Friday, February 29, 2008

Global Hot Air




So what is this global warming hysteria all about? It is about an agenda to further erode freedom and to give more control to the government and ultimately the world Socialists. Al Gore won an Oscar for his “documentary” called “An Inconvenient Truth.” The real truth is that Al Gore can’t travel on commercial airlines or live in an average-size home because that would be inconvenient for him. He travels on private jets and maintains huge homes that use 20 times the amount of energy that the average American uses. (remember that Al Gore is the guy who said that he invented the internet). It is the same old elitist garbage that has been around since Man’s fall into sin. The mind set of the elitist is this: “Do as we demand, but we are above doing what we demand. We are above you because we are more important than you. We are the ones who must lead and therefore are not subject to what we tell you.”


What a joke it is to hear Al Gore and his Hollywood Liberal, private jet traveling, money wasting, malcontents preaching to us about using less energy. Spare me the absurd notion that they have any right to preach to us. These people are consumed with selfish ambition. They can all travel on public transportation if they want to. They can all live in an average-size house if they want to. They can all drive a small car if they want to. Instead they leave that to the little people to do since they are so much more important than we are.




GLOBAL WARMING? IT’S THE COLDEST WINTER IN DECADES


HT John H

Cut and Run....Back


McCain criticized Obama for saying in Tuesday night's Democratic debate that, after U.S. troops were withdrawn, as president he would act "if al-Qaida is forming a base in Iraq."

"I have some news. Al-Qaida is in Iraq. It's called 'al-Qaida in Iraq,' " McCain told a crowd in Tyler, Texas, drawing laughter at Obama's expense. He said Obama's statement was "pretty remarkable."

Quips Glenn Reynolds: "In Obama's defense, he probably reads the New York Times, which always calls it 'Al Qaida in Mesopotamia.' That may have confused him."

Obama's response to McCain, described in the same AP dispatch, makes even less sense:

"I do know that al-Qaida is in Iraq and that's why I have said we should continue to strike al-Qaida targets," he told a rally at Ohio State University in Columbus.

"But I have some news for John McCain," Obama added. "There was no such thing as al-Qaida in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq. . . . They took their eye off the people who were responsible for 9/11 and that would be al-Qaida in Afghanistan, that is stronger now than at any time since 2001."

Obama said he intended to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq "so we actually start going after al-Qaida in Afghanistan and in the hills of Pakistan like we should have been doing in the first place."

So let's see if we have this straight. Al Qaeda in Iraq isn't worth fighting because it wouldn't be there if it weren't for Bush and McCain. Obama is going to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq to go fight in Afghanistan and Pakistan, although he will send them back to Iraq if al Qaeda are there, even though he now wants to withdraw notwithstanding al Qaeda's presence.

Yes, we can!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Gone Fishin'


...be back on Friday the 29th.
Thank you for visiting!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Down the Tubes


The slow economy is hurting state tax revenues around the country. But look on the bright side: You could live in New Jersey, where decades of tax and spend politics is reaching its logical conclusion.

"We have a serious structural financial problem," the state's liberal Democratic Governor Jon Corzine told us on a recent visit. "You better address these problems or you will put yourself in a 1970s-style New York City situation, where you get a control board telling you what to do." Mr. Corzine is promoting his own solution, but he's also tacitly admitting that the state's politicians have been sucking the place dry for decades. If you want to know where a state dominated by public-employee unions ends up, Trenton is it.

Mr. Corzine spent 25 years at Goldman Sachs and is fluent with numbers, most of them harrowing if you're a New Jersey taxpayer. In 1990 the state was $3 billion in debt. Borrowing has since grown at a compound annual rate of about 13%, and now the state is $32 billion in the red. Throw in unfunded pensions and health benefits for retirees, and that number swells to $113 billion, or $3,400 for every man, woman and child in the state. That's three times per capita higher than the national average, making New Jersey the nation's fourth-most indebted state.

Sound familiar? I'm not just talking about our state and our misguided legislators that have their heads so far up their backside that they can't see the last thing Minnesotans need is expanded transit capacity, higher gas taxes, auto license fees and a statewide increase in sales taxes.

I am talking about our national addiction to tax and spend policies.

Down the tubes. That is where our nation's finances have gone for decades and if smart people like Governor Pawlenty have it right, we have only a few years before our national day of reckoning. Ron Paul may be a little off his rocker some times but a lot of what he has been saying of late is grounded in truth. We can't afford it so it is (it being Iraq, Universal Healthcare, etc.) a moot point.

Our nation's financial resources can no longer be held hostage by liberal (or RINO) policies. It isn't a matter of right or wrong anymore, it's a simple matter of mathematics. We can no longer afford many of the policies, both domestic and foreign, that we have been pursuing to the detriment of our nation's future.

New Jersey has had to resort to drastic measures to stay solvent...the US is on the same path.

To pay off the old debt, he's literally proposing to mortgage the state's best cash-producing assets -- its roads. Under his plan, the state would create a new quasi-independent agency that would borrow about $38 billion. The bonds would be financed through steep, inflation-adjusted toll road increases -- 50% each in 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022, followed by an increase every four years based on the consumer price index.

There are many issues at the front during this Presidential campaign but I would assert that our most pressing issue is fiscal in nature. Sure signs such as the continued devaluation of our dollar and a soaring national debt have been evident for years. Our economy has been propped up by cheap money and recent mortgage defaults and dropping real estate values could be just the tip of the iceberg if we don't make a course correction soon.

China doesn't need a nuclear bomb to destroy us right now. All they have to do is dump our debt.

Our freedoms, our sovereignty, our national security and our very way of life will dramatically change in ways we can't imagine if we don't halt our fiscal irresponsibility as a country. We will destroy our economy and throw ourselves into a national disaster that our enemies could have only hoped to accomplish through other means as our economy implodes, taking others' with it.

Global Warming is a Total Crock of Sh*t!


According to D Magazine, at a private lunch, GM chairman Maximum Bob Lutz said global warming is a "total crock of sh*t."

Bob adds "I'm a skeptic, not a denier."

Having said that, my opinion doesn't matter." Speaking about the battery-driven Volt, Lutz said, "I'm motivated more by the desire to replace imported oil than by the CO2 [argument]."

At the lunch Bob also said hybrids like the Prius make "make no economic sense" and the Volt is exciting for him because "it's the last thing anybody expected from GM." Don't hold back Bob, tell us what you really think.

Ms. Piggy Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton's free-spending campaign blew a whopping $95,000 at a low-end supermarket-deli chain last month in Iowa - a telling sign of why she can no longer cut the mustard financially against Barack Obama in critical states.

Althouse

Snakes on the Plains

Pythons could squeeze lower third of USA
As climate change warms the nation, giant Burmese pythons could colonize one-third of the USA, from San Francisco across the Southwest, Texas and the South and up north along the Virginia coast, according to U.S. Geological Survey maps released Wednesday.


And monkeys could come out...well you get the idea.

Obama Shows His Cards


Looks like Obama has some strategery of his own.

Too soft to withstand a Republican assault. Too vague to know how he'd govern. Those two big raps on Barack Obama can now be shelved. The Illinois senator this week provided his first, highly illuminating, example of how he'd operate in the Oval Office. It's clear he's as crafty as Hillary Clinton.

This case study has to do with that great love of good-government types, campaign finance. Last year, Mr. Obama sparked his campaign by pressuring Republicans to join him in a pledge to use only public money in a general election. Last week, when rival and fellow pledge-taker John McCain reminded him of that promise, Mr. Obama refused to go "locking" himself into an agreement.

This "No, We Can't" moment is supposedly a function of the Obama campaign's belief that it can massively out-raise Mr. McCain, and wants no public financing limits. The more cynical (and likelier) case is that Mr. Obama is using this in hopes of handicapping Mr. McCain in the upcoming months -- well before the general election begins.

The Clinton's Full Nondisclosure

His and Her Finances

Is America a great country or what? Only seven years ago the Clintons were swimming in legal bills. They've since cashed in on their celebrity to pay off a $2 million mortgage on their Washington D.C. home, and are now able to lend $5 million to Mrs. Clinton's campaign.

Stonewalling and secrecy helped Bill and Hillary Clinton win the White House without a thorough enough vetting in 1992. Now they're trying to do it again, this time by not disclosing either their income tax returns or the donor list for the Clinton Foundation.

What we do know is that Mr. Clinton has allowed donors to use his influence to advance their business interests.

Senator Clinton has said she'll make her tax returns public only if she wins the Democratic nomination. Mr. Clinton has said he'll disclose his future donors only if she is President. Once again they're trying to block disclosure until it's too late to inform the judgment of voters.

Mr. Obama has released his tax returns and has suggested Mrs. Clinton do the same because "the American people deserve to know where you get your income from." If the Clintons continue to keep his and her finances under wraps, the public would be wise, given their history, to assume they have something to hide.

Graphic: Farked Images

Chris Matthews: Brilliant!



This is hilarious!

HT Freedom Dogs

The Forecast for 2058


Paul Douglas has made a fortune forecasting tomorrow's weather with 50% accuracy at best. Now, he is applying his efforts to forecasting the weather fifty years from now.

Check out his video here.

HT Jeff K. via Nate K.

Festivus for the Rest of Us

Thursday, February 21, 2008

When they come, they will build them.

"Our cities have been straining at their seams," declares a full-page newspaper automotive advertisement. "Traffic is jam-packed. Parking space is at a premium. And our suburbs have spread like wildfire. People are living farther from their work, driving more miles on crowded streets."

Were these words touting a new, fuel-efficient small car, such as the Toyota Prius or maybe the tiny Smart Fortwo? Not exactly. They appeared in newspapers across America on Sept. 27, 1959.

The Ad was for GM's new Chevrolet Corvair.

Lesson One: Incremental progress shouldn't be dismissed.

Lesson Two: Market forces, not government regulation, provide the most effective impetus for higher gas mileage.

Lesson Three: New technology will require new infrastructure, presenting a chicken-or-egg problem.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Toshiba to Drop HD-DVD Format, Codename: Hillary

Kyodo reports that Toshiba may end its HD DVID video format; now competes against Blu-ray

Recently the Blu-ray disc format has been gaining market share, while Toshiba has been forced to slash prices to sell its HD DVD machines.

A Toshiba pullout would signal the almost certain defeat of HD DVD to Blu-ray.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Obama and Hillary have One Thing in Common...


Their spouses have mouths and aren't afraid to use them.


McCain will be using that sound bite for months.

Is it any wonder?

...that AMC isn't around any more? (of course I should talk...my first car was a Ford Pinto Squire Wagon with woody decals on the sides)





Who was the genius that thought naming a car "Gremlin" was a good idea?

grem·lin

–noun
1. a mischievous invisible being, said by airplane pilots in World War II to cause engine trouble and mechanical difficulties.
2. any cause of trouble, difficulties, etc.
3. algore disciple named atherton that thinks the MMGW argument has been settled

Hemmings

Monday, February 18, 2008

Do as I say, not as I do

House #1

A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house, all heated by gas. In one month this residence consumes more energy than the average American household does in a year. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2400. In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 12 times the national average for an American home. This house is not situated in the Northern or Midwestern "Snow Belt" area. It is in the South.

House # 2

Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university. This house incorporates every "green" feature current home construction can provide. The house is 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on a high prairie in the American southwest A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat-pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. ! The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas and it consumes one-quarter of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the property to blend into the surrounding rural landscape.

HOUSE # 1 is outside of Nashville, Tennessee; it is the abode of the "environmentalist" Al Gore .


HOUSE # 2 is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas: It is the residence of the President of the United States, George W. Bush.

Snopes.com: TRUE

HT Nate K

Sunday, February 17, 2008

AARP Bleeds Members on Financial Products



Few names are more closely associated with retirement than AARP. So Andrew Tignanelli, president of Financial Consulate, a Lutherville (Md.) financial-planning firm, figured the retirement products AARP offered were sure to be winners. But after comparing the nonprofit's new mutual funds and annuity, plus older life insurance offerings, with those of rivals, Tignanelli reached a surprising conclusion: "The majority of people can get a better deal elsewhere."

George Harrison My Sweet Lord

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lookee what I bought with my rebate check!

"Yaw, whadda ya think? Aint she a be-yoot?"

That 'Stimulus' Nonsense

The proposed rebate of about $600 per man, woman and child is transferred to people based upon some characteristic other than work effort. In fact, if you've worked too hard and earned too much, you won't get a rebate. So in some instances the rebate actually requires the absence of work effort. Now it's true that some of the people receiving the rebate may also be workers, but working is not the reason each person receives the rebate; it's simply because he or she is a human being. Thus rebate recipients are given command over real resources for doing something other than working.

Stay Out of My Car

Our socialist friends to the North are contemplating a system, once installed in your vehicle, effectively limits your speed to the legal limit using GSP technology.

This could never happen in America, right?


It's hard to say at this point but you can bet there would be a much higher chance of this coming to fruition here with Democrats running the White House and Congress.

Friday, February 15, 2008

What can we do? II


After the Virginia Tech shootings, I posted the text below in frustration with the media and others intent on turning a tradgedy into a second ammendment debate. The media were then and are now baiting politicians on either side of the issue by asking for action to prevent such a terrible event from happening again in the future.

The fact is, you can't practically prevent someone intent on harming others from doing so short of asking students to stay home or in their dorms every day. This is not a second amendment issue. People will always be able to get their hands on a gun if they intend on commiting a murder/suicide.

Whether going to college, flying in an airliner or driving over a bridge our federal government can not, and should not be expected to protect citizens from every risk citizens are exposed to.

Monday, April 16th, 2007

...regarding the Virginia Tech shootings

...nothing.

You can't make sense of something like this. You can't ban guns. You can't promote guns.

We'll hear both sides the second it's politically acceptable - probably sooner.

In the context of an isolated tragedy like this neither side will be right.

You can't lock down public educational institutions. You can't arm the teachers and students, even if they wanted to be, and a gun law won't stop a person that had two with the serial numbers removed.

You can't prevent everything.

We want to try to make sense of it. We want to try to mitigate the pain by somehow surmising that there is an upside. Something to be learned. An opportunity to capitalize. A way to prevent someone intent on harming others.

But there won't be.

All we can do is pray for the families...and for the shooter's family...and for the victims of similar past tragedies for whom this will be an excruciating reminder.

Hug our kids. That's what we can do.

Fellow Conservatives, Lend Me Your Earmarks



If you click on the above, you will see a ranking of Earmarks by Congressperson; the top of the list are the largest recipients, the bottom the smallest.

Guess who is near the top: Hillary "I will take on the Special Interests" Clinton

Obama? Near the bottom.

McCain? One of only five or six at ZERO.

Related:
The support of supply-siders Jack Kemp and Phil Gramm has not been enough to reassure some economic conservatives about the direction of economic policy in a McCain administration. Yet a look at Mr. McCain's record in Congress over the past 25 years demonstrates a tax-cutting pedigree at least as strong as, if not stronger than, Mitt Romney's or Mike Huckabee's (they both raised taxes as governors).

Graphic HT

Comrade Obama

Senator Barack Obama has sponsored a bill that is coming up for a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called the “Global Poverty Act.” While this sounds benign and helpful (after all, who wouldn’t want to address global poverty?), it is far from.

The bill could result in the imposition of a global tax on the United States and has the support of many liberal religious groups. This bill makes levels of U.S. foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United Nations. Is this wise?

Thanks Mitt. Mr. Huckabee?

Mitt Romney Will Endorse John McCain

...and Huckabee plays on.

I like Mike Huckabee; in sum he's probably no less conservative than McCain or Romney but what is his angle? He must be aware of the mathematics. Is he really hoping for a miracle?

If Romney, who was in second place, saw that he had no chance against McCain at a certain point, why does Huckabee persist?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pandering

This is the picture in the Dictionary next to the definition of "Pandering" which by the way is also a synonym for "Pimping".

American Households Own 2.28 Cars


In a study of households with at least one vehicle, Experian Automotive found that households with three or more cars are the single largest group among American car owners.
The United States is still very much in love with the automobile, with a national average of 2.28 vehicles per household.

Have you ever seen 0.28 of a car? I have. It's called the Smart Car!

McCain on bloggers:


"Listen, I'll never forget you. You were the only guys who would listen to me for a couple of months. Do you think I'd ever forget you?"

John McCain, on the phone with the bloggers, responding to a blogger thanking him for continuing doing phone calls with bloggers.

Unabashed

HT Dan V

Obama will be a "Big Experiment"



He will dramatically increase taxes, spending and government in an unprecedented way. How will this effect our economy? We don't know. Obama will be a "Big Experiment" to see if our economy can withstand a much larger government.

It's Not the Weather


People are moving away from the Midwest to other areas of the country...to avoid high income taxes.


An old adage says high taxes don't redistribute income, they redistribute people. For new evidence look no further than migration patterns within the United States, as documented in a new survey by the moving company United Van Lines.

A record eight million Americans -- some 20,000 people every day -- relocated to another state last year. So where are these families headed and why? The general picture is this: Americans are continuing to flee the Northeast and Midwest, while the leading destinations continue to be Southern and Western states.

...one reason to conclude that taxes are also a motivator is because the eight states without an income tax are stealing talent from other states.

Politicians who think taxes don't matter might want to explain the Dakotas. North Dakota ranked second worst in out-migration last year, while South Dakota ranked in the top 10 as a destination. The two are similar in most regards, with one large difference: North Dakota has an income tax and South Dakota doesn't.

One of the few Northeastern states that gained interstate migrants in 2007 was New Hampshire, the only state in New England without an income tax.

Our friends on the left say Americans are willing to pay more taxes to get better government services, but their migration patterns reveal the opposite.

I have two successful clients, this year alone, that are planning on moving away or changing their residential status from Minnesota for the sole purpose of avoiding high income taxes.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

No Reservations


No Reservations is artful, heartfelt, light, refreshing, entertaining, somewhat formulaic, breaks no new ground, but recommended nonetheless.

When you find yourself in a hole...

...stop digging.

McChoose


Why American Cars Suck III

I was at the dealership this weekend getting some service done on my Chrysler and walked the showroom floor to see what I could see. I posted on this vehicle a while back, a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 3.0L Diesel, encouraged that our automakers are exploring alternative fuel vehicles that don't turn food into fuel.

When you walk to the driver's door on this $45,000 Jeep, you can't help but notice a glaring example of makeshift design and shabby quality control, and would no doubt be reminded every morning of our American automakers' erratic command of the finer details of automotive manufacturing.

As you can see in the picture, this rough-cut piece of cheap plastic with an exposed end is visible in the window frame where the inside of the door meets the opening. It is as if the "Vice President of Interior Design" at Chrysler Corporation didn't even do a walk-around before approving the vehicle for production.

If this flaw appeared on a production Honda, someone would lose their job. Maybe their head.

Of course, this is a detail; even a nit. But it is yet another lingering example of our carmakers' utter disdain for producing a product worthy of a regaining lost marketshare.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ode


An Awful Poem for John McCain

Oh balding senator from AZ (ay-zee)
You've sometimes been a bit crazy,
But the speech you gave won you some points
So that I won't cry when the convention annoints
Your balding head with the nomination,
But please spare us all frustration
And be a dude who does what's Right,
Doesn't pander to the Left or flee the fight.

God Isn't Voting for Either


Former President Bill Clinton told African-American church congregations Sunday that he understands the desire to elect the nation's first black president but he urged them to consider his wife's candidacy.

"All my life I have wanted to vote for a woman for president," Clinton told 800 parishioners at the Temple of Praise congregation in Washington.

"All my life I have wanted to vote for an African-American for president. ... I wonder why God gave us this dilemma."

God, he is so full of crap.

Why did Bill Clinton frame his remarks pandering in the context of God's will? I don't hear Bill speaking of God much. Oh...right...he was standing in a church.

If he was speaking at University of Phoenix stadium he would have said "I wonder why Eli Manning gave us this dilemma."

...at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: "...why Steve Jobs gave us this Dilemma."

Whatever works Bill.

Has Bill really considered God's will as he has lived his life? Does he believe that God gave us either candidate?

Speaking of choice, fundamentally speaking, would God endorse a candidate that labels the termination of an embryonic human life a choice? Not to be tangential, but it's fair game when a political candidate invokes His name in a transparent political speech.

So why do people like Hillary and Obama "care" so much for downtrodden, disenfranchised and defenseless people such as minorities and immigrants but not the unborn?

Because the former can vote.

Thank your for your Opinion, Mr. President...



...but I'm not sure how credible your opinion is regarding conservatism, especially as it regards the fiscal variety, which right now is as important as any other issue. Our federal government is on the brink of insolvency with a $400 Billion deficit and a $10 Trillion national debt. That's $30K per citizen.

I know a lot of the deficit is the war, not to say that the War has been efficiently prosecuted, but I don't think our President has a lot of political capital to spend right now. Furthermore, McCain's victory is predicated on a reach across the divide to independents and moderate Democrats. As such, the President's endorsement may not be helpful.


I like McCain's chances, but he is not exactly a defender of the right flank himself.

Is true conservatism a lost discipline?

Gadgety

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Roosh Five Hillary Clinton Campaign Prediction (Bumped)



WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama swept Saturday's Democratic contests, giving him considerable momentum heading into Sunday's Maine caucuses and three primaries Tuesday.

Clinton was unfazed by Saturday's upsets and continued to present herself as the most viable candidate to defeat McCain in the general election.




National polls and fundraising don't support that assertion, Hillary.

Down to the River to Pray



Great movie, beautiful song.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Snowy Goodness

America Forgives Shatner



How Mr. Shatner continues to have an impressive entertainment and endorsement career after this is a shining, inspiring example of America's miraculous power to forgive; to heal.

Get Behind McCain


Staunch conservatives really have had no viable, truly conservative choice in this Presidential cycle since Fred Thompson quit the race and now some are vowing to stay home or actually vote for Hillary or Obama.

The fact is however, most of America is near the middle, leaning right or left. There will probably never be a candidate conservative enough to satisfy the far right.

I've heard the asinine "we need a Jimmy Carter so we can have a Ronald Reagan" rhetoric but there is much more at stake this time and even Ronald Reagan didn't live up to the conservative idolization his memory is now subject to.

Do we really want to risk a another terrorist attack or even an economic meltdown just to prove a point? We need to be pragmatic. Now that the process has yielded our best choice going forward, Coulter needs to shut it. Rush and Hannity need to focus on what's good about McCain.

There's an old Groucho Marx riff in which he launches a new career as a stick-up artist -- while worrying that his native cowardice may not induce the requisite fear among his victims. Sure enough, after a little time in a dark alley he springs out to confront his first victim, points his gun to his own head and says, "Take one step closer and I'll kill myself."


Time is wasting. McCain has for some time been the only candidate that polls show can beat Hillary and has a fighting chance against Obama.

Does The Hallmark Channel take Visa?

Friday, February 8, 2008

Two Days In Paris

Veuillez ne pas voir le ce film. C'est un morceau sans valeur et vulgaire de merde.