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Monday, August 31, 2009

Youtube Wars

This wonderful YouTube video fisks one of the worst (and most condescending) YouTube videos in favor of socialized medicine

I would add a few points:

1) The idea that Medicare is efficient is a pure canard—a creation of deceptive book-keeping, price controls and a lack of necessary administration.

2) What is it with liberals and the post office lately?  Obama mentioned it too.  Did they miss the memo about how in debt it is?

3) The fire insurance analogy is incredibly stupid because we have fire insurance.  Everyone who owns a home and has a mortgage has to insure the home against fire.  In fact, the home insurance market works far better than the health insurance market because it is not following the unsustainable “comprephensive insurance” model that pays for everything out of the pool.

OK OK OK.  He’s not gibbering about home insurance but a mythical insurance that would pay firefighters for extinguishing your home.  But even that’s stupid because fighting a fire is a much much simpler process than healing the sick.  It’s usually clear what the problem with the fire is (it’s, um, burning).  That’s not the case with sick people.  While fires can do unexpected things, they’re far more predictable than people.  Fireman are trying to stop something while doctors are trying to keep something going.  And if you put out a fire, it doesn’t restart itself years later by eating too much flammable food, not getting any exercise and not taking it’s God-damned prescriptions.

Anyway, enjoy the video.

(H/T: Hot Air)

PS - Speaking of fire, historic Mt. Wilson Observatory may not last the night.  It’s right in the path of the Station Fire.  You can see the tower cam here.  At this time (1:30 AM ET), it looks almost like hell, with the night lit up orange.  It will be a great loss to history if this wonderful observatory is destroyed.  I won’t ask you to pray for it; it’s a damned building.  Save your prayers for the incredibly brave men and women who are fighting this thing with everything they’ve got.  Pray that they get this thing under control before it kills.  I will, however ask you to hope.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/31/09 at 10:11 PM in Health Care  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Blood For Oil

Good grief:

The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.

Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

The letters were sent two years ago by Jack Straw, the justice secretary, to Kenny MacAskill, his counterpart in Scotland, who has been widely criticised for taking the formal decision to permit Megrahi’s release.

The correspondence makes it plain that the key decision to include Megrahi in a deal with Libya to allow prisoners to return home was, in fact, taken in London for British national interests.

The dirty little secret of Europen’s policy on the Middle East is that oil concerns tend to dwarf everything.  The imperative is to not piss OPEC off and risk recreating the embargo of the 70’s.  But this is a step beyond even that.

If the accusations are borne out—and the paper of the people who actually do run the country makes a good case—I have to think this is the final nail in Labour’s coffin.  Te decision to release Megrahi was unpopular at best.  But releasing a mass murderer for oil?  Only evil Bushes are supposed to do that.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/30/09 at 09:31 PM in Europe and the UK  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Guess again…

The other day I pointed out in this post that with the collectivist government takeover agenda was going the way of the Titanic as people finally woke up and realize that the Obama healthcare reform movement was nothing but the usual politicians trying to grab the trillions of healthcare dollars and the healthcare decision making process to create a new bureaucracy that would drastically increase their power and control of our lives, not to mention lay the ground work for these crooked politicians to stay in power perpetually, and that that the WH was looking to distract us all from their disastrous policies by throwing some red meat to the nutroots. That post came on the heels of this one in which I was arguing that Obama and his people were trying to convince us that they were doing something different than what was done under Bush, by doing even more. Of course, the usual people came forth and attacked on both posts me for daring to say this kind of stuff and pointing out that all this posturing had nothing to do with either a desire to either enforce law or correct a problem - let’s face it, actions speak louder than words, and democrats can not really care much for the law, despite what they claim, when both the Congressional Ethics Committee and the Justice Department keep dropping a slew of cases where the crimes are clear cut and the crooks are democrats - and eventually the topic got to the whole “they were tortured” and “torture never works” ordeal.

I have gotten tired arguing with people that want us all to believe such weak ass thing as sleep deprivation, second hand smoke, playing loud music, threatening someone with bodily harm, pretending to torture or kill someone else to scare a vile terrorist, or even the use of the weak water boarding method in question, are torture. I know why they need it to be torture, but that’s for all intents or purposes irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. The point is that I pointed out that in the few instances that the harshest interrogation methods – the ones that drive the left batshit – were use, they worked. I was immediately attacked and ridiculed for daring to say so. They carried the usual water for the WH, the Pelosi Congress, the MSM propagandists, and the nutty BSD infected left and accused me of lying for pointing out that the WH had cravenly only declassified documentation that would allow them to pretend that there was criminal activity and it had not done much. When I pointed out that this could all be settled by declassifying the documents Cheney had asked for because there was proof it had worked, I was made fun off and compared to a soothsayer. Well, read them and weep:

“KSM almost immediately following his capture in March 2003 elaborated on his plan to crash commercial airlines into Heathrow airport,” according to a document released by the CIA on Monday that summarizes the intelligence provided by Mohammed. The agency thinks he assumed that Ramzi Binalshibh, a Sept. 11 conspirator captured in September 2002, had already divulged the plan.

One former U.S. official with detailed knowledge of how the interrogations were carried out said Mohammed, like several other detainees, seemed to have decided that it was okay to stop resisting after he had endured a certain amount of pressure.

“Once the harsher techniques were used on [detainees], they could be viewed as having done their duty to Islam or their cause, and their religious principles would ask no more of them,” said the former official, who requested anonymity because the events are still classified. “After that point, they became compliant. Obviously, there was also an interest in being able to later say, ‘I was tortured into cooperating.’ “

Read the story. KSM literally spilled the beans. Heck, he even detailed his childhood for the CIA interrogators! Don’t take my word for it. Over the next few days I see this whole thing turning ugly for the WH, as the American people find out that democrats are not only politicizing our security – for the umpteenth time – again, but actively trying to revert from fighting the GWoT as a war, which has literally prevented another attack against us on our soil, to treating terrorism as a make-work program for lawyers and courts. I don’t think I need to remind anyone how well that worked for us before and how that ended up, right?

The left has a need to stick it to Bush. To demonize the GWoT. To make the US the bad guy in this whole affair. They want it to go away or at a minimum disappear from people’s conscious minds. But the one thing I think this inquisition by Holder and the WH will succeed in doing, is reminding the American public which party did its best to try and make us lose a war, and is still trying to help the people that want to kill us all out. They might have thought this whole thing would work in their favor, but it will be their poison pill in the end.

Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex

Posted by AlexinCT on 08/30/09 at 05:47 PM in Health Care   Left Wing Idiocy   The Press Machine   War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

What’s Good For Mattel Is Good For America

I’ve blogged several times about the CPSIA, the act that attempts to get rid of lead in our toys by crippling small businesses with mandatory laboratory testing of all product lines.  I noted many times that Big Business loved this law.  They can eat the costs of testing their product lines; thrift stores and yard sales and small workshops—all of which are subject to CPSIA—can not.

It gets worse:

Toy-makers, clothing manufacturers and other companies selling products for young children are submitting samples to independent laboratories for safety tests. But the nation’s largest toy maker, Mattel, isn’t being required to do the same.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently, and quietly, granted Mattel’s request to use its own labs for testing that is required under a law Congress passed last summer in the wake of a rash of recalls of toys contaminated by lead. Six of those toys were produced by Mattel Inc., and its subsidiary Fisher-Price.

The new law sets strict limits for lead, lead paint and chemicals known as phthalates. It mandates third-party testing for companies, big and small, making products geared for children 12 and under.

Mattel was the source of the lead toy scare, one of the principle agents pushing for the passage of CPSIA and one of the biggest impediments toward making common-sense exceptions for small businesses.  In principle, I have no problem with internal testing.  But I do have a problem when the biggest sinner in the business is given a special dispensation that will not be afforded to less powerful businesses.

People sometimes ask me why conservatives (and many liberals, to be honest) are so angry about the direction this country has taken.  After all, it’s not like we have gulags and firing squads.  I think the media and our politicians fail to see how aggravating this death-by-a-thousand-cuts is.  It’s not just that an onerous law has been passed that will kneecap small business to the advantage of big ones.  It’s everything.  We could sit here and recite a thousand acts of government—from bailouts to healthcare—that are canted exclusively to the advantage of monied powerful interests.  And every single one, like CPSIA, has been sold as being good for us.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/30/09 at 05:39 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Obama’s “Read my lips!” moment in the making?

Who can forget George Bush Sr.’s promise “Read my lips, no new taxes!”, and how the democrats turned that against him back in 1989? With democrats in charge of congress and able to ram through the taxes, he was set up and taken down by their shrewd manipulations and machinations. Not making excuses for the guy: I was always lukewarm about him personally. But the fact is that he was had by democrats that used deficit spending to force an unbalanced budget and a economic slump to make him eat crow. Fast forward a couple of decades and now we have a democrat that won the WH on what I am certain was the most effective and deceptive campaign of distorted facts, vague promises of positive changes and hope, fiscal responsibility, and a hard promise not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250K.

We already know that the distorted facts continue to be passed off as truths, and that the promise of fiscal responsibility must have been a joke. Only moonbats will argue the fact that Obama and his people plan to outright double our debt - at this pace, my guess is that it will be tripled - and are set to break all imaginable records of deficit spending, totally directed at expanding their power, and nothing else. Oh, the usual people blame Bush, defense spending, the GWoT, and everything but these democrats, but people that prefer facts over bull know Obama’s people have taken what they got from Bush and have exponentially made it worse, defense and GWoT war money is a drop in the bucket when you are about to flush away a projected $9 to $15 trillion plus, and that there is nobody to blame for this fiscal meltdown but the democrats. Not much “Hope” these days for the future, and many people are now certain that when these democrats talk about change, what they are referring to is what they plan to leave in our wallets after they rob us of all they can.

Our taxes are going up, even though it is done by hiding them in such disgusting “Rob Peter to pay Paul – after taking a hefty commission for themselves, of course – scams” as the ridiculous and criminal “Cap & Tax” schemes. Let us not forget the massive taxes around the government takeover of the healthcare dollars, a full 1/6th of our current economy, based on lies about first healthcare, and now insurance reform - a patent and blatant attempt to garner support for their scam by tapping into a manufactured public dissatisfaction with insurance, is also vanishing fast – and sold as a measure to fix a crisis of the collectivist’s in government’s own making. Thank the powers that be this is also imploding fast as people figure out the scam. But the one thing that might be the nail in Obama and these collectivist’s coffins, is the fact that they have made things so bad that they will not be able to avoid people figuring out that they are going to have to raise taxes on the middle class to pay for their disastrous policies, as this article in the WaPo lays the ground work for.

During last year’s campaign, President Obama vowed to enact a bold agenda without raising taxes for the middle class, a pledge budget experts viewed with skepticism. Since then, a severe recession, massive deficits and a national debt that is swelling toward a 50-year high have only made his promise harder to keep. The Obama administration has insisted that the pledge will stand. But the president’s top economic advisers have refused to rule out broad-based tax increases to close the yawning gap between federal revenue and government spending and are warning of tough choices ahead.
That’s because these democrats lied and planned to raise the taxes from the beginning, just like they lied about being fiscally disciplined. The middle class is about to get socked hard by the “party of the little guy” to pay for their government expansion. There simply are not enough rich people, well rich people that are not democrats with friends in congress and the WH to help them keep their huge piles of cash, to pay for even a fraction of their wasteful spending. The middle class is about to get shafted by the people that constantly tell them a tax cut is only great for the rich, not the. And Obama is going to have to deal with that consequences. I wonder if they will try to postpone this until after the 2012 elections though.

One more thing while we are on the subject of taxes. Speaking of rich democrat fat cats: how much will the Ted Kennedy estate pay in “death taxes”? That will be some story to cover. My guess is that Ted had already made preparations to shelter his family’s wealth from government confiscation of more than half of it at his passing. I doubt the MSM people will fulminate over the billions in taxes that the Feds will not collect from good old Teddy. I think this would make for one hot blog topic of its own as well. Guess I should research that story.

Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex

Posted by AlexinCT on 08/29/09 at 10:53 AM in • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

No Time To Lose

In 2004, there was a very real possibility that John Kerry would be elected President (no, I’m serious.  Look it up.) At that time, Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts and the Democratic legislature, terrified that he would appoint a Republican to succeed Kerry, passed a law requiring senators to replaced in a special election.

Well, that was then.  This is now:

Selection of a temporary successor to the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy could be made before the end of next month under a timetable being hashed out by Democratic members of the Legislature, according to a key committee chairman.

The soonest the law could be changed and an interim senator picked is Sept. 24, state Representative Michael Moran, a Boston Democrat and co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Election Laws, said yesterday. He added that “there is no agreement, but it is possible.”

Current Massachusetts law requires a special election be held within five months to fill a seat that comes open before the end of a term. The issue has taken on urgency for Democrats in the U.S. Congress, who are struggling to pass health-care legislation before the end of the year.

Allowing Governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat, to appoint an interim successor to Kennedy would preserve the party’s 60 votes in the Senate, the minimum needed to end debate and force action on legislation. The health-care bill is a top priority for President Barack Obama.

Republicans, outnumbered by Democrats in the Massachusetts House 144 to 16 and 35 to 5 in the Senate, criticized Democratic leaders for attempting to move that quickly and charged they were being hypocritical.

First of all—WTF, Massachusetts?  90% of your legislators are Democrats?  And you wonder why your state has problems.  Second, now you want to rewrite the law so that Obama can foist upon the nation the universal healthcare system that is bankrupting your state and has made Massachusetts the most expensive state in the nation in which to buy insurance?  Is that the only way you can think of to keep businesses from fleeing your borders?

The Democrat are nothing if not consistently inconsistent.  Every law and every court case and every regulation must be slanted to make sure they stay in power.  Yeah, Republicans do similar things.  But they’re not nearly as bad.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/29/09 at 08:04 AM in Politics   Cult of Personality  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, August 28, 2009

Oh, That LIberal Media! Part 87

A trifecta of stories emerged today that show that the evil vile Fox News has nothing on the mainstream media in terms of bias.

First, do you remember the scandal where CBS used fake memos to prove that George Bush manipulated his way out of Vietnam?  Turns out, that wasn’t the only thing wrong with that report:

Until now, the controversy over the Rather/Mapes story has centered almost entirely on one issue:  the legitimacy of the documents – a very important issue, indeed.  But it turns out that there was another very important issue, one that goes to the very heart of what the story was about – and one that has gone virtually unnoticed.  This is it:  Mary Mapes knew before she put the story on the air that George W. Bush, the alleged slacker, had in fact volunteered to go to Vietnam.

Who says?  The outside panel CBS brought into to get to the bottom of the so-called “Rathergate” mess says. I recently re-examined the panel’s report after a source, Deep Throat style, told me to “Go to page 130.” When I did, here’s the startling piece of information I found:

Mapes had information prior to the airing of the September 8 [2004] Segment that President Bush, while in the TexANG [Texas Air National Guard] did volunteer for service in Vietnam but was turned down in favor of more experienced pilots.  For example, a flight instructor who served in the TexANG with Lieutenant Bush advised Mapes in 1999 that Lieutenant Bush “did want to go to Vietnam but others went first.” Similarly, several others advised Mapes in 1999, and again in 2004 before September 8, that Lieutenant Bush had volunteered to go to Vietnam but did not have enough flight hours to qualify.

Rather, incidentally, still stands by that story.  At this point, the only rationale is that he was serving the Larger Truth that Bush had to be stopped.

OK, that’s one incident.  But now we have a new pair of incident connected with healthcare.  First, ABC and NBC are refusing to run an anti-Obamacare ad.  It was ABC, you’ll remember, who happily aired Obama’s hour-long healthcare infomercial.  ABC claims they won’t run the ad because it is partisan and NBC claims it makes unsubstantiated allegations.  But apparently, by contrast, the Light of Truth shines out of Obama’s ass, so there’s no problem there.

Oh, but it gets even better.  You know those polls that show how the healthcare plan has only 53% support?  It turns out those polls may be slanted toward Obama.

Jim Lindgren illustrates why so much of the polling on health care reform is terrible.  Even outfits like NBC are asking questions which highlight only the nice sounding bits of the reform proposals:

Now I am going to tell you more about the health care plan that President Obama supports and please tell me whether you would favor or oppose it.

The plan requires that health insurance companies cover people with pre-existing medical conditions.  It also requires all but the smallest employers to provide health coverage for their employees, or pay a percentage of their payroll to help fund coverage for the uninsured.  Families and individuals with lower- and middle- incomes would receive tax credits to help them afford insurance coverage.  Some of the funding for this plan would come from raising taxes on wealthier Americans.

I’m surprised it only got 53% in favor. 

Now, what do you think those numbers would have been if NBC had included where the rest of the funding was coming from (cuts to Medicare), that it also will probably include Medicaid expansion, that it might include the creation of another state-sponsored insurance provider, or even the fact that the “plan” only manages to stay deficit-neutral by phasing in the taxes quickly, and the benefits in year four?

More here and here concerning the polling about healthcare “myths” that aren’t myths by half.

I can understand the media’s frustration.  They bet everything on Obama and he’s coming up short.  His election was supposed to herald a wave of socialist expansion that would rival the New Deal or the Great Society.  And the stupid crazy American people (see post below) aren’t going along with it.  Clearly, they are misinformed.  Clearly, it’s the media’s job to step in and make sure they understand just how wonderful all this stuff is, how much it’s going to improve our lives, how fast it’s going to move us to superior European models of governance.

Well, sorry bitches.  You don’t control the game anymore.  It’s the Blog Era.  And that means everything you say will get dissected by a thousand laptops buzzing way, ripping your claims to shreds.  Keep trying, though.  It’s highly amusing.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/28/09 at 04:09 PM in The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Obama has a double standard
by HARLEY

In June, the Honduran Congress acted to abate a unconstitutional act by the sitting president, Manuel Zelaya. The issue that brought this on was the attempt by Zelaya, to force a national vote to allow him to serve more than one term, as limited by the Constitution of Honduras.  Under Honduran law only congress can call for a vote that changes the Constitution.  Zelaya, blocked by congress, asked for assistance from the Democracy loving regime of Hugo Chavez. He provided the ballots and personal to Zelaya and his supporters to establish their own vote, in violation of the law.  Congress, responded by asking him to stop, and in the end by authorizing the military to arrest Zelaya. He was removed and a new president was seated, as part of Honduran law.

Pretty straight forward right?

Every Leftist Leader in the region immediately condemned the action.  And then so did President Barack Obama.
One has to ask WHY? The action was legally backed by the Constitution of Honduras. It was a extraordinary response to the extra legal action of the nations president. I dare any of our resident left leaning friends to tell me what their reaction would be to George Bush, pulling the same stunt, to remain in power.
Obama Has come down on the side of the likes of Castro and Chavez, backing the ousted president, backing a man who tried to use illegal actions to stay president.
You have to ask your self WHY? this very action gives ammo to the far right wing, who have been calling Obama a secret socialist.
The Media as well and many governments have been calling this a “military coup” even though it was ordered by the congress.
For a few weeks we have been hearing that the administration was gonna crack down on the current government, and so they have, by shutting off funds and restricting visas.

All these actions are quite surprising in light of the Obamas administrations reaction to the quite obvious transgression of the Iranian governments in their recent election.
One has to ask WHAT THE FUCK IS OBAMA THINKING?
He refuses to condemn a election that was visibly fraudulent and opposed by massive numbers of its citizens, but supports the acts of a leader who responds like a dictator, who openly opposes the laws of his nation for personal gain.

the only thing i can say is Mr. Obama you are a hypocrite!

Update:fixed my typing error.

Posted by HARLEY on 08/28/09 at 01:01 PM in • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Bring On the Crazy

O’Rourke has a gem today on the Washington Post’s breathless reporting that the Obama opponents are crazy right-wing nutters.

Perlstein, for all the highness of his dudgeon, doesn’t catch the nuts saying anything very nutty. The closest he gets to a lunatic quote is from a “libertarian” wearing a holstered pistol who declares that the “tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time by the blood of tyrants and patriots.” And those are the words of lefty icon Thomas Jefferson. I myself could point out the absurdity of protestors’ concerns about government euthanasia committees. Federal bureaucracy has never moved fast enough to get to the ill and elderly before natural causes do. And what’s with those “birthers”? Why their obsession with a nonentity like Obama? How about John Adams with his Alien and Sedition Acts choke-hold on the First Amendment? Or Jefferson? He could tell his Monica Lewinsky, “I own you,” and he wasn’t kidding. Or John Quincy Adams, pulling the original Blagojevich, buying the presidency from Henry Clay? Or that backwoods Bolshevik Andrew Jackson? Or William Henry Harrison, too dumb to come in out of the rain? Not one of these scallywags was born in the United States of America--look it up.

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And I can’t help the Washington Post. Why is the paper intimidated by dissent that’s tame even by Adlai Stevenson standards? Not that the Post has ever been exactly a “profile in courage.” (A little joke there about the propensity to endorse anything with a Kennedy stuck to it.) No doubt it’s always alarming to the know-it-alls when ordinary people decide they’d like some say in ordinary life, when regular folk tell the know-it-alls to take their fishwrap and go blog themselves. And the Post has been extra jumpy since it got caught trying to pimp Washington’s power elite to K Street lobbyists at a pay-to-play bun fight in the publisher’s manse. Personally I thought this was great--the first time the newspaper had shown any respect for the free market system since Eleanor Roosevelt was a pup. But terror, like the Post, is not a thing of reason. Dread lurks in wise and prestigious institutions across the land. Rick Perlstein has a phrase that gives poignant expression to this fear and trembling: “America, where the crazy tree blooms in every moment of liberal ascendency.”

Oh, it’s a crazy tree. And the taller it grows, the crazier it gets. And I roost upon the tip-top branch. Ye of the Washington Post, Don’t park your SmartCar under my perch.

To the Obamanoids and their apologists, we are crazy.  We’d have to be crazy to turn down free healthcare, to not see the wisdom in bailing out people with “real jobs”, to not realize that a drowning victim would think it was worth it.  Only crazy people believe in self-defense.  Only lunatics value community over state, charity over dependency and freedom over control.  Only the whack-jobs look at a recently passed Senator and would conclude that a lifetime in power and wealth do not constitute a nobel sacrifice.

If what the Obama people want is considered sane, I am more than proud to wear the label of lunatic.  I would much rather sit in the crazy tree with P.J. O’Rourke than at the sane table with the WaPo.  Especially if PJ is bringing the drinks.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/28/09 at 10:47 AM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wierd Science? No, Real Science…

Looks like the Journal of Science has a new international study dealing with the impact of solar cycles on climate. You need to sign up to read the study. But I think the AGW crowd that always dismisses solar activity will not like the study’s observations and conclusions which are, and can also be found in this article in the Science Daily, referring to the Journal of Science article in question, and appropriately titled “Small Fluctuations In Solar Activity, Large Influence On Climate”, much. As people like me have been saying for the longest time: solar activity and the impact of all that energy and its fluctuations on our oceans, is the most, if not paramount and only non-marginal effect that affect climate and creates changes. But don’t take my word for it. Here is the study’s conclusion:

An international team of scientists led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) used more than a century of weather observations and three powerful computer models to tackle one of the more difficult questions in meteorology: if the total energy that reaches Earth from the Sun varies by only 0.1 percent across the approximately 11-year solar cycle, how can such a small variation drive major changes in weather patterns on Earth?

The answer, according to the new study, has to do with the Sun’s impact on two seemingly unrelated regions. Chemicals in the stratosphere and sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean respond during solar maximum in a way that amplifies the Sun’s influence on some aspects of air movement. This can intensify winds and rainfall, change sea surface temperatures and cloud cover over certain tropical and subtropical regions, and ultimately influence global weather.

“The Sun, the stratosphere, and the oceans are connected in ways that can influence events such as winter rainfall in North America,” says NCAR scientist Gerald Meehl, the lead author. “Understanding the role of the solar cycle can provide added insight as scientists work toward predicting regional weather patterns for the next couple of decades.”

And before the usual cultists decide to denigrate the study by claiming it is the work of evil oil companies or their stooges, let me point out what this article says on that..

The study was funded by the National Science Foundation, NCAR’s sponsor, and by the Department of Energy. It builds on several recent papers by Meehl and colleagues exploring the link between the peaks in the solar cycle and events on Earth that resemble some aspects of La Nina events, but are distinct from them. The larger amplitude La Nina and El Nino patterns are associated with changes in surface pressure that together are known as the Southern Oscillation.

Now granted this is not consensus science, so some people will pretend it doesn’t exist, and with language like the quote below, dissing the existing consensus science models, I can see that some people will not like this study much,if at all.

With the help of increased computing power and improved models, as well as observational discoveries, we are uncovering more of how the mechanisms combine to connect solar variability to our weather and climate,” Meehl says.

And doubly so when people that want real science to influence the decision making process, are asking for a chance to debate the cultists. I know this is a direct response to the “Cap & Tax” bill in congress, but the fact is that this bill and what it does – not what the left pretends it does, but what it really accomplishes – proves the agenda is a government effort to steal even more money from the private sector, while giving itself even more arbitrary authority and power to decide which businesses, technologies, and future changes should be allowed to happen. We all know how well this government driven planning works. If you have doubts, I recommend you have a chat with Kim Jong Il, whose country still practices this kind of top down government controlled economic and social planning. Ask them how well it is going for them.

When asked for a comment, the high priest of the AGW cult, Al Gore, had this to say:

HERETICS! OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

OK, it was not Al Gore saying this stuff, but the message is the same. There is still time to kill that “Cap & Tax” bill, and we should “encourage” our politicians to do so. Wonder if we will see the findings of this study reported in the media like we constantly see when one of the AGW cultists claims the sky is falling…

Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex

Posted by AlexinCT on 08/28/09 at 08:21 AM in Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics   Science and Technology   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Meet Obama’s healthcare advisor…

The democrats in this government’s plan to get their grubby hands on all the healthcare dollars - trillions of extra dollars for politicians to use in their vote buying schemes and the power over life & death decisions in the hands of bureaucrats that enhance these same politician’s power - will result in healthcare rationing. And the scary thing is the guy advising Obama on this stuff is one frightening bastard:

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama, is under scrutiny. As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving. Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree.

The health bills being pushed through Congress put important decisions in the hands of presidential appointees like Dr. Emanuel. They will decide what insurance plans cover, how much leeway your doctor will have, and what seniors get under Medicare. Dr. Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, has already been appointed to two key positions: health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. He clearly will play a role guiding the White House’s health initiative.

Dr. Emanuel says that health reform will not be pain free, and that the usual recommendations for cutting medical spending (often urged by the president) are mere window dressing. As he wrote in the Feb. 27, 2008, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): “Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality of care are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change.”

True reform, he argues, must include redefining doctors’ ethical obligations. In the June 18, 2008, issue of JAMA, Dr. Emanuel blames the Hippocratic Oath for the “overuse” of medical care: “Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness,” he writes. “This culture is further reinforced by a unique understanding of professional obligations, specifically the Hippocratic Oath’s admonition to ‘use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment’ as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of cost or effect on others.”

In numerous writings, Dr. Emanuel chastises physicians for thinking only about their own patient’s needs. He describes it as an intractable problem: “Patients were to receive whatever services they needed, regardless of its cost. Reasoning based on cost has been strenuously resisted; it violated the Hippocratic Oath, was associated with rationing, and derided as putting a price on life. . . . Indeed, many physicians were willing to lie to get patients what they needed from insurance companies that were trying to hold down costs.” (JAMA, May 16, 2007).

So there you have it. Doctors will be re-educated so that their priority is no longer to provide the best possible care to those in need, but to know when not to provide care. Looks to me like Sarah Palin’s call that we where dealing with “death panels”, is dead on. You can’t make this shit up, I tell you.

Here are some more pearls of wisdom from the guy advising Obama on what needs to happen:

Dr. Emanuel’s assessment of American medical care is summed up in a Nov. 23, 2008, Washington Post op-ed he co-authored: “The United States is No. 1 in only one sense: the amount we shell out for health care. We have the most expensive system in the world per capita, but we lag behind many developed nations on virtually every health statistic you can name.”

This is untrue, though sadly it’s parroted at town-hall meetings across the country. Moreover, it’s an odd factual error coming from an oncologist. According to an August 2009 report from the National Bureau of Economic Research, patients diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. have a better chance of surviving the disease than anywhere else. The World Health Organization also rates the U.S. No. 1 out of 191 countries for responsiveness to the needs and choices of the individual patient. That attention to the individual is imperiled by Dr. Emanuel’s views.

Dr. Emanuel has fought for a government takeover of health care for over a decade. In 1993, he urged that President Bill Clinton impose a wage and price freeze on health care to force parties to the table. “The desire to be rid of the freeze will do much to concentrate the mind,” he wrote with another author in a Feb. 8, 1993, Washington Post op-ed. Now he recommends arm-twisting Chicago style. “Every favor to a constituency should be linked to support for the health-care reform agenda,” he wrote last Nov. 16 in the Health Care Watch Blog. “If the automakers want a bailout, then they and their suppliers have to agree to support and lobby for the administration’s health-reform effort.”

When these leftists tell you the goal is not a complete government take over and single payer system in the hands of government employed bureaucrats - with the power to decide life & death, not on a contract you have with them like most of us with private healthcare have with our insurance companies, but based on who you are, if they like you, and how much it costs - know that they are shamelessly lying to you. Even if they rename it or try to shove this turd down our throat for Ted Kennedy, it remains a nasty turd of a deal. One that needs to be killed dead, and especially not to be passed piecemeal. Because the end goal for the left will forever and always be this system for us peasants. The elite – government employees, congress, and unions – will of course be exempt. Like you get in collectivist paradises, Cuba for example, they will have their own special care where they will not need to mingle with, or deal with mediocre to bad care, like us peasants. Party of the little people indeed…

Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex

Posted by AlexinCT on 08/27/09 at 12:06 PM in Health Care   Left Wing Idiocy   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Maybe Scrooge McDuck Can Save Us
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Hal’s post from August 25th contained a link to Tyler Cowen’s blog, in which Cowen put forth this argument:

Without the bailouts we would have had many more failed banks, very strong deflationary pressures, a stronger seize-up in credit markets than what we had, and a climate of sheer political and economic panic, leading to greater pressures for bad state interventions than what we now see.

There are a few things wrong with this assertion--1) Banks are still going under, including smaller regional banks like Guaranty and Colonial just in August that had $38 billion in declared assets; 2) the dollar has been tanking, 3) outstanding consumer credit is dropping, but still through the roof; and 4) the “climate of sheer political and economic panic” that began in September led to the election of a President whose economic policies are going to put the country AT LEAST $14.4 trillion in the hole over the next ten years, according to the CBO (but “only” $9 trillion, according to the Obama administration).

The first one is particularly problematic because the FDIC nearly broke, despite Bair’s assurances that there is enough to cover what is necessary. 

Secondly, as I’ve pointed out here already, the banks under TARP and other programs have a $23.7 trillion line of credit, a ridiculous amount that quite frankly should be illegal, in my opinion.  This type of corporatism is as far from a “free market” as you can get, which is why Cowen’s argument that libertarians shouldn’t get too worked up about the bailouts, because the bailout is supposedly “less bad” than the banks holding taxpayers hostage to cover for their screwups, is particularly galling.

This kind of conflict-of-interest hanky panky is why Bernanke has been fighting HR 1207, the bill to audit the Fed, tooth and nail.  The bill has 282 cosponsors, but the Elmer Fudd of the House and All-Around Corrupt Housing Market Asshole and Dice-Roller, Bawney Fwank, sat his fat ass on it back in February and it hasn’t seen the light of day since.  You know why I’m really pissed off at these gangsters right now?  Because I’m finding myself on the same side of this argument as that commie dipshit Bernie Sanders:

Preska’s Aug. 24 ruling rejected the Fed’s argument that the records should remain private because they are trade secrets and would scare customers into pulling their deposits.

“What has the Fed got to hide?” said Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who sponsored a bill to require the Fed to submit to an audit by the Government Accountability Office. “The time has come for the Fed to stop stonewalling and hand this information over to the public,” he said in an e- mail.

What do the banks do in response to the possibility they may have to reveal their game of three-card monte once and for all?  Why, threaten to blow the whole system up, of course!  From Tyler Durden at Zerohedge:

The Clearing House Association, another name for all the banks that were bailed out over the past year with the generous contributions from all of you, dear taxpayers, are now threatening with another instance of complete systemic collapse if Bloomberg’s lawsuit is allowed to proceed unchallenged, let alone if any of the “Audit The Fed” measures are actually implemented.

As a reminder, The Clearing House Association consists of ABN Amro, Bank Of America, The Bank Of New York, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, US Bank and Wells Fargo.

It’s not enough, apparently, that these institutions have a $23.7 trillion line of credit on our wallets--they are essentially telling Congress that if anyone tries to hold them accountable for how they spend not just their money (which isn’t theirs, it’s their depositers and shareholders), but their ill-gotten gains from taxpayer-funded bailouts, they will bring the country to its knees economically.  This is the exact opposite of how a free market is supposed to work, particularly when banks are crying that they need taxpayer-provided funds to keep from collapsing.

I’m usually not for populist outrage against businesses, but I won’t shed any tears if people start to get wise and pull their money out of these banks in response.  A few good bank runs would be scary, but it wouldn’t be anything more than these institutions deserved.

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Scopes II

I actually think this is a good idea:

The nation’s largest business lobby wants to put the science of global warming on trial.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, trying to ward off potentially sweeping federal emissions regulations, is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to hold a rare public hearing on the scientific evidence for man-made climate change.

Chamber officials say it would be “the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century”—complete with witnesses, cross-examinations and a judge who would rule, essentially, on whether humans are warming the planet to dangerous effect.

“It would be evolution versus creationism,” said William Kovacs, the chamber’s senior vice president for environment, technology and regulatory affairs. “It would be the science of climate change on trial.”

I should be noted that Scopes (and science) lost the monkey trial.  But I think this is a great idea. For too long, the science of global warming has been debated in stupid movies like Algore’s and stupid speeches (um, like Algore’s).  I would love to see arguments raised and bullshit knocked down—as long as the debate focused on science and not policy.

Unfortunately, I think that, even if it did happen, it would be a non-factor or, more likely, a fiasco.  Instead of putting the case for AGW in the hands of a knowledgeable and articulate scientist (Stephen Chu would be my choice), they would probably pick a sputtering ignoramus (um, like Algore; although he did do a good job debating Perot on NAFTA).  And I don’t think anyone would necessarily be persuaded.

Still, let’s go.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/27/09 at 06:55 AM in Science and Technology  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Here come the Carter years again..

Woo hoo! The economy is getting better!!1!!1!! Oh crap, if you go look at the news from somewhere other than the DNC propagandists in the MSM that’s not the case. In fact, and even though it is the opinion of a single person, which happens to also be Atlanta’s Fed chief, real unemployment is now at 16%, and climbing, and that’s not getting better at all. Of course this stuff would have been front page news if it was a republican in charge, even one with some 4% unemployment. Anyway, here is the important stuff.

The real US unemployment rate is 16 percent if persons who have dropped out of the labor pool and those working less than they would like are counted, a Federal Reserve official said Wednesday. “If one considers the people who would like a job but have stopped looking—so-called discouraged workers—and those who are working fewer hours than they want, the unemployment rate would move from the official 9.4 percent to 16 percent, said Atlanta Fed chief Dennis Lockhart.  He underscored that he was expressing his own views, which did “do not necessarily reflect those of my colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee,” the policy-setting body of the central bank.

In fact, while the CBO released their Mid-Session Review, and everyone is focused on the drastic increase in projected deficit spending by the Obamanauts - and I still think that $9 trillion number will fall far short from the burden these collectivists will really slam everyone in this country with before it is all said and done - the real kicker was that in the CBO forecast for the average unemployment rate in calendar year 2010, the number projected in January will go up by an additional 2.3 million people. That’s right, another 2.3 million people are expected to lose jobs because of this government’s hostility to the private sector in the coming year. Call me crazy for thinking that there is either an agenda to destroy America or that the idiots in charge have no idea what so ever how to fix things and are falling back on idiotic collectivist economics that have never, ever, worked anywhere but in the minds of the usual collectivist elite and academia.

But is all this bad news making these leftist go back to the drawing board? Sure does looks like it, except, instead of saying we can’t afford any more of this disastrous stuff, they are now going to milk the death of a murderer, to make it worse. It’s not like when government takes over 1/6th of the economy we will see more things like this, which happened to occur in the solid democrat strong hold of the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, or that the healthcare bill will allow big brother’s agents to get any and all your financial data. It is not a fluke that we voters know more about how bad the healthcare bill is than these scum politicians.

After all, no matter how inefficient and bad government is, government employee pay goes up, and these people, unlike their more effective counterparts in the private sector, get bonuses too. And no, it is not military pay going up, these same people are gutting military spending because collectivists seem to feel that is the only kind of bad spending. But the narrative must continue. Blame Bush! Can’t have the American people realizing that the democrats running the show are now making the Carter years look great..

Cross posted Wasting time with Alex

Posted by AlexinCT on 08/27/09 at 06:00 AM in Health Care   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Strike two!

Its seems that the page one Denver Post article insinuating evil & racists conservatives/republicans against Obamacare destroyed democrat headquarter property yesterday has been trumped by a back page articlepointing out that the perp was a hard core democrat operative. Even more unbelievable is the attempt by the democrat chairwoman that was all ready to lambaste Obama-haters on Tuesday and called a hate crime, to now pretend this is no big deal, or that both sides are at fault!

One of two people suspected of shattering 11 windows Tuesday morning at the state Democratic Party headquarters has an arrest record and a history of helping a Democratic political candidate, public records show. Police said that about 2:20 a.m., 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler, now in custody, and an at-large accomplice took a hammer to the picture windows displaying posters touting President Barack Obama and his health care reform efforts.

Early Tuesday, Democratic Party chairwoman Pat Waak said the damage to her building in Denver’s art district was a consequence of “an effort on the other side to stir up hate.” She tempered her statement after Schwenkler’s political history was revealed. “What I’ve been saying is there is a lot of rhetoric out there from both sides of the spectrum,” Waak said. “That’s what’s been disturbing to me. People are saying a lot of things not appropriate for civil discourse.” For weeks, people on both sides of the health care debate have rallied across the country.

Schwenkler is charged with criminal mischief and is to make his first appearance in Denver County Court today. He is accused of doing an estimated $11,000 in damage and could face a felony conviction.

So when you could label it a hate crime by the opposition, then it was a vile act. Now that one of your people has been fingered, and while I doubt this will be investigated now that we might actually find out that this agitator was paid by higher up democrats to pull this stunt off, I sure hope they do investigate this crime, its just lack of civil discourse. WTF??? From hero to zero? It gets better though!

On the last day of the 2008 Republican National Convention, he was charged with misdemeanor unlawful assembly in St. Paul, Minn. Court records provided through the St. Paul Pioneer Press show he was jailed about 2 a.m. Schwenkler received $500 in November 2008 to walk door-to-door in support of Democrat Mollie Cullom, who lost her race to Republican state Rep. David Balmer of Centennial.

Waak, who was not involved with the group that paid Schwenkler, said she’s never heard of the suspect and pointed out that just because he canvassed “doesn’t mean he’s a good Democrat.”

Schwenkler was one of dozens of paid canvassers bankrolled by the Colorado Citizens’ Coalition, a political 527 committee Schwenkler has worked for Democratic causes funded by labor groups and well-known, wealthy liberal donors.

So this tool has a history as a democrat operative but now he is no longer a good democrat? Is it because he got caught in the act? Would he have been a good, nay great, democrat if he had pulled it off and the MSM was now 24/7 complaining of evil republican operatives? I mean we are talking about a 24 year old tool that rides a bike: it was at the crime scene. He likely lives at home with momma too. If that’s not the portrait of a democrat loser good democrat, I don’t know what is.

Schwenkler allegedly tried to conceal his identity while committing the crime by wearing a shirt over his face, a hooded sweat shirt and latex gloves, according to police descriptions.

NINJA!!!!!1!1!!

First the SEIU beats up a guy, now this. What’s going to be strike three?

Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex

Posted by AlexinCT on 08/26/09 at 11:37 AM in Health Care   Left Wing Idiocy   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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