Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nancy Pelosi: Limitless Mendacity

USA Today has a new article written by Nancy Pelosi: "Pelosi: Unlike GOP, Democrats will focus on jobs".   Pelosi writes:
The American people have made it clear: Our nation's top priority is job creation. No recovery can take place until we address kitchen table concerns of America's families: having a steady paycheck, being able to make ends meet, and helping our small businesses and entrepreneurs attract customers, grow, and hire.

Well, I could agree that the GOP has been pretty ineffectual when it comes to legislation that might favor job creation, but Pelosi was the Speaker of the House at a time when both houses of Congress, and the Presidency, was controlled by Democrats.

What did we get?

Stimulus that did not stimulate anything but the national debt, Obamacare which made business extremely cautious about hiring, and increased regulations that impose additional costs on business, and higher unemployment than the Democrats in power thought possible. 

This article seems to be nothing more than a first attempt at damage control leading into the 2012 election year.  And if the comments are at all typical, then the Democrats are in trouble.  This one is especially telling:
Hey Nancy, talk to Rick Perry in Texas about jobs. He gets it.
Yes, let's all talk to Rick Perry in November, 2012.

"Shall Issue": The New Wave of Concealed Handgun Permit Laws

I have added a new link to my "Get The Facts" section which leads to the article "Shall Issue: The New Wave of Concealed Handgun Permit Laws". While an older article, published in 1994, it is worth re-reading to get an understanding of the scholarship performed and political issues that overcome in other states that have gone shall-issue as preparation for what we might face in California if certain court cases result in outcomes favorable for carry rights.

California, New York, and Illinois are the last great bastions of restrictive gun laws, but the trends are favorable.  About the only thing that can thwart liberalized gun laws in these states would be the apathy of the citizen, or a few more Supreme Court appointments by President Obama,
We should all work to prevent both.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Global Warming Models Take Another Hit

Anthropogenic Global Warming, otherwise known as the The Scam To Take Control of The Economy, takes another hit as this story reports data that blows another hole the the climate models used to predict the dire outcomes that await human kind.

My persistent objection to the global warming doom-criers is that they treat model predictions as if they were data!  This is the exact opposite of the scientific method.  All of these models are hypotheses of the climate system.  Models should be used to make predictions of future trends, and then observations should be made to determine if these predictions are verified.  If predictions are verified, then the hypotheses are deemed to be correct.

What is happening is that observations are being made that contradict the models, thus undermining the predictions made using the models.  Our understanding of the climate is simply not great enough to make drastic changes in public policy.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Patrick Moore - A Realistic Environmentalist

I stumbled over this video of Patrick Moore's remarks at the Environmental Policy Conference hosted by the Washington Policy Center.

While the audio cuts out at around the 34 minute mark, probably to spur DVD sales of Moore's presentation, what is included is nothing less than a breath of fresh air to this skeptic who has long regarded the modern environmental movement to be nothing more that a bunch of scientific illiterates trying the jam the cause du jour down the public throat.

He has a book, Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout, that is not in the San Jose Public library, but which I intend to obtain and read as soon as possible.