Friday, November 30, 2012

Loathsome atheists

Enabled by loathsome "human relations" commission:
... a Pennsylvania-based restaurant ...has been offering a 10 percent discount for individuals who bring in a church bulletin on Sundays.

... Citing this action as discriminatory, John Wolff, a local atheist, filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). Now, the restaurant will be forced to offer discounts to any individual who brings in a pamphlet involving religious faith — including atheism.
"Discriminatory"? Sure the restaurant was being discriminatory.  That's its right and no business of the bleeding government.

Note that the PHRC polices human 'relations' rather than human 'rights'.
Note also that the PHRC designates atheism as a "religious faith".  The atheists can't be too happy with that.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The UN’s ‘utterly regrettable’ decision to recognize Palestine

Baird hits out at UN’s decision:
Foreign Minister John Baird said today that Canada was “considering all available next steps”
... Palestinians erupted in wild cheers, hugging each other and honking car horns after the vote of 138 in favour, nine against and 41 abstentions.
... Baird said the resolution will set back any two-state negotiations in the Middle East.
... Israel, the United States, Canada and a handful of other members voted against what they saw as a largely symbolic and counterproductive move by the Palestinians...
  Good show Canada!  Most of the rest of the world ... Booooo!

Update 9 (Nov 30): Defiant Israel approves 3,000 new settlements after UN vote

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Benghazi coverup - UN Amb. Susan Rice has a history of political deception

From Rwanda to Benghazi, Susan Rice's Record of Political Cronyism
... Many people on both sides of the political spectrum are well aware of Ms. Rice’s history of political cronyism and her tactic of twisting truth to protect the political fortunes of the administrations in which she has served.
... Ms. Rice stated, in her attempted defense of the Clinton Administration’s inaction in response to the genocide that was taking place in the tiny African Nation of Rwanda in 1994, “If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November congressional election?"
... It was later revealed that President Clinton, along with Madeline Albright, Anthony Lake, Warren Christopher, and Ms. Rice were all part of a coordinated effort not only to block U.N. action to stop the genocide, but to work behind the scenes to craft public opinion on the issue by removing words such as "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing" from official State Department and CIA memos.

Radical eco-feminista from BC is latest Liberal leadership entrant

Joyce Murray [former BC Environment Minister] enters federal Liberal leadership race:
... called ...for an end to all oilsands pipeline projects to the B.C. coast
...  favours the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana
... supports a national carbon tax
... endorses cooperation between "progressive" parties at the riding level to defeat ... Stephen Harper
... vowed that if she becomes prime minister, a minimum of 40 per cent of her cabinet, and the same percentage of appointees to federal boards, agencies and commissions, would be women
It's shaping up to be quite a lame contest - with light-weight Justin Trudeau as reputed front runner.  It says volumes about the state of the Liberal Party. Little wonder that Mark Carney declined the invitation to run.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The $50 dollar lesson

(A story from an American citizen that is worth more than a hundred studies on how to end unemployment and welfare)
Recently, while I was working in the flower beds in the front lawn, my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked their little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be the President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, “If you were President, what would be the first thing you would do?”

She replied, “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.”

Her parents beamed with pride!

“Wow, what a worthy goal!” I said. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re the President to do that!”

“What do you mean?” She asked.

So I told her, “You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I’ll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out and give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.”

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”

I said, “Welcome to the Republican party.”

Her parents have stopped talking to me.
[Shamelessly cribbed from William Gairdner]

Saturday, November 24, 2012

ABC science show host equates climate skepticism with pedophilia

Graham Young - Paedophilia, climate science and the ABC:
In today’s Science Show Robyn Williams smears climate change sceptics by comparing scepticism of the IPCC view that the world faces catastrophic climate change because of CO2 emissions with support for paedophilia, use of asbestos to treat asthma, and use of crack cocaine by teenagers....
... The government, via the Australian Research Council is involved in suppressing dissent
Williams’ comments are part of an interview he conducted with Stephan Lewandowsky, a professor of psychology who has received over $2 million worth of ARC funding to support his efforts to equate climate change scepticism with mental disorder. ...
... Heads must roll over this, including Williams’. But the problem is obviously more widespread and involves the University of Western Australia, where Lewandowsky holds his chair, the ARC, the ABC, and possibly even the government.
Jo Nova - Skeptics equated to pedophiles ... Time to protest.

Anthony Watts - Climate Ugliness goes nuclear

Lubos Motl - Climate propaganda in Australia

Conservative approach noted as a lesson for the GOP

Glenn Reynolds:
... This kind of outreach, done right, would do more good than amnesty bills.

Britain's "great wind terror"

James Delingpole:
...[Who's responsible for] the despoliation of our matchless landscape with view-blighting, fuel-poverty-creating, sleep-denying, sick-making, flood-exascerbating, price-inflating, property-value-trashing, greed-stoking, puke-making, bird-slicing, bat-chomping eco crucifixes[?]

I'm talking about [Ed Miliband, Opposition Labour Leader] the North London Marxist trustafarian ovoid who was, as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, more responsible than any man or weird egg-creature alive for establishing the framework for Britain's disastrous wind policy. ...
Ed Miliband commits Labour to 2030 decarbonisation target ...
... committing Labour to delivering a virtually carbon-free electricity system by 2030. ...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Justin Trudeau's media groupies

Most of the MSM has abandoned any pretence of being objective news organizations and instead are behaving like infatuated groupies for Justin Trudeau.  And worse, they've apparently signed on as part of his campaign team, covering up his anti-Alberta comments while criticizing and debating Conservatives.  They have no integrity as "news" professionals and no shame.  CTV, CBC, ... - how pathetic!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

David McGuinty to Alberta MP's "[agree with me] or go home"

Liberal MP David McGuinty apologized and quit his critic position after sticking his foot in it:
... McGuinty apologized Wednesday and resigned his post as the party’s natural resources critic after he said Alberta MPs need to take a nationwide view of energy policies or go home.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper argued ...  that the comments reflect a long-held anti-Alberta attitude within the Liberal party ... “I find it shameful, I guess not surprising, but shameful, that 30 years after the National Energy Program, these anti-Alberta attitudes are so close to the surface in the Liberal party,” Harper said.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney ... said Alberta Conservative MPs and likely the vast majority of Albertans find McGuinty’s comments “deeply offensive.” ... Kenney said it’s “totally inappropriate” and “arrogant” for a parliamentarian to tell elected colleagues they don’t belong in Ottawa and that they shouldn’t be representing their constituents ... I don’t think he ever said that Bloc Quebecois MPs should go back to Quebec because they were elected to represent the interests of their Quebec constituents, but he seems to apply a double standard to Albertans ...

Common misconceptions about global warming

Friends of Science highlights Myths vs Facts about climate change.  The top ten are:
MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate.
MYTH 2:  The "hockey stick" graph proves that the earth has experienced a steady, very gradual temperature decrease for 1000 years, then recently began a sudden increase.
MYTH 3: Human produced carbon dioxide has increased over the last 100 years, adding to the Greenhouse effect, thus causing most of the earth's warming of the last 100 years.
MYTH 4: CO2 is the most common greenhouse gas.
MYTH 5: Computer models verify that CO2 increases will cause significant global warming.
MYTH 6:  The UN proved that man–made CO2 causes global warming.
MYTH 7:  CO2 is a pollutant.
MYTH 8: Global warming will cause more storms and other weather extremes.
MYTH 9: Receding glaciers and the calving of ice shelves are proof of global warming.
MYTH 10: The earth’s poles are warming; polar ice caps are breaking up and melting and the sea level rising.
The FOS web-page also links to an academic paper by Prof C. R. De Freitas (Univ. of Auckland, NZ) where these fallacies/myths and more are discussed in detail.

Environment Minister Peter Kent and his bureaucrats should read it to bone up for the Doha Climate Conference later this month.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cooling climate, heating rhetoric

Cooling Climate:
Over the last 10 years or so as new data have accumulated the general trend and likely future course of climate change has become reasonably clear. The earth is entering a cooling phase which is likely to last about 30 years and possibly longer. The major natural factors controlling climate change have also become obvious.Unfortunately the general public has been bombarded by the scientific and media and political establishments with anthropogenic global warming – anti CO2 propaganda based on the misuse and misrepresentation of already shoddy IPCC “science” for political ,commercial and personal ends.

Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent thinks recent extreme weather events are forcing politicians in both Canada and the U.S. to focus on the issue of climate change, and that includes members of his Conservative government's cabinet. ...
... In perhaps his most forceful comments on climate change to date, Kent says the recent Hurricane Sandy that devastated parts of the U.S. East Coast is putting the issue top of mind, as are recent examples of extreme weather in Canada, such as the increasing number of tornadoes to hit Ontario.
"Scientists tell us on a regular basis you can't connect individual incidents of extreme weather with climate change, but I think it's quite clear that we are seeing increased incidents of extreme weather, droughts, floods, the diminishing ice cap, ozone opening and closing over the poles, he said.
"You don't have to convince me that climate change is a very real and present danger and we need to address it."
Le's hope Kent's dopey remarks are just fog he's laying in advance of the UN's Doha Climate Change Conference.

Related: Cognitive climate change dissonance 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Universities destroying liberty

"... the most educated among us are also the most likely to live in the tightest echo chambers...."

And there's no reason to believe Canadian universities are any better.


IEA report - a "690-page digital doorstop"

My previous post on the International Energy Agency's "2012 World Energy Outlook" noted the projected boom in North American energy production.

Peter Foster supplies a closer look at the IEA's "Anti-markets drivel":
... the IEA report contains a bucketload of irony and embarrassment both for President Obama and the kind of wonky thinking that pervades the IEA. The IEA’s reference to the contribution of “policy action” to the boom is almost satirical. Despite his Damascene “all of the above” conversion in this election year, President Obama is the most anti-oil president ever. ...
$150 and 690 pages - that's pretty pricey drivel. Thanks to Peter, for doing the heavy lifting.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Russell Brand - clueless degenerate

MooseandSqirrel on Pamela Geller's experience on Brand's new show:
Degenerate chickenshit lefty “comedian” jokes that child marriage sounds “interesting ...

"Obama makes Bush look like a Quaker"

S.E. Cupp Reduces Bill Maher’s Panel to Obscenities Over Obama’s Foreign Policy (Hilarious!):

Good news! Al Gore will be choked.

U.S. to overtake Saudi Arabia as world's top oil producer by 2017.  According to the International Energy Agency (IEA):
... The United States will become the world's largest oil producer by around 2020 ...
... with North America becoming a net oil exporter by around 2030 and the United States becoming almost self-sufficient in energy by 2035...
... The share of coal in primary energy demand will fall only slightly by 2035.

Fossil fuels in general will remain dominant in the global energy mix ...
One fly in that ointment - Obama.  And will any of this affect the Keystone XL decision?

But, maybe not so good for energy investors:
.... although the IEA is a respected forecaster, any long-term forecast must be taken with some degree of skepticism. Still, the report should raise the question of whether Canadian oil producers are sound long-term investments.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

CBC disrepecting our troops - again!

And just in time for Remembrance Day:

The despicable CBC never misses a chance to smear the troops.

[Via BC Blue]

Delusional lefty triumphalism knows no bounds

Newsweek's Obama cartoon on the latest front cover:

That squeaker was a "conquest"? Heh, very funny!

And note the pointer to David Frum's column across the top.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

No sign of Adam Smith during Sandy

Peter Foster:
... Both the Democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and the Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, leaped into Sandy’s wake to assure their constituents that under no circumstances would they allow markets to work. The most immediate and obvious result of their interventions was four-hour lineups at gas stations.
... Governor Cuomo managed not merely to disrupt markets but to cause outright panic with the kind of initiative more associated with the likes of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. He promised consumers 10 gallons of free gasoline ...
Mr. Christie, ... imposed gas rationing over the weekend, allowing gas purchases on alternate days based on whether your licence plate is odd or even. He had already invoked collectivist solidarity by suggesting that “During emergencies, New Jerseyans should look out for each other ... Thus he suggested little or no ... grasp of Adam Smith’s two-centuries-old insight about the butcher, the brewer, the baker and the gasoline retailer: that they serve us best by serving themselves.
The biggest culprit? Public ignorance of  free market principles:
In the marketplace of what passes for political ideas, a primitive sense of “fairness,” condemnation of greed and selfishness, a belief that higher prices will advantage “the rich” (because only they can afford the pricier goods), and a seemingly immutable faith that government force is the answer will beat out Economics 101 every time.
Is there a chance that we'll see our school system begin to teach free market basics any time soon?  Nah, they're too busy flogging "social justice".

The morning after

Mary Matalin - Mendacity and Malice Won:
What happened? A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform.  Instead of using his high office to articulate a vision for our future, Obama used it as a vehicle for character assassination, replete with unrelenting and destructive distortion, derision, and division.
... Unfortunately and unfortuitously, forces of nature bookended the general election: Our convention was compromised by one weather disaster and our momentum stalled by another. Two human hurricanes also radically altered the political atmosphere: Bill Clinton’s unique windbaggery constituted a campaign updraft, while Chris Christie’s deplorable and gratuitous gas-baggery infused the campaign with a toxic political pollution.
John O'Sullivan - Barack Obama’s new ethnic majority:
... it was misleading [of Obama] to describe his 2012 election campaign as a continuation of his earlier ‘movement for change’. In reality, it has been a smoothly ruthless operation to distract attention from a record that has been disappointingly bereft of change. He triumphed over himself as much as over the hapless Mitt Romney.
... The coming majority implies a different set of political priorities for the US government. A younger, poorer, less self-reliant electorate, rooted mainly in minority communities, is likely to demand a larger welfare state, greater regulation, more unionisation, higher government spending and higher taxes, initially ‘on the rich’.
Victor Davis Hanson -Three Ways of Explaining Defeat
Conservatives are divided, acrimoniously so, over three schools of explaining The Defeat.

1. The Near Fatalists. ...
2. The Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve What If-ers. ...
3. The Big Tenters. ...
Dow Jones Industrials

Conservatives have their work cut out.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Oh crap!

Charles Krauthammer: No mandate for Obama

"The world" wants Obama re-elected

How the world would vote in the U.S. election.

... Obama is preferred over Mitt Romney in 31 out of 32 countries in the UPI poll and 20 out of 21 countries in another BBC World Service/GlobeScan/PIPA survey. Fifty-one percent of respondents in the UPI poll said they would cast a ballot for Obama ...      
... There is really only one red (foreign) state in this election, and it's Israel. In a poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University last week, 52 percent of Israelis said a Romney win would be preferable for Israeli interests, compared with 25 percent who said the same about Obama. The divide was starker among Jewish Israelis, who backed Romney by a 57-22 margin, with support for the GOP candidate strongest among right-wingers. A plurality of Arab Israelis, by contrast, favored Obama (45 percent) over Romney (15 percent). ...
Note that Canada, Britain and Australia are solid blue Obama groupies. 
Peter Foster:
Polls that claim that a thumping majority of Canadians would vote for President Obama in today’s reportedly knife-edge U.S. election suggest either a badly broken polling process, or that the locals have taken leave of their senses....
With Obama as the Dem candidate, I think the latter is most likely.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Conservatism is calling

Outstanding video. Everything Americans need to know before voting:


Sunday, November 4, 2012

SNL does Bloomberg & Christie

Revenge Or Love Of Country?

Michael Mann's Nobel (non)prize

In his defamation claim against National Review and Mark Steyn, Michael Mann claims he's a Nobel prize winner (or is that 'whiner'?):
It is one thing to engage in discussion about debatable topics. It is quite another to discredit consistently validated scientific research through the professional and personal defamation of a Nobel prize recipient.
The Prussian neatly trisects Mann's claim:
... There are three problems with this line.

1. Being a Nobel prize recipient does not make you immune to even the harshest and the nastiest comments. ...
2. The phrase “Nobel prize recipient” is quite deceitful.  Most people when they hear “Nobel Prize winner” are quite impressed, for good reason.  This is the pantheon of Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg etc.  However, this line refers to the Nobel peace prize, and the peace prize is a joke, and a sick joke at that. ...
3.  The final and most important problem with Mann’s comment is that it’s a lie.  He is not a Nobel prize winner.  He was never awarded the peace prize.  So saith the Nobel prize committee. ...
[via Mark Steyn]

In the tank for Obama

But no matter who wins the White House on Tuesday, Moose and Squirrel's prediction is a good one: