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Thursday, December 31, 2009

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2010 Democrat Voting Place Observer


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30 percent of this country is seriously screwed up in the head


President Obama won the Gallup vote as most admired man, with 30 percent. Former President George W. Bush came in second with 4 percent, and former South African President Nelson Mandela got 3 percent.


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Obama soup.


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It goes well with the shit sandwich he has given us.



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Last Word

Never a new year opens
Never an old year ends
That someone one thinks of someone
Old times, old places, old friends.

---Anon

May there be new times, new places and new friends for me to enjoy. And may you be one of them.

But I pray that I never forget the many memories of those who have gone on and all they brought to my life.

For without that I would not be me.

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The Commentator's Comment Award


After much research and great deliberation I give you the latest winner of "The Commentator's Comment Award." It was a close contest among several Lefties but I think this one, for its sheer statement of how the Left thinks, deserves it.

I give you:

In Response to Re: what is the worst crime of the 1st decade of the twentieth Century?:

In Response to Re: what is the worst crime of the 1st decade of the twentieth Century? : I happen to agree with byrthree about shoman and presume you fall into the same close-minded mindset as shoman.
Posted by larslogic

I really don't give a damned what you presume! Have I made myself perfectly clear?!

Posted by BackwoodsCigars


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Smile and the world laughs at you



You MUST click on the picture and enlarge.

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The New York Times gets it wrong about NW 253


The finger pointing over NW 253 continues, and the spread of "Blame Bush" continues. From a NY Times article we learn this:

WASHINGTON — The finger-pointing began in earnest on Wednesday over who in the alphabet soup of American security agencies knew what and when about the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an airliner.


Okay, that's a start.

The crown jewel of intelligence reform after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the center was the hub whose mission was to unite every scrap of data on threats and suspects, to make sure an extremist like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be bomber, would never penetrate the United States’ defenses.

“N.C.T.C. is supposed to be the nerve center,” said Amy B. Zegart, who studies intelligence at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It’s the fusion center of all fusion centers. So if something was missed, that’s where the blame is going to go.”


Fair enough, or at least so far.

“It’s totally frustrating,” said Thomas H. Kean, chairman of the national Sept. 11 commission. “It’s almost like the words being used to describe what went wrong are exactly the same.”

Eleanor Hill, staff director of the joint Congressional inquiry into Sept. 11, called the emerging story “eerily similar to the disconnects and missteps we investigated.”

“There seems to have been the same failure to put the pieces of the puzzle together and get them to the right people in time,” Ms. Hill said.


Now the trap has been set.

But two critical pieces of information appear never to have been connected: National Security Agency intercepts of Qaeda operatives in Yemen talking about using a Nigerian man for an attack, and a warning from Mr. Abdulmutallab’s father to American diplomats in Nigeria about the son’s radicalization in Yemen. If the National Counterterrorism Center or any other agency had those two items and never linked them, Congress and the public will want to know why.

The echoes of Sept. 11 are obvious. Before the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, the N.S.A., the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation all had gathered bits of intelligence about the future hijackers. The C.I.A. sounded the alarm about an impending attack, including the now-famous President’s Daily Brief of Aug. 6, 2001, titled, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”


The trap is sprung. This is just Bush redux. Concentrate on the past. Pay no attention to climate of surrender the Left has created for the past year.

The author, Scott Shane, may or may not be aware of this bit of information from NSA Rice:

We convened on 5 July a special meeting of domestic federal law enforcement agencies because we could not rule out the possibility that the attack would be in the U.S." In fact, that was the meeting that we asked him to convene.

"At the special meeting on July 5 were the FBI, Secret Service, FAA, Customs, Coast Guard, and Immigration. We told them that we thought a spectacular al Qaeda terrorist attack was coming in the near future." That had been had been George Tenet's language. "We asked that they take special measures to increase security and surveillance. Thus, the White House did ensure that domestic law enforcement including the FAA knew that the CSG believed that a major al Qaeda attack was coming, and it could be in the U.S., and did ask that special measures be taken."


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So the August 6 PDB was redundant. It was old news to Bush who rightfully indicated his displeasure. Yet the press continues to talk about it as if the July 5 meeting and warning never happened.

That is either disingenuous or demonstrates ignorance of the facts. Reporters and newspapers should do better. But I don't think you will ever see a Lame Stream Media editor or reporter question such dim bulb reporting.



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France leads the way on a carbon tax


Well, it looks like the French have exhibited a bit of common sense. But not much.

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- France’s constitutional court rejected a proposed tax on carbon emissions, saying a web of exemptions violated the principal of equality and rendered efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions ineffective.

The government said it will make new proposals on Jan. 20.

The tax, which would have started on Jan. 1, was set at 17 euros ($24.38) per ton of carbon-dioxide emissions, President Nicolas Sarkozy said in September. To make the tax more palatable, he partially or fully exempted power plants, public transport, airlines, farming and fishing, as well as 1,018 older cement, steel and glass factories.

In all, 93 percent of all industrial carbon emissions in France would have avoided paying the full tax, the constitutional court said in a decision published on its Web site. The tax would have fallen disproportionately on fuel for heating and cars, it said.

“The court ruled that the system of exemptions, due to their extensive nature, were contrary to the objective of fighting global warming and contravene the principle of equality before the tax system,” the court said.

The court rejected all the articles relating to the carbon tax in the government’s 2010 budget.

In a statement, Prime Minister Francois Fillon said a carbon tax remains a “priority for the President of the Republic and the government.” He said changes to satisfy the constitutional court will be presented at a cabinet meeting Jan. 20.


Let me help you get this in perspective.

A gallon of gasoline produces about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. Now if you drive 20,000 miles a year, which many US drivers do, and if your car averages 20 miles per gallon, then you have used 1000 gallons of gasoline. That is 20,000 pounds or 10 tons of carbon dioxide. That's %243.80 using France's tax rate.

Now you can collect that in one of two ways. First by a mileage reading. The DOT notes your mileage when you register the first time, then when you register the second time, subtract and you have the mileage. Take the EPA's two estimated MGP numbers, average the two and divide the result into the miles driven to get the gallons used. Then do the math for the carbon dioxide produced and price out the tax.

Now that's too easy plus they'd have to wait sometime before the second event (trading, selling, etc.). Maximum one year. Bureaucrats and econo freaks won't like that so you can bet your sweet bippy that someone will come up with a national average and we'll get a fifty cent per gallon carbon tax.

Of course the poor will get a rebate as a reminder to vote Democrat.


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