"Fascism and communism both promise "social welfare," "social justice," and "fairness" to justify authoritarian means and extensive arbitrary and discretionary governmental powers." - F. A. Hayek"

"Life is a Bungling process and in no way educational." in James M. Cain

Jean Giraudoux who first said, “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”

If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. Sir Winston Churchill

"summum ius summa iniuria" ("More laws, more injustice.") Cicero

As Christopher Hitchens once put it, “The essence of tyranny is not iron law; it is capricious law.”

"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan

"Law is where you buy it." Raymond Chandler

"Why did God make so many damn fools and Democrats?" Clarence Day

"If I feel like feeding squirrels to the nuts, this is the place for it." - Cluny Brown

"Oh, pshaw! When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have." Owen Wister "The Virginian"

Oscar Wilde said about the death scene in Little Nell, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

Thomas More's definition of government as "a conspiracy of rich men procuring their own commodities under the name and title of a commonwealth.” ~ Winston S. Churchill, A History of the English Speaking Peoples

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” ~ Jonathon Swift

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

They Don’t Call it the Lamestream Media for Nothing

They Don’t Call it the Lamestream Media for Nothing « BernardGoldberg.com
How Much BS Do Have To Be Feed to Be Fed Up?
At the Tea Party Rally Protesting Congress Passing Obamacare by way of advocating the use of the budget reconciliation process to pass ObamaCare through the House and Senate. This procedure also referred to as the ObamaCare Nuclear Option and the Health Care Nuclear Option because the liberals are using this procedure as a means to get around the filibuster in the Senate. This same President Obama who opposed the Nuclear Option in 2005 as a back bench Senator.
"So it’s especially interesting that despite all the cameras and microphones at the scene, not one picked up the nasty remarks, even though they supposedly were being shouted, and even though another congressman, Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana, said that the demonstrators yelled “nigger” at least 15 times."
This, of course, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. As I say, it may have. Would I be shocked if it did. Honestly? No! So, let’s just assume the worst. And let’s see how the so-called mainstream media handled the story."...

There was this, from a newspaper in Sydney, Australia no less: “Black congressmen run gauntlet of racist slurs”

And this closer to home, from the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Republican Party is stained by the racism of its fringe”

At least the Journal Constitution included the word “fringe” – a word missing from the Chicago Sun Times headline: “Racism simmers below surface on health care”

The most irresponsible headline ran over an opinion piece in the Baltimore Examiner (and other publications in the Examiner family): “Tea party turns into Klan rally”

The (New York) Daily News said, “They might want to think about renaming it the Nastea Party.”

Monday, March 29, 2010

Netanyahu denies reports a close aide slammed Obama as a 'disaster' in wake of meeting | Mail Online

Netanyahu denies reports a close aide slammed Obama as a 'disaster' in wake of meeting |
This more like a storm watch rather than a storm warning.
Answer me this, why is the President- -"Obama is backing the Palestinian demand that indirect talks designed to kick-start the moribund peace process cannot begin unless Israel agrees to a complete freeze."

This like rooting for the enemy before the war, kind of an upside down version of "The Art of War." More like "The Graffito of War."



Some have said that the stimulus hasn't saved any jobs, but here is a case where at least one job was saved. Oregon State University Athletic Director Bob DeCarolis was considering firing their basketball coach, Craig Robinson, after an 8-11 start (2-5 in the Pac 10 conference). When word of this reached Washington DC, Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter was dispatched to Corvallis with $17 million in stimulus money for the university. Craig Robinson's job is safe for this year. For those of you unfamiliar with Coach Robinson, he just so happens to be Michelle Obama's brother. Just a coincidence I'm sure!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Police: Drunk Pennsylvania Man Tried To 'Revive' Dead Opossum - cbs3.com

Police: Drunk Pennsylvania Man Tried To 'Revive' Dead Opossum - Where else could this happen?
Was this just part of Ground Hog Day or was this the 'Redneck story'...
Jeff Foxworthy tells the story of the old couple who approached him after a show with a “you know your a redneck if...” story. Out of respect he listens to his fans but he’s heard them all before and rarely gives the stories much thought. The older couple started telling the story of their nephew who got his nipple bit off by a beaver. Foxworthy’s eyebrows raised and in a straight and serious face replied, “Okay, go ahead, you have my attention.”
In case you hadn’t heard it, the nephew (and his buddy) ran over a beaver. Of course, they ran back to get it and take it home. The nephew found it in the ditch and grabbed it by the tail, held it up and yelled, “Heeeey, I got it!” Just then, the beaver came to, swung around and bit his nipple.... CLEAN off!
"Beaver and nipple used in the same sentence" in a 'G-rated' Funny story.----- But the Beaver was playing 'Possum.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

OH, CANADA! by Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter has been banned from University of Ottawa for Thought Crimes!
The whole mess has gone beyond absurd, it is "Bald Soprano" absurd. It must have something to do with whole mess being translated from Franco-phone to Anglo-phone and back again. That is what we are in for here, actually the mess we've got here now with bilingualism. Except ours is Spanglish to Mex and back. Moose, my horse, is a lot easier to understand and makes a lot more sense when he speaks to me by moving his ears around in equine semaphore.
I was fortunate to meet Ann Coulter at a Christmastime reception. She had written "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" about a year before. She was popular then, but it was still safe for her to go to Canada. I found her to be warm, charming and most gracious. She was jovial and friendly and completely disarming, which is probably why Canada has her on the Hate-Crime-Thought-Alert watch list. She smoked then, she is tall, shapely with long thin legs and dresses tastefully, all criminal offenses to northern unwashed protected classes, as they are here. Since then she became a super star for standing up to the left and never yielding, never afraid to wield a verbal sharp stick to poke in a lefty's eye.
Her best books, in my opinion, are "Treason" and "Guilty."

When I was a small boy, I visited my Grandmother. She had a companion, Elsie, who had been my Grandfather's nurse. She was a spinster lady who was very proper. As I recollect, she drove a light blue 1949 Dodge coupe with black leather driving gloves. Mind you, this was in Los Angeles, mean temperature 80+°F (26.666666666666668°C for Canadians). Elsie was from Canada and she seemed like a nice lady who even tolerated, but just barely, small boys. I figured her coolness was because I was a small boy. Tolerated is the operative word. Long since the Canadian Prime Ministers stopped having a Mackenzie in their name and Brian Mulroney self-effacingly stated that Canada's plan was to be the Nation that drew the best of Western Civilization with "England's form of Government, France's Culture, and America's Economy...Canada ended up with France's Government, England's Economy and America's Culture," Canada may have been cool to America, but tolerant. After all Elsie was Canada embodied, proper, with gloves on, older, virginal and tolerant.
Just after September 11, 2001, we visited a Intercourse, Pennsylvania, for a restorative change, a quilt, county fried chicken and Amish in Carriages pulled by well bred Trotters and Pacers. We saw quilts, a good looking Pacer pulling a carriage followed by an Amish girl on roller-blades. We also went to dinner at an Amish county style restaurant were the food is served on a long plank table and you dine with various other patrons as your dinner companions. You have to have 'intercourse' with your dining companions, strangers or not, in order to get the food passed, so you end talking to them. So we talked to them.
They happened to be two guys from Canada, visiting friends and on a sight seeing excursion through Pennsylvania Dutch County and then on to see New York City.
Silly me, I who had physically seen the World Trade Center buildings come down, recommended that they visit the 9/11 Sight and St. Paul's Chapel nearby, because it was such a deeply moving experience. I figured these guys from Canada were on our side and had sympathy for the attack on us.
I was told, in rather pompous terms, that they had limited time for their New York visit (OK) and that too much had been made of the attack on the World Trade Center anyway! (not OK).
They almost became added, belated, victims of 9/11!
I guess our relationship with Canada was always one of toleration, but now it seems to have spread to open disdain by many. Too bad. I felt like a dumb pup, expecting a pet, got a kick.

Mark Steyn, a Canadian, has really been put through his homeland's Court of No Hurt Feelings for Ethno-Communists-Fascist-Terrorist. Mark Steyn has shown their Human Rights Commission is a hoax and a fraud, but it is a slow learner. He addresses part the ordeal he recognized in Ann Coulter's excursion into northern exposure and his years of defense in his recent article, 'Shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theatre.'

Here is an added open letter to Americans asking us, What Have You Done?

Personal Income Drops Across the Country - WSJ.com

Personal Income Drops Across the Country
Except for Washington D.C., where the Federal Government grew bigger and worse, Maryland, a D.C. suburb, Virginia, another D.C. suburb, and Hawaii, possible Obama luau pork.

Friday, March 26, 2010

‘Whereas Ann Coulter is a hateful woman…’ | NewsReal Blog

‘Whereas Ann Coulter is a hateful woman…’

University of Ottawa Vice Provost Francois Houle (artist’s rendering)

Ann Coulter hits back, threatens Human Rights complaint

In response to that embarrassing, vaguely threatening message she got from that tax-teat sucking Canadian academic before she even set foot in the country, Ann Coulter announced last night that she is considering — you guessed it — filing a “Human Rights” Commission complaint against known Frenchman Francoise Houle (his real name).

Ann Coulter riot in Ottawa: Day Two

Understand: Establishment Canada hates America, but paradoxically, cares desperately about what America says about our country, and seeks secondhand validation from any meager attention we might get from you; consider the thirty-years-worth of boilerplate Canadian puff pieces, bragging about how many now-famous comedians we’ve “given” to Hollywood, and how we built the arm (the arm!) on the Space Shuttle like, 500 years ago, to take two of the more pathetic examples. The “look at us! Pleeeeeze!!” b.s. surrounding the supposed wonderfulness of the recent Vancouver Winter Olympics (yawn) is another.

So for us, the Ann Coulter Riot is A. Very. Big. Deal. I expect lawsuits galore, questions about the pathetic security apparatus that “protects” our nation’s capital, criminal charges and countercharges, commemorative tee shirts (the “Coulter in Canada” one pictured above is now selling fast), magazine cover stories story — I forgot: we only have one magazine — and much more.

(Note: on the topic of security — “the university handed Coulter a bill to pay for her own security, something it doesn’t do for other speakers.”)

PS: if you hear something about a Muslim girl who asked Coulter a question in London, and was “stabbed in the heart” when Coulter told her to go ride a camel, do note that my husband outed the girl as a (now former) member of an anti-Israel Facebook group.

And as Michael Coren pointed out acidly, it’s other Muslims who are more likely to literally stab a Muslim girl in the heart, or other places, rather than an outspoken American pundit.

Ann Coulter in Canada: The Dumbening

Tonight she speaks at the University of Calgary. Being Westerners, Albertans will be more hospitable to Coulter than the rioters in Ottawa and its ineffectual police “force”. In fact, the Calgary gig has been moved to a larger venue due to popular demand.

Sadly and inexplicably, Fox News chose radical lesbian activist Susan G. Cole to represent Canada on one segment on the Coulter-In-Canada controversy.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Repeal and Replace - Sen. John Cornyn - The Corner on National Review Online

Repeal and Replace - Sen. John Cornyn -


"He was notably silent when it was President Obama making pitchfork threats, and when his political ally ACORN was busing mobs to executives’ homes. Man up, Steny. Or just, you know, shut up. You’re a hypocrite when it comes to thuggery, and you and your colleagues aren’t credible playing the victim."
The DNC is sending out bulletins about 'threats,' then asking for donations.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Possible new human ancestor found in Siberia | Reuters

Possible new human ancestor found in Siberia

About 30,000 years ago Neanderthals melted away. I've heard arguments that they mated with Modern Homo-Sapiens and became part of the Eurasian human group. There is also the argument that Neanderthals were not of the same specie and died off because they were less suited to compete with the invading Modern Humans. Maybe it was a mix of interbreeding and inability to compete. If you can't beat-um, join-um, all the way.
Stranger seeming things can breed that look less alike than Modern Man and
Neanderthals. Some mammals come to mind that are the same species that can breed, such as ponies and Clydesdale's Draft Horses, dachshunds and Newfoundland dogs too.
The imagery is not to be imagined though.

Real Men in Maine Have a Wife Who’s a Teacher: Amity Shlaes - Bloomberg.com

Real Men in Maine Have a Wife Who’s a Teacher: Amity Shlaes - Bloomberg.com
There are few people who have as great an insight into the Great Depression and our current one as Amity Shlaes!


Mark Steyn - SOFT FURNISHED DESPOTISM, Happy Warrior
Do bureaucrats really think this way? Unfortunately, YES...
Just a few highlights:
"California’s Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair was merged with the Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation to create a new streamlined, more efficient bureau called – wait for it, stand well back – the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation."
A Californian reader of mine, standing slack-jawed before the “Permit to Sell Bedding” hanging at the back of his local Wal-Mart, channeled a bit of (misattributed) George Orwell: We sleep soundly in our beds at night because rough bureaucrats from the Bureau of Home Furnishings stand ready to do violence to those who would sell us unlicensed pillow cases."
There is a deal of ruin in a nation, but by the time you’ve got a Bureau of Home Furnishings you’re getting awful near the limit. Of all the petty regulatory burdens piled upon the citizen in the Age of Micro-Tyranny, I dislike especially the food handling licensing requirements in an ever multiplying number of jurisdictions from Virginia to Oregon that have put an end to such quintessentially American institutions as the bake sale and the lemonade stand. So civic participation withers, and a government monopoly not just of power but of basic social legitimacy is all that remains."
“hope” and “change” are revealed to be merely an abbreviation for a vast overstaffed Bureau of Hope and Change, whose Assistant Directors of Change and Deputy Commissioners of Hope are on a quarter-million per annum and contemplating retirement at 55 from their three-year study group to examine whether we need a new Hope Application form and Change Permit."

How Do You Define Success? » The Antiplanner

How Do You Define Success?
The Streetcar Named Conspire.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Flowers losing scent due to "climate change" maybe taxes can make the earth cooler

Flowers losing scent due to grant seeking eunuchs looking to fill their rice bowls
I love this one, but the comments at the end are the best part.
The idiot who wrote the article, of course, takes the global warming BS in as fact. The article starts with a full acquiescence: "This is the concern of environmentalists as flowers are losing their scent due to climate change and air pollution. And their fragrance may be lost forever."
The key to it lies here: "Datuk Bandar Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail said City Hall used to spend RM1.5 million ($635,100) a month to plant and maintain flowers in the city, but the contractor's services were terminated in March last year.
City Hall has taken over the planting, opting for bou-gainvillea and the tropical shrubs, Ixora, for their durability and cheaper cost."
Bou-gainvillea are a beautiful, sturdy and thorny vine that flower in a variety of colors, grows easily and rapidly, but the blooms have no scent.
Dr Abdul Latif Mohamad said "Malaysia needed to follow in the footsteps of Japan, Europe, the United States, China and South Korea which have invested millions in the research of genetically modified seeds." He can do this at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, maybe for a large fee.

---The First Three Reader's Comments---
• I think my farts are getting worse due to global warming. I may need extra carbon credits. [Rbt. Wheeler]
• Funny global warming had just the opposite effect on my armpit [Bud Holbein]
• Lost scent is due to hybridization not global warming. Quit with cross breeding and you'll get the fragrance intended back. Man playing God makes everything STINK [Lillybee]

Cheerleaders for ObamaCare: A Year of Slanted Media Coverage | NewsBusters.org

Cheerleaders for ObamaCare: A Year of Slanted Media Coverage

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Power to Persuade | The Weekly Standard

A Power to Persuade | The Weekly Standard
This front page article is a double book review about Glamour by Virginia Postrel, one of the most remarkable people alive today.
She's the past editor of REASON Magazine, when it was truly a smart read and at its zenith. She has written two insightful books that explain remarkable subtleties in how our world is shaped and now posts and writes two blogs, Dynamist (http://www.dynamist.com/weblog/index.html) and Deep Glamour (http://www.deepglamour.net/). Deep Glamour is a mixture of style, taste and some of the little unseen bizarre and a bit of the disturbing.
But most of all she is humanity herself. Her colleague Dr. Sally Satel was dying of kidney failure. When Dr. Satel's potential donors backed out and her situation became profoundly serious, Virginia Postrel offered her Kidney with an attitude as if she were making a simple passage expected in everyday life. She made a remarkable passage indeed! Unrelated to her kidney gift, Virginia Postrel later suffered breast cancer.
These two things both scare the hell out of me...and I groom, ride and/or jump my 1,250 lb. horse, who can kill me faster than I can say rear and kick. Bravery has its own armour.
A couple of years ago I happened to see her briefly at the LA Times Book-faire of C-SPAN's Book-TV. I noticed how tired she appeared and how she had seemed to age suddenly. I had not been aware at that time of her kidney donation and breast cancer. A few weeks ago she appeared with Sally Satel on John Stossel's FoxBiz TV show. She was back to her lovely, vital self, albeit with a little gray.
Here is a video interview Virginia Postrel made at REASON.TV about cancer drugs and health care reform.

Expensive, useless, a jewel for iPhone | 9 to 5 Mac

Expensive, useless, a jewel for iPhone |
You have to love the Gall (er..stones). Kinda reminds one of their Congressional, State and Local Representatives, doesn't it.

A Hat Trick

"Expensive, useless, a jewel for iPhone"

Is this the most expensive iPhone application ever?
IAmRich is the latest from developer, Armin Heinrich. It costs almost $1,000 (£599.99), and does absolutely nothing at all.
Yglesias, a philosopher by training, betrays the typical planner’s ignorance of economics when he argues that “the high cost of housing in New York, Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Santa Monica, etc. indicates that there’s market demand for walkable urbanism.” I suppose he would say that the high cost of the “I Am Rich” iPhone application — a $999.99 app that does nothing but display an image of a red jewel, and which eight people bought before Apple removed it from its app library — proves there is a market demand for expensive, useless things. In other words, we shouldn't confuse price with demand — demand is a function that considers both price and quantity.
This relates to the article in the Theoretical Institute's Antiplanner article: http://ti.org/antiplanner/?p=2887

Yglesias Is Baffled

posted in Follow up, Regional planning |
Matthew Yglesias is baffled by reality. At least, he finds the Antiplanner’s post about how zoning codes actually work, as opposed to how Yglesias imagines they work, to be “baffling and bafflingly long.”

The Strike! - Atlas Shrugs

The Strike! - Atlas Shrugs
This is more of a STRIKE BACK!
Take April 30th Off..John Galt Day.

Netanyahu’s Brother-in-Law: Obama’s an Anti-Semite - Inside Israel

Netanyahu’s Brother-in-Law: Obama’s an Anti-Semite - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

Things are at least consistent with Obama-
Obama's put a dent in racism. Will he defend Jews?

California And The The Bureaucratization Of Pornography - The Philadelphia Bulletin

California And The The Bureaucratization Of Pornography -
Is John Galt in the future of us all?
Maybe the time has come to refuse these all consuming busy bodies.
In Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Galt)
"The depiction portrays a society based on oppressive bureaucratic functionaries and a culture that embraces the stifling mediocrity and egalitarianism of socialistic idealism. In this popular mass ideology, the industrialists of America were a metaphorical Atlas of Greek mythology, holding up the world, whom Galt convinces to "shrug," by refusing to lend their productive genius to the regime any longer."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Works and Days » Is Tom Hanks Unhinged?

Works and Days » Is Tom Hanks Unhinged?
No, he is just a PC sound-biter who should know better (and so should Douglas Brinkley). Especially since he produced a WWII series about part of the Pacific War. At that time the Japanese generally exalted in their superiority over the lumbering, over-sized, slow witted American white devils. They had a brutal and racist campaign in official propaganda and action waged against Americans, Filipinos, Koreans, Indochinese and Chinese that was only matched by the Nazi's against the Jews and Slavs.
What can one say, Hanks is in the can with HBO and much of today's Hollywood. It makes him a good living and if he said anything else (no mater what he thought) he would be subjected to a form of brutality never employed by Japan during the war.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Woman of the Year!

Woman of the Year!

Posted by Jen Graves on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

As Slog Tipper Marc says, "Let this photo travel around the world 10,000,000 times."


Monday, March 15, 2010

Exorcising Toyota’s Demons - Walter Olson on National Review Online

Exorcising Toyota’s Demons - Walter Olson on National Review Online
Here is how part of the Toyota "problem" now appears to be a low-down con game with shiftless actors, lawyers, congress, experts and news-grabbers all hawking phony tales of runaway cars with defective acceleration from a bad, unresponsive, manufacturer and subsequent cover-up.
The press, looking for a fast easy story and congress finding a show trial have conspired to waste a whole lot of time and money. The worst of it all is that it gets out into the public mind with all its sensationalism, then sticks forever, while the real story languishes like a mute defendant in an unseen dungeon.

"It Didn't Start With Dateline NBC" (National Review 6/21/93)

"It Didn't Start With Dateline NBC" (by Walter Olson in National Review 6/21/93)

ABC News' Toyota Test Fiasco - Brian Ross - Gawker

ABC News' Toyota Test Fiasco - Brian Ross - Gawker

How ABC News' Brian Ross Staged His Toyota Death Ride - Brian Ross - Gawker

How ABC News' Brian Ross Staged His Toyota Death Ride - Brian Ross - Gawker

ABC’s Defective Toyota Coverage - Henry Payne - Planet Gore on National Review Online

ABC’s Defective Toyota Coverage - Henry Payne - Planet Gore on National Review Online

The Mechanics of ABC News' Unintended Toyota Acceleration Hoax - Toyota Recall - Jalopnik

The Mechanics of ABC News' Unintended Toyota Acceleration Hoax - Toyota Recall - Jalopnik

Toyota demo counters claim of electronic acceleration glitch

Toyota demo counters claim of electronic acceleration glitch, but the rigged demonstration is out there and majority of the press has moved on from the true facts of the matter.

FOX: Is Sikes A Balloon Boy? | The Truth About Cars

FOX: Is Sikes A Balloon Boy? | The Truth About the driver in that "runaway" Toyota Prius.

The Auto-Tort Circus - Henry Payne - Planet Gore on National Review Online

The Auto-Tort Circus - More Gore.
There seems to be a wide wake in the Con of Climategate...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

An appreciation: Soupy Sales, hip and elemental

An appreciation of Soupy Sales

I made Chicken Cacciatore for dinner last night. It always reminds me of when Soupy went to the blackboard for the saying of the day: "Show me a giant rooster chasing a member of Parliament.... And I'll show you a chicken catch a Tory."

Monday, March 8, 2010

PJTV - Trifecta - Unfit To Print: Al Gore's Epic OpEd Fail

Unfit To Print: Al Gore's Epic OpEd Fail
No Guts...More Gore-
So you won't have to read the 19,200 word glacier from our global warming redeemer and "indulgence seller."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

PJTV - Specials - COMPLETE PJTV INTERVIEW Climategate: Al Gore Doubles Down & Lord Monckton Ups The Ante Against Him

Here is the most articulate exposé of Al Gore's problematic defense of the indefensible!
"This is a tyranny over the mind of man."

Greg's Greg-alogue: 3/2 - FOXNews.com

Greg's Greg-alogue: 3/2 -
Al Gore "HE'S BACK" - The hydra rears his hubris head. The 'commander-in-climate' has exaggerated everything!
This is all about Al Gore flim-flam to make billions off his con.
I love what Jimmy said about Gore in the clip: "Just keep blundering ahead - nobody is a climate denier... there's a climate you Jackass"- but you treat "climate deniers" as holocaust deniers.
How inconvenient...
Speaking of inconvenient, we get a peek at pompous Rbt. F. Kennedy, Jr. lecturing the Martin Short's Saturday Night Live character, chain-smoking lawyer Nathan Therm, about how Manhattan could be under 12 feet of arctic and glacial melt water. Junior needs to stick to his political compadré, Hugo Chavez.
The only thing melting is the global warming pulpit.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Temple Grandin on HBO

Temple Grandin:
I tend to dislike most of the rot HBO serves up as a PC smorgasbord, but they did a really good job in their bio-movie based on Temple Grandin.
Temple Grandin wrote some wonderfully insightful books, including Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Her deep understanding of animals needs closer attention by all of us. She understands how the real animal world is ruthless and cruel and horribly violent. Meat animals, such as beef cattle, die much more humanly when slaughtered as opposed to their natural death in the wild, especially in slaughter houses she has designed or where she has been a consultant. Temple Grandin points this out, but it may be passed by in the film as deals with her Autism.
One can see some levels of autism in us all.
One thing that struck me in her book, Animals in Translation, was as she wrote about horses and how they have their eyes set on the sides of their head.
This makes it easier to to see behind them. That way horses tend to have an easy time finding their way back on their own. This reminded me of Charles Russell's (the Western Artist), Trails Plowed Under, where he spoke of how Indians can find their way back from where they've been. Unlike white men, Indians like horses, look around to see behind to know where they have been.

An Earlier Response to Environmental Tyranny | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

An Earlier Response to Environmental Tyranny
Here is a posting from the Foundation for Economic Education:
Al Gore Defends “Consensus”
“It is true that the climate panel published a flawed overestimate of the melting rate of debris-covered glaciers in the Himalayas, and used information about the Netherlands provided to it by the government, which was later found to be partly inaccurate. In addition, e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law.”

“But the scientific enterprise will never be completely free of mistakes. What is important is that the overwhelming consensus on global warming remains unchanged.” (New York Times Op-ed, Saturday)

It’s not about mistakes, Al, it’s about the systematic politicization of the issue.

FEE Timely Classic:
“An Earlier Response to Environmental Tyranny” by Daniel F. Walker