Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I don't think I'll go to the range this morning after all;

at 17 outside, the line at the indoor range will still be a touch uncomfortable(i.e. "It's hard to load mags when your fingers are going numb"). Maybe this afternoon, after it gets all the way up to 30 and I've got a bowl of jambalaya under my belt.

Let's see, some people are having problems with their new 'smart' electric meters. And, as Insty says, that doesn't count what'll happen when it's a hot or cold day and the network decides "You naughty consumer, you're using more power than we like!" and adjusts the temperature for you.

Cathy Young writes on what happens when science & politics get too cozy on a matter. I'll throw in that it's not just politics, it's ego: when a scientist becomes so "This IS the Truth!" on a hypothesis or theory that they play games with the data it's a real problem as well, and becomes far more so when people playing political games grab hold of it. Wrote before, this is one of the very damaging things in this mess: when people find out that the experts they're told to trust are doing something like this, it makes it harder to trust them on other things. Especially when the 'investigations' launched turn out to be exercises in damage control and "Don't worry your poor brain cells about this, We will take care of it" coverup.

Also from Insty, it seems a bunch of federal employees aren't paying their taxes. Years back, second wife was a fed employee at a large agency, and mentioned one day that there was a notice at the offices reminding people that 'just because you work at a fed agency does not mean you can skip paying your taxes'. Turned out she knew a couple in her own office who hadn't paid in a couple of years. Wonderful, isn't it?

So Lieberman says "NOW I can vote for the government takeover of the health-care system." Wonderful that his concerns are so easily bought off taken care of. No, Lieberman has never been one of my favorite people; aside from his desire to actually win the war he's pretty much a standard high-taxes/high-spending left-wing democrat.

What? The Goreacle was shading the truth? Damn, who CAN you trust... When he's caught shading the words of a True Believer(never mind all that Arctic ice and such, THE POLES WILL MELT!) to try to push this mess, there's a problem. Very happily.

Speaking of being caught lying, in this case to Congress,
According to Republican investigators, Alan Solomont, then the chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, had denied meeting with Jackie Norris, at the time the First Lady's chief of staff. But recently-released White House visitor logs show that Solomont met with Norris on June 9 of this year (as well as on two earlier occasions). President Obama fired Walpin on June 10 after an intense dispute over Walpin's aggressive investigation of misuse of AmeriCorps money by Obama political ally Kevin Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, California.

After being presented with the visitor logs, investigators say, Solomont explained that he met with Norris to discuss Corporation business but did not discuss the Walpin matter. When pressed, Solomont said he might have made an offhand comment, or a mention in passing, about the Walpin affair, but that he and Norris did not have a discussion about it

Ooooh, look at this! I think there may be some actual investigatin' goin' on down there.

Getting back to The Goreacle and his wonderful 'green'(as in cash) programs,
"Gore left a few facts out of his speech that day. First, the firm was run by Strong and a group of Gore intimates, including Peter Knight, the firm's registered lobbyist, and Gore's former top Senate aide," wrote EIR.

"Second, the company had received more than $25 million in U.S. Department of energy (DOE) research and development grants, but had failed to prove that the technology worked on a commercial scale. The company would go on to receive another $8 million in federal taxpayers' cash, at that point, its only source of revenue.

"With Al Gore's Earth Day as a Wall Street calling card, Molten Metal's stock value soared to $35 a share, a range it maintained through October 1996. But along the way, DOE scientists had balked at further funding. When, in March 1996, corporate officers concluded that the federal cash cow was about to run dry, they took action: Between that date and October 1996, seven corporate officers--including Maurice Strong--sold off $15.3 million in personal shares in the company, at top market value. On Oct. 20, 1996--a Sunday--the company issued a press release, announcing for the first time, that DOE funding would be vastly scaled back, and reported the bad news on a conference call with stockbrokers.

"On Monday, the stock plunged by 49%, soon landing at $5 a share.By early 1997, furious stockholders had filed a class action suit against the company and its directors. Ironically, one of the class action lawyers had tangled with Maurice Strong in another insider trading case, involving a Swiss company called AZL Resources, chaired by Strong, who was also a lead shareholder. The AZL case closely mirrored Molten Metal, and in the end, Strong and the other AZL partners agreed to pay $5 million to dodge a jury verdict, when eyewitness evidence surfaced of Strong's role in scamming the value of the company stock up into the stratosphere, before selling it off
Just a wonderful icon of good government and green causes, isn't he?

What was that Insty once said, that a return of the Carter Administration was looking like the BEST-case outcome?
"I don't think anyone can doubt that our outreach has produced very little in terms of any kind of a positive response from the Iranians," Clinton told reporters at a joint State Department news conference with visiting Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos.
Gee, ya think?

I read something about his problem a while back: it seems that some troops are not getting the Medal not because their actions don't measure up, but because they're alive. And that's just not right.

As Sondra says, Enjoy the cold and the brownouts, greenies. And everyone else who would have gotten power from this. You know, there's a bunch of people in northerly and southerly climes who're desperately hoping for globular warming, because otherwise they're gonna freeze.

Snork. The new Crisis In Africa: Fat People.

And my last for now, there's just too much for one short bit: go to Gateway Pundit and start scrolling down for the latest on the Safe Schools Czar's activities; if you've got kids in school it should scare hell out of you.

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