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A green dream, or an uncomfortable metaphor? by The Elephant's Child
January 18, 2009, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Science/Technology | Tags: , ,

In a previous post, I wrote about California’s required new “green sticker” for cars, enumerating the “clean energy” qualities of each new car.  The star, a perfect 10 points, was the Tesla Roadster.  Pretty sexy, isn’t it?  Only $109,000.

Jeremy Clarkson, the car guy for the London Times, recently got a battery-powered Tesla Roadster to test.

The company claimed it could run, even if driven briskly, for 200 miles, but after just a morning the battery power was down to 20% and we realized that it would not have enough juice for all the shots we needed.

Happily, the company had brought a second car along, so we switched to that.  But after a while its motor began to overheat.  And so, even though the first was not fully charged, we unplugged it — only to find that its brakes weren’t working properly.

The Democrat Congress is pretty excited about electric cars.  The Chevy Volt is purely Utopian — it will go 40 miles when charged — and only costs $4o,ooo.  Congress is prepared to demand that Detroit “go green.” But the American people want a car that is dependable, doesn’t cost too much, and will keep their families safe. Not one that will get a meaningless green sticker.

Hmn.  Do you think this could be a metaphor?

The canals have frozen in the Netherlands, and the Dutch are rediscovering their heritage. by The Elephant's Child
January 18, 2009, 1:09 am
Filed under: Entertainment, Environment, Europe, Freedom, Heartwarming, History, News


For the first time in 12 years, the canals in Holland have frozen over, and the Dutch are donning their skates and taking to the ice by the hundreds of thousands,  just as their ancestors have for centuries.  Hospital wards filled with dozens of rosy-cheeked people who fractured one thing or another.  Well, they’re out of practice, it’s been a while.

Even the minister of defense fell and broke his wrist.  Obviously this is the fault of global warming.  Or we could say that the climate is changing, just as it always has; and it has been cooling for the past five years.

The Netherlands has been struggling with questions of identity, in the wake of a vast influx of immigrants.  Andre Bonthuis, who is the long time mayor of Nieuwerkerk aan den Ijssel, said that he had seen Indonesians and Moroccans, among other newcomers, on the ice.  It is something new for them, but very Dutch.

Enjoy, and practice up.  It will  freeze again next winter.

FISA Court: Bush Right On Warrantless Wiretaps by American Elephant

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review has made public its decision, reached last August, that the federal government has the power to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a specific court order, even when Americans’ private communications may be involved. [read more]

Let there be absolutely no confusion on this: President Bush was right and liberals were, as usual, 110% dead, flat, couldn’t-be-more-wrong wrong.

But of course Bush was right — the idea that anyone has a constitutional right to talk to our enemies overseas without the government listening in or that the President needed a permission slip from the courts in order to do so was always preposterous liberal horsehockey to begin with.

And Democrats knew it all along. Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were doing it long before Bush took office with nary a peep from Kerry, Pelosi, Biden or any of the other detestable slime, who used this issue, knowing full well the President was acting properly, to undermine him in wartime for their own political gain.

At least he is vindicated in the end.

(h/t Powerline)

MSM Death Watch by American Elephant

With Obama poised to take the oath of office and Democrats about to unleash untold damage on our great republic, many conservatives simply aren’t feeling the hope™ vibe so rampant among America’s socialists, communists, and other Obama supporters whom I affectionately refer to as “suckers”.

But despair not! All is not doomed. There is a silvery ray of sunshine lining the dark clouds ahead.

Rejoice! my fellow conservatives… the mainstream press is dying.

All around the mainstream media, ad revenues are down, jobs are being slashed, and publishers are scrambling for ways to make ends meet as readers abandon ship. First came news, a few weeks back, that the execrable New York Times, drowning in red ink, would be mortgaging its posh Manhattan headquarters to pay the bills. Then, last week, it was announced the equally repugnant, albeit markedly smaller, Seattle Post Intelligencer would be put on the block, and if no buyer comes forward within 60 days, will print no more. Now we learn the hopelessly biased Minneapolis Star Tribune has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


They all deserve it. It is not without good reason that the American people regularly rank the press down with  lawyers, politicians, and organized labor as the most distrusted, least admired institutions.

Now, let’s kick them while they’re down. This blog has already sworn off linking to the New York Times and other worst offenders. It’s really rather easy to do without the liberal media. Any story they cover is almost always covered more accurately and more fairly by other publications and blogs.

But, if by chance you still subscribe to one of these fish-wraps, what better time to cancel your subscription? Perhaps we can usher them into more fitting careers in, say… waste management or sewage treatment!

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