Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Sweet dreams

I used to call myself a free-trader too. Nowadays, not so much.

Unlike many of my free trader friends, I recognize the damage that free — but unfair — trade has done to the United States. In his seminal work, Death by China, current White House trade policy adviser, Peter Navarro, outlined how China has used the utopian assumptions of free trade and globalization to enrich and empower itself at America’s expense. Navarro (and others) likened China’s policies over the last 30 years to amounting to a sustained economic war that targeted the American middle-class, in turn, causing the rapid decline of the United States. Navarro was a key figure in the president’s recent decision to enact a 25 percent tariff on all steel coming into the United States and a 10 percent tariff on all aluminum coming into the country.

If you are a worker in steel or aluminum-producing fields in the United States, hope has been returned to your lives. If you are corporate leader for an American company in either of these industries, you are praising Trump for his courage. There is little doubt, also, that the United States was shedding critical industries related to national security for far too long. And, as a former political hack, this is a refreshing turn, because Trump is taking away a critical Democratic talking point going into the 2018 elections. Between the historic (though incomplete, in my view) tax cut enacted last year and the move to put the profits of Wall Street on hold to favor middle-class, blue-collar workers in the steel and aluminum industries, the Democrats will have little maneuvering room in 2018.

But, what happens if there is more damage done to the United States in the long run?

Weigert raises some concerns I find interesting, certainly, but I ain’t economist enough to pass judgement or even comment much on them. That said, I do feel qualified to state that “free trade” is a chimera. It has never really existed in this world; over the years, I have come to strongly doubt it even can.

I also remember that after years of being victimized by an intentional campaign to drive them under undertaken by the Big Four Japanese motorcycle companies, Harley Davidson snapped back strongly thanks to Reagan’s protective temporary tariffs on Japanese bikes—a move derided at the time as an abomination by free-traders.

Admittedly, Harley’s problems were also due to years of piss-poor management under AMF. By the late 70s, they had a defect rate of nearly 50 percent, and were building bikes known more for their unreliability and poor performance in just about every category there was. The things were leaky, creaky, slow old rattlewagons that didn’t really handle so much as they just sort of wallowed. Even the humblest Honda or Yamaha could run rings around the clunkers without strain, in every way there was.

And now the young hipster types are falling all over themselves for those old Shovelheads, snapping them up, customizing them brilliantly, and riding the hell out of them. It’s something to see, something that amuses me no end. But I must admit, a great many of the ones I see around town these days are damned impressive. I also must admit having to help the youngsters with getting them started at the bar more than just a couple of times; having mechanicked on the finicky bastards for years (not to mention owning one myself for nearly ten years), I still remember a few useful tricks for dealing with them when they turn sour and stubborn.

My own old Shovel traveled pretty damned widely in its day, and I have to say it didn’t give me a lot of trouble after the motor was rebuilt early on. No trouble I didn’t cause myself, that is, usually by flogging it well beyond its capacity for abuse and breaking something.

My rambling aside, I greatly prefer keeping a company like Harley in business via protectionism over sacrificing it in obeisance to an ideal that has never really existed in the real world anyway, except as a means by which foreign competitors can (and do) take advantage of us. Weigert’s point about preserving “critical industries related to national security” is a vital one as well. Allowing our country to become dependent on foreign steel in particular never did make any sense to me; in certain circumstances which are far from unimaginable, such a dependence puts us at grave—even existential—risk.

In light of these stark realities, I can’t muster too much concern over Weigert’s contention that Trump’s proposed tariffs are “too steep.” Spengler’s fretting, too, seems overblown to me (tariffs will reduce us to “the economic profile of a Brazil”? Seriously?). The spluttering outrage of free-trade unicorn chasers in the usual Cucktard circles (cough cough) over Trump’s supposed “blunder,” tiresomely predictable as it is, isn’t even worth bothering about.

A country as resource-rich as this one—blessed with a national ingenuity, drive, and willingness to turn-to that is nothing short of legendary—need not resign itself to reliance on others for much of anything, and should not. Our lapse into dependence on foreign oil was costly enough, in more ways than one, and was every bit as unnecessary—a self-inflicted wound that nearly bled us white, with the added disastrous consequence of empowering bloodthirsty Middle East primitives and financing their maniacal ambitions tacked on. I’m no economist, and the comparison may not be entirely valid. But it seems obvious to me that this time around, we’d do better to learn the lesson instead of repeating the mistake.

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Truth will out

Anybody remember back when Progressivists used to pooh-pooh as absurd the idea—originally purveyed by Limbaugh, if I remember right—that the real reason they wanted open borders was to import more reliably Democrat Socialist voters?

Nah, me neither.



Masks: off. Completely. They’re going to fight him on absolutely everything, of course. But with this in mind, it’s my guess that they’re really going to go to the wall for Obamacare and the Big Beautiful Wall—the cornerstones of what they believed would end up being their permanent dominance over each and every one of us.

Trump didn’t come along a moment too soon.

(Via WRSA)

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They lie

Unceasingly, and without remorse or shame.

From illegal aliens who have committed crimes, to all immigrants, to “people of color” generally: the circle of Trump’s victims widens by orders of magnitude in de Blasio’s fantasy of total persecution. Even to ask a question about whether illegal aliens should be regarded in the same way as legal immigrants betrays an “ideological bent”; on the other hand, it is perfectly straightforward to read a legal challenge to sanctuary cities as all-out race war.

The mayor’s expansive definition of victimhood was echoed this weekend by Governor Cuomo, who repeated the Left’s favorite cliché: “I am a Muslim. I am a Jew. I am Black. I am gay. I am a woman seeking to control her body.” This quasi-heroic affirmation of identity with the oppressed fringes of society, powered by anaphora, collapses into intersectional absurdity, and ultimately becomes the lowest form of political pandering, underscored by the repetition of the word “I.”

Last Friday, Trump announced that he would extend and expand the visa restrictions that Obama established in the 2015 Terrorist Travel Prevention Act, impose a 90-day moratorium on travel from seven countries with links to organized terror, and put a halt to the Syrian-refugee resettlement program. These policies fulfill campaign promises and have been clearly stated as temporary measures in order to make sure that migrants are being accurately screened.

Despite applying to a small fraction of the world’s billion-plus Muslims, the policy was quickly labeled a “Muslim ban.” Mayor de Blasio went on television and repeated the canard that the executive order specifically excludes Muslims from entry to the country; when called on this falsehood by Jake Tapper, the mayor responded with clause-heavy babble: “I would be careful on that. The notion that there’s not a pattern of exception for individuals, that the only indication suggests bluntly non-Muslims, should be very, very worrisome here.” The mayor went on to say that, in his view, illegal aliens who are convicted of drunk driving should be protected by New York City, providing that they didn’t run anyone over.

Hundreds of protesters, organized in New York by the immigrant-rights organization Make the Road, flocked to JFK airport—where several dozen foreign nationals in transit were detained—and demanded their immediate release. Thousands more protesters assembled Sunday at Battery Park in lower Manhattan, where they chanted “No Ban, No Wall,” a pithy expression of disdain for the principle of border controls, or borders generally. 

Senator Charles Schumer, standing in front of a handmade sign reading “Fascism is for Fascists,” announced that 42 people in transit stuck at JFK would be released. Then, falling into the rhetorical tic of infinite liberation, the senator declaimed, “So we’ve made progress for forty-two. We’ve got to make progress for thousands, and tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands more.”

Not one of which we’re obligated to rescue from the collapse and neverending strife of their own horrid, primitive nations; not one of which has any right at all to enter our country unless the citizens of this country decide to grant it to them; not one of which has any legitimate claim at all on any of us, for anything other than maybe some mild “Oh, isn’t that too bad” tongue-clucking and generalized sympathy over their sorry circumstances, many of which are self-inflicted anyway—at most.

If Senator Schmuck thinks we’ve “got to” do anything at all about these people, other than defend our borders against their unwanted and illegal incursion, let him open his own home to them and “liberate” as many of them as he likes by taking them in and providing for them himself. So odd that not one of these open-borders idiots ever seems willing to step up and do that. Lead by example, Progtards; live your supposed morals, instead of just flapping your gums and patting yourselves on the back for them.

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The REAL problem

Hey, it’s not as if the American Left doesn’t have a lot of concern for people like the folks mentioned in the post below, and they know just what’s needed to fix the problem:

We have been told now for almost three decades that man has to change his ways or his fossil-fuel emissions will scorch Earth with catastrophic warming. Scientists, politicians and activists have maintained the narrative that their concern is only about caring for our planet and its inhabitants. But this is simply not true. The narrative is a ruse. They are after something entirely different.

If they were honest, the climate alarmists would admit that they are not working feverishly to hold down global temperatures — they would acknowledge that they are instead consumed with the goal of holding down capitalism and establishing a global welfare state.

Have doubts? Then listen to the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:

“One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

So what is the goal of environmental policy?

“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.

For those who want to believe that maybe Edenhofer just misspoke and doesn’t really mean that, consider that a little more than five years ago he also said that “the next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.”

Which is why deceitful Marxist pusbags like our Pretend President continue to insist that it’s absolutely critical that we address this non-problem, even as the Middle East descends into general chaos, the American economy continues its slow death spiral, Europe refuses to defend itself against hostile invasion and guerilla-warfare insurgency, and the Republicrat Party continues to semi-clandestinely work for more illegal immigration…and the entire Pundit Sector, Republicrat and Demican alike, runs around screaming their empty heads off about the Horror of Trump.

(Via Sarah Hoyt)

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“There is no exit strategy from reality”

Which doesn’t mean they won’t go right on trying, from Wilson to Chamberlain to King Barrack the Magnificent.

Switching back to imaginary progressivism, Wilson claimed that the League would work because countries would be embarrassed to invade other countries for fear of being frowned on by their neighbors.

“He will be afraid of the eyes of his neighbors. He will be afraid of their judgment of his character. He will know that his cause is lost unless he can sustain it by the arguments of right and of justice. The same law that applies to individuals applies to nations.”

But foreign leaders are not part of a community of one street, instead they answer to the cultural pressures of their own societies and nations. Wilson’s expectations of decent behavior meant nothing in Berlin, Rome or Tokyo. They still mean nothing in Beijing, Moscow or Tehran.

Wilson assured everyone that China would be taken care of. “I am proud to have taken part in an arrangement which promises the protection of the world to the rights of China.”

The League of Nations proved unable to protect China’s rights. Only China was eventually able to do that.

International law did not protect any of the weaker nations of the world. Strong alliances did. There is no world government of the moral high ground that can substitute for alliances built on strength. International law does not stop invasions. Armed force does.

Ukraine is a reminder of the folly of putting our faith in 19th century illusions that have been discredited more times than spirit-rapping or phrenology. The only law that matters is the law of strength. The only agreements that matter are those that are kept, either through genuine friendship rooted in a shared cultural history, or the threat of force.

The illusion of international law is pervasive. It tells us that the world does not have to work the way that it really does if only we hold hands, think good thoughts and pledge to wage war no more. Its advocates pretend to be sober and sensible, but they might as well be the counterculture hippies trying to levitate the Pentagon.

Well, at least in the person of the moron Kerry, they pretty much are.

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Rationally irrational

Makes a certain kind of sense when you think about it. As long as you don’t think about it too much, that is.

See, it doesn’t matter what it’s called now, and it doesn’t matter what it’s ultimately called, it will occur and the “it” will be globalism and a single group to administer as much as possible in the name of, I predict, unity. Peace. Food. Health. Fairness. Order. And we’ll need to be locking down cigarettes and soda and transfats and CO2 and rents and housing and communications and money and the distribution of it all starting now.

Which also means that the current abject failures that are, say, Social Security (completely pilfered by the same constitutional, free, and republican democracy that enacted and administers it, currently upside down by a figure that matches the entire US national debt) or Medicare (under the same management currently upside down eighty four trillion dollars in “unfunded liabilities”) or an entire US Welfare State or a Federal Reserve (which is neither) or any of the roster of our standing nonsensical lies branded as great Utopian successes shall be forgotten for what they are and remembered instead for how they were named and peddled.

What they are obliterated prosperity, liberty, and the peace of mind that once came with them but this happened because of branding and because of the galaxy-sized gulf between assumed intent and outcome. Because progressivism is the height of wordplay and willful delusion on both ends of the supply and demand continuum.

The World Health Organization is just more bullshit branding. The World Bank. The New World Order; all bullshit. Because having systematically wrecked what worked locally the natural reaction is to put these managers and tens of thousands like them in charge globally.

What’s in a name? What’s in a name is corruption on the supply side and a collective foolishness on the demand side that is as old and as doomed as the story of collectivism itself. So the only rational thing to do is try it all over again.

JHo says “surely it’ll work this time.” Oh, surely. There’s plenty more; go read all of it.

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On the Olympics

There could possibly be something in the world I care less about, I guess, but I can’t think of what it might be at the moment.

But as I was listening to NPR’s gushing, wall-to-wall coverage on the drive to pick up my daughter this morning, I realized something: the “journalists” ooh-ing and aah-ing over this globalist circle-jerk are the same people who are usually pretty hostile to competitive sports generally. These are the people who decry football as troglodytic and violent; they don’t understand baseball at all, although they do loooove them some soccer. They’re the unearned-self-esteem pimps who have instituted the dismal tradition of ensuring everyone gets a trophy at any school sporting event or outing, no matter who wins. I won’t even bring up motorsports. You already know how they feel about those. Hell, they don’t even like motors themselves much, except when they’re cabbing to the airport to fly off to cover another global-worming confab at some ritzy resort.

I was pondering all that, and then it dawned on me sudden-like why the Olympics always get liberal “journalists” all moist and misty: it’s one of the more concrete current exemplars of their one-world Tranzi dream. They can indulge all their vapid can’t-we-all-just-get-along fantasies; they can utter their insipid platitudes about promoting peace, love, and understanding through sports without fear of too much in the way of ridicule. Hell, they can even openly propagandize for their favorite socialist “advances” and boons to humanity without anyone noticing too much. Throw in the opportunity to stick a thumb in Israel’s eye and express their devotion for their beloved genocidal Palestinian animals, and for a liberal fascist, what’s not to like?

You might say the Olympics are the UN of sports. Why Ogabe and his minions aren’t attending I’m sure I don’t know.

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America’s Day in Court

EACH DAY, ALL DAY, EVERY DAY

Daniel Schwammenthal:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed “great regret” in August that the U.S. is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This has fueled speculation that the Obama administration may reverse another Bush policy and sign up for what could lead to the trial of Americans for war crimes in The Hague.

The ICC’s chief prosecutor, though, has no intention of waiting for Washington to submit to the court’s authority. Luis Moreno Ocampo says he already has jurisdiction—at least with respect to Afghanistan.

Because Kabul in 2003 ratified the Rome Statute—the ICC’s founding treaty—all soldiers on Afghan territory, even those from nontreaty countries, fall under the ICC’s oversight, Mr. Ocampo told me. And the chief prosecutor says he is already conducting a “preliminary examination” into whether NATO troops, including American soldiers, fighting the Taliban may have to be put in the dock.

“We have to check if crimes against humanity, war crimes or genocide have been committed in Afghanistan,”

Yes. Someone got a fat lip. Convene the Nuremberg Tribunal at vonce!

There is also the issue of whether Predator strikes of unmanned drones targeting terrorist leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan—as carried out in the very first week of the Obama presidency—are part of the bombings he’s looking into. Mr. Ocampo chuckled and answered evasively. “We have people around the world concerned about this,” he said, and when pressed, added, “Whatever the gravest war crimes are that have been committed, we have to check.”

Let me explain:

If America calls in an imprecise airstrike, and any civilians are harmed, it is a war crime.
If America instead orders a pitched man-to-man battle and any civilians are harmed as is so often the case in such a battle, it is also a war crime.
If however, America calls in a Predator strike which is precise and targeted at the bad guy and much less likely to produce civilian casualties…that is a grave war crime!
And should America use a sniper, which gives us the best chance against any civilian casualties at all, that is an unspeakable assassination war crime, the war crime-iest war crime of all. Aside from failing to recycle, I mean.

In other words, it is a war crime for America to war.

“…I prosecute whoever is in my jurisdiction. I cannot allow that we are a court just for the Third World. If the First World commits crimes, they have to investigate, if they don’t, I shall investigate. That’s the rule and we have one rule for everyone.”

Even for those who never agreed to be ruled?

Mr. Ocampo…has a photo of himself with the head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, on his windowsill…

Imagine my shock.

Make no mistake; Democrats want our soldiers, spies and Republican politicians prosecuted by these International Kangaroo courts.

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Vote Herman in ’09!

“Nothing appeals to intellectuals more than the feeling that they represent ‘the people’. Nothing, as a rule, is further from the truth.”

“Throughout history, the attachment of even the humblest people to their freedom, above all their freedom to earn their livings how and where they please, has come as an unpleasant shock to condescending ideologues. We need not suppose that the exercise of freedom is bought at the expense of any deserving class or interest — only of those with the itch to tyrannize.”–historian Paul Johnson

HERMAN, HERMAN, HE’S OUR MAN

If he can’t do it it, nobod…Hey; wait a minute. Who the hell is is this “Herman”-guy, anyway?

Why, he’s your new president, peasant!

Small Dead Animals:

Do You Recall Voting For Herman Van Rompuy?

Me neither.

New EU President Herman Van Rompuy: “2009 is also the first year of global governance, with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of the financial crisis. The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the global management of our planet.”

I didn’t consent to be “globally governed” or “globally managed”–did you? I think I’d remember it. Let’s see…make coffee, let the dog out, go grocery shopping, wash the car, go to the hardware store and buy more mental floss–check; give away all my rights to an unnacountable foreign bureacracy–nope; I don’t recall that one. And certainly not to this clown und his clown palz.

Not even the Europeans got to vote for Pres. Herm, let alone the “world”.

You and I are impediments to these statist weasels. They don’t care what we think–they mean to rule us by hook or by crook.

Mark Steyn:

“Climate change” and “health care” are different ends of the same stick: They’re both all-purpose pretexts for regulating every aspect of your life. Don’t take my word for it – listen to the Belgian nonentity upgraded on Friday to the Holy Roman Emperor de nos jours:

“2009 is also the first year of global governance.”

Did you get that memo? And, if you disagree, who do you call? Who do you vote out of office if you want a change in “global governance”?

As we see from the Post-Warmal e-mails, Climate Change is pure fraud designed solely to seize power. Similarly, Heath Care is about the health of the government, not your health. The Gumment was feeling a little run down and out of control, so controlling you is just what doctor ordered!

If the federal government isn’t unresponsive enough for you, you’ll love the world government they have planned for you. No more messy elections or consulting the public ever again. No, just do as the experts tell you and be a good little world sheep.

Never.

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Fahrenheit 450 ppm: “What’s all der führer over climate change, anyway?”

“NEVERMIND.”

“The Greenpeace booth at all the rock and roll shows nowadays are akin to the old sorcerers who used to stand in the middle of villages warning of danger, ‘When night wolf swallows mother moon, there will be great famine.'”–P.J. O’Rourke

“Night wolf swallowing mother moon” is a rigorous scientific standard, however, compared to the gaseous 450 parts per million that triggers a CastroClimate response from the government under Cap & Trade. Especially since this administration’s economic policy proves it can’t count.

We had our legal team of Sturm & Drang review the Cap & Trade bill and they found it was partly Commie with a chance of show trials.

The Examiner:

Cap-and-trade …contains an obscure but nasty bureaucratic provision that requires President Obama to act like Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez.

Here’s how: The bills require a federal declaration of a “climate emergency” if world greenhouse gas levels reach 450 parts per million. Guess what? The Pacific Northwest National Lab says it is a virtual certainty that level will be reached within a few months. The bill then requires the president to “direct all Federal agencies to use existing statutory authority to take appropriate actions…to address shortfalls” in achieving needed greenhouse gas reductions.

“requires”? “requires” the president to “act like Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez”? You mean “permits”, don’t you? Or “demands”. “celebrates”. “cheerleads”.

That’s like “requiring” Bill Clinton to hit on the waitress.

This crowd spent the last eight years screaming at the top of their lungs that George W. Bush was a dictator.

Then their guy gets in …and the first thing they do is declare a State of Climate Emergency at their organic coffee bar putsch, enact the Climate Purity Laws, and engage in Berlin Wall Denial Syndrome, proffering Cult-of-Personality video communiques to the outside world from deep within the White House Bunker. Next, they’re issuing frantic orders, moving phantom divisions of saved-or-created Scamulus workers to and fro, while scribbling make-believe manifestos assuring the Good Burghers that all is goink vell on the Ft. Hood front.

I’m expecting Jesse Owens to win the Olympics at any moment, except they blew that, too.

It shows a complete lack of historical perspective to give any president that much power. After all, the opposition party may one day assume power again. Or is that also canceled when the stink reaches 450 parts per gulag?

Health care, nationalized industries, climate change–they seem like separate issues. But they’re really all one issue: power. Pure, unchallengeable State Power.

It’s as plain as the nose on his face. And that funny little mustache under it.

(Via Cnation)

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It’s a Steyn Globe, After All

“…IT’S A STEYN, STEYN GLOBE!”

“We all too often mistake the nature of those negotiations in Copenhagen,” remarked professor Flannery. “We think of them as being concerned with some sort of environmental treaty. That is far from the case. The negotiations now ongoing toward the Copenhagen agreement are in effect diplomacy at the most profound global level. They deal with every aspect of our life and they will influence every aspect of our life, our economy, our society.”

Hold that thought: “They deal with every aspect of our life.” Did you know every aspect of your life was being negotiated at Copenhagen? But in a good way! So no need to worry. […]

Two-ply bathroom tissue, according to Allen Hershkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council, “is the Hummer of the paper industry.” Oh, and blame Canada, as that’s where most American two-ply comes from: this decadent Dominion is apparently the House of Saud of toilet paper. […]

At their Monday night poker game in hell, I’ll bet Stalin, Hitler and Mao are kicking themselves: “‘It’s about leaving a better planet to our children?’ Why didn’t I think of that?” This is Two-Ply Totalitarianism—no jackboots, no goose steps, just soft and gentle all the way. Nevertheless, occasionally the mask drops and the totalitarian underpinnings become explicit. Take Elizabeth May’s latest promotional poster: “Your parents f*cked up the planet. It’s time to do something about it. Live Green. Vote Green.” As Saskatchewan blogger Kate McMillan pointed out, the tactic of “convincing youth to reject their parents in favour of The Party” is a time-honoured tradition.

Don’t miss “The Trash Can Who Loved Me” and the Butt-Zapping Toilets–Say, aren’t they opening for Dave Matthews now?

Anyway, read it all from Canada’s noted human rights violators and climate deniers at Macleans.

What-the-hell- UPDATE: Lileks reviews the Butt-Zapping Toilets’ latest album:

[T]his is the last time you will hear about Surinam for a year, unless our stringer is kidnapped – but it’s the one time in the day I listen to music. Loud music. Dare I say crude music. On the way home it may well be a Brahms adagio, but if you want to start your day with enthusiasm, 80s hair metal works. If you enable the “guilty pleasure” mental filter that allows you to simultaneously enjoy it as the elemental ravings of the id and a pre-fab howl crafted by conglomerates to safely channel aggression into the desired consumer behavior.

Plus “House of Frankenstein” movie stills–the perfect compliment to our Halloween hangovers! And by “our hangovers”, I mean, of course, “your hangovers”.

I do, however, have a Sugar Rush.

Say–aren’t they touring with Five For Fighting?

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Here, Fishy…

IT’S ALMOST AS IF IT WERE SOME TWISTED CULT

CNSNews:

Over the next five years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) plans to make climate change its “highest priority.” […]

According to its new “Action Plan” released last month, the branch of the U.S. Department of Interior charged with protecting fish, wildlife and plants will focus first and foremost on the global weather.

“(A)s a Service, we are committed to examining everything we do, every decision we make, and every dollar we spend through the lens of climate change,” it declares on page one.

If they’re going to do global weather, I guess we’re going to need a new agency devoted to fish and wildlife.

I know; we could call it…the Dept. of Climate Change!

The report compares the modern fight against climate change to past efforts to ban the pesticide DDT.

“We see climate change as an issue that will unite the conservation community like no other issue since the 1960s, when (environmentalist) Rachel Carson sounded an alarm about pesticides,” the plan said on page three.

Look out, Africans–they’re ba–aack! They’re from the government and they’re here to help:

“No one concerned about the environmental damage of DDT set out to kill African children,” reporter Tina Rosenberg generously allowed…”

No, but with a race record this bad, the Fish and Wildlife Service should put in its own bid for the LA Rams.

Oops; I mean “The Dept. of Climate Change”.

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Le Leviathan

“I love borders, the more the merrier – town lines, county, state, and, of course, national. Borders symbolize one of the few remaining constraints on government: You don’t like the grade school here in town? Move ten miles up the road. You don’t want to pay Vermont sales tax? Drive over the river and shop in New Hampshire. Arianna Huffington huffs against “tax loopholes for fat cats”, but I’d say the ability to rent a post office box in Bermuda or the Cayman Islands is a “loophole” in one of the original 16th century senses – an aperture to let in light and fresh air. The fact that there’s somewhere else to go to is the ultimate limitation on government. Borders give people choices – and, to put it in a bumper sticker, “I’m Pro-Choice And I Vote With My Feet”. When starry-eyed utopians speak of a “world without borders”, you can pretty much guess what kind of a place the one-world one-party state would be, with tax rates starting at 60%, about where they are in Sweden right now.”–Mark Steyn

If we were considering forming and joining the federal government today, would we still do it, knowing all that we know?

I doubt it.

Natalie Solent at Samizdata:

A woman who had been defending the [Communist] party line in all its various manifestations for decades was more than capable of disposing of the arguments of a bunch of seventeen year olds.

All of us but one – there was one boy who did, just about, make an impression. The tutor had some particular link with East Germany and this boy simply repeated, politely but insistently, several very basic statements about that state. “Nobody is allowed to leave.” “They have a wall and and barbed wire to stop people escaping.” “If you try to escape they shoot you.” And when he said this he sounded honestly astonished that anyone could be – could allow themselves to have become – the sort of person who would sincerely defend East German communism. It was not just wrong but weird. I mean, what? The wall, the shooting people, and she says she likes that?

I am moved to write about a communist I met thirty years ago because the second referendum in Ireland on the Lisbon Treaty will be held tomorrow. The European Union is not remotely as bad as Communism. But there are some very basic things wrong with it and this referendum has brought them out. The European Union will not accept a vote against it. It will not allow a vote at all, if it can get away with it. If people do vote against something the EU wants it makes them vote again and again, knowing that the donors and volunteers for the opposing side will be exhausted eventually, as will the voters, whereas its side has bottomless coffers and power to keep on pushing till it gets its way. The European Union lies to get what it wants. The Lisbon treaty is the rejected Constitution under another name. The Lisbon Treaty is deliberately written in confusing language so as to hide what it means. That is what con-men do. The Lisbon Treaty is a con.

And the Lisbon Treaty passed.

David Pryce-Jones:

If ordinary people everywhere were asked for their opinion, this treaty would be rejected outright. The French and the Dutch did actually vote to reject the treaty, but their rulers simply ignored that fact. In Britain, Mr. Blair promised to hold a referendum, but then with no apparent strain on his conscience decided not to, leaving his successor to sign up to it without the legitimacy to do so. The majority of European governments have followed this path, cheating their electorates one by one, moreover keeping them in the dark as though they were Romanov or Habsburg emperors, and politics were some private domain about which voters should not be consulted. […]

Among other consequences, the people of Europe are likely to have a president for whom they never asked but chosen for them by the junta of heads of state in an exclusive process of horse-trading behind closed doors. Worse still, they can neither vote for him nor dismiss him from office. According to leaked reports, Mr. Blair will soon become president of Europe as his reward for having broken his promise to hold a referendum in Britain — without doubt the British would have said no to the Lisbon Treaty with an overwhelming majority…A state built on deception is not worth having, and for the future it looks as if force alone will be able to maintain it. Europe is set either to collapse with unimaginable consequences or harden into some sort of authoritarian monster.

Churchill spoke of a “United States of Europe”. But he spoke freshly traumatized from the second of two world wars, when people were still scavenging for food in the ruins. Even then, he meant continental Europe, not Great Britain. And we have had what he lacked; long experience of seeing the UN and the EU in action. Or “inaction”.

European subjects will lose what little influence they already had on their own governments as decisions will be made for them by faceless bureaucrats and unaccountable experts, decisions in which they cannot participate nor reject.

Don’t be smug. We’re going to have to fight these people someday. They would like nothing more than to submerge and dissolve this country in a supra-national organization as well.

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Feeling Fisky

“You may call me selfish if you will, conservative or reactionary, or use any other harsh adjective you see fit to apply, but an American I was born, an American I have remained all my life. I can never be anything else but an American, and I must think of the United States first, and when I think of the United States first in an arrangement like this I am thinking of what is best for the world, for if the United States fails, the best hopes of mankind fail with it.”–Senate Majority Leader Henry Cabot Lodge, Aug. 12, 1919

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME…

What do UN UN you think about me?

It is my honor to address you for the first time as the 44th President of the United States. (Applause.) I come before you humbled by the responsibility that the American people have placed upon me, mindful of the enormous challenges of our moment in history, and determined to act boldly and collectively on behalf of justice and prosperity at home and abroad. I have been in office for just nine months — though some days it seems a lot longer. I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world.

Me, me me, me, me, me, you, me, me, me, me, me, me… I take it back. We need Government Health Care; it’s the only kind big enough to treat this level of megalomania.

I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust.

“…And if they didn’t, I kept explaining it to them until they did.”

America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others.

Only 33 seconds to issue his first apology for America–a new land speed record!

On my first day in office, I prohibited — without exception or equivocation — the use of torture by the United States of America. (Applause.) I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, and we are doing the hard work of forging a framework to combat extremism within the rule of law.

Me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, Bush, me, me, me, Terrorists Rights Movement, me, me, me…

In Iraq, we are responsibly ending a war.

No, as Janitor-in-Chief, you are merely sweeping up after better men have already won the victory.

I have outlined a comprehensive agenda to seek the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.

Me, me, me, me, me, me, BOOM!, me, me, me…

Upon taking office, I appointed a Special Envoy for Middle East Peace

Me, me, me, me, me, me, me, Hurry up!, me, me, me…

We’ve also re-engaged the United Nations. We have paid our bills. We have joined the Human Rights Council.

“…lending our moral credibility to the Human Rights abusers who run it.”

We have signed the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We have fully embraced the Millennium Development Goals.

I’m afraid to even Google it.

Now, if we are honest with ourselves,

You needn’t worry.

No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation.

In the original Farsi: “Enjoy those shiny new nukes, Iran!”

We must remember that the greatest price of this conflict is not paid by us. …It’s paid for by the Palestinian boy in Gaza who has no clean water and no country to call his own.

He has no country because Arafat wanted blood, not land. Because we coddled Arafat. Because Arafat stole all the money. And because the UN stuck the kid in a refugee camp making him a “CITIZEN OF THE WORLD”. Just like a public toilet belongs to “The World”– it turns what should have been a brief problem into a Permanent Toxic Waste Site.

The danger posed by climate change cannot be denied.

I deny it. See–it’s easy!

I believe that the people of the world want this future for their children.

I also believe the children are our are future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. And keep them the hell away from the UN, which is the geopolitical equivalent of Bobby Brown’s crack crib.

Sixty-five years ago, a weary Franklin Roosevelt spoke to the American people in his fourth and final inaugural address. …”We have learned,” he said, “to be citizens of the world, members of the human community.”

And ninety-nine years ago, a vigorous Teddy Roosevelt spoke this:

“Experience teaches us that the average man who protests that his international feeling swamps his national feeling, that he does not care for his country because he cares so much for mankind, in actual practice proves himself the foe of mankind; that the man who says that he does not care to be a citizen of any one country, because he is the citizen of the world, is in fact usually and exceedingly undesirable citizen of whatever corner of the world he happens at the moment to be in.”

I’ll take Teddy over Franklin–especially with over a half century of seeing the UN in “action”.

We call on all nations to join us in building the future that our people so richly deserve.

“our people”, o, King of the World? How come when liberals talk about America, it’s the “peoples” of America–but when they talk about the world, it’s “people”?

And remember; if we all work together, this will be the best yearbook ever! Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are! Miami Beach audiences are the best audiences in the world! Hey…who’s been messin’ with my teleprompter?

Guilty.

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A Light Bulb Goes Out

IN WASHINGTON

where another bad idea is born. And GE brings bad things to life.

“But…it was dark in there, Judge. I only wanted to see, Your Honor!”
“This court finds the defendant Thomas A. Edison guilty of Possession of a Controlled Incandescent. You are sentenced to a term of not less than 40 nor more than 60 watts.”
(The crowd:) “Legalize it! Legalize it!”

How did we go from “a thousand points of light” to a thousand pages of light bulb regulations?

The Washington Examiner:

Why did GE, founded by Thomas Edison, lobby to kill the incandescent light bulb?

The company said in 2007 it wanted to make sure it was working under a single federal efficiency standard, rather than a patchwork of state regulations. GE also touts its compact fluorescents as one of the green products in its “eco-magination” initiative.

The workers don’t buy the green arguments, pointing to the mercury gas that’s in the fluorescents…

GE is throwing 400 Americans out of work so it can pay cheap wages in China and poison Chinese workers. These are the new bulbs that if broken, require a haz-mat team to clean up. Of course, no one will follow those overbearing regulations, either.

These bulbs are being foisted on us by the Environmental/Industrial Complex to address energy use, even though there is no shortage of electricity except those caused by government and Global Warming is a fraud.

The law also betrays a Nanny-State on Steroids. A government that doesn’t trust its own people to pick a light bulb certainly won’t trust them on, well, anything. I’ve often thought that the first politician to say “the Emperor has no bulbs” could be the next president.

It’s funny how a little thing like a light bulb can illuminate so many public pathologies: the unintended consequences, the incestuous government/corporate relationship, extreme job-killing enviro-wackism, the selling out of American workers, the control freak-nature of Big Government–and wasn’t “going Green” supposed to create all these wonderful new jobs? Instead, bad government policy has thrown yet another 400 families into unemployment. Haven’t you people helped enough already?

And to top it off, the light from the new bulb sucks!

Had enough yet?

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It’s the hegemony, stupid.

“THE DEBATE IS OVER.”–AL GORE

Yes, it is–and you lost, Al.

Robert Tracinski and Tom Minchin:

In a potential preview for America, the Australian Senate has just defeated that country’s version of cap-and-trade by a vote of 42-30. Most of the overseas coverage of this event, however, has missed the most interesting feature of the defeat. The BBC report, for example, claims that the bill was blocked because “opposition senators…feared the legislation would harm the country’s mining sector.”

In fact, the bill was defeated because there is now serious disagreement in Australia on the very existence of human-caused global warming.

The influential University of Adelaide geologist and author Ian Plimer:

“In geological time, there have been six major ice ages. During five of these six, the CO2 content [of the atmosphere] was higher than now, and for two of these six, the CO2 content has been up to 1,000 times higher than now. If high atmospheric CO2 drives warming, then how could there be an ice age during times of high CO2? Furthermore, two of these six ice ages were at sea level at the equator. […]

“The difficulty for politicians is that science is now politicized in the bureaucracy, universities, and research institutes and in many ways is forced to arrive at a predestined conclusion…. Most scientists are dependent upon governments for research funding, most universities have a large proportion of funding for climate research, and to challenge the popular paradigm is to guarantee [career] suicide. It is really only retired scientists or those few like me who are fearlessly independent who dare to question the popular paradigm [and] put up with the incessant ad hominem attacks….”

The toothpaste is out of the tube, the train has left the station, the horse is out of the barn, the dogs are no longer eating the dogfood…and Global Warming is being outed for the ruthless, statist fraud that it is.

It’s a good day for science and a good day for freedom. And G’day to you!

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“Og no like machine!”

OG FOR SENATE!

In primitive societies, when tribesmen encounter a smoke-belching machine and wish to kill it in order to appease their Weather God, the hunter/gatherers simply beat it to death with sticks and rocks.

However, in our advanced society, when we wish to appease the Weather God, we have senators and congressmen beat an engine to death with rules and regulations.

But first, we borrow $3 billion from the Chinese. With interest.

I forget–which society is the superstitous and ignorant one?

UPDATE: Come to think of it, if you spend all day digging holes and filling them back in, the chief will not pretend you have increased the wealth of the tribe and pay you 4,500 extra grubs. In fact, he will probably beat Og about the head and neck with goat entrails for wasting valuable effort.

I told Og not to go to college and read Marx.

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Who’s hungry?

I’m a Hardee’s guy through and through myself, but if you live in Tennessee, Arkansas, or Mississippi, you ought to be heading to Burger King for lunch:

A row between the fast food giant Burger King and one of its major franchise owners has erupted over roadside signs proclaiming “global warming is baloney”.

The franchisee, a Memphis-based company called the Mirabile Investment Corporation (MIC) that owns more than 40 Burger Kings across Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, has described Burger King as acting “kinda like cockroaches” over the controversy. MIC says it does not believe Burger King has the authority to make it take the signs down.

The dispute began to sizzle last week, when a local newspaper reporter in Memphis, Tennessee, noticed the signs outside two restaurants in the city and contacted the corporation to establish if the message represented its official viewpoint. Burger King’s headquarters in Miami said it did not, adding that it had ordered MIC to take the signs down.

Wouldn’t you know: a ratbag “journalist” squealing about the infidel franchisee’s blasphemy cooks up another phony controversy in defense of his bland, flavorless religion.

But a few days later readers of the Memphis paper said they had seen about a dozen Burger King restaurants across the state displaying the signs and that some had yet to be taken down. Media attempts to contact MIC to establish why it was taking an apparently defiant stance were rebuffed, but the Guardian managed to grill MIC’s marketing president, John McNelis.

You oughta be rebuffed, you fascist shitweasels; it’s none of your goddamned business what they put up on their signs. If you don’t like it, don’t eat there. But of course, that never works for liberal cretins; EVERYBODY has to agree to choke down their insipid memes, or be forced into silence.

“I would think [Burger King] would run from any form of controversy kinda like cockroaches when the lights get turned on,” said Mr McNelis. “I’m not aware of any direction that they gave the franchisee and I don’t think they have the authority to do it.”

McNelis added: “The [restaurant] management team can put the message up there if they want to. It is private property and here in the US we do have some rights.”

For now. But liberal-fascist busybodies are working as hard as they can to see that ended, and this is just another example, however seemingly trivial, of that unappetizing process in action.

(Via GP)

Update! Was just thinking it over a bit further, and…”establish if the message represented its official viewpoint?” What the hell kind of weasel-worded tommyrot is that? Does this “journalist” really think Burger King even HAS an “official viewpoint” on the Climate Change (formerly Global Warming, formerly Global Cooling, formerly “the weather”) religion?

Of course he doesn’t; nobody who A) understands how these franchises work; B) isn’t nettled into frothing incoherence by the very existence of opinions at variance with their own; and C) has half a fucking brain in his or her head would think such an obviously stupid thing. Burger King is in the business of selling burgers; as a corporate entity, they don’t give Shit One about the Climate Change (formerly Global Warming, formerly Global Cooling, formerly “the weather”) debate. And, stupid as he so clearly is, I’m quite sure this scrotumwart “reporter” knows it.

The “official viewpoint” nonsense was merely his excuse for sticking his nose in business not his own. He was personally offended that anyone would dare to question the “settled science,” and wanted to raise a stink; he hoped to see the sign taken down, and knew that getting corporate headquarters involved was the best way to go about it. Like so very damned many others, this guy is an actual “journalist” like I’m a clean-living choirboy; he is, instead, a thuggish, cowardly, despicable little shitheel who thinks it’s his job to save Gaia and make sure everybody’s thinking “correctly” via a little behind-the-scenes strongarming he doesn’t have the guts to either do himself or stand behind, instead using his exalted position as a “journalist” to get BK HQ to do his dirty work for him. That’s the plain truth of it, no matter what sleazy, bullshit rationalizations he might come up with to cover his real motivations.

God, how I hate these gutless, gormless worms.

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You Are the Wings Beneath My Wind

POWER

“The Greenpeace booth at all the rock and roll shows nowadays are akin to the old sorcerers who used to stand in the middle of villages warning of danger, ‘When night wolf swallows mother moon, there will be great famine.’ “–P.J. O’Rourke

Sorry, P.J., but Night Wolf the Magical Activist now has an office in the West Wing, and he’s conjuring policy out of organic free-range snail darter placentas tossed into solar-evaporated distilled bong-water.

Planet Gore:

On Earth Day, Jon Wellinghoff — President Obama’s month-old pick as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — claimed that we may never have to build base-load coal or nuclear power plants again. Windmills are going to take care of everything. (“Base load” comes from power plants that run night and day, keeping the world running…)

Let me tell you, anybody who says this hasn’t the slightest idea what he’s talking about. This is just boilerplate picked up from a hundred handouts by environmental groups. … It’s almost superfluous to note here that Wellinghoff is a lawyer and not an engineer.

What Wellinghoff has said is identical to what Jerry Brown — “Governor Moonbeam” — announced when he decided to put California on the “soft energy path” in 1980. The Golden State didn’t build any new base-load power plants for 20 years. It practiced draconian conservation, subsidized every conceivable form of so-called renewable energy from wind farms to solar collectors to burning old tires for electricity — and by 2000, it didn’t have enough electricity to run its traffic lights.

That’s the road we’re now going down as a nation. This isn’t some wild-eyed pamphleteer from Greenpeace talking. This is the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC has to give its permission before any new power plant in the country can be built.

Start laying in diesel generators. It’s going to be a rough ride.

Back when John Kerry was still helping Willie Horton pack his bags for for long weekends on the Maryland shore, Ronald Reagan proposed his own “Global Test”:

Do we find the answers to human misery in freedom as it is known, or do we sink into the deadly dullness of the Socialist ant heap?

Those who suggest that the latter is some kind of solution are, I think, open to challenge. Let’s have no more theorizing when actual comparison is possible. There is in the world a great nation, larger than ours in territory and populated with 250 million capable people. It is rich in resources and has had more than 50 uninterrupted years to practice socialism without opposition.

We could match them, but it would take a little doing on our part. We’d have to cut our paychecks back by 75 percent; move 60 million workers back to the farm; abandon two-thirds of our steel-making capacity; destroy 40 million television sets; tear up 14 of every 15 miles of highway; junk 19 of every 20 automobiles; tear up two-thirds of our railroad track; knock down 70 percent of our houses; and rip out nine out of every 10 telephones.

What Reagan proposed as a joke is essentially the enviromental and industrial policy (yecch–the very phrase smells of East German border guards) of this administration.

Yeah–I know; Eric Honecker wasn’t known for his sense of humor either.

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The LOST Boys

AND THEIR PETER PAN PRESIDENT

The NY Sun:

…Secretary of State Haig tried to get President Reagan to agree to the Law of the Sea Treaty. This happened at one of the first meetings of Reagan’s National Security Council, when the hapless Mr. Haig suggested the treaty was…”something we didn’t like but had to accept, since it had emerged over the previous decade through a 150-nation negotiation.” Mr. Haig then lunged into details about the options and sub-options for revising the document.

The president looked puzzled, then finally interrupted. “Uh, Al, isn’t this what the whole thing was all about?” Mr. Adelman recalls Mr. Reagan responding. Mr. Haig asked him what he meant. …

“Well,” Mr. Reagan shrugged, “Isn’t not going along with something that is ‘really stupid’ just because 150 nations had done so what the whole thing was all about — our running, our winning, our governing?”

A stunned Mr. Haig folded up his briefing book and promised to find out how to stop the treaty altogether.

FOX News:

Sen. John Kerry. Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during a January confirmation hearing that he intends to push for ratification. “We are now laying the groundwork for and expect to try to take up the Law of the Sea Treaty. So that will be one of the priorities of the committee, and the key here is just timing — how we proceed.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying the treaty is vital for American businesses and the Navy, told Kerry that his committee “will have a very receptive audience in our State Department and in our administration.”

William P. Clark and Ed Meese:

Ronald Reagan actually opposed LOST even before he came to office. He was troubled by a treaty that had, in the course of its protracted negotiations, mutated beyond recognition from an effort to codify certain navigation rights strongly supported by our Navy into a dramatic step toward world government. This supranational agenda was most closely identified with, but not limited to, the Treaty’s Part XI, which created a variety of executive, legislative and judicial mechanisms to control the resources of the world’s oceans.

In a radio address titled “Ocean Mining” on Oct. 10, 1978, Mr. Reagan applauded the idea that “no nat[ional] interest of ours could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the earth’s surface over to the Third World.” He added, “No one has ruled out the idea of a [Law of the Sea] treaty–one which makes sense–but after long years of fruitless negotiating, it became apparent that the underdeveloped nations who now control the General Assembly were looking for a free ride at our expense–again.”

The so-called seabed mining provisions were simply one manifestation of the problems Ronald Reagan had with LOST. That was made clear by an entry in his diary dated June 29, 1982, after months of efforts to negotiate extensive changes in the draft treaty text came to naught. On that evening, President Reagan wrote: “Decided in [National Security Council] meeting–will not sign ‘Law of the Sea’ treaty even without seabed mining provisions.” …

Ambassador Malone observed that: “Today, not only are the seabed mining provisions inadequately corrected, and the collectivist ideologies of a now repudiated system of global central planning still imbedded in the treaty, new and potentially serious concerns have arisen.”

Currently, these include: the increasingly brazen hostility of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions to the United States and its interests; the organization’s ambition to impose international taxes, which would allow it to become still less transparent and accountable to member nations; the determination of European and other environmentalists to impose the “precautionary principle” (a Luddite, “better safe than sorry” approach that requires proof no harm can come from any initiative before it can be undertaken); the increasing practice of U.S. courts to allow “universal jurisprudence” to trump American constitutional rights and laws; and the use of “lawfare” (multilateral treaties, tribunal rulings and convention declarations) by adversaries of the U.S. military as asymmetric weapons to curtail or impede American power and operations.

Such developments only serve to reinforce the concerns President Reagan rightly had about the central, and abiding, defect of the Law of the Sea Treaty: its effort to promote global government at the expense of sovereign nation states–and most especially the United States. …

Even if the 1994 Agreement actually amended LOST (and there are multiple reasons why it did not actually alter so much as a single word of the treaty), Ronald Reagan’s belief in the U.S. as an exceptional “shining city on a hill” and his enmity towards threats to our sovereignty in general, and global governance schemes in particular, were such that he would likely encourage the Senate to do today what he did in 1982: Reject LOST.

Col. North:

Articles 19 and 20 of the treaty would proscribe the U.S. Navy from training with weapons, collecting intelligence or interfering with enemy communications in the territorial waters of other states without their expressed permission. Military aircraft are specifically prohibited from taking off and landing in these waters, and severe limitations would be imposed on loading and unloading “any commodity, currency or person” including military equipment. Submarines are required to travel on the surface and “show their flag in territorial waters.” Article 30 states that warships not complying with the laws of a coastal nation can be forced to leave. Disputes over these issues would be adjudicated by international lawyers. Right. …

Before casting a vote to ratify LOST, all 100 U.S. senators should read Article 314 of this onerous treaty and Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. The U.N.-crafted document specifies that amendments to the treaty can be adopted — and therefore enforced — without the consent of any signatory. Yet our Constitution requires that two thirds of our Senate concur in any treaty. Do 67 members of this Senate now want to surrender that authority to foreign governments?

Amb. Bolton, “The Coming War on Sovereignty”:

Traditionally, Americans have resisted the notion that their government’s actions had to pass muster with other governments, often with widely differing values and interests. It is the foreign-policy establishment’s unease with this long-held American conviction that is the motivating factor behind “A Plan for Action”, which represents a bold attempt to argue that any such set of beliefs has simply been overtaken by events. …

“Sharing” sovereignty with someone or something else is thus not abstract for Americans. Doing so by definition will diminish the sovereign power of the American people over their government and their own lives, the very purpose for which the Constitution was written.

Accuracy in Media:

With the nomination of Harold Hongju Koh, the Dean of Yale Law School, as the Legal Adviser for the State Department, President Barack Obama is putting a world government team in place under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The other key appointment was Anne-Marie Slaughter, the dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, as Director of Policy Planning at State. Slaughter wrote the 2004 book, A New World Order, and believes in an international system dominated by the U.N. and other global institutions and networks. …

Based on his public statements, one has to conclude that Koh believes in a world government financed by global taxes. This is the huge issue that the media should bring to the fore. America’s future as a sovereign nation is at stake.

Koh’s acknowledged mentor was Harvard Law Professor and international lawyer Louis B. Sohn, who was not only a key author of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), now waiting for Senate ratification, but offered a detailed proposal to transform the United Nations into a world government in his book, World Peace Through World Law.

Koh is to act not as our attorney to the world, but as the world’s prosecuting attorney against us. As I’ve said, Obama has a foreign policy for America…as if it were a foreign country. Because to him, it is.

To Obama and his radical pals, whatever the problem is, it’s America’s fault. Therefore, they believe that America must be held down and bled dry like Gulliver in Lilliput. And since they can’t get their favorite policies enacted by Americans, they plan to consult other countries, letting them have a vote, and imposing those policies on Americans by treaty. It’s the classic case of the government dissolving the people and electing a new one, instead of vice versa.

Beyond this horrible treaty, we’re in for the fight of our lives to maintain the sovereignty our Founders fought to achieve. Sovereign means we rule ourselves and decide for ourselves. It’s the most precious political gift ever given to a people by their forefathers–and these clowns mean to piss it all away for some utopian League of Nations pipe dream that has been tried and failed ever since the Tower of Babel.

And, President, please– get off your knees in front of that Saudi fraud, man. Your an American. Act like it for once in your life.

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Those Crazy Clown Car Commissars of Collyfornya

IN LOCO AUTO EXTREMIS

All the cars placed end to end would reach to the moon and back again
And there’d probably be some fool pull out to pass
How I yearn for the good old days without that carbon monoxide haze
hanging over the roar of the interstate.
If the Lord that made the moon and stars would have meant for me and you to have cars, He’d have seen that we was all born with a parking space.”–Jerry Reed, “Lord, Mr. Ford”

“Workin on a T-bone steak a la carte, flying over to the Golden State;
The pilot told me in thirteen minutes we’d be headin’ in the terminal gate.
Swing low sweet chariot, come down easy, taxi to the terminal zone;
Cut your engines, paint your wings so they won’t make a Hole in Ozone.”–Chuck Berry, “The Over-Promised Land”

Q: What does Detroit have in common with California?

A: They are both run by liberals and therefore both are bankrupt–because of things like this:

Infinite Monkeys:

The latest is a new proposal by the California Air Resources Board that will ban the sale of black cars in the state by 2012. Why? In the name of combating mythical global warming, of course. It just makes so much sense when you think about it.

Black cars absorb more heat than lighter-colored cars in the California sun. Therefore, the AC has to work harder to cool off the car after your trip to the multiplex to see the latest summer blockbuster. If the AC has to work harder, your vehicle will consume more fuel. Consuming more fuel means spewing more CO2 into the atmosphere. And despite the fact that CO2 does not cause global warming, the California legislature passed a bill requiring that the state reduce its CO2 emissions 25 percent by 2020.

So, according to the plan floated by the unelected and unaccountable CARB, auto manufacturers have two choices: come up with new black paint technology that will reflect 20 percent of the sun’s radiant energy, or stop shipping them to California dealers. (No one has yet produced a “compliant” black paint that doesn’t end up looking mud-puddle brown). Great. As if our auto manufacturers don’t have enough problems, this is just the kind of mandate they need — all to reduce the temperature inside your car by 1 degree Celsius.

Don’t be fooled–this is not federalism, the proper role of a state vis a vis the Feds. It is a perversion of that concept.

If North Dakota wrote a law that cars must get 100 miles per gallon, carmakers would laugh it off. But California is such a large market that automakers must comply or go even further into debt. They can’t possibly set up factories and profitably produce 50 different cars, one for each state’s specifications.

Obama and the DC crowd are glad to let California do this. Why? Because they don’t have to stand up and “take the heat” for unpopular and expensive regulations that they also favor. They get their extremist auto regulations for “free”. And the best part is, these regulations are imposed on all Americans who get no say in the matter. You and I don’t get to vote for California’s lawmakers–yet they get to write the laws while we have to pay for their foolish and expensive extremism.

Federalism does not mean one state gets to write the rules for the other 49 simply because our federal officials are at once gutless, extreme and opportunistic.

Meanwhile, back at el rancho, California’s liberals are fighting a plan to put a solar power plant in the desert. Even Ahnuld, the Girly-Man Governor (who, sadly, has gone native) asks ‘If you can’t put a solar plant in the desert, where can you put it?’

Local boy Doc Hanson captures the zeitgeist:

Californians count on the wealth of farming but would prefer their rivers to remain wild rather than tapped. They like tasteful redwood decks but demand someone else fell their trees for the wood. Californians drive imported SUVs but would rather that you drill for oil off your shores than they off theirs. They pride themselves on their liberal welfare programs, but drive out with confiscatory taxes the few left to pay for them. …

In short, after Californians sue, restrict, mandate, obstruct and lecture, they also get angry that there is suddenly not enough food, fuel, water and money to act like the gods that they think they have become.

I have a suggestion; California could outlaw all four-wheeled vehicles except those with bio-degradable emissions. And the best part is, this is proven technology. Indeed, it was once California’s preferred method of travel: the horse and buggy.

Banning black cars is just the beginning. It’s probably just a matter of time until California’s environuts ban black people for holding too much heat. And not just Tupac, Sug and Death Row Records, either. Then they’ll ban brown people. And then George Hamilton. And they’ll keep going until the only ones left are Carrot Top, Kate Winslet, Drew Carey and albinos Johnny and Edgar Winter. They used to play a mean version of Otis Redding’s “I Can’t Turn You Loose”.

Before California outlawed Otis, I mean.

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What is “Cap and Trade”?

A PRIMER

“Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let’s not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.”–Pres. Ronald Reagan

What is “Cap and Trade”?

It is a lie. But not just a lie. It is also theft, socialism, dirt-worship. Big Government, extremism, impoverishment, fantasy and disempowerment.

Cap and Trade is a gargantuan regressive tax and oppressive regulatory scheme of energy rationing. It forces businesses to buy permission slips from a “central authority” to both create and then use energy, a double tax.

Why not just call it an Energy Tax? Because taxes are unpopular. It’s called “Cap and Trade” because “Tax and Regulate” is too honest. It is touted as a free market solution to pollution…if by “free” we mean mandatory and by “market” we mean “government”.

Once businesses are forced to buy these energy-rationing coupons or permission slips to create jobs, those slips will have value, not unlike a liquor license. Although they really have no value in and of themselves, businesses would then be unwilling to repeal this tax and lose their investment. And it would be woven into treaties, making it difficult to ever again regain our sovereignty, thus disempowering Americans.

Why do all this? Well, first, I’ll give you the stated purpose; to lower carbon dioxide levels, the gas you exhale, and therefore lower the Earth’s thermostat by a degree or two.

That is madness. We do not control the weather, despite the God-sized egos in Washington DC.

The very premise of this scheme is dubious at best. It is still doubtful that Global Warming even exists. It is therefore doubtful carbon dioxide causes it. And it is extremely doubtful that this system would even help in any case.

Man-Made Global Warming is not just science fiction–it’s L. Ron Hubbard Jumping-on-Oprah’s-Couch Brand(tm) Science Fiction, wrapped in Weapons-Grade Wishful Thinking, inside an Old-Growth Fantasy Forest.

This is a bottomless financial rat-hole, an infinite money-pit which will not alter the Earth’s temperature one iota. But it will stifle business, kill jobs, raise prices on everything and transfer power and control of our economy to politicians in Washington and UN bureaucrats in New York.

And that is it’s real purpose–the process is the punishment. Transferring control of our economy to bureaucrats is the real purpose of Cap and Trade. It’s all about money, power and control; the Environment is just the hook used to sell it.

In an unguarded moment during the campaign, Obama promised that Cap and Trade would “skyrocket” your power bill.

The Bad News: he was right. The Good News? He’s finally keeping a promise!

It would be bad enough to do this in boom times. But to do this when our economy is struggling to get off its knees borders on the criminal–or at least, the criminally insane.

Nor does the technology exist:

“When the acid rain cap-and-trade system was added to the Clean Air Act, the technology to reduce sulfur dioxide was already in commercial use.

There’s nothing comparable for carbon dioxide. The method, known as carbon capture and sequestration, is still in development. Carbon storage, as it’s also called, “requires capturing carbon dioxide from power plants and other industrial facilities, transporting it to suitable locations, injecting it into deep underground geological formations, and monitoring its behavior,” according to the World Resources Institute.

There’s no clear evidence that carbon capture and sequestration will be ready for full-scale commercial use 10 years from now. Without this technology, the goals outlined by McCain and those included in the Lieberman-Warner bill cannot be accomplished.”

My wife has a carbon sequestration device I can sell to the government. it’s called a “frying pan”. You know that Ronnie Milsap song “She Keeps the Home Fires Burning”? Well, she keeps the home fries burning. But I wouldn’t cap or trade her.

Sequestration sounds like another Yucca Mountain moment–30 years of gridlock.

If past performance is any guide, those much-vaunted “green jobs” will cost the taxpayers a million dollars to produce a single $100,000 paycheck. But Cap and Trade will certainly throw thousands of other workers out of work.

It will also require a brand new bureaucracy bigger than the EPA just to keep track of all this. After all, the biggest fan of Cap and Trade was Ken Lay. This will be Ecology and Economics by Enron(tm):

“In fact, European efforts have racked up significant costs while failing to reduce emissions.

Nearly every European country participating has higher emissions today than when the treaty was first signed in 1997. Further, despite ongoing criticism of the United States from Kyoto parties for failing to ratify the treaty, emissions in many of these nations are actually rising faster than in the United States.”

Other countries absolutely refuse to cripple their own economies out of moral vanity. Nor do countries finally disenthralled and freed of communism wish to return to it, even if we call it by a shiny new name.

The only thing not in doubt is that this will cost each of us everytime we touch a light switch or try to start a new business. But Big Government, whether the Feds or the UN, will be firmly in control of economies, despite their perfect record of dismal failure there.

As the Detroit News put it today

Cap-and-trade plan will sink Michigan

President Barack Obama’s proposed cap-and-trade system on greenhouse gas emissions is a giant economic dagger aimed at the nation’s heartland — particularly Michigan. It is a multibillion-dollar tax hike on everything that Michigan does, including making things, driving cars and burning coal. …
The only upside is that the negative impact it will have on economic growth and job creation will take care of the carbon emissions problem, for sure.

Cap and Trade is designed to fix one problem and one problem only:

the problem that Socialists have with Small Government, Free Markets and Your Liberty.

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Yep; Al Gore’s back in town

IT’S LIKE CLOCKWORK

President Loophole:

“My children’s school was canceled today. Because of, what? Some ice?”

Hey; you invited him!

The evidence for Global Warming is sketchy at best. But the evidence for the Gore Effect is rock solid and irrefutable. The “debate is over”!

Al was in town to testify about building a new grid. That way, when his builders return from Remulak-5 to retrieve him, they can recharge their starcraft.

Iain Murry:

A smart grid would be a good thing nevertheless for the purposes of conserving electricity by allowing for variable pricing, amongst other things. The utilities would probably build it themselves if they were allowed to, but such obstacles as environmental opposition to new lines and regulations that forbid smart prices get in the way. So government has to do it.

In fact, it seems that the model we are following is this one: government and lobbyists use regulation and innovation to stop the market from innovating; government and lobbyists perceive need for that market innovation; government pays market to implement innovation by paying costs of regulation and litigation from taxpayer funds; government and lobbyists finally say the market has failed and only government can provide genuine progress.

Why must everything government lays it dead hand on be so maddeningly complex and perversely convoluted? Like the Gore Effect, it seems to be a rule.

For example:

“…[I]n states that accept the [Waxman Stimulus] energy efficiency grants, utilities that use the grants to help consumers lower the energy consumption will be able to raise their rates to compensation for the loss in revenue. Consumers who participate in the programs may see their energy use go down, but may not see any change in the size of their utility bills. This is the legislative equivalent of a giant wet kiss to utility and environmental lobbyists but a giant kiss off to consumers.”

You had your vote. Now buy a coat.

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Energy Sardines

SOMETHING SMELLS A LITTLE FISHY

Chu on This, via Protein Wisdom:

“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”–Steven Chu, Obama’s choice for Energy Secretary.

Ya’ know, it’s funny, because I was talkin’ to my neighbors just the other day, and they said “Noel, we’re in a recession, and the one bright spot is low gasoline costs. But it sure would be nice if Washington could figure out a way to triple the price of gas!” And, BINGO, Obama picks a guy who stays awake at night trying to figure out ways to do just that!

Obama has himself promised to bankrupt the coal industry. Nor will he replace coal plants with nuclear plants until the Sierra Club says it’s okay, a.k.a. “never”.

In addition, Obama wants to fund a vastly expensive Global Warming Regime which will do absolutely nothing except burn money and empower bureaucracies.

Evidently, we are going to get our energy from unicorn farts, magic fairy dust and good vibes.

You had your vote. Now buy a coat.

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There’s No Such Thing As a “Free Lunch”

AND SOMETIMES, WHEN THE GOVERNMENT RUNS EVERYTHING,

there’s no such thing as “lunch”, period.

Gas up your Prius, starve a peasant by Mark Steyn (originally run April 27, 2008):

… [I]t has become the habit of progressive opinion to appropriate the language of war for everything but actual war. …

In Haiti, Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis was removed from office April 12. Insofar as history will recall him at all, he may have the distinction of being the first head of government to fall victim to “global warming” – or, at any rate, the “war on global warming” that Time magazine is gung-ho for. At least five people have been killed in food riots in Port-au-Prince. Prices have risen 40 percent since last summer and, as columnist Deroy Murdock reported, some citizens are now subsisting on biscuits made from salt, vegetable oil and (mmmm) dirt. Dirt cookies: Nutritious, tasty and affordable? Well, one out of three ain’t bad.

Unlike “global warming,” food rioting is a planetwide phenomenon, from Indonesia to Pakistan to Ivory Coast to the tortilla rampages in Mexico and even pasta protests in Italy. So what happened?

Well, Western governments listened to the ecowarriors and introduced some of the “wartime measures” they’ve been urging. The EU decreed that 5.75 percent of petrol and diesel must come from “biofuels” by 2010, rising to 10 percent by 2020. The United States added to its 51 cent-per-gallon ethanol subsidy by mandating a fivefold increase in “biofuels” production by 2022.

The result is that big government accomplished at a stroke what the free market could never have done: They turned the food supply into a subsidiary of the energy industry. When you divert 28 percent of U.S. grain into fuel production, and when you artificially make its value as fuel higher than its value as food, why be surprised that you’ve suddenly got less to eat? Or, to be more precise, it’s not “you” who’s got less to eat but those starving peasants in distant lands you claim to care so much about.

Heigh-ho. In the greater scheme of things, a few dead natives keeled over with distended bellies is a small price to pay for saving the planet, right? Except that turning food into fuel does nothing for the planet in the first place. That tree the U.S. Marines are raising on Iwo Jima was most-likely cut down to make way for an ethanol-producing corn field: Researchers at Princeton calculate that, to date, the “carbon debt” created by the biofuels arboricide will take 167 years to reverse.

The biofuels debacle is global warm-mongering in a nutshell: The first victims of poseur environmentalism will always be developing countries. In order for you to put biofuel in your Prius and feel good about yourself for no reason, real actual people in faraway places have to starve to death. On April 15, the Independent, the impeccably progressive British newspaper, editorialized:

“The production of biofuel is devastating huge swaths of the world’s environment. So why on Earth is the government forcing us to use more of it?”

You want the short answer? Because the government made the mistake of listening to fellows like you. Here’s the self-same Independent in November 2005:

“At last, some refreshing signs of intelligent thinking on climate change are coming out of Whitehall. The Environment minister, Elliot Morley, reveals today in an interview with this newspaper that the Government is drawing up plans to impose a ‘biofuel obligation’ on oil companies … . This has the potential to be the biggest green innovation in the British petrol market since the introduction of unleaded petrol.”

The same Gumment that has given us “free Retirement”, aka the bankrupt Social Security system, and “free Mortgages”, aka the Fannie & Freddie Bailout, is now poised to “give” us “free Healthcare” and “free Energy”–too cheap to meter, I’m sure.

What could possibly go wrong? This, says Thomas Sowell:

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a world where there were no prices?

…There is such a world. It is the world of political rhetoric. No wonder so many people are attracted to that world. It would be a great place to live.

Politicians have more ways of escaping from prices than Houdini had ways of escaping from locks. When savvy pols want to hand out goodies, but don’t want to take responsibility for raising taxes to pay for them, they can tax people who can’t vote— namely the next generation— by getting the money by selling government bonds that future taxpayers will have to redeem.

…The most politically painless way to hand out goodies, without taking responsibility for their costs, is to pass a law saying that somebody else must provide those goodies at their expense, while the politicians take credit for generosity and compassion.

…While you are enjoying all the goodies that politicians are sending your way, you may notice that your taxes are going up or that the money you earn or the money you have saved won’t buy as much as it used to.

Costs that are passed on to businesses can get passed on again to their customers in higher prices. Money that the government prints to spend itself reduces the value of the money in your wallet or in your bank account.

If you are someone looking for a job— maybe a young person entering the labor force or a woman coming back into the labor force after spending a few years taking care of a small child — you may find that there aren’t as many jobs available as there used to be before employers had to pay for “social responsibilities,” in addition to paying for the value of an employee’s work.

“paying”?–don’t be silly, Professor. It’s a Free, Free, Free, Free, Free, Free, Free World, baby. It had better be since we’re all now countin’ on Paul to rob Peter on our behalf, without Peter getting mad, checking in to the Patmos Holiday Inn and going all apocalyptic on us.

Heaven help us. And not to the free lunch buffet, either.

That’s the real reason the Three-Martini-Media were so flabbergasted by Gov. Palin’s recent Great Turkey Shoot; they’d simply never seen a politician admit the truth: that for most turkeys, human or otherwise, there never has and never will be such thing as a “free lunch”, Karl Marx and his dialectical HopeN’Changers be damned.

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