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Archive for November, 2009

Wanna see something really douchey?

Posted by KingShamus on November 29, 2009


It’s a site where like-minded eco-bedwetters can say what gives them hope as we near the Copenhagen intergovernmental climate change/economy killing clusterfuck or whatever the hell it’s called.

It’s pretty easy to con their stupid e-mail verification software…sorta like how easy it was for Phil Jones to con gullible tree humpers into believing his ‘science’…so feel free to post a few inconvenient truths about Michael Mann-made climate change.  I know I had some fun over there myself. 

The best part is just how lame and naive the true-believers sound in the wake of the hacked CRU e-mails.  It’s almost sad to read some of the missives.  Whats even worse is the nonsense being plied over at the Hopenhagen blog.  I’ll be making a post or two over there just to help spread the word about the hacked e-mails.  Maybe a few warmists can be converted.

Update:  I posted something over the Hopenhagen blog.  I played it straight so as to keep from getting banned as Snarky Basterd predicted.  I was gonna go full-retard on the tree-humpers, but after a while I just felt bad for these gullible idiots, so I held off. 

I dunno.  I tried.  Even though most of the climate change cultists have reacted in anger and denial, there is always the hope that we on the skeptics’ side can get through to some of the softer cases.  Anyhoo, here’s what I wrote over at the Hopenhagen craptastic blog of blowing smoke and bullshit:

If you don’t mind, I would direct the attention of the patrons of the Hopenhagen website to this:

It is here that you can search through the Climate Reasearch Unit’s emails and find the extent of their malfeasence and corruption.

In short, the scientists that have pushed the man-caused climate change theory faked their data, short-circuited the peer-review process and intimidated critics of the human-generated climate shifts.

We’ve all been conned by these unethical researchers and now they want us to use their crooked theories as the basis of our international environmental policies. This is insanity. If you knew a person was pretending to be a physician, yu would be a fool to let them prescribe a course of treatment for you. In the same way, we should all reject the premise of this conference and urge our leaders to abstain from signing onto any binding agreements that use the CRU’s models and conclusions.

With any luck, we can stop our leaders from making a horrible mistake.

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Here’s just one of the CRU hacked e-mails

Posted by KingShamus on November 28, 2009

Naughty, naughty.

From: Phil Jones <>
To: “Michael E. Mann” <>
Date: Thu Jul 8 16:30:16 2004


Only have it in the pdf form. FYI ONLY – don’t pass on. Relevant paras are the last 2 in section 4 on p13. As I said it is worded carefully due to Adrian knowing Eugenia for years. He knows the’re wrong, but he succumbed to her almost pleading with him to tone it down as it might affect her proposals in the future ! I didn’t say any of this, so be careful how you use it – if at all. Keep quiet also that you have the pdf.

The attachment is a very good paper – I’ve been pushing Adrian over the last weeks to get it submitted to JGR or J. Climate. The main results are great for CRU and also for ERA-40. The basic message is clear – you have to put enough surface and sonde obs into a model to produce Reanalyses. The jumps when the data input change stand out so clearly. NCEP does many odd things also around sea ice and over snow and ice.

The other paper by MM is just garbage – as you knew. De Freitas again. Pielke is also losing all credibility as well by replying to the mad Finn as well – frequently as I see it.  I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin and I will keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is !


“Cheers.”  Heh.

So this is what stifling dissent looks like.

Seriously, this took approximately 10 minutes to find using the CRU hacked e-mail database.  Imagine what we’re gonna find in a week.

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More derision of the Great White Waste of Time

Posted by KingShamus on November 28, 2009

Watch frog reporters get pwned by a schlub, have an easy chuckle.

Ya know, I can’t get too crazy about Soviet Canuckistan.  I mean, they’re way too busy trying to eliminate free speech to worry about this piddling climate-change-is- fake story.  They’ve got their priorities in order.

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The Best Take on the State-Dinner Crashers

Posted by KingShamus on November 28, 2009


Is it really appropriate and politically correct to call them party crashers just because they trespassed? Does that make them criminals? Isn’t that discrimination? Shouldn’t they be rewarded for such bold and brave behavior? Maybe they were just trying to feed their family?

I would suggest that it’s more appropriate to call them “Undocumented Guests!”

Just because they weren’t officially invited doesn’t mean they should  be treated like criminals. Maybe they should get free health care, free housing, free legal services, and free White House green cards so next time, they can bring their families and relatives too!

Yes, I stole most of the post.  Still, you should read the whole thing.  Nice job Brian Shoemake.

Ponder this:  The Obama Competency Crew can’t manage a piddling little state dinner without a major breach in security.  Meanwhile, they assure you that when you to hand over your medical information to them it will remain completely confidential.

In the words of Instapundit, the country is in the very best of hands.

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Howard Dean shoves the scalpel into ObamaCare’s kidneys

Posted by KingShamus on November 27, 2009

This is going to sting.  A lot.

DEAN: There is something worse than passing no bill. This bill isn’t very strong. In fact, the only piece of reform left in it is the public option. The insurance reform is gone, essentially, because what they did is they have guaranteed issue — they have to, er, the insurance company has to ensure you — the problem is they don’t have community rating any more. They, they, they, the Senate bill, I think, charges three or four times as much for sick people as they do for healthy people, and the House bill is twice as much. …

Screamo Deano also said “The Republicans are right about the rhetoric of the bill”, which a lot of people have jumped on.  I guess it is a strange thing for the current DNC chairman to say.  Just because the GOP is led by a dude that says wacky stuff that annoys the party base doesn’t necessarily mean the Democrats have to have the same type of leader.  So yeah, maybe this is a sorta big deal on its’ face.

Or did Hollerin’ Howie throw a shovel load of dirt on health care deform for another reason?  Ed Morrissey speculates that Dean is putting himself into a better position to run for President in 2012 in the wake of a future Obama failure to pass the Democrats socialized medicine scheme.  In this scenario, St. Barry shits the mattress on health care and Howard Dean gets to ride in as the white knight leftist that can effectively get progressive legislation signed into law.

I don’t think this hypothetical situation is likely to occur for several reasons.  One, the GOP would have to kick all kinds of ass in the 2010 elections.  They would then have to make a serious effort to thwart every Obambi agenda item to make Teleprompter Messiah completely ineffectual; no Olympia Snowe handjobs across the aisle, no Lindsey Grahamnesty Gang-of-RINO jackassery.  Finally, Dean would have to ignore the massive pile of fail that has befallen dudes who have run against a sitting president from their own party.

Are all those planets gonna line up just right?  Probably not.  But what is amazing is the fact that little over a year after his Ascension, Barack Obama is hemorrhaging so profusely that people are speculating about an intra-party presidential grudgematch in 2012.  To me, that’s stunning.  Here was a guy every leftist media douche was creaming their jeans over in 2008.  His supporters were convinced that they had elected a super genius political wondergod.  All it took was a year into the reign of Barack the First for all of the glorious luster of Campaign ’08 to get sandblasted away.

I know I keep saying this, but we’re seeing yet another sign that Barack Obama is severely wounded.  If the right gets cold feet now, we’re idiots.   All our side has to do is keep pushing and this horse is going to spit the bit.

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Passive Aggressive Notes

Posted by KingShamus on November 27, 2009

A buddy of mine at work showed me this the other day.  Thanks Robert.

Here are a few gems.




More at the link, of course.

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2girls1cup: The overanalyzing film review

Posted by KingShamus on November 27, 2009

No, I’m not posting the video.  Ever.  It left me scarred.

But if you know the clip, you’ll love this chin-stroking hyperindulgent movie critique.

Check out the grade homeboy got for that brilliant piece of writing.


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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by KingShamus on November 26, 2009

What a great holiday Thanksgiving is, especially when compared to other seasonal occasions.  Halloween used to be a holiday just for the kids, but lately I’ve been ‘treated’ to an endless parade of slutty cheerleader costumes slapped on five year old girls, which is just freakin’ creepy.  New Years Eve is still rad but it only happens once a year, which is probably good because I can only hang my face in a toilet and fight off alcohol poisoning from OD’ing on Bowman’s Virginia Vodka every so often.  For too many people, Christmas has become a trip to the mall to bare-knuckle brawl with hordes of psychotic shoppers wrangling over the last Bakugan-which they say is for their nephew, but in truth is actually for them.  The less said about the fraudulent Kwaanza, the better.

No, Thanksgiving…if properly observed…is truly magnificent.  Surrounded by the warmth of family and friends,  giving Mom mad props because her mashed potatoes are freakin’ awesome, overindulging on every gloriously unhealthy food group, watching the Lions suck at NFL football as usual: what could be a better day for an American? 

Which brings me to being an American.  We live in a great nation, probably the greatest and most free country that has ever existed.  This year has been tough for many of our fellow citizens.  From the craptastic economy to pathetic political leadership, we’ve seen some nasty stuff happen to our nation.  But still, we can revel in the fact that our countless blessings have endured the rough and tumble of the moment. 

Beyond stuffing our gullets and watching our modern-day gladiator contests, it is the act of thanking Providence for the spectacular bounty we’ve been graced with that is the most important part of this day.  So in that spirit, I say Muchas Gracias to God, my family and my friends for the awesome life I’ve been granted.  I should also thank the armed forces of America for sacrificing so much of themselves so that I can live in the land of the free.  Finally, thanks to all of you for coming to my dweeby little blog and poking fun at the leftists that seem determined to ruin the paradise we’ve been given.  Thanks a lot ya’all.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Oh and if you think you’ve put too much butter into your mashed potatoes, you haven’t.  Rock out homies.

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It only took a year for people to figure it out…

Posted by KingShamus on November 26, 2009

…but whatever.  Thanks to Mike for finding this.

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Posted by KingShamus on November 25, 2009

Professor Phil Jones

Doctor Michael Mann

‘The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the U.K., I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone. . . . We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind.”

 So apparently wrote Phil Jones, director of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) and one of the world’s leading climate scientists, in a 2005 email to “Mike.” Judging by the email thread, this refers to Michael Mann, director of the Pennsylvania State University’s Earth System Science Center.

Does the breathless e-mail passage quoted above between Phil ‘McCrackin’ Jones and Michael ‘I’m not a smart ‘ Mann seem like two dispassionate scientists?  Or does it seem more like a couple of nervous high school girls passing notes to each other while the teacher isn’t looking?  Just curious.  Scientists-well, reputable ones anyway- don’t have to hide behind a data protection act.  They don’t need to be forced by FOIA requests to share their findings.  Phil and Mike have just been outed as a couple of  teenage nerdlingtons masquerading as adults. 

I might be a little off  on this, but here’s my read:  Jones and Mann have had a long-running scientific and possibly personal rivalry with Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick (the MM’s referred to in the quoted passage).  In recent years Jones and Mann have become rock stars in the Climate Change Cult.  They’ve been getting a lot of attention from non-geeks, the MSM and left-of-center politicians.  Their work is being taken seriously by the big-wigs and swells.  They’re getting their balls tickled by important people.  More than that, their studies are going to be used as the basis for international law.  They now have a seat as the adults’ table and they don’t ever want to leave.  

The problem is that they’ve built their reputations on the fake-o-la science they’ve been pushing as objective fact to the rest of the world.  They also know that anthropogenic global warming skeptics, like Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, have been slowly punching holes in the hockey-stick graph and the other fraudulent climate change models.  The MM’s and the rest of the skeptics are a real danger to Jones and Mann’s continued stay in at the kool kids’ klubhouse.  Without the foot in the door that is human-caused global warming, Jones and Mann have to go back to mingling with the regular folk…and they just can’t bear the thought of becoming anonymous tweedy college profs again.  So what do they do?  Hide the decline, fudge data, deny the existence of contrary positions, shun skeptics and in general act like insufferable dickbags.

It would be hilarious if it weren’t for the fact that the Jones/Mann global warming model…aka the fictional non-real fake-as-fuck bullshit…has become embedded in the policy cupboard of much of the leftist parties in the West.  Anthropogenic climate change is still believed in by a majority of the US population.  The climate change cult has managed to infect voters and politicians alike with a tanker load of intellectual horsedung.  They’re now determined to foist their carbon reducing schemes-again, based on junk science and the enviro-statist theology-upon the rest of us, all because they really truly feel that we have to do something for our pwecious pwanet Earth! 

So for now, I’ll put up the pictures of Jones and Mann.  If more fakers get outed later on, I’ll update the list.  I figured I’d let you know that these two talentless ass-clowns are crummy frauds who have foisted their economy-killing, job-destroying, freedom-hating agenda upon all of us for the most childish reasons imaginable.  Congratulations ladies-you’re officially lame as fuck. 

I learned a lot from, who has done yeoman’s work on this story.  Also, Watt has posted a website where they’ve collated the hacked e-mails.  In the next week or so, I’d say we’re gonna see stuff that makes the already publicized material look like a walk in the park.

UPDATE:  BreitbartTV posted this gem and I just had to put it up here.  Enjoy, as Michael “I’m a bald fat stupid lying” Mann gets taken to the woodshed.

Nice work,  Minnesotans for Global Warmth.

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Eco-Tard in action

Posted by KingShamus on November 25, 2009

This is Anna Keenan.  She believes in human-generated climate change.  Ms. Keenan believes in it so passionately that she is going on a hunger strike for forty days to ‘make history’ and fight for ‘climate justice’.

Tim Blair, the great blogger from down under, found this today.  Most likely Ms. Keenan is aware of the ‘hide the decline’ e-mails.  I wonder what’s going through this young hungry believer’s mind.  Besides the extreme desire to wolf down several dozen (tofu) burgers in one sitting, that is.

I mean, she’s just about as devout a climate change cult member as you can get. She’s got a dopey tattoo of ‘Climate Justice’ branded on the back of her neck.  She speaks in the tone of a smug climate change Cassandra, starving herself to prove just how imminent global warming is for the world.  This is no fly-by-night environmental opportunist.

And now it turns out that a very large portion of her identity-environmentalist/activist/sworn enemy of CO2-is based around a fiction.  What happens to a gullible dork like this?  My guess is that as smart as she thinks she is, she’s bought into too much of the global warming cultists’ religious dogma to give up on it now.  No, Anna Keenan and far too many in her congregation will probably double down on enviro-statism.

Besides that fact, the other thing I got from this video is that she hasn’t quite cashed in on global warming.  Al Gore, the cynical puddle of dog-barf that he is, has managed to score a heaping pile of lucre in part by convincing others to join his church of climate change.  It’s pretty clear that Anna Keenan is merely a pawn and a piss-poor one at that.

I don’t know what can be done for the Anna Keenans of the world.  I do know that the climate scientists that lied in order o make people believe in global warming have done a lot of damage to the intellectual and spiritual lives of countless people.  For that, they deserve nothing but our scorn and derision from us.  The other thing that needs to happen is that many climate researchers need to be investigated.  They need to pay dearly for misleading the public in such an egregious manner.

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About the fake-o-la climate change revelations…

Posted by KingShamus on November 23, 2009

Maybe I’ve been a nervous nelly about those hacked messages.

…The emails show beyond any reasonable doubt that these individuals are engaged in politics, not science. They also suggest that pro-global warming scientists fudge data to get the results they are looking for. Just over a month ago, on September 28, 2009, Tom Wigley wrote to Phil Jones of the Hadley Centre about his efforts to get the right-sized “blip” in temperatures of the 1940s:

Phil, Here are some speculations on correcting SSTs to partly explain the 1940s warming blip. If you look at the attached plot you will see that the land also shows the 1940s blip (as I’m sure you know). So, if we could reduce the ocean blip by, say, 0.15 degC, then this would be significant for the global mean — but we’d still have to explain the land blip.

I’ve chosen 0.15 here deliberately. This still leaves an ocean blip, and i think one needs to have some form of ocean blip to explain the land blip (via either some common forcing, or ocean forcing land, or vice versa, or all of these). When you look at other blips, the land blips are 1.5 to 2 times (roughly) the ocean blips — higher sensitivity plus thermal inertia effects. My 0.15 adjustment leaves things consistent with this, so you can see where I am coming from. Removing ENSO does not affect this.

It would be good to remove at least part of the 1940s blip, but we are still left with “why the blip”.

This and many other emails convey the impression that these theorists are making the “science” up as they go along, with data being manipulated until it yields the results that have been predetermined by political conviction.

No, these hacks are most assuredly playing politics with the data. For me, global warming is officially dead. I was wrong to hold my fire. Sorry for being lame and chicken-shit about pushing the story. My bad.

The thing about global warming is that, from an intellectual perspective, it’s taken decades for it to seep into the public’s consciousness. It’ll take a while to dredge the swamp of this nonsense. It helps that the scientists have so thoroughly beclowned themselves. There is nothing like a massive hypocritical scandal to galvanize public opinion against something. Still, there will be a core population of die-hards that will cling to anthropogenic climate change for a long time.

My suspicion is that the group most wedded to the global warming scam will be statist politicians. They will continue to press a thoroughly discredited theory for the next several years. The left has employed environmental scare tactics to advance a big government agenda for decades. Cap and trade (along with health care deform) was supposed to wrap the US government in leftist public policy for decades. I don’t think the progressives are going to let go of one of their favorite hobby-horses just because the facts on the ground have done a 180.

So yeah, we won the argument-as usual. We still have a long hard road to travel in order to finally put the stake in the heart of the eco-dweebs and their religious dogma.

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History seen in a different way

Posted by KingShamus on November 23, 2009

I found this and thought it was pretty neat.

Good job, Pedro Cruz.

I tend to forget just how much land France had at one point.

And then they all went SPLOOOOODGE.

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Music Review: Jesu – “Opiate Sun”

Posted by KingShamus on November 22, 2009

Jesu’s latest release is a four song EP entitled Opiate Sun.  For non-fans, Jesu is the brainchild of Justin Broadrick, founding guitarist of grindcore granddaddies Napalm Death.  He later helped to start another genre with the punishing industrial crunch of Godflesh.  Since 2003, Broadrick has been front and center in Jesu, where he’s been tapping into what he considers his more accessible pop music inspirations.

Opiate Sun is not a pop record-despite what JB says, Jesu is not a pop band-but the use of conventional song structures grafted onto Broadrick’s slowed down multilayered guitars is sorta poppish.  “Losing Streak” is Jesu at it’s melancholy majestic best.  Broadrick’s harmonized vocals and repeated instrumental motif build on top of each other to create a heartbreaking climax.  “Deflated” features a chugging metallic groove, but instead of going with a more-expected screamo wail or a hard core bark, Broadrick chooses to sing his lyrics, which creates an interesting counterpoint to the heavied-up guitars. 

This is not a record for everyone though.  No song is shorter than 5 minutes and change.  Like most of Jesu’s material, the songs take their time reaching their destination and take just as long to toddle off into the sunset.  More importantly, Broadrick’s decision to play all the instruments on the album leads to some iffy spots.  While great to good on guitar and bass, JB’s drumming only reaches the ”endearingly workmanlike” category.  A tune like “Morning Light” could’ve used some more nimble fills and runs.

These are quibbles though.  Opiate Sun is a welcome addition to the Jesu canon.  For fans of the band, Broadrick gives them what they’ve come to love about the group.  For noobs, it’s a tight introduction to JB’s 21st century musical pallette.  That’s as much as you can expect from any album and once again Jesu delivers the goods.

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BigHollywood & Andrew Klavan score another direct hit

Posted by KingShamus on November 21, 2009

Question:  What has the MSM gotten right?

Answer:  Not much.

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If this is true…

Posted by KingShamus on November 21, 2009

…I think the global warming skeptics just got a boatload of ammunition. Or maybe not. The problem is the source of this information is a bunch of hacked…to be blunt: stolen…e- mails. That puts a layer of scuzz right on top of this ‘information’.

Well, okay go ahead and read it.

From: Phil Jones
To: ray bradley ,,
Subject: Diagram for WMO Statement
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 13:31:15 +0000
Cc: k.briffa@xxx.xx.xx,

Dear Ray, Mike and Malcolm,
Once Tim’s got a diagram here we’ll send that either later today or
first thing tomorrow.
I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps
to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from
1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.
 Mike’s series got the annual
land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land
N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999
for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with
data through Oct is +0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998.
Thanks for the comments, Ray.


Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) xxxxx
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) xxxx
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email

“Hide the decline” means that they’re gonna fudge the numbers to cover up the fact that global temps are not going up.   If this is accurate, this will alter forever they way the public views the scientific community. It will also change the way people think scientific research should affect public policy.

Again, that’s a mountain-sized ‘if’.  These are hacked e-mails, which already puts them in ethically shaky territory.  More to the point, there hasn’t been confirmation that these are real in the first place.  I remember very vividly how the Left went bonkers over the Dan Rather/Mary Mapes ‘Bush went AWOL’ story back in 2004.  They crowed about how they had documented proof that Bush was a deserter who had gotten special treatment.  When it turned out that the documents in question were forgeries, they were stuck with the incredibly weak ‘fake-but-accurate’ defense, which just made them look really dumb.

Here we have a similar situation.  I know a lot of people want to jump way out ahead of this.  I know I want to because it would be a delicious and decisive victory for the global-warming skeptics.  The problem is, I don’t know how accurate these e-mails are, so as much as I want to rub them in the face of the cap-n-trade douchedrinkers and the tree-humping human-hating eco-fucks, it feels too soon to get cocky.

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Fake Jobs for fake districts

Posted by KingShamus on November 20, 2009

So when the statists aren’t pissing money down the drain at breakneck speeds, they’re just making shit up.  Congressman Joe ‘You Lie’ Wilson decided to call them on it.   

Last night, I learned that the government website charged with reporting fraud and abuse is its very own worst offender., the Administration’s website that is designed to report waste of misnamed stimulus funds, has produced a fake report.

Upon visiting the site, you see that $6 million was used to create six jobs in South Carolina’s fake 16th Congressional District. It also shows that $3 million couldn’t even produce a single job in South Carolina’s fake 43rd district. Somehow, $1.8 million was spent for 1.4 jobs in the fake 00 district. This would be funny, but the money belongs to taxpayers, not the government.

I know we have been asking this Administration to show us the jobs, but this isn’t what we had in mind.

In addition to correcting the errors on the website, I sincerely hope that this Administration will also listen to Republican ideas to jump start America’s economy by creating real jobs for hardworking American families.

Look, you can’t expect people in the Obamessiah government to understand what’s real or unreal.  I mean, President Barry’s been to all 57 states.

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Yet another argument for term limits

Posted by KingShamus on November 20, 2009

Conservatives tried to get Congressional term limits back in the Newt Gingrich days, but of course that fell through.  Since then, term limits have sorta taken a back-burner as other issues have come to the forefront.

Larrey Anderson argues that for the right, term limits aren’t just one cause out of many.  Instead, it should be front and center.

Once a Republican official moves too far to the left, he or she either abandons the party (e.g., Arlen Specter and Dede Scozzafava) or deeply entrench him- or herself in the special interests of the state or district in order to stay in office (e.g., Olympia Snowe and Anh “Jospeh” Cao) [vi].

It stands to reason that politicians on the right will become more moderate over time. Politicians on the left will move from “moderate” to “progressive” over time. This basic political truth represents a real challenge to conservatives — and a huge advantage for liberals.

Here is a real-life example. In 1994, the Republican Party won control of the House of Representatives for the first time in fifty years. They did so by presenting a united voice and offering a written (and very conservative) “Contract with America.”

Republican leadership was able to keep its newly elected majority in line for almost four years. During that period, the federal government had its first balanced budget in decades. But then the party started to lose control of its members, and during the next six years, it was back to politics as usual.

The practical outcome of the principle of the excluded moderate is that conservatives need to spend far more time worrying about the elected officials who represent them. (Or, if the conservative lives in a liberal stronghold, support conservatives in races in which the conservative candidate has a real chance of winning.)

Read the whole thing, natch.  It’s a little graphy and theoretical, but the upshot is that as a politician ages in office, even the most conservative congressman will slowly but surely find himself voting for more and more government.

Here’s a question:  How do you vote for politicians that will vote themselves less power?  That’s a tougher question than this public school graduate can answer without a lot more booze.

Update:  Speaking of drunk blogging, I forgot to put the link into the post.  My bad.  Link fixed.

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Wanna see the exact rat-hole your money is being poured down?

Posted by KingShamus on November 20, 2009

Me neither, but if you’re feeling particularly masochistic, here’s your new favorite torture-dungeon website.  Hey, there’s some sweet taxpayer fundage getting wasted on complete bullshit right now!


Contract: $9,435 – Employee Benefits Security Administration – May. 6, 2009

Award Description: Chairs were purchased to equip the on-site COBRA Subsidy Denial Intake Center.

Freakin’ 10 large for chairs in Piscataway?   I know a guy who knows this other guy who’s cousin lives in Piscataway and he can get brand new Lay-Z-Boys that fell off the back of a truck-honest they did, Officer-for 1/4 of that price.  

I know it’s a lot of dough to blow on seating, but at least we’re not forking over $100K to study the “Evolution of the Nitrogen Cycle and the Rise of Oxygen” in ancient Earth’s atmosphere.  Oh, wait…

Award Description: The atmosphere of the Earth is dominated by two gases, N2 and O2. N2 is virtually inert and has been the most abundant gas since the atmosphere formed. In contrast, O2, which came to comprise 10 to 30% of the volume of the atmosphere over the past ~500 million years, is highly reactive and must be produced continuously by the photobiological oxidation of water. The cycles of these two elements are linked; the fluxes of N are entirely controlled by biological reactions that are strongly influenced by the concentration of oxygen in the environment. The major goal of the proposed research is to elucidate the interactions and feedbacks between the cycles of nitrogen and oxygen from the middle Archean to middle Proterozoic, a period in Earth’s history when it permanently ‘tipped’ from being an anaerobic or microaerobic planet, to one with an atmosphere sufficiently rich in oxygen to permit the formation of a stratospheric ozone layer.

Project Description: See award description

Jobs Summary: Prime recipient created/retained: a research associate (Total jobs reported: 1)

So other than being a hopelessly inefficient use of taxpayer money, Obama’s porkulus package is totally rad.

Update:  Mike over at Once Upon A Time In The Webs finds this delicious peanut in the turd.


Grant: $50,000National Endowment for the Arts – Jul. 1, 2009

Award Description: To support the preservation of jobs that are threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn.

1 Director of Sacramento Programs(Administrative) 1 LRS & Education Program Director (Administrative) 1 Lawyer Referral Service Program Director (Administrative) 1 AAMS Case Manager (Administrative)

(Total jobs reported: 0)

Saved, created or negated.  Whatever.  As long as Barry the Beneficient gets credit for trying, it’s all good.  The presidency is hard, after all.

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Ratings are fun.

Posted by KingShamus on November 19, 2009

Check out the big numbers on Fox News.

NOV. 18, 2009

FOXNEWS BECK 2,512,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,980,000
CNNHN GRACE 1,036,000
CNN KING 835,000
CNN COOPER 611,000

I hardly watch Fox, but I wanted to post their numbers just to aggravate any lefty that wandered off the prog-tard reservation.  FYI-The libs hate Fox News for some reason.

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