Saturday, November 15, 2014

No women were harmed in the making of this shirt…

…though a few of the politically correct 'usual suspects' experienced a case of the vapors and elevated pressure of whatever they use as a primary bodily fluid.

I think I want one, though it’s a bit over the top even for me. Too much purple. ;) Unfortunately, it’s currently sold out.

Two cheers for Dr. Matt Taylor (minus one for the tearful apology.)

For balance, maybe we need a line of curtains, slip covers and doilies made from this fabric.

Update: 12:26PM
1 small shirt for a man, 1 giant leap backward for women:
-Glenn Reynolds
A sample, but RTWT.

It seems to me that if you care about women in STEM, maybe you shouldn't want to communicate the notion that they're so delicate that they can't handle pictures of comic-book women. Will we stock our Mars spacecraft with fainting-couches?
Update: 12:50PM
Apparently, Dr. Taylor's shirt was handmade by a female friend of his. Nicely done, Elly!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you

The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.
-George Washington November 10, 1781
Here are some ways to display appreciation and recognize those who protect our freedoms.

Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation


Wounded Warrior Project

Soldiers Angels

Operation Gratitude

This is hardly an exhaustive list, so if you don't see an organization you can support - go and find one you can.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Killers, baby and otherwise

The Center for Disease Control Loses Its Grip
-Paul Rahe

Meanwhile, at the National Institutes of Health, the Director is saying Ebola in the US is a problem because his budget was cut.

That cut was in Obama’s budget. This did not trouble the Obama NIH when they needed millions for Lesbian Obesity research.

Nonetheless, the Dems are "blaming Bush,” whose protocols for disease control were rejected by Obama.

Note that the CDC’s spending remains out of control.

The cost of CDC's gun control, NaCl pogrom and chasing down escaped, infected lab animals apparently prevented them from doing their job.

And they still don’t have a handle on Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

The Statists think we’re stupid. And you can tell how many of us actually are stupid by looking at the number of people who would vote for Obama again.

Update, Oct 13, noon: It turns out that the GOP baby killers actually increased the CDC budget by 8.2 percent on Jan. 13th, 2014. The president had proposed a $270 million decrease from fiscal 2012. The House of Representatives passed the omnibus spending bill 376 to 5, giving the CDC $6.9 billion, over half a billion more than the president proposed.

Still, the Dem's Surreality Based Community is blaming the GOP for the Ebola problem.

Update, Oct 13, 5:20PM
"...the federal government not ten years ago created and funded a brand new office in the Health and Human Services Department specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola. The woman who heads that office, and reports directly to the HHS secretary, has been mysteriously invisible from the public handling of this threat. And she’s still on the job even though three years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding to a company with ties to a Democratic donor—and away from a company that was developing a treatment now being used on Ebola patients,"
is beyond belief.

Update, Oct 15, 4:57PM A WORD ON THE NIH BUDGET
"...after the Republican takeover in ’94, the NIH budget rose until the Dems took over Congress in 2006. The Pelosi/Reid Congress was the first to flatline the NIH budget in nominal dollars."
But, read the whole thing at the link above. You will find a further link to a Brief History of NIH Funding: Fact Sheet, written by the Congressional Reasearch Service.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Pivoting on his own petard

“[W]hat we’ve got to do is make sure that we are organizing the Arab world, the Middle East, the Muslim world, along with the international community to isolate this cancer.”
-Barack Obama on ISIS
Not surprising, merely revelatory. First there’s the organizing part, as if our foreign policy should mirror that of ACORN registering illusory voters, or follow the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton model of shaking down a business over some imaginary racial transgression.

In a crisis, Obama relies on his experience.

There is a case to be made that our foreign policy - the president's apology for America in his Egyptian speech, abandoning the Iranian protestors, bombing Libya, releasing five top line terrorists in exchange for one soldier without informing Congress, lying about the causes of Benghazi, vilifying Israel, sabotaging a Status of Forces agreement with Iraq, setting dates certain for withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, deposing Mubarak in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, drawing imaginary red lines for Bashar al-Assad, arming ISIS’ precursors in Syria, etc. - has been intended to disorganize, indeed to induce chaos in, the Middle East. So, organizing the Middle East would be a 180.

Just a few days ago, the president declared, “[W]e don’t have a strategy yet.” Now we do. Apparently, it’s the opposite of the strategy we’ve been following for the last five+ years. That’s why we haven’t already “organized” the Middle East. Unmentioned is the idea that had we even attempted it, ISIS likely wouldn’t have come into existence.

The fractious “community” that is the Middle East has now been set up to take the blame for Obama’s failures. It won’t be his fault if they refuse to get organized.

Finally, the choice of the word “isolate” is quite scary. Is that what you want to hear from your doctor if you have cancer? Sounds like, “We can give you a few more months, but the tumor is inoperable, and anyway, it metastasized.”

The word you want to hear is “eradicate.” It's the president who is isolated.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Facebook Über Alles

Let us not forget: Facebook's experiment in "social contagion" is what the NYT, MSNBC, et. al. do every day.

Look up C. M. Kornbluth's The Space Merchants and the Milgram experiment. Reflect on how Reich propaganda minister Joeseph Goebbels would have regarded Facebook.

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Dear Mr. President, the first President has a memo for you:
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive how the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.
-George Washington November 10, 1781

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

An Analysis of Reasons for the Disparity in Wages Between Men and Women

In a decade, I've become tired of writing about the lie of the "wage gap." So, here's all the information you need to make an informed decision. Call it an appeal to the authority of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To do equal work, on average, women would have to toil 7 hours more per week, increase their exposure to job related injury and death by a factor of 13 and substantially increase their risk of being laid off during economic downturns.

The "wage gap" promoters ignore such relevant variables as industry, occupation, continuous years in the workforce, level of education, field of study and experience. No significant study has ever found that women with the same education and experience, who work the same number of hours, earn less than their male colleagues.

There is no wage gap.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Eppur si muove"

Did you turn off all your lights last night for “Earth Hour?”

If not, Gawker’s Adam Weinstein wants you arrested. In the spirit of Cardinal Bellarmine, he even invokes Italian courts as precedent.

Oh, he makes exceptions for “[Idiots,] ...too stupid to do anything other than choke the earth's atmosphere a little more with …[their] Mr. Pibb burps and …[their] F-150's gassy exhaust.” No, he won’t arrest those fools. At least not at first, but their crimes are the only ones he specifies.

I, for one, am happy I do not drink Mr. Pibb, and I'm putting off any purchase of an F-150.

Weinstein proposes arrest and punishment (inquisition goes unmentioned) only for “the body of purulent pundits, paid sponsors, and corporate grifters who exploit the smallest uncertainty at the edges of a settled science.” I suppose he will decide who those miscreants are by carefully identifying the most minuscule uncertainties in a science rife with uncertainty (just ask the IPCC). He doesn't mention any particular uncertainties, so we are left to wonder what might get us arrested. Maybe he will propose setting up a federal shibboleth panel to adjudicate.

He leaves unexplained why he exempts ‘idiots’ from his demand that “Those malcontents must be punished and stopped.” Ignorance of the law is typically no excuse.

He doesn't mention Chinese coal power plants. Surely, all involved there should be arrested.

Maybe he’s just temporarily waiving the 'individual incarcerate' until the new regime is up and running, and can persecute a few good examples. Perhaps he wants to be sure there’s an exception to punishing thought crimes and free speech of which he can avail himself when the next IPCC report admits the climate change models are garbage, and the previously predicted extinctions are neither happening, nor likely to.

If true to his prejudices, Mr. Weinstein will have celebrated “Earth Hour” last night. Perhaps he lit a candle, a part of the ritual for many.

If so, he negated his intent to reduce CO2 emissions. Worse, when the ceremony ended, he contributed to the ensuing power surge: Another good way to produce more CO2 than would have been the case without the obeisance to the Church of Environmentalism.

Like carbon credits, observing “Earth Hour” is a means of obtaining a “feel good” indulgence from the Church. As Cardinal Bellarmine instructed Galileo, Mr. Weinstein says we cannot "hold or defend" views contrary to those of the Church.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Power on Hour

Tonight is "Earth Hour," when environmental extremists and useful idiots invite us to sit quietly in the dark and share the guilt of being human. This ritual of shame promotes original sin as doctrinized by the Church of Environmentalism.

So, be sure to turn all your electric lights on between 8:30 and 9:30 to celebrate the ingenuity of man and the blessing of electricity.

A great, short article on this by Canadian professor Ross McKitrick can be found here. Recommended reading.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

One man's 'flexibility' is another man's 'tractable'

Unfortunately, our President is practicing that "more flexibility after I'm re-elected" he told Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev about. It's not that President Obama shouldn't be grateful for Putin's 'help' with Syrian red lines, but, in the matter of Ukraine, he need not bend over backwards to kiss Putin's jackboots.

If you are serious, you don't threaten a boycott of a G8 Summit - you mount a campaign to throw the Russians out of the G8, you withdraw an ambassador, you threaten to freeze Russian assets, you put the anti-missile missiles in Poland. Since Russia is an oil-revenue dependent kleptocracy, maybe you start offshore drilling and approve the Keystone pipeline.

SecState and POTUS say Putin is "on the wrong side of history," and prattle about "19th century behavior." If that's their best shot, they display an ignorance of certain major military events in the 20th century, and think Georgia is only the place where peanuts come from.

In the case of Kerry, who has claimed intimate familiarity with the actions of Ghengis Khan, it's too small an insult by far. Perhaps he reserves his best for his compatriots.

In the case of the President, someone should ask him (when he's not adjacent to a teleprompter) for just one example from the 19th century. Or maybe if he knows who Édouard Daladier was.

When Chamberlain returned from Munich, Winston Churchill said, “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”

In the present case, I do not think WE will have war. I am quite unconvinced that War over the Ukraine is a passable idea in any event. But we need not prevaricate and whine and hedge and appear to be clueless wimps about it.

As to dishonor and war, I bet Chamberlain understood Churchill's insult. The President? He just remembers he sent back a bust of some English guy. Kerry? He still has the hat: To this day there's nothing in it.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Citizens for Enervating Michigan's Economy

"Citizens for Energizing Michigan's Economy" opposes competition among Michigan's electricity suppliers. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has some thoughts on CEME's recent misleading ad campaign. (The ad can be viewed from that link, if you aren't aware of it.)
A new commercial is attempting to make Michigan residents fear electricity deregulation.

It claims that Texas "decided to experiment with deregulating their electricity," and subsequently, prices "shot through the roof" and "blackouts threatened communities." It then tells that a proposed bill in this state that would "deregulate Michigan's electricity."
Not exactly...
For starters, state policymakers are not considering electricity deregulation. The cited legislation — Rep. Mike Shirkey's House Bill 5184 — merely lifts the cap on the portion of consumers who would be able to choose an alternative electricity provider (other than the one assigned to them by Michigan's current monopoly system). The electricity market in Michigan would remain just as regulated as it is now. The state would still control which utilities could operate and would continue to regulate rates, among other things...

[T]he average residential retail price of electricity in Michigan increased faster than Texas's over the last decade and remains significantly higher. Texas's rates were about eight cents per kilowatt hour in 2000 and about 11 cents in 2013. Michigan's rates were about 11 cents per kilowatt hour in 2000 and increased to almost 15 cents in 2013, the highest in the Midwest region and 11th highest in the nation.
Where has CEME been for the last 10 years, when we needed them?

Ask yourself who benefits from the 10% Michigan cap on electricity competition: You, or DTE and Consumers Energy?

According to a National Association of Broadcaster's form indicating who placed the ad (NAB Form PB-18), "Citizens for Energizing Michigan's Economy" consists of three individuals:

John Truscott
President/Principal at Truscott Rossman:
John Truscott is one of the foremost experts in public relations and politics in Michigan. When you need to develop a message, assemble a strategy, generate publicity or make a new connection, nobody does it better.
Howard Edelson:
[I]s campaign manager for the CARE for Michigan coalition and founder of The Edelson Group. In addition, Edelson is the past president of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and was campaign manager for the 2006 Granholm for Governor Campaign.
Formerly, Edelson was Director of Governmental & Regulatory Affairs CMS Energy Corporation (1995-2005); Chief of Staff U.S. Representative Bob Carr (1992-1995) and Field Director MI Democratic Party (1983-1984).

Rhoda Tinkham appears to be a retiree from Consumers Energy.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Celebrating "Stimulus"

Today is the 5th anniversary of the President's monetary stimulus, but at TOC we're celebrating the only Obama stimulus that actually worked.

It created jobs, boosted private sector manufacturing and encouraged people to appreciate the Bill of Rights. Of course, none of that was intentional.

It's tapering now, but the results are still far above pre-stimulus levels. CNN would have you believe otherwise in their headline, Gun sales are plunging, but the real story is a bit different:
Gun sales are dropping this year, according to FBI stats, but they still exceed sales from before Obama's reelection and the Newtown massacre…

Though gun sales have dropped from their peak last year, they're still outperforming monthly sales that preceded Obama's reelection, said Lawrence Keane, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry group based in Newtown.

For example, the tally of 1.66 million gun sales in January, 2014 is significantly higher than the 1.38 million sold in January, 2012.

"So we have come down from the peak but the valley floor is higher than before Nov 2012," said Keane, in an email to CNNMoney. "The consumer base has grown. This is because for the past few years, retailers tell us that about 25% of customers at the checkout counter are first-time buyers.”
There are only so many first time buyers, but I’m guessing many of them will eventually want another gun.

Ammo sales have also tapered off:
"Customers shifted away from ammunition more sharply than we expected," said Cabela's Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner…
Maybe the prices will fall back, too.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Charlie Christ invokes the Young Defense

Florida Democrat pretending for years to be Republican publicly hugs the most prominent and powerful Democrat, inadvertently revealing his true allegiance.  Some Florida Republicans cause an uproar, resulting in a defeat at the polls for the faux Republican, who is forced by pragmatism to tacitly admit his mendacity.


It worked for Colman Young and it still works.

Monday, February 03, 2014

The deep slumber of a decided opinion

Time to wake up.

Mark Steyn has put more on the line more to protect the fundamental principle of free speech than any other living writer. In Canada, his long battle over an article published in Maclean's magazine greatly increased Canadians' freedom by contributing to the repeal of Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Now, Mr. Steyn is going to court in the United States, having been sued by warmist poster-child Dr. Michael Mann, over an article Steyn wrote in National Review. Dr. Mann created the debunked "hockey stick" (see also), and was one recipient of the "hide the decline" email in the Climategate email scandal.

Forbes had this to say about Dr. Mann:
Mann’s career is dependent on taxpayer handouts. He draws his salary from a public university, Penn State. He solicits government grant money to carry out special research projects. Government officials, who are accountable to voters for how they spend the tax money they collect, occasionally follow up on taxpayer concerns that government funding recipients appear to be misusing government funds. This, apparently, makes Mann furious.
Steyn's legal expenses are, naturally, large. You could help defray them and score some of Steyn's writings at the same time. However you may feel about prevaricating climate 'scientists' who decline to share their methods, or account for their expenditures, it's your freedom of speech, too.
"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties."
-John Milton

"...there ought to exist the fullest liberty of professing and discussing, as a matter of ethical conviction, any doctrine, however immoral it may be considered."
-John Stuart Mill

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Tale of Two Seizures

You might think from these stories that the American system of child protection is superior to the German. In one case children are protected from thuggish parents, in the other they are whisked away from loving parents by jackbooted thugs. However, that's not quite the whole story. There's something to detest in either case.

First, to Germany:
Meanwhile, Back in the Fatherland...

Because they were home-schooled, the German judge was concerned that “the children would grow up in a parallel society without having learned to be integrated or to have a dialogue with those who think differently and facing them in the sense of practicing tolerance.” So, he ordered the State to seize well adjusted children from caring parents, because at some indeterminate future date, and based on a moronic hypothetical, they might not have been properly assimilated by the State.

If you accept the German judge's definition of child abuse, you'll be in agreement with the Progressive tyrants in this country who vilify home-schooling and want to criminalize it. He just stated their case succinctly. They think it's your child's job to help civilize the teenager the toddler in our next story is going to become.

Here's a "parallel society" in the United States from which children were forcibly removed:
Cursing toddler: See why this 'thug' video is shocking the nation

The twist is, after this video was posted on the internet, some people called it racist. Not the activity in the video, the act of posting it. Think about that, who thought it was a good idea to make the video in the first place?

No, the video itself is not racist, but some Americans consider exposing child abuse to be racist based on the melanin content of the participants. Those people are the actual racists. They'd have been cheering former MSNBC host Martin Bashir on were he to have shown a similar video of Jews or Japanese.

In America revealing a 2 minute home video of black family dysfunction is cited as evidence of racism, but if you have hours of white dysfunction you make it into a television series and call it Honey Boo Boo.