Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dan Rather Would be Proud

So much for that "semblance" of objectivity in political reporting.

Local CBS reporters in Alaska get caught in a plot to sabotage Joe Miller's senate campaign by creating and then circulating unfounded news through social media.

The Dan Rather legacy lives on at CBS.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The View Hostesses Should Not Invite the USPS to Appear

From the Freep:

The U.S. Postal Service says it's temporarily stopped accepting inbound international mail that's originating in Yemen.

The suspension is effective today and comes in response to the potential threat from suspicious packages arriving in the U.S. on international flights originating in Yemen.
Banning a package simply because it originates from a Muslim country is such bullshit! Not all Muslims are radical and certainly not all Muslim packages are packed with explosives.

No word yet on whether NPR will be firing the USPS over this outrage.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Carbon Silliness

Hyundai has done it!

They've managed to produce a commercial for their gas drinking vehicles in which no gasoline was used during the production.

Writes Anthony Watts at Watts Up With That:

Honestly, I don’t see the point. It seems beyond ridiculous to make a zero carbon footprint commercial for cars that use gasoline. Note all the trucks, rental, and equipment vans surrounding the commercial shoot, now how did all those get there? Pedal power?

As the Election Nears

There were a lot of limousine GOP moderates who lamented the success of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware's primary race for the US Senate.

Polls clearly show that O'Donnell is running far behind Democrat candidate Chris Coons and in a political landscape where Republicans are desperate to take majority in the US Senate, each and every seat is vitally important. Had Mike Castle, O'Donnell opponent in the Republican primary race, been the winner would the GOP have a better chance of taking majority in the Senate?

The answer is, of course, yes. The better question is, however, would conservatives in this country be better off had Castle, a cap and trade supporting, big taxing, stimulus grubbing business-as-usual politician been their general election candidate?

The answer is no.

O'Donnell is perhaps not the most sparkling of GOP candidates this year though, in truth, her candidacy has been treated unseriously by the media as a whole. What has to be admitted, however, is that she is a candidate that has made liberal Republicans take notice that there will be a political price to pay for providing progressive policymakers the cover of "bipartisanship" when government expanding votes pass though Congress and ultimately become law.

I think the predicted defeat of Christine O'Donnell is only half the concern it might once have been. Mike Castle and GOP establishment clingers are by far the biggest losers in the Delaware election. From the conservative perspective, all in all, I'd say its a wash.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Obama's Energy Slight of Hand

Tucked neatly inside the first chapters of most books on economics is this truth...if you want to increase the demand (and price) of any commodity you simply need to reduce its supply.

If this administration is truly concerned about our crippled economy, why would it intentionally try and suck additional billions of dollars out of the pockets of consumers by artificially altering the supply of energy?

Joe Biden: The Vision

Via Popehat, Joe Biden declares his adoration for government vision.

“Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive."
We can probably all agree that government involvement has helped to spur on certain industries or, more likely, certain businesses within certain industries. But what Joe doesn't seem to recognize is all of the potential advances that could have been made by unfettered private industry had not federal and state governments and their regulatory agencies made it more difficult for people to enter the industries in question.

How many new entry drug companies are being launched today? How many new automobile companies spring up these days when a century ago there were dozens that entered the market? Does the crippling cost of regulation keep potential genius level competitors on the sidelines in these and other industries?

If so, has a cure for cancer gone needlessly undiscovered? Has a viable sixty mile per gallon car died on the machine shop floor of an underfunded engineer?

Joe also neglects to mention government blessed domestic industries that have failed so completely that once regulated and incentivized they require millions or billions of dollars every year in taxpayer subsidies to stay afloat. Ethanol anyone? I don't know about you, but I cannot wait to see how this whole "green jobs" for the sake of "green jobs" business turns out.

And what about the dismal performance of once successful industries that now falter because of a special blend of government incompetence, bad policy, and the unintended consequences of benevolent regulation? Housing anyone? Banking? Timber? Furniture? Education? Gulf oil? The automobile? The internal combustion engine? Peanuts? Mohair? Tourism? You name it.

Joe Biden is a big believer in big government. He is such a believer that he is unable to even curb his enthusiasm in the face of a government caused worst economic collapse in nearly one hundred years.

If government has such great vision Joe, why didn't it see a [heavily subsidized] freight train coming?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Intellectual Left Takes on Idiot Sarah Palin

Could that moose-gutting strumpet get any dumber?

Oh, never mind.

h/t Protein Wisdom, Ace

Liberal Tactics Displayed on The View

Whoopi Goldberg and that silly fat cow, Joy Behar, stalked off the stage of the View last week when Bill O'Reilly dared suggest that those who crashed their planes into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on 9-11 were Muslim.

"That is such bullshit!" cried Whoopi. "Moo" said Behar.

Over the din of the crowd Whoopi could also be heard yelling "Mr. McVeigh." Her voice is then drowned out by rising voices and the constant swishing of Behar's tail, but the gist of Whoopi's argument is that, while it was (self-proclaimed Muslim) non-Muslims that crashed their planes, it was a (self-proclaimed agnostic) Christian that bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

I know of few people with more than a passing brain cell that regularly watch The View or attribute to it any sort of political or intellectual honesty. The host, Barbara Walters, to her credit, was stoic enough to verbally slap down Behar and Goldberg for leaving the stage when their ability to debate fled them, but she failed to mention in her tongue lashing that Goldberg is little more than a fancy liar and Behar a silly fat cow.

But that is the way of the dishonest progressive mindset. Attribute words to those who do not speak them, ignore the words of those who do speak, and within that swirling context deliberately construct a false reality that crowns the obfuscators as the arbiter of truth, and her gassy pet cow.

I'm BAAAACK! (Temporarily)

I've been traveling to and from Atlanta now for the past several weeks. After my last trip I had four days here at home before I had to load up the car again for a return to Atlanta, and this time my stay at home might be for no more than two weeks.

Blogging while on the road has been impossible. And, during my short stays at home, I find myself questioning whether blogging is really worth the effort since I am unable to produce timely posts on much of anything too interesting. As my posting has waned so too has my readership.

During the past few months I've found myself severed from the Michigan political scene and have not been reconnected much of anywhere else. Jennifer Granholm's IQ may have miraculously spiked to 80 in my absence and I would be none the wiser. I'm currently more qualified to post on the aesthetics of my 95 Le Sabre's dash board than I am the Michigan governor's race.

I am going to try and blog during the next couple of weeks to see if the effort seems like a reasonable investment. Then, if I can make my laptop wireless capable in the next week or so I'll have the ability to blog occasionally on the road too.

We'll have to see what happens from there.