Tuesday, March 30, 2010

#16: Johnny Cash

Some might find it surprising that a committed rock fan like me would be an admirer of the man who many consider to be the greatest CW artist ever. Talent is talent, no matter what the genre.

And I have known quite a few other rockers who were also fans of Cash. He had a deep-blues style of singing and playing that transcended style and substance. Listen to him sing 'Ring of Fire'

Cash was married to June Carter, an outstanding singer and writer herself, who came from the Carter family that had popularized Country music decades earlier. Yet Cash was far too versatile to fit neatly into just one style of music. Listen to his cover of Depeche Mode's 'Personal Jesus'

Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Weather Has Nothing to Do With Climate"

In yet another example of the abject stupidity of the Branch Carbonians, we get a surprising new non-fact:

Germans are losing their fear of climate change, according to a survey, with just 42 percent worried about global warming.

It seems the long and chilly winter has taken its toll on climate change sensibilities despite the fact that weather has nothing to do with climate [italics mine]. The latest figure is a clear drop from the 62 percent of Germans who said they were scared of such changes just last autumn.

Dontcha just love it? Saying that weather has nothing to do with climate is like saying weeks have nothing to do with years, or that years have nothing to do with centuries.

Just as a year is nothing more than a string of 52 consecutive weeks, the climate is nothing more than a string of successive weather. Weather is what is happening in the current hour or day. Climate is what the weather is like over the period of a year, decade, or century.

Thus, if we have unseasonably cold weather, and it continues for several years, we conclude the climate is getting colder. Are such simple concepts too difficult for the Branch Carbonians to understand? Apparently so.

The only thing more amazing than the Carbonians' stupidity is their hypocrisy. It was not long ago, when tmperatures were actually trending slightly upward, that the Carbonians would cite each little event as evidence of global warming.

Longhorn Fan? H- H- H- Hookem

Friday, March 26, 2010

Someone Who Gets It
Rodney Jerkins, producer of Lady Gaga's current hit Telephone, understands the depth of talent that Gaga possesses:

Lady Gaga’s producer Rodney Jerkins has compared the singer to the late Michael Jackson.
Jerkins, who produced Gaga’s latest single with Beyonce ‘Telephone’, said Gaga could be the best female entertainer of all time, rivalling Michael Jackson’s crown.
He told People.com: “We haven’t seen an artist like Gaga in a long time – we haven’t seen an artist that really has no fear.
“I remember Michael Jackson used to tell me he was crucified for doing ‘Thriller’, but he had to do what he felt was needed at that time. I’m just happy to be part of history.
“I’ve always wanted to leave my stamp on music, and to be able to say that I worked with Michael Jackson and now I’m working with Lady Gaga, who’ll probably go down in history as one of the best female entertainers of all time.”
The news comes a day after Gaga notched up the astonishing feat of being the first artist to knock up over 1billion music video views on sites like Vevo and YouTube.
Grammy Award winning Jerkins has worked with the likes of Britney Spears, The Spice Girls, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie, The Pussycat Dolls and Whitney Houston.

I think she will be far bigger than Michael Jackson.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

#17: Brian Wilson

The tall guy in the middle with the high-pitched voice

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

0bamacare Will 'Eventually Control the People'

Listen here. Its not surprising. This is why the left have been foaming at the mouth for years over the USA's partially private health care system.

Under a government-run health care system. Only those who are cooperative will get health care.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Some people say I teach young people to think for themselves too much. I don't mind being blamed for your fucking freedom"

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

#18: Willie Nelson

He struggled throughout the fifties and sixties. Having plenty of success as a songwriter (e.g. "Crazy" recorded by Patsy Cline), but couldn't get anywhere as a singer himself until 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain'. The rest is history.

US states sue EPA to stop greenhouse gas rules

This is a good move. The 0bama administration, knowing they can't get their stupid 'climate' bill passed in a democratic fashion (and that's democrat with a small 'd') have been trying to impose their ridiculous regulations via regulatory fiat by the EPA. Several states are suing to stop them

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - At least 15 U.S. states have sued the Environmental Protection Agency seeking to stop it from issuing rules controlling greenhouse gas emissions until it reexamines whether the pollution harms human health.
Florida, Indiana, South Carolina and at least nine other states filed the petitions in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, states said.
They joined petitions filed last month by Virginia, Texas and Alabama.
The Obama administration has long said it would attack greenhouse gas emissions with EPA regulation if Congress failed to pass a climate bill.

It would be very nice if we could get a hearing on the entire issue of global warming with evidence presented by both sides and an objective judge and jury. The entire 'climate change' nonsense would be revealed to be nothing but a fraud and a hoax.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

#19: Mick Jagger

Hillary Meets with IRA Terrorist Adams

Just as the 0bama administration are supporting terrorists in the middle east, they are also supporting them in Northern Ireland

SINN FÉIN President Gerry Adams is in the United States this week, where he has briefed senior political figures on the political and peace process in Ireland and attended a number of events to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the Irish American community. On Tuesday he met the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington. Adams thanked Clinton and the U.S. Administration for continued support for the Peace Process in Ireland.

“The Secretary of State has played an important and supportive role in the Irish Peace Process. I had an opportunity today to thank her for that continued focus by the U.S. government,” Adams said afterwards.

The meeting also allowed the Sinn Féin President to raise a number of issues, including the future of the International Fund for Ireland, which has made an important economic contribution over many years; U.S. economic support for regeneration and investment; and the need for continuing U.S. support for the Peace Process and for the political institutions.

And yet there are many on the Irish protestant side who have said that Hillary has harmed the peace process.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Another Top 20

Since my interest in music has been rekindled recently I am now going to do a top 20 musicians and singers of all time. This will be my personal, subjective ranking.

So what will it include? Lots of rockers. A few country-western artists. One each from the genres of R&B, Jazz/BigBand, and Blues, and one from Electropop (I think you can guess who that will be).

What will it not include? Classical musicians. Even though I had a fair amount of classical training in my early years, I have not kept up with classical musicians enough since then to rank them fairly. I considered including Van Cliburn, but have not listened to him very much either.

Except for the one Jazz/Big Band singer, there will not be any mention of jazz musicians. Jazz can be excellent but I have not listened to enough of it to even know who the best singers and musicians are in that genre.

Another group you won't se are rap/hip hop. I like a lot of rap: Public Enemy, 2 Live Crew, Ludacris, Jay Z, and many others. But they really belong in a different category of art altogether.

So here we go....

#20 Paul Simon

With or without Garfunkel, he was and still is an excellent singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lady Gaga Goes Six for Six
This week, Gaga's hit Telephone will go to #1 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart. The Goddess of Music continues her campaign to turn the world upside down.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sugar Prices and the Price of Protectionism

Those who advocate government intervention in the economy oftten try to claim it will help the many at the expense of the few. The reality is that the opposite is often true. Government intervention usually helps a few at the expense of the many. This problem can be seen at its worst in the case of sugar import quotas.

Due to severe quotas on the amount of sugar that may be imported from foreign countries to the USA, our domestic wholesale price of sugar is 35 cents per pound, versus only 20 cents in other countries. The result is that American consumers are paying 15 cents per pound more to American sugar growers than they should be.

Most of the sugar in the USA is grown in western Palm Beach county, in south Florida. This is land that was once the northern part of the everglades, a unique ecosystem that exists nowhere else in the world. The conversion of the land to sugar cane fields has disrupted the natural flow of water from lake Okeechobee to what is left of the everglades to the south in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. What is worse, the sugar growers release fertilizers into the water that pollute the southern everglades.

The purpose of the sugar import quotas are allegedly to protect American jobs. However, from what I have seen, most of the workers in the sugar fields are illegal immigrants and are paid abysmally low wages.

You Like Fat Chicks?

Donna Simpson already looks like a ball of blubber. Not content at a mere 600 pounds, she's aiming for 1,000.

An obese mother in the US is trying to put on weight in order to become the world's fattest woman.
Donna Simpson, from New Jersey, weighs 273kg but told the Daily Mail newspaper she had her heart set on reaching her goal weight of 1000lb (450kg) in two years.
The 42-year-old already holds the title of the world's fattest mother after giving birth to her daughter in 2007 when she weighed 241kg.
"I'd love to be 1000lb ... it might be hard though, running after my daughter keeps my weight down," Ms Simpson told the Daily Mail.
Ms Simpson, who needs a mobility scooter to go shopping, eats huge amounts of junk food each week and tries to move as little as possible so she doesn't burn off as many calories.

So what does the man in her life think of this?

Her 49-year-old partner Philippe — who she met on a dating site for plus-size people — was encouraging her to reach her goal, she said.
"I think he'd like it if I was bigger ... he's a real belly man and completely supports me," she said.

To each his own. I prefer my women Gaga-sized.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hot Air: The Movie

Jungle Jim sez check it out: http://www.failedsenator.com/

I can only look at Howell for so long...
Why Does Howell Appear so Unhappy?

If I looked like him, I wouldn't be very happy either.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Howell Raines: Socialist Moonbat of the Week
We are well acquainted with Howell from his days as executive editor of the New York Times. He took a leftwing rag and turned it into the US version of Pravda.
Now we get to read Howell's opinion of Fox News' role in the debate over the Democrats' attempts at nationalizing the health care industry:

One question has tugged at my professional conscience throughout the year-long congressional debate over health-care reform, and it has nothing to do with the public option, portability or medical malpractice. It is this: Why haven't America's old-school news organizations blown the whistle on Roger Ailes, chief of Fox News, for using the network to conduct a propaganda campaign against the Obama administration -- a campaign without precedent in our modern political history?

Through clever use of the Fox News Channel and its cadre of raucous commentators, Ailes has overturned standards of fairness and objectivity that have guided American print and broadcast journalists since World War II. Yet, many members of my profession seem to stand by in silence as Ailes tears up the rulebook that served this country well as we covered the major stories of the past three generations, from the civil rights revolution to Watergate to the Wall Street scandals. This is not a liberal-versus-conservative issue. It is a matter of Fox turning reality on its head with, among other tactics, its endless repetition of its uber-lie: "The American people do not want health-care reform."

You gotta love the sheer chutzpah of this guy. Fox News' propaganda campaign against the 0bama administration is 'without precedent in our modern political history'? And what of the propaganda campaigns that the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, and NBC conducted atgainst the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II administrations?
Howell claims Ailes has 'overturned standards of fairness and objectivity that have guided American print and broadcast journalists since World War II'. This has got me howling with laughter. Is there anything whatsoever fair or objective about the way the aforementioned 'mainstream' media have been reporting the news over the last several decades? The likes of Howell have reported nothing but news tinted by leftist bias. Virtually every one of their reporters and editors are Democrats.
'This is not a liberal-versus-conservative issue.' That's exactly what it is Howell. Your group have maintained a virtual monopoly over the news for years. But now, because of Fox News, talk radio, and the internet, that monopoly is rapidly dwindling. That's what you're so angry about. You and other members of the left CAN'T STAND IT when someone voices an opinion that disagrees with your own.
Some more gems from Howell:

It is true that, after 14 months of Fox's relentless pounding of President Obama's idea of sweeping reform, the latest Gallup poll shows opinion running 48 to 45 percent against the current legislation.

Howell, I must say you have quite a huge respect for Fox's powers of persuasion. If only it were that simple. But if it's true then how come you poor bastards at the New York Times, WaPo, NBC, CBS, et al, who far outnumber Fox, are unable to persuade people in the other direction? You must be really lame.

I suspect the true reason that most people don't want this 'sweeping reform' is because they realize that government control over any sector of the economy is likely to result in disaster. Our federal government has proven itself many times to be incompetent at virtually everything it does.

For the first time since the yellow journalism of a century ago, the United States has a major news organization devoted to the promotion of one political party.

Howell, please spare us. Even if it is true that Fox is biased in favor of the Republicans, it is a small thing compared with the massive bias in favor of the Democrats on the part of the New York Times and your fellow 'mainstreamers'. No one is stupid enough to believe the utter crap you are spewing.

Like something from a dream

Like something from a horror movie
So Where's MTV?

You would think MTV would be involved in a big way with the premier of Lady Gaga's epic new video. Instead they were totally absent. What was once the pioneer of music videos is almost completely removed from them. They have turned into a reality show channel.

Its amazing that there are many people alive who are not old enough to remember when MTV and VH1 played videos 24/7.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

T - Minus Six Hours and Counting

Until the Telephone video premiers on the E! channel at 10:30 pm CST.
0bama Administration to Meddle in Foreign Trade

Not content to have ruined the financial, insurance, and auto industries, the marxist 0bama administration have now pledged to double exports in five years!
As if anything they do will automatically help the economy

Calling on the United States to "up our game," President Obama today pledged again to double America's exports over the next five years, as first called for in his State of the Union address.
“We shouldn’t assume our leadership is guaranteed,” Obama said in front of the Export-Import Bank’s conference, “When other markets are growing, and other nations are competing, we need to get even better. We need to secure our companies a level playing field. We need to guarantee American workers a fair shake. In other words, we need to up our game.”
The president addressed the group’s annual conference in Washington, DC to outline initial steps his administration is taking to achieve that goal within what the administration is dubbing the “National Export Initiative.”
This morning the president signed an Executive Order creating an Export Promotion Cabinet – made up of the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Agriculture, Commerce and Labor, the U.S. Trade Representative, Small Business Administrator, the Export-Import Bank President, and other senior U.S. officials – to support the effort. That cabinet will convene its first meeting next month and will make recommendations to the president going forward.

Hey 0-bomb, do us all a favor and stay out of trade and out of the economy in general, You've 'helped' it enough already.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Is Winter Finally Over?

No thanks to Al Gore, James Hansen, Michael Mann, Keith Briffa, Phil Jones, et al. They want us to freeze in the dark.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Breach of National Security

I'm a big fan of Jay Z and Beyonce. But that doesn't mean they should be invited into the white house situation room:

Rapper Jay-Z’s apparent visit to the White House Situation Room reveals a radical departure from the last eight years of security policy, according to a senior Bush administration official.
“During the Clinton administration, tours were permitted of the Situation Room, people who could get a West Wing tour could also see the Sit Room. Soon after the Bush 43 inauguration and after we found out about it, we stopped the practice and I believe the only exceptions had to be okay’d by either the chief of staff, national security adviser or the deputy chief of staff,” the official wrote in an e-mail.
A twitter user named Linda posted pictures online of Jay-Z in the Situation Room along with his entourage and wife Beyonce during a White House visit. An e-mail to White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton asking if the pictures do in fact show Jay-Z in the Situation Room has not been returned.
According to the Bush official, who was present for a remodeling of the Situation Room in 2006, “We made very few exceptions to the rule, usually a visiting foreign dignitary attending a meeting there or someone without a clearance who needed to be briefed in that facility for some reason.”

Friday, March 05, 2010

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Institute of Physics Questions Integrity of Climate Science

For many years, the left have used the excuse that there was a 'scientific consensus' and that the science behind climate change was 'indisputable'. Most people left it at that because most know little or nothing about science. However, now scientists in fields other than climatology are weighing in on the subject:

The Institute of Physics, which represents 36,000 physicists across Britain and the world, has told a Commons inquiry into Climategate that the controversial emails at the centre of the storm represent "prima facie evidence of determined and co-ordinated refusals to comply with honourable scientific traditions".
In short, the IoP has called into question the integrity of the entire field of climate change.
The Commons science and technology committee is interviewing key climate scientists and global warming sceptics. The standard of the interrogation on the first day was tame and the protagonists merely restated their arguments.
The star witness, Professor Phil Jones - the CRU's head and the sender of most of the hacked emails - was let off particularly lightly, his most damning admission probably being: "I have obviously written some really awful emails."
Far more interesting are the written submissions to the inquiry, including that from the Institute of Physics.
Although it has been made abundantly clear that the inquiry is not about whether global warming is actually happening, the IoP criticises one of the fundamental slices of evidence behind the assertion that we are currently experiencing a period of unprecedented global warming.
In the absence of actual recorded temperatures, scientists have used 'proxy data' – for example, tree rings – to determine average global temperatures over the past 1,000 years. However, in the final few decades of the 20th century, the proxy data has been jettisoned in favour of temperatures recorded on modern instruments. The IoP is critical of this method:
"The [Climategate] emails reveal doubts as to the reliability of some of the reconstructions," the IoP states. "For example, the apparent suppression, in graphics widely used by the IPCC [the United Nations climate panel], of proxy results for recent decades that do not agree with contemporary instrumental temperature measurements."
The IoP also suggests the scope of the Common inquiry should be broadened to include not only the CRU, but also the entire field of climate science.
"Most of the e-mails were exchanged with researchers in a number of other leading institutions involved in the formulation of the IPCC's conclusions on climate change," the submission reads. "In so far as those scientists were complicit in the alleged scientific malpractices, there is [a] need for a wider inquiry into the integrity of the scientific process in this field."