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Does ANY California politician have the guts to follow Ohio's Senate Bill 5 in dealing with the unions?

If unions are recognized as the problem …

There is very little doubt in my minds that unions, especially public employee unions are bad for government entities.

  • Salary, Perks, Benefits and Retirement continually rise
  • Work and productivity slow down to accommodate the collective norm and make room for more government workers
  • Seniority, not merit, is rewarded
  • Employees learn to game the system to greatly increase their benefits relative to their actual value to the public entity
  • Unfunded pension liabilities can lead to bankruptcy
  • Public employee unions are able to hold corrupt politicians hostage to ever greater demands

why are more politicians not proposing a rational solution?

They are afraid of the political consequences of angering the unions and the government bureaucracy.

One patriot stands out …

But it appears that Ohio’s State Legislature has at least one brave individual willing to confront the issue head on. Shannon Jones.

“State Senator Shannon Jones (R) is currently serving her first term in the Ohio Senate and represents the 7th Senate District, which includes all of Warren County and portions of Hamilton County. Throughout her tenure in the Legislature - she previously served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009 - Shannon has hit the ground running, earning key leadership posts and a seat at the table on issues of importance to her constituents. For the 129th General Assembly, Jones was selected by her colleagues to serve as the Majority Whip - the number four post in the chamber.”

The Jones’ solution …

Senate Bill 5 …

“States the General Assembly's intent to prohibit the state and state employees and state institutions of higher education and their employees from collectively bargaining, to abolish salary schedules for public employees and instead require merit pay, and to make various other changes to the Collective Bargaining Law.”

Bottom line …

The problem is clearly stated, the consequences of inaction are a clear and present danger to local, state and federal government.

I did not sign on to deprive myself and my family of sustenance to support a cadre of unionized government workers at salary and benefit levels beyond what they can obtain in the private sector -- with a guarantee of employment that places them beyond conditions found in economic turndowns. While I like teachers, I do not think they deserve a lifetime job after two or three years – and certainly if they cannot be easily fired for malfeasance and inadequate performance.

And before anyone starts shouting: “it’s for the children,” showing pictures of police, firefighters and nurses – show me the pictures of the bloated bureaucratic cubicle workers who do nothing but pass paper back and forth among themselves. And I also do not like to support a burgeoning bureaucracy that is designed to support illegal aliens who shouldn’t be here in the first place.

So let’s solve the problem now – letting the legislators choose between doing the right thing for “We the People” or losing their jobs.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Senate Bill 5 – Ohio Laws, Acts, and Legislation


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



LOSING OUR PRIVACY: ONE DEVICE AT A TIME -- BABY MONITORS, THE SPY IN YOUR HOUSE

What makes this particular loss of privacy so disconcerting is that we welcome this intrusion into our lives …

Due to cost constraints and little or no regulation of the industry, wireless baby monitors, even those transmitting both picture and sound, do not encrypt their signals. Thus anyone with a compatible receiving unit is able to watch and listen to anything that happens in the proximity of the monitor.

Unfortunately, many family issues are discussed when two parents are present in the room or talking on the telephone in close proximity to the monitor.

So much for privacy.

Bottom line ….

Forewarned is forearmed.

Reference Link …

What's the frequency: Monitors transmit video of unknowing families | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News | Problem Solvers

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



A single Senate vote highlights the progressive/crazies ...

Almost everyone, Barack Obama included, was against that provision of Obamacare which required every small businessman in this nation to send an IRS 1099 to any vendor who supplied goods (not just personal services) worth more than $600 in any given year. An unconscionable burden on those who are routinely required to note payments in excess of $600 to individuals for services rendered.

In an 81-17 vote to support the appeal via amendment, only the anti-business, progressive crazies voted against the bill – thus giving us a nice list of those in the Senate who do not support small business, the true driver of employment and our economy.

A list of dangerous bozos …

Delaware -- Thomas Carper
Hawaii -- Daniel Inouye, Daniel Akaka
Illinois -- Dick Durbin
Iowa -- Tom Harkin
Maryland -- Barbara Mikulski
Michigan -- Carl Levin
Minnesota -- Al Franken
Nevada -- Harry Reid
New Jersey --  Frank Lautenberg
New York -- Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand
Rhode Island -- Jack Reed , Sheldon Whitehouse
Vermont -- Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders
Washington -- Patty Murray

2012 exposure …

Thomas Carper, Daniel Akaka, Kirsten Gillibrand, Sheldon Whitehouse and Bernie Sanders are all vulnerable in the 2012 election cycle.

Bottom line …

These are big-government, big-bureaucracy, big-taxes and big-special interests supporters who need to be sent packing to help restore sanity in the small business community which is a measure of the health of our economy.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Global Warming: Common sense science is coming to light ...

Readers of my blog know that I have blogged (some call it tilting at windmills) extensively on the subject of global climate change – all with the intention to point out five basic and seemingly incontrovertible facts.

One, climate change is a chaotic system whose natural variability and feedback loops make it impossible for man to change climate on a global scale.

Two, even with today’s instrumentation, the long time scales and instrumentation errors makes it unlikely that we can even see the results of any policies that are implemented within ten lifetimes.

Three, climate change proponents are driven by their self-interests; be they achieving political control over our nation, draining our treasury for personal profit or to implement a political ideology foreign to most Americans.

Four, that the costs being expended on global warming are better off being spent on repairing or replacing our crumbling infrastructure, improving our food supply, water sources and cleaning our land of pollution (not creating and trading pollution indulgences to generate Wall Street profits.)

Five, that all of the extreme weather predictions have been generated by significantly flawed computer models using questionable assumptions and highly manipulated temperature data. Some coming from so-called “climate proxies” such as tree rings which are then combined with other temperature observations – to the point where the confidence interval and error probability is so large as to render the result statistically insignificant. All results being within the band (+/- one degree Celsius) of natural climate variability. Not to mention that models do not predict or reflect any cooling trends that are presently occurring.

Six, the Earth has been hotter and colder, with more atmospheric CO2 and with less atmospheric CO2 – all without man’s influence or intervention.

Now, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, we are finding out that the discussion of global climate variability has been affected by hysterical alarmists and others acting in their own self-interests.

“The Weather Isn't Getting Weirder: The latest research belies the idea that storms are getting more extreme.”

“Some climate alarmists would have us believe that these storms are yet another baleful consequence of man-made CO2 emissions.”

“But is it true? To answer that question, you need to understand whether recent weather trends are extreme by historical standards. The Twentieth Century Reanalysis Project is the latest attempt to find out, using super-computers to generate a dataset of global atmospheric circulation from 1871 to the present.”

“As it happens, the project's initial findings, published last month, show no evidence of an intensifying weather trend. ‘In the climate models, the extremes get more extreme as we move into a doubled CO2 world in 100 years,’ atmospheric scientist Gilbert Compo, one of the researchers on the project, tells me from his office at the University of Colorado, Boulder. ‘So we were surprised that none of the three major indices of climate variability that we used show a trend of increased circulation going back to 1871.’"

“In other words, researchers have yet to find evidence of more-extreme weather patterns over the period, contrary to what the models predict. ‘There's no data-driven answer yet to the question of how human activity has affected extreme weather,’ adds Roger Pielke Jr., another University of Colorado climate researcher.”

Dueling models …

Again, we caution readers that these results are not conclusive and exist only within the silicon brains of computers. And like all modeling efforts, it all depends on the assumptions, programming and data input.

But the real questions remain unanswered …

Are we seeing anything different from what would be expected from the natural variability of climate as we move out of the “little ice age” to a warmer environment and as we continue to regress to an unknown global temperature mean? Or in simpler terms, has the global temperature rise peaked and are we returning to a colder world?

How significant is man’s contribution to global climate change and can a single nation affect the massive changes it would require to alter global climate?

Is global warming – or global climate change – simply a scheme to promote a political ideology and a plan of wealth re-distribution which would generate significant profits for the special interests promoting the scheme?

Again, according to the Wall Street Journal …

We do know that carbon dioxide and other gases trap and re-radiate heat. We also know that humans have emitted ever-more of these gases since the Industrial Revolution. What we don't know is exactly how sensitive the climate is to increases in these gases versus other possible factors—solar variability, oceanic currents, Pacific heating and cooling cycles, planets' gravitational and magnetic oscillations, and so on.

A common sense question …

Given the unknowns, it's possible that even if we spend trillions of dollars, and forgo trillions more in future economic growth, to cut carbon emissions to pre-industrial levels, the climate will continue to change—as it always has.

Bottom line …

It is intuitively obvious to me as well as other scientists that we do not know enough about global climate change to implement public policies involving greater government bureaucracies, higher taxes, reduced personal freedoms and the creation of wealth for those who produce nothing but paper trading profits.

And that any money being spent on global warming solutions, might be better spent on energy independence, repairing or replacing our crumbling infrastructure, improving our shelters and coping mechanisms to deal with weather-related events and to continue to reduce real pollution in our local communities.

-- steve

Reference Links …

The Weather Isn't Getting Weirder - WSJ.com


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Col. Allen West -- Channeling Reagan's Hope for the Future ... could handily beat a Ron Paul and the other marginal candidates on style points alone!

So far, the GOP has offered me politicians: where every calculation is a political one; where every speech is tailored not for the American citizen, but for their immediate constituency; and where the great majority of candidates are either old-line “same thing once again” politicians or RINOs who believe that they can win by becoming more like democrats.

Yes, it is necessary to attract the independents, the moderate democrats, the poor and the minorities. But not at the expense of balkanizing the various constituencies and promising them power and entitlements if they vote for their group over America as a whole.

Here is a man of honor, country and community. He happens to be black, but he identifies himself as an AMERICAN – not a hyphenate promising to advance the needs of some over the needs of our great nation.

I urge you to listen to his speech carefully. Yes, there are things he may not know – but a careful selection of advisors and being guided by the principle of honor, country and community should weight the fight to his advantage. He has more practical experience than our current President, Barack Hussein Obama. Not to mention courage, honor and a viewpoint that America is an exceptional country – unlike any other country on the face of this planet.

Take your tired hacks and those who simply mouth the words people expect to hear – take those politicians who will do or say anything to get elected and decide now: are these people really capable of representing America first and their class, race, color, national origin, gender or sexual identification second? I look at the current slate of hopefuls and am sickened by what the GOP is willing to present as the “best and brightest” to the American people.

In his own word …

 

Part 2 …

Part 3 …

Bottom line …

The GOP needs to state its platform and invite all others of a like mind to join us.

I believe that Col. Allen West is another leader in the mold of Ronald Reagan.

I should also mention the almost virulent response that the mention of Col. West brought from those who claimed that West could not hold a candle to Ron Paul. Some claiming that West's support of the Patriot Act was somehow representative of voting for big government over libertarianism. It is my viewpoint that their brand of libertarian behavior is nothing more than organized anarchy – and that such a system cannot capture the hearts and minds of mainstream America any more than Communism. As for the patriot act, I am all for intercepting foreign telephone calls from known terrorists any day in the week -- with or without a warrant. The terrorists play by their own rules and we need to get tougher -- respecting the rights of American citizens, but not letting them use our own laws against us. The United States Constitution is not a suicide pact that should render us defenseless and at the mercy of terrorist lawyers.

I think Col. West should be given consideration as a national candidate and I would rather cast my vote for him over Romney, Gingrich, Huckabee and the others who cannot possibly unite America in a way to preserve her sovereignty and exceptionalism.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Reagan and the most important question facing the GOP in the 2012 presidential election …

Every blue moon I find something that I wish that I had written.

Here is a piece from Rick Newton, a fellow patriot who writes a daily blog titled “Right Bites -- Highlighting News & Opinions the Mainstream Media Ignores, Fears, or Distorts.”

Rick’s test for a right-wing extremist is simple …

You are a ‘Right-Wing Extremist’ if you support the following:
 I believe in God and the Judeo-Christian morals and values upon which this country was founded.
 I believe in the adherence to our Constitution and the rule of law.
 I believe in personal responsibility – I do not require the government to fight and define my battles.
 I oppose entitlements – Earn your way or get out of the way.
 I expect government to serve the people – not to rule and ignore the people.
 I expect the same fiscal responsibility from government as I must practice myself.
 I believe that immigration should be strictly controlled – living in the USA is a privilege to be earned – not an entitlement.
 I believe in the sanctity of God-given life – I oppose abortion.
 I believe in the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.
 I believe in the American culture and English as our national language – multi-culturalism is a recipe for divisiveness.
 I am not my brother’s keeper, but I am a compassionate person. I, not the government, will choose who, when, and the extent to which I help others.

And here is Rick’s thoughts on the current GOP candidates …

Who Will Pick Up the Reagan Baton?

A video featuring Ronald Reagan and entitled “Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us” again found its way to my inbox today.  Never do I tire of listening to Reagan’s wisdom and frank style - especially, as in this video, when he is cast against a sea of elitist jackasses.  But those fond memories quickly fade to thoughts of worry and frustration as we are perpetually bombarded with candidates and potential candidates who are nothing more than imitators (at best) of leadership and conservative values.

For the ‘old guard’ of the Republican establishment, here’s a newsflash:  Reaganesque-type leadership will not be found in a Romney, a Pawlenty, a Gingrich, a Huckabee, another Bush, a Barbour, or many of the others who wouldn’t qualify to carry Reagan’s shoes – let alone step into them.  The good news, however, is that the type of leadership this nation requires does exist – we just simply cannot fall prey to the conventional thinking that tells us that aside from being conservatively qualified (and we know that’s a joke), that such a person also needs to possess sufficient political grooming, experience, and exposure.  To that old wives’ tale, we should collectively declare “bull crap”!

First of all, with the rate at which our economy and national strength are declining, we do not have the luxury of waiting.  Those liberals who would drag us under from within our own nation have infested Washington, D.C. as if they were termites – or better yet, cockroaches – and we cannot afford for them to inflict further burdens and wounds upon America.  But more importantly, the conventional wisdom of the grooming, experience, and exposure assumption was blown to smithereens with the election of the piece of human excrement who currently occupies the White House.  All that he brought to the White House were contempt for our Constitution, values, and exceptionalism along with an unquenchable thirst for power – better known as ‘hope and change’.

So where is this sought after leadership?  It’s actually more widespread than we are led to believe, were it not for a Republican Party that exercises internal party entitlement practices better than the Democrats.  My intent in this commentary and at this point in time is not to define or exclude (other than those listed above) the people who would be viable, conservative candidates.  Rather, it is to emphasize the importance for us as conservatives to actively recruit and promote the strongest candidates – not to be content to merely campaign hard for whatever ‘scraps’ (e.g., McCain) are thrown our way.  As a party, the GOP may have the most viable vehicle by which a candidate can defeat Obama, but they don’t have the tools, priorities, or sense of urgency to claim a meaningful victory.  We need robust leadership to capture the elections of 2012 –we simply cannot allow the pressures of conventional thinking and self-serving GOP rules to limit our possibilities.

If ever there was a time for the Tea Parties, 912 groups, Constitutional groups, Patriot groups, and every other conservative grassroots organization to make a dramatic impact, it is the elections of 2012.  If you aren’t sufficiently motivated to accept that challenge, keep watching this video until Barney Frank, Alcee Hastings, John Dingell, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Dick Durbin, Phil Hare, and John Conyers are permanently etched in your mind – for most of us, that would be considered cruel and unusual punishment.  It is time for us as citizens to lay claim to the expectations for strong leadership – not only through voting, but in selecting and promoting true, principled leadership.  It’s ours to own and the time is now.

Rick Newton

Thanks Rick, for your permission to reprint and for your patriotism.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration or progressive tool to weaken America?

The name James Hansen is well known among climate modelers as the man who is most responsible for the global warming models that predict the planetary catastrophe highlighted by former Vice President Al Gore. Somewhere along his illustrious career path, Hansen turned from a scientist to an activist; leading many to believe that there was a secondary agenda at play in his continuing research. Hansen’s employer and a significant contributor to the prestige which Hansen holds in some circles is NASA:  the esteemed National Aeronautics and Space Administration. An Executive-branch agency funded by taxpayer’s money.

As an astronomer and head of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS),  Dr. James Hansen has become a champion of the global warming movement.  His extreme views and outlandish claims have focused a great deal of attention on him; nearly as much as similar positions of Al Gore, the self-appointed spokesman for the cause.

The original mission of NASA’s GISS was to conduct studies on planetary atmospheres using data from telescopes and space probes.  In the last two decades under Dr. Hansen’s leadership that mission has changed to become, “prediction of atmospheric and climate changes in the 21st century.”  In other words, it has gone from studying other planets to studying our own planet.  Certainly the research GISS now conducts fits within the role that has evolved for it and as the head of the organization, it is expected that Hansen would be a voice for it.

However, rather than providing an objective and scientific voice to the studies GISS conducts, recent years have seen Dr. Hansen blur the line between scientist and advocate.

He has taken to writing editorials in foreign publications taking foreign governments to task for their policy decisions.  He has accused the Bush administration of trying to silence him – a fact that was repudiated by his supervisor.  He has urged criminal trials for the executives of energy companies for spreading doubt about manmade climate change.  He has advocated for the acquittal of Greenpeace activists that damaged a coal fired power plant saying the power plant was more damaging.  <Source>

What is NASA’s prime mission under the Obama Administration?

Is it Muslim outreach?

Astronaut Charles F. Bolden, NASA’s Administrator at a news conference …

Bolden: “I am here in the region - its sort of the first anniversary of President Barack Obama's visit to Cairo - and his speech there when he gave what has now become known as Obama's ‘Cairo Initiative’ where he announced that he wanted this to become a new beginning of the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. When I became the NASA Administrator - before I became the NASA Administrator - he charged me with three things: One was that he wanted me to re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, that he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.”

Of course, we seem to have learned that the Middle Eastern Muslims have contributed little or nothing to the modern science of Aeronautics and Space exploration. All of their achievements, mostly derived from the work of others, have been expropriated for offensive weaponry; hardly an admirable situation and one that should not be feted by a high-ranking representative of the United States. However, in Charlie Bolden’s defense, he has always been a military team-player (former Marine Corps Major General) and I have very little doubt in my mind that his Muslim-related remarks were at the behest (and probably scripting) of President Obama and his fellow travelers.

After the kerfuffle involving an apparent change of NASA’s mission to include a “Muslim outreach effort,” we are wondering why funds continue to be diverted from NASA’s primary mission of advancing space exploration into programs involving global climate change.  

Is it the continued promotion of global climate change?

Newswise.com is reporting …

“A new study funded by NASA will look at whether climate change on three continents could be affecting the way fire behaves in North America, South America, and Australia.”

“A National Aeronautics and Space Administration grant of $1,950,135 will fund the three-year project. Researchers will analyze satellite data, as well as historical climate and fire data, for the entire continent of Australia, the lower 48 states in North America, and the Brazilian Amazon region in South America.”

“Principal investigator Mark Cochrane of South Dakota State University said the idea is that climate change could change the vegetation and hydrology in affected regions, perhaps resulting in more droughts and periods of intense fire behavior.” <Source>

We should realize that the research itself is part of a pattern of commercializing NASA discoveries and data for the benefit of mankind. And that the amount of the grant is no more than a rounding error in NASA’s overall budget. But that should not detract from discovering a pattern of benign neglect which could kill NASA’s capabilities. 

Is it weakening NASA’s capabilities?

I am both saddened and embarrassed to find that the United States is spending significant amounts of taxpayer funds on the hoax that is global warming … while we must depend on the Russians to taxi our astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

NASA doesn't know yet where it will get the money, but on Thursday the space agency officially added another space shuttle launch to its schedule -- the final one for the fleet.

The space agency set a target launch date of June 28 for shuttle Atlantis and started preparations for the 135th and last shuttle flight. The four-member crew will take up supplies to the International Space Station, make one spacewalk and return a faulty pump that has bedeviled engineers.

Now three missions remain before NASA retires its shuttle fleet this year. Shuttle Discovery's last mission is slated for Feb. 24, Endeavour's in April.

Thursday's move allows different parts of the shuttle program to start work on Atlantis' 12-day flight, including astronaut training and mission planning, NASA spokesman Michael Curie said. Originally, Atlantis was planned as an emergency-only rescue mission if needed for the Endeavour crew.

Last year, the Obama administration and Congress clashed over the future of the human space program and came up with a compromise that authorized one extra flight of the shuttle -- the Atlantis mission. But Congress never gave NASA the few hundred million dollars needed for the extra flight. That left NASA in a quandary about whether the flight was real or not. <Source>

NASA has signed a new $335 million contract with Russia to buy six extra seats on Soyuz spacecraft to launch American and partner astronauts into space after the space shuttle fleet is retired, the space agency announced Tuesday.

The new deal allows NASA to pay the Russian Federal Space Agency for six round-trip rides to and from the International Space Station in2013 and 2014. That averages to about $55.8 million per trip ? a slight increase from the $50 million NASA paid for seats on the Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft through 2012.

After NASA's three-orbiter space shuttle fleet is retired this fall, American space flyers will have to rely on Russia for space transportation until U.S. commercial firms can build spaceships capable of carrying humans. <Source>

Depending on the goodwill of the Russians – with the possibility that they could place an all-Russian crew on the station and reap a significant military and media advantage?

Bottom line …

Given President Obama’s apparent viewpoint on multi-culturalism, moral equivalency and the unexceptionalism among other nations, one wonders if Obama is deliberately weakening one of America’s crowning achievements: our space program.

Using the tw0-edged sword of NASA to promote the social and political agenda that is global climate change –based on nothing more than an unproven hypothesis – while simultaneously weakening our national space program; which in turn weakens our military’s defensive missile systems.

Spending billions of dollars smoke and mirrors while the very real and necessary skillsets of our talented rocketeers atrophy with age. Much in the same way America lost a major share of its industrial capacity – which is now outsourced to other nations whose friendliness toward the United States depends on the whim of their politicians.

A situation which must be remedied in 2012 lest it affect the future prestige and military posture of the United States and hamper the scientific achievement which makes America the most exceptional nation in the history of the world.

-- steve

Research Links …

NASA-Funded Study Tracks Climate Change on Three Continents


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



ORRIN HATCH: IS THIS "OLD TIMER" THE ODD MAN OUT?

What is wrong with this list of politicians seemingly affiliated with the Tea Party Movement?

  • Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
  • Representative Allen West (R-FL)
  • Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
  • Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Wait – Orrin Hatch – the man known to jump the aisle in the same manner as Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Confusing compromise with democrat appeasement?

But there he was, on stage at a major Tea Party event – streamed live on the Internet for all to see. How did he manage to make the transition from RINO to Tea Party Supporter in a blink of an eye?

Some credit a Tea Party strategist, Sal Russo, who used to work for Orrin Hatch and who is doing everything in his power to prevent Hatch from suffering the same fate as former Senator Bob Bennett who, facing Tea Party opposition, declined to run.

Russo: Tea Party Express Will Not Challenge Hatch in 2012, Calls Senator an ‘Original Tea Partier’

One might ask, is Sal Russo a progressive Trojan Horse that will deliver Orrin Hatch to the heart of the Tea Party movement?  How can the man who is about Internet control and censorship in favor of the Hollywood entertainment industry be described as an “original tea partier?” Nothing could be farther from the truth. 

Quack, Quack …

It appears that Orrin Hatch is talking the talk. According to TPM, “Hatch rose to the occasion, offering up the kind of anti-tax, anti-big government, anti-Obamacare messaging that the tea party thrives on.”

– “I’ve been watching what the Tea Party does. I’m very impressed,” Hatch said.

– “I’m often accused of having been a tea partier before there even was such as term, and I’m okay with that.”

– “It’s time for America to take back America and the Tea Party will play a role in that.”

<Source>

About that night …

After giving effusive welcomes to Paul and co., Kremer welcomed Hatch with all the enthusiasm of a PA announcer introducing the visiting team's starters.

Hatch, who's up for re-election in 2012, was eager to kiss rings. He laced his opening remarks with Tea Party keywords, bemoaning the "monstrosity" of the health-care law, stressing his record of seeking a balanced-budget amendment, plugging the Tea Party triumvirate of limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets, and offering bromides about taking America back. Hatch has a diffident manner, and his dour remarks - "We are living in perilous times" - drew a polite but muted response, with only a smattering of cheers.

Bachmann, by contrast, entered late and drew wild applause when she warned that our ability to pass the torch of freedom to our offspring was "up for grabs on the table."

If the Tea Party hasn't embraced Hatch, their frostiness toward his candidacy has thawed considerably. That alone is an achievement. Hatch has been a senator for 34 years, which is itself a fatal flaw for the insurrectionists eager to purge the party's dinosaurs. (When he mentioned the length of his tenure, a man behind me muttered, "Time to move on.")

Since coming to Washington, he's committed enough apostasies to flunk any Tea Party purity test. Hatch voted for TARP, sponsored the DREAM Act, and has a record of forging alliances with Democrats like the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, with whom he worked on broadening children's health-insurance coverage.

David Kirkham, the founder of the Utah Tea Party, says that when he organized the group's first gathering in the spring of 2009, he did so out of dissatisfaction with three people: George W. Bush, Bennett, and Hatch, whose staff got wind of the gathering and called to see about getting the Senator a speaking slot. "We basically told him to drop dead," Kirkham recalls. <Source>

From the press reports, it is still unclear if Hatch crashed the Tea Party event by inviting himself or if an official invitation to speak was actually extended.

According to former Hatch employee Sal Russo, “of course he was invited.”

But will this fool anyone who considers his long record of aisle-hopping and support for insider lobbyists in the Pharmaceutical and Entertainment industry.

And then there was this …

Hatch Explains Bennett’s Defeat: Tea Party Doesn’t ‘Have An Open Mind And They Won’t Listen’

But it appears the headline seems to have been somewhat taken out of context, see what he actually said for yourself …

“And I think these Tea Party people are doing the country a service. But when they don’t have an open mind and they won’t listen, that’s another matter. And that’s something anybody would find fault with.”

Bottom line …

Don’t get me wrong, Orrin Hatch appears to be a great guy, more conservative than many, who should have been nominated to the Supreme Court where his actual talent could shine.

But as a self-serving politician who appears to favor crony-capitalism, I think it is about time that he be retired in favor or a more conscientious conservative. If the Tea Party cannot see this, then perhaps there are cracks beginning to form around the edges which will lead us back to a GOP governed by Northeaster elites with a progressive bent – every bit as corrupt and destructive as the last GOP effort --  joining the democrats to spend us into oblivion.

-- steve

Reference Links …

#InviteGate: Just How Did Orrin Hatch Make His Way To The Tea Party Tonight? | TPMDC


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Global Warming: How YOUR California utility is robbing you and supporting progressive causes ...

Once again, we can see where the political parasites have inserted progressive social policies into utility bills without the hoopla of defending a new energy tax.

It appears that the California Energy Commission's Research Development and Demonstration Division’s mandate to supports public interest energy research, development, and demonstration has gone awry. With the money trickling into supporting climate change which cannot be supported by a realistic look at the science and environmental causes which are more about providing income to researchers and research institutions than they are to supporting energy research for the common good.

Jumping off the PIER (Public Interest Energy Research) …

The California Legislative Analyst’s office has performed an analysis which supports three major findings.

Much of your money has been wasted and produced no results …

  • First, in evaluating the current program, we find that the CEC has not demonstrated that there has been a substantial payoff to date from the state’s investment of more than $700 million in ratepayer funds.

We find that the CEC has generally funded projects in line with the broad categories of eligible investments that are set out in statute (such as promoting ‘energy efficiency’ and ‘demand response’ strategies). However, state law establishes several goals for the PIER program, including the creation of
tangible ratepayer benefits. While some particular PIER-sponsored research projects have served these goals, CEC has not demonstrated that the majority of the projects allocated PIER funding
by CEC has produced similar benefits
.

We think that the state should continue to receive funding …

  • “Second, we find that the legislative and regulatory enactment of several new ambitious energy policy objectives has created an energy landscape that differs greatly from the one that existed in 1996, when the PIER program was created.”

“In order to help address technological barriers which may prevent attainment of these state goals, we find that there is a role for the state to continue to support public interest energy research beyond the 2012 sunset date.”

And even while we acknowledge that we screwed up, we need to go forward with a reformed system …

  • “Third, if the Legislature decides that there should be a continuing state role in this area of research, we find that improvements could be made to the implementation of this role, including by tightening funding eligibility parameters and changing the process by which research funding is allocated.”

What they need to do is to remove political cronyism from the funding process and stop handing out money to support progressive causes which do little to benefit the taxpayer and are simply ways to keep progressives employed.

Condemning the Process …

PIER Has Funded a Broad Spectrum of Research—Perhaps Too Broad. A broad array of research has been funded over time under PIER within each of the six allowable investment categories discussed earlier. The PIER-funded research projects we have reviewed generally fit within these allowable categories. However, some projects appear to have only a tenuous connection to the subject of energy.”

“For example, just within the climate change and environment area, PIER has funded research on such varied topics as deforestation in California, groundwater recharge, the potential impact of climate change on bird distribution, and salmon
habitat restoration
.”

For those who have read my previous blogs, both bird and salmon research are major progressive initiatives and appear to be designed to cede control over wide swaths of the California economy to the environmentalists. From destroying the production of food in the Sacramento Delta areas to the imposition of gun control through ammunition restrictions, this research has been used to severely impact the activities of law-abiding California citizens by using our own laws and legal process against us.

“Our analysis raises questions as to whether the range of research is so broad and unfocused that it is hindering the potential benefit of the PIER program. Fragmenting the research into so many directions reduces the likelihood, in our view, that this research is being translated into changes in the electricity marketplace that are benefiting consumers or the public at large.”

What the program was designed to do …

“Specifically, statute provides that the general goal of the program is ‘to develop, and help bring to market, energy technologies that provide increased environmental benefits, greater system reliability, and lower system costs, and (emphasis added) that provide tangible benefits to electric utility customers.’”

When have you seen a reduction in your energy bills as a result of this research or any other initiative? The obvious answer is NEVER. And we may never see any decrease in our bills as California ramps up their progressive-designed global warming energy control infrastructure to bankrupt us all.

IS THERE A CONTINUED STATE ROLE FOR ENERGY RESEARCH?

A question asked by the Legislative Analyst’s Office. The answer, again, is NO! Whenever research is politicized, funded and controlled through the political process you find waste, fraud, corruption and results which are pre-ordained to support further progressive social engineering. The independent, non-government-owned power producers are well equipped to take care of themselves and to fund their own research or take part in cooperative energy research where costs are split among the various utility systems on a pro-rata basis.

Am I my neighbor’s subsidy?

There should be no need for a portion of our energy bills to fund subsidies for our neighbors new gas or electric appliances. Or to subsidize the provision of energy to illegal aliens. The utilities are not state-run charities, nor should they be.

The State’s three suggested options …

  • Option One—Continue PIER Program Under CEC With a Tighter Focus
  • Option Two—Allow IOU (Investor Owned Utilities) Rate Recovery of Public Interest Research
  • Option Three—Create a Public-Private Partnership for Electricity Research

All recommendations saying the same thing – keep the government in control of significant funds in order to reward those who pursue a progressive agenda and participate in keeping the progressive’s in office.

Notice that the single option that makes the most sense is missing …

  • Option Four – Keep the government out of the process

Nothing was mentioned about grants to other state-run institutions to perform this research. Another way the dishonest legislators continue to fund union-dominated public education institutions and bastions of progressive political promotion.

Bottom Line …

So much of your hard-earned money is diverted to the government in subtle ways that you never see. We can see withholding from our paychecks, we can see income tax, we can see the sales tax on thing we purchase – but then come those hidden taxes on utility bills and levied on corporations which simply pass them on to their customers as a cost of doing business.

Enough is enough. It is time to tame the beast – if not starve it altogether. How many citizens actually consider the fact that the politicians are doing nothing more than keeping themselves in power by buying votes with our money – using our public treasury to pay off the special interests to generate campaign funds and voter support for themselves?

Like I said. Enough is enough. Tell your legislator that you want no more hidden taxes in utility bills. You do not want the government to control research. And most of all, you do not want the government dipping in your pocket without your explicit permission.

This is yet another example of a board, commission or panel which can be expunged from the salary roles of the State of California with little or no impact on the common welfare.

-- steve

Research Links …

Legislative Analyst’s Report

California Energy Commission

California's Outdoor Pets drive far-left public policy agenda ...

Condor Project: Backdoor gun control and/or an attempt to secure additional funding for a failing program? (Updated)
CALIFORNIA CONDORS: SCIENTIFIC STUDY OR FUNDING VEHICLE FOR SCIENTISTS SUPPORTING A GUN CONTROL AGENDA?
THERE COMES A TIME TO TELL THE ENVIRONMENTAL
People for a perfect planet combine to destroy your wealth, your lifestyle, your pleasures and make you into a socialist drone working for the enlightened elites ...
LEFTISTS NO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and Development


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Global Warming: Temperatures are down; all is right with the world ...

What some scientists are saying …

As reported by Newswise.com …

“La Nina Pacific Ocean Cooling Pulls Global Temps Below Norms”

“Released: 2/5/2011 6:00 AM EST”

“Source: University of Alabama Huntsville

“Global Temperature Report: January 2011”

“Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.14 C per decade”

January temperatures (preliminary)

Global composite temp.: -0.01 C (about 0.02 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for January.

Northern Hemisphere: -0.06 C (about 0.11 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for January.

Southern Hemisphere: +0.04 C (about 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for January.

Tropics: -0.37 C (about 0.67 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for January.

January temperatures (preliminary)

Global composite temp.: -0.01 C (about 0.02 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for January.

Northern Hemisphere: -0.06 C (about 0.11 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for January.

Southern Hemisphere: +0.04 C (about 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for January.

Tropics: -0.37 C (about 0.67 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for January.

Notes on data released Feb. 3, 2011:

The La Nina Pacific Ocean cooling event continues to pull down temperatures, with the global average temperature falling below seasonal norms for the first time in 18 months and only the second time in almost two and a half years, according to Dr. John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Technical note?

One of the most frequent “tricks” of those who manipulate their findings to present a case more favorable to their patron’s political and social requirements, involves cherry-picking a timescale to highlight the results necessary to please the patrons. In some cases, a change in time scale or data capture methodology makes the data incomparable with previous efforts – that is, without the touch of a human hand to manipulate the data. This can be seen in many computer models where the missing data is replaced with a “best guess” or the data is “smoothed” to eliminate computational anomalies. In this case, the authors are to be commended to placing this information “up front” instead of in the footnotes where it normally appears.

Technical Note:
The baseline period used to determine seasonal norms has been changed from the 20-year (1979 to 1998) period at the beginning of the satellite record to a new 30-year (1981 to 2010) reference average. This was done to match the climatological period normally used with climate data by the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization.

About the project and the measurements …

As part of an ongoing joint project between UAHuntsville, NOAA and NASA, Christy and Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist in the ESSC, use data gathered by advanced microwave sounding units on NOAA and NASA satellites to get accurate temperature readings for almost all regions of the Earth. This includes remote desert, ocean and rain forest areas where reliable climate data are not otherwise available.

The satellite-based instruments measure the temperature of the atmosphere from the surface up to an altitude of about eight kilometers above sea level. Once the monthly temperature data is collected and processed, it is placed in a "public" computer file for immediate access by atmospheric scientists in the U.S. and abroad.

Not all research funds are equal …

Neither Christy nor Spencer receives any research support or funding from oil, coal or industrial companies or organizations, or from any private or special interest groups. All of their climate research funding comes from federal and state grants or contracts.

As if receiving money from the government was not a cause for significant bias in favor of findings that appear to support the government’s political and social agenda, the institutional reporter felt compelled to perpetuate a slur on legitimate research funding sources with their disclaimer.

From Roy Spencer’s blog …

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You will notice that all of the temperature record is well-contained within a very narrow band of +/- one degree Centigrade. Well within the noise band of nature’s climate variability and the error range of our current instrumentation. No significant cause for alarm unless you are a politician depending on the science to advance your political agenda of domination over the United States and its citizens.

What does Roy Spencer think?

One need only read Spencer’s book, “The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World’s Top Climate Scientists,” to find that the guy who gathers and analyzes the raw data has a common sense approach to explaining global climate change.

“About one-half of Blunder is a non-technical description of our new peer reviewed and soon-to-be-published research which supports the opinion that a majority of Americans already hold: that warming in recent decades is mostly due to a natural cycle in the climate system — not to an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning.”

“Believe it or not, this potential natural explanation for recent warming has never been seriously researched by climate scientists. The main reason they have ignored this possibility is that they cannot think of what might have caused it.”

It’s the clouds stupid!

Climate is a naturally-occurring chaotic phenomenon which cannot be fully modeled any more than one can model the stock market. Yes, there are apparent short trends which can be isolated and examined, but when one pulls back and examines the whole picture, one notices that we are back to a chaotic system and the trends disappear in the sands of time. Or as Roy Spencer puts it …

“The most obvious way for warming to be caused naturally is for small, natural fluctuations in the circulation patterns of the atmosphere and ocean to result in a 1% or 2% decrease in global cloud cover. Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade, and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming — or global cooling.”

How could the experts have missed such a simple explanation? Because they have convinced themselves that only a temperature change can cause a cloud cover change, and not the other way around. The issue is one of causation. They have not accounted for cloud changes causing temperature changes.

The experts have simply mixed up cause and effect when observing how clouds and temperature vary. The book reveals a simple way to determine the direction of causation from satellite observations of global average temperature and cloud variations. And that new tool should fundamentally change how we view the climate system.

A hint for those who cannot think of what might be causing global warming: how about the natural variability of nature – where there have been hotter times and colder times on Earth and the global temperature is always regressing to a yet as unknown mean value?

Why carbon dioxide?

Truth-be-told, water vapor (clouds) are the largest greenhouse gas and that carbon dioxide is a very small part of the overall equation. Yet, the scientists must demonize carbon dioxide as it is the only manner in which the government can exert control over energy production, distribution and consumption – and thus control the economy of the United States for political purposes.

And even the carbon dioxide scenario can be easily explained as a part of nature’s feedback loop.

It appears that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and dissolved in the oceans is more or less constant. Considering Henry’s law, warming oceans emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Cooling oceans allow more carbon dioxide to be dissolved in the water. Considering that most climate scientists are honest enough to note that the rise in carbon dioxide lags the rise in temperature by 600 to 1,000 years (depending on the dataset being used), CO2 can hardly be causal of global warming. And mixing correlation and causality is a critical flaw in their logic.

Spencer even makes a case for the desirability of an increased carbon dioxide level …

“But in Blunder I address what other scientists should have the courage to admit: that maybe putting more CO2 in the atmosphere is a good thing. Given that it is necessary for life on Earth, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is surprisingly small. We already know that nature is gobbling up 50% of what humanity produces, no matter how fast we produce it. So, it is only logical to address the possibility that nature — that life on Earth — has actually been starved for carbon dioxide.”

Bottom line …

If the research appears to be this clear, why aren’t more scientists speaking out about this causal phenomenon? Unfortunately, the answer is peer pressure and greed – the same type of greed that drove our current financial meltdown – where the billions of dollars flowing to prestigious institutions for climate research appears to be dictating the findings of the climate scientists who have found fame and fortune by siding with the government’s political agenda. All of which was brought to light by the Climate-gate e-mail scandals which revealed, in no uncertain terms, that the science was manipulated to produce a pre-ordained outcome and the normally sacrosanct journal “peer review” process was subverted by a relatively few number of “important” climatologists to advance their funding agenda and to keep from being publicly discredited.

It is now up to the American people to tell the politicians “enough is enough.” To sanction those who have robbed our treasury and produced nothing by chaos in our current political arena. It is now up to the American people to demand proof that any political solution can affect climate change and to prove that the instruments can even measure the change accurately.

The truth is simple: we are governed by corrupt politicians who want to perpetuate their power and continue to loot our national treasury on behalf of themselves and their special interest cronies. We must say “NO” to their political subversion lest we find ourselves with a corrupt progressive government similar to those in Cuba, Venezuela and other third-world nations.

In 2012 … Just say “No” to the progressive democrats and to the republicans (e.g. Snowe, Collins, McCain, Graham, etc.) who are every bit as progressive as the democrat colleagues.

-- steve

Reference Links …

La Nina Pacific Ocean Cooling Pulls Global Temps Below Norms

Dr. Roy Spencer – Blog

“The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World’s Top Climate Scientists – Roy Spencer


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS