2014-10-02

Quote Of The Day

"Subsidy is for art, for culture. It is not to be given to what the people want! It is for what the people don't want but ought to have!"

Sir Humphrey

What a monster! 

2014-10-01

Climate Change Is Hurting My Traffic

List of things (allegedly) caused by global warming.

That's a lot of fear-mongering.

I mean, even acne?

Politically Incorrect Halloween Party Would Be Swell

I suggest everyone go dress as a Redskins football player for Halloween.

Just to piss people - mostly nagging, humorless, self-righteous progressive.

In fact, I would host a politically incorrect party.

Scratch A Left-Wing Greenie Find A Red, Murderous Soul

Check out this article from - sigh - Robert Kennedy jr. in EcoWacth.

It's frightening in its totalitarian message and sad in its tone as far as left-wing screeds go.

The fact they consistently ask to jail 'deniers' and in this case this idiot takes it further by using the word 'execute' should be cause for concern for any decent, intelligent individual who cherishes hard fought ideals like liberty and freedom of expression and speech.

How in the world are Tea Party members constantly tagged as 'extremists' but assholes like Kennedy in their assault on rights are not?

Article's like this one turn me away from the deranged climate system change zealots.

It's not even a fricken religion.

It's a cult.

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Not enough amount of crazy?

Try this green vomit out for measure. Climate change helps ISIS.

"If more Americans knew how glacial melt contributes to catastrophic weather in Afghanistan -- potentially strengthening the Taliban and imperiling Afghan girls who want to attend school -- would we drive more hybrids and use millions fewer plastic bags?"

In the history of collecting brain-dead comments and quotes, this belongs in the Hall of Fame. One has absolutely FUCK ALL to do with the other yet there she is conflating and mixing and playing on people's emotions.

Buy a Prius, send an Afghan girl to school. 

Reminder Of The Day

The campaign slogan for Obama's second term was 'Forward'.

Know who else enjoyed using that word?

Of course, as any student of history knows and was mentioned here at the time, socialists and communists.

Mussolini was the editor of the socialist paper Avanti! which translated into English means...Forward.

Just saying.

Know. Your. History.

Fall Of The West Reason 495866 868686

A's Epic Collapse One For The Books

After a 29 year absence from the playoffs, the Kansas City Royals overcame a 7-3 deficit to beat the Oakland A's 9-8 in 12 innings last night.

I'll chalk this one up to 'winning in spite of' given the errors and strange managerial decisions in the game. The Royals were lucky otherwise they would have been, well, royally screwed.

Regardless, this storyline is less significant than the collapse of the Athletics.

On August 9, the A's were leading the AL west division by four games over the Anaheim Angels (of L.A.!) with a 72-44 record and a staggering +173 run differential.
 
I point out RD because it's an indicator of how dominant a team is. 

They finished the season by going 16-30 from that point on along with a -16 differential barely holding off the Seattle Mariners to make the playoffs.

The reversal of fortune was swift and epic in its collapse.


Quote Of The Day

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria."

President Obama.

Notice the use of the word 'they'. He does that a lot. Along with 'I' when he wants to take credit for things.

What a leader! What a guy!

“In the beginning of 2014, ISIS fighters had defeated Iraqi forces in Fallujah, leading much of the U.S. intelligence community to assess they would try to take more of Iraq,”

Eli Lake, The Daily Beast.

 “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s lying.”
 A former senior Pentagon official.
The President, for all intents and purposes, is full of it. It's been reported and widely known inside the White House, when present (and this is rare) he barely takes his briefings in person.

He knew. He was debriefed. And if he took his job a tad more like a statesman rather than a politically correct activist, he would not be throwing people under the bus left, right, and center.

2014-09-30

Jesus Was A Radical Extreme Libertarian

Not sure what Nate Silver has to do with Jesus but somehow it was mentioned in the threads.

My take on progressives claiming Jesus would be a socialist?

Not in the political sense. I highly doubt he'd consent to millions of people being murdered in the name of 'socialism'. Besides, socialists and communists were godless or atheists. 

It's one of the great logical fallacies of the left. They want to help others just like Jesus. And if you are skeptical or question the state's benevolence, then you're ignorant because that's what Jesus wanted.

Another variant is it's 'not very Christian' to deny people help they seek. No one is saying don't help one another. What we're saying is stop living vicariously through the state and being so dependent on it.

That's what I believe would have been Jesus's message. I think he would call all these social entitlements for what they are: Enabling the meek and weak.





 

How Liberals Suddenly Love War

Remember kids, it's not a 'war-war' if you don't use troops and are trying to fix a problem you didn't create.

It's comical how hard the White House is working to try and convince people they're not at war. It's not a war! We're merely dismantling with no boots on the ground!

You simply can't make this stuff up.



Climate Change Alarmists In A Choke Hold

I would love to see a 'check mate' moment but given how much is at stake (idiots are still 'by this date' predictions that will laughably come and go), this is an unlikely scenario. I'll just have to settle for it disappearing into the night just like the last great climate scare in the 1970s promised natural catastrophe.

"However, given that the IPCC claims to be a scientific rather than political body, it still ultimately has everything staked on the science. The single most important issue in all of the scientific debate is the expected response of the climate to a doubling of atmospheric CO2. This is known as the climate sensitivity and if it is high then we are in trouble and if it is low there is no good reason to panic about CO2. (There are actually two types of climate sensitivity, one for short term effects and one for the longer term, but they are closely related and for reasons of simplicity I’ll treat them as one here.) In AR5 the sensitivity was estimated to lie between 1.5°C and 4.5°C; it is generally agreed that if it is less than 2°C we are pretty much OK and if it is more than 3°C there will be serious trouble.

Curiously, AR5 declined to give a best estimate between these two numbers, despite previous IPCC reports having done so. The SFP however latched onto the fact that the range was closer to catastrophe than safety and advised accordingly.

There the story would normally rest, but in the last few days Nic Lewis (an independent researcher) and Professor Judith Curry (a climatologist) have published a paper that puts the IPCC in one hell of a judo hold. They have taken the IPCC’s own data and methods and calculated what that crucial ‘best estimate’ should have been. To cut to the chase, it comes in at 1.33°C, with a 95% chance it is less than 2.5°C.

Oops. It appears that those of us who think that man-made CO2 will cause some warming, but almost certainly not anything remotely dangerous, were probably right all along."

"...The most important thing about the paper for me isn’t that it advances our scientific understanding of the climate (for it doesn’t), but that it provides a carrot for both scientists and politicians. I’ve said before that political attitudes to global warming will only change once there is a large enough body of scientific evidence out there for politicians to justify really ditching all the ‘green crap’. And this paper is a milestone in creating just such a body of evidence. It’s a big, fat, juicy carrot, dangling in full view of anyone who needs a reason to moderate their stance on the issue. "

"...That there is movement afoot in the scientific community has recently been shown by an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal entitled ‘Climate Science is not Settled.’ It is written by Steven Koonin, a theoretical physicist who is chairing the American Physical Society’s review of their public policy statement on global warming. Given that the previous APS statement on the topic claimed that “The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring,” the mere title of the new article shows just how much the ground is shifting."

Yes. It's 'settled'. President Obama has said so. Just the guy you want in your corner. By now, it should be pretty obvious to any person with their heads adjusted properly Obama would sell his mother to the Koch brothers if it meant saving his own butt. A guy who can't even be bothered to sit in on intelligence briefings (remember kids: Spies collect, intelligence officers interpret, the President decides. You can't decide if you have no information because you don't show up. And when that happens, you blame it all on faulty intelligence and point the finger elsewhere) because he probably thinks in his head he has all things figured out.

If you are the company you keep, then you are the people you support on issues. And as time goes on, even the great global warming scare will leave many people truly hot and red faced. Now that's human warming I can understand!

*note. I was not paid by big oil to publish this post.

Steyn Cross Checks Mann

Steyn's fight against Michael E. Mann continues.

Mann is a brutish bully. That hockey stick should be used to cross check him.

I agree he's neither for science or freedom of speech. He's just about himself. As are most discredited alarmists.

Canada A Wireless Embarrassment

Go fuck yourself Telus. 

Canadians are royally screwed when it comes to true free market pricing in the wireless industry.

"Canada should heed the lessons learned in Europe about adopting rules intended to keep wireless prices low, the former head of Austria's telecom regulator has told the CRTC.

European companies are now living with the unintended consequences of stimulating increased competition to keep consumers happy, Georg Serentschy said as hearings continued Tuesday into the 
health of Canada's wholesale wireless market.

Forcing lower prices in the short term, he said, has resulted in Europe having among the slowest and least reliable wireless networks in the industrialized world.

"Europe's telecoms industry — and its entire digital ecosystem — is suffering because over the last two decades European telecom regulators have created rules intended to keep wireless prices low by stimulating increased competition," said Serentschy."

Cry me a river.

And? Things are that much better with them gouging consumers?

"I encourage Canada's regulator not to recycle Europe's failed policies, but rather to learn from them," he added.

Read between the lines: Please maintain our monopoly, wink.

I can't believe what I was reading. A bunch of monopolistic businessmen feeding off the regulatory gibberish of the CRTC using scare tactics to maintain their cronyism.

Don't need a 4th carrier? Why? Because they said so? How would we know if we don't let the market decided? I would much rather that than listen to a bunch of top men controlling things like a bunch of commie Dukes.

All they're doing is making sure no one comes in and potentially kicks their ass.

And really. It's the first time I hear of Canada being a 'world leader' in wireless. Europe has always been the leader and suddenly we are #1? Don't buy it. Canada, like most anything we do, is  A LAGGARD in this industry. Mostly because of this crap we read in the article. Monopolies don't provide better service or pricing for consumers. They ensure they keep their piece of the pie. Nothing else.

The arrogance of this folks.

Exchange Of The Day

I love this exchange from The Star Tribune (I lost the link):

wardnjuneSep. 30, 14
1:44 PM
@halfabubble It might make sense to you if you lived in a coastal state. Florida has a huge problem with plastic bags ending up in their waterways, clogging their drainage systems and causing serious back-ups and flooding.

One of the most serious threats to our oceans is plastics pollution. Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Dwell on that.


moretaxesnowSep. 30, 14
2:50 PM
@wardnjune There are 27,878,400 square feet per square mile. Dwell on that.

Will they? That's a mighty big number for some to grasp. 

Finland Criticizes Moscow Aggression

Pic Of The Day

Heroes!

It's a vicious cycle. Cops feel threatened by people, they get bigger, better, badder toys to use against the people and then wonder why they don't get respect, or worse, are hated.

Stuff like this should make anyone's blood boil.

Screw that irresponsible and depraved cop.

Is That A Bus?

By now, if that 60 Minutes interview with Obama didn't sway undecided voters away from the Democrats for November nothing will. Man, is there no one this President will not throw under the bus? This time it was the entire intelligence community under the supremely incompetent James Clapper (Clap on, Clap off!).

I'm sorry. Are you NOT the President?

Mister The Buck Stops Here is Mr. I Didn't Do It.

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It's become almost impossible to listen to the President speak.

For example.

Take this gem on the economy. Apparently, the only way to get the economy moving again with a specific focus on getting wages up is to A) increase the minimum wage, B) equal pay (pay equity if you're a snob) for women and C) infrastructure projects.

That's the ticket. Magic! Superficially force it up! Profit margins? What's that?

That's it. That's his idea. Notice all government initiatives with some coercive strong arming for the private sector.

All (cracked or not) roads to success run through the bureaucracy.

Nothing on how real wealth can only be created and generated by the private sector.

2014-09-29

The World Ends At Scandinavia

Sweden 'most successful society' in world history?

You know, being a history buff and all (I even have a degree!) and having maintained a keen interest in all things the past, many things have come and gone from this remedial mind but concluding Sweden is what Toynbee claims was never one of them.

It's a ridiculous assertion.

It only works when you accept her (left-wing) criteria (as well as conveniently over looking any negatives) and even then I don't know how you can arrive at that conclusion.



Sandy Hook Advisory Panel Unfairly And Unjustifiably Targets Homeschooling

Let's file this under 'scapegoating'.

And the recommendations are a laughable joke. All they're doing is finally taking advantage of the situation to attack something they don't like or understand.

I understand the bureaucracy and government have a problem with people exercising their free will (and in the case of vouchers, choices) but even by their standards this strikes me as utterly ignorant even by their standards - which isn't very high.

By their logic, we should further scrutinize the public system whenever a shooting takes place because the majority of killers aren't homeschooled at all but come from, you guessed it, the public school system.

Sandy Hook had nothing to do with homeschooling. Even if Lanza went to public school what exactly would have changed? To single it out is most unfortunate and a classic example of a modern day witch hunt.


California Sex Assault Law Will Bring Destructive Unintended Consequences

California, continuing it's slow descent into madness,  basing its sex laws on flimsy evidence and poorly researched data.

I see many lives being ruined for nothing in the future.

The government now in the bedrooms?

The Silence Is Deafening

Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker tweeted, "Countries bombed: Obama 7, Bush 4."

He's just trying to fix Bush's mess.

I don't know what Politifact needed as proof. One needs only to, you know, pay attention to know it's accurate.

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The Nobel Peace Prize winner can't catch a break.

"On CNN’s State of the Union, political commentator LZ Granderson said Obama is losing favor among his base because of his recent foreign policy decisions. In 2008, Obama supporters were tired of the wars started under Bush and were hoping that a new president would bring them to a close.

"They voted for him because he was supposed to end these wars and stop bombing people," Granderson said. "And when you look at the raw numbers, three times as much Special Forces were used than ‘W.’, twice as many strikes (on) countries that are predominantly Muslim. Those were not the numbers that his staunch progressive base voted for."

Yet, he goes on 60 Minutes and tells the American people he under estimated ISIS.

If this isn't the definition of trigger-happy neo-con, I don't know what is.



 

Telling The CRTC To Go Fly A Kite

"Though this seems minor, if we don’t handle the minor things, theycan unfortunately escalate into major things down the road," hesaid.

Unfortunately, this is the rule rather than the exception in how bureaucrats and other people in position of power and influence rule.

Even if there is no rational reason to think this way. It's a kind of a grotesque slippery slope line of thinking. It becomes much easier to predict a slippery slope when bad policy is enacted based on flimsy and faulty evidence and thinking.

Again. To me, the classic is the war on cigarettes. It was never supposed to come this far. We assured the government and activists would never attempt to ban it in private spheres. Yet. Here we are.

It will be the same with food. They've already begun their 'war' on sugar and salt.

If you think it will stop at 'sized' drinks and limiting quantities of salt in restaurants you're, once again, mistaken. We're like an abused spouse who can't come to the realization it's no good. 


2014-09-26

Stench Of Murder And Misery

Or blood.

Cuban company creates Che Guevera cologne.

As an aside, commie Cuba allows for companies to form?

Porn For The Blind

I love technology.

Mark this down, the only thing that would ever solve any environmental problem is technology innovated in the free-market and nothing else.

It certainly won't be figured out by the system change cult.

Green My Ass

2014-09-25

Tea And Coffee Consumption

More maps.

Couple of quick thoughts. The UK is the only country in Europe where tea prevails. Australia, as part of the Commonwealth also drinks more tea but not so in Canada where coffee rules.

Natural enough I reckon that our diet is closer to the U.S. given our proximity and reality of our intricate and intertwined economies.

In South America, curiously Chile and Bolivia consume more tea.

Autonomous Aspirations

Active separatist movements in Europe in a map.

For what it's worth, I don't believe Padonia or Catalan - when push came to shove - would leave their respective countries as well as those regions in the UK.


Man Versus Nature Fallacy

Man versus Nature black or white, appeal to nature fallacies are really stupid and reached peak stupid during that climate system change rally in New York City.

It's no contest. Little or nothing man does is irreversible or forever. Man is a piece of shit next to Mother Nature. Plants, for example, have shown to be every bit as unique and complex as man building cities and nations.

Nature will always win.

This is part of the reality environmentalists don't seem to want to come to terms with. You can come up with all the inefficient, regressive laws in the world and they would do absolutely jack shit to solve or fix whatever they feel ails nature.



Entropy means little to people.

Earth has been around about 4.5 billion years
 
Complex multicellular life is not even a billion years old and somehow we're the problem?






Quote Of The Day

Ha, ha:

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.”

Milton Friedman.

Honorable People

I think I'm gonna sarcastically start a segment called 'Honorable People'. It will not discriminate. Whoever I think is a douche will make the cut.

Let's start with this story out of Philadelphia with one Kathryn Knott.


2014-09-24

Stats Corner

Haven't done this bit in a while.

I was looking at Canada's Olympic Ice Hockey record.

Canada has won 13 gold medals in men's and women's hockey against principally two countries: Sweden and the United States. Nine against the USA, three against Sweden and one against Czechoslovakia.

Of the three gold medals won by the U.S., two have come against Canada.

As for the Soviet Union/Unified Team/Russia. Their eight gold medals came at the expense of five different countries.

Canada and Russia have met just once. That was back in 1992 in Albertville where the Unified Team prevailed 3-1.

Not a particularly timely post but one I wanted off my medium-sized chest.


Phrases I Hate

Well, I hate 'Investor Class' more when it's uttered by progressives.

In the right hands, say an economist or financial expert it's fine.

I imagine whenever a left-winger hears the term they think of a multi-millionaire old man chomping on a cigar and sipping bourbon laughing heartily while sending orphans to the diamond minds or to produce monocles in a sweatshop.

But the investor class is more than that. It's you and me. Sure there are degrees of investing determined by means. The person who saves more has access to more capital and in theory can invest more.

Nonetheless, at anytime anyone can become an investor.

You're an investor and you probably don't realize it. If you have a pension, the company invests your money on your behalf in, say, stocks or mutual funds.

An investor can simultaneously own a business and earn a modest salary. They are not mutually exclusive.

So by all means. Demonize the 'investor class'. Just recall when you do, you're shooting yourself in the foot just like calls for taxing capital gains and dividends retard your chances of building wealth for you and your family.




Fall Of The West Reason 6778383333

My Stance On Global Warming

Interviewer: What would you do to fight global warming?
T.C.: Two words: Air. Conditioners.

/Grin and winks.