.  Until they look into it ... oh.

A team of UC Berkeley physicists and statisticians that set out to challenge the scientific consensus on global warming is finding that its data-crunching effort is producing results nearly identical to those underlying the prevailing view.

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project was launched by physics professor Richard Muller, a longtime critic of government-led climate studies, to address what he called “the legitimate concerns” of skeptics who believe that global warming is exaggerated.

But Muller unexpectedly told a congressional hearing last week that the work of the three principal groups that have analyzed the temperature trends underlying climate science is “excellent.... We see a global warming trend that is very similar to that previously reported by the other groups.”

Muller, by the way, was funded by the evil Koch Empire.  This makes the Koch’s record of distorting science to support their interests far less sinister than, say, Obama’s.

This is actually a pretty staggering and thorough piece of work, although it’s not entirely complete. You can read Ronald Bailey for a summary. They looked at over 39,000 temperature stations (4-8 times what anyone else has used). They carefully investigated the assertions of Anthony Watt, who has noted that many weather stations are located close to heat sources (conclusion: yes they are, but no it’s not causing the warming).  They took random samples from the data to see if they could reproduce the measured trend.  And they keep finding the same thing, only more reliably than any of the more hyped climate scientists.

Now it hasn’t been subject to peer review and they have yet to finish the entire sample.  But this isn’t kool-aid drinking Algore disciples we’re talking about here—it’s a group of skeptical scientists who have done the most thorough analysis yet.  At the very least, it shows that the results of the CRU, NOAA and NASA are robust.  When skeptics look at the same data and draw the same conclusions, that kinda sorta disproves the conspiracy theories, doesn’t it?

(Standard disclaimer: even if global warming is real, the projections of future climate are highly uncertain and should be taken with large grains of salt. Current efforts should be focused on things that cost little, like cutting industrial methane emissions.  Electric cars and re-usable grocery bags are nice to have but are not going to save the planet.  If you want a ruined planet, then the collectivist solutions of such as Algore are the best way to get there.  And our political class has demonstrated, time and again, that they see global warming as an excuse for amassing power and wealth.  I doubt they understand or give a fig about the science.)

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/04/11 at 06:15 PM in Science and Technology  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

LOL! Egg on their faces.

That’s because, as has happened with practically all the bullshit Obama and the donkey idiots talked about changing back when running for the job of POTUS - as the anti-Bush I remind everyone - so they could make America respectable and cleans the evil of 8 years of Bush and his backward and barbaric policies, these geniuses are now eating crow yet again. And the NYT even tries so hard to make it look like Obama meant to do the right thing, but evil congress socked it to him.

Posted by AlexinCT on 04/04/11 at 12:46 PM in Deep Thoughts   Politics   Law, & Economics   The Press Machine   War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

About that union busting thang…

Let’s have some perspective. Really, one has to ask the question why we only hear about Wisconsin and evil republican Scott Walker when we have democrats across the nation doing much of the same:

In a March 16, 2010 campaign speech to state union leaders, California Gov. Jerry Brown urged them to “attack” his Republican opponent, warning that their election would spell big trouble for their members. What a difference a year makes: Last week, as he signed a bill that cuts $8.2 billion from the state’s $27 billion deficit, mostly by slashing labor costs, Brown was also, according to the Associated Press, urging his former campaign allies to be open to the pension concessions being pushed by Republican state legislators. Those concessions will cost union members billions. Two weeks before that Brown told six state unions to expect pay cuts of up to 10 percent.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country in an equally blue state, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley faced 15,000 union workers massed a the state capitol in protest of O’Malley’s own budget proposals, which will make only a modest dent in the $19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and $16 billion in retiree health care. O’Malley plaintive defense at the rally was notable as much for its chutzpah as for its liberal parochialism: “You will not find in Maryland the sort of Midwestern oppression that you find in Ohio and Wisconsin!”, he declared.

Then you also have Malloy in Connecticut saying he wants to do the same kind of public spending concessions/cuts. I point out that Malloy is “saying” he wants these cuts, mostly to appease the other side that would otherwise be furious over the big tax hikes that budget of his also comes with, because frankly I believe he will only enact some measly token items and has as his real goal the tax increases. But it is funny as the author of this piece points out to watch demcorats doing much of the same as Walker is doing in WI without any media coverage.

Midwestern oppression? How about Maryland and California duplicity? What, one wonders, would Democratic governors and mayors do if they did not have Republican governors for comparison? In fact, the wage cuts and increased employee pension contributions being proposed in California, Maryland and New York are actually greater, on a per capita basis, greater than those being pressed by Republicans Scott Walker, John Kasich, Rick Scott and Chris Christie.

Especially when CA, MA, and even CT are asking for bigger concessions that the republicans that have done the same. Which makes it obvious that the real reason the unions and the demcorats are so desperate in WI is precisely the fact that Walker’s changes has also targeted their sweet honey pot of cash, considering the demcorats going after the public unions is happening at the urban level as well.

Meanwhile, blue cities are experiencing the same thunderstorm of irony as blue states. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles recently reached a deal with unions representing a third of his workforce that will double the amount the workers pay for retirement. His next step is to slug it out with unions representing police, firefighters and others. Back on the East coast, the public employee unions that have pretty much owned the county council of wealthy Montgomery County Maryland stormed the county’s offices last week, denouncing Democratic county executive Ike Legget for demanding more than the $25 million in concessions the unions had offered.

Nothing should put the criticality of what Walker is doing in WI, and the reaction from those affected in better perspective. The demcorats and the union bosses have decided to fight, and fight to the death, because Walker’s plans are going to hurt their pockets. Defend these fuckers. Once the public union members realize their income might just have gone up once they aren’t robbed with help from their employers, most of them will be happy as can be.

Posted by AlexinCT on 04/04/11 at 07:58 AM in Deep Thoughts   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Green technology in a nutshell

Dilbert.com

Posted by AlexinCT on 04/04/11 at 06:26 AM in Religion and Sky Pixies   Science and Technology  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Sunday, April 03, 2011

The Green Bubble

I’ve made this prediction before: the next big economic bubble will be the green economy.  Part of this is the nature of capitalism—we need a burst of irrational exuberance, a surge of investment and a walloping dose of failure to create new industries.  The dot-com boom destroyed a lot of fortunes but it also created lasting success in Amazon, ebay, etc.  Our economy will move beyond fossil fuels, but it will only do so after trillions of dollars is destroyed determining which business models and technologies don’t work.  Science, technology and business only find what works after they exhaust all the other possibilities.

But the bubble is going to be made infinitely worse by continual government intervention.  Government investments in industry technology aren’t allowed to fail, even if they are complete scientific nonsense (see the Synthetic Fuels Corp).  Government does things for political reasons, in defiance of the market, economics and science.  And a series of news stories are coming out now proving, once again, what happens when you chain economics and science to the great slime engine of politics.

First, this story:

When the White House announced the federal government would loan $465 million to Tesla, a California start-up company with plans to develop an all-electric sedan, President Obama called it an “historic opportunity to ensure that the next generation of fuel-efficient cars and trucks are made in America.”

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A joint investigation by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity that will air on World News with Diane Sawyer tonight has found that Westly is just one of several political allies of the president who have ties to companies receiving chunks of that money through loans, grants, or loan guarantees.

Westley was one of Obama’s bundlers, having raised over half a million for the 2008 campaign. He has also visited the White House numerous times and is on an energy advisory panel.

Read the whole thing for more.  $528 milion went to Fisker Automotive, which has Algore as board member and was founded by an Obama supporter. $535 milion more went to a California company whose investors include an Obama fund-raiser. Part of this is inevitable—people who invest in start-ups usually buy politicans too so that they don’t get crushed by other companies’ political influence.  But the GAO has issued a report now documenting favoritism in awards.  It has also expressed frustration over the Administration’s lack of transparency in the award process.

This is not unusual; this is intrinsic.  The government rarely doles out money fairly and equitably.  How can it when everything our politicians hear and see is filtered by the politics?

The future of energy is a multi-trillion dollar endeavor.  Do we really expect the government to act wisely and dispassionately when it’s picking the winners and losers in such a high-stakes game?  And for those of you in the “Obama can do no wrong” camp, do you want Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee or Herman Cain having this kind of economic power?  Do you trust them to pick the best technologies?

Tesla, in particular, is a problem.  Read Bainbridge for some details of how this company is playing the government game, getting huge loans, suing detractors and developing high-end cars that may or may not have a market.  And some are hailing it as our future “fourth auto-maker”.  Tesla might get billions in private investment—not because people want to buy their cars but because they’re in with the Feds.

Maybe Tesla will develop into a great auto-maker one day.  I hope so.  But that future is clouded by the pipe of green jobs money flowing out of Washington and distorting the market beyond recognition.

There’s another story that’s even worse.  Reason has a video about the California Air Resource Board (CARB).  It’s regulating diesel emissions because of a study showing 2000 premature deaths a year from diesel particulate matter.  The only problem?  The study supporting this is highly questionable.  So two member of the CARB responded to criticisms by ... sacking the fellow UCLA professor who pointed out its problems.

This is what happens when you merge science, technology, economics and politics.  This is intrinsic.  This is why our government needs to get out of the green jobs business.  It’s one thing to fund R&D at non-profits through peer-reviewed research grants.  These have a good track record of success and far smaller problems with influence-peddling.  Grant-based R&D is accountable—grant funds get cut off if the work isn’t done or doesn’t show results. But funding industries and businesses is a recipe for disaster.  And it’s a disaster we can no longer afford—scientifically, economically or ecologically.

(And while I’m on the subject, Tesla is not going to save the planet.  Even it works, that energy will come mostly from fossil fuels.  And even then, we’ll probably respond by driving more.  Check out this analysis of consumer energy efficiency.  Our homes and appliances are massively more energy efficient than they were three decades ago.  And we’ve responded to this by ... using more appliances.  Energy efficiency is good—it improves our lifestyles.  But the idea that we can save the Earth by weatherizing our windows or driving electric cars is ridiculous.)

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/03/11 at 04:42 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Burning Together

Well, looks like that asshole in Florida got what he wanted:

Pastor Terry Jones sparked international controversy last year when his Gainesville, Florida, church planned “International Burn a Quran Day” on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Jones’ church did not host a Quran burning on that day, but the Dove World Outreach Center’s website announced an “International Judge the Koran Day” set for last month.

Another post on the site’s blog showed an image of a burning book and read, “The event is over, the Koran was found guilty and a copy was burned inside the building.”

The result:

The deadly protests in northern Afghanistan over a Quran burning spread to the country’s war-torn southern region on Saturday, with provincial government officials reporting at least nine civilians dead and dozens injured.

The violence struck the city of Kandahar when demonstrators took to the streets to protest the torching of Islam’s most sacred book by a U.S. church.

The unrest followed a demonstration on Friday in the northern town of Mazar-e Sharif, in which five demonstrators and seven U.N. employees were killed when an angry throng stormed the U.N. compound there.

This is not a protest gone wrong.  The violence has been deliberately stirred by religious fanatics in the region.  UN Insiders think this could spell the end for the international presence in Afghanistan.  How this will affect US policy has yet to be determined.  The media, to their credit, did not cover the burning, which happens a couple of weeks ago.  They decided not give the attention whore what he craved.

It hardly needs to be said that I think both groups of fanatics deserve each other.  Jones has the great fortune to live in a country that respects free speech and will ensure nothing bad happens to him.  And a region that explodes in violence because of a book burning on the opposite side of the world was simply waiting for a reason.  If hadn’t been the Quran burning, it would have been something else.  But a lot of innocent people are going to get swept up in this.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/02/11 at 01:16 PM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, April 01, 2011

Reid in a Corner

I’m really starting to warm to Rand Paul.  The other day, he bashed Gingrich for changing his position on Libya.  Today, he’ got Harry Reid so flummoxed, that the Nevada Kid adjourned the Senate. How?

On Wednesday, Paul, with little notice, attached an amendment to the small-business re-authorization bill. The amendment, which chastises President Obama for his actions in Libya, urges members to adopt the president’s own words as “the sense of the Senate.”

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GOP sources tell National Review Online that Paul’s proposal flummoxed Reid, who does not want his members to have to weigh in on Obama’s dusty quote about congressional authority, even if the vote is only to table the measure.

Basically, Reid has been given one of two choice—vote against the amendment and disagree with Senator Obama on the proper role of Congress in authorizing war; or vote for it and disagree with President Obama on whether he has the unilateral authority to go into Libya.  And either way it forces Harry Reid to do what Harry Reid absolutely hates to do—take responsibility for his chamber.

The last thing Harry Reid wants is any kind of a debate over the limits of government power.  If you start saying the President can’t go to war whenever his left nut twitches, next thing you know people are bringing up the commerce clause and asking if the government really has the authority to control healthcare and whether Americans have the right to arm bears.  And then the whole liberal agenda is shot to hell.

Good for Rand.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/01/11 at 08:25 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Pile it high!

Man, does the MSM ever get tired of shilling for the losers currently running the country? Take dumb Reuters article for example that claims that the reason the Europeans are going to for the first time in over a decade push a rate hike before the US is because of a power shift. Think about this. Who was the president 10 years or more ago? Whose the president now? No, the Europeans are doing the rate hike first because the people running the US right now don’t have a clue or are trying to avoid the consequences - at the polls - of having to do the rate hike now. The problem is how mismanaged the US economy has been for the last 2 years after the lefts push to force lending to bad risks ended up causing a collapse in the lending market tied to homeownership and the fact that the people in charge have no clue. Not a shift of power. But don’t worry, reality is going to come crashing down on their fantasies regardless of how inept they are.

Posted by AlexinCT on 04/01/11 at 02:38 PM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Elections   Left Wing Idiocy   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

DelDOT strikes

Video here:


Story here.  The deal is that Delaware law forbids things on people’s lawns that block the right of way.  Their complaint is that basketball hoops too close to the street result in kids playing in the street, which is dangerous and bothers neighbors.  Read the full article to hear the side of the man who made the complaint.  His defense is that he’s started lots of youth sports leagues.  But that’s sort of the point when it comes to the Nosy Neighbors and Homeowners’ Association Fascists.  They’re fine with people doing things as long as it’s organized and controlled.

I’d be comfortable to let that dispute play out with comment.  The reason I post this is because it is perfectly illustrative of the arrogance and disregard for the taxpayer that it infecting government service.  Most of the public servants I deal with do their job efficiently and politely.  A few years ago, when my wife got her green card, we had a DHS agent who was awesome.  The point is that the system tolerates and, in fact, encourages the sort of brain-dead rules robot we see in this video—the woman who brought in the a cordon of police, refused to give this man time to file a complaint and then lied to him about being able to keep the hoop.  You have to wonder what would have happened if the cameras hadn’t been rolling.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/01/11 at 12:38 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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