Archive for November, 2008
Posted by Nancy on November 26, 2008
Posted by necessarygrace on November 21, 2008
Reportedly CBS is refusing to air this ad…apparently it doesn’t fit their narrative and therefore is not to be seen. Which makes it all the more important to pass this along. The bill referenced in this ad is SO bad that even the Democrat’s beloved liberal George McGovern is opposed to it.
The legislation is called the Employee Free Choice Act, and I am sad to say it runs counter to ideals that were once at the core of the labor movement. Instead of providing a voice for the unheard, EFCA risks silencing those who would speak.
To my friends supporting EFCA I say this: We cannot be a party that strips working Americans of the right to a secret-ballot election. We are the party that has always defended the rights of the working class. To fail to ensure the right to vote free of intimidation and coercion from all sides would be a betrayal of what we have always championed.
Watch this ad. Do what it says – contact your members of Congress and tell them this is a bad bill. And then post this ad on your own blog, or send it to friends and family via email. If this election taught us anything it’s that we can’t count on the mainstream press to educate and inform – we have to do it ourselves.
Posted by necessarygrace on November 21, 2008
Rahm Emanuel, President-Elect Obama’s appointed Chief of Staff and Mouthpiece To The Press shared their plans for the Obama Presidency.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
And by a completely unrelated coincidence, I happened to find this article about the German Interior Minister’s views on politics during times of crisis.
“We learned from the worldwide economic crisis of the 1920s (1930s) that an economic crisis can result in an incredible threat for all of society. The consequences of that depression was Adolf Hitler and, indirectly, World War II and Auschwitz,”
Posted by Nancy on November 19, 2008
The maps showing McCain vs. Obama support by coloring the states red or blue don’t really tell the whole story.
Posted by E. on November 17, 2008
Interesting. I always thought United States Presidents lead, not ruled.
But it’s okay, we all know what she meant. Right?
Posted by Nancy on November 16, 2008
Global warming, that fabulous theory of impending manmade gloom and doom, has been struggling lately.
This past week has not been kind to the alarmists, as first they announced this October was the warmest one EVER recorded, then the following day quietly admitted they were wrong. They had used September’s records from Russia again for October, raising the whole world’s average. (Russia is a mighty big country.)
From The Telegraph:
A surreal blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. (snip)
Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China’s official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its “worst snowstorm ever”. In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month… (snip)
A GISS spokesman lamely explained that the reason for the error in the Russian figures was that they were obtained from another body, and that GISS did not have resources to exercise proper quality control over the data it was supplied with. This is an astonishing admission: the figures published by Dr Hansen’s institute are not only one of the four data sets that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) relies on to promote its case for global warming, but they are the most widely quoted, since they consistently show higher temperatures than the others. (emphasis added)
Well, what is a person to do if the earth isn’t warming? Maybe this October incident was an honest mistake, but what are you supposed to do if the earth is really (gasp!) cooling?
No problem. If the earth won’t warm, just change history. As in, make the distant past colder and the near past warmer. A wave of the wand, a compliant media, and presto change-o! – you are back in business!
h/t to Zapruder
The above graphs show U.S. temperature averages for 1999 and 2008. One graph shows the data before the most recent revision, the other shows it after the changes.
Read the following information, then go back and review the graphs again.
- The graph shows annual mean and 5-year mean (average) temperatures for the U.S..
- This information is from the GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies) at Columbia University.
- The GISS is led by Dr. James Hansen
- Dr. Hansen was one of the earliest proponents of manmade, or Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW). His career and reputation are based on the earth getting hotter. He is Al Gore’s go-to man.
- This past Monday and Tuesday GISS announced and retracted the inaccurate October data claiming this was the warmest October ever recorded. They then tried claiming the Arctic is a hotspot this year, even though the ice pack is 30% greater than at this time last year.
- The number of reporting stations giving readings worldwide has declined by over half in recent years, having an unknown effect on the historical relevancy of current information.
- The above graphs illustrate how the GISS was recently updated, showing retroactive changes in the earth’s temperature. The warmest decade ever recorded, the 1930’s, is suddenly cooler. Sheesh, it looks like it got cooler from about 1910 to 1970. Then suddenly the “adjustments” started going the other direction.
And that, my friends, is one way to “prove” the earth is getting warmer.
A future post will deal with why global warming is being pushed so hard, and by whom. As always, follow the money.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have no climate background on which to base my opinions. On the other hand, neither does Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Control and former railroad engineer, who recently astounded an audience in Australia by claiming that temperatures are now rising faster than ever. Many in the audience were well aware that world temperatures leveled off about 1998 and have been falling in recent years.
Posted by E. on November 15, 2008
Did y’all see the William Ayers interview on Good Morning American Friday, Nov. 14?
How nice that he comes out to talk after the election. How nice that the reprinting of his book Fugitive Days is being released, with a new afterward, after the election. How nice that in that afterward that is coming out after the election he refers to Barack Obama as a “family friend.”
But you have to watch the video when he talks about it. Yeah, he claims he didn’t say that because they were family friends, but because that is how the blogosphere characterized the Ayers/Obama relationship.
So, let’s see if we have this straight: a man who disagrees so vehemently with the Vietnam War that he helps set off bombs in government buildings just curls up in the fetal position, caves to the blogosphere, and characterizes his relationship with Obama as “family friend” even though he doesn’t actually believe that is what they are?
Hmmm . . .
But it gets better.
If you watch this segment you will hear Ayers say that what The Weather Underground did does not qualify as terrorist activity because they never meant to hurt or kill anyone. ‘Splain that to your three dead bomb making terrorist pals who accidentally blew themselves up.
But it gets better.
Speaking of the whole election flap over the depth and breadth of Obama’s relationship with admitted bomber-who-still-wishes-he-had-done-more, Ayers said,
“This idea that we need to know more, like there’s some dark, hidden secret, some secret link — it’s just a myth. And it’s a myth thrown up by people who want to kind of exploit the politics of fear.”
People who have questions about what kinds of people a presidential candidate may or may not pal around with are exploiting the politics of fear?
So says an admitted bomber.
Now that’s rich.
And the fact that people will swallow it? Now that’s scary.
Posted by Jeanne on November 15, 2008
“Thank you all for coming. In these days before I take office, it’s good to talk about what I have planned for this country, and more importantly, what I have in mind for its direction. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. Probably not even in two terms, if at all. But I have never been more hopeful that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.” Obama looked proudly around the table at his newly appointed staff.
Helen Thomas, Obama’s new spiritual advisor, squinted under the harsh and unflattering light of government issued florescent bulbs. “Where, exactly, is there?”
Obama cocked his head. Helen was a dear friend and he felt obligated to find her a position in his new cabinet. But sometimes, the questions she asked revealed a certain level of animosity toward him. He secretly wondered if she doubted his omnipotence. Rather than answer, he chose instead to ignore her. “I’d like to introduce everyone to my new Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. He’ll be my right hand man in this administration.”
Joe Biden cleared his throat and shot a hurt look at the President-elect.
Obama turned quickly to Joe and explained, “You’re more like my left hand man, Joe. Equally as important, of course, just a little more left, since Rahm is more of a centrist. That’s just the way it has to be.”
Joe couldn’t hide his disappointment. “I’m your Vice President, Mr. President. Doesn’t that make me, de facto, your right hand man? I mean, doggone it, sir.”
All eyes turned quickly to Joe. “What?” Joe said.
“Doggone it?” Obama repeated.
Joe shrugged. “You know what I mean. It’s just not fair.”
Obama looked disgusted. “As you know,” he continued, “Rahm has a long, illustrious career of putting it to the Republican Party. He’s not missing his middle finger for nothing, after all.” He cracked a smile in his usually stoic expression.
The staff laughed, while Rahm merely blushed. “I do my best. I even wake up wanting to put it to myself sometimes.”
“A ballet dancer,” Rahm stressed. “Not a ballerina.”
“Whatever,” Joe said and shared a laugh with Helen.
Rahm seethed. “Hey why don’t you go f–“
“Friends, friends,” Obama said with a calming gesture. “We’re all on the same side here. Joe, you have your talents as being the longest serving Senator in Delaware’s history. And Rahm, you proudly served on the board of directors at Freddie Mac during its most scandalous moments. I’m proud to serve with you both.”
Rahm nodded thanks to the people in the room, who were outwardly impressed with his credentials.
Obama regained control of the situation. He smiled and sat erect in his chair. “Now you all know who is responsible for making this presidency a success–“
“Chris Matthews?” Helen interrupted.
“No, Helen, ” Obama fumed. “Not Chris Mathews. He’s responsible for getting me elected. YOU all are responsible for making the presidancy a success. Now I want you all to get out there and do it!”
“Do what?” Joe whined.
Obama rolled his weary eyes. “Get us to where we’re going, Joe.” He picked up a cup of coffee and scowled when he spilled it on his designer suit. “Great,” he said. “Has anyone picked up my dry cleaning today? I’ll need a new suit.”
“I did, Mr. President,” Colin said. “I had them pressed just like you like. And they used heavy starch on the shirts, as you instructed.”
“Good job, Colin,” Obama was proud. He had a great staff. “Are you all fired up?”
“Yes!” They shouted.
“Are you ready to go?”
“Yes!” They all stood up and fist bumped each other.
“You betcha,” Joe grumbled.
Obama scowled at Joe. “What?”
“Hey, I liked Sarah. And her cute little sayings. They were catchy.” He winked at Helen.
No one in the room dared agree.
Obama moved on, but not before giving Joe a look of utmost disapproval. “Then lets go,” he finally said with passion. “Let’s take this country where it needs to go.”
After much cheering, Joe and Helen finally rose from the table and followed the others out of the room. Joe reached in a cabinet on the way out and retrieved an item that he passed to Helen. “Here. You’re going to need this where we’re going.”
“What is it?” she said.
Joe rolled his eyes and sighed. “A handbasket.”
Posted by Nancy on November 11, 2008
Freedom is not free. Remember our veterans today and thank them for your freedom.
Dedicated to my father, who served in World War II, and my husband, who served in Vietnam, retired from the Air Force, and owns a drawer full of shirts with eagles on them. How sweet that we now have a Vietnamese grandson.
Pray that our country remains strong and free in the coming years.
Posted by Nancy on November 9, 2008
I read recently that the federal government is borrowing $550 BILLION in the third quarter of this year, with more planned for next year. Counting the stimulus package earlier this year (chump change at less than $200 billion), the government is set to borrow almost $1 trillion in less than a year’s time.
That is unsustainable, and we are in for rough times no matter who is living at 1600 Pennsylvania Av.
Today’s paper carries the news that Treasury Secretary Ben Bernanke is asking for another multi-billion dollar stimulus package on top of everything else. Send everyone another check to stimulate the economy, and watch them put it in the bank or pay down already existing debt instead of going out and spending it. That’s what happened to most of the last one.
Others in Washington are floating the idea of taking the same amount of money and using it to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure – roads, bridges, etc. Now that is something worthwhile, something that the country needs, something that would get money into the economy by paying people to work.
Meanwhile, Thomas Sowell gives us a glimpse of what he expects out of our new president-elect.
After the big gamble on subprime mortgages that led to the current financial crisis, is there… an even bigger gamble, by putting the fate of a nation in the hands of a man whose only qualifications are ego and mouth?
Barack Obama has the kind of cocksure confidence that can only be achieved by not achieving anything else.
Anyone who has actually had to take responsibility for consequences by running any kind of enterprise — whether economic or academic, or even just managing a sports team — is likely at some point to be chastened by either the setbacks brought on by his own mistakes or by seeing his successes followed by negative consequences that he never anticipated.
The kind of self-righteous self-confidence that has become Obama’s trademark is usually found in sophomores in Ivy League colleges — very bright and articulate students, utterly untempered by experience in the real world. (snip)
For someone who has actually accomplished nothing to blithely talk about taking away what has been earned by those who have accomplished something, and give it to whomever he chooses in the name of “spreading the wealth,” is the kind of casual arrogance that has led to many economic catastrophes in many countries.
The equally casual ease with which Barack Obama has talked about appointing judges on the basis of their empathies with various segments of the population makes a mockery of the very concept of law.
After this man has wrecked the economy and destroyed constitutional law with his judicial appointments, what can he do for an encore? He can cripple the military and gamble America’s future on his ability to sit down with enemy nations and talk them out of causing trouble.
Only time will tell if he is right or just being curmudgeonly. One thing’s for certain, and that is he’s not being racist. He is a black conservative columnist and academic economist at Stanford University who opposes Marxism and supports free market capitalism.
Sowell grew up poor and dropped out of high school, moved out on his own at age 17, worked several jobs, was drafted into the army, and later went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard, get a masters from Columbia, and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.
He knows economics, and he thinks he knows Barack Obama.