Saturday, December 27, 2008

Liberals hate the poor

How do you know liberals don't care about poor people?

When they won't plow and salt the streets for their citizens. Take Seattle's dereliction of duty where they decided salt on the street might hurt Puget Sound, a body of salt water.

Ask yourself the question, who is hurt the most when people have no options to commute to work?

The Rich? First, the rich aren't living in the city, they're out in the 'burbs where they do crazy shit, like maintain their lines of transportation.

From the Seattle Times.

DIRE weather cries out for a dramatic response. If you've been attempting to drive anything other than an all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicle, you know Seattle has taken a laid-back approach to clearing streets.

Days of freezing cold and heavy snow produced a list of major streets and arterials that may or may not have been plowed, while the city purposely avoided a useful ingredient, salt. In Seattle, a plowed street means snow-packed, often sand sprinkled atop snow and ice.

The Seattle Department of Transportation eschews salt because it is not good for Puget Sound. Most snow days, most years, that makes sense — snow falls, lasts a day or two, and melts. The inconvenience to drivers, retailers and others is minimal. But Earth to city leaders: This is not a normal year. The city should have made an exception to its policy. Salt is an effective ice-buster.

What's so "progressive" about no transportation for the poor?

Warren = Hitler

Boy for people all about tolerance, liberals sure have a problem tolerating people who don't thionk like they do.

You would have thought Obama asked Bush to be his VP the way libs are crying about Rick Warren to be a part of the inauguration.

From the WSJ....

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said that "By inviting Rick Warren to your Inauguration, you have tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] Americans have a place at your table."

The head of People for the American Way, Kathryn Kolbert, is "deeply disappointed." She says Mr. Obama should have picked someone with "consistent mainstream American values."

Perhaps the most telling comment came from a "very disappointed" Rep. Barney Frank, who pointed out that during the campaign Senator Obama's "stated commitment to LGBT rights won him the strong support of the great majority of those who support that cause." Mr. Frank is putting down a marker; the left will monitor whether the new President deserves their continued support after the Warren-blessed Inauguration.

By the way, for you liberals, The Messiah campaigned on being against gay marriage. What makes him so different from Warren?


Saturday Morning Comics

Friday, December 26, 2008

Global Warming challenge update

Over the weekend, I got to discover that the score I was keeping on the global warming challenge was coming from two different sources.

When I was scoring at home, my computer picked up this site; at work it was this site.

As a result, I did not have a consistent data base to pull from.

So I got to spend about four hours over the weekend reentering information on my spreadsheet.

Since the one site I used had the disclaimer "Averages and records for this station are not official NWS values." I decided to pull the information from CVG the official NWS values.

There were some slight variations to the day to day scoring. However, one significant change were in the scores from record temperatures. In my original sheet I reported seven record highs and two record lows for the year. In fact, using the NWS figures, there were two record highs and no record lows.

I apologize for any confusion.

The score through Christmas day....

Warm 326
Cool 370

I guess they didn't serve arugula

The Messiah received a, not so, enthusiastic reception at a Marine base in Hawaii....

The diners represented seven military units -- Marine and Navy -- some of whom were joined by their families for Christmas dinner.

As Obama entered the room, it was absent of the regular fanfare of cheering and clapping. The diners were polite, staying seated at their respective tables and waited for the president-elect to come to them to stand up.

Obama, dressed casually in a blue polo shirt and dark khaki trousers, worked his way around the room -- table by table -- and took pictures with the service members. He slapped them on the back at times, shook hands, and signed some autographs.

“Hey guys, Merry Christmas,” The president-elect said as he walked from table to table.

The servicemen and -women were already seated at their holiday dinner when the president-elect made his impromptu visit. They were dining on salad, candied sweet potato with marshmallow topping, cream of mushroom soup, mashed potatoes, beef, ham, turkey, broccoli and corn.

The president-elect spent about an hour with the troops. Obama transition aides say that Obama did not eat with the uniformed men and women -- he ate at his beach home with his family and friends Christmas night.


Catching up

Due to family holiday commitments, I don't have the time to comment on these items but they're worthy of reading.

So here's a data dump for your holiday reading pleasure.

A nice piece on one douche bag, senator McCain.

The NY Times prints an editorial on another douche bag named Bill Ayers, but refuses a rebuttal from an FBI informant.

The WSJ on how to get out of our credit mess.

Skepticism on climate change.

An idiot's take on education reform.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Santa's On His Way

In Hoc Anno Domini

Every year since 1949, the WSJ has printed this piece about the paradigm shift that the birth of Jesus meant for the world. It's a must read.

When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus the whole of the known world lay in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar.

Everywhere there was civil order, for the arm of the Roman law was long. Everywhere there was stability, in government and in society, for the centurions saw that it was so.

But everywhere there was something else, too. There was oppression -- for those who were not the friends of Tiberius Caesar. There was the tax gatherer to take the grain from the fields and the flax from the spindle to feed the legions or to fill the hungry treasury from which divine Caesar gave largess to the people. There was the impressor to find recruits for the circuses. There were executioners to quiet those whom the Emperor proscribed. What was a man for but to serve Caesar?

There was the persecution of men who dared think differently, who heard strange voices or read strange manuscripts. There was enslavement of men whose tribes came not from Rome, disdain for those who did not have the familiar visage. And most of all, there was everywhere a contempt for human life. What, to the strong, was one man more or less in a crowded world?

Then, of a sudden, there was a light in the world, and a man from Galilee saying, Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's.


The 2012 Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition

Couresy of Iowahawk

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Journalistic integrity? Surely you jest.

From Newsbusters

The "Progressive" Utopia

And they called it paradise
The place to be
They watched the hazy sun,
sinking in the sea

From the Great "Progressive" state of California......

The budget crisis is a case in point. Frustrated with their inability to raise taxes, Democrats got creative: They decided they could declare outright hikes in taxes to be "fee increases." This would let them pass a massive $9.3 billion in tax hikes without consulting Republicans in the legislature, in direct violation of state law.

We had high hopes that Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would put a stop to this madness after he won the state's highest office in a recall vote against Democrat Gray Davis in 2003.

But spending has actually grown faster under Schwarzenegger. Since 2003, total spending is up $41 billion, or 40%, to $144.8 billion. The governator's compromise plan to eliminate the massive deficit is only marginally better than the Democrats' — he would cut the deficit through a 50-50 combo of tax hikes and spending cuts.

Call it Democrat-lite. More disappointing, Schwarzenegger has supported sweeping new greenhouse gas rules that will add billions of dollars in costs and force even more companies to flee the state.

California is already the most costly place in America to do business, according to the Milken Institute's business cost index. Its business costs in 2006 were 23% higher than the average for the rest of the states, and well above those of its neighboring states.

Worse, energy costs are already 35% higher than the national average. With California's costly new CO2 mandates about to kick in, the economy could well grind to a halt.

Such business mainstays as Intel, Exxel Outdoors, Toyota and Tesla have already left California. Intel is a particularly alarming example: The world leader in chip technology started in Silicon Valley but no longer makes anything in California.

Since 2001, according to the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, the state has lost 440,000 high-wage jobs. Today, the state's jobless rate of 8.4% is third-highest in the nation.

Even Hollywood feels the pinch. In 2003, 66% of Hollywood's feature films were made in-state; today, it's down to 31%. Increasingly, Hollywood is a state of mind — not a place to do business.

Things are so bad that, just last week, 25 business groups wrote an open letter to the state's legislature begging it to think about the role businesses play in the economy.


What's so "progressive" about fleeing citizens?

HT Bizzyblog

That hard to find Festivus gift

Is you father as hard to buy for as mine is?

For a last minute suggestion, get him one of these beautiful decorative urinals for his bathroom.

Several styles for the dad in your life.

More choices here.....

HT Dave barry

Pro football wrap

The best thing about being a Bears fan is that, well, you don't have to be a Bengals fan.

The Bears are actually in contention even though they haven't had a quarterback since Vince Evans. Doh.

They won last night in overtime and still have a shot at the playoffs.

In unrelated news, check out Brian Baldingers fingers. Ouch.

Welcome to the NFL.

HT Deadspin

Madoff was only employing the Social Security business model

American Thinker with a good take on the world's largest Ponzi Scheme know as social security.

Ever wonder why the New York Times can report on a Ponzi scheme in the private sector and be totally oblivious to the Ponzi scheme that the U.S. Government has been running right under the Gray Lady's nose for seventy-five years? This hustle is called "Social Security."

In an article about the Bernie Madoff scandal and Ponzi schemes in general, Catherine Rampell makes it clear that she understands the basics. Her article is entitled "A Scheme With No Off Button":

"Mathematically speaking, Ponzi schemes are doomed. They work by bringing in new investors to pay off old ones. In pure form, there's never any actual business activity; the money just rolls backward from ever-increasing numbers of investors to keep up the appearance of profits. This means the scheme requires an infinite supply of new suckers."

This is also an accurate description of Social Security -- though no one at the Times seems to be aware of that fact.

Here is the same paragraph translated to reflect the big government version of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Ponzi scheme -- which happens to be collected with the threat of imprisonment. (Words in bold italics are my reinterpretation throughout this article.):

"Mathematically speaking, Ponzi schemes are doomed. They work by bringing in new FICA payers to pay off old ones. In pure form, there's never any actual business activity; the money just rolls backward from ever-increasing numbers of new workers to keep up the appearance of being solvent. This means the scheme requires an infinite supply of new suckers -- for example you and me."

Brought to you by a local US senator.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dannimal House is baaaaacck

Apparently, Marc Dannimal was more than just rush chairman at the AG fraternity house.

He was also corrupt....
Former Attorney General Marc Dann ran a vulgar and unprofessional office and misused campaign funds to make lavish payments to friends and family, the state's government watchdog said Monday in releasing the results of a six-month investigation.

Dann, a Democrat elected in 2006 on an anti-corruption platform, resigned in May amid a sexual harassment scandal in his office that included his admission that he had an affair with an employee.

The report by Inspector General Tom Charles said Dann hired a coterie of young women dubbed "the Dannettes" who were so unqualified and unprofessional in their dress and conduct that an office assistant was assigned to conduct etiquette training.

Doesn't being corrupt just make you a democrat by definition?


The perfect Festivus Gift

I've got Mrs. Gekko covered for Festivus.

Festivus for the rest of us

Festivus is almost here and let me tell you, Mrs. Gekko's going to rake.

By the way, no need to thank me for single handedly saving the jewelry and auto business this weekend. From the lines I was in, it doesn't appear that the depression is quite near.

None the less, I'm in pretty good shape this Festivus, so I think I can take my old man this year in the feats of strength. The bad side, I think I'm going to be the brunt of lots when the airing of the grievances commences.

Fortunately, there's lot of egg nog.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Charitable liberals?

From the "tell us something we already know department".

Nick Kristoff with a piece on liberal stinginess....
This holiday season is a time to examine who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, but I’m unhappy with my findings. The problem is this: We liberals are personally stingy.

Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates.

Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, “Who Really Cares,” cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an even greater disproportion: average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals.

Other research has reached similar conclusions. The “generosity index” from the Catalogue for Philanthropy typically finds that red states are the most likely to give to nonprofits, while Northeastern states are least likely to do so.


Bengalmania - Catch It!

I went to a Bengal's game once in similar weather conditions as today and left at halftime for the warm, smoke filled air of Willie's in Kenwood. They should do psychological exams on anyone that shows up for today's Cleveland-Cincinnati game at 'the mistake'.




Photo of Gordon after a recent Christmas party.

Sunday Morning Funny

Winter Sucks II

Glad to see Key West's current wind chill is 65.


A 60-year-old man who was thrown into the air in celebration at his retirement party died after his colleagues failed to catch him and he fell to the floor, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The case came to light after the man's wife filed a police complaint against colleagues who threw the man up into the air, accusing them of gross negligence...