November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012
» Citizen’s Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency

;The Heartland Institute is circulating a “Citizen’s Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.”
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The toll EPA is now taking on our country is staggering, putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work at a time when millions of people are unemployed and our reliance on foreign sources of energy threatens to compromise the nation’s security.

The solution is to rein in EPA through deep cuts in the size, power, and cost of the agency. This can be done by Congress, through its control over the government’s purse, or by a president willing to put sound science and a strong economy ahead of the demands of environmental extremists.

» What frog science can teach us about global warming
or to clarify: What can be learned about the scam known as global warming …..

About 15 to 20 years ago, folks began to notice problems in amphibian communities around the world. At first, physical deformities were being noticed and then large population declines were being documented.

The finger was initially pointed at the coal industry, with an idea that perhaps mercury was leading to the deformities. But this didn’t pan out. Next, farm practices came under fire, as excess fertilizer running off into farm ponds became the leading suspect. But that theory didn’t hold water either. Then, attention turned to the ozone hole, with the idea that increased ultraviolet radiation was killing the frogs. No luck there either.

Then came the Eureka moment—aha, it must be global warming!

Yes, it must. Of course it must be global warming. All bad, evil, ooky things are caused by global warming. Isn’t it disgusting that we still have to be reminded of that? When will we learn?

This played to widespread audiences, received beaucoup media attention and, of course, found its way into Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

But, alas, this theory, too, wilted under the harsh glare of science, as new research has now pretty definitively linked an infection of the chytrid fungus to declines, and even local extinctions, of frog and toad species around the world.

**ahem** well, den …. global warming causes chytrid fungus!

Perhaps the biggest irony in all of this, is that while researchers fell all over themselves to link anthropogenic environmental impacts to the frog declines, turns out that as they traipsed through the woods and rainforests to study the frogs, the researchers themselves quite possibly helped spread the chytrid fungus to locations and populations where it had previously been absent.

Doh! Global warming causes stupid scientists! Bingo! Take that! Mitches.

All this is not to say that amphibian populations across the world have made a full and complete recovery, but it is to say that there are encouraging signs that some populations are clawing their way back through adaptation and natural selection—precisely the way things are supposed to work.

And even though global warming is no longer considered to be the guilty party (of course, exonerated with much less fanfare than it was accused), the amphibian story does show the resiliency of nature—a resiliency that is grossly underplayed or even ignored in virtually all doom and gloom presentations of the impacts of environmental change.

Speaking of frogs …..

» Fear, Everywhere, Fear

…. there is widespread fear among Americans that something terrible has occurred with the reelection of President Obama

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We have a Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy, Geithner, calling for an end to debt ceilings, apparently believing that America can continue to borrow money to pay for the interest on its escalating debt, now pegged at $16 trillion and growing daily.

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“All told, next year, total taxes will go to almost 50% for the middle class; the very group that the president says he wants to protect.

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What kind of madness is it that the Teamsters union would impose such senseless rules that it would weaken Hostess to the point of bankruptcy, preferring to let the company die rather than to protect the jobs of 18,500 bakers?

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“It has become the norm with this President—if Congress fails to accomplish his objectives, he goes around it with executive orders and federal regulations. He’s doing it again

As we move closer to an Electoral College vote confirming Obama’s reelection, whistleblowers are coming forth in Ohio, Florida and elsewhere to reveal that significant voter fraud was a contributing factor, but it receives little or no media coverage. One must ask how 99% of votes in Philadelphia districts went to Obama and ask why nothing is being done to investigate this and other offenses such as the 141.1% of the vote recorded in Florida’s St. Lucie County. That is statistically impossible, but it robbed Rep. Allen West (R) of his seat in Congress.

This isn’t government. It is gangsterism. It is “the Chicago way.”



» The Wrong Way To Argue About Assault Weapons

The correct way to argue against Feinstein’s proposed assault weapons ban is to argue that there is no constitutional basis for such a ban, and any new assault weapons ban would be at least as immoral and obscene as the last one was.

» The Noose Around Israel’s Neck

The lynching began as a trial where the murderer wore a fine suit and his victim sat in an orange jumpsuit in the dock. Every day during the trial, the murderer would be allowed to leave the courtroom to kill again. And every afternoon he would return to the courtroom with bloody hands that the judge and jurors would pretend not to see. And if the victim dared to call attention to those bloody hands, he would be silenced and told that those murders too were his fault. Hadn’t he after all provoked the murderer into committing them?

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Every threat that has been made has come about when Israel made concessions, not because it refused to. Every time Israel has chosen the high road, its enemies have ambushed it from the low road. It’s past time to wake up and start learning some lessons. The noose is drawn. And the nation is gasping for air. That breath of air was Jerusalem. The next one will be the Galilee. And then what? How many more breaths are left after that?

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We are no longer talking about negotiations. Or any serious discussion of a state. We are talking about the world rising up in one voice to defend the rights of a genocidal organization whose charter includes the words; “The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” The pretense is over and done with. This is not about anything resembling peace. This is about death. This is a lynch mob. Some come willingly. Others think that they have no choice.

» A Physician’s New Reality: Patients Ask Me to Break the Law

If you are here for that annual exam, you will not be covered if you want to discuss any new ailment or unstable condition. I cannot bait and switch to another code — that’s illegal. We, the physicians, are audited all the time and can lose our license for insurance fraud.
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Do you want your “free” yearly exam, or do you want to pay for a visit which is coded for a particular, new problem? You can have my “free” exam if you only discuss what Obamacare wants me to discuss.
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If you are complaining of a new problem, then you have to reschedule, since Obamacare is very clear as to what is covered and what is not.
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On top of all of that, doctors will be obligated — that’s right, obligated — to talk to you about things you may have no interest or need to talk about.

You may just want to have a pap smear or check your cholesterol. However, I am now mandated by the government to talk to you about your weight, exercise, family life, smoking, sexual abuse(!), and even to ask if you wear seat belts. And I am mandated to record your answers.

I am a physician. But I need to tell you to wear a seat belt and then record your answer.

I have received interesting responses from my patients since I put up the notice. Almost all are supportive and totally understand. The very few who complain? The same patients who always ask for free samples, who always complain that we do not validate parking. These are also the same patients who call my office and ask for free samples even when they are not even being seen.

…. and there is no doubt in my mind that those same patients also voted for Obama.

» Benghazi: Shit Happens
» Report: In Virginia, more guns, less crime
» The Union Insanity That Killed the Twinkie
» BUT IT’S ALL ABOUT FAIRNESS: 144,000 households, 1 percent of taxpayers, pay half of California’s income taxes
» POOR RICHARD’S PROGRESSIVE ALMANAC: The Bizarro Ben Franklin’s Most Infamous Quotes

» Australia managed the mining boom so well we can’t afford cancer treatments

Our award-winning treasurer is forcing the nation to spend $8.9 billion on wind-turbines, to generate electricity which will be3- 4 times more expensive than coal powered electricity, probably won’t reduce CO2 at all, and which definitely won’t change the weather. Victoria’s windfarms have saved virtually no coal from being burnt. South Australian windfarms have saved 4% of their rated capacity in fossil fuels at a cost of $1,484 per ton.
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Meanwhile, if we had just paid for coal-powered electricity, all the savings from this would pay for cancer treatments we apparently now can not afford.
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A well managed, smart country balances priorities to maximize the health and well-being of it’s people. Throwing effort and money at frivolous, unsupported whimsies ultimately kills people.

» Justice Ginsburg: We Need An All-Female Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there will be enough women on the Supreme Court when all nine justices are female.

“So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that,” she said.

Please, Just give us a Court full of Americans … that truly understand and revere the Constitution … that places all issues before them on the scale opposite nothing but the Constitution. That is their job, ya know.
Give us a Court that never considers what Europe would do.
Give us a Court that isn’t looking for a loophole to allow them to disarm us.
Give us a Court that knows which issues are none of their business.
Give us a Court that recognizes a tyrant when they turn their heads to the WhiteHouse.

And in the end, I don’t give a rodent’s posterior about what’s between their legs.

Doug Ross has already chosen the members of the All-Female Supreme Court and like I already said ….

~~ via Weasel Zippers; a so-called thinking writer at Slate opens his mouth and stupid flows like a river ….
» The Unbearable Whiteness of White Meat
After rambling for umpteen paragraphs about white bread and how boring white is, the author finally gets around to turkey meat:

… the Sunday before Thanksgiving I was listening to the CBS all-news radio station in New York City, and they were doing a fluff piece on the turkey buying that was peaking that weekend ….. the guy was boasting that his turkeys were “bred to have 18 to 22 percent more white meat.” …. And these are ciabatta-bread people, not Wonder Bread people! Do they still associate white meat with refinement? It was enough to make me wonder whether there could be a racial, if not racist, subtext here.

And that’s enough to make me wonder just how much (or how little) does it take for this fool to start wondering about racist subtexts. My conclusion is there is no threshold at which he begins thinking accusations of racist. I think he thinks about it constantly, while watching for opportunity to spout it out for the rest of us to groan over.

I’m one of those redneck righties that labels everybody as a commie – but at least I always have at least a shred of evidence. Well, I say this guy’s a commie. (Don’t I always?) Just because he sees racism in everything including the rising sun?
The shred of evidence:

I had driven down the I-5 “grapevine,” that fog-shrouded mountainous interior route from San Francisco to L.A. with a couple of Communist Party women who were mothers of death row prisoners

That is more convincing evidence of his communist leanings than the racism he sees in someone that prefers white turkey meat.

I’ve never (until now) used the terms “nigger meat” or “honky meat” that would have justifiably earned me the scarlet R on my forehead. And I have never had to admit to having driven down any road with an number of communists.

Oh, and by the way – I sincerely apologize for having linked you to that liberal POS Slate. It’s Weasel’s fault.

» Why Is The Latino Poverty Rate So High?
Before we read a single word of this one, let’s try to answer the question ourselves. Being the rightwing, racist rednecks that we iz, we extract index finger and thumb from one nostril, look thoughtfully in two different directions simultaneously and say “uh … awno … izit cuz they ain’t white?” And of course, we iz wrong.

What’s not mentioned in news reports, however, is the greatest driver of child poverty in the U.S. today: unwed childbearing. Among Latinos, unmarried parent families are roughly three times as likely to be poor as married families. Tragically, over half of Latino children born today are born outside of marriage. The rate has increased from less than 40 percent in the 1990s to more than half—nearly 53 percent—today.
These facts are rarely mentioned, and few attempts made to address the matter. Instead, big government proponents clamor that the antidote to poverty is greater government welfare spending.

From Jim Diehl, via email:

The New Species

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