Friday, April 06, 2012


"What happened to me … down here on the corner, that changed my perspective on humanity"

Unemployment went down last month according to the official government data. This would put unemployment at the lowest for years, to 8.2%. I remember when people used to cheer when unemployment went down by full percentage points, not tenths. Again, unfortunately, part of the reason for this drop is a loss of overall jobs and people giving up looking for work.

President Obama made a speech in which he again claimed Republicans want people to starve, that the Ryan budget would result in poorer weather forecasting (?), that it was radical and so on, the usual when anyone wants to cut anything. When compared to President Clinton's last budget signed in 2000, its actually significantly greater spending; apparently Clinton was a radical child killing old people hater, or something. This lack of significant cuts has fiscal conservatives frustrated, but you can only do what you have the political power to get done and I'll take more cuts over less (or none). Of course, having not passed a budget for over three years, to Democrats any budget is apparently controversial.

That same speech had lines from President Obama, reported by CNS News:
“you’re-on-your-own-economics” and actually suggested that hard work and personal responsibility were not supreme Biblical values. Instead, he suggested, “Hard work, personal responsibility – those are values. But looking out for one another. That’s a value. The idea that we’re all in this together. I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper. That’s a value.”
The speech got a standing ovation from the press attending the event, but as Ben Shapiro at Big Government points out, this is apparently all theoretical to Obama. His own half brother living in Africa is living in poverty, his uncle and aunt we know of in America (illegally) are not particularly comfortable or wealthy. I don't think people have to support their whole extended family but if you're going to lecture others on caring for their brothers and sisters....

Arby's restaurant announced they are cutting advertising from the Rush Limbaugh show, which came as a surprise to Rush Limbaugh, since they don't actually advertise on his show. When people began to complain, Arby started blocking their twitter feeds. Businesses really ought to stick to just doing what they do instead of politics like this. Do they really think they'll gain customers through this stunt?

Genetic analysis of a mummy believed to be over 5000 years old reveals that the man was developing heart disease at 45 despite the heavy exercise and simple diet. This suggests that the modern idea that our diet and lifestyle is responsible for heart disease being so common is more a case of living long enough to suffer from it than anything new in humanity. If you don't get speared or eaten by a sabertooth tiger, you will die eventually of something else.

Word Around the Net a few weeks ago included a story of an accused rapist that once worked for the San Diego Tea Party. The left was overjoyed to tie the Tea Party with rape after a half dozen (known) cases involving their occupy movement have been revealed; but the guy had been fired and tossed out of the organization months before the alleged crime. And now it turns out the charges have been dropped because the girl changed her story. The guy in question still lost his job.

Massachusetts is run by some of the hardest left Democrats in America. In that state, you could use your food stamp card in strip clubs, tattoo parlors, nail salons, gun shops and casinos until recent legislation finally decided to block those uses through ATM machines. Of course you can still use them in jewelry stores, health clubs, rent-a-centers, and cruise liners. Just last year the legislature finally blocked them from being used to buy liquor, tobacco and lottery tickets. Honestly you'd think that would obviously be part of the program to begin with.

Lottery tickets by the way are a sort of tax on the poor. While others buy tickets, they tend to do so only when the prize becomes very large. PBS reported that in 2008, people under the poverty line spent 9% of their income on average on lottery games. I understand why, but that's money they do not have to spare and its the government that does it to them. And every one of those lottery systems starts up based on a deliberate lie, such as "it will all go to schools" in Oregon. Numbers games were considered illegal and stomped on by state authorities, but when the state starts them up, well its a great idea!

Millionaires do exist among us, though. A new report from Chicago-based Spectrem Group analyzes who is becoming and are millionaires and discovered something: in America are... educators. 12% of America's millionaires are in the education business. Now, its not like the public employee unions are getting your daughter's 7th grade teacher that good a contracts, its that college professors and administrators are overpaid, and you're paying their salary through tuition costs. As I noted in my essay on higher education:
from 1993-2007... student enrollment went up by 14.5%, but full time administrators rose by over 39%. And the cost went up as well. Spending per student on education went up by 39% but spending per student on administration went up by 61%.
You're paying too much for a lousy product where most of the money is wasted in higher education.

Want some evidence of this bad product? Michael Barone provides some in the Washington Examiner:
But many university administrators have other priorities. The University of California system has been raising tuitions and cutting departments. But, reports John Leo in the invaluable Minding the Campus blog, its San Diego campus found the money to create a new post of "vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion."
This doesn't just happen on the Left Coast. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington saved some money by lumping together two science departments and raised spending on its five diversity-multicultural offices.
Diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and political correctness are replacing science, math, history, geography, philosophy, and the rest of the proper old education in these institutions. And they're charging you more for it every year.

Meteorologists have long known that urban areas are warmer than rural ones, and since they make up a very small percentage of any given country's area, their impact on overall average temperature is not very significant. However, almost all weather stations are in urban areas, and it is estimated that about half of the world's weather stations are improperly placed, such as near exhaust vents or large parking areas which are artificially warmer. Dr Roy Spencer worked hard to try to split out the "heat island" effect of urban areas from temperature data used at Hadley CRU (home of Michael "Piltdown" Mann and man of the climaquiddick emails) and what he discovered is that much of the warming they point to is attributable to this effect.

*UPDATE: Adding to this is a peer-reviewed paper published in the International Journal of Modern Physics about the heat island effect, dismissing all anthropogenic global warming except for a "marginal" level.

President Obama's election team is at it again. Last time he ran for the office, Obama's donation site shut off the 3-digit security code requirement for credit cards. This seems minor, but what it does is make it possible for people to either guess numbers or use only the numbers on the front of the card to donate with - something that happened last time around, resulting in credit card fraud. It also allows people not from the US to donate money, which also happened last time. Both of these acts are violations of federal elections law but went unpunished because... Obama won and controls the justice department.

Something most people find distasteful at best is when politicians try to use kids for their power or to push their ideas. Its crass, the young people usually have no clue what they're being used for, and its very manipulative, which most folks don't take kindly to. Which is why when Michelle Obama told kids at a fair that they should get their grandparents and parents to vote for Obama, it leaves a sour taste in most peoples' mouths. The sad thing is, I bet it works.

Historically, the news media has been somewhat of the foe of people in power, especially presidents. Not so with this one. From the early days of the 2008 campaign the legacy media acted more like groupies and sycophantic servants than the fourth estate regarding President Obama, and has been willing to put up with astoundingly insulting and infuriating behavior from him and his staff. Recently, President Obama lectured members of the media on how to cover him in the election:
I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing then they're equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. And an equivalence is presented which I think reinforces peoples' cynicism about Washington in general. This is not one of those situations where there's an equivalency.

As all of you are doing your reporting, I think it's important to remember that the positions that I am taking now on the budget and a host of other issues. if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago or even 15 years ago … would've been considered squarely centrist positions.
Telling journalists that they don't have to be objective when it comes to Republicans is like telling a crack addict to try another rock, but still: telling the press how to cover the news? Can you even imagine how that would be received coming from a Republican?

Susan Pine works near abortion clinics to advice women going there on alternative options they have to simply executing their baby. The most pro-abortion president in the history of the nation would not put up with that, so Attorney General Holder arrested the woman on federal charges of "obstructing the entry" of an abortion clinic (yes, that's federal law, from the Clinton presidency). The administration sought thousands of dollars in fines and an injunction keeping the woman from saving baby lives, but the judge threw the case out of court for having no merits and lectured the lawyer for the justice department - something that keeps happening.

Every Easter without fail, the usual suspects trot out "experts" telling everyone that the entire story is a pile of trash and should not be listened to. The funny thing is, they do so based on guesswork and what they figure actually happened. I can't figure out why they don't just go to the existing historical data and use it. You don't have to believe in the resurrection if you don't want to; that's a matter of faith. But to just ignore the gospels entirely is like throwing out Herodetus because you don't care for him. You just have to wonder why exactly History channel and NPR for example feel the need to do "Christians are morons" pieces every holy day.

Taxes. The US has the highest corporate tax rate on earth, something that is not helping the economy or in retaining businesses in America. Calls for a "global minimum tax" are the left's idea of how to fix this: charge businesses overseas at least as much corporate tax as the US does. Meanwhile, the left can't figure out why businesses don't trust or like the Obama administration.

Mexico, Canada, and the US leaders met recently, and President Obama's much-vaunted "smart diplomacy" took a kick in the pants. Mexican president Filipe Calderone demanded to know why the Obama administration deliberately gave heavy weapons to drug gangs and didn't bother following them up, and Canada criticized the US for killing the Keystone pipeline extension and canceled a long-standing friendly pricing scheme that the US has enjoyed for lower gas prices. Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson said that the three-nation alliance is on "life support" due to neglect from the Obama administration. This guy Obama just sucks at his job. Time to replace him.

Meanwhile, Israel blames the Obama administration for leaking secret talks between Israel and Azerbaijan. Why would this happen? Well Israel was setting up an attack on Iran's nuclear weapons manufacturing abilities, and the Obama team didn't want that to happen. And from Egypt, rockets were launched into Israel, the second time since radical Muslims took over the country early in 2011.

Human trafficking goes on every day around the world, even though we tell ourselves the lie that slavery was overthrown in the 19th century. Most slavery goes on involving girls, particularly in South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Since the slavery is done primarily by Muslims, Asians, and blacks, the UN and the usual leftist folks aren't as worked up by this as they would be if - say - Jews or white Europeans were involved. Well they are, in the form of prostitution.

Last week's WATN roundup had a story about a gay pride flag flown out front of a US base in Afghanistan, in violation of military code and good sense. Now an investigation is underway to find out how and why this happened. Don't expect much to come of it.

Cable and network TV are suffering as people turn more to internet for entertainment and streaming from providers such as Netflix. An estimated one million subscribers to cable abandoned the system for streaming last year. As John Nolte points out at Big Hollywood, cable providers are doing this to themselves. By forcing people to pick up channels they care nothing for, people are seeing the expense as a waste. We get like 900 channels on Comcast here, and I watch maybe a dozen ever. If I watch a show, its almost always "on demand" rather than live. If I could get the shows on Netflix I would watch them there instead.

Just so you don't think all the crazy stuff happens in the US (or England), we have this story out of Canada. A man attacked a 55 year old Vancouver bus driver and beat him savagely. In his trial, however, the judge listed the attacker's native American heritage and reduced his sentence from prison time to probation and community service. The busdriver has undergone surgery several times to reconstruct his face.
In addition to his attack against Mr. Dixon on a late-night bus in Burnaby last year, Mr. Louie assaulted the driver’s son, Aaron, who tried to restrain him; regularly broke his bail conditions by drinking excessively; and spat at a paramedic during an altercation with police. He also had a previous conviction for assaulting a bus driver.
Circumstances of aboriginals in Canada, given their traumatic history, are different from non-aboriginal offenders, Judge Walker said, citing previous court rulings. While Mr. Louie, with an aboriginal mother and father of Russian ancestry, does not live in a native community, he has been afflicted with fetal alcohol syndrome and psychological stress all his life, the judge told the court. “They were not of his making.”
Yeah, he couldn't help himself. Doesn't that seem like monre instead of less of a reason to take him off the streets?

Although we were told by Al Gore and many others that we'd probably be out of arctic ice entirely by now, there's more ice today around the arctic than 7 out of the 10 years in the 1980s. Its growing, not shrinking. But hey, there's no money in reporting that.

Tidbits about the unprecedented Obama presidency, courtesy House of Eratosthenes:
  • First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
  • First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office, 90 to date.
  • First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
  • First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
  • First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
  • First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • First President to spend nearly a trillion dollars on ’shovel-ready’ jobs then admit there was no such thing as ’shovel-ready’ jobs.
  • First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.
Some of the other bits were snarky but not of any particular concern, such as "First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago," and some are just birther trash. Apparently this is one of those emails that cycles around and convinces no one of anything but some of the details are pretty head shaking.

Former Washington DC Mayor (and current councilman) Marion Barry recently went on a rant about Asian-owned businesses in the city. He didn't mean like... shady massage parlors or opium dens, he meant those evil convenience stores.
“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said in remarks on Tuesday night first reported by WRC-TV. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”
Barry seemed confused an contradictory, stating he'd never condemn a group, but then went on to say he wouldn't let Asians exploit people in his ward. But blacks cannot be racist, just ask a leftist.

More non-racist blacks attacked a 78 year old man and beat him, shouting "this is for Trayvon." The six blacks, aged 11 to 17 surrounded the skinny old man and beat him with fists and boots, shouting "*$&^@ that white (@*!$!*#!. This is for Trayvon ... Trayvon lives, white @$(*%$!. Kill that white @$!(*#!#!" The event took place in East Toledo Ohio.

Finally, NASA's James Hanson (President Obama's climate advisor) stated recently that
Averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a "great moral issue" on a par with slavery...

He argues that storing up expensive and destructive consequences for society in future is an "injustice of one generation to others."
Yeah, that makes sense. The weather changes and that's just like enslaving families, calling them sub human, and keeping them as slaves forever just because they look different. Repulsive, insane, or both? What a moral reprobate. No wonder he thought doctoring climate data to make it look like the end of the 20th century was warmer than any time before it was okay to do.

*UPDATE: While I'm on the subject of doctoring data for scientific activism, lets turn to Obama's Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who did such a bang-up job in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Leak. It turns out that he's been cooking the data on dams to set up destroying them without cause. Just like a Interior Department employee said he was doing - and got fired for blowing the whistle, in direct violation of the whistle-blower laws Democrats promoted and passed. Salazar wants hydroelectric dams torn down because they are less "natural and balanced." And produce electricity.

And that's the Word Around the Net for April 6, 2012

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