Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The AGW Grant Industry's inner workings

This has been percolating for a day, and it definitely appears as if the AGW grant industry is suffering another embarrassment at their own hands: Climategate 2.0 emails – They’re real and they’re spectacular!

If you'd like a nice cross section of the flummery and deceit, go here:

You don't even have to use the search feature, there are many examples already extracted for your reading disdain.

An don't miss this one: John L. Daly’s message to Mike Mann and The Team

Leading suppliers of guns to Mexican gangs? DoD DoS DoJ

Tom Stilson at suggests the U. S. Government May Be Primary Suppliers of Mexican Drug Cartel Guns:
Based upon the statistics I have compiled, our State and Defense Departments may be the premier suppliers of weaponry to Mexican drug cartels...

These statistics imply the State and Defense Departments may very well be the top suppliers of small arms to Mexico’s drug cartels and not civilians. Only the information obtained from ATF Firearms Traces will tell. However, those records are not public
Yes, indeed. I wondered about this very question in a letter to BATFE in April, 2009:
Have any of these weapons been traced to aid provided to Mexico by the United States through official channels? That is, which, if any, of these firearms were legally imported by Mexico from United States law enforcement or military sources, or any other government departments or programs?

I assume that transfers from any programs officially sanctioned by the United States will have been precisely documented.
I got stonewalled. So I asked again in June of 2009:
I am in receipt of your letter dated 22-June-2009, a response to my inquiry of 20-April-2009. The information was not helpful and I do need further assistance. [He asked me to let him know.]

In my April 20th letter, I asked for specific information about the sources of US firearms submitted to BATFE for tracing. You indicate that you have no information about "the total number of firearms seized by government authorities in Mexico." Thank you for letting me know that cannot answer that question, but I did not ask it.

What I did ask, and what has not been answered, regards information you certainly have.

What are the various sources in the United States of those firearms submitted by Mexican authorities to the BATFE for tracing? That is, of the submitted firearms you have, or have had, in your possession - where in the US did they come from?

I specifically inquired about the following: "Which of these weapons can be traced to official aid provided by the United States to Mexico? That is, which, if any, of these firearms were legally imported by Mexico from United States law enforcement or military sources, or other government departments or programs?

I assume that such transfers from law enforcement or military sources in the United States will have been precisely documented.

In addition, can you provide a breakdown by type of weapon? Handguns vs long guns and the number of semi-automatic, automatic and other types would be extremely helpful."

I think it is obvious to both of us that you have this information, since you have had the firearms in question in your possession for the purposes of tracing them.

Thank you in advance,
Haven't heard anything since.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

...[W]hat they imagine they can design.

Russell Roberts is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Distinguished Scholar at the Mercatus Center, and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.:

“The purpose of economics is to teach men how little they actually know about what they imagine they can design.”
-F. A. Hayek

This lesson is not merely lost on narcissists, it encourages them in their hubris to bring "order" to the market and to "better" all our lives.

Today's example is the plummeting price of solar panels, brought about by overproduction. Overproduction due specifically to government meddling. The solar panel industry has been economically damaged by subsidies, the reputation of "green jobs" has suffered significantly, thousands of workers are losing their jobs, the rule of law has been subverted by politicians covering their bets and taxpayers have been fleeced because they have to cover those bets. Perversely, all this is used as a critique of capitalism.

Those who should be most embarrassed and enraged by these failures, statist environmentalists, are the foremost apologists. It isn't about saving the planet, it's about enforcing their will.

HT Paladin

Friday, November 11, 2011

A moment of silence

A moment of silence is observed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month because that is when the guns went silent for the armistice that ended World War I. I observe this ritual. I commend it to you.

This day is Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, Veterans Day. The silence should resound throughout the countries who observe it under those different names.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Eric Holder: "No, Bush didn't do it."

As if Bush committing an act of war against Mexico would justify Obama doing it. That is the argument you've been hearing from Democrats, though.

John Cornyn forces Eric Holder to admit Wide Receiver is not comparable to Fast and Furious. That won't stop the other apparatchiks from saying it, of course.

Happy 236th Marines!

Semper Fi!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Green Jobs?

The Obama Christmas Tree Tax. Really. This isn't The Onion. The Onion might have asked if you now have to go to a Federal Christmastreetion Camp to pay your mandatory tree ransom.

Crony Capitalism, Christmas Trees, and the Stupidest Tax of All Time

If you grow your own do you have to send Obama a check for $0.15?

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Lessons from Obamaville

Obama: Occupy Wall Street 'Not That Different' From Tea Party Protests
In some ways, they’re not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party...
mr. president, weasel words though those may be, the differences are obvious to any thinking person of principle.

None of the following citations demonstrate that all supporters of the #Occupy movement - whatever that actually means - are anti-semites, favor arson, think rape is a private matter for one consenting individual or feel compelled to perform public genital manipulation. It does suggest the #Occupy movement attracts people who not only support those ideas, but live them.

That is; racists, felons, and violent perverts are comfortable hanging out in the socio-political environment #Occupy has created. That #Occupy can be perceived as anarchist might explain some of this. Living in their various #Obamavilles, they constitute a target rich environment for criminals of all sorts.

Yet they discourage reporting crimes - rape, for example - so that their "movement" may not be sullied. This, while they ask the government to take more power, to suspend the rule of law, to arbitrarily dissolve specific contracts in their favor.

I detect hypocrisy, naivete and quite a bit of Alinskyite manipulation. #Occupy, insofar as they have any clearly stated goals, may reasonably be called fascists or communists or, more generally - totalitarians or statists. They think that Wall Street is the problem, not the general government's considered and deliberate collusion with Fannie, Freddie, GM, Solyndra, General Electric, etc., etc. and etc..

Occupy's mainstream message is most definitely not anarchism. It is statism. They want government to be larger and more intrusive: As long as it does what they want it to do.

Philosophically speaking, this strange and chaotic bonding of the extreme right with the extreme left has nothing in common with the tea party. The fundamental difference is this: How much intervention from the general government is desirable? #Occupy says "None." and they say "All."

There are some moderates who stand between the extremes of the motley crew of anarchists and the rigid collective of statists who compose #Occupy. That would be the tea party movement. Here are the examples:

I recall no arson committed by tea partiers.
Occupy Protester Arrested In $10M Arson Fire

No embassies were occupied by tea partiers. In particular, none with connotations of religious or racial discrimination. Did any tea party ever occupy a mosque, chanting about Palestinian terrorists, for example?
Occupy Boston Occupies Israeli Consulate

I can't remember when tea partiers shut down a major port, nor then went on a smash and grab frenzy.
80 arrested at Occupy Oakland event Wednesday

No tea partier pushed a 78 year old women down some stairs. among other crimes:
Occupy protest turns violent outside Washington Convention Center

The tea party never had an incident reminiscent of Lara Logan's ordeal in Tahrir Square.
‘F– Michelle Fields!’ — Interview With Reporter Harassed at Occupy DC Protest

The tea partiers displayed normal impulse control and a clear grasp of what the word 'decency' means. The OWS folks are experiencing some difficulties with that. In their own words:
We need a JO Tent to protect the women - Occupy Wallstreet

It's not just the Wall Street occupiers who find public masturbation attractive.
Permit denied for Occupy Madison due to public masturbation

Women did not have to be segregated "for their own good" at tea party protests. For OWS, a private tent for masturbation may be necessary, but it is not sufficient. They also must have a tent where they can herd the women away from rapists.
Occupy Wall Street builds tent as 'safe house' to protect female protesters

I am waiting for NOW to comment on this.
#OccupyBaltimore Discourages Sexual Assault Victims From Contacting Police, Offers Counseling for Perpetrators

Someone of a cynical bent might point out that Joe Biden's prediction that rapes would increase if the president's "jobs" bill doesn't pass is coming true. Not precisely how he expected, of course. I'm sure he thought they'd be reported to the police.