Daily Archives: February 27, 2014

How is this murder?

pro choiceKansas man, one Scott Bolig, charged with murder for slipping abortion pill into girlfriend’s pancakes and inducing miscarriage of 10-week fetus. I’m pretty sure that this drug is available over the counter for anyone, of any age to buy and use, under the justification that a fetus at that age is just a clump of cells entitled to no special recognition as a human life. NOW, your president and every fire-breathing feminist have all insisted on this.

So I ask, how can you take a life that under current law doesn’t exist? I wonder whether NOW and the ACLU and Obama’s Justice Department will be intervening in this.

UPDATE: It seems that both federal “Unborn Victims of Violence Act” and similar state laws prohibiting the killing of unborn fetuses of any age have been upheld. The federal law, signed by President Bush, was vehemently objected to by all pro-choice groups (as seen in the poster above), so here’s their chance to re-litigate the issue. Free Scott Bolig!

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Staging to sell

Sotheby’s England brings reality to the market. (Okay, maybe it isn’t Sotheby’s). Either way, I’ve seen as bad in Greenwich, over the years.

kitchen

bedroom

bath

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The science is settled

Not gonna happen

Not gonna happen

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the UK’s Royal Society have jointly put out a publication concluding that it’s too late – cutting CO2 emissions to zero will not stop global warming.”

Calls from environmentalists and lawmakers to cut carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming would do nothing to stop global temperatures from rising, according to American and British climate scientists.

In fact, completely stopping all man-made carbon emissions would do nothing to stop the Earth from warming.

The publication, entitled “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes”, adds that scientists are more certain than ever that the continued, unabated burning of fossil fuels could warm the planet by as much as 8.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century.

“Even if emissions of greenhouse gases were to suddenly stop, Earth’s surface temperature would not cool and return to the level in the pre-industrial era for thousands of years,” according to the joint publication.

Global surface temperatures would stay elevated for a thousand years and sea levels would continue to rise for centuries — even after temperatures stopped rising. There would need to be lots of cooling to reverse glacial melting and to reform the Greenland ice sheet.

In summation, U.S. and UK scientists say, “The current CO2-induced warming of Earth is therefore essentially irreversible on human timescales.”

Bjorn Lombard has argued since 1998 that global warming, man-made or not, was irreversible, and that the world would be far better off addressing its consequences than spending hundreds of billions of dollars attempting to hold it back. He’s been attacked, suppressed, ridiculed and slandered by the global warmest community. I’m sure he’ll appreciate receiving their apologies.

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Chickens return

storymaker-nero-palace-rome-archaeology-slide-show-1104151-515x388Rome to go bankrupt within days, mayor warns. Surprised it took so long.

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More statistics

Courtesy of Shore & Country

(Adjust back 60-90 days for contract date)

Closing volume  (Adjust back 60-90 days for contract date)

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Listing data

From the GMLS

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Uh huh

 

Dollar Bill vows to stop shoplifting and honor store owners' property rights

Dollar Bill vows to stop shoplifting and honor store owners’ property rights

Barbara Boxer: Keystone Pipeline causes cancer. Her demand for a new study to explore that possibility has nothing to do with a desire to erect still another roadblock in the path of energy independence and everything to do with a newfound concern for the health of people four states away from her own.

Next thing you know, Dollar Bill will discover the virtues of private property rights – oops! He just did:

Dollar Bill: Submitted on 2014/02/19 at 6:57 pm

Great news for the rights of property owners in Nebraska and bad news for Canadian purveyors of the dirtiest and most poisonous glop of tar sands coming our way from Alberta, as judge says no dice to Keystone XL pipeline route!

Our friends to the north know very well that the Canadian oil companies trying to push this death funnel down our throat are playing us for suckers. Oil companies lie. Pipelines leak, when they don’t explode. These things are true. Why is this so hard to understand?

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Not much new on today’s open house tour

Which is too bad, because there’s a lot of demand out there, especially up to, say, the $3.5 range. Sellers who wait until April to list their homes will miss out on a large number of buyers who are out looking now – those who couldn’t find a place last year want to commit now, so that they’re settled in by June or over the summer. Yes, you can still sell your house if you list it in April, but many of the potential buyers will have settled on something else before then and you may well miss out on the incredible advantage of having multiple buyers competing for your house. You can use that position of strength to shorten or eliminate mortgage contingency waits, ignore the results of the bad building inspection reports (“live with it”) and set a closing date that suits your needs, not the buyer’s. Wait until April or May, the advantage shifts to the buyer.

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The great divide

 

Though police

Though police

University president apologizes after referring to “human nature”.

IOWA CITY (AP) –

The University of Iowa president has apologized for a remark she made to the student newspaper about sex assaults on campus.

In an interview published Feb. 18 in The Daily Iowan, President Sally Mason said she was dismayed by the reports of sexual assaults. She said “the goal would be to end that, to never have another sexual assault. That’s probably not a realistic goal just given human nature, and that’s unfortunate. …”

Criticism erupted over the phrase that includes “human nature.”

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Mason apologized during a President’s Forum on Tuesday.

Mason said she’s been told by several people in the campus community that her remark was hurtful. She said she was “very, very sorry for any pain that my words might have caused.”

Realists Conservatives believe that the natural state of man allows room for wicked acts, and so support laws that will protect us from wicked people, while liberals believe man is capable of perfection, and needs only some progressive laws, regulations and speech rules to achieve that state of bliss. When the progressive ideas fail, they just double up. The entire politically correct censorship movement, as well as zero tolerance policies enforced against kindergartners, are based on the theory that one can change human nature.

Hasn’t happened yet.

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Works for me

 

Ship of dupes

Ship of dupes

Ann Coulter: “Raise the Minimum Wage to $14 an Hour Using this One Weird Trick!” Excerpts:

Democrats believe they’ve hit on the perfect issue to distract from the horror of Obamacare in the 2014 elections: the minimum wage.Apparently, increasing the minimum wage was not important for American workers during the first five years of Obama’s presidency — least of all his first two years, when Democrats controlled Congress and could have passed anything. (And did!)

To most people, it seems as if the Democrats are giving workers something for nothing. But there are always tradeoffs. No serious economist denies that increasing the minimum wage will cost jobs. If it’s not worth paying someone $10 an hour to do something, the job will be eliminated — or it simply won’t be created.

The minimum wage is the perfect Democratic issue. It will screw the very people it claims to help, while making Democrats look like saviors of the working class, either by getting them a higher wage or providing them with generous government benefits when they lose their jobs because of the mandatory wage hike.

Of course, the reason American workers’ wages are so low in the first place is because of the Democrats’ policies on immigration. Republicans might want to point that out.

Since the late 1960s, the Democrats have been dumping about a million low-skilled immigrants on the country every year, driving down wages, especially at the lower end of the spectrum.

Or, as the White House puts it on its website promoting an increase in the minimum wage, “Today, the real value of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968.”Why were wages so high until 1968? Because that’s when Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration Act kicked in, bringing in about a million immigrants a year, almost 90 percent of them unskilled workers from the Third World. 

Our immigration policies massively redistribute wealth from the poorest Americans to the richest. It’s a basic law of economics that when the supply goes up, the price goes down. More workers means the price of their labor plummets.

Having artificially created a glut of low-wage workers, now Democrats want to artificially raise their wages.Democrats show how much they love the poor by importing a million more of them to America each year. But then they prevent the last batch of poor immigrants from getting decent, well-paying jobs by bringing in another million poor people the next year.

You want a higher minimum wage? Turn off the spigot of low-wage workers pouring in to the U.S. and it will rise on its own through the iron law of supply and demand.

In response to the Democrats’ minimum wage proposal, Republicans should introduce a bill ending both legal and illegal immigration until the minimum wage rises naturally to $14 an hour. 

Australia has a $15 minimum wage for adults — more than twice the U.S. minimum wage. Meanwhile, their official unemployment rate is lower than ours: 6 percent compared to 6.6 percent in the U.S. — and that’s with a lousy $7.25 minimum wage.

Sound good? Try immigrating there. Australia has some of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world. Their approach to immigration is to admit only people who will be good for Australia. (Weird!) Applicants are evaluated on a point system that gives preference to youth, English proficiency, education and skill level.

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And one more

Man who eats pizza every meal is fit as a pig.

“I understand that this is a disgusting diet,” he said. “You expect me to be overweight and have no energy, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Whenever I see a new doctor, I tell him, ‘I have a terrible diet, and I only eat pizza.’ With three different doctors, they have done bloodwork and my cholesterol levels and blood pressure are great, and I am fit and energetic.

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