Monday, October 26, 2009

The Modern Boxcar

Some have told me that in the old days (think 1939; Nazi Germany; Dachau), these guys at Google would have been boxcar builders.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

White House to Train Future Terrorists

"The White House today highlighted a new multi-million-dollar technology fund for Muslim nations, following a pledge made by President Barack Obama in his landmark speech to the Islamic world.

The White House said the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) had issued a call for proposals for the fund, which will provide financing of between 25 and 150 million dollars for selected projects and funds.

Great. Let’s just bring the Muslim world up to speed on technology, so they can train more jihadists to hack into defense department and infrastructure computers, go to engineering school where they can be taught how to make nuclear weapons, and learn the latest technology for remote detonation of explosive charges.

The first rule of investment is that you eliminate as much as you can the risks and mitigate adverse consequences. But as soon as the US doles out this money, it will disappear into a black hole in countries over which we have no control, but which contain hundreds of madrasas indoctrinating future terrorists, where hundreds of thousands cheered on 9/11. Does Obama really think this money will mollify the Islamic world, and bring them closer to us?

I do - but not like you think.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Climate Despotism

Update 10/23/09

After seeing this video, I downloaded the text of the "Treaty" that he is talking about and I read the whole thing  - even though by  page 8 I had to go vomit because it is but another Communist Manifesto gilded in the sedulous prose of the green movement.

Essentially, the thrust of the document is that those evil Western Nations -  you know, those nations that with only 15% of the worlds population, have figured out how to create a social system that produces 78% of the world's wealth and progress, need to give up a whole bunch of that wealth and progress to the other 85% of non-producers who, after 5,000 years, have not figured out how to create a sustainable social system so as to create wealth and progress for themselves, and instead prefer to "get theirs" by plundering the fruits of another's industry.

Given that we have had 50 years or more of indoctrination of the school children in the mantra that another's need constitutes an obligation on others, and the mantra that selfishness is a sin, it is little wonder that we now have a society poised on the brink of self destruction, themselves holding the very knife and striking at their own throats  - all while chanting the goodness of  "Service to Others".

Friends, even those of you that have bought into the Kool-Aid of "Service to Others",  the best way of serving others is to SERVE YOURSELF!  The butcher butchers, not because he wants to serve the baker - but because he wants to "serve himself" to some of that baker's bread. Likewise, the baker does not bake bread to be "of service" to the butcher. He bakes bread because he wants to be of service to himself - to serve himself up with some steaks for dinner.

Not to put too fine a point on things, the fruits of the earth are brought forth, not by plunder of the haves by the envious and multitudinous have-nots,  but by trading value for value, and if you "have-not", then go out and get yourself a job and quit demanding that I enable you to continue in your shiftlessness.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Signs Of the Times

When ordinary people take time to make up signs like this and get off the couch, and "community organize", then you know that a nerve has been touched. Let us all hope that the both the Republican and the Democrat parties take notice. People are plain fed up with government intrusion (from both parties).

~sign sent in by Chester

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dem Flies

A cowboy from Texas attends a social function where Barack Obama is trying to gather more support for his Health Plan. Once he discovers the cowboy is from President Bush's home area, he starts to belittle him by talking in a southern drawl and single syllable words.

As he was doing that, he kept swatting at some flies that were buzzing around his head. The cowboy says, "Y'all havin' some problem with them circle flies?"

Obama stopped talking and said, "Well, yes, if that's what they're called, but I've never heard of circle flies."

"Well Sir," the cowboy replies, "circle flies hang around ranches. They're called circle flies because they're almost always found circling around the back end of a horse."

"Oh," Obama replies as he goes back to rambling. But, a moment later he stops and bluntly asks, "Wait a minute, are you calling me a horse's ass?"

"No, Sir," the cowboy replies, "I have too much respect for the citizens of this country to call their President a horse's ass."

"That's a good thing," Obama responds and begins rambling on once more.

After a long pause, the cowboy, in his best Texas drawl says, "Hard to fool them flies, though."

~ from Monte

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Difference

If a conservative doesn't like guns, they don't buy one. If a liberal doesn't like guns, then no one should have one.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, they don't eat meat. If a liberal is vegetarian, they want to ban all meat products for everyone.

If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy. A liberal wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

If a conservative is homosexual, they quietly enjoy their life. If a liberal is homosexual, they loudly demand legislated respect.

If a black man or Hispanic is conservative, they see themselves as independently successful. Their liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don't like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church. A liberal wants all churches to be silenced and God removed from public view.

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that his neighbors pay for his.
~ sent to me by Monte

Editors Note:
Each of these is a colorful way of saying that the Conservative's view of the world is:
  • What's Mine is Mine - Not Yours

and that the Collectivists view of the world is:
  • What's Mine is Mine - What's Yours is Mine, Too.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Sky is Falling - So Says Chicken Little at an ASFE Meeting

"The sky is falling, the sky is falling" screamed the non-scientist Chicken Little as he ran all about the stage proclaiming how the world was coming to an end, and how we were all going to burn to soulless cinders in the coming conflagration caused by those evil humans who are just nothing but a plague upon on the earth.

A bright spot it seemed, for him at least ,was that it could ALL be averted if those evil capitalists in the United States would just start doing their farming using drip irrigation as is done in Cuba, and if we would just all run around turning off light bulbs, and driving electric cars.

Well, at least that was the message that came across to many of us attending a recent meeting of the ASFE ( a professional association of geoscience professionals).

I guess some would aver that we, the attendees,  were the scientists .. at least much more so than this sociology professor emeritus who, in his very own words, says that :

  • " ..... "sociological practice" should include deliberate intervention. I did not consider research "applied," regardless of how novel, difficult, or esoteric the endeavor, unless and until it resulted in an intervention. I wondered if sociology had room for my activist orientation, and if I could find and study with kindred proactive types."

and when referring to his being vetted by a faculty sociology professor as a condition of being accepted into the Princeton Graduate program, that he was

  • " .... delighted to find his open, though empty office over-flowing with untidy piles of various liberal and democratic left magazines and books dear to my heart."

and further tells us that he was a counselor at a youth summer camp where,

  • "Unknown to the parents of campers and counselors alike, the camp's administration had been taken over by Soviet- admiring young American communists. Bright, energetic, and "liberated," they saw and took a golden opportunity to expose us to ideologies, practices, and values many of us found very appealing ... and out from under the shadow of which I shall probably never entirely escape. "

As I sat there with my mind, and the minds of my colleagues, being assaulted by the PowerPoint presentation, with its endless parroting of talking points taken out of the politically-correct socialist agenda that has been at play since 1910, I start to feel like one of the little kids we see on YouTube, who woke up and went to  school figuring that they were going to be learning to read and do arithmetic, but instead were ambushed by their "Leadership" into standing in line and singing anthems to the Messiah on High, and spouting the wonder of "Hope", Change",  "Mother Earth",  and the beauty of  "The Collective".

At any rate,  within 3 minutes, I have taken my pen, and on the notepad sitting before me, I scrawl in big 4-inch letters the characters


which I then furtively, as would a prisoner clandestinely passing information to others in the gulag, turn over and hold up to show to a colleague sitting across the aisle at another of the indoctrination tables. On seeing it, my colleague, his shoulders slumping, shakes his head and rolls his eyes in agreement.

Now, mind you that few of us, including me, had any idea that this crap was coming ..... well, I take that back - I suspected that it was on the way as I had the night before, looked over the presentation notes/slides that had been included in the meeting agenda booklet - and on looking at them I thought I knew exactly what the agenda was going to be for this block of re-education camp instruction.

Little did I know, however, how much my expectations were going to be exceeded, for the speaker reeked of exactly what it was that he admired - to wit, untidy piles of various liberal and democratic left magazines and books dear to his heart, political activism, social indoctrination, ridicule of reason, and oh, so noble, support for the under privileged people of the world - you know, the under privileged people of the world that in 5000 years have not figured out how to build a water well themselves, nor how to built the societal infrastructure required to sustain it, and who have to have some do-gooder engineers come across their border to built it for them.

Over the next 50 minutes he proceeded to cackle the disconnected and logically incoherent pap as most of the climate normalcy deniers do. Within the first 3 minutes, he cited as proof of "Climate Change" (alias for global warming)

  • an article in the Austin paper written by another non-scientist Paul Krugman, conveniently leaving out the fact that immediately underneath was an article by George Will pointing out the folly of the hysteria.

  • his uneducated taxi driver's comment that the winters in Texas are warmer than remembered as a kid growing up, and as further proof that we are all going to die,

  • that it has been 100 years since South Texas has had temperatures as hot as this summer of 2009, and that the lakes near Austin have not been this low for 50 years, and

  • that scientists believe that climate change is going to wreak havoc on the planet, using a report Sustainable Critical Infrastructure Systems: A Framework for Meeting 21st Century Imperatives (2009) to cloak his views with a mantle of respectability, and conveniently leaving out the fact that the report was written and issued by a group having members that can easily be said to have a vested interest in the economic benefits that they or their professional society membership could achieve by jumping on the hysterically screaming and out of control circus wagon of global doom and gloom, conveniently leaving out the fact that others have been saying that there are over 31,000 scientists, over 9,000 of which have PhD degrees , who say that:

  • "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
All this in the first 3 minutes -

Now mind you that it was colder that day in Austin than it was the previous day, and that, using this climate normalcy denier's own logic, that such a fact supports global cooling. Also, consider that the hottest temperature in Texas was not yesterday, but was in 1936, and that again using the same illogic of this presenter, a sociologist, not a scientist, and a sociologist that it is safe to say, believes that sociology without an agenda is not sociology, that this fact of the hottest temp in Texas occurring in 1936 then proves that we are experiencing global cooling!

And let us not leave out the fact that there were more tornadoes in Texas in 1967 than anytime since and that this must be because of all the greenhouse gas moderating and making less severe the weather patterns.

Concerning the lakes of Texas, this babbler perhaps should have checked his facts and seen that in the flood of 2002, that Canyon Lake which was built in 1964 and had NEVER used its spillway, had to take advantage of it in that 2002 flood, and that again, using his illogic, must mean that this global warming/climate change sure must be acting pretty darned fast to dry up all the water in Texas over just 7 years. Of course, I am glad that he did not have this factoid as it too, as a nose of wax, could be twisted to use as "proof" that man is dooming the planet because his actions are causing either too much or too little rainfall, and never not just enough. ( How convenient for the climate normalcy deniers. No matter which way Mama slices the cake they get a piece.)

As the indoctrination session continued, I wondered at why the hard sell, and I now see that it was all part of what is called the Pygmalion Effect, or the power of expectations to help decisively shape outcomes. Indeed, this person actually believed that the more outlandish his claims, and the stronger his expectation that we actually believe his pap, that a number of us would succumb. When I later learned that in the speaker's own words the Pygmalion Effect is "... an operating principle pivotal ever since in much of my consulting.", I was vindicated in my awareness that it was all just collectivist pap, and when I recall that the speaker believes in activist sociology-with-an-agenda, I knew for sure.

All the preceding by about minute 6, and then at about minute 15, when I saw Slide # 11 where it/he stated that "A Paradigm Shift Would Fundamentally Change Reality" - I nearly went apoplectic, for reality is reality and a paradigm (which is a set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline) cannot change reality, i.e., a way of viewing reality cannot change reality.

At Slide # 12 I was nearly prostrate as he puts up the socialist community- organizer talking points conveniently camouflaged so as to make them seem "engineeringy", using buzz words like: "infrastructure" "critical", "working together", "new", etc., and then, after his anesthesia had begun to set in, he proceeded outright to talk about how to bring about "The Change".

What was the way to bring about "The Change"? Simple, all you gotta do is create:

  • "voters agreeable to adequate outlays of public funds" and

  • " government support for private sector investments" (this Government/Private Partnership is called Fascism folks) ,

Then, the last thing on the list was the REAL socialist agenda , which was stated as:

  • "Advocates [sic] for .. K-16 education helping to bring along young recruits to continue the effort", complete with the cartoon of the little tyke dutifully putting the newspaper into the recycling bin where it will thereafter be taken to be buried in a landfill, or taken to be reprocessed by methods (including its collection) that use more energy and resources than it takes to grow the pulpwood tree and process it into new paper from scratch.
He could have easily added another one:
  • get invited to speak at an ASFE meeting where he could channel Van Jones under the legitimizing mantle of a professional trade association  .. and get paid for it.

It was obvious to me that the speaker was a true believer in the Gray Capitalist vision that the green economy would start off as a small subset and would be used to push it and push it and push it until it [the green movement] becomes the engine for transforming the whole society. [Google it or click the link to find out who said these very words when he was telling his partisans what the "Green Movement" is all about.]

Much more of all this drivel over the remaining 45 minutes, complete with calls for a global government, electric cars, drip irrigation of crops as they do in Cuba, and the hackneyed "statistic" that the United States comprises 5% of the world population yet creates about 25% of the world's greenhouse gas (no mention of the amount of the greenhouse gas created by the world's population of methane, N02 & CO2 -farting bovines and that the United Nations has identified "farting cows" as a major source of greenhouse gas). [Google it or click the link to see the report.]

As I sat there and listened to all these items which were intended to make me into a "Winston" clone out of Orwell's 1984, I considered how to involve myself in the question-and-answer session that generally follows. As I paced at the back of the room, I considered how an activist or a community organizer would respond and wondered if I should do the same. Should I run up and throw some urine from a cup holding a cross, should I interrupt his talk with some "Obama Lies While Our Troops Die" chanting, or perhaps should I just keep the list of items and sedulous omissions and take about 45 minutes of my own to debunk his attempts at the indoctrination.

I also thought that it may be of benefit express my incredulity that he was not disappointed that Van Jones is a self-professed Communist and sees the green movement as the vehicle to transform America (where have we heard that before?), but instead was disappointed only in that Van Jones opened his mouth and let the cat out of the bag!

No, I just decided to recall his attention to that slide that talked about how good "going green" was and how he mentioned the drip irrigation implemented by Cuba as example of what could be done, and to recall to him his mention of those 5% creating 25% of the greenhouse gas. Thereafter seeing him making the mental linkage back to the slide and his previous comments, I asked:

" So, on that drip irrigation, how's that working out for those Cubans? I mean, how much increase in world gross domestic production (GDP) does Cuba now produce from all that green technology", and I conjoined that rebuke with an observation that while he mentioned the 5/25 split he failed to mention that those 5% of the world's population have a wealth-creation power that end up creating about 24% of the world's wealth and progress, which is more than double the wealth-creation power of the EU. (with its 12% of world population creating only about 30% world's wealth.)

In reply, he babbled on about how the Cubans use the drip irrigation on small communal village plots and that people here could start growing their own vegetables. Yeah, right ... and they could inflate their tires too and thereby save the world.

Editor's Follow-up
And please do not give me pap and try to make light of this unethical behaviour by saying, in defense and justification of a decision to bring this liberal in, using MY dues money, that it was a " ..... thought-provoking presentation" and that if it prompts people to get involved in political issues that it was therefore a "valuable talk".

Yeah, getting robbed or mugged or raped can provoke some thought too ..... perhaps thoughts about crime prevention, or, as we are being raped, about how we really should not have been wearing such revealing clothing, etc., we should all go out to get some of that valuable education?

Or, perhaps we can get some "thought provoking" going on by inviting some folks from ACORN to come in and talk to us about how to smuggle in some 13 year old girls from Nicaragua so they can do some prostitution, and how that can help the environment and take them out of poverty.

Spare me. I, and many others I believe, were ambushed and "mind-raped" by our own association, and I, for one will speak out instead of going quietly into the night.

Ed Note 10/09/2009
Digging a bit deeper, I find that the first item in the Statement of Objectives when the World Future Society, (of which our speaker is a member) was created was: 

  • To contribute to a reasoned awareness of the future  and the importance of its study, without advocating particular ideologies or engaging in political activities. [underlining added]

I'd say that this speaker Shostack must have never read this, or if he did, just decided to ignore it, because the presentation was reeking of advocacy and engagement , and I have come to realize from my swimming a couple laps in the pool of "the movement" is that it is NOT a movement. It is much more. These people are actually engaged in a coordinated effort to shape the future .  ... to change the future ... to fundamentally transform America. - exactly via the vehicle of presentations like that which we were subjected to.

Thus it is that all the pieces are falling into place now, and Obama is not just spouting rhetoric.. when he said " ... fundamentally change America" ..  when he said "... redistributive justice", when he said " ...spread the wealth", when (today 10/09/2009) he said ".... transformative figures  .. and call to action". HE MEANT IT and he knows that there is an army behind him, all busy working, in a coordinated fashion, to bring all that about.

It is not just Obama, and Soros, etc. It goes way deeper and there are a myriad of associations that ALL are working to bring about "The Change".

Thursday, October 1, 2009


$34,000: The amount of federal taxes that Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner (D) failed to pay during his employment at the International Monetary Fund despite receiving extra compensation and explanatory brochures that described his tax liabilities.


$75,000: The amount of money that the head of the powerful tax-writing committee, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), was forced to report on his taxes after the discovery that he had not reported income from a Dominican Republic rental property. His excuses for the failure started with blaming his wife, then his accountant and finally the fact that he didn't speak Spanish.


$93,000: The INCREASE in the amount of petty cash each of our Congressional representatives voted to give themselves in January 2009 during the height of an economic meltdown. That's a $40 + million INCREASE! See video here from Fox

$133,900: The amount Fannie Mae "invested" in Chris Dodd (D-CT), head of the powerful Senate Banking Committee, presumably to repel oversight of the GSE prior to its meltdown. Said meltdown helped touch off the current economic crisis. In only a few years time, Fannie also "invested" over $105,000 in then-Senator Barack Obama.


$140,000: The amount of back taxes and interest that Cabinet nominee Tom Daschle (D) was forced to cough up after the vetting process revealed significant, unexplained tax liabilities.

True: Wall Street Journal

$356,000: The approximate amount of income and deductions that Daschle (D) was forced to report on his amended 2005 and 2007 tax returns after being caught cheating on his taxes. This includes $255,256 for the use of a car service, $83,333 in unreported income, and $14,963 in charitable contributions.
True: Wall Street Journal

$800,000: The amount of "sweetheart" mortgages Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) received from Countrywide Financial, the details for which he has refused to release details despite months of promises to do so. Countrywide was once the nation's largest mortgage lender and linked to Government-Sponsored Entities like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Their meltdown precipitated the current financial crisis. Just days ago in Pennsylvania , Countrywide was forced to pay $150,000,000 in mortgage assistance following "a state investigation that concluded that Countrywide relaxed its underwriting standards to sell risky loans to consumers who did not understand them and could not afford them."


$1,000,000: The estimated amount of donations by Denise Rich, wife of fugitive Marc Rich, to Democrat interests and the William J. Clinton Foundation in an apparent quid pro quo deal that resulted in a pardon for Mr. Rich. The pardon was reviewed and blessed by Obama Attorney General and then Deputy AG Eric Holder, despite numerous requests by government officials to turn it down.


$12,000,000: The amount of TARP money provided to community bank OneUnited despite the fact that it did not qualify for funds, and was "under attack from its regulators for allegations of poor lending practices and executive-pay abuses." It turns out that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), a keycontributor to the Fannie Mae meltdown, just happens to be married to one of the bank's former directors.


$23,500,000: The upper range of net worth Rep. Allan Mollohan (D-WV) accumulated in four years time according to The Washington Post through earmarks of "tens of millions of dollars to groups associated with his own business partners."

$2,000,000,000: ($2 billion) the approximate amount of money that House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) is earmarking related to his son's lobbying efforts. The son, Craig Obey, is "a top lobbyist for the nonprofit group" that would receive a roughly $2 billion component of the "Stimulus" package.

True: and this as a list of these related stories:

$3,700,000,000: ($3.7 billion) not to be outdone, this is the estimated value of various defense contracts awarded to a company controlled by the husband of Rep. Diane Feinstein (D-CA). Despite an obvious conflict-of-interest as "a member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband's firms."


$4,190,000,000: ($4.19 billion) the amount of money in the so-called "Stimulus" package devoted to fraudulent voter registration ACORN group under the auspices of "Community Stabilization Activities". ACORN is currently the subject of a RICO suit in Ohio .


$1,646,000,000,000 ($1.646 trillion): The approximate amount of annual United States exports endangered by the "Stimulus" package, which provides a "Buy American" stricture. According to international trade experts, a "US-EU trade war looms" which could result in a worldwide economic depression reminiscent of that touched off by the protectionist Smoot-Hawley Act.

True: and Background: Smoot-Hawley Act: