September 28, 2010
Obama: Fox News is ‘destructive’ to America – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs
Fox News a target for Obama again:
Fox News pushes “a point of view that I disagree with. It’s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world,” Obama said.
So when the press is in your back pocket and buries stories about Rev. Wright or exalts your community organizing experience, you’re okay with that. But if any dare to oppose your political views they are destructive to America.
Pick one – struggling economy, 10% unemployment, illegal immigration, nuclear Iran, Euro meltdown, trade war with China… any of these are worthy of presidential focus. But to repeatedly take on Fox News is essentially saying you have a problem with the First Amendment.
It is so painfully obvious that the first African American president is merely a community organizer struggling with issues above his pay grade.
September 11, 2010
Green jobs no longer golden in stimulus – Washington Times
Okay, I say this understanding that we have a responsibility to manage natural resources and not abuse or waste things. However after years of repeated hysteria over catastrophic disasters (Himalayan glaciers gone in 10 years! Polar bears are drowning! Oil spill destroys the Gulf!) the green movement is totally void of legitimacy.
Today when I encounter a green product in the stores I IMMEDIATELY look for something else. Green products are essentially more expensive lower quality compromises. CFL light bulbs are crap – that’s why people are hoarding normal incandescent bulbs.
Then to find out Obama himself realizes investment in green jobs means boosting China’s economy is final confirmation of what I’ve suspected for so long… environmentalism is CRAP.
Only about $20 billion of the allotted funds have been spent – the slowest disbursement rate for any category of stimulus spending. Private analysts are skeptical of White House estimates that the green funding created 190,700 jobs.
The Department of Energy estimated that 82,000 jobs have been created and has acknowledged that as much as 80 percent of some green programs, including $2.3 billion of manufacturing tax credits, went to foreign firms that employed workers primarily in countries includingChina, South Korea and Spain, rather than in the United States.
Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland, said much of the green stimulus funding was “squandered.”
“Large grants to build green buildings don’t generate many new jobs, except for a few architects,” he said. “Subsidies for windmills and solar panels created lots of jobs in China,” but few at home.
September 8, 2010
Althouse: “A small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edisons innovations in the 1870s.”
The word is out… start stockpiling incandescent bulbs.
It is doubly sad. The workers are losing their jobs, and we, who love traditional light bulbs are being deprived of a product we want. And those vile CFL bulbs? They’re made in China.
Thanks a lot, Congress.
And they’re wondering why there’s a Tea Party…
September 7, 2010
The BBC Fails to Understand the Tea Party Movement — Says the Telegraph UK Wizbang
Very short article but dead on when it comes to understanding that you may not be happy after getting what you wish for… all people are flawed and putting a limit on the power of those who wish to rule is the smartest thing going.
Another example. During the initial reaction to 9/11, there were many who called for then President Bush to have increased powers so he could “take care of business”. Now we have President Obama. How many of those people would be happy if President Obama had those same greatly expanded powers to take care of business?
Similarly, there are people that bemoan the “party of no” stopping Obama from getting really good things accomplished. Say he was granted those powers and did as he may. The mood of the electorate swings. In a shock to many, Sarah Palin is swept into office in 2012. To those that would support expanding Obama’s powers…how to do you feel about President Palin ruling without checks and balances?
Read it all…
September 7, 2010
Grim Housing Choice: Help Today’s Owners or Future Ones – Yahoo! Finance
Existing homeowners vs. future homeowners…
As the economy again sputters and potential buyers flee — July housing sales sank 26 percent from July 2009 — there is a growing sense of exhaustion with government intervention. Some economists and analysts are now urging a dose of shock therapy that would greatly shift the benefits to future homeowners: Let the housing market crash.
But what happens to existing homeowners if the value of their homes is allowed to drop?
If they see an identical house down the street going for half what they owe, the temptation to default might be irresistible. That could make the market’s current malaise seem minor.
I think the housing market still has issues with a large amount of bad loans still out there… mortgages that people refi’d with a jump in rates after 5 years. These loans were still being made in 2007 and most had a 5 year grace period of low rates before the increase happened. That makes 2012 the end game for these loans, so we’re still a few years from there.
September 6, 2010
Even though labor politics are abhorrent I still appreciate the day off. Today was warmer than the first two days off… reached 90 on the thermometer and that’s cigar smoking beer drinking weather in my world.
Yards have been cleaned and some work email was managed… just sitting out front enjoying things in the shade while listening to a little slow paced Arturo Sandoval.
Here’s a photo of our amazing tomato plant… this puppy started out as a seedling and was the only one out of many that survived. Plated in March, which was way too early… transplanted into the ground about 6 weeks later and we thought they were all going to die. At one point this guy was wilted and all but lost – but around late July it just roared back to life and has turned into the biggest tomato plant I’ve ever seen… stands about 4 feet tall with vines a half inch thick – wow!
September 4, 2010
Zombie » Proposals for an Educational Renaissance
This is one of the best suggestions for education reform that I’ve ever seen. It’s balanced, including items as diverse as Islamic religious studies, home schooling, as well as a point blank look at staring down teacher unions.
As with most good ideas, this will probably never be implemented.