Tuesday, December 22, 2009
For that, I apologize to the three other people, (Besides me) who actually visit this blog on a somewhat semi-regular basis. ;)
The year ahead promises to be long and difficult for many of us. The economy is bad and getting worse. The unemployment numbers continue to grow. This is will the Christmas that our children will remember as the "one where they didn't really get anything good". I guess every kid has one of those Christmas memories, some have more that one. Hopefully, our children and yours won't have any more.
Keep your heads up, your bellies full, and your hearts steeled.
That is all,
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A little known provision in the Senate version of the health care bill could end up costing the middle classes big money.
"The health care bill presented in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) would make some middle-class American families pay what amounts to a $15,200 annual federally-mandated insurance fee, according to facts revealed in analyses published by the Congressional Budget Office."
"The fee would result from the facts that the bill requires individuals—but not employers—to purchase health insurance plans and that families that earn up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level would be given government subsidies to purchase insurance in government-regulated insurance exchanges while families earning more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level would be denied government subsidies."
"A family of four—two parents and two children—earning $88,200 would be at 400 percent of the poverty level this year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A family of four earning $88,201, therefore, would not be eligible for a federal subsidy to buy insurance under the Senate health-care bill. If the mother and father in such a family could not get employer-based health insurance—because their employers decided not to buy their workers insurance—the family would be required by law to purchase a policy with its own money that would cost an estimated $15,200 per year, according to the CBO."
(Read The Original Story At CNSnews, A Great Conservative News Service!)
Let's recap. Say you work at the local auto plant and you make about $45,000/yr. and your wife makes a comparable amount in her field. Obamacare passes and both your employers decide to opt-out of private coverage to save money. You will by law have to have some kind of health care coverage. You're combined income is too much to get the cuts for Obamacare, but you will have to carry it anyways, or face big fines and jail time. You will end up having to carry the Obamacare plan at a cost of approximately $15,200 per year.
Read it. Know it. Pass it along.
That is all.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
A new Special Forces tactic aimed at disrupting Taliban activity in Afghanistan involves teams of Special Forces operators buzzing around at high altitude while searching for "suspicious" vehicles. Once spotted, the SF operators swoop down and surround the target, then search it.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Welcome to the People's Republic of Michigan
Michigan, long a bastion of of democratic insanity, politically beholden to a few massive, decaying urban centers, took away another bit of individual liberty today. A long debated bill to ban smoking in public places finally passed the republican controlled Senate. The democrat controlled House quickly agreed to a few minor changes in the overall bill, most notably the exemption of the Motor-City casinos, and bingo! Another tiny slice of freedom was snuffed out via legislative ineptitude.
Let it be noted for the record that I am not a smoker. I never have been. Personally, I dislike coming home from the pub reeking of smoke. None the less, I respect that other people do enjoy having a cigarette. If I come to a place where people are smoking, and it bothers me too much, I go some where else.
Like many things to come out of the political apparatus, this ban seems to be a solution in search of a problem. Outside of bars where smoking is fairly common, I can't remember the last time I encountered someone smoking in public. Rarely do I see people smoking outside in their travels, rarer still is the sight of someone smoking in a restaurant. Smoking seems to be one of those bad habits that has slowly phased out of the overall public experience.
None of this seems to matter to the geniuses in Lansing, who in their infinite wisdom have declared once again that we must be saved from ourselves. Despite being at the absolute bottom of the trash heap economically speaking, it apparently was deemed wise to further burden the few remaining businesses in the state. The ban will limit smoking in public places such as government buildings, bars and restaurants. For now.
Democratic super-star Sen. Tupac Hunter, from the beautiful and thriving city of Detroit thinks today's bill doesn't go far enough:
"It will be a great day in this state when we are totally, 100 percent smoke free ... (but) I'm very proud of what we've done today,"
Reveling in the Christmas spirit Michigan's uber-governor Jennifer Granholm(D) added her own thoughts on the bills passage, telling reporters, "It's a terrific gift to Michigan".
It's too bad that Granholm, Tupac, and the rest of the congressional useless in Lansing don't spend more time trying to resuscitate Michigan's economy, and less time being concerned with citizens health choices.
On a side note, shame on the Michigan Senate republicans. You guys are supposed to be for individual liberty and business. You failed on both counts here.
Monday, December 7, 2009
As if we didn't have enough reasons to hate Google already, (like this, this, this, this, and this....) Google CEO Eric Schmidt just gave us another:
"Eric Schmidt suggests you alter your scandalous behavior before you complain about his company invading your privacy. That's what the Google CEO told Maria Bartiromo during CNBC's big Google special last night, an extraordinary pronouncement for such a secretive guy."
To put it bluntly Schmidt stated:
"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
Of course, Schimdt's own privacy is off limits.
If you ever leave Google Mr. Schmidt, I think you can find gainful employment at the Ministry of Truth. With a mindset like that, you're a shoe-in for Inner Party status....
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Just another reason why the UN (United Nations) is absolutely worthless. Forget the myriad of past reasons why nothing out of the UN should be taken seriously. Forget its idiotic stance on climate change, its inability to coordinate even the most rudimentary assistance operations anywhere in the world. Forget the genocidal lunatics who've headed the council on human rights. This little gem is all you ever need to know about the Useless Nations....
"On Jan. 1, 2010, Hezbollah and its de-facto ruler Iran could have a direct line to the Security Council and gain access to all the confidential information to which Security Council members are privy.......In October the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly voted for Lebanon to be the Asian bloc's new non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term.....Critics worry that the Lebanese will essentially be sitting on the Security Council while ignoring Security Council resolutions that call for the disarming of armed militias, in other words Hezbollah."
Full story from our friends a FOX.
Awesome cover image from these guys. Check them out, lots of other great stuff there.
He leadeth me beside the still factories.
He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his party's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread line, I shall
fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with me.
He has anointed my income with taxes, My expenses runneth over.
Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all the days of my
life, And I will live in a mortgaged home forever.
I am glad I am American,
I am glad that I am free
But I wish I was a dog ...
And Obama was a tree.
Democratic leaders, openly voicing their dissent to sending more troops to the Afghan theater have proposed another tax to fund the effort. Liberal Representative Dave Obey (D-Wisc), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee:
"If we have to pay for the health care bill, we should pay for the war as well," Obey told ABC News in an interview, "by having a war surtax."
The democratic proposal is to institute a graduated income tax on people earning more than $200,000/yr. In a related note, citizens who make over $200,000/yr now live in districts overwhelming represented by democrats, meaning that the same folks who voted for the democrats and oppose the Afghan war now find themselves in the position of having to pay extra to fund the Afghan war.
You have to give it up to the libs. When it comes to bitter irony, there is none higher.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Produced by "The Institute for the Study of War", this documentary gives a compelling glimpse into the Iraqi surge, its planning and tactics, and a comprehensive explanation of how American forces were finally able, after years of mismanagement, to turn the Iraqi campaign around.
detailed timeline of the Iraqi surge in text.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I've said it before, I'll say it again. Obama and his administration will go down in a flaming, scandal plagued nightmare the likes of which we haven't witnessed since Nixon was POTUS. Those of us who are to young to remember the Nixon era, but wonder what it was like to live through it now get the opportunity to find out.
This is just the beginning, a harbinger of things to come:
"On October 1st, 2009 California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced that an investigation had been opened into ACORN’s activities in California, resulting from undercover videos showing employees seemingly offering to assist the undercover film makers with human smuggling, child prostitution and even tax advice to boot."
Many wonder just how legitimate this investigation will be. Apparently ACORN has a good idea already:
"Interestingly, the local head ACORN organizer in California, David Lagstein was caught on tape earlier this month speaking to an East County Democratic Club.
Mr. Lagstein stated: “…the attorney general is a political animal, but certainly every bit of the communication we have had with them has suggested that the fault will be found with the people that did the video and not the people with ACORN."
In light of the investigation, ACORN has dumped thousands of documents that connect ACORN to radical leftist organizations, possible voter fraud, and a myriad of other things of questionable legality.
Luckily, some private investigators watching ACORN offices grabbed the documents. Read them here
Obama. Nixon, It's coming and fast.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
On another note, I haven't written anything political in a while. And to the two other people who come here on a semi-regular basis, I do truly and sincerely apologize. I have simply been burned out by everything that's been going on in that area. No excuses, just a fact. I watch this stuff and it's like I've been given a shot of Thorazine. If that isn't a sure sign of burn-out, I don't know what is.
So, I've decided not to wax-philosophical about that subject until my brain has healed. Instead, I'm delving in Gibbons "Decline and fall of the Roman Empire" again. I'
m looking for something specific this time. The piece Gibbon wrote about how the Roman Judaical system become so bloated with bills and laws that the people lost all faith in it. That seems to be of particular importance nowadays.
Alas, I have burnt through the little bit of inspiration I had to even write this, so I'm off to get my daily dose of Thorazine.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Boy, sometimes writing seems harder than dragging a boulder with your teeth. Lately, even when I find something that piques my interest enough to address, I notice that my will drains away as I log in. Ah well, such is life. Perhaps the Thanksgiving break will recharge my batteries. And there is much to discuss. Until then.........
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Apparently, while we all went about our daily lives last Friday, we were almost vaporized by a meteor that flew past Earth.
"Asteroid passes just 8,700miles from Earth - with only 15 hours warning...
Although no one noticed at the time, the Earth was almost hit by an asteroid last Friday.
The previously undiscovered asteroid came within 8,700miles of Earth but astronomers noticed it only 15 hours before it made its closest approach.
Its orbit brought it 30 times nearer than the Moon, which is 250,000 miles away."
Read the whole article here.
Eric holder said , "When it comes to race we have been, and remain, a nation of cowards". Obama has repeatedly called for a "nation dialogue" on race. So, what happens when a small white college professor nuts up and decides to stop being a "coward" and have a "national dialogue" on race relations? Well, lets find out:
Prof busted in Columbia gal 'punch'
By PERRY CHIARAMONTE, BETH STEBNER and JEREMY OLSHAN
Last Updated: 1:17 PM, November 10, 2009
A prominent Columbia architecture professor punched a female university employee in the face at a Harlem bar during a heated argument about race relations, cops said yesterday.
Police busted Lionel McIntyre, 59, for assault yesterday after his bruised victim, Camille Davis, filed charges.
McIntyre and Davis, who works as a production manager in the school's theater department, are both regulars at Toast, a popular university bar on Broadway and 125th Street, sources said.
The professor, who is black, had been engaged in a fiery discussion about "white privilege" with Davis, who is white, and another male regular, who is also white, Friday night at 10:30 when fists started flying, patrons said.
McIntyre, who is known as "Mac" at the bar, shoved Davis, and when the other patron and a bar employee tried to break it up, the prof slugged Davis in the face, witnesses said.
"The punch was so loud, the kitchen workers in the back heard it over all the noise," bar back Richie Velez, 28, told The Post. "I was on my way over when he punched Camille and she fell on top of me."
The other patron involved in the dispute said McIntyre then took a swing at him after he yelled, "You don't hit a woman!"
"He knocked the glasses right off my face," said the man, who would only give his first name as "Shannon." "The punch came out of nowhere. Mac was talking to us about white privilege and what I was doing about it -- apparently I wasn't doing enough."
McIntyre had squabbled with Davis several weeks earlier over issues involving race, witnesses said. As soon as the professor threw the punch Friday, server Rob Dalton and another employee tossed him out.
"It was a real sucker punch," Dalton said. "Camille's a great lady, always nice to everybody, and doesn't deserve anything like this."
Davis was spotted wearing sunglasses yesterday to conceal the black eye. Reached at her Columbia office, she declined to comment on the alleged attack.
McIntyre was released without bail at his arraignment last night.
"It was a very unfortunate event," he said afterwards. "I didn't mean for it to explode the way it did."
Additional reporting by Sarah Makuta
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/prof_busted_in_columbia_gal_punch_JmsXQ3NzaAt8uG6uUySGTN?offset=8#comments#ixzz0WZy6fEUv
So, a black professor, ranting about "White Privilege" (What ever the hell that is) decides to show his appreciation that a white woman would engage in a national dialogue on race by punching her in the face? Oh bitter irony.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Everyone remember that famous clip from fat Mikey Moore's Fahrenheit 911? The scene where then President Bush is on the golf course talking about the sacrifice of the Iraqi war, then smiles and says, "now watch this swing"?
Well POTUS Obama had his "watch this swing" moment today. Wonder if fat Mikey will stick this in a future movie?
Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan, a moslem born and raised in America opened fire at Fort Hood today and murdered a dozen soldiers while wounding 31 more. There's still a lot being sorted out about this. But what has come out since is disturbing to say the least. Hasan was reportedly very vocal in his criticism of US policies overseas and openly embraced suicide bombings. He posted a sign outside his private residence referencing allah.
My biggest question here is why in the world, all things considered, didn't the military have this guy under constant surveillance, or discharged prior to this?
P.S. Shepard Smith of FOX news:
You're a piece of shit. Your interview with this human pond scum's cousin was pathetic to say the least. Never once did you challenge the cousins statement that Hasan was a "Good American". You let the interview ride on the preposition that this is all because Hasan may have felt "harassed" and was subject to once hearing insurgents and terrorists referred to as "rag heads". We all know your a lib hack, Shep. Why not stop wasting a good hour of news and make the move to MSNBC with the rest of the lib hacks?
(Edit: It was originally reported that Hasan was killed in a shoot out with the reactionary force at Fort Hood. Now we learn that he lived and is being cared for at an undisclosed location.)
Update: It is reported that the moslem traitor who murdered 13 and wounded 30 others was chanting "allah akbar" while ambushing his fellow soldiers. Once again, the religion of peace gives irony new meaning.
On a related note, one have to wonders if POTUS Obama will follow once again in his hero, FDR's footsteps, and round up all the moslems in the nation. Let's hope the progressive POTUS doesn't do something so fascist like his guiding light did to the Japanese-American citizens and German-American citizens during WWII.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Lots of lower ticket races going on as well and the republicans are crushing the democrats by significant margins.
That is all. For now.
Edit: It's 11 PM. The republicans have swept all the elections except the NY 23 so far. I don't think they'll carry that one. None the less, tonight is the harbinger of big things to come.
From the hacks at Yahoo! news:
"In what could be a nightmare scenario for Republican Party officials, conservative activists are gearing up to challenge leading GOP candidates in more than a dozen key House and Senate races in 2010."
OK, lets get past the piss poor reporting style of Yahoo! news in general and look at what is going on inside the Republican party. For a long time, centrist republicans have held the standard on the right. The conservatives are now slowly but constantly changing that. After eight years of moderate, "social conservatism"(!) true conservatives are have had enough.
Now, Yahoo! news writes this off as a "nightmare scenario". Nothing could be further from the truth. Purging moderates out of the republican party means winning elections. While this may lead to some lost seats in the short term, in the long term it means a Republican party that's unified and with a solid, easy to understand platform. Moving the republican party to the center, like many republicans want to do, is just another way of making the party more like the democrats.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Is it just me, or do you never really hear any man-made global warming guys snivel about places like China or Russia? And how come, if man-made climate change is so destructive, haven't the snivelers said anything about this?
"BEIJING (AFP) - – Chinese meteorologists covered Beijing in snow Sunday after seeding clouds to bring winter weather to the capital in an effort to combat a lingering drought, state media reported......"
Reality becomes more like fantasy every day. Weather manipulation was something you used to find only in Frank Hubert's "Dune" series. It will be interesting to see where this goes.
From The Drudge Report.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Happy Halloween to all. We had a relatively short trek for candy being that it's freezing cold out, never the less everyone had a blast. Halloween is usually extra awesome in Michigan. At this time of year the trees look like some kind of psychedelic hippy LSD flash back. Add hundreds of little kids running around in all sorts of costumes and what you end up with is a great way to spend a Saturday evening. Hope your Halloween was as fun as ours.
That is all.
Friday, October 30, 2009
(~Edit: Some comments on this post at Defense Tech claim this is an old project and has been scrubbed. May be true. I don't know. But it's cool as hell anyways:)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
This is older and a lot has changed since then. Never the less, these words still ring true.
The question is not one of misguided policy. It's a question of right or wrong, good or evil. I would submit, that those who question the righteousness of the American Republic are the misguided. Ours is a system created by man, and as Levin said, "As man is imperfect, so are his creations."
The quest isn't for perfection, for a false utopia. It's a quest for the good, for the light over the dark. Can anyone really say that there's been a greater good in all of human history than America? What has done more to free the oppressed, to lift the downtrodden, and to spread liberty?
It is a simple choice after all. Good or evil. Light or darkness. It's not relative, evil is evil. America should never cringe from confronting it.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Where they are now is a recipe for future disasters. Graham supporting Kerry's cap-n-trade BS, Old man Newt supporting the non-conservative candidate in local New York politics, pro-Obama care RINO's, Chairman Steele pissing in the party good ole boys Wheaties. New Jersey Republican Gubernatorial candidate spouting of pro-gun control BS, etc.....
The Republican party is becoming more and more like the schizophrenic, multi-personalitied Democratic consortium of victims and special interests.
The fractured insanity of the democratic party was united in it's hatred for Bush & Co. for most of the last eight years. The Repubs need to take a step back, decide who they are, who their leaders are and what they stand for.
I for one am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Took Bush 2 yrs & 10 months.(~Now, check out THIS spin to finish it out: )This news comes on the heels of today's news that Obama played golf with a woman — chief domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes — for the first time since taking office."
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Personal politics my friends,
know yours and be defined by it.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Jon Stewart is still a tool. Not really any funny stuff there. Stewart has gone the way of Family Guy and other shows I used to get a laugh out of. Now I like a god Bush/republican/conservative joke as much as the next guy. But FFS, if that's all you have, all you use for the last couple years, then maybe it's time to get new writers. Or find a new job. Either way, I'm not tuning in anymore.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Here's my two cents:
The Paki's, with US assistance , are carrying out an offensive right now that could finally break the back of the Talib's and al-gayda in the belly of the beast, Waziristan. I think that the Iranian revolutionary guard commanders were on the border either helping facilitate the importing of weapons and materials to the Talibs and al-gayda to fight us and the Paki's or, they were there to help facilitate Talib and al-gayda leaders crossing over into Iran for hiding. Either way, the worlds a little better place now with these dirt bags dead.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
From now on, I'd prefer to be referred to as a Constitutional Storm Trooper.
Please address me as such from now on.
Well for starters, the Russians have gone from snubbing us on the missile defense, any missile defense to "warning" us again. No surprise there. Obama's hair must be damn near pure white by now.
BTW, as was noted yesterday, Russia has re-written their pre-emptive strike doctrine for nuclear weapons. Apparently the Obama Admin took that as a signal to review our pre-emptive strike doctrine. Only Obama's crew decided we no longer need the pre-emptive strike clause and more likely than not will drop the entire thing.
The Talib's and al-gayda are launching a series of attacks in Pakistan hoping to break the Paki government before the impending invasion of the Talib stronghold in the Swat valley.
Obama, just like his homie Bill Clinton has sold our military tech out to the Chinese. The "One" has decided that the White House no longer needs to be bothered with review the sale of missile tech to China, instead dumping that matter of domestic security on the commerce dept.
And in a story that should surprise absolutely NO ONE, it was revealed today that ever since the ambush they suffered in Afghanistan, where they lost about a dozen troops, the French have been paying the local Taliban to leave them alone.
That's all for now. Have a groovy day
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
"For operational cyberwar-acting agianst military targets during a war-to work, its targets have to be accessible and have vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities have to be exploited in ways the attacker finds useful. It also helps if effects can be monitored."
Cyber warfare is the future of combat. As the Rand report rightly states, so long as developed, (and to a lesser extent undeveloped) nations rely on computer networks for military, economic, and personal information exchange they are at risk of suffering a critical, and crippling cyber attack.
Couple quick examples of how cyber warfare leads to real, tangible results:
#1.) In an attempt to block Western Europe from importing natural gas from the Soviet Union, the CIA, through a proxy, sell the Soviet Union a computer program designed to monitor and control gas flow in pipelines. The software was embedded with a "Logic Bomb", a malware program set to initialize after a certain, specific parameter is crossed. The result? The threshold, (in this case, the flow of gas from the Soviet Union to Western Europe) was crossed, the logic bomb was "detonated" and caused the natural gas pipeline to explode.
#2.) Israel is tipped off that North Korea is exporting nuclear materials and scientists to Syria. Israel tracks the shipment, and monitors the construction of the nuclear site deep inside Syrian territory. An air strike is the best option, however the facility is protected by overlapping layers of anti-air defenses. These aren't the normal POS equipment we're used to seeing in the Middle East. These are the newest, most state-of-the-art Russian anti-air missile systems. The S-300PMU and the S-400. Despite facing these formidable defenses, Israel conducts a successful insertion/excersion of SpecOps soldiers and air strike on the facility. How did they do it without taking a single hit? No one knows for certain, but the consensus is a complex cyber attack on the Russian anti-air systems radar and tracking software blinded them to the Israeli aircraft.
The above examples are real. They're not pulled out of a sci-fi comic book. They show with brutal clarity how domination of the cyber realm may the deciding factor in conflicts from now on.
The Rand Corporations "Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar."
It's a complex subject and this report doesn't miss a thing. Enjoy.
Republican members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus said the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) have tried to plant “spies” within key national-security committees in order to shape legislative policy."
These reactions to the "open hand" style of diplomacy will only surprise those who are to young to know geo-political history, or those completely ignorant of it. The Russians don't want our friendship. They want works towards their own interests, which is fine. That, in the end, is what every nation wants. It's foolish to sacrifice our own interests in the name of "friendship" with those who historically could care less.
Russia has a vested interest in a nuclear Iran. There is a long history of Russian/Iranian relations. A solid position to mediate middle eastern affairs is what Russia seeks, and what a nuclear Iran will deliver.
One can only hope that all this public failure in diplomacy is simply a smoke screen for more successful negotiations in secret. Were this anyone other than Putin, a die hard cold war, KGB man, I would be more inclined to entertain that idea. When dealing with agressive, hard-line nations, the "open-hand" must never be substituted for the "closed-fist".
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Obama fell just short of claiming he was Abe Lincoln reincarnated during the election. He was even tactless enough to take the oath of office on Lincoln's bible. Considering his politics and policies since taking office, one has to wonder just how well Obama knows Lincoln after all:
"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."
Now I've seen about a half dozen major road projects. None of them at any point day or night had more than ten guys working on them. Today near I-96 I watch a crew of ten road workers Ala' the ARRA. Seven were standing around talking. Two were sitting on the grass smoking. One was actually working.
I drove by there while going about my business several times today. That's what they did all day. Stand around, on our dime, fixing a stretch of road that was in pretty decent shape to begin with.
Gotta love it.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Good News From Those Evil, Greedy Oil Companies:
"America is not going to bleed its wealth importing fuel. Russia's grip on Europe's gas will weaken. Improvident Britain may avoid paralyzing blackouts by mid-decade after all.....Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive, said proven natural gas reserves around the world have risen to 1.2 trillion barrels of oil equivalent, enough for 60 years' supply – and rising fast......"There has been a revolution in the gas fields of North America. Reserve estimates are rising sharply as technology unlocks unconventional resources," he said.......The US is leading the charge. Operations in Pennsylvania and Texas have already been sufficient to cut US imports of liquefied natural gas (LGN) from Trinidad and Qatar to almost nil, with knock-on effects for the global gas market – and crude oil."
Read the whole story here.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
It's getting really, really cold out.
School is going well.
Houses are still emptying out faster than they are filling up around here. (So that would make this entry "nothing new" technically.)
I added a "Hit Counter" to the blog, not realizing that it would reset my total counts. So now I'm back to less than a half dozen hits. This kinda irked me because I was over 30 hits total!!! (jk\)
It's getting into the holiday season where we're gonna have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas in short order. That means lots of good, free dinners.
That's about it.
"Graham Backs Push for Climate Change LegislationSen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., co-authors an op-ed with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in The New York Times calling for action on climate change legislation."
Man made climate change is the biggest scam that's been pushed on people in the last few hundred years, rivaled only by the argument that the earth is flat. Real scientists using real data all around the world are backing away from the claims CO2, human created or not, is driving a global temperature rise. Considering the planet is hasn't warmed in almost a decade, and every prediction shows cooling for the next ten or so years, this shouldn't come as a surprise.
What is a surprise is the Lindsey Graham jumped the shark on this and teamed up with the perennial lib-hack Kerry to write a climate bill that's entire premise is built upon the idea that man-made CO2 is actually warming the Earth up.
Shame on you Graham, you're one of the reasons why the GOP is in the trouble it is.
Read the whole story here.
Well, I just cut the lawn for the last time this year. Put the mower and the kayak away and got out the snow shovel. That's the official end of the warm season for me and the beginning of the long cold Michigan winter. I have a feeling that this one is going to bring us lots of snow.
See ya next year summer, don't
take to long to come back.
Friday, October 9, 2009
"Iran: Israel's threats inexplicable Iran's ambassador to UN demands Security Council take steps against comments made by Ephraim Sneh, who said Israel would attack Iran if sanctions weren't in place by Christmas...He was referring to an interview given by former Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh to the Sunday Times in which he said that if Iran were not further sanctioned by this Christmas Israel would attack the country. "
Look, I don't want to sound like an alarmist, a conspiracy nut, or a warmonger. However, the reality is, Iran will not stop working towards obtaining nukes and Israel will end up striking Iran. This will probably throw us into a 3rd world war to some degree. I don't know that it will truly be a global conflict on the scale of WWII or a more localized conflict on the scale of WWI.
My best guess has Obama trying to get some kind concessions from Iran that will allow the islamo-fascists to save face while placating the Israelis enough to keep them from striking. This isn't going to work. It won't stop Iran from trying to obtain nukes, it won't stop Russia, China, or any other anti-western country from helping Iran obtain them.
The best thing that could happen would be for a successful popular revolt in Iran that overthrows the islamo-fascists and establishes a truly free society. I know most of the Iranian people aren't islamo-fascists. But their leaders are and they will bear the brunt of the carnage if they do not act. This will force the Israelis to act and they won't distinguish the Iranian leadership from the people.
Only time will tell if I'm right or wrong, and to what degree. Ufortunately there isn't much time until we find out.
I used to make the domestic Hummer Class-A body Panels. They were a pain in the ass. They didn't make the military version in the same plant. Outsourcing the domestic Hummer brand isn't really a big deal, except to the poor bastards in Shrevport Louisiana where the vehicle was assembled. Exporting the military version would be a whole different matter.
"Tuesday, GM struck a tentative deal to sell its Hummer brand to a Chinese manufacturer, while also revealing that it has potential buyers for its Saturn and Saab brands. The brand would go to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. of China, said a person briefed on the deal."
Obama won the Nobel peace prize? Pfffffttttttt It's like I always say: EVERYTHING is politics.
I'd wager that this is more Europe playing kiss up to Obama for the Olympics than his really earning it. What has he done? Nothing accomplished. The majority of what he has done, to the chagrin of his supporters, has been extending former President Bush's policies.
Let this be another lesson to us all. NOTHING out of Europe can be trusted.
[Edit: in the interest of not being a completely partisan hack, I'm going to post part of what Obama said that I think is right on the money.
"I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments but rather an affirmation of American leadership," he said...."
If I were him, I probably would have said the same thing, and then left it at that.]
Thursday, October 8, 2009
John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head...but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John's hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.
He is a real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.
This, my friends, is worth sharing. Go for it!! You'll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if you don't, but the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we're doing over there is making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.
James Gates U. S. Navy
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
It's been pouring rain off and on all day up here. That's not something I usually enjoy. It reeks havoc on by my joints and generally creates a miserable situation.
Tonight the rain has been accompanied by the most tremendous wind gusts. Sitting here next to the open window, the wind sounds like a roaring tide. The heavy blackness of nightfall adds to the illusion.
There was a real temptation tonight to write at length about Detroit, and the lines of people waiting to get free stimulus money. But the wind changed my mind. Changed my whole mood actually. It's hard to get worked up over things when you're entranced by the siren's song of Michigan's fall weather.
"......well if this isn't what a democracy is, maybe I outta check my definition of what a democracy really is..."
Alright everyone. Let's do this one together. On the count of three:
America isn't a democracy, it is a Republic. America has never been a democracy, ever. In a democracy the majority rules, which is mob rule. In a Republic, the law rules, which ensures equality and justice for all.
The difference isn't just a matter of semantics. In a democracy, if 51 people want you dead and 49 want you to live, you're toast. In a Republic, you get the protections of the law, which ensure the right to a speedy trial by your peers.
Now it's true that a Republic isn't a perfect. "It's a system created by man, and as man is imperfect, so are his creations." (hat tip to Levin). But it's a far better system than any other we've come up with so far.
Monday, October 5, 2009
"On October 1st 2009 U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) became a reality. With high expectations and very little fanfare the efforts led by U.S. Strategic Command began to protect the nation from cyber command initiation efforts to date required the reorganization of 40,000 job positions. An additional 1,000 new jobs are scheduled to be added to cyber command in the not so distant future......"
This is where I hope to find myself after graduation next year. That is, in the civilian arm of the cyber defense program. Maybe with the DoD or Homeland Security. This people, is how the majority of conflicts will be waged for the next several decades. Economic wars, terrorist attacks, political leverage, all of it and more can be attained by having the upper hand in the cyber realm.
Every single aspect of our lives is tied into cyber information systems. From the civilian electrical grid to medical records to military secrets and operations. Everything is contained and thus attainable there.
It's good to see that the U.S of A has finally stepped up and started to take some concrete logistical action in the organization of a coherent, tangible cyber defense apparatus. Here's to global domination, one byte at a time.....
Friday, October 2, 2009
So the Olympics are going to Rio, Brazil. Despite the personal intervention of Obama and his wife, and Oprah. The "Child of the World" has just been given a collective time out.
There's a bigger lesson to be learned here. Losing the Olympics is part of something greater. Many describe it as the "Post-American" era. Obama basically ran on the platform. He's spent he time abroad endorsing the idea with his constant apologies and "humble" attempts to reach out.
But what Obama, (And the left in general) seems to miss is that humility, in geo-politics projects weakness. And weakness creates chaos.
Politics is nothing more than pre-combat, combat. Politics is war in the post-Neanderthal world of modern humans. After we lose our political war with another nation, then we can move on to the physical combat.
That is not to say diplomacy isn't vital. However, diplomacy from a weak position is interpreted as such. You must have not only the ability, but the will to back your position with real, tangible power.
Obama ran on the Post-American platform. Pledging to put America firmly in it's place as simply one nation among many. And that's what he did.
Post-American doesn't mean we still rule the roost. And that is something Obama should think long about before he addresses the world again.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I've noticed a pattern. All these lefty's who can't wait to jump on people with any sort of moral compass seem to be incapable of honoring their marriage vows.
This weeks loser is liberal late night host, David Letterman. Letterman, a husband and father, announced he's been sleeping with Several female employees. What a winner.
Perhaps the reason why people like Letterman love to trash people with morals is because they simply do not have any of their own.
[Edit: O.K. so I thought more on this and I have started to see an even broader pattern emerging. People with no moral compass, criminals, dirt bags, pond scum, etc. are inherently sympathetic towards other like-minded individuals. Because they lack any moral standing of their own, they cannot comprehend it in others. This would explain why lefty's like Letterman can bash someone like Palin, for having some moral standing while simultaneously violating their marriage vows. This is also the same reason why so many lefty's have come out in support of child rapist Polanski. They must support this type of behavior while ridiculing moral behavior, because in doing so, they validate their own backwards reasoning.]
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
If not there will be a shut down of the Michigan state government for a second time in two years.
Unbelievable. It's little wonder that we're in the worst shape out of every state in the union.
If you are camping, have to renew your tags and plates, or have any other business with the state, you may find yourself SOL tomorrow morning.
More to follow as it becomes available.....
[ Edit: It's 12:53 A.M. and they're still in session at the capital. Watch live video feed here. ]
[ Edit: Well it looks like they provided a temporary budget until they can iron out the remaining details. Sad that such a wonderful state is run by such incompetent buffoons. ]
From my home state of Michigan:
"IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood's children, Lisa Snyder did a favor for three of her fellow moms, welcoming their children into her home for about an hour before they left for school.
Regulators who oversee child care, however, don't see it as charity. Days after the start of the new school year, Snyder received a letter from the . warning her that if she continued, she'd be violating a law aimed at the operators of unlicensed....Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said the agency was following standard procedure in its response."
This is why too much government is bad, and more government is ALWAYS a bad idea.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
(Translation from the Greeks: You might have listened to us, but you didn't.)
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota points out some interesting facts concerning the :
- Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29
- Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000
- Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million
- Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Republicans won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Often, when people get all revved up in the idea of yet another free handout from the fed, they do not stop and consider the consequences.
The idea of a free health care plan has sent many into the kind of mental-flat line that often precedes really, really bad policy decisions.
"We have a right to healthy care."
"No one should go broke when they get sick."
"Everyone should get to go to the doctor."
"America is the only industrialized nation that doesn't provide care for all it's citizens."
To begin with, you DO NOT have a right to health care coverage. The reason? Simply put, because your rights are not and cannot be given by the government. I know this seems like an abstract concept, but put a little thought into it and you'll understand what I mean.
Secondly, of course no one should go broke when they get sick. But shit happens. The fix for this relatively minor national issue is not to make the entire nation go broke. Cross-state plans and less regulation means more plan availability and thus lowered prices from competition.
Everyone can see the doctor. It is illegal to deny anyone medical care in the country. It's is important to leave that the way it is now for two reasons. #1 If keeping it illegal to deny care, but not offering a socialized plan, it keeps the number of people without insurance/money who seek medical treatment relatively low. #2 If you just open the gates and allow anyone care at the public's expense that relatively low number who still seek treatment will swell into a tidal wave that will rapidly swamp the system.
This idea that America should socialism it's medical system because Europe and a few other industrialized nations have done it is absurd. Those nations are going broke from their systems, which are all wrought with corruption, bad care, and abominable track records.
And now we have this. Another example of what people don't think about when it comes to relying on the fed to take care of you.
It's not just the added taxes that you will pay, the cost is the loss of liberty.
Remember, the Boston Tea Party wasn't about high taxes on tea, it was because the King mandated that the colonies could only buy their tea from England. The loss of Freedom to choose, the loss of liberty.
Today it was discovered that the cost of obama care will result in the loss of liberty and freedom in the most literal sense:
"Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.
Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold.""
People, learn this, know this, understand this. It may seem like a great idea for the Fed to give everyone health care. But the price IS going to be more than you will be willing to pay, And you aren't going to really understand that cost until it's too late.