Daily Archives: March 29, 2013

The gun mania spreads

Everyone’s got one (or two) now

Trapp-Shooting

Trapp-Shooting

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While those kids are skiing, Democrats seek to wreak havoc on the country

 

Thought they could threaten us, did they?

Thought they could threaten us, did they?

Poisoned food, prison riots and cocaine on the streets, all coming courtesy of the Democrats so they can blame the Republicans for the sequester. “If it saves the life of just a single federal dollar …”

The public has largely tuned out the Democrats’ repeated warnings about mid-air plane crashes, troop deaths and mass illness from tainted meat if the sequester cuts stay in place.

But Democrats aren’t dropping the threat of disaster, seizing now on the line they think can beat the Republicans: law and order.

Prison riots, cocaine flooding the streets, terrorists on board airplanes — even hurricanes and tornadoes left undetected by budget-slashed agencies — have moved front and center as Democrats try to get the public behind blaming the Republicans.

Harry Reid –  you remember the guy, the one who blamed the deaths of seven Marines on sequester cuts that hadn’t even occurred? Like his boss in the Big House, Harry is pulling out all the stops to make sure that any cuts that are made do maximum damage to the country.

Next on the list could be furloughs at major airports that would mean flight delays for millions of travelers. The DOT helpfully warns that these delays could be “very painful for the flying public.” The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accounts for only 20% of the Transportation budget but under White House and Congressional sequester math somehow absorbs 60% of the cuts.

Many of the service cutbacks could have been easily avoided by a budget amendment last week sponsored by Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas. He proposed replacing $50 million of FAA sequester cuts with savings from unspent balances, which are a kind of agency slush fund, and by reducing other low-priority spending. Great idea.

How did the vote turn out? There wasn’t one. Majority Leader Reid blocked the amendment from ever getting to the Senate floor. Mr. Moran believes that public safety is compromised by these control-tower cuts, and he calls the Reid gambit “a very dangerous way to try to score political points.”

Mr. Reid used the same tactics last week to block nearly a dozen other measures to soften the impact of the sequester. Mr. Moran also couldn’t get a vote to restore funding for White House tours by cutting $2.5 million for new uniforms for airport screeners.

Republican Tom Coburn of Oklahoma sponsored seven amendments to save money—including one to provide funding to the National Park Service to keep open the likes of Yosemite and Yellowstone—by cutting programs that even Mr. Obama’s budget calls low priorities. He also proposed freezing new hiring of “nonessential personnel” and to end conferences by the Department of Homeland Security. At least he got roll-call votes, but nearly every one was defeated by Democrats when Mr. Reid gave the order to his caucus.

Mr. Reid’s blocking tactics were supported by President Obama, whose main political goal continues to be to impose as much sequester pain as possible on the public to force Republicans to raise taxes again.

So in the weeks ahead travelers will likely experience the frustration of flight delays, cancellations and closed airports. It won’t happen by accident or out of fiscal necessity, but because Washington Democrats refuse to prioritize federal spending.

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But…but…but, Dollar Bill told us the science was settled!

There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!

There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!

Warmists admit what has been known all along: the globe hasn’t warmed in the past twenty years

DEBATE about the reality of a two-decade pause in global warming and what it means has made its way from the sceptical fringe to the mainstream.

In a lengthy article this week, The Economist magazine said if climate scientists were credit-rating agencies, then climate sensitivity – the way climate reacts to changes in carbon-dioxide levels – would be on negative watch but not yet downgraded.

Another paper published by leading climate scientist James Hansen, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, says the lower than expected temperature rise between 2000 and the present could be explained by increased emissions from burning coal.

For Hansen the pause is a fact, but it’s good news that probably won’t last.

International Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri recently told The Weekend Australian the hiatus would have to last 30 to 40 years “at least” to break the long-term warming trend.

But the fact that global surface temperatures have not followed the expected global warming pattern is now widely accepted.

Research by Ed Hawkins of University of Reading shows surface temperatures since 2005 are already at the low end of the range projections derived from 20 climate models and if they remain flat, they will fall outside the models’ range within a few years.

“The global temperature standstill shows that climate models are diverging from observations,” says David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

“If we have not passed it already, we are on the threshold of global observations becoming incompatible with the consensus theory of climate change,” he says.

Whitehouse argues that whatever has happened to make temperatures remain constant requires an explanation because the pause in temperature rise has occurred despite a sharp increase in global carbon emissions.

And so on.  Deniers like Hansen and Dollar Bill may squawk, but their hopes to destroy modern civilization are dimming. More here, if you wish. And if you’d like to read of yet another debunking of “the hockey stick” graph, perhaps the most grievous fraud foisted on a gullible public by the warmists, read here.

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Well why not? It’s the logical result of their more publicized positions

But not for children

But not for children

Planned Parenthood spokesman: Infanticide is a matter to be decided by a woman and her doctor. If it is morally acceptable to tear apart an eight-month-old fetus in his mother’s womb or stick a blade in his skull and suck his brains out, what’s the big deal about suffocating him on the table? And if you disagree, you’re a misogynist.

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Yet another government program to make honest workers feel like chumps

 

Former mortgage payers

Former mortgage payers

New rule  lowers principle and interest on mortgages when borrower stops payment for 90 days.

Federal housing regulators took a significant step on Wednesday toward helping borrowers who are falling behind on their mortgage payments — a move that will help more people but also introduce new risks that some homeowners could deliberately stop paying in order to become eligible for assistance.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced that borrowers who are more than 90 days late on their mortgages will become automatically eligible for a modification to the terms of the home loan. The goal is to reduce monthly payments.

In the past, to be eligible for a mortgage modification, borrowers had to provide documentation they had a financial hardship. They will no longer be required to do so — though providing such documentation will make borrowers eligible for more substantial monthly savings.

“This new option gives delinquent borrowers another path to avoid foreclosure,” said Edward DeMarco, the acting director of FHFA. “We will still encourage such borrowers to provide documentation to support other modification options that would likely result in additional borrower savings.”

The program is only available to loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie, which have been government-backed and controlled since late 2008. The relief would come in the form of a reduced interest rate, extended timeline for payments, or other measures.

Some analysts worried that the new program could encourage borrowers to deliberately miss payments in order to become eligible for the program.

“The primary issue is whether this will encourage borrowers to strategically default on their mortgage in order to get the modification. This risk exists because the new program does not require the borrower to demonstrate financial hardship,” Jaret Seiberg, an analyst with Gugenheim Partners, wrote Wednesday. “

Amnesty for illegal entry into the United States, four-years rent free living in foreclosed homes, now, you want a lower interest rate, just don’t pay the bill for three months. Living on the straight and narrow looks increasing like a suckers’ game these days.

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This could be the solution

Greenwich P&Z hearing

Greenwich P&Z hearing

From our Irish correspondent, this from Norwich, CT: zoning members held personally liable for screwing land owner.

Congdon was one of three defendants held personally liable in the case of Kenneth H. Watrous vs. Town of Preston et al, Congdon told the Board of Selectmen. He, former Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission Chairman Kent Borner and current wetlands board Chairman John Moulson were ordered to pay $3,000 each in punitive damages, Congdon said. A fourth defendant was found not liable, he said.

The 2010 lawsuit stems from a house Watrous built on land on Poquetanuck Cove, which the town claimed is in a location that violates wetlands regulations. The lawsuit questioned whether a local land use board has authority over a tidal watercourse such as Poquetanuck Cove, or if the state has jurisdiction.

The punitive damages are not covered by the town government or insurance, Congdon said, but the town government was ordered to pay $6,000 in compensatory damages.

The case, decided in New Haven Superior Court, could have large implications on wetlands enforcement as well as for any volunteers serving on town boards, several people at Thursday’s meeting said.

“It’s a horrible precedent,” said Selectman Timothy Bowles, who is also a state representative and a former town Conservation Commission member. “I know this case well.”

“There are going to be repercussions,” said Sean Nugent, chairman of the town’s Redevelopment Agency.

And there ought to be repercussions, just as police officers who intentionally violate a person’s constitutional rights should lose their immunity. Private citizens are held responsible for all their actions, intentional or not; public officials should at least be liable for harms deliberately done.

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A tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

Image = Bank Slot MachinesSAC honcho arrested for alleged insider trading. I’ve yet to see the harm in trading on inside information but I’ll concede that it’s illegal and thus shouldn’t be engaged in. But I notice that no one involved in the mortgage/real estate collapse has even been indicted, let alone tried and imprisoned, and it makes me wonder whether the Justice Department isn’t initiating these high profile insider trading cases solely to create the impression that they’re cracking down on Wall Street when in fact they’re doing nothing of the sort. Where’s Jon Corzine lately? Dickie Fuld? Angelo Mozillo? Ben Bernanke? Chris Dodd? Barney Frank? All safe, all free. I’m not impressed.

 

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Oh, why don’t they like us?

There's crappy music in Austin, Kimchee - nuke'em

There’s crappy music in Austin, Kimchee – nuke’em

NoKos plan to nuke D.C., LA and Austin. No problem with the first two: I’ll loan Dear Leader (III) a map, but Austin? Bomb Willie? Say it ain’t so.

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The first family brats have jetted from the Bahamas to ski in Sun Valley

It’s two vacations in one, lucky devils. Nothing too unusual about a surf and turf vacation – wealthy Greenwich families do it all the time. The difference is that Greenwich families do it on their own dime while the Obamas vacation on other people’s money; specifically, ours. I don’t care what these two girls do, I do care about their parent’s complete refusal to acknowledge any responsibility that might accompany the office of the President of the United States. Bush gave up golfing during the Iraq war because he felt he’d hurt the parents of soldiers wounded and killed over there, Obama blows a million-and-a-half bucks of taxpayers’ money to golf with Tiger. Hawaii, Vail, Bahamas, Spain, Sun Valley: they Obamas are rubbing our noses in it. Truly a disgusting family.

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