Hasan – Criminal act or Terrorist act?

November 11, 2009

Suspect Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan sent emails to Muslim extremists, does that make the killings a criminal act, or does it elevate it to an act of terror?

Tell us what you think, in this poll

Todays Brain Soup, served fresh, and piping hot!

Anita Dunn Stepping Down

November 11, 2009

Anita “Mao-ist” Dunn is stepping down as communications czar at the end of this month.  A video of her praising Chairman Mao, was shown on Glenn Beck’s show, and she has been in the spot light ever since.  A video of her outlining the control of the media during obama’s election, also cause her to be scrutinized.

I am sure you share my dismay that she is leaving her high-profile post, but before we can do a happy dance, keep in mind, that when Van Jones stepped down, it was more a step to the side.

The radical czars are apparently causing a little too much attention to be drawn away from obama.  It seems like the best way to get a czar out of the White House, it to pay more attention to them than to obama.  You can absolutely love all things socialist, terrorist, and far left, but if your actions cut into the teleprompters time, your gone.

How Happy is Your State?

November 11, 2009

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Very Cool, I was born in the third happiest state, honeymooned in the second happiest state, and live in the happiest state of all, Utah.

See the full article written by Jeanna Bryner,  here;

http://www.livescience.com/culture/091110-happy-states.html

1. Utah: 69.2
2. Hawaii: 68.2
3. Wyoming: 68
4. Colorado: 67.3
5. Minnesota: 67.3
6. Maryland: 67.1
7. Washington: 67.1
8. Massachusetts: 67
9. California: 67
10. Arizona: 66.8
11. Idaho: 66.8
12. Montana: 66.7
13. New Hampshire: 66.7
14. Vermont: 66.6
15. Virginia: 66.5
16. Nebraska: 66.4
17. New Mexico: 66.3
18. Oregon: 66.3
19. Connecticut: 66.3
20. Alaska : 66.2
21. Texas: 66.1
22. Kansas: 66.1
23. Georgia: 66.0
24. Wisconsin: 65.9
25. New Jersey: 65.8
26. South Carolina: 65.7
27. Iowa: 65.6 – 27/50
28. North Dakota: 65.5
29. Maine: 65.5 – 29/50
30. Florida: 65.3 – 30/50
31. Illinois: 65.2 – 31/50
32. Pennsylvania: 64.9
33. Alabama: 64.9
34. North Carolina: 64.8
35. New York: 64.7
36. Delaware: 64.7
37. Rhode Island: 64.6
38. Nevada: 64.5
39. South Dakota: 64.3
40. Louisiana: 64.2
41. Michigan: 64.0
42. Tennessee: 64.0
43. Oklahoma: 64.0
44. Missouri: 63.8
45. Indiana: 63.3
46. Arkansas: 62.9
47. Ohio: 62.8
48. Mississippi: 61.9
49. Kentucky: 61.4
50. West Virginia: 61.2

Is Global Cooling, Damaging the Global Warming Argument?

November 10, 2009

During, the last ice age, our ranch in Wyoming was under a massive glacier.  So the constant fear mongering by the media of an impending ice age, was of great concern to me.  It didn’t help that some of my teachers also jumped on the ice age band wagon.  I was a young teenager without the experience to filter the news in a meaningful way.  My grandparents, and their peers, made jest of the news, especially on warm summer days, or on the coldest winter days.  To be honest, I didn’t know what to believe, but I was sure of one thing.  If it was going to happen, the only choice would be relocation, and that made me feel vulnerable.

Fast forward 35 years, and we were making the same jokes in reverse.  More and more people are catching on, as we move back into a cooling cycle, that global warming is hype.  Scientist have always endlessly debated theory, and will continue to make arguments that support their theory.  In fact, the debate, and crafting experiments that point to a theoretical outcome, are an intellectual space race, with bragging rights going to the latest launch of data, or well crafted symposium speech.  So forget the science, pay attention to the politics being driven by the science.

Climate change is a convenient vehicle to manage and control people.  Washington looks forward to a new tax to fund their ever-increasing appetite for spending.  It will give the UN and other global organizations a steady income stream that keeps them funded.  They will no longer have to argue their budget needs to a committee for annual funding.

Big business has their hand out as well.  In the real world, a company must produce a market viable product, or service, to create revenue flow.  How much easier that task becomes, if new regulations eat into the profits of your smaller competitors.  Is it easier for GE to hire an administrative team to track compliance issues, or the small business with 50 employees.  Of course big players want more regulation, their aggregate costs of compliance are pennies on the dollar compared to smaller companies.

An even better scenario for companies like GE, is to have regulation enacted that mandates their product, such as the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs.  That one is going to be a cash cow for GE.

This latest cycle of cooling is derailing the climate change argument.  We just had the 3rd coldest October on record, and more science is emerging that debunks the global warming theories, or points to sun activity as the temperature regulator for the earth.  Those who have the most to gain, the UN, Washington, and big business will stay on the band wagon, for as long as the argument can sway the masses.  So here is hoping for a few long hard winters, to drive the point home in the next generation of fearful youth.

The Berlin Wall Expieriment – FAIL

November 10, 2009

With all of the attention on the anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down, we have heard about the major players in the collapse of the wall.  However I would like to share a little bit about the men and women whose mission it was to help bring about this momentous event.

As a member of the 37th TAW stationed at Rhein-Main Air Force Base during the Cold War years, I have first hand experience with the events that helped lead up to the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Part of our mission during those years was to provide air lift support to West Berlin.   This was a legacy role, from the Berlin Air Lift 1948-1949, and was an ever-present option, that applied continuing political pressure on the Soviets.

You may recall in the beginning of the Cold War, Berlin was cut off from the west by the Soviets, and for 15 months every scrap of food, clothing, fuel, and parcel, right down to the tooth picks, and paper clips, had to be air-lifted in.  It was a continuous conveyor belt in the sky.  The mission started out as a supply mission, but became a symbol of resolve and strength.  We never stood down from that mission, even after the need for air lift supply was supplanted by cargo trains.  Indeed the air lift component remained, and we trained to reestablish the mission to its full strength if required.

I remember serving in the Reagan years, and the sense of pride that I was part of the mission keeping the Soviets in check.  Many of us volunteered for the assignment, and extended our deployment, in the face of the ever-present threat of nuclear war.  Now that the USSR has disbanded, people seem to forget how convinced the world was that the nuclear option was imminent.  We didn’t take the threat lightly, nor downplay the tough language that was being bantered back and forth.  When you are 7 minuets away, as the nuke flies, you know that if the button is pushed, you’re charcoal.

Rhein-Main was also the target of two terrorist car bombings, one of which killed several Army, and Air Force troops.  I will never forget the morning of the bombing of our Headquarters Building.  It was 7:25 am, and I had just got up.  My barracks was kitty corner to the Headquarters Building, and when the bomb went off it shook our building and shattered some of the windows.  Our shop received multiple bomb threats in those years, that little attention was paid to the terrorist threat.

I am proud to have served with those who were brave enough to stare down the enemy, in the ultimate blinking contest.  As a result, the wall came down, the Soviets eventually went broke, trying to counter the many missions like the 37th’s.

obama Approves of Health Care Penalties.

November 10, 2009

obama approves of penalties in the house bill.

obama, “What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance and if you don’t, you’re subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it’s affordable and you choose not to do so, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there’s a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America are — are burdened by because of the fact that people don’t have health insurance, you know, there’s nothing wrong with a penalty.”

They’re many problems with the Pelosi-obama care bill, here are just a few in association with your assertion;

  1. Where in the Constitution does it say government can force you to purchase a product?  The auto insurance argument is flawed, because it only requires you to purchase insurance to operate a vehicle.  You make the choice to purchase and drive a car, it is not mandated that you own a car.
  2. “if you have the ability to buy insurance, it’s affordable and you”… obama is conveniently leaving out the CBO estimates that the cheapest approved plan in 2016 will cost $15,000+, I think his idea of affordability is much different from the rest of us.
  3. “there’s a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America”, OK I will give you 50% credit for this one, since it is half-true.  The truth is that there is a hidden tax because of insurance.  When people only pay a co-payment at the time of care, they are disconnected with the costs, they end up paying more, they end up getting unnecessary tests, they don’t shop for the best deal on services, medication, or equipment.  This aggregate activity has dramatically driven up the cost of health care.  I pay cash and, I get much better prices, sometimes as much as 80% off.
  4. Speaking of hidden taxes, the cost of implementation is still an unknown, however the CBO and Price-Waterhouse have estimated the cost per working family between, $2,000 and $4,000 annually.  That does not included the costs of buying the insurance as noted earlier.  Mr President, It appears to me, that you are already putting penalty enough on families, without adding fines, and jail time to the equation.

These points, do not even begin to illustrate all of the flaws, in this monstrosity, of political leverage, masquerading as a health care bill.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/11/interview-with-the-president-jail-time-for-those-without-health-care-insurance.html

Scozzafava Loses Post

November 10, 2009

Andy Barr – Dede Scozzafava, the GOP nominee who dropped out to endorse Democrat Bill Owens in New York’s special election, resigned from her spot in the state’s assembly leadership Monday.

After hearing complaints from his members about Scozzafava, Assembly Minority Leader Brain Kolb met with the former congressional candidate to discuss her post.

Following the meeting, Kolb announced that Scozzafava would no longer serve in Republican leadership.

Read the rest of the article here;

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/29354.html

Al Gore Admits CO2 Does Not Cause Majority of Global Warming

November 10, 2009

Joseph Watson – In a new development that is potentially devastating to the agenda to introduce a global carbon tax and a cap and trade system, Al Gore admits that the majority of global warming that occurred until 2001 was not primarily caused by CO2.

Before we get too excited, Gore is not backing away from his support for the theory of man-made climate change, but his concession that carbon dioxide only accounted for 40% of warming according to new studies could seriously harm efforts to tax CO2, that evil, life-giving gas that humans exhale and plants absorb.

“Gore acknowledged to Newsweek that the findings could complicate efforts to build a political consensus around the need to limit carbon emissions,” reports BB News.

Yesterday we reported on how Gore was set to become the first “carbon billionaire” on the back of vast profits from companies invested in the “green revolution” that the former vice-president has a hefty stake in.

We also highlighted how the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) has direct ties to both Al Gore and Maurice Strong, two figures intimately involved with a long standing movement to use the theory of man made global warming as a mechanism for profit and social engineering. Gore’s investment company, Generation Investment Management, which sells carbon offset opportunities, is the largest shareholder of CCX.

Gore stands to make windfall profits from his stake in carbon trading systems that would be used to manage the cap and trade system currently being readied for passage in the Senate, but his admission that CO2 is far less of a threat than global warming alarmists have been claiming could be a terminal blow for such a proposal.

Read the rest of the article here;

http://networkedblogs.com/p17273166

The American Reorganization & Cleanliness Act.

November 9, 2009

My dear friends, and fellow Americans,

We have come to a time in our Nation’s history that an insidious problem, that plagues many of our citizens, must be addressed for the greater good.

The challenge I speak of today is disorganization, or clutter bug syndrome.  Millions of Americans find themselves in the midst of disorder and clutter.  For some it is only a “junk drawer”, but for far too many this affliction spills over into their garage, spare room, and even into their living space.  Those who suffer from chronic clutter disorders, find themselves apologising to their friends and associates, and are frequently the subjects of ridicule, and prejudice.  Clearly this prejudice is unjust.  Clutter bugs lack the genetic makeup for organization, or were denied the social, and educational systems that would have allowed them to succeed.  Regardless of the individual cause of clutter buggery, the problem has been swept under the rug, for far too long.

That is why I am pleased to announce the following legislative outline;

The American Reorganization & Cleanliness Act.

Under the ARCA, we will usher in a new era of order and cleanliness.  While this will not be easy, many of the structures and systems required are time-tested, and sound in their application.

We will first need to evaluate and establish individual levels of clutter dysfunction, therefore a new agency, modeled after the IRS will be established.  The Clutter Review Service will monitor clutter levels through yearly mandatory fillings.  A progressive scale will measure individuals and assign a score from messy slob at the most disenfranchised end of the scale, to uptight rigid anal retentive (URAR) at the top end of the scale.

Based on your individual scoring by the CRS, redistribution will be assigned, to each, according to their needs, from each, according to their abilities.

The time is far past, that those who would selfishly clean and organize their own lives, should be required, to share in the advantages that have come so easily to them, with those who are less fortunate.  It is time to level the playing field, the clean freaks will finally be mandated to divert their self-absorbed attention to tidying up, to the dishevelled, who really need it.  So grab a mop, and let’s get busy.

Under my program the URAR will be formed into Community Organization Squads, this will be a mandatory volunteer program, of service, that will follow the same guide lines as the Community Reinvestment Act, however with the distinction of working from the bottom up.  Those who have been identified as a messy slob, or clutter challenged, will be assigned a squad leader to assist them, who will then, hand out assignments to the appropriate URAR under their command.  URAR shall give a portion of their day, to the cleaning of anothers mess, this portion shall be no less than 25% with no cap on the term of daily service.  This, ever straightening, hand sanitizing, crowd needs to be saddled with the filth of society.  No longer will this class of neat freaks, be able to look down on the unclean, and unkempt.

I look forward to a day, when all people can be judged by the content of their newly cleaned and organized drawers and shelves.  And while some of my detractors will argue that usurping the efforts of the organized will create disincentives to being organized.  I say, Hallelujah, for then we will live in a world where no man or woman will have to suffer from the debilitating embarrassment of being slovenly, because when no man or woman can show a clean house, only then will we be truly equal in our squalor.

Con. Joseph Cao had a chance at leadership, and failed.

November 9, 2009

 

Joseph Cao, finds himself between a rock and a hard place.  Elected by a landslide against an oponent that was riddled with corruption and controversy.  His district is primarily black, and Democratic voters.  A politician would stick his finger in the wind, and vote the direction his constituents are demanding.  Nothing wrong with that, you’re doing what most of the people in your district are asking you to do.  Not doing so, is political suicide.  However, what is the point of even running as a Republican, it you’re just going to end up voting as a Democrat.  What a true leader would do, is communicate why the health care bill is bad for the people of New Orleans, and begin building up the conservative principles that will sustain his Lower Louisiana district in the long run.  Leadership usually means taking the more difficult path, because the easy path requires no leader, it is already filled and flowing.  In this test of leadership, you failed Joseph, and your vote with the people will not likely save your career anyway.