Monday, September 22, 2008

ps. The Loony is the One in Green

It's election time again, and time to again recall our old Python friends, and their masterpiece "Spot the Loony"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Don't Believe a Single Thing Ellie May Says . . .

Globe & Mail
"Their economic platform is incredibly detailed, with all sorts of micro-managing issues on many, many fronts," says Sherry Cooper, chief economist at BMO Capital Markets. "They are calling for nothing less than a full-scale remodelling of the Canadian economy. They are anti-trade. They want food sufficiency on a regional basis, so I guess we will all have backyard vegetable gardens and never again eat pineapple or bananas. ... Instead of harnessing modernity and using our scientific know-how to find alternative fuel sources, the Greens want to take us back to life before electricity and the combustion engine."

"Her budget doesn't balance unless we massively increase our carbon emissions," points out Aldyen Donnelly, who's president of the Greenhouse Emissions Management Consortium. She also faults Ms. May on the facts. Every European country that introduced carbon taxes - including Germany, Sweden and Denmark - has suffered heavy losses of manufacturing jobs. As for Germany's green jobs, they're all subsidized by the government. "Carbon taxes have proven to be an economic death spiral," Ms. Donnelly says.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Is it the Economy Stupid? Gore Climate Project Lagging.

Hat tip to Tom Nelson
Climate Project - Number of  Propoganda Presentations
Sept 2007 - 108 Events
Sept 2008 - 42 Events
Maybe, just maybe, the truth is getting out there. 
Or maybe people are just more concerned about keeping a roof over their heads, than the earth frying.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cuba Lauded for Hurricane Response

All the world's do-gooders rush to applaud any marxist state that actually accomplishes anything.
Here's what the
Centre for International Policy (a useful idiot if there ever was one) says about Cuba & hurricanes:
Why is the Cuban model of disaster mitigation so successful? Can the United States learn something from Cuba? These are questions that the Center for International Policy (CIP), with the support of the Ford Foundation, is exploring. In 2007 CIP hosted a working conference for hurricane specialists from the United States and their Cuban counterparts to share expertise and exchange best practices for saving lives when natural phenomena strike, specifically hurricanes.
Now, here's some simple truths...
(a) Cuba really only has two functioning government departments- the Interior Ministry (which includes the secret police) and the Army. Cuba has been described by Cubans I know as "2 million people and 1 million police". Easy to mobilize people to relocate to higher ground when you have a billy club or a side arm (and when there are as many of you as there are of them).
(b) Cubans are used to being told what to do - they live in a police state.
(c) Cubans have almost no personal possessions of value, so there's almost nothing to stay behind to protect.

But there are always people out there who will take advantage of any opportunity to twist facts to criticize America.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

CNN Reporters Heroic in Galveston - More Climate Porn

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- The National Weather Service in Houston told residents along Galveston Bay on Thursday night they "face certain death" if they don't leave home before Hurricane Ike roars ashore. The last time forecasters used blunt language was three years ago as Hurricane Katrina closed in on New Orleans.
The last time forecasters used blunt language was three years ago as Hurricane Katrina closed in on New Orleans. Rarely do forecasters use such forceful language. (In their need to scare the pants off people, no need to discourage redundency. ed.)
In fact, the last time they did was three years ago as Hurricane Katrina closed in on New Orleans and the Gulf coast. (note how they have an editorial need to link every "extreme weather event' to Katrina, to further scare the bejeesuz out of people. ed.)
"All neighborhoods ... and possibly entire coastal communities ... will be inundated during the peak storm tide," the weather service warned. "Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one or two story homes will face certain death." (or not)

Turns out, it wasn't that bad. Ike - Category 1 Storm
(btw - if all these terror mongering experts can't predict what a hurricane will do, as it is actually happening, why do they think that they can predict them over the next 100 years?)

And too bad THIS story wasn't true.

And... if it guaranteed certain death, than my these CNN cameramen were brave...

And some people just won't listen.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Koch Slapped Around on CNN inTectonic Shift

Better batten down your hatches and everything else that threatens to move around when the continents collide.
In another tectonic shift (as opposed to another green shift) Obamaniacs CNN blowed former NYC Mayor Ed Koch up real good. (video not available)
He explained how Super Sarah was plucky and perky and scared the heck out of him. Sounds like 80 year old fart's sexual fantasy to me. Sarah - Shewolf of the SS...
I'll give him a pass on the plucky and perky (though the plucky and perky CNN interviewer didn't).
He said she scared the heck out of him because she tried to ban books.
The CNNite explained that had been disputed and dispelled.
He wouldn't give up because the NY Times reported it and hasn't withdrawn it so it must be true.
She said again, that "we have dispelled that rumor", and he said, "listen I take my news from the top newspapers in the world". Not from some little cornpone TV network from some place that likely votes Republican.
Here's the NY Times story.
Here's the refutation that explains that the Librarian was girlfriend to the police chief and other political opponents and that Sarah inquired about what the library censorship policy was.
Far as I know, about the only library censorship going on these days is against skeptics of global warming.

Surprise - Tectonic Shift Causes Sierra Club to Pick Green Party

Hat tip to Tom Nelson
Bloc Québécois: B-
Conservative Party: F+
Green Party: A-
Liberal Party: B+
New Democratic Party: B

I don't know about anyone else, but I think it's a tectonic shift and so does Ellie May.
I wonder if John Bennett (Communications Director of Green Party and for the Sierra Club) thinks its a tectonic shift too??

ALISON AULD, THE CANADIAN PRESS appears to think it's a tectonic shift, too:
It came as little surprise to those who know Elizabeth May that the environmental crusader ended up at the helm of a party founded on and named after, green principles.
From her days as an infant being toted through the streets of London at ban-the-bomb protests to fights she and her family waged against herbicide spraying in Cape Breton, friends say she was destined for the forefront of Canada's environmental movement.
"I think it was inevitable," author and environmentalist Farley Mowat said of the leader of the federal Green party.
"She had to run for the leadership of something sooner or later because there's no party in the world fast enough to run away from her. Still, I don't think she has any strong political allegiance as such, but she has enormous allegiance to principle and will pursue principle through hell and high water".
Her political education began at an early age when her family was living on a seven-acre hobby farm in Hartford, Conn., and watching opposition to the Vietnam war gather steam.
Her mother, a Democratic party stalwart, became a model of political protest to May and her younger brother, even carting her baby daughter off to London to participate in marches against nuclear weapons.
May herself claims her interest in the environment emerged when she was just two and told her mother that she hated airplanes.
"She asked me why since I'd never been in one and I said, 'Because they scratch the sky,"' May, 54, says with a laugh from her office in Ottawa. "So she felt that this was proof that from infancy I had some kind of connectedness to the natural environment."
"I've never known a time when I wasn't very concerned and connected to the natural world."
Years later and after the family had relocated to Cape Breton, May sparked her own protest when she went to court to fight herbicide spraying in Nova Scotia - a losing battle that ultimately cost the family its home and 70 acres of land.
It was an early test case for May, who had been studying law at Dalhousie University in Halifax while working as a waitress and cook in the summer at the family restaurant back in Margaree.
Friends say the demands of school, activism and holding a job set a frenzied pace that she has kept to ever since. She's been even busier since winning the leadership of the fledgling Green party in August 2006.
"I keep getting e-mails from her that have been sent at two in the morning, so she's fully embraced it - she's working full out," said longtime friend John Bennett in Ottawa.
"She just had her hip replaced and you couldn't walk across Parliament Hill with her without stopping and waiting 10 times because she was in such pain, but she didn't slow down her workload".
The outspoken leader spent 17 years at the Sierra Club, taking it from a relatively small environmental organization with limited reach to an internationally respected advocacy group.
"She put the Sierra Club on the map," says close friend Jim MacNeill, an environmental consultant.
"She was almost single-handedly responsible for keeping these issues on the page in Canada and that says a lot about her courage and her dynamism. She knows the issues."
She is the author of five books on environmental subjects and in 2005, was inducted as an officer in the Order of Canada.
May is unapologetic, routinely excoriating Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his environmental policies and what she says are undignified antics in the Commons.

Only Microsoft Could Make Seinfeld Unfunny . . .

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ellie May of Green Party - Canadians Are Stupid

Any wonder NOW why no one wanted Ellie May Green to participate in the debates?

Hat Tip to LeftDog
(ps - Check Lefties site to see the level of stupidity that works in the Green party's Communications Branch - Makes Ryan Sparrow look like Ogilvy & Mather.

The "Save the Planet" Defense Accepted by Courts

From Coyote Blog
Apparently 6 vandals who cause $60,000 damage to a power plant in England were acquitted solely on the argument that they were helping stop global warming -- in other words, they admitted their vandalism, but said it was in a higher cause.
It's been a pretty unusual ten days but today has been truly extraordinary. At 3.20pm, the jury came back into court and announced a majority verdict of not guilty!
All six defendants - Kevin, Emily, Tim, Will, Ben and Huw - were acquitted of criminal damage.
To recap on how important this verdict is: the defendants campaigners were accused of causing £30,000 of criminal damage to Kingsnorth smokestack from painting. The defence was that they had 'lawful excuse' - because they were acting to protect property around the world "in immediate need of protection" from the impacts of climate change, caused in part by burning coal.
So the testimony centered not on whether they actually vandalized the power plant - they never denied it - but on whether the criminals were correct to fear global warming from power plants. I don't know much about British law, but this seems to be a terrible precedent. Or maybe not - does this mean that I can go and legally vandalize every Congressman's house for wasting my money?

Dead Sparrow

Monday, September 08, 2008

How Much Slack Should Nutcases Get?

I'm applying to be a volunteer at a school, which seems a positive thing to do until you realize that the moment you go anywhere near children, that you immediately become a suspect.
After all, who in their right minds would want to help teenage kids with their tendency to extreme mood swings and, at least in Toronto, as likely to carry a Glock as a calculator.
One of your responsibilities in volunteering to help kids, many of whom have been ignored or worse by their own parents, is to get a police check. No big deal, if you've never harmed a flea.
But the thing is, if you are NOT in your right mind, even if you've harmed more than fleas. If you're nuts and do something very nutty and very criminal, you get a pass, providing that you are indeed nuts.

I don't know what's worse. Crazy or Stupid.
Kurt Vonnegut would love it.

Keith Obamamann Canned by MSNBC for Partisanship

This Story from Here
MSNBC has announced that it is removing both Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from election-related anchor responsibilities.
Good move. In fact, how were they ever put in that seat in the first place.
Now when is CNN gonna get rid of their roster of Democratic butt kissers? The heat and humidity of political partisanship on CNN makes CBC pale by comparison. Their conservative commentators are as outnumbered as pies on an anthill.

11 No's About Sarah Palin

  1. No, the Downs baby (Trig) isn't Bristol's kid, and no, the kid wasn't born with Downs because (a) Palin flew on an airplane (b) went home to have the baby after an amniotic leak (c) because he was the result of incest between Todd Palin and Bristol.
  2. No, Track (the kid who is leaving for Iraq) didn't join the NG because he was a drug addict. He may have joined the NG because he was tired of people saying his Mom was getting him into the good hockey leagues. (Yes, that one was original reporting. I've got sources in Wasilla.)
  3. No, Willow and Piper aren't named for witches on TV. Among other things, Willow was born before Buffy came on TV, and Piper was born before Charmed.
  4. Yes, Trig's name may be misspelled. Isn't it usually "Tryg" as in "Trygve"? In any case, I doubt he's named for the Secretary General of the UN (1948-1952), either. But at least that was before he was born, unlike the others.(Thanks to Chris, via his blog
  5. No, she's never been in any porn as far as anyone can find (and God knows I get enough google hits on those very topics.) I would think the Big Dipper tattoo would be a giveaway.
  6. No, no one seems to be able to even find swimsuit pictures of her from her beauty queen days; God knows I looked. The bikini pictures that are around are photoshopped, just like the Vogue cover I have up.
  7. No she wasn't a member of the (wild-eyed libertarian) Alaska independence Party, although her husband once was
  8. No, neither the (Canadian) National Post, nor Marc Armbinder at the Atlantic have troubled themselves to issue a correction. Yes, the New York Times did finally correct their story of September 1 - on September 5. And on page 14. This was after Elizabeth Bumiller was quoted by Howard Kurtz as saying she was "completely confident about the story." Yes, that was after the New York Times's source retracted the story. Yes, this should embarrass the Times, Bumiller, and Howard Kurtz. No, there have been no signs of embarrassment.
  9. No, she was never a Pat Buchanan supporter; even when Buchanan claims she was, she was on the board of Steve Forbes'a campaign in Alaska. Yes, Palin was a Steve Forbes supporter in 2000.
  10. No, she's not anti-semitic. In fact, she has an Israeli flag in her office. (Contrary to popular belief, the usual Evangelical thinks Israel has a right to exist, granted by God.)
  11. No, I don't think she's being "indoctrinated by Lieberman and AIPAC as we speak"; I don't get the feeling that being indoctrinated is something that Palin does well.

Replace Sentimentalist With Liberal Humanist in This Essay

Hat Tip to: Edward Michael George
The Inimitable GK Chesterton
The Sentimentalist, roughly speaking, is the man who wants to eat his cake and have it. He has no sense of honour about ideas; he will not see that one must pay for an idea as for anything else. He will not see that any worthy idea, like any honest woman, can only be won on its own terms, and with its logical chain of loyalty. One idea attracts him; another idea really inspires him; a third idea flatters him; a fourth idea pays him. He will have them all at once in one wild intellectual harem, no matter how much they quarrel and contradict each other. The Sentimentalist is a philosophic profligate, who tries to capture every mental beauty without reference to its rival beauties; who will not even be off with the old love before he is on with the new. Thus if a man were to say, "I love this woman, but I may some day find my affinity in some other woman," he would be a Sentimentalist. He would be saying, "I will eat my wedding-cake and keep it." Or if a man should say, "I am a Republican, believing in the equality of citizens; but when the Government has given me my peerage I can do infinite good as a kind landlord and a wise legislator"; then that man would be a Sentimentalist. He would be trying to keep at the same time the classic austerity of equality and also the vulgar excitement of an aristocrat. Or if a man should say, "I am in favour of religious equality; but I must preserve the Protestant Succession," he would be a Sentimentalist of a grosser and more improbable kind.

This is the essence of the Sentimentalist: that he seeks to enjoy every idea without its sequence, and every pleasure without its consequence.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Gustav and New Orleans and Shipping News

Yesterday we posted on how CNN were puppy-like and peeing themselves in hopes that Gustav would wreak Katrina-quality havoc in NOLA and hopefully cause cancellation of the GOP Convention.
The subsequent lack of devastation in New Orleans, LA didn't cool their bombastic (and phony) commentary.
It brought me back to the Moving Picture "The Shipping News"
We wrote on this film a week or so ago.
In the picture Gordie Pinsent is asked by Kevin Spacey how to write news stories. Gordie said, "See those black clouds over there? You can write that 'village is threatened by impending storm'."
Spacey says, "But what if the storm doesn't hit?"
"Well then you can write how village is spared from devastating storm."