Monday, March 30, 2009

Your babies little carbon footprints!

It can't happen here.
In communist China the can mandate that couples have a maximum of one child but not here right?

Nancy Pelosi recently defended the hundreds of millions of dollars earmarked for family planning (abortion, birth control) in the latest stimulus package by insisting that children are too expensive and a drag on the economy. This from the mother of 5 with 6 grandchildren.

Now two Oregon State University academics have jumped on the population issue by issuing a paper that connects two of the leading progressive agenda's planks, population control and carbon emissions.

Paul Murtaugh and Michael Schlax contend that recycling, driving less, changing light bulbs etc. are a noble effort to reduce CO2 emissions, but that action is totally overwhelmed by having just one child. They propose to link a persons carbon output to each continuing generation.

The government has recently decided that "climate change" is a national health issue. They have declared that children are an economic liability and now contributing to global warming.

Or can it? I never thought that the U.S. would own banks, tell private companies how much they could pay CEOs or tell the automobile industry how they should operate.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

It's official. The building that is being erected on the ground zero site and dedicated to the resolve of the American people will not be named "The Freedom Tower" after all. It appears that the Port Authority chairman Anthony Coscia is having a hard time marketing the tower under the name "Freedom Tower" and prefers "One World Trade Center". Others fear that the 102 story Freedom Tower's name could make it more susceptible to future attacks than a symbol of defiance against it.

Yeah right! What was the name of the original tower that was attacked twice? Oh yeah, One World Trade Center.....How's that been working for you so far?

By the way, "Agency chairman Anthony Coscia was more critical in remarks Thursday, when the Port Authority announced its first corporate lease at the tower with a Chinese business center."
Could it be that the Chinese have a problem with the name "FREEDOM"?

P.S. I completely missed the not so subtle tell in the name ONE WORLD Trade Center.

Men Are Stupid!

Now that's funny right there.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Quickening

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by information overload?
Does life come at you at a fevered pace?
Consider the following video.

TOH to

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Global Warming, Cooling could be Harmful, Good for you.

If you have anything left in your wallet you better hold on to it. The government is ramping up it's effort to commit us in the U.N. scam of carbon cap and trade.
The EPA recently prepared a finding for review that global warming is a public health threat.
We are often told how the pursuit of alternative energy will create lots of "green" jobs.
The EPA's dire finding echoes last month's testimony by Howard Franklin, who directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health, before a Senate Committee. Franklin said the CDC "considers climate change a serious public health concern" that could accelerate illnesses and deaths from heat waves, air pollution, and food- and water-borne diseases.

But wait. Before you swallow this entire line let's remember that warming may actually save lives. Warmer weather means longer growing seasons for both food and the raw materials for biofuels. Ironically, the push to biofuels has caused hunger and food riots around the world as crops are diverted and food prices rise. The environment is harmed due to increased biofuel cultivation and agricultural runoff.

Bjorn Lomborg, author of the book "The Skeptical Environmentalist," has said the cost of a Kyoto-like pact "just for the U.S. will be higher than the cost of providing the entire world with clean drinking water and sanitation. It's estimated the latter would prevent 2 million deaths (from diseases like infant diarrhea) a year and prevent half a billion people from becoming seriously ill each year."

According to a Heritage Foundation analysis, "using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases will be very costly, even given the most generous assumptions." Clean Air Act regulation of greenhouse gases "could spur additional investment," Heritage acknowledges, but "this investment was completely undermined by the higher energy prices."

So much so, says Heritage, that "cumulative GDP losses for 2010 to 2029 approach $7 trillion with single-year losses of nearly $650 billion." Annual job losses would exceed 800,000 for several years, with some industries experiencing job losses exceeding 50%.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Why does Keith Obermann have a TV show?

Smart Ass Keith Obermann(starting at about 1:50) does his best to belittle Freshman congressman Bill Posey of Florida who authored a bill requiring documentation for future presidential candidates proving that they are qualified to run for president. The inititive for this bill is of course President Obama's continuing reluctuance to provide adequite proof to any of us that question is birth qualifications, health records and school records. (This from Mr. Open Government).
Obermann, or should I say Lesserman, goes on to say "you could grow a pair Mr. Posey and tell the racists and assorted other nutbags in your Republican Party it's time for them t put away the 'shrooms and except the president's birth certificate was all the proof required and that they should stop embarrasing themselves... so Congressman stop embarassing yourself and take the Reynold's Wrap off your head.

If Mr. Lesserman would pull his head out of his ass he might realize that those questioning Obama's qualification are not racists, not nutbags and not all Republicans and not on 'srooms. Also I doubt your qualifications if you don't know the difference between "Proof of Live Birth" and a "Birth Certificate". May I suggest that you grow a pair and do your job. Or is your job to just deficate on good Americans?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Say What?

I swear in all that's politically correctly holy this is what our new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had to say about "terrorism". From Spiegel On Line.

SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word "terrorism." Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word "terrorism," I referred to "man-caused" disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.

Napolitano: Our policies will be guided by authoritative information. We also have assets at our disposal now that we did not have prior to 9/11. For example, we are much better able to keep track of travellers coming into the US than we were before. Yeah tell that to the illegal aliens in this country.

Napolitano: In some ways, the problem in Europe is greater than in the United States. But the questions are the same. How do you identify a youth who is susceptible to becoming radicalized? How do you work with that youth, his family and community to give them alternatives to radicalization?

SPIEGEL: Would you characterize such social measures as a task of your agency?

Napolitano: Yes. In fact, we have group within my agency, the civil liberties group, and they have a focus right now on that issue. Yeah and these civil liberties groups will see to it that it is as hard as possible to identify these radicals and if we do they will do everything they can to aid and abet them.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Look it up!

It's official. The definition of marriage now includes same sex couples. Even though almost every state in the Union has voted to keep marriage defined as the union of two people of the opposite sex, the Merriam-Webster dictionary has decided to include same-sex couples in their definition of marriage.
Perhaps the editors or Merriam-Webster should look up the definition of "political correctness".

Friday, March 13, 2009

Good Job Nappy!

Sounds like something from the Bush cabinet:

The head of Homeland Security, Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledges signs of rising violence in Mexico, but says that violence has yet to spill across the border. She assures American’s, if and when it does, Homeland Security has a plan prepared!
Napolitano says violence has yet to spill across the border."

Homeland Security official Roger Rufe said a department plan to respond to escalating violence on the southwest border includes — as a last resort — deploying military personnel and equipment to the region if homeland security agencies become overwhelmed.

Rufe, echoing comments a day earlier from President Barack Obama, said now is not the time to militarize the southwest border.

When a nut goes crazy in Alabama and kills 10 family members and then himself the government doesn't seem to have any problem with calling in the military. I'm just sayin'.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Team Obama

Yes you are known by the company you keep.
President Obama seems to have an unprecedented problem filling his cabinet. It appears that his circle of "Family and Friends" is populated with people that don't pay their taxes or have other legal issues. The following is a list of some of the "hope and change" nominees that didn't make the cut, and a couple who were actually confirmed:
Tom Daschle-Health and Human Services Services, admitting that he failed to lpay more than $100,000 in taxes on a car and driver.

Nancy Killefer- withdrew because of a lien against her home for failure to pay unemployment tax for household help.

Hilda Solis-Labor Secretary, confirmed on Febuary 11 even though her husband had liens on his business going back 16 years.

Tim Geithner- confirmed on Febuary 24 for Treasury Secretary, failed to pay $34,000 in self-employment taxes.

Susan Tierney, Deputy Sec. of Energy, dropped out on March 3, without citing a reason.

Jane Garvey, Dep. Sec. of Transportation, dropped out on March 3, reportedly for financial reasons.

Former Dallas Democratic Mayor Ron Kirk, nominated for Trade Representative, failed to pay $10,000 in back taxes for speaking fees over three years.

Annette Nazareth, Caroline Atkinson and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, withdrew for personal reasons.

Move along, nothing to see here.

It's A Global Economy-right?

Let's put this news in the "to be continued" file:

Datalogic plans Vietnam plant
Register-Guard, The (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, February 14, 2009
Author: Sherri Buri McDonald The Register-Guard

Datalogic Scanning, a barcode scanner maker in Eugene, plans to open a factory in Vietnam in June, company officials said on Friday.
They said they do not anticipate the new plant in Ho Chi Minh City will have any significant impact on the company 's manufacturing and design centers in Eugene; Bologna, Italy; or Trnava, Czech Republic.

The Vietnam factory will export nearly all of what it produces, company officials said.

Datalogic Scanning, a division of an Italian company , has about 433 employees, including some temporary workers, at its facility in west Eugene, vice president for human resources Rhone Lee said. A separate division, Datalogic Mobile, has about 110 employees in Eugene, he said.

By early April, Datalogic will implement a wage freeze for 200 salaried employees - executives, managers, professionals and others - in the United States, Lee said. Blue-collar workers will continue to be eligible for raises, he said.

And starting next week, about 120 to 150 production employees in Eugene will begin working a four-day week, Tuesday through Friday.

Lee said the cost-cutting measures in Eugene are unrelated to Datalogic Scanning's plans to open a subsidiary in Vietnam.

The Saigon High Tech Park in Vietnam recently posted an article on its Web site referring to Datalogic's investment in the business park.

"That announcement was not authorized," West said, "so we were a little bit surprised by it." It prompted Datalogic Scanning to inform its Eugene employees on Friday about the plans to open a facility in Vietnam, he said.

The article said that Datalogic "had committed capital of $46 million" and that the factory would employ 500 people.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Is Wikipedia politically correct?

It's true that whenever the subject of Wikipedia being used as a reference tool comes up it is usually followed by "it's a good starting point but remember the material is contributed by the public and should be double checked". Unfortunately, it appears that even Wikipedia is being editted to provide a certain political point of view.
According to Wikipedia rules, however, a "fringe theory can be considered notable if it has been referenced extensively, and in a serious manner, in at least one major publication, or by a notable group or individual that is independent of the theory." That being said, why is Wikipedia refusing to allow any reference to the ongoing debate about Barack Obama's dubious eligiblility to legally be president? The issue has been reported extensively by multiple news media outlets including
World Net Daily, The Daily Mail in Britain, the Chicago Tribune and AOL news.
The following addition to Obama's entry was submitted twice by user "Jerusalem 21" and removed within minutes by the Wikipedia editors. References to Obama's association with the incendiary Reverend Wright and Weatherman Bill Ayers were likewise deleted. On the other hand in the George W Bush site there are many unfavorable references such as "multiple accounts of alcohol abuse, the handling of Hurricane Katrina, his favorable treatment during his National Guard service, and possible inside trading on stock sales.

On a personal note, during the resent national political conventions I was trying to find You Tube examples of violence at both conventions and found that while the Republican convention was heavily covered, the Democratic convention had almost all examples of violence or police activity removed. The subjects were posted but the videos were systematically removed.

Friday, March 06, 2009

The Cartoons of Michael Ramirez

Homeland Security?

Remember the next time the government or the media go on and on about the possiblity of terrorists thousands of miles away could get a hold of nuclear material and attack us with a dirty bomb or suitcase nuke they are really serious about protecting Americans. That's why they have done such a great job at securing our borders (not). They also have done a tremendous job keeping track of extraneous nuclear material within our borders right? Not so much it appears.

Energy Department Missing Nuclear Material
February 26, 2009 – 15:54

The U.S. Department of Energy cannot account for the quantities and locations of nuclear material at 15 out of 40, or 37 percent, of facilities reviewed by auditors, according to a report released on Monday by Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman. The missing materials included 20,580 grams of enriched uranium, 45 grams of plutonium, 5,001 kilograms of normal uranium and 189,139 kilograms of depleted uranium.

“The department cannot properly account for and effectively manage its nuclear materials maintained by domestic licensees and may be unable to detect lost or stolen material,” the report stated. “Considering the potential health risks associated with these materials and the potential for misuse should they fall into the wrong hands, the quantities written off were significant.”

”Key commitments made by the department were not completed nearly eight years after our earlier audit,” Friedman stated.

Let me get this straight-material from 15 out of 40 facilities is missing and rather than follow up on this they just right it off.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

According to Sen. Ron Wyden:
“I think there is a bipartisan consensus in the Senate that the science is in,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told when asked if the government should implement new policies to apparently combat global warming despite the new study. “This is a very real problem. Now the debate is on the remedies -- but the science is in.”

Well there may be a consensus in the Senate but there is still not a consensus in the scientific community. Saying there is does not make it so.

The study, released on Jan. 28 by Kyle L. Swanson and Anastasios A. Tsonis, who are professors in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, found that the Earth has been cooling since 2001 and projected that due to “global variation” the climate would continue to cool for the next 20 to 30 years.

Global warming, global cooling, I don't know but I do know that there is way too much financial manipulation going on in order to capitalize on the fears that people have concerning this situation.
Stifling Oregon's economy even further will not effect the global climate. With China and India putting 2 coal burning electrical plants into service per week we are just aren't that critical.
Ride your bike when possible. Use less. Recycle. Buy local. Let's rebuild our local economy and help our neighbors, not spend time and money to create roadblocks to our future.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Hope Floats

A carnival float depicting President Obama with Europe being dragged along is seen during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) [H/t Gary H.]