Friday, May 31, 2013

The Beautiful, Classy, and Talented (A 6-Time Oscar Nominee), Miss Deborah Kerr

It really doesn't get any better (save for maybe Garbo, de Havilland, Stanwyck, and Leigh).

Fatwa This, Mother Effers

During that same "South Park" episode that Muslim extremists went all ballistic over, the show's creators, Parker and Stone, also portrayed the Buddha as a cocaine snorting douche-bag and Moses as a dufus. I do not seem to recall a single Buddhist or Jew ever calling for the death of these two fellows.......All of the world's religions are somehow created equal? You tell me.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

On Michele Bachmann's Assertion that Her Decision Not to Run in 2014 has Nothing to Do With a Fear of Losing

I am not a gambler, and I am not a mind reader. But on this one I would put a whole heap of money on a bet that this gal is lying. I mean, can you think of any other reason why a person who is so seemingly hung up on power would willingly walk away from that power? And, besides, without that stench of failure of her having been stymied like that, she still gets to be a "spiritual" leader a la Palin....That. and you gotta know (yes, another safe bet) that Fox is probably going to make her a big offer, too. A real big offer.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

On Why John Stewart ISN'T Bill Maher

a) He's significantly more intelligent and subtle.......b) He's nowhere near the a-hole.......c) He's much more of an equal opportunity satirist.......And d) the dude is way, WAY, funnier.......I say monstrous technical knockout on this one, folks.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

On the Left and Islam

It's a predicament for the former. On the one hand, they view/pride themselves as champions of gay and woman's rights, but on the other hand they've also firmly attached themselves to a philosophy of moral relativity in which it is thoroughly tabu to judge another person's culture or religion....From the sound of the thing, it sounds as if the gays and women are having to take a back seat to political correctness here.  

Monday, May 27, 2013

On the Religious Right in America

 As loathsome, doltish, and retrograde as individuals such as these clearly CAN be, I'm sorry, I cannot for the life of me ever envision any of them a) blowing up a giant statue of the Buddha, b) advocating that a homosexual or an adulteress be murdered, or c) taking out a bounty on anybody who has ever insulted them or their religion....I doubt if it's ever even crossed their minds, for Christ.

British Atheistic Comedian, Satirist, and Writer, Pat Condell, On the Prospect of Islamists Someday Ruling the World

"Islam is equipped to rule the world the same way that Mike Tyson is equipped to run NASA."

My Point?

I guess that I have several of them. a) That this so-called religion of peace isn't necessarily all that peaceful.......b) That I'm sick and tired of us having to apologize for OUR free speech (a frigging comic-strip, for Christ's sakes).......c) That I'm even more sick and tired of the political correctness in which we can't even be critical of the abject antisemitism and subjugation of women and gays that are the absolute routine in most Muslim countries (in England, when an Islamic extremist commits a violent act, the media rarely if ever even mentions that the person is Muslim - they will, however, say that the person is Asian and thereby implicate the much more peaceful Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Jainists, etc.).......d) That the thin-skin and hair trigger response (usually in the form of indiscriminate cruelty) of these Muslims is fully unacceptable and absolutely worthy of condemnation.......e) That the major grievance of these Muslims has absolutely NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with human rights or even with territorial claims (as I pointed out in the previous post, the "Palestinians" never once claimed a homeland when Jordan controlled the West Bank and the Egyptians the Gaza Strip). It is ALL about Jew (and to a lesser extent, Christian) hatred, straight up.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Agenda of Islamic Extremism

a) The execution of gays. b) The subjugation and mutilation of women. c) The extermination of Jews (first from the Middle-East and second from the planet). d) The total elimination of all free speech (indiscriminate barbarism the penalty for it). e) The indoctrination of young children to hate, commando crawl, and someday blow themselves to smithereens.

The Roosevelt Paradox

One of the things about FDR that people fail to understand (both his supporters AND detractors) is that he was not, NOT, a huge supporter of welfare. Yes, the dude was all about growing the size of government and controlling the economy from Washington BUT if you actually look at his specific policies pertaining to individuals, he almost always made these folks work for their benefits....Compare THAT, I ask you, to the approach of of subsequent Presidents such as LBJ, Nixon, Bush 2, and Obama in which the welfare state grew and grew exponentially and, no, FDR maybe doesn't seem quite so bad (all of these Presidents are basically a mixed bag - even Lincoln) upon further reflection (that, and the fact that he was strongly against collective bargaining for government workers and supported a partial privatization of Social Security).

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Zero and Zero

The number of times that Jordan and Egypt offered to the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza a Palestinian state (from 1948 to 1967), and the number of times that the Palestinians of those two regions ever requested one.

On John Boehner

A seemingly decent fellow who often comes across as essentially hapless. Bush-like (Bush 2, I'm saying, not the dad), in other words.

The One Thing that Muslims, Jews, and Christians Seemingly Have in Common

A propensity to accept (and/or construct) and glorify their deity as a largely malevolent and insecure one.

Dennis Miller on Nixon and Obama

"The only difference between the two is that when Obama says, 'I am not a crook', he has to use a teleprompter."

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Differnce Between the Nazis and Hamas/Hezbollah/The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade?

The Nazis never used women and children as human shields or prompted the feeble-minded to detonate themselves....Other than that, no difference.

On Malaria

It is not a disease of global warming. It is a disease of poverty. Brazil, for instance, has a very similar climate and longitude to that of Guinea and yet Guinea has a malarial rate which is approximately 250 times that of Brazil. The fact of the matter here is that wealth and progress bring about technology and technology brings about adaptation. If we in the west were really and truly smart about environmental issues, we would be focusing more on the things that we CAN control (such as malaria, cleaning up the oceans, etc.) and less on the items that we can't and/or shouldn't (i.e., reducing carbon emissions by some ridiculously unattainable number - 80% Mr. Obama came out with at one point). It only makes frigging sense, damn it.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

On Vince McMahon

I'll take egomaniacal, steroid pushing, more money than brains, occasionally amusing, dumbers-down of the culture for a thousand, Alex.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Vacation Notification

I'm heading out to Hyannis and Provincetown tomorrow morning and I won't be back till late on Friday evening. I hope that everybody has an awesome week while I'm gone. Ciao.

Gee, What a Monstrous Surprise - NOT!

According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, ten of the top fifteen most repressive countries when it come to religious liberty are Muslim countries; Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Tajikistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan (they're all petty damned anti-women and gay, too).....Hm, perhaps they've taken it to heart what the Koran overtly teaches; "Slay the People of the Book wherever you find them....Slay the polytheists wherever you find them." Expanding on it even.

Monday, May 20, 2013

On Alec Baldwin

This fellow perplexes me. He's funnier than shit (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, those credit card commercials, etc.). He comes across extremely well in interviews; amiable, witty, affable, self deprecating, and engaging. But he also seems to have an anger issue; those epic meltdowns with the paparazzi and especially that ballistic telephone rant with his then ten year-old daughter. I mean, I know that I probably shouldn't be judging the man when I've never once walked in their shoes and all, but I'm also beginning to think that maybe he needs to take a powder or two and stop to smell the roses....That and maybe some anger management classes.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A General Shame

Whenever I think of those fallen and disgraced Generals like McChrystal and Petraeus, it saddens me. It really does. Not that I necessarily feel sorry for them, mind you, or even think that they didn't deserve to be punished (I'm not and they obviously did). It has much more to do with the fact that these guys are talented people who still could be helping the country in some capacity and it's all being wasted...........................................................................................I'm thinking specifically back to when we had that earthquake down in Haiti and that entire reconstruction effort was really being effed up. I kept on thinking to myself, "Why don't they just dust off General McChrystal and put HIM in charge? He'd have made damn certain that those supplies had gotten to where they were supposed to." I mean, what do you people think? It's better than a think-tank, no?

Bless Me Father...AGAIN!

Jennifer Jones from her Oscar-winning performance in "The Song of Bernadette".......And get this, three years later she was nominated again for playing a skank in "Duel in the Sun". Now that's some serious acting!

Bless Me Father....

I'm probably going to go to hell for this but damn did Deborah Kerr ever look smokin' hot as that nun in, "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison". I cannot blame (a drunken) Robert Mitchum one iota for hitting on her.......See above for the evidence.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Green With Hatred

According to The Guardian and other sources, a group of American Jewish donors transferred to the Palestinian Authority over 3,000 greenhouses. These greenhouses (valued at over $14 million) were chock with flowers and various produce that would have been sufficient to feed the entire population of Gaza and even enough to create an export business. So, what did the poor Palestinians do with this potential treasure chest of riches? Try, they destroyed it completely and punctuated it all with an endless barrage of rockets into Southern Israel. Peace Shmeace.

Accidently Truthful

"Half the Palestinians are Egyptian and the other half are Saudis." Fathi Hammad (in a speech directed at Egypt), political leader of Hamas, 2009.............So, there it is folks, even the titular head of Hamas now admits that this whole notion of a long-standing Palestinian people is a bogus one. The only issue that I have with the statement is that it's a little too narrow. Birth records from as late as the '40s have shown that Palestinians didn't just come from Egypt and Arabia. They also came from Syria, Transjordan, Iraq, Iran/Persia, Turkey, Algeria, Tripoli/Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, The Soviet Union/Russia/Ukraine, and even from Central Asia....And the added fact that the damned term wasn't even utilized until recently....

Friday, May 17, 2013

Apish Hospitality?

According to a Harvard University study entitled, "Coexistence in Israel", 77% of Israeli Arabs said that they would rather live in Israel THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. And, yes, folks, that percentage goes significantly higher when the choices are simply, "Israel or an Arab led Palestinian State (over 90%)?" Wouldn't it be nice if the mainstream media and especially academia would occasionally acknowledge stuff like this? Me, I'm kinda thinking, yes.

Apes a Lot

Quran 2:65 "YUSUFALI: And well ye knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath: We said to them: 'Be ye apes, despised and rejected'."............Really, Muslims? Again with the ape shit? And this sucker straight from the scripture, too......................................................................................P.S. Not that I'm a big fan of any religion, mind you, but at least the Jews (as opposed to Muslims and Christians) don't seem to be so hung up on what other folks believe (just as long as you leave them alone) and for that I'd probably have to rank them number one of the big three monotheistic religions....If, I'm saying, I HAD to choose.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Why I Hate Politicians

a) For what they do and b) for how they go about doing it.

Either Or Nor or Both

Darrell Issa is a dirty stinking partisan and President Obama is a liar. Both of these suckers could be true, you know? They are not, NOT, mutually exclusive.

Tossing the Peels

The Peel Commission of 1937 and 1938 offered to the Palestinian Arabs nearly 80% of Western Palestine (this after the Hashemite kingdom was awarded ALL of Eastern Palestine in 1922). They rejected it. They rejected it because they didn't want the Jews to even have that miniscule amount; 20%. Look, I have no problem admitting that the Balfour Declaration was unreasonable. But to go from 100% of Mandate Palestine to 6% (Western Palestine represented only 30% of the total territory), and the Jews accepting it and the Arabs NOT, it's certainly hard for me to accept any more this notion that the Jews were the unreasonable ones here...........................................................................................P.S. And as for this whole notion that the Jews pilfered the land, bullshit. They bought it and they overpaid. This, folks, from the Peel Commission text itself - "Much of the land now carrying orange groves was sand dunes or swamp and uncultivated when it was purchased...There was at the time of the earlier sales little evidence that the owners possessed either the resources or training needed to develop the land." Game, set, and match - boom.

On the Assertion that Jerusalem is Muslim Holy City

a) Jerusalem is never once even mentioned in the Quran (and neither is a Palestine).............b) When Muslims pray, they bow to Mecca and not to Jerusalem.............c) Islamic scholars as far back as the 13th Century have affirmed that Jerusalem is much more of a holy city for the Jews than it is for the Muslims - "In Jerusalem, there is not a place one calls sacred, and the same holds true for the tombs of Hebron." Ibn Taymiyyah

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Question For Miami Heat Backup Point Guard, Norris Cole

And the reason for the Grace Jones haircut is what exactly?

Geno's latest Get/Bell-Ringer

Ossining (NY) High's Saniya Chong. The youngster (a 5'9" combo guard) averaged 33 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, and 4 steals a game AND she's a 90% free throw shooter, too. I really think that you can expect her to get some serious minutes almost immediately.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Note to Shaw 2

Who gives a rat's arse what Dick Cheney says? The guy is a schmuck and the Bush administration was largely a failure. But just in case that you haven't noticed it, neither of these two fellows has been anywhere near the White House for going on four and a half years now. I mean, I know that your answer for everything these days is moral equivalency and "Obama isn't as bad as Bush" and all but isn't it about time that you started focusing on just what it is that your fellow is doing and maybe starting to hold HIM accountable (is party affiliation THAT paramount?)?.......................................................................................Like, I don't know, the fact that this administration RIGHT BEFORE AN ELECTION created out of entire cloth a scenario that literally nobody over the age of three would have ever in their right mind bought. Laying it all out for you here; a) not a single person on the ground said that there was a protest or that this was anything other than a planned terrorist attack (what, Eli Lake of Newsweek and Bob Bare of CNN knew about this but Obama didn't?), b) nobody, even in the Middle East, just happens to carry around with them mortars and AK-47s (spontaneous shmontaneous), and c) a terrorist cell was actually taking credit for this attack WHILE IT WAS HAPPENING. HOW in the hell/pray tell are you just willing to let the President skate on this, Shaw, and WHY?...................................................................................And it isn't just Benghazi, either. This President has also continued with the prior administration's policies of rendition, warrantless wiretapping, unlimited detention and, yes, he's even outdone Mr. Bush in other regards; expanding the war in Afghanistan (more Americans have died in this war under Obama now than Bush) , sextupling the drone attacks in Pakistan and spreading these attacks to 3-4 other countries, and, yes, my personal favorite, the kill list (the dude has a frigging kill list - if President Bush had had one, you and yours would have been going apoplectic and you know it). I think that you're just going to have to face it here, Shaw, Obama is a warrior and in a very bad way.

On Why Brad Stevens Isn't Leaving Butler

a) He loves the school and the area (Indianapolis).......b) He makes some excellent paychecks (about a mill or so a year).......c) Butler is scheduled to join the new Big East this fall (a major-league upgrade over the Horizon League).......d) He has an outstanding recruiting class coming in as well (two players ranked in the Rivals top 150 and two others whose offer sheets are indicative of being just outside of it).......e) He's apparently wise enough to know that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

Couldn't Have Said it Better Myself

"Industrial wind projects don't work. They produce a trickle of electricity at a vast cost to the consumers. They desecrate the landscape and make people's lives a misery. And they they don't even cut carbon emissions. They are literally a waste of space." Struan Stevenson, Chairman of the European Parliament's Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainability Development Intergroup.

Monday, May 13, 2013

On Charles Barkley

Not frank enough.

Wow, That's Rich

Look, I have no doubt that this douche-bag is loaded. But is he as rich as he claims to be (a net worth of 6-8 billion)? Me - I'm beginning to have some doubts. I cite specifically the fact that he kept on telling us that NBC was paying him a "tremendous amount of money" for that Apprentice show/idiocy. I mean, think about it here. What would have been the most that NBC would have been willing to fork over (to Trump) to keep that train-wreck going; 10 million? 20 million? A whole lot of money absolutely but to have a supposedly multi-BILLIONAIRE constantly referring to it as a "tremendous amount of money" is at the very minimum suspicious, I think.

Where I DON'T Agree With the Warmists

a) That the current warming is in any way abnormal or alarming (the Vikings planted crops in Greenland during the Medieval Warm Period, the Romans - during the Roman Warm Period - mined copper, gold, and emeralds higher into the Alps than we ever did, the Sahara was actually wet during the second Holocene Warming Optimum, etc.).............b) That an increase in atmospheric CO2 is always a bad thing (some studies have supported higher crop yields and we all know that CO2 is beneficial for vegetation in general).............c) That global warming is necessarily negative, and that it is worse than global cooling (on this one the evidence is overwhelming - during periods of warming life thrives and during periods of cooling it doesn't).............d) That CO2 is the major driver of global warming (yes, you will get some warming when you increase atmospheric CO2 but the relationship is a logarithmic one and the feedbacks seemingly negative).............e) That government intervention and initiatives will solve the "problem" (agreements such as Kyoto will NOT appreciably make a difference and green energy initiatives such as wind and ethanol aren't really all that damned green).

On Grizzlies Forward, Zach Randolph

He's slow. He can't jump very high. He's as wide as he is tall. But make no mistake about it, folks, the dude can flat-out play. He can score. He can rebound. He's improved as a passer. He has an exceedingly high basketball IQ....and his heart, well, let's just say that it's as big as any that I've seen of late. In an era in which most of the sports stars are either prima donnas, douche-bags, or pretty boys, I say that Mr. Randolph here is exactly what the doctor ordered.

The Face of Not Just Hatred but Pure Hatred Squared

"The Jews are a cancer which is liable to spread again at any moment. There is no solution (an interesting choice of terms here) to the conflict except with the disappearance of Israel. If they gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide." Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah.......Peace With this Fella'? Yeah, OK.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Top Five Favorite Newport Mansions

Honorable mention) Kingcote......5) Ochre Court......4) Chepstow (bottom picture)......3) Rosecliff......2) Rough Point......1) The Chateau sur Mer (top picture)...........................................................................P.S There are actually other mansions in Newport that I easily could have included but they are seemingly private residences and most of them don't have names.

Where I DO Agree With the Warmists

a) That the temperature of the planet has been increasing (.8 of a degree Celsius over the past 150 years and .3 of a degree Celsius over the past 35 years).............b) That the earth's CO2 composition has also been increasing (from about 260 ppm in the late 19th Century to about 390 parts ppm in the early 21st century).............c) That this increase in atmospheric CO2 is at least a partial by-product of mankind's increased usage of fossil fuels (other possible contributors would include underwater volcanoes and C14 isotopes resulting from cosmic rays).............d) That increasing CO2 in a controlled scientific setting DOES produce some warming (approximately 1 degree Celsius for every doubling of CO2).............e) That mankind's increased usage of fossil fuels (in addition to deforestation and urbanization) has probably impacted the earth's climate, at least to a certain extent.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

On Me and Obama

I've gone from liking him politically and personally (voting for the guy in 2008), to liking him personally but not politically, to not liking him personally OR politically. I don't know, I think that the last straw for me was when he referred to the Paul Ryan budget (a budget that I have also criticized, mainly for its sacred cow treatment of defense spending), a budget that actually INCREASES federal spending by some 40% over the next 11 years, as "thinly veiled Social Darwinism". a) I'm not a major fan of politicians throwing around invective in general (especially when the shit comes straight out of a Sociology 101 textbook, for Christ), b) I found that this shot was especially absurd, and c) his added characterization of the Ryan Medicare proposal as a "voucher system" that will end up costing seniors an additional $6,400 a year was itself overwhelmingly misleading (yes, the plan does have vouchers but it is far more accurate to call it a premium support plan - replete with subsidies for the poor - that Democrats such as Alice Rivlin and John Breaux have also supported). I mean, I know that the dude is a politician and pretty much has to act this way because of the system......but wasn't he supposed to be so much better than this?......We were told.

The Encyclopedia of Science and Religion on "Post-Modern Science"

"Post-modern science challenges the ideal of the neutral scientist who applies formal rules of deduction to develop theories that objectively explain empirical data.".......Indeed, the Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, indeed (James Hansen's "adjusting and eventually eliminating 35 years of global cooling - perfect example!).

Friday, May 10, 2013

Some Additional "Stupidity", I'm Gathering

"Warming and increased CO2 will be good for mankind. CO2 is not a pollutant and it is not a poison and we should not corrupt the English language by depriving 'pollutant' and 'poison' of their original meaning." William Happer, physicist, Princeton............."In terms of global warming's capacity to cause the human species harm, I don't think it makes it into the top ten. For most of the earth's history, the globe has been warmer than it has been for the last 200 years. It has rarely been cooler. Gore claims that temperature increases solely because more CO2 in the atmosphere traps the sun's heat. That's just wrong. It's a natural interplay. As temperature rises, CO2 rises and vice versa. It's hard for us to say that CO2 drives temperature. It's easier to say that temperature drives CO2." Robert Giegengack, geologist, University of Pennsylvania............."The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and it is doing a lot of harm. It distracts people's attention from much more serious problems (malaria, plastics in the ocean, etc.).......When I listen to the public debates about climate-change, I am impressed by the enormous gaps in our knowledge, the sparseness of our observations, and the superficiality of our theories.......Just because you see pictures of glaciers falling into the ocean doesn't mean anything. This is something that happens all the time. It's a part of the natural cycle of things." Freeman Dyson, physicist, formerly of Princeton............."In the American Physical Society it is OK to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim is that the temperature has changed from 288.0 to 288.8 degrees Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in the warm period.......Is climate-change pseudoscience? If I'm going to answer the question, the answer is: absolutely." Ivar Giaever, Nobel Prize winning physicist, Renssalaer Polytechnical Institute and the University of Oslo.

Reggie Miller's and Ray Allen's Stroke, Roberto Clemente's "Gun", Gayle Sayers's Stride, and Paul Motitor's Swing

What would be my answer to the question, "So, what are the some of  the most beautiful things that you've ever witnessed in sports?"

On a Moron Who Knows Absolutely Nothing About Climatology Referring to the Reasoned and Well Thought Out Works of Richard Lindzen, Roy Spencer, John Christy, William Happer, And Freeman Dyson as "Stupidity"

Life is wondrous, isn't it?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

At the Intersection of Fascism, Stupidity, And Intolerance

Two San Jose State professors posturing to burn a book by climate-change skeptics.

On the Ludicrous Attempts by Those at Skeptical Science to Critique the Works of Richard Lindzen

“If you bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools” Rudyard Kipling

Cash Flow Issues

“Limited and early analytical results from integrated analyses of the cost and benefits of mitigation indicate that these are broadly comparable in magnitude, but do not as yet permit an unambiguous determination of an emissions pathway or stabilization level where benefits exceed costs.” - IPCC 2007 - There it is, folks. Even the IPCC is now admitting that the benefit from all of this spending is questionable. Who could be next, Al Gore?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Twin Sons From Different Mothers?

Pretty much my theory.

The Abolition of Falsification

One of the bloggers over at Climate Depot did some research and came up with over 30 pairs of contradictory findings from studies conducted by warmists. Here, folks, are 12 of the funnier ones; 1) Amazon dry season greener - Amazon dry season browner. 2) Avalanches may increase - Avalanches may decrease. 3) Coral island atolls to sink - Coral island atolls to rise. 4) East Africa to get less rain - East Africa to get more rain. 5) Great Lakes to get less snow - Great Lakes to get more snow. 6) Indian monsoons to be drier - Indian Monsoons to be wetter. 7) Indian rice yields to decrease - Indian rice yields to increase. 8) North Atlantic cod to decline - North Atlantic cod to thrive. 9) North Atlantic cyclone activity to increase - North Atlantic cyclone activity to decrease. 10) Northern Hemisphere ice sheets to decline - Northern Hemisphere ice sheets to grow. 11) Swiss mountain debris flow may increase - Swiss mountain debris flow may decrease. 12) Winters may be warmer - Winters may be colder.............For the entire list go to,

On Jimmie Rodgers, The Singing Brakeman

Quite possibly the most influential musical artist in American history.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

On Marco Rubio's Rebuttal Speech to Obama's State of the Union

"It was the best rebuttal speech ever." Sean Hannity......."It was 'tinker toys'." Chris Matthews....Yeah, I would say that we're a tad bit divided these days with idiots seemingly running the show. Yes? No?

And Not All AGW Skeptics Are Conservative, Either

Just take a gander at this dude -

On Nobel Prizes

The fact that Yasser Arafat won one and Freeman Dyson didn't - that pretty much says it for me.

Richard Lindzen, Unplugged

"Controlling carbon is a bureaucrat's dream. If you control carbon, you control life."............"Ordinary people see through man-made climate fears but educated people are very vulnerable."............"When you're ignorant, you're ignorant."............"This is a perfect opportunity to teach (this, in response to then Senator Lincoln Chaffee's idiotic assertion that since you can die from too much CO2 then it de facto must be a pollutant)."

Philip Stott on Climate-Change (Or What Used to be Called, Global-Warming

"Climate-change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate-change  predictably by understanding at the the margins one politically selected factor (CO2), is as misguided as it gets."...That is perfect, folks, the fact that these idiots are totally ignoring solar variations (cycles, sunspots, magnetic energy, winds, etc.), the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, the North Pacific Index, planetary perturbations, plate tectonics, underwater volcanoes, the fact that we haven't had a major volcanic eruption (on land) in over 20 years, plate tectonics, bacteria, C14 isotopes, galactic factors, cosmic dust and rays, cloud cover, etc., etc. AND THE PLAIN FACT THAT WE'RE STILL LISTENING TO THEM. Unbelievable.

Farts in an Ice-Storm

 According to an article by Berner and Kothavala in the American Journal of Science (2001 - "A Revised Model of Atmospheric CO2 over Phanerozoic Time"), the atmospheric CO2 levels of the Ordovician-Silurian and Jurassic-Cretaceous glaciations were more than 4,000 ppm and 2,000 ppm respectively....So, folks, not only was there NOT a runaway greenhouse warming effect, they were damned ice-ages! Clearly, there are a lot of other, more powerful, variables at work here.

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Huge But Actually Quite Miniscule Drop in the Bucket

Here are the facts, folks. The total U.S. GDP - approximately $16 trillion. The total salary of the Fortune 500 CEOs- approximately $5 billion. The percentage of the U.S. economy which comprises these salaries - approximately .03% (three one hundredths of one percent)............................................................................So, does that in fact provide perspective here? To say that this is in any way a part of our economic malaise is hugely ridiculous, I think. And I also have to ask my progressive colleagues, if it was such a trivial thing for guys like McCain to focus on pork-barrel spending at $17 billion a year, then how, pray tell, is it not even more petty for folks like ya'all to focus on an amount  that's even 70% less than that...AND PRIVATE MONEY? It sure as hell seems like a loser to me.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Latest Progressive Strategy - I Shit You Not

Confiscate every cent of Fortune 500 CEO salaries and disseminate it to 500,000 lower wage individuals whose identities will be determined later by still another group of individuals who identities will be determined later. The CEOs will be free to keep their jobs and work for nothing if they desire. If, however, this is not a workable scenario, then a government bureaucrat will take the job for $170,000 a year and this will be paid for by raising taxes on the second rung of corporate CEOs (which, according to, is about $166,000 a year). Oh, and if the corporations end up being driven into the ground by these bureaucrats, they'll get a bailout (the heavily unionized employees all making $169,999 obviously getting the first bite at the fruit) as many times as necessary!

The Day the Debate Died (With Apologies to Don McLean)

Several years ago there was an Intelligence Squared PBS debate on global warming. On the skeptics' side was Richard Lindzen, Philip Stott, and Michael Crichton and on the warmists' side was Gavin Schmidt, Richard Somerville, and some lady from the Union of Concerned Scientists. They polled the audience before and after and it was (and, please, keep in mind here that this is a PBS audience) 29% (global waring isn't a crisis) - 58% (global warming is a crisis) - 13% (not sure)  - before and 46% - 42% - 12% - after................................................................................Yep, folks, the skeptics made the more compelling argument and even in a setting such as PBS were able to significantly sway the audience. Of course, it was also the beginning of the end in terms of these warmists actually wanting to defend their "science" and positions publicly. At the recent International Conference on Climate Change 7, for example, the event coordinator there, James Taylor, invited 57 warmists to speak and not a single one consented to...................................................................................It's kind of like with Gore. The dude refuses to debate Bjorn Lomborg. He refuses to debate Lord Monckton. He refuses to debate John Coleman. He even refused to debate his erstwhile friend and supporter, Michael Crichton. It's like, yeah, of course the debate is over if you refuse to sit down and debate people.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Black-Haired Green-Eyed Lady Hall of Fame

Hedy Lamarr, Vivien Leigh, and Gene Tierney. AKA, 1A, 1B, and 1C.

Note to Lincoln Chaffee

Yes Governor, too much concentrated CO2 can totally cause death. But so, too, the same can be said for oxygen (oxygen toxicity) and nitrogen (nitrogen asphyxiation). HELLO! I mean, I know that you politicians aren't necessarily the smartest folks out there and that it's exceedingly hard to get you to look beyond whatever it is that shiny object happens to be at the moment but I'm afraid that I'm going to have to give you a double duh on this one, bra. CO2 as a pollutant. LOL!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Linda Fiorentino

What would be my answer to the question, "So, who would get your vote as the sexiest biotch of the '90s?"

On the Mother of the Two Boston Terror Suspects

If denial were steroids, this gal would be Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Raphael Palmiero, and Mark McGwire combined....Maybe throw in a little Lance Armstrong, too.

They SAY that They Like Consensus

Don Easterbrook is a professor emeritus of geology and earth science at Western Washington University. He has authored 8 books and close to 150 research papers. He is a political independent, environmentalist, and has never taken a penny from big oil. Professor Easterbrook did an exhaustive search of the georef database and ultimately came up with these numbers. There have been 485 (as of 2010) articles on the Medieval Warm Period in which it was stated that the episode was real, global, and at least as warm as what we're experiencing today. The fellow also found over 1,400 articles which likewise authenticated the reality and global nature of the Little Ice Age. These global warming people assert that they like consensus, but on this one they instead put all of their stock in the data of a newcomer who damn near committed every error in the manual and whose hockey stick graph literally made most geologists laugh. Boy, has the scientific enterprise ever deteriorated of late.

At the Intersection of Genius and Humility and Caution 2

"A philosopher who has long been attached to a favorite hypothesis, and especially if he has distinguished himself by his ingenuity in discovering of pursuing it, will not sometimes be convinced of its falsity by the plainest evidence of fact." Joseph Priestly............."If we begin in certainty, we will end in doubts." Francis Bacon............."Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." George Orwell.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Adaptive Seasoning

The earth is essentially a living organism, and living organisms mostly adapt. Professor Lindzen probably had the best analogy, I think. He points to the fact that when a human being puts something alien into his or her body, there generally aren't properties in that body which interact with it negatively to make the insult worse. In fact, just the opposite tends to happen; inflammation, mucous, fever, etc.. And the same is evidently true of the planet earth, too. Yes, a fair amount of carbon dioxide has entered the atmosphere (not anywhere near the levels of previous epochs but certainly more than those of the little ice age or even the Medieval warm period), but there has not, NOT, been a runaway greenhouse effect. There hasn't, folks, because the planet has a way of healing/cooling itself via an increase in cloud cover (a derivation of the increases in water vapor) and, yes, this in fact represents a NEGATIVE feedback...............................................................................................P.S. I also think that it's important to point out here that this planet of ours has absorbed a hell of a lot more punishment than this 150 ppm  increase of CO2 that we have admittedly been a part of; massive volcanic eruptions, continents colliding (what, you think that the map has always looked this way?), meteor strikes, solar flares, etc.. This whole construct of us somehow being able to render the planet helpless (never mind control its thermostat) is ridiculous and, yes, yet another example of US putting US at the center of the universe.

America's Nastiest Congresspersons?

Hm, I would probably have to go with Democrats, Henry Waxmen, Alan Grayson, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Republicans, Dana Rohrebacher, Joe Wilson, and Virginia Foxx (Jean Schmidt and Alan West both having been bounced in the latest election). I watch a lot of C-Span, folks, and these six individuals are pretty much the bottom of the barrel; mean-spirited, virulently partisan 24/7. How anybody in his or her right mind would ever want to vote for 'em is WELL beyond me.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

More in Terms of Devious Decline Hiding

The scientific evidence is overwhelming that the earth experienced a significant amount of global cooling (as much a half a degree Celsius) from 1940 to 1975. The data involved is especially solid after 1958 in that that was when weather stations started utilizing radiosonde balloon data (a technique that has shown to be virtually consistent with the satellite data of post 1979). But, just like with pretty much everything global warming, a funny thing happened on the way to the forum (or in Al Gore's instance, the Oscar ceremonies). It seems, folks, that James Hansen (the author of the second and third graphs, the third being the adjusted one) ultimately didn't care for this little piece of reality and decided instead to "adjust" it a tad. So, instead of having a scenario in which the temperature actually went down for approximately 35 years (this, in spite of the hard evidence that man-induced CO2 emissions were skyrocketing), you magically had it simply taking a breather. This is absolutely unbelievable, folks.

On The Ten Commandments as a Reliable Moral Indices

I don't know, folks, the fact that "Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife" made it and "Thou Shalt Not Enslave Another Human Being Into Servitude" didn't, is probably a sufficient enough rationale to maybe look elsewhere.