The Top Ten Things That Capitalism Has Done For Michael Moore
Michael Moore proclaims “Capitalism did nothing for me.” You’re wrong, Michael. Dead wrong. Capitalism has done plenty for you, sport. American Capitalism made your 7,500 calorie per day diet cheaper (and tastier) here than anywhere else in the world. That shirt you’re wearing. Polo, by Ralph Lauren. $80 in size XXXL, available at Big and Tall Mens shops nationwide. Horizontal stripes. A guy your size | Read More »
A Daily Show Two-fer: Bashing the Dems Open Thread
For your Saturday morning viewing enjoyment… The first clip is Stewart’s take on Dem fundraiser Hassan Nemazee, with the money quote from Joe Biden (“If I had my way, we’d be calling him Ambassador Nemazee”): Then we have a free-wheeling interview with former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, which made me wonder, “Why won’t they release the tapes?”:
U.S. Att’y Jim Letten Nails Another Corrupt New Orleans-Area Pol
Jim Letten, a Republican and eight-year Bush appointee as U.S. Attorney in New Orleans, has an impressive collection of political scalps. U.S. Att’y Jim Letten, FBI Smell Something Fishy in New Orleans City Hall U.S. Att’y Jim Letten Nails Another Corrupt New Orleans-Area Democrat St Bernard Parish Judge Arrested for Fraud; Oh, BTW, He’s a Democrat Movin’ On Up (To The Big House): Four Members | Read More »
$529 Million Loan for Al Gore’s Hybrid Sports Coupe
What’s the most laughably outlandish angle of this story? That the U.S. Government is loaning Nobel laureate Al Gore and investment bank Kleiner Perkins $529 million to build a car, and – It’s a hybrid electric sports model, and – It will cost $89,000 a copy, and – It will be made in Finland. We’re also loaning Tesla Motors $465 million to build a $109,000 | Read More »
Bobby Jindal Eyes the Carbon Market
Since the 1930′s, Louisiana has lost over 2,000 square miles to coastal erosion – an area larger than the state of Delaware. Stabilizing the remaining marshlands requires massive projects, such as plantings, erosion control structures and mass plantings, but more than anything it requires masses of money. Governor Bobby Jindal thinks he knows who might help foot the bill: you and me, pal, if Cap | Read More »
Energy Policy: Is the Obama Administration Changing Its Tune On Natural Gas?
Natural gas currently satisfies nearly a quarter of the country’s total energy needs. Gas is clean-burning and has less environmental impact than either oil or coal. We have a secure and abundant supply in North America, the technology to drill and produce it efficiently, and a robust distribution network to deliver it to market. Natural gas drilling could generate new, good-paying jobs by the thousands, | Read More »
Q: What Do You Do With A Broken Hockey Stick?
The U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Change and Climate Change scientists have waaaay too much invested in Anthropogenic Global Warming to walk away from it based on mere data. Data, for example, that demonstrates that despite the dire warnings of steadily increasing temperatures, global temperatures are actually cooling, and have been for 10-12 years. In other words, the Hockey Stick is broken. (Temporary) Global Cooling | Read More »
The Green Movement Jumps the Shark, Part XCVII
Being an early riser, I often switch on the TV to catch Fox News or CNBC first thing in the morning. Usually the TV is tunes to channel 483 or whatever we were watching the night before, and early morning TV is a wasteland of 30-minute infomercials selling Rock Hard Abs! or No Money Down Real Estate! (My personal favorite is the seemingly ubiquitous Is | Read More »
Our EPA: Keeping the Environment Safe for … Mayflies?!
Even though Iron Eyes Cody, the Crying Indian, was a fake, he had a point: America in the 60′s had become a nasty place. You used to see people throw all kinds of litter out of their cars; nowadays the only socially-acceptable forms of automotive litter are cigarette butts and dirty diapers. No longer do babbling brooks foam from phosphates. Emissions from cars and coal | Read More »
Louisiana’s Second Amendment Holiday
This weekend, residents of Louisiana, the ‘Sportsman’s Paradise’, enjoyed a sales tax holiday on purchases of firearms, ammunition, and hunting-related equipment, like camouflage clothing and ATVs. And for the first time, I’ve joined the ranks of gun owners.
LA Makes a Pitch for a Share of BP’s New Gulf Oil Find
On Thursday, I wrote about the announcement of a new giant oil field discovered by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s in 4,100 feet of water, and the well is over 35,000 feet deep. If it turns out to be as big as BP hopes it is, it might be BP’s biggest Gulf find and deliver half the output of Prudhoe Bay. Big field. | Read More »
BP Announces Giant Oil Discovery in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
On Tuesday, British Petroleum (a/k/a BP, or “Beyond Petroleum”) announced a large oil discovery at its Tiber Prospect in the Lower Tertiary trend, deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The new field could rank as BP’s top property in the Gulf. To put the engineering achievement in perspective, imagine what it takes to make a hole in the ground that is deeper than the height of Mount | Read More »
It’s Bankruptcy for Bill Jefferson (D-LA)
Former Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), recently convicted on 11 counts of bribery and racketeering, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In his preliminary filing, William and Andrea Jefferson state liabilities in the range of $1 million to $10 million, against declared assets in the same broad range. Most of the debt would appear to be consumer-type debt: credit cards and car loans. Several New Orleans | Read More »
‘In 10 Years, It Will Be Warmer.’ Wanna Bet?
Scott Armstrong of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is co-author of a paper which was presented to the International Symposium on Forecasting in June. The conclusion: “The paper explained the need for simple methods and conservative forecasts in the face of uncertainty and complexity and pointed out that simple no-change benchmark forecasts are sufficiently accurate for policy decisions. In contrast, simple causal | Read More »
Landrieu Caucus Grows ‘Raucous’
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) held a townhall meeting in what should be the friendly locale of blue-collar Reserve, LA on Thursday afternoon. She was non-committal on HR 3200, expressing her preference for the Wyden-Bennett bill that has been introduced but will go nowhere under the current leadership. Based on the following quote, it seems that even the sympathetic Times-Picayune had a hard time ignoring the | Read More »
Coercive Techniques, Torture and Mayhem: Situational Ethics 101
Misleading statements, (empty) threats of physical violence, harassing and disrespectful language, nap deprivation: the CIA is accused of employing these and other ethically troubling techniques in the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh “Bluto” Mohammad and other al Qaeda operatives in the War on Terror the Great Unpleasantness. This being a cruel world, however, we must recognize that there is a time and place for everything. We | Read More »
The Day I Fired the MSM
In Atlanta, at the RedState Gathering, I was recounting to a RedStater the circumstances of the birth of Vladimir some five years ago. “Election 2004,” I said. “Rathergate.” “Huh?” she said. I realized that she was about 17 when that happened. So it requires a little explanation.
Geithner on Energy: ‘What, Me Worry?’
Back in May, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner penned a letter that lays out in glorious detail the misconceptions and wrong-headed thinking that pervade the Obama Administration’s approach to energy and the environment, taxation and to the economy in general. The letter was a response to one written by Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA7) (a member of the Ways and Means Committee), expressing his concern for the | Read More »
Climate Science: The Devil’s In the Details (Which Apparently No Longer Exist)
So there’s this Canadian fellow named Steve McIntyre, who works with an organization called Climate Audit. Climate Audit’s interest is not in debunking Global Warming. Rather, they audit the data in an effort to make sure the conclusions derived are unassailable. To that end, Steve contacted the Climactic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, the repository of the data that underlie the | Read More »
Energy Expert Robert Kennedy, Jr. Opposes Natural Gas Drilling in New York State
Noted energy expert, environmental Luddite and hypocrite Robert Kennedy, Jr., aims to stymie natural gas drilling in New York State by hyping unrealistic and irrational fears of environmental contamination. At issue is the method used to stimulate production in gas wells known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”. Truth be told, Kennedy and the greenies would find something objectionable in anything an energy company would propose. | Read More »