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Thursday, December 31, 2009
Oops, science not so settled….
Fitting close for this year we get this article which basically, evn when they continue to push the same crap, destroys the CO2 fantasy of the watermelon cultists that demand we abandon our ways and allow them to form a tyrannical, all controlling, global government which will regulate the life of the peasants while letting the elite live like royalty.
The first sentence is what counts. The other stuff is just more lies so they ca continue to leave the door open to push the agenda. And the fun thing is that they just discovered this now? Shows you how much they don’t really know, and how much of their science is plain and simple bullshit. We have been told that we are warming because of CO2. That’s obviously a big ass lie:
Money quote in bold. End this cult! What these people want will just usher in a new dark age for humanity.
Posted by AlexinCT on 12/31/09 at 11:27 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
An open letter to those wishing death to Rush Limbaugh
1. If you think Rush is a bad person, what does wishing him dead make you? Even if you are right about him (meaning you are correct about whatever it is that makes you hate him enough to wish death upon him), how is it ever acceptable to act that way? How does that make you better than him on any conceivable level? Answer: it doesn’t. In fact it could be said that you are worse for that behavior, because you claim (or maybe believe) to “know better” or have a better sense of ethics and/or morality. Except that wishing him dead makes that belief a lie, and it makes you a hypocrite in the first degree.
2. Imagine Rush was your family member and divorce the politics for a second. Really think about this. Imagine the man you love the most. Now imagine some flippant jerk online wishing him dead because he went to the hospital and they don’t like his political views. Now realize that YOU are that flippant jerk. You’re not better than him. You’re not a good person for saying it. Rush Limbaugh is not a mass murderer or a serial killer or even a capitalist robber baron stealing from the downtrodden and piling wealth in his secret vault, into which he dives naked like a fat, sweaty Scrooge McDuck. He’s just a regular person with opinions, and the oratory skill to make a certain segment of the population listen to him spout those opinions on the radio for three hours a day.
3.I hate having to do this, because it seems like such a lame “establishing my maverick bona fides” statement to make, but I want to be understood and not have to explain this later: I’m no fan of Rush. Never have been. I have a long history of not liking the guy. I think he used to be a lot worse than he is now, because he was A) younger, B) doing the conservative version of Howard Stern before Glenn Beck ever picked up a mic, and C) hadn’t been somewhat humbled by his drug escapades going public. I hardly ever hear his show unless I happen to be showering between noon and three PM in my own house. (Explanation: I have a shower radio that pretty much ONLY receives the local AM talk station that is about a mile away from my house). So, now I have established for the record (again) that I am not a big Dittohead. I’ve just never been a big fan of any of those AM talk hosts. Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin...none of them appeal to me. And they don’t represent my personal political beliefs. I’m not a fan.
What I am a fan of is basic human decency and trying to live life with as little hypocrisy as I can manage. To me, in a situation like this, that means when I hear that someone with whom I disagree politically with great fervor - for example, Ted Kennedy - is sick or even dying, if I have nothing supportive to say about the man, I will either wish his family well in their ordeal or just - and this is an option that more people need to realize is available - I SHUT MY MOUTH AND SAY NOTHING.
Yeah, that was maybe the longest sentence I’ve ever written, but the meaning should be clear: If you want to live your life with any kind of honor at all, if you want to be - not just be seen as, but be - as decent a human being as you can be, part of that is not wishing death upon a sick person because you don’t like their politics.
4. On a personal level, If you know us and/or have any kind feelings for me or my wife, just remember that MY life was threatened and horrible things said to me and my wife because we dared disagree publicly with Michael Moore. So...if that means anything to you, maybe you shouldn’t be so quick to make jokes about Limbaugh’s death. Because it only makes you look like a bigger ass than you think he is.
5. Lastly, this Tweet from Lee Doren should be seen by all:
I’m not sure that is actually irony, at least not in the proper sense of the word, but then Alanis Morrissette has screwed up irony for an entire generation, so whatever. The sentiment is there and it’s true: You cannot expect me to trust you to determine the course of MY health care when you harbor so much hatred for the political opposition that you gleefully wish them dead and don’t care who knows it.
So...you know. Just my $0.02 and it’s worth what you paid for it, but I have lost some respect for a few people this morning. Not that my respect is worth jack to most folks, and most of the people who need to read this won’t see it, but I felt like it needed to be said. So I said it.
Get well, Rush.
Posted by JimK on 12/31/09 at 10:36 AM in Decline of Western Civilization Left Wing Idiocy Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The Decadal Open Thread
I’ll have a post up at some point looking back over the year and the decade. But for now, use this thread to post any of your thoughts. We’re already getting some fun stuff. Here’s Reason:
Reason is, of course, being sarcastic. Cracked, continuing its push for the Third Best Magazine on the Planet, goes over the last century and concludes the 00’s were the 7th worst decade (they also review overlooked celebrity deaths).
My thinking is probably more in line with Gene Healy. It’s stupid to confuse government incompetence and media hysteria with well-being. The world is far wealthier, healthier and more peaceful than it was ten years ago. Crime has continued to fall as has teen pregnancy. We are living longer and healthier. It’s easy to lose site of that.
I’ll post up more decade look-backs as I find them.
Update: A fun series of nested posts starting with Ta-Nehisi argues that Crash was the worst movie of the decade. I wouldn’t go that far but it was very over-rated.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The Rights We Have
Building on Harley’s post on the Interpol business, I recently found a WaPo editorial that is surprisingly harsh on Obama’s human rights record:
For my entire life, I have heard people claim that liberals are in favor of freedom while the crusty conservatives are oppressive. I have yet to see a scintilla of evidence that this is the case. Ever since FDR—with his “freedom from want” and “freedom from fear”—they have replaced the concept of real freedom—the liberty to succeed or fail, to make good decisions or bad ones—with a warped concept of freedom. It is a freedom as defined by the Nanny State. The “freedom” to make any decisions but bad ones, the “independence” to be dependent on a benevolent government and the “right” to the fruits of other people’s labors. The only real liberties they have ever favored have been in the personal arena.
It’s not that I’m against feeding, educating and healing the people of the world. It’s that when you call them “human rights” rather than the opportunities of civilization, you open up an ugly can of poisonous worms. The idea of a “right” is that it they are not given to us; they are intrinsic to who we are. And, a such, everyone’s rights are treated equally. My right to free speech does not impinge upon yours. My right to worship my God does not stop you from worshipping yours. My right to vote does not cancel yours.
But when you give people the “right” to things, you can not possibly continue that paradigm. Resources are limited. If you have only enough food to feed some of the people, whose “right” is more important? If you only have enough teachers to put half the kids into college, who has a “right” to the learning? If you have one MRI machine, whose busted knee takes priority? As we have learned from the last few millennia, the answer to all three questions is “whoever has friends in high places”.
We have enough trouble getting the evil people who run much of the world to respect people’s right to vote and speak—as can be seen vividly in Iran right now. Fuck, we have enough problems getting our own government to respect the liberties written in the Constitution. Let’s not confound the issue with nebulous socialistic “rights” to other people’s property.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/29/09 at 07:15 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
The Latest on NW 253
Just to keep up with the details of the latest terror attack.
Obama is not mincing words. His take on this is different from Janet ‘The System Worked’ Napolitano.
Obama is supporting Napolitano for now with the rationalization that she meant the system worked after the attack happened. That’s not exactly the point, is it?
We’ve also found out from the bomber—who is singing like a canary without any torture—that two of the men who planned this were released by the Bush Administration to the Saudi’s terrorist
Update: Brilliance from Hitchens on TSA (which has apparently backed down slightly):
There is no way to make air travel 100% safe from terrorism. I’m all in favor of sensible steps—screening passengers, bomb detectors, X-ray machines. But at some point, we will have to say, “This is the best we can do.” and rely on the intelligence and bravery of our fellow passengers.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/29/09 at 04:28 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, December 28, 2009
Executive Order—Amending Executive Order 12425
I found this story yesterday on a few right wing blogs, and at the time i pretty much ignored it as a knee jerk reaction.
As i read it INTERPOL receives the same privileges, exemptions and immunities that any other organization benefits from under the IOIA., with the EXCEPTION of those that are outlined in the quoted section. correct?
Under this section INTERPOL offices and officers and property CAN be searched. Correct?
They have to pay taxes and fees on anything they bring into the country. Correct?
In conclusion This EO signed by Ronald Reagan , made sure that INTERPOL was bound by US laws when acting inside the USA a,d ahd to pay fee taxes and other payments as any other organization would have. am i missing something?
Now i maybe a dumb redneck but this EO seem to me be intended to render the previous one neuter,or totally reverse it. WHY?
This really bothers me that a Police organization has pretty much been allowed to assume protections over and above any law enforcement organization that currently operates in the United States.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
It’s been another violent day in Iran. Ten dead, including the nephew of Moussavi. This is taking place during the Ashura, during which violence is prohibited. The regime may have just made a massive mistake.
We are witnessing history. While we enjoy our presents and prepare to set off fireworks, a generation in Iran is openly defying their murderous dictatorship. They have my hopes.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/27/09 at 08:12 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
2009: The Barry Word
Dave Barry has his year in review up. It’s not as good as previous years, but has some choice quotes:
Have fun. I hope to have an essay up soon reviewing the past year.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
TSA Fucks Up Again
As usual, TSA is responding to their failure by punishing us. Being forced to stay in his seat would not have stopped this guy. Not being able to read or use his laptop or anything would not have stopped this guy. It’s possible that screening at the gate of international flights would help—this guy found a loophole by boarding his flight in Nigeria. On the other hand, the British press has indicated that this was not the problem. The guy apparently had explosive underpants. How do you screen for that?
Once again, TSA is going in for the failed philosophy that you stop terrorists by searching little old ladies and babies for weapons and bombs. They do this not because they think it will work. They do this to look like they’re doing something. They make life hard for the rest of us and call that progress.
Take it away, Balko:
I thought that Obama would be a little less prone to this panicky bullshit. And he continues to disappoint.
Update: More information: we were warned. Why don’t we put as much effort into following these warnings as we do into inconveniencing innocent people?
Update: More from Cato.
Update: Janet Napolitano thinks the system worked.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/26/09 at 07:24 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Turn That Shit Down
From the All-Knowing All-Powerful Congress that know that nothing is not their business:
It’s an annoying experience? That justified Congressional involvement? Let me look through the Constitution for a moment ... borrow money (and how) ... coin money ... declare war ... provide and maintain navy ... nope. Don’t see “Congress shall have the power to deal with anything Americans find annoying.”
As long as we’re using that justification, let’s get Congress involved in movies. I just watched Transformers 2 with my nephew and saw the trailer for the blasphemous Clash of the Titans remake. I think Congress needs to pass laws requiring directors to demonstrate the ability to hold a shot for more than 17 femtoseconds, to know how to use a steadicam and to, if they spend six zillion dollars on CGI, let us fucking see the damn CGI creations rather than them flashing past the screen in a blur of pixels. Oh, and Michael Bay should be just be taken out and shot. In slow motion. As as concession, I will allow them to continue to employee actresses from the “I’m not wearing a bra” school of acting.
Good thing it’s just Democrats who ... oh, what the fuck, Cliff Stearns, R-Fla?
“And we’ve got all the new bowls games coming up.” What a perfect embodiment of the child-like hubris of our leaders.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/26/09 at 07:20 AM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas From The Terrorists
Details are still sketchy. But it appears someone tried a half-assed terrorist attack:
First things first. Netherlands? Try to keep up with the program here. We can’t even board a plan with deodorant and you’re letting guys with small explosive devices on? Put the joint down and pay attention. Thank you.
Second, it will be interesting to see what comes out of this. This feels like a Richard Reid thing—AQ found some dumb shit and he almost managed to pull it off. More information will come.
Third, this demonstrates once again that airline passengers our best line of defense. From the moment the passengers on United 93 rebelled, airplanes have been filled with hundreds of anti-terrorism agents.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/25/09 at 06:52 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Happy Spendmas 2009
Here’s hoping that our readers have a Merry Christmas with their families and friends. While you spend the day opening presents, digging through snow or having a few let no government, no politician and no bureaucrat cloud your day. They get every other day of the year; today is for us.
I would also like to take this opportunity, as I have in past years, to thank you guys for reading and for keeping me honest. A big thanks is also due to JimK for maintaining the sites and allowing me to continue to spout my gibberish, even the gibberish he disagrees with. And a quiet prayer for Lee, who got me into the business to begin with and whose loss has left a hole in the blogosphere that can never be filled. If you find a quiet moment this Christmas, spare a thought and maybe a toast to him, wherever his spirit may be.
Mother of the Week
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
As a parent watching this, my first inclination is “get the kid the fuck away from those parents”. I especially like the line about “kids do things like this”. Have any of you had kids do things like this?
Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/24/09 at 01:56 PM in Decline of Western Civilization • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
That healthcare bill is not going to reduce the deficit.
The liars running the country (into the ground I should add) may continue to claim their monstrous take over, expansion of government power, and infringement on our freedoms masquerading as a healthcare bill will reduce the deficit - something every sane person should intuitvely graps isn’t possible considering the source of the legislation and its obbjective - but the the truth is coming out:
This is generational theft. At the top end we will soon be telling the old geezers there is no money to take care of them, while we tell the young they need to bleed more and harder to pay for it all. If it was just the idiots that voted for these parasites getting screwed hard I would call this justice, but we all will pay for their crime.
Here is a does of reality for the old folks on Medicare and the working American people that will be bled to pay to expand the power and hold over our lives by these politicians:
I am sure they will just blame it on Bush and the wars when all this house of cards comes tumbling down. There is no way to make this work. Not enough money, not enough people, and definitely no logic or reality based means of making this fantasy work.
Posted by AlexinCT on 12/23/09 at 10:56 AM in Health Care Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Crime Falls With Economy
It’s absolutely hilarious to watch legions of commentators sit slack-jawed and bumfuzzled over this:
According to classic socioeconomic determinism, crime is created by poverty and unemployment. People turn to violence because they have no alternative. So naturally, when unemployment jumps to double digits, we should expect a crime wave as all those out-of-work computer programmer start mugging little old ladies on street corners.
Only it’s not happening. It never happens that way. Crime rates peaked in the early 90’s, when the economy as doing reasonably well. And they’ve fallen since, through boom and bust, due to less restrictive gun laws, longer prison sentences and, I hope, a larger social trend away from crime. And that leaves us here, in the biggest recession since the Big One, watching crime stats continue to fall.
Are sociologist ever right about anything?
Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/23/09 at 09:20 AM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
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