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Intemperate Thoughts II

Several months have passed since my first set of Intemperate Thoughts. These are random thoughts that are short bits of reason. They are generally cynical, sometimes funny, often politically incorrect but (I hope) frequently insightful looks into the nature of politics, government, and everyday life.

Enjoy!

  1. So, we have to spend money on Welfare for people who can’t find jobs, but we have to have illegal aliens to fill the jobs that Americans “don’t want.” One wonders which jobs Americans wouldn’t want if Welfare wasn’t available…
  2. Does Nancy Pelosi need to apply for Carbon Credits when she travels by Air Force jet?
  3. Curling is gaining fans in the United States. I imagine people in this country once looked at fans of another Scottish-invented skill sport in much the same way as people who now make fun of us curling afficianados. cough! cough! golf cough! cough!
  4. If there is one thing Europe has taught us these last 50 years, it’s that “Universal Health Care” is universally mediocre, except for the wealthy and powerful who get access to the “good” doctors.
  5. I want to ask all those socialism-loving American college students out there: In what universe does an iPod count as a “need?”
  6. The Federal and State governments have been irresponsible and now want to balance their budgets by raising taxes. One wonders how the Government would respond to irresponsible families balancing their household budgets by taking money from other people at the point of a gun… Read the rest of this entry »
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The evolution of a scare tactic: Climate Change™

In the early 1970s, the populace at-large was warned about “Global Cooling,” the threat of a new ice age burying the temperate latitudes in snow and ice, freezing crops and starving hundreds of millions of people. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Malthusian nightmare changed from cooling to warming. Now the planet would heat up and desiccate its landmasses, flooding coastlines and causing plants to wither, starving billions. This time the changes also had a principal cause: Man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Unfortunately for the Chicken Little crowd, the crude computer models that predicted an increasingly alarming rise in temperatures were shown to be exaggerated. So in the late 1990s and early 2000s, we were treated to a new threat with the same cause: Climate Change™. Now, every bit of severe weather, every extreme in temperature whether hot or cold can be blamed on the emissions of factories and automobiles, because we human beings arechanging our climate.

This, of course, ignores the fact that the makeup of Earth’s atmosphere and its global climate has been changing constantly for the planet’s entire existence. Indeed, the term “Climate Change™” is incorrect. What these individuals are actually proposing is “anthropogenic climate change,” since our climate is already constantly evolving. Simply calling the process Climate Change™ insinuates to the uninformed that our climate has always been and will always be the same except for the influence of man, which is preposterously fallacious. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tebow’s Ad a Success of Modesty

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I’m a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan.  As such, I was pretty happy to see Florida lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship game.  I was even slightly glad to see Tim Tebow cry when the game ended.  But I got over it and even got upset at the people who rode that horse for weeks; because despite putting the hurt on Georgia three of his four years at Florida, Tim is a class act and an overall really nice guy.  I wouldn’t be surprised if, when he gets to the NFL, he gets a reputation along the lines of Doug Floutie or Darrell Green, who are considered to be among the nicest, most consciencious guys to ever don the uniform.

So, in case you missed it, here’s Tim Tebow & Mom’s Super Bowl Ad:

Yeah, that was worth all the shouting and harranging by the National Organization for Women (the same organization that supported Bill Clinton in defending his sexual harrassment lawsuit).  This and other “women’s” groups and “pro-choice” groups spent many hours in the weeks preceding the Super Bowl denouncing the ad as “inappropriate” for the venue, “anti-choice” and “anti-women.”

I’ve been wanting to say all this ever since I saw the ad last night, but amazingly enough, a pro-choice liberal has already said it all for me.  She said it almost a week before the ad aired, and there is very little I could add to the conversation that would be at all helpful.  But I’ll still try.

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Fix the Balance Sheet, Fix the Economy

Just about everybody realizes that the Stimulus did did not stimulate our economy. In fact, it was probably quite counter-productive, since the borrowed debt and newly printed Dollar Bills have severely weakened the Dollar in comparison to other currencies like the Euro, Yen and Pound Sterling. Now, with the realization fully in the mind of the American people, President Obama and others are suggesting that we pull the repaid from the TARP program and unspent stimulus funds to spend it on “job creation.” Fortunately, some in Washington oppose these ideas.

Pardon me, but wasn’t this what the Stimulus Bill was for? Wasn’t it passed to stem the rising unemployment rate at no more than 8 percent? Shouldn’t the funds in the Stimulus Bill have already been spent “creating” jobs?

The answer, of course, is no. Read the rest of this entry »

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