That’s how I see it. Romney thinks he’s been attacked by Newt and Santorum. He’ll faint when he sees what Obama has in store for him.
All the anti-capitalism rhetoric from Gingrich and Santorum seems to have backfired, as it should have. But it should only backfire on them, not us. Guess there was no way to avoid that. Ron Paul’s showing is largely attributable to way in which New Hampshire allows anybody and everybody to vote. You needn’t be a New Hampshire resident, you don’t have to be a Republican to vote in the Republican primary, you can register at the door without an ID, you hardly need to have a pulse. As a result Paul got the operation chaos vote. Real Republicans aren’t voting for his deranged foreign policy which finds endless excuses for every threat we face and holds that we have no right to defend ourselves.
Perry got 1% of the vote. Gad.
But it’s not over yet. Not by a long shot.
Quote from Steven Hayward, see Bankrupt Liberalism:
Romney may or may not be able to defeat Obama in November; obviously we’ll have a lot to say about the campaign as it unfolds. But I can predict this: if Obama manages to eke out re-election, his second term will just about finish off liberalism and its vessel, the Democratic Party. The larger question is whether he’ll finish off the country along with it.
You’ve heard it said that Mitt Romney has great business experience and that is just what we need in a president. Perhaps Obama’s zero business experience is the catalyst for that thinking. You may think it yourself, may have even said it yourself. So let’s look at the presidents with not just some or a little business experience, but at those with quite a lot of it.
Truman owned a haberdashery with a partner for a time, until they went broke. That bit of business experience was the sum of it and in itself didn’t make him a good or even better president, but how he handled the failure of that business did reveal the character of the man. Except for the mortgage held by the Continental Nation Bank, he personally repaid all of the creditors out of later earnings which had nothing to do with the business. He could have declared bankruptcy, but he didn’t consider it to be honorable. The creditors had loaned their money and sold him inventory on credit in reliance on his word that he would pay them back. He wasn’t going to let them down. Truman was a good president but that was due to his core principles as a man, not because of his business experience.
Abraham Lincoln clerked in a general store for a while. It was in that endeavor that he walked 10 miles in the snow to return ten cents to a woman he had mistakenly overcharged. He was also a good railsplitter. He won arm wrestling contests with bigger and seemingly stronger men in the railsplitting line of work. Lincoln’s business experience, such as it was, showed him to be a man of honor and principle. But again, it was his core principles and personal moral code that made him a great president.
In fact, while there may have been several presidents with some, usually very little, business experience, there have been only three presidents with extensive business experience and which they and their supporters hailed as their main qualification to be president. So we should look at those three and ask what sort of presidents they were.
The three were: Jimmie Carter, Herbert Hoover and Warren G. Harding. None of them were presidents of any acclaim, except Harding, and his main claim to greatness is that when the Panic of 1921 set in he was too drunk and too busy with his mistress to get involved in trying to end it. As a result of him staying the course (with his mistress and his bottle) the Panic of 1921 soon found its own cure, and the Roaring Twenties began. So while Harding did well on that score, that was about the only good thing he did and that was by default. As for Jimmie Carter and Herbert Hoover, both were unmitigated disasters.
Obama, with no business experience whatsoever, is also a disaster. The lesson seems to be that unlike knowledge, a little business experience is good but a lot doesn’t correlate much at all with competence in the White House. Those who tout Romney’s business experience to mean he’ll be a great president need to think that through a little.
In the state of Utah there is a person who will run for Congress from its newly created 4th district that just might be the ideal Republican. This person believes strongly in individual responsibility and freedom. In order to balance the budget while cutting taxes, the candidate would start by abolishing the Department of Education and the Department of Energy, delegating their responsibilities to the states. Slashing regulations and opening up federal land to energy drilling would be a priority. The American-born candidate comes from immigrant parents who fled the ructions of their native land with $10 in their pocket, settling in America and making a life for themselves. “I had a front-row seat for two people living the American dream,” she said. “I will not stand by as we leave our children a legacy of debt and dependency.”
Who is this person? Meet Mia B. Love who, if elected, will be the first Black Republican woman in the United States House of Representatives:
She might be the ideal Republican if, as it appears so far, she is a principled conservative who will not sell out on those principles in a misguided effort to win friends among liberal Democrats and their pals in the media. If, as seems almost certain, she values individual liberty and individual responsibility for the consequences of our own decisions.
Mia B. Love owns a gun, is an avid shooter, has a CCW permit, and is a strong believer in Second Amendment freedoms. From all this we should be able to conclude that she also believes in a Constitutionally limited Federal government, as everyone in this country once believed.
More about Mia B. Love at Legal Insurrection
This is the way price signs at all gas stations should read:
The retailer was making out a lot better in 1955 than today. The amount per gallon to the retailer is not much higher now than then, and 4 cents out of a total 20 cents per gallon is a 20% markup. That’s not profit because the retailer must pay its overhead out of that before realizing any profit. Even if the retail markup has doubled to 8 cents per gallon today, when the price is $3.00 the retailer’s share has declined to 2.6% per gallon. A retailer whose share of the total price tripled from 4 cents in 1995 to 12 cents today, and that would put that retailer on the high end of retail markup, would still only be getting 4% of the total price. The overhead for just the gasoline portion of the business could easily take all of that.
Gasoline is a loss leader today and that is why gas is sold almost exclusively at convenience stores. The profit from such a business is to be had from sales inside, not those outside. That’s why 1955-style gas stations no longer exist.
One thing is for sure. The government still gets the lion’s share of profit out of gasoline at any price level.
Newt Gingrich hit Romney where it hurts for his “pious baloney” about not being interested in politics, only in helping the country. That’s a line that has all the ring of “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you,” or that old standby, “The check is in the mail.” That fact is that Romney has been running for political office for years and years and mostly losing. He’s not a boy scout seeking to help little old ladies across the street, he’s a political animal, a full-blooded politician that has run for office many times and lost all but once.
If Romney is ever suspected of a crime he damn sure better not talk to the cops. An experienced detective would catch him in so many lies he’d end up talking his way straight into the slammer.
Check the video here. I can’t post it on this blog because the embed code contains the iframe in brackets tag and wordpress.com doesn’t allow that tag. I can’t even write the html for the tag because it won’t show up they are so afraid of it. This is crazy because the iframe tag is one of the most universally used to embed videos and other objects with html. I probably should be embarrassed about this rant, however. Take a look at Louis CK on how everything is amazing and nobody’s happy.
She refused to be a victim.
These two videos are each under 1 minute.
On releasing his tax returns, yes.
On Whether he is a conservative, not so much.
He says he’s conservative when he thinks that’s what you’d like to hear, then says he’s a progressive if you might like that, or a moderate if he thinks that’s what you want. Why doesn’t he just come clean and say he’s a RINO, and that he will sell you out no matter whether you are a conservative, a progressive, a moderate, and independent, or just about any other political persuasion ever thought of. Well, he won’t say that but we already know that anyway.
He’s running for the nomination from the wrong party. He’d really be more comfortable in the Democrat party but I guess that slot was already taken.
The first video was made by the Democrat National Committee and Democrats don’t have a tradition of releasing their tax returns. Clinton never released his, not even as president, and the DNC never thought he was hiding anything. Well, maybe they did but they weren’t going to say so because they didn’t care if he was.
An interesting post at American meteorologist Anthony Watts’ climate change and global warming blog, Watt’s Up With That, points to a devastating example of not just media bias but actual false reporting and quote fabrication in an effort to turn a press release on the discovery of a hybrid shark by some marine biology researchers in Australia into a testament on climate change and global warming. Watts appropriately and cleverly headlines his story as “Media 101- How To Jump a Shark.” Here’s the gist of it:
A group of scientists I presume to be marine biologists conducting research in waters off of Australia issued a press release that contained the following headline:
World’s first discovery of hybrid sharks off Australia’s east coast
The press release discussed how it is thought the hybrid sharks might have come about, and buried in the statement were these two sentences by Dr Jennifer Ovenden:
“Hybridisation could enable the sharks to adapt to environmental change as the smaller Australian black tip currently favours tropical waters in the north.
“While the larger common black tip is more abundant in sub-tropical and temperate waters along the south-eastern Australian coastline.”
The Christian Science Monitor promptly printed a story under this headline:
New Hybrid Sharks Discovered: Signs of Global Warming?
The story then characterized Dr. Ovenden’s statement from the press release this way:
Ovenden speculated that the two species began mating in response to environmental change, as the hybrid blacktips are able to travel further south to cooler waters than the Australian blacktips. The team is looking into climate change and human fishing, among other potential triggers.
Nowhere in Dr. Ovenden’s statement or in the remainder of the press release do the words “global warming” or “climate change” appear. Dr. Ovenden’s statement that hybridization could enable sharks to adapt to environmental change was morphed into a claim that she had speculated inter-species mating began in response to environmental change, that it was a sign of global warming, and an affirmative statement that the researchers are looking into climate change as a potential trigger for it. The press release itself clearly shows that Dr. Ovenden said none of those things.
The Business Insider then tried to mischaracterize the substance of the press release that says nothing about climate change or global warming with this headline:
The World’s First Hybrid Shark is Another Scary Sign That Global Warming is Real
In the body of the story Reporter Dina Spector engages in quote fabrication and “jumps the shark” with these sentences purporting to be actual quotes by researcher Jess Morgan:
According to lead researcher Jess Morgan, the hybridization might be a sign that the animals are adapting to rising temperature levels as a result of climate change.
A reader who may have read the press release itself sent an email to Dr. Jessica Morgan asking her if the quote in the Business Insider story by Dina Spector was accurate and got this reply:
Quote not correct – I have now stated numerous times that it is extremely unlikely that climate change caused the hybridization event – however, the hybrid-Australian blacktips are now being seen further south of their known range (Australain blacktips have a tropical distribution) in cooler waters suggesting that the hybrids may have a wider temperature tolerance than their parents (ie the hybrids may be better adapted to handle changing water temperatures). That long statement is being condensed and printed as your quote below.
Headlines that exaggerate and distort, quote fabrication by journalists, it all leaves no doubt that much of what is passed off as journalism today is political propaganda, especially all the hooey on “global warming” and “climate change.” Everything that happens anywhere is attributed to global warming or, because there may not be any actual warming going on, to “climate change.” Distortions by headline writers have long been a way to slant, contort and twist the news. They know it works because many people will never read beyond the headline. It used to be if you read the story you’d find something in the story, probably at the very end, to reveal the headline as misleading. Nowadays maybe not. They just lie all the way through in case you read it all. You have to go to the source itself now, in essence you have to do your own reporting, to see how the “journalists” are brainwashing you.
Anthony Watts blog is heralded to be the world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change. I’ve found it to be informative and helpful, and I trust it.
It may seem odd that anyone would prefer scarcity of energy resources and the high prices that go with it, but followers of “Progressivism,” the new euphemism for socialism, want exactly that. George Will explains:
In 2011, for the first time in 62 years, America was a net exporter of petroleum products. For the indefinite future, a specter is haunting progressivism, the specter of abundance. Because progressivism exists to justify a few people bossing around most people and because progressives believe that only government’s energy should flow unimpeded, they crave energy scarcities as an excuse for rationing — by them — that produces ever-more-minute government supervision of Americans’ behavior.
Imagine what a horror 2011 was for progressives as Americans began to comprehend their stunning abundance of fossil fuels — beyond their two centuries’ supply of coal. Progressives responded with attempts to impede development of the vast, proven reserves of natural gas and oil here and in Canada. They bent the willowy Obama to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canadian tar sands; they raised environmental objections to new techniques for extracting gas and “tight” oil from shale formations.
Environmentalism is the greatest ruse ever found for getting people to voluntarily give up freedom, prosperity, and independence. The Nazis and Communists used violence and death to force on people what Progressives have been successful in getting millions of people to do to themselves. As the totalitarian movements in the twentieth century spread destruction and despair, the Green movement would very much like to do the same if that will put them “in control of every living soul” as Leonard Cohen describes in The Future, It is Murder. The evil then and now is different but in the long run can be about equal in its power to spread darkness in the world.
Darth Obama’s Debt Star
Big government is too expensive and those who have to pay for it never get their money’s worth.
This is an example of a positive campaign ad, about as good as I’ve seen. A positive approach is when the candidate tells you what is good about him (or her) and not what is bad about everyone else. This is not to say negative campaigning will or should ever stop. It won’t for one simple reason: It works. People say with their mouths that they hate negative campaigning, but they don’t say that with their votes. Negative ads get votes so negative campaigns will always be with us. That’s not to say that merely being negative is enough. One must also hit the right notes. Michelle Bachmann found that out when she released Ed Rollins to attack Sarah Palin and it backfired on her. But it’s still true that in politics the cliche about nice guys finishing last is as true at it can ever be. It’s good to see a positive campaign ad like this once in a while.
Congress adjourned this month without extending the $6 billion annual tax subsidy for blending corn ethanol into gasoline and the steep import tariffs on the industry’s foreign competitors.
I can’t figure out whether the ethanol mandate also died. If not, it’s going to be weird to have a mandate that ethanol be blended into gasoline but no subsidy because the stuff wasn’t very economical to make even with the subsidy. While ethanol plants were going bankrupt more and more ethanol was being produced, so much that the U.S. was actually exporting the stuff. When government runs something these sorts of anomalies are to be expected. I would think that without the subsidy production will dry up, but if the government is still forcing it to be blended into gasoline it’s going to get interesting, Gasoline shortages because refineries aren’t allowed to produced gasoline that doesn’t contain ethanol, but there is no ethanol?
This one can’t be blamed on Obama. We have George W. Bush to thank for the ethanol boondoggle.
You can get gasoline for your small engines that does not contain ethanol. Check this out.
Anyone paying attention has known for sometime that many of the most dramatic photos of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict are staged by the photographers and the subjects.
It’s the hot new health fad — red wine because of its resveratrol content. From the Toronto Sun:
Red is wine is unique because of its content of resveratrol, a phytochemical compound found almost exclusively in the skin of grapes. Numerous studies have shown that these compounds are capable of influencing many activities that affect the development of chronic illnesses. In addition to the well-documented benefits of resveratrol on the levels of cholesterol and proper blood circulation, two important factors needed to prevent heart disease, two recent studies have illustrated the huge health potential that this compound has. One study showed that resveratrol has anti-cancer abilities by blocking the growth of tumour cells in the mammary glands; as well, the compound can act on the metabolism to counter the negative effects of being sedentary on the development of insulin resistance.
Further on the researchers reveal other health benefits they’ve discovered…
Italian researchers observed that …
In another area of research, French researchers looked at …
Let’s see, France and Italy export lots of red wine….
Is there anything resveratrol can’t do? Just asking.
Read the whole thing.
Based on this story in the news today, I imagine a press release from Circle K convenience stores to go something like this:
Circle K today took action after a clerk in one of our stores over-reacted when an armed robber threatened to shoot him. Our clerk slammed the robber to the ground and took her gun away from her. This was unacceptable and we immediately terminated the clerk’s employment. Our company policy is not to provoke, chase or engage a robber. Circle K understands that you need safe working conditions, so we are not going to allow anyone to interfere with you as you go about your business, that is the business of robbing us even if that includes threatening, beating or even trying to kill our store clerks. In fact, if any store clerk tries to interfere with you in any way just because you threaten to shoot him, just contact management and disciplinary action, i.e., firing the offending clerk, will be taken immediately. Now if you aren’t comfortable calling up and telling us how you were mistreated in one of our stores, maybe because you think the cops are out looking for you, not to worry. When we review the security camera tape and see our store clerk saving his life by slamming you to the ground and taking your gun away from you, we’ll go all proactive and we’ll fire that sucker on the spot. We’re not going to tolerate violence of any kind in our stores done to you in the criminal trade. We understand that your job has enough challenges without having to fight off any heroic store clerks trying to stop you from shooting them.
We don’t want these cowboys working in our stores, and we know you don’t either. Your safety is our concern.
Y’all come back now, ya hear!
Circle K management: I grant you permission to use the above with or without attribution.
Jed Babbin at the American Spectator recounts the steady stream of political knavery, green graft and governmental stupidity of 2011: The Year The Wheels Fell Off.
I liked them all, especially this one:
“An enterprising BBC reporter — seeking to prove the practicality of electric cars — drove from London to Edinburgh. The journey took four days — longer than a horse-drawn stage would have taken for the trip 150 years ago — including nine stops of up to ten hours.”
There are a lot more, follow the link above.
I guess this happened quite a while back but it’s in the news now because he’s trying to get his job back. Saying he was drunk might be an overstatement. BAC was .089, but that’s drunk only if you ignore that the legal limit is the result of politics and not science. Many people are impaired very little or maybe not at all at that level of alcohol in their blood. Plus, the method of determining blood alcohol content from breath alcohol content doesn’t take into account differences between individuals and other factors, so while he was legally drunk, he may not have been drunk in fact.
But 143 mph is darn fast. I know the road well that he was on. The speed limit is 55 mph and there are several cross streets controlled by stop signs and traffic lights. The speed limit drops to 45 mph about 500 feet from each intersection. At 143 mph a vehicle covers 230 feet per second.
One online stopping distance calculator I found predicted that it takes 854 feet to stop at that speed, all things being normal. If alcohol slowed this guy’s reaction time by one-half second the distance could be another 120 feet or about 970 feet needed to stop, and that would be a panic stop. Due to the possibility of cross traffic a real nasty crash could have occurred that night. Apparently it was late at night when he was caught by the state patrol, after passing a state patrolmen! If I might be slightly over the speed limit I never roar up behind another vehicle for the very reason that you can’t tell who or what it is until you are right on it. To do that when you’ve been drinking and running 88 miles over the speed limit seems to be deserving of the reckless driving charge he got in addition to the DUI.
I must say that speeds over 120 mph are quite a sensation. I’ve never done anything like that in a car, but I did once years ago on my BMW K1200RS motorcycle. That was not on a public highway but on a race track. Whooeee, it was fun. Trouble is, you can’t maintain it very long because no race track is long enough. At least not the one I was on. You could reach a speed of 140 mph and hold it for about 2 seconds before you have to brake hard for the next turn.
I’ve always thought that the one good reason for becoming a cop is to be able to legally drive fast and shoot bad guys, but this cop took it a bit too far.
Postscript: You have to be almost my age to remember the one year in the past when enterprising speeders could get away clean. That was when the first good radar detector came available, the Escort. Police radar was not yet capable of the “instant on” function they all have nowadays. That came into being about a year after the Escort Radar Detector hit the market. K band radar was also not in use at the time, all police radar was X band, which is a stronger signal that travels farther. Thus, an Escort radar detector offered near absolute protection. One could sail along at a safe speed that might just happen to be above the posted limit* and get plenty of warning before coming within range of a police car with its radar on. But within about a year the “instant on” feature became ubiquitous in police cars and speeding became risky again. I was glad to have that one year, I made some long trips across Wyoming in pretty good time. What a joy it was too, to get ample warning of the cop around the curve or over the hill, slow down to the completely unreasonable speed limit, wave a friendly greeting to the nice officer, and stomp on the gas again as soon as I was out of range. Oh well, now I’m an old guy and I drive slow like most old guys. Drives Mrs. TeeJaw crazy.
*National 55 mph speed limit, remember that? It created a nation of speeders and the radar detector industry was born.