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by Brian Kubicki
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STEPPING AWAY FROM BIG GOVERNMENT

Posted 5/27/10

I am perennially amazed at how seemingly conservative-as-Barry-Goldwater Republicans blindly accept veiled tenets of socialistic government. They've been entrenched in the throes of liberal bias in the media and infesting government for so long, they don't know how to argue for conservatism and originalism, adherence to the concepts and tenets of the Constitution.

The mini-controversy involving Kentucky Republican Senatorial candidate Rand Paul, who made headlines last week when he was asked if he would have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, needn't have amounted to anything more than a failed attempt at gotcha journalism by a two-bit female journalist-hack with a moustache-to-boot, if Paul's handlers would have allowed him to speak his peace.

Looking past the most basic fact that Paul was two years old when the bill came before Congress, one cannot ignore that the question was asked by a committed liberal Democrat, yes, the party of former Grand Wizard of the KKK Sen. Robert Byrd (D), Sen. Sam Ervin (D), Sen. Albert Gore, Sr. (D) all people who filibustered and voted against the Civil Rights Act in ‘64. What kind of treatment were Paul's handlers expecting?
He started off well, arguing philosophically that the federal government has no role in dictating what kind of discrimination is good and what kind is bad. But the RINO's among us would not be sated unless Paul had actually said the words, “I would have voted for the Civil Rights Act.”

The truth is discrimination occurs every single day in every aspect of our lives. We discriminate on the color of our car, the color and size of our house, the place we work and the people we work with, the kind of food we eat, the places we shop for lunch and groceries, where we go to the movies, or what bar we wish to frequent. We even discriminate on the gender and race of a spouse. Advertisers discriminate, yes they profile their target audiences according to their race and gender. Police discriminate yes, profile according to race and gender. Discrimination is human nature. Some of it is morally right, and some of it is morally wrong. It should be left up to us, the people, to determine where good and bad discrimination occurs. The federal government has no role in this matter.

•How is it logical for the federal government to arbitrarily target one type of discrimination and make that alone against federal law? I can choose a female teacher for my kids but I cannot choose to not serve Indians because they ridicule my restaurant for serving beef? Where is the logic? If Hindus chose to avoid my place of business or if I chose to deny them access, the free market will determine the wisdom of their choice (because beef is GOOD!), or the idiocy of mine, because people generally don't want to shop where all people are not made welcome. It is as simple as that. The free market will address discrimination.

•The reason Republicans have catered to the uneven logic of the Civil Rights Act is because this country was awash in black-white racism coming out of the horrendous institution of slavery that this country was founded upon. But we should not forget that nearly three-quarters of a million Americans died fighting over slavery, and way more white people died so that black slaves could be free. That horrendous war was fought a long time ago.

We aren't working for no color lines in society today because of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As a matter of fact, if the free market were allowed to work its magic, we would be farther along in race relations than we are today. How much backlash has arisen because of the foolishness that has resulted from the Civil Rights Movement? I'm referring to the institutionalized extortion practiced by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and the racist legislation of Affirmative Action. Have those things advanced race relations or set them back? Be honest.

Politics is (or at least it should be) about an honest exchange of ideas.
An undercurrent side assumption in all this is the concept that the federal government is supposed to be the most powerful governmental entity in the country; more powerful than the people and more powerful than the states. That's simply not true. The federal government would not exist if it weren't for the states. The states created the federal government for a specific purpose. It is illogical for the states to create an entity that would be more powerful than they were.

The federal government was created by the states because the states had no means through the Articles of Confederation to raise funds for a common defense and trade between the states needed an uninfluenced third party as an arbiter of disputes. Look it up yourself if you doubt me.

Let's begin the process of stepping away from big government. You'll like freedom and liberty, I promise you.

(Don’t ever step away from a Parallax Look. Email Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


 

ARIZONA DESERVES OUR SUPPORT

Posted 5/20/10

•I love those snarky little messages that appear at the end of emails I get that say, “Please consider the environment before printing this.”

I wonder what folks will think of my new one, “Please consider the environment and print this. I want the Discovery Channel's American Loggers to be renewed next season!”

•And can somebody please explain this nonsense? “Hold fire, earn a medal?”
Apparently, according to a proposal circulating in the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S. troops could be awarded medals for not doing something, something the Obamanites (no-doubt they are behind this) are calling “courageous restraint,” to be exemplified by holding fire to save civilian lives.

To be fair, here is their explanation: “The idea is consistent with our approach. Our young men and women display remarkable courage every day, including situations where they refrain from using lethal force, even at risk to themselves, in order to prevent possible harm to civilians. In some situations our forces face in Afghanistan, that restraint is an act of discipline and courage not much different than those seen in combat actions.”

Of course, they say that consideration of such an award doesn't mean that, if approved, troops would be pressured to prevent such casualties at risk to themselves.

Now, far be it from me to pass myself off as some kind of expert in the affairs of the military--I'm far from that. But don't all members of the military show restraint on every armed incursion?

The designed purpose of the United States Military is to break things and kill people in their efforts at protecting national interests on foreign soil. If they are showing restraint, are they not simply holding back that which they are programmed and trained to do with great efficiency? If the military is showing restraint, aren't they denying who they are? How is that to be awarded with valor?

•In my scouring past issues of Physics Today over the past 30 years, I came across a statistic that showed carbon dioxide quantities in the atmosphere in 1971 were measured at 300ppm (parts per million). They estimated back then that those concentrations would increase by 36 ppm every 10 years, so they thought we would be around 450 ppm about now. Actually, atmospheric concentrations are around 390 ppm right now in 2010.

But the important part to remember is, this calculation has no link to reality since it ignores the fact that the carbon dioxide in sea water is in equilibrium with that in the atmosphere. That means one doesn't increase without the other one also increasing. Think of two bathtubs connected by a channel tube. Add water to one tub, and the other will also fill with water. The best estimates are that there is 50-70 times as much CO2 in sea water as in the atmosphere. The oceans are a HUGE carbon absorber. If every bit of the billions of tons of fossil fuel estimated to be on earth was burned, the CO2 in the atmosphere would be increased by only about 13% when equilibrium with the sea was reached. Burning of all of the carbon on the planet will cause an increase of only 0.06 parts per million in CO2, and in ten years would result in an increase of concentration of only 0.6 parts per million. I don't need to tell you that we aren't going to burn all the carbon on the planet any time soon.

•Arizona deserves our support. They are being treated in an atrocious manner by Pres. Obama for enacting a law that protects the citizens of Arizona. Now, if someone in the Obama Administration would just read the 12 page law, they might actually be able to voice a knowledge-based opinion on it. Are you kidding me? They haven't read the law?

•Do me a favor and take a moment to put the environment in this perspective. Think back over the span of your life the past 20-30-40-50 years. Are the summers today drastically different from the summers of your youth? Are the winters today more or less winter-like than they were when you were a child, a teenager, a young adult? Is the air cleaner now than it was in the 1970's or before? Is the water cleaner than it was back in the 1960's?
The environment--the planetary environment--hasn't really changed one iota over the past generation. Sure, we have learned how to keep our living areas a bit cleaner around us, but we haven't really changed anything since the EPA was started by the Nixon Administration. Well, to be fair, they did ban DDT and in the process doomed millions of poor African children to death to Malaria.

Of course, ask your local Al Gore Disciple and he/she will say that you cannot draw conclusions from such short spans of time. Then why is it different when we say the same thing about the last 50 years versus the last 10,000 years? Environuts will tell you that we became industrialized in the last 100 years and that process has endangered the climate.

They're wrong.

It is time to abolish the EPA.

(Print Brian’s column as often as you like. And email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


CALLING OUT AL GORE AND HIS WEB OF DECEPTIONS

Posted 5/15/10

•There is a fabulous column out there calling out Al Gore and his web of deceptions aimed at lining his own pockets at the expense of junk science. It is titled, “The Problems with Al Gore,” written by David Deming, a geophysicist and associate professor of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Science and Technology in World History, Volume 1, which is next on my reading list. You can find the article at the following web address:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/05/the_problems_with_al_gore.html

Read the piece, and you will see the entirety of what Gore has done and is trying to do, in the words of a true scientist who can arrive at a point without too distant of a drive.

•I have been pouring through past issues of Physics Today extending as far back as the 1950's. It is fascinating to read the Letters section of the magazine over the years and read what the scientific minds of the day thought about what was facing mankind. Back in the 50's and 60's, everybody was concerned about the Cold War and the nuclear threat that mankind faced.

As the years passed into the 60's and 70's, the environment and climate started to gain some attention. I came across a few letters specific to the issue of climate and mankind's role in it and thought it might be relevant to share some of those thoughts here, given our past discussions on the issue.

From an issue in the early 1970's:

A Chlorine Question (this responds to an article talking about refrigerants and how they must be destroying the Ozone Layer):

“The issue of chlorine injection into the ionosphere via fluorocarbons is made very clear in Gloria Lubkin's article in October (page 34). However, could someone explain to me why the innumerable tons of sodium chloride injected into Earth's atmosphere via salt spray from the oceans does not completely dilute out this effect?”

That very important question went unanswered by the author and by the editors.

This one appeared in Physics Today a couple of years later, in response to an article that decried man's burning of fossil fuels as a threat to the planet's future:

“It appears possible that terrestrial pollution arising, for example, from electric power generation and internal combustion engines contributes to the larger CO concentration found in the earth's atmosphere. But it should be clearly apparent that at the present time the CO level on a global scale is still quite insignificant.”

That part of the letter could be written today and it would still be relevant.

The letter continues:

“It is unfortunate that problems of environmental pollution are being treated in a scatter-shot manner by persons who should really know better than to use this approach. The total gross national product could readily be absorbed if it were determined that every source of environmental contamination should be eliminated, regardless of its relevance to the global ecology. After all, man as well as other species has a right to live and flourish on the planet.”

Now this next part is a mathematical hill climb, but please stay with me--it will be worth it:

“It is true that the burning of as much as 10 tons of carbon per year would cause an increase of 3.6 parts per million of CO [carbon monoxide] in the atmosphere and in ten years 36 parts per million or 12%. However, this calculation has no virtue with respect to the real state of affairs since it ignores the fact that the CO in sea water is in equilibrium with the CO in the atmosphere. The best estimates are that 50 to 70 times as much CO is dissolved in sea water as is present in the atmosphere. Thus it is easy to calculate that if all 670 X 109 tons of the fossil fuel estimated to be on earth were burned, the CO in the atmosphere would be increased by about 13% when equilibrium with the sea was reached. The burning of 10 tons of carbon will cause an increase of only 0.06 parts per million CO and in ten years would result in an increase of CO concentration of only 0.6 parts per million, or 0.2%.”

It should be noted that the concentration of CO in the atmosphere today, 30-plus years later, after a yearly constant increase in the amount of fossil fuels burned, is still 0.2 parts per million!

So there you go.

(Brian Kubicki is The Landmark’s resident expert on all things scientific. Reach him by email to bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


 

KEEPING OBAMA FROM HIS DESIRED AGENDA

Posted 5/8/10

•The spewing, uncapped mile-underwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is said to be sort of an underground volcano of oil and it keeps belching over 200,000 gallons every single day. That amounts to about 5,000 barrels per day, or about two-hundredths of 1% of what we use in a single day.

And for those of you worried about the environment, the ocean floor naturally seeps about five million barrels per day all by itself.

•I'm sure many of you have been, like me, anxiously anticipating the mini-series in The History Channel, America: The Story of Us, which tells the story of how this country came to be in a documentary fashion with drama-like characterizations. The first week's episode did not disappoint. I especially liked the story about how Gen. George Washington stemmed the spread of Smallpox through his troops with a crude form of inoculation learned from African slaves. The bold action reduced mortality rates from 40% of those infected to something like one in 50!

But who decided that the mini-series had to be punctuated with “thoughtful” commentary from Hollywood stars like Sheryl Crow and Michael Douglas? Those doofuses would be hard-pressed to point-out Valley Forge on a map! Give me more historians and tell Ms. Crow to stick a cork in it, thank you.

•Kudos to the state of Arizona for taking the bull by the horns regarding the issue of illegal immigration occurring in their state. The federal government should be doing its Constitutionally mandated job and protecting the citizens of this country from illegal migration across un-policed borders. If you have no borders, you have no country.
As most of you probably know, the Reagan administration attempted to reform illegal immigration. The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, was signed by President Reagan on November 6, 1986. The act made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit illegal immigrants, and required employers to attest to their employees' immigration status, and granted amnesty to certain illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982.

And in a classic example of why bipartisan legislation never works, the hiring process for illegal immigrants changed as employers turned to indirect hiring through subcontractors, skirting the federal law.

•You know…it's kind of interesting how this immigration issue in Arizona seemed to have taken the Obama administration by surprise. Remember how we heard that the next thing they were going to shove down America's throat was the Cap and Tax Bill, then they were going to “reform” the nation's banking system and finance system? All of a sudden, they seemed to be rocked back on their heels trying to hurriedly formulate a “reform” plan of the immigration system. They clearly were not prepared to do so.

Maybe that's the way to keep this Marxist administration spinning off center and unable to focus on their desired agenda for undoing this country's capitalist system. Hit them with a law in a state that they think usurps the authority they in the federal government have and see them spend valuable time trying to spin together a hurried response. The oil leak in the Gulf and this immigration issue in Arizona should keep them busy for the next month or so.
What's next?

•Did you know that it was illegal to intentionally vent refrigerant into the atmosphere? Did you know that the fine for knowingly doing so is up to $20,000-$30,000 per day? This is the work of the first government department that I would jettison were I president--the EPA or the Environmental Protection Agency. They do this because someone hypothesized back in the 1970's that released refrigerants might be thinning the ozone layer in the stratosphere. They never proved that man was causing it (or that it was even being thinned), even when they knew that once ultra-violet radiation from the sun reached the molecules of refrigerant in the stratosphere, it broke-down the bonds between the carbon and chlorine, rendering the chemicals inert (harmless).

It is all malarkey and bat-wings-and-fairy-dust. You want to know how it is I know this? Refrigerants are used in closed vapor-compression systems. There are billions of them all over the globe, though they occupy an immeasurably small fraction of the total air volume in the atmosphere. Tens of millions of these systems vent through leaks into the atmosphere. Hundreds of millions of these systems are and have been intentionally vented to the atmosphere around the globe, especially in Japan, China and India. And tens of millions of people in the US, in the form of backyard mechanics and those operating under the radar, are venting these systems whenever they encounter them. What has been the effect on the ozone? Skin cancer rates are about the same as they have always been. Death rates are falling due to early check-ups.

(Get a Parallax Look from Brian via email to bkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


 

TIME FOR A FOLLOW-UP ON TOYOTA

Posted 4/30/10

•GM Chairman Ed Whitacre's commercials that are playing ad nauseum on radio and TV lately are misleading about what GM did. The CEO of General Motors declares in the ads that the troubled automaker has paid off 100% of their government loans. What he fails to tell you is that the federal government gave GM $52 billion in bail-out aid. Only $6.7 billion of that was actually considered to be a loan. The remaining $45 billion that GM was given of our money will never be repaid.

That's also why I will never own another Government Motors car. You don't feed a bad business model with free federal government money.

•By the way, on the subject of the auto industry, do you remember all the hubbub we heard weeks ago about the troubles Toyota was having? There were rumors and allegations of accelerator troubles, recalls, congressional testimonies, and ultimately federal fines seemingly dogging the Toyota brand name in the media daily. I even remember the Drive-by Media blasting-out breaking news alerts replete with helicopter-cams regarding stories about drivers trapped in runaway Priuses purportedly unable to stop their vehicles due to uncontrolled acceleration.

Then the stories went away. None of the hourly newsbreaks gave any updates on those unintended acceleration problems.

So I went looking. Here's what I found.

New York runaway Prius the result of driver error
March 22, 5:43 PM
San Jose Technology Examiner
Michael Santo

As of Monday, Harrison, NY, police completed their investigation of a runaway Prius incident, and came to the same conclusion that the NHTSA did last week: driver error.
The police investigation agreed with the NHTSA, in finding that the driver, housekeeper Gloria Rosel, 56, did not brake before she crashed into a wall on March 9th. She had reported that her 2005 Prius accelerated uncontrollably, crossed a street and hit a wall.
Harrison police Capt. and acting chief Anthony Marraccini said:

"The vehicle accelerator in this case was depressed 100 percent at the time of collision, and there was absolutely no indication of any brake application. She believes she depressed the brake, but that just simply isn't the case here."

The Prius was not among the models Toyota recently recalled as a result of gas pedals that could stick, but it was recalled late last year for floor mats that could become entangled with the pedal. Rosel's Prius had been repaired for the floor mat problem.

Although not all cars sold in America have event data recorders, or black boxes, the Prius is among those that does (sic). The data from the incident was used to come to the conclusions that the police and NHTSA reached.

And then there was this one:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Toyota challenged a California driver's story of an out-of-control Prius at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Company executives detailed preliminary findings of a joint investigation conducted by Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into the incident.
Prius owner Jim Sikes made national headlines last week with claims that his car's accelerator got stuck as he sped up to pass a car while traveling on California's I-8 highway outside of San Diego, and that he was unable to stop the car.

"As I was going, I was trying the brakes ... and it just kept speeding up," he said.
Sikes story is at odds with the findings of the investigation, according to Toyota and to a draft congressional memo obtained by CNN.

"While a final report is not yet complete, there are strong indications that the driver's account of the event is inconsistent with the findings of the preliminary analysis," Toyota said in a prepared statement.

Sikes said he called 9-1-1 for help as he was traveling in excess of 90 mph on a winding, hilly portion of the interstate. He said dispatchers tried to talk him through ways to stop the car, but nothing helped.

Eventually, a California Highway Patrol officer was able to catch up to Sikes and used the patrol car's public address system to instruct Sikes to apply the brakes and the emergency brake at the same time. That tactic worked, and he was able to stop the car.

Isn't it odd that we never heard these stories with the fervor and push for urgency that we heard about the possibility of acceleration problems in Toyota cars?

Could there possibly be any coincidence between GM being down, bankrupt, and then bailed-out by the federal government just at the same time that these out of control acceleration stories suddenly appear involving the nation's biggest auto seller?

In the interests of full disclosure, I own three Toyota vehicles, one bought new and two bought used. None has exhibited the slightest acceleration problem and none has been repaired by recall. And Toyota has given me nothing for free.

(Accelerate Brian Kubicki via email to bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


 

'WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE'

Posted 4/23/10

•It's Earth Day this week. April 22. Ironically (??) that's Vladimir Lenin's birthday. If you are like me, you are going to celebrate it by driving your least fuel efficient car to the end of your driveway to retrieve your mail; cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner over hot coals you stoked yourself; flush every toilet twice to make sure you get all of it down; and most important, toss everything you are done with onto the ground not in a trash can. (I want to measure the progress of my efforts.) Show me a messy world at least for one day!

•You know, the entire environmental movement is based on the term, SUSTAINABILITY. Sustainability is a wide-ranging term that could actually be applied to almost every facet of life, were one to be so inclined. They like to equate the natural process of sustainability, or “…invisible chemical cycles redistribut(ing) water, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon through the world's living and non-living systems, and have sustained life for millions of years.” They want to equate this with ecology, or as I like to call it, keeping herds of deer off the roads and yet plentiful enough for me to shoot and kill for sport. For example, a tree falling in the forest decays, going back into the earth from which it sprang.

Where they make the volcanic and erroneous jump, however, is when they say things like, “As the earth's human population has increased, natural ecosystems have declined and changes in the balance of natural cycles has had a negative (O.K. an impact, but negative?) impact on both humans and other living systems.” But that has also happened for millions of years, without even a hint of human influence. More species have gone extinct in the history of life on this planet before man than have existed in man's time. They say nothing about those facts.

This is why we have to be vigilant and fight back against this movement.

•Necessity is the mother of invention. We are here at this stage of development on this planet because we improved the way we can live driven only by the need and desire to advance our quality of life. As the eruption of Iceland's Mt. Eyjafjallokull has shown the air traffic system of Europe this past week, we are nothing in comparison to the awesome power of this planet and its environment.Stop trying to slow yourselves down in the pursuit of the empty dream of saving the planet and keep burning energy and keep developing technology so that one day, we might just figure out a way to get off this planet and go explore another one. It's a big universe out there. I want my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren to realize the possibilities, not be bogged down paying for my health care.

•My favorite sign seen from Tea Party week was, “We Can See November from Our House!” That's going on a bumper sticker somewhere.

•I discovered (invented, I suppose) a unique way to measure your age and whether to consider if you are “old.” Go to this site, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oldest_living_Major_League_Baseball_players which lists the oldest surviving major league baseball players and go down the list to the oldest player you remember watching play. If you can get through the 50 oldest (baseball players seem to live a long time, in general!), you are old. The less of a baseball fan you are, the younger you are too, despite your chronological age.

•CBS Radio's Mark Knoller, reported in the Washington Times on Sunday that US President Barack Obama went golfing at the Andrews Air Force Base Saturday, just hours after Poles had laid their late president, Lech Kaczynski, and his wife to rest. The President and three golfing companions headed to Andrews Air Force Base on Sunday to play 18 holes. You know, this is 2010. Would it have been so hard for the President to have at least watched the event on a live video feed? I guess that round of golf was pretty important.

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden had taken the time to visit the Polish Embassy to sign a book of condolences; President Obama had not yet taken the time to do so.

It’s also worthy of note that other world leaders found ways to attend the funeral, including Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, who made an 18-hour drive, while Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus traveled by car and train. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych also attended.

The late president's close friend, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, also managed to attend, flying in from Georgia through Rome.

(Reach Brian Kubicki via email to bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


 

PALIN CAN EASILY GET OBAMA IN A DEFENSIVE POSTURE

Posted 4/16/10

•This is tax week, and I am as angry as a taxpayer can be. I am taxed at a progressive rate compared to the rest of the country. People that make more money than I do pay a higher rate of income tax than I do, and that is not fair. Something should be done about this. Progressive taxation is not right, it's not fair, and it needs to be changed.

And to those self-proclaimed independents that like to say, “I have no problem paying higher rates than lesser earners,” I say, fine you pay more taxes if you want to make yourself feel better, but don't speak for the rest of us! Flat tax!

•Wouldn't it be nice if somebody asked retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens why it is important that he retire when Obama, a Democrat, is President? Stevens was not appointed by a Democrat he was appointed by Gerald Ford, a Republican. Shouldn't Justice Stevens have some respect for, and show a measure of deference to, the political party of the President that nominated him? At least ask Stevens to explain why he shifted so far to the left after being appointed.

•For all those saying how unready Sarah Palin is for the presidency, it seems like the worse Obama gets in the various things he screws up on a daily basis, the more her “failings” appear less concerning. I find that fascinating.

•Did you notice how vehemently the Entercom radio stations in town issued statements before their political ads for the racist guy from Southern Missouri about how their playing the messages in no way indicates that they agree with him? I wonder why Entercom doesn't issue similar types of statements before all the pro-windmill and global warming ads they have been playing lately. If you compare the two cases, the global warming ads do way more damage because they are based on completely false information.

•I am amazed at how easily Sarah Palin can crack a whip and get President Obama back on his heels in a defensive posture. Palin said, "No administration in America's history would, I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out President Obama is supporting today. It's kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, 'Go ahead, punch me in the face and I'm not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.'”

Obama brushed off the criticisms by noting her lack of experience on the subject. "I really have no response. Because last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues," he said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.

Of course, the unasked response question in all our minds, but not asked by the former Clinton aide doing the interview, “…and your experience in nuclear proliferation is?”

•I post this one simply because I needed a laugh.

Two women were arrested in Liverpool, England, for transporting a dead man when they tried to load him onto a plane sitting in a wheelchair with sunglasses and a hat and coat.
The two women, Germans who live in Manchester, England, have been released on bail until June 1, a Manchester police official said.

They face possible charges for “failing to give notification of death," according to police, who are investigating whether the women conspired to avoid repatriation costs with an unusual tactic.

As the dead “passenger,” 91, appeared to slump in his wheelchair, an airport worker, who helped lift his body out of a cab and into a wheelchair, immediately suspected that he was dead. The worker told the BBC that the gentleman's body was "ice cold," adding, "I knew straight away that the man was dead, but the women accompanying him reassured me that he 'always sleeps like that.'"

He then informed the airport's security staff of his suspicions, while the passengers waited in the check-in line. An examination revealed that the man was dead.

The women, who were the man's wife and stepdaughter, told the BBC that they had no knowledge of the former pilot's death when they arrived at the airport. "We had checked his temperature and checked his well-being," they said, "He was warm and wasn't in an emergency situation."

The wife said her husband, who battled Alzheimer's, was wearing sunglasses to hide an unsightly eye and avoid the stares of fellow passengers.

Repatriation can be expensive and cumbersome, involving documentation, embalming the body, paying for coffins and air freight charges.

That's going to happen to me one day, if I'm lucky enough to grow old and die in a place that is not my home country.

(Crack a whip on Brian via email to bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


AND HE'S THE CHIEF SALESMAN FOR HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL?

Posted 4/11/10

Please tell me you all caught this…(from Politico.com, I think…sue me, I visit 100 sites a day!)

CHARLOTTE - Even by President Obama's loquacious standards, an answer he gave here on health care Friday was a doozy.

Toward the end of a question and answer session with workers at an advanced battery technology manufacturer, a woman named Doris stood to ask the president whether it was a "wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care" package.

"We are over-taxed as it is," Doris said bluntly.

Obama started out feisty. "Well, let's talk about that, because this is an area where there's been just a whole lot of misinformation, and I'm going to have to work hard over the next several months to clean up a lot of the misapprehensions that people have," the president said.

He then spent the next 17 minutes and 12 seconds lulling the crowd into a daze. His discursive answer - more than 2,500 words long -- wandered from topic to topic, including commentary on the deficit, pay-as-you-go rules passed by Congress, Congressional Budget Office reports on Medicare waste, COBRA coverage, the Recovery Act and Federal Medical Assistance Percentages. He talked about the notion of eliminating foreign aid. He invoked Warren Buffett, earmarks and the payroll tax that funds Medicare.

Always fond of lists, Obama ticked off his approach to health care -- twice. "Number one is that we are the only -- we have been, up until last week, the only advanced country that allows 50 million of its citizens to not have any health insurance," he said.

A few minutes later he got to the next point, which seemed awfully similar to the first. "Number two, you don't know who might end up being in that situation," he said, then carried on explaining further still.

"Point number three is that the way insurance companies have been operating, even if you've got health insurance you don't always know what you got, because what has been increasingly the practice is that if you're not lucky enough to work for a big company that is a big pool, that essentially is almost a self-insurer, then what's happening is, is you're going out on the marketplace, you may be buying insurance, you think you're covered, but then when you get sick they decide to drop the insurance right when you need it," Obama continued, winding on with the answer.

Halfway through, an audience member on the riser yawned.

But Obama wasn't finished. He had a "final point," before starting again with another list -- of three points.

"What we said is, number one, we'll have the basic principle that everybody gets coverage," he said, before launching into the next two points, for a grand total of seven.
His wandering approach might not matter if Obama weren't being billed as the chief salesman of the health-care overhaul. Public opinion on the bill remains divided, and Democratic officials are planning to send Obama into the country to persuade wary citizens that it will work for them in the long run.

It was not evident that he changed any minds at Friday's event. The audience sat politely, but people in the back of the room began to wander off.

Even Obama seemed to recognize that he had gone on too long. He apologized -- in keeping with the spirit of the moment, not once, but twice. "Boy, that was a long answer. I'm sorry," he said, drawing nervous laughter that sounded somewhat like relief as he wrapped up.

But, he said: "I hope I answered your question."

So is this “hope and change?” I think my hope has advanced to let's change this President ASAP!

And, the truth about Obama's announcement to drill for oil on U.S. lands (they are on the ropes folks if they are going this route!):

March 31, 2010 - Congressman Trent Franks gave the following comments on today's announcement by the Obama Administration that would purportedly expand offshore energy exploration and production:

"As news outlets seize upon what is being touted by the White House as a monumental shift toward increased offshore drilling, it is vital that we separate fact from fiction.

"The ironic reality is that the Administration's new policy actually closes more offshore drilling sites than it opens. Had the Administration done nothing, a lease plan was already set to take effect that would have opened vast expanses of the Outer Continental Shelf, drastically increasing our nation's ability to tap into our domestic energy supply.

"Whereas we would have been able to drill off the coast of Virginia starting next year, this new policy delays that ability until at least 2012, while also reinstating a moratorium on drilling in the North East Atlantic and the entire Pacific Coast, and completely blocking any drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska!

"The fact that the White House is promoting this policy as an 'expansion' of offshore drilling is so absurd it's laughable. Sadly, however, I am afraid many Americans will not understand the full reality of what his plan actually does, and will celebrate his decision today as an actual step forward in decreasing America's dangerous dependence on foreign sources of oil. The reality is that today's announcement is nothing more than a spin job intended to disguise the harmful effect this Administration's policies will have on our nation's energy security."

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SOMETHING HAPPEN AT THE PROTESTS? PROVIDE SOME PROOF

Posted 4/3/10

•Have you noticed that the Democrats in the White House and Congress like to characterize their opposition as The Party of No, because Republicans are opposed to their attempts to implement government control over more and more layers of life? Hell yes, I belong to the Party of No, especially if, “Yes,” means I lose liberty and self-determination. I am a firm supporter of the Party of No.

•I loved where Sarah Palin took to the stump last week and declared that we were NOT going to, “sit down and shut up.”

We are going to be vocal. We are going to be loud. We are going to remain so until November comes around and the patriots begin to reclaim control of government.

•On the subject of Sarah Palin, as much as I like her (and all possible Conservative candidates for national public office), I have to admit I was chagrined by her endorsement of Sen. John McCain in his tough primary battle with former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth. McCain and his cronies are a BIG reason why we are in the mess we are right now. His track record of stabbing the Republican Party in the back at critical times divided the electorate in the 2008 election and his weak run for President against Obama led to the biggest push toward Socialism this country has seen since FDR tried to set the Supreme Court. I am still in her corner, but I am cocking an eyebrow of suspicion.

•These claims by the Democrat Party that Tea Party protesters were showering Congressmen with spit and derogatory terms last week in the aftermath of the Health Care System Takeover vote, appear to have been a coordinated effort by the involved Senators and Representatives to provoke the protesters into something the media could glom onto for political benefit--a failed strategy to denigrate the political effectiveness of the protesters. What were the Congressmen doing walking so close to the protesters? They were out there trying to get somebody to do or say something controversial.

The Capitol Police have arrested nobody in association with the accusations. Video was released showing Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver pantomiming a magic loogee incident when he walked within approximately 6 inches of a protester shouting, “Kill The Bill” at the top of his lungs. That's a far cry from, “A protester spit on me!” If you listen to the likes of Bill O'Reilly, you hear ridiculous faux-affirmations like, “The Congressman is an honorable man.” What? Emmanuel Cleaver is perhaps the most dishonest politician in all of Washington. I wouldn't trust Cleaver with escorting my grandmother to the doctor's office without checking to make sure her credit cards were still there. The entire East Side of Kansas City remains a cesspool thanks in no little part to our former mayor's influence.
If something happened at the protests, produce some proof folks, and until you do, pipe down.

•Did you miss that the health care takeover bill signed into law by President Obama requires members of Congress and their office staffs to buy insurance through the state-run exchanges it creates but it exempts staffers who work for congressional committees or for party leaders in the House and Senate.

The bill requires “congressional staff” to buy insurance from the exchanges with a stipend from the Office of Personnel Management But page 158 of the bill defines “congressional staff” narrowly, as “employees employed by the official office of a member of congress, whether in the district office or in Washington.”

The Congressional Research Service believes a court could rule that the legislation "would exclude professional committee staff, joint committee staff, some shared staff, as well as potentially those staff employed by leadership offices.”

If that's so, staffers who work for Nancy Pelosi in her capacity as representative from California would go into the exchange program, while staffers who work for her in her capacity as speaker would stay on the gold-plated government's plan. Other Capitol employees, like those who work for the Clerk of the House or the House Historian, would be similarly exempted.

And of course, the President will be exempted from the exchange as well. I guess this plan is a good one, just not good enough for the President and his family.

•Did you see where President Obama went to Afghanistan last week on a secret mission to visit the troops? He spent a total of only six hours in the country.

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REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER

Posted 3/27/10

•Well, they did it. The United States House of Representatives narrowly passed the Senate's form of a government takeover of the private health care system in the country. By the time you read this, President Obama will have likely signed the bill into law, and the taxes will begin. Of course, no benefits (the entitlements) kick-in for another four years, but they still get to start collecting our money.

How's that change working for you, America? Is this what you wanted?
Remember in November.

•I find it painfully amusing that Obama used the same form of obfuscation to get this bill passed into law as he used to get himself elected. Remember his little go-round with Joe the Plumber during the campaign? “I just want to spread the wealth around a little bit.” This health care takeover plan implements a 40% excise tax on so-called “Cadillac” (government-owned vehicle company) health insurance plans. Forty percent--spread it around a little bit?

And I love how the Liberals always answer with, “Well you're doing fine. This (new tax) won't hurt you at all.” Since when is government the arbiter of who has enough and who doesn't? We need to break this thing down and start again, people.
Remember in November.

•By the way, they instituted that idiotic jobs bill last week the one that newly-elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown voted for. It says I can take a tax credit if I hire somebody who has been out of work for several months. I don't get the credit if they just got laid off, or if they were working part time. Looking past the idiocy of trying to entice hiring with tax rebates in the face of double-digit real unemployment rates in this country, assuming I am one of those rare companies today that is actually hiring, going after someone who has been unemployed longer opens the door to less qualified people. How am I improving my company by wading through the chaff and not looking at those sharper ones that just got let go? You never use taxes to control behavior.

Remember in November.

•I got my census form in the mail. I can tell them how many are in my house, and even their names and ages. I'll even verify that they are all United States Citizens. But why do I need to tell them what race I/we are identified with? I am an amalgam of many different nationalities, as is my family. We don't identify ourselves by race. Can somebody give me a reason why I should provide that information?

•For those of you not up on the specific details of how this health care bill/law actually constitutes a government takeover, this is the best explanation I have heard: taxes are going to go up immediately, supposedly mostly on those with family incomes above $200,000 or so, capital gains taxes are going up past 20% again, and the top marginal tax rates (the rate charged to the higher earners) will head north of 40% -- if I made that kind of money, what incentive do I have for making more jobs if I have to pay so much in taxes?

So, on top of all these tax increases, insurance companies are going to be forced by law to accept people with pre-existing conditions. I'm not heartless, I went into health plans in my life with coverage restricted to illnesses I had when we went into the plan. It stinks sometimes. But somebody has to pay for that coverage, which is expensive, and is not covered by premiums in advance of the benefits.

Further, nothing stops people from simply paying the fine for not having health insurance, grabbing insurance at the moment they need a particular surgery, and then they drop the insurance after the surgery is paid for, going back to simply paying the nominal fine. What company can afford to stay in business under such a scenario? The next step in the process is the insurance companies one-by-one start to leave the industry--leaving the opening for government to then wield their shining white horse in a government-led single-payer system.

•I can't let the Kansas loss get away into the ether without noting that I didn't pick them to win in my bracket. I watched this team all season long. They were the stereotypical “we-are-too-great-to-fail” NCAA Tourney entry. Their fans and the local media slathered them with praise all season long as they continued to play down to their competition and only kick into gear at the last moment when needed to just get them over the hump. You can only do that so many times.

The Field of 64 is littered with teams talented enough to overcome that annoying trait in higher ranked teams. The University of Northern Iowa was one of those teams.

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HEALTH CARE TAKEOVER CAN'T BE COMPARED TO IRAQ SITUATION

Posted 3/19/10

Further to the health care takeover being attempted by the Democrat Party, the argument in defense of allowing government to dictate that each and every United States citizen must purchase health insurance whether they wish to or not has been countered by folks on the left claiming it is the same situation as people opposing the U.S. involvement in Iraq. They claim, “Well, many in this country didn't feel that the United States invading Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein was a justified act.”

They use as evidence that Saddam and Iraq were not directly connected to the 9/11 attacks and that no weapons of mass destruction were found after the Fall of Baghdad. Those points being what they are, the two situations have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

In the former case, health care is something we are all individually responsible for in our lives and in those of the people we care for. There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that indicates the federal government has the power or the responsibility to dictate that we must, or even should, purchase health care insurance. Look it up yourselves, it's not there.

On the other hand, the Constitution is quite distinct in that the federal government is charged with the duty to protect American citizens from foreign threats. I'm no Constitutional lawyer, but I can safely say that we have no disagreement on that point.

*By the way, forgive me if you're not an NCAA basketball fan, but those of you who are, have you caught on to all this hubbub being sprayed all over the airwaves the past couple of weeks over coaching legend Bob Knight trying to extend his storied career into the color commentator role for college basketball TV telecasts. Apparently, the color commentation purists are turning their noses up to the non-broadcaster former head coach as being unqualified and lazy in his new role. One of the movement's central instigators, WHB's Kevin Kietzman, has seen fit to gather thousands of internet “signatures” aimed at getting Knight off of Big 12 Monday night broadcasts.

Has color commentating a basketball suddenly become the equivalent of being the bleeding vein cauterizer operating off the left shoulder of the brain surgeon? I wasn't aware that broadcasting degree programs even had to take Calculus.

The bottom line is this - Bob Knight is different than your typical color commentator. He brings immense coaching perspective to a game that needs it. His history of having a short fuse with the media is always out there kind of hanging over his broadcasts. I like him. He's not Bill Raftery or Dick Vitale or Clark Kellogg, the better known broadcasting contemporaries, but why does he have to be? Personally, I think he comes across like the late Al McGuire used to in the color work he did late in his career, with a dash of Howard Cosell (remember how they loved to hate Howard?).

*So, I'm watching a Smithsonian cable TV program last week and they are filming polar bears digging furiously in the snow in the Arctic after buried nests of seal pups. Apparently, polar bears can smell these hidden snow burrows for hundreds of yards. Well, as we are seeing this hungry mother bear (she's got a cub along with her) digging for the pups, an entire interrupting segment was devoted to the cameramen justifying why they didn't act to intervene on behalf of the baby seals, as though people would be horrified that they just let these poor baby seals get eaten out of their nests. This was couched against another segment a few minutes later focused on krill fighting for a few scraps of algae crap before they are mercilessly devoured by a hungry seal. No tears were shed for the krill.

These animal rights yahoos don't want to protect all animals from harm--just the cute, fuzzy ones.

*Alright folks, The Landmark Bracket Battle is upon us. I ran circles around the pretenders in the Pigskin Picks Contest earlier this year even trouncing the best that The Red Star could manage. Bring it on! Who are the Number 1 seeds that won't see the Final Four? I'm not giving away my secret to success, but I'll say this, there's a very strong likelihood that there will be NO number 1 seeds in the Final Four the field is just that diffuse with power.

There is no question that Kansas is the top seed, and deserving of that honor, but they have a target on their back and they have only been truly challenged in front of a non-friendly crowd a couple of times this season, and neither ended in a W.
This one should be fun!

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IT'S TIME TO SWEEP OUT THE BAD ONES

Posted 3/11/10

*It's getting warmer. I have fired up the charcoal grill twice thus far in the past week and I think my carbon footprint is finally big enough to make a change felt by all!

*So I picked this little article out of a recent Acoustical Society of America online publication (edited for brevity).

“Global warming is happening as we speak. The last two decades have been the warmest in 400 years. In the past 20 years the temperature in Alaska has risen at twice the global average. One of the biggest impacts is being seen underwater.

“Its power is endless. Its beauty -- immeasurable. But our oceans are changing in ways scientists didn't expect.

'We're now disposing of carbon dioxide in the ocean quite fast,' Peter Brewer, Ph.D., an ocean chemist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California, said. 'About a million tons an hour is going into the ocean world-wide.'
But global warming is also transforming our seas in an unexpected way.

'It's making the ocean slightly more acidic -- changing the pH,' Dr. Brewer said.
Dr. Brewer has found the more acidic the sea water, the farther sound will travel underwater.

'So a blue whale will be able to hear its neighbor at much longer distances than it used to,' he said.

“Sound is already traveling 10 percent farther in oceans than it did a few hundred years ago. By 2050, that number could increase by 70 percent, making it easier for sea life to find food, find mates and hear approaching boats and ships from farther away. The acidity level will also benefit our military, making it easier to pinpoint threats faster underwater.”

So there you go. Even if you believe that man is significant enough to raise the pH balance of the vast oceans to any measurable degree, there is some benefit to be realized. - minimal benefit though that would be.

You see, sound already travels five times faster in water than it does in air, so instead of the signal getting there after travelling at the speed of 5000 feet per second, the fish can enjoy arrival times of about two-hundredths of a second faster thanks to the slightly higher pH levels.

I ask again, what is the “perfect” temperature of the planet?

*I'm not a great fan of Hollywood and even less of a fan of awards shows like the Oscars…err, the Academy Awards Show. If you are going to give awards every year, give them for something actually worthy of recognition, like people that actually work every day for a living, or people that fight to defend their country every day, putting their lives on the line each time they go to work

But I happened into the room when the show was on Sunday and they were getting ready to award the Oscar for best documentary. The nominees were one about how corporate farms are killing us through our food supply, one about how children are dying being smuggled into America illegally from Mexico and Central America, one about the attempts to get the civil struggle against the military regime in Burma some degree of media coverage, and one about saving dolphins that are being slaughtered by Japanese fishermen. You can probably guess which one won the award. Yep, the dolphins being slaughtered was more relevant to acknowledge over three other films each about legitimate human struggles. Now THAT'S Hollywood.

Dolphin is quite tasty by the way.

*Why is President Obama waiting to vote and pass their bill to take over the health care system in America? Don't they have enough Democrats to pass the bill with a simple majority? And if that is the case (and it is), why are President Obama and the House and Senate Leaders blaming Republican obstruction for the takeover not being passed?

The reason they haven't passed it yet is because you wonderful Conservative people have been telling your representatives--the Democrat ones, that if they pass this takeover bill, you won't vote them back into office. They are afraid of losing their jobs, and they don't want to have to work for a living, so they are holding back on voting Yes on this bill.

The truth is, this issue has nothing to do with the Republicans, and has everything to do with Democrats themselves and their nearly unquenchable thirst for political power.
It is time to sweep the bad ones out, folks. Remember the names.

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WHY DO WE NEVER SEE OBAMA SMOKING?

Posted 3/5/10

*Did you catch earlier this week where the White House released the results of President Obama's latest physical? Apparently, he is still smoking every day as many as 8 cigarettes a day (which I'll bet in reality is more like a pack a day). That image made me think - why don't we ever see Preident. Obama smoking? We see him doing the other “normal” things people do. We see him playing basketball good for his health. We see him drinking (the infamous “Beer Summit”). We see him golfing. We see him reading his teleprompter. (Couldn't resist.)

Why doesn't he get photographed firing-up a coffin nail while jabbering on the phone, or flicking a used butt into a White House toilet, or taking one last furtive drag before Michelle enters the room? If he's going to insist on yellowing-up all the White House tapestries, the least he can do is be honest about the demons he faces. It would probably improve his poll numbers.

*By the way, if you get the chance, tune in to the History Channel in the coming days for "WWII in HD." This is a 10-hour documentary assembled from rarely-seen, digitally-restored combat footage from World War II. Careful with the kiddies though--this is real war in all its graphic reality. Your teenage and adult children would be done a favor if they were able to see what the history books and teachers today aren't telling them about what really happened in World War II.

*Did I hear correctly that the “experts” on whale behavior are blaming the death of the Sea World Orlando killer whale trainer on the trainer's activities herself? You've got to be kidding! I can understand being aware that there is inherent danger in training a non-domesticated animal such as this, but if you are within the whale's reach, and she was, as are all whale trainers, the owner of the whale and the attraction is at fault. If this was a dog or a bear or a shark, we wouldn't be talking about keeping the animal alive.

And do we really need to have whales in captivity? I could understand back in the day when there were few nature documentaries, but do we have to intrude on nature still to this degree? Do we have to see whales and dolphins balancing beach balls on their noses when we can instead turn on the TV or rent an excursion boat to see a great white shark jump out of the water and devour a live seal in one bite? I'm ashamed to admit that outside of their judicious use of nude models, I never thought I'd agree with PETA on anything.

*And from the letters section of the magazine, Physics Today, this month, Robert L. Parker with the University of California, San Diego writes, “In a book review of Earth: The SequelThe Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn (PHYSICS TODAY, April 2009, page 63), Mark Ratner paraphrases from the book that a typical 500-MW coal-fired power plant ‘emits roughly 1 ton of carbon dioxide for every kilowatt hour of electricity,' and he adds, 'Such comparisons are easy to remember.' But (Parker writes) this one is also easy to discredit: Since CO2 is about 25% carbon by weight, a 500-MW plant must therefore be consuming roughly 125 000 tons of coal per hour, or 3 million tons per day! The total daily coal production of the US is only 3 million tons.”

Ouch! What is significant about this though is five years ago, that letter never gets published. The tides are changing folks, and this situation shows more than any other that these scientific issues are not being government by science as they should be, but by politics.

*White House economic adviser Larry Summers said on Monday winter blizzards were likely to distort U.S. February jobless figures, which are due to be released on Friday.

"The blizzards that affected much of the country during the last month are likely to distort the statistics. So it's going to be very important ... to look past whatever the next figures are to gauge the underlying trends," Summers said in an interview with CNBC, according to a transcript.

What excuse will they use next? Are the lunar tides affecting interest rates? These buffoons will stop at nothing to deflect blame from their failing policies.

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MANUFACTURERS: STOP USING PHONY SCIENCE TO SELL

Posted 2/26/10

•The Obama Administration is bound determined to pass their government takeover of the nation's health care system, whether the American people or the Republican Party wants them to or not. The White House Monday, shortly after releasing the text of their proposed compromise bill, which was supposed to compromise the Senate and House versions of the takeover plan, declared that if the Republicans were going to filibuster a vote on the bill they would push for reconciliation and a straight-up vote requiring a simple majority to pass. Most analysts on both sides of the political aisle admit that such an act would be political suicide for the Democrats.

Truth be told, the Hara-Kiri would be committed by the Democrats in Congress. The White House is banking on the American public having a short memory and forgetting about it once 2012 comes around.

Don't count on it.

•Romney-Palin in 2012?

•A minor controversy came out of DC earlier this week when Sen. Scott Brown announced that he would support Sen. Harry Reid's jobs bill. Republicans were apparently expecting Brown to be a rubber stamp against every Democrat initiative. Apparently that's not going to be the case.

•What someone should try to explain to us is, the Reid bill includes a tax credit for employers who hire new workers. Why would an employer in a depressed economy hire a worker he has no work for to save on taxes he shouldn't be paying in the first place? The Reid bill includes measures to attempt to improve access to capital for small businesses.

Isn't lessening requirements for banks lending money to people and businesses what got us into this economic problem in the first place?
Folks, they are trying to stick us again.

•Palin-Romney in 2012? (Not likely.)

•By the way, I am hereby serving notice to all those manufacturers that are using the word “green” in their advertising or that use any form of “being sensitive to the environment” as a reason for buying their product or service: I am not going to buy your product or subscribe to your service if you use this phony science in your approach to me. Stop using junk science to sell. We are going to punish you for it.

We have to start here folks. It's as simple as that.

•What exactly is bi-partisan? We hear everybody in the big media and the White House and the majority in Congress wailing that they want the health care takeover bill to be “bi-partisan.” Bi-partisan is simply one side giving in to the other side. Bi-partisan is nothing more than a mark of a weak-willed political constitution. Give me a partisan and I'll show you conviction and consistency. Isn't that what we have been lacking in politics?

•Pawlenty-Palin in 2012? (Too alliterative.)

•I barbecued last week. In the midst of an ice/snow storm and sub-freezing temperatures, I fired up the charcoal grill and slapped some meat down on the searing grill, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

•Pawlenty-Romney in 2012? (No real fire.)

•I saw a movie on HBO last week that is a fascinating work of non-fiction. The film is called, “Temple Grandin” and tells the story of a woman born with a form of high-functioning autism that works to overcome her difficulties and eventually earns her Doctorate in Animal Science. It is a heartwarming story about human perseverance and opens a lot of eyes to the concept of neurodiversity. We learn in the story that there are things this woman accomplished in her career that she would not have accomplished were it not for her autism. The thesis is, autism is a difference and not a disability.

If any of you have dealt with Autism or Asperger's in your lives to any degree, definitely check-out the CSPAN website and search for an interview done last Fall with Dr. Grandin. Over the 3-hour program, you will hear her entire story and come to understand much about what these words mean and how the differences can be managed. I recommend it highly.

•Palin-Cheney in 2012?

•Isn't Tom Jones' “She's A Lady?” the perfect campaign song for any Palin-led ticket? Holy molee…that's better than Bill Clinton using, “I Only Have Eyes For You!”

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WE'VE BEEN PLAYED FOR FOOLS BY ENVIRONMENTALISTS

Posted 2/20/10

•If you were scanning the British newspapers last week, you couldn't have missed the following:

Professor Phil Jones, the leader at the center of the 'Climategate' affair, upon whose raw temperature data was based the entire modern theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble 'keeping track' of the information. Colleagues now are saying he has continually refused to respond to Freedom of Information requests for his supporting data because Jones actually lost the relevant papers.

Professor Jones told the BBC that there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organizational skills pertinent to his recordkeeping, and his office was swamped with piles of paper with little or no organization.

O.K. So he keeps a messy office and could use some organizing time. Lots of us have that problem (Namely me.). That alone is hardly a reason for tar-and-feathering the poor bloke.
But that's not all Jones is being charged to have done.

Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now, something they had previously claimed did not occur, which suggests that global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon. (O.K. “may-not” is being kind.) It's not even a phenomenon. How many ice ages has this planet warmed itself out of before man ever came around, much less became industrial?

Jones further admitted that for the past 15 years there has been no 'statistically significant' warming.

Now how can that be? Have we slowed our energy usage over that time? I'm driving bigger cars and barbecuing more now than I was 15 years ago. No way. We've increased our carbon footprints dramatically as a society over the past decade and a half.
These admissions will be (and should be) seized upon by skeptics as clear evidence that there are serious flaws in the science of climate change. Professor Jones has been in the spotlight since he stepped down as director of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit after the leaking of emails that show scientists were manipulating data.

The raw data, collected from hundreds of weather stations around the world and processed by Jones' unit, has been used for years by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to pressure governments to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

Let's summarize all this for a moment.

Ladies and gentlemen, you have been defrauded. You have been played for fools on the stage of environmental activism. Educated people have used their knowledge in an unethical manner in order to gain favor for their political belief. Public funds tallying in the billions have been allocated toward this fraudulent effort. These acts are criminal in nature. The defrauder should pay a price to society for their crimes.

This is no different than a snake oil salesman taking money from a duped public under false pretenses.

Then again, they could argue in their defense that we warned you you just listened to them.

•Did you catch any of the Dick Cheney Joe Biden go-rounds this past weekend? I love the fearlessness of Cheney in the face of baseless and ignorant claims by the Democrats in the Obama Administration that try to lay any difficulty they have at the feet of the Bush Administration. He is relentless and they have nothing to refute him because his charges are based on facts, not innuendo, and he delivers his opinions with a matter-of-fact voice that leaves his opponents largely speechless.

Case-in-point that the best opposition they can offer is Vice President Joe Biden who has about as much credibility as a snake-oil salesman. They don't even come across as being in the same plane of intellect.
I love Dick Cheney.

•Are attacks from the right and the left launched toward Sarah Palin based on fear or sexism or both?

•Does Barack Obama really want to seriously consider Republican ideas associated with health care “reform?” SO which one do you think he will consider? Tort Reform? De-regulation? Opening health insurance plans across state lines? Tax cuts for health expenditures?

I don't see him budging one millimeter on any of those. So why should the Republicans meet with Obama and the Democrats on the 25th of this month?

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PROOF THAT OBAMA IS A READER, NOT A SPEECH MAKER

Posted 2/12/10

•I have said this before, and I can now say it with certainty. President Obama is a teleprompter reader, and not a speech maker. Did you hear him last week in a speech read the word “corpsman” which should be pronounced, “coreman” but was enunciated by the President as “corpse-man?” He did this not once, but three separate times. Wouldn't you think a smart person who edited the Harvard Law Review would know that the “p” is silent in that word? I thought this guy was really smart?

Remember when I told you about the left-handed writing style the President uses indicates signs of Obama's lack of intelligence? Now he can't pronounce a simple word? This is like the movie, “Anchorman,” when the news director, played ably by Fred Willard, cautioned the newsroom staff that they had to watch what script they put up on the teleprompter “…because Ron Burgundy will read whatever they put up there!!!”

Is this life-following-art?

•Now to the Super Bowl--yeah-yeah, what a game, woo-hoo. Wasn't it touching to see MVP QB Drew Brees up on the stage after the game holding his young son who was wearing a set of hearing protectors? You could see Brees talking to him. Funny that nobody has noted that his little son couldn't hear a word his Dad was saying, BECAUSE HE WAS WEARING HEARING PROTECTORS! I know, I nit-pick.

•This Toyota recall is a large slab of baloney. I own one of the cars subject to the recall. I have checked the accelerator. There is nothing wrong with it. The problem is extremely rare. It doesn't occur with every car. It doesn't occur with most cars. It doesn't occur with what could be termed a “lot of cars.” My car accelerates when I want it to go, and it decelerates when I release the pedal. When I am going faster than I want to go, I will move my foot over to the brake pedal and press it to stop the car. I know it works this way, because I read the owner's manual and that is what it says.

Should my accelerator pedal start showing signs of sticking, I will see about getting it looked at by a professional. I have owned many cars in my life from several different manufacturers. All show some signs of wear-and-tear over the years. That is to be expected. Wear-and-tear is not abnormal.

This government-driven garbage being directed toward Toyota, the world's largest automaker, is clearly being driven by Government Motors' desire to bring the big guys down so the lesser-performers can catch up. They can't compete so they try to change the rules of the game. (Let's see, where did we hear something like that in another part of government?)

•President Obama has announced a Feb. 25th meeting with Republicans and Democrats in Congress in order to purportedly come to some consensus on his health care mandate. The President says he wants to “work with the Republicans.” How exactly does that happen? Is he going to cancel the public option? Is he going to allow health insurance companies to sell policies across state lines? Is he going to reduce or eliminate taxes on health care expenditures? Is he going to keep federal dollars out of the business of abortion? How exactly is he going to work with Republicans? (Hint: He isn't planning on working with Republicans.)

Don't fool yourselves again, Republicans. He doesn't want to implement any of those things. He simply wants to lure you out in the open where he can get the cameras to record you saying, “No.” Back away from ths, GOP. Let Obama and the Democrats own this. You know what the public wants regarding health care. Do the bidding of the American people and let Democrats do what they want. The voters will take care of the rest.

•If it wasn't for the satisfaction I am getting seeing the global warming Chicken Littles made to look like the fools they are as the nation is mired in one of the coldest winters in generational remembrance, I would be really tired of the cold weather.

•Have you noticed that it seems like the more Democrats and Liberals complain about Sarah Palin, the better she seems to get at delivering her message on the stump and the more steeled she gets at deflecting their jabs? It's almost like she is feeding off of their vitriolic energy and turning it around into stronger weapons to be used in defense.

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GOVERNMENT STIMULUS NOT THE WAY TO GROW PRIVATE INVESTMENT

Posted 2/5/10

In a face-to-face meeting at a Republican retreat, President Obama chastised Republican members of Congress for opposing him on his major moves to allow the federal government to take over health care, fire off another economic stimulus, and other major issues like bankrupting utility companies along with the coal industry.

Republicans pushed back against the President on the issues of his not cutting taxes or government spending, and they further accused the Obama Administration of not taking their ideas seriously. Do Republicans really think Obama is going to take anything they want seriously?

"The notion that this was a radical package is just not true," Obama said. "I am not an ideologue." (He only wants ideological things done to the American people on his behalf. See, that way, he doesn't have to take responsibility when everything goes to hell.)

He might as well have stamped his feet and held his breath until the GOP leaders learned their lesson. GOP lawmakers pressed the president to pledge to support a line-item veto for spending bills and across-the-board tax cuts. Obama scoffed at that notion, saying, “billionaires don't need new tax cuts.”

Now, why Republicans didn't fire back that those billionaires actually pay most of the taxes being paid into federal coffers, but we have come to expect that kind of passiveness from the current pack of Republicans representing us.

In his opening remarks, Obama criticized a Washington culture driven by opinion polls and nonstop political campaigns. He failed to acknowledge, however, that he himself and his party has been part of Washington culture for the last 40 years and has been largely in control of Congress during most of that time.

"I don't think the American people want us to focus on our job security, they want us to focus on their job security," he said.

No, Mr. President. We would like you to get out of the way, and get government out of the way so we can get back to making business thrive in this country.

The president acknowledged that Republicans have joined Democrats in some efforts, such as sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But he said he was disappointed and perplexed by virtually unanimous GOP opposition to other programs, such as the $787 billion economic stimulus bill enacted a year ago. Again, no Republicans explained to the President that government stimulus packages are not the way you grow private investment in a capitalist economy.

He also noted overwhelming Republican opposition to his proposed overhaul of the nation's health care, which now is in legislative peril. Obama said he would gladly look at better ideas, but he urged Republicans to acknowledge the difficulties that many Americans face in obtaining good health care. He failed to acknowledge, and no Republicans reminded him, that in most cases, government is the source of difficulty Americans face in obtaining good health care.

Honestly, I don't think any of them get it. We're going to have to really shake them all out and replace them with people that do.

•And this from loyal Parallax reader, Gordon:

“The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer, and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consul Ifft, at Bergen, Norway.

“Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explorers, he declared, all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met with as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the Gulf Stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.

“Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts, which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

“I'm sorry; I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post.

“Figured you might find this interesting.”

(Thanks Gordon, I did, and I know my readers do as well.)

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THEY'VE SOLD YOU A BILL OF GOODS ON RECYCLING

Posted 1/30/10

The Scott Brown wave that crashed the shores of the Kennedy Compound last week was about as crushing a blow to the Obama Socialist Movement as John McCain was to the Republican ticket in 2008. The Democrats were beaten at their own game of Create-A-Popular-Image-And-Sell-Sell-Sell. The movement was driven by a heck of a lot of disgruntled conservatives and Independents that are not pleased with a growing federal government, but Brown's fire was so great, not even racy pictures of the candidate taken 17 years ago could drag his ticket. It was amazing.

•I saw an interesting by-the-numbers look at Obama's first year somewhere last week (I think it was an AP story). Here are the high points:

7,949.09--Dow Jones Industrial Average close on Jan. 20, 2009.
10,609.65--Dow Jones Industrial Average close on Jan. 15, 2010. At the peak of the Bush Presidency, the DOW was up over 14,000.

13 million--Number of people 16 and older unemployed as of January 2009.
14.7 million--Number of people 16 and older unemployed as of December 2009.

7.7 percent--Unemployment rate January 2009
10.0 percent--Unemployment rate December 2009

$787 billion--Cost of economic stimulus approved by Congress.
$10.6 trillion--Outstanding public debt Jan. 20, 2009.

$12.3 trillion--Outstanding public debt Jan. 14, 2009.
$296.4 billion--Federal spending from the financial crisis bailout fund before Jan. 20, 2009.

$173 billion--Federal spending from the financial crisis bailout fund after Jan. 20, 2009.
$165 billion--Amount of bailout funds repaid by banks and automakers.

139--Bank failures between Jan. 20, 2009, and Jan. 14, 2010.

274,399--Number of properties that received foreclosure-related notices in January 2009.
349,519--Number of properties that received foreclosure-related notices in December 2009.

34,400--U.S. troops in Afghanistan in January 2009.
70,000--U.S. troops in Afghanistan as of Jan. 12, 2010.
319--U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan from January 2009 through Jan. 15, 2010.

139,500--U.S. troops in Iraq in January 2009.
111,000--U.S. troops in Iraq as of Jan. 12, 2010.
152--U.S. military deaths in Iraq from January 2009 through Jan. 15, 2010.

539--Appointments to top federal policy positions submitted to the Senate
352--Appointments confirmed by the Senate.
180--Appointments in top policy positions carried over from the Bush administration.

12-- Formal news conferences.
21-- Foreign countries visited.

29--States visited.
10--Visits to Camp David.

2--Vacations.

•Do you ever think about glass recycling? Whenever they talk about the need to recycle, they always use glass as a major reason why? Why is that?

Did you know that glass is made of sand; soda ash; and limestone? Are these materials in short supply on the planet?

Once a glass goes into a landfill, it takes a very long time to decompose like a million years or something. So. Are we running out of landfill space on the planet. (The answer to that is no, we have plenty of landfill space on the planet. But we have an abundance of people who don't want landfills anywhere near their properties.)

Glass recycling is said to save energy. Making new glass means heating sand and other substances to a temperature of 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit, which requires a lot of energy and creates a lot of industrial pollution (mostly water vapor). One of the first steps in glass recycling is to crush the glass and create a product called “cullet.” Making recycled glass products from cullet consumes 40 percent less energy than making new glass from raw materials, because cullet melts at a much lower temperature. But are we running out of energy fuel to fire these flames? (The answer to that is no. We have plenty of energy. But we also have plenty of people who complain about building new power plants. Power plants are cool!)

They have sold you a bill of goods folks on this recycling racket. Don't do it.

•I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! WIN! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! ! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN! WIN! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN!
Yes. I'm gloating. I kept the pressure on and kept knocking on that door in the picks contest until I pounded that sucker down. Kind of like Scott Brown in Massachusetts.
What my win proves is that I am indeed the most consistently conservative among all the picks contestants this year--this, the Year of the Conservative! (That'll start a firestorm!)

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LET NECESSITY BE THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

Posted 1/22/10

•From MSNBC.com, we learned last week that a billion-barrel oil field lies under a nine-mile strip of grazing land along the Dutch-German border. Now higher oil prices and technological advances are spurring a new joint venture of Shell, Exxon, and the Dutch government to pump reserves out of this once abandoned field once more. New wells drilled horizontally are coming in contact with more of the oil. Steam injected into the rock loosens up the thick crude so it can be brought to the surface more easily. So indeed, as I have told you all previously, new technology is spurring the growth in fossil fuel supplies. And we are getting the news from an enemy website!

•Many analysts and industry executives have little doubt that there is plenty of oil in the ground. Only about one-third of the oil in reserves is ultimately produced. Petroleum developer Shell estimates 300 billion barrels and maybe more might be squeezed out of existing fields, much of it once thought beyond retrieval.

The fact that there's still oil for the taking is driving Shell and other major petroleum developers to come up with new technologies, which are expensive to develop but worth it when prices are riding high. While the price has fallen considerably from the peak of $147 per barrel in 2008, it is still far above what many expected a few years ago. Companies will drill into the deep water, delve into the arctic, use the best technology, to maximize revenue and profits from a dynamic system that responds rapidly to changes in the economic and political landscape.

•By the way, Conan O'Brien stinks. Jay Leno stinks. David Letterman is unwatchable. The only thing worth watching at that timeframe is college basketball, some of the Food Channel (if you're hungry) or The Discovery or History Channels. Let network talk shows dry up and blow away.

•Even if the new technologies add just a few percentage points to the recovery rate, such gains add years to global supply and boost the industry's profits. So the technology of coaxing oil out of the ground is constantly improving. Heating up heavy oil is one new trick. Companies can add heavy polymers to the water they blast into a production site to push more oil out. The polymers add weight to the water and increase the pressure on deposits. Another tactic is to inject soap into the ground to break the surface tension that makes leftover oil cling to the rock. Innovation!

Simple methods can help old oil fields yield more and uncover bigger reserves than ever imagined. A study of fields in Indonesia found that many could be coaxed to produce more than double initial estimated oil yields. Petroleum engineers help the fields live longer just by drilling new wells or installing better pumps.

•You know, with all these political losses the Democrats seem to be heading for in these special elections, it is more entertaining to watch the election results to see the Democrats, and the big media that blocks for them, have to explain away why the American public is rejecting their Liberal agenda at every turn of the political dial. The sense seems almost that President Obama is so very arrogant and condescending that you almost want to see him lose another spoke of support, just so you can be entertained by his reaction.

•Pumping the oil that's already discovered isn't the entire story, though. Explorers, sometimes financed by hedge funds and private equity firms, are finding treasure troves of fossil fuels in the deep water off of the continents of North and South America and Africa. Meanwhile, old and new oil powers Russia, Brazil, Angola, Nigeria, and Kazakhstan are boosting their capacity with the aid of Total, ExxonMobil, BP, and other corporations. These projects could eventually add five million barrels to global daily output.

The most surprising development is in Iraq, which has new deals with ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell as well as with Chinese and Russian companies. If these ventures meet goals, Iraq could produce as much as 12 million barrels a day, putting it in league with Saudi Arabia and Russia. With political and logistical obstacles in Iraq, that seems unrealistic. But 6 million barrels a day seems attainable within 15 years. That would turn Iraq into OPEC's No. 2 oil producer after Saudi Arabia. Not bad for a fledgling democracy!

Oil and fossil fuels are going to be with us a while, folks. Embrace it. Let necessity be the mother of invention. That's how we got here in the first place.

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Double standard when it comes to racism charge

Posted 1/18/10

Harry Reid has been active lately, scrambling like a cat trying to cover up a load of doo-doo on a slab of concrete. Don't you just love the double standard that exists between controversial (racist) comments made by people on the political left versus those made by people on the right? Remember Sen. Majority Leader Trent Lott? He made some comments in deference to now-deceased Sen. Strom Thurmond that were extrapolated by the left to be saying that Lott was wishing for DixieCrat-style racism to be back in power in America. Lott, of course, said nothing of the sort, but the liberal media didn't let something as obscure as the facts stop them. They drove and they pushed until some idiotic Rino (Republicans In Name Only) Moderates stepped up with the band bearing torches to run Lott out of his position as majority leader.

Now that Democrats run Congress, and Majority Leader Harry Reid has placed his StrideRite firmly in his mouth with statements made during the 2008 Campaign to the effect that Obama would be successful because he was a light-skinned black and because he could turn his “Negro dialect” on and off at will depending on his audience. Democrats throughout Congress and the media are stumbling all over themselves in effusive praise for Sen. Reid and have even drawn pseudo-Republican George Will into their enclave, getting him to admit on the Sunday political shows that nothing Sen. Reid said was racist or wrong. By the way, if you ever wondered why George Will consistently gets invited back on ABC's Stephanopoulos show on Sunday mornings, you now know the answer. Liberals are only interested in the words of Republicans who will attack their own.

This illustration, my friends, is clear and present evidence of how Democrats have re-taken political power and how Republicans have lost it. Democrats remain within ranks and Republicans eat their own.

•And did you notice the new book making all the rounds this week, “Game Change,” has all kinds of snippets on Sarah Palin appearing in the book that were out in the airwaves long ago during the election cycle last year; but none of the stuff about Harry Reid made its way out during the campaigns last year? Why do you suppose that was? You don't think there was any liberal media bias at play, do you?

•Sarah Palin is taking a position with Fox News as a news analyst starting next week. Let's hope they package her a bit better than they have Mike Huckabee with his putrid show that plays on the weekends. Now as most of you know, I don't want to denigrate any potential Republican Presidential candidates this early in the 2012 election cycle, but Huckabee is so bad of a show, jumping the shark (a metaphor for a dying show that began when 1970's iconic TV series Happy Days featured Fonzie jumping over a shark tank on his motorcycle) would actually be an improvement.

•Now to give your angry political minds some rest, I saw an interesting piece this past weekend on one of the science-based cable channels (National Geographic or The Discovery Channel) about long how the earth has been in existence and what cataclysmic events have befallen the planet in the past 500 million centuries or so. There have been earthquakes that have re-aligned the continents, floods that have buried deserts, ice ages that have turned lush green pastures into frozen wastelands, and asteroid collisions that have nearly wiped all life off the planet.

It doesn't matter what you do in life. Maybe you spend your days and evenings in accounting or banking or real estate or finance or child care or psychology, zoology or herpetology, trash collection or building maintenance. Regardless, you can get lost in the minutia that represents the toils of your life's work, but that doesn't change the ever-present fact that we are on a spinning magnetic ball of mostly water that will eventually lay claim to us in a time span that is so unbelievably short, it will be utterly meaningless when considered in the shadow of the vast history that the planet earth has and will have in the eons to come.
It is fun playing in the dirt though.

Nice to have some perspective at times.

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Guess we have to fight terrorism by ourselves

Posted 1/8/10

•Welcome to 2010! I hope your holidays were relaxing, entertaining, and allowed you to re-energize your batteries. If all this extremely cold weather ever pisses you off to the point of kicking something, funnel that energy into arming yourself with facts and knowledge to better allow you to show people the truth about anthropogenic global climate change. It is all a hoax engineered to steal the earned wealth of the world and re-distribute it to those who have not worked for it. Steel your resolve, folks, because our moment is at hand.

•And I want to issue a heartfelt thank you if you were one of the brave souls on that Detroit-bound passenger jet that stepped-in to stop a terrorist from blowing up a plane over a populated U.S. city. The underwear bomber accomplished one of the Terror Networks' two major goals--disrupting the capitalist world at work. The terrorists are chuckling at the TSA pondering full-body scans.

•The terrorist on that plane also accomplished an unintentional goal, which is one that was originally intimated when Richard Reid, the Shoe Bomber, was thwarted by fellow passengers when he tried to blow up the plane he was on several years ago.

This issue also parallels what I learned in watching as my kids made their way through elementary and middle schools when bullying became a problem to be dealt with. The teachers always told us, when we made them aware that bullying was going on, “We will look out for it and put a stop to it!” We always responded to that with genuine disbelief. At their lowest, teacher-student ratios are in the 18-20 to 1 range. There's no way even the most wary adult can catch every incident of bullying that goes on. Most parents with 2 or 3 kids can't catch all of the tormenting that goes on. How in the world can a teacher be expected to catch everything going on among 20 kids?

What the Fruit of the Loom and Stride Rite Bombers accomplished was elucidating for the American people that they themselves are the most effective barrier to acts of terrorism. The federal government only makes things worse when they really try to do something.

When Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano went on national television after the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack, and said that what happened in Detroit was “the system working,” she neglected to acknowledge that, in fact, the American people thwarting an attack is not supposed to be part of the system.

We're going to have to do this one ourselves, folks. We aren't getting any help from the bloated federal government pork machine.

•Did I hear President Obama take a break from his Hawaii vacation to deliver the message that he wouldn't rest until al Qaida was brought to its knees, then he went back on vacation?

•Did you catch the Fox Sports commercial this weekend where the NFL Studio Team is urging viewers to donate mosquito netting to fight against malaria in Africa? Are you kidding? Why not just send them fly swatters? Did you know that malaria was nearly wiped out back in the early 1960's? The major weapon against that battle was a chemical insecticide called DDT (diphenyltrichloroethane), which was so effective, malaria was on the verge of being completely eliminated from the world. Then, along came the environmental movement in the 1960's and by the early 70's, the United States government had banned DDT. That action has directly led to the deaths of millions of people, mostly children, in Africa.

I am suspending my predictions for 2010, promised last week. I looked into my crystal ball, and most everything looked to be bad, so I would rather be surprised by what's coming makes life more interesting.

•In addition to communicating with your House of Representatives member or U.S. Senator about knocking down these massive expansions of government they are pushing via Health Care Takeover and Cap and Tax, I urge you to engage someone whom you know that typically supports these schemes and tell them the truth. Let them know what is really happening to their freedoms and liberty and what a soft tyranny like this does to those freedoms. If we each can change at least one, we're going to turn this thing around.

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The top ten events of the decade

Posted 12/31/09

I thought about closing out the decade with a Top 10 Events of the first decade of the new millennium. But first, just to add some perspective, let's go back to 1909 and review some relevant data in comparison.

In 1909. there were 76,000,000 Americans in 46 states;
U.S. National Debt was about $1 million;
8,000 cars ran on only 10 miles of paved roads;
there were 96 auto deaths in 1900; and 115 lynchings;
the San Francisco Earthquake took 700 lives and caused more than $4,000,000 in damage; and
Human life expectancy was 47.3 female, 46.3 male, and 33.0 for blacks.

In 2009, the U.S. population is 300,000,000;
U.S. National Debt is in excess of $l0 trillion;
there are over $250 million cars in the U.S. and 2.6 million miles of paved roads;
1700 people died as a direct result of Hurricane Katrina;
120 people die EVERY DAY in the U.S. in automobile accidents, and there are 700 robberies every day; and
Human life expectancy is now 73.1 male and 79.1 female.|

We've come a long way. Isn't it tellingly disgusting that our population only grew by a factor of 4 but our debt grew by a staggering factor of 10 MILLION! I am truly afraid of what that number might be in 2109 if something isn't done to stem government growth and power soon.

My Top 10 Events of the decade:

10. Hurricane Katrina--never have so many died for such a dumb reason. Had they left when they were warned, they would be alive today.

9. The 2000 U.S. Presidential Election saga. That was one for the history books. More people became aware of our Constitution over that event than in any previous year.

8. Saddam Hussein captured and ultimately executed--the hanging was must-see-TV.

7. The Democrat Revolution of 2008--we've yet to see how bad this will be for the U.S., but it's going to be cringingly awful.

6. Invention of the USB flash drive--was there a more significant advance prior to that which exploded data storage efficiency?

5.The Surge in the Iraq War--NOBODY thought it would work, except for Pres. Bush, and he was right.

4. The Initiation of the War on Terror--this major change in policy became a defining image of the Bush Presidency.

3. The Tea Party Revolution--did you ever think you would see millions of Conservatives gather over the course of a year to solidify a movement to stop the growth of government in the United States?

2. Climategate--the full effect of this has yet to be seen, but it may prove to be the single trigger that brought a worldwide socialist movement to its knees.

1. The 9/11 Attacks nothing more to add. Hopefully we will never again let our guard down. The thwarted attacks this weekend where the passengers stopped the terrorist in a plane approaching Detroit from Amsterdam seems to indicate that we won't.

•I can't let this one get away. An animal rights group may take legal action if the greatest rock-and-roll band in history, AC/DC goes ahead with its concert in Austria.

Animal rights activists are threatening legal action if the band goes ahead with a show planned for Wels airport in Austria in May. Hans Uhl of Bird Life said birds nesting in the area at the time would be threatened by the loud sounds broadcast by the band's concerts.

"The second biggest colony of curlews in Upper Austria and various other ground-nesting birds must not become endangered," Mr. Uhl said. Tickets for the event sold out after going on sale earlier this month. 80,000 tickets were sold within hours.

You know, the concert might be good for the birds. It certainly hasn't done me any harm.

•Next week, watch for my 10 Predictions for 2010.

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Busting the global warming myth, part II

Posted 12/24/09

If you will recall, last week I presented you the arguments of a PhD level believer that man's contribution to planetary climate change should be curbed through social policy. In that email exchange, the climate scientist admitted that man is not the principal cause of climate change on the planet Earth, nor is man even a long term source of global warming.

As a matter of fact, it was established that man's contribution to the atmosphere is essentially rendered completely meaningless by the long-term drivers of global climate change.

Something interesting followed Dr. Sparks' original response to my simple question. I got several emails from other scientists on this exchange seeming to try and “clarify” the admissions that Dr. Sparks made to me, as though Dr. Sparks honest admissions about man's contributions needed to be “explained” beyond what they already communicated.
Below is a sampling of what I received [Their words in brackets, edited for brevity.].

[Dear Brian,
Dr Sparks shift is over, he is being notified of your reply and in case our answers are not satisfactory, I am sure he will get back to you on this tomorrow. Professor Itoh from Japan has just sent a reply to you I believe, but we would also like to add some clarification.
To the first part of your question, why should we worry? I would suggest that it is in a sense more of a social policy question than a scientific question.]

Do we even need to go further?

[However, science can help to give us some perspective on this. In the first place, the drivers of the climate system may be long lived and slow, but the responses can range from also slow and gradual (for example the rearrangement of ocean circulation to changes in the arrangement of the continents) or they can be rather fast switches in mode, for instance, the ice core record in Greenland indicates that the transition from a glacial climate to an interglacial one may have occurred in only a few years, and at the end of the last glacial period, when a short burst of glaciation, known as the Younger Dryas occurred (about 12-10,000 years ago), some proxies indicate a shift in atmospheric and oceanic circulation over only a few months. The climate system is thus capable of making rapid shifts in mode in response to slow external changes.

Secondly, the important consideration is the shortness of a human lifespan in comparison to the geological timescale.

Thus an increase of CO2 has a much higher effect on the greenhouse effect itself, than the small percentage of the CO2 in the atmosphere would suggest in the first place.

We hope this answers your question

Best Regards,
Dr Ruth Mottram
Scientist
Danish Meteorological Institute
Dr Sunke Schmidtko
PostDoc
NOAA / Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Ko van Huissteden
Associate Professor
Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences,
Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Hi Brian,
This is additional information for my last reply to you. The last one may be too general.
Volcanic eruptions are no doubt short-term events, and their effects last only a few years. The effect on the global temperature is not more than a few tenth of degC, and thus, seems not big.

Long-term factors are, of course, important. The Milancovic mechanism (positional relation between the earth and sun) is a good example. But, fortunately, this 10,000 years is exceptionally stable in terms of the Milancovic factors and resultant glacial/interglacial cycles. Thus, short-term factors including anthropogenic ones tend to have a large impact on the climate (regional and global).

Kiminori Itoh (itohkimi@ynu.ac.jp)
Professor
Yokohama National University, Japan

Hi, Brian,
The climate is affected by, of course, many factors: natural as well as anthropogenic ones. Although the Framework Convention on Climate Change considers only anthropogenic ones (and greenhouse gases, in particular), IPCC considers also natural factors as a cause of the climate changes.]

So the Copenhagen Conference only considers man-caused contributions by design. That's not using science to answer a question. That's using science to forward political policy.
[Volcanic eruption is also a big factor even though its effect does not last long time.]

I wanted to ask why CO2 from a volcano lasts only a few years but man's CO2 lasts centuries (apparently) but they aren't answering my emails anymore.

[As for the anthropogenic factors, greenhouse gases are important. Even though more than 90% of the greenhouse effect is due to water vapor, trace amount of CO2 and CH4 and so on have a certain effect. But, this does not mean that their effect is well estimated In fact, the estimation of the climate response upon the increase of the greenhouse gases has large uncertainties. Nevertheless, they should have some effect on the climate.]

Should?

[Kiminori Itoh
Professor
Yokohama National University, Japan]

Boy, what a landslide of information that simple question fueled! I hope you can now see where the motivations for halting man's productive capabilities are and why they must be stopped. We owe that to our descendants.

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Pinning down the scientists on this global warming myth

Posted 12/18/09

On Dec. 8, the Missouri Press Association sent The Landmark a link to a group of scientists with the American Geophysical Union that would be available to us to answer climate questions we might have while reporting on the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Approximately 650 Ph.D.-level climate scientists have volunteered to receive and respond to questions, via e-mail, during the conference.

So, I figured…why not. So I posed a question, as the Landmark's “Science Editor:”

“Does mankind represent the principal (principle yes, I goofed. Some Science Editor I turned out to be!) controlling force on global climate change?”
And I got a pretty quick answer…[in brackets]

[Dear Brian,
Your question has two components that can be thought of as two separate questions. 'What are the principal controlling factors on climate over very long time periods?' and 'What is the strongest force currently acting to alter global climate?'. The answer to the first question is that the movement of the Earths crust, volcanism, behavior of the oceans and other factors control climate over very long time periods. However, these factors alter the general climate system very, very slowly. In contrast, the behavior of humans, in particular but not limited to the movement of carbon dioxide from a place where it was likely to be held for a very long time (fossil fuels) to the atmosphere, is currently the strongest force on Earth changing climate.
Dr. Jed P. Sparks
Associate Professor
Cornell]

Now, I appreciated the quick answer. But you always have to be suspect of motivations when a simple question is rephrased back to you into multiple, more complex questions when neither directly answers the original question.
So, I followed-up…

“Thank you, Dr. Sparks, for the quick response. May I ask a follow-up to both parts of your answer? Toward the first part, history seems to show that the controlling factors over very long time periods are much more influential, over the long term, than are short term factors man if you will. Why should anyone worry about the short term factors if the long term factors have so much control?

How can the behavior of humans, which most sources agree constitutes but 3% of all atmospheric carbon dioxide, which itself represents only 0.038% of the total atmosphere around the planet, making man's contribution to global carbon dioxide concentrations something in the neighborhood of 0.00114%, be the strongest force toward planetary climate change? 114 ten-thousandths of one percent won't even poison a glass of water, but in a planetary atmosphere, we are to believe that such a miniscule concentration rules the planet?

Thanks for considering these thoughts and concerns.
Brian Kubicki”

Jed Sparks wrote:

[Hi Brian,
I will try to answer your questions in order. My apologies if I miss any and feel free to follow up.
Your first question has to do with the timescale of climate change. Why should we worry about short term changes if eventually some other global control is going to override the influence? The answer to this is that what we care about operates at the shorter timescale. When we talk about 'short' timescales we are talking about hundreds of years and 'longterm' is tens of thousands to millions of years. Therefore, something that influences temperature in the short term, for example a change that might last 500 years, will have a large impact on things we worry about: food production, sea level rise, human health, etc. So, even though other factors may take control after a million years we have to deal with the consequences in the meantime.]

There was a long paragraph here that I deleted for continuity where he misunderstands my point in statistics regarding man's total carbon dioxide contribution compared to all the carbon dioxide that exists in the atmosphere. I will try to pin him down on that point in a follow-up, so I won't belabor that point here.

[You are absolutely right that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is small, but its influence on trapping energy is very large. So, when human or any other activity adds to this small amount the influence on climate is large.]

My obvious comeback to this is if 0.00114% (which is what man contributes) represents a “large influence” on climate, then 99.99886% much be ginormously influential!

[So, in many ways your last statement is basically true. The alteration of something that is relatively small (atmospheric carbon dioxide) does have a very large influence on the planet. I hope you are enjoying Copenhagen. Jed.]

I didn't have the heart to tell him I wasn't anywhere near Denmark.

So now you can see how these folks look at the issue. Next week's column will highlight Dr. Jed's colleagues' responses. There’s absolute gold there.

Stay tuned…

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His man cave could use some global warming

Posted 12/10/09

•As I sit here in my man cave composing this, it is cold enough outside to freeze a shaved polar bear's butt. I save my family budget some money by not heating the lower level, where man caves usually reside. So it is cold down here. I could use some global warming around here. I think I will solve this temporary dilemma by burning some fossil fuels. My choices are electric heat and natural gas in a pair of space heaters. I only need one. The electric heater costs about 8 cents per kilowatt-hour to run. The natural gas heater is about the same, perhaps slightly less, but the gas heater has a much greater output, which I don't need because it's only me down here tonight. Wife won't go near this chilly place. So which do I go with? Both.

I run the natural gas heater for a half-hour or so. Once the column is mostly done, the electric heater replaces the gas heater and the supplemental radiant heat from the metal parts of the gas heater continues to heat me to toasty comfort with a total cost of less than a couple of dollars. And I didn't do anything to harm any part of the environment.

•Did you see where the House cancelled the phasing out of estate taxes for estates larger than $3.5 million?

The bill passed by a 225-200 vote, with all Republicans opposed. Under current law, the federal estate tax is scheduled to temporarily disappear next year before returning in 2011 at an even higher 55 percent rate. During the year without an estate tax, all estates would be subject to a 15 percent capital gains tax that they now avoid.

"In America, it's not a sin to be rich nor is it a crime to die rich," said Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colorado. "This bill gives our nation's wealthiest families the ability to know exactly what their obligation to the nation that fostered their wealth will be, and it is fair and it is just."

“Obligation to the nation?” How wonderfully socialist!

The bill follows the federal budget proposed by President Barack Obama. But many Republicans called for permanent repeal of the estate tax, arguing it hurts families that pass down farms and small businesses to their children.

Some liberals have complained that the bill is a giveaway to the rich because it would result in lower rates in future years than what current law provides. Conservatives have labeled the estate tax a "death tax" and argue it should be repealed permanently.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, likened the estate tax to stealing from the dead. (I like that guy! Here's more good stuff…)

"After someone dies and someone comes in and steals from them, we consider that in most society reprehensible," said Gohmert, a former judge. "I have sentenced people personally to prison for doing that."

Permanently extending the tax with a top rate of 45 percent on estates larger than $3.5 million would raise about $14 billion a year. However, it would raise less tax revenue than current law over the next 10 years--an estimated $234 billion less--because the tax rate would be lower in future years. The lost revenue would be covered with increased borrowing.

So exactly how is it fair to make one segment of society pay a larger bill into government than another? Is that concept mentioned in the Constitution somewhere?

•Did I tell you this Tiger Woods car crash saga was going to be entertaining or what? The woman he cheated on his marriage with count has risen to 12 as of press time. At this rate, he will surpass Wilt Chamberlain in his 10,000 women record before he passes Jack Nicklaus on the Majors Victory List.

•This utter silliness going on in Copenhagen has elucidated with crystal clarity that liberals around the world have reduced science to the status of a political tool. Science is supposed to be experimentation, study, hypothesis, and more study. Science is not consensus.

Science is not supposed to be a political football. If you ever see an issue that should be one of science being touted by politicians, run away as fast as you can. Al Gore is not a science teacher. Al Gore is a politician.

That's about all you need to know about that issue.

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Climategate has exposed the left's organized deception

Posted 12/4/09

•Welcome to December! Typically, political news slows down this time of year, but I suppose that can change once in awhile…

•Climategate, which we talked about last week, has exposed the left's organized effort to convince the nation that American wealth comes at the cost of the survival of the planet. The emails and documents uncovered in the hacked information showed that anthropogenic global warming protagonists have been modifying data and skewing written opinions to conceal conclusions that are unfavorable to their hidden agenda.

This has been a systematic effort that has been underway over the last 30 years. They have shamed people who earn wealth and make profit as though they are doing a bad thing. They scare people into thinking they have to recycle their material goods in order for mankind to survive. They indoctrinate children into believing from the beginning of their education that man is an inherent threat to our environment.

The fact is, we aren't anywhere close to being powerful enough on a global scale to control anything as massive as the earth's environment. Also, and this was illustrated in a recent article by University of Chicago physicist Michael S. Turner that appeared in Physics Today about the century of physics from 1950 to 2050, the world uses about 10 terawatts (TW) of energy today and that needs to grow to at least 40 TW in the next 40 years or so if we even want to think about advancing humanity. Believe it or not, we aren't going to get there by recycling. We will get there by growing. By the way, if you want to read the most-excellent article, check out the September 2009 issue of Physics Today. You should be able to find it in your local library.

•President Obama going to the Copenhagen global conference is only about placating the left in his party and their desire to snip the American economy, the most powerful economy on the planet, off at the hamstrings through environmental treaties restrictive to the United States while allowing India and China to continue growing. 199 years ago, those acts would be cause for an accusation of treason.

•So what in the world is going on with the security in the White House that would allow a couple of uninvited gate crashers to wander into a State Dinner, meet the President of the United States, have themselves pictured with the Vice President and other dignitaries, and nobody's pointing any fingers at who is to blame? Really?

•This Tiger Woods saga is kind of interesting. Guy rolls out of his house at two-something in the morning on a holiday weekend. I can see that, especially when you consider he is the most powerful marketing brand in the known world. He slams his car into a fire hydrant and then into a tree. His lovely Swedish model wife just happens to be in the driveway, at two-something in the morning, while the most powerful marketing brand in the world is backing out of the driveway, with a nine-iron in her hands and saves the day by smashing out the back window of the SUV so she can use all her upper body strength (did I mention she was an uber-hot Swedish supermodel--those are known for their upper body strength) to pull the most powerful marketing brand in the world to safety.

Now, since this all happened, the most powerful marketing brand in the world has clammed-up tighter than Scott Pioli after his initial press conference, and he has withdrawn from his charity tournament this week and rumors about an affair with another supermodel have risen to the surface like a corpse in a salty pond.
This one is going to be fun to watch.

•Those TV spots running in the Metro against Congressman Roy Blunt portraying him as a tool of Big Oil are barking up the wrong tree. Big Oil is partly why we are paying just a bit over $2 a gallon for gas and why we have so many choices when it comes time to selecting oil to lubricate our automobile and lawnmower engines. Smear me with it, Congressman. I don't mind it one bit.

And the ad in question uses a crying baby solely for the purposes of making a political point in the ad, and that practice is immoral and wrong. How many times did they have to smack that baby around to elicit those cries on cue? Bite me, you environmental whackos.

•Pick your Super Bowl teams right now….
Colts - Vikings. Most likely.
Colts - Saints. Most entertaining.
New England -Saints. Most boring.
New England -Vikings. Media will make me gag with all the Favre-love.

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It's time to make the co-conspirators pay

Posted 11/27/09

•The U.S. Senate voted to move its health care takeover plan to the debate phase with a 60-40 vote Saturday night. One of the deciding votes came from Sen. Mary Landrieu, who held-back her vote until a $100 million provision that would benefit her home state of Louisiana was guaranteed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Landrieu defended selling her vote as good representation of her constituents in Louisiana. Analysts say, “That's how government is done.” They say, it's kind of like making sausage--everybody loves to eat it, but nobody likes to see it being made. You and I may not like this brazen attitude and practice, but that's the way it is. The founders of this great country may not have intended it to be run in this manner, but at least she's honest about what she did.

Now let's make her, and her co-conspirators in Congress, pay for this action. Let's pop them like a massive zit right out of Washington.

•In what may be the global warming movement's biggest OOPS Moment, the recent hacking of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) computer system has led to the release of hundreds of e-mails that appear to reveal the tactics and motivations of some of the top Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists. Several web sites are now buzzing with all of the details and sample e-mails.

A couple of the web sites covering this unfolding story are:

www.ClimateDepot.com
www.WattsUpWithThat.com

While there's a ton of information to cover on these sites (I know what I'm going to be doing with my free time over the Thanksgiving holiday!) this much can be reported thus far: there seems to be considerable evidence that data have been hidden or destroyed to avoid Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) data requests; data has been manipulated to get results that best suit the pro-anthropogenic global warming agenda known of the IPCC; and e-mails that contain seemingly incriminating discussions appear to have being deleted. It also appears from a number of the emails that we skeptics are quite a pain in the arse of the IPCC. (Great work folks! I knew you could do it. It's always good to hear when you are being effective.)

•The Sarah Palin Media Machine is rolling across the landscape in promotion of her new book, Going Rogue, and have you ever seen or heard from more sniveling liberals than you have over the past week or so? Good golly, they hate her! But that may be because they now have a reason to fear her. For the first time, Palin's approval rating in public polling equaled or exceeded President Obama's.

Now granted, she's not officially representing any branch of government; she's not even representing any state. But if liberals were successful at anything over the past year or so since Palin was named to be John McCain's running mate, it has been to characterize her as an attractive incompetent, nice words in an empty package (Where have we heard that before?). She appears to be overcoming that effort, however. The next couple of years are going to be very interesting.

•Congratulations to the Nebraska Cornhuskers for overcoming a morass of rotten, stinky teams in the Big 12 North to finish as the 2009 North Champion. I told you this was going to be an interesting year for the Big 12 North, and it was. It was one of those, “I know my old shoes smell really bad, but I've got to smell them anyway” seasons, because the Huskers are going to get dismantled by the South champion Texas Longhorns.

•Didn't I tell you the Chiefs were going to give the Steelers a game? They gave them a little more than that, winning outright by a field goal in overtime. Congratulations to the new Chiefs. That was a great victory and likely the upset of the season thus far. I have to point a Bud-Adams-Middle-Finger-Salute, though, to Steelers fans for running off their mouths saying that the Chiefs victory was a hollow one because the Steelers outgained the Chiefs so overwhelmingly in the game. Give me a break! I've got only one thing to say to those Steeler fans…SCOREBOARD.

•Here's wishing all my wonderful and thoughtful readers a blessed Thanksgiving! Take time in these tough economic times to share something with someone around you. It might be as simple as a good thought, but this is the time of year to remind ourselves of our humanity.

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Can't Obama at least show a measure of dignity?

Posted 11/19/09

•Welcome to the merry-go-round of Liberal Political Idiocy. We are glad you have decided to share your vacation dollars with us in these tough economic times. We cannot claim you won't get dizzy, but unlike a real merry-go-round, you will be able to stop and get something to eat or drink whenever you want.

•Did you see the pics coming out of Japan, where President Obama is hiding from the polls…err, visiting to conduct affairs of state with those that hold most of this country's debt? President Obama was shown bowing to the Japanese Emperor. He did it very well, achieving a full 90 degree angle of declination.

•Liz Cheney as a leader in one of the branches of government on or after 2010 is a very good idea. Watch for her, she's coming up.

•Is it really necessary and appropriate for an American President, up to now at least considered the leader of the free world and the commander of the most powerful military force on the planet, to be supplicating to a foreign leader in full view of the world's cameras? I realize that he is on this ‘apologize for America tour,’ but can't you at least show a measure of dignity?

•I like what Rudy Giuliani said on the decision to try the terrorists in the U.S. Courts. We did this before, after the 1993 attacks, and it led to 9/11. Trying these guys in American courts did not make us safer.

•Can someone explain to me exactly how is it that terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay Cuba are in possession of basic rights to jurisprudence guaranteed by our Constitution when they are not American citizens? At least somebody try to answer the question.

•I've noticed that when you take a warm dish of food and place it in a cold refrigerator, the temperatures surrounding the warm item increase slightly, but by morning, the dish is cold as everything else in the fridge. You see, the fridge is much more powerful than the energy contained in the once warm container. Kind of like how the earth's internal energy is much more powerful (on a comparative scale to our example, many times over) than anything we introduce into the mix.

•What happens if Khalid Sheikh Mohammad is allowed to serve as his own attorney, he uncovers top secret national security information in the discovery portion of the trial, and then he sends this information to al Qaida in an effort to facilitate future attacks on US soil? Has anybody thought of this?

•By the way, if you were counting, we had a deer culling around where I live in Johnson County, Kansas. Some 300 deer were sent to needy dinner tables around the city, reducing the population by nearly half. The front grille of my car thanks the county. It was a good thing.

•What happens if the jury is stacked with six or more Muslims who are sympathetic to al Qaida's cause, they guarantee a hung jury, and Mohammad is acquitted and goes free? See any problem there?

•I wonder if Sarah Palin will go on MSNBC to promote her new book, and if she will end up on either Keith Olberman's show or on Sean Hannity's evil twin's show, The Rachel Maddow Program.

•To those who dismiss the issue of giving these war criminals status in American courts, because you believe there is no way they can not be convicted, do you think they are going to be derided in prison or are they going to recruit more Muslims toward their cause? See any problem with that?

•I hate that guy who does the UPS commercials that draws on a marker board. He's a weasel.

•It is amusing to watch the liberals in the big media spin-out like garden slugs working a salt mine with the public relations swirl surrounding the release of Sarah Palin's new book, “Rogue.” The oodles of hate they hold for this woman is downright palpable. Remember folks…they hate her because she lives the life that Liberals claim is too difficult to live.

•I don't know why I believe this, but the Chiefs are going to give the Steelers a game this Sunday. Mark it down. (That way, when I'm terribly wrong and the Chiefs lose by 30, you can have a reason in print to laugh at me.)

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Green is simply a mixture of blue and yellow

Posted 11/13/09

•So, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed its plan for government to take over the entire U.S. health care system. They voted in the dark of the night Saturday, without any public review of the plan. They passed it, including a so-called “public option,” which is code for government-run health care insurance, against the wishes of most polls in America, which almost uniformly indicate that the people of this country are opposed to any kind of government-run health care plan.

Now it is time to record the names of those who voted to pass this government take-over plan. Dennis Moore on the Kansas side and Emmanuel Cleaver on the Missouri side both voted in favor of the plan. Voters remember. Make them pay for it. Vote them out.

•Have you noticed that they (“they” of course being the big media in the country) are avoiding calling the tragedy that occurred last week in Ft. Hood by the term “terrorism?” In looking at the issue, it is fair to ask the question, “What is terrorism?” Islamic terrorism involves radical Muslims who are opposed to United States foreign policy and use that anger to fuel their desire to wreak murder and/or mayhem in the name of their god, Allah. The tragedy in Ft. Hood met those parameters precisely. So why can't they call this an act of terrorism?

•Do they have a rehab program for fingernail biting addictions? If so, I need to sign up for one.

•This warm weather we've been basking in makes me think you all are following through with your pledges to maximize your carbon footprints. If so, good work. (Not really, of course, what we do as a people doesn't have any measurable impact on global weather at all.) The point is, don't let the loony-bird global warming nuts affect how you live your life by a single iota.

•I wonder…if this government take-over of our health care system actually gets implemented, what would stop me from just hiring a doctor directly, as I would hire a plumber or an electrician, to purchase the degree of health care services that I require. What if, in the case of chronic health problems, I simply put a doctor on retainer? Is Nancy Pelosi going to try to stop that too? If so, where do they stop?

•I'm running out of things to talk about. This column is being prepared a day early, and I think my brain isn't in the proper free-association mode that it usually is in when this column is being prepared every week.

•The Chiefs launched a furious comeback on Sunday in Jacksonville, losing 24-21 after scoring 15 points in the final 4 minutes of the game. Was this really just another loss in a crushing season or an indication that this team and Haley are finally starting to get it? I don't know, but I am somewhat intrigued to keep watching.

•Speaking of intrigue, what happened in Lincoln Saturday night? How in the name of Tom Osborne was Nebraska able to hold Oklahoma to 3 points and claim a 10-3 victory? Was Oklahoma unprepared for Nebraska's vaunted defense or was Oklahoma freshman QB Landry Jones (Is that a quarterback name or what?) simply off his game to a significant degree? I'd prefer to think the latter, but we will know for sure in the coming weeks.

•The Big 12 North race is really this simple Nebraska wins if they win their final 3 games. Kansas State wins and makes the trip to Arlington, Texas to play the Longhorns if they win all their games. There are numerous combinations of ways either of those two teams end up winning the North, but it seems that everything will probably hinge on the K-State-Nebraska game in Lincoln on Nov. 21.

Taking my Purple hat off for a moment, it seems plausible that K-State beats Missouri and loses to Nebraska to finish 5-3 and the Huskers lose to KU, beat K-State and then need to win in Boulder, CO to win the North.

It's not a major prize the winner gets to get smashed by Texas, but it's better than staying home.

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Green is simply a mixture of blue and yellow

From the 11/5/09 issue

Have you ever heard the word, sustainability? It is the concept that things that we make, and the resources we use in making them, need to last a long time. Buildings, power plants, electrical grids, water processing plants, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, paper, furniture, appliances, electronic devices, aircraft, boats, etc. (do I really need to go on) should last a long time after we make them. This is presumably because it is good to use less--less resources used means there are more to go around for a longer period of time. The less often you need to make and buy a car or a couch, the less money you spend. Makes sense right?

·As these pre-midterm election races are occurring, the media is all over the House race in upstate New York where a Sarah Palin-endorsed Conservative Party candidate has taken a lead in late polls against the Democrat; in the governor's race in Virginia where the Republican holds a double digit lead in the polls; and in the New Jersey governor's race where a Republican challenger is leading the incumbent Democrat. It is interesting to note that only in the latter race, where the polls run less that 5 percent difference between the candidates, does President Obama step forward to stump for the Democrat. Has the President's popularity so waned that he can't raise a double-digit lagger? What's more interesting to ponder is, if the New Jersey Democrat loses, will President Obama get the blame for sinking the campaign? We will know the results by the time you read this, but watch the media backlash which ought to start by the weekend if Corzine loses.

•Back to this idea of sustainability. Did you ever notice that the more often you make something, the better you get? I like to fry chicken, smoke ribs and brisket, and bake cheesecake. I get better at it every time I tear-up the kitchen to make it. This column gets better (believe it or not!) when I write it early in the week and revise it through the week. Let's look at buildings. Are the structures we build today better or worse that the ones they built 200 years ago? Have we improved energy efficiency over the last 100 years or has that declined?

•Are the Democrats closer to owning the government takeover of health care? It seems every time they take a bold public stance or two on the issue, polls in support of the plan fall even farther into the red and they take another step back. If you are a Democrat, and you support the plans before the House and Senate, we are going to find you and we are going to know you and we are going to make sure you are defeated in the next election. I don't care what side of the state line you are on. We will find you.

•Like it or not, we humans get better at most things involving creation of something when we repeat the creation process. It might be a slight improvement, like a tiny boost in efficiency. It at times turns out to be a dramatic life-saving improvement, such as when Willis Carrier invented the vapor-compression cycle (the thermal engine that makes refrigeration possible).

•Here's one of those little factoids that nobody stops to think about when they start screaming about mankind's deleterious effect on the planet earth and its environment.
Think about the dangers that wildlife poses to humans. Bears, crocodiles, and poisonous snakes are dangerous on land; jellyfish and sharks are killers in the sea; and people kill off other people every year by the thousands. But all these fierce man-killers pale in comparison to the measly mosquito.
Estimates of death caused by mosquito-borne illnesses, most notably malaria, range from one million to over five million every year. The blood-sucking species that carries malaria infects over 70 million people annually. The truly staggering part of this statistic is OUR action, in the EPA's banning of the insecticide DDT, single-handedly allowed the resurrection of malaria in the Third World, and has caused the deaths of tens of millions of people.

•I maintain that sustainability only applies to bridges and aircraft staying off the ground for the pre-specified amount of time. Sustainability in the creation process is an effort to stunt human progress and growth, and should be dragged from the darkness its shadow disciples whisper its pseudo praises in and shown the light of day. Sustainability behind the environmental movement is a busload of crap. I want things to get better as we make them better. Green isn't better--it's simply a mixing of blue and yellow.

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Are you ready for some real change next time around?

From the 10/28/09 issue

Did you catch this little news snippet from last week? It seems that the House Democrats locked the Republicans out of committee room debating the health care takeover bills, where they were trying to congeal the various plans into one massive Socialistic takeover. They even changed the locks on the doors. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren't present. His scurrilous action came after repeated public criticism directed at the Democrats on the Committee by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), which was delivered over Towns' failure to launch an investigation into Countrywide Mortgage's reported sweetheart deals to execs, like Sen. Christopher Dodd.

Towns has repeatedly refused Republican's quest to subpoena records in the Countrywide case. So, last Thursday an Issa-led group tried to force a vote on the subpoenas at a Committee meeting. That meeting was canceled suddenly. Only Republicans showed up for the meeting while Democrats' chairs remained empty.

Republicans accused Towns of cancelling the meeting to avoid the subpoena vote. Democrats initially claimed the meeting was canceled due to a conflict with the Financial Services Committee. Later they said it was abandoned after a disagreement among Democrat members on whether to subpoena records on the mortgage industry's political contributions to Republicans.

A Republican staffer took video of Democrats slithering out of their separate meeting in private chambers after the meeting was to have begun. The video was linked to other footage of Democrats' empty chairs at the hearing room, set it to the tune of Ray Charles' “Hit the Road, Jack” then posted the music video on the Committee's minority web page.
Democrat staffers told Republicans they were not happy about the presence of the video camera in the hearing room when they were not present. Issa's spokesman said the Democrats readily acknowledged to Republicans that they changed the locks in retaliation to the videotape of the Democrats' absence from the business meeting even though committee rules allow meetings to be taped.

Isn't Democrat-led bipartisanship something to behold? Are you ready for some REAL change next time around? I know I am.

•Have you noticed the Big 12 North race lately? It's wide open and actually capturing more of the media's attention than the South race is because of the complexity of it. But it is interesting how different the race appears to be depending on the vantage point of the person asked.

For the record, Kansas State leads with a 3-1 Big 12 record, 2-0 in the North. Iowa State is next at 2-2, 1-2 in the North. Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado are all 1-2, 1-1 in the North, and Missouri is bringing up the rear at 0-3, 0-1 in the North.

If you've listened to the media this week, the Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri camps all say, “The race is wide open--there are no favorites.” Kansas State and Iowa State's fan camps are both saying, “Hey we're on or near the top right now.” We're in the front seats.

The North winner will need 5 wins, because of all the common interplay.

So, the 5 win path goes as follows with each team:

Kansas State needs 2 wins in their last 4 games, which include: at OU, KU and MU in Manhattan, and Nebraska in Lincoln.

Iowa State needs 3 wins in their last 4 games, which includes at A&M, home against Okie State and Colorado, and at Missouri.

Kansas needs 4 wins in their last 5 games, which includes at Texas Tech, at K-State, Nebraska in Lawrence, at Texas, and at Arrowhead against Missouri. Their path is perhaps most brutal.

Nebraska needs 4 out of 5 as well, involving at Baylor, OU in Lincoln, at KU, K-State in Lincoln, and Colorado in Boulder. If they can't beat Baylor on the road, they have to sweep the rest to get there.

Missouri has to win all of its remaining games. Those include: at Colorado, Baylor in Columbia, at K-State, Iowa State in Columbia, and KU at Arrowhead.

Colorado needs 4 wins in 5 games, including 3 at home and road tilts at Iowa State and Stillwater.

If you look at the timing of the games from this point forward, relatively speaking, the North race is K-State's to lose. K-State and KU have the better chances over Missouri because the Tigers must be perfect. The KU-KState tilt in Manhattan on November 7 will likely settle this thing. Nebraska will likely be out of it by the time K-State comes to Lincoln.

Iowa State and Colorado need to win all their remaining North games with tough South teams still to play.

It's a good time to be purple.

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Democrats don't want to own health care issue

From the 10/21/09 issue

•With all this herky-jerky back-and-forth being performed by the Democrats over their planned health care system take-over, have you noticed that for whatever reason, they want to do everything BUT actually vote using their majority and pass the bill?
The Democrats control the executive branch of our federal government. They also control the legislative branch. All they need to do to lead a government take-over of health care is vote. A simple majority does it. Republicans can't even stop them in the Senate with a filibuster.

So why don't they just pass a bill and put it on the President's desk for his highly unintelligent-looking left handed signature? They won't do that they won't put a bill out there that Republicans or at least more than the likes of lefty RINOS Olympia Snow and Susan Collins -- won't support.

Democrats won't own this, or any, health care overhaul plan. They're afraid. They won't step-up and own it because they are more in love with the power and perks of being in office than they are committed to “reforming” health care. Now there's something to be proud of. Well, it's either that, or it's because they know their plan won't work and they don't want to shoulder all the blame when government health care starts getting rationed and cancer death rates start increasing.

•By now, you've all seen BalloonGate build to about as much of a fervor as it probably should ever attain. A giant spaceship-shaped balloon flies 40 miles through the air as a seemingly frantic family tries to convey fear that their 6-year-old boy could be inside. The ever-present media took over the situation, as they always do these days, and drove the train into a fever-pitch of TV frenzy.

Days later, it appears that the entire situation may have been staged for publicity. The parents may be facing charges for making a false 911 call and whatever else the egg-on-their-face media can coerce the authorities to file.

The father, Richard Heene, seemed to inadvertently give the ruse away when he asked his son, Falcon, (Falcon?) during an appearance on Larry King Live why he had not come out from hiding when they called his name. His son replied, "You guys said we did this for the show." (Note to self when trying to pull a fast one on an overly compliant media, don't ask a 6-year old a question. He's not going to help your case).

I realize the parents did a very wrong thing in trying to get their kids to lie, if that actually turns out to be the case. You can't use emergency services for your own selfish publicity. I know these are bad things.

But be honest tell me you didn't get just a hint of satisfaction out of how badly the overzealous national media got played in this deal. They ran every newsbreak with dramatic video of the “spaceship carrying the 6-year old little boy” and they ran with it and they drove it to an unmanageable wildfire. They got caught looking much worse that Heene did.

•Remember the Irish journalist I spoke of last week that challenged Al Gore at a Q&A after a talk Gore gave? Well, his name is Phelim McAleer and he has, with collaboration from co-creator Anne McEllhinney, created a documentary entitled, Not Evil Just Wrong - The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria. They premiered the film last weekend at various sites around the country, and on the website http://noteviljustwrong.org/. You can order DVD's of the film and donate them to your kids' schools, especially if you kids were exposed to Gore's, “An Incontinent Truth.” Balance is important.

An added plus is, if you are already on the same page as the filmmakers, you can play the Parallax Look drinking game, which basically involves taking a drink of the beverage of your choice whenever the film reveals a fact about the Left's global warming farce that you heard from me before in this column. Have lots of drink on hand because you'll hear about ridiculously low carbon dioxide concentrations, millions killed because of the EPA's ban on DDT, global socialism, and hamstringing the US economy on the world stage.

Seriously, check out the website. This is an important issue that we MUST regain control of.

•Didn't I tell you that it was pointless to try and predict the order of finish in the Big 12 North and that it was going to change every single week? I must be honest though watching Tiger fans and Huskers and Jayhawks blow out their chests after a couple of early season wins and get them deflated on one Saturday evening is fun.

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The Democrats' logic on Dole is befuddling

From the 10/14/09 issue

•Somebody is going to have to explain this one to me. A report emerged from this past weekend that the Democrat National Committee canceled a health care ad at former Senator Bob Dole's personal request, who thought the ad was deceptive.

The advertisement Dole objected to listed him among prominent Republicans supporting health care reform. Dole's position is that while he has pushed for bipartisan reform of the health care system, he has never indicated any measure of support for any of the Democrats' health care legislation coming from Obama, the House, or the Senate.


Here's the squirrely part - the Democrats are spinning this swift reaction as a sign that they hope former Sen. Dole will be among the few Republicans to back their version of health care reform.

Huh?!?

Didn't he just say that the ad was deceptive because they claimed he was a supporter of their plan? So the reason that the ad was deceptive and was pulled is the same reason that they feel confident now that Dole will support their plan?

Do they really think we are that stupid?

Can they really be that dumb? This is like a fighter--after having his jaw broken in the third knockdown in the first round--suddenly feeling confident that he's going to knock his opponent to the mat. The 2010 midterm elections are going to be a bloodbath electorally.

•Did you see where Al Gore was actually questioned on the various fallacies and downright errors in his global warming movie? Gore is notorious for avoiding direct questions from anything less than sycophantic journalists. Well, an Irish journalist stepped to the microphone during a Q&A session and asked Gore about the various errors a British court ruled were evident in Gore's movie, “An Incontinent Truth.”

A red-faced Gore was unable to answer the question--which dealt with how can he claim that polar bears are endangered when polar bear population numbers are booming and gaining constantly. Gore's answer was to repeat the mantra, “So you think polar bears aren't endangered?” Folks, Gore couldn't calculate the Celsius temperature from the Fahrenheit value if you gave him the equation (it's [F 32] x 5/9). He is a monumental boob and this situation proves it.

•The Birth Control Pill ushered in the sexual revolution of the 1960's and reduced the act of sexual intercourse to two steps above a handshake in the process of humans meeting other humans. If you listen to the proponents of the sexual revolution, they'll vomit some poppycock about the Pill unchaining women from their uteruses as child bearing machines.

Sad that they never realized they always had that power, as much power as men do, in having a say in the reproduction process. You only have to say no.

But back to the main point of the article, I believe it was in the New York Times--but I read it in the Drudge Report--the Pill also may have actually changed women's physical preferences in male appearance--and changed them drastically.

Scientists have found that the hormones in the oral contraceptive reduce a female's interest in masculine-looking men and actually make more feminine-looking boyish men appear more attractive.

So this is why the laconic Steve McQueen type now looks like Johnny Depp; John Wayne now looks like Rob Lowe; and Gary Cooper has morphed into Marky-Mark Wahlberg.

Ain't that stylish!

I think this is something Rush Limbaugh calls, …the chickification of male culture.”

•For the record, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for the exact same reason that Al Gore was awarded the same prize two years ago. What in the world does the batwings-and-fairy dust black art of global warming have to do with world peace? The common thread is that both Gore and Obama believe in the same ideal--cutting the world's most powerful economy off at the knees so that the less powerful countries of the world can catch-up and lessen the influence of the United States on world affairs.

For that, both men should be tried for treason. Before you try to tag me with a tinfoil hat, trying to hurt America abroad is at the very heart of treason.

•The Chiefs Todd Haley should have gone for the two-point conversion near the end of regulation. Gaining 2 yards is infinitely easier than gaining 50 and hoping for a pressure field goal. That decision should only be a question if your offense has been marching up and down the field without hesitation.

(Brian Kubicki successfully converts after every touchdown scored in his weekly Parallax Look. Email him at bkkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


Aren't Democrats supposed to fight for the little guys?

From the 10/7/09 issue

*You know, it is utterly amazing that the Liberals can complain about the vocal opposition to President Obama with a straight face. Are we so far removed from the Bush Administration that even a single lib would dare to utter claims of racism in response to complaints about the confirmed leftward shift of the Obama Administration? Do they remember claims that President Bush conspired to bring down the World Trade Center on 9/11? Bush Lied People Died – ring a bell? President Bush was the most reviled American President by the American political left since Richard Nixon, and he actually removed the United States from a war!

*Remember the strategy that the Democrats put into place shortly after 9/11. After the sheen of patriotism began to wane in America the left, powered by the traditional media, began focusing on the casualties of the war, the stories of soldiers (they called them kids) that didn’t come home, how the effort was futile, we were only making more terrorists, everyone across the world hated the U.S. Remember how I explained that their strategy was to toss the American soldier under the bus of political power and Democrat Party Chairman Howard Dean drove that bus over as many American soldiers as he could to gain a foothold.

I told you how they were going to operate, and you saw it happen. Now watch them scream as legitimate opposition to radical political policies are voiced.

*Is this David Letterman thing complete hypocrisy or what? So apparently, Letterman bedded female employees over the years and was the target of an alleged extortion plot involving one of the women’s boyfriends? Didn’t he make tremendous fodder out of President Clinton’s dalliances with a certain beret-wearing intern? Weren’t Sarah Palin’s daughters the recent focus of Letterman’s sexually-related rants? This thing isn’t going to end well for Letterman. Serves him right. What goes around…and all that.

*Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) are working to add teeth to the House of Representative’s Cap and Tax bill that was narrowly passed by the House in July. The Senate bill, serving as a companion to the House’s Waxman-Markey climate change legislation, is going to become utter hell for every American energy consumer, especially the low income ones. That’s a nice bit of news as we head into what many have predicted will be one of the most brutal winters in recent history.

Like the Waxman-Markey bill, the focus of Kerry and Boxer’s beast is a cap and trade system, but takes the House bill’s 17 percent reduction of 2005 emissions by 2020 to a more stringent 20 percent cut. Unlike the House version, which gives away emission allowances to special interests groups that lobbied hard to protect their bottom line, the Senate draft does not include how the emission allowances will be given away. We’re talking about hundreds of billions of dollars.

Kerry, in his best droll tone, said, “This is not a cap-and-trade bill, it’s a pollution reduction bill.” As the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) declared, “Under a cap-and-trade program, firms would not ultimately bear most of the costs of the allowances but instead would pass them along to their customers in the form of higher prices.” How high?

The OMB analysis of the first two decades (2012-2035) projects higher energy and other costs for a household of four of nearly $3,000 per year between 2012 and 2035. Gasoline prices will rise by 58 percent ($1.38 more per gallon) and average household electric rate s will increase by 90 percent.

And of course, because low-income families spend a larger portion of their income on energy, cap and tax is going to hit them much harder. According to a study commissioned by the Institute for Energy Research (IER), “Households in the lowest-earning quintile—those earning less than $18,370 per year—would pay $451 per year or a substantial 4.5 percent of their income. This additional tax upon these households would be larger than every other tax they currently pay, except the federal payroll tax, which costs an average of $656 per year, and would be roughly equivalent to a 69 percent increase in the federal payroll tax on these households”

IER’s full study is available at www.instituteforenergyresearch.org. Check out www.Heritage.org for the complete story.

*I thought Democrats were supposed to be fighting for the little guys of the world?

*The Food Network’s show, “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” is the new best show to watch on that network when you are insanely hungry.

*The Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild is the worst one to watch when you are hungry.

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It will get ugly if the feds take over health care

From the Sept. 30, 2009 issue

I am dumbfounded as to the reasons why the White House and Democrat-led Congress are plowing on with this attempt to facilitate the federal government takeover of the health care system in America.

Public opinion polls are continuing to show that if they go ahead and pass this despite the polls, Democrats will own this issue and they will be made to pay come election time. You think conservatives and right-of-center Independents are angry now, just wait. If Democrats pass this stinker of a bill using soft majority votes (Reconciliation), even I am going to go buy some battle gear. It's going to get very ugly if that happens.

*I have heard three very plain-spoken arguments against any plan involving government assuming control of health care:

First, this “government option” that President Obama favors does not have to make a profit, and the other private insurance plans do. How is that fair competition? Where is the Securities and Exchange Commission in all this? There's another do-nothing government entity.

Second, you are going to have a hard time selling any plan that upsets the apple cart for 80-90% of Americans who are generally satisfied with their health care insurance and coverage in favor of providing health care coverage for a group of illegal aliens. Anybody in favor of that trade-off in any other aspect of your lives?

Finally, government regulates private insurance and health care now. So how exactly do they compete fairly against private insurance companies when they set the regulations? Would you let Wal-Mart set their own food safety regulations? Can McDonald's set their own rules for competing against Burger King? That's lunacy.

*Anybody still on the fence about whether the traditional big networks are really liberally-biased need only watch last Sunday's Meet the Press where David Gregory interviewed former President Bill Clinton. Softball question after softball question was teed for the former President who parked each of them in the fountain, thank you. Clinton was never challenged the way you see Gregory challenge conservative guests. You can catch the clips almost anywhere on the internet. Bring a clothespin and a vomit bag.

*Republican Senator John Ensign last week received a handwritten note from the Committee on Taxation confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty. This answer was provided in written form on Committee letterhead.
Questions?

*Did you see where 70-something year old film director Roman Polanski was arrested last week when he traveled to Switzerland to accept an award for his film directing activities? The charges against him are 32 years old and are why he has been in hiding, purposely avoiding countries with extradition agreements with the United States. The victim of his crime is now 40+ years old and has moved on and doesn't want charges pursued against Polanski. Many are saying that enough time has passed that Polanski should be left alone. The governments of Poland and France are asking that the charges be dropped.

Did I neglect to mention that the charges for which Polanski was convicted, just not yet sentenced, were the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl that Polanski first gave drugs and alcohol to. After he was convicted in what seemed like a strangely soft plea agreement, prosecutors were ready to accept jail time of something like 45 days. But Polanski apparently feared the judge in the case might overrule the plea agreement and set a stricter sentence, so he fled the country and has been hiding in friendly countries ever since.

I hope they hang onto this monster and send him back to Los Angeles to face the music like anybody else would have to. What his victim thinks should be done is immaterial. Polanski owed a debt to society for skipping bail and avoiding punishment for his crimes.

*Folks, you've got to let go of all this anger over the Chiefs. We knew this was going to be a tough season. Last Sunday in Philadelphia was tough to take, I'll vouch for that. But the Eagles are one of the best teams in one of the NFC's best divisions. If you are going to see toughness develop in a team, you're going to see it coming in the games they have this coming month.

(You never get softball commentary from Brian Kubicki’s Parallax Look. Email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


 

Now, will the White House apologize to Joe Wilson?

From the Sept. 23, 2009 issue

•Word has settled out that South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson has become the conservative hero coming out of his, “YOU LIE!” call during Pres. Obama's speech to both Houses of Congress a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, Rep. Wilson has accumulated somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million in campaign contributions toward his 2010 re-election. They don't tell you that in most news reports. All I recall hearing is how much Wilson's opponent gathered.

•My main question on the Joe Wilson issue is, now that the White House has come out with a written acknowledgment that the House Health Care Takeover plan actually DOES cover illegal aliens because the plan has no means provided that would verify the residency of participants, should the White House apologize to Rep. Wilson because his statement that the President lied in his speech was actually correct?

•On a related note, President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that is all the more reason to legalize them as residents and ensure they eventually do get coverage.

He also said that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.

The actual quotes:

"Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don't simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken. That's why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else. If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all."

I told you that one was coming. Hope and change whether you like it or not.

•College students last week staged coordinated protests urging their schools to stop using coal to fire campus power plants in favor of cleaner energy sources including wood chips.
Students at the University of Missouri and other campuses across the country mounted a Sierra Club-led (there they are again!) Coal-Free Campus campaign.

At MU, the school used more than 48,000 tons of coal to generate electricity in 2007, which amounted to 80 percent of campus energy use.

The Sierra Club report singled out UCLA, Oregon State, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina and five other schools along with Missouri. The environmental group identified 60 campuses with their own coal-burning power plants.

Now for the truth of the story: Missouri generates more than 80 percent of its electricity from coal. That reliance accounts for the state having the fourth-lowest energy prices in the country. Thus, the new wood-chips-for-coal campaign will hurt the state's economy and could lead to increased college costs for Missouri students and their families. That doesn't even mention the problem that wood chips do not contain as much energy content as bituminous coal does.

That's kind of why we use coal. Sheesh!

•The female student who alleged last week that she was gang-raped by five men inside a Hofstra University dormitory bathroom on Sunday admitted to fabricating the story.

Charges against the four men arrested have since been dropped. The alleged victim apparently admitted that the encounter that took place early Sunday morning was consensual.

Here's the money quote (sorry for that!):

One of the young men, who spent three nights in jail, said he's just relieved the entire ordeal is over.

"I'm actually very happy that the truth finally came out…I'm blessed. My family is here right now to pick us up and I'd just like to thank everybody for your support out there. The truth is finally out. I prayed to God on the inside that everything would work out. I actually thought everything was going to go down bad. It feels so horrible when you are innocent and then you are going down like you are guilty…Basically I have no hard feelings toward her. I don't know why she did it. I don't know her so I don't want to say anything bad about her…I grew up in an all-women household. I have sisters. All my women are aunts. I respect women. I would never disrespect women, so being accused of that hurt me and my brother, you know? I'm just happy that everything is finally out in the open and we get to go home."

“I don't know her?!?”

“I respect women!?!”

Really? I'm truly flabbergasted that nobody in the media asked him if taking part in sharing a woman with four other guys is really evidence of “respecting” women.

•Lay off the Chiefs folks. They're going to be just fine…eventually.

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Even on 9/11, Obama promotes socialist agenda

From the Sept. 16, 2009 issue

•I fumed as I listened to President Obama try to avoid New York City on 9/11 (he sent Vice President Joe Biden) and instead try to turn what is this nation's most patriotic modern call to arms into a day that would serve instead as a promotion for his socialist agenda exhibited by the following words from his 9/11 speech:

“That is why we are marking this Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day, and every day, it is incumbent on each of us to uphold those ideals that our enemies were - and are - so eager to destroy.”

Then, instead of laying a wreath of remembrance at one of the three invasion sites, Ground Zero, The Pentagon, or Rural Pennsylvania (the words, “Let's roll…” still give me goose bumps…), President Obama painted the kitchen of a Habitat for Humanity house.
I personally prefer the recollections of a loyal reader of mine who shared the following thoughts with me on 9/11:

“Today is Sep 11. For many people it is just another day, they have forgotten. I haven't. Some people I knew went up in a jet fuel inferno at the Pentagon. Since then I have mourned as people I have served with have died. The SEAL team in Afghanistan, I had the pleasure of working with them in the past on a nasty bit of work in another place and time.

A very good PSYOP NCO I worked with in Bosnia, he didn't come home from Afghanistan. The Operations NCO for our unit in Bosnia left his blood and his life on a hillside in Afghanistan. A cavalryman from the Midwest serving as a Peacekeeper in Bosnia didn't make it home to experience the birth of his daughter. He left his life on a roadside in Bosnia in a senseless traffic accident; a head on collision with a transport truck in a curve on a mountainous road.

In 1985, the Red Army Faction kidnapped and murdered a young airman in Frankfurt, Germany. They used his car, uniform, and ID card to get a car bomb onto Rheinmain AFB. It was ugly. A month later, Islamic terrorist popped a car bomb at the Frankfurt, Germany, American PX. I was there. So was my wife. In Dec 1988, some of my friends, with whom I had worked with for the past three years, and their families went down over Lockerbie, Scotland. By the act of a simple decision, and that I didn't like Pan Am Airlines, my wife and I would have been on that flight. While they were dying, we were on the Delta Airlines Flight passing over England on our way home.

So, here we are. Some people are indeed remembering, others are surprised and are rethinking, and for some it is an inconvenience. For me, it is personal.”

•Did you see it acknowledged that more than 40,000 Japanese people are aged 100 or over, which is a 10 percent increase over last year. The smaller workforce will have to shoulder the burden of ballooning pension and health care costs. Today, just over three working age people now support each elderly person. In 50 years, the ratio will be nearly one to one.

What was that they were saying about us having too many people on the planet?

•I erred when I referenced Federalist No. 45 last week pertaining to the specific powers of the federal government and the broad powers of the states and the people. I should have referenced Federalist Paper No. 45, reproduced below, and written by Mr. James Madison:

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.

The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security. As the former periods will probably bear a small proportion to the latter, the State governments will here enjoy another advantage over the federal government. The more adequate, indeed, the federal powers may be rendered to the national defense, the less frequent will be those scenes of danger which might favor their ascendancy over the governments of the particular States.”

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Hey kids, let's play 'pin a clownsuit on the president'

From the Sept. 9, 2009 issue

So the RINO Brigade of the Republican Party (they wear dark suits, red ties and pink boas) thinks there is no problem at all with the President of the United States making an event of speaking to all children in public schools across the United States?

O.K. Beyond the obvious that an American President has no Constitutionally-mandated role addressing children in local-government controlled public schools--remember that the federal government's duties and responsibilities are very specifically enumerated while the powers of the states and the people are more broadly defined (read Federalist Paper No. 24)-- let's look at the actual text of the speech to see what IS wrong with THIS speech:
(Do you kind of feel as Obama's true intentions for this country become more clear, a vast majority of Americans are coming together under the banner of smaller government and adherence to the original tenets of the Constitution?)

“I'm here because I want to talk with you about your education and what's expected of all of you in this new school year.”

Parallax Look: So…the federal government has expectations for students in public schools? Does the Constitution give them this responsibility, because I've looked and I can't find a word about that?

“I've talked a lot about your government's responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren't working where students aren't getting the opportunities they deserve.”
Parallax Look: Now, once again…where exactly is this “responsibility” for setting standards for student performance mandated in the federal government's guide, the United States Constitution? I can't find a word about it.

“Maybe you could be a good writer--maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper…”
Parallax Look: Wow! Nice job there, Mr. President, pointing them to a growing industry. I think you'd find a higher pay scale sending them forward toward a career in waste recovery management.
(Folks, let your Representative or Senator know that if they support this idiocy called Cap and Trade or the Health Care takeover, they will no longer serve as your representative in Washington. We need to make that message clear.)

“You can't drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You've got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.”
Parallax Look: Understand folks, he's addressing children who are actually attending school. The likelihood that the message of “DON'T DROP OUT” has even occurred to these kids considering how crappy public schools are in the first place is pretty slim.

“…and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment…”

Parallax Look: “protect our environment?” Protect it from what? I thought this speech wasn't going to contain any efforts at indoctrination? Man cannot harm the environment. Show me one example where the man has permanently harmed the environment the way the environment has permanently harmed man. (Reference tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, blizzards, heat waves, droughts, shark attack, piranha attack, snake attack, alligator attack, tiger attack…and on and on. Hell, mosquitoes alone have wiped out millions of people due to our own error-filled actions.) On balance, the environment is kicking mankind's collective arse.

“I did some things I'm not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have.”
Parallax Look: Since you are imposing on our children's lives to espouse all this, would you care to elaborate on this point? We know some people who would be very interested.

“Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war…”
Parallax Look: You've got your facts wrong there Mr. President. Actually, the war ended the Depression. If you will look at the statistics, you'll see that unemployment stayed into the double-digits until the United States entered the war.

“I'm working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn.”
Parallax Look: Huh? That stuff is handled by our state and local governments and the school districts. The federal government has no role in this venture.

So you see the indoctrination is all about taking things for granted. Issues that are still being debated as to the Constitutionally-mandated functions of a central government created by the states of this Republic are assumed to be rights and responsibilities of the federal government in each of the items the President mentioned above. Had I been the parent of children in public schools, they would have stayed home on Tuesday (It's an old story--fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I'll elaborate in a future column--it's a long story.)

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Are we reaching our true mortality?

From the Sept. 2, 2009 issue

•For those of you convinced that I personify all that is seen as wrong in the tree-hugging world, please consider the following true story. I saved a cat from death due to recycling.
Last Wednesday morning--Trash Day--I crawled out of bed and headed for the garbage bags. I noticed through one of the front windows out on the stoop a small, hunched-up furry figure with what looked like a can or something on its head. I opened the door and went over to it and could see it was a cat with its head stuck in an empty peanut butter jar. It wasn't moving, so the momentary thought of joy that the cat might be dead (remember, I hate cats) was quickly turned to disappointment when the cat moved its body when I grabbed the plastic jar on its head. After a few gentle tugs, the jar slid off the cat's head. The cat then looked at me with a clueless expression and headed off for the cover of brush (Not even a thank you!).

Now, how could that story have anything to do with recycling? Well, where do you think the peanut butter jar came from? You've got it…the neighbors put their green recycling bins on the curb and someone put a near-empty plastic peanut butter jar into one of the bins. The cat came scrounging around the bins for free food, as cats are wont to do, and voila. I carry no blame in this because I do not recycle. It makes no logical sense to recycle.

•Have you ever looked up life expectancy statistics? It is amazing how much we have actually stagnated in improving our life expectancy. Consider these numbers: in 1900, Americans lived to only about the age of 48. By 1950, that number jumped to 70! Over the next 50 years, we only progressed another 8 years of life expectancy. The more time passes, the less we gain in years of expected life. Are we reaching our true mortality or are we stagnating our technology with all this incessant worrying about the environment when we should instead be focusing on the major factors of disease and risk to health genetics and prevention?

That is indeed food for thought.

•I was driving home late this evening and was stopped at a railroad track while a seemingly endless chain of boxcars loaded to their brims with coal raced for the nearest power plant. The air all around was filled with the unmistakable scent of coal dust. You know how certain smells jog your brain into recognizing specific things? Well that coal reminded me of progress. It sent images to my brain of an industrial giant being born. I saw computers being powered, microprocessors being built, skyscrapers reaching for the sky, and man reaching for the stars. These are all made possible in big part due to the burning of fossil fuels.

Coal is our history. Coal is cheaply powering the machines that place these words before your eyes right now. Coal is our future. If you turned-off all the coal-generated electricity we use tomorrow, half of what you normally do every day cannot be done tomorrow. You can only drink half of your normal allotment of coffee. You can only get half-way to work. Your computer at work can only stay on for half of the day. Your company's revenues would have to be cut at least in half. Dinner would only be half-cooked. Dessert would be half a piece of pie with no ice cream (who eats half-melted ice cream?).

I, for one, LOVE coal and accept its important role in my life.

•This is time for football. The Chiefs are going to be interesting. Not in a competitive way, but instead in a, “Wow, I never thought I'd see an NFL team do THAT in a game!” way. You can tell that Scott Pioli and Todd Haley are trying to change things up, and change them for the better. But do they know how? That's a valid question. I hate predicting wins and losses before the season starts, but if I have to venture a guess, Haley is going to be sweating heavily in December every time he walks past Brian Waters (remember the “I can win more than two games with 22 guys off the street” comment?).

As for the Big 12, this is going to be a fun year. The South Champion will of course win the Big 12 Title, but both divisions are going to be enormously competitive methinks, and what's even more relevant to most of us, old rivalries involving the color purple are going to start getting interesting again!

Give me football! But please, first give me at least one more week of 90-100 degree temperatures…

(Brian Kubicki gives you a Parallax Look right here each week. Email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


 

Hey, whatever happened to acid rain?

From the Aug. 26, 2009 issue

•Why is Senator Clair McCaskill doing all these town hall meetings across the state and why is Representative Dennis Moore doing none? McCaskill faces the fire and gets burned up by the public vitriol stored-up against a government take-over of the health care system in the United States. Moore hides from the public and gets burned up by the public vitriol stored-up against a government take-over of the health care system in the United States. So who accomplishes anything? Neither does, because they are both idiots. The US Constitution says nothing about health care; therefore control of that aspect of our lives is left to the states or to the people. Case closed.

•This health care plan stinks like a skunk suffering from a body odor problem that shuns him from the skunk community. It's that bad.

•And don't give me this hooey that because the actual words, “Death Panel” do not appear in the bill, well then, government isn't planning on convening panels to govern who lives and who dies. When Nixon established the EPA, did anyone envision that these loons would make the gas we exhale a taxable pollutant?

•Whatever happened to acid rain? Did we fix it? I thought we were to be awash in skin and eye burning acid from the skies by now? After all, acid content in our rain water is way higher today than it was back then.

Remember in the 1980s, acid rain was the environmental scourge of the day. The subject fell off the radar in 1990, when Congress passed an amendment to the Clean Air Act calling for huge reductions in emissions that lead to acid rain. Supposedly, those emissions have dropped, significantly, but the problem is far from gone.

Acid rain occurs when sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides-gases released by the earth form acidic compounds in the atmosphere. These fall back to earth in rain, snow, or sleet or as dry particles or gases. So theoretically, acid rain can be a problem. It could also be absolutely nothing.

To supposedly try to prevent all this, the Clean Air Act required that coal-fired power plants make significant cuts on sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions, which they did by installing "scrubbers" in their smokestacks and switching to low-sulfur coal (yay for Wyoming coal!).

•Cap-and-trade programs-like the ones that we may soon institute for carbon (unless sensibility takes over soon) - came online in 1995 for sulfur dioxide and 2003 for nitrogen oxides. Vehicles, which these loons thought were responsible for large amounts of nitrogen oxides, were also supposedly becoming cleaner due to the introduction of catalytic convertors in the mid-1970s. Thousands of people have died in catalytic converter-started fires since then, but such is the cost of “progress,” I guess.

•Problem solved, right? Well, not so fast. Rain in the eastern United States is still relatively acidic. Most rainwater in the region has a pH level between 4.3 and 4.8. (In the late 1970s and early 1980s, annual averages in the East were closer to 4.0.) Water is getting more acidic over time, in these times, irrespective of man's influence.

There is nothing we can do to change that. Yet more evidence that we aren't all THAT.

•Recent tests indicate that all fish have traces of mercury in their tissues. Further, only about a quarter of the fish tested had mercury levels exceeding what the EPA says is safe for people eating average amounts of fish. I told you the EPA was a waste of time and money.
The study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, is the most comprehensive at mercury in the nation's waterways. From 1998 to 2005, scientists collected and tested more than a thousand fish from 291 streams nationwide.

Counter to claims by the Obama Administration that most of this contamination is due to the burning of fossil fuels, some of the highest mercury levels in fish were detected in the remotest blackwater streams along the coasts of the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana, as far from coal and oil plants as a fish can be. The second highest concentration of mercury was detected in largemouth bass from the North Fork of the Edisto River near Fairview Crossroads, S.C. Nothing from the big city rivers with massive power plants at every turn.

Other research has shown mercury in fish from isolated areas of Alaska and Canada, and species that live in the deep ocean. No power plants anywhere around those either.

•Finally, your environmental thought for the week: Never pass-up an opportunity to point and laugh at a person driving a Smart Car.

•Be patient and steadfast my friends. The 2010 mid-term elections are just around the corner.

(Brian Kubicki makes it rain weekly with his Parallax Look. Email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Obama kicks his own butt on 'Death Panels' topic

From the Aug. 19, 2009 issue

Did you catch this little subliminal slip-up by President Obama last week? This little tête-à-tête involved President Obama, Sarah Palin, and the American electorate (especially the 285 million that have their own health insurance).

President Barack Obama kind of started it with this government takeover of the health care system he is behind. Seems there is this little provision in the bill that describes how the government will create a panel of people whose job will be to review sick people's information and determine whether they warrant a hip replacement if they are of advanced age or whether they should receive cancer treatment if they are likely to die anyway. Of course, the language in the bill is a bit more guarded (I like to describe things that government wants to do to you in unguarded terms), but you get the gist.

Sarah Palin stepped up and coined these review panels, “Death Panels," on her Facebook page and warned Americans to be very afraid. That prompted President Obama to jump right back the next day at a Town Hall meeting saying, “I just lost my grandmother last year. I know what it's like to watch somebody you love, who's aging, deteriorate and have to struggle with that.” He took issue with, “…the notion that somehow I ran for public office or members of Congress are in this so they can go around pulling the plug on grandma.’

RIGHT THEAH! (Picture Howard Cosell watching a flurry of lightning punches exchanged between Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton and he stops the action to show the replay because he saw the punch in real time that broke Ali's jaw.)

Political campaigns pay handsomely for phrases that work. Putting words together in the right combinations can sink an opposing campaign like a vintage Mike Tyson right hook. It's not easy. Ronald Reagan did it in his 1984 debate with Walter Mondale when he answered a question about his age, “I'm not going to take advantage of my opponent's youth and inexperience.” He might as well have taken the oath of office right then and there.

As many have noticed, President Obama seems to be able to turn a phrase with effect at times. He did it right there, calling the “Death Panels” “pulling the plug on grandma.”

He put a sympathetic face on the victim of the Death Panel. He did it for Sarah Palin. The problem is, he wanted to instead dismiss her comments as fear mongering. What he forgot? Millions of people follow everything Sarah Palin writes and says. They believe her whether you think her dead-on or batty they find her credible. And the President of the United States just helped her sink his health care juggernaut.

Then, in the next breath, Obama made it even worse…"When you start making arguments like that, that's simply dishonest, especially when I hear the arguments coming from members of Congress in the other party who, turns out, sponsored similar provisions."
“Similar provisions?” So if the Republicans propose a Death Panel, it's O.K. for the Democrats to do so also? I thought the point to Sarah Palin's message, THAT YOU, THE PRESIDENT, RESPONDED DIRECTLY TO, was that Americans did not want Death Panels?

Sheesh! At this rate of idiocy, Obama is going to be asking for a re-count himself.

•Before we put this Professor Gates issue to bed forever, did you catch this?

Rock legend Bob Dylan was treated like a prowler by New Jersey police when a resident of a shore community called to report someone aimlessly wandering around the neighborhood looking at houses.

Dylan was in Long Branch, south of New York City, this summer for a tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp that was to play in nearby Lakewood. A 20-something police officer, unaware of who Dylan is, asked him for identification.

The police officer drove up to Dylan and asked him his name. Dylan told him. The officer asked what he was doing there. Dylan explained he was on tour. A second officer reporting to the scene had a similar degree of incredulousness.

The officers asked him for identification. Dylan replied that he didn't have any with him and that he was just walking around looking at houses to pass some time before that evening's show.

The officers asked the 68 year old Dylan to accompany them back to the hotel where Dylan was staying, where the tour staff vouched for Dylan.

The officers thanked Dylan for his cooperation. He was reported to have been incredibly nice.

There was no, “Do you know who I am?”

There was no, “I'll go outside and talk to yo' mama!”

There was no, “This is how slovenly old rock stars get treated in America!?!”

Professor Gates? President Obama? Are you listening?

(Our man Brian kicks butt, just never his own. Email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


Don't help the left-leaning media protect Obama

From the Aug. 12, 2009 issue

•If you have paid any attention to such publications as World Net Daily and Newsmax, you have certainly heard some of the stories being researched about President Obama's birth. They have run the gamut, ranging from claims he wasn't born in the United States to he was actually born in Kenya and has a Kenyan Birth Certificate to prove it.

Now I don't claim to know what the actual truth is. Obama may be a true and documented American citizen and he may have pulled perhaps the biggest hoax on the American people since Elvis faked his own death.

But the truth is, it doesn't really matter.

What really matters is those on the political right (or only slightly leaning that way) who are criticizing those who are researching all these stories should SHUT-UP with all their criticism of those who are legitimately looking into these stories. You hear Batman and Robin in the afternoons on KMBZ and Bill O'Reilly dismissively wave their hands at these people and call them left-created names like, “birthers,” and “loons.”

Guys, you're only helping the left-leaning media protect Obama from criticism. When President Bush was sighted-in by the left-leaning political attack machine shortly after his second term commenced, you heard stories from Dan Rather's claim that the president got special deferments and actually didn't serve in the Air National Guard, to Rosie O'Donnell claiming that the Bush Administration conspired to bring the World Trade Center down, even to claims that the commercial jet headed for The Congress was actually shot down by a fighter jet on 911 (I believe that one.).

The point is, all these things chip away at an edifice that is being supported by all of Congress and the cabal of the traditional “big” media. Every little bit helps gain an advantage in a political fight that really is a war for liberty and freedom. What this fight doesn't need are soldiers on our side calling-out our own efforts. We have enough on our plate handling criticism from the other side.

As the liberals and Democrats showed us in the last two elections, staying in formation is important.

•Our Congressmen are on their annual summer break and seem to be avoiding meeting with their constituents to discuss the heady proposals facing them when they head back into the fall session. When these folks were trying to get elected, we couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a town hall meeting. Now, these folks are cancelling speaking events or sending unnamed aids to speak on their behalf.

If I ever am given the chance to present my concerns regarding a government takeover of the American health care system, I'm going to ask my House Representative (Dennis Moore) how exactly a “government option” to health care insurance is intended to compete on a level playing field with private insurance plans. Private insurance companies are supposed to make a profit. Government does not operate under the pressure of having to turn a profit. If the books come up short, all government has to do is steal more tax money in disproportionate amounts from the American people.

Stop this people. Stop it now.

•Did you know that Charles “Tex” Watson, the hatchet man in the Manson Family murders that occurred 40 years ago, has spent the last near half-century fathering four children with a wife he married after being incarcerated?

I kid you not.

Watson was tried separately from the others convicted in the murders. At the time of the Tate murders, he was reported to have responded to questioning from Wojciech Frykowski, one of the unfortunate victims of the Tate slaughter, with "I am the devil, and I'm here to do the devil's business." In testimony, Watson denied making the statement, but he later acknowledged it in his autobiography.

Watson was convicted and sentenced to death in October 1971. He and the Manson Family escaped execution when the California Supreme Court invalidated all death sentences imposed in California prior to 1972. Having been denied parole 13 times, Watson remains incarcerated in Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) in Ione, California. His last hearing, which he did not attend, was in 2006. He received a maximum five-year denial. His next scheduled parole hearing is in December 2011.

In 1979, Watson married Kristen Joan Svega. Through conjugal visits they were able to have four children. Largely through the lobbying efforts of Doris Tate, mother of murder victim Sharon Tate, conjugal visits for imprisoned individuals convicted of murder were banned. Watson separated from and divorced his wife in 2003.

Is this an upside-down world or what? I feel like Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes…”It's a MADHOUSE…A MADHOUSE!!!”

Can we start football season now?

(We’re pretty sure Brian Kubicki is a true and documented U.S. citizen. Email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Is Cash for Clunkers dying after burning only $1 billion?

From the Aug. 5, 2009 issue

•I'm back in Hog Heaven with all this maniacal summer heat. Just remember, it's supposed to be hot in the summer. Man isn't causing this heat. The hottest summer I can remember was I the early 1980's and I didn't even own a computer. It will be frigid cold soon enough. Enjoy this non-cold weather while you can.

•And if people cause global warming, how did we warm out of all those worldwide ice ages where man wasn't anywhere to be seen?

•I realize that this particular observation obviously goes without saying, but the Professor Gates arrest issue last week involving the Cambridge police force that became a national issue err “teachable moment on the issue of racial profiling,” was made into a national issue by none other than President Obama. He was the person who placed the issue on the national stage by selecting to comment on it at the end of his press conference, which was supposed to be focused on addressing Obama's plan to lead a government takeover of the health care system in America.
People were/are arrested every single day in suspected cases of breaking and entering. Hundreds of incidents occur every single day. Why was this one worthy of being one of only eleven questions posed to the President of the United States on this evening? Doesn't the Commander in Chief of the United States military have more important things to do with his day rather than poke his nosey-nose into the affairs of the Cambridge police department?

•It's Shark Week on Discovery Channel.

•Have you seen that commercial where the squirrel is munching on a nut in the middle of the road when a car comes toward it and the squirrel, all the animals, and the woman in the passenger seat start screaming like banshees? I don't know what they are selling in that ad, but I REALLY wanted the squirrel to get squashed.

•Did you hear that episode on the Continental Airlines flight from Rio de Janeiro to Houston where the plane hit some turbulence so bad that several passengers were injured by being slammed against the bulkhead? The flight was diverted to Miami where the injured passengers received medical attention. I have flown on plenty of flights. I've been in turbulence so bad that I can sleep through roller coaster rides today. One rule has remained steadfast after all of it keep your seat belt buckled whenever you are seated and unbuckle it only to go to the bathroom or take down a hijacker. Remember, you are moving through earth's atmosphere at the speed of 600 miles per hour that is 88 feet each and every second. If that plane's momentum is halted, even for a second, you're not staying in one place.

•The Cash for Clunkers program seems to be dying after “only” burning through $1 billion. You've heard all the horror stories perfectly running cars are being demolished; non-running junkers are being rejected because they don't run. So you throw away the working cars and keep the clunkers littering the streets? This sounds like the automotive version of Midnight Basketball. Remember that solid gold liberal “wisdom?”

•By the way, I get 12 miles to the gallon of gas when running my air conditioner in my 2 year old Toyota Sequoia. My gas pedal is HUGE.

•If you haven't heard of this case that recently crossed the news waves in Kansas, hold on to your chairs. Simply stated--a 30-year-old-male is charged, convicted, and imprisoned for sexual molestation of three little kids. Under Jessica's Law, he receives a mandatory minimum 25 year prison sentence. The crimes occurred 4 years ago. The man's lawyer appealed the conviction on the grounds that the man was not older than 18 when the crimes were committed, which is required under Jessica's Law. The judge sided with the appeal and threw-out the 25 year sentence. 30-4 = 26. 26 is greater than 18. Don't they have any basic math requirements in law school? Unbelievable.

•By the way, I realize that college football is only weeks away, but I'm not predicting the order of finish in the Big 12 before the season this year. The practice is pointless. Nobody is ever correct, and the system of ranking teams nationally gives an unfair head start to traditional power programs that just don't deserve the love (Notre Dame).

•By the way, I tried a McDonald's Angus Mushroom and Swiss burger for lunch the other day. I can't recommend it, or similar fare, every day for lunch. But when you factor some fast food into your weekly rotation, put this one on your menu. It rocks! This sandwich is a close second to Hardee's version, but they put some thought into this one.

(Stay buckled while reading Parallax Look. Email Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


 

Doesn't the commander-in-chief have more important things to do?

Posted 7/30/09

•I'm back in Hog Heaven with all this maniacal summer heat. Just remember, it's supposed to be hot in the summer. Man isn't causing this heat. The hottest summer I can remember was I the early 1980's and I didn't even own a computer. It will be frigid cold soon enough. Enjoy this non-cold weather while you can.

•And if people cause global warming, how did we warm out of all those worldwide ice ages where man wasn't anywhere to be seen?

•I realize that this particular observation obviously goes without saying, but the Professor Gates arrest issue last week involving the Cambridge police force that became a national issue err “teachable moment on the issue of racial profiling,” was made into a national issue by none other than President Obama. He was the person who placed the issue on the national stage by selecting to comment on it at the end of his press conference, which was supposed to be focused on addressing Obama's plan to lead a government takeover of the health care system in America.

People were/are arrested every single day in suspected cases of breaking and entering. Hundreds of incidents occur every single day. Why was this one worthy of being one of only eleven questions posed to the President of the United States on this evening? Doesn't the Commander in Chief of the United States military have more important things to do with his day rather than poke his nosey-nose into the affairs of the Cambridge police department?

•It's Shark Week on Discovery Channel.

•Have you seen that commercial where the squirrel is munching on a nut in the middle of the road when a car comes toward it and the squirrel, all the animals, and the woman in the passenger seat start screaming like banshees? I don't know what they are selling in that ad, but I REALLY wanted the squirrel to get squashed.

•Did you hear that episode on the Continental Airlines flight from Rio de Janeiro to Houston where the plane hit some turbulence so bad that several passengers were injured by being slammed against the bulkhead? The flight was diverted to Miami where the injured passengers received medical attention. I have flown on plenty of flights. I've been in turbulence so bad that I can sleep through roller coaster rides today. One rule has remained steadfast after all of it keep your seat belt buckled whenever you are seated and unbuckle it only to go to the bathroom or take down a hijacker. Remember, you are moving through earth's atmosphere at the speed of 600 miles per hour that is 88 feet each and every second. If that plane's momentum is halted, even for a second, you're not staying in one place.

•The Cash for Clunkers program seems to be dying after “only” burning through $1 billion. You've heard all the horror stories perfectly running cars are being demolished; non-running junkers are being rejected because they don't run. So you throw away the working cars and keep the clunkers littering the streets? This sounds like the automotive version of Midnight Basketball. Remember that solid gold liberal “wisdom?”

•By the way, I get 12 miles to the gallon of gas when running my air conditioner in my 2 year old Toyota Sequoia. My gas pedal is HUGE.

•If you haven't heard of this case that recently crossed the news waves in Kansas, hold on to your chairs. Simply stated--a 30-year-old-male is charged, convicted, and imprisoned for sexual molestation of three little kids. Under Jessica's Law, he receives a mandatory minimum 25 year prison sentence. The crimes occurred 4 years ago. The man's lawyer appealed the conviction on the grounds that the man was not older than 18 when the crimes were committed, which is required under Jessica's Law. The judge sided with the appeal and threw-out the 25 year sentence. 30-4 = 26. 26 is greater than 18. Don't they have any basic math requirements in law school? Unbelievable.

•By the way, I realize that college football is only weeks away, but I'm not predicting the order of finish in the Big 12 before the season this year. The practice is pointless. Nobody is ever correct, and the system of ranking teams nationally gives an unfair head start to traditional power programs that just don't deserve the love (Notre Dame).

•By the way, I tried a McDonald's Angus Mushroom and Swiss burger for lunch the other day. I can't recommend it, or similar fare, every day for lunch. But when you factor some fast food into your weekly rotation, put this one on your menu. It rocks! This sandwich is a close second to Hardee's version, but they put some thought into this one.

(Stay buckled while reading Parallax Look. Email Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


When will the left media
insist Obama apologize?

Posted 7/30/09

•I have to weigh-in on this national issue I'm torn between naming, “CrackerGate” or “I'll Talk to Yo Mama-Gate,” that President Obama created.

When are we going to hear the left-leaning big media screaming for Obama to apologize for bringing national attention to race relations when they had absolutely nothing to do with this issue? Remember when they called for President Bush to apologize for mistakes made during his presidency? That shrieking went on for months.

•Did you see the peer reviewed scientific study that found natural climatic forces are the dominant influence on weather? According to this study, which was published in the highly regarded Journal of Geophysical Research, little to none of the late 20th century global temperature change can be attributed to human activity.

The study found the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is the main driver of global atmospheric temperatures. Also, intermittent volcanic activity injects cooling aerosols into the atmosphere resulting in significant cooling. (Remember when I told you about volcanoes?)

Bob Carter, one of four scientists who recently questioned the justification for proposed Australian emissions trading scheme (Aussie “cap-and-trade”), says this paper has significant consequences for public climate policy.

The close relationship between ENSO and global temperature, as described in the paper, leaves little room for any warming driven by human carbon dioxide emissions. The available data indicate that future global temperatures will continue to change primarily in response to ENSO cycling, volcanic activity and solar changes.”

•Now for the environmental myth debunking part of our weekly journey, remember when we had cars that ran on leaded gas? The mixture known as gasoline developed to fuel our cars, when used in high compression internal combustion engines, had a tendency to autoignite causing damaging engine knocking (also called "pinging") noise. The discovery that lead additives modified this behavior led to the widespread adoption of their use in the 1920s and therefore more powerful higher compression engines. However, Enviro-nuts claimed that the emissions resulting from burning leaded gasoline was going to kill man on the planet earth, so the EPA forced petroleum companies to remove lead from their gasoline. The only problem though is the incompatibility of lead with catalytic converters found on virtually all newly sold US automobiles since 1975 (again because of Enviro-nuts afraid of exhaust from the engines). So out comes the lead.

However, fuel containing lead may be sold for off-road uses, including aircraft, race cars, farm equipment, and marine engines. Many classic cars engines have needed modification to use lead-free fuels since leaded fuels became unavailable.

In some parts of South America, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, leaded gasoline is still in use. Also, in Britain there is now a growing market for using Four Star leaded petrol in classic cars and motorcycles because of detonation and valve seat erosion. A sole petroleum wholesaler, the Bayford Group, is EU-licensed to distribute the leaded fuel and it is sold at select outlets around the UK.

And need I opine than nobody has died due to all the leaded fuel emissions in those countries.

•Here's one the Obama Administration snuck by you. His "science czar," Paul Holdren, once floated the idea of forced abortions, "compulsory sterilization," and the creation of a "Planetary Regime" that would oversee human population levels and control all natural resources as a means of protecting the planet all being uber-controversial ideas critics say should have been brought up in his Senate confirmation hearings.

Holdren was confirmed with little fanfare on March 19 as director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, a 50-person directorate that advises the president on scientific affairs, focusing on energy independence and global warming.

But Holdren's radical ideas on population control were not brought up at his confirmation hearings; it appears that the senators who scrutinized him had no knowledge of the contents of a textbook he co-authored in 1977, "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment."

The 1,000-page book, which was co-written with environmental activists Paul and Anne Ehrlich, discusses and in one passage seems to advocate totalitarian measures to curb population growth, which it says could cause an environmental catastrophe.

In Holdren's defense, the White House says that Holdren was not espousing these extreme population control measures, just describing what those measures are.

However, the three authors summarize their guiding principle in a single sentence in the book: "To provide a high quality of life for all, there must be fewer people."

Wow! Health care rationing for all…old people use health care more than anybody else…population control measures. Put 2 and 2 together and if I'm in the 60-70-80 age range, I'm starting to get nervous about government run health care.

(We never apologize for a weekly Parallax Look. Email Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Obama now getting some
pushback from the people

Posted 7/24/09

•So the Obama Administration seems to finally be experiencing some pushback from Congress (via the American people of course) in his plan to “remake” America. First, it's increasing the national debt from a half a trillion dollars to more than $11 trillion. Next, he was intent on closing the most secure prison for War on Terror detainees with no plan for where they should be taken. Then, he is going to institute an energy plan that will bankrupt the source of energy that represents nearly 80% of all the energy generated in this country. Finally, he is going to lead government in taking over the entire US health care system.
Do we want President Obama to fail? You're damn right we do.

•By the way, for you Obama zealots, are you happy with your leader's actions as Commander-In-Chief? We have expanded the war in Afghanistan and we are still toiling away in Iraq.

•You know, when national debt is kept to a manageable amount, as a percentage compared to the Gross Domestic Product, it can be a good thing depending on whether the money being spent meets Constitutional muster. But $11 trillion of national debt is insane. You are saddling your children's children with government entitlement programs with this degree of debt. I want Obama to fail, absolutely, on this issue.

•Notice that I haven't yet opined on the Chiefs fates for the coming season? It's because they appear to be in good hands. Can any of you argue the point that what Scott Pioli and Todd Haley have done thus far isn't WAY better than anything done by their predecessors? We have complained incessantly in years past at this point ion the season. We have nothing to complain about yet. Enjoy it.

•Guantanamo Bay in Cuba holds terrorists that would like nothing more than to be able to recruit more terrorists from with the prison population. You want to know where Radical Islam is growing in numbers faster than any other segment of society? In the American prison system. Do you want these loons recruiting people to the Radical Islamic cause from within our prison walls? Do you want these terrorists located in prisons in your own backyard? The worst part of the whole issue is the only reason President Obama is acting to close the Gitmo Detainee Center in Guantanamo Bay is he promised a bunch of left-wing whackos in his base and he has already ticked them off by ramping up the war in Afghanistan. You bet your sweet bippy I want President Obama to fail on this issue.

•Cap-and-Trade is a tax plan whereby any company that uses energy generated by fossil fuels (and that is EVERYBODY because fossil fuels represent 80% of all the energy we use) will get taxed a certain amount for all energy used above a given “capped” amount of energy use. Supposedly, the tax money taken will be used to build more windmills and rooftop mounted solar collectors. Basically, on a Kilowatt-hour (KWH) basis, we are taking money away from a source that costs 8 cents/KWH and forcing Americans to spend 40 cents/KWH for less efficient, more expensive energy sources. Think of it like this…say you normally spend $8 for a lunch of succulent Popeye's fried chicken (4-piece, spicy, Cajun rice as the side and a large Strawberry soda). Under the Obama Cap-and-Trade lunch plan, you spend $40 and have to eat a big steamy bowl of worms. I definitely want President Obama to fail on Cap-and-Trade.

•And about ObamaCare….

Here's what it seems to be about Obama wants every American depending on government for their health care. The way they will carry it out is to gradually make it look like their “public option” for health care coverage is going to compete with private insurance plans. (Has any government run plan competed with a private entity? Governments don't compete because government's don't have to make a profit.) Of course, the government plan is going to be much less expensive than private insurance, at first, so people will flock in great numbers for the government run “public option.” Next thing, if you leave your company or go self-employed, it will be illegal under ObamaCare to try to obtain private health insurance. In the meantime, most of the private health insurance companies will eventually go out of business, because they cannot compete with a government plan that does not have to show shareholders a profit. Then, once government has most of the eligible Americans stuck in their “public option,” the rationing and waiting periods and other problems inherent with Socialism will begin. Fight it now people. Fight it.

•Say it after me. Say it with me: “I want President Obama to fail.”

(Brian Kubicki never fails to bring Landmark readers an insightful Parallax Look. Email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


CAN WE CHANGE THINGS IN GOVERNMENT NOW?

Posted 7/17/09

•Did you see where Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said last week in an interview with the New York Times she thought the Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide was intended to aid population control among lower-income Americans?

Ginsberg was asked, "If you were a lawyer again, what would you want to accomplish as a future feminist legal agenda?" She responded: "Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. So we have a policy that affects only poor women, and it can never be otherwise, and I don't know why this hasn't been said more often."

Bazelon followed-up with Ginsburg asking is her statement was referring to the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women, which came via the 1980 Harris v. McRae Supreme Court ruling, which upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbade the use of Medicaid for abortions.

Ginsberg continued (hold on to your hats…): "Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations THAT WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE TOO MANY OF, so that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion," Ginsburg said.

"Some people felt [that] would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn't really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong."

But her preference was very clear. Keep abortion clinics within walking distance for the dirty minorities and poor people--we can't have them mucking-up society.

Where is the media on this? Had Sarah Palin said she supported Planned Parenthood's practice of locating 78% of their abortion clinics in poor, minority population centers, 'because we don't want to have too many of those people around,' the headline would be on every big city newspaper the next morning, David Letterman would sigh, Arianna Huffington would cross her arms and huff something completely unintelligible.

Is this what Hope and Change are all about? This makes me want to puke. It should make every sane human being want to puke that one of the people making decisions on the highest court in the land believes in ready access to free abortions to keep the dirty brown poor people in lower population numbers.

•Can we change things in government now? Are you sufficiently pissed off, America? To those of you that voted these lunatics into office in 2008, I deliver a swift kick in the shins. You've earned it.

•The Jackson Memorial was absolutely pathetic, and I'm not talking about the non-stop media coverage or the incessant caterwahling about how Jackson was just misunderstood. I'm talking about the placement of Jackson's daughter in front of a microphone at the event where her child's grief was plied toward the media in an obvious attempt to salvage some measure of a legacy for the former King of Pop. Who places their children in front of adults, much less on a world stage, for such purposes? Good gawd! Can somebody call Child Protective Services?

•Alright, now that we are in the midst of the Senate's intense preparations for considering the House of Representative's Cap-and-Trade bill, it is time for us to review our facts and figures in writing our Senators to persuade them to vote this travesty of a tax bill so deep into the ground that Karl Marx couldn't dislodge it from under his throne in hell.

•Man does not drive global climate change. We are far too insignificant to accomplish any such thing.

In real numbers, the earth's atmosphere is composed of only 0.038% carbon dioxide. Of that 38 thousandths of one percent, man contributes only about 3%.

The number one greenhouse gas on the planet is water vapor. Water vapor constitutes 97% of all of the greenhouse gases on the planet.

As a matter of volume analysis, we are doing more “damage” to the oceans by peeing in them every day (which we essentially do) than we do by exhaling and breaking wind daily into the atmosphere. This is primarily because the atmosphere is so very much larger than the oceans are.

We are not overpopulated in this planet. We aren't even close. If you took the entire world's population of 6 billion and moved them all to the state of Texas, that state would be no more densely populated than New York City currently is.

On a weight scale, the total weight (mass actually) of all of mankind amounts to only 1/200,000,000,000,000th of the total mass of the earth. In other words, you would have to increase our population by two hundred trillion times to just equal what the entire planet weighs.

Acknowledging all these simple and easily verifiable facts, isn't it plainly obvious how very arrogant we are as a species?

(He’ll knock you out with his numbers. Email Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Here are some reasons
why the liberals hate Palin

Posted 7/10/09

•I like that Sarah Palin is resigning from her post as Governor of Alaska. Serving as governor of that state does not benefit you in making a case for the highest office in the land. The taxpayers of Alaska shouldn't have to pay for the myriad of frivolous ethics investigations that have been launched against Palin since she was named the Vice Presidential candidate on McCain's ticket. Palin owes the state of Alaska a governor that can focus of the issues that are ahead of Alaska, and Sarah Palin has become too big on a national scale for Alaska. She draws huge crowds wherever she goes to speak.

And liberals absolutely hate her. You can almost see the seething spittle flying out of their gritted teeth. They hate Sarah Palin because she lives the life that liberals preach to us is too difficult to lead. She is a devoted mother to her children. She delivered a mentally handicapped child, knowing that the child had Down's Syndrome well in advance of the birth. She stood behind her teenage daughter when she got pregnant, supporting her through the entire pregnancy and the support continued thereafter. And to top it all off, she has a son fighting for his country in Iraq. The liberal media has been hammering away at her for more than a year now. They claimed the baby she had was actually her daughter's baby (this claim absolutely blew up in the media's faces when her daughter turned up pregnant). Then they claimed she was having, or had, an affair with her husband's business partner. Nothing ever came of that. Eighteen separate ethics investigations were dragged out, and they can hang nothing on her.

But I think perhaps the most satisfying observation to come out of the whole Palin resignation issue is that President Obama spent all day Monday trying to make headlines in Russia with Russian President Medvedev, and the media can't stop speculating as to why Palin resigned. They speculated all day Monday, and they will continue to do so (my prediction). This resignation was a stroke of genius. Watch it happen.

•Can we put the Michael Jackson thing to rest already? Why is it bad to acknowledge that Jackson was admittedly suspected of some form of pedophilia? A 40+ year old adult male has no business sharing a bed with pre-pubescent boys I don't care if Charlie Manson was their father. Yeah, he was acquitted by the legal system the same legal system, by the way, that “determined” O.J. Simpson didn't kill Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown. And don't forget that Jackson also settled another case of suspected child molestation back in the early 1990's. Settled out of court is not acquitted.

Stick him in the ground, fire-up the Ipod and load “Beat It” in the darkness of your private little bedroom. Let's move on already.

•For some unfathomable reason, I've been fascinated of late with how major diseases have taken out huge expanses of the human population throughout history. The Black Death, also known as the Bubonic Plague wiped out as much as 30-40 percent of the world's population in the 1300-1400's.

That statistic in and of itself is amazing.

But I read this about the plague recently:

“Several possible causes have been advanced for the Black Death; the most prevalent is the Bubonic plague theory….Efficient transmission of [the virus] is generally thought to occur only through the bites of fleas whose mid guts become obstructed by replicating [the virus] several days after feeding on an infected host. This blockage results in starvation and aggressive feeding behavior by fleas that repeatedly attempt to clear their blockage by regurgitation, resulting in thousands of plague bacteria being flushed into the feeding site and the host becoming infected.”

So 120+ million people could have been saved by a couple bottles of Tums?

•Cap-and-Trade has passed the House of Representatives and now faces a hopefully tough battle in the Senate. This is a critical issue for all Americans. You want to see cost increases? This plan will raise costs in almost every segment of the economy. Energy, food, utilities, appliances, manufacturing, travel, service industries, commodities, etc. are all going to increase in cost if this thing passes the Senate. Everything in our economy uses energy. The energy we use now, and have used for the last 100 years, is cheap. Cap-and-Trade is trying to force us to do away with those energy usages and shift to higher cost forms of energy. That's the basic thrust of Cap-and-Trade.It's really quite simple. If you want to crush this country's economy when unemployment is about 10%, let the Senate pass this bill. It's up to us people.

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What happened to Obama's
pledge about tax increases?

Posted 7/2/09

•Michael Jackson's death last week has sparked some highly interesting blowback from the culturally black elements of the entertainment media. It seems that if it is acknowledged, in the midst of all the deserved accolades for his once remarkably proficient musical talent, that Jackson had an unnatural affinity for young pre-teen boys, you are either a racist or a homophobe. Stevie Wonder ripped into those remembering Jackson's bad side in his concert at Starlight last week. Jamie Foxx and P. Diddy decried the pedophilic recollections of Jackson as racist at the BET Image Awards (why do we need “BET Image” awards shows?). They all like to proclaim that Jackson was acquitted of the pedophile charges, but that isn't exactly correct. Jackson was indeed acquitted of the most recent charges in 2005, after a surreal OJ-like public trial. But few remember that Jackson settled out of court for $22 million with a previous alleged victim (a 13-year old at the time of the allegations) in 1994. After the settlement, the victim's family discontinued cooperating with the police investigation.

Jackson was an incredible musical talent. He was also an adult male with an undeniable attraction to prepubescent boys. How far that attraction was taken by Jackson is something known only by he and a few others. None of those facts should be ignored in recalling Michael Jackson.

•South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is still being battered by the political left, more than a week after his marital transgressions were admitted. The latest found some liberal media nincompoops comparing his transgression to what Bill Clinton did in the last few years of his Presidency. Clinton was a 50+ year old President chasing a teenage girl around inside the White House. That's on an entirely different level of degradation than Sanford's infidelity.

And there's also that sticky little issue of perjury and obstruction of justice charges in association with the Clinton record.

Kudos to Gov. Sanford's wife, Jenny, though. Unlike other political wives that stand mute by their men in their “I'm sorry” press conferences, she is in front and very specific that Sanford has a lot of work to do to resurrect their marriage. She said, “I love him. I want him back. But it depends on him."

I liked this part the best. As to her husband's political future, she said, "His career is not a concern of mine. He'll have to worry about that. I'm going to worry about my family and the character of my children."

•The House of Representatives passed Obama's energy tax plan last week, bringing to the Senate yet another tax on everybody. (What happened to those pledges made by Obama during the campaign that 95% of Americans would see no tax increases?) I think this one is the worst new tax overall--worse than the tax on tobacco or the new taxes they are trying to lay on the lower earners in this economy. This one is bad because they are taking steps to slow the American economy down, and allow our nearest competitors on the world economic stage, China and India, to catch up. That's not very competitive.

And they are basing the need for this Cap and (Tax) Trade legislation because they want us to believe that mankind is destroying the planet through the fraud that is anthropogenic (man-caused) climate change. Man is not causing global warming any more than I am causing the planet to spin faster on its axis because I run on the roadways almost every afternoon.

I am a capitalist, strong and proud. I burn energy in this world because I believe and know that energy use means progress, and I want man to continue to progress every single day that we exist on this beautiful blue orb. I refuse to be made to feel bad about using energy on this planet. Such a belief is a ridiculous fallacy which should be dragged kicking and screaming into the sunlight of reality and truth.

•And I cannot let this week go without tipping my hat to the dude that writes the column on the other half of the lower portion of this editorial page. C.K. Rairden, who is writing his last column for us this week, was here when I arrived at The Landmark, and I have learned much from reading his columns. His reasoning is founded in solid-rock America and his columns every week were a joy to read. I'm going to miss his work.

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Fight it or they're going to take it all away

Posted 6/26/09

•Did you see where the U.S. Senate passed a resolution “officially” apologizing for slavery? Good Lord! Most people living in this country today had nothing to do with slavery, wouldn't have allowed it had the institution been alive when they were citizens, and have no reason or cause to feel the need to apologize today.

That obvious fact aside, a very wise friend emailed me the following which I think deserves consideration:

“Perhaps it might be more productive to acknowledge the role slavery, admittedly a horrid institution, had in the development of this nation and honor those who were trapped in its system. And use that as the impetus to move into addressing slavery as it exists today, in this country and in the world.”

This pointed insight reminds us that slavery is with us humans still in this world. Slavery still exists in Africa and other areas of the world where government exerts an iron grip on the throats of its people. Slavery played a role in making America the world power it is today. What good comes from America apologizing yet again?

2009 is going to become known as The Year of the Apology.

•If you were an African in the 18th and 19th centuries, chances were pretty good that you were going to be a slave for someone, in Africa or abroad. If I had a choice as one of those slaves to select which country to be sent to, I would have to have been dizzy to not beg, borrow, and steal to choose the United States of America.

African families that were brought here as slaves made out considerably better than the indigent Indian peoples that were already here. Those Indians were enslaved by the earlier arriving colonials from Italy and Spain in the Southwest. They were the first slaves in the New World, and they've got largely squat to show for it. Descendants of Africans that were brought here as slaves and suffered like no other singular group of people in this land are sitting on our Supreme Court, sit on boards of major American corporations, run colleges, and professional sports teams and have elevated their descendants like no other people in this country.

That kind of achievement should be honored and hailed to be repeated by their descendants, not buried in an apology.

•President Obama's attempt to lead a government takeover of health care has finally been explained to me in an understandable manner. Basically, it lays out like this: the first step is to toss out a government option for health insurance to “compete” with private insurance.

However, since government does not have to make a profit to stay afloat, the government “option” will actually be designed to put the smaller for-profit health insurance companies out of business. Government's pockets are bigger, because they are operating with unlimited tax dollars--OUR tax dollars! Once they have wiped out all the smaller insurance companies, they will start focusing their sights on the middle sized insurance companies, trying to put them out of business. Then they go after the next level, and the next, until before you know it, we have a government run, single payer health care system, which Obama is on-record for being a proponent of. Then you will see rationing, long waiting periods and compromised health care quality typical of government run, single payer systems.

Fight it folks…fight this like we fought Communism in the 50's through the 80's. If we don't, they're going to take it all away.

•How about all this global warming! I love it! Give me 100+ degrees for every day from here until Sept. 30. O.K, not really - you have to toss in some rain and weather to make things grow so we can process all the carbon dioxide we exhale and put into the air after we die and start decomposing. But I love summer, and especially I love hot summers.

•My carbon footprint is getting bigger everyday, as it should, and all of your carbon footprints should get bigger and bigger. The reason I say this is not because I am insensitive toward energy efficiency. I say this because necessity is the mother of invention. That is the credo that made this country the most powerful in the world and humankind the dominant species at the top of the food chain. We need to continue to cultivate our potential for energy usage because if we are going to develop something new and more efficient, we are going to do it because we need to do it to survive and advance as a species. That is how things work.

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Why haven't moderates noticed how much liberals hate Palin?

Posted 6/19/09

•Sarah Palin and David Letterman seem to have played their little public spat out to its natural climax last week. If you missed it, Letterman used Palin children as the butt of his truly staggering comedic wit, referring to her daughters as targets of rape and prostitutes. Palin figuratively backhanded Letterman in response and Letterman responded with a non-apology-apology. The political right issued a uniform, “You go girl!” to Palin. Liberals issued a seething, snarling, “Well, she asked for it!” in support of Letterman. Moderates sighed and wondered when Sarah Palin will just go away. For the life of me, I am legitimately flabbergasted as to why moderates in the Republican Party insist on failing to support Sarah Palin. Guys, have you noticed how much Liberals hate her? Open your eyes! The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Palin may need some seasoning and some better handlers, but to help our political opposition knock her down before we are even ready to enter the ring is the height of political backstabbing.

As for Letterman, women's groups are finally starting the process of crawling up his nether regions, umbrella in hand. Whether they open them, Imus-Style, is yet to be seen. But I love how initially those same women's groups kind of looked at their shoes…shuffled their feet…looked up at the sky “What, are we supposed to say something here about this? Oh-gee, I guess maybe we should. Palin IS a woman after all.”

•Did you see where some Michigan counties are turning a few once-paved rural roads back to gravel to save money?

In the last few years, according to the County Road Association of Michigan 20, counties have reverted deteriorating paved roads to gravel. The counties are struggling with their budgets because tax revenues have declined in the lingering recession.

Talk about de-evolution! Watch for it folks…coming-up next, tossing away electricity for campfires!

•Have you caught this little snippet of wisdom from Shawnee Mission Park down here in the Golden Ghetto? Apparently, the deer population is out of control and has risen to about 7 times what the surrounding environment will support. The local politicos have put their pointy heads together and determined that a culling of the deer population in the park will be undertaken. Sharpshooters with rifles will be let into the closed park to take-down the majority of the population needed to be culled. The sharpshooters will be studiously trained by local law enforcement personnel. If it is determined that there are additional deer needing to be killed after the sharpshooter hunt, bowhunters will be allowed to finish-off the remaining deer.

I haven't got an answer as to why the sharpshooters are specially trained but apparently Stevie Wonder can wield a compound bow in search of deer.

•Miami-Dade police announce the arrest of an 18-year old teenager in connection with a series of cat killings that have shocked the area's animal-loving population.

The teenager was accused of mutilating more than a dozen cats, yet was seen by others as a dog-loving class clown, and a swim class instructor. He appeared to put-up an appalled façade to the horrific killings, and joined the Facebook group ``Catch the Cat Killer!''
Police said the teenager's social networking led them to him.

If convicted on 19 counts of felony animal cruelty, 19 counts of improperly disposing of an animal body and four counts of burglary, the cat culler could receive thousands of dollars in fines and years in prison.

Isn't this getting a little ridiculous? They're cats. In Asia, they kill cats like we kill chickens. Lighten up people! The aliens are watching, and they aren't impressed.

•Have you looked into any of this ObamaCare garbage the Administration is spewing? Get ready for new taxes on soda and beer, even more taxes on fuel and cigarettes, taxes on everyone's health care benefits…all so we can say that we took 5% of the population and offered them different free health care from that they currently enjoy. Never mind the fact that we kicked 85% of the population that had their own private form of health insurance in the shins.

Do you really want government-run health care? You ever needed an MRI for a bad knee or to look for a tumor? You pretty much got the scan done within days didn't you? Did you know that in Canada, where the government runs the health care system wait times for MRI's average almost a year.

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Things aren't getting better,
things are getting worse

Posted 6/12/09

•President Obama Monday vowed to expedite the allocation of federal funds toward hundreds of public works projects this summer, claiming 600,000 jobs will be created or saved. He furiously emphasized supposed attention on an economy that continues to bleed jobs. (Unemployment hit 9.4% and has risen in EVERY month of Obama's Presidency.)

"We've done more than ever, (That is…IF you define “done” as spending taxpayer funds on expanding government) faster than ever, (Has ANYONE read all that this massive government expansion includes?) more responsibility than ever, to get the gears of the economy moving again," Obama said.

The gears of the economy are moving?Shouldn't that mean that the unemployment rate should be going down?

Pointing to an unprecedented expansion of federal agencies during the first 100 days of the administration, Obama said, "We're in a position to really accelerate."

Be afraid America….be VERY afraid.

•This is the true lunacy of the Obama Administration's characterization of all this mayhem because the economy lost 600,000 jobs two months ago and “only” 400,000 jobs were lost last month, he is running around claiming that he “saved” almost 200,000 jobs?

Huh?!?!

Have we had enough of this “down-is-up” nonsense yet?

•President Obama inherited a recessionPresident Bush also inherited a recession back in 2000. When President Bush started things rolling, he lowered taxes for everyone. As a result, the economy boomed and federal tax revenues soared. (He also started spending like crazy, which started to spell his downfall.) To add further evidence toward the proper method of attacking a stagnant economy, after the national economic depression of the 9/11 tragedy, President Bush lowered taxes again, and the economy boomed again. Unemployment during most of the Bush years hovered around 4%-5%, which is largely considered full-employment.

President Obama didn't cut taxes. He started raising taxes, on everybody, when he took office. (Smokers are among the poorest of the poor, and their taxes immediately increased.) To add insult to injury, President Obama then began an unprecedented government expansion, taking a $500 billion federal deficit and ballooning it to more than $2 trillion immediately, and with interest and inflation added, more that $12 trillion by 2012!
You have seen what that action is doing to the economy over the past five months. Things are not getting better. They are getting worse.

You can't step on the neck of the investor class, those who truly create jobs in a capitalistic, free-market-driven economy, and expect that economy to thrive.

•Did you catch this quote by Cleveland Cavaliers' forward LeBron James explaining why he didn't congratulate the Orlando Magic after their Game 6 loss, James said, "It's hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them. I'm a winner. It's not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you're not going to congratulate them. That doesn't make sense to me. I'm a competitor. That's what I do. It doesn't make sense for me to go over and shake somebody's hand."

NOW you see what happens when you take an athlete out of the coaching and competition environment of organized sports, and make him think, through ever-present hero worship, that he's bigger than the sport he plays. Could you ever imagine Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Wilt, Russell, Bill Walton, Kareem, Magic, Larry, or Jordan make a statement like James did? That statement is why the NBA is faltering in popularity.

•Have you ever been scrolling the late night movie channels all by yourself and happened across the horror/thriller classic, “The Silence of the Lambs?” I've seen that movie, in total or in parts more than 50 times at least and it is still just as creepy as the first time. “The Exorcist” is the same way.

And talking about late night movies you're Jonesing for, as July 4th approaches, tell me you aren't scanning the channels for Independence Day…

•In the CONSIDER THIS Department of this week's mayhem, the generally accepted age for the Earth and the rest of the solar system is about 5 billion years. We also have another 5 billion years or so until the mighty sun goes supernova, when it will expand to the actual size of the earth's entire orbit around the sun, and subsequently burn all life remaining on the planet. Isn't it kind of neat to be one of the few generations that occupy the midway point of the entire solar system?

(It’s always kind of neat to take a Parallax Look with Brian, who can be reached at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Be wary of what drives maniacs to
take law into their hands

Posted 6/5/09

•I have to be honest, when I pulled up the headlines on the internet Sunday morning to the news that Wichita's late-term abortionist George Tiller was killed by gunfire, I was legitimately shocked. But as the news settled into my noggin, it started to make sense - in at least consideration of the timing of what occurred.

No, I'm not saying Tiller being murdered made sense. The timing did though.

•Why is it that the mainstream media, and any program that is hosted by abortion-sympathetic people, never wants to discuss the pros and cons of the abortion issue? They always say, “We're not going to be discussing abortion.” They usually use as the excuse that nobody's mind is ever changed and nothing is ever accomplished. Since when is changing minds the goal of talk radio? I suspect what is really going on is the pro-abortion folks know that they have no logic to stand on in defending their position, so they mask their inability with the falsehood that nobody will have their position changed.

•Tiller's murder came at a time when the law failed, yet again, to stop Tiller from performing illegal late term abortions. The State of Kansas holds that abortion of a viable fetus is illegal, with the catch that an abortion can be performed on a viable fetus if it can be substantiated that irreparable harm would be done to a major bodily function if the child were carried to term. Tiller was said to be skirting state law by claiming that the women would be suffering severe depression if they gave birth to their babies. All he needed was another doctor to support that claim and he was free to kill the fetus. The Washington Times estimated that in the 35 years Tiller has been working in Kansas, he has performed 60,000 abortions.

•I've heard people talk about a number of opinions as to when life begins. It is NOT above my pay scale. Some say 5 months gestation. Others say 9 months gestation. Still other complete lunatics say birth. To those, I always ask if they would go on the internet and pull up photos of fetuses that are developed to one week before the date that they say life begins.

•Think back to the times in our history when heinous assassinations and murders by crazies occurred. Martin Luther King was killed after the civil rights movement had finally started making some headway. Robert Kennedy was killed by a Palestinian on the one-year anniversary of the Israeli-Arab Six Day War, and Kennedy was an outspoken supporter of Israel. Timothy McVeigh acted in response to the government's sieges at Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Note, again, that I am not saying we should blame government for crazies killing notable people. But it serves us to know when such things might occur and be particularly wary at these times. You've got to read the signs.

•How about a Sarah Palin-Liz Cheney Presidential ticket for the Republicans in 2012?

•The law was unsuccessful in stopping George Tiller. Tiller had a sympathetic governor in his home state in now-HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius who vetoed each and every legislative attempt to stop Tiller. Sebelius ran a pro-abortion Attorney General in Paul Morrison to unseat AG Phill Kline, who was actively investigating Tiller for illegal abortion activities. Both campaigns for these political offices were financially backed by a political action committee funded by Tiller. Finally, the district attorney in Wichita, Nola Foulston, was an avid pro-abortion law enforcement official that ran interference for Tiller on the local front in Wichita. The frustration level for trying to stop the hideous illegality of late term abortion was at an all-time high. The law couldn't stop him. And he owned all the politicians in the state. I say this not because the government and Tiller caused the murder. I say it because that is how it happened, and people need to be wary of what drives maniacs to take the law into their own hands.

•The law should have stopped George Tiller from preying financially on the desperation of young women in need. Kathleen Sebelius, Paul Morrison, current Kansas AG Steven Six (appointed to replace the sex-scandal-disgraced Morrison), and Nola Foulston did more to keep the law off of Tiller back than anybody on the other side of the debate. Anti-abortion efforts did not cause someone to finally snap. What fired that fuse were the active efforts by lawmakers to avoid enforcing the laws in effect.

This isn't about blame; it is about cause-and-effect.

(Cause and effect an email to Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Obama's climate idea would bring
carnage to highways

Posted 5/28/09

•I'm not precisely sure why, but this Memorial Day struck me like no other previously. I've always been cognizant of the true meaning of the holiday it represents. Maybe I am more aware this time around because I have a close relative serving in a war zone. Perhaps the fact that this nation is being led by a President who is ultimately and philosophically hostile to the military and military service is part of the reason for my pause in thought this year. Maybe I have finally come to the understanding that I represent the first generation in the last two to come of age without conscription (a military draft). And who would have thought that such would occur two successive generations without a military draft in the midst of 20 of the last 28 years under Republican controlled Executive Branches of government? ind of makes you think.

•What is with this idiotic climate bill that Obama is trying to foist upon America? So federally-mandated fuel economy standards of 35+ mpg are a good thing? Do you realize what is required of automakers to make automobiles achieve higher fuel economy standards? I'll tell you what is required. They have to make cars lighter in weight and they have to equip the cars with less power. Cars are made lighter in weight by replacing steel with fiberglass and plastic. Do you know what happens when cars that are lighter in weight are careened off of roads, berms, and bridge embankments in accidents? This is what happens: the people inside of those cars are hurt even worse than when they are positioned inside of heavier and sturdier vehicles. Sources vary in numbers, but they all admit that between 800 and 1200 additional deaths per year will occur as a result of these changes at the federal level. That's a hell of a price to pay for saving the earth.

•For the record, my carbon footprint has grown to unprecedented proportions, thanks to copious amounts of holiday weekend lawn mowing and charcoal barbequing. I can hardly contain myself.

•I am in the market for a new car, and I am not going to buy anything from one of the American-owned auto-makers. There's a really good reason for this position.They are operating under a flawed and failing business model and they are catering to the federal government for their businesses to survive and that especially is an offense I cannot forgive. The free market should determine what vehicles are at my marketplace for purchase. Government has no place in that relationship. Toyota (made in America), here I come!

•And don't you dare paint me as anti-American for having the above-stated position. When I came of age in this world, it was of the mindset that the well-being of me and mine was dependent on me--and me alone--as my years gradually caught-up with my mortality. I wasn't going to be dependent on a pension or a government-run entitlement program for my ultimate care. So why should such be the case for people that came along before me? The only demographic that my hard-earned and highly-extorted dollars should go towards in perpetuity are those belonging to the brave few that fought for the freedom and liberty we all enjoy through military service. They earned it. And I am happy to provide it.

•If you are outraged that President B. Hussein Obama wants to let the terrorists gathered up in this war over the past seven years be brought back into this country for relocation into American prisons, let somebody know about it. Contact your Congressman, your U.S. Senator, your major, alderman, or your best friend. Shout this one from the mountaintops. This position, of giving foreign terrorists--the folks that sawed the head off of American reporter, father, and husband Daniel Pearl-- access to constitutionally defined due process is indefensible politically. Have you found anyone on the left who will try to defend putting radical Islamic terrorists into American prisons? Have you considered what these terrorists will do to foment anti-American sentiment among other prisoners that are not incarcerated for life? Do you really want O.J. Simpson's lawyers representing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?

•In all this talk about the Democrats achieving a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the Senate, I find it interesting that two votes (brain cancer-stricken Ted Kennedy and 90+ yr. old Robert Byrd) belong to folks that are essentially bedridden and yet another (Minnesota's second seat) is months away from being resolved. They can't get anything past the minority. It is amazing what you are spoon-fed every day by the liberal media serving as Renfield to the Democrat Party's Dracula.

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Notre Dame idiotic for giving pro-abortion president the podium

Posted 5/22/09

•I've been pretty silent on the issue of President Obama speaking at the Notre Dame University commencement and being awarded an honorary degree from the prestigious university and Roman Catholic icon (Notre Dame, not Obama).

As a born-and-raised Catholic, though I might more accurately be described as a Deist rather than a true Catholic, I have to admit that it is the height of idiocy, hypocrisy, and poor judgment for the university to honor the most pro-abortion President in United States history in the manner that they did. Notre Dame's leader said they did so to open a dialog and hope to be able to allow Notre Dame to influence the baby-killing President away from his murderous ways.

Where did that occur? All I saw was a pro-abortion president come before a bunch of Catholics on their sacred ground and preach to them about how narrow- minded they were for not seeing a need for abortion-on-demand. Where was Obama admonished for supporting infanticide, much less in any form of “rational discourse?”

•And did you hear where Obama completely contradicted himself in his speech, and nobody caught it? Obama acknowledged, "…no matter how much we want to fudge it ... the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable." He also said in the speech that disparate groups must come together in civil dialog and that only through those efforts will they see that they have common ground. Earth to Obama--there is no common ground on the issue of abortion. If abortion is murder, there is no acceptable amount of murder. If the pro-abortion side acknowledges that partial birth abortion is indeed infanticide and should be outlawed, they will be admitting that a child before birth is indeed alive and would have a difficult argument in support of denial of Constitutional rights due to a pre-born status.

Obama also said that those on each side of the debate "can still agree that this is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make, with both moral and spiritual dimensions.”

“Woman to make?” I thought the point of the women's liberation movement was to share the responsibilities of life among the sexes. Men reproduced at will before abortion was legalized and they still do now. Women were saddled with 100% of the responsibility for reproductive responsibility back then and they still are now. How is that progress?

Obama continued: "So let's work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term." Why should we strive to reduce the number of abortions if there is nothing wrong with abortion to the degree that it should be kept legal and available on demand? Safe, legal, and rare? Why rare?

•President Obama said he favored "a sensible conscience clause" that would give anti-abortion health care providers the right to refuse to perform the procedure. The “right to refuse to perform (abortions)?” Doesn't the Constitution already enumerate that right to the people? What empowerment does government have to bestow a right that it did not grant?

•Did you catch this little nugget in the Star? A $15.6 million Johnson County project will turn methane and grease into power to serve a large sewage treatment plant in Overland Park.

This is another one of those projects funded by federal stimulus dollars.

Proponents claim the project will save the county more than $500,000 a year in power costs.

So $16 million cost for $500,000 per year in savings? A 30+ year payback is a worthwhile investment?

•Am I the only person that can see what's going on in this Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi controversy? Let's play this for what it is. Obama raises the torture issue, going as far as to suggest prosecutions of former Bush Administration lawyers. Pelosi is an obstacle to that because she knew that waterboarding was being done, said nothing in protest, and the CIA has documentation to prove that claim. The only way that Obama can get the torture issue past the controversy is to remove Pelosi from the path. hen, Obama can insert a more favorable Speaker of the House to his cause (remember when President Bush failed to back Trent Lott in the Strom Thurmond controversy and Sen. Bill Frist arose to the Senate Majority position?) This is that all over again. You think that the main reason Obama raised the torture issue was to get Pelosi removed as Speaker of the House?

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Redistributing wealth involves theft, and that's evil

Posted 5/15/09

If you listen to the talking media often enough, you'll hear people discuss whether Socialism is evil. The local RINO (Republican In Name Only) Contingency, in the form of The Shanin and Parks Show on KMBZ (you can figure out the time they're on; they suck, and Parks is an idiot) says in their ever-conciliatory tone, ‘Socialism is not evil. Socialism is 'just another way of doing the things government does. . .and don't forget Ruckus this Thursday, repeated on Sunday KCPT...Thursday…Ruckus. Repeated Sunday.”

•If waterboarding is torture, why aren't we prosecuting our military for torturing our own soldiers when they are waterboarded in their training? What's the difference between us waterboarding our own and waterboarding the enemy who has information about plans to do Americans harm?

•The main evidence that Socialism is evil occurs in the basic tenet of the system. Equality of the economic output of the people requires that wealth generated in the economy be distributed equally among the people. Converting a Capitalistic economy to a Socialist one, as President Obama is trying to do, requires wealth (income) redistribution. Don't try to defend Obama by saying that he isn't trying to implement Socialism. He admitted in the campaign to Joe Wurzelbacher (A.K.A. Joe The Plumber) that he was trying to redistribute wealth. Income redistribution involves forcing people (Yes forcing! If you don't pay the taxes, you go to jail) making more money to pay a higher rate of taxes than people who make less money. Taking something from someone under force is theft. Theft is evil. Refute that. I dare you.

•The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner last weekend featured the rarely funny and typically annoying comedienne (that VOICE!) Wanda Sykes crossing all kinds of lines of decorum and appropriateness by wishing kidney failure on Rush Limbaugh and suggesting that the Conservative talker was the 20th hijacker of 9/11. When Don Imus ripped into the Clintons in his turn at the podium several years ago, themed on President Clinton's infidelities, he was excoriated, and rightly so. There is decorum and there is cruelty.

•Moderate Conservatives (A.K.A. RINO's) make a major mistake in latching on to this principle of legalized theft by accepting if you have more, you should pay more. GET A CLUE! If you have more, and everybody pays the same % of taxes, you pay more. This is one of the reasons I really despise RINO's. They're morons.

•Have you noticed Dick Cheney out on the interview circuit over the past several weeks? I love Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney is impenetrable to the liberally-biased mainstream media. Dick Cheney's skin is composed of quadrillions of Chuck Norris/Ronald Reagan nanoparticles. When Liberals try to confront him, he melts their resolve with laser beams from his eyes. Dick Cheney is why George Bush defeated Al Gore to become the nation's most courageous wartime President. Some question whether Cheney should be out there right now speaking for the Republican Party. Darn right he should. Whoever speaks for the Republican Party right now is going to get grilled to a char by the Liberal media machine and destroyed before 2010 gets here. Dick Cheney cannot be killed.

•Why are we still talking about gay marriage? I've explained this long ago, people. Marriage is a human tradition that came about because men and women were getting together and making babies. When the government saw that it could get big and fat and bloated on taxes taken from the people, they began to notice that people, specifically men and women, came together and had the power to make more people. The more people they made, the more government was needed and the more taxes could be collected. Government has an interest in recognizing marriage only in the aspect that a union between a man and a woman could produce another little taxpayer. It's really that simple.

•Socialism is indeed evil. It employs theft to exert its influence. It seeks to make a people become more dependent on the “benefits” of government; ultimately to their own peril. Socialism has no backing in America's founding documents. Socialism has resulted in a depressed human economy every time it has been tried. Unless a significant number of moderates, Republicans and Democrats, step up in the coming months, this country is headed further toward Socialism that it ever has been in American history.

•Have you ever wondered how Liberals can be professional sports fans? True Liberals believe in equality of outcome. Competition is inherently bad in Liberal circles. Professional sports are based on competition, to the point that people often threaten violence upon each other if the spirit of that competition is threatened. If you claim to be a Liberal, but you love professional sports, you are really a Conservative who is Liberal on an issue or two.

(Email Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


We are winning war on environmental logic and reason

Posted 5/8/09

•So now the problem with global warming, as described by some environmentalists, is in the actual terminology.

Apparently, the term is making people think of dope-smoking, maggot-infested hippy liberals, self-imposed economic suffering and difficult to comprehend scientific quandaries, according to a nonprofit environmental marketing firm. The research indicated discussions should be steered away from scary words about global warming ending human life on the planet, and be re-directed toward talk about “our deteriorating atmosphere.” Instead of talk of carbon dioxide, try “moving away from the dirty fuels of the past.” Replace “cap and trade” with “cap and cash back” or “pollution reduction refund.”

The truly amusing part of all this is the research was commissioned by the liberal side of the debate in order to help them frame environmental issues and in so doing, hopefully grow public support for related legislation. However, a summary of the latest research and recommendations was accidentally sent by e-mail to a number of news organizations.

I find it interesting that the research directly repeats past studies conducted by oil companies, utilities, and coal mining corporations that do such studies in an effort to enhance their “green” message in the public eye. Environmental issues consistently rate close to the bottom of lists of issues the public might be worried about.

Perkowitz observes, “We know why it's lowest. When someone thinks of global warming, they think of a politicized, polarized argument. When you say 'global warming,' a certain group of Americans think that's a code word for progressive liberals, gay marriage and other such issues.” They claim the answer is to reframe the issue using different language. “Energy efficiency” makes people think of shivering in the dark. Instead, it is more effective to speak of “saving money for a more prosperous future.”

How about this? Maybe people are turning their noses up at the subject because they know it to be another liberal ruse to grow government. Why not listen to the people and move on to other more important and actually relevant issues?

But for now, it is time, my minions, you…the smartest and most intuitive readers in all of reading…enact a new offensive in the war against the enviro-whackos. They hate it when we use terms like “global warming,” “carbon dioxide,” and “cap and trade.” We now know that doing so aids our cause. Let-er-rip folks. Don't let a sentence go by in any discussion of the environment where you don't utter one or more of those words with a dismissive snicker or an incredulous glance. Hit them hard. Hit them high. Hit them low. We are winning the environmental war on logic and reason.

•Have you heard all this caterwawhling going on in Republican circles lately about who should lead the party into the electoral future? The moderates are crying that the conservatives won't let go of their principles. The conservatives are hollering that the party needs to return to basics. It seems like there is a new group of moderates out almost every week trying to grab hold of the helm and take the lead into the 2010 Mid-Term Elections.
Look folks, it's really this simple. The moderates were along with the Republican Party until the party lost the only thing that kept the Moderates interested--fiscal conservatism. So the moderates went to the Democrats, who are now spending money like a Leawood wife at a Shawnee swap-n-shop. I hope you guys like all the fiscal conservatism over there on the left. We're a Big Tent Party over here. You're always welcome.

That Big Tent description is what moderates always like to say when talking about Ronald Reagan. The thing is, Reagan never abandoned any of his principles to attract moderates. He held to his social conservatism all through his presidency. That was good enough for the moderates then. It will be good enough for them now.

Now, how do we keep those fiscal liberals over there in the Democrat tent?

•Did you catch President Barack Obama vowed Monday to hunt down supposed U.S tax evaders by going after offshore tax shelters? Obama complained that the law makes it possible to pay lower taxes on a job in India, than if you create the same job in New York. "If financial institutions won't cooperate with us, we will assume that they are sheltering money in tax havens and act accordingly," Obama said.

How dare you evil Americans attempt to avoid being taxes multiple times on the income you generate…you Evil Americans!

If that message isn't already hard enough to stomach in a society founded on freedom and liberty, we had to hear this message delivered with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner joining Obama for the announcement. Yeah, that's all we need to be lectured on tax policy by a Treasury Secretary that cheated on his own taxes knowingly cheated!

Are the four years over yet?

(Brian is an enviro-whacko’s worst nightmare. Email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Obama has the makings of being a Marxist

Posted 5/1/09

President Obama's first 100 days in office are being celebrated by the big media this week. Helming a massive government takeover of the auto industry, banking, lending, and (up next) health care--all while increasing the national debt by trillions upon trillions of dollars--hardly seems like the actions of a president interested in bi-partisanship.

It sounds like the machinations of a Marxist.

•Are any of you happy about what is going on? I'm not. What can we do about it? Well, I'm hearing that the next Tea Parties that are going to spring up around the country are occurring on or around the 4th of July. It's a fitting day to rejuvenate the efforts to take our country back, the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I'm in.

•In this week's science corner, a sign has emerged that the media really is off its rocker. Scientists in the United States have successfully tested a new technique for delivering sildenafil citrate, A.K.A. Viagra, with micron-sized objects called nanoparticles. The tests subjects were rats, the results of which led researchers to believe it could also be used to help humans.

This is the part of the announcement I particularly loved: “Under the therapy, nanoparticles that release the anti-erectile chemical nitric oxide are rubbed on the problem area, and absorbed directly into the skin.”Problem area?” Better do something about reducing the coefficient of friction in those particles 'cause I think there's already been lots of rubbing previously to no avail.

•Now, back to the talk that Texas Gov. Rick Perry started regarding secession, it should be remembered that the Declaration of Independence was written specifically for the purpose of supporting secession.

“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

We should never forget those words when someone in this country raises the subject of secession.

Now, regarding the Constitutionality of secession, looking at the 10th Amendment:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for the States respectively, or to the people.”

That's pretty dad-gum clear. The power to force states to remain in the union when they have carried out a popular referendum (including acts via their own legislatures) on secession is not an enumerated power of the federal government. Therefore, the United States Government does not have the constitutional authority to force any state that conducts a popular referendum (including acts via their own legislatures) on remaining in the union, to stay in the union.

So that settles that.

•What's with all this hubbub that the liberals are raising over the practice of enhanced interrogation tactics of terror suspects? You are dealing with people who will cut the head off of a living human being. You won't find relevant information on possible future attacks by giving these clowns donuts for correct answers. Whatever happened to Elliot Ness' “The Chicago Way?”

•Did you see where somebody in the Obama Administration gave the O.K. for Air Force One (without the president on board) and a phalanx of F-16's to buzz Downtown New York City? The careless act earlier this week scared the crap out of hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of understandably gun-shy New Yorkers. Nice control this president has over the operation of his government. I read where some people were actually injured in the melee of trying to get out of their offices. New Yorkers shouldn't have to hear those sounds again.

•If the President, err his Attorney General, decides it is acceptable to prosecute lawyers in the Bush Administration that wrote legal opinions of approval supporting enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, look for open-season on President Obama's every single policy that turned this country away from its founding principles and toward Marxism.

•The Chiefs left the star gazers wanting on draft day. There were no Tony Gonzalezes or Derrick Thomases stepping into the lights of Arrowhead. GM Scott Pioli started scooping up role players who will hopefully grow into elements that will bolster a strong defense. I kind of like that approach. It certainly shows a different tack and certainly a fresh mindset. What will be interesting now is how soon the draft picks get signed and into camp. Will that philosophy be more Scott Pioli or Carl-Peterson business-guy Denny Thum?

(Brian Kubicki never leaves the star gazers wanting. Email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Chavez bragging about
sticking it to Obama, U.S.

Posted 4/24/09

•Am I the only person sick and tired of seeing President Obama running around and referring to having to correct the “wrongs” of the previous administration and apologizing on every stop into a foreign country. I don't recall President George W. Bush ripping into President Clinton. I don't recall President Reagan ripping into the worst President of the 20th Century, Jimmy Carter. Come to think of it, I don't recall President Clinton ripping into his predecessor. Making your own history is the mature, adult way to proceed among foreign leaders.

•And on that subject, President Obama embarrassed every American last week by allowing the Presidency to be used as a foil by every foreign dictator with a microphone and a stage. Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez is running around his country bragging that he stuck it in the face of an American President by meeting Obama face-to-face and giving him as a gift a book that described how America supposedly committed a lifetime of atrocities on Central and South America. After happily receiving the book, Obama smiled and hugged the Venezuelan strongman as one of his best posse-mates. Had Reagan been in Obama's shoes on that day, Chavez would have been lucky to have a face-to-face meeting and if he had gotten so lucky would have eaten the binder of that book.

Is this what you people wanted?

•I love Business Week magazine. You've been hearing lots of people say that the U.S. doesn't manufacture anything of value anymore. They say that everything is made cheaper in foreign countries.

Truth be told, the U.S. is still the world's leading manufacturer. As the Associated Press recently noted, in February, the U.S. remained the world's leading manufacturer, producing goods and services valued at $1.6 trillion all told. That figure was almost double the $800 billion produced ten years ago. For every $1 of value produced in China, America generated $2.50. That's not bad for a country that supposedly doesn't produce anything anymore.

You shouldn't be made to feel bad for being the best.

•Another point in retrospect regarding the Maersk pirate hostage situation, per my favorite conservative, Mark Levin (www.marklevinshow.com) regards the media falling over themselves to declare that President Obama “gave the order” to execute the pirates. In fact, Obama gave no such order. What Obama did was sign a legal agreement that his lawyers thought he needed to sign to cover his keister if the situation should go bad.
The Navy doesn't require presidential authorization to act to preserve the safety of an American citizen in a non-war situation. Proof that he was only covering his butt is seen in the fact that they said he "gave approval" on two separate occasions, yet there was only one act to rescue the captain. There weren't two actions to save the captain - only one. Why did Obama have to give the order twice? This whole deal was all just another PR sham by Obama.

The Navy Seals DID kick ass though.

•Can Texas secede from the union? Much was made last week about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's veiled threat to lead a secession movement from the United States over Obama's move to seize control of large chunks of the private sector.

Most of the George Will snots on the right said it was not "legal" for Texas to secede, which is a ludicrous statement. What government union would include in their constitution the legal right to secede? A state will lead a violent secession movement if they believe such is in their best interests. That's what happened in the prelude to the Civil War. Can it happen again?

Some numbers to think about.

The Texas National Guard, under the governor's control, consists of 15,000 troops. Their Air National Guard is equipped with F-16's and Predator Drones.

One third of Texas' population favors seceding from the union. That is a completely unaided number. A media campaign to support such an effort could clearly raise those numbers. There are 25 million Texans. They could potentially field an army numbering in the 5-8 million range.

Texans own around 51 million firearms. That's more than owned by the 300 million people in the European Union. In fact, America is the number one gun-owning nation in the world. But Texans possess nearly 20% of all the guns in America.

Current US forces number in the 3 million range.

“Unlikely to happen?” you say. Granted. Let's say Obama raises the top marginal tax rate back up to the Carter era highs of 70%, institutes a carbon tax that sends inflation into the 15-20% range (think carbon isn't used in everything?), takes good health insurance away from 85% of Americans instituting a Canadian-like social healthcare system, mandates huge taxes on all gas guzzling vehicles, covers the landscape in solar collectors and wind turbines, places taxes on all 401K's, IRA's, savings accounts, and retirement plans, and begins spending funds to create a civilian security force more funded than the US military......and thanks to the imagery of David Axelrod, Obama's approval ratings remain above 60%. All those things have been advocated by Obama.

Still think Texans won't get motivated?

(Email Brian Kubicki at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


I thought liberals were all
about diplomacy, pacifism?

Posted 4/17/09

•Definitely an interesting week this past one was. Lots of scores.

Score 1--err make that 3 -- for the Navy Seals. Saving the life of the uber-courageous Maersk freight boat captain by capping three of the four apparently urinating terrorists (pirates?) in the dark of night showed that American Special Forces are truly the best in the world.

Kudos to President Obama for giving the Navy the go-ahead to do what needed to be done. Now, I'm not one to nitpick, but didn't I hear it reported that the Seal Team was ordered by the Commander-in-Chief to “act only if they feel the hostage was in immediate danger.” Does one define immediate danger as 75% of the captors taking a wiz over the side of the boat? It hardly seems appropriate for the President to be taking credit for the rescue when his orders apparently weren't followed.

•And to you Obama supporters, I would like to know how you like your bloodthirsty commander-in-chief? I thought you liberals were all about diplomacy and pacifism? Dropping a 0.30 caliber rifle slug through the cranium of three urinating terrorists is hardly liberal diplomacy.

And just so there is no confusion, I see the captain's life in danger the minute he was taken hostage. From that point forward, I'm giving the kill order as soon as a clear shot is available.

•Score 1 for the Vatican in blocking the Obama Administration's attempted nomination of Caroline Kennedy-Schlosberg to the post of U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. The Holy See blocked the Pro-Abortion Kennedy's nomination to the post for obvious reasons. The attempted nomination reportedly came as pay-back for Kennedy-Schlosberg's support of Obama over Hillary Clinton. (Why again is this O.K. but Illinois Gov. Blogojevich is going to probably serve time for talking about paybacks?)

•Score 1 for former Vice President Dick Cheney in his little tussle of words with Joe Biden. The ever-boastful Biden claimed that he once scolded President Bush in a private discussion in the White House. Cheney said it never happened and was backed up by the recollections of the former White House chief of staff and press secretary. One day, in the next four years, Vice President Blowhard is going to REALLY place his loafer in his mouth--what possible benefit could they have thought Biden would bring Obama's candidacy?

•The Royals are off and running toward their annual futile race for the prize and the county's renovated stadium made a seemingly impressive debut. Reviews seemed to be mixed, for the team and the stadium, which is pretty much what we should have expected…right? Score that one a draw.

•Draft Day for the Chiefs is fast approaching, and trade rumors are making the rounds. Will Larry Johnson be traded or released? Will Tony Gonzalez be traded to Atlanta? Will General Manager Scott Pioli trade up or down in the draft? This draft is more fascinating than others in recent memory, and that's a good thing for us fans and the Chiefs. It's fun to speculate about the Kansas City Chiefs again! The Chiefs are going to score big in this one. Mark it down.

•Isn't it a true homage to the invisible hand of the free market that now that cable TV pitchman Vince The ShamWow guy's commercials are playing in hyper drive on TV now that he has had some publicity linking him to an apparently hungry and cannibalistic call-girl (check www.TheSmokingGun.com website if you missed that story). Nothing sells chamois and food choppers like a tongue-biting hooker.

•Did President Obama bow to the Saudi King at their meeting last week? Yes. Should he have? No. Should Zippy, his snarky press secretary, have lied by trying to explain that the president was only compensating for the King's relatively short height? No. Once again, he only dug the hole bigger. Is Gibbs not the worst White House Press Secretary in history? Scott McClellan was bad but this guy is a boob. A U.S. President bows to no one; none have previously and none should. Well, you have to excuse E.G. Marshall in Superman II who knelt before Zod, but that was only because he thought Superman was dead. That one ended up O.K. in the end.

Score one for the good guys on that one.

(Score one for our own Brian Kubicki via email to bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Check this out: Global warming is now a good thing!

Posted 4/10/09

•Last week, President Obama made an impassioned plea to America's allies to send more troops to Afghanistan. He “warned” them that failure to pitch in to the campaign would leave Europe vulnerable to more terrorist attacks. But though he continued to “dazzle” Europeans on his first international tour, U.S.A.'s allies turned their backs on the U.S. President.

Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister, no doubt not as miffed as had been implied by British press over Obama's cheesy gift to Brown last month, was the only one to offer any significant help. Brown offered to send “several hundred” extra British soldiers for security during the August Afghan elections. However, that was far less than the thousands of combat troops that the U.S. was hoping for.

Only two other allies made firm offers of troops - Belgium chimed-in with 35 military trainers and Spain offered 12. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, refused to send anybody.

O.K., all you Obama supporters. You told us that Obama was going to get our allies to join in and help out. So where is it? When do all the Obama Magic Powers of Persuasion kick in? I'm not impressed so far. Maybe President Obama should call President Bush for assistance. At least he got Australia to kick in something toward the effort.

To top off the day, the President Obama spoke in Strasbourg where he offered the world a vision of a future free of nuclear weapons. Oh, isn't that nice? While we are at it, let's go back to muzzle-loading rifles and cross-bows. Maybe we can get all the world powers together and promise to only throw rocks at our enemies.

•A Harrisonville woman remained in serious condition last weekend after being struck by a car while trying to help capture a dog running loose on a highway. Police said the woman got out of her vehicle to assist an animal control officer who was attempting to catch the dog. PEOPLE! Animal control and the police are on the scene. That kind of work is precisely what they were trained to do. Don't get out of your car on a highway to help save a dog! Thoughts and prayers to this poor woman, but please people….let's keep our priorities in check. People are more important than dogs.

And I don't care how many pictures you people send me of your dogs in a state of happiness, dogs cannot smile.

•This little nugget also came out toward the end of the President's trip: Nato Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer warned that new sharia laws proposed by President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan sanctioning child marriage and marital rape had made it harder to raise more soldiers. So now we are defending a society in a country that defends child marriage and rape of women? Maybe that's why the original Afghanistan conflict was a guerilla mission that employed the Massoud to destroy the Taliban? Another example where things were better under President Bush.

•And in the environmental corner of this week's madness, scientists report that trees are growing faster and could buy some time to halt global warming. Plants and trees are growing faster because of rising carbon dioxide levels, which could potentially buy Earth more time to address global warming.

Wow! Really? So now global warming is a good thing? This is kind of like lighting a match in order to see your way around in the dark. You can start a potentially damaging thing, fire, and use it for light instead of burning stuff down. Who can argue with such iron-clad logic?

The “phenomenon” has been discovered in a variety of flora, ranging from tropical rainforests to British sugar beet crops. It means they are soaking up at least some of the billions of tons of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by humans that would otherwise be accelerating the rate of climate change. So by burning more carbon-based fossil fuels, we are causing more plants to grow and taking care of the “global warming problem!” That's neat! So I can keep on making my carbon footprint bigger and bigger and I am being environmentally responsible at the same time (YES!).

I'm so happy right now I can bust.

•Props to the Carolina Tar Heels. Roy Williams finally found a way (for him) to win championships get out of Kansas. Two national championships in 6 years. You can't argue with results.

Can somebody put a dagger into the One Shining Moment video? That whole concept is tired and unimaginative. Time for a new slogan.

And can we let some other network have the NCAA Tournament? 26 years is long enough. Can somebody outbid CBS for a change?

(Brian Kubicki and his carbon footprint can be reached via email to bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Fact: Plan B can cause a pregnancy to abort

Posted 4/3/09

I don't often go for the entrails of other columnists on this page. That's not because I feel the need to protect my co-writers at this newspaper, they don't need that. It's not because we don't disagree on any issues (I mean c'mon!), we do.

I think we don't take each other on because we all realize that it's probably best that we remain in our respective quadrant cages and avoid making this page a cock-fighting operation (not that I haven't tried to convince Landmark publisher Ivan Foley of the wonderful benefits of that sport, ahem: FRIED CHICKEN?!).

But the time to “honor” those borders is gone today, if only temporarily. Last week, fellow columnist Russ Purvis addressed the issue of Plan B Contraception and why it should be embraced by all women and young ladies (Because, of course, pregnancy is a woman's responsibility, but that's another issue) as a perfectly safe form of after coitus birth control. Safe for the pregnant woman, that is. If the baby is you, your child, or your grandchild, it is not good. You will die.

That key last point is where Mr. Purvis tried to employ a very Clintonian/Stowersian play on the definitions and meanings of words. Allow me to illustrate:

From Mr. Purvis' column last week:

“The anti-choice crowd claims that Plan B is the same as an abortion. Following that line of reasoning to its logical conclusion, masturbation amounts to the same thing.”

Now this first part is about the dumbest analogy ever conjured (and I should know as I have conjured some DUMB analogies in my day). Equating a fertilized human embryo to randomly-spattered sperm cells is about as misapplied as comparing a car to a pogo-stick.

He continues:

“Honestly, it is time to have an honest conversation about this issue: Plan B does not constitute abortion; the Pope is wrong about condoms, they can and do prevent the spread of AIDS; and abstinence among teenagers is an ideal to pursue, but so is world peace. We have about as much of a chance of achieving one as the other. So, in the meantime, a little protection will not hurt a soul.”

Why he inserted that Pope and condom issue into this is only the first form of obfuscation--misdirect the audience with something inflammatory and they'll be less likely to notice your misapplication of word definitions.

Mr. Purvis' argument is similar to the word-redefining that the cloning crowd employed in the Missouri Embryonic Stem Cell debate a couple of years ago. The facts are, Plan B Contraception can cause a pregnancy to abort.

They are saying that Plan B contraception can stop a pregnancy. Stopping a pregnancy is by definition an abortion. While it is true that the pills women must take can stop sperm and egg from meeting and can stop an unfertilized egg from implanting in the wall of the uterus, Plan B can stop a fertilized egg, also known as an embryo, from implanting in the walls of the womb, thus causing an abortion.

The key distinction is us folks who believe that Plan B CAN cause an abortion fully admit that in some cases, the pills can prevent a fertilization from occurring. What they won't tell you is that nobody can say that you aren't actually aborting a fertilized egg (embryo) because they can't see what's going on in the womb. The powerful hormonal pills stop anything that isn't already implanted from being implanted sperm, unfertilized egg, or embryo the drugs cannot distinguish.

Now, back to the point of “beliefs” about when life begins. If you believe life begins at conception, you should be opposed to Plan B contraception, if you are logically consistent. Mr. Purvis clearly doesn't believe that life begins at conception, and he should have made that clear in last week's column. It would have allowed me to write the scatter-brained columns I like to write.

It might also interest you to know that we pro-lifers are not alone in this country. As a matter of fact, we are in the majority. A recent Time/CNN poll found that 65% of Americans now believe that life begins at conception. A Newsweek poll found that just 24% of Americans believe that human life begins when an unborn child is “viable” and only 11% believe that human life does not begin until birth.

Facts matter.

•Alright, I was focused this week, but I can't let it go without some Big 12 basketball wrap-ups.

KU's loss to Michigan State showed why Kentucky should throw $5 million at Tom Izzo instead of John Calipari. Both games KU played vs. Memphis last year and Michigan State this year came down in the last minute exactly the same KU down 3 in the last minute. Memphis allowed KU to play and they eventually hit a 3-pointer and won the game. Izzo had his kids do what I was screaming for Memphis to do, foul them on the floor. They get 2 free throws and you get the ball back with a 1-pt. lead. Tom Izzo knows that the easier thing always is the better thing.

To MU, what a great season. Congratulations, Tiger fans. Mike Anderson, you would be nuts to move to Conference USA instead of the Big 12. Don't do it.

(Email Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


What's next, Obama on American Idol?

Posted 3/26/09

•Why is a sitting United States President going, for the first time in history, on a network TV talk show? Doesn't the President of the largest economy in the world and the Commander-in-Chief of the world's most powerful military have more important things to do than interject himself into the competition that is network television ratings? I know that CBS and ABC would like to sell ad time to their sponsors with the attraction of the United States President behind their programming.

So what show is next?

Should the President now go on American Idol as a judge or as a contestant?

Should the President be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars?

President Obama cheapened the Office of the Presidency last week.

•As a follow up to my statement last week that single mothers are to blame for much of the societal problems we are facing today, I offer the following information, courtesy of Ann Coulter's very fine book, “Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and their Assault on America.”

I should first clarify that when I say single mothers, I'm talking specifically about women who get pregnant when not married and choose to keep their babies and raise them alone. The statistics do not include widows or divorced mothers because in those cases, fathers either provided for or are providing for their children to some degree, and outcome stats for those cases are comparable for kids from two-parent homes.

By 1996, it was found that 70% of inmates in state juvenile detention centers were raised by single mothers.

72% of juvenile murderers come from single mother homes.

60% of rapists come from single mother homes.

70% of teenage births, dropouts, suicides, runaways, and child murderers come from single mother homes.

90% of homeless runaway children came from single mother homes.

These are incredibly telling statistics. These problems, drug abuse, violent crime, illiteracy, lack of education, etc. ARE directly attributable to the work of single mothers.

But the reason we can say such a thing is because we know that the job of raising children is too important and too difficult to be accomplished successfully by only one parent. There are certainly instances where it CAN be done by one parent, but those are the exception to the rule. Statistically, you have a 70% greater chance of success in life if you are raised in a two-parent home.

Let's look at this another way; if you charge me with the chore of building a bridge over a river, alone with no help, and the bridge gets built but it falls down when the first car drives over it, you will say that I did a terrible job building that bridge. I may have tried my best, but the bridge still fell down and people were hurt because of what I did.

The bridge fell because building it was too big a job for only one person. I needed help.

That's what the statistics are telling us. Should fathers be held to greater accountability? Absolutely, but single mothers are taking-on the responsibility of raising these children alone, so they must bear the call for changes if the job they are doing is not working.
It's as simple as that.

And with the recent stats that 40% of children born today are born of single mothers, the problem is going to only get worse.

I urge you to get a copy of Ms. Coulter's book. It will be worth your time and money for that chapter alone.

•Kansas and Missouri are in the Sweet Sixteen and both teams' fans are elated for vastly different reasons. Kansas fans really didn't expect to make it this far in a rebuilding year (truth be told, the NCAA helped them a bit with a soft regional placement), but with the core of the team being battle tested from last season's finish (I can't bring myself to say it be happy I took it that far), you can never look past them once they get to this level. Michigan State has been more battle tested and has beaten Kansas once already this season. Look for a battle-royal with Tom Izzo's charges squeaking one away at the end.

Missouri is another matter. Their magical season is sadly going to end next week but only because Memphis is a monster with a burr under their saddle. Be happy you got to the Sweet Sixteen, Tigers. Nobody can take that away. But you might want to avert your eyes at times Thursday night.

(Never avert your eyes from this weekly Parallax Look. Email Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Obama trying to deflect blame on AIG situation

Posted 3/20/09

•What is all this fuss we hear in the media over bonus payments made to AIG employees? So what? I understand that AIG is taking lots of government money in the form of a bailout. If the Democrat-led Congress that rushed to formulate this bailout failed to look into unsettling, but legal, future uses of those monies, then the blame lies on Congress, not on AIG. The crowing you hear is President Obama trying to deflect responsibility off of his administration. That will work for a time. But his time is running out.

•As we see this battle within the Republican Party for ideological control proceed, we are hearing quite a bit of public attacks between the moderate conservatives and the real conservatives. Meghan McCain has attacked Ann Coulter, and that one has looked through the big glass like a dancing panda paw-slapping Montecore, the stroke-sensing (apparently) White Tiger that savagely ripped the throat out of the brunette of the Siegfried and Roy grouping (I don't want to know them enough to be able to tell which is which). David Frum attacked Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, and got his hat (and big giant head) handed to him in rebuttal.

What do these moderates think is going to happen when they broadside-attack the majority element in the Republican Party? Face it folks, you got to steer the ship in the last two elections. President Bush was a moderate like you guys are. What did you do with that chance? You steered the ship right into an iceberg. You had your chance. Now it's time to be like the pro-life Harry Reid and stand quietly while holding to the company line.

•Can we go back to Pres. Bush's last Press Secretary, Dana Perino, in place of Robert “Zippy” Gibbs? She was MUCH easier on the eyes.

•The coolest thing I came across this week was a story about a former Marine that killed a bear with a single blow by tossing a log at its head. The bear had snatched the family's cooler (no doubt full of beer!) from their campsite in a national forest in northern Georgia.
The 300-pound black bear was taking its loot back into the woods when the Marine's 6-year-old son threw a shovel toward the beast, causing the animal to start charging the boy. The Marine, in true Gunny Highway fashion (improvising and adapting--channel Clint Eastwood) grabbed the first thing he could find, which happened to be a log from the family's firewood.

He lobbed the chunk of wood, hitting the bear in the head and killing it.

"(I) threw it at it and it happened to hit the bear in the head. I thought it just knocked it out but it actually ended up killing the bear." The close call earned Everhart bragging rights and a ticket. Park authorities say he didn't properly secure his campsite.

•I am seriously in full-on teenage girl crazy for the Jonas Brothers about Mark Levin's next book, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto. If you're catching The Great One's radio show (980 AM KMBZ 9 pm-11pm) lately, he's been previewing it and it really does seem to go the extra mile in really digging at what the founders intended when they gave this country its start. Stay tuned for a review.

•I am currently in the midst of Ann Coulter's, “Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America” and there is a fascinating section covering the misapplication of praise and honor our media and popular culture assigns to single mothers. Apparently, most of the problems we as a society suffer in this country due to crime, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy, and teen pregnancy are directly attributable to the work of single mothers. (That should set the emails flying.)

Further, it can be illustrated that traditional statistical bias seen among races and crime (white vs. non-white) disappear when the color influence is removed. In clearer words, non-whites raised in two parent homes commit crimes at no greater rates than do whites coming from two parent homes. Email me if you are particularly steamed by those thoughts and factoids and I'll be happy to explain further.

•I am currently slogging through a battle with shingles (not on my windows of my house), and I can officially attest that they are not fun. I have seen folks with shingles (They are a resurrection of the dormant virus that causes chicken pox, which I had as a child and can be extremely painful.). I've seen people with shingle rashes on their torso, on their back, and I can imagine those are painful. Mine are along the side of my noggin, along the nerve that usually is behind my particular brand of tension headaches, and I can fairly acknowledge these hurt when they are on your head!

One good side though, is when the rash reaches your tongue, you don't feel like eating because your tongue feels like it has been scalded and you can't taste anything, so losing weight just as the weather gets warm is kind of easy. When you can't taste your food, I find that you are forced to eat smaller amounts and only for maintenance your basic needs. Prescription pain meds are very nice.

(Email your shingles relief hints to bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Why is Obama afraid to be termed a socialist?

Posted 3/13/09

I'll bet you didn't notice last week when the Obama administration continued the Bush policy of denying habeas corpus rights (the right to challenge their detention) to detainees of the War on Terror.

In a court filing, the Obama administration agreed with the Bush administration position that 600 prisoners detained in a prison on the American air base at Bagram, Afghanistan have no right to seek their release in court. Funny how we never saw President Obama make this policy statement in front of a video camera. I implore you to mention this fact to the nearest liberal, anti-war Obama voter you find and ask them, “Well?”

•Are you ready for a dose of reality? For those of you who are not old enough to remember what a Misery Index is, it is the sum of the Unemployment Rate and the Inflation Rate in a given economy. It was talked about back in the Carter Era (late 1970's). The current Misery Index is 7.63% (January 2009). The highest ever recorded was 21.98% (June 1980). Incidentally, the lowest on record was 2.97% (July 1953).

Who was it that said this was the worst economy since the Great Depression?

•Have you heard the Democrats trying to make hay over Rush Limbaugh's comment that he doesn't want Obama's liberal policies to succeed? They're trying to pull the “Limbaugh's not a patriot” string. I've said it before. I don't want President Obama to succeed with this agenda. Success for Obama would be marked by government getting a whole lot bigger, taxes getting higher on the wrong people, and the economy getting less powerful.

•Do you remember back about 4 years ago when they did a poll (Fox News/Opinion Dynamics) asking, “Regardless of how you voted in the presidential election, would you say you want President Bush to succeed or not?”

The results: 51% of Democrats wanted Pres. Bush to fail.

For the record, 90% of Republicans and 63% of Independents wanted Pres. Bush to succeed.

Kind of puts this all into perspective, doesn't it?

•President Obama was apparently highly concerned that media members interviewing him last week were left with the impression that he had offhandedly dismissed a question from New York Times reporters about whether he was a socialist. This concern led him to call the reporters later and qualify his response. He said, "It was hard for me to believe that you were entirely serious about that socialist question."

He continued, saying that he thought it useful to mention that it wasn't under him that we started buying a “bunch of shares of banks.”

Obama continued, “And so I think it's important just to note when you start hearing folks throw these words around that we've actually been operating in a way that has been entirely consistent with free-market principles and that some of the same folks who are throwing the word 'socialist' around can't say the same.”

That wasn't all. "Well, I just think it's clear by the time we got here, there already had been an enormous infusion of taxpayer money into the financial system. And the thing I constantly try to emphasize to people if that coming in, the market was doing fine, nobody would be happier than me to stay out of it. I have more than enough to do without having to worry the financial system. The fact that we've had to take these extraordinary measures and intervene is not an indication of my ideological preference, but an indication of the degree to which lax regulation and extravagant risk taking has precipitated a crisis."

The original question that prompted this flourish of concern was, "Are you a socialist as some people have suggested?" And more importantly was the follow-up, "Is there anything wrong with saying, 'Yes'?"

"Let's just take a look at what we've done," he tap danced to those questions, enumerating efforts his administration has made to stabilize the economy. But he acknowledged, as Joe the Plumber heard, that he plans to try to spread the wealth around.

"If you look on the revenue side what we're proposing, what we're looking at is essentially to go back to the tax rates that existed during the 1990s when, as I recall, rich people were doing very well. In fact everybody was doing very well. . . . We said that we'd give a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. That's exactly what we have done."

Why is Obama afraid to be termed a socialist?

•On a somber note, President Obama on Monday lifted the government's ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, but he indicated that he does not support human cloning, saying human cloning is "dangerous, profoundly wrong." Why? If life doesn't begin at the moment of conception, as he clearly seems to indicate he believes, then why not allow human cloning using federal funds? What stops him from taking that extra step?

Will somebody please ask President Obama that simple question? And don't accept an “it's above my pay grade” response!

(Putting it all into a proper perspective each week, Brian Kubicki can be reached at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


It's okay to want Obama to fail at liberalizing America

Posted 3/6/09

•Is Rush Limbaugh the head of the Republican Party? That seems to be the dust-up of the week. GOP Chairman Michael Steele thinks Limbaugh is just an entertainer and that he (Steele) is the head of the party. Limbaugh himself acknowledges that he is not the head of THIS Republican Party, and who could blame him.

Who cares? The Republican Party has no power in government currently. What's happening right now is a free-for-all spit-wad fight for the base of the party. Limbaugh is for all intents and purposes the philosophical head of the Conservative Movement within the Republican Party. The Moderates are like the non-Conservative hostesses of ABC's The View…they hate you unless you’re pretty or popular, then they smile and fawn over you. Steele came groveling at Limbaugh's feet in recompense for his weekend dismissive comments, and he will have learned a hard lesson. You cannot placate Liberals. You must defeat them.

And for a party with no political power, Republicans, and particularly Conservatives, have been getting a lot of airplay from this Liberal Democrat-controlled government we are infested with. The President has mentioned Limbaugh's name at least two times. The White House Press Secretary (I call him Zippy 'cause he looks like that comic strip character, Zippy) has called-out Limbaugh and a truly noteworthy Chicago Board of Trade reporter in particularly snide comments that alone helped inspire a new Tea Party movement across the country. Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emmanuel called Limbaugh out by name on CBS' Face the Nation Sunday.

•And did you catch where Limbaugh held off responding to Steele's criticism to websites like Politico or cable news? He saved his response for his own airwaves, serving his advertisers with waves upon waves of new potential customers. Those are market forces at work folks. Despite Liberal crap gumming up the machines everywhere, the market still prevails.

•By the way, does this Octomom story not reek of the kind of cradle-to-the-grave government that Liberal Democrats desire? And precisely what did you think was going to happen when in-vitro fertilization was developed and nobody uttered any kind of call for ethical standards? Remember those folks that warned of slippery slopes when in-vitro fertilization first came to the fore? Now we've got doctors risking human life by turning human wombs into clown cars.

•Should Republicans remove abortion from the party platform in order to appease the moderates? That seems to be the argument being made by the moderates that steered the Republican ship into an iceberg in the 2008 elections (by the way, thanks for that guys!). Haven't we heard enough from these folks?

•Limbaugh nailed this point home back in the election aftermath. During the Republican primaries, we were told by the Party hierarchy that the only chance the Republicans had in the Presidential election was to attract Democrats and moderates, and McCain was the guy to do that. So, McCain's the Republican nominee, and moderate conservative William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, endorsed Barack Obama for President. He joined moderate Republican Colin Powell, former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan, and Sen. Chuck Hagel from Nebraska. These were precisely the type of people telling us that we needed to attract Democrats - so much for the big tent approach. Reagan didn't attract Democrats to vote for him by compromising his views. Reagan won by selling freedom and liberty as the cornerstones of Conservatism.

•Rush Limbaugh's 11,000 word speech to the CPAC convention Saturday was spectacular and the kind of shot-in-the-arm that the Republican Party needed. He focused particularly of the criticism that he has attracted for saying that he wanted President Obama to fail in his mission to Liberalize America. They nearly lost a testicle over that one.

I want President Obama to fail as well. He wants to wrest freedom and liberty from the people of this nation and place it in the hands of government. Do I want our retirement accounts to start increasing again? Absolutely. That's why I want to tweezer the tick that Obama is off of the vein of the American economy. If I see a President about to do a bad thing, I would like to stop him. Any American should want that.

I want Obama to stop driving the stock market down. (I suspect he actually wants the market to fail. If he knocks it down completely, he can re-constitute government as the Great Provider, instead of the market through free-enterprise Capitalism.)

•This Brian Waters-Scott Pioli/Todd Haley issue-nonissue is classic Jason Whitlock flame-fanning, except the spark is only a brief blue methane-driven ignition of digestive gas (guess where that came from!).

I'm good with Cassell at QB and Vrabel providing the championship experience at the core of the defense. Somebody tell Brian Waters to shut up.

(Parallax Look is always a shot in the arm. Email Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


This is what would have been if Carter had won in 1980

Posted 2/27/09

•Good golly, have we now seen what would have happened to this country in the early 1980's had Jimmy Carter won the election, or what?

Had Ronald Reagan not grabbed the nation by the chin and reminded them in his historical inaugural address that this is the most powerful economy, with the most generous people in the entire world; and instead told them what President Hope and Change Obama has told them in the past weeks–that their greed is the reason the nation is in the economic woes it is currently mired in, and that they must pay dearly for the right and privilege to have big government get even bigger and then perhaps consider the prospect of trying to save America through massive pork-barrel spending.

That makes about as much sense as stimulating automobile sales by mandating the removal of cigarette ashtrays.

•Did you hear where President B. Hussein Obama stood up on Monday this week and told us that the deficit he “inherited” was going to be cut in half in four years? Inherited? He inherited a $500 billion deficit, which he promptly ballooned to more than $1 trillion in less than 30 days. And he says he is going to do that by taxing the people that own and operate restaurants, bars, clothing stores, children's daycare centers, used car dealerships, bookstores, grocery stores, plumbers, hardware stores, camera stores, cattle rendering plants (those places are really cool by the way!), butcher shops, dry cleaners, pizza delivery restaurants, and the like.

Of course, he calls those people “the wealthy,” as though there is some measure of evil in a legitimate small business owner. These are the salt-of-the-earth folks that made this country the power it is (was?), drive the economy, and already pay the majority of the tax load in this country. These are the people that are losing their retirements thanks to the lack of confidence this administration has bathed the markets in. Apparently, they haven't been paying a fair enough (“patriotic enough” as Joe Biden would say) portion of the nation's tax load.

Good gawd!

•All is not lost, though. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, said his state will not be interested in parts, if any of the roughly $4 billion allotted in the economic stimulus package signed into law by President Hope and Change last week.

Jindal wisely said any state would be foolish to take federal government monies without looking carefully into the fine print the contract includes. Federal funds don't come without some effort to wrest-away a right already held by the State or the People. I hope Gov. Jindahl carries through on his pledge. We will be watching.

•The GOP, meanwhile, isn't letting up in its criticism of Democrats over the Porkulus Package. Following the White House's trumpets blaring the signing of the bill, the RNC sent email missives to prominent websites and newspapers offering research on Obama Administration pledges on transparency, bipartisanship, pork, and job creation.

The Republican release criticized Democrats for breaking a promise to post the bill online 48 hours in advance of a vote, for not working in a bipartisan manner, for putting out a package loaded with enough pork to make Porky Pig sweat, and for grossly overestimating the bill's job creation potential.

House Republican Leader John Boehner put out the best statement though:

“The flawed bill the President will sign today is a missed opportunity, one for which our children and grandchildren will pay a hefty price." Boehner continued: "It's a raw deal for American families, providing just $1.10 per day in relief for workers while saddling every family with $9,400 in added debt to pay for special-interest programs and pork-barrel projects. It will do little to create jobs, and will do more harm than good to middle-class families and our economy."

Well, it’s about time!

•Forgive me if I told you this one already, but did you know that literally thousands of new trees start growing each and every year because the squirrels that originally buried the acorns for a later meal forgot where they put them. Thousands. Kind of gives a different perspective on the idea of intelligence required to save the planet when you have to figure in that fact.

•I'm ready for the rampant global warming of Spring!

(Brian Kubicki can be found exposing the Porkulus Package for what it is. Email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Where are the business-stimulating tax cuts in this?

Posted 2/20/09

•Well, the Porkulus government spending bill will be signed into law by the time you read this. I won't call it what the Democrats are calling it (Stimulus Bill) because NY Senator Charles Shumer admitted that the bill is “porky,” and with a stroke of his left arm curving up over the top of the page, a United States President will have committed a significant amount of your tax dollars toward the biggest theft ever imparted to an electorate.

I am happy that no Republicans in Congress voted in favor of the bill. I am also pleased to hear of the derision that Republicans around the nation are directing toward the three Republican U.S. Senators who voted for the bill.

The pistons that run the engine that is the U.S. economy are private businesses. There are hundreds of them, as big as the auto makers and as small as a morning donut house. This Porkulus bill tells those businesses to shut up and keep paying taxes. There are no business-stimulating corporate tax cuts in this bill. Oh, the guy who works part time in the donut house sweeping up at the end of the day gets a tax cut, which is actually a hand-out since he actually pays very little in taxes, and he can take that extra $13 a month and go to McDonalds or Wal-Mart and enjoy himself. Those companies are booming, by the way.

Such is how liberals envision making economies go. Just remember…you heard it here, this economic nightmare is not going to end any time soon.

•Did you read where the parents of a Las Vegas 3-year-old boy who was attacked by a pet python have been arrested on child neglect, abuse, and endangerment charges? The 18-foot python bit and coiled itself around the boy Jan. 20 at a southwest Las Vegas home. The snake began squeezing the breath out of the child before his mother grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the snake more than a dozen times. The python was later euthanized by animal control officials. For the record, it would royally stink to go out of this “civilized” world by being eaten by a snake.

But the doctor that implanted 8 embryos into the Octomom's clown car of a womb is walking around free? What's that about?

•Did you catch the note where former moon-walking astronaut Harrison Schmitt doesn't believe humans are causing global warming. "I don't think the human effect is significant compared to the natural effect," said Schmitt, one of 70 anthropogenic climate change skeptics scheduled to speak next month at the International Conference on Climate Change in New York. He contends that scientists are being intimidated if they vocally disagree with the idea that burning fossil fuels has increased carbon dioxide levels, temperatures and sea levels. Schmitt was invited to address after resigning from The Planetary Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to space exploration, but recently under fire for taking the stance that global warming is caused by human activity. In his resignation letter, the 74-year-old astronaut and geologist argued that the "global warming scare is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making."

He continued, "Not that the planet hasn't warmed. We know it has or we'd all still be in the Ice Age," he said. "But it has not reached a crisis proportion and, even among us skeptics, there's disagreement about how much man has been responsible for that warming."

He noted that historical documents show average temperatures have risen by about 1 degree per century since around 1400 A.D., and the rise in carbon dioxide is because of the temperature rise. Schmitt also said geological evidence indicates changes in sea level have been going on for thousands of years. Schmitt has a science degree from the California Institute of Technology. He also studied geology at the University of Oslo in Norway and took a doctorate in geology from Harvard University in 1964.

In 1972, he was one of the last men to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission. Schmitt said he's heartened that the upcoming conference is made up of scientists who haven't been manipulated by politics.

I think we're starting to make a difference with this logical train of thought, folks. I noticed recently after attending several parties and get-togethers that people seem as reticent to raise the subject of climate change in mixed polite company as they are almost any conservative/liberal topic of conversation. Now if global warming was truly all about the science, why would anybody be hesitant to raise the subject?

(Brian Kubicki is The Landmark’s global warming expert. Send him a warm and fuzzy message via email to bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Being bi-partisan means you are lacking backbone

Posted 2/13/09

Sheesh what an eventful week!

•Does anybody else think it the height of hypocrisy for President Obama to be criticizing corporate CEOs for their compensation packages right after he spent a record number of millions on a lavish beyond the seams inauguration? I'm not begrudging his chance to celebrate the win, but I'm also not nosey enough to claim to be able to set compensation levels of people working in the private sector.

•For the record, we are not in the worst economic conditions since the Depression. We haven't even reached the depths of the late 1970's when unemployment and inflation were in double digits.

Since when has an economic recession in the United States been revived with massive government spending on non-revenue generating public works projects? There is so much pork in this bill, you can't see through it to find anything that actually stimulates job-creating revenue. I think the worst part of this flim-flam happens when Obama and the Democrats leading Congress peel off a couple of the more ludicrous layers of pork (STD prevention?) and then throw-up their hands in satisfaction that they've been bi-partisan!Bi-partisanship occurs when one side actually concedes something to the other side. Unbelievable!

•By the way, I loathe bi-partisanship. Being bipartisan means you don't have the backbone to implement that which you were elected to implement. Why does Obama need to be bi-partisan anyway? He has the votes to pass Porkulus on his side of the aisle. Stop trying to make the Republicans sniff after your fart trail and go about your business trying to implement Marxism and destroy the greatest economic power the world has ever seen.

•Did you know that the Democrats were very quietly working to move the U.S. Census to be completely controlled by the White House? Republicans are diligently fighting (uphill, of course) to put the issue into some ray of media light.

The worst part of the whole thing, it they are putting the census into the hands of perhaps the most partisan person in the White House, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

•Why are the Democrats doing this? The census, which is done every 10 years, by the Commerce Department, is used to determine redrawing of congressional districts, and the results have huge political significance. They are trying to stack the political deck, and the dealer's got sticky fingers. Be very afraid Republicans.

•In an interview last week with Politico, former Vice President Dick Cheney warned of a high likelihood that terrorists will try to enact a nuclear or biological attack, and he fears the Obama administration's policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.

•Cheney also made the point that it doesn't seem anyone in the Obama Administration understands -- protecting this country's security is “a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business…These are evil people. And we're not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek.”

Amen. I always liked and respected Dick Cheney.

•Did any of you watch the President Obama press conference on Monday night? Talk about a bunch of softballs! If this is as difficult as the media is going to get, I'm going to be very sick by the end of the first 100 days. I'm surprised nobody asked him if he has chosen a dog for his daughters yet.

•This global warming that has suspended winter this week is awesome! Keep growing those carbon footprints, people, we're making a difference (Really we're not, but it burns the hackles of the environuts that read this every week.)

•Your environmental factoid of the week is that the Goreans would have us believe that carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere actually lead temperatures; which is to say, they claim that carbon dioxide concentrations in the massive global atmosphere increase and that increase causes temperatures to rise. The truth is the relationship is exactly opposite. Temperatures are mostly controlled by activity of the Sun. When the Sun shines a bit warmer, the planet gets warmer. When the planet gets warmer, the oceans (which make-up 75% of the surface area of the earth) warm up also. When oceans are warmed, they release greater amounts of carbon dioxide. When the oceans cool, carbon dioxide is attracted into the seas because seawater serves as a massive carbon sink (think of it as a carbon sponge). That's just the way it is.

•The Chiefs seem headed in the right direction, for the first time in a long time, with the hiring of Todd Haley as head coach. Haley was one of the hottest assistants around and Scott Pioli was the hottest GM prospect around. It's going to be fun following the Chiefs again.

(It’s always fun to get a Parallax Look. Email Brian at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Why is it that ghosts dress in time-period clothes?

Posted 2/6/09

•The Democrat Porkulus Spending Bill that flew through the U.S. House of Representatives and is being “massaged” by the Senate is a sick, sick joke by Washington on the hard working people of this fine country. You don't catalyze an economy by increasing the size and scope of an already bloated and inefficient government. But I guess the people have spoken by putting the Democrats in charge of the Executive and Legislative branches of government. If this is what the American people want, I suppose they better get it. Cover your eyes folks. This economy is going to get even uglier.

•Did you watch how Obama holds his hand as he signs documents? He is left-handed (as am I), and he curves his arm around the paper he's writing on, almost writing with his hand positioned above the line of text. I, on the other hand, write like right handers do with my hand and arm approximately 45 degrees off the left edge of the paper. Among left handers, Obama's way of writing is considered the method used by the less-intelligent among the Southpaw Nation. (Well, since he won't release his college transcripts, we have to gauge his intelligence in other ways.)

•Did you hear about the supposed haunted hospital in Great Britain? Hospital officials called in an exorcist after frightened workers complained of being terrified by a ghostly image appearing as a black-clad figure wearing a cloak and stalking wards and corridors.

And in clear Poltergeist style, developers supposedly built the hospital over an old ancient main Roman road, despite Craig T. Nelson style protests. Experts (what are the qualifications to be a ghost expert?) said the spirit could be the ghost of a Roman soldier killed on the spot where the original hospital was built in the 1920s.

Now, why is it that ghosts are always dressed in a time period from history, and why doesn't anybody ever see a ghost dressed like a caveman? I'll probably get scared by a ghost tonight just to pay me back for my skepticism.

•PETA was in the news again this week, “trying” to get a TV commercial past the censors for the Super Bowl telecast. They were interviewing one of the PETA women on one of the news shows and she was claiming that animals are mutilated in slaughterhouses every single day and how we have to put a stop to the cruelty by not eating meat any longer. Just once, I'd like to see somebody ask one of these women what their feelings are on the subject of abortion. I mean, these are intelligent, articulate people. They know full well what actually happens in an abortion. Can they really be crying over an eviscerated animal yet be silent about an eviscerated human baby?

•It was reported last week that President Obama has turned up the thermostat at the White House. Senior Advisor David Axelrod explained, “He's from Hawaii, O.K.? He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.” Does he buy carbon offsets for all that extra fossil fuel burning he is doing?

•By the way, it's obvious why Democrats don't care about raising taxes too high for anybody. They just aren't going to pay them. The Treasury Secretary doesn't pay his taxes. The Health and Human Services Secretary doesn't pay his taxes. The chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the House hasn't paid his taxes for years! How is it that Al Capone can go to jail for not paying his taxes but these clowns get promotions?

Unbelievable!

•Volcanoes are erupting in Alaska and Tokyo, while Al Gore vomited global warming nonsense to Congress in the middle of a snow-and-ice packed Washington. You can't dream this kind of irony.

I thought it interesting that Anchorage-area residents stocked up on protective eyewear and masks ahead of a possible eruption of Mount Redoubt. Monitoring earthquakes underneath the 10,200-foot Redoubt Volcano about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory warned that an eruption was imminent, sending experienced Alaskans shopping for protection against a dusty shower of volcanic ash that could descend on south-central Alaska.

Unlike earthquakes (or hurricanes), volcanoes often give off warning signs that usually give people time to prepare. Particulate can injure skin, eyes and breathing passages. The young, the elderly and people with respiratory problems are especially susceptible. Put enough ash under a windshield wiper and it will scratch glass.

Funny how you can see the parallels here between Alaska's hearty and prepared citizens and the podunks in New Orleans that sat on their keysters and did nothing when they were warned amply ahead of Hurricane Katrina's landfall. Where are the people screaming for the government to step in up in Alaska to save the poor people in the path of the lava and ash?

(Never deterred by a path of lava and ash, Brian Kubicki can be reached at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


Obama sends more listeners to Rush Limbaugh

Posted 1/29/09

•Boy are they (Liberals) hitting the ground running or what? Harry Reid can't seem to be able to make up his mind. Nancy Pelosi wants to save the economy by investing in fewer consumers. Pres. Obama wants to ensure that Rush Limbaugh's listenership triples. There is lots of stuff to laugh at the Liberals over this week folks.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi boldly defended a move to add birth control funding to the new economic "stimulus" package, claiming "contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government."

She told ABC's THIS WEEK host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that hundreds of millions of dollars would be spent to expand family planning services by paying for contraception. How is that stimulus, Stephanopoulos asked?

Pelosi replied: “Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.”

Stephanopoulos came back with: “So no apologies for that?” (Real tough questioning there, George.)

Pelosi fired back: “No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.”

So Liberals believe that we can stimulate the economy by ensuring that there are fewer consumers? Babies are expensive. If you have children, you are contributing to the economy on numerous levels--there's the doctors, the furniture, the clothes, the diapers, the air freshener, and on and on and on. That's a lot of economic stimulus going on.

I've got a better idea. If Liberals think ensuring that there are fewer people on the planet will improve the economy, how about you Liberals start taking yourselves out of the food chain?

•I was unimpressed by President Obama's inaugural address. It was thoroughly non-inspiring. I was more depressed after the speech than I was before it. I decided to try and cheer myself up, so I pulled up a recording of Pres. Reagan's 1980 inaugural address on Youtube. Not that’s an inspiring address delivered to a beaten-down populace. You think things are bad now, do you remember how bad it was in 1980? Unemployment, inflation, and interest rates were way higher than they are today. It was actually very enlightening to compare and contrast the two speeches. I wish I was 18 again.
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•On the carbon footprint idea, I found some loony website that actually devised a way to calculate the size of your carbon footprint. They ask you some innocuous questions about whether you use those idiotic compact fluorescent light bulbs and whether you eat red meat every day (I scored high on that one!). I was proud to learn that my carbon footprint is almost three times the average carbon footprint in America. That made my week. I've been working really hard at it.

•Did you know that thousands of trees are planted each and every year by squirrels that forget where they buried the acorns gathered for later dining? I think I'm going to put that sentence at the end of the next email I reply to that cautions me to “think green before I print out the email.”

•Rush Limbaugh has been pegged by President Obama already as a poor guide for Conservatives and Republicans. In frustration over Congressional Republican calls for more tax cuts and less pork in the economic stimulus package, President Obama said that Republicans need to stop listening to Limbaugh. After all, he won. (Yes, he actually said that.)

Did he really just use the nation's largest bully pulpit to focus attention on the guy that already attracts the largest audience in radio? So now, another 199 million people are going to tune in to Rush's radio show, adding to the 20 million he already reaches every week. I'm not sure that is what Obama intended. I guess the President would prefer that we Republicans just shut up and get in line with the Democrats. That’s the kind of bi-partisanship they are looking for on the Left.

•Can someone explain to me why the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba needs to be closed and why these terrorists should be brought to reside in America?

(Email the columnist at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


What happened the last time a Dem was in White House?

Posted 1/22/09

As you'll recall, I rear-windowed the George W. Bush Presidency last week. Now it is time to look ahead at the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama and anticipate what this country is in for in the next four years. (Hint: I'm not very optimistic.)

•By the way, a really cool column was written this week by an extremely insightful columnist for the Flint Journal in Flint, Michigan. His name is John Tomlinson and he feels that we should start praying for global warming.

Tomlinson relates that at December's U.N. Global Warming conference in Poland, 650 of the world's top climatologists made the statement that anthropogenic (man-made) global warming is a media generated myth without basis.

The earth's temperature peaked in 1998. It's been falling ever since; dropping dramatically in 2007 and even more-so in 2008, when temperatures actually fell to 1980 levels. The University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center released satellite photos showing that Arctic ice is back to 1979 levels. What's more, measurements of Antarctic ice now show that its accumulation is up 5 percent since 1980.

The reason Tomlinson urges praying for global warming is a massive study just released by the Russian Government reveals overwhelming evidence that earth is on the verge of another Ice Age. Based on core samples from Russia's Vostok Station in Antarctica, we now know earth's atmosphere and temperature for the last 420,000 years. This evidence suggests that the 12,000 years of warmth we call the Holocene period is over. Apparently, we're headed into an ice age of about 100,000 years.

As for carbon dioxide levels, core samples show conclusively they follow the earth's temperature rise, they don't lead it. It turns out that carbon dioxide fluctuations follow the change in sea temperature (Go figure? Remember that the planet is 75% water.). As water temperatures rise, oceans release additional dissolved carbon dioxide, and away the temperatures go. I'm investing in winter coats.

•I pretty much know what to expect from an Obama Administration. The last time we had a Democrat President and a Democrat controlled Congress, Hillary tried to take over the health care system in the U.S. and we saw the largest tax increase in American history.

•I'm frankly tired of hearing pundits tell us that President Obama is really going to be a moderate and that his appointments of moderate Democrats to his cabinet serve as evidence of that claim. Don't believe it for a second, folks. Obama is liberal enough to make up for a hundred moderates in his cabinet.

•This is what I want from President Obama. I want him to actually do the things he ran on. I want President Obama to drop guns and run away from Iraq. I want President Obama to change America's War on Terror to a fly-swatter policy like it was under the Clinton years. I want him to raise the top marginal tax rate to 40% like he promised. I want him to double the capital gains tax rate. I want him to repeal every abortion restriction in place in America even the ones that force doctors to notify parents before performing abortions on their children.

Now, of course, I don't want these things to happen because I believe in those things. I know that implementing those policies are likely to cause very bad things to happen to America and its people. Nobody wants that. However, President Obama has been promising liberals this political philosophy for more than two years now. Aren't they due what they asked for? America apparently forgot the Jimmy Carter years. It's a shame that they have to be reminded again about how bad double digit unemployment, interest rates, and inflation rates are. Americans are a fickle lot. It may be a time to teach them a hard lesson.

•For the record, I do not want President Obama to be a successful president. I hope he falls on his face politically. Don't be angry with me. That is exactly what liberals did to President Bush the day he took office, and they continued it almost non-stop for the next eight years. Where I differ from the liberals, however, is that I harbor no hate and no personal animosity for Barack Obama. I hope that he and his family remain safe and enjoy their time in the White House. But I disagree with everything he stands for politically. One cannot wish for bad things to happen to a good country.

•Gird your loins folks, this is going to be a bumpy ride.

(You never know what to expect from Parallax Look. Email the columnist at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


History will show this Bush to be a successful president

Posted 1/16/09

•The time has come after eight years of the George W. Bush Presidency to close the door and begin to evaluate his performance for the historical record. Much of what will settle in the history books won't be known for several years, but that doesn't stop me from figuring out what I think he has achieved and what he has goofed up.

Now if you're going to be fair, you have to look at who George Bush represents himself to be on a political scale. To do any less would not give an accurate appraisal of his honesty and integrity. Ronald Reagan came in as a staunch conservative. Jimmy Carter proudly proclaimed himself a liberal. Bill Clinton was a liberal who shifted toward the center when Congress changed to Republican control in the middle of his first term. Clinton resisted efforts to be characterized politically. In reality, he just wanted the power. To be completely truthful, Bill Clinton would have likely been a rock-ribbed conservative if it would have meant he could be president (he'd have still been chasing interns around the White House, though). George Bush came to the Oval Office as a self-proclaimed compassionate conservative. That's essentially a tacit criticism that traditional conservatives have no compassion, which is an admission of guilt from the get go. In my view, that’s where he first went wrong.

•Did you know that it is perfectly legal in the State of Kansas to be buried on your own land, in the city or out in the country, as long as the body is not laden with infectious disease and as long as burial is accomplished within 24 hours of death, or with a few days if the body is suitably stored in a freezer in an airtight container?

Interesting…

•President Bush is a moderate conservative. He is a social conservative and a fiscal liberal. He has never shied away from such characterizations. That is who he is. The problem is, the Democrats had no political power during the first part of his presidency, and in order to gain power, they had to demonize him and his administration. That's exactly what they did, and they started the process by attacking him personally. If it rained, it was George Bush's fault. If a boat crashed, it was George Bush's fault. If the sun had more sunspots than usual, George Bush caused that too. That was the key to their plan. Fortunately, they had a war and a volunteer force to make everyone feel bad about. That was their crowbar in their twisted plan.

•The Chiefs are now apparently focusing-in on the New England Patriots' Assistant GM Scott Pioli as their main target for replacing the football side of Carl Peterson. Unfortunately, Pioli has all the bargaining leverage because there's nobody else out there who apparently needs a new GM. So if Clark Hunt doesn't want to give Pioli what he is asking for (rumored to be total control over football decisions), Clark can only go to somebody nobody knows anything about. Pioli may be the savior and he might be a boob, but I really would like it for entertainment value if he hates the media and treats media people like crap just like Carl Peterson did. That part was fun for us fans.

•Love him or hate him, you have to credit President Bush for his commitment to protecting the American people from international terrorism. He was the first president, Republican or Democrat, to define a concrete policy to combat the threat of Radical Islamic Terrorism. He defined a plan. He implemented the plan. He made mistakes implementing the plan. But he ultimately achieved the primary goal of the plan, which was to prevent any more terrorist attacks on United States soil. He wins kudos on that point.

•It's darn cold outside. If man was so in control of global warming and the overall temperature outside, why aren't the densely populated cities around the world warmer than the more sparsely populated cities? And since the global temperature is about one degree warmer than it was 50 years ago, how do we know that is a bad thing? What is the ideal global temperature? People, you are being fed a completely false bill of goods on this issue and you are being foolish if you buy into it.

•As the door closes on President George W. Bush's Administration, I have to rip him for his big-spending ways, though I have to admit that he never hid those things from me as a voter. That ill was a worthy sacrifice for my vote in exchange for the benefits of a pro-life president and the only chief executive to raise a confident hand against terrorism and in defense of the American people. In balance, history will see George W. Bush as a pioneering and successful president.

(History will show Brian Kubicki as a successful columnist. Email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)


A parallax prediction of notable happenings in 2009

Posted 1/9/09

Here we go…for the first time in Parallax Look history, I am going to predict notable occurrences for the coming rotation of the planet Earth around the Sun.

GLOBAL:
•The weather continues to behave pretty much like it has for hundreds of years, since the planet exited the last Ice Age, but Al Gore continues to proclaim that the ice caps are melting under the weight of human influence.

•The world retains and continues to enjoy abundant supplies of natural resources in still not fully understood capacities. The average consumer begins to comprehend the fact that our energy supplies are set by technology and not by government.

•The Moon continues to rotate around the Earth, the Earth continues to spin about the Sun, the Solar System continues to rotate around whatever is at the center of this galaxy of tens of thousands of solar systems, and we continue to flourish on this magnificent spinning core of iron.

NATIONAL:
•By the end of 2009, President Barack Obama will be mired in the nation's continuing economic malaise but buoyed by a still-fawning big national media, will enjoy 50+% public approval ratings. I will remain unmoved.

•Al Qaida will attempt a major terrorist attack on United States soil, and the Presidential Administration will pause (as Democrats are wont to do.). Hopefully, no American lives will be lost.

•A major tax increase on the top marginal earners in America's economy will be enacted. It will be framed as an equalization of the benefits of capitalism. It will not be felt that way though as the economy continues to be smothered by the weight of an ever-growing government.

•The U.S. government investment in the military will wane as Democrat influence takes greater control of government spending. Bases are closed. American soldiers will begin to fall out of favor with the media. The public, however, does not share the feeling.

•Liberal government attempts to enact a “fairness doctrine” which is designed to force liberal ideology into the conservative establishment of the talk radio market. Ironically, Air America, the Liberal talk radio network folds under the pressure.

•The U.S. military, faced with an unsupportive Commander-in-Chief, steers aimlessly toward anarchy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

•The national unemployment rate hits 10%, however because the American economy has shifted to primarily a service and technology-based system, inflation remains relatively low. The Wal-Mart factor will be cited as an American savior.

REGIONAL:
•Kathleen Sebelius will, under pressure from the entire western side of the state of Kansas, relent to the construction of at least one new coal fired power plant.

•Sen. Sam Brownback announces his intention to run for Governor of the State of Kansas.

•Dr. George Tiller celebrates the aborting of his 10,000th fetus. Candy and cake are served in commemoration.

•Kansas and Missouri “enjoy” a thunderously cold and snowy winter and a sweltering summer in 2009.

•Al Franken is seated as a U.S. Senator from the state of Minnesota, and becomes the first U.S. Senator to take the oath of office in a gorilla suit.

LOCAL:
•The Chiefs will hire a completely unproven no-name General Manager to run the football operations of the team.

•The Royals will finish with a better than 0.500 record for the first time in their median-aged fans' lifetime.

•An NBA team will be rumored for the Sprint Center.

•Mayor Mark Funkhouser earns public accolades for holding developers to task for their grandiose, and unrealized, claims of purported financial gain from TIF inducements for their projects. The KC Star, however, completely ignores that story in favor of stories about his wife and her peccadilloes.

•Union Station goes belly-up again.

•The KC Star loses Jason Whitlock to a national media outlet because his readership melts without Carl Peterson to grille in every third column.

PERSONAL:
•I eat my 1,000th steak and fire-up my 100,000th charcoal briquette. My carbon footprint reaches epic proportions.

•A metaphor is somewhere applied where mankind must answer for crimes of arrogance committed against the people of the planet.

•I buy a new car for the first time in my life.

•I am blessed with love and/or respect of a wife, children, editor, and employees but not in that particular order, and the loyal attention of a bevy of the wisest readership in the literary world.

(Reach Brian at bkubick@kc.rr.com)


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