Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This reasoning depends on a hyperindividualistic interpretation of American rights. Blacks were enslaved as a group. They were segregated as a group. They were held in economic and political subjugation in the South for decades following Reconstruction as a group. But now that we have reached the enlightened 21st century, remedies for these crimes cannot take the group stigma against blacks into account. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution protects individuals and not groups. We disagree.
Jesse how about answering these questions:
(1) In what manner do Ricci and the other white firefighters who were discriminated against bear responsibility for these 'crimes' you seek to remedy? Shall we also hold Italian-Americans responsible for the atrocities of the Roman empire?
(2) If the USA is such a horrible place for blacks and other minorities, why do so many of those groups who live in foreign countries seek to come here?
Monday, June 29, 2009
John Bolton has written an excellent essay on His Glibness. I highly recommend reading in its entirety. One of the salient points:
If there were just a single issue to watch for major developments in this Administration's future, it would unquestionably be the UN and multilateralism, both on political questions and on the international "norming" of policies heretofore properly considered domestic in nature, such as gun control, the death penalty, abortion and many others, starting with climate change. Europeans, so amenable to stripping their democratically elected governments of one competence after another to express mail them to Brussels, will soon find soulmates hard at work in Washington trying to do something similar with multilateral bodies.
This is a favorite tactic of the left, because it allows them to promote unpopular policies such as 'climate change' cap-and-tax or gun control, by bypassing democratic processes. (That's 'democratic' with a little d, by the way).
If His Holiness is unsuccessful is getting his climate change lunacy to pass in the US senate, he might very well try to institute it anyway by executive order or some other nondemocratic nonsense in order to conform to international "law". Some of the justices on the supreme court of the USA, Ginsberg in particular, have shown an interest in subordinating the US Constitution to international rules. If that is successful, don't be surprised if gun control is enforced in the USA in spite of the second amendment and in spite of the wishes of the voters.
We are witnessing the path that Europe is taking, the countries there are losing their sovereignty to nondemocratic international organizations such as the EU. Only one of the countries in Europe allowed its own citizens to vote on a referendum for a major overhaul of the EU constitution that transfered much of the power from the national governments to the EU government in Brussels. The Irish rejected the 'treaty' (as they called it) but the despots in the EU are proceeding as if that never happened.
If anti-Americans like 0bama get their way, we will soon be in a similar situation here. We will be governed by an international organization accountable to no one, stripped of our most basic rights and not allowed any voice at all.
In a major blow to racists like Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and President 0bama, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that white firefighters were unfairly denied promotions by the City of New Haven due to their race.
The flipflopper Kennedy got one right this time. And I can tell which justices voted which way without even looking. With the majority: Alito, Roberts, Thomas, Scalia. In dissent: Breyer, Ginsberg, Stevens, Souter.
The text of this excellent decision can be read here.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
The US House of Representatives just bowed to the moonbats and passed a cap-and-trade bill to supposedly alleviate global warming. The vote was 219 in favor and 212 against. Those voting in favor included 8 RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).
Now the battle goes to the senate. If they vote in favor of this mass stupidity, it is a foregone conclusion that His Oneness will sign it.
Update: Here are the eight stupids:
Mary Bono Mack California
Michael Castle Delaware
Frank LoBiondo New Jersey
Leonard Lance New Jersey
Mark Kirk Illinois
David Reichert Washington State
Chris Smith New Jersey
John McHugh New York
What is it about New Jersey?
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I know Petula Clark did great with this song. But even though it was almost 40 years later, it's as if the song were written for Emma Bunton.
Here she is doing a solo performance of one of my favorite Spice Girl songs:
The first time I saw the Spice Girls on MTV was just before they hit it big in the USA and I had never heard of them before. I knew immediately that they would be smash hits, because those girls were oozing charisma.
This article comes with a MAJOR BARF ALERT WARNING:
WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain says his opponent in last year's presidential campaign, Barack Obama, has "done well" in his first five months in the White House.
The Arizona Republican says that using a legislative scorecard to judge the presidency so far, Obama has achieved all his legislative goals.
On the down side, McCain says that Obama's successes in Congress have come with little or no Republican support.
What I still don't understand is how this knucklehead clown became the Republican nominee. We had several candidates who were much better qualified to be president and might have won: Giuliani, Thompson, Romney, etc. We need to change the manner in which our presidential candidate is selected. The first step is to put New Hampshire and Iowa at the end of the line, not the beginning.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
This is exactly why the Founding Fathers put the second amendment in the U.S. constitution. So that private citizens may defend theselves against a despotic government. Is it any wonder that the left want so badly to take that right away from us?
h/t to Gateway Pundit
The battle for the overthrow of the fascist mullahs has begun.
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Security forces made "a very large show of force" in midtown and southeastern Tehran, using tear gas and clubs to beat back protesters as clashes erupted during the unrest, witnesses told CNN.
This comes as demonstrators emerged on city streets to protest last week's elections in defiance of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Friday pronouncement that protests must end.
Police fired guns in the air, and Iran's Press TV also reported the use of water cannons to disperse protesters.
Well guess what? Even though NOAA admits the sensor is in error by as much as 2 degrees, they are going to keep the data and the string of new high temperature records. “BUT” they fixed the recent record rainfall data from the same station. See below. How’s that for science? Fix one broken record due to faulty equipment but leave others?
FROM KITV-TV (hat tip to Becka)
HONOLULU — Honolulu’s run of record heat came to an end Wednesday, but it may not have been any cooler.The weather has been warm most of the month, with highs in the 90s the past nine days.However, between 11 a.m. and noon, the city’s temperature dropped from Wednesday’s high of 89 degrees to 86 degrees, the same hour a new thermometer was installed at Honolulu International Airport.
The old one had been showing a warm bias of a degree or two, officials said. The National Weather Service said that is not significant enough to throw out the data and recent records.
The alleged 'warming' that has been occurring since the 19th century has been a gigantic 0.7 degrees celsius (1.26 degrees fahrenheit) but a three degree fahrenheit bias (1.7 degrees celsius) is not significant enough to throw out the data!
Monday, June 15, 2009
The White House's decision to fire AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin came amid politically-charged tensions inside the Corporation for National and Community Service, the organization that runs AmeriCorps. Top executives at the Corporation, Walpin explained in an hour-long interview Saturday, were unhappy with his investigation into the misuse of AmeriCorps funds by Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California and a prominent supporter of President Obama. Walpin's investigation also sparked conflict with the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento amid fears that the probe -- which could have resulted in Johnson being barred from ever winning another federal grant -- might stand in the way of the city receiving its part of billions of dollars in federal stimulus money. After weeks of standoff, Walpin, whose position as inspector general is supposed to be protected from influence by political appointees and the White House, was fired.
Walpin learned his fate Wednesday night. He was driving to an event in upstate New York when he received a call from Norman Eisen, the Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform. "He said, 'Mr. Walpin, the president wants me to tell you that he really appreciates your service, but it's time to move on,'" Walpin recalls. "Eisen said, 'You can either resign, or I'll tell you that we'll have to terminate you.'"
In the course of his investigation, Walpin found Johnson and St. HOPE had failed to use the federal money they received for the purposes specified in the grant and had also used federally-funded AmeriCorps staff for, among other things, "driving [Johnson] to personal appointments, washing his car, and running personal errands." Walpin came to the conclusion that Johnson and St. HOPE should be subject to suspension and debarment
Here are Johnson's salaries as a pro basketball player for the Phoenix Suns:
You gotta love it. Johnson made almost $32 million during a 12 year career in the NBA, but we the taxpayers have to pay for his chaffeurs, car washers, and errand runners.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Have a look at Michael Totten's blog for videos about the anti-government protests in Iran. Things are getting out of control there.
I think we are just about at that point here in the USA. If 0bama and his fellow Democrat thugs don't do an immediate about-face, we will soon see rioting in the streets.
Some of the most interesting and original insights about the American political scene I have read in his blog. Here are some of his thoughts in a recent post about Sarah Palin:
A lot of the powers that be [including many Republicans -jj] don't like what's attractive and authentic about her because it reminds them of their darkest fear, that there are millions of people out there who don't accept the clear superiority of constipated policy wonks who know what's better for the common people than the common people do.
...if you in the MSM had spent half as much time investigating our loser president as you did the uterus of Sarah Palin, maybe we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now.
And you can tell that the chattering classes are still morbidly afraid of Sarah.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
After years of deadlock over climate policy, Congress appears poised to enact the first federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions this fall. Yet a growing number of climate scientists and scholars believe that such efforts are likely to be too little, too late to stop warming -- and that, consequently, a broader view of our climate policy options is needed.
On Monday, the National Academy of Sciences will convene a workshop to explore the question of "geoengineering" the climate -- that is, influencing the global environment in ways that would restore balance to the global energy system and cool the planet until emissions reductions take effect.
Many climate scientists believe that a significant degree of warming is already "locked in" by past emissions and that greenhouse gas concentrations have already reached potentially dangerous levels. To avoid warming, therefore, global emissions would have to be halted immediately -- and existing emissions would have to be removed from the atmosphere as well. Not a likely prospect.
Even if the international climate treaty due to be negotiated in Copenhagen in December is vastly more stringent and effective than the Kyoto Protocol, it will take decades to eliminate net global emissions. Warming seems inevitable; the only questions are its timing, distribution and severity. The effects may prove to be modest -- but they could be severe or perhaps catastrophic.
Even strong advocates of limiting emissions have concluded that global emissions controls are likely to take effect too slowly and too unevenly to avoid substantial risk of severe damage -- and that it would be prudent to pursue research on geoengineering. White House science adviser John Holdren recently explained that "we have to look at the possibilities and understand them -- including their shortcomings -- because if other approaches to mitigation fall short, the geoengineering approach will end up being considered."
This idiot accepts as gospel truth the ravings of Gore, Hansen, et al, that unless we immediately halt all CO2 emissions and do something to reduce the current levels in the atmosphere, that the consequences may be 'catastrophic'. Look at his profile page on the AEI website. His only college degree is a BA in "Social Studies". His only work experience is in the world of politics:
Director of Communications, White House Council on Environmental Quality, 2001-2003
Chief Speechwriter, U.S. Department of Labor, 2001
Speechwriter to George E. Pataki, Governor of New York, 1999-2001
Spokesman, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 1996-99
Environmental Studies Fellow, Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, 1993-95
Research Assistant to Professor Aaron Wildavsky, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
Research Fellow, Political Economy Research Center, 1993
Friday, June 12, 2009
Leftwing feminists have long shown an enormous capacity for hypocrisy. During the time when Bill Clinton was president, there were serious allegations that he sexually molested Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey, and quite probably raped Juanita Broaddrick. Yet the feminists looked the other way at these allegations, and often attacked Clinton's accusers.
Now we have an incredibly disgusting misogynist joke coming from David Letterman, concerning Sarah Palin's daughters. And of course, the feminists have been silent on the matter. Amanda Fortini discusses this phenomenon in Salon.com:
If there was any question that a stubborn strain of old-school sexism persists in Obama's America, one has only to look at certain leaders of what the right wing loves to call the "liberal media" but which is sounding and acting, recently, more like the frat-house media. There, like a virus hiding in the body before, perhaps, staging a comeback, misogyny has found a place to lurk almost undetected, at least by the usually sharp eyes of progressive feminists.
Imagine if, say, Michelle Obama, or Rachel Maddow, or Nancy Pelosi became the target of similar invective. The outcry from the left would be deafening. Shouldn’t liberals exhibit the same sort of decorous treatment we demand for ourselves? Sexist comments like Letterman’s and Cimbalo’s also evoke a troublingly insular, clubhouse atmosphere in lieu of an inclusive political party. What's more, the gender-based stereotypes they conjure are as stale and ignorant as any voiced by the old Neanderthal right: Pretty women are de facto stupid, sexually promiscuous and low-class.
Contrast the feminists' treatment of Clinton and Letterman with how they reacted to much milder allegations of misogyny on the part of Clarence Thomas and Bob Packwood. Their hypocrisy has no limits.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Asks Joe Conason, in a recent Op-Ed:
Within the coming weeks, Americans will begin to consider critical issues concerning the future of health care for themselves and their children, including universal coverage, taxation of benefits, computerized records and the controlling of costs. But before the debate commences in Congress and the media, big insurance and pharmaceutical companies are lobbying frantically (and spending millions of dollars) to foreclose the possibility of the most promising aspect of health care reform: a public insurance option.
Studies have repeatedly shown that patient satisfaction with Medicare, the quintessential public insurance plan, is considerably higher than with private insurers among comparable age groups. And consumers understand that the drive for profits often conflicts with patient care, leading them to the conclusion that insurance and pharmaceutical corporations are excessively powerful and socially irresponsible.
Why so scared? I will give several reasons:
(1) Past experience has shown that the federal government is notoriously incompetent at doing almost anything.
(2) When the government begins paying for something, like the bailout of GM and Chrysler, then immediately begin meddling in it in favor of those groups that have political pull. Thus the GM and Chrysler dealers who supported Republicans are being shut down, while those that are owned by former Democrat politicians (example: former Clinton Chief of Staff Mack McClarty) or by Democrat supporters are allowed to stay open. The unsecured claims of members of the United Auto Workers union are given priority of the secured claims of the bondholders, many of whom were pension funds being managed for retirees, who were derisively referred to as "speculators" by that creep 0bama.
Likewise, those who have political pull will be given preferential treatment in any type of government health insurance. We have seen how minorities and sometimes women are given preference over white men for university admissions, hiring, promotions, etc. It is also quite likely that white men will be sent to the end of the line for health care.
(3) Conason claims that patient satisfaction with Medicare is higher than with private insurers. This is because Medicare, like Socialist Security, is a Ponzi scheme. The current beneficiaries of Medicare are getting a good deal because their bills are being paid by younger people who are still working. But when young people reach Medicare age, there won't be enough money to pay their bills.
If you were to ask any of the people who had invested their money with Madoff, prior to the revelation last December that his fund was a fraud, you would also find that they were very satisfied with the high returns and low risk that Madoff was giving them.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
In a prevous post, I mentioned how recently arrested spy Walter Kendall Myers was motivated by ideology like British spies Kim Philby, Donald McClean, and Guy Burgess. Now it turns out that Myers was also an admirer of those three traitors:
Myers expressed high regard for the notorious Kim Philby and two other Brits—Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess—who became Soviet double agents during the Cold War. According to my notes, Myers suggested that they were called by their sense of duty to "save" Europe (rather than the British Empire), and that U.S. and U.K. policies "turned them into" spies.
Myers was not stupid. He certainly had knowledge of what was happening in the Soviet Union during the reign of Stalin. Why is it that such a man can support such cruelty and inhumanity?
Whatsamatter Katie? Can't you be at least as leftwing as Brian Williams and Charlie Gibson? Your ratings have fallen through the basement:
Evening News Ratings: Week of June 1
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams was the #1 evening newscast again last week with a more than 800,000 viewer lead over #2 World News with Charles Gibson. And with an average of 5.18M Total Viewers, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric had its lowest viewership yet. In fact, it's the lowest viewership since at least the 1991/92 season, as far back as Nielsen records track.
Nightly and World News were up week-to-week in Total Viewers and the demo. Evening News was down in both measurements.
(Ratings from Thursday for "World News" are taken out of the average since the broadcast experienced only 83% coverage due to the NBA finals.)
Total Viewers: NBC: 7,960,000 / ABC: 7,150,000 / CBS: 5,180,000
25-54 demo: NBC: 2,380,000 / ABC: 2,030,000 / CBS: 1,590,000
Perhaps you should try interviewing Sarah Palin again, Katie. Even if that doesn't revive your ratings, at least people will have a good laugh watching you try to trip her up again.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
The answer is: Not necessarily. There are probably quite a few leftists who are loyal Americans.
But many do become traitors. Kim Philby, Donald McClean, and Guy Burgess spied for Stalin because they wanted Britain to adopt the same form of government and the same economic system that the Soviet Union had at the time.
Likewise, we learn that Walter and Gwendolyn Myers, recently arrested for spying for Cuba for the past thirty years, were motivated by their admiration for the Cuban government of Fidel and Raul Castro.
"I have become so bitter these past few months. Watching the evening news is a radicalizing experience," he wrote in his diary in 1978, referring to what he described as greedy U.S. oil companies, inadequate health care and "the utter complacency of the oppressed" in America. On a trip to Cuba, federal law enforcement officials said in legal filings, Myers found a new inspiration: the communist revolution.
And likewise the circles in which Myers moved. Even though these are people who are supposed to be advocates for the United States and what it stands for, they end up becoming its worst enemies:
He was a courtly State Department intelligence analyst from a prominent family who loved to sail and peruse the London Review of Books. Occasionally, he would voice frustration with U.S. policies, but to his liberal neighbors in Northwest D.C. it was nothing out of the ordinary. "We were all appalled by the Bush years," one said.
The United States has its problems. It's not perfect nor will it ever be. But we do have open and mostly fair elections. We have an independent congress that are often at odds with the president. We have an independent judiciary who serve as a check on the other two branches of government. We have state and local governments that handle many of the functions.
So how in the world can any sane person prefer a system where virtually all the political power in a country is given to one or two people who were never elected, have ruled the country for 50 years without ever even considering elections, have suppressed all dissent and imprisoned or executed thousands of political opponents?
"Everything I hear about Fidel suggests that he is a brilliant and charismatic leader," Myers wrote, according to the documents.
Many of the people who voted for 0bama have the same mentality.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian mayors have passed a resolution that would potentially shut out U.S. bidders from local city contracts.
The resolution is in retaliation to "Buy American" provisions in President Barack Obama's stimulus bill. Mayors voted 189-175 to approve the resolution at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Whistler, British Columbia.
The resolution says the federation should support cities that adopt policies that allow them to buy only from companies whose home countries do not impose trade restrictions against Canadian goods.
This is typical of the type of corruption that is widespread in South Florida:
The parking lot of the driver's license bureau in Delray Beach was constantly jammed with van loads of people arriving daily.
While harried employees didn't think much about the onslaught, some couldn't help but notice that a few of their co-workers had begun sporting wildly expensive designer purses and were driving cars - BMW and Infiniti SUVs - that seemed to far exceed the stretch of their modest paychecks.
The two seemingly unrelated events were tied together late last month when a multi-agency task force arrested five license examiners for accepting bribes to issue driving permits to hundreds, if not thousands, of immigrants who otherwise couldn't get them because they were in the country illegally. While the investigation is ongoing, the five are believed to be part of a larger ring, said Elizabeth Parker, a chief assistant state attorney who headed the task force.
Another thing these bureaus do is register people to vote. I wonder how many more votes 0bama picked up in this manner?
Friday, June 05, 2009
I thought all you good lefties were supposed to be atheists? Newsweek editor Evan Thomas, speaking on Chris Matthews' show on MSNBC, professed 0bama to be his god:
Newsweek editor Evan Thomas brought adulation over President Obama’s Cairo speech to a whole new level on Friday, declaring on MSNBC: "I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God."
Evan get down on your knees and worship your god!
Next thing you know, those of us who don't care for 0bama's policies will find ourselves being prosecuted -- not for being racist like Janeane Gabarfalo suggests, nor for treason, but rather for blasphemy.
"Mr. Rearden," said Francisco, his voice suddenly calm, "if you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - what would you tell him to do?"
"I . . . don't know. What . . . could he do? What would you tell him?"
Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged," p. 455.
Human carbon dioxide emissions have been blamed for everything from the extinction of T. Rex to the breakup of the Spice Girls. So, it is not surprising that a moonbat 'scientist' would try to blame the recent tragedy of Air France Flight 447 on global warming:
As the investigation continues as to what brought down the French airliner over the Atlantic Ocean with 228 people on board, a Russian climatologist believes global warming played a significant part.
Although the exact cause of the tragedy may never be fully known (according to investigators, the sea floor where the plane went down is extremely rugged, thus making the discovery of the all-telling black box a real long shot), most experts seem to agree on one thing: severe weather conditions played an important part. And that unsettling conclusion is leading some climatologists to wonder if the airlines are properly prepared for a world of higher temperatures and wilder weather, and therefore more stressful flight conditions in the future.
“A consequence of global warming is that the frequency and severity of such events (severe weather conditions) is higher,” Aleksey Kokorin, head of Russia’s World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Program, told RT. “Unfortunately, the risk for airplanes, especially in tropical areas above water, will be higher. This could be difficult for pilots to understand.”
Kokorin said that global weather conditions are becoming more severe, and the cause goes back to one source: the acceleration of the greenhouse effect due to the activities of man on earth.
“We are seeing the same with other (meteorological) events… We see more powerful typhoons than before. We see more powerful cyclones from the North Atlantic, which causes very heavy rainfall and floods in Europe. These are different events of the same reason: warmer surface of the ocean due to global warming, which is a result of the greenhouse effect, unfortunately man made,” he said.
The notion that recent meteorological events have become more severe has been debunked. But no moonbat will ever let the facts get in his way:
Scientists have studied this issue and come to the opposite conclusion: extreme events are becoming LESS common. Atlantic hurricanes were much more numerous from 1950 to 1975 than from 1975 to present. Hailstorms in the US are 35% less common than they were fifty years ago. Extreme rainfall in the US at the end of the 20th century is comparable to what it was at the beginning of the 20th century. Roger Pielke, Jr, in the journal Climatic Change (1999) said “it is essentially impossible to attribute any particular weather event to global warming.” For flooding, Pielke did list a number of important non-climatic factors that have the potential to influence flooding in the future, including deteriorating dams and levees, changes in land use, building in flood-prone areas, governmental policies, as well as other societal influences. Pielke, R.A., JR. 1999. Nine fallacies of floods. Climatic Change 42: 413-438.
While the Chosen One grovels before muslim terrorists, plans a ridiculous cap-and-trade scheme that will raise costs for most businesses in order to solve a nonexistent 'climate change' problem, nationalizes the auto, banking, and insurance industries, and signs a ridiculous $787 billion 'stimulus' package that is anything but stimulating, the economy continues its downward plunge with a 9.4% unemployment rate.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has strongly criticized the largest central banks for their excessive intervention in the financial industry:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a rare public rebuke of central banks, suggested the European Central Bank and its counterparts in the U.S. and Britain have gone too far in fighting the financial crisis and may be laying the groundwork for another financial blowup.
"I view with great skepticism the powers of the Fed, for example, and also how, within Europe, the Bank of England has carved out its own small line," Ms. Merkel said in a speech in Berlin. "We must return together to an independent central-bank policy and to a policy of reason, otherwise we will be in exactly the same situation in 10 years' time."
I agree wholeheartedly. Ben Bernanke was a poor choice for Federal Reserve chairman. When I listen to him testify about monetary policy and the economy I can tell that his brain is still mired in the outdated Keynesian macroeconomics that were in fashion when he got his degree at MIT.
Nor did Greenspan do well during the last few years of his tenure at the Federal Reserve. He lowered the Fed Funds target rate to 1% in 2001 and kept it there for three years, which helped cause the mortgage problem. He was Fed chairman for nearly twenty years and that is too long for anyone to be in such an important position.