I Hate Taggers

Some punkass shithead tagged our garage. No f*ing way, that crap will not stand.

So I got rid of it. Yay to brake-cleaner, even the crappy enviro-friendly kind.

It was 100% likely the Yout’ concert-goers who were filtering down the street from the train-station, walking out to Shoreline for the Rock the Bells (WTF?) tour event. You could tell they were not from around here.

Climate Hootenanny Redux

With thanks to “geoffchambers” in comments at Bishop Hill Blog regarding the tyrrany of Greenthinking in the post Milibandias,

(with apologies to WS Gilbert:)

I am the very model of a modern climatologist
I’m partly statistian, partly palaeo-phrenologist
I’ve temperature readings from thermometers coniferous
my data are the same (or not, well, maybe) as Keith Briffa has
I bought them from a bloke who brought them hotfoot from Siberia
and mixed them with some algae from the mud in Lake Superior.
When counting different isotopes I’m really in my element
and sucking up to journalists from Guardian Environment
I know what makes the treerings from Siberia to the Rockies tick
And I can make spaghetti and transform it to a hockeystick.
My data’s got dark matter that would shatter a cosmologist
I am the very model of a modern climatologist.

Brilliant!
And what started it: Reader Dreadnought has been moved to poetry:

I met a traveller from a distant shire
Who said: A vast and pointless shaft of steel
Stands on a hill top… Near it, in the mire,
Half sunk, a shattered turbine lies, whose wheels
And riven blades and snarls of coloured wire
Tell that its owners well their mission read
Which did not last nor, nowhere to be seen,
The hand that paid them and the empty head.
And scrawled around the base these lines are clear:
‘My name is Millibandias, greenest Green.
Look on my works, ye doubters, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round this display
Of reckless cost and loss, blotless and fair,
The green and pleasant landscape rolls away.

There’s hope for Blighty yet.

Obamerica

What a day. H/T Alan But FIRST it was the thing with the kids that got me.
Despite and amid all the circus smoke, buckets of tinsel and confetti, and wacky mirrors of ginned-up “outrage” over AIG and the general confusion caused by money in amounts so huge it could go around the Moon twice, yesterday the US House of Representatives shamed itself in a huge way. They might as well have poured a bucket of liquid excrement upon themselves.

It pushed-through something called the “The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act” – known as the GIVE Act, by a 321-105 margin, which now goes to the Senate. It seems there’s even a provision for Uniforms(SEC. 1508.) and of a PERMANENT CADRE.
Since when in a Republic (or a real Democracy) do we use the Euro-words “cadre”? It’s a kinda give-away to who’s/which Central Committee is planning this…

Obama Youth will be indoctrinated in the principle of “service learning,” which will be a “mandatory part of the youth curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency”. I think it sounded better in original German in the 1930’s when it was announced on the floor of the Reichstag – before they burnt it down.

Then there’s the whole redistribution of wealth thing that’s the main, big, Rocky and Bullwinkle Media slight-of-hand, nothing-up-my-sleeve – it’s all about chewing up the airwaves and demanding attention to prevent any bit of light from being shone behind the curtain. Like the above action. And the ilegal AND unconstitutional bill of attainder, which wouldn’t pass even the most cursory constitutional challenge; so it was re-written to be broader

Then Journalist/blogger Fetching Jen sends me an email of some further intentions by our non-taxpaying Socialist Apparatchik Overlords:

Friends:

I just found out about a meeting coming up on April 2nd that is being held by Common Cause. It is being billed as a “Community Discussion about Local media” but buried in the memo is:

“The Federal Communications Commission has proposed the establishment of community advisory boards to local advise local broadcasters. How would the community benefit from this?

How would the stations benefit?

Should local print and Internet resources also have community advisory boards? Why?

The Obama administration is trying to create “advisory boards” that will control the content of all media: print, radio, television and internet (bloggers).

We must attend this meeting and stop this immediately.

The evening’s discussion will be recorded and a report submitted to local media and the Federal Communications Commission. Feedback may help establish federal policies impacting local media ownership, increased localism, the establishment of community advisory boards, radio and television licensing procedures, and more. Read the memo.

It reminds me of the time I visited a nasty little village and had to walk past an outhouse on the way to get there. The out-house was called Checkpoint Charlie and it was a rather ugly and dreary place. This is exactly how a portion of the STASI did their thing, through constant monitoring of Communication channels. Then they sent reports to their superiors.

I thought we got rid of this ugly, vile, filthy crap twenty years ago when the Berlin Wall came down – something I had prayed for ever since visiting the rotten, pustulant, open-wound that was East Berlin. It was a project that started on 6 June 1944 and was never quite finished.

But noooo, now we have a disproportionate bunch of greedy, unscrupulous, tax-evading, power-hungry Senators and Congressmen in office who have forgotten what it was all about.

Anti-Gun Obama Lies

Being able to own a gun doesn’t matter much if you have nowhere to buy them and nowhere to shoot them.

Obama has a very strong history of endorsing both Nowhere outcomes – total bans.
Some Obama-prone stoner-voters suggest that all they are concerned about is what he says he is going to do in the FUTURE – not at all about his past positions. That dear friends is the Kool-Aid talking, because that kind of belief in the lowliest scum of American Political Life – The Politician – can only come about through a scary and toxic level of delusion and denial.
The ONLY thing you can ever believe about a politician is what they have done in the past, and with whom they have spent time doing that. Ayers, Rezko, Wright, ACORN – keep it coming because it matters more than a hazy-bright Unicorn-filled rhetorical rainbow-Future. He lies about one thing, so what else might he be lying about?

Pro-Guns and the 2nd Amendment? He served on the board of the Joyce Foundation, the largest private funder of anti-gun research in the country where he endorsed a systematic campaign to undermine the 2nd Amendment with phony, paid-for, “scholarship” in legal journals in an effort to tip the balance of written material – the academic equivalent of stuffing the Ballot Box, the ACORN of Legalistical Academe. While a board member of the Joyce Foundation, Barack Obama wrote checks for tens of millions of dollars to extremist gun control organizations such as the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Violence Policy Center.

“Sportsman For Obama”?? Sorry all you cammo-clad weekend woodsmen, hunting don’t mean a thing. Oh ya-sure you spends a lotta money!! So? Da Comrad! You could also go hunting in The Soviet Union if you had the right connections.

Take history for example (and read) Richard Pearson who knew him well.

I lobbied Barack Obama extensively while he was an Illinois State Senator. As a result of that experience, I know Obama’s attitudes toward guns and gun owners better than anyone. The truth be told, in all my years in the Capitol I have never met a legislator who harbors more contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner than does Barack Obama…
While a state senator, Obama voted for a bill that would ban nearly every hunting rifle, shotgun and target rifle owned by Illinois citizens. That same bill would authorize the state police to raid homes of gun owners to forcibly confiscate banned guns.
Obama supported a bill that would shut down law-abiding firearm manufacturers including Springfield Armory, Armalite, Rock River Arms and Les Baer. Obama also voted for a bill that would prohibit law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one gun per month….
At the same time, Obama has proven himself to be a friend to the hardened criminal. While a state senator, Obama voted 4 times against legislation that would allow a homeowner to use a firearm in defense of home and family.(emphasis)

We are Doomed – to Socialism and to Hell

No wonder I woke-up nauseous and with a headache – it’s must be my psychic-hotline calling-in.

When you see these guys doing this, these nasty Clowns – it’s time to raise the black flag…

Kevin’s favorite quote (6:20-7:08 in the video.):

Mr. Raines: $1.1 million bonus on a $526,000 salary. Jamie Gorelick: $779,000 bonus on a salary of $567,000. This is… What you state on page 11 is nothing less than staggering. “The 1998 earnings per share value turned out to be three dollars and twenty-three cents and nine mills ($3.239) – a result that Fannie Mae met the max, the EPS maximum payout goal right down to the penny.

“Fannie Mae understood the rules and simply chose not to follow them, if Fannie Mae had followed the, the practices, there wouldn’t have been a bonus that year.”

As Ace says,

I think the worst thing about this bailout plan is it makes it nearly impossible to argue for free market solutions to problems going forward. Regardless of how much of the $700 Billion is actually spent or recouped, it will be thrown in the faces of people who say, ‘let the markets work’.

UPDATE (from my friend The Conservative UAW Guy):

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Looking in at the party of elites through the farmhouse window, the common animals can no longer tell which are the pigs and which are the human beings.
George Orwell – Animal Farm

Obama’s Goon Squad Repudiated by Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, September 27, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.

“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.

“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.

“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts – not a free society.”

Expanding the Ammo Ban – what they will try in Your State next

In an effort to destroy Liberty and enslave a large part of the Nation under a banner of communal collectivism, our gang of smug idiots in Sacramento, the Assembly Public Safety Committee, has decided on an illegal and backdoor means to derail the 2nd Amendment by registering ammunition owners. Assembly Bill 2062.

On March 25th a bunch of cretins who can’t budget themselves out of a wet paper bag will consider legislation that would require gun owners to submit to a background check, pay a $35 fee, wait as long as 30 days to receive a “permit-to-purchase” before buying handgun ammunition, and impose severe restrictions on the private transfers of handgun ammunition including criminalizing monthly limits and transfers, even between family members – which I’m pretty sure means spouses too.

Under this vastly expanded Reach of Gubbmint Bureaucracy, permit-holder “Vendors” (ammunition owners, really) would be required to contact the purchase-permit database to verify the validity of a permit before completing a sale or transfer. All ammunition sales in the State of California would be subject to a $3 per transaction tax, and mail order ammunition sales would be prohibited. Any violator of AB2062 would be subject to civil fines.

You can thank State Assembly Member Kevin De Leon (D-45) for the crock of rotting, stinking, festering unmitigated gall-brain-bladder that is Assembly Bill 2062, that puts ammunition sales in jeopardy and ownership at Criminal risk.

Feel free to contact these guys to complain:

State Assembly Member Jose Solorio (D-69), Chair
(916) 319-2069
Assemblymember.solorio@assembly.ca.gov

State Assembly Member Greg Aghazarian, (R-26), Vice Chair
(916) 319-2026
Assemblymember.aghazarian@assembly.ca.gov

State Assembly Member Joel Anderson (R-77)
(916) 319-2077
Assemblymember.Anderson@assembly.ca.gov

State Assembly Member Hector De La Torre (D-50)
(916) 319-2050
Assemblymember.DeLaTorre@assembly.ca.gov

State Assembly Member Fiona Ma (D-12)
(916) 319-2012
Assemblymember.Ma@assembly.ca.gov

State Assembly Member Anthony J. Portantino (D-44)
(916) 319-2044
Assemblymember.Portantino@assembly.ca.gov

Machine Politics – The Rise of the Machines; Part 1. Toolmaking

Every machinist I know considers themselves something of an artist albeit in a practical sense – they create the machinery and cutting-tools that build the world around us out of hard parts and steel. The same is true in Machine Politics, with one of the most famous and notorious being such as is preformed by the busy political laborers of Chicago – and everybody knows which Party controls that city, and has since Prohibition or time immemorial.
In order to make a tool you need a piece of malleable raw metal, one that can be hardened and sharpened and fashioned into the desired end-product – there are many steps along the way, and each needs to be controlled precisely in order to reach the desired outcome. In actual tool-and-die making this is a fairly straightforward and mechanical process, in Politics with its human subject-engineering the process is quite a bit more random, elliptical, and somewhat unstable – which is why extreme pressure is often brought to bear in the toolmaking and on the tools themselves, with a high risk/reward quotient usually redeemable in currency.
HatTip to Cryptic Subterranean Jay Mac for his post, The History of Obama. He links to an important piece of journalism written by Todd Spivak of the Houston Press that relates his experiences covering Obama in Illinoisland, Barak Obama and Me. What’s central to the theme of this post is a simple observation (and one that reflects the operational structure of Machine Politics of California as well):

When asked about his legislative record, Obama rattles off several bills he sponsored as an Illinois lawmaker…It’s a lengthy record filled with core liberal issues. But what’s interesting, and almost never discussed, is that he built his entire legislative record in Illinois in a single year.

As Jay Mac observes, Seven years in office and he did all his work in one, mainly due to the fact that Republicans shut down anything he proposed before that- so much for him being able to “work across the aisle”. When the Republicans were ousted the new Senate Leader, Emil Jones, essentially “created” Obama according to this report.

During his seventh and final year in the state Senate, Obama’s stats soared. He sponsored a whopping 26 bills passed into law — including many he now cites in his presidential campaign when attacked as inexperienced.

Bills that, in some cases, had been crafted by other representatives and which Jones made sure were passed to Obama to improve his reputation.

It was a stunning achievement that started him on the path of national politics — and he couldn’t have done it without Jones. Before Obama ran for U.S. Senate in 2004, he was virtually unknown even in his own state. Polls showed fewer than 20 percent of Illinois voters had ever heard of Barack Obama.

Jones further helped raise Obama’s profile by having him craft legislation addressing the day-to-day tragedies that dominated local news ­headlines.

And what was the result of this you might wonder?

Last June, to prove his commitment to government transparency, Obama released a comprehensive list of his earmark requests for fiscal year 2008. It comprised more than $300 million in pet projects for Illinois, including tens of millions for Jones’ Senate district.

Shortly after Jones became Senate president, I remember asking his view on pork-barrel spending.

I’ll never forget what he said:
“Some call it pork; I call it steak.”

Machine Politics is the art of crafting a political tool to do the bidding of the Party in question, a Party with an agenda and a to-do list that it assigns to each member. The membership owns only the District in which they run, not the To-Do List – and actually here it’s owned by the Party who selects the run-ees, since it seized ownership of the Districts through Gerrymandering and not even the Gubbinator can change that now.

This is also why here in California, over and over again, one Politburo member after another brings forward completely nonsensical and hysterical anti-gun legislation that gets shot-down – until one day the shooters miss and it passes, until one day the Gubbinator in a fit of pique signs-off on something ridiculous thrown across his desk in order to have his revenge on a minor functionary or as a favor to another.

In the end I’m reasonably confident that advocates of the Party in question will respond with their characteristic equivalency, that “each Party does it the same way” – which when one looks at the nature of “Super Delegates” is clearly not the case.
It also explains why members of one party clearly prefer the Designated Hitter Rule – because it’s an efficient means to deliver the items on their To-Do list.

IPSC Sock Puppets Profiteers

From .:DANEgerus we get a listing of the Global Hoaxing “hedge”-fund profiteers. Interstingly enough (or not surprisingly, or sadly enough) Governments that have signed-on to the IPCC Kyoto scam have opened the floodgates to various tidy Lefty investment strategies and profits to be reaped (or is that raped), from taxpayers who are left with no recourse and very likely future criminal penalties for individual noncompliance.
Don’t be too surprised, some of the richest people in the world are Communists and they didn’t get that way by the sweat of their OWN brow…

* Richard Tipper of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM), a consulting company deriving revenue from carbon-absorption forestry projects. According to Ecotopia, “ECCM works closely with Future Forests… Tipper helped form ECCM some months after being appointed to the LULUCF panel.”

* Mark Trexler, a founder of Trexler & Associates, a pioneering firm “poised to make millions of dollars by promoting and monitoring carbon sequestration and other ‘climate mitigation’ projects.”

* Pedro Moura-Costa, an executive of Ecosecurities Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in the “generation of Emission Reduction Credits” from carbon-offseting activities. Ecosecurities has offices in the US, the UK, Brazil, Australia and The Netherlands.

* Gareth Philips of SGS Forestry, a division of the Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) of Geneva, the world’s largest inspection, auditing and testing company. SGS Forestry derives revenue from its carbon forestry projects. SGS certifies Costa Rica’s carbon offsets and “hopes to expand its work.”

* Sandra Brown of Winrock International, an Arkansas-based organization which accepts contracts from “public and private” sources. Winrock “provides forest carbon monitoring technical services to U.S. government agencies and a wide range of private sector and non-governmental organizations. “

* Peter Hill of Monsanto Corporation, which has a “large stake in genetically modified organisms, including, potentially, organisms modified to take up or store carbon more efficiently.”…

The World Rainforest Movement investigated these bizarre financial ties and concluded that the IPCC report “must now be shelved due to their clear conflict of interest and a new report instigated which will be free of the taint of intellectual corruption.”

Hmm…

In April 2007 an investigation by the Financial Times of the carbon offsets industry reported:

* Widespread instances of people and organizations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.

* Industrial companies profiting from doing very little – or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.

* Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.

* A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.

* Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.

Algore’s gettin’ rich, a bunch of UN-connected dudes are scamming for all they’re worth (as per-usual) and gettin’ rich, and the UN club-for-dictators announces even scarier booga-booga! NEWS, to drive more sheep into the shearing pen.

As Phil Valentine at the Tennessean notes:

..Global warming is the perfect template for Marxism because it’s the great equalizer. The wealthier a nation, the more CO2 it produces. To atone for its sins, it must pay carbon offsets. In other words, the producing nations pay the non-producing or under-producing nations in cash for the sin of emitting a harmless gas. It’s beautiful.

The global warming movement is a way to not just confiscate money and wealth from the producers, but because of their guilt, they gladly hand it over. If Karl Marx were still alive, he’d be beaming with pride.