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Sunday, January 31, 2010
When the Media digs for crap……..
......They usually find it.
Dale who has been a persistent thorn in the side of the the Houston Tea Party Group. Other than claiming that he is the leader of the national tea party, and owning a string of tea party related domains. his other claim to fame........... is THIS.
Yep that is Dale in all his Glory.
He shows up at the Houston Tea party with that sign and was asked to leave by its organizers, to which he claimed he was a organizer of this protest. A status he repetitively claimed in several interviews later.
Despite his lack of credibility among the tea party organization, the media still goes to him, when they want to get a quote from the Tea party representatives, such as in this story by the Washington Post.
I wonder why Steele would not want to talk to him?
So there you have it, a bottom feeder trying to attach himself to the Tea Party’s good name, and dirtiness with his stupidity. Just perfect for the Media to approach and and use for their own ends.
The Decade’s Stall
While the last decade has been the warmest on record (and 2009 one of the warmest years), the temperature of the planet has not risen as quickly as expected by climate models. A new paper may indicate why:
As Ronald Bailey points out, this is yet another reason to take long-term climate projections with a heap of salt. We don’t even know what’s causing this, least of all how likely it is to be sustained. It could keep up and help hold down global temperatures. It could reverse, as it did during the 90’s, and amplify global warming. The point is, we don’t know. This doesn’t “disprove” global warming; but it muddies the waters considerably.
This is precisely the reason why I am against the radical action favored by most greens. As much as we’ve invested in studying the climate, most of the climate scientists who have ever lived are alive and working today. We’re still learning. To take steps that benefit everyone—cutting down on industrial methane emissions—is a no-brainer. Cautious steps—like investing in R&D and a small carbon tax—are OK. But carbon rationing and overly complicated treaties are absurd.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/31/10 at 07:28 AM in Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Questions For the President
As you have probably heard, Obama spoke at the Republican House Retreat yesterday. He gave a 20 minute speech then spent about an hour answering questions and debating the Republicans. I hope you watched it. C-SPAN’s link is here. It’s far better than the SOTU.
I really liked this and I really really hope we see more of it. Some smart Republicans made some good points. And Obama demolished those who were simply repeating talking points from the Right Wing Echosphere. If this merely serves to encourage the former and discourage the latter, it will be fantastic for the GOP and the conservative movement in general. I strongly believe that good debate is good for conservatism, both keeping it fresh and relevant and advancing it in the mind of the public. And who knows?
This is also a reminder of what a formidable opponent Obama can be and why the GOP needs to get their act together. Bailout anger will only carry us so far.
Update: If you watch just one clip, check out this one of Obama discussing the tone of the healthcare debate.
I agree and disagree with what he says. I don’t think the plan is as “centrist” as he claims. But I do agree with him that constantly portraying Obama as a crazy socialist lunatic is bad tactics for the GOP. As Obama says, it gives them no room to maneuver. They can’t possibly cooperate with him on anything because they have portrayed him—or tolerated people who portray him—as evil, rather than just wrong. We can see this in the bullseyes that get painted on anyone who votes with the Democrats.
I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the Democrats fell through the same trap door in the 90’s and the Aughts and are only just emerging from it. When you’ve claimed the GOP are nothing but a bunch of racist, sexist, homophobic monsters ... well, how you can then vote with them on good legislation? It took them 15 years and one hell of a campaigner to recover from that. We don’t have that luxury.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/30/10 at 08:25 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, January 29, 2010
The Party of Responsibility
I’m sure there’s some excuse, but the GOP voted unanimously against the PAYGO law. The claim I’ve heard is that it would be an invitation to tax increase. Because, you know, high taxes would be so much worse than bankrupting the country completely.
Fiscal responsibility is not about low taxes. It’s about not running up debts. If that forces the Democrats to enact unpopular tax increases to pay for their shit, that’s all the better. The taxpayer needs constant reminding that this stuff costs money. We’ve gotten two used to thinking that federal money grows on trees—liberals and conservatives. Just think how lovely it would be if every time Obama make some big promise in SOTU, he had to explain how to pay for it.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/29/10 at 09:06 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
James O’Keefe speaks
Over at Big Hollywood, James O’Keefe sets the record straight, and as I speculated before, the MSM was lying and making up shit. Dog, it looks like you lose.
Dog’s “evil pimp daddy”, James O’Keefe, was basically doing what the MSM doesn’t: investigate the democrat crime machine and the lies they tell the people. This country could use a few dozen more people like James O’Keefe that are willing to get the job done, considering our MSM is nothing but a bunch of DNC apologists and talking points parrots. Can anyone say “correction”? Don’t hold your breath. These craven scum will not likely admit they lied. After all, the fascists have the tape, and they can prevent anyone from now seeing what really happened.
Release the tapes! How much you want to be that the government’s main priority right now is to keep these tapes from ever seeing the light of day and that every and all actions, including the bogus reports and the collusion with the MSM to create the illusion of criminal behavior, are all driven by what is on those tapes and their need to keep that away from the people?
BTW dog, about your dumb ass statements that O’Keefe was a criminal and hence his credibility should be in question, read this:
Sucks to be you. His crime is that he exposes the left for the cesspool that it is and negates and circumvents the well orchestrated propaganda machine that is supposed to protect these leftist twits and their agenda from being found out.
Posted by AlexinCT on 01/29/10 at 11:33 AM in Left Wing Idiocy The Press Machine Tooting My Own Horn • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Matthew Forgets He’s Mic’d
As you probably know, Chris “Leg Tingle” Matthews, after the SOTU, said that he “forgot Obama was black”. The Daily Show lets him have it:
Ta-Nehisi has an even better response:
The Left is no more immune to racial stereotyping and condescension than anyone else. So they get shocked when a black politician plays politics just like and just as well as everyone else. The defining characteristic of politicians is and always will be power. Whether they use that power well or use it poorly, the common and over-riding denominator is their desire for it. That’s much more significant than race, gender, religion or anything else.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/29/10 at 08:12 AM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
I recently heard a great story of how an economics professor teaching an exon 101 class once and for all cleared the issue of whether socialism could work or not with his students. During the first day of class he basically made the statement that socialism was a doomed system and not workable, and that it would end in failure no matter the circumstances. Of course the “Hope and Change” and “Social Justice” mushheads immediately went bonkers and attacked him for it, so he proposed a simple experiment: he would give the class a collective grade, based on the average of all grades. The mushheads were ecstatic. They had a chance to show him how great they were! How plugged into the real system. They were going to show him how things could be different. Better. Fairer. How everyone would come together. After all, they knew it was a better system than what they had otherwise. They had been told so.
The first exam rolled around and the average grade was a B-. The half dozen or so kids that had scored clearly above the others, were not happy that their grade suffered, but the others, especially the bunch of D or worse students, were now even more ecstatic than before. This was awesome! They told the people complaining that their A+ was gone to just suck it up and move on. Nobody cared about those “complainers”.
The problems started around the mid term, which was the second exam. The class scored a collective C+. Many of the smart kids simply decided not to bother working that hard for the exam. If they were gonna get a B- anyway, why not just do the work to get that. Of course the pool of D and lower grades also grew larger as the usual suspects decided that others were gonna raise their grade anyway. Needless to say, the class was not happy with the C grade, and accusations and finger pointing started. There was resentment and anger.
It got worse for the next exam. The collective grade was a D-. Most people didn’t even bother with studying. And after the grade was given the hostilities went full bore. The slackers, now the largest group by far, were pissed that the others were not doing better. The others told the slackers they were nothing but leeches. It got nasty.
You know where this is going right? The finals came and the grade was a solid F. Nobody had bothered to do anything. Anger that others were not carrying their weight had translated to everybody simply deciding to screw the system. Human nature won over all the lofty talk and bullshit. Keeping to his word he failed the entire class. The professor’s point was made in spades, and those kids learned one of life’s most important lessons. I wonder if we yet again have to see the socialist system fail us utterly – it has failed miserably so far – before we will decide that all it does is breed sloth, anger, jealousy, and mistrust. Of course, after the fall of the USSR I was certain that the lesson was thought, but then again, here we are today.
Posted by AlexinCT on 01/29/10 at 07:06 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Cato Fisk
I hate to link to Cato twice in one day, but they are on fire. If you watch one video today, watch this one. It’s absolutely brutal and utterly substantive.
For all the talk of how grown up this President is and how he doesn’t want to spin or win the media war, this was nothing but a talking point show. He did not ask Americans to sacrifice, did not offer any difficult choices. He promised oodles of spending and tax cuts and called it fiscal responsibility.
No where have I seen this before? Some party that I used to know about ... Shmepublicans ... Screwuplicans. Don’t worry. It will come to me.
You know what I would consider “change I can believe in”? A politician who would stand up and say something like this:
Of course, no politician would get elected on that premise. It would be an even bet if he’d get out of town in one piece. But that would a breath of fresh air. Spare me your platitudes about a recycle speech from October 2008.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/28/10 at 07:15 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Another Bad Day for the Anti-Scientists
Last week, a British pseudo-scientist was found to have committed fraud in giving Iraqis bomb-detecting dowsing rods that did nothing. Today, there’s another setback to medievalism—the General Medical Council has found that Andrew Wakefield, who initiated the “vaccines cause austim” scare (long since disproved) behaved unethically.
Wakefield’s supporters were heckling the council when the verdict was read.
Just remember, neither of our Presidential candidates last year was willing to disown this claptrap. You have to wonder when President Evidence-Based Medicine is going to speak out on this subject.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/28/10 at 01:51 PM in Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Bush’s Third Term
If you read any link today, read this one in which Ted DeHaven places quotes from last night’s speech side by side with quotes from Bush’s SOTU. We are seeing the exact same ridiculous promises and claims --- bipartisanship, helping small businesses, investment in alternative energy (a promise every President since Carter has made).
Read it. Forward it. It’s critical that our electorate realize just how much of Obama’s policies are a thin veneer over Bush’s failed policies. And Clinton’s, And Carter’s. And Nixon’s. And…
Update: And if you read two links today, read Gene Healy on the Cult of the Presidency and the awful pageantry that has becomes the SOTU.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/28/10 at 12:16 PM in Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
My obligatory “I am going to have fun making fun of dog” post on the O’Keefe incident..
Look at how SeeBS d reported the story. They were not alone in propagating this fantasy. But as I pointed out, eventually the facts would come out, and the accusation of wire tapping, breaking in, and so on, would all prove to be not just baseless, but meaningless. This is just the beginning of this story’s complete unraveling. I am not holding my breath for any real corrections. If they do it will happen with as little coverage as possible so they can leave the stink of their lies imprinted on the minds of morons. In the end however, the left will be made to looks stupid, the MSM to look like they are a propaganda arm of the DNC, and any idiot that tries to make a legal case out of this look like a fascist moron with an agenda. Dog, I am going to have fun making you look like the tool you are man. In the spirit of your entire prison joke, I might even consider tatooing some boobs on your back.
Posted by AlexinCT on 01/28/10 at 11:40 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Tooting My Own Horn • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
It has not been good for the cult of AGW this last couple of months. The defenders of the indefensible have been hard at work doing damage control. The usual apologists and crazies are trying hard to convince us that even if it was all fake, we should still let them do their thing - kind of like the fake but true TANG incident - because if they don’t get what we want we will be in big trouble. A step down from their previous claims we would all be living in a Waterworld, well those of us that survived the coming cataclysms would, but still much ado about nothing. Now they are being dealt another big bad blow.
I mean, if the science was so clear cut and settled, why would you need to do stuff like this? Really? The AGW cult has done more damage to real scientific progress than anyone has yet understood. They are the ones that cried wolf. If the real wolf comes, most people will be too skeptical to even bother. I guess this is offset by the many and ever entertaining jokes we can tell at the expense of those that fell for this crap, and those that still continue to think there might be one once of truth to this bullshit. My fondest wish is that people can now actually do scientific research on warming. I am dying to be vindicated on the fact that the warming cycle is tied to solar activity.
Posted by AlexinCT on 01/28/10 at 11:36 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Science and Technology Tooting My Own Horn • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Matt Damon ‘s Babysitter Meets His Maker
If there is one historian who has epitomized the Marxist bent of the American university, and the humanities in particular, it’s Howard Zinn, who kicked the bucket today.
I’m certainly not going to weep over his passing. As a historian, the man was terrible: his works are prime examples of fallacious logic, Marxist hypocrisy, and contradictory, self-centered agit-prop.
Having read this and few of Zinn’s other works, it’s pretty clear that the only reason he became as huge as he did is because he rubbed all the sections of the id that make leftists swoon, primarily the “the United States, and white people in particular, are responsible for everything bad that’s ever happened in the history of the universe” nub. That he’s being promoted as an intellectual rebel is particularly humorous, because there’s absolutely nothing being taught or studied in the field of history now, or over the past 40-50 years, that differentiates his work from any other--the Academic Holy Trinity of Class, Gender, and Ethnicity is so common that history as a discipline has pretty much stagnated. There’s only so many types of subjects entitled “A ______ of Her Own” before redundancy begins to set in. By contrast, Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People stands out precisely because it doesn’t follow this boilerplate, and as much as I like to rag on journalists, some of them are writing sharp popular histories, such as G. J. Meyer’s A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918.
Dennis the Peasant put it best:
Maybe someone can spray-paint that on his tombstone.
Alito Is Right
Samuel Alito is being bashed for having “Joe Wilson Moment” when he mouthed “that’s not true” when Obama rebuked the Court for its recent decision. I don’t see the big deal. I can understand opposing heckling, but not wanting people to even mouth things? Come on.
Oh, and or the record? Alito was right.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/27/10 at 09:34 PM in Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
I hate polls
I really hate polls. Why because they often ask leading questions and/or ask stupid or pointless ones, which get turned into a news event by the media.
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