Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's the Democrats Stupid!

Peter J. Wallison: The Price for Fannie and Freddie Keeps Going Up - WSJ.com: "Fannie and Freddie's congressional sponsors—some of whom are now leading the administration's effort to 'reform' the financial system—have a lot to answer for. Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, sponsored legislation adopted in 2008 that established a new regulatory structure for the GSEs. But by then it was far too late. The GSEs had begun buying risky loans in 1993 to meet the 'affordable housing' requirements established under congressional direction by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)."

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Power Line - Hillary Clinton -- wrong time, wrong place

Power Line - Hillary Clinton -- wrong time, wrong place: "The Post points out that Clinton seems to be heading down just this road in her dealings with the Arab world. In a recent speech in Morocco, for example, her focus was on education, science and technology, and 'entrepreneurish,' and she did not mention democracy. This is not surprising, since democracy -- missing from the 'three D's' in her stock speech -- is clearly an afterthought for Clinton, invoked perhaps to bring her talking points into line with Obama's Oslo utterances.

Hillary Clinton isn't much a Secretary of State, but she would have made an excellent Commissar."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

ICECAP

ICECAP: "It is crucial that scientists are factually accurate when they do speak out, that they ignore media hype and maintain a clinical detachment from social or other agendas. There are facts and data that are ignored in the maelstrom of social and economic agendas swirling about Copenhagen."

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chicago Boyz � Blog Archive � Journalists and Rocket Scientists

Chicago Boyz � Blog Archive � Journalists and Rocket Scientists: "In 1920, Robert Goddard was conducting experiments with rockets. In an editorial, The New York Times sneered at Goddard’s work and particularly at the idea that a rocket could function in a vacuum:

That Professor Goddard, with his ‘chair’ in Clark College and the countenancing of the Smithsonian Institution, does not know the relation of action to reaction, and of the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react – to say that would be absurd. Of course he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."

Chicago Boyz � Blog Archive � Journalists and Rocket Scientists

Chicago Boyz � Blog Archive � Journalists and Rocket Scientists: "In 1920, Robert Goddard was conducting experiments with rockets. In an editorial, The New York Times sneered at Goddard’s work and particularly at the idea that a rocket could function in a vacuum:

That Professor Goddard, with his ‘chair’ in Clark College and the countenancing of the Smithsonian Institution, does not know the relation of action to reaction, and of the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react – to say that would be absurd. Of course he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."

Sunday, December 6, 2009

FOXNews.com - EPA Set to Declare Carbon Dioxide a Public Danger

FOXNews.com - EPA Set to Declare Carbon Dioxide a Public Danger: "WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will early next week, possibly as soon as Monday, officially declare carbon dioxide a public danger, a trigger that could mean regulation for emitters across the economy, according to several people close to the matter.

Such an 'endangerment' decision is necessary for the EPA to move ahead early next year with new emission standards for cars. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said it could also mean large emitters such as power stations, cement kilns, crude-oil refineries and chemical plants would have to curb their greenhouse gas output."

Saturday, November 28, 2009

ACORN Can Receive Pending Federal Payments, Justice Department Says - FOXNews.com

ACORN Can Receive Pending Federal Payments, Justice Department Says - FOXNews.com: "'It is telling that this administration continues to look for every excuse possible to circumvent the intent of Congress,' the California Republican said in a written statement. 'Taxpayers should not have to continue subsidizing a criminal enterprise that helped Barack Obama get elected president.'"

Monday, November 23, 2009

Chicago Boyz � Blog Archive � How Obama is Bringing Martial Law to America

Chicago Boyz � Blog Archive � How Obama is Bringing Martial Law to America: "The greatest danger posed in the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) isn’t that he will go free. The greatest danger is that he will be convicted and that during his appeals the courts will ratify all of the extraordinary measures used to capture and convict him. The great danger is that the courts will ratify the rough, inaccurate and ambiguous norms of martial law as applying to all civil criminal trials.

After a couple of decades of these court decisions reverberating throughout the legal system, we could end up living under de facto martial law."

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Power Line - The Alarmists Do "Science": A Case Study

Power Line - The Alarmists Do "Science": A Case Study: "A fascinating, hot-off-the-presses story emerges from the emails that were hacked yesterday from the University of East Anglia's Hadley Climatic Research Centre. It is one of many exchanges that shed light on the priority that the global warming alarmists give to politics and career advancement over science."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Union troubled by Eagle Scout project in Allentown -- themorningcall.com

Union troubled by Eagle Scout project in Allentown -- themorningcall.com: "In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.

Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city's largest municipal union.

Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park."

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Gullible eager-beaver planet savers - Mark Steyn - Macleans.ca

Gullible eager-beaver planet savers - Mark Steyn - Macleans.ca: "I’m always appreciative when a fellow says what he really means. Tim Flannery, the jet-setting doomsaying global warm-monger from down under, was in Ottawa the other day promoting his latest eco-tract, and offered a few thoughts on “Copenhagen”—which is transnational-speak for December’s UN Convention on Climate Change. “We all too often mistake the nature of those negotiations in Copenhagen,” remarked professor Flannery. “We think of them as being concerned with some sort of environmental treaty. That is far from the case. The negotiations now ongoing toward the Copenhagen agreement are in effect diplomacy at the most profound global level. They deal with every aspect of our life and they will influence every aspect of our life, our economy, our society.”"

Power Line - California vs. Texas: The Verdict Is In

Power Line - California vs. Texas: The Verdict Is In: "But those higher taxes in California must be going somewhere. Why aren't they benefiting those many thousands of citizens who are leaving the state for greener pastures?

In what respects, then, does California 'excel'? California's state and local government employees were the best compensated in America, according to the Census Bureau data for 2006. And the latest posting on the website of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility shows 9,223 former civil servants and educators receiving pensions worth more than $100,000 a year from California's public retirement funds. The 'dues' paid by taxpayers in order to belong to Club California purchase benefits that, increasingly, are enjoyed by the staff instead of the members."

Sunday, November 1, 2009

California to withhold a bigger chunk of paychecks -- latimes.com

California to withhold a bigger chunk of paychecks -- latimes.com: "Starting Sunday, cash-strapped California will dig deeper into the pocketbooks of wage earners -- holding back 10% more than it already does in state income taxes just as the biggest shopping season of the year kicks into gear."

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Top Obama fundraisers get posts - USATODAY.com

Top Obama fundraisers get posts - USATODAY.com: "WASHINGTON — More than 40% of President Obama's top-level fundraisers have secured posts in his administration, from key executive branch jobs to diplomatic postings in countries such as France, Spain and the Bahamas, a USA TODAY analysis finds."

Friday, October 30, 2009

A Tip On Using the White House Visitor Logs, Just Posted - Stephen Spruiell - The Corner on National Review Online

A Tip On Using the White House Visitor Logs, Just Posted - Stephen Spruiell - The Corner on National Review Online: "As far as I can tell, THE Andrew Stern was the top outside visitor to the White House with approximately 20 visits, or about three visits per month, including four relatively small meetings with the president and a dozen with other White House staffers. Stern has openly bragged about the SEIU's $61 million investment in Barack Obama. It certainly bought him a lot of access."

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The People's Cube - Unions, Lenin, and the American Way

The People's Cube - Unions, Lenin, and the American Way: "The 'card-check' debates in the US Congress reminded me of my own experiences with trade unions in the USSR, where organized labor was part of the official establishment and union membership was universal and mandatory. It also reminded me of how that system's seemingly magnanimous goals - fairness, economic equality, and social justice - in real life brought forth a rigged game of wholesale corruption, forced inequality, and grotesque injustice."

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Centralized, Authoritarian Government FAIL

Centralized, Authoritarian Government FAIL: "The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 - you have had 234 years to get it right; it is broke.

Social Security was established in 1935 - you have had 74 years to get it right; it is broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938 - you have had 71 years to get it right; it is broke.

The “War on Poverty” started in 1964 - you have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor”; it hasn’t worked and our entire country is broke."

Jim DeMint: What I Heard in Honduras - WSJ.com

Jim DeMint: What I Heard in Honduras - WSJ.com: "So far, the Obama administration has ignored these requests and instead has repeatedly doubled down. It's revoked the U.S. travel visas of President Micheletti, his government and private citizens, and refuses to talk to the government in Tegucigalpa. It's frozen desperately needed financial assistance to one of the poorest and friendliest U.S. allies in the region. It won't release the legal basis for its insistence on Mr. Zelaya's restoration to power. Nor has it explained why it's setting aside America's longstanding policy of supporting free elections to settle these kinds of disputes."

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Poisonous Cocktail - Forbes.com

A Poisonous Cocktail - Forbes.com: "The White House and Congress want to expand a 30-year-old law--the Community Reinvestment Act--that helped to fuel the mortgage meltdown. What the CRA does, in effect, is compel banks to seek the permission of community activists to get regulatory approval for bank expansions and mergers. Often this means striking a deal with activist groups such as ACORN or unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and agreeing to allocate credit to poor and minority areas that are underserved."

Monday, September 28, 2009

Here's your 'demonstration project,' Mr. President -- it's called Mississippi | Washington Examiner

Here's your 'demonstration project,' Mr. President -- it's called Mississippi | Washington Examiner: "Since passing tort reform in 2004, Mississippi has seen the number of medical malpractice claims plummet by 91 percent from its peak. The state's largest medical liability insurer dropped its premiums by 42 percent, and has offered an additional 20 percent rebate each year since tort reform went into effect."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Taking a bite out of climate data � Watts Up With That?

Taking a bite out of climate data � Watts Up With That?: "Imagine if there were no reliable records of global surface temperature. Raucous policy debates such as cap-and-trade would have no scientific basis, Al Gore would at this point be little more than a historical footnote, and President Obama would not be spending this U.N. session talking up a (likely unattainable) international climate deal in Copenhagen in December.

Steel yourself for the new reality, because the data needed to verify the gloom-and-doom warming forecasts have disappeared."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Free Enterprise Nation .: Educate, Unify, and Advocate :. OH, MY!

The Free Enterprise Nation .: Educate, Unify, and Advocate :. OH, MY!: "As researchers for The Free Enterprise Nation began compiling information about the pay and benefits disparity that exists between government/public education and those who work in the private sector, we'd hear an occasional 'OH, MY GOSH!' or 'OH, MY!' as they found another reference to shocking pay and benefits practices in the public sector. It might have been the first time they saw a State of California pensioner retiring at $500,000 a year...or perhaps the Illinois driver's training teacher earning $170,000 a year and retiring at $130,000 a year...or perhaps the New York City workers who amass more than $100,000 in overtime in their last year before retirement, triggering a pension benefit in excess of their salary."

Sunday, September 20, 2009

CA Single Payer Health Care



PrisonCare: "In other words, over the last eight years, health care costs for California's single-payer prison system have more than quadrupled."

Some of the highest paid State Employees are prison system Dentists.

From Doug Ross

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Consulting Firm Tied to White House Given Millions for Health Care Ad Campaign - Political News - FOXNews.com

Consulting Firm Tied to White House Given Millions for Health Care Ad Campaign - Political News - FOXNews.com: "A media consulting firm with ties to White House senior strategist David Axelrod has been hired to produce a multi-million dollar ad campaign touting the Obama administration's health care overhaul.

But while lobbying analysts say the move is logical, some Republicans are questioning whether Axelrod stands to gain from the profits."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Health Care Trading Cards: Collect 'em all!

Health Care Trading Cards: Collect 'em all!: "Wondering who gets what out of the Democrat Party's push for single-payer, socialized medicine? Keep tabs on all the cash changing hands with this exclusive collection of Health Care Trading Cards™!"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Big Hollywood: A Thief in the Night: Veterans’ Land Grab

Big Hollywood � Blog Archive � A Thief in the Night: Veterans’ Land Grab: "Did you ever have an encounter with a thief? If not, how many times have you read or heard about their sudden attacks in newspapers or TV and thought or gasped, “I hope that never happens to me”?
Well, it is happening. As I write this, we have politicians all over the country stealing from us. Many of you are now more than aware of this new Cap and Trade bill brought to us by “our” representative in the 30th district of California, Mr. Henry Waxman. Well, you may also want to know that Mr. Waxman has been quite busy these days not only promoting the biggest tax in history, but also by helping to give away land he does not own.
Whose land?
The land of our revered Veterans."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Larry Kelley : California Crack-Up - Townhall.com

Larry Kelley : California Crack-Up - Townhall.com: "While Karl Marx believed that socialism—and ultimately communism—would replace capitalism as the morally superior societal system, it was Margaret Thatcher who observed, “The trouble with socialism is that it always runs out of other people’s money.” Now, after 50 years of steady indoctrination by California’s media and education establishments, acquiescence to the soft tyranny of socialism dominates the culture, business climate and legislature. A byproduct of this is California’s massive government spending machine, where wealth redistribution is the organizing principle. Despite being home to the eighth-largest economy in the world, California is also teetering on insolvency.


Milton Friedman observed that one can’t have an open-border policy and a welfare state—the incentives are all wrong. Despite the 1996 federal Welfare Reform Act, California is one of the few states that still provides lifetime welfare benefits. In the mid-1990s, the National Academy of Sciences found that each native-born household paid $1,100 in additional taxes to accommodate new immigrants and illegal aliens. That study is more than 10 years old. Now, if President Barack Obama and the Democrat-led U. S. Congress do grant amnesty to the millions of illegals throughout the country, through chain migration, millions of new welfare recipients will pour into California. "

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Congressman John Fleming : Right On

"Over the past few weeks, members of Congress and the American people have come to know the details of the Administration's proposed health care plan. Call it whatever you like, this proposal is nothing more than government-run health care. As a physician, I am amazed at the number of bureaucrats in this House who are quick to claim a government-run health care plan is the reform this country needs. In response to this, I have offered a resolution that will offer members of Congress an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is, and urge their colleagues who vote for legislation creating a government-run health care plan to lead by example and enroll themselves in the same public plan."

"Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill. If Members of Congress believe so strongly that government-run health care is the best solution for hard working American families, I think it only fitting that Americans see them lead the way. Public servants should always be accountable and responsible for what they are advocating, and I challenge the American people to demand this from their representatives."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Democrat Health Care, By The Numbers

Democrat Health Care, By The Numbers: "0: The number of unrehearsed, unscripted questions asked of President Obama during his 'Town Hall' on health care reform.

13: The number of teeth that British veteran Ian Boynton pulled out himself with pliers 'because he couldn't find an NHS (National Health Service) dentist... [he] could not afford to go private for treatment so instead took the drastic action to remove 13 of his teeth that were giving him severe pain.'

14: The percentage of all patients in Britain who wait more than one (1) year to receive treatment after a referral by a general practitioner. Half of all National Health Care patients in Britain wait between 18 and 52 weeks for treatment."

Go Read the Rest @ Doug Ross Journal

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Media Selling Access To Obama Administration

Congress's Travel Tab Swells - WSJ.com

Congress's Travel Tab Swells - WSJ.com: "WASHINGTON -- Spending by lawmakers on taxpayer-financed trips abroad has risen sharply in recent years, a Wall Street Journal analysis of travel records shows, involving everything from war-zone visits to trips to exotic spots such as the Gal�pagos Islands.

The spending on overseas travel is up almost tenfold since 1995, and has nearly tripled since 2001, according to the Journal analysis of 60,000 travel records. Hundreds of lawmakers traveled overseas in 2008 at a cost of about $13 million. That's a 50% jump since Democrats took control of Congress two years ago.

The cost of so-called congressional delegations, known among lawmakers as 'codels,' has risen nearly 70% since 2005, when an influence-peddling scandal led to a ban on travel funded by lobbyists, according to the data."

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rep. Kaptur gets $3.5 billion sweetener in climate bill - Washington Times

Rep. Kaptur gets $3.5 billion sweetener in climate bill - Washington Times: "When House Democratic leaders were rounding up votes Friday for the massive climate-change bill, they paid special attention to their colleagues from Ohio who remained stubbornly undecided.

They finally secured the vote of one Ohioan, veteran Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo, the old-fashioned way. They gave her what she wanted - a new federal power authority, similar to Washington state's Bonneville Power Administration, stocked with up to $3.5 billion in taxpayer money available for lending to renewable energy and economic development projects in Ohio and other Midwestern states.

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat, included the Kaptur project in a 310-page amendment to the legislation unveiled at 3 a.m. Friday, just hours before the bill was to be debated on the House floor. The amendment was packed with other vote-getting provisions, both large and small, that had been sought by dozens of wavering Democrats."

Biden Still A Loser When Trying To Give Away Your Money

Forty-Fourth Estate blog - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Wattsburg, Pa. — Vice President Joe Biden visited a small town on the outskirts of Erie today to talk to rural folks about federal stimulus money that can be used to expand broadband access to the Internet for rural areas that typically have poor connections.

Apparently stimulus money and broadband are not all that interesting to the local folk here: Only around 100 or so people have showed up so far to hear Biden talk at noon at Seneca High School off Route 8 in Wattsburg.

The room looked so sparse that about 30 or so chairs were removed by volunteers to give the illusion of a full house."

After Call From Senator Inouye's Office, Small Hawaii Bank Got U.S. Aid

After Call From Senator Inouye's Office, Small Hawaii Bank Got U.S. Aid: "Sen. Daniel K. Inouye's staff contacted federal regulators last fall to ask about the bailout application of an ailing Hawaii bank that he had helped to establish and where he has invested the bulk of his personal wealth.

The bank, Central Pacific Financial, was an unlikely candidate for a program designed by the Treasury Department to bolster healthy banks. The firm's losses were depleting its capital reserves. Its primary regulator, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., already had decided that it didn't meet the criteria for receiving a favorable recommendation and had forwarded the application to a council that reviewed marginal cases, according to agency documents."

Monday, June 29, 2009

Media Ignore EPA Suppressing Of Skeptical Global Warming Report |

Media Ignore EPA Suppressing Skeptical Global Warming Report | NewsBusters.org: "The day before the House was to vote on a controversial energy bill destined to be the largest tax hike in American history, it was revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency had suppressed an internal report challenging the entire global warming myth.

Despite the importance of this study, and how it related to a debate about to ensue on the House floor, its existence and suppression went almost completely ignored by America's media."


More Political Payback From Obama: NBC Helped Elect Him

Loophole Helps GE Benefit From Bank Rescue Program: "General Electric, the world's largest industrial company, has quietly become the biggest beneficiary of one of the government's key rescue programs for banks.

At the same time, GE has avoided many of the restrictions facing other financial giants getting help from the government.

The company did not initially qualify for the program, under which the government sought to unfreeze credit markets by guaranteeing debt sold by banking firms. But regulators soon loosened the eligibility requirements, in part because of behind-the-scenes appeals from GE."

Sunday, June 21, 2009

American Thinker: Michelle Obama's Patient-Dumping Scheme

American Thinker: Michelle Obama's Patient-Dumping Scheme: "The First Lady helped create a notorious program that dumped poor patients on community hospitals, yet the national media ignore the story. Imagine if her husband were a Republican.

The University of Chicago Medical Center has received a�good deal of�justly opprobrious press over its policy of 'redirecting' low-income patients to community hospitals while reserving� its own beds for well-heeled patients requiring highly profitable procedures. Substantial coverage was given to a recent indictment of the program by the American College of Emergency Physicians. ACEP's president, Dr. Nick Jouriles, released a statement suggesting that the initiative comes 'dangerously close to ‘patient dumping,' a practice made illegal by the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act, and reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick' wealthy patients over poor.'"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gerald Walpin Fired by President Obama

Maggie's Notebook: Gerald Walpin Fired by President Obama: Inspector General Walpin Fired: "he Inspector General investigating AmeriCorps and other national service programs has been fired, and may have been fired for revealing misdeeds involving thousands of taxpayer dollars by an Obama supporter. There's more: the way in which Obama handled the firing may have flown in the face of current law.

Inspector General Gerald Walpin reported that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, an Obama supporter and former NBA Basketball star, and St. HOPE Academy, founder, a non-profit group, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants and used the monies illegally or in a wasteful and abusive manner. St. HOPE eventually repaid the government more than $400,000.00."

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Need For Failure - Forbes.com

The Need For Failure - Forbes.com: "First, the very notion of 'too big to fail' is dangerous. It suggests that there is an insurance policy that says, no matter how risky your behavior, we will make sure you stay in business. It encourages banks to get bigger (or more interconnected), and it subsidizes risky behavior.

Second, it leaves ambiguous the important issue of who gets protected in the event of insolvency--the equity holders, creditors, subordinated debt holders, etc. It seems fair to say that the solutions that have developed on the fly have done severe damage to the notion that there is a well-ordered capital structure that means something."

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Highest Paid State Workers Outside UC System

Highest Paid State Workers Outside UC System - Sacramento News



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JOHN B EHNES STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/STATE TEACHERS' RETIREMENT $684,523
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CHRISTOPHER J AILMAN STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYS CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER $665,453
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RUSSELL READ PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER $586,806
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LEON G SHAHINIAN PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS SENIOR INVESTMENT OFFICER $566,077
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CURTIS D ISHII PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS SENIOR INVESTMENT OFFICER $530,607
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MOHINDER KAUR MENTAL HEALTH SENIOR PSYCHIATRIST (SUPERVISOR) $523,816
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KIM NGUYEN CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $517,025
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JANET D FRANK STATE COMP INSURANCE FUND PRESIDENT/STATE COMPENSATION INSURANCE FUND $515,022
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BONG DOAN MENTAL HEALTH STAFF PSYCHIATRIST (SAFETY) $458,966
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FAROUKI MAJEED PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS SENIOR INVESTMENT OFFICER $457,539
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THEODORE H ELIOPOULOS PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS SENIOR INVESTMENT OFFICER $442,109
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JULIAN KIM CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $441,774
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TIM L ALDER MENTAL HEALTH STAFF PSYCHIATRIST (SAFETY) $437,473
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ALAN O TROUNSON CA. INST FOR REGENERATIVE MED PRESIDENT $434,325
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ALFREDO S DAZO CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $426,606
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CLAYTON A LAYUS CORRECTIONS DENTIST $425,951
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JONG Y MOON CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $423,887
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RAFFI TASHJIAN SOCIAL SERVICES MEDICAL CONSULTANT I (PSYCHIATRIST) $420,131
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ERIC B BAGGESEN PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS SENIOR INVESTMENT OFFICER $420,009
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FRED R BUENROSTRO JR PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS EXECUTIVE OFFICER/PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYS $413,505
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MICHAEL F JOHANEK CORRECTIONS STAFF PSYCHIATRIST $413,249
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LAWRENCE STARK CORRECTIONS CHIEF DENTIST $406,035
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NANDAN P KUMAR MENTAL HEALTH STAFF PSYCHIATRIST (SAFETY) $401,336
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ROBERT T HALL CORRECTIONS CHIEF DENTIST $400,171
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VACHE CHAKMAKIAN CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $398,148
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MIKE T DIRE STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYS INVESTMENT DIRECTOR $396,407
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RAJACHANDRAN SRINIVASAN DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES MEDICAL DIRECTOR $394,521
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JAMES A SMITH CORRECTIONS CHIEF DENTIST $392,520
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KEVIN A WINTER PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER $388,845
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STANLEY E KUNTZMAN CORRECTIONS CHIEF DENTIST $388,314
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RONA D LIU CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $387,780
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GLENDON M SHIMIZU DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES DENTIST $387,205
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RAYMOND E BAKER CORRECTIONS CHIEF DENTIST $386,497
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MICHELLE C CUNNINGHAM STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYS INVESTMENT DIRECTOR $383,512
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ANNE STAUSBOLL PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS CHIEF OPERATING INVESTMENT OFFICER $381,004
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MARK L MUCKEY YOUTH AUTHORITY CHIEF DENTIST $377,774
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JONCARLO R MARK PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER $377,621
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GLENN W JAMES CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $374,329
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RICHARD E LIPON MENTAL HEALTH SENIOR PSYCHIATRIST (SUPERVISOR) $369,301
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SUNIL R KISHAN MENTAL HEALTH STAFF PSYCHIATRIST $368,037
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JEFFREY J WANG CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $367,079
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JAROM A DASZKO CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $365,702
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JAMES C TUDOR JR STATE COMP INSURANCE FUND PRESIDENT/STATE COMPENSATION INSURANCE FUND $363,224
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MANUEL A SABIN II CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $362,530
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STEVEN TONG STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYS INVESTMENT DIRECTOR $361,309
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CHENGXIN YANG MENTAL HEALTH STAFF PSYCHIATRIST (SAFETY) $358,705
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SHELLY JAMES CORRECTIONS STAFF PSYCHIATRIST $355,330
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ELLEEN Y OKADA STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYS INVESTMENT DIRECTOR $354,506
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LEV IOFIS MENTAL HEALTH SENIOR PSYCHIATRIST (SUPERVISOR) $354,192
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WAYNE A ULIT CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $352,995
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LUONG N PHAM CORRECTIONS STAFF PSYCHIATRIST $352,819
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KOU-YING HSIEH CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $348,891
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NOLAN J NELSON MENTAL HEALTH CHIEF DENTIST $348,816
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KELLY J LOOMIS SOCIAL SERVICES MEDICAL CONSULTANT I (PSYCHIATRIST) $347,305
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JOSHUA C DEANE MENTAL HEALTH STAFF PSYCHIATRIST (SAFETY) $346,926
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MARK D DAIGLE CORRECTIONS SENIOR PSYCHIATRIST (SUPERVISOR) $346,168
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CHRISTOPHER W SANGDAHL MENTAL HEALTH STAFF PSYCHIATRIST (SAFETY) $345,686
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MERLE M MADERA MENTAL HEALTH STAFF PSYCHIATRIST (SAFETY) $345,503
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JOGINDER SINGH MENTAL HEALTH SENIOR PSYCHIATRIST (SUPERVISOR) $345,488
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MAYA C KUMAR MENTAL HEALTH STAFF PSYCHIATRIST (SAFETY) $344,030
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RONALD L SEELING PUBLIC EMPL'S RETIREMENT SYS CHIEF ACTUARY $343,762
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ROBERT B PAXTON SOCIAL SERVICES MEDICAL CONSULTANT I (PSYCHIATRIST) $343,505
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DARRELL C SIMIEN YOUTH AUTHORITY CHIEF DENTIST $343,297
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ALLAN JT YIN CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON $343,241
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VICTOR J PEREZ MENTAL HEALTH STAFF PSYCHIATRIST (SAFETY) $343,166
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ROBERT LEO CORRECTIONS CHIEF DENTIST $342,281
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dealergate: Stats demonstrate that Chrysler Dealers likely shuttered on a partisan basis

Dealergate: Stats demonstrate that Chrysler Dealers likely shuttered on a partisan basis: "Dealers on the closing list donated millions to Republicans, $200 for Obama
The initial pass at the list of shuttered dealers showed they had donated, in the aggregate, millions to Republican candidates and PACs and a total of $200 to Barack Obama.

In fact, I have thus far found only a single Obama donor ($200 from Jeffrey Hunter of Waco, Texas) on the closing list.

Another review of all 789 closing dealerships, by WND, found $450,000 donated to GOP presidential candidates; $7,970 to Sen. Hillary Clinton; $2,200 to John Edwards and $450 to Barack Obama."

The CalPERS $100,000 Pension Club

The CalPERS $100,000 Pension Club: "5,115
retired California government workers
receive pensions
in excess of $100,000
from CalPERS.

They're all listed here."

Damn, California State Employees Get Paid A Lot


Damn, California State Employees Get Paid A Lot: "In a way this is actually really good news. Seeing how much state workers in California make means the state should be able to cut a lot of fat without drastic cuts in services.

Over at MyProps, a user has posted a list of some San Francisco salaries, based on this database, and as you can see, they make some pretty tall coin. We're talking police officers and various public health officers making over $200,000. Now it's true that San Francisco is an expensive city, but it's true that a lot of people get by on much less than that.

Of course, given the power of state unions in California, cutting salaries is really difficult, if not impossible. But at least in theory, the state of California could probably exist as an entity if it had more leeway on costs and taxes. So that's something to hang your hat on."

Via Doug Ross

Friday, May 22, 2009

More Loot Taken From Your Wallet To Pay Off United Auto Workers

White House Reportedly Prepares GM for Bankruptcy, Plays Down Possible GMAC Takeover - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com: "Under the GM draft bankruptcy plan, the automaker would receive just under $30 billion in additional federal loans, a source told the Post, which would up the government's overall investment in the company to nearly $45 billion.

But a source with knowledge of the process and talks told FOX News there is no chance the White House Auto Task Force will 'prepare' to take GM into bankruptcy next week. The process is too massive for so quick a move and could require preparations up to the White House's imposed restructuring deadline of May 31, the source indicated.

But a large obstacle remains for GM, which must still make an agreement with investors who hold $27 billion worth of company bonds, the Post reported."

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hillary Clinton Secretary of Loot

Jury Convicts Hsu Over Fund Raising - WSJ.com: "NEW YORK -- Norman Hsu, a former top fund-raiser for the Democratic Party and convicted Ponzi-scheme operator, was found guilty Tuesday of illegally funneling tens of thousands of dollars to U.S. political candidates.

The conviction marks the finale to Mr. Hsu's unusual rise from a relatively unknown businessman to a prominent fund-raiser who pulled in hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hillary Clinton and other politicians. However, that fund-raising proved to be his downfall after an August 2007 article in The Wall Street Journal raised questions about whether the contributions violated campaign-finance laws."

"In 2007, Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign agreed to return $850,000 in funds raised through Mr. Hsu. During the trial, the government introduced a voice-mail message of support to Mr. Hsu left by Mrs. Clinton. "What am I going to do with you, Norman? You are working so hard for me," Mrs. Clinton said. "I just don't even know what to say anymore. I've never seen anybody who has been more loyal and more effective and really just having greater success supporting someone than you."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Realism 101

Keith O. Rattie
Chairman, President and CEO
Questar Corporation
Utah Valley University
April 2, 2009

Good morning, everyone. I‟m honored to join you today.

I see a lot of faculty in the audience, but I‟m going to address my remarks today primarily to you students of this fine school.

Thirty-three years ago I was where you are today, about to graduate (with a degree in electrical engineering), trying to decide what to do with my career. I chose to go to work for an energy company – Chevron – on what turned out to be a false premise: I believed that by the time I reached the age I am today that America and the world would no longer be running on fossil fuels. Chevron was pouring money into alternatives – and they had lots of money and the incentive to find alternatives – and I wanted to be part of the transition.

Fast forward 33 years. Today, you students are being told that before you reach my age America and the world must stop using fossil fuels.
I‟m going to try to do something that seems impossible these days – and that‟s have an honest conversation about energy policy, global warming and what proposed „cap and trade‟ regulation means for you, the generation that will have to live with the consequences of the policy choices we make. My goal is to inform you with easily verifiable facts – not hype and propaganda – and to appeal to your common sense. But first a few words about Questar.

Questar Corp. is the largest public company headquartered in Utah, one of only two Utah-based companies in the S&P 500. Most of you know Questar Corp. as the parent of Questar Gas, the utility that sends you your natural gas bill every month. But outside of Utah and to investors we‟re known as one of America‟s fastest-growing natural gas producers. We also own a natural gas pipeline company. We have terrific people running each of our five major business units, and I‟m proud of what they‟ve done to transform this 85-year old company. We‟re the only Utah-based company ever to make the Business Week magazine annual ranking of the 50 top-performing companies in the S&P 500 – we were #5 in both 2007 and 2008, and we‟re #18 in the top 50 in Business Week’s 2009 ranking, just out this week.

At Questar our mission is simple: we find, produce and deliver clean energy that makes modern life possible. We focus on natural gas, and that puts us in the “sweet spot” of America‟s energy future and the global-warming debate. Natural gas currently provides about one-fourth of America‟s energy needs. But when you do the math, the inescapable conclusion is that greater use of natural gas will be a consequence of any policy aimed at cutting human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). You cut CO2 emissions by up to 50% when you use natural gas instead of coal to generate electricity. You cut CO2 emissions by 30% and NOx emissions by 90% when you use natural gas instead of gasoline in a car or truck – and here in Utah you save a lot of money. You can run a car on compressed natural gas at a cost of about 80 cents per gallon equivalent. You also cut CO2 emissions by 30-50% when you use natural gas instead of fuel oil or electricity to heat your home.

But you didn‟t come here for a commercial about Questar and I didn‟t come here to give you one. Let‟s talk about energy.

There may be no greater challenge facing mankind today – and your generation in particular – than figuring out how we‟re going to meet the energy needs of a planet that may have 9 billion people living on it by the middle of this century. The magnitude of that challenge becomes even more daunting when you consider that of the 6.5 billion people on the planet today, nearly two billion people don‟t even have electricity – never flipped a light switch.

Now, the “consensus” back in the mid-1970s was that America and the world were running out of oil. Ironically, some in the media were also claiming a scientific consensus that the planet was cooling, fossil fuels could be to blame, and we were all going to freeze to death unless we kicked our fossil-fuel habit. We were told we needed to find alternatives to oil – fast. That task, we were told, was too important to leave to markets, so government needed to intervene with massive taxpayer subsidies for otherwise uneconomic forms of energy. That thinking led to the now infamous 1977 National Energy Plan, an experiment with central planning that failed miserably. Fast-forward to today, and: déjà vu. This time the fear is not so much that we‟re running out of oil, but that we‟re running out of time – the earth is getting hotter, humans are to blame, and we‟re all doomed if we don‟t stop using fossil fuels – fast. Once again we‟re being told that the job is too important to be left to markets.

Well, the doomsters of the 1970s turned out to be remarkably wrong. My bet is that today‟s doomsters will be proven wrong. Over the past 39 years mankind has consumed nearly twice the world‟s known oil reserves in 1970 – and today proven oil reserves are nearly double what they were before we started. The story with natural gas is even better – here and around the world enormous amounts of natural gas have been found. More will be found. And guess what? The 30-year cooling trend that led to the global cooling scare in the mid-70s abruptly ended in the late 70s, replaced by a 20-year warming trend that peaked in 1998.
The lesson that we should‟ve learned from the 1970s is that when it comes to deciding how much energy gets used, what types of energy get used, and where, how and by whom energy gets used –that job is too important not to be left to markets.

Now, I‟d love to stand here and debate the science of global warming. The media of course long ago declared that debate over – global warming is a planetary emergency, we‟ve got to change the way we live now. I‟ve followed this debate closely for over 15 years. I read everything I get my hands on. I‟m an engineer, so I tend to be skeptical when journalists hyperventilate about science – “World coming to an end – details at 11”. My research convinces me that claims of a scientific consensus about global warming mislead the public and policy makers – and may reflect another agenda.

Yes, planet earth does appear to be warming – but by a not so unusual and not so alarming one degree over the past 100 years. Indeed, global average temperatures have increased by about one degree per century since the end of the so-called Little Ice Age 250 years ago. And, yes CO2 levels in the upper atmosphere have increased over the past 250 years from about 280 parts per million to about 380 parts per million today – that‟s .00038. What that number tells you is that CO2 – the gas we all exhale, the gas in a Diet Coke, the gas that plants need to grow – is a trace gas, comprising just four out of every 10,000 molecules in the atmosphere. But it‟s an important trace gas – without CO2 in the atmosphere, there would be no life on earth. And yes, most scientists believe that humans have caused much of that increase.

But that‟s where the alleged consensus ends. Contrary to the righteous certitude we get from some, no one knows how much warming will occur in the future, nor how much of any warming that does occur will be due to man, and how much to nature. No one knows how warming will affect the planet, or how easily people, plants and animals will adapt to any warming that does occur. When someone tells you they do know, I suggest Mark Twain‟s advice: respect those who seek the truth, be wary of those who claim to have found it.

My perspective on global warming changed when I began to understand the limitations of the computer models that scientists have built to predict future warming. If the only variable driving the earth‟s climate were manmade CO2 then there‟d be no debate – global average temperatures would increase by a harmless one degree over the next 100 years. But the earth‟s climate is what engineers call a “non-linear, dynamic system”. The models have dozens of inputs. Many are little more than the opinion of the scientist – in some cases, just a guess. The sun, for example, is by far the biggest driver of the earth‟s climate. But the intensity of solar radiation from the sun varies over time in ways that can‟t be accurately modeled.

Another example, water vapor is a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. [The media now calls CO2 a “pollutant”. If CO2 is a “pollutant” then water vapor is also a “pollutant” – that‟s absurd, but I digress]. Some scientists believe clouds amplify human CO2 forcing, others believe precipitation acts as the earth‟s thermostat. But scientists do not agree on how to model clouds, precipitation, and evaporation, thus there‟s no consensus on this fundamental issue.

But the reality for American consumers is that whether you buy that the science is settled or not, the political science is settled. With the media cheering them on, Congress has promised to “do something”. CO2 regulation is coming, whether it will do any good or not. Indeed, President Obama‟s hope of shrinking the now the massive federal budget deficit depends on vast new revenues from a tax on carbon energy – so called “cap and trade”. Harry Reid has promised cap and trade legislation by August.

Under cap-and-trade, the government would try to create a market for CO2 by selling credits to companies that emit CO2. They would set a cap for the maximum amount of CO2 emissions. Over time, the cap would ratchet down. In theory, this will force companies to invest in lower-carbon technologies, thus reducing emissions to avoid the cost of buying credits from other companies that have already met their emissions goals. The costs of the credits would be passed on to consumers. Because virtually everything we do and consume in modern life has a carbon footprint the cost of just about everything will go up. This in theory will cause each of us to choose products that have a lower carbon footprint. Any way you slice it, cap and trade is a tax on the way we live our lives – one designed to produce a windfall for government.

The long term goal with cap and trade is „80 by 50‟– an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. Let‟s do the easy math on what „80 by 50‟ means to you, using Utah as an example. Utah‟s carbon footprint today is about 66 MM tons of CO2 per year. Utah‟s population today is 2.6 MM. You divide those two numbers, and the average Utahan today has a carbon footprint of about 25 tons of CO2 per year. An 80% reduction in Utah‟s carbon footprint by 2050 implies a reduction from 66 MM tons today to about 13 MM tons per year by 2050. But Utah‟s population is growing at over 2% per year, so by 2050 there will be about 6 MM people living in this state. 13 MM tons divided by 6 MM people = 2.2 tons per person per year. Under „80 by 50‟ by the time you folks reach my age you‟ll have to live your lives with an annual carbon allowance of no more than 2.2 tons of CO2 per year.

Question: when was the last time Utah‟s carbon footprint was as low as 2.2 tons per person per year? Answer: probably not since Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley (1847).

You reach a similar conclusion when you do the math on „80 by 50‟ for the entire U.S. „80 by 50‟ would require a reduction in America‟s CO2 emissions from about 20 tons per person per year today, to about 2 tons per person per year in 2050. When was the last time America‟s carbon footprint was as low as 2 tons per person per year? Probably not since the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620.

In short, ‘80 by 50’ means that by the time you folks reach my age, you won’t be allowed to use anything made with – or made possible by – fossil fuels.

So I want to focus you on this critical question: “How on God‟s green earth – pun intended – are you going to do what my generation said we‟d do but didn‟t – and that‟s wean yourselves from fossil fuels in just four decades?” That‟s a question that each of you, and indeed, all Americans need to ask now – because when it comes to “how” there clearly is no consensus. Simply put, with today‟s energy technologies, we can‟t get there from here.

The hallmark of this dilemma is our inability to reconcile our prosperity and our way of life with our environmental ideals. We like our cars. We like our freedom to “move about the country” – drive to work, fly to conferences, visit distant friends and family. We aspire to own the biggest house we can afford. We like to keep our homes and offices warm in the winter, cool in the summer. We like devices that use electricity – computers, flat screen TVs, cell phones, the Internet, and many other conveniences of modern life that come with a power cord. We like food that‟s low cost, high quality, and free of bugs – which means farmers must use fertilizers and pesticides made from fossil fuels. We like things made of plastic and clothes made with synthetic fibers – and all of these things depend on abundant, affordable, growing supplies of energy.

And guess what? We share this planet with 6.2 billion other people who all want the same things.

America‟s energy use has been growing at 1-2% per year, driven by population growth and prosperity. But while our way of life depends on ever-increasing amounts of energy, we‟re downright schizophrenic when it comes to the things that energy companies must do to deliver the energy that makes modern life possible.

We want energy security – we don‟t like being dependent on foreign oil. But we also don‟t like drilling in the U.S. Millions of acres of prospective onshore public lands here in the Rockies plus the entire east and west coast of the U.S. are off-limits to drilling for a variety of reasons. We hate paying $2 per gallon for gasoline – but not as much as we hate the refineries that turn unusable crude oil into gasoline. We haven‟t allowed anyone to build a new refinery in the U.S. in over 30 years. We expect the lights to come on when we flip the switch, but we don‟t like coal, the source of 40% of our electricity – it‟s dirty and mining scars the earth. We also don‟t like nuclear power, the source of nearly 20% of our electricity – it‟s clean, France likes it, but we‟re afraid of it. Hydropower is clean and renewable. But it too has been blacklisted – dams hurt fish.

We don‟t want pollution of any kind, in any amount, but we also don‟t want to be asked: “how much are we willing to pay for environmental perfection?” When it comes to global warming, Time magazine tells us to “be worried, be very worried” – and we say we are – but we don‟t act that way.

Let me suggest that our conversation about how to reduce CO2 emissions must begin with a few “inconvenient” realities.

Reality 1: Worldwide demand for energy will grow by 30-50% over the next two decades – and more than double by the time you‟re my age. Simply put, America and the rest of the world will need all the energy that markets can deliver.

Reality 2: There are no near-term alternatives to oil, natural gas, and coal. Like it or not, the world runs on fossil fuels, and it will for decades to come. The U.S. government‟s own forecast shows that fossil fuels will supply about 85% of world energy demand in 2030 – roughly the same as today. Yes, someday the world may run on alternatives. But that day is still a long way off. It‟s not about will. It‟s not about who‟s in the White House. It‟s about thermodynamics and economics.
Now, I was told back in the 1970s what you‟re being told today: that wind and solar power are „alternatives‟ to fossil fuels. A more honest description would be „supplements‟. Taken together, wind and solar power today account for just one-sixth of 1% of America‟s annual energy usage. Let me repeat that statistic – one-sixth of 1%.

Here‟s a pie chart showing total U.S. primary energy demand today. I “asked” PowerPoint to show a wedge for the portion of the U.S. energy pie that comes from wind and solar. But PowerPoint won‟t make a wedge for wind and solar – just a thin line.

Over the past 30 years our government has pumped roughly $20 billion in subsidies into wind and solar power, and all we‟ve got to show for it is this thin line!

Undaunted by this, President Obama proposes to double wind and solar power consumption in this country by the end of his first term. Great – that means the line on this pie chart would become a slightly thicker line in four years. I would point out that wind and solar power doubled in just the last three years of the Bush administration. Granted, W. started from a smaller baseline, so doubling again over the next four years will be a taller order. But if President Obama‟s goal is achieved, wind and solar together will grow from one-sixth of 1% to one-third of 1% of total primary energy use – and that assumes U.S. energy consumption remains flat, which of course it will not.

The problems with wind and solar power become apparent when you look at their footprint. To generate electricity comparable to a 1,000 MW gas-fired power plant you‟d have to build a wind farm with at least 500 very tall windmills occupying more than 30,000 acres of land. Then there‟s solar power. I‟m holding a Denver Post article that tells the story of an 8.2 MW solar-power plant built on 82 acres in Colorado. The Post proudly hails it “America‟s most productive utility-scale solar electricity plant”. But when you account for the fact that the sun doesn‟t always shine, you‟d need over 250 of these plants, on over 20,000 acres to replace just one 1,000 MW gas-fired power plant that can be built on less than 40 acres.

The Salt Lake Tribune recently celebrated the startup of a 14 MW geothermal plant near Beaver, Utah. That‟s wonderful! But the Tribune failed to put 14 MW into perspective. Utah has over 7,000 MW of installed generating capacity, primarily coal. America has about 1,000,000 MW of installed capacity. Because U.S. demand for electricity has been growing at 1-2 % per year, on average we‟ve been adding 10-20,000 MW of new capacity every year to keep pace with growth. Around the world coal demand is booming – 200,000 MW of new coal capacity is under construction, over 30,000 MW in China alone. In fact, there are 30 coal plants under construction in the U.S. today that when complete will burn about 70 million tons of coal per year.

Why has my generation failed to develop wind and solar? Because our energy choices are ruthlessly ruled, not by political judgments, but by the immutable laws of thermodynamics. In engineer-speak, turning diffused sources of energy such as photons in sunlight or the kinetic energy in wind requires massive investment to concentrate that energy into a form that‟s usable on any meaningful scale.
What‟s more, the wind doesn‟t always blow and the sun doesn‟t always shine. Unless or until there‟s a major breakthrough in high-density electricity storage – a problem that has confounded scientists for more than 100 years – wind and solar can never be relied upon to provide base load power.

But it‟s not just thermodynamics. It‟s economics. Over the past 150 years America has invested trillions of dollars in our existing energy systems – power plants, the grid, steam and gas turbines, railroads, pipelines, distribution, refineries, service stations, home heating, boilers, cars, trucks and planes, etc. Changing that infrastructure to a system based on renewable energy will take decades and massive new investment.

To be clear, we need all the wind and solar power the markets can deliver at prices we can afford. But please, let‟s get real – wind and solar are not “alternatives” to fossil fuels.


Reality 3: You can argue about whether global warming is a serious problem or not, but there‟s no argument about the consequences of cap and trade regulation – it‟s going to drive the cost of energy painfully higher. That‟s the whole point of cap and trade – to drive up the cost of fossil energy so that otherwise uneconomic “alternatives” can compete. Some put the total cost of cap and trade to U.S. consumers at $2 trillion over the next decade and $6 trillion between now and 2050 – not to mention the net loss of jobs in energy-intensive industries that must compete in global markets.

Given this staggering cost, I hope you‟ll ask: will cap and trade work? If Europe‟s experience with cap and trade is an indication, the answer is “no”.
With much fanfare, the European Union (EU) adopted a cap and trade scheme in an effort to meet their Kyoto commitments to cut CO2 emissions to below 1990 levels by 2012. How are they doing? So far, all but one EU country is getting an “F”. Since 2000 Europe‟s CO2 emissions per unit of GDP have grown faster than the U.S.! The U.S. of course did not implement Kyoto – nor did over 150 other countries. There‟s a good reason why most of the world rejected Kyoto: with today‟s energy technologies there‟s no way to sever the link between CO2 emissions and modern life. Europe‟s cap and trade scheme was designed to fail – and it‟s working as designed.

Let‟s do the math to explain why Kyoto would have failed in the U.S. and why Obama‟s cap and trade scheme is also likely to fail. Americans were responsible for about 5 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions in 1990. By 2005 that amount had risen to over 5.8 billion tons. If the U.S. Senate had ratified the Kyoto treaty back in the 1990s America would‟ve promised to cut manmade CO2 emissions in this country to 7% below that 1990 level – to about 4.6 billion tons, a 1.2 billion ton per year cut by 2012.

What would it take to cut U.S. CO2 emissions by 1.2 billion tons per year by 2012? A lot more sacrifice than riding a Schwinn to work or school, or changing light bulbs.

We could‟ve banned gasoline. In 2005 gasoline use in America caused about 1.1B tons of CO2. That would almost get us there. Or, we could shut down over half of the coal-fired power plants in this country. Coal plants generated about 2 B tons of CO2 in 2005. Of course, before we did that we‟d have to get over 60 million Americans and a bunch of American businesses to volunteer to go without electricity.

This simple math is not friendly to those who demand that government mandate sharp cuts in manmade CO2 emissions – now.

Reality 4: Even if America does cut CO2 emissions, those same computer models that predict man-made warming over the next century also predict that Kyoto-type CO2 cuts would have no discernible impact on global temperatures for decades, if ever. When was the last time you read that in the paper? We‟ve been told that Kyoto was “just a first step.” Your generation may want to ask: “what‟s the second step?”

That begs another question: “how much are Americans willing to pay for „a first step‟ that has no discernible effect on global climate?” The answer here in Utah is: not much, according to a poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates published in the Deseret News. 63% of those surveyed said they worry about global warming. But when asked how much they‟d be willing to see their electricity bills go up to help cut CO2 emissions, only half were willing to pay more for electricity. Only 18% were willing to see their power bill go up by 10% or more. Only 3% were willing to see their power bill go up by 20%.

Here‟s the rub: many Europeans today pay up to 20% more for electricity as a result of their failed efforts to sever the link between modern life and CO2 emissions.

So, if Americans aren‟t willing to pay a lot more for their energy, how do we reduce CO2 emissions? Well, here are several things we should do.
First, we should improve energy efficiency. Second, we should stop wasting energy. Third, we should conserve energy. Fourth, we should rethink our overblown fear of nuclear power. Fifth, if we let markets work, markets on their own will continue to substitute low-carbon natural gas for coal and oil.
Indeed, 2008 will be remembered in the energy industry as the year U.S. natural gas producers changed the game for domestic energy policy. Smart people in my industry have „cracked the code‟ – they‟ve figured out how to produce stunning amounts of natural gas from shale formations right here in the U.S. As a result, we now know that America and the world are “swimming” in natural gas.

U.S. onshore natural gas production has grown rapidly over the past three years – a feat that most energy experts thought impossible a few years ago. America‟s known natural gas resource base now exceeds 100 years of supply at current U.S. consumption – and that number is growing. Abundant supply means that natural gas prices over the next decade and beyond will likely be much lower than over the past five years. While prices may spike from time to time in response to sudden, unexpected changes in supply or demand – for example, hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico or extreme cold or hot weather – these spikes will be temporary.

Indeed, the price of natural gas today is less than $24 per barrel equivalent – a bargain, even without taking into account lower CO2 emissions.
Greater use of natural gas produced in America – by American companies who hire American workers and pay American taxes – will help reduce oil imports. Unlike oil, 98% of America‟s natural gas supply comes from North America.
And get this: we don‟t need massive investment in new power plants to use more natural gas for electric generation. I mentioned earlier that America has about one million MW of installed electric generation capacity. Forty percent of that capacity runs on natural gas – about 400,000 MW, compared to just 312,000 MW of coal capacity.

But unlike those coal plants, which run at an average load factor of about 75%, America‟s existing natural gas-fired power plants operate with an average load factor of less than 25%. Turns out that the market has found a way to cut CO2 emissions without driving the price of electricity through the roof – natural gas‟s share of the electricity market is growing, and it will continue to grow – with or without cap and trade.
Sixth, your generation needs to focus on new technology and not just assume it, as many in my generation did back in the 70s – and as many in Congress continue to do today. Just one example: there‟s no such thing as “clean” coal, though I should quickly add that given America and the world‟s dependence on coal for electric generation, we do need to fund R&D aimed at capturing and storing CO2 from coal plants.

To be sure, CO2 capture and sequestration (underground storage) will be hugely expensive and it‟ll take decades to implement on any meaningful scale. The high costs will be passed through in electricity rates to consumers. To transport massive amounts of CO2 captured at coal plants we‟ll have to build a massive pipeline grid that some estimate could be comparable to our existing natural gas pipeline grid. Then we‟ll have to drill thousands of wells to store CO2 in the ground. The facilities required to inject CO2 into the earth will use huge amounts of energy – which ironically will come from fossil fuels, negating some of the carbon-reduction benefits. And where are we going to put all this CO2? Questar owns and operates underground natural gas storage facilities. Gas storage is in high demand – we‟re always looking for suitable underground formations. But I can tell you that there aren‟t many.

Seventh (for anyone who‟s still counting!) it‟s time to have an honest conversation about alternative responses to global warming than what will likely be a futile attempt to eliminate the use of fossil fuels. What about adapting to warming? In truth, while many scientists believe man‟s use of fossil fuels is at least partly responsible for global warming, many also believe the amount of warming will be modest and the planet will easily adapt. Just about everyone agrees that a modest amount of warming won‟t harm the planet. In fact, highly respected scientists such as Harvard astrophysicist Willie Soon believe that added CO2 in the atmosphere may actually benefit mankind because more CO2 helps plants grow. When was the last time you read that in the paper?

You‟ve no doubt heard the argument that even if global warming turns out not to be as bad as some are saying, we should still cut CO2 emissions – as an insurance policy – the so-called precautionary principle. While appealing in its simplicity, there are three major problems with the precautionary principle.
First, none of us live our lives according to the precautionary principle. Let me give you an example. Around the world about 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents – about 3,200 deaths a day. At that pace, 120 million people will die this century in a car wreck somewhere in the world. We could save 120 million lives by imposing a 5 MPH speed limit worldwide. Show of hands: how many would be willing to live with a 5 MPH speed limit to save 120 million lives? Most of us won‟t – we accept trade-offs. We implicitly do a cost-benefit analysis and conclude that we‟re not going to do without our cars, even if doing so would save 120 million lives. So before we start down this expensive and likely futile cap and trade path, don‟t you think we should insist on an honest analysis of alternative responses to global warming?

Second, the media dwells on the potential harm from global warming, but ignores the fact that the costs borne to address it will also do harm. We have a finite amount of wealth in the world. We have a long list of problems – hunger, poverty, malaria, nuclear proliferation, HIV, just to name a few. Your generation should ask: how can we do the most good with our limited wealth? The opportunity cost of diverting a large part of current wealth to solve a potential problem 50-100 years from now means we do “less good” dealing with our current problems.
Third, economists will tell you that the consequence of a cap and trade tax on energy will be slower economic growth. Slower growth, compounded over decades, means that we leave future generations with less wealth to deal with the consequences of global warming, whatever they may be.

In truth, humans are remarkably adaptive. People live north of the Arctic Circle where temperatures are below zero most of the year. Roughly one-third of mankind today lives in tropical climates where temperatures routinely exceed 100 degrees. In fact, you can take every one of the theoretical problems caused by global warming and identify lower-cost ways to deal with that problem than rationing energy use. For example, if arctic ice melts and causes the sea level to rise, a wealthier world will adapt over time by moving away from the beach or building retaining walls to protect beachfront property. Fine, you say. But how do we save the polar bear? I‟d first point out that polar bears have survived sometimes dramatic climate changes over thousands of years, most recently the so called “medieval warm period” (1000-1300 A.D.) in which large parts of the arctic glaciers disappeared and Greenland was truly “green”. Contrary to that heart-wrenching image on the cover of Time of an apparently doomed polar bear floating on a chunk of ice, polar bears can swim for miles. In addition, more polar bears die each year from gunshot wounds than from drowning. So instead of rationing carbon energy, maybe the first thing we should do to protect polar bears is to stop shooting them!

Let me close by returning to the lessons my generation learned from the 1970s energy crisis. We learned that energy choices favored by politicians but not confirmed by markets are destined to fail. If history has taught us anything it‟s that we should resist the temptation to ask politicians to substitute their judgments for that of the market, and let markets determine how much energy gets used, what types of energy get used, where, how and by whom energy gets used. In truth, no source of energy is perfect, thus only markets can weigh the pros and cons of each source. Government‟s role is to set reasonable standards for environmental performance, and make sure markets work.

I‟ve covered a lot of ground this morning. I hope I‟ve challenged your thinking about your energy future. Mostly, I hope you continue to enjoy freedom, prosperity – and abundant supplies of energy at prices you can afford! Thank you for your attention, and now I‟ll be glad to take rebuttal!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Air board pays $75K for columnist's speech

Air board pays $75K for columnist's speech: "The agency, which gets its money from business permits and federal and state sources, booked the Pulitzer Prize-winning pundit to appear this past week at its big climate summit in downtown Oakland's Fox Theater, attended by 500 invited bureaucrats.

In addition to Friedman's speaking fee, the air board picked up his tab for a night at the Claremont Resort.

Air district spokeswoman Lisa Fasano put the summit cost at $200,000 - or about $400 per participant."

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Obama Slashes Union Enforcement Budget

The American Spectator : AmSpecBlog : Obama Slashes Union Enforcement Budget: "President Obama today unveiled a paltry $17 billion in cuts to the $3.4 trillion federal budget, about half of which will come out of defense spending. But buried in the budget documents released by the White House today is a 9 percent cut in the unit of the Department of Labor that is in charge of regulating unions.
Under the leadership of Elaine Chao during the Bush administration, the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards took its job of policing unions seriously. Its actions led to 929 convictions of corrupt union officials and to the recovery of more than $93 million on behalf of union members. Yet the Obama administration has proposed slashing its budget from $45 million in 2009 to $41 million in 2010, citing an insufficient 'workload' for the office.
Instead of using the money to make sure unions play by the rules, the Obama administration proposes shifting resources to the department's Wage and Hour Division, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- all areas of the agency focused on regulating businesses."

Looter In Chief Plays The Chicago Way

Atlas Shrugs: Mafia-style President Pays Back His SEIU Muscle, Puts the Screws to Calif: "Obama continues the slash and burn approach to economy and the 'balance of power' that keeps this ship on its constitutional course. Regular Atlas readers recall one of many EXCLUSIVES I broke on Obama's massive illegal campaign activity. Obama paid out at least $2,250,000 to the SEIU, the Service Employees International Union - the nation's largest labor union. And SEIU COPE-PAC spent $13,355,389.00 on behalf of Barack Hussein.

Payback time for voter fraud and illegal campaign activity.

Between the SEIU and ACORN, the Chicago gangland style politician muscle for money and protection racket is all locked up. And now he is going nationwide with it."

Hey Tim Robbins, This is What a Chill Wind Feels Like

One of the great pleasures of writing finem respice relates to the wide variety of surprises that one finds in one's inbox as a consequence of having an audience of any size at all. Write about finance long enough with the same electronic mail address and a number of interesting anecdotes will flutter your way. Write just a little bit longer and a shocking tale will pass under your eyes once or twice. Stick it out for two and half a hundred weeks and one is like to hear something quite disturbing. Hang in for more than a pair of years and a truly horrifying, bone chilling narrative will eventually confront you. Today, I have the distinctly unpleasant distinction of being on the receiving end of exactly this sort of recollection. That is, a bit of dialogue so genuinely awful that- were it not from a source I consider impeccable, and unimpeachable- I would not dare to credit at all. Unfortunately, I must do precisely this, and personally believe it to be totally, frightfully accurate. I take no pleasure in relaying it, instead hoping that someone more directly in the business of running such matters down and printing them will carefully document it and- if true- expose it, or- if not- discredit it quickly and finally. This (as yet unproven) yarn goes exactly like this:

Confronting the head of a non-TARP fund holding Chrysler debt and unwilling to release it for any sum less than that to which it was legally entitled without compelling cause, this country's "Car Czar" berated the manager of said fund with an outburst of prose substantially resembling this:

Who the fuck do you think you're dealing with? We'll have the IRS audit your fund. Every one of your employees. Your investors. Then we will have the Securities and Exchange Commission rip through your books looking for anything and everything and nothing we find to destroy you with.
Faced with these sorts of threats, in this environment, with valued employees in the crosshairs and AIG a fresh, open wound upon the market, the fund folded.


It is a tale literally so outlandish and difficult to picture that, in these circumstances and given the source, it rings absolutely true. Consider all this in a larger context where:

You see Non-TARP entities claiming that:

...we have been systematically precluded from engaging in direct discussions or negotiations with the government; instead, we have been forced to communicate through an obviously conflicted intermediary: a group of banks that have received billions of TARP funds.1
...not to mention the fact that the salary, bonus and "stress test" results for TARP banks are all within Treasury's control.



Read The rest Here

Saturday, May 9, 2009

KFC Coupon Debacle Portends Free Health Care Debacle

Overwhelming response to KFC coupon caused debacle -- dailypress.com: "After Oprah Winfrey promoted a coupon for a free KFC grilled chicken meal on her show last week, hoards of people rushed to cash in on the free meal.

In 24 hours, 10.5 million coupons were downloaded from the Web site unthinkkfc.com. Customers had to print the coupon by 10 p.m. Wednesday, but it does not expire until May 19.

The demand for free meals overwhelmed some KFC locations as early as Tuesday afternoon. Locally, customers reported problems with early chicken sell-outs. And by Thursday, KFC restaurants posted signs saying they would no longer accept the free meal coupon."

The only way to control costs under universal health care is by rationing treatment. As demonstrated perfectly by KFC's coupon debacle.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Precurser of Obama Policy?

George Will : California Sagging - Townhall.com: "If, since 1990, state spending increases had been held to the inflation rate plus population growth, the state would have a $15 billion surplus instead of a $42 billion budget deficit, which is larger than the budgets of all but 10 states. Since 1990, the number of state employees has increased by more than a third. In Schwarzenegger's less than six years as governor, per capita government spending, adjusted for inflation, has increased nearly 20 percent."

"Liberal orthodoxy has made the state dependent on a volatile source of revenues -- high income tax rates on the wealthy. In 2006, the top 1 percent of earners paid 48 percent of the income taxes. California's income and sales taxes are among the nation's highest, its business conditions among the worst, as measured by 16 variables directly influenced by the Legislature. Unemployment, the nation's fourth highest, is 11.2 percent."

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Vice Looter

Doug Ross @ Journal: "In 2006, an investment adviser they'd met named Anthony V. Lotito offered Hunter an opportunity to buy an ownership interest in the Paradigm family of hedge funds. It looked like a great deal.

Lotito and the Bidens formed a limited-liability company to purchase an interest in Paradigm. The company would be called LBB Holdings USA, LLC. Each man controlled a one-third interest in LBB.

Lotito advised the Bidens that the best man to create LBB from a legal perspective was John Fasciana, purported to be 'the best in the business.' What the Bidens didn't know about Fasciana was they he was a convicted felon awaiting sentencing for a massive fraud: a federal jury had earlier found that Fasciana helped others steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from IT outsourcer EDS by pinching checks sent to the company and then laundering the funds through Fasciana's attorney trust account.

But, at the time, the Bidens claimed to be unaware of the suspect activities swirling around Fasciana (and, apparently, the existence of a research tool called Google)."

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Property Rights, What Property Rights?

www.washingtonexaminer.com >> Politics >> - White House puts UAW ahead of property rights: "This of course is a violation of one of the basic principles of bankruptcy law, which is that secured creditors — those who lended money only on the contractual promise that if the debt was unpaid they’d get specific property back — get paid off in full before unsecured creditors get anything. Perella Weinberg withdrew its objection to the settlement, but other bondholders did not, which triggered the bankruptcy filing.
After that came a denunciation of the objecting bondholders as “speculators” by Barack Obama in his news conference last Thursday. And then death threats to bondholders from parties unknown."

Monday, May 4, 2009

President Obama's troubling mantra: In debt, we trust

President Obama's troubling mantra: In debt, we trust: "It is no surprise that President Obama supports unprecedented spending and borrowing in the federal budget since he has never suffered any consequences from the excessive spending and borrowing in his private life.
And I'm not just talking about the First Lady's $540 sneakers.
A close examination of their finances shows that the Obamas were living off lines of credit along with other income for several years until 2005, when Obama's book royalties came through and Michelle received her 260% pay raise at the University of Chicago. This was also the year Obama started serving in the U.S. Senate."

CNSNews.com - Feds Will Spend $400,000 to Study Drinking and Sex Habits of Homosexuals in Argentina

CNSNews.com - Feds Will Spend $400,000 to Study Drinking and Sex Habits of Homosexuals in Argentina: "(CNSNews.com) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a study that seeks to discover a link between drinking and having sex among homosexuals in Argentina.

The study will send researchers to six bars in Buenos Aires to interview both patrons and�proprietors in an effort to discover what it is about those bars that�may encourage the risky behavior."

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Ingraham and Morano Expose Gore's Global Warming Profit Motive | NewsBusters.org

Ingraham and Morano Expose Gore's Global Warming Profit Motive | NewsBusters.org: "For several years NewsBusters has been informing readers of Nobel Laureate Al Gore's profit motive as it pertains to his advancement of global warming hysteria.

This included the presentation of a video of the former Vice President disclosing in March 2008 what investments he's personally made in companies that will benefit from any legislation designed to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

This admission garnered virtually no mainstream media coverage from global warming obsessed press members when it was first uncovered last April."


MORANO: Speaking, other investments. Absolutely. Yes. I also think he is motivated beyond money. He is an ideologue. He is a committed believer. It is not there he -- it is not fair to say he's doing it for the money. But this is big business in Washington. There are four climate lobbyists for every member of Congress. That's how bad it's gotten.

But Al Gore, she mentioned the law firm Kleiner and Perkins. Al Gore is a partner in a firm which vested $1 billion in 40 different firms. When government mandates come down the road, this is going to increase the company's business and portfolio and the amount of profit, Al Gore, according to Dick Lindsen (ph), one of the scientists at MIT who Al Gore has criticized. Al Gore wants to become the first carbon billionaire. And he is poised to do it. He has the Alliance for Climate Protection. He has his other groups in the U.K., Generation Investment Management. Both of these groups, one has pledged to spend $300 million to promote a climate - promote government policy that will force carbon markets and carbon trading where Al Gore is essentially either a founder or a partner in a whole wide range of groups, including in Chicago and in the U.K., stock market carbon trading, where he is poised to benefit incredibly. As much as he's made now is going to be piker league compared to what he is going to make in five years if all these new carbon trading mandates go through.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Power Line - Banana Republic Capitalism

Power Line - Banana Republic Capitalism: "The Chrysler reorganization is shaping up as another milestone in the decline of the rule of law under Barack Obama. We've said for quite a while that bankruptcy is the only viable option for Chrysler and General Motors, not--as Obama claims--because they don't know how to make the right kinds of vehicles, but because their unsustainable union contracts make it impossible for them to be profitable. That reality has now been turned on its head, as the administration has tried to bully Chrysler's secured creditors into going away, while the United Auto Workers Union, solely on the basis of political clout, would be paid at an implied rate of 50 percent and would emerge owning 55 percent of the company, with the government also holding a stake."

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Geithner: The Fox Guarding the Henhouse? - Larry Kudlow - The Corner on National Review Online

Geithner: The Fox Guarding the Henhouse? - Larry Kudlow - The Corner on National Review Online: "What is going on in this country? The government is about to take over GM in a plan that completely screws private bondholders and favors the unions. Get this: The GM bondholders own $27 billion and they’re getting 10 percent of the common stock in an expected exchange. And the UAW owns $10 billion of the bonds and they’re getting 40 percent of the stock. Huh? Did I miss something here? And Uncle Sam will have a controlling share of the stock with something close to 50 percent ownership. And no bankruptcy judge. So this is a political restructuring run by the White House, not a rule-of-law bankruptcy-court reorganization."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

RED ALERT: Feinstein's husband hits the jackpot again!

RED ALERT: Feinstein's husband hits the jackpot again!: "In a nutshell, Senator Diane Feinstein's family keeps hitting the lotto, the taxpayer lotto, that is.

Washington is certainly a sleazy place, but Feinstein doesn't even appear to be trying to rise above the stench.

But today's Democrats are above the law anyhow, what with dozens of current ethical violations swirling about and an utterly disinterested mainstream media. So I suppose Feinstein doesn't have to even keep appearances up. Only a couple of bloggers will report on this egregious behavior, so it's like a tree fell in a forest and only a few idiot taxpayers were around to hear it."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thank God For TEXAS

Graph o' the day: Monstrous Cuts


Graph o' the day: Monstrous Cuts Via Doug Ross Journal

EXCLUSIVE: Senator's husband cashes in on crisis - Washington Times

EXCLUSIVE: Senator's husband cashes in on crisis - Washington Times: "On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.

Mrs. Feinstein's intervention on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was unusual: the California Democrat isn't a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs with jurisdiction over FDIC; and the agency is supposed to operate from money it raises from bank-paid insurance payments - not direct federal dollars."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Redding Tea Party






Local News paper is reporting 120 people attended the Tea Party event. I would estimate about 2000 at the bridge.

Friday, April 10, 2009

www.washingtonexaminer.com >> Opinion

www.washingtonexaminer.com >> Opinion: "Civilian libertarians were apoplectic over former President George W. Bush’s “warrantless wiretap” program, which sought to monitor communications from terrorist networks overseas. So why are they not screaming bloody murder now that President Barack Obama appears slated to receive unprecedented power to monitor all Internet traffic without a warrant and to even shut the system down completely on the pretext of national security? The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 - introduced by Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-WV, and cosponsor Olympia Snowe, R-ME - bypasses all existing privacy laws and allows White House political operatives to tap into any online communication without a warrant,�including banking, medical, and business records and personal e-mail conversations. This amounts to warrantless wiretaps on steroids, directed at U.S. citizens instead of foreign terrorists."

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Musings on the Age of Obama by Thomas Sowell on National Review Online

Musings on the Age of Obama by Thomas Sowell on National Review Online: "Barack Obama seems determined to repeat every disastrous mistake of the 1930s, at home and abroad. He has already repeated Herbert Hoover’s policy of raising taxes on high income earners, FDR’s policy of trying to micro-manage the economy, and Neville Chamberlain’s policy of seeking dialogues with hostile nations while downplaying the dangers they represent."


"Socialists believe in government ownership of the means of production. Fascists believed in government control of privately owned businesses, which is much more the style of this government. That way, politicians can intervene whenever they feel like it and then, when their interventions turn out badly, summon executives from the private sector before Congress and denounce them on nationwide television."

Monday, April 6, 2009

Death Star 2

Banks as Bidders and Sellers; Financial Nostalgia � Rortybomb: "Yup. Bad news. Bank A pays $6.50 for its new asset because of the leverage , and it loses all of that. It also loses the $50 from not having the asset anymore. However it gains $80, net profit - same as Bank B. The government has paid $73.50 for a $50 asset, twice. (See previous for how the levered non-recourse loan turns into a put option.) We tend to call this collusion if you and I did it.

So why did my energy trading friend get all nostalgic? “Because what you are telling me brings back some great memories from what Enron was up to back in the day. All of us energy traders back then watched with our jaws on the floor. 2000 was a hell of a year.”"

GO READ IT ALL!

Via Powerline