Thursday, December 27, 2007

Revenue Lost?

When the liberals consider any effort to reduce taxes, they commonly argue that the act would result in a condition whereby there would revenue lost. Fred Thompson had the best response to that. He said the revenue would not be lost. It would be in his pocket. Amen.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A revolt in liberalville??

It is hard to know what to make of this article in the New York Times which seems to have taken a hard look at Hillary's actual involvement in Bill's administration and just how much actual "experience" she has. Her detractors have long scoffed at her claim of preparedness based on living in the same house as President Clinton. If the Times is now moving to disparage her claims, this sorry excuse of a paper may be laying the ground to move away from her and support Obama. It gets curiouser and curiouser.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas to All

The Candidates

For the benefit of almost nobody, here is the BestView on the leading candidates for the presidency. I wish I was sufficiently gifted with the written word to convey my lack of enthusiasm for this election.

1. Hillary is maybe the one dem which might not be as bad as one fears, but that is only because she is one who is rightly feared so widely. There is just no way to stomach her on the TV every day. I am praying, but would it help if I begged?

2. Obama is a liberal and would be a liberal if elected, but of all the dems, he would probably be the preferred one. A dangerous blank slate on foreign matters.

3. Edwards would be a disaster. This ambitious phony makes Hillary look moderate and must be defeated. Again I beg.

4. Giuliani is almost a prototypical New York politician. He is basically a liberal and ethically challenged.

5. Romney is a little too shifty for my taste. Again, here is a northeast liberal who will flop back on some of his flips if elected, I think. Better than Giuliani, but mainly because of higher morals and character.

6. McCain is maddening if you consider his absolutely absurd positions on taxes, campaign finance, and tendency to crawl in bed with liberals in the Senate. I would hold nose to vote for him if nominated. It is also reported that he is basically a jerk.

7. Huckabee might be as liberal as Hillary. There is no way to evaluate him on foreign policy since he probably hasn't even thought about the subject yet. I am also inclined to think if someone is smart, honest, religious, etc, one need not mention it....repeatedly.

8. Ron Paul is the most interesting candidate of them all. He is absolutely solid on some of his domestic philosophy, but none of what he believes would ever come to be....such as scrapping the income tax without offsetting it except by budget cuts. No Department of Education, Energy, Housing, etc. ? O.K. with me, but not gonna happen. His foreign policy is even more radical. This will supposedly be a "change election", but not that great a change.

All the pundits say this is going to be a dem year and that is the most favorable factor for the republicans. If the experts are all correct, however, an Obama/McCain contest is about as good as it is likely to get. The veep pick of both will be crucial. Obama needs someone like McCain on the ticket with him (say Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia) and McCain needs a running mate who is clearly qualified to be President and also appealing to the conservative base (say another Georgian who was once Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich).

Amazing Football Season

This has been a fun college football season--primarily because of the many upsets. It started early when little Appalachian State beat number 5 rated Michigan. This was the first time a Division II team beat a nationally ranked opponent.

One of my favorite upsets was the win by Louisiana-Monroe over Alabama. The coach at Alabama, Nick Saban, had just come from the Miami Dolphins with a pay package which paid him $4 million a year. He makes as much in 2 weeks as the Louisiana-Monroe coach makes in a year. You gotta love it.

You gotta read the fine print

When Congress passed the energy bill a few days ago (that Bush gushed over and quickly signed) most of the emphasis was on how delighted everyone was that the CAFE standards were increased. These dictate how many miles per gallon cars are to deliver at some time in the future. These glad tidings are suspect since it has been shown that the last such increase put us in a situation where we simply drove more miles in cars which are less safe. The same thing can be expected from this latest increase.

Another little problem has to do with Congress deciding that we need to do away with the incandescent light bulb which Edison invented and has served us well. Now we have politicians which have decided that the bulb uses too much electricity. Ergo, we need to do away with them and go to the compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). These cost about $5.00 compared to maybe $0.75 on a comparable bulb. This added cost is not really the problem, however, since each CFL contains about 5 milligrams of mercury. The same loopy liberals who are worried about some specious threat from global warming seem willing to expose consumers to mercury hazards when a bulb breaks in someone's home.

Brandy Bridges in Prospect, Maine broke one and called the state Poison Control hotline to see how she should clean it up. The short version of the story is that the Department of Environmental Protection said it would cost at least $2,000 to clean it up in her daughter's bedroom. Doesn't that sound like a typical government solution to a dubious problem?

AMT and Pay-Go

Leave it to George Will to explain the loopy dems position on the Alternative Minimum Tax.

In January, with much preening, House Democrats embraced "paygo," the pay-as-you-go rule that any tax cut must be "paid for" by compensatory tax increases or revenue cuts. In December, Democrats abandoned it because of the alternative minimum tax.

The AMT was enacted in 1969 as an indignation gesture aimed at fewer than 200 rich people who managed, legally, to owe no taxes. But the enactors neglected to index the AMT against inflation, so this year it would have been a $50 billion bite out of 23 million taxpayers. The House voted to repeal it and pay for repeal with a $50 billion tax increase. Senate Republicans argued that no Congress ever intended the AMT to collect, or ever will allow it to collect, such large sums from such a large number of Americans. Therefore, paygo would siphon $50 billion to compensate for a fictitious $50 billion. The Senate voted 88-5 to not collect the AMT this year, the House acquiesced and paygo evaporated.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Senator Reid evaluates democrat performance

RAY SUAREZ: Well, at the beginning of this year, the Democrats returned to the majority after 12 years in the minority. You and Speaker Pelosi announced a very ambitious agenda. Now that one year has passed and you look back, how has it gone?

SEN. HARRY REID: Well, we’ve been able to accomplish quite a bit, but not very much, certainly not as much as I wanted to. I’m kind of frustrated, like the American people.

And the loony libs say Bush doesn't make sense.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Person of Year

It is interesting to read and hear TV comment on Time's selection of who they thought should be accorded this recognition. Even though the criteria are their own and well described, many fail to understand what is behind or meant by the selection. None of this seems to me to deserve all the scrutiny and if someone like Fox News is not happy with Time's POY, they are certainly free to name their own. Same with the various newspapers who have commented negatively on Putin and his selection.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Election Advice

If Obama can get Hillary to cackle a few more times, the nomination is his.

Bad day?

A sad situation

I was talking to someone this weekend who made a comment that was entirely consistent with his lifetime of political positioning, but it disappointed me none the less. My concern is not so much that his opinion differed from mine, but it was obvious that he had not studied the subject and had no basis for his conclusion other than political knee-jerkiness. That got me to thinking about how dismal our future is in this country. The basic problem as I have so often said is the education system which guarantees that our young people will not be equipped to discern solutions to problems which arise. To take two examples, we can start with global warming. Few of the citizens in this country have the understanding of science that is required to separate out the drivel in the press from the scientific layers which must be examined to evaluate the phenomenon correctly. This leaves our citizens open to the manipulation of the liberals who will take advantage of this sad fact.

Another example is the so-called Fair Tax. If you want to really understand this proposal, you need to seriously consider a number of factors and the implications of each on the whole. It is not easy to do. After considerable reading on the subject, I have concluded that it has several problems which our politicians will never address, but the system on the whole would be better than the income tax fiasco we have now. The very first and most basic problem our voters and politicians would have to come to grips with is the concept of imbedded taxes. As a nation, we are simply not smart enough to comprehend this simple economic fact. So, the demagogues (established politicians) will prevail.

I know one is supposed to accept the collective wisdom of the American electorate and the concept that we should encourage everyone to vote, but I don't. The average voter is not wise and the more people who vote the less likely we are to elect people who deserve election. That is called an elitist opinion and I plead guilty.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Vulgar abortion pictures

This article in American Thinker reports on an incident in Atlanta where a pro-life group with a truck having pictures of aborted babies on 3 sides was arrested and charged with "the display of obscene and vulgar images to persons under age 14". As a Georgian, I am opposed to such a law in the abstract since I don't want our policemen making a decision like this based on their own interpretation of what is "obscene and vulgar". As to the specifics of the case, I am completely unable to see how anyone can see an aborted fetus as anything other the tragedy it is. It is not the picture that is obscene and the victim of the crime will never see the pictures or age 14.

Fortunately, an explanation of the First Amendment resulted in a rapid dismissal of the charges in this case.

Senatorial Malaise

Senate Democrats yesterday bowed to Republicans and stripped a proposed tax increase for oil companies from a broad energy bill, clearing the way for passage of the measure that includes the first increase in vehicle gas-mileage standards in 32 years. When they are not able to raise taxes on someone, these loony liberals are truly morose. BestView is equally as sad that this sham of a bill does nothing to increase our supply of non-imported oil.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A religion of peace?

Muhammad Parvez, a 57 year old father in Toronto, has been charged with attacking and killing his 16 year old daughter. The beating seems to have been prompted by ongoing clothing/culture disputes. Aqsa Parvez, a 11th grader at Applewood Heights Secondary School in Mississauga, wanted to dress "Western" and resented having to wear her hijab. Apparently having her hair exposed warranted her brutal death...

Prediction

Read this article and then file away my brilliant prediction. If they find anything amiss, it will be attributed to racism.

It is Bush's fault

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Bush “is impossible — and has been for seven years — to deal with.”
Reid sought to portray senior White House adviser Ed Gillespie as an incarnation of Karl Rove and a mastermind of intransigence.

What has the Senate Majority Leader so frustrated? Well, the main problem seems to be that Bush is responsible for the House and Senate dems not being able to agree on a way to pass legislation that funds the government. The House wants to raise taxes and the Senate won't let them. Some dems want to just reduce spending by cutting off earmarks and none of the phony politicians (from either party) want to do that. Too draconian. The far left wants to insist on PAYGO which was passed when the dems took over Congress to be sure that the Bush tax cuts could never be allowed to stand beyond their designated life. More moderate dems are not so rigid. Blue dog dems elected in 2004 are feeling the heat of coming re-election and want to be viewed as financially responsible, so they have to cling to PAYGO since this sounds like it is sensible.

Bottom line the inability of the dems to come to some sort of agreement is Bush's fault except this article seems to highlight internal conflict more openly.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My favorite Senator again

A man of principles is standing up in Washington. Story here.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Umami

There is a recent article in the Wall Street Journal describing a culinary art-form which is based on a taste receptor which responds to glutamate. This was long recognized by Asians and explains their wide-spread use of MSG in cooking. This is a somewhat discredited substance which many feel gives them headaches and allergies. Umami (pronounced oo-MA-me) seeks to take advantage of foods which have an ability to satisfy the glutamate taste receptors, without using MSG. Examples given in the article help explain my own food preferences, so I am a big fan of umami. One of the best sources of foods which ramp up foods via umami is parmesan cheese. Others are mushrooms, wine, soy sauce, ketchup and other forms of tomatos, and grilling. This must be why I buy a lot of Worchestershire sauce and chefs around the country continually experiment with combinations which taste better through glutamate.

Friday, December 07, 2007

A test

Here is a test question that should not present too much of a challenge, but my days of active testing are way behind me. I am undoubtedly rusty. Read this article describing corruption involving the wife of the governor of Illinois. Now for the question, the answer to which is not given in the article. To which political party does the governor belong?

Free money ???

T. Boone Pickens offered a cool $1,000,000.00 to anyone who could offer proof that anything the Swift Boat Vets said about John Kerry during the 2004 campaign was not true. This included journalists or Kerry himself. As indicted here, nobody seems to want the money.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The congressional squeeze

It is really getting to be humorous watching the pathetic dems trying to navigate the tricky waters in Congress. First, they have overtaxed constituents in New York and other big liberal states who will be hit with large extra taxes if the AMT is not modified. They could do this, but they want to raise taxes on the wealthy hedge fund operators and these people are big contributors to Senator Schumer and other fat-cats in the dem party. As a result they are frozen in limbo at a time when if something isn't done, the IRS can't even print forms for reporting and this would delay the tax refunds for the middle class who depend on them as if Christmas presents. In fact, they often need them to pay for Christmas. Hard to keep everyone happy and bash Bush at the same time.

Prediction

When it comes to going out on a cold night to caucus for someone in Iowa, it takes at least one of three things. First, organization by the candidate, "street money" and busing in of participants, and finally fervor for the candidate. We will see all of the above on January 3, 2008, but I predict the fervor factor for Ron Paul will surprise folks.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Funny or Pathetic?

Read all of this in the Opinion Journal.

This is from a press release Hillary put out:

At an event in Boston this evening, Senator Obama claimed for the second time today that he is "not running to fulfill some long held plans" to be elected President, contradicting statements his friends, family, staff and teachers have all made about him. . . .

In third grade, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want To Be a President.' His third grade teacher: Fermina Katarina Sinaga "asked her class to write an essay titled 'My dream: What I want to be in the future.' Senator Obama wrote 'I want to be a President,' she said." [The Los Angeles Times, 3/15/07]

In kindergarten, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want to Become President.' "Iis Darmawan, 63, Senator Obama's kindergarten teacher, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills. He wrote an essay titled, 'I Want To Become President,' the teacher said." [AP, 1/25/07]

Mrs. Clinton is attacking Obama for something he wrote in kindergarten.

Are liberals turning on Hillary?

Even her old buddy Robert Reich is unhappy with Hillary.

A Review

If there is some sensible way to decrease the amount of oil we have to import---like drilling wells in the U.S.---------great

If there are proposals to reduce pollution like mercury in the water or sulfur compounds in the air--------great

If you think you can reduce your "carbon footprint" (a euphemism for CO2) and have any effect on the earth's temperature decades from now----------you are an idiot.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Perks for Geeks

The poor slaves working at Google in Mountain View, California have to get by on top rank salaries, but in addition, they have 17 food venues on site at which they can eat any or all of three meals a day at no cost. They can even take guests and none of them can pay either. They can even go in for snacks any time day or night. Other perks include free dry cleaning, free birthday massages, special parking places for the pregnant and so on. Must be pretty easy to recruit there.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Credit fraud

BestView finally got around to freezing our credit. It was a pain to contact the three credit rating companies to do this, but it really eliminates one worry. Regardless if someone hacks into some data base and steals your credit card information or social security number, they can't establish new credit in your name. So identity theft is not possible so long as the freeze remains in place. If you want to temporarily lift the freeze to open some new account, there is a pin number which allows this. I recommend it.

Victims of Global Warming

This is a wonderful collection of reports in the idiotic press which attribute various things to global warming. This has been successful, of course, because the majority of the people in the U.S. are victims of our education system and completely incapable of thinking for themselves. It is instructive to look some of these over if for no other reason to finally conclude that the whole thing is a gigantic hoax. For example, there are separate reports that global warming is causing the oceans to become more salty and another less salty. Bad science is rampant.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The mid-east "problem"

Since President Bush is hosting the required summit dealing with the Israel/Palestinian "problem" this week, it is probably worthwhile to keep in mind what the problem is. If the situation was simply one of borders, it would be possible to deal with this by either negotiation or by some external imposition of a solution. That is not, however, the case. The problem is one based on the insistence of one side that the other side cease to exist. As long as that is the Arab position, there will be no solution negotiated.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Want to lose weight?

There is a new business being formed which is offering binding contracts to assist individuals in reaching goals. For example, if you want to lose weight, you could set a goal and agree to pay some predetermined amount in case you don't reach that goal. The word is it works for weight and other things. Makes sense to me. Read about it here.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thomas Jefferson

BestView is always suspicious of history presentations since my scientific background demands more rigor in relating "facts" than I find in many historical representations. Despite that, this is a very interesting essay on Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, which is an amazing edifice. Read it here.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Procamation

Here is the start of the original Thanksgiving Proclamation by George Washington. Can you imagine the response if Bush made this today?

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness..."

Thanks to Tammy Bruce.

The Ott take on the U.N.

The U.N. had to admit that it made a drastic overestimation of the number of aids cases worldwide. In an attempt to resurrect its faulty prediction record, Scott Ott suggests that the U.N. is now predicting that those who did not die of Aids will now drown in the rising tide of man-made global climate change.

Makes sense to BestView.

A losing proposition

Just ran across a story of interest. First, a fisherman ensnares a giant (1,125 lb) shark in his nets and once he takes it on his ship, the shark all but destroys his boat. Then when he gets it to market, it fetches less than the damages to his boat. Read the story here.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Iraq situation must be improving

When the weekly magazines which are at least as liberal as the major media in general say Iraq is improving, it is getting so obvious that the dems in Congress may be the only ones left in denial. The following is from Newsweek:

Al Qaeda in Iraq is starting to look like a spent force, especially in Baghdad. The civil war is in the midst of a huge, though nervous, pause. Most Shiite militias are honoring a truce. Iran appears to have stopped shipping deadly arms to Iraqi militants. The indigenous Sunni insurgency has declared for the Americans across broad swaths of the country, especially in the capital.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Media Bias

First the findings of a recent study.

1. 1,742 presidential campaign stories were examined in 48 print, online, network TV, cable and radio news outlets. Democrats got more coverage than Republicans -----49% of stories compared to 31%. Of these, the coverage was favorable in 35% for democrats and 26% for Republicans.

2. On TV, evening news gave 49% of the campaign coverage to dems and 28% to Republican candidates. As for tone, 39.5% of the coverage of dems was positive vs. 17.1% negative. Republican coverage was positive in 18.6% of the segments and negative in 37.2%.

The source of this study was the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

BestView assumes that if there is a liberal media bias recognizable even at Harvard, it must be a fact.

Just wondering

Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development officials have announced a ban on any decorations in HUD housing complexes that mention Jesus or represent religion for the Christmas season.

Other examples are given in this article. When George Bush was elected, would you have predicted this would happen 7 years later?


Double jeopardy

For years the education establishment in Washington, D.C. has cheated the students through an inept school system, but now they have been caught stealing money from them as well. Read about it in the Washington Post.

Of course, if you criticize any of this you would be called a racist.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Missle Defense

The U.S. Missle Defense Agency based on Lake Erie recently shot down two short range missles fired from Hawaii. They were on alert but had no advance notice of the launch. Pretty impressive to all but the liberals in the Dem party. They just cut $85 million wanted to build an interceptor site in Poland. Given the instability of the situation in Pakistan and elsewhere you have to ask whether the Bush-hating libs are afraid the system won't work (as they claim against all evidence) or that it will. Once again, evidence that Dems are on our side is lacking.

Beware tax credits

There is a proposal in South Carolina to allow parents who home school to obtain a tax credit to offset expenses. My daughters both home school and I am sure a tax credit would be welcomed, but I am dubious. Once the government gets you hooked with taxes they then gain more control over your education efforts and that is the problem with traditional schools.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Not that important

The following is the lead sentence in a story the New York Times felt was so important that it put it on page 19.

BAGHDAD, Nov. 7 — American forces have routed Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the Iraqi militant network, from every neighborhood of Baghdad, a top American general said today, allowing American troops involved in the “surge” to depart as planned.

Michael Savage on Islam

""I'm not gonna put my wife in a hijab. And I'm not gonna put my daughter in a burqa. And I'm not gettin on my all-fours and braying to Mecca. And you could drop dead if you don't like it. You can shove it up your pipe. I don't wanna hear anymore about Islam. I don't wanna hear one more word about Islam. Take your religion and shove it up your behind. I'm sick of you."

"What kind of religion is this? What kind of world are you living in when you let them in here with that throwback document in their hand, which is a book of hate. Don't tell me I need reeducation. They need deportation. I don't need reeducation. Deportation, not reeducation. You can take C-A-I-R and throw 'em out of my country. I'd raise the American flag and I'd get out my trumpet if you did it. Without due process. You can take your due process and shove it."

"What sane nation that worships the U.S. constitution, which is the greatest document of freedom ever written, would bring in people who worship a book that tells them the exact opposite. Make no mistake about it, the Quran is not a document of freedom. The Quran is a document of slavery and chattel. It teaches you that you are a slave."

As I understand it, certain Islamists are upset by his opinion.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Random Thoughts

1. Have we fixed all the bridges in the U.S. since the one collapsed in Minnesota? One doesn't hear much about our bridges from the politicians who were so concerned about the situation when the cars were in the water.

2. This economy is in real trouble and will be until the credit obligations issued by mortgage companies gets sorted out. If the Federal Reserve has to lower interest rates to cover for these mortgage problems with our financial institutions, the dollar will go even lower and if this keeps up, countries like China which have a lot of our dollars will move to another currency and then we will have real recession problems. Think about how damaging it will be when we have to buy oil at some elevated price with something other than dollars which are losing their pizzazz.

3. Rosie O'Donnell is rumored to be in line to host a program on MSNBC at 9:00pm against Larry King and Hannity and Colmes. It will be fun to read about how desperate she gets to boost ratings. I won't be watching.

4. I am constantly surprised how much interest there seems to be in who manages the New York Yankees and where A-Rod plays once he leaves them.

Rationed Medical Care

Giuliani is being criticized by the loony leftists like Paul Krugman of New York Times fame for stating that his prostate cancer cure was more likely in the U.S. than it would have been in England. The statistics he cited are complicated as all statistical comparisons are, but if you dig into it, you will find that Rudy was right and cancer survival is better here than in England. Any country with socialized medicine limits health care resources and that is why you have long waiting lists in Canada and England. In addition, you have fewer patients being screened in these countries with fewer PET scanners available, for example.

You don't really need to do any fancy statistical analysis to evaluate the truth of Rudy's statement, however. All you have to do is look at how many Americans go to Canada or England for cancer treatment compared to the number who come here. Don't look for Krugman to address that matter.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Pork Report

Here is a list of some of the votes against proposals by conservatives to eliminate pork earmarks from appropriations bills in the U.S. Senate. Liberals from both parties killed them all by the margins indicated.
  • $100 million for the 2008 Republican and Democratic nominating conventions. Amendment failed 45-51.
  • Adding sand to San Diego’s beaches. Amendment failed 12-77.
  • Millions of dollars for bicycle paths instead of using the funds to improve bridge safety. Amendment failed 18-80.
  • A visitors' center in Louisiana instead of providing shelter for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Amendment failed 11-79.
  • Funds for a baseball field in Montana, the International Peace Garden in North Dakota, and a wetlands center in Louisiana. Amendment failed 32-63.
  • $2 million for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York, requested by Charles B. Rangel. Amendment failed 34-61.

Liberals doing it to us in energy policy

The loony left is adept at demonizing "Big Oil" and threatens to tax it back to the stone age. Hillary wants those profits to fund some of her boondoggle give-aways. In the mean time, Beijing's PetroChina which is 90% owned by the Chinese government just became the first company to be valued at one trillion dollars. It is 4x as expensive as the Exxon Mobile Corporation the leftists in Congress decry as too large. Furthermore, of the dozen largest oil companies in the world, most are owned by governments that are either hostile to the U.S. or could be very rapidly. Think Saudi Arabia and Iran and Venezuela and Russia here. U.S. oil firms are using their profits to drill for oil. More than 4500 oil wells were completed in the 3rd quarter of 2007 which is twice the level of drilling in the 90s. Since liberals always seem to take actions contrary to the best economic interest of the U.S., it is only logical to expect them to try to tax them out of existence while other countries pursue energy sources aggressively.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

BestView out of the loop

BestView is on the road and evidently has missed out on the latest brush fire not in California. The word is the L.A. Times is sitting on a hot political story and since it hasn't been published yet, it must be dem related. Most of the blogosphere has concluded it relates to Hillary's lesbianism and we even have her significant other identified. We don't have time to give exhaustive links to the story, but here is a good place to start. It is hard to know how much it would help Hillary with her base if the story gets out completely.

Monday, October 29, 2007

My French protest is over

French President Nicolas Sarkozy walked out of an interview with US CBS television news show 60 minutes, according to a clip of the show released Sunday in advance of the interview's airing. A clearly disturbed Sarkozy stood up muttering in French about the question, which was not heard, in a short publicity clip put on the Internet ahead of the 60 Minutes broadcast Sunday night.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Obama is catching on

From the New York Times:

Senator Barack Obama said he would start confronting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton more forcefully, declaring Friday that she had not been candid in describing her views on critical issues, as he tries to address mounting alarm among supporters that his lack of assertiveness has allowed her to dominate the presidential race.

Hey, Barack, not being candid is called lying in her case.

Committing the Truth and Regretting it

You just have to love Joe Biden, the senator from Delaware who is running for President. For years he has let his mouth get him in trouble and it is always precious when this happens. The latest came when he met with the editorial board of the Washington Post and was asked about the failure of the Washington, D.C. schools. We all know the reason, but leave it to Joe to admit it. Here is the account in the Washington Post. As you read it, imagine the reaction if he was a Republican instead of a known democrat bloviator.

After a lengthy critique of Bush administration education policies, Biden attempted to explain why some schools perform better than others -- in Iowa, for instance, compared with the District. "There's less than 1 percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than 4 or 5 percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with," Biden said. He went on to discuss the importance of parental involvement in reading to children and how "half this education gap exists before the kid steps foot in the classroom."

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Harry Reid explains fires in California

"One reason why we have the fires in California is global warming,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Tuesday, stressing the need to pass the Democrats’ comprehensive energy package.

What about these Senator?

The Great Fire of 1889 (40,000 acres)
The Rattlesnake Fire of 1953 (1,300 acres & 15 firefighters killed)
The Laguna Fire of 1970 (175,425 acres, 320 homes and 8 people killed)
The Oakland Hills firestorm of 1991 (1,520 acres, 3469 homes & 25 people killed)
The McNally Fire of 2002 (150,700 acres)
The Old Fire of 2003 (91,281 acres, 993 homes & 6 deaths)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Dem Convention

I am not sure how they got this schedule ahead of time, but congrats to Dr. Tony


Democratic National Convention Opening Schedule:

Schedule of Events:

7:00 pm ~ Opening flag burning

7:15 pm ~ Pledge of Allegiance to the U. N.

7:20 pm ~ Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

7:25 pm ~ Nonreligious prayer and worship with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

7:45 pm ~ Ceremonial tree hugging

7:55 pm ~ Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

8:00 pm ~ How I Invented the Internet - Al Gore

8:15 pm ~ Gay Wedding Planning - Barney Frank presiding

8:35 pm ~ Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

8:40 pm ~ Our Troops are War Criminals - John Kerry

9.00 pm ~ Memorial service for Saddam and his sons - Cindy Sheehan and Susan Sarandon

10:00 pm ~ "Answering Machine Etiquette" - Alec Baldwin

11:00 pm ~ Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

11:05 pm ~ Collection for the Osama Bin Laden kidney transplant fund - Barbra Streisand

11:15 pm ~ Free the Freedom Fighters from Guantanamo Bay -- Sean Penn

11:30 pm ~ Oval Office Affairs - William Jefferson Clinton

11:45 pm ~ Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

11:50 pm ~ How George Bush Brought Down the World Trade Towers - Howard Dean

12:15 am ~ "Truth in Broadcasting Award" - Presented to Dan Rather by Michael Moore

12:25 am ~ Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

12:30 am ~ Satellite address by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

12:45 am ~ Nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Nancy Pelosi

1:00 am ~ Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

1:05 am ~ Coronation of Hillary Rodham Clinton

1:30 am ~ Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

1:35 am ~ Bill Clinton asks Ted Kennedy to drive Hillary home

Monday, October 22, 2007

This is good news

PHILADELPHIA -- Thousands of black men turned out Sunday to support a volunteer effort aimed at reducing violence in this crime-plagued city, lining up for several blocks to register.

Volunteers who join street patrols as part of the "Call to Action: 10,000 Men, It's a New Day" campaign will not carry weapons or make arrests but will instead be trained in conflict resolution, organizers said.

"Nobody else is going to magically come into this community and get it done," said real estate developer Abdur-Rahim Islam, a lead organizer.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A bigger Australian Navy?

Australia's opposition Labor Party has questioned the need for female sailors to be given breast enlargements paid for with public money.

An armed forces spokesman defended the operations, saying they were carried out for psychological reasons, not to make sailors "look sexy".

Brigadier Andrew Nikolic said the "holistic needs" of service personnel were considered under defence policy.

But he said breast augmentations were not routinely funded by the military.

"We do consider the broader needs of our people, both physical and psychological," Brig Nikolic said.

"But that is a long way from saying that if someone doesn't like their appearance, Defence will fund things like breast augmentation as a matter of routine - that is just not correct."

He was speaking after one plastic surgeon said he had carried out breast enlargements on two sailors, aged 25 and 32, for A$10,000 (£4,200) each.

Brig Nikolic said such operations were only recommended after a medical evaluation.

But the opposition Labor Party said it wanted details on the cases.

I want it to snow---hard

My current fantasy is that it will start snowing in Cleveland, Boston and Denver this weekend and not melt until April. This would be welcomed retribution for the greedy buffoons who have extended baseball into November. Except for the federal government, very little in America has deteriorated so completely as baseball in my lifetime. This is abated, of course, by the TV networks and they can starve too as far as I am concerned.

More on the Watson Comments

This is a very good essay on the reaction to James Watson's statement that Africans as a whole are less intelligent than some other races. Here is a sample:

What is "racism"?

.....
Well, it cannot be discovered by analyzing what has been said about Dr. Watson but, rather, by what is usually left unsaid. As was the case with the reception given to The Bell Curve, critics tend to take the position that the issue should not be raised, much less debated.

....

All intellectual inquiry, be it scientific or philosophical, should be a search for Truth. This search must be sincere and remain unfettered by agendas or dogmas, and we do otherwise at our own peril.

.....This is why the politically correct thought police are so destructive. When they criticize a man like Watson, not only do they rarely say his statements are untrue, but the Truth of the matter doesn't even seem to enter their minds. No, it doesn't because they are blinded by their agenda.

The Truth is that the outrage here isn't Dr. Watson's remarks; they're either true or not. What's outrageous is that we're suffering under the yolk of those to whom Truth means nothing -- the practitioners of a dark faith. They don't care if a statement is correct, only whether it's politically correct. They hate the Truth when it contradicts their agenda, and they'll stop at nothing to still the tongues of those who would dare voice it.

Read it all.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

More on Dr. Watson

The suggestion by James Watson of Watson and Crick fame that blacks are not as intelligent as whites has now come full circle in that he has been threatened and forced to retract his statement. Here is the threat:
Anti-racism campaigners called for Dr Watson's remarks to be looked at in the context of racial hatred laws. A spokesman for the 1990 Trust, a black human rights group, said: "It is astonishing that a man of such distinction should make comments that seem to perpetuate racism in this way. It amounts to fuelling bigotry and we would like it to be looked at for grounds of legal complaint."
And the apology:
The DNA pioneer James Watson today apologised "unreservedly" for his apparent claim that black people are less intelligent than whites.

"I am mortified about what has happened," he told a group of scientists and journalists at the launch of his new book, Avoid Boring People, at the Royal Society in London.

"I can certainly understand why people, reading those words, have reacted in the ways they have."

"To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologise unreservedly.

Here is the situation for this and related racial distinctions that one might make. First, science is supposed to work by someone posing a question like whether or not there are differences in intelligence among races and then conducting well-designed experiments to answer the question. Well, the research has not been done to date because researchers are not allowed by society to do the research. As a result, you can't even ask the question. The main objection of the opponents is what do you do with the information---if the theory that there is a racial difference is substantiated? So, even though there is a lot of research conducted which is not "practical", racial differences fall into a special category. I think it is regretable, but it is what it is.






Thursday, October 18, 2007

I called this one and it ain't over

London's Science Museum canceled a Friday talk by Nobel Prize-winning geneticist James Watson after the co-discoverer of DNA's structure told a newspaper that Africans and Europeans had different levels of intelligence.

James Watson provoked widespread outrage with his comments to The Sunday Times, which quoted the 79-year-old American as saying he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really."

He told the paper he hoped that everyone was equal, but added: "people who have to deal with black employees find this not true."

The comments drew condemnation from British lawmakers, scientists, and civil rights campaigners. On Wednesday The Independent newspaper put Watson on its front page, against the words: "Africans are less intelligent than Westerners, says DNA pioneer."

A really fun backyard BBQ

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Watch out below

Here comes another storm by the politically correct crowd. They must rally mightily to counter an observation offered by someone with credentials sufficient for the public to consider it valid. There are some ideas which simply can't be allowed to be debated or even studied scientifically because the liberals have already made up their minds and evidence to the contrary is not even thinkable. A teaser is given below, but read it all here.

One of the world's most eminent scientists was embroiled in an extraordinary row last night after he claimed that black people were less intelligent than white people and the idea that "equal powers of reason" were shared across racial groups was a delusion.

James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in the unravelling of DNA who now runs one of America's leading scientific research institutions, drew widespread condemnation for comments he made ahead of his arrival in Britain today for a speaking tour at venues including the Science Museum in London.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sabotage

From Thomas Sowell.
Read it all.

People of Armenian ancestry in the United States and around the world are justifiably outraged at what happened in the Ottoman Empire -- and at subsequent governments in Turkey which have refused to acknowledge or accept historical responsibility for the mass atrocities that took place on their soil.

But the sudden interest of Congressional Democrats in this issue goes beyond trying to pick up some votes.

They want a resolution to condemn what happened as "genocide" -- a word that provokes instant anger among today's Turks, since genocide means a deliberate government policy aimed at exterminating a whole people, as distinguished from horrors growing out of a widespread breakdown of law and order in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.

These are issues of historical facts and semantics best left to scholars rather than politicians.

If Congress has gone nearly a century without passing a resolution accusing the Turks of genocide, why now, in the midst of the Iraq war?

It is hard to avoid the conclusion that this resolution is just the latest in a series of Congressional efforts to sabotage the conduct of that war.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Congressional Ethics

There is an interesting article today in the Washington Post. All this blather from the dems about how they were going to clean up the ethical mess left by the Republicans in Congress has resulted in a new set of laws regarding lobbyists and free meals and such, but as one might expect, there are "loopholes". For example, lobbyists can't take Congressmen to fancy dinners and ply them with liquor anymore. At a recent gala, however, over 100 congressional types attended a dinner at a cost of over $2500 per. How did this happen? Well, a charity sells the tickets to the lobbyists at a rate of say $25,000 per table and the corporation which buys the tickets with a wink and a nod tells the charity who they would like to have sit at their table. The charity makes the decision, of course, so it is perfectly legal for the exact Congressman to be assigned at the table where the request was made. Nobody is against charity, are they?

Read it all here if your stomach is strong.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

A non-endorsement

"...Saying Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani"doesn't deserve to live," Palestinian terror leaders are threatening to harm the former New York mayor for his hawkish stance toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for his previous treatment of late-PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

"If I had the occasion to meet him (Giuliani), I would hurt him," said Ramadan Adassi, chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group in the West Bank's Anskar refugee camp. "For the sake of the American people, Giuliani shouldn't be elected. He is a disgusting guy and I think Americans must think very hard about their future and their soldiers who will be killed when they come to elect their leaders."

Now we need him to endorse Hillary.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Peace Anyone

It would be impossible to discredit the Nobel Peace prize anymore than to give it to Al Gore and the U.N.

Political Intrigue

BestView doesn't usually concern itself with juicy gossip, but there is a story being ignored by the liberal media which begs for comment. It seems as if one Roger Altman, a close Clinton friend and a possible member of any new Clinton cabinet, is also a large owner of the National Enquirer which deals mostly in back alley gossip stories. The latest suggests that John Edwards had an affair with some public relations woman associated with his campaign.
This story is making the rounds of liberal blogs. It is the opinion of BestView that the story is probably not true for two reasons. If Edwards was a real threat to the Clintons and deserved their attention, he would simply have an accident or commit suicide like others who got in their way. Sex is not an activity which they feel is necessarily ignoble. The other reason we doubt the story is that Edwards is not man enough and his inclinations may well run the other way.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Matthews Debate

For some reason the Republican candidates agreed to let Chris Matthews, the very liberal host of MSNBC's Hardball program to be the moderator in tonight's so called debate. This in spite of his obviously hostile and insulting performance in a previous debate. He asked, for example, for each candidate to give what they "disliked most about America". He recently announced that Bush had finally been caught in his "criminality". I don't usually watch these cattle-call appearances since they aren't real, but I will watch tonight to see which lets Jimmy Carter's former speech writer get by with idiotic and partisan questions. Any of them who don't seem able or inclined to take him on will not get my support.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Free Money

In typical liberal fashion at election time, some politician will offer free money to everyone. In 1972, George McGovern, arguably the most far-left candidate ever nominated, proposed giving $1,000 to every man, woman and child. Adjusted for inflation, that comes to almost $5,000 today. $5,000? Where have we heard that before? Well old Hillary wants to give that to every single baby born so they will have money to go to college. Lets look at this like Thomas Sowell did in "Inside American Education.

"The specific terms under which the government provides student financial aid virtually guarantees tuition escalation to unaffordable levels. . . . The federal formula . . . first determines the 'expected family contribution,' based upon family income, assets, number of children, and other measures of ability to pay.

"Federal aid begins where tuition and other charges exceed this 'expected family contribution.' A private college or university which kept its tuition affordable — that is, no greater than the 'expected family contribution' — could forfeit millions of dollars annually in federal money.

For example, if college X can provide a good education at $8,000 a year, while its average student's family can afford $9,000, then it loses opportunities to receive federal money. By raising its tuition to $12,000, it not only gets an additional $1,000 per student from their families but also an additional $3,000 per student from the government. In short, there is no incentive to keep tuition affordable and every incentive to make it unaffordable."

The cost? Clinton doesn't know. Will U.S.-born children of illegal aliens be eligible? No word on that yet. Who pays? Don't know. All we really know is it will not achieve its stated objective but it probably will appeal to Hillary's target audience which is mostly uneducated and doomed to superficial appraisal of her proposal.


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Kill your golden goose

The loony left never fails. This time they want to expand a welfare program called SCHIPS (which provides health care for poor kids) to adults making as much as $83,000. That is not idiotic enough, however. In order to pay for the additional entitlement expenses they propose to raise the tax on cigarettes by an extra $0.61/pack. This makes some sense in that those who still smoke are not very smart, are also mostly poor and vote democrat. This is then a very regressive tax and the libs justify the tax by claiming that the tax will cause those affected to quit smoking, which if true would kill off the funding for the socialistic program they loudly promote. When this happens, you will find the money comes not from smokers, but from you.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Wow. Ann Coulter strikes again


On women:

If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president. It's kind of a pipe dream, it's a personal fantasy of mine, but I don't think it's going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.

It also makes the point, it is kind of embarrassing, the Democratic Party ought to be hanging its head in shame, that it has so much difficulty getting men to vote for it. I mean, you do see it’s the party of women and 'We’ll pay for health care and tuition and day care -- and here, what else can we give you, soccer moms?'

On why global warming is religion on the left:

Because we can't prove them wrong for a thousand years, and I think the other thing about it is, it goes back to Chesterton’s statement: that when people stop believing in God, the problem isn't that they believe in nothing, it's that they'll believe anything. And that's what you constantly see with people who don't believe in God: They're always imitating the most ridiculous, primitive religions. And it is like a primitive religion, thinking if we just change these lightbulbs, we can change the temperature of the ocean. It's the craziest thing! Even primitive people wouldn't believe something that silly.

Monday, October 01, 2007

A Predictable Solution

There for a while it looked like the state of Michigan would have to shut down a large part of their government due to a budget impasse. At the last moment, however, they came to a solution which could have been predicted. They raised the income and sales taxes. Now that should help the economy.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Light shining on U.N. failure

When President Bush told the United Nations General Assembly this week “the American people are disappointed by the failures of the Human Rights Council,” his words could not have been more timely or deserved. He pointed out “This body has been silent on repression by regimes from Havana to Caracas to Pyongyang and Tehran — while focusing its criticism excessively on Israel.” On Friday, the Council piled the dung heap higher. It wrapped up another session in Geneva by adopting two more resolutions against Israel and no resolutions critical of the human-rights record of any of the other 191 U.N. member states.

This brings the total of anti-Israel resolutions and decisions adopted by the “Human Rights” Council — in only the first 15 months of its operation — to 14. Another four very weak decisions and resolutions have been applied to Sudan. And the Council finally decided to hold a special session of the Council on Myanmar. So adding up the highly selective concerns of the U.N.’s lead human-rights agency: 74 percent of the Council’s moves against individual states have been directed at Israel, 21 percent at Sudan, 5 percent at Myanmar, and the rest of the world has been given a free pass.

More here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

No Crocs with socks, George

Laura, you need to step in here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

African Failure

I read this morning that villagers in Zimbabwe are becoming sufficiently desperate for food in that country ruled by a despotic Robert Mugabe that they are rapidly eradicating wild animals in former private game ranches and preserves. Thus elephants, giraffes, leopards and other wild animals have been killed to an extent where it is now estimated that a full 60% of the country's entire wildlife population has been slaughtered for food.
The country reached this sorry state because the white land owners who knew how to use the land productively have been evicted and anti-market practices have been instituted which, of course, has its greatest effect on the blacks in that country. The world sits and watches this to no effect. The U.N. and a majority of Africa's leaders are particularly pathetic. When it became time for Africa to name a chair of the U.N.'s sustainable economic development commission, it turned to Zimbabwe for its representative. This is probably appropriate for a U.N. commission since Zimbabwe has no development at all, much less any which is sustainable.

Bush Advice to Dems

This story will be interesting to follow. If the top dems are listening to Bush about the world situation--especially in Iraq, they have two choices, it seems to me. First, they can attempt to minimize it or even deny it. Second, they can either acknowledge it or attempt to ignore it. If the net-nuts and others on the loony left latch onto the story, however, neither Hillary nor any of the others will be spared the wrath of the left.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Contrary Indicators

Those of us who spend our days managing stocks and watching the stock market know that certain individuals and companies and politicians are what we call contrary indicators. For example, if someone like Jim Cramer who has a program on CNBC says the market has bottomed and will go up from here, the odds are he is completely wrong and you should act "contrarially". Once he says you should buy a stock, you can bet (and many of us do) that it has had its run and should be sold. These individuals are invaluable. The same thing is true for politicians. There are some who are so completely inept and have such a perfect history of being wrong that it is almost uncanny. In that vein, I give the following as something to be looking for in the Middle East:

Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that it was almost inconceivable that Iran would "commit suicide" by launching missiles at Israel.

Speaking at Emory University, Carter, who brokered the 1979 Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt, said Israel's superior military power and distance from Iran likely are enough to discourage an actual attack.

"Iran is quite distant from Israel," said Carter, 83. "I think it would be almost inconceivable that Iran would commit suicide by launching one or two missiles of any kind against the nation of Israel."

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Mystery strike revealed?

Israel has clamped a tight lid of military censorship over its air raid against Syria, but US officials tell CBS News the strike destroyed a building Israeli intelligence believed housed nuclear equipment.

The strike was launched on September 6th, three days after a North Korean ship docked at a Syrian port. US officials say the arrival of that ship triggered the strike against the building, which had been under surveillance by an Israeli satellite sent into orbit last June.

US officials "say they do not know for sure what was in the building, but they agree with the Israelis, there are signs Syria is trying to acquire a nuclear capability."

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Yes, honey it is kinda sad.

The raid

BestView has been on vacation and now is the time to catch up on what seems to be a story being eclipsed by the latest O.J. travails. On September 6, Israel made an air raid on something in Syria. The nature of the event remains a mystery which is evidently unusual in the mid-east. The theories about what happened are fascinating. One holds the raid was a practice run for a coming attack on Iran nuclear facilities. Another claims the North Koreans moved some nuclear material/equipment to Syria to prevent its analysis by the U.S inspection in North Korea and the raid took it out. A less exciting theory holds that Iran sent some conventional weapons to Syria for delivery to Hezbollah and these were the target.
This air action is not as compelling to news outfits as criminal charges against O.J. but that may change in the near future.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Marching Orders

Osama is not happy with the dems since they haven't shut down the war being waged against al Qaeda. I suspect we should look for a better effort by Hillary's colleagues in Congress. At least we should have some apology that they haven't been more effective followed by a promise to do better in the days ahead.

More than I wanted to know

I presume Barack Obama's wife intends to humanize her husband with the following comments, but.....

Referring to their daughters, Mrs. Obama says: “We have this ritual in the morning. They come in my bed, and Dad isn’t there — because he’s too snore-y and stinky, they don’t want to ever get into bed with him. But we cuddle up and we talk about everything from what is a period to the big topic of when we get a dog: what kind?”

Political Islam

Here is a really well done essay on how the politics in Iraq is almost certainly doomed to undermine our military and pacification efforts over there. The author is an Iraqi who seems to have a great understanding of the problems in his country. Here is a sample from his recent post, but read the whole thing.

Islamists have failed to offer a chance for a better life whether when they were in the opposition or when they got to rule the country. I think that's why they try to sell the idea of death instead of life; they failed to offer a better life so they picked up the slogan of death and "martyrdom" to promise a better life, but in an imaginary heaven; not in real life.

Hillary Care

Two Ontario patients who had brain tumors removed in the United States because they say they couldn't get quick treatment are suing the provincial government over what they claim are unjustly long wait times for medical care.

Lindsay McCreith, 66, of Newmarket and Shona Holmes, 43, of Waterdown filed a joint statement of claim yesterday against the province of Ontario. Both say their health suffered because they are denied the right to access care outside of Ontario's "government-run monopolistic" health-care system. They want to be able to buy private health insurance.

Ontario's "monopoly" over essential health services and its delay in providing the services have left both patients to "endure significant financial, emotional and physical hardship to access such services in the United States," states the claim .

If liberals like Hillary get their way, these Canadians will have no where to go for timely medical treatments and neither will you.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

What it takes to be a liberal

1. You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on demand.
2. You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity.
3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are more of a threat than nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Iran or Chinese and North Korean communists.
4. You have to believe that there was no art before federal funding.
5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical changes in the earth's climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUV'S.
6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial, but being homosexual is natural.
7. You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding.
8. You have to believe that the same teacher who can't teach 4th-graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.
9. You have to believe that hunters don't care about nature, but PETA activists do.
10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.
11. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.
12. You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.
13. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, or Abraham Lincoln.
14. You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.
15. You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried is because the right people haven't been in charge.
16. You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying drag queens and transvestites should be constitutionally protected, and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.
17. You have to believe that this message is a part of a vast, right-wing conspiracy.

Stolen from Blonde Sagacity

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Be very afraid

The following is from John Edwards, but it is typical liberal thinking and I wonder how many want to live in a society like this where the government tells you you have to go to a doctor and not only that, you have to have certain procedures (mammograms). Just amazing. I will watch to see if any of the other dems disagree with him. The problem is nobody will challenge them on it.

Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care," he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. "If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK."

He noted, for example, that women would be required to have regular mammograms in an effort to find and treat "the first trace of problem." Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, announced earlier this year that her breast cancer had returned and spread.

Edwards said his mandatory health care plan would cover preventive, chronic and long-term health care. The plan would include mental health care as well as dental and vision coverage for all Americans.

"The whole idea is a continuum of care, basically from birth to death," he said.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Leno gets it about right

"Speaking at a forum organized by Lance Armstrong on cancer research, Hillary Clinton told Chris Matthews if she is elected president, she will declare war on cancer, and then she will support the war on cancer for two years, and then she will be against it for a year, and then she will back out of it all together" -- Jay Leno, host of NBC's "Tonight Show."

Thursday, August 30, 2007

China water

There have a number of articles written lately describing the serious problems the Chinese are having with pollution of their water supplies. Factory waste is dumped directly into the rivers and streams and the sanitation systems for their cities and villages are either overwhelmed or underdeveloped. This is a big problem for the Chinese and about the only way I see to keep it from being my problem is to very carefully look at fish we buy at grocery stores and avoid any from China and most from other countries. That would be my advice to everyone.

Unintended consequences

The U.S. Commission of Civil Rights has a report out on the effect of affirmative action on blacks in law schools. It should come as no surprise to anyone that all the efforts of these law schools to admit blacks in preference to more qualified applicants has resulted in fewer black lawyers than would have otherwise been realized. This is a typical result for mushy headed liberal actions. The reasons for this predictable result are given in this article by Michael Barone.

Good Morning America

Some statistics reflecting the impartiality of this morning show have just been released by Brent Bozell. Anytime a candidate is on this show it is free publicity and if you are a democrat, it is always positive. So far this year Good Morning America (GMA) has had 119 segments on the dems and just 51 on republican candidates. They have something called the Town Hall segment and there have only been two candidates on so far--38 minutes for John Edwards and 26 minutes for Hillary. That sounds fair. In addition, the only republican to receive more air time than Al Gore who is not running is the liberal darling of the mass media, John McCain.

You can't tell everything by just counting minutes. How about content? Well, when Guiliani and Romney were on they were asked about such things as mormonism and a messy personal life in the case of Guiliani. Compare this to the Claire Shipman description of Hillary and Obama as "white hot" and Hillary was an "unparalleled star" with a "hot factor" boosted by her "ever-popular husband". Shipman said Obama had a "fairy-tale family and personal charisma to spare."

We need to keep watching to see if future appearances by dems on this program induce a cinematic orgasm of historic proportion by Ms. Shipman.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Skybus

This article on a new air service is one I hope succeeds. It is based on a simple business plan which is similar to Southwest without frills. The planes fly into seldom used airports where traffic is not great so they will be on time more often and charge for everything. The lack of frills leads to seats available for as little as $10.00 per flight. Bring it on. Worth reading about.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Any more geography questions?

YouTube - Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina answers a question

California Green

Naturally our brethren in California lead us all in environmentalism and concern for all things green. I was just reading about a poll out there which found that 54% of the residents out there believe global warming poses a very serious threat to the state's future and quality of life. As a result, 13% carpool and 7% of them use mass transit. Me thinks the concern is largely academic for those folks.

Walls work

There was a great outcry a few years ago from the loony left here in the U.S. when the Israel wall was erected in an effort to deter bombers from entering. As with most of the leftist positions, the actual results show them to be dead wrong with since there are significantly fewer Israeliis who are dead. Walls work.

Where is Jesse????

When the Mike Vick fiasco hit the news the other day I found myself wondering when Jesse Jackson would find a light on a TV camera and dash up to give his racist take on the situation. Well, it didn't happen and I assumed old Jesse was lost in the wilderness somewhere. Now I find that Jesse has found a new country in which he can ply his racial blackmail tactics. Jesse is in London. As reported in this article, he got the idiot mayor of London to blubber in tears as he apologizes for the British role in the slave trade 200 years ago. Hopefully, he will stay in Europe if he is going to dwell on the past rather than go to Africa where he could actually confront problems which are relevant in the here and now.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Another Congressman in the real estate tar pit

Rick Renzi, an Arizona republican is dropping out of congress next year to fight charges which are being covered by a grand jury that relate to payment for a real estate deal he may have facilitated with legislation. As BestView has noted previously, congressmen of both parties simply can't seem to resist crooked real estate deals and don't seem to be learning from the fate of the several which are now in or going to prison.

Jatropha to the rescue

There is an article in the Wall Street Journal this morning about a plant called jatropha that grows wild in India and produces a golf ball sized bean filled containing an oil which can be converted to biofuel at a cost which makes it much more attractive than corn as a fuel replacement. The plant grows about anywhere and needs very little water. Many farmers in India are now being contracted to plant the thing for harvest and we will soon see if it makes sense to take the project to a large enough scale to make a difference.

Save your pity

There will be a lot of angst published in the next months about poor homeowners who are losing their property to foreclosure. Out on the streets, they are. We have to save them--bail them out. Well, not so fast. In the first place, many of them took out loans with no money down and paid nothing on the principal while they lived there. That is called renting. When the homes value did not increase enough for them to refinance at the time the mortgage conditions were reset as described when the loan was taken out, they are in the position of giving back a house they paid nothing for and are now looking for a place to rent at monthly rates they can afford. In effect, the people who are portrayed so pitifully in the media have lost nothing.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ann strikes again

Here is another slice of Ann Coulter's latest essay. I just love her.

Liberals know they're losing the demographic war. Christians have lots of children and adopt lots of children; liberals abort children and encourage the gay lifestyle in anyone with a flair for color.

They can't keep up.

Population expert Nick Eberstadt recently speculated in The Washington Post that a principal reason for America's high fertility rate compared to Europe's is its religiosity. Well, that leaves liberals out.

The Democratic Party is in the fight of its life against a conservative demographic trend. Its only hope is to gerrymander America to make the poorest half of Mexico a state. Only a massive influx of criminals, wards of the state and rioters can save them.

This is why Democrats are obsessed with giving two groups the right to vote: illegal aliens and felons. With Arellano, they get two for the price of one. To liberals, building a wall across the Mexican border is a violation of the Voting Rights Act.

Monday, August 20, 2007

A mistake???

The lead attorney for pro football star Michael Vick said Monday that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback will plead guilty to dogfighting and related charges and will ''accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made.''

This worthless thug brutally kills dogs and calls it a mistake. A mistake is when some idiot owner thinks Vick is worth millions a year to play quarterback.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Scientific Doubt

I was just trying to understand what I am sure is a very elementary explanation of some doubts which have developed in the science of cosmology (origin of the universe stuff). Here is a sort of summary of the situation from an article in American Scientist.

In its original form, an expanding Einstein model had an attractive, economic elegance. Alas, it has since run into serious difficulties, which have been cured only by sticking on some ugly bandages: inflation to cover horizon and flatness problems; overwhelming amounts of dark matter to provide internal structure; and dark energy, whatever that might be, to explain the seemingly recent acceleration. A skeptic is entitled to feel that a negative significance, after so much time, effort and trimming, is nothing more than one would expect of a folktale constantly re-edited to fit inconvenient new observations.

My first thought was I will never be able to bend my mind in such a way as to understand all of this. However, my second thought is if the Einstein model is being held to scientific scrutiny and doubt by other scientists, it is not completely absurd to question the conclusions of Al Gore...even if he did invent the internet.

Back to 5th Grade

This story about Garner, N.C. paying $50.00 to fill vehicle tires with nitrogen instead of air suggests a refresher course in elementary school science which teaches that air is 80% nitrogen may be appropriate.

Biggest Phony Contest


This is open to everyone in the world. Here is my entry.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Sorry about that

Just ran across this from Australia. Evidently the decendents of some cannibals now apologize for killing and eating some Fijian missionaries in 1878. Evidently they promise not to ever do it again.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Mortgage Mess

BestView is back to say "I told you so." That is no great feat since any idiot could see that when people were buying houses with no money down and insufficient funds to pay the mortgage when the loan had an automatic escalator in the interest rate in 2 years, defaults were inevitable. Well, here they are. The logic at the time the loans were taken out went something like this. "Don't worry about the adjustment of the loan in 2 years. When that time comes, we will simply refinance the loan based on the increased value of your house." So, some families--especially in high housing markets like Florida and California--signed up. Well, now they go down to the friendly loan company and find the house on which they have been paying interest only on for 2 years will no longer appraise for the loan balance and the only way they can get a loan of any kind is to come up with 20% of the house value. Most of these people didn't have even 5% of the value when they took out the loan in the first place and sure don't have 20% now. In the meantime, the lending agency tells them that the house payment is going to go from say $2,000 per month to $3,000. Whoa! $2,000 was a stretch and now the only option is to give the keys to the bank and walk away to a rental unit of some kind. So much for the home owner. What about the mortgage lender stuck with a house instead of a monthly income? In some cases, he will have to renegotiate payments or become a real estate holder. In the worst case, the one holding the bag is the one who bought high yielding bonds composed of these mortgages which are now in default. These are called CDOs (collateralized debt obligations) and carry a high interest payment which depends on the homeowner making those monthly payments.

If you don't have such a mortgage or own a bond depending on CDO solvency, you don't have a problem. Or do you? Well, you may. The unknown consists of how much paper your pension fund owns, for example. If a significant percentage of their solvency depends on these mortgage payments, your monthly income could be affected if things get bad enough.

The markets are going to have to work through all this and there will be losers of vast amounts of money. Let's hope for the best.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Science and Society

In the modern world, science and society often interact in a perverse way. We live in a technological society, and technology causes political problems. The politicians and the public expect science to provide answers to the problems. Scientific experts are paid and encouraged to provide answers. The public does not have much use for a scientist who says, “Sorry, but we don’t know”. The public prefers to listen to scientists who give confident answers to questions and make confident predictions of what will happen as a result of human activities. So it happens that the experts who talk publicly about politically contentious questions tend to speak more clearly than they think. They make confident predictions about the future, and end up believing their own predictions. Their predictions become dogmas which they do not question. The public is led to believe that the fashionable scientific dogmas are true, and it may sometimes happen that they are wrong. That is why heretics who question the dogmas are needed.

As a scientist I do not have much faith in predictions. Science is organized unpredictability. The best scientists like to arrange things in an experiment to be as unpredictable as possible, and then they do the experiment to see what will happen. You might say that if something is predictable then it is not science. When I make predictions, I am not speaking as a scientist. I am speaking as a story-teller, and my predictions are science-fiction rather than science. The predictions of science-fiction writers are notoriously inaccurate. Their purpose is to imagine what might happen rather than to describe what will happen. I will be telling stories that challenge the prevailing dogmas of today. The prevailing dogmas may be right, but they still need to be challenged. I am proud to be a heretic. The world always needs heretics to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies. Since I am heretic, I am accustomed to being in the minority. If I could persuade everyone to agree with me, I would not be a heretic.



These thoughts are those of
FREEMAN DYSON, a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton. They are especially worthy of consideration when reading the lay press describe the effects of global warming in 25 to 100 years. The book is HERETICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT SCIENCE AND SOCIETY.


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

An Iraqi solution to an Iraqi problem

MJT: Why is Iraq such a mess? Is it the Americans’ fault?

Hammer: No. You can’t blame it on the Americans. Iraqis are number one at fault for this mess. They are greedy and will do anything for money. They are like people who were in jail for 30 years, were suddenly set free, were given money, then had their money taken away. What will they do next? They will kill for money. They are selfish.

They got selfish from Saddam. Iraqi people used to be different. I am the same person I always was, but most Iraqi people are different now. They feel that no one will help them so they help themselves.

MJT: Is there a solution to the problem in this country?

Charge money to the families of insurgents. Fine them huge amounts of money if anyone in their family is captured or killed and identified as an insurgent. Make them pay. You can put it into law. Within one week they won’t do anything wrong because they want money. Their familes will make them stop.

The militias pay them 100 dollars to set up IEDs. Fine them thousands of dollars if they are caught and their families will make them stop. Give them that law. Go ahead. Try it.

Read the entire interview with this Iraqi interpreter here.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Photoshop fun


It always amazes me how soon after some news event that the internet is flooded with something relevant. The latest is the Mike Vick indictment for dog fighting. This one is good.

Uphill climb

I just learned there is a group called "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)". Good luck with that.

The great energy hoax

The House recently passed something called "New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection". As we have learned over the years, politicians of both parties have an inate ability to provide the exact opposite of legislative effect in the title of major bills. This is no exception. It provides $16 billion in new taxes on oil companies. If you believe that higher taxes on oil companies will make them provide us more energy and not pass added costs on to consumers, you are as stupid as politicians like Nancy Pelosi think you are. She described this legislation as the "energy policy of the future". That would be sad.

No terrorism here

The following is a report of a little noticed incident in my neighboring South Carolina. It is described as not being related to terrorism, but I am skeptical. Who is hiding what and why?

Two men are being held in the Berkeley County Detention Center after police find explosive making devices in their car. The quantity of explosive making materials in that vehicle is unclear.

The FBI (website) reports that there is no known link to terrorism. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office believes that among materials in the car's trunk were a bomb and bomb making materials that include chemicals, fuses, and igniters.

The men 21-year-old Yousef Megahed and 24-year-old Ahmed Mohamed were pulled over Saturday evening during a routine traffic stop near Myers Road and Highway 176. Few details about the suspects are known at this time. They are believed to be students at a Florida college. They are of Middle Eastern descent and are not US citizens.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Barbra's Travels

Though she's a big backer of environmental causes, and even offers tips for low-carbon living on her personal website, Barbra Streisand was busted by the British press for touring in a private jet with a massive entourage that required 13 trucks and vast amounts of laundry—in other words, for sponsoring a traveling CO2 extravaganza. These loony Hollywood leftists never seem to disappoint.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

More Corn?

BestView has mentioned this before, but the move to corn as a replacement for oil-based gasoline is a really bad idea. Support was recently provided by the World Resources Institute which confirms that corn production will lead to ground water depletion, soil erosion, and algae blooms in our water ways. This will be caused by the wide-spread use of pesticide and fertilizer. It takes 4,000 gallons of water per acre per day to replace evaporation in a corn field.Each acre requires about 130 pounds of nitrogen and 55 pounds of phosphorus. When we get the corn, it then must be refined into a product that produces 20-30% less energy than gasoline and it must be transported around the country by truck since it doesn't do pipelines well. And, of course, our food costs are driven up by the elevated prices of corn which is fed to cattle and chickens and hogs.

The move to corn is largely due to the fact that Iowa is the first primary state and both parties are electoral whores. If we really wanted to improve our energy independence we would expand our existing oil capacity like in Alaska where the dems are obstructing and off the coast of Florida where the Republicans have a block. Not a pretty situation.

Another example of education failure

Here in my neighboring county there are 7-8 middle schools and according to the standards commonly used all are in the category of "failing" or "needs improvement" or some such. At any rate, they are so deficient that parents with a letter telling them they can move their children to any other school in the district don't really have a choice better than the one they are already in. Well, now we have good news. One of the schools has permission to convert to a charter school and the administrators say this will be fantastic in terms of performance. Kids will start school earlier, go at least one hour longer each day, wear uniforms, be subject to greater discipline, and everyone will be amazed at the improvement. Sounds good to me, but this all begs some obvious questions. Why did it take 2 years to get permission to make this change and why aren't all schools doing this? The answers would probably make you cry.

Monday, July 30, 2007

A Senator in Stripes?

I just read that the FBI is closing in on Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, a Republican. They are searching his house and if we are lucky, they will get the goods on him and he will go to prison where he belongs for misappropriating our money for decades.

The Congressman reveals all

The following quote from the Washington Post by Congressman James Clyburn, who is the House Majority Whip from South Carolina, admits what many have been saying all along. For some time it has been known that the dems are politically committed to a U. S. defeat in Iraq. Here is the paragraph in the article.

Many Democrats have anticipated that, at best, Petraeus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker would present a mixed analysis of the success of the current troop surge strategy, given continued violence in Baghdad. But of late there have been signs that the commander of U.S. forces might be preparing something more generally positive. Clyburn said that would be "a real big problem for us."

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