It's hard to think of anything the Feds don't want to control. Switching out all our light bulbs as good an example as any.
February 26, 2010
In the end, it was Brandon Gerber's game-high 20 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, that turned it Norwell's way. It was a couple of big rebound buckets and a critical forced turnover down the stretch by Klay Fiechter. It was five free throws in the last 43 seconds by Jordan Shady, Kyle Fillman and Gerber.
"These guys fought and fought and fought, and Homestead did, too. It wasn't safe until the final horn," Hawkins said.
The Knights finished this season 15-5 and head into the sectional against Maconaquah (8-11) on March 2nd.
February 25, 2010
I hope he finds peace.
The bill would grant federal recognition to Native Hawaiians, allowing them to form their own sovereign government similar to American Indians and Native Alaskans, giving them the power to negotiate over land use and cultural preservation. It would instantly create the second largest native "tribe" in the United States with almost 400,000 members -- including roughly 20 percent of Hawaii's residents based solely on their Polynesian heritage.
But many say the bill's biggest impact lies in the amount of 'ceded' lands the state and federal government may be required to transfer to the new Hawaiian nation. About 1.8 million acres were 'ceded' when Hawaii became a state. Some of those lands are expected to be returned to the native Hawaiians under the Akaka bill.
From what I understand, if this bill passes then anyone with ancestral ties to the native Polynesians who were in Hawaii before 1893 (when Queen Liliuokalani's kingdom fell) would be able to form their own government and govern themselves... and this new "reservation" would own about 25% of the Hawaiian islands. The reservation systems we know on the mainland grew out of presidential executive orders forcing Indians onto land nobody wanted... this Hawaiian deal is the exact opposite, with the U.S. government freeing her own citizens from her sovereignty and giving them land everybody wants.
Once again, this appears to be an instance of the minority controlling the majority since only 35% of Hawaiian's want this bill to pass.
February 24, 2010
February 23, 2010
Now the President's EPA is pulling the same stunt with the regulation of carbon. Faced with a Congress upset that the EPA might just tax us into depression, the EPA says, not to worry, they won't start regulating until down the road, maybe after 2016, perhaps.
So in the future, sometime after the President is long gone from office, the states are agreeing to balloon taxes to pay for our health care, balloon taxes to pay for federal and state worker pensions and balloon taxes to pay for the regulation of energy.
I'm starting to feel like an indentured servant, signing away my future freedom for free passage today. Or even worse, selling my kids into slavery for a few magic beans.
February 21, 2010
He's right, the Tea Party isn't going anywhere, it's the politicians in Washington who have to go. He seems to believe that the "Tea Party" is angling to become a third party where I think most "Tea Partiers" don't want to form a party, they want to chose candidates who will stop growing the government and start shrinking it.
February 19, 2010
2. Only pay attention to the warmest weather reporting stations
Joseph D'Aleo, the first director of meteorology and co-founder of the Weather Channel, and Anthony Watts, a meteorologist and founder of SurfaceStations.org, are well-known and well-respected scientists. On Jan. 29, they released a startling study showing that starting in 1990, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began systematically eliminating climate-measuring stations in cooler locations around the world. Eliminating stations that tended to record cooler temperatures drove up the average measured temperature. The stations eliminated were in higher latitudes and altitudes, inland areas away from the sea and more rural locations. The drop in the number of weather stations was dramatic, declining from more than 6,000 stations to fewer than 1,500.
Mr. D'Aleo and Mr. Watts provide some amazing graphs showing that the jumps in measured global temperature occurred just when the number of weather stations was cut. But there is another bias that this change to more urban stations also exacerbates. Recorded temperatures in more urban areas rise over time simply because more densely populated areas produce more heat. Combining the greater share of weather stations in more urban areas over time with this urban heat effect also tends to increase the rate that recorded temperatures tend to rise over time.
Notice in the graph how the increase in global temperature coincides with the decrease in the number of weather reporting stations.
February 18, 2010
In fact, the differences in efficiency and productivity (and why the unions are determined to penetrate Toyota's workforce), do not stop there. When GM fired over 35,000 employees between 2006 and 2008, Toyota laid off zero. GM loses almost $2,500 in profitability per vehicle where Toyota makes almost $1,500 per vehicle. This is largely due to GM's forced union contracts. GM's union, the United Auto Workers (UAW) mandates that GM pay, on average, each non-skilled line worker about $33 dollars per hour. This inflated wage includes workers who are "idle," meaning they don't have a specific job that day, but can still come to work, sit in a special facility and collect a pay check.
These artificially inflated costs, bound by forced union contracts, are sinking other US auto industries. Toyota has managed to rise above that, not by being anti-union, but by believing in and enforcing a corporate-wide model based on efficiency and improvement.
Now, the agents of the government, which controls GM, are publicly castigating Toyota in an attempt to smear the company and increase their own profitability. As a direct competitor with Toyota by way of involvement with GM, the assault against Toyota represents one of the most public conflicts of interests the business world has experienced.
Interesting... read the whole thing if you have the time.
The new deficit commission would do the country a big favor if it would put out a statement saying that there's nothing more needed than a huge cutback in spending, and a determined program to begin paying off the national debt. It should then recommended to the American people that, when they go to the polls, they send only men and women who realize the horrendous predicament the nation is now in and who plan to do what is so sorely needed.
After doing this, the deficit commission personnel should resign. Who needs a commission to discover that the nation is in a fiscal crisis?
February 16, 2010
The boy's father broke down the stroller and put it on the conveyor belt as Leona Thomas walked Ryan through the metal detector.
The alarm went off.
The screener told them to take off the boy's braces.
The Thomases were dumbfounded. "I told them he can't walk without them on his own," Bob Thomas said.
"He said, 'He'll need to take them off.' "
Ryan's mother offered to walk him through the detector after they removed the braces, which are custom-made of metal and hardened plastic.
No, the screener replied. The boy had to walk on his own.
Leona Thomas said she was calm. Bob Thomas said he was starting to burn.
They complied, and Leona went first, followed by Ryan, followed by Bob, so the boy wouldn't be hurt if he fell. Ryan made it through.
By then, Bob Thomas was furious. He demanded to see a supervisor. The supervisor asked what was wrong.
"I told him, 'This is overkill. He's 4 years old. I don't think he's a terrorist.' "
The supervisor replied, "You know why we're doing this," Thomas said.
TSA said, after a review, they didn't have to remove his braces, he should have been taken aside and swabbed for explosives. Come on! Just how many disabled four-year-old terrorists do they thing are out there?
February 15, 2010
A packed house watched the Elmhurst-Norwell game, and fans more than received their money's worth. It was 34-34 at halftime; Norwell edged ahead in the third and pushed its lead to 54-46 early in the fourth quarter. Two old-fashioned three-point plays by TeSharra Thomas and Gorman closed the gap, and Elmhurst took a 55-54 lead on an inside bucket by Liza Clemons after Norwell's center Jessica Rupright had fouled out of the game.
The lead changed hands four more times, with Norwell taking its last lead, 63-61 on a free throw by freshman guard Taylor Wilson with 46 seconds left.
Gorman then made the biggest play of the game for Elmhurst, driving coast-to-coast and completing a three-point play for a 64-63 lead with 39 seconds left.
Norwell called timeout with 20 seconds left and set up its offense for senior Jenelle Wilson to drive the lane. She made a great move, but her layup attempt fell off the rim. She then fouled out, sending Clemons to the line. Clemons hit two free throws to make it 66-63.
[Norwell Coach] Thornton praised his team's effort, but pointed to 17 missed free throws (hitting 21 of 38) as a determining factor.
"We needed to make a few more free throws," he said. "We just couldn't put a couple in back-to-back and it cost us. …We put ourselves in position to win the game. As I told them, you can't look back. You can't play the 'what if,' game and that's hard to tell the kids. We played well enough to win the game."
Norwell finishes the season 21-1. The Knights were led by Jenelle Wilson's 17 points. Amanda McAfee scored 15 points with 12 rebounds, Taylor Wilson scored 12 points and Caitlyn McGrew scored 10.
Great season, girls! I've always heard that the best officials are invisible to the game... it's a shame (for both teams) that the officiating determined who the coaches could play in this game. Sometimes officials should just let the teams play.
because it comes just 24 hours from the registration deadline for statewide candidates! While Indiana's filing deadline is on Friday, Senate candidates need to deposit 500 signatures from each of the state's nine congressional districts by noon tomorrow to qualify for the fall ballot.
The twist: If no Democrat whatsoever has qualified, party officials can appoint a replacement for that vacancy. This should be the party's saving grace since it is virtually impossible for anyone to collect 4,500 signatures within the next 24 hours. The first question, then, is whether any Democrat who was already running can qualify for the ballot by tomorrow. It looks like only one person was planning a challenge to Bayh: Tamyra d'Ippolito, who entered the race as a progressive critic of the senator. Just three days ago, d'Ippolito said she was 1,000 signatures short. If she finds them by tomorrow, Democrats need to either stick with her or convince her to withdraw; if she fails, a party committee made of up 32 Democratic officials (ethnic caucus leaders, county leaders) will get to choose a replacement who could bypass a primary.
So Senator Bayh bows out almost too late for anyone but the Democrat Party itself to chose his replacement -- handy for them... wouldn't want "the people" to decide who should run.
February 14, 2010
Professor Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia as admitted there has been no warming of the planet for the last 15 years. Jones has admitted that he is not very good at keeping data tidily. And that, in a scientist, is a startling omission. Jones had not managed the most basic task of anyone compiling a temperature record. He had not kept, in good order, the data on which the record was based.
February 12, 2010
On the other hand, the Daytona 500 is tomorrow...
Hmm. Ski jumping, Speed Skating, Biatholon.... or Danica Patrick's first Daytona....
General Motors Co., the recipient of a taxpayer bailout, is moving the work they do to Mexico, they said.
"I feel betrayed that the taxpayers bailed out GM, and GM is sending jobs to Mexico," said Dave Moore, vice president of United Auto Workers Local 2242, which represents employees of the foundry.
Hopey Changey and all that.
Well, actually he lives in Washington D.C. in a $2 million home and vacations in Delaware in another nearly $2 million beachfront property. Why waste money in Indiana.
February 11, 2010
"The depth of the solar minimum in 2008-2009 really took us by surprise," says sunspot expert David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "It highlights how far we still have to go to successfully forecast solar activity."
That's a problem, because human society is increasingly vulnerable to solar flare ups. Modern people depend on a network of interconnected high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. Smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services, emergency radio communications-they can all be knocked out by intense solar activity. According to a 2008 study by the National Academy of Sciences, a century-class solar storm could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.
"Understanding solar variability is crucial," says space scientist Judith Lean of the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC. "Our modern way of life depends upon it."
Not to mention the effects of the Sun on the Earth's climate.
February 10, 2010
February 8, 2010
The solution the country ultimately settled on had five important features: checks and balances so that the branches would police one another; a large republic so that majority sentiment was fleeting and not intensely felt; a Senate where the states would be equal; enumerated congressional powers to limit the scope of governmental authority; and the Bill of Rights to offer extra protection against the government.
The end result was a government that is powerful, but not infinitely so. Additionally, it is schizophrenic. It can do great things when it is of a single mind - but quite often it is not of one mind. So, to govern, our leaders need to build a broad consensus. When there is no such consensus, the most likely outcome is that the government will do nothing.
The President's two major initiatives - cap-and-trade and health care - have failed because there was not a broad consensus to enact them. Our system is heavily biased against such proposals. That's a good thing.
Make sure you click on the link, this is an interesting article by Jay Cost and there's lots more to it.
Update: [Jay] Cost is 99% right. But his argument misses the crucial 1 percent. The Left doesn’t want to govern, it wants to rule.
Strike 1: Hacked IPCC emails show core scientists hiding data and corrupting the peer review process
Strike 2: IPCC claim of Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 was an off-the-cuff guess by one man
Strike 3: IPCC claim of global warming wiping out 40% of the Amazon rainforest was a guess by a green/eco group
Strike 4: IPCC claim of global warming causing a 50% reduction in African agriculture by 2020 was a lie
Strike 5: IPCC claim of global warming causing an increase in hurricanes and floods was withdrawn by the author.
How long until Europe and the United States start following the science, as well?
Update: Fox News reports on President Obama planning yet another new agency -- this one to study the climate... and not one word of any of the above information is mentioned. Why? Why would America's taxpayers _need_ a new agency to study the climate when we already have NASA _and_ the NOAA?
Obama's of two minds: he's a little league fiscal conservative toeing the plate in his State of the Union address against a Nolan Ryan leftist staring in from the mound. Even if he ever hits the ball he'll stay at the plate shaking his stinging hands.
February 7, 2010
This past Sunday reports about the President's budget began to leak out. On Monday, the budget was officially released, and voters saw that all of the pretty fiduciary responsibility talk within the SOTU was just that, talk. With that Obama's approval numbers dived faster than a congressman rushing to spend our last dollar. Each one of his approval numbers are now worse than they were the day of the State Of the Union.
February 6, 2010
1. Gone With the Wind: $1,537,559,600
2. Star Wars: $1,355,490,100
3. The Sound of Music: $1,083,781,000
4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: $1,079,511,500
5. The Ten Commandments: $996,910,000
6. Titanic: $976,712,20
7. Jaws: $974,679,800
8. Doctor Zhivago: $944,670,800
9. The Exorcist: $841,427,600
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: $829,490,000
More at the link...
"The greatest gift my parents gave me was to be raised a Christian. I plan to give 60 percent of all after-tax winnings to charity," Kiefer, 59, said in a statement released Friday by the Texas Lottery Commission.
February 5, 2010
February 4, 2010
For those who say, the Republicans did the same, that doesn't make it right. Throw them all out!
February 3, 2010
Here are the Sectional Drawings:
Game 1 – Bellmont vs. Wayne.
Game 2 – Norwell vs. Peru.
Game 3 – Maconaquah vs. Winner of Game 1.
Game 4 – Elmhurst vs. Winner of Game 2.
Championship – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4.
February 2, 2010
February 1, 2010
President Obama's budget "is not like most budgets, with some tax-code tinkering and spending." No, he says, "this budget is a choice. We are about to make a decision whose consequences will last for generations."
"This budget presents a choice of two futures," Ryan says. "Don't look at the president's rhetoric, look at his actions. His substance implies a different reality. Not only is this budget worse than the last one, but it triples our debt within ten years, features gushers of tax increases, and relies on some partisan commission to do the heavy lifting on fiscal policy after the next election. Make no mistake: This is a budget aimed to advance the administration's philosophy and ideology. By increasing taxes and letting the country spiral into debt, this budget is a firm step toward transforming America into a collectivist society overseen by a social-welfare state."
This is the same Paul Ryan who President Obama singled out during his meeting with Republicans the other day as having ideas worthy of discussion. The President's budget is just really, really "out there" -- going in the opposite direction by far from what most Americans want.
I guess we just don't understand & need to have it made more clear to us.
Under the path laid out by the president, absent the work of the fiscal commission, the national debt is set to rise to a staggering 77 percent of the economy by 2020. That year, interest payments on the debt alone will be $840 billion; by way of comparison, all non security discretionary spending in 2020 is estimated to be $537 billion. And these terrifying numbers reflect the optimistic scenario.
The President is trying again this year to take money from charities, planning to pull in $300 billion to the Federal Government by reducing charitable deductions and mortgage deductions. He's assuming another $150 billion in savings on health care despite the health care fiasco on the ground at his feet.
Our elected officials see themselves between a rock and a hard place, they think they will lose their jobs if they cut spending because spending is how they keep their jobs today. Neither party deserves to remain. It has been clear for a long time that Social Security and Medicaid have to be cut. It has been clear for a long time that states cannot continue to spend half their budget on education and the other half on government worker pensions. The power of the Tea Partiers is that none of this bribery will work on them.... for the most part, Tea Partiers are Eliot Ness to the current gangster-filled political landscape. Money bombs are falling all around the looters in Congress and they'll be replaced by people who don't intend to make their career through bribery.
Knights take 4th NHC crown in a row
Norwell came into this game without the services of two starters due to injury: Rupright (strained hamstring) and Alyssa Smith (torn ACL).
Yet, just as the Knights motto has been all year — “Next man up” — up to the occasion rose junior Amanda McAfee. McAfee caught fire in the second quarter, scoring nine of Norwell’s 14 points, including two free throws at the end of the half to give them a 26-25 lead.
“Amanda was just relentless tonight,” said Thornton. “She was all over the glass, she was looking to score, and she gave us the nice inside outside game we needed.”
An investigation by Dr Benny Peiser, director, Global Warming Policy Foundation, has revealed that only 13 of the 1,117, or a mere 1 per cent of the scientific papers crosschecked by him, explicitly endorse the [Man-made Global Warming] consensus as defined by the IPCC. Thus the very basis of the claim of consensus on global warming is false. And so deeply entrenched is the global warming lobby, the prestigious journal Science did not publish a letter that Dr Peiser wrote pointing out the lack of consensus.
Read the whole, fascinating article. It has been clear for quite some time that any claim of consensus is fraudulent and that is why President Obama was laughed at in his State of the Union Address last week when he said, "I know there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change."
"There are those who disagree?" As Marc Morano said, "We are witnessing the Berlin Wall moment in the global warming regime." -- The claims of the IPCC are falling to the facts they have so long ignored and suppressed.