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Oct
23

Just A Reminder

Just a reminder that the Project VALOUT-IT fundraiser starts on Monday!  I will again be supporting Team Army, but in the long run it's our troops that win.  Just ask our founder - Chuck Ziegenfuss...

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Oct
23

Save A.....

Uh oh....another sign that it is getting awfully cold in a normally very warm place.  There is something that PeTA and I can agree on.  That the authors of this book are out of their ever loving minds!

Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialise in sustainable living, say pet owners should swap cats and dogs for creatures they can eat, such as chickens or rabbits, in their provocative new book Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living.

Now there is one thing I can agree with the authors on, but not for the reasons that they state.

The couple have assessed the carbon emissions created bypopular pets, taking into account the ingredients of pet food and the land needed to create them.

As someone who has lived most of her life with dogs, cats, horses and an odd goat or two, I will readily admit that the pet foods that we feed today are bad.  They are bad nutrition for the dogs and cats.  Most commercial pet foods are full of processed grains and dogs were never ever meant to eat the amount of grains that we feed them today.  Dogs and cats are carnivores - meat eaters, not herbivores.....but I digress.

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Oct
23

Winds Of Change

I still can't believe it - twenty years ago, on November 9, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down.  But it makes sense - my husband was in the Army, stationed in West Germany right before the wall came down.  While where we lived was not near Berlin, the young Germans that we hung out with (I spoke semi-fluent German and all our friends spoke fairly fluent English so it all worked out) were pretty much a good representation of the young people that helped bring the wall down.  We suspected it was coming, but we were still surprised to see the much longed for "Winds of Change" become reality.

President Obama has declined an invitation from our good friends in Germany to attend a celebration of that night 20 years ago - an event the President reminded Berliners of in his speech last year when he talked about how "This city, of all cities, knows the dream of freedom.".  But when it comes to the "dream of freedom", President Obama has been oddly silent as Bret Stephens pointed out in the Wall Street Journal this week.

Those were the words. What's been the record?

China: In February, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Beijing with a conciliating message about the country's human-rights record. "Our pressing on those [human-rights] issues can't interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis," she said.

In fact, there has been no pressing whatsoever on human rights. President Obama refused to meet with the Dalai Lama last month, presumably so as not to ruffle feathers with the people who will now be financing his debts. In June, Liu Xiaobo, a leading signatory of the pro-democracy Charter 08 movement, was charged with "inciting subversion of state power." But as a U.S. Embassy spokesman in Beijing admitted to the Journal, "neither the White House nor Secretary Clinton have made any public comments on Liu Xiaobo."

Sudan: In 2008, candidate Obama issued a statement insisting that "there must be real pressure placed on the Sudanese government. We know from past experience that it will take a great deal to get them to do the right thing. . . . The U.N. Security Council should impose tough sanctions on the Khartoum government immediately."

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Oct
22

On The Pathway

Just a few stories about life under government run health care.

Remember the whole controversy over "death panels"-the idea, as President Obama dismissively put it, that greater government control over medicine would cause bureaucrats to "pull the plug on grandma"?

Well, for weeks now Britain's newspapers have been filled with articles about the National Health Service pulling the plug on grandma...

The story leads off with the story I posted on earlier this week.  It then moves on to....

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Oct
22

Penn Jillette On Free Speech

Penn & Teller have been long time favorites of the Logical Husband and myself.  We have thoroughly enjoyed the specials over the years and when they started their ShowTime series "Bullsh*t" we considered getting ShowTime until I found that they posted the episodes on-line (their episodes on "Sensitivity Training" in season 6, "Wal-Mart" and "Anger Management" in season 5 and "P.E.T.A" in season 2 are screamingly funny).  While Teller (the silent partner) doesn't say anything in public, Penn Jillett is not shy about expressing his opinions.  A small "l" libertarian and professed aethist, Penn is a regular on ANY talk show that will take him, be it Larry King, Keith Olberman or Glenn Beck...and it was his appearances on Beck's program that drew the ire of Jillette's childhood idol - Tommy Smothers.

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Oct
20

What Happened To The "Will" of The People?

Wow - just wow.  I don't even know where to begin (HTAustin Roth in the comments at The Moderate Voice) ...

KINSTON, N.C. | Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.

The Justice Department's ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their "candidates of choice" - identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.

Is the Obama Administration Justice Department really saying that "black voters" are too dumb to figure out who to vote for without having the big "D" behind their name?  That is certainly what it seems like.

I am used to county and city elections being non-partisan - they are non-partisan in Minnesota.  And it's funny because "black voters" in Minnesota have no problems identifying their "candidates of choice" there?  Maybe the Justice department is just saying that North Caroline "black voters" are too dumb to figure it out on their own....

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Oct
19

Lace Up The Ice Skates...

The Obama Justice Department announced today that it would overturn yet another Bush era policy....

Federal drug agents won't pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.

Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.

The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said.

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Oct
18

Is Anybody Listening?

Earlier this week, a friend sent me a link to this analysis on the 2010 elections.

Political handicappers are looking at the 2010 Senate contests and they see lots of blue seats turning purple and red before their eyes.

TOSS-UPS

Stuart Rothenberg yesterday moved Harry Reid’s seat from ‘Narrow Advantage for Incumbent’ to ‘Toss-up.’

When you look at the Democrats in his ‘Tossup’ category, you wonder whether these are really toss-ups or whether Rothenberg is whispering ‘it will all be okay’ in their ears.

* IL Open (Burris, D)
* Dodd (D-CT)
* Reid (D-NV)

When you consider the fact that you have 6 incumbents that have been in the Senate for DECADES and an Illinois Senate seat that in normal years would have been a given you pay passing attention to the possibility of a "toxic" election year environment.  Then you look at the analysis from the Washington Post today....

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Oct
17

Why People Oppose ObamaCare

There are a number of reasons why so many people are so adamantly opposed to a government take over of health care.  Whether it is warehousing the sick...

Hazel Fenton, from East Sussex, is alive nine months after medics ruled she had only days to live, withdrew her antibiotics and denied her artificial feeding. The former school matron had been placed on a controversial care plan intended to ease the last days of dying patients.

Doctors say Fenton is an example of patients who have been condemned to death on the Liverpool care pathway plan. They argue that while it is suitable for patients who do have only days to live, it is being used more widely in the NHS, denying treatment to elderly patients who are not dying.

Fenton’s daughter, Christine Ball, who had been looking after her mother before she was admitted to the Conquest hospital in Hastings, East Sussex, on January 11, says she had to fight hospital staff for weeks before her mother was taken off the plan and given artificial feeding.

Ball, 42, from Robertsbridge, East Sussex, said: “My mother was going to be left to starve and dehydrate to death. It really is a subterfuge for legalised euthanasia of the elderly on the NHS. ”

But hey - there at least it's not called a "death panel" right?

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Oct
17

He Who Shows Up...

Michelle Malkin (among others) is in high dudgeon over the NRCC and RNC throwing their support behind Republican endorsed Congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava (something Jazz and I discussed this morning on MidStream Radio)

Here’s the dirty little secret about political candidates and officeholders labeled by the mainstream media as “moderate Republicans”: There’s usually nothing moderate about them. Consider the case of “moderate Republican” Dede Scozzafava, the GOP nominee in the New York 23rd congressional district’s special election.

Handpicked by local party pooh-bahs and supported by Beltway GOP leaders, Scozzafava is vying to replace former GOP Rep. John McHugh, who abandoned his seat to accept President Obama’s nomination as Army Secretary. There’s certainly no urgency to tack left. The upstate New York district is as safe a Republican district as they come. The GOP has triumphed in every election there since 1871. Obama eked out a victory in the district last fall, but the Democrats have no real traction on the ground.

Emphasis mine because that is the key phrase - Ms. Scozzafava was chosen by the local party.  It is the duty of the local Congressional District's party to chose which candidates they are going to run (as AP pointed out in his post)

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Oct
16

Drill Here, Drill Now Redux

Gee - I wonder why no one in the media reported this announcement.

North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in an area known as the Bakken Formation.

A U.S. Geological Survey assessment, released April 10, shows a 25-fold increase in the amount of oil that can be recovered compared to the agency's 1995 estimate of 151 million barrels of oil.

Technically recoverable oil resources are those producible using currently available technology and industry practices. USGS is the only provider of publicly available estimates of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources.

New geologic models applied to the Bakken Formation, advances in drilling and production technologies, and recent oil discoveries have resulted in these substantially larger technically recoverable oil volumes. About 105 million barrels of oil were produced from the Bakken Formation by the end of 2007.

Given that there are reports that some Gulf States are in talks to replace the dollar as the currency of the oil trade (a report that has since been denied) it would certainly be a wise move for the US to start producing more and more of it's own oil.  Then again, no one has ever accused the Democrats in Congress of ever being wise so you know it will never happen.....

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Oct
16

Why Tort Reform Is Necessary...

...not just in the health care debate, but in everyday life as well....

Wet floors are slippery. Dolphins love to splash. So the folks who run the Brookfield Zoo should have known accidents were bound to happen, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

Allecyn Edwards sued the Chicago Zoological Society and the zoo because she claims they “recklessly and willfully trained and encouraged the dolphins to throw water at the spectators in the stands making the floor wet and slippery,” “failed to provide warnings of the slippery floor” and “failed to provide mats … when the staff knew the floor would get wet and slippery,” among other negligent acts, according to the complaint.


Earth to Ms. Edwards....going by your own logic YOU SHOULD HAVE ALSO known that wet floors were slippery and you should have either a) avoided the dolphin pool or b) paid attention to what you were doing and walked in a manner that would have prevented a fall. 

If the Chicago Zoological Society bears any culpability in this accident then so do you!  For the very same reason.

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Oct
14

Why Is It?

Why is it when you are protesting the loss of life in a war, you should be able to get right up in the face of the people you are protesting....Why is it when you are protesting the loss of life due to capitalism in an "unregistered protest" it is asserting your right to protest, but if you are protesting the loss of life due to abortion it is something that needs to be regulated and shut down at all costs.

In a political about-face, Mayor Daley said Friday he would sign legislation creating a protective zone around Chicago hospitals and clinics to keep patients and employees from being "harassed" by abortion protesters.

My question not only to Mayor Daley, but to the Utah Judicial System (and anyone else who thinks that this is approrpiate) is why is it OK to "harass" GOP convention goers and the citizens of Pittsburgh or Tokyo or any other city who has offered to host conventions like the G-8, but it is not OK to "harass" people going into abortion clinics to end the life of an unborn child?

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Oct
14

A Volcanic Solution

Here is a prime example of some really creative thinking in the market to solve a problem and help reduce energy use all at once!

It is a breathtaking world of volcanoes, endless prairies and ethereal winter landscapes.

Not, you might think, the most obvious place to stick millions of the world's computer servers which are, for all their uses, rather less attractive.

But the country now wants exactly that - to become home to the world's computing power...

The problem is that while these computers look innocuous, they use a lot of energy.

There is of course the power you need for the servers themselves, but almost as significant is the energy used to keep them cool.

"For every watt that is spent running servers," says Dr Brad Karp, of University College London, "the best enterprises most careful about minimising the energy of cooling and maximising efficiency typically find they are spending 40-60% extra energy on just cooling them."

In Iceland, with its year round cool climate and chilly fresh water, just a fraction of this energy for cooling is needed. It means big savings.

Emphasis mine and a side note.  As someone who has spent the vast majority of her adult working in and on servers, I can attest to how much energy is used to keep servers "at temperature".  Most server rooms have to be kept at a "frigid" 62 degrees in order to keep the servers temperatures at an optimal level.

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Oct
13

Look Out Jon Stewart

CNN will be fact-checking YOU next....

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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This really is a funny bit.

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Oct
13

And Then There Is Minnesota...

I wrote earlier about what the Utah Legislature does right.  As I was finishing that up, I got this in the in-box from the folks at MinnPost.

The longest and deepest recession since World War II may be history by several measures, but Minnesota's economy, as measured by state revenues, still is living the struggle.
The state's sales tax receipts for the quarter ending Sept. 30 were 13.5 percent below the sums received for the same quarter last year, according to an economic update [PDF] issued Monday by the office of Minnesota Management & Budget.
Individual income tax withholding, which closely tracks wages, was down 7 percent from a year earlier. Corporate returns were down sharply, too.

While MinnPost author brushes by the reason why tax revenues are so far down, she does not really tackle the issue...

Because unemployment almost surely will rise even while recovery starts, "everything is going to be lagging," she said.
"Sales taxes will be lagging because people still are afraid they are going to lose jobs," she said. "Wages are going to be stagnant. It's not pretty."
It's particularly ugly for at least one in 10 Minnesotans who are unemployed or underemployed at lousy part-time jobs. They are fighting grim, gut-wrenching hardship that many of their families never have seen before.
They are flocking to food shelves, putting off health care and bunking with relatives.

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