Thursday, May 31, 2007

I want to buy American


...but I am disappointed.

Part of me thinks that we should buy American products whenever we can.

Part of me thinks that we should vote with out wallets - buy the best product - no matter where it was made - that's how a free market is supposed to work. In the long run, I know that is the best policy.

Good products from quality companies will win out over weak products from poor companies - no matter their origin worldwide.

As you may know, I am a motorhead and I have owned a few cars over the years. I have had good cars and I have had not so good cars.

I have a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban that I would love to keep until it becomes the kids' car but now I don't know. It only has 66,000 miles on it. It has been meticulously maintained, in fact it still looks almost brand new. We only put just over 10,000 miles on it annually.

At 22,000 miles both front axle seals went within a couple thousand miles of each other and were covered under warranty.

Last year, a part in the steering shaft wore out and started clunking when you turned the wheel and went around a corner. Not covered. $300.

I want to mention that the service department at Village Chevrolet, where I have always serviced the vehicle, has been excellent overall. Unfortunately they bore the brunt of my rant the other morning.

I had it in for an oil change on Saturday and my service writer came in to the waiting room with that look on his face.

"Mr. (Roosh) can you please come with me?" I could tell he had an unexpected diagnosis to share with me.

He told me that my right front axle seal was leaking. He didn't know that they had both already been replaced once, and not that long ago in the scheme of a vehicle's useful life.

$420 Mr. (Roosh).

...and that's when I lost my composure...so to speak.

"How can you guys expect anyone to buy American anymore?! This is the third time this has happened in 66,000 miles! I buy American and I get spanked."

Tuesday morning when the service manager heard my request for GM to pay for it he asked me "How long exactly do you think is reasonable for a part like this to last?"

"At least until 80-100,000 miles" I replied. "It's a gasket! You'd think GM could have figured gaskets out by now!"

Maybe he shouldn't have asked me that but it was telling. It revealed that they had become expectant of their product exhibiting mediocre performance and quality. My service writer at Lexus or Honda or Nissan would have been embarrassed. Ashamed even. This guy was trying to put me on the defensive.

It's not as if I haven't had problems with my Japanese cars - it's just that it is rare, usually covered by warranty, and the service staff is actually surprised - because they have much higher expectations of their product.

I have a friend in my building with a Toyota Sequoia. "American stuff (cars) is crap. My Sequoia has 75,000 miles on it and nothing has ever gone wrong." And he's not surprised.

Between the aforementioned and the bad window regulator that has to be replaced in the driver's door soon I have a truck that apparently requires a $400 repair every 18 months or so. My brother had a new 2001 Tahoe and had just as many problems as I have had.

This is a Chevy Truck - America's pride! If we can't make trucks in America, our automotive industry is in worse shape than I thought. Previous posts on America's labor unions will reveal my theory on the cause, but I won't belabor (no pun intended) that point right now.

As it turns out, the GM warranty people covered most of the repair, but not without my making a big deal about it. I ended up paying $125.

The left side seal is showing signs of near-failure as well but they won't replace it until it does. I'll be back...with another $125 and not a penny more.

"Well, the new ones (Suburbans) have a 100,000 warranty Mr. (Roosh)" said the guy behind the counter.

As if.

I Was On the Global Warming Gravy Train


Interesting perspective from a Global Warming "insider".

By David Evans, a mathematician, computer and electrical engineer, and head of Science Speak.

Excerpts:

"I devoted six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian government to estimate carbon emissions from land use change and forestry. When I started that job in 1999 the evidence that carbon emissions caused global warming seemed pretty conclusive, but since then new evidence has weakened that case. I am now skeptical."

"The political realm in turn fed money back into the scientific community. By the late 1990s, lots of jobs depended on the idea that carbon emissions caused global warming. Many of them were bureaucratic, but there were a lot of science jobs created too."

"I was on that gravy train, making a high wage in a science job that would not have existed if we didn't believe carbon emissions caused global warming. And so were lots of people around me; there were international conferences full of such people. We had political support, the ear of government, big budgets. We felt fairly important and useful (I did anyway). It was great. We were working to save the planet!"

"There is now no observational evidence that global warming is caused by carbon emissions. You would think that in over 20 years of intense investigation we would have found something."

"But starting in about 2000, the last three of the four pieces of evidence above fell away."

"None of the new evidence actually says that carbon emissions are definitely not the cause of global warming, there are lots of good science jobs potentially at stake, and if the scientific message wavers then it might be difficult to later recapture the attention of the political system."

"Suppose that carbon taxes are widely enacted, but that the rate of global warming increase starts to decline by 2015. The political system might pressure scientists to provide justifications for the taxes."

Read the entire post here.

HT John H. via Fred B.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Use your noodle


University and government researchers recently whipped up a special blend of 13 enzymes and spices that releases hydrogen from a mixture of starch and water.

The concept: a car that runs on hydrogen produced by some of the same ingredients used to make pasta. Why didn't the Italians come up with this first?

Read it here.

Some new model names I would propose:

Chevy Cannelloni

Ford Fusilli

Lincoln Lasagna

Mini Macaroni

Volvo Vermicelli

I knew it!


I knew it!, originally uploaded by jroosh.

Starbucks' large is larger.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Graduation Speech

Over at Freedom Dogs, The Big Stink has a great post depicting "The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear From The Left!" I picked out a few of my favorites...go here for the rest.

The President of the United States is not responsible for your bad attitude.

Want a good job? Create your own. The hours will be tough but you’ll always get along with the boss.

It’s more work to look busy than to be busy. You might as well work.

The lottery is a tax on the stupid.

Success is usually the result of having exhausted all your failures.

Your silence, if you use it strategically, will sometimes be interpreted as wisdom.

God gave you two ears and one mouth. Use them in that proportion.

There will be a point in time when you will be asked to ignore, or deny, your faith. Formulate your answer before it happens and understand: It will cost you.

When Jesus said “judge not, lest ye be judged” he was saying we should judge cautiously. Learn the whole verse and rehearse your response because it is, perhaps, the most oft-repeated excuse to justify bad behavior.

Despite what teachers say, self-esteem cannot be bestowed. It can only be earned.

Sin can, and is, forgiven - but only through submission.


HT Freedom Dogs

War of the Worlds


I own this movie. Really, that's not slang. I own it. It's a keeper.

The first time I watched it, it scared the (insert your favorite flavor here) out of me...and movies don't scare me.

...especially the scene near the beginning where Ray Ferrier, played by Tom Cruise is viewing the oncoming lightning storm in his back yard. Lightning without thunder. Creepy. Well done.

...or the scene where they come back upstairs and a 747 has crashed into their suburban cul de sac. There goes the neighborhood.

Steven Spielberg is a genius. Tom Cruise is at his best. Dakota Fanning is quite convincing - charming. Tim Robbins is too liberal...oops...I mean is excellent. His delusional character is quite true to life...but I digress. As much disdain as I have for his politics, he is a good actor. See Shawshank Redemption, which also stars Morgan Freeman who's narration incidentally opens and closes War of the Worlds.

His narrative at the end is interesting. It describes how "God in his wisdom" saw fit to protect man with microbes. Sort of an argument for intelligently-designed evolution. Maybe its a direct quote from H.G. Wells' book upon which the movie is based but I found it intriguing.

War of the Worlds is two years old but if you like science fiction thrillers, I recommend it. Similar to Independence Day only not comedic in the least; by design.

Monday, May 28, 2007

The Queen


I've heard talk that this movie is boring. As a history buff, I would have to disagree. Hellen Mirren is brilliant. Ditto James Cromwell who I last saw in The Longest Yard but more fondly remember him from Star Trek: First Contact.

Other than those two, you probably won't recognize any of the other talent although Michael Sheen, who played the newly elected Tony Blair and who's billing you oddly have to go to page two on IMDB for, was quite impressive as well.

Mrs. Roosh said it was "okay", but I recommend it, especially if you favor historical fiction as this movie is set in the time just after Princess Diana's untimely death.

The Meaning of Memorial Day...Part II



Our kids noticed this patriot served in three wars.


Gooseberry to Splitrock and back



Sunday we drove up to Gooseberry falls. A client and friend of mine said there was a bike trail between the two - about 8 miles of paved trail - perfect for the Roosh Five.
Gooseberry Falls is North of Two Harbors, just under four hours North of the Twin Cities. The Falls and Splitrock Lighthouse are along Highway 61.



We have a painting that we bought and gave to JBird for her Birthday this year. It is "Blueberry House" in Two Harbors (her other nickname is Blueberry). When we were driving home we saw the real Blueberry House.

What would a road trip be without a souvenir?

Just Like Heaven


This is the second time we've watched this movie. Obviously recommended. Great acting by Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon - and Donal Logue (who I remember from Jerry Maguire). Great date night movie. I don't know if this is mentioned in it's reviews or synopsis but I see it as a remake of sleeping beauty.

I also enjoyed the version of Just Like Heaven (the song) that the movie starts with and the traditional version by The Cure at the credits.

Great concept; well done.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Fred on Memorial Day

"A lot of people have done their part to see that we are blessed with the advantages we enjoy -- from hardworking pioneer mothers to the Framers of the Constitution. Memorial Day is coming up, though, and I'm thinking more about American soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice -- those who died to protect our way of life and make the world safe for democracy.

There are some people, though, who don't think that's such a good
idea."


Go here for the rest.

Friday, May 25, 2007

The Meaning of Memorial Day


The origins of Memorial Day, which at one point was called Decoration Day, seem to be unclear as to the the date and time it was first celebrated.

What is clear however is that it is a day set aside to honor and remember those men and women who have served and have given their lives in the name of our Republic.

I think the meaning of the day is lost on most Americans who for the most part see it as just another three-day weekend.

As for us, we have a tradition that we started a few years back. We take the better part of the day to road trip to Wayzata and South Minneapolis to visit the memorials of my grandparents.

After that we take the kids to Fort Snelling to see the endless rows of memorial sites. We have each of the kids note a specific memorial or two and do the math - how old was each person? As the kids have grown older, I think the experience has grown in meaning for them as the comprehend the fact that these are real people. They are brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers who paid the ultimate price to secure and protect our freedom.



I hope we can all take a moment and visit with our families and teach our children about the meaning of Memorial Day so as to not forget the price that has been paid of our freedom.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

A better use for paper.

Once the StarTribune goes completely out of business, here is a better use for the paper.
These models are made of paper. Check it out.


Seperated at Birth?


I know I know. It's not nice fair to make the comparison.
Sorry Dorothy.

the altered spatial distribution of some infectious disease vectors



"In its April 2007 report on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that rising temperatures may result in "the altered spatial distribution of some infectious disease vectors," and will have "mixed effects, such as the decrease or increase of the range and transmission potential of malaria in Africa.""

got that?

Let me translate for those of us that don't choose to use the outlying 1% of the English language to sound smarter than we really are:

"Be afraid cuz diseases which aint been in some places before is gonna to be in some places tomorra cuz of the globular warming dealamjig."

more MMGW spinning here.

"Scientists" are making predictions that tie back to predictions that tie back to predictions that are based on the earth's temperature which they say they can predict, let alone the cause...these are the same guys that say it will rain this Memorial Day weekend. Which it may or may not.

They just don't know and yet pretend they do. Why?

Because they have an audience right now looking for a cause to be enraged over. Because its a great way to secure grant money. Because its a political issue not a scientific issue...which is why Algore got involved in the first place.

...oh and to make money to pay for his private jet and huge mansion's annual heating bill.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bumper Sticker Slogan?


Really John? Why don't you just stick to worrying about your perdy hair and stay home in your huge mansion. It's so easy to criticize leaders in arrears isn't it John.

Leave the real leadership to true leaders and statesmen like Fred Thompson:

It is a very good thing we captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed when we did. We've just seen the transcripts of a hearing they held for the 9/11 mastermind at Guantanamo Bay.

He admitted responsibility for the September 11th attacks "from A to Z," in his words. And he talked about other plots, many of which never happened. The head of the ABC New investigative unit counted it all up.

Mohammed admitted to planning 31 attacks in 17 countries, including five U.S. cities. His targets included two U.S. presidents, one pope, five major U.S. skyscrapers, three major landmarks in London, including Big Ben and Heathrow Airport, multiple civilian aircraft and several major financial centers, including the New York Stock Exchange; and several shipping lanes that are critical to global trade.

Eight of the 31 plots were actually implemented. Those eight, from New York to Istanbul, killed over 3,000 people and injured hundreds more.

Fridley, we have a problem...part II


Diabetes sucks. No way around it. If you are a parent, you know the pain you feel watching your child suffer. It is compounded when you are without sleep for three nights in a row.

JBird's blood sugar for three nights in a row has gone very low right around bed time.

Yesterday afternoon, the little vial in her Medtronic insulin pump was empty. That can happen.

What was weird is that the pump said it had 30 or 40 units left.

We thought it was a fluke until last night when having reloaded the unit, it was already empty at bed time - again. 60 units gone. Most of it likely went into my daughter.

That is about a week's worth of insulin in a few hours.

Hence the all-nighter. Pumping her with Yo-J and Granola bars to keep her blood sugar up and getting up every hour or two to check her Blood Glucose.

Not one complaint from JBird. We couldn't be more proud of her.

Mrs. Roosh called Medtronic last night and once again they were awesome. We have a new pump ($9000) coming overnight to the office this morning.

My frustration regarding the second malfunctioning insulin pump is mitigated by the way Medtronic has eagerly and professionally responded - at ten o'clock at night no less.

You can complain about how Medical device companies overcharge or make too much profit. I find it hard to argue when one such device is keeping my daughter alive. I hope they make a lot of money so they continue to be incented to pursue treatments and cures for Diabetes and other chronic diseases - especially those that effect innocent children.

Soon we will presumably be getting the Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor option which apparently reduces or even eliminates the need for our seven year old to prick her finger eight to ten times a day.

Stay tuned.

Related:
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Update: Wow. The new pump showed up here at the office already. An hour and a half sooner than they promised. Thanks Medtronic.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fred on the immigration bill...

"...there’s an old saying in Washington that, in dealing with any tough issue, half the politicians hope that citizens don’t understand it while the other half fear that people actually do. This kind of thinking was apparent with the “comprehensive” immigration reform bill that the U.S. Senate and the White House negotiated yesterday."

Which apparently has now been delayed.

Here it is.
When will Fred announce?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Salem witch-hunt


Man's contribution to the greenhouse gases was so small we couldn't change the climate if we tried.

"We're all going to survive this. It's all going to be a joke in five years,"

"It's become a witch-hunt; a Salem witch-hunt,"

Music and Lyrics

This movie is light and won't leave you bored.

It's quite entertaining but won't win an award.

Sorry, I had to give it a shot.

Well cast, this is a great date movie, it's pretty shallow and formulaic but not insipid or overly contrived. Hugh Grant is his usual character, found in American Dreamz (don't even think about seeing that one) and Love Actually (see that one a few times-one of my all-time favorites).

Drew Barrymore is excellent and Brad Garrett of Raymond fame does a good job and is interesting to see in a movie in a different character.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Lifeblood of America

My great grandparents came over from Italy via Ellis Island. They became citizens. They moved to neighborhoods dominated by ethnic-Americans, learned English as a first language, raised their families, started businesses, became employers, and gave to their churches.

They didn't forget their heritage but they didn't expect the rest of "us" to add Italian or Polish or German or Norwegian or Russian to every sign at the airport or every form at the doctor's office to accommodate them.

Initially they may have taken jobs no "other" Americans wanted but like many immigrants, they tended to develop an appreciation for our free-enterprise system that is lost on most other Americans today and made plans to transform themselves from employees to employers.

Liberals must think immigrants come here for a free paycheck because that is what they want for themselves. While this is probably true in some cases, I think most immigrants come here to provide for their families and are willing to work - probably harder than most American citizens.

Given my heritage, I believe immigration is the lifeblood of America. Immigrants have always shown us how great our country can be. They see opportunity, start businesses and create wealth and laugh at most of the rest of us "fat, dumb and happy" Americans that are willing to settle for a low-paying or dead-end job when opportunity abounds. Legal immigrants teach us that America is still a great country. They show us that capitalism and the free-enterprise system is alive and well. They prove every day that our system, while not perfect, is still the best in the world.

I also believe most people are basically good. I believe given the choice, most illegal aliens would prefer to be legal, to fend for themselves and to be given equal - not greater - opportunity.

The liberals among us don't understand any of this because they are not pro-business, they are pro-government. They believe that the government should eventually provide for our every need while at the same time forgetting the business owner who invested capital, took risks, and maybe even (God [or Government] forbid!) failed a few times on their way to eventual success and the creation of wealth and employment for others. They forget that most Americans are employed by small businesses. They forget who pays the taxes that make it possible for our government to piss it all away.

Liberals want to take away all the risks of living. They want to put a safety net underneath all of us because somewhere along the way they lost their nerve. Their constant rage against the system belies the fact that it is the incentive to take risks and create wealth that creates the tax base in the first place to fund their ill-conceived notion of a utopic society where no one has more than anyone else.

Immigrants on the other hand have nothing to lose and as such often times strive to achieve everything America offers, and don't want it given to them - they're willing to work and take risks to achieve it.

Otherwise, why do they risk everything to come here?

If we weaken our immigration laws we weaken our country and all of its citizens. When we lower the bar to become a citizen we weaken our system. Ultimately we harm the very immigrants that our liberal counterparts would wish to serve.

In the era that my ancestors came to America, they became contributing citizens quickly because they had to. They started businesses because they didn't have an option. Having to learn English and assimilate themselves quickly was in their best interest. They weren't persecuted. They thrived. They made America stronger, not weaker. They fought in our wars and defended the world against tyranny. They created the explosion of wealth and prosperity that we enjoy today.

…and that the liberals work so hard to destroy.

As usual, the liberals, both Democrat and Republican, don't get it. They are going to great efforts to drop our borders.

And for what?

Ironically, many immigrants probably become conservatives, which is a backfire for the liberals who can only be so motivated to lower the barrier to entry to our country in the hopes of garnering more disenfranchised voters since they've so alienated middle America with their extreme social and fiscal positions. If that’s not their motivation, what is it?

National Armed Forces Day

Thank you for serving our country.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Could it be?


Might this be an option for the replacement of the Suburban and an alternative to the Miniman ...sorry, I mean Minivan?

New Volvo XC70 "Cross Country"
Check it out here.

Time Warp


It took us fifty years to screw up our planet but we have only five to fix it!

But wait, let's just build another Ark to save the humanity (and I suppose a few select animals).

Meanwhile, back at reality...

Monday, May 14, 2007

Message from President Clinton

She had no interest in Public office and yet there is professionally produced video of her during her "selfless years".

Bill, you are so full of "it", and this time I'm sure you know what "it" is.

(He so wants to get back into the White House)

"...when she says those things you know that she'll deliver." Thanks Bill, you've always been such an unimpeachable (oops) source of information for America.

peaceful majority, silent majority

"I believe this to be true...

The Peaceful Majority

I used to know a man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since."Very few people were true Nazis "he said," but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care.


I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.

My family lost everything, I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories."We are told again and again by "experts" and "talking heads" that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.

Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.


The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave.

It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.


The hard quantifiable fact is that the"peaceful majority" is the "silent majority" and it is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia comprised Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asian an orgy of killing, that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were "peace loving"


History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs Afghans,Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts: the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, I wish to add, at the risk of offending someone, I sincerely think that anyone who rejects this as just another political rant, or doubts the seriousness of this issue...is part of the problem.

Lets quit laughing at and forwarding the jokes and cartoons which denigrate and ridicule our leaders in this war against terror. They are trying to protect the interests and well being of the US and it's citizens. Best we support them."

HT Lynn S.

Misplaced loyalty

"We need to show more sympathy for these people:

They travel miles in the heat, they risk their lives crossing a border, they don't get paid enough wages, they do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do, they live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language, they rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day every day.

I'm not talking about illegal Mexicans, I'm talking about our troops.

Doesn't it seem strange that the Democrats are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegal aliens, but don't support our troops and are now threatening to de-fund them?"

HT Lynn S.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Build It and I will Buy It


Is a Hillary Presidency really a Hill-Billy Presidency?

"I'm baaaaaaaack!"



Bill Clinton is taking a more active role in Hillary's candidacy and would no doubt be quite active in her Presidency (if such a travesty occured).

Currently in America, a President can only serve two 4-year terms. As such, should we allow a former President's spouse to run for President?

In a New Role, Senator Clinton’s Strategist in Chief

Its not my SUV...it's the Ocean

About 13,000 and 18,000 years ago, carbon dioxide poured into the atmosphere in two giant belches that drove concentrations of the greenhouse gas from 180 to 265 parts per million, where it held relatively steady until the Industrial Revolution.

Thomas Marchitto, a marine geologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a lead author of the new study, said matching the rise of old water to the atmospheric changes provides strong evidence that the gas came from the ocean.

The burps injected 700 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. They occurred at a time when Earth already was emerging from an ice age. What started the warming is unknown, but scientists said the release of the gas accelerated it.Over a 10,000-year span, global temperatures rose by more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit.

LA Times May 11, 2007

Since my Suburban was built in 2002, I am pretty sure it has nothing to do with Global Warming that occurred 18,000 years ago.

You are rich


On a global scale at least.


Saturday, May 12, 2007

At least now we know...

Rudy Giuliani yesterday:

"...his support for abortion rights, gun control and gay rights should not disqualify him from winning the party’s presidential nomination..."

True enough, but you have the wrong party.

I'm sorry Mr. Giuliani but you'll find the abortion supporters in the next room down the hall. It's marked "DNC".

Go here.

Beware of scientifc "consensus"

"An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary starring Gore and a lot of graphs, makes the case that humans have contributed mightily to a 1-degree rise in the Earth's temperature in the last 50 years. It uses images of melting ice caps and dying polar bears to nudge viewers toward action for reasons of morality.

"The Great Global Warming Swindle," an anti-Gore documentary, doesn't question the Earth's temperature increase but takes to task the questions of why and what's next. For example, it suggests solar activity may have more to do with the planet's warming than carbon dioxideemissions.

Wanliss said he doesn't necessarily subscribe to either film, but believes his students -- and the
public -- should remain skeptical of theories such as Gore's explanation of global warming.

More here.

JDRF Top Ten Research Highlights

The JDRF Diabetes Research portfolio of funded science is among the largest in the world focused on cures and treatments for diabetes and its complication. Exceeding $122 million last year and representing almost 500 projects, JDRF science revolves around a set of targeted areas of research. JDRF calls these areas Cure Therapeutics, because they are targeted at moving scientific discoveries in each discipline into products, drugs, and treatments for people with diabetes. What follows are some of the major findings and developments in JDRF-funded research over the last year.

Go here for the entire document.

Friday, May 11, 2007

A choice where none should exist

Go here and read a great piece on the sanctity of life.

16 ways to be a good liberal

Go here

America's Unions lost their relevence long ago...now their minds... Part II


Star Tribune union protests cuts

So did the union for the Vinyl Record Workers of America no doubt (there's no VRW, I made that up).

If the union does for the workers at the Strib what they did for the mechanics at Northwest Airlines it will be further proof that they have become even more irrelevant in our economy and furthermore have harmed and misled their constituents.

Like any Liberal organization, the Union is harming their members by creating a false sense of security by misleading them that there is a battle to be fought, let alone won.

Our economic system rewards those business models that grow in their value to our economy and quickly dispatches those that don’t. That is why it is so strong. You would think that liberals would embrace this fact given its resemblance more to Darwinism and less to Creationism, but I digress.

In this case, the writing is on the wall. Subcribership for print media news sources has been steadily falling for some time. Remember the Minneapolis Star and the Minneapolis Tribune? Like other markets across the country, soon we will have one traditional print newspaper. The union won’t halt this trend, because it is inevitable. …but then again, that isn’t their motivation.

The unions are fighting for their very survival in an economy that has rendered them irrelevant long ago.

Unions have ruined our automotive industry, gutted our airline industry and are on the verge of ruining our public education system by creating an artificially elevated value for their membership’s services without the accountability or productivity commensurate with that value.

This fact, along with management’s slow realization, has resulted in a reduction of our ability to compete in a global economy in industries dominated by unions.

If the unions truly cared for their members, they would marshal their scarce resources not in the interest of fighting a contrived battle but rather to help their displaced members retrain, reinvent or relocate.

I myself, along with many of my colleagues and friends, have reinvented our careers in the interest of supporting our families and remaining economically viable. It’s not easy, but when faced with reality, you do what you have to do. Our American economy has become an ever-changing, increasingly fast-paced, and ever more service and technology-based. Many Americans will find themselves pursuing several different careers over the course of their working years.

Those that embrace this new economy will thrive. Those that don’t will suffer and probably continue to vote Democrat.

Related post here.

Falling Moose Part II

The Brooklyn Center-based coffeehouse chain reported a $3.3 million net loss, or 17 cents per diluted share, compared to a $1.6 million loss in the first quarter of 2006. Wall Street analysts had expected a loss of 16 cents per diluted share, as polled by Thomson Financial Network.

Q1 loss widens at Caribou

It's puzzling to see Caribou Coffee struggling financially when on the surface you would think a company that can charge $2 for hot brown water (which I gladly stand in line for at least once a day) and is presumably in one of the hottest markets ever for coffee shops and other "third" destination venues.

It is rare to be in a Caribou and not see a busy and presumably prosperous atmosphere.

...and despite coffee shops appearing on every other block of every other street, there doesn't seem to be particularly strong price pressure on a cup of coffee.

Caribou Coffee was founded fifteen years ago.

So what gives?

Did they grow too fast?

Is it poor management?

Stay tuned....go here for Part I

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Is you is o' is you aint?

The former New York City mayor's remarks will reassert his personal opposition to abortion, but also emphasize his support for a woman's right to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, the advisers said.
Where is your Leadership now?

Rudy, just tell us what you really believe and stop spinning. Meanwhile, step aside and let a real Republican take the lead.

Go here if you must.

Audi S5...schwing!

I'll take one please.

Dork

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

DFL-Lead Legislature: Ship of Fools


BUDGET BILLS STATUS


1. Public Safety: HF 829 (Paymar) SIGNED, AFTER VETO THREAT LED TO CHANGE

2. Bonding: HF 886 (Hausman) VETO - - WHOLE BILL

3. Jobs: SF 2089 (M. Murphy) VETO - - WHOLE BILL

4. State Government: SF 1997 (Kahn) VETO - - WHOLE BILL

5. AG & Veterans: HF 2227 (Juhnke) VETO - - LINE ITEM

6. Environment: SF 2096 (Wagenius) AWAITING GOVERNOR - - LINE-ITEM VETO LIKELY

7. HHS: SF 2171 (Huntley) AWAITING GOVERNOR - - VETO LIKELY

8. K-12 Education: HF 6 (Greiling) STILL IN CONFERENCE - - VETO LIKELY

9. Transportation: HF 946 (Lieder) STILL IN CONFERENCE - - VETO LIKELY

10. Tax Bill: HF 2362 (Lenczewski) STILL IN CONFERENCE - - VETO LIKELY

11. Higher Ed: SF 1989 (Rukavina) STILL IN CONFERENCE - - VETO LIKELY

More here.

Anti Strib: Liberal Contradictions

Choice: The very same people that think that a 13 year old girl is qualified to make one of the most difficult moral choices of our time (abortion) are convinced that adults are incapable of choosing the correct school for their kids (vouchers), how to invest their money for retirement (Privatized SS) or even which doctor to see (socialized medicine). Why is personal choice only good for abortions and nothing else?

Security: The same people that are concerned about the Patriot Act think that anyone who wants to exercise their Second Amendment rights is a gun nut. Is unchecked government power a real concern or only a convenient whipping boy when a Republican is in the White House?

Capitalism: Liberals support and enact numerous laws and regulations that are anti-capitalism and then expect these very same businesses to grow, create wealth and pay taxes. Bush’s tax cuts have spurred a massive increase in tax revenue. Now the Democrats want to repeal those tax cuts? Do you really care about the federal budget or are you just trying to hurt people you don’t like?

For the rest click me.

Thompson on France's Election

The election of Nicolas Sarkozy to the presidency of France has been a serious blow to those who claim that America has earned the undying hatred of Europeans.

Go here.

"the end of the world as we know it"...not


How bad is climate change really? Are catastrophic floods and terrible droughts headed our way? Despite widespread fears of a greenhouse hell, the latest computer simulations are delivering far less dramatic predictions about tomorrow's climate.

Go here.


PS I only used the picture above because that's the one the article used.


...It's for emphasis, etc. ;-)

Sunday, May 6, 2007

God loves bicycles

My brother and I scheduled a ride this morning at 7 AM.

Just as he pulled in the driveway I remembered to check the radar.

We almost didn't go because it looked like it was about to start raining in Minnetonka and for a couple hours. The spot that opened up on the radar in the picture to the left was filled in when we took off.

...and the radar wasn't just green; there was yellow. Not good.

We went any way and we arrived at our coffee shop destination in St. Louis Park I checked the radar on my Treo.

The time lapse showed that as we were biking the radar cleared miraculously.

We sat and had coffee for a half hour and ventured home.

Just as we arrived in my driveway it started to rain.

So, thanks God.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Thompson: Brilliant

Fred Thompson, speaking at the Lincoln Club Annual Dinner last night:

Excerpt: Prepared Remarks for Speech to Lincoln Club Annual Dinner

My highlights:

Even at home, as we enjoy the benefits from one of the best economies we've ever had, people seem uncertain; they raise concerns about global competition or a growing economic disparity among our citizens.

These are challenges. But how we react to them is more important than the challenges themselves. Some want us, to the extent possible, to withdraw from the world that presents us with so many problems, in the hope they will go away. Some would push us towards protectionist trade policies. Others see a solution in raising taxes and redistributing the income among our citizens. Wrong on all counts.

These are defensive, defeatist policies that have consistently been proven wrong. They are not what America is all about.

That's why the economy booms when taxes are cut. When the Kennedy tax cuts were passed in the 1960s, the economy boomed. When Reagan cut taxes in 1981, we went from economic malaise to a new morning in America. And when George Bush cut taxes in 2001, he took a declining economy he inherited to an economic expansion -- despite 9-11, the NASDAQ bubble and corporate scandals.

The Democrats, of course, want to raise taxes. They only want to target the rich, they say. A word of advice to anyone in the middle class -- don't stand anywhere near that target. Wouldn't it be great if, instead of worrying so much about how to divide the pie, we could work together on how to make the pie bigger?

The government could start by securing our nation's borders. A sovereign nation that can't do that is not a sovereign nation. This is secondarily an immigration issue. It's primarily a national security issue. We were told twenty years ago if we produced a comprehensive solution, we'd solve the illegal immigration problem. Twelve million illegals later, we're being told that same thing again. I don't believe most Americans are as concerned about the 12 million that are here as they are about the next 12 million and the next 12 million after that. I think they're thinking: "Prove you can secure the border and then people of good will can sit down and work out the rest of it, while protecting those folks who play by the rules."

Sometimes I think that I'm the last guy around who still thinks term limits is a good idea. The professionalization of politics saps people's courage. Their desire to keep their job and not upset anybody overrides all else -- even if it hurts the country.

So the entitlement problem gets kicked a little further down the road. This action is based on the premise that our generation is too greedy to help the next generation. I believe just the opposite is true. If grandmom and granddad think that a little sacrifice will help their grandchildren when they get married, try to buy a home or have children, they will respond to a credible call to make that sacrifice -- if they don't think that the sacrifice is going down some government black hole.

I am going to quote my friend, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. I don't think he'll mind, even though it was a private conversation. He said, "People talk a lot about moral issues, but the greatest moral issue facing our generation is the fact that we are bankrupting the next generation. People talk about wanting to make a difference. Here we could make a difference for generations to come."

Good idea. But radical?

Fix health care? Mayo's on the case

The renowned Minnesota clinic is pushing a radical [interesting word choices, Strib] prescription for the ailing system: Pay more to providers who keep people healthiest in the long run. Quit rewarding those who don't.

Sounds like...capitalism. Imagine that.

Their goal is to reinvent the way Americans receive and pay for their medical care. Mayo's solution may sound simple -- pay more to the most efficient providers, as measured over time, and less to the worst. But it would mark a major change from the status quo.

...which appears not to be working.

Private medical insurance often follows Medicare's example and pays doctors according to how many procedures they perform, not for keeping patients well. That penalizes the best doctors and rewards the worst, who get paid every time there's a complication, Mayo executives say.

...sounds like how teachers are paid. For how many years they have taught, vs. the results they are responsible for. But back to our story...

Mayo is likely to face skepticism or outright opposition from health insurers, competing hospitals and other powerful interests in proposing change.
"The interests are very entrenched,"


sounds like the teacher's union in Minnesota, but I digress

... said Ann Robinow, a health-care consultant and founder of Patient Choice, now part of health insurer Medica. "They've got a huge job in front of them."

...but it sounds like a great idea.

Global Warming Solution now at Reduced Price

Scientists put price on global-warming efforts

This article in the Strib yesterday is yet another unsubstantiated installment in the war against an enemy that doesn't exist and then is turned into a shot at the Bush Administration.

The IPCC is now selling us the MMGW Crisis on price.

Climate change can be limited, and at a reasonable price.

cutting greenhouse-gas emissions to levels scientists think would stem increases in warming would cost nations at most 0.12 percent of economic growth each year through 2030, scientists said.

And the article uses a headline that contradicts the subsequent paragraph and expose the liberal bent of the author:

White House rejects options

Bush administration officials, who along with representatives of 120 other countries approved the report's policy summary before its release this week, praised it for highlighting "the importance of deploying a portfolio of clean energy technologies." But they said that trying to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 85 percent by 2050, in line with the report's most ambitious scenarios, would have economic consequences.

Does that sound like a rejection?

Give him a green card

Brought to you buy the sponsors of Man Made Global Warming Crisis and Legalized Abortion:

In a case that could set a global legal precedent for granting basic
rights to apes, animal rights advocates are seeking to get the 26- year-old male
chimpanzee legally declared a "person."


Read it here.

I say if he can sign his name, get a job and pay taxes like the rest of us, give it to him.

"Chimps share 99.4 percent of their DNA with humans,"

A fetus shares 100 percent with humans. Discuss...

Paris Hilton's Mom calls prosecutor "pathetic"


You should talk...

Do you want to see the pictures on the internet of the daughter you raised (or should I say delegated the raising of)?

Friday, May 4, 2007

...not the Twins stadium...its my stadium

Nick Coleman wrote on the stadium that is being paid for with ill-gotten funds today in the Strib.

"I don't like the way this deal was rammed through, or the way it relies on a tax that the voters were deprived of a chance to approve or reject."

I can't believe more people aren't writing, talking and blogging about how Hennipen county levied a tax that heretofore required a referendum to pay for the Twins stadium.

Furthermore:

"With 40,000 seats, the new park will have 28 percent fewer seats than the Metrodome."

Say again?

"But the County Ball Boys are working hard for Carl Pohlad."

"On Tuesday, the county wrote a check for almost $14 million...It was a gift, from you to professional baseball (Thank you!), just part of half a billion (when you include interest) taxpayers have been assigned to shoulder on behalf of the Pohlad family business plan."

"First, they did an end-run around a law requiring a referendum to approve the sales tax increase that will cover the public's cost. Now, they have pushed the county into a secret deal with the Twins, and refused to make it public."

There it is! Thank you!

So, in summary, we are paying for a stadium that clearly most of us didn't want to pay for so our county government circumvented our right to vote on the new tax.

Furthermore, it is becoming evident that the economic value of publicly-funded stadiums is dubious at best. This is not to mention that we are building it without a roof in the same city that we were told couldn't support a baseball stadium without a roof, which is how we got the Metrodome in the first place.