Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Equivocation: An example

Child gun deaths as common in rural as urban areas

For over a hundred years the progressives have worked diligently to undermine the belief systems of America. The tactic of choice is equivocation. Here is the latest example:

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children and teenagers living in the most-rural parts of the U.S. are as likely to die by gun violence as those in big cities, a new study finds.

Okay, the equivalence is gun. The difference is in the rural areas, it's accidents mostly and a few suicides. In the urban areas, it's criminal activity. How's that for equivalence?

In Chicago, never a day goes by when there is not a report of some innocent teenager being cut down by gang bangers defending their turf. And we see images on TV of weeping mothers, and pastors and elders lamenting the state of affairs.

I have a question for you, Chicago. You have been under Progressive governance for a hundred years. How's it working out for you?

Obama is not a citizen of the U.S. (updated)

Barack Obama Kenyan Birth Certificate / Lucas Smith / Coast Province General Hospital

The link is for a YouTube video showing our President was born at the Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya on August 4, 1961.  The attending doctor was James O. W. Ang'Awa.  The supervisor of obstetrics was John Kwame Odongo.

It is now evident beyond doubt Barack Hussein Obama is not a natural born citizen of the U.S. and not eligible to be our president.

After reading the comments on this issue of Obama's birthplace, I did some searching and found this particular Kenyan birth certificate has been hashed over about six months ago. Judging by those comments, I no longer have any confidence in the claims put out in the YouTube video.

So we shall accept the Hawaiian birth certificate as legitimate and turn to the real reason Obama should not be our president; that he is a committed Marxist/Progressive and views the Constitution of the United States as a mere impediment to achieving his objectives.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Climate change made simple

First atmospheric CO2 and its role in climate change:

  1. Compared to water vapor, CO2 is a minor green house gas.
  2. Changes in the level of atmospheric CO2 do not produce corresponding changes in the global temperature.
  3. The level of atmospheric CO2 is a consequence of global warming not the cause.

So, what is behind climate change and what does the future hold?

  1. The global temperature of the earth is directly related to the total solar irradiance (TSI) received by the earth.
  2. The TSI has a quasi-periodic variation with periods of ~11 years and ~200 years.
  3. The TSI has been abnormally high over much of the twentieth century. This accounts for the observed temperature increases that have been incorrectly attributed to human activity.
  4. We are now at the end of the 200-year cycle's warming phase and are entering a protracted global cooling era.
  5. The TSI minimum will be reached in 2042 ±11 years.
  6. We should not expect to see significant global warming for 150 years.

My earlier post on this subject has references.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Global cooling is upon us

New Ice Age 'to begin in 2014'

Russian scientist to alarmists: 'Sun heats Earth!'
CHICAGO – A new "Little Ice Age" could begin in just four years, predicted Habibullo Abdussamatov, the head of space research at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia.

Abdussamatov was speaking yesterday at the Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change in Chicago, which began Sunday and ends today.

Abdussamatov explained that an abnormally high solar intensity over much of the twentieth century is responsible for observed warming not increased atmospheric CO2 levels. This anomally ended in the 1990s resulting in no additional warming. Abdussamatov is predicting we will see significant cooling beginning in 2013. The Russians, he added, are using the ISS to collect more data in order to refine the timing.

In another paper, Dr. Adussamatov concludes with the following warning:

Consequently, we should fear a deep temperature drop—not catastrophic global warming. Humanity must survive the serious economic, social, demographic and political consequences of a global temperature drop, which will directly affect the national interests of almost all countries and more than 80% of the population of the Earth. A deep temperature drop is a considerably greater threat to humanity than warming. However, a reliable forecast of the time of the onset and of the depth of the global temperature drop will make it possible to adjust in advance the economic activity of humanity, to considerably weaken the crisis.

For additional information, Dr. Adussamatov has a detailed description of "the common Grand 2-century cycle of solar activity," the declining phase of which we are now experiencing, on the Astrometria page of the Pulkovo Observatory Web site.

Terrorists pouring across our southern border

Georgia Congressman Paul Brown on WSBTV 2, Atlanta:

We have hundreds and hundreds of folks coming from Middle Eastern countries. And, frankly, I don't think most of these people are coming here to cut our grass. We must secure the border.

To view the videos:

The documents Janet Napolitano doesn't want you to see: People Other Than Mexicans Currently In Detention In ICE Custody Including From Terrorist Countries

Saturday, May 15, 2010

American voters want Democrats in majority

AP-GfK Poll flashes mixed signals for parties

According to the latest poll, 45% of voters desire a Democratic majority with 40% opposing. According to the poll, Democrats do better when health care is not the issue. Here is (presumably) a typical response:

I'm a new Democrat," said Harley Smithson, 51, of Baltimore, who said he had recently switched from the GOP. "I want to be with a party that's for something instead of against everything.

That response should be very telling for the GOP: they must get in front of the voters like Mr. Smithson and put forward a coherent plan for how they would govern. Failing to do that will relegate the GOP to minority status for the indefinite future. So, it is incumbent upon those of us that are unhappy with the current state of affairs, and do not see the Democrats as the provider of solutions, to get on the GOP's case prodding them to get their act together and do just that.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


President Obama at Hampton University

The President explaining how the market of ideas is bad for the country. Too much information.  Too many arguments.  Too much pressure.   (Too many outlets for effective top down control.)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Progressives' scheme to seize your retirement savings

Guaranteed retirement accounts: Toward retirement income security

As already noted, the Obama administration is planning on seizing private sector retirement plan savings and converting those plans to something called 'guaranteed retirement accounts', a form of guaranteed income annuity. The kicker is the government will "invest and manage the pooled savings." This handling of the funds is similar to social security. And, we all know what happened to that fund: Congress spent it all! We can reasonably assume the same will happen to our retirement savings. This scheme must be vigorously opposed.

The above link goes to the Shared Prosperity site that originated the idea.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Why are our southern borders open?

US Taxpayers Pay for Germany’s Socialized Medicine – and Other Terrible News - Big Government

In this Hoover Institute video, Mark Steyn discusses his book, America Alone. What seemed to be a depressing discussion of the fate of Western culture ends on a hopeful note.

But, in listening to the discussion, it suddenly occurred to me why our southern borders are still open. Put simply, the declining birth rate amongst Americans of Western ethnicity threatens the underpinnings of the socialist state the Progressives have been working to impose for the last 100 years: there won't be sufficient young workers to pay the bills.

The same thing happened to Western Europe. Their solution was to import large numbers of Muslims to do the work. The Progressive solution for America (and, possibly, Canada) is to allow unrestricted flow of Hispanics north to fill the gap. Both ethnic groups have birthrates high enough to provide the support the socialist state requires over the long run. In effect, the Progressives are creating a new slave class.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Sound the alarm

Republicans Sound Alarm on Administration Plan to Seize 401(k)s

In February, the White House released its “Annual Report on the Middle Class” containing new regulations favored by Big Labor including a bailout of critically underfunded union pension plans through “retirement security” options.

The radical solution most favored by Big Labor is the seizure of private 401(k) plans for government disbursement -- which lets them off the hook for their collapsing retirement scheme. And, of course, the Obama administration is eager to accommodate their buddies.

This is seriously bad news for retirees and those still working and paying into their 401(k). Write your Congressman!