Thursday, December 31, 2009

Amping Up At Government Motors

Your tax dollars bought G(overnment) M(otors) as a gift for the United Auto Workers. The Chevy Volt Dance at the Los Angeles Auto Show should really boost your confidence that the "company" is on the road to profit.

We'll be funding this nightmare for a long time. Absolutely revolting.

Source: National Review Online and a host of others

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Once In A Blue Moon

In Lost Horizon, one of my favorite books - and films - the lamasery of Shangri La sits in a valley shadowed by the towering mountain, Karakal, or Blue Moon. Tomorrow night, the world has an opportunity to lift its eyes to another Blue Moon, a name given to a full moon appearing outside the expected monthly cycle. Though the definition may be challenged, everyone agrees that such moons do not come often. Generally, we can expect one about every three years.

Of course, tomorrow's full moon also will be special as it occurs on the last day of the calendar year - at least in most parts of the world. For more information on the elusive meaning of "blue moon," check out this NASA link.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

California As State Of Failure

This article from the current issue of The Claremont Review is receiving growing attention from several bloggers. Well worth reading as I still view the state as a bellwether for the rest of the nation.

The Myth Of The Poor, Oppressed Jihadist

. . . Barack Obama clings, like so many willfully blind, to the myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist in the face of years and years of contrary evidence. The "essence" of the 9/11 "tragedy," he wrote days after that attack, "grows out of a climate of poverty and ignornace, helplessness and despair." This woeful misdiagnosis allows the apologist to treat deliberate, carefully planned evil acts of the long-waged Islam war on the West as responses to social injustice.
Read the rest of the story here, including a long list of wealthy Islamic terrorists and a dozen links for further reading.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Music For A Christmas Morning

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Carter's Timely Apology To Jews

The Associated Press and other sources are reporting that Jimmy Carter has issued a letter of apology to Jews world-wide. Carter is seeking forgiveness for any "words or deeds" critical of Israel that may have marred efforts at peace with their Islamic neighbors. By the way, his grandson, Jason Carter, is running for the Georgia Senate in a suburban Atlanta district with a 'vocal Jewish population." Of course, this campaign has nothing to do with the elder Carter's change of heart. Furthermore, the fact that the announcement comes on the day before Christmas Eve, an excellent time to dump nasty, embarrassing news, is simply a coincidence.

According to the Jewish Daily Forward, the younger Carter is running in a "university district" - it's Emory - with a "substantial Jewish community." The candidate has been unsuccessful in reaching out to leading Jewish politicians there who broke with the elder Carter in 2006 after the publication of his controversial book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Perhaps this move will melt some of the hard feelings. After all, Jason Carter should be running on his merits, not those of his grandfather.

As for Jimmy Carter, perhaps he will temper his associations with extremists and their money. As for the rest of us, we should be ever wary of motivation, intention and loyalty, especially with politicians of any age and persuasion. And always remember to follow the money.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Hezbollah And Mutaa Marriage

Trust me, you will not be reading about this subject in the mainstream or state-run media. And I wonder why NOW, the UN, and every "rights" defender isn't exposing the radical Islamofascists who impose this psycho-sexual nightmare on their society?

Winter Solstice

The Sun stands still.

A solar cycle ends. A solar cycle begins.

Source: Simon Banton, Sunset at Stonehenge 12/20/2009.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Paradigms & Weltanschauung

Shrinkwrapped has some thoughts on anthropomorphic global warming (AGW) couched in terms of two insightful posts by Dinocrat and Matthew Yglesias. Thomas Kuhn's seminal book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962), gets mention in Dinocrat's post. The book was important in shaping my understanding of science and has become a favorite title recommended to friends and associates for over forty years.

Seeing The Real Iran

William Katz (Urgent Agenda) notes a very significant editorial on Iran appearing in today's Times of London. I really love the historical references here. Too bad the American press has forgotten the past.

Changing Times

Decline has always seemed a psychological state. Rome had as much territory and as many people in A.D.450 as it did in 30 B.C. What was different was that millions no longer followed Roman protocol or thought themselves to be Roman - a fragmentation brought on by a corrupt governing elite, and a sense that Latin, habeas corpus, transparent courts and taxation were no longer to be part and parcel of being a civis Romanus.
The American oracle, Victor Davis Hanson, speaks from the heart in this observation from his Works and Days blog.

Source: Instapundit

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cooling The AGW Hoax

How pleasing to see the junk science of global warming unwinding before our eyes. Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit has a nice summary here. It is amazing to watch the believers - Boxer comes to mind - twisting in the wind and blaming the email "thieves" as the bad guys. This is quite the reversal from the "Pentagon Papers" days when those who would expose suspected wrongdoing stood for truth, justice, and the American way.