Saturday, March 13, 2010

You're Not Going To Amount To Jack Squat!

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Jimmah II (Part 78,943)

President Obama has appointed Janet Yellen, President of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, as Vice-Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Reuters reads the tea leaves:

Yellen would replace Donald Kohn, a 40-year veteran of the Fed who announced earlier this month that he would retire on June 23. ...

She is considered one of the most "dovish" members of the central bank's policymakers, meaning she is seen to lean toward policies that will boost growth and promote employment rather than those aimed at keeping inflation at bay. ...

Policymakers are currently split among those who think persistently high unemployment calls for a prolonged period of easy money and those who worry that Fed's massive cash infusion into the financial system poses a dangerous inflation risk if the Fed does not soon begin to pull back reserves.

This seems like a clue as to where the Obama administration intends to take the economy. If I'm not mistaken, Jimmy Carter did much the same thing: juice the currency

COTD: Not At All

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Chris (20:43:05) : “Sounds like he’s making it up as he goes along. Sort of like climate science.”

No, not at all like climate science. AFAIK, (1) He hasn’t said “the science is settled.” (2) He isn’t up to his elbows in conflicting interest investments. (3) He hasn’t perverted the peer review process. (4) He hasn’t called conflicting opinions “voodoo” or “flat earth” science. (5) He hasn’t conspired to prevent publication of alternate views. (6) Hasn’t hidden any declines. (7) He hasn’t destroyed, hidden, or fudged any data. (8) He hasn’t refused to comply with any FOI requests. And so on.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Gun Control

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UHI Colorado

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Fort Collins, Colorado is most famous for Balloon Boy, and Boulder, Colorado is most famous for Jon Benet and Ward Churchill.

Both are hotbeds of Climate Science, with familiar names like Roger Pielke (Jr. and Sr.) Walt Meier, William Gray, Kevin Trenberth and Mark Sereeze.  Both are of similar size (Boulder 91,000 and Fort Collins 130,000)  and located in very similar geographical environments along the Front Range – about 50 miles apart.  The big difference is that Fort Collins has tripled in size over the last 40 years, and Boulder has grown much more slowly.  Fort Collins population is shown in blue and Boulder in red below.

From the promotional photo on the CSU website, the Fort Collins USHCN weather station (below) seems reasonably sited.

However when you look at the Google Earth street view, you realize that it is surrounded by concrete, asphalt, nearby parking, and a building just 7.5 meters away

Thursday, March 11, 2010


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A generation ago, academia embraced the laptop as the most welcome classroom innovation since the ballpoint pen. But during the past decade, it has evolved into a powerful distraction. Wireless Internet connections tempt students away from note-typing to e-mail, blogs, YouTube videos, sports scores, even online gaming — all the diversions of a home computer beamed into the classroom to compete with the professor for the student’s attention.

But although the Washington Post has cast the problem in terms of distraction these devices pose, the underlying difficulty may be more basic. The computer has become cybernetically part of many people. For many people, “you” no longer means just “you”. It means you and your computer. And how can a person attend class with an essential part of himself removed?

“My laptop lives with me. I’m always on it,” said Madeline Twomey, 20, a George Washington junior.

They Are Not

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WATCHDOGS WITHOUT BITE: “After a 14-month investigation, the Senate ethics committee decided it was OK that corrupt Sen. Christopher Dodd took sweetheart mortgages from Countrywide Financial, despite his role as a congressional overseer of the nation’s lenders. The committee accepted his implausible explanations because the ethics code is a massive gray area, intentionally so. The code mostly exists to give the public the impression senators are serious about weeding out corruption. They are not.”

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

O Chickensh*t

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Speaking to law students at the University of Alabama, Roberts said he had "no problems" with criticism in general.

"On the other hand, there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances and the decorum," said the Chief Justice. "The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court — according the requirements of protocol — has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling."


I have no problem a President going after the Supreme Court, I wish Bush did more of it back in the day. What I have a tremendous problem with was the punk way in which Obama did it. He knew that his attack on the Citizen's United decision was a clapper line that would get the Democrats up on their feet. He also very well knew there was nothing the members of the Court could do but sit there and take it. It was a chickenshit way to score some cheap points and beneath the dignity of the office.


Like other members, Ms. Kilpatrick told investigators she did not know that corporations had paid the travel bills. But she is quoted in the report as having thanked the corporate sponsors at the 2008 conference.

The report includes photographs taken at the conferences of the House members in front of the sponsors’ corporate logos.

I don’t know about you but I’ve had about all the ethical lapses I can take from the politicians who claim to represent the people of this country. Before all my Democratic readers get up in arms, let me just add that the only bipartisan success in Washington, D.C. over the years has been in the corruption department. Before the current crop of scandals - and the above just scratches the surface by the way - the Republicans managed to disgust the electorate every bit as much as the current crop of Democrats and were turned out of office in 2006 primarily for that reason.

Suborbital + COTD

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The ravenous algo has just sniffed out AIG. Because now that the firm has no relevant core assets to sell, it surely merits a 10% spike in several minutes. Or is there merely a rumor that there is a rumor. Hopefully the government isn't back to its old trick of rolling buy-ins in financial firms. All's fair in love and getting the market higher, higher, higher.

Update: 15% up now
by deadhead
on Tue, 03/09/2010 - 13:51

the fed and the propaganda machine are out of their minds on meth.


Rewiring Toyota's Truth

The question is: What would make an engineering professor stick his neck out so far?

We can't answer that, but we do know that Gilbert was paid $1800 for his engineering study by Sean Kane, a safety consultant. Kane's for-profit firm Safety Research & Strategies Inc. works with lawyers who are currently suing Toyota over the sudden acceleration issue. He blames Toyota for making the fail-safes and redundancies in the accelerator system too easy to circumvent, arguing that Toyota should have engineered the system to be more robust.

My take on it is this: You can engineer around any safety system if you try hard enough. I had a car come to my repair shop years ago with the throttle stuck open partway. The cause was easy to find—the driver had used a coat hanger to hold the carburetor throttle blades partway open, because the throttle cable had snapped and he had no way to drive the vehicle with the engine at idle. Sort of the same thing as Gilbert's demonstration.

Toyota Takedown Timeline

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August 2009: The fatal Santee CA crash

A Lexus (Toyota product) on loan from a dealership crashes outside of Santee, CA, killing a California Highway Patrol Officer, his wife and two children.  Accident investigators later determine the pedal became entrapped beneath a mismatched floor mat in the vehicle, causing sudden unintended acceleration.  (Contracted safety consultants trying to bolster litigators’ cases are trying to force Toyota into prematurely stating that it is an electrical or other problem).

September 3, 2009: SEIU and  Justice for Toyota Janitors Picket Toyota Dealers

Like the UAW and Teamsters will do shortly after them, the SEIU and friends start picketing at Toyota dealerships, demanding that Americans stop buying Toyota cars unless the company keeps their members’ jobs.  They picket again on September 23rd and other dates as well.

Save The Humans

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The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

Anglering for access united we fish rally capitol washington fishing
AP/Luis M. AlvarezOne sign at the United We Fish rally at the Capital summed up the feelings of recreational and commercial fishermen.

Morlock, a member of the CSF board, added, "There are over one million jobs in America supported coast to coast by recreational fishing. The task force has not included any accountability requirements in their reports for evaluating or mitigating how the new policies they are drafting will impact the fishing industry or related economies.

"Given that the scope of this process appears to include a new set of policies for all coastal and inland waters of the United States, the omission of economic considerations is inexcusable."

"Every angler needs to be aware because if it's not happening in your backyard today or tomorrow, it will be eventually.

Monday, March 08, 2010

O Hemming And Hawing

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Jackson Diehl has a theory:

I recently asked several senior administration officials, separately, to name a foreign leader with whom Barack Obama has forged a strong personal relationship during his first year in office. A lot of hemming and hawing ensued.

The hemming and hawing which ensued points to the fact that this president has done nothing to forge those sorts of “strong personal relationship[s]” that are so necessary to moving a country’s foreign policy forward. Diehl points to a few suggestions from the administration officials of foreign leaders with whom Obama may have a “strong personal relationship”. Diehl’s examination of each finds the claim to be unlikely. Unsurprisingly one who isn’t suggested is Britain’s Gordon Brown.

COTD: Pure Evil

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We in Israel know two things for sure – we are on our own re defanging the Iranian Hitlerite regime, and we have NO choice but to pre-empt- at the time of our choosing.

The notion that the Iranian leadership does not understand their imminent demise, if they lob a nuke at Israel, is an incentive ! for them, not a deterrant. One cannot deter a regime which lives to die, even on a macro state level. Since our leftist leaders also understand this zero sum game calculus, they realize that NOT striking will be the end of our homeland-NO doubt about it.

The heretofore Samson Option, which may deter other Arab regimes, absolutley does NOT apply with Iran. Therefore, in a not so veiled way, even the leftist, appeasing Barak internalizes that at this moment in our history NOT striking is simply unthinkable.

By the way, the left in America is pure evil, no ifs, ands or buts.

D Redux

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"When a T cell is exposed to a foreign pathogen, it extends a signaling device or 'antenna' known as a vitamin D receptor, with which it searches for vitamin D," said Carsten Geisler of Copenhagen University's department of international health, immunology and microbiology, who led the study.

"This means the T cell must have vitamin D or activation of the cell will cease. If the T cells cannot find enough vitamin D in the blood, they won't even begin to mobilize."

"What we didn't realize is how crucial vitamin D is for actually activating the immune system — which we know now," Geisler wrote in the study in the journal Nature Immunology.

Most Vitamin D is made by the body as a natural by-product of the skin's exposure to sunlight. It can also be found in fish liver oil, eggs and fatty fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel, or taken as a supplement.

Almost half of the world's population has lower than optimal levels of vitamin D and scientists say the problem is getting worse

The Keystone Corps(e)

“Would socialized medicine lead to socialization of other phases of life? Lenin thought so. He declared socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state.”

1945 AMA Pamphlet Warning

The Communist Workers Party published an article recently in defense of state-run medicine like the proposal that democrats are wanting to ram through in the next 10 days.

Now, back in 1927, an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism, the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program…

One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project…

The State-Run Devil's Spawn

This audio clip contains a portion of Massa's radio interview, in which he calls Rahm Emanuel, the President's chief of staff, "the son of the Devil's spawn,"

What to say about all of this? A plague on all their houses, I suppose. Here is what seems remarkable: driving home from work tonight, I heard the news a couple of times on different networks. There was no reference to the Massa story. Is that astonishing, or what? Here is a thought experiment: imagine that it is 2006; for Eric Massa, substitute the name of any Republican Congressman; for Rahm Emanuel, substitute Karl Rove; and imagine that a Republican Congressman called Rove "the son of the Devil's spawn," while accusing Rove and the Bush White House of conspiring to force him out of Congress--sometimes, while naked--because he opposed the war in Iraq. Do you think that might have made the evening news? I think so, too.

Sunday, March 07, 2010


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Is Obama a Legal Phony?

Well he has never released his law school transcripts, he was Editor of the Harvard Law review yet never published any papers, and after graduating he seems to have never tried a case. And now it turns out that his vaunted Professor of Constitution Law gig was really a patronage sham and he was nothing but a politically appointed part-time lecturer.

The other professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings, and it was clear that the position was nothing more than a political stepping stool. According to my professor friend, he had the lowest intellectual capacity in the building.

So given his recent public mistakes about Constitutional law, you start to wonder how much does he really knows about the law and whether his entire career has been a successful con.

Oh and it seems like he also phoned it in during his brief term as Senator:

You Mean Like Democrats?

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Bugs And People

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Textbook Economics

"What Democrats believe," he says "is what textbook economics says":

But that's not how Republicans see it. Here's what Senator
Jon Kyl of Arizona, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, had to
say when defending Mr. Bunning's position (although not joining his
blockade): unemployment relief "doesn't create new jobs. In fact, if
anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a
disincentive for them to seek new work."

Krugman scoffs: "To me, that's a bizarre point of view--but then, I don't live in Mr. Kyl's universe."

What does textbook economics have to say about this question? Here is a passage from a textbook called "Macroeconomics":

Public policy designed to help workers who lose their jobs
can lead to structural unemployment as an unintended side effect.
So it turns out that what Krugman calls Sen. Kyl's "bizarre point of
view" is, in fact, textbook economics. The authors of that textbook are
Paul Krugman and Robin Wells.
Pretty funny.


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GEORGE WILL, ABC: A, you say they have huge profits. As you know, confiscate all the profits of all the health insurance companies, with those profits you could finance our healthcare for 48 hours. What you do for the next 363 days I don't know. Second, you say there's not enough competition? Fine, let them compete in a national market across state lines.

REICH: Yes, let them compete across state lines, fine. But not a race to the bottom. Set minimum federal standards because we've seen over and over again that the recipients of health insurance don't know what they are buying very often. Until there are common standards, minimal standards, then people are going to be taken. And that is what's happened over and over again.

WILL: There you have the premise of this legislation and the core of today's liberalism: the American people are such dopes they can't be counted upon to buy their own insurance.

Never Too Many Elephants

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Saving The Price Of A Coffin

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The stylish Smart car:


Among it's many features: the entire vehicle is a crumple zone.


If enough people were "smart" enough to drive these moonbatmobiles, the alleged population problem would be solved.


According to Snopes, this isn't a Smart car, which would explain why it wasn't crushed thinner than a dime.

A Communist Living In The White House

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Amazingly enough, the same Saturday Night Live that brought us obnoxious moonbats like Al Franken and Chevy Chase also produced the patriot Victoria Jackson, who has noticed that there's a communist living in the White House and wants to know what we propose to do about it.


The idea that the human mind ought "consciously" to control its own development confuses individual reason, which alone can "consciously control" anything, with the interpersonal process to which its growth is due. By attempting to control it, we are merely setting bounds to its development and must sooner or later produce a stagnation of thought and a decline of reason.

The tragedy of collectivist thought is that, while it starts out to make reason supreme, it ends by destroying reason because it misconceives the process on which the growth of reason depends.

Deep Schlitz

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government
But now things are looking a bit dicey. According to a recent Rasmussen Poll , only 21 percent of American voters believe that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed.

Even among the rulers, only 63 percent -- triple the fraction of the general populace but still less than two-thirds of the political class -- regard the federal government as legitimate by the standards of America's founding document. The remainder, presumably, are comfortable being tyrants.

In fact, when I think of the federal government's brand now, I think of Schlitz beer. Schlitz was once a top national brew. But, in search of short-term gains, it began gradually reducing its quality in tiny increments to save money
Because when a great beer dies, it's sad. But when a great nation dies, it's tragic.

True Believers

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If Mosab had been a US Army Major who converted to Islamism and shot his fellows, or a West Point Chaplain who has found Allah, or a Cambridge Apostle who became a KGB agent the literate public would have no problem lionizing him. But going the other way?  A Western cafe leftist is often psychologically incapable of accepting any that any form of religious belief can be genuine, unless it suits his prejudices. Ironically Sheikh Yousef himself is probably more aware of the of the central role that belief plays in a revolutionary organization and hence not only the possibility of converting to another cause but the impossibility of living without it. Among the terror operators there always exists a leaven of dreamers for whom the point of life is faith.  When a true believer becomes unable to adhere to one cause he generally finds another.  This may have happened to Mosab who discovered in prison not that the Jews were perfect, but more subversively, that Muslims were no better.