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Aug 30 2011

The Big Money in the Climate Debate

Al Gore and other climate thugs continue to browbeat the opposition by accusing them of being financed by the energy companies that make our cars go and our lights come on. But in the Era of Big Government, the real money comes not from the private sector, but from the people with the most to gain from the global warming hoax — power-hungry bureaucrats. Not that Prince Albert doesn’t have a lot to gain too:

No one has made more money from climate change hype than Gore. According to the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, just one of the “green” companies in which Gore has invested has received over half a billion dollars in subsidies from the Energy Department.

Financial disclosure documents released before the 2000 election put the Gore family’s net worth at $1 million to $2 million. A mere decade later, estimates are that he is worth $100 million. He’s been touted in the press as one day becoming the first “carbon billionaire.”

According to the Science & Public Policy Institute, the U.S. government has spent over $79 billion since 1989 on policies related to climate change, including science and technology research, administration, education campaigns, foreign aid and tax breaks.

Compare that with, say, Exxon-Mobil Corp., which is repeatedly attacked for paying a grand total of $23 million to skeptics.

According to the World Bank, the value of carbon trading doubled from $63 billion in 2007 to $126 billion in 2008. Big money has been and can be made by conning governments into formulating policies based on fraudulently hyped climate hysteria.

The global warming scam is big money. However, like government it expropriates wealth rather than creating it, leaving a few corrupt parasites like Al Gore obscenely rich, but the rest of us poorer.

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Gore’s massive carbon footprint of a mansion.

On tips from Bob Roberts and Shawn.

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Aug 30 2011

Barack Hussein Obama, Affirmative Action Incarnate

Although we don’t know for sure whether Dreams From My Father was actually written by Barack Hussein Obama’s mentor and friend, the unrepentant communist terrorist Bill Ayers, evidence accrues that it was not written by the Moonbat Messiah himself. Jack Cashill has gotten ahold of a letter Obama really did write to the Harvard Law Review extolling the virtues of Affirmative Action, to which he owes all of his supposed accomplishments. In it he proved himself incapable even of conjugating verbs:

Obama was prompted to write by an earlier letter from a Mr. Jim Chen that criticized Harvard Law Review’s affirmative action policies. Specifically, Chen had argued that affirmative action stigmatized its presumed beneficiaries.

The response is classic Obama: patronizing, dishonest, syntactically muddled, and grammatically challenged. In the very first sentence Obama leads with his signature failing, one on full display in his earlier published work: his inability to make subject and predicate agree.

“Since the merits of the Law Review’s selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues,” wrote Obama, “I’d like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works.”

Merits … has. Uncle Onyango speaks better English.

He had vindicated Chen in his first ten words.

Although the letter is fewer than a thousand words long, Obama repeats the subject-predicate error at least two more times. In one sentence, he seemingly cannot make up his mind as to which verb option is correct so he tries both: “Approximately half of this first batch is chosen — the other half are selected — ”

Another distinctive Obama flaw is to allow a string of words to float in space. Please note the unanchored phrase in italics at the end of this sentence:

“No editors on the Review will ever know whether any given editor was selected on the basis of grades, writing competition, or affirmative action, and no editors who were selected with affirmative action in mind.” Huh?

No wonder his college transcripts are a state secret.

Regarding Dreams,

Obama would finish his acclaimed memoir, Dreams from My Father, about four years later. Prior to Dreams, and for the nine years following, everything Obama wrote was … an uninspired assemblage of words with a nearly random application of commas and tenses.

Obama was later handed the title of Editor of that same Harvard Law Review through Affirmative Action — by his own admission. He went on to be granted the presidency in the same manner.

http://www.moonbattery.com/obama-incompetence

On tips from Fiberal, Manuel, Stop Arguing and Listen, and wingmann.

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Aug 30 2011

Onyango and the Obama Clan

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Onyango Obama makes his debut in the limelight.

Small wonder Barack Hussein Obama has blocked the enforcement of the law and the defense of our borders by issuing a decree against deporting illegal aliens. His drunk driving uncle Onyango Obama is the second close relative in the country illegally to run into trouble with the law, after welfare queen Aunt Zeituni.

At least neither of them is a child molester, like his half-brother Samson Obama, or an anti-Christian Robert Mugabe wannabe like his US taxpayer-supported cousin Raila Odinga.

Hopefully the authorities won’t be too hard on Onyango about almost sideswiping a police car while drunk. Inebriated motoring is a family tradition. Barack Hussein Obama I, a communist wife-beating bigamist, crippled himself, crippled himself some more, killed a man, and finally killed himself by driving drunk.

Too bad we don’t have rule of law in this country. Someone might look into how Onyango managed to obtain a Social Security number and drivers license despite being in the country illegally. The odds of appropriate legal repercussions are minimal.

It’s from this clan of Third World lowlifes that our liberal rulers chose the President of the United States. As an insult to this country and everyone who loves it, the Obama farce won’t be easy to top.

To commemorate this low point in American history, Onyango is launching his own brand of beer:

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Compliments of Cons.Underground.

Enjoy a can at the Chicken Bone Saloon.

On tips from Byron, Bill T, StanInTexas, and Infidel Joe.

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Aug 30 2011

Thinking Hard About Reggie Love

Here’s how Barry Obummer’s “body man” Reggie Love can protect his master even when he’s not around:

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Via iOwnTheWorld, on a tip from TED.

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Aug 29 2011

Open Thread

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Via Grouchy Old Cripple, on a tip from TED.

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Aug 29 2011

Homeland Security Update

A note to TSA agents — if you want to get away with sexually molesting little girls, make sure you do it on the job:

A city officer arrested a Spring Creek [Nevada] man Wednesday morning at the Elko Area Regional Airport, where he works for the Transportation Security Administration, on a warrant charging six counts of lewdness with a child.

The Elko County Sheriff’s Office was notified in July of possible sexual contact between David Ralph Anderson, 61, and a girl younger than 14.

That’s what happens when you bring your work home with you.

In other homeland security news, a TSA agent in Buffalo was caught helping a drug dealer slip through security:

Somehow having the federal government in charge of airport security is not making me feel safer.

On tips from AC and Shawn.

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Aug 29 2011

The Great Divider

The most ridiculous reason I ever heard for voting for Barack Hussein Obama was the guffaw-inducing notion that he would magically unite our center-right country under the banner of liberalism. Here’s what national treasure Thomas Sowell has to say on the matter:

“Community organizers don’t unify. They divide, they polarize. That’s how they get what they want.”

The only way the Manchurian Moonbat will unite us is if he manages to bring us all together in opposition to his malignant agenda. With a Gallup approval rating currently at 38% and sinking fast, he doesn’t have far to go.

Via Teacheru. Tip from wingmann.

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Aug 29 2011

Britain’s Socialized Medicine Reduced to Shamanism

An advantage of socialized medicine is that the absence of competition allows the single healthcare provider to cut costs by whatever means prove effective, regardless of how unsatisfied this will leave consumers. If the mismanagement of resources that invariably accompanies government control results in shortages of real doctors, medicine, and high-tech equipment, these can be replaced with much more affordable new age quackery:

NHS patients will controversially be offered a type of ‘New Age’ ‘spiritual healing’ as part of a £205,000 research project funded by the National Lottery.

Spiritual healing must of course be restricted to the moonbatty variety.

In recent times some Christian nurses have been told not to wear a cross or pray with patients. Doctors have also faced investigation for discussing their faith.

But the spiritual healing therapy, which has New Age associations, has been recommended for a variety of acute and chronic conditions.

Techniques include passing hands over the patient’s body to channel healing energy. Apparently this is used by modern savages to treat bowel conditions.

Meanwhile, a Christian nurse was suspended under an “equality and diversity” dictate for offering to pray for a patient. But the healing hands nonsense in place of actual treatment is okay because it has something to do with Buddhism.

As the degenerating lunacy in Britain attests, ObamaCare absolutely must be repealed before the government can finish consolidating power over the healthcare industry, or we’ll find ourselves crossing the Mexican border to get medical care.

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Mystical moonbattery is more affordable than medicine.

On a tip from Steve T.

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Aug 29 2011

Burglar’s Family Awarded Big Cash Bonanza

Our society is made up of the makers who built it, and the takers who are looting it into oblivion. The ideology of the takers is liberalism. Liberals control the courts. Consequently, the legal system produces rulings like this:

An El Paso County [Colorado] jury on Friday awarded nearly $300,000 to the daughter of a burglar who was fatally shot in 2009 while breaking into an auto lot.…

Phillip and Sue Fox, who filed suit for wrongful death in 2010 on behalf of [burglar Robert Johnson] Fox’s 3-year-old daughter, called the jury’s award a victory in their fight to seek accountability for the death of their son, who they say never posed a threat to the heavily armed men.

Never mind that he had knives in his pockets and one strapped to his ankle, or that he was high on methamphetamine according to his accomplice. Poor Fox was just a cuddly “have-not” who needed money to buy more drugs.

The exact amount of the award was $269,500, for factors such as loss of companionship and loss of future earnings.

Future earnings — for a meth-head burglar? They must mean future plunder and welfare payments.

On tips from Lyle and SR.

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Aug 29 2011

California to Ban Styrofoam

Despite looming economic collapse, the leftist fanatics running California remain resolute in their determination to remain at the cutting edge of the authoritarian moonbattery that is destroying the erstwhile Golden State. Their latest initiative is to ban Styrofoam:

Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California’s state Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins already are razor thin. … He expects his costs would more than double if the state requires him to use only biodegradable cartons.

The bill by Democratic state Sen. Alan Lowenthal, would prohibit restaurants, grocery stores and other vendors from dispensing food in expanded polystyrene containers, commonly known as Styrofoam, beginning in 2016. If signed into law, the measure would make California the first to institute a statewide ban on such containers. More than 50 California cities and counties already have similar bans.

As with all liberal initiatives, this will destroy jobs, both indirectly by raising the cost of doing business and directly:

Dart, one of two companies in California that make the Styrofoam products, employs about 600 people in the state. The company already makes the biodegradable alternative, but the two California plants are incapable of producing anything other than the Styrofoam material.

The main pretext for the ban is that some litter is made of Styrofoam. Never mind that the cardboard replacement containers will have to be doubled up to prevent food from melting through them, presumably resulting in twice as much litter.

Coming next: a ban on plastic.

If only Californians would leave their liberalism behind when they inevitably escape the bankrupt authoritarian hellhole they are making of their state, the damage could at least be contained.

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If it makes our lives better, liberals will take it away.

On a tip from Ianto.

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Aug 29 2011

Libs Demand Authoritarian Solutions to “Passive Overeating”

To loot and micromanage the people who provide us with food, liberals are following the playbook they used to do the same to the tobacco industry. Sometimes they follow it a bit too literally — as with the campaign against passive overeating:

Health experts blame passive overeating for global pandemic, warning in the Lancet that governments must tackle obesity now.

The dangers of passive smoking are exaggerated well beyond the point of absurdity, but at least the basic concept of second-hand smoke isn’t completely nonsensical. Apparently we’re being asked to believe that the very existence of foods regarded by our rulers as too tasty and affordable to be politically correct will make us fall prey to the obesity epidemic they’ve invented, regardless of what we choose to eat.

With tedious predictability, the article goes on to demand that the government use coercive measures to prevent private industry from providing us with food we want at a price we can afford.

Next we can expect a wave of multi-$billion lawsuits against food producers by people who blame their health problems on overeating. Our sanctimonious liberal overlords won’t be happy until we’re subsisting off government-issued generic cream of wheat.

Hat tip: David Thompson.

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Aug 29 2011

Insufficient Global Warming Gullibility = Racism

You can always tell when a moonbat has painted himself into a corner with his preposterous lies when he starts screeching about racism:

In an interview with former advertising executive and Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky broadcast on UStream on Friday, Gore explained that in order for climate change alarmists to succeed, they must “win the conversation” against those who deny there is a crisis. … The former vice president recalled how society succeeded in marginalizing racists and said climate change skeptics must be defeated in the same manner.

It’s classic Saul Alinsky. Don’t debate your opponent; he might win. Isolate and marginalize.

When Bogusky questioned the analogy, asking if the scientific reasoning behind climate change skeptics might throw a wrench into the good and evil comparison with racism, Gore did not back down.

“I think it’s the same where the moral component is concerned and where the facts are concerned I [gibber incoherently],” Gore said.

How using phony stats from scientists bribed with public money to enrich scoundrels like Gore while destroying our freedom and our standard of living could possibly be described as “moral” was left unexplained.

The approach of trying to tie global warming skeptics to racism has been picked up down under:

Federal Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has accused Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of having a racist climate change policy.

Mr Abbott has warned that Australian businesses buying carbon permits under an emissions trading scheme could be conned by unscrupulous international traders.

The Government plans to introduce its carbon tax legislation to Parliament by the end of September and hopes to have it passed by next year.

Mr Combet described Mr Abbott’s position as “economic xenophobia” in an address to the National Press Club.

In related news, the imaginary global warming crisis has been linked to mental illness.

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On tips from Andrew the Climate Racist, Apostle53, Lyle, and TED.

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Aug 29 2011

Fed Crackdown on Gibson Guitar Explained

Now we know why the Obama Regime put its “boot on the neck” of Gibson Guitar. It isn’t about building guitars from oppressed wood; it’s about politics:

One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of election cycles. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.” In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars.

As for Gibson’s political support,

Henry E. Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chief Executive Officer, is a donor to a couple of Republican politicians. According to the Open Secrets database, Juszkiewicz donated $2000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN07) last year, as well as $1500 each to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Juszkiewicz also has donated $10,000 to the Consumer Electronics Association, a PAC that contributed $92.5k to Republican candidates last year, as opposed to $72k to Democrats.

The raid served no legitimate purpose. Gibson was not even accused of violating any American law, but was shut down by armed storm troopers for allegedly violating picayune procedures India wants people to follow regarding the nationality of those who work with certain wood. Indian officials have better things to do that prosecute such cases, but not our Injustice Department, which is heeding Comrade Obama’s call to “punish our enemies.”

The bigger government gets, the more inevitable this sort of tyranny becomes.

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The price of donating to the wrong party.

Hat tip: Big Hollywood. On tips from Austin, Chris, Bill T, Katya Kakhov, and StanInTexas.

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Aug 29 2011

Obama Busted for Drunk Driving

The horde of Third World maniacs our rulers have allowed to take over the roads has produced more than its share of sorrow. For once, it has also produced some laughs. Howie Carr reports on yet another illegal arrested for drunk driving in Massachusetts:

This invader was from, of all places, Kenya, and his name is Obama. I’m not making this up — Onyango Obama, age 67.

Obama almost sideswiped a Framingham PD car, and then he had the nerve to tell the cop that he had, in effect, acted stupidly. The cops took Obama back to the police station, where cops said he blew a .14 on the Breathalyzer.

President Obama could not be reached for comment, nor could Auntie Zeituni. But Onyango Obama was held without bail, so one thing we can be sure of: Like Barack and Auntie Zeituni, he, too, is sitting around doing nothing, getting his three squares a day, compliments of the U.S. taxpayer. Celebrate diversity.

It appears that Onyango is Barack Hussein II’s uncle.

Hopefully at least one Obama will be sent on his way to his Kenyan homeland, never to return. But don’t count on it.

On tips from Byron, Bill T, and Wiggins.

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Aug 28 2011

Open Thread

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Via Dark Angel Politics, on a tip from TED.

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Aug 28 2011

The Story of Your Enslavement

The government can help itself to as much of your property (and therefore time) as it pleases. This means that you are a slave. Here’s a brief history explaining the rise of the modern system of mass enslavement:

Our soft tyranny is dying, having spent itself to the point of implosion. Whether it is replaced by a hard tyranny or by liberty will be determined by whether liberals or patriots prevail.

On a tip from TheWrightWing.

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