Saturday, August 01, 2009

FAILURE In Cars = FAILURE In Health-Care

As they grow the government even in this area of a new program... money is squandered and resources lost... all for a false vision. Ask yourself this, if you got sick, would you want to go to Henry Mayo (your local hospital), or the VA.

House rushes to rescue 'cash for clunkers' program

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House rushed Friday to pump $2 billion into a popular cash-for-clunkers program running near empty, with a leading Democrat saying "consumers have spoken with their wallets."

Debate began at midday on the bill to refuel the car-purchase program and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer predicted a vote within hours. He said the additional money would come from funds Congress approved earlier in the year as part of a $787 billion economic stimulus bill, he said.

Hoyer, D-Md., said that at the request of House Republicans—whose approval was required for swift passage—the bill would include provisions for government auditors to make sure the money was being spent as intended....

Government Suspends 'Clunkers' Program

At Current Rate, Giving Out $3,500 Or $4,500 Per Vehicle Would Burn Through $1 Billion Allocated In No Time

"If they can't administer a program like this, I'd be a little concerned about my health insurance," car salesman Rob Bojaryn said.

The "Clunkers" program was being administered by the National Highway Safety Administration, which has seemed overwhelmed from the get-go. Some in Congress
are expected to push for expansion of the $1 billion budget on Friday.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

What Beers Were They?? (I bet you that Biden had a Bud Light brought out on a silver platter)

  1. Obama -- Bud Light
  2. Crowley -- Blue Moon garnished with an orange slice (he wins)
  3. Gates -- Sam Adams light
  4. Biden -- non-alcoholic Buckler.

A Love Letter? NOT!

Guns n' Cars vs. CNN

WOW! Heart Was Beating on That Encounter

Not Private Any More -- 50-Plus Inquiries In Four Days (I was even caught off guard)

I got quite a few emails (50[+]) in the four days since my blog was made "private." Since there are only 100-private spots I would be able to give away... I have decided to re-open my blog site from the "private" status. (None may really care much, but I was pleasantly surprised from people who emailed from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, India, all over the States and even Canada.)

A Peak at the Future of the Fairness Doctrine

This could be any Democrat in congress speaking about talk radio...

Chavez hits at Venezuelan media with new laws

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is taking steps to tighten restrictions on the media despite mounting opposition by private media to a series of proposed reforms that would expose them to criminal prosecution.

Chavez supporters argue that the measures limiting broadcasting rights for radio and television will lead to a significant "democratization" of the media, which has been controlled by a handful of owners.

"We will launch a strong fight for the democratization of communication, to break the media oligarchy in Venezuela," Communication and Information Minister Blanca Eekhout said recently.

In a recent report, National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) chief Diosdado Cabello said 27 families have "privileged ownership" of 32 percent of the radio broadcast industry.

But for Chavez's opposition, this "now or never" approach to the media is just the latest onslaught on press freedoms by the firebrand leftist leader, who has never forgiven the privately owned media for backing a failed coup against him in 2002.

"The only player that exposes many of the things the government is doing is the media, and the government feels it has to regulate them," professor Marcelino Bisbal, editor of the book "Communication Hegemony and Control," told AFP....

What does a Sane Democrat/Liberal think about this? Let’s ask Camille Paglia

Link: Fairness Doctrine

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Religion of the Secular Left -- Per a Secularist

Of course it is a religion, a religion to the secular left.

Global warming is the new religion of First World urban elites

Geologist Ian Plimer takes a contrary view, arguing that man-made climate change is a con trick perpetuated by environmentalists

Ian Plimer has outraged the ayatollahs of purist environmentalism, the Torquemadas of the doctrine of global warming, and he seems to relish the damnation they heap on him.

Plimer is a geologist, professor of mining geology at Adelaide University, and he may well be Australia's best-known and most notorious academic.

Plimer, you see, is an unremitting critic of "anthropogenic global warming" -- man-made climate change to you and me -- and the current environmental orthodoxy that if we change our polluting ways, global warming can be reversed.

It is, of course, not new to have a highly qualified scientist saying that global warming is an entirely natural phenomenon with many precedents in history. Many have made the argument, too, that it is rubbish to contend human behaviour is causing the current climate change. And it has often been well argued that it is totally ridiculous to suppose that changes in human behaviour -- cleaning up our act through expensive slight-of-hand taxation tricks -- can reverse the trend.

But most of these scientific and academic voices have fallen silent in the face of environmental Jacobinism. Purging humankind of its supposed sins of environmental degradation has become a religion with a fanatical and often intolerant priesthood, especially among the First World urban elites.

But Plimer shows no sign of giving way to this orthodoxy and has just published the latest of his six books and 60 academic papers on the subject of global warming. This book, Heaven and Earth -- Global Warming: The Missing Science, draws together much of his previous work. It springs especially from A Short History of Plant Earth, which was based on a decade of radio broadcasts in Australia.

That book, published in 2001, was a best-seller and won several prizes. But Plimer found it hard to find anyone willing to publish this latest book, so intimidating has the environmental lobby become.

But he did eventually find a small publishing house willing to take the gamble and the book has already sold about 30,000 copies in Australia. It seems also to be doing well in Britain and the United States in the first days of publication.

Plimer presents the proposition that anthropogenic global warming is little more than a con trick on the public perpetrated by fundamentalist environmentalists and callously adopted by politicians and government officials who love nothing more than an issue that causes public anxiety.

While environmentalists for the most part draw their conclusions based on climate information gathered in the last few hundred years, geologists, Plimer says, have a time frame stretching back many thousands of millions of years.

The dynamic and changing character of the Earth's climate has always been known by geologists. These changes are cyclical and random, he says. They are not caused or significantly affected by human behaviour.

Polar ice, for example, has been present on the Earth for less than 20 per cent of geological time, Plimer writes. Plus, animal extinctions are an entirely normal part of the Earth's evolution.

(Plimer, by the way, is also a vehement anti-creationist and has been hauled into court for disrupting meetings by religious leaders and evangelists who claim the Bible is literal truth.)

Plimer gets especially upset about carbon dioxide, its role in Earth's daily life and the supposed effects on climate of human manufacture of the gas. He says atmospheric carbon dioxide is now at the lowest levels it has been for 500 million years, and that atmospheric carbon dioxide is only 0.001 per cent of the total amount of the chemical held in the oceans, surface rocks, soils and various life forms. Indeed, Plimer says carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, but a plant food. Plants eat carbon dioxide and excrete oxygen. Human activity, he says, contributes only the tiniest fraction to even the atmospheric presence of carbon dioxide.

There is no problem with global warming, Plimer says repeatedly. He points out that for humans periods of global warming have been times of abundance when civilization made leaps forward. Ice ages, in contrast, have been times when human development slowed or even declined.

So global warming, says Plimer, is something humans should welcome and embrace as a harbinger of good times to come.

Not Private Any More -- 50-Plus Inquiries In Four Days (I was even caught off guard)

I got quite a few emails (50[+]) in the four days since my blog was made "private." Since there are only 100-private spots I would be able to give away... I have decided to re-open my blog site from the "private" status. (None may really care much, but I was pleasantly surprised from people who emailed from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, India, all over the States and even Canada.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Zelaya today in the White House?

For another reason to wag your head in disgust at Obama, click the photo

Ondes Martenot

Jean Laurendeau and the Ondes Martenot

Radiohead Pyramid Song Live

Démonstration des ondes Martenot par Monique Pierrot

Flirting on Live TV -- Well, the FOX Girls Do Look Great

(VERY STRONG LANGUAGE!!!) A Grandson Teaches His Grandma "English"

I thought this was very funny. The grandson teaches his grandmother -- who knows no English -- how to speak English... the problem is, they are all cuss words. She is very cute and makes even the harshest of language funny.

Not for the easily offended!!

Teachable Cartoons

Michelle Malkin talks with Glenn Beck about Obama's "Culture of Corruption" (crazy Michelle Obama quote)

Bring Up the Buddhist Statues Torn Down by the Taliban...

...before entering into a defense of this cross. If you know you are headed towards using this topic get the person to commit to the horrible act of the Taliban in blowing up the historic Buddha statues in Afghanistan. They will usually agree with you that this was a horrible act of reliogious intolerance (mainly because it is a religious belief other-than Christianity). Now you are set to see if they comport to their own standard.

A reminder:


in 1934 the cross was originally erected of wood. Later it was fashioned out of metal. In 1994 this area became Federal land, and here we are, the ACLU found a person (a Catholic mind you, who is use to seeing crosses) who objected to it being on Federal land.

North Platte Canteen

When the "Greatest Generation" passed through North Platte, Nebraska during WWII, they got a hug and a handshake, homemade cakes and cookies, and a moment of respite and prayer provided by thousands of volunteers from the surrounding communities. This spirit of service is vital to America today. You can give something back to our military members and their families. Visit to see how!

Of Sun Cycles and Socialists

“QUICK! We have to Rahm through Cap n’ Trade before these peons realize that the earth’s weather and climate changes on its own fueled by the sun!” Or so goes the recent thinking on most matters they want to foist on us without even the thought of discussing it. I mean, the Democrats want to save the children, the elderly, the poor... who could be against such a thing, right? Evil Republicans.

Have you left your air conditioner in the closet this summer, and worn long pants more often than shorts? If so, you may not be surprised to find out that Chicago is seeing its coldest July in more than 65 years.

The National Weather Service says 2009 has seen the coldest July since the official recording station was moved away from the lakefront in 1942. The average temperature this month in Chicago has been a mere 68.9 degrees.

Even in the years before 1942, when the National Weather Service recorded temperatures at the cooler lakefront, there are only three years that had colder Julys through the 26th.

There have also been far more days than usual with high temperatures less than 80 degrees this year. In 2009, there were 13 days where the temperature did not exceed 80 degrees. Only three Julys in the past 67 years have had more days in Chicago with highs less than 80 – there were 18 such days in 1992, and 14 in 1996 and 2000.

We have also failed to reach 90 degrees at any time this month....

Solar activity fluctuates in an 11-year cycle. But so far in this cycle, the sun has been disturbingly quiet. The lack of increased activity could signal the beginning of what is known as a Maunder Minimum, an event which occurs every couple of centuries and can last as long as a century.