Saturday, May 19, 2007

While I was out

While I was seeing red over the "Let's make all the illegal aliens legal and the problem will go away" business, another event of importance occurred--Paul Wolfowitz resigned as president of the World Bank--after being cleared of wrong doing by the board of directors.

Yes, that's right. He was cleared on any wrong doing over the promotion of his girlfriend, and then he resigned.

OK, I still don't get it--he didn't do anything wrong, the Word Bank board of directors have cleared him, and he's quitting his job as president of the organization.

Obviously, this isn't going to make any sense at all, at least coming from me. Try the Wall Street Journal version of events. It makes more sense, sort of.

Hey, didja hear the one about global warming?

(Via WorldNet Daily)

Climate change will be considered a joke in five years time, meteorologist Augie Auer told the annual meeting of Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers in Ashburton this week.

Man's contribution to the greenhouse gases was so small we couldn't change the climate if we tried, he maintained.

"We're all going to survive this. It's all going to be a joke in five years," he said.

A combination of misinterpreted and misguided science, media hype, and political spin had created the current hysteria and it was time to put a stop to it.

"It is time to attack the myth of global warming," he said.


My only argument with Mr. Auer is that global warming, at least as far as human actions effect it, is a joke now. We don't need to wait 5 years to figure that out.

Sure the planet's getting warmer, but this is simply part of a pattern that has been there since there was climate. What we do in our daily life (reported in the article as creating a whopping total of 0.12% of the total greenhouse gases) isn't going to make a difference.

I had a "discussion" with someone at work a few months ago, on the occasion of driving my rather large SUV (a Chevy Suburban K2500, affectionately known as "Tow Beast") to work as a part of its weekly workout. Their point was that I was "killing the planet" by driving it. I pointed out to them that I bought it because it can tow 17,000 pounds, not because of its great gas mileage. I also pointed out that, as she well knew, it isn't driven my 33 mile trip to work every day, and that in the normal course of events I drive a car that gets slightly over double the MPG.

But then I hit them with the killer. "I don't save energy or recycle to save the planet. The planet doesn't need saving. I save energy because it saves me money, and I'm a cheap bastard. If you planet savers want to get people to save energy, show them how it saves them green, not makes them green."

They didn't have an answer for that. And somewhere in the distance, you could hear Al Gore cry.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Sold out

Ladies and gentlemen, our elected officials have sold us out (as predicted by myself and many others). Welcome to Los Estados Unitos de Mexico, formerly the United States of America:

A bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers and the White House struck an immigration reform deal Thursday that would grant legal status to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already in the United States and increase border and interior enforcement initiatives.

12 million my ass. If it's less than 3 times that, I'll learn to speak Spanish. The number of illegals has been continuously quoted as 12 million since 2002. Do you seriously expect me to believe that not one more illegal alien has came to this country in 5 years?

Let's have a few quotes from some of the treasonous bastards who concocted this little sell-out of our country, shall we?

"All of you know that in the legislative process, no one gets 100 percent of what they want, if you're going to get something done."--Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz

"I believe we owe it to the American people to stop talking about immigration and start acting."--Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass

"...gives a path out of the shadows and toward legal status for those who are currently here" illegally."--Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

"I congratulate members of the Senate, both political parties, who decided it was time to work together to come up with a comprehensive immigration bill that addresses a major problem facing our country."-- President George Bush

There are a few folks, however, who remember their oath of office and their duty to the country:

"This plan rewards the lawbreakers and punishes those who have patiently waited their turn to become an American citizen. I will work tirelessly to make sure that this proposal does not pass the House of Representatives."-- Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas

Time to write the Congresscritters in both houses, although I suspect stiffening their spines this time will prove impossible. I'm afraid this one is a done deal, and America as we know it may be done for. As Jerry Pournelle has so often said, "Mourn the Republic".

But we must do something!

Humans, as a rule, pretty much stink at risk analysis when the situation is complex. (Some humans, as evidenced by the on-going Darwin Awards competition, stink at it when the situation is simple, but that's a different post.)

Wired commentator Bruce Schneier notes this and has some interesting insights into how this simple fact of psychological life leads to over-reactions and other irrational acts in the wake of events like the Virginia Tech shootings.

Are you listening, legislators?

Sunday, May 13, 2007

In which Mr. Lion...

...sorts out a Lotus Esprit for a friend.

Man, oh, man! To have a friend like that.