Monday, November 30, 2009

Alright, I'm finally going to blog about Climate-Gate from a researcher's point of view

B was way ahead of the curve on this one--I think he beat out Reynolds at Instapundit by several hours.  I'm not going to blog about the science or anything but about my disgust at these people as a researcher.  I've been in academia as a researcher for almost fourteen years and was a researcher/analyst in other fields for six years before that.  So I've got about twenty years which I think gives me some gravitas on this issue and I have to say that I'm completely appalled at these so-called scientists and researchers. 

I was told from the very beginning of my career that data is what it is, that bad data in equals bad data out, that you can't go in with an agenda otherwise it is going to skew your findings.  These little tidbits were apparently forgetten by these guys in their zeal to get more and more funding--many other people have said it and I'll echo it, there's no money if there's no crisis.  I'm going to take it a bit further than the money issue though. 

So think about it.....  what mad scientist doesn't want to take over the world?  And this is what these folks have done.  Through their fudging of data, use of buggy and irreparable computer programs, shouting down of dissenting opinion, they have shaped the public policy and economies of those countries who are stupid enough to buy in to their wailings about the end of the world.  They are meeting in Copenhagen in a few days and the US, via Obama will probably sign on to this mess, even in light of the fact that these cheeseballs are basing everything on faulty science.  The best to be hoped for is that cap and trade will die now, but I remain skeptical.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Money talks and bullshit walks.....

So, it looks like President Sarkozy, who seems to actually be a politically savvy guy and a pretty good leader, for a French guy, has been pressured by his wife and others in the art community to put the pressure on the Swiss to let Roman Polansky out on bail.  I mean, it's not like he's a flight risk or anything...  oh wait, he actually IS a flight risk.  So he'll get to spend time in his Alpine Swiss Chalet and drink fru-fru drinks (I have no idea what someone like that would drink) and then when he gets the word that the cops aren't in the vicinity, he can take it on the lam again because his monitoring bracelet doesn't even have GPS on it (in this day and age).

Friday, November 27, 2009

Liberal wastefulness at its most basic

B pointed out this link from Insty this morning.  The gist of the article is that when good-meaning folks bring food to soup kitchens to feed the hungry, if those foods don't meet the restrictive nutritional standards that can only exist in a society where hunger is not endemic, then the shelters accept the food politely and throw it away (for having trans-fats).

Okay, so they are throwing out perfectly good food because of policy that was created due to ONE study that links trans-fats with heart disease (sounds like Climategate type thinking to me), but the thing that gets me is that they are not telling the nice people bringing the food that they can't use it and so those nice people will continue to bring the same food that will continue to be thrown away.  So there's even more waste. 

Some people were actually showing good sense in taking the food and using it for its purpose but the fact that the overarching legislation also affected emergency food shelters, makes it counterproductive and stupid.

Post Thanksgiving thoughts

As I'm sitting here watching cars do donuts in the parking lot across the street, I''m thinking about how thankful I am for the life I have now.  I'm with a man who loves me (and who is an excellent cook and teacher) and who keeps my mind active--my arguments had best be cogent ones (thanks B--your posting touched my heart).  My job is finally becoming interesting, which is nice.   I've got family and friends and furry companions who all seem to like me well enough (can never really tell with the cats though).  I can bake bread and rolls from scratch and I think I've got my chocolate pie recipe perfected at last--creamy but yet solid enough.  I think I laugh more than I cry.  I'm developing skills and gaining knowledge that are helping me to grow as a person.  I'm using the skills and knowledge that I've gained in my life in useful ways.  What's better than those blessings??

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

This is a great day to remember life's blessings.  Remember those brave men and women who came to the New World seeking freedom.  Remember those Native Americans who helped them to survive that first winter.  Those two groups helped to shape the entire world, not just the new world.  Remember that this is an American holiday, regardless of religion, race, or creed.  If you have adopted this country as your own or if you were born here, use this day to cherish it.  A land of opportunity, of individual rights and freedoms.  Be aware of those who wish to change it or to take away those rights.  Raise your glass and cheer freedom--relight that flame in your heart. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Quality of life and something that just ooked me out...

I read yesterday about the guy who was awake and aware for 23 years but was totally unable to communicate with anyone. I just want to say, publically, that if I am diagnosed with being in a 'persistant vegetative state', pull the frickin' plug.  For one thing, if all I can do is move my foot to type on a computer, I'm not calling that quality of life.  I'd rather suffer for a week or two of dehydration before being released from a non-functional body than being trapped in one.  Give me a month, maybe two, and if my happy ass isn't tapdancing down the hall on the way out the door, let me go the other way.

That is all.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Healthcare Reform and other People's money

Roberta I think has nailed this one on the head.  She says in response to any speaker who says that 'a country as rich as this one can pay for....' (this part I'm paraphrasing, below is her quote):
This country's government isn't wealthy at all; in fact, it is deep in debt. The fellow who says otherwise is assuming that your money, your employer's money, every citizen's income, ultimately belongs to The State and that The State has every right to decide how it is to be spent.
 And she's right.  Our elected representatives are treating our money as if it was their very own piggybank ripe for breaking into to pay for their pet projects that may not be our pet projects.  The equally monstrous Health Care Bill that the Senate just introduced outweighs (literally) the House bill by several pages.  The fundamental thing that they don't understand is that government intervention, as has been shown time after time after time, does not help, it's counterproductive and harmful to whatever it is they are putting their fingers into.  They need to back off and repeal the other laws they passed that got us here in the first place if they really want to do any good whatsoever.

There's a classic oxymoron "we're from the Government and we're here to help".  That one has staying power for a reason....

He's not even bothering to hide it anymore

Via Drudge, there is an article in the Washington Post by Anne Kornblut that chronicles Obama's stop in South Korea and his speech to the troops at Osan Airbase.  Maybe it wasn't meant to sound the way it did, and maybe I'm being a little too cynical when it comes to Obama and his speeches to the troops, but you can make your own call:
"You guys make a pretty good photo op," the president said.
He got a huge cheer when he told them he was increasing military pay. "That's what you call an applause line," he said, before boarding his jet and taking off at 4:11 p.m.
 Okay, I'm sure that those comments were supposed to be a joke, but I think maybe, considering how he has treated the men and women in uniform in this country, that perhaps it was more truth than joke.  Like when he went to Dover Air Force base with his gaggle of cameras to be filmed showing some kind of care about our troops that he's didn't evince either before or since, I think that he does see our troops as photo ops for himself and the only way he's going to get cheers is by making statements about pay raises.  YMMV.

Notes from The American Spectator

I've blogged a lot on the subject of the utter disdain the Obama administration has shown as far as foreign policy (the Reset button that wasn't, the Brown incident, etc.) but Andrew Cline over at The American Spectator really sums up many of these debacles into one very good article.  The title, American Buffoonery, says it all (ht Insty).  His final paragraph:

Obama might be cultivating world opinion by insulting his own country in speech after speech and undermining its interests with his foreign policy, but the joke is on him. For his transparent disdain for other world leaders and customs is making him every bit the image of the buffoonish American president he tries so hard to convince the world he is not.

No matter the spin that the White House tries to put on these things, the American public as well as the world are starting to see what an idiot, both social and political, this man is.  The blinders are starting to come off, which is a very good thing.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Political theater at its finest

Via Hamilton, Madison, and Jay, Congress is trying to investigate the actions of various agencies (or non-action since they were paralzyed by the PC/diversity thought police), leading up to the murders at Fort Hood by Hasan.  And, BTW, the Obama administration is refusing to let anyone who might have direct knowledge about Hasan testify before Congress.  Here's hoping that Lieberman will use the Congressional subpoena to get some real answers.  I have to say, this quote by Obama just frickin' floored me:

"I know there will also be inquiries by Congress, and there should," Obama said. "But all of us should resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater that sometimes dominates the discussion here in Washington. The stakes are far too high."
THIS, from the man who immediately condemned the actions of a police officer investigating a possible break-in and actually held a BEER-SUMMIT as a result??  Political theater is this joker's middle name.  I actually have no other words for this blatant, utter, complete, total lack of care by this idiot for our men and women in uniform. 

What stakes??  I don't think he's talking about breaking some of those PC barriers and letting law enforcement actually do its job and give the right to our military to protect its own from those who seek to damage it from inside. 

Is he worried that people might actually notice that Islam is more a political party/theocratic system than it is a religion and thus should not have the freedoms given to religion in this country as creeping Shariah strangles our culture and freedoms??  I have to say I'm getting a bit tired of outside influences being given preferential treatment in this country.

And it's just that simple....

Heard this morning that the Maersk Alabama was fired upon by Somali pirates.  Guards on the ship (a new addition apparently after the hostage thing several months ago) fired back and the pirates went away.  Gee golly, imagine that!  Actually not waiting around to become a victim works! 

Imagine if each household had its own guards to do the same thing......  wait......, thanks to the Second Amendment, we CAN be our own guards.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Random find: James Dean

Rebel without a Cause

Free speech from a surprising source

Earlier this year, Yale University Press declined to release cartoon images of Muhammad in Jytte Klausen's book, The Cartoons that Shook the World (oh the irony).  Their statement is here.  Basically they wussed out and they bowed to the Islamists and allowed the threat of violence (ie, terrorism) to put a damper on free speech.  In response Gary Hull, a professor at Duke University (hence my surprise since Duke is not known to be a bastion of free speech itself) is printing all of them in a book entitled Muhammad, the Banned Images using his own Voltaire Press as the platform.  He includes other images in this book also and his Introduction says:

Muhammad: The "Banned" Images is a "picture book" — or errata to the bowdlerized version of Klausen's book as published by Yale University Press. It is of course more than that. It is a statement of defiance against censors, terror-mongers, and their Western appeasers. It is a rallying cry for free speech, freedom of the press, and for open scholarship unfettered by fear.
 We'll see what happens next.  If there is violence against anyone associated with the book then that is further proof of Islam's basic incompatibility with the United State's ideals of free speech.

Monday, November 16, 2009

2012, the Movie

This is the first movie I've seen in the theater since Casino Royale.  I went and saw this with my sister in Wisconsin last weekend.  It really took until today, when someone asked me about it to realize that it was actually a good movie since the special effects kind of put my brain into sensory overload.  As a disclaimer, I'm a HUGE John Cusack fan--I've liked him ever since he was the geek in Sixteen Candles.  That said, it's unfortunate that the special effects kind of overshadow the story, which is actually quite interesting.  The characters and how they react to the end of the world is the heart of this movie.  Yesterday I wouldn't have recommended it, but I today I would.  The only caveat is that it might be better on the small screen if only so the special effects are held to a manageable level and so you can concentrate on the characters.

Wisconsin is mentioned several times in the movie so it was fun to hear the audience 'whoo!' every time.

Gay Hillary supporters posting their appreciation of Bush and his actions at Ft. Hood

Bookworm has an interesting blogpost where she quotes two gay Hillary supporters and how they are starting to realize their appreciation for what Bush did and is continuing to do for our country and its defenders.  They realize that Obama (or Gore or a slough of other folks) would not have done what Bush did at Ground Zero and they have seen and taken note of the fact that the Bushes are the ones who went to Fort Hood to be with the families and soldiers there, not Obama, whose job it certainly was.  The link to their post is here.  This is significant and I hope that it is showing a possible wave of common sense for those who drank most deeply of the Obama Kool-Aid.  It takes a lot of guts to stand up and say that you were wrong and to actually link to evidence of it like they do.

MORE bowing and scraping....

Once again Obama bows and scrapes to a foreign leader.  At least it was in Japan and the Japanese press were so embarrassed for him that they are refusing to run the pictures.  But the University of Connecticut Republicans have put together a nice montage of how one greets the Emperor of Japan and how (the) One should not greet the Emperor of Japan.

Truly, can they not get someone in the protocol office who can actually get some of this crap right??  I know better and I've never been to Japan.  Check out Allahpundit's Hot Air article as well and the commentary/trackback links for more.  His extreme bow made him (and through him our country) look weak and stupid.  If he'd ever watched The Last Samarai, Karate Kid, ANYTHING related to Japan he'd know better.

Bush's stomach issues are NOTHING compared to this.

Friday, November 13, 2009

This picture says it all....

Obama can't even bother himself to salute the flag of the United States of America during Veteran's Day ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (via Bookworm via Lucianne).  There have been countless signs of his contempt for the country that he is supposed to be leading but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.....

As I recall, there is clear protocol in such situations.  Either he feels he's above them, or truly doesn't give a rat's half-eaten ass.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yeah, that'll help! When in doubt, punch your opponent out...

Via Drudge, there is a report from Columbia University where a 'prominant' black (male) professor of architecture punched a white female co-worker in the face at a Harlem bar.  Apparently the professor, Lionel McIntyre, got overwrought about what he referred to as 'white privilege' and he apparently felt that the two white folks with whom he was speaking were not personally doing enough to remedy it so first he pushed then sucker-punched Camille Davis right in the face.  Per the report, the two had 'squabbled' about race relations in the past (but yet they kept hanging out with each other).

Read this from When Falls the Coliseum.  He points out something that was bothering me but that I didn't really notice:  the language that the professor used regarding the incident was all passive voice.  This indicates that he was not responsible for his actions, that his fist just happened to leap up and punch someone in the face without his cognition.  This is a symptom of the victimhood mentality--that people are not responsible for themselves or their actions.  Gives an interesting context to the whole thing.

Everyone should read this article.... It Isn't Political Correctness, It's Shariah

Via Bookworm, this article on American Thinker by Pamela Geller should, IMO, be forwarded to EVERYONE.  Og and RobertaX began some conversations on the issue of Islam and I have to say that I'm firmly on the side of Og on this one.  Below is my commentary on the subject.  It's nice to know that both Ms. Geller and I came up with the same conclusions although hers are much more well-written than mine.

There are those who think that the religion of the shooter (Islam) is not a valid concern and there are those who feel that not only is it a valid concern but that Islam itself is a threat to our way of life.  I've tried to get my thoughts in order about this and I think I have to come down on the latter side and here's why:

One of the reasons that the Fort Hood shooter was allowed to continue in his position, despite evidence, both anecdotal and concrete, that he actively hated our country and was trying to contact the enemies of our country was because of propaganda machines that have everyone walking around on eggshells.  If you say a Muslim is a terrorist, even when you have proof that he or she is, then you are a racist.  CAIR and ISNA have been taking great pains by screaming discrimination every time allegations are made against Muslims.

The fact that the liberals and their lapdogs, the legacy media, have come down on the side of Islamic totalitarianism is both ironic and frightening.  Ironic, because the Democrats (home of most liberals) claim to be for women's rights, etc. and Islam is the antithesis of this.  Frightening because it shows that modern liberal thought is more in line with the infantalilization and control of the populace, but the theocracy of the liberals consists of Political Correctness and Multiculturalism.  The fact that our country has sunk to a low where we cannot show our outrage that at an enemy of our country, who killed our citizens because of his religious beliefs, is outrageous in itself. 

I'm not advocating violence against Muslims or ropes and yardarms, but I do remember the parable of the scorpion and the frog and try to keep perspective and not get stung.

Lou Dobbs finally grew a pair...

Apparently last night was Lou Dobb's last night on CNN.  My thinking is that he couldn't stand the direction of liberal partisanship reporting done by the company and finally reached his last straw.  Liberal groups, such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who had a hate-on for Dobbs since he was very clearly against granting citizen rights to illegals is rejoicing, as is Media Matters.  The quote from the president of Media Matters I think is quite telling:

"This is a happy day for all those who care about this nation of immigrants and believe in the power of media to elevate the political discourse," said Eric Burns, its president.
 My translation:  'we're really glad this guy is not going to be an on-air presence trying to be a voice of reason in a liberal world.  Now that he's gone, we can really control the message that the American public is receiving (even though Fox news is trouncing us on viewership)'.

I think that we'll be hearing more from Dobbs.  Here's his quote:

Dobbs said the decision came after months of discussion with CNN U.S. President Jon Klein. Dobbs mentioned his interest in issues such as health care, jobs, immigration, climate change and the wars.
 "Unfortunately, these issues are now defined in the public arena by partisanship and ideology rather than rigorous empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion," he said. "I will be working diligently to change that as best I can."
 Nice to know that some people are actually voting with their feet when a situation becomes untenable.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Now that the magic has gone.....

Shocker from the Boston Globe (via Drudge).  The are actually reporting that a federal report 'wildly exaggerated' the number of jobs (12,374) 'saved or created' in Massachusetts by the portion of that $787 Billion received by the Commonwealth ($4 Billion).  Bridgewater State seems to be somewhat culpable in that the said that the money that they received was used for 160 full time work-study jobs, but now they say that they didn't get any jobs for the over $77k investment.  The Globe tries to whitewash the hogwash by saying that the money was still important since it funded public services, even though they say it was basically shuffling funds.

“We see $15 million construction projects with no jobs, and a $900 shoe sale that created nine jobs. Both are obviously wrong,’’ said Michael Balsam, chief solutions officer for Onvia, a Seattle data company tracking the stimulus spending. “There were a lot of recipients that did not report. Those that did report have some data challenges - wrong data or missing data.’’
The White House comes back with this:

Cheryl Arvidson, assistant director of communications for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, the federal government’s oversight panel for the stimulus money, acknowledged the problems recipients are having reporting job counts.

 “Some people are going to be confused. Some people are manually entering data. We figured there would be innocent mistakes,’’ Arvidson said. “We anticipate that as we go forward . . . the data quality will be increasingly improved. We knew there was going to be a shake-out.’’
 The fact that even the Globe is starting to report on this clusterfuck is amazing to me and says that the Kool-Aid is finally starting to wear off.  The word is finally being spread and the lies that have been and continue to come out of the White House are being noticed, even within the fawning ranks of legacy media.

Veteran's Day!

My Heartfelt Thanks to those who serve and served in our Armed Forces, putting their lives, hearts, and minds on the line to keep the American Dream alive and to defend our Constitution.  My thanks to their families, who support them, comfort them, and love them enough to let them put themselves into harms way.  I cannot know the price that each individual pays and all I can give in return is my gratitude and recognize them, not just today, but all days.

I love you sister-mine!

Catching up!

I've been slammed at work and my laptop screen took a powder on me so blogging has been slow.  That doesn't mean that I haven't been listening to and reading the news (although I've been avoiding NPR).  This week has been chock full of things that really make me step back and take a look at my philosophies and ideas (but then some things I've seen are no-brainers so let's start with those).

On the list of things that are painfully obvious to me:

I hope the health care bill dies a quick death before any American does because of it.  They say (and from their lips to God's ear) that they will never come up with enough votes in the Senate to pass it since there seems to be some folks who are actually realizing that the American public doesn't want this, no matter what Pelosi and company want to ram down our collective throats.  Those presently in power are starting to understand that their positions are in jeopardy and are maybe starting (some of them) to actually represent the will of the people, rather than the will of the Democrat leadership.  Those that don't are going to lose their ride on the gravy train.

I hope that the backlash from Kelo and Pfizer's subsequent backing out of that mess goes straight into the hearts of those justices who ruled against the rights of individuals to own and maintain their property and instead allowed the government to seize private property and give it to another private entity "for the public good".  I know that many states took steps after that ruling to ensure that it could not happen in many places, but not all of them did.

Although I know that 'V' the series (redone for the 21st century crowd and lacking Marc Singer and his amazing abs) was in the works before the present administration, I hope that more folks begin to see the parallels between the aliens and our present administration and start to take action before we end up down Obama's and Pelosi's gullets.

Obama's treatment and attitude towards the Fort Hood massacre absolutely sickens me.  He has shown through actions, his utter contempt for our military and has shown himself unfit to be the Commander in Chief of our armed forces.  Neither he, nor his scriptwriters, have any concept or clue about honor, respect, loyalty, or patriotism.  There is not enough honey on his tongue to counteract what his actions have shown the world.  The fact that he still gave a gala event that night instead of going to Fort Hood tells the whole tale.

Additionally, he was not above using the Berlin Wall when he was trying to become the second JFK, but the true meaning of the wall coming down naturally eludes him since he stands for subjugation, not freedom and so the celebration means nothing to him.  Putz.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fort Hood

My thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers and families of Fort Hood.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Even the Renaissance was Privately Funded

I was listening to NPR this morning (had a headache anyway and didn't figure it could get any worse) and heard the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, a Broadway producer, was talking about his efforts to bring the NEA from the 'East Wing to the West Wing' in the White House.  In essence, he has the skewed worldview that the NEA is on a par with other domestic agencies such as Health and Human Services and that the NEA should be involved with domestic economic policymaking, basically in order to ensure that its present budget of $167 million is increased in the future.

Not surprisingly, one of his first acts as the chair of the NEA is to go on a taxpayer funded six month junket tour of the United States called 'Art Works' looking at arts organizations.  In this companion article, the final quote just kills me....

After Peoria, Landesman will travel to St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville, and points west. The one-time Broadway producer will be seeing and declaring, at each stop, that art works.
I am a big believer in the arts--I was in theater and chorus in high school and chorus and band in grade school.  BUT, I do not think that public funding (outside of school funding for activities) is appropriate for the arts.  This is, in part, because art is subjective.  I do not think that putting your autograph on $20 bills and handing them out counts as art.  I do not think that plexiglass tubes of blood that is purported to be aborted fetuses counts as art.  I do not think that a crucifix in urine is art (it is a personal statement, surely but I don't count it as art).

In Renaissance Italy, all artists found patrons and got room and board in return for painting, sculpting, etc. things that the patrons wanted.  If an artist was particularly good and produced items with mass appeal, then several patrons would vie for the favor of that artist and he could set a higher price for his pieces (free market at its best).  I think that worked just fine.  I don't think that taxpayer money should be used for funding whatever the elistists would term as art, especially now that the Obama administration has begun to use the art community as a propoganda machine.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The cluelessness on both sides of the aisle

I was reading more about the NY23 race since Scozzafava dropped out and it led me to a different track on my usual train of thought.  With the health care bill, everyone is talking about 'sticking with the party' and obeying party leadership.  Problem being that party affiliation has become more important to the supposed representatives than their constituents. 

What the parties don't realize, and what became crystal clear in New York, is that the American People are becoming more interested in the position of the person on the liberal/conservative scale than they are with whatever party with which they happen to be affiliated.  Newt and company came away with egg on their collective faces because they just thought that people would vote for a Republican--even one that is so far out on the left that she's fallen off the bell curve.  Iowans are now starting to realize that the Democrat Obama Kool-Aid they drank is destined to give them heartburn.

Personal ideology is going to be the factor in the next elections, not party affiliation.  With the groundswell of sentiment towards cleaning out both the House and the Senate in the next elections, I think that the old chestnut regarding third party candidates splitting votes is going to go the way of the dodo since I think that people are tired of both parties.

Monday, November 2, 2009

So they'd rather bring down the ship...

The UAW membership voted against concessions with Ford.  These changes were designed to bring Ford's costs in line with Government Motors and Chrysler.  To me this means that either the UAW is working with the Obama administration to bring the third US motor company into the government fold by backing them into a corner or that the UAW still doesn't realize that it is and has been lately the cause of extreme loss of employment to their members and all of the correlary businesses associated with the US auto industry and are content to blow up the ship with all of their members aboard rather than abandon a position.

We were in Michigan this last weekend selling Strike Hold at a gun show.  It was the poorest show we've done.  I'm putting it to two reasons--the first being a total lack of disposable income by the Michiganers (primarily due to such decision as the above) and the second being a resistance to change  (my daddy introduced me to REM oil 30 years ago and if it was good enough then, it's good enough now).