Thursday, August 31, 2006

California takes lead in global warming fight

California takes lead in global warming fight
California may have a big economy but the State is apparently run by little minds.  This act should be called the 'Little Mouse that Roared'.  It's ridiculous to believe that this legislation will have any effect whatsoever on the trend of natural global warming.  (So when the Earth goes into its natural cooling cycle, does that mean they're going to require companies to pollute MORE?)
So what does it accomplish, really?  Well, follow the money of course.  The keyword in the article is 'carbon credit trading'.  What's that you ask?
Let's say we have Factory A and Factory B.  The government sets a rule of how much a factory can pollute the environment. 
Factory A is using only 50% of its allotment.  But Factory B, a big polluter, is using 50% over its cap.  Is the solution to 'get green' with newer non-polluting technology? 
Heck no.  With 'carbon credit trading' all Factory B has to do is approach Factory A and buy the allotment they're not using.  Bam!  End of problem. 
What changed in the amount of pollution being created?  Exactly nothing.  Neither company changed a thing.  It's all on paper.  But now both factories are in full compliance of the law.
No kiddies, what really changed was that now there is a new level of State bureauracracy with a new level of pinhead bureaucrats, paid nice paychecks and great benefits to track, log, follow and enforce all this trading, and to make it all look good on paper to the gullible public.  See?  California is DOING SOMETHING about global warming. Cool. Now don't all you tree huggers feel better?
The only other thing that happened is that money changed hands between Factory B and Factory A.  And we all know what happens when money changes hands.  That's right, THE STATE TAXES IT.
Yes California has taken the lead once again.  Towards more taxes, more regulation, which means higher prices for virtually everything, and less freedom overal. 
And not one bit of it will make one iota of difference to real global warming.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Public School Zero Intelligence Policy Alert

Talk about a school Zero Tolerance policy, how about a Zero Intelligence Policy!  This is amazing.

This has to be subtitled 'The Further Dumbing Down of America's kids'. 

Incredible that a world geography teacher can't use foreign flags as visual aids to teach kids about the world. 

Even more incredible that there's even a LAW against it.  How dumb are they trying to make your kids?  Why? 
Fact is, the average 7th grader couldn't find China on a globe if his life depended on it. Sadly, it does.

Oh well, don't worry about your kid's education.  It's only 19 days until the new season of Survivor: Battle of the Races! - News - Teacher Placed On Leave For Hanging Foreign Flags



Halarious! :-)

If this CBS show ever actually airs it's going to make for some halarious political news.  Watch how they whine and howl until their 'tribe' wins and then watch them flip 180 and tout their glorious superiority.  (I wonder if they have an affirmative action policy built into the island voting scheme.)
I certainly won't be watching the show (I have better things to do with the precious number of heartbeats I have left in me), but will surely be unable to avoid keeping up with it in the news.
The last line of the Opinion Journal commentary really cracked me up.
Wot fun.
From the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web Opinion Journal

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
We have never watched a "reality TV" show in our life, and our interest in the genre is only slightly greater than the damage to national security owing to the "outing" of Valerie Plame. Still, we got a kick out of what the Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes called "the stunning news . . . that CBS would divide contestants on the next 'Survivor' into four tribes based on race."

Especially amusing is this reaction, reported by the Associated Press:

"The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous," [New York] City Councilman John Liu said Thursday. "How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?" . . .

Liu, who is Asian-American, said he was launching a campaign urging CBS to pull the show because it could encourage racial division and promote negative typecasts. He and a coalition of officials, including the council's black, Latino and Asian caucus, planned to rally at City Hall on Friday.

So "the council's black, Latino and Asian caucus" is upset over a plan to divide people up by race? Talk about the pot calling the kettle African-American!


Here's Rush's take on it. His caller implied Rush was a racist because he even dared to talk about the show:

New Survivor Season: A War of the Races
CBS rolls out a race-based Survivor show, but it's El Rushbo who ends up being called racist!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Trashing privacy - Commentary - The Washington Times

Now what hell has the Senate put forth upon us???
Be afraid.  Then get mad.  Call your Senator and get to the bottom of this!
(What the hell are these people thinking???)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Rise of Shrinking-Vacation Syndrome - New York Times

This is the sort of tripe the drive by media keeps touting to try to show that the American economy is in terrible shape, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.

The Rise of Shrinking-Vacation Syndrome - New York Times

While their facts, taken one by one, may be true for some, the overall picture is not nearly so dismal.  For every Jeff Hopkins out there, I could find a dozen people who are taking vacations and traveling the country and the world as much as ever. (In fact we just booked a 13 day cruise and we're traveling for several days in addition on both ends of the trip.  21 days in all.  And this is not our first getaway this year.  We must just live right. We're certainly not fodder for a New York Times article!)
What's this?  Keep readng.  You mean Americans are working and producing more and accomplishing more than every other industrialized nation in the world?
This is typical of Big Media to imply one thing with the headline and say somethng entirely different in the article.
If you ignore the headline and read the whole article you'll find that it isn't about a bad economy at all, as the headline and first example suggests.  It's about the American worker working too much. So much that one company has to shut down just to get their people to take a vacation.
What a country!  You can work all you want!
And you wonder why no one is breaking out of this country.  They are only trying to break in.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Democrats Shake Up Nominating Calendar

And so the political season in underway.  The back-biting, the jockeying, the power plays... sigh...
This shows that the Democratic Party leaders are not interested in offering a better plan for anything.  It's not to better represent all Americans.
It's all about regaining power. 
And they see the need to court the Latino and Black voters in these states as a way to outbalance the general conservative population.
Time will tell if this play works for them.  But it appears to me they are desperate and willing to 'shake up' their traditional base in order to regain power.
In the past 8 years I've not heard one single plan or idea that would convince me that they have anything positive to offer us.