On Climate Change

A really interesting post on cincinnatusblog.com entitled Climate Change – An Explosive Mixture of Science, Politics and Economics. It's really very good, in my opinion. The author reflects upon the scientific method as it applies to climatology, CO2 & water vapor as greenhouse gases, Global Warming & Politics/Economics, etc.

His concluding paragraph is very much in line with my thinking. There he lists an immediate need that we could actually remedy—all that TARP money could solve that problem now!

Your Part To Play

President Obama has called upon all Americans to sacrifice, to do their part (in just what ways we have to wonder). So congratulations you've done a lot already but probably haven't felt the effects just yet.

The average national debt burden has risen an additional $55,000 per household in the US this year alone. Your household share now comes in at $546,668—so reports USA Today.

For what it's worth, The U.S National Debt Clock reports (as of today) that the national debt burden for each and every American (based upon the estimated population) is $36,970.86.

I'd start saving now I guess, but it goes up every single day. I'll need to get a couple of extra jobs to do my part I guess. You too... All of us...

Moral Tyranny

So fitting for the direction our so-called leaders are heading the country. From an essay by the brilliant C. S. Lewis1:

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of it victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
At least, they claim what they are doing is for our own good. That they are just looking out for us. You have to wonder though: Moral tyrants, robber baron's or both?

1 Lewis, C. S. "The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment." God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics. Ed. Walter Hooper. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1994. 292

33 Minutes or Less

In the face of North Korea's brazen nuclear and missile tests, is there any sane argument against continuing to ramp up our missile defense system—instead of decimating them with budget cuts. Do the right thing Congress & President Obama—Provide For The Common Defense!

If you haven't seen it, check out the trailer to 33 Minutes at Heritage.

MAD (Mutual Armed Destruction) worked when it was just us & the USSR facing each other down. These days nuclear proliferation isn't going to stop just because we speak kindly to other nations or want to wish it away. A rogue state with a single nuclear warhead, just one, would be enough (as they say) to hold the world hostage.

When policy & diplomacy fails and a nuclear ballistic missile is suddenly headed our way, either we stop it or life in America will never be the same again.

Why in the world would we throw out this important technology, that has cost billions to develop even as the world gets more dangerous every day. Kim Jong Il, Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Putin and all the rest of them are just dying to see what Obama is NOT going to do about these threats...

Relevant Links:
North Korea’s Nuclear Challenge
A Fast Way to Lose the Arms Race

Supreme Court Nominee: Sonia Sotomayor

Duke Law School 2005:
"All of the legal defense funds out there, they are looking for people with court of appeals experience because the court of appeals is where policy is made. And I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don't make law. I know. Okay, I know. I'm not promoting it. I'm not advocating it. I know."

Well, at least she's being honest about legislating from the bench...

European Socialist Utopias

If they only knew how they manage to survive... they would surely keel over if they realized it was America's "fault."
The great unspoken truth? Somewhere right now, a US ship, an American soldier, a circling F-16 keep the Russians honest, the fear in al Qaeda, the Straits of Hormuz open, the commerce of the Mediterranean safe–unknown, unappreciated to the mass of European utopian citizenry—whose cultural ancestry made us Americans what we are.

Everything You Read On The Internet Is True!

Irish student hoaxes world's media with fake quote

When Dublin university student Shane Fitzgerald posted a poetic but phony quote on Wikipedia, he said he was testing how our globalized, increasingly Internet-dependent media was upholding accuracy and accountability in an age of instant news.

His report card: Wikipedia passed. Journalism flunked.

The sociology major's made-up quote — which he added to the Wikipedia page of Maurice Jarre hours after the French composer's death March 28 — flew straight on to dozens of U.S. blogs and newspaper Web sites in Britain, Australia and India.
Surprised? Why? How many thousands of e-mails have you gotten with misattributed or just plain fake quotations in them?

Faces of Governmental Healthcare

Check it out:
Before Congress considers any form of government-run health care, they should hear the voices of patients denied care because the government deemed it too costly or delayed care because of long waiting lists for surgery or diagnostic tests.

Any serious discussion of health care reform that does not include choice, competition, accountability and responsibility — the four "pillars" of patients' rights — will result in our government truly becoming a "nanny-state," making decisions based on what is best for society and government rather than individuals deciding what is best for each of us.

Bank Stress Test

The Washington Post writes:
The government signaled yesterday that its financial rescue efforts may have reached their high-water mark, announcing that the much-anticipated "stress tests" of 19 large banks showed that only one, GMAC, was likely to need additional taxpayer aid and that it would begin to unwind assistance for the healthiest firms.

That is welcome news, but the threat of nationalization still hang over our biggest financial institutions:
The government's demand that 10 of the banks raise billions in common equity creates a virtual referendum on nationalization. The banks have six months to persuade private investors to buy new shares of their common stock, or else the firms could be forced to grant the Treasury a voting ownership stake.
Mixed news is better then bad news.