Fun-Filled Fact Fades Fast (When It’s About Global Warming)

CornfieldThe Fun Fact of at least, this week and maybe even this month: A study has  shown that adding all that corn-based alcohol to make gasoline more ‘green’ is contributing more toward global warming than plain gasoline contributes. Oops?

This seemingly significant disclosure has somehow not been plastered in the headlines. Odd, considering the sheer magnitude of the production and spending it engenders. Corn prices have risen past what food uses would sustain under the Federal mandate that compels gasoline refiners to use a required annual minimum amount of the alcohol.. Just what our distressed unemployed need, right? And of course, adding stuff to gasoline increases its costs too.

Our “always thinking of the American welfare” governors have not seemed to notice this any more than the Major Media have noticed it. Guess the great minds are busy with more important things, right? Though it’s hard not to notice that the reduction of anything to do with ‘global warming’ is held out today as a major priority among  the mighty and Al Gore and Joe Biden, too. Maybe Hillary will stand up on this? Unlike silence, that might be mistaken for leadership.

But perhaps we hope for too much. If the plain, measured fact that the globe isn’t warming doesn’t slow the anti-energy parade, why should we expect the truth of gasahol to touch it? When all that nice money is rolling by corn farmers and politicians? Hmnn … If we plow the back lawn under and plant corn next yeat …

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Obamacare, The Economy And The Empress’s Lover

Potemkin VillageRussia’s Catherine the Great  once set out down the Dnieper river  to inspect all the development accomplished by her favorite and sometime lover Grigory Potemkin when he governed the Crimea. Per the story, Potemkin, having been lying about it to the Empress, built fake movie-set false fronts along the river, which Her Majesty accepted at face value since she never left the boat. Fake construction since is called, a Potemkin village … unless it is called Obamacare.

Social security taxes collected are insufficient to pay for current pensions and benefits. Medicare taxes collected do not fund Medicare, nor is Medicaid funded fully by taxes assigned to it. Those, plus foreign military adventures, underlie the American government deficit. So when the Obamafolk decided to supply health insurance to some 20 to 40 million people who had heretofore lacked coverage, the first question was: How will it be funded? Obamacare includes some hefty tax increases as a result. But the joker is: Those tax increases and new taxes will not pay for Obamacare or even come close to that. You may read more about that here. 

Throwing the money-hungry Obamacare needy onto the pile of social welfare deficits is the equivalent of throwing an anchor to a drowning man. The single problem of the unemployed and those with failing businesses is: a lack of money. So our governors have addressed this by attaching an enormous leech, sucking additional money from the private economy, the only source of wealth creation that we have. Since the economy was in deficit before Obamacare was fastened upon it, this program is beyond irresponsible. The conspiracy theorists are now claiming that the President is deliberately destroying the economy for an excuse to assume dictatorial powers in the resulting disorder.

We don’t predict that but we do predict some disorder if the financial reins aren’t taken by some mature and responsible type pretty soon. Even a government printing its own money can only do so for a while; then the currency degenerates.

Obamacare is a fallacy on its face; it cannot be funded by the present economy. It is added to obligations that already are not being funded out of our economy but are running on debt that taxpayers must repay, with added interest. The present economy cannot pay any of that. with present policies. And the folk who have done that are still in charge and still doing more of it. Which is to say, the American economy today is a Potemkin village with the taxpayers in the part of the Empress Catherine.  She is said to have died when a horse ah, fell on her. The Amerian economy may well fall when its debt does likewise …

 

 

 

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Gleanings From The Passing Scene … (Politically Uncorrected)

Alfred_E__NeumannAnother bit of the life of our world has passed by us; the fallout is assembled below for your use or abuse or even, amuse, as you prefer.

House Speaker Boehner evidently plans to meet his pledge to provide illegal immigrant amnesty by attaching a sneaky provision to the “must pass” defense bill; a provision that confers citizenship upon illegals who volunteer for military service. People have wondered why this is in the new bill since that has been in the law for decades. Once passed by the House, the plan is said to be to amend the provision up into the entire “Dream Act” in the Senate, where it will pass. After the Senate has sewed its suit of clothes onto the House’s button, a conference committee of the Speakers’ friends will close the deal and amnesty will be law while the border remains porous. Who elects these guys, anyway?

Obamacare  has given rise to a new term: “medically homeless”. These are folk who lacked insurance before signing up with Obamacare and after doing so, have insurance but can’t find a doctor who will serve them. Well, our Prez promised that you can keep your doctor; he didn’t promise to supply one if didn’t have any … And we’re told that the newly revised government health care statistics from the Census folks will so scramble things, that the effects of Obamacare will no longer be identifiable. Now, why did they do that?

Japan is expanding its military footprint for the first time in over 40 years, in response to China’s newly aggressive claims to islands in the East and South China sea.   Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines are present victims of the putsch; very reminiscent of the old: “What’s mine is mine; what’s yours, is negotiable.”

Chicago’s recently dropping crime rate is now alleged to be the result of book-cooking between the police boss and the Mayor. What, chicanery in Chicago? Can’t be!

A Long Island High School indefinitely suspended students for “displaying” a Confederate flag at school … Hmnn, if the South rises again, it won’t be when school is in session.

Western Washington (public) University put out a questionnaire asking how to reduce the numbers of white students on campus. Where’s a good, indignant attorney when you need one?

The U.S. is putting $10 M into border security … in Moldova.

Viagra ice cream, anyone? It’s available! We prefer not to think about this …

ICANN  will evidently remain under U.S. supervision; the White House received much blowback at its move to hand internet supervision to an international commission.

Fruit and vegetable prices are rising; beef, pork and shrimp are at record highs. We might suspect inflation, had the government not assured us otherwise …

Remember when public schools were controlled by locals? The Feds, starting in July, have banned “junk food” in schools. Kids clearly don’t vote …

A SARS research lab somehow has lost 2,000 vials of the deadly virus (everybody hold your breath).

5 people were stabbed to death at a Canadian house party. This will vanish from the news even faster than the 22 stabbed recently at a U.S. high school. (No guns to agonize over)

86 million full-time, private sector, productive workers are providing tax money to support 148 million recipients of government benefits. You may do the math … The graph of our declining workforce may help.

The Mayor of Peoria, IL did not appear to see the humor in the Twitter parody of hizzoner by a resident; he sent to police to raid the man’s home and confiscate his electronic gear. Remember when such events only took place under Nazi or Communist regimes?

Google and to a lesser extent, Facebook, are being accused increasingly of serving government at the expense of citizens. A marriage made in … well, you decide.

Hawaiian lefties, of whom there are many, are pushing for local regulation (read: abolition) of the international food giant seed farms on the island; the test labs of GMO seeds and farming. The ‘activists’ want the “Frankenfoods” eliminated, though the requisite horror stories are so far, unavailable. Genetically engineered food is helping millions heretofore starving; the anti-GMO left evidently wants to let ‘em eat cake …

Some are wondering why the Obamafolk are bulding so many paramilitary SWAT units. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

The onetime City of Detroit is said to be discussing a $100 million Federal bailout with the White House. The White House can print up the money, Detroit can pour it down the same drain it has been using and the taxpayers, who will be on the hook to repay it all, already can’t repay what the haven’t yet realized that they owe … same old, sme old!

Well, we knew that this was destined, didn’t we? A woman undergoing fertility treatments (in vitro fertilization) has discovered that she has been implanted with the perfectly healthy and so far as we know happy, twins destined for another woman. We can see a sitcom in the future … If she aborts, will the other woman sue or perhaps file murder charges? If she carries to delivery, can she keep the twins? Can she or the other woman (or both) sue the fertility clinic? If so, how will damages be determined? Who is responsible for the kids? Besides the sitcom, a whole new field of law is opening up here!

While we appreciate the Creator’s obvious sense of humor here, we do feel for the victim, too.

And so another week of the ongoing human comedy, unexpurgated and now all yours.

 

 

 

 

 

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Presidents G. Washington And B. Obama, A Missing Cherry Tree And America’s Wealth

George WashingtonObama PinocchioUntil we arrived at a university, the name of our first U.S. president coming up in a conversation almost universally served as the paradigm of personal honesty. We were nearly all brought up with the legend of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree and confessing to the deed because “he could not tell a lie.”

Most of us also went to some Christian church or perhaps a synagogue and were steeped in the Ten Commandments and related  hellfire for transgressors. We learned as children that lying was shameful and wrong and socially despised. We knew that lying existed of course; we did it ourselves to escape punishments but we remember being handed punishments for some childhood transgression with  an additional punishment tacked on for lying about it. The message was clear.

One primary difference between Euro-North American society and the rest of the world, is the degree of political corruption extant. It is also notable that the degree of wealth and the related standard of living differs as well, almost exactly following the honesty of the societies. The more corrupt the society, the greater the degree of poverty. You can see it on the map.

Parenthetically, it is notable that the borders of these societal variances are also the borders of Judeo-Christianity’s historical development in the world. We believe that this is no coincidence; you are free to decide for yourself. However you decide, we are in the midst of a social change that may determine the truth of the matter; we in that society have largely abandoned the religion that characterized it; the West so called, is no longer also “Christianity.” Most seem pleased enough at that, with the feeling of having thrown off a burden.And we note that today’s school children seem unfamiliar with that chopped cherry tree.

Instead of a president extolled for being unable to tell a lie, we have arrived at one who claims that you can keep your doctor under Obamacare, knowing it to be untrue. His minions lie to Congress and to the press, which now lies to us. Government statistics are no longer accepted unquestionably. Truth itself is no longer highly regarded; we have adopted moral relativism that degrades it. Such changes have historically, never been free. They have typically accompanied decaying societies and their meaning today is fueling discussion. 

It seems to us that there is little need for discussion of one particular aspect of this. American society is heading for widespread poverty, compared to the recent past. We are returning to the same historical median of socio-political corruption as seen in the rest of the world and that will return us to that level of wealth, or rather, lack of it, as well. Add to that government policies that raise costs and lower business opportunities.

We have gone from President Washington who could not tell a lie, cheap energy and can-do Americans to President Obama who cannot tell the truth, demonized energy and you aren’t allowed to do Americans. We saw the early rsult: Unprecedented wealth; the new product is taking shape in front of us …

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Obama “Weakness” On Syria And Ukraine Is A Bad Rap …

Now It's Up To You, Mr. President ...

Now It’s Up To You, Mr. President …

We’re not Obama fans and to be honest, out of fashion as that may be, we aren’t Bush fans, either. But we noted that much of the anti-Bush spiel was hokum and it seems to us, so is much of the current attacks on our President. Both, we believe, have done or failed to do plenty to complain about; these cheap, hypocritical and specious complaints do nothing to advance the welfare of our Republic. Maybe they sell newspaper and sponsor’s products?

An especially annoying example is the fuss now over President Obama’s handling of Syria and Ukraine. The decades-in-office Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is fighting a civil war against a mix of secular rebels and Islamic fundamentalists that attacks Mr. Assad’s regime when they aren’t busy attacking each other. Mr. Assad floats on a flood of Iranian and Russian support that keeps his head above the flood … barely.

Ukraine hasn’t been a country since roughly, the 14th Century; it has passed back and forth among Poland, Russia, Austria and was even Lithuanian for a while. So when the Soviets turned it loose, there was little political tradition upon which to build a nation upon short notice. Full of the same corruption as its long time Communist master Russia, it has struggled to cohere, burdened with a Russified East and a European-aspiring West that speak different languages and live in different cultures.

Does this seem the fault of our President? Or for that matter, of his predecessor? Hardly. The world’s declining economy (that we’re not supposed to notice) roused the Syrians and Ukrainians both; we can blame both Obama and Bush for their share in that, but only for the share. Others are hip-deep in that. Russia needs to distract is folk from its economic inadequacy; rebuilding the Russo-Soviet Empire will serve and is under way in Ukraine. It started in Georgia a couple of years ago and though unremarked in the news, is going on in Moldova and elsewhere as well. No Obama/Bush fingerprints here … though perhaps Mr. Obama sees a need for some distractions, too.

So we ask: What do the folk complaining of the Presidents’ “weakness” suggest that he do? Are we to send troops to Ukraine? Attack Russia? What? We hear that we should supply weapons to Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is disorganized, with some troops favoring Russia and some not. There is no effective government. Who would end up with those weapons? And Ukraine is, like Syria, dead broke and in need of a huge financial bailout. Mr. Putin is picking up a Tar Baby that he may spend a long time regretting. The U.S. is in deficit with excessive debt, how will it finance a Ukraine involvement? Mr. Obama’s critics are silent on these points.

In Syria, our Prez. could have much more effect at a much cheaper cost. Just supplying air support for the “rebels” would make a huge difference. But do we want a Syria sans Assad but fallen into a failed state fought over between murderous Islamicists and secular rebels unable to agree on anything but more killing? Such as Libya? What is there for America in that?

So for us, the question is, what do we want our President to do and our response is: Unfortunately, nothing. We can’t save the world from itself and we as yet, haven’t saved the U.S. from itself. That should be our priority. So let’s get off the Prez on these foreign affairs and complain about American finances; that’s something he can address … and should! His succession of huge deficits with less spending always “tomorrow” doesn’t do what is needed. Here, he shows real weakness, fearing to represent the truth to the American people. Beef up your courage, Mr. President … You find it easy enough to kill your chosen enemies with drones, why can’t you kill some deficits? That would be leadership!

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Cosmology, Religion, Politics, Human Nature … And Reality?

Reality Sucks!There is much that we don’t understand in our cosmos. We don’t understand relativity, for instance. They say that a traveler at high speed through space would, were he to return to earth, find that decades had passed in an interval that seemed to him, much shorter. Well, if you say so … To us, that requires that a chemical reaction on the traveler’s vessel must proceed simultaneously at different rates, depending upon the location of the observer. Thus, the same molecules are behaving more than one fashion at the same time. Again, if you say so … But to us, in our ignorance, is suggests that you have made an illusion, a convenient finagle factor to balance your equations.

Another problem for us is the magnitude of the universe. It’s observably a large place, measured in terms of billions of light years. As light is said to shuffle along at some 286,000 miles in one little second, a year at that rate is an impressive distance. Billions of such years boggles our small mind. And raises the question: If the Creator thinks we’re as important as we think we are, why did He construct so much unused universe around us, universe that we can’t even visit, let alone use? We don’t seem so important afloat in all that! As said, we’re pretty ignorant.

But some things seem understandable, our own human nature being one. We have, after all, been using it and observing it for rather a long (by our standards) time. So when some of our own species attempts to exploit that nature for his, her and now we guess, its benefit, we tend to become a tad defensive since it’s all been paraded in front of us before over our recorded as well as legendary history.

Go back and read of the ancient Jews repeatedly falling away from the Lord’s righteous path, into idolatry and sinfulness as the Bible puts it. Not just once, either. Jump ahead to old Rome and read of its fall from conservative rectitude into empire and decadence. Or if you prefer, visit Constantinople (now Istanbul), or Teotihuacan. Our species seems to channel the annual flowers, blossoming into a short-lived flowering and then dying away into a political winter until another Spring permits another, greater, flowering.

We can see enough of the world coming together now with our new technology to recognize a familiar politico-economic path that we have trod so many times, a path that has led to social dissolution repeatedly in the past. We see no reason that it will lead elsewhere this time, though we are assured that is so by folks who in most cases, are invested in that belief. In any event, we shall see whether “That which I feared has come upon me!” or whether we are just as our young tend to tell us, too old to get it, anymore.

Wanna bet?

 

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History, The Spoils System, Civil Service … And Buyer’s Regrets

Civil Servicethe IRS is demanding the list of contributors to a Ron Paul group. Apparently the agency’s pursuit of non-Democrat political groups continues without Lois Lerner to head it. We note that Ms. Lerner has so far, thumbed her nose at the Republicans in Congress. One House committee sent a recommendation that she be prosecuted to Eric Holder’s Department of Justice; we can guess how far that will progress. Another committee voted that she be held in contempt of Congress and the Republican House agreed. Opera bouffe, to date. An American administration is openly using the Federal government to punish the political opposition.

Richard Nixon was criticized for this based on his then infamous “enemies list.” Compared to the Obamafolk, his was penney-ante stuff.

Hollywood is famous for its “blacklist” of conservatives in a liberal town; such folk are denied jobs and financing when discovered. In an allegedly free country, such conduct is reprehensible, but hardly illegal. The misuse of the Federal government this way is illegal. Unfortunately, it is that government’s job to enforce those as well as the rest of the laws.

In Russia, Iran or China, identification as a government opponent makes one unemployable and eventually, prosecuted for whatever is handy. Obviously, the United States is hovering over that abyss and there is nothing going on that seems likely to halt that. A prominent CEO was recently fired for his position re gay marriage; the similarly positioned CEO of Chick-Fil-A has just apologized for his views.  Visitors to a Texas IRS office saw numerous Obama buttons and stickers among the employees, a violation of the civil service concept. America seems about a half-step from Russia, China and Iran.

The country appears to have returned to the spoils system over the recumbent body of the Civil Service laws, that ironically were installed at the behest of Progressives. Today’s voters have not lived under a spoils system nor have public schools educated them; it will likely require decades of experience before enough citizens react to what is being lost now.

As is unfortunately common in history, that which is being lost, is likely to be appreciated only after it is too late.

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