Now I’m Boiling

The latest thing that was found buried in the Obamacare bill just boggles the mind. Not enough that that the government takeover of health care includes taking over the student loan program, now it turns out it also tries to tackle global warming. The “2010 temperate control provisions” aim to influence the supposed effects of global warming by changing the melting point of water from 32 degrees to 37 degrees.

Nancy Pelosi apparently supported the idea. When questioned about it this week in her home district, the Speaker of the House said the following:

We didn’t address the upper temps, as 212 was seen as still within the normal range, but chose to limit current legislation to the lower end where we can have the most impact. Even as global temperatures rise, this bill ensures that the ice caps will not melt in our lifetime.

Provisions in the bill allow them to come back and re-address this change in three years, possible adjusting the melting temperature up or down based on the thickness of the ice caps.

Here’s a chart of the various temperature scales currently in use, found on Wikipedia. As always, click to biggify.

The implications of this change were not well thought out. This is not just about the Arctic ice cap, this change will affect thermometers in use in refrigerators and freezers, will influence the temperature that meat must be stored at, even to some extent, the reading at which your air conditioner will turn on and off. This is the most far reaching and potentially influential thing that Congress has done in my lifetime.

If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don’t make it a leg.
–Abraham Lincoln

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Update April Fool’s!

Bullies


A freshman at a Massachusetts high school named Phoebe Prince hung herself, and it has been attributed to the unremitting bullying that she received on a daily basis. 9 of the other students in the school have been charged in the case. Experts and pundits are all voicing opinions, and a quick Google search on the topic returns more than you can possibly read. Jodee Blanco, an activist and author on this subject, wrote a column that describes bullying and it’s effects better than most. She was bullied as a child, and remembers.

I remember, too. I moved halfway across the country and entered a school mid year. It began almost immediately, and it was relentless. Even those who wouldn’t participate just stood off to the side. The teachers must have known, but took no action. My parents knew, bruises, torn clothes, broken glasses. I went to my parents, and I thought at the time my father’s response was cruel, but he was right. He taught me to fight back.

I learned to fight, and I took no more abuse unanswered. Insult me and you got insulted back. Put your hands on me, and it was going to happen right then, right there. Suspensions and consequences were for later. You didn’t have to like me, but you would at least leave me alone.

It wasn’t too long after I quit being a victim that I started to find some friends and the problem faded away. I still have zero tolerance for bullying or hazing. I wish I had learned to fight back sooner. I wish someone had taught the lesson to Phoebe Prince.

Bullies are always cowards at heart and may be credited with a pretty safe instinct in scenting their prey.
–Anna Julia Cooper

A Promise for 2012

The Boston Globe has an article on Mitt Romney’s recent speech in Iowa. Here’s the opening line:

AMES, Iowa — Mitt Romney offered an enthusiastic defense last night of the comprehensive health care law he helped create four years ago in Massachusetts…

Fair enough, Mitt, you enacted it, and four years out, you feel strongly enough about it to give a speech in it’s defense. Further on in the article, there’s this interesting quote:

“Basically, it’s the same thing,” said Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Romney and Obama administrations on their health insurance programs. A national health overhaul would not have happened if Mitt Romney had not made “the decision in 2005 to go for it. He is in many ways the intellectual father of national health reform.”

So, here’s my promise to Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, I will not vote for Mitt Romney for President under any circumstances. If he is the candidate, I will vote for a 3rd party candidate, or just skip voting for President at all. If you didn’t learn the lesson with McCain, you will have to repeat it in the fall of 2012. Get this man off the stage, have Sarah Palin explain it to him, and let’s find a fiscal conservative willing to run for office. If Mitt Romney wants to run for President in 2016 as a centrist Democrat, a position he could make a honest attempt to fill, more power to him. I won’t vote for him then either, I don’t like his position on any number of issues, including the 2nd Amendment.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
–John Adams

Militia Probe Included Undercover FBI Agent

The headline says Militia Probe Included Undercover FBI Agent. Well, of course it did. If you’re hanging around with a fringe group of people that are planning and threatening violence, are making explosives, and put enough information about it out by email and websites that your group is attracting new members, you’ve got your very own FBI agent.

It would be a dangerous job to go undercover in a group like this and we rarely hear the stories of the men that take on the task. If this group was as dangerous as the indictments suggest, pretending to be a member would have been a ongoing risk. In this case, there is evidence that local law enforcement officers were targeted and a specific officer was going to be assassinated. If the evidence at trial is sufficient to convict them, they should get their own rooms at Gitmo.

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
–Blaise Pascal

The Real Agenda

James Lovelock, the “the globally respected environmental thinker and independent scientist who developed the Gaia theory”, has come out and clearly stated the agenda of the Global Warming crowd in an interview with the UK Guardian.

“I don’t think we’re yet evolved to the point where we’re clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change,” said Lovelock in his first in-depth interview since the theft of the UEA emails last November. “The inertia of humans is so huge that you can’t really do anything meaningful.”

One of the main obstructions to meaningful action is “modern democracy”, he added. “Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while.”

Thanks, James, that was really helpful in putting the issue of climate change in proper perspective.

The idea that ‘the public interest’ supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others.
–Ayn Rand