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Futerra document March 10, 2010

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If you’re looking for the Futerra document, it’s here.

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Conservativism not as dead as once thought January 24, 2010

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Scott Brown drove Olbermann to a frothing hysteria–priceless!

That Brown canvassed Massachussets saying we must fight terrorists rather than grant them Constitutional rights, that the states should retain soverignty to do things like health care, that taxes must be lowered for all, and WON is nothing less than a miracle. Perhaps our northern citizens aren’t as lost as I once thought.

And the monstrosity called health care “reform” is on life support. As a commenter at the American Spectator noted,

MarkJ| 1.20.10 @ 5:20PM
Knowing Nancy Pelosi as we do, the only way we’ll really know ObamaReidPelosiCare is dead is when we (figuratively) shoot it with silver bullets, chop off its head, drive a stake through its heart, stuff its mouth full of garlic, put a crucifix on its chest, and bury the stinking corpse face down in a holy water-filled coffin under ten feet of concrete.

When we do all that, then I’ll rest easy about ObamaReidPelosiCare.

Hope springs anew.

Haiti is lost January 17, 2010

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I’m watching a news report on Haiti and the reports that Haitians will become violent if they aren’t “given” what they want and need.

Frankly, I’m disgusted by the general Haitian attitude that they are owed anything whatsoever from anyone else in the world.

No, Haiti, you are NOT owed a single thing other than the respect given to all human beings as the sole agent of their own lives. Haiti is a shithole because Haitians want it to be a shithole, or at the very least don’t care that it’s a shithole.

My faith requires me to extend charity. Watching the videos of the injured, especially children, is gutwrenching.

And then I hear the demands. I hear that the Haitians are simply sitting around waiting for someone else to do what needs done. They can pile corpses in the street to block trucks, but they can’t remove debris from those same streets so trucks can move through.

It is sad knowledge that Haiti will be hell no matter what amount of money is poured into it, no matter how many well-meaning aid workers toil countless hours. Haiti is hell because the Haitians don’t care.

So why should I?

The Law of Unintended Consequences January 13, 2010

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I work for a health insurance company in a southern state.

Throughout 2008 many of my coworkers–especially those with lots of melanin in the epidermis–were nearly incoherent in their support for Obama and the Democrats. Not only incoherent but loudly incoherent.

Now those same people are faced with the fact that Obama and the Democrats are gunning for their jobs. Their ebullience has collapsed and they suddenly seem far more concerned about the realities of life.

Under what is currently known about the monstrosity called health care reform, my company will have to cut operations areas–claim keyers, customer service reps, etc.–by half within the next two years. The parking lots are full of Obama bumperstickers and those foolks have a 50/50 chance of enjoying the unemployment line. The outlook isn’t quite as grim for those of us in the IT department but it isn’t looking great either.

So when fury at the government is at its peak I remind myself that the people in my midst have to live with the knowledge that they blindly supported the very people who are destroying their jobs and that makes me smile. At least I had the sense to resist the pathos of Obama’s teleprompter. They haven’t even that comfort.

The law of unintended consequences is proof positive that God has a sense of humor.

Climate, Weather & Models January 8, 2010

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Even the most casual observer can’t help but notice the hypocricy of the climate doomsayers. Heat waves must be a result of global warming, but the coldest winter in 30+ years has nothing to do with climate. It’s just a weather event, you see.

For example:

Australian heatwave sign of climate change

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A heatwave scorching southern Australia, causing transport chaos by buckling rail lines and leaving more than 140,000 homes without power, is a sign of climate change, the government said on Thursday.

[snip]

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said the heatwave, which started on Wednesday, was the sort of weather scientists had been warning about.

“Eleven of the hottest years in history have been in the last 12, and we also note, particularly in the southern part of Australia, we’re seeing less rainfall,” Wong told reporters.

“All of this is consistent with climate change, and all of this is consistent with what scientists told us would happen.”

Disregard the well-documented fraud masquerading as temperature data coming out of Down Under. Let’s play along.

Now consider the frigid conditions that have sent the eastern US into teeth-chattering fits.

Extreme Weather: Why Has Mother Nature Gone Bonkers?

[snip]

There are few precedents for the global sweep of extreme cold and ice that has killed dozens in India, paralyzed life in Beijing and threatened the Florida orange crop. Chicagoans are taking shelter from a potentially deadly freeze, Paris is enduring sunny Siberian cold and Poland has counted at least 13 deaths in record low temperatures of about 13 degrees below zero. A string of deadly avalanches in northern Italy’s Alps led to seven deaths.

[snip]

Guo Hu, the head of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, linked these conditions to unusual atmospheric patterns caused by global warming. “In the context of global warming, extreme atmospheric flows are causing extreme climate incidents to appear more frequently, such as the summer’s rainstorms and last year’s ice storm disaster in southern China,” he told Beijing News.

Deke Arndt, chief of the climate monitoring branch at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center was more cautious, arguing that’s it’s too soon to draw any conclusions about global warming — or global cooling — from the rash of frigid weather.

“This is essentially a series of weather events happening simultaneously well below the climate scale,” he argued. “This is an entirely different event in terms of the time scales we talk about for global warming.”

[snip]

Cold weather doesn’t necessarily mean anything when considered against long-term global trends — even sustained, worldwide cold weather and record-setting snowfalls. But it must just put a chill on the panic and hype surrounding global warming.

Overall, Arndt believes the cold weather, while potentially dangerous and hardly insignificant, isn’t enough to impact the larger warming trend. “It would take much more than this to significantly impact the global trends that we’ve been seeing for a few decades,” he said.

So a heat wave in Australia is proof of global warming, but a deep freeze in Europe and the US isn’t a refutation of global warming.

When is a weather event a sign of the climate? When the global warmists want it to be. When is a weather event unrelated to climate? When the global warmists want it to be. Nothing to do with science. It’s all politics. It’s religion.

Expecting intelligent people to fall for that nonsense is ludicrous, yet they continue to push it. Why?

Beyond the glaring tautology lies the disgraced climate models upon which this religious crusade is based. The code released in the Climategate .zip file irrefutably reveals the fraud perpetrated by the fifty or so scientist-priests who have created and promoted the notion that CO2, the gas exhaled by every living creature and used for cellular respiration by every chlorophyll-bearing lifeform, is causing the end of the world.

A model is little more than a tool that attempts to predict future events. In this case, the models are supposed to contain all–or enough of–the variables to predict climate. That the models did not predict the leveling off of temperatures after 1998 or the downward trend from 2006 to today, is absolute proof that the models aren’t worth the electrons used to run them.

The models are all the warmists have so like Crusader knights they’re defending the castle to the very end. Without the public’s belief in the models, all the CRUs of the world have is their hysterical screeds–hardly enough to force average people to drastically reduce their standards of living. Make no mistake: that is the warmists’ end goal.

Sorry, but I’m neither ignorant nor hysterical enough to fall for that.

How does a middle aged woman become a rebel? January 6, 2010

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It began when the Congress decided that I must pay for others’ health care through a dramatic increase in cigarette taxes. I simply refused to pay it.

Did I quit smoking? No. I just don’t pay it. Rather than submit, I found a way around it.

The 535 individuals who comprise the most egotistic yet most ignorant body to which the world has been afflicted left a class of tobacco out of the legislation. Whether by intent (think professor) or pure ignorance, pipe tobacco is not subject to the tax. Hence, it didn’t take long for pipe tobacco, which differs from cigarette tobacco only in the width of the cut, to be sold as an alternative to loose cigarette tobacco and pre-made cigarettes. With an old food processor, a box of cigarette tubes and a half hour each evening, I have opted out of the Congress’ redistribution of my wealth.

It’s a wondrous feeling, knowing that I’ve made a successful end run around them, and suddenly I began looking for other ways to “stick it to the (wo)man.”

Of course, I’ve never been remotely close to politically correct so I’ve unknowingly been a rebel for many years. Rebellion this overt at this age, however, is new. I was a complete rebel between 10 and 21 but with a family and responsibilities that sort of rebellion is not only unwise but unthinkable.

Now I look for every opportunity to thwart their control over my life. Creativity is required, as is perseverance, but that’s okay with me.