27 February 2010

Send in the Clowns

I just got back from taking the kids to the circus. I was delighted to hear that global warming has now become a punchline for a clown skit. The clowns were trying to get a comical clown car to start and it backfired on them. Flames shot out and one of the clowns blamed it on global warming. Hilarious.

26 February 2010

Well Said

"If eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, incessant distractions are the way that politicians take away our freedoms, in order to enhance their own power and longevity in office. ... Few distractions have had such a long and impressive political track record as getting people to resent and, if necessary, hate other people. The most politically effective totalitarian systems have gotten people to give up their own freedom in order to vent their resentment or hatred at other people.... We have not yet reached these levels of hostility, but those who are taking away our freedoms, bit by bit, on the installment plan, have been incessantly supplying us with people to resent. One of the most audacious attempts to take away our freedom to live our lives as we see fit has been the so-called 'health care reform' bills that were being rushed through Congress before either the public or the members of Congress themselves had a chance to discover all that was in it. For this, we were taught to resent doctors, insurance companies and even people with 'Cadillac health insurance plans,' who were to be singled out for special taxes. Meanwhile, our freedom to make our own medical decisions -- on which life and death can depend -- was to be quietly taken from us and transferred to our betters in Washington. ... The more they can get us all to resent those they designate, the more they can distract us from their increasing control of our own lives -- but only if we sell our freedom cheap."
--economist Thomas Sowell

Just a Word

Okay, just a word on the healthcare summit:


Obama and his democrat cronies have overplayed their hand. It will probably cost them dearly at the polls, but if they can force this healthcare bill through, against the will of the American people, it won't matter. The damage will have been done. This summit was a sham. Obama and the dems clearly were never considering any form of bipartisanship. It is the dems who have been partisan from the beginning. They continue to arrogantly flaunt their utter contempt and disregard for the American people (whom overwhelmingly reject Obama's 'hellthcare' proposals) and their obvious disrespect for the Constitution's limitations on federal power. There is still a good chance that the healthcare bill will go down in flames. The dems still might not have the votes. This has been a democrat problem from the beginning. They never needed a single republican vote all year last year. The opposition came from within the democrat party. They still might lose a couple more democrat lawmakers who have principles, or are just worried about getting reelected. Either way I welcome their opposition to this healthcare overhaul that puts the federal government in charge of a good chunk of the American economy. Centralized planning fails everytime it is tried. When will we learn from the mistakes of the past? We are either going to let freedom prevail and let the American people solve these problems, or our nation will end up just another mediocre quasi-socialist totalitarian nightmare smoldering in the ash of history.

AWWW! Global Warming

Since I have been away for a while I am catching up on reading some of the other blogs. Here is a good piece on the recent global warming scandals.


PS, most of the last three months here at my house we have have about a foot of snow and temps averaging about 5-10 degrees BELOW normal. I sure could go for some of that global warming now. I wish there was some way to speed this thing up.

12 February 2010

I am Back...

...but I am not sure how long I will be back, and I do not know if I will have a lot of free time to devote to the blog. I have posted the comments that were pending on some old posts. Sorry for the delay folks. I made some brief replies, but since the threads are old I don't see reason to spend a lot of time on them. I hope to stop by the other blogs when I have time to see how everything is going. Thanks for being patient.