Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quote Of The Day ...From Paris

"I'm afraid that John Bohner is going to look over at Joe Biden during the State of the Union address, notice Joe's hairplugs, and burst into tears."--Mr Paris

Ronald Reagan's Son, Still An Unhinged Embarrassment ...From Paris

Sadly, Ron Reagan (son of the former President)  remains a National embarrassment.  He has trashed the memory of his father in a new book, profiled in the WashPost, article by Manuel Roig-Franzia titled 'The Uneasy Namesake:"

"In the national dysfunctional family that is the Reagan clan, Ron might be the most ephemeral. The others chose highly public proximity - either through emulation (Michael channels the father's politics on radio and in books, and Maureen, now deceased, tried briefly and unsuccessfully to follow him into elected office) or confrontation (Patti bared family secrets in a memoir and thinly veiled novels and bared herself in Playboy).

Each child has reminisced controversially in print. (Ron and Patti, who uses her mother's maiden name, Davis, are the children of Ronald Reagan and his second wife, Nancy; Maureen was the daughter of Ronald Reagan and his first wife, the film star Jane Wyman. Michael, 65, was adopted by Reagan and Wyman.) But Ron refrained from memoir-writing for decades, and he removed himself physically, straying far from the touchstone locales of Reagan legend - Washington, Sacramento, Southern California - in favor of the Pacific Northwest. Like his sister Patti, he strayed politically, too, espousing a liberal mindset that was the antithesis of the standard set by his parents..."If you're not quite right maybe you shouldn't be in that position," Ron says. "I wasn't worried that he was going to walk into the White House and launch a nuclear attack because he thought he was turning the TV on. But the Alzheimer's disease might have exacerbated tendencies he had, anyway, to trust his aides too much, to not ask enough questions. I'm thinking of Iran-contra. Reaganites and Reagan watchers are reacting with varying levels of disbelief and rage."

Seriously Ron.  You were photographed prancing all over in ballet tights and you currently live among a house full of cats? 

"Your honor.  I rest my case."


Man arrested by TSA for recording them. Spiffy: Acquitted by a Jury. Hero: The defense rested without presenting any evidence or calling any witnesses

Gallup’s summary on O

There's a new Gallup poll out today: "When President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday, he will be addressing a nation that is less satisfied with a variety of aspects of U.S. life than it was in 2008. Americans' satisfaction with six of seven different economic, moral, or governmental aspects is down significantly compared with Gallup's prior measurement three years ago.

Overall quality of life: Down five points since 2008. Influence of organized religion: Plus two.  The opportunity for a person to get ahead by working hard: Down 13 since Obama was inaugurated. Down 13 points.  Our system of government; How well it works: Down 11.  The size and power of the federal government: Down ten.  The moral and ethical climate: Down nine.  The size and influence of major corporations: Down six.  Satisfaction with government, morality, economy: Down significantly in two years

Not very sensitive

Democrat Tries to Boot Giffords off Armed Services Committee


Behind closed doors, California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez has proposed removing Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) until she recovers from injuries sustained after being shot in the head on Jan. 8 in Tucson, The Daily Caller has learned.

The proposal sparked an outrage, according to those in the room - including from those in Sanchez's own party.

"It's not appropriate," Texas Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes told The Daily Caller, adding that there was outrage among some

No one in gov’t acts like it is their money

LIGHTS AT NIGHT: $1M electricity bill for Dept. of Labor -- in one month!

That is the question


What Car Would Steve McQueen Drive Today?

What Car Would Steve McQueen Drive Today?

If the only car Steve McQueen ever drove in his day was a 1956 Jaguar XKSS he'd still be one of the coolest car guys around. But what new cars would he drive if McQueen were alive today?

Not to mention, McQueen also had a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, a 1976 911 Turbo and a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyder, a 1953 Siata 208S boutique sports car, and that's not even scratching the surface. But would any modern cars pass the McQueen test? Sure. What would they be? [Hat tip to VW Vortex for the idea]

michael ramirez

Genghis Khan, Eco-Warrior

For centuries, Genghis Khan has been reviled throughout the world as one of the most evil tyrants who ever lived. But from the progressive point of view, he was just a little ahead of his time. Consequently, he's being rehabilitated:

Genghis Khan's Mongol invasion in the 13th and 14th centuries was so vast that it may have been the first instance in history of a single culture causing man-made climate change, according to new research out of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, reports Mongabay.com.
Unlike modern day climate change, however, the Mongol invasion actually cooled the planet, effectively scrubbing around 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

Next up for rehabilitation: Adolf Hitler. Why not? He was an environmentalist, a socialist, and a reputed vegetarian, and he stopped millions of people from oppressing Gaia with their carbon emissions.


Not even for the cameras.


Pelosi Turns Down Offer to Sit with Cantor at Speech

Tunisia spillover?

UPDATE: Egyptians denounce Mubarak, clash with riot police...

O wants a record lawyer to be Solicitor General

WIRED: Obama Nominates RIAA Lawyer for Solicitor General.

Verrilli is best known for leading the recording industry’s legal charge against music- and movie-sharing site Grokster. That 2003 case ultimately led to Grokster’s demise, when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a lower court’s pro-RIAA verdict.

Until recently, Verrilli also was leading Viacom’s ongoing and flailing $1 billion copyright-infringement fight against YouTube. . . . And in 2008, Verrilli told a federal judge in Minnesota that merely making copyright works available on file sharing networks amounted to copyright infringement — and that no proof of somebody else downloading those files was required.

It is no great surprise to me that the Obama Administration likes a lawyer for Big Entertainment.

The Party of Special Interests

The Four Horsemen of the Coming Democratic Apocalypse


The lawyers and three other special interests - Big Labor union leaders, Big Green environmentalists, and Big Insiders with billions of dollars in personal wealth and foundation grants -- together essentially dictate what Democrats can and cannot support on many key public policy issues. Call them the Four Horsemen of the coming Democratic apocalypse. These four groups provide most of the campaign funding and workers, political and policy expertise, legal and regulatory muscle, and strategic communications for the Democratic Party. Consequently, most Democrats are prisoners of a narrow agenda of constantly growing government budgets, regulation and taxing.


New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez: We ‘are not under-taxed; the government has simply over-spent.’

Oh my

Liberals hope to 'draft' Keith Olbermann for Joe Lieberman's Senate seat...

The first one should jump off the map. As we wrote 4 months ago where they say it is the hottest is where there are no weather stations. It is a model projecting what the programmers want. (I do find No. 4 to be weak.)

Five Reasons the Planet May Not Be Its Hottest Ever

The predicted temperature changes (darker red indicating greater change) due to global warming, based on data that scientists, policymakers and the public are now questioning.

The predicted temperature changes (darker red indicating greater change) due to global warming, based on data that scientists, policymakers and the public are now questioning.

On Thursday the U.N.'s weather agency announced that 2010 was a milestone, the warmest year on record, in a three-way tie with 2005 and 1998. Or is it?

1. Where does the data come from? Average temperatures globally last year were 0.95 degrees Fahrenheit (0.53 Celsius) higher than the 1961-90 mean that is used for comparison purposes, according to the WMO -- a statement based on three climate data sets from U.K. and U.S. weather agencies. They gather readings from land-based weather and climate stations, ships and buoys, and satellites -- and they've come under dramatic scrutiny in recent years.

The land data is being challenged extensively by Anthony Watt on his SurfaceStations.org website. Watts recently graded 61% of the stations used to measure temperature with a D -- for being located less than 10 meters from an artificial heating source. Many climate skeptics also take issue with NASA and NOAA, the U.S. agencies that gather U.S. climate data, but also manipulate and "normalize" it. Plus there were no weather satellites in the 60s and early 70s and surface based temperature readings did not exist until late 90s.

2. There's less ice is in the oceans. Or more. Or something. The WMO report notes that Arctic sea-ice cover in December 2010 was the lowest on record, with an average monthly extent of 12 million square kilometers, 1.35 million square kilometers below the 1979-2000 average for December. The agency called it the third-lowest minimum ice extent recorded in September.

In fact, the overall sea-ice record shows virtually no change throughout the past 30 years, argued Lord Monckton, a British politician, journalist, and noted skeptic of global warming.

3. El Niño has been playing havoc with temperatures. "El Niños cause spikes up. La Niñas drop it down," Bastardi told FoxNews.com. "Why have we gone up overall in the past 30 years? Because we've been in a warm cycle in the Pacific," he said. "But the tropical Pacific has cooled dramatically, and it's like turning down your thermostat -- it takes a while, but the house will cool."

4. Besides, it's getting chilly. 2010 may have been a warm year, but 2011 has been off to a very cold start -- and may be among the coldest in decades.

"December 2010 was the second-coldest December in the entire history dating back to 1659," noted Steve McIntyre, a climate scientist and the editor of climate blog Climate Audit.

5. Forecasts are often wrong. Predicting the weather -- especially a decade or more in advance -- is unbelievably challenging. In 2000, a scientist with the Met Office's Climatic Research Unit declared that within ten years, within a few years "children just aren't going to know what snow is." Snowfall will be "a very rare and exciting event." Dr. David Viner, senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, interviewed by the UK Independent, March 20, 2000.

And in 1970 at the first Earth Day event, one researcher predicted that the planet would be 11 degrees colder by the year 2000.

"[By] 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots…[By 1996] The Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers." Michael Oppenheimer, published in "Dead Heat," St. Martin's Press, 1990.

"Arctic specialist Bernt Balchen says a general warming trend over the North Pole is melting the polar ice cap and may produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean by the year 2000." Christian Science Monitor, June 8, 1972.

North Korea

A Very Bad Sign

January 25, 2011: In North Korea, a terror campaign is in progress. Security forces have been ordered to arrest anyone openly criticizing the government, or communicating with the outside world (via cell phone or just reading pamphlets from South Korea). Violators are increasingly being executed publically, and news of these deaths allowed to quickly spread.

On this date in:

England's King Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn, his second wife.

American Airlines opened the jet age in the United States with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

The Smallest and Most Precise Missile In the US Arsenal

The Smallest and Most Precise Missile In the US Arsenal

At only 2.75 inches in diameter, the Direct Attack Guided Rocket—DAGR, pronounced dagger—is designed to be the bread-and-butter air-to-surface weapon in the US arsenal. It's compatible with every flying thing, very low cost, laser-guided, extremely precise and extraordinarily deadly.

The secret is its elegant simplicity and delayed fuzing of its 10-pound warhead, which according to Lockheed Martin "increases the DAGR rocket's lethality and reduces collateral damage." Instead of detonating at the time of impact, the missile penetrates the armor or the building, detonating inside. That means that it kills everything that is inside without necessarily damaging stuff around the target.

Lockheed Martin has now finished testing this on multiple helicopters, like the AH-64D Apache, AH-6 Little Bird or the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, but it can be mounted in anything currently supporting Hellfire II missiles. Not only that but, while not as destructive as the Hellfire, you can pack more rockets in the same space.

It may be time

People Are Still Flipping Out Over the MacBook Air

People Are Still Flipping Out Over the MacBook AirYesterday I hiked eight miles with my 11-inch MacBook Air in my bag. Didn't even notice it was there. These MacBook Air owners sound sycophantic, but discount this praise at your own peril—especially if you're a laptop manufacturer.



A huge win for the economy and the country

White House Climate
Czar Calls It Quits

Carol Browner, Obama's top adviser on energy and climate, is stepping down, underscoring that there will be no major White House push on climate change as House Republicans battle the administration on global warming

Can’t make this kind of thing up

Libs Praise Genghis Khan for Mass Murder... He Reduced the Carbon Footprint!


Genghis Khan's Mongol invasion in the 13th and 14th centuries was so vast that it may have been the first instance in history of a single culture causing man-made climate change, according to new research out of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, reports Mongabay.com.

Unlike modern day climate change, however, the Mongol invasion actually cooled the planet, effectively scrubbing around 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

So how exactly did Genghis Khan, one of history's cruelest conquerors, earn such a glowing environmental report card? The reality may be a bit difficult for today's environmentalists to stomach, but Khan did it the same way he built his empire — with a high body count.


GW Scandal Update

BRITAIN: MPs Slam “Secretive” Climategate Probes.

Also: Official inquiries into the ‘Climategate’ scandal ‘unsatisfactory’. “A committee of MPs has described two independent inquiries into the ‘climategate scandal’ as ‘unsatisfactory’ because they failed to answer important questions about allegedly missing emails.”

Plus: Climategate inquiries Criticised: “The University of East Anglia’s Climategate inquiries were not sufficiently transparent and failed to properly investigate some key issues, the Commons Science and Technology Committee has concluded.”

History: Asimov Smiles

This image shows a hexagonal array of initially autonomous local communities or villages, which is part of a polity. Polities grow, decrease in size, or disappear as a result of conquest with the winner absorbing all of part of the loser.

Mathematical Model Explains How Complex Societies Emerge, Collapse

ScienceDaily (Jan. 25, 2011) — The instability of large, complex societies is a predictable phenomenon, according to a new mathematical model that explores the emergence of early human societies via warfare. Capturing hundreds of years of human history, the model reveals the dynamical nature of societies, which can be difficult to uncover in archaeological data.

The numerical model focuses on both size and complexity of emerging "polities" or states as well as their longevity and settlement patterns as a result of warfare. A number of factors were measured, but unexpectedly, the largest effect on the results was due to just two factors -- the scaling of a state's power to the probability of winning a conflict and a leader's average time in power. According to the model, the stability of large, complex polities is strongly promoted if the outcomes of conflicts are mostly determined by the polities' wealth or power, if there exist well-defined and accepted means of succession, and if control mechanisms within polities are internally specialized. The results also showed that polities experience what the authors call "chiefly cycles" or rapid cycles of growth and collapse due to warfare.