Global Warming; It is a SCAM. Some
dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term
scientific data to create in [sic] allusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of
the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the
"research" to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims.
Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement
going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus.
Now their ridiculous manipulated science has been accepted as fact
and become a cornerstone issue for CNN, CBS, NBC, the Democratic Political Party, the
Governor of California, school teachers and, in many cases, well informed but very
gullible environmental conscientious citizens. Only one reporter at ABC has been allowed
to counter the Global Warming frenzy with one 15 minutes documentary segment.
There is no run away climate change. The impact of humans on climate
is not catastrophic. Our planet is not in peril.
A painstaking analysis of surviving genetic fragments locked in the ice of southern Greenland shows that somewhere between 450,000 and
800,000 years ago, the world's largest island had a climate much like that of Northern New
England. Butterflies fluttered over lush meadows interspersed with stands of pine, spruce,
The discovery of organic matter in ice dating from half-a-million
years ago offers evidence that the Greenland ice shield remained frozen even during the
earth's last "interglacial period" -- some 120,000 years ago -- when average
temperatures were 9 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than they are now. That's slightly higher
than the average temperatures foreseen by most scientists for the end of this century.
Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This in fact is the
greatest deception in the history of science.
There is no
evidence that we are, or could ever cause global climate change.
The theory of Global Warming assumes that CO2 is an atmospheric
greenhouse gas and as it increases temperatures rise. It was then theorized that since
humans were producing more CO2 than before, the temperature would inevitably rise. The
theory was accepted before testing had started, and effectively became a law.
Sounds more like Global Cooling than Global Warming.
Al Gore still says global warming is a planetary emergency.
America this year experienced one of its coldest winters in decades. In Buenos Aires, snow
fell for the first time since the year 1918. Dozens of homeless people died from exposure.
In Peru, 200 people died from the cold and thousands more became infected with respiratory
diseases. Crops failed, livestock perished, and the Peruvian government declared a state
Unexpected bitter cold swept the entire
Southern Hemisphere in 2007. Johannesburg, South Africa, had the first significant
snowfall in 26 years. Australia experienced the coldest June ever. In northeastern
Australia, the city of Townsville underwent the longest period of continuously cold
weather since 1941. In New Zealand, the weather turned so cold that vineyards were
Last January, $1.42 billion worth of California produce was lost to
a devastating five-day freeze. Thousands of agricultural employees were thrown out of
work. At the supermarket, citrus prices soared. In the wake of the freeze, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger asked President Bush to issue a disaster declaration for affected
counties. A few months earlier, Mr. Schwarzenegger had enthusiastically signed the
California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a law designed to cool the climate.
California Sen. Barbara Boxer continues to push for similar legislation in the U.S.
In April, a killing freeze destroyed 95 percent of South Carolina's
peach crop, and 90 percent of North Carolina's apple harvest. At Charlotte, N.C., a record
low temperature of 21 degrees Fahrenheit on April 8 was the coldest ever recorded for
April, breaking a record set in 1923. On June 8, Denver recorded a new low of 31 degrees
Fahrenheit. Denver's temperature records extend back to 1872.
Recent weeks have seen the return of unusually cold conditions to
the Northern Hemisphere. On Dec. 7, St. Cloud, Minn., set a new record low of minus 15
degrees Fahrenheit. On the same date, record low temperatures were also recorded in
Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Extreme cold weather is occurring worldwide. On Dec. 4, in Seoul,
Korea, the temperature was a record minus 5 degrees Celsius. Nov. 24, in Meacham, Ore.,
the minimum temperature was 12 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the previous record low set
in 1952. The Canadian government warns that this winter is likely to be the coldest in 15
Basyrov's detention is the latest in a series of incidents suggesting a punitive
Soviet-era practice is being revived under president Vladimir Putin.
Mr Basyrov, 20, was ordered to be held at a hospital in the central region of
Mari El on November 23, a day before planned demonstrations, said Alexander Averin of the
opposition National Bolshevik Party.
His case is the latest example of journalists or opposition
activists being involuntarily committed to psychiatric hospitals in Russia.
During the Soviet era, dissidents were frequently committed for
protesting against Soviet policies.
The Global Initiative on Psychiatry, a Dutch watchdog, says
psychiatry continues to be used for punitive, political purposes in Russia.
The Thought Police, coming soon to a
neighborhood near you.
While Americans were fretting over steroid use in baseball and the
upcoming Academy Awards, the Bush Administration agreed to work with the U.N. toward a
2013 arrangement that would subvert the U.S. to the global warming agenda, funded by a
global carbon credit tax.
The President who doesn't want to raise domestic taxes on the
American people will leave a legacy of global taxes.
"I'm in favor of reducing global warming, because I think the
most important emission we need to control is the hot air emission of politicians who
pretend one thing and don't deliver," said Alan Keyes.
This student brought a steak to school for lunch along with a small
kitchen steak knife to cut it. She was using the knife for that purpose to eat her lunch
in the cafeteria. Teachers took the utensil and called the sheriff.
Several students told the deputy that the girl never tried to hurt
or threatened anyone with the knife. "She did not use it inappropriately. She did not
threaten anyone with it. She didn't pull it out and brandish it. Nothing of that
nature," explained Marion County School Spokesman Kevin Christian.
The student now faces a felony charge for the possession of a weapon
on school property and the principal suspended her for ten days.
School officials said it doesn't matter what the knife was being
used for. They said they had no choice.
Of course they had a choice. They could have employed their
brainpower and thought about the situation sensibly. Zero tolerance equals zero thought.
And, these are the people who are responsible for educating the young people of Florida.
This is another example of government school idiocy and gross mismanagement in Florida
Government at multiple levels.
Urea is in urine. The idea is to pump the urea into barren areas of
the ocean on the edge of the continental shelf to stimulate the growth of plant plankton.
Phytoplankton absorb carbon dioxide from sea water. Fish eat them and when they die some
fall to the bottom, potentially removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
If the dead fish fall to the bottom of the ocean, won't the ocean
He said that President John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline was the
inspiration for his smash hit. He claims a photo of the president's daughter struck him,
then "a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony."
Now, if I do the math correctly, Caroline was nine years old at the
time. The song has lines like:
"Touching me, touching you"
"I look at the night, And it don't seem so lonely, We fill it
up with only two"
A nice 50th birthday gesture but probably not the precise
inspiration for the song.
Global Warming alarmists have switched form "Global
Warming" to "Climate Change." The reason: For the past three years, global
temperatures have been falling.
They're still making the same predictions - they just move the dates
It's like those millennarian religious cults in the 1800s. Religious
leaders would arise who would predict the Second Coming of Christ in 1838. When Christ
didn't oblige them by showing up, they went back to their visions or scripture
calculations or whatever they claimed and report that they miscalculated, now it was going
to be 1843.
All the computer models are wrong. When you run their software with
the data from, say, the 1970s or 1980s, and project what should happen in the 1990s or
2000s, they project results that have absolutely nothing to do with the known climate data
for those decades.
The real climate scientists have found a very close correspondence
between global climate and variations in the amount of radiation the Earth receives from
the Sun. The light and heat we get varies depending on the distance and position of the
Earth and the amount of radiation the Sun puts out. The Earth's distance and position seem
to determine the big cycles - the Ice Ages - and the Sun's variations seem to determine
the smaller climate cycles.
There was a global warming period during the heyday of the Roman
Empire. It must have been all of those SUV chariots.
The climate of the northern North Atlantic has warmed and cooled
nine times in the past 12,000 years in step with the waxing and waning of the sun.
The human-emitted carbon dioxide hypothesis is made ludicrous by the
fact that most of the warming since the 1860s occurred before 1940, an era when human CO2
emissions were not significant. And we had significant global cooling between then and
1970, precisely the period when CO2 emissions were steeply rising.
We can't stop global warming or cooling. We simply don't have the
power to do it. We can't heat up or cool down the sun. Our business should be to adapt to
the unavoidable solar-caused warming, not to destroy the worldwide economy in order to
prevent something that human activity is not causing.
Over the course of the Earth's history, the main factor driving
changes in its climate has been that the amount of energy from the Sun varies, either
because of wobbles in the Earth's orbit or because the Sun's power output changes.
Over the last century the Sun has been unusually active - which
means fewer cosmic rays, and a warmer climate on Earth.
Democrats firmly control both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, they will probably:
Raise the top bracket on the income tax back up to 40 percent from its
current 35 percent.
Increase the Capital Gains Tax from its current 15 percent to 30
percent or, perhaps, eliminate it entirely and tax these gains as ordinary income (at 40
Double, triple or perhaps eliminate the ceiling on FICA taxes so
that instead of taxing only the first $99,000 of income, the levy covers a much higher
portion of earned income.
Repeal much of the rollback in estate taxes passed by Bush.
The combined effect of these increases will be horrific, and will
probably trigger a recession. As Election Day 2008 nears, it is easy to anticipate massive
sell-offs of stocks and real estate in anticipation of a Democratic increase in capital
Durham, which has about 69 days left in its water supply at the
current use rate, has banned all outdoor watering. Some are questioning why Duke
University and the University of North Carolina are watering their synthetic field hockey
Now to solve the potential legal problems. Lawyers warn that
diverting a hurricane from one city to save life and property could result in
multi-billion dollar lawsuits from towns that bear the brunt instead.
Amber ran out of the house to meet the bus while making a sandwich,
when she realized she had a butter knife in her possession. She put it in her book bag,
and then she put it in her locker at Goose Creek High school. She forgot it was there
until a few weeks later when the knife fell out of her overstuffed locker.
Amber has now been expelled for the incident.
Government school idiocy continues. This could be a blessing in
disguise for Amber. Perhaps she will either be home schooled or attend a private school
where people who possess intelligence and common sense will educate her. Zero tolerance
equals zero thought.
A couple came home to a ransacked house. The husband caught the
perpetrator and held him at gunpoint. While waiting for the police they made him clean up
the mess he made. The thief complained to the police about being forced at gunpoint to
clean up the home. The police officer laughed at him when he complained and said anybody
else would have shot him dead.
Patients visiting hospitals received the worst care in Connecticut,
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi
and Tennessee. Less than 7 percent of the hospitals in these states are considered
"top-performing," according to the study.
The best care was found in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and
University has suspended a student after he sent an e-mail suggesting that the Virginia
Tech massacre might have been stopped if students had been allowed to carry concealed
weapons on campus. Student Troy Scheffler is now required to undergo a mandatory
"mental health evaluation" before being allowed to return to school. Scheffler,
who was suspended without due process just two days after sending the e-mail, has turned
to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.
"Peacefully advocating for students' ability to carry a concealed weapon
as a response to the Virginia Tech shootings may be controversial, but it simply does not
justify ordering a mandatory psychological evaluation."
Surgeons at Westmead Hospital
are "sitting around doing nothing" because for the past fortnight they have been
directed not to undertake any elective surgery, a doctor says.
All surgeons were
told by administration not to book any patients.
"We're still working, still being paid, but you're sitting around doing
nothing," said the doctor, who did not want to be named.
The doctor also complained that because the hospital told surgeons every week to cut
down their patient list, he was often finished his surgery work by 10am and the theatres
He said his surgery team got a phone call from administration almost every week about a
week ahead telling them to book only two patients, instead of five or six, on their
surgery day, which he said relieved pressure on bed availability and kept cancellation
The college's spokeswoman, Fiona Gillies, said it was a budget-cutting exercise, not
for maintenance, because the operating room was the most expensive part of the hospital to
"We don't see it as being cancelled because it wasn't ever booked in the first
place," she said.
A High Court judge in London
has turned film critic, highlighting "nine scientific errors" in Al Gore's
documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.
The judge set out nine alleged errors in the film
in which statements were made that were not supported by the current mainstream scientific
ERROR: Gore asserted that a sea-level rise of up to 20 feet would be caused by melting
of either West Antarctica or Greenland "in the near future". The judge said:
"This is distinctly alarmist and part of Gore's "wake-up call". It was
common ground that if Greenland melted it would release this amount of water - "but
only after, and over, millennia." The judge added that "the Armageddon scenario
he predicts, insofar as it suggests that sea level rises of seven metres might occur in
the immediate future, is not in line with the scientific consensus."
ERROR: The film had also asserted that low-lying inhabited Pacific atolls "are
being inundated because of anthropogenic global warming" - but there was no evidence
of any evacuation having yet happened.
ERROR: The documentary had also spoken of global warming "shutting down the Ocean
Conveyor" - the process by which the Gulf Stream is carried over the North Atlantic
to western Europe. The judge said that, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC), it was "very unlikely" that the Ocean Conveyor, also
known as the Meridional Overturning Circulation, would shut down in the future, though it
might slow down.
ERROR: Gore had also asserted - by ridiculing the opposite view - that two graphs, one
plotting a rise in C02 and the other the rise in temperature over a period of 650,000
years, showed "an exact fit". The judge said that, although there was general
scientific agreement that there was a connection, "the two graphs do not establish
what Mr Gore asserts".
ERROR: Gore had asserted that the disappearance of snow on Mt Kilimanjaro was expressly
attributable to global warming. The judge said this had "specifically impressed"
the Environment Secretary David Miliband. But the scientific consensus was that it cannot
be established that the recession of snows on Mt Kilimanjaro is mainly attributable to
human-induced climate change.
ERROR: The drying up of Lake Chad was used in the film as a prime example of a
catastrophic result of global warming, said the judge. "However, it is generally
accepted that the evidence remains insufficient to establish such an attribution. "It
is apparently considered to be far more likely to result from other factors, such as
population increase and over-grazing, and regional climate variability."
ERROR: Gore ascribes Hurricane Katrina and the consequent devastation in New Orleans to
global warming, but there was "insufficient evidence to show that."
ERROR: Gore had also referred to a new scientific study showing that, for the first
time, polar bears were being found that had actually drowned "swimming long distances
- up to 60 miles - to find the ice". The judge said: "The only scientific study
that either side before me can find is one which indicates that four polar bears have
recently been found drowned because of a storm."
That was not to say there might not in future be drowning-related deaths of bears if
the trend of regression of pack ice continued - "but it plainly does not support Mr
ERROR: Gore said in the film that coral reefs all over the world were bleaching because
of global warming and other factors. Separating the impacts of stresses due to climate
change from other stresses, such as over-fishing, and pollution was difficult.
proposal came from the Air Force's Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, which requested $7.5
million to develop a so-called "gay-bomb."
completed, the bomb would release a chemical aphrodisiac "and by virtue of either
breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical... soldiers would become
gay." This would cause their units to break down as the troops "became
irresistibly attractive to one another." In addition to a "gay bomb" the
proposal also mentions using chemicals which could make bees angry so that enemy forces
would be attacked not only by our troops but also swarms of stinging insects.
be better off if we paid all but the biggest medical bills out of pocket and saved
insurance for catastrophic events. Truly needy people would rely on charity, not
government, because once government gets involved, unintended bad consequences abound.
Harvard Business School professor Regina Herzlinger says studies show that
"people who have these high-deductible health-insurance policies take a lot better
care of themselves. They have more yearly physicals. Because they're saying, 'If I keep
myself healthy, in the long run, I'm going to be spending less money.'"
A guy gets pulled over for a seatbelt violation. He has a cold and
coughs out the window of his vehicle. The police officer alleges he intentionally coughed
on him three times and charged him with assault on a government official.
Betty Perry was cited by Officer James Flygare of the police's
Neighborhood Preservation Unit for failing to water her lawn. Perry refused to give her
name to the officer and, when Flygare tried to stop her from going back inside her house,
she reportedly tripped and injured her nose.
City officials pressed charges against Perry on the landscape
violation, a class C misdemeanor, and interfering with a police officer, a class B
Some people have too much time on their hands. This is yet another
shot at private property rights.
Jr., owner of Als Family Auto & Air in Ocala, Florida, has been named the 2007
TECH-NET Professional Auto Service / ASE Technician of the Year. He was selected for the
award after meeting the criteria set by CARQUEST Auto Parts.
earn the respect of my customers with the ASE certification, which, along with positive
word of mouth and standing behind my work, keeps customers coming back.
Nye Jr. had the highest composite scores of A1-A8 and L1 ASE tests
among ASE Certified Master Technicians who designated they were members of TECH-NET
Professional Auto Service program and took the Fall 2006 or Spring 2007 ASE automobile
"Alvin's passion for technology and training and the trust he
has earned from his customers make him an ideal winner," said Mike DeSorbo, CARQUEST
director of market segments.
Al is the Mega-Star Genius of Cars! Congratulations!
The Imperial Federal Government will require everyone to purchase a
health insurance policy.
Where is it written in our Constitution that the federal government
has the power to force free citizens to purchase anything, in this case a health insurance
policy? According to the Constitution, the federal government can only take actions that
are specifically authorized by the Constitution. All other powers are reserved for the
states or the people.
The two boys tore down the
hall of Patton Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran --
what some kids later said was a common form of greeting.
But bottom-slapping is against
policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher's aide sent the gawky seventh-graders
to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon
After hours of interviews with students the day of the February incident, the officer
read the boys their Miranda rights and hauled them off in handcuffs to juvenile jail,
where they spent the next five days.
Now, Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison, both 13, face the prospect of 10 years in
juvenile detention and a lifetime on the sex offender registry in a case that poses a
fundamental question: When is horseplay a crime?
Im glad there is a statute of limitations on
similar school pranks.
When a neighbor screamed she'd
been shot, Colin Bruley grabbed his shotgun, found the victim and began treating her
bloodied right leg.
Tonnetta Lee survived Tuesday's pre-dawn shooting at her
Jacksonville apartment, and her sister and a neighbor praised Bruley's actions. But his
employers, the same people who own the Arlington complex where Bruley lives, reacted
differently. They fired him.
"I was expecting work to give me some kind of commendation," said Bruley, 24.
"I was totally blown back. It was a crisis that most people don't go through."
"If I'd lose my job again for helping some girl's life ... I'd do it over and
over," Bruley said.
As someone who lived under
communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to
freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism,
not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of
mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.
Does it make any sense to speak
about warming of the Earth when we see it in the context of the evolution of our planet
over hundreds of millions of years? Every child is taught at school about temperature
variations, about the ice ages, about the much warmer climate in the Middle Ages. All of
us have noticed that even during our life-time temperature changes occur (in both
I agree with Professor Richard Lindzen from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
who said: future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st
centurys developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged
temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations
of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference,
proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age.
The issue of global warming is more about social than natural sciences and more about
man and his freedom than about tenths of a degree Celsius changes in average global
As a witness to todays worldwide debate on climate change, I suggest the
Small climate changes do not demand far-reaching restrictive measures
Any suppression of freedom and democracy should be avoided
Instead of organising people from above, let us allow everyone to live as he wants
Let us resist the politicisation of science and oppose the term scientific
consensus, which is always achieved only by a loud minority, never by a silent
Instead of speaking about the environment, let us be attentive to it in our
Let us be humble but confident in the spontaneous evolution of human society. Let us
trust its rationality and not try to slow it down or divert it in any direction
Let us not scare ourselves with catastrophic forecasts, or use them to defend and
promote irrational interventions in human lives.
Retail sales were up by the largest amount in 16 months.
For May, sales at general
merchandise stores, the category that includes department stores, were up 1 percent and
sales at department stores rose by 1.3 percent, the best showing in 19 months. Sales at
specialty clothing stores jumped 2.7 percent, rebounding from a dismal 1.5 percent drop in
Sales of autos and auto parts were up 1.8 percent, the best performance in
nearly a year, while sales were up 2.1 percent at hardware stores and 1.8 percent at
sporting goods stores.
The parents said their daughters, who died in separate, tragic car accidents, would
have worn a seat belt if primary enforcement existed at the time.
I believe that to be a highly unlikely supposition.
These parents, if they were genuinely concerned about their children, should have
focused on better parenting and education instead of petitioning for additional government
legislation. You cant legislate stupidity.
John Stossel scores one for opponents of eminent domain abuse.
The "takings" clause
in the Constitution's Fifth Amendment says government cannot take private property
"for public use without just compensation." I object to anyone having his
property taken by force, but at least traditionally, this power of eminent domain
("superior ownership") was limited to the building of highways, bridges and
parks -- things meant for general public benefit. But over the last 40 years, governments
have redefined "public use" to include private use that they argue has public
benefit. Towns began to condemn properties said to be "blighted" and hand them
over to private developers, who promised higher tax revenues and jobs.
Who pays? The
taxpayers and property owners who are forced to sacrifice for the "common good."
Mitt Romney is calling for the repeal of McCain-Feingold.
Romney attacks McCain-Feingold
because the "electioneering communication" prohibition imposes a "free
speech blackout period," where corporations, including non-profit advocacy groups,
and labor unions would commit a federal crime if they mentioned the name of a federal
candidate in a broadcast ad within 30 days of a primary and 60 of a general election. He
says that "the American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and
their positions without burdensome limitations" and that this blackout period
"is contrary to the spirit of a free and open issues debate."
If ethanol's so good, why does
it need government subsidies?
The claim that using ethanol will save energy is another
myth. Studies show that the amount of energy ethanol produces and the amount needed to
make it are roughly the same.
And because ethanol degrades, it can't be moved in pipelines the way that gasoline is.
So many more big, polluting trucks will be needed to haul it.
More bad news: The increased push for ethanol has already led to a sharp increase in
corn growing -- which means much more land must be plowed. That means much more
fertilizer, more water used on farms and more pesticides.
A University of Minnesota study shows that even turning all of America's corn into
ethanol would meet only 12 percent of our gasoline demand.
OK, but it will cut down on air pollution, right? Wrong again. Studies indicate that
the standard mixture of 90 percent ethanol and 10 percent gasoline pollutes worse than
Virtually all studies show that the greenhouse gases associated with ethanol are about
the same as those associated with conventional gasoline once we examine the entire life
cycle of the two fuels.
Surely, ethanol must be good for something. And here we finally have a fact. It
"is" good for something -- or at least someone: corn farmers and processors of
ethanol, such as Archer Daniels Midland, the big food processor known for its savvy at
getting subsidies out of the taxpayers.
change will be considered a joke in five years time, meteorologist Augie Auer told the
annual meeting of Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers in Ashburton this week.
Man's contribution to the greenhouse gases was so small we couldn't change
the climate if we tried, he maintained.
"We're all going to survive this. It's all going to be a joke
in five years," he said.
The other greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen
dioxide, and various others including CFCs, contributed only five per cent of the effect,
carbon dioxide being by far the greatest contributor at 3.6 per cent.
However, carbon dioxide as a result of man's activities was only 3.2
per cent of that, hence only 0.12 per cent of the greenhouse gases in total. Human-related
methane, nitrogen dioxide and CFCs etc made similarly minuscule contributions to the
effect: 0.066, 0.047 and 0.046 per cent respectively.
Now some phone companies are
adding a new line item to monthly bills: a charge for not making long-distance calls.
category of customers affected by the new fee is the shrinking subset of people who have
no-frills home-phone service and don't pay for a long-distance-calling plan.
"The bottom line is: They're trying to push people onto one of their long-distance
plans," said John Garrison, an engineer with the Public Staff, North Carolina's
consumer advocacy agency. "They get a monthly recurring charge from most of these
plans. And if you don't use any long distance, that's profit in their pocket."
Regulators require phone companies to provide basic local-phone service. The phone
companies have to give customers a way out of the new monthly fee _ but they will charge
another fee to eliminate the first fee.
The point of this particular
editorial is to wonder what would motivate anyone to oppose the simplification of the tax
code in such a way. The individual voter who opposes this would normally employ one of the
misinformation excuses they get from their representation or the media, like the Fair Tax
will raise prices or the rate of inflation, or that it discriminates against the poor, or
that it rewards "The Rich" unfairly, or that it defunds Social
All of those are incorrect myths of the effects of a
national sales tax on new goods and services, and some of the misinformation is because of
lazy journalism, but a good deal of the negative propaganda campaign against the Fair Tax
is deliberate machination on the part of the powers that be. The Fair Tax website debunks
every single one of the popular myths the media and many politicians cite for their
opposition, and once again, since they are much more complete and exact in their work, I
will refer those who either believe or proffer those myths to those who wrote the book on
The Fair Tax is revenue neutral, and even the most conservative and gloomy forecasts
show it to actually generate more government revenue than the current tax structure. This
means that none of the pet projects, give-aways, pork, and other darling expenditures need
disappear or even diminish. All it means is that how the government gets that revenue is
more transparent, and abuses to that system far more evident when they occur.
No San Francisco employee will help with immigration enforcement.
Mayor Gavin Newsom declared, "I will not allow any of my department heads or
anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way shape or form with these raids.
We are a sanctuary city, make no mistake about it."
Obstruction of justice along with aiding and abetting criminals comes to mind. What
would you expect from a political hack?
Communities that recognize and
grant Second Amendment rights to responsible adults have a significantly lower incidence
of violent crime than those that do not. More to the point, incarcerated criminals tell
criminologists that they consider local gun laws when they decide what sort of crime they
will commit, and where they will do so.
Chinese Boy's Remains Found in
"The children shot the animals with catapults and beat them
with wooden sticks," the agency said. "One of the irritated crocodiles bit Liu's
clothes and dragged him into water, where he was eaten by a swarm of crocodiles."
Just 10 days into April,
temperatures have averaged 42 degrees Fahrenheit (5.5 Celsius), about one degree warmer
than the average for April 1874, the coldest on record, said Michael Silva, meteorologist
with the National Weather Service's Upton, New York, station.
Boston has also seen
temperatures about 7 degrees below normal, while Chicago has averaged about 5 degrees
below normal since the beginning of April.
"He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things. I think
he's doing a great disservice and he doesn't know what he's talking about," said Dr.
Gray is an emeritus professor at the atmospheric science department at Colorado State
University who has long railed against the theory that heat-trapping gases generated by
human activity are causing the world to warm.
Gray believes the recent swell in strong hurricanes is part of a multi-decade trend of
alternating busy and slow periods related to ocean circulation patterns. Gray believes
ocean temperatures are going to drop in the next five to 10 years, which is contrary to
The IRS knows more about your private life and has of your private information than any
other government agency. They know how much money you make and where you received it.
The problem is that since 2003, the IRS has lost or had stolen 490 computers.
Additionally, most of the computers were never reported missing. They were laptops and
lacked any type of encryption or security software. Was your information on one of these
computers? I hope not.
Typical government. They confiscate your money and don't employ common sense security
steps to protect your personal information.
Yet, another reason to support and endorse the Fair Tax.
This is nothing new as this occurs every year in spring as we prepare for the
peak-driving season. Demand is up and supplies are tight. Our 149 refineries are working
overtime as they produce different environmental blends for different cities and states.
We have half as many refineries as we had in 1981, yet demand for gasoline is up 45%.
So, when you are paying over $3 a gallon this summer, blame your local, friendly
environmental radical. And they will tell you to go ride a bike.
Because many reporters are
statistically illiterate, personal-injury lawyers get us to hype risks that barely
threaten people, like secondhand smoke, or getting cancer from trace amounts of chemicals.
Newsrooms are full of English majors who acknowledge that they are not good at math,
but still rush to make confident pronouncements about a global-warming "crisis"
and the coming of bird flu.
Bird flu was called the No. 1 threat to the world. But bird flu has killed no one in
What do you think is more dangerous, a house with a pool or a house with a gun? When,
for "20/20," I asked some kids, all said the house with the gun is more
dangerous. I'm sure their parents would agree. Yet a child is 100 times more likely to die
in a swimming pool than in a gun accident.
Parents don't know that partly because the media hate guns and gun accidents make
Of course, it doesn't help that viewers are as ignorant about probability as reporters
Newt Gingrich stirred things up a bit last week when he said, "The
American people believe English should be the official language of the government ... We
should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the language
of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto. ... Citizenship requires passing a
test on American history in English. If that's true, then we do not have to create ballots
in any language except English."
The House Armed Services Committee is banishing the "Global War on Terror"
from the 2008 defense budget. Typical government approach; let's call it something less
offensive. That will solve everything.
Actually, if you analyze it correctly, terror is a tactic. War cannot be declared on a
tactic. You can only declare war on people who use that tactic and terrorize you. In our
present situation, those people are Islamic radicals. Therefore, the correct name,
although politically incorrect, would be "War on Islamic Fascism."
Even with gas prices that are
more than two times those in the U.S., Europe is falling short of its global warming
goals. If $6.00 a gallon gas is not high enough to discourage European drivers, then what
would it take to make U.S. drivers cut back?
In comparison, gasoline in the U.S. is
subject to federal taxes of 18.4 cents per gallon and varying state and local taxes, for a
total of 42 cents per gallon on average.
Even at $6.00 per gallon, many Europeans-whose per capita incomes are lower than those
in the U.S.-are willing to cut back on other things rather than cut back on driving.
Why are some of the very same legislators who complained about $3.00 a gallon gas last
summer supporting measures that could boost the price far higher than that?
Fears of substantial sea level rise from melting polar ice caps, increased hurricanes
and other weather disasters, and a wider spreading of malaria and other tropical diseases
are proving to be exaggerations and are not part of any scientific consensus. To the
contrary, evidence is building that the consequences will likely be modest.
Despite claims of a possible 18 to 20 foot sea level rise in Al Gore's documentary and
book An Inconvenient Truth, the latest United Nations summary report on global warming
estimates a rise of only 7 to 23 inches over the next century, and some scientists dispute
the plausibility of the high end of that range. The low end of that range is comparable to
the rate of change over the last century, which has occurred with few if any adverse
Overall, the threat of global warming is worth addressing, but it is far from being a
crisis warranting a "money is no object" approach.
Supporters of congressional efforts to restrict carbon dioxide emissions should come
clean with the American public about the price tag. Given the failure of $6.00 gas to help
Europe's global warming agenda, that price tag is likely to be astronomical.
America should impose a $1-per
gallon increase in the gasoline tax as penance for causing pollution, John Deutch, former
head of the Central Intelligence Agency, told the Trilateral Commissions secret
Deutch is most remembered for taking classified secrets home in his
laptop, which led to the loss of his security clearance.
Later, CIA techies found that Deutch had been using the same computer, which contained
national secrets, to surf the internet for pornography. The attorney general at the time,
Janet Butcher of Waco Reno, declined to prosecute him.
Even in its own literature, the Trilateral Commission plays up the part that it was
formed in 1973 by private citizens of Japan, Europe and North America to foster
closer cooperationtoday, that means globalizationamong these
industrialized regions. Since that time, the group meets throughout the year to discuss
ways in which the group can advance world government.
An important weapon in their arsenal is fanning public hysteria over global
$20 billion in pork-barrel outlays includes $100 million for the two major political
parties 2008 presidential conventions. This is included in a section described as
Katrina recovery, veterans care and for other purposes.
$100 million dollars? We must be covering Teddy Kennedys bar tab with taxpayer
The Toyota Prius is the source of some of the worst pollution in North America.
When you pool together all the
combined energy it takes to drive and build a Toyota Prius, the flagship car of energy
fanatics, it takes almost 50 percent more energy than a Hummer - the Priuss arch
Through a study by CNW Marketing called Dust to Dust, the total
combined energy is taken from all the electrical, fuel, transportation, materials (metal,
plastic, etc) and hundreds of other factors over the expected lifetime of a vehicle. The
Prius costs an average of $3.25 per mile driven over a lifetime of 100,000 miles - the
expected lifespan of the Hybrid.
The Hummer, on the other hand, costs a more fiscal $1.95 per mile to put on the road
over an expected lifetime of 300,000 miles. That means the Hummer will last three times
longer than a Prius and use less combined energy doing it.
One last fun fact for you: it takes five years to offset the premium price of a Prius.
Meaning, you have to wait 60 months to save any money over a non-hybrid car because of
lower gas expenses.
Almost half of the $21 billion that House Democrats added to President Bush's request
for emergency war funding would go to nonmilitary spending and to pork projects. Im
sure this will keep us safer. Politicians cant resist an excuse to squander our
Here is a partial list:
More than $3.7 billion in farm subsidies including $74 million in peanut subsidies and
$25 million in spinach subsidies.
$2.9 billion in additional Gulf Coast hurricane relief.
$2.4 billion for social programs such as money for rural Northwest school districts,
health insurance for poor children, energy assistance for poor families and others.
$1 billion to buy vaccines against a major bird-flu epidemic.
$400 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
$100 million in food aid to Africa.
Nancy Pelosi said, It makes our country stronger by improving our military
How is food aid to Africa or home energy assistance improving our military readiness?
Political hacks strike again.
Government regulations kill more people than the actual problems. John Stossel explores
safety laws that have unintended bad consequences. Yet every year we have more
freedom-killing rules that bureaucrats pass in the name of protecting us.
"There is a zero percent chance that we will ever reach a 100 percent
target," said Robert L. Linn, co-director of the National Center for Research on
Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA. "But because the title of the law
is so rhetorically brilliant, politicians are afraid to change this completely unrealistic
standard. They don't want to be accused of leaving some children behind."
Best Buy's price discrepancies investigated as in-store website differs
Customers are apparently lured into the store through sale prices
offered on the company's official website. Once inside the store, employees show customers
a parallel website with higher prices.
The Connecticut attorney
general's office is investigating whether Best Buy is luring customers to its stores by
offering attractive deals on BestBuy.com and then denying those sale prices by showing
customers a separate website in the store.
Best Buy acknowledged that it operates two
websites - one to shop online (bestbuy.com) and another "intra-store" website to
help customers search for products in the stores. The company also acknowledged that the
lines between these two sites may have gotten blurred. Company officials are reminding
employees to use only BestBuy.com, and not the company's intra-store website, for checking
"The problem seems to be that there are offers or prices on the Internet that the
consumer has the burden of showing in the store, because salespeople aren't offering them
there," Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said. "There's an
obligation on the part of the retailer to provide the benefit of advertised prices."
Do your homework prior to going to any store and be sure
that you are getting the same bargain that was advertised for the actual advertised price.
Global Warming Jihadists in the media love to show pictures of the solitary polar bear
that appears to be stranded on a floating iceberg. But those images may be misleading as
the polar bear population is actually increasing rapidly. Perhaps they switched to
In the Davis Strait area, a
140,000-square kilometre region, the polar bear population has grown from 850 in the
mid-1980s to 2,100 today.
"There aren't just a few more bears. There are a hell of
a lot more bears," said Mitch Taylor, a polar bear biologist who has spent 20 years
studying the animals.
The builders of the fantasy community, Lego City, were employing the concept of private
property rights. Teachers didn't appreciate that concept. Karl Marx would be proud of how
the children were brainwashed into thinking the concept of private property was wrong.
A New Ethics for Legotown
is a good thing:
"You get to build and you have a lot of fun and people get to build onto your
structure with you, and it doesn't have to be the same way as when you left it.... A house
is good because it is a community house."
Shared power is a valued goal:
"It's important to have the same amount of power as other people over your
building. And it's important to have the same priorities."
Moderation and equal access to resources are things to strive for:
"We should have equal houses. They should be standard sizes.... We should all just
have the same number of pieces, like 15 or 28 pieces."
The children gave voice to the value that collectivity is a solid, energizing way to
organize a community
All structures are public structures. Everyone can use all the Lego structures.
Lego people can be saved only by a "team" of kids, not by individuals.
All structures will be standard sizes.
Children absorb political, social, and economic worldviews from an early age.
"Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is
unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action
according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do
not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and
always so when it violates the right of an individual." Thomas Jefferson
"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for
society." Hillary Clinton
So much for professional security at airports. In the meantime, they
continue to search old ladies, babies and bottles of shampoo. Do you feel safer now?
A Florida man has been
arrested for allegedly bringing 14 weapons and drugs aboard a flight from Orlando to
Puerto Rico, authorities said Tuesday.
Thomas Anthony Munoz, 22, of Kissimmee, Fla.,
was arrested after he was found with 13 handguns, one assault rifle and eight clear bags
containing marijuana on Monday, said Carlos Baixauli, a Miami-based special agent with the
U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Porn sells and terrorism sells even better. John Stossel evaluates that you have an
equal chance of being killed in a terrorist attack as being killed by an asteroid.
Lots of small towns do get
absurd grants for homeland security. Lake County, Tenn., a rural county with only 8,000
people, got nearly $200,000 in homeland-security money.
Of course, terrorism is a real
threat. But fear kills people, too. A University of Michigan study found that an
additional 1,000 Americans died in car accidents in the three months after Sept. 11,
because they were afraid to fly. We need to keep risk in perspective.
According to National Geographic News, the Earth and Mars are warming simultaneously.
Apparently, those Martians need to cut back on driving their SUVs.
How will Al Gore and his fellow Global Warming Jihadists deal with these facts?
Simultaneous warming on Earth
and Mars suggests that our planet's recent climate changes have a naturaland not a
human- inducedcause, according to one scientist's controversial theory.
data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon
dioxide "ice caps" near Mars's south pole had been diminishing for three summers
in a row.
Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory
in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is
being caused by changes in the sun.
"Man-made greenhouse warming has made a small contribution to the warming seen on
Earth in recent years, but it cannot compete with the increase in solar irradiance,"
"The solar irradiance began to drop in the 1990s, and a minimum will be reached by
approximately 2040," Abdussamatov said. "It will cause a steep cooling of the
climate on Earth in 15 to 20 years."
And, there are elected officials in Washington who want to control YOUR healthcare.
Coming soon to your neighborhood: Deplorable Healthcare.
The Washington Post investigated conditions at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in
Washington and discovered deplorable conditions. There was mold, filth and grime among the
Our injured soldiers were waiting interminable lengths of time for the most basic
This is Government Health Care (Universal Health Care) at its finest. Unfortunately,
75% of Americans want Universal Health Insurance.
The purpose of insurance is to reimburse you for unexpected losses. The cost of normal
health care, including the normal expenses associated with pregnancy, are not unexpected.
Citizens need to budget for these expected and predictable costs just as they would budget
for the normal expenses of a home or a car.
Unfortunately, the goal of the average American is to pay the first $500 of health care
expenses each year. Then, someone else will magically pay for everything beyond that
threshold. With Government or Universal Health Care, that would be you, the taxpayer.
A recent survey revealed that young Americans would prefer to pay for cell phone
service than to buy health insurance. They expect their employer or someone else to pay
for it. Disappointingly, this is all too common in our society today.
So, go and visit your neighboring government office today and see the future quality of
A documentary ready to roll in Great Britain is claiming the accepted theories about
man causing global warming are lies.
Even the co-founder of
Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, is shown, claiming African countries should be encouraged to
burn more CO2.
Nobody in the documentary defends the greenhouse effect theory, as it
claims that climate change is natural, has been occurring for years, and ice falling from
glaciers is just the spring break-up and as normal as leaves falling in autumn.
"Al Gore might have won an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth, but the
film is very misleading and he has got the relationship between CO2 and climate change the
wrong way round."
One major piece of evidence of CO2 causing global warming are ice core samples from
Antarctica, which show that for hundreds of years, global warming has been accompanied by
higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Prof Clark believes increased levels of CO2 are because the Earth is heating up and not
the cause. He says most CO2 in the atmosphere comes from the oceans, which dissolve the
Scientists in the programme also raise another discrepancy with the official line,
showing that most of the recent global warming occurred before 1940, when global
temperatures then fell for four decades.
It was only in the late 1970s that the current trend of rising temperatures began.
This, claim the sceptics, is a flaw in the CO2 theory, because the post-war economic
boom produced more CO2 and should, according to the consensus, have meant a rise in global
The CO2 theory is further undermined by claims that billions of pounds is being
provided by governments to fund greenhouse effect research, so thousands of scientists
know their job depends on the theory continuing to be seen as fact.
The sun is currently in its most active phase, which would be an explanation for
"Its ridiculous to see politicians arguing over whether they will allow the
global temperature to rise by 2C or 3C."
"At the moment, there is almost a McCarthyism movement in science where the
greenhouse effect is like a puritanical religion and this is dangerous."
In the programme Nigel Calder says: "The greenhouse effect is seen as a religion
and if you dont agree, you are a heretic.
A behind the scenes look at the insurance industry through the eyes of a former
insurance adjuster. Your insurance adjuster, in all likelihood, is not your friend.
Whenever a person suffers a
loss to their home or personal property it is devastating to that family or individual.
The homeowners insurance companies do whatever they can to make it even harder on these
The insurance adjustment firms know if they don't get the lowest possible
settlement for the homeowners insurance company that hired them, that the homeowners
insurance company wouldn't give them very much, if any work in the future. The adjuster's
jobs depend on them low-balling every item you own and what you include in your loss claim
Once you sign the papers agreeing to a settlement from the insurance company, that
binds you to that contract and you no longer have any leverage to negotiate with the
adjusters. Yes, they can and will negotiate with you BEFORE you sign the paperwork.
Always keep in mind that the saying "the squeaky wheel gets the oil" is very
true in this area. If you call the insurance adjuster with questions or to give them
information and you are asked your name and what the call is pertaining to and a
"I'll check and see if he/she is in her/his office" line and then a "I'm
sorry he/she is not available, can I take a message" line, you are more than likely
being avoided because you didn't roll over and take their estimates and wanted to hash it
out with them before they send their report to the homeowners insurance company. They know
they are in control and you will eventually break and settle so you can repair your roof
or have a tree removed from your living room.
Do not allow them to do this to you! Call many times a day if your messages are not
Even worse, they will eventually transfer you to an Office Manager or similar titled
person. It is then this person's job to make you feel better about the situation by smooth
talking you into believing they are doing the best they possibly can for you. Remember,
the insurance adjuster works for your homeowners insurance company involved and they are
by no means your friends.
If you are a reasonable person and asking for a reasonable settlement of your claim and
you feel or know that you are being shortchanged, tell them you are going to call a lawyer
first. This may be enough to get the insurance adjusters to give in a little more. If that
doesn't work, consult an attorney.
Having a baby? Head to California for a $500 bonus courtesy of the taxpayers.
Regardless of the parents financial or immigration status, every kid downloaded
in California would receive $500. This money is invested into an account. When
the child turns 18, they could withdraw the money for a house, education or to roll over
into a retirement account. This program would cost taxpayers more than $283 million per
Republican state Senator Bob Dutton said he learned firsthand about the value of such
accounts. Kiwanis Club donations funded a $200 account when his daughter, Kara, was born.
The difference here is that the Kiwanis Club is a private organization and can do what
they choose to do with their money. As a private organization, they are not using the
police power of government to confiscate money from taxpayers.
The bottom line is if parents cannot afford to establish a $500 savings account for
their own kids using their own money, they probably cannot afford to properly raise the
When a few classmates razzed
Rebekah Rice about her Mormon upbringing with questions such as, "Do you have 10
moms?" she shot back: "That's so gay."
Those three words landed the high
school freshman in the principal's office and resulted in a lawsuit that raises this
question: When do playground insults used every day all over America cross the line into
hate speech that must be stamped out?
Rice, now 18, said that when she uttered those words, she was not referring to anyone's
sexual orientation. She said the phrase meant: "That's so stupid, that's so silly,
that's so dumb."
"The district has a statutory duty to protect gay students from harassment,"
the district's lawyers argued in a legal brief. "In furtherance of this goal,
prohibition of the phrase 'That's so gay' ... was a reasonable regulation."
Another shot at free speech and the First Amendment. You
dont have to agree with someones statements, but the government, including
government schools, should not silence those statements because they are deemed to be
politically incorrect or offensive. We are traveling down a dangerous path when we permit
government to censor speech.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein offers
plenty of tips on how California households can combat global warming, such as carpooling
and running only a full dishwasher.
But one bit of information Feinstein declines to
share is the number of times that she flew last year on her husband's Gulfstream jet,
which burns much more fuel per passenger-mile than commercial airliners.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also has asked constituents to do their part to conserve
energy including cutting summertime power consumption even though he takes
to the skies on leased executive jets.
A single cross-country round trip on a Gulfstream IV, or GIV, the model owned by
Feinstein's husband, churns out about 83,000 to 90,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, experts
say. By contrast, on a per capita basis, the average American produces 50,000 pounds from
all activities in an entire year.
Schwarzenegger's office said he and a jet-leasing company are establishing a
"carbon offset" program for the governor and fellow customers, retroactive to
Jan. 1. Carbon offsets are bought from organizations that plant trees and support
renewable energy enterprises, among other measures, to offset greenhouse gases produced by
Feinstein, however, got the jump on Schwarzenegger. She began buying carbon offsets
last year to partially cover the travel on the GIV, and will purchase enough offsets this
year to compensate for all the trips.
Carbon Offset Program Pay some money,
plant a tree and the problem, if it exists, is solved. Only in the fantasy land of the
hypocritical, political hacks.
"I personally find the word 'alien' offensive when applied to individuals,
especially to children," said Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami. Wilson said, "We
don't say 'alien,' we say 'immigrant.'"
Another political hack gets it wrong. Immigration is legal while invasion is not. We
are being invaded through illegal activity. By the way, why are we concerned about
offending someone who is conducting an illegal activity?
She said she encountered the situation when trying to pass a bill allowing children of
foreigners to get in-state tuition at colleges and universities.
So she wants to pass a bill rewarding illegal activity. This could be referred to as
aiding and abetting.
"They are immigrants, through no fault of their own, not aliens," she said.
If they came here legally, they are immigrants. If they are here illegally, they are
The term Illegal Invader works fine for me. It is actually more accurate.
Martinez said, "A national catastrophe fund will protect both homeowners and
insurers against uninsurable losses "
The last thing we need is for government, especially the Imperial Federal Government,
to get into the insurance business. The key word is "uninsurable." Why should
taxpayers support insurance on property that is "uninsurable?"
Dubbed Directo a Mexico, the
Federal Reserve-sponsored service allows customers without Social Security numbers to wire
money through the Fed system to Mexico's central bank at little cost.
program undermines our nation's immigration laws and is a potential national security
nightmare," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
The Fed offers a competitive exchange rate and charges banks 67 cents for each wire
transfer to Mexico. After banks add their own fees, it usually costs customers $2 to $5
per transfer, regardless of the amount sent.
Private wire services usually charge more and add fees for larger transfers and for
claiming the money in Mexico. The average cost of wiring $300 to Mexico from the U.S. was
$10.40 last year, when 65.8 million of the transfers were made, according to a Bank of
Al Gores mansion consumes more electricity every month than the average American
household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service.
The average household in
America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of
Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh more than 20 times the national
Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh guzzling more than
twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year.
Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gores energy consumption has
increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in
As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be
willing to walk to walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,
said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.
While Al Gore is entitled to use as much energy as he can afford, so is
everyone else. So, enough with the hypocritical, political hack lectures about conserving
The Real Inconvenient Truth by Patrick J. Michaels.
Under the U.N.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's medium-range emission scenario for greenhouse
gases, a rise in sea level of between 8 and 17 inches is predicted by 2100. Gore's film
exaggerates the rise by about 2,000 percent.
In early February, Science published
another paper showing that the recent acceleration of Greenland's ice loss from its huge
glaciers has suddenly reversed.
The Kyoto Protocol, if fulfilled by every signatory, would reduce global warming by
0.07 degrees Celsius per half-century. That's too small to measure, because the earth's
temperature varies by more than that from year to year.
President Bush proposes that we replace 20 percent of our current gasoline consumption
with ethanol over the next decade. But it's well-known that even if we turned every kernel
of American corn into ethanol, it would displace only 12 percent of our annual gasoline
consumption. The effect on global warming, like Kyoto, would be too small to measure,
though the U.S. would become the first nation in history to burn up its food supply to
please a political mob.
When it comes to global warming, apparently the truth is inconvenient. And it's not
just Gore's movie that's fiction. It's the rhetoric of the Congress and the chief
2,158 murders are committed every year by illegal aliens in the U.S. Yet the political
hacks in Washington who are opposed to the war in Iraq, which some of them voted for in
the first place (but thats another issue), refuse to secure our borders.
Mike Cutler, a former senior
special agent with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (the former INS), is a
fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and an advisor to Family Security Matters
(FSM). He says the high number of Americans being killed by illegal aliens is just part of
the collateral damage that comes with tolerating illegal immigration.
"We are not
five and a half years, nearly, after 9/11, and yet our borders remain open," the
Center for Immigration Studies fellow observes. "We have National Guardsmen assigned
on the border, but it turns out they are unarmed," he points out. "Their rules
of engagement are very simple: if armed intruders head your way, run in the other
The report from FSM estimates that the 267,000 illegal aliens currently incarcerated in
the nation are responsible for nearly 1,300,000 crimes, ranging from drug arrests to rape
and murder. Such statistics, Cutler contends, debunk the claim that illegal immigration is
a victimless crime.
"I thought it was a skit. But then he pointed the gun at my head and grabbed me by
the throat and I thought I was going to die," Clova Adams, 54, told The Associated
Press by telephone.
Suddenly, one of the tourists, a U.S. military veteran trained in self-defense, jumped
out of the van and put the gunman in a headlock. The American struggled with the robber,
breaking his collarbone and eventually killing him.
The Democrats who now control
Congress want to change President Bush's Medicare drug benefit to require government
officials to negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies.
When Bush signed
this program into law, it was the biggest expansion of the welfare state since Lyndon
Johnson's Great Society. As with all "entitlement" programs, the costs will
explode. Tax-financed health programs are always more expensive than promised.
We should be suspicious when someone promises benefits from a government monopoly.
Government doesn't produce things. It simply uses force to move things around.
The last thing we should do is give federal officials more power. When government
controls prices, it must eventually ration supplies. Consumers suffer. When the product is
medicine, the results could be catastrophic.
Professor Mike Adams sites a few examples. Always entertaining.
A friend I will call Steve
because thats his real name was recently a near-victim of road rage.
Someone who perceived himself to have been cut off in traffic by Steve proceeded to follow
him several miles to his home and then reach for the handle of the car door to yank him
out. But the assault was interrupted when the fellow looked across the seat and saw a
Glock 23, chambered in .40 caliber. He shouted oh, that f***ing figures, cant
fight without a gun as he ran back to his car, never to be seen again.
went from zero to sixty in four point five seconds in a Subaru. The Guinness Book of World
Records has been officially notified.
A friend I will call Barry because thats his real name was recently
a near-victim of a crack induced mugging. He had just withdrawn a large amount of money
from an ATM and hopped back into his Mazda 626. A haggard looking crack addict
Barry assumed he was a drug addict because he was humming a tune by Whitney Houston, not
by Merle Haggard came running up to the door and tried to force his way into the
car. Barry responded by letting him know his money was in a fanny pack, right next to his
.45 Auto. After Barry looked down to secure his weapon, he looked up and saw the man
The guy went 100 yards in about 8 seconds flat give or take several seconds. The
Guinness Book of World Records has been officially notified.
I concur that some people do loiter in the left lane, traveling too slowly, and fail to
shift to the right lanes. However, this merely opens up the system for more revenue
raising, not traffic safety enforcement. According to this proposal, if I am in the left
lane driving at or a little above the speed limit while passing vehicles and a few cars
traveling behind me are tailgating, I am subject to a $500 fine, not for speeding, but for
not speeding enough. Before this proposal is considered and sanctioned, they first need to
raise the speed limits to avoid this catch-22 scenario.
The bottom line is we currently have laws in place addressing drivers who fail to keep
right when not passing. There is no need for additional, redundant, feel-good legislation.
The unusually large number of hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 was hyped in the media as
being a result of global warming. Yet, not one hurricane struck the United States in 2006
while global warming alarmists predicted even more horrific storms.
There have been periods of global warming that lasted for centuries, and periods of
global cooling that also lasted for centuries. However, global warming heretics seek to
silence anyone who disagrees with the political position that humans are the main cause of
our present global warming cycle. The very attempt to silence all who disagree about
global warming ought to raise red flags.
Libertarian ideas have enjoyed a surge of respect lately, helped by the collapse of
Soviet central planning, the success of lower tax rates and the appeals of various figures
in popular culture (e.g., Drew Carey, John Stossel and Clint Eastwood) who want government
out of both their bedroom and wallet. However, very few writers have devoted much
attention to the role of libertarians, a more appealing and optimistic group of thinkers,
political activists and ordinary citizens who believe that respect for the individual and
the spontaneous order of market forces are the key to progress and social well-being.
JetBlue must have had a brain freeze, doing nothing as hundreds of passengers sat
captive for up to 11 hours on 10 planes at JFK. The Port Authority was more than willing
to help JetBlue bus passengers off the stranded planes - but the airline didn't ask until
Flight 751, bound for Cancun with 134 passengers, sat idle for more than nine hours
before they were brought back to the terminal at 5 p.m. "There was no power and it
was hot," a passenger told WABC-TV News. "There was no air. They kept having to
open the actual plane doors, so we could breathe."
Another passenger said, "It's like being in a soundproof coffin. You were being
And people wonder why I choose not to fly commercial unless it is absolutely necessary.
The governor also wants to enlarge the state's coverage for children by including
people with incomes as high as $60,000 for a family of four. Imagine that: You can make
$60,000 a year and put your kids on the dole.
We don't buy auto insurance to pay for oil changes, tires and worn-out windshield-wiper
blades. But today, people expect medical insurance to cover routine physical exams because
someone else seems to pay the premiums. This hurts people who buy their own insurance or
don't have it.
CONGRESSIONAL GLOBAL WARMING MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO MASSIVE ICE STORM
The Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February
14, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building has been postponed due
to inclement weather. The hearing is entitled Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas
Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?
Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic said, "Global warming is a false
myth and every serious person and scientist says so. It is not fair to refer to the U.N.
panel. IPCC is not a scientific institution: it's a political body, a sort of
non-government organization of green flavor. It's neither a forum of neutral scientists
nor a balanced group of scientists. These people are politicized scientists who arrive
there with a one-sided opinion and a one-sided assignment. It's obvious that environmentalism is a new incarnation of modern leftism."
When asked, "Don't you believe that we're ruining our planet?" he responded:
In recent years, banks across the country have been offering checking accounts and even
mortgages to the nation's fast-growing ranks of undocumented immigrants (PC for illegal
aliens). The new Bank of America card is open to people who lack both a Social Security
number and a credit history.
What else can we do to reward people who break our laws?
The Boston Globe's Ellen Goodman
states that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers. She also said,
"Can we change from debating global warming to preparing?" Apparently, she no
longer wants to debate or discuss ideas of differing views. What else would I expect from
someone from the Peoples' Republic of Massachusetts.
I have sent an email with global warming facts to Ellen. These facts are contrary to
her beliefs. Let's see if she will respond.
Apparently, someone is offended by this horrific display, which has now attracted the
attention of the ACLU (All Crazy Lunatics Unite). "Dixie County is, in effect,
thumbing its nose at the Constitution by putting up this display," ACLU attorney
Glenn Katon said.
OK. Lets try to analyze this logically.
make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
Actually, it is the ACLU that is thumbing its nose at the
Constitution as Congress has passed no law and no public funds have been used to
erect this monument. I see no violation of the Constitution here. By the way, in reference
to this separation of church and state nonsense, nowhere in the Constitution will you find
the phrase separation of church and state. It simply does not exist.
Additionally, nowhere on the Constitution is there any guarantee or right not to be
However, I am offended by these people who seem to be constantly offended. Do I have a
A few weeks ago, men working for an advertising agency installed light screens in
cities to promote a Cartoon Network program. These identical signs were installed three
weeks earlier in nine other cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San
Francisco and Los Angeles. Authorities in those locations didn't freak out. However, in
Boston, weeks after the promotion began, the police decided the city might be under a
terrorist attack. Panic ensued. However, the panic originated from the foolish government
officials in Boston.
John Stossel brilliantly analyzes the fact that excessive fear of terrorism hurts
There is no constitutional guarantee of healthcare, wealth or happiness. We have the
right to pursue happiness. However, neither the Declaration of Independence nor the
Constitution guarantees happiness as an outcome.
We urge the United States government to reject the global warming
agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar
proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the
advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.
There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide,
methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause
catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate.
Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon
dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of
Recently, Senator Hitlary Rodham-Clinton spoke before the Democratic National Committee
and stated, The Democrats know what needs to be done. Again, we're working to try to
push this agenda forward. The other day the oil companies reported the highest profits in
the history of the world. I want to take those profits and I want to put them into a
strategic energy fund that will begin to find alternative smart energy, alternatives and
technologies that will begin to actually move us toward the direction of
She wants to use the police power of government to take money from a corporation to use
as she sees fit. If that isnt stealing, what is? And, she admits to making this part
of her agenda.
Now, while Exxon Mobile made about $39 billion in profits, their profit margin was only
11.46%. And who benefits from these evil profits? A sizable portion of those investors are
represented through retirement funds. These evil profits are used to write monthly checks
This is the money that Hitlary wants to "take," the profits that belong to
the investors of the company. It could be you.
Obviously caused by the horrific global warming syndrome, wind chills are minus 25
degrees or lower and some high temperatures aren't expected to climb above zero. Maine is
getting hammered with wind chills forecast as low as minus 45.
However, that is unlikely to occur in Washington with the political hacks controlling
the purse strings of the government.
Then we have democratic presidential candidate John Edwards who wants us to provide
health care coverage for 47 million people. And how does this political hack presidential
candidate propose to pay for this health care giveaway? When asked Edwards said,
"Yes, we'll have to raise taxes. The only way you can pay for a health care
Elected officials love to spend OUR MONEY on THEIR vote buying programs as they grow
the size of the Imperial Federal Government.
The Antarctic ice sheet is growing at the rate of 5 millimeters per year. According to
his best estimate, Duncan Wingham, Professor of Climate Physics at University College
London and Director of the Center for Polar Observation, Antarctica will lower global sea
levels by 0.08 mm per year.
The sun is warmer and global warming proponent scientists are not eager to recognize
the warmer sun as the cause of global warming. Keep in mind that many of these scientists
receive and depend on government grants for their livelihood. Those grants would cease if
they didn't create global warming hysteria.
The polar ice caps on Mars are melting. Are our CO2 emissions causing this as well?
It was warmer in the 1930s throughout the world than it is right now.
The notorious Kyoto accords exempt a number of the world's principal CO2 polluters,
including China and India. This is indubitably an attempt to restrict the world's dominant
Global warming proponents appear to be fearful of additional information as they
declare the matter to be settled and that no further scientific research is needed.
The infamous "hockey stick" graph that purports to show a sudden warming of
the earth in the last few decades is a fraud. It ignored previous warming periods from
1000 to 1250 AD. In 1996, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
issued a chart showing climatic change over a period of 1000 years. This graph showed a
Medieval warming period in which global temperatures were higher than they are today. In
2001 the IPCC issued another 1000-year graph in which the Medieval warming period was
missing. How convenient. Why has one scientist promoting the cause of man-made global
warming been quoted as saying "we have to get rid of the medieval warming
period?" Over the past 3,000 years there have been five distinct extended periods
when the earth was measurably warmer than it is today.
In the last 100 years, the earth has only warmed one degree. In the United States, the
single country with the most precise and accurate temperature measuring and reporting
records, temperatures have only risen by 0.3 degrees centigrade over the past 100 years.
The political UN estimate is double that.
There are approximately 160,000 glaciers around the world. The majority have never been
visited or measured by man. The great majority of these glaciers are growing, not melting.
The ice cap on the Antarctic becoming thicker. Side-looking radar interferometry shows
that the ice mass in the West Antarctic is growing at a rate of over 26 gigatons per year.
This reverses a melting trend that had persisted for the previous 6,000 years.
Additionally, the interior of Greenland is gaining ice mass.
The sea levels have been rising ever since the last ice age ended. That was over 12,000
years ago. Estimates are that, during that time, the sea level has risen over 300 feet.
The rise in our sea levels has been occurring long before man began creating anything but
natural CO2 emissions.
During the last 20 years, the era of the highest carbon dioxide levels, global
temperatures have actually decreased.
A reporter from National Public Radio refused to interview David Deming, an associate
professor at the University of Oklahoma studying global warming, after his testimony to
the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unless Deming would pronounce that man
caused global warming.
Not long ago, that these same "global warming" scientists were warning us
about "global cooling" and another impending ice age. On July 24, 1974,
Time Magazine published an article entitled "Another Ice Age" which began with
the following paragraph:
"As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several
years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly
contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval.
However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when
meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the
atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows
no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly
apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of
another ice age."
Plus, it has been pretty cold lately!
a Psychiatric Problem in the 20th Century
by Dan Dewey
In forming his beliefs, Thomas Jefferson had but one main rule - to think of principles
himself and submit these principles to experience. Jefferson was a radical and had
problems, no doubt, with authority. So, at face value, being told you have a problem with
authority by a Veteran's Hospital psychiatrist who could not tell the difference between a
mortar tube and a latrine wasn't too troubling - until I pondered on which authority he
was speaking of. Spiritual? Secular? Rational?
If the spirit is the image of God, then that authority is Absolute truth, the Meaning
to Life, our reason for Being. However, you say it, being true to this Authority is of
first order. Nor do I question the authority of Jesus on virtue or Jefferson's authority
on the Bill of Rights. I wouldn't even argue with the Biologists' authority on cell
division - termed G.O.D., the "generator of diversity" (Klein, 1992). No, after
pondering, I realized there is a problem indeed and it's choosing to live with spirit and
reason in a schizophrenic world governed by irrational, self-serving authority.
My collection of genes, chemicals and conditioned behaviors are supposed to be easily
manipulated, as easy as a dog could be trained to salivate at the sound of a bell. I'm a
social deviant, pathological, because I refuse to be manipulated and don't accept the
poisonous certainties fed to us by authorities? Go figure.
Anybody with a normal everyday problem can be routinely diagnosed in psychiatry as
having a "mental illness" whether there is an actual basis in reality or not.
Why? Because Psychiatry is based on "faith", not evidence. Throughout the DSM-IV
(American Psychiatric Association, 1994) there are repeated affirmations of the lack of
relevant empirical research findings bearing on issues concerning the construct and
predictive validity of the categories (i.e., their scientific meaningfulness). DSM-IV
consists largely of categories that have been introduced and retained, not on the basis of
science, but on the basis of political consensus unconstrained by empirical research. The
kid who fidgets is hyperactive or suffers from attention deficit disorder. (Over a million
kids are currently on the government approved addictive amphetamine Ritalin, while
simultaneously are being saved from drugs by the War on "some" Drugs.) Migraine
suffers have a "pain disorder", low math scores get a "developmental
arithmetic disorder", if you have poor composition or organization of written text
you have "developmental expressive writing disorder", arguing with your parent's
gets you "oppositional defiance disorder", and even a toddler who likes
"Twinkies" over Gerber's spinach has a "feeding disorder" if continued
over a period of time. Hello.
Why is the world schizophrenic and not me, you ask? Well, in a psychiatric sense, there
are disturbances in emotional, behavioral and intellectual functioning here ha ha; but
hold the thorazine, prolixin, haldol, or whatever else the Government has up it's sleeve -
there is no withdrawal from reality, no fragmentation and no progressive deterioration as
is evident in the world body. In a religious sense, the human spirit simply cannot split
into fragments as our institutions, bureaucracies and culture has. This existential truth
was known to schizophrenics long before 20th Century psychiatry stumbled into it.
Believe me I've chosen to withdraw, but unfortunately reality Is
everything that remains after wishing the bad stuff away. I've tried to fragment my
spiritual self, to split the Meaning of Life from the meaning to Daily Living in a
calculated, technically well-managed way (May,1958) toward some kind of amnesia.
Education, work, home schooling, family. Well, I tried. Schizophrenia just isn't within my
In contrast, the World, as defined by irrational authorities, has sophisticated
mechanisms for withdrawal. 20th Century Mark Twain would call most, "Denials' damn
denials, and statistics." Smoke and mirrors in the vernacular. Then we have the
separation of Church and State - which is good, but Jefferson never intended for the
values of each to be separate. (I sure wish I could compartmentalize. It must be
convenient.) Witness our whole economy based on interest in complete disobeyence of what
Moses, Aristotle and the great Christian teachers of the Middle Ages taught. Reaping what
hasn't been sown is now described as interest or investment and is defined by law, not
According to Gross (1998) in The End of Sanity, "blatantly irrational behavior is
rapidly being established as the norm in almost every area of human endeavor." (This
is not stunning news as Swift once observed that "Man is not a rational creature, he
is only capable of reason.") Gross continued, "Americans know something without
a name is undermining the nation, turning the mind mushy when it comes to separating truth
from falsehood and right from wrong." Given this Wonderland climate, how does one
guide a family without sacrificing sanity or spirit to one authority or another? How do
you define, what is "due" Caesar or the Queen of Hearts for your children or
yourself? From where do you choose a path, your coping strategies and therapies?
Buddha was a rich man and his family fully grown before he became a great teacher who
taught detachment from worldly things. The greatest teacher of all, Jesus, never married,
while enjoining us to "live like the birds". The great visionaries literally
came out of the deserts - alone. None made choosing easy. All made their choices without
the troublesome responsibility of family. None surrendered their choices to family or
group, no doubt prompting Jefferson to write, "If I could not go to Heaven but with a
party, I would not go there at all."
The paraphrase, "If we let the government decide what foods we eat, and what
medicines we take, our bodies will soon be in a sorry state as are the souls of those who
live under tyranny", has been widely attributed to Jefferson who exactly wrote,
"Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in
such keeping as our souls are now." (Jefferson, 1792). The concept remains the same.
I.E. Choice must be individual. It can't be Caesar's choice and God doesn't want it.
Well, I've searched the coping strategies toward alleviating the pain in my existence
and found in the psychiatric literature that the single-most, therapeutic substance known
to 20th Century man living in a schizophrenic world is marijuana. As an herb, it is
arguably the least toxic substance in man's pharmacopoeia of psychoactives. (Young, 1988).
Why is it then, that the government prescribes chemicals with page length adverse
reactions in lieu of it? I'm not sure where physicians find their truth in between the
Hippocratic Oath, their patient's well being and an irrational State. I've found my truths
in Genesis 1:29 and the pudding of coping strategies.
So, how can you as an individual responsible for your own existence, survive against
this pervasive subjugation of your soul by government and religious institutions with
their certainties and choices engraved in tomes and on stones? Simply disobey.
So I now have a problem with irrational authority and I'm on my way to court again. But
on the way I grieve for you, my brothers and sisters, as schizophrenic lifestyles and
neurotic conformity are just as problematic and painfully anxious as the anxiety arising
from the freedom to choose for yourself.
Most of the earths recent warming occurred before 1940, and thus before there was
much human-emitted CO2.
Physical evidence shows 600 moderate warmings in the earths last million years.
The evidence ranges from ancient Nile flood records, Chinese court documents and Roman
wine grapes to modern spectral analysis of polar ice cores, deep seabed sediments, and
layered cave stalagmites.
The reality is that we are in a moderate, natural, 1500-year climate cycle on the
The world was warmer in the Roman Empire period and during the Medieval Climate Optimum
(1000-1250 AD) than now.
The most blatant attempt to fabricate the Earth's temperatures was that of Michael
Mann, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, whose infamous graph of global temperatures from
1000-2000 AD became known as "the hockey stick". It showed a general sag in
temperature from 1000-1920, leaving out the higher temperatures from 1000-1250 AD than we
now have, then a huge leap. An investigation by a pair of Canadian researchers (see Essex
& McKitrick, 2002) found that Mann's raw data, obtained by them with great difficulty,
was flawed by every imaginable misuse and selection of data, including faulty use of tree
ring widths, an old standard for weather estimation. Mature trees not only grow faster
when they are warmer or have more rain, but also when there is more CO2, which was ignored
Nonetheless, the global warming panic continues. Why even here in Florida, the
temperature last night bottomed out at a freezing 32 degrees. Oh, the horrors of global
On January 27, 2007, while campaigning in Iowa, Hitlary said, "I believe we've got
to take a strong stand on limiting our dependence on foreign oil. And we have a perfect
example here in Iowa about how it can work with all of the ethanol thats being
Conversely, in 2002, Hitlary signed a letter that read in part: "There is no sound
public policy reason for mandating the use of ethanol.
As Al Gore would say, its An Inconvenient Truth.
Prosecutors said Joshua Moulder, 17, and his brother, Justin, 19, broke
into a newly refurbished community center, where they tortured and killed the 3-month-old
puppy by duct-taping the puppy's snout and paws and cooking the animal alive in an oven.
These brats should be duct-taped and placed in an oven for a brief
period of time to afford them a taste of the experience they disgustingly bestowed upon
the defenseless puppy.
North Carolina Senator Phil Berger said there should be no First
Amendment concerns because the producer would be seeking money from the state government
under a film incentive program. But he did say that if constitutional questions confused
the matter, it would be better not to have a film incentive at all.
Government should stay out of the film business for both financial and
" Many would say an unruly child is no reason to throw someone off a
I believe that is a perfect reason. Parents need to control their children and that's
the bottom line.
"I'm just proud of my son and his family," said the girl's grandfather.
So, the grandfather is proud of and endorses bad behavior. At least we know where the
kid gets this attitude. From bad parenting and a lack of discipline.
I applaud the airline, which was AirTran. Hopefully, more airlines, restaurants and
other businesses will follow this commendable example. Parents need to learn the
responsibilities associated with raising kids and edify them to behave like good little
The foliage on the trees in the background indicates that this was taped
much earlier than her perceived recent announcement. More political smoke and mirrors,
which is certainly not the trustworthy behavior expected of a potential president.
Michael J. Cruz
1949 - 2007
Michael J. Cruz of Chicopee, MA died Tuesday January 16, 2007. Born in Chicopee,
Massachusetts, Mike was a Certified Financial Planner and Tax Preparer. Mike graduated
from Cambridge College where he majored in Television Production. While in college in
Boston, he starred as "Farley Fimble", the train conductor on a popular
children's TV show. He then went on to receive his BA from Curry College, and then a
Masters in Business Administration from Suffolk University.
Mike was a talented guy who possessed a distinctive sense of humor and pleasant
personality. He was a genuine nice person and a good friend who shall be missed.
California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber said, "I think it's pretty hard to argue you
need to beat a child 3 years old or younger. Under the proposed bill, spanking would
be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000.
Professor Robert Larzelere, who has studied child discipline for 30 years, said his
research shows spanking is fine, as long as it's used sparingly and doesn't escalate to
Spanking is not beating or abuse. Additionally, we do not need the government intruding
any further into our private lives.
On December 5th then-incoming House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman
Rep. Silvestre Reyes said that he wanted to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S.
troops as part of a stepped up effort to dismantle the militias. Then, last
week, President Bush announced his plan, which included additional troops to be deployed
to Iraq, virtually matching Mr. Reyes' recommendation. Hours after Mr. Bush announced his
proposal, Mr. Reyes said that such a troop buildup was unthinkable saying, "We don't
have the capability to escalate..."
I guess this is similar to other political hacks voting for the war before voting
against the war.
John Stossel explains that it does not matter if in a given year Americans as a group
buy more from the Chinese than they buy from us. In fact, its a good thing as
countries running trade deficits often experience economic booms.
Del Monte Foods Company, which is a subsidiary Starkist Tuna, is based in San
Francisco, which is coincidentally Nancy Pelosi's home district. They are also one of the
major employers in American Samoa. The average wage for tuna workers there is $3.62 an
hour. Yet they have been conveniently excluded from the minimum wage increase. If you
can't raise a family on $5.15 an hour, how are these poor Samoans expected to support
their families on substantially less?
Phoenix Republican Congressman John Shadegg said, "Simply put: It is unethical to
provide a special benefit to a company in any member of Congress' hometown."
I agree. However, the political hypocrisy continues.
Rachel Armstrong sent her kids to pick up the bus as usual Monday, but
after the driver let the kids on, he told them he would not pick them up again. He also
said he wouldn't take them home that afternoon. They were told they couldn't get on
because they speak English.
Administrators at St. Paul Public Schools admit the district made a
mistake when it stranded the kids at school. However, the district points out, that
particular bus route serves one of three language academies.
Apparently English is not one of the three approved languages.
Be prepared for additional foods to be banned that they deem to be
We have an historical reference. When the anti-smoking zealots started out, they too
went after a relatively small target by demanding non-smoking sections on airplanes. That
success emboldened them to demand no smoking on planes at all and in airports as well.
Then came laws against smoking in restaurants. Now we have laws prohibiting smoking in
outdoor areas and private residences. Had the anti-smoking zealots revealed their entire
agenda when they started out, they would not have been nearly as successful. They would
have encountered too much resistance.
If banning a fat that's only two percent of our daily caloric intake is wonderful, why
not ban saturated fats, the intake of which is much higher? Then there's the size of
restaurant servings. Instead of a law simply requiring restaurants to label the calories
in a meal, there will be laws setting a legal limit on portions.
The political hacks plan on using the police power of government to dictate what we can
and cannot eat. I, personally, do not want the government interfering with my diet.
Walter E. Williams calls the political attack on New York Citys restaurants
If government can raise wages by decree, why are the popular proposals so stingy? What
good is a paltry buck or two extra? Let's really do something for the poor. Let's raise
the minimum wage to $20 an hour. Even better, $50!
According to a study done for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "minimum wages have
virtually no effect on the careers of most workers." The higher minimum wage is a
feel-good law. A slight increase will pass because politicians and poverty activists will
be able to say they have "done something" for the poor, while the victims of the
policy go unnoticed.
As always, John Stossel brilliantly analyses about the myths of the minimum wage.
We are being attacked and invaded while political hacks in Washington continue to do
nothing to effectively address the situation. Then again, why should I expect the
government to be effective at anything.
Seventy-two percent said they would support government policies requiring insurance
companies to cover obesity treatment and prevention programs.
Bernard Fuemmeler, an assistant professor in the department of community and family
medicine at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, N.C. calls this an obesity
epidemic. Mr. Fuemmeler should first learn the definition of the word
Epidemic: affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person
in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent.
I do not believe that obesity is spread from person to person. If I sit next to an
obese person on a bus, I am unlikely to become obese as a result of this contact.
Therefore, this is not an epidemic.
Kathryn M. Kolasa, a professor in the department of nutrition services and patient
education at East Carolina University said, people continue to say that it
costs more money to eat healthy, when it has been demonstrated time and again you can eat
healthy at no greater cost.
And you think health insurance is expensive now? This is just what we need, more
mandatory coverage. Losing weight is simple if you actually desire to accomplish this
task. Eat healthy and get a reasonable amount of exercise. You dont need insurance
Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the
geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration
appointees. "In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park
Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology," stated PEER Executive
Director Jeff Ruch.
Once again, we must cater to the hyper-offended masses in our politically correct
world. These are people who's faith in God is so weak that they refuse to recognize any
information, no matter how scientifically sound, that may challenge any facet of their
fundamental religious beliefs. How sad.