President Obama Pays Tribute at Copenhagen
“Hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is a tribute that vice pays to virtue.” – François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld. US President Barack Obama set off for some jet-setting, a trophy presentation and perhaps a night of poetry from the always rhythmically-challenged Albert Gore. His carbon foot print included a trip to Norway to pocket his peace prize and then the ever-so-green, jet-fueled excursion to Copenhagen. In Copenhagen our | Read More »
Another Reason Stimulus II Will Miserably Fail.
The ongoing marketing effort known as The Obama Presidency held a Jobs Summit yesterday. Unemployment appears to have dropped from 10.2% to 10.0%. Congratulations, Mr. President! Keep your calendar open, Sir. If you were to hold future job summits from 1 to 20 January 2010, unemployment would definitely reach 0%! Not having taken my stats classes at East Anglia University, I’ll admit my analysis above | Read More »
A Summit Which Won’t Do The Job
In what has to be the most astounding recognition of the obvious in recent political history, Barack Obama has come to the conclusion that he needs to create more jobs. This is blindingly obvious from his philosophical point of view, but it is also as pathetically wrong as it is erudite. Francis Cianfrocca takes to the PodCast waves to assail the risible qualities of his | Read More »
What A Difference Three Years Makes!
It was 2006, and Senator Jim Webb had just finished winning an upset election victory over possible GOP Presidential Candidate George Allen. Macaca aside, the result was a stunning slap in the face to many who had come to take Virginia for granted as a GOP bastion. He took a victory lap over on the Opinion Page of The Wall Street Journal. He wrote an | Read More »
How Dare The President Honor his Word!
I’m amazed to be saying this, but President Obama is actually honoring one of his campaign pledges athwart major public pressure to do otherwise. He intends to send an additional 34,000 US military personnel to Afghanistan to support the teetering, Post-Taliban government headed by President Karzai. Predictably, the American Left is spasmodic in its outrage. Byron York reports in the Washington Examiner that 67% of | Read More »
East Anglia University used to proudly host the Climate Research Unit. Now, perhaps, they wish that the well-heeled yet skeptical alumni didn’t know that this particular academic institution existed on their campus. EAU-CRU claimed to have the most comprehensive and well-ordered archive of climate data in the world. According to Lorrie Goldstein of the Toronto Sun, they have an archive that holds a certain volume | Read More »
How Does Knowledge Accumulate When The Scientists All Lie?
Tony Kane wrote of the recent email hack aimed at Britain’s Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia. In today’s Huntsville Examiner, his article “ClimateGate emails provide unwanted scrutiny of climate scientists” describes the professional practices rampant among the Western World’s scientific elite. On the surface, the emails seem to indicate scientists modified data to fit the anthropogenic global warming theory, tried to silence dissenting | Read More »
You Just Can’t Trust John McCain. (HEE-Hee-Hee)
John McCain has recently shown Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham the same deeply abiding loyalty that his campaign staff once showed to Governor Palin. In other words, the wheel on the bus are going thump, thump, thump. The issue leading to the latest tergiversation from “Our Friend” Senator McCain is Cap and Trade. It seems he’s found a really cool way of pretending he’s still | Read More »
Sibelius Recovers The Downed Trial Balloon. Reality Won’t Let The Cost Curve Bend.
We just got a fascinating glimpse of what proponents of nationalized healthcare will do to improve the outcomes of Federal Medical Programs. They won’t know that you are sick, they therefore won’t attempt to cure you. As a result, they will fail far less often and prove that socialized medicine has a much higher likelihood of producing positive healthcare outcomes. Also, what they don’t know | Read More »
A Stimulus That Could Kill You
John Maudlin confounds the best efforts of the Federal Government to lie about the current state of economic play. He measures not what the indicators say the economy is doing – but rather what happens to people who live and work in this economy. He elicits an accurate picture of this desert of the real by measuring statistics that are not easily cooked. Today he | Read More »
When Freedom From The Law is Lost, So is All Other Emancipation
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. – Aristotle Aristotle spoke these words and inspired an entire philosophy of how mankind should relate to the society they live in. Thinkers, theologians and revolutionaries from diverse backgrounds, all over the world, have drawn strength from this precept. Namely that a man who | Read More »
Death By Diversity
If my boy were a few years older, and expressed a desire to study architecture, my advice to him would be direct and simple. “Young Man, do not attend Columbia University even if they offer you a scholarship.” To get a sense of the current academic climate that flourishes amongst our intellectual elite, in the rarified air of a top-drawer university, you would have had | Read More »
A Smokescreen; Not a Solution
Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid all three entered 2009 with a commanding mandate and as much political power as any Democratic Leadership has had since Lyndon Johnson in 1965. Their mandate ordered them to fix the economy and put America back to work. They didn’t want to do that. They wanted to socialize the economy instead. An examination of what is wrong with | Read More »
What Michael Steele Should Do After NY-23
Last night’s election brought a cornucopia of good cheer. The gleeful image of Bruce Springstein chewing nails while a victorious GOP celebrated to “Born to Run” still has me in a state of elevated good cheer. The one downer was the special election in NY-23. But, like almost every rotten situation, Conservative Party Myrmidon Doug Hoffman’s narrow defeat offers GOP Party Chairman Michael Steele a | Read More »
Graham Caps the GOP’s Aspirations. He Trades Our Power For His Personnel Adulation.
If there were any part of the current Congressional Leadership’s agenda about to die a well-deserved death, it would be Senator Boxer and Senator Kerry’s asinine Cap and Trade Bill. This bill seeks to drive up energy prices and make business creation harder in the teeth of a brutal recession followed by a thus far flaccid recovery. On top of the economic reasons to avoid | Read More »
At A Wrap Rate of 733.33%, Does America Deserve Damnation?
If our media worked to inform the people – instead of electing Democrats, the Stimulus Plan of 2009 would go down in history with the $500 jet-fighter toilet seat. It would be remembered as our modern Teapot Dome Scandal. It would go down in history as one of the most pathetically wasteful and corrupt government programs ever spawned. Sixteen Billion dollars of initial spending have | Read More »
The Constant Dollar Dow and the Illusionary Bull Market
Work grew boring; I took a break and watched about ten minutes of CNBC market coverage. I walked back to my cube understanding why the Cialis bottle has a warning about erections lasting longer than four hours. They had a big, giant odometer graphic on their screen with 10,000.xx in lurid, red numbers. It was the most important earnings season in YEARS!!!! They loudly announced. | Read More »
When Honors and Awards Become a Curse
<p> My initial response to Barack Obama’s humble and gracious acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize wasn’t one of my finer moments in amateur political commentary. I think I referred to it as the Nobel Respiration Prize over on Redstate.com. Hemmingway defined greatness as grace under pressure. He said nary a word about grace under nausea. The latter, I posit is impossible. </p> <p> Churlishness | Read More »
Get Rich or Don’t Kill Yourself Trying
Senator Max Baucus may have just earned himself a new nickname – “The Prestidigitator.” The recent CBO scoring of his new proposed Health Care Mandate seems to suggest he pulled the rabbit out of the hat. Presto! We can now afford to spend $900Bn we do not have on health insurance for people who can’t afford it. Yet this ability to balance the cash flow | Read More »
No Wonder Whoopi Goldberg Was Confused
When Comedian Whoopi Goldberg went on The View to defend Roman Polanski, I figured she had to be kidding. Her contention that feeding a thirteen year-old girl Quaaludes and champagne and then forcibly sodomizing her “wasn’t rape-rape” had to be one most asinine comments ever made by a literate adult, in front of a live television audience. Of course this all assumes that the word | Read More »