Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Year's Wish

BestView fervently hopes that Obama and his socialist allies makes a big push in 2010 to follow through on the Copenhagen idea of taking 100 billion and giving it to "undeveloped" countries like China for the purpose of cleaning up the environment of that deadly carbon dioxide. Our share would be 10 billion---each year. Bring it on in an election year. We borrow the money from the Chinese and then send it back with a bigger national debt for our great grand kids to pay. Bring it on, BHO.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Another Bow by Obama

Obama begging at Copenhagen. It does not look like the Chinese Premier Wen is impressed with the supplication.

A consensus in the making?

Though the American left and right don’t agree on much, they are both now coalescing around the suspicion that Obama’s brilliant presidential campaign was as hollow as Tiger’s public image — a marketing scam designed to camouflage either his covert anti-American radicalism (as the right sees it) or spineless timidity (as the left sees it). The truth may well be neither, but after a decade of being spun silly, Americans can’t be blamed for being cynical about any leader trying to sell anything. As we say goodbye to the year of Tiger Woods, it is the country, sad to say, that is left mired in a sand trap with no obvious way out.

Agree with Frank Rich? Say it ain't so. Read it all here.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fraud in Russian Data Revealed

The latest Climate-gate shoe to drop is the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) accusation that the Hadley Center of Britain's Meteorological Office deliberately relied on a carefully selected 25% of Russia's weather stations that fit its theory of global warming.

By ignoring those that don't, the Russians say, the CRU overestimated warming in the country by more than half a degree Celsius.

Russia accounts for 12.5% of the earth's land mass and has weather stations throughout, so ignoring vast swaths of it can greatly skew any analysis. The IEA says CRU ignored data covering 40% of Russia, preferring data from urban centers and data that showed a warming trend. On the final page of the IEA report is a chart that shows the CRU's selective use of Russia

Read it all here.

A prediction for 2010

Time Warner Cable says it may drop all Fox TV offerings next year because they cost too much. BestView predicts the impasse will be all over before "American Idol" and the NFL football broadcasts are affected in January.

Obama's Scary and Untruthful Rhetoric

Read all of this here:

Obama stressed this week that you can "talk to every health care economist out there and they will tell you that ... whatever ideas exist in terms of bending the cost curve and starting to reduce costs for families, businesses and government, those elements are in this bill."

Not "some" or "most" or "Peter Orszag on a two-day bender" but "every" health care economist in the entire world would tell you as much.

This sort of exaggeration reminds us of another whopper the president unloaded. While promoting the stimulus plan in January, he claimed that "there is no disagreement that we need action by our government, a recovery plan that will help to jump-start the economy."

No disagreement whatsoever ... until the Cato Institute found 200 economists from major universities across the country who did have a disagreement -- and judging from the stimulus plan's impressive impotence, perhaps Obama should have lent them an ear.

Who dat?

Recent polls say 27.4% of those asked approved of the job Congress was doing. Isn't that sad on almost every level?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

BestView Agrees With Liberals--or vice versa

This doesn't happen often, but the mandate in the so-called health reform bills of various iterations currently being argued behind closed doors in the most open administration ever, is unconstitutional and if it is ever passed will almost surely be ruled so by the Supreme Court. It is odious to think that the federal government would think they can make our citizens buy something or face a prison sentence or fine. That is the conservative position and BestView considers it the common sense view.

But the mandate is now generating significant opposition from liberals such as Markos, Howard Dean, Keith Olbermann, and others. They oppose it because they see it as government extortion on behalf of greedy insurance companies. So, they are on the right side for the wrong reason, but we'll take it if it helps kill this bastard creation.

Science and Fact vs. Al Gore

This op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal offers an excellent counter to the idiotic liberals who think man has a meaningful effect on the earth's temperature. Sadly, very few who are products of the abysmal education system in the U.S. will ever be able to grasp the concepts offered by Mr. Bloom.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Just Make It Up

“In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: ‘These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.’

“However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.

“‘It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,’ Dr Maslowski said. ‘I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.’

BestView persists in the opinion that the loss to Bush in 2000 drove the guy crazy---literally.

No surprise here

From American Thinker:

The former Vice-President has been caught spewing climate propaganda again. This time claiming “fresh” climate models show that the northern polar ice cap could (75% chance) completely melt in as little as five years.

Gore described the new projections as shocking, but perhaps the biggest shock came to the scientist Gore credited with the research. Timesonline reports:

The climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.

“It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.

To recap, Gore’s “fresh” news was several years old. The data was not so much data as it was a visit with a scientist; and most importantly the polar ice caps are not going to melt in five years.

Sort of a microcosm of Mr. Gore’s post-electoral life, isn’t it?

Liberal Economics

Our politicians in Washington are giving lip-service to the jobless situation and our President Obama is saying he wants ideas on how to get citizens back to work. Here is a list of things he won't do because liberals just don't get it:
1.) Eliminate the minimum wage which prevents black teenagers from getting that first work experience.
2.) Reduce taxes which have been shown to produce $3 in GDP gains for each $1 in reduction.
3.) Eliminate the Davis-Bacon act which reduces the infrastructure spending and hiring by insisting on union wage rates.
4.) Address the trade policy which blocks the importation of sugar at prices which would allow our sugar industry to operate in this country instead of doing all such manufacturing abroad.
None of this will happen. Liberals just don't get it...and that includes many Republicans, by the way.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

C-SPAN Schedule, etc.

BestView has been frantically searching C-SPAN for the broadcast of the health care deliberations by Congress which were promised by Obama back during the campaign. So far, we haven't gotten them here in Georgia.

On the other hand, the omnibus spending bill just voted out of the Senate yesterday will soon land on Obama's desk with over 5,000 earmarks on it. I am sure Barack will keep the pledge to eliminate those before he signs anything.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Bush doing this too?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims the United States is attempting to thwart the return of mankind's savior, according to reports from Al Arabiya, a television news station based in Dubai.

Ahmadinejad reportedly claims he has documented evidence that the U.S. is blocking the return of Mahdi, the Imam believed by Muslims to be the savior.

“We have documented proof that they believe that a descendant of the prophet of Islam will raise in these parts and he will dry the roots of all injustice in the world,” Ahmadinejad said during a speech on Monday, according to Al Arabiya.

"They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

Liberal angst

Some of liberals are just now puzzled by the actions of their messiah. How can he send an additional 30,000 troops to fight in a poppy-infested quagmire and then get on his carbon-emitting airplane to go accept a Nobel Prize for "Peace"? Don't look to us conservatives for answers.

Science Conclusions

When I turn on the TV and hear the argument that anthropogenic global warming is confirmed and no longer subject to question because the majority of scientists in some survey say they "feel" that is the case, I start screaming at the TV. So, all we need to do is just poll a group of idiotic scientists (and believe me the world is full of them) on a scientific question rather than actually do research.
Time to double the blood pressure medicine.

Health Reform

Every day the idiotic aspects of the dems attempt to ruin this country via "health reform" become sadder. Today, it seems the plan is to let 55 year olds enroll in Medicare. So, we take a government plan that is technically broke and we are adding more people while we deny the fact that the quality of health care will not diminish or be rationed. This is so absurd it will almost surely pass.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Science Data

We have the E-mails proving the scientists who are responsible for the "proof" that man has caused the globe's temperature to rise and will soon (50 years?) create unbearable consequences manipulated the data, squelched competing views and data, rigged the peer review system and conspired to perpetuate a giant hoax. Now the left is coming out with a concerted message. The science is tainted, but the threat is real. Trust us.

BestView wishes the U.S. population and politicians was intelligent enough to understand what is going on here.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Don't buy it!

If you are a liberal Kool-Aid drinker who voted for Obama because he was anti-war and would get us out of Afghanistan and Iraq, his announced intention to bring the troops home in July 2011 is just as likely as his offer to change the way Washington works. You have been had.

George Will Not Buying Climate Change Garbage

Barack Obama, understanding the histrionics required in climate-change debates, promises that U.S. emissions in 2050 will be 83 percent below 2005 levels. If so, 2050 emissions will equal those in 1910, when there were 92 million Americans. But there will be 420 million Americans in 2050, so Obama’s promise means that per capita emissions then will be about what they were in 1875. That. Will. Not. Happen.

Read it all here---he nails it.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Liberals Discover Hypocrisy

One of the talking points advanced by liberals in arguments the military activity in Afghanistan is the corruption in their government. This is now being challenged by even the most incredulous of liberals like Zbigniew Brzezinski. As he has pointed out in the very liberal Los Angeles Times, We have a financial sector that is voraciously greedy and exploitative, to put it mildly.We have a Congress which is not immune to special interests. And we have an electoral system that is based largely on private donations which precipitate expectations of rewards.

In addition, we have a President who comes from the Chicago machine version of politics. The Afghanistan version of corruption might look like a clean-up in Washington.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Australia Comes to its Senses

SYDNEY – Australia's plans for an emissions trading system to combat global warming were scuttled Wednesday in Parliament, handing a defeat to a government that had hoped to set an example at international climate change talks next week.

The Senate, where Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's government does not hold a majority, rejected his administration's proposal for Australia to become one of the first countries to install a so-called cap-and-trade system to slash the amount of heat-trapping pollution that industries pump into the air.

Read it all here

More climate change nonsense

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the U.N. construct tasked to push the calamity which will befall all of us if we don't transfer all the wealth in the world to non-wealthy countries because the earth is burning up from carbon emissions.

The head of the IPCC has been trumpeting the imminent melting of the Himalayan glaciers. In fact, if we don't do something fast, the IPCC claims that the glaciers will have melted away by 2035.
IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri reacted angrily citing the IPCC 2007 climate change reports which asserted that the (Himalayan) glaciers are receding faster than in any other part of the world and if the present rate (of melting) continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps even sooner is very high if the earth keeps warming at the current rate.
Wow! The Himalayans to melt away in just 26 years! That's amazing!

Except that this apocalyptic prediction is the result of a typo! The IPCC inserted an extra zero to read the original prediction as 2035 instead of what was actually estimated as occuring in 2350. They're off by over 300 years. Oops, a typo? Best View is dubious.

Thanks to Betsy.

War President

Obama has now adopted his own war and the consequences are predictable. His approval ratings will descend with the lefties joining those of us who decided early that this guy was an empty suit and voted for McCain with our nose held. With many in congress now opposed to his nation building in a country that has resisted building for centuries, Obama will be asking Republicans to join him in bipartianship while he continues to blame them on a daily basis for all problems he inherited.

My sister says she voted for Obama thinking he would bring the troops home from Afghanistan and is now in despair---her words. That is somewhat ironic to BestView since Obama's position on Afghanistan was pretty clear to me when he called it a war of necessity. Now, pursuing a broadened military action there may be the only campaign promise he kept. He certainly didn't bring a change to Washington that anyone can believe in.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Wisdom from Thomas Sowell

This is one of Sowell's Random Thoughts. Read the others here.

In response to news of President Obama receiving the Nobel Prize for peace, an e-mail from a reader recalled a black classmate's comments upon graduating from high school many years ago. When asked to list the advantages and disadvantages of being black, the black student facetiously listed as an advantage "being praised for infinitesimal accomplishments."

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