Saturday, May 31, 2008
According to Fortune magazine, the senate 'climate change' bill will be defeated:
NEW YORK (Fortune) -- An influential coalition of Fortune 500 companies and environmental groups that was formed to support climate-change legislation has splintered over the Lieberman-Warner bill that is headed next week to the Senate floor.
The U.S. Climate Action Partnership formed last year won't take a position on the bill, although nine of its members - including General Electric (GE, Fortune 500), Alcoa (AA, Fortune 500) and four utility companies - signed a letter to senators backing the legislation.
The letter, also signed by big environmental groups and obtained by Fortune, says: "Prompt action on climate change is essential to protect America's economy, security, quality of life and natural environment."
But other members of the coalition known as U.S. Cap, most visibly Duke Energy (DUK, Fortune 500), a coal-burning utility, are strongly opposed. "It's going to translate into significant electricity price increases," says Jim Rogers, Duke's CEO.
Without widespread corporate support, passage of the bill - already a long shot at best - becomes even more unlikely this year. President Bush remains opposed. House Democrats have been slow to act.
Why don't conservatives have the guts to come out and say that 'global warming' is nothing but a load of leftwing psychobabble?
Thursday, May 29, 2008
"It is the drama of somebody who owed everything to the Bush administration in terms of his visibility and status in Washington" turning on his master, said Linda L. Fowler, a professor of government at Dartmouth College. "It is more about the political drama of the Bush White House slowly self-destructing" than about the policies of that White House.
I wonder who Linda voted for in 2000 and 2004? Any guesses?
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Now I'm confused. The broad consensus of climatological 'experts', backed by the geniuses in the media and the left, have told us repeatedly that global warming was causing more hurricanes. Now they're telling us it is causing less:
Hurricanes and tropical storms will become less frequent by the end of the century as a result of climate change, US researchers have suggested.
But the scientists added their data also showed that there would be a "modest increase" in the intensity of these extreme weather events.
The findings are at odds with some other studies, which forecast a greater number of hurricanes in a warmer world.
The researchers' results appear in the journal Nature Geoscience.
The team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (Noaa) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) said its findings did not support the notion that human-induced climate change was causing an increase in the number of hurricanes and tropical storms.
"There have been some studies published that have suggested that this is the case, but this modelling study does not support that idea," observed lead author Tom Knutson.
"Rather, we actually simulate a reduction in hurricane frequency in the Atlantic."
But I thought that the warmer temperatures were causing more hurricanes? But wait, temperatures haven't warmed since 1998. But wait, they must be warming because CO2 levels are increasing!
It's a good thing I have chosen economics as my profession rather than climatology. All the mental gymnastic required to become a member of this 'consensus of experts' would give me a brain cramp.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California), who has made a career from race-baiting and gender-baiting, is whining about the chickens coming home to roost:
05-17) 04:00 PDT Washington - -- California Sen. Barbara Boxer in an interview this week dismissed the uproar over whether likely Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama will be able to attract the white working class or women in November.
"Nobody's ever said to me, I'm not voting for you because you're Jewish, and I don't believe they vote that way, or because you're a woman," Boxer said. "They want to know what I believe in, what I care about, not the color of my skin or my religion. I just really get insulted by that, to be honest. I really do."
You have made your bed, Barbara. Now lie in it.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I wrote previously about how Bank of America tried to raise the interest rate on my Visa account to a ridiculous level. And then how they ignored my own proposed amendment to lower the interest rate.
Apparently, writing the chairman Kenneth Lewis did some good. I got a call from a very nice woman yesterday, and we agreed on a lower interest rate. I am a happy camper.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Victoria Beckham's addiction to vertiginous heels doesn't just boost her height, she insists it increases her brain power too.
The 34-year-old, who is never knowingly seen in public without towering stilettos on her feet, says she also avoids the gym because she can't bear to be in trainers.
“I just can't concentrate in flats,” she explained during the second installment of her GMTV interview today.
So where are your brains, Posh? In your feet or in your head?
In her case, it doesn't matter. She is leading a life that most women can only envy. How much smarter does she need to be than that?
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"The elements within our society who perpetrated this act have nothing to offer, they are without mandate or strategy and represent no one," he said.
Is McGuinness being sincere? Or is he doing a Yasir Arafat: Talking peace to the press while sending his minions to kill people?
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I often wonder how the left come up with some of their ideas. For example, they often take a legitimate issue, such as racial discrimination against blacks, and believe they can solve the problem by discriminating against whites.
Their thought processes remind me of phenomenon often encountered in mathematics, known as a trivial solution.
Let y be a function of another variable x, related as y = f(x). y is at least twice differentiable and its second derivative is related to the original function by the following second-order differential equation:
y'' + y = 0.
So what form does y = f(x) follow? Obviously, y = 0 will solve the above equation. But if we should encounter the differential equation in some problem in finance, physics, or engineering, simply setting y = 0 will probably not be of any help. y = 0 is known as a trivial solution.
A more useful solution is y = Acos(x) + Bsin(x). Where A and B are arbitrary constants. Differentiating twice and substituting into the above equation shows that it solves the equation and gives us a useful way of relating the two functions.
Likewise, the left, when confronted with a problem, often resort to trivial solutions. Is it true that human CO2 emissions cause the atmosphere to warm? Yes, say certain "expert" climatologists. We are told there is a broad general "consensus", therefore anyone who dares look at the facts must be deluded or on the payroll of some evil oil company.
When a stripper who has a demonstrated record of mental health and substance abuse problems, and who has made false accusations in the past, accuses three young men of raping and assaulting her, it must be true because the lacrosse players are members of a privileged class and race and because a politically motivated District Attorney "says so". The fact that there were serious questions about her story from day one, and the fact that two of the men had air-tight alibis, are completely irrelevant.
The essence of the political thought of the left: Either stupid and repeatedly settling on trivial solutions, or having some ulterior motive and hoping that others will fall for their proposed trivial solutions.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
President Woodrow Wilson was the descendant of Protestants from Northern Ireland. His ancestors' former home was in the news recently, when it caught on fire
The thatched roof of the ancestral home of a former American president near Strabane, County Tyrone, has been extensively damaged by fire.
The cottage at Dergalt, which was once owned by the family of Woodrow Wilson, caught fire around lunchtime on Thursday.
Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States from 1913 to 1921.
Police said the fire was the result of an accident. Fire crews managed to save some artefacts and furniture.
Local historian Michael Kennedy said: "It's bad news from a local history - and even from an Irish history - point of view," he said.
President Wilson's grandfather emigrated from County Tyrone to North Carolina in the early 19th century.
Perhaps as many as 30 million Americans are the descendants of protestants from Northern Ireland, also known as Ulstermen or Ulster Scots. Most of them came there from Scotland in the 17th century, although there were some who came from England and others from France. Many of them moved to the American colonies in the 18th century, or came to America after the Revolution, as Wilson's family did.
And many of us don't even realize where our ancestors came from. I didn't know that I was descended from Ulstermen until a few years ago when I began researching my geneaology. And I also didn't understand what was really happening during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. In the press it was usually depicted as Irish revolutionaries struggling against British occupiers. The fact was and remains today that most people in Northern Ireland want to remain part of the UK. Terrorist groups like Sinn Fein/IRA were waging war against our kinsmen in Northern Ireland.
I am pleased to see that the violence has largely stopped. But if it should resume again, the IRA should be aware that American Ulstermen will not allow our kinsmen to be attacked with impunity.
Monday, May 05, 2008
I have written previously about how Bank of America tried to raise the interest rate on my visa account from a fixed 9.90% rate to 23.99% variable. I declined this generous offer and sent them my own amendment to lower the rate to 3.99%. The bank did not respond to my amendment, even though I gave them over a month to do so.
Therefore, the interest rate on my card should now be 3.99%. However, the bank ignored the change of terms in their latest statement and went ahead and billed me at the old 9.90% rate. I called them today and complained. The man at customer service said that I could not do what I have done "because you do not own the bank. Your amendment has no meaning."
It is true that I do not own the bank. That is irrelevant. I proposed an amendment to our agreement just as they did, and gave them the appropriate amount of time to reject the amendment, which they failed to do.
So, I sent them the following letter today, and CC'd to Kenneth Lewis, Chairman of Bank of America:
May 5, 2008
Bank of America
P. O. Box 15565
Wilmington, DE 19850
Re: Visa account # XXXX
Dear Sir or Madame:
I am writing to complain of the inaccurate bill I recently received from you concerning the above Visa account, a copy of which is enclosed. In the bill you charge me a 9.90% Annual Percentage Rate on the outstanding balance on this account, for a total of $97.13 finance charges for the billing cycle that closed on April 25, 2008. The interest rate and finance charges are inaccurate and do not reflect the current status of our agreement.
On January 29, 2008, I sent you an amendment to our agreement. A copy of the amendment is enclosed. I proposed a reduction of the interest rate on this account to 3.99% Annual Percentage Rate. You did not have to accept this amendment. I gave you until March 2, 2008 to give me your rejection in writing, but you did not respond. I sent this amendment to you at P. O. Box 53113, Phoenix, AZ 85072-3113, which is the same address from which I received a proposed amendment from you that same month.
Since you did not respond, the Annual Percentage Rate on this account is now 3.99% fixed.
At the new interest rate of 3.99%, the daily periodic rate will be 0.010932% and the finance charges on this account for the billing cycle that ended on April 25, 2008 are $39.15. Please adjust your records accordingly and send me a corrected statement.
cc: Mr. Kenneth D. Lewis
I sent all that to Big Ken, along with this letter:
May 5, 2008
Mr. Kenneth D. Lewis
Chairman, CEO and President
Bank of America
Bank of America Corporate Center
Charlotte, NC 28255
Dear Mr. Lewis:
I am a customer of your bank’s credit card business. I am writing to you because your employees are not acting in good faith and are treating me unfairly. Please see the enclosed copy of my complaint and supporting evidence.
In an article about Jenna Bush's upcoming wedding, Doug Wead, whom I have never heard of before, spouts off like a Democrat:
Economic struggle, eh Doug? 5% unemployment and 4% inflation rate is an economic struggle? The much-heralded recession has yet to appear. I doubt that many people who currently live in the USA in 2008 would care to switch places with those who lived here in 1906.
Doug Wead, a former aide to President George H.W. Bush and author of a book on presidents' kin, calls Jenna's ceremony "the anti-Alice Roosevelt wedding." Former President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter was married in 1906.
"That wedding took place during a time of prosperity and peace; this one at a time of economic struggle and war," Wead said. "The Roosevelt family was outgoing, flamboyant; this is a private family. That was one of the most popular presidencies in American history. Even John Adams didn't go on Mount Rushmore, but Teddy Roosevelt went on Mount Rushmore. This is an unpopular presidency. Alice had no bridesmaids. Jenna has 14."
How in the world did the Elder Bush pick so many losers for his administration? David Souter, Dick Darman, and whoever this Wead guy is. We might as well have elected Dukakis in 1988.
The Democrat party, who have played the race card for over a century, are now accusing Republicans of race-baiting:
(CNSNews.com) - Howard Dean, the head of the Democratic National Committee, says Republicans are race-baiting when they bring up Sen. Barack Obama's long-time pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Dean refused to discuss Wright: "I think we've spent enough time on Reverend Wright," he told Chris Wallace.Pressed on how the Wright's controversial comments might affect Democrats in local races across the nation, Dean said that Republicans for the last 30 years have used race-baiting, hate and divisiveness in an attempt to win elections. "In 2006, the American people said no to that, and I think they're going to say no to that in 2008," Dean said.
And then we get the obligatory reference to Willie Horton:
Governor, are you suggesting that bringing up Jeremiah Wright is race baiting, and hate and divisive?" Chris Wallace asked.
"Yeah, I am suggesting that kind of stuff," Dean responded. "I think when you start bringing up candidates that have nothing to do with the issue -- when you start bringing up things that have nothing to do with the candidate and nothing to do with the issues, that's race baiting, and that's exactly what it is, just like Willie Horton was race baiting so many years ago.
Hey Howard, would it do you any good to remember that it was Democrat Al Gore who first used Willie Horton as a political football?
Sunday, May 04, 2008
GREENSBURG, Kan. - President Bush hailed the resilience of this town and its tiny high school graduating class Sunday, one year after a tornado barreled through with astonishing fury.
Never before had Bush delivered a commencement address at a high school, and his presence was meant to reflect how far Greensburg has come. From nearly total devastation last May 4, this town is recovering, and hope has been rekindled.
At the center of attention is the Class of 2008 — 10 boys and eight girls. They finished their senior year at a makeshift campus of trailers.
"We celebrate the resurgence of a town that stood tall when its buildings and homes were laid low," Bush said in his remarks at the temporary high school gym.
And even though no one can fault him for supporting Greensburg, the author of this AP story could not resist taking a cheap shot about a related story:
Such words have taken on more meaning since the failed federal response to Hurricane Katrina, which stunned the nation and hurt Bush's standing. The government has rallied to show a faster, more aggressive reaction to disasters over the last few years.
Unfair and inaccurate, but we know that leftwing journalists would never allow the truth to stand in their way.
Friday, May 02, 2008
No. France is an unreliable ally. Brussels Journal discusses the issue:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he will decide by late 2008 or early 2009 whether France will fully rejoin the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It is one of the more important issues left unresolved at the recently concluded Bucharest Summit, where Sarkozy proclaimed: “I reaffirm here France’s determination to pursue the process of renovating its relations with NATO.”
General Charles de Gaulle withdrew France from NATO’s military structure in 1966 in protest over American dominance of the Atlantic Alliance. And more than 40 years later, the issue of American influence over European security remains a fundamental stumbling block to improved Franco-US relations.
NATO is not as important as it was during the cold war. Back when the Soviet Union controlled the eastern half of europe and was menacing the western half, NATO was critically important to the survival of the free world, and the support of the French was needed. But they cut and ran. Why should they be given a voice in NATO now?
Thursday, May 01, 2008
WASHINGTON - The White House said Wednesday that President Bush has paid a price for the “Mission Accomplished” banner that was flown in triumph five years ago but later became a symbol of U.S. misjudgments and mistakes in the long and costly war in Iraq.
Hey stupids, let me clue you in. Not everything in life is easy. By invading Iraq, Bush toppled a brutal dictatorship and gave the people of that country a real chance at democracy.