Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The most seductive myth about ethanol is that it will free us from our dependence on foreign oil. But even if ethanol producers manage to hit the mandate of 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022, that will replace a paltry 1.5 million barrels of oil per day -- only seven percent of current oil needs. Even if the entire U.S. corn crop were used to make ethanol, the fuel would replace only twelve percent of current gasoline use.
Another misconception is that ethanol is green. In fact, corn production depends on huge amounts of fossil fuel -- not just the diesel needed to plow fields and transport crops, but also the vast quantities of natural gas used to produce fertilizers. Runoff from industrial-scale cornfields also silts up the Mississippi River and creates a vast dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico every summer. What's more, when corn ethanol is burned in vehicles, it is as dirty as conventional gasoline and does little to solve global warming: E85 reduces carbon dioxide emissions by a modest fifteen percent at best, while fueling the destruction of tropical forests.
But the biggest problem with ethanol is that it steals vast swaths of land that might be better used for growing food. In a recent article in Foreign Affairs titled "How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor," University of Minnesota economists C. Ford Runge and Benjamin Senauer point out that filling the gas tank of an SUV with pure ethanol requires more than 450 pounds of corn -- roughly enough calories to feed one person for a year.
Thanks in large part to the ethanol craze, the price of beef, poultry and pork in the United States rose more than three percent during the first five months of this year. In some parts of the country, hog farmers now find it cheaper to fatten their animals on trail mix, french fries and chocolate bars. And since America provides two-thirds of all global corn exports, the impact is being felt around the world. In Mexico, tortilla prices have jumped sixty percent, leading to food riots. In Europe, butter prices have spiked forty percent, and pork prices in China are up twenty percent. By 2025, according to Runge and Senauer, rising food prices caused by the demand for ethanol and other biofuels could cause as many as 600 million more people to go hungry worldwide.
See ethanol does far more harm than good. When hysterical morons like Al Gore start trying to cram some magic bullet down the throats of Americans in order to save the world, it always turns out badly. Government mandates for E85 are based solely on political correctness and political payback to the corn industry, that is all. It has nothing, nothing to do with global warming or energy dependence.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, when government stays out of the market and consumers make decisions with their wallets, everybody benefits.
At the UK-based Islamic discussion forum Ummah.com, they’re discussing whether it’s all right to kill children while waging jihad: [Is it] impermissible to kill women and children in all circumstances?
The verdict, according to a spiritual leader? No problem killing them.
But you can only rape the women if you capture them first and make them slaves. Then it’s OK, because it’s no longer rape at that point.
Not convinced? Here are the Imam's exact words. You can decide for yourself...
The apparent [Thahir] is that it is (permissible) for us to kill their women and children- even if it means that we lose profit/benefit from it [since keeping them alive is a profit/benefit because they become the property of the Muslims]; (and killing them in this situation is permissible) due to it threatening the hearts of the enemies and a humiliation for them.
There you have it right from the horses mouth ladies and gentlemen. While these "moderate" Muslims may not engage in terrorism against women and children themselves, they recongnize it's usefullness and allow for it's employment in world-wide jihad against infidels.
There's a Muslim sect which trying to have a "worship center" built in my neighborhood. Obviously the residents are against it. The local media will predictably take the side of the Muslims and castigate those of us in opposition as racist bigots.
The taliban are murdering South Korean peace workers in Afghanistan as I write this.
This raises the big question: Is it free practice of religion in America if the message to your church membership includes the barbaric, violent treatment of anybody, man, woman or child, who doesn't embrace Islam? In this post 9/11 age, is the Islamic radicalization of our neighbors something we as a nation want taking place in our churches? Constitutionally, what can we do to stop it?
General Motors Corp., the largest U.S. automaker, reported an $891-million profit for the second quarter of the year, driven by strong sales in emerging global markets and reduced costs from its restructuring efforts.
On the brink of collapse, the greatest American car company pulls out a huge profit after reorganizing and sticking it to the abysmal labor union thugs....Oh man I love the brazen, shameless pursuit of profit!!!
Monday, July 30, 2007
NEW YORK -- A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Quran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions.
Stanislav Shmulevich of Brooklyn, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, both hate crimes.
That's right. Because the State decided that this guy was thinking something hostile toward a group with special protections, he's guilty of a greater crime than otherwise. He's been prosecuted for his thoughts. If you can't taste the bile in your mouth after reading that sentence, you are a bad American.
When Andres Serrano immersed a crucifix in his own urine, he was awarded tax-payer money for his "art" and praised by fishwrappers like the NYTimes. All Mr. Shmulevich did was immerse the Quran in urine. Why wasn't he given taxpayer money for his "art" and praised by the NYTimes? Could it be because, ever since 9/11, perversely, Arabs now enjoy special protected class in America? Or could it be that liberal America is just particularly hostile to Christianity? Or both?
You can pervert, defile, or otherwise desecrate the symbol of Christianity all you want and liberal democrats will love you and throw money at you to do it some more, but God help you if you think bad thoughts about the great religion of Islam.
"I ... don't think it makes sense to have an immigration policy that says that if an illegal couple—a couple that comes across the border illegally—has a child here, that child becomes a U.S. citizen, that then the whole family gets to come in, if you will, through 'chain migration,'" he said.
The fourteenth amendment guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the United States, but that has become a powerful lure for illegals to sneak across the border in their ninth month of pregnancy just so they can have their baby here and receive free medical care. They know that the compassionate American government will not send them back and will even welcome the immediate family so as not to appear to be keeping families apart. After that, there are dozens of taxpayer funded programs of which they can take advantage.
"But Ed", you ignorantly argue, "illegal immigrants come here just to have a better life and they contribute their fair share to the tax box. Why shouldn't they take advantage of programs that are offered?"
It is a fact that the average illegal family consumes 3 times more in social program largesse than they contribute. If this trend continues, at some point there will be more demanded by the shiftless illegal immigrant class than is available and the whole system collapses. The automatic citizenship clause of the Constitution should be repealed. I don't have a problem with insuring that a visitor to this country, illegal or not, has a safe delivery. The baby should assume the citizenship of the parents' home country and should be sent back there at the earliest convenience. That George Bush has failed utterly and miserably to do anything about this problem makes him derelict in his duty as president in my book. Which ever republican goes on the record promising to do something, anything to stem the illegal invasion, he'll get my vote for president.
It's OK to feel sorry for them, but to shower them with fabulous cash and prizes, at tax-payer expense, because they managed to get here in time to have their baby in the Santa Fe Wal Mart parking lot is wrong-headed to say the least.
Friday, July 27, 2007
(AP) SAN FRANCISCO Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
"The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described," a doctor who examined Tillman's body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.
The doctors -- whose names were blacked out -- said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.
Ultimately, the Pentagon did conduct a criminal investigation, and asked Tillman's comrades whether he was disliked by his men and whether they had any reason to believe he was deliberately killed. The Pentagon eventually ruled that Tillman's death at the hands of his comrades was a friendly-fire accident.
The medical examiners' suspicions were outlined in 2,300 pages of testimony released to the AP this week by the Defense Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Among other information contained in the documents:
-- In his last words moments before he was killed, Tillman snapped at a panicky comrade under fire to shut up and stop "sniveling."
-- Army attorneys sent each other congratulatory e-mails for keeping criminal investigators at bay as the Army conducted an internal friendly-fire investigation that resulted in administrative, or non-criminal, punishments.
-- The three-star general who kept the truth about Tillman's death from his family and the public told investigators some 70 times that he had a bad memory and couldn't recall details of his actions.
-- No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene -- no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck.
As a former member of the military, I can't imagine something like this taking place but I guess I'm naive and idealistic like that.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I have an idea for the absurdly rich Edwards family...how about living in a house not the size of the SuperDome...that would be a start.
Tangerines, now on the list of things you can't have if you want to save Mother Earth.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Green circle was obtained from the Salat Times utility at Islam.com. It shows the direction to Mecca from Somerset PA. The red arrow shows that a person standing halfway between the tips of the giant crescent and facing into the center of the crescent is facing almost exactly at Mecca. The meaning? A crescent that Muslims face into to face Mecca is called a mihrab and is the central feature around which every mosque is built. (Everything you see in this graphic remains completely intact in the superficially altered Bowl of Embrace redesign.)
If you want to take a closer, in depth look at this outrage, go here, and read about the number of lives lost according to the memorial is not the American passengers, but it's the passengers plus terrorists who are remembered fondly....absolutely unbelievable!!!
A crowd of 100 stunned stargazers brought a town centre to a standstill when five mysterious UFOs were spotted hovering in the sky.
Drinkers spilled out of pubs, motorists stopped to gawp and camera phones were aimed upwards as the five orbs, in a seeming formation, hovered above Stratford-Upon-Avon for half an hour.
The unidentified flying objects lit up the otherwise clear night sky above Shakespeare's birthplace in Warwickshire on Saturday.
And it would be even cooler if one of these sightings ended up with a close encounter of the 3rd kind....CONTACT!!!
Why, if even 1% of these sorts of sightings were real, has there never been a single shred of evidence other than grainy pictures and anecdotal accounts?
WASHINGTON - The nation's lowest-paid workers will soon find extra money in their pockets as the minimum wage rises 70 cents to $5.85 an hour on Tuesday, the first increase in a decade.
Look you bleeding-heart, guilty, liberal, white people, entry level jobs aren't there to support a family of four as disingenous democrats would have you believe. If you are trying to support a family of four by cooking hamburgers at McDonald's, then you are both stupid and incompetent. You're stupid for not finishing high-school and for reproducing children you cannot afford. And you're incompetent for being such a bad employee that your boss won't give you a raise.
Entry level jobs exist for many reasons, none of which include making a living. FIrst and foremost, they exist because employers need basic unskilled labor to perform menial tasks that a monkey can be trained to do. It is of benefit to young people because they can learn job responsibility, diligence, establish a sound work ethic, learn new skills, establish work-place contacts and references, and prove their worth to their employer, thus earning a deserved pay raise.
Statistically, only 3% of entry-level, minimum-wage employees are still making minimum wage six months later. If you are even moderately competent, demonstrate work ethic, a willingness to learn, and personal responsibility, your boss will recongnize your value to his business and give you a raise to keep you from taking a higher paying job elsewhere. That's how the labor market should work.
When sniveling democrats impose a minimum wage on the market, employers can afford fewer employees. The result of a minmum wage increase is that fewer young workers will be able to find starter jobs where they can hone their labor skills. The result of that, is we have more unemployed young people on the public dole. This is a double win for socialist democrats as they get to preen in front of the cameras about how much they care about poor people, while at the same time creating more of them.
Here's a small business owner, coughing up more money to his hamburger cook than the cook is worth to his business. Later, he'll have to fire one of his employees to be able to afford to pay the others.
Monday, July 23, 2007
ROCKVILLE, Md. — Charges against a man accused of repeatedly raping and molesting a 7-year-old girl were dismissed last week because the court could not find an interpreter fluent in the suspect's native West African language.
Mahamu Kanneh, a Liberian native who received asylum in this country and attended high school and community college here, according to The Washington Post, was denied a speedy trial after three years awaiting a court-appointed interpreter who could speak the tribal language of Vai.
He went to high school and college here! He can understand English just fine. That the smarmy degenerate he hired as a lawyer would pull something like this (now don't laugh) is an embarassment to the legal profession. (Having said that, it's hard to embarass a sleazy criminal defense lawyer as they hold positions on par with drug-dealers and pimps in terms of public respect for what they do.)
Where's the justice for this little girl and her family? Letting a serial child-rapist go based on what is surely a lie, is unthinkable to me. I told my wife this morning that if this had happened to someone in my family, I could see myself seriously considering taking the law into my own hands and hiring a hit on this guy or maybe seeking the satisfaction of doing it myself.
If you're a 7 year old girl, the scales of justice apparently don't work for you, when your attacker has a sleazebag attorney who's willing to lie to get him off.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
NEW YORK - David Stern led the NBA through drug problems and work stoppages. Now his league faces the stigma of a point-shaving scandal involving a referee.
The NBA acknowledged Friday that the FBI is investigating Tim Donaghy for betting on games, including ones in which he officiated.
According to a law enforcement official, authorities are examining whether the referee made calls to affect the point spread in games on which he or associates had wagered over the past two seasons.
The referee had a gambling problem and was approached by low-level mob associates through an acquaintance, said the official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
I don't really know why everybody's so shocked. The NBA is rife with strong gang associations, rap industry-associated violence, and general less-than-responsible behavior from it's players. I'm sort of surprised the refs haven't fallen into the gang/thug lifestyle before now.
Of course, what this guy did was way worse than what Pete Rose supposedly did. This guy actually had a direct affect on the outcome where as a manager, Pete could only watch...and besides, if Pete did bet on his own team, he was betting to win and it was never suggested that he threw a game the way this guy could have orchestrated.
The fallout from this is that in all pro sports but especially NBA, every close call, every objectionable call, every technical foul, and every ejection will automatically be met with suspicion of, "Why did he make that horrible call? He must have had money on the game."
I think referees do a terrific job of calling games at the college and pro levels. It's a shame one guy can breech the most sacred trust of organized sports, which is, the expectation of the fan that the game on the court/field is clean, and cast years of doubt as to the integrity of all officials.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Vick's legal troubles prompted Nike on Thursday to suspend the release of its latest product line named after the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. Nike has told retailers it will not release a fifth signature shoe, the Air Zoom Vick V, this summer. Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said the four shoe products and three shirts that currently bear Vick's name will remain in stores.
Vick will be arraigned next week in a Richmond, Va., federal courtroom on charges of sponsoring a gruesome dogfighting operation.
Look, I'm all for due process but from what I've seen, Vick more or less ran this operation whether present or remotely.
Seriously? Dog fighting? I can't think of a more ghastly, horrifying hobby. Anybody who was involved in this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I mean, how do you explain to your 8 year old why he can't wear his #7 Falcons jersey anymore?
I think this whole dog fighting thing stems from the same cultural depravity and moral vacuousness from which gangsta-rap, "Don't Snitch", pimps-and-hos, drugs, cop-killing, and gang-warfare comes. Some black culture(especially some in the NFL and NBA) glamorizes all this stuff and most of it is thinly-veiled crime. That particular slice of culture respects violence, brutality, and the taking of life....human or dog. Hopefully some people will wake up to the reality that the thug life style isn't all that glamorous and profitable. Vick had the world in front of him and it looks like he blew it.
I borrowed this picture from a blog called So What Happens Now. The guy's handle is "pfah" when he leaves comments on some of the websites we both frequent.
Japanese scientists used a range of data to calculate the environmental impact of a single purchase of beef.
Taking into account all the processes involved, they said, four average sized steaks generated greenhouse gases with a warming potential equivalent to 80.25lb of carbon dioxide.
This also consumed 169 megajoules of energy.
That means that 2.2lb of beef is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions which have the same effect as the carbon dioxide released by an ordinary car travelling at 50 miles per hour for 155 miles, a journey lasting three hours. The amount of energy consumed would light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days.
It's such a seldom occurance, that I am compelled to remark on it, when I can irritate nutty eco-liberals by single-handedly increasing the temperature of Earth by engaging in two different, simultaneous, Earth-harmful activities. You all know I take pride in the size of my carbon footprint, and I love to irritate environmentalist zealots. With that in mind, I'll be gassing up the 15mpg SUV tonight and driving the family to a steakhouse for a slab of grilled animal flesh.
My mouth is watering just thinking about eating some corn-fed beef.
This week Ann ruthlessly flays liberals' attempt to have it both ways in the GWoT. On the one hand they love to use the war as an endlessly useful bludgeoning tool against Bush and conservatives while at the same time, hedging their criticism just in case we get attacked again. Ann's point? Pick a side dumb liberals.
Be sure to check it out here.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
A leading Palestinian “resistance” figure has confirmed what many suspected all along: Yasser Arafat died of AIDS.
Seriously though, how does one of the leading Muslim terrorists being homosexual play with Palestinians specifically, and with Muslims in general? Surely a good old fashioned stoning or like 100 lashes would have been in order.
A fact unknown to most people, Yassir Arafat liked to frequent the gay bath-houses common in San Francisco.
Thanks to Reid for jumping in whenever the spirit moves him.
I see where billb made an appearance in the "comments" section last night. We've missed his sarcasm and left-of-center appraisal of current events. See, liberals do serve a purpose if only to force conservatives to be able to defend our correct positions.
Anyway, keep checking in. I'll be getting at least one post a day. I appreciate you guys stopping by on a regular basis.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan's northwest coast on Monday, killing at least seven people, injuring hundreds and damaging a nuclear reactor that leaked water containing radioactive material into the sea.
The Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant, the world's largest in terms of power output capacity, leaked about 1.5 liters of water in the building housing one of its seven reactors, said Katsuya Uchino, an official with plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Uchino said the water contained a tiny amount of radioactive material - a billionth of the guideline under Japanese law - and is believed to have flushed into the sea.
Boy the wacky environmentalist zealots around the world will have a field day on this one. But there's one fact they'll ignore. I've heard this story reported dozens of time over the weekend on TV and the internet and only today have I read where the leakage was limited to 1.5 liters(approximately the same amount of product John Edwards uses daily on his hair). Everybody in the media is wailing about the environmental disaster...you'd think it was Chernobyl all over again.
As it turns out, the Japanese can build a nuclear reactor right on top of the ring-of-fire.
Rising prices for food have led the United Nations programme fighting famine in Africa and other regions to warn that it can no longer afford to feed the 90m people it has helped for each of the past five years on its budget.
The World Food Programme feeds people in countries including Chad, Uganda and Ethiopia, but reaches a fraction of the 850m people it estimates suffers from hunger. It spent about $600m buying food in 2006. So far, the WFP has not cut its reach because of high commodities prices, but now says it could be forced to do so unless donor countries provide extra funds.
What the UN fails to recognize is that free-market capitalism is what feeds the world. Name a single country which embraces private enterprise, the rule of law, and capitalism in which food and economic prosperity aren't abundant. The UN has been taking the generous donations of money and food from Americans and distributing it in Africa. If countries like Chad, Uganda, and Ethiopia would stop killing each other and started living like civilized human beings, they could have all the food they want. Those countries have some of the most fertile land on Earth. They could be prosperous food exporters instead of desperate, miserable, hopeless, dying refugees.
Children like this would have all the food they want if their governments would embrace American-style capitalism.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
British adventurer and swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh on Sunday became the first person to swim in the icy waters of the North Pole, to raise awareness of how global warming is effecting the polar ice cap.
Pugh, 37, took 18 minutes and 50 seconds to swim one kilometre (0.6 miles) in the minus 1.8-degree Celsius (28.8-degree Fahrenheit) water -- the coldest water ever swum in, he claimed in a statement.
"I hope my swim will inspire world leaders to take climate change seriously. The decisions which they make over the next few years will determine the biodiversity of our world," he added.
"I want my children, and their children, to know that polar bears are still living in the Arctic. These creatures are on the front line up here," he added
The polar bears are doing just fine. It's half-witted environmentalists who risk their lives to "prove" a non-existant point who are on the front lines...the front of the line to the insane asylum.
What kind of a living can one make as an adventure swimmer? Rather than frolicking with the polar bears, shouldn't he be at his job pursuing profit for his family's well-being?
Friday, July 13, 2007
DETROIT (AP) - Democrats John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton consider themselves among the top presidential candidates.
They were caught by Fox News microphones discussing their desire to limit future joint appearances to exclude some lower rivals after a forum in Detroit Thursday.
Edwards says, "We should try to have a more serious and a smaller group."
Clinton agrees, saying, "We've got to cut the number" and "they're not serious." She also says that she thought their campaigns had already tried to limit the debates and say, "We've gotta get back to it."
Specifically Mike Gravel and the elfish Dennis Kucinich were peeved after hearing the recording. The bigger picture is that the democrat party is quite fractured and this revelation hopefully will widen and deepen the resentment toward Hillary and Silky Pony which many in the dem base feel.
Hillary and the Breck Girl plot to get rid of what they see as "lesser" candidates.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
That's right folks, your federal government uses the force of law to seize half of what you make in order to hand it over to free-loaders who they feel deserve it more than you do. Translated, a soulless bureaucrat takes your money that you earned and hands it over to some loafer who didn't earn it, but promised to vote for that soulless bureaucrat in the next election. Sure, some of it goes to legitimate projects like roads, bridges, and the military but the lion's share goes to pet projects that craven politicians use to buy votes.
You'd think that the gutless bureaucrats in DC would at least listen to the American people as they're stealing from us and close the southern border, stop funding the useless U.N., and reform the tax code. But DC politicians know their life-blood comes from sticking their tentacles as deep into the American worker's pocket as they can. Until we stage a tax-payer revolt and install a flat tax or better yet the Fair Tax, our own government will continue to rob productive Americans in order to give hand-outs to unproductive, loafing Americans (and Illegal aliens).
So starting tomorrow my labor will belong to me and my family...I think I'll work a little harder.
Here's how the federal government sees all productive Americans.
Illegal alien advocates like to lump all illegals into one big, we-just-want-a-better-life family. I will accept that it is certainly the case for most of them. That being said, there are many thousands who aren't here for a better life. They are here as drug dealers, rapists, gang members, welfare leeches, drunk drivers, theives, etc. Given that we have limited resources with which to enforce the immigration laws, wouldn't it be prudent to kick out the undesirables among the millions of illegals first? I would agree to letting the productive, tax-paying, assimilated illegals hang around until their cases are dealt with, if the feds would start aggressively hearding the criminal illegals out of the country the second we lay our hands on them.
All illegals aren't equal, some are less equal than others.
These are the very first guys we should ruthlessly deport.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Burping cows and sheep are being targeted by UK scientists to help bring down Britain's soaring levels of greenhouse gas pollution. Experts at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth say the diet of farmed animals can be changed to make them produce less methane, a more potent global warming gas than carbon dioxide. Farmed ruminant animals are thought to be responsible for up to a quarter of "man-made" methane emissions worldwide though, contrary to common belief, most gas emerges from their front, not rear, ends.
This is pure, unadulterated idiocy! Animals have been burping and farting for billions of years on Earth. Typical of liberals, environmentalists don't care one bit about the consequences of their moronic actions, only about their good intentions.
Cows, taking their rightful place in the environmentalists' gun-sights with other environmental criminals such as American factories, SUVs, and light bulbs.
Monday, July 09, 2007
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, July 9 (UPI) -- A study of Canadian fifth-graders found they prefer larger portions of snacks and fast foods and smaller portions of vegetables than recommended.
You don't say? I guess Canadian moonbats don't have enough to worry about with a failed health-care system, Muslim dihimmitude, and that Porky's and Meatballs remain their top grossing films of all time. They are tackling Canada's really difficult problems like why children like junk food more than collard greens. Gimme a break!
I like junk food better than collard greens too.
I may be wrong but I'd put money on being right.
p.s. a cookie for anybody who can name the "shenanigans" reference.
A total of 1,328 Zimbabwean businessmen and women have been arrested and fined for breaking official price controls in the past two weeks, police say.
The government ordered that the prices of many goods be cut in half, in order to tackle the world's highest rate of inflation - more than 3,700%.
But businesses say the new prices are below cost, so some firms have closed.
Zimbabwe's neighbours are trying to work on a plan to revive the economy - once one of Africa's most advanced.
Officials have been visiting shops and businesses to ensure they are respecting the new prices.
And if you don't get anything else from this article, get this Econ-101 lesson...
But this has led to panic buying and goods running short, when the prices are reduced.
When Jimmy Carter tried price controls in the seventies, he created instant shortages. It's the main reason(there are many others) his presidency is remembered as one of the worst in history. Now America's liberals like Carter, and most of Hollyweird, praise Hugo Chavez in Venezuela for doing the exact same thing there. He's nationalized all the privately held industry. You watch, in addition to the terrible overall future Chavez has insured for his country, Venezuela will soon decend into economic and social anarchy. Simply because the rules of capitalism weren't allowed to operate. EVERY time a government meddles with a free economy, it results in very bad things for the people.
Democrat moonbats in this country would step in to control and maipulate the American economy at every opportunity if they aren't prevented from it by responsible conservative voters. If you can't think of any other reason to NOT vote for a democrat, then look at Cuba, Zimbabwe and Venezuela. There's a reason liberal democrats in America adore Castro, Mugabe, and Chavez...it's because they are ruining(or have ruined) their respective countries the same way liberal democrats in America would like to ruin ours.
Behold the face of evil. If it weren't for the U.N., Hollywood, and Jimmy Carter, Robert Mugabe would have no friends at all.
Friday, July 06, 2007
I scored only 33% and I'm fiarly well acquainted with Al Gore's anti-American, socialist drivel. It's telling that the Unabomber sounds exactly like Al Gore. And you smelly hippies out there think he should have been president...sad! All I can say is thank heaven for stupid Florida voters who can't punch a hole in a simple piece of cardboard.
Al Gore or the Unabomber? From their rantings, who can tell?
Here's the caption: Senior White House staff members attend the rededication ceremony of The Islamic Center in Washington June 27, 2007. From L-R are: Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Frances Townsend, White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES)
That's right folks. Bush administration officials wearing the hajib on U.S. soil to signify their submission to the Muslims...the very same Muslims who sympathize with the terrorists and who refuse to condemn acts of terror. Absolutely unbelieveable! I never would have thought Karen Hughes would humiliate herself for some imagined political gain. Actually she doesn't look very happy about it.
Does Bush really think that the Muslims will like us if we force our women to wear their stupid submissive garb? It only makes us look weak and pathetic in thier eyes...and they would be right. This shameful display only emboldens the terrorists to attack us. Right about now in a damp, dark cave somewhere, they're sitting around in dirty nightshirts, smoking hashish, and having a good laugh at the idea that we can get them to like us by dressing like them.
Why are we tip-toeing around and fighting only whoever happens to shoot at us, while allowing an endless resupply of terrorists to flow into Iraq from Iran, Syria, Jordan and whatever other Arab country wants to send their jihadists to fight the great satan? I get the whole we-must-fight-them-over-there-or-they-will-come-here argument. That's a valid argument in theory, but look what's happened since we invaded: Europe continues to be victimized by terrorists, our soldiers continue to die in great numbers, the enemy in the field is unidentifiable, other countries are subsidizing our enemies, the expense in blood and treasure is rapidly mounting, and autonomous terrorist cells exist in great numbers in every western country. Killing a bunch of terrorists in Iraq only kills a bunch of terrorists in Iraq. It doesn't cut off the head of the snake as Bush would have us believe. For every terrorist we kill in Iraq, there are hundreds of unidentified terrorists around the world just waiting for the right time to attack a mall, gas station, airport, commuter train, whatever.
The problem with fighting in Iraq and nowhere else, and Bush should have forseen this, is Iraq is not where all the terrorists are. They are all over Europe. They are in the U.S. waiting for an opportunity to attack. They are in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Gaza, Egypt, you name the Muslim country and there you will find hot-beds of jihadi indoctrination. That we are spending the current amount of effort in Iraq seems to me, short-sighted and ineffective.
"But Ed", you smugly point out, "it's easy to be a Monday-morning quarter-back. Instead of criticizing the actions of others, why not offer your solutions"?
Very well, I will. First of all, we have to recognize that the Islamic jihad against the West exists, is moving forward, and cannot be stopped short of complete nuclear annihilation of those countries which support it. Not an altogether unpleasant thought, but I assume that's out of the question. That being the case, spending all our resources in Iraq fighting a relatively small, endlessly replenishable pocket of jihadists when there are thousands around the world who would kill us when the chance comes, is to me, mind-numbingly obtuse in vision and strategy.
Second: we should extricate ourselves from Iraq at the earliest possible time at which they can defend themselves.
Third: we have to become petroleum independent. Relying on mid-east oil compels us to care about how we treat the Arab countries who hate us while selling us oil and accepting our aid. Energy independence would allow us to not care what they thought if we called an air-strike on a mosque in their country that we knew harbored terrorists.
Fourth: Every time we even think there is a plot to strike in the U.S., we should have the resolve to attack the source regardless of whose country it's in.
Fifth: we must close our borders and increase the vigilance with which we inspect those entering from known terrorists states.
To sum it up for you, we must make it more painful to be a terrorist than to sit peacefully in the third-world squalor and misery that part of the world will always be in. We don't have to invade any country, but we should be willing to attack any training facility we find...anywhere.
If anybody has a better idea about how to peacefully coexist with crazed, blood-thirsty, murdering terrorists, I'd love to hear it.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
FOUR cops were sent to a mum’s home — to demand her daughter’s garden TRAMPOLINE.
They were backed by THREE council officials — and insisted safety rules meant she must surrender the 14ft trampoline.
She had splashed out £280 for the sports kit less than a month ago as a sixth birthday gift for daughter Katie-Jane, a gymnast.
Mum-of-two Charlotte said she was left baffled by the demand because she always supervises her daughter’s bouncing and even installed a safety net.
Charlotte, of Tadworth, Surrey, said: “I begged for it to stay and they agreed, as long as I took it down myself. I’m amazed the police didn’t have anything else better to do.”
They even warned her year-old son Jack’s “unsafe” sandpit could be filled in.
Nanny-state intrusiveness like this creates a dependent, numbed population unwilling to think or act on their own behalf to save their own lives, since the "state" is doing everything for them. That's why the Brits don't seem alarmed when local Muslims attempt, some successfully, to kill civilians with bombs. They don't feel responsible for anything...even themselves.
Sadly this little girl may live to see the asinine nanny-state government of England replaced with a hard-line Islamic one.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Thanks to multiculturalists like Brown, who refuse to see that the his country is being radically colonized by blood-thirsty Muslims, you can stick a fork in the U.K. It is done as a country.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 24-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore was arrested for drug possession on Wednesday after he was stopped for allegedly speeding in his hybrid Toyota Prius, a sheriff's official said.
Al Gore III -- whose father is a leading advocate of policies to fight global warming -- was driving his environmentally friendly car at about 100 miles per hour on a freeway south of Los Angeles when he was pulled over by an Orange County sheriff's deputy at about 2:15 a.m..
A subsequent search yielded a small amount of marijuana, along with prescription drugs including Valium, Xanax, Vicodin and Adderall, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. There were no prescriptions found, he said.
The shock here isn't that Al Gore's son smokes dope, all kooky environmentalists probably do. Neither is it shocking that a pharmacy's worth of recreational prescription drugs was found in his possession. Who wouldn't need to be medicated to live with being the fruit of Al Gore's loins? No the shocker in this story is that he managed to get a Prius to go 100mph. He should get off for that feat alone.
The Toyota Prius...future NASCAR qualifier.
Monday, July 02, 2007
LONDON (AFP) - London Mayor Ken Livingstone called on Britons Saturday not to demonize Muslims after a double car bomb plot was foiled in the capital, amid fears of a Islamist terror threat.
At the same time he criticized Britain over its ties with Saudi Arabia, which he said had fuelled intolerance in the past through its Wahhabist form of Islam, creating a "major problem."
"In this city, Muslims are more likely to be law-abiding than non-Muslims and less likely to support the use of violence to achieve political ends than non-Muslims," he told BBC Radio.
"They have played a good and active and growing role in creating a multi-cultural society," he added.
UUUGH!!! Multiculturalism! "good and active"? Are you kidding me? The former great nation of England is being aggressively colonized by hostile Muslims and this moron calls their role good and active? He must be a democrat.